Threads For Life

World Textile Day will be back in Bridge of Allan at the Parish Hall  on Keir Street on Saturday June 3rd from 10 am to 4 pm.  The organisers always choose a theme for the Day and this year they have chosen “Threads For Life” to highlight all the ways that textile traditions are continued, developed and passed down through generations of textile makers, designers and wearers. 

At 11 am in the morning, Susan Briscoe the well known author and Japanese textile expert will be giving a talk on “Sashiko Patterns – The Imperial Connection” with lots of examples from her impressive collection of Japanese textiles.
In the afternoon there will be a short talk by our youngest member, Sean Gaffney called “Keeping it in the Family – growing up in world textiles!”. This will be followed by a Show and Tell – bring in your favourite World Textile and tell us all about it – or ask an expert for their opinion! 

We’ll also be bringing our exhibition of world textiles with a Royal theme.
Entry to World Textile Day is completely free with just a small payment for the talks. Tickets at £5 for the morning and just £3 for the afternoon session will be available on the door.

The Parish Hall has very easy access with free street parking and it’s also easily accessible by direct train from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. The local WI will be providing plentiful refreshments throughout the day. 

The organisers Diane and Magie say “As always our shows are free to enter and we will have an array of wonderful textiles from many parts of Europe, Asia and Africa for sale. Come and enjoy this very special small show with textile experts on hand to answer any questions you may have and to tempt you with a fantastic market place of clothes, textiles, fabrics, tools, beads and much more. World Textile Days are always a great opportunity to meet up once a year with your fabric loving friends”

More info at


Community Coffee Morning

The Community Council is the voice of the community. We want to hear about what matters to you locally. During 2023, we’re inviting you to a series of Coffee Mornings at the Community Centre, providing an opportunity to discuss what’s good, what’s bad, and what could be improved in this part of town. Whether you’re young or old, new to the area or have lived here all your life, come and enjoy a free cuppa and cake and share your ideas.

Next Meeting of the Community Council
18th July 2023 at 7pm
Northfield & Willowbrae Community Centre

The Community Council meets in public, but it is not a public meeting. Members of the public may attend as observers and can participate in the open forum at the end. If you wish to suggest items for discussion or for any other matter, please contact the Secretary two weeks before the meeting by emailing; –

We are currently looking to co-opt two new members to the Community Council to serve until the next elections in 2024 and would particularly like to hear from younger people and those from under-represented groups. This could be an ideal opportunity to find out if this voluntary role is for you. If you are interested, have some free time to commit and a constructive solution-based approach, we’d like to hear from you. To express interest and find out more, please contact the secretary at the email address above.

The Minutes of previous meetings and Agenda for the next, as well as updates on current CEC consultations relevant to our area can all be found on the website:-


Contemporary Landscape Art Call for Entries

CALL FOR ENTRIES Scotland’s biggest prize for contemporary landscape art, the Scottish Landscape Awards, are open until 31 May.

Internationally renowned artists @adeadesina @davidmachra, @janeandlouisewilson, Marion Leven and Barbara Rae (chair) will anonymously select all works for the exhibition and the prize-winners.

Prizes presented at the inaugural #scottishlandscapeawards 2023 will include: ⁠

• £10,000 – First Prize

• £5,000 – Second Prize

• £1,000 – Third Prize

• £1,000 – Young Landscape Artist Award (16-25 years)

• £3,000 – The Scottish Landscape Environmental Art Prize

• £1,000 – The Scottish Landscape Photography Award

• £5,000 – The City of Edinburgh Award for the top work depicting any aspect of the city in any media. The winning work will become part of the City of Edinburgh’s permanent collection.

• An exhibition ⁠#CityArtCentreEdinburgh running from November 2023 to March 2024.

