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Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green and Baberton July 2012


meal for two at the Riccarton crossword competition


Local History:

Riccarton House

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Message from the Editor

Hello neighbours Welcome to the July issue of the Konect Directory. We’ve been looking into the history of a famous local family, the Gibson-Craigs, and their property at Riccarton House, now the site of Heriot-Watt University. In our usual columns, the Food Notes give us some picnic ideas (here’s hoping for the right weather!) and our walk article takes us up into the Pentlands. Congratulations to Shaun Hanley of Currie who won the crossword competition in the last issue. This

Contents Feature Article Riccarton Arms Local Walk Pets Recipe Children & Family

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month, you could win a meal for two at the Riccarton Arms in Currie, so try your luck with the crossword on page 38. Thanks for reading the Konect Directory and for supporting local businesses!

Helen-Jane, Editor 07854 492638 The Konect Directory welcomes contributions such as old photographs, or short articles of local interest. The Editor reserves the right to edit any articles submitted for publication. Competitions & puzzles Prize crossword Sudoku Community What’s on Useful information Clubs & Classes Index of Advertisers

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Front cover photograph by Jenny Thomson: Walking in the Pentlands


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Riccarton House By James Thomson


nce the centre of the lands of Richardtoun, Riccarton House was demolished in 1956 and the surrounding 380 acres of parkland gifted in 1966 to Heriot-Watt University, with work beginning 3 years later on the modern campus that we now know. So what are the stories of the original house ? By 1510 a substantial fortified tower had been built by the Wardlaw family, who held Riccarton as tenants of the crown. A wealthy family of Edinburgh lawyers, the Craigs, then bought the property in 1610, extending the tower in 1621 to create a fashionable home. The Craigs at that time were certainly men of letters and no doubt would to some extent approve of the fact that today, on the original site of the house, sits the university library. The first Craig on the scene was Thomas (1538 - 1608), who bought Riccarton Mains Farm. Thomas was both a jurist and a poet. His first poem, an epithalamium, was in honour of the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Darnley, and appeared in 1565. For those of you struggling to recognise what exactly an epithalamium is, it is a poem written specifically for the bride on the way to her marital chamber. In his capacity as a jurist (a professional who studies, develops, applies, or otherwise deals with the law) Thomas’s only work published in his life time was a treatise to assimilate the laws of England and Scotland, which , instead of the intended, ended up being an important factor in building up and solidifying the law of Scotland into a separate system. Thomas died shortly after buying Riccarton Mains Farm and it was his son, Lewis,

1) who bought the main house 2 years later, improving and extending it a year before he died in 1622. Lewis Craig, 2nd of Riccarton, had by then became a judge and a Lord of Session with the title Lord Wrightslands. There followed 3 further generations of Craig’s at Riccarton but before the estate passed through the female line we should pause on the final male line, the generous bachelor brothers Thomas and Robert Craig known as The Laird and The Commissary Judge. They lived together for almost 60 years at 91 Princes Street in a semi-reclusive and parsimonious manner, each with their own man servant, who was always in attendance, but succumbed to great generosity when returning to Riccarton. Thomas invested in estate improvements and lavish gifts to his tenants at New Year. He lived to 85 at which point his younger brother Robert took over, living until he was 93. Their frugal habits at No 91 appear to have come full circle as where the house once stood is now a Primark Store. Robert also took the cautionary measure of keeping another fully staffed house in Lasswade, just in case a family feud should occur between the brothers. As one commentator put it at the time, “ he made provision for a possible rupture and permanent estrangement

Images 1) Riccarton House circa 1883

2) Robert Craig of Riccarton

by maintaining for long a fully equipped home, servants being constantly retained to fire and air the rooms that he might resort thither on a moments notice should the anticipated separation be forced on him ” He never did and when his brother passed away only then did he instruct his heir, “now James you may sell the house at Lasswade”

Great Depression, and in 1934 founded the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital in Cairo, where she had been stationed with her husband for 4 years.

The female line descended through to a younger son, James, of the Gibson family from Durie House near Leven in Fife who changed his name in 1818 to Gibson-Craig and who inherited from his cousin Robert, The Commissary Judge; we now enter over a hundred years of the Gibson-Craig family at Riccarton. The original Craigs had done much to improve the Riccarton estate, enclosing land and planting shelter belts that brought prosperity to the estate and it’s tenants. In 1827 James commissioned William Burn to substantially remodel Riccarton’s main house and policies in the latest Scottish Baronial Style; by 1831 he had become Sir James Gibson-Craig of Riccarton. In the end both world wars took their toll on the house and family; the 4th baronet was killed in action in France in 1914 and his younger brother, the 5th baronet, died childless from a motoring accident. Not all was lost though for the Gibson-Craig legacy. Their first cousin Dorothy Gibson-Craig, whose father was raised at Riccarton, made something quite remarkable from the war effort – perhaps more than the fine bricks and mortar of her fathers ancestral home. While her younger brother did inherit the baronetcy, but not the Riccarton estates, Dorothy’s path was the most illustrious of all the Craig dynasty . She became the founder of the largest equine charity in the world , the Brooke Hospital for Animals (she married Brigadier Geoffrey Brooke). She started her endeavours in the depths of the

