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Maureen Child Update 28 September 2018

Posted on: September 28th, 2018

Dear All


A Community Orchard work day is coming up this weekend tomorrow, Saturday 29 September, 10am till 2pm. Please do go along if you can and bring gardening gloves. There should be be blackberries to pick.  More here: https://www.google.com/search?q=portobello%20community%20orchard


Portobello Market is on again next weekend, Saturday 6 October.  This will be the first market with Brighton Place closed to traffic from the High Street, but pedestrian access to the park is uninterrupted.  The market opens at 9.30am and runs until 1.30pm in Brighton Park, off Brighton Place, Portobello. After a successful trial last market the Portobello Community Greengrocer initiative is back with another selection of competitively priced fruit and veg. To find out more visit the website: http://portobellocg.org.uk/ Check out the PEDAL website for a full list of traders: https://bit.ly/2xFBj3v If you can, please Like and Share their Facebook page, PortyMarket. The next market after that is on Saturday 3 November.


Portobello Community Council webpage have an excellent summary and all the details about Brighton Place closure and bus diversions etc. Click here:  http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2018/09/20/brighton-place-sett-reconstruction-update-20-september/


A lovely Portobello story was picked up by the BBC about the wooden hand-made robots people keep finding, in and around the local neighbourhood.  A total delight! 



This week is Doors Open Day, run by the Cockburn Association, with some local interest here in the Ramp House has gained some well-deserved wider recognition again this year. 



This coming Monday is United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons. At Thistle they believe that Life is for Living whatever age we are. However, Thistle have taken the opportunity to put on four, days of activities especially for you if you’re 60 and over. Activities: Monday – Accessible Tennis, Reminiscence Session, Tai Chi Taster

Tuesday – Seated Exercise.Wednesday – Sensory Walk and Herbal Hand Cream Workshop (booking required), Tai Chi taster Thursday – Coffee Morning and Information Stalls, Fitness MOT, Indoor Curling Taster, Accessible Tennis and a Tea Dance. For more information, call Leigh on 07900 166730.


The weather is getting colder and, as the temperatures drop, some children in Edinburgh won’t have a warm jacket to wrap up in.  The Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund and Edinburgh Police offers grants for coats and shoes to children of school age. Full details and application forms can be found here. http://ow.ly/PehM30lWDKf


It is great to see Portobello High School and Books for Babies so closely involved in the work to building resilience in children and raise the consciousness of us all to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and help take this to another level with the move to make Scotland and ACE Aware Nation. Books for Babies was again part of this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival Programme:  

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/building-resilience-in-children and Portobello’s second Learning Festival already planned for June next year  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portobello-learning-festival-2019-changing-relationships-changing-lives-tickets-50085404794?aff=erelexpmlt We are definitely leading the way in Portobello/Craigmillar!


In Niddrie Mill this week, Councillor Mary Campbell and I joined a walkabout with tenants and residents with Council transport and environmental officers of the Council. We had a good walk around at the invitation of Manor Estates, landlord to about half of the properties there. The rest of the properties are now privately owned through the ‘right to buy’ legislation. About half of those are let out privately, often on short term lets by absentee landlords who assume very little responsibility – if any – for neighbourhood amenity and the upkeep of common areas.  The long term Manor Estates tenants and owners who live there are the ones who care most about the area and want to help make make the place work better for all.  At times like these, I really do wish the Council had all the the powers people fondly believe we have, to enforce rules and make people behave more responsibly!


The weekend after next is Portobello’s very own Book Festival.  Have you got your tickets yet?  Two lovely articles about it here, one from the Edinburgh Reporter: 

https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2018/09/the-10th-portobello-book-festival-is-coming/amp/ and https://portobellobookfestival.wordpress.com/2018/09/26/not-long-to-go-have-you-got-your-tickets-yet/amp/?__twitter_impression=true


Have a great weekend!




Councillor Maureen Child

Labour Councillor Portobello/Craigmillar Ward

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