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

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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

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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.


Community News 9th October: The LCDT Story in the Latest Black Bitch Magazine and all the latest local news.

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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!


The LCDT Story is Featured in the Latest Black Bitch Magazine!

Linlithgow Community Development Trust was established in 2012. But are you aware of all the work we have been doing over the last eight years in the local community?

If you aren’t, watch out for the forthcoming issue of The Black Bitch Magazine. In the new edition, we are celebrating our achievements to date and sharing future plans.

The article shares details of our role in co-ordinating the community response to Covid-19. It also recognises the progress and achievements, of which we are very proud, made in our three key projects:

We currently have ten Directors on the Board, all Linlithgow locals who are committed to improving the town. The key to our success is the leadership provided by the Board. We are committed to succession planning and anticipate that we will require additional skills in the next few years. So, if you are an experienced fundraiser, passionate about getting the most out of digital, or committed to the Green Recovery including renewable energy. For an informal chat about joining the Board please email hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

LCDT Chair, Fraser Falconer, notes “LCDT has achieved a great deal of important work in the community over the years. To continue what we do we need your help! We want to engage local people to become more involved. In these very challenging times, many of us believe in the strength of the talent and resources within the town and surrounding areas. We would be delighted to see you at our AGM.”

We recently held a Board strategy session focussing on our future direction, community development priorities and exciting opportunities. We look forward to discussing this at our Annual General Meeting on the 12th November. Save the date!!


Support During Covid-19

We recognise that this is a challenging time and that some people will need extra support to access essentials such as food and medicine, this includes those who are self-isolating to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

If you need support, and can’t get this from friends or family, please contact pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

Also the National Assistance Helpline is there to help and can be reached on 0800 111 4000. You can pass this number on to someone you are supporting or call on their behalf Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm.

Please remember this helpline is dedicated to helping those who cannot leave their home and who cannot get help online.

If you’re looking for some additional support for you or someone you know, here’s a list of organisations who may be able to offer help and advice.

If you need to self-isolate, many of the major supermarkets have increased their delivery capacity so you should be able to reserve a slot to get shopping delivered to your door. Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda all deliver locally. 

A reminder that www.MyLinlithgow.com has a calendar of online events, which are shared on their social media channels. These may provide some entertainment if spending more time at home.

If you’re looking for something to do over the October holidays, Friends of Low Port Primary School have created this brilliant puzzle trail around town. Good fun in the fresh air for all ages. You can download the trail here

Please consider making a donation (suggestion £5 per family) if you enjoy the trail. Details of how to donate can be found in the download. The school are trying to raise funds to improve the outdoor learning environment.


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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Community Councils are voluntary organisations set up by statute from the Local Authority.

Local residents participating as members act on behalf of the area, and it is an important part of local democracy.

Sometimes coordinating with other community councils is necessary, in order to amplify local voices when representing shared views and concerns to the Local Authority.

LLBCC has been involved with the Joint Forum of Community Councils in West Lothian since the beginning, with representation on the executive committee. You can find out more information on their Blueprint for Future Community Councils here.


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.


Virtual London Marathon

There were a number of Linlithgow locals out on Sunday running the virtual London marathon. A challenge on any occasion but even more so when not running with a crowd behind you and support of other runners.

A big shout out and well done to everyone who ran and raised money for fantastic causes!


Business Spotlight – Boxx Hair

Over the past few months, Boxx Hair has been extremely conscious of making sure that all safety guidelines are carefully followed. Boxx hair remains by appointment only.

When you arrive for your appointment you will receive a warm welcome. Someone will be there to confirm your details, do a quick temperature check and hang your coat up in a designated sanitised coat cupboard.

You will be offered a disposable mask or you can choose to wear your own. We will then lead you to your chair, place a fresh gown around your shoulders and offer you brand new looks that you can easily manage yourself at home.

We also look forward to introducing you to our new apprentice, Abby who is keen to make sure you enjoy your experience and feel safe from the first second you walk in, to the last second you walk out.

As well as keeping up to date with the latest government guidelines, we are loving keeping up to date with the latest hair trends for 2020 – the ‘modern shag’, ‘the French girl fringe’ and ‘pixie crops’ are all on-trend right now. 

Our clients love that they can easily book online, and have commented on how enjoyable the experience is to have some “me” time in a place they feel safe.

You can follow Boxx Hair on Facebook and find out more on their website.


Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Golf Club

Linlithgow Golf Club had to close our course and clubhouse at the beginning of the lockdown. Like all businesses in the town, we were thrown into unknown and difficult territory. However, with the full support of our dedicated members and a fantastic team of staff and following strict guidelines, we were able to reopen the course at the end of May.

This opening was greatly received by all our members and what was additionally encouraging was a significant rise in new members who have been able to participate in a safe outdoor sport, whilst following all the necessary social distance guidelines.
 
We have managed within a condensed calendar to host all our important and club championship competitions. We were also lucky to recently host over 70 visiting children who participated in an esteemed Stephen Gallagher Foundation junior event.


This was a major success for our club, which has ambitious plans to develop and support junior and ladies’ golf. We are actively engaged in plans with the Stephen Gallagher Foundation to coach our local catchment primary school children, with this programme due to commence in the Spring of 2021.

