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Man injured in Lasswade road accident

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 16:00
A pedestrian was seriously injured in a road accident in Lasswade last week.

Younger generation makes its mark during Year of Young People

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 08:50
In 2018, Scotland came together to celebrate its younger generation.

Children to swim for free during holidays

Midlothian Council - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 08:44
Our FREE swimming for under 18s is back for the Xmas holidays.

Lasswade phones on Wednesday 19 Dec

Midlothian Council - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 08:26
Work is being done on Wednesday 19 December on telephone lines at the Lasswade Centre.

The worst place to find a parking space in Scotland is...the granite city

Midlothian Advertiser - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 03:14
It might not surprise you to learn that Scottish drivers spend almost four days a year looking for parking spaces.

Make it a time for giving to Scottish charities this Christmas

Midlothian Advertiser - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 00:14
’Tis the season for giving, as well as receiving, so here we find out how readers can support some worthy causes this festive season.

Maggie’s Centre Midlothian fundraiser nets £11k

Midlothian View - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 16:05

Carol Robinson, left, and Karen Hilton with the Maggie’s Centre cheque presented at the Sun Inn

Two Midlothian women who have benefitted from the Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh decided to raise funds for the centre and netted a staggering £11,455. This is on top of the £9,084 they raised last year.

Karen Hilton and Carol Robinson first met in the Maggie’s centre in Edinburgh. Their friendship blossomed from a diagnosis of breast cancer back in June 2016.

Karen was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of cancer. Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is commonly linked with the BRCA1 gene (as highly publicised by Angelina Jolie) which means that there is a higher risk of cancer returning in the other breast and also in the ovaries.

Due to this link she was sent for genetic testing where she found out that she carried the mutated BRCA1 gene. This then determined the course of treatment required to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

During this time Carol had also found a lump, been through all the tests and was diagnosed with an estrogen receptive breast cancer and she too had to embark on a treatment schedule of chemo, surgery and radiotherapy.

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At the beginning of chemotherapy both Karen and Carol attended the “Look Good Feel Good” Maggie’s course, which teaches women with cancer how to manage some of the visible side effects of treatment and introduces some simple techniques that can help you feel more confident about your changed appearance.

It wasn’t until after chemotherapy and surgery and while going through radiotherapy that Karen and Carol crossed paths for a second time and when Karen mentioned the “Where Now” course, which they both promptly registered for.

On completion of radiotherapy they returned to the Maggies’s centre to embark on the 6 week course, where both found the services offered by Maggie’s to be invaluable. The course helps you manage the physical, emotional and practical issues you may face following your treatment.

The course led by a Clinical Psychologist covers topics such as: exercise, nutrition, emotional well-being, managing post treatment challenges, partnering with your medical team and keeping up momentum.

A huge benefit of the course is also meeting up with others who have been through a similar cancer journey, allowing you to openly discuss any concerns, share thoughts and realise that you are not alone in the way that you feel and that your fears are perfectly natural and common. It’s not all serious and there are plenty of laughs as well, especially when it comes to the exercise session of the class!

Towards the end of the “Where Now” course Carol suggested hosting a “Maggie’s kitchen table day” in her house to raise some money for Maggie’s but she soon realised that due to demand a bigger venue would be required. So, last year the girl’s with a strong team of friends helped successfully organise a fundraising night for Maggie’s at the Sun Inn and raised a fabulous £9,084.54.

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Unfortunately shortly after last year’s event Karen found out that her cancer had returned and she embarked on another 6 months of chemo followed by a couple of surgeries. In March this year she got the all clear yet again. However, the all clear was short lived and by August her cancer had returned for a 3rd time and unfortunately this time it was metastatic (treatable but not curable). She is now currently going through chemo for a 3rd time and hopes to transfer onto a drug or a trial at the end of chemo to try and stop the cancer from growing.

Given her recent diagnosis, Karen, Alistair her partner and family have all recently benefited from speaking to Andy Anderson (Centre Head of Maggie’s Edinburgh). Andy gave some great advice and a lot of hope to Karen’s family.

Karen, Carol and their amazing team (Arlene Bryen, Adrienne Allen and Sarah McKiernan) all agreed to organise another fundraiser this year, and due to the success of last year’s event the tickets all sold out within a few hours, with most ladies returning from last year.

The format, similar to last year, started with a few pre filmed videos, a delicious dinner, a flash mob of dancers (from the KIC dance coy), an auction, raffle and band.

Again, many local businesses kindly contributed auction and raffle prizes. The theme for the evening was Abba, “Maggie’s Mia – Here we go again!”, with the girls having secretly filmed an Abba dance routine, all fantastically choreographed by the KIC dance company.

All 100 women had an amazing time and the evening is still being talked about now.

There was a very special surprise video shown at the beginning of the evening, organised by friends and family of Karen. Not only had Karen’s friends and family left some very special messages but they had also managed to get video clips from: Mark Beaumont, Kirsty Wark, Fred MacAulay, Ann Budge, Boogie & Arlene, Chris Hoy, Roland Mouret and Joanna Lumley – all saying some lovely words of encouragement for Karen along with confirmation of the amazing service that Maggie’s provides.

The girls raised a staggering £11,455.50 from this year’s event and presented the cheque to Maggie’s Edinburgh.

Maggie’s Centres are very special places where people with cancer, their family, friends and carers can receive free emotional and psychological support.

