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Message from the Editor Prepare for winter and enjoy! Whether you are a lover of winter or not, it is most certainly here and all indications would seem to suggest a re-run of last year’s rather hard winter. Personally I like the frost and snow, but I accept that there are those who are not with me on this. This issue covers both December and January and we look forward to the celebrations of the work of our national poet Rabbie Burns with a look at the history of the Burns Clubs in Balerno as well as the characters involved, past and present.

so cut the pages out, stick them on your fridge and treat yourself in the New Year! Congratulations to Barbara Tinson of Balerno who won the crossword prize last month. This month Riccarton Garden Centre are offering a gift voucher to the value of £20. Wrap up warm against the cold, enjoy the winter, both indoors and out and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hogmanay

We‘ve also put together a fantastic feature on eating out locally - turn to pages 42 - 43 for a range of discount vouchers that restaurants and takeaways throughout the area are very generously offering to Konect readers. These are for you to use in January,

Karen Murray Editor

Contents Feature article The Making of the Supper Competitions & puzzles Prize crossword Sudoku Local Walk Pets

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Recipe Eating out feature Community What’s on Clubs & Classes Index of Advertisers

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The Making of the Supper Karen Murray found out a little of the history of the Burns Clubs of Balerno as well as those who established them and attend them today.


cotland’s national poet, Robbie Burns, is treasured and revered by most Scots, his life and work being celebrated the world over, most notably of course on or around the anniversary of his birth - 25 January - when Burns’ Suppers are held globally. Informal suppers are held in many a household with the partaking of traditional haggis, nips of whisky and recitals of the poets’ work along with making merry. I have certainly hosted and attended many a lively evening of celebration. However, there are much more formal suppers held and these are eagerly anticipated by the true admirer of Burns who will have spent time on a waiting list to get into the official Burns’ Club of his choice. These exist all over Scotland with Balerno being in the fortunate position of having not one but four Burns Clubs. I was given an overview of the clubs by a real Burns aficionado who has somehow managed to become a member of all four one Jack McCaig. The original of the four is the Balerno Burns Club, established in 1881 and affectionately entitled ‘Let it Blaw’, due to the weather conditions at the time of its founding - a snowy January afternoon when a few of the village ‘worthies’ were enjoying a glass at Henderson’s Inn, now the Grey Horse. Mr James Pearson a joiner from Ravelrig, Mr James Fairbairn, a joiner from Balerno, Mr George Henderson a coal merchant from Balerno and Mr William Garlick, manager of the Hannahfield Quarries were the men in question. They were discussing the Bard and how to celebrate his birthday, when they were joined by Mr James Wales,


a butcher from Currie. He was having the same thoughts and further discussion led to the forming of the Balerno Burns Club, the first celebration supper being held on 25 January 1881 with the attendance of 23 gentlemen. Membership grew and suppers have been held every year since with the exception of the war years. There are now around 100 members and each year they sing ‘The Balerno Song’ - a ‘bothy ballad’ first sung on that inaugural supper. Mr McCaig had been an admirer of Burns for many years and all through the fifties had been trying to get into the club to no avail. At this time you could only get a drink on a Sunday in Scotland if you were a bonafide traveller. That meant hotels were the place to get a drink and on one such Sunday Jack discovered that someone had got into the club ahead of him. The premise of the club is that there are no hierarchies; everyone is a ‘cronie’ and no one is treated differently to anyone else. Jack was not happy and decided he would simply found an alternative Burns Club. Hence the formation of Balerno’s second club - the Marchbank Burns Club. It was 1959, the bicentenary of the Bard’s birth, so it seemed fitting to hold their first supper then and legend has it, it was so good that everyone wanted to be a member of the new club!

William Ramsay play the ghost of Kinleith

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On the back stairs at The Kestrel - members of The Marchbank Club. Top to bottom - Alec Hood, James (Jimmy) Johnston and Jack McCaig

