Roxburgh String Quartet

Sunday 2nd December at 2.30pm in West Street Arts Centre, 4 West Sreet, Penicuik.

Fabulous quartet and great to hear them at close quarteres in the Arts Centre

Tickets £12 (£10 for PCAA members) from the cafe at 4 West Street or on line click HERE

 

This concert is supported by a grant fom Enterprise Music Scotland/ National Lottery

Hannah Rarity

Friday 23rd November at 7.30pm in West Street Arts Centre, 4 West Street, Penicuik.

Hannah is the current BBC  Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year. She has played to audiences at BBC Proms in the park. Her first album “Neath the Roaming Star” has just been released to great acclaim.

“debut album showcases her crystal-clear delivery…. her voice soares” The Scotsman.

 

Tickets are £12 (£10 for PCAA members) from the cafe at 4 WestStreet or on line Click HERE

This is a very popular concert and there are only a few tickets remaining. To avoid disapointment you should buy tickets in advance.

AdLibitum

 

AdLibitum, pictured left. Andrea and Djordje Gajic make up the exciting violin/accordion duo, AdLibitum.  Both extremely proficient artists in their own solo careers, together they perform an exciting repertoire and have given concerts in Scotland, England, Serbia, and at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo, Malta.

Tickets for this event are £12(£10 for PCAA members) are available from the cafe at 4 West Street or on line by clicking HERE

This concert is supported by a grant from Enterprise Music Scotland/ National Lottery.

February e-bulletin

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We have had a busy time in the Arts Centre recently. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who made our recent Burns Supper such a success, especially Sandra who managed to save the wine when the table collapsed. Thank you to everybody who participated in the event:

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Thanks also to Sue for the Selkirk Grace, Jenni for the vote of thanks and to everybody who contributed a song or a recitation to the entertainment during the course of the evening.

If you missed the Burns Supper do not despair; we have many more events and exhibitions coming up and we look forward to welcoming you to them.

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EVENTS

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APRÉS un RÊVE

Thursday the 16th February at 7.30pm

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This is an evening of song from Jennifer and Jessica. These two friends share a passion for all genres of music but are particularly interested in song. Their performances are always professional and well constructed and yet retain a freshness that is quite engaging. The songs this evening will range from classical to modern and the whole evening takes its inspiration from Faure’s song of the same title. The evening will explore themes of sleep, longings and aspirations.

This is the third time Jennifer and Jessica have visited us and on each occasion this versatile duo have explored different aspects of song. We are very much looking forward to hearing them again.

Tickets are £10 (£8 for PCAA members) and are available from the Craft Shop at 4 West Street or on line at www.penicuikarts.org.

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The Two Truths of Thomas the Rhymer

Friday the 3rd March at 7.30pm

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James Spence and Dan Serridge weave their story around the legend of Thomas the Rhymer, a seer and laird from the borders. Why not join them as they explore this most enigmatic of Border’s tales? The evening explores themes of childhood, loss and innocence. It has adult content and is suitable for 16+ years.

Music to enhance the tale is provided by Tom Kane.

Tickets are £10 (£8 for PCAA members) and are available from the craft shop at 4 West Street or on line at www.penicuikarts.org

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 Pentland Piano Festival

Saturday the 18th March.

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The Arts Association is pleased to support this exciting new event. This is a participation event designed to celebrate piano playing and piano repertoire in all its guises. Piano players from beginners to experienced players will have the opportunity to play on a Steinway piano in the beautiful surroundings of the South Church. A concert is planned for the evening. West Street Arts Centre will be open from 10.00am till 4.00pm providing snacks and lunches. Participants in the festival are invited to use our pianos either for practice or just an informal session.

Entry forms are available from West Street Arts Centre.

If you want more information on this event check out the web site www.pentlandpianofestival.co.uk

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EXHIBITIONS


Jenni Thomson

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Throughout February the exhibition in the gallery cafe is by our own Jenni Thomson. Jenni is known to many of our regular cafe visitors but they may be unaware of what a good artist Jenni is. Her paintings of landscape are quite atmospheric and demonstrate a love of the process of painting and simply enjoying using the materials. The exhibition is open from 10.00am till 4.00pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) until the 4th of March.


 

STORIES: an exhibition of paintings by Ulla Hipkin

Opens on Sunday the 5th March from 2.00pm till 4.00pm. Openings are free and all are invited to come along.

