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The Calders, Kirknewton and Pumpherston March 2012

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Anyone for Quoits? PLUS local businesses, community information and more!


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Hello neighbours We’re looking forward to the clocks going forward on the 25th of March, and it will soon be time to be thinking about the garden and all those outside jobs on the house. As usual you will find that local businesses can supply all the services you need, so do try and support small local traders by checking the Konect Directory first! Local Councillor Carl John has been looking into the possibility of reviving a sport that used to be very popular in the Calders and Kirknewton – quoits. So popular in fact that Kirknewton and East Calder teams were world champions and Scottish champions respectively at one point. Read about it on pages 8 and 9. Mothers Day is March 18th and many local businesses have got some great offers on, so do check them out in the pages of the Konect Directory and maybe even treat the whole family to a meal out or some entertainment.

Contents Feature Article Anyone For Quoits? Local Walk Pets Children & Family

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All our regular columns are included as usual – walk feature, recipe and seasonal food notes, puzzles and competition. Congratulations to Steve Yewdall of Mid Calder who won the competition prize in the last issue. This month, Ashoka Shak, Indian Restaurant in Livingston, is offering a meal for 2 from the a la carte menu, so try your luck with the crossword competition on page 36. Thanks for reading the Konect Directory and for supporting local businesses.

Helen-Jane, Editor hj@konectdirectory.co.uk 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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Anyone for quoits?

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urling a heavy steel ring across a pitch to a near invisible target - sounds like a good Scottish pub sport? This is quoits, which used to be a very popular sport here, and Councillor Carl John is looking into the possibility of re-establishing a quoits team locally after receiving a call from someone in Sussex offering to return his great grandfather’s quoiting cup, won as a member of the world champion Kirknewton Quoiting Club in 1902 ... In 2011 West Lothian Council received a phone call from a gentleman in Sussex asking to get details of councillors representing Kirknewton. This gentleman was clearing his grandfather’s house and in the loft he found a cup and various letters to do with his great grandfather and Kirknewton Quoiting Club. It appears that his great grandfather was a member of the Kirknewton team who had been world champions. He said that if Kirknewton still had a team he would send these back to them. Councilllor Carl John told him that the team was no longer in existence and thanked him for his offer. Intrigued though, over the last few months Carl has been looking back through the history of quoiting in the Calders area and found that Kirknewton were world champions in 1902 and that East Calder were Scottish champions in 1912/1913, 1921 and 1922. A Mr P. Killoran of East Calder was the individual Scottish champion in 1928, winning a prize of £100 - a significant amount at the time. The game of quoits is based on the ancient Greek discus and involves throwing a heavy steel ring across a pitch and into a clay pit, as close as possible to or over a pin that is embedded in the clay. This is not a game for wimps – the quoit weighs

between 9lb and 12lb (approx. 4kg – 5.45kg) and has to be thrown 18 yards (approx. 16.5 m). It has been played for centuries in Britain though its popularity has waxed and waned over time. In Scotland, it enjoyed a revival in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It was associated particularly with agricultural and mining areas, as it was inexpensive to play and required little equipment or space, hence its popularity in West Lothian during the mining heyday. Or maybe it was something to do with working in the mines all week that made one feel a need to heave metal at the weekend! In any case, almost every village had a quoiting green, which was almost always located near to the pub. In fact 1)

the heavy physical nature of the game and its association with alcohol consumption had in some parts led to its being discouraged by local councils. Oakbank, East Calder and Kirknewton all had pitches, where vast crowds attended matches in the 1920s when the sport was at its height here. The Kirknewton pitch was at the bottom of Whitemoss Road, and presumably attached to the Huntingtower Pub directly opposite. The East Calder club was formed in 1894 and re-formed in 1904, and a Mr John McGill was


Images 1) East Calder, Scottish champions 1922 2) Councillor Carl John 3) Kirknewton, world champions 1902

president of the club for 21 consecutive years. The Kirknewton club was formed in 1902. The clay pits are enclosed in a wooden frame and are 3ft square. The heavy quoits hit the ground with force and embed themselves in the clay. The angle and orientation of the quoit is tactically very important. The stake target is buried so that this top is almost flush with the clay, so is barely visible from the running boards at the other end of the pitch. The aim is to get your quoit as close as possible to the stake target, or ideally to encircle it, so distance and precision are involved. Like rugby, there is a split in the sport in Britain, with Scotland and Wales playing the “Long Game” and England playing the “Northern Game”. The rules vary slightly. Other forms of the game have existed over time, including horseshoe throwing and a form of quoits made from horseshoes bent to make circles. After the Second World War the sport died away. A house now stands on the site of the Kirknewton quoiting pitch. An international match is however still played each year between Scotland and Wales but there are only a couple of clubs left in Scotland and very few

in Wales, so it would be good to get a new team up and running. Anyone interested in getting involved in re-establishing the Kirknewton Quoiting Club should get in touch with Councillor Carl John to form a team (see side box). We may even be able to form a demo team for a demo game at the Gala this summer!

