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You can use Community News to tell people in your local community and throughout West Lothian what is happening in your area and publicise your events and initiatives.

We have dedicated pages for your council ward so you will be able to find out what is happening locally. If you have any news, just email media@westlothian.gov.uk or phone 01506 282001. We can also accept pictures, although you must guarantee that you have permission from anyone who appears in the picture that it can be published online. The content of the Community News page is subject to copyright and should not be copied without permission 

Midnight football in Bathgate

West Lothian Youth Foundation (WLYF) are bringing their Midnight League programme to Bathgate precinct from 6pm - 9pm this Saturday, 24 February.

Sessions will take place under the street lights.

WLYF will set up a five-a-side portable pitch in the town centre, equipped with wall barriers and goals.

Midnight League is open to anyone between the ages of 12 - 16, all levels of experience welcome. Anyone in that age group can attend as a team or an individual and get a game, and it is free to take part.

There's no need to book or register, just come along on the night and the qualified coaching staff will get you involved.

For fuller details please email Midnight football

Easter craft fair at Uphall

Strathbrock Craft Fairs are holding an Easter craft cafe at Strathbrock Church Hall, Uphall, from 10am - 1pm on Saturday 10 March.

Entry is free, and more than 25 stalls will be available, offering high- quality handcrafted items, including: ceramics, knitwear, jewellery, cards, patchwork and soaps.

As well as some regular stallholders, there will be a number of first-time stallholders offering some new and unusual crafts.

This week's Put Your West Foot Forward walks

  • Monday 19 February: A walk to Little Boghead will leave from Bathgate Partnership centre at 10.15am. An Ageing Well walk, for over 50s, to Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, leaves from East Calder Library at 1.30pm.
  • Tuesday 20 February: An Ageing Well walk, for over 50s, to Polkemmet, leaves from Whitburn Library at 10am. Also at 10am, a walk to Livingston FC's stadium leaves from The Mall, Craigshill. At the same time, a town walk east leaves from Armadale Community Centre.
  • Wednesday 21 February: A dementia-friendly walk, round Linlithgow Loch, leaves from Tesco, Linlithgow, at 10am. A mystery walk leaves from the Livingston Inn car park at 7pm.
  • Thursday 22 February: A mystery walk leaves from the bus stop opposite the health centre, Winchburgh, at 9.55am.
  • Friday 23 February: An Ageing Well walk, for over 50s, to Mid Calder, leaves from Xcite Livingston (Bubbles) at 1pm

For fuller information on all walks, phone 01506 775626.

Easter fun run at Blackburn

Blackburn Children's Gala Day is organising an Easter fun run for the whole family on Sunday 1 April.

There will be a 1K, 2K and 5K runs which will be fully accessible to everyone taking part.

You don't need to run, you can stroll or take the kids a walk, its all about having fun and joining in.

If you can get sponsors for your run to help with the galaday funds, the committee will reimburse your entry fees.

The committee is also holding a spring fair in the Mill Centre on Saturday 17 March.

For fuller information about the fun run, and to register online, visit the link: Easter fun run details

Burns Supper at Bellsquarry Primary School

The Burns Supper tradition at Bellsquarry Primary School dates back more than 20 years.

This year's P7 pupils kept up the tradition by hosting their very own Burns Supper.

You can get a snippet of the evening at the video below

Fencing club set to start

West Lothian Fencing Club is offering beginners classes in the Olympic sport of fencing.

Using plastic swords initially, classes will teach footwork, technical skills and strategy with a mixture of activities and games.

There are two classes one aimed for primary school children aged between 8 and 12 (P4 - P7) and the other class is for anyone over the age of eight. Classes are small and limited to 12.

Beginners classes start on Friday 2 February from 7pm - 8pm for anyone over the age of 8: The cost is £50 for eight sessions, which includes starter membership to Scottish Fencing. All sessions take place at Bathgate Academy.

For fuller information, visit the Facebook page: West Lothian Fencing Club

Foster carers wanted for Staffies

Staffordshire Rescue Scotland are looking for people in West Lothian to foster some of their dogs.

