Category Archives: PEDAL

Portobello Market — Saturday 3rd May 2014

The short month of April has it’s bene­fits … it will soon be Portobello Market time again!

A week on Saturday, the 3rd May, we fling open the gates of Brighton park again for another morn­ing of mar­ket stall shop­ping with inde­pend­ent traders.

There’s our reg­u­lar live music band of the Caleerie Buskers and local face painter Annie D will be there.

Come and join us and browse everything from hand­made soaps, plants, garden fur­niture and crafts, organic mut­ton, cheese, con­di­ments, oils, bread to jams, dog treats and African veget­arian good­ies!  Check here for a full list of stall­hold­ers.

We open at 9.30am until 1.30pm.

Wassailing cancelled due to persistent rain

We have reluct­antly just decided to can­cel the was­sail­ing today due to the weather. Sorry! — and we hope you see this in time. We didn’t think it would be much fun for a few die-hards to be singing in the rain and that it wouldn’t achieve the pur­pose of get­ting folk together for a nice com­munity event and encour­aging more folk to come to the orch­ard. But we do hope to re-arrange and will keep you posted.

We have had two ener­getic singing work­shops to learn the was­sail songs — includ­ing one with young people at Woodcraft last night — so there is a band of great was­sail­ers ready to go. 

Portobello Market, Saturday 3rd August

Will the heat wave come to the mar­ket!? Who knows, but it doesn’t mat­ter either way because there’s always a warm atmo­sphere and lots of fun to be had at the market.

There’ll be live music and face paint­ing of course.

It’s been a great year so far for Portobello Market, and August looks like a bumper crop of traders, the most so far this year. We’ll even have a real espresso cof­fee van on site! Woohoo! 

Our loyal reg­u­lars are there with their organic meats, breads, fruit & veg, oils, cheeses, candles, soaps and garden fur­niture, together with crafts, out­door garden fur­niture, plants, nat­ural rem­ed­ies & ther­apies. The list goes on. Amazing variety!

Check out the PEDAL web­site for more details and for a full list of stall­hold­ers.

So come along between 9.30 and 1.30 at Brighton Park on Brighton Place, Portobello, and join in the fun.

Portobello Market, Saturday 3rd March

Satrurday 3rd March is Portobello Market day!

This month we’ve got award win­ning oils, fresh fish and meats, artisan cheeses, unique snacks, hand made soaps, cards and gifts, sea­sonal veget­able, sushi and noodles, organic herbal teas, knit­ted gifts, Fair Trade products and a first class BBQ for those hungry mouths

So come along on the 3rd and sup­port your local sus­tain­able mar­ket and find out about the excit­ing devel­op­ments for the next mar­ket in April.

Where: Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1LJ

When: 9.30am – 1.30pm

A full list of stall­hold­ers for 3rd March is avail­able here.

Stay warm and save money this winter with PEDAL’s free energy saving guide

PEDAL has pro­duced a guide to sav­ing energy at home, writ­ten by energy experts and avail­able on-line and in paper copy. The book­let answers some fre­quently asked ques­tions and sug­gests a range of ways you can make your home more energy effi­cient – from using energy sav­ing products to chan­ging the way you run your home, and from installing insu­la­tion to gen­er­at­ing your own renew­able energy.

There are lots of tips with check­lists in this book­let for you to record what you’ve looked at and done. We’ve included actions that are appro­pri­ate for older houses and tene­ments, as well as newly built ones.

You can down­load a copy here - PEDAL Energy Saving Booklet

Printed cop­ies are avail­able from:

  • Portobello Library
  • Portobello Town Hall
  • Portobello Community Centre (Adelphi Grove)
  • Portobello Swim Centre (Promenade)
  • Earthy (Windsor Place)
  • Woodwares (Portobello High Street)
  • Citizens Advice Bureau (Bath Street)
  • St James’ Church Hall (Rosefield Place)
  • Portobello Old Parish Church (Bellfield Street)
  • St Phillip’s Church Hall (Brunstane Road North)
  • Portobello Market (Brighton Park, first Saturday of every month)

Get your Porty branded T-shirts!

A must-have for Porty fans near and far!

Home sweet home t-shirtPrice £12.50 for adults, £9 for kids.

We have 2 styles both made from Fairtrade cot­ton, I Love Porty and our pop­u­lar Home Sweet Home design com­plete with grid co-ordinates for Porty Prom.