team Reforming local quoiting in 2012 I am hoping this summer to reform a quoiting team to represent the district and have the backing of West Lothian Museums Department who will help us lay out a pitch and loan us quoits to use as masters so we can get our own ones manufactured. If anyone would like to be involved in the old champions project or if there are any advice and e giv to und aro s yer or pla grateful. coach us I would be very n c/o Please contact Cllr Carl Joh Development Kirknewton Community et, Kirknewton. Trust Office, 24 Main Stre 988 EH27 8AH, tel :01506 883 3)

The language of quoiting Fowerwabber : A quoit that lands in front of the pin Backwabber : A quoit that lands behind the pin Nosin : A quoit whose edge hits the pin and sits against it Burnt quoit : A quoit that is no longer in play Cockit quoit : A quoit that lands and remains on its edge Ringer : A quoit that rings the pin

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verything in our world, including us, is made up of light and energy. Whether it’s conscious or unconscious, we are all very aware of this energy field which radiates in and around everything and everyone. Most people can’t see it, but we can all feel it and read it within seconds.

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ver 20 people recently attended the ‘Give It A Go’ event in Kirknewton, and in total over 70 new volunteers have come forward to offer their skills and help on projects across Kirknewton. Maybe you would like to ‘Give It A Go’ too. Please e mail infokirknewton@gmail.com and we will send you details if you would like to : Help start a youth group Help start or join a Baking Club, Book Club, Choir, Cycling Group, Film Club, Running Club. Tidy Up Kirknewton Club, Choir, Dog Walking Group. Join the Walking Group, Pilates Group. Help join the committee or be a volunteer with these current groups Parent Council Parent Staff Association (school fundraising) Park Action Group (park development) Cycle & Multi Path Development Group Gala Rainbows/Brownies At the moment it feels like the Development Trust are presenting you with several jigsaw pieces but perhaps not providing the big picture. So here is my attempt to help you piece together the puzzle! We currently have £110,000 of Leader funds to build the local Resource Centre on the Old Gospel Hall site. The funding is dependent on getting planning permission and a building warrant. If this is not granted we lose the funding and the development. This project allows us to apply to the lottery for growing community assets. At the moment we have a funding bid of £330,000 in for consideration that will help fund a Development Officer, Admin/Finance support and a Volunteer and Youth CoOrdinator for the next five years. If we lose

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the chance of having the asset (the Resource Centre) we are also in danger of losing the potential funding for the lottery. The current Development Officer role ends in April 2012. The intention is for the Resource Centre to be self financing within five years (or before). Any shortfalls, salaries or development money needed to support activity in the village beyond the next five years will come from our potential community benefit and investment in renewable energy - such as the Fauch Hill Wind Farm development. The Trust will report on the findings of the recent Community Council survey on the Fauch Hill Wind Farm at the Trust AGM on 1st March and the next issue of Konect To make things happen it is important we come together from time to time. That is why we are ran the ‘Give It A Go’ event in February in the Village Hall. You can still get involved in setting up a youth club, starting a new group, helping out with a current group or getting involved with the Development Plan – see the list above. These clubs could meet in the current Development Trust Office and Village Hall, or maybe the Church Hall, School or at the sports pitch. Ultimately there will be a place to go and support for what you want to do if the Resource Centre is built and additional funds are forthcoming. Hope that helps with the jigsaw and thanks for your continued support. Tony Foster Development Officer Kirknewton Community Development Trust 24 Main Street, Kirknewton, telephone: 01506 883988

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Mid Calder Meander By Karen Murray

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ead outdoors for the crisp, fresh air and some free exercise.

