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.

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.

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!

Queen’s Baton Relay Event

We shall be present in the form of a stall at the Queen’s Baton Relay event on Linlithgow Peel on Sunday 15th June. Why not take a break from the excitement of the Commonwealth Games to drop by for a chat with our lovely board members about how we can help to improve Linlithgow? We would love to meet you and hear your ideas if you can spare a moment between 10:30 and 14:00.

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