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MARCH 2018

TONY HARPER: HAIRDRESSING FOR OVER 4 DECADES Plus local Easter Holiday Acvtivity Guide businesses, SPRING INTERIORS: REVIVE YOUR SPACE! community information Thinking of Trying a New Activity or Hobby? & more! Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green, Baberton & Ratho

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ay, the clocks go forward on 25th March! Not that you really have to remember nowadays as most phones and cars change automatically so your alarm goes off at the right time anyway – it tends to be just our oven clock that is an hour out for six months of the year! As we emerge from winter, outdoors jobs on the house and garden make their way up the to-do list. Whether for you these are just chores or a welcome chance to at last get back in the garden, there are plenty of local businesses and traders ready to help out!

Schools break up for Easter on 29th March for two weeks, so we’ve pulled together a list of things to do with the family, all within a short walk or drive, over the holiday. With three kids of my own, we’ve done pretty much all of these activities over the years and had some fantastic times, it really is worth exploring everything there is on offer locally.


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ARTWORK/COPY DEADLINE: 18th of the month prior to print. The Konect Directory is delivered to homes in Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green, Baberton and Ratho. Copies are also left at the library, community centres, convenience stores and various other locations within the area.




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Visit Gorgie City Farm to see pigs, cows, chickens, sheep and goats, as well as domestic pets and gardens. There is a cafe on site. (Entry is free but donations are welcome to keep this community resource open). They also run a holiday programme “Farmer’s Helpers” see “over £5” section.

Visit Beecraigs Country Park Animal Attraction where you can see Highland cattle, deer and sheep in the fields and viewing shed. (The field paths can get a little muddy). Beecraigs also has a play park and visitor centre with toilets and cafe.

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A little further in the car to Bangour, near Dechmont, but worth it to explore around the old village hospital with surfaced tracks, large abandoned buildings and grassy areas. Perfect for bikes, trikes, pushchairs and the dog! Make up stories and let your imagination run wild as you explore (no shop or toilet facilities). Signed just off the A89 near Dechmont.

We’re spoilt for choice with the Water of Leith walkway on the doorstep, Pentland Hills, Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill, Braidburn Valley Park, Colinton & Craiglockhart Dell and plenty more! My favourite for getting out with the bikes, push-chair friendly tracks, play parks and places to play poo sticks is Colinton & Craiglockhart Dell.

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For a different environment, Red Moss near Threipmuir, Balerno, is a boardwalk over layers of ancient peat, plantlife for those interested, and a fun stomp along the wooden platform for everyone else!

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Regular clubs at the local libraries including throughout the holidays. Children’s Craft Club at Colinton Library: Fridays 3.30pm and at Currie Library: Tuesdays 3pm, Thursdays 3.30. Colinton Library also runs a Lego Club on Saturdays 11.30pm and a Children’s Knitting class on 4th April at 3.45pm.


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to shake off cabin fever A b o o k a n d g house but don’t want to do anything a b n a too strenuous, families are be

always welcome at the local libraries to find a comfy seat and enjoy books together in the children’s section. Bookbugs sessions for preschoolers (singalong and stories) run regularly including through the holidays: Balerno Bookug - Wed 1.30pm Currie Bookbug - Thur and Fri 10.30am, Colinton Bookbugs - Fri 10.30am and Tue 2.30pm.

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A trip on the Union Canal from Linlithgow basin (operated by Linlithgow Canal Centre) on weekend afternoons, starting 31st March. £3/child

Trips on “Bluebell” from Port Buchan, Broxburn on Sundays (operated by the Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society). Sit with the captain and try your hand on the tiller! £3/child. Easter Bunny boat trips from Port Buchan 31st March, 1st & 2nd April. (Check the facebook page for ticket information, www.facebook. com/bridge1940canalsociety) Booking not necessary for either of the two locations, just turn up on the day.

Trail, egg n spoon race, Ea s t er Eg g f t s plants for sale and cream at Redhall Walled tr a i l & cr a teas Garden’s Eggstravaganza on 31st March, 12-4pm (entry by donation).

Trail, hidden treasure and Easter crafts at Hopetoun House 1st and 2nd April. Drop in between 12 & 4pm. £2.80/child.

