Summer Programme

Neighbourhood Groups Summer Programme

theo_pep
Sep 04 2017
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The Neighbourhood Group started their Summer Programme on a very wet day with a tour and lunch at Greyfriar’s Kirk.

The next visit involved a small creature handling session and a tour around Deep Sea World in North Queensferry. It was great watching the seals; the group particularly like Morag the stubborn seal who refused to do any of the activities asked of her… she just wanted to be fed.

The Museum of Flight was great fun.  After a workshop on the air force during world war II, the group got to try on some of the uniforms that pilots would have worn during World War II. Johnny really got into the spirt of things and enjoyed dressing up.

The group then had a lovely day out at Bo’ness railway and as it was a sunny day we had our picnic lunch outdoors in the sunshine.

Next we went to sunny Fife and had a great tour of Culross Palace and walled garden with Linda Whiteford. The group really enjoyed all of her funny stories and were stunned by the beautiful walled garden; particularly the teasels.

We finished off our summer programme of activities with a trip to The House of Binns. We climbed up to the tower before having lunch in the lovely grounds overlooking the three bridges. Then we had our tour of Tam Dalyell’s beautiful House and had a chat with his wife Kathleen Wheatley who made Agata’s day by giving her some peacock feathers.

We have all had a great month of outings and while the weather has been changeable, we have had a great time.

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PEP's Summer Programme Week 4

theo_pep
Aug 10 2017
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The final week of PEP’s summer programme of events included a Trip to Falkirk, the last of the craft classes and a summer party at the Queensberry Bowling Club.

The weather in Falkirk couldn’t have been better; it was a lovely warm day with plenty of sunshine. It was perfect for sitting outside in the clean and safe precinct area after a nice session browsing around the shops. Everyone enjoyed the packed lunches and made the most of a relaxing afternoon.

The final craft class was busy with avid jewellery makers skilfully creating an array of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The colours and designs were inspired with the participants using beads, copper wire and buttons to make their little works of art. The group has worked so hard over the last 4 weeks and the items created have been fantastic. Well done to them all.

The final event of the summer programme for 2017 was the ever popular Summer Party at the Queensberry Bowling Club. The room was packed as the staff and volunteers dished out a delicious summer salad to the party goers. This year the music was provided by Graham and he had everyone up on the dance floor. Even the staff joined in with Helen and Frances stunning everyone with their ‘rockin and rollin’ and Ray enjoying his dances with the ladies!

The raffle had some great prizes including a bottle of Prosecco kindly donated by the bar staff and 2 well stocked food hampers. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with comments of ‘best ever’ echoing around the hall.

As always we would like to say a huge thank you to the Queensberry Bowling Club for providing the venue and bar facilities and for making us feel so welcome. Thank you also to all the staff and volunteers for their hard work setting up and making the event run so smoothly and to Graham for keeping everyone so well entertained.

It was a fantastic end to this year’s summer programme.

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PEP's Summer Programme Week 3

theo_pep
Jul 28 2017
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The third week of PEP’s summer programme of events included a trip to Dunbar, a craft class, the annual Summer Fayre and a visit to the Blair Drummond Safari Park.

The outing to Dunbar gave another opportunity for some shopping and relaxing.  It was great to have so many people going to the East Lothian harbour town including some who had never been there before.

The craft class switched topics this session with jewellery work making a return! The group got busy designing their own bracelets and necklaces, choosing their colours and shapes carefully to make some beautiful pieces of wearable art!

The Summer Fayre was held on the Thursday and the weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold! We were delighted to welcome along ‘MacMillan Cancer’, the ‘Knit and Natter Group’, ‘Bowel Cancer UK’ and Irena and Marion from the ‘Move it Project’. It was a great day with additional PEP stalls all fundraising. There was seated exercise at the central circle which was a popular choice for many, and a barbeque supplying burgers and sausages for the fayre goers.

The event was also visited by MSP Ben MacPherson and local Councillor Eleanor Bird  and the local community police came and joined in the fun too. George kept the music going and the fayre closed with the ever popular raffle. Thanks to all the staff, volunteers and attendees for making the day such a success.

Two buses made the annual pilgrimage to the wonderful Blair Drummond Safari Park. It was a dry day with the sun even making appearance. The buses started by going around the animal enclosures including the new baboon area! It was great to see all the monkeys with their babies clinging to them.  There was plenty of time for people to then do their own thing whether that meant relaxing with a packed lunch or heading for the boat trip around ‘Monkey Island’. It was a very busy day and just as everyone was stepping back onto bus it started raining; things couldn’t have been timed more perfectly.

