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Gorebridge CARS last building grant scheme complete

The last CARS building grant scheme has now been completed , the repair and restoration of 47-51 Main Street Gorebridge. This property was in need of repairs to eroded stonework , replacement of plastic windows with traditional timber sash and case windows to match the orginal , restoration of the traditional  shopfront and repairs and restoration of the chimneys and gable ends. 

New stone was povided to match the orginal where required . The existing hard cement render on the gable ends was removed and the orginal stone beneath revealed and repointed in a lime mortar.Ther whole of the front elevation was repointed in a lime mortar after the cement mortar had been raked out of the stone joints.

Before and after photos : 

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Celebration Event a success

The event organised to celebrate the completion of the Gorebridge CARS was a great success, around 45 people attended on the 9th May 2018 at the Trust's pop up Beacon (in the ex Bank of Scotland building in the Main Street opposite the Trust's office) to view the exhibtion material on display and the model of the Main Street (made by architecture students at Edinburgh University) and to hear presentations on the backgound to the scheme as well as the achievements over the 5 year life of the project.Funders , partners and participants attended as well as some local residents and members of community groups and schools . A great deal has been delivered over the period of the scheme assisting with the heritage regeneration of Gorebridge. 

The proceedings began with a cake cutting exercise by tha main funding partners (Stephanie Walker Chair of the Gorebridge Community Development Trust , Jim Muirhead , Midlothian Council  Member and Thomas Knowles from Historic Environment Scotland (HES). The cake was made by Emma Hay Midlothian Council Planner.

Thomas Knowles expressed his support and congratulations on the work carried out which he felt had exceeded expectations .He introduced a short film made by HES on the scheme which gave a good summary of the background and achievements of the project. This will be available to  view on the website shortly.

So a big thankyou to all those involved in the project.

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Celebrating the Completion of the Gorebridge CARS

The partners to the scheme , The Gorebridge Community Development Trust, Midlothian Council and Historic Environment Scotland are organising a small celebration event this evening in the Trust's office , 58 Main Street Gorebridge to celebrate the completion of the 5 year scheme and to thank all the funders, partners and participants for making it a success. Please see attached invite which is open to all as part of Midlothian's Heritage Week . 

Much has been achieved over the 5 years of the scheme , briefly , 28 properties benefiting from repair and restoration grant aid , 56 trainees completed the traditional construction skills courses and 30 schoool pupils completed the schoold heritage awareness courses. Many community engagement projects were carried out focussing on local history and heritage themes with local schools, community groups and other local groups in Gorebridge . Additional funding was secured to further build on and enhance the work of the CARS, ie the Government's Climate Change Challenge Fund , The Borders Railway Blueprint Fund , Heritage Lottery funding for First World War projects and Leader and the Railway Heritage Fund for the repair and  restoration of Gorebridge station. 

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Sharing Stories, Sharing Heritage

As part of the 2 week celebration of the completion of the Gorebridge CARS a number of events have taken place that were well attended by the local commumity .The events were organised between 12th March to the 26th March.Here are some photos and brief descriptions of what took place :

Newbyres Castle site.Tuesday 13th March. The Gorebridge Community Development Trust have adopted the Scheduled Ancient Monument as part of the "adopt a monument scheme" with Archaeology Scotland  . This day was organised  to faciliate some hands on investigations . Dr Piers Dixon and Eve Boyle archaeologists from Historic Environment Scotland came out to give a historical interpretation tour of the castle site and  surrounding area, there were 2D sketch design survey workshops and a 2D measured survey workshop . The day was a great success and the next stage will be more vegetation clearance and a geophysical survey of the site.

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Stobmill Gunpowder Works

Sean Watson , the CARS Archivist lead a guided walk on Tuesday 13th March , 10 people attended and were intriged to discover some of the history of the site .

Over the next few weeks Addymann Archaeology are carrying out a study of the site for the CARS scheme to see how access and interpretation can be improved in the future as part of the Gorebridge Heritage Trail.

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Printing Workshops 

Local artist Fiona Maher held a drop in printing workshop on Saturady 17th March and then following on from that organised two days (21st March, 23rd March ) of out and about , exploring the marks and insignia from around Gorebridge using block printing techniques to print them onto fabric and paper. She has recorded a number of interesting items such as cast iron drainage and untility covers in the streets , signs , orginal door furniture fittings , and other historical street artifacts that help to make up the character of Gorebridge. The results will be recorded in a book. 

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Biodiversity Day 

This was a drop in event for all ages  at St Margarets Church Hall on the 14th March . The Railway Adopters were celebrating the importance of local plants, animals, birds and insects with a day of workshops and activities. Taking part were Greening Gorebridge,RSPB,Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Bat Conservation Trust. Children made wildflower and seed bombs , they helped to build bat boxes and were entertained by Dr Bunheads amazing climate action puppet show .

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 Storytelling sessions for schools , nurseries and community groups

Over a few days , March 12th , 19th , 15th , and 22nd storytelling sessions were organised in schools and in other local venues including the Pop up Beacon . Fergus McNicol and Ronnie Fairweather were engaged to deliver some of the stories to the children  performing their unique mixture of music, poems , songs and an array of heritage tales to inspire and entertain .A great time was had by all.  

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Bread Share Event,21st March 2018 

Gorebridge Community Development Trust put on a bread Share event at the 'Pop Up Beacon', in partnership with The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh  .

Andy Croft and Max Coleman from the Botanics gave a presentation about bread share . The Botanics have worked with 'Scotland the Bread' to look at how we grow our wheat and whether we could have better, more local and nutritious grain and bread production.The Botanics are also working with a EU project looking at food security, specifically how to engage the public in discussing issues around the gulf between the great food that Scotland produces and people who have access to it . Too often it seems that many people have problems in accessing nutriitious food and as a result have a poor diet.

Theo from a bakery in Stirling gave a presentation about the importance of healthy food and the well being aspects of baking bread which was quite inspiring .

About 20 pepole attended the event . ,many of whom had issues with industrial bread, interested where it comes from and had an interest in making their own, or interest in supporting community bakeries. This could be relevant to the station building where the cafe could provide locally baked bread  .

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Sharing Stories,Sharing Heritage.Two weeks of Activities.

Gorebridge Community Developoment Trust and Midlothian Council are working with Historic Environment Scotland to deliver two weeks of workshops,talks and events planned to celebrate the completion of the Gorebridge CARS(2013-2018), sharing and exlporing the rich and diverse history and heritage of Gorebridge. 

Please see attached leaflet with all the events set out. Discover new activity groups and places of interest in your local area.All events are free and open to anyone to attend.Please check the details of each event as some require booking of a place.Please go to www.gorebridge.org.uk for details.

Please click here to download the leaflet.

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Sharing Stories,Sharing Heritage.Two weeks of Activities.

Gorebridge Community Developoment Trust and Midlothian Council are working with Historic Environment Scotland to deliver two weeks of workshops,talks and events planned to celebrate the completion of the Gorebridge CARS(2013-2018), sharing and exlporing the rich and diverse history and heritage of Gorebridge. 

Please see attached leaflet with all the events set out. Discover new activity groups and places of interest in your local area.All events are free and open to anyone to attend.Please check the details of each event as some require booking of a place.Please go to www.gorebridge.org.uk for details.

Please click here to download the leaflet.

Gorebridge Heritage Events leaflet CVR 1

Supported By:

Gorebridge Community Development TrustHistoric ScotlandMidlothian Council