This UK-based international equine charity now has over 800 field workers based in ten countries in Asia, Africa, Central America, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, reaching 730,000 animals. Meanwhile, back home, her fathers ancestral home became the battle HQ of Scottish Command in 1939, then a resettlement camp and finally, from 1947 to 1954, the HQ of the Royal Artillery’s 3rd Anti-aircraft group. Like many large houses that were requisitioned by the army, Riccarton House was not properly maintained over this period and it was demolished in 1956 as it had become structurally unsound. The estate was later sold to Midlothian County Council who finally gifted it to Heriot Watt University in 1966. 2)

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es, it’s official. At the monthly Balerno Farmers Market, trader Liz McIntyre of Cedar Cottage Products sells more sausages here than anywhere else. With 10 sausage varieties to choose from, she knows her onions and is quick to offer tempting deals on the day. Did you know that we are also one of only four places that you can buy produce from master baker, Falko? Falko is an award winning “Konditor Meister” who bakes delicious German bread, pastries and cakes, attending Balerno market every month. And where else can you buy fresh Smokies – Pat O’Shea smokes fresh haddock slowly over smouldering hardwood chips – onsite on the market square!

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at Balerno Farmers Market Other products typically at the market - fresh venison, pies, unique cheeses, fudge, jam, skincare products, and organic produce from local charity the Cyrenians - in all around 10 – 15 traders. Fresh coffee & food at the Grey Horse pub in the pedestrianised Main Street, a Craft Fair in the Community Centre - enjoy our friendly village atmosphere! Balerno Farmers Market runs monthly, on the second Saturday of every month. Balerno Farmers Market – Saturday 14th July, 9 – 1 pm on Main Street – meet, greet and spoil yourself!


The ancient wisdom of Yoga By Claudia Goncalves


riginating in ancient India, Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is aimed to unite the mind, the body and the spirit. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquillity. Yoga is considered therapeutic and its benefits are physiological, psychological and it has biochemical effects. As you practice yoga, the ability to handle stress and a feeling of balance can ease into your existence quite quickly. Your sense of balance and muscle tone gets better. Stiffness


and some everyday aches and pains decrease over time. As you exercise, breathing helps you to force toxins out of your system, so that you have less muscle fatigue and pain after your yoga practice. The release of toxins from your system also helps improves your immune response. Enjoy a more positive outlook in life with yoga! Claudia Goncalves: Yoga teacher & Shamanic Practitioner in Balerno. She is Co-founder of & Tel: 0131 449 3266.

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The Hills are Alive! By David Syme


n a recent walk in the Pentlands with my wife I met plenty of other recreational users of these fine hills. The weather was good, the views superb, and everyone we greeted smiled as if to say: “Aren’t we lucky to have this on our doorstep”.

blocks, Corstorphine Hill and the low, white Holiday Inn building, the Donaldson Institute, St Mary’s Cathedral... .. we were over the shoulder of the hill before we knew it! I offered my wife a shortcut to the right. When she turned it down I knew that today this walk was a winner! The path branched, but we kept to the higher one which led to a stand of fir trees. Bonaly Reservoir lay behind these trees, and where the path turned to the right we hopped over a stile to head straight for the water. The reservoir was full and the waterside path flooded, so we had to pick our way through the heathery clumps to the dam wall. Resting at the far end of the dam was a group of three boys and two girls on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition, laden with camping gear and chatting happily together.

We set off from Harlaw car-park in Balerno at 10am and took the path heading for the saddle between Harbour Hill and Bell’s Hill. This is a great path! The angle is never steep, and the views over to the Ochills and Fife on a good day make the steady climb worthwhile. A cool easterly wind was blowing in our faces, but the well-made path was mainly dry. Several cyclists passed us; the path is good for them, too, and from Harlaw they can cross to Flotterstone or return to Harlaw by way of Glencorse and Loganlea Reservoirs. Just before we reached the kissing gate where the path descends the Maiden’s Cleugh we turned left onto a narrow path which worked its way round Harbour Hill, climbing gently. Two people with a dog strode ahead of us, silhouetted against a sky of blue and white. At one point they stopped for a passionate hug – it was that kind of day. Every step brought more of Edinburgh into view, and the challenge of identifying landmarks took the tiredness out of the legs. Wester Hailes housing


We turned right to take the path which descends into the Phantom’s Cleugh. Some long-distance runners came up towards us, taking short rhythmical steps and carrying water bottles, tiny backpacks and exotic headgear. Who wants to run an urban marathon when you can do 26 miles or more in the Pentlands?

