Venue: Cramond Kirk Halls Millennium Room
Time: 7.30 pm
Wednesday 10 April History Section Talk - “The Roman forts of the Antonine Wall” by Geoff Bailey, Archaeologist & Keeper of Local History, Falkirk Community Trust
Monday 29 April - “The Corstorphine Cinema and its Organ”
During 2017-18 we worked with other organisations to maintain and enhance the special nature of Cramond by:
- replacing the wooden flower tubs at the entrance to Kirk Cramond
- continuing to improve the woodland areas and paths around the Kirk
- opposing inappropriate planning developments as they arose
- supporting the Cramond and Barnton Community Council (CBCC) in improving the quality of life for residents in the village, eg around traffic management.
Access and enjoyment by all
The Association promoted access and enjoyment of all, including the public, local residents, walkers, cyclists, families, community groups and picnickers as well as day visitors and tourists, walkers, cyclists, families, sightseers and foreign visitors. We did this in 2017-18 through meetings, notice boards and our monthly newsletter by:
- promoting the Cramond Heritage Trail, a waymarked trail around the village, river and shoreline. The Trail showcases and interprets key archaeological, historic and wildlife features, such as Cramond Tower (see right).
- working with the Cramond Heritage Trust and the CBCC over access to and maintenance of the harbour, eg parking and repair of walls
- supporting the improvement of the Cramond Walled Garden, eg by planting apple trees and bulbs.
Orientation and interpretation
The Association, together with other local organisations in the Interpretation Group, organised a number of ways for people to learn about the area by:
- arranging for the installation of orientation boards and interpretation boards around the village (see right)
- publicising the Cramond Heritage Trail app - a virtual trail for people to use before or during or after walking the Trail, developed in partnership with St Andrews University
- attracting funding, eg from Edinburgh Airport and the local organisations for our activities
- working in partnership with other organisations such as the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
- promoting the ‘Historic Cramond’ app with the University of St Andrews
The CA continued its active engagement in 2017-18 in promoting education and learning about the area and the wider world through:
- continuing to run its successful programme of monthly talks
- promoting the History Section which has about 50 members and often many more people attending its monthly talks. It also runs an annual outing
- continuing to be involved in developing a new joint Cramond Portal website.
Maintaining and improving the quality of the environment
The CA continued in 2017-18 to:
- work hard to improve the paths in the Kirk Woodlands with regular work parties
- represent local residents in response to Edinburgh Airport’s consultation on flight path changes and try to reduce the noise level of the planes overflying Cramond
- check all planning applications to the Council, focusing on the ones relevant to us, as well as liaising with the CBCC about proposed developments
- oppose inappropriate developments in the Cramond Conservation Area such as the proposed care home in Cramond
- actively support the development of the Friends of Cramond Campus, which is campaigning to ensure that sports facilities are provided on the former playing fields of the Campus instead of being covered with housing.
Through the CA’s activities, local people will have more knowledge, pride and understanding of the area’s social, industrial and natural heritage and will be able to participate in activities to maintain and enhance the special nature of the area. Involving the community in 2017-18 was done through:
- the coordination of activities with other local through the Cramond Collaborative
- representation on significant local organisations such as the Cammo Management Committee
- two litter picks on Cramond Island
- the Association’s e-newsletter (monthly, circulation of 550 households) and regular articles in Cramond Kirk’s Grapevine (quarterly; 3,500 households)
- the CA’s website which has 500 hits per year, the CA two notice boards and Facebook
- giving financial support to local organisations and events, when agreed by the CA Committee.
- publicising to our members the work of the Vision 2030 Group which plans to make major improvements to Cramond and public meetings such as the Vision 2030 consultation exhibition.
While the CA does not have direct responsibilities for any built features, it continued in 2017-18 to:
- support FRAW in its work on maintaining and improving the River Almond Walkway and the replacement of the Salvesen Steps
- monitor the RAFTS RiverLife Project to ensure the visual attractions of the mill buildings, ruins and weirs at Dowie’s Mill Cramond Brig, and Fair a Far are maintained
- support the CHT in its work in the Maltings Exhibition Centre, for example in working with the CHT to build a disabled access to the Maltings.