Community News 17th December: Festive Greetings & Membership Renewal

Best Wishes for the Festive Season!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members and supporters a very Merry Christmas. It has been a year like no other, but 2021 looks full of hope for a return to some sort of normality as the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out. Best wishes to you all for a happy and healthy 2021!

2021 will be another exciting year for LCDT, with lots going on in our key projects.

We’re hopeful that we will have the first spade in the ground for work beginning on the West Lothian Cycle Circuit. Watch this space for more information coming soon.

Linlith-Go-Solar is pressing ahead with plans for Phase 3, to create a place that is sustainable in energy, creating local jobs, business opportunities, community benefits, and young people’s opportunities.

My Linlithgow goes from strength to strength, with many new additions to the site each week, and a strong presence on social media. We are also working closely with One Linlithgow BID to bring you more opportunities to shop locally on the site.

Transition Linlithgow will be continuing its work on digital technology donations, plastic-free Linlithgow, encouraging active travel and more!

We will also be running our first annual ‘Have Your Say’ members survey in early 2021, to give you the opportunity to shape LCDT priorities for the year ahead. It will only be open for members though so make sure you renew your membership!


Membership Reminder

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed their membership with us and another big welcome to new members and those who have joined from Transition Linlithgow.

Please be aware we will stop using our old mailing list at the end of the year. Anyone who has not renewed their membership or joined via the link will cease to receive member benefits, including this Community News email, from that time.

A reminder that our member benefits include:

  • Opportunity to take part in our annual members ‘Have Your Say’ consultation to influence LCDT priorities.
  • Be part of a community-led organisation.
  • Develop new skills and experiences by accessing our volunteering opportunities.
  • Access to learning and training events.
  • Receive our Community News e-newsletter.

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Festive Message

On behalf of the community council, I would like to take this opportunity as we come to the end of a very difficult year to thank all the citizens of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge for their forbearance, resilience, and cooperation during this time of pandemic. Now the vaccine is being rolled out it is important to keep up the good work.

Thanks also to West Lothian Council staff and the Police for their support and cooperation during the year plus to all those who have gone the extra mile to reach out to the vulnerable.

We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and hope 2021 brings better times for all.

Gordon Smith – Chair of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council.


Business Spotlight – AJM Hairdressing

There’s a new salon on the High Street and it’s back open now we are in Tier 3 again! AJM Hairdressing replaces what was previously “The Retreat/LifeHeal”. Jack Morrill has recently opened the doors of his spacious new salon after almost five years at a leading Edinburgh salon.


Jack began training from the age of 16 at Rainbow Room International in Glasgow “It made me understand that all clients deserve 6-star treatment, something that I endeavour to deliver for every client every time they are in the chair. But it was at Dickson Reid that I truly mastered my craft, and learned various new techniques. I was working in a busy environment, but at the same time delivering what I know were regarded as exceptional standards of work.”

Jack’s former clients at Dickson Reid in Edinburgh have promised to visit his new establishment because they love the way he has styled their hair. “I am truly blessed that all my clients from Edinburgh are joining me on this adventure of mine – their support has been priceless and so encouraging during this time. I am looking forward to welcoming new clients from Linlithgow and the area, and I hope they will be encouraged by the value my Edinburgh clients have placed on my service and standards.”

Jack is looking to take on hair stylists to rent a chair and has two rooms available to rent for beauty treatments. Appointments can be booked by telephone 01506 371143, through the Facebook page, website, or our booking app. While booking is preferable, AJM Hair will also take walk-in appointments.


During Advent, we are featuring the town’s churches in our Community Spotlight. This week it’s St Peter’s Episcopal Church and St John’s Church.


Community Spotlight – St Peter’s Episcopal Church

All churches this Christmas time face huge challenges, but the red doors of St Peter’s have been open twice a week since the middle of July and will be open for the extra services we always hold during Advent and Christmas itself.  Though our numbers have to be kept to a maximum of 15, with the amazing technology of zoom, all our congregation can take part in each service whether in church or at home. 

The planning of our Christingle service is well underway with the children making their own Christingles this year and this moving service will be zoomed into the homes of the congregation.  The excitement of the planned Nativity is as great as ever also to be zoomed live to the congregation, eagerly anticipating this Christmas magic which only the young can bring to us. Nine lessons and carols will come from church and zoomed into the homes of our congregation, with our Rector, organist and a cantor singing from behind the safety of a screen in church. 

St Peter’s enjoys a lovely relationship with the other churches in Linlithgow under the banner of Linlithgow Churches Together.  During Advent, each of our churches has, or will, be posting a Reflection for Advent each Sunday and one for Christmas on our shared Facebook page and website. And in the coming days please do watch out for little symbols of Christmas that may turn up in unexpected places around our Royal Burgh, gifts for those who find them!

Then it is on to Christmas Eve with only one candle waiting to be lit on our beautiful Advent Wreath at our Christmas day service. Though it will be a very different Christmas for so many of us, our hopes and prayers are that we are all able to feel the true meaning and spirit of Christmas this year as again we prepare to welcome that tiny baby lying in his manger. It is a story which lives again each Christmas time and which allows old and young to smile with the memories of Christmases past and the hopes of the many still to come.

While we are unable to open our red doors as much as we would wish we do hold our community in our prayers and look forward to a more hopeful 2021 when we can find ways of re-engaging with everyone. 
 
Wishing Linlithgow much joy and peace this Christmastide. 


Community Spotlight – St John’s Church

Like everyone else, St John’s Church is preparing for a very different Christmas this year. We have been ‘meeting’ online since March and this week are filming our Christmas service with a socially distanced Nativity Play.

It will be available online this Sunday from 10.45am and everyone is welcome. If you haven’t yet checked out our online Sunday services you can watch them on YouTube and Facebook.

Our community café has found creative ways to continue to serve coffees on Friday mornings by delivering to some of the local shops and also organising a Pay it forward scheme with some of the High Street cafes. We look forward to being able to open the café again as soon as we can.

Meanwhile our window at 183 High Street has become an Advent calendar. In partnership with The New Well and 1st Step, we are also collecting nappies and sweet treats which can be dropped off this Friday between 9 and 9.30am.


We were delighted to be able to support the Foodbank’s Reverse Advent Calendar and took three car loads of Christmas food and gifts to the West Lothian depot to be distributed before Christmas.

Have you spotted our Christmas star on its journey from the East (well, Bailielands!) this Advent? We hope it has helped to bring some light and hope.

If like us you are missing singing Christmas carols, you may also like to join in with the national ‘Carols on the doorstep this Sunday evening at 5.30pm.


We pray you will enjoy peace and joy this Christmas, despite the restrictions. If there’s anything we can pray specifically for you or support you with, please get in touch at www.stjohnslinlithgow.org or www.facebook.com/stjohnslinlithgow.


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Latest Covid-19 Guidance

West Lothian is in Level 3 of Scotland’s Strategic Framework. More details can be found on level 3 restrictions here.
The current advice to stay safe, protect others and 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.

