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K nect direî‚ ory

November 2011


The new community magazine for Livingston

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Abandoned Village of Bangour

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Hello neighbours Welcome to the November edition of the Konect Directory, the new community magazine for Livingston. Thank you for all the great feedback on our last issue. Thanks are also due to the team of local people who deliver the magazine – in all weather! - and of course to the businesses who advertise and make it all possible. This month we’ve been looking into the story behind the village of Bangour, just across the M8, and we have our regular columns including the local walk feature, pets pages and information on various local charities and support groups.

Contents Feature Article Bangour Village Local Walk Pets Recipe Children & Family

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Congratulations to Margaret Ramsay of Knightsridge who won the crossword prize in the September issue. This month we have teamed up with Deer Park Golf and Country Club to offer bowl and dine for two – so turn to the crossword on page 34 for your chance to win a great night out locally! As always, your feedback and comments are welcome. Thanks for reading the Konect Directory.

Helen-Jane, Editor Competitions & puzzles Prize crossword Sudoku Community What’s on Useful information Clubs & Classes Index of Advertisers

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The abandoned village of Bangour By Maureen McIntyre


ost locals are aware of the abandoned village of Bangour, an impressive collection of buildings on the hillside just north of Livingston, near Dechmont. Bangour, which is an old Celtic word meaning “The Hill of Wild Goats” is set in around 200 acres of hilly woodland. From the site of a stately home, through its development as a hospital village, to Hollywood film set and now long abandonment, it has a long and interesting history. Today the site is a haven for dog walkers, sightseers .... and ghost hunters. Bangour House, of which there are now no remains, was home in the 1700’s to William Hamilton, the famous Scottish poet whose portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland. Two hundred years later the site became home of Bangour Village Lunatic Asylum. A search of the sasines (register of ownership of land) for the site reveals the first mention of the Edinburgh District Lunacy Board in 1897. The District Lunacy Board was set up by order of Secretary of State for Scotland, with Sir John Sibbald as Commissioner and Medical Advisor. Sir John recommended the building of a village type asylum, and following a visit to Leipzig where a very successful village facility called AltScherbitz had been running for a number of years, the board agreed that the new asylum at Bangour should be modelled on Alt-Scherbitz. The architect chosen to design the asylum was Hippolyte Jean Blanc (18 Aug 1844 – 17 March 1917) who was born in Edinburgh to French parents. His architectural designs include many of Scotland’s churches, Leith Sailors Home, Bruntsfield Golf Club House and the tenements on Marchmont Road in Edinburgh. Work started on the Bangour site in 1899 and the 1901 census for Uphall shows Elizabeth Fox, a widow residing in the old town, as a lodging housekeeper. She has living in the lodging house with her

ital War-time hospe British War Council In May 1915 th the hospital for care of commandeered re wounded in battle. The soldiers who werfect location and had the site was in a peof having its own railway added benefitcould be transported from line – soldiers il to the hospital. By 1918 the coast by ra commodated around 3000 the hospital acof those was Ivor Gurney patients. One Gurney had been gassed the war poet. d was admitted to Bangour at St Julien an e some of his most famous where he wrot a poems. verted to being The hospital resp n the wars, and ee tw be l ita ho rmed into psychiatric ce again transfod an annexe in 1939 was onW an l ita sp ar Ho an Edinburgh r General Hospital was called Bangou accommodate the expected constructed to r casualties. The hospital numbers of wang general patients in started admittia busy and important 1948, and was l until it was finally wound general hospitarly 1990s when all services down in the ea d to the newly built St were transferrel in Livingston. The services John’s Hospitallage Hospital were also of Bangour Vi ferred to St John’s, and the gradually transd in 2004. last ward close

a mixture of labourers, stonemasons, bricklayers, painters, an Irish navvy and even a saw sharpener. These men would appear to be the workmen building Bangour and bringing much needed money into the area – there could not have been enough local men able to work on such a big project. Pressure to complete the project was immense as the facilities for mentally ill patients in the area were extremely basic. The village officially opened 1906 although patients were admitted from 1904. Bangour was very forward-looking for its time. It did not promote the use of physical restraints such as straitjackets and padded cells, which were in widespread use in other mental health institutions of the time. The village operated as an independent organisation, where the patients were ‘put to work’ as part of their rehabilitation and it was hoped that some would eventually be able to leave the asylum and take the trade that they had learned out into the wider community. The village had its own

