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Stars are out

Big names call for The King’s

future to be saved

Chain male Sliding Doors Cheap cuts

Call for women to take the

driving seat at City Chambers

Our pick of places to visit on

Doors Open Days

Juliet urges you to return to the

delights of the slow cooker

Hearts in Europe

Europa Conference League

place for Gorgie boys

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September 2022


Poet George

Bruce’s name

is added in

Makars’ Court


John L Preece


DEPUTE LORD Provost Lezley

Marion Cameron is photographed left

with David Bruce, the son of the late

poet, George Bruce, OBE, who hailed

from Fraserburgh.

The newest stone has just been

unveiled in Makars’ Court off the High

Street inscribed with some of the poet’s

lines. George Bruce joins the likes of

Sir Walter Scott, Rabbie Burns and

Robert Louis Stevenson in Makars’

Court - the equivalent of Poets’ Corner

in London. Bruce’s poetry references

his seafaring heritage in the herring

trade and his own upbringing on the

wild North Sea coast. As well as being

a noteworthy poet, he also worked as a

BBC producer for 20 years.

Cllr Cameron said: “I am delighted

that the words and works of George

Bruce are being celebrated and

commemorated in the flagstone

dedicated to him.Edinburgh continues

to be rightly proud of our UNESCO

City of Literature status and of our

unique and evolving literary


David Bruce, said: “Our family is

delighted that my father is to receive

such a recognition and be in the

company of the most distinguished

Makars of this and previous ages. He

would be proud to be numbered with

them. It was Professor Alan Spence

who said that George Bruce should be

represented in Makars’ Court, and we

are grateful to him, and to The City of

Edinburgh Council, for bringing this

project to fruition.”


Letters to the editor


PHEW, THE FESTIVALS are over. The bin

strike during the last two weeks of the

festival has also paused for a few days while

the unions continue to ask for more. So far

the latest offer of 5% more is not enough.

COSLA has negotiated with representatives

from three unions while rubbish mounted

up on the streets of the capital.

It is now more than six months since

Russia’s president Putin ordered an invasion

of Ukraine. We have all become accustomed

to seeing the yellow and blue flag flying

high over many of our public buildings here

in a demonstration of support.

What I did not know until very recently

was the meaning of the colours - the yellow

symbolises a field of wheat and the blue

above represents the sky. Although a train

loaded with last year’s harvest has now left

Ukraine, it must remain uncertain how

much grain can be grown by farmers in the

war zone this year.

I visited the MS Victoria in Leith Docks

along with the Council Leader, Cammy Day,

and the Ukrainian Consul General, Yevhen

Mankovskyi. The ship is the first of two in

Scotland which will offer a temporary living

space for those fleeing from Ukraine. It was

a sobering visit, witnessing people arriving

aboard with just a suitcase holding their

belongings, but also refreshing to meet the

team who are running the ship under the

guidance of Joyce Landry whose company

has been contracted by The Scottish


Rumours of overcrowding on the ship

are not true.

There is room on board the cruise ferry

for 2,500 passengers, but at present there

are around 1,000 people who have opted to

live there rather than in any other form of

temporary accommodation. Ukrainian

meals are served three times a day, and

public rooms are spacious, clean and bright.

The bonus of living on board is access to

council and consular services in situ. The

only downside is having to take a bus to the

dock gates, but from there all living aboard

are free to do as they like.

Some Ukrainians settled here after WWII

and the latest war in Ukraine appears set to

continue, so who knows how long the new

arrivals will call Edinburgh home?

Phyllis Stephen, Editor

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by almost a quarter in the last 30 years.

We’re moving towards a vision that by 2050,

everyone diagnosed with breast cancer lives,

and is supported to live well. Because of the

impact of Covid-19, our researchers missed

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Planning News

Plans were submitted in March for

the repair and refurbishment of the

guide frame of the B-Listed Granton

Gas Holder No. 1 and creation of the

surrounding public realm. The first

part of this has been approved, as

much of the frame is now in poor

condition, although the proposals

for the public realm, creating a

multi-functional space, have been

withdrawn. The new plan is a major

step away from the proposal lodged

in 2012 to simply demolish the

entire structure.

English group 92 Degrees will

open in Scotland for the first time at

the site formerly occupied by

Hendersons on Hanover Street.

Royal Elizabeth Yard between

South Queensferry and Kirkliston

will be redeveloped if plans

submitted are approved. The

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facility, including 40 maturation

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mysterious magic.

On Dundas Street a change of use

application is approved for the

former Colours Gallery at number

41 may allow creation of Annabelle’s

Coffee Club - a coffee shop and

delicatessen has applied to the

council for permission.

Another change of use requested

to transform the shop on the corner

of Meadowbank Terrace and

Queen’s Park Avenue into a coffee

shop and wine bar has been refused.

Permission to create a student

residential scheme off the

Canongate by 3DReid on the site of

the New Street Gasworks where

consent exists for an office

development has been refused.

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Out of the


Ben MacPherson MSP visits Leith Print

Studio for #ArtUnlocks Campaign

Ben Macpherson MSP during his

visit to OOTB meeting Johnny

Gailey and Bethany Thompson

King’s need an angel


stars Alan Cumming, James Thieree,

Gabriel Byrne (pictured above) and Brian

Cox, CBE, joined with CEO of Capital

Theatres, Fiona Gibson, in calling for The

King’s Theatre to be saved for future

festivals as a funding gap emerged. The

King’s Theatre played host this summer to

its last performances before closing for a

transformational redevelopment, but a

funding gap has emerged that puts the

King’s future in peril.

Nearly all of the £25 million originally

budgeted for has been successfully

fundraised by Capital Theatres, but

inflation, global conflict and changing

trading agreements means that the

project is likely to cost 20 – 30% more.

If this gap is not closed before

December the King’s could close its doors

forever. The Edinburgh International

Festival will lose a key venue and

Edinburgh would lose a key cultural hub

for its communities made fully accessible

to welcome diverse audiences and


Funding from public bodies and

donations have helped to get the project

this far, but Capital Theatres need

increased support including a

contribution from the UK Government to

enable the project to be realised.



Northern & Leith, and Minister for Social

Security and Local Government visited Out of

the Blueprint (OOTB) to learn about the work

the studio and social enterprise does with young

people and local residents.

Johnny Gailey and Bethany Thompson, who

run the studio on Dalmeny Street, explained

that OOTB offers residencies, exhibitions, and

educational projects to young people to develop

their own creative projects.

At the same time they learn to produce

eco-friendly and affordable posters, t-shirts, and

bags for the community.

Johnny and Bethany also showed Mr

MacPherson the outcomes of OOTB’s Play and

Learn Stuff (PALS) summer scheme for young

people in Leith who have just joined or are about

to start secondary education.

The project helps young people to make new

friends at what can be a challenging time.

The MSP appreciated the locally focused aims

of the studio, and said he loved seeing all of the

books, zines, prints and t-shirts that young

people had made in collaboration with the

OOTB team.

Corstorphine development is buzzing


Corstorphine is planned as an

environmentally sensitive

development. The low carbon

scheme being built by Artisan

Real Estate will have 30 fruit

trees, vegetable growing beds

with space for strawberries,

herbs and other vegetables, and

a potting shed with a turfed roof

in the communal areas. And

there are plans for beehives on

the roof and a chicken coop. The

mix of garden spaces will make

the best of outdoor living for

apartment residents, who will

also enjoy energy bills estimated

at less than £65 per month.

There will be 93 apartments for

sale with 33 affordable homes all

set around a communal garden.



Festival farewell

Outgoing Festival director Fergus Linehan honoured guest at civic reception

The Rt Hon Lord Provost

and Fergus Linehan

Cheerio to the

giraffe trail


ROBERT ALDRIDGE, the Rt Hon Lord Provost,

welcomed the tenth Director of the Edinburgh

International Festival, along with his family, to a

civic reception at the City Chambers before his

tenure came to an end last month. The Lord

Provost mentioned that “throughout his term

Fergus has steered the mighty ship that is the

International Festival and represented our

cultural capital with passion, dedication and

always with a great deal of humility”.

The Lord Provost referred to his own

predecessor, John Falconer who, as Lord Provost

in 1947, wished that the festival should be a

“platform for the flowering of the human spirit

with underpinning principles to promote

international understanding and tolerance

through an annual celebration of artistic

excellence from around the world”. His statement

marked the beginning of the Edinburgh Festival

as we now know it in all its forms.

Mr Linehan addressed the invited audience at

The City Chambers saying: “The role of John

Falconer as Lord Provost should never be

underestimated. The continued centrality within

our governance system of the Lord Provost and

the city is absolutely key to the success and


Boyack MSP

endurance of the festival.”

He thanked many of the people in the room,

council officers who he had worked with and

also gave special mention to Steve Cardownie a

former council leader and Culture Convener and

Amy McNeese-Mechan, who was Vice Convener

of Culture in the last administration, saying they

were “great champions of the festival”.

He referred to his own predecessor Jonathan

Mills and the generous way Mills had welcomed

him to the role eight years ago, but said that it

took him a few years to shake off the term “new”

when people talked about him. He admitted

there was a little window between being the new,

and now the outgoing, director. Linehan finishes

his term at the end of this Festival.

Linehan continued: “The truth is that this job

has a habit of defining us. It becomes the high

point of our career and leaves an indelible mark

on us for the rest of our professional lives.”

Linehan and his young family are moving to

Australia in a few weeks, and he admitted leaving

would be tough. He said: “Like all cities

Edinburgh has its problems, but we have felt a

sense of community and support which will stay

with us for the rest of our lives. It has certainly

defined our children, Billy and Bella, and leaving

Edinburgh is very hard.”

He mused that the festival is “incredibly

ephemeral” and when it is taken away we realise

we can’t do without it. He said: “There is a

moment on the day after the festival when it just

all seems to dissolve miraculously, to change into

smoke. The city just returns to a different kind of

beat for another year.”

Nicola Benedetti has been chosen to succeed

Mr Linehan as Director of the Edinburgh

International Festival.

Nursing exodus shows SNP failing to manage


statistics from a Freedom of

Information (FOI) request show that

the SNP are failing to halt the

number of nurses exiting the NHS.

The FOI shows that the bill for

locum nurses in NHS Lothian

increased by half in 12 months. In

2020-21 the cost was £5 million and

Hannah Lavery Edinburgh Makar recited her poem

written for Mr Linehan on his departure

in 2021-22 the cost rose to £7.5

million. In three years Ms Boyack

says the cost has tripled fro the

2017-18 figure of £2.6 million. A

single locum nurse shift costs the

NHS £1,900 and payments to the

Nursing Guild have totalled almost

£11 million in 5 years to plug the

gaps in staffing in the health body.

Ms Boyack said: “This eyewatering

bill to the public purse is the direct

result of the SNP government’s

failure to support Scotland’s nurses.

“With Scotland’s nurses forced

to strike, Humza Yousaf must

wake up to the problem and get

around the table with the RCN

and other unions.”

Martin P McAdam

A SERIES OF events will be held at

Edinburgh Zoo to celebrate the end of the

wildlife conservation charity’s Giraffe

About Town fundraising trail.

There will be a special farewell weekend

on Friday 16 September when the full herd

of sculptures will be reunited until Monday

19 September. This will be the only chance

to see the whole tower of 72 giraffes in one

place, while enjoying a craft fair, giraffe

talks, and performances from the Royal

Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

David Field, CEO of Royal Zoological

Society of Scotland (RZSS) said, “It has been

wonderful to see everyone enjoying Giraffe

About Town this summer, with over 5,728

people downloading the app. The trail has

encouraged locals and tourists alike to fall

in love with Edinburgh by exploring iconic

locations and hidden gems across the city,

logging over 27 million steps, all while

helping to protect animals in Scotland and

around the world.

