Some current and upcoming events in Penicuik and further afield

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Each Saturday




Find out more about Penicuik Trust projects at the Saturday Open House in Penicuik Town Hall, at the Sunday Cinema, at Penycoe Press or at The Lost Garden. There are on-the-spot exhibitions, on-the-spot hands-on crafts sessions for kids and adults, onsite visits and more…

Penicuik Community Development Trust is responsible for the Lost Garden of Penicuik (incorporating Penicuik’s Food Project), Penicuik Open House,  Penicuik Cinema , the Bankmill Project and now The Pen-y-coe Press and Old Post Office. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland with company number 380626 and OSCR charity number SCO37990 and Trustee Directors Roger Kelly (chair), Roger Hipkin (secretary 20A John St. Penicuik EH26 8AB), Jane MacKintosh (treasurer), Dave Stokes, Mose Hutchinson and Penny Wooding, forming part of a Managing committee with Anne-Ruth Strauss, Bill Fearnley, Caroline Maciver, Chantal Geoghegan, Chris Langdale, Daniel Baigrie, Doreen Gillon, Jane Kelly, Katie Sydes, Lynn Niven, Marianne Cortes, Marjorie Bisset, Mitch Lewis, Peter Coutts, Simon Duffy, Simon Fraser, Ulla Hipkin, elected annually at the Trust's AGM and Florance Kennedy co-opted subsequently.   Paid-up Membership of over 200;  Patrons: Ian Macdougall, Gerda Stevenson, Colonel Edward Cowan.  Trust official Website . The Trust is a Member of Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) takes part in Doors Open Day, and works with Penicuik Community Council, Penicuik High School, Beeslack High School, Midlothian Council, Midlothian Voluntary Action, the Midlothian Growing Ideas Partnership (including Midlothian Garden Services, Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust, and other garden and food projects in Midlothian associated with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens), and the Mapa Scotland restoration of the Great Polish Map of Scotland at Eddleston, and supported the papemaking tercentenary led by Penicuik Historical Society.  There are personal and mutually supportive links with Penicuik Community, Sport & Leisure Foundation, Penicuik Community Arts Association, the Penicuik House Project, the Scottish Civic Trust and the Saltire Society, with community groups and trusts in Aberfeldy, Broughty Ferry, Gorebridge and Moffat, with Penicuik’s twin town at L’Isle-sur-la Sorgue , Vaucluse, Provence, with Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec and with the Papeterie St-Armand in Montreal.  

We need your help.  Working together we can all do much more for the people and places we love.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s going forward.

The Lost Garden of Penicuik potato harvest so far promises to be a record with more than twice as many great-tasting spuds as last year and a crop of other vegetables all available from our Saturday Open Day and daily Penycoe Press.  This month we’ll be hosting tours on Midlothian Doors Open Day at the Garden on September 12.  Health-related groups now work in the garden every week. This year and every year we aim to double our fruit and veg production and double our numbers of volunteers. Please come and help this exciting project.  There’s lots to be done, and if you can spare us slabs, blocks, gravel, tools and sheds we’d be grateful.  Look out for our produce at Saturday Open House in the Town Hall, and at the Penycoe Press shop in Bridge Street through the week.  You can find ways to help the Lost Garden project from Florance Kennedy 677444 or Roger Kelly 677854. As always the first Sunday of every month is a regular workday, with free walking tours leaving Carlops Road carpark at 2pm.

Penycoe Press has been busy with a huge variety of tasks and the old Heidelberg press has swung into action again.  As well as our reprographic and printing services we’re a much-loved community shop selling a good range of stationery and artists’ materials. Run by the Trust’s volunteers as a non-profit social enterprise, part of the premises will become a local museum and heritage centre. The shop is an agency for Kenneth McQueenie picture framer, a place where you can buy local Breadshare Community Bakery, Penicuik’s local organic eggs, and potatoes and other produce from the Lost Garden.  If you’re interested in the press or the shop come and join us. We are committed to having displays and hands-on papermaking activities for Midlothian Doors Open Day on September 14 and workshops on The Science of Paper during the Midlothian Science Festival on October 19. There’s lots of interesting work to be done in the shop, on the presses, or preparing displays. If you want to help to take this project in all sorts of new directions just drop in or call Roger Hipkin 672706 or Roger Kelly 677854 or ring the shop itself on 673767.  We plan to start workshops for young families here and in the Town Hall, and we’re looking for volunteers of all ages to become papermaking or letterpress demonstrators or talk to the many visitors who come to learn about Penicuik’s history.

