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Soccersixes come to Edinburgh

posted 21 Jan 2017, 03:15 by Alistar Frater

A new community 6aside football league is starting in Edinburgh on a Sunday Night between 6:00pm and 8:00pm at Oriam Scotland Sports Performance Centre and is sure to be popular with local residents.  Soccersixes are the UK’s leading provider of 6aside FA affiliated football leagues so the popularity of this new football league will be very high.
The league is FA affiliated and each game is officiated by qualified officials.  Soccersixes also provide all the equipment so teams only need to worry about who’s going to play in their team each week.  A flexible squad system is also used so teams can use as many players as they wish in their squad.  Most squads will be made up of players that are friends, family and work colleagues.
Everyone is welcome, whatever standard, whatever age as long as they are over 16 they qualify to play in the Soccersixes.  Soccersixes do however request that team captains/managers are over 18.
Teams can also track their own stats including goalscorers and assists on the Soccersixes website.

Socceersixes are also looking for a local business to possibly sponsor the league in way of providing a prize for the winning team to add to the prize package already in place. This sponsor will have their business name attached to the division plus will have an option to supply an image to be uploaded to the website.
For more information or to get involved as a team or sponsor in the Soccersixes leagues contact Adam on 07983 812135 or register your team on the all new Soccersixes website

Volunteers needed - Exercise & Health Study

posted 12 Mar 2016, 02:24 by myEdinburgh Admin

Participants (male or female) will take part in 6 weeks of one-on-one training at the state-of-the-art facilities at Edinburgh Napier University.  You will be assessed for the benefits of exercise and vitamin D in the prevention of diabetes.

You must be aged 18 to 45 with BMI of 27-35 kg/m2.

If you are interested in taking part in this study or want more information please contact Hannah Lithgow at or phone 0131 455 3716.

The Lammermuir Festival: 14-23 September 2012

posted 31 Jul 2012, 03:48 by Alistar Frater

Beautiful Music in Beautiful Places
  • sensational music and light event at Tantallon Castle
  • new series of lunchtime song recitals in association with BBC Radio 3
  • guitar phenomenon Sean Shibe is Young Artist In Residence
  • six new venues including Tantallon Castle, Yester House and Glenkinchie Distillery
  • talks, walks and Festival garden openings

The Lammermuir Festival returns for its third year presenting its biggest and most diverse programme to date.  In unusual and stunning venues throughout the picturesque region of East Lothian, Scotland, the Festival runs from Friday 14 - Sunday 23 September 2012. Most exciting of all is the spectacular event at the breathtaking medieval ruins of Tantallon Castle, commissioned by the Festival as part of the Year of Creative Scotland.


‘Beautiful Music In Beautiful Places’ is the hallmark of the Lammermuir Festival. The stunning natural beauty of the region and its abundance of interesting venues provide the perfect setting. The Lammermuir Festival offers a sense of discovery: discovering music you might not have heard before, discovering new places in East Lothian, or even discovering that a place you know well is transformed when filled with music. 


This year’s Festival brings new events: a series of lunchtime song recitals, talks, guided walks and some glorious East Lothian gardens, which will be open throughout the Festival.


The programme features world-class performances of live music from renowned musicians, alongside some of the finest young artists on the scene today.  Two of Scotland’s finest orchestras return, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and we welcome back the young Navarra Quartet. The Dunedin Consort opens the Festival with Bach’s St John Passion on Friday 14 September, preceding their new recording of the work due for release in 2013.  NYCOS (National Youth Choir of Scotland) this year close the Festival with a performance of Fauré’s Requiem in partnership with Northern Sinfonia from the Sage in Newcastle, who make their Lammermuir debut.


Also making their first appearances at The Lammermuir Festival are the outstanding baroque groups Ensemble Marsyas and La Serinissima, as well as Gramophone Award-winning The Cardinall’s Musick on their year-long UK tour performing the music of William Byrd.


