Oct 222013

bookweekA Dunbar resident who penned a story about her most treasured possession for a national writing competition has had her submission chosen to be published in a book.

Hannah Lavery beat off competition from over 300 other entries to win a place in a special book entitled Treasures, and her story ‘Still your treasure…’ will feature alongside entries from 40 other winners and celebrity contributors such as John and Carole E. Barrowman, Denise Mina and Mairi Hedderwick.

Commenting on her win, Hannah said:

Still your treasure’…was written as a love letter to my husband. My husband and my children are what I treasure most and my Clash t-shirt, the object treasured, is a reminder to myself of what is really important.

The competition was held by Scottish Book Trust, the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland, and encouraged members of the public to write, read and share stories about an object that is special to them. Contributions arrived in a variety of forms including poems, diary entries and stories, and these previously untold accounts of unexpected objects included pieces about a steamship, a VHS tape, a rucksack and a chip of concrete.

To celebrate the second year of Book Week Scotland (25 November – 1 December 2013) more than 150,000 free copies of Treasures will be gifted to people throughout the country. The books will be distributed in local bookshops, public libraries, National Trust and Historic Scotland properties, workplaces, ferry terminals and train stations. All the competition entries are also available to read at www.bookweekscotland.com.

Treasures also features original commissioned contributions from some of the best-loved names in Scottish arts and literature, among them exclusive stories from Richard Holloway and Mairi Hedderwick. A special contribution in Gaelic comes from Catriona Lexy Chaimbeul.

Philippa Cochrane, Head of Reader Development at Scottish Book Trust said:

The winning stories from the Treasures campaign give a fascinating and heart-warming insight into the valued objects that have shaped people’s lives in Scotland, and we are delighted to be able to publish them so that they may be enjoyed by others and, most importantly, may never be forgotten.

Oct 222013

Angie TownsendThis week on Angie’s Richt Guid Blether will be Ros Parkyn, Storyteller and Caroline Tait from PANS PRAMS.   Find out just what they’ve been up to lately, their involvement in the local Community and just what are PANS PRAMS?

PLUS – That Important Question – What roll will they order from the Toonsend Cafe?

Join Angie every Wednesday at 6pm. Only on Radio Saltire!

Oct 152013

Angie TownsendAngie welcomes Musselburgh Hot Pot’s very own host, Stephen Barnaby for a Richt Guid Blether this week.

He’s becoming quite the legend for his 50 words stories that he has performed at various venues up and down the country. He was a semi-finalist in Channel 4’s ‘ So You Think Your Funny’ and the BBC Comedy Awards.

As always, we’ll have a range of good tunes and the all important question, which cafe roll is he going to choose?

Join Angie every Wednesday at 6pm.

Oct 132013

East Lothian Foodbank LogoThe trustees of East Lothian Foodbank are inviting anyone with an interest in its work to join them at the charity’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 13th November 2013.

The AGM is being held at the Foodbank’s new base at the old Tranent Library at 3 Civic Square, starting at 7pm. It will discuss the progress the Foodbank has made over the last 12 months and provide an opportunity for those attending to ask questions about its work.

East Lothian Foodbank Chair James Bruce said:

East Lothian Foodbank has made real progress over the last 12 months and is now well established at its new base in Tranent. We have a very effective Project Co-ordinator and dedicated team of volunteers in place and have helped hundreds of local people in need since we started work at the end of last year.

The AGM is an opportunity for everyone with an interest in the Foodbank’s work to come along and hear more about what we have been doing and what we are planning for the future. We are very keen to see as many people as possible there and hear ideas about how we can best continue the charity’s development to benefit even more people in the future.

Foodbank Trustee Robin Hill said:

We are very pleased to have made significant strides forward as an organisation over the last year. To go from being a completely new and largely unknown charity, to one that is providing tangible help to people facing food insecurity and embedded in the local community, is a major achievement.

However, none of this would have been possible without the immense help and support we have received from communities and groups throughout East Lothian. The Foodbank’s trustees are enormously grateful to local people for this wonderful support. We really want to continue and enhance the positive engagement that has taken place so far and will welcome anyone who is interested in our work joining us at the AGM on 13th

Trustees are requesting that anyone who wishes to attend the AGM let them know by email at info@eastlothian.foodbank.org.uk

Supporters of the Foodbank are also being encouraged to consider becoming members of the charity, which will give them the right to vote at the AGM. Membership is free and a form can be obtained by email.

More information about the Foodbank can be found on their Facebook page:


Oct 122013

Edinburgh Urban Assault CourseMen’s Health Survival of the Fittest is a high octane 10km running-based event that will see the Scottish Capital once again turned into a giant assault course on Sunday 20 October, with 3500 runners expected to take part – the highest number yet.

Now in its 4th year, the innovative format sees competitors tackling a 10km running route interspersed with obstacle zones throughout the city centre.

Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest is being staged by Rat Race Adventure Sports, who staged their first ever event – the “Rat Race Urban Adventure” (one of the UK’s first urban adventure races) – in Edinburgh in 2004 and who are the UK market leaders in these types of challenges.

This year’s Edinburgh date forms 1 of 5 fixtures across “Survival season.” Other events take place in Cardiff, Nottingham and Manchester and culminate with a season closer at London’s Battersea Power Station.

The Edinburgh course will feature a “Braveheart charge” starting sequence on the Royal Mile, followed by a tough ascent of Jacob’s Ladder and the completion of multiple obstacles all over the Old Town and Holyrood Park. It finishes in West Princes Street Gardens where spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on the participants.

The obstacles themselves consist of a variety of challenges and runners should expect to face some staple Survival classics such as a series of hay bale walls, an Army assault course, the “Parkour” zone and a roadworks-inspired “Men’s Health at Work” zone. Also standing between entrants and their chances of crossing the finish line will be the infamous Men’s Health “Wall of Fame” – a sheer 8 foot high construction, which competitors must scale before they are able to officially call themselves a Survivor.

Jim Mee, Managing Director of Rat Race, commented:

Survival has become a much-loved date in Edinburgh’s events calendar and we love the way in which the city not only embraces the event, but gives us an amazing canvas on which to create this quirky urban obstacle course. These events are unique and provide a brilliant way to see the city differently, whilst having a bit of rough and tumble along the way.

This year’s title sponsor of Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest is Volkswagen Amarok. Other partners include Tissot and Remington. Further information about the event can be found on the official website at www.mhsurvival.co.uk, including training information, videos and pricing. Entries can be made online through the website and are open until Wednesday 16th October.