All sizes avail­able in fest­ive red or white — S – XL stand­ard fit and 10 – 16 lady fit plus 4 children’s sizes to suit age 5 – 13. We also have some in Porty pink, royal blue or grey for the ladies.

Get your orders in quickly in time to catch the Xmas post! Call 0131 669 1124 — we can deliver locally…

Exciting dates for your diary!

Saturday Aug 27th 2−30−4.30 — Local Currency Event

Join us at Old Parish Church Hall, Belfield Street, to dis­cuss how to get an Edinburgh-wide local cur­rency in place by this time next year (for more inform­a­tion, scroll down to the earlier post on the subject).

Saturday Sept 3rd — Next Organic Market in Brighton Park

This will be the 1st anniversary of the mar­ket and — as well as the won­der­ful stalls — will include:

- a series of brief inspir­ing films from 10.30 and an organic pic­nic (bring your own food or buy at the mar­ket) from 12.30 as PEDAL becomes one of 12 com­munit­ies across Scotland host­ing a ‘Blasta’ event cel­eb­rat­ing Local Food. (Blasta is Gaelic for ‘tasty’).

- a Big Things On The Beach pub­lic art event from 10 called TOXME which you are invited to par­ti­cip­ate in, an event which high­lights the toxic chem­ic­als we are exposed to in our daily foods and lives.

Sunday Sept 4th — POD’s Portobello Village Fair (2−5)

As well as con­trib­ut­ing to the light-hearted home grown veget­ables com­pet­i­tion, PEDAL will have  two stalls: one for the Orchard and bee keep­ing group, and one to enable people to ask ques­tions about our pro­posed community-owned Turbine.

Saturday Sept 24th — Car Free Day (set off at 2)

- Meet at 2pm at the Cake Stand at the bot­tom of Marlborough Street to cycle along the Prom to the beach below the pro­posed Turbine site at Seafield, or join  us at the orch­ard any­time after 10 for the monthly work day and Equinox cel­eb­ra­tions and then cycle down to join every­one for the 2pm start.

- This year kids are going to need to per­suade their par­ents to help them dress up their bike before­hand, and we will be encour­aging row­ers, canoests and sail­ors to join us in demon­strat­ing fossil fuel free travel! We may even stretch to a time trial: see­ing how well a car, a bike, a skate­board, a skiff do racing against each other if none of them are fossil fueled!

PEDAL AGM and Creating our Future Now! event

Over 50 local people crammed into the Baptist Church Hall on Thursday 18th June for the PEDAL AGM and Creating our Future Now! event. Many left proudly wear­ing their new hot off the press PEDAL t-shirts (avail­able from the PEDAL stall at Portobello Organic Market – get yours quick before they sell out!) and abuzz with the infec­tious energy that filled the hall.

PEDAL has had a busy and chal­len­ging year. Looking back to our March 2010 AGM we were intro­du­cing our newly appoin­ted CCF pro­ject work­ers, launch­ing the food and energy pro­jects and frantic­ally look­ing for another office. And now, only 15 months later we have said good bye to all the work­ers, moved into and out of the Baileyfield office and have just launched the joint com­munity wind tur­bine pro­ject with Greener Leith on the energy­share web­site. Not much time for stand­ing still! Continue read­ing

Portobello’s new must have fashion item!

Home sweet home t-shirtThe new PEDAL t-shirts have arrived. Home sweet home t-shirt

You may have noticed cer­tain people about town wear­ing a styl­ish look­ing t-shirt with cryptic lat­ti­tude and lon­git­ude co-ordinates and the PEDAL logo.  Have you yet worked out what it all means? (Comments below please) . Continue read­ing

Blow me! An urban wind farm

Great piece on the STV news about our pro­posed tur­bine. Also the Evening News has a story on the wind tur­bine plans. (Thanks to all who’ve registered their sup­port on the Energyshare site — we cur­rently have 227 sup­port­ers, and have moved up to 1st place, but we need to stay there, and that aint going to be easy! If you haven’t signed up yet, get on over to http://www.energyshare.com/portobello-leith-community-wind-energy-project/). The Evening News edit­or­ial (bot­tom of this page, under the ‘Sick Kids’ leader) is also help­fully supportive.

There’s also a fas­cin­at­ing art­icle on local cur­ren­cies by Steve Burgess (with help from Justin and Eva).