Amisfield Walled Garden Informative Talks At Various Schools…

Amisfield Walled Garden – Informative Talks At Various Schools:-

Dear Head Teachers

I would like to inform you about a potentially accessible facility for the pupils and teachers at your school – you may already be aware of the garden however I am finding that a great number of even very local residents are unaware of its existence and how they can benefit from it.

Amisfield walled garden is a historic garden set on the outskirts of Haddington in East Lothian. The garden, originally completed by the 7th Earl of Wemyss in 1783, is now being restored and developed by a group of around 30 volunteers. As its only full time member of staff, one of my tasks is to consider and extend the garden’s potential as an educational facility and community garden within the scope of this restoration. Part of my plan in doing this is to run some informative talks at various schools and appropriate further education centers in the region.

I would very much like to be given the opportunity to present this talk to the appropriate members of staff and the children at your school and I am writing to ask whether you might be interested in my visiting you on this basis.

At present, the garden is registered as an SQA provider, delivering the intermediate 1 section of the Rural Skills in Horticulture program for a group of S3 and S4 children from local secondary schools. This is being run by John Smith of Botanica and I am keen to ensure that this provision is understood from primary school right through to degree level to ensure a continuing and interested supply of new students coming through the garden.

The garden itself has enormous historical significance – the circular pavilions in each of the four corners are pretty much still intact and, along with the re-instatement of the original glass houses, will form the basis of a prestigious garden restoration in future years, lending further significance to the participation of students at this stage.

My talk would be very much geared towards the children with a view to encouraging them to tell their families about the project and visit the garden with their own parents. I would also like to look at organizing specialized visits with the school itself, around subjects such as biodiversity, plant recognition, tree planting and any other outdoor subjects that you feel may be of interest.

Please contact me by phone on 07704 049 572 or email me at if you would like to discuss this further or if you would like any more information about the garden.

With kind regards

June Tainsh,
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Battle of Bannockburn Short Film Competition As part…

Battle of Bannockburn Short Film Competition

As part of the programme of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the National Trust for Scotland are launching the Battle of Bannockburn Short Film Competition to encourage school pupils to create new works which interpret Bannockburn from their own perspective.
For centuries the events that took place at Bannockburn on the 23rd and 24th of June 1314 have inspired and influenced people. Through art, song and the written word pieces have been created to commemorate those fateful days. Now it’s your pupils’ turn.
Entries can be made using live action, any form of animation or anything else pupils can imagine and create. Entries do not need to portray events during the battle, they can be set in any place or time. Prizes will include film equipment and inclusion in the Battle of Bannockburn website.
For further details visit:-

Brunton Youth Theatre Auditions Aged 12-18 Love drama…

Brunton Youth Theatre Auditions
Aged 12-18? Love drama? Join us!

Brunton Youth Theatre are holding their annual auditions. Classes are held on a weekly basis at The Brunton in Musselburgh and are run by experienced and qualified drama professionals. As well as developing a range of acting and performance skills, youth theatre members meet new people, build confidence, and have fun!

Stage 1,2,3 Auditions – Ages 12-15 – Tuesday 25 June 6pm – 8pm
Senior Group Auditions – Ages 15-18 – Thursday 27 June 6pm – 8pm
At The Brunton, Musselburgh: Rehearsal Room

These are open auditions in the form of a workshop. No preparation is necessary, but advance registration is essential.
For more information and to register, contact East Lothian Council Arts Service on 0131 665 9900.

The National Museum of Flight has a great…

The National Museum of Flight has a great competition which we would like to offer all the primary schools to take part in.

Open to all East Lothian Primary Schools.
Design, draw, develop, make, invent an idea for a new circus act that involves flying through the air however bizarre, wonderful or wacky– trapeze, bungees, wings, mechanical, engine, tightrope, balloons, flying suits, canons, the task is to make a human being fly.
Win a circus skills workshop from Aviatricks for your primary class during June.

The winning entries will be displayed at the National Museum of Flight at this year’s Airshow, Saturday 28 July.
The winning pupil will also win 1 x family entrance Airshow ticket (2 adults and 2 children).

Entries to be received by Monday 21 May and sent to:
Circus in the sky competition
National Museum of Flight
East Fortune Airfield
East Lothian
EH39 5LF

100 free ASDA Kwik Cricket sets Info taken…

100 free ASDA Kwik Cricket sets! Info taken from

First 100 schools that create their online team with at least 8 team members that email us at will be sent the brand new ASDA Kwik Cricket sets for free to hone their cricket skills for this year’s competition. We already gave out 10 and there are still 90 to go, so hurry! Terms and conditions apply.