Posted Friday June 22, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned last week, in my new role as Development Manager with the Lanark Community Development Trust I’d like to keep you all up to date with the Trust’s activities, and as such will be sharing a weekly ‘Development Manager Diary’.

The week got off to a busy start as I was working with Gary Winning, the Discover Lanark Project Manager, on producing a leaflet to inform local businesses and organisations about Discover Lanark’s proposed projects, levy bandings and the proposed area the Business Improvement District (BID) will encompass. You can click here to view the leaflet. The full business plan will be available in the next few weeks and in February 2019 businesses and organisations will have the chance to vote YES and let Lanark take control of its own destiny. In the meantime, if you have an enquiries about the BID then please email

On Tuesday I visited Castlebank Park Horticultural Centre and had some photos taken with Sylvia Russell, Chair of the Development Trust. You might see them in the paper next week! I then met up with Emma, one of the Castlebank Park / Lanark in Bloom volunteers to work on the portfolio submission for Lanark’s ‘Beautiful Scotland’ entry. This portfolio documents all of Lanark in Bloom’s work over the past year, and I was absolutely blown away by all of the projects the group has worked on and the difference they have made in bringing colour to our town. The portfolio is already at 24 A4 pages and we have still to add in the text! Lanark’s judging date is at the very end of July, so if you have business premises, or live in the High Street, you can do your part to help Lanark get GOLD by making sure your shop fronts / windows / planters / hanging baskets are all looking spick and span.


On Wednesday I attended my first ‘Development Trust Executive Group Meeting’. These take place every month with the group discussing updates on all of the Trust’s projects and any new business. When we update this website in the next few weeks, I’ll be adding more details to the ‘About Us’ section so the people of Lanark can find out more about the members of the Executive Group, and the Board of the Development Trust.

Speaking of the website, I’d be really keen to know your thoughts on what would be useful / interesting to the people of Lanark to include on this website. If you have any ideas, please email me at

On Thursday morning, myself and Sylvia had a very productive meeting with Tila and Ian from ‘Catch the Light’, a youth and community development consultancy based in Lanark. On the back of this, I have begun creating a master database of community groups based in and around Lanark, and a list of potential activities that could be run in the new Castlebank Horticultural Centre Community Hub. If you are part of a group who would like to find out more about hiring or using the space once it opens (early August) or if you are an activity provider who would like to run activities for the local community in the space, please get in touch and I will save your details to let you know more information once it’s available.

On Thursday evening I made the most of the summer solstice with an evening walk down the High Street and onto Castlebank Park. I’m always amazed at how beautiful the park is now it’s being brought back to life by the team of volunteers. You can join the team and help out on Tuesdays and Thursdays, no experience is needed and new volunteers are always welcome.


The forecast is looking great for this weekend and the rest of next week! FUNBOX will be ‘rocking all over the world’ in their show at Greyfriars on Saturday, the new exhibition, ‘Argyll’s Secret Coasts’ is open in The Tolbooth on Saturday and there’s a FREE Music in Lanark Recital at the New Lanark Institute this Sunday at 3pm.

I’d really love to hear if you have any ideas on you have to improve the town, projects you would like the Development Trust to consider or if you would like to get involved in any way. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions or ideas at

Until next week!

Thanks – Melissa

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