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konect the


The community magazine for Livingston December 2012


Three course meal for two at

Agnese Restaurant, West Calder

Crossword Competition

FEATURE Christmas in livingston

Local history Almond Valley Viaduct

PLUS local businesses, community information and more!

Message from the Editor

Hello neighbours We love producing the December issue of the Konect Directory – lots of seasonal graphics on the advertisements, great offers and ideas for readers and lots going on locally We’ve got a few features in this month. In addition to Yvonne’s local history story behind Almond Valley Viaduct, we’ve put together a local guide to Christmas – ideas for shopping, events and things to do all within the local community. Our Charity of the Month is the Mount Kilimanjaro Community First Aid project, a home-grown youth aid project that benefits both the Tanzanian youngsters and our own West Lothian youngsters who are involved. Congratulations to Maggie Storrar of Deans who won the crossword competition in the last issue, and to Mrs

Contents Feature Article Victorian Vision 8 Christmas in Livingston 18 Local Walk 30 Pets 37 Recipe 46 Children & Family 54

M Duncan of Murieston who won the crossword competition in the October issue. This month, Agnese Restaurant in West Calder is generously offering a three course meal for two people, so don’t miss your chance on this and turn to the crossword on page 44. We hope you enjoy our bumper December issue! Have a great festive season, and we’ll be back next year!

Helen-Jane, Editor 07854 492638 The Konect Directory welcomes contributions such as old photographs, or short articles of local interest. The Editor reserves the right to edit any articles submitted for publication.

Competitions & puzzles Prize crossword Sudoku Community What’s on Useful information Clubs & Classes Index of Advertisers

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The Konect Directory is delivered to 20,000 homes throughout Livingston, alternating between two areas of 10,000 homes each. Copies are also left at libraries, community centres, convenience stores, post offices and other locations throughout Livingston.

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A Victorian Vision

the Almond Valley Viaduct By Yvonne MacMillan


tar of paintings, countless photographs, West Lothian Council’s logo and a striking feature in the landscape for 170 years, Almond Valley Viaduct strides purposefully and majestically across the river valley and flood plain. The viaduct took 3 years to build (1839 – 1842) and formed part of the new Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line. The viaduct and railway line are still in use today, Scotrail’s Sprinter trains flashing across it in seconds. Rail travel in the early to mid-19th century was in its infancy with each new line being promoted by a private company. In 1837, the newly-formed Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Company put together plans to connect Edinburgh and Glasgow by rail. Led by chairman John Leadbetter, a linen merchant and member of Glasgow Town Council, the new company appointed John Miller as engineer. Miller’s route and design kept the railway as level as possible over as much of the route as he could. Early steam locomotives struggled with gradients, and viaducts and tunnels helped avoid this. The planned maximum gradient was 1 in 880 making the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway the most level main line in the UK.


An Act of Parliament on 4th July 1838 authorised the line giving the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Company the green light. The adopted route began at a new eastern terminus in Edinburgh – Haymarket - (Edinburgh General Station, later renamed Waverley, didn’t open till 1846), continued over the Almond Valley Viaduct, through the Winchburgh Tunnel, via Linlithgow to Falkirk, and on to its new western terminus at Glasgow’s Queen Street.


The 45-mile route was divided up like slices of cake. Advertisements appeared in the public newspapers for contractors to give in tenders for execution of different sections of the work. The advertisement for the largest slice, including the heaviest engineering work on the line - the Almond Valley Contract – said, “Contract No 1: Being that part of the line extending from near Norton Farm House in the Parish of Ratho to near West Inch in the Parish of Abercorn, and in length 9000 yards or thereby. This contract will include a great extent of cutting and embankment, two viaducts the one across the Almond Water Valley 682 yards long and about 70 feet high and the other across the Edinburgh and Glasgow road 108 yards long and about the same height, a tunnel thro’ Winchburgh Ridge 350 yards long, laying the rails and otherwise completing the lot”. Each contract stated “Contractors shall be completely finished on or before the 1st day of July 1841 with a penalty of £20 per day for every day it shall remain unfinished after that date”.


1) “Viaduct over the River Almond” by David Octavius Hill, Glasgow Museums Collection. 2) Aerial view of the viaduct 3) The viaduct in winter, near Broxburn

Leading bridge builder, John Gibb & Son of Aberdeen, won the Almond Valley Contract with a quote of £147, 669 and set to work on their Herculean task in February 1839. (The company made a loss of £40, 000). Over the next 3 years, the entire route echoed to an army of men, thunderous explosions and constant clanging of picks and shovels. In the nick of time before the Railway Company’s deadline, the River Avon Viaduct’s last arch completed, the contractor treated his 160 workmen to a splendid dinner in Linlithgow Town Hall. Down the line, the Polmont section of track finished too, and great celebrations ended with “a merry dance on the green to the strains of bagpipes”. But the Railway Directors high hopes of a July 1841 completion hit the buffers as other sections of line went unfinished. Penalty clause now kicking in, the Railway Directors complained to the Almond Valley Viaduct contractor that works were falling behind schedule. In reply, a letter from John Gibb & Son’s Broxburn office said, “At present we have 350 workmen and 25 horses employed on the different cuttings and tunnel on the line – 80 masons, 100 labourers, 18 joiners, 8 blacksmiths and 20 horses employed on the viaducts and bridges besides nearly 150 men with a corresponding number of horses employed in quarrying stone for the viaducts and bridges. This force you will see is not small and will be rapidly increased in the course of a very short time”. The Directors, whilst reassuring the shareholders, urged the contractor to work at night, by “torchlight”. The contractor’s claim for more money for overcoming unforeseen obstructions, unfavourable weather and doing night work cut no ice. On the workmen toiled through December and the New Year’s Day edition of the Scotsman, 1842, reports the viaduct’s arches finished, though the banks still incomplete, with hundreds of workmen working furiously. With huge sighs of relief all round, and the last sweat-lashed shovel flung aside, 18th February 1842 marked the opening ceremony of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Railway. At 1pm a steam locomotive pulling 52 carriages loaded with invited guests arrived at Haymarket from Glasgow, then