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Ahead we could see a corner of Glencorse Reservoir, but we veered off to the right so as not to lose height. Following sheep tracks we held our height until the path climbing from the reservoir reached us just short of the kissing gate. Here we met a lass leading a heavy horse. “He’s had enough of this!” She said as they clattered downhill. A few moments later we watched anxiously as a cyclist sped down after them, but they had moved off the path and all went well. At the gate we paused to admire the view. Ben Vorlich and Ben Lomond were just visible to the west, Benarty Hill and the Lomonds in the east. A man with binoculars took the path towards Bell’s Hill, perhaps a bird watcher looking for the birds of prey that live up near Loganlea? A man and a young lad were coming down from the summit of Harbour Hill as we walked on. We chatted to an elderly man with two poles who was coming up towards us, and made the usual remark about the fine weather. “Snow is forecast” he joked. He looked

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the kind of chap who would not mind a bit of June snow. Halfway down the man and boy overtook us at speed. “Lunch is on the table!” The man shouted as they loped down the path. We reached our car at 12.30 after an exhilarating walk. If we had been seeking peace and solitude on the walk we could have been disappointed, but we were delighted to have shared the morning with so many others who could take pleasure in the Pentlands in their own way. We are indeed lucky to have these hills.


Planning your next move By McQueen Legal


ook at your budget and search criteria. Meanwhile, get your home ready for viewing – in a buyer’s market, it’s wise to sell before you buy. Alternatively think about swapping your house for the house of your dreams by accessing http://www.packhorse.pointclark. net/phpBB3/ the Scottish website for swapping properties.

Sort out your budget You’ve bought before, so you know the ropes - but adjust your expectations in these market conditions. Be realistic, even pessimistic, about the price you may get for your current property. An over-optimistic value in your budget could come back to haunt you. Sit on the right side of caution and then you can plan from a positive situation if you achieve more for your sale. Ask ESPC Money Management team to help you find the right way to finance your move – you’ll get three month’s free unemployment cover if you arrange your mortgage this way. Set your search criteria Location, location, location is still important. But also consider which areas you can afford; the number of rooms you need; school catchment areas; transport links; local services and the type of property you’re searching for. 24

Once you’ve decided, register with ESPC and they’ll send you e-mail alerts whenever a suitable new property comes on the market. You can change the criteria at any time. Prepare your home for viewing You may love your home but look at it objectively through the eyes of a potential buyer. How can you make it appeal to as many people as possible? How can you best show its features? • • • • • •

De-clutter to create a feeling of space Do the repairs listed on the Home Report (see last month’s article) Deep clean the property and even redecorate Modernise the kitchen – potentially your biggest selling point Smarten up the exterior and entrance Define the purpose of each room – a bedroom must look like a bedroom and not a storage space!

Come and chat! You can have FREE consultations with Mary McQueen or another solicitor in the firm or with ESPC Money Management. Contact us on 0131 445 3208 to arrange an appointment.

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How to avoid Inheritance Tax By Personal Money Management What is Inheritance Tax? (IHT)


Put simply, Inheritance Tax is a tax on everything you own which becomes payable on your estate when you die. Your assets may be more extensive than you think. They would include your own home and any other property that you own, your investments, insurance policies and gifts you have made especially if you still benefit from them.

Spouse Exemption – This applies to a UK domiciled spouse and is without limit.

Who Pays Inheritance Tax and on What?

If a person making a gift survives by 7 years the gift will no longer be liable to IHT on their death.

If you are UK domiciled you are subject to Inheritance Tax on your worldwide assets. Inheritance Tax is currently charged at 40% on the net value of your estate in excess of the Nil Rate Band (NRB) currently £325,000. If you are concerned that this means you won’t be able to leave as much as you like to your loved ones then you are not alone. Fortunately there are many things that you can do to reduce or in some cases remove entirely any Inheritance Tax liability. Like many things in life the earlier you start to plan the more effective the plans are.

Annual Exemption – Gifts of £3,000 in each tax year are exempt from IHT The Use of Trusts

By using a trust it is possible to exercise control over the investments and also control over who receives the gift and when they receive the gift. Final quote from the late Lord Jenkins; “Inheritance Tax is a voluntary tax paid by those who distrust their heirs more than they dislike the Inland Revenue” Written by: Dr Peter Marshall PhD, DipPFS, AFPC Personal Money Management, tel: 0131 538 7390

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n advisor with Howden Grange Financial Services, Robin Gregson of Baberton Mains has 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He decided earlier this year to join Howden Grange Financial Services, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this mortgage advice service. From releasing equity to getting your first home or just moving up the property ladder, Robin is experienced in a wide range of industry options and is well-suited to know which of today’s low interest financial services products will best suit your situation. It can be difficult to know where to go for professional and truly independent advice, but as a local resident with a wealth of experience and regulated by the Financial Services Authority, Robin Gregson of Howden Grange is your first port of call. Call him on 07985 650 228.

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Village People: Suzie Erasmuson By Emma Merchant


for my own children, and to consider how to make them available to other families too.”

KidsInsight after-school care will be available on Mondays to Thursdays in the newly developed Ogsten Hall (Balerno Parish Church) in the centre of Balerno. There will be lots of fun activities, games and crafts, and room for 32 children to attend each day between the hours of 2.45 pm and 6 pm.

