Kirknewton News 26.06.2020


Congratulations to all the Primary 7 children leaving Kirknewton Primary School this week. Enjoy your summer and enjoy your High School experience.


This year with slight changes to the Youth Club we had great attendance and the members of the Youth Club also did some great projects with Heriot Watt University, Senior Citizens on Burns Night and sharing stories for the History Project as well as Cartoon Workshops, Magic Shows, Pizza Nights and Dodgeball. Unfortunately Covid-19 curtailed our activities and being able to introduce current P6 – going into P7 children to the Youth Club. Open to P7 to S2 we hope to return soon, pending advice on social distancing, but we wish every member of the Youth Club and the wonderful parent/carer volunteers who helped a very good summer.


Well done Amy Douglas, who won the First Minister Reading Challenge award in the Pupil Reading Challenge (and also presents our Kirknewton Lottery Results online show from time to time!). Here’s what the website at said about our winner! “Amy from Kirknewton Primary School in West Lothian is our P4 winner. Her presentation about how the author Lari Don has inspired her in her reading and writing was heart-warming and showed just how much authors can impact young readers.” Well done Amy.


This week KCDT and the Community Council arranged a plant sale at the Kirknewton Pavilion with Five Sisters Zoo on Monday 22nd June. Attendance was good and there may be plans to do one again in the future.


We are still collating your Kirknewton History stories, photographs and memorable items. During the summer do drop them off in the Green Room 10am to 1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays or in the silver post box in an envelope with your details enclosed. If you want to speak about your Kirknewton Memories we are now conducting socially distanced interviews and films – get in touch and we can arrange that with you at



If you are a business or community group in Kirknewton and want us to give you a shout out on social media or help promote your activities during the summer please email us at or contact us via social media messaging (email is best as we can miss items on social media)


It’s our understanding that Simply Play will still be offering a summer club. In the school free school meals will still be available for anyone in P1-3 and those eligible for free school meals from P4-6.


The Kirknewton Resilience Group met this week to discuss future Covid-19 arrangements. Early indications are more people will find themselves struggling financially or having to self isolate over the next six months and we intend to maintain support delivering food, keeping the Kirknewton Fridge/Larder open in the Green Room during the summer and probably to December. We are also providing free tampons too. The Kirknewton Fridge/Larder is getting busier and we may open extra hours if demand is too high and social distancing arrangements causes people to queue longer than we’d like.


We hope you will keep shopping locally. To save you those car miles getting fresh food from a out of village farmers market KCDT has been working with Festival Stores, the Cyrenians and Greener Kirknewton to make sure you have access to fresh eggs, bread and veg bags. We are also working on a wholefoods project and encouraging healthy eating with the Larder soup bags. We are always open to more suggestions at


2 metre social distancing remains in Scotland and below are the key dates you need to know for the summer.

Monday 29 June

Indoor (non-office) workplaces resume once relevant guidance is implemented.

Includes: factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities.

Excludes: indoor workplaces due to open in Phase 3 (e.g. non-essential offices and call-centres).

Street-access retail can re-open once guidance is implemented. Interiors of shopping centres/malls remain closed for non-essential shops until Phase 3.

Outdoor markets can re-open once guidance is implemented.

Relaxation on restrictions on housing moves.

Outdoor sports courts can re-open.

Kirknewton Playground can re-open.

Registration offices open for high priority tasks.

Marriages & civil partnerships allowed with minimal attendees – outdoors only.

Zoos and garden attractions can open for local access only (broadly within 5 miles) in this phase

Phase 2 – Indicative Dates

Travel distance restriction relaxed – 3 July

Self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities) permitted – 3 July

Outdoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice) – 6 July

Phase 3 – Indicative Dates

People can meet in extended groups outdoors (with physical distancing) – 10 July

Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two other households (with physical distancing) – 10 July

Organised outdoor contact sports can resume for children and young people (subject to guidance) – 13 July

All dental practices begin to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care. Work will begin to return aerosol generating procedures to practice safely – 13 July

Increasing capacity within community optometry practices for emergency and essential eye care – 13 July

Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open (following guidance and with physical distancing) – 13 July

All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance) – 15 July

Indoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice) – 15 July

Hairdressers and barbers – with enhanced hygiene measures – 15 July

Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries – with physical distancing and other measures (e.g. ticketing in advance) – 15 July

All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements – 15 July

Phase 3 – Advice on dates at 9 July Review (unlikely to be before 23 July)

Non-essential offices and call centres can re-open following implementation of relevant guidance (including on physical distancing). Working from home and working flexibly remain the default

Universities and colleges – phased return with blended model of remote learning and limited on campus learning where a priority. Public health measures (including physical distancing) in place.

Places of worship can re-open for congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation with physical distancing and limited numbers

Easing of restrictions on attendance at funerals, marriages, civil partnerships, with physical distancing (limited numbers).

Following will be subject to further public health advice:

Live events (outdoors) – with physical distancing and restricted numbers.

Live events (indoors) – with physical distancing and restricted numbers.

Indoor gyms – with physical distancing.

Other personal retail services – with enhanced hygiene measures.

Other indoor entertainment venues (e.g. nightclubs, bingo, theatres, music venues).

Public services continue to scale up and re-open safely

Schools: 11 August: Schools should be preparing for children to be able to return to school full time in August (conditional upon ongoing scientific and health advice). This date may fall in Phase 3 or Phase 4, depending on broader progress. The blended model of schooling remains a contingency plan.

Shielding: The changes set out here do not apply to people who have been advised to shield. Their advice is to continue to shield until 31 July, although outdoor exercise and meeting people from another household in groups of up to 8 people is allowed, provided people follow strict physical distancing. We will continue to review the evidence leading up to 31 July and will continue to refine the advice as and when clinicians recommend it. By 31 July we will have put in place a new approach to shielding that will support people to make more individual decisions based on an understanding of their own risk profile and what matters to them, rather than blanket advice for the whole population.

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