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Summer Programme Week 2

theo_pep
Jul 27 2017
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Week two included a visit to Peebles, the second of four craft classes and a trip on Ratho Barge

The weather for Peebles wasn’t promising, but it didn’t stop a group from heading to the historic and picturesque borders town. The rain stayed off for the day and allowed time for everyone to browse around the charity shops and admire the historic churches.

The next instalment of the popular craft class continued with the decoupage theme. Whilst some finished off their trinket boxes, others were able to decorate chunky photo-frames. Final designs included geometric patterns and flowers with some button and bead motifs for the final touches!

The last trip of the week was a lovely relaxing cruise on the canal from Ratho. It was a nice sunny day allowing some to sit up front for the best view of the swans on the canal. There were also gifts available to buy and a delicious packed lunch. When it was time for the barges to turn around, it gave everyone a chance to have a chat across the water between the barges.

It was a great day out; and our thanks as always goes to the Seagull Trust.

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PEP’s Summer Programme Week 1

theo_pep
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

Tesco Bags of Help

theo_pep
May 02 2017
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Exciting News: PEP has been chosen by the ‘Tesco Bags of Help’ scheme to be included in the May and June community vote!

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme, where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK. This time it’s PEP’s chance to have money raised by the local community for its Summer Programme of Events.

Voting for PEP will take place in 3 local stores:
Davidson Mains Tesco, Queensferry Road Tesco Express and the large Tesco superstore in South Queensferry.

To vote, you will need to make a purchase of any value at any of the three stores listed above. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

So please choose PEP, and remember to get your token

EVERY TOKEN COUNTS

Thank you!

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Week 4 of the Summer Programme

theo_pep
Aug 04 2016
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The final week of the summer programme saw visits to Stirling and Dunfermline, the final craft class and the big party at the Queensberry Bowling Club.


The buses arrived in Stirling passing the magnificent castle, with views of the highland cattle in the field below adding to the lovely scene. They were dropped off in the town centre, where everyone dispersed and headed for a cup of tea and a browse around the shops. Within the shopping centre itself, there was a display of owls which visitors could handle, pet and photograph. The weather stayed fine during the visit and many bargains were purchased in the local charity shops!


The final craft class enabled the participants to finish off their works of art in denim and felt, and for some, to start mini projects using jeans pockets as their inspiration. In this session, there were cows in their barns, houses, flowers and lovely abstract designs. This week’s home-made baking delight was a fabulous, rich chocolate cake! The craft class this year has been a great success and our thanks goes out to all the participants and to everyone who donated items for the ‘Upcycling’ crafts.


62 people were able to come along and enjoy the ever popular summer party at the Queensberry Bowling Club. The delicious summer salad was prepared diligently by staff and volunteers before being served to the party goers. There was music from Pat with dancing and singing from all the people who attended; including some fabulous Gaelic verse. Manager Helen also drew the raffle with prizes of wine, chocolate, plants and food hampers.


A huge thank you to the Queensberry Bowling club for providing the venue and bar facilities and for making us feel so welcome. Thank you also to all the staff and volunteers for their hard work and to Pat for providing the music and keeping us all entertained throughout the afternoon.

The final summer programme outing to historic Dunfermline was packed. Whilst most trip goers headed to the fantastic shopping centre with its wide variety of shops and cafes, some took the chance of fantastic weather to visit the 11th Century Dunfermline Palace and Abbey. As with Stirling; the owls were there again at the shopping centre giving people the chance to hold and stroke the lovely birds.Craft ClassParty SingingParty winnerDunfermline

 

Week 3 of the Summer Programme

theo_pep
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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PEP’s Summer Fayre

theo_pep
Aug 01 2016
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As always PEP’s Summer Fayre was held in the community gardens opposite the offices at 3 West Pilton Park. The fayre was opened by manager Helen Tait and 5 band members from the Davidson Mains & District Pipe band. 4 pipers and a drummer started off the proceedings and played several rousing tunes expertly and professionally. The BBQ was manned by volunteers and produced a steady stream of food and drink for everyone to enjoy.


There were stalls for fundraising or giving out information; these included the Bright Sparks Nursery, The Edinburgh North West Carers, the Weekend Resource, the Neighbourhood Group, PEP Pets, Scottish Gas and Tony’s Tombola. Leanne from the Pilton Community Health Project also kept people busy with some seated exercise in the centre of the gardens. Emily also came along and provided more fun for the kids (and some adults too) with fantastic face painting.


A huge thank you to Clare and the Davidson Mains & District Pipe Bank, Leanne for the seated exercise, Emily for the face painting, Scottish Gas for volunteering and fundraising and all the other volunteers and organisations who were able to come along on the day and make it such a wonderful success. Thank you also to Morrison’s Ferry Road and the Edinburgh Cyrenians for their continued support.

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Second Week of the Summer Programme

theo_pep
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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