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Community News 8th July: Linlithgow Open for Business & Detecting Potential Covid-19 Hotspots

Linlithgow is Open for Business Again!

After more than three months of lockdown, the moment businesses and customers have been eagerly awaiting has finally arrived. John Smith from One Linlithgow Business Initiative District (BID) shares the latest news.

It’s not only the historic High Street that burst back into life last week, but businesses throughout the town, including Mill Road industrial estate at Linlithgow Bridge.

Things are beginning to return to ‘normal’ but the Scottish Government’s vital ‘stay safe’ message has been given the number one priority to ensure the wellbeing of customers and staff alike.

One Linlithgow BID was voted in by businesses throughout the town towards the end of last year and was expecting to be working on a raft of measures to promote and support levy payers. Instead, the organisation has focussed almost entirely on providing vital practical assistance for a wide range of businesses as they try to cope with the restrictions necessary to ensure the pandemic does not return.

Eddie Linton-Smith, One Linlithgow BID co-ordinator, said they were delighted to see so many more businesses re-open. “But we need to make sure they can be sensible about hygiene and distancing,” he said.

“To that end, we’re supplying every bricks-and-mortar business in Linlithgow with bespoke PPE kits, including hand sanitiser, disposable gloves and masks, as well as distancing stickers, tapes and posters.”

The BID has secured £15,000 of Scottish Government funding, over and above part of a national support package for BIDs in Scotland. Eddie said “In the first two weeks we’ve given out over 50 PPE kits, and paid out a dozen grants, with many more in the pipeline. In total we’ve already provided £2,500 of direct support, and we’re just getting started!”

He added “To say the least, the last few months have been extremely difficult for many. Businesses in Linlithgow have shown incredible innovation and resilience. So despite everything we’re looking forward to a thriving local economy once again.”



Detecting Potential Covid Hotspots With Your Help!

Could you join the 3.9 million UK residents taking part in the COVID Symptom Study, the largest public science project of its kind in the world?

Take just 1 minute each day and help fight the outbreak. All data is analysed daily with Kings College London and shared with the NHS. 

One Linlithgow resident says:
“I’ve been a part of the COVID Symptom Study since lockdown began, submitting daily details for each family member on my mobile phone. It only takes a minute, it’s really easy, and it’s great to know I’m contributing to research and helping detect potential COVID hotspots.”

With the COVID Symptom Study data now flagging up potential hotspots, it will allow for greater surveillance and more focussed testing that could detect new outbreaks much earlier. To do this successfully, the study needs more people to join by using the app each day.

Please join if you can, and spread the word about the app with your friends and family. You can download as an app on your mobile phone and get a daily reminder to submit data. Find out more at https://covid.joinzoe.com.


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

LLBCC is part of the Joint Forum of Community Councils in West Lothian. Collaborating and coordinating with other community councils in the region, sharing ideas, experiences, joining together to tackle issues. You can find out more information on the Joint Forum website.

You can get in touch with your community council via our website using contact us or by messaging our Facebook page.


Business Spotlight – Lilypond Crafts & Gifts

Lilypond Crafts & Gifts has been on the High Street for over 3 years now, although it has been trading online much longer. Run by sisters Evelyn and Kate, it provides a quirky and eclectic mix of gifts, including many handcrafted items from artisans in Linlithgow and the surrounding areas. You’re bound to find something that takes your fancy, either for yourself, or something that makes the perfect gift!

Lilypond has been trading online throughout the coronavirus pandemic and Evelyn was kept busy fulfilling orders and making local deliveries.

The shop opened back up last week with new safety measures in place. This includes a limit of 2 people in the shop, hand sanitiser, social distancing, face coverings and regular cleaning. Although back open they continue to offer free local delivery to EH49 postcodes.

The sisters are looking forward to welcoming people back to the shop and the High Street, and are thankful for the support during lockdown. Evelyn, who is also chair of One Linlithgow Bid, said “It’s now more important than ever that people shop locally to support independent businesses, and we can’t wait to see the return of tourists because of their importance to the local economy”.

Lilypond Crafts & Gifts are currently operating temporary opening hours of 10am-4pm Monday – Saturday. Follow them on Facebook to keep updated with any changes to these and the latest news, and you can see their full range on the website!


Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Burgh Trust

Linlithgow Burgh Trust (SCIO) was formed in 2017 and is run by a Board of Charity Trustees which operates mainly through three committees: Linlithgow Civic Trust, Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow and the Public Art Committee. The Finance and Admin Committee deals with governance and funding issues.

Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow is primarily involved in ‘hands-on’ work, creating and maintaining all the town’s public floral displays – hanging baskets, beds and plant containers – carrying out tree planting and other environmental improvements, encouraging wildlife and enhancing the urban scene generally.

The Civic Trust aims to encourage the conservation of the town’s historic buildings and environment and tries to ensure that new development is of good design, appropriate to the town’s character. We organise relevant visits and lectures and produce publications and merchandise that help to promote Linlithgow.

The first Burgh Trust public art project was the installation of the bronze sculpture of Dudley at the Linlithgow Union Canal basin in memory of Liz Burrows, who supported Burgh Beautiful. Earlier this year The Black Bitch statue was unveiled on the High Street and the next project will be a St Michael sculpture at Low Port.


Volunteers Wanted!

We are currently looking for volunteers to take on various roles within the Trust. Both Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow and Linlithgow Civic Trust are looking for new committee members who can attend committee meetings and support with some of the admin.

Burgh Beautiful require someone to work with the sponsorship of floral displays, who must be good with numbers!

The Civic Trust is looking for an organiser of the annual Perambulation of the Marches, which takes place on Wednesday before the Marches. An organiser is also required for the Doors Open Days which takes place in September.

If you are interested in helping out Burgh Beautiful, the Civic Trust and the Burgh Trust in any of these roles please contact secretary@lbt.scot.


Latest Covid-19 Guidance

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


Scotland is in Phase 2 of moving out of lockdown. The next review will be on 9th July. See some indicative dates for future changes and what you can and cannot do to help suppress the virus.

Linlithgow Burgh Trust are looking for volunteers!

Linlithgow Burgh Trust are looking for volunteers to take on various roles within the Trust, which is made up of Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow and Linlithgow Civic Trust.

Both organisations are looking for new committee members who can attend committee meetings and support with some of the admin.

Burgh Beautiful require someone to work with the sponsorship of floral displays, who must be good with numbers!

The Civic Trust are looking for an organiser of the annual Perambulation of the Marches, which takes place on Wednesday before the Marches. An organiser is also required for the Doors Open Days which takes place in September.

If you are interested in helping out Burgh Beautiful, the Civic Trust and the Burgh Trust in any of these roles please contact us at secretary@lbt.scot.

Community News 2nd July: Scottish Government Updates & Local Mask Makers

Linlithgow’s Community of Mask Makers

From 10th July face masks will become mandatory in shops, with exemptions for children under 5 and people with certain medical conditions.
 
The Scottish Government has been recommending the use of face masks for some time now. As of 22nd June, face coverings became mandatory on all public transport.
 
Yesterday we heard new changes to ease the coronavirus restrictions. This means more places in town will open such as outdoor cafes and beer gardens, and businesses with appropriate health and safety measure in place. Leisure travel restrictions are being lifted and children under 12 will no longer need to maintain physical distancing from other households outdoors.
 
“As we start to interact more, it is vital we take all reasonable steps to reduce risk, and we know that face coverings can reduce the risk of transmission indoors”, Nicola Sturgeon First Minister stated.
 
Re-useable fabric face masks – easy access for all
 
Many local people have already been busy making fabric masks for themselves, friends and family. It has been wonderful to see people’s generosity to help keep our community safe.

If you’d like to try making a mask yourself there is a Linlithgow Mask Makers Facebook group for local sewers to support each other sharing advice on sewing, materials and patterns.
 
Linlithgow Community Development Trust wants to make sure everyone in Linlithgow has easy access to re-usable face masks for shopping and using public transport. LCDT is inviting local sewers to contact pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk who would like to help.  Financial support can be provided to purchase material. Thank you to those who have already been in touch.
 
A central drop-off point has been set up for donating masks. Initially these will be distributed to local people most in need of masks via links with community organisations working with vulnerable people in our town such as Linlithgow Link, 1st Step and Linlithgow Young People Project.
 
