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MARCH 2018


WIN! £40 Gift Vouchers for New Hopetoun Gardens local SPRING INTERIORS: REVIVE YOUR SPACE! Plus businesses, Easter Holidays: Things to do in West Lothian community information GARDEN PROJECT: COME-AND-CUT-AGAIN & more! The community magazine for Bathgate and Torphichen



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M ESSA G E FRO M TH E ED I T O R ay, the clocks go forward Y on 25 March! Not that you really have to remember th

nowadays as most phones and cars change automatically so your alarm goes off at the right time anyway – it tends to be just our oven clock that is an hour out for six months of the year! As we emerge from winter, outdoors jobs on the house and garden make their way up the to-do list. Whether for you these are just chores or a welcome chance to at last get back in the garden, there are plenty of local businesses and traders ready to help out! Schools break up for Easter on 23rd March for two weeks, so we’ve pulled together a list of things to do with the family West Lothian over the holiday. With three kids of my own, we’ve done pretty much all of these activities over the years and had some fantastic times, it really is worth exploring everything there is on offer locally. And on the topic of gardens, a trip to New Hopetoun Gardens is always a treat - it’s so much more than just a garden centre. So we’re delighted that they are generously offering Konect readers the chance to win £40 gift vouchers for Mother’s Day this month! Whether she is into gardening or not, New Hopetoun Gardens has plenty to offer. See page 34 for details and to enter.

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Free for children up to age 16 at Xcite pools during the school holidays - Armadale, Bathgate, Broxburn, Linlithgow and Whitburn (not Xcite Livingston, which is discounted to £2.40).

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buildings and grassy areas. Perfect for bikes, trikes, pushchairs and the dog! Make up stories and let your imagination run wild as you explore (no shop or toilet facilities). Signed just off the A89 near Dechmont.

Beecraigs Country Park Animal An i m a l Visit Attraction where you can see Highland s r e v Lo cattle, deer and sheep in the fields

and viewing shed. (The field paths can get a little muddy). Beecraigs also has a play park and visitor centre with toilets and cafe. Muiravonside Country Park near Falkirk has a small demonstration farm (acessible for pushchairs) with information about the animals, feeding times and an events program. After the animals, for something a little different, there is a sculpture trail to follow in the park highlighting nature and wildlife. Or head straight to the play park and cafe.

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Polkemmet Country Park and Almondell & Calderwood Country Park are great for just getting out for a walk or with the bikes, push-chair friendly tracks, play parks and places to play poo sticks. For a different environment, Blawhorn Moss near Blackridge is a boardwalk over layers of ancient peat, plantlife for those interested, and a fun stomp along the wooden platform for everyone else! Walk around Linlithgow Loch, see the swans and other water birds. It’s about 2.5 miles for a full circuit, with wildlife and history information, or just enjoy the swans who normally congregate on the town side. Historic Environment Scotland Rangers run regular events, there is a wildlife walk here starting at the Peel (next to the Palace) on 27th March 10.30am. Free but booking essential, contact 0131 652 8150 email


need to get out of the house A b o o k a n d g Iftoyou shake off cabin fever but don’t a b e a n b want to do anything too strenuous,

families are always welcome at the local libraries to find a comfy seat and enjoy books together in the children’s section. Bookbugs sessions for preschoolers run regularly at most libraries as well as in Livingston shopping centres (both) and Kirknewton Church Hall.


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A trip on the Union Canal from a t Linlithgow basin (operated by Ta k e a b oLinlithgow Canal Centre) on weekend afternoons, starting 31st March. £3/child.

Trips on “Bluebell” from Port Buchan, Broxburn on Sundays (operated by the Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society). Sit with the captain and try your hand on the tiller! £3/child. Easter Bunny boat trips from Port Buchan 31st March, 1st & 2nd April. (Check the facebook page for ticket information bridge1940canalsociety) Booking not necessary for either of the two locations, just turn up on the day.

