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The community magazine for Livingston March 2012

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LOCAL PEOPLE

A Carmondean Character – interview with Dan Priester

PLUS local businesses, community information and more!


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Hello neighbours Welcome to the March issue of the Konect Directory. This month our writer Yvonne MacMillan has been chatting to someone you will almost certainly recognise if you’ve ever been to the shops at Carmondean.... Dan Priester is pretty much a local fixture there outside Carmondean Connected, so you can read his story on pages 8 and 9. Mothers Day is March 18th and many local businesses have got some great offers on, so do check them out in the pages of the Konect Directory and maybe even treat the whole family to a meal out or some entertainment. We’re looking forward to the clocks going forward on the 25th of March, and it will soon be time to be thinking about the garden and all those outside jobs on the house. As usual you will find that local businesses can supply all the services you need, so do try and

Contents Feature Article A Carmondean Character 8 Local Walk 26 Pets 30 Recipe 34 Children & Family 39

support small local traders by checking the Konect Directory first! All our regular columns are included as usual – walk feature, recipe and seasonal food notes, local charity of the month, puzzles and competition. Congratulations to Louise Kirby of Dedridge who won the competition prize in the last issue, and to Lina Huang of Eliburn who won in the Dec/Jan issue. This month, Ashoka Shak, Indian restaurant, are offering a meal for two, so try your luck in the crossword competition on page 32. Helen-Jane, Editor hj@konectdirectory.co.uk The Konect Directory welcomes contributions such as old photographs, or short articles of local interest. The Editor reserves the right to edit any articles submitted for publication.

Competitions & puzzles Prize crossword 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. Jenny Thomson, Sales 07824 469266 jenny@konectdirectory.co.uk

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A Carmondean Character By Yvonne MacMillan

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or the last 12 years, Tuesdays to Saturdays, rain or shine, Daniel Priester (Dan), has been selling his popular, char-grilled hot dogs outside Carmondean Library. Dan’s hard to miss as he serves up a treat for all the senses – there’s his colourful, Canadian logo T-shirt and trademark, bright orange braces, the distinctive, Canadian accent and the tempting, mouth-watering smell from his grill. Sheltered by a blue windbreak behind the hot dog cart, and surrounded by bottles of mustard and tomato ketchup and supplies of sausages and buns, Dan and I chat as he greets and serves his hungry customers. He grew up near Niagara Falls in Canada, and at 17 years old, moved to Toronto where he spent the next 28 years living in and around the city. Back in Canada, Dan tells me, he had lengthy spells doing a variety of jobs. After college he worked in a bank, a job in office management came next, followed by work as a warehouse supervisor before he took on a gas station franchise. This turned out to be Dan’s kind of job. He talked to customers as he filled up their cars and washed the windscreens and loved it because, “I like people,” he says. “I like talking to them, and I like the outdoors.” Then fate took a hand in October 1995 when Dan went on a wellearned holiday to the Dominican Republic and met Elaine, a Glaswegian from Livingston, also on holiday. This meeting blossomed into

a holiday romance, and Dan, as lovestruck as a teenager, flew back and forth between Canada and Scotland for 3 years, finally moving here in March 1999 and marrying Elaine a couple of months later. “A holiday romance that went badly wrong,” jokes Dan, “I ended up marrying her!”

Getting married and moving to a different country weren’t the only momentous decisions Dan made that year. Looking to find a way of earning a living and, ideally, a job that involved meeting people and working outside, selling hot dogs, he felt, ticked all the boxes. The purpose-built hot dog cart was shipped out from Canada and soon he was in business. Dan settled on the Carmondean pitch – he lives in the area too - after short spells selling hot dogs at Bathgate Market and a couple of other venues. Building the business has taken time and patience, he says. Dan feels about 95% of his customer base are regulars. Some people stop just


to have a chat and, he says, “It’s a good way of catching up with the neighbours.” When it’s quiet he likes doing the crossword in the paper. And the secret of a good hot dog? “You have to have a good product,” says Dan. “I use 70% beef, the rest is good quality filler. Char-grilling the hot dog is a must for flavour too.” He makes three cuts in each sausage and explains that, “It stops the sausage spitting hot juices when the customer bites into it, and the cut edges get crispy and take on more flavour.” Asked what he likes most about Scotland, Dan says, “This might surprise you – the weather – it’s never too hot or cold, and you can’t shovel rain!” His memories of Canadian winters are three long months of snow – and that’s a lot of shovelling.