Community News 10th December: Renew Your Membership (or Join Now) & Join Over 100 LCDT Members

Join over 100 LCDT members!

A huge thank you to everyone who has already renewed their membership with us, we had a great response from last week’s Community News. Here is the link if you haven’t had a chance to renew yet.

In light of our proposed merger with Transition Linlithgow, which will sit as a project within LCDT, we are reviewing our membership list and ensure it is up-to-date, relevant to the new organisation and data compliant.

  • Opportunity to take part in our annual members ‘Have Your Say’ consultation to influence LCDT priorities.
  • Be part of a community-led organisation.
  • Develop new skills and experiences by accessing our volunteering opportunities.
  • Access to learning and training events.
  • Receive our Community News e-newsletter.

PLEASE NOTE we will stop using our old mailing list at the end of the year. Anyone who has not renewed their membership or joined via the link will cease to receive member benefits, including this Community News email, from that time.

LCDT & TL Logos

Linlithgow Community Development Trust also wants to continue to focus our priorities on what is important to the local community. So, we are asking our existing members to renew their membership which helps support the work we are doing.


Linlithgow Digital Christmas Market

After the success of the Christmas Digital Market over the Advent Fayre weekend, One Linlithgow BID is hosting it again this Saturday on the My Linlithgow website.

Eddie Linton-Smith, One Linlithgow manager, described the digital market as an “enormous success”, with very positive feedback from businesses. He said, “They received close on 100 orders in total, and sold over 200 items and vouchers. It has certainly brought an unexpected and welcome boost to many of our members”.

There will be a fantastic mix of local businesses, retailers and crafters products online. A great chance to get some more Christmas presents sorted! https://mylinlithgow.com/digital-christmas-market/

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Business Spotlight – The Little Craft Shed

The Little Craft Shed was formed by me, Sarah Walkinshaw, during Lockdown 2020 when I had a lot more spare time on my hands and wanted to find a new hobby. After watching a lot of Tik Tok clips about resin I decided to order a starter pack and the rest is history!

I did a few experiments in the shed in my back garden and decided that the coasters and keyrings I was making were good enough to sell!


I moved to Linlithgow in February this year when I married my husband Daniel and love Linlithgow High Street and all of its lovely little shops. Maybe one day The Little Craft Shed will have a shop of its own, but for now, my Little Craft Shed is situated in my back garden, fully insulated – it even has a toilet! It is the perfect space for designing and making lots of handmade goodies. At the moment I am making a variety of different coasters, bookmarks, coasters and just this week completed my first comb. But I am looking to order a few new moulds to start making domino sets, wine butlers and possibly venture into larger items including trays and chopping boards!

I launched The Little Craft Shed officially in October on Facebook and Instagram and I have had non-stop orders ever since which is really encouraging! My cute little cocker spaniel – Jo Jo is head of quality control and loves to inspect everyone’s orders before they are packaged and posted!

You can follow The Little Craft Shed page on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with the latest news and get in touch at 07412083511.


During Advent, we are featuring the town’s churches in our Community Spotlight. This week it’s St Michael’s Parish Church and St Ninian’s Craigmailen Parish Church.


Community Spotlight – St Michael’s Parish Church

St Michael’s Parish Church is almost a millennium old. It witnessed the Wars of Independence in the 14th century, with Scots and English fighting for control of the town on the Peel. It was the site of the christening of Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century, and served as a stable for Oliver Cromwell’s troops in the 17th century. Yet like other groups and businesses in the town, Covid has forced us to bring our ministry and mission in the 21st century, reaching and supporting people in new ways.
 
That means that this year, in 2020, Christmas is going online!

Our popular Christingle service will take place on Facebook Live on Christmas Eve at 7pm, with emoji competitions, sketches, and much more. We’re also handing out – with all good hygiene practices followed! – special Christingle goodie bags in the next week and a half, with all you need to join in the fun. In addition, our Watchnight Service will be live-streamed from the church on the St Michael’s website at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve, when we welcome in Christmas Day with the bells.

On the subject of bells, we are also delighted to take part in the Santa’s Christmas Eve Jingle at 6pm, when the ancient bells of St Michael’s will ring out across Linlithgow to bring some festive cheer to what has been a difficult year.
 
Because Christmas 2020 will be so challenging, however, we are conscious of the need to support those who are struggling. Building on our Bereavement Support service, we are now launching a new Listening Service for the town. Trained listeners will be here to support anyone who is feeling the strain this time of year, and who want to get things off their chests. Please email info@stmichaels-parish.org.uk for more info.

The original image of Christmas is of a small child, born into poverty and persecution, brightening the darkness with his light. Whether this Christmas finds you happy or sad, know that you are loved, and that your future will be brighter than your past.


Community Spotlight – St Ninian’s Craigmailen Parish Church

It has been a difficult year since the outbreak of Covid19. Even so, St Ninian’s-Craigmailen’s work has continued but changed as we had to adapt quickly to new circumstances.
 
After the “lockdown” began, we started holding services on-line at 11.00am on Sundays and began recording services for our Facebook page. During Advent, we are holding “on-line” services, starting at 9.30am daily except Sunday. On the Sunday before Christmas, we will have a Nativity and will hold services on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning too: details on our website and Facebook page. We have taken part in several virtual events including a “Peace One Day” vigil in September praying for peace in our world.

We kept in touch with members through newsletters and “Thinking of You” cards. Also, one of our members regularly calls a small number of people who are “shielding”. Our Guild Convener keeps Guild members regularly updated, and our Girls’ Brigade company hold “virtual” company meetings via Zoom.
 
We support the 1st Step Recovery Café. Volunteers from the cafe use our hall as a storage and distribution point for a food bank that serves Linlithgow and other areas. We helped the West Lothian Foodbank too in its “Reverse Advent Calendar” appeal, by donating over 150 kgs of food for people to receive a Christmas Dinner Pack.


The Minister, Richard Houston, has chaplaincies at Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge primaries, and the Academy. He has made videos for their “virtual assemblies” and will make more for Christmas. In September, he made a video of our building for West Lothian “Doors Open Day”.
 
For Christmas, we have decorated the church with a tree and lights, an Advent Crown and other decorations people can see when they “log-on”. We have erected a Christmas tree in our grounds hoping it might cheer people up. You can see it as you drive up from the town centre or pass the church on Falkirk Road.


This is only a small part of what we have done this year, all of it by members and others quietly working away. We wish all of you a Happy Christmas and Good New Year and hope that for all of us 2021 is better than 2020 has been.


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Latest Covid-19 Guidance

From 6pm on Friday 11th December West Lothian will move into Level 3 of Scotland’s Strategic Framework. More details can be found on level 3 restrictions here. Shops will be able to open from 6am on Friday.
The current advice to stay safe, protect others and 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.

Community News 3rd December: Renew Your LCDT Membership (or Join Now) to Retain Member Benefits!

Renew Your Membership to Have Your Say

Welcome to our weekly Community News and thank you for your support! This week we are asking you to renew your LCDT membership or become a member to receive our member benefits.

