Posted Friday July 06, 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.

On Monday and Tuesday, I was in the office doing some important ‘behind-the-scenes’ work which is essential to continuing the Development Trust’s work in the town. This included working on some fundraising grant applications, setting up our Google AdWords account and working on the new design for the website. In the evenings I did manage to get out in the sunshine and snap some beautiful photos of Lanark!


On Wednesday, I attended the Open Day at Universal Connections to discuss opportunities for us to work together providing opportunities for young people in the town. In the afternoon I met up with Councillor Catherine McClymont to discuss plans to instate a memorial sculpture beside the Winston Barracks’ roundabout dedicated to The Cameronians (Scottish rifles). Stay tuned for details of how the local community can support this project!

“The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) was an infantry regiment of the British Army, the only Rifle Regiment amongst the Scottish regiments of infantry. It was formed in 1881 under the Cardwell Reforms by the amalgamation of two other regiments: the 26th Cameronian Regiment (1689) and the 90th Perthshire Light Infantry (1794).”


It was ‘lights, camera, action’ on Thursday as the Scottish Rural Network and LEADER (the project funders) were undertaking filming at Castlebank Horticultural Centre. They were interviewing those involved in the development of the project, and taking a sneak peek at the ongoing buildings works on the old sawmill building as it transforms into a new multi-use community hub! It’s going to be a fantastic asset for the local community, with the new space containing a classroom (for workshops / activities / courses), an informal meeting space (for events like a Dementia Café), an office and a kitchen space (allowing the whole area to be hired for private parties, meetings etc). If you would like to find out more about hiring the spaces or running an activity from the centre just let me know via email on or give me a call on 07538 387 378.


On Thursday afternoon, I attended the Discover Lanark BID Steering Group meeting to discuss the Business Plan and next stages of the campaign ahead of the vote in February 2019. You can read more about Discover Lanark and view the latest information leaflet here.

The week ended with a ‘Meet the Funders’ event in Carluke coordinated by Angela Crawley, MP for Lanark and Hamilton East. I also finished creating this garden trellis timeline of archive Castlebank Park photos (thanks to Lanark Museum/Lanark Library!) for our Castlebank Park stand at New Lanark’s Victorian ‘Back in Time Day’ on Sunday.

Once again, we’re set for great weather this weekend – we’re getting far too used to this! I’m looking forward to going on the Library’s ‘Now You Don’t – Guided Walk’ at 2.30pm on Saturday to discover some of Lanark’s hidden secrets. You can view details of the tour here. On Sunday I’ll be taking part in the ‘Victorian Back in Time Day’ at New Lanark World Heritage Site with our stand promoting Castlebank Park, gardening in the Victorian era and current opportunities to get involved. It’s free entry so you should definitely pop down! Click here for more details on the event.

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!

Thanks, Melissa

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