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Dalmahoy Estates gifted £8000 worth of balsalt stones from the quarry and we have a donation of additional stones from Tarmac Ravelrigg Quarry too. Some work has already been done on the artwork, titled Order and Chaos. Installation is expected to begin early in 2018.

Achievements 2016 -17 WE ARE 10 YEARS OLD It has been another successful year for Kirknewton Community Development Trust, our tenth year since becoming a Trust in 2006! Find out more in this newsletter. WE ARE FUNDED BY BIG LOTTERY SCOTLAND In mid 2016, we successfully received £150,000 from Big Lottery Scotland. This has provided us with two years funding, which will end in July 2018. WE BOUGHT LAND We purchased land at Camps Junction (the east end of the village) to build housing for the elderly for £75,000. We applied and were successful in getting a £60,000 grant from Scottish Land Fund. £15,000 was contributed by the Trust. Further to that, we received up to £72,000 to clear the land of debris left by a previous developer from West Lothian Council, of which we used approximately £50,000. Once the land has planning for houses, it is expected to be worth more than the £75,000 purchase price. WE HOPE TO BUILD HOUSES FOR THE ELDERLY We have secured £10,000 to put together a grant application of £500,000 to the Scottish Government for a Rural Housing grant that will go towards the housing for the elderly project. The houses will be low cost to heat and light. We have established a relationship with Responsible Social Landlord Horizon to manage the rented homes when built and Almond to help develop the homes. The grant application is expected to be made in early 2018. CHARLES JENCKS ART PROJECT We have been successful in an asset transfer request to the local authority for the adjoining land to Camps Junction for a Charles Jencks artwork at the Gateway to the Village. This means that, following legal agreement, we will also own that land too. We also applied and were successful in getting a £20,000 Arts Grant from West Lothian Council and £10,000 from Village Improvement Fund towards the project.

KCDT THIRD FIREWORK DISPLAY Building on the success of last year we were able to run a bigger and better Fireworks display in Kirknewton Park on 2nd November, with over 1000 attending. For your safety, we introduced tickets, security and improved lighting this year and made sure we didn’t lose donations to unauthorised traders. We hope to go back to donations next year, now we have established expected numbers in the park. A massive thanks to all those who attended and the volunteers who contribute their time and equipment to the event. Their contribution helps keep costs down and maintain a low recommended donation. CHRISTMAS AT THE STABLES The popular Kirknewton Christmas Family Fair and BBQ is once again at the Stables on Saturday 2nd December at 11.30 – 3.30pm. Based on your feedback, the event is closer to Christmas this year (last year it was mid November), Santa’s grotto will be there, a marquee with entertainment including brass bands, a choir, a magician and storytelling, a chance to win prizes including a Christmas Hamper from Patersons, more entertainment for all the family and the usual food, drink and BBQ to help share the spirit of Christmas. The event is free and we look forward to seeing you there again this year! NEW STAFF EMPLOYED - FROM KIRKNEWTON! With sadness we said goodbye to our Finance and Admin Officer Zoe Hubbard and Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator Jennifer Ba, who both went on to positive destinations this year. We recruited Stephanie Paterson as our new Finance Officer to support Director Pat Hastings who has taken on the lead for Finance after Treasurer Neil Greer resigned following a move to East Calder. We also recruited a former Youth Club volunteer, Laura Bilton, to the role of Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator. Both Laura and Stephanie live in the village and have hit the ground running on various projects. We now employ one full time and four part time staff in the village.

BROADBAND IMPROVEMENTS Although not directly a KCDT project, thanks to your votes in a national community competition, Virgin Media installed broadband through most of the village (a Kirknewton Development Plan objective for 2020). Furthermore KCDT were awarded £14,000 to support an improved Broadband project around Harperigg, thanks to windfarm money distributed by West Lothian Development Trust. The residents there will be taking the project forward. KIRKNEWTON TOURISM We applied and were successful in getting £2000 of funding from Edinburgh Airport Community Fund to print 20,000 copies of the Kirknewton tourism brochure. This leaflet supports local business and encourages people to know more about their local area. This leaflet was distributed in school bags across West Lothian, local homes and Visit West Lothian leaflet racks. KIRKNEWTON PARK IMPROVEMENTS Park improvements this year, co-ordinated by KCDT, include improved surfaces and the sensory garden in the Community Woodland, improved drainage on the pitch, hard surface around the basketball court and the flying fox, thanks to West Lothian Council, Village Improvement Fund and Tesco Bags Of Help programme. KCDT also advised the Council on the proposed Park Pavilion, to help keep down future costs for heating, lighting and hot water. GALA AND VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE NOW PART OF KCDT The Gala and Village Hall committees have become committees of the Trust, and both are being supported by Trust structures, charity status and support staff while maintaining much needed volunteers to keep activity going. The Green Room and Village Hall remain popular destinations for events and parties in the community. COMMUNITY ACTIVITY AND WEBSITE It is great to see a growing number of community activity and KCDT has continued to support Youth Activities, Youth Club (including trips to Jump Station and Ghost Walk on Halloween), art competitions in the school, bike repair and skills training, Kirknewton Klean Up Krew litter tidying events, helping Cyrenians sell local veg bags and developing our new website The website was developed inhouse, saving us £8000 to design a new one, and is supported by social media activity which has