Photography by Jenny Thomson.

farm, shoemakers, bakery, laundry and tailor; they even had their own water supply, a reservoir that was stocked with fish, providing a pleasant and relaxing pastime for the staff and patients. The Church This was a later addition to village life – at the end of the First World War the people of West Lothian who had supported many of the soldiers who had lived and died at the hospital wanted to build a memorial to these brave men and the result was Bangour Village Memorial Church. The church was officially opened in 1929. It was built using the stone from The Duke of Hamilton’s recently demolished palace near Hamilton – by strange coincidence the church was built very close to the only remaining visible sign of the estate of William Hamilton, the poet – the wall of the estate garden.

Bangour Village Memorial Church

In 2005 Bangour was used as a film set for the Hollywood film “The Jacket.” Many budding local actors and actresses attended auditions at a local hotel, some appearing as extras in the finished production. Ironically Bangour was used to portray an American mental institution where various physical restraints are used, whereas Bangour actually prided itself in being free of such devices. Still standing today are buildings of various styles and sizes, some of which have been categorised by Historic Scotland as category A listed buildings. Bringing the history of the site up to date it is earmarked for development, with some of the buildings potentially being converted into flats,

others being demolished and new homes being built, hopefully bringing the village of Bangour back to life.

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eocaching is an enjoyable social hobby, a gentle treasure hunt played around our countryside and villages with people you’ll probably never meet. All you need is the modern equivalent to a compass, the GPS, which is often part of a mobile phone. Then you go to websites such as to find GPS locations and clues to help you find the “treasures”, or geocaches. Many of our local landmarks have geocaches nearby, as do obscure and unremarkable corners. A cache consists of a sealed container or bag with a paper log book and some objects. The rules are simple: if you remove an object, replace it with something of equal or greater value, and write about your find in the log book and later, on the website. Objects can be anything so long as it is small, from a little plastic toy to an interesting shaped nut to a copper coin from Russia! Once you’ve got into the swing of geocaching you might like to create one yourself but beware of muggles, the idea is to do geocaching discreetly without nongeocachers even being aware of the game going on

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Thought for the Month By Tina Gilbert

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Everything’s fresh and new at the Bridge Inn, Ratho.


hether you’ve visited recently or whether it’s been a while since you called in, you’ll find there have been a lot of changes at the Bridge Inn, with something fresh and interesting each time you come back. The major renovations are complete. The scaffolding is a distant memory and the newly painted exterior is a big improvement. The new Bistro has lots more space, more tables overlooking the canal and a much lighter and fresher room. For a midweek lunch, evening meal or special weekend occasion, we’re sure you’ll love the new look. The new Bar is ideal for an informal drink or bar meal, seven days a week. It will soon be time to light the real log fire, so come and join us for a drink or informal evening. Look out for our relaunched pub quiz and calendar of live music throughout the autumn. The new Terrace offers a great spot to enjoy any dry weather and look down on the Union Canal. Bring a coat for the cooler days and come and sample one of the best waterside locations in the Lothians. Our four new boutique bedrooms have been really busy over the summer. If you, or someone you know likes beautiful rooms with pure Egyptian cotton bedlinen, a choice of roll-top bath or “rain” showers, Au Lait toiletries and a choice of kingsize, twin or even a fourposter bed, then please come and stay. With a freshly-made breakfast featuring only the freshest Scottish produce, we know it will be a special night away, for business or pleasure. Lots of photos and customer feedback are on our website.

We now have both the Pride of Belhaven and Pride of the Union up and running for both lunch and dinner cruises, as well as private charters for any party occasions. We have Christmas party nights on the boats and in the restaurant, and dates available for your own charters. Look online or call us for details. We are delighted to welcome Ben Watson as our new Executive chef. He has recently been overseeing all of the Howie’s restaurants in Edinburgh and beyond, but trained here at the Bridge Inn in his teenage years under his father, the award winning chef Ian Watson. With him we are creating new menus for lunch, dinner and a delicious bar snack menu. We are producing more of our own veg in the gardens at Ratho, and pork from our own herd of saddleback pigs features on the menus. So we hope we have tempted you enough to come along and try the new look Bridge Inn at Ratho. We are confident there is something for everyone. And with fresh, local food, an extensive range of wines and cask ales, and a warm welcome...we look forward to greeting you at the Bridge Inn shortly. Graham and Rachel The Bridge Inn at Ratho, 27 Baird Road, Ratho, EH28 8RA Tel : 0131 333 1320

