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Calendar of Branch Meetings


2012/13 Dates for your diary:

Saturday 15 Sept 2012,
Saturday 24 Nov 2012 & early Xmas meal afterwards
Draft meeting dates for 2013:
Saturday 19 January 2013
Saturday 24 March 2013
Saturday 11 May 2013

Recent Meetings:

Older Meetings (hoping to fill the gaps soon)

2007 & 2008 Meetings

'Bumper' issue of the May, September and November 2008 reports can be accessed here (18 pages) instead of printing off the individual ones.

In November 2008 Dr Jon Stone of the Western General gave a fascinating talk about ataxia, its causes and effects and outlined the current treatments and therapies available. November 2008 report here.

In September 2008 Susan McVicker gave a talk and demonstration on the benefits of aromatherapy / massage with essential oils. She will be returning on the morning of the January meeting to give free treatments (paid for by the Branch) for members with ataxia. September 2008 report here.

In May 2008 (our AGM) Frances told us about her trip to New Zealand and Australia and Peter Smeaton talked about the importance of getting enough rest for people with Ataxia. May 2008 AGM report here (updated, with a few small errors corrected).

Dave Lee and Jon Perkins from Edinburgh University spoke at our March 2008 meeting about the use of music to help people with ataxia to control movement. Here's the report from that meeting.

At our January meeting we enjoyed haggis, neeps and tatties with the teas and coffees as it was Burns' Night on the 25th. Report and photos available from this meeting.

The reports of the AGM on 12 May 2007 and the Branch meetings on 22 September and 17 November 2007 are on the Branch Reports page. There are also photos from September 2007 and November 2007

The report of the meeting on Saturday 17 March 2007 has been posted to the Branch Reports page. Peter Smeaton talked about exercise and fitness for ataxians.

The report of the meeting on Saturday 20 January has been posted to the Branch Reports page. Jack Blaik of City of Edinburgh Council gave an excellent talk on the Direct Payments Scheme, the Independent Living Fund and benefits in general.

2006 and 2005 Meetings

The report on the meeting of 4 November 2006 has been posted to the Branch Reports page and there are photos too.

The report of our meeting on Saturday 9 September 2006 is also available from the Branch Reports page - photos here.

At our AGM on Saturday 6 May 2006, Peter Smeaton talked about the importance of regular exercise in maintaining quality of life for people with ataxia. The pdf file is available on the Branch Reports page.

On Saturday 11 March 2006 Dr Paul de Sousa of the University of Edinburgh gave an interesting talk on embryonic stem cell research and its potential for use in therapies. The pdf file is available on the Branch Reports page.

On 21 January 2006 Rhona Brankin, MSP gave us a talk on 'What your MSP can do for people with disabilities'. This report is also on the Branch Reports page. As it was Burns' Night on 25 January, we had the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties instead of biscuits with our tea and coffee

Photos from Branch Meeting on 21 January 2006
John Reid and Frances Wright Rhona Brankin, MSP and Derek Main
Rhona, Derek, Penny Gardner and John Rhona, Derek, Frances and John


The report of our meeting on 12 November 2005 has now been posted to the Branch Reports page - here are some photos:

Photos from 12 November 2005 Branch Meeting
John Reid, Derek Main and Andy Pringle Anne-Marie (with knitting) &  Richard Thomson, Frances Wright and Liz Dalby
Frances Wright and Liz & Pete Dalby Jim & Essa Quin, Eileen Steele, Lynn Quin and John Reid


Our Branch Meeting on Saturday 3 September 2005 was attended by 15 members, including an excellent speaker, Jack Blaik of Edinburgh Social Work and his wife Nancy. The report of this meeting is now on our Branch Reports page.


We meet about every two months at Lasswade High School Centre, south of Edinburgh. The venue is fully accessible and has good car parking. Our meetings are usually in September, November, January, March, and May (our AGM). Over the summer we try to arrange social events rather than a formal meeting.


Map and how to get to Lasswade High School Centre:

How to get to Lasswade

From Edinburgh

Bridges, Minto Street, Kirk Brae, Lasswade Road to Lasswade. Pass the Laird and Dog Hotel and take the second right (Polton Road) after crossing the bridge. Half a mile up the hill turn left into Eskdale Drive where the Centre is situated.

From the East

A6094 or A68 to Eskbank roundabout, then A6094 to Bonnyrigg. Straight across at traffic lights to Staisade Inn, turn right and sharp right again into Eskdale Drive. The Centre is situated on the left, after about half a mile.

From the South

A7 to Esbank roundabout, then as 'From the East'.

From the West

Take A1 City Bypass from Gogar junction, take exit marked for Lasswade junction. Follow signs to Lasswade. Pass the Laird and Dog Hotel, then as 'From Edinburgh'. If this map doesn't show up then the user ID is 'napierstudent' and the password is 'craiglockhart' (I have somehow got the site permissions mixed up with my personal website - Penny)

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This page was last updated on May 13, 2012

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