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
Cramond Association Members' Newsletter
March 2017
Prof Alan Alexander
Professor Alexander will describe the RSE's strategic objectives and discuss the value of the RSE as Scotland's National Academy as a source of independent, authoritative and non-partisan analysis of issues relevant and important to Scotland's society and economy.  He will talk about the comprehensive range of expertise in the RSE Fellowship and how the RSE makes it available to Scotland.
The RSE is an educational charity, registered in Scotland, operating on a wholly independent basis. It was established in 1783 and since then has drawn upon the considerable strengths and varied expertise of the Fellows, currently around 1600, in Scotland and the rest of the UK and beyond.

Members free, visitors £2.00


Cramond Kirk Hall

Professor Alan Alexander, OBE, FRSE
We will also hold our AGM at this meeting. The AGM papers including the agenda, Annual Report and Accounts for 2016-17, and minutes of the last AGM and EGM will be placed on the CA website very soon.
We would welcome new members on our Committee – please contact any of our members for more details. Their details are on our website.
The History Section’s next meeting
is on Wednesday 15 March 2017 in Cramond kirk Hall at 7.30pm.
Scottish Silver
Speaker:  Doctor Martin Goldberg, Senior Curator of Early Historic and Viking Collections in the National Museum of Scotland

Precious metals underpinned the emergence of early medieval kingdoms across Europe by providing the raw material used to make prestige objects. While some places favoured gold, in Scotland silver was the most important precious metal for over six hundred years. Silver arrived during Roman times and this new and exotic material quickly became the most prestigious material for displaying power. It remained important across the period, being made into large silver chains, brooches, and religious objects.

Meet in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Hall, Glebe Road at 7:30 pm. Tea, coffee and chat after the meeting. Visitors welcomed – £1.00 per meeting.

The Cramond Association History Section is a sub-group of the Cramond Association that holds six talks a year on historical subjects and one annual outing to an Edinburgh site of historical interest. The secretary of the Section has recently retired and we are looking for a replacement to deal with correspondence and putting together our annual programme. Committee members are very active in finding and contacting speakers so the secretary has plenty of help. Please contact Norah Carlin, Convener, 0131 336 5233.
It's Your Neighbourhood

It’s Your Neighbourhood celebrates the achievements of communities who have come together to clean up and green up the neighbourhoods where they live, work or spend leisure time. The campaign is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity for Scotland’s environment, in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

It’s Your Neighbourhood is FREE to take part, and is non-competitive. It is for volunteer-led community groups working on a range of projects, including allotments, woodland gardens, rejuvenating derelict space, beautifying your local street, setting up a friends group to look after your local park or brightening up the area around your church or village hall.

There is more information here.

Could we join in Keep Scotland Beautiful’s campaign to improve local environments through community action? Let us know what you think by emailing us at

Cramond Promenade
On 23 February we wrote to Mr Dave Sinclair, Locality Transport and Environment Manager, North West Locality, City of Edinburgh Council to thank him for the improvement to the Promenade at Cramond Foreshore which he organised. It has made an astonishing difference to the appearance of the Foreshore and we are absolutely delighted with it.

Photo courtesy of the Cramond Heritage Trust.
James Foster
On 27 February Nicholas Hotham talked to the Association about The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh: Continuity and Change in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Nicholas is the Head of External Relations at Edinburgh World Heritage, the group devoted to the management and appreciation of the UNESCO World Heritage site.  He described what a UNESCO WHS is and how they have developed; described what it is about Edinburgh that attracted the classification and the challenges that brings.
The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a dynamic and constantly evolving historic cityscape. From the 12th century onwards, every period has left its indelible mark on the city. The question faced today is how to conserve what is unique and valuable in Edinburgh while ensuring that the city remains flexible and adaptive to the needs of the next 50 years.  With over 80 attendees and a lengthy and perceptive question and discussion session after the talk it was clear that this is a subject of intense interest.  Naturally, the plans for the old Royal High School were raised and discussed as well as the problems brought about by success with overcrowding and wear and tear.  That the financial benefits to the city are significant is one factor to be considered though not at the expense of others.

It was a stimulating and instructive evening leaving attendees with food for thought and action.
Salvesen Steps
is holding a Public Meeting
and AGM 
at 7.30 pm 
on Monday 20th March 2017 
in the Millennium Hall,
Cramond Kirk 
During the meeting we will update everyone on:
  • the current status of the Salvesen Steps 
  • the excellent progress with the creation of the Community Woodland 
  • the current position with the RAFTS/SEPA proposals for the Weirs at Fair a Far and Dowie’s Mill 
  • our future plans for the Boatyard Entrance, Peggy’s Mill, the path surfaces and our work parties. 
We will also hold a short AGM which will approve the Chairman’s Report and Financial Accounts and elect Office Bearers. 

Please go along and give them your support.
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