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Summer Programme Starts

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.  

Craft ClassZooPicnic at the Zoo

Art Trip at The Queens Gallery

Jul 05 2016
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PEP was delighted to be invited to an art session at the Queens Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse along with 10 of our members who attended this special event.
Upon arrival, PEP’s mini bus was ushered into the palace grounds before being welcomed by Neepa and Jenny from the Royal Collect Trust.  The group was escorted into The Queens Gallery for a special viewing and talk about some of the pictures on display in the ‘Masters of the Everyday - Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer’.
Illustrator Emily talked expertly on 3 of the beautiful paintings from the collection. It was interesting and fun learning about the paintings and discussing what we all thought was going on in them!      
After the talk; we went to the outreach room where a class was set up for us to try our hand at still life drawing with watercolour pencils. Emily was imaginative with our tasks and each person was challenged to draw normally, then with the alternate hand and then with 3 pencils at once! This produced some fabulous pictures… which are now on display at PEP over the summer programme.
Neepa had also arranged us space and discount at the palace café. ! This gave us the opportunity to discuss what we had seen and relax with a cup of coffee. We were also given tickets allowing us back into the gallery for the rest of the day, an opportunity that some of the group eagerly took up!
This was a very different and very exciting trip. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we would like to thank the staff at the Royal Collections Trust and The Queens Gallery for their hospitality and the chance to see the Queens collection!



PEP’s Summer Party

Aug 06 2015
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PEP’s big event for the final week of the summer programme was the summer party held as ever at the Queensberry Bowling Club. This year 66 people came along to enjoy the company, food and music on offer. As always the staff and volunteers outdid themselves in preparing the tables and the delicious buffet style lunch, so that everyone could have a great time. Pat Phelan provided the music with everyone joining in with their singing and dancing. As always, there was a raffle with prizes kindly donated by Morrison’s, M&S, Hibernian Football Club and McKenzie and Millar.

It was a fantastic afternoon with great company. Our thanks to the staff and volunteers of PEP, all the staff at the Queensberry Bowling club, and of course to all the people who came along to make the party such a success.


PEP’s Final Week of the Summer Programme

Aug 06 2015
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The final week took PEP to Perth and the Scottish Owl Centre.

Despite the rain the two busloads from PEP were in high spirits and eager to explore Perth.  On arrival most of the group headed for St John’s shopping Centre where they enjoyed their lunch with a cup of coffee and visited the shops.  The pedestrianised area nearby was the next place to have a wander and there were some nice local shops to discover.  A good day was had by all.  

The final summer programme trip was something new as the bus journeyed out to the Scottish Owl Centre at Polkemmet Country Park.

The group got to see a variety of different owls from around the world and also a wonderful indoor flight display to see these beautiful birds in action. Not only did the weather hold, but everyone had a fantastic fun and educational day out.


PEP’s Summer Programme and Garden Fayre

Aug 06 2015
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This week’s tour outing took the groups to Stirling and we also held our Summer Fayre in the Community Garden.

Once again the weather for Stirling was not kind, but luckily there was a handy shopping centre for everyone to shelter in. It was a nice chance for everybody
to have a cup of tea and a chat with old friends and catch up on some shopping.

The big event of the week was the return of the ‘Summer Fayre’ held on Tuesday 21st July at PEP’s community garden at West Pilton Park. PEP was assisted on the day by some volunteers from Scottish Gas. They helped with the set-up of the garden and held their own fundraising stall.  Although there were a few short showers of rain as the venue was set up in the morning, the afternoon stayed dry and pleasant.

To keep everyone entertained there was music, children’s games, a tombola, coconut shy, home-baking & plants for sale and a bric-a-brac stall from the ‘Granton Youth Centre’. There was an information stall from the ‘Granton Improvement Society’ and garden consultation from The ‘Pilton Community Health Project’. There was also a barbeque manned by our volunteers which was so popular that it ran short of burgers twice! At 2.30 Helen the manager drew the raffle and presided over a dancing competition to end the event.

The numbers of people who came along was fantastic with PEP members mingling with local residents. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who helped out and attended on the day. Including the ‘West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre’, Scottish Gas and all the organisation who kindly donated some brilliant raffle prizes and a whole load of coconuts!

Picture of raffle prize winner Jean and Grace

PEP’s Summer Programme Craft Classes

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.


PEP’s Summer Programme Week 2

Jul 30 2015
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During the second week, PEP’s buses travelled to Falkirk, across Edinburgh’s Old Town, and on to the Ratho Barge.

The week started at Falkirk, where the weather was dull and overcast. However, everyone enjoyed the shopping experience at the Howgate Shopping Centre. Despite the weather, a few brave souls ventured out to the wee lanes nearby and the pound shops benefitted with a sudden sale of brolly’s when the heavens opened.

On Thursday; tour guide Richard took 12 lucky people (and driver Darin) on a tour of the old town. This year his subject was Edinburgh’s grisly past with talk of Burke and Hare, a visit to Greyfriar’s Church and the Grassmarket, and stories of Deacon Brodie. As always it was informative and enjoyable, and this time the weather meant that everyone could stretch their legs off the bus without fear of rain.

The final trip of the week was to the barge at Ratho run by the Seagull Trust. The 2 barges travelled leisurely up to Almond Dell before stopping and tying together. This meant packed lunch time and gave Moira the opportunity to check out how everyone was on the second Barge. The relaxing trip back down the canal to the waiting buses was enjoyed by everyone. We would like to thank everyone at the Seagull Trust for their help and hospitality for the day.

Summer Programme Blair Drummond Safari Park

Jul 15 2015
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Blair Drummond Safari Park

PEP’s second trip was to the Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. The trip was as popular as ever with 2 buses being driven this time by Jumbo and Theodora.
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as nice as it had been for the start of the week, but that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying themselves and there were still plenty of animals to see.

The trip started with a tour around the animal enclosures before lunch under cover at the events tent. There were then options to go to the petting zoo, view the meerkats and do a bit of shopping in the gift shop. Quite a few people also opted to go to the wonderful sea lion show. The day ended with another trip around the animal reserves before the buses headed for home.

Our thanks to the Safari Park staff who let us use their events tent for a lovely dry packed lunch!

Neighbourhood Summer Programme Starts

Jul 14 2015
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Jupitar Artland 07/7/15

The Neighbourhood Group’s first summer outing was at Jupiter Artland, based at Wilkieston. 

The space itself has formal gardens, fields and woodlands surrounding the historic Bonnington House and Manor.   There are various walks that the group participated in with many artworks and sculptures along the way.  The group had a good day and enjoyed seeing the art. 

The staff were very helpful and set up a marquee for us to have our lunch in which was lovely!

Dynamic Earth 9/7/15

The Neighbourhood Group went on their 2nd trip to Dynamic Earth as part of their summer programme.  The staff at Dynamic Earth were fantastic and arranged the entire day for the group.

We firstly started with a tour which included being on a time machine which was very exciting!  We then went to see an Astronaut film in the 360 degree showdome, with explosive surround sound! It was an experience for sure. 

We then went onto two workshops, firstly, a dinosaur exercise where there were dinosaur fossils and the group then went onto make clay dinosaurs, great fun!

The last part of the day was a workshop about Weather, which involved electricity experiments and tornado experiments. 

The group had a fantastic day and would love to go back again the future.


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