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Autumn 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 as well as planting 20,000 crocuses as part of the End Polio awareness campaign! 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 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. President Atholl was pleased to present this to Fiona Milton for her continued service at Highbank Day Centre.
We continue to support Storehouse, a local foodbank charity, and Smalls for All, a charity which helps supply African women and children with underwear.
We have a new Global Scholar, Molly, to support. She is from Texas and is studying at Edinburgh University under a Rotary scholarship.
In October, we voted to help the Button Box charity with a donation of more storage bags, and also bought 3 Shelterboxes.
On November 25th, we have a charity wine tasting at Newtongrange Mining Museum - for detail or tickets which are £15, contact the secretary or see our Facebook page

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