Rising star guitarist, Sean Shibe, is this year’s Young Artist in Residence, appearing in recital at Lennoxlove House on Tuesday 18 September, as soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Dunbar on Saturday 15 September, and in concert with the Navarra Quartet at Whitekirk on Sunday 23 September. 


Lammermuir 2012 celebrates the guitar on Saturday 15 September with Dunbar Guitar: three concerts featuring the Maxwell String Quartet and leading guitarist Allan Neave, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Sean Shibe and ending in the unexpected setting of Belhaven Fruit Farm for a relaxed and fun evening of guitar music from around the world.


Actor Robert Hardy, well known for his roles as Siegfried in All Creatures Great and Small and Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films is also a highly respected historian.  He was a personal friend of Patrick O’Brian, author of the famous seafaring novels which include ‘Master and Commander’. The concert on Sunday 16 September features excerpts read by Robert Hardy, interspersed with music from the books by Mozart, Boccherini, Haydn and Dittersdorf, performed by the Raeburn Quartet.


A new series of lunchtime recitals has a theme of ‘The Seasons’, devised and performed by Joseph Middleton, an already highly acclaimed young accompanist. He has assembled a cast of four exciting and charismatic young singers: Sophie Bevan, soprano; Andrew Kennedy, tenor; Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano and Marcus Farnsworth, baritone.  The lunchtime recitals are presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and will be broadcast in February 2013.


Saturday 22 September is The Lammermuir Festival’s Handel Day.  We look at several aspects of this great composer, his early career in Italy and his charming organ concerti.  Close to the anniversary of the Battle of Prestonpans (21 September) we conclude with a fascinating programme curated by Rob Howarth around music linked to the Jacobite rising: Getting a Handel on the Jacobite Rising.



For the third year running, The Lammermuir Festival presents a spectacular site-specific music event unique to East Lothian. One of Scotland’s most significant historic sites, Tantallon Castle, set against a stunning natural landscape looking out to the Bass Rock, is the backdrop for a brilliant music and light show.  The Lammermuir Festival has commissioned writer Aonghas MacNeacail and composer William Sweeney to create a new work which will bring the building, its story and East Lothian’s extraordinary past alive.  The music will be performed by Red Note Ensemble and powerful images will be projected on the castle’s walls using state-of-the-art technology, brought to us by Culture Creative, renowned for their recent stunning light show in Belfast for the Titanic centenary. This event is part of Year of Creative Scotland.



The Lammermuir Festival visits fifteen performance venues, including six new for 2012. They range from churches to historic private houses and from a distillery to the ruins of Tantallon.  The Festival brings a rare chance to see inside some fine houses not normally open to the public: Yester House, where Hebrides Ensemble perform on Monday 17 September, was home for many years to composer Gian Carlo Menotti and his family still lives there.   Lennoxlove House, where Sean Shibe plays on Tuesday 18 September, is the home of the Duke of Hamilton, Scotland’s premier peer; and Winton House in Pencaitland has among its many points of interest an impressive collection of fine art, including works by Van Dyck and Canaletto.


Two rather different 2012 venues are Glenkinchie Distillery and Belhaven Fruit Farm.


The Lammermuir Festival’s premier venue is St Mary’s Church, Haddington, which is one of the finest remaining active medieval churches in Scotland.  St Mary’s, Haddington hosts five performances, including the opening and closing concerts of the Festival.



This year the Festival presents a series of talks giving an insight into the event including Artistic Directors Hugh MacDonald and James Waters; Young Artist in Residence, Sean Shibe; the Dunedin Consort’s John Butt and La Serenissima’s Adrian Chandler.



Mercat Tours offer two guided walks, suitable for all ages, discovering the history and stories of Haddington, including the famous East Lothian witch trials.



Four of East Lothian’s finest gardens are open during the festival: Johnstounburn House, Humbie; Broadwoodside, Gifford; Shepherd House, Inveresk and St Mary’s Pleasance, Haddington.