“As the trail comes to a close, we are so

excited to be hosting a grand farewell at

Edinburgh Zoo to give our herd one last

hurrah and showcase the sculptures in one

place with the public, local community

groups and businesses who supported our

charity throughout.”


Julian Fennessy, a leading giraffe expert

and founder of the Giraffe Conservation

Foundation (GCF), will host an evening at

Edinburgh Zoo on Friday 16 September in

partnership with Giraffe About Town

presenting partner and RZSS giraffe

conservation partner, The Glenmorangie

Company. Thomas Moradpour, president

and CEO of The Glenmorangie Company,

said: “Our whisky owes its delicious taste to

our giraffe-high stills.The giraffe is a

much-loved symbol of our brand, and we

are committed to helping protect this

majestic animal for the future. Through our

conservation partnership with GCF and

RZSS, we have been delighted to support

Edinburgh Zoo’s Giraffe About Town trail

and are thrilled to welcome Julian and

Stephanie to Edinburgh Zoo.”

To finish the trail there will be an auction

on 4 October hosted by TV personality and

renowned auctioneer Charles Hanson at

the National Museum of Scotland.



Summer stay at SRUC student digs

for dozens of Ukranian refugees


NEARLY 90 Ukrainians have been living in

student accommodation at Scotland’s Rural

College (SRUC) while they look for work and a

permanent home.

From doctors and film producers to cooks and

students, the refugees were offered sanctuary in

the country through the Scottish Government’s

Super Sponsor Scheme.

Following a request by The Scottish

Government, SRUC offered to house them in

student accommodation at its Oatridge campus

in West Lothian during the summer holidays.

Staff from West Lothian Council’s Anti-

Poverty Service were also on campus to process

£150 cash payments for the refugees, provide

advice about accessing benefits such as Universal

Credit and help with getting National Insurance

numbers and biometric passports.

The refugees had all fled their country after

Russia invaded Ukraine in February, with some

stopping in Germany and others in Poland

before making their way to Scotland.

Yelyzaveta ‘Lisa’ Skrebtsova, 18, from Kharkiv,

was studying English and Chinese before being

forced to travel to Germany with her mother.

“For about one or two weeks, every day for

half a day, we stayed in a subway shelter because

of the bombs and explosions,” she said.

“In April, we went to Germany by car. I

wanted to continue my studies, but I couldn’t do

that there because I didn’t speak German.

“It was a childhood dream to come to the UK,

so I applied for the Scottish programme.”

Having left her mum in Germany, and

grandmother in Kharkiv, Lisa is now applying to

study Software Engineering or Games

Development at university.

Borys Buravchenkov, 49, from Kyiv, has been

separated from his girlfriend and two young

sons by the war.

While he initially moved to Western Ukraine

to help other refugees leave the country, she

travelled through Poland, Germany, Denmark

and Sweden to be with friends in Norway,

“It’s not easy but I’m happy they’re not in Kyiv,”

he said.

After the war started, Anastasiia Berezniak,

24, left her hometown of Sumy to go to Germany

where her mother lives with her German

husband. Having left her dog Kosmo and cat

Lutik there, the dairy company sales rep decided

to move to Scotland.

“Scotland is a really wonderful country,” she

said. “I want to try and stay here. I want to find a

job and build my life here if it’s possible.”

Tom Mulhearn, Residential Operations

Manager at SRUC’s Oatridge campus, said: “As

an institution based in local communities across

Scotland, we were delighted to be able to help the

Scottish Government by providing temporary

accommodation during the summer holidays.

“Over the last month we have welcomed 88

visitors from Ukraine - mainly men, with about

ten women.

“It has been a positive experience for us, and

I think for them as well. Our catering staff from

BaxterStorey have given them three meals a day,

we have given them beds to sleep in and the

weather has been brilliant.

“I think they’re extremely grateful and it’s been

fabulous talking to these people and learning a

bit about them.”

L-R Yelyzaveta, Anastasiia

and Oleksandr

Super Sponsors

It’s a no from

the residents

RESIDENTS AT Eyre Place Lane and the

immediate area continue their opposition

to the plans for student flats there. Just in

case you are so minded, the deadline to

lodge an opposition to join the 200+ who

have already done so, is 2 September.

The locals have formed a group to

coordinate their action. The comments are

that the proposed design would dominate

the surroundings of the constrained site.

The new block of 142 student units would

cut off sun and natural light from many of

the neighbouring homes and gardens. The

plans would dwarf the existing tenement

which fronts Rodney Street, as well as the

townhouses which already exist in the lane.

The developers CA Ventures have

capitulated a little by replacing one of

the blocks with a new row of townhouses

but otherwise the opposition is fierce.

The residents want the site to be

developed in a way which would have a

less harmful impact on its neighbours.

There are two planning applications

22/03834/FUL and 22/03833/FUL

which can be viewed on the council’s

planning portal.



A warm welcome

Ukrainians making a new start in Edinburgh with a wee bit of help


Council Leader

JUST OVER SIX months have passed since

Russia’s horrific and illegal invasion of Ukraine.

In that time some 10 million Ukrainians have

been displaced, representing one of the worst

humanitarian crises in Europe since the Second

World War. In these volatile and testing times, I

am proud that here in Edinburgh, Kyiv’s twin

city, we have played our part in supporting

those forced to flee their homes.

Since the advent of war in Ukraine, we have

we received more than 6,700 refugees through

our Welcome Hub. This is situated close to

Edinburgh Airport, the site where more than

90% of Ukrainians have arrived to begin their

new lives here in Scotland.

We currently have over 1,000 passengers

aboard the MS Victoria in Leith where I have

personally seen the exceptional facilities and

support that they are receiving. The citizens of

Edinburgh have also responded selflessly, with

over 800 households opening their doors as

hosts through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

This demonstrates the spirit and kindness of our

welcoming, tolerant, and inclusive capital city.

I am also an approved sponsor and have had a

Ukrainian living in my home for the past

several months.

Each and every Ukrainian who arrives in the

capital is treated with the respect, kindness and

support that they deserve. Colleagues across the

council are working hard to facilitate access to

the range of services which we offer and help

our new arrivals assimilate to life in a new city

and a new country.

In August the thirty-first anniversary of

Ukraine’s independence was celebrated.

Go Forth across the road bridge

THE FORTH Road Bridge is to

open its doors to the public on

Saturday 24 September as part of

Doors Open Day, with free guided

tours to parts of the structure

normally hidden from view, and

the chance to win a trip to the top

of one of the main towers.

Guided minibus tours will depart

every 15 minutes from the bridge

office in South Queensferry.

Tours will last an hour, stopping

at points of interest along the deck

before visiting one of the

anchorage chambers on the north

side of the bridge, where the main

cables are anchored into the rock.

Commentary is from members of

staff from BEAR Scotland, Transport

Scotland’s operating company for

the Forth Road Bridge.

Tours are free but donations to

Council Leader

Cammy Day

Throughout the capital there were events to

mark this milestone. Along with the Rt Hon

Lord Provost Councillor Robert Aldridge,

Ukrainian Consul (Edinburgh) Yevhen

Makowskyj, and the Ambassador of Ukraine to

the United Kingdom, Prystaiko Vadym, I

attended a celebratory march at Calton Hill

steps, organised by the Edinburgh Branch of the

Associations of Ukrainians in Great Britain

(AUGB). I was privileged to see so many

Ukrainians expressing their pride and passion

at their homeland’s history, and I will continue

to support their community here in Edinburgh.

The AUGB have worked steadfastly in the last

six months to help their fellow Ukrainians who

have been displaced in the wake of this brutal

BEAR Scotland’s charity partner,

Scottish SPCA are welcome. Places

on the tours are limited.

Book now by emailing


uk. All attendees can enter a charity

prize draw for a once-in-a-lifetime

trip for two to the top of the

bridge’s main towers.

The Forth Bridges exhibition at

Transport Scotland’s Contact and

Education Centre will also be open

to the public from 9am until 5pm,

featuring special exhibits and

educational activities.

Andy Thompson, BEAR

Scotland’s Operating Company

Representative for South East

The Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK, Vadim Prystaiko

and his wife, Inna Prystaiko with Neil Gray MSP

war. I would like to pay tribute to the Edinburgh

Branch Chair Hannah Beaton-Hawryluk and

her team for their sustained and vital work.

We remain in a dark and difficult period with

the ongoing war yet I am consistently inspired

by the perseverance and hope of those who

have made their new lives here in Edinburgh.

The links and relationships between our

two nations, and between our two twinned

capital cities, Edinburgh, and Kyiv, have

been emboldened by the events of the past

six months.

From the great cities of Kharkhiv to Lviv, to

Donetsk and Odessa and beyond, I look

forward to a time when we can enjoy these

relationships in days of peace for all of Ukraine.

Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to

be able to welcome visitors back to

the Forth Road Bridge on Doors

Open Day after having to close our

doors during the pandemic.

“Our guided minibus tours will

give the public a rare chance to visit

parts of this famous bridge

normally hidden from view, and to

hear from experienced members of

staff who have worked on the

structure for many years.

“We’re pleased to be raising

money for the Scottish SPCA.

Everyone who attends on the day

will have the chance to enter a

charity raffle to experience the

incredible view from the top of one

of the bridge’s main towers. Put the

date in your diaries and come

along to find out more about all

three amazing bridges.”

Winter heat

bank hotspots

By Donald Turvill

Local Democracy Reporter

‘HEAT BANKS’ may be set up in Edinburgh’s

libraries, community centres and gyms this

winter to offer residents struggling to pay

energy bills a place to keep warm.

In April the average cost of household

energy bills rose by more than 50 per cent,

with the energy price cap expected to

reach around £3,576 in October and

potentially rising to over £6,000 by next

April. Last month Ofgem announced that

the price of electricity will rise on average

from 28p per kWh to 52p in October to

December and the cost of gas will go up

from 7p to 15p per kwh.

So-called heat banks are set to pop up

across the country in response to the crisis

to ensure those unable to heat their homes

can keep warm and safe elsewhere.

SNP councillor Euan Hyslop called on

officials to “identify all public buildings in

the city which could be used as warm

spaces for public access.”

This could include libraries and

community centres, and Cllr Hyslop also

requested the council to invite its partner

organisations such as Edinburgh Leisure to

look at the possibility of making use of

their spaces. He is looking at opening up

his own business, the Dower House Café in

Corstorphine, as a heat bank and hopes

other organisations in the private and third

sectors will do the same.

“The rate of the increase is what is most

concerning at a time when food prices and

general cost of living is going up,”

councillor Hyslop said.

“The hope is that the council will act on

the points within the motion and the

report will be clear on what buildings can

be opened up.

“It’s very much for the council to lead

and then that sets the tone for other

organisations to look at their capacity to do

similar things.”

Councillor Stephen Jenkinson, Labour,

submitted a similar motion asking for

‘warm and welcoming spaces’ in council

buildings to also run support and advice

services to maximise help to people facing

food and fuel poverty.

The council passed the motion by the

Labour and SNP councillors to develop a

plan setting out how the council will work

with its partners to “promote access free of

charge”. That report will be considered by

the council’s Policy and Sustainability

Committee when it meets on 1 November.


