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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:

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.

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.

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.