East Lothian is renowned for fine produce, and the county has a great range of excellent places to eat and drink. We have on offer for ticket holders a pre-concert, two-course meal at £9.95 for lunchtimes or £13.50 for evenings. Book in advance on 01620 825674


Other offers are the Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Dunbar offering a free glass of wine with a two course meal throughout September and October by showing The Lammermuir Festival brochure; and the Waterloo Bistro, Haddington who offer two courses for £12.95 from 5.00pm - quote WAT/LAM when booking.


TICKETS   0131 473 2000

In person from The Hub, Edinburgh or in person from Hilary’s Deli, Court Street, Haddington

TALKS: free of charge but tickets available in advance and on the door 30 mins before event

WALKS: to book

FESTIVAL GARDENS: Tickets £5 must be booked in advance 0131 473 2000. Note: St Mary’s Pleasance, Haddington is free.

enLIGHTen: 1st March - 18th March 2012

posted 27 Feb 2012, 01:30 by Alistar Frater

We're delighted to tell you more about enLIGHTen, an exciting new project by Edinburgh City of Literature Trust, working with partners, that will bring the streets of Edinburgh to life in early 2012, thanks to Year of Creative Scotland funding.


What is it?

enLIGHTen is an exciting new event for Edinburgh that will fuse words and cutting edge technology to light up the night sky during March. 

Massive projections of famous quotes from the Scottish Enlightenment period will illuminate buildings along George Street and Rose Street to spectacular effect.  enLIGHTen will include specially commissioned animations and audio, to create a stunning, multi-sensory experience for locals and tourists alike.

Celebrating the literary and built heritage of locations including Charlotte Square and the Melville Monument in the city’s Poetry Garden, enLIGHTen will respond to the wisdom of great Enlightenment thinkers through new fiction and poetry by Gavin Inglis, William Letford, Kirsty Logan, Ken MacLeod, James Robertson and JL Williams, specially commissioned by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

(g)Host City, specialists in innovative, virtual and augmented reality performance, will work with the writers to enhance the pieces, creating a downloadable aural experience which will complement the stunning visual impact of the projections. This will be supplemented with free audio downloads for each location about the built and literary heritage.

enLIGHTen will be the first time dynamic projection mapping has been used for cultural purposes in Scotland.  The City of Literature Trust will coordinate this inspired project, working in partnership with Essential Edinburgh, Marketing Edinburgh, Edinburgh World Heritage, Northern Light, Pufferfish and JUMP Marketing to create a very memorable March. 


Lights, Literature, Action!

This isn't the first time that our City of Literature will use the backdrop of our capital to put a spotlight on our literary heritage. enLIGHTen will build upon a successful series of projections round the city as part of the Carry a Poem reading campaign in February 2010, images that stopped passers-by in their tracks and were published around the world.

We projected a line from Douglas Dunn's poem 'Disenchantments' onto Edinburgh's Castle Rock: 'Look to the living, love them, and hold on' became an iconic image shared widely, delivering a beautiful message for a chilly Valentine's eve.


Creative Scotland 2012

Our Director, Ali Bowden said:

"We’re thrilled to have Creative Scotland’s support for this ambitious new partnership project. enLIGHTen will match the architectural brilliance of this historic city with our world re-known literature, and provide an arresting experience for passersby, both locals and visitors – as well as a focal point for those planning a trip to Edinburgh."

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, who unveiled the Year of Creative Scotland programme this week, said: "The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 will be a spectacular celebration of our nation's culture and creativity on both the international stage and across our communities."

Iain Munro, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said: “enLIGHTen will create a dynamic celebration of our world-renowned literature, set against the architecture of the historical centre of Scotland’s Enlightenment. Seeing the city centre lit up and featuring our contemporary poets is sure to be one of the highlights of the Year of Creative Scotland.”


