Monday, March 26, 2018
Enclosed please find the 2018 summer programme of outings. There are two but each repeated; due to the physical restrictions of the locations to be visited, numbers are limited. As before due to potential over-subscription, the Council has decided that places on these outings should be offered to Old Edinburgh Club members only. (If you have a friend who learns of our programme of outings and really wants to come, then you should persuade them to join the Club!)
Because of the possibility of events being over-subscribed, a ballot system will be operated (rather than 'first come, first served'). Please use the attached form to indicate your choice(s), plus the number of places required if you hold joint membership. If more than one outing has been selected, grade them 1, 2, 3, and 4 in order of preference. When you have made your selection, please return your slip, together with the appropriate payment (cheques made out to the "Old Edinburgh Club"), to arrive no later than 6th May. N.B. If applying for more than one outing, please send separate cheques for each outing. Also please enclose a stamped addressed envelope so that you may be informed of which outing(s) you will be attending.
These slips will then be assessed with the aim of giving members what they have requested, though this cannot be guaranteed if demand is heavy. With regard to any outings where you have been unsuccessful, your unused cheque will be returned. We hope that every member who wishes to participate in the summer programme should be able to go on at least one outing. This work of co-ordination is being undertaken by myself, Jerry Ozaniec. Therefore please send your completed form, with payment, to:
Jerry Ozaniec, Membership Secretary
This tour will focus on the history of the building and its place in Edinburgh's heritage landscape. The group will hear about the many famous residents, tenants and characters associated with Riddle's Court as well as the story to save and restore the building for future generations.
For more info see the website, http://www.shbt.org.uk/projects/current-projects/shbt-projects/riddles-court-edinburgh-old-town/
Morningside Cemetery was opened in 1878 by the Metropolitan Cemetery Company Limited. A number of private enterprise cemeteries had been started in Edinburgh in the 1840s to replace the overcrowded city churchyards. The cemetery was taken over by City of Edinburgh Council in 1992, but not before some of its ground, its original entrance, the covered waiting area and the superintendent's house were lost to development for housing. Numerous interesting figures are buried in the cemetery including Alison Cunningham (Robert Louis Stevenson's nurse, 'Cummie'), Nobel Laureate Sir Edward Appleton, a casualty of the Tay Bridge disaster, pioneers in nursing and in medical education for women, as well as an Hungarian patriot.