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The community magazine for Livingston September 2012

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Hello neighbours Welcome to the September issue of the Konect Directory. This month Bethany, our featured charity, has fun walks planned for September 8th, see page 36, and Karen Murray invites us to follow her footsteps round Linlithgow Loch in the featured walk, page 26. Martin Livingstone, singer songwriter talks about the process of music making, and shares his enthusiasm for Livingston’s vibrant music scene on page 8, and Ann Pinkerton suggests a delicious loaf recipe you may wish to try, on page 30. I hope you enjoy reading this issue. Next month, Helen Jane returns as Editor. Thanks, Helen Jane for two fun months at Konect Directory as Guest Editor! Congratulations to Linda Plain of Murieston, Livingston who won the

Contents Feature Article Livingston Rocks Local Walk Pets Recipe Children & Family

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crossword competition in the last issue, and to Marjory Rintoul of Eliburn who won the competition prize in the August issue. This month, you could win a £30 voucher to spend at Khushi’s Indian Restaurant, Mid Calder, to eat in or takeaway - so try your luck with the crossword on page 28. Thanks for reading the Konect Directory and for supporting local businesses!

Emma Merchant

Emma Merchant, Guest Editor emma@konectdirectory.co.uk 07762 817194 The Konect Directory welcomes contributions such as old photographs, or short articles of local interest. The Editor reserves the right to edit any articles submitted for publication. Competitions & puzzles Prize crossword Sudoku Community What’s on Useful information Clubs & Classes Index of Advertisers

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

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Front cover photograph by Martin Livingstone: Guitar & Lyrics

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Livingston Rocks By Emma Merchant

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ivingston is an exciting place to be for rock musicians and rock music lovers alike. The town is currently producing a healthy crop of talented bands and musicians. Livingston singer/songwriter, and aptly named Martin Livingstone, took time out of rehearsals with his own band, ‘The Changes’, to talk with me about his music, and the burgeoning music scene in the town. “I never really set out to become a singer/songwriter,” he tells me, “I didn’t believe in myself enough to set my hopes that high.” Yet this year alone, Martin has already recorded two albums, ‘Living on an Island’ and ‘Contentment’, and is currently in rehearsal with ‘The Changes’, for forthcoming gigs in various prominent venues, including Whistlebinkies, Bannermans, Pivo Pivo and Ivory Black. As a child, Martin’s musical education began and ended with what he heard played at home. Even then, however, he was aware of the power and spiritual resonance of music. “I remember listening to John Lennon, and the Beach Boys. Some of the Beach Boys’ harmonies were really beautiful. At the time, I thought it was church music,” he remembers with a smile. Along with many of his secondary school cohorts, Martin was swept along by the excitement of the musical scene during his teenage years. He and his friends immersed themselves in music during the long hot summers. (Yes, there have been some in Livingston, in years past!)

“It was part of our teenage rebellion. We hung around in the streets together. We knew all the words to all the songs. We dressed the same. It was pure escapism, and lots of fun. But it was also a really important time in my life. I was deeply inspired by it all, and I realised that everyone needs music of some kind or another. Music still remains immensely important to me. It drives me. It keeps the blues away. I really can’t imagine a world without it.” Pain sometimes produces creativity. For Martin, a difficult period in his life was the catalyst that helped develop his skills and passion for song writing. “To understand what was going on inside my head, I was keeping a diary of emotions. I recorded everything and filled countless books. I got a lot of things off my chest and gradually, over time, my writing developed into deep poetry.” There the story might have ended, had Martin not bumped into Jim McFarlane. “I had no idea how important my friend Jim would be to the direction of my life. He suggested I put some of my poetry to music. I initially laughed at the idea but he managed to persuade me to sing one of my poems in his recording studio. It was nerve racking, but as I finished the song, he said, “There, I knew you could do it.” It was like a light being switched on. It was magical. Jim helped me to believe in myself.” “I’d had no musical training, but I was keen to learn. So when I was given a guitar, I practised for two hours every night,