In Partnership

This unique project is in collaboration with EventScotland, Essential Edinburgh, Marketing Edinburgh, Edinburgh World Heritage, City of Edinburgh Council, (g)Host City, NL Productions, Pufferfish and JUMP.


Source: City of Literature

Edinburgh students help to raise thousands for breast cancer charity

posted 14 Jun 2011, 03:14 by Alistar Frater

People from across Edinburgh including students from Heriot Watt University helped to raise over £12,000 for leading charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer by taking part in a special one-off fundraising event. The ‘10k for £10k’ Challenge involved walking, running or cycling for 10k around Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy and was a huge success with over 140 people of all ages, most dressed in pink, taking part.

Edinburgh student Daniel Bissett recruited his friends to get involved in the event which was organised by his mother Dorothy, who thought up the event after her own battle with breast cancer. Dorothy wanted to fundraise to fight back against the disease and gave herself the huge target of raising £10,000 for Edinburgh-based charity Breakthrough, who fund Scotland’s only breast cancer research unit. She initially asked 50 people to try to raise £200 each and so far an incredible £12,000 has been raised through donations and sponsorship.

Dorothy said: “People have amazed me with their generosity so I would like to thank everyone who helped us raise this money for such a good cause. After my own diagnosis in 2008 I quickly realised the huge importance of research - I believe it's our way of fighting back. Everyone involved has put in so much hard work and I hope that with the money still pledged our final total will be much higher.“

James Jopling, Fundraising Manager for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in Scotland was present on the day and said: “This is an incredible achievement. We are so grateful for the hard work and support of Dorothy and everyone in Edinburgh who contributed to such a fantastic event. Breakthrough is working across Scotland to ensure women can have a future free from the fear of breast cancer, but we can’t do it without fundraising events like this. Every penny that’s raised will take us a step closer to beating breast cancer for good.”

There’s still a chance to get involved and show your support by donating to the online fundraising page at For further information on Breakthrough Breast Cancer phone 0131 226 0761 or email

New 5km route announced for Great Edinburgh Run

posted 10 Jun 2011, 08:07 by Alistar Frater

Organisers of the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run today announced the addition of a brand new 5k course for 2011.

The event will become part of a "Great Day of Running", taking place in Edinburgh city centre on 2 October. The inaugural 5k will take place ahead of the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run, an already well-established event on the city's sporting calendar.

The gentle 5k course is perfect for runners of all abilities and takes in some of Edinburgh's most iconic landmarks, including the Scott Monument, Holyrood Palace and the National Art Gallery. The event offers beginners - or those returning to distance running - the opportunity to experience a competitive road race in the heart of one of the UK's most picturesque cities.

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "We want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in sport, which is why the inclusion of the new 5k route is so important, it gives everyone - residents and visitors alike - the opportunity to experience the thrill of taking part. We're proud to know this event takes place against what must be one of the most spectacular sporting-event backdrops in the world."

Building on the from the success of the Bupa Great Winter Run and Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country earlier this year, EventScotland, the national events agency, are supporting the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run which will be a marquee event on the calendar in the year of Active Scotland.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, said: "The new 5km event is a welcome addition to the Bupa Great Edinburgh run. In the year of Active Scotland we continue to support this city-centre event and the stage is set for a great day of running in Scotland's capital city - a proven world-class destination for running events for both elite and amateur participants."

More than 10,000 people took part in the 2010 10k Bupa Great Edinburgh Run and Bupa Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Run last year. Organisers feel the addition of a 5k course will make the appeal of the day even wider and reinforce the reputation of the Great Edinburgh Run as one of Scotland's premiere mass participation sporting events.

The Great Edinburgh Run is televised live on Channel 5 and will also be the subject of a one hour highlights programme on BBC Scotland.

Entries for all events are open at

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council

Princes Street tramworks will begin in September

posted 4 Jun 2011, 06:21 by Alistar Frater

The planned tramworks on Princes Street, originally planned for July, will now begin in September.