As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic now, more than ever before, the future is all about local. We want to encourage people to embrace their local neighbourhood by spending more time locally, shopping local, using green spaces, cycling and walking where possible and supporting local wherever they can.

Linlithgow Community Development Trust also wants to continue to focus our priorities on what is important to the local community. So, we are asking our existing members to renew their membership which helps support the work we are doing.

You may have also seen we announced our proposed merger with Transition Linlithgow, which will sit as a project within LCDT. So, this is a good time for us to review our membership list and ensure it is up-to-date, relevant to the new organisation and data compliant.

Member benefits include:

  • Opportunity to take part in our annual members ‘Have Your Say’ consultation to influence LCDT priorities.
  • Be part of a community-led organisation.
  • Develop new skills and experiences by accessing our volunteering opportunities.
  • Access to learning and training events.
  • Receive our Community News e-newsletter.

Linlithgow Community Development Trust’s aim is quite simply “to make Linlithgow a wonderful place to live, work and visit.” Here are some of our achievements over the last eight years which have contributed to achieving that aim. You can help us to continue this work by renewing your membership.


West Lothian Cycle Circuit

Our flagship project is the West Lothian Cycle Circuit. Since 2014 this has been a labour of love over the years with challenges along the way.
 
The vision is for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling and increase their cycling confidence.

To do this we are creating a 1km tarmac traffic-free circuit made up of four loops, for drop-in sessions, club use and organised activities.
 
Planning permission is in place and £572k of funding is secured to deliver the first phase (a 0.5km two loop circuit), thanks to the incredible support of our local community!
 
At the start of the year our successful crowdfunding campaign raised over £30k. This covers the costs of floodlighting, creating a facility to be enjoyed all year round. Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers who made this happen.


Linlith-Go-Solar

Our community energy enterprise project Linlith-Go-Solar aims to make solar work for the benefit of the whole town. We have had two successful phases of the project which has seen solar PV panels installed at Linlithgow Rugby Club, Linlithgow Golf Club and Linlithgow Sports Club.

£42K was successfully raised locally through our Community Bond offers which have helped fund these projects.
 
These solar panels are now producing cheap electricity for the clubs and paying back bond holders, not to mention being eco-friendly. Over the years ahead as the initiative make a surplus, this will allow LCDT to reinvest back into the community to support local projects. We have ambitious plans for phase 3 to create a place that is sustainable in energy, creating local jobs, business opportunities, community benefits, and young people’s opportunities.


The Community

The community is at the heart of all we do, and LCDT would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers in our town. Our community groups’ consultation in 2017 led us to develop a number of priorities.

We piloted the EH49 Hub, a twice-weekly co-working space at the Star & Garter Café. We also ran learning events for groups and businesses, a virtual business network and set up our popular Community Cake events, which now run online.
 
Last year we created and launched www.MyLinlithgow.com. It is truly a one-stop-shop for all the information you will need about Linlithgow, with directories of local businesses, community groups, venues, and a ‘what’s on’ calendar of local (and virtual!) events, activities and classes. The site contains tourist information, the town’s history and local volunteering opportunities. We also keep everyone updated via our social media channels.
 
We are now revisiting the creation of a new co-working hub/community space for the town. Would you be interested in using a co-working space in the town? Is so please let us know!


Transition Linlithgow

Transition Linlithgow’s work began in 2008 and has focused on taking action on local issues of sustainability and climate change.

Current projects include Linlithgow Tool Library and electric van and bike hire.

We also have projects on digital technology donations, plastic-free Linlithgow and encouraging active travel. You can find out more about TL’s previous work at https://www.transitionlinlithgow.org.uk/past-projects.html.


The Future

To continue developing these projects, and new ones, we need your help to show we have the support of the town. This can help us access funding pots to help progress our work. We also want to hear what your priorities are so that we can focus on what matters most to the community.
 
Please renew your membership to continue receiving member benefits at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/RenewLCDTmyLinlithgow/. It will only take a few minutes of your time.
 
We would also love it if you are able to share with any other locals who may be interested – thank you!
 
Please be assured we will only retain and process your information in line with GDPR for the purposes of maintaining our membership list and contacting members. You can view our GDPR Privacy Notice and Data Protection Policy on our website.


Business Spotlight – Meg Wallace Art

Since her early retirement in May, Meg Wallace has turned her love of drawing and painting into a new venture which has kept her busy during lockdown and beyond.

Living in Linlithgow for 30 years, Meg loves the town and its community spirit and wanted to express this in her painting. She has been using pastels to produce paintings of Linlithgow scenes, including some less commonly recorded views.


When she had completed ten or so, the idea of a calendar started brewing and being a determined lady, she soon had twelve pictures ready. A printer was found and the “2021 Linlithgow Life in Pastels” is now on sale in A Wee Mindin’ and Mannerstons.

Meg has also created a colouring book of local places which has been selling fast and is a big hit with the kids. The colouring books are also raising money for ‘River Kids’ charity, with a donation from every sale going to the charity. They are available to buy locally in Far from the Madding Crowd and Bright Star Toys.

So you can support the High Street and a local artist at the same time. All these shops are still open for click and collect during tier 4 restrictions.


Alongside the calendar and colouring book, Meg also has a selection of mounted pastel drawings, coasters and mugs available, all depicting traditional Linlithgow scenes.


There is a competition in the latest Black Bitch magazine to win some of Meg’s items – a calendar, colouring book and 4 coasters, all delivered before Christmas. All you need to do to enter is suggest a view of Linlithgow that would be good for her to paint. Closing date is tomorrow!

You can read more about Meg Wallace Art in the latest issue of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 16. You can follow Meg on Facebook or Instagram and can also purchase items from her Etsy shop.


Community Spotlight – Transition Linlithgow Digital Donations 

Do you want to pass on your spare devices but you’re not sure where to donate them too?

It’s hard to imagine not being online at this time, but this is the reality for some people to let’s re-use what we can! Transition Linlithgow would love donation of used IPads, laptops, Kindles and smartphones (android or Apple). Here are details of what we can accept.

After the success of the last event outdoor drop-off event, we are doing it again on Saturday 5th December 10am-12pm at Linlithgow Rugby Club car park. Thank you so much to everyone in the community who came along to our last drop-off, we received a fantastic 71 devices to pass on. If you still have some devices lurking in drawers, we’d love to see you on the 5th December!



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Latest Covid-19 Guidance

West Lothian is now in Level 4 of the Scottish Government Strategic Framework of restrictions until Friday 11th December. These include the following restrictions:

  • Socialising – No in-home socialising, 6 people/2 households outdoors and in public places. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people counted in a gathering. 
  • Schools – Open with enhanced protective measures in place.
  • Hospitality – Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars will be closed. Takeaways can still operate as normal, provided food and drink is sold for consumption off-premises.
  • Travel – No non-essential travel into or out of the West Lothian council area and keep journeys within the area to an absolute minimum. Exemptions include essential travel for work, education, caring responsibilities, healthcare, shared parenting, local informal 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 – Gyms and swimming pools will close. Outdoor gyms can remain open. and outdoor non-contact sports are permitted for all age groups.
  • Shopping – Only essential retail will remain open.
  • Public buildings – Closed.
  • 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 4 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.


