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Warm Welcome! W elcome to the third edition of Spotlight Magazine, keeping you up to date on everything going on in and around South Queensferry. In this issue we will be looking at some of the sterling work that is being done locally and internationally by The Rotary Club of South Queensferry and CleanFerry. If you are the type of person who wants to help, then these charities are looking for volunteers of all ages. If you are a young person who wants to help then the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards could give you skills and experience that will look great on any application or CV.

to read about how South Queensferry’s Hopetoun House now has an Outlander at Hopetoun House guide on its website, as the stately home has been featured in the show quite a few times, most notably for some dramatic swordfights. Last year Edinburgh was voted Top Cruise Destination, and with cruise ships anchoring at South Queensferry, we look at the impact it has had on the town from traffic congestion to the positive impact of local volunteer group CruiseForth, who welcome passengers and let them know what is going on in the area. We hope you enjoy this edition of Spotlight, which takes us into spring and with a bit of luck some warmer weather.

Railway buffs can read up on the famous Flying Scotsman, which is on the rails again in one of three Fife Circle tours run by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society. Fans of Outlander will be delighted

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Does South Queensferry have cruise blues or is it plain sailing? L ast June, when Edinburgh was named ‘Western Europe’s Top Cruise Destination 2018’ in the Cruise Critic’s awards, the city beat the likes of Lisbon and Bilbao, proved that sun is not a holiday essential and gave the East Coast another clear sign that it could more than hold its own against major international players in the increasingly competitive world of destination cruising.

the largest ship ever to visit the Forth and stayed for 12-hours, allowing for excursions to Edinburgh and around local sights as well. But as cruise season 2019 gets set to launch this May and South Queensferry gears up for the arrival of 22 ships and thousands of passengers between May and September, what impact is the developing cruise industry really having on the area around what is now one of Edinburgh’s most valuable deep-water anchorages.

If any more proof was needed, it arrived in the form of MSC Meraviglia, which dropped anchor at South Queensferry in June 2018. With over 4000 passengers and a 1000 strong crew on board, it was

Over the past five years the number of cruise ships anchoring in the Forth during the summer season has risen from 10

to spend time, and money, visiting other sights and not just Edinburgh.

22 to 57. Companies are now confidently scheduling larger ships for Scottish cruises and overnight anchorage is becoming increasingly popular. All good news for local businesses which, while not celebrating a boom, do acknowledge an uptick in trade when cruises come to town. However, despite larger ships and greater numbers of cruise passengers now descending on South Queensferry, the town’s infrastructure has never been adapted to cope. A problem that’s particularly noticeable at Hawes Pier car park which was closed to all vehicles, apart from cruise-linked coaches, for a total of 25 days in 2018. Last September, Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole Hamilton raised this issue with the city council, pointing out that Edinburgh receives almost £300,000 per annum in cruise revenue, some of which should be allocated to improve traffic management at South Queensferry. The matter is currently under review and possible improvements are being considered in line with work currently underway on Queensferry High Street.

A certain amount of credit for this change in attitude goes to the team of CruiseForth volunteers who now meet and greet every cruise ship arriving at South Queensferry, provide valuable visitor information and capitalise on the fact that not all cruise passengers have pre-booked onshore excursions and many are looking for inspiration on what to see and do locally instead. A regional finalist in the 2018/2019 Scottish Thistle Awards, CruiseForth were also praised by Rob Mason of Capital Cruising when he commented on Edinburgh being named ‘Western Europe’s Top Cruise Destination 2018’, saying, ‘My thanks to our hard working cruise team and to the 50 volunteers from CruiseForth who work tirelessly all season warmly welcoming thousands of passengers to Edinburgh.’ So, while new and improved traffic management may not be in place in for the arrival of the first ship of 2019 on 10 May, it seems as if the positive aspects of the cruise industry on South Queensferry continue to outweigh the negative.

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confident enough to speak out and knowing what to say, knowing when to listen to others and understand. RYLA teaches this, and other soft skills, to help everyone to be the best they can be.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, is a leadership development programme run by Rotary for young adults.

Teamwork exercises bring people together from different walks of life in a safe environment where everyone can get to know each other without fear of exclusion or negativity.

Whether you are a secondary school pupil, university student or young professional, RYLA will help you discover your potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your community, career and everyday life. Each RYLA course is sponsored by a local Rotary club or group.

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RYLA programmes run between three to ten days and give participants the opportunity to:

You don’t need to be a high achiever with outstanding academic grades, just be willing to try something new through activity-based learning and discover new talents along the way, as well as having fun.

