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The Craigmillar Archives Trust in its first 2years of operation has worked hard. Our work in the community has been varied - and considering that it’s been all the work of volunteers - BRILLIANT. And we say that because that’s what all those who’ve work with us have been. Without their input and hard work there would be nothing!
Without our volunteers we would not have been able to have done the following:

Suppport and assist the Venchie with its 50th Year Birthday celebrations.

Run a jumble sale to raise funds for this year’s calendar.

Start the hugely successful Craigmillar Writers’ Group

Initiate and help put together one of the community’s BEST EVER Halloween events

The Venchie’s 50th Birthday
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND in Niddrie Mains Terrace, Craigmillar. Created in 1961 by Edinburgh University Settlement, it was possibly the first adventure playground in Scotland. Save the Children managed and funded (with some grant aid from the local authority) from 1967 until 1998.
For 40 years, the ‘Venchie’ (as it is known locally) has been widely used by generations of young people living and growing up in the local area. It has grown and developed over time: new playground structures, a new building, new activities, new youth work programmes. The project has always tried to reflect the best practice in its work with children and young people, and to provide the highest quality of service to families and to the local community.
Save the Children withdrew from managing and funding the project at
the end of August 1998. This was in line with its new model of working referred to as the Global Programme Strategy. In preparation for the handover a steering group was formed of local people, representatives from community based organisations, businesses, and most importantly parents who live locally and whose children come to the Venchie. The task of this steering group was to work with staff and SCF to develop a new organisation capable of managing the project after SCF’s withdrawal. Local people in Craigmillar are determined that this excellent and worthwhile project should be continued into the future. From the initial steering group the Venchie Management Association was created to take over the project from Save the Children and has run it since as a successful community facility.
Literally THOUSANDS of children have used the Venchie over the years and now it is time to celebrate FIFTY YEARS of continuing service to the Community.

Events on the day included:
A bouncy castle, a bungee run,joisting (not jousting ... has to be seen to be believed), a rodeo, Quads, The Band Bus – with local bands like Red2Red, Babylon Punk Dubs and many others: with local singers too: Nikki Barnes, Cassie McCormack. KITS – Kevin Finlay with the Kids In The Street football pitch! Lorraine Collier's Dance Troup, The always welcome Harley Davidson Bikers, Throw the Wellie competition,Beat the Goalie,Log Sawing Competition, Wacky Races (adults and kids),Photography Exhibition – showing pictures from the 1960s right through to this week, all on a bank of computers and looped projector - thousands upon thousands of pictures. “Nail station” where you can have your nails done, The Fire Brigade, The Police, Cafe - selling hot and cold refreshments
Contact The Venchie:
Susan Heron @ 0131 621 7620
(Mon – Fri during business hours)
The opening with Kenny MacAskill MSP
The release of balloons
A young participant
Bouncy castle, Cake Cutting  and Face painting
And as they say - a Good Time was had by all.
Happy Birthday to the Venchie and Many Happy Returns
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