Feb 192015

Lucy Porter

On Friday 20’th, comedienne Lucy Porter will be joining the Brunch programme on the phone (you’ll see she’s helpfully preparing in the accompanying photo) – she’ll be chatting about new research which shows a lot of us are dealing with our partner’s weight problems but sneakily putting them on diets…! Around 50% of Brits admit they feel their spouse, boy/girlfriend, partner needs to lose weight.

The research comes from Magners Irish Cider and, naturally, being a comedienne Lucy will provide us with 20 quirky tips to help shift your partner’s pounds and why such things shouldn’t be so serious!

She’ll be on air at around 11.40am!

Feb 172015

Carl Barber from the ‘Coastal Regeneration Alliance’ will be joining David Caldwell on Brunch on Wednesday 18’th February. Listeners situated locally may well know of the CRA, a community organisation set up in the wake of future development plans for the site where the Cockenzie Power Station stands.

The power station is due to be demolished and part of it has already been done so – but what will sit in it’s place? What implications may this have nationwide? And why are the CRA growing bigger and getting involved? Carl Barber will have the answers, you can find out more from him on Brunch at around 11.05am.

In the meantime, a few links that may be of interest:



coastal regeneration alliance

Jan 312015

Well, if you’ve been suffering from David Caldwell-withdrawl symptoms (and we’re not sure why!) then you’ll be pleased/irate (delete as applicable) to find that I’ll be back on Sunday the 1’st Feb covering for Katie G between 1pm and 3pm! We’ll still have the 2 cheesy tunes at 2.02 and requests are welcome!

…then, on Monday’s Brunch, we’ve all felt like cruising down the river as the song says – but often money worries and a lack of time can prevent us from pursuing our worldwide traveling plans. So, we’ll be speaking to Anna Watt from Travelbag and Alex White from Princess Cruises to tell us how we make of the most of cruising holidays and how to plan for them. That will be at 11.45am.

So, there we are! And below, a present for anyone sick of D. Caldwell – perfect for darts fans, maybe…?!

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Jan 232015

tiff a

During Brunch on 23’rd Jan, we hope to be joined on the line by motoring journalist and former racing driver Mr Tiff Needell – he’ll be talking about how we disspell what’s known as ‘garage speak’; when we take our cars to be serviced, do we *really* understand all the jargon thrown at us or just accept it?! Well, fear not either way – Tiff will help guide us through the terms and wording: 12.30pm on Friday Brunch

Oct 222014

A press release issued by Pauline Bristow, who is the Communications Officer from East Lothian Council  


A cross-party member / officer group has met for the first time on Monday (20th October) to discuss potential proposals for the former power station site at Cockenzie

The group has been set up and remitted with Council approval, in response to a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) from Scottish Enterprise, who are investigating possible future options for the site as a key area for green energy production-related industry.

The meeting was chaired by Councillor John McMillan and the group involves Councillors Norman Hampshire, Margaret Libberton and Michael Veitch representing the Administration and Councillors Stuart Currie, Peter Mackenzie and Steven Brown representing the Opposition. Key council staff from Planning, Legal and Economic Development were also present for the discussion.

The remit of the group is to oversee options and engagement work undertaken in relation to the site, engaging with all parties involved in emerging proposals and working in partnership to ensure all potential opportunities and benefits are explored and maximised while all risks and drawbacks are identified and mitigated.

At the inaugural meeting, councillors and council officers heard from and were able to question Scottish Enterprise representatives about their activities to date, including exhibitions and community consultation. It was stressed that the exact extent and form of an energy park at Cockenzie cannot currently be defined and that the scope of the development will be refined by Scottish Enterprise over the coming months in considering the requirements of an Environmental Impact Assessment, feedback from stakeholders including local communities and industry, and taking into consideration the findings from design, engineering and environmental studies.

Chair of the group, Councillor McMillan, said: “We had a very helpful and informative discussion, however it is clear that plans being driven by Scottish Enterprise are at a very early stage and there are many external factors which will have an influence on how this moves forward. We await future information with interest. In the meantime, it is important that opinions of local people and interested parties are gathered and indeed any other feasible proposals for the future use of the site are brought forward and discussed. One of the ways we will do this over the coming months will be through our discussions with stakeholders and communities on the Local Development Plan Main Issues Report, which is a consultation document which will inform our final Local Development Plan.”

The dates of further meetings will be agreed as necessary throughout the coming months.

Oct 222014

The latest recent press item from Community Jobs Scotland, regarding creating jobs for young employment seekers.

Funding available to create jobs for young unemployed people
Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is seeking applications from third sector employers in East Lothian who are able to create jobs to support young unemployed people.
Up to £5,000 funding is available for each job lasting 39 weeks for 16 to 17-year-olds and 26 weeks for 18 to 24-year-olds.

The majority of jobs created are for young people aged 16-19 years, however jobs can also be created for:
young people aged 20 to 24 years with additional barriers
young people aged 16 to 24 years with disabilities
young people aged 16 to 24 years currently in custody
young care leavers aged 16 to 24 years
How to get involved
If you’re interested in hosting a CJS employee, just fill out these forms and return them to communityjobsscotland@scvo.org.uk as soon as possible or by noon on 11 November.

What previous Community Jobs Scotland employers say
Janine Rennie from Open Secret:
“Community Jobs Scotland has been a fantastic experience for our organisation. Having Colin as part of the team, with his enthusiasm, creativity and drive has meant that the people using our services have a much improved quality of life.”

Ali Grant from Mayfield & Easthouses Y2K Project:
“CJS has enabled us to train a young person and then retain them as an employee – like ‘growing your own staff'”

Need help with your application?
Our team are here to help with all your Community Jobs Scotland questions.
Call: 0141 559 5006 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Email: communityjobsscotland@scvo.org.uk

For further information on Community Jobs Scotland visit the SCVO website.
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