this train, and another 52-carriage steam locomotive, laden with the Edinburgh contingent – more excited shareholders and invited guests – 1100 people in all – set off triumphantly for Queen Street and a grand banquet. Schools had a holiday and along the line, people waved and cheered this big, loud, newfangled kid on the block. Full steam ahead? Not a bad way to start the New Year! A Railway Guide of 1842, like a VisitScotland ad, describes the bold curve of the Almond Valley Viaduct, its elegant form and stupendous series of arches, calling it one of the most astonishing achievements of modern skill and enterprise. And how a panorama across the Almond Valley, as enchanting as it is extensive, charms the eye. Information from the Scotsman Archives and the National Library of Scotland


The Almond Valley Viaduct Category A listed a At 1.5 miles, it’s the longest ture on the Edinburgh and Glasgow struc Railway. The viaduct is in 2 sections, separate d by a high embankment 400 metres long . The eastern section is made up of 36 ashlarfaced (prepared stonework, dres segmental masonry arches, each sed or cut) with a 15.2m span, and up to 21.3m . The western section has 7 archhigh es, and largest arch bridges the A89 the central . It has a span of 20.1m, with 3 arches 15.2m span on either side. Strengtheningof work was carried out in the 1950s and 1988 .

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Thought for the Month: Cultivating unconditional love By Tina Gilbert


ith Christmas approaching fast once again and family gathering to plan for, we notice the pace of life increase, worries of all that needs to be done build and stress levels rise. It is therefore important to look after yourself and prepare for time with your family. Patanjali, an Indian sage and the Buddha taught the importance of the 4 stages of loving kindness which in yoga we call Brahmaviharas and in Buddhism we called the four immeasurables. These include the quality of loving kindness or friendliness (Metta), compassion (Karuna), joy (Mudita) and equanimity (Upekkha). These four qualities are key to establishing serenity of the mind. Swami Satchidananda, yoga master says by cultivating attitudes of friendliness towards the happy, compassion towards the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and disregard the

wicked, the mind stuff retains its undisturbed calmness. She says if you use the right key with the right person you will retain your inner peace. You must also practice them on yourself. So if family and friends challenge you and you feel a sense of discomfort rising in your body, drop into awareness of the body with mindful inquiry; how am I feeling right now? How can I deal with this difficulty? What might this situation be teaching me about myself or about them? Can you observe for a moment what is happening? Pause, know what is arising within you and think about the four immeasurables of friendliness, compassion, joy and equanimity. Set yourself a positive intention look after yourself and see others differently and have a Merry Christmas. Tina lives in Livingston and teaches yoga and meditation. Visit her website at

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Christmas in Livingston Shopping, food and events


hen doing your Christmas preparations this year, either from scratch starting now or the last-minute bits and pieces, try and see how much of your shopping you can do with local businesses. You might be surprised by the great range of things on offer locally, and in these tough times when most of us are watching every penny, take advantage of the special offers, some of which are exclusive to Konect readers using voucher adverts from this magazine. You’ll be supporting local people in their small businesses or charity fund-raising Christmas fairs. We really do have all we need locally to get presents, house, food and family sorted for the festive season, Gift vouchers are available from a wide range of businesses and there is something for all the family. Look out for the gift vouchers offered by the hair and beauty salons featured in this magazine. They are located all over Livingston and environs so there will be one near you. This is a no-fail option for mums, aunties, sisters and grandmas. Even if they don’t specifically mention vouchers, it’s worth asking if they do them as most do. Look out too for party packages and great offers to get yourself ready for Christmas party season! Likewise, vouchers for various therapies such as a massage are always a welcome gift. There is an open day at the Well Being Centre in Carmondean on the 8th December, so this is a good place to stop off and check out several different therapies all in one place. This might be a good time to take advantage of Christmas offers and book something for yourself to use in January when you might be in need of a pick-me-up. Indeed, don’t forget yourself in the midst of all your preparations this month – a massage or foot massage and pedicure could be just the thing you need after all the traipsing around the shops.