Ea s t er Eg g f t s Trail, hidden treasure and Easter tr a i l & cr a crafts at Hopetoun House 1 and st

2nd April. Drop in between 12 and 4pm. £2.80/child

Xcite West Lothian Leisure run holiday Ac t i ve ! programmes with multi-sports activities,

Easter details were’t available at time of print but check their website holiday-programmes

Cairnpapple Hill in the hills t er e s t between Bathgate and Spe c i a l InLinlithgow is a short walk with very rewarding views at the top, and an ancient burial cairn you can go down into. Run by Historic Environment Scotland. Opens for the season 31st March. *No toilet facilities. £3.00/child (5-15) cairnpapple-hill



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The go-to option for rainy days and kids with too much energy! Each place has different activities and offerings. • YOYO (Bathgate) £5/child (3-12) • The Hive Soft Play (Bathgate) £4.75/child (3 -12) • Play Bugs (Linlithgow) £3.50/toddler, £4.50/child (over 3)

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Deer Park, Livingston. From £4/child (under 15)

Explore Blackness Castle or Ea s t er Linlithgow Palace for Easter clues g n i r lo p s and challenges, Friday 30 March Eg g to Monday 2nd April. £3.60/child (5-15)


Paradise Island Golf, Livingston. From £5.50/child (5-16 years, less for under fives) Livingston Jump Station trampoline park, Livingston, has a Tots Time 10am-12pm Monday to Thursday and 9-11am every Saturday & Sunday. £4/tot (0 - 4 years)

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Scottish Owl Centre within Polkemmet Country park. £5.50/child (3-15).

Five Sisters Zoo, near West Calder. Daily handling, talks and feeds £9.95/child (3 – 15)

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Drop in to paint pottery, make jewellery, decopatch and more at Potter Around Studio, Kirknewton. They usually run holiday club and Easter egg hunt, although information not available at time of print. Prices vary, but for £5/child will cover a wee piece of craft to make and take away.


NOTE: Prices quoted are for one child entry. Check with the attraction for adult entry prices, family discounts and opening times before planning your day!

* sor y pla y *Bramble Cottage is a new Se nwildlife-themed imaginary and sensory place centre. Suitable for kids of all abilities. From £4.50/child (0-3) £5.50/child (4-7), £6/child (8-12)

Not literally! But take some pals and solve Esc a pe !puzzles together to escape from a locked room at Escape Rooms Livingston. Suitable for children over 10. £35 for 2, £42 for 3, £48 for 4, £55 for 5 and £60 for 6 -

Easter treat for all children T a k e a Complimentary travelling on Bo’ness & Kinneil n i Railway Friday 30 March to s t e a m tr aMonday 2nd April. Wear a traditional th

Easter Bonnet for the chance to win a prize! Museum egg hunt. £6/child (5-15)

Trips on the Maid of the Forth, t a o South Queensferry. With option to b a e k Ta stop off at Inchcolm Island. Likely to spot

seals in the Forth. 2018 dates not avail at time of print.

Jump Station: An hour at b o u n c eLivingston’s indoor Ju m p & trampoline park for all ages and abilities. £10ppn or £9pp if pre-booked online 48 hours in advance. (Plus grip socks required, £2 per pair) Overboard Soft play £5.50/child (4 and over)

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GARDENING PROJECT sprinkling of the compost. Water and sit on a warm windowsill. Cut just what you need when 10cm (4”) tall and you’ll get two or three crops from each sowing. Spicy flavoured seeds like rocket, oriental mixes and mustards add great flavour to basic salads whilst multi-coloured Lettuces will add a bit of excitement to green salads. Our customers are getting very excited about starting to grow again and are desperate to get into their gardens again as we get a few bright Spring days! As light levels increase you can start growing some salad crops on the windowsill and perhaps dig up some roots of chives and mint, pop them into pots and force them into growth inside on the windowsill. You don’t need to wait for it to warm up outside. Cut-and-come-again salad crops are really easy to grow. Sow seeds into shallow pots of seed and cutting compost covering the seeds with a light

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We all may be struck by the confidence and happy energy which some people seem to have. Are they born with more confidence than us? Confidence actually grows from doing something well - it’s not a character trait or just something that lucky people have. So, we all can become confident by repeating a pattern which, in the natural course of living, becomes easier over time. But many of us have an internal critic - a ‘voice’ in our head which is negative and makes unhelpful comments. Of course, this makes creating change (such as New Year resolutions) much harder. But this negative voice is just a ‘pattern’ too. It’s only there because we’ve practised it not because it’s true. Often the voice is one we learned from someone in time gone by. Do we want it now, in the present? Our Observing Self - the part of us which can notice our thoughts and feelings and choose whether to give them attention or not - has a really important job to do. Letting that negative voice go on and on just makes us feel bad. Would we talk to someone else in the same way? So, let’s see what kindness and encouragement can do - not just to our families and friends. Just even for a month, let’s experiment ... let’s replace the inner critic with an inner friend - a coach who encourages us and is kind.