It is several years since Ulla had a solo exhibition with us and we are very much looking forward to seeing her new works. Ulla takes her inspiration from the scenery and history on her door step and the exhibition is based on scenes from and around Midlothian.


 FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday March 25th               The Light Programme with Opus 8                                                     an evening of song

Friday April 21st                        Miguda String Quartet

Friday May 12th                        duke of ormidale folk duo

ThursdayJune 8th                   Fraser Fifield, saxophonist

Thursday August 31st             Accepting works for Penicuik                                                                     Turner Prize

September 2nd to 10th              PENFEST


We do hope you can join us at some of these events.

If you would like more information about the Association or would like to become more involved in the activities of the organisation please visit our web site at www.penicuikarts.org or phone Jackie on 01968675661

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July News Bulletin

We hope by the time you receive this e-bulletin you will have enjoyed the wonderful Community Art Classes exhibitons during June in Cafe ? Jan Miller’s class work is still on show until this Saturday, and you can see art works in the window above here. We also hope you be enjoying some good summer weather. But whatever the weather you will always find something interesting at 4 West Street.

Summer Exhibitions

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SUMMER!

opens Sunday 5th July with a second chance to meet the artists on Sunday 12th July.

All are welcome to these events.

Sarah, Ulla, Linda and Kirstie combine to produce this beautiful varied exhibition. Sarah is a professional gardener and microlite enthusiast; her work includes striking aerial images of East Lothian. Ulla is a familiar face in Penicuik, from Pen-y-Coe Press and Open House; the show features her intense landscapes and figure paintings. Linda also volunteers with Penicuik Community Development Trust; her love of local landscape is reflected in colourful pastel and watercolour paintings.      Kirstie’s project to assist elderly people to create art was highlighted at Penicuik Library last year; she interprets landscape in atmospheric paintings and collages.

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Photographs by Claire Cox

opens Sunday 2nd August

Claire is a professional photographer and a former pupil of Penicuik High School. This will be her first exhibition in Penicuik and we are very much looking forward to it. The opening will be on Sunday the 2nd of August between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. We hope to see you there.

“Leith-ed” – new exhibition at Penicuik Community Arts Association

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Summer Events

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KNIT 1 BIKE 1

on August the 18th at 7.00pm

Come and hear the crazy tale of Janet Renouf-Miller who, for some reason, has decided to meander round Scotland on a folding bike crocheting and knitting things seen on the way, Check out her website.

This should be a fun evening. Tea and coffee provided.

Tickets £4 (£2 for PCAA members) available at the door on the evening or in advance from the gift shop at 4 West Street.

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PENFEST 2015 : 5th – 13th SEPTEMBER

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The annual art festival is a bumper variety package crammed full of local talent. Penicuik is home for some great talents in music and visual arts and this year they are putting on a spectacular festival at very affordable prices – The Festival Concert for only £10! . Why go in to Edinburgh when the talent is on your doorstep?

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Here are just a few dates for your diary:

Saturday 5th September at 2.00pm  The CASTAWAYS a cappella group performs at the opening of the Annual Open Art Exhibition (free)

Sunday 6th September at 2.00pm Liz Stephen leads a percussion workshop for adults: A Junk Samba Band (tickets £5/4 for members)

Sunday 6th September at 7.30pm Music Across the Centuries features the Feldglings Viol group and Herken, a local folk group led by Alan Murray. (tickets£5/4 for members)

Thursday 10th September a lecture by leading expert Elizabeth Cumming on the Art and Craft Movement in Scotland 1880 -1920. (tickets £5/4 for members)

Friday 11th September Poetry and Music in Rosslyn Chapel. This year the poets are Henry Marsh, Alan Riach, Pauline Prior-Pitt and music is by the Miguda String Quartet. (tickets £8/6for mebers)

Saturday 12th September at 7.30pm the Festival Concert features Siobhan Miller, Aaron Jones, Phillip Thorne, Selina Madeley and Liquid State.This concert is truly a celebration of local talent 6 out of the 8 artists being local and 4 of the artists being acknowledged leaders in their fields. The programme ranges from pop to classical to folk and all for a tenner. (£8 for members)

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Other events run throughout the festival or on several occasions including the Annual Art Exhibiton, open studios and the  Schools’ Environmental Project (SEA), a digital show of Environmental Art created by pupils of local Primary and Secondary Schools. More details here.

