Harmeny School

Harmeny School and the Friends of Harmeny Association are extremely grateful to Currie and Balerno Round Table for their ongoing commitment to supporting our work.

Over the years, members of the Round Table have contributed their time and energy, as well as generous donations, to enable the development of essential resources and activities for the children who come to Harmeny. These have included volunteer days, such as digging the foundations of our children’s Skate Park; numerous Santa Runs within the local community, alongside staff and children, enabling an annual contribution to Christmas presents and play equipment; and specific donations to projects, such as ‘Harmeny Community Allotments’.

Harmeny works with children who have had a difficult start in life and who require specialist support to help them build skills for the future, and reach their potential as life-long learners. Without the support of community groups such as Currie and Balerno Round Table, we would not be able to offer the full range of activities and resources which our children so deserve. It is reassuring to know that individuals within our local community care about some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children and we appreciate the efforts of all those involved within the Round Table, who have contributed over the years.

With very best wishes,

Neil Squires, Chief Executive and Malcolm Ogilvie, Chair of the Friends of Harmeny.

CBDRT Helps Balerno Scout Group

Many thanks to you all for the cheque that I received in the post last week on behalf the Balerno Scout Group – a most welcome and much appreciated boost tour funds at the start of another bumper year for the group. We have a number of camps scheduled this year – both within the group and collectively with other groups in the District, so your donation will no doubt help to boost camp supplies and equipment – our Quartermaster is always looking to replenish tents; fire shelters; altars (cooking ranges), as well as our fleet of canoes, and hiking equipment – perhaps we should attend classes in fibre-glass and canvas repair!

We always enjoy the Santa Run, and it often signals the start of “Christmas proper” for some of us who just travel back and forth along the Lanark Road without taking in all the efforts people go to around the villages to brighten up their homes and streets; and we always find the residents friendly and generous – as I have said before, it probably helps by having a few younger members to shake tins at the doorsteps to illicit a good donation!

I trust that you all have a good 2014, and thank you again for the donation to our funds – it will be put to good use.

Thanks and regards; in friendship and fundraising!

Canalside Day Care Users Benefit from Round Table Cash

Can I first and foremost thank you very much for this wonderful gesture. You have no idea the amount of good we can do with this money.

We are delighted with the C&B News article too and bought lots of copies to show our service users. So far thanks to your donation we have purchased a number of CDs ( 50s’ , 60s , Country and Western ) some DVDs ( King and I ,Sound of Music ). We have got some board games too and we have ordered carpet bowls which has been requested by service users. That cost £100 and we couldn’t have got that without your kind donation.

Once again I just want to say a big thank you and also to say that anyone from Round Table is welcome to pop in anytime in the future.

Round Table Celebrates Santa Success

Yet again, the Round Table Santa runs have produced a fantastically generous result from the people of Currie, Juniper Green, Balerno, Baberton and the surrounding area. This year the Round Table organised 12 Santa runs, involving an estimated 350 hours of volunteer time, and knocking on thousands of doors. Over £6,400 was raised, and this will all go to fund good causes and local community events.
But Round Table’s not just about hard work, and the members have plenty of social events, too. Recent outings have included a dinner at the Calley Sample Rooms, a curry-cooking competition and a weekend away in the Highlands. Table members will soon be heading to the Knops Brewery at Archerfield for some ‘research’ prior to getting the next community event up and running: the Currie Beer and Curry Festival, which takes place on 13th/ 14th June this year.
“We’re all dedicated to doing things for the local community, but the social side of Round Table is really the icing on the cake,” says Table member Christine Owen. “It’s a great bunch of people, and I’ve made some good friends while at the same time raising money for good causes. Of course, not anyone wants to go to everything, but that’s fine, as there’s no pressure to attend the social side.” Tim Dew, who is leading the search for new members and celebrating three new joiners this month, adds: “If anyone’s interested, do get in touch – you can come to a few meetings or events before deciding whether to join fully.”
To find out more about the Currie, Balerno and District Round Table, their events, how to join, and the causes they support, please go to www.cbdrt.com.