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The Calders, Kirknewton and Pumpherston June 2012

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The Laird O’ Livingston’s Legacy

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Hello neighbours It’s definitely the count-down to summer, and June seems to be a good time to think about gardens – we’ve been learning this month about a special garden planted not far from here, in Livingston at the site of Eliburn’s Peel Park around 350 years ago. And anyone with an interest in the healing power of plants will be interested to read that at that time doctors were influential in botany as well as in medicine, see the feature article on pages 8-9. I was pleased this month to be asked by Gary Paterson of East Calder to publish an update on his remarkable 9000km charity cycle ride around Europe. He completed the trek and got home in one piece, but he still has a way to go to meet his fundraising target, so please read his article on page 30 and try to support the causes he is highlighting. Congratulations to Terry Milligan who won the crossword competition in the last issue.

Contents Feature Article The Laird O’ Livingston’s Legacy Local Walk Pets Recipe Children & Family

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This month, the Black Bull Inn in Mid Calder is offering the chance to win a £25 voucher to spend in the pub. I visited the Black Bull Inn this month to learn a bit more about it, and was very impressed - run by local people working hard and going the extra mile for their customers, read their feature on page 38. And of course it’s gala month – all our local galas take place this month, so a big well done to the hard-working committees who organise them and to all the other volunteers and helpers. Helen-Jane, Editor 07854 492638 The Konect Directory welcomes contributions such as old photographs, or short articles of local interest. The Editor reserves the right to edit any articles submitted for publication. Competitions & puzzles Prize crossword Children’s puzzles Community What’s on Useful information Clubs & Classes Index of Advertisers

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The Laird O’ Livingston’s Legacy By Yvonne MacMillan


liburn South’s Peel Park was once the location of the Laird O’ Livingston’s physic garden. Patrick Murray (1634 – 1671) had a passion for collecting and growing plants. Described as “one of the most promising men of science of his time”, Murray’s physic garden in the grounds of his home at Livingston Peel stocked 1,000 species of plants, and when he died this invaluable collection became the foundation for today’s Edinburgh Botanic Gardens. Physic gardens were European medieval medicinal gardens where medicine, botany and gardening inter-linked and doctors were as well known and influential in botany as medicine. Botanic gardens followed physic gardens when whole continents began to be discovered and shiploads of new species were brought back to Europe for scientific interest. A botanical pioneer and “famous for collecting seeds, plants and exotica”, Patrick Murray was a good friend of Robert Sibbald (1641 – 1722) and Andrew Balfour (1630 – 1694), two Scottish physicians and botanists who went on to found the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. The garden at Livingston inspired them to start a medical garden in Edinburgh – a place where supplies of fresh plants and herbs for medical prescriptions were on hand and medical students would study botany. Sibbald and Balfour wrote an official list for the medical profession of acceptable drugs and how to make them (The Pharmacopoeia, published 29 years later in 1699), a great advance in regulating medical care in the 17th century. Work on the first physic garden for physicians in Edinburgh began in 1670. The following year, Patrick Murray, Laird O’ Livingston, died of a fever at the age of 35 in Avignon, France, whilst on a two year-long trip to France and Italy. Murray had bequeathed his precious plants to Andrew Balfour and the massive task of digging up and transplanting the collection

got underway. Plants were carefully and painstakingly moved, cartload by cartload, to a rented 40ft x 40ft allotment in St Anne’s Yards, in the grounds of the Palace of Holyrood House - the site of today’s public car park for the Palace and the Scottish Parliament. Five years later with the garden flourishing, the plants were uprooted again, to a bigger plot of land leased from the Town Council - next to where platform 11 in Waverley Station stands today (a commemorative plaque marks the spot). A final move in the early 1820s to Inverleith Row, a change of name to Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and the journey of Murray’s plants was complete. The Murray family seat at Livingston Peel was a fortified stone tower on a large, earthen mound and surrounded by a moat built in 1124 by de Leving, a Flemish nobleman invited to Scotland by King David 1.* In return for military service to the king, de Leving was given a grant of land. Other more humble dwellings sprang up around the tower with the people attracted by work and its protection. The settlement became known as Leving’s toun, then as time passed this name became Livingston. A street sign near the entrance to Peel Park holds on to the old spelling - Leving Place – a connection with the past. Originally from Elibank in Peebles-shire, the Murray family acquired Livingston Peel and surrounding lands in 1512. Livingston was a huge but sparsely populated parish (around 2,000 inhabitants), stretching 10 miles



1) Livingston Peel - The LDC built a grassy mound with cobblestone moat, wooden bridge and steps to the top where the original Peel would have stood.

2) Livingston Place - the manor house built by Patrick Murray’s nephew when he inherited the estate. The LDC built a stone outline of the manor house as nothing remained of it.

manor house close to the Peel called Livingston Place. A low stone wall erected by the LDC on the line of the original manor house’s foundations give an idea of its size. A fitting tribute to the Laird O’ Livingston saw Lord Murray of Elibank plant Livingston’s 500,000th tree on the new town’s 10th anniversary in 1972 in the recreated Patrick Murray Physic Garden.


