Friends of Roseburn Park AGM 2023

Our AGM will be held online on Wednesday, 25th October at 7:30pm on Zoom.

The meeting should last about an hour.

If you would like to attend, please email and you will be sent the link for the meeting.

FoRP members have been emailed with an invitation. If you are not a member, please join for free at Join for Free! | Friends of Roseburn Park (SCIO)

You can see the papers for the meeting at 

(This comprises the agenda, last year’s AGM minutes, the chairperson’s report and the annual accounts.)


**OFFICIAL** – OPENING DATE FOR NEW ROSEBEAN CAFE – THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER – the operators tells us it will be open 8am to 4pm every day, but not Mon and Tues.

Note the toilet is there for public use. Card payments only.

If you want to stay up to date, please “like” the Rosebean Cafe page at

Thanks to builder James Purves and co at All Aspects Building & Construction for a beautiful job

Toilet Block Café Conversion Completion Party- and Survey on Park Future Vision

We held our launch event on Sunday 2nd July- and we’re also hoping to find out what park users would like us to focus on next in our survey.

The video showing all the work carried out lasts 10 minutes can be viewed below:

The full story behind the conversion project can be found at All Cisterns Go!! | Friends of Roseburn Park (SCIO)

The 2023 Survey results can be downloaded here

Here are the photos from the launch:


Roseburn Shop: Raffle Prize:
Art et Facts Voucher for £50 framing
Brendan Haddock Jewellers Necklace and earring set
Chapmans Property Management Bottle of Prosecco
Claire Doig Hairdressing Voucher £25
Connell McFadden Estate Agents Bottle of Prosecco
Dine Voucher for £100
House of Hound Dog ball thrower
ID Hair & Murrayfield Skin Clinic Basket of hair care products
Mortgage seekers Bottle of Prosecco
Murrayfield Bar Bottle of wine
Moving Pictures Voucher for £50
Anita Glasby Opticians 2x children’s sunglasses
Roseburn Bar Bottle of Whisky
Roseburn Shoe Repairs Voucher for £10
Ruby Rose Hand painted bottle with LED lights
Sassy dog Groomers Voucher for £60 plus another for facial
Steven Henderson Hair Voucher for £75
Tesco Express Bottle of Rum, Jack Daniel’s and Sparking wine
Thallon Soulis Voucher for cut and blow dry
The Hampton Voucher for £30 meal, plus compimentary wine
Turkish Barbers Vouchers x3 for cut & shave.
Vigo Delicatessen 2x free coffee
Wight’s Chiropracters Voucher for a Chiropractic assessment

The event was covered in the Evening News at and in the Edinburgh Reporter at


Friends of Roseburn Park (FoRP) asked residents in 2016 what they’d like to see in the park. Since then we’ve helped deliver some of the things residents wanted– the toilet block conversion to a café, the log bench, a better new play park, a new mural, new trees, BBQ slabs and benches and so on. We now want to refresh that vision. For that we need your help! 

We are distributing 2,500 paper survey forms to the homes around Roseburn Park. We are also collecting views on the same questions online at .

Can you let us know what you think of the ideas we’ve put forward– and add any you think we need to consider? We’ll use your feedback as the basis for grant applications.

We look forward to answering your questions at the launch, to which we’d like you to bring your completed forms to. If you can’t make it, please drop your forms through the Armoury door letterbox opposite, at 13c Riversdale Crescent before 13th August, please.

We’ll email out the survey results to FoRP members– it’s free to join us; do so on our website at

You can also comment or “like” FoRP’s Facebook page at . Please email any questions you have to or quiz us at the Murrayfield Community Council meetings.


Roseburn Park Floods- 30th Dec 2022

PARK FLOODS- AS IT IS SUPPOSED TO! We think the snowmelt from the Pentlands has contributed to this. It’s good to know the flood defences in Roseburn Park are doing their bit. This is the highest it has been since the flood of April 2000. It would need to get 2 or 3 feet higher to reach the new cafe, thank goodness!

Annual General Meeting- 12th October 2022


Our AGM took place on Zoom on Wednesday 12th October at 7:30pm. The meeting was over by 9pm. Here are the papers that were discussed – our Annual Report, etc. Please click on this link

At the AGM, the Board of Trustees was re-elected, hearing from the Chairperson with an annual report of the past year’s activities and reviewing the annual accounts.

We were able to answer members questions about our activities and review progress on the café conversion (see the photos documenting progress at )

We showed this 7-minute video showing progress on the block to date 

If you missed the AGM, but want to discuss matters, please email

There is always room for more volunteers to help on the Board; if you’d like to put your name forward, please let us know by emailing We have Board meetings on Zoom every six weeks, on a Wednesday night.

