Scottish Cup at PEP

Jan 18 2017
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Today PEP were delighted to welcome Sue and Eileen from the Hibernian Football club … and even more delighted to welcome the famous Scottish Cup. May 2016 saw Hibs win the cup after 114 years and Sue, Hibs Community Engagement Officer, and volunteer Eileen have been on the road ever since bringing the cup into the community. Tomorrow they will have visited 114 schools across the whole of Scotland; one for each year!

Everyone at PEP would like to thank them for the fantastic chance to get up close and have their pictures taken with the trophy.

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PEP’s Annual Christmas Party

Dec 23 2016

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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Week 4 of the Summer Programme

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

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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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!




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