And the Kirknewton Volunteering Awards nominations are…

And the Kirknewton Volunteering Award nominations for 2012 are:

Volunteer of the Year

Karen Davidson – work with the Playgroup

Ruth Drever – work with the Primary School

Gill Greaves – work with the Brownies/Rainbows

Julie Greer – work on Gala and various

Melissa Kallat – work on PSA and various

Karen Murray – original book club and various

Angharad Storrie – work with Playgroup

Young Volunteer

Kieran Brown – work on the cycle/walking multipath

Carla Shearer – work at the Gala

Lifetime Achievement

Archie Harvey – for various

June MacDonald – for various

Kath Woodbridge – for Brownies

Community Group of the Year

Allotment Association

Brownies / Rainbows

Kosy Kafe

School Parent Staff Association

Yarn Bombers

Committee Member of the Year

Stephen Anderson – for work on Gala

Karen Davidson – for work on Playgroup

Susan Macfarlane – for work on Gala

Mike Nolan – for work on PSA

Community Event of the Year

Christmas Fair



Spring Fair

Business of the Year

Festival Stores

Potter Around

Arts Volunteer of the Year

Ross Blair – for work on Art Shelter in Park

Karen Murray – for work through Potter Around and various

Sports Volunteer

Rod Cameron – for hockey at the Primary School

Duncan McCool – for work on the cycle/walking multipath

Carol Swanson – for hockey at the Primary School

The Special Award, The Fundraiser of the Year and the Active Citizen Awards will be announced on the night.


Friends of Kirknewton Fundraising Challenge

The Kirknewton Community Resource Centre

The vision of the Kirknewton Development Plan is to provide a sustainable and improved quality of life for everyone that lives and works in Kirknewton.

To achieve that we want to engage everyone who lives and works in the village and be an inclusive and vibrant community that invests in the future of the village.

The Kirknewton community has, over many years, requested more centrally located facilities.  In the coming months the Kirknewton Community Development Trust will begin building the Resource Centre, a zero energy building that mean meetings can be taken from the Village Hall to create more space for activity based groups.

The first new community building in nearly 100 years will also provide an office for the Trust, a place for clubs, hot desk space for local businesses, training facilities, a place to do homework after school and exhibition space.  It’s a small building on the Old Gospel Hall site but, more importantly, it will be owned and run by the community.

The Kirknewton Community Development Trust was able to secure £110,000 for the build from Leader funding.  As a community we have to contribute our own funds in volunteer hours and cash – approximately £30,000 in total.

That’s why we need your help. 

The community of Biggar raised over £400,000 working together for the good of their community (with a similar population to Kirknewton).  We think Kirknewton can do the same and help fund the Resource Centre build, kick start the cycle/multipath development from the school to and around Selm Muir Wood and provide additional funds to help deliver the Kirknewton Development Plan and donate to new and continuing groups and services.

Together, with your ideas, by August 2013 the Kirknewton community could raise at least £200,000 for the good of our community – now that’s a challenge!

How can you help do this? 

Become a Friend of Kirknewton and join the fundraising programme.

We have a few ideas to start you off.


No matter what your age is raise money for Kirknewton in any way you want by having your own fundraising idea and creating your own fundraising page at – walk, run, cycle, wear a tea cosy on your head for a day, anything!

Tell us your idea at

We hope we can get as many people to do something from now to August 2013 or look to do something this year on 12.12.12 (or around that date as part of the Kirknewton Christmas Festival!)

If you have any other fundraising ideas you would like to take on or do throughout the year (til August 2013) or during the next few months/Christmas Festival then let us know at


Are you having a clear out?  Do you have anything you want to sell?  Are you looking for a Christmas bargain?  Are you a Kirknewton business with products for Christmas or beyond you want to let people know about.  Then let people know online at the Kirknewton facebook group!/groups/kirknewton/ from now and during October – you can either let people know direct or link your facebook/ebay/gumtree/amazon/freeccyclewebsite.  You could be selling, swapping or buying anything –  kids stuff, a second hand bike, car, house, bsiness products – you name it.  If you get a free bargain, sell your goods or get your business products moving by letting people know locally (who may share it with their facebook friends on your behalf  too) all we ask is for an ‘honesty donation’ of what you get via text  to KCDT01 followed by your donation of £1, £2, £3, £4,£5 or £10 to this number – 70070 or online at . Your ‘honesty donation’ can be any amount you decide if advertising locally helps sell your item.

If this online sale does well we will create a facebook version linking from the Kirknewton Community Group for ‘honesty donations’ through the year.


