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EASTER HOLIDAYS 23RD MARCH - 6TH APRIL 2018
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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).
k e Explore freely around the old Ta k e t h e b i r village hospital with surfaced t o Ba n g o u tracks, large abandoned
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. www.westlothian.gov.uk/beecraigs 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. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/venues/muiravonside
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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! www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/blawhorn-moss/ 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 email@example.com
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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. www.westlothian.gov.uk/bookbug
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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 facebook.com/ bridge1940canalsociety) www.bridge19-40.co.uk/boat-trips 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 www.hopetoun.co.uk/event/easter-eggcitement
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 www.westlothianleisure.com/junior-activities/ 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) www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/ 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) yoyosoftplay.co.uk £5/child (3-12) • The Hive Soft Play (Bathgate) www.thehivesoftplay.com £4.75/child (3 -12) • Play Bugs (Linlithgow) www.playbugs.co.uk £3.50/toddler, £4.50/child (over 3)
Deer Park, Livingston. From £4/child Bo wli n g (under 15) www.deer-park.co.uk/bowling
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) www.facebook.com/BrambleCottageplaycentre
Explore Blackness Castle or Ea s t er Linlithgow Palace for Easter clues g n i r e ! Not literally! But take some pals and solve lo p s and challenges, Friday 30 March Esc a p puzzles together to escape from a locked 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) www.paradiseislandgolf.com 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) www.jumpstations.co.uk
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Scottish Owl Centre within Polkemmet An i m a l Country park. £5.50/child (3-15). Lo ver s www.scottishowlcentre.com Five Sisters Zoo, near West Calder. Daily handling, talks and feeds £9.95/child (3 – 15) www.fivesisterszoo.co.uk
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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. www.potteraround.co.uk
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 - www.escape-livingston.co.uk
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) www.bkrailway.co.uk Trips on the Maid of the Forth,
a t South Queensferry. With option to Ta k e a b ostop off at Inchcolm Island. Likely to spot
seals in the Forth. 2018 dates not avail at time of print. www.maidoftheforth.co.uk Xtreme Karting and Combat, Newbridge
Jump Station: An hour at & b o u n c e Livingston’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) www.jumpstations.co.uk Overboard Soft play £5.50/child (4 and over) www.overboardsoftplay.co.uk
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Itâ€™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 itâ€™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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“A place where kids can come and just be themselves,” is how Director Bronwyn describes Broxburn Footlights, Broxburn’s drama club for children.
I met local resident Bronwyn, along with the group’s musical and choreography director, Chloe, to learn more about it. Broxburn Footlights has been going for 17 years, and Bronwyn became director recently, taking over from the club’s founder Keith.
BROXBURN FOOTLIGHTS IS FOR CHILDREN FROM P6 – S6. They are particularly keen for older students to join for upcoming shows.
They meet at Strathbrock Partnership Centre, Mondays 7pm to 9pm, with additional rehearsal sessions after the summer. The cost is £80 for the whole year (payable in two instalments of £40). If you are interested in joining, please call Bronwyn on 07707 118056 or Keith on 07903 715680. Or simply drop into the Partnership Centre on a Monday evening (go through the main doors and turn right, and it is across from the cafe. There is usually someone to direct you).
“Broxburn Footlights was a big part of my life when I was a teenager,” says Bronwyn, “It gave me so much confidence and helped me cope with other things.” Chloe also attended Broxburn Footlights for many years, travelling from Armadale to attend weekly. They both loved the club, continued on as helpers, and have now graduated to running it.
They produce one main annual show (in October or November), usually a musical, and sometimes a panto. There is also a Showcase in April to fundraise for the group. And while the drama, singing, costume and so on are what the club is all about, my impression from talking to them is that it is about a lot more than that. “There is very much a family feeling, a safe environment where kids can relax, which is very important,” says Bronwyn. “I protect that environment, where we all accept each other as we are, and it’s so rewarding to see kids grow in confidence”. Once they join, young people tend to stay with club for years, then their siblings come through too.
I’m impressed with how passionate and hardworking the committee is. They have lots of plans for the future and are dedicated to moving Broxburn Footlights forward. Bronwyn describes the physical theatre - communication through movement with no dialogue – that she is working on introducing. They are both clearly passionate about working with the kids and do other volunteering work with young people in their spare time. So if you are interested in drama and looking for a friendly, welcoming local group, Broxburn Footlights will be delighted to see you!
