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K nect direory

July 2011


Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green and Baberton WIN

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LANARK ROAD Then and Now

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DOMICILLIARY VISITS As part of our eye care programme, ClearVue Opticians can provide a service whereby a free NHS eyesight test can be carried out in the comfort of your home by our professional Optometrist. This service is available to eligible patients who are 60 years of age or over, housebound and unable to come to our practise for an eye test. If you would like more information about this service, please give us a call on 0131 449 6889 – we would like to hear from you.

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Hello neighbours Welcome to the July issue of the Konect Directory. It’s holiday month for many of us, so here’s hoping for a return of the lovely weather we had in the spring! There’s plenty going on in the area if you’re staying home this year – from activities for families, eating out, taking time to do some DIY or whatever else you’ve got lined up for the holidays within the pages of this magazine you’ll find a local business that can help! This month you have the chance to nominate someone deserving of a bouquet of flowers from local florist Vicky’s Flowers. Turn to page 16 to find out how.

Congratulations to Janis Crichton of Currie who won the crossword prize last month. This month you could win a children’s craft session at Honey Pot Ceramics. This could be ideal if you’re looking for something to do with the children or grandchildren one day during the holidays, so try the crossword on page 36. We’ve put together a summer holiday activity guide on page 40, as well as all the usual columns and features. Thanks for reading the Konect Directory, we’ll be back next month.

Helen-Jane Shearer Editor 07854 492638

Contents Feature Article Lanark Road Then & Now Village People Local Walk Pets Recipe Competitions & puzzles Friendship Blooms SortMyPC Quiz

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Prize crossword Sudoku Children’s puzzles Children & Family Community What’s on + Useful Info Clubs & Classes Index of Advertisers

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The Konect Directory is delivered to homes in Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green and Baberton. Copies are also left at the library, community centres, convenience stores and various other locations within the area.

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The Lang and Winding Whang The Lanark Road Then and Now


ittle more than a dirt track for millenia, the route of the Lanark Road has seen plenty of action since prehistory, at times on the edge of momentus events. In 1666, the Scottish Royal Army marched from Slateford to Currie past some landmarks familiar today, en route to the Battle of Rullion Green in the Pentland Hills. From this massacre of Covenanter rebels, flashing forwards nearly three hundred years to the most recent war, the same route became a tar-covered road and was a navigational aid for bombers, with bomb craters to prove it. Between these bookends of violence the Lanark Road has been a prosaic constant to local life. Change was slow. Until relatively recently the biggest worry tended to be the cost of keeping the road passable to foot traffic and pack animals. From the 1700s major roads in Scotland were constructed as ‘toll roads’, paid for by the local landowners. Contractors were appointed for construction, and ‘roadmen’ employed for maintenance including shifting horse manure into piles in little stone laybys (since it was ‘laid by’ i.e. put aside to deal with later). Constant upkeep was needed, and just as now, budgets were always a concern. From the mid-1700s the road had improved to the point where wheeled carts could operate instead of just pack horses thanks to a series of Turnpike Acts. A toll had to be paid to use the Lanark Road, the sum depending on the goods and the wagon loads involved. There were stiff penalties for any who tried to evade paying dues by slipping through fields or along side roads. To stop such evasions, additional toll bars known as check-bars were often erected on these side roads.


With improved surfaces came wagons carrying valuable freight, and so attacks by robbers increased. One particularly colourful local character was Captain Will Baillie, known as the “Gentleman Gypsy”, a Romany skilled at disguise who often adopted the persona of an educated, rich man. Baillie was famous for gestures of generosity and care towards the poor, while helping himself with style to the money of the better-off. Another kind of criminality was foiled by two stone breakers working on the Lang Whang, recorded as becoming suspicious of a load of straw driven by two other men. Following the drivers into Jenny’s Inn they overheard conversation which confirmed their suspicions – there were corpses in the wagon, stolen from Lanark Graveyard! The criminals had hoped to sell the corpses to the medical school in Edinburgh, but were captured by the excise man at Balerno. By 1790 the whole Lanark Road had been completed and for the next fifty years it was a busy through route connecting the capital with the cotton mills of New Lanark. In 1791 the minister of Currie parish wrote in glowing terms of the now-complete Lanark Road. He remarked that it was now possible for a single cart to carry 150 stones of hay in the charge of two horses and one man, where forty years earlier fifteen horses and seven men had been needed to transport the same load, as carts became bogged down in the mud if too heavily laden. The minster reported with approval that stage coaches now ran twice a week between Edinburgh and Lanark, but he was not universally impressed with better transport links: “Till within these few years the people of this parish were sober, industrious