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It’s time to tackle those cobwebs and give your home a good spring clean that will revive your space and perhaps inspire a fresh new look. Here are six tips to get you started: Think positive! Spring cleaning gives you the perfect chance to rethink your space and create areas that are tailor-made to suit your needs. What would you like to gain from your space? If viewed as a great opportunity to declutter and restyle rather than a list of chores, you are already one step ahead. Happy sounds are motivating, so pop on your favourite play-list. Peel off the layers Throws and blankets receive heavy-duty usage in cooler months, so ensure you wash/ dry-clean these before packing them away out of sight. Plus, stripping away layers offer more options when trying to create a new look. Walls & floors Rugs may not be necessary for warmer months, so consider a bare floor or replacing a winter rug with a lighter one in softer colours. Stains and marks will show up more in natural light, so it’s also a good time to professionally clean carpets, wipe walls, fill in holes from old hooks or repaint. Seasonal accessories Cushions, accessories and prints can be rotated according to season, colour or theme. Having your items on rotation means you are less likely to tire of them and have considered their function. This is also a good chance to declutter and donate items you have not used in the last year. Repair items Action repairs! Whether it be framing photos, hanging pictures, or restoring/polishing furniture, not only are you crossing off items on your to-do list (and regaining floor/storage space) - you will enjoy the treasures you have chosen to keep.

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Many estate agencies simply act as a broking service that matches people to property. However, most people are aware that there is far more to successful selling than this alone. Indeed, over 30% of property sales in this country fail to reach completion, falling through for various reasons. One of the main reasons is that a buyer simply gets cold feet and withdraws as a result of “buyer remorse”. This is a familiar phenomenon to estate agents and occurs when a buyer feels overwhelmed by the apparent enormity of the decision to buy and takes the more comfortable “low-risk” option and does nothing. Perhaps the buyer is offered another property that they prefer, or something else comes on the market that makes the price they have offered on your home look expensive. Your buyer may lose their job, or get a promotion. They might decide to get married or divorced; they might inherit or win a fortune, or their business may be experiencing difficulties. They could even die! Whilst these types of issues are generally unavoidable and naturally have a profound effect on people’s decision to move, the main problem concerns timing. Because offers in this country are not binding until missives have been concluded, the longer the time between offer and missives, the greater the opportunity there is for the buyer or seller to decide to withdraw. 22 | BATHGATE

Good agents go to great lengths to help people move and seek to become very familiar with your circumstances and plans. An experienced Property Manager should be the same person who negotiates for you and who will be thoroughly involved in any linked transactions. This is why agents who achieve the best results don’t tend to have a separate “sales progression” department which is often located in a centralised call centre, or even worse, ask clients to manage this delicate process themselves. In general, clients appreciate a level of personal dedication and accountability provided by a single point of contact, which in turn leads to understanding, trust, and a speedy conclusion. The monthly Property Matters column is contributed by Craig Turpie. Craig is a director at Turpie & Co Estate Agents and Letting Agents with extensive knowledge of the West Lothian Property Market and over 20 years experience in bespoke sales and marketing. @KonectDirectory

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Two national saints days occur in March: St David of Wales and St Patrick of Ireland. It’s interesting to consider what traditional foods are connected with Scotland’s neighbouring Celtic countries. People in the two countries traditionally had similar basic cooking utensils which led to similarities in foods: a flat griddle and a three-legged cooking pot which stood in the fire on the hearth. Hence stews, soups, flatbreads, cheese, autumn fruit and nuts with the addition of the occasional luxury of meat or game became the cuisine of both countries. Roman imports never influenced Ireland so food was limited to what flourished on this mild, Atlantic-weathered landscape. Oats, wheat, rye, a little later peas and beans and then dairy cattle and hence milk, butter and cheese became the staples and were very important exports. By the 16th century potatoes arrived, changing the habits and the diet of the preindustrial population and in time led to the disastrous reliance on one crop (causing the famine and the massive depopulation of the whole island in the 19th century). The Irish are proud of their Irish stew, soda breads, pancakes, beer, corned beef (salt beef) champ, Boxty (potato 30 | BATHGATE

