Quick ‘n’ Easy Chocolate Cake

Quick ‘n’ Easy Chocolate Cake Ingredients: 6-oz SR Flour, 5.0z Caster Sugar, ½ teaspoon Baking Powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 Eggs, 3 tblspns Milk, 1 tblspns Cocoa, 4-oz Soft Margarine, 3-oz Ground Walnuts. Method: Blend the above thoroughly in an … Continue


Tablet 1 Melt a knob of butter then stir in 1lb caster sugar and stir. Add small tin of carnation milk and stir until the mixture begins to thicken. Pour into a buttered tin and leave to set. Tablet 2 Ingredients : … Continue

Two Cream Sponges

Two Cream Sponges  Ingredients : 1 Cup of Self Raising Flour, 1 Cup of Castor Sugar, 3 Eggs, 1 Tablespoon of hot water. Method : Switch eggs for two or three minutes, add one tablespoon of hot water fold together, … Continue


Truffles 8 Digestive biscuits, 2oz butter or margarine. 2 oz syrup, 1 small tin condensed milk. 2 tablespoons of cocoa. Method. Crush biscuits into crumbs. melt butter and syrup, add the other ingredients. Dip in desiccated coconut. roll out to … Continue

Moist Gingerbread

Moist Gingerbread Cooking Time 1 ¼ – 1 ½ hrs. Oven : 170 C, 325F, Gas Mark3 Ingredients: 4oz Margarine 6oz Black Treacle 2oz Golden Syrup ¼ pint of milk 2 large eggs lightly beaten 8oz plain or wholemeal flour … Continue

Visit To Dunfermline Abbey

The Surfers and a group of friends took advantage of the good spring weather and went into the Kingdom of Fife to visit the Abbot’s House at Dunfermline Abbey. We went to a Café in the Abbot’s House for a … Continue

Surfers’ Round Up: 16th April 2013

Boston Marathon – From early morning the news bulletins have been full of the two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon. The latest results seen by the Surfers are three confirmed dead (one an 8-yr-old boy) and over 130 injured. … Continue


The surfers were delighted to meet Sonia Last who came along to the ACE IT offices to talk about her work with ‘Work4ME’, a new co-operative that has been set up by people with ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The … Continue

Update Tuesday 26th February 2013

Richard Briers R.I.P. How sad to learn of the death of Richard Briers. We remember him fondly as Tom Good in ‘The Good Life’ with Felicity Kendal. Penelope Keith was such a good foil in that series. There was also … Continue

Homeshare Feasibility Study

Edinburgh Cyrenians has received support from the Big Lottery Fund to look at the feasibility of implementing a Homeshare project in Edinburgh. We need to speak to a number of older and younger people – both in groups and one-to-one … Continue

Poem of the year

Poem of the year. The computer swallowed Grandma, Yes, honestly it’s true! She pressed ‘control’ and ‘enter’ And disappeared from view. It devoured her completely, The thought just makes me squirm. She must have caught a virus Or been eaten … Continue

The Arctic Star

The Surfers would like to add their congratulations to those already given to the survivors of the Arctic Convoys during World War II. The medals which finally – but only recently – were awarded to these brave men after such … Continue

Update Tuesday 29th January 2013

The Surfers are back, depleted by the death of our dear friend Margaret. But we will be soldiering on, so don’t give up on us.   Praise for the NHS One wee word of praise for the National Health Service … Continue

Moose in the Hoose Video

 The Surfers – who are still reasonably able-bodied and independent – have been watching a short film of the work done by the Moose in the Hoose volunteers. The volunteers take laptops to various Care Homes in Edinburgh to help … Continue

Remembrance Day 2012

This year, the 11th November fell on Remembrance Sunday and all across the the country people came together to share two minutes silence in memory of all the UK service personal who lost their lives in conflict and war over … Continue

Treasure Trove Autumn Fair

This event was held in the Freemason’s Hall in George Street, Edinburgh, on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 from 10 am till 2 pm. The Surfers went along and thoroughly enjoyed looking and spending. There were so many stalls covering all … Continue

Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2012

Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2012 – An outstanding celebration of Edinburgh’s outstanding architecture, culture and heritage! This year’s city wide Doors Open Day was the most popular to date with an increased number of venues seeing a fantastic number of … Continue

Fundraising Coffee Morning!

