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Robyn's Poem
  Robyn's poem wins international accolade  

Congratulations to Robyn Beckett, from Broxburn Academy, who has won an international war poetry competition.  Since winning the competition, Robyn has been invited to the House of Lords to celebrate her achievement and has also been invited to read her poem at the Service of Remembrance to Commemorate the Battle of the Somme and many other events. Robyn presented her poem along with fellow pupils above. Click on ‘read more’ to see the video.  Main picture caption L-R: Iona, Cameron, Robyn, Meg and Emily.

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  Bin information for Monday 2 May  
  Monday Holiday bins West Lothian residents are advised to put out their recycling and refuse containers out as normal on the public holiday on Monday 2 May. Householders are also being asked to ensure that bins and caddies due for collection are at the kerbside by 7am on Monday 2 May. Please leave your bins out until they are collected, as collections could be delayed due to the public holiday. Food waste caddies will be picked up as a priority.  
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  Scottish Parliamentary Election - Thursday 5 May  
  polling place

Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm on Thursday 5 May. Polling places are expected to be busy and we are advising you to vote as early in the day  as possible.  At the polling station you will receive two ballot papers, one to vote for a candidate to represent your constituency and one to vote for a party or independent candidate to represent your region. You should make sure your votes count by only marking each ballot paper with one 'X' inside one box and no other writing or marks on the paper. If you are registered to vote your polling place is on your poll card which was posted to you, however if you lose it or did not receive it contact the Electoral Registration Office on 0131 344 2500 to find out where your polling place is. If you have forgotten to send your postal vote back, take it to any Polling Station in West Lothian until 10pm on polling day.

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  Make plans for the 2016 Garden Competition  
  flowers April is a great time to start making plans to enter your garden for West Lothian Council's annual Gardens Competition. Entry is free and there are lots of prizes to be won. The closing date for entries has been set for Friday 8 July 2016 with Judging starting during week beginning Monday 25 July.  The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 4 November. The annual competition aims to encourage local residents to get involved in gardening, which is a healthy, fun activity that enhances and enriches not just your own property but the wider West Lothian community.  
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  Livingston underpass works to tackle potholes  
  roadworks Drivers and pedestrians are being advised of major roadworks which are due to be carried out on underpasses in Livingston, to tackle issues with existing potholes and to improve the road surface. Lanark Avenue Underpass, Quentin Rise Underpass and Talisman Rise Underpass will all be experiencing major roadworks from Monday 2 May onwards.  
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Dates for your diary
Exhibition: James Cumming RSA | Symbols of the Mind   until Sun 17 July, Linlithgow Burgh Hall
Linlithgow Burgh Halls  

Works by the late artist from the collections of the Royal Scottish Academy, including a wealth of never before seen material related to the Linlithgow mural, Community: A Festival of Time, regarded as one of the finest Scottish murals of the late twentieth century.  Gallery Talk & Tour, Thursday 5 May, 7pm-9pm. The exhibition is open until Sunday 17 July. Free entry. Linlithgow Burgh Hall

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Band Showcase    8pm Thurs 26 May, Howden Park Centre
Band Show Case  

After a recent search for local musical talent, Howden Park Centre is delighted to present a diverse night featuring three local bands that really excite us:  Land of Cakes, Alan Smithee and Andrew R. Burns and The Tropicanas.  Read more and listen to tracks from each band on the Howden Park Centre website. Thursday 26 May, 8pm.  Tickets £7/£5 (non-auditorium)

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Tackling Low Pay & Poverty event        Monday 9 May, Howden Park Centre
poverty and low pay event  

Local people and organisations who are interested in issues surrounding low pay and poverty are being invited to attend a conference on the subject at Howden Park Centre, Livingston, Monday 9 May, from 9am to 12pm. The event is free however booking is necessary.  To reserve a place now call: 01506 283000 and select option 4 or email:

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Low Port Centre - summer activities   Book now
low port centre  
Multi-Activity, Mountain Biking, The John Muir Award and Paddle Sports are just a few of the wide range of outdoor activities taking place at Low Port Centre, Linlithgow during the school holidays. The summer holiday programme takes place from Monday 4 July until Friday 19 August and is suitable for ages 8 to 14 years. Don’t worry if you live outside Linlithgow - Low Port Centre offers a minibus pick-up and drop-off service in Bathgate, Broxburn, Armadale and Livingston. The centre also offers a wrap-a-round service for a small fee which enables parents/carers to drop children off at the centre from 8am with end of day collection up to 5.30pm.
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