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The Calders, Kirknewton and Pumpherston WIN Lunch for two at Jupiter Artland Cafe

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Who needs ‘em?

PLUS local businesses, community information and more!

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Hello neighbours It’s gala season and a fantastic celebration of the start of summer. We are very fortunate to live in such lively communities where there are so many opportunities and activities for children and families. The huge effort on the part of those who organise these events doesn’t go unappreciated! With all the galas and fairs there is something for everyone - from bouncy castles to....Harburn Festival’s annual welly hurl! Besides the galas, several of the businesses advertising in this magazine offer a great range of activities for children, from art and craft to sporting activities, so let’s just reflect on how fortunate we are and make the most of all that is on offer around here for our families. In the run-down to the end of term, we interviewed a family for whom the end of term has no meaning as their children don’t go to school, so you can read about

Contents School Holidays Who needs ‘em? Genealogy Local Walk Pets Children & Family

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them on pages 8 – 9, as well as all our usual columns and contributors. Congratulations to Mrs Rona Brown of Kirknewton who won the crossword prize last month. This month you could win lunch for two at Jupiter Artland’s delightful cafe. You don’t need to purchase a ticket for Jupiter Artland to visit the cafe, although I think once you’ve driven through their beautiful grounds to get to the cafe you’ll almost certainly decide that you have to see the rest! Thanks for reading the Konect Directory, we’ll be back in July!

Helen-Jane Shearer Editor hj@konectdirectory.co.uk 07854 492638

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

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The Konect Directory is delivered to homes in Kirknewton, East Calder, Mid Calder and Pumpherston. Copies are also left at the libraries, sports centre, convenience stores and various other locations within the area.

Jenny Thomson, Sales 07824 469266 jenny@konectdirectory.co.uk

Helen-Jane Shearer, Editor 07854 492638 hj@konectdirectory.co.uk To advertise call 07824 469266 or 07854 492638

Front cover photograph by Scott Millar: Queens Carriage, East Calder Gala 2010

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Pilates

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Instructor : Susan Douglas

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Personal training also available. To book classes contact Susan on 01506 870062 or susan.douglas@homecall.co.uk

Sport & Exercise

School’s Out!

Summer Sports and Activities Programme 4 July–12 August 2011 For booking information please contact reception in the Centre for Sport and Exercise on 0131 451 8400 or email s.mcmahon@hw.ac.uk

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School holidays - who needs ‘em? By Helen-Jane Shearer

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hile most of us are either looking forward to or dreading the long school holidays with the children at home, for a number of families the school term calendar has no impact on their arrangements; their children are educated outwith the school system. I met up with one such family this month to learn a bit more about their lifestyle. The Davidsons live in Livingston. Parents Morag and Kevin run an IT business and the children are home-educated. They started off at a primary school in Edinburgh, which they were so pleased with that when they moved to Livingston they kept the children in the Edinburgh school and travelled each day. But with a change of head teacher, the school no longer met their needs so they took the children out of school while they looked for another in Livingston. During that time they noticed that the children were learning fast at home and were happy and fulfilled. They abandoned the search for a school; home education was working and they were all loving it. Their eldest daughter had by this time already had gained a scholarship to a secondary school in Edinburgh and was happy there, but the other children were still primary school age. Home education is the ultimate in individually tailored education as children don’t have to fit in with the way the rest of a class is working. They can find their own style and pace. Morag sees herself as a facilitator rather than a teacher. “I let them have a lot of freedom to follow their own interests,” says Morag. “We talk about things a lot, and we provide them with whatever they need to pursue their

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interests.” They rarely sit at a desk with worksheets; learning happens through involving the children in everyday activities as well as providing them with the books and materials they want to do their own projects. As we chatted Finlay, aged 2, trotted past counting fluently. And they are lucky in that all of the children are good readers, mainly self-taught. Cameron, aged 8, is an avid reader, having read all the Harry Potter books when he was 6. Bekah, aged 5, is just learning to read and loves ballet too. But reaching benchmarks and comparing her children to others is just not something that Morag and Kevin do, or find the least bit useful. They know that each of their children are learning to the best of their ability and that is what matters. Sam (12), having spent most of her primary school years at home, got a bursary for Mary Erskine last year despite scepticism from some that she would not have a chance, as competition is fierce for the small number of places. She won a place and decided to give secondary school a go. I ask her how she has found her first year at school. “We haven’t done anything yet that I hadn’t already done at home” she says. “I finish my lessons early and the teachers give me extra puzzles and things to do”. So why is she there? “Well, we decided we’d give it a fair go and see how it goes.” Sam is interested in the performing arts and this year for the second year running she has a role in the Macrobert panto in Stirling, Jackie and the Beanstalk (see www.macrobert.org/panto.htm). This involves two months full time off school from November to January, as well as a significant commitment throughout the late summer and autumn. My impression is that a couple of months off school is unlikely to be a problem for Sam! Sam’s older sister Jenna (14) is also keen on the performing arts, and successfully auditioned for a place on the SQA Higher in dance at Howden Park Centre, which she starts studying for this month. In addition she is working towards Royal Academy of Dance vocational qualifications via the Central Scotland Ballet


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School. She hopes to go to the The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, so has a clear idea of what she wants to do and how to get there. In her spare time she loves knitting and has set up a small business called Jenna’s Knits, selling her knitwear to family, friends and online. Morag feels that learning how to learn is a key skill that home education is giving her children, and it is that ability to carve out their own paths and pick up new skills that is so valuable in later life. A typical day for the Davidsons might include a visit to the library, and the older children might help the younger ones with a science experiment or some baking. There is a busy home education community across Edinburgh and the central belt, and the Davidsons join in organised excursions as and when things come up which interest them. Most days there are clubs and activities to attend - for the older girls their dance classes, for the others Tae Kwon Do, judo, swimming. There is only one day of the week when they don’t have any clubs on, and they have a busy social life. Morag leaves the older girls to arrange their cinema trips and so on with their friends, who come from a wide geographical area thanks to the fact that they attend clubs not only in Livingston but also in Falkirk, South Queensferry and Edinburgh. How does home-educating fit in with both parents working? “We both work from home, so we share in looking after the children and visiting customers.” Morag can usually manage all the desk time she needs for administration work during the day while the children are occupied with their own things. Report writing and project planning all happens in the evening after the younger children are in bed. Does Morag ever feel she needs a bit of “me

time”? “For me I don’t feel it’s that important. There are plenty of times when the children are away, at activities, at friends’ houses or with their god-mother.” So as we’re tearing our hair out wondering what to do with the children this summer, coping with the refrain of “I’m bored, what can I do?” let’s reflect that when children’s lives are not divided up for them by adults into “school” and “holiday” they can be learning, enjoying life at their own pace and developing without having either their education or their entertainment handed to them on a plate.