Suzie brings to KidsInsight years of experience of supervising and assessing other child-care providers. She was senior external verifier for SVQs in Health and Social Care for the Scottish Qualifications Authority, and worked both at Stevenson’s College and throughout Scotland. In 2008, she set up VQInsight, which advises, trains and assesses people who wish to qualify in or provide training for SVQ’s in child-care, health & social care, and management.

alerno working mums and dads with primary school age children may soon find themselves chatting with Suzie Erasmuson. Mother of three, and a local Balerno resident herself, Suzie will be opening a new after school care facility in the village in August.

It was during the summer holidays last year, when the future after-school care provision in the village was uncertain, that Suzie’s plans for KidsInsight took shape. As many parents worried about what they would do the following term, Suzie began to think through the possibilities. She realised she had the skills, vision and enthusiasm to provide parents with a new alternative. Suzie’s two older children are still at primary school, and her youngest is only one and a half, so she has regularly needed after-school child care herself.

“KidsInsight has been some time in the planning stages, and I am really excited to be putting everything into practice at last. One thing I can promise is that there will be no X-boxes! Children will be using their imaginations, playing and creating, often around a theme that they will help to choose. And there will be lots of exciting activities and games! Groups will be small, with only 8 children to each leader. This will really help children to feel comfortable, form positive relationships and make friends. I want every child to feel welcomed, cared for and valued. ”

“As a working mum I have often struggled to make sure that the working days run as smoothly as possible for my children. I have been grateful for the wonderful child minders and private nurseries I have used in the past, but I find they are much in demand, and sometimes I have had to split the week’s child care between two or more locations. The working week can be quite a complicated operation for everyone and adds to family stress levels. “ “Last summer gave me the opportunity to think hard about how to put into practice all the things I wanted in after-school care


KidsInsight opens on Wednesday 15th August. To find out more, contact Suzie on: 0131 466 7761, 07840 753 799 or

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Learn to Talk Dog


ogs communicate with postures, expressions and sounds. It’s a language that they learn from the day they are born. We need to learn to speak ‘dog’ so we can understand what our pooch is saying. Look at your dog’s overall posture. Are they standing tall and proud or are they slinking low to the ground to make themselves look smaller? Look at the tail position - a high tail is confident or wary, a low tail shows a scared or timid dog. A wagging tail is simply a sign of heightened emotion, not necessarily happiness! Look at your dog’s face. Is it wrinkled into a frown, are the eyes wide open and are the ears pulled back flat? All three signs indicate a fearful dog. Pricked forward facing ears, a hard stare and

teeth on show mean back off NOW. Always take heed of the signs and take steps to make your dog feel safer. Many signs of fear are at the lower end of what behaviourists call a ladder of aggression. If you ignore the less obvious signs or worse still punish a dog for growling or snapping, the next time your dog will have no choice but to escalate their behaviour. That’s when bites happen. Very few dogs ever bite out of the blue, usually they have done their utmost to communicate that they feel threatened. So watch your dog closely, learn to recognise their own body language cues and don’t put them into uncomfortable situations. Pet’s Tip written by Joanne Drysdale BSc - dog behaviourist at Edinburgh Dog Training, see Let us welcome your pet to

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West Lothian Young Carer’s Project


here are many children and young people in West Lothian whose lives are dominated by the fact that they care for a member of their family who is sick or disabled, has a mental health problem or is affected by drugs or alcohol. “I can’t meet my friends because I have to make the tea” is one quote from a local young carer. “I look after my younger brother when my mum drinks too much” is another. Looking after someone can be very difficult and demanding, and for young people looking after a parent or sibling, it’s a huge burden for young shoulders to bear – especially when their peers are getting on with the business of being children, having fun or focussing on doing well at school. Young carers can be aged between 5 and 18 and do a range of tasks in and around the house. They are sometimes left alone to do the caring and their tasks may involve washing, cooking, shopping, dressing the person they care for and much more. Young carers may even sometimes have to give medicine, take care of the household bills and manage the money and look after younger siblings. They can feel isolated and miss out on much of the fun that any child is entitled to. This is where the West Lothian Young Carers Project comes in. A branch of the Carers of West Lothian charity, they provide individual support for young carers, identify hidden young carers who may need support, raise awareness of the issues and organise group activities and relief. Activities and outings provide the opportunity to have a break from their responsibilities and meet other young carers. According to UK-wide research, the average age of a young carer is 12; 75% of young carers are looking after their mum and 50% live with a lone parent. 48% of young carers are looking after someone with a mental health issue.


If you would like to speak to someone about being a young carer, or to find out how you can help, please contact the West Lothian Young Carers Project at : Strathbrock Partnership Centre, 189a West Main Street, Broxburn, EH52 5LH Tel No: 01506 771761 or

Fundraising events for Young Care


24th June – Abseil from Forth Rail Carers of West Lothian is taking Bridge part in a charity abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge. A small team of adventurers, inclu ding 3 young carers, will experience the of vertically descending 165ft from thrill Forth Rail Bridge to the beach belo the Funds raised will support Teenage w. and Maggie’s Centres, as well as Cancer for adult carers and young carers. Plea both give us your support by sponsorin se g us on our Just Giving pages: iseMcKernan for Adult Carers anyoungcarers for Young Carers or by sending your donation to Carers of West Lothian. 25th August - Family fun day at Scottish War Blinded See advert opposite for details.

