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Me To You Markets has found success in bringing together traders at The Columcille Centre



We cast light on some of the weirder and wackier treatments available from local beauty therapists



We meet Morningside Dental Clinic’s David Kilroy - a local dentist with a difference


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Discovering a refreshing form of massage treatment that melts those aches and pains



We find out more about local charity PF Counselling, a counselling service with the community at heart



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Morningside Living is a community lifestyle magazine whose aim is to enrich the lives of local people by educating and informing them of events, services and businesses in the area. The publication, produced by local residents, enables affordable advertising for Morningside businesses and seeks to promote local produce, innovation and enterprise wherever possible. Published by Matchday Media Scotland (Company No. 357554) ADVERTISING, EDITORIAL & DISTRIBUTION ENQUIRIES Telephone 07512 994 557 Email ONLINE /morningsideliving Twitter @morningsidemag

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elcome to the launch edition of Morningside Living! I am excited to finally be able to share this new quarterly lifestyle magazine with you. It has been a long time in the making and, without the amazing support from our photographers, contributors and advertisers, the magazine you are holding in your hands would not have been possible. I’d like to start off by expressing a huge thanks to everyone who has helped us make this publication a reality. As always in Morningside, there are plenty of events to keep you busy over the coming months. We’ve compiled a selection that we think you won’t want to miss in our What’s On guide (from page 2) to help you organise your autumn diary - as well as plan your kids’ calendar! We reveal what was behind bar manager Adam Davidson’s decision to to restore a famous Morningside landmark - The Hermitage - back to its former glory. Turn to page 10 to find out more. We are committed to helping promote local charities and take delight in sharing the stories of The Open Door (page 12) and PF Counselling (page 27) in this issue. As I’m sure you will agree, both organisations offer crucial services that act as a lifeline to vulnerable people. Morningside is such a special community and our aim is to create a magazine led by entertaining and informative articles that are relevant to local people. While we have worked hard to achieve these targets in the first issue, we would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for future editions. In the meantime, have a fantastic autumn! Amy Anderson, Editor



Morningside’s Wild West

Editorial Amy Anderson Eva Deckers Jessica Lindsay Photography / Images Eva Deckers Jaz Jagdeo Megan Redden Michael Dennistoun Roslyn Gaunt Thomas Haywood PRINT Martins The Printers, Sea View Works, Spittal, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1RS 01289 306 006


ollowing a local tip-off, I recently wandered into one of Morningside’s best-kept secrets. Uncharted territory for me, and an other-worldly experience to those who have stumbled upon it before, was the secluded Wild West down an alleyway off Springvalley Gardens. Some cursory research tells you that the saloon doors and Western film-style shopfronts were installed to act as the ‘authentic’ facade of an American furniture showroom in the 1990s. There were a number of neighbouring units occupied by local artists. Those visiting - and, invariably, photographing - the street now will see that the entrance to the ‘Cantina’ is still used as the fire door for Morningside library! This quirky place is definitely worth a visit. 4

Photo by Michael Dennistoun


Firework fun!

Local charity to stage fundraiser for all the family


Ladies’ rugby

Trial opportunity for local title-winning ladies’ rugby club

On stage

Late returns

Be entertained by Replacement live music or a stage services put on with play at local venues library yet to re-open



Watsonians Ladies rugby trials

Wednesday evenings (7pm) and a rugby-specific skills session on Thursday evenings at Craiglockhart pitches (6.45pm). The club is seeking new players aged 18 and over, regardless of whether they have played rugby before. Gain new skills, fitness and friends! Direct enquiries via the club’s official Facebook page.

If you’re a woman who thrives in contact sports and new challenges, here is your chance to prove you have what it takes in the oval-ball game. Watsonians Ladies are a rugby union club currently competing in the top tier of Scottish women’s rugby following promotion last season. The team trains twice a week, with a strength and conditioning session on

The Steamie

Live Music Night

Baby sling sharing

The Steamie, one of Scotland’s best-loved plays, is being staged at The Church Hill Theatre from October 23-26. Set in the 1950s, it is a hilarious comedy-drama (with some songs thrown in for good measure) about Glasgow’s social history. The show is being put on by Edinburgh People’s Theatre. Tickets cost £10 (£8 for concessions) and can be purchased from the EPT website.

A live music night is being hosted at The Merlin Roundhouse on Saturday 28 September (6.30-11.30pm). The event is open to all (children are welcome) and will feature performances by Morningside School of Music students and Edinburgh Popular Music Choir. Tickets to the concert cost £6 and can be pre-purchased from the reception at Morningside School of Music. Call 0131 447 1117 for info.

ShowMe Slings are set to hold open shopping sessions on October 4, November 1, and November 15. The sessions allow parents to ‘try out’ baby slings to determine which one best suits their needs. The slings can even be hired out on a trial basis! The drop-in sessions take place at 5 Comiston Gardens from 10am12pm.


