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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 

English as a second language help

If your first language is not English and you are having trouble completing application forms or CVs, a new 10-week course, starting at Almondbank Library, Craigshill, on Friday 25 January, could be of help.

For fuller information, such as times etc. or to apply, please contact Adult Learning or telephone 0800 7311 831.

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.

Charity's Comedy Club

Local charity Broxburn United Sports Club is holding its first Comedy Club night, at 7.30pm on Friday 1 March.

The headline act on the evening is Lubna Kerr, who appears at the Edinburgh Festival and has made various appearances on stage, tv and in films. Other acts include Joe McTiernan, Shona Lawson and Natalie Sweeney. 

Tickets are priced at £10 and are on a first come first served basis and can be bought from the club's reception on 01506 858057 or email Comedy Club tickets

Bissett's Bash fundraiser

Bash Community Buzz are hosting a fundraising performance of Alan Bissett's play 'The Moira Monologues' in East Whitburn Community Centre from 7pm on Saturday 6 April

"We are extremely excited to welcome Alan Bissett to East Whitburn village hall to perform his critically acclaimed and extremely funny play, The Moira Monologues," said one of the organisers. 

The play centres around Moira Bell, a cleaner, single mother, and the hardest woman in Falkirk. Whether defending her wee dog Pepe from the local rottweiler, attempting to seduce a teacher, or belting out Diana Ross for the Scotia karaoke night, Moira is hilarious, hypnotic, frightening and heart-warming company.

Proceeds from the event will go to Calums Cabin, which provides a service for children suffering from cancer and their families,

Fuller information is available from the Facebook events page below: The Moira Monologues

Blood donor sessions

The Blood Donor Service will visit Strathbrock Community Centre on Tuesday 5 February.

  • Session times are: 2.30pm - 4pm and 5.30pm - 7.30pm.

Also in February, the service will visit Inveralmond Community High School on Monday 18.

  • Session times are: 2.10pm - 4pm and 5.30pm - 7.30pm.

Matt McGinn extravaganza

This year's annual Matt McGinn extravaganza in Linlithgow will take place in Linlithgow Academy from 7.30pm on Saturday 2 March.

Organised by Linlithgow Folk Festival, tickets cost £12 and are available from:

  • Online - Matt McGinn tickets
  • Phone - 07910 729 736
  • Shop - Far From the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street

David Livingstone pop-up museum

A David Livingstone pop-up museum will be open to the public at Polbeth Village hall.

The museum will run for three weeks from 15 January and will be open on the following days and times:

  • Monday 11am to 4pm
  • Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
  • Friday from 10am till 6pm

The project is being delivered in partnership with the David Livingstone Trust.

Anyone who has any pictures or objects that relate to Polbeth, David Livingstone or James Young can hand them into the Hub at the village hall and these will be displayed within the museum.

David Livingstone was a regular visitor to Limefield House, Polbeth, which was owned by his close friend, James 'Paraffin' Young. Limefield Falls, a miniature Victoria Falls, were also created in Polbeth in honour of David Livingstone's adventures.

David Livingstone also planted a tree in the grounds of Limefield House.

Gala race night fundraiser

Tickets are now available for a race night being held to raise funds for Mid Calder Gala.

The race night will take place at Mid Calder Bowling Club from 7pm - midnight on Saturday 2 February.

Tickets cost £10, and include one free entry to the raffle and buffet. Bets are £1 each and you can also buy a horse and name it for £3.

Tickets can be obtained from committee members Jackie Cormack and Judith Chalmers.

Fuller information is available from the Facebook events page: Race Night Fundraiser
 

Play netball with the Linlithgow Flyers

You can get your 2019 off to a great start by joining the ladies of Linlithgow Flyers Netball Club for some fun, recreational netball sessions.

The club meets at Xcite Linlithgow from 8pm - 9pm on Tuesdays and 6.30pm - 8pm on Wednesdays.

All levels of experience are welcome including complete beginners.

Fuller information is available from the club's Facebook page at the following link:  Linlithgow Flyers

Health walk

The Livingston Health Walk takes place every Wednesday from 7pm, with setting-off locations changing on a monthly basis.

Everyone is welcome.

If you're thinking about coming along, the group will be happy to see you. All fitness levels are welcome.

Fuller information is available from the group's Facebook page at the following link: Livingston Health Walk

Prostate Cancer Support Group

The next meeting of West Lothian Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held at 7pm on Thursday 7 February in West Lothian Ability Centre, Carmondean Centre Road, Livingston.

The speaker will be Anne Innes -Support Group Manager, Prostate UK - Glasgow 

Anne will talk about: 'What's that badge about' Prostate Cancer UK and Taming Prostate Cancer.

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 men and their partners interested in getting advice or helpful information are very welcome to come along.

