Kirknewton Community Development Trust News November 2018


The Kirknewton Community Development Trust Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 6th December at 7pm.
The Agenda is
1) Welcome to the meeting, attendance and apologies for absence. 
2) To approve the minutes of the last AGM
3) To receive the audited accounts
4) To receive a report from the Chair and short reports from the Gala and the Village Hall Group KCA
5) Resignation of Directors
6) Elect Directors
7) Approve auditors
If you are a have a question for the Board please email by Monday 3rd December and they will endeavour to answer your question at the event.
Details about the Trust can be found here
2018 – 2019
It has been a challenging year for the Trust, particularly in light of the decision to not grant Fauch Hill Windfarm by West Lothian Council and by the Reporter at appeal, which means we don’t have the expected continuation of funding now the Big Lottery Scotland funds have ended.  This is a loss of around £80,000 a year to the community. 
In particular it means we may lose staff early next year who support the volunteer led Board of the Trust to ensure we make things happen and achieve the outcomes of the Community Development Plan, put together by your comments during the Kirknewton Community Consultation.
The next consultation and plan is due to take place in late 2019/early 2020 and once again we won’t have additional project funds unless we are successful in our fundraising and grant applications.  This is becoming increasingly challenging during austerity and local authority cuts that mean former council funded groups are also chasing the same limited pots of funding that are available to us.
However we continue to move things forward – here is a short summary of what’s being going on.
The KCDT Board and Kirknewton Community Council hope to meet during a facilitated discussion to look at positive ways we can harness and direct energies of the two bodies.
They have already identified the need for more volunteers to help run the Village Hall – if interested please e mail 
The Kirknewton Community Council is only one of two elected community councils in Scotland (for a second time!), meaning they have do have a lot of influence on decision making and directing available Council resources to support Kirknewton.  Coupled with an acknowledgement by external consultants for Big Lottery Scotland that Kirknewton Community Development Trust is a perfect anchor organisation there is great potential.  However it is all volunteer driven, so they do need your support if you have the skills, experience and drive to ‘muck in’ on projects.
The Trust currently employs a CEO, Finance Officer, Youth and Volunteer Officer, Fundraising Officer, Community Gardener and two p/t cleaners.  We believe we have been very fortunate to get great staff members on board who are doing brilliant work, many of who live in the village.  This also makes us a significant employer in the local area.
The Trust still has a healthy bank account, albeit ringfenced for projects and being used as contributions towards larger funding applications or cash flow when grants are paid in arrears.
  • We are meeting two representatives from the lottery on 16th November in the Green Room to review, assist and develop our recent application for funding for a new project which takes what we have built on over the last five years and enhances it.
  • The Green Room break in caused over £5000 of damage and not all of that can be recovered under insurance, largely affecting the Youth Club.
The lottery is raising approximately £400 a week, half to community groups and projects.  We have already donated £260 for a new easel for Playgroup with applications in from Boxcir, the School and Gala.
It’s simple to apply for funds – send us your name, group, how much is required and what activity it is for consideration to
Buy your tickets before 7pm every Monday at Festival Stores.  If you want to never miss the lottery set up a standing order with your bank.  Email for details.
The shop is donating money from sales of hot chocolate next week and we are working with local business to provide extra in kind and cash prizes.  We help promote business to the local community for this – please contact Debbie Douglas, the Fundraising Officer, at
The Youth club activities up to Xmas include a an overnight sleep out for Social Bite, a trip to the military museum in Wilkieston and promoting young people’s mental health through Feels FM.  Ailsa Meldrum, our Youth & Volunteering Officer, has been supporting the Youth Club volunteers and promoting YC within the community including through Kirknewton Primary School and Balerno High School.
The Youth Club can always use more volunteers to help so e mail if you want to support young people activity in the village.
  • Ailsa worked with Debbie, the Fundraising Officer, to advertise, promote and attend eco car and bike events held in the community – both events were well attended with over 30 bikes being repaired and 10 people attending the eco car event.
  • Debbie has recently been awarded funds for the Trust to purchase two electric eco-bikes that can be used for short journeys, to the medical centre or library in East Calder for example.
  • Ailsa has also been working with members of the community council to help with events they would like to put on (we also gave training for their new communication strategy), supporting the local volunteer groups with PVGs (checks for working with children and young people) and practical support.  She has also been researching and info gathering from the West Lothian Volunteer Network regarding YC, regular coffee mornings and fundraising.
  • Ailsa has been building on links and relationships with Balerno High School and Kirknewton Primary School on working together as a community to have a screening of the resilience documentary and raising awareness of ACE’s including going to the conference in Glasgow last month, the resilience documentary in Balerno last week and networking.
  • Ailsa also organised a memorial tree for babyloss awareness week which was well received, with members of the community adding ribbons, hearts and stories with Ailsa.
The funding for this role ends in December but it is hoped we can maintain in through Community Lottery funds and funds from work being done by the Community Gardener.
This fund from Scottish Government and Development Trust Association of Scotland is to fund posts who can develop and raise funds to support community activity.  Debbie Douglas and Greg Young, our Community Gardener, are funded from this grant until March 2019 but we are hoping for a years extension beyond that.
Greg, our new Community Gardener,  has built a base of repeat customers requiring work in the community.  He encourages people to recycle their garden waste and gives advice on how to do that (if they don’t do it already). 
If you’d like Greg to help with your garden email for a quote.
  • This role has already supported the work on the Charles Jencks project at the East End of the village. It is expected to be complete by spring/summer of next year and as part of the arts grant funding their is money for a small arts festival and official opening of the artwork.  Charles Jencks has international standing and it is hoped this unique work will encourage visitors to Kirknewton, supporting local business, increased tourism and creating employment.
  • Along with plans to provide garden services for estates across Kirknewton Greg is also in the planning stage for the establishment of a Friends of Kirknewton Community Woods group and working on a funding application for Woods in and around Towns (Forestry Commission).  This is to support work at the Community Garden in the Park and in Churchill Way.  We are also investigating ways we can support the area around Harperigg, where we have already got funding for a broadband project and another application for a defib.
  • Greg is also helping out with Muddy Boots at the School Gardening Club and during the winter will plan the work on the unkempt area across from Meadowbank for which we have funds of £10,000 to improve.
  • Applications for a Football Fund to Aviva have been made in preparation for the Pavilion.  It’s online with a request for £25,000.  You can support that application here.
  • Bank of Scotland have been approached for £25,000.
  • We received £876 for a Climate Challenge Grant and working up towards a new application.  Debbie has been working with Eco Bike and Car partners for help with this.
  • We have received £4k for Ebike funding.
  • We have been successful at getting paid for authors for a Live Literature event.
  • We are looking for funds for fireworks and Xmas Fair next year.
  • £1000 has been given for the Pensioners Fund with an additional £1000 from the defunct pensioners group bank account and £700 from a fund applied for by the Community Council.  Debbie is working with representatives from the Community Council on this.
  • There are currently applications in for £140,000 of funding from Robertson Trust, NatWest Opportunities and National Lottery.