• Gain exposure to leadership scenarios • Explore problem-solving strategies as part of a team • Discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership and conflict management • Build confidence in yourself and what you can achieve • Meet new people and make lasting friendships • Learn how to arrange youth activities and community service projects at local and internationally level. Being a leader is not just about being

RYLA programmes involve physical challenges so can be demanding. Some degree of fitness is required. Two RYLA weeks take place each year in July - one for boys and one for girls. They are held at the Abernethy Trust’s Outdoor and Adventure Centre at Ardeonaig, situated midway between Killin and Kenmore, overlooking Loch Tay and the surrounding hills. 16

The location, the facilities and the staff combine to ensure the ideal mix for an enjoyable and memorable experience from which those participating will derive great benefit...

Dransfield were given the opportunity to experience the adventure for themselves upon their return the students give a small presentation to the Club about their activities.

Emily Wood, President Sandy Mackenzie and Oliver Dransfield

The 2017 Team Fiona Stoddart, Ssarien Liddell, Kathryn Hope, Cameron McArther, and the Ryla Co-Ordinator James Gibbons.

Each year The Rotary Club of South Queensferry recruit Students from the Local High School at a cost of just under ÂŁ500 per student its money well invested in the future development of our young people. In 2018 Emily Wood and Oliver

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Sun up or not over the next two months, it’s officially spring and there’s plenty going on locally, whatever the weather’s doing: March 30 Ferry Brewery Nights Season 3

visits to Argyll, and from round about South Queensferry, where she now lives and works.

Ferry Brewery’s winning combo of award-winning beer, good food and fine tunes is back on Saturday 30 March, launching the third season of Ferry Brewery Nights. Expect favourite brews on tap and keg, along with new beers, music by Graeme Pearson and deliciousness from Down The Hatch Café. Tickets £5, including first drink.

Find out more about the Margaret Denholm Art Exhibition at Hopetoun House

April 21 Easter at the Castle

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April 19 Hopetoun House re-opens for summer season

Looking for something to do with kids on Easter Sunday? Easter at the Castle opens the summer season at Lauriston Castle on 21 April, and families can look forward to a morning of arts and crafts, walking trails, games and competitions, plus plenty of chocolate, of course. Tickets cost £7 and the fun starts at 10am.

Hopetoun House and Grounds reopen for summer on 19 April between 10.30am and 5pm.

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April 21 Family Easter Fun at Hopetoun No need to book for Family Easter Fun at Hopetoun on 21 April, just turn up any time between 12 and 4pm, bring lots of energy and dive right in. Highlights include an Easter craft workshop and a treat-rich Easter treasure trail. Adult tickets, £4.75; child tickets, £2.75.

April 19 Margaret Denholm Art Exhibition An exhibition of over 100 works by contemporary local artist, Margaret Denholm, launches the summer calendar of events at Hopetoun House on 19 April. Margaret’s bold seascapes and landscapes draw inspiration from her regular

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April 28 Charity Tango Tea Head to Dalmeny Halls on Sunday 28 April and take a tango lessons with Willie and Louise Green, or just sit back, enjoy Afternoon Tea and watch the experts make it look easy. This is a fundraising event for Queensferry Care and tickets cost £10, including afternoon tea and a dance class.

awareness of the global ‘poverty divide’, in three decades they’ve also raised more than £1.4 million in donations. So if you feel like crossing the Forth Bridge in May, think about doing it for a good cause.

Find out more about the Charity Tango Tea at Dalmeny Halls

May 18 & 19 FLY Open Air Festival

May 10 Crown Princess anchoring at South Queensferry Carrying 3000 passengers and sailing from Southampton, Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess is the first ship to anchor at South Queensferry in 2019.

May 11 & 12 Port Edgar Open Weekend This year’s Port Edgar Open Weekend is in collaboration with Canteen Street Food Festival, so there are plenty of places to refuel in between 60-minute water sport taster sessions; RIB trips under the Forth Bridges; competitions and games for kids; DJ sets and dozens of other fun activities for all ages. Find out more about Port Edgar Open Weekend at Port Edgar Marina

May 11 Forth Bridge Cross Christian Aid Week 2019 launches with the Forth Bridge Cross on Saturday 11 May. The charity’s famous ‘bridge crosses’ started over 30 years ago to raise

Find out more about the Forth Bridge Cross with Christian Aid

FLY Open Air are promising their biggest outdoor club party yet in the grounds of Hopetoun House on 18 and 19 May. Find out more about FLY Open Air Festival at Hopetoun House

