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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
As the sun shone for the PEP trip to North Berwick, our drivers Mary and Grant made the most of the good weather by taking the scenic route through Longniddry, Aberlady and Gullane. Once in North Berwick town centre we alighted the bus and quickly found a lovely manicured park area where we all sat in the sun and ate our picnic lunches.