Oct 302014

Stephanie Taylor’s current book  is called The Device, the Devil and Me.. Available from Amazon.  You can get in touch with her on Facebook (Scottish Author Stephanie Taylor) if you are interested in her silent novel/graphic novel or if you would like to bring her to your school.

Sat 1st Nov:  Cockenzie House Book Festival (ft Marie MacPherson and other authors).  Tickets available from cockenziehouseandgardens.com.

Sun 2nd Nov:  The Truth of the Witches of Prestonpans.  81 executed for a false crime!  Short Commemoration Ceremony and Folk Session (sing a long) with Alan Hunter and Barragadgies, to be held at The Gothenburg Pub, HIgh St Prestonpans. 2.30pm Contact Ros 07503034019 for more details.

Wed 5th Nov:  Tranent Local History Scotland:  Annual meeting 7.30 – local folk invited to bring along WWI photos, letters, artefacts and/or stories.  Held in the Day Centre Tranent.

Oct 292014

On tonight’s show I’ll have Scottish Author Stephanie Taylor.  Her books range from something for the adults to non-word illustrated books for kids (with a view to creating their own story) along with poetry, art – in particular quill skills and storytelling.  Very very interesting lady.  Tune in to hear what she’s been up to along with varied (as always) tunes and a richt guid blether.  Dinae miss it noo.

Oct 292014

East Lothian Council has agreed to release its Main Issues Report (MIR) for consultation at a full council meeting yesterday (Tuesday). This means that if you’re an East Lothian resident or have an interest in the future development of the area, we want to hear your views.

The MIR is the first formal stage leading to the new East Lothian Local Development Plan. Once approved, the Local Development Plan will fit in with wider strategic plans for neighbouring areas and Scotland as a whole. Consultation on the MIR will open on Monday 17 November.

The consultation document sets out possible strategies for accommodating new development such as housing, business and retail in East Lothian. These will provide a framework for the Local Development Plan against which all applications for planning permission, including proposed changes in the use of land and buildings, are assessed. The Local Development Plan has to be reviewed at least every five years to update planning policy and strategy and to find appropriate additional land for new development.

The objectives the MIR sets out are:

  • to promote sustainable development
  • help grow the economy, increase housing supply and reduce inequalities
  • protect and enhance East Lothian’s high quality environment and special identity
  • ensure adequate infrastructure capacity and appropriate use of resources.

The consultation period lasts for 12 weeks from Monday 17th November 2014 until Sunday 8th February 2015.

Views can be submitted online, by email or by post. We will also be holding public consultation events across East Lothian, which gives residents the chance to view the documents and ask questions.

Documents will be available on the council website and hard copies will be available for review at the council headquarters, John Muir House, in Haddington. Following the consultation, we will then consider all responses and use these in preparing the draft Local Development Plan.

Councillor Norman Hampshire, spokesperson for Environment said: “This is a key piece of work and has involved a huge amount of research. It’s important that as many people as possible get involved and give us their views. East Lothian is facing great change in its population, economy and way of life, which will affect all of us who live here and the towns and villages we live in.

“There are aims we have for East Lothian, such as growing our economy and addressing issues of inequality, and there are elements we must include in our Local Development Plan that are dictated by the Scottish Government’s strategy for development. For example, we must identify land for just over 10,000 new homes to meet demand.

“As well as this, the council needs to make sure that the education, transport, waste and other infrastructure can cope with these new developments.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to look at these documents, come along to our public meetings, and get involved.”

Clear options for future development can be seen in the main MIR document, which includes an explanation of each of the six cluster areas based around the education catchment areas of the main towns of Musselburgh, Tranent, Prestonpans, Haddington, North Berwick and Dunbar.

As well as the MIR, there are supporting documents including an Interim Environmental Report (IER) with site assessments and a transportation appraisal.

Consultation events will take place in the following towns:

  • 17 Nov – Musselburgh, Brunton Hall
  • 20 Nov – Prestonpans, Community Centre
  • 25 Nov – Haddington, Town House
  • 2 Dec – Dunbar, Castle Social Club
  • 4 Dec – North Berwick, Community Centre
  • 8 Dec – Tranent, Fraser Centre

More details, including times and how to let us know you’re coming along, will be available on the council website.

It is estimated that a Proposed Local Development Plan will be published by October 2015, taking into account submissions made during the MIR consultation.


Issued by Pauline Bristow, Communications Officer, East Lothian Council

Oct 292014

24 hour knitting challenge – raising funds for the desperate & disadvantaged.

Knitting groups – in cafes, libraries, on-line – are multiplying these days, as the therapeutic and creative value of knitting, and broader ranges of wools and patterns, are appreciated by young and old of both sexes. But could they knit for 24 hours with only a 5 min break each hour? Edinburgh Direct Aid is challenging knitters to raise sponsorship funds by doing exactly that (individually or in teams) in the weekend of 15/16 Nov – just in time to complete all those Christmas presents, or half-finished projects. This is in memory of their well-loved supporter Sister Margaret Duncan who completed this test of endurance on her own on 16th Nov 2009, at the age of 92, raising an extraordinary £12,000 for the disadvantaged children in Bosnia.

