Westdrive 2017

We have been asked by Police Scotland to participate in Westdrive 2017, a road safety event held at the Howden Centre in Livingston on Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st August. This event is for senior students in all the West Lothian Secondary Schools, most of whom are learning to drive now or in the near future.   The event is organised in six sessions – morning and afternoon sessions on each of the days – and involves presentations from the police, the fire and rescue service, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the insurance industry.   Cycling UK Scotland/CTC Lothians and Spokes have participated the last couple of years and provided the perspective of cyclists and how car drivers can adversely affect cyclists if they are not given sufficient space.

I am looking for volunteers to assist if possible, this can be one volunteer to cover all three days or different volunteers to cover each of the individual sessions.   A breakfast is provided on each of the days and a lunch and it is not a hard day.   If I can get volunteers I can provide them with a briefing on what we did last year and pass contact details on to Inspector Drew Elliot, the Community Inspector at Bathgate, who is organising the event this year.

If there is anyone able to assist, please get in touch with me.   Ideally I would like to be able to confirm to Inspector Elliot by early August if we are able to assist him so the quicker the better.

Donald Urquhart, Secretary

Invitation to Participate in TV Programme

Boundless, a TV production company, are making a brand new show for BBC2 called ‘Love in the Countryside’ www.bbc.co.uk/love and are currently looking for urban dwelling singletons to take part. They are keen to find people of all ages who are looking for love and interested in dating someone who lives in the British countryside. This brand new BBC2 series “will paint a picture of modern Britain, bring people together from different walks of life and give singletons that live in towns and cities the chance to try dating, country style.”

 The casting researcher, Kerry Leese, wondered if this might be of interest to members – “it would be fantastic to be able to feature people who love getting out and cycling. If they would like to meet any of our rural singletons, they can log onto www.bbc.co.uk/love.”   Please direct queries and any suggestions to Kerry Leese..

Boundless, the producers of Grand Designs, Escape to the Country and Great British Railway Journeys are seeking single people, looking for love for a brand new BBC2 series.   From dairy farmers to vets, we’ve found rural singletons of all ages from across the British countryside.   They’re looking for love and maybe YOU could have the chance to date one of them.   If you’re thinking the grass may be greener and are genuinely looking to share your life with someone, then go to the BBC website, click on the dating profiles and see if anyone takes your fancy!

Kerry Leese, Casting Researcher, 1 Stephen St, London, W1T 1AL, 020-7691-5017

Kerry.Leese@boundlessproductions.tv   www.boundlessproductions.tv

Scotland’s Gardens

I am writing to you from Scotland’s Gardens, perhaps you have come across us? We facilitate open gardens in order to raise money for charity. We were established in 1931 and our portfolio of gardens includes stately homes and private gardens of horticultural interest across Scotland.

We are running an East Lothian Garden trail at the end of June, which allows the public to visit 12 different gardens over the course of two weeks. The trail was organised by a keen cyclist himself, and he has seen that the gardens group nicely into runs.  I wonder if your members might also be interested in such an event.

It’s a great day out visiting gardens, a decent cycle and a wonderful way to support Scottish Charities.

Imogen McCaw, Scotland’s Gardens

Cycling in East Lothian

ESP Physio – Discount to CTC Lothians and Borders Members

ESP Physio have recently opened a new Physiotherapy clinic in the Waverley Gate Building in Edinburgh (the old GPO building at the east end of Princes Street).   The facility provides a private treatment room and free access to a fully equipped gym.   All their practitioners have extensive experience in sports injury management and strength and conditioning.   They are offering an exclusive 20% discount to CTC Lothians and Borders members on all Physiotherapy and sports massage treatments.   More information is available from Tom Unwin, ESP Physiotherapist – www.espphysio.com and on the attached documents.

Edinburgh-Poster   Price-List

Donald Urquhart, Secretary

New Cycle Touring Website – Ride the Bike – Bikepacking and Cycle Journeys

Ian Yarroll has asked me to draw members’ attention to a new Website that he has created to advertise his cycle touring Website – Ride the Bike.   This is based on various bikepacking and touring journeys that he has made over the last few years in Europe and the UK and it contains practical info and resources which he hopes will help others to plan trips – it has not been set up for any commercial purposes.   More information at http://www.ridethebike.co.uk/

Donald Urquhart, Secretary