Countdown to #GivingTuesday


We are counting down to ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ – after the sales of Black Friday and the online shopping book of cyber Monday this is an international opportunity to come together and give something back locally.
You can do this in a variety of ways over the weekend for Kirknewton;
Sell or buy online at the Kirknewton – things for sale, free or wanted facebook group this Black Friday/Cyber Monday and make a donation.
Tell us what volunteering you already do and/or would like to do at – or fill out the survey in the latest Kirknewton News
Buy your food waste bags at the Kirknewton Shop for all that winter food waste – the bag tax will also be coming back to the village too throughout November/December
Join in the Procession and Lighting of the Kirknewton Christmas Tree on Sunday at 5pm from Meadowbank Road and support as many of the Kirknewton Christmas Festival events you can
Donate before or on #GivingTuesday by phone to 70070 and message KCDT01 followed by a donation of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. Larger donations can be by BACS – just e mail for information. Funds go to our youth projects. Find out more on the blog at…/how-you-can-help-young-…/
KCDT will be giving free tea, coffee, café latte, cappuccino, special hot chocolate at the Green Room as a #GivingTuesday random act of kindness for all your support over the last two years – an ideal time to drop off your KCDT membership forms or surveys that can be found in the latest Kirknewton News and pick up a second hand book for the Festive period
Thanks again and have a great Kirknewton Christmas Festival


How you can help young people in Kirknewton

On #givingtuesday – Tuesday 1st December – Kirknewton Community Development Trust are asking you to dig deep and donate whatever you can to our youth projects.  You can do this via mobile  to 70070 with the message KCDT01 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.
In 2010, as part of the Kirknewton Community Consultation and Development Plan you asked us to do more people for young people.  We wanted to achieve more ourselves, rather than looking to the local authority or schools.  It came from willing volunteers and funding from the lottery, to kick start a whole new series of opportunities to compliment great work already being done.  To sustain that we are looking for your support on #givingtuesday and throughout the year.
Did you know a donation of only £10 from everyone on the Kirknewton Community facebook would provide the funding for a part time Youth & Volunteer Co-ordinator and some funds to do some great work.
We know that as the Big Lottery has funded a 3 year contract for a Youth & Volunteer Coordinator based in Kirknewton The Green Room.  This role has enabled youth activities in the village to expand and develop and for us to support current and new initiatives. Young people have benefited by having trained youth workers, who have been through Child Protection as well as A.C.T (West Lothian Council) youth work training. All volunteer youth workers have also received free PVG Disclosure membership, as well as First Aid training.
Lottery funds have supported a weekly drop in youth club for young people in Primary 7 and above.
Through the youth club, young people have been able to attend:
  • Scottish Youth Theatre Workshops
  • Road Safety workshop
  • Healthy Cooking Classes
  • African percussion workshops
  • World Arts and Crafts
  • Jewellery making
  • Youth Club Trips-Overnight stay at Hilly Cow Wig Wams-Bowling- BBQ at Almondell Country Park
  • Pottery sessions with Potter Around
  • Zumba Dance Sessions
  • Boxercise
  • Hip Hop dance sessions
  • Games based sessions at Kirknewton Park
  • Movie Nights and ‘make your own movie’ sessions
  • Circus Skills Workshop
  • Bake Off
We have also ran youth activities suitable for families, often led by volunteers such as:
  • Healthy Cookery- Sushi making and healthy lunch box options.
  • Commonwealth Games sessions
  • Art based sessions- henna T shirt design and bag decoration
  • French lessons.
  • Subsidised music lessons- Keyboard and guitar lessons.
  • Family Book Club- Encouraging parents and children to read together and meet weekly to discuss books, as well as taking part in fun activities.
  • Book bugs & Mini Me Music Group- Music and song for under 5’s
We’ve also been able to support kids on other initiatives
Duke of Edinburgh
Young people in the village looking to gain experience as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award have been able to gain volunteering experience through supporting sessions at The Green Room, as well as through volunteering at the youth club. In 2014 young Duke of Edinburgh volunteers were able to gain event management experience through the
planning and running of the 2014 ‘Kirknewton Volunteer Awards’. This event took months of planning, and preparation. The evening included a 3 course meal, and was a prestigious event for 100 guests at a beautiful venue in Kirknewton.
Lottery Funding has allowed young people in Kirknewton to have an opportunity to gain invaluable skills and experienced gained on a local farm. Children in Kirknewton have been visiting the farm since May 2015 and have been learning about planting vegetables, caringfor chickens and packaging eggs. Since October 2015 Kirknewton residents in Primary 5 and
above have had the opportunity to take part in the John Muir Horticulture Award, which is an environmental Award focusing on wild spaces. This is a 10 week course supported by the Cyrenians Farm, Kirknewton. Fortunately KCDT is able to offer the John Muir Award, as the local primary school is no longer able to do so.
Saltire Award
Kirknewton has a number of community groups, and many residents of Kirknewton offer their free time to volunteering. Following in this tradition, Youth Club members are encouraged onto the Saltire Award Volunteer Programme, which is an Awards scheme for young people 12 years -25 years. Young people have the opportunity to volunteer in their
community, and receive recognition via the Award scheme. The Youth Club also runs an annual Halloween Fundraiser to raise funds for youth activities in the village.
Other Activities which have benefited Young people in Kirknewton:
  • 10 weeks Free Basketball Skills Training
  • World Dance sessions- Introducing the world of dance to Kirknewton though Bollywood,
  • Salsa, African dance and percussion.
  • Initial Stages of Raspberry Pi Project- A group of young people supported by a local volunteer working together to programme Raspberry Pi’s.
On top of all that we’ve been working behind the scenes supporting the Playgroup to membership of Community playgroups, supporting the upgrading of the Village Hall, promoting other group activities, providing funds for kids groups and putting on events including Santa’s Grotto, the Christmas Fair and the recent firework display.
Although we can attract other funds there will be time when we ask for your support, to evidence to funders our ability to keep these opportunities for our kids going.  KCDT is a registered charity and you can donate on #givingtuesday when you can give back to any group doing something good after the excesses of Black Friday and  – Tuesday 1st December – or support our activities at any time.  You can do this via mobile  to 70070 with the message KCDT01 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.
Thanks – and to thank you we will be offering free tea, coffee, café latte, cappuccino and special hot chocolate in the Green Room on Tuesday 1st December from 9am til 5pm.  Come along and say hi!
giving tuesday
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Kirknewton Christmas Festival 2015 Programme

