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K nect direî‚ ory

November 2010



Kirknewton, East Calder, Mid Calder and Pumpherston WIN WIN Meal for tickets to two at Hopetoun House xxxxxxx Christmas Fair

Local History Calders Soldiers 1914 - 1918

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Message from the Editor Hello neighbours We’ve all had to pull our belts in over the past year or so, but with the inevitable Christmas spend upon us now the least we can do is make every penny count locally and support local businesses as much as possible when Christmas shopping. Many of them have special offers for Konect readers and we’ve put together a Christmas shopping feature starting on page 20.

to their Christmas shopping event the “Present Event” at the end of November for the crossword prize, so well worth trying your luck with the crossword on page 42. Last month, Sky Kitchen in East Calder very generously gave away their meal for two to three lucky winners, so congratulations to George Shaw of Mid Calder, Vivien Oliver also of Mid Calder and Annette Sweeney of East Calder.

For this issue also we’ve looked up the bonfire night events in the area, and there is an interesting local walk to try out.

Thanks for reading the Konect Directory.

And for the local history feature this month, my thanks are due to West Calder High School and to Robin Miller of Kirknewton for sharing information they have researched on local people who volunteered in the First World War. Hopetoun House are offering tickets for four

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The Konect Directory welcomes contributions such as old photographs, or short articles of local interest. The Editor reserves the right to edit any articles submitted for publication.

Contents Feature Calders Soldiers Local Walk Pets Children & Family Competitions & puzzles Prize crossword

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Sudoku Children’s puzzles Community What’s on Useful information Clubs & Classes Index of Advertisers

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The Konect Directory is delivered to homes in Kirknewton, East Calder, Mid Calder and Pumpherston. Copies are also left at the libraries, sports centre, convenience stores and various other locations within the area.

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Calders Soldiers 1914 - 1918 any men from the Calders area joined the “Hearts Battalion”, 16th Royal Scots, during the First World


cost. They reached the village of Contalmaison and held a position known as the Scots Redoubt until relieved later that day.

In 1914 the majority of the Hearts first team, then sitting at the top of the league and favourites to win the Scottish Cup, received a white feather in the post. “Professionals”, including footballers, were excluded from enlistment for military service in the First World War, and the feather in the post intimated that they were cowards for not volunteering to fight in the trenches.

Many from the Calders joined the Battalion. One of them was Lance Corporal Jimmy Boyd. Jimmy was born in Seafield and his family moved to Mossend on the outskirts of West Calder. He attended West Calder High School (then situated on Hartwood Road) and on leaving school he worked in the shale mining industry. He played football with a local team Mossend Burnvale, then joined the Hearts as an inside forward alongside his brother who was the Hearts Goalkeeper at the time. Also


The Hearts team, along with many supporters and players from other local and amateur teams, joined the 16th Battalion of the Royal Scots, formed by Colonel George McCrae. The Battalion was raised in record time and was one of the many “pals” battalions formed at the time. They became known as the Hearts Battalion or the Sporting Battalion, but the soldiers preferred to be known as McCrae’s Own. They quickly gained a reputation as one of the best battalions in the British Army and were deployed at the Somme in 1916. The first day of the Battle of

Amy Whyte and Megan Paterson, with Sandy Potter, WCHS, at remembrance service in Contalmaison

the Somme, 1st July 1916, was the worst day in the history of the British Army; almost 75% of those involved in the battle were killed or reported missing, many on that first day alone. Only one Battalion reached their objective that day - McCrae’s Own, but at a very heavy

ol West Calder High Scho Remembers completed a

h School In 2008 West Calder Hig talion. d and the Hearts Bat project on Jimmy Boy ool was invited sch the ject pro the As a result of , Hearts Memorial Service to lay a wreath at the s Thi . day embrance Sun held every year on Rem the also invited to attend year the school was aison in France talm Con at vice Ser Remembrance the rn has been erected by where a Memorial Cai st. Tru on tali McCrae’s Bat July, re annually on the 1st A ceremony is held the Two tle. bat first day of the the anniversary of the erson, Pat gan Me and yte 5th year girls, Amy Wh ath on behalf of the attended and laid a wre on ed also to lay a wreath school. They were ask by his last living ily fam d’s Boy my behalf of Jim . She e’ who is 94 years old relative, ‘Wee Jeanni sitting on her ee thr of age the at remembers the day before he left for Uncle Jimmy’s knee the en giv be st rn. Credit mu Somme, never to retu of the , author of the story to Mr. Jack Alexander who provided a on” alli Bat ae’s cCr Batallion “M tion during the project lot of help and informa the school’s continuing in al ent rum and was inst rs the school visits the yea involvement. Every two ir t World War to pay the battlefields of the Firs of this hs rap tog Pho . ber respects and to remem tly on talmaison are presen year’s ceremony at Con . ary libr display in the school

“If they’re taking our

by Robin Miller, Kirkne


horses, we’re going to


My grandfather Rober t Lawson was tenant farmer at Leyden Far twenty-year lease fro m from 1900 – 1920, m owner and landlord a Earl of Morton. Along with his own fam ily he employed two ho rse men or ploughmen – lived at Little Vantag e Toll House on the Lan William Tait who ark Road, and Georg Ainville cottage, Ainvill e Gardiner who lived e Farm, where his par at ents were employed. During the winter of 1915/1916 a Captain William Anderson and Leyden Farm and com a military vet visited mandeered the two best horses in the sta of wind and limb to ble. They had to be endure the arduous tas sound k of pulling heavy gu Flanders. ns through the mud of My mother Maggie Law son Miller kept in tou ch with both ‘’Will’’ and witnessed their horse ‘’Dod’’ who had s taken to war and wh o had said “if they’re going too” and had taking our horses we gone to Edinburgh Cas ’re tle and joined 16th Ro Own. yal Scot’s – McCrae’s Although their letter s were censored she was able to follow the correspondance stopp ir whereabouts until ed prior to the Battle of Arras 9 – 14 April that they had joined 1917. She was convin together, fought tog ced ether and died togeth er at Arras. However war records show that William Tai t died 1st July 1916, Contalmaison, and is the date of attack on buried in the Thiepval Memorial Cemetery. George Gardiner was Records also show tha killed in action on 28t t h April 1917, the dat on the Scarpe River, and e of the attack on Ro is buried in the Arras eux Memorial Cemetery. War Graves Commissi Paddy O’Brien of the on did not rule out my Mother’s theory - suc conditions that bodie h was the confusion s were often not fou and nd at the time and no was full and they had t before one cemetery moved on to anothe r. Their names of course appear on the local wa r memorial in Kirkne forty one others. We wton along with som are all in their debt. e

part of the team was Pat Crossan from Addiewell, a talented footballer nicknamed “the handsomest man in the world”.

