Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Royal Company of Archers Shoot for the Edinburgh Arrow.

The The Royal Company of Archers Shoot for the Edinburgh Arrow. This shoot goes back at least to 1709 when the Town Council presented the Edinburgh (Silver) Arrow to the Royal Company of Archers. It is recorded however that the first silver arrow was shot for in 1665 so the competition had been around for a lot longer. The event is a colourful and historic one. After the shoot the Lord Provost presents the arrow to the winner who puts it in his belt. After this there is a ceremonial procession to the Archers Hall in Buccleuch Street where a salute is taken. I remember this event from my childhood in Selkirk so it has a special meaning for me. It was always a big day in the town with large crowds turning out to see the spectacle.

It always strikes me that lots of people would enjoy this event and many like it in Edinburgh if only they knew it was on!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Civic Calendar

I'm trying something new here. For some time I have thought that what we need is a calendar of civic events that citizens can attend or may be interested in knowing was on. Many events, particularly ceremonial are popular with visitors and passers by who happen to be there but would be liked by citizens if they knew they were happening. It is only a selection of things I have in my own diary so it is not intended to be comprehensive. Rather it is some of the things I have coming up that you may be interested in. Also this isn't a Council site so it is all my own work and will depend on me getting time to put things in (which may not be that often).  


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Running ...and running ...and running.

Only 51 days to go now to the London Marathon. Yes that's what I said .. the London Marathon. If I can perform a literally miraculous feat of running (slowly) for 26 miles (!) then the least you can all do is donate something you can afford. Remember it’s for Edinburgh!
I ran 16 miles last Friday so it was good to start really getting the distance up. I reckon I need to add about 2k to that per week now though.
Two good charities. Go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LordProvost to see what I'm raising money for. Special thanks to virgin Money for putting me in.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Still Running!

What have I done ! I've registered for the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. I should say Virgin Money have registered me for it.  Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and your donations will be quickly processed and passed to the One City Trust (the Lord Provost's charity) and then to my Lord Provost's Rapid Action Fund. The aim of this fund is to give grants to small to medium sized groups and organisations which find it hard to apply for the big grants. The aim is to fight inequalities in the City and narrow the gap between the haves and the have nots.
Half the money raised will also be given to the Jamie Skinner Appeal which is raising money for defibrillators and training in their use in Edinburgh.  
Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.
I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.
Kind regards
Donald Wilson
Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh
Click here to sponsor my run.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

It's Good to Keep Running!

Yes I have kept it going and have even upped the stakes! Next year we (Andy and I) are going to compete in the 10k this time. I am already doing 8.5k round Holyrood Park including up over the crags.
This Sunday I am running in the Wester Hailes Fun Run. A great community organised event. I am also saying a few words as Lord Provost to send them off so it will be good to be sending myself off as well!

Speaking of this weekend we are of course into the Gala Day season and it is the Gorgie Dalry Gala Day in Murieston Park this Saturday.  It will be great fun and it is always good to see the community working together like this.
On the same day and almost the same place I will be opening the new St Martin's Community Resource Centre at 232 Dalry Rd. (St Martin's Church).

Friday, May 23, 2014

That 5K again!

Those who have sponsored me - thank you and those who haven't ...do it now! It's to fight child poverty in Scotland. There can be few things in life more important than giving the next generation to best start in life we possibly can.
The Lord Provost the Rt Hon Donald Wilson is training for the 5K at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. We met him on Arthur's Seat.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

STV Appeal 5K

Yes - it's a last minute plug for my 5K. Here is my initial statement...
 
Lord Provost of Edinburgh - STV Appeal 5K
I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in this year’s STV Appeal. Poverty amongst children is unacceptable in this day and age, so it’s great to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile caus...e making a difference to the lives of young people across Scotland, including Edinburgh.

Next weekend I will be taking on my first 5km run, it has been a long term ambition of mine to participate in a race like this, and doing it on behalf of the STV Appeal gives me a goal to aim for.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get fit and at the same time support an outstanding cause. I would greatly appreciate any donations in support of the STV Appeal. 
 
I can assure you I am taking it very seriously and did eight and a half K round Holyrood Park this morning. I even went up over the Craggs! I have to admit this was hard but will make the actual run seem a lot easier. The view is stunning.

You can donate by visiting my Just Giving page below:

http://www.justgiving.com/Donald-Wilson1

Many thanks and grateful for your support
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