Fairtrade at the Children’s Gala 27th May

The Fairtrade group will be doing a repeat of last year’s popular ‘Fairtrade Banana Hoopla’ on this year’s Gala Day, 27 May, along with a ‘FT Photo Booth’ at which lucky people may volunteer to be photographed with the Giant Inflatable  FT Banana.  Why not come and join in the fun?

An evening with the “Music Detective” Andy Lowndes & Your Playlist for Life – 31st May

Andy Lowdnes is Deputy Chair of “Playlist for Life” the charity set up by Sally Magnusson’s after she started writing the book “Where Memories Go”, her journey with her Mother and dementia.

Andy is a highly acclaimed and entertaining speaker; offering insight and encouragement to us to find innovative ways to engage with people living with dementia and enable them to continue to contribute to society.  Click here for the poster.

Tickets are available from BPC Admin Office; St Joseph’s Centre, Balerno ( 9am- 12 noon Mon- Fri), Balerno & Currie Post Offices or Kay Latimer (449-6186) kaylatimer@btopenworld.com

The tickets are free, donations in support of the work of Dementia Friendly Pentlands are encouraged.

Vine Trust Opportunity

If you have some space this summer, there are still a couple of places on a Vine Trust home building expedition in the Kilimanjaro area of Tanzania July 9th to August 11th. All ages from 18-70 are welcomed with no experience necessary – you only do what you can!Vine trust 1

As you’ll know if you helped support the group who went last summer, (much appreciated!) it is an amazing thing to be part of building a bit of security with a vulnerable family who have virtually nothing. Cut off date is April 30. There is also some space in October.

Vine trust 2More information on the website www.vinetrust.org or you can contact Feri Ross on keithferi.ross@googlemail.com and 07855 163409.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 : Don’t Feed Exploitation

Huge thanks from the Fairtrade Village Group to everyone who made yesterday’s Fairtrade Morning such a success: customers, stallholders, workers with kids; poets, school staff, and competition judges; settersup, clearers-up, washers-up and cashers-up; photographer, sound technician, amazing Guild refreshers and all other bakers; welcomers, our Market Traders’ Licence Magician, and too many other kind helpers to mention – we know who you are, and it could never have happened without you! More details as soon as we have them, and there may be extra baking with today’s coffee.

Please go on choosing Fairtrade/fairly traded goods when you shop too. Balerno knows one village can’t ‘sort it’, but every little bit adds up. FT pays fairly, enabling producers to support their families and communities; many other food buyers don’t. Why bother? How many people still face severe poverty worldwide right now? Rory Stewart MP, Minister of State for International Development, last week said 700 million, including many who help produce our food. Too big to take in – but every number means individuals, family members. Just like us.

Dementia Awareness Week – 29th May – 4th June

The Palm Cafe are heavily involved in this years Dementia Awareness week.  Click for a poster showing events in the area, for a poster about the film ‘Alive Inside’, to view a trailer for ‘Alive Inside’ and to read more about the Palm Cafe.  Diana Kerr, whose book has inspired numerous successful Singing Groups for people with dementia will be present at the film showing with her colleague, Sheila Hardie.