"Linlithgow Civic Trust (LCT) was formed in as an unincorporated voluntary association in 1971. It was reformed in April 2017 as a committee of Linlithgow Burgh Trust, alongside Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow, which was formerly part of Linlithgow Civic Trust. X Its main aims are:
- To stimulate and advance public interest in, and care for, the beauty, history, character and well-being of Linlithgow.
- To encourage and advance high standards of architecture and town planning.
- To undertake, and encourage others to undertake, sustainable practical and physical works to preserve, sustain and enhance the beauty and character of Linlithgow and district, including, amongst other things, the creation of heritage trails, the installation of public art and the clearance and upgrading of untidy areas.
Linlithgow Civic Trust is involved in many projects. We undertake the following:
- Programme: Linlithgow Civic Trust (LCT) organises a programme of outings and talks.
- Planning: LCT is part of the Linlithgow Planning Forum and reviews plans for development in Linlithgow and the surrounding area, making constructive comments and objecting to proposals deemed unsuitable.
- Publications: LCT has published a number of items that can be purchased locally, most recently "Looking at Linlithgow".
- Perambulation of Linlithgow's Marches: LCT organises the annual Perambulation of Linlithgow's Marches, which takes place each year on the Wednesday before Linlithgow Marches Day.
- Doors Open Days: LCT plans and organises West Lothian Doors Open Days, which takes place in September. A number of buildings that are not normally open to the public can be visited during a weekend."
When and where do you meet?
The Civic Trust Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the LUCS Canal Tea Rooms. The popular Civic Trust Annual Lecture, which is open to all, takes place each February and has been held recently in the Provost Lawrie Room of the Burgh Halls. The speaker in 2018 was Bruce Jamieson and in 2019 BBC broadcaster and author James Crawford.
The Civic Trust organises visits for Linlithgow Burgh Trust members to places of interest during the Spring to Autumn and there is a series of talks during the Winter at Cross House. Details of these and how to join the Burgh Trust can be found on the Burgh Trust website."
Why would I be interested in getting involved?
The Civic Trust carries out important work on protecting the important historical and architectural features of the town from harmful developments. We look to support the rehabilitation of historic buildings and areas in the town and support good design in new developments. Any one interested in helping us on this very important work would be most welcome to join us.
We also have a varied visits and talks programme and have ambitious plans for new publications. We are looking to revamp our website and social media presence.
It’s an ambitious programme and one which you could help us deliver. In particular, we are looking to diversify and enlarge our Committee so that it better represents those who live in Linlithgow and who want to help improve the town we love and live in. We are really keen to hear from anyone who has social media and website skills. The more people who help, the more we can do! If you have a bit of spare time and care about the town then please get in touch with Marilyne MacLaren at email@example.com. "