Posted Friday November 16, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, it’s been a couple of weeks since the last update as I’ve been on annual leave. In the meantime, the Development Trust has been busy, with one especially important event taking place as part of Lanark’s Remembrance Weekend events.

On Saturday 10th November, ‘The Cameronian Roundabout’ naming ceremony took place at the site of the Winston Barracks in Lanark. The naming of the roundabout is part of Lanark Community Development Trust’s ‘Cameronian Memorial’ heritage project. Present were members of The Cameronians Friends and Family Association, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Lanark Community Development Trust, local councillors and representatives from local churches. 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, likely to be erected in spring 2019. You can read more about the project here. 

On Tuesday, we were delighted to announce that our funding application to the Big Lottery Fund had been successful! We have been awarded £99,940 from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver a three year community gardening project at Castlebank Horticultural Centre, employing an Educational Gardener and delivering activities for the local community in Lanark. The project will deliver a range of horticultural, educational and volunteering opportunities to local people of all ages and backgrounds. It will help local people take control of their lives, reduce isolation and improve community connections. The recruitment for the Educational Gardener is now open, with a closing date for applications of 14th December 2018. Click here to read more about the post and apply. 

On Friday, we welcomed a visit from our local MSP Aileen Campbell to visit the Horticultural Centre at Castlebank. We had a tour of the new Community Hub centre’s facilities and a chat about the Development Trust’s range of projects and ideas for the future.

This weekend in Lanark, the Winterfest Programme kicks off in style with the annual Christmas Market in Lanark High Street. This is always a popular day in the town with lots of stalls, festive entertainment, food and drink. Be sure to pop into The Tolbooth for a warming cup of soup, and to pick up a copy of this year’s ‘Santa Trail’. There are 24 Santas hiding in shop windows around the town centre, find them all and spell out the festive phrase for a chance to win a great prize. On Sunday evening, grab a cuppa and pick up some locally handmade gifts with the first ‘Made in Lanark’ Online Winter Shopping Showcase, all the details are on the Facebook page –

You can check out more local events and list your own events for free at

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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