KNDT Xmas Logo
Christmas is coming….
The fifth Kirknewton Christmas Festival begins on Sunday 29th November with the Torchlight Procession & Kirknewton Christmas Tree Lighting and ends with a Christmas Day family service at St Mary’s, Dalmahoy.
Kirknewton Community Development Trust wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
KCDT Win A Christmas Hamper Draw at the Kirknewton Christmas Craft, Food & Family BBQ Fair on Sunday 15th November, 12-4pm, The Stables, Kirknewton – it could be you….
Sunday 29th November, 5pm, meet at Meadowbank Road
Torchlight Procession & Christmas Tree Lighting
with refreshments in the Village Hall afterwards
Thursday 3rd December, 12-2pm, Green Room
Mini & Me Christmas Party
Friday 4th December, 2pm-4pm & 8pm-10pm, Green Room
It’s a Wonderful Life – Film Showing
Saturday 5th December, 10am-2pm, Green Room. £3 to see Santa, £5 for two children (gift included)
Santa’s Grotto – with crafts and drawing while you wait
Monday 7th December, 7pm, St. Theresa’s Church
Scout And Guide Carol Service
Wednesday 9th December, 7pm, Kirknewton Church
Kirknewton Primary Carols
Saturday 12th December, 11am-1pm, Potter Around
Mrs Claus’ Christmas Decorations Workshop
Join Mrs Claus and the elves who will help you make a number of different Christmas decorations to hang on your tree or give to friends. Suitable for ages 5-12. £12 a head. Call 01506 238 961 or email
Wednesday 16th December, 2pm, Green Room
Christmas Book Bugs
Friday 18th December, 8pm-10pm, Green Room
Love Actually – Ladies Film Night
Sunday 20th Dececember, 11.15am, East Calder Church
Kirknewton / East Calder Nativity Service
Sunday 20th December
Santa’s Sleigh Around Kirknewton
6.50pm Kirknewton Station, 7.10pm Park Terrace, 7.30pm Kaimes Crescent, 7.50pm Meadowbank Road, 8.10pm Hillhouse Wynd, 8.30pm Finish (subject to change).  Please give generously to this fundraiser for the Scouts.
Thursday 24th December, meet Meadowbank Road from 10pm for carols, Kirknewton Church 11.30pm
Carols & Watchnight Service
Christmas Day, 10.30am, Dalmahoy St Mary’s Church
Christmas Family Eucharist
Tuesday 8th December
Primary 1-3 Christmas Lunch
Wednesday 9th December
Primary 4-7 Christmas Lunch
Friday 11th December
P1-3 Nativity
Monday 14th December
P6 and P7 Christmas Party 1.30-3.00pm
Tuesday 15th December
P4 and P5 Christmas Party 1.30-3.00pm
Wednesday 16th December
P3 Christmas Party 1.30-3.00pm
Thursday 17th December
P1 and P2 Christmas Party 1.30pm -3.00pm
Nursery Christmas Party (afternoon group)
Friday 18th December
Nursery Christmas Party (morning group)

