Posted Friday November 30, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, it’s been a really busy week for the Development Trust, with lots of positive stories to share!

At the beginning of last week we published our room hire charges and venue information for Castlebank Horticultural Centre. The centre is now open for hire for meetings, community events or private activities. Click here to view the document and email if you have any booking enquiries.

On Tuesday we hosted an Alzheimer Scotland ‘Dementia Friends’ Awareness session at Castlebank. A number of our volunteers attended, reps from the local DAGS group (Dementia and Alzheimer Group Support) and local people interested in finding out more about the condition. We have a limited number of places left on the next workshop taking place on Thursday 6th December 10am-11am, if you’d be interested in attending please email asap.

Wednesday was a busy day, with the LCDT Executive Group meeting in the morning, and then the Discover Lanark BID launch in the evening! It was a great evening and the plans laid out in the Business Plan were well received. In February 2019, local businesses will have the chance to unlock £1million pounds of investment for Lanark from 2019-2020 by voting YES to create a BID in Lanark. You can read more about the BID and see the full Business Plan at

Thursday was another busy day! At Castlebank, we hosted a networking event for Development Trusts Association Scotlandand the Strengthening Communities Programme. It was a really interesting day, and great as always to network with other Development Trusts from around the country and hear about their projects and activities.

Friday was a day for photos! In the morning we met up with David and John Dickman who presented Lanark Community Development Trust with a cheque for £1615. This very generous donation came from the proceeds of a Sportsman’s Brunch, organised by David and John earlier in the month. Each year they choose a local cause to support with funds raised at the event. We have chosen to use the funds to purchase a defibrillator machine for Castlebank Park, and in the New Year will also be running a series of free CPR workshops in association with the British Heart Foundation. Stay tuned for details on those!

In the afternoon, we welcomed the winners of the ‘Capture Castlebank Park’ to gather for a group photo and pick up their framed entry. We were very impressed with all of the entries we received, what a range of local photography talent we have! The winners photos will be blown up to A1 canvas prints and displayed in the newly renovated rooms of Castlebank Horticultural Centre. The winning entrants are:
David Woodhams, Helen McCall, Emma Gibson, David Donaghue, Sharon Crossan and Alison Reilly.

This weekend, Winterfest ramps up again with even more festive events! Catch Lanark Panto Club’s performance of Aladdin on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday morning, St Nicholas Church are hosting a Christmas Fayre in the Church Hall. There on Sunday afternoon there will be a choir concert hosted by St Nicholas Church ahead of the ‘Blessing of the town nativity’ at 5.15pm. Christ Church’s Advent Christmas Service will take place at 6pm on Sunday evening.

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

Do you have any ideas to improve the town or projects you would like the Development Trust to consider? Please get in touch! You can also contact us 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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