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Edinburgh Pentlands Constituency


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July Recipe and Food Notes By Anne Pinkerton


chool is out, children are on holiday, long summer days and things to do in the open-air. It is not the time to linger in the kitchen. It is the time to think of picnics and food to cook for easy eating out doors. Picnic food can be as grand or as simple as the circumstances allow. Posh food for summer events when you nearly need a butler to help serve the champagne and lay out the linen table-cloth … or an apple, lump of cheese and a crust of bread all eaten from your back-pack on a walk in the hills are both satisfying the same need. Food for out of doors must taste good, be easy to carry and be sustaining.

a Morris Minor estate and no, the sun did not always shine. Eating in confined space sometimes led to fights and poor behaviour BUT we were all out of the house and that is what picnics are all about. Raised Pork Pies, Scotch Eggs, soup in a thermos, fruit cake, biscuits and fresh fruit are still the foods best for out-doors. So what follows are some slightly new twists on the theme. Sausage Plate Pie These are exactly the same ingredients as for sausage rolls but quicker to assemble and easier to pack for a picnic 225gm short crust pastry 220gm sausage meat 1 onion chopped 1 egg beaten Chopped, fresh mixed herbs or a good table-spoonful chutney Method. Roll out the pastry into 2 circles to fit a 8’’ or 9’’ metal plate. Mix the sausage meat, egg, onion and herbs or chutney well together. Line the plate with one circle of pastry, pile the filling on top and cover with the second round of pastry. Brush the top with a little milk and bake in the oven at 220°C for 30 minutes.

I remember with pleasure the childhood corned beef and Heinz sandwich spread baps followed by banana and brown sugar sandwiches which, as children, we considered enough sustenance for a day playing at the beach. On car journeys food could be more “normal” and my Mother would bring a fruit cake, pork pie, boiled eggs with salt and pepper in screws of paper, tomatoes, a loaf of bread which she sliced to order, sliced ham, butter, cheddar cheese, salad-cream and lettuce. From these we could make up whatever fillings we preferred for self-made sandwiches. For drink we had diluted fruit squash. This was the late 50’s early 60’s and the car was


Gazpacho, Chilled Tomato and Pepper Soup There are several delicious cold soups, Vichyssoise, Green Pea or chilled Consommé, but the most famous is probably Gazpacho. It may also be the simplest to make since there is no cooking! 1 cucumber peeled and chopped finely 1small red and 1 small green pepper, cored, de-seeded and finely chopped 500gm very ripe tomatoes ,skinned, deseeded and chopped or 200ml passata (commercially made strained tomatoes) 1 small onion finely chopped 2 cloves garlic crushed 75ml red wine vinegar 200ml good olive oil ½ litre very cold water or ice and water Salt, pepper, Tabasco, tomato ketchup and a couple of mint leaves. All to taste.

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For the topping melt the topping butter gently with the chocolate and pour and spread it on the filling. Leave for 5-10 minutes till just setting and then, with a sharp knife mark out the bars, about 16. Leave to set. These need to be kept cool or the result is a custard slide; a bit like a mud slide but better to eat! Method. Puree, wiz in a blender or liquefy with a wand all the ingredients apart from ½ the olive oil. Press through a coarse sieve or blend a second time. Stir in the oil and check and adjust the taste. Add a little lemon juice if liked. Keep cold in a thermos. If not eating this on a picnic serve with croutons and a garnish of finely chopped cucumber, onion, mint and red pepper. Nanaimo Bars Sweet tray bakes or slices are easy puddings for a day out. Try Rocky Road, flapjack, Florida Lemon Square or this different biscuit/cake from Canada. I am told you must use Birds Custard powder for the authentic flavour, so I did. This is fun for young cooks to make. Base ingredients 125gm butter melted 40gm sugar 25gm cocoa powder 1 large egg lightly beaten 175gm crushed biscuits, digestive are best 75gm coconut, flaked or desiccated 75gm chopped walnuts Filling ingredients 50gm butter 2 tablespoons custard powder 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 3 tablespoons milk 225gm icing sugar Topping ingredients 75gm dark chocolate 1 tablespoon butter. Method. Lightly oil and line with cling-film a traybake tin. Mix well all the base ingredients together and press into the tin. Set aside to chill in the fridge. Make the filling by creaming the filling butter with the custard powder and vanilla. Add the milk and icing sugar alternatively about 1/3 at a time till smooth. Spread this mixture over the biscuit base. Chill again. To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