Money for

good causes

Collecting together

Fort Kinnaird is opening a new retail store with work from local artists


OPENING THIS month, a large retail space

will stock a wide range of beautifully recycled,

repurposed and reloved items – from clothing

and jewellery to homeware and toiletries. But

first, The Leith Collective at Fort Kinnaird is

calling on Scotland’s artists, makers, and

crafters to fill it.

The Leith Collective at Fort Kinnaird will

bring together creatives of every kind who each

share a passion to reimagine items that may

otherwise have been destined for landfill.

The venue will follow in the footsteps of the

original Leith Collective, which opened in

Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal in 2019 and has

since evolved into a successful retail space and

creative hub featuring the work of more than

130 artists.

As well as providing a platform for

established and emerging eco-friendly artists,

The Leith Collective at Fort Kinnaird will offer

free additional support to all resident makers

– promoting their work on their social media

channels and offering valuable expert advice

through their business mentorship programme.

Crucially, The Leith Collective at Fort

Kinnaird will be a completely single-use

plastic-free shop, with all featured artists urged

to consider their environmental impact at

every stage of their creative process.

Speaking ahead of the store launch, The

Leith Collective at Fort Kinnaird founder, Sara

Thomson, commented; “Fundamentally, I want

to change the lives of Scottish creatives and give

local artists the opportunity to showcase their

work in an affordable commercial setting.

“There is a real appetite amongst shoppers to

support local independent makers, yet the

average retail park, shopping centre or high

street today simply isn’t catering to those needs.

“So, we’re here to change all that and stake

our claim that independent artists, makers, and

crafters can grow and prosper in these settings.”

As well as showcasing the work of local

artists on tables cleverly crafted from upcycled

doors salvaged from skips, the store also has

space for a weekly market which will change

each week – from antique markets to vinyl fairs

and pop-up food stalls, for example.

The Leith Collective at Fort Kinnaird will

open on Thursday 1 September 2022.

Artists interested in having their work

featured in The Leith Collective at Fort

Kinnaird should email Sara Thomson on info@

theleithcollective.com with a brief description

of their work, up to five photos, and a link to

their website and social media if applicable.

There is no cost to join, commission will be

deducted from the sale of each item.

EDINBURGH HAS made a bid for more

than £12million in Shared Prosperity

Funding from the UK Government as the

council asks for support for a series of

poverty-tackling community projects.

From money for employment initiatives

and skills development to new measures to

help Edinburgh’s most disadvantaged

through the cost-of-living crisis, up to 32

projects to reduce inequalities between

communities could benefit from funding.

The shortlist also includes an initiative to

create a number of new community

growing areas, projects designed to

support people into work and an

innovative ‘GreenTech’ Accelerator

programme to promote entrepreneurial

skills and new start-ups. A ‘Residents First’

programme of exclusive access to cultural

events is also planned, alongside a new

youth work space and events for older

people at risk of social isolation.

There will be negotiations with the UK

Government before initial funding can be

released. If successful, the money will be

provided by the UK Government under

the Shared Prosperity Fund, which helps

build pride in place and increase life

chances across the UK by funding

projects which support local business,

people and skills and boost communities

and local places.

Cllr Jane Meagher, Housing,

Homelessness and Fair Work Convener,

said: “Our communities make our city

and we’re so lucky to have a great

number of incredible people working so

hard to support local projects and bring

forward new ideas. It hasn’t been easy for

the panel to narrow this shortlist down

and I’m really grateful to everyone

involved. They have chosen an exciting

and diverse mix of important projects -

each and every one of them designed to

tackle poverty and improve lives at a

local level. This funding allocation really

will mean the world to those involved

and will allow us to help thousands

of people.”

‘Catastrophic’ works damages hotel business

By Donald Turvill

Local Democracy Reporter

ONE OF THE capital’s top hotels said it

could be forced to shut its restaurant

due to the “catastrophic” impact repair

work on the North Bridge is having on

the businesses there.

The Scotsman Hotel, which is one of

several traders reporting sharp

downturns in takings as a result of the

restricted access along the bridge, said

it is “suffering from the poorest

pedestrian/place experience in the

city” at what would normally be the

busiest time of year.

And with work now expected to

drag on until 2025 – five years

behind schedule – the hotel has told

the city council its Grand Café is

threatened with closure with staff

redundancies possible.

Suzanne McIntosh from the

Scotsman Group said: “Firstly, we had

the refurbishment and overall upgrade

of the hotel which we carried out in

phases to allow the hotel to continue

to trade.

“Then obviously Covid. Now we

have the ongoing works to North

Bridge which continue to exacerbate

our ability to trade normally.

“Before now we have been able to

‘manage’ the North Bridge works

despite the works causing water leaks

into lower levels including bedrooms.

Diesel fumes from generators have

been located on Scotsman land under

our plant areas and we have suffered

from restricted access in and around

the hotel.

“However, the impacts now being

experienced by the current works to

the North Bridge are so significant that

the hotel’s landmark ‘Grand Café’ is

threatened with closure, potentially

resulting in redundancy for the staff.”

Extensive work to restore the

140-year old link between Edinburgh’s

Old and New Towns began in 2018 and

was supposed to last two years.

Delays have pushed the cost of

repairs from £25million to £62million.

Earlier this year, it was confirmed the

bridge may not fully reopen until 2025

after “previously concealed” issues

were discovered in parts of the bridge

not inspected since its construction in

the late 1800s.

Galab Singh, speaking on behalf of

the Tron Area Business Group, said the

impact on traders in the area is

“enormous”, adding businesses’ income

is down “40 to 90 per cent”.

He said: “2022 was meant to

be a period of recovery for businesses,

but for us it has become a three-year



PROFILE: City Officer - Mary Black

Mary Black plays an

important role in the

Lord Provost’s office


MARY BLACK IS the only female city officer

in a team of three full time and five part time

officers, and says it is a “shame that more

women don’t apply” for a position when there

is a vacancy, as there is “no reason why a

woman can’t do this job”.

A commanding presence, the ability to speak

in public and a degree of self-confidence are

definite requirements for the role.

Mary’s own qualifications for the job are

outstanding. As a former bus driver and the

holder of an HGV licence, driving the Lord

Provost in his official car comes easily to her.

She is also someone who can step forward and

take the microphone when the occasion

demands it, announcing the Lord Provost to a

waiting and sometimes loud audience.

The city officers look after the Lord

Provost and his diary as part of a larger

team, but on the day it entails taking him

- usually driving him - to any appointment

and ensuring that he leaves in time for any

ensuing appointment. And the most

important part of the job is to look after the

diamond encrusted chain of office which the

Lord Provost wears.


Mary began working life in a bank, but quickly

decided that office work was not for her. After

her daughter was born her then husband

encouraged her to respond to an advert to

become a bus driver. The recruitment process

begins with an assessment before driver

training in a double decker. She passed with

flying colours, and worked as a bus driver with

Lothian Buses for five years.

With a detailed knowledge of the city she

studied for her brief as a taxi driver. She also

passed an HGV test to drive a coach for

Lothian Motorcoaches, as these were geared

rather than automatic vehicles.

Mary said: “Driving the city’s BMW is no

problem at all, considering I’ve driven 40 foot

trucks or 40 foot buses and smaller buses as

well. I can drive mostly anything.”

During her term Mary worked with Lord

Provost Lesley Hinds who was only the second

woman to take up the role. Mary said: “It was

really nice to work with a lady Lord Provost,

although of course it has been nice to work

with all the other Lord Provosts as well. I have

to say I don’t get treated any differently from

anyone else in this office.

“I have had some good teachers over the

years, because you have to keep your wits

about you. The streets are busy and you have to

be careful how you put yourself in certain

A link in the chain

situations. Our main duty - if we are not

driving - is to look after the chain. Wherever

the chain goes, a city officer goes too. You have

to look after your own personal security as well

as the priceless - well historically priceless -

chain. It could never be replaced, so it is a

massive responsibility.”

The three full time city officers help the Lord

Provost with tasks such as logistical planning.

It can take a while to get from one appointment

to the other in Edinburgh and that has to be

factored in to the civic diary. The officers also

make sure he has everything with him that he

might need for the appointment, including any

written information, his speech and then

ensure that he really does get there on time.

Part of the other duties that Mary undertakes

City Officers carry the Mace into

meetings of all councillors and

on ceremonial occasions

is to record all the civic gifts either given or

received by the Lord Provost, and to buy those

he gives to others on official visits or occasions.

The gifts received are on display at the City

Chambers for visitors to see, placed in glass

cases by City Officers with a note explaining

what they are. The Lord Provost is the

Convener of the Council and there is a

ceremonial procession at the beginning of each

meeting of all 63 councillors. City Officers lead

the Lord Provost into the Chamber holding the

mace and sword aloft. They then help to run

proceedings such as the voting process by

sounding the Division Bell and locking the

Chamber door. Officers also control people in

the public gallery - though Mary admitted she

has yet to actually throw anyone out.

NGS Art Works



THE SECOND PUBLIC consultation on

National Galleries of Scotland’s plans for a

major new facility in North Edinburgh have

now opened.

The facility is called The Art Works and it

will house Scotland’s national art

collection, enhancing the local area.

A pre-planning consultation was held in

June and the plans have been developed

to acknowledge and respond where

possible to community feedback on

preferred routes for paths, to make the

entrance area more open for multipurpose

activities, and to improve access and

storage for bicycles.

Members of the public are invited to

share their views on the latest proposals by

16 September ahead of a full planning

application being submitted to The City of

Edinburgh Council later this year.


The Art Works has a unique dual purpose.

Firstly, it will be a base for more than

100,000 works of art to be cared for,

conserved and researched. The building

will also be a focal point for “community

investment, pride and growth”.

Located on a site west of Madelvic

House on Granton Park Avenue, within one

of Scotland’s most diverse yet deprived

areas, The Art Works will be fully accessible

and open to all. The building will offer

world-class visitor facilities, rooms for

education and community programmes,

and new outdoor public spaces. Each of

these elements will be designed to meet

the needs of and help realise the spirit and

ambition of the local community.

Sir John Leighton, Director-General of

the National Galleries of Scotland said:

“This new consultation offers further

opportunities for people to engage and

together help us deliver a truly

transformative building that works for all.”

Proposals for a building of this kind have

been in the early stages of concept

development since 2015. The project aims

to bring Scotland’s vast and extraordinary

national art collection into a single

future-proofed location.

As part of the Granton Waterfront

project, which is adopting ambitious plans

on low-carbon travel modes and energyefficient

new housing, The Art Works will

be the country’s largest building designed

to the Passivhaus standard, which goes

beyond the requirements for meeting

Scotland’s 2030 carbon reduction targets.


Cyclists: watch

this space

Funds for a multicultural celebration

A NEW EVENTS fund has

been set up marking the 75th

anniversary of the Edinburgh

Festival Fringe.

This is to help multicultural

organisations from Edinburgh

and elsewhere with grants to

bring their own special events

to life in their communities

this September.

The African Caribbean

Society of Scotland (ACSS) is

based in the capital and

provides a platform to

celebrate African and

Caribbean culture while also

offering safe spaces and

support for mental health,

education and access to

financial sustainability.

The organisation will host

Afro Vision, a celebration of

African and Caribbean music

at the Fruitmarket Gallery on

Sunday 25 September.

The Old Town celebration

will involve Edinburgh

residents from a range of

cultural backgrounds.

Launched by Black and

Ethnic Minority Infrastructure

in Scotland (BEMIS Scotland),

Scotland on Tour and the

Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the

£50,000 funding pot was open

to groups led by minority

ethnic communities, musicians

and singers to stage exciting

and diverse concerts,

celebrations and performance

opportunities for people in

their local areas.

