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Ambitious Armadale

Have you any information about local activities in Armadale?     

If you submit photos for display on the website, please send attached to an email, not embedded in a Word document.

For regular interest group meetings, sports facilities, etc, see the Clubs page

 e-mail John

Armadale and Blackridge News AND Local Area Committee Link

LAC Members:

Councillor Isabel Hutton (Chair)
Councillor Stuart Borrowman
Councillor Jim Dixon

 

For simplicity, any notices will now be sequential and not categorised.

2014

Armadale Website Index Page

 

Interactive Facebook version of the Noticeboard

which may replace this one this one if popular

 
YOUTH CLUBS in ARMADALE AND BLACKRIDGE posted September 2014

 

 

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

 

The Website's year in review 2013

Rosie Wells set up this website in 2006, when she felt that there was a need for a central reference point for information about Armadale.  Until her death in March of this year, she worked tirelessly on this, and her genealogy and other web pages, along with activities described therein. She worked closely with the History of Armadale Association. Rosie not only gave of her time freely, but she was a considerable benefactor for activities both before and after her death.

Of her activities, her most notable was being a co-founder of the unique West Lothian Archaeology Group, along with Jim Knowles and her husband John. In 2012, being seriously ill, Rosie signed the papers (with the other Trustees) to establish the West Lothian Archaeological Trust, Scottish Charity SC043118, which included an objective, amongst others, of maintaining this Armadale Website. She also suggested that after her death, some money should be used to establish a pilot Scottish National Aerial Photography Scheme (SNAPS), to distribute free kite aerial photography kits to those who work with children and students in heritage and archaeology.

SNAPS has proved to be an amazing success, with 95 kits and over 100 cameras allocated so far (13th Dec 2013). The Trust and Scheme have been supported, in many ways, by Cllrs Stuart Borrowman, Isabel Hutton, John McGinty and staff members of West Lothian's Library and Museum Service, West of Scotland Archaeology Service, Historic Scotland, Archaeology Scotland, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland and, above all, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland. Recently, even a computing publication included an effusive Editorial.

The History of Armadale Association and the Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society, along with local enthusiast John Reid, were supporters of Rosie and John's foray into local archaeology from the very beginning, long before the Group was formulated. Without this initial interest, it is doubtful that the Group and Trust would ever have come into being.

The equipment used by the Trustees has been bought at their expense, and includes a soil resistance meter and gradiometer, along with normal survey tools. This equipment will be familiar to all those who have watched Time Team.

International recognition for the work of the Trust came within two months of Rosie's death, when Dr Axel Posluschny of the Roman-Germanic Commission of the German Archaeological Institute, invited the Trust to become an Associated Partner of the ArchaeoLandscapes Europe Project.  This was later approved by the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Unfortunately, the website itself has been in limbo.  The Armadale Business Page is very much out of date, as information is rarely sent through about closures or new businesses. So, sometime in the 2014, John will walk through Armadale recording what changes he can find. Armadale businesses are reminded that inclusion on the page is free, just send the details to John.

The website as a whole will be reviewed in 2014.

 

 

 

 

Archive

CELEBRATIONS and THANKS

Have you got something to celebrate - why not announce it here?

Armadale Primary School

Big Kids Fairtrade Cafe and Museum Visit on Monday 22nd April 2013

with some of the performers

The charismatic tour guide led the way and gave an oration....with an unnerving glance and a formidable presence.

Activities highlighted included a conference, games afternoon and the museum etc, and even a mention of Rosie and their donation to the Macmillan Nurses, Rosie's favourite charity.

   

Congratulations and thanks must go to the pupils and staff at Armadale Primary School for their Big Kids Museum Grand Opening, which took place on Wednesday 5th September 2012!  There was singing by a very tuneful choir; interactive displays; interesting exhibits from many decades reflecting aspects of the time period as well as of Armadale's past. All in all, lots to see and do.  I enjoyed listening to sounds of the decades as I toured and  John discovered a passion of his youth - yoyos - and even managed a loop the loop.

We understand that the opening marks the start of the development of the museum and we're sure that it will prove popular in the future.  We must also mention the energetic and entertaining Erin McComisky as the event's Tour Guide. A memorable performance in an enjoyable afternoon.

 

Rosie, September 2012

 
 
 
Congratulations to Scott MacKay and David Barras on their success with their comic book film Electric Man this year!  Reel Scotland's interview with the film's writer and director.  More in depth info from Go Guide West Lothian.  Film's website
 
Many thanks to everyone who has supported the charity Bosom Buds of Scotland which has given such wonderful support to those affected by cancer.

