Kirknewton Fireworks Thur 2 Nov – tickets on sale now from Kirknewton Festival Stores

KCDT fireworks 2017 poster [compressed]

The Kirknewton Firework Display blasts off BIGGER, BETTER & BRIGHTER for a third year at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd November in Kirknewton Park.

Tickets for the event are selling fast at Kirknewton Premier Festival Stores in Main Street.  Adults are £5 but children under 18 are free.  Glowing lightsabres also available from the shop only at £3 (other sellers on night will be unauthorised and will not go to organisers).  Cash or credit card accepted.

Additional donations for the community charity can be made in the shop in the orange buckets or by text message (see below) – but entry to the park is by ticket that can only be bought at Festival Stores.  Donations go towards community projects.

The night is due to be mild and dry so please walk to the park if you can.  If you come by car please park from the railway station upwards and avoid Park Terrace and Main Street if possible.  We advise getting tickets in advance from Festival Stores but please give yourself time to get parked, tickets, lightsabres and refreshments (all from our authorised seller at Festival Stores).  Please avoid purchasing from unauthorised sellers on the night. Please do not bring pets to the park.

Doors open 7.30pm with refreshments available from Festival Stores before and after the event – including 50p pick ‘n’ mix and candy floss & tray bake and hot chocolate.

There will be music, projections, minions and more to enjoy before the BIG COUNTDOWN between 7.30 and 8pm!  Final entry to the park will be 7.55pm for your safety.

21CC, who are running the Hopetoun House fireworks (among others) will be launching the Kirknewton Firework Display after last years hugely successful event.  This year we have put more funds into the firework show thanks to your kind donations last year.

Entry to the park is by ticket only for adults, and security will be there on the night.  ADULTS MUST HAVE A TICKET.  Children under 18 go free.  Children at primary school age must be accompanied by an adult.  Ticket entry will go back to community activities and next years show.

Please prepare for the Kirknewton Fireworks display with our ten pieces of advice;


1 – Please wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear on the night.  If it rains the show will still go ahead.  We will only postpone in very heavy winds.  WEATHER IS DUE TO BE GOOD, 6 DEGREES AND DRY
2 – Please bring a torch.
3 – Please walk and avoid travelling by car if you can.  Please park from train station car park up to park and avoid Main Street except for dropping off elderly and infirm.  You can reach Kirknewton on 28 bus or train from Edinburgh.
4 – Please enter by the bottom entrance of the park if possible (Whitemoss Road) – pop into the Festival Stores shop for food and drink
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.  Please do not bring pets.
6 – Entry to the park will not be possible when the show starts (approx 8pm) so please be in plenty of time.  Events begin at 7.30pm
7 – Note we are not selling anything other than supporting the sale of refreshments from the shop and light sabres for children. Avoid any other vendors who may set up and sell you items.  Black bags will be available for rubbish.
8 – This is a charity event.  If you save money on travel to another display, enjoy from home or feel the event is worth more to you or simply want to donate to the charity for more community projects then please donate by mobile text message.  You can donate to the charity by Text message to 70070 with the message KCDT01 followed by £2, £5 or £10 – a donation by text does not give you entry to the park.  There is also orange buckets at the shop for donations.  There will be no donation buckets this year for firework entry – you must have a ticket.
9 – The local Kirknewton pub will be open for older visitors after the fireworks!
10 – Finally, have fun!!!


Clean Up


There will also be a Christmas Family Fun Day & BBQ at the wonderful Kirknewton Stables on Saturday 2nd December from 12 noon til 3pm with food, drinks, Santa’s grotto, entertainment including a choir, brass band and magician plus fun stalls and a chance to win a fantastic Christmas Hamper!  You will also be able to get your torches for the Procession and Lighting of the Kirknewton Christmas Tree, which is on the next day.



Kirknewton Gala launch pet show

Kirknewton Gala launched their first ever pet show this year – see some of their pictures at

The event raised £65 for Gala funds.

Well done to all the winners

Gala Pet Show Results (thanks very much to Jane from Oakbank Racing for judging).

