Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 the government announced today (16th March) that “now is the time for everyone to stop essential contact etc., etc.” They urged people to work from home and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues, including also “large to small gatherings”. We have decided that the only option is to postpone all planned events for the immediate future and for as long as this is the recommended course of action. We will soon contact everyone who has bought tickets to upcoming events, in order to arrange refunds.
We’ve expanded our online archive of back issues of the Dean Village News, with new scans of 46 issues running as far back as 1981. Have a browse on our Documents page…
UPDATE: the scans have now been updated with an embedded approximation of their text, so you should be able to search them for particular words. The automated OCR (scanned-image-to-text) process isn’t perfect, insofar as it generally fails to recognise that there are two columns present and so badly loses the narrative flow of the newsletters, but it’s good enough for searching and indexing.
From the late nineteenth century Dean Village hosted an artists’ studio: the Dean Studios found their home in the church that used to occupy the now-long-empty lot between Bell’s Brae and Belford Road. One of the many artists to work out of this space was Phyllis Bone (1894–1972); during her time in the Dean Studios she became the first female member of the Royal Scottish academy.
Walk the Walk are looking for amazing people to do help them do amazing things… Are you free on the 9th or 10th of June to support their Walkers at The MoonWalk Scotland? With over 30 roles available across 3 shifts, sign up now and be part of something awesome!
National Cemeteries Week runs from the 12th to the 20th of May this year; we’re participating by running two tours of Dean Cemetery. More information can be found at the National Federation of Cemetery Friends.
The Water of Leith Conservation Trust have recently updated their schedule of forthcoming events; these are many and varied, including talks on watermill conservation, the Pentlands and urban mushrooms; local literary, historical and architectural walks; cleanup events and a plant sale. Those interested can read more in the Trust’s blog.