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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.

The May 2017 Newsletter

Newsletter May 2017