|3rd July 2013
||Back copies of Gala programmes are available for the following years, £2 each plus postage :-
1956, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
See Merchandise page for further details
|21st June 2013
A very successful Friday School Procession and Assembly on Fountain Green went very well today. The children really seemed to enjoy it and took park in the singing. 140 photos added to School Procession and Assembly page
We have started to add photographs from the Friday Children's entertainment in the park, along with Children's sports photos. - view page many more photos wil lbe added to the page soon. Keep visiting please.
Still many more photos to be added to Singing Kettle Show page. A good few on page already.
|20th June 2013
Results of decorated shop window competition judged today:-
Gold Awards - Little Petals; Stotties; Allan Smith; Little Funky Flower Shop.
Silver Awards - Studio 99; One to One Beauty Therapy; Woodstock
Thanks to all of the shopkeepers who took part for their efforts.
|18th June 2013
Once again this year we are asking Court Members and their Families to send in a maximum of four photos of their decorated houses. Please add the court members name and position on the Court along with a title for the theme of the decorations. The house address will not be included on the page. If you wish to have the Court member and or family in photograph(s) that is acceptable, but not a requirement.
Send the image by email to email@example.com and we will add the image(s) to the page. Please do not use zip files. Send as jpegs. If large files spread images over a few emails please. Thanks
The images that go on page are only about 150kb. No need to send in files that are 10mb each if you can use photoshop or some other program to reduce camera jpeg files. Thanks
This method has worked well over the last few years. We hope this year sees as many images coming in - if not more....
View 2013 Decorated Houses page
|11th June 2013
||This year's Carnival Parade is kindly sponsored by the Itihaas & Radhuni Restaurants. Matin Khan, proprietor of the restaurants, presents a cheque for the sponsorship to Gala Chairman, Ross Perfect.
|9th June 2013
||Queen Elect Hollie and Herald Dylan were guests at Newtongrange Gala Day on Saturday 8 June. They are seen here with Midlothian MP David Hamilton and Queen's Convener Anne Stanley and also enjoying one of the many attractions in the park. Our Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer were also invited to attend a special reception during Newtongrange Gala Week to mark the centenary of the event. We thank Newtongrange Gala Committee for their warm and generous hospitality and congratulate their Chairman, John Turnbull and all of their Committee members on the outstanding success of their centenary celebrations. We just hope Newtongrange hasn't used up the entire allocation of sunshine for the month of June and there might be some left over for our Gala Week!
|9th May 2013
||Photo taken on Tuesday 7th May of Mrs Frances Lawson from Loanhead Ladies Singles Premier Darts League presenting a cheque for £185 to Loanhead Gala Chairman (Ross Perfect) and Loanhead Gala Secretary (Liz Alexander). The photo was taken in The Top O The Toon, Snooker Club, Loanhead where the ladies play darts. The money was raised when the ladies were playing for the trophy donated by Mrs Annette Perfect which was won by Mrs Frances Lawson and her mother Mrs Frances Todman. The Gala Committee would like to thank all the ladies who took part in the competition and raised this money."
|22nd March 2013
Thanks to everyone who supported our annual Race Night and Disco on 15 March in Loanhead Ex-Servicemen's Club. Particular thanks are due to Main Event Sponsor Davy Perfect Autocare and to Race Sponsors Smeaton Show Farm, AP Autocentre, Zumba with Yvonne, Towry (Peter Cormack), Colin Richards, LEX Club Racing Section, Mel's Mob and Davy Perfect Autocare.
THE HISTORY OF MIDLOTHIAN’S LOCAL FESTIVALS
The towns and villages of Midlothian enjoy a rich heritage of local festivals. This new book published by the Loanhead Children’s Gala Association traces the colourful history of these events from the earliest recorded events to the present day.
The Hiring Fairs, Carters’ Plays, Miners’ Plays, Friendly Society Walks and Gymnastic Games, all of which were features of community life in the nineteenth century and early years of the twentieth century, are covered in detail.
