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Portobello Market, Saturday 1st April

The next Portobello Market is on Saturday 1st April. Don’t be a fool (see what I did there) and get yourself along from from 9.30am until 1.30pm. What better way to kickstart the Easter holidays.

And we have 24 traders coming along, plus BG Cycles with their free bike check. Promises to be a bumper size market. Check out the website for a full list of all the traders.

Map: Brighton Park

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The next market is on Saturday 6 May.

Wassail!

Come and join the Apple Wassail at the Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Sat 28th January 2-4pmWassailing

January is tra­di­tion­ally the time for singing rowdy songs in orch­ards to cel­eb­rate the har­vest from the pre­vi­ous year, chase away evil spir­its and so ensure a good crop in the com­ing sea­son.  Please bring noise mak­ing equip­ment (drums, whistles, pans), bread to hang on the trees, apple juice to soak the bread in, and wear scary clothes if you wish, to scare away any evil spir­its that may be lurk­ing… Come and drink spiced apple juice and sing round the bonfire. All welcome!

This year the was­sail­ing songs will be taught at Portobello Community Choir ses­sions  — Weds even­ings on  11th, 18th and 25th January 7.15 – 9.15pm at Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 189 Portobello High St.  £6/4 con­ces­sions. All wel­come (you do not need to be a mem­ber of the choir to attend these was­sail­ing ses­sions) — songs will be taught by ear so no singing exper­i­ence or abil­ity to read music required.  Children and young people wel­come provid­ing they are able to con­cen­trate and join in.

Apple Day

Apple Day at the Donkeyfield Community Orchard will be on Saturday October 29th 2 – 5PM.

Come and press apple juice, play games, enjoy the bonfire, sing songs – celebrate the apple year. Singing for children (with an adult) at 2.30-3.00;
Singing for adults 3.30-4.30 – led by Jane Lewis of Portobello Community Choir.

All welcome – and please ignore the message created by Facebook that says you need a ticket – you don’t!

Squeezing apple juice

 

Join us at PEDAL’s 10th AGM

7-9pm, Monday 13th June 2016
Dalriada pub, back room
PEDALing Truths? How PEDAL began and what we’ve done since:
How has the world and Portobello changed and what’s needed next?
Here are the minutes of last year’s AGM for your delectation.

Minutes of the PEDAL AGM held on 21 April from 7-9 pm at St James church hall, Rosefield Place.

Attendees: Diana Cairns, Ian Cooke, Gillian Dunn, Stephen Hawkins, Ian Humphrey, Justin Kenrick, Gordon McCulloch, Eva Schonveld, Gillian Wilson, Neil Woodward.

No apologies were received.

1 Introduction 

The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2 Minutes of the 2014 AGM

The minutes were accepted as a true record of the previous AGM, proposed by Diana Cairns and seconded by Gordon McCulloch.

There were no matters arising from the minutes.

3 Treasurer’s report

A copy of the accounts that have been submitted to Companies House was circulated. Income is steady.  We had greater costs last year but this year PEDAL has made a trading surplus, with the result that we have had to pay corporation tax of £159.38.

There is £5,200 in the account that is residual from the CARES grant for the PEDAL contribution to the wind turbine.

It was agreed that the AGM should be held at a different time next year so that the finalised end of year accounts can be approved at the AGM.

4 Election of board members

Ian Cooke stood down from the board because of work and other commitments.  He was thanked for all his hard work, his skill and his wisdom.

Justin Kenrick and Diana Cairns stood down and were re-elected to the board.  Justin Kenrick was nominated by Stephen Hawkins and seconded by Diana Cairns.  Diana Cairns was nominated by Eva Schonveld and seconded by Neil Woodward. 

5 Chair’s report

Eva Schonveld explained that PEDAL has done a great job in maintaining the community’s Market and Orchard, as well as exploring how to expand our growing spaces. We have had a lower key year than expected because PEDAL had been considering community consultation and how to go about it if and when the turbine application is approved and money starts to come through.  The turbine is not certain to go ahead so we have dropped back in our efforts to start consultation.  The process has been frustrating as we have been waiting for a long time to find out whether or not the project would go ahead.

Some members of the board had been on a trip to West Kilbride last summer, which has branded itself a craft town.  We met community members and learned about their activities and projects.  

6 Update on projects/activities

a) Turbine

We have been told that the recommendation is likely to be for approval of the turbine application, which will be considered in the first half of May. The planning permission lasts three years but building can’t happen until the issue of radar for Highland and Islands (H & I) airport is resolved. It will cost £800,000 so we can’t afford it.  Another option is radar blanking which would cost £25,000 but that only operates in controlled airspace, which H & I airport is not the moment.  Ian suggested that we could combine efforts and resources with other groups in a similar position.  

