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New Christian Aid book sale and mini book festival for Edinburgh

A new book sale and festival at Nicolson Square in Edinburgh will aim to raise cash for Christian Aid Week in May 2017. Forming a ‘triangle’ of sales in the capital, it joins the two hugely successful second-hand book sales that have been held in Edinburgh during Christian Aid Week every year for more than 40 years - at St Andrew's and St George's West on George Street and at Holy Corner. These have raised a phenomenal amount of money for the work of Christian Aid: the sale at George Street alone has raised more than £2m since it started in 1974. The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church at Nicolson Square is now going to provide a new sale location in the south east of the city which will run from 13-19 May 2017. There will also be talks and events running alongside the sale and this will give the week a flavour of a mini book festival.

http://edinburghmethodist.com/wp/

 

 

The Skelf Bike Park had its official opening on 31st March, after five years in the planning and construction.  The Skelf is a community owned, non profit, open access, self managed resource, which was created by the Braidwood Bike Group, a charity made up of local people who are keen on cycling.  They have worked long and hard to bring their dream to reality, turning a little-used and neglected area of woodland into a resource which will be an asset to the area. 

Based on the edge of Holyrood Park at Braidwood Gate in the Southside area, The Skelf is a free-to-use bike park for riders of all ages, with a 1 km loop of mountain bike trails and a 900 sq m pump track.  A pump track is a continuous loop of “berms” (banked corners) and “rollers” (smooth mounds) that you ride without pedalling.

It was great to see a wide variety of ages at the opening event, from toddlers on their first bikes through to veteran riders, and it looks certain that The Skelf will continue to attract users of all ages from not just the local area, but across Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland. 

30th March 2017

David Langridge

It is with sadness that we have to report the sad passing of one of The Southside's "adopted sons". David Langridge who many knew at the Southside Community Centre passed away recently after a short illness aged 77. His thoughtfulness and inquisitive intellect will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Grassmarket Picture House offers a weekly selection of movies for free (donations for entry gratefully accepted).

Grassmarket Community Project

info@grassmarket.org

Tel 0131 225 3626

86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA

117 Nicolson Street.

Provides a wide range of groups and classes. Also rooms available to hire for meetings and functions

Local community cafe situated inside Southside Community Centre.
FRIENDS OF NEWINGTON CEMETERY Grange Prestonfield Community Council has set up an Interest Group of local volunteers, Friends of Newington Cemetery
   

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