Community News 3rd September: Fabric Face Coverings for the Community & Linlithgow Farmily is Back on the High Street!

Face coverings

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Generous Donation of Face Coverings for the Linlithgow Community

Face coverings look set to be around for the foreseeable future. Using a reusable face covering has a number of advantages:

  • You can buy or make the covering using a comfortable material
  • The covering can be easily washed and used again. This might help you save money, especially if you need to regularly wear one.
  • They are more sustainable and better for the environment.

There is no additional benefit in using a disposable covering versus a washed and clean reusable cloth one.

Evidence from the UCL Plastic Innovation Hub has shown that if every person in the UK used one single-use mask each day for a year, it would create 66,000 tonnes of contaminated plastic waste. This would create ten times more climate change impact than using reusable masks.

If you haven’t tried a reusable fabric face covering yet, then here is your chance!

LCDT has received an extremely generous donation of double-layered fabric masks (with a pocket for a filter) from Marjorie Goldie. She has been very busy working away to produce over well over 100 masks for children, youths, and adults. We have shared some with Linlithgow Young People’s Project but there are many still available. If you would like one for you and your family please contact [email protected].

We are very lucky to have had an amazing community of mask makers in the town who have made masks for family, friends and many local organisations. Thank you to each and every one of you who have supported this community effort.

If you are interested in making masks but aren’t quite sure where to start there is a Facebook group – Linlithgow Mask Makers – with a friendly community of mask makers who will be able to offer some advice.

People must by law now wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and public transport premises such as railway and bus stations and airports, and in certain other indoor public places such as shops, libraries and places of worship.

There is no evidence to suggest there might be a benefit outdoors from wearing a face covering unless in a crowded situation.

Some people are not required to wear a face covering. These include babies, toddlers and children under 5 years of age, and people with certain health conditions or if you are disabled.

Full details of where face coverings are required, and exemptions, can be found on the Scottish Government website. There is lots of helpful information and guidance about wearing masks on the World Health Organisation website.

Free ‘Grow Your Own’ Starter Kits from Linlithgow Farmily!

Linlithgow Farmily is back on the High Street this Saturday 5th September! They will be by the old library from 10am-4pm, giving out free ‘grow your own’ starter kits. Everything you need to grow salad and herbs at home (even just on a windowsill, no garden required).

They have been busy behind the scenes giving the packs out to local charities including Linlithgow Young People’s Project, The Trussell Trust and 1st Step. This is the final event in their summer-long mission to help as many people as possible get involved in growing their own – don’t miss out!

Linlithgow Farmily on Linlithgow High Street

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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In the last meeting of the Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council, a resident had requested a guide to Linlithgow’s civic organisations. Such as the Community Council, the Town Management group, Linlithgow Community Development Trust, and the Burgh Trust (comprising of the Civic Trust and Burgh Beautiful).

It was suggested that an article in the Black Bitch magazine, with a couple of paragraphs on each association.

One of the remits of the Community Council is planning. An often contentious subject in Linlithgow, the Planning Forum of the Community Council has a statutory right to be consulted by West Lothian Council on planning applications in the town.

For more information about planning and to view the document produced a few years ago by the forum, Linlithgow – A Plan for the Future 2015-2030, visit the planning section of the website.

Get in touch with your Community Council via the website or by messaging the Facebook page.

Business Spotlight – Little Beau Peep

Little Beau Peep is an established designer childrenswear shop on the High Street. It has just been taken over by Alison McInnes from Falkirk. The takeover came as a result of a “chance conversation” with a friend of the long-time owner of the children’s outfitters, Jennifer McIntosh, who had decided to move on.

Alison said “I have always loved Linlithgow, and I feel the High Street is a special place for businesses. There is a great sense of pride and community in the town, and in these difficult times the town is providing a shopping experience that locals feel happy and safe to come to.”

Little Beau Peep has now had a make-over and is back open with a range of designer childrenswear in stock from birth to 8 years. Current brands include Mayoral, IDo, Losan, Hatley and Tutto Picolo.

You can read more about Little Beau Peep in the latest edition of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 4.

You can also follow them on Facebook and watch out for their new website coming soon!

Community Spotlight – Volunteer Directory

Did you know we have a Volunteering Directory on My Linlithgow? Local groups can advertise what volunteering opportunities they have so that people can easily find where they can volunteer In Linlithgow.

We will be promoting the directory on social media pages and all volunteering opportunities will be posted on the My Linlithgow social media pages. So it’s a great chance to get some publicity if you have a role to fill!

Some current opportunities include:

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The Black Bitch Magazine
Linlithgow’s Community Magazine is looking for volunteers to fill various roles including; bookkeeper, distribution manager, schools co-ordinator, the editorial team and help with deliveries.
Full details available here.

Linlithgow Burgh Trust

Comprising The Civic Trust and Burgh Beautiful, Linlithgow Burgh Trust are currently looking for committee members, admin support and help with events.
Full details available here.

If you would like to feature your local group in our Community Spotlight section or add an entry to our Volunteer Directory, please email [email protected].

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.