The Annual General Meeting of the Trust on June 12th saw more than 50 people listening to Rod Lugg telling us about plans for regenerating the conservation areas in central Penicuik. There were reports of the Trust’s finances and activities over the past year. The audience got a provisional written annual report tol be amended and expanded when auditing the accounts is done. The chair thanked retiring members of the management committee, in particular Marjory Bissett’s many years of service, but we were pleased that she will continue to volunteer at Saturday Open House and Pen-y-Coe Press. Anne Morton joined the committee this year; the full list of members elected to manage the Trust in 2017-18 is: Sid Gardner, Paul Hayes, James Hepburne Scott, Roger Hipkin, Ulla Hipkin, Mose Hutchison, Jane Kelly, Roger Kelly, Caroline Maciver, Jane MacKintosh, Peter Middleton, Anne Morton, Lynne Niven, John Scott, Linda Sheridan, Lynda Smith, Dave Stokes, Chris Sydes, Penny Wooding. The committee later elected Roger Kelly as chair, Jane Mackintosh as Treasurer and John Scott as vice-chair.

The Lost Garden of Penicuik:  If you’d like to help with the work of restoring the walls and buildings at the Lost Garden here are a couple of ideas. You could donate to our Restoration Fund using  (or use the link on our webpage or in July and August you can vote for our project in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme by asking for a token at the checkout. Many visitors came to the garden for the power of food festival, one sunny Sunday in June for tours, crafts, plant advice, refreshments and nature trails while listening to great local musicians. Fresh produce is available every Saturday at the Town Hall and look out for us at Penicuik Market outside the Storehouse in the High Street on the First Friday of every month. The usual Lost Garden open day is the first Sunday of every month when you can join our walking tour from the Carlops Road car park at 2pm, weather permitting. We always welcome help and support so give us a ring on 677854, email, see us on Facebook or ask at Saturday Open House  or Pen-y-Coe Press.

Penicuik Cinema. Moana, La La Land and Lion were among the most popular and successful films shown last season and we look forward to a full and varied programme from the end of August when the even bigger new screen will be in position. Film enthusiasts would be welcome to join in the fun of putting on films and selecting the future films. And joining the film library for £15 a year at Pen-y-Coe Press allows you to borrow from the hundreds hundreds of great films  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 tables to practice your French or German. Exhibitions cover old magazines on 8 and 15 July, Walking and Cycling Maps on 22 and 29 July, Archeology near Biggar on 5 August and a return of the popular China: Photographs and Tea on 12 August. Come to our Open House between 10 am and 1.50 pm in Penicuik Town Hall to experience all this for yourself!

Pen-y-Coe Press. New initiatives included printing a facsimile of the Esk Mills 1948 Jubilee book and work to publish Monica Whitfield’s account of her childhood in the Lost Garden is making rapid progress. The vintage atmosphere of the shop, backed up by a huge range of high quality modern stationery and art materials, continues to attract custom from Penicuik, elsewhere in Midlothian and the Borders. Last year the shop raised some £8000 for the museum and building refurbishment. 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 shortly. We want to thank the team of volunteers who present the helpful and  friendly face greeting customers, making our community shop a social focus for the ‘old town’. Please consider joining them as we always need more helpers!


FOR JULY 2017 TOWN CRIER and website submitter Roger Kelly 01968 677854 or 07398 170709