Helen-Jane Shearer interviewed Bronwyn for this article. Helen-Jane lives in West Lothian with her family and is editor of Konect magazines. @KonectMagazines
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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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PARENTS IN WEST LOTHIAN
...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 28 | BROXBURN
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
CLUBS & CLASSES
SPORTS, HOBBIES, LEARNING, SUPPORT GROUPS & MORE... BROXBURN LEARN GUITAR Strathbrock Community Centre. Kids classes: Saturdays during term time; Adult Group Class: Thursday evenings. A fun and friendly way to get started or hone your skills further and become the guitarist you’ve always wanted to be. For more info call Dan 07794 824544 email email@example.com BROXBURN WOODCRAFT CLUB A members Club located within the community wing of the Strathbrock Centre, 189a West Main Street, Broxburn, EH52 5LH. We have a fully equipped workshop supporting all aspects of woodworking including woodturning, pyrography, scrollsawing, the making of toys, furniture, musical instruments, walking sticks and more. For further information use the Contact Us facility on the website: www.broxburnwoodcraftclub.org. Our hours are Mon & Tues 9am-9pm, Wed & Fri 9am-12 noon and 6pm -9pm, Thurs 9am-3pm and 6:00pm-9pm. LIVINGSTON HIGHLAND SOCIETY Strathbrock Partnership Centre, 189 W Main St, Broxburn. Monthly ceilidhs on a Saturday evening between October and April. Each month we have a different band and guest artist. New members welcome, contact John Sneddon on 01501 770911 for dates and more details LADIES ONLY OUTDOOR FITNESS SESSIONS Albyn Park, Greendykes Road. Mondays 7-8pm, with Broxburn United Sports Club (BUSC) and BurnIt. Doesn’t matter your size or level of fitness. BUSC and Burn-It aim to create a fun fitness session based outside to enable ladies to meet their goals. For more info contact Leigh Lauder on 01506 858057 or email l.lauder@ busc.org.uk ZUMBA FOR KIDS Albyn Park, Greendykes Road. With the Poco Loco crew – learn some rocking dance routines using different styles and rhythms. For girls and boys aged 4 – 12. Fridays 1.15-2.15 (P1-P3) 2.25-3.15 (P4-P7) cost £3 per week. To book please contact Aidan Forbes on firstname.lastname@example.org or Nina Anderson on nina.anderson@live. co.uk or call 01506 858057. ALIVE & KICKIN Albyn Park, Greendykes Road. A programme for older members of the community
to remain active. Run by Broxburn United Sports Club and includes: WALKING FOOTBALL Tues 10.30am to 12pm, £3 per session with tea/ coffee after. WALKING CLUB on Thurs 10am. Community walk starting and ending at Albyn Park. Free, everyone welcome. Invigor8 MULTI SPORTS Thurs 2-3.30pm £2 per session. Try new sports and learn new skills. Each session is 1 hour of the new sport plus an inspirational/ informative chat for 30mins. For more info contact Leigh Lauder at Albyn Park 01506 858057 or email email@example.com BROXBURN SWIMMING CLUB We cater for swimmers from age 3 upwards and cover all levels of swimming from our Learn to Swim programme up to our top competitive squad. LEARN TO SWIM: Thursday night (6:00-7:00) - Broxburn Swimming Pool. SQUAD SWIMMING: Monday and Tuesday (7:30-9:00) and Thursday (7:00-9:00) - Broxburn Swimming Pool; Friday (6:00-8:00) - Armadale Academy pool. For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org CHURCH STREET BABY & TODDLER GROUP 2 Church Street, Broxburn EH52 5EL. Every Thursday from 09.15-11.00 and is based in the Church Hall behind Broxburn Parish Church. Suitable for children from birth to 3 years. Each session costs £2 per and includes a healthy snack for the children and a cuppa & biscuit for the grown-ups. Visit our Facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/ BroxburnChurchStreetBabyandToddler CRAFT CUPPA We are a small group of crafters who meet on Saturday afternoons 1-3 pm at Strathbrock Partnership Centre, Community Wing, entrance B. We meet to share expertise, have a natter and a cuppa. We would welcome anyone who wants to come along. For more info please email email@example.com or just come along! WEST LOTHIAN IWAMA RYU AIKIDO CLUB Broxburn Black Belt Academy, EH52 5BB, Broxburn. Dedicated to the traditional study and practice of Aikido through ken, jo and taijutsu. The club meets at Broxburn BlackBelt Academy Thursdays 8pm to 9:30pm. Come along and give it a try. For information please call 07784 006851 firstname.lastname@example.org
