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konect JUNE 2014


FEATURES Queen's Baton Relay Summer beauty tips

CHARITY The Food Train plus local businesses, community information and more!

The community magazine for Livingston

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The Queen's Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games passes through West Lothian on 15th June, and Livingston has arranged a host of events or the day so that everyone has a chance to join in the celebrations – see the article on page 8. As usual we've been speaking to local business people to bring you details from behind the scenes and who runs various local businesses – in our recent reader survey this was one of the features many people said they liked to read.

Message from the Editor

And we've pulled together hair and beauty tips, contributed by local people running hair and beauty salons, to help you get prepared for summer – see the beauty feature on pages 16 – 23 and look out for all the special offers and ideas from a the businesses in the feature. Thanks for reading konect and supporting local businesses.

Helen-Jane, Editor 07854 492638

Advertising enquiries Jenny Thomson 07824 469266 Charlene Gaffney 07772 941899

Advert booking deadline: 10th of the month prior to print Artwork/copy deadline: 13th of the month prior to print The Konect Directory is delivered to 20,000 homes throughout Livingston, alternating between two areas of 10,000 homes each. Copies are also left at libraries, community centres, convenience stores, post offices and other locations throughout Livingston.

Cover image: Gala season! Pipers at Parkhead Gala 2013. Photo by West Lothian Council

Contents Features Queen's Baton Relay 8 Summer Beauty 16 - 23 Regulars Recipe 19 Music Review 26 Style Column 26 Thought for the Month 32 Technology 40 Property Matters 48 Chriselle's Column 50 Charity of the Month 56 Competitions and Puzzles Crossword 54 Sudoku 54 Community What's on 60 Useful Information 62 Clubs & Classes 63 Index of Advertisers 66

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GW Horticultural & Landscaping Services All aspects of gardening, maintenance & landscaping tasks carried out Call Gary: 07402


SERVICES MHPS PROPERTY t: 0772.551.1892 / 0844.504.5960

Electrical Plumbing Gas Servicing & Repairs General Maintenance Roofing & Gutters Redecoration Landlord Certificates EICR & PAT Testing Home Energy Reports

Dream Fitness was established in 2010 by two sisters Jo and MC. They provide a range of friendly, yet professional fitness solutions for people of all ages and abilities in and around the West Lothian area.

To see the full timetable please like Dream Fitness on Facebook

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Quality Dental Care in state-of-the-art surgeries Computerised injection (virtually pain free) Cosmetic teeth alignment in less than 6 months

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LVS Garage Services Livingston has been providing servicing and MOT services since our founding in 1986. It is our mission to achieve total customer satisfaction in everything we do.

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(Includes FREE Air Freshener and Screenwash top-up) (Includes FREE Car Wash & Air Freshener) Limited one voucher per customer,per visit. Cash value 0.001p. Subject to availability.Not valid with any other offer. Photocopies not accepted. VALID UNTIL 31st July 2014

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Queen's Baton Relay Queen’s Baton Relay coming to Livingston Sunday 15th June The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will take in breathtaking scenery, iconic landmarks, remote outposts and city arenas on its tour before arriving in Glasgow this summer.

The relay will finish its West Lothian leg in Livingston and the two main events are a parade to precede the Baton's arrival and a celebration event held in Howden Park.

It will be West Lothian’s turn to host the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay on Sunday 15th June.

To precede the Baton's arrival there will be a parade along the Boulevard. Groups represented will include local schools, sports clubs and gymnastic display teams.

Some 100 hand-picked baton- bearers in West Lothian will lead the baton relay through towns and a programme of events is planned in each town to mark the relay. Events will take place along the baton relay route which will include Whitburn, Bathgate, Broxburn, Linlithgow and Armadale. The route will finish in Livingston and events are planned in each of the towns. West Lothian Council Leader John McGinty said: “We are delighted that the baton will be coming through West Lothian on its historic journey. “We have a fantastic programme of events planned for the day, running all day, giving West Lothian residents of all ages the opportunity to show their support for Glasgow 2014. We know already from the response to events running in our schools that there is a real appetite to embrace the games and get involved.” Depute Provost Dave King added: “West Lothian has 100 baton bearers, including a pupil from every secondary school, who will play an important part in the celebrations taking place throughout the day. I was fortunate enough to be on the selection committee for West Lothian and was hugely impressed with the standard of nominations. “We are encouraging families to join in the celebrations by lining the streets and enjoying the festivities across our towns and villages."

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The parade will continue along the Boulevard, past the skate park, in front of the civic centre and into Howden Park. In the build-up to the parade, there will be street performances and events including gymnastic displays in the Centre, a performance of 'The Pokey Hat' from Grinagog Theatre Company and the chance to climb a mobile climbing wall or take part in an Army assault course. In Howden Park, a variety of community art and sport groups will display stalls alongside providing tasters and demonstrations which will include judo, football, gymnastics, cricket and tae-kwon-do. Other activities will include young people's crosscountry event; mini Commonwealth Games and demonstrations from West Lothian Xcite. A stage will be erected and managed by a commentator in Howden Park where various activities will take place throughout the day, including athlete interviews; performances from local choir groups and a professional band to round off the event. For more information visit:

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BABERTON GOLF CLUB SPECIAL 2014 LIMITED OFFERS ON MEMBERSHIPS See the fantastic new clubhouse and course improvements!

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Summer is nearly upon us at last. Following on from the fitness feature in the last issue, this month we've been consulting with local hair and beauty salons to bring you their top tips for hair and beauty this season. From styles and colours to sun-protection and water-proofing, read through their tips and check through the adverts for special offers to make sure you're ready for the season!

Summer feet By Livingston Chiropody and Podiatry

We are all working longer and harder these days, which makes our holidays all the more important. Whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday or a busy city break you will no doubt want to enjoy your time away pain free and in comfort. We'd like to share the following tips to get the most out of your getaway. Firstly, most people on holiday do more walking than they would normally. Appropriate footwear should therefore be worn. New shoes are fine for wearing to dinner in the evenings and flip-flops are fine for short trips to the pool or beach, however nothing puts a dampener on a holiday quite like blisters caused by new shoes or a painful heel or arches caused by flip-flops. Secondly, if you are going somewhere sunny, remember to apply sun-cream to the tops of your feet (unless of course you’re a socks and sandals

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person...) The skin on the top of your feet is sensitive, especially as it rarely sees the sun in Scotland! Having burnt feet is no fun. Lastly, if you currently have any problems with your feet – be it an ingrown or painful toe nail, hard, rough or thick skin, corns, veruccas, a fungal infection of nail or skin or any other foot, ankle or leg problem – these are unlikely to improve while on holiday and in fact may get worse. We would recommend seeking help before you jet off. As your local foot care provider, we at Livingston Chiropody & Podiatry are here to help you get the most out of your well-earned break. We are open Monday to Saturday with late evening appointments available. Call 01506 466006 for an appointment.


