Posted Thursday July 12, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone,

As Development Manager with the Lanark Community Development Trust I’ll be sharing a weekly ‘Development Manager Diary’ to keep you up to date with the Trust’s exciting projects, activities and developments in Lanark.

On Saturday I took part in a very informative and interesting historical tour of Lanark’s lost buildings with Lanark Museum’s Paul Archibald. Who knew Lanark had so many hidden wells? The tours are being run as part of a series by Lanark Library and are a really great resource for us to find out more about our historic town. Keep an eye on for details of upcoming tours!


Sunday sent us back to the Victorian Era at New Lanark’s Back in Time Day. We had a stall promoting Castlebank Park and current volunteering opportunities, with the sales from plants & produce going into the pot to continue the restoration work bringing the park back to its former glory. The sun shone all day and lots of visitors took part in the day’s historic activities.


The working week got off to a great start with a double whammy for Lanark coverage on the front of the Lanark & Carluke Adertiser! It was excellent to see Lanark in Bloom being featured as they ‘go for gold’ in the Beautiful Scotland Awards, with judging taking place at the end of this month. The hard-working volunteers are always looking for extra hands to assist them with their work at Castlebank Horticultural Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am – 3pm.

On Tuesday I found out that Lanark has been nominated as 1 of 35 finalists in Hidden Scotland’s competition for ‘Scotland’s Most Beautiful Town’. From Lanark Loch and the Golf Course, to New Lanark and Castlebank Park – we have some charming and unique locations in Lanark, and it’s time to shout about them! Click here to show your support and cast your vote.

On Wednesday I had a meeting with Lanark Festivals and South Lanarkshire Council regarding this year’s Christmas Market & Light Switch-On (where does the time go?!) which is taking place on Saturday 17th November. This year’s event is going to a feature a specially dedicated area for small, independent Lanark crafters and makers – please email more information on being involved.

We also discussed the ‘Festive Taste of Lanark’ event which is taking place on Saturday 15th December this year. It’s shaping up to be a great day, with tasting shops & eateries, local crafters in The Tolbooth, Whisky Tasting, the Equestrian Centre’s Santa Horse Parade…and an extra special secret to be revealed in the autumn!

Families can enjoy Milkshake Live at the Memorial Hall this Saturday, and for those who would like a slightly more subdued weekend there is a free music recital in the New Lanark Institute at 3pm on Sunday as part of Music in Lanark’s excellent Summer Series.

Don’t forget to visit The Tolbooth to see their new exhibition, Historic Images, featuring iconic shots of Lanark from archive postcards!

I’d 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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