Home Education - Did From www.schoolhou you know? se. • Children must be ed org.uk ucated between the ages of 5 and 16, but they need never attend school. • Children’s educatio n is the responsibility of their parents, not the state. • Home education is a choice which carrie s equal weight in law to • Parents need no for schooling. mal qualifications to educate their own chi ldren. • Home educators ne ed not stick to a designated timetable or school hours, and need not follow any set • Some children are ho curriculum. because of school-relatme educated as bullying or unmet ed problems such special education needs. • Home educated chi ldr qualifications if/when en can obtain it suits them. • Home education is a proven, highly successful alternative to research has consisten schooling and tly shown that home educated children do better academically and socially than the ir sch counterparts, especially ooled if they come from poorer backgrounds. • The Scottish Governm statutory guidance on ent has issued elective home education which sho uld be followed by local authorities.


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Kids’ Day Wednesday 20th July

We currently have space to register new children on the NHS and will be having a Kids’ Day on Wednesday 9 East Main Street 20th July. We will register new children and give check-ups. We will also be able to answer any questions you have about their dental health.

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Fun activities, videos and competitions will also run throughout the day.

If you would like an appointment please give us a call, we would love to see you

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Geocaching locally

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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 geocaching.com 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

around them! Geocaching is a great way to learn about the local area and get out and about with the family. The fun is in finding the cache, and there are varying levels of difficulty. For example, searching for ‘Mid Calder’ on geocaching.com brings up the cache called “Under Bridge”. Somewhere near GPS coordinates N 55° 53.558 W 003° 28.659 is a cache described as ‘a camouflage bag’. The clue is “These GPS coordinates take you to a lovely bed of nettles”, so once under the bridge you need to spot the nettles and then use common-sense to guess what would be an accessible and effective hiding place. And similarly for the “Welcome To” sign one mile from Pumpherston, or in the abandoned Oakbank Village. A much greater challenge is around the Kirkhill Pillar Project (a local art project covered by Konect in the March 2010 issue). Clues at the Sun and each of the planets in the model of the solar system will give you the coordinates of a cache representing Halley’s Comet, which was not in the model built by the Earl of Buchan in 1776.

If you would like to pla a geocache in one of ce West Lothian’s country parks contact the Ranger Ser , please stating where you wo vice to place the cache an uld like d the coordinates. The Rang check out the area to ers will it is safe and not goingmake sure the wildlife. There are to disturb the parks that are no areas in for caches such as ba t suitable dens, wild meadows,dger/fox rare plants, sites of special scientifi and local nature reservc interest es.

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Our Contributors

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he Konect Directory is run and written by local people whose daily lives are rooted in our villages. Introducing three of our regular contributors...

Karen Murray writes our regular local walk column as well as sometimes the feature article or interviews with local business people. “I have been a journalist/ editor for far more years than I care to remember beginning with the University newspaper and moving through just about every other form of communication. Now I juggle running a pottery painting studio, writing for Konect and looking after three children which leaves no time for housework, which is just the way I like it!”

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Maureen McIntyre contributes the popular Family History column each month. “I live in East Calder with my family and have researched my roots back to my 7 x great grandfather who lived in Uphall around 1695. Much of my spare time is taken up with my genealogy studies and research and I recently gained a Masters in Advanced Professional Studies. I also enjoy gardening, crafts and photography.” Jackie Whigham writes our uplifting and thoughtprovoking Thought for the Month column. “I run Lumiere health and beauty salon based at Xcite in East Calder where I am happy to help my clients cultivate their inner and outer beauty.”

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Jewellery Workshop

R&I MACDONALD

144 Main Street, East Calder, EH53 0HD

KILTMAKERS

Kiltmakers of over 60 years Highland dress specialists plus Full Highland dress hire. We only make full hand sewn kilts of the highest standard

All jewellery & watch repairs

batteries, straps, restringing, stone replacement...

Jewellery designed & made to your specification - every piece unique

Gold and silver jewellery for sale Engraving

Tel/Fax 01506 872678

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Katherine Hamilton Bridal Gowns

We also have a wide range of prom dresses, evening wear, mother of the bride outfits and accessories Open Sundays

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UTOPIA HAIR AND BEAUTY 17a Bank Street, Mid Calder, West Lothian utopiahairandbeauty.co.uk

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Thought for the Month By Jackie Whigham

Personal Power Through Awareness You were born with an incredible gift - an authority more influential than you know. This inner power allows you to create and sustain your life as you please. You are able to reach great heights in all areas of your life, if you are willing to focus your energy on what you wish to create.

You will know when your Power is fading. You will feel weak. When you’re weak you feel you need to prove your point. You feel you need to be right. You feel you need to be heard and noticed. You need a pat on the back. The above are some of the tell tale signs you are giving away your Power.

Unfortunately most people focus upon problems and dramas. Instead of responding to life, they go through their day re-acting to everyone and everything.

Stop trying to convince the world of your Greatness and instead become silent. Go within – it’s now time for you to realise your Greatness. When you believe in yourself you’ll stop going into combat with others! When you surrender you’ll win – and it is here, my friend, you will know freedom within. Have a great day!

Realise every time you re-act, you are fighting against something or someone. It’s through this constant re-action to the outside world you lose Personal Power, thus leaving you vulnerable and exposed to judgement.

If there is anything you’d like to ask me about or write about you can reach me at jackiewhigham1@aol.com. Have a happy day!

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NEW TREATMENTS AVAILABLE! Skin peels, Minx nails. Please call us for details and to make a booking.

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Come and see us at School House, Bonnington Road, Wilkieston, EH27 8BD 0131 333 1949 enquiries@angelaelizabethnursery.co.uk www.angelaelizabethnursery.co.uk

Kirknewton Gala Day Saturday 18th June

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ake sure you put this date in your diary for the Kirknewton Gala Day. Each year the day gets bigger and better and there will be plenty of entertainment for all ages once more.

The wonderful homemade burgers will be back on the BBQ by popular demand and the local WRI will put on a wonderful tea tent. Ice-cream and sweeties will also be available.

Gala events kick off with a football tournament on Friday 17th June, so dig those football boots out and practice goal shots. The children’s and inter-school races will be held first thing on Saturday.

Raffle tickets will be on sale with a top prize of £200 and other delights including a family trip on the canal courtesy of the Linlithgow Union Canal Society.