from Dechmont in the east to Fauldhouse in the west. Mainly, it was rough, open countryside, dotted with small patches of cultivated land and large areas of wet moorland like Drumshoreland, Easter Inch, Whitburn and Fauldhouse moors. In 1995, Livingston Development Corporation (LDC) commemorated Patrick Murray’s contribution to the natural science of botany by recreating a physic garden in Peel Park, the site of Murray’s original garden. At the heart of the LDC’s garden, an information panel and diagram (sadly now hard to read) shows the layout of different beds – medicinal plants of 1670, culinary herbs of 1670, medicinal plants used from 1670 to the present day – although now, ivy swamps the other plants. Box and yew hedging give structure, dividing the beds and bordering paths and other larger, open spaces, tempting you to explore. Rows of lollipop-like trees line ramrod-straight walkways leading off in all directions like the points of a compass and give the garden an open, spacious feeling. The only survivors from the old estate are the mature trees. About 30 paces from the information point, the LDC built a circular grass mound surrounded by a cobblestone moat, a wooden bridge and 16 steps take you to the top. This simple structure represents the original Livingston Peel. Although Patrick Murray lived in the Peel, his nephew who inherited the estate built a substantial

Plant collectors risked life and limb on their quests for new species. Like Murray, they had a thirst for knowledge and were driven by a need to explore nature and share their discoveries - our landscapes were shaped by their efforts. *Historians have differing opinions on the origin of the name Livingston, and the identity of de Leving himself. The information here is just one of several possible explanations. Information from West Lothian Local History Library and The Sibbald Physic Garden by Dr M A Eastwood

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You get back in life exactly what you give out – It’s Law.


handi observed that whenever we point a finger at someone there are three pointing straight back at us! Try it and see…

This reminds me of a story I once read about a little boy who asked his mother if he could stay at a friend’s house one night. His mother said no because he had school the next day. In floods of tears, the little boy ran out of the house and into the mountains shouting at the top of his voice “I hate you!” To his horror he heard “I hate you!” coming out from the mountains. In shock, he ran back to his mother and pleaded with her “Come quickly mum, there’s a nasty little boy in the mountains!” His mother followed him into the

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Karen Murray sneaks some exercise on a sunny afternoon


s many of you may be aware I am a woman with perhaps more to do than there are hours in the day, but as they say if you want something done ask a busy person. That being said, I still like to fit in a walk when and if I can - I need it for the exercise, mental space and also because, fool that I am I signed up for the Race for Life, so getting a little fitter would be handy! I have a number of walking routes up my sleeve that I can often incorporate into the day if luck is on my side, and when out and about for work recently I had a spare half hour that coincided with a rare sunny afternoon. It’s a simple little walk but very pretty on a sunny day. Park the car in Hermiston Village and walk along Gogar Station Road away from the main A71 roundabout and over the bridge that goes over the canal. There are steps down to the canal path, signed to Ratho one way and to the City Centre the other. It is also cycle path 754, so watch out for cyclists!

Head toward Ratho and of course if you have all the time in the world, you can simply keep on walking and you’ll reach Ratho and ultimately the Falkirk Wheel. However, for this walk you follow the canal path until the next exit, enjoying the flora and fauna along the way as well as a little history and a bit of science! On one of the bridges you will see a note saying ‘Near this spot John Scott Russell discovered the solitary wave in August 1834’. What you may well wonder is a solitary wave? Google to the rescue - the young Scottish engineer named in the plaque was conducting experiments on the canal to determine the most efficient design for canal boats and made a remarkable scientific discovery, which he called ‘the wave of transition’. He noticed that when the boat drawn by horses suddenly stopped, the mass of water in the channel which had been put in motion did not. It rolled forward in the form of ‘a large solitary elevation’ and continued along the course of the canal. History and science aside, coming up from the canal at the next exit brings you onto Hermiston House Road, a single track road that bends and twists between the A71 and Gogarbank. Turn right and follow the road to Gogarbank. It is usually fairly quiet but


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do be aware of potential traffic and they don’t always expect walkers! At the T-junction, take a right again, walking along Gogarbank Road- same rules apply. You will see the Forth Rail Bridge if you look to the left and get some lovely views across the oil seed rape fields of yellow over to Fife. You will also walk past the Suntrap Garden, a hidden gem of a garden well worth a visit if you’re passing during opening times and have some time to spare.

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Once more at the next T-junction it is another right and onto Gogar Station Road. This will bring you back to bridge over the canal completing the circle. I hopped back in my car and continued my workday, secretly wishing I had a spare couple of hours to walk the canal route into the city centre on such a lovely afternoon. Maybe next time?

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Help the miles add up By Gary Paterson


ast August Konect published an article about a charity cycle I was about to embark on. This wasn’t just a one day cycle, but a six month trek through Europe. It was just me, my bike and the clothes and equipment I could fit on the bike. It pleases me to say I’ve completed the trek and arrived back into East Calder after cycling 9,000km through 20 countries. I may have completed one tough and rewarding adventure, but what I haven’t completed is the fundraising for the charities I’m supporting. I truly believe in the great work these charities do - in fact sometimes in the pouring rain, thousands of miles from home in the countryside of some far off country it helped keep me going.

