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ay, the clocks go forward on 25th March! Not that you really have to remember nowadays as most phones and cars change automatically so your alarm goes off at the right time anyway – it tends to be just our oven clock that is an hour out for six months of the year! As we emerge from winter, outdoors jobs on the house and garden make their way up the to-do list. Whether for you these are just chores or a welcome chance to at last get back in the garden, there are plenty of local businesses and traders ready to help out! Schools break up for Easter on 23rd March for two weeks, so we’ve pulled together a list of things to do with the family West Lothian over the holiday. With three kids of my own, we’ve done pretty much all of these activities over the years and had some fantastic times, it really is worth exploring everything there is on offer locally. And on the topic of gardens, a trip to New Hopetoun Gardens is always a treat - it’s so much more than just a garden centre. So we’re delighted that they are generously offering Konect readers the chance to win £40 gift vouchers for Mother’s Day this month! Whether she is into gardening or not, New Hopetoun Gardens has plenty to offer. See page 21 for details and to enter.
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EASTER HOLIDAYS 23RD MARCH - 6TH APRIL 2018
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Free for children up to age 16 at Xcite pools during the school holidays - Armadale, Bathgate, Broxburn, Linlithgow and Whitburn (not Xcite Livingston, which is discounted to £2.40).
k e Explore freely around the old Ta k e t h e b i r village hospital with surfaced t o Ba n g o u tracks, large abandoned
buildings and grassy areas. Perfect for bikes, trikes, pushchairs and the dog! Make up stories and let your imagination run wild as you explore (no shop or toilet facilities). Signed just off the A89 near Dechmont.
Beecraigs Country Park Animal An i m a l Visit Attraction where you can see Highland s r e v Lo cattle, deer and sheep in the fields
and viewing shed. (The field paths can get a little muddy). Beecraigs also has a play park and visitor centre with toilets and cafe. www.westlothian.gov.uk/beecraigs Muiravonside Country Park near Falkirk has a small demonstration farm (acessible for pushchairs) with information about the animals, feeding times and an events program. After the animals, for something a little different, there is a sculpture trail to follow in the park highlighting nature and wildlife. Or head straight to the play park and cafe. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/venues/muiravonside
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Polkemmet Country Park and Almondell & Calderwood Country Park are great for just getting out for a walk or with the bikes, push-chair friendly tracks, play parks and places to play poo sticks. For a different environment, Blawhorn Moss near Blackridge is a boardwalk over layers of ancient peat, plantlife for those interested, and a fun stomp along the wooden platform for everyone else! www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/blawhorn-moss/ Walk around Linlithgow Loch, see the swans and other water birds. It’s about 2.5 miles for a full circuit, with wildlife and history information, or just enjoy the swans who normally congregate on the town side. Historic Environment Scotland Rangers run regular events, there is a wildlife walk here starting at the Peel (next to the Palace) on 27th March 10.30am. Free but booking essential, contact 0131 652 8150 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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need to get out of the house A b o o k a n d g Iftoyou shake off cabin fever but don’t a b e a n b want to do anything too strenuous,
families are always welcome at the local libraries to find a comfy seat and enjoy books together in the children’s section. Bookbugs sessions for preschoolers run regularly at most libraries as well as in Livingston shopping centres (both) and Kirknewton Church Hall. www.westlothian.gov.uk/bookbug
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A trip on the Union Canal from a t Linlithgow basin (operated by Ta k e a b oLinlithgow Canal Centre) on weekend afternoons, starting 31st March. £3/child.
Trips on “Bluebell” from Port Buchan, Broxburn on Sundays (operated by the Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society). Sit with the captain and try your hand on the tiller! £3/child. Easter Bunny boat trips from Port Buchan 31st March, 1st & 2nd April. (Check the facebook page for ticket information facebook.com/ bridge1940canalsociety) www.bridge19-40.co.uk/boat-trips Booking not necessary for either of the two locations, just turn up on the day.
Ea s t er Eg g f t s Trail, hidden treasure and Easter tr a i l & cr a crafts at Hopetoun House 1 and st
2nd April. Drop in between 12 and 4pm. £2.80/child www.hopetoun.co.uk/event/easter-eggcitement
Xcite West Lothian Leisure run holiday Ac t i ve ! programmes with multi-sports activities,
Easter details were’t available at time of print but check their website www.westlothianleisure.com/junior-activities/ holiday-programmes
Cairnpapple Hill in the hills t er e s t between Bathgate and Spe c i a l InLinlithgow is a short walk with very rewarding views at the top, and an ancient burial cairn you can go down into. Run by Historic Environment Scotland. Opens for the season 31st March. *No toilet facilities. £3.00/child (5-15) www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/ cairnpapple-hill
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The go-to option for rainy days and kids with too much energy! Each place has different activities and offerings. • YOYO (Bathgate) yoyosoftplay.co.uk £5/child (3-12) • The Hive Soft Play (Bathgate) www.thehivesoftplay.com £4.75/child (3 -12) • Play Bugs (Linlithgow) www.playbugs.co.uk £3.50/toddler, £4.50/child (over 3)
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Deer Park, Livingston. From £4/child (under 15) www.deer-park.co.uk/bowling
Explore Blackness Castle or Ea s t er Linlithgow Palace for Easter clues g n i r lo p s and challenges, Friday 30 March Eg g to Monday 2nd April. £3.60/child (5-15)
Paradise Island Golf, Livingston. From £5.50/child (5-16 years, less for under fives) www.paradiseislandgolf.com Livingston Jump Station trampoline park, Livingston, has a Tots Time 10am-12pm Monday to Thursday and 9-11am every Saturday & Sunday. £4/tot (0 - 4 years) www.jumpstations.co.uk
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Scottish Owl Centre within Polkemmet Country park. £5.50/child (3-15). www.scottishowlcentre.com
Five Sisters Zoo, near West Calder. Daily handling, talks and feeds £9.95/child (3 – 15) www.fivesisterszoo.co.uk
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Drop in to paint pottery, make jewellery, decopatch and more at Potter Around Studio, Kirknewton. They usually run holiday club and Easter egg hunt, although information not available at time of print. Prices vary, but for £5/child will cover a wee piece of craft to make and take away. www.potteraround.co.uk
NOTE: Prices quoted are for one child entry. Check with the attraction for adult entry prices, family discounts and opening times before planning your day!
