The Great Big Walk ends with a Big Lunch – and a big rest!

Great Big Walk logo - National Lottery fundedWalkers on an epic trek across the UK got their chance to put their feet up today (Sunday, June 18) . . . and have a cuppa with locals in Edinburgh.

The Great Big Walk – which has seen teams of walkers fan across the country – ended its Scottish leg with a “Big Lunch” event in Pilrig St. Paul’s Church in the capital.

Comedienne Jo Brand set off five walks across the country from Batley in Yorkshire on May 29.

The initiative aimed to drum up interest in the annual Big Lunch project; shine a light on community projects visited by the walkers and also support the Great Get Together. The latter has been encouraging people to attend community events in celebration of the murdered Yorkshire MP Jo Cox, who died a year ago this week.

One of the walkers, Josh Quigley (24), from Edinburgh, said the trek back home from Yorkshire was “absolutely incredible and life-changing”.

He said he was moved to tears after meeting war veterans at The Living Memory Association’s base in Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal. Another highlight was visiting The Lawnmowers, a theatre group in Gateshead, helping people with learning difficulties.

The Scotland-bound walkers also went to the moon and back – touching bits of lunar rock at Kielder Observatory near the Scottish border. They also had a singing lesson at one of England’s most rural choirs in Northumberland and went on a prayer walk with the Bishop of Durham as they headed north. Bizarrely, someone dressed as Darth Vader turned up the same day . . . .

In Scotland, the walkers visited the award-winning Stove arts project in Dumfries, toured Dumfries House and searched for “dinosaurs” – toy ones – in Cambuslang. They also visited the National Lottery-funded Kelpies and Helix Park in Falkirk.

(Video of interviews with Josh and fellow walkers – plus interviews from different community groups visited – are at http://www.twitter.com/edencommsscot )

Today, the adventure was over and it was time to join representatives from the local community in Leith at Pilrig St. Paul’s Church to reflect on the three-week trek. There were presentations on the Leith Community Cinema – based within the church – and Leith Community Knitting Bee. Knitted bunting dressed the Big Lunch event room.

The Great Big Walk was organised by the Eden Project, with funding from the National Lottery and other partners.

Emily Watts, Eden Communities’ Scotland country manager, said: “We’ve had tremendous support and fun along our way. We’ve stopped at around 30 community projects along our route from Yorkshire to Scotland, some funded by the National Lottery. We’ve met, talked to, eaten with and laughed with, the communities that make our nation what it is.”

She added: “The whole aim of the Great Big Walk has been to shine a light on connected communities while ‘walking an appetite’ for our Big Lunch, which this year is the highlight of the Great Get Together celebrations. Across the UK this weekend, Big Lunches and Get Togethers are taking place in what will be the biggest community celebration the UK has ever seen.

“Just getting people together for a walk, or a lunch, can do wonders for communities and reminds us all there’s more than unites us than divides – a sentiment promoted by Jo Cox.

“If you haven’t organised your own Big Lunch event, don’t worry you can still organise one. Visit http://www.thebiglunch.com for support and information.

“A big thank you to our walkers, our funders and all our partners for making the walk such an adventure.”

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About The Great Big Walk

The Great Big Walk (thegreatbigwalk.com) is an idea from the Eden Project, funded by the National Lottery and supporters including Pears Foundation and Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. The Great Big Walk has received in kind support from YHA for accommodation, and Renault with a fleet of electric support vehicles. The Great Big Walk connects people and communities, inviting them to take part in the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours by hosting their own Big Lunch events: the highlight of The Great Get Together on Sunday 18 June 2017.

About The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch (thebiglunch.com) is the UK’s annual get together for neighbours, an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery. This year, The Big Lunch will be held on Sunday 18 June as the highlight of The Great Get Together weekend. The Big Lunch started in 2009. Last year over 7.3 million people took part in over 90,0000 events across the UK. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of The Big Lunch. Bringing communities together, reducing loneliness and isolation. and helping to make a difference locally is at the heart of the National Lottery’s mission.