Penicuik Weekly Cinema After new films “Lincoln” on September 8, and “Wreck-it Ralph” on September 15,  we present a festival of brand new Scottish features. Scott Graham’s “Shell” is a human story with a brilliant performance by new talent Chloe Pirie as the girl; set in a lonely petrol station in the Highlands it screens on September 22. Matt Hulse’s “Dummy Jim” is based on a true story of a deaf-mute young man’s bike expedition to the Arctic Circle and screens on September 29. As a late feature after each of these festival films on September 22 and 29 we’ll be showing Paul Duane and David Cairn’s internationally acclaimed new documentary “Natan” which uncovers the never-before-told story of how the giant of prewar French cinema production was denounced on false pornography charges and killed by the state. After the festival our Sunday night films continue with classic comedy “Kind Hearts and Coronets” on October 6.  On October 13 we mark the Midlothian Science Festival with Climate Change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” and debate the issues.  Cinema gold continues with a gala “Sound of Music” on October 20.  Pick up a leaflet for our autumn cinema season –its a great programme of 21 screenings, 12 of them new films from 2012 and 2013 and 9 of them  classics. If  you fancy film studies or want to train as a projectionist or can help with any other aspect of Penicuik’s cinema, come along or contact

Open House in the Town Hall every Saturday from 10 till 2 is the place to meet and find out about local projects and activities, enjoy good coffee, tea, juice, cakes and soup, pick up Lost Garden produce, join some of our ongoing activities like kids crafts and conversational German and look at the different displays. In recent weeks we highlighted the story of Wojtek the polish bear and his projected memorial in Princes Street Gardens by Penicuik sculptor Alan Herriot.  Look again at this and other past displays on  . Our upcoming programme will feature Cycling on  September 7; Doors Open Day, Alexander Cowan and the Cowan Institure (Town Hall) on September 14; Cycling and Penicuik’s Twinning with L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on September 21; Penicuik Festival and our film showings on September 28; Lost Garden of Penicuik  restoration on October 5, and for the Science Festival, we feature the local talent of Cloud-Chamber Wilson on October 12. We’ll also give visitors another chance to see our show of Montreal Mosaiculture, where plants take on the most surprising shapes –a bit like taking Edinburgh’s floral clock to surreal extremes.






Sunday 1 September 2013  from 10 am – 4pm

Come along and see the magical Upper Walled Garden of the Penicuik House Estate, abandoned for 50 years and now being restored by Penicuik Community Development Trust.

Nature Trail  *  Refreshments

* Help to Harvest * Pick your Own
Craft demonstrations * workshops * bushcraft

If you’d like to provide a demonstration or workshop, let us know (number below)!

Find us across the field from the Carlops Road car park.  Please note that the Lost Garden has no facilities or shelter, and some activities are weather-dependent.  Please go to the loo before you come, and bring wellies if it has been raining!  Suitable for all ages with care, but limited disabled access – please phone 01968 677444 to arrange.

Usual free monthly walking tour starts from Carlops Rd car park at 2pm

Food from the Lost Garden is available from Pen-y-Coe Press, Bridge Street, Penicuik, Mondays to Saturdays 10 – 4 and from Penicuik Town Hall Saturday Open House.



Cary Grant in North by Northwest -Penicuik Cinema 2013 Feb 17 Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina -Penicuik Cinema 2013 Mar 10th Jamie Bell in Tintin -Penicuik Cinema 2012 Apr 1st



Emile Hirsch in Into The Wild -Penicuik Cinema 2012 Jun 17th Jamie Bell in Hallam Foe -Penicuik Cinema 2008 Feb 24th Sixto Rodriguez in Searching for Sugar Man -Penicuik Cinema 2013 Mar 17th Cinema Paradiso -Penicuik Cinema 2009 May 31st




PENICUIK CINEMA is an initiative of Penicuik Community Development Trust


Autumn 2013 programme

Download the leaflet here

All films are shown on the big screen on Sunday evenings in the main auditorium of

Penicuik Town Hall

Doors open 7pm, films start at 7.30pm  Tickets at the door £5 or £3 for accompanied children.

Refreshments are available


1 September 2013:

Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012)

:- Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio

165 mins  Cert18  Rating 8.5 

With help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.


8 September 2013:

Spielberg’s LINCOLN (2012)

:- Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn

150 mins  Cert PG-13  Rating 7.5

 As Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with battlefield carnage and fights with his cabinet to emancipate the slaves.


12 September: Doors Open Day

-at the Lost Garden, the Town Hall, and Penycoe Press


15 September 2013


Moore’s WRECK-IT RALPH (2012)

:-animation John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman,

108 min  Cert PG- Rating 7.8

  Video game villain wants to be hero and follows  his dream


Penicuik Festival of Scottish Films

22 September 2013:

Scott Graham’s SHELL (2012):-

 Chloe Pirrie, Tam Dean Burn, Morven Christie

91 minutes  Cert 15  Rating 7.1

  Intimate Highland coming-of-age tale a must-see.

 Exquisitely shot, great performances across the board including newcomer Chloe Pirrie.