Local library services

Country dancing

Knit and natter

Dust off your dancing shoes and head on down to Morningside Parish Church on Wednesday evenings to experience country dancing! The group is made up of friendly and enthusiastic dancers and they welcome new members. Dancing begins at 7.30pm.

Knit and Natter is a new event being run at The Open Door Café on Morningside Road on Tuesdays from 3.30-4.30pm. It’s free to attend for anyone to go along and knit, crochet or simply enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. Please bring your own materials! Items made during the sessions will be donated to the Knitting for Syria charity.

Waiting Room weekly quiz

Cooking advice and demo

Test your brain cells by taking part in the weekly quiz night held at The Waiting Room. Not only will you get the chance to show off all the useless knowledge you have acquired over the years, but the team that gains most points in the first round wins a complimentary bowl of delicious nachos! Quiz nights are held from 8pm on Sunday evenings at the pub (7 Belhaven Terrace). Be warned, this is one of the tougher quizzes on the Edinburgh circuit!

A Pampered Chef cookery evening is being held at the Eric Liddell Centre on Thursday, October 3. Local Pampered Chef agent Carlyn Nicholls will be on hand to answer all your cookery questions and to give cooking demonstrations. The event runs from 7.30-9pm. Tickets (which include tea, coffee and nibbles) cost £3 and are available from the Eric Liddell Centre reception. 7

The refurbished Morningside Library has not re-opened yet but is expected to soon. In the meantime, a mobile library is available on Falcon Road West, where you can borrow and return books and keep in touch with the staff team. Its opening hours are Monday 10am-7pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm. Monthly bookgroups on Monday nights and Thursday afternoons are running from Newington Library, along with a fortnightly sewing group on Monday evenings, which is still open to new members. The much-needed library link and housebound service are also running from Newington Library, meaning that Morningside Library members with mobility issues can continue to access services or have books, DVDs and CDs delivered to their homes. Bookbug Sessions are currently being held in the Eric Liddell Centre at 10.30am every Tuesday morning.

Your events Make sure that events held by your business or organisation feature in the ‘What’s On’ section of Morningside Living! Simply email details and an image that represents your event to Amy at Deadline for listings in our Winter edition (December - February) is Friday, November 15

Photo by Michael Dennistoun

WHAT’S ON for KIDS Remember, remember, the 3rd of November Edinburgh-based charity Scottish Love in Action are set to hold their annual Fireworks Extravaganza at George Watson’s rugby ground on Myreside Road on Sunday, November 3. The popular family-friendly event, which has sold out in previous years, raises money to care for and support over 500 destitute and vulnerable children in India. “We are delighted to be hosting the Fireworks Extravaganza for the third year running,” says Colin McRae, Executive Director of Scottish Love in Action. “Over the years this event has grown from strength to strength. It not only provides the local community with a safe and fun evening but, in doing so, helps the lives of so many destitute children in India.” There will be two separate fireworks displays taking place – one at 4.30pm and one at 7.30pm (doors to each performance open half an hour beforehand) – and there will also be live entertainment provided by the MGA Academy of Performing Arts, The Edinburgh Academy Pipe Band and The Edinburgh Samba School Pipe Band at each event. Tickets cost £7.50 each or £26 for a family of four (two adults and two children) and are set to go on sale at noon on Saturday, September 24 via . For more information on the event, call Scottish Love in Action on 0131 629 9112.

Touch-typing courses

Lively music classes

If you’re looking for a different way to entertain the kids during the October holidays then why not enrol them on a touch-typing course at Whizzkids on Comiston Road? Not only will they learn some valuable computing skills but they will have fun whilst doing it as qualified teacher Gillian Brodie uses fun games to encourage correct posture, hand and finger placement. Classes, recommended for kids aged seven and older, run from Monday 14 - Friday 18 October and cost just £50. To book, call 0131 447 5893.

Music Bugs classes are held at The Hub (Edinburgh Elim Church) at 10.10am every Monday morning. Each session lasts 40 minutes and allows pre-schoolers to engage with other children through music. A variety of colourful props and puppets are also used during the sessions. The lively classes are a great way for your children to meet new friends and increase their confidence. To arrange a complimentary taster session, contact Hilary via email at 8

Crafty Little Things Nurture your little one’s artistic side by taking them along to a children’s sewing class by Crafty Little Things at The Open Door Cafe on Morningside Road. The after-school classes, which last for six weeks, will teach them how to sew and, in turn, increase their concentration. Classes run on Wednesdays and Thursday from 3.30-4.30pm.


Setting the tone... How a local wine shop caters for every taste


Open Door

New look!

