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PEP’s Summer Programme Week 1

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Jul 19 2017
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Week one included a trip to Perth, the first in a series of craft classes and an Edinburgh tour.

The first outing in the minibus was a relaxing trip to Perth. It was a beautiful day and the group enjoyed what was described as a ‘lazy day’ having a nosey around the shops and a visit to the local cafes. The main object of the afternoon seemed to be soaking up that lovely sun!

The first task for the craft class this year was ‘decoupage’; the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper onto it and varnishing the finished product. The group started craftily ‘upcycling’ old Christmas card boxes, designing and decorating them with paper scraps to make lovely trinket boxes. Some people then used buttons to create raised details for their designs.

The second outing saw the return of ‘Richards Tours of Edinburgh’. This year’s theme…?  “Crime and Punishment in Old Edinburgh and some Very Naughty People!”

Our driver Grant excelled in finding places to stop in the Old Town where Richard could narrate in more detail on some of Edinburgh’s nastiest crimes. These included the treatment of witches; Burke and Hare’s move into murder from mere body snatching and the treatment that finally befell Burke (public di-section).

Then there was “half hingit Maggie” the poor fish hawker whose baby was still born after conceiving out of wedlock. She was sentenced to hang but survived! Deacon Brodie the locksmith-come-burglar who hanged from the very gallows he had designed and the Porteous riots where Captain Porteous was sprung from the town jail by a mob and lynched on a driers pole.

The final stop off was a “house of ill repute” where Richard read reports on some of the working ladies of 18th century Edinburgh.  Informative, fun and a little bit grizzly! Thanks Richard.Craft Class 1

Art Trip to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Mar 31 2017
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PEP’s Arts and Crafts group were delighted to be invited back to the Queens Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Nine lucky ‘crafters’ came along to see the latest exhibition from the Royal Collection, which is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact.


 The subject currently on display is ‘Maria Merian's Butterflies’.  The group were lucky enough to be there for a short talk by the curator of the exhibition, before being able to view the amazing pictures which were all hand painted on vellum and depicted butterflies on native plants. They were created by German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian who travelled to Suriname with her daughter in 1699. Their depiction was ground-breaking for the time and the images are still studied by scientists today.


After the gallery, the group ventured into the palace itself for a refreshing cup of tea and biscuits before setting to the craft session where we created our own butterflies using Maria’s images as inspiration. The class was expertly led by Emily who also continued to tell us about the life and work of this amazing German woman.


We finished by putting all the mini works of art together to create a ‘kaleidoscope’ of butterflies. Once again this was a very enjoyable session and all the participants thoroughly enjoyed their time there. We would like to thank Emily for her knowledge and Neepa for organising the session for us and we look forward to being able to visit again in the future.

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Week 3 of the Summer Programme

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Aug 03 2016
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This week’s events included a trip to Perth, the 3rd craft class, PEP’s Summer Fayre and a visit to the Kelpies and Callendar House.


The weather for the Perth trip was amazing (especially as it was raining back in Edinburgh). The two buses arrived in Perth town centre allowing people the option of enjoying the shops in the sun or visiting the ever popular St Johns shopping centre. Some people sat out at the cafes in the sunshine whilst others went in search of sale bargains. Some of the group also had the opportunity to enjoy listening to the buskers playing in the street.


The 3rd crafting session was bursting at the seams with 11 people joining in. While some were finishing of their fabulous t-shirt bags others were ready to start using another material… denim in the form of old jeans. This project was more about creating a piece of art with the theme being ‘night time’. The crafters got straight into their new task and in a very short time we had views of Arthur’s Seat, night-time Van Gogh style swirly landscapes and urban factory scenes. The tea-time treat of homemade scones finished off the session with a laugh and a chat.


As always PEP’s Summer Fayre was held in the community gardens opposite the offices at 3West Pilton Park. This year there was a pipe band and seated exercise as well as the usual BBQ and fundraising stalls. The lovely weather helped bring people out and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and helped make the day a success.


The week ended with an eagerly awaited trip to Helix Park, home of the enormous ‘Scottish Kelpies’. These 30 meter high sculptures dominate the park and are truly amazing to see. Unfortunately just as the group assembled for the Kelpies tour the heavens opened!  This led (wisely) to half the party admiring the structures from the dryness of the tearooms; whilst the remainder of the group got the true ‘water-horse experience’ (being drenched!).
The group then moved on to the lovely nearby Callendar House. It was great seeing the old building and getting a feel of its history in the vast kitchens. Despite the weather (and once they had dried off) the group had a lovely time.  

