Kick off ‘I Love Kirknewton’ event success

The night before Sunday 6th February I had been in pain for seven hours solid and managed three hours sleep (kidney stone – ouch!!!)  but it didn’t stop me from being ready to set up the village hall from 8.30am for the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ community consultation event on Sunday 6th February.

Weather permitting the drop in event kicks off the consultation and, over the next few weeks, we hope to capture as many thoughts as possible.  We couldn’t have asked for a better turn out on the day.  I had been given an indication to expect around 30 people and we had over 100 braving the poor weather and making sure their voice was heard.  There was a great mix of people attending too, from people new to the village to those who had lived here most of their lives.  So a big thank you to those who were able to participate on the day.

Prior to the event Vikki Hilton and I went to the church to make a wee announcement and capture people’s views after the service.  This was the first time I had met Andre, the minister at the church, and he comes across as a great fireball of fun and many people had good words to say about him (and his jokes!)  Thanks to Andre for supporting the project, getting involved and allowing us to do that.  Loved the Kosy Kafe poem in the church newsletter that mentioned the ‘I Love Kirknewton’  project too!

Back at the Village Hall we had refreshments (thanks to Ann, Monika and Asda!), a display model of the eco plant and streaming video about food collection schemes/AD plants and a very cool kids corner which kept the wee ones entertained all day (science putty and magnetic stones being a particular favourite of mine!).  The steady stream of people made the day go quicker than expected and it was great to not only capture people’s views but hear everyone’s stories as well!

Due to my lack of sleep it was early to bed for me after the event.  The Drop In event kicks off the community consultation proper Vikki and her team will be out and about over the next two weeks gathering even more views from as many people in Kirknewton. 

You can still take part in the community consultation and have your say. If you want to guarantee your thoughts are captured or would like to be seen at home contact Vikki directly on 0131 331 1523, mobile 07803 930972 or e mail

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