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24hr Balerno Bowlathon


fter months of preparation involving help from many friends in and around Balerno Bowling Club, Ross Young and Grant Wilson kicked off on their 24hr Bowlathon on Saturday 9th June at 1pm, playing continually for the full 24hrs, achieving what they set out to do - they raised just short of £2000, which will be split between the Special Care Baby Unit at St Johns Hospital, Livingston and the Edinburgh Transplant Unit and Games Team. Ross Young, who is a co-founder of the Bowlathon, has chosen The Edinburgh Transplant Unit/Team after being diagnosed in August 2005 with Polycystic Kidney Disease. Ross said “Since 2005 I have been treated with medication then dialysis and lucky enough to receive my transplant on 18th Nov 2010. I now participate in the British Transplant Games travelling Britain each year to help raise awareness for the need of organ donation”

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Anne Blake, who joined both Ross and Grant this year, is delighted to be involved for both causes and has a special interest at heart as Claire her daughter has liver problems and in time will need a transplant. Gordon Macdonald MSP commented “I was happy to support their fundraising event and visited them on Saturday afternoon to wish them every success in completing their 24 hour challenge. I’m sure all three of them are extremely tired but very happy after the success of their marathon Bowlathon” The boys are still collecting for both charities, so if you would like to donate please e-mail or by phone 07738 699 207.

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Grant Wilson, who is also a co-founder of the Bowlathon, decided to opt for SCBU as his charity as his oldest son Logan was born 9 weeks premature back in June 2006. Grant said “Logan who has just turned 6 is now thriving and living life to the full after his precious care from SCBU.”

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Useful Info + What’s On? July

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 Bookgroup – Last Monday of the month, 6.307.30pm Bookbug (rhymes and songs for babies and toddlers) – Fortnightly on a Monday, 2-2.30pm Under fives storytime – Fortnightly on a Tuesday, 10-10.30am Currie Library information 210 Lanark Road West, Currie, EH14 5NX 0131 529 5609 Opening times Mon & Wed: 1.00pm - 8.00pm Tues, Thurs & Fri: 10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday: 9.00am - 1.00pm Bookbug (rhymes and songs for babies and toddlers) – Fortnightly on a Friday, 10-10.30am Bookgroup – 1st Wednesday of the month, 7-8pm Tiger Tales – stories and crafts for school-aged children - Fridays 2-2.30pm The Pentlands Medical Centre 44 Pentland View, Currie, EH14 5QB 0131 449 2142 To include your event here, please email or call 07854 492638 School Term dates (from Spring / Summer (Term 3) Tue 17/4/12 - Fri 29/6/12 Summer / Winter (Term 1) Tue 21/8/12 - Fri 21/12/12 Autumn Holiday Mon 17/9/12 - Tue 18/9/12 Mid-term Mon 15/10/12 - Mon 22/10/12 Wednesday 4th July Strawberry Tea in the Ogston Hall Balerno Parish Church Guild are celebrating summer with a Strawberry Tea in the Ogston Hall at 7pm. Tickets are priced £2.50 and available from members. Saturday 14th July Balerno Farmers Market 9am – 1pm Main Street Balerno – See advert on page 13 for discount voucher!


Thursday 19th July Teddy Bear Adventures Barnaby the Pentland Bear is going on an adventure. He’s looking for young explorers to join him on his journey through Harlaw Woodland. Meet: Harlaw House Visitor Centre Time: 10.30am – 12 noon Bring: Teddy bear and wellies. Booking essential, call Pentland Rangers on 0131 445 3383 or 0131 447 7145. Cost: Donations welcome. Grade of walk: Easy, 1 mile, negligible ascent. Suitable for children under 6 yrs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Friday 20th July Walk for Health Take a gentle stroll around Harlaw Reservoir, enjoying spectacular views of Black Hill, Turnhouse and West Kip in the distance. Children can take part in the Harlaw Biodiversity Trail, as we walk around the reservoir. Meet: Harlaw House Visitor Centre Time: 1 – 3.30pm Bring: Sturdy footwear, waterproofs and binoculars if you have them. Booking essential, call Pentland Rangers on 0131 445 3383 or 0131 447 7145. Cost: Donations welcome. Grade of walk: Easy, 2 miles, negligible ascent. Suitable for all age groups. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday 21 July Reservoir Round Walk a circular route which visits seven of the Regional Park’s reservoirs. Discover their history and maybe see some wildlife too. Meet: Threipmuir car park Time: 10am – 4pm Bring: Sturdy footwear, waterproofs, and lunch Booking essential, call Pentland Rangers on 0131 445 3383 or 0131 447 7145. Cost: Donations welcome. Grade of walk: Long and strenuous. 13 miles, 540m ascent. Suitable for over 16 yrs. Saturday 28th July Juniper Green Farmers Market The Dental Surgery Car Park, 577 Lanark Road, opposite Juniper Avenue, Juniper Green. 9am - 1pm to exhibit their The Pentland Art Club are preparing al show starts on work again this summer. The annut Hall, Currie, near Saturday August 2012 in the Scou Somerfield Petrol Station. in your busy Ideal for a quiet reflective moment one and it is free! schedule. We will be open to every 10 am till 8.30 We open on Saturday 11 August from - 8.30. The pm 2.30 from 16th 12th ay pm, Sund onald (MSP MacD on Gord by ed open be to is preview gathers on Club Art land Pent The ). lands for Pent Balerno High School Thursday evenings in term time at ing, we invite guests paint do just t don’ We pm. 7.30 at ations on how along to give us hands on demonstr a club, it can lead to they work their magic! By joining all sorts of new beginnings!