In addition, we have received grant money and private pledges to improve and upgrade our practice area, which includes a short games course and practice bunker. Our thriving ladies section recently welcomed new members during the recommencement of golf, and will continue to encourage and offer promotions to get ladies back playing or into golf.

Our clubhouse with a well-stocked bar and restaurant facilities is now open and following the appropriate guidelines. We have recently welcomed our new catering business The Wee White Dog Catering Company. This family-owned business headed by Stevie and his team has been going down a treat with members and visitors alike. The Club is now able to welcome non-members to enjoy its bar and catering services, but we strongly advise booking in advance for meals.
As our competitive playing season comes to end, we will enter a period of Autumnal and Winter Golf and our Greens Staff will be making preparations to allow golf to be played throughout the remainder of the year.

We always have attractive membership packages available. We would encourage any prospective member or occasional golfers to come and have a chat with our General Manager, John McClymont, or our PGA qualified Professional, Stuart Reekie. Stuart also offers a full range of golfing apparel and equipment within his well-stocked shop. In addition, Stuart has a “warm” indoor coaching facility with all the latest technology for lessons and golf fitting.

Liam Maguire, Acting Captain, said “We look forward to the golfing months ahead and welcoming any new faces to our relaxed, safe and family-friendly club.”

You can follow Linlithgow Golf Club on Facebook and find out more on their website.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

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)

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.

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 1st October: Going Digital Community Cake Session & the Latest Local News

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 and family who can subscribe to receive it directly to their inbox at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/news/newsletter-subscription. Thank you!


Community Cake – Going Digital

Our next online Community Cake event is being held on Wednesday 28th of October via Zoom.

This event will be about helping community groups use digital technology to stay in touch online. You may already be using Zoom but not be aware of all the features, or you want some tips on best practice for meetings. If there’s anything specific you’d like us to cover, please get in touch!

We would also like to hear from any groups who have been using digital technology to help facilitate their groups during the pandemic and would be happy to share their learning with others.

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


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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The Community Council is aware of a local issue regarding land at Lady Park, which borders Linlithgow Loch.
 
The land is owned by a Trust and at present is tenanted by a farmer who uses it for grazing. In October last year West Lothian Council received planning permission to create a new footpath along the lower part of the field to enhance the route around the loch.

The plan has had some criticism from locals and the farmer currently using the land, who believes it will render the land unusable for grazing livestock.

A WLC report to the Environment Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel advised “As of August 2020, negotiated acquisition has not been forthcoming to date. Property Services are currently pursuing acquisition including by Compulsory Purchase Order if required.”

This matter will be discussed at the next meeting to be held on Tuesday 27th October at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend Community Council meetings. If you would like to join the next one, held via Zoom, please email helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk and confirm you are a resident of Linlithgow.

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


Business Spotlight – Hot Scotch Sauce

Hot Scotch Sauce is inspired by Linlithgow and a passion for Scottish produce!

The sauce marries the heat of chillies with the peaty smokiness of the finest Hebridean single malt scotch whisky.


Hot Scotch Sauce contains chillies from Narrowboat Farm, carefully nurtured just two miles away on the outskirts of Linlithgow. Crafted and bottled in the shadows of Linlithgow Palace, Hot Scotch is a flavourful hot sauce of distinction, and like no other with unparalleled local provenance.

Our story began in 2018 as we made permanent roots in Linlithgow and started experimenting with hot sauce recipes. As a husband and wife team we were inspired by the flourishing small businesses operating in and around Linlithgow high street.

Following a trip to the isle of Islay, we returned to form a close relationship with Narrowboat Farm. We were inspired to craft a hot sauce combining the smoky flavour notes of Hebridean whisky with Scottish grown chillies. Our aim was to make a premium small batch and versatile hot sauce which uses as much local Scottish produce as possible.

We are now very proud to be supplying excellent Linlithgow establishments like Mason Belles Kitchen and we are stocked by Grow Wild Organics Shop at Bonnytoun Farm.

Hot Scotch Sauce

We’re excited to soon be launching a “white hot” Hot Scotch to go along with our original. This will have a liquid smoke infusion instead of the smoky whisky we use in our signature Hot Scotch. As it’s up a couple notches in heat, it will be more of a slap around the chops than tickle on the lips in terms of heat, but well balanced in terms of sweet smoky flavour notes.

You can order online at www.hotscotchsauce.co.uk and we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Community Spotlight – Linlithgow School of Gymnastics

Linlithgow School of Gymnastics is back up and running after six months on pause due to Covid-19. 

Isobel, Gale and Tamara have worked tirelessly over lockdown to keep gymnasts engaged and prepare for a safe return. Isobel has been coordinating preparations to return to gymnastics. Gale set up a fantastic ‘LSG At Home’ Facebook group so gymnastics could practice different moves at home. Tamara hosted zoom training sessions with the competition gymnasts throughout the entire time! Senior gymnast and coaches have also been helping throughout and we would like to thank everyone that has volunteered. Their dedication to the sport and the children as been amazing to see.

There has been a huge amount of work reviewing all the guidelines from Scottish Gymnastics and the Scottish Government. Now Linlithgow School of Gymnastics has welcomed back gymnasts with many new safety measures in place.