Community News 26th November: Exciting merger between LCDT & Transition Linlithgow

We want to make sure as many local people as possible have access to our weekly Community News. We would appreciate you sharing with any local friends or family who can subscribe to receive it directly to their inbox at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/news/newsletter-subscription. Thank you!


AGM Update LCDT & Transition Linlithgow Merger

We would like to thank all our members who attended our recent Annual General Meeting. At the meeting, we formally agreed on the proposed merger of Linlithgow Community Development Trust (LCDT) and Transition Linlithgow (TL). This means Transition Linlithgow will now sit within LCDT as a specific project. All existing TL activities will continue to be developed as part of LCDT.

We are delighted to join our organisations together and excited at the prospect of the new opportunities ahead.

We would like to welcome three new directors to the Board, who previously sat as TL trustees. They are Carole Racionzer (our new Vice Chair) Des Martin and Chris Gunstone.

At the AGM we also formally welcomed Ian Fyfe and Mike Ewart to the Board who were previously co-opted and are now fully elected Board members. 


Membership Renewal Coming Next Week ….

Given the merger between Linlithgow Community Development Trust and Transition Linlithgow, we are renewing our membership list to ensure it is up-to-date, relevant to the new organisation and data compliant.

Watch out next week for a very short survey you can complete to renew your membership. Being a member gives you the chance to be part a community-led organisation and the opportunity to share your views on what is important for our local area.

We will be running our new annual members Have Your Say survey early next year to find out your priorities for the Linlithgow ward in 2021. What do you think is most important for LCDT to focus on post-Covid? We want to hear from you but you must be a member to take part so watch this space!


St Michael Sculpture

We were excited to see the new St Michael sculpture erected recently at Low Port. This is the second of two civic insignia sculptures commissioned by Linlithgow Burgh Trust. The first was the Black Bitch, opposite St Peter’s Church, about a year ago. This image shows St Michael with Alan Herriot the sculptor, which was casted and installed by Powderhall Bronze and the granite plinth was provided by W L Watson & Son. The official unveiling is unfortunately delayed until virus-related restrictions permit.

Image courtesy of Linlithgow Burgh Trust

Sponsor a Tree in Triangle Wood in Time for Christmas

Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow and Linlithgow Community Development Trust have joined forces to raise much-needed funds to help enhance the town with its floral displays, improve spaces for wildlife and support the LCDT’s ambitious plan to develop a Cycle Circuit and wider sports facility.
 
Triangle Wood is currently grassland, west of the Leisure Centre, bounded by the Union Canal and A706. Over the past year, almost 1,000 native trees have been planted, including 400 on the 22nd November. This is thanks to a kind donation from the Woodland Trust and volunteer tree planters. The wood will eventually provide a shelter belt while opening up a network of paths and adding to the diversity of habitats for wildlife.


Christmas is coming.  Why not give a gift of trees? You are invited to Sponsor a Tree at £5 each. In return, a Certificate will acknowledge your contribution and an annual record of sponsorships will be publicised.
 
If interested check our websites or contact trees@lbt.scot.


Business Spotlight – Grove & Thicket

Grove and Thicket are a new local family business set up in September and run by husband-and-wife team, Kris and Anne. They offer a range of gardening services including small garden tidy-ups, hedge cutting, felling trees and more!

Kris’s grandfather was a florist and publican, whose pub won ‘Derby in Bloom’ year after year. He taught him everything he knows about gardening and floristry and continues to advise to this day. Kris is also a fully qualified LANTRA tree inspector and holds City & Guilds Qualifications in ground-based tree felling.

Anne runs the business and relationship side of Grove and Thicket. Dealing with new and existing clients, she prides herself on offering excellent customer service and creating a fantastic client experience from start to finish. Her father was a landscape gardener, so she also has a horticultural background.
 
Grove and Thicket also make seasonal goods. If you’re looking to bring some festiveness to your house, you can now order Festive and Advent Wreaths. They are all natural with some lovely bow choices. Delivery slots are already filling up fast filling up. There is a contactless payment and delivery service to ensure safety and compliance with current restrictions.

Black Friday also sees the launch of Grove & Thicket Garden Tidy Up gift vouchers, which are a great option for Christmas gifts for family and friends. Something practical and a great idea when outdoor space is a priority right now.
 
Kris and Anne are also committed to sustainability. They have pledged that for every tree they remove, they will plant another from their nursery of saplings or donate money towards planting trees and helping communities rebuild habitats around the world. They also forage locally and use cuttings from their garden work to minimise their environmental impact.
 
You can read more about Grove and Thicket in the latest issue of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 16. You can also follow them on Facebook get in touch at groveandthicket@gmail.com.


Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Flyers Netball Club

Linlithgow Flyers Netball Club was established just over 4 years ago and is all about fun, fitness and friendships! Following an innocent post in October 2015 in the local Linlithgow Facebook group, it was clear there was a demand for Linlithgow in the town and lots of interested ladies looking to get involved.

After a lot of work to secure a venue with netball facilities, our first night of netball went ahead on the 28th September 2016 at Linlithgow Primary School with 13 players – just 1 short for 2 teams.
 
From that day on, the club has gone from strength to strength. We moved to full sized courts at Linlithgow Academy and Xcite Linlithgow. Continuing to meet the demand from our players we progressed to set up a Development Squad who train and compete at a more competitive level. There is also a recreational section of the club who train, play for fun but also take part in netball tournaments.


In 2019 we did some hugely successful Junior taster sessions which lead to us setting up a Junior club, providing netball opportunities for children aged 7 to 12. We also have close links to the Walking Netball Club too.

Covid hit in March and since then things have been on pause, with various online activities taking place instead. We have done a huge amount of work, appointing a Covid Officer who has been key to meeting all the relevant requirements from Netball Scotland, our governing body. We are ready to get back on court and had our first outdoor training session recently focused on skills and drills, as we aren’t able to play games just yet.


Once we are out of tier 4 restrictions, we plan to return to these outdoor training sessions and look forward to when we can return to the indoor court and play games again! We’re always looking for new members so please get in touch if you would like to find out more. Everyone is welcome whatever your age, fitness or netball experience!

You can follow Linlithgow Flyers on Facebook and get in touch at linlithgownetballclub@gmail.com.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

West Lothian is now in Level 4 of the Scottish Government Strategic Framework of restrictions until Friday 11th December. These include the following restrictions:

  • Socialising – No in-home socialising, 6 people/2 households outdoors and in public places. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people counted in a gathering. 
  • Schools – Open with enhanced protective measures in place.
  • Hospitality – Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars will be closed. Takeaways can still operate as normal, provided food and drink is sold for consumption off-premises.
  • Travel – No non-essential travel into or out of the West Lothian council area and keep journeys within the area to an absolute minimum. Exemptions include essential travel for work, education, caring responsibilities, healthcare, shared parenting, local informal 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 – Gyms and swimming pools will close. Outdoor gyms can remain open. and outdoor non-contact sports are permitted for all age groups.
  • Shopping – Only essential retail will remain open.
  • Public buildings – Closed.
  • 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 4 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.