The centres are homely, welcoming places where people affected by cancer can go to talk to their specialists and use a wide variety of support services designed to empower people to live positively with cancer. Maggie’s rely totally on voluntary donations both for its capital costs and its on-going running costs and are therefore grateful for any support.

Any support that you are able to offer, no matter how small or large is greatly appreciated.

You can find out more about the Maggie’s Centre HERE and you can donate HERE.

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Council Leader comments on Scottish budget announcement

Midlothian View - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 16:01

Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan, has said that the Scottish Government’s budget, announced earlier this week, has “failed to recognise that additional funding is urgently needed for vital local services in Midlothian and across Scotland.”

Although the impact of the budget settlement on Midlothian has still to be fully assessed, Councillor Milligan has pointed to figures produced by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) which show that councils are facing a 2 per cent cut in their budgets for core services in 2019/20.

“The Scottish Government has presented its budget as promising a £163 million cash increase for councils but the reality is very different,” said Councillor Milligan. “This is because £373 million in new government commitments for councils are also included in the funding settlement. What we are getting is a real cut in the funding from Scottish Government instead of additional cash to meet the growing demand for key council services which people depend on.”

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He added: “As the fastest growing council area in Scotland, we are facing an increasing demand for services. However, with an estimated £6 million budget gap next year, the level of funding announced by the Scottish Government will still leave us with serious financial challenges.

“I will be pressing the Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, to urgently look at making extra funding available to councils, and to recognise in particular, the additional pressures that areas like Midlothian are having to deal with as our population rapidly expands.”

The Scottish Government has also confirmed that the 3% Council Tax cap will remain in place for 2019/20, which means that councils will not be able to approve increases above that level without incurring financial penalties.

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Festive invite from One Dalkeith

Midlothian View - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 16:00

The Water Tower, Dalkeith

One Dalkeith writes

A festive invitation to all Dalkeith Business Owners. 3-7pm on Monday 17th December @ the Water Tower Cottage.

One Dalkeith is delighted to invite local business owners to meet at the landmark Water Tower Cottage and are grateful to its owners, Gerry and Susan Goldwyre, for hosting this get together. They’ll be on hand to let you see their home and the view across Ironmills Park.

The business drop-in event will give business owners the opportunity to find out more about the plans and vision One Dalkeith has for the town, and more importantly, to get feedback from business owners. It will give businesses the opportunity to ask any questions about the research that is being undertaken, and how this will be used to help shape the future initiatives that may take place within Dalkeith.

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There is also a community consultation currently taking place using the power of social media to reach local people. Working with independent researchers, The Place Team, hundreds of residents have already completed the survey for Dalkeith. Ros Halley from the Place Team told the Advertiser “local people have not been shy in voicing their opinions and we’re also really pleased with the age range who has responded up to now.”

Chair of One Dalkeith and local Architect, Douglas Strachan, who recently received a MELCC Business Ambassador Commendation, commented

“It is important that all local businesses take this opportunity to have their say in the future commercial wellbeing of Dalkeith. A number of local businesses have already responded to the survey, but we need as many as possible have their say”.

For the businesses who have still not participated in the business survey, they can contact The Place Team directly via their website at

This drop-in event is taking place from 3pm to 7pm on Monday 17th December. We look forward to meeting with you there

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Gritters out as freezing conditions forecast

Midlothian Council - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 15:16
A Met Office amber ‘ be aware’ warning is in place freezing conditions across parts of Midlothian with the potential for light snow on high grounds between 9am on Saturday and 9am the following day.

Exhibition tapestry puts Midlothian on the map

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 15:03
Libraries staff turned into sleuths when they helped the curator of the National Museums of Scotland track down a tapestry for an exhibition.

Rain fails to dampen community spirit in Penicuik

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 14:25
Rain put paid to a fantastic community effort recently, after volunteers got together in Penicuik to paint a wall.

Loanhead and Lasswade Hairy Bikers go on a Santa Run

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 14:25
The ‘Hairy Bikers’ from St Leonard’s, Loanhead, and Lasswade Masonic Lodge and friends spent last Saturday entertaining festive crowds around Edinburgh and surrounding districts with their annual Santa Run.

Hair today, gone tomorrow for Dalkeith girl

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 14:24
Emilia Tombs (9) from Dalkeith, had 12 inches of her hair cut off last Saturday to give to the Little Princess Trust to make wigs for children that have gone though chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment for cancer.

Help Cancer Research UK and other Scottish charities this Christmas

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 14:00
If you are looking for a unique gift this Christmas, the Friends of Cancer Research UK tartan could be just the job.

Council Leader comments on Scottish budget announcement

Midlothian Council - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 11:12
Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan, has said that the Scottish Government’s budget, announced earlier this week, has “failed to recognise that additional funding is urgently needed for vital local services in Midlothian and across Scotland.”

Penicuik Heritage Regeneration launch success

Midlothian Council - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 08:28
The launch of the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project, which took place earlier this month, has been hailed as a great success with around 150 people visiting the exhibition and other events held in the town.

Double delight for award winning Dalkeith curry house

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 07:22
Dalkeith Indian restaurant Bombay Lounge was celebrating again last week after picking up its second award in two weeks.

Business drop-in event to be held in Dalkeith

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 06:52
Water Tower Cottage is the venue for business owners to meet with One Dalkeith next Monday, 3-7pm, to discuss the future well-being of the local business community.

Big focus on Midlothian businesses

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 06:47
Scottish Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour visited Bonnyrigg High Street last week to hear about the success of Small Business Saturday.

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