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Second Week of the Summer Programme

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Jul 27 2016
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This week’s highlights were Falkirk town, the Craft Class, the Volunteers Barbeque, Edinburgh’s ‘Curiosity bus tour’ and a visit to the Scottish Owl Centre


The week started at Falkirk and while Falkirk’s one way system got the better of the buses, it was an enjoyable visit to the town and the weather was lovely for a wander. The group were able to sit outside and enjoy their lunch in the precinct in the sun.


The craft class saw the continuation of the trendy t-shirt beach bags with many people being able to start their second design. We had butterflies, swans and an ocean going liner! This time the group also enjoyed some delicious hand baked biscuits to go with their teas and coffees. The class was packed with 10 participating


One of the highlights of the volunteers’ year is the thank you from the staff in the form of a party. Seeing as its summer and the weather was good; we held a barbeque at PEP’s offices in the sensory garden. There was a delicious spread laid on overseen by volunteer co-ordinator Elaine. There were burgers, ‘posh-dog’ hotdogs, chicken grillers and vegetarian options, all complemented with sauces, salads crisps and dips. Yum! There was also a raffle with prizes including wine, chocolates and gift sets. The weather held and the volunteers who could make it, enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with good company.
Thank you to all the volunteers who help to make PEP a continual success.

Thursday meant that it was once again time to join tour guide Richard for the ‘Curiosity bus tour’. This time the focus was learning about how land uses have changed in Edinburgh across time. They visited Saughton Gardens the site of the grand 1908 exhibition with amusements, rides and greenhouses. They stopped at The Yard at ‘The Land of Canonmills’; originally a loch with fishing and winter curling then a Gymnasium in the Victorian era. They also visited the site of Calton Gaol at Regents Road and the historic Grassmarket
The week concluded with an outing to the Scottish Owl Centre at Polkemmet Country Park. Again the weather was not favourable, but it didn’t stop the participants from enjoying themselves and getting a ringside seat for the owl flying demonstrations.

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Summer Programme Starts

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Jul 13 2016
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Week 1 included visits to Peebles, Edinburgh Zoo, the first in a series of 4 craft classes and the ‘Village People’ tour of Edinburgh.


The week started with a trip to historic Peebles. Unfortunately it didn’t take long after arriving for the rain to start, but it didn’t stop people having a nice look around the unique shops. One bus did make up for the weather with a nice lively sing song on the bus on the way back home!


On Wednesday the craft class started up with this year’s theme being ‘upcycling’. The participants were tasked with designing and making a ‘no-sew’ beach bag from old t-shirts. The innovative designs included flowers, the zodiac, geometric designs and a sea scene.


On Thursday, tour guide Richard took 11 lucky people around Edinburgh on a tour dubbed ‘Village People’ – looking at the lives of people from 3 different backgrounds, the rural farming community of Corstorphine, the industrial mill town of Cramond and the fishing village of Newhaven.  As always it was interesting, informative and fun!


The final bus of the week went to Edinburgh Zoo and, with many participants never having been there in 40 years, everyone was keen to see the changes to the 100 year old establishment. As a group we all visited the famous Giant Pandas and enjoyed the PEP pack lunch. The rest of the day was spent wandering taking in the animals and enjoying the sunshine.  

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Christmas Craft Class

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Dec 16 2015
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The Craft group celebrated the run up to Christmas with a one off crafting session.

It gave the group a chance to get all their Christmas cards made for that personal touch. Some of the group also created some fabulous Christmas hanging decorations for their trees.

It was lovely to see some old faces return to the class and as always the morning gave everyone a chance for a good bleather and catch up over some Christmassy treats and a cup of hot mulled juice.

Thank you to everyone who came along and here’s to next year!

PEP’s Summer Programme Craft Classes

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Aug 06 2015
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The annual craft classes were held at PEP’s offices for the four weeks of the summer programme.


As always the group enjoyed the classes which this year introduced the craft of paper quilling. There were a lot of creative ideas with cards, pictures and even some jewellery necklaces and earrings being quilled!


The added bonus this year was home baked biscuits to be enjoyed with their cup of tea and blether.


The craft classes were then extended for the Weekend Resource to enjoy with both the Saturday and Sunday groups creating works of art and having a thoroughly good time in the process!


 Thank you to everyone who participated.

 

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