Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, 19 January, 2023

Our first outing of the year (in brilliant sunshine!) was to Holyrood Palace – a real ‘royal’ event in every sense of the word, in no small part to the lovely programme that had been arranged for us, and for the the kindness and thoughtfulness shown by all the staff. A lovely lunch followed in the Palace Cafe. The day was made possible thanks to Community Windpower/BeGreen, Dunbar.

New Projects for 2023

We are delighted to be collaborating with local CIC, Sharing a Story on a new project – ‘Tales From Our Kitchen Table’.

Our good friend, Lorna Hill of ‘Sharing a Story CIC’ has been successful in attracting funding as one of 14 projects across Scotland to benefit from being involved in an exciting initiative from About Dementia, Age Scotland and The Scottish Government, aimed at providing community-based support for people affected by dementia. 

Lorna Hill will be using this funding to run a series of interactive, inter-generational workshops for us on the theme of ‘Tales from Our Kitchen Table’. This will involve a lot of chatting, drinking tea, and cooking as well as sampling some lovely food (we are very, very good at this and can see just why Lorna chose our group to work with!!), while sharing memories of lovely meals, tastes and food experiences from the kitchen tables we have all enjoyed gathering around.  We will also be joined by some lovely local youngsters. Our initial session was held on 9 December, with a full programme of events to follow in 2023.

Stories and recipes gathered from these sessions will be collated and used to create a follow-up to our very successful ‘Community Cookbook’ printed in 2020, which raised over £800 for our group funds.

On a separate project, we will be fortunate enough to be working once again with local artist Barbara Rowell at a series of workshops, entitled ‘Every Story Matters’. What fun! So much to look forward to.

Summer 2022

What an action-packed Summer with outings to Amisfield Gardens, The Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and a barge trip with Seagull Cruises, Ratho. We also enjoyed a visit to The Backlands on one of the hottest days of the year, necessitating emergency ice creams! Our fundraising afternoon tea party for Dunbar RNLI raised £144.90. In addition, our Zoom meetings were enhanced by a cookery demonstration with Justina, Roving Chef with Vegetarian for Life, and some lovely Summer readings with Koren Calder from the Scottish Book Trust. As usual, we finished each month with our Chair Exercise session.

Huge thanks to all whose generous donations have made our bus trips possible.