increased traffic to the website. KCDT are happy to share any events or news stories on the website and social media – email FUTURE FUNDING FROM FAUCH HILL WINDFARM We have a potential investment opportunity in Fauch Hill Windfarm. A reduced windfarm scheme is to go to planning soon, with support from the Kirknewton community following a consultation in which the majority of the community supported the project and location. KCDT has negotiated investment, paid for by the developer, into the windfarm for a virtual turbine for Kirknewton, West Calder and Harburn and the wider West Lothian. This will provide substantial annual funding for all our activities and help support other groups too. Hopefully at our next AGM, after 10 years of trying, we will have some good news to report. OUR BOARD KCDT, along with the Kirknewton Community Council, have spent the last six months encouraging people to stand for the Community Council or the KCDT Board. We were happy to see 27 candidates stand for 18 places and 25% of you voted in the Community Council election (a local election, with party machines, is usually a 40% turnout) Current KCDT Board members interviewed candidates for the KCDT Board and we welcome the opportunity to put forward Caroline Hamilton at the AGM. Caroline will join the other Board Members Stewart McKenna, Pat Hastings, Martin Hall, Kenny Birch, Vic Garrad and Hugh Hunter Gordon. Directors currently resign from the Board on rotation. This year Vic Garrad and Hugh Hunter Gordon are standing down, but may put themselves forward again for the Board. COME TO THE KCDT AGM The 9th KCDT AGM will take place on Tuesday 5th December at 7.30pm in the Green Room. There will be a full presentation on work in the community and the objectives of the Kirknewton Development Plan to 2020. There will also be mince pies and wine! All welcome. JOIN THE TRUST Anyone over the age of 16 who lives in Kirknewton can become a member of the Trust. You can join online or fill out an application form. Email and we will send you the link or form, whichever you prefer. Thanks all x

WHAT’S ON IN THE GREEN ROOM, VILLAGE HALL AND OTHER LOCATIONS Access for individuals groups and events are available at any time – call 01506 883988 or e mail KIRKNEWTON CHRISTMAS FAMILY FAIR & BBQ – Sat 2nd December, 11.30-3.30pm, The Stables, Free Entry KIRKNEWTON PROCESSION AND LIGHTING OF CHRISTMAS TREE – Sun 3rd December, 5pm, Meadowbank Rd to Tree KCDT AGM – Tues 5th December, 7.30pm, Green Room

CHRISTMAS EVE Torchlight Carol Singing. Meet @ 21:45 Meadowbank Road, Kirknewton. Watchnight Service @ 23:30 Kirknewton church. MONDAYS MINI & ME, Well known nursery songs plus coffee & chat afterwards, 2pm - 3pm, Fortnightly, Green Room KEYBOARD CLASS 7+, 6pm-7pm & 7pm-8pm, Contact Penny at, 07920 463966, Green Room BOXCIR, 7pm-9pm, Contact Michael on 07436114196, Village Hall EAST CALDER GUIDES, 7 - 8.45, Contact Susan Banks on 01313331657, Church Hall KIRKNEWTON INNKEEPERS DART TEAM - Mondays for matches. For details go to TUESDAYS PLAYGROUP, 9.15am-11.30am, Call 07444 813293,, Village Hall YOGA WITH AMY - Morning Flow, 9.30-10.30am, Green Room, To book onto any of these classes please send me a PM or email KIRKIE KIDS POP UP SOFTPLAY, 1.30-1.45pm, Fortnightly Village Hall £2.50 per person KIDS CROWCHEZ, 3.30pm-4.30pm, Contact Penelope at or 07914277464, Village Hall EAST CALDER BROWNIES, 6.30pm - 8pm, Church Hall EK PILATES, 6.45 - 7.45pm, Improvers to Intermediates, Contact, Village Hall CARL JOHN COUNCILLOR DROP IN, 6pm-6.45pm, Second Tuesday of the month, Green Room COMMUNITY COUNCIL, 6.45pm – 9pm, Second Tuesday of the Month, Observers welcome (other groups who use the Green Room are Gala, The Community Association, Muddy Boots, the Development Trust, Harperrig Nature Reserve group and The Allotments Association) KIRKNEWTON INNKEEPERS DART TEAM - Various times. For details go to WEDNESDAYS CLLR DAVE KING DROP IN, 8.30am, Green Room PLAYGROUP, 9.15am-11.30am, Call 07444 813293,, Village Hall KIDS CROWCHEZ, 3.30pm-4.30pm, Contact Penelope at 07914277464, Village Hall

