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Grange Fair 2015 – Saturday 9th May !

 The Grange Association – Grange Fair

at Newington Library, Fountainhall Road

1.00pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 9 May

Please print off these posters and place them somewhere they can be seen ! (Right-click on your chosen poster and choose e.g. “Print target”)

  Grange Fair 2015 can you help

Everyone is welcome to come along to an afternoon of fun and entertainment.

Stalls, bouncy castle, music, dancing displays, cycling fun – under 12s bring your bike – and more.

Any profit will go to Newington Library for children’s craft materials and the Eric Liddell Centre.

To make the event a success we need your help:

  • Could you volunteer to be a steward on the day?
  • Do you have anything you could donate for these stalls?
    • Collectables
    • Books and DVDs
    • Tombola

Please put any items you can donate in the box in the library vestibule when it reopens at Easter, or if you would like them collected that’s no problem.

We’re also having a plant stall and will be asking you for donations nearer the time. Could you start potting up spare plants now?

Contact Lucy Richardson, 0131 662 4992, lucyclarerichardson@yahoo.co.uk  with offers of help, or a request to collect donated items.

For more information go to:- http://gaedin.co.uk/wp

No jumble or clothing please.

Supported by the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, City of Edinburgh Council.

Grange Fair news

Not long now until the Grange Fair !

Are you able to help ? Follow the instructions, and volunteer …

Please print off these posters and place them somewhere they can be seen ! (Right-click on your chosen poster and choose e.g. “Print target”)

Grange Fair

Grange Fair Can You Help


Grateful thanks to local artist and illustrator Alexa Rutherford – alexa@alexarutherford.co.uk for designing the poster. Alexa specialises in illustrating children’s books, but can undertake any illustration work including a portrait of your house. 

Thanks also to City of Edinburgh Council for help in funding this event

……………………Sciennes Primary School – Exciting New Playground Project………………….

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The Grange Association (GA) has had a long standing interest in Sciennes Primary School (Sciennes), a B Listed building and a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, adjacent to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids). 

Sciennes has recently announced that it is fundraising to redevelop the present south playground on Sciennes Road as well as the existing landscaped strip south of Sciennes Road (between Tantallon Place and Sylvan Place) for the benefit of both the school and the wider community. At present the children only have a barren tarmac surface which is no longer fit for purpose. This development, the SCAPE Project (Sciennes Community Active Play Experience) will be open to the community outside the school’s core hours. It is hoped that children from the nearby tenement buildings and families who have children who are unwell at the Sick Kids will also benefit from this fantastic facility. To make this project happen Sciennes needs to raise £50,000.00. It is anticipated that this amount will be matched by funding from a Commonwealth Games Legacy fund managed by Sport Scotland.


GA committee member Erick Davidson recently met with Jack Cadell (Head of the Sciennes Playground Improvement Group, a Sciennes parent and a Grange resident) and has pledged the support of the GA to the playground project. The GA is delighted to announce that it has donated the sum of £1000 to Sciennes to help reach its target. Erick recalls with fondness the days when his now grown up daughter attended Sciennes. It certainly hasn’t changed on the outside! On behalf of Sciennes, Jack thanked Erick for the support from the GA and stated that Sciennes is looking forward to working in partnership with Erick and the GA committee. Jack said, “Many of our families live within the Grange Conservation area so there is already a strong link between the two organisations. At the inaugural Grange Fair organised by the GA, organiser Lucy Richardson had a strong team of helpers from Sciennes. In addition many families attended the fair and had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. (See GA newsletter Autumn 2014.) It is this kind of community partnership that we at Sciennes are very much looking to foster with organisations such as the Grange Association.”


He continued, “With the support of our community and some fantastic fundraising efforts from parents, staff and the children we are well on our way to raising the money required to redevelop the playground and the landscaped strip across Sciennes Road. Active play and outdoor learning are at the top of the agenda at Sciennes and we want to give children the opportunity to benefit from a new, improved play area. A very big thank you to the GA and we look forward to your continued support”.