Moving on to other members of the family, what about a golf membership? Harburn Golf Club has a special offer on this month for youth memberships, and they will give you a badge to put in the Christmas stocking for the lucky youngster! Or a gift voucher from King of the Road for driving lessons - as well as beginner lessons for the teenager in your life, they do refresher courses, so if your dad’s driving is driving you mad, this might be a way to address it.... The Stick and Cane shop in East Calder has a fantastic array of practical and novelty umbrellas, walking sticks and accessories, and they are offering a discount voucher for Konect readers (take the advert on page 22). If you like giving books, we’ve got a selection of book recommendations for every member of p20

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Christmas in Livingston Continued

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page 23 - and on the subject of books, don’t miss Scholastic’s annual book sale between 6th and 8th December at Deans Industrial Estate, where pricing starts at £1. A food hamper is a lovely practical gift and can be fun to assemble. You can pick and choose produce to make a hamper that is personalised to the recipient’s own tastes. If you like baking and cooking you can put in some of your own creations too (try the chocolate truffle recipe from our food column this month!) Check out Bratek Polish food at Carmondean for something a little different to put in your hamper, and you can pick up some seasonal delights at Dobbies Farm Foodhall. Dobbies do a range of readymade hampers too. For something a little different, gift a membership for Jupiter Artland, the sculpture park at Bonnington (see back cover of this magazine). By gifting someone a membership here you’ll be giving them somewhere beautiful and inspirational to visit as often as they like during the opening season in 2013. This is the season when all the local eateries bring out their best to tempt us with their festive lunches and special dinner menus throughout December. Turn to the food section on pages 46 to 51 and you’ll notice special offers. Agnese Restaurant, a new Italian restaurant in West Calder, as well as Liberta, another new restaurant in Bathgate. If you’re heading that way for some shopping, they have a good deal on their festive lunches. Deer Park have Bowl and Dine offers on, and Bombay Spice in West Calder would love to welcome you on Christmas Day – they have put together a special four course menu at a very special price. Turning our attention to the house, first up to think about is the tree. If you like


a real Christmas tree, plan to call into Riccarton Garden Centre (just off the A71 near Heriot-Watt) when you’re next on your way back from Edinburgh. They have a range of Christmas trees and are offering a 10% discount on them for Konect readers – take the advert from page 23. And as a bonus with this advert you can also relax with a complimentary tea or coffee in their cafe. For wreaths and fresh flowers, Flowers by Irene have free delivery in December, see advert on page 22. In terms of getting the house ready if it’s your turn to entertain this Christmas, treat yourself to getting it cleaned by professional cleaners. If it’s the one thing you do to reduce the workload on yourself this year, hand over the cleaning of the house - check out local cleaning companies on page 39. This includes Alba Oven Cleaning who will make sure your oven is free from smells from the spilt remains of the last 12 months of dinners... Finally, where can you take the kids to meet Santa this year? You can book Santa Cruises at the Bridge Inn at Ratho, where you board the “sleigh barge” and sail up the Union Canal to Santa’s Magical Island Grotto, see their advert on page 50. He will be at Almond Valley Heritage Centre every weekend in December. And families can “Breakfast with Santa” within the Debenham’s cafe at the Centre to help raise funds for local charity River Kids – book via the Centre website at www.shopthecentre. For other festive activities for the children, Lanthorn library has Christmas crafts on 18th - 21st December, and the Country Parks at Beecraigs and Almondell and Calderwood run sessions for making Christmas decorations from natural materials (see the What’s On page for details). The Beecraigs Country Park also runs Deer Walks in December, call the Rangers on 01506 844516 for details. Happy Christmas shopping!

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Books For Christmas


ynn Steer (or Library Lynn as she is known to the children she reads to as voluntary librarian at Ratho Primary School) is a selfconfessed book addict who loves to share her passion for reading. Everyone receives a book from her at Christmas and here is a peek at her gift-list this year : Granny: The Hoose at Pooh’s Neuk by A.A Milne Grandad: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce Mum: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks Dad: 11/22/63 by Stephen King Uncle: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Aunt: Agatha Raisin & The Quiche of Death by M.C Beaton Brother: Written in Blood and Hard Black Pencil by Christopher Brookmyre Sister: The Host trilogy by Stephenie Meyer* Teenage daughter: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins Teenage son: The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner Grandaughter: the Bree Mcready trilogy by Hazel Allan Grandson: Danny Baker Record Breaker series by Steve Hartley Nephew: the Truckers trilogy by Terry Pratchett Niece: The Magic Faraway Tree trilogy by Enid Blyton

Toddler: Look Out Leon by Jez Alborough Me: When Ziggy Played Guitar by Dylan Jones And an option from a local author: ‘A shy swat, a psycho rebel and a lanky nerd try to save the world…for a third time!’ The launch of “Bree McCready and the Realm of the Lost”, the third book in the Bree McCready series, took place at Waterstones in Edinburgh on 22nd November. Fuelled by friendship and a fearless sense of adventure, the lovable trio struggle once more to keep the Magical Book from the clutches of evil with the usual action-packed, page-turning result! Author Hazel Allan lives in Ratho with her young son. At the time of going to press, Lynn is excited to be a member of the League of Extraordinary Booklovers, selected to answer book-related questions and make reading recommendations to the people of Scotland during the first of an annual event to celebrate reading and literature (see for details.) If you would like a personal book recommendation feel free to email her via us or bookweekscotland. *Stephenie (Meyer) is not a misprint, that is an e not an a. Her dad’s name is Stephen.

