Saturday Open House. Come and meet your friends in the community café in Penicuik Town Hall, every Saturday from 10 am to 1.45 pm. You can enjoy our speciality home baking, with coffee, tea, soft drinks and soup, against a backdrop of colourful exhibitions and interesting displays. After the spectacular exhibition of old cameras and photographs by Beeslack camera club on 30 September, October 7 and 14 have a collection of Penicuik Streetscapes prepared by Roger Kelly for the Midlothian Council’s Town centre regeneration scheme, together with information about the Esk Valley Trust. On 21 and 28 October, you get glimpses of Barcelona prepared by Caroline Maciver. On 4 November, Penicuik Rotary have a display of their activities, while on 11 November there is a second chance to see pictures of the  Great Trees of Penicuik Estate extracted from the very personal book by Penny Wooding.

Penicuik Cinema. It is good to see the many new faces at Penicuik’s own community cinema. Pick up your own illustrated programme covering the season up to 17 December. The technical brilliance of Hacksaw Ridge (cert 15) on 8 October won two Oscars for its portrayal of a conscientious objector immersed in the carnage of the battle for Okinawa. Disney’s delightful family  film 101 Dalmatians (cert U) makes a complete contrast on 15 October. The multi-award-winning film Fences (cert PG-13) stars Denzil Washington and Viola Davis. 29 October screens the classic John Cleese comedy Clockwise (cert PG). 5 November is the sentimental story of female strength and love, Fried Green Tomatoes (cert 12) followed by the vintage comedy Genevieve on 12 November. Doors open at Penicuik Town Hall at 7pm with the films starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at the door £5 (adults) £4 (students), £3 (up to 3 accompanied children under 13). Carers accompanying a disabled person holding a CEA card get in free.  This really is a community cinema where everyone is welcome!

Lost Garden of Penicuik. This vast, 140 year old walled  garden is slowly being brought back into productivity by a small band of enthusiasts. You can join a garden tour on Sunday November 5th from the Carlops road carpark at 2 pm, or see us at our produce stall at the Town Hall any Saturday morning. To help with gardening and restoration call us or write to . We intend to have an Autumn celebration with baked tatties at the end of the month. Check for updates on the lost garden facebook page or or phone 01968 677854.

Pen-y-Coe Press and Papermaking Heritage Centre. About 50 visitors, one couple papermakers from Colorado, came to the opening of the papermaking part of the museum for Doors Open Day on September 9th. This part of the museum will be open now for a guided visit every Saturday starting at 2 pm. Late arrivals can see a video of Dalmore Mill in operation and then come on a second tour at 3 if needed. However, John Scott and James Hepburne Scott will be delighted to show you round the letterpress equipment in the print workshop behind the Pen-y-Coe Press shop on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Pen-y-Coe Press has now reproduced a facsimile of the 1948 Esk Mill Jubilee book and the publication of Monica Whitfield’s memories of her upbringing in Penicuik’s ‘Lost Garden is making good progress (in time for Christmas presents?) The Aladdin’s cave of our vintage style shop is in itself a living museum.

Volunteers. Penicuik Community Development Trust depends on volunteers – we manage these Penicuik attractions with no paid staff and with the friendliness that goes with people who just want to make Penicuik a better place. Our volunteers cover ages from 16 to well over 80, whether helping at the community café, the cinema, the shop and museum or the Lost Garden. Please come and join us – for more information drop in to Pen-y-Coe Press in Bridge Street (Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4   pm), or use one of our websites, facebook  or phone 01968 673767.