The main Gala will run from 12 noon to 4pm with entertainment galore for the whole family. There will be a magician, balloon man, the animal man with his furry friends, a local pipe band and plenty of dancing. As well as all that, you will find bouncy castles, an obstacle course and a climbing wall. There will be face-painting, a balloon stall, a tombola and kids’ pocket money stall. The Tug-of-War will take place at 3pm so make sure you enter a team.

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However in order for this great day to roll out as planned the committee needs all the help it can get. Many hands make light work as they say, so if you can volunteer in any way - to help set up, run the stalls, dismantle - your help would be gratefully received. Please leave your name and number with Debbie in the Post Office as well as any donations to the tombola or raffle if you have them. With everything in place, it’s up to weather to be kind for a fabulous Gala Day.

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Honey Pot Ceramics

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try out other craft activities

Be amazed at what you can do.... We offer a unique opportunity to make your own cosmetics, where you select your own fragrances and colours to make a special gift, or something for yourself. We are available for pottery, cosmetics and jewellery parties for all ages, hen parties, baby hand and foot clay prints, gift vouchers and a selection of gifts and refreshments are also available

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ast Calder & Wilkieston Children’s Gala will have Zoe Swain as our Gala Queen this year.

Zoe was picked at our torchlight procession way back in November last year and will be crowned on Friday 10th June in East Calder Park. Zoe is eleven years old and lives with her family Michael, Heather and sister Sarah she enjoys the Guides, East Calder Bowling Club where she is being coached and sponsors a dog called Chance who is kept at West Calder Dogs Trust.

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Jupiter Artland

Children’s summer art programmes

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ue to popular demand Jupiter Artland’s education programme is growing. We have been running our visits and workshops for schools and colleges for the last two years and they have been so successful that we are now booked up a term in advance. To complement this we are building on our Artsparks courses and offering holiday workshops for children of all ages, as well as a twelve-week preschool “Little Sparks” course from August.

is to stimulate and inspire the children by looking at the sculptures, and to teach skills through fun activities based on the artwork and the artist’s practice. This winter the staff at Jupiter have been hard at work creating a woodland classroom. It is nestled on the edge of the woods and has its own outdoor area -perfect for outdoor workshops and exhibition space for the children’s creations. With plenty of indoor space for workshops and lots of facilities and resources at our disposal, children will be able to work on large scale projects they simply can’t do at school where space is a limitation. The courses on offer this summer give a range of interpretations of the artwork and a behind the scenes insight into the collection. Artsparks Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th July

Jupiter Artland is a unique place; the stunning woodland and open fields are home to sculpture by some of the world’s most talented contemporary sculptors. It is a place where children are instantly comfortable and they absorb the atmosphere learning almost without noticing. The combination of art and animals – miniature donkeys, chickens, sheep and even the odd alpaca is a reassuring mix for children. One minute you are looking at an overwhelming 12 metre metal orchid and a short stroll away sheep graze in the meadow blissfully unaware that they live alongside such iconic works. Children begin to observe things differently as they learn about the artists and see the way art and nature interact. The aim of all courses at Jupiter 24

An exciting 3 day course investigating the collection with lots of fun outdoor and indoor activities. This course is being run by Davina Richardson, a hugely talented and experienced teacher who has worked with us at Jupiter often before. With a special focus on the Marc Quinn orchid, the children will create large scale collages as well as a variety of work on paper and sculpture. The course runs from 10am to 4pm. For 5 to14 year olds. Drop in holiday workshops On the 5th, 12th and 19th of August we will be offering three drop in workshop days that children can join from either 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 3pm. The sessions will allow children to have their own unique look at the collection while their parents have theirs too! For 5 to 15 year olds.

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5th August: Mud glorious mud! 12th August: Landforms! 19th August: Goldsworthy out and about! Artsparks Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd August A 2 day course at Jupiter run by Diana McMicking the education director. This course is inspired by the Charles Jencks landforms. We will be creating our own outdoor landforms in the new education garden – so watch out, your own gardens may never be the same! The course runs from 10am to 4pm. For 5 to14 year olds. Little Sparks We are very excited to announce the launch of an Artsparks preschool group, “Little Sparks”. It will be led by a new recruit to Jupiter, Izzy Chapell, who is a very inspiring and experienced nursery teacher with a special interest in the performing arts. “Little Sparks” will run every Tuesday morning from 9.30 to 12 in our new woodland classroom from the 30th August to the 22nd November. The sessions will include an outdoor activity to initiate an art workshop based on the collection and around natural themes. Every session the children will produce a piece of artwork to take home. Children will also have related singing, drama and imaginative play activities built into the mornings. To find out more about Artsparks at Jupiter please visit our website at www.jupiterartland.org You can book in online for our courses and all the information you need will be there


Get your bike ready and serviced for the summer..... Repairs and Bike Servicing

Tel: 01506 873123 CLUB TRAINING NIGHT Every Tues 6.15pm Start at Pedal Power 28 miles Open to beginners and racers ALL WELCOME

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Pedal Power, 51 West End, West Calder, EH55 8EJ

Licensed Tattoo Studio

NOW OPEN at 153a Main Street, East Calder Over 18's only Give a present that will last a lifetime Gift vouchers available for birthdays etc. Custom and traditional tattoos

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SG Landscapes For all your garden needs

Garden tidy-ups, lawns, hedges, treework, patios, driveways, fencing etc. Contact Steve on

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Researching your Catholic ancestors has never been easier Family history column by Maureen McIntyre

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he Scottish Catholic Archives hold a wealth of interesting information, and depending on where your ancestors lived they will help to fill in many blanks in your family tree. Before 1855 researchers rely on the Church of Scotland Old Parish Records but the Catholic Archives have recently been made available to search at Scotland’s People. These Archives include Baptism, Marriage, Death, Seat Rents and Confirmations, but those who wish to dig a bit deeper into the social history of Catholics living in Scotland will benefit hugely from visiting the Archives at Columba House in Edinburgh. The Archives contain many ‘gems’ which do not fit into any of the normal category of archives. These ‘gems’ range from lists of parish priests and school teachers to the detailed income and expenditure summary for the building of a school purchased by the St Stephen’s congregation in Blairgowrie in 1885. The record shows that The Marquis of Bute donated £20 and ‘Handy Andy’ contributed £1 15sh and 11d!

Was your ancestor a mason in Blairgowrie? Did he help with the building of the new local school?

