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BREAKING NEWS- Bonnyrigg store to close

Midlothian Advertiser - 1 hour 2 min ago
It has been revealed today that the SPAR store in Bonnyrigg is to close in October.

Cup final in Dalkeith

Midlothian View - 3 hours 37 min ago

Kelty Hearts and Preston Athletic will be battling it out in the King Cup final on Saturday at King’s Park Dalkeith, kick off 2:30 pm.

It is sure to be a cracking game as Kelty Hearts, who have just gained promotion to the Lowland league, will be wanting to win the cup to add to their East of Scotland league championship. Likewise Preston Athletic, who finished third in the league will be looking for silverware.

It will be a homecoming for Preston manager Jack Lynch who used to coach at Dalkith Thistle.

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The Thistle ground has under gone improvements recently as Dalkeith Thistle prepare for their entry into the East of Scotland league next season. Dalkeith are leaving the Junior league to join the Scottish FA league pyramid, as are 12 other clubs including Bonnyrigg Rose, Musselburgh Athletic, Dalkeith Thistle, Easthouses Lily, Tranent Juniors, Haddington Athletic, Blackburn United and Edinburgh United. Kelty Hearts themselves left the Junior league last year.

So the final is the first of many big games that will be coming to the King’s Park ground.

Kelty Hearts v Preston Athletic
Kick off 2:30 pm

Adults £6. Concessions £3. Free admission for under 12s.

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Midlothian castle’s chef up for national award

Midlothian Advertiser - 7 hours 34 min ago
Borthwick Castle’s chef Derek Johnstone has been shortlisted for The Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year Awards.

Scoring for the Cardboard King

Midlothian Advertiser - 7 hours 38 min ago
The second Peter Brownlee Memorial Cup was held by Tesco Hardengreen staff recently in memory of their former colleague.

Breakfast meeting brings town together

Midlothian Advertiser - 7 hours 43 min ago
Penicuik’s next business breakfast, in association with Crystal FM, will be held on Tuesday, May 29 at The Craigie (7.30am to 8.50am).

Just the ticket for Midlothian Tourism

Midlothian View - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 19:16

Clara Wilson (age 4) and Jack Macvie (age 3) both from Stow launching the Beyond Edinburgh pass at historic Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders.

The Beyond Edinburgh sightseeing pass includes entry to several of the regions’ top visitor attractions including Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scott; and 15th Century Rosslyn Chapel and can be used from 21st May.

Available to buy online, the mobile-friendly pass has been introduced to increase the number of day visits and overnight trips taken to the regions by those living in or visiting Edinburgh throughout summer and autumn

Launched by Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG), the Beyond Edinburgh pass is the latest in a number of new initiatives by the tourism group and provides visitors with a total saving of over £20 per adult on participating attractions. The pass also comes with savings on food, drink and retail venues across the regions.

Commenting on the launch, MBTAG project manager Jemma Reid said:

“We hope that this new pass will encourage visitors and locals alike to make the most of the easy opportunity to travel from the city to experience picture postcard backdrops, fascinating history and the unique attractions of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

“For a fixed price the Beyond Edinburgh pass is great value and provides access to a host of attractions, either over one day or two, between May and October. Planning days out with the family and friends this summer and autumn couldn’t be easier – buy passes online, hop on the Borders Railway or drive a few miles south and begin exploring the South East of Scotland.”

MBTAG was set up to capitalise on the tourism boost delivered by the opening of the Borders Railway and is backed by Scottish Enterprise and Borders Railway Blueprint partners including Scottish Borders Council, Midlothian Council, VisitScotland, Midlothian Tourism Forum and Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership.

The Beyond Edinburgh pass costs from £24 per adult and £10 per child, and can be used until 31 October 2018. A number of accommodation partners are available on the Beyond Edinburgh website for those purchasing a two day pass and who intend to stay overnight.

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VisitScotland regional leadership director Paula Ward said:

“Scotland’s reputation as a quality destination relies on continued investment and innovation to ensure that current provision meets future demand. The launch of the Beyond Edinburgh pass is just one in a number of innovations and investments the industry has made to capture the hearts and minds of visitors.

“It is fantastic to see so many businesses working together and showing a real commitment to further enhancing the tourism offering along the railway corridor. The Beyond Edinburgh pass will encourage visitors to Edinburgh and locals alike to take the opportunity to visit many of the unique sites and visitor attractions in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian. From the home of Sir Walter Scott to the home of butterflies and reptiles, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

“The Borders Railway has been a phenomenal success ever since it was re-opened more than two years ago. From the momentous re-opening by HM The Queen to the return of steam trains to the historic line last summer, the spotlight continues to shine on the Scottish Borders and Midlothian.”