The RT Hon Lord Provost, Councillor Donald Wilson, said he hoped the challenge would encourage those who might not normally fundraise to give it a go. He said: “The ‘knitathon’ charity challenge is a great idea and I really do hope that the event raises awareness and understanding of what Direct Aid does. While bungee jumps and marathons are fantastic fundraising challenges for those looking for an adrenaline rush or to raise their fitness, for many people such physical challenges are not an option. Nonstop crafting is something many older and novice knitters might like to challenge themselves to do, alone or with friends, in order to raise money for a good cause.”

To find out more, take part, or sponsor a knitter, see www.edinburghdirectaid.org.

Edinburgh Direct Aid is a registered Scottish charity founded in 1992 originally to bring humanitarian aid to victims of the war in Bosnia by driving convoys of relief supplies from the UK. Since then it has maintained an active role in Bosnia supporting those in need for whom there remain limited social services – in particular disabled children. The charity has extended its activities over the years to many other places of need, bringing immediate relief from specific disasters such as earthquakes, and long term support of training programs, workshops, clinics, and day centres. Most recently their focus has been on Syrian refugees in Lebanon, providing humanitarian relief of clothing, food and medicine, and supporting the setting up of schools for the children.

Edinburgh Direct Aid is an all-volunteer charity, and uses no professional fundraisers. Volunteers travel out to make direct contact with recipients, building up partnerships with local charities, developing friendships, and expanding their knowledge and understanding of the local problems. Their prime objective is that all the money they raise goes directly to those who need it most.

Edinburgh Direct Aid now asks that all knitters – experts or beginners (this will certainly mean they get plenty of practice) – rise to this big personal challenge in the same way, and so inspire their friends and relations to contribute to helping those in desperate need.


NB one of the participants in the knitathon will be knitting a sweater just like those worn by Sophie Gråbøl in the famous TV series ‘The Killing’, which will be put up for auction. Other knitters are happy to take commissions.

Oct 282014

The main item on Brunch on Wednesday will be a chat with Sandy Potter – he is the author of a play entitled ‘The Scarf’, a poignant tale following four friends who follow the example of Hearts and Hibs players, as well as several local teams of the era, who sign up to become soldiers and enter the battlefields of The Great War.

A timely production, the play is due to be performed in Livingston in mid-November. We’ll be talking to Sandy Potter himself about the play’s origins and it’s use of influences from real sacrifices. Join us 10am until 1pm.

* The play will appear on Monday the 10th and Tuesday the 11th of November at Howden Park Theatre in Livingston. Doors open at 7pm and the play will start at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now from the box office at Howden Park Theatre £6 each. You can contact the theatre by phone and they will either send the tickets out to you or put them aside to be picked up on the night.

Oct 272014

If your hair is greyer than it used to be,
You ache in places you cannot see,

Have wrinkles where they shouldn’t be;
Yet still love the music that used to be;
Why not travel back in time with me –

Andy Morris, this Saturday and EVERY Saturday at Noon with the GREAT Golden Oldies Show?

Coming up on Saturday:

My first hour will be dedicated to a real mix of favourites from yesteryear and this part of the show is where you can have a request or dedication included. (see below)

This week’s ‘Favourite Year’ is 1966, the year England won the World Cup, we had a General Election, John Lennon claimed the Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus’ and the mongrel dog ‘Pickles’ found the World Cup after it went missing in London. It was also the year that Jessie Peters married Colin Thomson and it was Colin who emailed me from his home in the Borders and chose 1966 as his ‘Favourite Year’. I’ll be telling you his story during this part of the show and include tracks from the likes of Dusty Springfield, The Lovin’ Spoonful and Chris Farlowe

And finally, we visit once more our ‘Vintage Chart’ by travelling back in time to 1st. November 1964 and the UK’s Top 20 selling Singles  that we are now following week on week.
New entries this week include tracks from the Supremes, the Rockin’ Berries and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders

As usual, you will get the opportunity to enter the ’Spot The TV Show that Grannie Used to Watch’ Competition and be in with a chance to win a rare Radio Saltire Car Sticker and I will also slot in our ‘Children’s Favourite’ and take some of you back to your youth to see if you still remember the words to a song that was always being played on the wireless back then at a time when you were somewhat younger than you are now.

And it all kicks off at noon.

So throw away those walking sticks and zimmers and let’s see you skip the light fandango…..

To remind you – If you would like a request or a dedication – or pick a ‘Favourite Year’ – a year that means something to you, no matter where you are on this ever shrinking globe of ours, just email me 24/7 at andrew@radiosaltire.org