With her family and friends we are taking in the sudden loss of our kind hardworking treasurer Jane MacKintosh. We celebrate her life.

The Lost Garden of Penicuik:  You can support the Lost Garden restoration fund either at Penicuik Tesco Bags of Help throughout August by choosing us with your checkout token, or by donating via the website   Each Sunday afternoon you are welcome at the garden and someone will hand you gloves and a spade and show you how you can really help.  Our bumper crop of potatoes is ready to harvest. These along with a great variety of vegetables, fruit and flowers are available at the Town Hall each Saturday from 10am. Phone 01968 677854 or see us on facebook. Come on the tour which leaves from Carlops road carpark at 2pm on the first Sunday of every month.

Penicuik Cinema. The new season begins on 20 August with the animation Sing, and continues with Hidden Figures, the dramatized hidden story of the vital contribution of negro women mathematicians to the Apollo project on 27 August. John Cleese stars in the obsessive Clockwise on 3 September and Kirk Douglas features in the lush 1956 biopic about the life of Vincent Van Gough on 10 September. We’ll have a full and varied programme until the New Year and from the end of August the even bigger new screen will be in position. Film enthusiasts are welcome to join in the fun of putting on films and choosing future showings. And you can join the film library for £15 a year at Pen-y-Coe Press and borrow from the hundreds and hundreds of great films we’ve publicly shown here in Penicuik over the past 10 years on Sunday evenings in the Town hall.

Saturday Open House in Penicuik Town Hall.  A busy, welcoming place to meet over tea, coffee, cakes or soup. With interesting displays to look at and even friendly tables to practice your French or German. Exhibitions cover Penicuik History on 5 August, a return of the popular China: Photographs and Tea on 12 August, China photographs 19 August, our Trust Projects on Street Fair day 26 August, Penfest Arts Festival on 2 September and Penfest with a demonstration of lacemaking on 9 September. Come to the Open House between 10 am and 1.50 pm in Penicuik Town Hall to experience all this for yourself!

Pen-y-Coe Press. The vintage atmosphere of this preserved shop, backed up by a huge range of high quality modern stationery and art materials, continues to attract custom from far and wide. John Scott and James Hepburne Scott’s enthusiasm delights with their much admired guided tours of the print workshop. There is now an illustrated guide to the papermaking heritage centre, which really will open to the public very soon indeed. Look out for announcements. We thank the team of volunteers who present our helpful friendly face greeting customers, making our community shop a social focus for the ‘old town’. Please consider joining in. We always need more help!


FOR August 2017 TOWN CRIER Submitter Roger Kelly 01968 677854 or 07398 170709