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From our issue of October 28, 2011

Help wanted

Sir, - I am writing to ask Journal and Gazette readers to come along on Wednesday, November 2, to the Burgh Halls from 7-9pm to hear more about joining the Linlithgow Fundraising Group for Marie Curie Cancer Care, which is looking for new members. Light refreshments will be provided.

Group members can make an enormous difference locally by supporting Marie Curie’s West Lothian Nursing Appeal, raising vital funds for the local Marie Curie Nursing Service, which provides free nursing care for people with terminal illnesses in their own homes. Other patients are cared for at our hospice in Edinburgh.

The Linlithgow Fundraising Group will promote fundraising within the local community by organising fundraising activities and collections, encouraging new volunteers to help the charity, as well as supporting Marie Curie’s major fundraising campaigns such as the Great Daffodil Appeal and Blooming Great Tea Party.

To join your local volunteer fundraising group for Marie Curie Cancer Care, or to find out more about the group and other ways to support the charity, please call Fiona Bushby on 0131 470 2290 or by email at fiona.bushby@mariecurie.org.uk - Yours etc.,

Fiona Bushby

Community Fundraising Manager

Rose woes

Sir, - Thanks for publishing the story of the “green man” statue that is now located in the recently restored Rose Garden, behind the Burgh Halls.

Unfortunately the Rose Garden is no longer as accessible to the public as it once was. The entrance from the Peel has been closed, as has the pend under the Burgh Halls, with the only remaining access through the Burgh Halls and the Glasshouse Café. Visitors, and even locals, are unlikely to follow this route, unless they are customers of the café and are thus likely to miss one of Linlithgow’s beautiful quiet spots.

Would it not be possible to open the excellent new gates to the Burgh Halls pend during opening hours and thus encourage easier access to the Rose Garden? This is the route described in the Linlithgow Heritage Trail and Visitor Guide. It is free from giving visitors the impression that the Rose Garden is part of the Glasshouse Cafe’s outside seating area.

These problems are particularly acute on a fine day when there is a wedding in the Burgh Halls and the wedding guests are gathered in the Rose Garden for photographs. A casual visitor is likely to feel like an unwanted intruder in this “public” location -. Yours etc.,

Lyn Aitken

by email.

Better model

Sir, - I choked on my cornflakes when I read Bruce Jamieson’s sycophantic centre page spread on John Hope, First Marquess of Linlithgow, whose statue stands neglected in the Rose Garden (“A Monumental Man” on October 14).

The First Marquess makes a compelling case study for the aristocratic, colonial rule prevalent of his time and his tenancy as Governor-General of Australia was not without controversy ending in his resignation.

As your editorial page mentioned, we live in a time of celebrity and while it is entertaining to have a memorial in the town to the fictional “Scotty” from Star Trek perhaps we should look closer to home for deserving role models?

Manny Shinwell first entered parliament as the MP for Linlithgowshire and is one of the architects of our modern, compassionate, meritocratic society. His authorship of the Labour Party Manifesto led to Labour’s victory in the General Election of 1945 and provides us with a legacy far more generous than the excesses of the First Marquess. - Yours etc.,

Douglas Maxwell

Lowport Dairy, 69 Blackness Road, Linlithgow EH49 7JD

Poor turn out

Sir, - I attended an open evening on Tuesday, October 25, at Bo’ness Academy which was linked to the Olympic project being run by the school in conjunction with other European schools. Children from Bo’ness Academy have visited France and the Netherlands with a further trip being organised in 2012. This will culminate prior to the summer with children from various European countries gathering together at the school to celebrate the Olympics.

The evening started with an inspirational talk from Mr Craig Mathieson who has been to both the North and South Poles. This was followed by a sports quiz and a question and answer session when pupils directed questions to athletes who had been invited to the event. There was also a food tasting session giving those present an opportunity to taste foods from other European countries.

It was an excellent evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Staff and pupils have to be thanked for the enormous amount of work which went in to making the evening such a success.

My only gripe has to be with the small number of people who attended. The staff and the pupils work hard to provide these opportunities for the community and yet few people take the time to attend. The school needs the support of the community and in return the community can benefit from what the school can bring to it. I would urge more people to take the time to support Bo’ness Academy in whatever way they can. - Yours etc.,

Heather Cullen

Chairwoman of Bo’ness

Academy Parent Council