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The Meadows


November 2020



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now on


in 10 classes

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Leigh McCarney




0131 4477891


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The Meadows Directory is your

free magazine with local events,

information and advertising…

distributed to 3000 homes, flats

and businesses in Grange, Marchmont

and Newington areas. Copies

can be picked up at Newington

Library, Hummus Cafe, Eric Liddell

Centre and read online!

Welcome back to the Meadows Directory Magazine for

November… and to issue 100 of the Meadows magazine...

woo hoo big celebrations...

I am very proud that my little magazine has been up and

running for 15 years now and reached the grand old age of

100… and has been able to support small businesses and

locals during this difficult time.

With this in mind… read the inspiring story from Liv and

Steve, the new owners of Salt Café… and their journey

through this year (p23).

Also this month… the community centre Eric Liddell is celebrating

it’s 40th anniversary… book your ticket to join them

on zoom with international stars (p16-17)... and local artist

Jamie Primrose has his stunning new exhibition ‘Ethereal

Silence’ 5-14 November (p12-13).

Get involved in community projects at Bruntsfield St Oswald’s

(p7) and Astley Ainsley (p21). And add a bit of glamour

to your life with cosy gear from Rosypenguin to cheer

up the dark nights (p10).

The stunning autumnal Meadows front cover is by Toby

Long of PHOTOexpress (p6).

Happy reading and most importantly stay safe and cosy…




this month

10 The Style Edit: Rosypenguin

12-13 Artist Jamie Primrose

23 Local People: Liv & Steve, Salt Café

26-27 Eric Liddell Centre

28-29 Community Pages

front cover photo: Toby Long, PHOTOexpress

www.photoxp.co.uk, 0131 667 2164 (p6)

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crystal therapy | reflexology | fake bake | meditation




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so only 1 therapist is working each day to help you

feel more comfortable when you visit.

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Call 0131 6293636

5 Beaufort road, Edinburgh, EH9 1AG

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st oswald’s centre...

When Boroughmuir High School moved to their new home on the Union Canal, not only

did they leave their old building vacant, but also the school 'annexe' which sits on the

corner of Montpelier and Montpelier Park. St. Oswald's Hall was home to the drama

and music departments and for many former pupils they will remember it as the dreaded

exam hall.

Left empty and abandoned - white boards with lesson plans still visible - local residents

together with the Parent Council from Bruntsfield Primary School set about a plan to

acquire the building and create a community hub focused and to provide much needed

wrap-around childcare for local families.

At a Council meeting in August, the team -

now a company limited by guarantee and

known as Bruntsfield St. Oswald's - were

given the green light to proceed with the

acquisition under the Community Empowerment

Act. Local residents are now being

asked to get involved and become members

of Bruntsfield St. Oswald's to help

shape the plans for the building and its role

in the local community.


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a cup

of mulled

wine every

tuesday eve

in nov and dec

Pick up your copy of the November

Meadows Directory from Reese at

Hummus Café in Morningside

Great coffee

Home made Lebanese food

Vegan & Veggie

Facebook: @HummusEdinburgh

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As the dark nights fast approach

we are reaching for all things

cosy but at the same time feel

we’ve been deprived of all

things glamour this year. So

here’s our fashion edit mixing

the 2 together.


Picking a great print adds

interest to a winter wardrobe.

Layer up with faux

leggings, roll necks and

boots. We love French Connection’s

green blooms &

Inwear’s watercolour dress.


Pick a fabulous coat this season to

lift your mood. Choose anything

but make sure it’s 70s inspired. We

love this statement faux fur from

French Connection.


Sort out your footware and the

rest of the outfit will come together.

We love the new Woden

zebra sneaks, EMUS sheepskin

lined boots and slippers.

Book an appointment to see us in person or visit our online shop. Don’t forget to follow us on

Instagram #rosypenguin to watch all our styling videos and new collections.

Judith Campbell, Rosypenguin, 406 Morningside Road Edinburgh EH10 5HY

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We are a zero waste company

using only the finest natural ingredients


15% off using MEADOWS

as a discount code at checkout

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Jamie Primrose

Contemporary Scottish Artist

Gorgeous local views by the

best-selling painter

‘‘Sparkling shadows on Coronation Walk”

50cm x 50cm, Oil on canvas

From Thursday 5th – Saturday 14th

November best-selling contemporary

Scottish artist Jamie Primrose presents his

latest gorgeous solo exhibition: ‘Ethereal

Silence’ at The Dundas Street Gallery in

The New Town.