If you are a business or community group that is looking for face masks for your staff or volunteers please get in touch with pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk and LCDT can try to help.
 
Let’s help Linlithgow become and remain a coronavirus free zone.


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

Welcome to your update from Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council, thank you to LDCT for inviting us to share community information in this newsletter.

As we move into summer, during the strangest year many of us have ever experienced, LLBCC will be foregoing the usual summer break to trial public participation in the Zoom meetings we have been holding each month.

This will take place at the end of July, see the pinned post on our Facebook page for details. You can get in touch with your community council via our website using contact us or by messaging our Facebook page.


Business Spotlight – Rebecca Holmes Photography

This week’s business spotlight is on Rebecca Holmes Photography. Rebecca is a Linlithgow local specialising in ‘people’ photography. She is an expert at making things fun and relaxed, and takings a wide spectrum of photography, from families to dancers and personal branding to commercial. Rebecca also provides photography workshops for those looking to upskill themselves.

She has been super busy during lockdown with the #LinlithgowFrontStepsProject, capturing people on their doorsteps with images to remember the time by. What’s more, she has been giving her own time for free and instead asking for donations to Linlithgow’s Young People’s Project, if people can afford. So far she has photographed 204 households and businesses, with 68 to go this weekend to complete the project. Rebecca has raised more than £3,000 so far – an incredible achievement and you can still donate to the Crowdfunder.

Here are a sample of the fantastic ‘Front Door Step’ pictures, featuring some of Linlithgow Community Development Trust’s board members and staff!

Rebecca is taking bookings for outdoor photography sessions, following Government guidelines and adhering to social distancing. You can follow Rebecca on Facebook and view her impressive portfolio on her website.


Community Spotlight – Linlithgow String Orchestra

Linlithgow String Orchestra (LSO) have been around for over 4 years, so we are still relatively new on the Linlithgow community group block. Like most groups we’ve been unable to meet up weekly since the end of March due to lockdown, however, we’ve been pretty busy and had a few projects on the go. To do this, we’ve turned online to hold Zoom committee meetings and to produce video recordings of our players….
 
On Marches Day this year, we published a video on our ‘Linlithgow Orchestra’ YouTube channel. The video had pictures from past Marches processions set to our ‘live’ recording from Linlithgow Burgh Halls in June 2018 of ‘The Roke and the Wee Pickle Tow’ arranged for LSO by Andrew Sutherland which has been well received.

On the same day, we circulated a video on our Facebook page of one of our players, Helen Greig. She played ‘The Roke’ on the violin in the garden 3 times at 11am to mark when the Marches procession would have traditionally left from The Cross – so far this has had over 1400 views!! So, we’re definitely starting to get known around the town…

For ‘Make Music Day’ (MMD), an annual event on 21st June celebrated in over 120 countries, our players were invited by Making Music to join in a mass recording of Morecambe and Wise’s ‘Bring me Sunshine’. This was the theme tune for MMD 2020, which featured players and singers from amateur music groups across the UK.

We put together our own string orchestra recording, from the videos that our players recorded. The premier of this video on our YouTube channel was listed as an event on Make Music Day’s website; in total 9 musicians (12 instruments) participated in the project including Gregor Borland a well-renowned Scottish fiddler who played the solo melody line. 


We have one final project up our sleeve before we break for what would’ve been our summer holidays. We are going to launch our ‘Ode to Joy’ (O2J) project, inviting players to record their parts to make a group online recording. All string players (violinists/violists/cellists/double basses) across West Lothian are invited to participate in the project now (deadline for submissions 26th July) – visit our website for more information.

All of these projects have helped to keep our players feeling connected to the orchestra, but also to keep them playing. After being part of our ‘Bring me Sunshine’ recording, one of our players said ‘Thank you for helping me get my cello out its case again’. With many people having turned to, or re-turned to, music over the past few months we hope that we might see a few new faces when we return.

Please visit our website or email us if you are over 13 years and approximately grade 5 or above and are interested in joining us. With or without rust/dust, all players are welcome!