About The Great Get Together

The Great Get Together event marks the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP, and is inspired by her maiden speech to Parliament when she said “We have more in common and are far more united than that which divides us”. It will be the biggest community event across the UK since the Diamond Jubilee. Up and down the country, get-togethers are being planned – big and small – from Big Lunch street parties to BBQs and games of football to bake-offs. The initiative was started by the friends and family of Jo Cox. They have teamed up with The Big Lunch, which has organised annual neighbourhood celebrations since 2009, and has moved its annual event to coincide with the anniversary. More than one hundred organisations are supporting The Great Get Together, from The Big Lunch, Help for Heroes to Amnesty International; the RNLI to the RSPB; the Scouts, the Guides, The Women’s Institute and The Premier League. The aim of The Great Get Together is to connect people and build stronger communities.

About the Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year it awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
For more information visit http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

Anyone interested in following The Great Big Walk can find out more at http://www.thegreatbigwalk.com

More background information at http://theprstore.co.uk/news

PRESS CONTACTS

Adrian Mahoney, PR for Scotland en route, tel. 07967 150560 –
adrian@theprstore.co.uk

Laura Sutherland, Aura PR, Glasgow, tel. 0141 337 6712 or 07764 936 840

Sarah Boniface, PR Manager, Eden Project Communities, tel. 020 058
2427 or 07976 633674 – sboniface@edenproject.com

The Great Big Walk

The PR Store is providing PR support en route to The Great Big Walk , running across the UK this June.

Read on to find out more.

You’ll also find PR contacts at the end of this post.

  • The Great Big Walk – thegreatbigwalk.com – is an idea from the Eden Project, funded by the National Lottery and other supporters.
  • The Great Big Walk aims to highlight the rich diversity of communities which make up the backbone of the UK, while demonstrating the commonality we all share.
  • The walk – visiting great community projects en route – also aims to highlight the ordinary people going the extra mile for their communities, whilst walking up an appetite for The Big Lunch: the highlight of the Great Get Together on Sunday 18 June.
  • The walk – actually five treks across the country – launched in Batley, near Leeds, on May 29.

Notes to Editors

About The Great Big Walk

  • The Great Big Walk (website here) is an idea from the Eden Project, funded by the National Lottery and supporters including Pears Foundation and Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation
  • The Great Big Walk has received in kind support from YHA for accommodation, and Renault with a fleet of electric support vehicles.
  • The Great Big Walk connects people and communities, inviting them to take part in the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours by hosting their own Big Lunch events: the highlight of The Great Get Together on Sunday 18 June 2017.

About The Big Lunch

  • The Big Lunch (thebiglunch.com) is the UK’s annual get together for neighbours, an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery.
  • This year, The Big Lunch will be held on Sunday 18 June as the highlight of The Great Get Together weekend.
  • The Big Lunch started in 2009. Last year over 7.3 million people took part in over 90,0000 events across the UK.
  • Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of The Big Lunch.
  • Bringing communities together, reducing loneliness and isolation. and helping to make a difference locally is at the heart of the National Lottery’s mission.

About The Great Get Together

  • The Great Get Together event marks the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP, and is inspired by her maiden speech to parliament when she said “We have more in common and are far more united than that which divides us”.
  • It will be the biggest community event across the UK since the Diamond Jubilee. Up and down the country, get-togethers are being planned – big and small – from Big Lunch street parties to BBQs and games of football to bake-offs.
  • The initiative was started by the friends and family of Jo Cox. They have teamed up with The Big Lunch, which has organised annual neighbourhood celebrations since 2009, and has moved its annual event to coincide with the anniversary.
  • More than one hundred organisations are supporting The Great Get Together, from The Big Lunch, Help for Heroes to Amnesty International; the RNLI to the RSPB; the Scouts, the Guides, The Women’s Institute and The Premier League.
  • The aim of The Great Get Together is to connect people and build stronger communities.

About the Big Lottery Fund

  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes.
  • Last year it awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
  • For more information visit biglotteryfund.org.uk

Q&A

What is The Great Big Walk?

The Great Big Walk is an idea from the Eden Project funded by the National Lottery and other supporters designed to connect people with those they live alongside in the belief that we can make positive connections when we take the time to walk and talk together.

