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Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green and Baberton WIN £20 gift voucher for Wikaniko

Feature Article UNTROUBLED WATERS the reservoirs

PLUS local businesses, community information and more!

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Message from the Editor

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Hello neighbours The Konect Directory for Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green and Baberton is one year old this month! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed a year of producing the magazine, have met many new people locally and learnt a lot about the area that we didn’t know before. Since the first Th n ec Balerno,e K trdirGreecten,ory Currie, Junipe issue landed on your Baberton doormat in August 2010, we hope you’ve been enjoying it too! Thanks are due to the team of local people who distribute the magazine every month - in all weather! and of course to the businesses who advertise in it. EE

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WIN meal for two at the Grey Horse, Balerno Interview with racing driv er Natalie Henders on

traditional village show with a great range of categories for adults and children alike - have a look at their website at www.currieshow.org.uk and get your entries in! Congratulations to Mrs Cook of Currie who won the crossword prize last month. This month you could win a £20 gift voucher to spend on Wikaniko ecofriendly and organic products, so try the crossword on page 36. Thanks for reading the Konect Directory and for supporting local businesses.

PLUS loca l business es, commun informa ity tion and more!

We’ll be at the Currie Show in Balerno High School on 27th August, so please do come along. This is a long-running

Helen-Jane, Editor hj@konectdirectory.co.uk

Contents Feature Article Untroubled Waters Local Walk Pets Recipe Competitions & puzzles Prize crossword

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

36 42 42 40 44 46

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.

Jenny Thomson, Sales 07824 469266 jenny@konectdirectory.co.uk

Helen-Jane Shearer, Editor 07854 492638 hj@konectdirectory.co.uk To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

Front cover photograph: Blinkbonny

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Established over 30 years Free quotations on request Tel : 0131 449 2807 (Office) Neil : 07711 581 384 (Mob) www.TagCleaningServices.co.uk 4

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Untroubled Waters By Emma Merchant

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atching geese skid-landing on the water’s surface, it is easy to imagine that Harlaw Reservoir is as old as the nearby Pentland Hills. But it is a new-born baby in geological terms. The peaks of the Pentland Hills are made of sandstone 400 million years old and of volcanic rock from the Devonian age. The reservoir is merely one hundred and sixty three years old. Harlaw Reservoir was designed and constructed by an engineer working for the Edinburgh Water Company (EWC). It took five years to build and was completed in 1848. Harlaw Reservoir’s larger sister, Threipmuir Reservoir, was created at the same time. Intended as a source of public water supply for Edinburgh, the reservoirs fulfilled this purpose for many years, but neither does so any more. Instead, nowadays they contain upstream flood water. Together, they help to prevent the Water of Leith bursting its banks. It might seem a fairly simple task to dig a large hole to capture rain and river water. But a ‘pond’ the size of a reservoir needs careful planning and design. The type of rock below, the contours of the hills above, and the natural routes of water flow must all be considered. And, as any small child digging on the beach knows, once a hole fills with water, it is only a matter of time before the sides collapse, unless they are well shored up. Civil engineer, James Jardine (1776 – 1858) was the person entrusted by EWC to build Harlaw Reservoir. He came from a farming family, but while studying at The University of Edinburgh, was persuaded by his teacher John Playfair to pursue engineering. Jardine had an enviable career. At a time when Edinburgh was a hotbed of scientific and technological progress, Jardine was able to collaborate with the leading people of his day. He provided engineering support for many of William Henry Playfair’s architectural