teaching myself to play my favourite songs. Everything I know about chord progression I learned from other people’s songs.” During the years that followed, Martin developed his skills and grew in confidence. He performed solo and with his band ‘Burnout’, and has written hundreds of songs. “One half of me loves to write exuberant rock and roll songs. I enjoy the celebration, the excitement, and the sheer joy of rock and roll. The other half of me is drawn to a quieter acoustic sound. I write about things that shake me up inside, things I notice which affect me deeply.” Performing and writing is only one aspect of the music business. Another important element is promoting the work, and building up a strong reputation. “The business aspect is a challenge. But you have to take it head on. I have met with so many brick walls along the way. But I’ve also had some real gifts too. Ian Wainwright appeared just when I needed him, offering to help promote my work. That was amazing. It was such an encouragement, and helped to take a huge weight off my shoulders.” Currently, Martin is working with fellow musicians Andrew Harrington, John McCauley and Stewart McKeen, rehearsing new material for ‘The Changes’. “We’re developing a new sound that really excites me, and I’m loving working with the band. Andrew, John and Stewart are supertalented and they have a great attitude. We work hard, we’re committed and we’re excited about our forthcoming gigs.”

Martin is equally enthusiastic about the many other bands and musicians who contribute to Livingston’s current music scene. “There are so many great bands here to discover: The Begbies, Japan 4, the High Rollers, Ed Lee, The Dead Sea Souls, James McKay, Capstan Pole, The Barrels, Jesus Trip, The Alpha Box, Eldrick Scanty, The Gateway, Red Light District and my own younger brother, Daniel Livingstone. Some of them have been around for a while, and some are new, but all of them are very talented and hard working. They’re all good – check them out!” I ask Martin what he does when he’s not writing or singing. “I keep fit. I run. I hill walk. I love being out in the hills. Wild walking clears my head and helps me create space to think. You could even say it has mystical significance for me.” Writing from the heart can be a lonely business. Martin has really appreciated support and encouragement of family and friends along the way, and is especially grateful for Ian Wainwright and Jim’s input. “I express myself best through music,” he tells me, as our interview draws to a close,“ My songs probably give a clearer picture of who I am than I could ever tell you myself.” To discover the real Martin Livingstone, to hear free downloads of his music and to find out where ‘The Changes’ are playing, visit: www.martinlivingstone.co.uk


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You Need To Face Your Fears To Overcome Them By Tina Gilbert

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had the chance to face fear headon recently, when I was at the top of Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, challenged by the adrenaline-pumping zip-wire tour. The five zip-lines were up to two hundred feet high, and reaching speeds of up to eighty kilometres an hour, high above the trees. I could so easily have pulled out after the first one, when I saw the drop and potential speed of the second. Instead, I dropped fully into the experience, and felt it; my hands were sweating, stomach churning, mouth so dry I could hardly speak, heart pounding and my body rigid with fear. The guide kept me calm, gently encouraged me, and away I went. I got to the end and found myself shaking, eyes welling up, legs like jelly, but also overjoyed that I had pushed myself to face the fear. It was an exhilarating experience. I was so pleased I had taken the plunge, pushed myself

beyond the normal to face the fear, feel it, and move beyond it, to see what I was capable of achieving. We often underestimate our own strength and ability. Fear can stop us taking steps forward. Thoughts can overpower us and fear can be bigger than the experience actually is. Next time you face fear, notice how it really feels in more detail. Write down the experience, notice if there is a story about past events that is stopping you; let it go. Laugh at your fear, don’t dwell on it, be bold, believe in yourself, learn something new and let fear go. You never know what you might learn about yourself and your own ability. It could be life changing. Tina lives in Livingston and teaches yoga and meditation. Visit her website at http://yogamed.co.uk

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Vet’s Tip:

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rm yourself with a handful of tasty treats like little cubes of chicken or cheese. With one piece of food between your fingertips slowly lure your dog to follow the food into whichever position you desire. As soon as they move into this position reward them with the food and give enthusiastic praise. Repeat this 6 times. Then try doing the same movement but without the treat. If this works give a jackpot reward of 5 treats. Repeat this 6 times. If your dog won’t be lured without the treat try doing another 3-6 food lures before attempting the non-food lure. Once they are reliably moving into position with just a hand movement you can start to add your cue just as they perform the behaviour. Keep rewarding every correct behaviour and don’t get frustrated if

they seem to suddenly forget. Begin to say the cue word before luring them. After a couple of 2-5 minute sessions begin to say the cue word but don’t lure them, simply wait for them to work it out and jackpot reward them the first few times they do it to only a cue word. Keep practicing the exercise in various locations and always reward every time until they are 100% reliable in all areas even with distractions around. You can then start to give random rewards and also use praise, cuddles, play and anything they else they like as a reward. Pet’s Tip written by Joanne Drysdale BSc - dog behaviourist at Edinburgh Dog Training, based in Kirknewton and Balerno. Group classes in Currie. See www.joannedrysdale.co.uk

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Around the Loch we go By Karen Murray

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s you can not have failed to notice, the summer has been a wash out - not great for walking or doing much of anything outdoors really, but that means one has to take one’s opportunities when one can. So on a very rare day - rare that is because I happened to have a few hours off and it wasn’t raining!! - I thought where can I walk that the kids will enjoy and it’s not too far away but far enough to be a trip? Answer - Linlithgow Loch. I am all for combining activities and killing two birds with the one stone, so not only could we walk, we could utilise our Historic Scotland membership by taking in the Palace too. So choose your route to Linlithgow - M9 to Junction 3 or back road via Dechmont - I plumbed for the latter as it is much prettier! Once in Linlithgow, park in the car park by the Palace or if you are visiting the Palace, you can park right outside. We decided on walk first, Palace visit second - bribery works best with my urchins! So from the Palace entrance, go around the left side of the building and walk down to the edge of the loch. Turn left and follow the path around the loch in a clockwise direction. The area surrounding the loch is known as Linlithgow Peel and comprises land which used to be the garden and grounds of the Palace of Linlithgow which has been added to over the years and is now maintained by Historic Scotland.

Between April and August this section of path often has a number of nesting swans at the waterside so you are advised not to go too close or antagonise them as they can be aggressively protective of their young. The loch is home to a large number of water birds including the rare Great Crested Grebe. When you come to a road beyond the east end of the loch, turn right and go through a kissing gate. We love these and everyone is made to kiss everyone to great shouts of derision and ‘do we have to?’ You then cross some sheep grazing land to another road which you will go along for around 100m, before turning right down an alleyway by a house to come back to the Palace grounds and a children’s play area. You will also pass the jetty for the sailing dinghies that can often be seen out on the water along with wind surfers and swans. The circuit is probably around 2 miles, taking around an hour - depending on stops for throwing stones in the loch, discussing swans and some dawdling - so not too long but long enough to deserve a visit to the Palace. 1)

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Images: 1) Linlithgow Palace 2) Linlithgow Loch - images by Karen Murray

The palace is actually in view for most of the walk. A large square sandstone shell, it was built by James I in 1424 following the ruin of the previous building by a fire. It became a popular palace for the Stewart family linking the route between Edinburgh and Stirling castles, and served as the nursery for Mary Queen of Scots. The palace fell into decline after 1603 when James VI moved the royal court to London, and in 1745 fire swept through the building leaving the ruin seen today.

The next event is Family Bat Night on 1 September, 8-10pm. You will hear a short talk with some batty facts, followed by an easy walk to look and listen for bats in and around Linlithgow Palace. Adults £3, Concessions £2, Children £1 and Historic Scotland Members £2.70. Call Historic Scotland to book. 2)

However, the fact that the Palace is in ruins adds added interest for my children who love running up and down the towers and trying to find all the nooks and crannies. The Historic Scotland Ranger Service also holds a number of events in the surrounds of the Palace from the very popular water safaris to mornings where you can try being a ranger yourself.

