Posted Friday June 29, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone,

In my new role as Development Manager with the Lanark Community Development Trust I’ll be sharing a weekly ‘Development Manager Diary’ to keep you in touch with the Trust’s exciting projects, activities and developments in Lanark.

First thing Monday morning I met up with some other members of the Development Trust’s team to discuss plans for this year’s Winterfest! Scarily enough Monday 25th June marked the ‘half way point’ to Christmas, so the winter festival will be kicking off before we know it. The Winterfest programme the Trust distributes will encapsulate all of the festive events taking place in Lanark in November and December, from the annual Christmas Market in the High Street (this year taking place on 17th November) to Lanark Panto Club’s performances in the Memorial Hall (this year’s show is Aladdin). Look out for this coming through your postbox later in the year and keep up to date with all Lanark Festivals news on the Facebook page.

On Monday afternoon, myself and Gary Winning, the Discover Lanark Project Manager attended a Scotland’s Towns Partnership meeting in Edinburgh to hear about other exciting developments in towns across Scotland. It was a very interesting afternoon and was really inspiring to hear about other innovative projects, like the Baker Street proposal in Paisley to build a new centre for arts, theatre and cinema (yes, it’s named after paisley-born Gerry Rafferty’s famous song!). Here in Lanark, our exciting developments come in the form of the new Discover Lanark Information Leaflet which has now been distributed to all businesses and organisations in Lanark. You can read a copy of the leaflet online here. If you have any thoughts on what should be included in the Business Plan please email them to


On Tuesday myself and Sylvia returned to Lanark Grammar with Ali from ArtPistol for the second art workshop for our Wallace Close Project. During this session, the students were able to learn about stencilling and layering to build a full image, and they also had a go at perfecting their spray painting technique! On a very hot afternoon the students did a fantastic job, and a number of them have signed up to take part in the next stage of the project where they will join the artists actually working on the close. Stay tuned!


On Wednesday I attended a meeting at I A Stewart, based in New Lanark. How lucky are we to have such a beautiful World Heritage Site on our doorstep?! Thursday morning took me to Castlebank Horticultural Centre to finalise the Lanark in Bloom ‘Beautiful Scotland’ award entry portfolio….and I left with a lettuce! The produce grown in the centre is being supplied to a local food bank, but some of this plus plants will be available for sale at our Castlebank stall at the New Lanark Back in Time Day on Sunday 8th June. 


If the forecast is anything to go by it’s set to be another scorcher! There’s lots going on in the town this weekend. New cake shop ‘Jappacakes’ is opening on Saturday 30th June and they’re offering 25% off wedding cakes! Also on Saturday there’s a ‘Victorian Lanark’ guided walk taking place at 2.30pm from the Library. Down at New Lanark, it’s the last weekend to see the fantastic ‘Making the Great Tapestry of Scotland’ exhibition, and for the kids there are fun craft workshops taking place daily.

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. You can also get in touch with my if you have local events or community initiatives you’d like the Development Trust to consider sharing on our social media pages. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions or ideas at

You can now click the link below to send the Development Trust a donation via Paypal to support the work of our projects and activities in Lanark. We are a charitable, non-profit body which carries out projects for the common good. Our aspiration is to develop and deliver priority community projects which have a social, environmental and economic impact.Any support would be greatly appreciated!

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