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* sor y pla y *Bramble Cottage is a new Se nwildlife-themed imaginary and sensory place centre. Suitable for kids of all abilities. From £4.50/child (0-3) £5.50/child (4-7), £6/child (8-12) www.facebook.com/BrambleCottageplaycentre
Not literally! But take some pals and solve Esc a pe !puzzles together to escape from a locked room at Escape Rooms Livingston. Suitable for children over 10. £35 for 2, £42 for 3, £48 for 4, £55 for 5 and £60 for 6 - www.escape-livingston.co.uk
Easter treat for all children T a k e a Complimentary travelling on Bo’ness & Kinneil n i Railway Friday 30 March to s t e a m tr aMonday 2nd April. Wear a traditional th
Easter Bonnet for the chance to win a prize! Museum egg hunt. £6/child (5-15) www.bkrailway.co.uk
Trips on the Maid of the Forth, t a o South Queensferry. With option to b a e k Ta stop off at Inchcolm Island. Likely to spot
seals in the Forth. 2018 dates not avail at time of print. www.maidoftheforth.co.uk
Jump Station: An hour at b o u n c eLivingston’s indoor Ju m p & trampoline park for all ages and abilities. £10ppn or £9pp if pre-booked online 48 hours in advance. (Plus grip socks required, £2 per pair) www.jumpstations.co.uk Overboard Soft play £5.50/child (4 and over) www.overboardsoftplay.co.uk
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Salad Crop The gardening project is contributed by New Hopetoun Gardens. Pick up more of their weekend garden projects from the garden centre.
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We all may be struck by the confidence and happy energy which some people seem to have. Are they born with more confidence than us? Confidence actually grows from doing something well - it’s not a character trait or just something that lucky people have. So, we all can become confident by repeating a pattern which, in the natural course of living, becomes easier over time. But many of us have an internal critic - a ‘voice’ in our head which is negative and makes unhelpful comments. Of course, this makes creating change (such as New Year resolutions) much harder. But this negative voice is just a ‘pattern’ too. It’s only there because we’ve practised it not because it’s true. Often the voice is one we learned from someone in time gone by. Do we want it now, in the present? Our Observing Self - the part of us which can notice our thoughts and feelings and choose whether to give them attention or not - has a really important job to do. Letting that negative voice go on and on just makes us feel bad. Would we talk to someone else in the same way? So, let’s see what kindness and encouragement can do - not just to our families and friends. Just even for a month, let’s experiment ... let’s replace the inner critic with an inner friend - a coach who encourages us and is kind.
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Many estate agencies simply act as a broking service that matches people to property. However, most people are aware that there is far more to successful selling than this alone. Indeed, over 30% of property sales in this country fail to reach completion, falling through for various reasons. One of the main reasons is that a buyer simply gets cold feet and withdraws as a result of “buyer remorse”. This is a familiar phenomenon to estate agents and occurs when a buyer feels overwhelmed by the apparent enormity of the decision to buy and takes the more comfortable “low-risk” option and does nothing. Perhaps the buyer is offered another property that they prefer, or something else comes on the market that makes the price they have offered on your home look expensive. Your buyer may lose their job, or get a promotion. They might decide to get married or divorced; they might inherit or win a fortune, or their business may be experiencing difficulties. They could even die! Whilst these types of issues are generally unavoidable and naturally have a profound effect on people’s decision to move, the main problem concerns timing. Because offers in this country are not binding until missives have been concluded, the longer the time between offer and missives, the greater the opportunity there is for the buyer or seller to decide to withdraw. 30 | LIVINGSTON
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Itâ€™s time to tackle those cobwebs and give your home a good spring clean that will revive your space and perhaps inspire a fresh new look. Here are six tips to get you started: Think positive! Spring cleaning gives you the perfect chance to rethink your space and create areas that are tailor-made to suit your needs. What would you like to gain from your space? If viewed as a great opportunity to declutter and restyle rather than a list of chores, you are already one step ahead. Happy sounds are motivating, so pop on your favourite play-list. Peel off the layers Throws and blankets receive heavy-duty usage in cooler months, so ensure you wash/ dry-clean these before packing them away out of sight. Plus, stripping away layers offer more options when trying to create a new look. Walls & floors Rugs may not be necessary for warmer months, so consider a bare floor or replacing a winter rug with a lighter one in softer colours. Stains and marks will show up more in natural light, so itâ€™s also a good time to professionally clean carpets, wipe walls, fill in holes from old hooks or repaint. Seasonal accessories Cushions, accessories and prints can be rotated according to season, colour or theme. Having your items on rotation means you are less likely to tire of them and have considered their function. This is also a good chance to declutter and donate items you have not used in the last year. Repair items Action repairs! Whether it be framing photos, hanging pictures, or restoring/polishing furniture, not only are you crossing off items on your to-do list (and regaining floor/storage space) - you will enjoy the treasures you have chosen to keep.
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Should I vaccinate my pet ? In a word, yes!