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September Recipes By Anne Pinkerton

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his is a very strange September. Often by this time of the year, we are coping with gluts of fruit or courgettes, and trying to think of new ways of cooking other produce. This year we will be lucky to have any harvest from which to make jams or chutneys or to bottle or freeze plums, currants, blackberries or even apples. Had we experienced this “summer” weather in the past we would have had great hunger or starvation, and little for which to give thanks. Today in Britain we do not expect to feed ourselves from home production and fortunately we are able to import a huge amount of our food. Game is starting to be available, with grouse at its best and wild rabbit and hare in top condition. Pheasants may still be a bit immature and wild duck will be shot at the end of September. Mushrooms and wild fungi start to come into season in September; but a word of caution…. do not eat fungi from hunting trips unless you are really sure of the identity of your harvest. If you do find true chanterelle mushrooms, the most delicious way to eat them is also the most simple;-mixed into scrambled eggs, served on crisp toast. September is usually the month for harvest festivals. The date is set by the time of the Harvest Moon, the nearest full moon to the autumn equinox. Thanks are given for a good harvest and food is laid in for the coming winter. There are many traditions associated with harvest especially the decoration of churches and the sharing of food amongst the housebound or needy. One of the most attractive is the making of beautiful but complicated harvest breads. Different areas have 30

their own patterns, but the basic form is taken from the shape of an old sheaf of wheat. These loaves were sometimes painted, or even decorated with gold leaf. I am not going to give instructions for baking a harvest loaf, but you might like to try making household bread to share with the family. There is no need to be worried about baking bread. It is easy and very forgiving. There are few rules but you must use the best flour you can, and then knead it fully. If these guides are followed, the bread will be delicious. If you have a bread machine lurking at the back of the cupboard, find it, dust it down and plug it in! My Bread (makes two loaves) You can use any combination of flours you like. Sometimes I include some rye flour, spelt or malted flour or even mixed seed flour. I always use 1 kilo in total. 500 gm of strong plain white flour (high protein) 500 gm of strong wholemeal flour Pudding spoonful of salt 3 tablespoons oil;- olive, sunflower, nut or canola oils are all good; so too is butter. 1 pint of warm water 25 gm of fresh yeast or 3 flat teaspoons dry yeast Method Put the yeast in a mug or jug with a little warm (blood temperature) water. Set it aside until it has worked itself to a froth. You can give it a few grains of sugar to encourage it, but you do not have to.

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Put all the rest of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. When the yeast is really active, add it and some water to the bowl and start mixing. Use a hand mixer on full power or a Kenwood type on slow. See how dry the mix is and add more water, mixing till you have a stiff dough which comes away from the sides of the bowl. Then give it 3-5 minutes more mixing until it is elastic and can be pulled, showing strings. This indicates that the kneading is working the gluten and the bread will have a good texture. Leave in the bowl in a warm place to double in size. The time defends on the warmth of the room. You may expect to wait three quarters of an hour, or more. The time now is NOT critical. Heat the oven to 400oF, 200oC or gas 5 or 6. Punch the dough down and turn it on to a floured work-surface. Cut the dough in two and knead each part to make a nice shape or until it will fit into your chosen bread tin. Leave to double in size. This time you need to watch things because if the bread over-rises you will have to knock it back and wait again. Overrisen dough makes a loaf with a poor structure which will be crumbly when you try to slice it. Bake in the hot oven for 30 minutes. As you take it from the oven, listen….it should be silent. If it is still hissing, give it 5 minutes more. Leave to cool, this will be difficult, and do not slice till cold. Making 2 loaves saves fuel, eat one and keep the other, either in the fridge or the freezer. If freezing, think about slicing it before you freeze it then you can always have a fresh slice to toast! You can use these proportions in your bread machine, or use a kit, or follow the machine instructions. Whatever you do please try making bread. It is To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