Debbie has also been working on a Shop Local event on 25th November (details below) as part of the Christmas Festival.  Unfortunately the Stables is booked throughout December so no Christmas Fair there this year.

We have also been doing work on Heritage Lottery Fund for a £50/60,000 history project along with local partners, a possible extension of that project from Leader across West Lothian or funding to support activity around Housing, Young Start Funds and YMI Music Strengthening.
The Community Council will write a letter of support to the Heritage Lottery Fund application and donated £100 towards the proposal.
We’ve been working with other West Lothian Trusts to establish a Development Worker for the region to work with DTAS (which now has 250 members across Scotland) and ensure the Council become more aware what Trusts are doing as well as supporting new, establishing and developed Trusts.  This will feed into the Democracy Matters agenda which has the potential to lead to funding going to community groups rather than the local authority for some matters (although some way off!).
Horizon Housing will manage the properties and allocations for the property when built.  Working with Link they also designed the interior of the properties for the elderly, making them dementia friendly and accessible for varying needs.  The houses will be low cost to heat and light.
Staffing issues and resource implications meant our chosen RSL Development partner were unable to continue the development of houses at what is now know as Hillhouse Park (the land at the East end of the village).
We are currently working with a set of architects, have just commissioned a QS and working with a consultant from Rural Housing Scotland to complete our Rural Housing Grant for early next year (an application expected in the region of £500,000).
West Lothian Council seem to be coming to a resolution to the section 75 agreement (a contribution for local infrastructure such as schools etc) for this affordable rented housing.  This will inform the required business plan and full planning application for 7 single storey homes.
The houses have to be complete by March 2021.
The windfarm at Camilty has had its application for larger turbines approved and have approached us through the Forestry Commission to discuss community benefit and community investment in this project.  We expect this is our last opportunity to invest in a renewable energy project.
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Kirknewton Christmas Festival 2018


