The first community owned building in Kirknewton – the Kirknewton Resource Centre – has started being built on the Old Gospel Hall site today. This zero energy development is being built by the community for the community. This project is part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community West Lothian Leader 2008 – 2013 programme. Thanks also to the Big Lottery Fund for their support. We are mindful that Scottish Water and Network Rail works may cause disruption in the village so hope our works will cause minimal inconvenience to you all.
SPEAK TO YOUR MP AND COUNCILLOR AT THE COFFEE MORNING – 6 APR
There will be a Coffee Morning with MP Graeme Morrice and Councillor Dave King on Saturday 6th April at 10am in the Village Hall – they are happy to listen to any issues you have on a local or national issue.
Contact Graeme Morrice on 01506 410109 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org and Dave King on 01506 281712 or e mail email@example.com to follow up your query or contact them if you can’t make the coffee morning.
KIRKNEWTON GOLF DAY
Please register interest for the first Kirknewton Golf Community Championship asap – we need 18 players for this event to go ahead. Profits will go to the I Love Kirknewton Fundraising Challenge. Send your name, handicap (or idea of what handicap you think you have) to organiser Michael Wilson on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible please. Should be a great day out!
The event takes place on Friday 10th May from approx 9.30am (so hopefully this is enough advance notice if you have to take time off work). The cost is £50 for hot rolls and coffee, followed by a game of golf on the East Championship Course at Dalmahoy and hot soup and a sandwich at the end. Prizes for the winners.
Kirknewton (you can read more about it’s history at Kirknewton.org) is 10 miles from the centre of Edinburgh and 39 miles from the centre of Glasgow. Blink, and you’ll miss it. Take another look and you’ll discover why, as part of their community development plan , they aim to become one of the Gateways to the Pentlands.
Hilly Cow Wigwams is a wigwam site, now open on Leyden Farm. As in most of Kirknewton they offer all the beautiful views of the Forth Valley and the Pentland Hills yet are close to Edinburgh and Livingston. This new venture is perfect for families. Hilly Cow Wigwams can offer all the sights of the farm, walks and cyclist routes but is close enough to enjoy all the attractions of Edinburgh and the Lothian’s.
The Wigwams aren’t the only unique accommodation you or friends can stay in. Highfield House is a traditional Scottish Manse dating from 1730. Drovers Cottage is a charming holiday cottage dates back to the 15th century. Dalmahoy, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club with its breathtaking scenery, Baronial Manor, incredible sunsets and views of Edinburgh Castle combines tradition with comfort. More modern accommodation can be found at A Room In The Country.
Kirknewton offers a peaceful break whether it be for walking, fishing (www.harperrigfisheries.com and www.selmmuirfishery.co.uk), shooting, pony trekking (Kirknewton Riding and Trekking Centre on 07702218360), cycling, golfing (The Marriott Dalmahoy Country Club and Ratho Golf Club are close by), or a touring holiday. The village can be accessed by bus, train or by plane (it is only 10 to 15 minutes drive to Edinburgh Airport).
Inside the village there is the base for Kirknewton Pottery and Potter Around , a ceramic painting business and craft studio. Founded in 2010 Potter Around is a magical studio where anyone, whatever their skill, can come to be creative, have fun and relax. Close to Potter Around you can also see the newly opened allotments, where members of the community grow their own local produce. Kirknewton also has another arts studio at Latch Farm Studios and you can find more about them and their products at their website http://www.latchfarmstudios.co.uk/
Jupiter Artland, just outside Kirknewton, is a contemporary sculpture garden in the grounds of Bonnington House. Works by many of today’s leading artists, sculptors and land artists have been commissioned and then constructed in situ.
The relationship of each artwork with its specific topographical location is a crucial feature of the artland, that is, art within the landscape.
The garden is a garden of discovery – an earthwork here, a copse of cradled rocks there, the entrance to a fathomless burrow right before your feet. They provide a map but no set routes. There are pathways, in places, but no path. There is also a café, that the centre of Kirknewton lacks at present. Come and discover, contemplate and delight.
