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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

Apple Day 2013

Orchard-poster-Apple-Day-20PEDAL is hold­ing its fourth apple day cel­eb­ra­tion on Saturday 26 October from 2 – 4.30 pm at the Donkeyfield Community Orch­ard, Brunstane Road South.  We will be press­ing apples to make our own deli­cious juice — please bring a bottle to take some away in.  We also hope to have some of our own tasty apples for you to taste.  There will be a bon­fire, refresh­ments and home bak­ing, plus fun and games (includ­ing apple dook­ing and bat the rat!).

Please bring any spare apples you may have.

  • Wear fancy dress!
  • Bring a Porty grown apple and show it off
  • Also apple juice & home bak­ing to buy.

All wel­come — we hope you can join us.

Orchard poster Apple Day 2013