This time of year is perfect for walking - my favourite time of year in fact, with crisp, clear, sunny mornings and hard-packed ground. The air always seems particularly fresh and as the snowdrops pop their little heads up, it makes one feel good to be alive. I don’t really mind where I walk when the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful morning but it is of course always good to find somewhere different to walk. Living where we do in the Calders area there are more walking routes - long and short - than one could probably ever walk in many years and we often stick to the tried and tested ones we know. Ancient pathways criss-cross with newly made walking and cycle routes making a network of paths that run through both woodland and built-up areas as well as across open land. Mid Calder is one such area and having filling up our tanks with fuel on a regular basis at the Lizzie Brice garage I have always noted the green sign saying “Lizzie Brice’s Strip” and wondered where it might lead. So I made a point this fine fresh morning of parking up and taking a look.

strip. (We published an article on Lizzie Bryce in the Konect Directory in 2009, read it on our website at www.konectdirectory.co.uk) The path twists and turns through the small area of woodland and comes out onto the old road that once went through Mid Calder. Cross over and into another piece of tidied up woodland - this time Raw Strip. Again the woodland has been made accessible for local people to enjoy and the path meanders through here too. However the surfaced road runs alongside the woodland and eventually heads over a footbridge to Dedridge in one direction - also part of the main Dedridge to Almondvale cycle route. This is where ancient pathways, new walking paths and cycle routes all intertwine and you can simply take your pick as to where you want to wander. I walked on a much narrower, older, surfaced path that ran alongside the woodland and the cycle paths and eventually came out on an open piece of ground where the view opens up looking across the River Almond. Keep going and you come into the centre of the village of Mid Calder, or turn right and walk on the pavements back up to the garage. Alternatively, simply

The path behind the garage meanders through woodland that has been relatively recently tidied up and made accessible by the Mid Calder Woodlands Support Group. Lizzie Brice (or Bryce) is a well known West Lothian character. She lived in Raw Cottage in the mid 19th century - to the northeast of where the current roundabout is - and the strip of woodland that has been attended to became known as Lizzie Brice’s 30

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retrace your steps and enjoy the quieter paths. When you walk along paths that are so close to so many houses, it is always hard to imagine that you are in such a built up area. The trees hide the houses and you can imagine you are far from the beaten track. The lucky residents of these houses simply open their back doors and have a choice of paths to walk.

paths that will take you to the Almondell and Countrywood Park and the Linhouse Loop so if you are in a walking frame of mind and have plenty of time on your hands, you can just keep on going. Enjoy the great outdoors - it’s perfect at this time of year and of course it is free exercise.

I retraced my steps, although on the return journey I stuck to the newly surfaced cycle paths just for a wee change. I delighted in the snowdrops, nodded hello to the dog walkers and breathed in the crisp, winter air, feeling the sun on the face. Cross over the road from Lizzie Brice’s Strip and you enter the network of

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March Recipe and Food Notes: Pancakes By Anne Pinkerton

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ancakes are not only for Shrove Tuesday! Pancake races are fun; tossing a pancake on the run is a skill but the food value of the leathery subject of all the activity is pretty low! The reason for eating pancakes at the beginning of Lent is to use up rich ingredients before the 40 days of fasting as preparation for Easter. The end of winter used to be a time of hardship before modern methods of food preservation. Now we have fresh food from all over the world in great variety, so we may have lost touch with the importance of the old food rituals. However let’s not forget the pancake. They are cheap, versatile and make a good supper or lunch dish. The simple pancake is really easy to make. It is a little time consuming to start with but pancakes freeze well and you can make a stack and then have reserves stored for quick meals when you are busy. Crepe Suzette are the luxurious cousin of the Scots drop scone and Yorkshire pudding, but all are made from the same ingredients: flour, egg, milk and water and a little oil or butter. Pancakes can also have potato flour, buck-wheat flour or a purée of starchy vegetables enriching the batter and making them more filling. They can be savoury or sweet; in fact they are a very versatile Basic Batter 120gm plain flour 10gm melted butter or sunflower oil, 1large or2 small egg walnut or other flavoured oil depending on the flavour you want. ¼ pint or a little more cold milk Method Sift the flour into a bowl - this helps to prevent lumps. Make a well in the middle and crack in the egg(s) and add a little of

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March Recipe and Food Notes: (Continued)  Chocolate Pancakes 150gm plain flour 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 2 large eggs 300ml milk 50gm melted butter + extra for cooking Nutella warmed for spreading. Make the batter in the usual way and leave to rest. Cook in a non-stick pan if you have one. Be careful about the temperature, do not burn the chocolate. Spread with warm nutella, roll up and serve with cold whipped cream. Not for slimmers, but wonderful.

flour and milk to make a sauce in the frying pan. All the tasty brown bits will make the sauce taste good and look brown. Season to taste. Fill 4 pancakes as before, if there is too much sauce just pour it over the pancakes in the dish and bake in the oven 160oC for 30 minutes, till bubbling and hot. Other fillings such as chicken and peas, mixed seafood, smoked haddock with cheddar, tuna and sweet corn or spinach with feta are also delicious.