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Water of Leith Conservation Trust run nature-based activities for children, 2-4pm:Thurs 5th April (Seek out animal tracks and trails along the river and in the woods!); Tues 10th April (River Dipping); Thurs 12th April (Build a shelter, forage for food and toast marshmallows over a fire). Booking essential 0131 455 7367 £5/child.


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Explore Craigmillar Castle for Easter clues and challenges, Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April. £3.60/child (5-15).

Jump Station trampoline park, Livingston, has a Tots Time 10am-12pm Monday to Thursday and 9-11am every Saturday & Sunday. £4/tot (0-4 years.

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Drop in to paint pottery, make jewellery,

and more at Potter Around Pa i n t & decopatch Studio, Kirknewton. They usually run Cr a f t holiday club and Easter egg hunt,

although information not available at time of print. Prices vary, but for £5/child will cover a wee piece of craft to make and take away.



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The go-to option for rainy days and kids with too much energy! Each place has a different range of things to do. Scrambles at EICA Ratho, and Clambers at the Royal Commonwealth Pool. EICA Ratho also has a “Rock Tots” playroom. £5.75/hour/child (3-10) (less for tots). Dinosaurs will be

in the grounds of Ki n g d o m ! Lauriston Castle from Jur a ss i c30th March – 15th April! An animatronic outdoor dinosaur experience! (no parking except for disabled. Take public transport!) Book online in advance, £9.50/child (3-15).

Gorgie City Farm run a holiday programme “Farmer’s Helpers” for ages 8-13, 10am-12.30pm. Farmer’s Helpers do real jobs across the farm such as gardening, mucking out stables, painting, feeding animals and grooming our goats. Being a Farmer’s Helper can be hard work but also lots of fun! £12/ child/session. Book online

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Almond Valley Farm – baby animals, Easter egg hunt and crafts throughout the holidays. Special attractions over the four days of Easter, including our famous plastic duck race. All included in entry. £6.50/ child (3-15) (Teddy bear’s picnic etc).

NOTE: Prices quoted are for one child entry. Check with the attraction for adult entry prices, family discounts and opening times before planning your day!

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Not literally! But take some pals and solve puzzles together to escape from a locked room at Escape Rooms Livingston. Suitable for children over 10. £35 for 2, £42 for 3, £48 for 4, £55 for 5 and £60 for 6.

Complimentary Easter treat a k e a s t e a m for all children travelling on T Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway tr a i n Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April.

Wear a traditional Easter Bonnet for the chance to win a prize! Museum egg hunt. £6/child (5-15).

on the Maid of the Forth, o a t Trips South Queensferry. With option Ta k e ato bstop off at Inchcolm Island. Likely to spot

seals in the Forth. 2018 dates not avail at time of print.

Station - An hour n c e Jump u o b at Livingston’s indoor & p m Ju trampoline park for all ages and abilities. £10ppn or £9pp if pre-booked online 48 hours in advance. (Plus grip socks required, £2 per pair)

Paradise Island Golf, ur e s Livingston. t n e v d A r o In d o From £5.50/child (5-16 years, less for under fives)

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Craiglockhart Tennis and Leisure Centre runs a holiday programme with multi-sports activities, games and drama. £35/child per day 8am-6pm. activities/holiday-camp Or try Clip N Climb at EICA Ratho - all ages and abilities, the whole family can climb together (from 2 years +). Book in advance, it’s busy during the holidays. £9.50/child (4-17).

Five Sisters Zoo, near West Calder. Daily handling, talks and feeds £9.95/child (3 – 15).



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Over 4 decades in the hairdressing business!

When Tony Harper’s mum came back from a hair appointment and told her son the hairdresser wanted an apprentice, Tony wasn’t so sure. It wasn’t a job he’d ever seen himself doing. “But jobs were not easy to come by at that time,” he recalls, “and the idea stayed with me.” Not particularly academic, Tony enjoyed art and preferred working with his hands. So he decided to leave school at age 15 and accept the apprenticeship in Edinburgh’s West End. Tony learned on the job, and attended Telford College (now Edinburgh College) one day a week. When his boss moved the shop to Bruntsfield, Tony went with him. But the business did not do as well after relocating, and eventually Tony was offered the options of renting a chair (working for himself) or leaving. One of his customers owned a shop in East Cross Causeway and asked Tony if he would like to rent it. “It was the best thing I ever did,” says Tony. “I was about 18 then and enjoyed getting to know my new clientele—and they seemed to take to me too!” Then in 1979 Tony took over a shop in Currie, on Dolphin Avenue. For the first time he had both male and female customers. “I had to teach myself how to use clippers,” he says. “And every morning I had to read the back page of the newspaper so that I would have something to talk about with the gents—all they talked about was sport!” Tony met Kathryn through Currie Kirk’s amateur 14 | BALERNO