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There are some detailed drawings in the archives of St Peters in Dalbeattie

There are also some interesting records from West Lothian for “The St Columba’s Branch of League of the Cross”. The records list the name and address of each League member, the total amount of alcohol that the member drank (how much whiskey, wine and beer or port), and how long they pledged to give up drinking alcohol.

These archives help to put the ‘meat on the bones’ of our research, once we have a basic tree full of names and ages and events it is then possible to add social and work information helping us to build up a complete picture of our ancestors. Genealogy is fast becoming one of the most popular hobbies in the country with people becoming addicted to finding out all they can about their ancestors. I have just finished 3 years of study at the University of Strathclyde in Genealogy, so if you are just starting your tree or if you are having problems with any of your branches please email me and I will endeavour to help. Please email me: rootsandbranches@hotmail.co.uk All images reproduced with the kind permission of the Catholic Archives, Edinburgh.

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SPECIAL 2011 JUNE OFFER ORDINARY MEMBER from £444 MIDWEEK MEMBER £255 (with 2 Free Golf Lessons) YOUNG ADULT MEMBER from £123 Number of places are limited so to book your discounted trial round at only £10 and for further details contact: Club Manager on 0131 453 4911 Mon—Fri Professional on 0131 453 3555 Sat—Sun email manager@baberton.co.uk

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Foot Clinic

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Professional treatment for corns • ingrown nails • hard skin hard-to-cut nails Call 01506 883379 for an appointment

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Family membership rates + great deals for juniors £51 annual fee for 13 - 15 year olds House memberships available Enjoy our comfortable clubhouse, with a warm welcome and great food. Extensive bistro menu for family outings. Bespoke catering for functions or special occasions.

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A waterside walk By Karen Murray

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hen is a walk more than a walk? When you can take someone along and chat as you walk - a walk and a talk is often better than just a walk. I managed to persuade eldest child to accompany me on an evening walk as we hadn’t had a chance to catch up all week and despite her initial reluctance I think she enjoyed it as much as I did. I didn’t want to go too far so we decided to head to East Calder and start our walk there. We went down Oakbank Roand and parked near the Oakbank Bowling Club. Admiring the views over fields and woodland toward the Ochil Hills, we soon headed into the woodland taking the forest path marked “Mid Calder Bank Street 0.8 miles”. This starts just where Oakbank Road narrows and there is a gap in the wall. Immediately the aroma of wild garlic wafted up to us and I realised we were surrounded in it. With the low evening sun sneaking through the trees, we were sheltered from the wind and we took time to enjoy not only the garlic but the wood anenome and the banks and banks of pink coloured flowers that I think are red campion but don’t quote me on that. I kept waxing lyrical about the flora and discovered to my delight that my daughter was quite enjoying their beauty too. The bluebells were in the dying hours and still gorgeous and I kept finding clumps of my favourite - the wild violet. There were even wild strawberries. Flowers aside, the walk continued through the woods meandering this way and that, eventually heading down some wooden steps until we could hear the babble of the Linhouse Water to the left. Mind the steep drop to the water!

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The path gradually descended until it ran parallel although still slightly above the river. A fallen tree was blocking the path but it wasn’t too hard to negotiate and we soon reached a point where you could get right down to the water’s edge. I was all for continuing on the path but was persuaded to go down. Great idea as it was a veritable Garden of Eden down there, the water going up and over a mini weir to pool underneath some craggy rocks where a waterfall spilled down to join the pool. It seemed miles away from anywhere. A tranquil rest and we were off again. Having descended to the water, the path rapidly ascended, so rapidly that I was reminded of how unfit I am and was of course totally shown up by my sporty offspring who bounded up the steps not even out of breath at the top, as I laboured somewhat and had to rest half way up. The path opened out onto scrubby grassland and were offered a choice. Left along a narrow gravel path which would ultimately take us to Bank Street, Mid Calder or right which would lead eventually back to East Calder Main Street. Both routes of course allow you to make your way on roadside pavements back to the start of the walk. We chose however to retrace our steps as we had enjoyed the woodland waterside walk so much and the sunlight was still on our side. The 1.6 miles route there and back took around an hour but that included several stops to admire the scenery. The circular route would probably take a little longer.

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Plan-It

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Chartered Building Surveyors Plan-It provide architectural services to home owners & businesses throughout Edinburgh and West Lothian. We are happy to help in the following areas:

Architectural Services Planning Permission Building Warrants Project Management Licence Applications We specialise in extensions and alterations

Joinery Decking Plumbing Kitchens designed & fitted Flat pack furniture Underfloor heating

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BLACK BULL INN

Market Street, Mid Calder, EH53 0AA

Tel: 01506 882170

Email: blackbullmidcalder@sky.com

SPONSOR OF MID CALDER GALA Saturday 4th June - Parade 1pm TAME THE RODEO BULL from 2-6pm

Face & Body Painting by Annie Davis from 3-6pm

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Saturday 11th June - 8pm ÂŁ7.50 a head - Tickets only

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South Lodge Cattery home from home

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rocheted blankets, a comfy armchair or a sunny shelf - these are just some of the things cats visiting South Lodge Cattery in East Calder can expect. Owner Margaret Albani aims to create a home from home as far as possible for all her feline guests, and with a range of different pens available they can all make themselves comfortable. The business started in 1996 and has been developing and adding new services ever since. Besides boarding and homesitting for cats and other small pets, extra services offered include collection/delivery and a webcam so that you can check on your pet while you are away. They are also happy to administer medication or injections if necessary at no extra cost – besides having owned diabetic cats themselves, they have completed a course with Riverside Vets so are qualified to administer medication. Their latest new service launched this month is mobile micro-chipping.. They are registered and approved by Identichip, the national pet reunification service, to carry out micro-chipping. This can be done on-site at South Lodge Cattery or, uniquely, they provide a mobile service and will come to you. Simply call to arrange a time, and this quick and painless procedure can be carried out in your own home with minimum disruption for your pet. Whilst we love our cats, it can be distressing when they kill garden birds and responsible cat owners are sensitive to the distress this can cause their neighbours too. It is very difficult to tell how many birds are killed by cats but figures from the RSPB suggest around 55 million birds plus 200 million small mammals are killed every year. Bell collars can help a little but are not totally effective as birds don’t necessarily associate the bell sound with danger.

