During the second week, PEP’s buses travelled to Falkirk, across Edinburgh’s Old Town, and on to the Ratho Barge.
The week started at Falkirk, where the weather was dull and overcast. However, everyone enjoyed the shopping experience at the Howgate Shopping Centre. Despite the weather, a few brave souls ventured out to the wee lanes nearby and the pound shops benefitted with a sudden sale of brolly’s when the heavens opened.
PEP’s second trip was to the Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. The trip was as popular as ever with 2 buses being driven this time by Jumbo and Theodora. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as nice as it had been for the start of the week, but that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying themselves and there were still plenty of animals to see.
The Neighbourhood Group’s first summer outing was at Jupiter Artland, based at Wilkieston.
The space itself has formal gardens, fields and woodlands surrounding the historic Bonnington House and Manor. There are various walks that the group participated in with many artworks and sculptures along the way. The group had a good day and enjoyed seeing the art.
As the sun shone for the PEP trip to North Berwick, our drivers Mary and Grant made the most of the good weather by taking the scenic route through Longniddry, Aberlady and Gullane. Once in North Berwick town centre we alighted the bus and quickly found a lovely manicured park area where we all sat in the sun and ate our picnic lunches.
Back in February, PEP was chosen as one of John Lewis’ three charities in their ‘Community Matters’ scheme. We are therefore delighted to announce that after weighing all the tokens, PEP was awarded 2nd place and £900 to spend at John Lewis.
We are thrilled at this result and want to thank everyone who voted for PEP.
On a lovely sunny morning the ‘Tuesday literacy group’ headed to the North Edinburgh Art Centre cafe to say farewell to our Reading Buddy Tasha who has now finished her university placement with PEP. It was also an opportunity to see fellow student Cathy in action working in the Art Centre's cafe.