• Inclusion in the Scottish Landscape Awards Short Films

• Inclusion in The Scottish Landscape Awards Catalogue

For more info, visit

How to Enter

Entries are now open from 1 March to 31 May 2023. For further details can be found by visiting

The awards are only made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers. Each work entered has a fee of £10. Free entry is available for artists living in Scotland in a household where anyone is receiving any form of income support or Universal Credit. More information can be found here


The Seven Ravens

Part of Puppet Animation Festival 2023.

12th of April at 1pm.

A Raven visits a young, unhappy girl.
Why are the birds gathering?
And what is the secret that Ada learns about her past?

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name, this tells the story of Ada, a young girl who is unhappy at school. She is visited by a Raven and thrust into a dream world of quests, feathers and a Glass Mountain.

The audience is taken on a tiny world adventure over an extraordinary, felted landscape as Ada unlocks the secret the Raven is trying to tell her.

The Seven Ravens is a brand new and unique performance/installation by Tragic Carpet Theatre using an innovative mix of live puppetry, digital image capture, processing and display, needle felting and specially composed music and song.

Book here:


People Know How Updates

Vote for All Aboard

All Aboard, the canal boat run by People Know How and Polwarth Parish Church, has been shortlisted to receive funding from the Edinburgh Community Climate Fund (ECCF) to run climate change sessions for children and young people on our All Aboard canal boat. We’re now looking for votes to help us gain this funding – voting is open to all Edinburgh residents over 8 years old, until 12 March. Vote for All Aboard for Climate Action at:

Crowdfunding to expand our digital support

People Know How are crowdfunding to raise funds to help us support people with digital skills and connectivity. All donations will go towards helping us expand our digital support by creating more local digital groups in Edinburgh and the Lothians. 

  • £3 can pay for a replacement charging cable for someone receiving digital support
  • £20 can pay for flyers to help us advertise our digital groups
  • £40 can provide internet for a digital group for 1 month
  • £100 can pay for someone’s mobile data for 6 months
  • £250 can pay for a refurbished computer used for support

Donate at:


Digital Support Helpline – for anyone in Scotland

People Know How run a Digital Support Helpline as part of Connecting Scotland, which is open to anyone in Scotland who needs help with digital. The number is 0800 0 590 690.

Further info:



Out of Hand Relocation

It’s all change for Out of Hand Scotland! Following the sad news that former manager, Paul Renwick passed away last Autumn, the business has relocated from Basement 2 into The Studio and taken on some of the assets of Reprographics. This new, larger space offers direct access into the car park area for collecting larger print jobs. This move has also coincided with a change in management, with Kevin Quin joining the team. He is determined to take forward what Paul Renwick had nurtured for many years and grow the business in the bigger, more equipped production area, which now hosts a variety of small/large format print and print finishing equipment and ample space to fulfil our distribution objectives. The team have also recently launched a new outdoor small format poster scheme for the arts and cultural community in Edinburgh, providing accessible, affordable, and well-located outdoor advertising poster space across the city.

Please come in and say hello to Kevin, Dawn, or Chris and we are looking forward to working with many of you during 2023!


Gallery space/classes/rehearsals Opportunity at The Stable at the Lane

Hi all, my beautiful studio is ready to reopen after 3 years. It is available to hire for classes/gallery/music and available from mid-March onwards. I am ready to take slots.

If you would like to arrange a time to come and see it contact me on  or pop upstairs at 6.19.

I am  quite keen to fill the weeks from July to mid September especially for exhibitions.

The address is 3a Montgomery Street Lane, EH7 5JT (behind Valvona on Elm Row).


Friday Evening Yoga and Movement Restorative Class @ Yoga Collective

In this class we get in touch with our fluid body, tissues and get to know ourselves and what moves and how and what doesn’t. Gradually we develop fluidity, lightness, a change in state which supports the shift to strenghtening and lenghtening work for a period, followed by deep rest.

I started practising in 1991, trained in the Iyengar system to senior level over 25 years and trained teachers during pandemic with the Body Symphonies teacher training. My way of teaching now is the result of integration of my experience and work as a previously Iyengar teacher as well as a craniosacral therapist and movement practitioner.

To book: