100th Inches Open Golf Championship

The Inches Trophy with Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, in the Background.The 100th playing of the famous “Inches” Open Golf Championship will take place over the historic Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Course from Monday 11th to Friday 15th August, 2014.

The Inches Trophy was first presented for play in 1904 by Sir Robert Kirk Inches, one of the co-founders of the well-known family business, Hamilton & Inches, jewellers and silvermakers, of George Street, Edinburgh.

The competition is open to all amateur golfers, Ladies and Gentlemen, 14 years and over. and will be limited to the first 32 golfers to apply.

The Inches Trophy and medals will be presented after the final on Friday 15th August.


Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals presented by
Hamilton & Inches Ltd, 87 George Street, Edinburgh.

Play starts at 18:00 Monday to Friday. See Fixture List.

The Secretary, B.S.H.G.C., 27 Buckstone Dell, Edinburgh EH10 6PG. Phone 0131 445 2705

Entries closed. Draw Tuesday 5th August, 2014, after Summer Medal..

Previous Winners of the Inches Trophy


West Port Book Festival Programme 2011 Launch

On Wednesday the 21st of September a crowd of literary enthusiasts gathered inside Edinburgh Books in the West Port for the Launch of the West Port Book Festival Programme. There was plenty of cup-cakes and refreshments to get everyone in a good mood.

Hannah Adcock welcoming everyone to launchHannah Adcock welcomed everyone to the launch and gave us an update of the Festival and the choice of the October date.

Hannah also told us about the fundraising through Broke to Book Festival in 50 days with IndieGoGo.

Continuing, Hannah also mentioned that there was a chance to do some live Tweeting using the hash tag #LoveBookshops

Hannah had some very good news in the form of a new bookshop that is going to open in the area, Pulp Fiction in Bread Street. More information below.

After making all welcome Hannah handed over to Peggy Hughes to launch the programme.

Peggy telling everyone about the West Port Touch Mobile AppPeggy started by telling us about the Mobile App (West Port Touch) that allows people to browse the programme on their mobile phones. The App is free to download, try it now, and was supplied by Trevor Mills, a.k.a. Top Quark.

A big round of applause and a big thank you was given to Trevor for his work in supplying the App.

After distributing the 2011 West Port Festival Book Festival Programmes, which is now available live on the West Port Book Festival Website.

West Port Book Festival Programme

When all had a copy of the programme, Peggy thanked all the Sponsors, Advertisers, Printers, Venues and all who had donated through IndieGoGo for their support and wished all who had turned up a very good evening.

The guest list is too long to put here, but just to mention a few, Emily Dodd, Andy Wightman, Chris Scott, Dilan Moran, Al Innes, Steve Rapaport, Claire Stewart, Woodstock Taylor, Michael MacLeod, Colin Fraser and a great many more.

And before I forget a Great Big Thank you to Nicola who was our barmaid for the evening and worked tirelessly throughout the night supplying all with refreshments in good measure.

Nicola serving tirelessly at the Bar

More launch pictures from Chris Scott @chrisdonia available here.

Pulp Fiction leafletPulp Fiction
One of the best pieces of news on the evening was the news that a new bookshop ‘Pulp Fiction’ was opening on the 29th September.

Proprietor Steve Rapaport of ‘Pulp Fiction’ was present to provide information about his new shop.

Steve said the shop will be Edinburgh’s most comprehensive genre-fiction bookshop.

A spacious community venue, it will offer thousands of recent and classic mystery, fantasy, romance, crime, and science fiction novels, accompanied by tea, sofas, events and music.

Art on the walls will generally be arresting and usually for sale.

Cakes may be present.

Come for a ripping good yarn and a latte, and emerge a week or a decade later, shaking off stun rays, enchantments, seduction or spycraft.

Pulp Fiction
43 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AH
Tel: 0131 229 4444
Website: www.pulp-books.com

Pulp Fiction opens on Thursday 29th September 2011.

