Do you have ideas for making spaces safer for exercise during Covid-19?

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Safer Spaces for Exercise

Do you have ideas for making spaces safer for exercise and travel during Covid-19?

West Lothian Council​ is looking for local residents to share their views about potential projects to improve the local environment and make it safer for exercise.

Money is available for projects from the £10 million Spaces for People programme, which offers funding and support to Local Authorities to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips and exercise during Covid-19.

The main aims of the funding are to: provide temporary walking and cycling infrastructure, with a focus on essential journeys such as to hospitals, health services, shops, pharmacies and areas used for exercise.

To take part, please visit

Linlithgow Loch Path

Local Business Updates

One Linlithgow has an up-to-date list of businesses which are still trading despite lockdown. This details opening hours and any current changes to the business e.g. deliveries only or taking classes online. If your business isn’t on the list but should be, please email [email protected]. The best way to keep up to date is to check the Facebook page of businesses to find out their latest news.

You can also support local businesses at Tideover where you can buy vouchers to spend when they reopen. They receive 75% straight away, so they can keep afloat in the meantime.

Linlithgow Mask Makers

The Linlithgow Mask Makers Facebook group now has over 70 members already – wow! Thank you to everyone that has joined. It is an informal group for people in the town making masks for themselves, friends and family. 

The group is in the early stages of looking at whether any makers are interested in making masks for others in the community, but this will not be essential for members of the group.

The Thread Counter is providing advice in the group and has materials available. They have also created mask making kits for anyone wanting to make a mask for themselves. Thank you to local mask maker expert Jules Meek for her help with the Facebook group!

Help With Bikes & Repairs for Key Workers

With everybody doing what they can to support Scotland’s key workers, 1st Step Bikes have been able to support them by providing free bike repairs and servicing, or gifting refurbished bikes to help them get to work. Rachel, who is a key worker at Lloyds Chemists, was really pleased with her bike and how Linlithgow is coming together at this difficult time. 

She said: “Thank you soooo much for all the amazing work you are doing! I’m thrilled with my new bike….. I am using your kind gift for travelling to and from work. And for health benefits. I currently work in a local pharmacy and I’m so delighted by the patience and understanding from the local community. It’s been a struggle but we are all in this together.” 

1st Step funders, the National Lotteries Communities Fund and Cycling UK have been immensely supportive in helping them deliver this service, and the public in and around Linlithgow have been hugely generous by donating their unused bikes. If you have a bike you would like to donate, or are a key worker for whom a refurbished bike or repairs would help, please contact us through Facebook or email [email protected].

Linlithgow Community Development Trust Board Members Wanted

Linlithgow Community Development Trust is always looking for new members to join the Board. It’s an exciting time to be involved as they are working closely with groups across the town to co-ordinate the community response to the coronavirus.
LCDT’s aim is ‘To make Linlithgow a better place to live and work, through a community-led plan of action which provides services, amenities and/or financial support to local initiatives.’  The aim is to expand the Board with people who share the vision and are passionate about the local area and community working together. 
LCDT are looking for local people to bring their own expertise and experience to join the Board of Directors, a group of committed volunteers passionate about continuing to strengthen the Trust as a pivotal community-led organisation in the town.  

If you have the time to commit; can think strategically; are committed to the Linlithgow area and have expertise in any of the areas below, LCDT would love to chat with you.  

They are keen to increase our diversity to reflect the people which our charity serves –young and old, from the town and surrounding areas, and with a wide range of work or life experiences. They’re looking for someone who can spare 4 hours a month and can work effectively as part of a small team.

As a member of the Board of Directors you will:

  • be part of an exciting, enterprising and innovative community-led organisation.
  • help to ensure that the Trust fulfils our charitable aim and vision.
  • have the opportunity to give something back to your community and make a real difference locally.

If you would like an informal chat to find out more, please email [email protected].