Scam Alert

Please be aware, there is a report of a suspected Contact and Trace Telephone Scam in the Forth Valley Area this week. To help recognise genuine Contact Tracers Neighbourhood Watch Scotland are sharing this information about Scotland’s Test and Protect approach. Please tell family, friends and neighbours. One simple conversation may stop someone becoming a victim to these criminals.


Community News 19th November: Nature Trail for Book Week Scotland, #IWill Week and Spare Digital Devices

Linlithgow’s Nature-Themed Book Trail

For Book Week Scotland this year (16-22 November 2020), a nature-themed book trail will pop up across the outdoor spaces of Linlithgow! Featuring favourite nature books, quotes and authors, the trail will encourage us to pause and enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces of our town, perhaps to explore one or two new green spaces, and help us to discover some new nature writing to inspire us through the winter months.

Half of the trail locations will feature entries from Amanda Thomson’s beautiful ‘A Scots Dictionary of Nature’.

A Scots Dictionary of Nature brings together the deeply expressive vocabulary customarily used to describe land, wood, weather, birds, water and walking in Scotland. Artist Amanda Thomson collates and celebrates these traditional Scots words, which reveal ways of seeing and being in the world that are in danger of disappearing forever. What emerges is a vivid evocation of the nature and people of Scotland, past and present; of lives lived between the mountains and the sky.

Thanks to a public call-out, the people of Linlithgow have chosen their favourite nature writing to feature on the trail markers too. Accordingly, the trail will feature quotes from classic writers such as Nan Shepherd and Robert Burns, more contemporary favourites including Dara McAnulty and Carol Ann Duffy, and children’s authors Kenneth Grahame, Beatrix Potter and A. A. Milne.

The trail went live around Linlithgow on 16th November and be in place for the duration of Book Week Scotland for people to explore and enjoy. Markers will be located around the lochside path, along the canal towpath, in community gardens and en route to Beecraigs Country Park and Cockleroy, highlighting the beautiful outdoor spaces we are so lucky to have all around us in Linlithgow. All the trail locations are marked on a dedicated trail map, available via https://www.transitionlinlithgow.org.uk/book-week-nature-trail.html

The selection of books chosen as Linlithgow’s favourite nature writing will be featured in Far From The Madding Crowd this November – enticing us to discover some new favourites, rediscover a classic or get started on the Christmas shopping. They will be offering click and collect and free local delivery during tier 4 restrictions.

The trail is supported by the Scottish Book Trust and delivered by Kathryn Welch in partnership with Transition Linlithgow and Far From The Madding Crowd.


#IWill Week Linlithgow Young People’s Project

“There Is Hope” is a bit of a slogan at Linlithgow Young People’s Project (LYPP). On our wall of encouragement, painted in our youth centre, these words are right in the middle. Hope is a powerful tool and has been a very important part of the lives of young people this year.

The Youth Link #IWill Week shows that feeling lived out in the lives of young people all over the country. It is “an opportunity to shout about the fantastic contribution young people are making in their communities, society and the environment.
 
LYPP has been passionate about seeing young people engage with and challenge the communities they are part of. From weekends sleeping on the streets to 24hour human trafficking simulations and participating in the Burgh Beautiful competition 2 years ago. They have also worked on projects with Linlithgow Museum, Historic Environmental Scotland and even being trained up to provide Mental Health support for their peers in school. They have been part of it all.


Throughout this year young people have also continued to show a passion for Social Justice. Taking to social media to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement and to challenge stigma around gender identity, sexuality or mental health awareness. In Bridgend, we’re also seeing them excited to partner with us in recreating a new newsletter that will highlight local news within their village.

To see some of the contributions and celebrations that are being had across the UK please search for #IWill or #PowerOfYouth on social media. Follow LYPP on Facebook or find out more on their website.


Do You Have Digital Devices to Spare?

You can find out more information about this project on the Transition Linlithgow website. This event is still ok to go ahead despite tier 4 restrictions, we are asking people to drop donations into boxes and leave promptly.

Let’s help others stay connected this winter!


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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The next meeting of the Community Council will take place next week on Tuesday 24th November at 7.30pm via Zoom. To register to attend please email helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk and confirm you are a Linlithgow resident.

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


Business Spotlight – Linlithgow Digital Christmas Market

Sadly the planned Linlithgow Christmas Shopping Day next week has had to be cancelled but you can still support local businesses, many of whom are staying open for takeaways, click and collect and local delivery. 

As this year’s Advent Fayre also cannot go ahead this year, One Linlithgow has created a Digital Christmas Market event on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November. It will feature the usual stallholders and local businesses.

The event will be hosted on www.MyLinlithgow.com, so please keep an eye on the site for updates and on the One Linlithgow Facebook page.

The Digital Christmas Market will only run for the weekend that would usually be the Advent Fayre. If it’s a success more will be planned, so please show your support by making a purchase on Advent Fayre weekend!

This event has been coordinated by One Linlithgow BID and you can read more in the new edition of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 4. Stay up to date with the latest information by following the Linlithgow Digital Christmas Market event on Facebook.


Community Spotlight – Lochside Playgroup

Lochside Playgroup has been providing quality childcare in Linlithgow since 1972 and is an established part of the local community. We are a registered local charity (SCO: 13205) and registered childcare provider (CS2003013238). We provide a caring and stimulating environment for pre-school children (aged 27 months+) to feel safe, secure, and happy. Sessions run Monday to Thursday 9:15am till 11:45am during West Lothian school term-time (a choice of days is dependent on availability). Over the years the Playgroup has been in several different locations around the town and currently operates from the Low Port Centre (opposite Tesco).  We re-opened again after lockdown at the start of November and currently have a few spaces available.

Attending our Playgroup children can benefit by:

  • Developing self-confidence
  • Encouraging greater independence
  • Preparing for nursery
  • Learning new skills
  • Developing social skills
  • Making new friends
  • Establishing routine

……grown-ups also benefit with some well-deserved ‘Me’ time!

For many children, playgroup is their first experience of coming together in a group situation without their parents or carers. Therefore, Lochside Playgroup is an excellent way to bridge the gap before children start nursery by easing their transition into a nursery setting. By spending time away from family and having fun through play, children can begin to explore the world outside their familiar surroundings and develop their confidence and independence.

Every day is different at Lochside; activities, crafts, toys and books are rotated to ensure that there is plenty of variety and stimulation for children’s interests. There are opportunities to explore the great outdoors, with short walks by Linlithgow Loch and visits to the ‘secret garden’ at the Low Port Centre with its pond and mud kitchen! Children also learn and practice important social skills, such as taking turns and listening to instruction, that will aid their play and help with their transition into nursery. They soon recognise their new friends and often meet their future nursery and school friends here!