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Criss crossing Camilty Forest By Karen Murray


n a bid to find an enjoyable place to stroll, walk briskly or dog walk, I cajoled ‘friend with dog’ to join me on what she considered to be possibly a wild goose chase! “I’ve spotted a place to park the car and I reckon we can walk there” was what I told her. The place to park? A little entrance into the forest off the Lang Whang (A70) ! To get there, take the B7008 out of West Calder and through Harburn, all the way to the A70. Turn left and after the sign on the right saying Camilty Forest, there is a little entrance on the right. Blink and you could miss it, which we did first pass by. However, car duly parked we headed off up the fairly well graveled path into the Camilty forest. There are several paths around and it was hit or miss which to take. Our first attempt at straight ahead led us to a private road so we doubled back and took the path to the left. This opened up into a wide path picking its way through the rather wild and beautiful scenery of this forest, with its views of the peaks of the Pentland Hills and an abundance of wild flowers along the path’s edge. The Camilty Forest actually straddles the Lang Whang - or the A70 as it is officially called - and it lies on the very edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park. You can hear the very slight rumble of the cars going by on the adjacent road, but otherwise you could be miles away from anywhere on this forest trail and the dog loved it - particularly the pools of rather peaty murky water at the edge of the path where she insisted on taking a bath every so often! 30

Forestry Commission areas are a great place to find quiet, peaceful walks away from it all and this is no exception. The particular path we chose continues to wend its way through the forest and as we were walking in the evening sunlight, the sun was low on the horizon and glinting through the trees. The path is graveled and relatively even, so not hard-going terrain, and after around 30 minutes we came to a forestry gate. This could be scaled and the walk continued but as usual there were other places to be and things to be done, so we took the gate as our turning point and retraced our steps back to the car. A simple walk and not too strenuous but a good one for the dog and a change of scene for me. I was surprised at just how away from it all I felt, despite being so close to a main road. If you are interested in birdlife, this is certainly a great place. Common crossbills can be seen flying in groups above the treetops and then landing to feed on the seeds in the cones and common sandpipers swoop down to the burns searching for aquatic insects. As it turned out I later discovered that had we continued a little further down the road there is an official car park

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for the Camilty Forest - Shear Bridge car park, from where you can take a short circular grass trail past a burn and back. The grassy area next to the car park is considered a great spot for picnics in the summer. However it is not really much of a walk - the spot we found gave us greater access to the forest paths, so if you are wanting to stretch your legs and enjoy a good hike, park at the first little inlet into the forest and walk for as long as you like. I expect you would eventually come to Harperrig Reservoir. If anyone finds out, do let me know.

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Charity of the Month Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme By Jessica Bowman


ount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme was a small charity idea formed by the rather enterprising and creative Tina Wren of Kirknewton, in 2006. After many years hard work Tina has managed to grow the Project from a one-man-show based in Kirknewton to several hubs across the UK, and to her credit has established links across the globe; just recently Tina has been in talks with a University in Hong Kong keen to work in partnership with her.

Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the local orphanages the project supports. (The first climb from one of our participants!). Next year West Lothian College will be sending out six students. Excellent news – they will be joined by three West Lothian residents as well. Our very best wishes to them – Go West Lothian College!! -who according to Aidan Martin have been very supportive. Several of this year’s team are holding various fund-raising events in and around the College – please contact Aidan at for further information. Other events include a Comedy Night and Leg Waxing (and that’s the boys!) Aidan and friends are organising an evening of ‘Songs for Africa’ on Wednesday 31st January at 7pm in The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art. Tickets cost £5. Contact Aidan for more info and to buy tickets (you can pay at the door too). If you are interested in working with the Project or indeed would like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, please contact Tina Wren at

Initially starting as a humanitarian organisation concentrating on delivering first aid messages, supplies and training to young people in Newlands Orphanage, Tanzania, the programme has developed extensively into a multi-project organisation offering Sexual Health Education by way of the Football Academy, Sustainable Farming Projects, Recycling Projects, and a self-sustaining Art social enterprise. Phew! However the Project is not only centred round youths in Africa. It has always been Tina’s goal to support youths in the UK too. This year saw West Lothian College send out a small team of students to Kilimanjaro to engage in various humanitarian Projects. Indeed, another milestone achieved was when local student John McDonald climbed Mount



1) West Lothian Team 2013 Aidan Maritn, Janine Downie, Michael Kelly 2) West Lothian Team 2012 in Tanzania

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Agnes and Sean welcome your dog to our spacious salon with modern equipment where your dog can socialise and be well looked after during their grooming session. TREAT YOUR DOG TO A SPA WHERE WE WILL SHAMPOO, BRUSH, DRY, TRIM NAILS AND FINISH WITH A SCENTED SPRAY Spa Bath, brush & nails from £10 Clip, bath & nails from £20 Dog photography available We also stock Burns dog food

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Livingston Round Table Santa Sleigh


hen is the Livingston Round Table Santa Sleigh coming to our street ?”

This is a frequently-asked question in Livingston this time of the year. Since the Round Table was re-established in Livingston four years ago, the Santa Sleigh - with its flashing Christmas lights and a selection of cheery Christmas tunes belting out - has become a regular fixture. Everyone looks forward to getting a wave from Santa ... not to mention a big ‘Merry Christmas’, from his Elves (collectors) with their trademark flashing Santa hats. This is the main fundraiser for Livingston Round Table and all the money raised goes back into our local community. Round Table is a purely voluntary organisation. Santa Sleigh visits various streets throughout Livingston, collecting cash from residents that is sealed in special collection jars and used to benefit good causes locally. Over the past four years tens of thousands of pounds have been raised, every penny of which has helped local good causes and charities.