The organisation want to avoid their staffies ending up in kennels.

Volunteer fosters will be responsible for meeting the daily needs of a dog in their care, including feeding, cleaning, grooming, exercising and socialising until the dog is rehomed.

Volunteers will be provided with support.

Fuller information is available at the link: Foster Carers for Staffies

Armed Forces Day activity

This year's Armed Forces Day activities will take place on the grassed area to the south-side of the Civic Centre from 3pm - 6pm on Sunday 1 July.

There will be a parade, short service, entertainment, inflatable fun assault course, tug-of-war challenge, paintball firing range, the annual tri-cadet force challenge and various service-related information stalls.

All activities are free of charge and everyone is welcome.

Bathgate Procession's fundraising ceilidh

Bathgate Procession is holding a fundraising ceilidh in Bathgate Royal British Legion from 7.30pm - 11.30pm on Saturday 10 March.

Music will be provided by the band Heiland Cow.

Tickets cost £6 and all are welcome.

To purchase tickets, phone 07810 558 350.

Your wee school's a great wee school

Pumpherston and Uphall Station Community Primary School has been praised for its positive relationships between children and staff. 

The school received praise in a number of areas following a recent routine inspection by Education Scotland.

A special assembly was held this morning to celebrate the report.

You can see highlights from the assembly at the video below:

Prostate Cancer Group meeting

The next meeting of West Lothian Prostate Cancer Group will be held on Thursday 8 February at 7pm at the West Lothian Ability Centre, Carmondean.

The speakers will be: Andrew Anderson Manager Maggie's Centre Edinburgh and colleague Yvonne McIntosh  The topic will be ' Support and Help available at the Maggie's Centre'

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for recently-diagnosed men concerned about treatment choice to have an informal chat with other men who have already experienced the various treatments and side effects etc.

All those interested are very welcome to attend.

For fuller information and advice, contact David Coutts on 01506 846510.

Charity fundraiser

A charity fundraising event 'Bubbles For Bliss' will take place at the Star and Garter Hotel, Linlithgow, from 1pm - 4pm on Sunday 4 March.

The event will take the form of a sparkling afternoon tea.

The charity raises awareness and funds for babies born premature and sick. As well as the afternoon tea, there will also be a silent auction, tombola and music.

Tickets go on sale from this Monday, 8 January, at the early bird price of £15 before rising to £20 from February.

To purchase tickets please email coadiak@gmail.com

Barnardo's fundraiser

A fundraising evening in aid of Barnardo's will take place at The Goth, Armadale, from 7.30pm - 1am on Saturday 10 February.

The evening will include raffle, buffet, dancing, tombola and mediumship.

Entry is £8, which includes a buffet.

Tickets can be bought from Barnardo's, 35 North Bridge Street, Bathgate, 01506 656572, and ask for Sandra or Cathryn.

Livingston Parkrun

Livingston Parkrun takes place from 9.30am every Saturday, setting off from outside the west end of the Civic Centre.

The parkrun follows a 5k route that you can follow at your own pace. All runners, joggers and walkers are welcome.

Children U11 years will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

It's free to take part, but runners require to register before their first run.

Full information is available from:  Livingston Parkrun website

You can also view a short video at: Livingston Parkrun video

Cycling Without Age at Fauldhouse 

Fauldhouse Community Development Trust (FCDT) is in the process of becoming a Cycling Without Age Scotland Affiliate and is raising funds to purchase a trishaw
(rickshaw) for use in the village.

A spokesman said: "This would enable Timebank participants and FCDT volunteers to take out elderly and less able members of the local community, who would not
usually be able to get out to experience 'the great outdoors'.

"It would add a whole new dimension to the lives of elderly people and ensure they still feel part of the local community.

"A trishaw and expenses linked with the vehicle (insurance, maintenance, storage, etc) will cost around £8,000-£10,000 so your donations could make a real
contribution to a worthwhile project."

For fuller information, and to see how you can help, visit: Trishaw Fundraising