Starting in Batley, West Yorkshire, walk teams will take five different walk routes on a three week long adventure. Each day, along the route, the walkers will stop in a different community to shine a light on powerfully ordinary people doing amazing projects and events that bring communities together.

They will share conversations food, stories and experiences together — just like The Big Lunch. Walkers will visit projects right across the UK to shine a light on ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities while walking home to their own community Big Lunch on Sunday 18 June.

When is The Great Big Walk?

The Great Big Walk started on 29 May 2017 and spans three weeks concluding on Sunday 18 June 2017.

What is the aim of The Great Big Walk?

The aim of The Great Big Walk, made possible with funding from the National Lottery, is to drive awareness of and participation in The Big Lunch and shine a light on ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make a difference where they live.  The walk will highlight the rich diversity of the communities which make up the backbone of the UK whilst demonstrating the commonality we all share.

Who is funding The Great Big Walk?

The Great Big Walk (thegreatbigwalk.com) is an idea from The Eden Project, funded by the National Lottery and supporters including Pears Foundation and Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, and partnered by the YHA and Renault.

How is the Jo Cox Foundation involved?

The Big Lunch has moved its date to form the highlight of The Great Get Together weekend.  In the weeks leading up to the celebrations walkers from across the country will be taking part in The Great Big Walk, starting in the late Jo Cox MPs constituency of Batley and Spen and ending back at their home towns in time for their Big Lunch on Sunday 18 June as part of the celebratory weekend. The Jo Cox Foundation is one of the principal partner organisations backing The Great Big Walk.

 

Who are the walkers?

The walkers heading to Scotland are Josh Quigley from Livingston, now living in Edinburgh – known as The Tartan Explorer. Also three representatives from the Glasgow charity Refuweegee, covering the three week walk as a relay: Selina Hales, Hannah Gibbons and Melissa Espinoza, all currently based in Glasgow.

 

How have the walkers been selected?

Over several months applications from right across the UK were submitted through an online form hosted on the Eden Project Communities website. After a few rounds of interviews and much careful consideration an Eden Project panel whittled the list down and selected the amazing eleven walkers.

 

Where are the walkers going?

Five routes set off from Batley West Yorkshire: one team will walk to Scotland, one to Wales, one to Northern Ireland, one to Cornwall and one to London, each walking home in time for The Big Lunch. Every day, the walkers and their supporters will arrive in a different town or village, joining that community to share food, conversations and learn about the wonderful projects and events that bring communities together.

 

How can we follow the walk?

You can follow the progress of all the walkers on thegreatbigwalk.com where you can see all the latest updates. A map will track the positon of the walkers and community stops throughout the three week adventure.

Our live social media feeds on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will share regular post, video and news so be sure to follow the story as it unfolds!

Follow the project on social media @edencommunities

#thebiglunch #greatbigwalk Thebiglunch.com

thegreatbigwalk.com

 

PRESS CONTACTS

  • Adrian Mahoney, PR for Scotland en route, tel. 07967 150560 – adrian@theprstore.co.uk
  • Laura Sutherland, Aura PR, Glasgow, tel. 0141 337 6712 or 07764 936 840
  • Sarah Boniface, PR Manager, Eden Project Communities, tel. 020 058 2427 or 07976 633674 – sboniface@edenproject.com

 

 

 

 

Group’s ambitions for sculpture to bring art lovers to Queensferry

A NEW public art sculpture – celebrating Queensferry’s famous bridges – could soon have a new home overlooking the Firth of Forth.

Business group Queensferry Ambition has just gained planning consent from the City of Edinburgh Council to site “The Guardian of the Bridges” on McIver’s Brae, just off Edinburgh Road, at the eastern end of the town centre.

It is hoped work will start on site later this year.

The mosaic sculpture – in the form of a creature or dragon – was developed by artist Debbie Ryan, and is based on designs and mosaics created by local school children from both North and South Queensferry. Debbie ran art workshops in the local community throughout the course of several months. In total over 700 people were involved in the project, from school children to library and community care groups.

