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Yvonne Green 01506 440881/ 07504551881 yvon­negreen55@gmail.com Bell­squarry Vil­lage Hall As­so­ci­a­tion AGM 2017 will be held in the hall on 13 Novem­ber from 19:00–21:00. Come along and find out what’s been go­ing on with the hall and what our plans are for the year ahead. We’d also like to hear from you about what you’d like to see in the hall and any im­prove­ments you think we could make. Per­haps you’d like to join our com­mit­tee? Cheese and wine will be served af­ter­wards. All wel­come. Murieston Com­mu­nity Coun­cil meets on the sec­ond Thurs­day of the month at 7pm in Wil­liamston Pri­mary School. All in­ter­ested par­ties wel­come. Check out www.murieston­com­mu­nity.com for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. All of the min­utes of the meet­ings can be found at The Min­utes of Meet­ing page. Catch up on all the hot top­ics dis­cussed at the meet­ings. Elec­tion of Murieston Com­mu­nity Coun­cil­lors has now taken place and the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the new Coun­cil will be held at Wil­liamston Pri­mary School tonight, Thurs­day 9th Novem­ber at 7pm. All wel­come and if you would like to rep­re­sent your com­mu­nity as a co-opted mem­ber on the Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, then please come along to find out how this is done. The Com­mu­nity Coun­cil cur­rently has two main projects it would like to fa­cil­i­tate - a Com­mu­nity Gar­den and a De­vel­op­ment Trust: There is an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide a Com­mu­nity Gar­den on land ad­ja­cent to Murieston Wa­ter. The Com­mu­nity Coun­cil will fa­cil­i­tate plan­ning but re­quire a man­age­ment team to setup a con­sti­tu­tion and man­age the project. If this is some­thing you would like to be in­volved in, whether on the man­age­ment team or just a plot holder please let us know, con­tact de­tails be­low. With con­tin­ued aus­ter­ity drive and pres­sure on lo­cal com­mu­nity fi­nances, it is be­com­ing more dif­fi­cult for Lo­cal Au­thor­i­ties to fund projects for com­mu­ni­ties. The Com­mu­nity Coun­cil feels that a way of fund­ing lo­cal projects is to have a Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust in our area. Ad­van­tages are: Grant Aid for com­mu­nity projects are eas­ier to ac­cess if there is a prop­erly struc­tured De­vel­op­ment Trust which is of a char­i­ta­ble sta­tus. Projects are owned and man­aged by the com­mu­nity and should pro­mote sus­tain­able re­gen­er­a­tion of the com­mu­nity or ad­dress a range of eco­nomic, so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues within the com­mu­nity. Ex­am­ples, per­haps ten­nis fa­cil­i­ties, com­mu­nity gar­den, com­mu­nity café, broad­band for ar­eas that ap­pear to be avoided by com­mer­cial providers, en­hance­ment to ex­ist­ing foot­paths in the Murieston area etc. In gen­eral, any type of project that en­hances the com­mu­nity will nor­mally fall within the con­sti­tu­tion and re­mit of the Trust. For more in­for­ma­tion on De­vel­op­ment Trusts, go to the web­site De­vel­op­ment Trust As­so­ci­a­tion Scot­land. Once the level of com­mu­nity in­ter­est is es­tab­lished, the Com­mu­nity Coun­cil’s in­ten­tion is to hold a Pub­lic meet­ing, 1st Quar­ter 2018 to al­low a for­mal De­vel­op­ment Trust to be set up. This will be ad­ver­tised nearer the ac­tual date. If any of the above projects ap­peal to you and you would like to be­come in­volved, please con­tact the Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, ei­ther on our web­site http:// murieston.com­mu­ni­ty­coun­cil.org. uk/, com­plete “Con­tact Us” and just head it with the project you would like to be in­volved in, leav­ing your con­tact de­tails. Al­ter­na­tively, phone 07393908954. For those mem­bers of the Com­mu­nity who have al­ready reg­is­tered in­ter­est we will be in touch. Games Night will be held in Bell­squarry Vil­lage Hall on 10th Novem­ber at 19:00–22:00. Come along and

join your neigh­bours for a game or two of cards, domi­noes, Mo­nop­oly, Triv­ial Pur­suit - what­ever you like re­ally. Tea and cof­fee pro­vided but feel free to bring a bot­tle and some nib­bles if you wish. All wel­come. Wil­liamston Pri­mary School Christ­mas Fayre Sun­day 26th Novem­ber - 2pm - 4.30pm Vol­un­teers Needed! All we’re ask­ing is for 30 min­utes of your time leav­ing you two whole hours to go round the Fayre with your fam­ily! If you can help on the day, please make con­tact via the schools Face­book page.

