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
July 2015
This newsletter covers:
  • Future dates for your diary
  • Cramond Association Talks 2015-16
  • Cramond Association History Section programme 2015-16
  • Help us stop changes to the River Almond weirs
  • Proposed care home on Whitehouse Rd/Cramond Glebe Rd
Walk to Cramond Island 
on Saturday 8 August at 2.00pm
Cramond Island
We aim to be back at Cramond Village by approx 4pm.

Learn about the activities that took place on the island, see what remains exist of the buildings today, gain an understanding of the farming, the duel, the quarry and military activity. The recent walks have proved popular with members, to avoid disappointment please ensure you book early. Cost - £3.00 per person, accompanied children go free. To reserve a place on the guided walk e-mail or phone Bill Weir, tel - 0131 312 8147 or email Bill Weir.

Please ensure you come prepared with appropriate footwear and clothing.
Two dates for the future –
put them in your diary now!



Cramond Association Family Fun Day

Bring the family and enjoy time exploring the neighbourhood, with refreshments and games! At the Maltings on Cramond Foreshore - details to follow.


Dig It! at Cramond

Advance Notice: Explore the archaeology of Cramond and its rich storytelling terrain. Who was here before and after the Romans, and why was this location so important? Learn all about the Roman Fort! This event is being held jointly with The Cramond Association, Cramond Heritage Trust, and Dig It! 2015 which is the year-long celebration of archaeology in Scotland.

Meet at the Maltings, Cramond foreshore at 2.00 pm on Sunday 25 October. More details to follow.
There Has Never Been a Better Time to Renew your Membership of The Cramond Association!

Thank you for being a member of the Cramond Association. It is a thriving local community organisation that helps you get the most out of living in the very special areas of Cramond, Barnton and Cammo. Membership of The Cramond Association includes:
  • Free entry to a fascinating series of talks about the local area and beyond, taking place every month from September 2015 to April 2016
  • News and updated information and about local events and new developments in the area through a monthly email newsletter 
  • Access to a team of experts who can provide advice and insight into a range of local concerns – including development planning and airport issues 
  • Exclusive priority access to the hugely popular Carols by Candlelight Christmas family concert, plus other special family events throughout the year
  • A wide variety of regular walks and guided talks of the area for all ages, abilities and interests
  • Opportunities to join environmental and planting groups and clean-up campaigns to help tidy up the local area
We are a member-based organisation run by a dedicated committee which has a huge amount of knowledge and understanding about the local area. Please feel free to contact any committee member about any matters of concern with our community. Your ideas for the development of our programme of activity are also welcome. We also have an active History Section with its own programme of talks. 

For more information about The Cramond Association’s programme, committee members, publications and newsletters, please visit our website.

All members will receive a form for renewing your membership in August or you can contact Mrs Gena Wylie, Treasurer, at 17 Barnton Park Drive, Edinburgh EH4 6HF, tel 312 8907.

We look forward to you renewing your membership with us!
Cramond Association Talks 2015-16
Monday 28 September 2015: Nairn’s Oatcakes – Mr Russell Clink will give us an insight to their history, production and sales operations.
Nairn’s Oatcakes
Oatcakes and cheese are a classic combination, but it’s time for the oatcake to come out from the shadows of cheese and be enjoyed on its own or in a range of different ways. If you don’t have time to make your morning porridge or you’re looking for something more filling than toast, try oatcakes for breakfast, topped with banana, peanut butter, jam or just a little butter. Swap your lunchtime sandwich for a salad or bowl of soup accompanied by some oatcakes to help release energy slowly throughout the rest of your day or boost your energy mid-afternoon with oatcakes and hummus or smoked mackerel pâté.
Monday 26 October 2015: The Borders Railway – Mr Craig Bowman, Network Rail, will bring us up to date on the planning and operation of this service.
Monday 23 November 2015: The Centenary and the Life and Work of Mary Slessor – Mr Douglas Binnie of the Mary Slessor Foundation.

Wednesday 16 December 2015: Join us at Carols by Candlelight: An evening of Christmas Carol favourites, with mulled wine and mince pies. Entry by ticket only.

Monday 25 January 2016: Alcohol and the Liver: Imagery & Indulgence, by Dr Stefan Slater who tells the story of alcohol and the liver in prose, poetry and art, and describes world differences in the amount we drink and in our tolerance to it.