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and economical. The vices of the capital, however, are beginning to spread fast among them, and those baneful articles to the poor, tea and whisky, will soon produce that corruption of morals and debility of constitution which are already so severely felt in many parishes, and which must soon materially injure the real strength and population of Scotland.” The toll points continued until quite late in the 19th century, and the first edition Ordnance Survey maps (of the 1850s) show their position - often chains over the road, and a wee bothie or house for the Toll Keeper or his employee to watch out and operate the barrier. We don’t know what accommodation the toll keeper in Currie had for the first 90 years, but in 1840 the toll house (pictured) was built, and it stood until the 1960s at the junction of Riccarton Mains Road and Lanark Road West. Today the position of the well serving the house is marked on the footpath.

Currie Toll House

A precursor of things to come appeared on the road north of Currie in the 1820s and 1830s – steam coaches! These puffing monsters polarised opinion, but the naysayers got the upper hand with their To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

claims that lives were endangered by the panic induced in passing horses. The perception of danger was so widespread that steam coaches were withdrawn throughout the Edinburgh region, to the great relief of stagecoach, canal and train operators. As the railway network expanded through the 1840s there was a three-way fight between road, rail and canal transport. Many stage coach operators protested about the size of the toll dues they were forced to pay and were given reductions to allow them to stay in business. By 1847 one coach operator, James Waterston - who ran his service between his inn at Little Vantage and Edinburgh - was struggling. He reported that his coach had been off the road for six months due to the high cost of feeding his horses, but that if the road trustees would further cut his rates of toll per horse he might restart it. Despite this, all coach services ceased shortly after the opening of the Caledonian Railway in February 1848. The railway effectively sidelined the road west of Balerno, the 20 mile section we call the “Lang Whang” which runs across high bleak moorland to Carnwath. So as you’re driving along the Lanark Road in peak hour traffic spare a thought for our forbears. They contended with mud and potholes, footpads and occasionally soldiers, had the effort of a 1000 foot climb, and had to cajole their beasts all the way to distant Lanark! Sources: Shaw, D 1989 The Balerno Branch and the Caley in Edinburgh Oakwood Press Balerno SWRI 1967 Balerno, the village and district.


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Geocaching locally


eocaching is an enjoyable social hobby, a gentle treasure hunt played around our countryside and villages with people you'll probably never meet. All you need is the modern equivalent to a compass, the GPS, which is often part of a mobile phone. Then you go to websites such as to find GPS locations and clues to help you find the “treasures”, or geocaches. Many of our local landmarks have geocaches nearby, as do obscure and unremarkable corners.

A cache consists of a sealed container or bag with a paper log book and some objects. The rules are simple: if you remove an object, replace it with something of equal or greater value, and write about your find in the log book and later, on the website. Objects can be anything so long as it is small, from a little plastic toy to an interesting shaped nut to a copper coin from Russia! Once you've

got into the swing of geocaching you might like to create one yourself - but beware of muggles, the idea is to do geocaching discreetly without non-geocachers even being aware of the game going on around them! Geocaching is a great way to learn about the local area and get out and about with the family. The fun is in finding the cache, and there are varying levels of difficulty. For example, searching for 'Balerno' on brings up the cache called “The Balerno Shoe Tree”. Balerno has had a shoe tree for some time (a story in itself – why is there a tree festooned with shoes in Balerno?) and that is the landmark chosen for a cache. Somewhere near GPS coordinates N 55° 52.267 W 003° 23.999 is a cache described as a 'tupperware box'. The clue is "In a shoeless tree", so with a little commonsense it is easy to guess what would be an accessible and effective hiding place. Similarly for the “Old Railway Bridge” cache, and the series of caches down the Water of Leith. There is also the Red Road Loop, Harmeny Wood and other lovely spots waiting to be discovered.

