Posted Friday January 11, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, we’re back!

I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year! Lanarkians celebrated the start of 2019 in traditional fashion, with the ‘Het Pint’ in the Tolbooth. You can read more about this ancient tradition here.

Before the Christmas break, we saw Lanark Tesco pledge their support for the Discover Lanark BID. This is a fantastic boost for the project and shows the commitment of one of Lanark’s largest businesses to developing their local community. Ballot papers will be being issued very soon to all eligible voters, and these must be returned via post by Thursday 28th February. You can find out more about the BID and read the Business Plan at

The working week started off some updates to our new website, making it easier than ever for you to drive positive change in Lanark and support the work of the Development Trust by either becoming a LCDT member or becoming a Friend of Castlebank Park.

Click here to become a Member of LCDT (£1 per year – collected in £5 every 5 years)

Click here to become a Friend of Castlebank Park (£10 per year – support the regeneration of the park to its former glory)


On Tuesday I had a meeting with Skills Development Scotland and Routes to Work South at their Lanark Careers Centre in the Wellgate. We discussed a range of the Development Trust’s projects, primarily the recent developments in the Horticultural Centre at Castlebank Park and the educational and volunteering opportunities available. Click here to find out more about SDS support available in South Lanarkshire.

In the afternoon I enjoyed a lunchtime walk in Castlebank Park and spotted the first signs of new life, lots of patches of beautiful snowdrops!

On Wednesday I met up with Wild Things Scotland regarding a potential partnership project within Castlebank Park. Wild Things are now also able to offer their woodland birthday parties within the park. Email for more details!

Thursday was a busy day with the Castlebank volunteers returning after their well-earned festive break. It was all hands on deck with the volunteers working on a range of tasks to get the ground ready for the year ahead – planting shrubs, bulbs and treating planter soil.

New volunteers are always welcome to come along and help out with a variety of gardening jobs. No experience is necessary and all tools / equipment will be provided. The volunteer open days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am – around 3pm. Email if you’d like more information.

This weekend, you can beat the January blues with lots of musical activity in the town. Music in Lanark presents BABAYAGA on Saturday at the New Lanark Institute, and on Sunday the free community choir ‘Sing Lanrik’ starts back at 3.30pm in the Harry Smith Complex. On Monday evening, the Lanark Choral rehearsals also start back at 7.30pm in Greyfriars Parish Church Hall! You can view more events in the town, and advertise your own for free, at

Do you have any ideas to improve the town or projects you would like the Development Trust to consider? 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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