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

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 the contact person for your area. Contact details are below:

  • For Fauldhouse / Whitburn / Armadale contact Derek on 01506 283931/01501678893
  • For Livingston / Broxburn contact Isobel on 01506 283930
  • For Bathgate/Boghall/Blackburn/ Linlithgow contact 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 Armadale and 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.

    Rehoming day at Cats Protection

    Cats Protection West Lothian is holding a rehoming day at Newyearfield Farm Community Centre, Ladywell West, from 1pm - 3pm on Saturday 19 January.

    As well as cats looking for new families, there will also be stalls, tombola and a cafe.

    Full details are available from the Facebook page: Cats Protection

    Getting it right for your child workshop

    Carers of West Lothian are holding a 'Getting it Right for Your Child' workshop from 10.30am - 2.15pm on Thursday 31 January.

    Aimed at parents or carers of a disabled child or young person, or a child with additional support needs, the workshop will take place at Sycamore House, Quarrywood Court, Livingston, EH54 6AX

    The workshop is free and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

    The workshop will explore topics such as:

    • your rights and the rights of your child
    • where to go for information, support or advocacy
    • support you need for your child and how to prepare for an assessment or important meeting.

    For fuller information, and to register interest, contact: Carers of West Lothian on 01506 448000 or email Carers of West Lothian

    Open day at bike library

    West Lothian Bike Library is holding an open day at Crofthead Farm, Dedridge, from 11am - 2pm on Saturday 19 January.

    The Open Day will provide a good opportunity for anyone who received a new bike at Christmas to have it security-marked by British Transport Police - free of charge.

    Other activities on the day include: Try an eBike, crime prevention advice, adaptive bike demonstrations, Spokes and Sustrans information stall, donate your pre-loved bikes to help your community, reconditioned bikes for sale and free cycle safety checks.

    The cafe will be open on the day.

    For fuller information, visit the website: West Lothian Bike Library 

    New daytime choir in West Lothian

    A daytime choir is starting at Nether Dechmont Community Centre, Carmondean, from 10am - 12noon on on Tuesday 15 January.

    There are no auditions, and experience is not necessary. Just come along if you love to sing.

    A Sing in the City evening choir also meets at Murieston Scout Hall from 7pm - 9pm on Wednesdays and Bridgend Community Centre from 7.30pm - 9.30pm on Thursdays.

    Email Sing in the City to book a free trial place.

    Step back in time at the Reminiscence Centre

    If you're looking for something to do during the school holidays that's ideal for the whole family, pop into the Reminiscence Centre at The Centre, Livingston.

    It's a real trip down memory lane, with all sorts of reminders of the way things were at home and in the community.

    The Reminiscence Centre is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am - 3pm.

    Everyone is welcome to come in and have a look round.

    Visits can also be arranged for local groups, and reminiscence sessions can be provided for care facilities.

    Check out our video below for a little look at what the Reminiscence Centre has to offer.

    Sometimes you might just need someone to talk to. Macmillan drop in service provides a safe and welcoming space for you to talk about how you are feeling and any worries you might have.

    Macmillan @ West Lothian can help you find all the right services in your local area. These include access to

    • benefits advice
    • free counselling
    • links to other relevant local organisations
    • practical issues including travel

    Visit Macmillan drop in services at:-

    Bathgate Partnership Centre

    • Monday 10am - 1pm
    • Thursday 1pm - 3pm

    Blackburn Partnership Centre

    • Monday 1.30pm - 3.30pm

    Strathbrock Partnership Centre

    • Wednesday 1pm - 3pm
    • Friday 10am - 12:30pm

    Carmondean Connected    

    • Wednesday 11am - 1pm
    • Thursday 10am - 12pm

    Fauldhouse Partnership Centre

    • Tuesday 10am - 12pm

    There is no need to make an appointment just drop in

    This is a free service for anyone affected by cancer their family or carers. For more information contact 01506 283053 or email Macmillan West Lothian

    Help offered to families affected by suicide

    The charity Neil's Hugs Foundation offers help, understanding and support to families and friends in West Lothian affected by suicide.

    The objective of the charity is to assist people in West Lothian, surrounding areas and eventually all over Scotland who are affected by the attempted or completed suicide of a family member or friend.
    Its aims are:

    • To support family members or friends who are struggling to cope with the attempted or completed suicide of someone they care about
    • To raise awareness of the issue of suicide
    • To reduce the stigma attached to suicide
    • To provide a safe space to talk about love ones
    • To improve mental health of people affected by the loss of a loved one or friend
    • To reduce suicide rates by sign posting people to organisations which can help support their loved one or friend

    To get in touch with Neil's Hugs Foundation, phone Donna on 07446 717 501, email Neil's Hugs Foundation or visit the website: Neil's Hugs Foundation website

    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