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
October 2016
This newsletter covers:
  • Our next talk on Monday 31 October - ‘The Scottish Colourists and Modernism’
  • Information about the change in our status to becoming a Scottish Charity 
  • CRAMOND 2030 VISION - Ideas for improving our environment
  • The Cramond Association lecture series – ‘Climbing the highest mountain in all seven continents’
  • Care and Repair Edinburgh Service - Better At Home
  • History Section talk on Wednesday 12 October – “Sharing Yarns, The Story of the Great Tapestry of Scotland”
Guy Peploe


On Monday 31st October we shall welcome Guy Peploe, Director of the Scottish Gallery, to the Kirk Hall. He will speak on ‘The Scottish Colourists and Modernism’, which is also the subject of his recent book. Guy is a world expert on the subject, and readers will recognise his name; his grandfather was the Colourist SJ Peploe. We look forward to another large audience of those who love these wonderful artists and are interested to hear more of their legacy. ‘The Mouth of the Harbour’, 1910, by SJ Peploe, RSA, (below) was painted by his grandfather.
'The Mouth of the Harbour’, 1910, by SJ Peploe, RSA
Information about the change in our status to becoming a Scottish Charity

The Cramond Association wishes to become a Scottish Charity. Why? Being a Registered Scottish Charity means we can be more effective in our work and activities looking after Cramond, Barnton and Cammo and its residents. We will be voting at a short EGM, a special meeting, to become a charity on Monday 31 Oct 2016 at 7.30 in Cramond Kirk Hall. If you are a member of the Association, you are urged to come to this meeting and vote. We hope you will vote in favour of this move to register us with The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). 

In reporting to OSCR and meeting legal requirements, our organisation will publicly demonstrate that:

1. it’s being run properly 
2. our assets are properly accounted for. 

And we can attract Gift Aid on your subscriptions and donations and encourage additional funding from potential investors. Both of these will enable us to do even more good work in our community. Please support us in this change.
We’re familiar with the surroundings we see every day; but we take them for granted. We stop noticing the paint that needs touching up, or the crack in the front step. And this is true of Cramond village and harbour. 
It’s not just small details either. Last time you took visitors to the harbour, were they impressed? Have you used the car park or public toilets recently? Have you taken a disabled friend or child in a buggy along the River Almond Walkway, only to be confronted by the Salvesen Steps? Although Cramond Island is one of Edinburgh’s 5-star attractions according to Tripadvisor - the views are stunning – but look down and you’ll see litter, broken glass and other debris. 
Cramond has many attractive features and an astonishing history, but it is looking increasingly tired. There haven’t been significant improvements to the public realm – the streets and other public spaces - for years.
Meantime other historic areas, for example Edinburgh’s High Street, Grassmarket and Saint Andrew Square, the Shore at Leith and Culross in Fife, have all had significant investment and become much more attractive and people-friendly than Cramond. We’re lagging far behind in the quality of our local environment. 

There are ugly signs with little or no purpose. Roads that are a mess because of frequent digging up and uneven pavements. Traffic problems abound in Cramond Glebe Road, especially at weekends. Poor street lighting. A scruffy car park. No cycle parking. Public toilets which are unhygienic and inaccessible to many people with disabilities.  
What should we do? Well, 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. 
We know that lots of good things are going on, thanks to many people’s input such as litter picks by the local primary schools and the cub packs, and the work on the Cramond Kirk Woodlands. But we know that many bigger improvements could be made. Overall, Cramond looks drab even on a good day. Let’s make it better! Everyone in the community has a part to play. We need your ideas and enthusiasm to get the ball rolling.

Please come to the CRAMOND 2030 VISION EXHIBITION at Cramond Kirk Hall on Saturday 12 November, 10.00-16.00. Members of the 2030 Vision Group and partner organisations will be in the Millennium Room to explain our ideas and discuss them with you. There will also be an unmanned exhibition in the Gathering Place (Kirk Hall foyer) from Monday 7 to Sunday 13 November. 

Your views and suggestions for enhancing Cramond are essential so that we can all work together!
On 26th September, a large audience crowded into the Kirk Hall to hear James Ogilvie describe his 20-year adventure climbing the highest mountains in all the seven continents, from 2228 meter Mt Kosciuszko in Australia to the 8850 meter summit of Everest, also taking in Alaska, Argentina, Russia, Kenya and Antarctica. James is one of very few climbers who has completed this and even fewer who have done so without at least one failed expedition. Remarkably, he has done so while pursuing a successful career in the Forestry Commission, where he is now Head of Social Forestry. His climbing activities have enabled him to raise over £50,000 for Tree Aid, a charity which works to improve and promote sustainable agro-forestry among the poorest villages in sub-Saharan Africa. Sales of his recent book, ‘Getting High: a world at my feet’, (Twinlaw 2015) continue to support this as do his lecturing activities.
Care and Repair Edinburgh (C&RE) supports older and disabled people to live satisfactory and satisfying lives at home through providing a range of practical services that support their safety and wellbeing in their own homes. We are writing to ask again for your support in raising awareness of the services in place to support older or disabled members living in Edinburgh and can provide leaflets and talks to various groups. 
C&RE is contracted by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) to provide the following core services:
  • Small Repairs
  • Adaptations
  • FREE Handyperson/Volunteer
  • Keysafe Fitting (Police Approved)
  • Trade Referrals
They receive referrals from various support agencies across Edinburgh; Older and Disabled people directly, Friends and Family, NHS Lothian Social Work Departments, Occupational Therapists, AGE Scotland, Fire and Rescue and Community Groups. For more information please see their website or contact Care and Repair Edinburgh, Osborne Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HG, Tel. 0131 337 1111, email:
History Section talk on Wednesday 12 October
Speaker:  Dorie Wilkie
Rossyln Chapel Pillar
Dorie Wilkie
Rossyln Chapel Pillar
Meet in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Hall, Cramond Glebe Road
at 7:30 pm.

Visitors Welcomed – £1.00 per meeting.

Norah Carlin, Convenor.
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