A new manager for Columcille

In November Martin Dawson retired after 16 years of managing Columcille. Our new manager is John Redwood who has a broad experience in management including at L’Arche Edinburgh and Tiphereth Camphill Community, Edinburgh.

Music for ALL

Music for ALL is not running at present. However Graeme McDonald is independently running music courses on Tuesday and Friday morning at Richmond Church , Craigmiller.

Music for ALL might continue on Monday and Wednesday. the Thursday group and the Bonnyrigg group will not resume.

Thank you all who stayed in touch during lock down, logged in to Graeme’s online music – thank you Graeme- and we hope to meet again before long.

Columcille Art Exhibition

This year’s art exhibition is on Facebook – see below (no need to be a member of FB to look). Wonderful and unique  art work and ceramics are selling fast so have a look and either phone the centre on 0131 447 7404 or email admin@columcillecentre.co.uk


Columcille remains open for restricted hours and a limited number of people. we hope in time to be able to extend to welcoming back more participants. Meantime take care and stay well

Music for ALL Christmas Collection

Music for ALL collected 14 bags of hats, gloves scarves for people who are homeless. We delivered these to Streetwork just before Christmas. A brilliant way to make  Christmas more meaningful, and thank you to Edna (Michael’s mum) for the idea and thanks to all who contributed.


Contributions from Nelson Hall Groups                        added bags from Craigmiller Groups and all into Alison’s car

arrived at Streetworks  to many thanks and appreciation.

Music for ALL spaces available

Music for ALL has some spaces available on Thursday morning. The course programmes are available on the Music for ALL page of this website. Please do email Alison on alison@columcillecentre.co.uk or phone 0131 446 6873  for more information.

Columcille Summer Break

Columcille will be closed from 4pm on Friday 12th July and will reopen on Monday 29th July. This is our annual summer break.

ENABLE World Cafe

3 people from Columcille will attend this event on 3rd May in the morning. We will update after the event

new items and flooring

Over the last several months we have been purchasing new items for Columcille. The cafe has new flooring, new cutlery and beautiful new aprons. The craft room has new shelving, flooring and new paint work. More work is planned to upgrade the joinery area and change the ffice space. We very much appreciate the income form charitable trusts that enables us to make these improvements.

Farewell to our fundraiser.

In January we said farewell to Grace Canham who has been fundraising for Columcille for 3 years. Grace has raised a substantial amount of money over this time – many thanks to Grace and to the charitable trusts and other donors who have supported us. Grace has moved on to work as a fundraiser for the Homeless World Cup.