The chances are your pets are exposed to just as many infections (if not more!) as we are every time they leave your house; they drink from puddles, eat things they shouldn’t, happily roll around in mud, and all these things mean their immune systems are constantly working to keep them healthy. Against most infections their bodies do the job well and we see nothing more than an upset stomach or a cough for a few days before your pet bounces back to full health. But sadly there are some nasty infections lurking out there that can be much more of a threat, often proving severely debilitating or even fatal. Just like us the young and old are more vulnerable, but with some conditions even healthy adult pets are at risk. Luckily for us we now have vaccinations
against many of these conditions, which we can use to protect your pet, and so their incidence has decreased. Conditions like Parvovirus and Distemper are much rarer now than 30 years ago, but they are still around, we haven’t eradicated them, and the main reason we see fewer cases now is because of successful vaccination schemes. If vaccinations stop these conditions will return. Vaccines are available for cats, dogs, rabbits and even ferrets, so for more information on the merits of vaccination, contact your vet practice for help to keep your pet fighting fit.
For more information about vaccination please contact your vet practice The Vet’s Tip is contributed by Michael McCallum, B.V.M. & S. M.R.C.V.S. GPCert (Ophthal) The Lamond Veterinary Clinic
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Two national saints days occur in March: St David of Wales and St Patrick of Ireland. It’s interesting to consider what traditional foods are connected with Scotland’s neighbouring Celtic countries. People in the two countries traditionally had similar basic cooking utensils which led to similarities in foods: a flat griddle and a three-legged cooking pot which stood in the fire on the hearth. Hence stews, soups, flatbreads, cheese, autumn fruit and nuts with the addition of the occasional luxury of meat or game became the cuisine of both countries. Roman imports never influenced Ireland so food was limited to what flourished on this mild, Atlantic-weathered landscape. Oats, wheat, rye, a little later peas and beans and then dairy cattle and hence milk, butter and cheese became the staples and were very important exports. By the 16th century potatoes arrived, changing the habits and the diet of the preindustrial population and in time led to the disastrous reliance on one crop (causing the famine and the massive depopulation of the whole island in the 19th century). The Irish are proud of their Irish stew, soda breads, pancakes, beer, corned beef (salt beef) champ, Boxty (potato 42 | LIVINGSTON
bread), colcannon (bubble and squeak) and cheeses. Wales is more mountainous and has poorer soils and a harsher climate, but it has land links with England and became heavily industrialised in the 19th century. Potato cakes, leek soup, cawl, bara brith and laver bread (nori seaweed) are the traditional foods of Wales. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales and are worn in the headgear of the armed forces on St David’s Day. They are good eating at this time of the year. These dishes are good to eat while the days are short and not too warm. They are comfort food at its best, using ingredients most people have to hand and do not take a great deal of work, just slow, gentle cooking. WELSH POTATO CAKE • 1kg potatoes • 100g butter • Salt, pepper, thyme, nutmeg, a little oil.
METHOD: Peel the potatoes (if you prefer, but it is not necessary). Bring to the boil in a pan of water and cook for 3-5 minutes. Drain and cool a little. Oil or butter an ovenproof metal dish, put a sprig of thyme or dried thyme leaves on the bottom of the dish. Slice some of the potatoes and carefully arrange them in circles in the dish. Slice the rest of the tatties and gently mix together with the melted butter, salt, pepper, a little grated nutmeg and a bit more thyme. Turn all this into the dish and firm down. Cover with a circle of non-stick paper and bake in a hot oven, 180oC, for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Turn out to serve. Eat with cold meats, grilled chops or fried sausages or black pudding. The recipe and food notes are contributed by Anne Pinkerton. Anne is a local cook who believes that everybody can enjoy seasonal food and can have pleasure preparing meals for their family and friends. @KonectDirectory
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...begin realising your potential using one “etch-a-sketch of life”, and a strong arm New beginnings are a double-edged sword. They are exciting, intriguing, exhilarating, but also scary, uncertain and intimidating. But change can mean growth, opportunities and realised potential. It’s widely suggested in the field of recruitment that March is the most popular month to jack in one job and move to another; in used car sales, that March is the busiest month; in law, that March is the most popular month to file for divorce, and in medicine that March is one of the two most popular months to give up smoking. So, it seems that the turn of a new year isn’t quite enough to compel us to act on those things which dissatisfy us in our lives, but after a couple of months we are ready to up-end the great Etch-a-Sketch of life and give it a jolly good shake. As in the world, so in the Jengaenga household … in the month of March we can look forward to going on a rare family holiday, to myself taking voluntary redundancy and accepting an exciting new job, to Penny turning 3 and starting nursery, to my husband becoming a British Citizen (at last), and to Quinn becoming independent of nappies during the day. This last one is particularly daunting as until very recently Quinn was unable to let us know when he needed a number 2 – one ruined rug and a binned cardi (I was trying in vain to save the rug) are testament to that. Phew. All of these daunting and thrilling prospects flitted through my mind as our little family unit arrived at the grand opening of the brand new KidzEco site in The Centre in Livingston. The 44 | LIVINGSTON
kids seized the balloons and goodies bags offered by the friendly staff member at the door, and we were ushered inside to have a bit of a browse. Kidzeco are also on the cusp of new things – a new shop, new ventures in training, and new volunteers … but the same lovely atmosphere to welcome children and their grown-ups into. After a long browse and some to-ing and fro-ing from Quinn about getting his face painted in the children’s play area (in the end, he fro-ed) we had a look around the ‘behind the scenes’ areas, training rooms, baby class areas etc. We left with Penny having cried over a popped balloon, both of them having fought over the remaining balloon, having played with just about every toy on the shelves without actually buying any of them, but equipped with a new, Spider-Man t-shirt for Quinn – “Look Mummy, Spider-Man!”, and a hairbow for Penny. Proof if any were needed that, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The monthly Parenting column is contributed by Nicola Jengaenga. Nicola lives in West Lothian with her two pre-schoolers and hubby Channa. They juggle hectic work schedules with the everevolving demands of their two tiny overlords and also squeezing in time for each other! @KonectDirectory
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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH at times; the poverty and deprivation is eyeopening. Yet at the same time, it is magical; it has a deeply spiritual side with many absolutely stunning temples and beautiful scenery. So many have very little yet you will find many are very happy, especially the children. It was quite evident to me that many in India appreciate and accept what they have, which often is much less than we have here in the West! I am just back from my travels in southern India. I spent 3 weeks in the Keralan state starting in Neyyar Dam for an intense ten days stay in the Si-vananda Yoga Ashram. We practised four hours of yoga a day along with meditation and chanting. We then moved on to Varkala, by the beach overlooking the Arabian Ocean and enjoyed a more relaxing second half of our trip.
