Welcome to the May newsletter and more positive steps forward. As you know our first receipt of funds from our stakeholders came with the Reed Band's Christmas concert, which so many of you supported. I am delighted to say that we have now received £2k towards the Business Plan from the West Lothian Clarion cycling club, for which I say a heartfelt thank you. A lot of hard work goes into raising funds and LCDT is very appreciative of everyone's efforts, especially with the distance we will have to 'go' to achieve our goal for Linlithgow.
We make small steps but all in the right direction, and I am also awaiting written confirmation of moving through the stage 1 asset transfer of land at Kettil’stoun. After providing further information to the original application we have had verbal agreement, but I have requested this in writing. Again a small step and it is 'in principle' only from West Lothian Council. We have a full business plan to produce with its development and funding details before we are anywhere near Stage 2, and there will be other conditions. Hopefully I may be able to I make the formal announcement at the AGM.
In the meantime we have progressed with the application for charitable status. There will need to be changes to our constitution and OSCR, the Scottish Charity regulator, has itemised them. However these changes have to be approved by you, the members, at the AGM. The agenda with the details will be accompanying this newsletter.
Our membership is increasing and I am still aiming for 10% of the Linlithgow community so again I appeal to you all to spread the word and enlist others to support us. I have said it before, but make no apologies for saying it again, I would ask all of you to encourage others to become members. If we can say on applications to funders that 10% of the population support us, it adds strength to our applications. We will have been at the Voluntary Sector Fayre by the time you read this and I hope to have met many of you there. Then later in the summer we hope to have a stall at the Round Table event on the 13th June followed by a concert on the 20th June. Both are to raise awareness of what we are trying to achieve and to continue fund raising for the business plan. Details will be on our website. Please come and see us and say hello.
I have already mentioned the AGM but would like to say that it would be lovely to see you there, talk to you all, and listen to your comments and suggestions.
Gill at the stand at the Volunteer Fayre. "Thanks to all those who joined as members and welcome - it was good to talk to you".