If you are shopping online for Christmas sign up to our easyfundrasing page at

Whatever you decide to do we hope you can help make a difference to the place you live and do something, whatever age you are, as an individual, with friends, as a group, at school – if you have a connection with Kirknewton and want to see great things happen here please donate or fundraise in any way you can.

Month by month we will let you know what you have raised and what projects we are donating your fundraising too.  Thanks for your help and good luck!

Christmas is coming…shop for Kirknewton!

Over the next two weeks Kirknewton Community Development Trust will be launching a series of fundraising initiatives to help support activity in our community – and we will be asking for your help.

This was inspired by the community of Biggar (a similar size community to Kirknewton) who raised nearly £500,000 in six months using a series of fundraising activities suggested and supported by their community as well as a number of other initiatives we heard about from other Community Trusts across Scotland.

By August 2013 we hope to raise at least £100,000 – maybe more?

Why are we doing this?  Well, we hope to have a sustainable income stream for Kirknewton projects from renewable energy investments but they are a few years away yet.  To bridge the gap we are applying to the Big Lottery for additional funding for the next five years.  However it was felt taking ownership and encouraging the development of Kirknewton by raising funds together for the benefit of our community was a good idea.

Some fundraising ideas are a little easier to do than others.

Christmas is coming and if you shop online you can help raise funds every time you shop with over 2000 retailers like M&S, Amazon, Argos and more.  It’s free and you get money saving voucers too!  Sign up in September for Kirknewton Community Development Trust and you could win a Samsung Series 5 Laptop worth over £750.

Donations will go towards the Kirknewton Development Plan including the new cyclepath/multipath we hope to build from just outside the school to and around Selm Muir Wood and other youth based activities/spaces in the community.  So please join the link below and shop and search online for Kirknewton.

SNP Support for £200 million West Lothian Wind Farm Project

West Lothian Council SNP Group has expressed its full support for the £200 million Fauch Hill Wind Farm Project.

SNP Council Group Leader Cllr. Peter Johnston explained,

“SNP believe that West Lothian must be open to new development – even more so in these difficult economic times – and so we are fully behind the Fauch Hill Wind Farm Project that will bring a £200 million investment to West Lothian,  create significant opportunities for local businesses and deliver a significant number of new jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.”

Cllr. Johnston emphasised,

“SNP are enthusiastic supporters of the provision of clean, green electricity and believe that the Fauch Hill proposals not only deliver on this agenda but will also provide a range of substantial community benefits.”

Local SNP Councillor Carl John added,

“We are particularly supportive of the project commitment to deliver improved flora, fauna and biodiversity in the locality through the planting of 100,000 trees and through a habitat management plan.  We welcome the commitment to create new paths and tracks for cycling, mountain biking, riding running and walking and believe that these, along with the proposed new Visitor and Educational Centre, will both enhance local amenities and improve access to the Pentland Hills and will actually increase the number of visitors to the Pentland Hills Regional Park.”

Cllr. John stressed,

I am particularly pleased with the substantial Community Benefits Package which will provide an annual payment of £330,000 with the Kirknewton and West Calder communities receiving £99,000 a year each and I warmly welcome the opportunity for a ‘Community Turbine’ which will allow a community share in the ownership and success of the project.”

Cllr. Johnston continued,

It is clear from independent resident surveys that there is considerablecommunity support

For the Fauch Hill proposals and we are delighted that both West Lothian College and Oatridge College are supportive of this project.

I believe that by objecting to this £200 million investment West Lothian Council’s Labour/Con Administration has shown themselves to be completely out of touch with our community.   SNP are clear the council has failed to properly consider this vital issue and failed to even follow the council’s accepted procedures by refusing to allow detailed consideration through our policy development and scrutiny process.

The Council objection means that a Public Local Inquiry is necessary and the SNP Group has now formally determined to fully support the project and will contribute positively to such an inquiry as we believe that the successful delivery of the Fauch Hill Wind Farm Project will be a tremendous and welcome boost to West Lothian in economic, environmental and community terms.”


Multipaths and cycling routes latest

Well since going “public” with the Selm Muir Multipath Proposal  on the 3rd of April I thought it best to provide an update of what’s been going on as the summer holidays now seem like a distant memory:

– it is evident that the website photos unintentionally misled people in to thinking the proposal was to turn Selm Muir in to a Cycle Park. It is understandable how these conclusions were drawn. This is not the intention of the proposal and any development, in conjunction with The Forestry Commission and the council, will be under the “Multi-user” bracket. The group is not ruling out the proposal of a cycle specific and a child friendly cycle trail in the future.

