By the time you read this, the Trust will have held its AGM (6th June 7.30pm at Penicuik Town Hall, all welcome ) and elected a new committee to manage new and exciting ways to improve Penicuik in the future. Entirely run and funded by volunteers, the Trust this year saw its largest membership ever, a spectacular programme of films at Penicuik Cinema, a steady increase in the area of the Lost Garden under productive cultivation, a vintage stationery shop succeeding in attracting enthusiastic customers from across the Lothians and Borders, and the opening of the gallery part of the Papermaking Heritage Centre. Refurbishment is progressing to open the main part of the museum for the European Heritage Day on September 10th. In the past year, the Trust has been midwife to a parallel but independent social enterprise – The Storehouse (Penicuik Community Alliance). The Storehouse was able to build on the Trust’s reputation of a decade of demonstrable achievement and prudent financial management when applying for grant support; the Trust also provided interim banking facilities and a registered company office. The Trust also helped to support Penicuik First BID Ltd and its First Friday Market begun last year. We’ll continue to lend a hand to all these efforts to improve Penicuik. The Trust’s Lost Garden of Penicuik continues to attract visitors and volunteers, with major workdays onsite, some involving organised groups from RBS staff across central Scotland. John Dennis have completed the first stage of greenhouse restoration initiated by the Climate Challenge Fund with the help of root-lifting from our own winch teams. Monthly walking tours continue at 2pm from Carlops Road carpark on the first Sunday of each month, and there are produce stalls at Penicuik Market, Saturday Open House, and Storehouse Open Days. The Trust’s stall for Hunter & Lass Day in the Park included the sell-out launch of Colour our Town, a beautiful Penicuik colouring book designed by local artist Cat Hill and printed by Pen-y-Coe Press. Saturday Open House community café (10am to 13.45 in the Town Hall) will have displays on Bee Keeping June 4th & 11th; Archaeological Metal Detecting on June 18th & 25th; Glass Sculpture on July 2nd & 9th. Penicuik Cinema’s screening of Inside Out with contributions from the neurologist Prof Szu-Han Wang was a great success – one of the largest audiences of children and adults we have had. The prizes Angry and Sadness were won by Andrea Suarez and Mlle Pineau, with the family film ticket won by Lauchlan Heenan. After the James Bond film Spectre on June 5th come two more 2015 films: The Danish Girl (June 12th, cert 15) and Mad Max Fury Road (June 19th, cert 15). The season ends with the 1971 classic The Go-Between June 26th, cert AA) starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates. Penicuik Cinema then has a six week break before starting its Autumn programme.
[Written by Roger Kelly 07726 862850]