The charities I’m fundraising for are: Forever Angels : an orphanage/baby home Cheka Sana : a street children centre Bridge 2 Aid : a dental and development charity These charities help the people of Tanzania, a country where I worked from 2008 to 2010. I’ve personally seen the good work they do in helping people live with hope, dignity and a chance of a better future. The money raised will help pay for, among other things, education, malaria treatment and food. Visiting the websites you’ll see the huge work they do to make a big difference and that they’re all UK registered. Also being a local I wanted to help out Cyrenians Farm, a community enterprise just outside Kirknewton which helps young vulnerable people become more confident and self reliant. My trip wasn’t rigidly planned. This made it frightening in some regards, but gave me a lot of freedom. “Freedom” is also another way of saying being occasionally lost! But getting lost sometimes resulted in unexpected surprises. In Montenegro it led to tranquillity and breathtaking views


in the mountains; in Switzerland it meant I stumbled upon the UEFA headquarters and got to meet Andy Roxburgh, an exScotland manager. I have so many stories and memories from this trek which might one day make it to a book. It’s strange now to think that I actually made it to the end especially considering how the first day turned out. It was an inauspicious start - barely out of Edinburgh I got a puncture, there was torrential rain and to make matters worse a tree had fallen and blocked the cycle path to the Forth Bridge. I pushed my bike across the bridge in the pouring rain. Three months in, my bike was stolen and I faced the unenviable prospect of flying home. Against the odds the Italian police found my bike and belongings. There I was surrounded by a group of curious onlookers who were moved to have a charity whip round. Another time, German volunteer firefighters came to my rescue and with a community effort helped me to replace and repair a damaged wheel. They refused to let me go until the bicycle was running not just sufficiently to get me to the next town, but with German efficiency! These and other lovely and supportive people I met on the trip are what made the trip so special for me, even though sometimes we didn’t speak the same language. I hope you can be supportive too by sponsoring me at my website or by texting GARY57 £5 to 70070. Here, along with donating, you can see photos and read about all my adventures. Thank you.

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West Calder’s Gunpowder Plot


amilty Forest is a wild and scenic small forest that lies both sides of the A70, between Harperrig and West Calder. As you wander through these quiet woods near Harburn, it’s hard to imagine that this peaceful spot, nestled in a low-lying area next to Camilty water, used to be a busy and siginificant gunpowder works, with employees and vehicles coming and going - not to mention frequent explosions! Camilty Gunpowder Works supplied the coal and shale mining industries with gunpowder from around 1890 to 1930. Shale in particular is very hard, too hard to be mined with picks, so gunpowder was essential. The Camilty works was originally owned by the Midlothian Gunpowder Company, and the site changed hands several times over the years, eventually ending up in the hands of ICI until being shut down in 1930. Incredibly, miners had to purchase their own gunpowder - the mining companies didn’t supply it - and it was sold over the counter in West Calder Co-op, carried home in a bag and stored as often as not under the bed! It was the miner’s wife’s task to fill her man’s powder tin each morning with enough powder for his shift. The site was converted from an old corn mill, and was ideally suited for a gunpowder works for several reasons: its isolated position meant that there was no settlement nearby to be harmed by explosions; the steep banks would absorb the force of explosions and provide a higher area for office buildings; and Camilty Water was close by in case of fire. The company also built six houses for employees at Park View, but other employees had to walk from West Calder. Explosions were not unusual and people in the area were used to hearing them. 36

Blast proof tunnel under the gunpowder magazine. Photo credit : Alistair Plowman

It was not unlike living in an earthquake zone in some ways! An explosion in June 1909, for example, shook furniture and windows in West Calder, and the concussion was felt as far away as Carstairs in the West and Currie in the East. There was just one fatal accident, in 1921, where two employees lost their lives in an explosion. that One of the company rules was turn unt acco no on t mus ‘‘the men t up their trousers at the foot.’’ Dus , and or grit could gather in turn ups an just a tiny amount could trigger explosion.

The ingredients for the gunpower were mixed and ground in ‘‘danger buildings’’ - a series of bays with walls 2ft thick, surrounded by earthen mounds as high as the eaves and with flimsy wooden roofs, so that any explosion would be contained within one compartment and the roof blown out. Remains of various works buildings can be seen at the site today. All information for this article is taken from the book ‘‘Camilty Gunpower Works’’ by Sybil Cavanagh, published by the West Lothian Local History Library. The book contains many more details and pictures, and copies are available for £2 from the library. Article first appeared in Konect Directory West Calder Dec 2009

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oing it properly and giving the best service possible” is how Donald McLauchlan of the Black Bull Inn in Mid Calder describes his business approach to me. Donald has been running the Black Bull Inn for nearly three years now, and tells me he hopes to be doing it for many years to come. “We’re well settled in Mid Calder and get involved as much as possible in community life.” The Black Bull Inn is a major sponsor of Mid Calder Gala, as well as of Mid Calder United football team, while several other local clubs and fundraising events benefit from the hospitality and facilities at the pub. Donald has been working hard since taking over to transform the food as well as gradually redecorating and improving the bars, function room and dining area. But the ambience that attracted him to the Black Bull Inn in the first place has not changed. It is a friendly, welcoming pub with a public bar as well as the main bar and dining area. There’s a good atmosphere in the evenings when locals young and old mingle with visitors. Families are welcome for dining, and all food is cooked from scratch on the premises, using locally sourced fresh ingredients as much as possible. Donald and head chef Michael have spent time, for example, perfecting their steak pie which is made from premium cuts of Campbell’s meat. Many items on the menu are cooked to order. Friday and Saturday nights are usually very busy for meals so be sure you call ahead to book a table to avoid disappointment. Head Chef Michael likes to experiment with a variety of food to see what customers prefer. “I’ve


