Kirknewton Gala Weekend

It’s Kirknewton Gala Weekend. The weather is due to be fine so why not put the bunting up and have picnic in the garden while the kids play some garden games.

BUNTING – £4 for 15m
Buy your gala bunting from Festival Stores – available from noon today and until stocks last

Here is the winner of the Gala Photo Comp – by Lindsay Stephenson. See the rest of the winners on facebook here or wait for them to be on the Gala Calendar at the end of the year. The photography competition was judged by Lyndsey Roberton who did the Kirknewton Lockdown Pictures which you can see on facebook here.

Have a great Gala Weekend!


We’d love to get your kids drawings and paintings of Kirknewton. We’d love adults to join in too. Please hand them in over the summer months to the Green Room which will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am til 1pm for the Community Fridge and Larder (or you can pop it into the post box at the left of the door at any time). We will include some of them in the forthcoming Kirky History Comic and maybe as part of an exhibit when restrictions lift.

Draw/Paint anything you like – Kaimes Hill, the Stones, Waterloo Tower, the buildings in Main Street, the White Lady, Highland Cows, the park, the school, the church, the train station, your house or just use your imagination.

Remember kids can also collect their free comic and during the summer follow the exercise and do their comic strip for the Kirky History Comic if they wish. The comic artist Gary Erskine, who came to the Kirknewton Youth Club and was due to do workshops in the school pre-Covid 19, was on BBC Bitesize showing you some drawing tips. Watch both programmes here. We might be able to get Gary to give some one to one advice on your comic strip via Zoom if you wish. Contact us at and we will try and arrange that.


Wee reminder that you can order Cyrenians Organic Eggs from the shop for Thursday delivery. Order freshly baked bread from £2.99 before Monday evening for Friday delivery. Both at Festival Stores. Contact Cyrenians for your Veg Bag to collect on Mondays. Behind the scenes we are developing the wholefoods option in Festival Stores – more news when we get it! More info on Good Food Kirknewton and ordering here


The local authority has started grass cutting again. It will take some time but start to see improvements over the next few weeks.


I’m Lejla Thompson and I am a Team Leader for the Local Delivery team in West Lothian for Social Security Scotland. For myself and Carol Tugman, Local Delivery Relationship Lead for Midlothian and West Lothian, it is part of our role to work with local organisations and partners across the local authority to help promote the benefits and payments which are available through Social Security Scotland.

I’m reaching out today TO share the new links which have now become available. You will be aware the Scottish Government is making an extra Carer’s Allowance Supplement payment of £230.10 which will be paid to clients on the 26th of June as a double payment of £460.20 . This is in addition to the standard June payment. This is a one-off payment to provide some additional support for carers during the coronavirus outbreak. This payment will not affect any other benefits or tax credits the client is getting. In addition, our Best Start Grant School Age Payments is now open for applications until 28th of February 2021 for children who were born between 1st of March 2015 and 29th February 2016. We would like to encourage you to start forwarding this message, if not already doing so, to reach as many eligible clients as possible to take advantage of this additional resource.

There is further information and promotional materials available through these links and more on the Social Security Scotland website :

Best Start Grant – Pregnancy and Baby

Best Start Grant – Early Learning Payment

Best Start Grant – School Age Payment

Carers Allowance Supplement


Meeting people: You will now be able to meet people from up to two other households outdoors, either together or separately.

While these do not always have to be the same households, the Scottish government’s advice is that people should not meet more than two other households in one day. As in phase one, there should not be more than eight people in a group.

If you are meeting in someone’s garden, you will be able to use their toilet – although you should avoid touching surfaces and clean anything that you touch.

Those who are shielding are now able to go outdoors for exercise, and from Friday they will also be able to play golf and take part in other non-contact activities.

They will also be able to meet people from one other household in groups of up to eight people – but are advised to be “extremely cautious”, stick to quiet areas, and stay at least two metres away from other people at all times.

In addition, people who live on their own, or only with children under 18, can form an extended household group.

They will be able to meet people from one other household indoors, with no physical distancing, and can also stay overnight.

However, you can only be a part of one extended household – and they should not include anyone who is shielding.


Public transport: Face coverings will be mandatory on buses, trains, trams, planes, taxis and private hire cabs, as well as enclosed areas on ferries.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said this would be “increasingly important” as more people start to use public transport again as more workplaces and public services are reopened.

People are still being asked to work from home wherever possible, and to stay in their local area during Phase 2.

That means not travelling more than five miles for leisure and recreation – although that limit does not apply to meeting family and friends.

The government says it wants to lift the limit on travel in Phase 3, with tourism due to resume from 15 July.

Dentists will be able to see patients with urgent care needs from Monday.

Places of worship will also reopen – but only for individual prayer, not communal worship.

Professional sport can also resume, although – since strict public health restrictions remain in place – this will only be behind closed doors.

The construction industry will be able to move to the next phase of its restart plan.


Visit more shops: Stores of all sizes will be able to reopen – but only if they have outdoor entrances and exits.

While non-essential offices and call centres must remain closed, factories, laboratories and warehouses will be able to reopen – subject to strict physical distancing, hygiene and health and safety guidance.

Businesses are being advised to arrange staggered work times for their staff, agree flexible working where possible, and ensure that it is safe for their employees to get to work.

Restrictions on moving house will also be lifted.

Marriages and civil partnerships will be allowed to take place outdoors, with limited numbers, and registration offices will reopen for essential business.

That means indoor shopping centres will have to remain closed until Phase 3, except where they contain essential shops.

Retailers and councils are being asked to ensure that physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place ahead of reopening, and that steps are taken to manage queues, pedestrians and cyclists.

Outdoor markets will also be able to open, as will outdoor sports courts and playgrounds.

Zoos and garden attractions will also be able to open again, although you should not travel more than about five miles to visit them – and tickets should be bought in advance.


The government’s original route map had indicated that pubs and restaurants would be able to open outdoor spaces, such as beer gardens, in Phase 2.

However, Ms Sturgeon said she was unable to give a date for when this change would take effect and has asked for more scientific advice before making a decision.

“There is emerging evidence that places such as pubs, restaurants and gyms can be hotspots for transmission,” she said.

“It is important that we better understand this evidence, and what further mitigation might be necessary to protect people in such spaces, before we permit them to open.”

The first minister said she hoped to announce early in July whether they would be able to reopen during Phase 2.


The national #ShutOutScammers campaign which aims to prevent doorstep crime across Scotland is currently taking place. Rogue traders are still operating during lockdown and doorstep crime is particularly prevalent during the summer months, with roofing, gardening and power washing the most common services being offered.

Before dealing with any uninvited trader at your door, close the door and look their company up online or in a phone directory (don’t use the info provided on their ID card). Any legitimate salesperson won’t mind waiting while you make these checks.

Further information can be found at

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