It is anticipated that work on the playground will take place in July and August 2015 and that it will be finished in time for the start of the 2015 autumn term. If anyone would like to support the Sciennes fundraising effort please visit BT.mydonate Friends of Sciennes Primary Playground Improvements. Sciennes School is also on Facebook.


Click here for a poster prepared by Harrison Stevens which gives an idea of how the project might look.



Previous Events



A review of the year’s activity followed by a general discussion


The Future of

The Astley Ainslie Site


Wednesday March 1st 2017
Doors open at 6.30 pm for the AGM at 7.00 pm

Marchmont St Giles Church

Refreshments from 6.30pm


Registered Scottish Charity No:SCO25491 (www.grangeassociation.org)



Wednesday 1 February:

“You Rang, Madam?” – servant life 200 years ago

described by Maureen Kelly, Chairman of the Scottish Branch of the Jane Austen Society.


“An Edinburgh (Planning) Christmas Carol”

presented by Cliff Hague,

Chairman of the Cockburn Association (with assistance from Charles Dickens)

Wednesday 4th January 2017


Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Annual General Meeting

Followed by a talk on rights of way

within the grounds of Astley Ainslie Hospital


Wednesday 3rd February 2016

The Story of the Lost Garden

of Penicuik

an illustrated talk by

Roger Kelly

Convenor of the Penicuik Trust


Wednesday 6th January 2016

“We Don’t Just Stamp Books!”

an illustrated talk by

Julia Cormack

Team Leader, Newington Library

At 7.30pm 


Wednesday 7th October 2015

Heritage Trees in Scotland

an illustrated talk by

Donald Rodger

Arboricultural Consultant

At 7.30pm


Wednesday 3 December 2014:

Christmas Event – Notable bodies and Christmas spirit

An illustrated talk by the Grange Cemetery group

7 for 7:30


Wednesday 12 November 2014:

Joan Nadeau – “Children in the Rwandan Hills – an illustrated talk by a Voluntary Service Overseas volunteer.”


Wednesday 8 October 2014:

Prof John Peacock – “Astronomy Past, Present and Future at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh”


Tuesday 17 June 2014:

Annual coach trip to Wemyss Castle Gardens


The Grange Association

Sunday 11 May 2014:

The Grange Fair: Newington Library and on Fountainhall Road from 1.00pm – 4.30pm


Wednesday March 12th 2014   6.30pm for 7.00pm

Grange Conservation Area Character Appraisal
Update by Rachel Howarth (CEC) at 7pm.
AGM: A review of the year’s activity
(including your opportunity to have a say)
Astley Ainslie Hospital; a brief history”
by Dr Brian Pentland
Tea and Coffee from 6.30pm
Marchmont St Giles Church
All Welcome


Wednesday 12th February 2014
7.00 for 7.30pm
Looking for Little Livingstones:
David Livingstone and his Children
An illustrated talk by Dr Jack Thompson
Marchmont St Giles Church
Refreshments prior
All welcome


Wednesday 8th January

Christine de Luca: Island Muse – Island Musings

Our local poet, recently profiled in the Grange newsletter will talk on her upbringing in Shelland with slides and read some of her poetry – both in Shetlandic and English.


Wednesday 13th November 2013

Paula Williams: Putting the Grange on the Map

Paula is the Senior Curator of Maps, Mountaineering and Polar Collections at the National Library of Scotland on Causewayside.  She will give a detailed talk(with slides) of maps of the Grange over the centuries and is happy to answer questions.


Wednesday 9th October 2013

Brian Forrester: A Virtual Tour of the Carlton Cricket Club

Brian is Membership Secretary of our local cricket club on Grange Loan and promises a fascinating talk. 


Wednesday 13 March 2013m

Alison Kinnaird on The Beauty of Glass + AGM

One of the world’s leading engravers, with work in public, royal and private collections throughout Europe, America and the Far East, Alison Kinnaird’s glass work ranges from small intimate pieces, to architectural installations, which incorporate light and colour. A recipient of many awards and winner of many competitions, her contribution was recognized in 1997, when she was presented with an MBE for services to art and music.