We would like to say a big thank you to Suzanne and her team at Xcite for helping us get everything ready.


Isobel created a video to explain to gymnasts what they could expect when they returned. This includes temperature checks on arrival, wearing face coverings when arriving and leaving and individual boxes for gymnasts to store their clothes and shoes. 

There has had to be changes to the times and locations of classes. But the team are very thankful to parents and gymnasts for their cooperation and support. It’s great to be back doing what we love!


You can follow Linlithgow School of Gymnastics on Facebook to stay in touch!


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

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)

New rules mean that you must not make indoor social visits to other households. Pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm. Read more about the new measures.

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 24th September: New Scottish Government Restrictions & Spread the Word About Community News!

Can You Help Us Spread the Word About Community News?

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 and family who can subscribe to receive it directly to their inbox at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/news/newsletter-subscription. Thank you!


Community Cake Event – Going Digital

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We’re holding our next community cake event on Wednesday 28th October at 7.30pm via Zoom – save the date!

More information will follow next week but the session will be focused on giving you practical advice about taking meetings online and hearing how local groups have adapted.


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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The Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council held their latest meeting this week. One of the issues discussed was the need to have a list of organisations and associations in town. MyLinlithgow has already started work on a comprehensive list and LLBCC will be asking for a brief description from each group to better inform the public as to what is available and what purposes and aims they serve.

If you wish to participate in these Zoom meetings please get in
touch with  helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk at least 2 days prior to the meeting.

The date for the next meeting will be the AGM on 27th October 2020. The agenda and papers will be on the website and Facebook page a few days beforehand.


Business Spotlight – Easy Go Bikes

As this month is Cycle September, we are focusing on some of the town’s cycling businesses in our Business Spotlight feature.
 
Easygo Electric Bikes was set up in Linlithgow in May 2013 to offer sales and support for a range of electric bikes, an industry and product that was very much in its infancy at that time.

The business is unique in that there are no sales online and everything is done on a one to one basis with the customer.

From the outset we help guide the customer to the bike that will suit there needs best in terms of budget and frame style, we then (in normal times !) offer test rides from our large demo stock to help the customer identify the exact model that suits their needs so that they can buy with absolute confidence.

We provide expert help in explaining all the different drives types and characteristics being an approved trained specialist for Bosch, Yamaha, Shimano, Fazua and Promovec.

We then offer a range of bikes from several suppliers with a major focus on Raleigh, Haibike, Lapierre, Gocycle and Batribike which provides and excellent range of choice from these well respected brands.


Due to Covid-19 the test ride option is currently restricted but can still be provided following Government guidelines for social distancing, to ensure that customers can still buy with confidence having the option to try before they buy, to further ensure safety and welfare we are operating a very controlled “By appointment only system” which means the experience is still as comfortable and relaxed as possible with a maximum of only two people in the business unit at any time to minimise the risk to all.

Our service does not stop with the sale, quite the reverse! We pride ourselves on the level of service and support we provide after the bike has been purchased. We have a very well appointed workshop to ensure that we are always only a phone call or email away if you have a problem, require a service or simply want some advice or guidance on the operation of the bike.

Visit Easy Go Bikes website to find out more about our fantastic range of e-Bikes and register for our Newsletter to be kept up to date with all the exciting new bikes that will be arriving over the coming months!


Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Folk Festival Association

At the beginning of lockdown in March, preparations were already well underway for the 2020 Linlithgow Folk Festival and a major fundraising event had just taken place.

All activities then went online, including committee meetings. The twice-monthly music sessions at the Black Bitch pub were replaced with virtual events in venues such as “The Isolation Arms”, “The Stay Inn” and “The Lockdown Larder”. Musicians and singers sent videos to the Facebook page and these events have proved very popular.


It was important that the Festival weekend wasn’t forgotten and so an online Festival ran from the 9th to the 12th of September. This involved many of the people who are regular visitors to Linlithgow, including the contingent from our French twin town of Guyancourt.

This year’s headline act would have been local piping sensation Ross Miller and his band. Ross was gutted that the Festival didn’t take place but was able to record material for the online event.

Messages of support were also received from previous headline acts, among them the legendary Ralph McTell, whose good wishes also included a song.

The essence of the Folk Festival was beautifully captured in Martine Stead’s highly entertaining video, “Linlithgow Folk Festival in miniature”. In seven episodes, all the events which normally take place at the Festival were portrayed by an army of toys and ornaments, with the soundtrack taken from previous Festivals. Committee members even got in on the act by doing voiceovers. This highly original and unique piece of work can be seen on the Folk Festival Facebook page. “It was just like the real thing”, was how one regular Festival visitor described the video.

Further information about the Folk Festival can be found on the website at www.linlithgowfolk.com and from the Facebook page.

Scottish Government Latest Restrictions

The First Minister updated on Tuesday of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases.  These are summarised below. 

Indoors

Scottish households are now no longer allowed to have visitors in their homes. These rules also apply to children. This is already in effect with enforcement being introduced on Friday.

There are some exceptions to this rule who do not have to observe the indoor restrictions:

  • Those living alone who form extended households.
  • Couples not living together
  • Those who need childcare
  • Tradespeople

This decision has been made based on evidence from the Test and Protect operation which has showed this was the main way the virus was spreading.