Monday 29 February 2016: These Magnificent Men and their Flying Machines – Leonard Hart, the Aircraft Preservation Society, on the rebuilding of a Sopwith Strutter from scratch.

Monday 21 March 2016: AGM and 100 Years of the Usher Hall, by Ruth Boreham.

Monday 25 April 2016: Climbing the highest mountain in every continent – Mr James Ogilvie talks about his experiences of climbing the 7 summits.
Meetings are held in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Hall at 7.30pm
Evening Meetings are held in the Millennium Room of the Cramond Kirk Hall, Cramond Glebe Road. 

Our first meeting will be on the 14th October, 2015.  Meetings begin at 7:30 pm for the talk and questions; teas/coffee/biscuits and chat follow at about 8:50 pm in the Gathering Place.

Wednesday 14 October 2015 
‘Welcome to Portobello’ (film) – Mr. Ian Rintoul

Wednesday 11 November 2015
‘James Hutton: Plate Tectonics and our Dynamic Earth’ – Ms. Hermione Cockburn

Wednesday 16 December 2015 
Cramond Association’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ – entry by ticket only

Wednesday 13 January 2016 
‘Chrystal Macmillan: Edinburgh Woman to Citizen of the World’ – Ms. Helen Kay

Wednesday 10 February 2016
AGM: followed by ‘Dark Goings On at Cramond’ – Mr. John Lawson: Curator of Archaeology, City of Edinburgh Archaeology Service

Wednesday 9 March 2016
‘Reflections on the Police in Scotland’ – Mr. John McGowan

Wednesday 13 April 2016
‘Scottish Emigration to North America’ – Ms. Jenni Calder

The Outing: to be arranged.

Contact: Una Woof, Convenor of the History Section, tel 336 5233
Please help us to save the weirs
on the River Almond
Thank you to everyone who responded to the on-line questionnaire from RAFTS/SEPA about weirs on the River Almond. They received 98 responses and these have been forwarded to the consultants so that the results can form part of the next stage of the process. The results of the questionnaire will be summarised in the final project report which will be published at the end of this summer.

The appointed consultants, Atkins, are now busy undertaking the ‘options appraisal process’. As was outlined at the last public meeting, they will identify and assess all the options for easing fish passage for each site considering a range of criteria such as the potential impact on the local environment, local heritage, flood risk and ‘buildability’. They will also take into account the feedback they have received. They will then identify those options considered to be most suitable for each of the weirs. 

The results of the options appraisal process for the weirs at Fair-a-Far Mill and Dowies Mill will be presented in the Millennium Hall at Cramond Kirk on Wednesday 26th August at 7.00pm.

Please note this date in your diary and come along. It would be great to see a large turnout at the Cramond meeting – we really do need to ensure that the weirs are NOT demolished!
Proposed care home on
Whitehouse Rd/Cramond Glebe Rd
The Cramond and Barnton Community Council has written to Edinburgh Council about the proposed care home – right in the middle of the Cramond Conservation area!

On 2 July 2015 the CBCC wrote to say that the architects and the firm, Care Concern, have met the Community Council and various groups within the community. The letter confirmed the strong community opposition to this development proposal and the need for the Community Council and other groups, including local people who are currently away on holiday, to have more time to give the proposals detailed consideration, before making submissions to Edinburgh Council. It asked for an extension to the time provided for submissions on the proposals by the Community Council and other interested parties, once the planning application has been submitted. 
Better signs and notice boards in Cramond and on the River Almond
The Interpretation Group is working to improve the signs and notice boards in Cramond and on the River Almond. It is formed of representatives of Cramond Association, Cramond Heritage Trust, Friends of the River Almond Walkway and the Cramond and Barnton Community Council. 

The Funding subgroup, which is a subgroup of the Interpretation Group, has submitted bids for funding support to the West Neighbourhood Partnership and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This is to enable progress on work outlined within the Cramond and River Almond Interpretation Strategy.  

We are very pleased to announce that a Community Grant of £1690 has been agreed by the City of Edinburgh Council's West Neighbourhood Partnership.This grant will be used alongside funding already agreed by the Council, through its Natural Heritage Service, to provide two orientation/map and notice boards at key access points to the River Almond Walkway (e.g. Dowie's Mill, School Brae) and there is a possibility of a third board being provided by the Council's Parks and Greenspaces Service, which may be sited at Cramond Harbour. We are waiting to hear the results of the initial approach to the HLF – watch this space!
An example of a notice board – in a French town
An example of a notice board – in a French town
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