served kangaroo steaks, venison burgers, curries from all over the world.” The word soon gets around – the last pot of Malaysian curry sauce he made was all gone within 24 hours! And his soups are legendary. “I believe there are enough varieties of soups in the world that we don’t need to repeat the same one within a month!” he says. His dessert speciality is cheesecake and, as with the soups, variety is the watchword. The week I was there they were offering a cranachan cheesecake (with raspberries, whisky and toasted oats); last month their Bailey’s cheesecake was a hit. The function room at the Black Bull Inn is well used by local groups and private parties of all sorts. Room hire is free if the Black Bull Inn is providing the catering – which Donald prefers to do so that he can be sure that the quality is up to scratch. Catering packages are available from £4.95 per head for christenings, funerals etc including tea and coffee, up to around £9.95 per head for full buffet. They can help you plan your event and advise you on your menu according to your budget and their own experience of event catering. If that wasn’t enough there is an outdoors dining area. Not only are dogs welcome in outdoor eating area but also in the public bar as walkers often drop in for refreshments. So if we get some warm sunny evenings this summer make sure you book in for an al fresco meal at the Black Bull Inn in their outdoors dining area. And if the rain continues, call in for one of Head Chef Michael’s legendary soups!

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June Recipe and Food Notes By Anne Pinkerton


laming June”, or so the saying goes! I think this has more to do with summer in England than for us a bit north of Potter’s Bar. To us in Scotland June is often the kindest month and with luck we can enjoy the wonderful very long days, flowers and food from the garden or allotment. Cleaver gardeners may have their first new potatoes and broad beans, herbs will be well up and there are elderflowers, sorrel and garlic leaves we can harvest from the wild.

This may all be a bit of a dream when you have a family to feed, not enough time and less in the budget than you hoped. There are still ways to make your food feel summery and leave you with to time to enjoy the long days and good weather if we get any. Pasta with cream and new vegetables Cook which ever shape of pasta you most enjoy and when it is ready have the following ready to add : A dash of olive oil 1 egg beaten into ¼ pint double or whipping cream Cooked asparagus chopped or new tiny broad beans or fresh peas just cooked. A rasher or 2 of thin crisp cooked bacon per person, broken up Salt and a good grinding of black pepper Chopped chives or mint or sorrel leaves. Chose the herb which will go best with the veg you are eating. eg. mint with peas. At the last moment add the veg, oil, herbs, bacon and then the cream and egg to the hot, drained pasta. Give it a quick mix to coat the pasta with the rest of the ingredients and there you are…a quick summer meal making expensive ingredients go further and still tasting good.

June is often a month people plan for outside events, galas and weddings. Summer celebration food is a British strength. Think of cold, decorated poached Scottish salmon, bowls of strawberries and meringues and puddings decorated with crystallized flowers or fruit. Rare roast beef sliced thin with tiny new potatoes and mint, followed by stewed apricots and cream are all simple and delicious.


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consistency. This might take 100gm or a little more flour. Heat the oil in a frying pan till it is just smoking - any hotter and the fritters will burn, too cold and they will be oily. Drop pudding-spoonfuls of mixture into the pan and cook till brown and crisp, turn the fritters and cook the other side. Keep the fritters hot on a dish with kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil. Cook in batches till all the mixture is used up. Serve with a tomato salad and some black olives and crusty bread. Flowers in food There are several flowers which are good to eat and when added to salads or as decoration to puddings give the dish a summery look. The Cyrenians grow salads on their holding at Humbie near Kirknewton, and include nasturtiums, snapdragon, violas, borage, chive flowers and pot marigolds in their salad mix. They sell them to the best restaurants in Edinburgh. Why not try them yourself? For fun you can crystallize rose petals with egg white and caster sugar and use them on cakes. Both violets and roses can be found in the cake decorating shelves of the super-market. Elderflower cordial On a dry day pick about 10 big heads of elderflowers. If you can, take them home quickly or keep them in a paper bag till you are there. This is because the dry flowers carry the yeast which will give the syrup a genuine flowery taste. If the flowers are wet they will make an unpleasant flavoured brew. Put the elderflower heads in a heat proof bowl. Slowly dissolve 450gm of sugar in ¾ pint of water. When this is done bring the syrup to the boil and then pour it over the elderflower heads. Cover with a clean cloth and set aside to go cold. Leave for a day to steep. Bottle in a screw topped jar and keep in the fridge. This can be diluted to taste with fizzy water, used to make elderflower water ice or be added to the fruit when cooking gooseberries. To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

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he Silver Saints Cheerleading Dance Squad, pictured with their coach Gillian Farrell, proved yet again to be West Lothian’s No.1. The Scotcheer Open National Competition was held at Glasgow SECC on 7th and 8th April. The Silver Saints from East Calder walked confidently onto the floor, danced a highly choreographed 2 minute 30 second routine and walked away with a First Place trophy for their Senior Squad. But not only that, the Silver Saints Junior Team also took 1st Place with their perfectly performed routine also. The Youth team proudly walked away with a 3rd Place, which was a fantastic result showing that they are going from strength to strength.

routine. The Silver Saints Juniors Squad was awarded an incredible 5th place out of 15 which was reported to be the toughest section in the competition that day, but not only that it was their first time in entering this section of dance. The Silver Saint Adult Squad which includes coaches Gillian Farrell, Elaine Mclean and Dawn Adams were also awarded 1st Place on Saturday for their routine and 2nd Place on Sunday for their Pom dance routine. Massive Congratulations to all the girls who did East Calder - and Glasgow - proud. For more information on the Silver Saints Cheerleading Squad please contact either Gillian Farrell on 07861 711 153 or Elaine McLean on 07761 534 748.

