Posted Friday November 16, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a good October Week! It’s been ‘business as usual’ here at the Development Trust, with a couple of exciting updates thrown in for good measure…

At the start of the week, we began our management of The Lanark Website and will be adding this project to our portfolio of other community projects in Lanark. We’d like to offer a big ‘thank you’ and ‘all the best’ to Andy, who has managed the site over recent years and is moving on to pastures new. You can visit the website at We’re keen for the website to be a useful resource for the local community, and are investigating new features to add to the site – is there anything you’d like to see? Currently the site has local news, events listings (you can submit your own events for free), a business directory, things to do and information on historical Lanark.

The management of the website also includes the four large touchscreens which are located around the town in the High Street, Memorial Hall, Tolbooth and New Lanark Visitor Centre – you can also advertise your events for free on these screens. If you have a local news story you’d like to share, or a poster to add to the touch screens please email

One of the Development Trust’s current heritage projects is the Cameronian Memorial Sculpture. 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 memorial 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.

In conjunction with the sculpture, we’d like to create a booklet with information on The Cameronians and their time in Lanark whilst based at the Winston Barracks. We’d like the booklet to include stories and photographs from local people who may have been living in Lanark whilst the soldiers were based here, may have relations in the regiment or may even have served themselves! We’d be particularly interested if anyone has photographs from a local lass marrying a Cameronian soldier!

Contact Eleanor McLean on if you have any stories, photographs or memorabilia to share relating to The Cameronians in Lanark.

On Wednesday, we welcomed the kids from the WAT IF? October Holiday Club to Castlebank Horticultural Centre after their tour of the Border Biscuits factory. Here in the park, they enjoyed egg-box nature treasure trails and sand art with Heather from Art-i-Sand Kids Bee Happy. If you’d like to speak about hiring a room in the Horticultural Centre, or planning an activity in the park please get in touch at

Thursday was another busy day! We had our monthly Volunteer Meeting at Castlebank Park in the morning where we discussed upcoming activities for the volunteers and shared news of our recent ‘Volunteer Friendly’ award from Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire. 

In the afternoon, myself and Laura, our Lanark Festivals Co-ordinator, took to the High Street to distribute letters to local businesses letting them know about the key dates of the Lanark Winterfest, and other opportunities to be involved like the Santa Trail and Festive Window Competition. The Winterfest programmes will be posted at the start of November so keep an eye out! We’ll also be sharing a link to an online version of the calendar in the next week.



Tomorrow I’m heading along to the Volunteer Networking Day organised by South Lanarkshire Countryside Rangers. Looking forward to making to contacts and discussing ways to promote our environmental volunteering opportunities at Castlebank Park.

It’s a busy day in the town tomorrow! There’s an Autumn Fayre in The Tolbooth and a Historic Guided Walk leaving from the Library at 2.30pm. In the evening, music fans can enjoy MacFloyd in the Lanark Memorial Hall or Music In Lanark’s latest concert – the Kammerphilharmonie Europa at the New Lanark Institute.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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