“The Guardian” was originally commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge, gaining £25,000 funding from the Scottish Government-funded arts body, Creative Scotland. However, the project was delayed as Queensferry Ambition struggled to get a suitable site.

Debbie said: “The new site is a bit of a gem, allowing people to visit the sculpture and explore the beautiful views and landscape around Queensferry – on foot or by bike.”

She added: “It was great to be involved in the project. I ran workshops with local children to design and create the sculpture. The pupils created their own mosaics and also worked on panels which were incorporated into the actual sculpture. I’m hoping the project will encourage a lifelong interest in the arts for some of the children.”

David Cameron, the chairman of Queensferry Ambition, said: “It’s taken some time to get the right site. I’m pleased we can now go ahead and build a final home for the sculpture on McIver’s Brae. It will add to the attractions in the town and give people another reason to visit Queensferry.

“I’d like to thank Debbie and all the people who have been involved in the project.”

Debbie has worked on a range of projects, including a sculpture called “Discovery” for the Oor Wullie Public Art trail in Dundee and a mosaic sculpture trail for the town of Bervie. Originally from Liverpool, Debbie has been based in Scotland for over four years. She has exhibited her work around the world and her studio is now based in Biggar, South Lanarkshire.

Find out more at https://debbieryan.co.uk/ and https://guardiansculpture.wordpress.com/

NOTE TO EDITORS:
If you have any questions about Queensferry Ambition’s activities, please contact SUNIL VARU, the project manager at Queensferry Ambition,
tel. 07725 044 450, email: info@queensferryambition.co.uk

Issued by ADRIAN MAHONEY, The PR Store, tel. 01506 823714 /// 07967 150560
Email: adrian@theprstore.co.uk

Wheel gone kids …

pic4Youngsters had a “wheely good time” on Saturday – as they flocked to the stalls in Queensferry town centre.

The kids visited the Queensferry Ambition displays, set up to promote walking, cycling and using public transport. It was part of European Mobility Week.

Members of the 21st South Queensferry Scout Group were out in force to give their support to the campaign.

Giveaways and leaflets were on offer, as well as free bike check-ups and information on electric bikes.

The Enterprise Car Club, which allows people to have a car when they really need it, was represented – as well as Forth Wellness, offering free fit camps for local people.

A mascot promoting Edinburgh’s new 20 MPH zones, which operate in South Queensferry, also joined in the fun.

And researchers were also on hand to ask people about their travel habits – and try to identify barriers to locals becoming more active.

The displays were set up in the car park at Scotmid off the Loan – handily located right next to a great cycle and walking path leading to Dalmeny. It gave some of the visitors a good excuse to go on a bike ride.

This year’s Mobility Week is trying to push home the message that walking, cycling and using public transport is not just greener, and can make you fitter – it can also be good for the local economy.

Maggie Mitchell from Queensferry Ambition said: “Many of us have taken to shopping online, but there’s nothing better than going for a walk around the shops. It gives you some exercise, you can meet some lovely people, have a coffee – and perhaps bag a bargain at the same time.

“I hope people will support the campaign and think about their transport habits.

“Cutting down car use also cuts down emissions and the resulting pollution, and that has to be good for everyone too.”

Saturday’s event and the wider campaign have been funded by Business Improvement Districts Scotland with grant funding from Transport Scotland. South Queensferry’s campaign has also been supported by the City of Edinburgh Council.

 

 

 

Campaign to get Queensferry moving

A campaign is underway to get residents in South Queensferry to become more active.

Business group Queensferry Ambition is encouraging locals to walk and cycle more and use public transport.

It says people making “active travel” choices result in a spin-off for the local economy and can boost takings in local shops and businesses.

It’s promoting its message through posters and social media and running engagement sessions with local schools and community groups.

The group is also running an event in the town this Saturday (September 17), with giveaways – including free bike checks – and lots of advice to inspire local people.

Maggie Mitchell of Queensferry Ambition said: “Leaving the car at home and walking, cycling or using public transport gets us moving more and is much greener.

“Figures supplied by the EU show an increase in trading where walking and cycling are the norm – by up to 40 per cent.