RAINBOWS, 5pm-6.15pm, Contact Gill at, Village Hall BROWNIES, 6.30pm-8pm, Contact Gill at, Village Hall INTREPID TAE KWON DO, 6.30 - 8pm,, Church Hall ART THERAPY, 7pm, Fortnightly, Contact Tammy at,, Green Room THURSDAY EK PILATES, 9am-10am, 10am-11am Contact Elise at, Village Hall BABY AND TODDLERS GROUP, 9.30am, Contact up/ , Church Hall followed by BOOK BUGS, Songs and stories for toddlers YOGA WITH AMY - Morning Flow, 9.30-10.30am, Green Room, To book onto any of these classes please send me a PM or email IMPACTDANCELA - Modern, Jazz, Street 6.15 - 6.45pm 7 Yrs+ Contemporary Dance, 6.45 - 7.30pm 7yrs+ Modern, Dance, Street. Contact 07828036920 for details. ADULT ZUMBA, 7.30-8.25pm,, Village Hall BODY CONDITIONING, 8.30pm - 9.30pm,, Village Hall KIRKNEWTON GAMERS, For dates and times in the Green Room check out their facebook group at FRIDAY PLAYGROUP, 9.15am-11.30am, Call 07444 813293,, Village Hall ACCESS 2 EMPLOYMENT JOB CLUB, 9.30 - 11am, Job hunting & CV advice, Green Room BUMBLEBEE SPORTS 1:30 for under 3-5yrs, 2.30 for P13. First class free then £4.50 a week. Contact 07598569325 KIDS CINEMA, 2PM, GREEN ROOM - Starting again soon. KOSY CAFÉ, 4pm-5pm,, Village Hall YOUTH CLUB, 6pm-8pm, Contact, Village Hall or Green Room full details of Youth Club restarting for the school term before summer soon SATURDAY DANCE CLASSES ALL DAY – Street Dance, Ballet, Tap, 9.30am – 6pm, Check West Lothian School of Dance on facebook at f=ts, Village Hall SUNDAYS KIRKNEWTON INNKEEPERS DART TEAM - Various times for practice. For details go to If details in What’s On section out of date please let us know at




I wish to apply for full membership of Kirknewton Community Development Trust and I can confirm:

I am resident within the community (defined by the Kirknewton Community Council area) and I am 16 years of age or over.

I am entitled to vote in a local government election in a polling district that includes the community or part of it.

I support the aims and activities of Kirknewton Community Development Trust.

I understand that membership is free and that I will undertake to pay a maximum of £1 if requested on the winding up of the Company.


ADDRESS (including postcode): WHAT DOES IT COST? MEMBERSHIP IS FREE. IF THE TRUST WINDS UP YOU ARE LIABLE FOR £1. WHAT DOES KCDT DO? EVERY FIVE YEARS WE CONDUCT A COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION EXERCISE TO PRIORITISE OUR WORK, BASED ON YOUR OPINION – TO IMPROVE LIFE AND WORK FOR ALL THOSE BASED IN KIRKNEWTON. OUR AIMS ARE: • To promote opportunities for learning and education. • Encourage community-led development. • Help and encourage local people to develop new skills. • Promote protection and enhancement of the local environment. • Promote energy efficiency in the home. • Promote the use of renewable technology for generating electricity and heat. • Relieve fuel poverty. JOIN IN You may not want to stand as a Kirknewton Community Councillor or for the Board of Kirknewton Community Development Trust but you may have a knowledge or a skill that can help the community. If you wish to help let us know your knowledge or skill when you join or renew your membership.





A copy of Kirknewton Community Development Trust’s Memorandum and Articles will be sent to each new member via e mail (or if this is not possible by post). Kirknewton Community Development Trust is a company limited by guarantee in Scotland No. 307425. Registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator No. SC037895

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Kirknewton CDT Newsletter 2016-17  

Latest news from the Kirknewton Community Development Trust

Kirknewton CDT Newsletter 2016-17  

Latest news from the Kirknewton Community Development Trust


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