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Summer 2017

We have been continuing to maintain the flowers at Shawfair Station. We have bought and planted up some half barrels and attempted to keep on top of the weeding of the main beds! We are very keen to be eco-friendly so have used organic compost and fertiliser and planted lilacs and lavender to attract bees. We have a rota for watering, and are looking into the possibility of installing a water butt. On one of our watering trips, we met local MSP Christine Grahame who was catching the train! She was very appreciative of the work we and other local groups have undertaken on the Borders Line.
Under our Pursue Your Dream initiative, we were able to give a donation to local lass Gemma Yoxall to buy some essential equipment to help her take up a place on her performance course. She attempted to teach president Gordon some dance moves, but he was happier watching! We look forward to hearing how Gemma gets on, and of course seeing her on the big stage or screen soon!
We also once again sponsored the long service to volunteering award at the Midlothian Volunteer Awards. Incoming President Atholl was pleased to present this to Fiona Milton for her continued service at Highbank Day Centre.
A new venture of us - we had a go at holding a summer wine tasting on 17 June. We have had a successful winter wine tasting for some year now, so in conjunction with Great Grog, a number of summer wines and beers were selected and  a good night of tasting was had by all. Maybe we should have a wine tasting every season?! Richard from Great Grog is also fundraising for two young peoples' charities, and we took the opportunity to present him a cheque for £100 towards these causes.
We continue to support Storehouse with food donations and also voted to give them a cheque for £200 to help feed children over the summer holidays.

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