Winchburgh Gala Day Committee are inviting local residents to come along and join them at the Christmas fair this Sunday at the Winchburgh Bowling Club from 1-4pm. You will be able to see some of the village’s local talents, including gifts, crafts, homeware, lifestyle and beauty treats. Hot rolls will also be on sale, prepared and sold by the local village scout group. This is also your first chance to register for the kids Christmas party and purchase tickets for the 12 days of Christmas raffle. Entry is free and funds will go towards Gala funds.
A Winchburgh calendar has been launched to raise funds for the Project Trust. It features well-known Winchburgh scenes and landmarks and all photos were taken by local artists. The calendar sells for £8 and is available from the Tally Ho pub or Brodie’s Bistro. Alternatively, copies can be ordered through the Winchburgh Calendar Facebook page. All monies raised will go towards The Project Trust, an organisation which has provided gap year volunteering opportunities for 17-19 year old school leavers. There have been over 7000 Project Trust volunteers since 1967. One such volunteer next summer will be Winchburgh resident Rosie Scotland, who will be a Project Trust volunteer in India.
Amy, a single parent from Winchburgh, has raised concerns to us about excessive surface water on the B9080 between Kirkliston and Winchburgh. It is understood the problem is particularly acute where the road crosses Swin Burn. Amy stated, “This time of year is really bad, and after any heavy downpour I dread driving down that road. By the time I pick my kids up from Kirkliston it’s already dark and the huge puddles are really difficult to see. If a bus or lorry is passing on the other side, you get hit by a wall of water which can be really scary for me and my kids. I have tried complaining to our local councillor but have not heard anything back from him.” The section of the road with surface water issues is understood to be in the Edinburgh Council area. The AA advise that you should drive slowly and steadily through standing water so you don’t make a bow wave, and not to drive into flood water that’s moving or more than 10cm deep. At faster speeds, tyres can lose contact with the road, causing you to lose steering control – called aquaplaning. If you feel it happening, hold the steering lightly and lift off to slow down gently until your tyres grip again.
A huge new park, almost twice the size of Green Park in London, is starting to take shape in Winchburgh. Auldcathie Park will provide a large area of green space to the west of the new Bellway housing development, and surrounding a planned new school. The first phase of the park is scheduled to open in spring 2021. An estimated 31,000 trees will be planted, providing a number of woodland walks as well as extensive areas of new wildlife habitat. The first 420 trees, donated by the local Winchburgh Community Growing Group through the Woodland Trust, will be planted this winter. A café with public toilets will be located in the centre of the park, with community growing areas and orchards nearby. Other areas planned include sensory play and large natural play areas, an enclosed dog park, a 2.5-kilometre loop of accessible paths, as well as mountain bike and fitness trails. John Hamilton, CEO, Winchburgh Developments Limited stated to the media in August, “The new Auldcathie District Park is an integral part of the Winchburgh masterplan, spanning an impressive 78 acres and providing the local Winchburgh community and the wider a region with a new green space to come and enjoy. The response from the Winchburgh community to this project has been fantastic, and we’ve very much valued their ideas and design input which we’ve incorporated into the final plan for the park.”