Community News 24th June: Roadmap Out of Lockdown, LCDT Board, Community Council Update & Business Updates

Phase 2: Roadmap Out of Lockdown

Nicola Sturgeon announced that Scotland has moved to Phase 2 of the route map for moving out of lockdown. Some changes took place with effect from Friday 19th of June, some from Monday this week and there will be further changes on Monday 29th June.

So what changes have already taken effect?

Seeing family and friends

  • People who are shielding can now leave their homes for exercise and meet with one other household outdoors (maximum 8 people), observing social distancing. They can also take part in non-contact sports such as golf, hiking, etc.
  • People who are not shielding can meet with two other households outdoors (maximum 8 people) and social distancing must be maintained. You can use toilets indoors while visiting another household but hygiene measures are essential.
  • Anyone living alone or only with children under 18 can form an ‘extended household group’ with one other household (excluding households with people who are shielding). Extended household groups can meet indoors with overnight stays permitted and without physical distancing, but any other household meetings must remain strictly outdoors and at a two-metre distance.

Public transport

  • Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport. This includes buses, trains, trams, planes, taxis and private hire cabs, as well as enclosed areas on ferries.


  • Dental practices can re-open to deal with urgent care needs.

People are still being asked to work from home wherever possible and to stay in their local area during Phase 2.

From Monday 29th of June shops of all sizes will be able to reopen – but only if they have outdoor entrances and exits.

You can find out more about what is changing during Phase 2 and further dates regarding Phase 2 & 3 on the Scottish Government website.

Linlithgow Community Development Trust Board Meeting

The LCDT Board met last week and the key discussion was our communication plan. LCDT is committed to supporting and promoting good communication across the whole community. 

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council have been meeting by Zoom to keep in touch. They will be providing a weekly update here from next week.

You can access meeting agendas and minutes on the Community Council website and you can follow their Facebook page for updates.

Business Updates – One Linlithgow

Subway is allowing a maximum of 5 customers, 2 meters apart in the shop at one time to comply with social distancing.

Footcare at Natural Therapies
Footcare at Natural Therapies is now open, reception hours are limited but a podiatrist or receptionist will get back to you if you leave a message.

Business Spotlight – The Line Gallery

The Line Gallery is based on the High Street and run by Gail and Elisabet. It has been shut the last few months during lockdown but there has been lots going on!
“Lockdown Postcards from The Line” has featured a wide range of small paintings, sketches and photographs from a raft of artists throughout Scotland. Many of them are regular exhibitors at the gallery and none of the works sells for any more than £100. They have been featuring the artwork on Facebook, and there has been a lot of interest!

Gail and Elisabet have also been actively supporting “Saying Thanks to Key Workers” along with a range of artists. They have been connecting key workers with an artist who will make them a portrait, either a painting, sketch or photograph free of charge. To date Lorna Pirrie, Ruth Nicol, Elisabet, Victoria Ross and Elaine Woo MacGregor have all been involved. You can still take part and you can find out more on the dedicated Facebook page.
The Line Gallery will be re-opening at 10am on the 2nd of July, having been cleaned and protective measures put in place. There will be paintings by Ruth Nicol featuring East Neuk in Fife, a special collection of silver form Molly Ginnelly and a new range of glass by Sally Moore.

You can read more about The Line Gallery in this recent edition of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 9. Follow on  Facebook to keep updated with the latest news!

Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Rugby Club Male Voice Choir

Soon to be celebrating their 30th anniversary, the Linlithgow Rugby Club Male Voice Choir have not been idle during the lockdown. While the members cannot meet to sing together, they have recorded their individual sections, sent them to a central hub where they were blended into a harmonious video. You can listen to the recording on You Tube at Enjoy!

Until the enforced lockdown, the choir would meet in the Rugby Club each Monday when they practice in their sections; Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone and Bass. Then they join together to sing their four-part harmonies as a complete choir. The music ranges from traditional Scottish tunes through choir standards to a selection of well-known modern numbers.
If you are interested in joining the choir, all that is required is an ability to hold a tune and to enjoy singing within a group of like-minded enthusiasts. You can speak to our Chairman Peter Russell on 01506 843062 or Harry Lynch, Vice Chairman on 01506 884389.

My Linlithgow – Events

You can find out details of local events on My Linlithgow. This week this is what’s on:

Thursday 25th June 7-8pm Online
Wee Three Indies Presents Ann Cleeves run by Far From the Madding Crowd.