Dan’s Christian faith is very important to him and it was his church he missed most when he moved to Scotland. Now, he attends the Lutheran Church in East Kilbride where he is an elder. Away from work, he enjoys playing poker and pool and a friend gives him a helping hand with his Facebook page. Dan tells me this was his third interview. He was interviewed a year or so ago for a Canadian magazine, and earlier this year for a Norwegian newspaper - he’s trying not to let it go to his head though! Thanking Dan, I’m just about to leave, when Ryan, Michael and Steven, in their late teens and regular customers, stop for hot dogs. So what about the taste? I ask what they think of Dan’s hot dogs and, like an X Factor judge, Michael says, “11 out of 10.” Mouths full, Ryan and Steven nod in agreement and get on with their lunch.


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opportunity for children and young people who have additional support needs, or who may be marginalised through disability, social, educational or economic disadvantage. Firefly’s Community and Outreach projects address these needs, via workshops for young adults with learning and physical disabilities, projects with young carers, and theatre development with young people who are deaf, have sensory and/ or communication difficulties. Besides their Howden Park venue in Livingston, Firefly also run workshops in Linlithgow and Armadale Friends of Firefly If you are interested in supporting our work by becoming a Friend of Firefly, please contact us. We’re always pleased to meet new people, and actively seek new partnerships to generate greater arts opportunity for young people locally. Your contribution can make a significant difference, nn particular, our workshops for young adults with learning and physical disabilities, projects with young carers, and theatre development with young people who are deaf, have sensory and/or communication difficulties. Circus Skills Works hop Saturday March 31st For S1 to S2, at Howd to 4pm. Please contacen Park Centre 10am information and to bot Firefly Arts for more ok a place.

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hen you enter Goldilocks Hair Salon in Livingston Village you are met by the bright warm colour scheme which reflects perfectly the welcoming, friendly and relaxed atmosphere of the salon.

Run by Valerie, the salon has been going two years, over which time Valerie has built up a solid base of clients who come back regularly. With over 20 years’ experience in hairdressing, Valerie has worked for many different hairdressers but she always wanted to set up her own business. “I had a clear vision of what I wanted my salon to be like, and the way I wanted to run it,” she says. “I want customers to have a relaxing experience when they come here”. The atmosphere in the salon is very welcoming. Valerie and her team, Karen and Emma, will make you feel at home, you can sip a cup of tea or coffee in their easy chairs and discuss what you want done with your hair. Valerie takes the time to get to know you and is genuinely interested in people. It’s not just about a head of hair, but about the whole person and their individuality. She feels strongly that it is important to spend the time getting to know clients, especially if it’s their first visit or if they’re planning a big change in style. You have to be able to trust your hairdresser as you’re putting your appearance in their hands, 20

and at Goldilocks they understand this completely. Their clients are both women and men across a wide range of ages, and most of them are regulars who, having discovered Goldilocks, now daren’t entrust their locks to anyone else! Goldilocks offers a full range of styling and colour services. Whether you want a quick trim or a glamorous new style, Valerie and her team would love to help out. They are colour specialists using Wella products and they also do wedding hair for the bride and bridesmaids. They have recently started offering a small range of beauty treatments, including eyebrow tints, eyebrow waxing and head massages. The pricing policy is very reasonable, for example a cut and blow dry is £25, a full head of highlights is £35. There are regular special offers each month so check Goldilocks’ advertisement in Konect each month to see what specials are on, or visit their website at goldilockshairsalon.com.

