As usual Councillor Maureen Child keeps us up to date with news from her Ward of Portobello/Craigmillar.

From her email inbox she tells us about five things going on in the area this week:

Free Storytelling Event at Craigmillar Library! On 2 April, children aged 3-8 years and their families can enjoy stories and rhymes with storytellers Mary Sutherland and Anna Schaffner. For more information, contact: Birgit Harris – or Mhairi McNeill –

Royal Voluntary Society are holding a Welcome Event at the Cake and Candy Tearoom at 127 Portobello High Street on Monday 26 March, 10am -12noon, with free tea/coffee and biscuits.  Do find out about volunteering with the Royal Voluntary Service and how they can help you set up new groups for older people in Portobello, like the Portobello Craft and Chat Group, starting in April.  For more information, please contact Denise Young at or call 07787 272 860.

Sing in the City are starting a daytime choir in Portobello on Thursday mornings.  You would be welcome to go along, join in and treat yourself.  No auditions, no stress, just singing for fun. Sign up for a free try out at It’s a great way to meet people and it feels so good to sing, whatever you think you sound like.

The Craigmillar Library Book Group is a friendly and informal group, meeting once a month to discuss the book handed out the previous month. The meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Tea, coffee and refreshments are provided. It’s a really enjoyable and relaxed reading group where everyone can give their opinion, likes and dislikes about what they’ve read. The current book choice can be picked up at Craigmillar Library. For more information ask a member of staff or contact: or phone 0131 529 5597

Portobello High School’s S6 and the Parent Council is  holding a Fashion Show Fundraiser on Tuesday 27 March from 6.30pm in the school. Prom dress and vintage wear sale too!  The tickets are £5 (£3 for under 18s) and can be bought at the door on the night or at the school before Tuesday.  Everyone is welcome and it is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family!