The founder members were Jack McCaig along with Bill Ramsay (aka Loppy), Tommy Napier and Archie Dickson, the landlord of The Marchbank where the Suppers would be held. Members were mainly locals but Archie had many friends who came from all over to the supper - ‘frae a’ the airts’ - so that song became the song to kick off the suppers every year. They soon became three suppers to attend. Sadly Jack is the only remaining founder member of the Marchbank Club but the club goes on as strong as ever and Jack remains as enthusiastic as ever. The suppers were and still are formal affairs with a programme drawn up and adhered to but the evenings always include much hilarity. ‘Loppy’ took to dressing up as the ‘Kinleith Ghost’ and hanging around outside the hotel while the piper would walk off into the distance playing so the sound got fainter and more ghost like. Several poor folk were somewhat terrified if they ever came across this scenario unexpectedly. Both Let it Blaw and the Marchbank are men-only clubs but there are others that allow women, including the other two Balerno Burns Clubs, run by the SNP and Folk Club respectively.

is not alone however, as there are a number of men who belong to at least the two main clubs. Rivalries between the clubs eventually subsided and harmony now reigns with the Suppers arranged not to clash each year. As well as the actual Suppers and the meetings held to organise them, the clubs hold other events throughout the year, not least the very important post mortems. In the case of Let it Blaw, the get-together is called ‘the picking of the baines’, while the Marchbank call theirs ‘the hash’. The other important aspect of the Clubs is to encourage the younger generation to enjoy and appreciate the Bard. The Balerno Burns Club runs a school competition to this end - a tradition that reaches way back to the beginning. The first prizes were given by the club to the children of Balerno School in 1893 but the competitions became more regular under the guidance of Fred Belford, the headmaster from 1922 to 1932 who was himself a club member. Mr Belford was in fact made the first ever Honorary Life President of the Burns Federation in 1978. The schools competitions have continued at Dean Park Primary School with both the Marchbank Club and the Balerno Burns Club sponsoring the prizes and judging the various competitions.

A typical Marchbank Burns Supper

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The clubs are thriving but the current members are keen to get young blood involved to ensure the traditions continue. Preparations are now in swing for the 2011 Suppers, which will take place over a three week period around 25 January. It would be good time to brush up on your Burns, get on the waiting list and maybe you’ll be a fully fledged ‘cronie’ by 2012.


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David Hastings Building Surveyor

Quality tiling and bathroom products including Vitra, Porcelanosa, Laufren, Kudos

BSc Hons., M.C.I.O.B., R.Maps., AMiAS

Tel: 01506 880161 or 07803 289714

Affordable Roofing The Elite Roofing Company Slating/Tiling Flat Roofs Lead Work Upvc Fascias & Soffits Dry Ridging & Verge Cement Work Roof Surveys A fully registered family run business Roofing for over 40 years All work is fully guaranteed and done to the highest quality

0800 959 6337 07518 555788 To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

For a no-obligation quote or to arrange a visit to our showroom, please call Tony on 07970 649942 or 0131 343 2862

J & A Hastie & Son Coal Merchants Tel: 01506 871358 FREE DELIVERY OF: (minimum order may apply)


Bank Park, Hartwood Road, West Calder EH55 8LB 21

Alistair McLellan of Balerno

Painter & Decorator Interior · Exterior No job too small Free estimates Tel: 0131 451 5394 Mobile: 07894 703020


Call Mark Lawlor now Mobile: 07717338390 Office: 01506 885996

electrical solutions

"We'll turn you on"


MP electrical Solutions “We’ll Turn You On” PLAY

MP electrical Solutions

Re-Wire Switches & Sockets Pat Testing Outdoor Sockets & Lighting

All aspects of tiling undertaken including Kitchens, Bathrooms & Conservatories Using ceramics, porcelain, natural stone & mosaics

Inspection & Certification Intruder Alarms

Professional & friendly service

Fire Alarms Electrical Refit Conversions & Extensions



7 Sation Mews Kirknewton Midlothian EH27 8BZ

For a free estimate call Barry Mobile: 07944 176663 Home: 01506 432159

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M B A SPECIALISTS Service/Repair Centre

Mon-Fri 8.30-5.30 Sat 8.30-1.00

Save £££’s on Main Dealership Prices Only manufacturers parts used so will not affect your warranty.


BAVELAW GARAGE All makes of cars serviced, repaired and MOT preparation Kenny Girdler Cockburnhill Rd Balerno EH14 7JB

0131 449 7450 Email:



Repairs M.O.T Testing Exhausts

Servicing Car Sales Tyres

01506 200877

Tel : 0131 458 3123


1 Letham Holdings, Uphall Station Road, Pumpherston, EH53 0LX

Mavor & Co Now in Edinburgh One of West Lothian’s leading property letting and estate agencies – Mavor & Co – is moving into Edinburgh. Providing a full range of estate agency and property management services as well as independent property advice, Mavor & Co are members of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) – the UK’s leading professional body for estate agency. By choosing an NAEA member, you can be sure you are dealing with an experienced and professional agent.