I have returned home to value and appreciate everything I have: a comfortable home, the people in my life, the work that I do which I love, basics such as hot running water, drinking tap water, a wonderful health system, quietness to name a few. I feel full of joy, gratitude and appreciation for the options we have in the west and how lucky we are. Pause and appreciate more in life, it makes you feel much better.
India is magical and challenging at the same time! The heat and humidity makes you perspire at the slightest effort; the noise level and over-populated areas feel quite overwhelming
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SPORTS, HOBBIES, LEARNING, SUPPORT GROUPS & MORE... LIVINGSTON JOG SCOTLAND Jog Scotland groups around Livingston aim to get people outdoors and get fit whilst meeting new friends. There are groups suitable for beginners to advanced at different locations and times around Livingston. Check out jogscotland.org.uk. MS SOCIETY AFTERNOON MEETINGS Group meeting in the afternoons once per month at Dobbies, for those who can’t make the evening meeting. Support group to help people with MS, emotional, financial difficulties and to signpost them to legal and other help. Call Alison Ritchie on 01506 201439 or email email@example.com for more details and the date of this month’s meeting. LOTHIAN RUNNING CLUB We welcome runners of any standard. We believe that running clubs are not just for the elite (although we will let fast people join too). Suitable for all ages and we have a junior section from age 6. Training sessions in and around Livingston, meet at Inveralmond High, Craigswood Sports Centre and Dechmont Law car park. For more info see website www.lothianrunningclub.co.uk. WEST LOTHIAN CLARION Cycling club - Our aim is to help cyclists plan and reach their own goals through training with, and seeking advice and support from fellow club members. Weekly club runs leave from Linlithgow Leisure Centre and East Calder Sports Centre. See www.westlothianclarion.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org WEST LOTHIAN 50 PLUS NETWORK New members always welcome for social, educational, recreational and cultural activities. Monthly meet-ups, visits and day trips. Over 25 different activity groups, including arts, crafts, walking, theatre etc. See www. westlothian50plusnetwork.co.uk or call 01506 635510. Office hours Mon - Fri 10am - 2pm. THE LIVINGSTON PLAYERS Amateur theatre company always pleased to welcome new members with or without experience. For more information please contact Carol, Membership Secretary, on 01506 881398 or visit www.livingstonplayers.co.uk LIVINGSTON FC League players and juniors, social and corporate events. Almondvale Stadium telephone 01506 417000 or see www.livingstonfc.co.uk LIVINGSTON RAMBLERS GROUP We are a non profit walking group with members from around Livingston including Bathgate, Armadale, East, West and Mid Calder, Kirknewton, Blackburn, Uphall and Broxburn. We have 3 walking groups. Thursdays, once a fortnignt offering walks of 5 – 8 miles, starting at 10.00 am. Saturday Challenge walks starting at 7.00 or 7.30 am, walks include Corbetts and Munros. Sunday Venture walks start at 8.00am and offer a variety of walks of 7-13 miles, from coast
to hills. You are welcome to try any of our walks. Contact 01506 880980 for further information.
ALMONDVALE SCOTTISH SENIORS COMPUTER CLUB Muffin Break Café, Almondvale Centre, Livingston. For the over 50s to find out what you can do with your computer, laptop, iPad/tablet or smartphone device. Enjoy the experience; learn and share! Tuesday mornings 10am - 12 noon. Contact: Chris Cosgrove. Livingston Computer Club. Call 01506 656153 or just call in. LIVINGSTON SPEAKERS TOASTMASTERS CLUB A fun & friendly way to improve your Communication & Leadership skills. Our meetings are always entertaining and educational. We meet at West Lothian College, Livingston. Alternate Thursdays 7:15pm to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more. For more info see - www. livingstonspeakers.org.uk, or find us on facebook @LivingstonSpeakers PHYSIO LED PILATES The Dance Studio at West Lothian College, Almondvale, Livingston. Wed evenings at 6pm & 7pm. At Physio Led Pilates you can feel assured that exercises will be performed safely, effectively and modified to the appropriate level for you under the expert guidance of an experienced Physiotherapist. For booking and further information please visit www.physioledpilates.com
BELLSQUARRY SPIRITUAL & PSYCHIC AWARENESS DEVELOPMENT GROUP Bellsquarry Village Hall. Every second Thursday 7:15pm - 8:45pm Please call or email Tracey 07754 499344 email@example.com for more info. BROWNIES Brownie unit (girls 7-10 years) Tues nights. For more information please see www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAIGSHILL ACTIVITY GROUP Are you over 60? Looking to get out and meet new people? Come and join in our activity group in Craigengar Park, Craigshill - a mix of gentle physical activity, quizzes and games. We also love a good chat over a cup of tea! All welcome, cost is just £1 per session. Get in touch if you’d like more information, with Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) on 01506 815815, email email@example.com or visit our website www.cyrenians.scot NEW TOWN ROLLER GIRLS Roller Derby team, meeting 9-10pm on Wednesdays at Craigswood Xcite. New members