Eight bodies from all over

Scotland will benefit from the

Multicultural Celebration of

the 75th Anniversary of the

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Fund putting on community

events over the last two

weekends in September,

featuring music, dance and


Student Ben

is on the ball

New ambassador for cancer foundation



student Ben Isbell (22) has signed

up as university ambassador for

The Oddballs Foundation

beginning in the autumn term. In

his role he will encourage men to

check themselves for signs of

testicular cancer, the most

prominent form of disease in

men aged 15 to 49.

Isbell is originally from

Tunbridge Wells and is

studying Philosophy and

Politics in Edinburgh. He is a

keen rugby and football player

and was recruited by an existing

ambassador. The role will involve

visit schools, universities and

workplaces delivering talks in an

effort to remove the stigma and

embarrassment around the

disease. The charity places Check

Yourself guides in public spaces

and in workplaces.

Ben said: “Getting the

opportunity to make a real

difference for such an important

cause was my key motivator for

getting involved as an ambassador.

The conversation around testicular

cancer should not be shied away

from. I want to help raise

awareness and remove the stigma

associated with talking about it,

and in doing so help people in

Edinburgh. The speed that the

university ambassador programme

at The OddBalls Foundation is

growing makes it an exciting

initiative to be involved in and I

look forward to getting to know

the other ambassadors well.”

If you would like Ben to come and

talk to you and your colleagues

then please send an email to:




EVERY TIME I OPEN the cycle hangar at

the end of my street, passers-by ask me

about it. Tourists exclaim what a great idea

it is. Locals ask how they can get a space in

one. Some have contacted their

councillors, others are on long waiting lists.

Some say, with a raised eyebrow, that it’s

unfair that you can park your car for free on

the streets of Portobello, but you have to

pay for storing a bike.

I pay £6 a month for a guaranteed space

in the hangar and it’s changed my life. I

have an electric bike which weighs 26 kilos.

I live in a top flat and have severe

osteoarthritis in my knee. I cannot carry the

bike up to my flat. When my knee is flaring,

I use my bike as my mobility aid. I cycle

everywhere as I don’t have access to a car.


Our tenement has a narrow stair. Before I

had the hangar space, I kept my bike in the

stairwell. When I went out on my bike, I

never knew whether I would have a space

to return to as there were more bikes than

the space available. Bike storage in

tenements often results in neighbour

disputes, problems accessing the back

green, and may incur warnings from the

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Bikes in

stairs are also regularly stolen.

My cycle insurance company covers the

hangar use as it’s within the specified

distance from my flat. But what about

everybody else in Edinburgh that needs a

space and hasn’t got one? There are

swathes of the city with no cycle hangars at

all. Aside from fear of traffic and the lack of

safe cycling infrastructure, lack of storage is

a significant barrier to people who want to

cycle. The problem is made worse for many

disabled people who want to cycle

adaptive cycles including trikes. These

cycles need more space than provided in

the current hangars.

If the council is serious about enabling

everybody to cycle who wants to, it must

prioritise low-cost secure convenient cycle

storage, particularly in tenement areas,

and storage solutions provided for

disabled people who use, or would like to

use, adaptive cycles. Equitable financing

also needs to be addressed. It shouldn’t be

cheaper to park a car on the street than a

cycle. And hangars should never be on

pavements. There is enough street space in

Edinburgh to reallocate existing car

parking spaces to cycle storage.


Some people say this is the best view they’ve

seen of the new St James Quarter and hotel




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Debbie Anderson invites you to take

yourself back to your childhood with

all the traditional jars of sweets in her

shop. Chewits and fudge will take you

back a decade or two. Open from

10am except Mondays.

102 Leith Walk EH16 5DT

0131 554 1401

Newly established gallery in the New

Town art district which will feature

curated group shows and solo shows.

The owners promise it will be

”challenging and compelling art”.

Innovative new works and a collection

of art books to buy.


Very reasonable rates allow start-ups

to use this small pop-up space as the

first rung on the ladder. From food to

political parties and all manner of

organisations in between. Have a look

at their pop-up garden when you visit.

Croall Place EH7 4LT


Love Your Business networking club is

relaxed, informal and good fun, and is

continuing online on the last Thursday

of the month with a host of inspiring

speakers sharing their entrepreneurial

journeys and invaluable business tips.



Donate unwanted items to this shop

on Gilmore Place knowing that they

will find a loving new home. Very little

ever goes to landfill. Visit the shop to

pick up a copy of our latest paper and

also to admire their innovative and

ever-changing window displays.







Subscribe today and have your own

copy of The Edinburgh Reporter

delivered to your front door from

next month. - in a compostable

envelope. A small payment of £3

a month will help to support local

independent news.


Di Giorgio’s have a variety of cakes and

slices, coffee with a smile and pasta

and lasagne to go. Morning rolls and

ciabattas are also available, but this is

brownie heaven. Do ask about their

birthday cakes.

Open 7 days 10-4pm

1 Brandon Terrace EH3 5EA

The charity rescues reunites and

rehomes any animal in need, and

works tirelessly to secure happy and

loving forever homes. New trustees

include David Field CEO of Edinburgh

Zoo and Matt Smith of THINK.

0131 669 5331


Bespoke tailoring for men. Craig’s

focus is on making the highest quality

personally tailored attire that others

will aspire to. His pyjamas and dressing

gowns will make your video calls or

working from home very stylish.

0131 226 7775 • 45 Thistle Street

EH2 1DY • craigbankstailoring.com

Go along to this beautiful wee shop

filled with Italian handmade goods

and see how much they’ve taken off in

their end of Summer Sale.

Bag a bargain in store at 44 Dundas

Street or online - all will be parcelled

up with turquoise ribbon and tissue.







Vlad and Scott have a unique style at

48 Thistle Street with great coffee and

above average chat and chess. The

pair have now celebrated a year in

business at their city centre micro

roastery. Coffee also available to order

online if you are working from home.


A specialist importer of boutique fine

wines from Italy. Carefully hand-picked

award-winning wines of premium

quality sourced from winemakers

direct. Oleg and Elvira visit every

vineyard. Free UK delivery - same day

delivery to Edinburgh available.


The gallery focuses on original

paintings, prints and fine crafts

inspired by nature. Wide price range to

accommodate various budgets.

Jurgita warmly welcomes you to

Dundas Street. Open Tuesday to

Saturday 11am-4pm.


A unique gallery and gift shop in

Edinburgh’s Southside - a cornucopia

of all forms of art. Buy handmade art

and craft from independent artists.

Linsay says: “If we don’t have it, we can

probably find it for you.”


0131 629 9123

Same location. Same facilities.

Great new name. The Eric Liddell

Community welcomes you.

Rooms for hire and office space for

registered charities.

0131 447 4520

15 Morningside Road EH10 4DP







Ardgowan Sailmaker - described by

master whiskymaker Max McFarlane

as “Clydebuilt’s best yet”

incorporating Lowland, Speyside and

Highland single malts for depth and

richness. Next day delivery standard.

Free shipping for orders over £100.


Luxurious, elegant salon with a very

happy and friendly atmosphere where

the aim is to make your experience

relaxing, enjoyable and glamorous.

Appointments essential.

Tel 0131 556 4478

2a Broughton Place EH1 3RX


The floating café with outdoor seating

is owned and run by Lindsay and sits

just next to the Leamington Lift Bridge

on the canal. With their range of

smoothies and coffees accompanied

by macarons and a host of other treats,

it is not to be missed.


You may know about Leith (Saturdays)

and Stockbridge (Sundays) Markets

but did you know that you can order

online and pick up all of your shopping

at once? Using the NeighbourFood

site you simply choose what you want,

pay and then collect your shopping.


The Torrance Gallery on Dundas Street

is featuring Scottish artist Marion

Drummond this month. Winners of

2021 Prestige Awards Best

Independent Art Gallery. Join the

gallery’s mailing list to be kept up to

date with details of each show.



Tom Duffin

Phyllis Stephen urges you to vist some secret

buildings on Doors Open Days which takes

place all over Scotland this month

Above: Collective

Gallery is housed in

the old Observatory

students of Edinburgh’s universities. It

belongs to the Dominican Friars who built it

in the their back garden in 2012. Access is

from George Square Lane.




Madelvic House

Granton Park Avenue EH5 1HS

Statue in



Doors Open Days 2022

takes place at the end of

September with some

secret spots opening to the

public on the Saturday of

the last weekend and some

on the Sunday. There are around 70 places to

visit in this year’s programme coordinated

by Sottish Civic Trust under the theme

“Standing Strong”.


(10 to 4pm each day)

Abbey Strand Centre

Canongate EH8 8DU

The physic garden is open to everyone daily,

but the Centre will be open specially for

members of the public for tours. The

building was previously a weapons store for

James V, courtiers’ lodgings for Mary Queen

of Scots and a sanctuary for the poor 6,000

people who found themselves in debt.



(11 to 4pm each day)

Bridgend Farmhouse

41 Old Dalkeith Road EH16 4TE

This is a traditional 18th century farm

steading near the Royal Infirmary.

The building was acquired by the council

in 2000 and after ten years a group was

formed, Lottery funding acquired and the

result is a community place to gather.

There are courses in all sorts of skills such

as cooking and gardening, bike repair and

arts and crafts.



(2 to 5pm each day)

Chapel of St Albert the Great

23 George Square EH8 9LD

The awarding winning Chapel is part of St

Albert’s Catholic Chaplaincy, which serves

the spiritual needs of Catholic staff and

An historic complex of industrial buildings

on Granton Park Avenue, the Madelvic

Works opened in 1898 to manufacture

electric motor carriages. It is said to be the

oldest purpose-built car factory remaining

in the UK. The factory is derelict but soon

to be redeveloped but Madelvic House is a

community hub.

There will be a social history exhibition,

opportunities to try historic wheat

Friends of Newington Cemetery

have maintained the cemetery’s

notable features for the benefit

of the community


St Giles is full of treasures,

from an original copy of the

Covenant, to carvings of

angels playing bagpipes

St Giles photos: Martin P McAdam

brought into the care of City of

Edinburgh Council in 1994.

For the last eight years, the Friends

of Newington Cemetery have been

working to clear overgrown areas,

maintain the cemetery’s notable features

and support biodiversity, for the benefit

of the community.




Police Box

Northfield Broadway EH8 7SA

An Edinburgh police box with original

interior fittings, commissioned in May

1933, as produced to the 1929 design of

City Architect Ebenezer James MacRae to

fulfil a modern, practical and technical

function, whilst being styled to fit in with

the city’s existing architecture. Set up with

a display of contemporary artefacts to

illustrate how the building was used.

Visitors will be able to enter the police

box and see a display which illustrates how

it was used.


grinding and pottery making, finding out

how the group built an iron age boat from

scratch, information about the role of

Madelvic Car Factory in the early days of

car manufacture in Scotland and a walk in

the wildflower garden.



Dean Gardens

2 Clarendon Crescent EH4 1PT

Nine acres of semi-woodland garden with

spring bulbs on the steep banks of the

Water of Leith. Founded in the 1860s by

local residents, the Dean Gardens contain

part of the great structure of the Dean

Bridge, a Thomas Telford masterpiece

of 1835. Lawns, trees, and shrubs with

lovely views to the weir in Dean Village

and to the St Bernard’s Well. There is also a

children’s play area.

In the afternoon, there will be free music,

and stalls run by local artists. There will also

be refreshments for sale to support the

local community school.


