Community News: Leith walkers take the water to Stockbridge

The Leith Walk will be out and about on Sunday, December 12, weather permitting.

The walking group was set up to encourage people to get out for an easy, sociable walk once a month, and this week its walk will start at the foot of Leith Walk at 11am, before following the Water of Leith to Stockbridge. To make it slightly easier, the group will return by bus.

The walk is expected to take up to three hours.

Barnardo's in plea for more winter warmers

Staff at Barnardo's shops in Edinburgh are filling the rails with winter woollies - and appealing for more donations at the same time.

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Stocks of winter clothes, such as jumpers and coats, have been flying off the rails at the shops as the arctic weather grips the country. Sharon Jamieson, area business manager for shops in Edinburgh, said: "We really need people to look in their wardrobes and dig out any winter warmers that they haven't worn for a while and bring them to their local store."

Greener Leith awards its heroes

The first ever Greener Leith awards are to be unveiled later this month.

There will be local "green hero" awards for volunteers who have contributed to helping Leith become a better place to live, a "Politician of the Year" award and the "People's Award".

Wine firm's Festival first

INDEPENDENT wine supplier Inverarity One to One has opened its first wine bar in Edinburgh at the city's Festival Theatre.

The company, which has wine shops in Glasgow, offers a range of Champagne, wines and their own brand of whisky. It can now be found on the first floor of the theatre venue.

New date for Maggie's fte

A CANCELLED fundraising event for a cancer charity has been rearranged for next week.

The Maggie's Centre's Christmas fte will now take place on Thursday at its premises at the Western General after snow postponed the earlier date.

The popular annual fayre will run from 2-7pm.

Brush up on art at classes for beginners

A SERIES of art appreciation classes are being held in the Capital next year in a bid to involve novices in the discipline.

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Run by art historian Ola Wojkiewicz, the course - dubbed Art for Absolute Beginners - will be held at the National Gallery of Scotland and Clore Education Centre over January and February.

Bookings can be made for mornings or afternoons only or a combination of both, although places are limited.

Morning sessions cost 8, while afternoons are 10.