Norton House Work Party

We welcomed a great group of volunteers from the Norton House Hotel at the beginning of December who kindly came out for the day to get stuck in to our garden and stables.  This time of year all the lovely plants are not looking their best and need a good hair cut to take them in to the winter months.

They came armed with cake for the humans and apples for the horses, so as you can imagine it went down very well indeed.

Thank you to Peter, Chris, Frances, Hannah, Lyndsay, Johnny, Brian, Iona, Hollie, Lauren, Daragh and James.  James who is the Norton House gardener made sure the team worked hard in our garden and made everything look gorgeous.  Johnny was a bit obsessed with our power hose but the area outside the stables is gleaming in the sun.  A big thank you for all your hard work and making Ravelrig tidier, and shinier we appreciate your support.

We are so grateful to ALL our wonderful work parties who have been out this year giving us their time and energy gardening, painting, sanding, building and generally putting in a lot of elbow grease.  They are able to do the jobs that we just don’t have time to do and it really makes such a difference.

We have had people from lots of places, including Lloyds, Bank of Scotland, Cadence, HSBC and Green Investment Bank.

If your work offers you community days why not come and help at Ravelrig during 2018.


Open Day Preparations Days 1 & 2

On 26th & 27th May, Ravelrig was delighted to have help from yet more Bank of Scotland employees in the week before the Annual Open Day on 5th June!

Many thanks to Diane Curran and her colleagues from Teviot House, South Gyle, Edinburgh for clearing and painting stables and MANY other essential preparatory tasks! Your hard work set the pace for the rest of the week.



Garden Gang

Green fingered ladies from Bank of Scotland Commercial Client Services in Edinburgh had a great day on 19th May tidying up the Ravelrig RDA gardens and replanting the hanging baskets.

Daffodils were dead-headed and tied back, weeds were whipped out, shrubs were trimmed and baskets beautified!  What a difference – and the afternoon showers didn’t phase them at all.

Many thanks to Fiona Gagen, Hazel Paterson, Angela Smith, Gill Dalgleish, Dot McConnell, Ashley Erskine, Suzanne Hume and Donna Evans.

Spring was in the air

Staff from People’s Postcode Lottery Edinburgh were lucky enough to get some fabulous weather on Thursday 14th April when they joined us at Ravelrig for a day of volunteering.

Toby (who was confined to his stable) was delighted to have so many new admirers to entertain him.

The team spent the day clearing out the barn, path clearing, gardening and moving boards in the Clubroom.

Ravelrig RDA was particularly pleased to host friends from PPCL as they are one of our major funders having provided the £100,000 grant we were awarded in December 2015 via RDA National.

Many thanks to Keith Harper, Nick Davidson, Danny Kent, Doriane Dupont, Wendy Toon, Daan Lagas, Ailbhe Kirwan, Sean McCarron and Luke Bennet.


Loo painting!

A very wet and miserable Tuesday 12th April didn’t put off our intrepid work party from Lloyds Commercial Banking, Client Delivery in Edinburgh.  The planned gardening marathon was abandoned in favour of a more weather friendly task – painting the inside and outside toilets!  We now have lovely fresh looking loos to match our crisp and cosy Clubroom.

Many thanks to Andrew Cooper, Lesley Hackett, Irene Duncan, Julie Maison and Samantha Crawford.

Clubroom Makeover

On Sunday 13th March 2016 – our somewhat tired looking Clubroom was transformed!  As part of their ‘Spark Something Good’ initiative, volunteers from the staff of M&S branches throughout Edinburgh came to Ravelrig and worked hard all day to give us the stunning Clubroom pictured below (before and after)  They even had hot water facilities installed in our kitchen by the incredibly helpful Kevin Reily of Rymac Plumbing & Heating.

We are delighted with the results of this ambitious project and eternally grateful to Marks & Spencers Edinburgh for choosing Ravelrig as one of their benefiting charities.

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