Community News 17th June – Information about Face Coverings

Face Coverings – All you Need to Know

The Scottish Government currently recommends the wearing of facial coverings when:

  • You leave the house and enter enclosed spaces, particularly where physical distancing is difficult to maintain and there is a risk of close contact with multiple people.
  • Travelling on public transport.
  • Entering some shops where it is not possible to maintain a two-metre distance from other customers.

There is no evidence to suggest there might be a benefit to wearing face coverings outdoors, unless in an unavoidable crowded situation, in which case there may be some benefit.

Nicola Sturgeon has advised there is “some evidence” that wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, where physical distancing is more difficult, can protect other people if the wearer is infected. She has “strongly” encouraged people to start wearing them if they have not been doing so already. So wearing a mask is doing your bit to make sure you don’t pass on the coronavirus to anyone else, as you may be infected but not showing any symptoms.

A medical grade mask is not required, just a facial covering of the mouth and nose that is made of cloth or other textiles and through which you can breathe, for example a scarf or fabric mask.

After use, it is important you wash your hands first and avoid touching your face. After each use, you must wash the face covering at 60 degrees centigrade or dispose of safely. Face coverings should not be used for children under the age of two years. 

The World Health Organisation provides advice in the infographic below and also has videos about how to wear a fabric mask.

Business Spotlight – The Crannog Cafe

This week’s business spotlight is on Crannog Cafe run by Shonagh Brown. She is a newbie on the High Street, only taking over Café Delights in March and renaming it Crannog. However, she has been very busy throughout lockdown preparing meals and delivering them throughout Linlithgow.

This photo of Shonagh was taken by Queensferry Churches Care in the Community when she did over 70 “pensioner’s sized” afternoon teas recently for them! Their volunteers collected them and delivered them to the pensioner’s homes. 

Shonagh has a new menu every week for deliveries, giving priority to the vulnerable and elderly. She said “For some folk I’m the only visitor they’ll have all day, and I’ll have a 10-minute blether on the doorstep. I’m well-known for being very talkative!”

She is doing a fantastic job providing homecooked meals, afternoon tea and cakes, either for yourself or to treat family and friends. You just need to order 24 hours in advance by text, Facebook messenger or email, for delivery Monday to Friday.

You can read more about Crannog Cafe in this recent edition of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 6. Follow on Facebook to keep updated with the latest menus and news!

Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Twinning Association

Linlithgow is twinned with the French town of Guyancourt, which is situated about twenty kilometres south-west of Paris and close to the Chateau of Versailles. One of the key principles of our twinning relationship is that, in order to experience French culture first-hand, we stay with host families when we visit Guyancourt. We also host our French guests in our own homes when they visit Linlithgow. This can be a bit daunting at first, but many rewarding and long-standing friendships have resulted from these exchanges.
The main annual twinning event takes place annually over a weekend when exchange visits are organised between the two towns on alternate years. These are fun packed weekends of music, dancing, rambling and seeing new places. Plus, of course, discovering local cuisine and hospitality and the chance to make lifelong French and Scottish friends. Twinning is open to anyone living in Linlithgow and surrounding areas and individuals, couples and families are welcome to participate. All that is required is an interest in France and the French way of life. The ability to speak a little French can be useful but is not essential and it can be an excellent means of practising and improving your own French language skills.

The Association has already advised our friends in Guyancourt that, because of coronavirus, we will not be able to make our planned trip to Guyancourt in October 2020. Alternative dates are now being sought by both Associations. Linlithgow Twinning Association’s Annual General Meeting will be held using Zoom on Thursday, 25th June at 7pm. If you are interested in taking part please contact Gaynor Parry (01506844878).

Community News 12th June – Special Edition of the Black Bitch, Virtual Marches & Advice Support from 1st Step

The Black Bitch

The new issue of The Black Bitch Magazine is now available on their website, featuring all the latest community news. As the issue is online only due to Covid-19 please share with anyone that may not have access. 

