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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.

ALDI AND CRUDEN PLANNING A NEW DEVELOPMENT AT BAILEYFIELD

Aldi and Cruden are preparing proposals for a residential development of around 200 new homes and a new food store at Baileyfield, Portobello with associated car parking and landscaping.

Before submitting an application, Aldi and Cruden will be consulting with the local community.  As part of this consultation there will be a public exhibition of the proposals on Wednesday 18th June at Portobello Town Hall between 12noon and 7pm.

Orchard Workshops: Songs for the earth: Monday, 28th July

Songs for the earth with Jane Lewis

Monday, 28th July 7-9pm

£6/2 concessions
Venue: Donkeyfield Community Orchard, Daiches Brae, near Brunstane Station

Come and learn some simple harmony songs  around the bonfire and amongst the fruit trees in Donkeyfield Community Orchard. All songs will be taught by ear. All welcome!

Please book by July 21st. Contact Eve: eve [at] pedal-porty [dot] org [dot] uk or 07724 825 434

Orchard Workshops: Learn to make a Pea cone: Sunday, 29th June

The first in a short series of

WORKSHOPS AT DONKEYFIELD ORCHARD

Daiches Brae, near Brunstane Station

Pea cone workshop with Anna Leibmann

Sunday, 29th June 11-3pm, £30 (there are a few concessionary places, please contact us for details)

Learn to make a beautiful willow pea cone to support your peas, or other climbing plants. All materials provided, but bring your own lunch.

Please book by June 22nd. Contact Eve:
eve [at] pedal-porty [dot] org [dot] uk or 07724 825 434

Join PEDAL’s (FREE!) Trip to West Kilbride – 30th May

WANT TO JOIN PEDAL’s (FREE!) BIG TRIP TO WEST KILBRIDE ON THE 30TH MAY?

We’ll be leaving at 9.30am and returning by 5.30pm. Places must be booked – there are ten left: first come, first served, so hurry, hurry.  Email info [at] pedal-porty [dot] co [dot] uk to book your place. Hope you can join us!

We’re hiring a minibus to go and visit one of Scotland’s real success stories! A small community which has turned its fortunes around and re-vitalised its High Street, buying up empty shops and establishing itself as Scotland’s Craft Town.

We want to hear first hand how they did it.

Our High Street is a very important part of our community and we want to see what kind of things we could do to make it more resilient and responsive to local needs, including buying properties and starting social enterprises. West Kilbride Development Trust has a lot to teach us about all this.

See more of their story below.

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West Kilbride was once a thriving coastal town, with a boast that the needs of residents could be catered for from the cradle to the grave.  A popular holiday destination for Glaswegians holidaying ‘doon the water’, at its peak local bus companies had to lay on additional buses during the Glasgow Fair.

By the mid 1990’s the town’s fortunes had taken a serious dip, with 21 out of 40 retail businesses having ceased trading.  A local tragedy galvanised West Kilbride residents  and politicians alike, a public meeting was organised  in 1996 by the area’s MP, local independent Councillor  and other local activists.  The area’s assets were explored and, as tourism was a key industry in the area, it was agreed that the town would add to this by developing a specialised theme to help revitalise itself.  Since the idea was first developed and WKCIL was formed in 1998, the creation of Scotland’s only designated Craft and Design town has underpinned a remarkable renaissance in the retail and community hub of West Kilbride.

Despite limited resources and against a national tide of town centre decline, the retail heart of the town has been preserved.  To date, this has been achieved at a relatively low cost to the public purse and a significant amount of community fundraising.  Recognised nationally as an exemplar of enterprise, the pivotal role of the craft and design studios as West Kilbride’s “unique selling point” has been the driver of the town’s economic regeneration.

This innovative community led project is an inspiration to North Ayrshire and its people because the creation of Craft Town Scotland has managed to turn local economic problems into positive enterprising action. It may not be a huge commercial project, but the Craft Town has added real artistic and cultural value to the area, bringing long-term and deeply felt changes to the local economy.  Jobs have been created and secured, and the quality of life for the people of West Kilbride is better.

Busking Bike at the market on the 5th April

In collaboration with the Science Festival, we’re very pleased to welcome the Busking Bike, who’ll be with us the whole morning.  With mind-boggling experiments and dazzling science demos, Busking Bikes take street performance to a whole new level. Find out all about the latest developments in Scottish science and witness explosions, weirdness and plenty of mess.  

Wassail singing workshop

There will be a singing workshop to learn some traditional and some new wassailing songs for the PEDAL wassail on Wednesday 15th January at 7.00-9.00pm at 7 Rosefield Avenue.  Cost £5 per person to raise money for the orchard.  All welcome – 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. Please contact Jane Lewis if you wish to come.

Wassail

Sorry  today’s event is unfortunately cancelled due to persistent rain.

You are all invited to the wassail at PEDAL’s Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Saturday 25th January at 2pm – 4pm.

January is wassailing time.  This 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…

There will be a singing workshop to learn some traditional wassailing songs for the PEDAL wassail on Wednesday 15th January at 7.00-9.00pm at 7 Rosefield Avenue.  Cost £5/£3 per person to raise money for the orchard.  All welcome – 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. Please contact Jane Lewis if you wish to come.

PEDAL’s AGM: Jan 22nd 7.30-9.30pm, St. James’ Church Hall, Rosefield Place

Local microbiologist Dr Lorna Fyfe will be telling us about her recent research which revealed some amazing qualities in our local honey.  We’ll also have a run down of what’s happened over the past year and some of our plans for next year.

If you’ve been involved in any of the working groups or are keen to get stuck in to some practical project work, please do consider applying to become a board member.  Fill in the nomination form below and send it to Neil, our secretary before the 5th of January (his contact details are on the form).

PEDAL director nomination form

Nature is not for sale, 21st November, 6.30pm, St Augustine’s Church, George IV Bridge

WDM Edinburgh is holding the Forum on Natural Commons to stand up to global finance and share ideas to protect the our natural world for the benefit of all.

Why? Because the United Nations, governments and global financial institutions will be meeting at the same time in Edinburgh to plan how to put a price on nature so it can be bought and sold as a commodity.  So far this practice has utterly failed to stop the destruction of our forests, climate and biodiversity.  That’s why we’re coming together to discuss alternatives to selling off the global commons.

We’ll be sharing good food and ideas with some of the worlds leading thinkers on radical global ecosystem protection, including Brazilian activist Camila Moreno, with more speakers to be announced.

A light dinner will also be provided.  You can take part on 21 November by registering for free on our website now: www.naturenotforsale.org/forum.

Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
EH1 1EL Edinburgh