Put professional property services on your list this Christmas.

Estate agency Property letting Independent property advice


EDINBURGH THE LOTHIANS 0131 202 1809 01506 870204

Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year from Mavor & Co.

PERTHSHIRE 01738 582186

Main Office: 16 Union Square, West Calder EH55 8EY

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Family business established over 40 years

EDINBURGH’S BEST selection of

USED VANS All makes and models OPENING HOURS

Mon - Fri 8.30am - 6.00pm Sat 8.30 - 2.00pm

Part exchange welcome Licensed credit broker Full dealer facilities

All major credit cards accepted

VOSA - Approved MOT Centre

Class 4,5 & 7 for cars, vans, campervans and minibuses All servicing and repair work carried out Same day service All makes and models Fleets welcome SERVICING • Tyres • Exhaust • Clutches • Batteries • Diagnostics Short walk from Heriot Watt University (Riccarton Campus) opposite park and ride on A71 Calder Road

0131 449 4098 07771 998546 or 07860 619850

To To advertise advertise call call 07824 07824 469266 or or 07854 07854Village, 492638 492638 17469266 Hermiston

Edinburgh, EH14 4AW


PC Viruses

The scourge of modern computing


ike it or not we all seem to rely on our PCs to some extent, some more heavily than others.

Most of us consider our IT knowledge to be somewhere close to minimal at best and are happy to be able to switch the thing on, check emails and switch it off again! Sometimes even the most basic problem can have you tearing your hair out. Hopefully the following will help you alleviate some of these, and if not, Sort My PC is always on call to help you out. Viruses are the scurge of modern day computing and keeping on top of day to day ‘housekeeping’ for your PC can help keep it safe and some basic tips, covered here, may help keep it on the straight and narrow without having to call for help. Always make sure you have antivirus software installed, and up to date. An expired or out of date antivirus or security suite is almost as much use as not having one at all. Also make sure the antivirus software runs scans on a regular basis, ideally weekly. • Never open any email or attachment unless you are certain of its origin. Even if you know the sender, if the message looks unusual or in a strange format, delete it and confirm with the sender whether they meant to send it. • When browsing the internet, be wary of dialogue boxes that appear unexpectedly, especially any offering antivirus or security packages OR any that claim you have infected files and prompt you to download some software.

keyboard are unresponsive, press and hold the power button (the one you use to switch it on!) and after about 5 seconds it will switch off. The same applies to laptops. Remove programs you no longer use, including printer software and antivirus software if you change providers. To do this you need to do it via the control panel using the following route – • Windows XP – Click Start \ Control Panel \ Add & Remove Programs • Windows Vista & 7 – Click Start \ Control Panel \ Programs \ Uninstall a Program Once there remove programs you KNOW you are not using anymore including old printer programs, anti-virus programs (as long as you leave one), games and any trial software that came preinstalled on the PC or that you may have downloaded. This process alone can cause a reasonable performance increase and free up space on your hard disk.

Regular servicing by a trained technician can make the difference between a PC that makes you want to throw it out the window, and one which you enjoy using.

If you follow the above it will make a difference to your PC making it less frustrating to use and might even prolong its working life. You might not think it, but just like your car, a service does wonders to your PC. Regular servicing by a trained technician can make the difference Always shutdown your PC properly between a PC that makes you want to and never switch it off at the wall as this can cause damage to internal components. throw it out the window, and one which you enjoy using. If your PC freezes and stubbornly refuses to do anything and the mouse and See SortMyPC advert opposite


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Your Local IT Support Service

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Porteous Funeral Directors


elcome to Porteous Funeral Directors Arranging a funeral is one of the most stressful experiences a family can undertake. Amid the emotion associated with the loss of a loved one, families are expected to make choices and decisions that best reflect their needs. Porteous Funeral Directors understands this and that is why they always give families the guidance, help and information that is necessary. From arranging the actual funeral itself (service, coffin, cars, etc) they will also contact clergy or officiate, crematorium or cemetery, newspapers, florist and caterers, should they be required. The company was formed by Mark Porteous with the aim of serving the local community of Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, offering a dedicated funeral service to families in need of their services. Mark has over 20 years experience working within the Edinburgh Funeral Profession and previously owned Adam Cramond & Son Funeral Directors located at Goldenacre and Ferry Road in Edinburgh. Mark began to feel there was a lack of Independent Funeral Directors in Edinburgh and therefore decided to establish Porteous Funeral Directors. The company is a member of SAIF (National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors) and as such is required to abide by the code of practice laid down by the association. Porteous is a family firm, with Mark working with his wife Yvonne, son Grant, and a small dedicated team of staff, who between them have many years