A local cafe open to The changing face the public but with a of a popular local community twist watering hole

Top picks

We identify the Hermitage’s best meals and drinks


Raising the bar With its new look décor and menu, The Hermitage aims to restore local pride Words by Amy Anderson. Images by Jaz Jagdeo.


orningside is famed for its traditional charm. Determined to restore some classic character to the heart of the area is Adam Davidson, the new bar manager of The Hermitage. In the four months since he was hired to manage the establishment (formerly known as Morningside Glory), Adam has called on his nine years of experience in the bar trade to oversee a huge renovation of the pub which resulted in it successfully being reopened as The Hermitage last month. “I really felt like the Morningside community needed a place where they could go and enjoy top-quality but affordable food and drinks in nice surroundings,” explains Adam. “The Hermitage is in such a

good location and I want for it to become a focal point in the heart of Morningside – a place where families, couples, individuals and groups can all go to relax and enjoy an evening out together.” The building which houses The Hermitage has a rich and varied history — it was previously used as both a bank and a cab office for the famous Morningside Railway station — and Adam was keen to ensure the new bar embodied this spirit. “There are so many generic pubs in Edinburgh and, in place like Morningside where the community really matters, I think it’s really important to have somewhere which relates to the local people. I wanted our customers to feel connected to The Hermitage 10

and for the building to reflect Morningside’s interesting past.” In his bid to completely revamp The Hermitage, Adam has also made additions to the bar’s drinks portfolio and implemented a brand new menu which has seen pre-made ‘pub grub’ replaced with fresh food that’s made-to-order. He has also hired a new Head Chef with a CV that boasts years of experience working in high-end restaurants to ensure that only the best quality meals are served. “I think people have lost a bit of faith in pub food,” says Adam. “What we want to do is show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good meal. “While we still serve a selection of classic pub meals, our menu is now more varied and includes



What’s hot at The Hermitage... FOOD

“It’s important to have a pub that relates to local people”

— Adam Davidson some more unusual dishes, such as homemade Boston crab cakes. “We’ve also got a separate kids menu as we welcome families to come and eat here.” The classy new décor and layout of The Hermitage lends itself well to the fact that the entire back area of the bar can also now be privately hired out for special events. “The area is a nice size for small group gatherings such as birthdays or work nights out,” says Adam. “We also offer bespoke food packages which can be tailored to individual needs.” “The bar has been really busy ever since we re-opened,” smiles Adam. “There’s a great buzz about the place and everyone has had really positive things to say about it.” □

If you’re looking to sample something a little bit unusual, why not go for the bacon, black pudding and poached egg salad? Though this may not initially strike you as a winning combination, the fresh salad actually complements the three hot breakfast favourites perfectly!

DRINKS As if their new cocktail list wasn’t extensive enough, the creative folk over at The Hermitage have mustered up an ingenious idea to keep even the most experienced cocktail connoisseurs on their toes. Simply tell the bar staff what your favourite colour is and they’ll create a bespoke cocktail for you based on it. We found this was a great way of pushing us put of our comfort zones and into trying something new. Try it and you never know - you might just discover a new signature drink!

SNACKS At The Hermitage you can indulge your sweet tooth by treating yourself to one of their homemade lemon tarts. Zesty and surprisingly light, the treat is the perfect accompaniment to a warm cup of coffee.

The Hermitage Bar, 1 Comiston Road, Morningside, Edinburgh, EH10 6AA. Telephone 0131 447 1205. Open every day from 10am until 11pm. 11

Knocking at an


Door We find how buying coffee and a cake can fund day care for local elderly people


or more than 30 years, a small coffee shop at 420 Morningside Road has continued to provide a lifeline to local people. The Open Door provides a tranquil and reassuring setting for much of the elderly community and those with additional support needs, and manager Sandra Dixon is familiar with the faces of those more vulnerable in our area - and the needs that arise in their everyday lives. Sandra, who began as manager five years ago, is one of six paid members of staff at the charity, with 70 volunteers - including many with additional support needs and others via links with local churches, schools and universities - also assisting in the running of the coffee shop. It’s not merely coffee and cake that is served to the customers at The Open Door. When dealing with the varying needs and issues that arise on a daily basis, Sandra can call upon

a range of valuable experiences gained during a colourful career that has seen her employed as a nurse in the British Army and as manager at a sheltered housing complex.

“People know there’s someone to talk to and ask for advice”

— Sandra Dixon

“I’ve always had jobs that challenge me,” she says. “I love people and being with the elderly. The people that come here have lived full lives and they are fascinating to talk to.” Having established a reputation as a welcoming haven to locals most in need of support, The Open Door is an increasingly popular meeting point for people from all walks of life in search of affordable and 12

nutritious food. Fresh homemade soup is produced each morning, while fresh sandwiches, rolls, and toasties provide a costeffective lunch or mid-day snack. A selection of home bakery and the finest output from Tunnock’s is complemented by an array of hot drinks that includes tea and coffee in various guises. However, even when you’re sipping on a delicious hot chocolate and observing the outside hubbub on the streets around Morningside Clock, perhaps the most warming feeling comes from the knowledge that the money you spend on food and drink at The Open Door helps to pay for day care for an elderly person who desperately needs - and appreciates - it. Just 18 of the centre’s day care clients are covered by government funding; in total, the charity offers 44 places. In a continuing effort to grow the venue’s appeal to young people, Sandra and her industrious team are working hard to cultivate a