Savoury supper pancakes Leek and ham. 4 leeks sliced, half cooked and squeezed dry 125gm ham or bacon bits rough chopped. White sauce made with 10gm butter, 1015 gm plain flour and ½ pint milk, salt, pepper and mustard or lemon juice to taste. Mix the leeks and ham into the sauce and fill 4 pancakes, roll them up and, lay them in an oven-proof dish. Grate a little cheese over the top and bake in 160oC oven for about 30mins, till bubbling and hot all through. Mushroom and onion 2 large onions sliced fine 10gm butter and 10gm oil 450 gm mushrooms slice or rough chopped A pinch of dried thyme or mixed herbs 10-15 gm plain flour 1/2pt milk Salt and pepper and a taste of sherry or white wine if liked. Fry the onion in the oil and butter till golden brown, drain and then fry the mushrooms in the same oil. Return the cooked onions to the pan and use the 40

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Inside & Out By Tony Foster

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inter is coming to an end. Thankfully we haven’t (yet) had the extreme winter we had last year – maybe just a little bit more wind than usual. This month ‘Inside and Out’ are encouraging you to give up the sofa for Lent and start venturing out a little more. Jazz it up! This month you can enjoy an evening of relaxed acoustic music hosted by singer/ songwriter Tom Clelland on Mon 19th March from 7.30pm. If jazz is your thing hear Beatles, Sting and Kinks classics mixed up with jazz vocal, piano and bass by Mike Rogers on 25 March at 2pm. Finally for music this month Ruby Turner, who has worked with Culture Club, Bryan Ferry and Mick Jagger, sings tracks from her gospel laden new album on 31st March at 8pm. All three events are on at the Howden Park Centre. Not a lot of people know how surreal i am On the 30th March booking will be essential for Arrabal’s surreal masterpiece ‘The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria’, interpreted through a number of disciplines by the Plutot La Vie Theatre Company. Keeping on the surreal theme and if his cut off finger is better magician Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee will bring their show ‘Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow’ to the Howden on 29 March at 7.30pm. Not a lot of people know that – but they do now! The Edinburgh Lectures The Edinburgh Lectures present double Olympic Champion George Kerr, one of only six people living in the world to hold a tenth Dan in Judo. He tells his life story at 7pm on 28th March at Heriot Watt University Postgraduate Centre. At Edinburgh Napier University 44

on 21st March you can hear food guru and women’s empowerment champion Pinky Lilani discuss her attitude to doing business. Find our more at edinburghlectures.wordpress.com Jack and Jill went up the hill If you are looking to buy or sell nearly new baby and kid’s clothes (for ages 0 to 9) there is a Jack and Jill market at West Lothian College on 11 March at 10.30am. Motorbikes and a 9 iron If you love motorbikes then the MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show is on at the Royal Highland Centre on 10-11 March from 9am – 5pm. There will be stalls, demos, fun fair, stunt shows and hundreds of motorbikes on display. Also at the Royal Highland Centre, at the end of March and on 1st April, is the Scottish Golf Show where you can enjoy a driving range, indoor putting and trick shot shows. Run, run away As winter slowly starts to leave us and the mornings and evenings get lighter you may want to get out and about for a wee run. You may even fancy training for the West Lothian Run / MacMillan Cancer Support 10k Easter fun run at Beecraigs on Sunday 8th April. Sign up now at www.westlothianrun.co.uk. Or you can register for the West Lothian 2k, 5k or half marathon in June at Bathgate. Details can be found on the same website. Kirknewton Stompers If running is a bit too energetic for you then why not take a nice stroll. The Kirknewton Stompers walking group meet outside the Kirknewton Park at 7.30pm every Wednesday for a decent 1.5 – 2 hour walk. Search Kirknewton Stompers on facebook to find out more.

