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!!




UPDATE 12th May – Internal walls demolished



UPDATE  9th May-  Windows revealed

The toilet block windows were just waiting to be revealed 40 years after they got blocked in.. they look to be in mint condition


UPDATE  3rd 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)


All Aspects Building & Construction Scotland Ltd erected the Heras fencing today which will enclose the toilet block for the next five months- whilst it metamophoses into the new cafe – it should be open sometime in September. 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 concerns? 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 late summer.

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.

Murrayfield Wanderers Rugby Football Club (MWFC), a key park stakeholder and user, will operate the café. The plan is for the building work to be complete by Autumn 2022, with MWFC 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 Foundation (£1,500) + (£2,000).

In February 2020, with £13,364 in the kitty, the Trustees proceeded to make application 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

New plaque commemorating the ‘Murrayfield artist’ Charles H Mackie

On 10th November, our Treasurer, John Yellowlees, organised the unveiling of the plaque marking where the artist Charles H Mackie lived on the other side of the river from the park. You’ll see it behind the fence, near the new playpark.

The story was written up in the Edinburgh Reporter- read it at

New bench and plaque near Doctor’s Surgery


We lost the bench at the west entrance of the park near the doctor’s surgery during the flood improvement works and have been lobbying the Council for years for a replacement. Now, thanks to the intervention of Cllr Frank Ross it has been installed and what’s more, we’ve been given our very own plaque on it. We’re hoping it will draw a few more activists into FoRP…

How did our drinking fountain originally look?

Is this what the drinking fountain originally looked like ? Does its country cousin provide the answer?

The 1942 film The Message Must Get Through is the only record of its original appearance we have found. It shows that the Park’s unusual tapering type of Glenfield & Kennedy drinking fountain had some kind of projecting top. What did it look like? If anyone remembers, we’d very much like to hear from you.

Only two other examples of this type still exist, but only one of them still has what could be the same sort of top. It is in Kintore in Aberdeenshire, an appropriate spot for a broad Doric column, where it was photographed by Historic Scotland in 1970. Our thanks to Kenny Thomson of Kintore Community Council who took the coloured ones. It’s not clear exactly how it worked, but presumably water must have come out from the central hole. Perhaps the central cylinder was designed to hold a metal cup?


Kintore’s one also still has the typical G&K counterbalanced turn handle.

It seems likely that the Park’s fountain dates from 1935, when the nearby Pavilion was built as there’s no mention of it on OS maps until their next edition in the 1940’s.

We have prepared a feasibility study on bringning the fountain back into use. If you recall how Roseburn Park’s drinking fountain originally looked, please contact us at

Launch of New Walking Guide for Roseburn Park

FoRP are pleased to announce the launch of a new walking guide to Roseburn Park, researched and written by local resident Rosie Bell. Beginning at the west entrance to the park at Roseburn Place, the guide  features the stadium, the Armoury, the murals, the Murrayfield DAFs and Wanderers, the ice rink, curling and flood defences. The guide links to associated documents on the park’s history as irrigated meadows, supporting the Dalry/Murrayfield mills and the Roseburn floods of April 2000.

More info on the Roseburn Park History page here