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The Calders, Kirknewton and Pumpherston May 2012

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Message from the Editor

Hello neighbours If you think you know your local area really well, take a look at the article on pages 8 and 9 where our writer Yvonne MacMillan interviewed some local people whose hobby involves exploring the area - specially the parts that the rest of us don’t or can’t get at, such as underground tunnels! Other articles this month take us just slightly further afield – as usual, Tony Foster’s Inside and Out article features a range of things to do and see across the area and beyond, and we’ve been learning about a little-known group who work on the Union Canal near Broxburn. Our walk takes us up to Morton Fishery, just off the A71 near Mid Calder.

Contents Feature Article Livingston’s Explorers Local Walk Pets Children & Family

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Congratulations to Neil Harvey of Kirknewton who won the crossword competition in the last issue, This month, you could win a beauty voucher worth £20 to spend at Bliss Beauty in West Calder, so turn to the crossword on page 36. Thanks for reading the Konect Directory and for supporting local businesses! Helen-Jane, Editor 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 Konect Directory is delivered to homes in Kirknewton, East Calder, Mid Calder and Pumpherston. Copies are also left at the libraries, sports centre, convenience stores and various other locations within the area. Jenny Thomson, Sales 07824 469266

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Livingston’s Explorers

Urban explorers, documenting the unseen By Yvonne MacMillan



nside the Caw Burn storm drain in Pumpherston, it’s pitch black and dangerous.

Two figures walk upright clutching high-powered torches as they make their way carefully along the concrete tunnel. Senses on full alert, they feel excited – more aware of things. The smooth, damp walls glisten in the torchlight and the foot-deep water roars and echoes in the confined space - yet they can still hear the traffic above their heads. On the pair trudge for about 2 hours, deep beneath Houston Industrial Estate, till eventually the space narrows, and they turn back. Finding out more about Caw Burn storm drain and the risky hobby of urban exploring, I’m in the Pumpherston home of Caroline Robertson and Tina Doyle, a mother and daughter team of urban explorers. Tina explains the Caw Burn drain was built to filter the waste from Houston Industrial Estate and points out the added risk of exploring drains – how heavy rainfall locally and in surrounding areas very quickly raises the water levels. The burn itself once flowed above ground, Caroline says, winding its way across the land where the offices, factories and warehouses now stand. “My dad told me he used to swim in the Caw Burn when he was wee.”

or film the uninhabited space. The unspoken rule among urban explorers is, “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.” Caroline, a Care Assistant in Broxburn, and daughter Tina, dog-lover and rock music fan who works at Linwater Breeding Kennels, remember how their urban exploring began. In 2004 when Tina was 18 years old, they went for a walk in the grounds of the unoccupied Bangour Village Hospital. Spotting a villa’s door hanging open, they popped their heads round it – but were “Too scared to do anything else!” on that occasion. Caroline had worked there and was curious to see what it looked like now. The air of general decay shocked her. Personal things like ornaments lay around in the dust and debris and thinking of all the human stories made her feel sad she says, but, “The history of it all was so interesting.”

“Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.” Urban explorers find any kind of derelict, abandoned buildings and hidden structures fascinating. Above ground or below ground it doesn’t matter. Disused factories, old houses, asylums, hospitals, storm drains, culverts, tunnels and bunkers - places the rest of us wouldn’t give a second glance, maybe don’t even know exist, are right up their street. Inside these sites, they photograph

Back home and online, Tina discovered a world-wide community of urban explorers, and she and her mum were hooked. Since then they’ve explored more than 100 sites, mainly in the central belt, and many local sites too, like the ROC (Royal Observer Corps) Post in West Calder - a hidden bunker which was a nuclear monitoring post – and a shale mine in Mid Calder. Tina films each one