Xmas Disco

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! We are planning a Xmas disco- the Platinum Jubilee one was such a success that we want to do a re-run. The date will be Thursday 15th December, cost £5, with kids half-price. It is likely to be held at the Masonic lodge, Roseburn Gardens. Tickets from Art et Facts in Roseburn Terrace or come on the night at 7pm.  There is a bar – and playing the platters that matter will be our DJ Jeremy Thoms. Dancing for all ages – until 11pm.

Adopt a Tree; Plant some Bulbs

New baby trees will be planted in Roseburn Park and along the Water of Leith to replace the ones which were planted by the flood prevention works, but have since died (they were not staked or planted properly). Would you like to adopt one of these trees to help ensure its survival, just by watering it when it’s dry? See our poster at:

If you’d like to help, please email the FoRP Secretary at

We also need volunteers for our Roseburn Park Task Force, which would mean a couple of hours on the odd weekend; our next task is in planting bulbs in the grass to make it look pretty in the spring. Again, if you are interested in helping, please contact the secretary.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations


From the Masonic Disco on 2nd June- the masons at Caledonian Lodge No 392 donated buck’s fizz and chocolate:

Prepping the site:

Key volunteers Sheila, Sandie and Alex

Putting up the bunting

And on the Day of the Party:

Around 600 people attended

Event co-ordinator Pete Gregson

Val Forbes’s Memorial Rose

John Yellowlees announces the Roseburn Park Walking Guide by Rosie Bell, assisted by John Riddoch

Andrew Sharpe of Edinburgh City Star Majorettes wowed the crowd with his virtuoso juggling

Volunteer Alex as Queen Elizabeth II

The 150th Craigalmond Scouts tea stall, with the bouncy castle behind

Laura Dunbar with more buck’s fizz from the Mason’s- for the raffle- at the FoRP Information stall

Osman from the Village Cafe in Corstorphine sold coffee and cake

Ping Pong tournament with Murrayfield Memorial Table Tennis Club

Learning croquet with Balgreen Croquet Club

Beat the Goalie- with Mackenzie Martin

Best Outfit prize awarded by Margaret Smith, winner of the 1953 fancy dress competition as the Bisto Girl

Best fancy dress prize awarded by Foysol Chowdhury MSP, assisted by Councillor Frank Ross

Most beautiful dog prize awarded by Christine Jardine MP

Cathie from Ruby Rose with the Jubilee table she has upcycled, then auctioned in support of breast cancer charity

Cathie with her Ruby Rose stall


Jurgen’s burgers (made to Pete’s secret recipe) went down a storm- we sold over 200

We estimated 500 to 600 attended

Exhibition of photos from 1954 Coronation fancy dress party in the park

Dogs Trust – helped run doggie events, like the Waggiest Tail, Best Biscuit Catcher, Best Lookalike .. 31 dogs attended and the dogs got the certificates- NOT the owners!

Doggie dash #1

Doggie dash #2

Doggie Dash #3

Walking rugby….

.. with Murrayfield Wanderers RFC

Bunting made by pupils at Roseburn Primary School

Sheila and Sandie from the organising committee

The following Roseburn and Western Corner shops donated prizes for the competitions and raffle:

ID Hair & Murrayfield Skin Clinic
Chapman Property Management
Brendan Haddock Jewellers
Roseburn Shoe Repairs
Ruby Rose
Roseburn Café
Vigo Delicatessen
Hui- Chinese Takeaway
Delta Curry Takeaway
Steven Henderson Hair
Anita Glasby Opticians
U beaty Therapy
Art et Facts
House of hound
PC Doctor & Moving Pictures
Thallon Soulis
PC Doctor
Murrayfield Bar
Claire Doig Hairdressing
Roseburn Bar
Ikina studio

Sassy Dog
Glitz n Glamour hairdresser
Galaxy nail spa
Salon La Greca

Scottish Rugby



The Party harked back to the 1953 Coronation Party in the Park- with a fancy dress competition, open to young and old, one judge being the winner of that competition – Bisto Girl Margaret Smith; the other being Ward Cllr Frank Ross. …  Prizes for the best outfits (donated by the Roseburn shops)  …  Exhibition of photos from the 1953 Coronation Party   (see them at Park History | Friends of Roseburn Park (SCIO))


For those who want to pay their respects to Val Forbes, we unveiled her shrub rose by the old playpark at 1pm.

