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
November 2016
This newsletter has information about:
  • Our next talk on Monday 28 November: 21st Century Archaeology: Trowels, Tourism and High-Tech Trends! Dr Jeff Sanders
  • More about Archaeology – events on 8 Nov and 19 Nov
  • Carols by Candlelight on Thurs 15 Dec – priority booking for our members
  • We voted to become a Scottish Charity 
  • History Section talk: Wednesday 9 November 2016:– North and South: the Scottish Experience of Italy in the 18th Century,  Dr. Lucinda Lax 
  • Ideas for improving our environment - CRAMOND 2030 VISION
  • SJ Peploe and the Modernist movement - The October lecture 
  • Your services are changing – a message from Edinburgh Council
Northlight Heritage: 'Burning the Circle', an event on Arran

Monday 28 November, 7.30pm, Cramond Kirk Hall, Cramond Glebe Rd

Dr Jeff Sanders of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Project Manager for the Society’s DigIt 2017 Project will talk on why the understanding the past is good for our future and will provide a sneak peek ahead at Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.

Jeff was instrumental in helping us develop the Historic Cramond day last year when we had talks, tours and exhibitions involving the Association, the Heritage Trust and St Andrews University.  He has been active is seeking new ways to introduce history and archaeology to a new generation and make the Society of Antiquaries a focal point for this as well as its traditional role.  

Jeff will explore how archaeology is most effectively used today and why this matters. Burning the Circle (pictured), an experimental archaeology festival in Arran, is a perfect example. Over the past two years, Northlight Heritage and partners have built and burnt a timber circle and experimental pyres, created a multi-media guided walk with students, and explored ancient technologies and crafts to evoke the sounds, smells and tastes of the past, including brewing beer and weaving textiles. This talk will discuss why this type of collaborative, active and fun approach (founded on rich research and an understanding of place) represents how the past is most effectively harnessed in the present.

It should be a stimulating evening!

More about Archaeology – events on 8 and 19 November 
  • The Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society is holding a talk: ‘On the Road: Artefact Assemblage from Charlie Hoy’s Cramond Excavations 1970-1986’ by Dr Dawn McLaren, AOC. On Tuesday 8 November at 7.30 at 23A Fettes Row, EH3 6RH. Visitors welcome for a donation of £2.00
  • Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Archaeological Conference on Saturday 19 November from 9.00 to 4.45 at Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh. Cost £15 – no need to book. Further information from Andrew Robertson:
Order your tickets now from Gena Wylie, Treasurer, and be sure of places at our ever popular evening of carols, readings, mulled wine and mince pies! There are a limited number of seats and every year we have to limit our numbers. Members have priority and each member can have 2 tickets. Gena’s telephone number is 0131 312 8907 and her email address is
On Monday 31 October 2016, the Cramond Association members voted to become a Scottish Charity. 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. The officers of the Association will now 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 it is being properly run and our assets are properly accounted for. We can also 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. 
Guy Peploe


Florence Cathedral

Dr. Lucinda Lax, Senior Curator of the 18th Century Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, writes: ‘My main responsibilities are researching and presenting the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s outstanding collection of portraits dating from 1700 and 1830. I am also involved in the Scottish National Gallery's project to redevelop the Scottish wing of the Gallery, focusing especially on presenting the work of Sir Henry Raeburn and Allan Ramsay.’

Meet in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Hall, Cramond Glebe Road at 7:30 pm. Visitors welcomed – £1.00 per meeting
Norah Carlin, Convenor.
0131 467 0832
Please come to the CRAMOND 2030 VISION EXHIBITION at Cramond Kirk Hall on Saturday 12 November, 10.00-16.00. 

Cramond has many attractive features and an astonishing history, but it is looking increasingly tired. 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. 

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!

Why are we doing this? 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? 

We know that lots of good things are going on, thanks to many people’s input such as litter collection 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!
The October lecture to the Cramond Association, attended by a very large audience of members, was given by Guy Peploe, art historian, author, and director of the Scottish Gallery. Guy has made a particular study of his grandfather, Samuel J Peploe, in relation to the changing artistic movements of his time, the subject of his book published in 2012.
Guy outlined SJ Peploe’s life and work from his years in the 1890s attending art school in Edinburgh and Paris, through his work in France in the time of the post-impressionists, to his mature landscapes and still lifes in Scotland. Guy illustrated his lecture with many beautiful images of SJ Peploe’s paintings and those of his contemporaries, notably JD Fergusson.

The insights Guy gave into the private life of his grandfather and into the stylistic and technical changes over his lifetime were fascinating. SJ Peploe’s work constantly changed as he sought to express himself in landscape and still life, and he achieved recognition in his lifetime, perhaps more in France than in Britain. After his death in 1935 his reputation waned but was resuscitated in the 1980s and he is now recognised as one of the very greatest of Scottish artists. Those who attended this lecture were left with memories of those wonderful paintings and a better appreciation of SJ Peploe's important place in the history of modern art.

Anthony Seaton
Your services are changing - play your part
Like other cities, Edinburgh is changing:
  • our population is growing and changing
  • demand for our services is increasing all the time
  • council budgets are reducing
  • technology is improving.
We need to think about the future and how we can change and improve services by making better use of technology, working with partners and involving communities. There’s still plenty of time to get involved and give us your views on what your priorities are for where you live and how we should transform Council services.
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