Images 1) underground in Pumpherston 2) Paper rolls at the abandoned EDS facility, Livingston

and loves the creative process of filming, editing and selecting atmospheric tracks before uploading them to YouTube. Why urban exploring? “It’s like going back in time,” says Caroline. Old houses, abandoned hospitals and anything underground are her favourite places. Her daughter says, “I like the architecture, even seeing things like old wallpaper - it must be like visiting the Titanic, that sense of the past.” She prefers exploring derelict mortuaries but likes underground places too – storm drains (especially Victorian-era drains made of lovely red brick), caves and tunnels – these fascinate her, “You don’t think what’s under your feet.” Caroline and Tina stress the safety precautions they take and accept that sometimes they’re in places they perhaps shouldn’t be. Rotten floorboards, broken glass, somebody sleeping rough are just some of the hazards. “You have to concentrate at all times,” says Caroline, “we know there are potential dangers, we do it at our own risk.” They don’t scrimp on their gear and have a list as long as your arm - torches, extra batteries, mobile phone, steel-toed boots, sturdy walking boots, gloves, masks in case of asbestos – to mention a few. And, they both say firmly, “If there’s no way in, we don’t touch it, we go away.” Another local place they’ve explored is the EDS Facility, an industrial site in Livingston’s Kirkton Campus. Built 2)

in 1975, it printed Government giro cheques. The plant shut in 2005 and the several hundred workers were made redundant. The local press at the time reported “a near riot” in the building over the terms and conditions of the redundancies. Caroline remembers the factory at its peak. She lived in Ladywell at the time, and the local residents often talked about the constant thump, thump of the factory’s machines. Now there’s only stillness and silence in the huge, debris-strewn complex of 6 main halls, plant rooms, and maze of corridors and stairs, the dust-covered phones waiting patiently for a call that’s never going to come. “It was very strange when we were inside filming,” says Caroline, “I kept thinking of all the workers who had lost their jobs.” Often, empty buildings get demolished, this was the fate of the disused McEwans Fountain Brewery - with its trademark Laughing Cavalier logo - in Edinburgh. But not before Caroline and Tina explored and filmed it, and by doing this, feel they’ve kept the building and its past alive. People are interested in seeing the films and photos on her website Tina says, because they may have worked or lived in these buildings - it brings back memories. And when West Lothian’s Local History Library made a public appeal for help in identifying the ward in an old photo of Bangour Village Hospital, Caroline and Tina came to the rescue, “ We realised it was ward 21 because of the two pillars and type of doors.” It was another piece in the puzzle for the library. Both plan more exploring - further afield now Tina’s passed her driving test - no need to pester her brother for a lift any more, “He charged us for the petrol!” says Tina, “he doesn’t like urban exploring.” To see photos and film footage visit

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Views from the Morton Road Karen Murray celebrates the return of evening walks in daylight


ow that we are enjoying longer days - albeit with rather haphazard weather - it is time to recommence those evening walks. Most folk will try and walk in the morning during the winter months but as I am not a morning person I have been walking in the dark with the Kirknewton Stompers. That took care of exercise and company, but now I can walk in the daylight I can enjoy the surroundings of where I am walking too and that is all part of the pleasure. So I am back to finding different routes and new places to walk. My sons have been fishing with their grandpa and whilst they have yet to actually catch something - just like their grandpa who has never had much luck when fishing - they love the experience of being outdoors and they always have a walk around the loch or fishery they are at. Part of my dad’s love of fishing is the walk to the fishery and the peace and tranquility found there. Mentioning recently that they wanted to go fishing again the boys reminded me that there is always a good walk to be had near a fishery.

Therefore for my regular Sunday evening walk I headed with a friend to Morton Fishery to see what all the fuss was 18

about. It was unfortunately a rather dull, wet evening and there was no one around. The fishery is on a reservoir and covers 22 acres. It is really rather beautiful. With a thin veil of mist drifting over the water, the effect was somewhat ethereal and all sound was dampened. Tall fir trees surround the area but as the reservoir is raised there are also views over the Pentlands as the fishery nestled right in the foothills of the range. The path around the reservoir is grassy and therefore decent footwear is best as it could be slippy, but it is a fairly gentle stroll and the circuit around will take about 25 minutes. We needed the exercise due to an excess of Easter eggs, so we walked around twice and then took a stroll down the Morton road, back the way we had driven up. It was well worth the wander, as the mist had lifted and the whole vista opened up. The height of the road from the reservoir allows you to look down on the vale below and as the evening was drawing in, the twinkling lights of Livingston and Mid and East Calder were laid out below us. It was incredibly pretty. Topped off with a couple of deer darting back into the trees and I was feeling very refreshed after a hard day at work. If you are not in a hurry, you could park at the bottom of the Morton Road off the A71 and walk all the way up to the fishery along the single track road, walk around the fishery and back down again. A good training walk for anyone in training for the numerous charity walks coming up.

