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  Best ever exam results for West Lothian.

West Lothian pupils have achieved their best ever set of exam results this year. Hard work by pupils across West Lothian saw them surpass last year’s figures to record West Lothian’s most successful set of Higher results in 2016. Early indications show that the amount of pupils achieving five and three Highers in West Lothian have both risen by 2% to 22% and 40% respectively, with Armadale Academy and Whitburn Academy showing significant increases, and Broxburn Academy and Inveralmond Community High School in Livingston continuing to build on their strong showing in last year’s exam results.

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  Third Certificate of Excellence for Beecraigs Country Park.
  Beecraigs Country Park has held on to its highly prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award for the third year. The Certificate of Excellence Award is given to outstanding hospitality businesses that have received praise and recognition in reviews by TripAdvisor travellers. Winners of the award range from one-room bed and breakfasts to 6,000-room hotels, from bakeries to Michelin-star restaurants and hidden attractions to world-renowned parks and museums. 
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  First holiday lunch clubs served up 
  Children from all over West Lothian have had a feast of fun at the council’s first ever free holiday lunch and activity clubs. Over 300 children have registered to take part in seven clubs across West Lothian, which aimed to deliver nutritious meals and fun activities during the school holidays. This compares favourably with results achieved in other areas of Scotland and the UK.
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  Milestone for flagship employment programme 
  West Lothian Council’s ground-breaking StepsN2work programme has helped more than 1,000 young people into the jobs market.
StepsN2work has a range of schemes designed to help local young people aged from 16 to 24 to get their foot on the job ladder. These include: Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate work experience within the council, as well as six-month paid training opportunities and a Wage Subsidy scheme with local employers.
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  Almost £90,000 for community youth projects.
  West Lothian Council has approved funding of £89,931 from the Alcohol Diversionary Fund to support six local youth community projects. To receive funding, activities should be closely tied with outcomes that have a wider impact on drinking behaviour, with the intention that commissioned services should contribute to reducing anti-social behaviour, delivery of one-to-one alcohol brief interventions and changing group attitudes to drinking  
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Dirty Water    Friday 16 September
Howden Park Centre
A comedy set in the housing schemes of Glasgow, Dirty Water follows a misfit team of male cleaners who work for the worst close cleaning service in the country.  When mounting complaints lead to their jobs hanging in the balance, mopping floors starts to look a little harder than they first thought.  A story about love and the jobs we hate to do.
Age 16+ contains strong language. Tickets £12.50/£10.50             tel: 01506 777666   
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The Roy Orbison Story - Barry Steele and Friends
  Saturday 17 September
Howden Park Centre
This celebration of Roy Orbison’s musical legacy is quite simply unmissable.  A fabulous line-up of musicians and singers will join Barry Steele in this special show that not only honours ‘The Big O’, but also the legendary stars that performed with him.  “True Identikit Brilliance” The Stage
Tickets £20.50/£18.50, tel: 01506 777666
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Bathgate Music Festival   Thurs 1- Sun 4 September
The eighth annual Bathgate Music Festival takes place at venues across the town from 1 to 4 September.
If you like music, whether it is traditional, folk, blues, country, 60s, musicals or classical,  there’s something for you and many of the events are free. 
A fantastic weekend of live music will be brought to a close at the Party in the Park family fun day in Kirkton Park on Sunday 4 September from 11am.
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Linlithgow Folk Festival
  Wed 7 - Sun 11 September 
Multi-award-winning traditional musicians, The Outside Track, are set to headline the 18th annual festival.
The concert on Saturday 10 September in Linlithgow Academy Theatre will be the high point of the five-day event, which also includes a musical cruise on the canal, a family ceilidh, the Hub at the Masonic Hall, a Bluegrass concert and Gospel session and outdoor stage at the Cross. Many of the events are free.
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