I would like to send warm greetings and thanks to all the people I encountered at St John's Hospital in Livingston recently, especially the teams that work on Ward 18.

Also, perhaps you can help Liz Howley who runs a Bra Bank for useable and unwanted bras, which are sent to developing countries.  Breast Cancer Care gets a percentage of the proceeds.  Drop-off point: Oncology Department, St John's Hospital, Livingston, or contact Liz by emailing: elizabethhowleysupanet.com

Thanks, Rosie,

May 2012

 
Iain McALister discovered some old photos of Armadale Galaday.  I would like to thank him for allowing us to share them with website visitors. Posted May 2012.

Grandfather Jack McAlister round the back of the Co-op with decorated truck at Galaday.

My grandfather Jack McAlister holding the horse which I assume belonged to the Co-op as they were his employers.



Armadale Brass Band (Early 1950's) leading the gala-day parade past the Goth. My Father, Robert McAlister, pictured in "Civies" playing the trombone whilst on leave from National Service.

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS / HELP NEEDED / KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH THE DALE / LOCAL NEWS

Armadale Cross

If you lived in Armadale in the past and would like to share your memories of those days, or if you would like to contact old friends and neighbours, please e-mail Rosie . Any e-mails about family members / local people can be found on the Family History page

HELP NEEDED!

 

Armadale Primary School
Academy Street
Armadale
West Lothian
EH48 3JD

Dear Sir/Madam

We are the Enterprise Committee, as you know we have been really successful this year, winning the Chamber Of Commerce Enterprising School Award and The Stellar Award. One of our early projects was a memory book and we interviewed former pupils of the school. Our book sold at profit so we decided to use the money we earned to set up a cafe. The cafe has been really successful and we want to build on that.

We are glad to announce our newest project, an Armadale Primary Museum and if you have any memories, photos or reports please inform the school. We would really appreciate copies of them so we can use them to set up our museum.

We appreciate your support and if you can help us please contact The Enterprise Committee at Armadale Primary School. Thank you in advance for your help.


Kind Regards
The Enterprise Committee

Email received 15 May 2012.  I was delighted to hear about this initiative and I hope it will receive plenty of support not only from the Armadale community, but also from others with Armadale connections around the world! Rosie

SNP Ladies' Football Club

Back Row, L to R: Margaret ? (Simpson); Eileeen Hutton (McCreight); June Queen; Maria Grenner (Muir); Ann Hamilton; Margaret McLuskie (Paterson); ? ?

Front Row L to R: Elizabeth Hutton (McGregor); Anne Callaghan (Sibbald); Audrey Wright; Ann Thomson; ? McBride; ? ?

My thanks to Jeff Yates for the alternative suggestions for names shown below

Front row L-R ??, Anne Callaghan, Margaret Reilly (not Audrey Wright), Ann Travers, Lynn Walker, Karen Hume.

 

Can anyone fill in the missing names?  Thanks go to Heather Mulcahy for filling in a gap.  I understand that Maria's late husband Tommy Muir took the photos above.

Gala Day Pram Race? Year? Names?

In March 2012, we were delighted to receive this response to our appeal:
" The pram third from the left is being pushed by myself Billy Wilson (from Barbauchlaw Avenue) with a friend at the time that I served my apprenticeship with Stevie Watters (from Gracie’s Wynd).

The year would be 1975 – 76.

I left Armadale in 1981 and moved to Aberdeen. I now live in the north east in a place called Inverbervie.

I visit the site from time to time and was surprised to see this blast from the past."

 
Calling Armadalians Near and Far! Your Help is Needed!

The members of the History of Armadale Association would like to thank those readers who have been kind enough to share their memories of their early working lives, particularly in the Armadale area.

However, it would be welcome if more readers would be willing to share their stories (of school / work / sport or other Armadale-related topics), with a view to publishing them.  The last work stories the HAA published were in the 1980s so it's time for some new tales!

If you would like to share your memories, please contact the HAA Chair, Ron Dingwall, who will be delighted to hear from you! 

email: HAAchairman@armadale.org.uk

 

KEEPING IN TOUCH

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS and NEWS

Armadale Group Practice

now has its own website which is in the development stage.

Why not see how useful it is?

www.armadalegp.co.uk

Armadale Community Centre 01506 282278

If you have any query about activities at the Centre, please contact Kathy Brown, Armadale Community Education Centre Co-ordinator, on 01506 282284

Activities at the Community Centre can be found HERE 

See HERE for other activities for parents, babies and young children.

Please note that changes may occur to schedules, and so you are advised to ring the Centre before attending an event for the first time.