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Natural Skincare

How you view your skin and how you look after it are vitally important in how you look to others and how you feel within. I believe your skin is your greatest asset. As your largest organ, it deserves that extra TLC on the outside. Of course, it is important to consider your diet and the exercise you take as these also impact on your skin’s health. One thing we should consider is using products with completely natural ingredients. Founded by Susan Ma with Lord Alan Sugar as her business partner, the Tropic Skincare range of products are derived from 100% pure plant extracts, are honestly priced and are naturally effective on all skin types. All products are hand-made in Great Britain with the freshest ingredients. They are one of the few skincare companies who

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formulate, develop and manufacture all their skincare products in house. By being passionate about what they do they constantly research, develop and embrace the latest skincare innovations. Tropic is the first skincare company to list all of their responsibly sourced natural ingredients in plain English on their products. Their moisturiser for example contains raspberry oil which is a natural SPF. Susan was taught to only put onto her skin what she would put in her belly! Tropic skincare is proudly certified by the Vegan Society and every one of the Tropic products carries the ‘Leaping Bunny’ symbol and is certified by the BUAV. Vogue Magazine said of Tropic Skincare “Organic, ethical & healthy”

Medical Aesthetics For radiant-looking skin this summer by Skin Elegance You will be amazed how much of a difference medical aesthetics can make to your appearance and boost your confidence. In a free consultation your medical aesthetics practitioner will assess your skin and suggest a treatment to help you look refreshed, giving your skin that glow it deserves. Various treatments are offered. The most common one is muscle relaxant (better known as Botox®), where injections are given with very small needles to reduce wrinkles. It takes about 2 weeks for the treatment to take effect. With age, deeper lines around the nose and mouth can give your skin a drooping sagging look. Ever looked in the mirror and pulled your skin back to your ears, smoothing out those lines? Injecting

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dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid can give your skin that lift. Hyaluronic acid is already present in your skin to hydrate your skin and give volume, but as skin ages it loses hyaluronic acid. The treatment gives immediate results. Your lips are special and important to looking and feeling good. Injections with natural hyaluronic acid in the lips adds volume and definition. It’s not only about skin rejuvenation. If you are troubled with acne, acne scars or stretch marks there are effective treatments available such as chemical peels or micro needling. Skin peels remove surface skin cells and stimulate cell renewal (suitable for all skin types). Derma roller or microneedling helps by breaking up the scars and stimulating new cell formation.


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Wrinkles of the forehead and around the eyes (crow’s feet) are removed with muscle relaxant treatment • Lines below the nose and around the mouth and chin are reduced with dermal filler containing Hyaluronic acid, a natural substance • Chemical peels give you a fresher, younger look Lip enhancement with dermal fillers gives you fuller, more sensual lips

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Spotlight on:

Aqua Beauty

A new venue for Pumpherson with beauty, fitness and children's activities Aqua Beauty opened recently in the large building at 93 Uphall Station Road in Pumpherston, and judging by the many ideas and plans that proprietor Karen Ramsey has in mind for it, it will be a valuable asset to Pumpherston and and wider community. The premises is very spacious and Karen is full of plans for a range of services. Besides beauty services (Karen is a beautician with 15 year's experience under her belt) the first new service to be offered is selfdefence classes for women. Karen explains, “My clientele is primarily female, and I wanted to offer a complementary service. I'm alarmed by the number of attacks on women reported in the area, and as a mother of a teenage daughter I started looking into self defence classes.”

“When I moved to Pumpherston with my children, I struggled to find activities for them to do in the village. I previously worked at the Almond Valley Heritage farm running children's activities programmes, so have experience in that area and am keen to bring opportunities for children to the village.”

Aqua has been short-listed for the Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards this year.

The classes are up and running, and are run by Scott White of Tactical Edge, who teaches techniques to help prevent women getting into a dangerous situation in the first place, and a range of Mixed Martial Arts defence skills. The course has been running in Bannantynes Gym in Livingston for a while, and Aqua in Pumpherston is their second venue. Besides the self defence classes, fitness classes are run at Aqua, including the popular Step, Attack and Combat classes, as well as Metafit. The Metafit classes are delivered by Gordon Wright of WrightFit. Making the most use of the spacious premises, a children's pottery and jewellery-making

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workshop was launched in May, and Karen is currently devising a children's summer holiday activity club.

Children's fencing classes are in the pipeline too (run by Gordon Wright) so quite a range of different activities will be available. All this of course is besides the beauty treatments available at Aqua, which include hot stone massage, semi permanent eye lash extensions, acrylic nails, facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Aqua has been short-listed for the Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards this year.

Their large premises allows for several beauty treatment rooms, a large area for the classes, and further rooms that are currently being commissioned for the children's activities. This is potentially a great venue for Pumpherston. Call in at Aqua to see for yourself and get the latest news on services and activities being added! Aqua Beauty 93 Uphall Station Road, Pumpherston, EH53 0NU. Tel 01506 238484

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Summer beauty tips

by Hazel Gordon, The Beauty Box, Currie Summer is fast approaching so its time to think about your essential beauty treatments! Try having your eyelashes and brows tinted or for a more glamorous look you could opt for eyelash extensions. Eyelash tinting is a dye applied to your lashes which is ideal for sunbathing, swimming and waterparks! You can achieve the look of mascara without worrying about smudged make-up. There are several colours available to get the look you want. Eyebrow tinting is a dye applied to the brow hair to help highlight the area without having to put a pencil or powder through them and avoiding it coming off in hot temperatures!

There are different lengths and thickness's to choose from. No need to wear mascara your whole holiday! They can last up 3-4 weeks. Nails/toenails - summertime is the perfect opportunity to be bold and adventurous! The most popular summer colours of the moment are lobster roll, tropix and sun bleached! Available in vinylux a new flawless polish lasting up to a week and shellac which wears like a gel and lasts up two weeks on hands or longer on toes. Or stand out from the crowd and try minx which is a foil applied to the toes with heat. Designs include cheetah print to polka dots plus lots more. Fantastic for flip flop weather!

Eyelash extensions are individual eyelashes applied to your own lashes with an adhesive.

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Toning Treatments by The Toning & Beauty Clinic

A whole different field of beauty treatments deals with ways of tackling cellulite and muscle tone insalon. The local experts are the Toning and Beauty Clinic, who explain the treatments : Cellulite can be treated by Acoustic Wave Therapy. This treatment uses pressure waves to break up fat in the connective tissue releasing the dimpled effect we know as cellulite. This produces a smoother surface, thickens the dermis and decreases fat protrusion. The vibration from the pressure waves also has the added advantage of toning the muscles. A Toning treatment consists of pads placed on the main parts of the body you wish to tone – stomach, thighs etc. A current passes through the pads picking up and contracting the muscle, which in turn works the fat off the muscle.

A 45 minute session is equivalent to approximately a three hour workout at the gym. Finally Inchloss wraps such as Shrinking Violet – an oil based wrap, and nsl – a shea butter based wrap, are a fantastic kick-start to any inchloss programme. Full measurements are taken before and after. All the treatments above are combined with healthy eating, drinking lots of water and also exercise. At The Toning & Beauty Clinic we offer advice and encouragement every step of the way to have you looking and feeling your very best. A free trial and consultation are given on Toning and Acoustic Wave Therapy. Give us a call on 01506 855105 to book now to get in shape for summer.

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All about hair reduction by Soprano Ice Edinburgh If waxing is becoming a pain then laser hair removal is the answer. A course of six treatments will achieve long term results, saving you time, money and the inconvenience of waxing, shaving or painful IPL treatments.

