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Organised Petanque finished at the end of August

But you are welcome to continue to play whenever the weather suits and you can get a couple of friends to join you. HAPPY VALLEY PETANQUE IS BACK Petanque is also known as French boules. We play (badly) on the whin surface on the old curling rink area at the Craiglockhart terrace entrance to the […]

Swan Saga Seven

Swans have nested on Craiglockhart Pond for more than 100 years. Our swans have chosen the same nesting location as last year – great for viewing but a bit vulnerable to predators. It has not been possible to rebuild the old nesting site against the wall of the Lockharton Avenue houses. Brighid, the female or […]

Working with Willow

Under the able tutelage of Gus Egan from Earth Calling, four of our Committee members have learned some basic lessons about working with willow. There can be few materials more accommodating than willow – it  has a determination to grow that is almost magical. Push a bit into the ground and it will generally grow. We […]

Slacklining in Craiglockhart Woods

The latest and coolest outdoor sport has arrived in Craiglockhart. This variant of tightrope walking is now hitting the mainstream. All you need is the slackline (available online) and a couple of convenient trees. Then you can tap into your inner Jedi and improve your balance and core strength. These two Ossies were among the […]

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Southern Scotland Bat Survey

During the early summer we took part in the Southern Scotland Bat Survey. This involved going out on three separate evenings to set up the monitoring equipment then returning at dawn the next day to retrieve the kit. The equipment was fairly easy use and consisted of a audio recorded designed to pick up only […]

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Craighouse Work Starts – Details

It is more than two years since planning consent was granted for the controversial housing developments at Craighouse. Many people have been wondering what is happening and have become concerned that the listed buildings could fall into disrepair. The restrictions on access over the past six months have added to the frustration. However, at long […]

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Craighouse – Work Starts

At long last, work is underway at the Craighouse site. The new developers – Quartermile – are already working on site infrastructure and hope to start the conversions of some of the listed buildings in the New Year. Three areas of woodland will transfer into Council ownership by December next year and this will increase […]

2017 Calendar

Christmas is fast approaching. Are you struggling to think of a suitable present for your son working abroad or your kind neighbour next door or your granny in Auchenschoogle? Problem solved. They all have fond memories of Craiglockhart and they would all appreciate our calendar as a Christmas gift. Our calendar contains no pictures of […]

Swan Saga Six

In fact, there are seven swans on the pond – Siegfried (the cob), Brighid (the pen) and five cygnets. Sadly we lost one of the cygnets at the end of May – probably to a gull attack. The cygnets are now scruffy adolescents but still charming. They have lost their fluffy down and are growing […]

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History Walk

On Saturday 14th May, Colin Chess lead a group walk around the Craiglockhart Hills.  Colin is a hugely knowledgeable local historian and many of our members will have read his articles in the ‘Canalside’ magazine and elsewhere. The Walk was attended by around 35 people.