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Down the aisle At the flicks some sequels are squeezed in to the movie schedules prior to the summer rush of blockbuster hits, including Wrath of the Titans (sequel to Clash of the Titans) and Street Dance 2. ‘The Decoy Bride’ isn’t a sequel but features Scots stars David Tennent and Kelly MacDonald star in a film that sounds like it is a familiar style to ‘Local Hero’ or ‘Gregory’s Girl’. When the world’s media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent. You can dance, for inspiration After all that perhaps you will be able to enjoy some rest in the comfort of your home. Or maybe you will be getting in the groove instead! It’s Madonna month with her new album MDNA being released at the end of March, the complete studio albums being released in a box set mid March and the new single at the beginning of March. Bruce Springsteen will also by vying for a place in the album chart at the same time with his new album ‘Wrecking Ball’. Book them ladies Released at the end of March is ‘The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (No1 Ladies Detective Agency 13)’ by Alexander McCall Smith. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi have always relied on the advice of the classic guide to their trade, The Principles of Private Detection. But who is the eminent author, Mr Clovis Andersen, and what if he were to come to Botswana? That seems a very unlikely possibility, and yet . . . When Mr Andersen visits Botswana on holiday, he is delighted and intrigued to stumble across a roadside sign that reveals the existence of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Professional courtesy suggests that he call and announce himself. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are embarking on married life and building a new house - a tricky To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

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

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

Kirknewton Kaimes Crescent Sawmill Roosevelt Rd Churchill Way Braekirk

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

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

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

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East Calder Medical Practice 147 Main Street, East Calder, EH53 0EW 01506 882882 St John’s Hospital 01506 523000

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Registration of Birth, Death and Marriage Registration Offices in West Lothian provide advice and assistance to anyone requiring information on the registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships, and issue copy extract certificates. We can conduct civil partnership ceremonies and give advice on recording a change of name. No appointments are necessary at East Calder Registration Office, situated within the library at 200 Main Street East Calder. The office is open 10 - 12 and 2 5 Monday to Friday.

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

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(from www.westlothian.gov.uk) Winter / Spring (Term 2) Mon 9/1/12 - Fri 30/3/12 Spring / Summer (Term 3) Tue 17/4/12 - Fri 29/6/12 May Holiday: Mon 7/5/12 - Wed 9/5/12 Queens’s Jubilee: Tue 5/6/12

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Family First Aid in both Balerno and Ratho, and local Family Walks in both Balerno and Ratho, with an emphasis on local history.

Spring Fling runs from 2nd -17th March with events in Currie, Balerno and Ratho. There is something for everyone, including a range of taster sessions.

There are also workshops on CV writing and on Setting up Your Own Business, and workshops on Time Management and how to deal with Stress, Relaxation Techniques and Art Taster sessions, and a session on Crime Fiction written by women.

ith a new season now upon us, come and have a go at the range of free activities and learning opportunities in your local “Spring Fling”.

The programme ranges from events aimed at families, to opportunities to improve skills and employability. Other topics include health and well-being, the arts and book events. The programme kicks off in Ratho Community Centre 2pm on Friday 2nd with a Cycle Safety Workshop run by the local Community Police and in Balerno at 4pm with a Dads and Kids Cookery Class where Dads and Kids can how to cook a meal together at Balerno High School. Other family events include

The Spring Fling has been organised by the South West Edinburgh Community Learning Partnership and brings together Balerno Community High School, Ratho Community Centre, and Currie and Ratho Libraries. Further details in the display advertisement, or contact 0131 477 7733 (Balerno events), 0131 333 1055 (Ratho events), or 0131 529 5609 (Currie events)

Your Local Spring Fling! FREE, local learning events being held in Balerno, Ratho and Currie Communities 2nd – 17th March 2012 There is something for everyone of all ages: ● Family Opportunities ● Skills and Employability ● General Taster Sessions ● Health and Wellbeing ● Arts ● Book Event For all Balerno events call Balerno Community Education Department on 477 7733. For all Ratho events call Ratho Community Centre on 333 1055 This is a South West Community Learning Partnership Initiative with Balerno C.H.S., Ratho Community Centre and Ratho and Currie Libraries.

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sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... Busy Bee Club at Honey Pot Ceramics Friday’s 1 – 5pm term time. Arts and crafts, £10, booking essential. See www.honeypotceramics.com or call 0131 333 6348.

