Christmas

Neighbourhood Group News Round Up

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Jan 11 2017
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The last part of 2016 was a busy time for the neighbourhood group. Not only were they getting ready for the Christmas celebrations and Pantomime; but during October and November they were also making bird boxes!


The bird boxes were made by the group to be part of an interactive light project that took place at Muirhouse Shopping Centre on the 25th of November. The group worked on this project with Lyndsay from ‘The Arcadeum Art Shop.’ The boxes themselves can still be seen inside the Muirhouse Shopping Centre where they will shortly being going up for auction with the proceeds to go to a local charity.


On the 13th of December the neighbourhood group also created Christmas wreathes when they visited Newhailes National Trust for Scotland. The used materials sourced directly from the Newhailes woodland along with donated cinnamon and dried fruits to create beautiful festive decorations.

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PEP’s Annual Christmas Party

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Dec 23 2016
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This year the party at the Queensberry Bowling Club fell on the 22nd December. Moira and volunteers Peter and Stephen did a fabulous job of decorating the tables. The decorations included luscious poinsettias donated by Pentland Plants and gifts on the tables for everyone from ‘Lindsay and Gilmour Pharmacy’.


60 people came along for the event with delicious food, as always, prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers. Pate and oatcakes were followed by turkey with all the trimmings and a shortbread and fruit dessert.


This year’s entertainment was provided by Graham who put on a disco with a bit of singing thrown in. There was even a conga line snaking through the hall! The raffle had tonnes of prizes on offer including wine, chocolates and gift sets. The large poinsettias were also highly desirable this year! There were five large food hampers again donated by our friends at Liberton Hospital. With additional donations from ‘McKenzie & Millar’ and ‘Morrison’s Ferry Road’, it meant that there were plenty of opportunities to go home with an extra gift!


A special thank you must go out to the volunteers from ‘Heineken UK’ who came along specially to help out on the day. Thank you to Graham for the music, the Queensberry Bowling Club for hosting us and providing the bar facilities, to the staff and volunteers for making the day happen and to everyone who came along…. ‘Merry Christmas’!

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PEP presents ‘Aladdin Christmas Showtime’

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Dec 20 2016
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On the 15th December the Granton Baptist Church hosted PEP’s Christmas Celebrations.


This year the ever popular dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’’ returned to delight the audience with 5 routines. They were talented and entertaining and the younger dancers especially got the audience ‘oohing and ahhing!’


This year’s PEP Pantomime Presentation was ‘Aladdin’ with PEP’s staff, volunteers and group members taking on all the roles. Driver Ian excelled himself playing the evil baddie ‘Abanazar’ and the Guards, played by various volunteers and group members, were amazing with their comic ‘guarding’ of Sultan, George, and his beautiful daughter played by Fiona. Laughs abounded and extra entertainment was provided by the Literacy Groups poem, volunteer Justyna’s amazing piano playing and the ‘court musicians’.


We were delighted to also have Duo Hyperborea as our ‘Court Musicians’ playing Balkans and Middle Eastern Music for the evening. Their music and singing gave the evenings pantomime an authentic Eastern touch and was a fantastic musical experience for the audience.  


The evening also saw awards given to James Hosey as PEP’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’, Marion Penman for a ‘Special Recognition’ award and Mary Harrison as ‘Inspiring Volunteering’ award.
The evening ended with the raffle of 5 lovely hampers donated by the staff at Liberton Hospital and a buffet for all prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers.


Acknowledgements: Rev. Ian Dickie and the Granton Baptist Church, The staff at Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh Dance Academy, Duo Hyperborea, Heineken UK, Neighbourly, Morrison’s Ferry Road, McKenzie & Millar and all the staff, volunteers and service users at PEP who made the evening special!

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Christmas is Here!

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Dec 07 2016
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It’s that time of year again!

The neighbourhood group took time out of their busy ‘prop building schedule’ for PEP’s pantomime, to have some fun and decorate the Christmas tree for the office. They managed to use every decoration in the box and created an amazing seasonal masterpiece.


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Christmas is Here!

theo_pep
Dec 07 2016
Christmas

It’s that time of year again!

The neighbourhood group took time out of their busy ‘prop building schedule’ for PEP’s pantomime, to have some fun and decorate the Christmas tree for the office. They managed to use every decoration in the box and created an amazing seasonal masterpiece.


 It must be Christmas!

 

PEP’s Christmas Party

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Dec 24 2015
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PEP’s annual Christmas party was held on the 22rd of December at the Queensberry Bowling Cub. The club hall looked great with all the Christmas decorations up and the tables all dressed for the celebrations ahead.

This year 63 service users were able to join us for the afternoon. The food as always had been lovingly prepared by PEP staff and volunteers. Keith’s delicious lentil soup started the meal off followed by a full turkey lunch with all the trimmings and a delicious chocolate cake with cream for pudding. The staff and volunteers worked wonders getting all the meals dished out as quickly and efficiently as possible for everyone to enjoy.

After the meal came the entertainment with the music provided by Pat Phelan. Pat knows his audience and always manages to get everyone up dancing and singing and really having a good time!

There were two chances for everyone to get a prize in the raffle. The first raffle included gift sets, wines, chocolates and the lovely Christmassy table plants. But then everything had to stop for a very special visitor… Santa! As everyone sang ‘Jingle Bells’’, Santa and his helpful elves dished out chocolate to everyone there. Thank you Santa, we look forward to seeing him back next year too!

The second raffle consisted of no less than 16 amazing hampers once again donated by Shona and Susan and all their friends from Cupar and Edinburgh. Thank you for thinking of PEP’s service users at this time of year. After a few final dances, it was time for PEP’s drivers to whisk away all the revellers (and their hampers!) to make sure that everyone got home safely.  

A huge Christmassy thank you to all the staff and volunteers of PEP who helped on the day and thanks to Pat for the music and the staff at the Queensberry Bowling Club for hosting us once more. 

Have a very merry Christmas and a great New Year – from everyone at PEP.

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