Summer Programme

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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PEP’s Summer Fayre

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

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

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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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.



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