Arts & Creative Learning Resources South West Edinburgh February 2019

Click here for the most recent edition of the Guide to Creative Resources in South West Edinburgh.

Most activities take place regularly, and include

  • Digital Arts
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Fabric Crafts

They are suitable for children, young people or adults.

There are also details of Singing Groups, an Out and About Group, Health and Wellbeing Projects, Filmmaking Drop In and a selection of activities in local Community Centres.

More details of venues, dates and times in the programme.

George Dickson

Everyone was shocked and saddened by the premature death of George Dickson on 19th December 2018.

George was a long-standing Juniper Green resident and an active member of the community, having served many years on the Village Hall committee, including as Chairman, in the days of the Juniper Green Village Association and up to its dissolution when the Community Council was established in 2009.

George was also a committed member of Currie, Balerno and District Round Table.

He is much missed by everyone.  The Village Hall Committee wishes to extend sincere condolences to George’s family.

Donations if wished can be made in George’s memory to Autism Initiatives (Number 6 One-Stop Shop) and ME Action Scotland.

Arts & Creative Learning Resources South West Edinburgh

Click here for the most recent edition of the Guide to Creative Resources in South West Edinburgh.

Most activities take place regularly, and include

  • Digital Arts
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Fabric Crafts

They are suitable for children, young people or adults.

Wester Hailes Film and Moving Image Festival runs 15th – 20th October at locations across Wester Hailes.

The Scottish Waterways Trust’s Canal Photography Project starts on Thursday 1st November, Gate 22, 2pm.

More details of venues, dates and times in the programme.

‘Jazz in the Village’ comes to Juniper Green

Saturday 6th October, 8 til’ late
Jazz duo Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer have performed together for many years, playing melodic improvisations on jazz standards and original compositions.

The Saxophone/Piano duo are based in Edinburgh.  You may already have encountered them in Edinburgh at Henry’s Jazz Cellar or the National Museum of Scotland, but they don’t limit their performances to the local area.  Festival appearances have included Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife and Borders Jazz Festivals and Buxton and Bath Fringe Festivals.  They have also played to enthusiastic audiences in a range of venues across the UK – Arts Centres and small theatres from Aberdeen to Bath, Maidenhead to Winchester and Windsor, and even Brussels (OK – that’s not the UK!), while their regular rural ‘Jazz in the Village’ series has covered John O’Groats to Devon and Dorset, visiting hundreds of halls, often bringing Jazz to remote communities for the first time.

Juniper Green is not so remote!  So do join us at the Village Hall on Saturday 6th October from 8pm.  This is your chance to hear this talented duo live without having to travel far from your home.

Tickets: £10pp (under 16s FREE if accompanied by an adult).  Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. They can be bought in advance at the Hall when the janitor is on duty, Mon-Fri, afternoons/evening only – (0131)­ 458-3751 to check. They can also be reserved via Eventbrite and will be held at the ticket desk until 15 minutes before the start of the performance, after which they will be sold on. Any other remaining/unreserved tickets will be available on the night. Email JGVHO Events for more information.

We do not have a licence to sell alcohol, so please BYOB and other refreshments.

“Beautiful music – wonderful to hear this locally”
“I was blown away by your show, just breath-taking!”
“A unique performance, not only in its introduction of many new pieces but also in the splendidly relaxed jazz styling”
More information, including press reviews, audience feedback and links to Facebook and YouTube, at

Details of this event can also be found on WhereCanWeGo – Britain’s What’s On Event Guide.

Juniper Green Village Hall AGM 2018

Your local Village Hall needs YOU!

It’s YOUR Hall, and we want you to use it and enjoy it, but we also need your help in many different ways – as a Management Committee Member to help us fulfil our plans for the next 12 months, to represent your Hall User Group, or simply to support the work we are doing by giving us with your ideas and opinions. Are we doing it right? Is there anything we can improve? The AGM is an opportunity to tell us.
We think our building is very special, with a real Village Hall ‘feel’ – we get lots of compliments. If you haven’t visited the Hall recently (or even at all), the AGM is a chance for you to find out what facilities we have.
Refreshments will be served from 7.15pm giving you an opportunity to mingle and buttonhole committee members in advance of the meeting if you have any issues you would like to raise.
The AGM is also an ideal opportunity to find out what we’ve been up to over the last year since the Hall re-opened, but also for you to tell us if we are providing all the facilities you want in your local Village Hall and, if not, what’s missing.
We would particularly welcome some Youth Members on the Committee. If you are 16 years or over and are interested in being part of the decision-making on behalf of your peers, please get in touch or simply turn up on the night.
The Management Committee is currently not at full strength which does make some of the projects we would like to undertake more difficult, so we encourage representatives from our Hall User Groups, particularly those which are not currently represented on the committee (all of them!) as well as local residents who value our Village Hall as an asset to the community to join us. We promise that we will not pressurise anyone to join the committee!
More than anything, we would like to have a quorum – and your opinions.

Easter Craft Fair in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Saturday 31st March
12 noon – 3pm
Juniper Green Village Hall

Various stalls offering quality and unique items, all handcrafted by local crafters.
Come along and buy yourself a gift with a difference while supporting a great charity.

