Community News 17th September: All West Lothian Libraries are Open & Help Us Spread the Word About Community News!

WEst Lothian Libraries open

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All West Lothian Libraries to Offer Phone/Click & Collect

It’s fantastic to hear that from this week all libraries in West Lothian are back open. This means you can now reserve up to five items from the entire library catalogue. You can access the catalogue online to search what is available.

Items in stock at libraries will be available for collection from there two working days after they are reserved.  If the item is not in stock at the chosen library, customers should wait to be contacted by a member of staff before booking an appointment to collect.

To collect or return books you need to book a slot using the MYPC booking system.  Separate appointments are not necessary if collecting and returning items at the same time. If you don’t have access to the internet you can phone your local library to reserve items and book appointments for collections or returns.

At present there are no facilities to browse the library stock, use PCs, printers, photocopiers or access any other in-house/physical library services.

More information is available in the libraries section on the West Lothian Council website.

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council logo

The next meeting of Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council will be on Tuesday, 22nd September at 7.30pm. 

It will be held on Zoom and is open to members of the public.

To register for this meeting please email providing your name and confirming you are a resident of Linlithgow or Linlithgow Bridge, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting and you will receive Zoom joining instructions. Please send any questions to be raised in advance of the meeting.

The agenda and meeting papers will be posted on the website a few days before the meeting. 

You can get in touch with your Community Council via the website or by messaging the Facebook page.

Business Spotlight – Elevation Cycles

As this month is Cycle September, we are focusing on some of the town’s cycling businesses in our Business Spotlight feature.
Elevation Cycles joined the High Street at the end of 2012. The independent bicycle shop specialises in everything bike related!
The shop, which also operates online, stocks a wide range of kids and adult bikes; including road, mountain, hybrid and electric bikes. Alongside all the related clothing and accessories you may need.

Owner Fraser McNeil has been kept busy over lockdown sourcing bikes, accessories, and parts, alongside servicing and repairs. Fraser said “Elevation Cycles is all about providing a friendly and honest service. We keep products in stock that we have tried and tested ourselves so they won’t let you down when you’re out in the middle of nowhere”.
Fraser also recommends you start looking now if you are planning any bike purchases this Christmas! Cycling has seen a huge rise in popularity over lockdown resulting in many models being out of stock and orders taking much longer than usual.

E-bikes have become increasingly popular recently and can be a good option for commuting. They also mean recreational cyclists can ride further and cover greater distances. Fraser himself is a convert, spending lots of time recently on the Santa Cruz Heckler e-bike. He’s been exploring the Highlands with pal, and pro mountain biker, Danny MacAskill, biking up munros and climbing impressive elevations of 2000m!

You can follow Elevation Cycles on Facebook and find out more on the website.

Community Spotlight – Book Week Scotland

This year, for Book Week Scotland (16-22 November), a nature-themed book trail will pop up across the outdoor spaces of Linlithgow! Featuring favourite nature books, quotes and authors. The trail will encourage us to pause and enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces of our town. Perhaps to explore one or two new green spaces, and help us to discover some new
writing to inspire us through the winter months!

Half of the trail locations will feature entries from Amanda Thomson’s beautiful ‘A Scots Dictionary of Nature’. We’re looking to you to help us choose the others!

Artist Amanda Thomson collates and celebrates traditional Scottish words, which reveal ways of seeing and being in the world that are in danger of disappearing forever. What emerges is a vivid evocation of the nature and people of Scotland, past and present; of lives lived between the mountains and the sky.

You can submit your favourite nature writing on Survey Monkey to be in with an opportunity to see your favourite words featured on the trail this November. The trail is supported by the Scottish Book Trust, and delivered by Kathryn Welch in partnership with Transition Linlithgow and Far From the Madding Crowd.

Keep an eye on the Transition Linlithgow Facebook page, or the next issue of The Black Bitch Magazine, for more information on the trail route.

Latest Covid-19 Guidance

Scotland moved to Phase 3 of the route map for coming out of lockdown on the 10 July 2020. See some key dates for future changes.

The current advice from the Scottish Government to stay safe, protect others, save lives is:

  • wear a face covering
  • avoid crowded places
  • clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • stay 2m away from other people
  • self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

See what you can and cannot do to help suppress the virus.

Many thanks to everyone who has been so vigilant in following these procedures already. This will help to keep our community safe.