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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Presentation of prizes: Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council Front Gardens and Containers Annual Awards

The Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council Front Gardens and Containers Annual Awards will be presented at 3pm on Saturday September 4th at the Church of the German-Speaking Congregation in Chalmers Crescent. Volunteers are sought to help with setting up and serving drinks.  

Please contact Tina Cumming if you can help.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Tackling Inequalities for Edinburgh's Children and Young People

'Tackling Inequalities - Promoting Health and Wellbeing for Edinburgh’s Children and Young People' will bring partners together to increase our understanding of how inequalities impact on children and young people and to identify and build on good practice in tackling inequalities and improving outcomes for children and young people.  The event takes place on Wednesday 3rd November at Tynecastle Stadium.

Co-author of The Spirit Level and Co-founder of The Equality Trust Richard Wilkinson will present the Keynote address, and participants will engage in a World Cafe conversational process to enable the development of collective intelligence around actions to address inequalities.

Community participation at these conferences is valued. Accordingly 12 places are allocated to Community Councils at this conference. 

A programme for the conference, a promotional poster and a registration form are available by emailing or phoning 0131 469 3971.

Community Beat Police Newsletters for Tollcross, Marchmont and Meadows - Aug 10

Yocksan Bell, the community beat officer for Tollcross, Marchmont and Meadows has circulated his newsletter for Aug 2010.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Zero waste: Edinburgh & Midlothian - continued pre-application public consultation

The Scottish Government is aiming to create a Zero Waste Scotland. As a result the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils have joined together to set up a zero waste project. Together the councils have purchased a site in the Millerhill area on which a waste treatment facility could be built.

They plan to apply for planning permission first.  A first step in this application, and initial consultation (as noted previously in this blog), has been completed; further public consultation is now under way.  

Public meetings will be held at Danderhall Community Centre on Th 30 Sep from 5:30pm till 8pm and on Sa 2 Oct from 12pm to 3pm.  Further information is available at the zerowaste web pages.  

If you wish to respond please contact by 27 October 2010.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Special AGM to propose winding up of MAGPIE: 23 Sep at 7pm

Marchmont Action Group Promoting Initiatives for the Environment (MAGPIE) has been inactive for the last two years, following the sad death of David Stay who played a pivotal role in the organisation.

Although two years ago there was reluctance to wind up MAGPIE, it has proven hard to find volunteers to inject new life.  Both Marchmont & Sciennes and Merchiston Community Councils also campaign for community matters and hold similar values to MAGPIE.

A special meeting of MAGPIE member is therefore proposed to close down MAGPIE. This will be held on Th 23 Sep 2010 at the Meadows Croquet club at 7pm. If you wish to attend, or are unable and wish to support/ object to the winding up of MAGPIE please contact the Convenor of the group at

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Find out how saving water can save you money

Stop your cash going down the drain! Want to know how saving water can also save you money?

It’s really simple: reducing the amount of water and energy wasted in your home will save you money and reduce your impact on the environment. The great thing about saving water is that anyone can do it and it’s really easy to do. So whether you’re a homeowner or a tenant, making small changes to how you use hot water can make a big difference to your energy bills.

The average household spends around 30% of their gas bill on heating water, which could be as much as £200 a year.

The Energy Saving Scotland advice centre wants to let you know about ways to reduce your energy costs and carbon footprint. All you need to do is click here to complete our online Water Energy Check and we’ll send you a free, personalised report in the post advising you of a number of easy ways to save water, energy and money.

Complete the Water Energy Check for a chance to win one of five Water Efficiency ‘Goody Bags’. They’re filled with funky gadgets and gizmos to help you stop your money going down the drain. It couldn’t be easier!

If you’d like to speak to our Water Efficiency Advisor or have any questions relating to energy efficiency, generating your own energy or sustainable transport please call us on freephone 0800 512 012.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust Summer newsletter

A paper copy of the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust Summer Newsletter - Greenspace Matters - has just arrived through the secretary's letterbox. If you would like to see it please contact him. An electronic copy may appear later at their website.