Livingston Youth Foundation, The Larder.... to name just a few. The locations and dates of this year’s Santa Sleigh itinerary are detailed below. There are a couple of additional locations to be confirmed, and detailed street by street dates and information will be available on the Round Table website in December. See If you are involved in a local charity or good cause and would like to nominate it to receive a donation from the Round Table, they would be happy to hear from you and consider your request. Round Table are always looking for new members, and particularly volunteers to help out with Santa Sleigh. More information on this and the Round Table organisation can be found at

Donations can range from £250 to £3500, and beneficiaries over the past couple of years have included West Lothian Epilepsy, River Kids, Astro Gymnastics, Home Start West Lothian, Livingston Rugby Club (funds for a trip), Brighter Days Livingston, West Lothian Women’s Aid, Craigshill Good Neighbour Network, Lothian 4x4 Response, Date Time Location Sunday 9th December 4pm – 7.30pm Dedridge/Murieston area Monday 10th December 6pm - 8pm Murieston Tuesday 11th December 6pm - 8pm Murieston Valley Wednesday 12th December 6pm - 8pm Eliburn Thursday 13th December 6pm - 8pm Ladywell West Sunday 16th December 4pm – 7.30pm Eliburn continued Monday 17th December 6pm - 8pm Deans South : Waverley Crescent, Martin Brae,Houston Road areas Tuesday 18th December 6pm - 8pm Deans North : Deer Park, Knightsridge Wednesday 19th December 6pm - 8pm Livingston Village Thursday 20th Decemeber 6pm - 8pm Mid Calder


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December Recipe and Food Notes By Anne Pinkerton


n winter the kitchen is the heart of the house. It is a living place. Kettles sing, pots bubble visitors come and sit and drink coffee. Children use the kitchen table to draw at, paint at, model with play-dough and help with cooking. They hang about waiting for bowls to lick out.”

Remove the ham to an oven proof baking tin and, placing it skin side uppermost ,strip off the rind. It will come away easily but will be hot.

This slightly rosy picture is from “Through the Kitchen Window” by Susan Hill. It will serve as an introduction for December cooking in the hope that this year will be satisfying and relaxed. The impossible image of Christmas with the family all in new clothes, the house decorated to the nines, and tables full of posh restaurant-style food should not intimidate you! Relax, enjoy the season, plan ahead and take comfort in the the thought that the days are about to start lengthening again. Cook double your normal favourite dishes and freeze half of them. Or you could cook some winter warmers made from usual ingredients but with a little extra twist and then bring them out at busy times. Try Bean and Chorizo Casserole, Braised Chicken with Thyme and Parsnip, Salmon and Leek Filo Pie or Cardamom lamb Hot-pot. When thoroughly defrosted, any of these dishes will take the same time to be hot as it will take to cook the potatoes and set the table. Here are some seasonal receipts which can be offered in celebration to be shared. Glazed Ham You can cook either smoked or unsmoked ham joints in the following way. Nowadays, because of milder curing methods, there is no need to soak the ham before you cook it. If this is the first time you have cooked a ham do not start with a whole one. They weigh about 6-8kgs and are a challenge to cope with normal domestic utensils. Start with a 2-3kg small joint. Total cooking times is based on 40 minutes per kilo. You will also need: 1 onion, Bay leaf, 6-10 cloves 2 carrots, 2 sticks celery, 1 orange Put the ham in a large pan, cover with cold water and add the flavourings. Bring to the boil slowly and simmer for half the estimated cooking time, about one hour.


For baking you will need : Cloves 1 litre orange juice Mustard , grainy or smooth as you prefer. Golden syrup Method With the tip of a sharp knife score the fat in a diamond pattern. Stick a clove in the middle of each diamond. Spread mustard and a good layer of syrup all over the fat. Pour the orange juice into the pan and add a little water, so the liquid comes at least 2 inches up the side of the joint. Seal the whole roasting tin in a double layer of foil and bake at 160oC for another hour. Baste with the juices a couple of times. To finish, take off the foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes until the top looks golden. The ham can be carved and eaten hot, served with mashed potatoes and broad beans. Or keep it to go cold and eat with watercress, chicory and orange salad, baked potatoes and chutney. Any leftovers can be used for pasta bakes, sandwiches or potato, apple and ham bake. Mincemeat Fruit cake. This is an easy fruity cake and is much lighter than a Christmas Cake. 150gm butter cut into small pieces 150gm pale soft brown sugar 2 large eggs 225gm self-raising flour 225gm good mincemeat 100gm each sultanas and currants 1 whole sharp apple grated


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December Food Notes Continued p46Method

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together. Add all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Line an 8 inch cake tin with baking parchment. Pile the cake mixture in and flatten the top. Decorate if you like with split almonds. Bake at 160oC till a skewer comes out clean, about 1 ¼ hours. This cake can be white iced but it does not need it. Tie a ribbon round it to look festive. Lastly an indulgence! Chocolate truffles 175gm dark chocolate, I prefer Lindt 70%. If you use milk chocolate the result will be sweeter. 2 tablespoons liqueur, orange or ginger are delicious, as is brandy or whisky. 40gm unsalted butter 50gm icing sugar 50gm ground nuts. Chose hazel, almond or walnuts to compliment the liqueur.


Cocoa for rolling the truffles Method Melt the chocolate with the liqueur in a bowl set over a pan of hot water. Stir well till smooth. Add the butter, stirring till it has melted in. Then add the sugar and the ground nuts. Leave in a cool place to set. Roll into about 24 balls. Dust with cocoa and put in a paper case if you have some. Kept cool, the truffles should last about 2 weeks….unless you eat them or give them as presents.

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iscover a feast of festive treats.