“There are other benefits, too. Adults who walk and cycle tend to be more productive at work, take fewer sick days and spend less time, on average, seeing their GP. And children who walk or cycle to school perform better in class.

“In Queensferry, we’re doing some survey work to identify barriers to people being more active in the community. We’re also trying to literally get folks on their bikes by setting up a stall outside Scotmid, just off the town centre, this Saturday (September 17) offering free bike checks and the chance to try electric bikes.”

The stall will also feature information on a local fitness bootcamp, as well as the Enterprise Car Club – which allows people to only have a car when they really need it. There will also be giveaways for children.

John Pryde, who helps run the fitness bootcamp in South Queensferry, encourages people to be more active. He said: “I often recommend starting small – getting off the bus two stops earlier and doing a little bit more exercise. Try something. If you’re moving more than you did before, you’ll be benefiting.”

His advice is echoed by Fiona Grant, a partner in JW Physiotherapy in South Queensferry, said: “Try to incorporate small movements within your day. A short walk at lunchtime, or getting off the bus sooner, or getting out for a walk in the evening. It’s important to tailor things to individuals because everyone is different.”

Saturday’s event and the wider campaign have been funded by Business Improvement Districts Scotland with grant funding from Transport Scotland. South Queensferry’s campaign has also been supported by the City of Edinburgh Council.

It’s part of a programme of events to support European Mobility Week, which gets formally underway on September 16.

Ms Mitchell continued: “Many of us have taken to shopping online, but there’s nothing better than going for a walk around the shops. It gives you some exercise, you can meet some lovely people, have a coffee – and perhaps bag a bargain at the same time.

“I hope people will support the campaign and think about their transport habits.

“Cutting down car use also cuts down emissions and the resulting pollution, and that has to be good for everyone too.”

The Empire strikes back … the Romans return to Falkirk district

 

romansatkinneil-300dpiFalkirk District’s Roman festival is back – and it’s bigger than ever.

The Big Roman Week kicks off on Saturday, September 17, with the largest programme to date.

Walks, talks, family events and film shows have been organised to help people find out more about the Roman Antonine Wall, which ran from Bo’ness right across Falkirk district to Old Kilpatrick near Glasgow.

Brochures for the nine-day festival are now available from local libraries. You can also check listings at http://www.bigromanweek.org.uk

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s tourism spokesman, has been helping to organise the festival. He said: “Big Roman Week offers lots of great events, many free of charge, right across Falkirk district. With the help of great partners and speakers, we’ve organised a packed programme for 2016. We hope people enjoy it.”

Highlights include:

* Big Roman Day at Kinneil House, Bo’ness, on September 17 – a family fun day featuring the Antonine Guard re-enactment group;
* events for children at Meadowbank, Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Larbert and Bo’ness Libraries;
* a free conference on the Antonine Wall in the Bo’ness Hippodrome cinema;
* Roman cooking displays with John Crouch, who appeared on Robson Green’s “Tales from Northumberland”;
* talks from a guest speaker from Odenwald, Falkirk district’s twin area in Germany;
* walks along the Antonine Wall – at Bo’ness, Polmont, and at Castlecary, near Allandale;
* a community archaeology session in Camelon, Falkirk; and
* an Italian Night, showcasing great food … and the technology used to digitally scan the Antonine Wall.

Councillor Mahoney said: “For the first time ever, we’re running a mini-conference on the Antonine Wall. Guest speakers will include Dr David Breeze, the man who led the bid to turn the Roman wall into a World Heritage Site, and Dr Fraser Hunter of National Museums of Scotland. There will also be contributions about the John Muir Way, which runs past many parts of the Antonine Wall, and information on the new interpretation work to bring the Wall to life.”

Organisers regularly embrace “all things Roman” when finalising the programme.

This year, they’ve organised screenings of the Audrey Hepburn classic “Roman Holiday” in the Bo’ness Hippodrome. A giant Roman soldier model is also being installed in Falkirk Library to allow fans to take their very own “centurion selfies”.

The week will come to an end with a trek from Falkirk district into North Lanarkshire to trace the Antonine Wall from the ruins of Castlecary Roman Fort, by Allandale.

