New Lottery funding launched

BIG Scotland have today opened their new funding programmes. There is £250m available over 5 years, with grants ranging from £10,000 to £1m, and a new streamlined single stage process for grants of up to £150,000. 
BIG are pioneering a new approach, asking communities to tell them how what they want to do is ‘people-led, strengths-based and connected’.  
The programmes will support community-led activity with funding that will work with communities to bring real improvements to the places they live and the wellbeing of those most in need.
Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair said, “In these challenging times, we hope this New Lottery money will open the door to support activity which puts people in the lead at the heart of their communities.”
For more information on the new plans, eligibility and how to apply please go to the BIG website or you can email

LCDT Members Corner – Linlithgow Reed Band

Linlithgow Reed Band Overview

Established: 1956
Members: over 100, spread across the Reed Band, Training Band and Beginners Band
A registered Scottish Charity: SC037031
Affiliated to Scottish Cycling

The Linlithgow Reed Band is well known in the town, appearing in our distinctive red jackets at all major civic functions throughout the year. We are a community concert band, including brass, woodwind and percussion players.  Our playing numbers have grown substantially in recent years, thanks to the ‘conveyor belt of talent’ from the Training Band to the main Reed Band.  We also now have a Beginners’ Band for those adults or children who are just beginning to learn a new instrument. We offer a warm welcome to new players.

Next year will be the Reed Band’s Diamond Jubilee, having been founded in 1956. There are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline to celebrate this milestone. Over the summer, the band has been in the recording studio and our brand new CD, ‘Marching On’ will be released in time for Christmas. The CD contains many tunes which will be familiar to Linlithgow residents and we hope it will trigger many happy memories – we anticipate high demand!

The CD is now in production and will be launched at our Christmas Concert, which will take place on Sunday 13th December at 7pm in St Michael’s Church.  Please come along to enjoy a great evening’s music, compered by Bruce Jamieson.

Looking further ahead, plans are already well advanced for a return trip to Hochsauerland in Germany (twinned with West Lothian), scheduled for July 2016. This will be the band’s sixth visit to the Hochsauerland region, where we have made many good friends over the years.

The Reed Band is fully behind the Kettilstoun project as we would love to have a new home in the planned Community Hub building to use as a rehearsal and storage space.  In order to show our support, the Band donated the profits from last year’s Christmas Concert, together with a retiring collection, to the Linlithgow Community Development Trust. More than £800 was raised to support the Trust’s work in Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge.

For more information about Linlithgow Reed Band please go to our website or contact the band’s secretary using the email address above.

Portpatrick Harbour Community Shares Scheme

Watch this short video from Reporting Scotland about the inspirational Portpatrick Harbour community shares project. It offers a quick insight into the idea of using community shares to fund vital projects for the community by the community which we could replicate here in Linlithgow.


Linlithgow Burgh Halls

Princes Regeneration Trust BRICK Workshop

Date:  15th September 2015
Time:  10am – 4.30pm
Location:  Linlithgow Burgh Halls

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting more engaged in their community to learn how they can begin making a real impact through organisations such as community development trusts. Prepare to be inspired!

Topics such as architectural and urban design, fundraising and stakeholder engagement will be covered.

The event will feature presentations, case studies, Q&A sessions, group discussions and networking opportunities for community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

The speakers at this event include:

  • Ben Bolgar from The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community on enhancing built heritage through architectural and urban design
  • Colette Craddock, Development Director of Princes Regeneration Trust, on fundraising from private sources
  • A member of the team who worked on the regeneration of Linlithgow Burgh Halls who will be presenting a case study of the project.

Group discussions will focus on funding options for your projects and principles of good places, and a tour of the venue will provide an opportunity to see how a potential project can become a successful community space.

Early bird tickets cost just £19 (including lunch). A number of travel bursaries of £25 per person (or £50 if your journey is over 200 miles) are also available on application. If you require any further information, please contact the organisers at or book here.

