Happy New Year – happy new you!

Happy New Year from the Development Trust.  I hope you survived the recent gale force winds!

It is time to gently get back into the swing of things – so we have a few new year suggestions for you.


You may have a new year resolution that will help the environment – why not share your pledge on the Kirknewton website at http://www.kirknewton.org/pledge/make_a_pledge

If you wish to join the food waste scheme then you can collect a free food waste caddie from the Development Trust office – if we are closed e-mail infokirknewton@gmail.com and we can arrange a time for you to come and collect one.  This scheme is now guaranteed to continue until at least March 2013 thanks to a grant from West Lothian Council.  If you are already separating your food waste and preventing it going to landfill then tell us about it on the website pledge page at http://www.kirknewton.org/pledge/make_a_pledge

You may also wish to consider how you travel to work or weekly trips – try the West Lothian Tripshare scheme at http://www.westlothiantripshare.com/Default.asp?uxi=&cr=check to see if you can share a car.  The Trust also has guides to Cycling to Work – they are available free from the office and we will make some available at various outlets in the village.


The Trust are working on facilitating groups to help kick start more youth events in the village, based on information gathered during  the volunteer and skills audit.  We hope to bring together people to start a number of new groups or encourage you to join a current group who could use your skills.  Over 60 people have already participated in our volunteer and skills survey and will be contacted over the next few weeks with more details.  There is still time to share your volunteering and skills at our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B8SCJJB if you want to know more!

You may have also heard we have received funding of £110,000 to build a new resource centre on the old Gospel Hall site.  Work will hopefully start soon on the build but we need to raise at least another £20,000 for match funding / interior work/equipment.  You will have the chance to fundraise for the new village project in the new year – details will be made available after the Development Trust Annual General Meeting at the end of February.


A number of local companies can help you eat healthier and improve your general health and well being.

My local 5 a day came to the Christmas Craft and Food Fair and are offering 25% off your first order at http://mylocal5aday.co.uk/

You can have fine dining from all the best ingredients at home or have fantastic catering for your party/event with David’s Kitchen at http://www.davidskitchen.co.uk/

Hedgerow are also offering locally baked bread at the local shop – read more about them at http://www.konectdirectory.co.uk/paulholborn.php

If you fancy a bit of pampering then contact local business Lisa Blair on 07910002251 or e mail beautytherapy@hotmail.co.uk

For Indian Head Massage, Reiki and Relaxation Therapy check out http://www.wholebodybalance.co.uk/

You can support other businesses in the local area – check out the directory on the Kirknewton website at http://www.kirknewton.org/business_directory.  If you have a local business that you would like to have on free on the directory then please contact us at infokirknewton@gmail.com

Thanks to Potter Around who hosted the Craft and Food Fair – you can read more about Potter Around in an article that appeared in the Scotsman magazine prior to Christmas here


There are couple of surveys currently running that need your feedback.  One is from a graduate at Napier who is doing some research on the proposed army barracks at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MWPQZNF and the other is from the Development Trust on the Kirknewton Christmas Festival at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VFLZPB3 – get your thoughts known for the new year on both before 12th January!

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