Linlith-Go-Solar Phase 2 is coming soon!

We’re almost there with the launch of Phase 2 Linlith-Go-Solar!

Today we signed our agreements with Linlithgow Golf Club to install 2 Solar PV systems on the Golf Shop and Greenkeeper Shed roofs. The documents were signed after months of hard work, technical and other assessments in developing the project.

Pictured here are Liam, Dougie and John – trustees of the club, with Fraser, our Trust Chair, Neil the lead volunteer for LgS, and Ken, special guest and President of the Rugby Club, where we installed our pilot solar project last year.

Watch this space for the launch of our 2nd Community Bond. This will be another great opportunity to invest in local community renewable energy projects to help reduce Linlithgow’s carbon footprint, reduce our local clubs energy costs and help create a surplus of revenue for other good community initiatives.

We’ll be sending you all more information soon . . .

West Lothian Cycle Circuit Crowdfunder Launch

THE #Letsbuildit CROWDFUNDER IS GO!

Watch our inspiring crowdfunder video at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/letsbuildit which explains what our project is all about and make a pledge for your chance to get one of our amazing rewards.

The video features Commonwealth Games medalist, James McCallum (along with a cast of hundreds!), explains why we need to build the West Lothian Cycle Circuit. This is the final piece of funding to build phase 1 of the cycle circuit in Linlithgow, West Lothian.

We want to get more people riding bikes and benefiting from the physical and mental health benefits that cycling can bring.

This £30K crowdfunder is aiming to raise enough money to erect 27 floodlights around the perimeter of the circuit so that cycling can continue all year round.

Our core values are:

• Helping people of all ages and abilities improve their physical and mental health.
• A safe environment to increase cycling confidence.
• Creating a more sustainable, healthier, happier and better connected community.

What is it?

  • Phase one is a 0.5km, tarmac traffic-free circuit in Linlithgow. Made up of 2 loops that are fenced and floodlit for year-round use.
  • Open for individual drop in sessions, club use and organised activities.
  • Phase two extends the circuit to a full km with an additional two loops

Find out more at www.westlothiancyclecircuit.org and thank you to everyone that came along to help celebrate the launch!

 

Coming soon!

It’s going to be a busy few months ahead for two of our key projects.

Linlith-Go-Solar is getting ready to launch Phase 2 of the project. We will be offering community bonds to finance the installation of solar panels on various locations throughout the town. Longer-term, the surplus revenue created will be reinvested to help community initiatives, and provides an opportunity to invest in the community.

The West Lothian Cycle Circuit is also busy planning a crowd funder to launch in early 2020. This will add to the funding already raised via various charitable grants, and help us achieve the funding shortfall.

We will share more information soon about both of these projects!

Extraordinary General Meeting 12/12/19

We are holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday 12th December 7pm at Linlithgow Young People Project, 30, The Vennel, Linlithgow EH49 7QX.

New members are very welcome!

This meeting will be focused on discussing our constitution and the advantages of moving to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

There will also be festive refreshments and a chance to meet Directors, we hope you can make it along!

Meeting papers can be found in our key documents section.

The first Linlithgow Soup!

We had a fantastic evening at the first Linlithgow Soup – thank you so much to everyone that came, helped out on the night and supported the event.

42 people attended and we enjoyed delicious soup courtesy of Mustard Seeds from 1st Step Cafe

It was so fantastic to hear all the heartfelt pitches from Linlithgow Link, Lochside Playgroup, 1st Step Cafe, Linlithgow Young People’s Project and West Lothian Food Train.

Congratulations to Linlithgow Link who had the winning pitch. They provide volunteer drivers to take people to the hospital and medical appointments, and they also run the Caring Cafe for people with dementia. Bert Lawson from Linlithgow Link explained that they had had their Council funding cut and are at risk of closure next year if they can’t raise enough funds.

Afterwards, Bert said “I really enjoyed taking part in the pitch. The others were worthy contenders for winning the pot, all five could have won.” Here he is receiving £185 winnings from our Chair, Fraser Falconer.

We also raised £90 from the raffle, which helped cover the soup and venue costs. Thank you very much to Bright Star Toys, Granary Cafe, Rebecca Holmes Photography, Transition Linlithgow and some of our LCDT volunteers, who all very generously donated raffle prizes.