Having achieved past sell-out solo shows of

his beautiful artworks and over 35 highly

successful new collections in Edinburgh and

London since 2003, the acclaimed painter’s

investment original paintings and exclusive

limited edition prints are continually in

demand by a discerning, loyal and

expanding clientele in the UK and abroad.

‘‘Ephemeral light”,

40cm x 40cm, Oil on linen

‘Ethereal Silence’ Exhibition

With no access to his Stockbridge artist’s

studio during lockdown in Spring 2020,

Primrose enjoyed long walks nearby his

Marchmont home. Thankfully, with such a

beautiful, deserted, sculptural landscape of

parklands, hills and streets on his doorstep,

he was inspired to create his wonderful

‘Ethereal Silence’ collection. This is a

gorgeous suite of over 50 one-off, original oil

paintings, celebrating the silent tranquillity

and splendour of Edinburgh. It highlights

the city’s unique light, stunning architecture

and seasonal changes from Jamie’s

favourite lockdown locations.

From new flourishes of soft pink Spring

cherry blossom, rich autumnal shades and

sparkling winter snow in The Meadows,

characterful Old Town streets at night and

iconic Princes Street Gardens by day, to

fiery city skies from Calton Hill and breathtaking

sights in and around Arthur’s Seat.

Jamie Primrose: ‘Ethereal Silence’

Thursday 5th – Saturday 14th November

The Dundas Street Gallery

6a Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ

By Booked Appointment:

Opening Preview Days:

Thursday 5th November, 10am – 8pm

Friday 6th November, 10am – 8pm

Monday 9th – Friday 13th, 12 noon – 5pm

(1/2 hour slots, on the hour/1/2 hour)

Walk In At Weekends:

Saturday 7th & 14th November

Sunday 8th November, 12 noon – 5pm

(no appointment necessary)

For painting enquiries or further details

please contact: Mari Primrose

t: 0131 446 9510 m: 07947 243 418

e: mari@jamieprimrose.com

View paintings online now and

following the exhibition:


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Feature: Local Artist

‘‘Sunrise over Duddingston Loch’’

30cm x 30cm, Oil on linen

“Jamie Primrose has an incredible feel for the

light of his native Edinburgh”

The Sunday Times

"Primrose's paintings exude a heaven-sent

sense of calm"

The Herald

"Jamie has had an astonishing degree of success

with his atmospheric paintings"

Galleries Magazine

"Primrose has an ever-expanding band of

collectors snapping up his work”

The Herald

Meet The Artist

This is an unmissable collection to come

along, browse and enjoy in person –

perhaps for home furnishing ideas,

relaxation or inspiration. Jamie will be at the

show, giving you a rare insight into his

paintings if you wish too. There will also be

a selection of fabulous similarly themed,

framed limited edition prints on display.

These are ideal as luxurious, yet affordable

Christmas gifts for art lovers. They are

individually created to order, personally

signed and come unframed or in beautiful

hand-crafted frames.

N.B. With all the expected gallery measures

in place, you can feel safe, comfortable and

happy: There will be hand sanitiser

available, with face coverings/masks

compulsory (we can provide these). There

are limited numbers in the gallery (max. 6

visitors) and social distancing (2m). We

look forward to welcoming you.

Thriving Reputation

Jamie Primrose is one of Scotland’s most

prominent, sought-after contemporary

painters. Having attended The Edinburgh

Academy (1977-90), he gained a Fine Art

degree at Newcastle University (1990-94)

and then remarkably travelled the world and

worked in London for almost a decade

without lifting a paintbrush. In 2003, he

returned home to the capital to become a

professional artist and has since then

achieved outstanding success and critical


Book Your Half Hour Appointment

Thursday 5th Nov, 10am – 8pm

Friday 6th Nov, 10am – 8pm

Mon 9th – Fri 13th Nov, 11am – 6pm

Please email Mari Primrose

with your preferred time

& let us know who is joining you.

e: mari@jamieprimrose.com

quoting ‘Meadows Directory’

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Malleny – your local broker

for all your Mortgage &

Protection Needs...

Firstly and most importantly, we hope that everyone and their family has stayed safe

and well throughout the current COVID pandemic.

Here at Malleny, whilst our Bruntsfield office has been closed due to COVID, we have

continued to work throughout lockdown assisting clients with their new purchases and


The housing market is going to be very different to how it was previously. No more open

viewings to start with. Many estate agents require you to have a Decision in Principle

before being accepted to do a viewing – we can help with this. These new measures are

not putting off prospective buyers – far from it! The market is currently very active. So if

you are thinking of buying or selling – don’t be put off by COVID.

