Posted Friday February 15, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone,

There has been a touch of spring in the air this week, as well as a number of exiting developments including new features on The Lanark Website and the launch of Beat the Street in Lanark.

At the start of the week, we had a meeting with Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) to pick up our two ‘pop-up shop’ boxes of their Langloch Farm Botanics natural cosmetics range. The natural soaps and lip balms are handmade by CCI volunteers at their Langloch Farm base in Lanark, using homegrown botanics and natural ingredients. We will be supporting CCI by selling the products at Castlebank Horticultural Centre, with all proceeds being returned to CCI to continue their fantastic community work.

It seemed like spring was making an appearance in Castlebank Park on Tuesday, and a solitary daffodil was even starting to bloom.


On Thursday we held our monthly volunteer meeting. At the start of the year we began tallying our volunteer hours, to celebrate their amazing contribution and help us be better informed about their work in park. At the meeting we were delighted to hand out the first milestone certificates for 2019 so far – 50 volunteering hours each! Well done and thank you to Alan, Emma and Ernest.

Thursday marked ‘2 weeks to go’ until the Discover Lanark BID ballot deadline. Lanark Community Development Trust have voted YES to support the BID, paying our share of the levy from Castlebank Horticultural Centre. We would encourage local businesses to read the Discover Lanark business plan, and vote yes to unlock around £1 million investment to improve business, trade and tourism in the town. The ballot deadline is Thursday 28th February 2019. Any questions on the BID can be directed to the Project Manager,

On Friday I attended the launch of ‘Beat the Streets’ in Lanark. We met at Healthy Valleys HQ and then enjoyed a sunny brisk walk out to Lanark Loch where some beat the street markers are located. Locals are encouraged to take part in the challenge getting active over the next 6 weeks to earn points and prizes. You can pick up cards and maps at the Library or Lanark Lifestyles. We also have a marker within Castlebank Park! Click here to find out more.


Finally, we are in the process of launching two new sections on The Lanark Website, to ensure it is even more useful as an online community resource. There will be a new volunteering section, for organisations to promote their volunteering role opportunities. There will also be a new Lanark Jobs Board, for organisations to promote local jobs based in Lanark or the immediate surrounding area. If you have either a volunteering role or local job you would like to list on the site, please email to be sent a quick form to complete with the role/job’s details.


This weekend, you still have the chance to see COMPOSITE in the Tolbooth, an exhibition featuring photography work from senior Lanark Grammar School students. You can discover more local events and advertise 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 us with your ideas or suggestions on

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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