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o you know someone in the local community who deserves a bouquet of flowers for work they do? Or a friend who overcomes difficult circumstances or helps others? Local florist Vicky’s Flowers and the Konect Directory are offering Konect readers the chance to show your appreciation of a member of the local community by nominating them to receive a bouquet. To nominate someone to receive a bouquet, simply state in no more than 100 words who you are nominating and why. The nominee must live or work within the Konect Directory distribution

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Wedding & Event Florist area (listed on page 3). Please include your full name, address and telephone number, and post to Friendship Blooms, The Konect Directory, Overton Farmhouse, Kirknewton, EH27 8DD or email to Closing date for nominations is 8th August, 2011 and the nomination will be printed in the September issue.



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Mix, stir and paint at Honey Pot Ceramics


drop the orange colouring into the molten mixture and swirl it around, add the sweet orange scent and pour the scented mixture into the mould... I am at Honey Pot Ceramics, located in the Climbing Centre complex at Ratho, and am making soap. I have chosen fish shapes from the range of soap moulds and decided to make glittery goldfish mini-soaps with an orange scent to go with the colour. But there is any combination of shapes, colours and scents to choose from; it’s part of the fun of making cosmetics at Honey Pot Ceramics, the only venue in the Edinburgh area where you can make your own cosmetics from quality ingredients. Honey Pot owner Juliet Russell explains, “There are a lot of restrictions and regulations to meet in order to make cosmetics. We use only cosmetic-grade ingredients, and our recipes are approved by an independent chemist.” Besides soap, you can make lip balms, lip gloss, shower gel/bath bubbles, bath bombs and body glitter gel. For all of them you can add extra effects such as flower petals, glitter or even plastic bugs! They are great fun to create, and they make excellent gifts – once finished, you add your own labels and they are gift-wrapped in cellophane ready to take away. For a special gift, you could move on to ceramic painting in the studio while your soap sets, and paint a soap holder or other ceramic item to go with it. There is a wide selection of ceramic items to paint and staff on hand to help with painting techniques, for both adults and children. Honey Pot is run by Juliet Russell who opened the business here at Ratho last October. She has always been a keen amateur potter and firmly believes that everybody can be creative – you just need to have a go. The strap line of the business is “be amazed at what you can do” and their customers prove this over and over again. Juliet ran Honey Pot as a mobile business in the Borders before settling back in the Edinburgh area and finally deciding to take the plunge, leaving her comfortable job as a Human Resources consultant and setting up her own business.


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From 6 months +, Ho ney Pot’s Messy Play Arts and Crafts sessions are a must-try. From 10a m to 11am every Monday, Thursday and Friday, you can take your presch ooler along for an ho ur of messy play, where the y can try a wide variet y of art and craft techniqu es. The bonus for par ents is that the children ten d to make a huge me ss... but not at your own kitchen table, you sim ply walk away! There is a new theme each we ek and your child will hav e 3 or 4 finished items to take away from each session. £5 per sessio n including all materials .

Adults and children alike are attracted by the potion-making aspect of creating cosmetics, where you melt, mix, stir and choose colours and scents. Besides the cosmetics and ceramic painting, there is also a jewellery-making section where you can make bead bracelets and necklaces, string friendship bracelets, make tiaras and other items. The range of beads and other decorations means there is something for everyone to manage - from preschoolers (large holes for easy threading) through to more intricate items for adults. There is also gift shop within the studio. With regular workshops on different crafts, nights outs, pottery wheel experience sessions, children’s parties – there is always something different on at Honey Pot Ceramics. They have also planned a fabulous range of summer activities and will be introducing wilderness crafts including fire making, shelter building and bush craft skills of making your own cordage. Check their website at for latest information or call them on 0131 333 6348.


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Honey Pot Ceramics Come and see us for some creative fun! paint your own pottery

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Susan Smith : Everybody needs a Susan!


ost in a foreign city, not knowing where the nearest toilet is, you can’t remember how to ask for a first class stamp. Who has the answers to these, and all other conceivable questions? Susan!