A microchip is a small imp grain of rice) that is ins lant (the size of a erted into the skin between the shoulder blades of your dog, cat rabbit. It contains a un or ique registration numb er that is entered onto an international databa se, and if your pet is fou nd any vet, animal wa rden or police can use a rea der access the database and to read the number, contact you to reclaim your pet. The microc hip lasts the lifetime of your pet and the Ide ntichip microchips hav e an anti-migration cap wh ich ensures that it sta ys in place. Identity discs and col lars come off and thousands of dogs and cat year; it is estimated tha s go missing every t less than half of the m are reunited with the ir owners, often becaus e they cannot be identi fied. By having your pet mic rochipped, you will give it the best chance of returned to you should being identified and it go missing. Pets mu st be microchipped for travel outside the UK . South Lodge Cattery offers a mobile microchipping service, call 01506 880767 for more information.

good for helping your cat through stressful situations such as vet visits, but it also calms their hunt and kill instinct and you may find fewer dead birds and mice being brought to your door. Pet calming collars are available for sale from South Lodge Cattery. Your cat won’t need to wear a pet calming collar during her stay at South Lodge Cattery- as I strolled around the cattery on a sunny day to take photos for this article, all the residents were looking supremely relaxed and happy in their spacious and well-fitted out pens. South Lodge Cattery, Oakbank Road, East Calder, EH53 0JP Tel 01506 880767 www.southlodgecats.com

As most hunting happens at night, keeping your cat indoors overnight can reduce the number of small animals she catches. South Lodge Cattery also recommends using pet calming collars. These collars release a chemical which mimics that produced by a mother cat for her kittens, and gives a feeling of calm and well-being. This is

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For all your dog and pet grooming needs Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am Stockists of Burns dog food Holistic food ideal for dog skin conditions The Daks Building, Polbeth, EH55 8TJ

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BBQ vegetables and goat’s cheese Recipe provided by Real Foods www.realfoods.co.uk

This is a superb quick and easy vegetarian main course. Eggplant develops an incredible flavour on the barbecue. Serve with hot tortillas to assemble into juicy warm sandwiches. Ingredients 4 aubergines, cut into 1cm slices lengthways 8 plum tomatoes, each cut into 3 thick slices 2 bunches of spring onions, trimmed 150ml extra-virgin olive oil 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 3 plump garlic cloves, crushed 2 x 100g packs firm goat’s cheese To serve Tortillas Fresh basil leaves

Although it has a lon g the aubergine did no and rich history, t always hold the revered place in food culture that it does today, especiall y cuisines. As a result of in European the overly bitter taste of the early var iet that people also felt ies, it seems tha bitter disposition – au t it had a be undeserved reputatio rgine held the n of being able to cause insanity, lep rosy and cancer. For centuries after its introduction into Europe, aubergi ne more as a decorative was used ga than as a food. Not un rden plant til were developed in the new varieties did it lose its bitter tas 18th century te and bitter reputation, and take its now esteemed place in the cuisines of countries, including Ita many European ly, Greece, Turkey and France.

Preparation time: 35-45 minutes Instructions 1. Put the sliced aubergines, tomatoes and whole spring onions into a large shallow dish. Whisk the olive oil, white wine vinegar and garlic together with plenty of seasoning and pour over the vegetables and toss well. 2. Barbecue the aubergine slices directly over a medium high heat for 4-5 minutes each side, until tender and marked. Remove and put into a large shallow bowl. Barbecue the tomatoes and spring onions for 3-4 minutes, turning once. Add these to the aubergines. Crumble the goat’s cheese over the hot vegetables and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Toss very gently. 3. To serve, scatter the basil leaves over the vegetables. Warm the floured tortillas on the barbecue for 1-2 minutes, turning once. Allow each guest take a spoonful from the platter of vegetables and goat’s cheese and fold up in a warm tortilla. 42

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What’s On? June

Saturday 4th June East Calder Bowling Club - Robin Cook Junior Pairs starting at 9am. Sunday 5th June Felting Workshop at Potter Around Come and learn how to make fabulous felted jewellery or a pebble pot. Workshop run by renowned felter Ann Ross. £45 for a full day course (10am-4pm) including tea/coffee, cakes and light lunch. See www.potteraround.co.uk Sunday 5th June East Calder Bowling Club - Under 25s Semi Finals starting at 2pm Friday 10th June Kirknewton Playgroup Bingo Night 8pm in Kirknewton Village Hall. 10 games of prize bingo for £5, free tea, coffee and nibbles or BYOB. Come along try your luck and support Kirknewton Playgroup. Saturday 11th June 10th Annual Harburn Festival A great family day out - open garden, art exhibition, school art exhibition, road art, live music, classic cars, duck race, fun dog show, plant & produce sales, bouncy castle, annual welly hurl, games galore and refreshments in Village Hall. Buses will pick up at West Calder (opp Scotmid) and drop off at festival attractions from 11 am - 4 pm.Free Harburn Festiv al Duck Race parking in car park. Saturday 11th June Dolly/Teddy Makeover at Honeypot Ceramics Do you have a favourite Teddy or Dolly who is in need of a little bit of tender loving care? Bring them along between 10.30 -12.30 where we will help you give them a makeover (a new bow, a quick patch, new hair style or even a new dress) ready for a Dolly and Teddy summer picnic. Price £10 per head, includes picnic. See www.honeypotceramics.co.uk Sunday 12th June Creepy Crawly Creatures – searching for bugs and slugs in kirknewton community Woodland with West Lothian Rangers, 2 – 3.30pm. Meet Kirknewton Play park, cost £2.10 per person.

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Useful Information Thursday 30th June East Calder Playgroup is moving! Come along and see us at our Open Day at East Calder Community Centre. Thursday 30th June 9:30-10:30am We look forward to welcoming you! To include your event here, please email hj@konectdirectory.co.uk or post details to: The Konect Directory, Overton Farmhouse, Kirknewton, EH27 8DD

Last Post Times Kirknewton Post Office Mon - Fri 5.00pm then a few minutes later from the box near the level crossing. Sat 11.15am East Calder Post Office Mon - Fri 5.20pm Sat 11.15am Mid Calder Post Office Mon - Fri 5.15pm, Sat 11.35am Pumpherston Post Office Mon - Fri 5.15pm, Sat 11.00am Collection from box at Livingston Delivery Office, Fairbairn Road, at 6.30pm

School Term dates

(from www.westlothian.gov.uk) Summer (Term 3) Tue 26/4/11 - Fri 1/7/11 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

Registration of Bir th, Death and Ma rriage Registration Offices in advice and assistance West Lothian provide information on the to anyone requiring deaths, marriages anregistration of births, issue copy extract cerd civil partnerships, and civil partnership cer tificates. We can conduct recording a change emonies and give advice on are necessary at Eas of name. No appointments situated within the t Calder Registration Office, East Calder. The offilibrary at 200 Main Street 5 Monday to Friday. ce is open 10 - 12 and 2 -