Lenders are beginning to ease their mortgage lending constrictions due to COVID. Yes, it

is true that it is more challenging if you have a smaller deposit of 5%-10% - but, as Independent

Whole of Market brokers we are best placed to source the right deal for your

own personal situation. Lenders are asking more questions and requiring more supporting

evidence but we will guide you through this and make it as stress free as possible.

The pandemic has also made people think more about their finances and how they

would manage if they were unable to work due to sickness or if the main income earner

was to pass away. We have seen an increase in people wanting to protect their incomes

and their families. Call now to chat about your situation.

We will re-open our office shortly. In the meantime we are still here and working to

meet your mortgage & protection needs. Please contact us – see our contact details

on the main ad – to chat through your requirements.

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Finalists in the 2019 Scottish Mortgage Awards for both

Best Mortgage Broker Edinburgh and Scotland categories.

Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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Are you interested in the future of the Astley Ainslie Hospital site?...

In nature, health, wellbeing, photography?

The hospital site is due to be sold in 2025. The Astley Ainslie Community Trust (AACT)

has been formed with the aim of retaining and enhancing the lands of the hospital as a


AACT has joined with the publisher, Studies in Photography, to produce a beautiful new

journal, called Leaves. This has 26 contributions from scientists, health professionals,

historians, poets and photographers, covering a fascinating range of subjects particularly

relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All profits will support AACT’s vision for the Astley Ainslie to become a thriving community

greenspace, managed by the people of Edinburgh, providing health, housing, jobs

and enjoyment for all. £10 per copy + p & p.

Leaves is available by post from: www.studiesinphotography.com

or from the Edinburgh Bookshop in Bruntsfield.


To find out more about AACT and get involved in our vision, please visit: www.aact.scot

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Local People

This is the story from the new owners of Salt Café in Morningside, Liv and Steve Connolly-

Bastock... their journey through lockdown to the recent opening of their café…

Your lockdown story… Prior to lockdown I (Liv) was working as a freelance Events Director and

Steve (my husband) was working as a Chef De Partie at The Scran & Scallie in Stockbridge. Sadly,

within 24hrs of lockdown, I lost all my event contracts for 2020 (as many of these were overseas)

and shortly after, Steve lost his role due to the hospitality industry shutting down overnight. Never

ones to give up in the face of adversity, we brought forward our own ambitions to open an eatery

in Edinburgh and took control of our own destiny. We've worked tirelessly on our new venture

since April and we're delighted to have just completed our first week of trading, reaching fullcapacity

(32 covers) every single day!

Bit about yourselves… I have a background in events, having worked for some of the most prestigious

venues and agencies in the UK. It was in these roles that I honed the organisational, creative

and hospitality skills that I bring to the day-to-day running of Salt Café, always guaranteeing a personal

touch that makes each visit memorable. When not behind the till, I'm donning my apron and

whipping up one of my signature bakes in the kitchen.

Steve is an award-winning artisanal butcher and chef who began his culinary career in Manchester

before being head-hunted by Aiden Byrne to work at his new restaurant, 20 Stories, in Spinningfields.

Following on from his role as the restaurant’s in-house Meat Ambassador, he returned to his

homeland to work as a chef for Tom Kitchin at The Scran & Scallie here in Edinburgh. His work for

these Michelin-starred chefs nurtured his commitment to seasonal produce and sourcing top quality

local ingredients. It is this ethos he brings to his role as Head Chef here at Salt Café.

Bit about Salt Café … We viewed Salt Café a few weeks into lockdown after deciding to bite the

bullet and crack on with our own plans and instantly fell in love with the name, the premises and

its location in the picturesque suburb of Morningside.

We were encouraged by its established reputation for offering excellent brunch, but as foodies

who are passionate about seasonal produce and the provenance of ingredients, we wanted to

elevate this further with a brand new seasonal menu, which is freshly prepared in-house using only

the finest ingredients from exceptional local artisanal producers and suppliers.

Favourite Salt Café dish… Steve's favourite dish is our 'Butcher's Breakfast' as it showcases his

butchery skills and includes his delicious dry-cured bacon and handmade sausages as well as a

touch of luxury with locally foraged chanterelles. My favourite dish is our 'Pancake Stack' as they

are light, fluffy and indulgent with a drizzle of maple syrup, and they're made using buttermilk from

one of our favourite local suppliers 'The Edinburgh Butter Co.'.

instagram @salt.scot www.salt.scot facebook: salt cafe

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The Meadows Pottery

Distinctive craftsmanship and quality for over 30 years

Potters Junko Shibe and Paul Tebble

produce contemporary ceramics and

traditional pottery using the highest

quality stoneware and porcelain.

