Posted Wednesday August 29, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi again everyone, it’s been another busy week with the Development Trust, the highlight of which has been seeing the amazing finished results of the “Wallace Close” – but more about that later!

At the start of the week I met up with Laura our Lanark Festivals Co-ordinator to catch up on this year’s Winterfest programme. We have almost finalised the calendar of festive events taking place in the town this November/December. If there is anything you’re hosting that you have still to tell us about please email this to asap!

On Monday afternoon, Tina from VASLAN (Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire) came through to Castlebank Horticultural Centre to discuss our application for their ‘Volunteer Friendly’ award. This is a industry recognised quality standard that shows we adhere to best practices when engaging with volunteers, and will hopefully help us to attract more volunteers to support us at Castlebank Park and in the Trust’s various other projects.

On Tuesday I met up with Joe from the Clydesdale Housing Association for a chat about their development plans for the new Clydesdale Community Hub & Social Housing in the North Vennel. You may have seen the start of the building works already! It sounds like a great facility right in the heart of the town, and will be a really useful resource for lots of groups and individuals looking for meeting or work space. Further information is available on their website. 

On Thursday, I ventured out of Lanark to pay a visit to the Larkhall Community Growers in their Hareleeshill Community Garden and was given a tour of their facility by Liz. At Castlebank Horticultural Centre, we’re part of the same food co-operative that grows produce for the Clydedale Foodbank in partnership with Clydesdale Community Initiatives. It was great to learn about how they have developed their facility and to speak about opportunities to work together in the future.

Back in Lanark on Thursday afternoon! I had a meeting to discuss the latest progress on The Cameronian Roundabout memorial sculpture progress. We should have artist impressions of the sculpture in the next week or so, and will be launching our public engagement campaign to help raise funds for the project and to collect stories and photographs surrounding the Wiston Barracks and The Cameronians, from the local community.

Myself and Gary Winning spent Friday morning visiting a range of local businesses in the town taking photographs for inclusion in the Discover Lanark BID Business Plan. In the afternoon, I headed down to the “Wallace Close” to take some more photos – this time of the completed artwork in the close! It looks fantastic and has really transformed the space. You can read more about the project in the news release here. 

There is certainly a lot going on this weekend! If you’re feeling energetic, you can start your weekend with the new Lanark Moor Parkrun and then treat yourself by heading for ‘Scrumptious Strawberry Teas’ at The Tolbooth! There’s also the CCI Summer Music Festival and at night the ‘Lanark Comedy Club – Pick of the Fringe’ shows in the Memorial Hall.

If music is more your thing, on Sunday the second Sing Lanrik singing group takes place at the Harry Smith Complex at 4pm, and on Monday night the Choral Union’s community choir resumes in Greyfriars Church Hall. 

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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