Monday, February 06, 2017

I am sharing this memory of last year but of course I am running it again this year. This will be my third London Marathon so this year I am upping the challenge by also running the Edinburgh Marathon as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival (only five weeks later)! 
This represents an enormous personal challenge for me as up till less than three years ago I took no regular exercise and was extremely unfit! Now I run a minimum of 50 kilometers a week (two 25k runs) with all the health and fitness benefits that brings. This is all a bonus however as the real reason for this transformation was to raise funds for the One City Trust.

Edinburgh is an affluent and prosperous city but not everyone benefits in this success. With widening gaps between rich and poor and other types of inequality persisting it is my mission to ensure that all our citizens benefit from the success of Scotland’s great capital.
In addition I am supporting the St John and the City appeal which aims to install defibrillators across Edinburgh. My target for this would be two defibrillators (£2000).
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the charities. 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.
Alternatively get in touch on 0131 529 4000 or send a cheque made out to ‘The One City Trust’ to The Lord Provost, City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ
Thank you for taking the time to read this and hope you can see your way to supporting me in my efforts on behalf of the city.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Central Labour Party Burns Supper
Tickets are now on sale for our annual Burns Supper which will take place on Saturday 4 February at LifeCare, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1JB. Time is 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start. Tickets cost £25 for a delicious three course meal. A vegetarian option is available. We are delighted to announce the speakers for this event are as follows:
Councillor Donald Wilson - Lord Provost (me) 
Anas Sarwar MSP (Immortal Memory)
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Donald and Carmel for Sighthill Gorgie

Donald Wilson and Carmel Smith selected to run for Sighthill Gorgie.

Donald says “Having lived in the area most of my adult life I have seen many changes but the community spirit continues to be strong. I have worked hard with individuals, local organisations, community groups and charities to get things done. In addition to my work as Lord Provost I have continued to hold regular surgeries and championed local issues such as a surface crossing for Calder Rd. and saving community centers like St Brides and the Gorgie War Memorial Hall. I joined the Council in 1999 first and foremost to fight for my local area and I have always done that.families can flourish in a fairer more equal city.”

Carmel says “Labour have always been the champions of working class people and the less fortunate in our society. We’ve always stood for improving education, employment and equality; and for helping the less able members of our society. I will work with local people to build safe, strong communities where 

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Gardening this afternoon.

Not often I get a moment to blog but it seems to have happened. I'm looking forward to getting along to help the Friends of Westfield Court Park later (at 2pm) though. All welcome of course, particularly anyone with green fingers! It is great to see so much happening in the park now and it is all down to a small (very small) group of local residents who started the whole thing and even took a petition to the Council.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Just got my appeal through the post from Mercy Corps. Sent off my donation. I also sent something off to Edinburgh direct Aid as they do good work in the Lebanon with Syrian refugees. Their work in Arsal 12 miles from the Syrian border is outstanding. They are small scale but have a huge impact on a large number of people.  

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).