Alison is also one of the foremost exponents of Scottish harp music, playing both gut and wire-strung Scottish harps. She is much in demand, at home and abroad, as a performer, a lecturer, and teacher in both her fields.

Glass, she says, is a seductively beautiful medium. It has a more versatile nature than any other material. It can be made to resemble stone, water or metal, ceramic, gems or textiles. It can be solid or liquid, transparent or obscure, smooth or textured, heavy or apparently weightless. But it is in partnership with light that glass comes alive. It is then glowing and brilliant, reflective and refractive.

“These qualities suggest the images to me, created by copper wheel engraving, a technique which has remained basically unchanged for 2000 years,” she says.


Wednesday 13 February 2013

Louise Cunningham on The Allure of Antarctica

Early Antarctic explorers described the pain and danger of their journeys
in the “accursed country” they discovered; yet these descriptions are juxtaposed with exclamations of the magical beauty of the untamed continent, fuelling the imagination of many an adventurer. Today, just over 100 years later, the coldest and most isolated landmass on earth continues to beckon increasing numbers of intrepid travellers, who vie for a glimpse of its unique wildlife and beauty.

During this photographic cruise of the Antarctic, discover what attracts and captivates scientists and tourists alike, and hear about life working as a cruise ship lecturer and guide in the last great wilderness on earth.



This is a group for anyone with a an interest in gardening or visiting gardens and exchanging ideas, and expertise with other members.

We suggest and arrange visits to open gardens throughout the spring and summer, including, usually, a coach trip in June to see some gardens which are open by arrangement only.

We alert members to gardening events and we help gardeners to swap and share plants, seeds and equipment by advertising these to other members who are part of the Grange Garden Exchange Group. In October/November in particular, we meet to take stock and then send out a list of  plants and seeds that are surplus to requirements and that members are willing to donate to other members of the group.

In May we run a plant stall at the Grange Fair. The majority of plants are donated by gardeners in the Grange and bought by them too, making a great contribution to the Fair and on to local good causes.

Some members are involved in volunteering to look after Newington Library garden and other plant around our street trees to keep these spaces looking tidy and colourful.

If you want to join this group or unsubscribe from it please get in touch with Edythe Murie.


SUMMER OUTING 2020 – CANCELLED due to Coronavirus

Floors Castle and Monteviot Garden in the Borders on Monday 15th June 2020 – CANCELLED

Floors Castle

This year the summer outing will take us about an hour’s drive to the Borders where we will visit Floors Castle near Kelso, seat of the Duke of Roxburghe. The gardens offer extensive flower borders, a walled Victorian kitchen garden, glasshouses with vines and peaches, fruit cages and tranquil woodland and riverside walks.

There will also be an opportunity to view inside the castle which boasts fine tapestries, porcelain and 18th century furniture.

We will have lunch locally and, in the afternoon, we will take a short drive to Monteviot House, where we can explore the gardens around this eighteenth century villa. Again, there is plenty to see including herbs, a rose garden with views over the Tweed, and a water garden. There is also a more recent feature intriguingly entitled “The Garden of Persistent Imagination”.

The coach will leave from Lauder Road at 9.30am and we aim to return there by about 5.30pm. As well as lunch, there will be opportunities to have tea or coffee on arrival and in the afternoon.

If you are interested, please let Edythe Murie (Garden Group Organiser) know.  You will be sent more details of the trip together with an application form.


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Hon. President: Sofia Leonard