Above: Armadale Community Centre, April 2010, following refurbishment and extension, which houses the

re-located Armadale Library and Community Museum Space.  

The Dale Food Group are selling their fresh fruit and vegetables at Armadale Community Centre every Wednesday, 9.30am - 11.30am

 

 

Armadale Library 01506 282282

Armadale's new library and museum space at

Armadale Community Education Centre, North Street, Armadale EH48 3QB are now open. 

Permanent Museum Exhibition - Armadale: History of a Community

A display by the History of Armadale Association, with lots of fascinating facts about life, work and leisure in Armadale over the last 200 years and more.

Other Temporary Exhibitions were be advertised locally.

Armadale Work Club

  • A weekly drop-in club for jobseekers in Armadale Community Centre and Library.
  • Share your experience.
  • Receive support for necessary skills, eg application form completion and interview techniques.
  • Access most recent vacancies.
  • Mondays, 2.30 - 4.30pm.
 

Mayfield Community House News

Armadale Community Growing Garden

Armadale’s Community Growing Garden on the Bathville Industrial Estate road will be opening for the community at the following times:

Tuesdays 1 to 4pm

Wednesdays 4 to 7pm

Fridays 1 to 4pm

                                                         Businesses 

(Please note that in January 2012 I started removing many businesses from the Businesses page where contact details, especially websites, no longer work.  If your business details have changed, e-mail Rosie)

YOUTH

Armadale Youth Space is situated in the former Co-op Halls in Armadale at 18a West Main Street (above RS McColl).  It includes a kitchen, computer suite, games room and meeting spaces. 

 

ARMADALE ACADEMY

phone: 01506 282145   email: armadale.ac@wled.org.uk

New Armadale Academy while under construction (left) and and former Armadale Academy (right)

Armadale Academy was officially opened on Monday, 28 September, by the Cabinet Secretary for Education Fiona Hyslop.

Armadale Academy's School and Community Links Organisation, consisting of pupils, staff and parents, has declared its aim: to bridge the gap between school and the community.  More information: 01501 730601

 

LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS

St Anthony's Primary School in Armadale are delighted to have formed a new Community Group with parents and staff to have frequent meetings to discuss operational procedures and fundraising to raise awareness within the Armadale Community. The group are also very keen to make use of existing skills and talents on offer from members of the parent body. This we hope will make the Community Group a success.

Eastertoun Primary School remembered on Friends Reunited; on the Glow Scotland blog

Armadale Primary School on Friends Reunited

 

28th West Lothian Scout Group (1st Armadale)

Message from Colin Thorpe, Group Scout Leader for 28th West Lothian Scout Group (1st Armadale), who took over the role in January 2012.


'Scouting makes life an adventure again.'

Scouting offers challenge and adventure to 400,000 young people and 100,000 adults across the UK. We believe in helping our Members fulfil their potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves. We give people of every background the chance to stretch themselves, learn new skills and make lifelong friends

Would you like to become part of the Scouting Adventure?

Then come along to the Scout Hall, South Street, Armadale on a Monday Evening and meet the Section Leaders,
or contact the
Group Scout Leader 01501 731508

We have spaces in our Cub Pack and Scout Troop

Beavers 6 - 8 years – meet 6pm - 7pm

Cubs 8 – 10years – meet 7pm - 8pm

Scouts 10 – 14 years – meet 8 - 9.30pm

Posted February 2012

 

 

Armadale Community Sports Hub

The completed kick-pitch between Mallace Avenue and the stadium, summer 2011

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The 3G all-weather pitch at Armadale Academy is open for bookings.  Clubs only.

Ring Robin Fleming on 01506 282119 to reserve a pitch (or half a pitch)

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Message from  Scott MacGilchrist, FC Chairman

The 2nd SYFA Approved Falcons 7's  9/10 June 2012

Youngsters from all over Scotland took part in a major festival of football in Armadale over the weekend 9/10 June at Armadale Academy.  Hundreds of budding footballers show-cased their skills at the soccer seven's event.   Over 70 teams took part in the event which was hosted by Armadale Falcons FC.

Among the household names taking part were St Mirren, Hamilton, Airdrie and Celtic Boys Club.  They were up against local clubs from Bathgate, Linlithgow, Broxburn, Blackburn, Livingston and of course the various Falcons teams.

All players were presented at the end with a medal for their efforts.  This tournament forms part of the Falcons ongoing club development and partnership in the community with the Academy sports hub.  Next years event will be on 8/9 June 2013.