The story of the Children’s Day movement in Midlothian is extensively covered, tracing the history of not only the three surviving events, being those at Loanhead, Newtongrange and Gorebridge, but also the many other such events which have failed to survive the test of time.
Penicuik has Midlothian’s only equestrian based celebrations in the form of the Hunter & Lass festival and its story is detailed, together with that of Dalkeith’s annual barbecue. Large numbers of other events, both great and small, are covered.
Events in the following communities are detailed in individual chapters:-
Auchendinny & Glencorse – including Gymnastic Games and Glencorse Children’s Gala.
Bonnyrigg, Lasswade & Poltonhall – including Lasswade Carters’ Play, Lasswade Gardeners and Foresters’ Walks, Gymnastic Games, Club & Coffee House Sports, Bonnyrigg Rose Sports, Fancy Dress Cycle Parades, Bonnyrigg Friendly Society Walks, Children’s Days in Bonnyrigg and Lasswade, Poltonhall Gala Day, Bonnyrigg Sheepdog Trials, Bonnyrigg Gymkhana, Bonnyrigg Civic Week and Bonnyrigg Fun Day.
Cousland – including Cousland Play and Gala Day.
Dalkeith - including Dalkeith Fairs, Carters’ Play, Friendly Society Walks, Gymnastic Games, Fancy Dress Parades, Dalkeith Thistle Sports, Children’s Gala Day, Barbecue and Civic Week.
Easthouses & Mayfield – including Langlaw Carters’ Play, Easthouses Games, Easthouses Gala Day, Mayfield Civic Week and Mayfield & Easthouses Gala Day.
• Gilmerton – including Gilmerton Play, Gilmerton Games and Gilmerton Children’s Gala.
• Gorebridge – including Arniston Play, Gorebridge & Arniston Games, Arniston Rangers’ Sports and Gorebridge Gala Day.
Loanhead – including Charter Fair, Friendly Society Demonstrations and Sports, Gymnastic Games, Polton Vale Sports, Loanhead Children’s Day and West End Gala Day.
• Newton & Danderhall – including Newton Children’s Day and Danderhall Gala Day.
• Newtongrange – including Newbattle Miners’ Play, Newtongrange Games, Newtongrange Children’s Gala Day, Pipe Band Contest & Games and Brass in the Park.
Pathhead – including Carters’ Play, Gymnastic Games and Gala Day.
Penicuik – including Whipman Play, Gardeners’ Walk, other Friendly Society Walks, Hiring Fairs, Gymnastic Games, Children’s Gala Day, Hunter & Lass Festival, Civic Week and Arts Festival & Street Fair.
Rosewell – including Rosewell Games and Children’s Gala Day.
Roslin – including Gymnastic Games, Fancy Dress Cycle Parades, Children’s Gala Day, Roslin & Bilston Sports Week and Roslin Fun Day.
Temple – including Children’s Gala Day.
A separate chapter deals with events in some of the smaller villages and there is also separate coverage of the Miners’ Gala Day. Appendices detail Midlothian’s current festivals and provide a detailed listing of Midlothian’s former Friendly and Mutual Benefit Societies.
The text is complemented by an 80 page Photo Gallery containing almost 170 photos, including over 60 in full colour. The presentation is enhanced by an A4 individual page size and case binding.
Extending to 345 pages, this is an important work for anyone interested in the history of some or all of Midlothian’s towns and villages and anyone with an interest in Scotland’s local festivals.
Available from and enquiries to:-
Alan McLaren, 23 Polton Road, Loanhead, Midlothian EH20 9BU
Telephone 0131 440 3830
Copies can also be purchased from:-
Midlothian Local Studies Library, Clerk Street, Loanhead;
Card Warehouse, Clerk Street, Loanhead;
Allan McDougall, High Street, Penicuik;
Scottish Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange;
Newtongrange Post Office, Main Street, Newtongrange;
And other outlets.