Chair Nigel Ayton 2 South Lauder Road EH9 2LL 0131 662 8720 Planning
MSCC Community Liaison
Chair@GrangeAssociation.com   Planning@GrangeAssociation.com
Vice-Chair Jenny Dawe 1 Strathearn Road EH9 2AH 0131 447 1296 Newsletter
Liaison@GrangeAssociation.com Grange Cemetery
Hon Secretary Lucy Richardson 31 Fountainhall Road EH9 2LN 07870 307224 Grange Fair
Hon Treasurer Martin Sinclair 5 St Thomas Road EH9 2LQ 0131 667 4250
Committee – Ordinary members
Mark Batho 12 Blackford Avenue EH9 2PH 0131 667 2332 Events
Richard Brown 31 St Alban’s Road EH9 2LT 07899 914678 Membership
Donald Henderson 2 Seton Place EH9 2JT 07733 332214
Roger Kellett 10 Wyvern Park EH9 2JY 07941 348609 Astley Ainslie Community Engagement
Jean McCutcheon 14 Oswald Court EH9 2HY 0131 667 7645 Events
Neil Robb Lauder Road EH9 2EJ Online services
Sue Tritton 6 Grange Terrace EH9 2LD 0131 667 8027 Leaf clearing
Sue.Tritton@GrangeAssociation.com GPCC Community Liaison

Other contacts
Edythe Murie 28 Mortonhall Road EH9 2HN 07779 763930 Garden Group
Peter Pitkin 8 Blackford Road EH9 2DS 0131 447 3220 Tree advice

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Leaf clearing

Since October 2018, the Grange Association has arranged with the Council for a combined effort to clear leaves from our streets each autumn. The Council has agreed to provide strong black bags, shovels and brushes and to collect filled bags. We have mobilised a team of volunteer sweepers.

The October 2018 appeal was sent to all Grange Association members on our email list. Initially, over 40 people responded saying they would help. The Council delivered 700 bags and 15 shovels and brushes to five addresses whose owners had offered to provide storage facilities for this equipment. Over the following four weeks, volunteers worked to clear many of the streets. Some got together with neighbours to clear their own streets; others worked in groups in areas with particularly large leaf falls; others cleared areas (such as Lover’s Loan) with no residents. Gutters where compacted leaves appeared to be several years old were particularly heavy work. Every few days we told the Council where we had left piles of filled black bags – these were usually picked up within a few days.

Most of those who helped seemed to enjoy the work. It was an opportunity to meet neighbours and there was satisfaction in seeing clean pavements and gutters. Some people felt that we were doing work that the Council should be doing but it allowed us to appreciate the difficult task the Council has in clearing all streets of fallen leaves in a short period. In 2018, many volunteers filled over 600 bags which were collected by the Council. Some people commented as they passed us; others ignored us. Many thanked us; others complained that we were in their way or preventing them from parking. A few asked if we were “doing community service?” A small child climbed out of her buggy to put a few handfuls of leaves into a bag.

The Council commended the Grange Association for its work and promised to clean the streets we were unable to clear. The Council also agreed to collaborate with us again in subsequent years. We will issue reminders in the September newsletter each year about our detailed leaf clearing plans for that year are and how you can get involved.

Sue Tritton leads this work and we are extremely grateful to her for the hard work and dedication she has provided to make this leaf clearing work such a visible and valuable contribution to the Grange and the community.  Her list of volunteers now exceeds 100. If you want to join Sue's team that clears the streets of leaves, please contact her at Sue.Tritton@grangeassociation.com. There has been positive press coverage of our leaf-clearing work and requests from other areas for assistance in setting up groups of their own.


We recognise and understand that many will wish to focus on clearing the leaves from the streets near where they stay. We are very pleased to support such street-specific activity and you are welcome to borrow brooms, shovels and bags from us for that, and for you to advise us when bags of leaves need collection from the street by the Council. We rely on the fair-play of residents to use this only for leaves that have fallen in the street, and not to seek to dispose of excess garden waste in these bags, for which the brown bins are intended.


If you are clearing your own garden, please dispose of your leaves in your brown bin or by taking them to the recycling centre. Please don't sweep leaves out into the street. We have had a few regrettable examples where leaf blowers have been used to blow leaves into the street where our volunteers subsequently have to remove them. Likewise, if you stay in a development that has commercial garden contractors who clear the grounds, please ensure that your contract requires them to remove any leaves or other garden waste they gather from your site.

Snow and gritting

The Grange Association encourages residents to do their best to keep pavements clear of snow and ice during the winter months. The Council has useful web pages giving general advice on clearing snow and ice, making clear that there is no law stopping you from doing so.

