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  West Lothian commemorates the Battle of the Somme.
 
     
 

A special remembrance service was held at West Lothian Civic Centre on Friday 1 July 2016 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.
The poignant service started at 7.15am, and a one minute silence was held at 7.28am the time that the whistles blew to signal the soldiers along the Battle Front to advance into one of the bloodiest Battles of World War One.

 
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  Kirkhill scores new games area.
 
   
  A brand new 50,000 multi-use games area has opened at Kirkhill Primary in Broxburn. The superb new resource can be used for a variety of sports such football, basketball, tennis and much more, for both school pupils and the local community.The multi-use games area (MUGA) and ongoing surrounding landscaping work has been funded by West Lothian Council's General Services property capital programme, and aims to encourage participation in a wide range of physical activity for local young people and community users.   
   
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  Boundary recommendations welcomed.
 
   
  West Lothian Council has welcomed proposals to maintain the current number of councillors in the area.The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland (LGBCS) has submitted its final reports and recommendations on councillor numbers and wards for each of Scotland's 32 council areas. The recommendation for West Lothian is for no changes, which would keep the current boundaries of nine council wards with 33 councillors.  
   
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  West Lothian welcomes Matisse exhibition.  
   
  A West Lothian gallery is set to welcome a free exhibition by one of the 20th century's most influential artists.
The Gallery at Linlithgow Burgh Halls will host the Matisse: Drawing with Scissors - Late Works 1950-1954 exhibition from Friday 22 July to Sunday 9 October. The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is celebrated for his vibrant works with extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour, features 35 posthumous prints of his famous cut-outs, including iconic images such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. 
 
   
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  Summer reading challenge.
 
   
  Children between the ages of 4 and 12 can sign up to their local library for free, then read six books of their choice during the summer, collecting rewards along the way.
All over the UK, libraries are celebrating 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. The Big Friendly Read, the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge 2016, is your child's chance to join in those celebrations.
 
   
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 Paper, Pencil, Palette.
  Monday 11 - Friday 15 July

Book your child onto a week-long camp exploring art and craft, in fun and imaginative ways.  Each day will be themed around a different topic, with lots of chances to work together as well as making your own artwork to take home.  From paint and ink, to working with crafts. All materials will be provided, just bring your imagination!

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West Lothian Write.   Friday 19 August
 
Enjoy an evening of poetry, reading and storytelling by West Lothian Writers. Guest host Ellie Stewart is currently developing Gala with Playwrights' Studio Scotland and also works with writers' collectives and youth theatres.  This session is an opportunity to present a short piece of writing in a supportive environment.  A popular event please book in advance to guarantee a performance slot.
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Free swimming during the school holidays.
  Thursday 30 June - Monday 22 August
 
Youngsters aged 15 and under living in West Lothian are being invited to stay safe during the summer holidays by taking advantage of free swimming. Xcite and West Lothian Council's free swimming programme is available at facilities across West Lothian from Thursday 30 June until Monday 22 August 2016. The West Lothian Council funded programme aims to encourage young people to keep active and healthy during the school holiday periods.
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Scams Awareness Month.    July
 

Scams Awareness Month takes place throughout July 2016 and is an opportunity for consumers to take a united stand against predatory practices which affects millions of people each year.
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