(12-4pm each day)

James Clerk Maxwell Foundation

14 India Street EH3 6EZ

Normally only open by appointment The

James Clerk Maxwell Foundation building

is open this weekend. Artefacts,

memorabilia and posters relating to

Maxwell’s own life and work, as well as that

of members of his family and

contemporaries, are on display inside, and

explanatory tours are on offer. Rooms on

view are on the ground and first floors.

These rooms have been restored as far as

possible to reflect the Georgian era, with

notable features such as Ionic pillars in hall,

curved doorways and an oval first floor




Newington Cemetery

222B Dalkeith Road EH16 5DT

This 14-acre cemetery dating from 1846 is

a peaceful haven and wildlife sanctuary,

sometimes known as Ekkie Bank. Architect

David Cousin followed 19th-century

“garden cemetery movement” principles in

its layout, also designing the Victorian

Gothic entrance lodge, roundel and

catacombs. Originally a private cemetery, it

fell into neglect and was eventually

St Giles (above and left)

has been part of

Edinburgh’s skyline

since the 1400s



Riddles Court

322 Lawnmarket EH1 2PG

Giving new life to Riddle’s Court, a

16th-century courtyard residence in the

heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, was in

many ways the largest and most complex

restoration projects ever undertaken by

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust. After the

project’s completion, Riddle’s Court was

officially re-opened in September 2017 and

HRH Prince Charles visited. It remains in use

as a centre for learning, event space and a

festival venue. Don’t forget to look up!



(9-5pm and on 25 September 1-5pm)

St Giles Cathedral

High Street EH1 1RE

A church called St Giles has stood on the

Royal Mile for 900 years, and the building

today has been part of Edinburgh’s skyline

since the 1400s, welcome visitors from

around the world and closer to home. The

building is full of historical treasures, from

an original copy of the Covenant, to

Victorian stained glass windows, to

carvings of angels playing bagpipes in the

beautiful Thistle Chapel.



(10 to 5pm)

Collective City Observatory

Calton Hill EH7 5AA

Explore the City Observatory on Calton Hill,

the birthplace of astronomy and

timekeeping in Edinburgh – and now the

home of Collective, a contemporary art

organisation who present a full

programme of exhibitions, walks, and

events. Usually closed to the public,

Observatory House and the McEwan Dome

will be open to visitors through Doors

Open Days via pre-booked tours.





Justyna leads the way with her

organic holistic skincare products


TERRAMILY IS A range of skincare products

exclusively available at Art & Craft Collective.

The name comes from the Italian for earth and

is a reworking of the word which means so

much to the founder - family.

Having lived in Edinburgh for nine years

Justyna Maria Waskievz originally came from

Poland to work in hospitality. She now works

with her brother Piotr who lives in Tuscany,

and the team has developed a range of

natural holistic skincare products.

Justyna studied cosmetic formulas

for the new business. She said she was

really curious about what she was

applying to her skin and wanted to

improve it. She began her own

research into natural skincare

and enrolled for an online

course during the pandemic.

She is now a Holistic Life and

Nutrition Coach.

She herself is a walking advert

for the Terramily way, and intends

to create a new line of baby care

creams and potions as well as products for

expectant mothers. In September she plans a

workshop with some local mothers who will

create products to use on their own babies

and children.

Justyna explained that what makes her

products different is that they are all toxic free

and made from highest quality ingredients.

From small beginnings at her kitchen table, the

products are made with natural organic

ingredients and also one which is nature

identical but synthesised in a lab. The reason for

this is one of sustainability as the product was

extracted from a comfrey plant but it became

more important to protect the plant than to use

it in cosmetics.

The Night Skincare routine uses their own

specially developed double cleansing method

recommended to result in deeply cleansed and

nourished skin. Tremoving one kind of

The Terramily Promise is that the routine of

cleansing and replenishing is an effective way to

nourish the skin overnight without disrupting

the skin’s natural barrier.

There are several products in the range but

one stands out - the Lipid Barrier Replenishing

Face Oil. All of the products are simple to use,

but this one is simply applied to damp cleansed

skin and left on overnight to make a difference.

All clients are encouraged to think mindfully by

introducing this new habit each evening. In

cleansing their faces clients will remove the day’s

stress as well as actual dirt and grime.

Packaging is sustainable and the glass bottles

can be handed back to the Art & Craft

Collective to be refilled.

Justyna may have moved away from her

kitchen table but is still in the driving seat and

in control of the manufacturing. It takes her

about six hours to make a batch of one of the

Terramily products.

Linsay Given Black who owns Art & Craft

Collective is delighted to have the range for sale

on their shelves - the first time they have sold a

skincare range. She said: “These products are

fantastic. She has gone from training herself all

about it to a full product range. I am just so

pleased to help another woman in business.”

Opportunities for

young people at

Barrhead Travel


BARRHEAD TRAVEL has announced

the return of its modern apprenticeship

programme to offer young people the

opportunity to grow a prosperous career

in the UK’s retail travel industry.

The well-known travel group,

who have stores at The Gyle, Cameron

Toll and Fort Kinnaird in Edinburgh,

will partner with Northern Training to

deliver the programme.

The qualification will provide young

people with the chance to ‘earn while they

learn’ with good career prospects at the

end of their qualification.

More than 50 positions will be created

and the group promises more

apprenticeship opportunities for head

office positions including roles within

marketing, HR and IT.

The 12-month Modern Apprenticeship

qualification offers an alternative to

classroom style training with on-the-job

learning providing the foundation for a

future career in travel and tourism.

The travel company is one of the only

groups to offer this type of qualification in

the UK which blends formal college

learning with workplace experience. It has

invested in training for two in-house

trainers who will become official assessors

for the programme.

Jacqueline Dobson, President of

Barrhead Travel, said: “As someone who

started their own career through an

apprenticeship scheme, I know the impact

that offering young people genuine

development and progression

opportunities can have.

“Travel and tourism have faced a

challenging few years – but there’s no

better time to join the industry.

“Aside from having the opportunity to

travel the world as part of your job, travel is

one of the most inclusive, rewarding and

diverse industries to be part of.

“Our young people represent the future

of travel and I’m excited to play a role in

growing industry leaders of the future.

“Barrhead Travel has been an advocate

for apprentices since its inception in 1975.

The relaunch of this Modern

Apprenticeship programme matches our

ongoing commitment to nurturing talent

from within and investing in training,

learning and development.”

Craigies Farm

Shop deli gets

huge makeover


John and Kirsteen Sinclair have

invested in a £200,000 makeover

coordinated by Arrange Spaces.

Using timber and bespoke joinery

alongside a vibrant colour palette

the new design has agricultural

elements such as barn doors and

also sliding window shutters.

The café space will now seat

240 people who can enjoy

the home-grown and locally

sourced fare.

John Sinclair said: “The

redesign and refit at Craigies are

part of our 10-year development

plan and we are delighted to have

now launched this exciting

redesign. The new layout and

design reflect our values and

heritage while giving customers

an improved, modern café and

shopping experience.

“We are pleased to reveal this

vibrant redesign in difficult times,

so our customers have a warm

welcoming environment in which

to meet and be together. It is also

a bright, airy and stylish place to

work and our team love it!”


Taking in the sights

Care home residents get out and about



Care Home in Edinburgh have been

out enjoying the wonders of the

capital this summer, with a full

programme of fun activities

including rickshaw rides, theatre

visits and musical performances.

Residents of the care home

located in Marchmont, have had a

busy calendar of socialising and

events to see them through the

summer months all part of the

home’s ongoing commitment to

being a ‘people-first’ home which

centres decisions around the needs

of the residents.

Exploring the streets of

Edinburgh using pedal power

with Lissa McIntyre and her

trishaw Betsy, the group have been

experiencing the capital city at a

much more leisurely pace while

taking in the sites of the Meadows,

Bruntsfield and Morningside.

Jozi Stables, Manager, Glencairn

Care Home said: “Providing the

residents of Glencairn with a full

and enjoyable social calendar

provides so much more than just a

break from the daily routine of the

home but it helps our residents to

retain a sense of their identity,

adventure and provides a rich and

enjoyable life.

“We pride ourselves on bringing

unique experiences to the home and

also creating fun and adventurous

excursion for our residents. The

activities feed into the overall care

ethos we have here at Glencairn

which is ensuring the needs of our

residents come first and we work

closely with them to design plans

that suit their recreation, care and

wellbeing needs.”

The home, managed by

Renaissance Care Homes, is one

of sixteen homes located across

Scotland and currently provides care

provision for 26 residents.


enjoying a

rickshaw ride

A Boy’s Saturday Night

A poem by George Bruce OBE MA

In summer the sky

Was lit late.

Nearby the beach

Were stalls, swing boats,

Steam driven round-abouts

Gold horses of wood

Or bright red chair-o-planes

And mechanical music.

On the links stood

A boxing booth.

‘Boys half price for the boxing.’

The fishermen spent money here.

Here Rob Burke was at work

Taking all comers

Till dark.

He put the finger of his glove

To his flat nose, snorted,

And then spat.

Short work was made of

Our Tom Scott.

We saw even the dust rise.

Outside the land was black.

‘That’s queer’ I said,

‘Sea’s lit - like a lamp.’

Poem courtesy by

The Scottish Poetry Library


Café review: Source Coffee Company

By Charlie Ellis


Compiled by David Albury

Straight to the Source

Brewing up a storm on Spittal Street with a brand new name

OFFERING authentic antipodean

coffee know-how in the shadow of

Edinburgh Castle, Source has

rapidly established itself as one

of Edinburgh’s leading specialty

coffee destinations.

Owner and manager, Andrew

Cohen, brings his experience of

running a café in his native Sydney

to Edinburgh.

The timing of his opening could

have been better: “I always wanted to

get back into coffee..and after six

years here in Edinburgh I thought

that now was the right time...not

knowing a pandemic was about

to arrive!”.

The Source Coffee Company

roasts locally (in a ‘super serene’ spot

in Haddington) at least three times a

week to ensure peak freshness.

Source also offers barista training.

In order to ensure consistency

with the roastery, the coffee bar was

renamed Source instead of Brew’d at

the start of 2022. Having started out

purely as a takeaway, which operated

throughout the various lockdowns,

the compact coffee bar was

refitted in early 2022.

The interior was initially rough

and ready; the initial priority was

cranking out cracking coffee. Since

the start of this year the interior has

been reoriented and upgraded. It

now features some stylish artwork

which creates an eye-catching

contrast with the traditional

cornices. Seating for around half a

dozen customers allows you to enjoy

Source coffee on a dreich, damp day.

Among the best espresso offerings

oozing out of their Kees van der

Westen machine have been a citrusy

Colombia Las Mercedes and a

Ugandan Kisinga from Omwani

Coffee. The latter was satisfyingly

smooth and beautifully made, typical

of the consistent excellence of the

coffee they serve. Even their decafs

have a greater complexity than you

usually find. As well as espressobased

drinks, Source offers pour over

coffee, using either a v60 or Kalita

Wave. Andrew and the other baristas

are always keen to engage in coffee

chat and help customers appreciate

subtle differences. On our last visit,

a barista from another leading

specialty coffee ‘mecca’ in the city

(Machina Espresso, which recently

relocated to Marchmont) was tasting

their wares and praising Cohen on

his rich and vibrant brews; a

testament to the calibre of the coffee

served at Source. A varied selection

of Source beans are available in the

the coffee bar, as well as brewing

equipment that will help you get the

best out of them.

Source also serves vegan hot

chocolate, Shubui teas, craft sodas

and plant based food. Their range of

baking includes cronuts, a

dangerously moreish croissantdoughnut


Along with vinyl specialists Assai

Records over the road, and

businesses such as Greek Artisan

Pastries, Gooseneck Coffee and the

second-hand bookshops of West

Port, this is an increasingly

interesting quarter of the city.

Source Coffee is a very welcome

addition to it.

Source Coffee Company

4 Spittal Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DX


1 Frightened by cedars ? (6)

5 It’s sad how he gets his pleasure ! (6)

9 With tact Art might arouse interest

in himself (7)

10 Old nut is not related (6)

11 Accelerators run in order to power

these (7, 8)

13 Something wicked in the village (4)

14 Trace ended exactly in the middle

(4, 6)

18 Omit Vienna from this case (10)

19 Muse about flightless birds (4)

21 Short training sessions in catering ?

(8, 7)

24 Bastille, but not as sort of military

lodging (6)

25 Amphibious baby starts to

pedal wildly (7)

26 Decreases without red and

finally stops (6)

27 Steals loose roofing materials (6)


2 Schematic sort of questioning (9)

3 Wandered round me, lying in the

road (6)

4 Put off short chap from using

cleansing agent (9)

5 Cause of fllavouring ? (5)

6 Cadets he removes and

sends away (8)

7 Burst of gunfire simultaneously

forms ovals (5)

8 Linen wasn’t suitable for

this sport (4, 6)

12 Priests set apart from these

relatives (10)

15 So coveted places for the birds (9)

16 Ben’s motto engraved here in the

graveyard (9)

17 Dipping into these takes new skill (8)

20 Rut and other rough areas in the

frozen waste (6)

22 One is made aware of sound (5)

23 Quotes as an example strange

sect I set up (5)


Across: 1 Scared, 5 Sadist, 9 Attract, 10 Untold, 11 Nuclear reactors, 13 Evil, 14 Dead centre, 18

Nominative, 19 Emus, 21 Sandwich courses, 24 Billet, 25 Tadpole, 26 Ceases, 27 Slates.

Down: 2 Catechism, 3 Roamed, 4 Detergent, 5 Sauce, 6 Detaches, 7 Salvo, 8 Lawn tennis, 12

Stepsister, 15 Dovecotes, 16 Tombstone, 17 Inkwells, 20 Tundra, 22 Noise, 23 Cites.

What’s on the menu?


will be brought under the

ownership and management of

the farm itself from 1 September.

Always a great place to start

the day with breakfast, there will

be a new menu, and all takings

and profits will be ploughed

back into running the farm.

LOVE Gorgie Farm is run by

charity LOVE Learning Scotland

and they offer hands on

educational and learning

opportunities for all their

visitors. It is a wee bit of the

countryside within the city and is

now home to many different

animals, including the newly

named Harald the peacock.

Book now for Cuddle Corner or

Lunch with the Animals or book

the farm for a birthday party.

Ideal for a child’s birthday

between the ages of three and

seven years old, and the party

can get started between 10am

and noon.

Weekday parties in the

evening also possible.



Culinary delights in the capital with Juliet Lawrence Wilson

Comes with the territory

Juliet enjoys the friendly west coast without leaving town

I was tempted to go to Finnieston, but

Finnieston came to me. Where is this far flung

exotic place you ask? East end of Glasgow,

once somewhere you’d avoid but now a close

friend to drinkers of craft beer and Guardian

readers who buy their music on vinyl. For the

month of August Six by Nico brought their

Glasgow eaterie Chateau X to their Edinburgh

restaurant every Tuesday. £35 for a

chateaubriand fillet for two with sauces at £2

and sides £5-7.50. What a bargain it was. The

steak was meltingly tender (we ordered it

blue) and the sauces and sides so damned

tasty. Portions were generous and the service

outstandingly friendly, as they’d brought some

West Coast staff with them. Could this have

been an experiment to see if the concept

works in Edinburgh? I really hope so. In the

meantime, if you fancy a trip west definitely

check it out. Worry not about the

gentrification, Finnieston is still full of

Glaswegians so it is impossible for it to

become as insufferable as, say, Stockbridge.

(disclaimer: I’m half Weegie)

To find out more, visit


Slow cooker tips It’s good Karma


and energy bills soaring we’re

turning off lightbulbs and

de-mothballing blankets at

Lawrence-Wilson Manor. I’m

lucky enough to live in a

double glazed energy

efficient new-build but we

can all economise, and there’s

no way better than to invest

in a slow cooker. They are

definitely the most

economical way of cooking

and allow you to use cheaper

cuts of meat such as ham or

lamb shanks without burning

up the gas or oven for hours.

It’s a myth that the longer you

cook tougher cuts of meat,

the better they are, so either

invest in a slow cooker with a

timer or add a timer plug to

your outlet. If you’ve a large

family to feed how about

some piping hot Porridge

ready for setting your brood

up in the morning? For four

people a large cup of rolled

oats to four parts liquid is a

general rule. This can be dairy

or plant-based milk or even

just water. Dried fruit can be

added and the porridge

further sweetened with

honey or syrup in the

morning. I like a combination

of one part each coconut and

dairy milk with a handful of

chopped dried apricots and a

couple of whole cardamom

pods. Cook for 6-8 hours on

the slow setting and wake up

to something really special.

There may be a slight crust on

top and at the sides but this

just makes the porridge a bit

more interesting. I top this

with a dollop of Greek

yoghurt and a drizzle of

honey. Get your oats without

resorting to Tinder.

WE’RE NOT short of dining rooms with a

view in Edinburgh but simply seeking

something more serene I recently spent

a couple of nights with my daughter at

Karma, Lake of Menteith. We were

treated to a vast and luxurious room, but

the cherry on the cake was their fabulous

conservatory dining room where we

enjoyed delicious, hearty dinners and a

superbly cooked breakfast. Gazing out to

the lake and rolling hills was exactly the

relaxation we needed. The building was a

church manse at one point, which made

me wonder whose cassock a reverend

had to starch to get that gig?

You can read my full report on the website:





Harvest events

Dandelion is a six-month Scotland-wide

creative celebration of growing, music

and community – rooted here but with an

international outlook, and with

sustainability at its heart. The project has

followed the arc of the growing season,

from April to September – ending with

hundreds of Harvest events some of

which are in Edinburgh, driven by the

concept Sow, Grow and Share.


Cinema on the shore

Outdoor film experience will arrive in Leith this month

A POP UP CINEMA is berthing on Leith Shore

this month, with free and low price tickets

available for a programme of films all of which

have a connection to the sea.

Cinema on the Shore will take place over

the weekend of 17 and 18 September on a

giant outdoor screen in the market square,

Dock Place.

The event is run in partnership by

Cinescapes with Leith For Ever, which is

staging a number of live events, walking

tours and performances around the market

on Saturday.

Cinescapes founder, Amanda Rogers, said:

“The Shore is an incredible place to offer an

outdoor film programme and it’s great to

be able to offer something the community

can enjoy.

“Cinema on the Shore will have films for

children, art house classics, new documentaries

and short films, all with a theme of the sea.”

Among the many quality films in the

programme are Wes Anderson’s cult classic The

Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Life of Pi, by

Ang Lee and the Oscar-nominated Song of the

Sea - a family friendly animation based on the

legend of the Selkies.

The final showing, on Sunday, will be Bait, a

BAFTA winning film about a Cornish fishing

village at loggerheads with an influx of tourists.

The pop up cinema programme begins on

Saturday evening and continues on Sunday,

with a full day of films, including

documentaries, cartoons and art house films.

Food and drink will be available all day.

Leith For Ever will also be operating a

listening hub for people who want to share

their past and present experiences of living

in Leith.

For more information, please visit


The Life Aquatic is one of the

films which will be shown

Craigentinny Telferton Allotments are

holding a Harvest Festival Barbecue.

The allotment holders invite everyone

to bring a dish to share, made using

produce from your own garden. There will

be dishes to taste and burgers will be

cooked on site.

Recipes are being collected for a

community cookbook so look out your

own favourites. What do you do with your

glut of courgettes? How do you use up

kale? What's your best fruit pudding

recipe?A plant printing workshop will be

held. Prints produced may be used to

illustrate the cookbook.

Workshop at 2pm. Food from 4.00pm


Bridgend Farmhouse will be celebrating

their first harvest since merging with the

neighbouring community allotments. A

day of feasting, music and joy awaits.


Granton Community Gardeners SCIO

Harvest festival at the community garden:

featuring a celebration of fruit,

vegetables, herbs and grains. Workshops

and demonstrations accompany a free

community meal, showcasing lots of local

produce from the gardens. You'll also be

entertained with live music from talented

local community members, storytelling,

and a harvest procession.

What’s on at

the National


of Scotland



10 Sep • 14:00 -16:30

Aged 14+ event


Join the expert panel as they discuss

the process of hoarding across time

and cultures.

From assembling and burying, to

curating and displaying, our panel

will give diverse perspectives on this

fascinating practice. Presentations

will include the latest research on

the Galloway Hoard, hoarding in the

Viking Age and Scotland’s

prehistoric hoards.





15 Sep -1 Oct • 10:30 – 16:30

Seminar Room,

Learning Centre, Level 4

£ 49 (concessions available)

This one-day course with The

University of Edinburgh is designed

to complement the National

Museum of Scotland’s major new

exhibition Anatomy: A Matter of

Death and Life.

Examine the study of anatomy

within the context of 19th century

Edinburgh, including the

University’s role as an international

centre for medical teaching.

Uncover the circumstances that

gave rise to the Burke and Hare

murders in 1828, and consider the

actions of William Burke, William and

Margaret Hare, and anatomist Dr

Robert Knox.



Until 11 Sep

Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3

Free entry

The typewriter's influence is revealed

in this exhibition and looks at its role

in society, arts and popular culture. It

traces the effect and evolution of

typewriters across more than a century,

from weighty early machines to

modern style icons. The impact of the

typewriter has been much wider than

simply speeding up the way we write.

It helped revolutionise the world of


At the galleries...

From Impressionism to Hepworth there is something for everyone


A Taste for Impressionism: Modern French Art

from Millet to Matisse

30 July to 13 November 2022

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Tickets: £15 - £12, concessions available

The remarkable story of how Scotland became

home to one of the world’s greatest collections

of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art

will be explored in our big summer exhibition.

The exhibition also includes the incredible

discovery of a lost Vincent van Gogh


This exhibition will share fascinating stories

about how visionary Scottish collectors

invested in, what were then, innovative and

radical artworks and reveals how they found

their way into Scotland’s national collection.

World famous paintings by a stellar cast

including Degas and Gauguin will feature

throughout, offering visitors a rare chance to

delve into this little-known aspect of Scotland’s

cultural history.

Other highlights will include seven works by

Claude Monet from across his career and, for

the first time, the full set of Matisse’s vibrant

Jazz prints.

The exhibition also includes the incredible

discovery of a lost Van Gogh portrait.


Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

Until 2 October 2022

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Tickets: £13/11 Mon-Fri, £14/12 Sat-Sun

and £15/13 August

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life is a major

retrospective. It spans the artist’s entire career

charting the development of her practice, her

engagement with political and societal change,

and the events in her personal life which shaped

her work. It features more than 120 works, lent

from public and private collections, including

renowned sculptures as well as rarely seen

drawings and paintings.

Madras Rouge

by Henri Matisse


Counted: Scotland’s Census 2022

Until 25 Sept 2022

Open daily, 10am-5pm, admission free

This exhibition is about celebrating who we are.

What do we have in common, and what makes

us unique?