Outdoors
  • A maximum of six people from two households can meet in outdoor spaces but people should limit as far as possible the total number of households met in a day.
  • Under-12s do not count towards the maximum number of households or number of people who can meet outdoors. Under-12s do not have to physically distance
  • A maximum of six 12 to 17 year olds can meet in outdoor spaces, with no household limit. Physical distancing is still required.

Indoor Public Spaces
  • A maximum of six people from two households can meet in public indoor spaces such as cafes, pubs and restaurants, subject to physical distancing rules.
  • Children under 12 from those two households do not count towards the limits.

Hospitality
  • From 25 September, pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm.
  • Hospitality venues are exempt from the 2m distancing rule, but must warn customers they are entering a 1m zone, produce revised seating plans, and take steps such as improving ventilation.
  • Customers have to provide their contact details in case contact tracers need to reach them.
  • Customers must wear face coverings while moving around hospitality venues and when they are not eating or drinking.
  • It is also mandatory for staff to wear face coverings.

Travel
  • There are no restrictions on how far you can travel in Scotland. 
  • The Scottish Government is advising against all non-essential foreign travel.
  • You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or extended household. If you have no other option, you should follow the safe travel guidance at the Transport Scotland website.

The measures will initially be in place for three weeks, then will be reviewed. However, Scottish Government advised it is likely they will be extended past the first three-week cycle.

You can help by downloading the Protect Scotland app. This is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus. More information is available on the Protect Scotland website.

Protect Scotland App

The current advice from the Scottish Government to stay safe, protect others, save lives is:

  • wear a face covering
  • avoid crowded places
  • clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • stay 2m away from other people
  • self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

See what you can and cannot do to help suppress the virus.

Many thanks to everyone who has been so vigilant in following these procedures already. This will help to keep our community safe.


Community News 17th September: All West Lothian Libraries are Open & Help Us Spread the Word About Community News!

Can You Help Us Spread the Word About Community News?

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 and family who can subscribe to receive it directly to their inbox at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/news/newsletter-subscription. Thank you!


All West Lothian Libraries to Offer Phone/Click & Collect

It’s fantastic to hear that from this week all libraries in West Lothian are back open. This means you can now reserve up to five items from the entire library catalogue. You can access the catalogue online to search what is available.

Items in stock at libraries will be available for collection from there two working days after they are reserved.  If the item is not in stock at the chosen library, customers should wait to be contacted by a member of staff before booking an appointment to collect.

To collect or return books you need to book a slot using the MYPC booking system.  Separate appointments are not necessary if collecting and returning items at the same time. If you don’t have access to the internet you can phone your local library to reserve items and book appointments for collections or returns.

At present there are no facilities to browse the library stock, use PCs, printers, photocopiers or access any other in-house/physical library services.

More information is available in the libraries section on the West Lothian Council website.


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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The next meeting of Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council will be on Tuesday, 22nd September at 7.30pm. 

It will be held on Zoom and is open to members of the public.

To register for this meeting please email helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk providing your name and confirming you are a resident of Linlithgow or Linlithgow Bridge, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting and you will receive Zoom joining instructions. Please send any questions to be raised in advance of the meeting.

The agenda and meeting papers will be posted on the website a few days before the meeting. 

You can get in touch with your Community Council via the website or by messaging the Facebook page.


Business Spotlight – Elevation Cycles

As this month is Cycle September, we are focusing on some of the town’s cycling businesses in our Business Spotlight feature.
 
Elevation Cycles joined the High Street at the end of 2012. The independent bicycle shop specialises in everything bike related!
 
The shop, which also operates online, stocks a wide range of kids and adult bikes; including road, mountain, hybrid and electric bikes. Alongside all the related clothing and accessories you may need.


Owner Fraser McNeil has been kept busy over lockdown sourcing bikes, accessories, and parts, alongside servicing and repairs. Fraser said “Elevation Cycles is all about providing a friendly and honest service. We keep products in stock that we have tried and tested ourselves so they won’t let you down when you’re out in the middle of nowhere”.
 
Fraser also recommends you start looking now if you are planning any bike purchases this Christmas! Cycling has seen a huge rise in popularity over lockdown resulting in many models being out of stock and orders taking much longer than usual.

E-bikes have become increasingly popular recently and can be a good option for commuting. They also mean recreational cyclists can ride further and cover greater distances. Fraser himself is a convert, spending lots of time recently on the Santa Cruz Heckler e-bike. He’s been exploring the Highlands with pal, and pro mountain biker, Danny MacAskill, biking up munros and climbing impressive elevations of 2000m!


You can follow Elevation Cycles on Facebook and find out more on the website.


Community Spotlight – Book Week Scotland

This year, for Book Week Scotland (16-22 November), 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
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’. We’re looking to you to help us choose the others!

Artist Amanda Thomson collates and celebrates traditional Scottish 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.

You can submit your favourite nature writing on Survey Monkey to be in with an opportunity to see your favourite words featured on the trail this November. 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.

Keep an eye on the Transition Linlithgow Facebook page, or the next issue of The Black Bitch Magazine, for more information on the trail route.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

Scotland moved to Phase 3 of the route map for coming out of lockdown on the 10 July 2020. See some key dates for future changes.

