Aug 072015


For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kate and I organise the events at Queen Margaret University Students’ Union. I am currently arranging a market as part of our Freshers week and I would like to invite you to join.

We ran a couple on campus last year that were extremely popular with students, staff and local community alike.


Date: Thursday 10th September 2015

Setup: from 10.30 am

Event: 12pm-4pm

Footfall: We have 5000 students at QMU, 1000 of which stay on campus. We are also hoping to get the local community involved.

Cost: £15 to be collected on the day unless there is no charge for your service – e.g. you are giving away goods

Required information

–          Name of all staff attending

–          Details of what you are bringing and any special requirements.

–          Car reg (if applicable, free parking is provided)

–          Whether you would like a table or you are bringing your own.

–          Mobile number so we can contact you on the day if required.

–          Agreement that you, and not QMUSU, are liable for any concerns or complaints customers may have.

If you have any friends or colleagues who you think would like to be involved please let me know what their product is and I can invite them along – the more the merrier!

If you have any questions please let me know – otherwise I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,


Kate Pearson, Communications and Events Manager

Queen Margaret University Students’ Union

Queen Margaret University


EH21 6UU


Jun 052015

Waterston House, SOC HQ

Date: 7 June 2015
Time: Various – see below for details
Price: Free

Now in its tenth year, the garden at Waterston House has grown to be a popular attraction with the local community and summer visitors, who are treated to a blaze of colour from the beds and wildflower meadows, which are buzzing with life. For the birds we also have a small busy feeding station and the building itself is a regular nesting site for Starlings, Swallows and Tits.

All the events below are free and entry is on a first come, first served basis on the day. With the exception of the mothing event, no advance booking is required, just turn up!



09:00- 11:00 Magical Mystery Moths (East Lothian Countryside Rangers Service)

Come and discover a wonderful variety of moths of all shapes and colours and help us set them free from the moth traps. The SOC garden has become a haven for over 100 different species of moth, including a first for Scotland last year! To book a place, call 01620 827421

11:30-11:45 Garden tour

By Stan da Prato and the Waterston House gardening volunteers


12:00 -12:30 How to Identify Garden Birds by Song as well as Appearance

Illustrated talk by Stan da Prato


12:45-13:00 Garden tour

By Stan da Prato and the Waterston House gardening volunteers


13:30-14:00 How to Attract Birds into Gardens and How Useful are Gardens to Birds?

Illustrated talk by Stan da Prato


14:15-14:30 Garden tour

By Stan da Prato and the gardening volunteers


Stan da Prato is a former President of the SOC and has been an editor of the Club’s journal, Scottish Birds, for over 30 years. Stan is also a horticulturist, editor of The Caledonian Gardener and a leading member of the award-winning North Berwick in Bloom team – who better to be your guide for this special garden event!

In addition to the scheduled events, coinciding with Aberlady Gala Week, the Waterston House shop will be open as usual, offering a range of resources for birdwatchers (including optical equipment, field guides, tide timetables, local birdwatching map), a selection of high quality birdfood and lifetime guarantee feeders, new and second hand natural history books and nature-inspired cards and gifts. Our gallery will also be open, exhibiting the latest work by wildlife artist, Lucy Newton.

May 202015

3 Harbours FestivalThe festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. We are blessed by its setting, along the wonderful coastline of East Lothian with its rich heritage, strong sense of community and creative spirit. The festival is run entirely by volunteers and could not have happened without the hundreds of people who have helped from the start in 2006. Cockenzie Power Station has always been a strong supporter of the festival. The station has hosted popular large-scale mixed media exhibitions including artists of international stature such as Sandy Moffat, Richard DeMarco, Calum Colvin, Will Maclean and Wei Luan. The illumination of the iconic chimneys was a festival highlight in 2008 when internationally acclaimed violinist, Tasmin Little played to the chimneys on our opening night. We are pleased that Tasmin will be returning to the festival to bid farewell to the chimneys which will be demolished later this year. Tasmin’s farewell concert will be in the beautiful surroundings of Chalmers Church in Port Seton.


Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent, in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall. Her multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, masterclasses, workshops and community outreach work. Tasmin’s discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire and she has given numerous World Premiere performances including concerti by Willem Jeths, Robin de Raaf, Stuart MacRae, Robert Saxton and Dominic Muldowney. Her recording of the Britten Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic, released in May 2013, received lavish critical praise – “one of the finest (versions) committed to disc”, “a rapturous disc”, “an incandescent commitment to the work”, “her virtuosity is breathtaking”. In 2008 Tasmin launched her project, The Naked Violin, aimed at breaking down barriers to classical music by releasing a free CD for download on her website, and performing within communities where music is rarely heard. Tasmin visited the 3 Harbours Arts Festival that year, playing to the chimneys as well as performing for young East Lothian musicians in a teepee on the Power Station site. Tasmin returns to the festival with her Naked Violin Presentation including Bach Chaconne and Ysaye Ballade in her programme. She plays a 1757 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin and the concert will be held in Chalmers Memorial Church.


We are delighted that The Pop-Up Opera Roadshow from Scottish Opera brings three pop-up operas to Port Seton Harbour. ‘A Little Bit of Carmen’ and ‘A Little Bit of Barber’ are cleverly re-written versions of the full operas, while Puffy MacPuffer & The Crabbit Canals has been specifically created for 5 to 8 year olds. Performed by two singers, storyteller and instrumentalists, each show gives a fantastic introduction to opera. These are free performances (booking recommended) staged in Scottish Opera’s Theatre Royal Community Trailer; a specially converted scenery truck that has been designed to reflect the interior of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow.


Ana Filogonio is a Brazilian mezzo soprano who started to sing in a choir when she was 13 years old, together with her two sisters. Since then Ana has sung in different choirs in her native city Belo Horizonte – Brazil and choirs in Edinburgh. Ana works as a care worker at Harlawhill Day Care Centre in Prestonpans where she not only looks after the clients but also entertains them, with her beautiful voice and charisma. With their support and encouragement Ana recorded a CD called JUST to raise money for the day care centre. In 2013, Ana was one of the finalists of Edinburgh Has Talent, which gave her the opportunity to perform to a full house of the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. In 2015 Ana sang at the official launch of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry in the Prestonpans Community Centre during festival and again for the tapestry launch at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. She will entertain her audience with a selection of songs from operas and musicals as well as some Scottish and Brazilian favourites in the Cockenzie Old Parish Church.


In the true spirit of the 3 Harbours Arts Festival, local scrapyard, Samuel Burns & Co. will host a creative happening orchestrated by local band, The Domestics. Their unique mix of eclectic alt-country music comes together with poetry by John Lindsay – the ‘Mad Laird of Morvern’ and an art experience by Laura Young. All of this surrounded by unwanted goods or soon to be found treasures, is a wonderful event not to be missed.


Weaving Musical Threads presents Mill Girls on Tour, a tribute to the working women known as ‘the Mill Girls’ who worked in Paisley’s threadmills in the 19th and 20th centuries.


As always there is a strong community involvement in the festival, with primary schools and Preston Lodge High School creating pieces that can be found all around the festival. A United Festival Open Air Service brings together three churches in Cockenzie and Port Seton, and the Coastal Regeneration Alliance presents a ‘Community inspired Vision’ for the Cockenzie Power Station site. Of course, visual art is at the core of the festival and every year we welcome a range of artists from professional to amateur. Chalmers Memorial Church Hall, Cockenzie Methodist Church, Cockenzie Business Centre and The Prestoungrange Gothenburg will be showcasing the largest mixed media exhibitions but also treat yourself to a stroll around the many smaller venues such as the Open Houses and studios as well as local art gallery, The Harbour Gallery with its collection of John Bellany paintings, and the Mural Festival in Cuthill Park. Meet the artists and soak up the festival atmosphere at your leisure.

See the 2015 Brochure Here!

Apr 082015

Looking for a great night out in support of a worthy cause? Eskmills Venue is hosting a Cancer Research charity fundraiser on Saturday 16th May, from 7:30 pm – 01:00 am.  They have 50 tickets available on a first come first served basis for only £10 each – buffet included!  The event also includes a DJ, karaoke, auctions and prizes.

Don’t delay – to get your tickets for ‘Cancer Research: fight for the cure! Fundraising Night’, please contact Dawn / 0131 273 5243