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Bridge 19 – 40 Canal Society Bluebell


his month I learnt a little more about a small society who work away at helping local people to make the most of one of the great amenities in this area – the Union Canal. Bridge 19-40 is one of the smallest and friendliest canal societies on the Lowland Canals, looking after the Union Canal between Bridge 19, just east of the M8, and Bridge 40, just west of Philipstoun. One of the main aims of the society is to encourage local people to take an interest in the canal and to help maintain it as a pleasant amenity to enjoy boating on, walking or cycling alongside, or fishing in. In fact, anything but throwing rubbish in. The Society owns a boat, Bluebell, which they have lovingly restored from a vandalised and neglected hull to a smart boat which they now use to provide boat trips. This is a fantastic family-friendly activity for a Sunday afternoon; you get to see the canal from a different perspective when you are aboard the boat, and it’s a great stress-reliever - being on a boat on a canal is very therapeutic. The boat trips run on the first Sunday of each month from April to October, from 1pm to 4pm, departing from Port Buchan, Broxburn. You just turn up and go. The trips cost just £3 per adult and £2 per child, and last about 30 to 35 minutes. Light refreshments are provided, and all funds go towards the cost of running Bluebell and the maintenance of the canal. Bluebell and her crew are also available for hire for private bookings for groups of up to twelve people. Tea and coffee are supplied, or you can bring your own drinks and food.


The boat is hired by the hour and trips start from Port Buchan. A two-hour trip would take you to the Almond Aquaduct and back, or to Winchburgh and back. Perfect for family outings, group outings, and celebrations of all kinds, you can bring your own food or arrange for tea and coffee to be included! All members of the Society are volunteers, and the group is based at Bell’s Mill Wharf in Winchburgh, which it leases from British Waterways. Members meet on the first Wednesday of every month, and during the summer months the business meeting is followed by a work party at the wharf where general tidying up and maintenance is carried out. If you have an interest in the Union Canal or would like to be involved in the activities of the Canal Society, why not get in touch with Bridge 19-40 and find out more? It is a registered charity, and new members to the group will be warmly welcomed. Call 01506 890605 for more information or visit the website at

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ungworm (angiostrongylosis) is a life threatening disease which appears to be on the increase. It is spread by slugs and snails. Foxes can also become infected and can play a role in the spread of infection. For dogs to become infected they have to eat infective larvae or slugs, snails and sometimes frogs. Your dog may eat slugs or snails by accident - when one falls into a water bowl or is attached to a toy. It has also been demonstrated that the slime from snails may sometimes contain infective larvae. All outdoor toys and food/water bowls should be kept clear of slugs and snails. Adult lungworms are found in the heart and blood vessels leading to the lungs. These worms lay eggs which hatch into larvae and pass into the airways of the lungs. These larvae are then coughed up and swallowed, passing

to the outside in the dog’s faeces. Slugs and snails then swallow the larvae and the cycle continues. The symptoms of lungworm can be quite varied and can mimic other illnesses. The main ones are breathing problems or coughing and tiring more easily, poor blood clotting leading to bleeding from minor wounds and anaemia, and weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea. Younger dogs are more susceptible to a lungworm infection although any age can be affected. The good news is that lungworm can be treated and, more importantly, prevented by a monthly spot-on treatment which will also treat against fleas and roundworms. If you are worried about this condition please phone Albyn Veterinary Centre for advice on 01506 852498

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Using War Records Family History Column by Maureen McIntyre


here cannot be many of us who do not have an ancestor who served in the First World War; there are no accurate figures to say exactly how many British men and women served in the War but the estimates range from anywhere between 8 and 10 million. I have a few war heroes in my tree but the one I have the most information about is my great-great uncle James Pettigrew Richmond. James was born in Airdrie on 27th February 1879, the third son of James Richmond. His two elder brothers died in early infancy. Soon after James was born the family moved to Brightons just outside Falkirk. At the age of just 20 James left Scotland for London and boarded the “Duke of Portland” disembarking in Queensland on 16th August 1899. James joined the Australian Infantry Force in 1914 and was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. I inherited James’s War medals which gave me his army number and with that information I started my quest to find out all I could about him. The National Archives of Australia hold all the country’s surviving War records so I contacted them and they sent me (for a small fee) a copy of all the documents they held pertaining to my ancestor. I was amazed at what they sent me but I suspect that each set of documents held for each soldier will contain different information. As well as a detailed physical description of James I now have full details of his Army career, his last known address in Australia, his occupation prior to enlistment, a list of his personal effects which were sent to his family in Scotland and much more. Margaret was James’s younger sister and below is an extract from a letter she wrote to the Australian Army in 1920 -