And so for now our fingers remain firmly crossed for a normal return to group playing hopefully in the coming months….Keep your eyes peeled to our ‘Linlithgow Orchestra’ YouTube channel – to watch videos from our past projects but also to await our ‘O2J’ video!!!

Community News 24th June: Roadmap Out of Lockdown, LCDT Board, Community Council Update & Business Updates

Phase 2: Roadmap Out of Lockdown

Nicola Sturgeon announced that Scotland has moved to Phase 2 of the route map for moving out of lockdown. Some changes took place with effect from Friday 19th of June, some from Monday this week and there will be further changes on Monday 29th June.

So what changes have already taken effect?

Seeing family and friends

  • People who are shielding can now leave their homes for exercise and meet with one other household outdoors (maximum 8 people), observing social distancing. They can also take part in non-contact sports such as golf, hiking, etc.
  • People who are not shielding can meet with two other households outdoors (maximum 8 people) and social distancing must be maintained. You can use toilets indoors while visiting another household but hygiene measures are essential.
  • Anyone living alone or only with children under 18 can form an ‘extended household group’ with one other household (excluding households with people who are shielding). Extended household groups can meet indoors with overnight stays permitted and without physical distancing, but any other household meetings must remain strictly outdoors and at a two-metre distance.

Public transport

  • Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport. This includes buses, trains, trams, planes, taxis and private hire cabs, as well as enclosed areas on ferries.

Healthcare

  • Dental practices can re-open to deal with urgent care needs.

People are still being asked to work from home wherever possible and to stay in their local area during Phase 2.

From Monday 29th of June shops of all sizes will be able to reopen – but only if they have outdoor entrances and exits.

You can find out more about what is changing during Phase 2 and further dates regarding Phase 2 & 3 on the Scottish Government website.


Linlithgow Community Development Trust Board Meeting

The LCDT Board met last week and the key discussion was our communication plan. LCDT is committed to supporting and promoting good communication across the whole community. 


Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Update

Linlithgow & Linlithgow Bridge Community Council have been meeting by Zoom to keep in touch. They will be providing a weekly update here from next week.

You can access meeting agendas and minutes on the Community Council website and you can follow their Facebook page for updates.


Business Updates – One Linlithgow

Subway
Subway is allowing a maximum of 5 customers, 2 meters apart in the shop at one time to comply with social distancing.

Footcare at Natural Therapies
Footcare at Natural Therapies is now open, reception hours are limited but a podiatrist or receptionist will get back to you if you leave a message.


Business Spotlight – The Line Gallery

The Line Gallery is based on the High Street and run by Gail and Elisabet. It has been shut the last few months during lockdown but there has been lots going on!
 
“Lockdown Postcards from The Line” has featured a wide range of small paintings, sketches and photographs from a raft of artists throughout Scotland. Many of them are regular exhibitors at the gallery and none of the works sells for any more than £100. They have been featuring the artwork on Facebook, and there has been a lot of interest!

Gail and Elisabet have also been actively supporting “Saying Thanks to Key Workers” along with a range of artists. They have been connecting key workers with an artist who will make them a portrait, either a painting, sketch or photograph free of charge. To date Lorna Pirrie, Ruth Nicol, Elisabet, Victoria Ross and Elaine Woo MacGregor have all been involved. You can still take part and you can find out more on the dedicated Facebook page.
 
The Line Gallery will be re-opening at 10am on the 2nd of July, having been cleaned and protective measures put in place. There will be paintings by Ruth Nicol featuring East Neuk in Fife, a special collection of silver form Molly Ginnelly and a new range of glass by Sally Moore.

You can read more about The Line Gallery in this recent edition of The Black Bitch Magazine on page 9. Follow on  Facebook to keep updated with the latest news!


Community Spotlight – Linlithgow Rugby Club Male Voice Choir

Soon to be celebrating their 30th anniversary, the Linlithgow Rugby Club Male Voice Choir have not been idle during the lockdown. While the members cannot meet to sing together, they have recorded their individual sections, sent them to a central hub where they were blended into a harmonious video. You can listen to the recording on You Tube at https://youtu.be/DoKk76Tptjo. Enjoy!