For more information visit the Falcons website www.armadalefalconsfc.co.uk

Armadale Falcons FC provide development football for boys and girls born from 2001 to 2006. We are the only SYFA registered club in Armadale offering a full range of development football from training sessions, soccer 4's to soccer 7's development football.

 

RECYCLING

  • Council Recycling Calendar Information See also Recycling page for useful information.
  • Eastertoun Nursery School Rag Bag Bin: A collection bin is sited next to the Nursery building.  The bin has a list what can be deposited.

  • Why not recycle unwanted clothing, paired shoes and textiles (no pillows/duvets) in the recycle bin at the far end of Colinshiel Car Park to help raise funds for Colinshiel Tenants' Association?

Wastewise Armadale 2007; Wastewise Armadale 2008

 

Information from: Councillor Stuart Borrowman, Independent, Armadale & Blackridge, 01506 281702

Posted 31January 2012
2. The section of town path to the east of Woodlands Grove was closed late last year when a mine shaft appeared under it and I understand from our access officer that it could be quite a while before it can be re-opened. As I understand it, the landowner is not in the best of health and may not be in a ready position to progress matters but the Council is looking at the possibility of using its powers under the Land Reform Act to effect a solution.
3. The path between Tarrareoch Court and the National Cycle Network, including the ramp at its southern end, is one that Council officials think would benefit from some surface and drainage improvements. The landowner, the Central Forest Scotland Trust, is happy for upgrades to be carried out but has indicated that they would not have the funds to pay for the work.
I have confirmation that a basic design and cost for improving the ramp and the path will be produced. No Council funding has been identified for this project but once we have a cost, officials can start looking for external funding from organisations such as Sustrans and the Central Scotland Green Network.
4. The new road under the railway will be completed in the next few weeks. The NCN was closed at this point in late November but the developer has confirmed that a diversion route for cyclists and pedestrians will be open from 3 February. The route will connect the NCN and the station roundabout, and allow users to continue using the cycle track. Because the area to the north and the south of the railway forms part of the Armadale Station Development, it is likely to remain a building site for the next few years; so even though the actual road under the railway line will be in place fairly soon, I expect it will be fenced off or, if open, only lead to the next building site.
If I can provide additional information, please contact me.

 

ARMADALE GALA DAY

If you missed Armadale's 2012 Gala Day procession, why not catch up by viewing Alex Hastie's videos from the day?

Armadale Gala 2012 News on Facebook

Past Gala Days Index on the Armadale Website (to 2011)

 

LOCAL NEWS: People and Places

21 August 2012: Armadale Catchment Review Report about the new non-denominational primary school to be built in Armadale published HERE

I would liketo thank everyone who has shown such interest in the The Early Years of John Graham and its later instalments. 

If you would like to contact him about his story, please write to Anne Murray at the following address: grahamkirkhousedairy.fsnet.co.uk  

If you have any information or memories about Woodend that you would like to share with the Armadale website, please e-mail Rosie

These three photos of Alex Ure were all supplied by Joe McKay from a family member in Canada. 

Some of you know already that I hope to write a series of articles about Armadale-based people who have contributed their time and effort to worthy causes in Armadale's past. 

I would like to thank those people who have suggested sources of information for an article about Alec Ure, often referred to as 'Big Alex', and special thanks Joe McKay and family for permission to use the photos.  If you have photos or reminiscences to share about Mr Ure, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Also, if you would like to suggest people that could be on my list, please e-mail Rosie

 
EVENTS IN ARMADALE

Please notify of any local events that should be announced!  Most can be found in the West Lothian Courier.  A sample of local events is shown on this page.

Armadale Academy  KAP (just after completion)

Free local walking group.  More information from the Health Improvement Team, 01506 775626

The Dale Food Group are selling their fresh fruit and vegetables at Armadale Community Centre every Wednesday, 9.30am - 11.30am

2013

Wednesday 27th February 2013: Armadale Group Practice closed for the afternoon for staff training
Wednesday 20th March 2013: Armadale Group Practice closed for the afternoon for staff training

Elsewhere in West Lothian:

LOCAL AREA ISSUES

Local Building Developments 2009 - 2012

See SUPERMARKET / RETAIL DEVELOPMENTS 2009 - 2012 including Asda, new primary school and  housing developments

Roads, Transport and Communications

West Main Street, Armadale, December 2009

On 21 July 2011, Jim Walker, Executive Councillor for Culture and Leisure, cut the celebration cake at Armadale Library to mark the official opening of the exhibition Making Tracks: Railways in West Lothian.  The exhibition was created to celebrate the re-opening of the Bathgate-Airdrie railway line over fifty years since it closed to passenger traffic. The exhibition will have its first showing is Armadale and Blackridge, the sites of the two new stations on the line.

