Community News: New woman at Boundary Commission

CITY-BASED management consultant Paula Sharp has been appointed to the Boundary Commission for Scotland, which agrees changes to the country's electoral map.

Ms Sharp, who previously worked for Cambridgeshire County Council and Ipswich Borough Council, has been a member of the equivalent body for council boundaries since 2007. She was the chairwoman of voluntary organisation Turning Point Scotland and is on the board of the Rock Trust.

Plea to young politicans

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THE Scottish Youth Parliament in Edinburgh is appealing for members to come forward and stand for election.

The SYP elections take place in March. A spokesman said: "We're looking for passionate, driven, change-making people."

For more information visit www.syp.org.uk.

Films from the archives focus on Capital

A series of films showcasing historic Edinburgh are to be shown in the New Year.

On January 2 the Edinburgh Filmhouse on Lothian Road will present a selection of movies from the archives which show how the city used to look.

The films provide a rare chance to see the original gardens of the Princes Mall by the Balmoral Hotel, taken in 1937, and a focus on the Waverley Steps shot in 1948.

There will also be a chance to catch the documentary Sean Connery's Edinburgh.

5k funds for transgender movie group

THE Lothian-based LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing has been awarded 5000 from the third round of the 'see me' local grant awards.

Scotland's national campaign to end stigma and discrimination around mental ill-health, see me, awarded the funding to support an educational film about transgender people and their experiences.

The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing will produce the film.

2m deal for student flats

A BLOCK of office premises are to be converted into student accommodation in the Capital.

Construction company Stewart Milne Construction has been awarded a 2 million contract with Ziggurat Student Living to build the 59-bed ensuite accommodation at Wellgate House in the Cowgate.

Carols to light up the night

A CANDLE-LIT procession will illuminate the streets of Corstorphine tonight followed by a carol service at the Old Parish Church on Corstorphine High Street.

Around 100 people are expected to take part in the celebration.