Full details of all events will be found on our PENFEST 2015 page or on our  September Calendar Page

 

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

If you know of an event, or would like to organise an event as part of the festival please contact Jackie on 01968675661 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” circle_position=”circle_center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

CALLING ALL ARTISTS

with the details for your Penicuik Turner Prize Entries

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The timetable for this year’s Annual Open Art Exhibition is as follows:

Thursday 3rd September from 2.00pm till 4.00pm and again from 7.00pm till 9.00pm:  Works will be accepted in Room 1 of the Arts Centre.

Saturday 5th September The Castaways will give a brief recital in Room 1 from 2.00pm and the exhibition will then be open for general viewing from 2.30pm. Voting for the People’s Choice will open.

The exhibition will then be open from 10.00am till 4.00pm Monday till Saturday.

Sunday 13th September 2.00pm till 4.00pm: judging of the Penicuik Turner Prize by Damian Callan. The prize and the result of the voting for the People’s Choice will be announced at about 3.00pm.

Unsold works should be collected between 4.00pm and 6.00pm on the Sunday.

Artist’s Packs will be available in the cafe from early July. They are also here online.

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You can also view and download the Artists Pack from here: click on link or view in box

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Joining the Association

Nothing could be easier. Costs £15 pa standard. £7.50 for concessions and family membership £25 for 2 adults. Application forms can be picked up from the cafe or on line.

Join before the festival and reap the members benefits from reduced ticket prices and reduced hanging fees and commission for the art exhibition.

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PENFEST 2015 Diary Alert

 

Get hold of your diary and ringfence PENFEST 2015 dates and times!

 

Here is the schedule as it stands at present for the 2015 week of your local Arts Festival.

 

Get in touch if you wish to put on and register YOUR selforganised event! It is not too late yet, just get in touch to discuss! We will include you in our PENFEST brochure if you manage to get confirmation by the 15th July deadline. In any case we will always add you to our online calendar if you miss the deadline.

 

As always, we have the very popular Penicuik Turner Prize Exhibition, concerts and workshops scheduled. The schools project this year is a slideshow of art pupils from all schools, Primaries and Secondaries, have made over spring and summer 2015 in their local environment. And then of course there will be Open Studio and Arts Trail if you take part as usual?
Looking forward to hear from you!

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June News Bulletin

 

Although life is a little quieter during the summer months there is still plenty happening at the Arts Centre. Our cafe remains open throughout the summer and remember it has a small garden to the rear which is a suntrap. Just the place to meet friends for coffee and cake.

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The gift shop upstairs is usually open during Cafe hours and is always well stocked with hand crafted goods made by local artisans; pay us a visit to get that extra special gift. If we don’t have what you are looking for please discuss it with us. We may be able to help.

 

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Exhibitions

June is a very busy month for exhibitions with three very different exhibitions in the centre – another three good reasons to drop in for a coffee.

27th May – 6th June:  Kirstie Hustler

There is a special pop-up exhibition in the cafe gallery of works by Kirstie Hustler. Kirstie produces atmospheric, semi-abstract coastal paintings and collages. Kirstie is interested in the margins: the places where things meet and merge and the spaces between them.

   

Across the Cliffs                   ~      Fractured                      ~      Funfair

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a special exhibition of prints in room 1 of the Arts Centre

Every year the Royal Print Society exhibits in room 1. This is always a first class exhibition and is free. Please take the opportunity to look in at room 1 during normal cafe opening hours for this very professional exhbition.

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Community Arts Classes with Opening on 7th June, 2pm

From the 7th of June the community Art Classes take over the cafe. Works from classes led by Tony McKale and Jan Miller will be on show. Come and see what your friends are up to in their art classes. Phantastic range of media on display, and great talent.

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Summer Events

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KNIT 1 BIKE 1 :  Talk on Tuesday 18th August, 7.30pm

Later in the summer we are hosting Janet Renouf-Miller as she makes her way round Scotland on a folding bike crocheting and knitting things seen on the way. You can find out more about this fascinating, crazy trip at www.createwithfibre.co.uk  
Janet will give an illustrated talk on her travels in Room 1, 4 West Street, Penicuik on Tuesday the 18th of August starting at 7.30pm. Tea and coffee provided. Cost £4 (£2 for PCAA members). Tickets at door or from the Gift shop from the beginning of July.