The display takes a general look at the days before railways came to West Lothian, the first lines through Linlithgow and Bathgate and the many train routes to collieries and other major industrial sites.  The memories of two local men, Ian Bruce and Walter Notman, with different experiences of the local railways in the 1940s and 1950s are also included.  The research of Stephen Dix (above second from left), the contributions from many members of the public, and the objects lent by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society at Bo'ness have helped to create a most interesting exhibition. 

The exhibition will tour libraries in Blackridge, Broxburn, Whitburn and Linlithgow until Autumn 2013.

RAIL: The Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link

Bathgate's new railway station opened for passengers on Monday 18 October 2010.  Armadale Station opened Friday 4th March 2011.

Trains now run on the rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Bathgate, Armadale and Blackridge. 

National Helpline for enquiries (open 24 hours a day, every day of the year): 08457 114141

Below: photos of Armadale's railway station.  Trees Farm ruins can be seen in the background under the sign.  The two trains arrived within a short time of each other, one from Edinburgh and the other from Helensburgh via Glasgow.

www.airdriebathgateraillink.co.uk

Railscot Photos of the Bathgate area

Railscot Homepage

Wikipedia entry re Armadale Railway Station

 

LOCAL AWARDS

The Willie Ferrier Cup for Citizenship in Armadale was gifted by the late Mr Ferrier’s daughter to be chosen each year by the Community Council. Mr Ferrier was Provost of Armadale in 1955-58 and 1971-78.

Mr. Andrew Smart being presented with the trophy by Cllr. Stuart Borrowman.

2012’s winner is Mr. Andrew Smart who has himself been a longstanding member of the Community Council.

Community Council chair, John McKee said, “Andrew has been one of our hardest working members, often representing us at outside bodies and taking the lead on consultation with the people of the town. His health has meant a recent drop in his workload but we feel his contribution should be recognised. He played a big part in some of the most important things we’ve done in recent years, especially consultation on crucial development proposals for supermarkets and housing. ”

Cllr Borrowman said, “Andy is a gentleman and an impressive bloke. He’s always been on the look out to help individuals and the town as a whole, asking nothing for himself. His contributions have always been highly-regarded and I can’t think of a more worthy winner of this award.”

Andy was born in Westcraigs and educated at Blackridge school and Airdrie Academy. After National Service, he worked in the building industry, eventually becoming a senior official in the Council. He was a keen footballer, playing with Whitburn Juniors. He is a widower with two daughters and two grandsons.

Betty Hunter being presented with the Provost Ferrier Cup by councillor Stuart Borrowman.  Elizabeth Hands, chair of Armadale Community Council, said, " Betty is a very worthy winner of the award, hard-working and popular and dedicated to her family and many interests." June 2011

 

The last surviving Armadale town councillor, Willie Ferrier died in December 2009.  He had an exceptional career as a trades unionist - he was a moulder in the Atlas foundry for 48 years; as a musician as lead cornet with the Armadale Burgh Band; and as a politician.  Mr Ferrier served two terms as the town's Provost.  This means he is the only Provost to have welcomed the reigning monarch to the town (Queen Elizabeth in 1955) and he also convened the last ever meeting of the town council in 1975.

However, Mr Ferrier's service to the community didn't end when he retired from local government after his second spell as civic head.  He joined the newly-created Armadale Community Council in 1975 and was still active as its vice-chair until a few months before his death at the age of 96.

Mr Ferrier's daughter, Muriel decided to offer a cup in honour of her father for citizenship and contribution to the life of the town and asked the community council to take charge of the award.

The first award is made to Scott Mackay who is a member of the community council himself but also chair of the community education association and has done much of the work to create the new youth space in West Main Street.

Community Council chair, Elizabeth Hands said "Mr Ferrier was an Armadale man in so many ways and contributed across a wide range of aspects of the life of the town.  We are pleased that Scott Mackay has agreed to accept this honour for his hard work not just this year but over a number."

Local councillor Stuart Borrowman was asked to present the cup to Scott (pictured here on the left receiving his award from Cllr Borrowman).

Councillor Borrowman said, "I knew Mr Ferrier for a long time and was honoured to be asked to take a cord at his funeral.  Scott is a very worthy winner of this award.  He has put in not just the time but also the ideas to so many organisations and initiatives that will benefit the town."

Mr Mackay modestly thanked all those who have worked with him on community projects but his own outstanding contribution has now been recognised.  Posted June 2010

 

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