Image Threipmuir Reservoir Photography by Jenny Thomson

projects. (W. H. Playfair was the architect who designed the National Gallery of Scotland, The Royal College of Surgeons, and many elegant town houses, such as those on Royal Terrace and Regent Terrace.) Jardine also worked with Thomas Telford on many projects, including the famous Menai Straits bridge in Wales. Jardine assisted by calculating the strength of chains used in its construction. Over the course of their collaboration, Jardine and Telford became firm friends. Jardine was not merely an assistant on major projects led by others, now better remembered. He was a prolific engineer in his own right. Jardine built several reservoirs, and designed major water supply schemes, including that of Glasgow. He worked on parts of the Union Canal, surveyed railway routes, and built bridges, roads and harbours. Leith Harbour was one of Jardine’s developments. When you consider that Harlaw Reservoir is one of this impressive list of engineering achievements, it seems to gain a greater significance. Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs are fed by Bavelaw Burn. This stream flows from the Northern slopes of the Pentland Hills, passing by moorland, sheep and cattle and then through both reservoirs on its way to Malleny Mills. There it joins the Water of Leith at Balerno and continues through the City of Edinburgh along steep gorges carved by ancient glaciers in the sedimentary rock (at Colinton, Craiglockhart and Dean) before finally flowing into the Firth of Forth at Leith. The river once provided energy for numerous water-powered mills along its route, dating back as far as the 13th century. There were about 70 mills in its hey day. These days, however, there are no mills to impede its flow, and the Water of Leith could do serious damage to Edinburgh and the surrounding villages if it were allowed to flood. Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs provide an essential flood-water safety


net, containing any excess water at a safe distance from the city. But with the river, they also provide fishing grounds and a home for abundant wildlife. Harlaw Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout, Threipmuir Reservoir with brown trout (which also live wild in the Water of Leith). Both reservoirs’ fish stocks are managed by the Malleny Angling Association for recreational fishing, and the natural stock of brown trout in the Water of Leith is topped up by Edinburgh City Council. Over a thousand new fish are added each year, these additional fish being genetically modified to prevent them breeding with their wild counterparts. But as well as trout, you can also find eels, minnows, sticklebacks, stone loach, bullhead and lampreys. For those interested in river angling, public fishing begins at Balerno, and continues along the length of the river to Leith. Balerno to Slateford Bridge is reserved for fly fishing only, but beyond Slateford Bridge, bait fishing is also permitted (maggots, worms and… sweetcorn, apparently!). A single permit, issued by the City of Edinburgh’s Culture & Leisure Department, is available from Post Offices along the river, and from the Water of Leith Visitor Centre at Slateford. It is free of charge and covers the whole fishing season (April 1st to September 30th).

Fly fishing within Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs is managed by Malleny Angling Association. The club holds the fishing rights to both reservoirs, and promotes and protects fishing there. There are 100 members with an additional 10 season permit holders. Day permits are available from the Post Office in Balerno. The fishing season for Harlaw Reservoir is 1st April to 31st October, and for Threipmuir, 1st April to 30th September. For further information contact the secretary at: arthur.howes@ virgin.net This summer, you should notice some minor engineering improvements to Harlaw reservoir, thanks to Waste Recycling Environmental Limited, Scottish National Heritage and the City of Edinburgh Council. By the end of July a new surface to the reservoir pathway should be finished, along with widening of the existing path between the visitor centre and the Threipmuir Steading, and installation of new drains and culverts. Perhaps, in the dead of night, James Jardine may be tempted to revisit his reservoir, and cast a ghostly engineering eye over the latest works!


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The Art of Matchmaking

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any people like to have a go at matchmaking amongst friends and family. To a more or less formalised degree matchmakers have been part of many cultures for centuries. Drawing on a wide social network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances, for many people, is the way to find their partner. But what if you haven’t got that kind of network for whatever reason, or just don’t have the time to sift through endless profiles on an internet dating site? That’s where a Personal Introduction Agency can help. Allure Confidential, recently established locally, aims to offer a totally confidential, discreet and safe matchmaking service to men and women throughout the UK. Allure Confidential directors meet all their clients in person in order to gain an indepth understanding of their needs and to build a profile of them so that they can offer compatible matches. “We treat all our clients as individuals with honesty and integrity. Everyone is special and unique, no matter your age or background. Whether you are at the pinnacle of your career or taking your first steps climbing the ladder, we will tailor our service to meet all your requirements. We appreciate how difficult it is to find that special someone and are completely attuned to our client’s needs - this is crucial to our mutual success. In return, we only ask for your trust to let us do all the work for you.” Both directors are business professionals who have worked for many years within the corporate environment, one in Relationship and Stakeholder Management and the other in Accounting. They have a keen interest in human behaviour and relationships and one has recently achieved her Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques. They have gained extensive experience in working with people building trust amongst friends and colleagues, all of this is fortified by a deep knowledge of human relationships.