However, a Special Edition of the magazine is being designed and printed especially for people in the community without access to the internet. Over the last three 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) recognise that feelings of isolation may be exacerbated by not having access to this important lifeline. To help address this LCDT is funding the design and printing of a special magazine edition.

This edition will contain a selection of articles from the current 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.

If you have a relative, friend or neighbour, not online, who enjoys reading The Black Bitch Magazine, please let them know about this special edition created for them.

To request a copy, they can call the Linlithgow Coronavirus Support Helpline on 01506 200 838.

Stay Home, Stay Safe – Long Live the Marches

Despite the absence of a physical Marches Day this year Linlithgow Community Development Trust wish everyone in the town a very happy Marches Day for next Tuesday.
You can enjoy a wee sense of the atmosphere of Linlithgow’s civic festival by checking out the wonderful Linlithgow Marches videos available on Facebook.

A huge thank you to the Linlithgow Deacons Court who have produced this brilliant series of virtual Marches videos. Long live the marches!

Take the Right Step

Have you been affected by the current coronavirus situation and do you need some advice or help?

1st Step and West Lothian Council Advice Shop are teaming up to offer advice over the phone or email on issues that you might be worried about. 

This includes advice around debt; any benefits you may be entitled to claim, what you can claim if you’re self-employed or not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), housing/tenancy issues and rent arrears.

All you need to do if you would like advice is to private message us with your email or mobile number and we will arrange for someone to contact you. You do NOT need to tell us what it is about just that you would like an appointment.

Business Spotlight – Bright Star Toys

Linlithgow Community Development Trust are starting a new regular feature, spotlighting local businesses. First up is Bright Star Toys!

Bright Star Toys is a relatively new business on Linlithgow High Street run by Ian Melville. He has been keeping his business as visible as possible, even though its doors have been closed due to Covid-19.

Ian has adapted by offering a free local doorstep delivery three days a week and a new click and collect service. Many of the shop’s products are now available to browse and purchase online on the new website. Although other products are available and Ian is happy to advise what else is available in-store. To arrange a delivery or collection call 01506 846326 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Ian said the feedback he’s received since launching the delivery service had been “unbelievable”. “We have been so touched by all the support. I can only say a massive thank you to all our customers, old and new.”

Although much of the business caters for youngsters, Ian has been finding there is also increased demand from adults looking for board games and adult jigsaws. The best seller for children remains Squishmallows, with new ones coming out regularly!

You can read more about Bright Star Toys in the latest edition of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 7. Follow them on Facebook for all the latest updates or visit to find out more!

Community Group Spotlight – Linlithgow Link

There is also a new community spotlight feature! If your group would like to be featured please email The week we are finding out all about Linlithgow Link.

Linlithgow Link is a voluntary group set up in 1979 to provide a service to the community.

The services provided are:

  • A car service for those unable to use public transport, we offer a friendly volunteer driver to take the client to a medical appointment.
  • Befriending and visiting those in the community who may feel isolated through age or ill health.
  • Caring Café once a month at the Low Port Centre which is run by Link volunteers.
  • Tuesday group which is held every Tuesday afternoon at Bield Housing West Port, a get together for the group with a cup of tea and cake.

At the moment, all of the above is unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19. The volunteers are keeping busy though, picking up prescriptions doing some shopping. They are also handing out goody bags that contain some treats, essential supplies, word search book and colouring book.

We are extremely thankful for the donations we have received which will enable us to make up more bags to give out to the community at this difficult time.

We would also like to thank Queen Margaret Hall who have offered their space to make up goody bags and to the Day Care Centre who have offered the use of their mini-van to provide transport to medical appointments.

Latest Covid-19 Guidance

The current advice from Scottish Government is to protect yourself and others by:

  • staying at home
  • only going outside for essential food, health and work reasons
  • staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people
  • washing your hands regularly and as soon as you get home

We are now in Phase 1 of the route map for moving out of lockdown which now also allows meetings of two households outside whilst staying 2 metres apart.