Community News 1st October: Going Digital Community Cake Session & the Latest Local News

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Community Cake – Going Digital

Our next online Community Cake event is being held on Wednesday 28th of October via Zoom.

This event will be about helping community groups use digital technology to stay in touch online. You may already be using Zoom but not be aware of all the features, or you want some tips on best practice for meetings. If there’s anything specific you’d like us to cover, please get in touch!

We would also like to hear from any groups who have been using digital technology to help facilitate their groups during the pandemic and would be happy to share their learning with others.

To get in touch, or if you would like to register to join please email [email protected].

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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The Community Council is aware of a local issue regarding land at Lady Park, which borders Linlithgow Loch.
The land is owned by a Trust and at present is tenanted by a farmer who uses it for grazing. In October last year West Lothian Council received planning permission to create a new footpath along the lower part of the field to enhance the route around the loch.

The plan has had some criticism from locals and the farmer currently using the land, who believes it will render the land unusable for grazing livestock.

A WLC report to the Environment Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel advised “As of August 2020, negotiated acquisition has not been forthcoming to date. Property Services are currently pursuing acquisition including by Compulsory Purchase Order if required.”

This matter will be discussed at the next meeting to be held on Tuesday 27th October at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend Community Council meetings. If you would like to join the next one, held via Zoom, please email [email protected] and confirm you are a resident of Linlithgow.

You can stay in touch with the Community Council on Facebook and their website.

Business Spotlight – Hot Scotch Sauce

Hot Scotch Sauce is inspired by Linlithgow and a passion for Scottish produce!

The sauce marries the heat of chillies with the peaty smokiness of the finest Hebridean single malt scotch whisky.

Hot Scotch Sauce contains chillies from Narrowboat Farm, carefully nurtured just two miles away on the outskirts of Linlithgow. Crafted and bottled in the shadows of Linlithgow Palace, Hot Scotch is a flavourful hot sauce of distinction, and like no other with unparalleled local provenance.

Our story began in 2018 as we made permanent roots in Linlithgow and started experimenting with hot sauce recipes. As a husband and wife team we were inspired by the flourishing small businesses operating in and around Linlithgow high street.

Following a trip to the isle of Islay, we returned to form a close relationship with Narrowboat Farm. We were inspired to craft a hot sauce combining the smoky flavour notes of Hebridean whisky with Scottish grown chillies. Our aim was to make a premium small batch and versatile hot sauce which uses as much local Scottish produce as possible.

We are now very proud to be supplying excellent Linlithgow establishments like Mason Belles Kitchen and we are stocked by Grow Wild Organics Shop at Bonnytoun Farm.

Hot Scotch Sauce

We’re excited to soon be launching a “white hot” Hot Scotch to go along with our original. This will have a liquid smoke infusion instead of the smoky whisky we use in our signature Hot Scotch. As it’s up a couple notches in heat, it will be more of a slap around the chops than tickle on the lips in terms of heat, but well balanced in terms of sweet smoky flavour notes.

You can order online at and we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Community Spotlight – Linlithgow School of Gymnastics

Linlithgow School of Gymnastics is back up and running after six months on pause due to Covid-19. 

Isobel, Gale and Tamara have worked tirelessly over lockdown to keep gymnasts engaged and prepare for a safe return. Isobel has been coordinating preparations to return to gymnastics. Gale set up a fantastic ‘LSG At Home’ Facebook group so gymnastics could practice different moves at home. Tamara hosted zoom training sessions with the competition gymnasts throughout the entire time! Senior gymnast and coaches have also been helping throughout and we would like to thank everyone that has volunteered. Their dedication to the sport and the children as been amazing to see.

There has been a huge amount of work reviewing all the guidelines from Scottish Gymnastics and the Scottish Government. Now Linlithgow School of Gymnastics has welcomed back gymnasts with many new safety measures in place.

We would like to say a big thank you to Suzanne and her team at Xcite for helping us get everything ready.

Isobel created a video to explain to gymnasts what they could expect when they returned. This includes temperature checks on arrival, wearing face coverings when arriving and leaving and individual boxes for gymnasts to store their clothes and shoes. 

There has had to be changes to the times and locations of classes. But the team are very thankful to parents and gymnasts for their cooperation and support. It’s great to be back doing what we love!

You can follow Linlithgow School of Gymnastics on Facebook to stay in touch!

Latest Covid-19 Guidance

Scotland is in Phase 3 of the route map for coming out of lockdown.

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 (new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste)

New rules mean that you must not make indoor social visits to other households. Pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm. Read more about the new measures.

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.