Books piling up for sale at the new bookshop Pulp Fiction, Bread Street

Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society 250th Anniversary Golf Tournament

Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Club Starters Hut. Picture: David Rintoul.On Saturday, 18 June 2011, a replica of the original 6 hole golf course will be layed out across Bruntsfield Links from Bruntsfield Terrace to Spottiswoode Road. This will be similar to the original course which was changed in the 1890s to form the present 36-hole Short Hole Course.

The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society, which dates back to 1761, are holding an Anniversary Golf Tournament with hickory clubs and period dress.

The 36-hole Short Hole Golf Course will be closed for this historic tournament which will take place on Bruntsfield Links on Saturday, 18th June 2011.

Due to safety issues, some paths crossing the area of the Short Hole Golf Course on Bruntsfield Links will closed at various times from 8am until 5.30pm, but alternative access routes will be available on the next pathway over the Links.

The main Leamington Walk will be open at all times and stewards will be on site to assist on crossing points.

If you require any further information, please call the South Edinburgh Local Office on 0131 529 5151.

Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society.

Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh. Picture: David Rintoul.

Is Greyfriars Bobby getting his lamppost back.

The pavement refurbishment on George IV Bridge could include a replcement lamppost for Greyfriars Bobby.

The current pavement refurbishment on George IV Bridge.

The statue situated on Candlemaker Row was unvieled without ceremony in 1873.

It was erected by Baroness Angelia Georgina Burdett-Coutts, President of the Ladies Committee of the RSPCA, with the permission of the City Council.The original statue contained a fountain for the public with bronze cups chained to it and at ground level a drinking trough for dogs. Bronze cups were used because the copper in the bronze kills germs and is hardwearing. They new a thing or two in those days.

Tell tale signs. Two plastic pipes for the wiring of the Lamppost.

There was also a gaslight behind the statue which illuminated the statue at night. This light was cut down to the height of the railings and stoppered when the city streetlights were converted to electricity. After a further refurbishment it was removed altogether

Now there are tell-tale signs that the City Council is replacing the lamp during the refurbishment of the pavements on George IV Bridge. To plastic pipes can be seen behind the statue of Bobby suitable for electric cables.

This idea of replacing the light at the famous and most photographed statue in Edinburgh came from the One o’clock Gun and Timeball Association.

Local historian George Robinson has recently compiled ‘The Greyfriars Bobby A-Z in fact & fiction’.

The book is available from Edinburgh Books, West Port, priced £5.00.

Barbecue (BBQ) Sites on The Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh

BBQ Sites 2014


Download BBQ Sites Map here.

The Barbecue maps are on display at the entrances to the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links.

The areas indicated contain two concrete paving slabs set into the grass side by side to put your BBQs on.

April Police News for Fountainbridge & Craiglockhart. Keeping Children Safe, vandalism, littering and garden crime.

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Easter priorities and tips to prevent garden crime.

Local operation in the Gorgie Road area to combet anti-social behaviour, particularly when the youth clubs close.

High visibility patrols to combet the rise in vandalism and littering in the Tollcross area. Many broken windows in shops, Tollcross Primary School, Scottish Widows Buildings and Lloyds TSB.

Extra Dog Warden patrols in Harrison Park and surrounding area.

The full Police report can be found here.

April Police News Meadows & Morningside. Keeping Children Safe. Grange area arrest.

Police interview victim

The Police News for April covering the Meadows & Morningside areas of South Edinburgh has news on Garden Security, Keeping Children Safe from sexual predators and news of successful developments in the case of OAPs being assaulted and robbed in the Grange area.

An initiative at Sciennes Primary School regarding speeding traffic and inconsiderate parking in the area.

Also news about drug dealing in the Dumbiedykes area.

Help needed with developments to prevent Anti social drinking in the Nicolson Square and Bristo Square

The full report is available here.