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Thought for the Month Observe your mind By Tina Gilbert

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he mind rarely stops thinking; it moves from one thought to the next, like a butterfly moves from flower to flower gently and effortlessly. The mind’s habitual pattern however is to move to negative thinking. Do you get in from your day and think or talk about the bad things that have happened, even if they are only small things? Do you ever notice your thoughts and whether they are positive or negative? Just like the body needs a rest, so does the mind. Why don’t you start this year with a new intention of observing your thoughts to see what they consist of. Give your mind a rest from negative thinking. “Energy Follows Focus” - if your focus is negative, your energy will be negative; if your focus is positive your energy will be positive.

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Set the intention of bringing about happiness in your thoughts. Engage first by observing your thought patterns; what do you think about, what do you talk about? Do you want to be happy but focus on the negative in your day, not seeing any of the good around you? When you climb to the top of a mountain, you look at all there is around, whether it is toxic waste or beautiful parkland. Start by seeing all that is good and bad; the whole picture and then if you change your intention and focus on seeing more of the positive your thinking patterns will, slowly over the year, change to see the good and the energy that follows that focus will be positive. Tina lives in Livingston and teaches yoga and meditation. You can contact her on 07834 970409

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Have buggy, will walk. By Karen Murray

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ake your baby, your buggy and enjoy the great outdoors.

Regular readers of Konect will know that we like to recommend a good walk for you to try out, but perhaps those of you with babies and small children might find the terrain of some of these walks a little tough to negotiate with a buggy. Thanks to a website entitled simply ‘walks with buggies’ we have found some suggestions for walks that can include wee ones not yet walking. I decided to try one of the suggestions for myself and found a delightful walk, enjoyable for anyone - with buggy or without. The walk starts out from Livingston South railway station, which means that for drivers there are plenty of parking spaces.

Buggies at the ready and you are off. Facing the station, with Sapphire Chinese Restaurant on your left, you walk under the tunnel ahead of you following the signs for Murieston Trail. At the top of the lane, you come onto Robin’s Lane. A right turn will take you eventually to the Centre at Almondvale and you may feel everything is very built up here. However go left onto Robin’s Lane and take the second path on the left - red grit - and you are very quickly in a much leafier environment.

enjoyable walk but not for those with buggies. Buggy walkers turn right following the Campbridge Park sign. The path immediately veers round to the left behind some houses and you shortly arrive at Murieston Mews where you might want to stop to admire some beautiful houses. If not, cross the road and rejoin the path straight in front of you. The red grit gives way to grey grit but is still flat and easy terrain. There are a number of paths, grassy or gravel, that go off this path. Those on the left will take you down to Murieston Water but are not suitable for buggies. Stay on the main path all the way to the end, through another tunnel of trees enjoying the greenery as well as the bird song and the odd squirrel that is bound to scamper across your way. The path becomes a restricted access road so be careful of the odd car. Just before the end of the path, you will see a sign to Campbridge Park on your left. 

Follow the red grit path walking through a tunnel of trees and breath in the air. The path is totally flat and perfect for perambulating. Continue to the end of this path where there is a wooden fence. Left will take you to Murieston Water and an equally 26

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Local Walk (Continued)  If you are simply out for a walk, you

can then about turn and retrace your steps. If however you are up for more exploration, then go through the park entrance. The path splits in two and both will give a bit of a bumpy ride for a buggy but are negotiable. The right path takes you to a pond, which in reality is a flooded disused quarry but rather pretty nonetheless, complete with lily pads and very peaceful. Boardwalks take you up to the edge and there is a bench for a rest, snack, escape from buggy time, before heading back. If you are walking sans buggy, you can follow the boardwalks, up and down some steps, through the trees to the other side of the pond and over a bridge to reach another boardwalk that follows along Murieston Water. This path will

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eventually take you back to first part of your walk where you turned right to follow the Campbridge Park signs. The buggy walk (2.5 miles) takes just over an hour taking into account squirrel watching and a rest by the pond. The non-buggy route takes a little longer and there are various paths off shooting the main path which you can also explore if you have plenty of time. I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a leafy haven nestled within a built up area and even better that it is accessible to all. If you get a chance, head to Murieston and enjoy. Thanks to Cathy Nettley who suggested the walk on the walks with buggies website.

