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the morningside mirror

03.2011 edition

Morningside Mirror was a magazine published by patients and staff at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital between the years of 1845 and 1974. This new edition of ‘The Mirror’ is part of Artlink’s contribution to examining the Royal Edinburgh’s 200 year-long history in the lead up to the hospital-wide Bicentenary commemoration in 2013. If you would like to find out more about this and other related projects call Alex, Anne or Ciara at Artlink on ext. 46127.

Contributors to 03.2011 edition: Anne Elliot, Simon Guest, Maggie McIvor, Ciara Phillips & Beth Thomson.

. 7 Take a walk down to the Growing Plots to see this year’s new growth. Plant Pot back by popular demand. Glasshouses activity or Royal Edinburgh’s Got Talent please contact Artlink on ext.11 1 Welcome to the Springtime edition of the Morningside Mirror. 4 The extraordinary Mrs. and we’re keen to let you know about Royal Edinburgh’s Got Talent – our focus for 2011... In this issue we’re profiling three talented individuals so read on to find out more. In these pages you’ll find out all about our plans for Growing Week and how you can take part.2 | The Morningside Mirror | 03. We would love to hear from you – all ideas welcome. 46127. 2 Tom the Gardener in an advice session. 2 There’s information here about how you can get involved with activity at the Glasshouses.. 6 Cherry Blossom at the Royal Edinburgh. Anne Elliot and Jenny Simpson. 3 Potting up at the Volunteers’ Hub.. 3 4 1 The Growing Competition is back! Grow sunflowers and tomatoes where you can find a little sunshine. 5 Spiral made of leaves by David Budd. GET INVOLVED If you would like to play an active role in Growing Week.

Thursday 31st March 10. They’ll be raffling off a hamper full of tasty treats and all customers will get a raffle ticket with their purchase. 10 FRIday 1st APRIL 2.30 – 3. Artlink will provide coffee.30pm Poetry readings at the Glasshouses. 8 Monday 28th March 1.. seeds and pots of herbs available. tea and juice.00 – 3.30pm Spring planting. 8. Please bring a picnic lunch. Whether its potting up herbs to grow on your windowsill. Please contact the Hive to book a place.00pm The extraordinary Mrs.00pm Live music at the Hive from On The Wheelbarrow including a film screening about bees. ext. 9 Tommy Miller from Edinburgh Community Food Tuesday at their weekly fruit and veg stall. 46127. 3. Bridgend Allotments and BTCV amongst others.4 GROWING WEEK 28 MARCH‑01 APRIL Now in its 3rd year.00 – 1. Plant Pot will be travelling around the Hospital with her potting trolley. the Royal Edinburgh’s Growing Week is full of activities that you can take part in.30pm Afternoon film screening at the Glasshouses. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tuesday 29th March 9 All day Tom the Gardener will be giving expert gardening advice – don’t miss out on this! Please contact Artlink in advance to book an advice session with Tom. relax and enjoy the pleasures of poetry.30 – 8. Come rain or shine! Drop by with your own packed lunch.00am – 3. 12.00pm Take part in a day trip to the Botanic Gardens with the Hive. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday 30th March All day Tom the Gardener will be giving expert gardening advice all day – don’t miss out on this! Please contact Artlink in advance to book an advice session with Tom. 1. Information. ext.30 – 4.00pm The Edinburgh Community Food fruit and vegetable stall will be open in the central hallway of Mackinnon House. Make beautiful hanging baskets for your ward or office or pot up a Mother’s Day present. SATURday 2ND APRIL 11. 10 Issy and Alex in the Patients’ Council and Out Patients’ garden.00 – 3. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- plus.00pm Come along to the Glasshouses to try your hand at cyanotype (a photographic printing process that creates beautiful cyan blue images). Growing Week offers something for everyone. Contact Artlink if you would like her to visit your ward/office. 7 6 take part Here are some of the ways that you can take part – there’s no need to book. 46127. or planting vegetables in your Growing Plot. The film centres around a group of gardeners at a Merseyside allotment.00am – 12. Organized by Ronnie Jack in association with the Patients’ Council – sit back.30am – 2. 46256. 1.00pm Market Place at the Glasshouses. Grow Your Own (2007) is a British comedy directed by Richard Laxton. 46127. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 Bluebell Cyanotype.00 – 1.00pm The Growing Competition is back! Will yours be the tallest sunflower? Will you be the one to cultivate the tastiest tomato? The launch is taking place at the Glasshouses so come and get some seeds and let’s get growing. Come along to browse stalls from the Master Composters. ext. 10. . Come along and help us get the plots ready for planting.30 – 3.. 12.00am – 4pm Springtime Blitz in the growing Plots. just feel free to drop by (unless otherwise noted).00pm Picnic Lunch at the Glasshouses. ext. 6.