experience within the funeral profession. All their staff are committed to offering families the best possible service and take seriously their responsibilities of caring and helping families at a difficult and sad time. The company is growing and Mark believes his family is well placed to continue to build on its reputation of offering local families excellent service and care. The original office is in Juniper Green with the latest addition now open in Colinton and another new office planned for next year. “At Porteous Funeral Directors we know and understand how difficult it can be to think about funeral arrangements at a time when even the simplest task can create a sense of confusion and anxiety,” says Mark. A funeral marks an important stage of the grieving process as it allows us to express our emotions and in the midst of our grief the responsibility of arranging a funeral can seem overwhelming. It is therefore very comforting to be sure in the knowledge that your funeral director understands your needs and requirements. Porteous Funeral Directors understands this. As an independent company with roots, firmly established within the local community, Porteous Funeral Directors will guarantee service, care and professionalism at all times and that is what you need to be able to count on in difficult times. See Portous Funeral Directors’ advert opposite

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Proud to serve the local community • Excellent care and attention • Help and advice at a difficult time • Home visits on request • Regulated family Funeral Directors • Pre-Paid & Pre-Arranged Funeral Plans • Visit our website for testimonials

Tel: 0131 453 4535 & 0131 441 6500 Email: 553 Lanark Rd, Juniper Green, Edinburgh EH14 5DE 7 Bridge Road, Colinton, Edinburgh, EH13 0LH

Kingsknowe Golf Club

Get in Gear with Rod Cameron DSA ADI

Driving with Rod

Special Offer - New Members

Currently offering special deals on: Youth and Full Membership, to new members, contact the Club Secretary for more information

Gift vouche rs


available Patient and friendly Weekly lessons * * * Intensive courses * Refresher lessons * Discounts on block bookings * Pass Plus * Motorway training

326 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 2JD

07715 856501

We also have special rates for society bookings. Contact Club Manager Richard McLuckie

Tel: 0131 441 1145

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Prize Crossword

Win a £20 gift voucher from Riccarton Garden Centre, to spend in the garden centre or the coffee shop. See their advertisement page 5. 1








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Vocation (6) Preferably (6) Clarified butter (4) Undomesticated animals (8) Left out (7) Furious (5) Apart (5) Dental practitioner (7) Across the country (8) Simple (4) Abandon (6) Guest houses (6)





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Quick (4) Concrete (6) Full of people (7) Ruff (5) Taken without consent (6) Acts (8) Errors (8) Having a strong constitution (7) Determined (6) Pact (6) Bring together (5) Flat fish (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 December, 2010.


Sudoku solution on page 46



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Book your bike for Christmas

Gerry Aitken Painter and Decorator Juniper Green

Tel: 07798 565321

We have a stunning Pedal Power, 51 West End range of bikes for West Calder, EH55 8EJ Christmas. Tel 01506 873123 Put a deposit on a bike now, pick up and pay in December.


0131 449 5538 07710 458739 2 Turner Avenue Balerno A & A Electrical Solutions Ltd Balerno

All electrical work Private or commercial No job too big or small All work guaranteed Free estimates Professional and reliable service

Alan: 07969 929327 Andrew: 07749 071967 or email To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

Ames Taping Coving Artexing Interior Exterior 25 years Experience

coval The installation specialists

Kitchen design and installation. Boiler replacement & full systems. Cookers, hobs, fires, landlord certificates, gas servicing. Showers and all general plumbing. Beautiful bathrooms designed and installed. Full service including tiling, joinery and electrical work. t. 01506 884437 m. 07092 363678 e. 33

Sawpit Wood Walk By Karen Murray


walk in the woods is the most perfect way to enjoy a beautiful Autumn or Winter’s day.