welcome, contact us via our Facebook page (/NewTownRollerGirls) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us before coming to your first session so that we can sort equipment for you. WEST LOTHIAN RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS CLUB Craigwillow Centre, Craigshill, EH54 5LU. Rhythmic is gymnastics with rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. We welcome all girls from 5 -18 year old, from beginners to Elite level. For more information contact Liz McNeill – 01506 434789 or 07710 472213. CRAIGSHILL GOOD NEIGHBOUR NETWORK 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. Almondbank Centre. Tel 01506 435851. LODGE ALMONDALE SOCIAL CLUB Our Social Club convenor cordially invites all members, associate members and their guests to visit our social club. The Social Club is open every evening and Saturday afternoon (except Sunday and meeting nights) with Live Music, Dancing and Bingo every Saturday evening and Bingo every Wednesday evening. Non members welcome. Masonic Hall, Craigshill Rd East, Livingston EH54 5DT Tel: 01506 439418. TRAMPOLINE CLASSES FOR CHILDREN Craigwillow Centre, Craigshill 6 years+. Please call 01506 412314 for more info. 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-8.00pm weather permitting (if weather is bad Friday’s training is held at Craigsfarm 7.308.30 pm). For further details contact Mark on 07951 528398. 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. First Thursday of each month (during school term). For more information contact email@example.com DAISY DROP IN Almondbank Centre, Craigshill. Information centre for parents/ carers of pre-school children. Drop in, play and have fun! Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 12 noon, Mon & Thurs afternoons 1.30pm - 3.00pm. CRAIGSHILL DANCE CLASS Riverside Wing, Craigsfarm. Wednesdays 5.306.30pm. Fridays 2.00– 3.00pm. Join Craigshill’s new intergenerational dance class for people over 60 and their families. There will be traditional and modern dances, no partners are required and everyone is welcome from 0 – 100. Classes will run every week except during school holidays. Seated / adapted dance for people with mobility aids and other challenges is our speciality, so everyone can take part. Every child must have a participating adult. £1 Individuals / £3 Family of 3 or more, payable each week. Can’t come but want to know more? Call: Joanne on 07521 358 239 or Jane on 07473 102 669. www.generationarts.co.uk
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CRAIGSHILL ...cont. SANDS LOTHIANS (STILLBIRTH & NEONATAL DEATH SOCIETY) Support group meets 2nd Monday of every month at 7-9pm Pregnancy support group – as and when required. Mother and toddler group- for women who have other children but want to continue to chat and meet others who understand. For further information see www.sands-lothians.org.uk. Current venue Craigsfarm Community Centre, Maree Walk, Craigshill – but venue changing in 2016 please contact SANDS before attending. WEST LOTHIAN GYMNASTICS Craigwillow Centre. Pre school classes for boys and girls, learn gymnastics in a fun and dedicated full time gymnastics facility. Classes lead by fully qualified coaches and morning, afternoon and weekend classes available for children 18 months - 3 years and 3-5 years with direct progression to recreational pathway age 5 without waiting list. First class free, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
DEANS NEW CRAFT ‘N’ STITCH CLUB Livingston Station Community Centre, Wed 1.30pm - 3.30pm. We do a variety of stitching and craft work and are looking for new members and new ideas, if you are interested in coming along to see us or joining us contact Grace on 01506 415719.
RAMPAGING ROOKS JUNIOR CHESS CLUB Deans Community High School - Meets every Wednesday from 5:30-7:00. For further information contact email@example.com or just turn up during the session. Cost is £2 per session. CHOOSE YOU YOGA Carmondean House, Carmondean Centre South, Livingston, EH54 8PT. Mon 9.45-11.00am Seasonal yoga; 6.00-7.15pm Iyengar yoga; 7.30-8.45pm Iyengar yoga. Tues 6.00-7.30pm Ashtanga yoga; 7.45-8.45pm Vinyasa flow yoga. Wed 5.30-6.30pm Seasonal yoga; 7.00-8.30pm Bihar yoga; 8.30-9.10pm Meditation. Thurs 6.00-7.15pm Iyengar yoga; 7.30-8.45pm Iyengar yoga. Fri 9.45-11.00am Iyengar yoga;4.00-5.00pm Children’s yoga age 8-12; 5.30-6.30pm Vinyasa Flow yoga. For information please call Eva on 07810 824195 SINGING FOR HEALTH Come and join our fortnightly singing group at the Ability Centre in Carmondean. No singing skills required! We enjoy doing our versions of classic songs together and have a great time while
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doing it. Cost is £1.20 per session – all welcome! Group run by Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives), 01506 815815, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.cyrenians.scot YOGA Carmondean Community Centre. Tuesdays 6:30-7:30. Please contact Tina on 07834 970 409 or email email@example.com. See www.yogamed.co.uk DEANS BOWLING CLUB Bowling Season is April – October, Social Club open all year round 7 days/week (Mon-Fri 12:30 - 23:00 & Sat/Sun 11:00 - 23:30). Entertainment plus bingo every Saturday evening and bingo every Wednesday evening. Other social events such as quiz nights, race nights, fundraisers held regularly over the year. Hall available for bookings (ex Wednesdays or Saturdays). To our members & their guests, thank you for your continued support for our Club. Non members welcome. Applications open for bowling and social membership. Deans Bowling Club, 2 Main Street, Deans, Livingston, EH54 8BE. Tel. 01506 413789 or find us on Facebook. 13 WEST LOTHIAN SCOUTS Deans Community Hall. Beavers: 6 - 8 years. Tues 6.30 - 7.30pm. Cubs: 8 - 10 years. Thurs 6.30 - 8.00pm. Scouts: 10 -14 years. Thurs 7.00 – 9.00. We are also looking for new leaders or helpers to help out on the nights. All are welcome. Please contact Steven Graham firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 07786638442 or 1506 630360 after 6.30pm. TH
