Posted Friday July 20, 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.

The week got off to a flying start! We were delighted to hear that Castlebank Park has retained its ‘Green Flag Award’ status, meaning it’s recognised as 1 of the 71 best parks and green spaces in Scotland! I popped down to the Horticultural Centre to get a photo of the new flag with the Castlebank Park and Lanark In Bloom volunteers who have worked tirelessly to bring the park back to its former glory and keep it looking beautiful for the local community to enjoy. You can read more about the award here. We are always looking for more volunteers if you can spare a few hours on a Tuesday or a Thursday to help out the volunteers! Get in touch for more details –

Local company, Hugh Black and Sons Butchers, are taking part in the nationwide #ButchersAtTheHeartOfTheCommunitycampaign and as such as looking to raise a total of £25,000 to install public access defibrillators outside each of their 12 stores in Scotland. The Development Trust are happy to help promote this campaign to support the company to install a machine in Lanark High Street as this will be a fantastic asset for the local community. You can donate by popping into Black’s, or clicking here to donate through their Facebook fundraiser.

During the week we put our ‘festive hats on’ to think about Christmas and this year’s Winterfest Programme! We’re now looking for details of seasonal events taking place in Lanark between 16th November – New Year to include in the programme. If you have anything you’d like to included please complete this online form by 19th August. The Winterfest Programme encompasses a wide range of festive events for the community to enjoy, such as the annual Christmas Market on 17th November, the Illuminated Parade/Late Night Lanark on 23rd November and the Festive Taste on 15th December.

On Wednesday I attended the monthly Development Trust Executive Group meeting. We discussed a number of current projects, including the Discover Lanark BID, St Kentigerns and the Wallace Close Project. Artwork is due to commence in the close beside Ladbrokes in the next week with pupils who had taken part in our art workshops at Lanark Grammar. We’re now investigating possibilities for the rest of the closes in the town, so on Thursday I took to the High Street to photograph them all. It’s amazing how you walk past spaces every day but don’t really notice them. The closes certainly require some love and attention, but a lot of them have fantastic built heritage details and stories which we can use to turn them into a tourism feature of their own, as well as making them more pleasant spaces for the local community to utilise daily. Stay tuned for more details as this project progresses!

This weekend, a touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood opens in Lanark! GAME PLAN: Board Games Rediscovered will be open in New Lanark’s Exhibition Gallery until 4th November 2018. Click here to find out more about the exhibition.

You can tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 9am on Sunday morning to hear Gary Winning, the Discover Lanark Project Manager, speak about our plans for town centre development in Lanark. On Sunday afternoon the next of the free Music in Lanark summer recitals takes place in the New Lanark Institute at 3pm.

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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