LCDT Members Corner – West Lothian Clarion Cycling Club

West Lothian Clarion

Summary Overview

Established: 2008

Members: 199 Adults, 81 Youths

Affiliated to Scottish Cycling


Youth contact:

Adult contact:

Women’s rep:


The roots of the Clarion began to grow in 2007 when 4 local cyclists started meeting regularly for bike rides in the Bathgate Alps. With the aid of social media the group grew large enough for the launch of a club proper in 2008


In the seven years since the club formed, it has developed a range of activities and races which include time trials, cycle cross races, challenge rides, club runs, road races and numerous socials, and even a cycle film night at the Hippodrome in Boness.


We’re keen to promote cycling for women and we like to think we have a supportive women’s scene within our club. We are a mixed club, with a sizeable number of female members, and we are always keen to attract more women into our club.


In 2010 the club launched its youth coaching programme aimed at riders aged 6 to 15. There are now 10 coaches and a busy team of volunteers running the bi-weekly coaching sessions.


We develop three core categories of cycling: Cycle Cross (CX), Mountian Bike (MTB) and Road with the coaches specialising in different disciplines but coaching all aspects of the sport.


We encourage a love for cycling to keep youngsters active but as British Cycling Our Go-Ride club we are also the first step on the British Cycling performance programme. We aim to develop the riders’ tactical awareness, fitness and skills so they can move along the pathway and fulfil their potential.


Presently the youth sessions are run at Beecraigs (MTB) Linlithgow Leisure Centre (CX) and the car park at the back of Oracle for road coaching. These venues are now at their coaching capacity with little room to bring in more riders from the waiting list.


We now use Ingliston Show Ground for our road races because oracle is too small for the older riders. We’re at the stage where the Kettilstoun project is incredibly important for our riders’ and coaches development.


Scotland doesn’t have a purpose built cycle track so the facility would have a massive impact not just locally but for cycling across Scotland. The club is fully behind the Kettilstoun development providing financial support and volunteer time to help see the project through to completion.


If you would like to get involved in the club please visit our website for more information.


Calendar of Events


10 mile Time trials

Sign on 7pm at Blackridge railway station

Thursday 13th August, 20th August


Summer CX Series

Linlithgow Leisure centre

Monday 7th September


Club Road Race Champs

23rd August

Ingliston Show Ground


Club Hill Climb

Kennel House

Wednesday 2nd September



Thursday 10th September

Venue TBC


Kings Cavil Hill Climb

Saturday 3rd October

Come an cheer Scotland’s top racers up the notorious local hill


President’s Ride

Saturday 24th October

Route TBC


Club Cycle Cross race (youth)

31st October

Linlithgow Lesiure Centre


Santa Cyclo Cross

12th December

Linlithgow Lesiure Centre

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Volunteer Fayre

Thanks to everyone who met our chair Gill Fawcitt at the Voluntary Sector Gateway volunteering fayre in the Burgh Halls on Friday 8th May. In particular, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of our new members who joined at the event!

Public Meeting and 2015 AGM

A public meeting and the third AGM of Linlithgow Community Development Trust will take place on Sat 30 May 2015 in the Queen Margaret Hall at 2pm. We invite you all to join us to hear about our work to date and the next steps forward. This will be followed by a brief AGM with reports from the chair and treasurer and election of new board members. This is an early notice since the next newsletter will not have the 14 days required notice of the AGM.

The Board of LCDT is made up of member directors and co-
opted non-­member directors, with the latter being appointed on an as-­needed basis. Member directors must be members first, i.e. residents from within the community who have registered.

We would welcome new people to come forward and nominate themselves. To make the process as simple as possible, we would invite those interested to email Gill Fawcitt at (chair@trust­ ). Please provide your name, address, and a few words about what you could offer the trust. Gill will then collate these names and put them forward at the AGM. If there are more than the maximum number of directors allowed by the constitution then a ballot will be held. In this case, all nominees will be asked to make a short statement about themselves and how they feel they can benefit the trust.

The meeting and AGM are open to all residents in the town.

Only full members can vote.

The Agenda for the meeting will be sent out nearer the time of the AGM as will details of the various presentations.

To stay up to date, please consider joining us to receive our email updates.