bread), colcannon (bubble and squeak) and cheeses. Wales is more mountainous and has poorer soils and a harsher climate, but it has land links with England and became heavily industrialised in the 19th century. Potato cakes, leek soup, cawl, bara brith and laver bread (nori seaweed) are the traditional foods of Wales. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales and are worn in the headgear of the armed forces on St David’s Day. They are good eating at this time of the year. These dishes are good to eat while the days are short and not too warm. They are comfort food at its best, using ingredients most people have to hand and do not take a great deal of work, just slow, gentle cooking. WELSH POTATO CAKE • 1kg potatoes • 100g butter • Salt, pepper, thyme, nutmeg, a little oil.

METHOD: Peel the potatoes (if you prefer, but it is not necessary). Bring to the boil in a pan of water and cook for 3-5 minutes. Drain and cool a little. Oil or butter an ovenproof metal dish, put a sprig of thyme or dried thyme leaves on the bottom of the dish. Slice some of the potatoes and carefully arrange them in circles in the dish. Slice the rest of the tatties and gently mix together with the melted butter, salt, pepper, a little grated nutmeg and a bit more thyme. Turn all this into the dish and firm down. Cover with a circle of non-stick paper and bake in a hot oven, 180oC, for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Turn out to serve. Eat with cold meats, grilled chops or fried sausages or black pudding. The recipe and food notes are contributed by Anne Pinkerton. Anne is a local cook who believes that everybody can enjoy seasonal food and can have pleasure preparing meals for their family and friends. @KonectDirectory


Duality Trying to keep up with new music is now the definition of running to stand still. In the time it is has taken for you to think “pretentious git” another 25,000 fresh songs have been uploaded online across more platforms than were worn in the entire history of glam rock. Moon Duo, psychedelic crush occult head rockers – you heard me – have a new single out called “Juke Box Queen” but since that track sounds a lot like Shaking Stevens vs Popcorn I am directing you back to their 2017 album Occult Architecture Volume 2. Volume 1 is a darker and rockier companion, in the area of poppy Fall riffs in places, but V2 beings in the melody, funk, and a lighter touch arising from a collision of Jerry Garcia, Prince and Echoes era Gilmour Floyd majesty.


The two man format is a natural for synth bands reaching from OMD to Air. No pesky drummers, just an obedient machine. The artificial nature of the distorted but carefully controlled electronica plays beautifully against the flowing San Francisco 1968 guitar solos. Influences from the best of early Hawkwind’s science fiction explorations also loom large, not least in packaging and title. In contrast, the seriously bigged up “Ruins”, fourth album by Swedish sisters duo First Aid Kit, is heralded as defying the boundaries of the folk pop harmony genre. It does this by being bland to the nth degree and never leaving you more than twenty seconds away from that country yodel that singers with no confidence in their lyrics substitute for meaning. If only I had written this sooner, it would surely have put a dent in their sell out tour and top three album chart placing. The monthly music review is contributed by James Kerr. James presents the Regal Music Club show on Regal Radio ( and is a member of the local band ‘Snakeskin Shoe Review’.



...begin realising your potential using one “etch-a-sketch of life”, and a strong arm New beginnings are a double-edged sword. They are exciting, intriguing, exhilarating, but also scary, uncertain and intimidating. But change can mean growth, opportunities and realised potential. It’s widely suggested in the field of recruitment that March is the most popular month to jack in one job and move to another; in used car sales, that March is the busiest month; in law, that March is the most popular month to file for divorce, and in medicine that March is one of the two most popular months to give up smoking. So, it seems that the turn of a new year isn’t quite enough to compel us to act on those things which dissatisfy us in our lives, but after a couple of months we are ready to up-end the great Etch-a-Sketch of life and give it a jolly good shake. As in the world, so in the Jengaenga household … in the month of March we can look forward to going on a rare family holiday, to myself taking voluntary redundancy and accepting an exciting new job, to Penny turning 3 and starting nursery, to my husband becoming a British Citizen (at last), and to Quinn becoming independent of nappies during the day. This last one is particularly daunting as until very recently Quinn was unable to let us know when he needed a number 2 – one ruined rug and a binned cardi (I was trying in vain to save the rug) are testament to that. Phew. All of these daunting and thrilling prospects flitted through my mind as our little family unit arrived at the grand opening of the brand new KidzEco site in The Centre in Livingston. The 32 | BATHGATE