Justin suggested we stop thinking about the turbine as a project that may happen and so liberate our attention for other projects. 

Action: Get in touch up with Tom Black about who is going to follow up on this. We need to tell the community here about what is happening after 1 May. 

Justin said he had promised not to follow up on Seafield until we had exhausted this avenue but now proposed we think about undertaking that. 

Action: Ian – speak to Matt Roy at Greener Leith about Seafield. Veolia (land owners) clearly feels a degree of guilt and is thinking of a water turbine.  

b) Growing spaces:

Electric bungalow community garden on Bath Street got bulldozed overnight by the owners which was very sad. The most active project is the High Street Surgery garden, where the Doctors are very keen on a community garden.   Plans are being drawn up but the landlords have changed so their permission will need to be sought. The other garden is the long thin strip of land over the road from Towerbank playground. It is waiting for someone with energy. The school is keen. 

Pizza oven group – Joel’s plan is to make a mobile pizza oven which will live in Earthy’s back yard.  This should be going ahead over the next few weeks.

c) Bees

Bees have an illness – chalk brood – which weakens the colony.  The beekeepers will need to get a new nucleus.

d) Market

The market is keeping its head above water however, although if we start to be charged a rent by the Council then we’d have to look at the viability of it. Its success is down to Graham’s hard work and innovations. 

At the moment we have between 25 and 30 traders and it is able to continue for another three or four years but we are hoping to get a wider range of traders into the market to make it more viable.   People come to the market whether or not it is good weather and full of people (it only doesn’t work if it is completely chucking it down). 

The new electrical supply to Brighton Park has only been in use for three months. It’s used for the hand wash and for cooking but we need to get traders to come who can use it. 

There’s a concern about access to storage and use of the tables and chairs once/if St James church hall is sold. 

Ian says he is happy to continue contributing to the research on the market. 

e) Orchard

The site is doing very nicely. We have settled down into holding two events a year: (1) Apple Day in October attended by 100 people; (2) Wassailing day in January with singing and christening of the trees with cider for a fruitful harvest.  It’s looking like an orchard now with Irish, French, Dutch, English, Swedish, Welsh, American and Scottish apple trees. It is self-financing with Gordon’s apple juice and chutney sales.

7 Discussions

a) Community spaces:

Graham Acheson will be doing a session at Big Things on The Beach Imagine Portobello event on 30 May, mapping what spaces the community uses and how (this ties into the PCC which is also mapping this).

We understand St James is going to be sold in June. Bellfield will be harder to sell because of the graveyard and listed building status. 

Ian said that we need to think about what space we need; that he would clarify with the church what their plans are and what timescale we have.  Out of the Blue who have the Drill Hall at Leith survives on income generated by the Bongo Club.  Any community owned facility here would need sources of funding as well. 

Action: Ian to contact the Church, then we check with Graham Acheson re 30 May event, and make that or another event (e.g. an earlier event if they are selling in June) the focus for inviting people to meet to decide whether to try and do a community buy out. This ties into our land reform agenda.  [Done but unfortunately no new information was available.]

Action: We agreed to held a meeting to discuss how we might preserve these assets for the community and that this could flow from the Big Things event on 30 May, if the timing is right.

b) Community charter 

This derives its strength from a piece of EU legislation that says communities have a right to protect their assets. So it’s a statement of values, of the assets the community wants to protect, which can be used as a legal document to try and influence the planning system to protect the assets we value.   A community charter has been used by a group in Falkirk at a planning inquiry into an application for fracking.  The outcome of the inquiry is not yet known and it will be interesting to find out what weight (of any) has been put on the charter by the Reporter in his/her decision, and how the community uses the legal system to appeal if the charter is not given weight.

We discussed how PEDAL might want to be involved in the community charter being drawn up by Our Forth.  It was acknowledged that a wide base of support is needed for a successful community charter and also that it is difficult to engage with an issue like this when there is no immediate threat.  However, there is still concern about fracking and unconventional gas extraction and two local people are making films about the issue.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 9 pm.

Can we Save Bellfield for the community?

Do you want Bellfield Old Parish Church and Halls to stay in community hands for community use?
 
SAVE BELLFIELD Public Meeting at Tribe above Earthy, Windsor Place
 
11am Saturday 16th April 2016
 
Please come to hear about a proposed road map to community ownership and to add your suggestions and ideas
If you’d like to show your support, please let us know you are coming by going to this Facebook page:

Numerous wonderful spaces have opened up in Portobello over the last few years – whether bakery, bistro, green coffee van, Tribe Porty, Full Cirqle circus trainings, or the many many more.

 

At the same time, crucial community spaces, needed for the everyday activities that underpin the well being of our kids, parents and older folks are vanishing.

