Scouts aim to revive Pencaitland with Parents’s info event

Would you like to see Scouting start-up in Pencaitland for young people aged 6-14? Then come to a parents’ information night at the Trevelyan Hall on Tuesday 25th September, 7.30-8.30pm.

South East Scotland Scouts will be hosting an info night for parents to find out more about Scouting and how Scouting can get started in Pencaitland. To register your interest in Scouting starting up, email development@sesscouts.org.uk.

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Lollipop man Bill’s funeral set for Wed 26th

The sad news of local lollipop man Bill Wise’s sudden death last weekend shocked many Pencaitland villagers who got to know him well over the years. We can now report that his funeral will take place this coming Wednesday at Ormiston Parish Church. Minister David Torrance will be taking the service which begins at 10am.

August 2009 and Bill Wise looks on as Sally Averbuch attempts to work out which way she is meant to be going...
August 2009 and Bill Wise looks on as Sally Averbuch attempts to work out which way she is meant to be going…
The sad news of local lollipop man Bill Wise’s sudden death last weekend shocked many Pencaitland villagers who got to know him well over the years.

We can now report that his funeral will take place this coming Wednesday at Ormiston Parish Church. Minister David Torrance will be taking the service which begins at 10am.

You can read earlier messages of condolence on our previous story under comments.

Pencaitland loses Lollipop man Bill

It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death over the weekend of William ‘Bill’ Wise, Pencaitland’s local Lollipop man.

Bill Wise in the summer of 2009 with a young Ben Averbuch on his last day at Pencaitland Nursery.
Bill Wise in the summer of 2009 with a young Ben Averbuch on his last day at Pencaitland Nursery.
It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death over the weekend of William ‘Bill’ Wise, Pencaitland’s local Lollipop man.

Living in Ormiston, Bill has been a regular fixture at the Pencaitland crossing of the A6093 into the Glebe and many locals, parents and kids got to know him well over the years.

Always ready with a smile and some banter, Bill could be relied upon to be there whatever the weather. He will be sorely missed.

If we receive word on funeral arrangements we will report it here.

Great turnout for PTA Fun Run

The slightly overcast and misty conditions were ideal for the more serious runners in the 10km race held today in Pencaitland village.

The slightly overcast and misty conditions were ideal for the more serious runners in the 10km race held today in Pencaitland village.

The Fun Run was organised by the Parent and Teachers Association of Pencaitland Primary School with the aim of raising funds for both the PTA and Pencaitland’s Playgroup. Turnout was higher than expected with plenty of entrants for all three routes. There was a 5km and 3.5km route on offer too.

When the numbers have been added up we’ll provide details of the winning times and funds raised. Meantime you can see snaps from today’s event below…

NOTE: We hit a limit on how many pictures we can host on Flickr above, so we’ve uploaded Saturday’s snaps to the Photos section of Pencaitland Community Council on Facebook.

And a little video of the warm-up…

Look out for further pictures from around the course which we hope to be adding later. If you’d like to send one for inclusion email it to website@pencaitland.org.

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Photo News: Ben Nevis Fundraiser

Local man Ian Archer, better known as one of the enthusiastic parents behind Pencaitland’s Youth Football Club, spent last Saturday climbing Ben Nevis with friends and colleagues to raise funds for the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and Papyrus, dedicated to prevention of young suicide.

Local man Ian Archer, better known as one of the enthusiastic parents behind Pencaitland’s Youth Football Club, spent last Saturday climbing Ben Nevis with friends and colleagues to raise funds for the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and Papyrus, dedicated to prevention of young suicide.

Ian Archer (centre with unzipped jacket over blue top) and colleagues make it to the top of Ben Nevis last Saturday.
Ian Archer (centre with unzipped jacket over blue top) and colleagues make it to the top of Ben Nevis last Saturday.

The effort was prompted by the tragic suicide of the son of a colleague at Ian’s work, Ingenza Ltd, based in the Roslin BioCentre. Along with his colleagues, Ian made it up and down in a day, but not without some inevitable consequences. “We’re all limping around our office today with very sore legs”, explains Ian.

But the effort was worth it with the Ingenza team raising over £4,000. As Ian adds, “The justgiving page will be open for a few more days for anyone who would like to sponsor us but hasn’t quite got round to it yet.”

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Rural villages win super-fast broadband funding

Neighbouring East Linton and Garvald & Morham Community Council have landed funding which will allow them to develop super-fast, next-generation broadband for their communities — residents who previously had very slow or no service at all.

Leader funding secured for super-fast broadband in parts of rural East LothianThe initial plan is to roll out a 20Mbps service to the communities and businesses of East Linton, Garvald, Morham, Gifford and most of the areas in between. That’s a full 12Mbps faster than the very best connections most people in rural East Lothian can ever hope to get at the moment.

The story began in 2004 when locals in Garvald were told by BT that their exchange would not be broadband enabled. Similarly the Morham area were told their telephone lines would not be upgraded to receive broadband from the Haddington exchange. That prompted residents and businesses within the Garvald & Morham community to seek funding from Leader Plus and East Lothian Council to set up a community wireless broadband service. The community won the funding, operating a 2Mbps service since June 2005.

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