Followed by late feature NATAN at 9.20 (£5 for complete double bill or SHELL only, £3 for NATAN only)

Paul Duane & David Cairn’s NATAN (2013)

Serge Bromberg, Gisèle Casadesus, Niall Greig Fulton

 66 min Rating 9.1

    Internationally acclaimed new documentary “Natan” uncovers the never-before-told story of how a giant of prewar French cinema production was denounced on false pornography charges, killed by the state, and remains wrongly disgraced and forgotten.



Penicuik Festival of Scottish Films

20 September 2013:

Matt Hulse’s DUMMY JIM (2013): (TBC)

 Marie Denarnaud, Samuel Dore, 87 min Rating 6.6

-reenacts the true story of deaf-mute Scots boy’s 1951 bike journey to the Arctic Circle

Followed by late feature NATAN at 9.20 (£5 for complete double bill or DUMMY JIM only, £3 for NATAN only)

Paul Duane & David Cairn’s NATAN (2013):

Serge Bromberg, Gisèle Casadesus, Niall Greig Fulton

 66 min Rating 9.1

  Amazing documentary explores how father of French cinema was airbrushed away



6 October 2013: a birthday request

Robert Hamer’s KIND HEARTS+CORONETS (1949):

Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

106 mins. Cert U Rating 8.1 

Classic comedy in which lowly relative resolves to progressively murder his way to a dukedom.



13 October 2013: for Science festival

Davis Guggenheim’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH  (2006):

-Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush

100 mins  Cert U  Rating 7.6

   A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to draw attention to global warming as a major problem worldwide.

  plus discussion.


20 October 2013:

Robert Wise’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1964)

 -Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

  All-time classic musical, brilliantly scripted acted and screened

 174 mins  Cert U  Rating 7.9



27 October 2013:

Baz Luhrman’s THE GREAT GATSBY (2013)

:-Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire

143 mins  Cert 12A  Rating 7.4

 A beautiful cast & script, scenes are a visual feast.

 Personal strife, social inequality, abuse of drugs and alcohol, political and moral corruption,

failure of financial institutions and responsibility –it’s all here!



3 November 2013:

James McTeigue’s V FOR VENDETTA (2005):

- Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea

 132 mins Cert 15  Rating 8.2 

from the creators of Matrix. In a future fascist Britain, a shadowy freedom fighter rescues a girl from the secret police


-          10 November 2013:

-          Penicuik Cinema’s favourite film is back!

Michael Hoffman’s RESTLESS NATIVES (1985)

-           Vincent Friell, Joe Mullaney, Teri Lally

89 mins  CertPG   Rating 6.9

The only feature film that mentions Penicuik

(unless you know better)

Prepare to cheer!


17 November 2013:

David Russell’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012)

:- Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

  122 mins  Cert 15  Rating 7.9 

A stunningly accurate look at bipolar life. After a stint in a mental institution,

former teacher Pat moves back with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.

Things get challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.


24 November 2013:

John Carpenter’s THE THING (1982)

:- Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

 109 mins Cert X  Rating 8.2

 Highly treasured cult favourite.

Antarctic scientists confronted by a shape-shifting alien that takes on the features of the people it kills



1 December 2013:

Paul Andrew William’s SONG FOR MARION (2012):

- Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston

 93 mins Cert PG  Rating 6.8 

Hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self discovery, mawkish fun, perfect playing.



8 December 2013:

Wayne Blair’s THE SAPPHIRES (2012):

- Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy.

  103 minutes  Cert PG  Rating 6.8

 Based on a true story. 

.It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love,

friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.



15 December 2013:

Eric Rohmer’s THE LADY & THE DUKE (2001)

:- Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Lucy Russell, Alain Libolt

  129 minutes  Cert PG  Rating 6.8 

In the chaos of the French Revolution, a Scotswoman and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans,

 find each other on opposite sides of the conflict.

. An ardent royalist, she tells her story against a backdrop of vast images

-this film is like a pop up story book come to life.  Meanwhile the guillotine awaits


22 December 2013:

Gabriel Axel’s BABETTES FEAST (1987)

:-  Back to Penicuik Cinema by demand

Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel

 102 mins  Cert U  Rating 7.7 

In 19th century Denmark two adult sisters inhabit an isolated coastal village with their father,

 the revered pastor of a sect of Protestants. Their earnest life attracts love,

 love with music, and ultimately love with food. A simple and touching film with a moral for neighbourliness.



29 December 2013:

Stanley Donen’s  CHARADE (1963)

:- Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau

113minutes  Cert PG  Rating 8.0

 Romance and suspense in Paris, as vulnerable Audrey is pursued by men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen.

 Who can she trust? A homage-to-Hitchcock tour-de-force by Singin’-in-the-Rain director Donen.




 rebirth of Penicuik Cinema: BFFS 2008 Nomination




some upcoming Penicuik events




Penicuik Open House / Cinema in the Town Hall Exhibition The Films of Alfred Hitchcock 28-29 June 2008






Sunday Vaults Singing – Penicuik Taize Vaults


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