Community News 5th November: Linlithgow Tool Library is back open!

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Linlithgow Tool Library Open!

Transition Linlithgow is pleased to announce that the Linlithgow Tool library is open again! We would love our tools to be used as much as possible by the community and there are lots to help with gardening and other DIY projects.

You can visit the library at https://transitionlinlithgow.myturn.com/library and get in touch with Carole with any questions at library@transitionlinlithgow.org.uk.


Business Spotlight – Halo Beauty

Halo Beauty is a new addition to Linlithgow High Street, having opened in August. Owned by beautician Hayley Millar it is a long-held dream, and living up to all her expectations! Hayley recently moved to the Central Belt with her family from Aberdeen and decided Linlithgow was the place to be.


Halo Beauty sits in what used to be M74, the high-quality bespoke wooden furniture maker, which is now concentrating business at its studio at Beecraigs Country Park. Hayley said “The place was beautiful, and the owners Marisa and Callum were very welcoming and encouraging. My new neighbours on the High Street have been the same.”
 
Business has been steady with clients of all ages. Hayley works on her own by appointment so there no issues with social distancing. All industry guidelines around safety are also being followed closely.


Hayley is offering the whole range of hand and foot treatments, and waxing and will be carrying out facials and massage when the restrictions allow.
 
She said “What is proving very popular are lash lifts, which create masses of length, volume and lift with your own lashes. In these days of face masks, women want to enhance the one part of their face that is visible!”


You can read more about Halo Beauty in the latest issue of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 5. Follow on Facebook and Instagram and get in touch at 07483 941070!


Community Spotlight – Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow

Despite the constraints imposed by coronavirus, Burgh Beautiful volunteers have managed to carry out nearly all their usual planting in the town this year.
 
The hanging baskets seem to have performed well this year and have attracted particular praise. We think that the flowers throughout the town add colour, help to raise folks’ spirits in these difficult times, make Linlithgow look cared for and promote pride in our town. The sheer amount of rain has reduced the demand for watering, but much weeding has been necessary, with chickweed proving remarkably tenacious. Now we are in autumn our planters and beds are being planted up.

As ever, our volunteers have been key to our success, despite the difficulties this year has thrown at us. We are once again very grateful to the individuals, businesses and organisations who sponsor beds, planters and hanging baskets. The names of sponsors are generally displayed at each site and are listed in our ‘Floral Trails’ booklet, which we hope will soon be, once again, available free of charge from local outlets.


Although we were unable to plant up the Serpentine bed this year, we did plant up a bed nearby in association with the new ‘Black Bitch’ sculpture. We used perennials chosen by Burgh Beautiful’s planting team and the plants selected may be viewed on our website by going to https://www. lbt.scot/burgh-beautiful.
 
At Low Port we were able to replant all the perennials which had been displaced back in March and restore the summer planting originally planned. It has also been possible to arrange the removal, repainting/repair and re-installation of eleven High Street planters.

Our Environment Working Group intends to continue planting at the ‘Triangle Wood’ to the west of Linlithgow Leisure Centre and has marked 22 November as a planting day. Volunteers welcome! Two local families have kindly donated young trees which will form part of the Triangle project. These include oaks, birches, rowan, hawthorn and other native species. So, we have not been idle.

If you would like to volunteer with Burgh Beautiful, please email us at bbl@lbt.scot or, if you would like to sponsor planting, please email bbl.sponsorship@lbt.scot. Donations can also be made through our website at https://www.lbt.scot/sponsorship.

Follow Burgh Beautiful on Facebook and find out more on their website.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

West Lothian is in Level 3 of the new Scottish Government Strategic Framework of restrictions. These 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.


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