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West Lothian Council E-Bulletin 17 June 2016

 
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  Whitburn crowned Festival of Brass winners  
     
 

Scotland's top six brass bands have been competing at the annual West Lothian Festival of Brass.
The spectacular showcase of the best of Scottish brass took place at Livingston's Howden Park Centre, organised by West Lothian Council's Community Arts team in conjunction with The Scottish Brass Band Association (SBBA).
A fantastic performance by the Whitburn Band saw them claim the title of West Lothian Festival of Brass Champions 2016, ahead of Kingdom Brass, Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass Band, Bon Accord, The Kirkintilloch Band, and the Lochghelly band.

 
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  Five honoured on Birthday Honours list  
   
  Five outstanding West Lothian individuals have been honoured on the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
The list aims to recognise people for their achievements in public life, as well as those who have dedicated themselves to serving and helping Britain.
Order of the British Empire (OBE) medals were awarded to West Lothian College Principal and Chief Executive Mhairi Harrington from Livingston, Chief Executive of Inverclyde Council John Mundell from Kirknewton, Stirling University Professor June Andrews from Mid Calder and former Bathgate Academy pupil and Cabinet Office Programme Director Colin Dingwall. 
The Member of the British Empire (MBE) award was also presented to Livingston's Maria MacNamara, founder of the Smalls for All charity.

 
   
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  £2 million investment targets jobs, innovation and exporting  
   
  West Lothian's Enterprise Sub Group, which administers the West Lothian Economic Growth Plan, has agreed further innovative and ambitious proposals to support local companies to develop international markets and innovate.
The Enterprise Sub Group is led by West Lothian Council and made up of representatives from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and West Lothian College.

 
   
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  New Head Teacher for new Armadale Primary School.  
   
  The Head Teacher has been confirmed for the new Southdale Primary School in Armadale.
Geraldine Armstrong will take up the post in August when Southdale school is scheduled for completion. Geraldine is an experienced head  who previously worked in West Dunbartonshire as Head Teacher for nine years.
 
   
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  Gardening Scotland success  
   
  West Lothian had multiple successes at the recent Gardening Scotland Show.
The annual Scottish Gardening Show is a high-profile national event attended by thousands of people from all over the country.  
The Senior Nurture Class pupils from Broxburn Academy picked up Gold and Silver Gilt Awards along with third place overall in the annual competition. 
A group of adults who attend Pathways at Quigley House was also successful in receiving a Gold Award for their Ice Cream Parlour themed Pallet Garden. 

 
   
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Dates for your diary
 
Summer Arts   8 July to 7 August 
 
A wide range of creative activities for children are planned for Howden Park Centre and Linlithgow Burgh Halls this summer.  Book your child into a week-long camp, with arts and crafts activities, drama, dance and singing all available.  Family shows and event are also scheduled with Teddy Bears Picnic, Summer Ball as well as large stage productions from LazyTown and Funbox all coming to the stage.
8 July - 7 August.  Check out the busy line-up in the Summer Arts leaflet.
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The Phil Collins Experience   Saturday 23 July 
 
This outstanding show boasts a ten-piece live band including horn/brass section, backing singers and vocalist ‘Deano’, the UK’s number one Phil Collins tribute artist & impersonator.  Featuring world-class musicians and singers this is one show you won’t forget.  Hear two hours of Phil Collins’ and Genesis’ hits, including Sussudio, In The Air Tonight, Against All Odds and more. 
Saturday 23 July, 7.30pm.  Tickets £21/£19, Howden Park Centre, tel: 01506 777666
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