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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 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 

Charity fundraiser for Brightest Star

A young Blackridge woman is holding an action-packed family night to raise funds for the Brightest Star charity.

The charity supports bereaved families and was founded in memory of youngster Jack Kennedy, who suddenly fell asleep in his mummy's arms six days before his sixth birthday.

The family night, organised by Jade Manson, will take place in the Cavalier Inn, Armadale, from 7pm on Saturday 8 September.

The evening will take the form of a disco, with raffle, tombola, live singers and more.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children aged five and under.

Tickets can be obtained by sending the money to the link: with full names and the number of tickets required.

"There's a limited number of tickets," said Jade, "so please get them as soon as possible."

Macmillan drop in service

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

Sailing course at Lowport

Following a great summer after-school sailing course, the Low Port Centre is now offering an autumn 6-week Monday evening course.

This course, costing £105, is open not only to those who took part in the summer term, but also absolute beginners of primary 6 & 7 age. There are eight places available.

Participants will work towards Royal Yachting Association awards. After changing into sailing gear, participants will go down to the loch and play with sailing boats for several hours each session, exact timing is dependent on weather/daylight hours. Participants will be ready to go home after changing between 7.30pm and 8pm. 

The training dates will be as follows: 27 August, 3, 10 and 24 September and 1 and 8 October.

Anyone interested should contact the Low Port Centre on 01506 340720 or email Lowport and ask for an information letter.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

The next meeting of the West Lothian Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held on Thursday 2 August at 7pm at the West Lothian Ability Centre, Carmondean Centre Road, Livingston.

Gary Oman, from the Citizens Advice Bureau, will speak about new pension rules and regulations and other advice services. The other speaker is Claire Garton, who will talk about local support services for cancer patients.

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.

July's Put Your West Foot Forward walks

  • Monday 2 10:15am Bathgate Old Library Balbardie Park
  • Wednesday 4 7pm Livingston Evening Carmondean Library route decided on the night
  • Wednesday 4 10am Linlithgow Tesco Loch Circular / Loch Walk
  • Wednesday 4 10am Royal Voluntary Strathbrock Partnership 30 minute, flat, easy walk
  • Monday 9 10:15am Bathgate Tesco Cycle Path
  • Wednesday 11 7pm Livingston Evening Carmondean Library route decided on the night
  • Wednesday 11 10am Linlithgow Tesco Canal East
  • Wednesday 11 10am Royal Strathbrock Partnership 30 minute, flat, easy walk
  • Monday 16 10:15am Bathgate Partnership Centre Town Walk
  • Wednesday 18 7pm Livingston Evening Carmondean Library route decided on the night
  • Wednesday 18 10am Linlithgow Tesco Canal West
  • Wednesday 18 10am Royal Voluntary Strathbrock Partnership 30 minute, flat, easy walk
  • Monday 23 10:15am Bathgate Old Library Glenmavis
  • Tuesday 24 10am Craigshill Craigsfarm Howden Riverside
  • Wednesday 25 7pm Livingston Evening Carmondean Library route decided on the night
  • Wednesday 25 10am Linlithgow Tesco Springfield Perimeter / Grange View
  • Wednesday 25 10am Royal Voluntary Strathbrock Partnership 30 minute, flat, easy walk
  • Monday 30 10:15am Bathgate Tesco Pyramids
  • Tuesday 31 10am Craigshill Craigsfarm Lizzie Bryce Walk

For fuller information on all walks, phone 01506 775626.  

Summer football

West Lothian Youth Foundation are running a new programme that will take place during the summer holidays.

£1 Summer Leagues is based on the successful Midnight League programme and will take place every Friday evening at Xcite Craigswood Sports Centre.

It is a 5-a-side football programme where youngsters aged 12-16 can come along to Craigswood and play in 5-a-side matches.

The cost is £1 per person, per session to take part. No booking is required. Just turn up on the evening and the coaching staff will get you involved. Participants can enter as an individual or as team on the night.

Sessions will run from 6pm - 8pm every Friday night for seven weeks during the school holidays starting this Friday, 6 July.

For fuller information, please email West Lothian Youth Foundation or call 01506 417000 and ask for the West Lothian Youth Foundation.

Summer rugby

Livingston Rugby Football Club are running three summer camps over the holiday period for different age groups.

The under 13 - under 16 camp runs from Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 July, while the P4 to P7 camp runs from Tuesday 31 July - Thursday 2 August.

Both run from 9am to 4pm over the three days, and the cost is £40 with breakfast provided. 

The Micros camp takes place from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 August from 9am - 12 noon, with a cost of £20 which includes breakfast.

For fuller details, click on the link: Livingston Rugby Football Club

Volunteers wanted for Gig Buddies

Gig Buddies is looking for volunteers in West Lothian.

The project supports people with a learning disability to get out to more gigs and live events by pairing them with a volunteer who shares the same interests.

If you live locally and want more information on how to support someone to get out to more gigs that you both love, get in touch with project co-ordinator Sam Maggs at: Gig Buddies or phone 07738 486 001.

Kieran's volunteering fundraiser

Deans Community High School pupil Kieran Rhodes is planning to go to India to volunteer in a hospital there for three weeks.

But first, he has to fundraise in order to raise the money needed to get to India. 

Kieran (15) is holding a Wildlife Fun Day at Bramble Cottage Constructive Play Centre, Bathgate on Saturday 21 July from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are available from Bramble Cottage or contact Kieran direct on 07596 743 886. 

Kieran also volunteers with the Scouts Association and the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers. 

Any Raffle or Tombola prizes are greatly appreciated and can be dropped into Bramble Cottage or can be collected by Kieran.

For fuller information, or to donate, visit Kieran's JustGiving page at: Kieran's fundraising

Baby gymnasts

Local charity Astro Gymnastics has started gymnastic classes for babies aged from just eight weeks.

The 'Twinkling Stars' classes take babies through to 18 months.

Structured  sessions involve activities and apparatus that are fun for babies and parents.

After the class, parents and carers can relax in the waiting room over coffee and biscuits.

Classes meet on a Wednesday. Times are: Eight weeks to crawling: 11.30am - 12.15pm; crawling to around 18 months: 10.30am - 11.15am.

For fuller information, visit the Astro Gymnastics website: Astro Gymnastics

Hand-made poppies wanted for War memorial

To mark 100 years since the end of World War 1, Uphall Community Council are hoping to cover the railings in front of the War Memorial with knitted, crocheted or felt poppies.

Anyone able to help is asked to bring their poppies into Uphall Community Centre and leave them at the office. Please also leave a length of yarn for the poppies to be attached.

Knitting patterns for the poppies can also be picked up from the community centre.

Inveralmond girls' F1 fundraisers

The girls from Inveralmond Community High School's 'Team velocity' have embarked on a series of fundraisers to get them to the F1 in Schools challenge world finals in Singapore.

The team, made up of Chloe Adam, Beth Lewis, Amy Shaw, Nicole Mulrainey, Katie Saunders and Megan Cleaver, are now faced with the task of raising just short of £30,000 to pay for flights, accommodation, resources and competition fees in order to compete at the World Finals, which take place in September.

The girls, who are looking for a sponsor and donations of raffle prizes for their race night, have also set up a gofundme page at the link: gofundme

You can also get fuller information at the following Facebook page: Velocity racing Facebook

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