Our selection of delicious hampers come filled with festive favourites and gourmet goodies. And, with prices starting from just £15, they’re sure to make everyone’s Christmas magical. Plus, our personal wrapping service has all the festive bows and ribbons you’ll need to make sure your hamper looks as good as it tastes. Or, why not make it more personal by creating your own hamper? Simply select a wicker basket, or presentation box of your choice in-store, and fill it with all the special things you know your friends or family will love. Truly magical. Garden Centre | Farm Foodhall | Restaurant | Santa’s Grotto Hamper Shop | Home Delivery | Gift Wrapping | Free Parking Dobbies Garden World | Houston Mains | Livingston EH52 6PA | Tel: 01506 812 000 For full details visit

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Wishing all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Thank you for reading the Konect Directory in 2012 and supporting local businesses We look forward to another year of interesting articles, competitions, great offers and local charity write-ups 52

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D.B. General Builders Joinery | Painting | Tiling | Sash Window Repairs etc

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Michael Cochrane Piano Tuition Experienced teacher (10+ years) classical, easy listening, jazz, hymns, etc

Presentation for ABRSM exams Excellent pass record

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Useful Information & What’s On? December Saturday 1 December Deans Community High School Christmas Fair 12 – 2pm


Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th December Scholastic Book Fair Children’s books from £1. See advert on page 7. Saturday 8th December River Kids Christmas Party Almondvale Suite, Livingston Football Club 7pm – 1am. Pre-dinner drinks, three course meal with wine, disco. Raffle and auction. £35 per person, all proceeds to support River Kids. Contact Wendy on 01506 602520. Sunday 9th December Well Being Centre Open Day Carmondean Road South. 12pm – 4pm. Discounts from participating therapy business on bookings made on Open Day. See advert on page 11. Saturday 15th December Christmas Crafts Sutherland Building, adjacent to Visitor Centre, Beecraigs Country Park Come and try your hand at making Christmas stars or table decorations using natural materials. Materials will be provided. Booking essential. Cost: £4 per person, 1.30 – 3pm. Suitable for all. Contact Beecraigs Rangers on 01506 844516 Sunday16th December Christmas Cracker Visitor Centre, Almondell & Calderwood Country Park Creating cracking Christmas crafts using natural materials. Suitable for all. Cost: £4 per person, 1.30 – 3pm. Contact Rangers on 01506 882254

Carmondean Library

(Carmondean Connected), Carmondean Centre, EH54 8PT. Tel: 01506 777602 email: Opening times Mon, Wed & Fri 09.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.00 – 20.00 Sat 09.00 – 13.00

Lanthorn Library

Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6NY Tel: 01506 777700 email: Opening times Mon, Wed & Fri 09.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.00 – 20.00 Sat 09.00 – 13.00 Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Christmas Crafts in the Lanthorn Library Library 3.30pm until 4.30pm on Wednesday 19th December, Thursday 20th December and Friday 21st December.

Christmas and New year Holidays opening hours over the holidays for all three Livingston libraries are: Monday 24th December close at 5p.m. Tuesday 25th December - closed Wednesday 26th December – closed Monday 31st December close at 5p.m. Tuesday 1st January – closed Wednesday 2nd January _ closed The library service is available 24/7, 365 days a year on



Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st December Christmas Crafts in Lanthorn Library 3.30pm to 4.30pm To include your event here, please email or call 07854 492638

Almondbank Library

Shiel House, Shiel Walk, Craigshill, EH54 5EH. Tel: 01506 283133 email: Opening times Mon, Wed & Fri 09.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.00 – 20.00 Sat 09.00 – 13.00


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Clubs and Classes

sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... The Livingston Players Amateur theatre company always pleased to welcome new members with or without experience. For more information please contact Alex on 01506 495531 or see Livingston FC Almondvale Stadium League players and juniors, social and corporate events. Tel 01506 417000 or see

BELLSQUARRY Fitness Classes Mondays 7.00 – 8.00pm Bellsquarry Village Hall: BOXERCISE Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30pm Harburn Village Hall: CIRCUIT TRAINING Wednesdays 6.15 – 7.15pm Harburn Village Hall: BODY CONDITIONING Thursdays 7.30 – 8.30pm Murieston Village Hall: BOXERCISE Circuit Training: The Complete Body Workout: A high energy class of pre set workout stations. Body Conditioning: Core & More: Sculpt & Tone the whole body, low impact resistance based. Boxercise: Punch your way to a Perfect Physique: Designed to increase overall fitness, great fun! Suitable for all levels of fitness, only £3 per session. For further details please contact: Email: Tel: 07808161634, web:

CRAIGSHILL Parents Together West Lothian Support group for families with child on the Autism Spectrum. Meet up once a month for a chat and a coffee, regular guest speakers. Meet at Beatlie School Campus, Craigshill, first Thursday of each month (during school term). For more information contact Craigshill Good Neighbour Network Craigs Farm Campus Practical help, social and volunteering opportunities to socially isolated people of all ages in Craigshill and South Howden. Lunch club, Tuesday social club, optional transport to and from clubs, outings and befriending. Tel 01506 435851 Craigshill Thistle u15’s Training Tues 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm at Craigsfarm in Craigshill 3g pitch. Friday at Craigswood sports centre playing fields 6.30pm - 8.00 pm weather permitting. (if weather is bad Friday’s training is held at Craigsfarm 7.30 - 8.30 pm). For further details contact Mark on 07951 528398.