This particular walk is just a short one but perfect for filling in a half hour wait while son or daughter is at a sports class or if you don’t have much time but want some fresh air. I was in the former situation on a gorgeous Sunday morning and a walk in the Sawpit wood fitted the bill perfectly. It begins at Balerno High School and heads off towards the entrance to Malleny Gardens on Bavelaw Road. Walking past Malleny House up the Lymphoy Road, you turn right towards the sign for the car park for Malleny House, then a quick left up the lane and into Sawpit Wood. With the sun shining through the golden leaves on a bitterly cold bright morning, the wood simply sparkles. Try and make a trip while the autumnal colours are still there as they can be quite dramatic. Just up the lane you will come to a bridge over a stream over which the lane takes a left turn and then you simply follow the path through the woods. You will get glimpses of Balerno down to the right with views over fields to the left. Sawpit Wood takes its name from the forestry work undertaken there since the 1880s, saw pits being the earliest form of timber gathering technology, comprising principally of logs being sawn over pits using cross cut saws. The pits were designed to protect the teeth of the saws from blunting on the ground as the wood was cut up. The technique continued to be used well into this century. The wood has a wide variety of trees from beech and silver birch to sycamore and ash as well as the occasional Scots Pine. If you have patience you will also spot or at least hear sparrow hawks, long tailed and coal tits, song thrushes and carrion crows, all

of which makes a simple walk all the more pleasurable. Once through the wood, you come to a black gate which leads to houses on Harlaw Gait. This takes you back to Bavelaw Road where you turn right, but as soon as you are on the road you will see a narrow path on the right leading down to the river. Take this and walk alongside the river for a while. It is worth stopping and taking in the view as the river can be quite spectacular especially after heavy rain, water rushing over the weir. I was rewarded with a fabulous view of a heron just rising off the water in front of me and heading off to pastures new. The path peters out and you have to step back onto Bavelaw Road following it back to where you set out, but not quite all the way, as you can take another narrow path on the right that heads over a narrow bridge and then up a series of steps taking you back to Sawpit Wood. Back where you entered the wood, you can take the left path and walk down to Malleny House. If you have limited time, you can head back to the High School from where you began, but if you do happen to have time on your hands, it is well worth stepping into Malleny Gardens - at any time of year. (Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, the entrance fee is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions and children).

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Claylands Cottage Cattery

Alistair Taylor

...for contented cats


Established in May 2006, we provide first-class holiday accommodation for up to 35 feline guests. 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

Proprietors: Pam and Bill Clark Phone: 0131 333 1636 Email: Off Claylands Road, Newbridge, EH28 8LZ Conveniently situated near the airport.

• 100% Small animal practice • Modern surgical, medical, x-ray laboratory and dental facilities • Boarding cattery available • 24 hour Emergency Service 0131 451 5111 5 Riccarton Mains Rd, Currie, EH14 5PX


07827 998579

COXYDENE FARM FEEDS Coxydene Farm off the A71 between Wilkieston & East Calder

Large selection of feeds and bedding available for: Dogs, cats, small animals, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, wild birds, cage and aviary birds, pigeons and poultry

Open to trade and public Good competitive prices

TEL: 01506 881142

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat: 8am-5pm To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638


What’s On? December

Wednesday 1st -Saturday 4th December Bonnie and the Beast Balerno Theatre Company. A new pantomime by Audrey Jones. Church Hill Theatre, Morningside, 7.30pm (2pm Sat Matinee). Adults £12 Concessions £8 (no concession Sat eve). Tickets from Balerno Post Office or call 0131 443 2278. Saturday 11th December Currie Playgroup Christmas Fair Gibson-Craig Hall, 10am - 1pm. (Note erroneously printed as Friday 10th in November issue)

Monday 13th December ‘‘A Bird on My Head” Hamish Coghill. Currie and District Local History Society. Gibson Craig Hall 7.30 pm Saturday 11th December Balerno Farmers’ Market, Main Street Saturday18th December Juniper Green Farmers’ Market Kinleith Arms, 9am - 1pm Monday 10th January “The Edinburgh of Deacon Brodie” Eric Melvin. Currie and District Local History Society, Gibson Craig Hall 7.30 pm Monday 24th January “Dougal Haston: local man, legendary climber“ Robin Campbell. Currie and District Local History Society, Gibson Craig Hall 7.30 pm

Santa Cruises at the

Bridge Inn, Ratho. ber and every

end in Decem Cruises each week cember. day 18th - 24th De

Balerno Library information 1 Main Street, Balerno, EH14 7EQ 0131 529 5500 Opening times Mon & Wed: 1.00am - 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. First Monday of the month 10.30 - 11.00