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Saturday 2nd June Clay Open Day 11am – 4pm. Come and have a go on the potter’s wheels, hand building and using moulds. Chat to the potters, sign up for our upcoming workshops, help us make our mosaic table. Kirknewton Pottery at Potter Around, Overton Farm, Kirknewton EH27 8DD. Call us for details on this and on any of our other workshops: 01506 238961 Saturday 2nd June Mid Calder Gala day. Parade 1pm Tuesday 5th June Kirknewton Diamond Jubilee Celebration 2-5pm in Kirknewton Village Park (or Village Hall if wet). Come and join in the celebration with stalls, facepainting and activities for all. Competitions for best Fancy Dress (royal/red, white & blue theme), artwork and design a crown to be judged at 4.30pm by Angela Constance MSP. Clotted cream teas & homebaking served 2-4.30pm. Look out for further details on posters and Kirknewton Community Facebook page. Saturday 9th June East Calder Gala day. Grand parade from 1pm, family fun in the park from 2.15pm. Saturday 9th June Quiz Night at Oakbank Bowling Club - All Welcome Saturday 16th June Kirknewton Gala day. Family fun day in Kirknewton park from 12pm. Live entertainment, refreshments, children’s activities. Sunday 17th June Creepy crawlie creatures Searching for bugs & beasties in the nooks & crannies of Almondell. Suitable for all. Meet: Visitor Centre, Almondell & Calderwood Country Park. Cost: £2.20 per person. 46

Saturday 23rd June East Calder Scouts - Garden Fete East Calder Scout Hall, Calderhall Terrace, 2-4pm. Fun for all ages. Tables available to local organisations. Enquiries to David Lyall 07754 394172 Harburn Festival -Saturday 9th June 2012 An important date in West Lothian’s Summer calendar! It offers something for all the family ranging from an art exhibition, school’s art competition, road art for wee artists, open gardens & plant, craft & produce sales, fun dog show and dog agility course for dog owners (and their pooches), pony rides and the annual duck race, live music, classic cars, with fun games and competitions galore for all. Harburn SWRI will provide catering in the village hall. A courtesy bus will offer transport from opposite West Calder Co-op and all day pick-ups between the festival sites. Harburn Village is situated 4 miles from West Calder on the B7008. Would anyone wishing to bring their vintage tractor along to a static display, please tel 01506 883 517.

Saturday 7th July Kenny Lee Jones. Singer/Guitarist at Oakbank Bowling Club. 8.30pm, Tickets £5, all welcome Library information for June East Calder and Pumpherston Libraries will be closed Tuesday 5th June Summer reading challenge for 2012 is going to be a Worldwide Adventure. Come along and register for the Summer Reading Challenge in the week beginning Monday 25th June. Details available from the Library staff.

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

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Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, David Cameron, Tony Blair and President Obama.

June Jubilee Books It’s Jubilee month! Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and an all-star line up of poets come together to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Through a series of specially commissioned poems, ‘Jubilee Lines’ offers a unique portrayal of the country and times in which we have lived since 1953, culminating in an essential portrait of today: the way we speak, the way we chronicle, the way we love and fight, the way we honour and remember. For the kids there is a very special Ladybird souvenir edition to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Read about her early childhood, coronation, family life, and the way she has shaped the modern monarchy over the last sixty years. There are also fascinating facts about the number of Prime Ministers and leaders she’s known, all the countries visited, her official portraits and more! There is also ‘Elizabeth the Jubilee Fairy’ who is in charge of making every jubilee perfect! But when Jack Frost steals Elizabeth’s Diamond Sceptre, both fairy and human celebrations are headed for catastrophe. Can Kirsty and Rachel help Elizabeth find the sceptre so kings and queens everywhere can celebrate in style?

The series looks at the day-to-day life of a Queen who is clearly dedicated to her family and her country and reflects on the personal and political challenges Her Majesty has faced, including coming to the throne as a 25-year-old, the annus horribilis of 1992 and the wedding of her grandson, William, in 2011. With his customary insight and wit, Andrew Marr discovers the hidden side of our most enduring – and enigmatic – monarch, who has outlasted Prime Ministers and Presidents, and has adapted and modernised to ensure the Royal Family is relevant and vital in the 21st Century.

Jubilee DVD Andrew Marr looks at the life and reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, speaking to the people that really know her best in the ‘Diamond Queen’ DVD. Marr is granted unique access to Princes William and 48

At the Flicks As promised we preview some of the big summer movies this month and preview the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Out 1st June is Ridley Scott’s eagerly anticipated prequel to Alien ‘Prometheus’. A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. On the same Day Twilight star Kirsten Stewart stars in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. Mid June Tom Cruise stars in ‘Rock Of Ages’. Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they

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meet, it’s love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges.

keeping with this ambition.” KILLER JOE director William Friedkin said: “KILLER JOE is about the Good and Evil in everyone, the struggle for our better angels to triumph over our demons. It’s also a riff on the Cinderella story, wherein she finds her prince, but he turns out to be a hired killer.” As previously announced, EIFF’s Closing Gala will be the European premiere of Disney-Pixar’s BRAVE on 30 June. Edinburgh International Magic Festival Magicians from Australia, New Zealand and the Ukraine will present mindreading, cabaret, comedy at this year’s Edinburgh Magic Festival. The Festival begins at the end of June with an opening night gala at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival At the end of June there is the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history. William Friedkin’s shockingly cool and blackly comic noir thriller KILLER JOE will be the Opening Gala at the 66th edition of the Festival on Wednesday, 20 June. Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “We’re delighted to be opening this year’s Festival with KILLER JOE. For my first year as Artistic Director, I intend to deliver a diverse programme that will spotlight filmmaking of real artistic distinction. William Friedkin’s exhilarating, intense, and brilliantly crafted film is absolutely in

Linlithgow Bound The Linlithgow Marches take place in June. This historic event has taken place for many hundreds of years originating from a time when it was vital for a community to make sure that its boundaries were intact. The event takes place on the first Tuesday after the second Thursday each year. Beginning the end of June over 2 weekends is the Linlithgow Palace Jousting. Hear the thunder of hooves and the crack of lances splintering as brave knights stage an unforgettable display of horsemanship and skill with sword and lance.