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Check out the view from Cockleroy Hill By Karen Murray



hile there are many wonderful walks you can take from your front door, every now and then it is good to explore a little further afield. So where better than Beecraigs Country Park, where there are plenty paths to explore plus a great children’s play park and a fishery. The park is criss-crossed with paths and tracks so you can find a new route every time you go and just to keep you on the straight and narrow, there are waymarked trails too. First things first, you need to get there. You can take public transport but it is not an easy route, so car is probably best. Either head to Linlithgow and follow the brown tourist signs from the town centre, or you can meander through Bathgate, Torphichen and you’ll pick up more signs for the park. If you start at the Park Centre, you can pick up leaflets with walks or you can simply choose a colour and head off on a way-marked path. Perhaps the most interesting route for a first visit is a general look at what the park has to offer including the walk up Cockleroy Hill where you can get great views - on a good day of course!

onto a path through woodlands to the main road. There are then lots of different options, but if you haven’t a lot of time or you want a smoother path, the easiest route is to walk up the road back to the Centre and then take the path through the woods signed for Balvormie. This is suitable for buggies or bikes or for simply strolling and you can entice the little ones with the reward of a play park.

From the Centre, take the walkway through the deer farm to Beecraigs Loch. It‘s rather peaceful for a lone walker or couple and if you have kids, you can try some pond dipping. Next take a left via the trout farm - another great attraction for the children. Mine always insist on a bag of fish food so they can entice the trout out and watch them jumping up.

Once enough fun has been had on the swings, cross over the road and head through the woods again following the path until it comes to a crossroads. Turn right following the ‘light blue trail’ through the woods. It is quite muddy here but there are pieces of boardwalk over the worst bits. It will take you through a gate and over another road and onto a dirt track. At the end the path splits, the light blue trail heading left. You go through the gate on the right and then climb up onto Cockleroy Hill where you will find a triangulation pillar, viewfinder, fort and a superb view. It is fairly short and not too steep so it is a good for families with young kids. Mine are even happy to make the effort!

The walk continues along the far side of the loch until you see a burn pass beneath the road where you will turn left

The fort is Bronze Age and is known locally as Wallace’s Bed or Cradle and the view takes in everything from Goatfell


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Images 1) Fishermen on Beecraigs Loch 2) View over Linlithgow Palace from Cockleroy Hill Photography by Robert Todd.

on Arran in the West to the Forth Bridges and Berqwick Law as well as the Bass Rock. From the Centre to the top of Cockleroy Hill will probably take a couple of hours with kids, but if you fancy just a brief walk you can park at Cockleroy Hill car park (where the road from Torphichen will take you) and just walk up Cockleroy Hill. It is great for a quick stretch of the legs and some fresh air and most definitely worth the climb.


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For all your dog and pet grooming needs Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am

At our pet lodge based in Kirknewton, on the A71, we aim to keep your pets healthy and happy while you are away. Bookings now being taken for Christmas / New Year

Stockists of Burns dog food Holistic food ideal for dog skin conditions

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BABERTON GOLF CLUB Special 2012 Offers on Midweek and Young Adult Memberships from November 2011

Midweek Membership. Play Mon-Fri, £540 with NO ENTRY FEE Young Adult (Age 18-30) Membership. From £252 with NO ENTRY FEE Use our interest free direct debit scheme to spread the cost at no charge! Number of places are limited so to book your discounted trial round (£10) and for further details phone :

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November recipe and food notes