Linlithgow Reed Band Christmas Concert

We hope that many LCDT members will support the Linlithgow Reed Band’s Christmas Concert in St Michael’s Church on Sunday 14 December 2014 at 7pm. The evening will be compered by Bruce Jamieson in his inimitable style and we can promise an entertaining mix of sparkling festive music and community carols. The proceeds from the concert will generously be shared between the Reed Band and Linlithgow Community Development Trust. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £6, and are available online, in store at Far From The Madding Crowd and Norman Cummings and also at the door. See you there!

Kettilstoun Community Sports Hub – The Master Plan

Here at last is our latest masterplan detailing our proposals to create a multi sports hub at Kettilstoun Mains. We hope you like it! (Click for full size PDF)


We commissioned PMR Leisure to produce this plan back in Spring 2014 and, subject to the usual planning, funding, design and consultation processes, we hope to make this plan a reality in partnership with West Lothian Council (WLC) and West Lothian Leisure (WLL) over the coming months and years.

Delivery will most likely be phased over time and some details may yet change with the above plan representing our overall aspiration for the Kettilstoun site as a centre for sporting excellence in Linlithgow.

The above diagram was presented to the Trust in September after an extended consultation process, along with a written report summarised below.

Report Summary

Long term aims of the project:

  • To provide a home for local sports clubs that do not have current training facilities and storage space of their own
  • To help the clubs improve sporting participation, health and fitness
  • To complement existing facilities to create a regional sporting facility for events, coaching and training
  • To deliver a shared use community building for use by other clubs and community bodies including non sporting clubs.

Key features:

  • 1600 metre long multi loop Closed Road cycling and running track for shared use
  • Sprint Lanes/Long Jump area
  • Field athletics area
  • BMX Track and Skate Board Park
  • New landscaping along A706 and provision for cyclo-cross training/racing
  • Events/Marquee space
  • Multi user Community Sports Hub Building to include possible cafe, office space, community room, meeting room, training room, sports changing rooms, toilets, sports kit storage space, kayak storage space
  • Additional car parking in addition to that already planned by WLL/WLC

It is worth noting that these are in addition to separate proposals from WLL and WLL/WLC namely the Leisure Centre extension and new 3G football pitch.

The Hub building in particular is still very much open to further consultation with potential users and residents of Linlithgow. Maybe you run a club that needs more space and would like a home, or perhaps you just have a general suggestion for a possible use of the structure. Please let us know what you think! Click here for more information on what kinds of purposes community sports hubs serve or alternatively visit the Sport Scotland website.

Stakeholders Group

To drive the project forward from here, the Trust has set up a Stakeholders Group to steer, shape and deliver the project and also plan for its future management once built. So far it comprises representatives from the LCDT, West Lothian Clarion cycling club, Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club, Linlithgow Reed Band, Linlithgow Kayak Club, Linlithgow Athletics, WLC, WLL and an individual canal enthusiast who also has considerable experience of fund raising. If you feel you could contribute to this group then we want to hear from you.

The Trust has applied to the Legacy 2014 Sustainable Sport for Communities fund for £25,000 to enable the Stakeholders Group to develop a business plan, and to contribute towards funding further land surveys, legal costs and building design. The crucial date of the 27 November is when we will know if we have been successful or not. Watch this space as we will let you know the outcome with a post on the website.

The master plan was also developed with input from national sporting bodies for football, cycling, athletics and kayaking. These organisations are, along with Sport Scotland, highly supportive of the plans. Remember however, this does not mean we have instant access to funding – we still need a business plan in order to make our case stand up.

How can I help?

  • Join the Trust – the more members we have, the more credible our proposals are taken and the more likely we are to secure vital funding
  • Practical assistance – if you have relevant skills and/or time to spare please consider helping us in delivery of the project – just drop us a line letting us know who you are and what you are interested in
  • Get your club involved – if you can see benefits from this project for a club you are involved with, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

To join the Trust either:

  • Pick up a paper membership form from Linlithgow Library
  • Join online

Our goal is to be able to say that we have 10% of the town’s population behind us by the end of the year! Help us reach our target!

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you all for the benefit of Linlithgow. This report is just the beginning – there is still a long road ahead.