DEANS Deans Art Club New Deans Community Building Tuesdays 7 – 9pm. Beginners welcome. We are a friendly class, £2 per adult per week, paints provided. For more information please call Jim Tripney on 01506 418838. Kiddies Corner Carmondean Community Centre, For Preschool Children. Tues 9.00am – 12 noon For more info tel 01506 439568. Child minders available Mon & Wed 9.00am – 12 noon Livingston Station playgroup Livingston station Community Centre Spaces available for 2 – 5 yr olds, Mon-Thurs 9.30-11.50am, Fri 9.15-11.30am £4 per day plus £1 per wk for healthy snack. Contact us on 07954 044260 to place your child’s name on our waiting list or see us on facebook for more info. Lothians MS Support Group Open to anyone living with Multiple Sclerosis, family & friends, or anyone interested in learning about the condition. Meetings are informal, provide support and information and activities which promote wellbeing. Meetings and membership is free. If you would like to join us, come along to the Ability Centre, Livingston, EH54 8PT fortnightly on a Tuesday from 7pm-8:30pm and see what we are all about! For more information and for dates of this month’s fortnightly meetings, please contact Val on or call 01506 201107.

DEDRIDGE Livingston Camera Club Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre, Crofthead Centre, Templar Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6DG. Every Mon 7.15pm - 9.30pm from early Sept to late May, with the club reverting to an active summer syllabus between these dates. Monday evenings form the formal part of the club activities. Evening activities range from speakers, presentations, competitions, critique, photo editing, studio and lighting classes. Brighter Days Support group for families living with ADHD and assosciated disorders. The group meets once a fortnight on a Thursday at Crofthead Centre, Templar Rise, Dedridge 7 – 9pm. For more info see or email Kids club coming soon - every Saturday weekly for children. Activities available will include arts, crafts and music.

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Crofthead Hickory House Playgroup Crofthead Community Education Centre Templar Rise, Dedridge EH54 6DG For children 2 -3years. Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 9.15am – 11.15am (during school term time) £4.25 per day including healthy snack. Pre-school nursery also available for children 3-5years funded by WLC. For more info call 01506 467650, email Penumbra Unit 20 Grampian Court, Beverige Square, Dedridge Every fortnight from 14 March 2012 For anyone experiencing mental health problems : the group can help people who need information on illnesses, understanding from others in similar situations or even just a chat to get out of the house. For more information contact: or 07854 316139 1st Livingston Girls Brigade Company The Lanthorn Community Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge. Meet on Wednesday evenings Explorers (P1-3) 6.15pm till 7.15pm Juniors (P4-7) 7.15pm till 8.30pm Brigaders (S1+) 7.15pm till 8.45pm For further information email or phone Holly Morrison on 01506 420225 5th Livingston Boys’ Brigade Thursdays in the Lanthorn Community Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge Anchor Section P1-P3 Meet from 6:30 to 7:45pm Junior Section P4-P6 from 6:30 to 8:00pm Company Section P7 – to 18 years from 7:30 to 9:45pm For further information contact Stuart Dalgleish 01506 440303 or email Parent and Toddler Group Dedridge Baptist Church, Quentin Rise Tues: 12.30 – 2.30pm & Wed: 9.15 – 11.15am. £1.00 0 – 5 years old. Tel 01506 203683 Craft, snack (lunch on Tuesdays), sports, outings & visitors Lanthorn Readers Lanthorn Library, Dedridge If you enjoy reading why not join our reading group? The group is informal and very relaxed with some members attending every meeting and others dropping in when they particularly like the sound of a book! Free. The group meets monthly and is an ideal way to have some fun and lively discussion over tea/ coffee and biscuits. New members always welcome. For more information contact 01506 777700 or


14th West Lothian Scout Troop Peel Primary School Girls and boys. Beavers (6-8yrs) Mon 6.15-7.15pm, Scouts (10-14yrs) Mon 7.30-9pm, Cubs (8-10yrs) Thurs 6.30-8pm £20/£25 per session, 3 sessions per year. Contact Mary Tel 01506 416620

HOWDEN Braid House Day Centre Labrador Avenue, Howden Social activities for older members of the community, including indoor bowling group Mondays 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Art Group Tuesdays 11am - 12noon. Monthly social afternoon with music by Gary Coupland. Also a Drop In service for people who can make their own way to Braid House and can have the opportunity to have lunch and join a range of activities, cost £5.00. For more information on Braid House services please call 01506 430615 or see 29th West Lothian Scout Group Community Wing, Toronto Primary School Cubs Mon 6.30-8.00pm, Beavers Wed 6.30-7.30pm, Scouts Wed 7.30-9.00pm Tel 01506 441852 14th Livingston Rainbows Community Wing of Toronto Primary School. Tuesdays 6.30 - 7.45 pm. Girls 5 years old and attending school. Telephone: Rainbow Guide Leader on 07532 182197. Livingston Art Association Howden Park Centre Day and evening classes in painting and pottery for all levels. For more details call 01506 440449 email or see 14th Livingston Guides Community Wing, Toronto Primary School Tues 7.30 – 9.00pm, All girls aged 10 years upwards, £17 per term Tel 01506 418285

KNIGHTSRIDGE Baby/Toddler Stories and Singing Sessions Knightsridge Early Years Centre, Cameron Way Mon, Tues, Thur: 09.15 – 11.15am or 12.45 – 2.45pm – “In Betweenies” Wed:1.00 – 2.00pm – “Baby Peet” - stories and singing, baby/toddler drop in 1.00 – 3.30pm For more info tel 01506 444970