umpkins are good for more than just disembowelling for Jack-o-Lantern fun at halloween! An Amercian favourite, pumpkins are gradually becoming more popular here. They are delicious, healthy and versatile and can be used in sweet and savoury dishes. There is a variety of pumpkins and winter squashes available. They all have hard orange or yellow flesh and a hollow centre with stringy fibres and seeds. Before cooking, remove the hard skin and cut away the seeds and stringy fibres. Pumpkin seeds can be washed and lightly roasted for a tasty snack or to add a crunchy texture to biscuits and muffins. Pumpkin Risotto Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 12 sage leaves 400 g risotto rice, preferably arborio 800 g pumpkin, peeled and chopped into small pieces 1.25 litres chicken stock 30 g butter 40 g parmesan, finely grated finely grated parmesan and fried sage leaves, to serve Method Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat a large ovenproof saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and onion and cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Add the sage and cook for 1 minute. Add the rice, pumpkin and stock and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bake for 30 minutes. The risotto will be quite liquid. Season with salt and pepper, then stir through the butter and parmesan for 2 minutes until the risotto thickens slightly. Sprinkle with extra parmesan and fried sage leaves to serve. Pumpkin Pie Classic American sweet pie traditionally served at Thanksgiving (every fourth Thursday of November). Ingredients Serves: 16


For the filling: 500g mashed, cooked pumpkin (scoop out seeds and stringy fibres, cut pumpkin into chunks and boil or microwave until soft. Remove peel then mash with potato masher) 1 tin evaporated milk 2 eggs, beaten 175g dark brown soft sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt For the pastry: 350g plain flour 1 teaspoon salt 200g butter 125ml cold water Method Preheat oven to 200 C/180C fan/gas 6. Prepare pastry by mixing together the flour and salt. Rub butter into flour, and add 1 tablespoon cold water to mixture at a time. Mix and repeat until pastry is moist enough to hold together. With lightly floured hands, shape pastry into a ball. On a lightly floured board, roll pastry out to barely a 0.25cm thickness. Transfer to a 20 or 23cm pie dish, gently pressing pastry into the bottom. Cut off any excess pastry hanging over the sides of the dish, and pinch pastry securely around the inner edge. In a large bowl with mixer speed on medium, beat pumpkin with evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Mix well. Pour into a prepared pie dish. Bake 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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A Handmade Christmas at Honey Pot Ceramics


e love Christmas...there’s nothing nicer than making and receiving gifts, and what better time to do this than at Christmas? We have lots of ideas to help you create something fabulous for someone you love, your home or simply something for yourself. We are now open late every Thursday evening until 9pm in the run up to Christmas so you can plan that girls night out, or come and make something without little people seeing what you are up to! ……..and we’ll be on hand to help you as much as you need. Honey Pot Cosmetics We are delighted to announce that we have now introduced a range of essential oils into the studio - so you can drop in any time to make even more fabulous soaps, bath bombs, lip gloss, balms and shower gels. COMING SOON: A new range of products for you to try making (including Bath Melts, Bath Muffins and Body Scrubs) - they’ll make great Christmas presents as well. For an extra special gift, you could paint a personalised soap dish or other ceramic item to go with it. Once finished, you can add your own labels and your gift can be gift-wrapped in cellophane ready for you to take away. Honey Pot Jewellery Christmas charms and beads in this season’s colours are now arriving in the studio, so you can make your jewellery really Christmassy! Christmas Drop–in-Crafts Every Friday afternoon and Saturday morning from Friday 25th Nov, 2nd Dec and 9th Dec (from 1 – 5pm) and


Saturday 26th Nov, 3rd Dec and 10th Dec (from 10am – 12noon). A range of craft projects will be available each day. Price £10 per head and children can choose to do two different craft projects. From the following range: Beaded Tree Decorations, Christmas Garlands, Set of 4 beautiful Christmas Cards, Air dry clay ornaments, Decorating ‘edible’ tree decorations, Christmas Soaps or Bath/Bombs Santa’s Grotto Come and meet Santa in his Ratho Grotto and visit the Rock Tots Playroom (the Haston suite) 3rd/4th and 10th/11th Dec, 10 – 5pm. Price £6 (includes a visit to Santa, an hour in the playroom, Christmas gift, face painting, photo in Santa’s sledge and children can make their own special bag of ‘Reindeer Food’, ready to put out on Christmas Eve, in Honey Pot Ceramics. Last day for painting pottery, to be kiln fired ready for Christmas, is Thursday 22nd Dec 2011 Thursday Nights We are open late every Thursday night to 9pm until Christmas, so bring a bottle, some friends and have a fun evening painting from a selection of pots. We have a range of festive samples you can copy and we’ll show you some techniques, or create something yourself. Warning: pottery painting is addictive! Alternatively, make your own Christmas Cards, Bath Bombs/Soap or something else from our range of cosmetics or why not make your own bracelets and earrings for a truly ‘Handmade Christmas’.