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Art in the Park: Colinton 2012


rt in the Park, Colinton’s annual village fair, will take place this year on Sunday September 2nd or September 9th (rain date). The day will run from 11am to 5pm in historic Spylaw Park. The event is organised by Colinton Village Events (CVE) Group and encompasses a wide array of handmade arts & crafts stalls, a dedicated area for children’s activities, a dog show (run by Citidogs Crèche), an all-day performance area, with delicious food including burgers, pizza, home baking, gourmet coffee and ice-cream. We are pleased to announce a very special and brand new addition to Art in the Park 2012. CVE Group will team up with Mark Medcalf FRICS of Mark Medcalf Associates (Chartered Art and Antique Surveyors) to bring you ‘Antiques in the Park’. Visitors can bring along two items to be valued for a £5 fee (or £3 for one item), with proceeds used to fund CVE community events/projects.

With space beginning to fill up fast, potential stallholders and performers should contact us at to secure a place. Art in the Park is an ideal venue to browse art, entertain the kids, learn about local clubs/societies, enjoy a variety of music and dance performances, develop an interest in antiques, or even to participate in the fun dog show!

If you would like to showcase interesting arts/crafts/food then we encourage your involvement at Art in the Park. Diverse performers are also sought after. With past performances including belly and ballet dancing, bagpiping and Zumba, we are always open to new and exciting acts. Participants from schools and community groups are more than welcome. To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638


Clubs and Classes

sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... Zumba with Laura Dee Mon and Fri 9.30 – 10.30am Juniper Green Church Hall Tues 20.30 to 21.30 Balerno High School Thurs 19.00 – 20.00 Scout Hall, Lanark Rd West, Currie For more info contact or call Laura on 07976 694 077 After School Club at Honey Pot Ceramics Fridays 1-5pm term time. Arts and crafts, each week there is a specific project which could include clay, jewellery or cosmetics. £10, booking essential. Pre-School Messy Play At Honey Pot Ceramics. Every Monday. Thursday and Wednesday from 10-11am. Bring your little one along for some glittering, sticking, stamping and lots and lots of messy fun. Booking essential. See or call 0131 333 6348 for more info on both clubs. Kirknewton Riding and Trekking Hacks, treks, pony rides, saddle club. Call Kirsty on 07702 118360 or see

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Overton Farm, Kirknewton, EH27 8DD For all class bookings and more information call 01506 238961 or email Stories and Crafts for wee ones Mondays 10.30am-11.30am Storytelling followed by a related craft activity. £4.50 a session which includes tea/coffee and biscuits for parents. Warhammer Club Fridays 2.30 – 5pm/ £4.50 if you are bringing models and brushes,; £7.50 get a model and brush to keep. Craft Club Fridays 1.30 – 3.30pm Different arts/crafts projects each week incl. Glass, clay. Paintingm, jewellery. £10, all materials, drink and snack supplied. Scrapbooking club Alternate Thursdays 7.30 – 9.30pm. £7.50 includes tea/ coffer/biscuits. Basic materials will be provided. Jewellery Workshops Alternate Tuesdays, 7-9pm. £15, booking essential. Oil painting classes with Kirsty McDiarmid. Mondays 7-9pm, Thursdays 10.30am- 12.30pm

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BALERNO Minis @St Mungo’s Group for babies and toddlers with their carers on term time Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am to 11.30am in St Mungo’s church building, Ladycroft, Balerno. All welcome. For more information visit Balerno Parish Church Guild Balerno Parish Church New Hall First and third Wednesdays (commencing October) at 7.30pm.Varied syllabus with many interesting speakers. Tea/coffee is served at the end of the meeting. New members or visitors warmly welcomed.

Balerno Folk Club Held on the last Tuesday of each month in Balerno Bowling Club. Doors open 8pm; Evening begins 8.20pm; Guest artist on stage at 8.30pm. Members and guests welcome. For further info contact Morag Dunbar on 0131 449 5014 or John Stirling on 0131 449 3456. 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 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@ 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. Yoga with Claudia Goncalves Mon 10am -11.30am, Wed 7.30pm – 9pm, Thursday 10am. 4 week block £20, drop-in £7. Pirnie Ha’, Cockburn Hill Road, Balerno, EH14 7JB. Booking 07501 668364 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 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 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 Under The Trees Nature Club Last Sunday of every month in Balerno. 0-6 year olds: 10.30-11.30am, 7-13 year olds: 12.302.30. £2.00 per child. To book your place and find out more information contact:, or tel: 07854 490550 Pilates Plus New mat & equipment Pilates class led by Physiotherapist. All levels are welcome, classes will be progressive & challenging. Classes start soon: Thursdays 10-11am @ Currie Rugby Club, Balerno. To register please contact: or phone 07971778962. For more information (ask about our introductory offer).