Our Development Worker Pamela Barnes said; “It was wonderful to see so many people at the first-ever Linlithgow Soup. All five pitches were fantastic and truly heartfelt. It was really hard for folk to vote for their favourite! I’m delighted Linlithgow Link won, and also hope every group felt it was worthwhile taking part. It was such a great, supportive atmosphere, a real community event. Thank you to everyone who attended, for their generosity, and helping the evening be a great success. I’m looking forward to the next one already!”

We will be holding another Linlithgow Soup in 2020, so watch this space to find out more details.

Linlith-go-solar 77% of the way to fully funded!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have successfully met our 5 year and 11 yr investment targets for the Linlith-go-solar project!
With 17 days still left before closing date, the Linlith-Go-Solar Community Bond offer has reached 77% of its investment target. So there is still time and opportunity to get involved in the offer. We are looking for local people who would like to take an 8 year investment and help us to secure 100% of the investment needed to go the project the GO ahead.
For more information and to apply for a bond/s please visit; https://scotcomfinance.scot/2018/10/11/linlith-go-solar/

All welcome at LCDT’s Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Linlithgow Community Development Trust will take place at 7 pm on Thursday 6th December at the Low Port Centre, 1 Blackness Road, Linlithgow EH49 7HZ.

As in previous years, we’re pleased to be able to provide some light refreshments for all attendees.

The agenda is as follows;

We have enjoyed a very active and productive year, and the next 12 months promises to be just as exciting for LCDT.

While members of LCDT are invited to vote on matters, all members of the community are welcome to attend the AGM to celebrate LCDT’s successes and hear more about our plans for the future. Should you wish to sign up as a member you can do so either at the AGM or  now, here.

Should you have any queries regarding the AGM, please let us know by contacting hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

Hope to see many of you then!

MyLinlithgow.com is on its way!

We’re very pleased to announce the creation of MyLinlithgow.com!

LCDT are currently working on the development of a new community website, mylinlithgow.com.

The purpose of the site is to;

  • Promote community groups (and businesses) and their activities and events to local residents (and wider)
  • Promote Linlithgow volunteering opportunities and increase the volume of local volunteers (of all ages)
  • Develop connections between local people, groups and increase sharing of learning, resources and knowledge

The project is currently being funded with help from Tesco Bags of Help.

At present we are focusing on the first phase of the project which will deliver;

  • The site structure – fully scalable for future phases
  • A live list of events in the town
  • An interactive database of community groups with a page for each group to populate with their aims, opportunities and activities
  • A list of volunteering opportunities currently available in Linlithgow
  • A database of venues for hire
  • Branding and marketing for the site, including ensuring the page sits at the top of Google search results
  • A website administrator function to ensure the site is kept up to date at all times

A good example of what we’re aiming for can be found on the Five Sisters Communities Hub site www.westcalder.org.

We will be holding a community consultation drop-in on Monday 19th November from 4.30-6.30pm at the Low Port Centre. The Linlithgow community are invited to drop in at any point, hear more about the project, and have their say about what they’d like to see on the site.

We look forward to welcoming you on the 19th!

Our next Community Cake – Marketing is not just for businesses

Following the huge success of our September event we are very pleased to announce our next Community Cake.

When speaking to community groups we very often hear them say they need help to;

  • Recruit volunteers
  • Engage people in their activities (such as attending events)
  • Get the word out about what they do and how they do it

It’s really easy in a busy group to focus on the tools that help you get the word out – such as newsletters, social media, flyers etc. But this is missing a key step.

Focusing on tools without a strategy in place is like trying to build a wooden house without a solid foundation. At best it’ll stand up for a few weeks, at worst it’ll blow down at the first sign of wind (name a storm anyone?). Without a solid marketing strategy the hard work you put in to getting the word out there could be completely lost in the sea of information bombarding the average citizen.

In this workshop we’ll talk about why community groups need to think about marketing, how to think about it strategically (it’s easy, and not time consuming at all!) and how spending  a little time on this can translate into a clearer message for your audience – and ultimately, a greater level of engagement.

At this event we’ll welcome three fantastic speakers, we’ll have lots of opportunities for sharing ideas and knowledge… And of course, plenty of cake!

Attendance is free for representatives of West Lothian community groups and charities. To reserve your place please RSVP to hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

Please note the new venue – the fantastic new St Peters extension.