5 facts about Soprano Ice laser hair removal 1 Laser technology is more effective than IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). 90% of patients experience a significant hair reduction after 3 – 5 sessions. 2 Lasers can selectively target dark or coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. 3 Each laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat several hairs at one time. 4 Laser hair removal can be used to treat larger body areas. 5 Soprano Ice laser is safe for all skin colours, especially for those with dark or even tanned

skin, the laser settings can be adjusted to suit your skin tone. At Soprano Ice Edinburgh we pride ourselves on offering the most flexible way to pay for your laser hair removal treatment. Our pay as you go system allows you to pay for treatments as you have them, whilst still benefiting from applicable offers. Sessions are 6-8 weeks apart giving you a chance to save for your next treatment. Book your course of laser hair removal today. (Please note a FREE consultation and test patch is essential 24 hours prior to any treatment to determine suitability for your skin type). Email us at or call us on 0131 447 9990.

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plus £10 Fee RepayWest over 1, 2Lothian or 3 months

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Credit Union

Choices loans To find out more or for a quote give us a call: 01506 436666 or visit us opposite Primark, Tempted to turn to a Payday Lender? The Centre, Livingston West Lothian Credit Union is launching a new loan aimed at helping people in West Lothian to escape the grips of payday lenders.

The Choices Loan is available to anyone who is either already in debt to a payday lender and is struggling to repay the high interest rates or charges, or who is experiencing high bank overdraft fees or rent arrears, and facing the need to repay this by taking a payday loan.

so if you want to start saving for Christmas 2014 or are planning a big event like a wedding or family holiday, remember the credit union can offer great rates on any loan.

Subject to Terms and Conditions, full details available on request om West Lothian Credit Union If you are not already a member and need help with a loan, you will be asked to join the credit union and to start saving but you will get the chance to pay off the loan over a longer repayment period and at a much lower rate of interest – terms and conditions apply. With the Choices Loan, West Lothian Credit Union is

Anyone living or working in West Lothian can join, so if you want to start saving for Christmas 2014 or are planning a big event like a wedding or family holiday, remember the credit union can offer great rates on any loan.

For information visit, pop into the Unit opposite Primark in The Centre, Livingston, or call Dorothy on 01506 436666.

Struggling with debt? Tempted to turn to a payday loan?





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To find out more or for a quote give us a call: 01506 436666 or visit us opposite Primark, The Centre, Livingston

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Music Review

coming close to horrific Craig David/Seven Days territory and unconvincingly set atop a squelchy bass synth riff absent from the original recording. More successful is the incorporation of parts of the melody for America's "Horse With No Name " into "A Place With No Name", further buoyed by the addition of a Stevie Wonder "Superstitition"-esque riff which works surprisingly well. Jackson had previously tried a similar trick with the alteration of "Heartbreak Hotel" into the bizarrely named Jacksons track "This Place Hotel". Typical of the album however is "Slave To The Rhythm" (not the Grace Jones song, unfortunately) where the pudding is over-egged to the extent that the proliferation of 2014 beats stand out like bad GCI in a Hollywood blockbuster.

The Regal Music Club by James Kerr

Increasingly the inconvenience of an deceased artist is no handicap to the release of new material. Michael Jackson returns this month with his second posthumous album Xscape, a "contemporised" collection of eight previously unheard tracks along with six of the original unadorned demo recordings. Opener and current single "Love Never Felt So Good", co-writen with Paul Anka in 1983, is easily the pick of the bunch, recalling the easy flow of the "Off The Wall" album and earlier solo recordings. Immediately thereafter, "Chicago" is a more challenging listen,



So a mixed bag, but still worthwhile and with only the faintest scent of grave robbery - should the demos have been allowed to stand alone? At least there is the opportunity to compare and contrast the original versions with the super powered remixes and make up your own mind. The Regal Music Club meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at the Regal Theatre, Bathgate, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Visit for more info, or just drop in. £2 including refreshments.

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Fair Deal Autos The Fair Deal Autos brand is already well-known and respected in Bathgate, where their first garage opened 10 years ago. A few years later they added a garage on Gorgie Road in Edinburgh and, going from strength to strength, they have recently opened their third garage in Polbeth Industrial Estate, near West Calder. I met owner Arthur at the new Polbeth premises to find out what makes Fair Deal Autos different. “A lot of hard work and focus on customer service has got us to where we are today,” says Arthur. “We're an RAC approved garage, meaning we had to meet strict criteria required by Motor Codes to get the accreditation. We are audited by them on an annual basis.”

Motor Codes is the automotive consumer body which makes sure that customers are treated honestly and fairly by garages. It's a typical minefield for garage customers – how do you know that the quote you've been given for your vehicle repair is honest, fair and carried out competently when you don't know much about cars yourself?

“We want to look after customers from our local area, regardless of what car they drive, and we have the flexibility in-house to do that" Using an RAC approved garage is a good start! Fair Deal Autos carry out RAC and other companies' warranty repairs, and are proud to serve a huge range of customers who feel comfortable with the friendly and open approach they of the garage. The Motor Code also covers details such as the standard of the reception area. “We have wifi, kids' toys and coffee machines in our reception areas,” says Arthur. “Our Polbeth premises has a coffee shop just a few doors down so customers tend to go there for their coffee instead..” They are also part of the Auto Crew network, run by Bosch, which means they are Bosch approved too and have access to the latest technical data, diagnostic equipment and original equipment spare parts. Fair Deal Autos cater for all types of vehicles, be that top end luxury vehicles or your beloved banger. “We want to look after customers from our local area, regardless of what car they drive, and we have the flexibility in-house to do that. Each of our three garage premises has a “master mechanic” who has at least 25 years experience, and the combined experience of all staff at each garage adds up to over 100 years.” Between them, there is nothing they haven't seen in the trade. Despite opening only two months ago, Fair Deals Autos in Polbeth has already attracted new clients

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from Polbeth and West Calder, as well as customers from other areas who already know and trust them coming to the new premises. Good customer service is a recurring theme in my conversation with Arthur, it is clearly something he is passionate about. I query him about his £25 MOT deal, as many people are suspicious of what is perceived as a cheap MOT, suspecting that their vehicle will be deliberately failed. “We've been offering £25 MOTs for about 9 years,” says Arthur. “Initially yes, it was hard to convince people that this is a genuine price and that we will not deliberately fail vehicles. But we have proved ourselves over the years. We rely on the increased business that this rate brings to make up any shortfall in income.” From starting out with one small garage, they have steadily expanded based on solid business practices, good service, repeat customers and word of mouth referrals. And it's not only customers who agree, as Arthur points out - “our Edinburgh branch is in a prime spot on Gorgie Road. The landlord would not normally

have given such a prime spot to a small business like ours. But having checked out our excellent record and business ethos, they decided to take us on as tenants.” Fair Deal Autos aims to provide dealer-level diagnostics and service at a much more reasonable rate than you would get at a dealer. With friendly staff, courtesy car and pick-up drop off services (subject to availability), Fair Deals Autos work hard to make sure your service and repair is a hassle-free experience.