Pentland Flower Club Drama Studio, Balerno High School First Friday of the month at 7.15pm (excluding January, February, July and August). Visitors and new members are always welcome. Contact Lis Daly on 0131 442 2146. 51st Pentland Scouts (Balerno) Beavers, Cubs, Scouts Various evenings, Balerno Scout Hall Contact Lawrence Mitchell on 0131 449 4680 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 Balerno Baby and Toddler Group Balerno Parish Church Hall, 3 Johnsburn Road, Balerno, EH14 7DN. For children 0-5 years and their carers. Termtime 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


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 Air Cadets 2463 (Currie & Balerno) Squadron Forthview Crescent Mon and Thu 7-9.30pm. 0131 449 7449 for more info 42nd Pentland Scouts (Currie) 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. 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 resuscitation 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.

Coffee and Craft Currie Youth Club Monday 7pm -9pm. Bring your own craft and share your knowledge and experience with other crafters and perhaps learn something new. All welcome. £2.00 per night refreshments are included.

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

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 SWRI - NEW! Meet in the Masonic Hall, 3 Riccarton Mains Road, Currie, on the second Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at 7.15pm. New members and visitors welcome.

Currie Baby and Toddler Group Gibson Craig Hall Friday 9.30 am - 11.30 am (term time only). Adults £1.50, kids go free. Parents/Grandparents/Carers/Childminders are all very welcome. Snack provided for the kids and tea and coffee for the adults. Loads of space to play. 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 Sarah Byers Kettle/Zumba Mon - Kettlebells - Currie High School - 7.15 - 8 pm Tues - Zumba - Currie Youth Club 9.30 - 10.30 am Thurs - Zumba - Currie High school 6.30 - 7.30 pm Fri - Zumba/Kettlebell Mix - Currie Youth club - 9.3010.30am 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 info contact Jim Webber on 451 5112.

Book Group Currie Library. First Wednesday of each month 7.00pm

JUNIPER GREEN 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 Juniper Green SWRI Juniper Green Community Centre (Village Hall) 1 Juniper Park Road, EH14 5DX Contact 0131 539 9886 Juniper Green Nursery Playgroup Juniper Green Community Centre, 1 Juniper Park Road, EH14 5DX. Contact 07948 554889 or see website at

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Dentist No 9 Dental Dog Walking Tail Wagging Electrician A&A Electrical Altech Electrical Gavin Beatson Electrical D. Sykes Electrical Finance advisors Howdengrange Financial Services TaxAssist PMM Fitness KM Fitness Florist Vicky’s flowers Food Real Foods Funeral Directors Porteous Funeral Directors Garden & Landscaping Taurus Gardening Woodford Timber Scotland Golf Club Baberton Golf Club Hairdresser Tony Harper Hairdressers Whitehouse Hair Salon Handyman Bits ‘N’ Pieces Home Improvements Advanced Property Solutions Ltd Craft Worx Ltd Ironing Services Ironing Aid Joiner Dean Jones Building Services Gordon Fairbairn Joiner GK Wilson Joiner Locksmith 1st Call Locksmith Caledonian Locksmith MSP Gordon Macdonald MSP Painter/Decorator Alistair McLellan Brushstrokes Ian Merriman Ltd

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Pet Services Happy Scampers Physiotherapy SportsActive Plastering Alexander Aitken Plastering Plumbing Services Jim Gladstone Shandon Plumbing Bill Reid & Son Browns Plumbing Weir Plumbing Public House Bridge Inn Kinleith Arms Tanners The Grey Horse The Weavers Riccarton Arms The Blue Goose Restaurant Bridge Inn Tanners The Grey Horse Roofing KM Contracts Storm-Shield Sculpture Park Jupiter Artland Sewing Services/Supplies Mary’s Patch Shopfitters Advanced Property Solutions Ltd Soft Furnishings Quintessential Solicitor McQueen Legal Solicitor/ Estate Agent Elmslies Telephone Engineer John McGraw Telephone Engineer Tiler Barry Edwards Tiling Tree Surgeon Delisle Tree Surgeons Maxwell Tree Care Vet Pentland veterinary clinic

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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 17 Hermiston Village, Edinburgh, EH14 4AW

Weekly drop in workshops for children. Two hour sessions of fun and informal hands on activities in the magical outdoor environment of Jupiter. June to August Visit our website for more information on our Summer Artsparks courses and our very popular pre-school groups Littlesparks Summer Events at Jupiter Tour, talk, performances, workshop for families and adults of all ages, artists event including a barge trip and a blue moon picnic at the end of August OPENING TIMES 11 MAY - 16 SEPTEMBER 2012



There is so much to do this summer at Jupiter to find out more and to book visit

Konect Directory Balerno July 2012  

Konect Directory Balerno July 2012