ACE IT is having a Fundraising Coffee Morning! This will be held on Thursday 23rd of August 2012 from 10.30am – 12.30pm within the ACE IT office at 115 George Street , Edinburgh EH2 4JN. Entry – £3 which includes … Continue

Gorgie Dalry Gala 2012

After the threat of closure earlier this year and a well publicised volunteer call, there was a sudden rush of local residents and organisations willing to get involved and the Gala Day went ahead and was a huge success! The … Continue

We Are Northern Lights

WE ARE ALL NORTHERN LIGHTS! Scotland’s first ever mass participation film project wants to hear from you. Scotland’s first ever mass participation documentary film project, Northern Lights is asking people across the region to pick up their cameras and share … Continue

Bogus Callers – The Red Card scheme

Bogus Caller Campaign Lothian and Borders Police and their partner agencies are launching a new campaign in West Lothian to target doorstep criminals. The two-week police-led initiative, which runs from Mon 19 March until Mon 2 April is aimed at … Continue

A Most Curious Detour

Joyce Armstrong, A Moose in the Hoose volunteer is trying to raise the profile and fundraise for this worthy forthcoming play at the Netherbow Theatre. A Most Curious Detour From the book by Stuart Hepburn and adapted by Alistair Rutherford. … Continue

‘Here’s a Hand’?

What is ‘Here’s a Hand’? Here’s a Hand is a new online service for older and carers. The service transforms the process of asking for and offering support by connecting people that already know and trust one another using mobile … Continue

The Treasure Trove

The Treasure Trove is a charitable organisation situated at 23a Castle Street, Edinburgh, which is literally a treasure trove. Within this very special shop goods are sold by the working members of the Royal Edinburgh Repository & Self Aid Society … Continue

Visit To National Portrait Gallery

The Surfers visited the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday 24th January 2012 following its recent refurbishment. Opening up and extending the Galleries has brought more daylight and a feeling of space into the building. There did not appear to be … Continue

Scottish Older People’s Assembly 2011

This year’s Scottish Older People’s Assembly in Edinburgh on the 25 October 2011 was the first Assembly to use video conferencing. You can now view the conference webcast of the day’s event which includes videos of all the presentations and the question and answer … Continue

Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2011

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September 2011. There will be 79 venues across the Capital offering one fantastic weekend for all – Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2011. This gives the public open access to a variety of famous … Continue

Phoebe Traquair Murals

Phoebe Traquair Murals St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral – Palmerston Place, Edinburgh The surfers paid a visit to the Murals with the St Mary’s Song School and were part of a group taken round by two very well informed guides. These beautiful … Continue

Armed Forces Day 2011

The people of Edinburgh have always been so proud of ‘our’ men and women who have been involved in any way in protecting our safety. The weekend was just fantastic and everyone involved in the planning of the event can … Continue

ACE IT 10th Birthday Celebrations

ACE IT held its 10th Birthday Party at the George Street offices and computer suite on Thursday 12th May 2011. Over 80 people attended on the day and everyone agreed it was a great success. Some of the original students … Continue

Information on Ceiling Medallions Sought!

Can You Help…? Information on Ceiling Medallions Sought! Please Note – photographs darkened to bring out details Since moving to our new home in Edinburgh’s famous George Street, many of our learners have remarked on the beautiful architecture of the … Continue

The Peoples War Group

The Peoples War Group ACE IT are currently updating the People War Display and would be grateful for any memorabilia which is sitting tucked away in some forgotten corner or cupboard, All donations would be gratefully accepted and will be … Continue

ACE IT Wins At Nominet Awards 2010

Everyone involved with ACE IT are delighted and thrilled at the news that once again all the hard work and effort invested by ACE IT staff and volunteers has resulted in yet another major national award. The Moose In The … Continue

Be Full Of Life… Get Up + Go!

The Get Up + Go programme 2009 brochure launch was held at Meadowbank Sports Centre on International Older People’s day, Thursday 1st October. We the Silver Surfers were to the fore as usual and enjoyed participating in the wide range … Continue

ACE IT Annual General Meeting 2009

ACE IT Annual General Meeting 2009 The ACE IT annual general meeting took place on Thursday 10th September at St Colm’s Church on Dalry Road. Staff, volunteers, learners and ex learners joined with the ACE IT board and guests from … Continue

Faith In Older People

While we enjoy getting out and about meeting new people and compiling material for our Surfers’ website – we also enjoy inviting folk to visit us at the ACE IT computer training suite during our Tuesday web club. This was … Continue

Traditional Christmas’s

The Surfers have been thinking about traditional Christmases in the past. We remember starting Christmas with Church Services before midnight with family and friends then home to mulled wine and mince pies. Children were put to bed to wait for … Continue

Jam Packed Full Of Life!

On Wednesday 1st October we the Silver Surfers and ACE IT staff and volunteers visited Meadowbank Sports Centre as part of the ‘Jam Packed Full Of Life’ celebrations of International Older People’s Day. The centre was certainly jam packed with … Continue

Age Concern Edinburgh AGM 2008

The ACE IT Annual General Meeting for 2007-2008 was held in St. Colm’s Church on Dalry Road on Monday 29th September 2008. Chaired by ACE IT Chairman John Elliot , a new and popular section of the meeting saw the … Continue

ACE IT Win National Award!

Nominet Best Practice Challenge 2008: Best Development Project! Following on from our recent article ‘Nominet Announces Best Practice Challenge Shortlist’ (View Article) …We are thrilled to announce that ACE IT won the nominated category ‘Best Development Project!’ Jenny Ridge and … Continue

Strategic Development Group For Older People

The Silver Surfers attended a Seminar covering strategic development for older people in Edinburgh hosted in the City Chambers on 13th May. This was well attended by groups representing older people across Edinburgh. The Seminar was opened by Mary Wycherley, … Continue

Cyrenians Homeshare Feasibility Study

Homeshare Feasibility Study Edinburgh Cyrenians has received support from the Big Lottery Fund to look at the feasibility of implementing a Homeshare project in Edinburgh. We need to speak to a number of older and younger people – both in … Continue

Surfers Info Day 2007

On Tuesday 11th September ACE IT held an information day at Alexander Graham Bell House at the invitation of the Age And Disability Action team of BT. The staff were asked to bring along their parents and any older members … Continue

ACE IT At The Get Up +Go Awards 2007

ACE IT – Winners of the ‘Promoting Intergenerational Projects within the City of Edinburgh’ Section at Get Up +Go Awards 2007 In the past year ACE IT has turned its visionary eye to the young of today: many concerns and … Continue

Surfers At ACE IT Intergenerational Project

Edinburgh Silver Surfers & Mark Scott Leadership for Life Awards – Intergenerational Project We were recently invited by ACE IT to participate in ‘The Intergenerational Technology Project’ of the Mark Scott Leadership for Life Awards – where we met with … Continue

Veterans’ Tea Dance

This event was organised by CSV Scotland – presented by Brid Cullen – and was held in the Friends’ Meeting Hall in Victoria Terrace on Wednesday 20th July and was attended by Honor, Kath, Margaret P. and Madge from the … Continue

The War To End All Wars

There are now so few people left who took part in the 1914-18 War that reminiscences and knowledge is fading fast or being lost altogether. Apart from official records which tend to be cold and dispassionate, the real nuggets – … Continue

BBC Visit The Surfers

The day the Silver Surfers met ‘Auntie’ – The Surfers appear in BBC training video Lindsey and her Production Team came to Dalry House a week ago to make an in-house training video about the BBC’s intention of encouraging companies … Continue

About Dalry House

About Dalry House — “Original Hame of the Edinburgh Silver Surfers” Today Dalry House is situated in a side street off one of Edinburgh’s busiest suburban roads. Now it is surrounded by tenement flats and has one of the local … Continue