In the year of Scotland’s Census we are

exploring who lives in Scotland today, who

came before us and who will come after us.

Inspired by the questions asked in the census,

Counted: Scotland’s Census 2022 considers the

complex notion of identity. How is this shaped

by our religion, occupation, health, ethnicity?

New acquisitions by photographers working

in Scotland today including Kieran Dodds,

Arpita Shah and Danny North are presented

alongside nineteenth century photographs by

Thomas Annan and Hill & Adamson - offering

comparisons between past and present

generations of Scots.


You Are Here

On now until 8 Jan 2023

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

This display, running throughout 2022,

celebrates and shares recent and ongoing

collaborative projects between the National

Galleries of Scotland and partner organisations

across the country. They include place-based

initiatives with groups of young people in

former mining towns, and life-affirming public

art schemes in North Ayrshire.

The project looks at the various ways that

people can engage with art to bring benefits to

their health and wellbeing, and explore their

sense of identity and belonging. Co-produced

artworks and other forms of content are

displayed alongside works from the Galleries’

permanent collection to amplify new voices and

offer fresh views on contemporary Scotland.



New Arrivals: From Salvador Dalí to Jenny Saville

On now until 12 February 2023

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

This exhibition presents the latest and greatest

modern and contemporary art additions to

Scotland’s national collection. With more than

100 works on display, New Arrivals: from

Salvador Dalí to Jenny Saville offers a stunning

range of modern and contemporary work

including painting, sculptures, films and more.


With Nicky Pender

Owner of Pilates with Nicky Pender

After 20 years working in a medical

education charity, Nicky took “a huge leap

of faith” and went for early retirement at

50 in 2015. She set up her own business

teaching Pilates, offering (mostly) women

over 50 a safe space to exercise. Her love

affair with Pilates started after a fall in the

snow left her with a fracture to the spine

and a damaged coccyx.

She said: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is my

all-time favourite film,” says Nicky. “It’s the

first film I remember watching as a child.

I remember being incredibly scared of

the Child Catcher (who wasn’t?) and

intrigued by all of Caractacus Potts’

madcap inventions.”

“I loved and still do love the songs and

the dance routines in the movie but as an

adult understand the messages about

childlessness, single parenting and the

class system .

“I guess Potts’ perseverance with his

inventions resonates with me in setting

up my small business. Sometimes you

have to go with your gut. Being my own

boss has given me so much personal

freedom and teaching Pilates has

introduced me to many lovely people. I

wish I’d made the move years earlier.

“The film genre I enjoy most is

courtroom dramas, with films like ‘Jagged

Edge’ and ‘A Few Good Men’ firm

favourites. I love courtroom dramas

because there is always plenty of to-ing

and fro-ing between prosecution and

defence, trading insults and generally a

juicy secret pulled out of the hat at the

last minute to swing the case one way or

another. My love of film in general comes

from my Mum - she loved the cinema and

we went regularly when I was young and

probably even more so when I was an


“Despite my love of film, I’ve never seen

‘The Sound of Music’ (not even on

Christmas telly!) or any of the Star Wars

films, nor do I intend to!”

Linsay Given Black

work and change the lives of working

women in particular. Typewriters

helped them launch their own

businesses at a time when female

employers were rare and became a

vital weapon in the fight for the vote.



5 Nov – 23 Apr 2023

Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3

Free entry

Marking the centenary of his birth,

this exhibition will celebrate the work

of the influential émigré textile

designer. Visitors will be able to

explore Klein’s creative process and

career, from providing couture fabrics

for fashion designers to his influence

on modernist architecture and

interior design.



Until 8 Jan 2023

Exhibition Gallery 4, Level 1

Free entry

Following the 250th anniversary of

Sir Walter Scott's birth, experience his

novels through objects that inspired

him. In this small exhibition we show

how Scott drew upon real historical

objects for inspiration, placing

objects alongside Scott's words, and

the stories in which they feature.

While you view these fascinating

objects, you can listen to an actor

reading extracts from these tales.

In association with Walter Scott

250: Celebrating 250 Years of

Scotland’s Greatest Storyteller and

supporting Year of Stories 2022.




Until 5 Mar 2023

Exhibition Gallery 3, Level 1

Free entry

From striking statement jewellery to

prints and porcelain vases, this new

and free display considers how

Japanese contemporary makers

have combined innovative and

traditional art, craft and design

elements over the past five decades.

The star object is Hitomi Hosono's

A Large Pine Tree Pool, a sculptural

porcelain bowl with complex

hand-carving made and acquired in

2019. Further highlights include

Junko Mori’s intricate New Pinecone

Silver Organism, and colourful body

adornments by jeweller Suō Emiko’s

adapted from metalworking and

engraving techniques traditionally

used in the making of Japanese

sword fittings.



Museum open 10:00–17:00 daily

Chambers Street EH1 1JF




Murder shop

The following extract from Dr Jan Bondeson’s book Murder Houses of Edinburgh,

explores the killing of jeweller James Paterson by mentally

unstable Alexander Milne in 1863

The oldest murder house in

Edinburgh is of course Holyrood

Palace, notorious for the murder

of David Rizzio in 1566. The hunt

for the second oldest murder

house in the capital was not a

straightforward one. In the 17th

and 18th centuries, Edinburgh was still a relatively

small city, and its murders took place in various Old

Town closes and pends off the Royal Mile, the

majority of which are no longer standing today. House

numbering was in its infancy back in those days, and

the newspaper indication of the exact situation of the

murder house often very diffuse indeed. In 1827, Mr

Mark Dow, a well-to-do Edinburgh shoemaker, was

found dead lying at the bottom of the common stair at

13 Bank Street, which is still standing. This would have

been a perfectly good murder house had the gang of

thieves responsible been prosecuted for murder, but

they got off on a lesser charge. The gradual construction

of the New Town meant a considerable increase in the

size of the capital, but not an increase in its murder rate,

since the people inhabiting its comfortable Georgian

houses were well-to-do and law-abiding. Thus the

elegant New Town terraces, the majority of which are

still standing today, were largely spared the spectre of

Murder, whereas the crowded closes of the Old Town,

the majority of which have been done away with in

various development schemes and slum clearances, saw

bloodshed with regularity.

Alexander M’Millan was a native of the county of

Monaghan in Ireland, born there in the early 1830s. He

ran away from home as a young lad and lived with his

grandfather in Lancashire for a while, before becoming

cabin-boy on a vessel plying between London and Hull;

he ended up tramping all the way up to Glasgow, where

he changed his name to Alexander Milne and fell in

with some very bad company. Escaping from the police,

he found work in an Edinburgh printing office, but soon

quarrelled with the foreman and was discharged. He

took lodgings in Rose Street, where he fell in with some

travelling Swedish hair-plaiters who found him useful as

an interpreter. In return, they taught him their trade,

Paterson managed to make it all the way up the stairs,

but collapsed outside in the street holding the railings,

and exclaimed ‘Oh! I am stabbed!’

and since there was a demand for hair-plaiters in the

New Town at this time, things started looking up for

young Milne. He took apartments at 47 Cumberland

Street, where he had his successful hairdressing salon.

He married a wife named Ellen Lawson and went on to

become the father of three children: the daughter Helen

Louisa, born in 1855, the son William Alexander, born

in 1856 at Milne’s new shop at 20 George Street, and the

son James Lawson, born in 1858 at yet another small

shop at 29 Frederick Street. By early 1863, Milne had

relocated into the small shop at 31A Frederick Street,

consisting of two small rooms, with a front room and a

kitchen in the basement below to house the entire

family. By this time, the now 29-year-old Milne was a

chronic alcoholic who had celebrated Hogmanay with

such enthusiasm that he seemed to verge on delirium

tremens. On January 5, he was visited by a doctor, who

prescribed some medicine and censured him for his

debauchery. How Milne could at all do his work under

these circumstances remains a mystery, and it is not

surprising that he was losing the confidence of his

fellow tradesmen. Nor was he a particularly attractive

individual: short, stout and powerful, with coarse and

flabby features.


On January 7, the 28-year-old working jeweller James

Paterson, of 5 St James Square, sent his shop assistant

George Graham to Milne’s shop to inquire about some

hair mounts. Milne, who was sober and alert for a

change, said that they were nearly done, but he asked

that Mr Paterson should be sent along to his shop,

since he wanted to see him. Milne and Paterson had

been good friends for some time, but when the

jeweller came along to his shop close to mid-day,

Milne had purchased a sharp dagger from a shop. He

admitted Paterson, who said ‘How are you today?’,

and got the taciturn reply ‘Just come in.’ All of a

sudden, Milne assaulted Paterson in front of his two

young sons who were in the back shop: he gave him

a push down the stairs to the kitchen of the flat

below, before bounding after him with the dagger. The

8-year-old Helen Louisa Milne, who was sitting in front

of the fire in the front basement room, was astounded

when Paterson came running into the room and out

into the area, with his umbrella underneath his arm, and

shouting ‘I am stabbed!’ He made it all the way up the

stairs, but collapsed in the street holding the railings,

exclaiming ‘Oh! I am stabbed!’ and pointing at the left

side of his chest. He never spoke again.

The chemist Bruce Allen, who happened to be

passing by in Frederick Street, saw Paterson collapse and

helped him into Alexander Forrester’s baker’s shop at


At the time, a good deal of writing in the medical press

debated whether Milne had truly been insane or not

at the time of the murder

Frederick Street is

the site of a gruesome

19th century murder

an immense throng congregated around the shop, and

narrowly inspected its exterior”, as a newspaper rather

disapprovingly expressed it.

The trial of Alexander Milne for murdering John

Paterson opened at the High Court of Edinburgh on

February 7. George Graham described how he had gone

to Milne’s shop and set up the meeting with Paterson.

Ann Wilson, the landlady of the murdered man at 5 St

James Square, said that she had advised Paterson not to

go near Milne, who was an excitable and crazy-looking

man who was very fond of strong drink. Milne’s little

daughter gave evidence about what she had seen, as did

the resourceful Bruce Allan, Constable Stewart and

William Cowan, the lieutenant of police.

There was no doubt at all that the prisoner Milne had

stabbed John Paterson to death, but had he been sane at

the time? The defence called a number of witnesses who

described Milne’s strange behaviour in the weeks prior

to the murder: he had been fearful of being robbed,

thought his entire family were being systematically

poisoned, and imagined that Paterson was having an

affair with his wife. The doctors who had examined

Milne in prison agreed that he was not labouring under

delirium tremens and that he was not feigning insanity;

instead, they suggested that he had been under the

influence of paranoid delusions against Paterson when

he committed the murder.

No. 31. He saw Milne emerge from his own shop, saying

‘The fellow has been poisoning my wife and my

children! I have got him in bed with my wife!’ Allen

gave Milne a push back into his own shop, saying ‘Go

into your shop, sir, and do not attempt to escape!’ When

Constable John Stewart came to the scene, he found that

Paterson was already dead; when he seized the dagger

and took Milne into custody, the Frederick Street

desperado exclaimed ‘He was a blackguard for running

after married men’s wives in that way!’ Being examined

at the police-office, Milne said that he had suspected

that Paterson was having an affair with his wife, armed

himself with the dagger, and challenged his presumed

rival with the words ‘Now, what is this about my wife?