YOGA FOR PEOPLE WITH HEALTH CONDITIONS Ability Centre, Carmondean Centre Road. Wednesdays 1.15-2.30pm. Contact Bijam on 07966 573 804 or email: email@example.com LIVINGSTON STATION PLAYGROUP Livingston Station Community Centre Spaces available for 2-5 year olds. Monday – Friday mornings 9.10 – 11.30. £5 per session and £1 per week for a healthy snack. Please contact us on 07930 372345 to place your child’s name on our waiting list or see us on Facebook for more information. LIVINGSTON FIDDLERS A group of amateur musicians who meet for regular practise sessions in Deans and play for local events. New members always welcome. Must be able to read music and not suitable for complete beginners. Fiddle/accordion or any other instrument considered. Venue - St Andrews Church Hall, Deans, Livingston. Time: most Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm. Contact secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel 01506 654 189. www.livingstonfiddlers.co.uk PILATES FOR PEOPLE WITH HEALTH CONDITIONS Livingston Station Community Centre. Mondays 11.00am 12noon & Fridays 10.30-11.30am. Contact Rhona at email@example.com DIABETES UK WEST LOTHIAN
VOLUNTARY GROUP Regular group meetings are held on 1st Wednesday of each month (not January) at 7-9pm at Inveralmond Community High School, Willowbank, Ladywell Livingston. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01506 834 877 Mob: 07708 919 064. www.west-lothian.diabetesukgroup.org. We also have Facebook and Twitter pages. LOTHIANS MS SUPPORT GROUP Open to anyone living with Multiple Sclerosis, family & friends. Informal monthly meetings for support, information and activities. Membership and meetings free. Meet at the Ability Centre, Carmondean, EH54 8PT on the second Tuesday of each month, 7-8.30pm. For more information please contact Jeff Warren, Chairperson, on 07810 104759. 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 pre-school children. Kiddies Korner runs on a Tuesday and a Thursday from 9am-12.00. Parents, guardians and Childminders are all welcome. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION AND YOGA CLASSES Carmondean Comunity Centre. FREE courses and weekly dropin’s for cancer patients. Email: Tina@yogamed.co.uk for more information LIVINGSTON UNITED PARISH CHURCH Meets on Sundays at Nether Dechmont Community Centre, Fells Rigg. 8.45 – Eucharist. 9.30 – All-age Worship. 10.00 – Children’s Group, Discussion Group and Coffee Bar. 11.00 – Traditional Service. Transport can be provided – call 07806 628506 to arrange. Also meets on Thursdays at Lanthorn Community Centre, Dedridge, at 10.15am for Holy Communion. www.lupc.org.uk. UKULELE CLUB Deans Community High School. Every Tuesday from 7pm, except during July and August. All are welcome, no standard required, absolute beginners to experienced. It’s for anyone who wants to play the Uke and have fun. If interested please just turn up £2 to cover room hire. 2ND LIVINGSTON GIRLS’ BRIGADE COMPANY Meets Tuesdays in St Andrew’s Church Hall 4A Main Street, Deans. Explorers (P1-3) 6.30-7.45. Juniors (P4-7) 6.30-8.00. Brigaders (S1-6) 6.30-8.00. For further information email email@example.com, phone Laura Brooks on 01506 418272 or find us on facebook. RAINBOWS, BROWNIES, GUIDES Rainbow units (girls 5 - 7 years) Wed & Mon nights | Brownie unit (girls 7 - 10 years) Mon nights | Guide unit (girls 10 - 14 years) Mon nights. For more information see www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KINGS CHURCH WEST LOTHIAN A family friendly church. Sundays 3pm at the Lanthorn Community Centre. Everyone’s welcome. More info at www.kingschurchwl.org
DEDRIDGE DEDRIDGE GOOD NEIGHBOUR NETWORK A local voluntary organisation offering Mother/Toddler Group, Lunch & Social Groups, Craft Classes, Gentle Exercise and volunteering opportunities. Based in Lanthorn Community Complex. Tel: 01506 416137 SPACE ACADEMY CHILDREN’S CLUB Monthly club for primary aged children held on the last Friday of each month from 1.30-3.30pm at the Lanthorn Community Centre. Games, stories, songs, science, crafts, cooking and more – free of charge. Visit facebook.com/lepyouth or call 07861 455121 for more information. JYHS BADMINTON CLUB at James Young High School on Saturdays. Open to school children in the Livingston area of any age or ability. Primary School age (P1-P7) 9am - l0am. High School age (S1-S6) l0am - 11am. Contact: Ann (01506 438717) or Joyce (01506 462430). DEDRIDGE SPIRITUALIST CHURCH Crofthead Community Centre, Templer Rise. Wednesdays 7.30pm. We are one of the oldest running spiritualist church in Livingston. We have been serving the community since 1985. We have a different medium every week. No admission fee. Find us on Facebook and website:dedridgespiritualstchurch.co.uk LIVINGSTON CAMERA CLUB Crofthead Centre, Templar Rise, Dedridge. We meet every Monday evening at 7:15pm - 9:30pm. All welcome. Annual subscription £25, weekly attendance £2.50 (concessions available). Annual programme of visiting speakers, members digital, print & AV evenings, internal & external competitions, tutorials and outings. The central aim of the club is to encourage individual members to share ideas, knowledge and experience, and develop their photographic skills. www.livingstoncameraclub.org.uk. Email – email@example.com Facebook – /livingstoncameraclub Twitter – @LiviCamClub CAFÉ CONNECT Friendly community café with homebaking and refreshments. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:3012. Dedridge Baptist Church, Quentin Rise. Contact 01506 415837. THE LANTHORN TODDLERS GROUP – MUSIC MAKERS Meets on Mondays in the Lanthorn Community Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge. From 9:45 to 10:45 - £1 per session.
