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Family quiz night

A family quiz night, in aid of British Heart Foundation, is being held at the Glenmavis bowling club, Bathgate, from 7pm - 11pm on Friday 22 March.

Local youngsters will be performing in between each quiz.

There will also be raffle tickets on sale, a cold buffet and a dj. 

Entry is £6 for adults and £3 kids. Under 5s are admitted free.

The event is being organised by West Lothian College HNC Events Management students.

For tickets, email Quiz night tickets

Discos at community wing

A couple of discos are being held on Friday 15 February, for youngsters who live or attend a primary school in Boghall.

The discos, at Boghall Community Wing will take place from 5.30pm - 6.30pm for youngsters in P1 - P3 and between 7pm and 8.30pm for youngsters in P4 - P7.

Tickets cost £1 per child and are available from the community wing.

There will be a tuck shop available.

Bathgate Procession Ceilidh

Bathgate Procession is holding a fundraising ceilidh in Bathgate Royal British Legion from 7pm - 11pm on Friday 22 March.

Music will be provided by ceilidh band Heilan Coo.

Tickets cost £6 and all are welcome.

To buy tickets, phone 07810 558 350 or purchase from the bar at the Legion.

IT Buddy available in Bathgate Partnership Centre

A friendly, helpful IT Buddy is available within Simpson Library at Bathgate Partnership Centre on Tuesday mornings to help you get online and use IT.

The IT Buddy can help with questions about using your laptop, tablet or smartphone or a public access computer.

To make an appointment call into Simpson Library or phone 01506 282910.

Bridge maintenance works at Bathgate

Bridge maintenance works are planned at Bathgate Branch Railway Bridge starting on Monday 28 January.

The bridge is located on the A7066 road to the rear of Starlaw Gardens and carries the road and cycle path over the Edinburgh to Bathgate railway line

In order to halt the deterioration and protect the structure it will be necessary to carry out steel repairs to affected areas, blast clean the steel and apply new paint coatings.

Elements of the work will require to be carried out under night time railway possessions and electrical isolations, likely to be around 2am to 5.50am on Sunday mornings. There are no plans for mid-week night time work.

Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of this on local residents through measures such as acoustic curtains/barriers and full containment of the working area.

Works to the more accessible areas of the bridge will be progressed during normal working hours during the week. Some works could continue for up to 12 months.

Free computer classes and workshops

A free programme of computer classes and workshops will be run from the end of January, providing support for beginner to certificated level.

The courses are ideal for: employability, multimedia, smartphones and tablets.

If you wish to book a course, get in touch with Mike on 01506 282926

Volunteers wanted to help with I Bike project

Sustrans (Scotland) is looking for volunteers to help promote cycling and walking with children and young people in Bathgate schools, as part of its I Bike project.

I Bike is a newly-established project, promoting cycling, scooting and walking to school, and for everyday journeys in leisure time.  It is run by Sustrans, in partnership with the council. 

I Bike volunteers support the I Bike officer and school staff to deliver I Bike activities, including learn-to -ride sessions, led rides or led walks, Dr Bike sessions, puncture repair workshops or classroom based activities.

Volunteers help to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling and walking and can help support the sustainability of cycling activities within schools. 

For fuller information, email Sustrans I Bike project or call/text  07748 700 385.

Singing for Health

An Ageing Well Singing for Health session for the over 50s will take place at Boghall Community Wing from 1pm - 2.20pm on Thursday 17 January.

The first half hour is tea and coffee and social time, followed by a sing song from 1.30pm.

The cost is £1.50 per session.

For fuller information, contact Avril on 07768 090 008 or 015056 237950.

Cancer Support Scotland counselling services

Cancer Support Scotland provide counselling services: at Bathgate Partnership Centre each Monday morning.

The One to One counselling is for anyone affected by cancer, patients and carers, covering all aspects of the cancer journey from early diagnosis, treatment, end of treatment and bereavement.

Tenants and residents association

Bathgate East Tenants and Residents Association hold regular meetings to discuss and resolve any issues within the area.

Meetings take place on the last Thursday of each month at 7pm in Rosemount Court.

Cancer Information and Support Service

Macmillan @ Bathgate Partnership Centre Cancer Information and Support Service offers anyone affected by cancer access to information and support and welcomes visitors with a friendly smile and a listening ear.
You may have cancer yourself, be a relative, friend or carer of someone with cancer, or maybe you just want to find out more about cancer.
The service provides:

  • A free and confidential drop in support service
  • Time to talk in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Help to access benefits and financial advice
  • Access to counselling provided by Cancer Support Scotland
  • Links to other relevant local organisations
  • Leaflets and books on cancer topics and help to access quality access quality internet sites for cancer information and support

The service can be found in Bathgate Library, Bathgate Partnership Centre, South Bridge St, Bathgate EH48 1TS and is open every Monday from 10am - 1pm and Thursday between 1pm and 3pm.
For fuller information, phone 01506 283053 or email Macmillan @ Bathgate Partnership Centre Cancer Information and Support Service

Arts and crafts at Rosemount

An arts and crafts group meets at Rosemount Gardens, Mid Street, Bathgate, from 2pm - 3.30pm on Wednesdays.

The cost is £1.20 per person, and sessions will take place weekly.

Activities include paper crafts, card making, decopatch, florals and various crafts. 

For more information, contact Avril on 07768 090 008 or 01506 237950.

Drop-in open to young parents

A drop-in facility for 16 to 25-year-olds, who have children aged from birth to eight years, is available at the Chill Out Zone (COZ), 7 Gardners Lane, Bathgate.

Help with money advice is available and the drop-in also offers somewhere to meet other young parents and learn new skills.

Anyone interested in attending should call 01506 652436 or pop in to COZ on Fridays between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Knit and natter group

A 'Knit and Natter' group meets in the Boghall Community Wing between 10.30am and 11.30am every Wednesday.

The group is run by Ageing Well in partnership with Cyrenians Golden Years project. It's a great opportunity to meet new people, socialise and enjoy a good old natter whilst enjoying a knitting session. Needles and wool etc will be provided, however feel free to bring your own. Tea and coffee will also be available.

The cost per session is £1.20.

For more information, contact Avril on 07768 090 008.

Dementia Café

Bathgate Memory Café is a meeting place where people who have any form of dementia, and their carers, can come to meet others in a similar situation for support and social contact, a cup of tea or coffee and cakes. Carers on their own are also welcome, as are people with dementia who are able to make their own way there.

The café runs on the first Monday of every month from 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Rosemount Gardens, Mid Street, Bathgate.