May 26 The Scottish Italian Car Day 2019 Bring your passion for automotive engineering to Hopetoun Estate on 26 May for The Scottish Italian Car Day 2019. Organised by the Scottish Section of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, it’s an event for classic and modern car and motorcycle enthusiasts, as well as model car collectors and lovers of Italian design. Tickets cost from £5 and entry is free for under 16s. Find out more about The Scottish Italian Car Day 2019 at Hopetoun Estate

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led to 142 new jobs being created including poultry raising in Ecuador, farming in Cambodia and tailoring in Pakistan. By giving a hand up instead of a hand out, we have helped people in developing countries work their way out of poverty. Every entrepreneur pays their loan back in small instalments; this money is then reinvested in new businesses. Our initial loan of £1000 is now in its 5th incarnation of helping people start businesses that can change their future. By investing as little as £15 with, you too can help give people a hand up to a better future. 24

Freedom from Fistula Around 2 million girls and women across Africa suffer from obstetric fistula caused by prolonged, obstructed childbirth combined with a lack of access to maternity care. This can result in women developing urinary incontinence, which can lead to them being ostracised from their families and communities due to issues with smell and wetness. The sad thing is that obstetric fistula has been eradicated in the developed world, so women in Africa should not have to live with this issue. The Rotary Club of South Queensferry have been supporting the FFF Foundation for the past ten years, to help fund treatment of this condition. There are now treatment centres in Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi and Sierra Leone, so that women no longer have to suffer in silence.

Deborah suffered for 2 years with an obstetric fistula following the birth of her first child. Since receiving treatment at the Fistula Care Centre in Malawi, Deborah is free from fistula. Jumwa had suffered from a fistula for 50 years until her granddaughter told her about the Freedom from Fistula camp in Kenya. This year the South Queensferry Rotary Club has donated ÂŁ1300 and this will be match funded by District Rotary to the sum of ÂŁ3250. You can read more about the fantastic work the Freedom for Fistula Foundation does by visiting their website

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Hopetoun House sets the scene for Outlander L

ove it, loathe it or couldn’t care less about it, time-travelling drama, Outlander, looks set to be around for the foreseeable future. Season 4 of the TV show aired its final episode on 27 January 2019, Season 5 is currently in production with a release date later this year, and STARZ has already commissioned a sixth season due to air in early 2020. Should you find yourself suffering Outlander cravings in the tiny time window when the show isn’t on (known to super-fans as Droughtlander), there’s no shortage of ways to get a fix: from an Outlander Airbnb in Dean Village to Outlander Edinburgh walking tours, Outlander Jacobean jewellery and even an Outlander crowdfunding campaign, launched by the National Trust in February to save East Linton’s Preston Mill - a location the keen-eyed may remember from season 1, way back in 2014.

in 1991. Apparently, her original idea for Outlander was sparked by an episode of Doctor Who set in 18th century Scotland. If that seems far-fetched, it’s something Ms Gabaldon could have confirmed, or otherwise, when she was ‘In Conversation’ at Hopetoun House on Friday 15 March this year. Although, to hear what she had to say on the subject of inspiration meant having a ticket to the event, and those sold out as soon as they were released on 1 March 2019: think of it as the ‘Outlander Effect’, a phenomenon to which very little is immune it seems.

There’s no doubt about the show’s popularity: season 4 scored 88% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer®. But true romantics were probably familiar with the cast and characters long before their TV incarnation, as the series is based on novels by award-winning US author Diana Gabaldon, first published

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er-ed and now includes an Outlander at Hopetoun guide on its website. However, in this case the association is far from tentative as the 17th century house and estate have featured regularly in the STARZ Original Series since its first season. Hopetoun’s vast Red Drawing Room appeared early on in season 1. Doubling as a room in the Duke of Sandringham’s home, and instantly recognisable with its ornate plasterwork ceiling, grand family portraits and richly coloured walls (red or deep pink, depending on the light, and which local historian you ask). The garden grounds came into their own in season 1 too, only for more boisterous

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resh from a £4.2 million restoration, the Flying Scotsman is heading north this spring and anyone with eyes on the Forth Bridge can look forward to seeing the world’s most famous locomotive crossing Scotland’s most iconic bridge on one of three Fife Circle tours organised by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) for Sunday 19 May. South Queensferry clearly has the train spotting advantage here, but if a glimpse of history isn’t enough, tickets are now on sale for all three scheduled Fife Circle tours. The morning tour departs Linlithgow at 8.50am and returns at 12.40pm; the afternoon tour leaves from Dalmeny at 1.45pm, returning at 6.50pm, and the evening train sets off from Inverkeithing at 7pm and arrives back at 10.30pm. Each tour lasts approximately three and a half hours and travels the coastal route from Dunfermline through Culross and Kincardine, takes in Clackmannan and Alloa, before heading for Stirling and onwards to Falkirk to complete the Fife Circle. On-route, passengers can look forward to stunning views of the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh and Lothians, the Ochil Hills and the Wallace Monument. True to the Flying Scotsman’s vintage style, you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner on-board, served at your table by an SRPS volunteer steward. And there’s also a Buffet Car open for snacks and drinks during all three Fife Circle tours.

