Blackridge Noticeboard

including Local Clubs

Do you have any information that would be of interest to Blackridge residents?    

Please e-mail John

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YOUTH CLUBS in ARMADALE AND BLACKRIDGE posted September 2014

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OUTREACH SESSIONS CITIZENS ADVICE

Armadale Community Centre and Blackridge Health Centre

Help and advice is now available to people in Armadale and Blackridge.  The new provision offers residents of Armadale and Blackridge the opportunity to access advice on their doorstep. 

The service has been made available through funding from the Big Lottery, the project aims to expand existing outreach services and will be based primarily in GP surgeries and other community venues, making holistic advice more accessible to people in remote areas.

The Citizens Advice offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice to help people resolve their problems with debt, benefits, employment, housing, discrimination and many more issues and is available to everyone. 

The Citizens Advice Bureau are currently holding outreach sessions in Armadale and Blackridge.  Sessions are by appointment only and will provide a wide range of information and advice.  The sessions will take place in Armadale Community Centre on Mondays from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Sessions will also take place in Blackridge Health Centre on Tuesdays from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

If you require an appointment contact the following:

Citizens Advice:                                  01506 444814

Email:                                                  enquiries@cabwestlothian.org.uk

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Blackridge, Westrigg and Westcraigs Gala Day 2010

© Caroline Bell

Index

(Armadale Noticeboard)

Blackridge Community Museum

Blackridge Library

01501 752 396

Local Facilities

Craig Inn Centre

01501 753 227

The list below indicates the sort of activities that have taken place at the Centre in the past.  For up-to-date information about clubs, days and times, please contact the Centre.

  • Indoor Bowling for ladies 60+  Thursday afternoons

  • Indoor Bowling for men 60+  Tuesdays, 12.30pm - 3pm

  • Mixed bowls, Tuesday evenings, 7pm

  • Art Class, Tuesdays, 6pm, new members welcome!

  • Monday Club

  • Decoupage classes, Mondays 9.30am, New members welcome

  • Music Sessions for babies, toddlers and pre-school children, Wednesdays 10.30am - 11.15am, 01501 753954

  • Firefly (formerly West Lothian Youth Theatre), Mondays, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

Taekwondo classes

LIL DRAGONS(4YS /7YRS): these classes are designed to teach life skills and taekwondo that kids of this age can understand, all with a fun element .
TKDTIGERS(8YRS /UPWARDS): these classes also teach life skills, more in depth taekwondo ,also sport taekwondo and self defence.
 
Mondays
LIL DRAGONS:  5.15pm - 6pm
TKDTIGERS:      6pm - 6.45pm

Contact Robin Blair 5th deg international instructor and examiner

email: rblairtkdsky.com  or phone 01501 733542

Other Local Clubs include

Blackridge and District Model Flying Club

Radio Control model aircraft flying

Heights Road, Blackridge

New Members welcome

Info: 01501 752200 or 01506 630093

 

SNIPPETS FROM THE BLACKRIDGE STATION STORY

© Tam Bell

Blackridge Station Update from Stuart Borrowman: 'Blackridge station is close to completion and I had the privilege of being on a special train from Airdrie to Bathgate on Tuesday. There were about twenty guests (mostly lawyers, technical people) but including two residents of Caldercruix, Clark Steele and me.
It all looks great and offered a very smooth ride.
Blackridge station car park and access are complete with some finishing touches on the bridge and approach.
PlatformBlackridge is holding a victory celebration on the 18th (Nov) that will include George Campbell, a former railwayman who worked at the old Westcraigs station and Mary Mulligan, MSP.

The line will be opened by the First Minister on 10 December [2010] and services will roll from the 12th! '

The Rocky Road to Success!

Platform Blackridge: Victory for People Power

  • 27 May 2009: West Lothian Council announced that Planning Consent was granted for Blackridge Station and the last parcel of land needed for the Station was secured.

  • 23 January 2009: Manor Lane (who had agreed in principle to contribute to the station costs) went into Administration today.  Alternative funding is now being sought.

  • 14 October 2008 Statement: 'After a campaign of almost three years, Platform Blackridge is delighted to confirm that Blackridge station will go ahead.  Earlier this month, the government achieved a resolution of issues with Network Rail over the use of savings elsewhere on the line.  On Monday 13 October, Manorlane confirmed that this week they will sign the developer contributions package towards the costs of the station.  With these two steps forward, the tests set by the Transport Minister after the election have now been met and commitment will be confirmed.  West Lothian Council has the powers now to approve a planning application for the station itself and to acquire a small strip of land needed on the south side of the line.  Platform Blackridge Convener Stuart Borrowman said, “Our group is delighted to have succeeded and I thank all those villagers – led by the community council - who simply wouldn’t accept being excluded from the original proposal. Their persistence is what has made the difference. I’d also like to thank officials who have worked on this and those (the overwhelming majority) of elected politicians of all parties and of none who have supported us.”   Manorlane / Blackridge Station

  • 30th April 2008: The Council’s Development Control Committee voted to approve the application by Manorlane at Westrigg.
    The officers’ report recommended approval for 462 houses (but no more than 210 to be built before the schools are extended). The proposal includes 47 retirement flats and two shop units.  The application includes an access road and parking for the station but not the station itself. That would be the subject of a separate application, possible by Network Rail.  The developer contributions are worth £2m in cash and kind to the estimated total station cost of £3.5m+. The developer is also contributing to the school refurbishment and affordable housing.