Tony Harper, who grew up in and lives in Currie, has been a hairdresser for 46 years. He enjoys cooking and playing golf, and used to scuba dive. He and his wife, Kathryn, have two adult daughters, one of whom works alongside her dad in the hair studio. They also have three granddaughters. dramatics group, and they married in 1982. In the late ‘80s Tony became a volunteer barge skipper for the Seagull Trust. “I had many wonderful, happy years driving the barge,” he says, “taking disabled groups up to the aqueduct and down through Wester Hailes on the Union Canal. I’ve met some incredible people who, despite their disabilities, were helpers. And I’ve made some great friends.” Around this same period Tony learned to scuba dive, a passion he has enjoyed in the Cayman Islands, among other places. Tony did advanced hairdressing exams in the 1990s, which qualified him to teach hairdressing at college. He taught at both Bathgate and Telford colleges. His current studio in Balerno has been open for 13 years, and prior to that, before the area was redeveloped, Tony had another one on the same site. Mid life crisis? Yes, Tony has a Harley Davidson, and enjoys taking part in “Thunder in the Glens” in Aviemore, Europe’s biggest Harley rally. Who knew? Visit Tony Harper’s Hair Studio on Facebook or, in person, in Balerno. The Village People column is contributed by Suzanne Green. Suzanne, a freelance writer/ editor, lives in Balerno and writes regularly for Konect. She is married to Andy and they have two adult daughters. @KonectDirectory

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It’s time to tackle those cobwebs and give your home a good spring clean that will revive your space and perhaps inspire a fresh new look. Here are six tips to get you started: Think positive! Spring cleaning gives you the perfect chance to rethink your space and create areas that are tailor-made to suit your needs. What would you like to gain from your space? If viewed as a great opportunity to declutter and restyle rather than a list of chores, you are already one step ahead. Happy sounds are motivating, so pop on your favourite play-list. Peel off the layers Throws and blankets receive heavy-duty usage in cooler months, so ensure you wash/ dry-clean these before packing them away out of sight. Plus, stripping away layers offer more options when trying to create a new look. Walls & floors Rugs may not be necessary for warmer months, so consider a bare floor or replacing a winter rug with a lighter one in softer colours. Stains and marks will show up more in natural light, so it’s also a good time to professionally clean carpets, wipe walls, fill in holes from old hooks or repaint. Seasonal accessories Cushions, accessories and prints can be rotated according to season, colour or theme. Having your items on rotation means you are less likely to tire of them and have considered their function. This is also a good chance to declutter and donate items you have not used in the last year. Repair items Action repairs! Whether it be framing photos, hanging pictures, or restoring/polishing furniture, not only are you crossing off items on your to-do list (and regaining floor/storage space) - you will enjoy the treasures you have chosen to keep.

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HOW NOT TO BE NEXT Pension scams are still rife so here are 10 pointers on how not to fall victim:

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5. Steer clear of overseas investment ‘deals’. Wellknown scam types include unregulated investment in hotels, vineyards or other overseas opportunities.

6. Don’t fall for ‘guaranteed’ returns on professional looking websites or brochures. You can never guarantee returns on an investment and anyone can create a smart website or brochure these days. 7. Don’t be rushed into a decision.

8. If you’re aged 50 or over and have a DC (defined contribution) pension, talk to Pension Wise. Pension Wise is there to help you investigate your retirement options. Visit 9. Ask The Pension Advisory Service for help. Call 0300 123 1047 or visit for free pensions advice and information.

10. Contact your provider and call Action Fraud if you think you’ve been scammed. If you’ve already signed something you’re now unsure about, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and contact your pension provider immediately. They may be able to stop a transfer that hasn’t taken place yet. The Money Matters column is contributed by Personal Money Matters. This month’s column by David Henderson BA, DipFA.