East Calder Library information Main Street, East Calder, EH53 0EJ 01506 883633 email: eastcalder.lib@westlothian.gov.uk Opening times Mon, Wed & Fri: 10.00am - 5.30pm Tues & Thurs: 10.00am - 8.00pm Saturday: 9.30am - 1.00pm Mobile library timetable Alternate Tuesdays in: Wilkieston Elmbank Wilkieston Hatton Inch Haig

1.15pm - 1.25pm 1.30pm - 1.40pm 1.45pm - 1.55pm 2.00pm - 2.10pm

Kirknewton Kaimes Crescent Sawmill Roosevelt Rd Churchill Way Braekirk

2.15pm - 2.50pm 2.55pm - 3.20pm 3.30pm - 3.40pm 3.45pm - 3.55pm 4.00pm - 4.10pm

Every Wednesday in: Mid Calder Spottiswood Cir 5.40pm - 5.50pm Spottiswoode Cre 5.50pm - 6.05pm Almondside 6.10pm - 6.25pm Post Office 6.30pm - 7.00pm The Mobile Library timetables are currently under review and updated ones will be available soon. A new service with bigger libraries and a wider selection of books is due to be launched soon.

Pumpherston Library information Pumpherston Primary School, Main Street 01506 435837 Opening times Mon: Wed: Thursday:

2.00pm - 5.00pm 2.30pm - 4.30pm 2.00pm - 6.00pm

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Solution May 11 crossword Across: : 1 Path, 3 Clashing, 9 Oppress, 10 Chaos, 11 Encyclopedia, 13 Repair, 15 Asleep, 17 Contribution, 20 Photo, 21 Villain, 22 Treasure, 23 Gems. Down: 1 Pioneers, 2 Topic, 4 Lesion, 5 Successfully, 6 Imagine, 7 Gasp, 8 Descriptions, 12 Openings, 14 Promote, 16 Silver, 18 Irate, 19 Spit.

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Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advertisement. The Konect Directory does not endorse any advertising material that appears in this publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All material is accepted for publication on the understanding that it is copyright free. The Konect Directory accepts no liability for any subsequent copyright issues. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior consent of the publisher. Publisher: Lothian Publications Ltd, Overton Farmhouse, Kirknewtonk, EH27 8DD. Editor :Helen-Jane Shearer 07854 492638 hj@konectdirectory.co.uk

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Rattle & Rhyme Sessions

These sessions are run by Ann McEwan who used to run the popular Bounce and Tickle sessions at the library. The council has discontinued funding for the Bounce and Tickle programme, so Ann has decided to continue the sessions herself under the name of Rhyme and Rattle. See Clubs and Classes pages for class times and venues. 49


Clubs and Classes

sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... Busy Bee Club at Honey Pot Ceramics Friday’s 1 – 5pm term time. Arts and crafts, £10, booking essential. See www.honeypotceramics. com or call 0131 333 6348. Dog Training Craigsfarm, Maree Walk, Livingston Obedience training on Mondays at 7.30pm. Contact Suzanne on 01506 499911 or dog_training@hotmail.co.uk

EAST CALDER East Calder Colts Based at East Calder park, teams covering most age groups. Soccer School runs Fri afternoons, 2pm - 3pm at East Calder park for children P2 - P4. Goalkeeping coaching runs Thurs evenings 6.30pm -7.30pm. All welcome. Please see club website www.eastcaldercolts.co.uk or contact Head Coach Davie Davies 07734 560351 after 6pm for any further information.

Circuit Training Sunday’s 6 – 7pm East Calder Scout Hall, £3 per session. An instructor-led class of pre set workout stations, the complete body workout, suitable for all levels of fitness, 16yrs plus. Under 16s welcome with participating adult, see website for further details Please contact: Email ailsa@amcfitness.co.uk Tel: 07808 161634 Web: www.amcfitness.co.uk East Calder Playgroup (currently located within the East Calder Nursery building) Mon-Fri 9am-11:15am from 2 years For the best introduction to your child’s education lots of fun to be had! £4 per session. Contact Carol or Helen 01506 881923 East Calder Ladies’ Circle East Calder Community Centre Second Thursday of the month, September to May at 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Contact Frances Shearsby (Secretary) on 01506 494591, for more information.

Rattle and Rhyme Sessions - NEW! Fri. 10.30-11.15 in East Calder Community Centre. 10th June and fortnightly thereafter Thurs 1.30-2.15 in Crofthead Community Centre, Dedridge 9th June and fortnightly thereafter Babies to preschool children accompanied by parents/carers enjoy rhymes and a story for a fun experience. Contact Ann (formerly Bounce&Tickle) 07765 708583 or email annmcewan1@hotmail.co.uk. Classes will continue through the summer holidays.

Yoga Classes East Calder Community Centre Wed 7.00pm - 8.30pm. Contact Joy Cummings 01506 843666.

East Calder Bowling Club Bingo every Sun and Wed 8pm – 9.30pm. Junior coaching (10 to 16 years old) every Fri 2pm – 4pm

Rainbows East Calder Primary School Wed 6.15pm – 7.15pm. Contact Gillian Maben 01506 880640

Zumba with Lorraine Mon East Calder Pigeon Club 9.30am -10.30am Tues Crofthead Community Centre, Dedridge 1pm – 2pm and Mid Calder Institute Hall 7.15pm – 8.15pm. Wed & Fri East Calder Church Hall 9.30am – 10.30am. Thursday Mid Calder Primary School 8.30pm –9.30pm Contact Lorraine 07816835926 or email lfarmer@f2s.com Zumba classes and parties for kids coming in the summer Scottish Slimmers Pigeon Club Tues 6.00pm Call 0800 362636 for more info. Toddler Clinic East Calder Health Centre 1st Tues of every month. Drop in for advice and support 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Boys Brigade East Calder Church Hall Anchors (age 5 - 8) Fridays 6.30 - 7.30pm Juniors (age 8 - 11) Fridays 6.45 - 8.15pm. Calll Jean Gilchrist 01506 880367

Brownies East Calder Primary School Tues 6.30pm – 8.00pm & Wed 6.30pm – 8.00pm. Spaces currently available in Tues group. Contact Gillian Maben 01506 880640 Guides East Calder Primary School Mon 7.00pm – 8.50pm & Wed 7.30pm – 9.00pm. Spaces curently availabe in Wed group Contact Gillian Maben 880640 Fun4Kids East Calder Church Hall Team games, circle games, running, jumping, make new friends and lots of fun! For preschoolers (3 - 5 yrs) Wednesdays 1.45pm - 2.45pm, £3 per session For info contact Fiona on 01506 201207, 07786 438456 or email fiona@mearsfamily.co.uk