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Clubs and Classes

sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... After School Club at Honey Pot Ceramics Fridays 1-5pm term time. Arts and crafts, each week there is a specific project which could include clay, jewellery or cosmetics. £10, booking essential. Pre-School Messy Play At Honey Pot Ceramics. Every Monday. Thursday and Wednesday from 10-11am. Bring your little one along for some glittering, sticking, stamping and lots and lots of messy fun. Booking essential. See or call 0131 333 6348 for more info on both clubs.

EAST CALDER East Calder Jog Scotland Group Meet every Tuesday at East Calder Health centre car park at 7pm. All abilities welcome, a social way to get fit, make friends and enjoy local countryside. Contact Dawn on 01506 883330 or 07806 772935 for more details. Zumba with Lindsay Monday East Calder Church Hall 7pm to 8pm Wednesday Uphall south parish church Hall 6pm to 7 pm Check out my facebook page - zumba with Lindsay for more details or contact me at: 07834183084 Ditch the workout and join the party East Calder Colts FC East Calder Park. We are currently recruiting for an U9’s team born 2002/2003. Please come along to our soccer school Mondays 5pm - 6pm, ages P2 -P4 at East Calder Sports Centre. Any information required re Soccer School or any of our teams please visit our website or contact Coach Graham Hamilton on 07545 758385. All welcome. East Calder Bowling Club Bingo every Sun and Wed 8pm– 9.30pm. Junior coaching (10 to 16 years old) every Fri 2pm – 4pm. We can also coach adults, free, so come along and give it a try. Hats every Mon 6-30pm. See club website at, members can find details here of competitions, play by dates, club news. Zumba with Lorraine Tues, Mid Calder institute hall 7.15pm -8.15pm Wed and Fri East Calder church hall 9.30am -10.;30am Thurs Mid Calder Primary School 8.30pm – 9.30pm Sat Mid Calder Institute Hall 10am- 11am Kids zumbatomic classes age 7 -12, East Calder scout hall Wed 3.45pm – 4.30pm, please contact Lorraine as spaces are limited. Lorraine Farmer 07816 835926, email East Calder Ladies’ Circle East Calder Community Centre Second Thursday of the month, September to May at 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Contact Frances Shearsby (Secretary) on 01506 494591, for more information.

Yoga for Everyone East Calder Community Centre Wed 7.00pm – 8.30pm For further info contact Ruth Plevin: 01506204338 or Step Into Dance with Vicky East Calder Church Hall Highland, Cheerleading, Tap, Freestyle Disco, Ballet, Hip Hop and a boys-only Hip Hop. Classes for ages 2 to adult, on Thurs & Fri. See for more information or contact 07719 646942 Boys Brigade East Calder Church Hall Anchors (age 5 - 8) Fridays 6.30 - 7.30pm Juniors (age 8 - 11) Fridays 6.45 - 8.15pm. Company Section (age 11-18) Fridays 7.30 - 9.45pm Calll Jean Gilchrist 01506 880367 Circuit Training Sunday’s 6 – 7pm East Calder Scout Hall, £3 per session. An instructor-led class of pre set workout stations, the complete body workout, suitable for all levels of fitness, 16yrs plus. Under 16s welcome with participating adult, see website for further details Please contact: Email Tel: 07808 161634 Web: East Calder Playgroup Now located in East Calder Community Centre. Mon-Fri 9:15am-11:15am from 2 years For the best introduction to your child’s education lots of fun to be had! £4 per session. Contact Carol on 07748 053340 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides East Calder Primary School Rainbows Wed 6.15 – 7.15pm Brownies Tues 6.30 – 8pm & Wed 6.30 – 8pm Guides Mon 7 – 8.50pm & Wed 7.30 – 9pm Contact Gillian Maben 01506 880640 Karate East Calder Sports Centre Ages 5 - 15 yrs . Junior Class: Fri 6.00pm - 7.00pm Intermediate/Advanced Class: Fri 7.00pm - 8.00pm Wadokai Karate, both boys and girls welcome, £4.00/session. Contact David Ewing on 0131 657 2085 Patchwork Classes We run patchwork classes throughout the week at Marys’ Patch. Monday 10-12, 1-3, Tuesday 10-12, 1-3, Wednesday 9.30-11.30, 12.30-2.30, Thursday 9.30-11.30, 12.30-2.30 Saturday 10-2. Knitting classes also available. East Calder Old Folks Club East Calder Community Centre Last Thursday of the month, September to April 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Pensioners and non-pensioners welcome. Contact Carol Anne Murray (Secretary)