The current advice from the Scottish Government to stay safe, protect others, save lives is:

  • wear a face covering
  • avoid crowded places
  • clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • stay 2m away from other people
  • self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

See what you can and cannot do to help suppress the virus.

Many thanks to everyone who has been so vigilant in following these procedures already. This will help to keep our community safe.


Community News 10th September: Scottish Government Phase 3 Update & Local News

You can receive Community News direct to your inbox by signing up at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/news/newsletter-subscription.

Scottish Government Phase 3 Update – 10th September

The First Minister updated today that given the increase in coronavirus cases at home and abroad, the Scottish Government are taking a very cautious approach to the further easing of restrictions. There will be a delay to some further changes until it is safe to make them. There are also some changes required which will reduce opportunities for the virus to spread.

Therefore, from Monday 14 September the following measures will be in place: 

  • Revised social gathering rules: 6 people from up to 2 households can meet socially. (Under 12s from the 2 households are not counted within this limit). This applies in all locations – for example at home, in hospitality or outdoors in a park or garden. Limited exemptions apply.
  • Attendance limit for weddings, funerals and civil partnerships remains at 20. Receptions and wakes are permitted in regulated settings (e.g. hospitality venues) also with a limit of 20 people. (Social gathering rules apply elsewhere.)
  • Face coverings are mandatory in indoor hospitality venues for staff and customers when not eating and drinking (e.g. when entering a venue). Limited exemptions apply.

Protect Scotland: Covid-19 Tracing App

The Protect Scotland app became available for download today. It lets people know if they have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive for Covid-19.

The Scottish government has said the software will support the Test and Protect system and is “another tool in the fight against Covid-19”. The confidential contact tracing app will anonymously notify app users you’ve been in close contact with, should you test positive.

Up until now, contact tracing has been done manually using a method followed for years to help control the spread of infectious diseases.

You can find out more about the app on the Protect Scotland website and you can download for free onto a smart phone from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.


Fabric Masks Still Available

We still have plenty of fabric masks available, very kindly donated by Marjorie Goldie! If you would like a mask please email Pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

Fabric face coverings can be easily washed and used again, which saves money and is better for the environment.

Face coverings

Community Cake Feedback

We held our fundraising Community Cake last week via zoom. It was well attended and thank you to all those who came along. Thanks also to Ian Glassey and Alice Watson-Glassey who joined us and shared their expertise.

We will be sharing details of some of the potential funds which can be applied for with our Community Groups mailing list.

If you are involved with a local community group, you can sign up to our mailing list by emailing hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk. We share relevant and useful information periodically with groups and details of any events we are running.


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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It’s beginning to look a lot like….

While this year has seen many traditional gatherings be cancelled outright, the Community Council has had discussions with One Linlithgow BID, the Rotary and St Michael’s Parish Church on how to organise community Remembrance Sunday and Christmas events. It might seem still a long time away, however, be reassured that plans are afoot. 

For those wishing to pay respects on Remembrance Sunday there are continuing consultations on the possibility of wreath-laying only, or perhaps some kind of virtual event. There might be a call for your photographs and videos of previous years soon.

For Christmas, with indoor get-togethers and parades not feasible, there will be an ongoing shop window display initiative. The lighting of the Rotary Tree of Light will also take place starting on Saturday 28th November (the day before the first Sunday in Advent).

More information will be released closer to the time as plans are finalised.

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


Business Spotlight – Andy’s Bike Clinic

As this month is Cycle September, we are focusing on some of the town’s cycling businesses in our Business Spotlight feature.

First up is Andy’s Bike Clinic. Andy offers you a professional and personal service for all your bicycle repair and maintenance needs. He serves Linlithgow and the surrounding area and deals with all types of bikes from children’s through to commuter, road and mountain bikes.

He also offers a free pick-up and drop-off service within a ten mile radius of Linlithgow. The fully equipped Mobile Bike Mechanic’s workshop will come to your door at a time that suits you.


Andy is passionate about bikes and the enjoyment that can be had from them. In his 20 years in IT, predominantly within financial institutions, Andy has seen some pretty shocking customer service, and he’s keen not to fall in to the trap of taking his customers for granted. To that end, Andy strives to achieve an outstanding customer experience each and every time he works on a bike. You can always be sure of friendly, honest, open and accurate advice, with a price level to match.

Andy’s Bike Clinic offers four different standard services, as well as a comprehensive list of other more specialist tasks. Every effort will be made to address the issue at your home or workplace, otherwise, your bike will be securely transported to Andy’s well-equipped workshop and returned in the same manner.


When Covid-19 hit, I closed my doors for four weeks to take stock and gather advice about trading. Starting off by servicing and maintaining key worker’s bikes in and around Linlithgow showed I could still provide a safe, reliable and socially distanced service to my customers. With the explosion in cycling that lockdown has caused, my services are very much in demand at present!

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You can also follow Andy on Facebook and find out more on his website!


Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Arts Guild

This week’s community spotlight is on Linlithgow Arts Guild.

At this time of the year we would normally have been launching our programme for the new season, but you will not be surprised to hear that we’re not yet in a position to do this.