Leading all the walks will be Geoff Bailey of Falkirk Community Trust. “Geoff has been a terrific supporter of the festival since it began in 2009,” said Councillor Mahoney. “He’s taking part in many of the events during Big Roman Week, from walks along the Wall to discussions about recent archaeological finds in the local area. People are fascinated by the Romans and hopefully lots of local people will attend events during Big Roman Week.”

The idea to launch Big Roman Week came from The Friends of Kinneil charity in Bo’ness.

Maria Ford from the group said: “The festival has become a regular fixture in the local calendar and hopefully it continues to be popular with local people and visitors for many years to come.

“We’re really grateful to Falkirk Community Trust, which has organised many of the events for the Week, as well as Falkirk Council for supporting the Festival.

“Although the festival was born in Bo’ness, we’ve always been keen to involve people right across the district.”

Find out more at www.bigromanweek.org.uk

You can also get updates via the Friends of Kinneil’s social media channels:

http://www.facebook.com/kinneil (just “like”) and http://www.twitter.com/kinneil

 

THE ANTONINE WALL

  1. The Antonine Wall was built around 142AD on the orders of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius.
  2. The turf and stone frontier – more accurately a turf rampart fronted by a wide and deep ditch – ran from Bo’ness right through Falkirk district to Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow. Along the line of the Wall were a series of forts and fortlets.
  3. The defensive system was designed to hold back Caledonian tribes from invading southern Scotland, then under Roman rule.
  4. The Antonine Wall covered around 40 Roman miles, with around a third of the structure being constructed in Falkirk district.
  5. The Wall was abandoned in the 160s, when the Romans retreated to Hadrian’s Wall in northern England.
  6. Today, many parts of the Antonine Wall lie under towns and settlements, built long after the Romans departed Scotland. However, evidence of the wall’s ramparts and buildings can still be found.
  7. The local area is fortunate in having a number of highly visible parts of the Antonine Wall. As well as the remains of a fortlet at Kinneil, and a fort at Rough Castle, near Bonnybridge, the Antonine Wall can also be seen at Polmont Woods; Watling Lodge, Tamfourhill (near the Falkirk Wheel), Callendar Park in Falkirk; Seabegs Woods, near Bonnybridge; and Castlecary Roman Fort, near Allandale. You can also see the replica of a Roman tablet at Bridgeness, Bo’ness.
  8. In addition, there are free exhibitions on the Romans in local museums, Callendar House, Falkirk, and Kinneil in Bo’ness. Outside the district, there are displays in the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch; the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow; and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
  9. The Wall became part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site in 2008, joining Hadrian’s Wall and the German Limes frontier. It also meant that Falkirk district became home to Scotland’s fifth world heritage site.
  10. The Big Roman Week was launched in 2009 to celebrate the area’s Roman links. The Festival is always held around September 19 – the date of the Emperor Antoninus Pius’s birthday.
  11. A new website for the Wall has been launched at http://www.antoninewall.org … An app for smartphones is also being developed.

 

 

The Friends of Kinneil is a registered charity
Charity Registration Number : SC038368

Visit us online at: http://www.kinneil.org.uk
Email us: info@kinneil.org.uk

 

Bid to get Queensferry residents to be more active

walking-cycling-southqueensferry-web1A campaign is getting underway to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) across Scotland – including Queensferry Ambition – are organising special events to support European Mobility Week, which gets formally underway on September 16.

The events have been funded by Business Improvement Districts Scotland with grant funding from Transport Scotland. South Queensferry’s campaign has also been supported by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Maggie Mitchell from Queensferry Ambition says: “The message is that making smarter travel choices helps local economies. It also makes us healthier. Simple lifestyle changes – like leaving the car and walking, cycling or taking the bus – can make a big difference. So what’s stopping us?”

She continued: “Figures supplied by the EU show an increase in trading where walking and cycling are the norm – by up to 40 per cent.

“There are other benefits, too. Adults who walk and cycle tend to be more productive at work, take fewer sick days and spend less time, on average, seeing their GP. And children who walk or cycle to school perform better in class.

