Midlothian Doors Open Day on September 12th will include three Trust sites, Pen-y-Coe Press, the Lost Garden and the Cowan Institute.

Saturday Open House, 10 to 1.45 in Penicuik Town hall, hosts several group activities as well as being a friendly place for a blether over tea, coffee, soft drinks, cakes or soup: the Crafts4All felting group meets every Saturday 11.30 – 1.30; the French conversation group meets weekly at 10.00 and the German conversation group restarts after the Schools go back in August. The exhibition programme includes: The International Year of the Soil on 8th and 15th August; Wild Flowers of the Esk Valley on 22nd and 29th August; Paintings of Penicuik on 5th September is one of our contributions to the Penicuik Arts Festival; displays about the Cowan Institute and the social legacy of the papermaker Alexander Cowan marks Midlothian Doors Open Day on 12th September. We always welcome community groups or individuals coming to mount a Saturday morning display to advertise what they do: contact Caroline 672203 or Jane 675650 if you have ideas for future displays.

Lost Garden: Come for a guided walk at 2pm on the first Sunday of every month. Meet in the car park on Carlops Road. Learn about the history of the garden, work carried out so far and future plans. You can come anytime and see for yourself. This is a community project and there’s a place as a volunteer for you and your family. See our produce at Saturday Open House, join the Lost Garden of Penicuik Facebook page and help us grow.

Proposed Penicuik Storehouse: as original backers, we’re excited at the success of Penicuik First BID and the new First Friday Market. Some of us have big plans for a Penicuik Storehouse, Bakery, Indoor Food Market and Community Shop in Penicuik High Street: read all about it on www.kosmoid.net/penicuik/pcafaq

Penicuik Cinema starts again on August 16th with the delightful 2015 animation Shaun the Sheep. The 2014 film Wild on August 23rd has Jean Marc Vallée directing Reese Witherspoon as a young women recovering from personal tragedy by making a lone trek on the Pacific Crest trail. August 30th brings Maggie Smith and Julie Dench back in the 2015 family hit The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, contrasting with the 2014 film Selma on September 6th, chronicling Martin Luther King’s leading the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. September 13th has Peter Sellers and Shirley Maclaine in the 1979 classic Being There. On September 20th comes the 2014 Oscar winning animation Big Hero 6 … . The cinema programme leaflet covering this amazing range of Autumn season films will be available soon at Pen-y-Coe Press, Penicuik Town Hall and Penicuik Library. As usual, doors open at Penicuik Town Hall at 7 pm on Sunday evenings with films starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5 (adult), £3 (first child under 13, up to two more siblings free).

Penicuik Museum and Papermaking Heritage Centre has a display gallery next to Pen-y-Coe Press in Bridge Street illustrating papermaking from earliest times, through the 130 years of hand made paper at Penicuik Mill, established in 1708 by the printer of the Edinburgh Courant, making of paper for early 18th Bank of Scotland bank notes. Pictures and artefacts from the machine era include a display on the building of Pomathorn Mill. Our 60 year old Heidelberg letter press is being lovingly cleaned and restored thanks to voluntary help from Robert Smail’s engineer. We hope to have the 140 year old Arab letterpress cleaned and reassembled in time for Doors Open Day on 12th September, when there will be guided visits and hands-on papermaking from 11 am.