Armadale in Pictures

(2008 July - September)

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Congratulations to Saif & Ronnie at the newly opened A.&T. Computer Solutions, 10 St Helens Place, opposite Tap o' the Brae
Best wishes for a successful business to Elaine (captured with photographer!) at the recently opened Tastebuds Cafe, 65 West Main Street, near the Police Station
Armadale Greetings to Barbara, Amanda and Hazel at the recently opened Craft Cuts, 2 Ochilview Square, next to Gordons the chemist


Modern Young People's Banners created by Armadale primary pupils who worked with textile artist Anna Cocciadiferro as part of the Threading Together Project in response to WLC Museums Exhibition about Friendly Societies.
Top: St Anthony's RC PS; Middle: Armadale PS; Bottom: Eastertoun PS Exhibition will be at Blackridge Museum until 11 September 2008

One of the stunning birds of local Saltire Falconry 
An infra-red photo of the path south of Millennium Wood, south-east Armadale, taken on a wet July day


Views from Gormyre Hill, August 2008


A sunny August afternoon in Armadale: above: Birkenshaw Farm
Above and below:  Armadale Thistle v Bathgate Thistle 

at Volunteer Park, 2nd August 2008



Memories of Armadale's past...

"In the opening heat it was Colin Robertson (103) who led all the way - and if that sounds a bit boring it wasn't because, as usual, Colin went out of his way to find cars to wallop on the way round.  This heat came to a sudden and dramatic end on the third lap when Jim Furie's  car was rammed so hard into the fence that a fence post became embedded almost inside the car with the driver.  There was a brief nerve-wracking wait after the stoppage before we heard from the scene of the smash that Jim wasn't badly hurt but was hopelessly entangled in the twisted wreckage of his car.  Though it took a little time to cut him out, he was none the worse for his spectacular wallop."  Extract from Kelly's View in the programme above

Armadale drivers in the programme's Drivers List: William Harris (821) Hot Rods; Eion Robertson (644) Ministox; Kenneth McLay (85) Saloonstox; James Harris (281) Superstox; Heinz Bock (205) Stock Rods

Three of the ladies who gave everyone a friendly welcome at the coffee morning at Tollgate House, Armadale, in aid of the Macmillan Centre at St John's Hospital,  Livingston.
An infra-red photo of Armadale looking south towards the brickworks (Full image)
The school holidays have begun and it's always a challenge to find places to go.  As part of a new series of features on local places within easy reach of Armadale, we have started to produce a Places to Visit page. 

On an overcast Saturday afternoon, we visited Polkemmet Country Park, on the B7066 between Harthill and Whitburn, about 3 miles from Armadale (aerial photo), where we found the newly opened Create Craft Café in the old stable block.  The bright and cheerful cafe is open from 9.30am until 5pm for meals and snacks  while the adjoining studio offers paint-it-yourself pottery for young and old, as well as other craft opportunities.  Apart from group bookings and regular ladies' nights, once the summer holidays are over, they will be introducing new workshops that will include parent and toddler classes, story corner and adult crafts.

Above: Colette and Susan, the proprietors of Create Craft Café
The craft studio The courtyard looking towards the café and studio The café

Why not pop in to the café while visiting Polkemmet Country Park?  We know that you will receive a warm welcome.  Other attractions at the Park include: children's play areas, country walks, BBQ and picnic areas, 160 acres of wonderful grounds with mature trees, the only driving range in West Lothian, the pay and play 9-hole golf course and the bowling green. The green is on the site of the former 39-roomed Polkemmet mansion, home of the Baillie family who owned the estate from 1620 until 1957.

Map showing Park attractions; Park history (old photos & video clips)

St Michael's Church* and Linlithgow Palace*  in the infra-red more here


On Sunday, 7 September 2008, a discouragingly damp afternoon, there was an interesting and enjoyable time to be had for all the family at Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston, which was hosting a West Lothian Environment Fair.  Above are some of the many people who manned the stalls and participated in the fun while providing useful information.  Our thanks go to everyone we met, including Fiona, who gave home composting advice; Chris, for the sustainable energy information; Tim, for sharing his kite expertise; the 'camera enthusiast' in Livingston Mill; Ian, the Historic Scotland Ranger in the archaeology area, and the teams representing Radio Grapevine and Eco-Congregations.  The live concerts brightened up the day; the high-quality permanent exhibits fascinated us; the animals won our hearts. A great day out - we'll be back!!