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What tips can they offer for a first dat e? • Don’t be late • Be yourself • Relax and be con fident • Don’t be too phy sical – remember first impressions count • Manners and respec • Don’t stare at oth t go a long way er wo you are with your dat men/men when • Don’t dominate the e conversation – listen a little • Don’t complain con stantly. We all have bad days but compla inin off especially when this g puts people is the first impression they get • Grooming – dress appropriately At the end of the dat e, see her/him again tell if you would like to the do not tell her/him you m you will call, but will call if you don’t intend to.

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Pentland Art Club

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he Pentland Art Club, launched in 1967, is celebrating its 44th anniversary this year.

The Art Club was started by a few like-minded people who met at an art class in Currie. Initially meeting in a number of different venues, the club has been meeting in Balerno High School since 1984. Some of the original founder members still attend! The program for Thursday evenings, during term time, includes a variety of topics from work nights and workshops run by club members, to illustrated talks, workshops and tuition by visiting artists. There is also an occasional visit to a gallery, exhibition or venue of interest or painting outdoors in a group. Our annual exhibition is in August and is held at the Scout Hall in Currie. This year the exhibition starts on Saturday 13th August and runs until Thursday evening. The gallery is open from 10am to 8.30pm on Saturday and

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from 2.30pm to 8.30pm Sunday to Thursday. Admission is free and you can spend a quiet moment looking around. Many members young and old have enjoyed fellowship and creativity over the years, others have joined more recently. A very warm welcome is always extended to new members and we look forward to the next few years and the writing of the ensuing chapters of the Club’s history. The photograph shows the exhibition from a previous year. New exhibits included now are tapestry, weaving, beading and giclÊe printing. For more information contact Marion John at 01506 880428.

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Charity Bike Ride Gary Paterson

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ocal resident Gary Paterson is about to set off on a huge charity cycle trek around Europe to raise funds for three charities in Tanzania as well as the Edinburgh Cyrenians. He aims to raise over £10,000. “I’ve just turned 33 and have spent most of my life around Edinburgh and West Lothian. As a child I lived in Kirknewton and went to Kirknewton Primary School and then moved to East Calder and finished secondary school at Balerno High School. Currently I live in East Calder until I leave on my trek on 10th August.

O’Groats, Orkney and Shetland. From Shetland I’ll fly to Bergen in Norway. The end of the trek will be Amsterdam, getting a ferry to Newcastle and cycling back to Edinburgh. My aim is to cycle 50 to 60 miles a day and I’ll be camping as I go as I don’t have funds to stay in hotels for six months. This is a huge trek covering over 20 countries.

I worked in Tanzania from 2008 - 2010 in Mwanza, the second biggest city. Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries. Behind the tourist images of the Serengti, Zanzibar and Mount Kilimanjaro lies a country where most of the Tanzanians are impoverished. During my time there I saw the difficulties that the less fortunate local people have to suffer on a daily basis. It made me realise how lucky we are in Europe just to have a loving family, hot food and a bed at night. From this experience I’ve decided to raise money for three charities in Tanzania that help all age ranges of local people. These are: An orphanage/baby home, see www.foreverangels.org A street children centre, see www.chekasanachildrenstrust.com A dental and development charity, see www.bridge2aid.org I’ve visited these charities in Tanzania personally and seen the good work they do in helping people live with hope, dignity and a chance of a better future. They are all UK registered charities. I also wanted to help a local charity, The Cyrenians. Cyrenians Farm, just outside Kirknewton, is a community enterprise which helps young vulnerable people become more confident and self reliant, see www.cyreniansfarm.org.uk I’ll be starting my trek from Edinburgh city centre on Wednesday 10th August and cycling to St Andrews the first day. During the Scotland stage I’ll also be going to John