The Hearts Memorial Cairn at Contalmaison

When the Hearts team decided to volunteer, Jimmy and his brother had to choose who would stay at home to support the family and who would go off to war. Jimmy won - or lost, depending on how you look at it. He survived the first day of the battle at the Somme, but on the 3rd August he was wounded and carried to a field hospital for treatment. The hospital was hit by artillery fire and all inside killed. Jimmy was initially buried near the scene but later his body was moved although there is no record of where to and he is one of the many buried in an un-named grave. His family have his name engraved on the


Calders Soldiers 1914 - 1918 » headstone of the family plot at West Calder Cemetery. Pat Crossan was also wounded during the battle and his leg marked down for amputation. He pleaded with the doctor not to do so as he was a footballer and needed both legs to play for Hearts!. A German prisoner of war, a doctor, was asked to operate and saved his leg. Towards the end of the war, however, Pat was gassed and his lungs permanently damaged. He died as a result of his injuries after the war. Very few of those who signed up in 1914 survived the war and only one or two of the Hearts team kicked a ball in earnest again. Mossend Burnvale, the team Jimmy Boyd played with before joining Hearts, all joined McCrae’s Own at the start of the war following Jimmy’s example. Only one of them returned home. At West Calder High School a stone lion recovered from the original West Calder High School has been dedicated as a memorial to Jimmy Boyd and others from the school who fought and died in the War. West Calder High School is keen to collate information about other ex-pupils who perhaps fought alongside Jimmy Boyd and Pat Crossan. If anyone has any knowledge about anyone who took part, please contact Sandy Potter Pupil Support Manager at West Calder High School.Tel 01506 871510 or post to Sandy Potter, West Calder High School, Limefield, Polbeth, EH55 8QN. Many thanks to Sandy Potter of West Calder High School and to Robin Miller of Kirknewton for their contributions for this article. Photographs by Craig Potter




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ave you ever received a thank you card in the post and felt how it transformed your day? How great is it to have someone take the time to send you such a thoughtful note? Thank -yous are not only rewarding to the recipient, they are music to your soul, as you let someone know they have helped you along the way and added to your life. At the end of your day, take time to reflect over it. Think of all the people who have crossed your path, and write a list of at least three of the folks you feel have helped you the most. This doesn’t have to be restricted to those who’ve made your life easier. Reflect on those To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

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nyone who uses the A71 through Wilkieston will have noticed works at the Scottish War Blinded site at Linburn recently. I caught up with centre manager Rosie McLaughlin to learn about what’s happening there and the work the charity is currently involved in. Scottish War Blinded has undergone some changes to extend its services to a larger number of people. Its membership covers all servicemen and women who have significant sight loss and whilst membership was until recently only available for those registered blind or partially sighted, they are now able to help people prior to their registration. So any forces or ex-forces personnel with a significant sight impairment are eligible for help. The new building at Linburn is due to open at the end of November. It provides a lovely environment for learning independent living skills, training in various skills and meeting other people in the same situation. It is a focal point for information and practical assistance. With capacity for up to 35 people per day on a drop-in basis, it has a gym, therapy room, art room, workshop, IT suite and training kitchen as well as a relaxing social and TV area. There will be a gardening area and greenhouse. Workshops and craft training have always been a central aspect of the support provided to veterans at Linburn, and the new centre builds strongly on this whilst updating its services. Use of the facilities is free to members and transport is provided for those within commuting distance; for those further afield, residential training courses with accommodation onsite are offered. Designed by Page \ Park Architects (Glasgow), the shape of the building was inspired by a wood carving of a Chinese celestial dragon on display in the existing showroom (a gift from the Hong Kong Golf Club who donated generously to the charity after one of their members was a beneficiary), It is designed to be easy to navigate through and is flooded with natural light which can be controlled through the use of vertical blinds, as well as plenty of task-specific lighting. Light was a key consideration in the design. Beyond the landscaped grounds surrounding the building, the mature parkland of the old Linburn estate provides plenty of peaceful walking trails. Centre manager Rosie McLaughlin has a background working with visual and hearing impairment and is passionate about the issues surrounding this type of disability. She says, “The whole ethos of the Centre is to keep people as active as possible. Most of our members are physically very fit and able and with a


little help are able to realise their full potential and live active and fulfilling lives.” Outreach Scottish War Blinded has introduced an outreach programme to provide advice and assistance to members elsewhere in Scotland. Outreach workers visit members in their homes to provide advice on issues such as benefits applications, acquiring equipment, access to local services and activities in the community – for example if a member wants to attend a local lunch club but needs someone to go with them for the first few visits, Scottish War Blinded can help. Community Links In its heyday Scottish War Blinded at Linburn had close links with the local community. Rosie is keen to keep up this community involvement, particularly with local schools. There are opportunities for work experience placements at the Centre in a range of areas including caring, administration and working on independent living training for people with visual impairment. In addition, staff at the Centre would be happy to help out with schools doing project work on visual impairment and finally, projects relating to WW2 - they still have a small number of WW2 veterans resident at the Centre. Scottish War Blinded, The Linburn Centre, Louis Braille Avenue, Wilkieston, EH27 8EJ. Tel 0131 333 1369 the was set up in 1915 by Scottish War Blinded Royal Blind) to care w (no lum Asy d Blin Royal were en and women who for Scotland’s servicem r. Training centres Wa rld Wo t Firs the blinded in rgh and Glasgow. In were opened in Edinbu of injured veterans ds nee 1944, to meet the r, the Linburn estate Wa rld from the Second Wo of its activities ght hei was purchased. At the g craft rkshops here teachin wo en sev re we re the hin lt for beneficiaries wit bui re we ses Hou ls. skil and beyond, and te esta the of s und the gro to contact was extended financial support and the workshop. nd atte not did o wh beneficiaries