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Honey Pot Ceramics invites you to Clothes Swap Charity Night Wednesday 2nd November 2011 at 7.00 pm in aid of

in the EICA, Ratho Bring (on hangers) 5 clean, quality items of clothing to swap, and take away 5 treasured finds. It’s fun - It’s fundraising - It’s recycling! All tickets £10.00 (includes canapés) Stylists Adele and Marlene from Integro will be on hand to give advice and will be showcasing their new range of accessories. Barnardo’s staff will also be on hand to showcase, ‘catwalk’ style, clothes from Barnardo’s retail outlets! It’s sure to be a fun filled night – and for a great cause. Tickets from Honey Pot Ceramics (0131-333-6348) proceeds will support the work of Barnardo’s.

Honey Pot Ceramics Come and see us for some creative fun! paint your own pottery

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For details of workshops and holiday activities visit: or call us on: 0131 333 6348 Based at the EICA, Ratho, South Platt Hill, Edinburgh EH28 8AA Now open 7 days (10am-5pm) other hours by arrangement To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638


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Michael Cochrane Maths Tuition Maths graduate teacher with 10+ years experience, tuition at higher, advanced higher, standard grade, intermediate levels, etc. One-to-one tuition.

Phone 07851825610. 33 Staunton Rise, Dedridge West, Livingston, EH54 6PB.

Primary Maths Tuition phone Elizabeth Cochrane retired primary teacher, 40 years experience on 01506 536140.

Michael Cochrane Piano Tuition

Experienced teacher (10+ years), classical, easy listening, jazz, hymns, etc.

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Parents Together West Lothian Parents Together West Lothian (PTWL) is a support group for families with child on the Autism Spectrum. We have been running a very successful group for 21 months now. The group is very informal and we simply meet up once a month for a chat and a coffee, we have guest speakers along (which have included the Council Educational Physcology Team, Enable Scotland, Lothian Autistic Society and Scottish Autism are coming along in November). We meet at Beatlie School Campus in Craigshill, on the first Thursday of each month (during school term), but the support group has members (over 100) To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

from all over West Lothian. We arranged some activities this summer for the families (exclusive use of swimming pools and trips to the fire station at Edinburgh Airport). We’re a very friendly bunch and have a facebook page, Parents Together West Lothian, which has proved a great tool for families to get to know a bit more about the group and those who are already members as we understand how difficult it can be to come along to a room full of people you don’t know. For more information email : 39

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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.

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What’s On? & Useful Information November Ho wden Park Centre

School Term dates

(from Autumn (Term 1) Tue 16/8/11 - Thu 22/12/11 Sept Hol Mon 19/09/11 - Tue 20/09/11 Break Mon 17/10/11 - Mon 24/10/11 St John’s Hospital 01506 523000

Medical Centres

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

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Sunday 13th November Indulgence Day at the Saltire, Carmondean, 2pm – 6pm. Come along and get pampered with lots of treatments on offer at very reasonable prices. Aromatherapy £6; Facials £5; Mini Makeovers £5; Minx £10; Shellac £13; Threading from £4; Massage £5; Henna from £5; Mini manicures £5; Mini pedicures £5 Also items on sale from : The Bodyshop, Babycakes & Balloons, Avon, Frog Prince Designs, Bagpurse, Phoenix Cards, Sweet as....cakes, Partylite Tickets only £2 and all proceeds go to Armadale Blues 99’s. For tickets & more info call 07523 321909

Livingston Cricket Club Murieston Valley Saturday 5th November at open. bar and use at 7pm. Clubho Polbeth United Pavilion, Friday 4th November at the food and Limefield Park at 7pm...... sed at the refreshments can be purcha e firework display Pavilion on the s for anyone is free, there will be bucket s the Club. wishing to donate toward se Hopetoun Hou Hopetoun Saturday 5th November, y. 4pm preshow House, South Queensferr ic food, 6.30pm entertainment and fantastdren £6, under fireworks. Adults £10, chil purchased in 3s Free. Tickets must be or the advance from www.ticke Hopetoun Farm Shop. Callendar Park ember. Falkirk, Saturday 5th Novpm, fireworks Entertainment from 6.30public parking in 7.30pm. Free entry. No Callendar Park.