The Kirknewton Christmas Festival 2018 – 5th Nov to 25th Dec  (more events and info TBC or provide details to
The Green Room and Village Hall are available to hire for your Xmas and New Year events in 2018 & 2019.  Call 01506883988 / 07816 880175 or e mail to book – only £10 an hour
5th Nov – The Kirknewton Community Lottery Draw with cash 1st prize and Lisa Blair Beauty voucher as 2nd prize.  £1 a ticket at Kirknewton Festival Store.  Watch out for more Christmas gift prizes in the weekly Community Lottery throughout November and December
5th – 12th Nov – Buy a £1 Hot Chocolate in Festival Stores and the £1 will be put towards the Kirknewton Community Lottery draw jackpot on 12th Nov.
Sat 24 Nov – Christmas Fair in Kirknewton Primary School at 2-5pm.  Childrens Enterprise stalls, Santa’s  Grotto, Mulled Wine & Refreshments, Disco Dome, Tombola, Games & Lots More!  To improve literacy resources in school.
Sun 25 Nov – Shop Local Event 1-4pm in Village Hall and Green Room.  Stella & Dot, Partylite, Wooden Gifts, Bodyshop, Potter Around & lots of lovely gift ideas.  Don’t forget to check out gifts at Festival Stores, the Kirknewton Pharmacy and Potter Around over the weekend too.
Sun 2 Dec – Potter Around Christmas Fair
Sun 2 Dec – Kirknewton Santa Parade, Lighting of the Tree and coffee & mulled wine in Village Hall afterwards.  4.30pm from Meadowbank Road
Thu 6 Dec – Gala Christmas Quiz in the Village Pub
Sat 15 Dec – Santa’s Sleigh around Kirknewton
Sun 23 Dec – Childrens Nativity Family Service in East Calder Church at 11.15am
Mon 24 Dec – Christmas Family Service in East Calder Church at 7pm
Carol singing round Kirknewton – meet at Meadowbank roundabout at 9.45pm.  Finish in time for refreshements in Kirknewton Church at 11pm.  Watchnight service in Kirknewton Church at 11.30pm.  Festive refreshements available from 11pm
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Kirknewton Community Council want to hear from you – write them a postcard!


Kirknewton Community Council are ‘Working To Make A Difference In The Community’ and are looking to capture your questions, ideas, suggestions and issues to help inform their regular monthly meetings.

To do this they have arranged postcards and suggestion boxes on an ongoing basis for you to put in writing your questions and thoughts.  All you need to do is fill in the postcard either at Festival Stores or the Pharmacy, pop it in the suggestion box and they will take time in their monthly meetings to review and help in any way they can.

Further to that they will make the questions and potential actions known on noticeboards, via this website or on social media.

This is a new initiative that will help your voice get heard by the Community Council and help them become more aware of the needs of local community members.

Why not give it a go.


First Kirknewton Lottery Winners announced.

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Pictured above is Lesley Barr (right) being given her £336 Kirknewton Community Lottery cheque from Kirknewton Community Development Trust Fundraising Officer Debbie Douglas.  Congratulations Lesley.

The weekly Kirknewton Community Lottery was drawn on 1st October after three weeks of ticket sales.  The aim is to raise funds for local groups and winners get 50% of the total raised.  Tickets can be purchased for £1 each from Festival Stores or e mail for details to set up a monthly standing order.

The second draw was won by local Tracy Troy with ticket 857 who received £236.  A fabulous total of £472 was raised after only one week of ticket sales

After two weeks the Kirknewton community have been able to pay £260 for a new easel for the Kirknewton Community Playgroup, which is a terrific achievement.

If you are a local community group looking for funds then e mail giving your name, group, what you are looking for and how much is it going to cost.


Kirknewton launch weekly Community Lottery


Kirknewton Community Development Trust has launched a weekly community lottery.  The first draw is on Monday 1st October and the first jackpot is going to be over £200 for one lucky winner.  It is likely to be much more when the first draw closes at 7pm on Monday.