However, we assure you that we will be ready with a programme of live music as soon as this becomes feasible. In the mean-time we invite you to subscribe to our £10 membership, without tickets, to show your support, and to keep in touch with us. This will give you priority booking for any events that we are able to confirm in the remainder of the season, including a garden party which we hope to arrange in the early summer of 2021.

We have provisional arrangements with Emma Abate & Julian Perkins for a concert in late January, and also with Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver for a concert in February.


Ticket prices, venues, and possible limitations on audience numbers will be announced if and when these events are confirmed. Please keep an eye on our website for further information as it becomes available.

We have been in touch with several potential future performers, and we continue to receive enquiries from numerous performers and their agents. This is a difficult time for professional musicians, and the whole of the Arts community. In addition to all of the major professional organisations there are around 70 organisations in Scotland similar to our Arts Guild, all in much the same situation. However, this may also present an opportunity to make provisional bookings for artists who we would really like to hear. Please let us know if there are people or groups of any genre that you would like to suggest!

Hopefully you will have seen some of the amazing performances on-line given by musicians in “Lockdown”. We’ve been posting some of these on our Facebook page, and will continue to do so from time to time. You may have seen items from the Gesualdo Six, Catherine Bryan, Jess Gillam, Steven Osborne, Jean Johnson, and several other musicians who have performed for us in recent times. We are privileged to have been able to hear performers of this calibre in live concerts locally!

You can find out all the latest from the Arts Guild on our website or on Facebook and you can contact us at info@linlithgowartsguild.org.uk.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

Scotland moved to Phase 3 of the route map for coming out of lockdown on the 10 July 2020. See some key dates for future changes.

The current advice from the Scottish Government to stay safe, protect others, save lives is:

  • wear a face covering
  • avoid crowded places
  • clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • stay 2m away from other people
  • self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

See what you can and cannot do to help suppress the virus.

Many thanks to everyone who has been so vigilant in following these procedures already. This will help to keep our community safe.


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

You can receive Community News direct to your inbox by signing up at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/news/newsletter-subscription.

Generous Donation of Face Coverings for the Linlithgow Community

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Linlithgow Farmily on Linlithgow High Street

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

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

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

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

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

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


Business Spotlight – Little Beau Peep

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


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

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


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

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


Community Spotlight – Volunteer Directory

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

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

Some current opportunities include:

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

Linlithgow Burgh Trust

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

If you would like to feature your local group in our Community Spotlight section or add an entry to our Volunteer Directory, please email helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

Scotland moved to Phase 3 of the route map for coming out of lockdown on the 10 July 2020. See some key dates for future changes.

The current advice from the Scottish Government to stay safe, protect others, save lives is:

  • wear a face covering
  • avoid crowded places
  • clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • stay 2m away from other people
  • self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

See what you can and cannot do to help suppress the virus.

Many thanks to everyone who has been so vigilant in following these procedures already. This will help to keep our community safe.


Community News 27th August: Cycle September Global Bike Challenge and Updates from LCDT & the Community Council

Cycle September Bike Challenge

We know there are lots of keen cyclists in Linlithgow, many of whom we are grateful to for their support with the West Lothian Cycle Circuit project.
 
So as September is just around the corner, this week we are featuring the Love to Ride Cycle September Global Bike Challenge!

It’s all about joining thousands of people across the country (and around the world!) to enjoy the benefits of riding a bike.

You can ride anywhere, anytime during September. Just a 10 minute ride is enough to take part!

You can join as a:

  • Individual
  • Business
  • Group

Individuals and workplaces will compete nationally and worldwide to earn the most points by riding, and encouraging others to do the same. The Groups section has been set up to encourage cycling advocacy and a bit of friendly competition between different groups across the local authority!

You can register at the Love To Ride website to take part where more information about cycling in West Lothian is also available.

Linlithgow is lucky to have lots of local cycling businesses to support you in your endeavours. These include Andy’s Bike ClinicElevation Cycles and Easy Go Electric Bikes, who we will be featuring in our Business Spotlights during September.

1st Step Logo

We also have 1st Step Bikes based in Linlithgow who are pleased to support Love to Ride Cycle September. They have provided the following tips and advice …

To make the most of your cycle ride please remember the following!

Bring with you:

  • a puncture repair kit
  • a spare inner tube
  • tyre levers
  • a pump.

Check that:

  • your brakes work
  • the cables are not frayed
  • the brake blocks still have plenty of life left in them
  • all your gears work (especially the lower ones, if the ride is over a hilly route!)

If you would like 1st Step Bikes to check your bike is safe and ready for Cycle September or any other journey we may be able to fit you in for a free Dr Bike check-up service. To see if we have availability please call us on 07869381382 or message us on Facebook.

Happy cycling from the team at 1st Step Bikes!


Community Cake – Fundraising

Are you part of a community group looking for support with fundraising? If so a reminder we are holding our next Community Cake event on Wednesday 2nd of September at 7.30pm via Zoom. It is focused on sharing funding opportunities and fundraising ideas to help groups support each other with gaining funding in the current climate.

Experienced fundraising consultants Ian Glassey and Alice Watson-Glassey (www.glasseyfundraising.co.uk) will be in attendance to share their experiences and provide advice and suggestions. 

If you would like to take part in this event, please email helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk to receive joining instructions.