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A big thank you is due to Cotswald in Livingston, who have been great in helping me get the right camping and outdoor equipment and have given me a good discount on my equipment as this is a charity trek.” Gary has set up a website, www.cycle4africa.co.uk. Please visit this site for more information on the charities and to support him by visiting his Just Giving page which is linked from the website. He’ll be keeping a blog and posting photos as he goes. Every donation from Konect readers will make a difference and be most appreciated by Gary and the charities he is supporting. Any local companies wishing to sponsor Gary should contact him at gary@cycle4africa.co.uk

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Alistair McLellan of Balerno

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Vet’s Tip: Rabbit Care

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abbits are the third most popular domestic pet in the U.K., and yet are one of the most neglected. It is estimated there are over one million rabbits living as pets in the U.K. and many of these bright, intelligent creatures lives could be greatly improved through just a few changes. Rabbits are highly sociable animals and love to live in pairs, especially a neutered male and female. A single rabbit living alone is easily bored, and has no opportunity of bonding with a partner by mutual grooming or resting side by side – both entirely natural instincts. Rabbits enjoy human company too and can often be more sociable than some cats! My four rabbits are often to be found relaxing on the sofa, stretched out in front of the TV!

Claylands Cottage Cattery ...for contented cats

Rabbits were never designed to live in a confined space. They need space to run, jump, explore and share companionship with their own kind, so must have accommodation to allow these natural behaviours. They should have space to run around, outside of their living quarters, for a minimum two to three hours a day. A large secure run attached to their hutch is ideal, as this gives the rabbit freedom to exercise when he wants. Hutches should be tall enough so the rabbit can stretch up on its hind legs, and long enough so they can run freely from one end to the other – a minimum guideline is 6ft x 2ft x 2ft with an 8ft run attached. Vet’s tip provided by Louise Gardiner, VN, West Lothian Pet Sitters

Let us welcome your pet to

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Single and double cabins, as well as large cabins for families, each comprises an upper sleeping area (heated in winter) with an exercise run below. A collection and drop-off service is available Fully licensed and insured

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Local animal welfare centre

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he SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animal) Centre in Mansfield, established in 1982, was the first animal welfare centre in the country. Originally a rest home for retired work horses they have become an animal care centre, taking in abused animals or animals in need of attention, strays or pets that the owner can’t care for any more. There are pets, farm animals and all kinds of other species from ferrets to snakes to rabbits to ponies. The slogan “a dog is for life not just for Christmas” here goes for cats and goats as well. All animals are cared for back to health, given lots of love and are fully vaccinated before going to new homes. The Centre makes sure that the new owners are ready to care for and look after the animals, especially when it comes to lizards and more unusual pets. New owners are encouraged to

PET WATCHER Carole Smith

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For more information or to book a walk call Carole 07554 885180 or 01968 679755 petwatcher@hotmail.co.uk

take out pet insurance as vet bills can be expensive. If you want a new pet, why not look at the Mansfield centre first? There will always be someone waiting for a caring home. The centre is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm Check out the website at www.scottishspca.org.uk Tel: 03000 999 999

Friendship Blooms with Vicky’s Flowers and the Konect Directory

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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 To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

Order from our gift selection online

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www.vickysflowers.com within the Konect Directory distribution 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 hj@konectdirectory.co.uk. Closing date for nominations is 8th August, 2011 and the nomination will be printed in the September issue. 27


Balerno to Blinkbonny By Karen Murray

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here are numerous walking routes that begin in and around the high school in Balerno which is great as you can begin there and decide which one to take depending on your mood that day. On my latest foray from this starting point I headed past the rugby ground opposite Malleny House and left onto the Lymphoy Road. I have walked this way often before but I always enjoy the view over the fields and as far as Fife, taking in the remains of the Lennox Tower and the tranquillity of it all. On this occasion the sun was smiling down, the air warm and my pace was slowing as I enjoyed the evening air.