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Bread and Butter Pickle I got this recipe years ago, by writing to the person named on the label of pickle I had bought from the WRVS stall in Oxford market. She was very kind, but said she was not meant to give the information, but, since I lived so far away she thought she would not get into trouble! 1 kilo of marrow or courgettes, cut into bit size bits 3 or 4 tablespoons of salt 1 ½ pints of wine vinegar 500 gm of sliced onions 15 gm of dry mustard or mustard seed 200 gm of granulated sugar 15 gm of turmeric 6 dried chillies Method Put the marrow in a large bowl with the salt, leave twelve hours, or overnight. Drain, and throw away the liquid. Mix the powdered spices to a paste, with a little of the vinegar. Put all the rest of the ingredients in a pan and bring slowly to the boil. Add the paste of spices and continue to simmer slowly for nearly two hours. Stir every now and then to avoid lumps or burning on the bottom of the pan. It is ready when it looks like chutney. Put into clean, warm jam jars and seal. This is ready to eat but will be good for up to 6 months if kept in a cool place.  31


September Recipes Continued

 Pork chops baked with apple sauce Cider and apples feature in early autumn food.

You will need one pork chop per person. Per chop; 1 Bramley cooking apple, peeled, cored and sliced. Salt, pepper, butter sage (dried or fresh) Method Place the chops snuggly in a flat ovenproof dish. Fit the apple slices tightly between the chops. Season the whole dish with a little sage (it can be a bit overpowering) salt, black pepper and a few knobs of butter. Cover the dish with foil and bake in a hot oven for 20 minutes. After 15 minutes carefully lift the foil and see if the chops are cooked but pale; if they are, return to the oven for the last five minutes. The apples will have made a sauce and the chops will have a nice brown edge.

Cut and Come Again cake Melt all these together in a pan and cool 5 fluid oz of milk 225 gm of dark brown sugar 1 pudding spoon of Golden Syrup 115 gm of marge or butter Mix all these together in a large bowl 1 egg, beaten 225 gm of self-raising flour 225 gm of mixed fruit ½ teaspoon of mixed spice ½ teaspoon of grated nutmeg Add the melted fluids to the dry goods, and put in a lined 8 inch cake tin. Bake in a cool oven, gas 2 or 3 ,160oC ,325oF for about three hours. Test with a wooden kebab stick. If it is clean, then it is cooked. This is a very forgiving cake. You can add a few cherries, nuts, lemon or orange zest, or almond essence to vary the taste as you please.

Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable. Leafy green cabbage is good with pork but do try hot red cabbage or sauerkraut, both of which can be bought in jars from the supermarket. Continuing the harvest theme September is a good time for a cut and come again cake of the sort that would have been in a farmer’s packed lunch. Nowadays we would drink apple juice. In the past cider was the traditional worker’s field drink, but then, cutting wheat or barley by scythe was thirsty work. 32

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Bethany Christian Trust Sponsored Walk For Homelessness WALK! - SATURDAY 8 SEPT 2012

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00 people become homeless in Scotland every day. This happens for many reasons including: family breakups and relationship problems, illness, unemployment, drug, alcohol and other addiction problems. Bethany supports around 4,000 homeless & vulnerable people every year to address their problems so they don’t become trapped in a cycle of homelessness. By taking part in Bethany’s Walk for Homelessness you can raise sponsorship to make a real, lasting difference in people’s lives. Find out more about what we do at: http://www.bethanychristiantrust.com SPONSORED WALK - ROUTE OPTIONS: 10.5 miles: Go Forth! River Almond - Dalmeny Estate to South Queensferry - Forth Road Bridge crossing finish at South Queensferry. Route rating: easy although some uneven ground and several flights of steps from woodland to shore as you discover the scenic Dalmeny Estate. Enjoy the iconic Scottish crossing taking in the breath-taking views as you walk over the Forth Road Bridge and back. 7 miles: Landlubbers Delight River Almond - Dalmeny Estate to South Queensferry. Route rating: easy although some uneven ground. This is the one for people who prefer to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground! Journey from woodland to shore as you discover the scenic Dalmeny Estate and finish up at idyllic South Queensferry for a spot of afternoon tea and to admire the beautiful sea view.