kids seized the balloons and goodies bags offered by the friendly staff member at the door, and we were ushered inside to have a bit of a browse. Kidzeco are also on the cusp of new things – a new shop, new ventures in training, and new volunteers … but the same lovely atmosphere to welcome children and their grown-ups into. After a long browse and some to-ing and fro-ing from Quinn about getting his face painted in the children’s play area (in the end, he fro-ed) we had a look around the ‘behind the scenes’ areas, training rooms, baby class areas etc. We left with Penny having cried over a popped balloon, both of them having fought over the remaining balloon, having played with just about every toy on the shelves without actually buying any of them, but equipped with a new, Spider-Man t-shirt for Quinn – “Look Mummy, Spider-Man!”, and a hairbow for Penny. Proof if any were needed that, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The monthly Parenting column is contributed by Nicola Jengaenga. Nicola lives in West Lothian with her two pre-schoolers and hubby Channa. They juggle hectic work schedules with the everevolving demands of their two tiny overlords and also squeezing in time for each other! @KonectDirectory

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from New Hopetoun Gardens! A visit to New Hopetoun Gardens is more than just a garden centre! Besides garden plants and expert advice, there are showcase small gardens to explore each season, themed gardens incorporating designer plant collections, a whole section devoted to pots, and much more. Besides being passionate gardeners, they stock a range of high quality gifts for gardeners and non gardeners, including a range of luxury food items and gifts for special occasions. The Orangery tea room on site sells their own baking, fresh soups, great coffees and teas and light lunches to be enjoyed overlooking a the themed gardens with a view to the River Forth and Fife! “We don’t simply sell you a plant and take your money. We really do care about our plants, and that’s why we do everything we can to make sure they perform in your Scottish garden, so you can enjoy them as much as we do” To win a £40 gift voucher for your mum to spend at New Hopetoun Gardens, simply answer the following question: What does New Hopetoun Gardens stock for non-gardeners? Email your answer, along with your name & phone number, to Closing date for entries: Thursday 8th March 2018. Winner will be chosen at random after the closing date and informed via the email address used to enter. Address: New Hopetoun Gardens by Newton Village, West Lothian, EH52 6QZ Tel.: 01506 834 433 | Email: | Website:

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The end of winter is here and it’s almost time for sunshine to greet Scotland again (…ish). With so many beautiful locations peppered across West Lothian, spring is a beautiful time of year to experience our attractions in all their glory! This March, Almond Valley Heritage Centre is hosting Easter Eggcitement: a fun filled day spent handling all the cute springtime babies at the farm. There will also be a springtime trail for little ones to explore, gathering clues around the farm and looking for hidden eggs in a bid to win an Easter prize! This event runs daily from 24th March to 16th April.

Spring is also a beautiful time of year to explore West Lothian’s historic past! You can visit the magnificent Linlithgow Palace, or take a trip to Scotland’s finest stately home Hopetoun House, reopening on the 30th, which offers lovely walking trails. Linlithgow Canal Centre is also reopening its doors after a chilly winter and will be open from Saturday 31st – a fantastic day out for anyone looking to do something a little bit different. You can take a trip into town aboard ‘Victoria’ or if you fancy a longer, more relaxing trip, join an Aqueduct Cruise at any weekend!

In addition, why not head to Howden Park Centre and see a show? They have lots on this Easter season, including JHM Dance Academy – a show that celebrates 15 years of dance! This takes place on 24th and 25th.

We look forward to welcoming you to West Lothian this spring! Look out for our new West Lothian Visitor Guide 2017/18, which will be appearing in schoolbags & leaflet racks soon!