Easter Egg Hunt – Activities for Kids – Tombola
Refreshments – Filled Rolls – Cakes/Snacks
Chocolate Tombola

All profits to Teenage Cancer Trust

Easter Charity Craft Fair

Community Resilience – Severe Weather Warnings

Information as supplied today by our Community Resilience contact


  • Rest of Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday
    Scattered showers will continue to push in from the east with marked deteriorations followed by clear, if not sunny, spells. The showers will be more focussed across eastern areas and the existing Yellow warning will remain as it is covering all areas east of the M74, Paisley, Glencoe and Ullapool (excluding the Northern Isles). Within in this warning the most likely snow accumulations are generally 0-2cm, however there is potential for 5-10cm of snow in places where showers align, more likely over higher ground in the east.
  • Wednesday – Thursday evening
    During Wednesday the showers will become heavier with greater amounts of snow accumulating in places, often in quite a short space of time. The heaviest of the showers will generally be more focussed across central and eastern areas, however they will feed through the Central Belt at times. The Amber warning comes into force at 0600 on Wednesday morning and will now run until 1800 on Thursday and be extended to now include all areas east of (and including) the M74, so this will mean the addition of the western Borders, much of South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. It will remain largely unchanged further north, please see the map of the warning on our website for the boundary.
    This is assessed as a Medium likelihood of High impacts, which is important to note as this highlights the potential for greater impacts than many of the Ambers we issue. Impacts could include significant disruption to travel, roads blocked by deep snow, rural communities becoming cut off and long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities. If we were able to specifically highlight any areas that we had high likelihood of these impacts then further escalation of the warning could be possible, however due to the nature of the conditions this may have a relatively short lead time but we are keen to raise awareness that the potential is there.
    Within this warning area 5-10cm is expected quite widely, but where showers become more organised some areas of 15-25cm is possible. However due to the powdery nature of the snow and strong easterly winds some drifting is likely which can exaggerate the snow amounts even more in some places, with near blizzard conditions possible, particularly over higher ground. An additional hazard is that the heaviest showers are likely to have some lightning as well which increases the risk of power cuts.
    A wider Yellow warning covers a larger area of the country except for the very far west and Northern Isles. Here we can still expect to see some heavy snow showers but just not as frequent meaning that accumulations should not build up as much.
  • Later Thursday through to the weekend
    (Storm Emma is linked to this period further south)
    The showers will tend to become less heavy and frequent during this period, however it will remain cold with further accumulating snow. A Yellow warning for snow is in place until the end of Thursday for much of Scotland except for the sheltered parts of southwestern D&G and the western Invernesshire and the Western Isles, however this will be extended to include Friday and Saturday and will be assessed as a Medium likelihood of Low impacts.
    You may have seen some mention of Storm Emma in the media. This is slightly confusing and is due to the fact that the Portuguese Met Service have named a system which will affect them later in the week as Storm Emma. Due to naming convention we have to retain the original name that affects us in any communication. So technically speaking the stronger winds and more persistent snow and possible freezing rain across parts of England on Friday will be due to Storm Emma. A storm is not expected across Scotland however some of the associated impacts will be felt across parts of the UK.
  • Later weekend and next week
    At this stage it looks like the cold conditions are likely to remain in place across Scotland with further spells of snow moving in from the south or east. As details become clearer we will keep you posted.

As usual the full details of the warnings can be found at
Some indication of the impacts which might be expected can be found at

SP Energy Networks (SPEN) NORTH – LEVEL 3

  • SPEN(N) are declaring LEVEL 3 from 12:00hrs Tuesday 27/2/18 due to forecast severe weather. Snow showers will move in from the east/north-east today.
  • If the event becomes a higher level of emergency (as below) I will provide you with updates and further details.
  • Level 2 – Emergency of duration up to 24 hours, will be declared when there are a significant number of customers off supply or a significant unplanned transmission event has occurred but where supplies are expected to be restored within 24 hours.
  • Level 1 – Prolonged emergency of duration over 24 hours. This is our highest emergency level and will be declared when a significant number of customers are off supply or a significant unplanned transmission event has occurred and restoration times are likely to be greater than 24 hours.

Craft Fair in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Saturday 3rd March
12 noon – 3pm
Juniper Green Village Hall

Tombola & Refreshments
Over 20 stalls selling handcrafted items by local crafters including:
Jewellery, wooden crafted items, personalised gifts, ceramics, candles, soaps, artistry, home baking, sweets and much more!

All profits to Teenage Cancer Trust

Christmas/New Year closure

The Village Hall will be closed over the festive period, Thursday 21st December – Sunday 7th January inclusive, other than for pre-booked private events, which will go ahead as agreed.

The timetable of regular bookings will re-start on Monday 8th January.  Please note that some activities will start at a later date.  Please contact the responsible person for details in each case, or phone the Village Hall (0131 458 3751).

If you have any queries at any time, please contact us, but be aware that there may be a delay in receiving a response over the holiday period.

We will you all a very Happy Christmas and a good New Year in 2018!

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Hall

Sunday 26th November, 4.30pm
Village Hall Community Garden

Everyone is welcome, no tickets required, just turn up on the day.

We have engaged a local celebrity character, known to some of the children, to perform the Switching on of the Lights. There will be storytelling and festive craft for the children, mulled wine, mince pies and roasted chestnuts for sale to keep everyone warm, and carol singing courtesy of the JG Primary School (thank you Mrs Donaldson for organising the children), which of course everyone can join in too!

We hope this will become an annual event, as much a part of the Christmas tradition and as eagerly anticipated as Santa’s annual tour of the Water of Leith communities.

Do come and join in the fun!