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Thought for the month

Managing Life's Ups and Downs By Tina Gilbert Have you ever noticed how much your thoughts affect your mood, how they can take over sometimes making you feel worse? Thoughts can be made up, imagined and often negative and conflicting. When this happens and you are not aware of it someone might say the wrong thing to you and you blow up at them. You feel bad for your reaction and the other hurt. Life is full of different experiences; pleasant, unpleasant and neutral. We grasp the pleasant, reject the unpleasant and miss the neutral. The habit is often to re-live what we have experienced and over-analyse it: the what, why and where of the situation. In mindfulness we pause or stop, acknowledge what is here in its entirety e.g. what am I experiencing in my bodily sensations, feelings and thoughts, taking stock of the whole experience and allowing it to be fully here. Difficult experiences or challenges are part of life, but when we reject them we create more suffering. We also miss many simple things that are pleasant and wonderful happening all the time around us. Spend the next week writing down at least once every day something good that has happened to you. Look at how it felt emotionally, what thoughts were present and notice the physical sensations. Every day is full of life's challenges no matter how big or small and we can bring a sense of balance and equanimity when we see all experience, not just the negative. Give it a go. Tina lives in Livingston and teaches yoga and meditation. Visit her website at

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Property Matters

Should I Sell During the Summer Holidays? By Craig Turpie Some sellers feel that if they have "missed" the spring market, they should wait until September before selling their property; but there are solid reasons for marketing your home during the summer. Firstly, your house is likely to look its very best. The bright days and long evenings mean that your accommodation will look light and airy, and any views from the house will be accentuated. Your garden will be in full bloom and adds real value to the purchaser's perception of your home - they won't just be looking at rooms! If it is a family house, children's slide/swings etc. can only make the house feel more like a home - a real hot button for the family buyer. Longer evenings also mean that the opportunity for positive viewings is extended, as partners can view together.

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Serious buyers do not let holidays, sports, etc. get in their way and are sometimes frustrated by the reduction in choice, as other sellers delay bringing their property to market or sometimes withdraw their homes over the summer holidays. Those with children may be under some pressure to secure a property before the new school year and, as a result, could be prepared to pay a higher price in return for a swift purchase. September is also a popular time for those moving jobs. They will certainly be hoping to move in towards the end of the summer so they can get the move out of the way before putting all their energies into their new position. So, if you are considering the possibility of selling, or know someone else who is, why not help us supply the demand that we’re anticipating this summer. It could pay you handsomely.

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Chrisselle's Column

Under Pressure By Chrisselle Mowatt What is that I can hear? Is it the collective sigh of relieved students everywhere? I think it may be!

thank for iPhones, iPods, iPads… and every piece of technology that has come from them.

Well done guys – we done it. Another exam season survived, now it’s just time for the long wait to see how we got on.

He didn’t need exam results to do that – he only needed faith. Faith in himself that he could do whatever he put his mind to, and you can do that too.

Exams are one of the most stressful times of every student’s life, but the thing we have to remember is that they are not the be all and end all of life – they’re simply the start. You can be successful without great exam results, just like you can be successful with them. Some of the greatest minds of our time were people who didn’t stick in with education – take Steve Jobs for example, he dropped out of college and then went on to become the innovative mind that we can


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Charity of the Month

The Food Train, West Lothian The Food Train is a Scottish charity with local volunteers, providing a vital grocery delivery service to older people across West Lothian. Also on offer is Food Train Extra, which is about doing small household tasks within a customer's home. Most recently launched is the outreach library service. Food Train aims to be a ‘one stop shop' for older people – by providing services that are preventative and support people to live independently at home for as long as they are able and choose to do so. If you or someone you know is 65 or over, and finds it difficult or impossible to do the regular grocery shop, the Food Train may be able to help. There is a £1 annual membership fee, and once you're a member you have access to the range of services on offer from Food Train.


OUR VOLUNTEERS Volunteers are vital to the success of Food Train, and without them we simply wouldn’t be able to operate. Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer, subject to a “Protection of Vulnerable Group” check. The great thing about Food Train is that because of the diverse roles we offer, volunteering with us can be flexible. If you want to make a difference to older peoples lives then why not come and join us! You could be a shopper, driver or a helper with our delivery service or an Extra volunteer. We also offer library volunteering. Food Train offers a supportive environment for people to volunteer whatever their reason for volunteering, so if you are trying to get back to work or have additional support needs, then we might be the right place for you!

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Volunteering is good for you too! It can make you feel good by giving your time to help others. It can be a very social activity and help you meet new friends. Volunteering can also be good for those wanting to fill a gap in their CV, whilst developing new skills at the same time. All our volunteers have access to training, disclosure checks and support with personal development.

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It doesn't matter how little time you have to spare you can do something worthwhile to help older people in West Lothian.

You complete a shopping list which is collected by Food Train volunteers. Your order is then packed in the shop in a box, complete with your till receipt and original list, then delivered to your home where on receipt you pay the cost of your shopping, plus a small delivery charge of £3 in either cash or cheque. Food Train EXTRA is a home support service that members have access to. Small household tasks are undertaken via local volunteers – such as cleaning inside of windows, fridge cleaning, light bulb changing. On registering for the service we will offer basic home safety and security advice and will arrange a visit from the Fire Safety/Community Police Officers should you wish. Each task will have a minimal charge – usually £3 but this can be lower or higher depending on the length and difficulty of the task.

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Recently launched in partnership with West Lothian Council Library Services, we offer an outreach library service to those unable to visit their local library due to frailty or disability. Although not a befriending service, it does offer the opportunity for social contact with our friendly volunteers.

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Give us a call on 01506 413013 to get involved.

Food Train customers say... “I certainly wouldn’t be eating as much, as I cannot carry heavy shopping: it has been a godsend to me” “I find your staff excellent: I have much more independence because of your service”. “I can stay in my own home, don’t know what I would have done without it for my shopping, god bless”.

Food Train history Food Train began in Dumfries in 1995 following a community survey of older people that found many of them struggling with their weekly grocery shopping. The idea was developed to ease this burden on older people. A partnership of local shops and volunteers formed, and Food Train began making deliveries of fresh groceries to older people in need with the help of local volunteers and shops. Over time and with support from various bodies such as the Scottish Government, Community Food & Health and the Rank Foundations, the Food Train has expanded into other areas including West Lothian, and aims to continue developing across Scotland to bring food access to all of Scotland's older folk. It is a thriving, multi award-winning charity supporting older people in 6 local authority areas. Contact The Food Train Office 6, Ochil House, Beveridge Square Livingston, EH54 6QF Tel: 01506 413 013

CAN YOU HELP FOOD TRAIN WEST LOTHIAN To offer practical support to older people in your community? We are currently recruiting volunteer shoppers, drivers and helpers for our core shopping and delivery service as well as recruits for our EXTRA service. To find out more please contact: Tel: 01506 413013 Office 6, Ochil House Beveridge Square Dedridge, Livingston EH54 6QF

Email: The Food Train Lt. Company No.158165 is a Company Registered in Scotland. The Registered Office of the Food Train Ltd. is 30 Castle Street, Dumfries DG1 1DU Scottish Charity No. 024843

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In our most recent examination session with the Royal Academy of Dance, 73% of our students entering for Royal Academy of Dance Examinations in Ballet, achieved Distinction (Gold), and 27% Merit (Silver) medals.