LADYWELL Ladywell Neighbourhood Network 28 Heatherbank, Ladywell Community services in Ladywell, a range of social groups including craft, lunch club, fitness. Befriending service and much more. For more information call 01506 437746 or see

Sunshine Break, SPPA (Scottish Pre-School Ladywell Star Community Football Club Play Association) Group Inveralmond Community High School Eliburn Community Centre, Peel Primary School A range of teams and fixtures. Toddlers - Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9.00 – 11.00am See After school club for Primary 1-7, Mon – Thur 3.15 – SPPA (Scottish Pre-School Play Association) 6.00pm, Fri 12.30 – 6.00pm, during school holidays Group 8.30am – 5.30pm. Tel 01506 415492 Farm. Toddlers Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri: To advertise call Jenny on 07824 469266 or CharleneNewyearfield on 07772 941899 59 09.30 – 11.30am. tel 01506 462458


Livingston Village Parent and Toddler Group Livingston Village Primary School, Community Room 2. Mondays & Wednesdays 9-11am. For pre-school children accompanied by an adult. 50p per child. Term-time only. For more information email or Tel: 01506 417343.

MURIESTON Livingston Cricket Club Cricket fixtures as well as a busy social calendar. See or tel 07799 025795

Fitness Classes Mondays 7.00 – 8.00pm Bellsquarry Village Hall: BOXERCISE Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30pm Harburn Village Hall: CIRCUIT TRAINING Wednesdays 6.15 – 7.15pm Harburn Village Hall: BODY CONDITIONING Thursdays 7.30 – 8.30pm Murieston Village Hall: BOXERCISE Circuit Training: The Complete Body Workout: A high energy class of pre set workout stations. Body Conditioning: Core & More: Sculpt & Tone the whole body, low impact resistance based. Boxercise: Punch your way to a Perfect Physique: Designed to increase overall fitness, great fun! Suitable for all levels of fitness, only £3 per session. For further details please contact: Email: Tel: 07808161634, web:

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Adambrae, Bellsquarry & Murieston (ABM) Walking Group Looking for Fun, Fitness and Friendship - then join our Ladies Walking Group. We meet on Mondays at 10.00. Contact Penny Clark for details.

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Livingston Village Playgroup Livingston Village Primary School, Kirkton Road North, Livingston Village. For children 2yrs 3 months to 5 years. 9.30 - 11.30am Mon - Fri, £4/session including snack. child can attend between 2 & 5 sessions a week. For more information please contact the placement secretary 01506 417343

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Kids Club Forrestbank Community Centre A varied programme of educational games, art & drawing, children 5-9yrs. Mon 6.00 - 7.45pm £1 per week – term time only. Tel 01506 430035

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Almondvale Centre (above Asda), EH54 6HS tel 01506 444213 Opening times Mon – Sat: 08.30 – 18.00 Last collection times Mon-Fri: 17.30, Sat 12noon Main Street, Livingston Village, EH54 7AF tel 01506 460102 Opening times Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 09.00 – 17.30 Wed: 09.00 – 13.00 Sat: 09.00 – 12.30 Last collection times Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 17.00, Wed: 11.00 Sat: 11.00 22 Fernbank, Ladywell, EH54 6DT tel 01506 433968 Opening times Mon - Fri: 09.00 – 17.30 Sat: 09.00 – 12.30 Last collection times Mon-Fri: 17.00, Sat 12noon Cameron Way, Knightsridge, EH54 8HF tel 01506 444068 Opening times Mon - Fri: 09.00 – 17.30 Sat: 09.00 – 12.30 Last collection times Mon-Fri: 17.00, Sat 11.00 108 The Mall, Craigshill, EH54 5ED tel 01506 432411 Opening times Mon - Fri: 09.00 – 17.30 Sat: 09.00 – 12.30 Last collection times Mon-Fri: 16.30, Sat 11.30 Unit 4 Carmondean Centre, Deans, EH54 8PT tel 01506 435311 Opening times Mon - Fri: 09.00 – 17.30 Sat: 09.00 – 12.30 Last collection times Mon-Fri: 17.25, Sat 11.30 The Post Box at the main delivery office on Fairbairn Road, EH54 6TT, tel 01506 414441 has a final collection time of 18.30 Mon-Fri and 12.30 on Saturday. Please note that there are no ‘counter’ facilities at this office.

School Term dates (from Summer / Winter (Term 1) Tue 21/8/12 - Fri 21/12/12

St John’s Hospital 01506 523000

Medical Centres Deans and Eliburn Medical Practice, Carmondean Health Centre, EH54 8PY. Tel: 0844 477 3144

Dedridge Medical Group, Nigel Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6QQ. Tel: 01506 414586 Howden Medical Group, Howden Health Centre, Howden Road West, EH54 6TP Tel :01506 423800 Craigshill Health Centre, The Mall, Craigshill, EH54 5DY. Tel: 01506 432621 Murieston Medical Practice, Hamilton Square, Murieston, Livingston EH54 9JZ Tel: 01506 461 464 Morrison’s Pharmacy 01506 430449

Santa at Almond Valley Heritag e Centre Weekends, 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd and Monday 24th December. Jolly old Santa is at home in his farmyard cottage handing out early Christmas presents. Join in Christm crafts, meet the animals in a spe as winter scene and enjoy the mag cial ic of a traditional Christmas.

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Konect Directory Livingston December 2012  
Konect Directory Livingston December 2012  

Konect Directory Livingston December 2012