Normally, there is an informal arrangement to meet from 11am till 12 noon at Al Mare, 272 Portobello High Street, EH15 2AT however while the weather is good we have started to meet for Coffee in the Park (in the Daisy Park) our first meeting being on 18/07/2020. We had seven members and some additional family members which made for interesting chat and stories. Some brought along their own chairs, some used the benches and little feet (aka DinoIronman) ran around amongst it all. Youngest and eldest members were happily reunited. Hopefully we will be able to do it again soon.
Having had several meets in the park over the summer we feel the time is right for zoom, and to entice you to join we are offering a scone!
Meetings are on the first Tuesday and third Saturday every month at 11:00 am. If you want to join, please get you request in ASAP so there’s time to cook and deliver your scone. See the latest newsletter for the email link.
One of our members, Christine was recently unable to walk her dogs, so posted a request for help. No less than nine different Timebank members came out in all weathers to walk her dogs, who loved the additional attention. Greatly appreciated.
One of the many things we do in the conservation group is to control the amount of Himalayan Balsam that would otherwise take over all other riverbank plants down the Brunstane Burn.
Another successful day on Friday 7th August trying to remove as many “Himalayan Balsam” as possible. They may look lovely, but they are massively invasive. Largely impossible to remove from the infested south bank of the Burn, but the North side should be clear. Some are very big at over 2m tall!
On Saturday 25/07/2020 Timebank led a litter pick around the Tumbles area of Portobello beach. A group of about 30 members and non-members arrived at 10am, thankfully just as the torrential downpours ended! We all enjoyed a couple of hours doing various jobs from weeding the prom, to ridding the beach of litter; hunting tiny nurdles for the keen eyes to digging large carpet from the sand for the more adventurous, all members left with a sense of achievement. Well done to all and hopefully next time Covid-19 restrictions will have been relaxed enough to allow us to return to our traditional tea, cake and chat at the end of our next litter clean.