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Studio Locations: NEW VENUE - Craiglockhart Leisure Centre Edinburgh College - Sighthill Campus Ratho Community Centre Treasure Island Performance - Howden Park Centre - 22nd June

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Honey Pot - Arts & Crafts Studio Where you can drop in anytime to:

Open 7 days 10am - 5pm

Paint your own pottery or throw clay on a pottery wheel Make: Clay hand & foot or silver imprints, soaps, bath bombs and other cosmetics, jewellery, glass fusing & decopatch

We are also available for Birthdays & Hen parties, Group Bookings as well as Corporate Team events.

NEW Candle Making Make your own chunk candles with your choice of fragrance

We have an exciting range of

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What’s On and Useful Information Wednesday 4th June

West Lothian Diabetes UK Group monthly meeting. Inveralmond Community High School, Ladywell, 7pm. Guest speaker Dr James McCallum "a GP's view of diabetes". All welcome. Wednesday 2nd July

West Lothian Diabetes UK Group monthly meeting. Inveralmond Community High School, Ladywell, 7pm. Diabetes UK Peer Support. Sunday 8th June

Livingston Cricket Club Community Gala day The annual Livingston Cricket Club Community Gala Day, from 12 – 4pm, with all the usual fun of the fair on offer. Archery, face painting, duck shooting, chuck the chick, tin can alley, beat the goalie, tombola, bouncy castles, craft stalls and much more. Sunday 8th June

Pond Dipping Dip the depths of our wildlife pond to discover the underwater world of its bugs and beasties. Suitable for families. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Almondell & Calderwood Country Park. Time: 2pm – 3.30pm Saturday 14th June

Harburn Festival Fun Dog Show Judging commences at 12.30 pm in the Hall Field. Entry fee is 20p per class, except class 7 Class 1Puppy 4 to 12 months Class 2 Fancy Dress Class 3 Cutest Eyes Class 4 Waggiest Tail Class 5 Best 6 legs Class 6 Dog most like its Owner Class 7 Dog that Judge would like to

take home (no entry fee) Agility Ring for Novices – commences 11.30am, Cost = 50p per round Harburn Festival Fun Run Adult course and children's course ( for under 11 years) Register from 10.30am at Village Hall Grand Harburn Festival From 11 am. Includes open gardens, live music, art exhibition, schools’ art show, road art, annual duck race, annual welly throwing championship, plant, produce & craft sales, birds of prey demo, games galore, off road parking … and all day catering in Village Hall by Harburn SWRI. Sunday 29th June

Jack & Jill Market Quality nearly-new baby and children's market. Forty stalls bursting with quality nearly new baby and kids bargains! West Lothian College, Almondvale Crescent, Livingston. 10:30am – 1:00pm 7th – 11th July

Holiday Bible School Church of Christ ,Garden Place, Eliburn, Tel 01506 414879. All Primary age children are invited to come join us for our “That doesn’t make sense” Holiday Bible School. All children must be enrolled by a parent or guardian on the first day so that emergency contact forms can be filled out. For more information give us a call or check out our facebook page: Church of Christ Livingston 9th July - 13th August

Messy Church Holiday Club At Dedridge Baptist Church. Two hours of craft, sports, bible stories, food, celebration, prayer, mess, competitions and much more for all the family. During the summer holidays every Wednesday 10am-12.

HOWDEN PARK CENTRE has a busy programme of events including live music, dance, theatre, workshops and exhibitions. See their website at for complete up to date listing.

Free help and advice is now available to people in Dedridge. The Citizens Advice Bureau offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice to help people resolve their problems with debt, benefits, employment, housing, discrimination and many more issues and is available to everyone. The Citizens Advice Bureau are currently holding outreach sessions in Dedridge. Sessions are by appointment only and will provide a wide range of information and advice. The sessions will take place in Dedridge Medical Centre on Wednesdays from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm - you must be registered at the practice before booking an appointment: Appointments can be booked by calling: Dedridge Medical Centre 01506 414586

To include your event here, please email or call 07854 492638

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Livingston Library Information Almondbank Library

Shiel House, Shiel Walk, Craigshill, EH54 5EH. Tel: 01506 283133 email: Opening times Mon, Wed & Fri 09.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.00 – 20.00 Sat 09.00 – 13.00 Customer Enquiry Service now available providing a proactive approach to resolving all enquiries from the public at first point of contact, dealing with all types of enquiries from booking a bulky uplift to revenues and benefits Book bug - Enquire at the library for this month's dates. Stories, songs and rhymes for preschool children and parents. Graphic Novel group - 6pm – 7.30pm. Enquire at the library for this month's dates. New Members Welcome. Story time - Every Wednesday at 10.30am, for preschool children come along and enjoy a story. Saturday Club - Every Saturday 10.30 – 11.30am. Come along and join in the activities. Lanthorn Library

Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6NY Tel: 01506 777700 email:

NEW OPENING TIMES Lanthorn Library will now open 11.00 till 18.00 every Wednesday – to allow for staff training. Mon & Fri 09.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.00 – 20.00 Sat 09.00 – 13.00 Bookbug storytime - Wednesday 11th June at 11am All under 3’s – bring your grown up for stories and rhymes Bookgroup - Thursday 26th June at 6pm. Join our friendly meeting of book lovers and share your thoughts over a cuppa. Book of the month is Cuckoo Calling by Robert Galbraith. Copies available from the library. Summer Reading Challenge 2014 Come along to the Library and register for our Mythical Maze Challenge which will start on Monday 30th June. All children 4-11 years are welcome to take part in this 6 book summer reading challenge. Fun activities and prizes for all taking part. Computer access is available to find out about Information Services, or simply research a hobby, stay in touch with friends or look for work. This service is available for free – simply drop into your local Library or phone to book a free slot. New High/Low Book Collection available at Lanthorn High in interest but low in boredom - Dyslexia friendly reading collection now available to borrow from Library.

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Carmondean Library

(Carmondean Connected), Carmondean Centre, EH54 8PT. Tel: 01506 777602 email: Opening times Mon, Wed & Fri 09.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.00 – 20.00 Sat 09.00 – 13.00 New High/Low Book Collection available at Lanthorn High in interest but low in boredom - Dyslexia friendly reading collection now available to borrow from Library.

Children’s Nursery

“Where your child comes first”

01506 466668 We offer flexible childcare and creche facilities. For more information contact Lynne Robertson Prices include nappies & wipes, 2 course lunch and morning & afternoon snacks

E-BOOKS ARE HERE! You can now register online and download up to 6 e-books from the library website - full instructions on login. EMAGAZINES Free digital magazines available to all Library customers. Popular publications available 24/7. Easily read on any internet-enabled device. Go to – https:/ EAUDIOBOOKS have arrived! – more information from your local library The library service is available 24/7, 365 days a year on www.

