Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has been happy to share the news this week that West Lothian Council will receive £256,424 from the Attainment Scotland Fund to help close the poverty-related attainment gap. The Scottish Government Announcement means that pupils living in West Lothian’s most deprived communities will benefit from targeted funding from the Attainment Scotland Fund. To help mitigate...
Shebeen Scotland
Shebeens are a phenomena that have lasted centuries. These illegal, secretive places were kept under wraps. Knowledge passed on by word of mouth, friend to friend. Yet where did these Shebeens come from? And are they still around today? By Andrew Cook It’s typical of humanity. We created alcohol, we set restrictions around drinking alcohol, then we kept drinking anyway, regardless...
Electric Brae
Electric Brae- It has attracted visitors from far and wide, including US presidents. Stop your car, release the handbrake and get the very odd sensation of starting to roll uphill. Over time, this oddity made Croy Brae hill famous, though under its more usually applied name of Electric Brae, a name first given by someone who presumably thought that...
A map that tracks more than 3,000 Scots men and women who were accused of being witches in the 16th and 17th Century has been published for the first time. The interactive document has been created by data experts at the University of Edinburgh. It builds on the university's Scottish Witchcraft Survey which brought to life the persecution of women during...
In a footnote to a published pamphlet, chloroform pioneer Sir James Simpson made meagre admission of the part played by David Waldie, but there is no doubt he denied to him the public renown which he ought to have shared. He is not forgotten in Linlithgow, however, the town of his birth. By James McKean The discovery of the anaesthetic properties...
A Broxburn Academy pupil has become the first from her school to make the Scottish National Debating Team and will compete in a worldwide competition this July. Emma Bell, who is currently moving into fourth year at the West Lothian school, was one of only five pupils to make the team alongside Lachlan White from George Watson's College, Eoghan Connolly...
West Lothian Council yesterday issued an update on plans to reopen schools. ''The Scottish Government last week made an announcement on the transitional return to ‘face to face’ education in Scotland. West Lothian Council has been working on plans for a transitional return for some time and will be issuing further information to parents and carers in due course. We will be...
A Task Force is to investigate the potential impact that the reduction in the number of free to use cash machines  is having on West Lothian, and especially on those residents living in poverty. This follows a report at a meeting of West Lothian Council Partnership and Resources Policy Development Scrutiny Panel (PDSP) which identified that the number of free...
Every school in Scotland has been ranked from best to worst - and it's relatively good news if you live in West Lothian. Performance levels of pupils across the country have been graded in a league table, based on the percentage of schoolkids gaining five or more highers. Figures, published by The Times, sees Glasgow's Jordanhill Secondary School top the chart, as...
According to Zoopla, the cheapest property currently on the market is located in Stoneyburn. This excludes shared-ownership and land sales. For £45,000 you could buy a 1 bed flat in Park View, Stoneyburn. The upper floor 'enjoys a quiet location' and comprises hallway, lounge, kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom, parking and electric heating. With a 10% deposit, the mortgage cost would typically...