£100,000 has been spent on upgrading the Kirknewton Park over the last few years and there is a small community woodland that is hopefully going to be the start of a multi path route for walkers and cyclists from the village to Selm Muir woodland. Selm Muir Wood is a beautiful woodland with lots of wildlife to enjoy.
Mature Scots pine woods surround the younger spruce areas. Rowan, birch and willow are scattered throughout and an old beech hedge hints at the age of the wood.
Parts of the wood are known to date from at least 1860 which is why there is such a rich flora and fauna.
There are no formal footpaths in Selm Muir wood. There are level sections of forest road and some informal tracks through the wood. However, thanks to a group of over 30 Kirknewton volunteers working with the forestry commission, the track has been improved for spring and summer 2013.
The Pentland Hills Regional Park is a living, working landscape, which offers great opportunities to experience and enjoy the outdoors. Sculpted by glaciers and water, then shaped by people’s interactions over thousands of years, the Pentland Hills are a special place for everyone. Cycling, horse riding and walking maps are available for this area.
Part of the Pentland Hills Regional Park is Harperrig Reservoir, which is shortly to be designated a Local Nature Reserve recognising and providing protection to the unique and wild qualities of the areas which plays home to an abundance of flora and fauna. The reservoir is 200m from Drovers Cottage and 5 miles from the Kirknewton Village centre. The Drovers Cottage website offers a great set of walking maps to guide you for walks around this area.
A number of people also walk and cycle along the Route 75 and into Almondell and Calderwood at East Calder. You can download a map of the route from Broxburn to Bathgate through Kirknewton here
If sports and activities are your thing then Kirknewton offers it in abundance. Kirknewton Riding and Trekking Centre is based at Humbie, EH27 8DS and can be contacted on 07702 118360 or e mail Kirsty Maguire on email@example.com.
Hatton (www.hattonsportsclub.com) is a tennis and squash club founded in 1937 and so this year (2012) celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Morton Clay Targets is a custom built clay pigeon shooting ground, set in the Dalmahoy Estate . MadMax Adventures is also set in the stunning parkland. MadMax Adventures is Scotland’s leading activity centre with a 4×4 off road track, archery range, highland games and Quads. They mainly attract corporate companies but their ‘Public Open Days’ allow individuals, couples or small groups of seven or less to book an activity session at short notice up to 24 hours in advance for scheduled dates normally at the weekend. Check out their website for more details at www.madmaxadventures.com, including details of the Kirknewton Stables which has a reputation has a fantastic reputation for wedding receptions and conferences.
Around Kirknewton there are three (count them) Paintballing Centres – Skirmish, A1 and Ape. If Xtreme Karting is your thing there is a track near Newbridge, not far from Kirknewton. The Edinburgh International Climbing Centre is also only a couple of minutes drive away. In just one day, you can experience the ultimate adrenaline rush of their Aerial Assault, take on one of their mighty walls in the arena or suspend down the front of their windows like Spiderman. If you have never climbed before they can even tailor-make an introductory course to meet your needs.
Other unique places to eat around Kirknewton include the Bridge Inn in Ratho which also forms part of the Edinburgh Union Canal. Their two historic barges sail regularly, for anyone wanting to enjoy being served lunch, tea or dinner aboard whilst watching the world float peacefully by. There is also the Bistro and maybe a show at the Howden Park Arts Centre . For that special occasion you can eat at the Norton House Hotel or the Marriot Dalmahoy (who are opening a new restaurant in May). There are a number of restaurants in the Centre at Livingston if you want to add a quick shop to your holiday break. Or you can simply enjoy take away fish and chips from Marmaris in the village followed by a pint in the Kirknewton Inn. For other places to eat and see across West Lothian check out the Visit West Lothian website for more details.
For more details about Kirknewton and to get the best out of your visit go to their website at www.kirknewton.org, check out the latest local services and unique crafts at http://www.kirknewton.org/business_directory, follow them on facebook, twitter (KirknewtonEH27) or their wordpress blog. Throughout the year you will find details of all the events in the village that include holiday events for kids, the Spring Fair, the Gala, Apple Day, Cycling and food events and the Christmas Festival from the beginning of December.
