Broxburn & Uphall Remembrance Service 2020
BROXBURN AND UPHALL REMEMBRANCE SERVICE 2020
Due to the current situation with Covid 19, the Broxburn and Uphall War Memorial Group, acting on guidelines from The Royal British Legion, have sadly decided not to hold a Remembrance Service at The War Memorial, on Remembrance Sunday. This is for the safety of our community, especially the elderly, who usually attend.
Recent restrictions state we are NOT PERMITTED to hold a parade, have a band playing, singing or have an organised group of people gather in one area.
HOWEVER, The Royal British Legion and the War Memorial Group, are keen to ensure that as many people as possible are able to remember and pay their respects in their own way.
The Broxburn and Uphall War Memorial is open and available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people to lay a wreath or have a moment of quiet contemplation. On Remembrance Sunday, there may be more people than normal attend. If you choose to attend on this date, can you please maintain social distancing to keep everyone safe.
The Royal British Legion are encouraging the wider public to take a moment at home on their doorstep on Remembrance Sunday and on the 11th of November at 11am for the two minutes silence.
However, and where ever, you choose to remember, can you please take a photograph or short video. These can be posted on the new Broxburn and Uphall War Memorial group on Facebook, so that others can see that we have taken the time to remember. These may also be used by The Royal British Legion or W.L. Council.
Pictures can be posted at: www.facebook.com/groups/643585119648072/
We are also acutely aware of the potential catastrophic impact the restrictions could have on this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal so we urge you all to support the Appeal utilising the various new digital methods that Poppyscotland have introduced. You can make a donation via their website, where you can also Donate, Download and Display a poppy at home - www.poppyscotland.org.uk.
Although we are devastated we cannot gather in our normal way, we can join as a nation in heart and spirit to pay our respects.
Broxburn and Uphall War Memorial Group
Getting the flu vaccine in West Lothian
People living across West Lothian who are eligible for the free flu vaccine are being urged to take up the offer to protect themselves and others this winter.
Now, even more people than before qualify for a free flu jab. As well as over 65s, pregnant people and those at risk due to existing health conditions, this year unpaid carers and those who lived with people who shielded during lockdown are also urged to get vaccinated.
Adults over 65 and those with an eligible health condition will have received a letter with details of how to make an appointment. If you have not received a letter but believe you should have, visit the NHS Inform website to get in touch. Pregnant women, unpaid carers and household members of those shielding should also visit NHS Inform for details of how to get vaccinated.
BUTA announce phase 2 of COVID-19 support
Broxburn and Uphall Traders’ Association (BUTA) are pleased to announce that they have secured £5,000 Scottish Government funding administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership to provide further help in supporting the local COVID-19 response. BUTA will be providing direct support, not just to their own members, but also to other small independent retailers in Broxburn and Uphall affected by lockdowns and restricted business operation.
The key item of this support is in the provision of a top-up kit of essential PPE for shopkeepers, designed to help them operate in accordance with Government guidelines and make it safer for their staff and customers alike. This will be backed up with a Shop Local – Shop Safer campaign in November/December.
This support scheme will temporarily join other grants that BUTA administers to traders seeking support in setting up or improving their premises covering the following:-
- Shop Front Improvements
- Security Improvements
- Solid Bare Metal Roller Shutter Replacement
- New Business Grant
Gordon Allan, chairperson, BUTA said: “"We believe this special scheme will ensure we are continuing to provide support to our local shops when they most need it and help ensure our local shops are made as safe as possible giving people the confidence to visit them again, shop local – shop safer”
For more information, please visit the BUTA website at: http://buta.org.uk/news1.htm
West Lothian Toy Appeal
River Kids are looking for volunteers to help support them with the West Lothian Toy Appeal this winter. Any time you could gift out of your busy schedule would be greatly appreciated and make a huge difference.
Walks in Uphall, Ecclesmachan and Broxburn
There are many paths and trails in and around Uphall, Ecclesmachan and Broxburn. Go on, enjoy the great outdoors on our doorstep. To view the map full screen, visit:
World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day is Thursday 10 September. For help, please visit:
Flooding in Broxburn
This evening, we've heard reports and seen images of extensive flooding in parts of Broxburn. Our thoughts are with all in our community who've been affected.
For up-to-date advice, please visit the official social media channels of West Lothian Council and Broxburn Community Council:
River Kids Toy Sale Clearance
Local charity River Kids are holding a massive toy clearance at their Broxburn premises (the old Scotmid building) on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th August. Grab yourself a bargain and help support this fantastic local organisation.
BUTA Update: COVID-19 Support Scheme for Local Shops
The Broxburn and Uphall Traders’ Association (BUTA) have now completed the procurement, assembly and distribution of fifty PPE kits to local high street retailers.
BUTA would like to thank the Broxburn and Uphall Town Centre Management Group and the Scottish Government for their funding assistance with this project.
Phase two of this project will be announced shortly and will include a Shop Local – Shop Safer campaign. For more information, please visit the BUTA website at: http://buta.org.uk/news1.htm