“In Queensferry, we’re doing some survey work to identify barriers to people being more active. We’re also trying to literally get folks on their bikes by setting up a stall on September 17 at Scotmid, just off the town centre, offering free bike MOTs and a chance to try electric bikes.”

Bike charity Sustrans works with local authorities to improve local cycle paths, including the John Muir Way, which runs right across the central belt.

The charity says: “Getting out walking or cycling burns calories, gets your heart pumping and works your legs and abs. It can also lift your mood, put a smile on your face and improve your general health and wellbeing.”

The Scottish Government has produced guidelines encouraging adults to do 30 minutes of moderate activity five or more days a week. Sadly a survey in 2012 found that only 45 per cent of men and 33 per cent of women were hitting the target.

Others think we should be doing even more.

Fitbit, which produces pedometers to measure walking and activity levels, suggests people should cover 10,000 steps a day – the equivalent to walking five miles. Most people can cover this distance (walking at a brisk pace) in under an hour and a half.

But many would say that any increased activity is a step in the right direction.

John Pryde, who helps run a fit camp in South Queensferry, says: “I often recommend starting small – getting off the bus two stops earlier and doing a little bit more exercise. Try something. If you’re moving more than you did before, you’ll be benefitting.”

His advice is echoed by Fiona Grant, a partner in JW Physiotherapy in South Queensferry, said: “Try to incorporate small movements within your day. A short walk at lunchtime, or getting off the bus sooner, or getting out for a walk in the evening. It’s important to tailor things to individuals because everyone is different.”

Maggie Mitchell continued: “Many of us have taken to shopping online, but there’s nothing better than going for a walk around the shops. It gives you some exercise, you can meet some lovely people, have a coffee – and perhaps bag a bargain at the same time.
“I hope people will support the campaign and think about their transport habits.
“Cutting down car use also cuts down emissions and the resulting pollution, and that has to be good for everyone too.”

Useful links

More information

  • Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store, tel. 07967 150560 or 01506 823714
    adrian@theprstore.co.uk
  • Maggie Mitchell, Queensferry Ambition, tel. 0131 331 3203; mobile: 07952 970325
    info@queensferryambition.co.uk

Ladies Do Lunch . . . to raise cash for charity

Ladies from around the Bo’ness area are being invited to a fundraising lunch to raise money for The Friends of Kinneil charity.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 20, from 1-4 p.m. at the Corbie Inn, Corbiehall, Bo’ness.

A three-course meal will be on offer. There will also be fun activities for attendees to try.

Tickets are priced at £20 each, which includes a donation to The Friends of Kinneil. (They will be available from the venue in the next few days.)

(Scroll down for menu.)

Maria Ford from The Friends said: “We’ve teamed up with the Corbie Inn to run this special fundraising lunch. Sadly, it’s only for ladies – however, we will be having other events for everyone to enjoy later this year.

“As well as a wonderful meal on August 20, we’ll run a game of ‘Irish Bingo’ – that’s the one where people sit down when their bingo numbers are called; the last one standing is the winner. There will also be a raffle.

“In addition, we’re inviting other local groups to come along and sell goods. That way, we’re helping others too. It should be a lovely afternoon. I hope ladies will come along and support it. Tickets will be available from the Corbie Inn.”

Money raised from the event will go to The Friends ongoing work to promote Kinneil Estate and Nature Reserve in Bo’ness. The charity is also behind the Big Roman Week festival.

The full menu is listed below.

 

 

“LADIES DO LUNCH”

Corbie Inn, Bo’ness

20th August

1 – 4 p.m.

MENU

Homemade soup

Prawn Cocktail

Garlic Mushrooms

Scampi and Chips

Chicken Salad and Chips

Steak Pie and Potatoes

Macaroni and Chips

Homemade Cheesecake

Ice Cream

Sticky Toffee Pudding

[served with cream or ice cream]

Tea or Coffee

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The Corbie Inn, Corbiehall, Bo’ness – the venue for the “Ladies Do Lunch” event on Saturday, August 20. Tickets are available from the venue. Contact the Inn at http://www.corbieinn.co.uk/ 

The Friends of Kinneil is a charity registered in Scotland. Reg. SC038368

 

 

 

Charity in hunt for new Friends

MARIAFORD-VOLUNTEERSWEEK1-300DPIA Bo’ness charity is launching a search for new volunteers.