“……….I can’t say much about Jim as he was away in Australia for 17 years about, and I was so young when he went away. A chum writing me from France after he had been killed said, he was well liked by all, and his mining experiences made him a useful man in the trenches…..” Like many other soldiers, James’s army career was short. He enlisted on 4th January 1915 and after 4 months training joined the 9th Battalion Australian Infantry Force. He was wounded in action in August of that year and sent to England, via Egypt to recuperate at King George’s Hospital. He had shrapnel wound in his lower back and recovery must have been slow as it was 7 months before he was deemed ‘fit for duty’. He rejoined his platoon on 3rd April 1916 and was killed in action on 29th July 1916. These archives have added a huge amount of information to my family tree and have given me many clues to follow up to try and find out about James’s life in Australia before he joined the Army. Genealogy is fast becoming one of the most popular hobbies in the country with people becoming addicted to finding out all they can about their ancestors. If you are just starting your tree or if you are having problems with any of your branches, please email me at

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n the heart of Bathgate town centre you will find a bathroom specialist with a remarkable family history, stretching back to mid 19th century. The Bathroom Studio in Hopetoun Street is a modern bathroom showroom full of contemporary and practical ideas to meet the needs of customers today. However the family roots of the business can be traced back to the 1840s, when the original firm of J.B. Marr & Sons, Plumbers, was established in Bathgate town centre. Caroline Irvine (nee Marr), co-owner of today’s specialist bathroom business, is the sixth generation of the Marr family to run a plumbing or bathroom business in the town, with six members of the extended family currently employed in the business. “We cover the full spectrum, from as little as a shower installation through to full luxury bathrooms,” explains Marie Marr, Showroom Manager. “We carry out all work with our own fitting teams who are fully qualified in all aspects of bathroom installation, joinery, plumbing and tiling, meaning that the work is carried out efficiently and we can keep a close eye on quality control.” An extensive range of reputable brands is offered, including Mira and Aqualisa for showers; Vitra, Ideal Standard and Roca for sanitaryware, and Utopia fitted furniture. The Bathroom Studio has just completed a major refurbishment of the showroom

JB Marr & Sons, early 20th Century

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May Recipe and Food Notes By Anne Pinkerton


everal food writers say May is the start of the food year. Many delicious and delicate new flavours come into the shops and food in the -it is to be hoped - warmer weather can be lighter. Spring chicken, British lamb, eggs, new potatoes especially “Jersey Royals”, English asparagus, and by the end of the month gooseberries and French Apricots arrive for us to enjoy. Salmon, trout, herrings and crayfish are the best of the fish catch now. Spring Vegetable Soup Serves 4 Little Gem lettuce 2 leeks 2 carrots 2 pints stock, good cubes are fine 2 beaten egg yolks 2 small white turnips Half head of sweet pointed cabbage Cup of frozen peas or petits pois 50-75gm butter some fresh chervil or flat leaf parsley seasoning

Method Scrub or wash the vegetables and cut them all finely. You can grate the leeks, carrots and turnips. This makes the cooking time correct for all the vegetables. In a large heavy-bottomed pan melt the butter and slowly cook the veg. Start with the carrots and turnips add the leeks and peas then the cabbage, lastly the lettuce and the herbs. When they are all soft but not browned add the stock and cook together gently for 15 minutes. Check the flavour and just as you are ready for it add some stock to the egg yolks and then add this to the rest of the soup. (If you do it this way the soup will be thickened and creamy - if you add the undiluted egg to the stock and it will cook to ribbons as it makes contact with the hot liquid. Both taste fine but the first way looks nicer.) Hot Cucumber Watercress and cucumber both make good spring soup. Cucumber is a very good as a HOT vegetable with fish. Try it! Serves 4 2 cucumbers peeled cut in half lengthways and the seeds scooped out. Then cut them in to inch lengths. 50gm butter a little dill weed chopped black pepper grated rind of a lemon Method Melt the butter in a saucepan add the cucumber and the lemon rind. Cover with a lid that fits tightly and steam the cucumber for about 5 minutes. Do not let it brown - give it a shake to make sure it is not sticking. Serve with a good twist of pepper and the chopped dill. This is delicious with grilled lamb chops or salmon. Salmon Steaks in cream 4 salmon steaks, about 1 inch thick Salt and pepper Butter for greasing the dish ¾ pint single cream 1 bay leaf


