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The Tron reopens The City of Edinburgh Council has handed the keys of the Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile to Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT), as the new custodian of the building. In 2021, the council selected SHBT as its preferred par tner to restore the Tron, and the charity has now signed a 5-year lease in an agreement that will see it take on the management role of the building as it develops the restoration project. This will convert to a 125year lease when the capital project is ready to begin. Scottish Design Exchange (SDX) - the social enterprise company that offers retail outlets for Scotland’s ar tists and makers - will occupy the Tron as SHBT’s tenant while the Trust undertakes a feasibility study to set out a future vision for the building, working with the local community to develop a sustainable use.The Tron’s new indoor marketplace is open from 1st July. www.shbt.org.uk www.scottishdesignexchange.com
(Photograph: Colin McLean)
Help where the need is greatest
In May, Scotland’s biggest charity book sale opened its doors at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church on George Street for the 50th time, having - in the last decade alone - raised over a million pounds for international development charity Christian Aid. Organisers have received a letter from Number 10 Downing Street, congratulating them for all they’ve achieved since the sale star ted in 1973. Convenor of the sale, Mary Davidson, said:“This 50th year is extra special and we were delighted that Chair of Christian Aid, Dr John Sentamu was here to mark the occasion. It’s amazing to think it all began with just one table in 1973 - and this year there were hundreds! Through the sale of books - from popular paperbacks to collectable first editions - plus records, toys, stamps, postcards, antiques and other collectables, we have raised money for Christian Aid, a charity which works to help those where the need is greatest – whether that be in Ukraine, Afghanistan, South Sudan or Ethiopia.” www.christianaid.org
Our new Lord Provost Congratulations to Councillor Robert Aldridge who has been appointed as the new Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh. The ancient office dates to the 13th century and Cllr Aldridge succeeds Cllr Frank Ross to become the city’s 258th Lord Provost. At the first meeting of the new City of Edinburgh Council in mid-May, councillors unanimously backed Councillor Aldridge’s nomination and he was sworn into the role in a short ceremony in the City Chambers. As Edinburgh’s civic head, he will convene all fur ther meetings of the Council and will represent the city on a variety of organisations including Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Dr John Sentamu opens the 50th Book Sale for Christian Aid
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