One of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe
Angela (Diocesan President for Edinburgh) and I (Hilary Moran, Provincial President
for Scotland) are delighted to have the opportunity to invite you to the next General
Meeting 2011 in Edinburgh our capital city, which is loved by so many. We hope that
you will have time to explore and enjoy the best of Scotland in your visit.
The General Meeting 2011 will be held on Thursday 9th June from 10.30am (doors open
10am) at the Usher hall, Lothian Road, which is one of the most outstanding concert
halls in the world holding 2,200 people. It is a landmark in the centre of Edinburgh.
Tickets are available from the Usher Hall by phone on 0131 228 1155. Please click
here for more information from the Usher Hall website and a link to on-line booking.
At the time of writing the Usher Hall is unable to offer the sale of wheelchair
spaces or free companion tickets on-line so those will need to be booked by phone.
Left Luggage Facility
near the Usher hall on Thursday 9th June
There is no left luggage facility available at the Usher Hall.
There will be a secure Left Luggage facility at St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Rd
manned from 8.30am to 10.15am and from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. St Cuthbert's Church is
set down from Lothian Rd between St John's and the 1st set of traffic lights at the
junction with Castle Terrace (see map above). It is 5 minute walk from the Usher
Hall. Flat access is available through the entrance on King’s Stables Road, as those
with wheelie cases may wish to avoid the steps from Lothian Road.
We will not be providing packed lunches as Edinburgh has many small cafes and other
outlets that will provide a freshly made packed lunch that you can pick up prior
to the meeting. Here are some suggestions as to where to find them around the Usher
hall and the railway stations.
Near the Usher Hall:
A cluster of them are between the Usher hall on Lothian Road and the turn to Morrison
Street. There is also a Sainsbury’s just at the top of Morrison’s Street and more
cafes further down Morrison Street that provide takeaway lunch choices.
At the south end of Lothian Road in Earl Grey Street there is a Tesco Express.
At Shandwick Place, the top end near Princes Street, there is another supermarket.
Haymarket Train Station:
In the first section on West Maitland St., (when walking up to Princess Street) between
Grosvenor Street and Palmerston Place, there is another cluster of cafes on both
sides of the road that provide takeaway lunch choices.
Princess Street / Waverley Station:
There is an M&S on Princes Street, near the Scott Monument.
You will be able to eat lunch in the Usher Hall.
Still spaces at our additional service at St.John’s
Our services of Celebration are in St.Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Cathedral, Palmeston
Place in an area known as the Haymarket and in St John's Scottish Episcopal Church,
on the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, on Wednesday 8th June 2011 at 7.30pm.
The Cathedral is the largest ecclesiastical building in Scotland and unique in maintaining
the daily choral tradition. St John's is the only Episcopal Church in Scotland to
hold three choral services each Sunday. They are both in the west end of Edinburgh.
Both services will be ticketed services as the total number of seats is limited
to about 1600. Many of the 1200 seats in the Cathedral have a restricted view of
the altar or are in side chapel's and have no view, but we hope you will enjoy the
music. The demand for tickets has been so great that tickets at the Cathedral "sold
out" several weeks ago. We are delighted to be able to offer the additional venue
of the very attractive church of St John. Our Chief Executive, Reg Bailey, will
be attending this service as will representatives of the trustees and staff. We still
have seats available at St John’s.
Please observe the following to book your ticket:
Please use the form which can be downloaded from this page by clicking on the following
links: MS Word form, PDF form.
Please send a stamped addressed envelope with your application for the return of
the tickets. If asking for group tickets please ensure you have sent a large enough
envelope and sufficient stamps to cover the cost. The tickets will be a ¼ size of
an A4 size (i.e. A6), printed on card.
We need to know in applying for tickets if you have mobility problems, especially
wheelchair users, so we can seat you appropriately. Also if you have a friend you
would like to be seated with.
Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The Usher hall, St. Mary’s Cathedral and St John’s are all within a gentle 10/15
minutes walk of each other. Detailed travel information for travelling to Scotland
and places to stay are available on this page, which I hope you and your members
will find useful when planning your trip to Scotland. Please don’t hesitate to ask
either myself or Angela any queries about your visit north.
In Scotland, we are all very happy to be hosting this celebration of the worldwide
work of the Mothers’ Union and look forward to welcoming you and sharing worship
and fellowship with you.
Eat in one of the fine eating places: you will find one to suit every budget and
Better still use the General Meeting as the start or finish of a break exploring
Scotland. With long, long days, June is the perfect month to visit.
Come back to this page regularly to keep abreast of developments
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The Usher Hall is in Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA (near the Edinburgh International
Conference Centre (EICC)) and St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral (not to be confused with
the Catholic St Mary's Cathedral) is in Palmerston Place, EH12 5AW. They are within
10-15mins walk of each other on the west side of the city. The route is shown below.