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ANTHONY SCHRAG PROJECT

Anthony Schrag is a contemporary artist whose exhibitions and projects centre on live events from climbing a gallery wall to encouraging people of all ages to roll down hill for his exhibition of MALE ROLL MODEL.  His next project is a walking pilgrimage from Aberdeenshire to the Venice Biennale starting on the 7th June. We are hoping to host and encourage him on part of his journey. Keep an eye on the website for more details of this exciting project and help to put Penicuik on the artistic map.

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Other Happenings

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AGM

Tuesday, 16th June, 7pm, Arts Centre

Hurray, time again to give thumbs up to the uniqueness that is the PCAA !
The agenda can be seen here below and further papers will be available on the website later.
We promise to keep the formal business as brief as possible and allow plenty of time for discussion and informal talks with the committee members. It is very rewarding to be involved with such an active organisation. Come along and find out more. We promise not to twist anybody’s arm!
View or download the AGM papers from here.

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FLOWERS IN THE FOREST……

and for one night the forest was carpeted by flowers.

Local artist Susan Gierasik worked with pupils from Garvald school to bring colour and beauty to the Lost Garden of Penicuik. This installatin was part of the “Woollen Woods” Voluntary Arts Week initiative, and recycled crafty itens of the PCAA’s previous Brightening Penicuik Ventures.
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“Said WHO?”

A blogging ‘who-dunnit’ game!
It is now exactly a year ago that around 150 primary pupils of Penicuik went on a quest to write the best Penicuik Mystery story after having attended inspiring workshops with Award Winning Children Books author Janis Mackay.  81 of these children succeeded to enter their creative writing to our story competition, which then resulted in a publication, The Penicuik Epic. 15 local writers worked away over the summer months 2014 to process the entries and there are still a few copies of this unique book for sale in Penicuik: at our craft shop, in the library, at the Town Crier, and at Peny Coe press.
Cool  summer holiday reading!

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May News Bulletin

The Roxburgh quartet blew us off our feet with their vibrant interpretations of the composers. You will find some good images including the detailed program from the night here.

May is a busy month in the Arts Centre. We do hope you will find something to interest you in our programme. If you have an idea for an event or activity in the centre we would love to hear from you. Contact Jackie on 01968 675661.

EVENTS

Recent events in the Arts Centre have been very successful and it was grand to see some new faces in the audience. Gerda Stevenson in March gave a very moving performance presenting her new album “Night Touches  Day”; The Roxburgh String Quartet in April filled the room with a glorious sound leaving the audience entranced. We hope you will be able to join us for our next concert (see below)

 

Brian Johnstone                     by Margaret Christie   Jamie Reid Baxter

POETRY AND MUSIC AT ROSSLYN CHAPEL on Friday the 22nd May at 7.30pm. 4 musicians and 3 poets combine to make this an unforgettable night in the beautiful surroundings of Rosslyn Chapelmiguda 2013 720x479. Brian Johnstone, Jamie Reid Baxter and Margaret Christie will read from their own works. All are pubished authors and Margaret Christie’s “The Oboist’s Bedside Book” was short listed for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. The evening is completed by the Miguda  Quartet playing Haydn. To find out more about the performers visit the events page here. Tickets are £8 (£6 for PCAA members) available on line or from our Gift Shop at 4 West Street.

EXHIBITIONS

Self portrait                       Alasdair

Aine Divine is the featured artist for May in the Cafe Gallery. Come and meet the artist on Wednesday the 6th of May between 7.00pm and 9.00pm when Aine will also give a 2 hour live portrait demonstration.

Refreshments will be provided for a small donation by Aine’s daughter, Hope. Hope is fundraising to send money to support a family in Malawi.

We hope you will be able to join us for this enjoyable evening.

You can see more images of Aine’s work here.

PENFEST 2015

This year’s arts festival will run from the 5th to the 13th September. We have a busy programme planned but there is always room for more. If you, or a group you are associated with, would like to put on an event please call Jackie on 01968 675661.

Here is just a little taste of what is planned:

Music events include concerts by the Castaways, an a cappella group; The Fledgling Viol Group and local folk group Herken. The gala concert on Saturday the 12th September features Siobhan Miller with Aaron Jones supported by the classical guitar of The Scottish Guitar Duo and new kids on the block Liquid State.

