Midlothian Matters - Trust’s vision for bowling pavilion

Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust's hub is based in Bogwood Court, Mayfield
Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust's hub is based in Bogwood Court, Mayfield

MAEDT (pronounced “made it”) is a development trust, set up in 2007, serving Mayfield and Easthouses, writes Sharon Hill.

I have been in post as the development worker for almost two years. We represent residents in local and strategic planning and are a first port of call when any consultation work is being done locally.

We host a Citizens Advice Benefits advisor weekly session and offer a Job Club, volunteering opportunities, IT groups (a partnership with LLE and Midlothian Council), a lunch club for elderly and vulnerable people, and a school uniform bank.

We take part in and organise various events throughout the year including litter picks, a garden competition, bulb planting, Christmas lights event and a gala day. I also sit on the steering group of Midlothian Foodbank and am a co-opted member of a local parent council.

Our hub in Bogwood Court is a welcoming place where people can seek guidance, be referred to the Foodbank and seek general advice. We work closely with other organisations in the area to ensure that support networks are in place, as it means that we can all better serve the local community.

Our main project just now is bringing our bowling pavilion back into community use.

This sits in Mayfield Public Park and for the past 10 years or so, has only been used twice a year during the gala day and fireworks display. The inside is a bit of a mess but, with the help of volunteers, we have plans to open a small coffee and cake shop, provide two rooms for community use and a one-to-one room for CAB, councillor surgeries and the likes. Our major plans though, are for the bowling green. We would like to transform it into a community garden for all to enjoy. We also have plans for outdoor music events on the green, and cinema viewings!

We are always working to provide relevant services for the people of Mayfield and Easthouses, and are always open to suggestions – get in touch if you would like to be involved in anything we are doing, or have ideas for the future.

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