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Ratho Auto Services Servicing, Diagnostics, Tyres, Pre-Purchase Checks, Sales John Plimmer

Auto Technician

0131 333 5353 07784 537356

Free Collection & Delivery Service MOTs arranged 73 Station Road, Ratho Station, EH28 8OP

Servicing on all makes and models of vehicles from just £99

Call 0131 449 2139

for service you can trust • MOT VOSA green traffic light test station • Budget, midrange or premium tyres fitted • Brakes, exhausts and repairs

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• Quality Dog Walking/Daycare • Home boarding in our country farmhouse • Experienced & knowledgeable dog handler • Professional service • Disclosure Scotland and insured • Trustworthy & reliable • Exercised on 7 acres of secure private land


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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

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Two national saints days occur in March: St David of Wales and St Patrick of Ireland. It’s interesting to consider what traditional foods are connected with Scotland’s neighbouring Celtic countries. People in the two countries traditionally had similar basic cooking utensils which led to similarities in foods: a flat griddle and a three-legged cooking pot which stood in the fire on the hearth. Hence stews, soups, flatbreads, cheese, autumn fruit and nuts with the addition of the occasional luxury of meat or game became the cuisine of both countries. Roman imports never influenced Ireland so food was limited to what flourished on this mild, Atlantic-weathered landscape. Oats, wheat, rye, a little later peas and beans and then dairy cattle and hence milk, butter and cheese became the staples and were very important exports. By the 16th century potatoes arrived, changing the habits and the diet of the preindustrial population and in time led to the disastrous reliance on one crop (causing the famine and the massive depopulation of the whole island in the 19th century). The Irish are proud of their Irish stew, soda breads, pancakes, beer, corned beef (salt beef) champ, Boxty (potato 46 | BALERNO

bread), colcannon (bubble and squeak) and cheeses. Wales is more mountainous and has poorer soils and a harsher climate, but it has land links with England and became heavily industrialised in the 19th century. Potato cakes, leek soup, cawl, bara brith and laver bread (nori seaweed) are the traditional foods of Wales. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales and are worn in the headgear of the armed forces on St David’s Day. They are good eating at this time of the year. These dishes are good to eat while the days are short and not too warm. They are comfort food at its best, using ingredients most people have to hand and do not take a great deal of work, just slow, gentle cooking. WELSH POTATO CAKE • 1kg potatoes • 100g butter • Salt, pepper, thyme, nutmeg, a little oil.

METHOD: Peel the potatoes (if you prefer, but it is not necessary). Bring to the boil in a pan of water and cook for 3-5 minutes. Drain and cool a little. Oil or butter an ovenproof metal dish, put a sprig of thyme or dried thyme leaves on the bottom of the dish. Slice some of the potatoes and carefully arrange them in circles in the dish. Slice the rest of the tatties and gently mix together with the melted butter, salt, pepper, a little grated nutmeg and a bit more thyme. Turn all this into the dish and firm down. Cover with a circle of non-stick paper and bake in a hot oven, 180oC, for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Turn out to serve. Eat with cold meats, grilled chops or fried sausages or black pudding. The recipe and food notes are contributed by Anne Pinkerton. Anne is a local cook who believes that everybody can enjoy seasonal food and can have pleasure preparing meals for their family and friends. @KonectDirectory




SATURDAY 10TH MARCH Balerno Farmers Market - “Tattie Day,” Main Street, Balerno 9am - 1pm.

SATURDAY 3RD MARCH Balerno’s Braw Fair Trade Event Balerno Parish Church Halls 10am - 12 noon. Refreshments, fairly traded craft and food stalls, children’s activities, tastings, smoothie bike and children’s art prizegiving. All welcome! Facebook: balernofairtradevillagegroup E-mail: WEDNESDAY 7TH MARCH ‘Sweet Dreams’ - A talk by Lorna Muir from the Edinburgh Sleep Clinic, hosted by Balerno Parish Church Guild 7.30pm, Ogston Hall, Balerno Parish Church. WEDNESDAY 21ST MARCH Balerno Parish Church Guild AGM & Social Evening 7.30pm, Ogston Hall, Balerno Parish Church. SUNDAY 18 MARCH TH

Accessing the countryside: Your guide to responsible access - Learn about the variety of activities across the Pentlands Regional Park and how to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Our Natural Heritage Officer will be be leading a guided walk on the day. Meet: Harlaw House Visitor Centre. Time:11:00-15:00 with guided walk at 11:00-13:00. Bring sturdy footwear and waterproofs. Guided walk only: £5 per person, booking for the guided walk is essential through or call 0131 529 2401.