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It might be that we actually get a white Christmas if last year’s winter weather is anything to go by, but in the lead up to Christmas what gets us all in a ‘fankle’ is wondering what to buy and where to buy it. In these days of ethical buying and reduced carbon footprint, we need to take a long hard look at our buying habits when it comes to Christmas shopping. OK, it’s easy to click a button and order online. You can even have the present gift-wrapped and delivered direct to the recipient. We are time poor and it’s a hassle free option, but it simply isn’t what Christmas shopping should be about. I have wonderful memories of festive shopping trips with my mum and aunt, looking for just the right gift for each family member and friend, stopping for coffee and cake along the way, then all the wrapping and delivering of the presents. It would be great to take the extra step of making sure the shopping trip is local, thereby cutting down the carbon footprint, supporting the local economy and finding something truly unique. Supporting the independent trader is a big step towards a greener Christmas. Candles are popular at any time of year but especially at Christmas. Yankee Candles are American but Europe’s largest Yankee Candle store ‘Yankee at Home’ is based at The Centre, Livingston and run by West Calder people, so you are supporting local traders by buying your candles there. Another classic present is of course jewellery. Ametista, also in the Centre, is a small independent jewellery store specialising in sterling silver and gemstone pieces. And a new bike is a classic Christmas gift - you could decide that 2011 will be the year you start cycling more instead of taking the car, in which case head along to Pedal Power in West Calder where you’ll get the best advice on bikes for the whole family. They will even store the bike for you until Christmas! For a thoughtful and useful gift from a local supplier, check out the range from ihear. Their products are not just for the hard of hearing - see their advertisement on page 32 for ideas. Local farmers’ markets and craft fairs offer a wealth of wonderful and unique gifts, often


made around the corner. Top of the list is probably Hopetoun House’s fair ‘The Present Event’ - with over 60 stands you’re sure to find something for everybody. You can also take a rest for coffee and cakes or lunch which adds to the whole experience. There is a host of local craft fairs, see our calendar below, where you can buy unique gifts as well as supporting community facilities such as the schools or Village Hall associations. A fantastic range of local jewellery and soap makers and other artisans usually have stalls offering unique items that you just can’t buy at the big chain stores. At the craft fair held in Balerno High School you can pick up hand made items such as a range of hand painted pottery from Kirknewton-based pottery painting studio Potter Around. You might feel inspired enough to head to the studio itself and paint your own personalised gift. They are hosting a “Santa’s Secret Workshop” on 11th and 12th December - children can come and paint surprise presents with a little help from the Elves. Simply give the

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children some money and a helpful letter to Santa of what you want and the Elves will get to it. Pick the wrapped gift up the following weekend. See Potter Around’s website at For cards, our local Phoenix Cards traders fit the bill. By buying some of your Christmas cards from them, you can support a charity as well - in 2009, Phoenix Trading raised over £70,000 for charities through the sale of its Christmas cards. Our local trader is Morag Hill of Mid Calder, see her range at

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Thoughts of Christmas inevitably turn to food. It might be tempting to hit a supermarket at midnight just before Christmas in an attempt to avoid the crowds, or even more tempting to do the lot on-line. But hold off, and imagine the joy of shopping at the local farm shop or farmers’ market, the butchers and the bakers and putting together something really special for the day


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» that includes locally-grown food. Try Dickson’s Farm Shop in East Calder, where you can also find a selection of cards, fresh bread from the Hedgerow Bakery and more. The Whole Shebag of South Cobbinshaw can deliver a box of organic produce, and Edinburgh-based Real Foods is Scotland’s largest retailer of natural, organic, vegetarian and Fairtrade food. There are local food co-ops in East Calder (Fridays, East Calder Primary School 11am – 1pm) and Addiewell (Fridays, Addiewell Community Centre, 11am12.30pm). When it comes to meat for the festive feast, you can find plenty of locally-reared meat and you can even go the extra ethical mile and buy organic. You can stick with the traditional turkey or try beef, venison or lamb, partridge or duck or particularly in vogue at the moment, guinea fowl. Steven Belford Butcher, based in Deans, will be happy to help you plan and prepare for your Christmas lunch.

I love all the decorative wrappings available for Christmas, but if we are to be green the wrapping should be at the very least recycled, or indeed not there at all. The way around this could to be to go down the voucher route. There are numerous local businesses offering gift vouchers for Christmas. It also solves the problem of what to buy the person who has everything – a voucher for driving lessons from Driving with Rod perhaps? Rod teaches not only young learner drivers but older people wanting a refresher course or a little more confidence. Or what about some pampering with a voucher? Local beauty salons offering gift vouchers include Bliss Beauty, Simply the Best, Utopia, Lisa Blair Beauty and Lumiere. For a bit of alternative pampering, Holistic Healing, at East Calder Sports Centre, do gift vouchers for reflexology and various massages. You’ve got the gifts; the meal is in hand; what about the tree? Buying a Christmas tree from a local supplier not only supports them but is the


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» more environmentally friendly choice over an artificial tree. Kirknewton Primary School will be selling freshly cut trees with the proceeds going to the school, so keep an eye out for that. You can pick up a tree from Veitch’s Garden Centre in East Calder or from Riccarton Garden Centre.

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For environmentally friendly Christmas decorations, head down to the Almondell and Calderwood Visitor Centre on 19th December for a Christmas craft session using natural items found in the park, from 2 – 3.30pm (£2 per person). There are many ways to be ethical and green at Christmas such as buying gifts from Oxfam or World Vision, or not sending Christmas cards at all but making a donation to charity. But everyone has to start somewhere, and buying locally, supporting your community and the businesses in it has to be a good place to start. Happy Christmas Shopping!

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On the Boardwalk By Karen Murray


or the serious walker, a boardwalk might be considered a cop out. However, the main point of a boardwalk is to preserve the land beneath while allowing you to walk in the environment and enjoy it. The other reason boardwalks are so great is that they are an added incentive to persuade children to go for a walk. Mine change their shrill cries of ‘Oh no, not a walk’ to ‘Great, let’s go’ when we mention it might be a boardwalk.

carpet of sphagnum moss, heather, cotton grass, crowberry, hair moss and even the insect eating round leaved sundew – which has been known to eat even dragonflies. That little nugget of information could certainly intrigue a child and keep their interest in the outdoors!

Our usual haunt is the boardwalk at Red Moss near Balerno, but through a friend who works at Scottish Natural Heritage I have discovered a new place for us to visit as a family namely Blawhorn Moss, near Blackridge. The wooden pathways now winding around this ancient habitat not only preserve the habitat, they keep the visitor safe too – if you stray off them you might just find yourself waist-deep in layers of soil and moss that have been vegetating for 1,200 years! For the budding ornithologist, many different birds visit the moss at different times of year including the red grouse, snipe, curlew, redshank, teal, skylark, hen harrier and short eared owl. Butterflies and dragonflies are also regularly seen at the reserve as are frogs and toads.

