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Welcome to the fifth edition of our new e-newsletter!
 
We hope you are finding these e-newsletters useful, and welcome any feedback you have.
 
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Our Streets
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Last month the Causey held an event called 'Our Streets’ which was a multimedia project about Active Travel and reclaiming urban spaces for pedestrian use.
 
Two of the art works are on display in our cafe, please do pop into the centre and have a look!
 

 
Bench mystery solved!
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In early March the City of Edinburgh Council delivered to us a bench, they were not sure where it belonged and have had it in storage for a good few months.

Having done some research, I managed to track down and make contact with the person named on the bench - Liz Landsman.

Liz let me know that the bench was installed in Lauriston Castle Gardens some years ago, as part of a cancer awareness campaign. The inscription says -'Liz Landsman loved sitting here and still does thanks to research into cancer'. And includes details of how to donate to Cancer Research UK. Liz was pleased to hear that the bench has been well cared for.

We've let the Council know where the bench belongs, and we hope they will return it to its lovely setting in due course.
 

We're Listening
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Thank you to everyone who has taken part, we're looking looking through and thinking over all the responses we have received, we'll provide a fuller update next month.
 

Southside Connections
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Having been award to provide activities around bringing local people together on a regular basis to address loneliness and isolation we're currently looking for one or two activity workers so we can start these activities as soon as possible.
 
We'll keep you updated and will have more news for you next month!
 

Room & hall hire charges
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It has been some time since our room and hall hire charges have been reviewed.  During this time our costs have increased (insurances, janitorial charges, employee costs etc).

As such, we have agreed a new schedule of charges which apply to all new booking requests. To be very clear, any bookings already arranged with us will be honoured until the summer.
 
Our new charges are;
 
Core hours (Monday to Thursday from 9am until 8:30pm, and Friday from 9am until 3:30pm.
  • Room 1, room 2 and cafe: £15 per hour.
  • Hall: £30 per hour
 
Non core hours (Friday from 3:30pm onwards and all day Saturdays & Sundays.
  • Room 1, room 2 and cafe: £20.
  • Hall: £45
At weekends bookings must be at least four hours. And there is a minimum spend of £32 per hour at weekends, for the time being, until we employ our own janitors.
 
If you have any concerns around the new charges please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
 
 
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Each issue we'll feature one of the ways which you can support us to raise unrestricted funds which we can use to improve the centre in some way.
 
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Would you like to support us to raise funds AND be in with a chance of winning a cash prize?
 
We are now part of Edinburgh Community Lottery. 

Each lottery ticket costs only £1 per week;
  • 50p of each ticket is given to us as funds to be used to develop the centre.
  • 10p goes to support various other Edinburgh good causes
  • 40p is used to fund the prize pot and cover administration costs.
 
There is a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize.
 
 
 
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OM Music Sanctuary
Every Wednesday from 1pm in our cafe
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Come along to Goodies Cafe, within Southside Community Centre, to hear music and singing from OM Music Sanctuary.
 
A wide variety of music is played, and songs sung! 

It's free to come along to watch, listen and even join in!
 
 
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Each issue we'll feature one of our spaces which is available for community use.
 
Hall
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Our hall is available for bookings seven days a week.

The spacious hall is ideal for a range of activities such as conferences, public meetings and the performing arts. And is often used for ceilidhs.
 
We'd be happy to let you have a tour of our hall, just get in touch with us.

And we are more than happy to talk to anyone who has ideas about an event or activity they wish to run in the hall.
 
 
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Each issue we'll feature an aspect of the centre which we think will be of interest. It might be a person, an object, a centre group, an expression of a view about the centre or maybe even some aspect of our history.
 
In our front garden is a map of the local area, have you stopped to have a look at it before? If not, it is well worth doing so.
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The map was developed some years ago, and details twenty four places of interest, starting at our very own Community Centre and ending at nearby Nelson Hall.

We're looking into getting some paper based maps of the trail available in the centre, watch this space!
 
 
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Each issue we'll feature a small sample of activities & events happening elsewhere in the Southside community.
 
  • Indoor table top sale:  Southside Heritage Group and SCOOSH are holding a table top sale on Saturday 13 April 2024 from 10am to 12noon in Nelson Hall Community Centre. Table hire is £15 if you wish to sell items. Contact keithsmith@hotmail.com for further info or to book a table.
  • Vocal Vibes singing group. Looing to meet new friends? Vintage Vibes organise regular singing groups in Greyfriars Charteris Centre, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 11am until 1pm. Your first session is free with a suggested donation of £3 for each session after that.
  • Ambling Adventures. Ambling Adventures is run by Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust. A different route around the Old Town area every week. Everyone is welcome and feel free to bring a friend! Every Thursday from 10:30am until 12noon.
  • Friends of Nicolson Square Gardens: The Friends are hosting a garden tidy up and planting day on Saturday 4th May from 10:30am. They are looking for volunteers to help with litter picking, pruning and new planting throughout the day, a selection of refreshments will be available throughout the day.
 
 
 
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