FRIDAY 9TH MARCH BABERTON MAINS HISTORY WEBSITE LAUNCH Juniper Green Village Hall, 8pm The Baberton Mains History project team is ready to launch a website which highlights the findings from their popular 2014 booklet. The launch will be in Juniper Green Village Hall on Friday 9 March, 8pm. There will be a chance to see the structure of the website, view some of the images and marvel at the interactive map of the area. Oh, and a glass of wine or a non-alcoholic drink. Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council warmly invite you to this event where there will also be a chance to update the other recent activities of the Council including the resilience work, the financial services research (come and hear about the mobile bank service soon to appear in the valley) and the traffic survey on the A70. To book your free tickets please go to: or pick one up at Molly’s Deli, Juniper Green.


Easter at Balerno Parish Church Palm Sunday

Sunday, 25th March 10.00am Balerno Parish Church (come and decorate an Easter egg)

Maundy Thursday Thursday 29th March

Balerno Parish Church Johnsburn Road Balerno Rev Dr AndrĂŠ J Groenewald 0131 449 3830 07588 845814

7.00pm Currie Kirk

Good Friday Friday 30th March

7.00pm Balerno Parish Church

Easter Day Sunday 1st April

10.00am Balerno Parish Church You are warmly invited to join with us at any of the above


Tues - Sat 12pm - 2.30pm Tues - Sat 5pm - 8.30pm Closed Mondays

Sunday Roast 12pm - 5pm

Live Music

Special Double Bill

Ivan Drever

Mothers Day - Sunday roast

FREE glass of wine for every mother


Teas, coffees, scones & croissants

9th March

12.30 - 2.30 pm

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For ideas of clubs, classes, social activities and hobbies in the local area, see the Clubs and Classes section (opposite page). The Ageing Lab at the University also has a list of classes they use, and activities include a new language, sport, exercise and dance classes, social groups and bingo, computer classes, and woodworking or handicrafts. Volunteers will be assisted in choosing their new activities by researchers from the University, and costs associated with those new activities are covered by the study including equipment costs and books.

“Trying different activities could help thinking skills as we age,” say researchers at Heriot-Watt University.

test a range of activities within existing communitybased programmes. We have designed it so that the findings will have real-world benefit.

They are encouraging Edinburgh and Lothians residents aged 65 years and over to try a new activity as part of a major research study examining how thinking and memory skills change as we age. The study will include 300 adults aged 65 and over who will undergo a range of cognitive and psychological assessments before they start their new activity.

“As we age, we may experience general declines in our thinking, memory and reasoning skills. There is, however, large variation in the degree of decline experienced. Keeping intellectually, socially or physically engaged have all been proposed as potentially protective.”

The activities chosen will vary in terms of the mental, social or physical engagement, but might include participating in language classes, taking up a sport or meeting new people in social clubs. After following their activity for 2-3 months, the volunteers will return for repeat assessments.

According to the research group’s recent “What Keeps You Sharp?” survey, almost 9 out of 10 people living in the UK believe there are things that can be done to maintain or improve thinking skills as we get older while two out of three people feel it is important to challenge the mind or to be physically active in terms of maintaining or improving thinking skills.[1]

Dr Alan Gow, from the Ageing Lab at Heriot-Watt University, explains: “Changes in our thinking skills are among the most feared aspects of growing older and can be related to a lower quality of life and a loss of independence. “People often think of these changes in terms of decline. While some people do experience this, others don’t. One suggestion for why some people retain their thinking skills better than others is because they keep mentally, socially or physically active.

Dr Gow continued: “We look forward to hearing from residents living in the Edinburgh and Lothians who are interested in taking part in this study to better understand if and how different activities might benefit our thinking skills.”

“In this study, we are asking people to take up an activity they haven’t done before, to see how becoming more engaged might benefit their thinking skills.

This article was contributed by The Ageing Lab, Heriot-Watt University

For more information about the study or to take part, please visit, email or call 0131 451 8009.