How much did Kirknewton donate at the fireworks last night?

Big THANK YOU to everyone who attend the fireworks display last night, from organisers Kirknewton Community Development Trust.  Approximately 1000 people attended and you donated £1439.92 into the orange buckets which helps cover the cost of last nights firework display. Thanks.
If you enjoyed the show you can still drop a further donation into the Green Room OR you can text from your mobile to 70070 with the message KCDT01 followed by £1, £2, £4, £5 or £10 (no spaces). Funds go to the next firework display and village projects.
The event came from your ideas as part of the Kirknewton community consultation in 2011, and was funded by the Big Lottery Scotland. Your donations on and after the night will hopefully allow us to do it again in future years.

A few extra special thank you’s – Dave Anderson for offering his time for free planning and firing the fireworks and 21cc for a stunning display and keeping everyone safe.

Stephen Gaved and his team for going beyond the call of duty and organising with Sandy (who also provided his equipment and time for free) the music, PA system and securing the site. Everyone who helped promote the event (numbers estimated at 1000).
Ian and Richard at Festival ‘Hot Chocolate’ Stores for organising refreshments, KCDT staff Zoe and Jennifer and volunteers who gave their time before the day and stewarding on the night – Charles, David, Michael, Katy, Aidan, Peter, Murdo and Stewart.
Apologies to anyone I’ve forgotten who also helped. Everyone involved were stars and gave it 100%.

Finally – thank you to the weather (phew!?!)

People make parties and all I can say is everyone who came along made it a good one! I hope you had a great time and thanks again for showing great community spirit!

Tony Foster

Kirknewton Fireworks – Wed 4 November

12063766_10101407623573481_3579774690499378619_nThe Kirknewton Community Firework Display blasts off at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4th November in Kirknewton Park.

21CC, who are running the Hopetoun House fireworks (among others) will be launching the Kirknewton Community Firework Display with local man Dave Anderson at the helm!
Please prepare for the Kirknewton Community Fireworks display with our ten pieces of advice;
1 – Please wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear on the night.
2 – Please bring a torch.
3 – Please walk and avoid travelling by car if you can.
4 – Please enter by the bottom entrance of the park if possible – pop into the shop for your hot drinks and pies (tea, coffee or one of their special hot chocolates, as seen in the picture).
5 – Set up will begin around 2.30pm in the park. Entry to the back of the park and pitch will be limited from 5pm onwards as the fireworks are set up. At this time and on the night do not go beyond the cordon for your safety and to ensure the show continues.
6 – Entry to the park will not be possible when the show starts (approx 8pm) so please be in plenty of time.
7 – Note we are not selling anything other than supporting the sale of refreshments from the shop. Avoid any other vendors who may set up and sell you items.
8 – Please donate money in the orange buckets provided, so we can put on the event in future years.
9 – The pub will be open for older visitors after the fireworks!
10 – Finally, have fun!!!