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to feel involved in the care and education of their child by joining the parent/grandparent volunteer rota and becoming members of the committee.  As a charity, our parents run regular fundraisers throughout the year – anyone can join our ‘Friends of Lochside Playgroup’ Facebook group to find out about upcoming events.

Balancing childcare with other commitments such as other children, work and a never-ending ‘to-do’ list can be difficult. Lochside is uniquely placed as the only playgroup in Linlithgow to offer families 2.5 hours of childcare per day, Monday to Thursday, providing a great balance for families, stay at home parents, caregivers or grandparents. Each session is £8.50 per child including a healthy snack, paid monthly or by term – funded places for 2-year olds are also available for anyone eligible.

For more information, you can follow Lochside Playgroup on Facebook. To register your child on our waiting list, email our play leader Jenny at lochsideplaygroup@yahoo.com.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

West Lothian is being placed in Level 4 of the Scottish Government Strategic Framework of restrictions from 6pm on Friday 20th November until Friday 11th December. These include the following restrictions:

  • Socialising – No in-home socialising, 6 people/2 households outdoors and in public places. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people counted in a gathering. 
  • Schools – Open with enhanced protective measures in place.
  • Hospitality – Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars will be closed. Takeaways can still operate as normal, provided food and drink is sold for consumption off-premises.
  • Travel – No non-essential travel into or out of the West Lothian council area and keep journeys within the area to an absolute minimum. Exemptions include essential travel for work, education, caring responsibilities, healthcare, shared parenting, local informal 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 – Gyms and swimming pools will close. Outdoor gyms can remain open. and outdoor non-contact sports are permitted for all age groups.
  • Shopping – Only essential retail will remain open.
  • Public buildings – Closed.
  • 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 4 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.


Community News 12th November: Mental Health Coping Strategies for Winter

We want to make sure as many local people as possible have access to our weekly Community News. We would appreciate you sharing with any local friends or family who can subscribe to receive it directly to their inbox at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/news/newsletter-subscription. Thank you!


Mental Health Coping Guide for Winter

It seems like we are going to be living with some kind of restrictions to our normal lives over most of the Winter. For many, this will be an extremely difficult time and it is important to recognise ways in which we can help different people with their mental health.

This infographic suggests some coping strategies which may be useful. Have you got any other suggestions? Are you able to offer support to others?

If you need support the following organisations can help.


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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On Remembrance Sunday Linlithgow paid respect to those who gave their lives during the two World Wars of the last century with a march through town by several organisations followed by a church service.

With 2020 disrupting all forms of normal life, from celebration to commemoration, this year was going to be different. 

Although there was no march, Chair Gordon Smith had the opportunity to lay a wreath at St Michael’s on behalf of LLBCC while the service was streamed virtually and is still available on the church website.

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Whether you spend the two-minute silence thinking of family members who lived through the wars or of those who never returned, we will remember them.

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


Events


Business Spotlight – NYCOS Mini Music Makers

NYCOS Mini Music Makers classes with Tracy Curle have been running in Linlithgow for over 10 years, helping babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers (and their grown-ups!) to gain a love of music and singing, but 2020 has been a year like no other! In March this year, as lockdown struck, we very quickly had to make the move from in-person classes to running our classes online. 

We are desperate to get back to in-person classes as soon as we possibly can, however, due to Government restrictions which ban singing in groups indoors, we are unable to do that just yet.  Mini Music Makers would just not be the same without singing, so for now, we have to stay online!
 
Research has shown that singing and early musical activity can have huge benefits in many areas of child development including speech and language, motor skills, memory and concentration.  Our online classes mean that you can continue to nurture this development in your wee ones from the comfort and safety of your own home. Singing is great for adult mental health too and a fantastic way to spend special one to one time, bonding with your little one.

Tracy is running 3 classes online every Monday:
9.30am – 10.10am     0 – 2.5 years
10.20am – 11.00am   2.5 – 4 years
1.20pm – 2.00pm       3 – 5 years
 
A block of 4 classes costs only £12 and bookings can be made at https://www.nycos.co.uk/choirs/mini-music-makers-online/.
 
If Mondays don’t suit you, Tracy’s colleagues at NYCOS are running a variety of classes on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays too.

NYCOS (National Youth Choir Of Scotland) is Scotland’s national singing organisation providing singing and music learning opportunities across all ages from babies to adults and is a Registered Scottish Charity SC024899.

You can follow Tracy’s Mini Music Makers page on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest news.


Community Spotlight – Humans of the Walk

Linlithgow local Jasper was featured by Paths for All as part of their Humans of the Walk project. It collected powerful personal accounts and images showing the life-changing ways walking helped many people cope with the pressures of lockdown.

Jasper said “Going for a walk is just awesome. Me and my mates have learned that playing computer games all day is never fun. It makes you annoyed and stressed. Going out walking never makes me feel that way. When we’re outside, we’re running around, we see more wildlife, there’s so many things to see. I would have been miserable without it, definitely.”

Here is Jasper at the top of Cockleroy overlooking the town. What an inspiration!


Walking is a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces of our town. For Book Week Scotland this year (16-22 November 2020) a nature-themed book trail will pop up across the outdoor spaces of Linlithgow. Featuring favourite nature books, quotes and authors, it can help you discover some new nature writing to inspire us through the winter months.

We will share more details next week about the trail but in the meantime, you can find out more about it at https://www.transitionlinlithgow.org.uk/book-week-nature-trail.html.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

West Lothian is in Level 3 of the 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.


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

We want to make sure as many local people as possible have access to our weekly Community News. We would appreciate you sharing with any local friends or family who can subscribe to receive it directly to their inbox at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/news/newsletter-subscription. Thank you!


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.


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 pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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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 https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/linlithgowsrotarytreeoflight.

You can follow Linlithgow’s Rotary Tree of Light on Facebook and find out more on their website or by emailing Allan Robertson at administration@linlithgowtreeoflight.org.uk.


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.

Community News 22nd October: Spaces for People, 1st Step Bikes, Upcoming Events & More

We want to make sure as many local people as possible have access to our weekly Community News. We would appreciate you sharing with any local friends or family who can subscribe to receive it directly to their inbox at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/news/newsletter-subscription. Thank you!


Spaces for People Work Nearing Completion

The Spaces for People programme, administered by Sustrans Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, offered funding to help local authorities across the country to put in place temporary measures to enable physical distancing and further increase safety while walking, wheeling and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Lothian Council successfully sought £641,500 funding for nine packages of projects and initiatives following online engagement with the public. The remaining phases will culminate local measures with councils across the country adopting similar measures.

Temporary Speed Limits

The introduction of new temporary 20mph speed limits in towns and villages in West Lothian has now been completed with all limits now enforceable by Police Scotland. A small number of signage anomalies have now been rectified and work has been completed to replace or repair vandalised signage.

The installation of temporary 40mph speed limit signage on the Bathgate Hills to Winchburgh area, Bonnytoun Road in Linlithgow and the Harburn rural road area commenced this week. These works will allow the change from the de-restricted speed limit of 60mph to a temporary speed limit of 40mph which will provide a safer environment for all users. 