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SPORTS, HOBBIES, LEARNING, SUPPORT GROUPS & MORE... BATHGATE LINDSAY ANDERSON ZUMBA New zumba class in Boghall Primary School - Community Wing. Tuesdays 7.00 - 8.00pm. Facebook: zumba with lindsay. Mob: 07834183084 Email: BATHGATE FAIRTRADE GROUP Bathgate Fairtrade is a small group and welcomes more members locally to promote fairtrade in Bathgate and West Lothian, providing information about fairtrade and opportunities to buy fairly traded food and other items with stalls in various locations. If you are interested or want to know more please contact the secretary Gillian Reid on 01506 653366 or Email: RAINBOWS, BROWNIES & GUIDES Rainbow units (girls 5-7 years) Tues & Wed nights. Brownie units (girls 7-10 years) Mon, Tues & Wed nights. Guide units (girls 10-14 years) Tues & Thurs nights. For more information see or Email: BATHGATE & DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB We are a friendly group who meet third Monday of each month, Sept to June (except Dec), 7.15pm in the United Reform Church Hall, Majoriebanks Street, Bathgate. We have a Floral Art demonstrator at each meeting who designs around 5 arrangements which are given as raffle prizes. The Club was established 50 years ago and we celebrate our anniversary year which began in Sept 2016. Contact Nan Tait, Chairman, tel: 01506 676965. BATHGATE HISTORY GROUP A friendly group who meet on Wednesdays at 2.00pm in the Tryst behind St John’s Church, Mid Street, Bathgate. We have interesting speakers on various topics with tea and coffee served. A warm welcome awaits old and new members. We meet from the first Wednesday in September through to the following April. For further information contact Dorothy on 01506 652505. SIMPLY PLAY Provides flexible after school care and holiday programmes for children aged 5-14. Our clubs are based in Simpsons Primary School Community Wing and Bathgate Partnership Centre. We offer a range of indoor and outdoor play experiences until 6pm Mon-Fri. Sessions are paid for as they are booked with no fee for `holding` an unused space. For more information visit or call 01506 856444. ANY DOG ‘LL DO RESCUE GROUP A friendly group of volunteers based in and around Bathgate. Looking for new members to help raise awareness and fundraise for the dog rescue charity. A good way to meet new, likeminded people and have fun at the same time. Contact Lyn Pattison on to find out when the group will next meet and how to get involved.


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BATHGATE CONCERT ORCHESTRA We are a friendly, enthusiastic group of musicians and are always happy to welcome new players of whatever level. We rehearse on Friday evenings during school term time from 7:30pm-9:30pm at St John’s Church Bathgate. Anyone interested in coming along to join us should contact the Secretary Joan Proven at Joan_Proven@hotmail. com Tel: 0131 331 3187. See www. You can also find us on facebook. WEST LOTHIAN 50 PLUS NETWORK New members always welcome for educational, social, 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. YOGA CLASS For people living with long term conditions. Bathgate Community Centre, 5–6.30pm on Wednesdays. Class is run by KICC Active Lothian, a partnership with MS Therapy Centre Lothian. £5.50 per class or £20 for four weeks. First class is free! Call Joanna on 07436 102726 to book. BABY AND TODDLER ACTIVITIES Kidzeco, 20-24 George Street, Bathgate, EH48 1PW. Range of baby and children’s activities including Hartbeeps, Yoga Babiez, Baby Sensory, Iyengar Yoga Warriors and Kids Iyengar Yoga Warriors. Please see our events page on facebook www. for class times and prices, or call Kidzeco Bathgate on 01506 815534 2ND BATHGATE GIRLS’ BRIGADE Meets on Wednesday evenings in St John’s Church Halls, Mid Street. Explorers P1-3 Girls: 6.15pm - 7.30pm. Juniors P4-7 Girls: 7.00pm - 8.30pm. Brigaders S1-S6 Girls: 7.00pm 8.30pm. Please contact Alison Weddell (Captain) on tel 07710 619264 or email for further details.


