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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
February 2016
This newsletter covers:
  • ‘These magnificent men and their flying machines’ - a talk by Leonard Hart on Monday 29 Feb 2016
  • News about our AGM on Monday 21 March 2016
  • News about the weirs on the River Almond
  • History Section Talk: ‘Dark Goings on in Cramond’
  • Proposed care home on Whitehouse Rd/Cramond Glebe Rd – an update
  • Thank you from the ‘Forget me not Garden’
  • Good news - new signs on the River Almond 
‘THESE MAGNIFICENT MEN AND THEIR FLYING MACHINES’
plane

Monday

29
February
7.30pm
A talk by Leonard Hart on Monday 29 Feb 2016 at 7.30pm
 
Leonard Hart will tell us about the experience of building a Sopwith Strutter from original drawings to flight standards.

Meeting in Cramond Kirk Hall - members free and non-members £2.00.
NEWS ABOUT OUR AGM ON 21 MARCH 2016
At our AGM, the Committee will be asking you to vote on the proposal for the Cramond Association to become a Scottish charity. We think that this will be very helpful to the Association. It does not mean that we need to make any significant changes, because we have been conducting our affairs as if we were a charity – with a proper constitution and annual accounts. But it will make it easier to get grants and if we do get grants, it will limit our liability should there be any problems. All we need to do is to apply to The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) to become a Scottish charity and send them a constitution and accounts. We will have to revise our constitution in line with their requirements. The Committee has agreed a draft new constitution and we will be placing that on our website: cramondassociation.org.uk. More information about the Association becoming a Scottish charity (a SCIO) is available here.
NEWS ABOUT THE WEIRS
ON THE RIVER ALMOND 
Fair a Far Weir
Fair a Far Weir, Cramond

The Friends of the River Almond Walkway have received a copy of the consultant’s recommendations to Rivers and Fisheries Trust Scotland (RAFTS).  Rivers and Fisheries Trusts Scotland (RAFTS) in partnership with  the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and River Forth Fisheries Trust (RFFT) had commissioned specialist river engineers to carry out a study of options to improve fish passage on seven in-river barriers on the River Almond, in line with EU requirements. 

This confirmed the good news that they were recommending that the weir at Fair-a Far should not be removed and the detailed design of an improved fish ladder is now being prepared.  
Dowie's Mill Weir
Dowie’s Mill Weir 

However, the consultant’s preferred option for the weir at Dowie’s Mill near Cramond Brig was for its removal and we are bitterly disappointed about this. Removal is not the best option! It will seriously affect the pool of water lying just below Cramond Brig.
Cramond Brig
Cramond Brig and the pool of water beside it

Removal is not only the most expensive option but the report backing this was not, in our view, impartial. It underplayed the possible consequences on the River Almond upstream, particularly as it would lower the pool of water below the Cramond Brig. It would also affect the river banks.
The Cramond Association has responded strongly to this report, as have other local organisations and all our local councillors. We have also made the Council, who as owners of the weir have the ultimate say, aware of our views.  RAFT’s response has been that this is a ‘misunderstanding’ as the options such as a fish-ladder or other easement options remain in play.  This we find difficult to believe as there are public information boards now on display at Almondell Country Park that clearly state that ‘’removal is the option’ with no others put forward. 

Friends of the River Almond Walkway and the Cramond Association will remain on the case.  
CRAMOND ASSOCIATION HISTORY SECTION: MONTHLY EVENING MEETING
facial reconstruction
facial reconstruction
Wednesday 10 February 2016:  AGM followed by 
‘Dark Goings on at Cramond’


Speaker: Mr. John Lawson, Archaeological Officer, Edinburgh Council
 
John Lawson will talk about the current exhibition in the The Museum of Edinburgh - a celebration of 60 years of archaeological research at Cramond, with human skeletons on display and facial reconstructions to observe.

Meet in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Hall, Glebe Road at 7:30 pm. Visitors are welcome – £1.00 per meeting

Una Woof, Convenor: 0131 336 5233
PROPOSED CARE HOME ON
WHITEHOUSE RD/CRAMOND GLEBE RD
AN UPDATE
At the close of play on Wed 27 Jan 2016 when all objections and comments had to be registered on the Edinburgh Council’s planning website, there were over 500 objections and comments!
THANK YOU FROM
THE ‘FORGET ME NOT GARDEN’
Japanese Garden, Lauriston Castle
The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle

Dr Robert Cafferty, Convenor of the garden being developed at Lauriston Castle for people with dementia, wrote to thank us for the donation of £200 donated after our Carols by Candlelight event.

“I wanted to thank you very much for your generosity and kindness and assure you the funds will be put to good use in the garden development at Lauriston Castle Lodge.”

This proposed development at Lauriston Castle Lodge is for a community sensory garden and drop-in café offering informal help information and advice for people suffering from memory impairment and their carers.      

Sponsorship and all forms of support will be gratefully received at all stages of the development for clearing the garden, equipment and tools eg. skips, rotovators, weed killer and items for the garden e.g. raised beds, seats, picnic tables, an old bus stop, an old car.

For more information about ‘Dementia Friendly Cramond and Barnton’ contact:
GOOD NEWS - NEW SIGNS ON THE RIVER ALMOND
Edinburgh Council has just erected 3 signs along the River Almond walkway – a result of close working between the Council and local organisations, especially Friends of the River Almond Walkway. Still to be completed but they do look good!
Signage
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