As recently as 2008 Blawhorn - one of the largest and best examples of lowland raised peat bogs in the Lothians – was re-declarated as a National Nature Reserve (NNR). The 110 hectare Blawhorn Moss is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage and they are keen for people to visit this internationally recognised reserve. Bog habitat is still under threat nationally - almost 94% of the UK’s lowland raised bog habitat has been lost since the end of the 19th century. Large areas of these deep peat deposits were dug out for fuel, drained for farming or planted for forestry. The bog, which has over twelve thousand years of moss growth, is a survivor of a huge area of peat which once covered the entire area of central Scotland. Flora is many and varied with a


With all the talk of bog, you might wonder why it is such a great place for a walk. In the past bogs were simply considered only suitable for cutting the peat or for draining, but that has all changed. A walk across the bog affords a real close encounter with nature as well as some fabulous views. Bogs also act as a carbon sink, trapping carbon dioxide and helping combat global warming. Blawhorn is one of the best examples in central Scotland. Perhaps the best time to visit the bog in terms of wildlife is from April to July but you will always find something of interest at any time of year and autumn often brings perfect walking weather. In fact at this time of year, the leaves of bog cotton and deergrass turn the bog a rich russet colour. This is only a short walk, but if you fancy a longer walk, you can start with Blawhorn and the reserve then links into the local path network. Blawhorn can be found northwest of the village of Blackridge, four miles west of Armadale It can easily be reached from Junction 4 of the

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Problems with your roots? A new column on family history, from local resident Maureen McIntryre


enealogy is fast becoming one of the most popular hobbies in the country with people becoming addicted to finding out all they can about their ancestors. Searching through family papers and the birth, marriage and death records will enable most researchers to build a reasonable family tree, but there are many obstacles in the way to even this basic search. Overcoming these obstacles comes with experience so those starting out on this journey should not be put off at the first hurdle. I have just finished 3 years of study at the University of Strathclyde in Genealogy, so if you are just starting your tree or if you are having problems with any of your branches please email me and I will endeavour to help. Please email me at Each month I hope to highlight some of my own personal family tree stories as examples of obstacles and how I overcame them - or not! Maureen McIntyre Family heirlooms - A help or a hindrance? My mother gave me a set of antique postcards which had been posted from Australia in 1935 and sent to her grandfather who lived in Laurieston near Falkirk. She had been told that these had been sent, by her great uncle John Richmond who she had always believed had emigrated to Australia before the First World War. This seemed plausible as John’s brother James had been killed while serving for the Australian Infantry Force in 1916 and there was no trace of a death record for John in Scotland. The postcards were signed from John and Kate and were postmarked Victoria, Australia. Exhaustive searches of the online archives in Australia


proved fruitless but another piece to the puzzle came in the form of a photograph unearthed by an aunt John Richmond in a sailor’s uniform. The photograph was undated and had been taken in Portobello. Frustratingly there is no surviving record of John having served in the Royal Navy but the name on the uniform cap HMS Zedwhale is a vessel which is documented in First World War archives. A breakthrough reakthrough came when I managed to track down the family headstone in Camelon Cemetery in Falkirk, which remembered many members of the family including John. John had actually died in South Shields, England in 1930, so he could not have been the John who posted the cards from Australia in 1935. John’s employment was listed as Ships Donkey Man (a sailor’s connection) and there was no mention of a wife. I still have questions unanswered in this family mystery and the postcards and photograph have neither helped nor hindered my search. Who are John and Kate? Did John serve in the Royal Navy or did he simply have his photograph taken wearing a photographers prop uniform on a day trip to Portobello beach? The search for the answer to these questions continues - a family tree will never stop growing.

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Local Village Food Feast Thank you to all those who came to the Local Food Feast on Sunday 19th September 2010. We were overwhelmed by the turnout. We got through well over 25lbs of pork burgers and pork sausages, supplied by Whitmuir Organics in West Linton and 25 lbs of venison burgers and venison sausages supplied by Beecraigs Country Park. A huge sack load of potato salad and green salad, supplied by the Cyrenians, disappeared within the first hour and the selection of delicious Scottish cheeses suffered the same fate. Many of you commented on just how delicious the food was. It goes to show what high quality local foods are produced around us. Local resident Anne Pinkerton was kept busy with bread-making demonstrations. Of the 20 loaves Anne baked only a few crumbs remained and both children and adults had fun joining in and making more. A number of local people stopped by to chat to Anne about the joys and advantages of making their own bread. Maybe next year we can have a best loaf competition! Thank you to Anne Pinkerton for the breadmaking demonstrations. Several people have commented that the event was poorly organised. The Trust would like to apologise for this. It’s clear that we needed more help! Others have told us that they were disappointed that there weren’t stalls where they could buy local produce. We have taken on board suggestions for future events. We were absolutely amazed and delighted at the enthusiasm of the community for local food. If you can spare any time to help with future events or have any suggestions do get in touch (see contact details below). Thank you to Charles Welwood for letting us use Kirknewton Stables for the event. Many people commented on what a great venue it is. Finally thank you to everyone who helped organise the event and who helped out on the day.


Photos by Trusson Photography

Apple Day Thanks to everyone who came along to the apple day at Kirknewton Primary School on 9th October. Children enjoyed apple bobbing and everyone enjoyed the apple identification quiz. We borrowed an apple press from Transition North Queensferry and had lot of fun pressing apples and making delicious fresh apple juice. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped out at the event. Local apples and vegetables are available from the Whole Shebag, the Cyrenians and Dicksons Farm Shop.

Eco Drama at Kirknewton Primary School Kirknewton Community Development Trust arranged for an Eco Drama event at Kirknewton Primary School on 29th September. The Eco Show is all about teaching children how to save energy and about alternatives to fossil fuels. The children thoroughly enjoyed the show and got into the spirit of it!

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Energy Audit Now is a good time to get a free home energy audit done. We will visit you to help identify where you could save energy and reduce your fuel bills. Please contact Fiona MacLennan, Energy Advisor, on 0771 7222 322, or David. Hasting, Energy Advisor, on 07803 289714,

Thermal Imaging Now the cold weather is here, the thermal imaging surveys will be starting. It’s not too late to put your name down. If you live in Kirknewton and would like a thermal image taken of your home to identify areas of heat loss, please contact Fiona MacLennan, Energy Advisor, on 0771 7222 322, fionakirknewton@ or David.Hasting, Energy Advisor, on 07803 289714,

Up and Coming Ev ents

Saturday 13th Nove mber

Open meeting for Kirknewton Comm unity Development Trust Kirknewton Village Hall 6.00pm Come and find out more about KCDT and how you could get involved in local pro jects. If you are not alrea dy a member of KC DT and you live in Kirkn ewton, you are we lcome to come along and sign up as a memb er in the night. It will be a free informal me eting with refreshments provided. Please con tact Lisa on 07917 7894 04 lisakirknewton@g mail. com if you are plann ing to attend so tha t we some idea of how many to expect.

