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Maureen Child Update 22 March 2019

Posted on: March 22nd, 2019


Dear All


Portobello Timebank is up for more spring cleaning on Saturday 23 March, 1:30pm – 4pm. Join us for another great afternoon taking care of litter in Magdalene Glen. The weather promises to be good and there is plenty of work for all ages and abilities. Bring wellies/waders if you fancy tackling the Burn, otherwise stick to the paths for a more sedate outing. Meet at 1:30pm by the footbridge across from Asda. Hot drink and cake will be available afterwards.


Good to see Treverlen Park proceeding apace.  Update here: 



Tribe Porty invite you to a free Open Co-working Day on the 27 March. RSVP to events@tribeporty.org. Tribe Porty 9.30 am -1pm 19/21 Windsor Place.


Portobello-based basketball is going great guns and their Easter camp might well be full by now, but there may be spaces or a waiting list.  More here: http://www.cityofedinburghbasketball.net/camp/


The next Craigmillar Community Growing workshop is Tuesday 26 March at 4pm at the community garden at the foot of Wauchope Terrace, showing people how to start growing from seed. Free seeds, tea and coffee.  A framing workshop with Edinburgh and Lothian Greenspace Trust is on 9 April, meeting outside Castleview Primary School at 10.00 am-12am and looking for edible plants and cooking. All welcome to help at Craigmillar Library Garden every Wednesday 10-12, just ask at reception.  Do get in touch with Karin about anything else they might want to get involved with outdoors in the Craigmillar area Karin Chipulina, Craigmillar Community Grows;Community Development Worker for Carr Gomm C/O The Thistle Foundation,13 Queens Walk, EH16 4EA. Karin’s Mobile: 07824 838 364


This is a fantastic documentary film exploring Edinburgh’s coastline and our connection to it. Well worth watching:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4G8jqpgu70


The University of Edinburgh has a community grants scheme now open for bids up to £5000.  More here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/local/community-grants


There’s a walking group meets every Wednesday and is dementia friendly. It starts at 10:30am on Portobello Promenade at Portobello Swim Centre for a 30-40 minute walk.


ArtWalk Porty is taking applications for the  ‘Art in Shops’ and ‘Makers’ Markets’ strands to this year’s Art Walk.  ‘Art in Shops’ is a great opportunity for artists further afield or those without a base in Portobello to get involved, as well as artist collectives. They’re open to ideas from all artists and mediums with proposals now invited for our ‘Land Mark’ theme.

This year we are running TWO Art Markets, one dedicated io artist bookmaking in all its forms at the Dalriada; and a larger Maker’s Market this year at Bellfield. Full details for both at our website: https://artwalkporty.co.uk/applyshops2019.html and https://artwalkporty.co.uk/applymarkets2019.html Deadline is 7 April (Art in Shops) and 14 April (Art Markets)


I will be up early Sunday morning to see off cyclist Gordon Barclay on his 500 mile charity cycle from Portobello, Edinburgh to Portobello, London.  This is a fantastic initiative linking our two communities across 500 miles of the UK and hopefully forging closer links in the future. Our common cause is this fundraiser to help combat and raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and is the brainchild of my Labour Councillor in Kensington and Chelsea, Ian Henderson. Ian grew up here in Porty, played rugby for Portobello Rugby, and now represents a Council Ward in which includes Portobello Road in London. We have much more in common, as Portobello communities, than the 500 miles that divide us. More here: https://www.portobellotoportobello.co.uk/ including the link to the Just Giving Page for this great cause.  All contributions very gratefully received! Gordon will be carrying a message, all that 500 miles by bike, from us four Edinburgh Portobello/Craigmaillar Ward Councillors to be read out by Ian at Portobello Market in five days time! Gordon’s big send-off is outside Portobello Swim Centre at 8am on Sunday morning.  Setting my alarm clock now!


Best wishes 




Councillor Maureen Child

Labour Councillor Portobello/Craigmillar Ward

Office: 0131 529 3268

Mobile: 07718 666 481

Facebook Page: Maureen Child Standing Up for Portobello/Craigmillar

Twitter: @MaureenChild1