It’s my job to know what visitors need even before they do!” she says. “I try to put myself inside their shoes.” Susan is a fully qualified, Blue-Badgewearing Scottish Tourist Guide. A friend recognised she had the right gifts and suggested she study for the Scottish Tourist Guide Association qualification. Guides must be organised, practical and expert multi-taskers. Susan is also friendly and enthusiastic, and knows about - well, pretty much anything! Which is just as well, because visitors to Scotland ask about kilts, castles, caber tossing and… chimney pots? “Locals hardly notice Edinburgh’s chimney pot skyline any more but tourists often ask me about the chimneys,” Susan says. “I explain that every house used to have an open coal fire. I describe the smog they produced, and the damaged caused to many stone buildings. History comes alive when you can see it all around you. And I always refer to something people understand. If I talk about Mary Queen of Scots, I don’t give a list of dates, I describe her life and her trials, which people relate to and find interesting.” But you can’t always predict what people find interesting. Susan once took a group of German visitors to the Highlands. “Despite the amazing scenery, the biggest ‘oooh!’ of the day was when they spotted a Lidl Supermarket!” she 20

laughs. “The group were so excited, I always mention it now.” Guides also have to be passionate about Scotland, love travelling and be great communicators. Many speak more than one language. Susan finds her French and German very useful. “Once, when I was explaining the Glencoe Massacre, I just couldn’t remember the German for ‘Oath of Allegiance’,” she remembers. I think this means Susan’s German is considerably better than mine. “I always see visitors as individuals. And I never forget that they are on holiday. I want them to have the best time. A tutor told me, ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.’ I think that is so true.” And then she launches into her favourite piece of Scottish tourist information. It concerns a small, round, and very shy animal, which hides deep in the heather of the Scottish Highlands. Adapted to mountain life, it grows one leg longer than the other, and runs in only one direction round the hills. Skill, patience and a large hessian bag are needed to capture it in time for the Burns Supper… Susan lives in Balerno. If you bump into her, stop and have a chat with her. She’s a mine of interesting information, and she always carries a supply of Europe stamps!

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Vet’s Tip: Pet First Aid


n important point to remember if you find an animal requiring first aid is to keep calm and use your common sense. Food and water should never be offered to an animal that requires first aid – it may worsen their condition and delay veterinary treatment. Medications (e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen) should never be administered to an animal, as they can be toxic. A traffic accident is a common situation where first aid may be required. If the animal is collapsed and unable to move, it may have spinal damage or broken bones. The best way to move the animal is to slide it on to a large towel or blanket without moving any limbs or the head. The blanket can then be used as a stretcher to transport the animal in to and out of a car. It can be very useful to have a pet first aid kit in the home, and for dog owners, one in the car too. A cut pad whilst out on your walk

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can produce a lot of blood. Having basic bandaging materials to hand not only helps keep a wound clean before being attended to by a vet, but it can help control the flow of blood from the cut. Ask your vet or vet nurse about items for making up your pet first aid kit. In any situation, calling your veterinarypractice for advice, and give as much information as possible, is the best course of action you can do. Vet’s tip provided by Louise Gardiner, VN, West Lothian Pet Sitters

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A Ramble in Roley’s Wood By Karen Murray


s I seem to work far more hours than I relax these days, trying to find time to fit in a walk can be difficult. However, I always feel so much better for making the effort so when there is a chance I take it. On the most recent of my several hockey drop off/pick ups for sporty daughter and pals, I thought I would make good use of the time in between by taking a walk. I could walk up and down the streets but for me at least a little interesting scenery makes for a much more pleasant experience. Hockey on this occasion was at Currie High School so I decided to try one of Balerno Footsteps 4 Fitness suggested walks in that area. Having dropped the girls, I left the car in the High School car park and then in order to complete a circuit, I walked to the suggested beginning for the walk at Currie Youth Club on Lanark Road. I headed up Dolphin Avenue to Lanark Road, turning left for