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On 16th December we opened our doors for a festive event with music. If you are a dab hand at working with fabric then why not come along to banner making workshops. 13 15 Glasshouses cafe. sale of handmade aprons and tea towels. This is already a huge hit .11 12 11 View of the Glasshouses by night. digging and planting for the new growing season. Now that we’re up and running we want you to get involved with this year’s programme. Glasshousesa-go-go! 13 14 15 In the last issue of the Morningside Mirror we told you all about our plans for the Glasshouses. On Thursday afternoons you can roll up your sleeves and get stuck in at Gardening Club. 46127 or email glasshouses@ artlinkedinburgh. We’re also open to ideas for new projects and would love to hear from you. 16 Jim at the Garden Club. a display of artefacts from the Royal Edinburgh’s own temporary Museum. Come along and we’ll work with you to bring out your creative talents. There are many ways that you can take part: We have weekly art drop-in sessions on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday . film projections. lantern-making and of course lighting up the Glasshouses! It was a great success (especially the cupcakes courtesy of Loopy Lorna’s!) and a fantastic end to 2010.we’ve had lots of help with weeding. so the more the merrier! The Glasshouses is for everyone in the Royal Edinburgh community so please feel free to give us a call if you want to find out more about the activities we’re running and if you want to take part. 12 Ornamental Brassica. Did you know that you can book the Glasshouses meeting space for your own meetings? 16 come along Why not come down to the Glasshouses for a change of scenery? For all enquiries contact Artlink on ext. We’re currently running a Thursday morning group to create new banners for different groups in the Royal Edinburgh – let us know if you would like to get involved. 14 Bannermaking in the Glasshouses. but there’s always lots to do.