The programme was roughly:

1.00 – Val’s Rose

1.15 – at the stage, by the Armoury: launch of Roseburn Park walking guide ( see Park History | Friends of Roseburn Park (SCIO) )

1.15 – Croquet lessons and games start

1.15 – Ping-pong tournament starts

1.30 – Doggie events: Best Trick; Best Lookalike; Waggiest Tail; Best Biscuit Catcher; Musical Statues (sit and stay); Doggie Dash – all with the Dog’s Trust; prizes and certificates awarded throughout afternoon as winners were announced.

1.30 – Doggie Beauty (by mystery judge)- onwards- prize awarded at 3pm by Christine Jardine MP

2.00 –  Edinburgh City Star Majorette performance with Andrew Sharpe

2.30 – Daft games for kids start

2.45 – Auction of Queen Liz table by Ruby Rose with Faisal Choudhury MSP, 50% proceeds to Breast Cancer (Jeremy Balfour MSP had to call in sick)

3.00 – announcement of Fancy Dress prizewinners with judges Cllr Frank Ross and Bisto Girl Margaret Smith

3.15 – more Majorette magic with Andrew

4.00 – announcement of Raffle prize winners with FoRP Chair Jim McDonaugh

5.00 – ends

Ongoing throughout the afternoon was the Exhibition of 1953 Fancy Dress photos, Bouncy Castle, Treasure Hunt, Photostall – yourself as QE2, 150th Craigalmond Scout Group tea Stall; portaloos by Balfour Beatty,  Beat the Goalie, Balgreen Croquet classes, over-50s Walking Rugby with Murrayfield Wanderers.

On sale were home-made hamburgers, Teas & Biscuits, Osmans’s Coffee and Cakes (Village Café, Costorphine), Ruby Rose upcycled furniture

… and the night before – DISCO PARTY THURSDAY 2nd JUNE 7pm – 11pm

DJ Jeremy Thom played the platters that matter on the wheels of steel
.. bar…  kids were welcome…. 57 folk came

Note the actual venue is called Caledonian Lodge No 392  (Lodge of Brotherly Love only rent space there)
Tickets were £5 on door or in advance from Art et Facts, Roseburn Terrace.

The event was linked on Facebook

If you ever need to hire the hall, or get in touch for any reason, the correct lodge to contact is The Caledonian Lodge No392 at or on 0131 539 4412


Those who want to help out for an hour (or two!) on future events, please email the organiser, Pete Gregson, at

Log Bench and Park Party for Queens Platinum Jubilee Day- Consultations

Log Bench – Consultation

The Council recently removed several mature trees that were diseased. We are thinking of using the trunks (if we can get them) for new log benches- please indicate if you’d like this and what style you’d like.  Please complete this form to indicate your preference:

Park Party for Queens Platinum Jubilee Day- Consultation

We plan on running a Party in the Park to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee on Friday 3rd June- would you like to attend? And do you want to help- either on the day, or in the planning group?  This event will hopefully receive some cash from the Lord Provost’s Platinum Jubilee Street Party Fund 2022. Please complete the form

Please respond by 20th April. We’ll post the results here and on Facebook

All Cisterns Go!!

The video showing all the work carried out lasts 10 minutes can be viewed below:


1st May work starts- L to R. Kyle Purves (All Aspects Building), Cllr Frank Ross, Jim Mcdonaugh ( FoRP ), Pete Gregson (FoRP) and James Whyte (All Aspects Building)

Cllr Ross helped secure the lion’s share of the renovation costs from Edinburgh Council- the rest came from residents and small funders (see below). Any questions? Please email



ORIGINAL POSTING- 22nd March 2022


In the News: Edinburgh Reporter 23 March 2022   Edinburgh Evening News 25 March 2022   Edinburgh Live 23 March 2022

Work will start in early MAY on refurbishing the derelict toilet block in the park and converting it into a community cafe.

The Friends of Roseburn Park (FoRP) are delighted to announce that after ten long years of trials and tribulations, refurbishment of the derelict toilet block, set in the heart of Roseburn Park, will commence in early May 2022. Conversion of the block into a new café with public toilets should be complete by summer 2023.

It is anticipated that this new amenity will attract more people to the park, which lies in the shadow of Murrayfield Stadium, with this added attraction to the many sporting activities that take place there, and with café facing onto the FoRP Armoury Mural completed in 2019.

The now derelict toilet block is distinctive; it was built in 1903, designed by the office of the eminent City Architect at the time, Robert Morham, as the park’s pavilion. Later used as a bothy for the park keepers and was converted for additional use as public toilets in 1936. It has been closed since 1982. The refurbishment comes at a welcome time, as the roof is beginning to collapse and nature is taking over the interior, with roots crawling everywhere and trees sprouting from the roof.