BROXBURN GYMNASTICS CLUB Broxburn Academy’s Dance Studio, Broxburn. Fun filled gymnastics class for children in P1-P7. Hourly classes on Saturday mornings 10am (Beginner), 11am (Intermediate), Advanced 12pm. First week is a free no obligation trial. For more information please contact Gemma on 07775 900624 or email@example.com w: www.broxburngymnastics.com BROXBURN SCOTTISH WOMEN’S INSTITUTE (formerly SWRI) We meet in Broxburn Community Centre at 7pm on the 2nd Monday of each month from September to May. Contact: Fay Young , tel 01506 854141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org SLIMMING WORLD South Parish Church, East Main St, Uphall, EH52 5HY. Tuesdays 3.30pm, 5.30pm & 7.30pm and Canon Hoben Hall, Broxburn, Wednesdays 3.30, 5.30 & 7.30. Please call Lisa on 07736 316400. STRATHBROCK COMMUNITY CENTRE 189a West Main Street, Broxburn, EH52 5LH. Huge range of groups and classes including: MONDAYS: Playgroup (am and pm sessions); Tapestry; U3A, Calligraphy group,Computer Drop-in; Keep fit/Line Dance for over 50s; Zumba, Brownies; WRI; Drama group, Karate. TUESDAYS: Playgroup; Spanish classes; Card making; Line Dancing; Irish Dancing; Ring Craft. WEDNESDAYS: Playgroup, Tai Chi, Scrabble groupl Chatterbook Book Club; Bingo; Computer Beginners Course; Brownies/Rainbows; Dog Obedience. THURSDAYS: Playgroup (am and pm sessions); Art Group; Genealogy; Healty Respect; Lip Reading; Access to Employment; Drama; Hoola Hoop Class; Chilren’s Club, Youth Group; Guitar lessons, Tai Chi. FRIDAYS: Playgroup (am and pm sessions); Carpet Bowling; after school club; Computer drop in; Tai Kwon Do; Polish Community Group; New Christian Life; Model Car Club. SATURDAYS: Guitar lessons; Dance classes; Tae Kwon Do; Computer classes; Weight Watchers. Please call Strathbrock Community Centre on 01506 771733 or email linda.sayers@ westlothian.gov.uk for details of times and more information on any of the groups.
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UPHALL ST ANDREW’S COURT ACTIVITY GROUP Are you over 60? Looking to get out and meet new people? Come and join in our activity group in St Andrew’s Court, Uphall, weekly Wednesdays (10am-12midday). 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 or email email@example.com www.cyrenians.scot. UPHALL PLAYGROUP Uphall Community Education Centre, Strathbrock Place, Uphall, EH52 6BN. For children aged 24 months and over. Open Monday to Friday 9:15 - 11:30am during term time. Choose 1, 2, 3 or 4 sessions per week. Each session costs £5 and includes a healthy snack. See www.uphallplaygroup.co.uk or tel 01506 854451 for further information. THE PEOPLE’S CAFÉ Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month 11am 1.30pm at St Andrew’s Care Home, St Andrew’s Court, 20 Hawthorn Place, Uphall. For people who have any form of dementia, and their carers, to meet others in a similar situation for support and social contact, a cup of tea or coffee and home baking. Come for the whole session or just drop in. WEST LOTHIAN ART West Lothian Art is a group of enthusiastic amateur artists who meet regularly to paint, draw and chat in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on Tuesday evenings between 7pm and 9pm in Uphall Community Education Centre. If you’d like to know more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org WEST LOTHIAN U3A (University of the 3rd Age) A group of retired people who like to keep their minds active by learning in an informal environment. We meet in Uphall Community Education Centre, Strathbrock Place, Uphall on the third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m., when we have speakers on a variety of topics. U3A also has a number of interest Groups who also meet once a month, including Art Appreciation, Singing for Pleasure, History, Walking and Cinema. New members are always welcome – please contact the Membership Secretary Helen on 01506 655976. You will find a list of speakers and a full list of Groups on our website u3asites.org.uk/westlothian SLIMMING WORLD South Parish Church, East Main St, Uphall, EH52 5HY. Tuesdays 3.30pm, 5.30pm & 7.30pm and Canon Hoben Hall, Broxburn, Wednesdays 3.30, 5.30 & 7.30. Please call Lisa on 07736 316400.