Step by Step Nursery, Centrex House, 1 Simpson Parkway, Kirkton Campus Livingston, EH54 7BH (Opp. Lloyds Bank) Find us on Facebook

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Clubs & Classes Sports, Hobbies, Learning, Support Groups & more... MS Society afternoon meetings NEW! Group meeting in the afternoons once per month at Dobbies, for those who can't make the evening meeting. Support group to help people with MS, emotional, financial difficulties and to signpost them to legal and other help. Call Alison Ritchie on 01506 201439 or email for more details and the date of this month's meeting.

Lothian Running Club We welcome runners of any standard. We believe that running clubs are not just for the elite (although we will let fast people join too). Suitable for all ages and we have a junior section from age 6. Training sessions in and around Livingston, meet at Inveralmond High, Craigswood Sports Centre and Dechmont Law car park. For more info see website www.

West Lothian Clarion Cycling club - Our aim is to help cyclists plan and reach their own goals through training with, and seeking advice and support from fellow club members. Weekly club runs leave from Linlithgow Leisure Centre and East Calder Sports Centre. See or email

West Lothian 50 Plus Network New members always welcome for social, educational, recreational and cultural activities. Monthly meet-ups, visits and day trips. Over 25 different activity groups, including arts, crafts, walking, theatre etc. See or call 01506 635510. Office hours Mon - Fri 10am - 2pm.

Firefly Arts Firefly Arts provide fun and friendly theatre, film and drama workshops for children and young people (5 to 25 years) in venues across West Lothian. Call 08447 744496 or email for more information on our current programme. Firefly Arts Ltd, Howden Park Centre, Livingston, EH54 6AE email

The Livingston Players Amateur theatre company always pleased to welcome new members with or without experience. For more information please contact Carol, Membership Secretary, on 01506 881398 or see

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West Lothian Breast Cancer Support Group Meets on the first Tuesday of each month, in the Ability Centre, Carmondean, Livingston, from 7pm-9pm. Further details and information, contact Nan McDonald tel: 01506 655739

Livingston FC League players and juniors, social and corporate events. Almondvale Stadium Tel 01506 417000 or see

Livingston Speakers Toastmasters Club A fun & friendly way to improve your Communication & Leadership skills. Our meetings are always entertaining and educational. We meet at West Lothian College, Livingston. Alternate Thursdays 7:15pm to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more. For more info see http://

CRAIGSHILL Lodge Almondale Social Club Our Social Club convenor cordially invites all members, associate members and their guests to visit our social club. The Social Club is open every evening and Saturday afternoon (except Sunday and meeting nights) with Live Music, Dancing and Bingo every Saturday evening and Bingo every Wednesday evening. Non members welcome. Masonic Hall, Craigshill Rd East, Livingston EH54 5DT Tel: 01506 439418

Craigshill Good Neighbour Network Practical help, social and volunteering opportunities to socially isolated people of all ages in Craigshill and South Howden. Lunch club, Tuesday social club, optional transport to and from clubs, outings and befriending. Almondbank Centre. Tel 01506 435851

Craigshill Thistle u15’s Training Tues 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm at Craigsfarm in Craigshill 3g pitch. Friday at Craigswood sports centre playing fields 6.30pm - 8.00pm weather permitting (if weather is bad Friday’s training is held at Craigsfarm 7.30 - 8.30 pm). For further details contact Mark on 07951 528398.

Trampoline Classes for children Craigwillow Centre, Craigshill 6 years + . Please call 01506 412314 for more info.

Parents Together West Lothian Support group for families with child on the Autism Spectrum. Meet up once a month for a chat and a coffee, regular guest speakers. First Thursday of each month (during school term). For more information contact

DEANS Diabetes UK West Lothian Voluntary Group Regular group meetings are held on 1st Wednesday of each month (not January) at 7-9pm at Inveralmond Community High School, Willowbank, Ladywell Livingston. For more info contact or by phone 01506 834 877 Mob: 07708 919 064. We also have Facebook and Twitter pages.

Livingston Station Playgroup Livingston Station Community Centre Spaces available for 2 – 5 yr olds, Mon-Thurs 9.30-11.50am, Fri 9.15-11.30am £4 per day plus £1 per wk for healthy snack. Contact us on 07954 044260 to place your child’s name on our waiting list or see us on facebook for more info.

Deans Community High School Playgroup Care and education for children from 2 years 6 months. Dean Community High School, Eastwood Park, Livingston Mon-Fri 9.10am – 11.10 am term time. £20/ week, or flexible days at £4/session (min of 2 per week). For more information please phone Cheryl or Lesley on 01506 282155 and ask for playgroup between 8.45am and 12.15pm, or pop in any time for a visit.

Livingston Fiddlers A group of amateur musicians who meet for regular practise sessions in Deans and play for local events. New members always welcome. Must be able to read music and not suitable for complete beginners. Fiddle/accordion or any other instrument considered. Venue - St Andrews Church Hall, Deans, Livingston. Time: most Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm. Contact secretary: Tel 01506 654 189

Lothians MS Support Group Open to anyone living with Multiple Sclerosis, family & friends. Informal fortnightly meetings for support, information and activities. Membership and meetings free. For more info and for dates of this month’s fortnightly meetings, contact Val on or call 01506 201107. Fortnightly meetings are at the Ability Centre, Livingston, EH54 8PT on a Tueday 7pm–8.30pm.

Deans Art Club New Deans Community Building Tuesdays 7 – 9pm. Beginners welcome. We are a friendly class, £2 per adult per week, paints provided. For more information please call Jim Tripney on 01506 418838.

Kiddies Corner Carmondean Community Centre, For Preschool Children. Tues 9.00am – 12 noon. Child minders available Mon & Wed 9.00am – 12 noon. For more info tel 01506 439568.

DEDRIDGE The Lanthorn Toddlers Group – Music Makers Meets on Mondays in the Lanthorn Community Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge. From 9:45 to 10:45 - £1 per session

The Lanthorn Toddlers Group – Parent & Toddlers Meets on Fridays in the Lanthorn Community Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge From 10:00am to 12 noon. Snack provided £1 per session. Contact Susanne Brunton at Or find us on Facebook Lanthorn Toddler Group.

Baby and Toddler 0-5 years - Wednesdays 9:15-11:15 am.

Cafe Connect Friendly community cafe with homebaking and refreshments Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30-12 Dedridge Baptist Church, Quentin Rise. Contact 01506 415837

Dementia Cafe For those suffering with dementia and their carers 1st Wednesday of the month 2pm-3:30pm Dedridge Baptist Church, Quentin Rise. Contact 01506 415837

Lunch Club 12:30pm every Thursday for any over 60s Dedridge Baptist Church, Quentin Rise. Contact 01506 41583

Livingston Camera Club Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre, Templar Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6DG Every Mon 7.15pm-9.30pm from early Sept to late May. (Summer syllabus between these dates). Evening activities incl. speakers, competitions, photo editing, studio and lighting classes. www.livingstoncameraclub.

Bump and Baby Group Dedridge Baptist Church. For precrawling babies and their carers - Mondays 9:30-11 Come and have a cuppa and a natter with other new and expecting parents while your little one enjoys themselves.

Livingston and District Amateur Radio Society (LaDARS) Full amateur radio station at the club operating on the High Frequency and VHF bands. Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre, Crofthead Centre, Templar Rise, Dedridge, Tuesdays 7-9 pm. Training can be provided to achieve all levels of the amateur license by fully accredited assessors and trainers. Happy to assist with your radio and electronics projects or just to get you started with amateur radio as a hobby. Come along and speak to the world. See our website ms0liv/ or just come along on any Tuesday.

