Category Archives: Community Links

Damian Callan Birthday Exhibition

Our art club volunteer, muralist and local artist Damian Callan, will soon be celebrating a big birthday with an exhibition. Many of our children have worked with Damian and so may be particularly interested in attending.

He writes,

(If I haven’t already done so) I would like to let you know about my 60th Birthday Exhibition from 11th – 17th December 2020 at the Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh. I am borrowing around 35 paintings that depict Ruth and the children over the past 25 years. I will also be exhibiting a further 30 new drawings and paintings alongside the ‘retrospective’ selection.

Full details are on this PDF link

Fountainbridge Library is Open

Fountainbridge is one of the 6 libraries in the city that is open at present and they hope to welcome Dalry pupils with their parents and carers.

Library staff are constantly aware of all PPE requirements. Books returned are in quarantine for 3 days.

Opening hours have been revised and are Mon and Wed 1pm-5pm

                                                                            Tues, Fri and Sat 10am-2pm

There are NO fines to pay when you bring books back in at present. To take more you will need to make an appointment either via the library website or by phoning 0131 529 5616.

For nursery families there are rhymes on the library’s Facebook page.

Visit the council webpage for the library at

If you need support to read this webpage or online letter via translation into an additional language please contact the translation service using this link

Free Grow Your Own Food Project Packs

A local project called Gorgie Dalry Home Grown is offering families in Dalry and Gorgie free vegetable growing starter kits.

Have a look at the video and information link on how to apply for your pack below to see if you think you would like to try growing your own veg at home. If you do maybe you could send in some pictures about what you have grown.

A Mine of Information From @NatMiningMuseum

The National Mining Museum (one of our regular holiday fun suggestions) have created a brand  webpage, “Learning at Home with the Mining Museum” .

It has three brand new Resource Packs complete with fact sheets, wellbeing check-in and hands-on activities which can be completed using items you have at home!

Activities focus on STEMSocial StudiesLiteracy, Outdoor Learning and Arts & Crafts. In addition they are offering every child or young person the opportunity to earn their very own, personalised, Mine of Information Certificate from us when they complete any one activity!

So if you are looking for more activities away from the schoolwork coalface why not dig into what they are offering?


Our resource pack topics include:

  1. Rocks, Fossils and Energy
  2. Victorian Miners
  3. Coalmine Detectives

All our resources are completely FREE, no sign-up required, and can be downloaded from our website here.

Hearts Community Digital Athletes Online Club

Tanya from the Hearts coding club, which many Dalry children attend, has asked us to share the below info with you about the new club they are setting up online. This is an external club to the council so any enquiries or questions should go to Tanya at Hearts.


I wanted to share with you both a brand new online club that we have just launched for young people in primary school aged 8+ to learn about the world of coding and digital from home with support and guidance from our amazing team of mentors. We’re using Google Classrooms to do this and I would like to emphasise that we have worked to make sure this is a safe and secure environment that is monitored by appropriately qualified and checked mentors. More information about our new online clubs can be found in the latest club announcement,

We would be delighted if you could share this with the families at your school as something extra to keep young people learning new skills whilst at home. Whilst you will need a device to access the online challenges, we will be including activities on there that do not require any devices to help make things more accessible. Registration can be done using the link below,

Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital Video

Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital have sent us the below message and video.

We hope that you are well and staying safe.

At the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh things are changing on a daily basis and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity are doing all we can to support the children, families and staff during these challenging times.

The doctors and nurses told us that children were becoming distressed at seeing the staff in their PPE, and that their usual methods of helping children stay calm during their hospital visits and treatments weren’t working because of the clothing and equipment that they now have to wear.   

To help them, we have made a short film (just 2 minutes long) to explain to children why different workers need to wear PPE to stay safe, and to show that under the masks and aprons it is still the same friendly people at the hospital. We are keen for this film to be seen by as many children as possible so they know what to expect and are not as scared if they need to come to hospital, and so we are sending it to all of the schools on our list.


How to Access Free Ebooks and Audio Books From Edinburgh Libraries

Dear Parents and Carers,

All libraries will close from 5pm on Thursday 19 March until further notice.  No fines or room hire charges will apply during the period of closure. Your Library is always open online to borrowing ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers and access on your computer or mobile device.

Adults can join the library on line for their children and get a temporary membership for 6 months to borrow three items at a time (including ebooks, books for children and books in other languages than English etc).  When the 6 months expire you need to go to the library with prof of ID to register for full membership and to register your child/ren too.

The link, with full details how to register is below:

Thank you

Mrs Honeyman

Open Streets Free Family Event March 1st

Open Streets on street of and around the Royal Mile is happening this Sunday. The Royal Mile will be closed to traffic and all sorts of events and performances will take place.

Edinburgh museums and galleries will offering the following.


At City Art Centre (Moved from the Museum of Childhood)

Sunday 1 March, 11.15am – 1.15pm or 2.15pm – 4.15pm

Colourful Paper Spinners

With lots of games to discover at the museum, come along and make your own paper spinner to give you hours of fun spinning. With artist Norlyne Rosewarne. Free and drop-in, no need to book.


At the Peoples Story Museum

Sunday 1 March, 2pm – 3pm


Join our costumed performers Edinburgh Living History for a trip back to the 18th century. Learn about life on the streets of Edinburgh. Hear about the Porteous Riots and Lord Provost Drummond warns people about the dangers of pickpockets, the insanitary conditions and the perils of gardez loo and how much he has given to the city. Free and drop-in, no need to book.