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Maureen Child Update 31 August 2018

Posted on: August 31st, 2018

Dear All


Thanks to all – but mostly Paul Lambie –  Big Beach Busk was a huge success last Saturday  https://www.facebook.com/139155702770032/posts/2083462431672673/ and the dolphins seemed to enjoy it too! 

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/pod-of-dolphins-spotted-off-portobello-1-4791250   Portobello Community Council ran the Sandcastle Competition and raised £200 for Portobello Toddlers Hut.  The international beach volleyball competition added to the attraction.  Next year will be the 10th Big Beach Busk.  Time flies! 


Saturday was also the official launch of the Portobello beach wheelchairs based in the corner of Tumbles car park.  There are currently two available for hire. To book, please call 0300 666 0990. You can find out more information on the website – http://portobellobeach.com/wheelchairs/


Keep up-to-date with recent goings on in the Edinburgh Shoreline project by visiting http://edinburghshoreline.org.uk/


Portobello Market this coming Saturday.  Full details on the website: https://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/food/portobello-market/. The Portobello Community Greengrocer Team will be selling fruit & veg at this month’s Portobello Market in Brighton Park.  They’re raising funds to help take the project to the next stage, as well as adding a much missed stall to the market. They’ll only have a ‘bakers dozen’ of produce on offer this time, but they hope to have a bigger range next time. Come along to Brighton Park on Saturday (the 1st) between 9:30am and 1:30pm, get your fruit & veg, learn more about our plans and support the return of a dedicated Greengrocers to Portobello High Street.  More here: http://portobellocg.org.uk/about/


The annual Portobello Village Fair this coming Sunday – just two more sleeps.  Full details here: http://www.the-pod.org/forthcomingevents.html. See you there!


Thanks to Councillor Calum Laidlaw, the first of our stakeholders’ meetings about the long-awaited Brighton Place reconstruction project took place on Tuesday evening with concerns raised and information exchanged about how the project might best be managed, buses re-routed, residents and local traders supported when the work does finally start.  A number of myths were dispelled, good suggestions made and a meeting note will be circulated soon.  The tenders for the work are due back next week and phase one of the work could start by the end of September.


As part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful MyBeachYourBeach campaign there are are CleanUp events across the country:  ow.ly/KCgS30lz97q Porty’s clean up is Friday 14 September 10am to 12 noon meeting at the bottom of Pipe Lane.


Porty Ceilidh tickets at Bellfield available from The Skylark Portobello and The Velvet Easel Gallery. https://www.facebook.com/events/203646726960602/?ti=icl. They sell like hot cakes.


Portobello/Craigmillar Partnership are holding a ‘Meet the Funder’ Event next week, Wednesday 5 September, at Craigmillar Library 1pm-4pm.  This is a free marketplace, providing access to funding information for community projects. It’s an opportunity for groups to discuss ideas with potential funders and collect information about possible sources of grant aid.  The list of funding exhibitors on the 5 September are:


Community Bankers 

Princes Trust 

Foundation Scotland 

Heritage Lottery Fund 

Lord Provost Funding – OneCity Trust & Rapid Action 

Scotmid Community Fund 

Go For It – Church of Scotland 


The Corra Foundation 

Portobello/Craigmillar You Decide! PB 

The Robertson Trust 

Business Gateway Edinburgh & Lothians 

BAA Edinburgh Airport Community Fund 

Age Scotland 

Creative Scotland 


Information on both the You Decide! PB Initiative and Meet the Funders event is available on the Partnership website and is updated weekly http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/portobello-and-craigmillar/about/you-decide!/


Street Soccer Free are advertising youth football for 10-16s all abilities welcome, every Thursday 5pm at Brunstane Primary School playing fields.


A big THANK YOU! for all the support and encouragement for our Kiltwalk efforts to raise cash for he Thistle Foundation, based in Craigmillar.  You helped me bust the target! Totally amazing!!  I have now raised over £400 against a target of £200.  Thanks a million to all my donors and supporters so far! My page here: https://edinburghkiltwalk2018.everydayhero.com/uk/maureen-4


Portobello Community Choir will be starting back for the autumn term on Wednesday 12 September. They’re a friendly, inclusive singing group open to everyone and all songs are taught by ear. They will be singing at the Bandstands performance as part of Art Walk Porty at 3pm on Saturday 1 September at the community garden, bottom of John Street. http://www.portobellocommunitychoir.org/


ArtWalk Porty is on all week and officially opened last night at the Skylark.  Rosy Naylor has done and fantastic job getting it all together! Full programme on their website https://www.artwalkporty.co.uk


Have a good weekend!




Councillor Maureen Child

Labour Councillor Portobello/Craigmillar Ward

Office: 0131 529 3268

Mobile: 07718 666 481

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