PENICUIK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST

Normally our entry gives an update on the Trust’s community projects – Saturday Open House, Penicuik Cinema, the Lost Garden, and Pen-y-Coe Press and Papermaking Heritage Centre – but this time we give priority to management: a large and diverse community enterprise requires a lot of hard work behind the scenes. The Trust has just welcomed John Robertson as its new Treasurer, volunteering to take on a vital but particularly onerous task. He has already presented draft accounts to our Independent Examiner and the Trust should comfortably meet the January deadline. The annual turnover now exceeds £50,000 and HMRC has just confirmed our last year’s payment of Corporation Tax. Our projects aiming to improve Penicuik continue to operate with no paid staff and do not receive grants for recurrent expenditure.

The Cuckoo Calls. When the BBC chose the Lost Garden as the focus of an episode of Gardeners’ Question Time, and broadcast it across the whole UK, a listener in Devon was surprised hear her childhood home talked about on the radio. Sadly, Monica Whitfield died at the end of October but the broadcast began her link with the Trust and she decided to write an account of her 1950s childhood in the gardener’s bothy. Pen-y-Coe Press has now published her illustrated memoires as “The Cuckoo Calls, just in time for her to get pleasure from seeing the finished book.

The Lost Garden is grateful for the recent donation of some excellent tools. Come and see the new raised beds which will help those with less mobility. These were built by teams from RBS supervised by their mentors at TCV. We welcome new volunteers and ideas. Throughout the cold winter months the garden is open and a peaceful place to enjoy. You can come to a garden tour on Sunday December 3rd from the Carlops road car park at 2pm, 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 info@lostgarden.org.uk .. Check for updates on the lost garden facebook page or www.lostgarden.org.uk or phone 01968 677854.

Pen-y-Coe Press & Papermaking Heritage Centre. The winter opening schedule continues with museum guided visits at 2pm on Saturdays or groups at other times by arrangement. The combination of papermaking and letterpress displays has proved a great attraction: “A fantastic little museum” gives a flavour of entries in the visitors book. More artefacts related to papermaking are welcome and we would love to make contact with anyone interested in helping as a guide or planning future development of the museum (01968 673767, info@penycoepress.co.uk ).

Saturday Open House continues to provide a friendly place for a chat in the community café with tea, coffee, fruit juice, cakes and soup every Saturday from 10 to 13.45. In addition to extra tables where you can practice that chat in German or French, you can also browse the exhibitions which this month include: 11 Nov – a second showing of illustrations from Penny Wooding’s Great Trees on Penicuik Estate; 18 Nov is taken by Penicuik Community Arts Association for their annual Craft Fair; 25 Nov & 2 Dec –  illustrations of The Royal Dick Vet. Everyone is welcome!

Penicuik Cinema shows show a wide range of fantastic films every Sunday evening at 7 for 7.30 pm. The month starts with two very different car movies:  the classic comedy Genevieve on 12 Nov and the formula one hero Senna on 19 Nov. They are followed by a complete contrast – the silent John Grierson documentary about North Sea herring fisheries Drifters, with live piano accompaniment by the always wonderful Graham MacDonald. The charming Secret Life of Bees follows on 3 Dec.  We are looking for someone interested in helping to operate Penicuik Cinema. Please contact penicuik_cinema@live.co.uk