the youth club. From here you can take in fabulous views all the way to Fife on a clear day. The start of the walk is from the playing fields by the youth club following a linear downhill route through the green spaces running parallel to Dolphin Road, crossing Forth View Road and descending into “Roley’s Wood.” Including the community woodland in the walk makes for a far more interesting way to get some exercise and while away some time. Originally called the Curriehill Strip, this woodland area through which the path winds next to Currie High School had its name changed in 2001 to “Roley’s Wood” in honour of local ex-school teacher Roley Walton. A biology teacher, she spent a great deal of time instigating and leading various environmental projects to improve the area for public enjoyment. Along with campaigning by sixth year pupils and local residents, the improvement plans culminated in Forestry Commission funding to improve the woodland which was ravaged with Dutch Elm disease by building new paths, felling dead trees and planting new ones. The newly built Woodlands school for children with moderate learning difficulties also made some improvements to the wood which they use for many projects and there is direct access from the school to the wood which was officially reopened in all its glory in 2009. The wooded area contains a number of marked nature trails and decorative plaques as it is extensively used for environmental environmental

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A Ramble in Roley’s Wood By Karen Murray

 education. There are plenty of bird watching opportunities if you are of that inclination and various invertebrates of interest in the stream that flows through the wood. For me the stream just added to the peaceful ambience and I enjoyed my time out from work and housework! The path continues through the wood until you reach Currie Vale Drive. Cross over here and onto the path that leads down steps and through a little more woodland with great views over the fields, until you reach Curriehill Station. The station was built in 1874 next to the Water of Leith as part of the rapid expansion of the railways for transporting people and goods taking place at this time after the decline of the canals. At this point you can do a number of things - simply retrace your steps, walk over the rail bridge to the other side and turn right, making your way back through the urban landscape taking a right turn at each t-junction or even take a left turn at the railway station and wander the back roads and fields for a while working your way back eventually. I climbed the bridge to get some great views across the countryside, then retraced my steps as far as the lovely and leafy Roley’s Wood. From here I exited the wood into the car park of Currie High School just in time for pick-up. A perfect way of combining the wait while the girls played hockey with some much needed exercise and some de-stressing for the mind! I also got to discover parts of Currie I normally only drive past.

The full walk from the youth club and back is around two miles and will probably take around 45 minutes, but some of the terrain can be a little challenging as there are steep sections in the woodland so it is best to wear suitable footwear. It’s a walk you can do anytime, but if you want company do call Balerno Footsteps 4 Fitness (0131 477 7733) and find out when they are next organising walk no.6. The group does take a break for July but will be back in August with plenty more walks and you can always walk alone or find friends to join you.

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Strawberries and Cream Cake Divide the mixture between the cake tins and gently level the surfaces. Bake the sponges in the preheated oven for 20-25 mins until risen, golden brown and springy to the touch.


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Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for 5 mins then carefully turn them out onto a cooling rack. Peel off the lining paper and leave to cool completely. For the filling, hull and slice nearly all the strawberries (reserving a couple for decoration) and mix with the sieved jam. Sandwich the sponges together with the cream and strawberries. Dust the top thickly with icing sugar and decorate with the reserved strawberries.

FILLING 3 tbsp strawberry jam, sieved 175g (6oz) strawberries 300ml (1/2pt) double cream Icing sugar to dust Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4. Grease and base line two 20cm (8in) round, loose-based cake tins. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or electric whisk until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs and vanilla extract, adding a spoonful of the flour if the mixture begins to curdle. Using a metal spoon gently fold in the rest of the flour and enough of the milk to give a soft dropping consistency.


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Exchange experience at Balerno High School


am Mateo Louapre from Lorient in Brittany, France. For the last six months I have been living in Kirknewton and going to Balerno High School. I am on a language exchange, the name is ALLEF. My time in Balerno High School was really good . When I arrived in the school, I received a very good welcome from all the students. I wasn’t alone, some children came and spoke to me, I made new friends. The teachers are very nice and much more interesting than my teachers in France. What surprises me most is when the teachers are speaking in France nearly nobody listens, whereas here everybody listens. There is more respect between the staff and the students. Balerno High School is much bigger than my school in France. In France school starts at 8.00am and we finish at 5.00pm. It’s cool to finish earlier because we have more time with friends

climbing, running, jumping, swinging and so on. My English has improved a lot because when I arrived I couldn’t follow a conversation, I couldn’t say anything, I couldn’t read a book. I did English in school in France but was very rubbish at it. I really enjoyed Scotland.