THE LANTHORN TODDLERS GROUP – PARENT & TODDLERS Meets on Fridays in the Lanthorn Community Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge From 10:00am to 12 noon. Snack provided - £1 per session. Contact Susanne Brunton at firstname.lastname@example.org Or find us on Facebook ‘Lanthorn Toddler Group’. CAFE CONNECT EXTRA For those suffering with dementia and their carers. 1st Wednesday of the month 2pm-3:30pm. Dedridge Baptist Church, Quentin Rise. Contact 01506 415837. LUNCH CLUB 12:30pm every Thursday for any over 60s. Dedridge Baptist Church, Quentin Rise. Contact 01506 41583. BUMP AND BABY GROUP Dedridge Baptist Church. For precrawling babies and their carers - Mondays 9:30-11. Come and have a cuppa and a natter with other new and expecting parents while your little one enjoys themselves. CROFTHEAD HICKORY HOUSE PLAYGROUP Crofthead Community Education Centre, Templar Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6DG. For children 2-3 years. Mon-Fri 9.15-11.15am term time. £4.50/day includes healthy snack. For more info call 01506 467650, email email@example.com or visit www.croftheadhickoryhouse.co.uk WEST LOTHIAN DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP A free self-help group for adults living with depression, low mood and anxiety or those who support others. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7.00 - 9.00pm within Crofthead Farm, Dedridge, EH54 6DG. DEDRIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP Wednesdays 9.15am – 11.15am: Baby and Toddler group (children 0-5 years old)Fridays 10-11am: Little Fishes. (Children 0-5 years old) 50p per child. Crafts and snacks. 01506 415837 Facebook: Dedridge Baptist Church 0-5 groups. LIVINGSTON & DISTRICT AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY (LADARS) Full amateur radio station at the club operating on the High Frequency and VHF bands. Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre, Crofthead Centre, Templar Rise, Dedridge, Tuesdays 7-9 pm. Training can be provided to achieve all levels of the amateur license by fully accredited assessors and trainers. Happy to assist with your radio and electronics projects or just to get you started with amateur radio as a hobby. Come along and speak to the world. See our website www.LADARS.org.uk or just come along on any Tuesday. 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 www.brighter-days.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Kids club coming soon - every Saturday
weekly for children. Activities available will include arts, crafts and music. 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 email@example.com 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 6:30 to 7:45pm. Junior Section P4-P6 from 6:30-8:00pm. Company Section P7 to 18 years from 7:30 to 9:45pm. For further information contact Stuart Dalgleish 01506 440303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org BABY & TODDLER ACTIVIES Kidzeco Livingston, 3a The Centre, Almondvale South, Livingston, EH54 6NB. Monthly sling meets (Baby Wearing West Lothian). Please contact Kidzeco Livingston on 01506 238283 for more information. Large family area with feeding/changing area and play area for children too! LIVINGSTON SOUTH COMMUNITY CHURCH With roots in Church of Scotland, Methodist, Scottish Episcopal & United Reformchurch since 1966. SCO Number 44088. We serve the south of the town, worshipping each Sunday at 10am. The 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month in Lanthorn Community Centre, Kenilworth Rise, 2nd & 4th Sundays in Murieston Village Hall. Sunday club for the children runs at same time as service. We are on Facebook, or e-mail email@example.com for weekly updates. LANTHORN READERS Lanthorn Library, Dedridge. Informal and relaxed reading group. Free. Group meets monthly and is an ideal way to have some fun and lively discussion over tea/coffee & biscuits. New members always welcome. Please contact 01506 777700 or firstname.lastname@example.org LANTHORN BOOK BASHERS Lanthorn Library, Dedridge. Are you aged between 8 – 11 years old? Come and join the Library Book Bashers. We meet once a month on a Thursday at 6.15pm to discuss our favourite books. New members welcome. Please call 01506 777700 for information. LIVINGSTON AMATEUR FLUTE ENSEMBLE A voluntary group for learning and improving technique of playing flute, percussion, recorder & keyboard. We play a variety of music. Everyone is welcome from experienced players to those wishing to learn and those who played at school and want to get back to playing. Our classes cater for adults and children from 6 years. Thursdays 7 – 9 pm in Crofthead Farm Community Centre, Livingston. For further information please contact Alice on 01506 462623. Email email@example.com
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ELIBURN CELEBRATE RECOVERY Livingston Free Church, 7 Jackson Place, Eliburn, EH54 6RH. Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.00pm. If you’re struggling with addiction issues come along or tel. Brian 07534 335528 Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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. SUNSHINE BREAK, SPPA (SCOTTISH PRE-SCHOOL PLAY ASSOCIATION) GROUP Eliburn Community Centre, Peel Primary School. Toddlers, Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9.00 – 11.00am. After school club for Primary 1-7, Mon – Thur 3.15 – 6.00pm, Fri 12.30 – 6.00pm, during school holidays 8.30am – 5.30pm. Tel 01506 415492. CHURCH OF CHRIST Garden Place, Eliburn, EH54 6RA, Livingston. Service Times: Sunday Bible Study and Sunday School - 10.00 am.; Worship Service 11.15am; Tuesday Bible Study - 7.30pm. LITTLE JEWELS BABY AND TODDLER GROUP Free Church of Scotland, Jackson Place, Eliburn. Tuesdays 10-11:30am, term time only. Play time, craft, snack and songs for babies, toddlers and their parents/carers. 50p per family. For more information email email@example.com or find us on facebook @littlejewelslivingston
HOWDEN GOSH - GROUP OSTOMY SELF HELP Led by volunteers, we are there to help, advise, encourage and discuss problems which may arise in the management of members’ Stoma, from time to time. Members can exchange views on how they manage their Stoma, and beginners can pick up tips on the best way other Ostomists have found to solve problems. Remember, you are not alone. We meet in St. Johns Hospital at 7.30pm on the last Wednesday of each month in OPD4. All Ostomists and their partner/friend are invited. For more info contact Alistair on 01506-822695. ST MUNGO’S LIVINGSTON Come be part of our vibrant church community which meets every Sunday at 10.30am, St Margaret’s Academy. www.stmungos.org