THE STONE RING 40 King Street, Bathgate. Beginners Self awareness & Development. Mon 7-9.30 pm (approx) £6.50. Moot - Every 2nd Wed of the Month. 7-9.30pm (approx) £5. Thai Chi Fridays - 6.30-8.30pm (approx) £25 per month. BATHGATE PLAYGROUP Bathgate Partnership Centre. Mon–Fri 9-11.30am and afternoon sessions Mon & Wed 12.30-3.30pm NEWLAND CONCERT BRASS Friendly band based in Bathgate. We welcome brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities. Training Band Mondays 6 – 7pm in Bathgate Partnership Centre. Junior Band Mondays 6.30 – 7.30pm in Bathgate Partnership Centre. Senior Band Mondays 7.45 – 9.30pm in the band hall on Belvedere Rd. For more information see the website at REGAL MUSIC CLUB The Regal Theatre, Bathgate. For anyone who loves music. We meet fortnightly on Wednesdays. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Come along to chat, discuss, meet new people, eat biscuits. You don’t need to play or sing but if you do there is always a chance to perform. Check out the facebook page or just drop in. £2.00 including refreshments. BATHGATE READING GROUP Simpson Library, Bathgate. Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6.00pm, all adults are welcome. BATHGATE MEMORY CAFE A meeting place and caring supportive group for people with dementia and their carers. The Memory Cafe runs the first Monday of every month between 1.30pm and 3pm at Rosemount Gardens, Mid Street, Bathgate (Sheltered Housing Complex). Contact 01506 533114 or just turn up and be assured of a warm welcome FRIENDS OF POLKEMMET COUNTRY PARK Group meets on the second Sunday each month between 10am – 12pm to carry out practical conservation projects in Polkemmet Country Park. Dates for 2015 are: 12/04; 10/05; 14/06; 12/07; 09/08; 13/09; 11/10; 08/11. Please contact the Ranger Service on 01501 743905, or visit the Friends of Polkemmet Facebook page if you would like to join us. WEST LOTHIAN TABLE TENNIS CLUB West Lothian Table Tennis are a friendly club who are always happy to welcome new people who have played in the past or would like to pick up the sport for the first time. Whether you are seven years old or 70...Everyone is welcome!

Meet at Bathgate Academy. For further information contact: David Stephen, Club Secretary or 07979 095772. See PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION GROUP We’re looking for people to join our small group. Will meet on the first Wednesday of the month 7.30pm venue tbc. Investigations to be carried out approximately every 6-8 weeks at various locations around West Lothian and beyond so own transport essential. Both believers and skeptics welcome. Must be over 18. Please contact Tracey at ghost.scotland@ for further information. WEST LOTHIAN RUN Little Runners – free kids running classes, Sundays at Boghall Community Wing 11am – 12pm. See for details and to register. GENERATION DANCE BATHGATE St Mary’s Hall, Livery St. Every Friday 10.30am– 11.30am. Join the community dance club for anyone over 60 years. There’s no need to book, just turn up. Regardless of your mobility, independence and experience, come along, try us and tell your friends. Seated / adapted dance for people with mobility aids and other challenges is our speciality. Everyone can take part. Suggested weekly donation £3. Can’t come but want to know more? Call: Joanne on 07521 358 239. ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Ex-service male/female organisation. The Club offers comradeship, social activities, e.g. golf, fishing and bowling events. Bingo, cabaret and dancing. Our function hall is available for hire by members, families and friends. Friday night bingo 8.00 pm; Karaoke Saturday night in the Lounge. Watch notice Board for special events. BATHGATE BRIDGE CLUB Meets every Thursday from first Thursday in October until the last Thursday in May at EU Church Hall, Church Park, Marjoribanks Street, Bathgate. 6.45 for 7.00pm start. All Welcome. Contact Georgette Nicol 01506 203498 for more information. THE REGAL YOUTH COMPANY Regal Community Theatre, Bathgate. Music workshops for 13-25 year olds - Monday evenings 7pm to 9pm, £2. Drama workshops for 13-25 year olds Wednesday evenings 7pm to 9pm £2. For info see or contact us via our facebook page.


THE TREE CLUB Office at 19c South Bridge Street, Bathgate. West Lothian’s only afterschool club for children and teenagers with additional support needs. Stimulating and creative activities with high staff to child ratio. See

divers so you will be in safe hands. As a not-for-profit organisation you will be surprised how little our training costs. To find out more, visit our website or come along to Xcite Bathgate at 8pm on a Tuesday for a chat by the pool.

BATHGATE THEATRE COMPANY Ever wanted to be onstage or help out behind the scenes? Bathgate Theatre Company are always looking for new members to take part in their annual show which takes place in November with rehearsals usually being every Thursday from 7pm – 9pm at the Regal Community Theatre, Bathgate. Annual members fee £30 plus £10 insurance if going onstage. For more info contact the Secretary on bathgatetheatrecompany@ or visit our website at www.bathgatetheatrecompany.moonfruit.