I just think it’s a bit sad that when you meet your friends here you just say “hi” it’s a bit cold. In France you shake hands and in Germany you give them a hug. At home in France I do parkour and was very happy to discover a good parkour group in Edinburgh that I go to every Saturday afternoon. Parkour is a French sport which consists of going from one point to another point as fast as possible including ent House

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Summer Holiday Guide

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Summer Holiday Guide, What’s On? + Useful Info July Pentland Countryside Rangers Activities For all events bring sturdy footwear and waterproofs. Events are free unless otherwise indicated. All events must be booked in advance with the Rangers unless otherwise indicated. For further information see http:// where you can download the full events leaflet. The Rangers can be contacted on 0131 445 3383. Mon 4 July Hieroglyphic Ladybird Survey at Bonaly Country Park. 10.45am - 1pm Wednesday 6 July Moorland Moths Survey at Bonaly Country Park 9.15am - 12pm Monday 11 & 18 July Common Blue and 6 Spot Burnet Survey 1.15pm – 3.30pm..Meet outside Tiphereth,Torphin Road. Thurs 28 July Teddy Bear Adventures. Barnaby the Pentland Bear is looking

for young explorers to join him on his journey through Harlaw Woodland. Meet: Harlaw House Visitor Centre. 10.30am – 12.00pm Bring: Teddy bear and wellies Cost: Donations welcome. Suitable for children under 8 yrs. Fri 29 July Bavelaw Exploration. Walk from Harlaw Reservoir to Bavelaw Marsh, returning by the shoreline of Threipmuir Reservoir and Black Springs. Learn about the wildlife of Bavelaw Marsh and the importance of the reservoirs in the area. Meet: Harlaw House Visitor Centre 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Bring binoculars if you have them. Cost: Donations welcome. Suitable for all age groups. Thurs 11 August Lets go Batty. Fun batty activities for children. Meet: Harlaw House Visitor Centre. Drop in between 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Cost: Donations welcome. Suitable for children 5-11 yrs.

To include your event here, please email or post details to: The Konect Directory, Overton Farmhouse, Kirknewton, EH27 8DD Saturday 9th July Balerno Farmers Market 9am – 1pm Main Street Balerno Saturday 23rd July Work on the Wild Side at Harperrig Working with the Pentland Hills Ranger Service carrying out practical conservation tasks. Come and lend a hand working at Harperrig Reservoir, with is due to become a Local Nature Reserve. Meet: Harperrig Reservoir car park, Colzium off A70. 1:30pm – 3:30pm Bring sturdy footwear, old clothes and gardening gloves. Booking essential, suitable for over 16 year olds. For more information contact the Pentland Hills Ranger Service. Cost: free Saturday 23rd July Juniper Green Farmers Market 9am – 1pm. Kinleith Arms To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

Monday 25th July Wild Flower Meadow Survey at Hillend Country Park Help the Rangers survey the wild flowers at this recently developed site. Created in 2008, the wild flowers are battling for dominance with new species found during the survey. 1:15 – 3:30. Booking essential. Bring sturdy footwear and waterproofs. For more information and to book contact the Pentland Hills Ranger Service. Cost: free Pentland Walking Festival: 28th - 30th July Thursday 28th July The Ridge Walk A circular guided walk over the five main peaks of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, with fantastic views over the Lothians and down to the borders. 10:00am – 4:00pm. Grade of walk: Strenuous, 10 miles (17km), 846m ascent. 










