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Rededication ceremony for Cenotaph
A ceremony is being held to rededicate the newly refurbished Cenotaph area in Whitburn on Friday 21 March.
The day will also see launch of the new 1st World War project, which pupils from Whitburn Academy are heavily involved in. The day will link two Soldiers from Whitburn whose names appear on the Memorial. These are Lt. Sir Gawaine Baillie, who is believed to be the first man to have lost his life in 1914, and Sapper Robert Thomson, who was the last person recorded on the Cenotaph in 2004.
A parade of serving soldiers and ex-service personnel will assemble and leave Whitburn Bowling Club, West Main Street, at 2pm, and parade to the Cenotaph for 2.30pm, then return to the bowling club for refreshments following the service.
Anyone interested in taking part in the parade should phone 01501 748708 to give the parade marshall and organisers an idea of numbers. Anyone wishing to honour the fallen and take part in the ceremony should be at the Cenotaph, Manse Road, Whitburn, before 2.30pm. All are welcome.
Money Day in Whitburn
Staff from key services including the Advice Shop and Community Regeneration will be out in Whitburn on Wednesday 12 March.
Advisors will visit residents in target areas of Whitburn to raise awareness of services designed to help improve employability, income maximisation and housing issues.
As part of this community engagement day, visiting staff will be gathering opinions about financial issues from Whitburn residents as well as making referrals for anyone who wishes to relevant services.
Money Days have already taken place in 2013 in Blackburn, Addiewell and Bridgend and several more community engagement days are planned for 2014.
Active Fun Active Feet
Whitburn 'Active Fun Active Feet' Easter holiday programme takes place from Monday 7 - Wednesday 9 April between 9am and 2.30pm at Whitburn Academy.
The programme is for all pupils in P1 - 7.
Pupils will take part in a wide range of activities including rugby, basketball, parachute games, football and much more.
The cost is £10 per day or £25 for all 3 days.
For a booking form, or for more information, please contact Caroline McEwen, Active Schools Coordinator (email@example.com)
ACE family show
Community group Alternative Company Entertainers is putting on a production of Calamity Jane at Whitburn Academy from Wednesday 12 March to Saturday 15 March, with an additional matinee performance on the Saturday.
Tickets for the family show cost £6 adults and £4 for concessions.
To get tickets, CLICK HERE (new window).
Fifty not out for Murrayfield
Murrayfield Primary School, Blackburn, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and is looking for information, stories, memories, photographs, videos, books, trophies, certificates etc, spanning the decades since the official opening on 11 March 1964.
If you can help provide any information or memorabilia from your time at Murrayfield, visit or contact the school office on 01506 653400.
All items and information gathered will be collated and will be on display from 31 March, when the hall will be transformed into a Murrayfield Primary School timeline.
Drop in to weigh-and-go
Free Counterweight fortnightly 'Weigh-and-Go' drop in sessions are being held at Whitburn Community Centre, from 5pm - 6pm on Mondays.
These are open to all existing and past Counterweight participants, as well as anyone who is just interested in finding out more. You can attend any session, there is no need to book. Weight record cards, information leaflets, daily diaries and information on free physical activity sessions etc. will be available. A Zumba session, costing £2.50, will also take place from 5pm - 5.45pm for those interested.
For further information or to book a place, please contact the Health Improvement Team on 01506 775626/771896 or email: HIT@westlothian.gov.uk
Volunteering opportunities available at Trust
Whitburn and District Community Development Trust has a number of volunteering opportunities available.
The Trust is looking for people who have time on their hands and want to give something back to the community, while, at the same time, sharing their knowledge and gaining practical skills and experience to enhance their CV. A minimum of two hours a week or six hours per month per week is required.
All volunteer positions take place in the Trust office at 61 West Main Street, Whitburn. Positions include: Volunteer information and signposting service, money mentors and computer buddies.
Full support and training is provided for all volunteer opportunities and expenses will be reimbursed. For more details, contact Amanda McKay Volunteer Project officer on 01501 748708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, pop in to the office at the above address.
Put Your West Foot Forward
Join us on our free walks to meet new friends, discover new walks in your area and improve your fitness.
A walk to Polkemmet will leave from Whitburn Library at 10am on Tuesday 11 March. A shorter, family walk, will leave from Blackburn Family Centre, to Peat Moss, at 11am on Friday 7 March.
Walks last about an hour. A shorter or slower paced route is also available on most walks, just ask the walk leaders. All walks are led by a trained walk leader and there's no need to book - just come along. All groups are very friendly and usually enjoy a cuppa and some social time after walks which everyone is welcome to join.
For more information on walks in 2014, or for a copy of the walks' programme, please contact 01506 775626.
The Dementia Cafe at Answer House, Reveston Lane meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 2pm to 3.15pm.
A lunch club is available.
For information about contacting community police officers in Whitburn and Blackburn, CLICK HERE (new window)
Last updated 03/03/2014