Bilston group ensures activities for all

Bilston Activities Group at Edwyndale Cottage''Laura Mason, Joy Innes-Greig, Fiona Cherrie & Lynne Harrower.
Bilston Activities Group at Edwyndale Cottage''Laura Mason, Joy Innes-Greig, Fiona Cherrie & Lynne Harrower.

Big things are happening in a Midlothian community, thanks to the efforts of some determined local residents.

Joy Innes-Grieg, Kate Calder, Lynne Harrower, Laura Mason and Fiona Cherrie embody the can-do attitude of people who respond to a challenge.

As the Bilston Activities Group, the famous five have worked hard to secure a £10,000 grant from Awards for All to set up a holiday playscheme for village children.

By employing youth workers, they will be able to offer a seven-week summer programme, with additional support during the October and Easter holidays.

The women were inspired by the environmental improvements achieved through the Living Streets initiative, which also allowed the set-up of creche facilities and schemes to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

The group has been operating for nearly six years, producing regular newsletters to keep residents in touch with local activities and developments.

Thanks to the assistance of Rosie Cowie at Midlothian Council’s Community Learning and Development department, BAG will be able to build on the successes of initiatives like an access to college course.

Treasurer Lynne said: “It’s all about confidence-building.

“People don’t realise the skills they develop as parents and it’s great to give them the chance to go to college and get qualifications.”