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  • NEWSLETTER No. 2016/3 November 2016

    Linlithgow in Autumn

    Linlithgow Loch, the Palace and St Michael’s Parish Church, as viewed from the road to

    Bonnytoun Farm on 1 November. The trees looked much greener than usual for the

    time of year! The fields at this point now form the venue for the annual ‘Party at the

    Palace’ two-day event.

  • Page 2 Linlithgow Civic Trust Newsletter

    Contents Chairman’s Report Page

    Help Needed with Distribution of Newsletter The Way Forward and the Proposed Change to Charitable Status (SCIO)

    Events Programme Burgh Beautiful Receives ‘Outstanding’ Award

    A Quarter Century of Local History Planning Report

    Burgh Beautiful – News from the Potting Shed! Website and Membership Reports Executive Committee of Linlithgow Civic Trust

    Publications from Linlithgow Civic Trust


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    5 6

    8 10

    12 15 15

    16 Images – Thanks to Neil Barnes, Sybil Cavanagh, Hazel Duguid, Chris Long, Kirsty Leonard,

    Ron Smith and Gavin & Averil Stewart for providing, or giving their permission to use, images

    in this issue.

    Chairman’s Report Chris Long, Chairman What has the Civic Trust been doing recently? Since the summer, members of

    the Executive Committee have been involved with the following:

     The McCarthy Stone development at Templars Court: letters to McCarthy Stone have been sent and articles have been submitted to the Linlithgow

    Gazette pressing for the early completion of the High Street frontage.

     Pedal for Scotland event: letters have been sent to the organisers of this event and to Police Scotland following concern about the disruption to the

    town and offering to be involved in the preparations for next year’s event.

     Doors Open Day in October: a small team runs this successful event for West Lothian Council. (The event was hindered by the clash with the Pedal

    for Scotland event on the Sunday.)

     Scottish Civic Trust: we’ve liaised with Scottish Civic Trust regarding its conference, held once again in Linlithgow Burgh Halls. We will be rep-

    resented at the event and will be selling our publications and merchandise.

     Public Art: we were represented at the council’s recent seminar on public art held in Livingston. The Trust is working with the Linlithgow Town

    Centre Business Improvement District to establish a public art strategy.

     Website: the Trust’s website has been updated and training has been conducted to assist members to update its content.

     Planning matters: see David Timperley’s article on page 10.

     Newsletter delivery: two members have devised a hand delivery system for the newsletter, saving the Trust £300 per annum.

  • November 2016 Page 3

    Recent front page coverage in the Linlithgow Gazette of issues raised by Linlithgow Civic Trust.

     Town Management Group: along with councillors and representatives of other town groups, we attend crack-of-dawn meetings to discuss, for


    o Steps behind County Buildings: following on from a site meeting with ourselves, Provost Tom Kerr and council officials, we are hoping

    that improvements will be made to these steps

    o Heritage street lamps: again, we are involved with the changes to the lamp posts along Station Road and Strawberry Bank

    o Monitoring progress with the raising of the stone walls along Royal Terrace and the platform alterations at Station Road, both of which

    are part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme.

     Burgh Beautiful: to find out about Burgh Beautiful’s achievements, see the articles on pages 6 and 12 of this newsletter.

     Advent Fair: we are making preparations for the Civic Trust (and Burgh Beautiful) to be actively represented at this annual event in the Burgh Halls.

    Help Needed with Distribution of Newsletter Allan Robertson We are looking at setting up a system for hand distribution of local copies of the

    Linlithgow Civic Trust Newsletter. The saving in postage each year is in the

    order of £300, so it’s well worth doing. We have created a number of

    distribution zones around Linlithgow. Each zone involves the delivery to up to a

    dozen or so addresses in a particular area, all within easy walking distance. We

    are looking for a number of willing volunteers who would be happy to deliver

    the newsletters to one or more zones. The Newsletters are published generally

    every 3 or 4 months so it is not too onerous a task. If you are willing to assist

    then please get in touch with Allan Robertson at

  • Page 4 Linlithgow Civic Trust Newsletter

    The Way Forward and the Proposed Change to

    Charitable Status (SCIO) Chris Long, Chairman With a huge amount of work from Executive Committee members and our

    patient advisors, progress continues to be made. My thanks are due to everyone

    who attended and participated in the Members’ Evening on Wednesday 17th

    August 2016 at the Low Port Centre. A show of hands indicated approval for

    the Executive Committee to develop the proposal. A sub group was formed to work on the proposed application for charitable

    status to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The members of

    the sub group working on the new constitution comprised Ron Smith (former

    chair of both LCT and BB); Jean Long (secretary of BB); David Timperley (LCT

    committee); Marilyne McLaren (LCT committee); and chaired by Chris Long

    (chair of LCT and a BB member). Advice has also been sought from Gavin

    Stewart and Euan MacLean (both LCT and BB members) who have knowledge

    and experience of charity status. The draft constitution is available now on the Trust’s website – see:

    Trust_-_3_Nov_2016.pdf Should you not be able to access this document online then please contact me

    and I will see that you receive a paper copy. The constitution is a high-level

    document which sets the governance of the trust. The work currently

    performed by Linlithgow Civic Trust and by Burgh Beautiful will be carried out

    by committees responsible to a board of trustees. You are invited to a members’ information

    meeting to be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday

    30 November 2016 at the Canal Tearoom,

    Manse Road Basin, Linlithgow, EH49 6AJ. The format is informal, no PowerPoint presentation,

    no wine or nibbles! Members of the Executive

    Committee will be present as well as our advisors

    Gavin Stewart and Euan MacLean. This is the

    opportunity to raise any issues you might have. It would be helpful if you could contact me by email

    or phone (details at the back of the newsletter) by

    Wednesday 23 November 2016 if you are able

  • November 2016 Page 5 to attend and to give me an idea of the issue(s) you wish to be raised. This will

    enable the appropriate preparations to be put into place.

    Events Programme Chris Long, Acting Programme Co-ordinator Forthcoming Events Wednesday 30 November 2016 - Members’ Information Meeting

    A Members’ Information Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30

    November 2016 at the Canal Tearoom, Manse Road Basin, Linlithgow EH49 6AJ.

    This is the opportunity to raise any issues you might have regarding the new

    constitution and the way forward for Linlithgow Civic Trust. Tuesday 7 February 2017 - Civic Trust Lecture – Adam Room,

    Cross House at 7.45 pm

    Dorothy Hoskins, Technical Outreach & Education Manager, Historic

    Environment Scotland is our guest speaker. The subject will be the 'The Engine

    Shed, Stirling: a place to explore your built project.’ The project is nearing

    completion at Stirling. Wednesday 9 June 2017 - Perambulation of Linlithgow Marches

    The annual perambulation of Linlithgow's old parliamentary boundary takes place

    on the Wednesday before Linlithgow Marches each year. It will be on 9 June in

    2017, starting at St Ninian's Craigmailen Church at 7pm. For more details, see

    the leaflet available in the Burgh Halls, public library, etc. Other planned events will be added here when details are available.

    If you have any ideas for the Programme, please let Chris Long know.

    Recent Events Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 September - Doors Open Days

    The Trust organised another successful programme of Doors Open Days

    throughout West Lothian. Wednesday 17 August - Times Past, Present and Future

    Members enjoyed a short "Times Past" talk by Sybil Cavanagh, the retiring Local

    History Librarian, covering her views on missing coverage of local history in and

    around Linlithgow. This was followed by wine and nibbles ("Times Present").

    The re


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