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UPHALL COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE Strathbrock Place, Uphall, EH52 6BN. Huge range of groups and classes including: MONDAYS: Carpet Bowls; U3A Singing for Pleasure; Zumba; Craft Group; WRI; Scottish Country Dancing. TUESDAYS: Baby & Toddler; Uphall Outreach; 50+ Friendship Group; Walking Group; Indoor Curling; U3A Art Group; TaekwonDo; Yellow Teapot Club; Youth Club. WEDNESDAYS: Indoor Curling; U3A Book Group; Cairbrock Association; Parkinson’s Uk; U3A History Group; Tea Dance; Zumba; Fusion Youth Group; Tribe West Belly Dance. THURSDAYS: Indoor Curling Adults with Carers; West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network; Line Dancing; U3A Quiz Group, U3A Music Group; Karate; Yellow Teapot Club; West Lothian Y-Cats. FRIDAYS: U3A Poetry Group; U3A Discussion Group; Children’s Club P3-P6); Reiki; Girls Group (S1 upwards). Please call the Community Centre on 01506 854451 or email denise.doig@ westlothian.gov.uk for details of times and more information on any of the groups.
WINCHBURGH LITTLE FLYERS AFTER SCHOOL CLUB Winchburgh Community Centre, Craigton Park, Winchburgh, EH52 6RW. Open during term time, from the end of the school day until 5.45 p.m. Collecting from Winchburgh and Holy Family Primary Schools. Please contact 07518 176781 for more information or see www.littleflyersnursery.com
WINCHBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE Craigton Park, Winchburgh, EH52 6RW. Huge range of groups and classes including: Mondays: Junior Youth Club 7.00pm - 9.15pm. Tuesdays: Slimming World 6.30pm - 9.30pm. Wednesdays: Keep Fit 9.30am -10.30am; Computer Club 9.30am-12noon; Night Art 7.00pm9.00pm; Dog Class 7.00pm10.00pm. Thursdays: Morning Art 9.30am-12noon; Senior Citizens 1.30pm-4.00pm; Little Flyers 3.00pm-6.00pm; Childrens Club 6.00pm-7.30pm; Guitar Club 7.45pm-9.30pm; Table Tennis 7.45pm-9.30pm. Fridays: Little Flyers 12 noon-6.00pm; Scouts 6.15pm- 9.15pm Saturdays: Children’s Activity Club 9.45am12noon; Girls Allowed 7.00pm9.00pm. For more information on any of the groups please contact the Community Centre on 01506 890348 or email julie.witherwick@ westlothian.gov.uk. Winchburgh Community Council meetings are held second Monday of every month except January and July. See www.winchburghcc.org.uk TO INCLUDE YOUR CLUB OR CLASS, PLEASE EMAIL DETAILS TO EDITOR@KONECTDIRECTORY.CO.UK CHARITY AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT 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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WEST LOTHIAN BAKING CLUB We meet approximately every 6th Wednesday 7:30 – 9:30pm in Dechmont Hall to talk about all things baking related. No requirement to be the next Mary Berry! £3 per meeting. Email email@example.com or find us on facebook. DECHMONT 50+ ARTS GROUP This group of enthusiastic amateur painters meet every Wednesday from 13.30 - 16.00 in Dechmont Memorial Hall to practice their art and socialise. There are a few membership places available and new members would be more than welcome irrespective of their painting skills. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at dechmontartgroup.wix. com/home. GENTLE YOGA Dechmont Memorial Hall, Monday night 6.30-7.30pm at Dechmont Memorial Hall. Contact Rhona on 01506 811700.
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