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All welcome at Community Council meeting

The next meeting of East Calder and District Community Council will take place on Tuesday 12 February at 7pm in the Military Museum, Legion Hall, Louis Braille Avenue, Linburn Centre, Wilkieston, West Lothian, EH27 8EJ.

All local residents are welcome to attend. 

Plans for rock ramp at Mid Calder Weir

It is proposed to build a rock ramp at Mid Calder Weir, to allow migrating fish species to swim upstream, past the weir, to high-quality habitat in the upper catchment of the river.

Consultation events take place on Saturday 9 February from 10am - 4pm at Mid Calder Community Centre and Tuesday 12 February from 1pm - 8pm at East Calder Partnership Centre.

All those with an interest in the river are encouraged to come along to one of the events to speak to representatives from the Trust, hear what is proposed and to have their say.

IT Buddy available in Almondbank Library

A friendly, helpful IT Buddy is available in Almondbank Library on Thursday 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 Almondbank Library or phone 01506 283133.

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.

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

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 Isobel on 01506 283930.

Singing for health

An Ageing Well Singing for Health session for the over 50s takes place at Craigshill Good Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Almondbank, from 10.30am - 12noon every Wednesday.

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

The cost is £1.50 per session.

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

Room for more at 'Friends' group

An enthusiastic group of volunteers with a love of the countryside have embarked on a new programme.

And with the range of jobs to be tackled, the Friends of Almondell & Calderwood group have room to welcome anyone wishing to join them.

The group assist the country parks rangers with conservation, maintenance, promotion and events.

Plans for 2018 include maintaining the ponds in Calderwood, new planting on the former mansion site slopes and regular tasks such as bracken whipping, bramble control, eradicating invasive plants such as Himalayan balsam and Japanese Knotweed, litter picking and keeping pathways clear.

Anyone considering joining the group can contact them via their Facebook page Friends of Almondell and Calderwood or phone the Ranger Team 01506 882254.

  • The Friends of Almondell's next practical project meeting is Saturday 7 April.

Volunteer drivers wanted

Cyrenians are looking to recruit volunteer drivers for their OPAL (Older People Active Lives) project.

The drivers support older people to access local groups in order for them to meet people and make new friends.

Mileage expenses are reimbursed at 45p per mile.

For fuller information, contact 01506 815815 or email Cyrenians

Support provided by SANDS

The SANDS (Stillbirth and neonatal death) charity provides support in West Lothian for anyone affected by the death of a child.

A support group meets at Craigsfarm, Craigshill, from 7pm - 9pm on the second Monday of every month.

A pregnancy support group meets every month at the same venue, as and when required.

SANDS also has a mother and toddler group, which meets at Jak's Den from 9.30am - 11.30am on the last Tuesday of every month.

For fuller information, phone 0131 622 6263 or email 

Dementia cafe

Forget-me-not Café, East Calder,  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.  Come along for the whole session, or you are most welcome to just drop in for as long as you like.

The café  runs  on the  last Thursday of  every month, from 10am - 12noon,  at East Calder Parish Church Hall, Main Street , East Calder.