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  • Easter eggs
  • Cancer fundraiser
  • Edinburgh College Students’ Association
  • Central Scotland Green Network awards
  • The Knitting and Stitching Show Edinburgh

If you have not bought your Easter Egg yet then you might be persuaded to have a look at this one here. Though be warned as it has a bit of a hefty price tag…. £999!

Staff at the local Asda super centre at Chesser are holding a special Easter egg search in-store to allow local children to become egg-splorers and be in with a chance of winning some delicious Easter surprises.

The hunt, organised by the store’s dedicated Community Champion – Gary Anderson – will mean that a range of yummy, chocolatey surprises are up for grabs for children that can search and collect the necessary clues placed around the New Mart Road store.

#GiantHenTaking place throughout Good Friday, children visiting the store with their parents will all be invited to take part and hunt for clues across the store’s fresh food, chilled food and other departments.

Egg-splorers may even catch a glimpse of the nation’s favourite Easter egg laying hen whilst on their hunt. The #GiantHen has provided nearly all the 21 million Easter eggs needed to meet the demand of the chocolate-crazy public and Edinburgh locals are sure to be able to get their hands on the eggs in-store.

Children that prove themselves to be super-sleuths will be able to exchange their clues for a prize before leaving the store.

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More than 200 young lawyers attended a black tie event last weekend and apart from enjoying themselves they raised more than £2,300 for Breast Cancer Now.

Lucy Thornton, who is a solicitor at Digby Brown LLP and one of the organisers of the fundraising event, said“The SYLA were delighted to support such a fantastic cause at our Spring Ball and I would like to thank our members for donating so generously to help fight this awful disease.  Everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer so it’s crucial that we continue to support vital research which will save lives.”

Mary Allison, Director for Scotland at Breast Cancer Now, said: “We really appreciate the hard work of all of our dedicated supporters. We believe that by 2050 no one will die of breast cancer. And we believe that research holds the key. It is down to the hard work of inspiring supporters like the SYLA that we can invest in life-saving breast cancer research, and together we are determined to stop breast cancer taking the women we love.”

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Edinburgh College

Edinburgh College Students’ Association have won an award!

At the NUS Scotland Awards 2016 the organisation was commended for improving students’ learning experience while at college and university. The Edinburgh College team have worked to improve what they do including holding a self-evaluation day for course representatives. They have also introduced a clear calendar of activity throughout the academic year.

Vonnie Sandlan, President of NUS Scotland, said:

“It was a great honour to help present the NUS Scotland Awards at our national conference in Dundee. These awards are a celebration of the hard work and huge impact that students’ unions have on campuses and in communities across Scotland. As well as recognising individual achievements, the winners include campaigns that celebrate the diversity of our institutions, and initiatives that create new and exciting opportunities for students. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees, and I wish them the best of luck in the NUS UK awards.”

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Innovative concepts and projects in Edinburgh are invited to enter a competition to win up to £5,000 funding from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Ideas Fund 2016.

Now in its fourth year, the CSGN Ideas Fund supports the development of pioneering greenspace and green infrastructure projects, from concepts in their early stages of research, scoping and feasibility to those further on in the design process which are ready to transform their vision into reality with project development, testing or delivery.

To celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, applicants to the 2016 Fund should have a creative professional at the heart of the development or delivery of the idea which must make a positive contribution to greenspace or green infrastructure in the region.

Entries should be submitted by 12noon on 6 June 2016 and three shortlisted projects will go forward for presentation at this year’s CSGN Forum, which is set to take place in Glasgow on 21 June 2016 and will look at the pivotal role of artists and designers in creating vibrant places for people to live and enjoy.

For further information about the CSGN Ideas Fund 2016 and full details on eligibility, please visit the website.

Award-winning textile fine artist and painter Michala Gyetvai will be showing work in Scotland for the first time at the inaugural Knitting & Stitching Show.  With an exhibition called Enchanted Landscapes, the acclaimed artist’s works begin as studies in pastel before their transformation into vibrant fibre paintings using old dyed blankets.

Also making her Scottish debut at The Knitting & Stitching Show Edinburgh is Newcastle-based artist maker Helen Pailing.  Her #workshopassemblage series is created from salvaged waste materials from Sunderland’s National Glass Centre, from processes such as lampworking, waterjet cutting, laser printing and glass blowing.  Components are stitched together to create highly impactful sculptural objects, architectural interventions and installations.

Representing Scotland’s thriving textile art scene are exhibitions by Edinburgh tapestry artist Fiona Rutherford whose work is held in collections at the V&A and the Arts Council (Fragments), Glasgow-based printed textile artist Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor (Perpetual Mapping) and fine  artists from edge – textile artists Scotland.

The Knitting and Stitching Show Edinburgh takes place at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh from 28 April – 1 May. Tickets cost £13.00 in advance (concessions £12), with a wide selection of options available from the website here or by calling 01473 321872.

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