Posted Monday September 24, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, I hope you agree with me that this September seems to be the fastest month ever! Already we’re coming up to the September Weekend and next thing we know it’ll be Halloween. To start of this week’s diary, I’d like to mention the photography competition we have launched for Castlebank Park…

Do you have any ‘frame-worthy’ photos of Castlebank Park? We’re looking for a selection of shots from local people to display in the new Castlebank Horticultural Centre when it opens in a few weeks. Send up to three photos to by 12th October to be in with a chance of being selected. Click here for full information on the competition.

At the start of the week, I met up with Douglas Ritchie who has been the driving force behind the project to save St Kentigern’s Church. It was fascinating to hear about the project to date, and have a tour of the site to see the remedial building works which have now commenced on this iconic local monument – click here to read the full story on the project.

On Tuesday, myself and members of the Lanark Rotary Club met up to discuss the ‘Lanark Community Walks’ project. We’re looking to create a new booklet which compiles a list of local walks, some taken from a plethora of historic publications and leaflets like these below! The idea is to categorise the walks by distance & time, allowing locals and visitors to select the most suitable walks for themselves. There is also the idea to incorporate new walks which showcase different areas of Lanark at different times of year, for example a ‘Lanimer walk’ or an ‘Autumn Glory’ walk.

Storm Ali blew in on Wednesday and we battened down the hatches to hold the monthly Development Trust Executive Group Meeting. A number of current projects were discussed including the development of the Castlebank Horticultural Centre, Discover Lanark BID and the upcoming Winterfest / Flowerfest.

On Thursday morning, Lord Cornet Gary Winning helped cut the ribbon for the new Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Boutique shop in the High Street. I popped in myself later in the day and was very impressed with the unique style and interior of the shop! Later on Thursday the Discover Lanark BID Steering Group met to approve the final version of the BID Business Plan. With just a couple of tiny updates to make, we’re almost at the final version – stay tuned in the next couple of months for details of the Business Plan Launch Event!

In quite a change from your usual Friday morning, I ran into one of Scotland, and Lanark’s, most iconic characters in his namesake close – William Wallace! Unveiled last month, the ‘Wallace Close’ project was been co-ordinated by the Lanark Community Development Trust as part of the Lanark Vision strategy to improve the aesthetic appeal of the town centre for locals, and to bring in more tourists by capitalising on Lanark’s links with historic Scottish icon William Wallace. The artwork of the Wallace Close is based on an ancient illustrative style, similar to that of The Bayeux Tapestry, with each of the panels in the close depicting an aspect of William Wallace’s life in Lanark – from marrying Marion Braidfute at St Kentigern’s Church, to slaying Sheriff Heselrig before fleeing into the Clyde woodlands. Visit our Facebook page to see some more photos. Huge thanks to Andrew, aka William, a local reenactor for helping with the photos!

I hope everyone has a great September Weekend! Check out Lanark Life for a full list of what’s on in the local area, or visit What’s On Lanarkshire if you fancy venturing further afield.

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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