EAST CALDER 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: lindsayandersondance@yahoo.co.uk 07834183084 www.zumba.com 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 www.eastcaldercolts.co.uk or contact Coach Graham Hamilton on 07545 758385. All welcome. East Calder Playgroup Change times to 9.15am – 11.15am (instead of 9am – 11.15am). Change contact to Carol on 07748 053340. 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 www.eastcalderbowlingclub.com, 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 lfarmer@f2s.com 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. 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 www.stepintodancewithvicky.co.uk 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 Yoga for Everyone East Calder Community Centre Wed 7.00pm – 8.30pm For further info contact Ruth Plevin: 01506204338 or ruth@sukha.co.uk Scottish Slimmers Pigeon Club Tues 6.00pm Call 0800 362636 for more info. 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 ailsa@amcfitness.co.uk Tel: 07808 161634 Web: www.amcfitness.co.uk East Calder Playgroup Now located in East Calder Community Centre. Mon-Fri 9am-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 or Helen 01506 881923 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. Douglas Pilates See www.douglaspilates.co.uk or call 01506 870062 for class times and venue. 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 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 Bingo Pigeon Club, East Calder Sun 8.00 - 10.00 All welcome 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) 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 www.ecallstepcheerleaders.co.uk 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: cathybird.gb@gmail.com www.cathybirdhighlanddance.co.uk 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 eastcalderscouts.org.uk 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 cathybird.gb@gmail.com

KIRKNEWTON 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 t.ewing@btinternet.com

Potter Around Overton Farm Warhammer Club – NEW! Calling all Warhammer fans - come and learn how to paint miniature figures in the company of friends. Friday afternoons 2.30-5pm £4.50 if you are bringing models and brushes; £7.50 get a model and a brush to keep We also stock a wide range of Warhammer 40,000 models, paint, brushes and accessories. Once armies have been painted, gaming will begin. Call 01506 238961 or email chat@potteraround.co.uk for details. www.potteraround.co.uk Craft Club Fri 1.30 - 3.30 Different arts/crafts projects each week including glass, clay, painting, jewellery making. £10, all materials, drink and snack supplied. Scrapbooking Group If you have always wanted to have a go at this craft, bring along your precious photos and there will be people on hand to help. If you are already an expert why not join the ‘crop’ and have some fun swopping ideas. Alternate Thursdays from 9 Feb. 7.30-9.30pm. £7.50. Includes tea/coffee biscuits. Basic materials will be provided. Jewellery Workshops Alternate Tuesdays with the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in the intervening weeks. 7-9pm, £15. Booking essential. Range of other clubs available at Potter Around, call 01506 238961 or see www.potteraround.co.uk Knitting Club at Potter Around Alternating between Tues 7.30 – 9.30pm and Wed 10.30am – noon : call 01506 238961 or email chat@potteraround.co.uk for dates. £4.50 per head – includes tea and coffee Oil Painting Classes with Kirsty McDiarmid. Monday evenings 7-9pm NEW Thursday mornings 10.30-12.30 (first class Thurs 1 March) Classes run in 6 week blocks although you can join in at any time. All materials provided. For all class bookings and more information, call 01506 238961 or email chat@potteraround.co.uk. www.potteraround.co.uk Kosy Kaff Kirknewton Village Hall Fridays 4pm – 5pm term time. Free home baking, hot chocolate, games and activities for primary school aged children. See www.knex4jesus.org. uk for more information.


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sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... 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 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 - NEW! 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: cathybird.gb@gmail.com www.cathybirdhighlanddance .co.uk 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 lfarmer@f2s.com Yoga Classes Masonic Hall Wednesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm Contact Linda Bibby 01506 884115 www.wholebodybalance.co.uk 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 www.mid-calder-colts.org Contact Carole 883934 contact@mid-calder-colts.org Pilates Classes Institute Hall, Market St. Wed 10.00am - 11.00am Beginners class Contact Rhona 01506 811700 rhonawatt@btconnect.com 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 lindacarragher@hotmail.com


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 www.kirkofcalder.com (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 www.mccc.org.uk or call Fred Roe at 01506 202190 or Steve Collier at 01506 881398 or Gordon Scott at 01506 882616.

CHURCHES 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. groenstes@yahoo.com website www.knec4jesus.org.uk 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 www.kirkofcalder.com has full details of current activities/services.

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

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.

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. www.myramackieschoolofdance.co.uk incorporating our competitive cheer division The Scottish Starlets 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: lindsayandersondance@yahoo.co.uk 07834183084 www.zumba.com 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 feedback@pumpherston-united.co.uk

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