As we said, there is a lot more than meets the eye to Kirknewton. No doubt over the coming years it will try even harder to earn its place as a Gateway to the Pentlands, but it seems to be off to a good start. You never know, it may even get a great place to eat all of its very own!
The Kirknewton Community Council recently wrote to Network Rail following a report in the Edinburgh Evening News and information from West Lothian Council members for clarification on a number of questions they had and an invitation to speak to the Community Council and interested members of the Kirknewton community on Tuesday 12th March 2011 at 6.45pm. Here is their reponse to those questions for you before the meeting on Tuesday.
Dear Kirknewton Community Council
Firstly, please accept Network Rail’s apologies for not providing the latest information about Kirknewton level crossing changes before the information was provided to the local council and consequently the Evening News. Ideally, this would have been better coordinated. It has also taken me longer that I expected to respond to your email. I have provided a response to your questions below. After reviewing, if you would still like us to attend your community council meeting next week, please advise – I will attend accompanied by someone from the project team.
1. What works are to be undertaken? What type of barrier will be installed?
Works will be carried out to upgrade the existing Automatic Half Barrier (AHB) Level Crossing at Kirknewton Level crossing to a Manually Controlled Barrier with Obstacle Detection (MCB-OD). In order to facilitate these works it will be necessary to close the road across the level crossing on the following dates:
Sunday 19 May 2013 the road will be closed
Sunday 2 June 2013 : At approx. 14:30 Hrs the road will be re- opened to traffic.
2. What will the long term effects of the new barrier on the length of time the road will be open to traffic in any hour?
The barriers shall be down for longer than they are currently. This is because the new type of crossing operates in a different way from the current half barrier crossing. The current crossing operation is triggered by the approach of a train and the barriers are automatically lowered. The time from activation of the approaching train to the train arriving at the crossing can be as little as 27 seconds for non stopping express trains. This new system is being introduced in order to provide a higher level of protection for rail and road users. It operates with the approach of a train but before the barriers lower, the system checks that there are no obstructions (people or vehicles) on the crossing. This takes additional time and means that the barriers shall be in the lower position for longer than the current arrangement. The length of time that the barriers are down is dependent on the number of trains and how close they run together. We have undertaken a detailed assessment of the length of time each hour that the barriers are down. In our worst case scenarios, five of the twenty-four hourly weekday periods have more than 30 minutes down-time. The morning peak has the highest hourly down-times with 36 minutes 13 seconds between 07:00 & 08:00 and 34 minutes 19 seconds between 08:00 and 09:00. It is likely that the longest time that barriers will be down with be 10-12 minutes, however, this will remain under review
3) How are people expected to make their regular journeys from Kirknewton when it is proposed that there will be no alternative route from platform to platform other than a shuttle bus?
During the period a road is closed, a 24hr shuttle bus shall be provided to transport passengers, pedestrians and bus users. Vehicle drivers should follow the road diversion signage.
00:35 Hrs Following the last train on the Saturday night (approx. 2300Hrs)
The shuttle bus service, operated by First Bus will transport passengers from all bus stops within the area affected by the road closure to join the diverted scheduled bus services at the nearest bus stop possible. This service will operate for the full duration of the scheduled bus services timetable.
A shuttle bus service to transport pedestrians around the closure of the level crossing will also operate as a 24hr service.
It is anticipated that during the day we will require two separate services, one for scheduled bus passengers and one for pedestrians. Overnight it may be possible to run one service to combine bus passengers and pedestrians.
4) Why is there no temporary foot-bridge for passengers?
A shuttle bus shall be provided to ferry passengers between platforms.
5) What is to prevent people walking down the end of the platform as people did in the past with tragic, fatal results?
Signage is provided warning passengers of the danger of trespassing on the railway. This is the standard arrangement at stations around the country. Additionally at Kirknewton station there are lockable gates at the level crossing ends of the platforms.
6) Why a 7 day prior notice is considered sufficient to inform people of such an important change?
