Community News 28th October: LCDT AGM Information

LCDT 2020 Annual General Meeting 12th November

Linlithgow Community Development Trust warmly invites members to our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 12th November, 7.30-9pm.

As well as the usual AGM business, election/re-election of Board Directors and presentation of the Annual Accounts, this is a chance to hear from LCDT Board Directors and staff about the past year’s achievements and highlights, and to join the discussion about LCDT’s exciting plans going forward.

All AGM papers are available on the Linlithgow Community Trust Development website.

To register for this online Zoom event please email [email protected]

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Logo

There was a good attendance from members of the public at this week’s Community Council meeting. Thank you to everyone that attended and participated.

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

Business Spotlight – Il Fruttivendolo

Il Fruttivendolo is a new Italian Greengrocer at 211 High Street, next to QWorth. The shop offers a wonderful selection of fresh fruit and vegetables sourced from Italy. It also has a range of loose herbs and different kinds of delicious Focaccia bread. Other available items include red oranges, white peaches, long courgettes, and black cabbages, as well as varieties of pasta.
Customers have already discovered many items which were previously unavailable in local supermarkets, including purple cauliflower and Datterino tomatoes. The shop has been very busy since opening day and the people behind the project are delighted at the positive response they have had so far.

Co-owner, Davide Scucatto, is no stranger to the Linlithgow have previously opened From Italy to Scotland (FITS) restaurant. He is involved in supplying fresh produce to Italian eateries in the Edinburgh area and saw a gap in the market in Linlithgow for a shop selling similar products.
Davide said “Everything is from Italy, but more specifically Sicily. We will be extending our range to include parmesan and pasta and are also planning to offer home deliveries. At the moment, only two customers are allowed in the shop at one time and we are providing paper bags for them to take away their purchases.”

Fruttivendolo is managed by Mharie Crawford who said “Business has been absolutely brilliant and everybody that has been coming in has been so nice. The compliments have been wonderful, both in the shop and on our Facebook page. People have been so happy to see something different on the High Street and lots of them are really enthusiastic about having a greengrocer. The fact that you can get as little as you need, instead of having to buy a pack of something has been really well received.”

Il Fruttivendolo is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and you can read more about it in the latest issue of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 12. You can also follow them on Facebook or contact them on 01506 238618 .

Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Rotary Tree of Light

The Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange is once again supporting local charitable organisations with its Tree of Light fundraising initiative over the Christmas period. Thanks to the support of the Council, the town’s Christmas tree at Linlithgow Cross – right at the very heart of the community – will be used as Linlithgow’s Rotary Tree of Light.

Thanks also to the generosity of Alan Steel Asset Management, RGM Solicitors, Stewart Electrical, Cala Homes and other community-minded businesses and individuals this year the Tree of Light will shine brightly again. Their financial support ensures that every pound of public donations goes to the designated charities.  
The Tree of Light is first and foremost a tree of remembrance, of a life fondly remembered. But it is also a tree of celebration, perhaps a milestone event such as a significant anniversary, or a new life begun. There will be many personal reasons to make dedications. The panels around the base of the tree and the event website will be updated regularly for those that wish their dedication to be made public.
For 2020, the chosen charities are – Linlithgow Day Care Centre, Linlithgow Link, Carers of West Lothian, and Children 1st. All are worthy causes, and all have a pressing need like never before to raise money to fund the increasing demand on their services.

Dedication forms can be downloaded from the event website. Many High Street businesses and other venues have also agreed to carry dedication forms and envelopes for you to collect and complete. You can then hand these into RGM Solicitors, A Wee Mindin’, or Wilson’s Newsagents, along with your donation. Or simply post them back to us. Alternatively, you can make donations by card via the online donation platform Jumblebee at

You can follow Linlithgow’s Rotary Tree of Light on Facebook and find out more on their website or by emailing Allan Robertson at [email protected].

Latest Covid-19 Guidance

The Scottish Government are introducing a new five-tier system for different levels of restrictions in Scotland from Monday 2nd of November. 

It has been confirmed today that West Lothian is in Level 3. The restrictions in this level are broadly similar with those currently in place in the Central Belt.
They include the following:

  • Socialising – No in-home socialising, 6 people/2 households outdoors and in public places, e.g. hospitality. Different rules apply to children – more information available soon.
  • Schools – Open with enhanced protective measures in place.
  • Hospitality – No alcohol on-sale outdoors or outdoors. Food for consumption on premises permitted until 6pm, last entry 5pm. Takeaways permitted for alcohol and food.
  • Travel – No non-essential travel into or out of the West Lothian council area. Exemptions include essential travel for work, education, caring responsibilities, healthcare, shared parenting, outdoor exercise or essential shopping not available locally.
  • Transport – Avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible. Avoid non-essential use of public transport.
  • Sports & Exercise – Indoor: individual exercise only (exemption for under 18s). Outdoor: all except adult (18+) contact sports.
  • Shopping – Open.
  • Public buildings – Open (with protective measures).
  • Leisure & Entertainment – Closed.

Full details about the restrictions for each level can be found in the document Scotland’s Strategic Framework. More details can also be found on level 3 restrictions.
The current advice to stay safe, protect others, save lives is available on the Scottish Government.

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