Posted Tuesday October 09, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, it really feels like autumn has well and truly arrived this week – just look at the colours on this tree up at Caldwellside Industrial Estate! At the start of the week we shared a blog post on ‘Autumn activities for all ages in Lanark’ – which includes lots of things to do from Halloween Discos to Historical Tours!

On Tuesday, I had a meeting with the Cameronian Memorial project group. Plans are progressing well to create a memorial sculpture dedicated to The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) on a verge of grass beside the road adjacent to the Winston Barracks. The actual roundabout will be officially renamed ‘The Cameronian Roundabout’ in November this year. The sculpture is expected to be erected in the spring of 2019, and along with the roundabout naming, will form an excellent tribute to the soldiers based at the Barracks and serves to highlight an important aspect of Lanark’s heritage as well as improving the visual aesthetics of one of Lanark’s main gateways for visitors.

Thursday morning was spent at Castlebank Park working on some set-up with the new building opening. Whilst there, I had a chat with the volunteers who were very busy down in the Wallace Rose Garden. They were getting ready for the winter by moving a number of roses from the large beds into smaller beds, and preparing the large beds for a batch of new, hardier roses arriving later in the year. The new Horticultural Centre is very close to being ready to open so watch this space. Let me know via email on if you’d like to be sent any information about hiring the centre to hold meetings, run activities or facilitate workshops.

The end of the week came quickly again and on Friday afternoon I met up with the Winterfest project team to review the first draft of this year’s Winterfest Programme. Here is a small sneak peek below! The programme is looking great so far and really is jam packed with festive events in the town from 15th November right through until Christmas. The programmes will be posted locally and distributed around Lanark from the start of November so keep a look out. Local businesses are invited to take part by opening on 17th November (Christmas Market), 23rd November (Late Night Shopping until 8.30pm) and Saturday 15th December – Festive Taste of Lanark.

Whilst on the subject of Christmas, tickets are now available to book for our Wreath Making Workshops taking place at Castlebank Horticulutral Centre on Saturday 1st December. The workshops run from 10am – 12pm, and 1pm – 3pm. The cost is £15pp which includes mince pies and mulled wine (non-alcoholic option available).

Due to demand places must be booked and paid for in advance to secure the booking. Payment can be made via PayPal, bank transfer or cash paid at Castlebank Horticultural Centre by appointment.

Places are first come, first served. To reserve a place please email and indicate your preferred time slot.

Proceeds from the workshop go to supporting Lanark Community Development Trust’s work to bring Castlebank Park ‘back to life’ and managing the new Horticultural Centre.

Cancellations – Refunds are only available on places cancelled up to one week before the event (Saturday 24th November). Places cancelled after 25th November, or ‘no shows’ on the day are not eligible for a refund.

There is only 1 week left of the ‘Capture Castlebank Photography Competition’ so it’s the perfect chance to get out this weekend! Down in the Clyde Valley the Overton Farm Fruit Day is taking place on Saturday 6th and there is also a Medieval Lanark Guided Walk leaving from Lanark Library at 2.30pm. In the Memorial Hall you can catch Lanark Panto Club Juniors’ production of Wendy’s Toy Collection at 1pm and 5pm.

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

We rely on your support and donations to be able to continue delivering community projects. You can click the ‘Donate’ button below to send a donation via PayPal or why not think about becoming a member of the Development Trust to support more regularly? 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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