Until the enforced lockdown, the choir would meet in the Rugby Club each Monday when they practice in their sections; Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone and Bass. Then they join together to sing their four-part harmonies as a complete choir. The music ranges from traditional Scottish tunes through choir standards to a selection of well-known modern numbers.
 
If you are interested in joining the choir, all that is required is an ability to hold a tune and to enjoy singing within a group of like-minded enthusiasts. You can speak to our Chairman Peter Russell on 01506 843062 or Harry Lynch, Vice Chairman on 01506 884389.

My Linlithgow – Events

You can find out details of local events on My Linlithgow. This week this is what’s on:

Thursday 25th June 7-8pm Online
Wee Three Indies Presents Ann Cleeves run by Far From the Madding Crowd.

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 www.brightstartoys.co.uk 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 helen@trust-linlithgow.org.uk. 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.

Volunteers’ Week 2020

This week we are celebrating Linlithgow’s volunteers during Volunteer Week. Linlithgow Community Development Trust would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers in our town. Linlithgow is full of amazing local groups run by volunteers, over 120 the last time we checked!

There are groups covering sports, the arts, children’s activities, gardening, the community and many more. These groups only exist thanks to the people who volunteer their time and put in the effort to make them happen. There are not enough words to describe how amazing your dedication and generosity is, but this is a chance for us to say thank you for what you do. We are sharing just a few examples of the local community groups who would like to say thanks to their volunteers. 


Linlithgow Coronavirus Support

Linlithgow Coronavirus Support has over 100 volunteers engaged in practical tasks such as shopping and collecting prescriptions, but also phone support and befriending. We have a small team of coordinators who are the first line of contact with clients; they find and brief a volunteer to meet each request, and remain in contact with the client to ensure they know what is happening. 

For shopping requests, the volunteer pays up front and is reimbursed; we then discuss repayment with the client. With the support of a local business, we’re able to offer card payment by phone as an option alongside bank transfer and payment by cheque. 

Demand is steady but thankfully not overwhelming. Feedback has been excellent: one satisfied client wants to nominate us all for MBEs! And she’s quite right: they’re a delightful bunch, ready and willing to go the extra mile. On behalf of all our clients, thank you!


1st Step

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! Volunteers Week is a chance to say thanks to the volunteers that help us all in so many ways. This year, maybe more than ever, there’s a lot to thank them for! 1st Step‘s dedicated volunteers are making a huge difference to people in our local communities who need a helping hand at the moment.

Our new free food parcel service is now supporting over 100 people, and we’ve even heard that some folk are using the food we’ve delivered to make soup and pies for others in their neighbourhood. We have collected and delivered SO many bikes to key workers across West Lothian to keep them safe and healthy and be able to support us all. So the amazing work our volunteers do makes even more of a difference because it enables others to help each other too. Volunteers make things happen and get things done! THANK YOU.


Linlithgow Young People’s Project

Here at LYPP volunteers make our work happen. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to offer the range of activities we do especially around drop-ins, holiday programmes and mentoring.

All our work is built on forming good relationships with young people and that takes time – something our volunteers freely give. So to those who volunteer, on behalf of the LYPP staff and the hundreds of young people we interact with – THANK YOU!


Linlithgow Burgh Trust

Linlithgow Burgh Trust includes Burgh Beautiful, with around 120 volunteers involved in various activities in and around the town. Apart from the floral displays, there are regular litter-picks. We also do tree planting, pictured here in Triangle Wood near the Leisure Centre, and in Rosemount Park.

Our other branch, the Civic Trust, produces regular planning forum contributions. The LBT itself is responsible for the popular Black Bitch sculpture in the High Street. All this is done by volunteers, and we’d like to say a big Thank You to all!


Linlithgow Amateur Musical Productions

2nd Linlithgow Boys Brigade

2nd Linlithgow Boys Brigade is one of the largest companies in West Lothian. During lockdown we were unable to meet, but our leaders and helpers kept things running throughout.

#BBatHome is a home programme that was developed and is sent out to the boys on a weekly basis with lots of fun activities. Our Thursday sessions are now being run through Zoom until such times we can all meet again. This wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the dedicated leaders and helpers – a huge thank you to you all!

