The last session on Wednesday 19 December will be PARTY TIME 10am – 1pm with our infamous indoor curling competition. Just come along and join the fun and meet friends old and new. There will be Christmas Fayre including the Christmas cake made by Dawn and Geraldine on 5 December. A programme of activities for 2019 will be notified shortly. HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE. Anna Canning and Canal Shed members

We raised £265 at the fayre and still more is coming in as we sell more items. Join us at the shed on Wednesday 12 December 10am – 1pm in the Drennan Hall to make natural Christmas decorations and your very own Christmas wreath. Bring some greenery for the wreath if you can such as berries, holly.










JOIN US THIS WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 10AM – 1PM TO HELP US MAKE CHRISTMAS ITEMS TO SELL AT THE CRAIGLOCKHART SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAYRE ON THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER. Woodwork, leaf clearing, upcycling items, crafts, friendship and eating home made cake are some of the activities that will also be going on. JOIN THE FUN. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU.

On Wednesday 19 September David led a session on the use of basic tools and Shed members made some planters under his supervision. These will be sold to raise money to buy more wood to make more items. Shed members have now had two health and safety talks.












Programme until Christmas as below but always includes gardening, joinery/maintenance and craft activities. Special activities generally begin at 10.30 am unless otherwise stated and run for a one hour maximum.

WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER: SPECIAL FEATURE – APPLE HARVEST SESSION with Anna.  The usual activities will be on offer as well.

3 October: Nari Kallyan Shangho (NKS) presents on their Cultural Bridging and Climate Challenge Fund projects

10 October: Anna facilitating on wild berry dips and cordials

17 October: Making/upcycling items for Christmas sale

24 October: Dawn demonstrating chutney making with Autumn harvest

31 October: Jim McCarthy skill share – talk on Africa; Angela Blacklock-Browne on Autism and Richard Allen on Canal History

7 November: Winter soup making

14 November: Anna facilitating balm-making for Christmas sale

21 November: Christmas sale items finished, labelled and price tagged

28 November: Anna facilitating session on DIY Christmas body care gifts; to be joined by NKS visitors

5 December: Dawn demonstrating Christmas cake making

12 December: Anna facilitating natural Christmas decorations and Wreath making; Christmas traditions and story telling

19 December: Christmas party with indoor Curling Competition

Come and join the fun, make new friends and learn new skills. Home made cake and refreshments always available.

The Canal Shed had a stall at the very successful Pizza and Pavlova event in the Drennan Hall Saturday 8 September and made a small profit selling cards it had made. Thanks to Geraldine and Jim for running the stall.








The Canal Shed at Polwarth is now working independently of the The Scottish Waterways Trust as their funding ran out. We thank them for their help and support in the past eighteen months. The shed is continuing with its members meeting still in the Drennan Hall and is now operating again from 10am to 1pm. It is planned for the shed to become a Scottish Charity Independent Organisation (SCIO)and Trustees have been appointed to take this forward.

Wednesday 5 September there were a variety of activities taking place. The Toad Abode’s new sign was planted by David. Diane was busy pruning a bush. Kitty and Geraldine sorted out the drying lavender and sorted boxes and planned Christmas sale items to make. David, Paul and Neil mended a precious wooden item that belonged to the church and continued with the lectern mending. The Canal Shed will be present at the Pizza and Pavlova at Polwarth event this Saturday 8 September when they will have cards and paper books to sell. Come and talk to them and find out more.









Pauline, Dawn, Jim, Anne and Anna held a Trustees meeting. They confirmed paperwork that is necessary to take the Shed forward and planned activities up to Christmas. We will be meeting with friends old and new before the Christmas party. There will be the popular wreath making nearer Christmas as well as our Christmas party with an indoor curling tournament. There might be some curling practising before then!

The Chairperson Jim presented Anna Canning with a memento of our appreciation of her time with us under The Scottish Waterways Trust grant. Anna will continue to work with us as we progress into the new year.

Come and join us.  It’s fun. And it will soon be the season for leaf collecting for mulching on the canalside and in the corner of the church garden.

CanShed meetings are held every Wednesday 10.00-12.00 at Drennan Hall, Polwarth Church, 36-38 Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 1LU


At the Church Saturday Sundae Event on Saturday 16 June the Canal Shed made £225 through the sale of planters, books, cards, soap, coasters and lots of other items. Thanks to everyone who contributed and those who bought.














6 June – Canal Moths with Claire from the Scottish Waterways Trust

13 June – activities including making items for sale at the Saturday Sundae Canal Festival event at the gardens here on 16 June

20 June – Skillshare with shed member Neil called ‘Watt’

27 June – Willie out in the gardens lo0king for bees to identify

If you read the Update Polwarth Summer Edition 76, pages 16 and 17, you can read all about the changes and progress being made with the Canal Shed

Hope to see you soon Anna


THE CANAL SHED CELEBRATED ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY ON WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY. Of course there was a special cake to celebrate this. WE LOOK FORWARD TO LOTS OF NEW AND EXCITING ACTIVITIES FOR THE SECOND YEAR. Upcycling of broken wooden chairs is just one new thing available to join in with. Come and give us a try.