At the end of the Lymphoy Road, I stepped through the rather grand entrance and

onto The Kirk gate opposite the cemetery. Turning right I walked past the cemetery and took the next right turn onto Blinkbonny Road. I usually prefer not to walk on a road, but these roads are pretty quiet and the views over golden fields are stunning. Wandering the Blinkbonny Road I was thinking about how the little hamlet grew up during the late 19th and 20th century alongside Blinkbonny Farm and what it must have been like all those years ago. The mill workers’ houses were built by the owners of Kinleith Paper Mill, the site of which you pass later on this walk. However, before I got to Blinkbonny itself I took the path down to the Water of Leith, signed off to the left. There is a short 


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Balerno to Blinkbonny By Karen Murray

 flight of steps, emblazoned with a huge area of bright purple daisy-like flowers at the time I walked down, descending into the dampness and darkness of a canopy of trees over the water.

There is a little footbridge which you don’t cross but it’s worth stepping onto to take in the delightful waterfalls sparkling their way down to the Water of Leith. The path continues down to the Water of Leith walkway, crossing over it and winding down to the banks of the river. It is a little overgrown here and I did suffer a few nettle stings, but as it continues between the site of the Kinleith Mill (now demolished) and the river, it widens a little and I took some time to enjoy the birdlife swooping down to the water’s edge. Crossing a footbridge, I then took a deep breath before climbing the very steep steps back up to the Lanark Road - always a killer if you aren’t fit enough! I have to confess to hopping on a bus back to Balerno where I had left my car, but the more conscientious of you could walk along the road until you reach the turning for Currie Kirk. You can then either walk to the cemetery and retrace your steps, or walk along the Water of Leith walkway back to Balerno.

The first part of the walk is about two miles and takes around an hour, with a similar length of time to return if you are not cheating and hopping on a bus!


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One step at a time with Wikaniko

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e all know that it’s easy enough to say “go green” and “save the planet” but not all that easy to make big changes to our lifestyles. So take one small step and see if, with our help, you can replace some of the everyday household items that you buy with a greener alternative - and at supermarket prices! Better for your family and better for the planet. We are local independent distributors for Wikaniko (pronounced “we can eco”) products. Their strap line is “one step at a time” and they share our belief that if we all made one small manageable change towards being greener, the collective effect on the planet would be huge. Then we could take another step...

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We sell a huge range of everyday household items which are all eco-friendly - from totally bio-degradable bin bags and nappy sacks to eco-friendly cleaning products for the kitchen and laundry, as well as a range of gadgets and good ideas to help you reduce your impact on the environment. We also sell Wikaniko’s award-winning NVEY Eco range of cosmetics. You can order from our online shop at www.blueotter.yolasite.com or contact us on at blueotterproducts@gmail.com or call 07790 103770 to request a catalogue. You can win £20 gift voucher to spend on Wikaniko products in the Konect Directory crossword competition this month. Turn to the crossword on page 36, and see also our advert on page 47.

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Marys’ Patch

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Mon to Sat 10-5 Sunday 11-4

We stock around 2000 bolts of quality patchwork fabrics, plus yarns, haberdashery and patchwork/knitting classes

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Crushed Raspberry Tart

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ate summer means fresh raspberries, mushed up with fresh creme fraiche and wrapped in soft flakey pastry.

