Welcome to the November newsletter. I am delighted to say that more and more people are becoming members of the Trust, and we now have 407 members receiving our newsletter. This is so encouraging and I welcome you all on board, thank you for joining us.
Not only has our membership increased, I also want to welcome our new Directors to the Board. Frances Wood, who is taking on the communications role for the LCDT; Jon Norton, who is taking on the company secretary role and leading the Wheeled Sports Sub Group; and Chris Horne who is also helping with the communications and the business side of the LCDT. This brings the Board to a total of 12 Directors, with further interest.
It is tremendous that people are interested, and it is enabling us to start thinking wider than the Community Hub project at Kettilstoun, and identifying other areas where we could develop projects.
However, I continue to ask everyone to help build up our membership numbers as all applications for funding will require details of the numbers supporting us. There are a range of memberships options:
- Full membership for those over 16
- Junior membership for those aged 12-15 and
- Associate membership for local organisations or those living outside the Linlithgow boundary
Further details are available at http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/?page_id=22
We have now been awarded charitable status. That in itself is an achievement, although always planned from inception of the Development Trust. However I would like to say thank you to everyone for contributing to and supporting us in our application.
We have also received various contributions for funding, including £250 from Anderson Strathern thanks to Ian Fyfe and £250 from Linlithgow Athletics Club. Linlithgow Rose Football Club have donated, as detailed later in the newsletter, and other individual Board members have also been raising funds through coaching and other activities. We are now looking at additional ways of raising further funds towards the project and our own work. Watch the website early next year for details of events that may be coming up. The Wheeled Sports group are also working towards an event. We should be at the Advent Fayre on 28 November
so come and find us and talk to us there.
In other news, as you will go on to read, we have been busy supporting the Consultants working on the Kettilstoun Community Hub, with various events and meetings. It has been a busy time especially with the business plan deadline of submission before Christmas.
Another exciting opportunity has arisen. All Development Trusts within West Lothian have been invited to become members of the new Leader Local Action Group. Details can be found here http://www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/8392/West-Lothian-LEADER-is-recruiting-new-Local-Action-Group-members
. It is a European grant Fund for Rural Development that this time round includes Linlithgow, and all the small towns in West Lothian with the exception of Livingston. My experience, in past employment, when managing the programme is that the grants are small and the red tape 'legion'! Also funds are paid in arrears which presents cashflow problems for some groups. We are looking at 2016 before it effectively becomes available and there will be events around West Lothian to publicise and explain the programme. It is my intention to have one of those events in Linlithgow so please keep an eye on our website. I shall also publicise it as widely as possible.
By the time you receive this newsletter it will almost be the end of November so I wish you all a very happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year. My thanks to you all for your support this year - without you we could not have reached this stage of proceedings. Next year there will be more major milestones and I really expect some visible progress on site.