The Friends of Kinneil works to promote and develop Kinneil Estate and Nature Reserve in the town. It runs everything from open days to environmental initiatives.

The group is now looking for willing helpers to assist at future events. It’s also running a drop-in event this Saturday at Kinneil Museum.

Chair Maria Ford (pictured) said: “We’re keen to hear from anyone interested in helping out – from running tours … or planting trees and flowers … to serving cups of tea. You can volunteer for a one-off event, or on a longer term basis. The choice is yours.

“Since we set up The Friends of Kinneil in 2006, we’ve grown our activities and always welcome willing hands. If you’d like to help us, get in touch.”

The local campaign is being launched during national Volunteers’ Week, which aims to recognise the huge contribution made by activists around the country.

Said Maria: “In recent weeks our volunteers have helped at a fun run at Kinneil foreshore, taken part in a festival at Kinneil Museum and will leading tours around Kinneil House at the end of June.”

She continued: “We get involved in environmental initiatives, from planting wild flowers on the foreshore to cleaning up litter, as well as publicising Kinneil through our website and social media channels. We also co-ordinate a Roman festival, do great fundraising – and lots, lots more. If you have time to spare, we can find a job for you. There is a lot going on. No experience is necessary, and no long-term
commitment is required. Just get in touch for a chat.”

The charity is holding a drop-in event at Kinneil Museum this Saturday (June 4) from 1-3.30 p.m. Anyone interested should pop in. Alternatively, you can drop an email to: info@kinneil.org.uk or call Maria 01506 510629. More information is also online at www.kinneil.org.uk/volunteer

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VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK

  • This year’s Volunteers’ Week is running for more than a week – to tie in with a special Royal party. The “Week” in 2016 runs from June 1-12.
  • Charities across the UK will hold hundreds of events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering to bring communities together. Last year more than 750 events took place, from awards ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.
  • The annual Volunteers’ Week campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to communities every day.
  • Organisers say volunteers are central to the work of countless charities and other organisations – helping out in places as diverse as sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals.
  • A spokesperson for Volunteers’ Week organisers NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations) said: “For many charities the week will also be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer. Many organisations will be developing short-term, flexible or remote volunteering placements to encourage
    people to take part who normally wouldn’t be able to commit and to help them play a bigger role in their communities.”
  • The end of the extended Volunteers’ Week 2016 will coincide with The Patron’s Lunch on Sunday 12 June, a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which The Queen acts as a patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
  • Communities across the UK (and the Commonwealth) will be encouraged to participate by holding their own street party or event, and to use this opportunity to support their local communities through fundraising or giving of time.
    Find out more. Visit www.volunteersweek.org or look out for Tweets using the hashtag #volunteersweek

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VOLUNTEERING FACTS

FACT ONE: In 2012-13 volunteering output contributed an estimated £23.9 billion to the UK economy. This is equivalent to over 1.5% of GDP. (1)
FACT TWO: 21.8 million (42%) people in the UK volunteer formally at least once a year and 14.2 million (27%) of people do so at least once a month. (2)
FACT THREE: There are 162,965 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers. (3)
FACT FOUR: Lots of volunteering also takes place within the public and private sector. For example, there are an estimated three million people volunteering in health and care. (4)

Figures from:

  1. This figure is for regular, formal volunteering and is taken from
    the UK Civil Society Almanac (2013)
  2. From the Cabinet Office’s Community Life Survey 2014-15.
  3. UK Civil Society Almanac 2016
  4. http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/volunteering-health-and-care

For more information on Volunteers’ Week – plus regional statistics and interview requests, please contact Kristen Stephenson on 020 7520 3154 or email kristen.stephenson@ncvo.org.uk

For information on The Friends of Kinneil, call Maria Ford on 01506
510629 or email: info@kinneil.org.uk

The Friends of Kinneil is a registered charity
Charity Registration Number : SC038368