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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 BRAID HOUSE DAY CENTRE Labrador Avenue, Howden. Social activities for older members of the community. Bowling, art, music. Drop-in service for people who can make their own way to Braid House and can have lunch and join in a range of activities. Cost £5. For more info contact 01506 430615 or see www.braidhouse. co.uk LIVINGSTON ART ASSOCIATION Howden Park Centre. Day and evening classes in painting and pottery for all levels. For more details call 01506 440449 email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www. livingston-art-assoc.org.uk. FIREFLY ARTS Firefly Arts provide fun and friendly theatre, film and drama workshops for children and young people (5 to 25 years) in venues across West Lothian. Call 08447 744496 or email email@example.com for more information on our current programme. Firefly Arts Ltd, Howden Park Centre, Livingston, EH54 6AE. Website: www.firefly-arts.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LIVINGSTON 20 MILERS CYCLE RIDES Monthly free guided ride organised by volunteers from West Lothian Sustrans Group. 20 milers are at the easy to moderate level, suitable for occasional and less experienced cyclists to encourage cycling for leisure and commuting. We favour easy paths and gentle gradients where possible, and aim to avoid heavy traffic. We will wait on stragglers, help with punctures. The rides are not suitable for unaccompanied children. We meet monthly at Howden Park Centre, details on our web or Twitter page. Email: email@example.com Web: www.livi20milers.blogspot.co.uk/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/LMilers RAINBOWS, BROWNIES, GUIDES Rainbow units (girls 5 - 7 years), Brownie unit (girls 7 - 10 years), and Guide unit (girls 10 - 14 years) all take place on Tues nights in Howden. For more information see www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNIGHTSRIDGE MESSY CHURCH Monthly time of craft, celebration and food for all the family held on the first Sunday of each month from 4-6pm at Mosswood Community Centre.
Free of charge, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit facebook. com/lepyouth or call 07861 455121 for more information. 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. RAINBOWS, BROWNIES, GUIDES Rainbow unit for girls aged 5-7, Tuesday nights. For more information see wwwgirlguiding.org.uk/get-involved or email email@example.com
LADYWELL CELEBRATE RECOVERY Forrestbank Community Centre, Forrestbank, EH54 6DX. Thursdays 1.30pm to 3.00pm. If you’re struggling with addiction issues come along or tel. Brian 07534 335528 Email firstname.lastname@example.org WEST LOTHIAN DIABETES UK GROUP Inveralmond Community High School, Ladywell, EH54 6HW. Meet monthly on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm. See www.west-lothian.diabetesukgroup.org ALMOND VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH A Church for you and your Family! Sunday School and Worship services starting at 11am. Meeting at the Newyearfield Farm Community Centre on Hawkbrae in Livingston. Contact phone number 07570 790862 or email at email@example.com 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. 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 www.ladywellnn.org.uk LADYWELL STAR COMMUNITY FOOTBALL CLUB Inveralmond Community High School. A range of teams and fixtures. See www.ladywellstarcfc.co.uk SPPA (SCOTTISH PRE-SCHOOL PLAY ASSOCIATION) GROUP Newyearfield Farm. Toddlers Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri: 09.30 – 11.30am. Tel 01506 462458
MEMORY CAFE Newyearfield Farm Community Centre, Hawk Brae, EH54 6AB. For those suffering with dementia and their carers. Runs the first Thursday of every month 2pm to 3.30pm. WEST LOTHIAN BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Meets on the first Tuesday of each month, in Oscars, Ladywell, from 7pm-9pm. Further details and information, contact Nan McDonald tel: 01506 655739 RAINBOWS, BROWNIES & SENIOR SECTION Rainbow unit (girls 5 - 7 years) and Brownie unit (girls 7 - 10 years) take place on Wed nights in Ladywell. Senior Section unit (girls 14 - 25 years) take place every other Thurs night. For more information see www.girlguiding.org.uk/getinvolved or email westlothiangirlguiding@ gmail.com.
LIVINGSTON VILLAGE LIVINGSTON VILLAGE PLAYGROUP Based in Livingston Village Primary School, Kirkton Road North, Livingston Village. We are now part of Community Playgroups and are based in the large and bright community room of the primary school, with our own secure outdoor area. We run Monday to Friday 9.15am to 11.30am, offering early education through fun and play, with a wide range of resources, to children aged from 2 years. The cost is £7 per session and includes a varied and healthy snack every day. Pop in for a visit with your child, or please phone Cheryl or Lesley on 01506 417343 for more information. LIVINGSTON VILLAGE PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP Livingston Village Primary School, Community Room 2. Mondays & Wednesdays 9-11am. For babies and children aged 0-5 years accompanied by an adult. £1 per family. Term-time only. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. facebook.com/livitoddlers RAINBOW, BROWNIES, GUIDES Rainbow unit (girls 5-7 years) Wed nights. Brownie unit (girls 7-10 years) Mon nights. Guide unit (girls 10-14 years) Mon nights. For more information see www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved or email email@example.com.
MURIESTON LIVINGSTON ROUND TABLE Livingston Cricket Club, Murieston, EH54 9HB. The BEST young men’s club in the world: have fun, help your community and develop new skills. If you’re a man aged 18 - 45, why not come along to a couple
of events and see what we’re all about? Business meetings 1st Thurs of the month; social event 3rd Thurs of the month. For more info please email membership@ livingstonroundtable.co.uk or text Join and your postcode to 60066. RAINBOW, BROWNIES, GUIDES Rainbow units (girls 5-7 years) Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri nights. Brownie units (girls 7-10 years) Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs nights. Guide units (girls 10-14 years) Mon & Tues nights. Senior Section unit (girls14-25 years) Thurs nights. For more information see www. girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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