EDWARDIAN NEWS FROM THE MEWS, 19

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 16/05/2021 - 09:01

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A LIFETIME WITH ONE FIRM.

The above is a portrait of Mr George Sime, who passed away Wednesday last at the ripe age of 83.

He has had the long connection of 67 years with the firm James Gray & Son, ironmongers, &c., George Street, going first as a boy to James Gray, locksmith, York Lane (the original founder of the business).

PILOT PROJECT LAUNCHES IN HOPETOUN CRESCENT GARDEN

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 13/05/2021 - 09:18

Standard Life Aberdeen’s ‘Giving Back to Green Spaces’ project has chosen Hopetoun Crescent Garden as one of four pilot schemes to increase local bio-diversity, regenerate park areas, and increase community engagement.

Friends of Hopetoun Crescent Garden (FHCG) will receive a grant plus support from a business mentor and potentially some ‘volunteers-day’ assistance.

The Friends will work with Edinburgh City Council, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and other organisations such as the Woodland Trust to maximise this opportunity.

EDWARDIAN NEWS FROM THE MEWS, 18

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 09/05/2021 - 09:29

THEFT FROM A POLTON GARDENER.—Before Bailie Gibson, in Edinburgh City Police Court yesterday, Robert Copeland (33), residing at 22 Scotland Street Lane, was charged with having, on Friday, 2d October, in Waterloo Place, stolen a silver watch from James Alexander, gardener, Polton Vale, Polton.

PARK MURAL – MORE DETAILS DISCOVERED

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 11:47

On Monday, Spurtle reported the surprising things to be found behind bushes in King George V Park.

The wall paintings there featuring fabulous creatures were new to us, and we asked readers if anyone knew who was the artist responsible.

Within hours, reader Laura Vivanco got in touch to tell us her father, Miguel (still resident in the neighbourhood), began work on the mural in 1976.

BEASTS BEHIND THE BUSHES

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 03/05/2021 - 10:48

The northern boundary of King George V Park comprises the rear wall of a long shed opening onto the former Royal Bank of Scotland carpark.

It’s hidden behind a screen of trees and shrubbery, but a foray into the interior reveals a remarkably ambitious and peculiar mural.

Reading from left to right, it begins with mostly aquatic creatures, including a frilled-neck lizard, a huge frog, octopus, sea snake, turtle, seal (possibly) and hippopotamus (maybe).

EDWARDIAN NEWS FROM THE MEWS, 18

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 02/05/2021 - 09:45

EDINBURGH MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS

[CONTRIBUTED]

In considering the various schemes on which the Town Council have embarked, and the result of their operations, it has to be remembered that all municipalities in the country have of recent years undertaken a great many new functions, and that great difference of opinion has existed, as to whether they were right or wrong in doing so.

PARK FRIENDS SEEK NEW FRIENDS

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 01/05/2021 - 08:35

Friends of King George V Park and Scotland Yard Parks seek new committee members to play an active role in protecting and improving these treasured spaces at the heart of our community.

‘You could be a user of social media and boost the profile of the park,’ says longstanding stalwart and secretary Judy Conn. ‘You could be involved in ongoing interactions with the Council and/or the New Town Quarter developers.