An incredibly simple yet tasty recipe from www.eatseasonably.co.uk Serves 4 INGREDIENTS • 1 packet of puff pastry • 1 egg, beaten • 200g/ 8oz creme fraiche • 200g/8oz raspberries INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/Gas 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut out a 20cm (8”) circle. Then, with the remaining pastry cut out 1cm (0.5”) strips to make a boarder around the edge of the tart. Brush the beaten egg around the edge of the tart, roughly 1cm (0.5”) thick, then lay the 1cm (0.5”) strips of pastry on the egg to create an edge to the tart and brush the egg onto this. Put the pastry on to a baking tray & bake for 20 minutes until golden brown, then take out and leave to cool. Spread the crème fraiche over the pastry base. Slightly crush the raspberries with a fork & spoon over the crème fraiche.

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Rasberry facts

• Raspberries are members of the rose family. • There are approximately 200 different species of raspberries. While most people are aware of red and black raspberries, they also come in purple and gold. • Raspberries are high vitamin C and naturally have no fat, cholesterol or sodium. They are also a good source of iron and folate • Raspberries only last for two to three days in the fridge. If you want to keep raspberries on hand, freeze them and then allow the fruit to thaw at room temperature when ready to use. When freezing raspberries, you have two options : if you freeze the fruit without sugar, it will keep for about three months. However, if you add sugar and then freeze, it will last in the freezer for a full year. • The minute you pull the fruit from the plant it stops ripening – unripe berries will not ripen once picked!

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Prize Crossword

Win a £20 gift voucher for eco-friendly and organic products from Wikaniko. See feature on page 32 and advert on page 47. Across 1. Located (6) 4. Flatulent (5) 8. Score (4) 9. Doorway (8) 10. Wither (7) 12. Prevail (5) 13. Gammy (4) 14. Locations (5) 17. Earnings (5) 20. Bottom of ship’s hull (4) 22. Succulent (5) 23. Having all tickets sold (4,3) 24. Province in E China (8) 25. Oxidize (4) 26. Having an edge (5) 27. Pertaining to scenery (6) Down 1. Winged horse (7) 2. Crash (7) 3. Fuel oil (6) 5. Crew of an aircraft (7) 6. Submerging (7) 7. Sharp (4) 11. Bodies of water (5) 15. Final part (4,3) 16. Horizon (7) 18. Loud enough to be heard (7) 19. Diabolical (7) 21. Lives in rented rooms (6) 22. New Orleans music (4)

Complete the crossword & send to: The Konect Directory, Overton Farmhouse, Kirknewton, EH27 8DD. Please include your name, address & phone number. Closing date for entries 15th August, 2011.

Sudoku

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Edinburgh Ballet Sara Wood

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n a typical pre-school ballet class at Edinburgh Ballet, a line of girls dressed up as fairies are catching stars ... later they might be collecting shells from the seashore or flying like butterflies. Sara Wood, who runs Edinburgh Ballet, bases her teaching on imagination, role play and story-telling in such a way that the students hardly notice they are learning great technique. “After all, ballet is all about telling a story,” she explains. She takes students from age two and is creative about teaching hand-eye coordination and having fun in the process. She often starts a session by asking them, “What would you like to be today?” Sara has been dancing since she was three years old. She grew up in Edinburgh, spent some time in Kirknewton and is now based in Currie. All the way through high school she had a clear idea of what she wanted to do on leaving school – dance! She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, where she graduated with a B.A. Hons degree in the Art and Teaching of Ballet, covering technique, performance, teacher training, costume design, anatomy and physiology, pilates but most importantly - dancing every day! Her first post on leaving the Royal Academy was teaching full time at a ballet school back in Edinburgh.

