Posted Thursday August 16, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone! We’re well into August now but you wouldn’t know it with the weather we’ve been having. If it’s anything like previous years, it’ll brighten up as soon as all the Schools are back. Despite the rain, I’ve had another busy week out and about in Lanark discussing lots of exciting projects and opportunities.

On Monday I met up with Anna from Alzheimer Scotland to show her around Castlebank and the facilities at the Horticultural Centre. We’re hoping to develop a weekly Memory Café in the new Community Hub building for local people living with dementia to enjoy a cuppa and then enjoy some light, therapeutic gardening in the raised beds, or even just enjoy a walk and peaceful seat in the park’s beautiful setting. I’d be interested to hear if you would be interested in attending a regular event like this with your family member or friend, and if you have any thoughts on how we should structure it, or what we should include.

On Tuesday I meet up with members of the Rotary Club of Lanark to discuss a project to combine a wide range of resources promoting walks in and around Lanark into one handy publication for locals and visitors to use. From the Clyde Walkway to Cleghorn Glen, we’re blessed with having a great range of walks for all abilities to enjoy locally. The Development Trust has previously developed the Heritage Trail and Wallace Trail which highlight key points of historical interest in the town centre.

On Wednesday morning, the Development Trust Executive Group had our monthly meeting to discuss updates on a variety of projects including Winterfest, the Discover Lanark BID and progress at Castlebank Park.

In the afternoon I was heading to a meeting at Castlebank Park, but stopped in at the ‘Wallace Close’ to check on the progress of the artwork. It’s looking great! I can’t wait to see what’s added on the rest of the panels.

On Wednesday afternoon we met with Greenspace Scotland at Castlebank Park to discuss their annual Park Manager’s Forum which is taking place at the end of August.

We’re delighted that they have chosen to host this year’s event at Castlebank Park, and we look forward to welcoming park managers and professionals from all over Scotland for what sounds like a really interesting day! As part of the programme we will be speaking about the Development Trust’s work to restore Castlebank Park (with the help of our fantastic volunteers might I add!), the Horticultural Centre and the current building works due for completion soon at the new Community Hub building.

I made a friend down at the Castlebank Bog Garden…

On Thursday afternoon I attended a meeting with the Discover Lanark BID Steering Group to go over the first draft design of the Business Plan! It’s great to see it all coming together and with a few more tweaks it should be distributed to businesses in Lanark over the course of the next few weeks.

I’m off tomorrow so I hope everyone has a good weekend! On Friday evening, Opera Bohemia present Verdi’s comedic Falstaff in the Memorial Hall. On Saturday, the Clydesdale Community Gaelic Initiative are celebrating Wallace Day with a March and Commemoration starting at St Kentigern’s Cemetery then ending up at Greyfriars Church Hall. Sing Lanrik are starting their FREE community singing group at the Harry Smith Complex from 4pm – 5.30pm on Sunday.

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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