PTA Spring Fayre set for 26th May

This year’s Pencaitland PTA Spring Fayre takes place on the 26th of May (Saturday), from 1 to 4pm in the grounds of the school.

This year’s Spring Fayre, run by the Parent and Teachers Association of Pencaitland Primary, takes place on the 26th of May (Saturday), from 1 to 4pm in the grounds of the school.

Face-painting at the Pencaitland PTA Spring Fayre last year...

As well as parents and extended family, all members of the community are very welcome to come along and enjoy, “a fun packed activity filled afternoon with all the usual attractions and a few more! This year come ready to race! There will be traditional games for parents and children to test their speed and dexterity, including a tug-of-war!”

There will also be a Science tent looking at the eye and optics, the return of the polymer slime and coke geysers, plus the new hexbug nano races.

Look out for the usual assortment of tractors and emergency vehicles plus a variety of four legged friends will be joining the fun from the Cadzow’s farm and Boggs Hogs.

Amongst items sought are:

  • Donations of home baking
  • Donations of used toys, books and DVDs/CDs
  • Donations of new toys and books suitable for a children’s tombola or lucky dip
  • Donations of bottles or chocolate suitable for the adults’ tombola
  • Donations of bicycles

If you think you can also help out on the day contact Charlotte on 01875 340 987 or check out the PTA’s letter [PDF].

Donations of toys and books and tombola items can be made directly to the school from the 21st May but if you would like someone to collect your items please email PPSPTA1@gmail.com or ring Charlotte as above.

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Labour ousts Ruth Currie in Fa’side ward

With the outcome of the Council elections still in the balance across East Lothian, the results for the Fa’side ward are now in.

With the outcome of East Lothian’s Council elections still in the balance across the county, the results for the Fa’side ward are now in.

Shamin Akhtar with agent Christine Russell & Liz Grant before campaigning.

Long time councillors for Labour Jim Gillies and Donald Grant have been re-elected. Joining them for Labour is new recruit Shamin Akhtar (pictured centre front). For the SNP Kenny Macleod held his seat but his colleague Ruth Currie suffered at the hands of a strong local Labour campaign across Fa’side.

Congratulations to all the re-elected and newly elected members for Fa’side. Pencaitland Community Council hopes to enjoy both fruitful and regular contact with all the elected councillors for the ward.

UPDATE: The results have now been declared with Labour holding 10 councillors, the SNP 9, Conservatives with 3 and 1 independent. The Lib-dems have therefore been wiped from the political landscape in East Lothian. A full breakdown on the voting results can be found on East Lothian Council’s website.

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Things to do with kids this Easter

Edinburgh’s Science Festival has loads of activities for kids this Easter. One of the main attractions is the City Arts Centre, entirely given over to interactive activities for children of all ages.

Don’t forget Edinburgh’s International Science Festival has loads of activities for kids this Easter. One of the main attractions is the City Arts Centre, entirely given over to interactive activities for children of all ages.

Below you can see just one of the many entertaining activities to engage children’s imaginations.

Also worth checking out is the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. It has a variety of science activities on offer.

For general information on all events go to the What’s On section of the EISF website. For all the activity based stuff go here.

Edinburgh’s International Science Festival was founded in 1989 and is an educational charity that encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to discover, “the wonder of the world around them”.

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Send us your Fun Run photos this weekend

Are you going to be at this year’s PTA Fun Run 2012? If you are please send us your snaps. We’ll then publicise it on the web.

Are you planning on taking part or cheering on participants in this year’s PTA Fun Run?

If you are and you get a good photo of events please share it with us. We will then publicise it on this website, on the School’s blog and via Facebook or Twitter.

Click for more details and a map of the cycle and running routes

How to send us your photos

There are three ways you can share photos from the day.

1. Email your photos, ideally one at a time, to website@pencaitland.org.

2. Share your pictures on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/pencaitland.

3. Tweet your photos to @pencaitlandcc.

In each case give us a few words on where on the course you were and, if you know, who’s in the picture.

Video too?

Yes. If you take a video you can also share this. Please keep it short and all the options above still apply. If emailing the file needs to be under 20MB in size. If already uploaded to YouTube or some other video site, send us the link.

Entrance for the Fun Run

10K (ages 15yrs and above) £10, 5K (ages 11yrs and above) £10, family 3.5K run and 10K bike trail (no age limit, under 11yrs require accompanying adult) £2 per person. Pencaitland PTA is a registered charity, number SCO0003.

Entry forms

There’s still time to enter. Download the entry forms here – 10k & 5k Registration formFamily Registration Form.

PTA Fun Run Route Map

You can view a PDF of the planned 3.5, 5 and 10km cycle and runnning routes.

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Today’s Police surgery moved to 1pm

Contrary to the earlier report about today’s Police Surgery next to Trevelyan Hall, the time has had to be moved to 1pm and not 3pm as previously reported. This was to due other deminds on resources.

Click to see the Fa'side ward's local police officers

If you would like to meet your local officer or you have any particular concerns you are keen to raise, pop on over and say hello.

Additional Info

The Lothian and Borders police for Fa’side are based in Tranent Police Station. The full address is:

Tranent Police Station
113 High Street
Tranent
EH33 1LW
Tel: 01875 610333

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Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch Sunday 3rd June

This year is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and across the whole of the United Kingdom there are plans for a number of activities in order to celebrate the event.

Big Lunch

One of the events will be the fourth annual Big Lunch, initiated by the Eden Project, on Sunday 3rd June. The Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian has written to our local villages asking that we encourage the local community to get together with friends and neighbours to organise a party. 

You can find out more about the Big Jubilee Lunch here and you can see a copy of the Lord Lieutenant’s letter here.

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Weathering the storm – high winds race through Pencaitland

Today’s winds came as quite a surprise to a number of villagers. Reports earlier today said that there could be gusts as high as 95mph across parts of the central belt, with structural damage expected. There are unconfirmed reports of gusts of over 100mph in Edinburgh.

Today’s winds came as quite a surprise to a number of villagers. Reports earlier today said that there could be gusts as high as 95mph across parts of the central belt, with structural damage expected. There were unconfirmed reports of gusts of over 100mph in Edinburgh.

Storm Damage - click for a few more pictures

Fortunately, unlike the last blast, this storm, whilst even more intense than the one before Christmas, blew out much more quickly.

A quick glance around Pencaitland after the worst had passed showed some roofs missing tiles and the Spar shop’s sign which shattered in the highest winds, also losing some of the guttering from the structure over the petrol pumps. That aside, so far the bulk of the wind damage appears to be tree-related.

In this video you can see the damage to the Spar shop’s sign as the canopy over the petrol pumps rocks back and forth.

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