All participants must register prior to the walk. For more information about this event please contact Bethany Christian Trust by phoning: 0131 5618925 or by emailing: events@bethanychristiantrust.com. Minimum sponsorship to take part in the Walk for Homelessness is £50. To raise sponsor money we recommend setting up an online page at www.justgiving.com Paper sponsor forms are available from our website and by request. START TIMES: 10.5 & 7m routes – start 10am at Cramond Kirk, EH4 6NS (Check in on the day 9:30am – 10:15am). Parking 300 yards from Cramond Kirk. Minibus shuttle runs between the end of the walk at South Queensferry and Cramond Kirk. 3.5 m route – start 1pm South Queensferry (Check in on the day 12:30pm – 1pm. Parking on street. Please note: Supporters participate in this event at their own risk. Bethany Christian Trust can accept no liability for any accidents, damages or loss of personal property that occurs during the event. Bethany Christian Trust is a registered charity SC003783

3.5 miles: Bridging the Gap Forth Road Bridge - start/finish South Queensferry Route rating: easy although several flights of steps. The Forth Road Bridge is one iconic Scottish walk worth doing, with stunning views across the Forth. Chalk up a memorable Scottish experience and “bridge the gap” for Bethany, back and Forth. It’s an ideal distance for wee ones, too, so bring the kids and enjoy a perfect family day out.

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Useful Information & What’s On? September Last Post Times 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

St John’s Hospital 01506 523000 Medical Centres Deans and Eliburn Medical 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 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

Friday 7th September An Evening with Dan Reed DreadnoughtRock, Bathgate Saturday 8th September Sponsored Walk For Homelessness Event register to take part: http://www.bethanychristiantrust.com or telephone: 0131 5618925 Friday 14th September Jim Davidson – The Legend Howden Park Centre – Telephone: 01506 777666 for details. Saturday 15th September Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Howden Park Centre – Telephone: 01506 777666 for details.

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.

Saturday 15th September FIDIL – Real Celtic music from Co. Donegal, Ireland 7:30pm The Torphichen Inn Contact: Burgh Halls, 01506 – 282720

School Term dates (from www.westlothian.gov.uk) Summer / Winter (Term 1) Tue 21/8/12 - Fri 21/12/12 Autumn Holiday Mon 17/9/12 - Tue 18/9/12 Mid-term Mon 15/10/12 - Mon 22/10/12

Friday 21st September Scocha in Concert. Scottish Borders band 7:30pm The Regal Theatre, Bathgate

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Do you enjoy visiting Bonaly Country Park? Come along and help the Ranger Service carryout practical conservation tasks, tidying up the woodland after the busy summer season. Meet: Bonaly Country Park, upper car park Time: 1 – 3pm Bring: Sturdy footwear and wear old clothes. Gardening gloves if you have them. Booking: Essential Cost: Free Suitable for over 16 yrs. Countryside Ranger Events: Saturday 1st September 2:00pm – 3.30pm - Bury the Time Capsule It’s time to bury our secret box somewhere safe in the Park. What will people in the future make of it all? Bring some small disposable items that can fit into an A4 sized container. No food or the badgers will have a feast! Booking advised Suitable for: 5-16 year olds. Meet: Visitor Centre, Polkemmet Country Park. Cost: Child £2.20

Sunday 2nd September 1:30pm – 3pm - Food For Free With autumn showing its face let’s make the most of nature’s harvest! Come take a walk through Beecraigs and find out where tasty wild foods can be found. Booking Essential. Suitable for all. Meet: Visitor Centre, Beecraigs Country Park. Cost: £2.20 per person Friday 7th September Badger Watch – Meet at Sutherland Building, Beecraigs Country Park. Bring sturdy footwear, binoculars and torch. No perfume/aftershave. Booking essential. Suitable for Adults & children over 12 yrs. Cost: £4.50 adult, £2.50 child. Please telephone for details. Contact information page 41. Batting Around – Almondell & Calderwood Country Park The fabulous world of bats. Meet: Visitor Centre. Booking essential. Cost: £3.20 adult, £2.20 child. Please telephone for details. Contact information below. p41