Linlithgow Community Development Trust Board Update

We held our monthly board meeting last week and it is an exciting time for the Trust with lots of exciting plans for the future coming! We will be sharing a fuller update in the October edition of The Black Bitch Magazine.

The Board approved Chris Horne to be the formal representative of LCDT on the One Linlithgow BID Board. We are pleased to be working more closely with the BID on upcoming activities and strategies. We are also working with them on the My Linlithgow website to promote local businesses and bring more visitors to the town.


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council logo

The Community Council were updated this week on the Spaces for People project. This work relates to temporary measures being introduced across West Lothian to make physical distancing easier when walking and cycling during Covid 19.
 
The introduction of new temporary speed limits has now commenced and will be completed in a phased approach.

A programme of vegetation clearance works on existing cyclepaths and footways has also begun. This maintenance work will involve cutting back both overhanging foliage and verges on key routes in order to improve path widths for walkers and cyclists.

These works are to be followed over the next few weeks with the introduction of physical distancing measures at some of the more heavily used bus stops and narrow footways within towns. The improvements will make it easier for users to social distance at pinch points.

Physical distancing signage, to remind people of the importance of social distancing, has been designed and arranged for town centres and villages. Signs will also start going up.

Various additional suggestions have been put forward to the Community Council about additional works. For example, extending the 20 mph zone from the rail bridge to the canal bridge on the Edinburgh Road. It was advised that several ideas have been put to highways to enhance the original plans.

The timetable for the proposed works has not been finalised. The primary factor affecting this is the inability of suppliers and contractors to react to the sudden demand for signage and other street hardware made by all Scottish local authorities

You can get in touch with the Community Council via their website or on Facebook.


Business Spotlight – Relax & Heel Reflexology

The last business in our series on Braehead Business Park is Relax & Heel Reflexology.
 
Jo-Anne Jamieson, who runs the business opened back up after lockdown in early August. She is following strict guidance on enhanced hygiene, PPE and other measures to ensure client and therapist safety. Jo-Anne is very pleased to be offering therapies again and has been busy since re-opening. So much so she is increasing opening hours from September to Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Jo-Anne supports health and wellbeing through the use of therapies such as clinical reflexology, massage and reiki, including women’s health and cancer care. She takes a holistic approach, which means all lifestyle factors are considered when creating individualised treatment plans for patients. She has also provided workplace wellness packages at businesses.


During lockdown Jo-Anne completed her degree in Integrative Healthcare, and plans to continue to Honours level, bringing many of her newly-learned skills to her clinic!
 
You can read more about Relax & Heel Reflexology in Issue 75 of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 6 or follow on Facebook.


Community Spotlight – Carers of West Lothian

Carers of West Lothian is a well-established voluntary organisation offering a range of services that have been developed specifically to meet the needs of carers and their families.

We are working remotely just now with all our support being over the phone and online. Contact details and support available can be found below.

We support unpaid carers, young carers and disabled adults living in West Lothian. Through our surveys and conversations with the people who use our service, a need for place-based support has been identified. This is because some people find it difficult to engage in our support based in Livingston, due to travel barriers as well as other factors.

The team are looking to find out more about what support carers in Linlithgow would like locally. As restrictions ease, we are keen to progress with further developing support in the town. LCDT Community Co-ordinator, Pamela Barnes, is in contact with Carers of West Lothian and can pass on your feedback. If you have any issues or ideas you would like to raise, please share them with Pamela at pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk or on 07981 922490.

You can follow Carers of West Lothian on Facebook and find out more on their website.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

Scotland moved to Phase 3 of the route map for coming out of lockdown on the 10 July 2020. See some key dates for future changes.

The current advice from the Scottish Government to stay safe, protect others, save lives is:

  • wear a face covering
  • avoid crowded places
  • clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • stay 2m away from other people
  • self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

See what you can and cannot do to help suppress the virus.

Many thanks to everyone who has been so vigilant in following these procedures already. This will help to keep our community safe.


Community News 20th August: Scottish Government Update & Community Cake Event on Fundraising

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We keep you up to date will relevant local and national updates and also do a spotlight feature each week on a local business and a local community group.


Scottish Government Phase 3 Update

The First Minister updated today on the 20th August three-weekly review and confirmed that Scotland will stay in Phase 3 of the route map out of the coronavirus crisis.

The following dates were confirmed.

From Monday 24 August the following can resume, all subject to following the relevant guidance.

  • Outdoor contact sports (all ages) can resume following guidance of relevant sports bodies.
  • Outdoor seated live events and outdoor open space live events – with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene, and restricted numbers.
  • Driving lessons can resume.
  • Child contact centres can re-open.
  • Face-to-face advice services, including Citizens Advice, can resume – following guidance.
  • Bingo halls can re-open with physical distancing.
  • Amusement arcades and casinos can re-open.
  • Snooker/pool halls and indoor bowling can re-open.
  • Funfairs – both static and travelling – can re-open.

From Monday 31 August the following can resume, all subject to following the relevant guidance.

  • Gyms (indoor) can re-open.
  • Swimming pools can re-open.
  • Indoor sports courts can reopen, including skating, dance studios: Children (0-12) years can resume all activity; adults and young people (12+) can resume non-contact activity only.
  • Indoor activities for children and young people (unregulated) can resume subject to guidance that will vary by activity.
  • Indoor youth work can resume for young people.