coffee shop experience unique to Morningsiders. By playing host to a visiting guitarist from Fife every Wednesday afternoon and an Invernesian fiddle player on other occasions, the centre’s regular coffee-drinkers are enlivened by musical entertainment. Tea leafreading sessions and nutrition workshops also provide specific points of interest for some of the 300 weekly visitors that pass through the doors. However, should you scratch beyond the surface of an active and vibrant hub, you’ll discover an extraordinary centre where staff are willing to go above and beyond the call of a mere barista. “We’ve started to move into becoming a link centre, where we help people with their everyday tasks and challenges,” explains Sandra. “We have helped people with online tax disc applications, for example. If they would otherwise have to do that sort of thing by phone where you are given a list of

options, the task isn’t that easy for people who are hard of hearing or who suffer from memory loss. “The Open Door has grown with the needs of the community. People now want to live in their homes for longer. Morningside may be seen as an affluent area, but you have many people on their own in big homes, and friendship is important to them.


“One lady that comes here had lost contact with all her friends through one reason and another, then someone told her about The Open Door. She now has many new friends and a focal point in her week. She told me this place was a lifeline to her. “Another I spoke to said that I was the first person she had talked to in a week. People know there’s someone here to speak to, someone who can help you with a small problem. “Many of our customers are from a generation where they’re proud, but they’re also lonely. They sit here for hours, chat, and read the paper. There’s no-one hassling them to buy another cup of coffee.” ■ The Open Door is open for business on Monday from 11am-4pm and on Tuesday-Friday from 10.30am4.30pm. The centre is currently recruiting volunteers to work a shift of two-and-a-half hours per week. If you are interested, email Sandra at

Wine: a life choice A selection for all seasons at Henderson’s Wines Words by Eva Deckers & Amy Anderson. Images by Eva Deckers.


s summer has faded into autumn, it’s not just the length of the days or the hours of sunshine that have changed. Just like some of us alter our wardrobes each season, many people change their drinking habits according to what time of year it is. With autumn suddenly upon us, now is the perfect time to delve into the fascinating world of seasonal wines from all over the world. We spoke to local wine specialist David Henderson to find out more. “Generally, people tend to enjoy drinking rosé wine in the Autumn as it makes them feel good because it reminds them of summer,” explains David, who has been running the popular Henderson Wines shop on Comiston Road since 2001. “Rioja is another popular choice, though, as it was one of the first wines that was both full-bodied and complex. It tends to be quite rich with some warming smoke and oak in the background which makes it perfect for breezy autumn evenings.”

“We have wines to suit all wallets and pallets”

— David Henderson

With more than 40 years of experience working in the industry, David is so keen to maintain his expansive knowledge of the wines he sells that he regularly travels all over the world to source new products from international vineyards. “My motto is wines from all over the planet to suit all wallets and pallets,” he says. “I think it’s important to really take the time to talk to my customers so I can 14

recommend the wines that are most suitable for them.” Several wine tasting sessions are run by Henderson’s each week in their warm and cosy emporium to introduce customers to wines they may not be familiar with. “If you’re serious about wine tasting, you should avoid wearing strong perfume and make sure you don’t brush your teeth immediately beforehand,” advises David. “Smokers often find that they prefer wines that are strongly flavoured as their taste buds tend to be damaged.” With every wall, every table and every chair covered by an impressive number of different bottles of wine, a visit to Henderson Wines is likely to leave a lasting impression. The next time you think about going into autopilot at the local supermarket and picking up your usual wine of choice, consider popping into Henderson’s and trying something new. “Wine is a life choice,” declares David. We couldn’t agree more! ■ Henderson Wines is located at 109 Comiston Road.


Little Sweden

How a small shop is influencing local home dĂŠcor


Escape by bus!

Trade off

Our guide to getting Market proves a hit away from it all on in its first year with public transport 400 at each event

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You could be in with a chance of taking home a stylish prize


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he clamour for high quality items, many unique to the buyer, is the reason Me To You Markets has found success in its regular assembly of independent designers, artists, producers and traders in the last 12 months. Having established a welcoming and vibrant base in The Columcille Centre on Newbattle Terrace, the business idea of Laura Battles, a former business development manager, has blossomed in the past year.

“The focus is always on independent traders offering good quality products - things you wouldn’t find on the high street - at affordable prices,” explains Laura. “People are feeling the pinch at the moment, but we can offer them something unique at a good price. “We’ve been a year in Morningside now. After running a couple of events at the Corn Exchange, we felt we wanted something more local and to build a presence. Morningside is such a nice area, there’s such a diverse bunch of people, and we wanted to appeal to a broad market.

