David Lloyd in Shawfair to open next summer


A CGI impression of the new club.

Written by Midlothian View Editor, Phil Bowen

David Lloyd Leisure has announced that work has begun on the much-anticipated David Lloyd Edinburgh Shawfair development, with the club opening in summer 2023.

Located in the new residential development area of Shawfair, Midlothian, the club will offer world-class health, fitness, racquets and spa facilities. David Lloyd Edinburgh Shawfair is anticipated to become a popular leisure destination for families as well as health and wellness enthusiasts in surrounding areas.

David Lloyd Leisure expects that the new club will generate up to 75 jobs, and the group said that it will explore opportunities to develop local community partnerships over the coming months. The development was granted planning approval in April 2021 following consultation with the local community in 2020.

At the time of its planning approval, Midlothian Council officers said that “the proposal aligns with the masterplan principles for Shawfair to encourage sustainable, healthy lifestyles within a vibrant community”.

Construction began last month and the development phase is expected to generate more than £4 million for local subcontractors and companies and involve 50-60 construction jobs.

The centrepiece of the club will be the 100+ station gym, which will house David Lloyd Clubs’ cutting-edge gym concept with an unrivalled array of best-in-class equipment. There will be three group exercise studios; a hi-tech indoor cycling studio, high impact studio and a Mind & Body studio.

There is also a Clubroom café bar with a family zone, an indoor soft play area for the younger ones, and a business hub. An outdoor patio area will offer a space for outdoor dining and drinking on warmer days and evenings.

Michelle Chambers-Cran, Regional Manager at David Lloyd Leisure, said:

“We are excited to be starting work on David Lloyd Edinburgh Shawfair and to be one step closer to bringing this new family-friendly leisure destination to life next summer.

“We know that people of all generations will relish what the club has to offer, from the state-of-the-art gym, racquet and spa facilities to the clubroom and children’s activities.

“Our philosophy is to create incredible health and wellness spaces where family and friends can spend quality time together.

“We look forward to engaging with the local community as the development takes shape over the coming months and would encourage those who want to follow our progress to register on the website for updates.”

The club will have a 250-space carpark and is well-connected to the surrounding towns in Midlothian, Edinburgh and East Lothian by nearby bus, rail and cycle links.

Those who are interested in following developments at David Lloyd Edinburgh Shawfair can register for updates at: www.davidlloyd.co.uk/clubs/edinburgh-shawfair

Local Paralympian’s special visit to his gran’s care home


Local Paralympian Scott Quin and his Gran.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Provost Debbi McCall was honoured to join local Paralympian Scott Quin when he gave a special talk to residents about his distinguished swimming career at his gran’s care home on Monday.

Scott’s gran Mary Paton, 98, had a VIP seat at the event at Barchester’s Archview Lodge care home in Dalkeith.

While Scott passed around his medals, including the bronze he won at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in August 2020, Mrs Paton agreed she was her grandson’s biggest fan. She said she was “so proud” to be able to see him take the silver in the 100m breaststroke in the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow in person. And she also watches him on TV “all the time”.

In Tokyo, Scott won the 100 metres breaststroke bronze title despite being forced into isolation when a member of staff tested positive for Covid at the Paralympics GB’s prep camp. He was also dealing with a family emergency.

He said isolating before the race was draining. Not being able to see his colleagues or leave a small room made him empathise with care home residents during Covid.

Scott told the elderly residents: “I understood what you must all have been going through to keep safe.”

Provost McCall said: “It was a real pleasure and absolutely fascinating to hear Scott talking about starting his swimming coaching with the Loanhead Dolphins and eventually representing his country.

“He is an inspiration to all of us, young and old.”

A European champion in 2016, Scott took the silver at his Paralympics debut in Rio six years ago.

He already has his sights set on the Paris Paralympics in two years’ time.

Melville Housing supports Arniston Rangers Youth Football


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

A new team, set up by Gorebridge-based Arniston Rangers Youth Football Club (ARYFC), are celebrating the purchase of vital equipment following a £750 donation from leading Midlothian landlord Melville Housing Association.

The newly-formed side, set up as a pathway team to link the club’s pre-school academy with the older Arniston age groups, received a £750 donation that has been used to buy training equipment including balls, goals, cones and bibs.

“On behalf of everyone at ARYFC I would like to thank Melville Housing for their continued support,” said Andrew Cranston, Chairperson of ARYFC.

“Assistance and funding from organisations like Melville makes a massive difference and plays a big part in helping the club to develop young children, increase health and fitness and teach crucial skills for life. This benefits not just our young people but also the wider community.”

Melville Housing and ARYFC, who are a registered charity, have a relationship stretching back to 2008. During that time Melville donations have helped fund an all-weather pitch, a life-saving defibrillator, match day strips as well as training equipment.

“We are delighted to be able to help out this new ARYFC team as part of our continued sponsorship,” said John McMorrow, Melville Chief Executive.

“We’ve had a long-standing relationship that goes back to shortly after the club was formed and during this time we’ve been delighted to see the enormous progress made. I’ve no doubt, seeing the enthusiasm of Andrew and his team, that the future looks very bright indeed. We will continue to watch their progress with great interest.”

You can find out more about the club by visiting www.arnistonrangersyfc.co.uk.