Since the announcement was made last month that an agreement had been made with the infrastructure contractor, on the required works for Princes Street, an extensive period of consultation has been undertaken.

The original intention was for this work to begin in July, to allow the programme to accommodate the summer and winter festival periods and finish as early in 2012 as possible. However after considering the feedback from city centre stakeholders, elected members and representatives of transport bodies it has been decided that this work should be delayed until early September instead.

Dave Anderson, Director of City Development said: "My team and I have spent a great deal of time listening to comments regarding the planned work programme for Princes Street and I understand the concerns regarding starting prior to full certainty on final costs, funding and programme. It is with this in mind, and having considered how best to implement some of the mitigation ideas we received, we have taken the decision to postpone these works until after the summer festivals, in September.

"Throughout this process it has been necessary to balance the need to address the problems inherent in Princes Street at present, whilst mitigating the impact that the works will have on the city, its businesses and its festivals. I can assure all stakeholders that their contributions to date have been valuable, informed our decision making process and will also help define the full plan for mitigation measures we will undertake going forward."

Cllr Jenny Dawe, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "There is no doubt that the remedial works on Princes Street are necessary and I am keen that we see as many results from mediation as quickly as possible. However, I think this small delay is prudent to take account of stakeholders' views and until we're in a position to fully understand the way forward for bringing trams into our city centre."

The programme of enabling works will still go ahead as planned from Monday 6 June. This includes resurfacing work on George Street and Charlotte Square and installing the required temporary traffic management required to accommodate the traffic diversion. Doing this now means we will not have to do it during the summer festival season.

Some additional minor works, including alterations to road markings and changes to parking/loading requirements will take place two weeks prior to the diversion being implemented in early September.

The plan will now be to implement the traffic diversion in the weekend prior to the works starting on 5 September. This means that Princes Street will have more public space available for spectators for the Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks, the finale of the Festival season on Sunday 4 September.

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council

Small Steps Big Difference takes leap on-air

posted 4 Jun 2011, 06:10 by Alistar Frater   [ updated 4 Jun 2011, 06:15 ]

Innovative link-up for NHS Lothian and hospital radio stations.

The hospital radio airwaves of Edinburgh are set to be filled with the sound of health promotion adverts thanks to an innovative link-up between NHS Lothian, Radio Lollipop and Red Dot Radio.

Small Steps Big Difference, a joint healthy living campaign between NHS Lothian and City of Edinburgh Council, will be the first to feature on hospital radio stations in the capital.

Four adverts, used as part of the campaign, will be played at five hospitals across the city.

Clifford Burden, Acting Director of Communications, NHS Lothian said: “I believe this to be the first time a health board in Scotland has linked-up with hospital radio in this way.

“We are constantly looking at innovative and cost effective ways to better promote our campaigns. This partnership with hospital radio will see our campaigns gaining greater exposure and, in some cases, influence exactly those people they’re intended for.”

The Small Steps Big Difference adverts feature a catchy song and four key messages helping to promote the main aspects of the campaign.

Clifford Burden continued: “This campaign aims to promote small changes to lifestyle as a way of improving overall health. Messages like - walk to the shops instead of taking the car, substitute salt for herbs or grab some fruit in the morning – all feature in our adverts and hopefully they will positively influence those who hear them in our hospitals and throughout Lothian.”

David Stirton, Public Relations Officer, Edinburgh Hospital Broadcasting Service, Red Dot Radio, commented: “We’re delighted to be a part of this innovative partnership with NHS Lothian.

“I’m certain the positive messages heard in each advert will have an effect on our listeners and it’s great to be involved with this campaign from the start.”

Louise Trow, Chair, Radio Lollipop, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity and one Radio Lollipop is delighted to be involved in. We’re delighted to be able to promote the Small Steps Big Difference campaign on our station and there will no doubt be other campaigns in the future which we can help NHS Lothian to promote.”