“The Columcille Centre is a lovely location with a nice bright hall and is a great place for traders to showcase their products.” The ingredients of a successful event appear to have captured the imagination and satisfied the taste of Morningside’s market enthusiasts, whose appetite is bound to be whetted by an increase in frequency of events in the run-up to Christmas. “Generally, we run on the third Saturday every month and, coming up to Christmas, on a few Sundays


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as well for a bit of Christmas shopping,” says Laura. “We have a single hall where we have 20-22 traders offering all different kinds of products and services – from cakes, jams and chutneys to jewellery and baby clothes, as well as much more. “The idea was to turn the experience into something of a day out for people coming along. They can take a break from the market stalls and head into Teacups Café, in an adjacent room, which has a fairly basic - but tasty - menu of affordable sandwiches, cakes, and afternoon tea.”

As well as providing an engaging hour or two for the hundreds of people who attend each market (free of charge), the event has also provided a new lease of life for coordinator Laura, who devised a business plan after the birth of her child. “I wanted something I could work around from home,” she says. “I really enjoy it. It’s been brilliant to see all the different things that people are buying in and sourcing. “It’s a passion for people who run the stalls, too – they’re turning their

hobbies into an extra income. The customers who come to the events are giving us good feedback as well. “On a good day, when the weather’s okay, we get anything from 300-400 people coming along.” ■ If you would like to experience Me To You Markets for yourself, simply come along to The Columcille Centre at 2 Newbattle Terrace, EH10 4RT on one of the dates listed below from 10.30am until 4pm. You can find more information about the event at or at

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Scandinavian wonderland of quirky home interior style, part of the appeal of Spektakulär is that the owners themselves harbour an affection for the items that characterise a Swedish enclave at Holy Corner. “It’s a balance between practical and stylish,” explains Charlotte, who runs the shop alongside partner Richard. “We try to not have too many purely decorative pieces - we stock designs that have style and purpose. We were starting the business in the middle of a recession so we wanted products that people need and want, but that were also appealing. Our shelves are full of stock we would be happy to receive as a gift ourselves.” Quite deliberately on the part of Charlotte, who is from Sweden, and Richard, there is little to be found here that Morningside shoppers would be

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able to locate locally or across the rest of the city. Indeed, it would be fair to assume that nowhere else houses such an eclectic range of kitchenware, soft furnishings and home décor - all at affordable prices.

“We’re offering real Scandinavia” — Charlotte Brink

“In Sweden, there is a range of small gift shops and interiors shops,” explains Charlotte. “You can see the brands there that you don’t get in the UK, reasonably priced but with a strong design element to them because the Scandinavian public expect that. “We thought there was an opportunity to take this to the UK and it would make for an exciting selection. Too often here, in big or small shops, you see the same brands. It’s boring for the customers. We thought we could do better. We know so many great brands that we can always find things we genuinely like and are enthusiastic about, and

hopefully our customers can feel that in the store.” Aside from merely finding personal attraction in their range of stock, Richard and Charlotte, rather fittingly, can cite romance as the reason for founding the business together. The couple - now parents to daughters Stina, 3, and Lovisa, born earlier this year - met seven years ago while working in London. This autumn marks three years since Spektakulär was established, and Charlotte believes it has built a solid reputation. “We’re offering real Scandinavia,” she says. “There’s a perception that design from my part of the world is all IKEA or beautiful designer pieces that are very high-end and unaffordable. “We wanted to be more connected to what real Scandinavian people actually have in their homes: a bit of IKEA but plenty other designs that aren’t superexpensive. In Spektakulär, there’s good quality in an affordable range.” ■ Find Spektakulär at 11 Colinton Road and online at

extreme beauty Words by Amy Anderson. Photo by Roslyn Gaunt. here is now a host of more unusual beauty treatments readily available at local salons that are designed to keep you looking better for longer. We found out more about the weird and wacky treatments that are taking the beauty industry by storm…



INCH-LOSS BODY WRAPS If you’re desperate to tone up for a special event but have left it too late to manically hit the gym, body wraps claim to be the answer to your prayers. These come in many different forms and promise that they can help you temporarily lose inches of body fat in just one simple treatment. During the procedure, your body will be covered with seaweed, mineral salts, ivy extracts, bandages and plastic wrap and left to sweat out toxins. While many people have reported being impressed with the results of inch-loss body wraps, results tend to be temporary so are perfect in the run up to holidays or special events.

IPL HAIR REMOVAL Intense pulsed light treatment (IPL) can be used to either reduce or completely remove the need for bodily waxing or shaving. Using special laser lights, the treatment destroys growing hair follicles to prevent regrowth. Though it sounds painful, the treatment is allegedly non-invasive and fairly comfortable. Several sessions need to be completed to yield permanent results and it often isn’t suitable for those who lack strong pigment in their hair.