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 Meet: Flotterstone Information Centre. Bring sturdy footwear, waterproofs and lunch. Booking essential. Suitable for over 16 year olds. For more information contact the Pentland Hills Ranger Service. Cost: donations welcome Friday 29th July Bavelaw Exploration Walk from Harlaw Reservoir to the Robin Aiken Bird Hide at Bavelaw Marsh, returning by the shoreline of Threipmuir Reservoir and Black Springs. Learn about the wildlife of Bavelaw Marsh and the importance of the reservoirs in the area of Edinburgh. 1Pm – 4pm. Grade of Walk: Moderate, 5 miles (8km), 90m ascent Meet: Harlaw House Visitor Centre Bring sturdy footwear, waterproofs and binoculars if you have them. Booking essential. Suitable for all age groups. For more information contact the Pentland Hills Ranger Service. Cost: Donations welcome

Balerno Library information 1 Main Street, Balerno, EH14 7EQ 0131 529 5500 Opening times Mon & Wed: 1.00pm - 8.00pm Tues, Thurs & Fri: 10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday: 9.00am - 1.00pm Bookbug sessions Action rhyme and song sessions for parents/ carers and children 0-3. Alternate Fridays 10.30am - 11.00am

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Currie Library information 210 Lanark Road West, Currie, EH14 5NN 0131 529 5609 Opening times Mon & Wed: 1.00pm - 8.00pm Tues, Thurs & Fri: 10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday: 9.00am - 1.00pm Bookbug sessions Action rhyme and song sessions for parents/ carers and children 0-3. Alternate Fridays 10.30am - 11.00am The Pentlands Medical Centre 44 Pentland View, Currie, EH14 5QB 0131 449 2142


Clubs and Classes

sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... Zumba Fitness with the ZumbamamaZ Mon: 9.45-10.45am Juniper Green Church Hall Tues: 8.30-9.30pm Balerno High School Thurs: 6.30-7.30pm Currie High School Fri: 9.45-10.45am Juniper Green Church Hall Look out for our KIDS and TEENS Zumbatomic classes, coming soon! Tel: Sara: 07723 589 280 or Laura: 07976 694 077 Busy Bee Club at Honeypot Ceramics Friday’s 1 – 5pm term time. (from 18th Mar). Arts and crafts, £10, booking essential. See or call 0131 333 6348.

Craft Club at Potter Around Saturdays 10.30am-noon. Paper craft, pottery painting, clay making & general crafts; £10 incl materials, drink & snack. Parents welcome to stay. See, call 01506 238961 or email Knitting Club at Potter Around Alternating between Tues 7.30 – 9.30pm and Wed 10.30am – noon : call 01506 238961 or email for dates. £4.50 per head – includes tea and coffee

BABERTON 172nd Pentland Scouts (Baberton)

BALERNO Pentland Caledonia Pipes and Drums Balerno Community Centre every Friday 7pm-9.30pm. New members welcome. Tuition free on pipes or drums Phone 0131 4495133 Balerno Art Club Meet at Balerno High School Art Room every Thursday 7.30 – 9.30pm. Demonstrations, speakers, work evenings. All mediums. New members welcome, please contact Janet Dyer on 0131 449 3767 or Marion John on 01506 880428. Balerno SWRI Balerno Community Centre First Tuesday of every month (ex Jul & Aug) 7 30pm in. We usually have a speaker but we also have “in house” evenings. There is usually some business to be discussed and we enjoy a “cuppa” whilst chatting. New members or visitors welcome, just come along.


Balerno Fitness Classes Aerobics/Step/Conditioning 7.30 - 8.25pm Total Body Conditioning 8.30 - 9.20pm Every Monday, Balerno High School in small gym. For further information call/text 07811 424946 or email Pentland Flower Club Meetings 1st Friday of every month (ex. Feb, Jul & Aug) at Balerno High School Drama Studio, 7.15pm prompt. All welcome, visitors £5. Contact Joyce Wilkie on 0131 449 3030. Compass Playgroup Dean Park Primary Pre-School Centre. 2-5 years, wide variety of activities. Mon to Thurs (school term time only) 9:00am-11.45am. Lunch Club and Transfer Service to Dean Park Nursery. Call 0131 449 4530 (during opening hours) for more information or email Rookie Lifesaving Balerno Community High School For swimmers aged 10 - 14 years. Alternate Thursdays 6pm - 8pm. For further information contact the Community Education Office on 0131 477 7733 Yoga with Claudia Goncalves Wed and Thurs 7.30pm – 9pm. 4 weeks block £20, drop-in £7. Pirnie Ha’, Cockburn Hill Road, Balerno, EH14 7JB. Booking : 077 8080 6600 Fitness Yoga Balerno High School Fridays 7-8pm. Contact Balerno Community Education Office 0131 477 7733 for more info. Balerno Baby and Toddler Group Balerno Parish Church Hall, 3 Johnsburn Road, Balerno, EH14 7DN. For children 0-5 years and their carers. Term-time Thurs 9.45am - 11.30am. Currie Rugby Football Club Malleny Park Minis (P1-7) Sundays 10.30am - 12pm Contact 0131 449 2432 Adult daytime swim club Balerno High School Contact Balerno Community Education Office 0131 477 7733 for more info