Seeking a new challenge but still with a focus on dance, she accepted a ballet teaching position in Germany. She spoke very little German when she arrived but was teaching for five hours per day. “It was actually a great experience and way of teaching – very few words, lots of mime!” laughs Sara. She was speaking a lot more German by the time she left though. With this experience under her belt, and after a brief spell in England, Sara headed to the States where she worked for the Northwest Florida Ballet Company, both performing

and teaching ballet – of course – and pilates. It was a professional ballet company within a school children attended for the whole of the school day following a broad curriculum of academic subjects with ballet classes everyday. She worked there for three and a half years, coming away with a lot of ideas. On returning to Edinburgh, she felt that there was a need for a specialised ballet school in the area. Whilst most dance schools offer a range of dance, Edinburgh Ballet, set up in 2008, focusses on ballet only, in particular pure classical ballet. Opening with seven students enrolled, it has gone from strength to strength and now has over seventy students who come from all over Edinburgh. The studio is currently based at Stevenson College. Sara is a Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher, a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance and is qualified to enter students for RAD examinations to grade 8 and beyond. You can contact Edinburgh Ballet on 07723-589-280 info@edinburgh-ballet.co.uk or see the website at www.edinburgh-ballet.co.uk


What’s On? + Useful Info August

Thursday 11th August Let’s Go Batty Fun batty activities for children. Meet at Harlaw House Visitor Centre. Drop in between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Donations welcome. Suitable for children 5 – 11 yrs. Saturday 13th August Balerno Farmers Market 9am – 1pm Main Street Balerno 13th - 19th August Balerno Art Club 44th Annual Art Exhibition Scout Hall Juniper Green. 10am to 8.30pm Saturday 13th and 2.30pm to 8.30pm 14th to Thursday 18th. Admission free. Saturday 27th August Juniper Green Farmers Market 9am – 1pm. Kinleith Arms Saturday 27th August Currie Show 133rd Annual Show Balerno High School. From 1.30 pm. See www.currieshow.org.uk

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To include your event here, please email hj@konectdirectory.co.uk or post details to: The Konect Directory, Overton Farmhouse, Kirknewton, EH27 8DD

Balerno Library information 1 Main Street, Balerno, EH14 7EQ 0131 529 5500 balerno.library@edinburgh.gov.uk 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 Currie Library information 210 Lanark Road West, Currie, EH14 5NX 0131 529 5609 currie.library@edinburgh.gov.uk 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


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EC Allsteps Cheerleaders

EC Allsteps Cheerleaders, based in East Calder, have had a great season this year, competing up and down the country including in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Liverpool coming home every time with fantastic results. Vicky Hamilton, Head Coach, says, “Thank you to all the girls for working so hard, you have all made me One Very Proud Coach and I’m looking forward to our New Season already.”

Jennifer Crabbe, Abbi Horsburgh, Rachael McDonald, Karen Murphy, Zoe Stephenson and Head Coach Vicky Hamilton went out to Florida earlier this year to represent Scotland in the ICU Worlds Competition. They are so grateful to everyone who helped raise over £3000 to make their dreams come true.

Solution to Sudoku

Solution July 11 crossword Across: : 1 Slammed, 5 Ended, 8 Rotas, 9 Victims, 10 Perpendicular, 11 Widely, 12 Donors, 15 Demonstration, 18 Improve, 19 Drink, 20 Guess, 21 Drained. Down: 1 Scrap, 2 Altered, 3 Miscellaneous, 4 Divide, 5 Encyclopaedia, 6 Drill, 7 Desires, 11 Wedding, 13 Opinion, 14 Attend, 16 Maple, 17 Naked.

Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advertisement. The Konect Directory does not endorse any advertising material that appears in this publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All material is accepted for publication on the understanding that it is copyright free. The Konect Directory accepts no liability for any subsequent copyright issues. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior consent of the publisher. Publisher: Lothian Publications Ltd, Overton Farmhouse, Kirknewtonk, EH27 8DD. Editor :Helen-Jane Shearer 07854 492638 hj@konectdirectory.co.uk

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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 zumbamamaz@hotmail.co.uk Busy Bee Club at Honeypot Ceramics Friday’s 1 – 5pm term time. (from 18th Mar). Arts and crafts, £10, booking essential. See www.honeypotceramics.com or call 0131 333 6348.

