Community News

Buying more woodland

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 15:24
Friends of Leadburn Community Woodland (FLCW) will purchase 23 acres of woodland from Forestry Enterprise Scotland, thanks to£41,000 from the Scottish Land Fund.

Change of school bus pick-up for some Beeslack pupils in Loanhead

Midlothian Council - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 14:33
If your normal school bus pick-up point is either the bus stop at the Mayshade Road bus stop or Straiton Retail Park, then please go to the bus stop at Edgefield Road, Loanhead instead.

Change to school bus pick-up points in Danderhall

Midlothian Council - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 14:20
If your normal pick-up point for the school bus is either the Co-op or library in Danderhall then please go to the main bus stop on the A7 main road during the week beginning Monday 20 August.

Primary school communities have their say on the ‘cost of the school day’

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 13:55
A Midlothian project aimed at reducing the disadvantage families on low incomes can experience, has seen high levels of participation from children, their families, parent council members and school staff.

Taxi firm supports bereaved families

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 13:29
And Edinburgh and Lothians black cab company has partnered up with a much-loved children’s charity to support bereaved families during the most challenging moments following the loss of a child.

Former Bonnyrigg hotel up for sale

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 12:44
The former Retreat Castle Hotel in Bonnyrigg is up for sale.

Funding boost for Midlothian young people with complex needs

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 12:30
Midlothian people with complex needs will benefit from £9800 of National Lottery Year of the Young Person funding awards.

Mental health charity secures funding boost

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 11:41
Mental health charity Health in Mind has been awarded £18,000 by the Postcode Local Trust to support and further develop its Midlothian conservation project.

New research shows Brexit impact

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 11:31
Newly research published this week shows the stark financial impact Brexit is expected to have on people living in Midlothian.

Penicuik gears up for annual music and arts festival

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 10:36
Penicuik’s annual arts festival is gearing up for another week-long programme of art and music next month to entertain local people.

Doors open on Midlothian’s fascinating heritage

Midlothian Council - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 09:59
Whether you’re interested in finding out more about local history or architecture, learning about the industrial and rural heritage of Midlothian, or simply want to enjoy a great family day out, the 2018 Midlothian Doors Open Day programme has something for you.

Youth charged following fire in Dalkeith

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 09:49
A youth has been charged following a suspicious fire in Midlothian.

Youth charged following fire at former Mayshade building

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 09:41
A youth has been charged following a suspicious fire in at the former Mayshade Garden Centre at Hadengreen Road on Bonnyrigg Road early yesterday morning.

Could you be a short-term foster carer?

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 09:02
To highlight Midlothian Council’s new campaign to recruit foster carers we tell how even providing short-term care can make such a difference.

Bus service heating reaches boiling point

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 16:21
Concern has been raised about the heating on Lothian Buses remaining on during the summer, leaving passengers in a sweat.

Cyclist ‘inadvertently’ ends up on A1 during charity cycle

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 12:15
Police were forced to escort a cyclist who inadvertently ended up on the A1 during a charity cycle event.

Campaign to remember Dalkeith D-Day hero

Midlothian View - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 11:32

A campaign has been started to raise funds to commemorate Dalkeith D-Day hero James M Stagg.

James Martin Stagg CB OBE FRSE is Dalkeith’s unsung hero, his contribution towards the allied war effort was of such magnitude that his efforts, expertise and determination could be considered key factors in bringing an end to World War 2 and saving the lives of some 70,000 individuals.

Despite this, the story of Group Captain James Stagg remains relatively unknown in Dalkeith so to commemorate his life and achievements Sharon Mackintosh is raising funds for a plaque to be positioned in his honour on the building where his house once stood in Dalkeith High Street.

The following is a brief summary of the life of this remarkable man.

In a long and distinguished career, James Martin Stagg (30 June 1900–23 June 1975) was, amongst other achievements, the Chief Meteorological Adviser to Allied Forces, Europe, 1943-45. Stagg played a key role in predicting the weather conditions for the D-Day landings in early June 1944. It was largely thanks to Stagg’s work and intuition that the landings were postponed for 24 hours because of a severe storm. This was a critical and extremely difficult decision, and without it the landings would have been much more difficult and may not have been successful. This in turn means that the course of the Second World War would have been entirely different.

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James Stagg was born on 30 June 1900, the eldest son of plumber Alexander Cairns Stagg and Helen Martin. The 1901 census shows that the family were living at 6 Esk Place, Dalkeith but in the early 1900s they moved to rented accommodation at 153 High Street, Dalkeith where they lived for the next twenty years. The property at 153 High Street was demolished and as a result of the High Street being renumbered, number 169 High Street is now where Stagg’s family home stood.

Educated at the old Dalkeith High School, Stagg won certificates for perfect attendance in 1907, 1908 and 1911. In 1914-15 at the end of his third Higher Grade year (age 15), he was Dux of the school. At this time Dalkeith High School did not provide education beyond the age of 15 so Stagg had to complete his schooling at Broughton Junior Student Centre in Edinburgh. In July 1917, he won a bursary to attend Edinburgh University. He graduated with first class honours in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (Physics) in July 1920. The following years he graduated with a Diploma in Education. He was science master at George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh between 1921 and 1923, and then took up a post with the Meteorological Office.

In 1932, he was leader of the British Polar Expedition to Arctic Canada, reports of which appeared in the Dalkeith Advertiser.

Stagg died on 23 June 1975 at his home in Seaford, East Sussex, his body was cremated and his remains were later interred at the family lair (T100) in Dalkeith New Cemetery.

Sharon Mackintosh is Dalkeith born and bred and was only made aware of James Stagg when her late father mentioned that he’d like to go and see the play “Pressure – about the man from Dalkeith whose weather predictions changed the course of WW2”.

Up until that point she had never heard of him and couldn’t believe that there is no mention of James Stagg in the town. Sharon said:

“I am extremely proud of the fact that Dalkeith can lay claim to such a historically important figure and since then have endeavoured to have him commemorated. Sadly with financial constraints local government funding isn’t readily available so I’ve decided to try and raise the money myself by way of Just Giving. I have formed a small committee with Rodd Lugg (Heritage Project Manager, MDC), John Jack – Dalkeith Museum Advisory Group Chairman, Norman Brett/Alan Mason – Chair/Vice Chair from the Dalkeith History Society and Councillor Colin Cassidy.”

The campaign needs £1,078 to for a commemorative plaque so if you would like to contribute then click here.

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Categories: Community News

Housing fears in Roslin

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 11:28
Concern has been raised about the number of new housing developments in and around Roslin, and the lack of required infrastructure.

Midlothian school buses issue resolved

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 09:00
A legal wrangle over school bus contracts has been resolved by Midlothian Council.

Bride-to-be diagnosed with brain tumour shares inspirational story of living in the moment

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 08:42
AT just 11-years-old, Kirsty Harrison was given news which would be devastating and terrifying to someone twice her age. She had a brain tumour and there was no way to remove it.