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Chose an oven proof dish which will just hold the fish snug when laid out flat. Butter the dish, lay in the wiped steaks, season with salt and pepper and pour over enough of the cream to cover the fish. Put the bay leaf in the cream. Cover the dish with a layer of foil. To make the seal even better, cover with cling wrap and foil. Bake at 160°C for 20 minutes. Do not overcook. Be careful when opening the foil especially if you have used cling wrap as well because there will be very hot steam released as you do so. Serve with wedges of lemon and plain boiled new potatoes and some of the hot cucumber! Lamb with Asparagus. Serves 6 1 kilo shoulder of lamb meat trimmed and cubed 1 kilo asparagus 1 heaped table-spoon plain flour 4 small onions Butter for cooking ¼ pint single cream Salt, pepper and juice of a lemon Method Tie the asparagus in 2 or 3 bundles (rubber bands are fine for this) and stand in a tall saucepan with water half way up the stalks. Cook gently till tender, about 15 minutes. Drain but keep the cooking liquid. Cut off the tips and keep for decoration. Puree the stalks. A blender wand is great for this job. The traditional way is to rub the vegetable through a sieve; this is a bit more work but the consistency is perfect. With the butter, brown the meat and chopped onions in a casserole dish. Add the flour and work in all the juices and tasty bits. On a gentle heat gradually blend in about ½ pint of the asparagus cooking liquid. This will make a smooth, creamy sauce. Cover the casserole and cook slowly either on the hob, or in a 160°C oven, till the meat is tender. About 50 minutes. When the meat is cooked stir in the puree


and re-heat with the cream. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. The sauce should be fairly thick. Add the asparagus tips to the dish. Again, boiled new potatoes are the best accompaniment to this spring stew. Gooseberry Batter Pudding In a book called “A Feast of Scotland” by Janet Warren I found this idea for a May pudding. It is similar to a French early summer dish but they use cherries. Is this more evidence of the auld alliance? This is in effect a sweet Yorkshire pudding. ¾ pint milk 3 large eggs 50gm plain flour 100gm sugar 300gm gooseberries Sifted icing sugar grated nutmeg Butter a 2 pint ovenproof dish. Put the top and tailed fruit into the dish. Either by hand or with a blender wand or electric hand whisk, make a batter from the other ingredients, except the icing sugar. Pour this over the fruit and bake at 200°C/ gas 6 for 40-50 minutes till puffy and well risen - just like a Yorkshire pudding. Sift the icing sugar over the surface and eat with cold pouring cream, crème fraiche or plain yoghurt. You can use frozen or well-drained tinned or bottled fruit for this dish.

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y name is Beth, I live in Kirknewton and I’m in my sixth year at Balerno High School.

Last June we were given a talk at school by a returned volunteer who told us about taking a gap year with Project Trust. I had always thought that taking a gap year would be too expensive and I would just be a tourist for a year. However with Project Trust the fund raising would be a fun challenge to prepare me for my year abroad and by living with the locals I would eventually become a real member of the community, not just a visitor. Project Trust is a charity that sends 17-19 year old school leavers to Asia, Africa and South America to help young people living in poverty. They send volunteers

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To reach this life-changing experience I first have to fund-raise £5,100 which pays for the year. I have done numerous fund raising events such as bake sales, car boot sales and Guess the Birthday of the Bear. I organised a sponsored walk of Hadrian’s Wall in April with my family. If you would like to help me reach my goal then you could make a donation to my Virgin Money Giving web page: http://

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abroad for an entire year so that they can experience a new culture, climate, diet, and everything that happens in a year. I decided on Chile as I took Spanish at higher level and would love to become fluent. Also the culture and climate really called to me as the people are friendly and it’s warmer than it is here!

Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advertisement. The Konect Directory does not endorse any advertising material that appears in this publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All material is accepted for publication on the understanding that it is copyright free. The Konect Directory accepts no liability for any subsequent copyright issues. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior consent of the publisher. Publisher: Lothian Publications Ltd, Overton Farmhouse, Kirknewton, EH27 8DD. Editor :Helen-Jane Shearer 07854 492638

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t is that time of year again when we unfurl the bunting and pray for a sunny day (or at least a dry one) - Gala Day is around the corner. This year Gala Day takes place on Saturday 16th June and the village welcomes inhabitants and visitors alike to join in the fun and have a great day. There have been many enhancements in Kirknewton over the past year as the village Development Trust has continued to work its magic and the Gala Committee has been working closely with the Trust to ensure that everyone in the village gets the most out of living in this lovely part of the country. However, to the main event of Gala Day…. prior to the big day, the Football tournament will take place on Friday 15th June so make sure you get your team signed up. Gala Day itself begins at 11am the following day with the interschool races and then the rousing cheer of a pipe band. There will be music and entertainment, stalls selling everything from ice-cream to balloons, face painting and information stalls. There are new attractions this year including a miniature steam train and ponies, as well as the ever popular bouncy castles (for ALL ages) and obstacle course. The success of last year’s inaugural Fancy Dress competition will be repeated so get your thinking caps

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on and come up with something really innovative. We have worked hard to try and ensure there is something for everyone – whatever your age. Come and join in the frivolity and get summer 2012 off to a fantastic start.

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What’s on May

Sunday 6th May Spring bluebells in Calderwood A spring wildlife walk through this ancient woodland carpeted with bluebells and other wildflowers. Rough tracks with some uphill. Approx. 4kms (2mls). Suitable for all. Meet: Gasworks Brae, Bank St, Mid Calder. Cost: Free Sunday 20th May Watery Worlds Free taster session - explore the fascinating underwater world of our wildlife pond. Suitable for all. Meet: Visitor Centre, Almondell & Calderwood Country Park. Cost: Free Sunday 27th May Suntrap Garden Open Day 10.30am – 4.30pm. Admission £2, free parking. Plant sales, gardening advice, teas, coffee, soup, filled rolls, home baking and lots more. Suntrap Garden, Gogarbank. Tuesday 5th June Diamond Jubilee Celebrations – Kirknewton Playgroup Come along and join in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the park on Tuesday 5th June 2012 and help raise funds for Kirknewton Playgroup! Activities for children of all ages. Cream teas and home baking too. Look out for more details in the next edition of Konect and the community facebook page. See Inside and Out article pages 48 and 49 for lots more events and activities.


Library information for May May Day holiday Both East Calder and Pumpherston libraries will be closed on Monday 7th May 2012 Local government election Please note Pumpherston library will be used as a Polling Station so will be closed on Wednesday 2nd May and Thursday 3rd May Family history morning, East Calder library Saturday 5th May at 10a.m. Come along and get helpful hints on how to trace your ancestors. Bookbug, East Calder Library Thursday 3rd May 1.45pm – 2.15pm Storytelling and rhymes for under 3’s and their grown ups. We would like to bid a fond farewell to Janis Wilson, who has been a member of staff at East Calder since it moved into its new building in 1988, and has now retired to pastures new. We wish her all the very best for the future.

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.

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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

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.

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

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Inside & Out By Tony Foster


f you like putting your feet up at home or love to go out, each month Tony Foster will take you through the highlights of what to do and where to go across the Lothian’s. As summer is here we have been encouraging you to get out and about! Don’t worry – we will keep you up to date on summer reads and blockbuster films for the long summer holidays from next month! Bathgate Jubilee Bathgate Concert Orchestra is celebrating 60 years of performances with a musical evening of light entertainment mixed with the Queen’s Jubilee including pieces such as Crown Imperial and Pomp and Circumstance. Don’t forget to bring along a flag on 19 May at the Burgh Hall in Linlithgow. First Scottish Birdfair Over 5000 bird and wildlife enthusiasts will be attending the first annual Scottish Birdfair on the West lawn of the striking Hopetoun House, on 19th - 20th May. There will be more than 60 wildlife related trade stands offering the latest birding technology, clothing, holidays, optics, literature, art work and much more, and you can enjoy some top entertainment from international speakers to special events programme. Throughout each day there will be a wide range of informative talks, fun packed children’s activities, guided walks and special workshops, with live music on Saturday evening. There will also be plenty to entertain the taste buds too with excellent locally sourced foods, not to mention the opportunity to sample some of Scotland’s finest whisky and beer. The Scottish Birdfair has something for 48