Vegetation

Vegetation clearance works on cycle paths and footways is also now completed. Over-grown foliage on the National Cycle Route 75 has been removed with the full path width reinstated.

Signage

Physical distancing signage in towns and villages has been rolled out reminding people of the importance of physical distancing on footways. There are banners still to be erected on guard railing at congested areas primarily around schools which will be completed shortly.

From 26 October work will commence on the introduction of physical distancing measures at some of the more heavily used bus stops and narrow footways within towns and villages. Work to take place includes:

Provision of more space at busy or congested bus stops:

  • Linlithgow, A803 High Street at The Cross – 3 bus stops
  • Linlithgow, A803 Blackness Road at Tesco – 1 bus stop

Provision of more space at narrow footways:

  • Linlithgow High Street

Suspension of footway parking to provide more footway space:

  • Linlithgow High Street – footway parking from property numbers 35 to 57.

Curtailment of footway parking to provide more footway space:

  • Linlithgow High Street – footway parking from property numbers 183 to 245.

Following on from these works will be the introduction of on-street advisory cycle lanes which have been identified in Linlithgow, Broxburn and Blackridge. This will be the final package of work to be completed as part of the council’s Spaces for People programme.

Executive councillor for the environment Tom Conn said: “These temporary measures being adopted in West Lothian are in similar nature to those being adopted across the country as part of a national effort to make it easier for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential journeys and exercise during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important to note that these measures are temporary but hopefully they will increase the ability of people to maintain a safe physical distance and give people increased confidence when travelling throughout West Lothian.”

Article from www.westlothian.gov.uk


Reminders!

We warmly invite you to attend Linlithgow Community Development Trust AGM on Thursday 12th November 7.30-9.00pm.

You can register to attend our AGM via zoom by emailing pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

We are holding our next online Community Cake event for local community and volunteer groups next week on Wednesday 28th October at 7.30pm. The focus is a practical session on supporting groups to ‘go digital‘ and run meetings online.

You can register to attend via zoom by emailing helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.


1st Step Bike Repairs

1st Step Bikes are working with the Scotland Repair Scheme to help people that need it the most get their bikes safely back on the road or mountains again! This includes adult and also children’s bikes.

At 1st Step we want to help people who would otherwise struggle to afford repairs. Covid-19 has hit many people hard, so we know it can be difficult to pay for essential bike repairs right now.

What repairs are covered?

  • Punctures or old tires
  • Problems with brakes
  • Gears that don’t work properly
  • Anything else that stops you using your bike!

So if you are struggling to afford your repair all you need to do is private message our Facebook page or ring 1st Step Bikes on 07869381382 for an appointment on this scheme. Happy cycling!


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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The next meeting of the Community Council will take place next week on Tuesday 27th October at 7.30pm via Zoom. To register to attend please email helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk and confirm you are a Linlithgow resident.

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


Business Spotlight – The Garden Room

The Garden Room is a little bit of sanctuary in the heart of Linlithgow and is a team of three women offering varied but complementary therapies focused on improving health and wellbeing.


Catherine offers foot Reflexology to support relaxation and wellbeing as well as help relieve issues such as migraine, insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, menopausal symptoms, fertility, and digestive issues. Reflexology is a holistic therapy that helps to relieve stress by bringing your body and mind into a state of deep relaxation, allowing tension to be released, increasing blood flow and the removal of toxins. Pressure is applied to specific areas of the feet which relate to the body systems and organs, stimulating the body to focus on these areas and encourage them to heal. 

Fiona offers Kinect Chain Release (KCR) with Connective Tissue Release, a relatively new therapy developed by Scottish Physiotherapist Hugh Gilbert to balance your body. KCR is a series of stretches and mobilizations working through the whole body and is done when you are fully clothed. When your body is returned to balance it allows your body to heal naturally so KCR can help with anything from chronic pain to everyday niggles. Giving a more grounded feeling in both body and mind.

Diane offers a safe, confidential space, free from judgement and with genuine warmth and acceptance. As a trained nurse Dianne takes a therapeutic approach to counselling and has vast expertise promoting a positive approach to mental health with adults, children and young people. Counselling can reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, give you greater self-awareness, can help you relate better with others, empower you to enjoy life, and improve self-esteem, confidence and mood. With children, Dianne has experience in dealing with a number of issues. These include bullying, parental separation, anxiety and depression, parental illness, bereavement, low self-esteem, body image issues, self-harm, relationship difficulties and identity or gender issues.

Although the current situation is challenging, we are confident we can bring you these therapies in a safe environment with all the necessary precautions in place. Now more than ever people need to take time to release stress and tension and focus on their wellbeing. We are delighted to be able to offer the amazing benefits these therapies can provide to the local community in our little oasis of calm. 

For more information on any of our therapies or to book a treatment visit us on Facebook or Instagram or call us on 07887 377540.


Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Athletics Club

Linlithgow Athletics Club is a friendly, welcoming and inclusive club. We have runners of all abilities, shapes, ages and sizes! Whatever your running or athletic ability, we can cater for your needs.
 
Training sessions are available for all ages in the town run by coaches accredited with Scottish Athletics/UKA. The Club has three sections; juniors, Let’s Go Linlithgow – a Jog Scotland group, and the senior section which has a mix of social and competitive runners.

We have been very busy over lockdown and kept members motivated and connected during a difficult time. Early on we held a series of weekly and monthly training plans for members to use in their own time. The Facebook and Strava pages along with our website, have been used to share stories and achievements past and present in a bid to keep the community spirit of the Club alive and well. We have also seen an increase in memberships which has been very welcome.

With a ‘Covid’ sub-committee and appointed a ‘Covid Co-ordinator’ place, this has enabled us to meet and respond to the ever-changing guidelines to support our members.
 
Junior coaching sessions were the first to return along with Jog Scotland groups, including our Lets Go Linlithgow group which aims to help local people get started with running in a supportive and inclusive setting.

Adult members started with small training groups for those who could meet within the current guidelines. We have also been working in partnership with local organisations such as Xcite and Linlithgow Rugby Club to secure suitable training venues. The club is also very supportive of the planned West Lothian Cycle Circuit, which we hope to use for future training, and has made a donation to the project.
 
The creation of a virtual Club Championships was very popular, with monthly races for members to complete safely in their own time. Our website and social media have allowed members to register, log their times and keep up to date on race results.

We were once again nominated Impact Club of the Year at the Scottish Athletics Annual Awards which recognises clubs from across Scotland for the impact they have made in their local community.
 
Although there are many reasons to forget this year, for us we hope to look back on another year of making a positive impact on our members and the local running community. Why not come and join us?

You can read more about Linlithgow Athletics Club in the latest issue of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 14. You can also follow them on Facebook and find out more on their website!