NIBBLE N NATTER Fortnightly get together in Royal Scot Court, Bathgate, where we enjoy coming together and meeting new people. Have a chat and a choice of biscuits and cakes with a cup of tea. A welcoming atmosphere awaits you! Cost is just £1 and all are welcome. Group run by Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives), 01506 815815, email or visit our website

KIRKTON PARK TENNIS CLUB Welcoming new members to join our developing tennis club! The tennis courts at Kirkton Park in Bathgate have recently been resurfaced and are now open for use. For further information on our club go to our website: You can also find us on Facebook. Learn, Play, Enjoy! SCOTTISH SENIORS COMPUTER CLUB James Young Bar, Hopetoun Street, Bathgate. For the over 50s to find out what you can do with your computer, laptop, iPad/tablet or smartphone device. Enjoy the experience; learn and share! Thursday mornings 10am - 12 noon. Contact : Chris Cosgrove. Bathgate Computer Club. Call 01506 656153 or just call in. PHYSIO LED PILATES The Pyramids Fitness Centre, Bathgate, Friday mornings at 10am & 11am. At Physio Led Pilates you can feel assured that exercises will be performed safely, effectively and modified to the appropriate level for you under the expert guidance of an experienced Physiotherapist. For booking and further information please see WEST LOTHIAN SUB AQUA CLUB Come along and join us on a Tuesday evening at Xcite Bathgate swimming pool. Not sure if scuba-diving is for you? No problem, we can offer you a taster ‘Try Dive’ to let you experience the freedom of diving. Training is carried out at your pace and our instructors are fully qualified and experienced


ACTIVITY GROUP Are you over 60? Looking to get out and meet new people? Come and join in our activity group in Rosemount Gardens, Bathgate - a mix of gentle physical activity, quizzes and games. We also love a good chat over a cup of tea! All welcome, cost is just £1 per session. Get in touch if you’d like more information, with Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) on 01506 815815, email or visit our website

WESTER INCH WESTER INCH PARENT & TODDLER GROUP Thursday mornings 9am - 11am. £1 per adult and 50p per child. For more information contact us via our facebook page Wester Inch Parent and Toddler Group or email on SIMPSON ART CLUB We meet every Tuesday 7 - 9pm in the community wing of the Simpson Primary School, Bathgate. All over 18, including beginners, are welcome; Regular demonstrations and teaching from professional artists, work in all mediums. For further information email Contact 07762 933138. CENTREPOINT CHURCH Simpson Primary School. Sunday Worship Gathering, Weekly 10:30am. Contact: Tom Jackson m: 07540391081 e: MESSY CHURCH Held by St. John’s Parish Church in Community Wing, Simpson Primary School. Third

Thursday of each month 6.45pm-8.15 pm. Join us for fun, games, craft activities, stories and singing. All ages welcome. No charge, donations welcome. For more information contact Parish Minister, Rev. Duncan Shaw on 01506 653146 or or Rev. Zoltan Safrany on 07411 444 743 email WEST INCH NETBALL Meet on a Tuesday night at Simpson Primary School, Bathgate. Arrive anytime after 7 pm, games played between 7.30 and 8.30 pm. £3 per person, per week. All are welcome. DOTEKI KARATE CLUB Meet on a Monday night at Simpson Primary School, Bathgate, 4 – 8 year olds 6.30 – 7.30 pm and 8 years to adults 7.30 – 8.30 pm. No previous experience necessary. Wear a t-shirt, jogging bottoms and bring a bottle of water. For more information visit their Facebook page: Doteki Karate Club; email or phone: 07917351794. FOOTBALL STAR ACADEMY Meet on a Saturday and Sunday morning at Simpson Primary School, Bathgate for boys and girls aged 5 and 8 years. Saturday’s Soccer School is between 11 am and 12 noon, Sunday’s Soccer School is 10.30 – 11.30 am. For more information visit their Facebook page: @footballstaracademy1; email or phone: 07903877987. TO INCLUDE YOUR CLUB OR CLASS, PLEASE EMAIL DETAILS TO EDITOR@KONECTDIRECTORY. CO.UK CHARITY AND NOT-FORPROFIT GROUPS ARE FREE. THERE IS A SMALL CHARGE FOR OTHER LISTINGS. SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION. WWW.KONECTDIRECTORY.CO.UK

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Konect Bathgate March 2018  
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Konect magazine for Bathgate, Torphichen, Boghall and Wester Inch. March 2018