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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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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.

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

Midlothian Council - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 07:30
An innovative Midlothian project, aimed at reducing the disadvantage poorer families experience in meeting the cost of the school day, has seen high levels of participation from children, their families, parent council members and school staff.

Suicide support plan unveiled

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 06:43
Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey launched Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan during a visit to a suicide prevention project in Bonnyrigg last week.

Dalkeith cerebral palsy woman’s shock at care package cut

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 15/08/2018 - 16:17
A woman with cerebral palsy has been left shocked and ill after her care package was suddenly cut from 157.5 hours to 63 hours a week.

School buses contract sorted but non-entitled pupils will have to wait

Midlothian View - Wed, 15/08/2018 - 15:01

Written by Phil Bowen, Editor

The uncertainty over the school bus contracts, which need to be in place before Midlothian schools return, on Monday has been resolved.

A Midlothian Council spokesperson said

“Following the resolution of a legal challenge regarding the awarding of coach contracts, buses will be running as normal when schools return on Monday. Letters with information about each pupil’s designated bus will be with parents and carers by the end of this week.”

The council and the coach companies have been in dispute since May over the school bus contracts and one coach firm who missed out on a contract recently issued a legal challenge.

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However, only pupils who are entitled to free bus travel to school will receive letters this week. Those pupils who are not entitled to free bus travel, as they live within two miles from school, will not hear for a number of weeks, as is the normal council practice. Their parents will have to put in place alternative arrangements until they hear if they have been given a place on the bus.

Midlothian View contacted the council to understand why non-entitled applications are not considered until early September.

The council told us that this is because the council travel team do not have confirmed numbers for those attending school until the end of August as there are often late leavers or applications for non entitled transport have not been made. Once the team are satisfied with the numbers of entitled pupils on each vehicle then they start to allocate seats for non-entitled pupils.

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School buses issue still needs to be resolved

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 15/08/2018 - 11:30
Midlothian Council has promised that pupils will get to school next week despite the fact that bus contracts are still to be confirmed.

Centenary birthday boy

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 15/08/2018 - 06:46
A Bonnyrigg man celebrated his 100th birthday last Friday with family and friends, in the same house he has lived in for almost his entire life.

Midlothian what’s on guide

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 15:03
Your weekly listings for what’s on in Midlothian for the next week.

Crimebeat round-up

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 12:38
Our weekly crimebeat update for the period of August 6-13 lists incidents recorded by police in the west side of Midlothian.

Could you be a short term foster carer like Michelle?

Midlothian View - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 11:09

Midlothian Council has launched a new campaign to recruit foster carers.

Carers like Michelle Dow, pictured, often start their fostering careers by offering weekend or short term placements to a child or young person in need. Could you be a short-term foster carer with Midlothian Council?

Michelle, who lives in Dalkeith with her five-year-old daughter, says she would recommend it.

She says: “I chose to do short term fostering at the beginning because I wanted to gain experience as a foster carer and I also thought it might be easier for my daughter than having someone in the house full time.”

Michelle, who has been fostering now for just over a year, offered short-term care to a three-year-old girl. She has also recently been caring for two teenage siblings every weekend.

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She says her experience has confirmed she would like to become a full time foster carer. She says:

“That was always my plan, to start off doing the short-term before moving to full-time foster care.

“I think the best thing about fostering is seeing the young people ‘grow’. The two teenagers I had at weekends have recently been given full-time placements so it was really nice to see them go to their forever home. The hardest part about the job is saying goodbye.”

Michelle wanted to foster after experiencing disruption in her own childhood for various reasons including her mum being in hospital. She says: “We relied on grandparents and family friends to look after us and if we didn’t have that we might have ended up in the care system ourselves.”

She says she gets a lot of support from the council. Like the children in her care, she has her own social worker who visits monthly and who is on the other end of the phone if she needs to talk.

Michelle goes to a support group for new carers and attends ongoing training sessions in subjects such as child protection.

The ongoing training will eventually lead to an SVQ 3 qualification in childcare, which carers can then use if they ever want to pursue other roles in early learning.

It took Michelle just over a year to become a foster carer, from first enquiry to panel approval.

She says: “There are challenges but I’d really recommend it.”

Find out more about fostering with Midlothian Council, including payments and allowances www.midlothian.gov.uk/fostering

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City Region Deal on the hunt for leading lights from private and third sectors

Midlothian View - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 11:06

Pictured at the City Region Deal signing ceremony: Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan (second from right) with Prime Minister Theresa May, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, City of Edinburgh Council Leader Adam McVey (centre) and other council leaders.

Applications are open for individuals in the private and third sectors to join the Regional Enterprise Council for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

The City Region Deal is a £1.3bn investment over the next 15 years that aims to accelerate economic growth and create opportunities for citizens across the entire South East of Scotland.

The UK and Scottish Government are partnering with six local authorities (Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian), Edinburgh’s universities and colleges and the private and third sectors to deliver the Deal.

Anyone working in the private or third sectors in the region can apply for the Regional Enterprise Council. Its role is to advise the decision-making body, the Joint Committee, on aspects of the Deal. Members will support the implementation of the programme and provide a consensus from their sector based on their industry knowledge. Appointed individuals will also engage with their own networks to help capture a wide range of views and champion the Deal nationally and internationally to encourage investment opportunities.

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Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan said:

“This is a great opportunity for suitably experienced representatives from the private and third sectors to help support the delivery of the City Region Deal’s ambitious plans for inclusive growth. Along with the wider region, Midlothian is set to benefit from this major investment and the Regional Enterprise Council will be a key component in helping capitalise on the opportunities the Deal creates.”

The Regional Enterprise Council will comprise 12 members representing the region’s diverse economy and demographics. All local authority areas will be represented by at least one member with significant operations in their area and individuals will come from a range of organisation sizes.

Anyone interested can apply at www.acceleratinggrowth.org.uk/rec by Friday 14 September 2018.

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City Region Deal on the hunt for leading lights from private and third sectors

Midlothian Council - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 09:23
Applications are open for individuals in the private and third sectors to join the Regional Enterprise Council for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

Lifelong learning classes launched

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 08:54
Bookings can now be made for Midlothian Council’s lifelong learning and employability 2018/19 classes.

Book now for our lifelong learning classes

Midlothian Council - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 07:19
Bookings can now be made for our Lifelong Learning and Employability 2018/19 classes.