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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 

Entries open for spring fun run

Entries are now open for West Lothian Run's spring Fun Run. 

The event will take place from 11am on Sunday 5 May at Livingston Rugby Club.

The following options are available:

  • Entries for the 5k fun run are £8
  • Entries for the kids 1k (3 - 7 years old accompanied by an adult) cost £2.

Entries can be booked through the following link: Spring Run bookings

Computer skills course at Strathbrock

A Cyrenians free Computer Skills class for over 60s starts from Thursday 25 April at Strathbrock Partnership Centre.

The class will meet weekly from 10am - 11am.

You can bring your own device, or learn using a Cyrenians tablet.

For fuller information, please call 01506 815815 or email Cyrenians

All stars cricket

Livingston Cricket Club has launched All Stars Cricket for boys and girls from five - eight-years-old with eight weeks of non-stop fun.

The activity and game-based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing youngsters with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.

The 8-week programme will run at Livingston Cricket Club from Sunday 12 May to Sunday 30 June between 10am - 1pm.

The cost is £40 per child and every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap all sent straight to their door. 

To book, click on the link: All Stars Cricket

Easter Bunny boat trips

The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society are running special Easter Bunny Boat Trips from Port Buchan, Broxburn, on Saturday 20 April.

Trips take place at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

There will be fun and refreshments for everyone on board the narrowboat Bluebell and a chocolate egg for the children.

You can also go ashore to meet the Easter Bunny and join in the Easter Egg Hunt.

Booking is available now at the link: Easter Bunny booking

Ageing Well walking groups

Ageing Well walking groups, for over 50s, set off from locations all over West Lothian every week.

A new group will be starting in Winchburgh from Thursday 25 April.

Towns and villages and times are listed below. Locations can vary on a weekly basis. 

For fuller details, contact 01506 237953 or 07768 090 008.

  • Monday 10am - 11am Bathgate 
  • Tuesday 10am - 11am Armadale 
  • Tuesday 10am - 11am Craigshill 
  • Tuesday 10am - 11am Whitburn 
  • Wednesday 10am - 11am Linlithgow 
  • Thursday 10am - 11am Winchburgh 
  • Friday 1pm - 2pm Xcite Livingston 

Junior parkrun

The Craigswood junior parkrun takes place every Sunday from 9.30am at Xcite, Craigswood.

It's a 2k run (jog or walk) for children aged from 4-14 years,

The parkrun is open to all, free, and safe. The course is marshalled so that juniors will be in sight of at least one marshal at all times. 

Runners should register via the parkrun web site Parkrun registration

Parents and older juniors are welcome to sign up as volunteers and join in with the fun by contacting Parkrun

See the video below:

Taster training reminiscence event

The Living Memory Association is holding a free taster training Reminiscence event at the Reminiscence Centre, Livingston, from 10am -1pm on Wednesday 6 March.

If you work with, volunteer or visit older people, the session will show you how to use objects and photos, interviewing and

All are welcome. Tea and coffee will be provided.

The Reminiscence Centre is based opposite Iceland in The Centre, Livingston.

Asist suicide-awareness course

Spaces are available on a free Asist suicide-awareness course taking place at Donaldson School, Linlithgow, on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March.

Participants need to attend both days from 9am - 4.30pm.

This two day course is intended as 'suicide first-aid' training. ASIST aims to enable helpers (anyone in a position of trust) to become more willing, ready and able to recognise and intervene effectively to help persons at risk of suicide.

This course is free of charge to anyone who lives and/or works in the West Lothian Council area.

For fuller information, or to book, phone 01506 284424 or email Suicide-awareness course

Former pupils erect memorial plaque in memory of late headmaster

Former pupils at Craigshill High School have raised funds to purchase and erect a plaque in memory of the school's first headmaster, Sandy Pirie MBE.

Recently, ex-pupils held a 50th anniversary reunion.

One of the organisers, Jackie Potter, said: "Thankyou to everybody who attended the 50th anniversary reunion and who helped us make it possible to get a memorial in place to honour Mr Pirie for all that he did, not just for the pupils of Craigshill High but for the wider community in the 50 plus years he stayed in Livingston."

The plaque is now sited in the foyer of the Craigwillow Centre, which is the school's old gym hall.

Junior parkrun

The Craigswood junior parkrun will start from 3 March and will take place every Sunday thereafter from 9.30am.

It's a 2k run (jog or walk) for children aged from 4-14 years, held at Xcite, Craigswood Livingston every Sunday morning.

The run starts at 9.30 so aim to arrive by 9.15 as there will be announcements, awards and a warm up before the start. 

Runners should register via the parkrun web site Parkrun registration

Grown-ups can register juniors. After completing registration you will be sent an email with a parkrun number and a barcode. Print the barcode and take to each parkrun. It is a good idea to protect the barcode with clear tape or a laminator.

The run is for juniors only. Grown-ups can go with juniors but should not carry them round or encourage them to go faster than they want. The parkrun is for fun. Grown-ups should not go through the finish.

Parkrun is organised by volunteers. Parents and older juniors are welcome to sign up as volunteers and join in with the fun by contacting Craigswood Parkrun

Autism fundraiser at Inveralmond

Local parent Laura MacDonald is holding her annual autism awareness fundraiser for Signpost at Inveralmond Community High School from 12noon - 4pm on Saturday 30 March.

Entry is £5 per family and activities include fun events for kids, 3g football pitches, beat the goalie, soak your parent, critters disco, party games, karaoke party games, cakes, jewellery, beauty, handmade crafts, pens, sweets, massages, manicures, make up trials, raffle and tombola.

Craft fayre tables are available for £10.

The twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day is Tuesday 2 April.

ACE Backstage Pass

Local community group Alternative Company Entertainers (ACE) are performing a brand-new, original musical 'Backstage Pass' from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 March.

When the theatre manager sells them out to the notorious Dodgy Doris, the cast must scramble to come up with a plan to save their theatre. With a director who hates musicals, a Diva that can't sing and dog on the loose, can they work together and pull off the musical of the year?

Tickets are £7 for adults, £5 for concessions and are available from:  Tickets

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.

Online resource for mental health and wellbeing information

Westspace is an online source of mental health and wellbeing information for people in West Lothian. 

On the website Westspace you will find: 

  • A directory of local services, groups and support
  • Factsheets and guides 
  • Self-help materials 
  • Local events 

You can also access information about Westspace on the Facebook and Twitter accounts below:

Westspace aims to: 

  • Signpost people to appropriate mental health and wellbeing services in West Lothian
  • Enable people to make informed choices in their treatment and care
  • Inform people of factors influencing positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Enable people to access services and information which may be of benefit to them or someone they support

Westspace content is provided by 'expert authors' including service providers; mental health professionals; carers; and service users.  Content is monitored and approved by the Westspace Team and the Advisory Group.  

The website provides local information on befriending, counselling, complimentary therapies, social groups, self help and support for families and more. 

Gala fundraisers

Mid Calder Children's Gala is holding a fundraising ladies night in the Masonic Lodge from 7pm - midnight on Saturday 16 March.

Tickets cost £10, including buffet, disco and raffle.

Tickets are available from committee member Jackie Phillips Cormack on Facebook.

Cyrenians looking for retired volunteers

Cyrenians OPAL run activity and social groups for older people in the West Lothian area.

They are looking for people who have recently retired to volunteer with them, helping out at the groups.

If you can spare a few hours a week, the Cyrenians would love to hear from you.

Phone 01506 815815 or email Cyrenians

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

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

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.

Macmillan @ West Lothian

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