Wear warm clothes and footwear with good grip. Don't take risks on the road and wear visible clothing so you can be seen.

Try to clear snow and ice early. It's easier to clear loose snow and the sun will help melt ice.

Clear a small path down the middle of the pavement for a safe surface to walk on then shovel from the centre to the kerbside. Don't block paths, driveways or drains.

Use salt or sand, not water, as it will freeze. Ordinary table salt can be used, and you can also buy bags of rock salt from local mini-markets or the Avenue Store. Use more salt on steps and steep pathways. Sand gives a good grip, but won't stop the path from icing over. Salting areas before snow falls makes snow clearance easier.

The Council provides and maintains grit bins throughout the Grange. This map shows their locations. You are encouraged to use this grit for clearing public pavements and paths. Please do not use this public grit for your own private garden paths or driveways.

If you find a grit bin to be empty, you can report this easily on the Council's interactive website. Just click on the relevant bin and lodge a fault report.

N: Robert Douglas Norman (1885 – 1912)

Robert Norman entered into rest 23rd Feb. 1894 aged 58; Mary Harriet Hicks died 19th May 1903 aged 50, wife of the above; Robert Douglas Norman, elder son of the above, drowned in the Titanic disaster April 1912 aged 27, interred in Halifax Nova Scotia.

This is the only mention of the Titanic disaster in the Grange Cemetery.  The Titanic struck an iceberg shortly before midnight on Sunday 14 April 1912 and sank less than three hours later with the loss of over fifteen hundred lives.  By 25 April Robert Douglas Norman’s family knew that he had not survived and put a notice of his death in The Scotsman.  The paper followed this with an obituary the following day.  North American papers were full of reports of the disaster and the names of those on board.  They reveal that Robert’s was one of 189 bodies picked up by the cable ship Mackay Bennett, which arrived back in Halifax with them on 29 April.  Robert is one of 121 victims buried in Fairview Cemetery, Halifax. 

Robert Douglas Norman was the son of Robert Norman and his second wife Mary Hicks.  Robert Norman was born in Penrith in 1834 and served his apprenticeship as a draper.  He worked for the firm of Messrs. Scott, Son, and Co., Shawl Merchants and Warehousemen, Cannon-street, London, working his way up to be head of one of the departments in the business and being taken into partnership in January 1875.  He married Margaret Kirkbride in 1861 and they had a daughter, Lucy, born in Govan in May 1865, but Margaret died aged only 30 the following year.  

Robert Norman married his second wife, Mary Harriet Hicks, at St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, on 8 August 1883.  Mary Hicks was born at Rothesay, Bute, in 1852, one of 13 children of George Hicks, a chemist, and Margaret King.  Robert and Mary had two sons both born at Petteril House, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh: Robert Douglas Norman on 14 September 1884 and George Stanley Norman on 29 September 1885. 

Robert was educated at Merchiston Castle School and then studied at Berlin University for three years.  In 1912 he was working for the A.E.G. Company in Glasgow as an electrical and civil engineer when he resigned in order to travel, telling his uncle, Wallace Hicks, who lived in Dalrymple Crescent, Edinburgh, that he might settle abroad.  He boarded the Titanic intending to start his travels with a visit to his brother, George, in Vancouver, where George had moved several years earlier and worked as a real estate agent and share broker.  George returned to Edinburgh in 1914 with his wife, Anne or Jane Haig Miller, and their son, Robert Douglas Norman, then aged 2, and was working as an insurance manager when he died suddenly on his way to work on 15 February 1945.


The Scotsman, Thurs., 25 April 1912, death, & Fri. 26 April 1912, obituary

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8876834/robert-douglas-norman (viewed 4.6.20, includes photograph and description of clothes and effects)

London Evening Standard, Wed. 27 Jan. 1875, London Gazette, 7 April 1891 & 3 Feb. 1893, Scott, Son, and Co., partnership changes

Scotland’s People, Will & Inventory for Robert Norman and Robert Douglas Norman

N - Norman grave location
N – Norman grave location


Encyclopedia Titanica