ScotRail Alliance Tourism Manager Alasdair Smart added:

“Since opening, the Borders Railway has been a massive success, opening up a wealth of tourism opportunities for the region. The new Beyond Edinburgh pass is a fantastic example of businesses and organisations working together to unlock those opportunities.

“Tourism is a key economic sector in Scotland and we recognise the critical role we play in it. Supporting tourism, businesses and local communities is a key part of our plan to build the best railway that Scotland has ever had.”

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Beyond Edinburgh includes access to Midlothian attractions: Rosslyn Chapel, Butterfly and Insect World and the National Mining Museum Scotland. In the Scottish Borders attractions include: Abbotsford House, Trimontium Roman Museum and Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour.

A number of local offers and savings for restaurants and retailers across the regions are also included in the pass, along with discounted entry to Arniston House in Midlothian and Dryburgh and Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders.

The pass can be purchased at and at VisitScotland iCentres at Edinburgh Waverley, Jedburgh and Peebles.

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Country Park excellence

Midlothian View - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 13:54

Buccleuch Property has been recognised for its commercial property expertise at the 2018 Scottish Property Awards, being named winner of the Architectural Excellence Award (Commercial Use) for its work at Restoration Yard, Dalkeith.

Awarded to companies who have created innovative commercial spaces through a combination of design, considered location, and good use of materials, Buccleuch Property beat off stiff competition from leading industry organisations to take the crown.

The multi-million-pound re-development saw Dalkeith Country Park’s 18th century, Category A listed stableyard, transformed into a luxury retail and leisure destination. Nestled in the heart of the Park, Restoration Yard houses a high-quality retail outlet, coffee bar, café, Wellbeing Lab, and a Sanctuary therapy room, neighbouring the excitement of Fort Douglas adventure playground.

In creating this unique space, Buccleuch Property had to carefully consider how to ensure the preservation and protection of the historic building, and enhance this to create a beautiful space, which would attract locals and visitors to the area.

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Retaining and repairing original features wherever possible, the building has been designed to complement the array of surrounding listed monuments and vast landscaped parkland area in which it lies. Incorporating historic architectural features with contemporary extensions, Buccleuch Property framed the serene landscape internally through the use of floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide stunning views across the Park.

James Palmer, Associate Director at Buccleuch Property, said: “Since we first began working on Restoration Yard we have focused on one thing; protecting and enhancing a wonderful listed building to bring this back to life in a way which creates a world class destination for recreation and wellbeing.”

“We are very proud to not only have achieved this, but to also have been recognised by the industry for the dedication and creativity which went into this re-development. Through partnering our design ideas with the original features we wanted to retain, we have created a unique space which has helped reinvigorate the Estate and drive tourism to the area.”

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Aldi cooking with students

Midlothian View - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 13:03

From left to right: Andreea Piciu (at front), Patrick Inglis (at back), Clara Drysdale, George Baker, Mark Bissett from Aldi, Stephen Donaldson from Aldi, Christopher Lumsden, Kerr Whitelaw, Haggar Tim-Mark, Chris Cockburn, Paranthan Arumaichelvan

Aldi has donated equipment worth £4,000 to Edinburgh College’s Professional Cookery department through a partnership that is also providing new opportunities for students to develop their skills.

The support from Aldi will benefit the kitchens at the college’s Milton Road Campus and has enabled the college to invest in equipment to aid students’ learning, including bowls, trays, table-top and hand mixers, small fridges and sauté pans. Aldi has also donated a TV to assist class learning.

Over the last two years, Edinburgh College’s Professional Cookery students have also been involved in the opening events at eight Aldi stores across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. At the launches, students prepared 15,000 samples for customers to try. Using Scottish ingredients the students treated Aldi customers to snacks including mini pulled pork buns and gin and beetroot cured salmon, and handed out recipe cards.

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Professional Cookery lecturer George Baker said:

“This has been a fantastic experience for a lot of our first and second-year cookery students. They’ve had the chance to develop recipes and make some great food, and interact with our local communities. The students and lecturers have produced some outstanding dishes, which have had some amazing feedback from Aldi’s customers.

“Aldi has been a great supporter of the college and we really value this partnership. We’ve used their donations to install some more industry-standard equipment in our kitchens, so it’s making a real difference to students’ learning.”

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Richard Holloway, Aldi regional managing director for Scotland, said:

“Supporting local initiatives is hugely important to the team at Aldi. Our partnership with Edinburgh College has helped students to develop new skills and we really value the students’ contribution to our store opening events in the local area.”