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March Recipe and Food Notes: Pancakes By Anne Pinkerton

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

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the milk and the oil or melted butter. Mix to a smooth, thick batter. Do this with an electric hand-whisk, balloon whisk or wooden spoon. By adding only some of the liquid at first you are more likely to avoid lumps. Then mix in the rest of the liquid. Leave the batter to rest, at least ½ hour or up to 4 or 5 hours.

Cook the pancakes in a thick-bottomed oiled or lightly buttered pan. Regard the first pancake as a test run. You can judge whether the heat is correct and tell if you need to thin the batter. Thin lacy pancakes are nicest so just add a little cold water. Cook till the batter changes colour and looks a bit transparent, then turn with a palette-knife and cook the other side. Tossing is not expected. If you are making to freeze, pile the pancakes 2 by 2 interleafed with clingwrap or grease-proof paper. Then you can defrost as many or as few as you need. This amount should make 10 or 12, depending on your pan size! Fillings : Orange juice and sugar with a little marmalade. Slice banana onto the pancake before turning and roll up with brown sugar. Fill with stoned cherries or good cherry jam and grated chocolate. Maple syrup and whipped cream. Or, my favourite….Add crispy bacon and drizzle with black treacle as in Holland. 

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

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

Savoury supper pancakes Leek and ham. 4 leeks sliced, half cooked and squeezed dry 125gm ham or bacon bits rough chopped. White sauce made with 10gm butter, 1015 gm plain flour and ½ pint milk, salt, pepper and mustard or lemon juice to taste. Mix the leeks and ham into the sauce and fill 4 pancakes, roll them up and, lay them in an oven-proof dish. Grate a little cheese over the top and bake in 160oC oven for about 30mins, till bubbling and hot all through. Mushroom and onion 2 large onions sliced fine 10gm butter and 10gm oil 450 gm mushrooms slice or rough chopped A pinch of dried thyme or mixed herbs 10-15 gm plain flour 1/2pt milk Salt and pepper and a taste of sherry or white wine if liked. Fry the onion in the oil and butter till golden brown, drain and then fry the mushrooms in the same oil. Return the cooked onions to the pan and use the 36

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th April will mark Livingston’s 50th anniversary.

pupils on the theme “What Livingston means to me” at Howden Park Centre,17th - 23rd April; a “fun in the park” event; a tea dance; Highland Games for secondary schools.

The new town was designated on 17th April 1962, and local people and community groups across Livingston have arranged ways to celebrate this golden anniversary. With a range of events there is something for everyone to get involved in:

West Lothian Leisure and local libraries are also planning a range of events, see the library information on page 41. For more information or updates, please see the Spring 2012 edition of West Lothian Council’s newspaper Bulletin or visit www.westlothian.gov. uk/50

A free family fun day in the Centre on Saturday 14th April, 11am - 6pm, with family entertainment including music and dance throughout the day. Over 2,500 orienteers are expected to flock to Livingston on 6th April for a sprint race to officially open the Jan Kjellstrom International Orienteering festival, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Livingston’s 50 team is keen to hear from community groups in Livingston who are planning events, as well as local residents who are turning 50 this year and would be interested in attending the party at Howden Park Centre.

Local school children will be planting 50 young oak trees to create a long-term legacy of the anniversary, in a project sponsored by Shin-Etsu.

Please email Livingstons50thBirthday@westlothian. gov.uk with your name and contact details if you would like to get involved.

Livingston Fiddlers are hosting a fiddle rally at Howden Park Centre on Saturday 14th April and a specially composed piece of music called “Livingston Celebration” will be available to buy on CD.

