November News Bulletin


The Penicuik Arts Association has a lively programme of events to help keep the winter cold at bay. Here comes a compact overview over the next two months. Please click on the bold lines for more info about each event.
  • The November exhibition in the café gallery is by Jan Miller and friends, a popular annual exhibition with festive launch on Sunday, 2nd November
  • December – the Craft Shop takes over the Gallery space in the cafe for that last-minute Christmas shopping
  •  Monday the 8th December at 7.30pm Damian Callan will give a practical demonstration of the painting techniques of Degas. Damian is an Edinburgh based artist and teacher. He has written a book on the subject which is being well received by art lovers and by artists who find that studying the works in this way helps improve their own techniques.
  • Saturday 13th December starting at 6.00pm Our Hootenanny starts with a programme for children and continues at 7.30pm with the adult programme. Children are welcome to stay for the whole event. This is a free event and was very popular last year. There will be a light supper and mulled wine to brighten up the night. It is an audience participation event with contributions of music, poetry and readings invited from the floor. So if you have a party piece you want to share or if you simply want to come and enjoy the company and the atmosphere you will be most welcome.
  • Finally a date for your 2015 diary: on the 16th January we are co-operating with the High School and Penicuik Folk Club to bring you a concert by Wendy Carle Taylor, Graham McDonald and Sandy Butler. Wendy is a versatile singer who always brings an interesting and eclectic programme of music. Expect some Burns, some jazz and some folk in the mix.



Some new classes have started in the centre or are planned.
  • Monday evenings from7.30pm till 9.00pm “HOLD ON TO YOUR MEMORY OR LOOSE IT” A group that sets out to give a vigorous mental work out by learning poems by heart. Poets studied include Burns, Wordsworth, Keats, Belloc and many more. For more information contact Colum Beagan on 01875830330 or0796522344
  • On Wednesday mornings from 10.00am till 12.00pm a knitting group is starting on the 14th January. If you are interested just come along. There will be a small donation for use of the room.


“The Penicuik Epic” is a compilation of all the children’s stories from the recent writing competition. 83 children of primary school age contributed stories. The stories teem with life and the products of the children’s imagination. Bound copies of the book cost only £8 and are available from The Craft Shop, 4 West Street, Pen-y-Coe Press, Bridge Street, or from Penicuik Library.  They can also be ordered on line at



The Association needs volunteers to be able to keep up its programme of events. Currently the committee only has 7 members which is one less than required by the constitution. It means that unless another volunteer steps forward the committee will not be able to make decisions about the running of the Association.
The committee meets about once per month for 2 hours.
If you would like to volunteer but do not feel you can come on to the committee we are always happy to have help at events, putting up posters, help with keeping the website up to date and many more tasks.
If you feel you can help in any way please email us at

Stairlift Appeal

The committee has earmarled £3600 towards providing a stair lift and improving disabled access. A refurbished stair lift costs in the order of £4500. If anybody out there is able to help with a fund raising event for this appeal please email

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Some Moving Moments from last month

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Listen here to Roger’s speech

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Listen here to the first track of the Eilidhs

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