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Jul 4, 2016

Show Notes Episode 16


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The XL podcast is the monthly podcast with everything you need to know about Lanarkshire. The county you live, work and play.


Coming up on this episode:

NLC Ordered To Pay Pension Costs

Houldsworth Car Park Finally Opens

South Lanarkshire Sports Awards

Cumbernauld Model Crowned Miss GB

Uddingston Nurse Awarded MBE

Politicians To Be Given Safety Training

Forgewood To Get Holyrood Cash

Mum’s Anger at Carluke High School

M&D's Accident



Last month the spotlight shone on The British Heart Foundation. This month the torch is passed onto victim support Scotland. They offer support to people affected by crime for as long as you need them. Their services are free, completely confidential and independent. You can also find out how you could help. As always you can get all the information from the spotlight page. just follow the links in the show notes or via the AcrossLanarkshire homepage.

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What's On For July

Blantyre Community Committee in association with the National Trust for Scotland (and David Livingstone Centre) presents

The Blantyre Summer GALA 2016
It's on Saturday 9th July at David Livingstone Centre Grounds Station Road
from 12.000 midday until 8.00pm !!

Commencing with the Summer colours parade at 11.15am meeting at the Sports Centre, a procession will walk down to the David Livingstone Centre Grounds, where a whole host of activities will be taking place throughout the day!

From late morning, the fairground will be there, inflatables, a stage with live music, A DJ, the beer tent, full summer outdoor market, children's sports day, crowning of the gala King and Queen, hot and cold food, face painting all in beautiful surroundings of the David Livingstone Centre, with access to the museum, toilets and gift shop.

Entry to the gala day will be FREE and they promise fun for all the family. This is Blantyre's largest event in the calendar, which brings together ALL the community. 



LazyTown's Sportacus, Robbie Rotten, Stephanie & Ziggy return in their all-new concert show at Lanark Memorial Hall!

Currently on Channel 5, Milkshake, Cartoon Network and Boomerang, LazyTown is a hit all over again with a brand-new generation of boys and girls.
And, in this brand-new, stage show adventure, Robbie is at his rottenest worst while Sportacus has to be at his athletic, super-active best – running, jumping and flipping to save the day as he joins Stephanie in coaxing Ziggy to enjoy a more active lifestyle.
All the songs from the legendary TV show feature, including No One’s Lazy in LazyTown, Bing Bang and Never Say Never, as the benefits of “sports candy” are introduced in inspirational style.

From international producers of Ben 10 Live, Barney and Friends, Charlie and Lola and Smurfs Live On Stage, meet your favourite LazyTown characters and learn how to be a real super hero.

Lanark Memorial Hall 9th July 2pm




Live at Livvies is Blantyre's very own Summer Music Festival

A fabulous line up of live music is planned on stage. The professional run festival will be held on Sunday 10th July from 12 midday until 6pm, at the same venue as the gala day at David Livingstone Centre.

Everybody welcome. Event will be licensed and will include a funfair, beer tent and brilliant sound system. After the bands, a fantastic dance DJ will end the massive party!
Summer festival fun will include adult and child face painting, hot and cold food, provided seats and tables, fun inflatables, water canons and more!
Toilet facilities will be available. Parking restrictions will apply and it is suggested people walk to the event or get dropped off in Station Road beforehand.



Search for missing bones, fossils and dinosaurs to complete the prehistoric trail at Calderglen Country Park!

Its on now and runs until 28 August. Maps are available from the gift shop and the cost £1:50 times are 10am - 4pm




SmashIntoSummer with Cumbernauld Theatre's Performing Arts Courses for children and young people.

11 July 2016 to 05 August 10am - 4pm


This summer they celebrating the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl by offering full-on arts experience for children and young people aged 4-18!

Taking inspiration from Dahl’s quotes and characters, each Performance Academy will devise, rehearse and perform their own summer story at Cumbernauld Theatre, with in house technical support and access to the theatre’s costume and props stores.

Also brand new for Summer 2016! you can Join Dance Fusion Academy to experience dance and physical theatre colliding to create energetic and thought provoking tales where the movement tells the story. No dance experience required – let your imagination do the hard work!

Young people will have the opportunity to work alongside choreographers, specialist tutors, theatre makers and other young performers over the five day programme – participants should be committed to attending the full week, including the performance. By the end of the week, you will have created, rehearsed and performed a show of your very own for family and friends.

Bookings are now open! call the Box Office on 01236 732887 to secure your space.

All Performance Academies cost £25 for the full week’s tuition. Tickets to the final performance cost £3 each.





Children can join Pro-Soccer East Kilbride for their Skills School Summer Camps during the holidays!

From 18 July to 05 August

10am - 2.30pm Mon 18th July - Fri 22nd July

Or Mon 1st August - Fri 5th August

£49.99 for the week or £14.99 per day and includes lunch


Pro-Soccer Skills School is a fun and innovative class designed to give children an enjoyable start to Soccer. The programme covers all aspects of the modern game including shooting, passing, dribbling, teamwork, and of course, skills! Developed coaches from many different football backgrounds, Pro-soccer believe that their blend of games, drills skills and fun is perfect to give that soccer mad youngster hours of great training to help them learn and improve their game.





The Biggar Agricultural Show 2016, is being held on the 23rd of July.

£10 per adult, £5 per concession and children go FREE!

The show field will be bursting with Livestock, Poultry and Equine Classes, Ladies Industrial Section, Craft Marquee, Highland Dancing, Dog Show, Food Fair, Trade Stands, Fun Fair, Children's Entertainment and main ring attractions!

Parking at the Showfield is also FREE and there is a FREE courtesy bus running out of Biggar High Street from 10am.



The annual East Kilbride Open Cattle Show takes place on July 30th.

Being held on the event fields at the National Museum of Rural Life. 

This event is organised and operated by the East Kilbride Open Cattle Show Society independent of the National Museum of Rural Life.
There is a wonderful variety of new things to see this year as well as all your old favourites.

Tractor Ted will be dropping by as he is on a Scottish Tour and will be arriving at the show with a lot of exciting things for the children to see and do. The Quack Commando’s Display team are attending. You can even bring the family pet dog to take part in the successful dog show.