Lectures and workshops: look out for the Samba Rhythm workshop for adults and a  singing workshop led by Siobhan Miller.  There will also be a lecture by Elizabeth Cumming on the Art and Craft Movement of the last century.

Exhibitions include the annual open exhibition and Penicuik Turner Prize. This year the judge is Damian Callan, a well known Edinburgh teacher, artist and author.  The exhibition in the cafe gallery will be by local textile artist Christine Finlayson. There will be a special exhibition of the schools’ environmental art project at various venues throughout the festival. We also hope to have open studios and other exhibitions.

More details on all these events will be on our website soon.

 

AGM DATE

The AGM of the Association will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday the 16th of June in the Arts Centre to receive the annual report and accounts.

The agenda can be seen here and further papers will be available on the website later.

We promise to keep the formal business as brief as possible and allow plenty of time for discussion and informal talks with the committee members. It is very rewarding to be involved with such an active organisation. Come along and find out more. We promise not to twist anybody’s arm!

FINALLY our friends in the Penicuik Community Development Trust have been short listed by building firm Jewson to receive a grant. This will allow them to progress their ambitious plans to set up a papermaking museum and gift shop at Pen-y-Coe Press. The next stage of the process depends on a public vote. If you would like to find out more about their bid and to vote for them click here.

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April News Bulletin

We were thrilled with the rich and varied performance Gerda Stevenson gave us in April with her imaginative self penned songs and with her wonderful band, which you can see here scaling mountains with their ecclectic instruments in this video. Our condolences go to her and her family for the passing of her father, the composer Ronald Stevenson.

We hope you will find something to interest you in our busy programme for April.

EVENTS

April 24th at 7.30pm: The Roxburgh String Quartet play works by Purcell, Mendelssohn and Mozart. The intimate atmosphere of the Arts Centre is the ideal setting to connect with the musicians and appreciate the essence of chamber music.

“Inspired music played with complete control, imagination and deep insight.”

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We expect it to be a busy night and recommend reserving tickets early. Tickets £12(£10 for PCAA members) are available from the craft shop or on line.

 

MAY 22ND at 7.30pm The Arts Assocation is hosting a poetry and music evening in Rosslyn Chapel. Henry Marsh, Margaret Christie and Brian Johnstone will read from their own works and music is by the Miguda Quartet. As usual the star of the show will be the Chapel, which is at its best when being used and enjoyed by people.

Tickets £8(£6 for PCAA members) will be available from the 25th of April.

 

EXHIBITIONS

April in the Cafe Gallery is an exhibition by Priscilla Brightman.This is Priscilla’s first solo exhibition with us. Priscilla trained at Edinburgh College of Art. She works mainly in oils depicting a variety of subjects from still life to portrait and landscape. The uniting theme of her work is colour; so expect a bright and cheery cafe for April.

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There will be an opportunity to meet Priscilla on Sunday the 12th of April between 2.00pm and 4.00pm in the Cafe Gallery.

May in the Cafe Gallery will be by local artist Aine Divine. The exhibition opens on Wednesday the 6th of May from 7.00pm till 9.00pm. At the opening Aine will also demonstrate her technique of using watercolour.

Self portrait

 Aine specialises in portraits using watercolour and reached the final of the recent Sky Portrait Award Competition. Her work has been shown in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Find out more about Aine here.

 

 

Self portrait by Aine Divine

Workshops

The yarn group continues to meet every Wednesday in the cafe at 10.00am and have completed many UFO’s.

About a month ago we met to hear about Linus Quilts, a charity providing comfort quilts to children in hospital. This was followed by two practical workshops to start making some quilts for this very worthwhile cause. To date, two quilts are almost completed and two more are under construction.

For more details on these groups contact membership@penicuikarts.org

MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the Association helps us to keep up the work of providing a dedicated arts and crafts centre in Penicuik. Membership is very reasonably priced at £15 per annum and £7.50 for concessions with a family membership of £25 per annum. Membership also entitles you to reduced entry fee to most of our events. To join pick up membership forms from the cafe at 4 West Street or join on line here

AND FINALLY, our friends at Howgate Art Club have their annual exhibition on Friday the 8th May from 4-8pm and Saturday 9th May from 11.00am-4pm in Howgate Village Hall.

On the 18th of April, also in Howgate Village Hall, from 11.00am-4.00pm there will be an exhibition of embroidery by Elizabeth Leary.