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May 2015 Newsletter

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 Fawcitt


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".

Agenda - AGM 30th May

Welcome and introduction by the Chair – Gill Fawcit
Presentations/Discussion on projects:
  • Kettilstoun Community Sports Hub
  • Play-park
  • Kettilstoun Skateboard Park
Annual General Meeting
  1. Apologies
  2. Acceptance of the minutes of the last AGM/Matters Arising (if any)
  3. Chair's report
  4. Treasurer's report
  5. Acceptance of Annual Accounts to 31 July 2013
  6. Re-election of certain existing Directors: Tom Conn, Gill Fawcitt, Ian Fyfe, Jim Gilfeather, Sioned Jones, Robin Priestley
  7. Election of any further Directors to the Board (if needed proposed from the floor)
  8. Approval of proposed changes to  the Memorandum of Association/Constitution as requested by OSCR for the purposes of becoming a charity  (see separate AGM email for details). Items 1a,2a,3a,4a,5a,6a of paper.
  9. AOB
  10. Wind up of proceedings by Gill Fawcitt, Chair
Further information has been sent separately.
Kettil'stoun Sports Facilities
Construction activity is now well underway on West Lothian Leisure’s major extension to Linlithgow Leisure Centre, and the new foot/cycle path connection to the canal towpath is almost complete. In the meantime the Trust has been proactively working towards fitting together some of the other pieces of the Masterplan jigsaw, so new cycling and athletics facilities parking and a shared use community/clubhouse building can be delivered.
We hope to receive approval in principle soon from West Lothian Council for the legal transfer of the necessary land from the Council to the Trust. We have also been discussing funding for the separate project phases with our proposed funders.
The most critical next step is to commission a business plan covering delivery of the various phases (including how the facilities will then be built, operated and maintained). We hope to announce further positive news on this shortly, but in the meantime would like to thank West Lothian Clarion cycle club’s senior and youth sections for their extremely generous donation of £2000 towards project delivery costs. This follows similarly generous donations from Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club and the Linlithgow Reed Band.
Robin Priestley LCDT Stakeholder Group Chair

Fundraising Concert for Wheeled Sports - 20th June
As of September this year, I will be studying Commercial Music at university in Ayr, of which a considerable portion is events management. In light of this, I thought that there would be no better way for me to say goodbye to Linlithgow than to put on a concert. Amongst the Wheeled Sports community in the town there are also many aspiring musicians. Therefore I decided that a concert featuring acts that are also involved in skateboarding or bmxing would be perfect for the time and place. It is a great way to bring the group of young people together and keep the enthusiasm of the Wheeled Sports community alive, whilst also creating an opportunity to raise money for the Community Development Trust.
I am a member of the St. Michaels youth music group ‘Music @ St. Mikes,’ who seek to create an atmosphere of togetherness through music in the town. With the success of Party at The Palace bringing this possibility into full view, the Church have kindly agreed to host the event in a room in the Kirk Hall known as ‘The Cellar’. The plan is to create something a community of young people could hopefully identify with and enjoy. Looking to reflect the diverse personalities in the community of Wheeled Sports participants, I tried to make the line up as varied as possible, with a range of local acts that also skateboard, bmx and so on. I hope there will be something for everyone on show, with a solo acoustic singer-songwriter, a live drum and bass band, a slightly heavier band and a psychedelic jazz/funk band all performing.
The event takes place
on Saturday the 20th of June with doors opening at 7pm and music till 9.45pm. As you may be aware, this is also the Children’s Gala Day, and so we hope to add to the town spirit of the day and contribute something for a different age bracket of young people to enjoy. The venue can be accessed through a door opposite the entrance to the Burgh Halls on the Kirkgate. No tickets will be sold prior to the event, but there will be a small entry fee of £3 on the night. Hopefully it will be an enjoyable evening for all and we will raise a good amount of money for the Trust!
John Davidson, Chair Wheeled Sports Group

Kettilstoun Community Play Park
The working group have had recent discussions with potential funders, West Lothian Council and West Lothian Leisure. We have been trying to get confirmation of some of the fundamental aspects of our plan, such as ownership of land, need for planning permission and financial sustainability in relation to ongoing maintenance costs.
Discussions have been useful to provide a better picture of the feasibility of our plans. At present, we have had some information back from WLC but are awaiting additional feedback from others and further discussion as to the best way to progress going forward. Hopefully we will have some positive news for the next newsletter.


Dates for the Diary

  • Saturday 30th May LCDT AGM, Queen Margaret Hall, 2pm
  • Saturday 13th June LCDT stall inside, Round Table Summer Fun Day, Linlithgow Rugby Club, 1.30pm-4pm
  • Saturday 20th June Fundraiser concert, St Michaels Kirk Hall 7pm 
  • There will be no Board meeting in July.
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