The work could never have progressed beyond the initial concept in 2012 without the ceaseless efforts of FoRP Trustees and members who have provided their skills, expertise and time on a wholly voluntary basis. In addition, the support provided by architectural designer Craig Proudfoot of One Foot Square and technical input by Paul Harding has proven invaluable in getting this project off the drawing board.

The refurbishment work will be carried out by All Aspects Building & Construction Scotland ltd under the directorship of James Purves and will be project managed by Craig.

The plan is for the building work to be complete by Summer 2023, with the operator opening the café with hot drinks, snacks and ice cream and endeavouring to keep it open as much as is feasible throughout the year. FoRP knows from the Council’s footfall recording devise that 1800 pedestrians and 450 cyclists use the park every day. They believe that the café will draw even more users to enjoy the park, thus helping to make it a year-round going concern.

Funding the refurbishment has been the greatest challenge of all. Following the launch of the Air Raid Protection mural in Sept 2019, the then chairperson, Pete Gregson, organised a crowdfunder, and launched it with this leaflet, stuffed through thousands of local doors (around 6,000 live in the ward; most use the park)  by a team of volunteers. The business plan and designs were made available to all at and FoRP, with their “buy a brick” scheme raised a total of £8,864 within 4 months.

This gave FoRP a strong foundation to leverage additional grants: Baillie Gifford Investments (£1,000), Virgin Money Lounge (£2,000) and the Evelyn Drysdale Trust (£1,500) + (£2,000).

In March 2020, with £13,364 in the kitty, the Trustees proceeded to make applications to a variety of public and private sources for the outstanding monies required to fund the project.

This effort culminated in July 2021 with FoRP being awarded £66,000 by City of Edinburgh Council Placed Based Investment Programme. Proposed by The Lord Provost, Councillor Frank Ross, FoRP’s café project was approved for funding by Councillors enabling works to commence spring 2022.

Under the new chairmanship of Jim McDonaugh, FoRP Trustees then engaged in extended and intensive planning in getting the design finalised and the tender package prepared. Around 10 builders were approached to ask if they would be interested in tendering for the works.

In February 2022, negotiations finally completed and preferred supplier status was bestowed upon All Aspects Building & Construction Scotland Ltd. On the 2nd March 2022, FoRP finalised commercial terms with AAB&C and signed the contract with a start date of early May.

Jim McDonaugh said ”At last! This is exactly what our community and park visitors have been waiting for! The refurbished building will be so better than the present eyesore- FoRP are returning the exterior to the way it would have looked when it was first built, 116 years ago- and the interior into a warm and inviting cafe. Visitors will have somewhere to go for a hot drink and a snack – maybe even a light meal- when the work is complete.

It has not been a straight forward project, but working with experienced cafe managers FoRP have come up with a design that gives 30 sq m of floor space as well as a spacious public toilet, kitchen and storage. etc”

Pete Gregson said “It’s been a rollercoaster- on so many occasions I thought we had taken on the impossible; I can’t believe there will still be something to show to my kids in the park that will be there long after I am gone.”

Lord Provost and Ward Councillor Frank Ross said:

 “Converting the old toilet block into a café for the whole community to enjoy is a great idea. It will help to support local jobs and volunteering opportunities, while providing a warm and accessible space for local people to meet up. 

The conversion, which will include an accessible toilet,  has the backing of local residents and I was delighted to secure the Council funding for the FoRP to allow it to proceed.

Additionally, income from the cafe will help to support other projects led by the Friends of Roseburn Park to improve the overall amenity and quality of the Park.”

Further materials on the background to the project can be found here

Christmas Events in Roseburn

Christmas 2021 Events


The Old Coltbridge

Thurs 2nd Dec – Xmas Tree Light Up from 4:00pm

Countdown and Carols round the tree + Hot drinks and mince pies from Buna before the switch-on at 4:30pm


    Wed 8th Dec – WW2 Songs and Carols at 2:00pm 

Roseburn Primary School Pupils round the Xmas Tree 


   Fri 10th Dec – Music and Carols at 1:30pm to 2:00pm

St.George’s Junior School Choir & Recorders

Round the Xmas Tree 


Sun 19th Dec – The Church of the Good Shepherd      

Service starting by the Xmas Tree at 4:00pm


Tues 21st Dec – Gilbert & Sullivan Songs and Carols

Gilbert & Sullivan cast & keyboard player from 6:00 to 6:30pm

Hot drinks and mince pies from Buna before the event.

Mince pies donated by Scotmid. Buna donating hot drink proceeds to The Church of The Good Shepherd.

Murrayfield Community Council