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Hillend beacon to mark VE Day

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Midlothian Council will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) by lighting a beacon after sundown at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre.

Gorebridge Digital Hub extends service until August

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The Digital Hub at Gorebridge Library – a partnership between Midlothian Council, Midlothian Finance Inclusion Network (MFIN) and Volunteer Midlothian – has been extended until August.

Voter registration at 10 year high

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With registration numbers at a 10 year high, local people will be heading to the polls in Midlothian on Thursday 7 May to vote in the General Election.

Lasswade Centre wins top award

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The Lasswade High School Centre in Bonnyrigg has triumphed in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors awards.

Midfest – one week left to apply

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Artists, curators, performers, venues and stallholders have just one more week to register their interest to take part in Midfest 2015.

Midlothian libraries get behind ‘Spring Online’ week

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Next week (20–26 April), Midlothian Libraries will hold several events to help people overcome any reservations they may have about getting online, or just improve their internet navigation skills.

New activities to tempt even couch potatoes

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Our Ageing Well team certainly doesn't rest on its laurels. This month, there's three new activities to tempt even the most committed couch potato.

Universal Credit – where to get help in Midlothian

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Universal Credit – the new benefits system that will be rolled out by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) throughout the UK over the next few years – begins later this month for new claimants.

Mayfield mural comes to the Big Wall this Friday

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The Mayfield Big Wall at Blackcot (between the doctor’s surgery and the Shell garage) will soon be awash with colour when Chris Rutterford installs the much-anticipated 60 metre-long, community mural.

Ryze Edinburgh to reopen

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We have issued a joint statement with Ryze Edinburgh about its licence application. The statement includes a list of extra conditions imposed.

What are you waiting for?

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Last year, Claire Blatchford’s business, Splatter Messy Play, was going strong in the market-testing phase, but when several major life obstacles came her way, her confidence plummeted.

Hillend skier takes top prize

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A huge ‘well done’ to Bethany Leitch who came first in the novice category of the Snowsports Scotland winter schools alpine series.

Give us your views on CCTV in taxis

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Midlothian Council wants to hear your views on plans to use CCTV and audio recording equipment in licensed taxis and private hire cars.

Bogus workman witness appeal

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Police in Midlothian are appealing for witnesses following a bogus workman in Mayfield.

Want to be part of Midfest?

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There’s just five months to go until Midfest 2015 kicks off, and Midlothian Council is calling for expressions of interest from artists, curators, performers, venues and stallholders.

Newbattle update for councillors

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Work will begin on site as quickly as possible to build the replacement for Newbattle Community High School. This will be as soon as circumstances beyond the council's control are resolved.

Win Golden Tickets for a special train trip!

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The council, along with the Midlothian Advertiser, has launched a Golden Ticket competition to win special trips on the opening weekend of the Borders Railway.

One-off payments for local groups

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Six local groups have been awarded one-off payments totalling more than £62,000 Midlothian Council to help them retain staff and remain open.

Make our world brilliant with Earth Hour

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Midlothian Council is calling on the local community to turn-off non-essential lights for an hour to celebrate Earth Hour 2015 this month.

Do you employ school leavers?

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Do you employ apprentices or school leavers? If so, then Midlothian Council would like to invite you to its careers fair for all senior secondary pupils.

Getting online and staying safe

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Do you or your family and friends want to get online but have never quite known how or where to get started?

Staff are corporate parents

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More than 60 councillors, senior council staff and representatives from partner agencies attended a Midlothian Council corporate parenting event to support disadvantaged children.

Penicuik pupil scoops national art award

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Congratulations to S2 pupil Erin Scratcherd from Penicuik High School who has been awarded second prize in the Junior category (S1 & S2) of the Royal Scottish Academy Schools Art Award.

Inspectors praise residential care homes

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Midlothian Council’s residential service for young people has been rated as ‘very good’ by the independent scrutiny body, the Care Inspectorate.

Positive report for children and families centre

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Midlothian Council’s Hawthorn Children and Families Centre, the day care service that protects some of the most vulnerable children in Midlothian, has received a very positive report.