identifying common themes and passing these on to management.” COME ALONG Visit the poetry corner at the REH Library to read more. But something rustled on the floor. They have told us: “I think what you do is wonderful.30pm on Monday 28th March in the Hive. “It couldn’t have happened without you. Because a fire was in my head. carers and staff have seen the benefits that collective advocacy can bring by: empowering patients to express their views.” Members of staff also value the work we do: POETRY CORNER Poem selected for this edition of the Morningside Mirror by Beth Thomson. Let’s give the last word to our volunteers. And someone called me by my name: It had become a glimmering girl With apple blossom in her hair Who called me by my name and ran And faded through the brightening air. And pluck till time and times are done The silver apples of the moon. And when white moths were on the wing. We really appreciate the comments we have received from patients and carers about the value they place on our work. increasing patients’ levels of confidence and And kiss her lips and take her hands. And hooked a berry to a thread. and the new ways of working we have developed. nipping problems in the bud. I will find out where she has gone. Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands. assisting staff to get things done to improve the ward environment.” We hope that funding for this part of out work will be found to allow us to continue this work. And walk among long dappled grass. I dropped the berry in a stream And caught a little silver trout. I see it as my job. Patients. Voluntary Services Manager at the Royal Edinburgh. themselves service The next Patients’ Council meeting will take place from 2.11 Notes from the Patients’ Council from Maggie McIvor. The golden apples of the sun. carers and staff.00 – 3. FIND OUT MORE For more information about the Patients’ Council call 537 6462 or email info@patientscouncilreh. And moth-like stars were flickering out.” “I think your input is very valuable. The Song of Wandering Aengus by William Butler Yeats I went out to the hazel wood.. Development Worker The Royal Edinburgh Hospital Patients’ Council was grateful to receive funding for one year to enable it to extend its work within collective advocacy in the Care of Older Adults and Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services. building on our good relationships with patients. And cut and peeled a hazel wand.6 | The Morningside Mirror | 03. .. who bring a unique perspective to our work: “It’s been very good for me – I feel valued. When I had laid it on the floor I went to blow the fire aflame. improving patients’ experience on wards.” “Thank you for listening. 17 Do you recognize this DJ? This is Dave found talent on her triathlete came out in December 2010 is husband. What’s your motto? ‘Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Pippa’s talent. Pippa has Exhibition in the Link Gallery – it’s a also taken part in the Etape great example of her wonderful use Caldedonia which is one of the of color and unique style. viewing the workshops as a break from responded that it’s the diversity her daily routine and the opportunity to spend time with other of the sport that keeps her people with similar talents. go-karting and boat trips. day trips to safari parks. We do lots of things such as the Hearing Voices group.” work and regularly attends the Wednesday afternoon Open Group in the Glasshouses Studio. Tell us about the activities you organize. 17 Pippa Cochran the triathlete. friend Kenny and I put out our of them). The event. raises funds for Sometimes she captures the image just Macmillan Cancer Support.capitol-1212records. It’s going well. Where have you performed? We’ve done a lot of festivals including T in the Park. and making our own CDs. Do you recognize this cyclist? This is Pippa Cochran – she works as a dispensary pharmacist here at the Royal Edinburgh. She first came to Edinburgh as a flat sitter. Which living person do you most admire? swimming 1. Tell us about your talent.5 km. cycling. She loves challenge of triathlons. UK’s top cycling challenges. Pippa expressing herself. interested. Pippa says Capitol 1212 and we’ve released Where can we hear your that she hasn’t always been music? athletic and she blames her new a couple of records since then. making beats. which takes cyclists Aileen says that she is always surprised on a 130km route through the by the way her art work turns out. 18 Dave Boyd the DJ and record producer. She’s a I’m into music stuff. and we played at the Princes Street party at Hogmanay a couple of years ago. She produced this bird Her sporting accomplishments painting for the current Let’s Grow! don’t end there. football group. a vocalist that we work with – when he’s performing he always gives it his all. I would go along to support him and it’s just such Aileen Corbett. as she sees it and other times it turns When asked why she enjoys the into something she never expected. “I like doing all three (swimming.. what’s your talent? 20 an inspiring environment that Aileen is a particularly dedicated and I thought I should give it a try. whether it’s 5 people or 5. .THE ROYAL EDINBURGH’S GOT TALENT This year at the Royal Edinburgh we’re celebrating the many talented people who make up the Hospital community.. Midlothian and reggae. records – mainly hip-hop and of hats and trainers (I have Edinburgh. Pippa studied in Manchester. but now she’s a permanent resident here and has been working at the Hospital for five and half years. About 5 years ago my no room in my flat because Fife . hip-hop workshops including songwriting. Belgium and Germany and last year we played in the Bronx in New York – that was amazing. We’ve been to Holland. I’ve been triathlete! Pippa has taken DJing and making music for What is your most treasured part in Olympic distance about 15 years. “It’s my husband’s fault. it’s being played on Radio 1 by Zane Lowe. has sold her it means you don’t get bored. I produce possession? My collection triathlons in Barcelona. then cycling 40 km and finally first album under the name of running 10 km.’ called Invade the Carnival. running) – Aileen is a regular contributor to the Open Show. activity organizer at The Hive for the past six years. We’re currently working with artists Jeanette Bell and Simon Guest to produce new artworks for a Royal Edinburgh’s Got Talent exhibition in the Link Gallery later this year. 19 Dave Boyd at T in the Park. We hope that you’ll be as inspired by their achievements as we are. Our most recent album which www. and in this edition of the Morningside Mirror you can find out more about the talents of people working in the Hospital. Deep Sea World. trained in London and then worked for Voluntary Services Overseas in Uganda for two years before moving to Scotland. 18 19 GET IN TOUCH If you know of a talented individual at the Royal Edinburgh that you would like to nominate to be featured in the next issue of The Morningside Mirror please contact Artlink on ext. 20 Painting by Aileen Corbett. We have something for everyone.” inventive artist who has been painting for 20 years. Highlands. 46127 or email ciara@artlinkedinburgh.

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