Livingston Hearts 2002 CFC Race Night – 28th September 2012 Seeking the support of local businesses for our young players Livingston Hearts 2002 CFC is hosting a race night to raise funds. We coach the 2002 age group and our young players will benefit from the money we raise during the race night event. We are seeking support from local businesses keen to help us to take them on tour in 2013, and we hope the race night will enable us to raise £2,000. This would give the team the opportunity to travel to and play in a tournament, and will cover all their travelling and accommodation costs. The Race Night will take place at the Saltire in Livingston. The Saltire are kindly sponsoring the evening by providing the hall and a buffet. The event will be attended by around one hundred guests with the children’s parents, families and family friends attending. Guests will all receive goodie bags with sponsor pamphlets, a Race night program and various other gifts and donations from local businesses offering their support. To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

Businesses can sponsor the Race Night itself, or individual races can be sponsored for £50. All tickets, programs and additional Literature will be branded “Sponsoring Company” Livingston Hearts 2002 Race Night and all the sponsoring companies’ details will be included in the Program. We are also seeking prizes for our raffle and our grand auction at the end of the evening. Any donations will be gratefully received, whether a meal for two, or sponsorship of a race. Your support will help take the team one step closer to going on tour. Livingston Hearts are a Quality Marked Community Football Club. If you can offer support, please contact: Stuart J Greig, Team Secretary: 115 Harburn Drive, W Calder EH55 8AN. Or telephone: 07872 148647 Thank you in advance, from Livingston Hearts 2002 CFC. SYFA Registration No: 6609

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2pm – 3:30pm - Walk along the River Almond. Booking Essential. Suitable for all. Meet Visitor Centre, Polkemmet Counry Park. Cost £2.20 per person. Friday 14th September 8pm – 9:30pm - Creatures of the Night – Beecraigs Country Park Booking essential. Meet Sutherland Building. Cost: £3.20 adult, £2.20 child Monday 17th – Tuesday 18th September Environmental Activity Days Two days of outdoor activities. Suitable for 5 – 11 years. Booking essential. Phone for more information. Meet: Visitor Centre, Polkemmet Country Park. Cost: £30 Tuesday 18th September 1:30pm - Calderwood and Oakbank Walk in ancient woodland. Rough tracks, some uphill. Approx. 6 ½ km. 1-1 ½ hours. Suitable for all. Meet Gasworks Brae, Mid Calder. Free. Wednesday 19th September 11am – 12:30pm - Wildlife and History walk Unsurfaced/muddy paths. Booking advised. Approx. 4 ½ km. 1 – 1 ½ hours. Suitable for all. Meet Beecraigs Visitor Centre. Free. Saturday 22nd September 10:30am – 12:00pm - Easter Breich Loop walk Booking essential. Meet in the car park off Fraser Road, Kirkton Campus, Livingston. Suitable for all. Free. Linhouse Nature Walk Approx. 6 km. 2 – 2 ½ hours. Suitable for all. Meet: Lizzie Brice Woodland, opposite LB Garage. Free. Sunday 23rd September 1:30pm – 3pm – Food For Free Booking essential. Suitable for all. Meet: Visitor Centre, Beecraigs Country Park. Cost £2.20 per person. Almondell & Calderwood Ranger base, by Broxburn EH52 5PE Tel: 01506 882254, email: almondell&calderwood@westlothian.gov.uk Beecraigs Ranger base, by Linlithgow EH49 6PL Tel: 01506 844516,

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email: mail@beecraigs.com Polkemmet Ranger base, by Whitburn EH47 0AD Tel: 01501 743905, email: polkemmet@westlothian.gov.uk Friday 28th September Livingston Hearts 2002 CFC Race Night Saltire, Livingston. (Referred to on page 39) Sunday 30th September Jack and Jill Baby and Kids Nearly New Market 10:30am – 1:30pm West Lothian College, Almondvale Crescent £1.00 admission. Children go free. Library Information Almondbank Library

Shiel House, Shiel Walk, Craigshill, EH54 5EH Tel: 01506 283133 email: almondbank.lib@westlothian.gov.uk Opening times Mon & Fri 09.30 – 18.00 Tues & Thu 09.30 – 20.00 Wed 10.00 – 18.00 Sat 09.30 – 13.00 Please note new location - Shiel House, Shiel Walk, Craigshill

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 Tues & Thu 09.30 – 20.00 Wed 10.00 – 18.00 Sat 09.30 – 13.00 Angela Moohan and Robert De Bold: Surgeries in Carmondean Connected fortnightly. Please ask in the Library for full details.