“In contrast to other studies which have been developed and tested in lab-based settings that may not translate to the real world, our study will 50 | BALERNO



BALERNO Hailes Swimming Club Galas, coaching and development lessons for 7-15 year olds at Balerno, Currie, and Forrester pools. For further details contact St Mungo’s Balerno Come be part of our vibrant church community which meets every Sunday, 10.30am @ Balerno High School Pilates Classes Beginners/Intermediate Pilates classes held at Hatton Sports Club Mon 11am, Mid Calder Institute Hall Wed 9.30am, East Calder Community Centre Thurs 9.30am and 6.30pm, Hatton Sports Club Fri 9.30pm. Contact Mairianne 07912 963 851 for more details or email: See and PiYo Live! Pilates + Yoga + non-stop movement Stretch, Strengthen & Sweat all in one workout! Wed 1.00pm in Balerno Scout Hall Tues 9.00am in Balerno Scout Hall Thurs 8.00pm in Balerno Community Centre. Contact Heidi on 07982205111 or Wildfire Explorer Scouts Meet in Balerno High School. Fridays 7.15 - 9.15pm. 14 – 18yrs. Contact: Gordon Simpson 0131 477 3116. Email Balerno Monday Club Non-denominational club for over 55s. Our meetings are held in St Joseph’s Centre at Balerno Parish Church at 2pm on the first and third Mondays of the month from September to May. Different speakers, activities and outings each session, please contact the Club for syllabus details. 51st Pentland Scouts (Balerno) Beavers, Cubs, Scouts Various evenings, Balerno Scout Hall. Contact John Henderson on 07941 637262

Slimming World ❤ ❤ ❤ Lose weight eating the most delicious food - yes you can! Classes at Balerno Bowling club, Thursdays 7.30pm. Contact Denise on 07934 823024. Pentland 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 E Thomson on 0131 333 4662. Pentland Flower Club Drama Studio, Balerno High School First Friday of the month at 7pm (excluding January, February, July and August); Visitors and new members are always welcome. Contact Lis Daly on 0131 442 2146. 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. 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 Baby and Toddler Group Balerno Parish Church Hall 3 Johnsburn Road, Balerno, EH14 7DN. For children 0-5 years and their carers. Term-time Thursdays 9.30 - 11.30am. 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 and 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. Balerno SWI

Malleny Park - Minis (P1-7) Sundays 10.30am - 12pm. Contact 0131 449 2432

Balerno Community Centre 7.30pm First Tuesday of every month (except July & August). 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

Pentland Caledonia Pipes and Drums

Minis @St Mungo’s

Balerno Community Centre - Every Friday 7pm-9.30pm. New members welcome. Free tuition on pipes or drums Phone 0131 4495133.

Group for babies and toddlers with their carers on term time. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 - 11.30am in St Mungo’s church building, Ladycroft, Balerno; All welcome. For more information see

Currie Rugby Football Club

Balerno Village Nursery Balerno Community Centre Available 8am - 6pm, 5 days a week. Preschool play from age 2 years. Breakfast / Afterschool Club up to 8 years. Full or part time childcare . Call 0131 451 5756 Pilates Classes Balerno Parish Church - Mondays 7.30 - 8.30pm - Intermediate/Advanced 8.30 - 9.30pm - Beginners/Post Beginners Contact Judi on 07716 830905 or Balerno Footsteps 4 Fitness Mondays 10am at Balerno High School Riverside Café Alternative Thursdays 10am at Balerno High School Riverside Café Alternative Fridays 10am at Balerno Parish Church Hall Contact 0131 477 7733.


In the Ditch Quilters Balerno Community Centre. Monthly workshops covering different quilting topics, third Wednesday of the month from 7:15pm. Annual membership £24.00. Contact Maureen Murray on 0131 336 0053 for further details. Girlguiding Rainbows, Brownies & Guides on Monday evenings. Full information and meeting times see or Jane Goulding School of Dance Balerno Community Centre Tue – Fri. Classes also in Currie and Juniper Green. Children aged 2.5-adult. Contact: Jane Goulding 07854 373173



The Octagon Club

St Joseph’s Centre, Balerno, last Tuesday of the month 2.30pm - 4pm. A social group café for people with dementia and their carers serving the communities of Balerno, Juniper Green and Currie. It provides a space for people with dementia and their carers to meet others for support and social contact, using activities such as music, movement, reminiscence and craft to enhance the wellbeing of the person with dementia & informal support and information for carers. If you would be interested in attending this group and would like more information please contact Kay Latimer (449-6186) or email:

For Adults with Special Needs and Learning Difficulties Meets in Gibson Craig Hall, Lanark Road West, Currie, 7 - 9pm on Wednesday Evenings from mid September until June for table tennis, snooker, badminton, table games, “tuck shop” etc. Contact Terry Maloney 0751 466 4292

Balerno Parish Church NEW! Come and join us for regular all age worship on Sunday mornings at 10am followed by refreshments in St Joseph’s. Check for all other events and worship information. The Mill Café NEW! A community café run mainly by volunteers in the St Joseph’s Centre at the heart of Balerno. Open Tuesday-Friday 9.30am2.00pm serving teas, coffees, homebaking and snack lunches. (Times may vary during school holidays)

CURRIE Hailes Swimming Club Galas, coaching and development lessons for 7-15 year olds at Balerno, Currie, and Forrester pools. For further details contact Currie Youth Club Various activities and facilities: Nursery, Football, After-school care, ballet, dog training youth club, craft, Taekwondo, parties, Saturday morning cafe, rooms for hire. See facebook page Currie Community Centre. Arts & Crafts Group Art Room 1, Currie Community High School Thursdays 7.15 - 9pm - from 18th September to 27th November (except 16th October). We are a small, friendly group (of all ages) and new members will be made very welcome. £35 for the 10-week term or £5 per session, if paid on the night. Fee covers all materials, equipment and refreshments. For more information please email: or tel: 07934 495488. Bridge Club Meetings in Gibson Craig Hall on Mondays at 1:30pm, September to June. For more information contact the Secretary on 0131 449 5314. Coffee and Craft Currie community Centre Mon 7-9pm. Bring your own craft and share your knowledge and experience with other crafters and perhaps learn something new. All welcome. £1 per person per night. Air Cadets 2463 (Currie & Balerno) Squadron Forthview Crescent Mon and Thu 7-9.30pm. 0131 449 7449 for more info. Currie Playgroup Currie Baptist Church Hall Preschool play from age 2 years - Mon-Fri, 8.45 - 11.45am (term time) £6.50 per child per morning - Wraparound and Lunch Club for children attending Currie Nursery. Wrap around £5.00; Lunch club £2.00. See 42nd Pentland Scout Group (Currie) Forth View Crescent, Currie Cubs Monday 6.15 – 7.45pm. Call Fee 07771 370748. Scouts Monday 7.45 – 9.15pm. Call Ross 07729714445. Beavers Friday 6.30 – 7.30pm. Call Sharon 07810 201680.


Currie & District Local History Society

Meetings Mondays at 7.30 in the Gibson-Craig Hall in Currie Visitors welcome; For further information contact Douglas Lowe on 0131 449 4349 or Boys Brigade - 65th Edinburgh (Currie) Company

Gibson Craig Hall, Lanark Road West Currie Anchors (Boys P2 & P3) - Thursday 6 - 7pm Juniors (Boys P4, P5 & P6) - Thursday 7 - 8.30pm Company/Seniors (Boys P7 - S6) - Sundays 6.30 – 8.30pm For more info email or see website Currie Baby and Toddler Group

Gibson Craig Hall Friday 9.30 - 11.30am (term time only). Adults £2.00; 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 Balerno and District Ramblers

Midweek Group meets on a Wednesday at Currie Library Car Park, Lanark Rd West 9.15am for 9.30am start. Contact M Timmins 0131 449 4525 or A Blyth 0131 629 3644. Saturday and Sunday Group meets at Pentland View Carpark, Currie, at 8.45am for 9am start. Contact E Scroggie on 0131 441 1666. Book Group

Currie Library - First Wednesday of each month at 7.00pm. Beginners Yoga Classes No experience needed (18+) - £6 per class Tuesday 8pm at Gibson Craig Hall, Lanark Road, Currie Wednesday 7.45pm at Forth View Crescent Scout Hall, Currie Monday 6pm at Juniper Green Village Hall Monday 8.30pm at Balerno Scout Hall Any questions please contact Monica, email: Tel: 07986 600432 Corner Cafe Book Club At the Corner Cafe, 120 Lanark Road West, Currie Meet 27th of every month at 7.45. Informal friendly group, all welcome, we read a mixture of classics and popular books. £3 per session. Macular Society, Pentland Group Group for visually impaired people, 2nd Friday of every month in Currie Library at 2pm. Audio Book Group meets 1st Monday of every month in Currie Library at 2.15 pm. I-Pad tuition group for visually impaired people all other Mondays in Currie Library at 2.15pm. Messy Church Last Friday of the month from 2-4pm in the Gibson Craig Halls (except June, July, August and December ). All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. For further information, contact Easter on 449 4719 or Louise on 466 3472.