Each week you can buy your ticket at Kirknewton Festival Stores.  50% of the final jackpot will go to a winner and 50% will go into community groups and projects.

Buy your ticket before 7pm and then watch the draw live on facebook.  The first draw is expected at 9.30pm on facebook live.

Members of the community can also set up a regular standing order with their bank to ensure they never miss a draw.  Pay £5 a month for 1 ticket, £10 for 2, £15 for 3 etc. with an extra ticket in the draw at the end of each month for you.  E mail for bank details and your dedicated number.

The chances are winning the Kirknewton are far greater than the national lottery.  Members of the community have been very supportive of this idea and are looking forward to a wonderful cash win before Christmas.

Community groups also benefit directly too.  You can request funds by emailing with your name, group and details of the funding required.


Down, but not out over windfarm


Fauch Hill Windfarm has not been granted planning consent at appeal by the DPEA Inquiry Reporter and the Camilty windfarm that has consent and where KCDT would have a possibility of income has been delayed as it was recently sold to EDF. 

The board of Kirknewton Community Development Trust recognised that the chances of approval of the reviewed Fauch Hill were slim, however the role of KCDT is to get the best deal we can from any acceptable developer proposal for the benefit of the Kirknewton community. 

At the original planning meeting West Lothian Council dismissed the significant socio-economic impact that the Fauch Hill proposal would have delivered to Kirknewton, therefore it is good to know that the Reporter took this factor into consideration this time around, as evidenced in the quotation from his decision letter below, thanks to the help of community volunteers and as part of an external review put forward by the Developer.

Of course it would have been nice to provide employment and on-going funds (in the region of £80,000 a year) to improve activity and facilities in our village as well as being able to easily invest in housing for the elderly, youth projects, park improvements and guarantee events such as the fireworks each year.  This will, in the short term, not be the case but we will continue our efforts to achieve this.

“Direct and quantifiable economic benefit would also be provided by the appellant’s intention to allow the community to acquire shares in the ownership of the proposed development – the appellant having entered into legally binding heads of terms with two local community development trusts. The income from such investment (in the region of £80,000 per annum for each trust) could be used to fund valuable local community facilities to the benefit of the wider community and support up to 11 full-time equivalent jobs, according to the appellant’s predictions – a significant number in the context of a relatively low local population. In accordance with the Scottish Government’s Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership of Onshore Renewables (2015), this is a matter to which positive weight should be given.”

Kirknewton Community Garden Services

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Kirknewton Community Garden Services is a new project run by Kirknewton Community Development Trust through funding from the Scottish Government and Development Trust of Scotland.

To ask for a quote contact or call 01506 883988

The aims of the project are:
 To provide a range of gardening and factor services for the people of Kirknewton.
 Work with local volunteer groups to enhance areas around the village.
 Provide additional volunteer and training opportunities.
 To reinvest profits made back into the project and community.

The gardening project will offer a range of services for a competitive price that will be reinvested back into the community including:

 Grass and hedge cutting
 Small tree, bush and shrub removal
 Weeding and general tidy up
 Small landscaping work
 Fencing
 Small painting jobs
 Edible gardening
 Composting and recycling
 Garden design
 Advice and consultancy
 Snow/path clearing

The project will also support landscaping areas such as the Charles Jencks art project, the Camps Junction elderly housing project, the community woodland and a project to enhance the area near the Meadowbank bus stop.  We are also aware the Trust has been approached by community groups wishing to change or find a local factor, contribute financially or volunteer help in other areas/woodlands around the village or simply have an option for their garden and this project hopes to help with that.

To ask for a quote contact or call 01506 883988

As this is a community project all the profits will be reinvested in expanding
the project and to provide training opportunities for local people.

We realise some people have difficulty maintaining their garden and we are here to help.  The key element in this project is making Kirknewton an attractive and appealing
village to those who live and pass through here as you identified in the Kirknewton Community Development Plan. This project will allow the people to see visible everyday examples of the progress that KCDT is making in enhancing Kirknewton and support the work identified and done by volunteer groups.

Getting the community involved is another critical part of this project. Along
with undertaking project out in the community we will also be running various
workshops such as:
 Composting and soil management
 Seed swap
 Wild food foraging
 Organic gardening

We will also run an open day to help introduce us to the local community, to
show examples of the work we undertake, and to recruit new customers and

A direct contact to Greg will be available soon but if you wish a quote contact or call 01506 883988