Patchwork Classes We run patchwork classes throughout the week at Marys’ Patch. Monday 10-12, 1-3, Tuesday 10-12, 1-3, Wednesday 9.30-11.30, 12.30-2.30, Thursday 9.30-11.30, 12.30-2.30 Saturday 10-2. Knitting classes also available. East Calder Football Club East Calder park, 9 teams covering most age groups. Please see club website www.eastcaldercolts.co.uk for our forthcoming soccer school or contact coach Graham Hamilton 07545 758385 for any further information. Firefly Arts (Youth Theatre) East Calder Primary School Juniors (P5 - P7) Fridays 2.30pm - 4pm £2.50 per week (1st week free). Classes also availble in Kirknewton, West Calder & Howden Park Contact 01506 773883 East Calder Old Folks Club East Calder Community Centre Last Thursday of the month, September to April 7.00pm - 9.00pm. Pensioners and non-pensioners welcome. Contact Carol Anne Murray (Secretary) on 01506 882015 East Calder Youth Club East Calder Community Centre Fri 6.15pm - 8.45pm. Ages 10 to 14 yrs. Cooking, football, baseball and other outdoor sports, pool, video games, board games and arts/crafts. Contact Gary Sneddon 01506 774473 Booze you Looze: The Friday Sports Club Xcite East Calder Sports Centre Fri 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Ages 13 to 17. Sports, keep fit, dance.Contact Alex Hughes or Colin Meek on 01506 883400. Breast Feeding Support Group East Calder Community Centre Wed 11.30am – 12.30pm except during school holidays. Free. Contact Health Visitor via Health Centre for further details 01506 880582

Needlecraft Club East Calder Community Centre Thur 7.00pm - 9.00pm Contact Florence (Secretary) on 01506 494223 East Calder Scout Group Scout Hall, Calderhall Terrace Beavers Mon 6.15 - 7.15pm (boys 6 - 8 yrs) Cubs Mon 7.30 - 9.00pm (boys 8 - 10 yrs) Scouts Tues 7.15 - 9.00pm (boys 10 - 14 yrs) Contact Jack Galloway on 077907 93889 eastcalderscouts.org.uk Cathy Bird Highland Dancers in East Calder Community Centre Tuesdays 4yrs up, 5-30-6-20pm. Advanced Club in East Calder Community Centre Tues 6.30pm – 8.30pm tel: 07809 423592 email: cathybird.gb@gmail.com www.cathybirdhighlanddance.co.uk Karate East Calder Sports Centre Ages 5 - 15 yrs . Junior Class: Fri 6.00pm - 7.00pm Intermediate/Advanced Class: Fri 7.00pm - 8.00pm Wadokai Karate, both boys and girls welcome, £4.00/session. Contact David Ewing on 0131 657 2085 Step Into Dance with Vicky East Calder Church Hall Highland, Cheerleading, Tap, Freestyle Disco, Ballet, Hip Hop and a boys-only Hip Hop. Classes for ages 2 to adult, on Thurs & Fri. See www.stepintodancewithvicky.co.uk for more information or contact 07719 646942 EC Allsteps Cheerleaders East Calder Church Hall and West Lothian College Competitive cheerleading squad. Also adult squad fun class at East Calder Sports Centre Mon 9.00pm - 10.00pm. For more information see www.ecallstepcheerleaders.co.uk or call 07719 646942 Bingo Pigeon Club, East Calder Sun 8.00 - 10.00 All welcome

Little Kicks football East Calder Scout Hall, Calderhall Terrace, EH53 0BS. Saturday mornings 9.30 -10.15 :18 months old to 2 years 3 months 10.30 - 11.15 : 2 years old to 3 1/2 years old 11.30 - 12.15 : 3 1/2 years old to 5 years old All welcome for a free trial - boys and girls.... contact Deborah on 01506 881709 or 07590 849119 or email dparis@littlekicks.co.uk. See our website www.littlekicks.co.uk for more information.

Craft Club at Potter Around Saturdays 10.30am-noon. Paper craft, pottery painting, clay making & general crafts; £10 incl materials, drink & snack. Parents welcome to stay. See www.potteraround. co.uk, call 01506 238961 or email chat@potteraround.co.uk

Young Mums East Calder Community Centre Mon 11.00am – 12.30pm. Free. Contact health visitor via health centre for further details 01506 880582

Knitting Club at Potter Around Alternating between Tues 7.30 – 9.30pm and Wed 10.30am – noon : call 01506 238961 or email chat@potteraround.co.uk for dates. £4.50 per head – includes tea and coffee

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Clubs and Classes

sports, hobbies, learning, support groups and more... Children’s Club at Potter Around Friday afternoons during term time – various crafts - £10 per head. 1pm-3pm 6-12 years; 3pm – 5pm 11+ See www.potteraround.co.uk, call 01506 238961 or email chat@potteraround.co.uk Kirknewton Women’s Rural Institute Come and join us for a friendly evening of craft, demonstrations and fun. 2nd Thursday of each month, 7.15pm in Kirknewton Church Hall Cathy Bird Highland Dancers Kirkewton Primary School, Fridays 5 – 8 yrs 4 – 4.50pm, 9+ yrs 5 – 5.50pm tel: 07809 423592 email: cathybird.gb@gmail.com www.cathybirdhighlanddance .co.uk Firefly Arts (Youth Theatre) Kirknewton Village Hall Juniors (P5-P7) Tues 4.30 - 6.00pm £2.50 per week (1st week free). Classes also availble in East Calder, West Calder & Howden Park Contact 01506 773883 Kirknewton Rainbows Kirknewton Village Hall Wed 5.00pm - 6.00pm For girls aged 5-7. Please contact Gill Greaves for more information on 01506 883261 Kirknewton Starlets Kirknewton Primary School Babies class up to age 8 Thurs 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Junior/senior class Thurs 6.15 - 8.00pm. For info contact Trisha t.ewing@btinternet.com KASPARS Afterschool Club Kirknewton Church Hall. Afterschool care Mon Thu 3.15 - 6.00, Fri 12.30 - 6.00. Breakfast Club Mon - Fri 8.00 - start of school. Call 07871 791000 Kirknewton Play Group Kirknewton Village Hall Mon – Fri 9.00am – 11.15am Ages 2 to 5 yrs. £4.00 per session. Call in and see us during session times Toddler Group Kirknewton Church Hall Parents/carers with tots aged 0-3 yrs, fridndly group with play, stories and craft for the children and meet up/chat for parents. Thur 9.30 - 11.30am