JUNIPER GREEN Juniper Green Nursery Playgroup

Juniper Green Community Centre (Village Hall) 1 Juniper Park Road EH14 5DX. Contact 07948 554889 or see website 31st Pentland Scouts (Juniper Green)

45 Lanark Road West, Currie Beavers - Wed 6.30pm Cubs - Mon 7.00pm Cubs - Tues 6.30pm Scouts - Fri 7.00pm Contact - Mary Dick on 0131 449 7043.


Juniper Green SWI

Juniper Green Community Centre (Village Hall) 1 Juniper Park Road EH14 5DX. Contact 0131 539 9886. Pentland Bridge Club The club meets on Thursday evenings (7pm to c. 10.30 pm) throughout the year to play duplicate bridge at St Margaret’s Hall, Juniper Green (EH14 5DG). It welcomes approaches from existing bridge players of all standards (note: it does not undertake teaching). Prospective new members are welcome to come along for a trial evening (free) to see if it suits them. Please contact Jean Newport (449 2028) or Ken Brown (449 5314) if interested.



Jane Goulding School of Dance Juniper Green Village Hall – Friday. Classes also in Balerno & Currie. Children aged 2.5-adult. Contact: Jane Goulding 07854 373173


Meet in Ratho Community Centre on second Wednesday of each month (except July & August) from 7pm to 9pm. New members and visitors welcome. Contact 0131 333 4862 for information. Ratho Scouts, Cubs & Beavers

Ratho Community Centre Beavers: Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.30pm (age 6-8) Cubs: Fridays 7pm - 8.30pm (age 8-10.5) Scouts: 7pm - 8.45pm. (age 10.5 -14) Ratho Ravers


Ratho Community Centre Mon 10am-12pm. Exercising body and mind for the over fifties. £3 per class. For more information call the Community Centre on 0131 333 1055. Parent & Toddlers Group

Community Centre Tues and Thurs 10am-12noon. Under 3s. Members 50p, non members £1. For more information call the Community Centre on 0131 333 1055. Art Club

Ratho Community Centre Tues 7-9pm. Adult Multimedia Club. Members 50p, non members £1. For more information call the Community Centre on 0131 333 1055. 50 Plus Group

Varied programme of activities/outings New members welcome – meet fortnightly at Ratho Community Centre. Members 50p, non-members £1. For more information call the Community Centre on 0131 333 1055 Scouts

All meet at the Community Centre, meeting times are as follows: Beavers: Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.30pm (age 6-8), Cubs: Fridays 7pm - 8.30pm (age 8-10.5), Scouts: 7pm - 8.45pm. (age 10.5-14)

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The Government has improved pension flexibilities and ISA allowances over the last two years, but we still have historically low interest rates and uncertainty about the provision of Long Term Care and Inheritance tax. Individuals are still concerned how to get a reasonable return on their hard-earned savings and investments. With inflation now reaching 3%* and interest rates well below that, cash held on deposit is losing value. There has also been major legislation changes to pensions, affecting most company schemes and many people across the country who previously worked for the large Nationalised industries have now to decide what they should do with their deferred pensions. Individuals may be surprised to find out they have old employer schemes with very high transfer values. People who are concerned about their financial wellbeing and assets should be asking themselves the following questions. • • • • • • • • • •

Are you getting a good return on your savings and/or investments? Are you happy with the service from your existing investment adviser? Are you making use of your annual ISA allowance? Are you maximising your tax allowances each year? Have you or are you making adequate provision for your retirement? Do you have your potential Inheritance tax liability covered? Have you reviewed your wills in the last five years? Have you gone through a full pension forecast exercise? Do you have your potential Long Term Care costs covered? Do you use an Independent Financial Adviser?

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*Source; ONS, Office for National Statistics, September 2017.

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Konect Balerno March 2018  

Konect magazine for Balerno, Currie, Ratho, Juniper Green and Baberton. March 2018

Konect Balerno March 2018  

Konect magazine for Balerno, Currie, Ratho, Juniper Green and Baberton. March 2018