BABERTON 172nd Pentland Scouts (Baberton)

BALERNO 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 balernofitness@blueyonder.co.uk 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 info@compassplaygroup.com 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 7.30pm – 9pm, Thursday 10am. 4 week block £20, drop-in £7. Pirnie Ha’, Cockburn Hill Road, Balerno, EH14 7JB. Booking 077 8080 6600. Classes start again September 1st. 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 www.currierugby.org 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 Contact 0131 477 7733 www.bf4f.org.uk 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 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. Balerno and District Ramblers Midweek Group meets on a Wednesday at Currie Library Carpark, Lanark Rd West, at 9.15am for 9.30am start. Contact K. Gordon 0131 449 2534 or A Blyth 0131 449 5020 Saturday and Sunday Group meets at Pentland View Carpark, Currie, at 8.45am for 9am start. Contact E Scroggie on 0131 441 1666. Bridge Club Meetings in Gibson Craig Hall on Mondays at 1:30pm, September to June. For more information contact the Secretary on 0131 449 3527. 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 patricia.shearer@edinburgh.gov.uk Baby Group Currie Library Thursdays 2.00 - 3.30pm. Come along for an informal tea.coffee and chat with other parents and babies. 50p/week. Topic for 19th August - Baby resuscitation 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 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 http://cyc.smartchange.org/

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 pdcowlishaw@hotmail.com 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.

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 www.monkeymusic.com Juniper Green Nursery Playgroup Juniper Green Community Centre, 1 Juniper Park Road, EH14 5DX. Contact 0131 453 4427 or see website at www.junipergreenplaygroup.vpweb.co.uk 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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Dentist No 9 Dental Practice 15 Dog Walking Carole Smith Pet Watcher 27 Driving Instructor My Driving School 15 Electrician A&A Electrical 4 Fitness Balerno Lawn Tennis Club 5 Hatton Sports Club 13 Sarah Byers Zumba 17 Zumbamamaz 5 Flooring Murrayfield Carpets 23 Florist Vicky’s Flowers 27 Food Real Foods 48 The Whole Shebag 35 Funeral Directors Porteous 29 Garden & Landscaping Garden Services Edinburgh 22 Woodford Timber 24 Golf Baberton Golf Club 14 Hairdresser Tony Harper 15 Home Improvements Advanced Property Solutions Ltd 7 Alexander Aitken Plastering 41 Craft Worx 31 Homes CALA Homes 25 Hotel The Bridge Inn 37 Ironing Services Ironing Aid 13 Joiners GK Wilson 21 Kirk Brothers 7 Logs Reservoir Logs 22 Optician Clear Vue 17 Painter/Decorator Alistair McLellan 21 Brushstrokes 23 Gerry Aitken 7 Ian Merriman Ltd 6 Lane Decor 31

Pest Control Gordon Manson 4 Physiotherapy SportsActive 13 Picture Framing Mount Parnassus 16 Plumbing Services Bill Reid & Son 21 Browns 31 Weir Plumbing & Heating 6 Public House Grey Horse Inn 41 Kinleith Arms 35 The Bridge Inn 37 The Weavers 35 Restaurant Sloeberry 41 The Bridge Inn 37 Roofing KM Contracts 21 Security Circle Security 41 Sewing Services & Supplies Marys’ Patch 33 Sew Wot? 4 Shopfitters Advanced Property Solutions Ltd 7 Soft Furnishing Essential Window Blinds 23 Take-Away Balerno Fry 15 Taxi Baillies 11 GlenAir 29 Telephone Engineer John McGraw 19 Tiler B. Edwards Tiling 31 Tree Surgery Delisle 22 Maxwell Tree Care 22 Utilities & Mobile Phones The Utility Warehouse 19 Vet Pentland Veterinary Clinic 26 Window Cleaner Tag Cleaning Services 4



Konect Directory Balerno August 2011