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First AGM For Rejuvenated Association

Penicuik Community Arts Association to hold first annual meeting after SOS call.

Our town’s local organisation aimed at spreading the art bug, is set to hold its annual meeting, the first since they called for help after committee problems late last year.

Their AGM is set for the coming Wednesday, 5 June, at 7:30pm and aims to evaluate the association’s progress over the past year along with setting forth their ideas for the rest of 2013 and start of 2014. It can be said that the matter of their May Craftbombing and its impromptu demise will be at the heart of the evening’s discussions but the PCAA are insisting that all will be welcome for event. Young pianist Peter Stewart will be providing entertainment in the memory of Hanna-Rose Scott, a beloved member of the PCAA who sadly passed away. “Refreshments and Friendship” will be provided at the solemn yet celebratory gathering in the West St Art’s Centre.

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First details of upcoming arts festival announced.

The September based arts festival will be called the PenFest this year. An unexpected change in the name has arisen to coincide with a county-wide festival entitled the MidFest.

Events will mainly take place around the final week of the month but other events, including the Penicuik Turner exhibit, will take place in the previous week. It is hoped that the collaboration between the PenFest and MidFest will allow the greatest offering of events across the region. Events can still be registered by contacting the PCAA.

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More news from the PCAA.

We have covered the main news but you can read more news from the organisation below:

Pom Pom Power Comes To Penicuik.

Suddenly Penicuik is beautiful.  Trunks and branches of trees, railings and lampposts and the historical Well in the High Street are bursting with colour.  People feel happy.  They get the fun.  It brightens up their day – their lives!   Craft Bombing is part of National Arts Week  11th – 18th of May and is held throughout the UK and Ireland.

This is the first time it has been done in Penicuik – and little wonder, as it has taken many hands – old and young and very young –  to put the exhibition together.  The positive feedback and encouragement from the populace led to the decision to leave it up for Hunter and Lass week.  Well that was the plan.  The reality was that – in spite of CCTV – the exhibition was vandalised after only a few days.  O Penicuik!

Lets do it bigger and better next year with all schools and clubs and anyone interested in knitting, or crocheting or making pompoms or plastic flowers or fabric birds or anything else, to join in with.  It’s really great fun and it’s being done all over UK and the world – a real shared experience!

Please watch and read up all about it in detail here (all the posts of May, includes our Public Statement)


Remember to come to our AGM on Wed 5th JUNE at 7.30 at West Street, looking back together with us on an eventful year and letting us know what you would like to do together with us now.

Refreshments and Friendship provided along with a musical interlude by the talented Peter Stewart, star pupil of our late and beloved Hanna-Rose Scott (R.I.P.) !

3rd JUNE – 29th JUNE

Penicuik Comes Together In ART  3rd JUNE – 29th JUNE

Exhibition of ART from the Community. Silk Painting to Collage to Poetry. Bring your own!!

also – Annual RPS Exhibition in Room1    Come along  –  be inspired!

15th JUNE

Join in The Midsummer Ceilidh with The Carlops Ceilidh Band, in Carlops Village Hall on Saturday 15th JUNE 7pm till late   Tickets £5 (members conc)  Children under 16 Free  BYOB

Making Space:

Every first and last Saturday of the month have fun with crafting for all ages in the townhall from 11.30am – 1.30pm, by donation

Looking further ahead: The 2014 Arts Festival

This year it will be called PenFest and will run in conjunction with the Midlothian wide programme,called Midfest, and will include the Penicuik Turner art exhibit, and other exhibits and Open Studios through Penicuik and Rosslin. Turner to run from 14/09/13 till 29/l/09/13. Events to be concentrated in week 21/09/13 till 28/099/13 although some may be running in first week. The events list is filling up, so if you are interested to put on an event or to get one listed, please contact PCAA tel 01968 678804 or email

Keep up to date and chat with us, in Café and Craftshop, online via facebook or twitter@Penicuikarts and if you want to book a room . Looking forward to see you.