What have you been doing with her?’ When Paterson

had responded with a derisive laugh, Milne could not

stand it any longer: he stabbed his rival hard in the

chest. After Milne had been removed to a cell at Calton

Jail, he seemed calm and sober, and quite unconcerned

about the ‘accident’ he had caused, since Paterson had

been making advances to his wife. At midnight, he leapt

Right, Swedish-British

rheumatologist, scientist

and author, Jan Bondeson

out of bed, frightening the other prisoners with a

terrible outcry of ‘Murder! Murder! Oh, my wife

and children!’ Fearful of delirium tremens, the turnkey

put him in the padded cell, but Milne did not

become delirious.

There was widespread curiosity throughout the New

Town that a murder had been committed in one of its

most fashionable streets. Throughout the day of the

murder, and for weeks afterwards, crowds of people

came to see the murder shop. Although Mrs Milne

pulled down the shutters of the shop, “The morbid

curiosity of the inhabitants was not however in any way

diminished by this proceeding, for during the whole day


After a lengthy and impartial summing-up from the

Lord Justice Clerk, the jury was out for an hour before

returning a majority verdict of guilty of murder, albeit

with a recommendation to mercy since three of the

jurors had been of the opinion that Milne had been

insane. Sentence of death was pronounced, and the

execution date set to March 4. There was widespread

opposition to this harsh sentence, and a good deal of

writing in the medical press debating whether Milne had

been insane at the time of the murder. His solicitor sent a

memorial to the Home Secretary, who replied on

February 26 saying that he had come to the conclusion

that the recommendation of the prisoner to mercy by the

jury was entitled to more than ordinary weight, and that

the sentence should be commuted to penal servitude for

life. Milne is said to have been very grateful for this

last-minute respite, on account of his wife and family.

When I first saw it in 2009, the murder shop at 31A

Frederick Street was part of the ‘Chiquito’ Mexican

restaurant. It was still possible to see that there had

once been two shops on the premises, although the

door to Milne’s former shop had been replaced with a

large window, the entrance to the restaurant being

through the (original?) door to Forrester’s shop, on the

floor of which Paterson had expired. I spoke to the

headwaiter of this restaurant, who expressed

amazement at the former notoriety of his establishment

as the New Town’s premier murder shop. The place was

not haunted. The basement floor, where the Frederick

Street murderer had eked out a miserable existence,

with a family of five living in two small rooms, had long

since been paved over. In recent times, the shopfront

has been changed around after the restaurant and the

former jeweller’s shop at 29 Frederick Street have been

converted to a large steakhouse; the opinion of the

restless spirits of Milne and Paterson on this wanton

rearrangement of two traditional New Town shop was

never consulted by the developers.


Ian Jacobs


Hearts manager

Robbie Neilson

IT WAS A UNIQUE position that Hearts

found themselves in heading into their Europa

League Playoff second leg at Tynecastle against

FC Zurich.

Trailing 2-1 on aggregate from the first leg in

Switzerland, Hearts knew they would need to

overturn that slender deficit if they wanted to

continue competing in the Europa League.

Failure to do so would not see them

eliminated from Europe altogether, as is often

the case with Scottish sides, especially those

outwith the Old Firm. Instead, Hearts would

drop into the newly formed, Europa

Conference League.

In the first leg, Hearts took the lead through

a Lawrence Shankland penalty, but afterwards

were guilty of being a little naive in their play,

dropping too deep and inviting pressure from

the Swiss champions.

The match finished 2-1 to the home side in

the St Gallen rain and afterwards the reaction

Let the good

times roll

Thanks to the Europa Conference, Jambos

can look forward to more continental football

was fairly positive from the travelling fans.

Hearts had been poor, but they remained in

the tie and taking Zurich back to Tynecastle

they gave themselves every chance of turning

over their opponents.

Robbie Neilson named a much more

attacking line-up for the second leg and despite

battering Zurich in the opening 45 minutes,

Hearts could not find the goal

that would level the scores on


Nine minutes into the second

half, Hearts' task got harder as

Jorge Grant was shown a second

yellow card for simulation in

the penalty box and the Jambos

were reduced to ten men.

Replays showed it was the

correct decision and Hearts

struggled from that point

onwards. Fabian Rohner

wrapped up the tie ten

minutes from time in front of

the impressive Zurich faithful, sending Hearts

into the Europa Conference League.

Although after the match, the immediate

feeling was one of frustration, the reality is it is

not the end of the world by any stretch. Yes, the

trips in the Europa League are better, but

financially, Hearts might benefit from

competing in the Conference League, where

they will have a better chance of picking

up more points and therefore

more revenue.

The following day, Hearts fans

were glued to TV's and

computers to watch that Europa

Conference League Draw with

passports and Skyscanner at

the ready.

The draw saw Hearts paired

with Istanbul Basaksehir of Turkey,

Fiorentina of Italy and RFS of

Latvia. The first matchday is

scheduled for 8 September. Let the

good times roll.

Tackling career


SCOTTISH WOMEN’S Football have a new

partnership with s1jobs who become their

official recruitment partner.

The recruitment company will help to

develop a number of employment-based

initiatives engaging with women and girls

across the country.

Known for their Scottish advertising

campaigns, s1jobs typically attracts

around a fifth of Scotland’s working

population and have a history of

supporting businesses and individuals

with their recruitment needs.

Aileen Campbell, Chief Executive Officer

at Scottish Women’s Football, said: “We’re

absolutely delighted to be working with

s1jobs and add them to our growing

portfolio of commercial partners.

“As an organisation, Scottish Women’s

Football is immensely proud of the work

we’ve delivered to provide opportunities

for women and girls on the pitch. Off it, a

lot of female footballers juggle their

playing career with a job or responsibilities

outside the game, so I’m delighted to

welcome s1jobs as a partner to Scottish

Women’s Football.”

Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund returns for seventh year

Callum Ross with Heather Carter development officer and Kids Chloe Anderson,

Elllie Bonner, Morgan Welsh, Rio Volp and Robbie Greenan

Ian Georgeson


SPORTS CLUBS in Edinburgh and

the Lothians can apply for a share

of £50,000 from the Aldi Scottish

Sport Fund.

People of all ages and abilities

will be encouraged to take part in

physical activity by offering sports

clubs the chance to secure some

essential funding. A range of

funding tiers is available, with one

club in the area guaranteed to

secure £2,500.

Nearly 500 community clubs in

Scotland have benefitted in the

£290,000 allocated by the fund in

the last six years.

From gymnastics to football

and volleyball to bowling, any

sporting organisation that meets

the application criteria can apply.

Aldi supported a selection of

sports clubs in the area last year,

including Lismore Rugby Football

Club and trampolining club, PHD

FUNdamentals. The additional

funding helped both clubs

fund training sessions and buy

new equipment.

Richard Holloway, Regional

Managing Director for Aldi

Scotland, said: “Since launching in

2016, our Scottish Sport Fund has

given a wide range of sports clubs

the chance to benefit from

essential funding to help them

invest in much needed equipment

and resources.

“Sports clubs across

Scotland have had a really

challenging time over the last two

years, and I am proud that Aldi’s

Scottish Sport Fund gives these

clubs a helping hand to continue

the fantastic work they do in their


“Each year, we are blown away

by the applications we receive, and

I look forward to welcoming more

in 2022.

“I’d encourage any sports clubs

across Edinburgh and The Lothians

to apply and take advantage of

this excellent funding opportunity.”

The fund is part of the retailer’s

wider commitment to help local

communities in Scotland, which

it also does through its

Neighbourly partnership and

Supermarket Sweep.

Sports clubs located across

Edinburgh and The Lothians have

until Sunday 25 September to

apply. One applicant will be

selected to receive £2,500 of

funding, two applicants will each

receive £1,000 of funding, while

several other applicants will each

receive £500 of funding.

The Aldi Scottish Sport Fund is

open to any sporting organisation

in Scotland meeting the

application criteria.

All applications will be

considered by the Aldi judging

panel and entrants will be notified

of the outcome of their funding

application within four to six

weeks from the region’s deadline.



Shaking things up



Hibs hero Martin Boyle’s return to club has given teammates a lift


HIBS ‘STARMAN’ Martin Boyle says he is

looking forward to ‘shaking up’ the Hibs

dressing room after re-joining the club after a

spell with Al-Faisaly.

After signing for the club at the beginning of

August, Boyle went straight into the matchday

squad for the Edinburgh Derby the next day.

And he more than justified the huge

welcome he received from his adoring fans.

In his first spell with the club, Boyle managed

65 goals in 265 appearances, and he was quick

to get his goalscoring account back up and

running with an injury-time goal in the

Edinburgh Derby.

And he followed that up by scoring against

Rangers two weeks later.

He said: “It was a whirlwind few days, to be

honest. I got a lovely reception and topped it off

with a goal.

“You can’t write it, I was just delighted to be

able to contribute to the squad and help the

team get a well-deserved point on the day.

“I don’t actually know what happened with

the goal to be honest, I just remember it hitting

the back of the net and I just started running.

"Luckily someone caught me because I would

have just kept going. There were a lot of

emotions running through me, it was a very

special moment.

"I haven't had much of a pre-season at all so I

am looking forward to getting back into

training and properly meet all the lads. I am

excited to come in and shake the place up again

and kick on from here.”

Head Coach Lee Johnson believes that Boyle

can contribute both on and off the pitch.

Hibs hero

Martin Boyle

He said: “He’s just bouncing around.

He is just funny. He has these quick one liners.

“It’s like going to the Fringe and seeing

someone like him interact with the crowd,

a comedian. I’m always shaking my head

or laughing.”

“The atmosphere has risen, from the

moment I'd told the lads that I'd signed him,

you could feel it. We were training at Easter

Road and everyone was buzzing - it's a lift.

“They then lift their game. You can feel the

fan buzz behind it. But it's a new regime for

him, he's got to learn a new philosophy.

“We’ve got a lot of talented young players

here. You don’t want to suppress their

personalities and anyone who can bring them

out is good value for me.

“We want to create a nice, comfortable vibe.

You can say those words but you need the

people to be active in enhancing that culture.”

Ian Jacobs


making moves


university’s American football team, is

celebrating the achievement of

breakthrough quarterback Cameron Dunn

- one of several young players making

moves towards playing professionally.

The 20-year-old took up the sport with

the Knights’ youth teams in Sighthill, and is

embarking on a scholarship with St John

Fisher University in New York state.

Cameron said: “The move over has gone

well so far. We are just settling into the

pre-season camp schedule now. With

practices underway, every day is busy,

but exciting.

“The Knights have really helped me

prepare to compete at this level with the

quarterback coaching I received last year.

“Being able to compete against

Americans who have played all their life is

really special.”

Pete Laird, Edinburgh Napier Knights

Head Coach and Club Chairman, said:

“Cameron started with us as a youth.

“He’s so dedicated, such an earnest kid,

his parents have kept him on the steady

level. He is a wonderful example to others

at the club.”

The club is open to anyone aged 8-19

and is looking for new players.


Scotland v Wales action

at Uddingston

Scotland fall short

against the Welsh

Good display but Wales are going to finals

JL Preece



the big match in Glasgow

that everyone had been

waiting for as it would almost

certainly decide who would

qualify for next year's

EuroHockey Championships.

Scotland had a couple

of chances to take the lead,

the first of these being a

well-worked, three-pass

move giving Struan Walker

a shot on goal.

A few minutes later, Jamie

Golden deflected a

ball into the area just over

the bar.

But Wales took the lead as

a 27th minute Gareth Furlong

penalty corner found the

back of the net for a 0-1 lead.

Late in the fourth quarter,

Scotland won a string of

penalty corners, but

frustratingly failed to convert

them, so Wales will go to the

EuroHockey Championships

in Mönchengladbach.

France also qualified after a

19-0 win over Lithuania at

home in Calais.

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