Brighter Days Support group for families living with ADHD and assosciated disorders. The group meets once a fortnight on a Thursday at Crofthead Centre, Templar Rise, Dedridge 7 – 9pm. For more info see or email Kids club coming soon - every Saturday weekly for children. Activities available will include arts, crafts and music.

Penumbra Unit 20 Grampian Court, Beverige Square, Dedridge Every fortnight from 14 March 2012 For anyone experiencing mental health problems : the group can help people who need information on illnesses, understanding from others in similar situations or even just a chat to get out of the house. For more information contact: or 07854 316139

Crofthead Hickory House Playgroup Crofthead Community Education Centre, Templar Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6DG For children 2-3 years. Mon-Thurs 9.15-11.15 am term time. £4.25/day includes healthy snack. Pre-school nursery also available for children 3-5 years funded by WLC. For more info call 01506 467650, email

Parent and Toddler Group Dedridge Baptist Church, Quentin Rise Tues: 12.30 – 2.30pm & Wed: 9.15 – 11.15am. £1.00 0 – 5 years old. Tel 01506 203683 Craft, snack (lunch on Tuesdays), sports, outings & visitors

1st Livingston Girls Brigade Company The Lanthorn Community Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge. Meet on Wednesday evenings. Explorers (P1-3) 6.15pm till 7.15pm Juniors (P4-7) 7.15pm till 8.30pm Brigaders (S1+) 7.15pm till 8.45pm For further information email or phone Holly Morrison on 01506 420225

5th Livingston Boys’ Brigade Thursdays in the Lanthorn Community Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge Anchor Section P1-P3 meet 6:30 to 7:45pm Junior Section P4-P6 from 6:30-8:00pm Company Section P7 – to 18 years from 7:30 to 9:45pm For further information contact Stuart Dalgleish 01506 440303 or email

Livingston Highland Society Monthly ceilidhs are run on a Saturday between October and April each year in the Lanthorn Complex, Dedridge. Each month we have a different band and guest artist. The Society now has vacancies for new members. You don’t have to be highland to join our Society. For further details please contact the Secretary on 01506 491545 or 07900 475511.

Livingston South Community Church We are situated in the south of the town. Everyone welcome. Alternating venues for Sunday worship: Sunday 30th June 2013 - Lanthorn, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge. Sunday 7th July 2013 Murieston Community Hall, Murieston, and alternately thereafter. All services commence at 10am. Check us out on Facebook or e-mail Charity number is SC044088.

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Clubs and Classes continued . . Lanthorn Readers Lanthorn Library, Dedridge Informal and relaxed reading group. Free. Group meets monthly and is an ideal way to have some fun and lively discussion over tea/coffee & biscuits. New members always welcome. Please contact 01506 777700 or

ELIBURN Sunshine Break, SPPA (Scottish PreSchool Play Association) Group Eliburn Community Centre, Peel Primary School Toddlers - Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9.00 – 11.00am After school club for Primary 1-7, Mon – Thur 3.15 – 6.00pm, Fri 12.30 – 6.00pm, during school holidays 8.30am – 5.30pm. Tel 01506 415492

14th West Lothian Scout Troop Peel Primary School. Girls and boys. Beavers (6-8yrs) Mon 6.15-7.15pm, Scouts (10-14yrs) Mon 7.30-9pm, Cubs (8-10yrs) Thurs 6.30-8pm £20/£25 per session, 3 sessions per year. Contact Mary Tel 01506 416620

HOWDEN Braid House Day Centre Labrador Avenue, Howden. Social activities for older members of the community. Bowling, art, music. Drop-in service for people who can make their own way to Braid House and can have lunch and join in a range of activities. Cost £5. For more info contact 01506 430615 or see

29th West Lothian Scout Group Community Wing, Toronto Primary School Cubs Mon 6.30-8.00pm, Beavers Wed 6.307.30pm, Scouts Wed 7.30-9.00pm Tel 01506 441852

14th Livingston Guides Community Wing, Toronto Primary School Tues 7.30 – 9.00pm, All girls aged 10 years upwards, £17 per term. Tel 01506 418285

14th Livingston Rainbows Community Wing of Toronto Primary School. Tuesdays 6.30 - 7.45 pm. Girls 5 years old and attending school. Telephone: Rainbow Guide Leader on 07532 182197.

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Livingston Art Association Howden Park Centre. Day and evening classes in painting and pottery for all levels. For more details call 01506 440449 email or see

KNIGHTSRIDGE Baby/Toddler Stories and Singing Sessions Knightsridge Early Years Centre, Cameron Way Mon, Tues, Thur: 09.15 – 11.15am or 12.45 – 2.45pm – “In Betweenies” Wed: 1.00 – 2.00pm – “Baby Peet” - stories and singing, baby/toddler drop in 1.00 – 3.30pm. For more info tel 01506 444970


Ladywell Neighbourhood Network 28 Heatherbank, Ladywell Community services in Ladywell, a range of social groups including craft, lunch club, fitness. Befriending service and much more. For more information call 01506 437746 or see

Ladywell Star Community Football Club Inveralmond Community High School. A range of teams and fixtures. See

SPPA (Scottish Pre-School Play Association) Group Newyearfield Farm. Toddlers Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri: 09.30 – 11.30am. Tel 01506 462458

Kids Club West Lothian Diabetes UK Group Inveralmond Community High School, Ladywell, EH54 6HW Meet monthly on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm. See http://www.west-lothian.

Almond Valley Baptist Church A Church for you and your Family! Sunday School and Worship services starting at 11am Meeting at the Newyearfield Farm Community Centre on Hawkbrae in Livingston Contact phone number 07946 835037 or email at

Fitsteps - Get fit ‘Strictly style!’ - NEW! Ballroom and Latin dance fitness class- no partner required Wednesday 6.15-7.00pm, Inveralmond Community High School - £4.00 Wednesday 7.30-8.15pm, St Mary’s Hall, Bathgate - £4.00 Thursday 7.30-8.15pm - Currie Community High School - £4.50 Classes start week beg 6th Jan 2014. For more info contact Lianne on 07737 927463. Email:, Like us on facebook http://www.facebook. com/moveitdanceandfitness

Rosebery Centre for Dementia Care Day care for people with all types of dementia. Stimulating activities, counselling and training and support groups for carers. Volunteers always required. Tel: Nancy on 497046. Email - Website:

Forrestbank Community Centre A varied programme of educational games, art & drawing, children 5-9yrs. Mon 6.00 7.45pm £1 per week – term time only. Tel 01506 430035

LIVINGSTON VILLAGE Physiotherapist Led Pilates Classes Danz 4 u studio, Centrex House, Kirkton Campus. Fridays, 10-11am. All bookings online: Email: Tel: 07415426228

Livingston Village Playgroup Livingston Village Primary School, Kirkton Road North, Livingston Village. For children 2yrs 3 months to 5 years. 9.30 11.30am Mon - Fri, £4/session including snack. Child can attend between 2 & 5 sessions a week. For more information please contact the placement secretary 01506 417343

