Bread, veg, books, help in Kirknewton and enjoy VE Day


Festival Stores will be stocking freshly made bread from Friday 8th May (with a delivery planned every Friday). It includes 4 white tin loaves, 8 sourdough loaves and 8 rye multiseed loaves. If you’d like one kept for you call 01506885331 or pop in after 11am every Friday. £2.99 each


As you will know, like many other veg bag/box schemes, Cyrenians Farm has not been taking on new customers and our distribution partner ‘Pete’s Farm Run’ is still working through a long list of new enquiries. However, we have noticed an increase in local interest and wanted to respond to this as a priority. If you are receiving this email, you have expressed interest in our veg bags and live in the local area – we wanted to let you know that we are setting up a new community Veg Bag collection point at Kirknewton Festival Store.

Cyrenians Farm Veg Bags are filled with fresh, seasonal and locally grown Organic veg. Throughout the year an average of 50% of produce in the bags is grown on Cyrenians Farm just outside Kirknewton. All other produce comes from Chapel Farm in East Lothian, neighbouring farms or from West Lothian based wholesaler Organic World.

By choosing a Cyrenians Veg Bag you are supporting the work of Cyrenians to create sustainable solutions for the causes and consequences of homelessness and supporting our Good Food Programme. You’re also giving your household a regular supply of local, healthy, seasonal, Organic veg which always includes the staples of potatoes, carrots and onions, as well as up to 7 additional items.

Our veg bags are available in:

•        Large (10 items @ £15)

•        Medium (8 items @ £12)

•        Small (6 items @ £9)

To set this up please email or phone 0131 333 5202 with:

1) Your name

2) The size of Veg Bag you would like

3) The frequency you would like (weekly or fortnightly)

We’ll then confirm the first date when your bag will be available for collection.

Veg Bags will be delivered to the store each Monday by 6pm, and should be collected that evening or by Tuesday evening ideally to get your produce as fresh as possible.

You can pay for your Veg Bag at Kirknewton Store along with your regular shopping at the till-points by card or cash. You can also pick up Cyrenians Organic Eggs and other items with your Veg Bag while shopping in the store.

Please note Veg Bags are available by arrangement only.

Additionally, if you know someone self-isolating in your community who might like a Veg Bag from us, but can’t collect it, please speak to us. With your help and with your knowledge of our community we can reach those who are most in need.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Cyrenians Farm here’s a little bit about us:

Cyrenians Farm is a community farm near Kirknewton in West Lothian. The farm is home to a Cyrenians Community of young people who have experienced tough realities, living in peer-supported accommodation and provides opportunities for residents and volunteers to grow food, skills, ideas and confidence. We are a small farm or ‘market garden’ with 8 acres (about one field to most farmers). We have an orchard with 250 fruit trees, 8 indoor growing houses, outdoor growing spaces, 110 free-range laying hens, a craft workshop, a production kitchen and an eating and meeting space. We grow a range of Organic fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs, and produce free-range, Organic eggs.


Don’t forget to get your food waste bags in Festival Stores that you can use in the brown bins (profits go back to community). There is also a book swap box next to the tills in Festival Stores if you are looking for a kids book. The schools have dropped off free pens, pencils and jotters in the store too for kids to use. And finally if you haven’t already pick up your free comic/how to draw comics magazine for the history project.


We have funds to provide free food bags and top up fuel cards in the shop for those who need it. Already we’ve had people contact us and distributed both (email Also remember anyone in P1-3 can claim free lunch and breakfast bar down at the school. We are pleased to say we’ve been there for people who needed support on other matters, ensuring early intervention and providing the right care and will continue to do so. Thanks for everyone’s support.


Kirknewton – join in to VE Day Celebrations. There had been plans to drive old fashioned army vehicles and cars through Kirknewton and an event at the Centre for the War Blinded and War Museum in Wilkieston but that has had to be cancelled. So here’s the next best thing – events during the day and a doorstep party between 4-6pm. Photographers may be out or take your own and share with us at or the community facebook page and we’ll include them in our future history comic book if you’d like. This is history in the making join in.

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