Currie Library information 210 Lanark Road West, Currie, EH14 5NN 0131 529 5609 Opening times Mon & Wed: 1.00am - 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 10.30 - 11.00

The Pentlands Medical Centre 44 Pentland View, Currie, EH14 5QB 0131 449 2142

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Herbal Medicine appointments with fully qualified & experienced herbal practitioners. Patients of all ages, from infants to the very elderly, can benefit from herbal medicine. Herbal Medicine can successfully help with a wide range of problems including: • high blood pressure • circulatory disorders • lowered immunity • high cholesterol levels • stress • depression • anxiety • sleep problems • eczema • psoriasis • menstrual & menopausal problems • sinusitis • chronic bronchitis • Bowel disorders • IBS • prostate problems To book an initial consultation, please call

07973 368 189 or 07966 526 828 We operate in different locations, and some home visits are possible, so please call us for the most convenient option. Jean Dow BSc(Hons), BA (Hons), MSc, ITEC, MNIMH. Kim Atherton BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), PgDip, ITEC, MNIMH.

Members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists

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Sausage, Chesnut & Herb Butter Turkey Stuffing Pork or venison sausage can be used in this delicious turkey stuffing recipe. Serves 6. Herb Butter Ingredients 125g unsalted butter, softened 2 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves 1 sprig of fresh chopped rosemary leaves 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley leaves 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped Salt & ground black pepper   Turkey Ingredients 3kg small sized free range turkey 2 good quality thick pork or venison sausages  

Method Pre-heat your oven to 180°c/gas mark 4 To make the stuffing, melt butter in a large frying pan.  Gently sauté the onion and garlic for five minutes or until soft. Stir in the herbs and then add the breadcrumbs to absorb the butter.  Add the lemon zest, chestnuts and seasoning and cook over medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes until they turn golden brown. Cool and put mixture in fridge.  Once cooled, roll stuffing into golf ball sized balls and put back in fridge until later. To make the herb butter, mix the herbs, garlic and butter together to form a paste.  Season and put in fridge. To make turkey, remove legs and wings from the turkey (you can roast or confit these at a later date). Take out the wishbone by lifting up the breast skin with your fingers and separating it from the flesh. Rub the herb butter between the two breasts.  Stuff the sausage meat evenly between the two breasts.

Stuffing Ingredients 100g white breadcrumbs 65g butter 1 finely chopped onion 1 large sprig of chopped thyme leaves 3 fresh sage leaves ½ zest of lemon 25g chestnuts 1 ½ tbsp fresh chopped parsley ½ tsp sea salt Ground black pepper 1 garlic clove, chopped


Cook the turkey at 180°c/gas mark 4 for approximately one hour remembering to baste every 10-15 minutes. 10 -15minutes before the turkey is ready, add the stuffing balls from the fridge.  The turkey is cooked when the juices run clear.  Leave to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with all the trimmings for a delicious Christmas Dinner. Recipe provided by David's Kitchen, local catering company. See their advertisement opposite.

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THE WHOLE SHEBAG Organic Produce Delivery

Party & Event Catering

07540 851 784

We cater for all events providing great quality food ALL YEAR ROUND BIRDS

Free Range Eggs : Hen, duck, quail and goose All kinds of poultry & equipment

Located on A70 near Harperrig EH27 8DH

Call Rob on 07932 963767

Come anytime for eggs, but please phone for poultry or equipment queries



Chicken boarding service

“Fresh, local, organic produce delivered to your door”

Vegetables ✿ Fruit ✿ Milk Eggs ✿ Wholefoods Why not take advantage of our special offer: your first standard vegetable bag for £8.50 (normal

price £11.50)

FREE DELIVERY To order or for more information contact: or call 01501 785436 or check out SOPA Membership 814 Organic Membership UK3

Mark McGill


124 Lanark Road West, Currie

Tel: 0131 449 6795


Traditional Christmas Fayre • Turkey • Goose • Capons • Duck • Pheasant • Steak

• Venison • Stuffing • Streaky Bacon • Chipolatas • Gammon Pie (our speciality)

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2/7 Corslet Place Currie EH14 5LS Landlord Bill Meldrum 07577 968381

NEW CHEF All main courses under £6. New home made menu High teas All-day breakfast sundays Families welcome - kids menu

Now showing Sky Spo rts live

10% of food fo f studen r ts senior & s

BOOK EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES ■ MEETING ROOM OPEN 7 DAYS 12pm - 11pm Mon - Thurs 12.30pm - 12am Fri & Sat 12.30pm - 11pm Sun

Featured in Camra Good Beer Guide three years in a row! FOUR REAL ALES ON TAP Deuchars IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Steward Ale permanently available, plus one guest ale per week. Winter Bar Menu available Wednesday nights Chinese Buffet No buffet 22nd and 29th December.


