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 2015
This newsletter covers:
  • Carols by Candlelight on Wed 16 Dec
  • Cramond Association talk on Monday 30 Nov 2015
  • Clean up of Cramond Island on Sunday 1 November 2015 – what a success!
  • DIGIT event on 25 Oct – another great success!
  • Demolition of Dowie’s Mill weir on the River Almond
  • History Section’s next meeting on Wednesday 11 November 2015
  • Proposed care home on Whitehouse Rd/Cramond Glebe Rd



Music, mulled wine and mince pies

A mixture of carols and readings for all ages and for everyone to join in, with mulled wine and warm mince pies

In Cramond Kirk Hall, on Wed 16 December at 7.30pm.

Please note that this year we are asking members to obtain tickets from Gena Wylie, our Treasurer, so that we can manage the number of people attending. There is no cost for the tickets and members will have priority. Gena’s contact details are tel: 0131 312 8907 or
Mary Slessor

Cramond Association talk on Monday 30 Nov 2015 at 7.30pm
in the Kirk Hall

A presentation by Mr Douglas Binnie of the Mary Slessor Foundation
Mary Slessor was a hard working Scottish mill girl and an unorthodox Sunday school teacher, who, inspired by David Livingstone, became a missionary in Calabar, Nigeria, an area where no European had set foot before. Despite several bouts of illness and constant danger, she lived with the tribes, learned their language, and traditions, earning their respect and putting an end to some barbaric practises, such as the killing of twins. She adopted many Nigerian children (particularly twins) who had been left to die. When Southern Nigeria became a British Protectorate, she became the first ever female Magistrate in the British Empire and a skilful diplomatic emissary. Mary died in 1915, aged 67, with great mourning amongst the tribes to whom she had dedicated her whole life.
On Sunday 1 November, Diana Hart, our Secretary, led a clean-up of litter on Cramond Island. She reports that “The Cramond Association and the University of Edinburgh’s Evolve Volunteering Group organised a clean-up of the island which was very successful. We collected a huge amount of broken glass, cans, plastic bottles, etc.
We did this because we are, sadly, receiving a number of complaints about the state of the island – for example:
“Message: I visited Cramond Island yesterday. The first time for some years. I was very disappointed to see masses of broken bottles, cans and other rubbish. There is also some very unpleasant racist graffiti on one of the old buildings. The many foreign tourists visiting were clearly not impressed.”
Cramond Island has become a tourist destination for people visiting Edinburgh – see (The Top ten Free Things to do in Edinburgh), Tripadvisor, and other web sites. So the Cramond Association Committee has now written to the Rosebery Estates, which owns Cramond Island, to ask them if they would be able to provide signage and rubbish bins on the island and also if there is a way to tackle the graffiti.
Cleanup of Cramond Island
Who was here in Cramond before and after the Romans, and why was this location so important? A storytelling event was held on Sunday 25 October 2015 to tell people all about our heritage and to explore the archaeology of Cramond and its rich history. Storytellers and archaeologists teamed up with local experts from Cramond as part of the International Storytelling Festival.

About 40 people walked round the sites of the Roman fort, the Roman bath house and the Mesolithic hunter gatherers settlement and heard a series of engaging talks around the village. 
DIG IT 2015
They also visited the Maltings, the Cramond interpretation centre on Cramond Foreshore, to see the exhibitions about the history of Cramond up to the present day. They found the cups of tea and refreshments truly welcome on the cold day. And the new app, called Historic Cramond, which has been developed by St Andrews University for us was also launched at the event. Click here to explore the incredible details about Cramond and its past:
Get the Historic Cramond Android app
Visit the Historic Cramond website
The Cramond Heritage Trust and the Cramond Association worked in partnership with Dig It! 2015, the year-long celebration of archaeology in Scotland, together with the University of St Andrews to organise this event. 
The Cramond Association recently wrote to Forth Fisheries saying:
“We are delighted to see that the final report for the Almond Barriers Project refers to the improvement of the fish ladder at the Fair a Far weir. This is indeed a significant development that will benefit all the stakeholders – and the fish!
However, we are very concerned about the section in the final report which refers to the removal of the weir at Dowie’s Mill. At the public meeting on 26 August 2015 in Cramond Kirk Hall, the options concerning the weir at Dowie’s Mill were discussed and all the members of the audience made it clear that they did not want this weir removed for several reasons. The main reason is that we consider that removing this weir would mean that the Millpond would be destroyed. We consider that it would be extremely deleterious to the river, the Brig and the scenic value of this part of the river.”

We will keep you informed about the situation regarding Dowie’ Mill weir – watch this space!
 Wednesday 11 November 2015

‘James Hutton - Plate Tectonics and our Dynamic Earth’
Speaker: Ms. Hermione Cockburn

James Hutton, FRSE (1726 - 1797) was a Scottish geologist, physician, chemical manufacturer. He developed one of the fundamental principles of geology which explains the features of the Earth’s crust by means of natural processes over time. Hutton's work established geology as a proper science, and he is often referred to as the "Father of Modern Geology".

Through observation and carefully reasoned geological arguments, Hutton came to believe that the earth was perpetually being formed; he recognised that the history of the earth could be determined by understanding how processes such as erosion work in the present day. 
Meet in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Hall,
Cramond Glebe Road at 7:30 pm.
Visitors Welcomed – £1.00 per meeting
Una Woof, Convenor, 0131 336 5233
L: James Hutton (1792-1797) (by Sir Henry Raeburn). R: Hutton’s Unconformity at Siccar Point
Thank you for helping us to preserve the special nature of Cramond if you wrote to oppose the planning application for this monolithic and very unsightly care home in the middle of the Cramond Conservation Area. About 350 objections were lodged against it and we are now waiting to hear from the Council’s Planning Department. 
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