The Neighbourhood Group has brought spring to PEP early with a fantastic wall poster. Tuesday’s group created the initial collage using pictures and making tissue paper daffodils and butterflies. The piece was then put up for display in the sitting room.
The Wednesday Group then decided that it needed some ‘blinging up’; so they created an array of paper and felt flowers in the shapes and colours of snowdrops, crocus’s and tulips.
The Thursday Neighbourhood Group celebrated Robert Burns birthday in style. The table had been decorated by Elaine with tartan, heather and pictures of the Scots poet; James then kicked off the proceedings narrating the Selkirk Grace before a delicious haggis neeps and tatties lunch was served.
This year’s party at the Queensberry Bowling Club was on the 21nd December. Once again Moira and volunteers Peter and Stephen teamed up and did an amazing job of decorating the tables to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
On the 12th December the Granton Baptist Church hosted PEP’s 2017 Christmas Celebrations; the hall was packed with 125 people who came along to enjoy the festive evening.
30 dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’’ arrived and kicked off the evening with 8 routines. As always their dancing was amazing and they wowed the audience with their talent and inspired routines and costumes (including witches and wild animals!).
The Craft group celebrated the run up to Christmas with a one off crafting session.
It gave the group a chance to get some of their Christmas cards made adding that personal touch. Some of the group also created some fabulous Christmas hanging decorations from some real extra-large pine cones! There was glitter everywhere!
A huge well done to the Weekend Resource and gardening volunteers for all their effort in PEP’s front garden.
The group have been working hard since August to redesign and brighten up the entrance to the PEP Centre. They have been getting rid of some of the old plants, moving some to new homes and planting new ones, including spring bulbs, feature trees and bedding plants.
Congratulations to our volunteer Drivers and Passenger Assistants who have been presented with the Crystal Star award at this years ‘Get Up and Go’ magazine launch by Edinburgh Council. The presentation took place at Leith Theatre on Wednesday 4th October and was very well attended by lots of older people from across the whole of Edinburgh.
Whilst fixing up a garden border, George and his team became the saviours of a wee hedgehog. Hedgehogs don’t have good eyesight, so when an old fence was removed the posthole became a trap. The hog had been on his usual wanders through the gardens of West Pilton Street when he inadvertently fell down the hole; a hole that to him had suddenly appeared overnight.
Each year we like to thank our dedicated volunteers by holding an event to say ‘thank you’; this September we booked the Re-union canal barge to go on a two hour trip from Fountainbridge to the Longstone viaduct and back.
The sun shone as we all boarded the barge, the ‘Lochrin Belle’ at 6pm and after the obligatory safety talk from the skipper telling us “if we fall overboard to just stand up as the water is not deep at all” we set off.