Visit us for beautiful handmade

gifts this Christmas!

Plenty under £20. For example - Wee Cups just

£7 each, Bowls from £18, Mugs from £16

Our colourful shop is packed with a great

range of wares, all made on the premises

by us on the potter’s wheel.

Aside from our lovely Mugs, Bowls, Jugs,

Dishes, Vases you will find great Teapots,

Colanders/Berry bowls, Garlic Pots, Butter

Dishes and Salt Crocks, as well as tiny

pots, boxes and special display pieces.

Please enquire about

Gift Vouchers.

Just call and we can post to you

We follow the

COVID-19 guidelines

for everyone’s safety

11a Summerhall Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1QE (at the top of Causewayside)

Opening hours until Christmas

Mon - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4.30pm

Check our website for opening times between Christmas & New Year

Tel: 0131 662 4064


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International Stars

to Celebrate the

40th Anniversary

of the

Eric Liddell Centre

1980 – 2020

Major Edinburgh care charity and community hub, the Eric Liddell Centre

(ELC) is looking forward to celebrating its 40 th Anniversary Celebration on

26 th November 2020.

The virtual event will feature an exciting range of internationally renowned

speakers – award winning broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson, internationally

celebrated author and Patron of the Eric Liddell Centre, Alexander

McCall Smith CBE and world-famous Scottish composer and

conductor Sir James MacMillan.

The three VIP guests will all contribute to the celebrations with poetry,

music and recognition of Eric Liddell’s achievements. There will also be a

panel discussion and a question and answer session about the work of

the centre. Eric Liddell’s daughter Patricia will be one of the participants

live from her home in Canada.

There will also be a range of musical interludes featuring some of Sir

James MacMillan’s music, new poems from Alexander McCall Smith and

highlighting the talents of local school pupils from George Watson’s College.

The Eric Liddell Centre is an Edinburgh based care charity and community

hub, providing specialist dementia support, Carers Programme and a

Befriending Service.

The charity has been providing key support to vulnerable people across

Edinburgh for 40 years and has been leading through its expertise to

change perceptions of living with dementia, disabilities and mental health


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Following recent developments and changes to national guidelines linked

to COVID-19, the charity made the decision to cancel the plans for a

physical gathering, but continue with an online event via Zoom.

John MacMillan, Chief Executive of the Eric Liddell Centre said,

“I’m delighted that my brother, Sir James, Sally and Alexander have kindly

agreed to participate in our 40 th Anniversary Celebration, The Eric Liddell

Centre has made a positive difference to the lives of many people in

Edinburgh, especially those living with dementia. I am so pleased that our

three guests and Eric Liddell’s daughter Patricia will be joining us to celebrate

the work and achievements of the Centre over the last 40 years.”

The 40 th Anniversary Celebration takes place on Thursday 26 th November

at 7.00pm virtually via Zoom. Tickets cost £40 per log on and are available

to book via Eventbrite by visiting the link:


All monies received will support the ongoing delivery of the Eric Liddell

Centre’s caring services.

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Local News

Meadows Community Garden...

The Meadows Outdoor Classroom in the community

garden area - now has two benches and

three logs for any music groups or outdoor lessons

that might benefit from a the fresh air!

Many thanks to the Tool Library and our volunteer

Tim for making this all happen!

facebook: greeningour.street.5

The beautiful journal, Leaves, is out now ...

profits will support AACT, for the Astley Ainslie

to become a community greenspace

see p21 for details

Book an appointment for...

Jamie Primrose ‘Ethereal Silence’ exhibition

Thursday 5th – Saturday 14th Nov

The Dundas Street Gallery. See p12-13

#TeamLiddell raised over £16,000 during the Kiltwalk

Weekend. All raised funds will go to the CoVcare

appeal to secure the services and the future of Eric

Liddell Centre.

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Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month at

7.30pm online via zoom. The next meeting

is Wed 25th November 2020. Everyone is welcome

to attend and the link will be published

on their blogspot (see below).

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children's move

to Little France was delayed due to ventilation

and drainage problems and is expected to happen

late January 2021. For more details on this

and other local matters visit:


To be kept informed by email of developments

regarding the Sick Kids Move, email:

pagsk2017@gmail.com, the local action group

in partnership with the MSCC.

Festival and King's Theatre

Emergency Support Fund...

Support Capital Theatres to help ensure

theatres can safely re-open for people to

enjoy live performance again in Spring 2021!




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