East Calder Youth Club East Calder Community Centre Fri 6.15pm - 8.45pm. Ages 10 to 14 yrs. Cooking, football, baseball and other outdoor sports, pool, video games, board games and arts/crafts. Contact Gary Sneddon 01506 774473 Scottish Slimmers Pigeon Club Tues 6.00pm Call 0800 362636 for more info. Toddler Clinic East Calder Health Centre 1st Tues of every month. Drop in for advice and support 1.30pm – 3.30pm Young Mums East Calder Community Centre Mon 11.00am – 12.30pm. Free. Contact health visitor via health centre for further details 01506 880582 Douglas Pilates See or call 01506 870062 for class times and venue. Bingo Pigeon Club, East Calder Sun 8.00 - 10.00 All welcome Firefly Arts (Youth Theatre) East Calder Primary School Juniors (P5 - P7) Fridays 2.30pm - 4pm £2.50 per week (1st week free). Classes also availble in Kirknewton, West Calder & Howden Park Contact 01506 773883 EC Allsteps Cheerleaders East Calder Church Hall and West Lothian College Competitive cheerleading squad. Also adult squad fun class at East Calder Sports Centre Mon 9.00pm - 10.00pm. For more information see or call 07719 646942 Cathy Bird Highland Dancers in East Calder Community Centre Tuesdays 4yrs up, 5-30-6-20pm. Advanced Club in East Calder Community Centre Tues 6.30pm – 8.30pm tel: 07809 423592 email: East Calder Scout Group Scout Hall, Calderhall Terrace Beavers Mon 6.15 - 7.15pm (boys 6 - 8 yrs) Cubs Mon 7.30 - 9.00pm (boys 8 - 10 yrs) Scouts Tues 7.15 - 9.00pm (boys 10 - 14 yrs) Contact Jack Galloway on 077907 93889 Breast Feeding Support Group East Calder Community Centre Wed 11.30am – 12.30pm except during school holidays. Free. Contact Health Visitor via Health Centre for further details 01506 880582 Needlecraft Club East Calder Community Centre Thur 7.00pm 9.00pm Contact Sheila (Secretary) on 0131 333 2217

Adult Line Dance Class East Calder Pigeon Club Mondays: Beginners 7pm, Improvers 8pm, Advanced 9pm. Tel Cathy Bird 07809 423592 email

KIRKNEWTON Kirknewton Runners Meet at Kirknewton Park every Monday 19.30 Kirknewton Rainbows Kirknewton Village Hall Wed 5.00pm - 6.00pm For girls aged 5-7. Please contact Gill Greaves for more information on 01506 883261 Kirknewton Starlets Kirknewton Primary School Babies class up to age 8 Thurs 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Junior/senior class Thurs 6.15 - 8.00pm. For info contact Trisha

Potter Around Overton Farm, Kirknewton, EH27 8DD For all class bookings and more information call 01506 238961 or email Stories and Crafts for wee ones Mondays 10.30am-11.30am Storytelling followed by a related craft activity. £4.50 a session which includes tea/coffee and biscuits for parents. Warhammer Club Fridays 2.30 – 5pm/ £4.50 if you are bringing models and brushes,; £7.50 get a model and brush to keep. Craft Club Fridays 1.30 – 3.30pm Different arts/crafts projects each week incl. Glass, clay. Paintingm, jewellery. £10, all materials, drink and snack supplied. Scrapbooking club Alternate Thursdays 7.30 – 9.30pm. £7.50 includes tea/coffer/biscuits. Basic materials will be provided. Jewellery Workshops Alternate Tuesdays, 7-9pm. £15, booking essential. Oil painting classes with Kirsty McDiarmid. Mondays 7-9pm, Thursdays 10.30am- 12.30pm. Kosy Kaff Kirknewton Village Hall Fridays 4pm – 5pm term time. Free home baking, hot chocolate, games and activities for primary school aged children. See uk for more information. Kirknewton Play Group Kirknewton Village Hall Mon – Fri 9.00am – 11.15am Ages 2 to 5 yrs. £4.00 per session. Call in and see us during session times Toddler Group Kirknewton Church Hall Parents/carers with tots aged 0-3 yrs, fridndly group with play, stories and craft for the children and meet up/chat for parents. Thur 9.30 - 11.30am

Clubs and Classes

sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... Kirknewton Women’s Rural Institute Come and join us for a friendly evening of craft, demonstrations and fun. 2nd Thursday of each month, 7.15pm in Kirknewton Church Hall Kirknewton Stompers Walking group, meeting at Kirknewton Park entrance on Park Terrace every Wed 7.30pm. Join the group on the community facebook page where people post details of the walk, or any other time they are walking Hatton Sports Club Tennis and squash. Burnwynd, Kirknewton Social and competitive play. LTA-qualified tennis coaches. Contact Carol Blamire 01506 880208 Firefly Arts (Youth Theatre) Kirknewton Village Hall Juniors (P5-P7) Tues 4.30 - 6.00pm £2.50 per week (1st week free). Classes also availble in East Calder, West Calder & Howden Park Contact 01506 773883 Cathy Bird Highland Dancers Kirknewton Village Hall, Fridays 3-6yrs 5.30-6.20pm; 7+ yrs 6.30-7.20pm tel: 07809 423592 email: www.cathybirdhighlanddance KASPARS Afterschool Club Kirknewton Church Hall. Afterschool care Mon - Thu 3.15 - 6.00, Fri 12.30 - 6.00. Breakfast Club Mon Fri 8.00 - start of school. Call 07871 791000 Kirknewton Pensioners Club Kirknewton Village Hall 1st Wednesday of Month 1.00pm - 3.30pm and 3rd Thursday of Month 7.00pm - 9.00pm Everyone aged 60 years and over welcome