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

New rules mean that you must not make indoor social visits to other households.
Changes to restrictions for Linlithgow, within Scotland’s Central Belt:

  • All licensed pubs and restaurants will have to close, both indoors and outdoors, from 18:00 on Friday 9th until 2nd November, although they can still serve takeaways.
  • Cafes which do not serve alcohol can stay open until 18:00.
  • The existing rules state that a maximum of six people from two households can meet together in hospitality venues, either indoors or outdoors.
  • Do not to travel outside Lothian health board area if you do not need to.

Full details are available at: https://www.gov.scot/news/new-moves-to-stop-covid-19-spread.
Scotland is in Phase 3 of the route map for coming out of lockdown.

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 (new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

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.


Community News 16th October: Linlithgow Community Development Trust AGM Announcement

Help us spread the word! We want to make sure as many local people as possible have access to our weekly Community News. We would appreciate you sharing with any local friends or family who can subscribe to receive it directly to their inbox at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/news/newsletter-subscription. Thank you.


Announcing LCDT’s Annual General Meeting 2020

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.

  • Meeting the challenges of the town’s community development priorities.
  • Working together for a Green Recovery in Linlithgow, creating a wonderful place to live, work and visit for years to come.

To register for this online Zoom event please email pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.


Community Cake Event – Going Digital

A reminder that our next online Community Cake event is being held on Wednesday 28th of October at 7.30pm via Zoom.

This event will provide a practical guide to using Zoom covering:

  • How you can use Zoom to support your group.
  • How to use the features available for meetings/AGMs being held online.
  • Tips for best practice when holding meetings online.

We would love to hear from any groups who have been using this technology and would happily share their experiences with others. Please also let us know if there is anything specific you would like to cover.

To get in touch, or if you would like to register to join please email helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

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Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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An important topic at many Community Council meetings over the past few years has been the future of the old library, toilets, offices and shop at the Vennel. West Lothian Council has prepared Planning Guidance for a proposed development which was discussed at the West Lothian Council Executive on 6th October.

Councillor Tom Conn presented a motion which states “given the time that has elapsed since the public consultation in 2017, Council Executive agrees to expedite any redevelopment of The Vennel area and instructs the Chief Executive to initiate a marketing exercise as part of a ‘Development Opportunity – mixed residential and commercial’ project inviting potential partners to submit offers and details with a closing date of 31st March 2021….officers are also instructed to investigate with local community, voluntary and business groups the appetite for the development of a community/resource hub within the former library building. The aim to develop an innovation centre with flexible space for those home working/working from home providing hot-desking with meeting space where under social distancing guidelines meetings where necessary couldn’t be conducted within residential premises. Use by community groups as a drop-in centre and focal point for joint working.” 

This motion was approved by the meeting.  The Community Council looks forward to working with West Lothian Council on this ambitious project.

The next meeting of the Community Council will take place on Tuesday 27th October at 7.30pm via Zoom. To register to attend please email helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk and confirm you are a Linlithgow resident.

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


Business Spotlight – The Granary

The Granary Café is back open under the new ownership of David Stein, who also runs Cafebar 1807 next door. It was his “favourite café in Linlithgow – with due apologies to my staff at 1807”, so a bit of a no-brainer when it came up for sale!

David and his manager Kieran Conner, who is running the Granary, are sticking to the winning formula created by previous owner Gillian. So they will continue to serve Glen Lyon Coffee, the famous Buddha bowls, baked eggs and homemade cakes. There is also now an enhanced takeaway option available.


The new team of Kieran, Melanie and Lia have worked hard to get the Granary back up and running and are looking forward to welcoming customers back.  Kieran has been a customer of the Granary since it opened. He said “Its values were very similar to 1807 – we both believed in good wholesome food cooked well, outstanding drinks, and great customer service. It adds to Linlithgow’s beautiful High Street, and we are proud to be part of the community and create that city café right here.”

Previous owner Gillian thanks her customers for their support over the last three years, and her incredibly hard-working and loyal team. It was with “great sadness” that she had decided to sell the Granary. She has recently given birth to a new baby boy – congratulations to the whole family!
 
You can read more about the Granary in the latest issue of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 5. Follow the Granary on Facebook and find out more on their website!


Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Sports Club

Linlithgow Sports Club, founded in 1982, provides 3 different sports for all adults and juniors who wish to get involved in Linlithgow and the surrounding area. The Club has Lawn Bowls, 2 Squash courts and 4 outdoor, floodlit Tennis courts. 

In March, like most other social and sporting activities, the Clubhouse and all 3 Sports were closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully the Tennis Section, being an outdoor sport, was allowed to re-open, for singles play only, back in May. Members of the Club trialled the “safe play” procedures and then we opened up for new members.

Helped by the great weather we had back then, as well as the fact that gyms and other indoor and team sports were on hold, the Tennis Section saw a huge sign up of adults and juniors. It was great to see new members having a game alongside regular players. Playing singles was a challenge for lots of our regular members as we mostly play doubles. It tends to be more sociable! 

Further easing of restrictions allowed doubles play as the summer went on and we even managed to play our annual Club Championships. Finals day on the 20th September was a great day despite the fact that we couldn’t socialise as much off-court as we usually would. 


There are still some restrictions on competitive play, access to the clubhouse and social events, but on the whole, the Tennis Section is up and running. New members are always welcome and should have a look at the website for more information https://linlithgowsportsclub.com/tennis-zone/.

Our Club Coach, Gordon Watson, is currently running junior and adult coaching, all within safe play guidelines, and anyone interested in giving tennis a try should contact him at gordonwatson@totaltenniscoaching.com or on 07753 809122.

The Bowls Section have managed to play over the last month or so, but it is now the end of their season. Hopefully when they re-open in April 2021, a more usual playing experience will return and they will be happy to welcome new members. Keep an eye on the website for more information.

The Squash Section has partially opened. Indoor sports face more challenges than outdoor sports so juniors are able to play as are household groups. For more information please email president.squash@linlithgowsportsclub.com.

Unfortunately, the clubhouse lounge and bar remain closed. For any other queries please email secretary@linlithgowsportsclub.com.

We end with a massive thanks to Linlithgow Community Development Trust and Linlith-Go-Solar as the Clubhouse was chosen as a local site for phase 2 of the project last year. The Solar Panels were installed in March, just before the lockdown. It’s a privilege to be involved in such a great project!

You can find out more about the Sports Club on their website and you can follow Linlithgow Tennis Club on Facebook.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

New rules mean that you must not make indoor social visits to other households.
Changes to restrictions for Linlithgow, within Scotland’s Central Belt:

  • All licensed pubs and restaurants will have to close, both indoors and outdoors, from 18:00 on Friday 9th until 25th October, although they can still serve takeaways.
  • Cafes which do not serve alcohol can stay open until 18:00.
  • The existing rules state that a maximum of six people from two households can meet together in hospitality venues, either indoors or outdoors.
  • Do not to travel outside Lothian health board area if you do not need to.

Full details are available at: https://www.gov.scot/news/new-moves-to-stop-covid-19-spread.
Scotland is in Phase 3 of the route map for coming out of lockdown.

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 (new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

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.