Posted Friday August 10, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone,

It’s been another busy week for Lanark Community Development Trust! At the beginning of the week I was mostly working on the development of our new website and funding applications for an Educational Gardener post at Castlebank Horticultural Centre.

I attended a meeting with Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLAN) to discuss the support available to LCDT and initiatives like their ‘Volunteer Friendly’ quality standard and The Saltire Awards for youth volunteering. You can find out more about the services they offer to members, and volunteering opportunities available to the public on their website: 

After that meeting I headed back to Lanark where the artwork had begun on the ‘Wallace Close’! Art students from Lanark Grammar School who had been involved in the design workshops earlier in the project came along to help with the spray painting of the design. Myself and Sylvia even had a go ourselves! I think the design is going to look really effective once it’s completed. Designed by Artpistol in Glasgow, it’s based on sheets of old parchment with tapestry style illustrations depicting aspects of Wallace’s life in Lanark, from marrying Marion Braidfute to having a good old battle! This is a pilot for a close renovation project which would be part of the Discover Lanark BID. 

On Thursday evening I attended a meeting where we discussed the latest updates to the Lanark WInterfest 2018 programme. We still require dates and details of any festive events taking place in the town in November/December this year. To be included in the programme, please email any details to by 19th August.

Lanimer Illuminated Parade – Photo courtesy of John Prior

Later on Thursday evening I headed along to a team building ‘welcome night’ for Lanark Amateur Musical Society (LAMS), of which I am a member, ahead of the upcoming production of Chicago in March 2019. This event was held in Knightly Gaming on Bannatyne Street (opposite the Post Office). I was amazing at this fantastic local facility for the community and the activities / services they offer. The staff were also very friendly and helpful. You can find out more about their shop and activities on their website 

On Friday I assisted Lanark Community Council in taking photos of the ‘Strictly Come Gardening’ winners. No sneak peeks here, stay tuned to their Facebook page next week or look out for the Gazette!

There’s lots going on in Lanark this weekend. There is a new textile art exhibition open in The Tolbooth – A Time in Stitch.

On Saturday, the Library are running another ‘Now You Don’t’ Guided WalkLanark United are playing Ashfield, and new hairdressers ‘Copper Hair’ are having an opening day.

On Sunday, the Lanark Trail Festival 2018 takes place up at the Racecourse, the next in the Music in Lanark free summer series takes place at New Lanark and the Kilninie Activity Club are hosting a film show at Greyfriars Parish Church! 

I’d love to hear if you have any ideas to improve the town, projects you would like the Development Trust to consider or if you would like to get involved with existing projects in any way. You can also get in touch 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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