Dog Categories
Best Trained/Trick:
1st – Beau (Fiona)
2nd – Lola (Chloe)
3rd – Meg (Jessica)

Best Rescue:
1st – Bandit (Amanda Blainey)
2nd – Bella (Louise Gardiner)
3rd – Chico (Sharon Hogarth)

Golden Oldie:
1st – Maddie (Louise Gardiner)
2nd – Harley (Maya & Holly Thomson)
3rd – Kenzie (Robert Thomson)

Cutest Puppy:
1st – Toffee (Maya)
2nd – Izzy (Sam Spence)
3rd – Lola (Laura)

Dog Judge Would Like to Take Home:
1st – Ted (Ryan)
2nd – Penny (Mick McGrogan)
3rd – Gilbert (Chris Robinson)

Best Cat:
Joint 1st – Mittens (Emily) and Marnie (Sara W)

Small Furries:
1st – Lucy the guinea pig (Amy & Freya)
2nd – Fudge the guinea pig (Hannah)
3rd – Pat the ferret (Ryan)

Other Pets:
1st – Nan the bantam (Sophie)
2nd – Skittles the pony (Alfie)
3rd – Pesh the bantam (Natalie)

Join KCDT today – get exclusive news

WE NEED YOUR HELP – everyone who lives in Kirknewton can be a member of Kirknewton Community Development Trust.  The more members we have, the better chance we have of raising funds for community groups and projects.  Please join – it takes a second to give us your details and is free.  When you sign up you will also get an exclusive newsletter for KCDT members only – you won’t want to miss it!

Kirknewton Veg Bag – locally grown food


Cyrenians Farm is an Organic Market garden and social enterprise located in Kirknewton at Humbie holdings

As well being a safe community for vulnerable young adults they grow and sell fruit and vegetables for sale to the public, all profits from the sales are committed to sustaining the Charity. They specialize in a ‘Veg Bag’ scheme where customers, for £10 per bag, get 8 items and up to 3.5kg of produce. The following link has a guide to how it works and an FAQ. Any specific questions and enquiries can be directed to

Kirknewton Community Development Trust are now looking to partner with Cyrenians to make this excellent offer available to people in the village. To begin with you will be able to pick up your bag from the Green Room on Thursdays between 10am and 2pm, or from the farm at any time on Thursday or Friday between 9am and 4pm. The farm may consider home delivery if those times are too awkward.

Rob Davidson, Manager Farm Enterprise

Do you need to use the Green Room?


During the next twelve months we hope to make the Green Room a true hub of community activity.

Built by the community for the community the Green Room, built in 2014, is now making our spare capacity available to community members, groups and people who work here or from home in Kirknewton.

The Green Room is opening it’s doors to studying students, people who work from home, outreach workers looking for a base, people working for volunteer groups or community members simply looking for a regular time and place to meet or work on a new idea.

You can have use of free wifi and by agreement use of mailing address, phone, internet, tea/coffee and equipment.

If interested you must register for this service at and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

To be a Kirknewton Community Councillor – all you have to do is live here!


Dear all

We are trying to convince as many people to stand as a Kirknewton Community Councillor as we can – not only to have an election but a healthy mix of local opinion. You only need to live in Kirknewton to stand.

Four years ago we had an election with 25% of you voting (a local election with party machines behind it is usually around 40%) which strengthened the Kirknewton voice in West Lothian. A Community Councillor attends 11 meetings a year, 2nd Tuesday of every month (except July) in the Green Room for approx. 2 hours. Any additional work comes from actions you can take forward.

There will be a workshop event on Tuesday 29th August at 7pm (to 9pm the latest) in the Green Room, 12 Main Street, Kirknewton. You will get a chance to meet other people standing, help fill in nomination forms for the Council, give guidance on what is required for election material (a simple biography and a few ideas, nothing too difficult) and a couple of scenarios of what to expect.

In advance of the event, if you have not already done so, you can download a nomination form from the link below.

So we can get an idea of those attending can you RSVP to this email by Tuesday 22nd August or before.

If the Community Council is not for you perhaps you can pass this message on to others you feel should stand. A mix of ages, gender and those involved in other community groups most welcome.

We can also have 4 Youth Members from 14-18 years old and are keen for people in that age range to stand too. More information can be found here

Nomination close Thur 14th Sept – with an election if enough people stand on 26th October.

Look forward to seeing you.

Election_Nomination_Pack Elections 2017


East Calder Medical Practice – what’s going on…


We are reducing the timescale for booking ahead to see a doctor.  Nurse appointments will remain unchanged.


We are consistently losing around 30 appointments per week because patients book then fail to keep the appointment.  An audit of these lost appointments reveals that more than ¾ of them have been booked more than 2 weeks in advance.  By reducing the number of wasted slots we expect to be able to offer more routine appointments.

If a doctor asks you to return in 3-4 weeks you should contact us 2 weeks before you want to be seen.

Any patient who feels they have an urgent problem that cannot wait until the next routine appointment will be assessed by one of our highly trained and qualified Nurse Practitioners.