Sing in the City choir will be com­ing to Liv­ingston start­ing on Jan 17th 2018 from 19.00 till 21.00 on Wed­nes­days in Murieston Scout Hall. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion see www. choired­in­burgh.co.uk. To book a free trial night con­tact - hello.singinthecity@choired­in­burgh.co.uk

Liv­ingston Cricket Club is again hold­ing a Fire­works dis­play at the ground, on Murieston Val­ley, Liv­ingston dur­ing the evening of Satur­day 4th Novem­ber at 7.30pm. This is one of the high­lights in our so­cial cal­en­dar and one that is very pop­u­lar with the wider com­mu­nity. The event is open to all, ev­ery­one, even if you are not a mem­ber of the Cricket Club. Please note that un­der the terms of our li­cence, only mem­bers and their (signed-in) guests will be able to pur­chase al­co­hol in the club­house. Please also note that NO AL­CO­HOL should be brought into the grounds of the club. There is no en­try fee for the event, but buck­ets will be around for you to pro­vide a do­na­tion should you feel in­clined. As a club who are keen to en­sure that we work with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and if the event goes ahead, we would strongly en­cour­age you to NOT DRIVE to the event. Park­ing re­stric­tions will be in place along Murieston Val­ley and there is no park­ing at the club on this evening. Park­ing on the streets causes prob­lems for our neigh­bours, so please be con­sid­er­ate. If you do have to drive, then please park at Liv­ingston South Train Sta­tion (where there

is am­ple park­ing) or along Murieston Road and walk to the ground. Liv­ingston South Com­mu­nity

Church Christ­mas Craft Fair will be held on Satur­day Novem­ber 4th from 9am to 1pm in Murieston Vil­lage Hall. There will be unique hand­i­craft items by lo­cal artists; 18 stalls of won­der­ful home­made items in­clud­ing pa­per­crafts, hand­bags, pin­boards, cush­ion cov­ers, wooden walk­ing sticks, oil­cloth aprons and bags, pho­tog­ra­phy, wooden bowls and clocks, jams and pre­serves, frames and art­work, patch­work and quilted gifts, cards and jew­ellery. Re­fresh­ments avail­able, Fair­trade stall and free en­try. Come along to see some amaz­ing hand­crafted items and get that per­fect Christ­mas gift.

Se­niors Christ­mas Meal hosted by Bell­squarry Vil­lage Hall will be held on 20 De­cem­ber at 19:00–21:30. Come and join us for a lovely Christ­mas meal with some en­ter­tain­ment from lo­cal school chil­dren. Open to all Bell­squarry res­i­dents aged 60+. Please email bell­squar­ryvil­lage­hall@ya­hoo.com or call Lynne on 07792 039 382 to book a place. Liv­ingston Cricket Club So­cial, hold a wide va­ri­ety of events through­out the year. For more in­for­ma­tion on this and fu­ture events please check out the clubs Face­book page. Com­mu­nity Cof­fee Morn­ing is held in Bell­squarry Hall on the last Thurs­day of ev­ery month from 10.30am ‘til 12 noon. Come and join your neigh­bours for cof­fee, cake and a blether. Ev­ery­one wel­come - please help us spread the word, we’d love to see you there! Bell­squarry Com­mu­nity Coun­cil Meet­ings are held in Bell­squarry Vil­lage hall on the first Mon­day of ev­ery sec­ond month start­ing at 7.30pm. (Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec) Fur­ther de­tails in­clud­ing min­utes from the lat­est meet­ing can be viewed at www.bell­squarry.com­mu­ni­ty­coun­cil.org.uk or on the groups Face­book page. Murieston Par­ent and Tod­dler

Group meet in Murieston Vil­lage Hall ev­ery Thurs­day from 9.30am to 11.30am. Come along, join in the fun and make new friends.

Sim­ply Play at Murieston pro­vides award win­ning af­ter­school child­care in Murieston. They are based in Murieston Vil­lage Hall and col­lect chil­dren from Bell­squarry Pri­mary School. For va­can­cies and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please call the club man­ager Rosie on 07901 543387.

Liv­ingston Care Home in Bank­ton Gar­dens, hosts a High Tea Morn­ing ev­ery Fri­day from 11am – 12.15pm, ev­ery­one wel­come.

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