More information and details about other changes and dates can be found on the Scottish Government website.

A growing number of cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed among pupils and staff at Scottish schools.

These are part of community clusters which have had an impact on schools, rather than school-based clusters.

It is not thought that the virus has been transmitted within schools. Here are details of the community clusters, none of which are in West Lothian.

Parents/Guardians, please remember if your child/ren has any Covid symptoms do not send them to school, and follow advice on the NHS Inform website around Test and Protect.


Community Cake – Fundraising

After a successful online Community Cake event in July we are hosting our next one on the 2nd of September, again via Zoom.
 
We’ve had brilliant feedback from community groups that Community Cake events are a great way to meet people from other groups and do some friendly networking. It was great to give groups the opportunity to do this online. At the last event we asked what support groups were looking for and one theme which came up related to raising funds.
 
So the next event is focused on sharing funding opportunities and fundraising ideas to help groups support each other with gaining funding in the current climate. We are delighted that Ian Glassey and Alice Watson-Glassey will be in attendance to share their experiences and provide advice and suggestions. They are experienced fundraising consultants and we are very pleased to be able to bring their knowledge and expertise to groups within Linlithgow – don’t miss out! You can find out more about Ian and Alice’s work http://www.glasseyfundraising.co.uk.

If you would like to take part in this event, please email helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk to receive joining instructions.


Health & Wellbeing Survey

West Lothian Community Planning Partnership is looking for views on the local impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on health, well-being and poverty.

The survey will help identify priorities going forward to help ensure work is targeted where it has the greatest impact. To take part, please visit https://www.surveyhero.com/s/9e1c281 by Friday, 28 August 2020.


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council logo

The next meeting of Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council is on Tuesday 25th August at 7.30pm. It will be held on Zoom and is open to members of the public.

To register for this meeting please email helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk providing your name and confirming you are a resident of Linlithgow or Linlithgow Bridge, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting and you will receive Zoom joining instructions.

An agenda will be available on the Community Council website and on the Facebook page very soon.


Business Spotlight – Dogstar Grooming

Dogstar Grooming is another local business that is part of Braehead Business Park. During lockdown, owner Karen Hobbs was unfortunately unable to operate in anyway. However she has a loyal client base who were keen to get their dogs groomed as soon as she was able to open again!

Karen only takes small dogs, and provides the full range of services, from bathing and grooming through to nails.

An increasing number of her dogs have been some of the “high maintenance” curly coated breeds. She has taken particular pleasure in occasionally grooming rarer dogs on the Kennel Club’s list of endangered species such as Scottish Terrier and Clumber Spaniels!
 
You can read more about Dog Star Grooming in the latest issue of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 6 or follow on Facebook.


Community Spotlight – The Black Bitch Magazine

The Black Bitch is Linlithgow’s Community Magazine, and a well-established part of Linlithgow life. It promotes the town, its people, its businesses and its beauty.

The Black Bitch is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation and a non-profit community project. It’s very much a community magazine, covering topics for all ages and interests.

During Covid-19, the magazine switched to producing online only issues. A Special Edition of the most recent issue of the magazine has been designed and printed especially for people in the community without access to the internet.

Black Bitch Magazine Issue 75

Over the last few months being connected online has been a social lifeline for many people, a way to connect to those around us. Linlithgow Community Development Trust (LCDT) recognised that feelings of isolation may be exacerbated by not having access to this important lifeline. To help address this LCDT has funded the design and printing of this special magazine edition.

This edition will contain a selection of articles from the issue in a clear 12pt font size. Copies will be distributed to identified households via local organisations including Linlithgow Link, 1st Step, LYPP, the Coronavirus Support Group, churches, Bield Housing Association and Linlithgow Day Care Centre. Wilson’s Newsagents has also kindly offered to help distribute the magazine to customers they know don’t use the internet, as well as including a copy in their deliveries to customers that are currently housebound.

However, we are pleased to report that Issue 76, out from next week, will once again be delivered to your letterbox! Thanks to the team of volunteers who give up their time to distribute the magazine. There are many other volunteers who contribute to the writing, editing and designing of the magazine, and publicising it on social media. Thank you to them all!
 
If you would like to volunteer to help support the magazine, you can view the current opportunities to volunteer with the Black Bitch on the My Linlithgow volunteering directory.
 
The magazine relies on support from subscriptions from local people and advertising from local businesses to be able to create and print each issue. Given the recent challenges the aim is to create a new funding format to make the magazine secure and sustainable against any future eventuality. We are asking for your support by making a contribution to the magazine.  Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable for our future. You can make either a regular or one-off donation on our website at https://www.linlithgowcommunitymagazine.co.uk/subscribe.
 
You can follow The Black Bitch Magazine on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest local news and find previous issues on their website.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

Scotland moved to Phase 3 of the route map for coming out of lockdown on the 10 July 2020. See some key dates for future changes.

The current advice from the Scottish Government to stay safe, protect others, save lives is:

  • wear a face covering
  • avoid crowded places
  • clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • stay 2m away from other people
  • self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

See what you can and cannot do to help suppress the virus.

Many thanks to everyone who has been so vigilant in following these procedures already. This will help to keep our community safe.