The Cramond Association: Promoting the amenity of the community of Cramond, Barnton and Cammo and safeguarding its heritage
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Cramond Association Members' Newsletter
December 2016
This newsletter has information about:
  • Carols by Candlelight - our next event on Thursday 15 December in Cramond Kirk Hall
  • Please renew your membership – otherwise we can no longer send you the newsletter
  • A very successful exhibition about the CRAMOND 2030 VISION
  • And many other features of interest…
Carols by Candlelight


Cramond Kirk Hall
You are invited to come to our very enjoyable carol concert for an evening of favourite Christmas Carols and readings, with mulled wine and mince pies. Entrance by ticket only – priority is given to members who can have one each for themselves and one for a guest. We do have to limit tickets because the event is so popular. Tickets are available from Gena Wylie, Treasurer, on 312 8907 or email:

Have you forgotten to renew your membership?
We know that some people have forgotten to renew their membership and so far we have not taken their names off our membership list. This means that they are still getting our newsletter. The Committee has decided that as we move towards becoming a Scottish charity we must keep our membership lists up to date, since this is required by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). We will need to remove the names of anyone who has not paid their membership fee after Christmas 2016 but if you want to continue getting the benefits of our membership such as free entry to our talks and the newsletter, please do make a payment to our Treasurer, Gena Wylie, tel 312 8907, 17 Barnton Park Drive, EH4 6HF, The fees are £12 for an annual family or household membership, or £7 for individual membership – very good value!
About 100 people came to the CRAMOND 2030 VISION EXHIBITION at Cramond Kirk Hall on Saturday 12 November. Lots of ideas were discussed and overall there was great support for the vision about improving Cramond. 
Cramond 20:20 Vision Meeting
The local organisations, Cramond and Barnton Community Council, Cramond Association, Cramond Heritage Trust and the Friends of the River Almond Walkway, have formed a group called the Cramond 2030 Vision Group. Their representatives on the Group have been taking a long hard look at the heart of Cramond.  People’s views and suggestions for enhancing Cramond are essential so that we can all work together to make  a real difference.
The Maltings
Pictured right: A suggestion about how the Village in front of the Maltings Centre could be improved
Key points from the feedback questionnaire included:
  • Over 98% of respondents agreed with the need for environmental improvements in Cramond and 88% agreed with the draft vision
  • The areas of Cramond that respondents would recommend friends to visit were, in declining order of popularity, the harbour, the River Almond walkway, the village and the foreshore (all of which scored at least 4 out of 5), followed by Kirk Cramond/ the Roman Fort and Cramond Island (which scored at least 3 out of 5)
  • The things which most let Cramond down as a place to live in or visit are traffic congestion, wheelie bins, the Salvesen Steps, the public car park, the surface of the River Almond walkway and the general air of neglect, all of which were highlighted by over half of respondents.
More information about the Vision 2030 can be found here.

We have just heard from Historic Environment Scotland that we can go ahead with signposts for the Cramond Heritage Trail near the Cramond Roman Fort. Their letter recognises Cramond's outstanding historic interests - including sites of one of Scotland's earliest settlements, Roman Fort and Bathhouse, industrial heritage of the River Almond (mills, quarries), Cramond's historic Village and the Wartime history of Cramond Island. A great deal of work has gone into planning the Trail and at last it looks as if we are well on the way to getting all the notice boards and sign posts put up. They will help residents and visitors explore Cramond Village and Foreshore. A great success for joint working between the Cramond Association, the Cramond and Barton Community Council, the Cramond Heritage Trust and the friends of the River Almond Walkway!


Campaigning To Keep Our Open Spaces

Update on action so far
The Cramond Campus Action Group has been working hard since the public meeting on 28 Sept 2016 to take forward the widely agreed proposals for the campus:
  1. Children’s natural play area
  2. Meadowland
  3. Woodland
  4. Nature trail
  5. Multi-use path, for example for walkers, disabled people, dog walkers and cyclists
Members of the Group have met with many individuals and organisations seeking advice and assistance. In addition, the Campus was featured in the Visions 2030 exhibition held in the Cramond Kirk Hall on 12 Nov 2016.
This exhibition looked at all the ways that the local area could be improved – and that includes the Campus. About 100 people attended the exhibition and 60 completed questionnaires.
Cramond Campus Action Group
One question asked “What additional types of open space do you think are most needed?”  The answers were:
  • Better outdoor facilities for teenagers – 15 mentions
  • More/better space for children to play – 13 mentions
  • Informal recreation space (eg kickabout area) – 12 mentions
  • Sports pitches – 10 mentions
  • Tennis courts – 10 mentions
  • More wildlife areas – 9 mentions
  • Bowling green – 6 mentions
  • Allotments – 5 mentions
The best quote of all was “What a waste! It could be a wonderful area for walking, cycling, children’s play, wildlife, landscaping.”