SEMI-PERMANENT MAKE-UP For those who barely have time to shower in the morning, never mind apply a full-face of makeup, many salons now offer a semipermanent makeup service. The most popular treatments are done on the eyebrows, eyelids and lips and use mineral pigments to enhance existing features on a semipermanent basis. Results last between nine and 18 months and are popular among those who have experienced hair loss. Model’s make-up by Becca Brown, 19

ON THE BUSES Not only is Morningside a vibrant and fascinating area to live in, it has great travel links for when you feel like a change of scenery. Use our handy public transport guide to help you explore!


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With its array of old-fashioned ar and chip shop ca s and ice crea des, fish Portobello is fu m vendors, ll of traditional seas The No.45 bu s (from Colinto ide charm. n Holy Corner) wi ll take to you to Road and Kings Road, ad Portobello’s jac stretches along ent to the promenade that side the beach. The 45 runs from 7am in th e morning until evening with a reduced Sunday late in the service.


Party time!

Zumba is fun and an effective way of keeping fit



Dental care

Sampling a different The importance of kind of massage looking after your and loving it! teeth as a child


There is always help out there - we look at one local option


Destined for We meet David


hile most little boys may dream of growing up and becoming footballers or astronauts, David Kilroy was always destined for a career in dentistry. Born into a family of successful Irish dental practitioners, Kilroy was keen to follow the family tradition from a very young age. “Growing up, my Dad was always able to balance his work and family life really well and I wanted to be able to do the same thing,” he says. “Since taking over Morningside Dental Clinic, I’ve been able to spend plenty of quality time at home with my two children whilst still having a fulfilling career in the industry.” After qualifying from the Glasgow Dental Hospital and School in 2003 then completing his vocational training in Edinburgh, David spent seven busy years building up his professional reputation before taking over Morningside Dental Clinic in 2012. The private practice, which is located on Morningside Road, prides itself on the personable care and quality of service it’s able to offer patients. “The main benefit of working in a private clinic is that you have the luxury of being able to spend as much time as you need to with each patient,” explains David. “Sometimes people can be a little bit anxious about getting treatments done so it’s nice to be able to take the time to talk them through everything that’s going to happen and really put their mind at ease.”



Kilroy — a local dentist with a difference Image by Eva Deckers

With NHS dental slots being increasingly hard to secure at short notice, it’s comforting to hear that Morningside Dental Clinic sets aside at least half an hour every day for emergency appointments. These are available to new and existing patients, meaning there’s absolutely no need to ever have to suffer from unnecessary pain. “Anybody can call us up and we will always do our utmost to fit them in, regardless of how busy we are,” says David. David extends his strong family values to his work and is passionate about encouraging children to take

care of their teeth from a young age. As a direct result, all children who attend the clinic are treated free of charge through the NHS.

“Dental care is such an integral part of a child’s overall health”

— David Kilroy

David says: “If parents get into the habit of taking their children to the dentist regularly, then they

will naturally become aware of how important it is and carry that through to their adult life and older age.” David’s commitment to children’s dental health extends to his involvement in the Scottish government’s Childsmile initiative. “I believe that all children should have access to free dental care as it’s such an integral part of their overall health,” he says. “The programme aims to improve the oral health of children in Scotland and I’m pleased that Morningside Dental Clinic can be a part of it.”

Morningside Dental Clinic is open Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm. To book an initial consultation, call 0131 447 6431 or visit 23

the art of

shiatsu I f you’re forever spending days rushed off your feet and chasing your own tail, then I’m sure you’ll understand how blissfully appealing the thought of a Shiatsu massage is. Designed to encourage smooth energy flow throughout the body, the holistic treatment offers a range of both physical and mental benefits to those craving a little bit of indulgent ‘me time’. The team at The Edinburgh Shiatsu Clinic on Comiston Road couldn’t have been more friendly or approachable when I arrived for my evening appointment. Maria, my practitioner, started off by asking me a few questions about my overall health and

enquired as to what I hoped to get out of the session. After explaining to her in great detail the woes of spending most days hunched over a computer keyboard (because nobody else in the world could possibly have come to her with the same complaint in all the years she’s been doing this), I was led into a cosy treatment room where I was impressed to find my aches and pains slowly melting away. Unlike most other forms of massage, you remain fully clothed throughout the Shiatsu process, which I found to be very refreshing. (After all, if something is going to stop you from being able to relax during a massage,

stripping down to your birthday suit is surely a nailed-on cert!) As Maria gently stretched out my muscles and rotated my joints, communication channels were left open as she explained everything she was doing. At no point did I find the massage painful and I left the clinic feeling both relaxed and energised. A fantastic way to escape from the busy world and recharge your batteries. ■ The Edinburgh Shiatsu Clinic is open seven days a week and offers evening appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For information or to book an appointment, call 0131 446 0666. Images by Eva Deckers