Works take place in May, so there’s more than 7 days notice being provided. Eight advance warning road signs Road signage will be erected 2 weeks prior to work starting. Diversion route traffic management signage will be installed to coincide with road closure.
7) What will happen to the regular bus service time-table?
A shuttle bus service to transport passengers from all bus stops within the area affected by the road closure to join the diverted scheduled bus services at the nearest bus stop possible. The shuttle service will operate for the full duration of the scheduled bus services timetable, while a separate service will be available 24hrs to cater for pedestrians requiring to traverse the crossing.
8) Has the problem of children and young people who live north of their schools been factored into the bus shuttles?
If they travel on foot, a shuttle bus will be available for them to use, alternatively vehicle users should follow the road diversion signs.
Craig Bowman Communications Manager Network Rail Scotland
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Over the last few months the Kirknewton Community Development Trust has been promoting how you can join ‘Team KN’ and raise funds as part of the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Fundraising Challenge. Today – 12.12.12 – is the official start date of the challenge to raise funds for youth projects, cycle/walking multipath from the village to and around Selm Muir Wood and the roof of the new Resource Centre on the old Gospel Hall site.
Some of you have already started raising funds – a big thank you for that! Our current total is £1828. That’s a great start with more to do!
Here are some of the things you have been up to already…
Thanks to Ian Watt and the staff at the award winning Festival Stores for agreeing to have a big orange donation bucket at the tills. You can make put in your change or make a cash donation at this point at any time. Thanks to the village shop for also donating the red wine for the mulled wine at the Kirknewton Family Christmas Craft and Food Fair.
Sarah Morris held a coffee morning in her house and took donations for the Challenge – why don’t you have a coffee morning and do the same? Some people have also offered to take donations at their house party events or asking for donations to the Challenge rather than birthday gifts.
John and Alison Cunningham donated £150 (£181.52 when gift aided) to the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Fundraising Challenge. They are looking forward to the Resource Centre being built and are our first major community sponsor who will get their name on the commemorative opening sign inside and be invited to the opening event. We are taking individual donations of £100 or £150 for a couple, £250 for a business. You can also donate at https://www.charitygiving.co.uk/donate/donate_b.asp?charityid=6957
Some of you have sold items on the Kirknewton Community Facebook group (a virtual car boot sale) including bikes, curtains, childrens toys and more. You can still do that and make your ’honesty’ donation to KCDT01 £(your donation – either £1,2,3,4,5 or £10) to 70070 – don’t forget to gift aid it when asked. Save on Christmas Cards and wish everyone Merry Christmas on the facebook group and donate your saving via text – or don’t have that last glass of wine at the Christmas Party and do the same! You can shop online at most major retailers for Christmas and a donation will go to the challenge at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kirknewtoncdt
Debi Kemp at the Post Office gave a donation of £50 from the sale of second hand books in the Post Office. Thanks Debi.
Michael Crosbie had BOmember and donated a whole month of subs from the Boxcir class that takes place in the Village Hall.
Karen Murray emptied the contents of her attic and we were able to recycle the clothes for cash. You can get a bag delivered direct to your door, fill it up with clothes, bags and jewellery and get it collected at a time that suits you. It’s really easy to do! Check out our new dedicated web page at http://www.clothesforcash.com/kirknewton.html
You have donated money at Allotment Apple Day, the Gala provided free glow sticks for donations at the lighting of the Christmas Tree, Duncan McCool’s company Aggregate provide free materials for the path clearing day at Selm Muir Wood, Mark Scott offered all the profits if you purchased a picture at the Kirknewton Volunteering Awards from http://www.photoboxgallery.com/markscottweddingphotography/collection?album_id=1600199021 , you donated money at the Awards for the dinner provided by Anne Pinkerton and many of you also attended the Christmas Fair, which included a home made ’I Love Kirknewton’ Christmas Cake in the raffle by Nicola MacAulay and Santa’s Grotto by the Playgroup
Konect offered a free page to tell you about the challenge. you about the challenge. Maximillion have offered a
percentage of group bookings they get (if they say ‘Kirknewton Challenge’ – tell your HR away day departments now) and all the money raised from a day out for 12 people on 4x4s, archery and quad bikes (if you would like to go in the new year just e mail firstname.lastname@example.org – minimum donation £50). Local company Reservoir Logs also offered all the money from the sale of logs for the winter months.
