Kirknewton get by with a little help from our friends…

Thanks to everyone who recently attended the Kirknewton Community Development Trust Annual General Meeting.  Several people also put themselves forward as Directors of the Trust and discussions are currently taking place on how to utilise the very skilled and talented people who put themselves forward.

Thanks to all 355 of you who participated in the recent Fauch Hill Wind Farm community survey.  The findings of the Fauch Hill Wind Farm Community Consultation was given by IBP Strategy and Research and an update on discussions with the developers EFRG on community benefit and investment. The full report from the survey can be read here

The Kirknewton Community Development Plan was presented at the AGM as well as work of the Trust over the last twelve months, including the building of the Resource Centre on the Old Gospel Hall site and our proposals to the Big Lottery. The positive reaction from the collected audience gave comfort that the objectives of the Trust for community benefit are being met.  Since the AGM the lottery has also awarded us a Development Grant to take forward our application for additional funds to support the development plan work, which is good news.

Further to the ‘Give It A Go’ meeting and article in last month’s Konect magazine the Pilates Group (Friday morning, 9.15am, Church Hall) and the Kirknewton Stompers (Walking Group, Wednesday night, 7.30pm, outside park) continue. A new outside fitness class has also started on Saturdays at 8am in the park and the Kirknewton Runners first outing will be on Monday 16th April at 7.30pm in Kirknewton Park.

Initial meetings about a Youth Group are scheduled for April and other volunteers have indicated they are willing to take the lead on a baking group, book club and choir.

Those who showed an interest in a ‘Tidy Up Kirknewton’ group plan to take part in the ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’ programme. The community come out and with support from the local council clean up litter in a ‘spring clean’. Saturday 28th April at 9am for a 9.30am start has been chosen for this and further details will be made available on the facebook group, to community groups and through the primary school and church.  Check here for the facebook invite.

Despite the recent snowy weather  it is hoped bulbs planted by volunteers in Autumn will flower in the park soon.  The first 33 plots of the Kirknewton Allotments have also opened and people are busy digging away and preparing the soil for planting.  If you are interested in a plot then contact as some are still available.

After discussions with a number of kids in the village volunteer local artist Ross Blair has presented his initial ideas for the youth art project on the hut in the park. Ross did the mural on the side of the school nursery and the designs for the hut are fantastic (they can be seen here) and will be a big improvement. This project is supported by the Park Action Group and West Lothian Council.

Volunteer Duncan McCool has taken the lead on the cycling / walking multipath at Selm Muir Wood and potential paths leading to the area from the village. The Multi Path Development Group are about to present to you a starting point for the wood paths and routes from the village (that will have to be agreed by landowners). The group are looking for further ideas and feedback on the initial proposals that can be found on the Kirknewton website here and those will be taken (along with some more willing volunteers hopefully) on a walk round the route in May. This information can then be planned with the Forestry Commission, for further consultation on proposed routes, for this true community led initiative.

A continued big thank you to everyone who have taken time to express their views or have taken these projects forward for the benefit of those living and working in Kirknewton.  The Trust hope momentum continues and, with everyone working together, things will remain healthy for the AGM next year!

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