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Library Info & What’s On? March Almondbank Library Craigshill Shopping Mall, EH54 5EJ Tel: 01506 777500 email: almondbank.lib@westlothian.gov.uk Opening times Mon & Fri 09.30 – 18.00 Wed 10.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.30 – 20.00 Sat 09.30 – 13.00 Inked Plus Thursday 1st March 6.30pm – 7.30pm and Saturday 3rd March 10am – 11.00am Meet the authors and illustrators. Discuss story ideas and characters, take part in art workshops – all taking place in the Library. Thursday 6th March Bookbug storytelling for the under 3yrs. 1.45pm Tuesday 20th March Bookbug storytelling for the over 3yrs. 1.45pm Carmondean Library (Carmondean Connected), Carmondean Centre, EH54 8PT. Tel: 01506 777602 email: carmondean.lib@westlothian.gov.uk Opening times Mon & Fri 09.30 – 18.00 Wed 10.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.30 – 20.00 Sat 09.30 – 13.00

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Lanthorn Library Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6NY Tel: 01506 777700 email: lanthorn.lib@westlothian.gov.uk Opening times Mon & Fri 09.30 – 18.00 Wed 10.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.30 – 20.00 Sat 09.30 – 13.00

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Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Attention all avid readers!! If you enjoy discussing books with other book lovers, the Lanthorn reading group might just be the thing for you. We meet on the first Thursday of the month – March 1st at 6.30pm, relaxed, friendly and we even provide you with a cuppa and biscuits. Why not give it a try. For our junior reader’s we have CHATTERBOOKS book group, next meeting is Wednesday 7th March at 3.45pm – come along and share some of your favourite books with us.

Thursday 1st March World Book Day In the Library 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Fun puzzles, Roald Dahl treasure hunt and book crafts. Saturday 17th March Monster Makes for Mothers Day 10.00am – 12.00am Everyone welcome. Wednesday 21st March Bookbug Visit Come along and see Bookbug – she will be telling stories and singing songs for all under 3yrs. Remember to bring an adult to join in all the fun. 2.00pm

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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 www.livingstonplayers.co.uk Livingston FC Almondvale Stadium League players and juniors, social and corporate events. Tel 01506 417000 or see www.livingstonfc.co.uk

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 parentstogetherwestlothian@live.com 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. 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.

Kiddies Corner Carmondean Community Centre, For Preschool Children. Tues 9.00am – 12 noon For more information tel 01506 439568 Child minders available Mon & Wed 9.00am – 12 noon

DEDRIDGE 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: cinderbelle@hotmail.co.uk or 07854 316139 1st Livingston Girls Brigade Company The Lanthorn Community Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge meet on Wednesday evenings Explorers (P1-3) 6.30-7.45pm Juniors (P4-7) 6.30-8.00pm Brigaders (S1+) 7.30-9.15pm For further information email 1stlivingstongb@gmail.com or phone Natalie Corner on 01506 415968 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 brighter_days@rocketmail.com. Kids club coming soon - every Saturday weekly for children. Activities available will include arts, crafts and music. 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 croftheadhickoryhouse@googlemail.com www.croftheadhickoryhouse.co.uk 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 lanthorn.lib@westlothian.gov.uk

ELIBURN 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 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 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. 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 Livingston Art Association Howden Park Centre Day and evening classes in painting and pottery for all levels. For more details call 01506 440449 email liviartassoc@msn.com or see www.livingston-art-assoc.org.uk.