Balerno Footsteps 4 Fitness Mondays 10am Balerno High School Riverside Café Alternate Thursdays 10am Balerno High School Riverside Café Alternate Fridays 10am Balerno Parish Church Hall Please remember to mention The Konect Directory when contacting advertisers

Contact 0131 477 7733 Children’s swim scheme Balerno High School Tues, Wed and Fri pm, Sat and Sun am Contact Balerno Community Education Office 0131 477 7733 for more info Badminton Balerno High School Tuesdays - sessions from 7-9.40pm Fridays - sessions from 6.20-8.50pm Contact Balerno Community Education Office 0131 477 7733 for more info Step Conditioning Balerno High School Tuesdays 8-9pm. Contact Balerno Community Education Office 0131 477 7733 for more info 51st Pentland Scouts (Balerno) Beavers, Cubs, Scouts Various evenings, Balerno Scout Hall Contact Lawrence Mitchell on 0131 449 4680

CURRIE Air Cadets 2463 (Currie & Balerno) Squadron Forthview Crescent Mon and Thu 7-9.30pm 0131 449 7449 for more info 42nd Pentland Scouts (Currie) Yoga Currie High School Mondays 7.00 - 8.15 A blend of dynamic postures, body awareness and relaxation. £55 per 10 week block. £5.50 drop-in to try. Call 07810 824 195 for more information. Book Group Currie Library First Wednesday of each month 7.00pm Karate Currie High School Mondays 7.30 - 9pm. Adults and Children over 6 years. Please contact 0131 449 3510 or 0131 445 2945 for more info or email Boys Brigade - 65th Edinburgh (Currie) Company Gibson Craig Hall, Lanark Road West Currie Anchors (Boys P2 & P3) – Thursday 6.00-7.00 pm Juniors (Boys P4, P5 & P6) – Thursday 7.00-8.30 pm Company/Seniors (Boys P7 – S6) – Friday 7.00 – 9.15 pm For further information contact Jim Webber on 451 5112. To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

The Octagon Club for Adults with Special Needs and Learning Difficulties. Meets in the Gibson Craig Hall, Lanark Road West, Currie, 7 - 9pm on Wednesday Evenings from mid September until June for table tennis, snooker, badminton, table games and “tuck shop” etc. Contact Alastair Hardie on 0131 453 3556. Currie & District Local History Society Meetings Mondays at 7.30 in the Gibson-Craig Hall in Currie. Visitors welcome. For further information contact Mr P.D. Cowlishaw on 0131 449 2520 or Baby Group Currie Library Thursdays 2.00 - 3.30pm. Come along for an informal and chat with other parents and babies. 50p/week. Topic for 19th August - Baby resusitation Currie Youth Club Various activities and facilities available including Gym Teds for childern, Sound and Music room, Youth club facilities Sports hall Playgroup Lunch club and Football teams. See

JUNIPER GREEN Juniper Green SWRI Juniper Green Community Centre (Village Hall) 1 Juniper Park Road, EH14 5DX Contact 0131 539 9886 Monkey Music Juniper Green Church Tuesdays, 10am for 2 & 3 year olds, 10.40am for babies from 9-18 months Contact: 0131 669 6004 Juniper Green Nursery Playgroup Juniper Green Community Centre, 1 Juniper Park Road, EH14 5DX. Contact 0131 453 4427 or see website at 31st Pentland Scouts (Juniper Green) 45 Lanark Road West, Currie Beavers Wednesdays 6.30pm Cubs Mondays 7.00pm Scouts Fridays 7.00pm Contact: Mary Dick on 0131 449 7043

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