Other events planned for the new year include a Kirknewton Golf tournament at the Dalmahoy in May. Michael Wilson is organising the event which includes hot rolls, a game on the East Course, soup and sandwiches after the game and a winners trophy for a donation of £50. Contact Michael at email@example.com . Julie Greer is planning a concert in the church with the Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers (http://eurs.eusa.ed.ac.uk/) in March, a wine tasting in the hall and more. Anyone who raises over £1000 during the Challenge gets a special plaque in the new Resource Centre! You can tell us your ideas by e mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kirkfundraising
We hope to do street collections and packing at supermarkets and are looking for volunteers. Again e mail us at email@example.com if you’d like to pack a bag or two!
It’s important that all school pupils and their parents/carers take part too. There is a plan to have a school sponsored walk just before the easter vacation and we would also like the pupils/parents and carers touse their own talents and come up with their own fundraising or sponsorship ideas too. You can set up an online fundraising form at https://www.charitygiving.co.uk/fundraising/newpage.asp?charitylink=6957 and get sponsored by family and friends outwith Kirknewton and as far as Europe (as we take euros) and the States (as we take dollars!). Some ideas can be found on this document a-z_fundraising_ideas (1)
The beauty is you can do anything. Working together we can meet this challenge and fund our Kirknewton youth groups, multipath and Community Resource Centre. It’s 12.12.12 – do something TODAY or during 2013 before the end of the challenge at 11.12.13!
Thanks for your support so far and your help in the future – be part of Team KN!
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL KICKS OFF
The Kirknewton Christmas Festival is in full swing and we even have snow to welcome it for 2012! Thanks to the 400+ who came to the Procession and Lighting of the Kirknewton Christmas Tree Lights that were switched on by Mrs Charleston. It was the biggest and best lighting of the Christmas tree yet and a great start to the Festival. Thank you to for the £140 donation for your glow sticks from the school play ground.
On Sunday 9th December at 12 noon til 3am at the Kirknewton Family Christmas Craft and Food Fair you can see Santa (adults too!), get a Gala Burger at the BBQ, enjoy some mulled wine and home baking from the allotments, sing carols with the Kirknewton Choir, enjoy some cracking food, buy some unique last minute Christmas presents and check out Potter Around and their new Family Treepot range. There will be a raffle to win a home made Christmas Cake and oddles of prizes in the Playgroup raffle. 200+ attended last year so please take your car only to drop off or walk if you can.
RESOURCE CENTRE LATEST
Over 200 volunteer hours have been spent since November 2011 (and many more before then) on preparing the planning, building warrant and tender process to build the Kirknewton Resource Centre on the Old Gospel Hall site. We will be sending the final tender to the successful contractors next week and hope to make a decision on who that will be and begin building in Jan/Feb 2013. As you may know the cost of arranging planning and the design of the roof has cost the community £20,000 more than originally anticipated which is why we would like to contribute some of the funds from the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Fundraising Challenge to the build. This will be a hub for the community, support services and volunteers in the village and compliment more well needed space to the Village Hall. So please start thinking now of how you can help raise money or get sponsored from now and throughout 2013 and let us know what you plan at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kirkfundraising- it would be great to hear your ideas before 12.12.12, the official launch date of the Challenge!
If you missed it here are the pics from the Kirknewton Volunteering Awards 2012 – pics can be purchased from the site and all profits will go to the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Fundraising Challenge http://www.photoboxgallery.com/markscottweddingphotography/collection?album_id=1600199021
KEEP IN TOUCH
We now have over 300 people following the Kirknewton Community Group on facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/kirknewton/#!/groups/kirknewton/ and over 200 people on twitter at https://twitter.com/KirknewtonEH27 – please share with Kirknewton friends so they can be kept up to date with all the latest news, including Christmas Festival events such as the Carol Singing Torchlight Procession, Mince Pies and Watchnight Service on 24 Dec.
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR