Flood alert for the Lothians

We’ve received notice of a new flood alert from Scotish Environment Protection Agency covering East Lothian.

We’ve received notice of a new flood alert from Scotish Environment Protection Agency covering East Lothian.

A new flood alert for the lothians was issued
A new flood alert for the Lothians was issued
“A spell of wet and windy weather is expected throughout the region on Thursday. There is a risk of surface water flooding in built up areas and on the road network. There is also a risk of flooding from rivers and small watercourses. SEPA will continue to monitor the situation and further updates will be issued as necessary. The worst of the rain is expected to clear by Thursday evening.”

Keep your community informed

If you have to travel and spot a dangerous section of road please tweet details to @pencaitlandcc or to the Pencaitland Facebook page. This way the information will automatically be passed on to others.

Example Twitter message:

@pencaitlandcc Bend of A6093 coming into Wester #Pencaitland water over both lanes on final bend. #flood #eastlothian

You can use the same text whether sending to Twitter or posting to Facebook or Google+… whichever you prefer.

the # symbol is often placed in front of keywords on Twitter in order to help people discover relevant updates. If you have room, by adding #eastlothian and #flood to your message it is more likely to be found by those looking for information on areas under water around in the county. Try to be specific, using, for example, #ormiston or #pencaitland hash tags to help geographically pinpoint where the problem is.


Pencaitland Annual General Meeting 2012

The Annual General Meeting of Pencaitland Community Council takes place on October 10th 2012. This will be followed by a brief regular meeting for the appointment of office bearers.

The Annual General Meeting of Pencaitland Community Council takes place at 7.30pm on October 10th 2012.

This will be followed by a brief regular meeting for the appointment of office bearers.

USEFUL RESOURCES

Last year’s AGM MinutesAGM Agenda.

Daz Hack: Funeral to take place Monday 1st

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Darren (Daz) Hack, husband to Emma and dad to Aimee and Olly, died peacefully on 21 September 2012 at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh.

Daz Hack helps raise funds for Pencaitland PTA earlier this year (March, 2012)
Daz Hack helps raise funds for Pencaitland PTA earlier this year (March, 2012)
It is with deep sadness that we announce that Darren (Daz) Hack, husband to Emma and dad to Aimee and Olly, died peacefully on 21 September 2012 at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh.

The funeral will be held on Monday 1 October at 10am at the Borders Crematorium in Melrose. Family flowers only, donations can be made to Marie Curie please.

Following the service, Emma invites everyone to Pencaitland Bowling Club for Daz’s After Party and refreshments.

There will be a Memory Book available at both the Crematorium and the Bowling Club for you to write a message to Emma, Aimee, Olly and family.

Daz Hack: Request

Daz chose an eco-friendly cardboard coffin and asked for everyone to have a chance to either write a message or draw a picture on it. You can do so today, Friday, until 4pm, or tomorrow, Saturday, between 9am and 5pm, at the Co-operative Funeral Care, 96-98 High Street, Tranent.

Please try and make the time to do this over the next two days, as it was one of Daz’s last wishes.

Daz requested that people wear what makes them happy, for Daz’s colleagues, the wearing of police uniform to the Service is entirely optional.

For directions:

Borders Crematorium, Melrose, TD6 9HA

Pencaitland Bowling Club 29 Vinefields, Pencaitland, EH34 5HD

Co-operative Funeral Services 96-98 High Street, Tranent, EH33 1HH

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.

Community Council Elections 2012 – Pencaitland really needs you

Interested in joining Pencaitland Community Council? Here’s your chance to help the community you live in and shape the future direction of your area.

Pencaitland needs new blood - have you got any to spare? Click for background info and documents on the upcoming elections.Have you thought about joining us on Pencaitland Community Council? Here’s your opportunity to help the community you live in and shape the future direction of your village.

East Lothian’s twenty Community Councils are run on a voluntary basis by local people just like you. They act as a vital link between East Lothian Council and the local area, giving residents an opportunity to speak out on local issues of concern. Pencaitland holds ten meetings a year.

Pencaitland’s Community Council extends to cover the villages of New Winton, Boggs Holdings & Glenkinchie/Peastonbank, plus everything in-between. We really need some new blood, not just from Pencaitland but all the those parts that fall within this community council and form part of our ward.

In all there are fifteen seats on the community council. Elections are only held where there are more nominations than available seats on the community council. There have been no elections to Pencaitland’s community council in recent years though all seats have, until recently, been taken up.

Pencaitland Community Council Area MapIf you are interested in becoming a member of your local Community Council the only requirement is that you are aged 16 or over.

Interested? Want to know more? Then contact the current Community Chair, Ralph, on 01875 340 641.

Nomination forms must be returned to the Returning Officer no later than 4pm on Thursday 13 September 2012.

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Newest ELC Councillor Shamin Akhtar releases surgery dates

Following the 2012 elections of Councillors to East Lothian Council, the Fa’side ward gained a new face in Shamin Akhtar (LAB). Find out when and where Shamin’s surgeries take place as well as those of her Fa’side constituency colleagues.

Following the 2012 elections of Councillors to East Lothian Council, the Fa’side ward gained a new face in Shamin Akhtar (LAB).

