Posted Friday December 21, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, this will be my last Diary post for 2018 ahead of the Christmas break. This last week has been busy with a number of festive activities. First off, last Saturday the ‘Festive Taste of Lanark’ event took place in the Tolbooth and down the High Street. Despite the freezing weather, it was a successful day and is sure to be part of the 2019 Winterfest Programme next year. You can read more about the day and view photos here.

You might have noticed that the diary looks a little bit different this week, that’s because it’s now being hosted on the Development Trust’s new website! Please have a look around to discover more about the Trust’s current projects, volunteering opportunities and ways you can support us through membership and donations.

On Tuesday, we hosted a free ‘Get Ready for Winter’ workshop at Castlebank Horticultural Centre, in association with Home Energy Scotland. It was a really interesting and informative session attended by our volunteers and members of the local community. You can find out more about their advice & services here on their website. 

On Wednesday, I met up with Neighbourhood Networks who are in the process of starting up a network in Lanark. Stay tuned for more details in the New Year! In the mean time, you can find out more about the organisation here on their website. 

Thursday brought with it lots of pots, pans, crackers and fizz as the Horticultural Centre’s Classroom was transformed to host the centre’s first Christmas lunch for the gardening volunteers. This was a big thank you celebration for the volunteers who show up every week, in all weathers, to maintain the park’s gardens and work with Lanark in Bloom to bring a touch of colour to the town.

On Friday I had a chat about Beat The Street which is taking place in Lanark from 15th February to 29th March. Take a look at the video below to find out what it’s all about, and keep an eye out in the New Year for more news on how to take part.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! Here’s to 2019 and lots of exciting developments for Lanark like the Discover Lanark BID Ballot and the full-time Educational Gardener starting up their community activities at Castlebank Horticultural Centre and Flowerfest 2019!

Thanks, Melissa

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