everyone – from the most dedicated birders, to garden birdwatchers and those with a more general interest in wildlife – so make sure you don’t miss it on 19 - 20 May - see for more information. Festival of transport On the same weekend as the Birdfair, Linlithgow Union Canal Society is celebrating the 40th year since Victoria was launched at Braunston with a Festival of Transport at Manse Road Basin, Linlithgow. This event will cover everything from steam boats to model boats, from veteran push bikes to motor bikes and cars. There will be Victorian swing boats and a roundabout, a restored fire engine, a scale traction engine and many other items of interest. The event will include a horse drawn barge. Music will be provided by the Linlithgow Reed Band followed by children’s choirs, folk singers and musicians. There will also be a grand parade of boats to start the event off. It promises to be a great weekend with the Museum and Tea Room going full pelt with strawberry tarts and the boats giving trips! West Lothian Highland Games West Lothian Highland Games takes place on 26th May. This fantastic event has taken place on the last Saturday in May since 1973. Bathgate is proud to host the many traditional activities on the day including highland dancing, solo piping, music from pipe bands and heavy athletics competitions. This is a great family day out with lots to do for young and old. See their website for more information

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Summer Nights at Torpichen Summer Nights celebrates its 12th anniversary this year. The events involve a variety of world-class musicians performing magical music in an unrivalled setting. This is a unique musical experience with the Torphichen Kirk creating an intimate feeling where everyone is close to the music and new talent welcome the opportunity to shine. As usual the 2012 series includes a mix of classical, Scottish/Irish traditional, jazz and acoustic. Each concert is a warm and lively social occasion where you are always assured of a friendly welcome. On 27th May they have Simon Thacker performing. Simon has attracted the highest acclaim wherever he has performed, from Scotland to Havana, London to Andalucía. His technical virtuosity and emotionally charged interpretations have established him as one of Britain’s most exciting classical performers. Bathgate and John Newlands Festival Started in 1844, the Bathgate and John Newland Festival is a true celebration of Bathgate’s history! The event was started by the trustees of the Old Bathgate Academy in 1844 to commemorate the school’s founding. The procession began as a Founder’s Day Parade on April 17th, 1844, in remembrance of John Newland’s contribution to the building of Bathgate Academy. The day’s activities include a Historical Pageant commemorating the marriage of Princess Marjory to Walter, Lord High Steward of Scotland. The event also celebrates John Newland who left money for the people of Bathgate. This is a fantastic historic event! This event takes place on the first Saturday of June each year. This year it is on 2nd June and more information can be found at: To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

Howden Park Summer season There are many events at the Howden Park for the start of their new summer season. On 5th May Dancing Queen has four lead singers and 16 dancers taking you back to the 70s with this flamboyant Abba tribute. On 17th May Cumbernauld Theatre presents a new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of adventure and intrigue on the high seas in ‘Kidnapped’. The Livingston Players present the tale of a Cockney wheeler and dealer who discovers his heritage is more distinguished than he realised in ‘Me and My Girl’ from 22nd to 26th May. The Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble showcases music from across his folk and rock repertoire on 19th May. Bluebells and water worlds On 6 May at 2pm enjoy a springtime walk through the woods of Almondell and Calderwood Country Park over about two miles and featuring rough terrain. Meet at Gasworks Brae, Bank St, Mid Calder for this Springs Bluebell walk. On 20th May you can also investigate the weirdlooking creatures that inhabit the pond at Almondell in Watery Worlds. Don’t forget your wellies! Meet at the visitor centre. This event is part of Scottish Biodiversity Week 2012.

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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 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 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 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

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

Toddler Clinic East Calder Health Centre 1st Tues of every month. Drop in for advice and support 1.30pm – 3.30pm

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

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


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 Warhammer Club 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 for details. 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 Knitting Club at Potter Around Alternating between Tues 7.30 – 9.30pm and Wed 10.30am – noon : call 01506 238961 or email 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

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sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... 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 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

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

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

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

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

Pilates Classes Institute Hall, Market St. Wed 10.00am - 11.00am Beginners class Contact Rhona 01506 811700

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

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 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.


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

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