Kirknewton Pensioners Club Kirknewton Village Hall 1st Wednesday of Month 1.00pm - 3.30pm and 3rd Thursday of Month 7.00pm - 9.00pm Everyone aged 60 years and over welcome Hatton Sports Club Tennis and squash. Burnwynd, Kirknewton Social and competitive play. LTA-qualified tennis coaches. Contact Carol Blamire 01506 880208

MID CALDER The Willows Playgroup School Lane, Mid Calder Recently refurbished, places available for children from 2 years. Mon – Thurs 9-11am. £4 per session. Snack provided, nappy changing facilities. For more information please contact Sam on 01506 882832. Zumba with Lorraine Mon East Calder Pigeon Club 9.30am -10.30am Tues Crofthead Community Centre, Dedridge 1pm – 2pm and Mid Calder Institute Hall 7.15pm – 8.15pm. Wed & Fri East Calder Church Hall 9.30am – 10.30am. Thursday Mid Calder Primary School 8.30pm –9.30pm Contact Lorraine 07816835926 or email lfarmer@f2s.com Zumba classes and parties for kids coming in the summer Scottish Slimmers Masonic Hall Mon 7.30pm Call 0800 362636 for more info. Mid Calder Mother and Baby Group Institute Hall Tuesdays 10.00 Please call Vicky Ramsay for details on 07515 495101 Yoga Classes Masonic Hall Wednesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm Contact Linda Bibby 01506 884115 www.wholebodybalance.co.uk Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Rainbows Wed night Brownies Mon and Tues night, Guides Wed night. Contact Katrina Wallace on 01506 883816 Folk Club Meets every third Tuesday of the month at the “Tap Shop” The Midcalder Inn, Mid Calder at 8pm


Mid Calder Youth Club Institue Hall, Market St. Mon 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Ages 8 to 12. Sports, computers, bus trips, games. Welcome Cafe Glenalmond Hall Every Tuesday 10am-12noon. This is a Fair Trade Cafe all proceeds of which to the Vine Trust in Peru. Do come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some home baking with friends. Mid Calder Mother and Toddler Group Institute Hall Tues 9.15 - 11.15, £1.00 per adult Please call Vicky Ramsay for details on 07515 495101 Mid Calder Camera Club Institute Hall, Market Street Wed 7:30pm – 9:45pm All levels of photographers are welcome. For more information, visit www.mccc.org.uk or call Fred Roe at 01506 202190 or Steve Collier at 01506 881398 or Gordon Scott at 01506 882616. Our summer activities have started and include field trips to various locations. Pilates Classes Institute Hall, Market St. Wed 10.00am - 11.00am Beginners class Contact Rhona 01506 811700 rhonawatt@btconnect.com Mid Calder Colts FC Teams covering all ages, playing soccer 7s, 11-a-side and also a soccer school. For more information see the Colts’ website www.mid-calder-colts.org Contact Dave 07990 706048 contact@mid-calder-colts.org Choral Highlights Ladies Choir Kirk of Calder, Mid Calder Rehersals Sundays 12pm - 1.00pm in summer and 7.30pm-8.45pm in winter. Musicals, Scottish. religious, pop and some very quirky little numbers! 2 concerts per year, requests to sing at other venues considered. New members very welcome, please contact John Rankin 01506 880029 Mid Calder School of Dance Mid Calder Institute Hall Tap, Highland, Disco Tues 6.00pm - 7.00pm & Fri 6.15pm - 9.00pm. Various ages Contact Heather 01501733054 Calder Bells Glenalmond Hall, Mid Calder Rehersals Mondays 7.30pm New members welcome

PUMPHERSTON Myra Mackie School of Dance Classes in Pumpherston, Mid Calder & Broxburn Please see our website for full timetable and venues. Children from 2 years to adult. www.myramackieschoolofdance.co.uk incorporating our competitive cheer division The Scottish Starlets Pumpherston United FC Four groups, including a soccer school for 5-12 yrs (Thur 6.00pm - 7.30pm); 1998 age group (Tuesdays); 1997 age group (Mon and Wed) and 1995 age group (Mon and Wed). Training at Pumpherston Recreation Park. For more information , please email feedback@pumpherston-united.co.uk The Look Group Outdoors activities in Almondell and Calderwood Country Park for ages 8-12, meeting at Visitor Centre 10.30 - 12.00 Saturdays - not every Saturday, check programme with the Rangers on 01506 882254 CHURCHES Church of Scotland Kirknewton Services 9:45 in the Kirknewton Kirk, Station Rd. Sunday School and creche available East Calder Services 11:15 in the East Calder church, Main St Sunday School and creche available Rev Dr AJ Groenewald 8 Manse CourtEast Calder EH53 0HF. 01506 884585 or 075 888 458 14. groenstes@yahoo. com website www.knec4jesus.org.uk Mid Calder services 10.30 every Sunday in the Kirk of Calder, Main St, Mid Calder. Sunday School and crèche available. Pumpherston services - The Kirk of Calder also holds fortnightly services on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 at the Pumpherston Institute Hall. The website www.kirkofcalder.com has full details of current activities/services.

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Children’s eduCation Courses and aCtivities Due to popular demand Jupiter Artland is expanding its holiday and preschool courses to complement the education programme we run during term time. We have created a superb woodland classroom with an outdoor area under the trees which will act as a fantastic base for all our activities. 26th to 28th July an exciting 3 day Artsparks course investigating the collection with lots of fun outdoor and indoor activities. With a special focus on the Marc Quinn orchid the children will create large scale collages as well as a variety of work on paper and sculpture. 5th, 12th and 19th August drop in workshops for 5 to 15 year olds during Jupiter’s opening hours. These themed workshops are based on mud printing and sculpting, Jencks’ landforms and Andy Goldsworthy’s work at Jupiter. 22nd and 23rd August a 2 day course inspired by Charles Jencks building our own earthworks and landforms which will transform your garden forever! We are very excited to announce the launch of Little Sparks an Artsparks preschool group. It will be led by a new recruit to Jupiter, Izzie Chappell, who is a very inspiring and experienced nursery teacher with a special interest in the performing arts. Little Sparks will run every Tuesday morning from 9.30 to 12 in our new woodland classroom from 30th August to 22nd November. The sessions will include an outdoor activity to initiate an art project based on the collection and around natural themes. Children will also have related singing, drama and imaginative play activities built into the mornings. For more information and to book any of these activities visit

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