Kirknewton Community Development Trust 24 Main Street, Kirknewton. Lisa Morton, Powerdown Co-ordinator Tel 07917 789404

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Vegetables  Fruit  Milk Eggs  Wholefoods Why not take advantage of our special offer: your first standard vegetable bag for £8.50 (normal

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Organic, rye, French and Italian breads straight from the oven


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Vet’s Tip: Pet Health in Winter


ith the dark nights and the cold weather just around the corner, it can be difficult to maintain your dog’s exercise levels. But this is just the time when they may be more prone to getting stiff because of the cold and damp weather. Regular exercise is a must for any pet’s quality of life so it is important to make time to get out for a walk. If you can’t manage a regular walk yourself, make sure you use a dogwalking service so that your pet doesn’t miss out on essential exercise. If you are taking your dog out for a walk in the dark after work, beware of the risks of walking in the dark, and wear pale/reflective clothing and collars to avoid accidents.

developing digestive problems, so prevent access to fallen apples, conkers, etc. Also bear in mind that anti-freeze is highly palatable but poisonous for pets. Store antifreeze out of reach and mop up any spills straight away. It’s also the season for fireworks. As well as bonfire night, many people let off fireworks around Christmas and New Year so be prepared. It’s almost impossible to avoid the noise of fireworks. Keep pets indoors on bonfire night with the curtains drawn, and if your pet is particularly anxious contact your vet as they will have a range of treatments to help, such as suggestions for desensitising therapy. If your cat or dog has a noise phobia it’s worth seeking help, as such phobias don’t go away and tend to get worse without help.

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Sky Kitchen



Unit 6 Calder Drive, East Calder EH53 0ET (On the B7015 next to Bargain Motors)

Home Delivery Service

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Coxydene Farm Feeds


f you’ve got animals in your life you need to know about Coxydene Farm Feeds, near East Calder.

Their huge building is packed to the rafters with food, bedding and accessories for all types of animals from small furry pets such as guinea pigs and rabbits through to supplies for the serious small-holder with poultry, pigs, sheep and goats – and of course all things equestrian. Coxydene Farm Feeds was established seven years ago by David Blain, who started out supplying food for the racing-pigeon market. David is still racing pigeons as well as running a beef farm locally, and pigeon supplies are still an important part of Coxydene during the racing season they supply feed to pigeon-racers all over the Central Belt. For the moment though, heading into winter, it is the horse and pony owners who are heading to Coxydene Farm Feeds. If you bring your horses or ponies in over the winter, Coxydene Farm Feeds are able to supply all the bedding items you need including rubber matting, shavings and wood pellets. They have a huge range of feeds from all the big suppliers including Baileys, TopSpec, Spillers and Dengie as well as haylage – small and large bales. Shirley, who has been with Coxydene since they started 7 years ago, is very knowledgeable about all the feeds they have in stock and will be delighted to help you. 48

The other animals to be thinking about specially at this time of the year are the wild birds. Coxydene Farm Feeds sell wild bird feed in bags from 2.5kg up to 20kg – so you can buy a little or in bulk. They do of course also stock full range of feeds for cage and aviary birds including Bucktons and Versele-Laga

So pop into Coxydene Farm Feeds and see what they have to offer. You won’t find Christmas-wrapped stocking filler doggie treats nor a fashionable pink bejewelled collar for your cat, but you will find a great range of feeds and bedding at competitive pricing. Whenever I’m in at Coxydene getting food for my chickens, I always stock up on food for the cat too as their Whiskas pouches are significantly cheaper than supermarket prices. Call Coxydene Farm Feeds on 01506 881142. They are open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 5pm

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Need a regular dog walker? Worried about your dog’s socialisation? Essential physical & mental stimulation for your dog, minimum 45 minute walk in a country environment Pick up and drop off to your home Fully insured and disclosed

COXYDENE FARM FEEDS Coxydene Farm off the A71 between Wilkieston & East Calder

Large selection of feeds and bedding available for: Dogs, cats, small animals, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, wild birds, cage and aviary birds, pigeons and poultry

Open to trade and public Good competitive prices

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What’s On? November

For Bonfire Night Events, see opposite Friday 12th November Bookbug Session East Calder Library. Songs and stories for babies and preschool children, 10.30 – 11am. Saturday 13th November Hopetoun’s Fungi Walk Hopetoun House 2pm-3.30pm booking required, call 0131 331 2451. Join the Ranger as we learn about mushrooms, toadstools and the various other fungi present in the internationally important lawns and grounds of Hopetoun House. Price £3.70 adults, £2.20 children (Includes Grounds entrance charge and coffee) Meet in the Ranger Centre Sunday 14th November The Jabberwocky and Almondell Geology Take a step back in time to an imaginary prehistoric forest filled with amazing creatures on this family walk with geologist Richard Johnson. Find out all about local geological features and how they were formed. 2-3.30pm, meet at the Visitor Centre, Almondell and Calderwood Country Park. £3 adults, £2 child. Tuesday 16th November Ewan McLennan in concert The Folk Club, Tap Shop Mid Calder, 8.00pm Saturday 20th November Harburn Craft Fair Harburn Village Hall 11am - 3pm. Free admission. Refreshments available, raffle, SWRI home baking, Your opportunity to find a special Christmas gift. Saturday 20th November Ladies Night in Kirknewton For local fundraising. Mini pampering, Christmas shopping and refreshments available. Look out for posters with ticket purchase information. 7.30pm Kirknewton Village Hall. Wednesday 24th November Fund-raising event for The Yellow Teapot Lodge St John, Mid Calder, 7.30pm. Mini therapies, tombola/raffle, auctions, tea, coffee, baking and much more! Entrance £4, entrance plus one therapy £6, additional therapies £5 each. Tombola and auctions from 8.35 in Main Hall. All money taken on the night will be donated to the charity, see www.