MID CALDER Mid Calder School of Dance Mid Calder Institute Hall Tap, Highland, Disco Tues 6.00pm - 7.00pm & Fri 6.15pm - 9.00pm. Various ages Contact Heather 01501733054 Folk Club Meets every third Tuesday of the month at the “Tap Shop” The Midcalder Inn, Mid Calder at 8pm Calder Bells Glenalmond Hall, Mid Calder Rehersals Mondays 7.30pm New members welcome Mid Calder Mother and Baby Group Institute Hall Tuesdays 10.00 Please call Vicky Ramsay for details on 07515 495101

The Willows Playgroup School Lane, Mid Calder Recently refurbished, places available for children from 2 years. Mon – Thurs 9-11am. £4 per session. Snack provided, nappy changing facilities. For more information please contact Sam on 01506 882832. Zumba with Lorraine Tues, Mid Calder institute hall 7.15pm -8.15pm Wed and Fri East Calder church hall 9.30am -10.;30am Thurs Mid Calder Primary School 8.30pm – 9.30pm Sat Mid Calder Institute Hall 10am- 11am Kids zumbatomic classes age 7 -12, East Calder scout hall Wed 3.45pm – 4.30pm, please contact Lorraine as spaces are limited. Lorraine Farmer 07816 835926, email Yoga Classes Masonic Hall Wednesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm Contact Linda Bibby 01506 884115 Mid Calder Colts FC Teams covering all ages, playing soccer 7s, 11-a-side and also a soccer school. For more information see the Colts’ website Contact Carole 883934 Pilates Classes Institute Hall, Market St. Wed 10.00am - 11.00am Beginners class Contact Rhona 01506 811700 Welcome Cafe Glenalmond Hall Every Tuesday 10am-12noon. This is a Fair Trade Cafe all proceeds of which to the Vine Trust in Peru. Do come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some home baking with friends. Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Rainbows Wed night Brownies Tues night, Guides Mon and Wed nights. Contact Katrina Wallace on 01506 883816 Mid Calder Toddler Group Institute Hall Tues 9.15-11.15, £1 per toddler. For more info, please call 07949159097 or email Choral Highlights Ladies’ Choir Kirk of Calder Rehearse Sun 11.45-12.45pm & Wed 7.30 -8.45pm Repertoir includes songs from Musical shows, Scottish songs, Religious and Pop music. Perform 2 concerts a year, one in May/ June and a Christmas concert in early December. All concert venues considered. New members very welcome, come and join us! Contact: John Rankine, Musical Director LLCM (TD) on 01506 880029 (Church Organisations)

Mid Calder Camera Club Institute Hall, Market Street Wed 7:30pm – 9:45pm All levels of photographers are welcome. For more information, visit or call Fred Roe at 01506 202190 or Steve Collier at 01506 881398 or Gordon Scott at 01506 882616.

POLBETH Polbeth W.R.I. 1st Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Come along for an interesting programme of talks and demonstrations. New members always welcome. Further information on 01506 435708.

PUMPHERSTON The Look Group Outdoors activities in Almondell and Calderwood Country Park for ages 8-12, meeting at Visitor Centre 10.30 - 12.00 Saturdays - not every Saturday, check programme with the Rangers on 01506 882254 Myra Mackie School of Dance Classes in Pumpherston, Mid Calder & Broxburn Please see our website for full timetable and venues. Children from 2 years to adult. incorporating our competitive cheer division The Scottish Starlets


Church of Scotland Kirknewton Services 9:45 in the Kirknewton Kirk, Station Rd. East Calder Services 11:15 in the East Calder church, Main St Sunday School and creche available Rev Dr AJ Groenewald 8 Manse CourtEast Calder EH53 0HF. 01506 884585 or 075 888 458 14. website Mid Calder services 10.30 every Sunday in the Kirk of Calder, Main St, Mid Calder. Sunday School and crèche available. Pumpherston services - The Kirk of Calder also holds fortnightly services on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 at the Pumpherston Institute Hall. The website has full details of current activities/services. Polbeth Harwood Church Service 11:15 am every Sunday West Kirk of Calder Service 9:45 am every Sunday. Interim moderator : Rev Dr AJ Groenewald 8 Manse Court, East Calder, EH53 0HF. Tel 01506 884585

Zumba with Lindsay Monday East Calder Church Hall 7pm to 8pm Wednesday Uphall south parish church Hall 6pm to 7 pm Check out my facebook page - zumba with Lindsay for more details or contact me at: 07834183084 Ditch the workout and join the party Pumpherston United FC Four groups, including a soccer school for 5-12 yrs (Thur 6.00pm - 7.30pm); 1998 age group (Tuesdays); 1997 age group (Mon and Wed) and 1995 age group (Mon and Wed). Training at Pumpherston Recreation Park. For more information , please email

WEST CALDER 18th West Lothian Scout Group West Kirk Hall, West Calder Beavers Mon 6-7pm, Cubs Wed 6.16-7.30pm, Scouts Thurs 6.30-8pm. Girls and boys 10.5 – 14 years. Contact Jean Walkinshaw 01506 873638. West Calder Walking Group Every Thurs at 12.30. Meet outside the Co-op, West Calder Main St. Walk approx 1 hr then coffee/tea stop to finish. Call 01506 871773 for more info.

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