Lanthorn Library

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

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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. Kiddies Corner Carmondean Community Centre, For Preschool Children. Tues 9.00am – 12 noon For more info tel 01506 439568. Child minders available Mon & Wed 9.00am – 12 noon Livingston Station playgroup Livingston station Community Centre Spaces available for 2 – 5 yr olds, Mon-Thurs 9.30-11.50am, Fri 9.15-11.30am £4 per day plus £1 per wk for healthy snack. Contact us on 07954 044260 to place your child’s name on our waiting list or see us on facebook for more info.

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Lothians MS Support Group Open to anyone living with Multiple Sclerosis, family & friends, or anyone interested in learning about the condition. Meetings are informal, provide support and information and activities which promote wellbeing. Meetings and membership is free. If you would like to join us, come along to the Ability Centre, Livingston, EH54 8PT fortnightly on a Tuesday from 7pm-8:30pm and see what we are all about! For more information and for dates of this month’s fortnightly meetings, please contact Val on valsteward1msgroup@yahoo.co.uk or call 01506 201107.

DEDRIDGE Livingston Camera Club Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre, Crofthead Centre, Templar Rise, Dedridge, EH54 6DG. Every Mon 7.15pm - 9.30pm from early Sept to late May, with the club reverting to an active summer syllabus between these dates. Monday evenings form the formal part of the club activities. Evening activities range from speakers, presentations, competitions, critique, photo editing, studio and lighting classes. www.twitter.com/LiviCamClub www.livingstoncameraclub.org.uk www.facebook.com/livingstoncameraclub contact@livingstoncameraclub.org.uk 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 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

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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. 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

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

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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

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

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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

Livingston Cricket Club Cricket fixtures as well as a busy social calendar. See http://livingstoncricketclub.co.uk or tel 07799 025795

14th Livingston Rainbows Community Wing of Toronto Primary School. Tuesdays 6.30 - 7.45 pm. Girls 5 years old and attending school. Telephone: Rainbow Guide Leader on 07532 182197. Livingston Art Association Howden Park Centre Day and evening classes in painting and pottery for all levels. For more details call 01506 440449 email liviartassoc@msn.com or see www.livingston-art-assoc.org.uk. 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 To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

Adambrae, Bellsquarry & Murieston (ABM) Walking Group Looking for Fun, Fitness and Friendship - then join our Ladies Walking Group. We meet on Mondays at 10.00. Contact Penny Clark penmex2@hotmail.co.uk for details. Livingston Bridge Club We meet on Wednesdays 6.45pm at Bankton Mains Bowling Club. All standards welcome, classes can be arranged also. Club secretary: 01506 437977 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.

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AMC Fitness Circuit Training The complete body workout: a high energy instructorled class of pre-set workout stations. Tues 7.30 – 8.30pm Harburn Village Hall Body Conditioning Sculpt & tone the whole body: a low impact resistance based class. Targets problem areas, strengthens the core, improves posture and balance. Wed 6.15 – 7.15pm Harburn Village Hall Boxercise Punch your way to a perfect physique: a high energy fast paced class, designed to increase overall fitness and also great fun. Thurs 7.30 – 8.30pm Murieston Village Hall No dancing! No frills! No fuss! Just Focus on Fitness. All classes suitable for all levels of fitness, £3 per session. For further details please contact: ailsa@ amcfitness.co.uk or tel 07808161634. www.amcfitness.co.uk

Solution July 12 crossword

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. Thursday mornings. £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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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

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Konect Directory Livingston September 2012  

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