– through the Kirknewton Development Trust I offered to meet and discuss with some of the people who had raised concerns on the proposal. After calling one and meeting with another initial feedback was that they were supportive of the proposal going forward as long as their concerns were taken in to consideration. People have also contacted the Forestry Commission directly and some of their concerns had been addressed. As mentioned earlier, concerns had been mainly that the project was turning Selm Muir in to a “Cycle Park” although dog/horse fouling, car parking, litter, how the wildlife and vegetation would be affected and how all users would interact on the paths were also raised. There are people who have commented on the website that are still to be contacted.

– all the feedback on the website had contained pertinent points that have been noted and will be raised further down the consultation process.

– we are waiting to hear back from the Forestry Commission with regards to organising a meeting to discuss the proposals further focussing on the short term and long term objectives of the project.

– I have also met with landowners who have shown support for an Off Road Path from Kirknewton village up to Selm Muir. It has agreed that a route over land between Potter Around and Selm Muir entrance at Leyden road may be possible. More details will follow.

Being a community led proposal it is very important that everyone gets their chance to comment or be involved – we have tried from the beginning to be inclusive and not exclusive. As the proposal progresses we will try our best to keep people informed with any developments.

Anyone wishing to be kept informed can email and I will try my best to keep you up to date. Alternatively, people can get in touch with the Development Trust or Forestry Commission.

A big thanks to those who have been involved so far and also to those who have taken the time to comment on the website proposal.



Kirknewton Volunteer Awards 2012

Kirknewton Community Development Trust, as part of the Kirknewton Development Plan, aims to reward examples of outstanding volunteering or community activity in the Kirknewton community.  Entry is open to all Voluntary, Public, Private and Community organisations based or operating in Kirknewton.

This is the first year we have run the Kirknewton Volunteer awards and it is hoped that it will be an annual event.  Who are the people you feel went that extra mile for the benefit of Kirknewton this year?  You can nominate online here

You may enter a nomination in more than one category and you may nominate in as many categories as you like.  Entries must cover activity that has taken place during 2011- 2012. An independent Panel of Judges will choose Award Winners.  The closing date for entries is Friday 21st September 2012.

Nominate here

Up to 60 volunteers from the village will be invited to a free supper, with drinks, in the Kirknewton Stables on Thursday 22nd November to say ‘thank you’ for all your help this year.  Awards will be announced during the evening.

The 10 categories and criteria are:

Volunteer of the Year (25 years of age and over)

  • Type of voluntary work and degree of commitment
  • Impact on voluntary organisation and/or wider community
  • Degree of difficulty to overcome whilst carrying out voluntary work
  • Personality, attitude and sense of humour

 Young Volunteer of the Year (16 – 24 years of age)

  • Type of voluntary work and degree of commitment
  • Impact on voluntary organisation and/or wider community
  • Degree of difficulty to overcome whilst carrying out voluntary work
  • Personality, attitude and sense of humour

Active Citizenship Award (under 16)

  • Young people carrying out volunteering to benefit local community
  • Actively supported by school or organisation
  • Impact on voluntary organisation, community or target group

Lifetime Achievement of the Year Award

As the name implies, someone who has dedicated much of their time and skills during their lifetime to support voluntary organisation(s) or their community.

Community Group of the Year (a list of groups can be seen here)

  • Organisation’s impact on the community and service users
  • Type of service(s) delivered
  • Length of time the organisation has been in existence
  • Organisation’s commitment to the volunteers

Trustee/Board/Committee member of the Year

  • An individual who has served on a local committee for one term or more
  • Fully conversant in their duties, legal requirements and adhering to Best Practice
  • Someone always willing to lend a hand at fundraising or promotional events

Community Event of the Year

As the name suggests, the community event you have enjoyed attending this year

Business of the Year

  • How many individuals or groups are assisted or supported by this business
  • How do the staff and volunteers respond to requests for assistance
  • Does the enterprise help to address our economic, social or environmental concerns

 Community Arts Volunteer(s) of the Year

  • Outstanding contribution to the Arts throughout the year
  • Individual/group making best contribution to art projects in Kirknewton

 Sports Volunteer(s) of the Year

  • How many individuals or groups are encourage to get involved in sporting activity
  • How does their involvement contribute to healthy living for residents of Kirknewton
  • What part does the nominated volunteer play in this involvement

In addition to the above there will be a Special Category Award to be presented to the individual or group who, in the opinion of the Development Trust and/or the Judges, deserves a special mention.

Remember the close of nominations is Friday 21st September.

People put forward can also be put forward for the Voluntary Sector Gateway awards for West Lothian, if you wish them to be.