February 2015 Newsletter

Blackness Area Community Council Newsletter: February 2015

Community Website: http://blacknesscommunity.org/

Please remember to sign up to our Community website, and keep an eye out for lots of information about events and news around the area. You are also most welcome to post details of any events you know that are happening round and about.

Would you like to receive this newsletter via email in future? Please send an email to blacknessc@gmail.com, putting “Newsletter” in the subject line.

Dates for your diary:

Community Council meetings: 7pm in the Community Hall on

Wednesday 18th March, Wednesday 15th April,  Wednesday 20th May,


The Community Council now meets on the Third Wednesday of every month. Everyone is most welcome to come along – so please join us and add your voice to what is happening in Blackness.

Email: blacknessc@gmail.com


Community Ceilidh Saturday 28th March 7pm in the Community Hall
Our legendary annual ceilidh extravaganza is almost upon us once again! Music and expert dance calling will again be provided by Billy Smith, with a Golden Chip supper of your choice at half time. Plenty of the other usual games and fun on offer including the Whisky Slide challenge, a fund raising raffle and last but not least – Kilt of the night prize.

Get your tickets now from:  village – Jim Slavin 834373, holdings and farms – Merv Archibald 07919 001238.

Prices held at the very reasonable: Adults £12, Senior Citizens £9, Under 14s £6, toddlers free.

Donations of raffle prizes also welcome, please arrange to hand these to:


John Muir Way walk to celebrate the first anniversary. Saturday 25th April 1pm

Join us in a walk along the John Muir Way from Carriden to Blackness Castle. Bus transport will be available from the village and the school to the start of the walk at Carriden, setting off at 1pm. Ending at Blackness Castle with a family picnic in the grounds. See the Community Website for updates on exact timings.

So strap on your walking shoes and pack a picnic and join us to celebrate the new footpath opening.


Blackness After 8: a Ladies Only Evening on the last Thursday of the Month at 8pm in Blackness Community Hall

Meet up for a blether, try some activities and meet new people. For information, contact Cathie on 07725265399 or join our Facebook Group 'Blackness After 8'.  £3 per session (to cover hall rental & basic costs). Some sessions may cost more for guest instructors or materials.

A packed programme of events is planned including:

Thurs 26th Feb -  Mixology - Cocktails, Chips & Dips Club together with a friend & bring a cocktail for others to try. Whip up your favourite dip and we will try some weird and wonderful combinations.

Friday 27th March - Burlesque Dancing We have a special guest coming to teach us the art of burlesque - its lots of fun, give it a try. NOTE THE DATE IS FRIDAY.

Thurs 30th April - A Stitch and Bitch Night Crochet, Knitting, Sewing...bring a project or teach others your craft as we have each other in stitches

Thurs 28th May - Spanish Evening Ole...join us as we celebrate the food, music, language and culture of Spain...sombreros optional.

Thurs 25th June - Alternative Fair E'ne Celebrate all things Bo'ness as we prepare for the Fair Day.

Thurs 30th July - Crafty Cauldron Aromatherapy night Jo will pass on her wisdom as we have a go a making our own aromatherapy products

Thurs 27th August - BBQ and outdoor games night

Thurs 24th September - Chocolate Night

Thurs 29th October - Stars and Spooks

Thurs 26th November - Christmas Evening with Carol Practice


Blackness Toilets – safe for the moment.

The Community Council is delighted to report that following the recent budget discussions by Falkirk Council, when many public toilet services in the area were reduced, in recognition of our location on the John Muir Way, and the number of visitors to Blackness, it was decided to make an exception for the Blackness toilets which will remain open for the foreseeable future.


Community Café

Please let us have your views on the future of the Community Café. This initiative was run very successfully by the school and latterly by Jo Tavern and friends, however unfortunately the school is no longer able to continue with it. We would like to think that there is a demand in the area for such an event on a regular basis, and we would like to hear from you about how it might work successfully in the future.  Specific proposals include running a monthly coffee morning on a Saturday, possibly also with a football game for the kids. All ideas and input is welcome – please contact: Merv Archibald


Blackness WRI News

Our next meeting takes place on Wednesday 4th March in the community hall at 7.15 and is a talk and tasting from Ryan Nelson who makes ice cream. He will tell us about his farming diversification into this venture.

Members are working hard preparing entries for the Annual show of work in Linlithgow Academy on Saturday 28th March. The show opens to the public at 2pm and all visitors are welcome to view the show and enjoy a cuppa and home baking.

The Blackness meeting on 1st April is an inter institute night with ladies from Linlithgow Bridge, Philpstoun and Ecclesmachan joining us for the meeting.

If you would like to join us or require more information please phone Shelagh on 834293.