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Happy to Chat benches in Linlithgow

A new initiative has been launches in Linlithgow this week, aimed at tackling social isolation in the town.

There are now eight chatty benches in a variety of locations, featuring a simple sign which reads  Sit here if you don’t mind someone stopping to say hello

The ‘happy to chat’ idea was inspired by Allison Owen Jones, who started off the campaign in Cardiff. On a visit to her local park, she noticed a man who looked sad and lonely, but had no idea how to approach him without feeling awkward.  Alison realized how difficult it is nowadays to initiate a conversation with a stranger and decided to take matters into her own hands.

She created signs that promote and facilitate human interaction and installed them on multiple park benches, and the ‘Happy to Chat’ concept began.

The idea is not new in the town, as a local charity The New Well has already partnered with cafes to set aside a chatty table every week. It was this that inspired One Linlithgow BID, Burgh Beautiful, Linlithgow Community Development Trust and the town’s community council to bid jointly for West Lothian Council funding to install the plaques.

The plaques have been installed in eight locations around the town including the Cross, Learmonth Gardens, the West Port, Peel, Vennel, near the community orchard at the Loch, St. Ninian’s Road and Beecraigs Country Park.

Evelyn Noble, chair of One Linlithgow BID and local gift shop owner said “As retailers, we speak to people a lot, yet some folk may go days, or even weeks, without the simplest of human contact.

With The New Well chatty tables being introduced, it inspired us to submit a joint application to the council for our Happy to Chat benches.  The plaques have been installed this week and we hope they encourage people to take the time to stop and have a wee chat. They say the simplest ideas are the best.”

One Linlithgow also received £4566 from the town fund to revamp the town’ two community noticeboards. This project will get underway shortly.

The Jubilee Corgi Trail

One Linlithgow is providing some family fun from this weekend to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen's Royal Corgis have escaped and are hiding in various shop and business windows along Linlithgow High Street from Saturday 4 June to Saturday 18 June.  Her Majesty needs your help in finding out where they are so that she can get them back safely.

Equipped with your trusty Treasure Trail map and pen, help track down the Corgis and earn a small reward!

Pop along to Bright Star Toys or the Linlithgow DIY shop with your completed Trail map and receive your fuzzy gift.  All participants in this free event will be entered into a prize draw and each winner picked will re-home a cuddly Colin the Corgi.

Sally McIntosh-Anderson from One Linlithgow said: "This is a great opportunity to explore the High Street and the local area while helping to support local businesses."

Treasure Trail maps can be downloaded here, and are available from local businesses or your local school.

Good luck!


The Jubilee Corgi Trail Facebook page

Linlithgow Artisan Market returns to the High Street

This weekend will see the long-awaited return of the popular Linlithgow Market, thanks to a grant obtained by One Linlithgow from the Scotland Loves Local Fund. 

The Fund is designed to build the wealth of local communities, revitalise local places, town centres, or 20-minute neighbourhoods; increasing footfall and activity by encouraging communities to ‘think, choose and love local’. 

In partnership with JSG Management, we aim to offer an artisan market with a local flavour and we are excited to be joined at the first market by several local businesses. They will be joined by others from across Scotland to offer a wide selection of produce, food, drink, arts, crafts and artisan goods. 

The market will be located at The Vennel and will occur on the first Saturday of every month. You can follow the Linlithgow Artisan Market Facebook page to keep up-to-date with news and learn more about the various vendors. 

By introducing a new monthly event, we aim to attract more visitors and increase footfall to the town and local businesses along the High Street.  

It is also an excellent opportunity for local businesses to showcase their products at the market with the hire of the stalls subsidised by One Linlithgow. 

Event Calendar

Saturday 4 June
Saturday 2 July
Saturday 6 August
Saturday 3 September
Saturday 1 October
Saturday 5 November
Saturday 3 December (Christmas Market)