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Royal wedding celebrations for day centre users and staff

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 06:22
Staff and service users at St David’s Bradbury Day Centre in Newtongrange gathered at Woodburn Miners’ on Saturday for the royal wedding.

Sightseeing pass on track to boost local visitor attractions

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 06:13
People are being urged to jump in the car or take the train or bus from Edinburgh and explore what Midlothian and the Borders can offer.

Teaching old dogs new tricks at Midlothian vet clinic

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 06:00
The new vet physio clinic at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is helping lame dogs find their feet again.

Celebrating Midlothian’s volunteers

Midlothian View - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 15:05

The award winners from last year’s Volunteer Midlothian ceremony.

Volunteer Midlothian joins national Volunteers’ Week Scotland celebration to highlight the huge contribution made by volunteers in Midlothian

Volunteer Midlothian is teaming up with thousands of charities and voluntary organisations across Scotland in a celebration of the vital contribution made by volunteers. This year the theme is ‘Volunteering For All,’ which organisers hope will provide organisations with an opportunity to highlight that volunteering is for everyone.

From 1-7 June 2018, Volunteers’ Week Scotland will see a huge range of events take place in communities all over the country, from small awards ceremonies to large celebratory gatherings.

Volunteer Midlothian is hosting their annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Thursday 7th June at Newbattle Abbey College. The event recognises the huge contribution volunteers give each year across Midlothian. Volunteering in Midlothian still remains above average, with 29% of the population giving their time to help in their local community.

Volunteer Midlothian would like to hear what other local organisations have planned to celebrate Volunteers’ Week, so to get in touch call on 0131 660 1216 or email

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Volunteers are vital to the strength and vitality of Scottish society, with their work valued at £2 billion every year. Recent research found that Scotland’s young people are particularly engaged, with participation now at 52% – nearly double the adult figure of 27%.

With so many people volunteering, there are a huge range of achievements to celebrate. Whether working to improve the local environment, spending time with people who need help, or providing other kinds of essential services and support, the efforts made by volunteers make an invaluable difference to the lives of people and communities everywhere.

As well as celebrating the work of existing volunteers, Volunteers’ Week Scotland offers a new opportunity for voluntary organisations to promote the benefits that volunteering can bring. The week can also help highlight how people can access opportunities and overcome any barriers they might be facing.

The Scottish Volunteering Forum is encouraging as many people as possible to take part.

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Forum Chairman Paul Okroj said:

“Volunteers’ Week Scotland offers a rare opportunity to mark the huge difference made by volunteers all over the country, and to catch the attention of potential new recruits. Don’t miss out on what’s set to be an inspirational week.”

Chief Executive of Volunteer Scotland, George Thomson said:

“Volunteering is absolutely for everyone, and I fully support this year’s theme. While we celebrate the diversity of Scotland’s volunteering nation we should also recognise that more still needs to be done if volunteering is to be truly representative of our society. Those who are not engaged are who have the most to gain from volunteering, and we need to change to evaluate participation for everyone.
Volunteers’ Week is a great occasion to recognise volunteers and celebrate the difference volunteering makes to each and every community. It’s also a time to reflect on how we can work together to make the offer of volunteering truly one that is open to all.”

Organisations can visit the Volunteers’ Week section of the Volunteer Scotland website to access a range of promotional resources and suggestions for activities.

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Experts predict an increase in Scotland's daddy longlegs population

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 14:27
Scottish residents should expect to see a rise in the number of daddy longlegs (also known as crane flies) this year, after millions of larvae were discovered underground.

Doorstep Crime Campaign Launched

Midlothian Council - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 10:22
A national campaign warning people about doorstep crime has been launched by Police Scotland in Midlothian. Operation Monarda is a two week campaign running till 3rd June.

College offers teaching path

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 06:38
A course designed to give adults with few or no qualifications a pathway into primary school teaching is seeking new recruits.

Fringe poster finalist

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 05:43
Penicuik High School pupil Kate Miller’s poster/programme cover design has been shortlisted for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe competition.

Cannabis cultivation discovered in Loanhead

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 15:58
Police in Midlothian are appealing for witnesses after a cannabis cultivation was discovered at an industrial unit in Loanhead on Friday (May 18).

Edinburgh Marathon 2018: full list of road closures

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 12:43
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival rolls into town this weekend with races running on both the Saturday and Sunday - make sure you don't get caught out by road closures with this handy guide.

Flat fire in Loanhead

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 12:19
Police in Midlothian are investigating following a fire at a flat in Loanhead.

Second hand goods warning

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 06:21
Midlothian Trading Standards are advising people of the risks of buying second-hand electrical goods, and warning retailers against selling such items.