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


Saturday 12th November Tree planting event in Almondell and Calderwood Country Park. Come and join the Rangers as we give a helping hand to nature. Bring wellies and we’ll supply the trees and spades. Suitable for all, meet at the Visitor Centre. Booking advised, call 01506 882254.

Bonfire night events


Saturday 12th November Livingston Crafts Association 34th annual fair St Margaret’s Academy, Howden South Road, EH54 6AT 10:30am - 4:30pm All are welcome, admission is free.

Howden Park Centre has a busy programme of events including live mu workshops and exhibition sic, dance, theatre, website at www.howden s. See their for complete up to date listing.

Morrison’s Pharmacy 01506 430449

To include your event here, please email or post details to: The Konect Directory, Overton Farmhouse, Kirknewton, EH27 8DD

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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

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 information tel 01506 439568 Child minders available Mon & Wed 9.00am – 12 noon

DEDRIDGE 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 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 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 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 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



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

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

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

Ladywell Star Community Football Club Inveralmond Community High School A range of teams and fixtures. See

HOWDEN 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 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

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

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 Tai Chi Class Livingston Village Primary School Community Wing Tai Chi for health and relaxation, Thursday evenings. For more details call 01506 416547 or email 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 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 or tel 07799 025795

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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:, tel 07808161634 or see

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Library Information

under one roof at All your council services … Carmondean library our payment kiosk by • Pay rent, council tax etc at . card cash or credit/debit s along to our video • Bring your council enquirie one on one with talk and conferencing facility ice who can deal with the Council Information Serv bins, to repairs, housing all your enquiries from lost applications. forms and Blue Badges are • Concessionary travel pass Connected. n dea issued from Carmon

Almondbank Library Craigshill Shopping Mall, EH54 5EJ Tel: 01506 777500 email: Opening times Mon & Fri 09.30 – 18.00 Wed 10.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.30 – 20.00 Sat 09.30 – 13.00 Travelling Gallery Current exhibition is titled “waste management” and consists of sculptures, paintings and drawings and is housed in a double decker bus, which will be situated alongside Almondbank Library during the week of 14th – 18th November. Junior Reading Group Fun discussions about your favourite books. Every Friday fortnight 14.30 – 15.30. Contact the library for more info on 01506 777500

Adult Bookgroup Monthly on a Thursday 18.30 – 19.30pm. Lively discussions and refreshments, new books to review. Contact the library for more info on 01506 777500 Carmondean Library (Carmondean Connected), Carmondean Centre, EH54 8PT Tel: 01506 777602 email: Opening times Mon & Fri 09.30 – 18.00 Wed 10.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.30 – 20.00 Sat 09.30 – 13.00 The library is fully wheelchair accessible. Free computer and internet access facilities. If you wish to improve your skills ask about taster sessions from the staff. Advanced classes also available. ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT will be located in the Library every Wednesday 13.30 – 17.00. Banned books Over 100 controversial titles from past and present a selection of adult, teen and children’s fiction that have been previously banned at home and abroad – too sexy, anti-religious, too political. The full collection is available at Carmondean. Banned books include – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Kite Runner, Lord of the Rings and many other familiar titles. To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

Lanthorn Library Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6NY Tel: 01506 777700 email: Opening times Mon & Fri 09.30 – 18.00 Wed 10.00 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.30 – 20.00 Sat 09.30 – 13.00 Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. 8TH November at 10a.m Come along and enjoy half an hour of a free, fun and friendly event for babies, toddlers, mums, dads and grandparents.There is no need to book a place and these sessions are very relaxed. Bookbug It’s never too early to join the library. If you have a baby or toddler, then why not come along and join in the fun. Ages 6weeks to 12months will receive a BOOKBUG BABY PACK Ages 12months to 2.5years will receive a TODDLER PACK Ages 2.5years to 3years will receive a PIRATE PACK Packs contain exciting books, crayons and musical CDs. All 0 –4 years can enrol in the Bookbug Library Challenge, a free programme that encourages children to discover and enjoy the library. On their first visit to the library children will be issued with their own Bookbug’s Library Card and at every visit the card will be stamped and after six stamps have been completed the card can be exchanged for one of our beautifully illustrated certificates. Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? West Lothian Libraries run several book groups. For more details of when and where these meet visit our website If you would like to start your own book group, we can help by providing information on how to do this and lending copies of our book group sets.


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Konect Directory Livingston November 2011


Konect Directory Livingston November 2011