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Friday 26th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November: The Present Event Hopetoun’s Exclusive Christmas Shopping Fair. 10am - 4.30pm, Admission £6. Come along and shop to your heart’s content at our annual Christmas Shopping Fair. We have over 60 stands selling a wide range of quality and unusual gifts for Christmas. This year’s nominated charity is St Columba’s Hospice. Saturday 27th November Ladies’ Pamper Night Mid Calder Community Council. Masonic Hall Mid Calder, 7.30pm. Tickets £5, includes a glass of wine. Tickets available from committee members, see village notice board for contact details of committee members. Friday 3rd December Kirknewton Primary School Christmas Fair Saturday 4th December Mid Calder PSA Christmas Fair Come and meet Santa in his grotto, write Santa a special letter about what you would love this year. Kids craft, stalls, tattoos, raffle and a cafe. Mid Calder Primary School, 11am – 1pm Saturday 4th December Macmillan Coffee Afternoon, Kirknewton Village Hall. Saturday 11th December Christmas Gift Fair West Calder High School 10am – 12pm. In aid of the Wind Band. To include your event here, please email or post details to: The Konect Directory, Overton Farmhouse, Kirknewton, EH27 8DD

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Café Take Away

111 Main Street East Calder

01506 880015

Child Friendly

Opening Times

Now selling Buffet service Taylors of Monday - Friday 8.30am to 2.00pm and small Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm Biggar private hire ice cream All day breakfast from £3.95

Breakfast rolls, Ciabatta Paninis, Toasties Soup, Rolls, Pies and Meals cooked to order

Assorted cream cakes

Freshly ground coffee/latte


Handmade bespoke cakes & cupcakes for all occasions

Real Foods even ts – see their adve rt on page 5. Monday 22nd Nove mber Kitchen Cupboard Remedies. Stockbrid ge Parish Church 7- 9p m. Inspiring people to use ingredients fro m their kitchen cu pboards to create effective health/beauty/dome stic remedies. Tickets £5 , available in Real Foods Boughton Street sto re and Napiers. Or ganic cotton goody bags with Comvita Olive Leaf extract, QI teas, Ol ive booklets, recipe bo Leaf book, Superfoods oklets and a £5 Re al Foods voucher and more. Tuesday 30th Nove mber Chocolate and Wi ne Tasting with Lin da Ward. Selection of organic wines and a range of organic, fair-trade, vegan an d raw chocolate includ ing cholesterol-free Booja Booja truffl es and launching ne w chocolate from Ch ocolate & Love. Or ganic cotton goody bags with Burt’s Bees pro ducts and £5 voucher for m are included. 7.3 0-l 9pm. Tickets £5 av ailable from Real Foods Broughton Street store.

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BONFIRE NIGHT EVENTS Hopetoun House 6th November. Preshow entertainment from 3.30pm and build up to fireworks display with Forth 1’s Grant Scott. Bonfire lit 5.30pm, Fireworks 6.30pm, funfair and food until Tickets must be booked in advance from Adults £10, Children £6 under 3.s Free. Deer Park Golf & Country Club 5th November 7.30pm sharp – tickets £5.00pp or 4 for £15.00 Livingston Cricket Club -6th November. Clubhouse and Bar open from 6.30pm, fireworks from 7.30pm. Linlithgow Rugby Club 5th November. Bonfire 7pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Tickerts £3, £8 for family up to 5. Callendar Park, Falkirk 5th November, 7.30pm. Central FM is hosting a roadshow with music throughout the evening starting at 6.30pm. Callendar House will be illuminated with light and colour throughout the evening. Admission free


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Useful Information

Last Post Times Kirknewton Post Office Mon - Fri 5.00pm then a few minutes later from the box near the level crossing. Sat 11.15am East Calder Post Office Mon - Fri 5.20pm Sat 11.15am Mid Calder Post Office Mon - Fri 5.15pm, Sat 11.35am Pumpherston Post Office Mon - Fri 5.15pm, Sat 11.00am Collection from box at Livingston Delivery Office, Fairbairn Road, at 6.30pm

School Term dates

(from Autumn (Term 1) Tues 17/8/10 - Thu 23/12/09 Break Mon 18/10/10 - Tues 26/10/10 Spring (Term 2) Mon 10/1/11 - Fri 8/4/11 Break Mon 14/2/11 - Mon 21/2/11 Summer (Term 3) Mon 26/4/11 - Fri 1/7/11 May hol Mon 2/5/11 & Tues 3/5/11

Registration of Birt h, Death and Marriage

Registration Offices in West Lothian pro vide advice and assista nce to anyone req uiring information on the registration of bir ths, deaths, marriages and civil partnership s, and issue copy extract cer tificates. We can con duct civil partnership cer emonies and give ad vice on recording a change of name. No appo intments are necessary at Eas t Calder Registratio n Office, situated within the library at 200 Main Street East Calder. The offi ce is open 10 - 12 an d2-5 Monday to Friday.

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East Calder Library information Main Street, East Calder, EH53 0EJ 01506 883633 email: Opening times Mon, Wed & Fri: 10.00am - 5.30pm Tues & Thurs: 10.00am - 8.00pm Saturday: 9.30am - 1.00pm Mobile library timetable Alternate Tuesdays in: Wilkieston Elmbank Wilkieston Hatton Inch Haig

1.15pm - 1.25pm 1.30pm - 1.40pm 1.45pm - 1.55pm 2.00pm - 2.10pm

Kirknewton Kaimes Crescent Sawmill Roosevelt Rd Churchill Way Braekirk

2.15pm - 2.50pm 2.55pm - 3.20pm 3.30pm - 3.40pm 3.45pm - 3.55pm 4.00pm - 4.10pm

Every Wednesday in: Mid Calder Spottiswood Cir 5.40pm - 5.50pm Spottiswoode Cre 5.50pm - 6.05pm Almondside 6.10pm - 6.25pm 6.30pm - 7.00pm Post Office The Mobile Library timetables are currently under review and updated ones will be available soon. A new service with bigger libraries and a wider selection of books is due to be launched soon.

Pumpherston Library information Pumpherston Primary School, Main Street 01506 435837 Opening times Mon: Wed: Thursday:

2.00pm - 5.00pm 2.30pm - 4.30pm 2.00pm - 6.00pm

East Calder Medical Practice 147 Main Street, East Calder, EH53 0EW 01506 882882


Children’s Book Reviews By Carla

Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes Frozen in Time is a sci-fi and fantasy novel by Ali Sparkes. It’s a really good book, mostly I think, because it doesn’t wander all around the place, chapters stop where they were meant to stop. It’s a really neat and exciting story! It’s about a brother and sister, Ben and Rachel, staying at their Uncle’s for the holidays because their parents are too busy. At about midday, when the TV is broken and the rain has finally stopped and the storm broken up, they run out through the garden and out into the woods beyond. Rachel trips over a silver wheel that was hidden underneath a rotting log. Digging excitedly, ignoring Ben’s protests (‘’Come on it’s nothing, leave it alone...’’), she soon uncovers a sort of steel tank, buried underground. They turn the silver wheel (anything but easy) which opens a hatch in the tank. Going down, they see it’s almost a house, well-stocked with canned food and some chairs. They go through into another room. In the middle of it, they see a boy and a girl, both in separate what looked like... containers. They look almost dead, as if something had tried to keep them from dying and had almost succeeded, but not quite. They are almost floating in the white boxes, in rather old-fashioned clothes, both with jet black hair.... Frozen in time for fifty years.... Freddy and Polly from 1956 come to live in 2009.