Special jazz session Boxing Day from 3pm

Christmas Menu available 1st - 31st Dec everyday except Mondays Christmas Lunch 3 courses £13.95 12.30pm - 2.30pm Christmas Dinner 3 courses £25.95 per person 6pm - 9pm Party booking for up to 25 people.

The Grey Horse Inn

20 Main Street, Balerno, 0131 449 2888 40

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KINLEITH ARMS 604 Lanark Road, Juniper Green, 0131 453 3214

Christmas menu available all December - 2 courses £14.95, 3 courses £17.95

Hogmanay and Christmas Eve celebrations

Pub quiz with cash prizes every Thurs night starting 8.30pm


New Year ’s Day party


Sky Sports HD ESPN HD

with live folk music and bagpipes


Fresh food served everyday


Mon - Thurs 12 - 2.30pm and 5.30 - 8pm Fri and Sat 12pm - 8pm Sun 12.30 - 8pm

Farmers’ market

Children over age 5 welcome


18th December 9am 1pm

All fresh home-made


Opening hours Mon -Thurs 11am-11pm Fri & Sat 1am-1pm Sun 12.30 -11pm

Friendly traditional local pub

Adam Spicy Village



(Railway Inn)

17 Main Street, Balerno, EH14 7EQ

Traditional Village Pub

Indian Restaurant & Takeaway

Seasons Greetings to all our customers 0131 451 5500 0131 451 5588

342 Lanark Rd, EH14 5EL

0131 458 5395

serving the community Local Produce - freshly cooked Lunches Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm Sat 12pm-2.30pm



Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6pm - 10pm 3 courses - Adults £11.95 Children (under 12) £6.95


Bring Your Own Bottle of Wine (no corkage charges)


Tuesday - Sunday 5pm - 11pm Home Delivery 5pm-11pm To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

Only Freehouse in the area 4 Real Ales on Tap

Different guests beers change weekly


Local Eat out and Takeaway Offers

Save this page until January and treat yourself in the New Year Once the Christmas holidays and festivities are over, January can seem a little bleak. So a variety of local eateries are very generously offering some fantastic discounts for you to eat out in the

area in January, so you can treat yourself in the New Year. Cut these pages out and stick them on the fridge or somewhere safe to use in January!





Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

604 Lanark Road, Juniper Green 0131 453 3214

Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

8 Main Street West Calder EH55 8DA 01506 871217




2 FOR 1 ON ALL MEALS (*excl Fri & Sat nights, voucher must be presented when placing your order)

Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

Market Street, Mid Calder, EH55 8EB 01506 882170

21 Baird Road, Ratho, EH28 8RA 0131 333 1320





Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011 Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

90 Uphall Station Road, Pumpherston EH53 0LW 01506 431166


8 Pentland View Crt, Currie (opp medical centre) 0131 449 7736

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RICCARTON GARDEN CENTRE 2 FOR 1 Set meal £9.50 Soup Panini tea or coffee Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

Riccarton Main Rd, Currie, EH14 5AA 0131 449 4004


Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

11 Main Street East Calder 01506 880015



2 FOR 1 ON BAR MEALS (bar meal up to value of £4.95)




Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011 Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

20 Main Street, Balerno, 0131 449 2888

2/7 Corslet Place, Currie, EH14 5LS 07577 968381





Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

Deer Park Avenue, Livingston, EH54 8AD 01506 434244 THE GRAPES 20% OFF FOOD WITH THIS VOUCHER.


Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011 Valid from 03/01/2011 until 31/01/2011

130 Main St, East Calder, 01506 881896 To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

242 Main St, East Calder, 01506 880130


Clubs and Classes

sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... BABERTON 172nd Pentland Scouts (Baberton) BALERNO DRU Yoga Classes Thursday 7:30pm to 8:45pm - By donation Teacher: Cláudia Gonçalves Venue: The Lotus Heart Yoga Studio Pirnie Ha’, Cockburn Hill Road, Balerno, EH14 7JB. DRU comes from the Sanskrit word Dhruva (North Star): standing still, standing strong. To book or more info: 0131 449 3266 or 077 8080 6600 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. Rookie Lifesaving Balerno Community High School For swimmers aged 10 - 14 years. Alternate Thursdays 6pm - 8pm. For further information contaact the Community Education Office on 0131 477 7733 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 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 Balerno Parent and Toddlers 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 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 Adult daytime swim club Balerno High School Contact Balerno Community Education Office 0131 477 7733 for more info 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 Fitness Yoga Balerno High School Fridays 7-8pm. 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 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 Tennis Balerno Lawn Tennis Club Junior Coaching

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51st Pentland Scouts (Balerno) Beavers, Cubs, Scouts Various evenings, Balerno Scout Hall Contact Lawrence Mitchell on 0131 449 4680 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. 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 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 S. Anderson 0131 449 2300 or Mr P. D. Cowlishaw pdcowlishaw@ 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 Book Group Currie Library First Wednesday of each month 7.00pm

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42nd Pentland Scouts (Currie) JUNIPER GREEN Monkey Music Juniper Green Church Thursdays and Saturdays, 10am for 1-2 year olds, 10.40am for 2 & 3 year olds 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)

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Index of Advertisers Accountant, Bookkeeping Buick & Co Beauty Therapist Juniper Beauty Room Lilac Rooms Bicycle sales/repair Pedal Power Building Surveyor David Hastings Cole Living Designs Car Sales D.A. Ward Hermiston Motor Co Car Service/Repair Bavelaw Garage D.A. Ward Hermiston Motor Co MBA Specialists Catering Services David’s Kitchen Cattery Claylands Cottage Chiropody Chiropody by Claire Cleaning Services Fiona’s Housecleaning HydroKleen Tag Cleaning Services Coal Merchants J&A Hastie Complimentary Therapies CenScot Kirsty Swan RosemaryThyme Herbals Computer repairs SortMyPC Dentist No 9 Dental Practice Dog Walking Lindsay’s Walkies Driving School Streets Ahead Eco Heating Heatpoint Electrician A&A Electrical MP Electrical

15 4 6 33 21 10 26 27 26 16 27 26 38 35 7 14 5 14 21 5 7 37 29 6 35 31 10 33 22

Florist The Flower House 12 The Wreath Store 13 Vicky’s Flowers 13 Food AllYearRoundBirds (eggs) 39 Mark McGill (butcher) 39 Real Foods 40 The Whole Shebag 39 Funeral Directors Porteous 31 Garden Centre Riccarton Garden Centre 5 Garden & Landscaping Taurus Gardening 47 Gifts Easyt 18 That Shop 2 Golf Baberton Golf Club 15 Kingsknowe Golf CLub 31 Hairdresser Tony Harper 7 Hearing Aid ihear 24 Home Improvements Altaglass 10 Home Insulations Scotland 11&17 Ocean Bathrooms 21 Property Matters 5 Homes CALA Homes 25 Ironing Service Ironing Aid 14 Painter/Decorator Alistair McLellan 22 Gerry Aitken 33 Lane Decor 14 Mark Reece 15 Pet sitting Lindsay’s Walkies 35 Pet Supplies Coxydene Farm Feeds 35 Photographer A&D Photography 13 Physiotherapy SportsActive 7

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Picture Framing Mount Parnassus Plumbing Services Bill Reid & Son Coval Weir Pottery Painting/Craft Potter Around Property Letting Mavor & Co Public House Grey Horse Inn Juniper Green Inn Kinleith Arms The Weavers Restaurant Adam Spicy Village Sloeberry Roofing services JEDuggan (asbestos roof replacement) KM Contracts The Elite Roofing Co Security Circle Security Sewing Services and Supplies Marys’ Patch Super Stitch Soft Furnishing Essential Window Blinds Take-Away Adam Spicy Village Taxi GlenAir Tiler B. Edwards Tiling Vetineray Clinic Pentland Vetinerary Clinic Wedding Katherine Hamilton Window Cleaner Tag Cleaning Services

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Solution to Sudoku

Down: 1 Medicine, 2 Spoon, 4 Rod, 5 Alphabetical, 6 Illness, 7 Easy, 8 Unbelievable, 12 Train,13 Explodes, 15 Product, 19 Ninth, 20 Stem, 22 Die.


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