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or go full-immersion and take a Fife Circle tour, it’s hard not to be impressed by the locomotive’s powerful heritage. Built in Doncaster in 1923 for London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), it was the first locomotive to haul a passenger train from Edinburgh to London in just eight hours. In 1934 it broke UK records by clocking a speed of 100mph on a special test run. And, although a career with British Railways officially ended in 1963, the Flying Scotsman continued to work in private ownership: touring the US and Australia, and even hauling the legendary Orient Express on several occasions. In 2004, the National Railway Museum launched a campaign to save the historic locomotive for the nation. Thanks to public generosity and substantial grants from both the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the slow process of returning the Flying Scotsman to its former glory began in 2006. The entire restoration process might have taken over a decade to complete at a cost of £4.2 million, but the distinctive green locomotive now more than earns its keep; first as a remarkable working museum and then by touring throughout the UK each year to give a whole new generation the opportunity to experience a more leisurely era of rail travel, for a journey’s length at least. Tickets for Fife Circle tours aboard the Flying Scotsman on Sunday 19 May 2019 are available to book online from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS). Fares cost from £99 for adults and £75 for children aged 14 or under.

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Clean Ferry Cleans Up! L itter is a problem everywhere, but for a clean future we all have to get involved in keeping our environment free of rubbish. In the last two years, Clean Ferry and Friends of Ferry Glen have been taking that message into the classroom. For a clean, green future we have to bring children and young people on-board to make them aware of the reducing litter and recycling waste. Neil and David from CleanFerry and Friends of Ferry Glen carried out workshops with pupils from Queensferry High School, St. Margaret’s Primary School and Dalmeny Primary School. This involved looking at why people litter in the first place and what affects that has on our eco system, including animals and the wider community. Many of the schoolchildren from P2 and P3, joined us in a number of Ferry Glen litter picks, and used their knowledge of reducing and reusing plastics to ask some 36

very interesting and valid questions. Feedback from teachers was excellent and showed that we are on the right track with our environmental sessions with the kids. A clean up trip by the shore reinforced for the children everything they have been learning about how plastic pollution can damage marine life. In addition to our work with the truly outstanding school kids, Clean Ferry carried on cleaning up the west of Queensferry. We had reports of fly tipping outside Echline Primary and play park so we picked up office chairs and a bag of litter and left them at a pick-up point for the Council task force. In addition, David McGuinness from CleanFerry has taken on the responsibility of maintaining and emptying the dog poo bins around Echline Avenue. This means the area is safe for local children to pay in. In addition to help from local schools we teamed up with Inverarity Morton to

clean up beaches and other hot spots for litter around South Queensferry. In total we filled 21 bags of litter, a lot of which was found dumped on the beaches. Inverarity Morton is so committed to environmentalism that they have launched an eco-conscious wine, Sea Change. The wines are placed in specially designed lighter bottles that cut down on raw materials and the fuel used to ship them worldwide. Even the labels are made from 15% recycled grape waste, and the stoppers contain no plastic and are biodegradable. CleanFerry loves the chance to work with other individuals and groups on environmental projects, as we believe that we are all in it together. Love the land, lose the litter We are always in need of volunteers to support or even join our GreenFerry gang. If you would like to get involved please contact us by e-mailing: 37

Craft Club M COM UNIT

The new Kirkliston Community Centre Craft Club is perfect for anyone who’s wanting to try something new, whether you are skilled, just enthusiastic or an absolute beginner.









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Meet new people, create something amazing and pick up a handy new skill and we always have time for cuppa.

Friday evenings

7pm - 8.45pm

Our ‘To Do’ List is growing every week so many new Crafts to learn and we have a super group of ladies who are there to share their skills with everyone who comes along.

16 - 18 Queensferry Road, Kirkliston, EH29 9AQ, 333 4214 38





CORSTORPHINE BED CENTRE Visit us at: 162 St. John’s Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh

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Available in Dalmeny & Kirkliston 18-19 Main Street Dalmeny EH30 9TU 0131 319 1778 The Glebe Kirkliston EH29 9AS 0131 333 3348

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Open 7.30am to 6.00pm

Pre-School Funded Places Available

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