Carla is 12 years old and lives in Kirknewton


Time Riders by Alex Scarrow- Day of the Predator People who didn’t matter - souls that could die or live and make no difference.... they were the people – children - who were chosen to be the time riders, working for an agency no one knows about, no one dreams about! Their job is to prevent time travel destroying and changing history. Sal should have died in 2026 in a fire, Liam in 1912 on the Titanic and Maddy in 2010 on a plane. They are saved from their various fates by an old man , who they now know to be called Foster. They now all, except Foster, live in a time bubble, always living a Monday and a Tuesday in London 2001, always going back to Monday at Tuesday midnight. None of them know where Foster gets to or what he does. Highly sophisticated technology gives them ‘Bob’, an intelligent computer unit. Ask him (it) whatever you like, but not an opinion! Sal, Liam and Maddy work to stop any meddling with time travel - using time travel. But they’re perfectly trained by Foster and they know more then well what they’re doing and why. But Maddy has just made one mistake – Liam is away fixing something, and he needs a portal to bring him back to the time bubble. Maddy opens the time portal just when and where she shouldn’t have, and suddenly Liam is marooned 65 million years ago with the company of dinosaurs, another unit like Bob and the group of people he had been checking up on. The last time Liam was lost in the past, he had simply written a letter where Maddy and Sal would find it. But now he was in a dangerous world inhabited by monsters, with no means of contact whatsoever!

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Clubs and Classes

sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... EAST CALDER Boys Brigade East Calder Church Hall Anchors (age 5 - 8) Fridays 6.30 - 7.30pm Juniors (age 8 - 11) Fridays 6.45 - 8.15pm. Calll Jean Gilchrist 01506 880367 East Calder Ladies’ Circle East Calder Community Centre Second Thursday of the month, September to May at 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Contact Frances Shearsby (Secretary) on 01506 494591, for more information. Patchwork Classes We run patchwork classes throughout the week at Marys’ Patch. Monday 10-12, 1-3, Tuesday 10-12, 1-3, Wednesday 9.30-11.30, 12.30-2.30, Thursday 9.30-11.30, 12.30-2.30 Saturday 10-2. Knitting and crochet classes also available. East Calder Football Club East Calder park, 9 teams covering most age groups. Please see club website for our forthcoming soccer school or contact coach Graham Hamilton 07545 758385 for any further information. Firefly Arts (Youth Theatre) East Calder Primary School Juniors (P5 - P7) Fridays 2.30pm - 4pm £2.50 per week (1st week free). Classes also availble in Kirknewton, West Calder & Howden Park Contact 01506 773883 East Calder Old Folks Club East Calder Community Centre Last Thursday of the month, September to April 7.00pm - 9.00pm. Pensioners and non-pensioners welcome. Contact Carol Anne Murray (Secretary) on 01506 882015 Fun4Kids East Calder Church Hall Team games, circle games, running, jumping, make new friends and lots of fun! For preschoolers (3 - 5 yrs) Wednesdays 1.45pm - 2.45pm, £3 per session For info contact Fiona on 01506 201207, 07786 438456 or email East Calder Youth Club East Calder Community Centre Fri 6.15pm - 8.45pm. Ages 10 to 14 yrs. Cooking,


football, baseball and other outdoor sports, pool, video games, board games and arts/crafts. Contact Gary Sneddon 01506 774473 Booze you Looze: The Friday Sports Club Xcite East Calder Sports Centre Fri 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Ages 13 to 17. Sports, keep fit, dance.Contact Alex Hughes or Colin Meek on 01506 883400. Bingo Pigeon Club, East Calder Sun 8.00 - 10.00 All welcome Breast Feeding Support Group East Calder Community Centre Wed 11.30am – 12.30pm except during school holidays. Free. Contact Health Visitor via Health Centre for further details 01506 880582 Young Mums East Calder Community Centre Mon 11.00am – 12.30pm. Free. Contact health visitor via health centre for further details 01506 880582 Toddler Clinic East Calder Health Centre 1st Tues of every month. Drop in for advice and support 1.30pm – 3.30pm Yoga Classes East Calder Community Centre Wed 7.00pm - 8.30pm. Contact Joy Cummings 01506 843666. Line Dancing Pigeon Club, East Calder Mon 6.30pm. Everyone welcome, £2.50 a session. Contact Linda Casey 01506 442465 Rainbows East Calder Primary School Wed 6.15pm – 7.15pm. Contact Gillian Maben 01506 880640 Brownies East Calder Primary School Tues 6.30pm – 8.00pm & Wed 6.30pm – 8.00pm. Spaces currently available in Tues group. Contact Gillian Maben 01506 880640

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Guides East Calder Primary School Mon 7.00pm – 8.50pm & Wed 7.30pm – 9.00pm. Spaces curently availabe in Wed group Contact Gillian Maben 880640 East Calder Scout Group Scout Hall, Calderhall Terrace Beavers Mon 6.15 - 7.15pm (boys 6 - 8 yrs) Cubs Mon 7.30 - 9.00pm (boys 8 - 10 yrs) Scouts Tues 7.15 - 9.00pm (boys 10 - 14 yrs) Contact Jack Galloway on 077907 93889 Cathy Bird Highland Dancers East Calder Community Centre Tues 6.00pm Beginners, 6.30 - 7.30pm Highland, 7.30-8.30pm National and choreography. Exams, competitions, displays, charity functions, shows. Contact Cathy Bird 07809 423592 Silver Saints East Calder Church Hall, 13 yrs upwards Wed from 6.30pm - 8.30pm East Calder Scout Hall 8-12 years Wed 6.30 8.00pm. Contact Gillian Farrel 07861 711153 or Elaine mcLean 07761 534748 Scottish Slimmers Pigeon Club Tues 6.00pm Call 0800 362636 for more info. Needlecraft Club East Calder Community Centre Thur 7.00pm - 9.00pm Contact Carol 01506 881933 or Mary 07508 433879 Taekwon-Do East Calder Sports Centre Sat 9.30am - 10.30am Ages 5 -15 yrs. For information call 07710 759242 Karate East Calder Sports Centre Ages 5 - 15 yrs . Junior Class: Fri 6.00pm - 7.00pm Intermediate/Advanced Class: Fri 7.00pm - 8.00pm Wadokai Karate, both boys and girls welcome, £4.00/session. Contact David Ewing on 0131 657 2085