 

The most recent was Rosefield’s St James Church and halls, where the halls were a wonderful gift to the community, enabling all sorts of day time and evening children’s activities, as well as for older folk, all at rates that meant none were excluded because of a lack of money.

 

Rosefield is in the process of being sold after the merger of the Church of Scotland congregations (St Philips, St James’s and the Old Parish Church, Bellfield) into one Portobello and Joppa Church’ at St Philips. The gift of space to the community that all 3 church halls have been couldn’t continue without the community reciprocating by filling the pews.

 

Most of the community groups who previously met at Rosefield were accommodated in the Old Parish Church and Halls on Bellfield Street. Now the Church sees the need to sell this too.

 

Shall we just let another crucial shared common space vanish, while kids focus on screens rather than the big out doors on a wet evening, or attend wonderful but costly classes many can’t afford? If you are interested in helping a community buy out to keep the gift giving then please join us on Saturday 16th April to hear about a proposed road map for community ownership, and to contribute your ideas.

 

bellfieldaction [at] gmail [dot] com

Wassail

Come and join the Apple Wassail at the Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Sat 23rd January 2-4pmWassailing

January is tra­di­tion­ally the time for singing rowdy songs in orch­ards to cel­eb­rate the har­vest from the pre­vi­ous year, chase away evil spir­its and so ensure a good crop in the com­ing sea­son.  Please bring noise mak­ing equip­ment (drums, whistles, pans), bread to hang on the trees, apple juice to soak the bread in, and wear scary clothes if you wish, to scare away any evil spir­its that may be lurk­ing… Come and drink spiced apple juice and sing round the bonfire. All welcome!

This year the was­sail­ing songs will be taught at Portobello Community Choir ses­sions  — Weds even­ings on  13th and 20th January 7.15 – 9.15pm at Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 189 Portobello High St.  £6/4 con­ces­sions. All wel­come (you do not need to be a mem­ber of the choir to attend these was­sail­ing ses­sions) — songs will be taught by ear so no singing exper­i­ence or abil­ity to read music required.  Children and young people wel­come provid­ing they are able to con­cen­trate and join in.

Apple Day 24th October 2015

applesSeason of mists and mellow fruitfulness…PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town will hold its sixth Apple Day on Saturday 24 October from 2-4.30 pm at the community orchard, Brunstane Road South.

We will be pressing apples to make juice so please bring along some apples if you can and an empty bottle so you can take some home with you. We’ll be tasting some apples you may never have heard of and picking the crab apples that are just ripening. There will also be tea, coffee and home baking and sales of local apple juice, jam and chutney. We’ll have a fire to keep us warm and for your entertainment there will be games and music.

We hope you will come along and join us for an afternoon of fun at this celebration of nature’s abundance.

POD need help for the Village fair 2015 to happen!

The Village Show in early September has become a very popular event in the Portobello Calendar. POD have recognised that they don’t have the capacity to organise the event this year, unless they find new people to help. If you are interested then please get in touch with POD by mailing info [at] the-pod [dot] org

Thanks!

Please take a look at this short film.

Wassail

Come and join the Apple Wassail at the Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Sat 24th January 2-4pm

January is tra­di­tion­ally the time for singing rowdy songs in orch­ards to cel­eb­rate the har­vest from the pre­vi­ous year, chase away evil spir­its and so ensure a good crop in the com­ing sea­son.  Please bring noise mak­ing equip­ment (drums, whistles, pans), bread to hang on the trees, apple juice to soak the bread in, and wear scary clothes if you wish, to scare away any evil spir­its that may be lurk­ing… Come and drink spiced apple juice and sing round the bonfire. All welcome!

This year the was­sail­ing songs will be taught at Portobello Community Choir ses­sions  — Weds even­ings on 7th, 14th and 21st January 7.15 – 9.30pm at Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 189 Portobello High St.  £6/4 con­ces­sions. All wel­come (you do not need to be a mem­ber of the choir to attend these was­sail­ing ses­sions) — songs will be taught by ear so no singing exper­i­ence or abil­ity to read music required.  Children and young people wel­come provid­ing they are able to con­cen­trate and join in.

Apple Day: Saturday 25th October 2.00pm till 4.30pm at the Orchard

Hello, it is time for Apple Day…

Squeezing apple juiceJoin us at the Community Orchard
Saturday 25th October
2.00pm till 4.30pm

Everyone Welcome!

Apple pressing (Please bring apples if you have plenty to spare and a bottle to take some juice home).

There will be:

  • Apple tasting, games and crafts – if you have your own home grown Portobello apples please bring an example to show us.
  • Apple juice & jams for sale
  • Refreshments and home baking – we would be grateful for any contributions of home baking, preserves and help but more important: Come along and have fun.

applesBRUNSTANE ROAD SOUTH, GILBERSTOUN, JUST OPPOSITE BRUNSTANE STATION.