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 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 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

LIVINGSTON VILLAGE 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

MURIESTON Circuit training A high energy instructor led class of pre set workout stations including resistance bands, weights, boxing... and more. Increase overall fitness and stamina, improve muscular strength & endurance, the complete body workout. No coordination required! No dancing! No frills! No fuss! Just Focus on Fitness. Thurs 7.30 – 8.30pm Murieston Village Hall Tues 7.30 – 8.30pm Harburn Village Hall Total Toning A low impact class designed to sculpt and tone the whole body. Target problem areas, strengthen the core, improve posture & balance. Wednesdays 6.15 – 7.15pm Harburn Village Hall All classes suitable for all levels of fitness, £3 per session. For further details please contact: Email: ailsa@amcfitness.co.uk, tel: 07808161634, web: www.amcfitness.co.uk Murieston Parent and Toddler Group Murieston Village Hall (beside Livingston South Station) For preschool children. Thurs 9.30 – 11am. £1 per child, includes crafts, snack and tea/coffee for the parents. For more information tel 01506 418120.


Livingston Cricket Club Cricket fixtures as well as a busy social calendar. See http://livingstoncricketclub.co.uk or tel 07799 025795 Livingston Bridge Club We meet on Wednesdays 6.45pm at Bankton Mains Bowling Club. All standards welcome, classes can be arranged also. New season starts Wed 7th Sept.

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Circuit Training A high energy instructor led class of preset workout stations to increase overall fitness and stamina, improve muscular strength and endurance, the complete body workout. No coordination required! No dancing! No frills! No fuss! Just Focus on Fitness. Suitable for all levels of fitness (16yrs and over) £3 per session (under 16’s of high school age welcome when accompanied by a participating adult) Thurs 7.30-8.30pm Murieston Village Hall Tues 7.30-8.30pm Harburn Village Hall For further details please contact: ailsa@amcfitness.co.uk, tel 07808161634 or see www.amcfitness.co.uk

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Mini Music Makers Murieston Scout Hall, off Bankton Walk, EH54 9LE Open up the world of music for you and your child with NYCoS Mini Music Makers. These fun interactive sessions introduce to music for children and their parent/carers through singing, rhymes and bouncing games. Thurs mornings from 12 Jan – 29 Mar £4 per class, block booking advised. Email catherine.williams@nycos.co.uk or call 0141 248 2943 to book your place. Find out more at www.nycos.co.uk

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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 and Wednesdays at 18.30. Contact Penny Clark penmex2@hotmail.co.uk for details.

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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. To include your event here, please email hj@konectdirectory.co.uk or call 07854 492638 To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

3rd March Open day at Whole Body Balance, Mid Calder. 10am to 5pm. “Taster” Indian Head Massage (IHM) session £10.00; prize draw for full IHM treatment; information and refreshments available.

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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

Friday 30th March Ladies Night Livingston Rugby Club, 7pm-12am. Tickets £3, all proceeds go to armadale blues 99’s. Raffle, disco & snacks. Frog Prince Designs, Phoenix Cards, Gifts By Destiny (bags), Partylite, The Body Shop, Lily’s Pamper Pad, Fm Perfume, Ann Summers, A Wee Treat, Jamie @ Home (goods on sale 7-9) Call 07523 321909 for event & raffle tickets. School Term dates (from www.westlothian.gov.uk) Winter / Spring (Term 2) Mon 9/1/12 - Fri 30/3/12 Spring / Summer (Term 3) Tue 17/4/12 - Fri 29/6/12 May Holiday: Mon 7/5/12 - Wed 9/5/12 Queens’s Jubilee: Tue 5/6/12 St John’s Hospital 01506 523000 Medical Centres Deans and Eliburn Medical Practice, Practice, Carmondean Health Centre, EH54 8PY. Tel: 0844 477 3144 www.deansmedicalpractice.co.uk Dedridge Medical Group,, Nigel Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6QQ. Tel: 01506 414586 www.dedridgemedicalgroup.co.uk

Howden Medical Group,, Howden Health Centre, Howden Road West, EH54 6TP Tel :01506 423800 www.howdenmedical.co.uk

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Craigshill Health Centre,, The Mall, Craigshill, EH54 5DY. Tel: 01506 432621

Murieston Medical Practice,, Hamilton Square, Murieston, Livingston EH54 9JZ Tel: 01506 461 464 www.murieston.scot.nhs.uk Morrison’s Pharmacy 01506 430449

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