Two’s Company...

posted 3 Jun 2011, 06:34 by Alistar Frater

Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo are hoping for a match as new female Sumatran Tiger joins Tibor

Edinburgh Zoo’s keepers are hoping for a love match when Baginda, a female Sumatran tiger, meets Tibor, the Zoo’s four year old male Sumatran tiger.

Eight year old Baginda has flown into Edinburgh from Benidorm and has moved into her new home at the Zoo, in the enclosure next to Tibor. The two tigers are yet to meet, but are being slowly getting used to the scents and sounds of each other.

Alison Maclean, carnivore team leader at Edinburgh Zoo, said:

“We’re hoping that when Tibor and Baginda meet in a few weeks’ time they’ll accept each other and become a breeding pair.

“Baginda is currently settling into her new enclosure, but over the coming weeks we’ll be building up to the day they meet properly. We’ll swap the tigers between the two enclosures, just so they get used to each other’s scent, and then they will meet through a mess patrician. The tigers will dictate timings, but if all goes well they should spend some proper time together in six to eight weeks.

“In the wild Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and the lowest estimate is that there could only be 300 left in the wild, so the birth of Sumatran tiger cubs would be extremely significant.”

Sumatran tigers are a subspecies of tiger only found in the wild on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Its stripes are narrower than other tigers, which are great for camouflage in tall grasses, and their small size means they can move quickly through the jungle. Sumatran tigers also have distinctive beards and manes, especially the males. In the wild Sumatran tigers prey mainly on wild boar, Malayan tapirs and deer, but also monkeys, fish and birds.

Absolutely Legless at the Netherbow

posted 3 Jun 2011, 04:47 by Alistar Frater

 based, Absolutely Legless are taking their full show of Irish Music, Song & Dance to the Netherbow Theatre on Saturday 11th June at 7pm.  Their show continues to entertain audiences in ScotlandEurope and beyond. They have just returned from the Riviera and will soon travel to Slovenia to take part in an international festival of music, song and dance.


Whether it is the fast moving steps, the lilting lyrics, or the foot tapping music that you enjoy, you will be guaranteed an evening full of traditional Irish entertainment.


Inspired by the Irish hard and soft shoe traditions, Absolutely Legless perform original dances in a relaxed and informal manner while remaining faithful to their roots. The dancers combine the grace of the soft shoes with the power and rhythmic precision of the hard shoes to provide a truly exhilarating experience.

This approach is reflected in the music from the band, which seamlessly weaves the evocative melodies and driving rhythms of Irish dance music. The unique line-up of fiddles, flutes and guitar play new arrangements of traditional and original airs, jigs and reels.

This combination of the energy of the dancers and Celtic rhythms of the band entertains audiences every time and Absolutely Legless are well-received wherever they appear.


Absolutely Legless was started in 1997 by Dianne Newman, who has competed in numerous world championships, and taught pupils from across the globe. She was keen to create a group which would offer something for people of all ages and backgrounds, which is apparent in the diverse range of members.


The youngest dancer is aged 15 from East Lothian and the eldest in their fifties. The group consists of students, doctors, nurses and accountants – all who share one love – Irish dance and music. Although the group is based in Edinburgh, we have members who come from FifeDumfries and Galloway, West and East Lothian and of course from Ireland.


The group last year performed at Folkmoot USA in North Carolina where they danced alongside dancers and musicians from as far afield as Colombia and Costa Rica. Other tours have included HungarySicilyTurkey and Poland, and in the past 2 years the group have appeared on BBC’s Tonight’s the Night, and RTE’s Nationwide.


Absolutely Legless are performing at the Netherbow Theatre, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre 43-45 High StreetEdinburgh on Saturday 11th June for one night only.


Don’t miss out on a rare opportunity to see the group perform in Edinburgh.


Ticket prices are £10.00 (£8.00 concessions). For tickets contact the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 0131 556 9579 or visit their website at,uk


You can find out more about Absolutely Legless from their website

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