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Town centre festivities in West Lothian
- Armadale's Twilight Santa Parade takes place on Thursday 12 December. Meet Santa and enjoy entertainment in Watson Park from 5.30pm.
- Broxburn's Christmas Party kicks off on Saturday 14 December at 10am. The lights are switched on at Uphall Community Centre at 5pm with mince pies, mulled wine and a brass band for entertainment. At 6.15pm the Torchlight Procession will then travel from Uphall Community Centre to Broxburn Parish Church where the Carol service takes place.
- The annual Whitburn Winter Wonderland community event takes place at Whitburn Community Centre from 12noon - 4pm on Saturday, 14 December. Attractions include: Funfair and roller skating in the car park; Santa?s grotto; Face painters, balloon modeller, arts and crafts; Hot food snack van; Festive and information stalls from local and national organisations; Whitburn Youth Band and Alternative Company Entertainers-carol singing.
New mobile safety camera
A new mobile safety camera site is located on Houstoun Road, Livingston.
The new site will have the mobile safety camera van visit on a regular basis to ensure drivers comply with the 30mph speed limit.
Locations only become eligible for a safety camera if there is a history of collisions and speeding. On Houstoun Road, since 2010, there has been one collision resulting in people being killed or seriously injured and a further nine collisions resulting in people being injured.
Speed monitoring at Houstoun Road has shown that 84 per cent of the traffic travelling along the road is above the speed limit and a further four per cent of the traffic has been identified as travelling at 15 mph higher than the speed limit.
Linlithgow pupils are TV stars
Pupils from Linlithgow Academy are the stars of a three part documentary ?Teen Canteen?, which will be screened at 9pm on BBC2, on Tuesdays 10 and 17 December.
The young people, who have all left school now, had a private viewing of the documentary are said to be really excited.
Teen Canteen was an enterprise activity which involved the students using the school kitchen to create dishes to sell. One of the main challenges apart from funding and marketing was the fact that the pupils couldn?t cook.
The filming took place between January and March 2013 and it was produced by Glasgow based Finestripe Productions.
New support group planned
Following the success of the 'Sense of Belonging' day, Carers of West Lothian is exploring the need for a support group aimed at carers of someone with a mental health condition.
This would be a monthly peer support group meeting, where carers can meet with people who have similar experiences, to talk, exchange views and support each other in a relaxed atmosphere.
If you are interested in attending this group, please contact the carers centre on 01506 771750 or e-mail email@example.com
Beth's special award for volunteering
An 82-year-old West Lothian woman has been presented with a special award in recognition of her dedication to volunteering and helping others.
Beth Maben has been helping out as a volunteer at the Roseberry centre, Ladywell, for more than 15 years.
To show their appreciation of her long service, Beth, from Uphall, was presented with a certificate and cup by centre manager Nancy Burgoyne and Minister Ron Greig, who is chairperson at the centre.
The Roseberry centre provides day care facilities for people with dementia.
Cupcake workshops for Christmas
Local charity the Larder is running cupcake workshops for kids aged five and over in the run-up to Christmas.
Which means, you can let your kids get messy with food whilst you put your feet up and have a coffee or do that last-minute Christmas shopping.
The kids will decorate their cupcakes and make their own sugar dough figures.
Each child will have six of their own cupcakes to take home in their own Christmas cupcake box. The Work shops will take place at Inveralmond Community High School on Saturdays 14 and 21 December, with two sessions on each day.
The first session takes place from 10am - 12noon and the second runs between 1pm and 3pm. The workshops are £20 but a discount price of £15 is offered for anyone booking more than one place. The price includes all ingredients, cake decorations, equipment and carry-home boxes.
To book a place, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01506 437065.
Volunteers wanted for new dementia café
Volunteers are needed in the Newyearfield Farm area (North Livingston) to set up a memory café for people who have dementia and their carers.
The café will run for two hours once a month probably on a Thursday afternoon. The café will be a welcoming place for people to come to make new friends and get support.
There may be activities but most important of all a chat, fun and a cuppa.
If interested please contact Aileen Eland Project Worker Alzheimer Scotland on email@example.com or phone 01506 533 116 and leave your name and number and Aileen will return your call.
Last updated 10/12/2013