Posted Friday December 07, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone,

Last week rounded off with our annual Holly Wreath workshops at Castlebank Horticultural Centre. Everyone enjoyed themselves and as you can see below, all came away with a beautiful wreath for their homes. The workshops were very popular and sold-out back in October! To let the local community know about future events, talks, workshops and courses at the centre, I have created a new mailing list – click here to sign up and be first to hear about what’s on.

This week started off with a couple of meetings, including a visit from a neighbouring Development Trust, and the Standards Council Scotland.  As we will be offering a range of learning opportunities at the Castlebank Horticultural Centre, we are looking into applying for their ‘Standards Mark’. This accreditation provides national recognition of Community Learning and Development (CLD) opportunities for practitioners with strong focus on the values, principles, competences and Code of Ethics for CLD.

On Tuesday we were busy brightening up the Horticultural Centre with our new canvas prints from the winners of our photography competition. They look great and the rooms are now even more welcoming. You can find out more about hiring out the centre’s rooms in our Venue Information Document here.

On Thursday, we hosted our second Dementia Friends training session – and this again was very well attended. We had a mixed group of local people, partners, members of DAGS (Dementia Alzheimer Group Support) and Healthy Valleys staff.  Our next free community workshop at the centre is a ‘Get Ready for Winter’ Workshop hosted by Home Energy Scotland. This is taking place on Tuesday 18th December from 2-3pm. To register a place please email

On Friday, myself and Sylvia did some filming at Castlebank with That’s TV Scotland. Stay tuned for details of when to watch! In the afternoon, I attended a meeting at The Haven in Forth to see their facilities and hear about the services they offer to people with life limiting illnesses living in the Lanarkshire area. I was amazed to hear about the range of services they offer free of charge, from complementary therapies to 1-2-1 nurse support. We’ll be working together in the New Year to let more people in Lanark know about their services and volunteering opportunities.

It’s another busy weekend of the #LanarkWinterfest with the Lanark Amateur Musical Society Christmas Post, Breakfast with Santa, Jingle Bell Rock concert and Music In Lanark‘s Classic Jazz Orchestra. You can read more about the events and add your own 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

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Thanks, Melissa

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