My Linlithgow – All the local information you will need during the coronavirus outbreak

My Linlithgow

LCDT is currently working on updating the My Linlithgow website to ensure all relevant local and national information is accessible during the coronavirus. 

There will be a section for resources and a separate section for the weekly blogs, in addition to the continual update of the What’s On section.

The weekly blogs will also be shared in the Linlithgow and Linlithgow Coronavirus Support Facebook groups to ensure as many people as possible see them.

Keep your eyes peeled for changes and if you have any suggestions email hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.


Local Business Updates on My Linlithgow

One Linlithgow has been working closely with My Linlithgow and now all local business updates are on the My Linlithogw website. You can find an up-to-date list of businesses and current trading details, with links through to the business directory so you can access their website and social media pages.


Are You on the Community Groups Mailing List?

LCDT have emailed out to all their contacts for local groups to check everyone is on the community groups mailing list. They want to stay in touch and are offering support if you need it. If you haven’t heard from them please email hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk to be added.

Group Chairs and Committee members are very welcome to be on the mailing list, but this is also for anyone interested in the support LCDT can offer to local groups.

Does your local group need support with any of the following, or anything else?

  • Helping move your activities or meetings online
  • Promoting what you’re doing
  • Finding new volunteers interested in getting involved
  • Printing posters for the community noticeboards

LCDT would love to hear from you!


LCDT May Board Meeting

At the latest Board meeting, LCDT Directors were pleased to hear that community groups are working well together during the coronavirus crisis. Board members are happy to be playing a part in co-ordinating the local efforts.

It’s an interesting time to get involved and become a Board member if you are thinking about how you could support the local community right now. LCDT are looking for someone who can spare 4 hours a month and can work effectively as part of a small team. If you would like an informal chat to find out more, please email pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

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

Safer Spaces for Exercise

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

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

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

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

To take part, please visit https://app.esurveycreator.com/s/c7ffc9f.

Linlithgow Loch Path

Local Business Updates

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

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


Linlithgow Mask Makers

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

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

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


Help With Bikes & Repairs for Key Workers

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

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

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


Linlithgow Community Development Trust Board Members Wanted

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

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

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

As a member of the Board of Directors you will:

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

If you would like an informal chat to find out more, please email pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

Calling All Local Groups!

Does your local group need support with any of the following, or anything else?

  • Helping move your activities or meetings online
  • Promoting what you’re doing
  • Finding new volunteers interested in getting involved

LCDT know that Linlithgow is full of amazing local groups run by volunteers (over 120 last time we checked!). Groups offer a huge range of activities for people to take part in, to socialise and enjoy their hobbies. As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt normal life we want to support groups that are developing different ways of continuing activities. 

For example, the SCVO has a webpage of resources to help voluntary organisations use digital technology. Maybe LCDT can help groups with this?

LCDT is contacting local groups to make sure we have up-to-date details and to find out how we can help. We may have emailed you earlier today if we already have your contact details. If you have not heard from us, please email hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk to join the Linlithgow local groups mailing list, so that LCDT can stay in touch with you.

It would be great to have group Chairs and Committee members on the mailing list! But this is also for anyone interested in the support LCDT can offer to local groups.

So please email hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk to find out how they can help.

What’s Happening in the Community?

What’s happening in your area? LCDT want to give a shout out to all the amazing neighbourhood groups that are helping each other during this time.

Whether it’s a WhatsApp Group, a Neighbourhood Watch or Residents Association, or just a chap on the door, the local communities across Linlithgow are showing the strength of friendship and kindness.

LCDT know that lots of you have self-organised and have support mechanisms in place for your streets/neighbours across the ward, and are trying to find out where there may be gaps or if some people don’t know what already exists.
 

  • What is your street is doing?
  • How are you keeping in contact?
  • How are you helping each other?
  • Or is there nothing in your area that you know about?


Please let them know by commenting on the latest Facebook post or by emailing hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

Thank you!

Carers of West Lothian

Carers of West Lothian is open to take calls from any carers or disabled adults looking for support, information or advice on any issues relating to COVID19.  The team are taking phone calls on 01506 448000 or answering emails at office@carers-westlothian.com

You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter, links available through their website, where they are posting the latest information and bulletins as well as news on Zoom peer support groups being run every week.