Community News: Queen's hosts Phil and his many friends

Musician Phil Cunningham will present his traditional Christmas Songbook show at the Queen's Hall on Thursday.

He will be joined by a brass band, by Eddi Reader, Karen Matheson, John McCusker, Ian Carr, and Kevin McGuire. The event is a regular fixture in the Queen's Hall festive calendar. Doors open at 7pm and the event begins at 8pm at the hall on Clerk Street. Tickets are 21.50. For more information call 0131 668 2019 or see

Crucial date for kidney patients

THE South East Scotland Kidney Patients Association (Seskpa) will hold its January meeting at the Royal British Hotel on Princes Street.The event will be a social meeting, with tea, coffee and biscuits available. A committee meeting will be held immediately after the social part of the event. It runs from 11am to 1pm. For more information on the event contact chairman Bill McDonald on 0131-657 6222.

Walk planned for Pentlands

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THERE will be the chance to burn off Christmas calories with a walk at Hillend on January 8. The free walk, organised by the Pentland Hills Ranger Service, will be a steep one over three miles. Meet at Hillend Country Park lower car park, by the Number 4 Bus Terminus, in Biggar Road, for a 2pm start.

Downstairs for Lurach

Award-winning five piece band Lurach will appear at the Wee Folk Club, below the Royal Oak pub in Infirmary Street on January 9. The group, whose members come from across Scotland, met on a music course in Benbecula. The event begins at 8pm, tickets are 5 on the door.

Childline concert is back on

THE Childline Winter Concert will take place at the Usher Hall in Lothian Road on January 23, after being rescheduled earlier this month. Now in its 16th year, the concert, which is organised by NSPCC Scotland and the city council, begins at 3pm.

Facelift planned for Morningside Library

AN application has been made for listed building consent for alterations to Morningside Library.

The city council has applied for permission from its own planning department to build a first floor extension at the rear of the building, provide new toilet facilities and refurbish the structure.

The renovation, which is due to take place early next year, will see the improvement of lighting, modern interior design and shelving, soft seating, study space, and a computer learning centre.