Royston Wardieburn going the right way

Posted on 02/06/2014 by



Things are going the right way at Royston Wardieburn, Friday’s packed annual general meeting was told. Local politicians Mark Lazarowicz and Malcolm Chisholm were among the attendees who heard that the Centre continues to develop and is now home to more groups than ever before.

Centre Chairperson Anna Hutchison told the meeting: “There have been so many positive developments at our Centre over the last year it’s hard to know where to start! The management committee has worked very hard with Centre staff to make sure we could provide groups and activities for the whole community and we really feel like we are getting there – there’s a lot to be positive about.”

Community Learning and Development Worker Lydia Markham said that Royston Wardieburn was now beginning to progress after a difficult start.

“It often takes time for a new Centre to bed in (the new Royston Wardieburn Community Centre opened in 2012)  but I think it’s fair to say that we are definitely moving in the right direction. Partnerships have been key over the last year, and with so many groups and organisations based here we’re absolutely delighted to see the Centre buzzing and really fulfilling it’s potential.”

One of those successful partnerships is with Stepping Stones North Edinburgh, who have a base within the Centre. Project Manager Marilyn Keilloh said: “I know that working closely with the Centre has produced some enormous benefits for us, and hopefully there have been some positives for the Centre as well. We wish you well for the future and because of the calibre of staff, volunteers and committee members I am sure you will go from strength to strength”.

Among the successful new groups is the Little Tigers, which was developed by a group of young parents. Founder members Nicola and Susan told the meeting that since it’s launch the group  – which is run by local volunteer parents – has blossomed: between 50 – 100 adults and children attend every session!

Over seventy children attend  a weekly Kabo class at Royston Wardieburn, so it was fitting that a Kabo demonstration brought the meeting to an energetic close. For those who don’t know (me included!) Kabo is a boxing and dance class which improves coordination and fitness – and judging by the enthusiastic kids who took part in the demonstration it really works!

There’s so much going on at Royston Wardieburn, for the young and for the young at heart – call into the Centre on Pilton Drive North, telephone 552 5700 or check out the website to find something that’s right for you at



Don’t miss:

  • Fund Raising Event for the kid’s Summer Programme on Saturday 14 June 10am -12pm. Tables for hire £5.
  • The Referendum Debate on Thursday 29 June @ 6.30pm.

All welcome!