You may have noticed a new name at the top of this article. The Action Group has decided that its name should be FRIENDS OF CRAMOND CAMPUS. We hope that you will agree this is a more positive name. We also hope that you will continue to support us in our work to ensure that the Campus is not covered by new houses and flats!

Michael Ramsay, Chair of the Friends of Cramond Campus
Friends of the River Almond Walkway

News update
December 2016 

Weirs – Communication with us on implementing the works to improve fish passage up the River Almond continues to be much improved.  We have been consulted by the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) on the plans to install a fish ladder at Fair a Far Weir ahead of an application for planning permission. The intention is to start work in the coming May.  Shown here is an impression of how it will look (note the happy looking salmon excited at the prospect of breeding up-stream!)  Do not be concerned at the colouring at this stage as we have pointed out the need for a construction sympathetic with the existing weir and rock-face.
Weir illustration
The dark grey structure in the centre is a cut-water designed to divert water from the ladder exit.  The lighter brown object on the right shows the entrance for salmon on its left and for eels on the right.  A presentation of the project will be made at the Cramond and Barnton Community Council meeting in February.  The project for Dowies Mill where issues remain to be resolved is a completely separate matter.  No work is scheduled until 2019 which should allow for proper consultation.

The Salvesen Steps – FRAW has taken part in a meeting with the City of Edinburgh Council to take the Steps replacement to the next stage.  Their consultants are due to report in the New Year on their investigation into structural and environmental matters. This is good progress.  

Work Parties – Our recent focus remains on improving the vistas of the river and we are considering plans to improve the access to the Walkway at Cramond and making the area around Peggy’s Mill more attractive and interesting.  Recently we have cut-back the vegetation from Cammo Road to ‘Grotto Bridge’.  This had become close to impassable in places.

 Message from Jim Conner, Partnership Development Officer, Edinburgh Council
Work is now well underway in shaping the new 2017 – 2022 Locality Improvement Plan for North West Edinburgh and it’s important that you can tell us what you think needs to happen in the next 5 years. We are focussing on the themes of Place; Health & Social Care; Community Safety; Children, young people and families; and Employment. Some of you might have been involved already but you might have something else you think you wish to add to the process. 

Simply go to the North West link and thinking of the themes above; let us have your thoughts on how things should be in 2022. We will gather in all of the comments and look to see where there are similarities and then we will ask the communities of North West to rank those statements to help identify the future priorities.

The Cramond Association Committee has replied, but you can also respond.  
On Monday 28 Nov 2016, a full hall listened to Dr Jeff Sanders talk about ‘21st Century Archaeology - Trowels, Tourism and High Tech Trends’. 
In a fascinating lecture, Jeff, the Project Manager for DigIt 2017 in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland described how preparations for the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology were making use of many approaches from story-telling to Minecraft and from traditional excavation to virtual reconstruction.  All were aimed at explaining the past and how we came to be where we are! 
The various strands were presented with enthusiasm and knowledge, emphasising the fun and fascination of exploring the past and its place in the present.  There were many questions and discussion afterwards, including the likely impact of new techniques developed here for rescuing damage to major sights in Syria and Iraq.

More about the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

Delve into the past and discover Scotland’s stories…

From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories, and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems. Discover a range of exciting events and activities during 2017 celebrating our traditional music, our storytelling, our world-renowned historic collections and our heritage heroes. For more details go to the website.

Or if you want to know more about the Treasure Trove System in Scotland go to the Treasure Trove Scotland website.

Treasure Trove ensures that significant objects from Scotland's past are preserved in museums for public benefit. In the website, you will find information for: General Finders and Detectorists - what objects to report, how to report an object and what happens when an object is claimed.

16th Century Baltic ring found in Burghead, Moray
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