I had known about Penicuik Community Arts Association (PCAA) for a while, being an arts and crafts lover. I felt it was an organisation I should get to know better, however being a master in the art of procrastination I didn’t get around to it for quite some time. It wasn’t until I came along to the ‘Inspired Writers’ group earlier this year that I realised what a great organisation PCAA is. The passion for arts and crafts, as well as for Penicuik, was evident from the moment I walked through the door. It was difficult not to be swept along with their enthusiasm. Actually, who am I kidding? I let myself be completely swept along with their enthusiasm! I quickly had the amazing opportunity to get involved with the Penicuik Mystery, a storywriting competition for primary school children in Penicuik. What a privilege and joy it has been to see what the next generation are capable of…there is definitely a lot of talent in Penicuik.
I came along at a very busy time for PCAA – Penfest 2014 is about to begin and the very dedicated PCAA volunteers are busy setting up a new website for the organisation. There is also a lot of work going into The Penicuik Epic (we would love to see you at the award ceremony on 13 September!). Glitches and hitches are, unfortunately, par for the course but we will get there and we hope you will bear with us as we get everything up and running!
I am having so much fun volunteering with PCAA – I think the organisation is an important part of Penicuik and I hope we can go from strength to strength. Why not come down to West Street and visit the café, you can even venture outside into our garden if the lovely Scottish weather allows. There is also a craft shop, and exhibitions. It really is a hidden gem in Penicuik.
You heard me mention Penfest…there will be lots of events around Penicuik. Whether art, music, poetry or crafting is your thing, there is something for you. Please check out our Penfest 2014 website and come along and support us. And, if you have a couple of hours a week spare, we would love to welcome more volunteers on board!