Shamin’s constituency surgeries were recently published. If you have any issues you’d like to raise you can see Shamin at the following times and places…

 Wednesday 27 June  5pm – 6pm  Trevelyan Hall, Pencaitland
 Wednesday 4 July  5pm – 6pm  Ormiston Community Centre
 Saturday 7 July  10am – 11am  Loch Centre, Tranent
 Wednesday 11 July  5pm – 6pm  Macmerry Village Hall
 Wednesday 25 July  5pm – 6pm  Trevelyan Hall, Pencaitland
 Saturday 28 July  10am – 11am  Loch Centre, Tranent
Shamin Akhtar

Shamin has lived in Pencaitland since 2007, moving to the village from Musselburgh with her partner Ryan and their two young children in Limekilns. After graduating from the University of Abertay, Dundee in Biotechnology she was elected President of her Students’ Association, going on to be elected the President of the National Union of Students Scotland. Shamin has subsequently spent much of her career in the voluntary and community sector, including more than a decade working for SCVO, the national umbrella body for Scottish charities. She has also volunteered with a wide range of charities and community groups over the last 20 years including Chair of a national housing organisation. Closer to home, Shamin has supported Pencaitland playgroup and volunteered with the school’s PTA.

Shamin Akhtar Contact info

John Muir House
Haddington
EH41 3HA
Tel: 01620 827019/07718669395
Fax: 01620 827180
Email: sakhtar@eastlothian.gov.uk

Councillors Jim Gillies, Donald Grant & Kenny Macleod

Details for Fa’side’s three recently re-elected councillors, their contact information and times of constituency surgeries, can be found on East Lothian Council’s website:

Jim Gillies (LAB)

Donald Grant (LAB)
Kenny Macleod (SNP)

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Flood warnings today – share your knowledge

There are reports we can expect floods on our rural road network around East Lothian today. If you spot problems tell others. Here’s how…

There are reports that we can expect more floods on our rural road network in and around East Lothian today. If you spot problems tell others. Here’s how…

If you have to travel today and spot a badly flooded section of road please either tweet details to @pencaitlandcc or to the Pencaitland Facebook page. This way the information will automatically be passed on to others.

e.g.

Twitter: @pencaitlandcc carriageway flooded both lanes on final bend into wester #Pencaitland. #flood #eastlothian

You can use the same text whether sending to Twitter or posting to Facebook or Google+ … whichever is your preferred social tool of choice.

the # symbol is often placed in front of keywords on Twitter in order to help people discover relevant updates. If you have room, by adding #eastlothian and #flood to your message it is more likely to be found by those looking for information on floods in the county. Try to be specific, using, for example, #ormiston or #pencaitland hash tags to help geographically pinpoint where the problem is.

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East Lothian’s Library Bus service in Pencaitland

Were you aware that East Lothian’s library service includes a mobile bus? The bus visits the village every week with different destinations. Depending on the week, you’ll find the bus in Pencaitland at the following locations and times…

Were you aware that East Lothian’s library service includes a mobile bus? The bus visits the village every week with different destinations.

Depending on the week, you’ll find the bus in Pencaitland at the following locations and times:

Pencaitland regularly receives visits from East Lothian's Library Bus
Pencaitland regularly receives visits from East Lothian's Library Bus

WEEK 1 (Tuesday)

Limekilns 4.00 – 4.15
The Glebe 4.15 – 4.30
The Green 4.30 – 4.55
Lamberton Court 5.30 – 6.00
Queen’s Drive 6.05 – 6.30
The Cross 6.30 – 6.55
Vinefields 7.00 – 7.20

WEEK 2 (Tuesday)

Limekilns 4.00 – 4.15
The Glebe 4.15 – 4.30
The Green 4.30 – 4.55
Lamberton Court 5.30 – 6.00
Queen’s Drive 6.00 – 6.30
The Cross 6.30 – 6.55
Vinefields 7.00 – 7.20

WEEK 2 (Friday)

Vinefields 9.25 – 9.40
Pencaitland Nursery 9.45 – 10.15
The Green 10.20 – 10.45
Lamberton Court 11.00 – 11.15
The Cross 11.45 – 11.55

In addition to the stops listed above, the library service also offers a Housebound Service to those with limited mobility. Once you have given your preferences the Library Bus team will drop off and pick up books direct to your home..

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Missing Black and white female cat: Have you seen her?

The Crowsons who live in Vinefields, Pencaitland have been in touch about their missing 12 year old black and white cat Morag.

The Crowsons, who live in the Vinefields estate in Pencaitland, have been in touch about their missing 12 year old black and white cat Morag.

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A small and slim cat, she went missing in Vinefields sometime on Saturday. If you’ve seen a cat fitting the description in or near the Vinefields part of Pencaitland please contact Katherine on 01875 340 345, mobile 07776 222447 or email ILKGcrowson@aol.com.

UPDATE: See comments below for a photo of Morag.

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Lothian Buses users surgery at Fort Kinnaird, 24th May

With Lothian Buses due to take over the Pencaitland (via Ormiston) route from First in June, you may be interested to know that it is holding a bus users’ surgery at Fort Kinnaird on the 24th of May, between 10am and 3pm.

With Lothian Buses due to take over the Pencaitland (via Ormiston) route from First in June, you may be interested to know that it is holding a bus users’ surgery at Fort Kinnaird on the 24th of May, between 10am and 3pm.

If you are a bus user here’s your chance to talk directly to the company and tell them your concerns or seek information about what’s planned for routes in East Lothian.

More information here