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UPFRONT


PANDAS CAUSING STIR IN CAPITAL


EDINBURGH HOSTELS


Te arrival of two eight-year-old giant pandas at Edinburgh Zoo in December 2011 has created a stir. Te giant pandas are the only ones in the UK and have drawn crowds of visitors since their unveiling. Te two giant pandas Tian


Tian, whose name means “sweetie”, and Yang Guang, meaning “sunlight”, will stay at the zoo for the next ten years. Teir arrival from the Ya’an


reserve in Chengdu, China, marks the culmination of a five-year effort to bring the animals to Scotland. So why not visit Edinburgh


Youth Hostel and the UK’s only giant pandas this year?


© Rob McDougall


NEW AND NOTABLE EVENTS FOR HOSTELLERS IN SCOTLAND Yang Guang


NO NEED TO BYOB AT CAIRNGORM HOSTEL


Cairngorm Youth Hostel has been awarded an alcohol licence. After a hard day on the hills you can enjoy a beer or bottle of wine without leaving the premises. Beer and wine are now available for purchase from the reception.


SYHA “


PRESIDENT


THE WORLD AROUND US HAS CHANGED, EVEN FROM WHAT IT WAS TEN YEARS AGO”


Spring is a good time for new beginnings and, as I write, the Board of Trustees is working on the development of a revised strategic plan to take SYHA Hostelling Scotland through the present decade and into the 2020s. Te world around us has


changed, even from what it was ten years ago, let alone from the time when the


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Association was founded. While we applaud in particular the social changes which time has brought, we do need to amend what the Association is about. We have high-level aims which endure: non-formal education and low-cost opportunity for all and especially the young. So we don’t need to change the aims, but rather how they are


achieved. And that’s what developing a new strategic plan is about. Just how much the


Association has changed over the years can be seen in the wonderful book prepared by our Volunteer Archivist, John Martin, elected last year as an honorary member of the Association. John details the Youth Hostels from May 1931 to the opening last year of the new one in Perth. We are indebted to John for his meticulous work. On a personal note, I have


indicated to colleagues that I shall be stepping down as


Paul Goldfinch, SYHA president


President at the coming Annual General Meeting. Forty years on the Board is a long time, probably the reason my mind has been running on change. Yet I still strongly support SYHA Hostelling Scotland and offer every good wish for the future to it, to its staff and to its many members.


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