Livingston Village Parent and Toddler Group Livingston Village Primary School, Community Room 2. Mondays & Wednesdays 9-11am. For babies and children aged 0-5 years accompanied by an adult. £1 per family. Term-time only. For more information email or visit

Livingston South Community Church

MURIESTON Livingston Walking Group Looking for Fitness Friendship and Fun! Meeting on Wednesday afternoons 2-4pm ending the walk with tea and cake and a good blether! Contact Penny Clark to join

Bankton Mains Bowling Club Free Coaching Lessons for both Adult and Junior bowlers. Junior Coaching is on every Tuesday 5pm till 6pm and Sunday 11am till 12am for children aged 8 till 16 years old. Memberships available now for Full, Family, Social, and Junior members. Special deal for Family Membership. Hire of the function hall available. For more info go our website at or phone 01506 460233

Livingston Cricket Club Cricket fixtures as well as a busy social calendar. See or tel 07799 025795

We are situated in the south of the town. Alternating venues for Sunday worship: Sunday 30th June 2013 - Lanthorn, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge. Sunday 7th July 2013 Murieston Community Hall, Murieston and alternately thereafter. All services commence at 10am. Everyone welcome, check us out on Facebook or e-mail livingstonsouthcommunitychurch@gmail. com. Charity number is SC044088.

To include your club or class, email details to Charity and not-for-profit groups are free, there is a small charge for other listings. See our website for details

OTHER AREAS Tai Chi for people with health conditions Ability Centre, Carmondean Centre Road, Livingston Weds 1.30pm-2.30pm, starting Feb 19th. Call Joanna 07436 102726 for more info.

Baby Massage with Jo Stuart Mid Calder Community Centre (opposite the Black Bull) Thursday mornings 10.30am -12. Each block lasts 5 weeks. Suitable for babies from birth to 1 year. Contact Jo for more information or to book a place on 07971696617 or email

Livingston Speakers – Toastmasters Club at West Lothian College Livingston Speakers offers a series of “learn-by-doing” workshops where you can enjoy public speaking among a group of friends, people who are there for similar reasons to yourself.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit voluntary organisation, set up in 1924 to help people develop their communication and leadership skills. The Toastmasters education programme provides a cost-effective and efficient way to develop these skills through its worldwide network of 13,500 clubs in 116 countries.


Benefits of Membership include: i) A free inspirational monthly magazine which includes feature articles with hints and tips on public speaking ii) Free access to Toastmasters clubs world-wide to meet local people who are all training with the same materials and meeting structure as your local club, and in a similar environment iii) The chance to enter the world public speaking championships to grow as a speaker beyond your club and other geographic boundaries

Improve your presentation skills

Meetings: alternate Thursdays from 6:45 – 9.00pm Our new venue for club meetings is West Lothian College For further details and meeting dates go to:

Become more confident in front of an audience

Sample a FREE taster meeting of Livingston Speakers A Toastmasters International Club

Practise impromptu speaking

Why should I join Livingston Speakers? To meet and work with lots of supportive, positive people, to have fun, and to improve your presentation and speaking skills. You will : 1) enhance your personal effectiveness 2) increase your confidence and communication skills 3) boost your career prospects with world-wide recognised qualifications in leadership and public speaking, including thinking on your feet (impromptu speaking). Enjoy speaking  to  your   audience,  and  have  fun!

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Cleaning Services C & W Cleaning Services 33 Clean Bee Domestic Cleaning 33 Cleaning & Maintenance 52 Cleanleeness 25 Handy Mike 14 Housemaids 33 Computer Repairs Sprint Computer Repairs 13 Dentist Bankton Dental Practice 5 No9 Dentist 17 Dog Grooming Animal Magic 41 Domestic Care 1st Class Care 44 Double Glazing Red Hot Windows 6 Electrical A.F.A Electrical 34 Estate Agent Aberdein Considine 2 Turpie & Co 49 Financial Services West Lothian Credit Union 24 Fitness DCL Fitness 25 Dream Fitness 4 The Douglas Method 19 Furniture Grove Bedding 46 Garden & Landscaping All Year Round Landscapes 52 Allium Garden Services 52 D Greaves 52 Garden Design Solutions 52 GW Horticultural & Landscaping 4 Woodford Timber Products 53 Golf Club Baberton Golf Club 12 Home Improvements AC Contracting 39 Anderson Home Improvements 31 Donald Does It All 14 Ian Merriman 32 MH Developments 38 MHPS Property Services 4 S & S Home Improvements 9 The Paint Shed 47 Window Wizard 55 Joiner Central Scotland Joinery 37 Elphinstone Joinery 52 Geoff Vinter Joinery 31 Kitchens & Bathrooms Bathgate Bathroom Studio 42 Mackenzie Contracts 38 Laundry Tip Top Laundry Service 33

Leaflet Distribution The Leaflet Lady 13 Locksmith Caledonian Locksmith 31 Mobility Med-Ecosse 43 Scottish Medical Supplies 45 Oven Cleaning Shiny Bright Ovens 11 The Clean Team 14 Paint Supplies The Paint Shed 47 Painter / Decorator Braekirk Decorators 11 JD Decorators 55 Nu Walls 38 TML Decor 14 Pet Services Pets Lunches and Service 41 Plasterer Nu Walls 38 Plumbing Services Almondvale Plumbing & Heating 38 BJ Fleming Domestic Plumbing 36 Derek MacDonald 11 EPH 38 JK Bathroom Specialists 26 Property Maintenance Cleaning & Maintenance 52 TML Decor 14 Psychology Bernie Rowen Consulting 27 Public House Torphichen Arms 8 Public Speaking Livingston Speakers 65 Security Services A.F.A Fire and Security 35 Soft Furnishing Knight Shades Blinds 51 Style Rite Blinds 11 Taxi Lothian Radio Cars 68 Telephone Engineer John McGraw 14 Tiler Service With A Tile 11 Trading Standards West Lothian Trusted Traders 47 Veterinary Riverside Veterinary Practice 41 Vocational Training Sibbald Training 40 Wheel Repair Finishing Touch 30 Windows Red Hot Windows 6


Looking for a quality, reliable second hand car? Come to a local well-established business for honest advice and excellent customer service.

On-site selection of pre-selected quality, low-mileage vehicles ... or tell us what you need and we will source a suitable vehicle to your specification and budget

All vehicles have had our stringent pre-sales service 12 month warranty* We only deal with good quality cars so you can buy with confidence

Tel: 01506 882 185 Email: Web: Edinburgh Road, East Calder EH53 0ET

ESTABLISHED OVER 25 YEARS *some vehicles excepted

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or less anywhere in livingston £1 Surcharge for Industrial Estates

24 Hour Service

Saloons | Doblos | 5, 6, 7 & 8 Seaters Wheelchair Access Taxicards Welcome £5 or less - Dedridge, Howden Livingston Village, Craigshill, Ladywell, Eliburn, Knightsridge, Deans £6 or less - Pumpherston, Uphall Station £7 or less - Murieston Edinburgh Airport Edinburgh Central Glasgow Airport Glasgow Central Terms and conditions apply

Konect Livingston June14  

Konect Directory for Livingston, June 2014