Edinburgh is very accessible by AIR, RAIL, BUS & ROAD.
We would recommend you use public transport in Edinburgh. Edinburgh's new tram system
will still be under construction so there may be some disruption to the inner City
Haymarket railway station is within a leisurely 10/15 minutes walk of these venues
(bottom left on map above). The main Edinburgh Waverley station is further away
to the east though there are frequent buses on the nearby Princes Street that will
take you close to both venues (see next item)
There are good bus systems on major roads for those wanting to stay further afield
- look up www.lothianbuses.com
Trains to Haymarket, Edinburgh
Nearly all west coast and some northern trains stop here, but the east coast trains
usually terminate at the Waverley station, one then can walk along Princess Street
to the Haymarket area, or jump on a train or bus for 5 minutes.
Booking 12 weeks in advance, on the day the tickets are released is the most effective
way of getting the cheaper tickets. Check out this website to get advice on how to
get good priced train tickets. They usually recommend Cross Country Trains since
they do not charge a booking fee or credit card supplement. The Trainline 'ticket
alert' sounds like a good idea to sign up for if you know when you want to travel
up to Scotland.
Flights to Edinburgh
Flying is often cheaper than going by train (although not from the air pollution
aspect). Ryanair, Flybe, Easy jet, BMI baby, BMI, Aer Lingus, Jet2.com, British Airways,
and some charter airlines all fly to Edinburgh International airport. Click here
are some tips for getting the best value from flights. Flying British Airways can
be just as good value for money and less 'hassle factor' than budget airlines.
Once you arrive at the airport. There is an AIRLINK bus right outside the terminal
to take you into central Edinburgh. It costs £6 return, takes 30 minutes to the Waverley
station and goes every 10 minutes, with stops along the way including at Haymarket
Coaches to Edinburgh
Good value tickets especially for over 60's. Bus station is behind St.Andrew's square,
near the Waverley station. Not easy to see the entrance. Start walking at the Tourist
Information Centre (beside Waverley Station) on Princes Street. Cross the street
and walk along the right side of St. Andrew's Square for about 5 minutes. As soon
as you pass Harvey Nichols you should see the entrance to the bus station (click
here to see route in Google Maps). Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew's Square, EH2
2AD Tel:+44 (0) 131 555 6363.
There is on-street pay and display parking in the vicinity of St Mary’s Cathedral,
but spaces are limited and charges maximum stay restrictions apply between 08.30
and 18.30hrs on Mondays to Saturdays. For more information click here. The same
website gives details of all car parking facilities in Edinburgh.
There nearest off-street car parks are Castle Terrace and Morrison Street, BUT they
fill up quickly and they are expensive:-
Castle Terrace(multi-storey):- 750 spaces, 6 disabled bays, but NO lifts (Tariff:
2 hours: £5.50, 2 to 4 hours: £9.50, 4 to 6 hours: £16.50, 6 to 9 hours: £16.50,
9 to 24 hours: £19.90)
Morrison Street (street level):- 415 spaces, 0 disabled bays, all on one level (Tariff:
2 hours: £3.80, 2 to 4 hours: £5.20, 4 to 6 hours: £7.20, 6 to 24 hours:£9.90).
Park & Rides: There are 6 of these in the city outskirts. Parking is free (or 50p
overnight at one). You can leave a car overnight at four of them, not Ingliston or
Straiton. Click title for more info.
Click here for a comprehensive overview of parking facilities in Edinburgh. We would
recommend you do not bring your car to the city centre as spaces are limited and
the cost is high. Beware not many hotels or B & B's provide free parking. If you
want/need to bring your car to the Cathedral, there is off street parking after 6.30pm
for free in the local streets. You will be sent details of disabled access to the
Cathedral and the Usher Hall with your tickets. There is no disabled car parking
space at the Cathedral nor at the Usher hall but one can drop off. Disabled badge
holders will be able to park on the single yellow line areas in Plamerston Place
near the Cathedral.
We recommend you book early to get reasonably priced accommodation.
Cheap accommodation local to the Usher Hall (click hotel name to visit their website):-
+44 (0)131 651 2007 (Primary location is Pollock Halls in the east of Edinburgh
approximately 2 miles from the Usher Hall - 10mins of walking plus a bus ride or
a long walk)
This is not a recommendation of any of the above establishments. Check out www.tripadvisor.co.uk
* Note: calls to 0871 numbers cost 10p/min plus call set-up charge from a BT landline.
Calls from other networks and mobiles can cost considerably more. Book on-line
to avoid charges. Also, these numbers may not work from outside the UK.
Visit these websites to plan your visit and for details of other accommodation and