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Step Into Dance with Vicky East Calder Church Hall Highland, Cheerleading, Tap, Freestyle Disco, Ballet, Hip Hop and a boys-only Hip Hop. Classes for ages 2 to adult, on Thurs & Fri. See for more information or contact 07719 646942 EC Allsteps Cheerleaders East Calder Church Hall and West Lothian College Competitive cheerleading squad. Also adult squad fun class at East Calder Sports Centre Mon 9.00pm - 10.00pm. For more information see or call 07719 646942

KIRKNEWTON Kirknewton Women’s Rural Institute Come and join us for a friendly evening of craft, demonstrations and fun. 2nd Thursday of each month, 7.15pm in Kirknewton Church Hall Firefly Arts (Youth Theatre) Kirknewton Village Hall Juniors (P5-P7) Tues 4.30 - 6.00pm £2.50 per week (1st week free). Classes also availble in East Calder, West Calder & Howden Park Contact 01506 773883 Kirknewton Rainbows Kirknewton Village Hall Wed 5.00pm - 6.00pm For girls aged 5-7. Please contact Gill Greaves for more information on 01506 883261 Kirknewton Pensioners Club Kirknewton Village Hall 1st Wednesday of Month 1.00pm - 3.30pm and 3rd Thursday of Month 7.00pm - 9.00pm Everyone aged 60 years and over welcome Kirknewton Play Group Under new management! Kirknewton Village Hall Mon – Fri 9.00am – 11.15am Ages 2 to 5 yrs. £4.00 per session. Call in and see us during session times Kirknewton Starlets Kirknewton Primary School Babies class up to age 8 Thurs 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Junior/senior class Thurs 6.15 - 8.00pm. For info contact Trisha


Hatton Sports Club Tennis and squash. Burnwynd, Kirknewton Social and competitive play. LTA-qualified tennis coaches. Contact Carol Blamire 01506 880208 KASPARS Afterschool Club Kirknewton Church Hall. Afterschool care Mon - Thu 3.15 - 6.00, Fri 12.30 - 6.00. Breakfast Club Mon - Fri 8.00 - start of school. Call 07871 791000 Toddler Group Kirknewton Church Hall Parents/carers with tots aged 0-3 yrs, fridndly group with play, stories and craft for the children and meet up/chat for parents. Thur 9.30 - 11.30am

at 01506 202190 or Steve Collier at 01506 881398 or Gordon Scott at 01506 882616. Scottish Slimmers Masonic Hall Mon 7.30pm Call 0800 362636 for more info. Pilates Classes Institute Hall, Market St. Wed 10.00am - 11.00am Beginners class Contact Rhona 01506 811700


Mid Calder Colts FC Teams covering all ages, playing soccer 7s, 11-a-side and also a soccer school. For more information see the Colts’ website Contact Dave 07990 706048

Mid Calder Mother and Toddler Group Institute Hall Tues and Thurs 9.15 - 11.15, £1.00 per adult Please call Vicky Ramsay for details on 07515 495101

Mid Calder Youth Club Institue Hall, Market St. Mon 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Ages 8 to 12. Sports, computers, bus trips, games.

Mid Calder Mother and Baby Group Institute Hall Tuesdays 10.00 Please call Vicky Ramsay for details on 07515 495101

Choral Highlights Ladies Choir Kirk of Calder, Mid Calder Rehersals Sundays 12pm - 1.00pm in summer and 7.30pm-8.45pm in winter. Musicals, Scottish. religious, pop and some very quirky little numbers! 2 concerts per year, requests to sing at other venues considered. New members very welcome, please contact John Rankin 01506 880029

Folk Club Meets every third Tuesday of the month at the “Tap Shop” The Midcalder Inn, Mid Calder at 8pm Welcome Cafe Glenalmond Hall Every Tuesday 10am-12noon. This is a Fair Trade Cafe all proceeds of which to the Vine Trust in Peru. Do come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some home baking with friends. Yoga Classes Masonic Hall Wednesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm Contact Linda Bibby 01506 884115 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Rainbows Wed night Brownies Mon and Tues night, Guides Wed night. Contact Katrina Wallace on 01506 883816 Mid Calder Camera Club Institute Hall, Market Street Wed 7:30pm – 9:45pm All levels of photographers are welcome. For more information, visit or call Fred Roe

Mid Calder School of Dance Mid Calder Institute Hall Tap, Highland, Disco Tues 6.00pm - 7.00pm & Fri 6.15pm - 9.00pm. Various ages Contact Heather 01501733054 Calder Bells Glenalmond Hall, Mid Calder Rehersals Mondays 7.30pm New members welcome

PUMPHERSTON Myra Mackie School of Dance for more information or call 01506 881555 Scottish Starlets Classes in Pumpherston Institute Hall See for more information and class timetable. Email or call Mrs Douglas on 07827 917918

Pumpherston United FC Four groups, including a soccer school for 5-12 yrs (Thur 6.00pm - 7.30pm); 1998 age group (Tuesdays); 1997 age group (Mon and Wed) and 1995 age group (Mon and Wed). Training at Pumpherston Recreation Park. For more information , please email

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Y-Cats Cheer classes Further information at or contact Stacy McKerracher 07809 234529 The Look Group Outdoors activities in Almondell and Calderwood Country Park for ages 8-12, meeting at Visitor Centre 10.30 - 12.00 Saturdays - not every Saturday, check programme with the Rangers on 01506 882254

CHURCHES Church of Scotland Kirknewton Services 9:45 in the Kirknewton Kirk, Station Rd. Sunday School and creche available East Calder Services 11:15 in the East Calder church, Main St Sunday School and creche available

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Rev Dr AJ Groenewald 8 Manse CourtEast Calder EH53 0HF. 01506 884585 or 075 888 458 14. website Mid Calder services 10.30 every Sunday in the Kirk of Calder, Main St, Mid Calder. Sunday School and crèche available. Pumpherston sservices - The Kirk of Calder also holds fortnightly services on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 at the Pumpherston Institute Hall. The website has full details of current activities/services.

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