Community counselling W

hen life presents emotional obstacles or difficulty, help and advice can sometimes seem a faraway reality. The perceived expense and clinical nature of many forms of assistance may often play a part in preventing peace of mind. PF Counselling, a community-based charity based on Balcarres Street, allows clients to contribute only what they can afford in exchange for the help of an experienced counsellor. Established in 1986, the service caters for those over the age of 18, pairing clients with a suitable counselling professional identified from a list of almost 100 volunteers affiliated to the organisation. “We offer help for people to resolve whatever issues they have, that ultimately leads to people living a better life,” says Matthew Haggis, one of nine trustees who donate their time and expertise towards the running of the service. “People have issues in and out of work, they may be attempting to move on from some stuck place or loss, and we try to help them feel better, which can enable them to reengage with their communities or family. People whose lives are affected by an adverse issue can move on from that through the process of talking with one of our counsellors. “One of the key things about the PF, because it’s a small charity and it’s based in Morningside, is we’re not the health service. We’re communitybased and run by local people. We offer a warm atmosphere, which is not clinical like a doctor’s surgery or social work departments - and the service is mainly provided by volunteers. We’re open to everyone. We never say ‘you don’t qualify’.” Matthew became involved in the

“We offer help that leads to people living a better life” — Matthew Haggis

organisation through partner Alison, the Director of PF Counselling. He began contributing as a volunteer before himself becoming a counsellor. His increasing involvement is symptomatic of the passion that hundreds of volunteers have for such worthwhile services, as well as a willingness to keep on giving. “Alison talked to me about what the PF did and I became more and more interested in counselling and in the organisation, so I started helping out,” explains Matthew. “After a while, I was invited to join the Board. At a small charity, you not only think


about finance and staffing, but you get asked to change a lightbulb and get your paint brush out, too. “Around four years ago, we decided we had to move premises from the Eric Liddell Centre to our current premises. I was delegated by the board to lead on the relocation. Since 2010, I’ve been involved with the building on Balcarres Street. We had to spend money on it, around £90,000 to fundraise in order to refurbish the place. “One of the challenges of the PF is that it’s not of much interest to grantmakers, with one of the problems being ‘outcome measurement’. By its nature, counselling outcomes can be quite dispersed and deeply personal, so it’s difficult to raise funds through some of the popular channels of grants.” As a charity whose team of volunteers hold the wellbeing of the community closest to its heart, the continuing work of PF Counselling relies on donations. Almost every client donates something for their weekly session, from 50p to £45. Contributions by anyone who wants to support counselling are gratefully received. ■ To arrange an initial session or for more info, visit


Try Zumba: ‘A party atmosphere and a feel-good workout’

f sweating it out in the gym sounds even less appealing to you than finally working your way through that humongous pile of ironing that’s been building up for the past month, then ditch the treadmill and dance yourself fit instead! A mix of modern dancing and aerobic exercises, Zumba has quickly become the trendiest form of exercise in town. “The beauty of Zumba is that it’s suitable for people of all different ages, backgrounds and fitness

levels,” explains Nadia Alkoc, who runs Zumba classes in Greenbank Church on Monday mornings and at Cluny Church (Upper Hall) on Monday evenings at 6pm. “I’d urge everyone to try it at least once as it’s addictive, fun and exhilarating. “It’s really different to other exercise classes as the instructor doesn’t use a microphone, meaning we all dance together and let the music lead the way. The result is a party atmosphere and a feel-good workout.”

Nadia has been teaching classes in the area with her business partner since 2010 and has over nine years of experience working in the industry. “I still remember the first Zumba class I taught,” she says. “It was mind-blowing to see the sea of faces smiling back at me. “I live locally and like to visit all the shops and cafes so it’s been great that I’ve been able to integrate Zumba into such a fantastic and unique community.”


Dear green place

Who needs a garden when this is on your doorstep!




EH10 homes

Rugby star Greig It doesn’t have to How Morningside Tonks talks property be Spring for you to property compares development clean out the closet! to the rest of the city


Transferable skills Scotland international rugby stars Tim Visser and Greig Tonks show talent for property development Main image from and cover image by Thomas Haywood.


ime, patience, and workmanship - all requirements of a successful property developer and qualities with which Greig Tonks and Tim Visser have become familiar during the last few months. In a summer of ‘firsts’ for Edinburgh Rugby star Greig, he took ownership of his first house - a flat on Springvalley Gardens in need of significant renovation - and gained his first international cap for Scotland on a summer tour to South Africa. Both experiences proved extremely rewarding for the 24-year-old, and alongside him to add muchneeded muscle with both tasks was his clubmate and fellow Scottish Internationalist Tim. “Tim helped me renovate the flat - we don’t mind a bit of hard work!” says Greig. “It’s the first house I’ve

owned, but I’ve been involved in helping parents and friends do up their houses. It was good fun and quite a lot of work - we always underestimated just how long some tasks can take. But, I’d definitely be interested in doing something similar again. Property development can be a rewarding experience.” Aside from taking aesthetic pleasure from turning a run-down residence into a well-equipped, modern home, Greig found doubly satisfying the subsequent news that the property sold for an amount in excess of the asking price - and after just three weeks on the market. There is little doubt that the successful bidder on the property received value for money, as Greig and Tim’s sheer industry - as well as help from their rugby mates - ensured a positive result. 30

“There was no central heating and the place hadn’t been touched for a few years,” explains Greig. “We laid new floors, installed central heating, put in a new bathroom, removed the old plumbing, stripped the wallpaper, replastered the walls, rewired the place, and renovated the kitchen. “We had quite a bit of help from people. Allan Jacobsen [a former Edinburgh and Scotland prop nicknamed ‘Chunk’ in rugby circles] helped us with the bathroom as he’s a plumber by trade, and Greig Laidlaw [Edinburgh and Scotland] is a joiner and came in useful. My girlfriend, Alex, added some more artistic, delicate touches, too. “The whole process took quite a bit of organising and it was quite a shock for someone like me doing it for the first time.”



— Greig Tonks

Greig and Alex are now on the hunt for another new property, one they plan to live in rather than renovate. Having been advised by his team mates on the virtues of living in Morningside and having seen what the area can offer first-hand, Greig admits this part of the city holds great appeal. “This is the start of my second season at Edinburgh Rugby and I love Edinburgh - it’s a great city. It’s a special city and I’m really enjoying it here. At the end of last season, I signed a contract for the next two years, and I’m actually looking for a place for my girlfriend and myself at the moment. “Quite a few of the guys I play rugby with live in Morningside - you have everything there. There’s a good atmosphere and you’re close to the town.

“It’s obviously a very popular part of the city. It is also an ideal place to get involved in property development because the demand for property here is very high and property retains its capital value. “I knew that I needed some expert advice and some of the boys at Edinburgh Rugby recommended Hunter’s Residential. They are local agents and obviously know the area very well. They were brilliant and I am delighted with the fact that they achieved such a quick sale and at such a good price.” Hunter’s provides advice and services on estate agency, conveyancing, mortgage and finance and has premises at 76-80 Morningside Road. For more information, visit or pop into their office for a chat. 31

Photo by Mich ael Dennistoun

“Morningside is an ideal place for property development because the demand is very high and the property retains its capital value.”

t has been nearly 14 years since Hunters Residential opened for business at their offices on Morningside Road. Since then, the local market has been a bit of a rollercoaster, however you do not need to look far for clear evidence of the strength of the EH10 market. For example, in the first seven months of 2013, properties in Morningside have, on average, achieved 98.1 per cent of their original Home Report valuation, comparing favourably to the Edinburgh-wide figure of 96.4 per cent. The number of recorded sales in Morningside in the second quarter of this year was 15 per cent, higher than for the same period last year. Finally, properties in Morningside are currently receiving an average of about 350 views of property details each per week, which compares favourably to the Edinburgh average of just over 240 per week per property. For information about your local market, contact Wilson Hunter, the partner in charge at Hunter’s Residential. Wilson (pictured) is also a non-executive Director of ESPC and he and his team have years of valuable experience and local knowledge that can remove the stress of buying or selling a home. ESPC figures confirm that for ten consecutive years no firm has sold more properties in EH10 than Hunter’s. Why go anywhere else?




Many Morningside homes are blessed with high ceilings. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of these beautiful houses, then maximise the space you have by putting up a tall bookcase. The best part of this is you don’t even have to use the shelves to house books – they can be used for storing or displaying anything from ornaments to shoes! Anything that does double the job saves double the space. If you’re constantly drowning in a sea of stuffed animals and plastic army men courtesy of your kids, consider purchasing an ottoman for their room. These can double-up as a seat or play table whilst hiding away all the toys as well. Try swapping the coffee tables in your living room for some wooden chests or wicker baskets. Not only will they add a fashionable shabby chic look to the room but you can usually find these at charity shops on Morningside Road for next to nothing. Cheap and stylish… what’s not to like?! It might sound a little crazy but a new product taking the interior design industry by storm is a plastic rug by Swedish brand Pappelina (available at Spektakulär - see page 18). The chic and modern rugs are soft under food and come in a variety of different colours and designs. They’re more practical than regular rugs as they are easier to wash and disguise crumbs. If you’re still resisting giving in to the digital era then consider giving your CD and DVD shelves a makeover by organising them by colour on a long shelf and then framing it as if it was a piece of artwork. Displaying the cases in this creative way will draw attention to them for all the right reasons and prove it’s still worth buying hard copies! Jessica Lindsay & AmyAnderson


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Morningside Living Issue 1  

Issue 1 (Autumn 2013) of Morningside Living magazine, a glossy lifestyle magazine for people and businesses in Morningside, Edinburgh, Scotl...

Morningside Living Issue 1  

Issue 1 (Autumn 2013) of Morningside Living magazine, a glossy lifestyle magazine for people and businesses in Morningside, Edinburgh, Scotl...