West Lothian 50+ Network – Events

25th Anniversary Celebrations

This year the 50+ Network has reached a milestone anniversary. It’s 25 years since the Network was started back in 1994, so to mark this milestone anniversary we will be organising a number of special events and activities. These will include taking part in the Bathgate Procession, tree planting and BBQ, a car treasure hunt, a garden party, a cheese and wine evening and sponsoring a floral display under the Bathgate Beautiful scheme.  And we’re introducing new regular activities, such as the monthly coach trips on Sundays and social evenings.

A number of events are well-established in the Network’s calendar. These include dinners, socials and musical evenings. Our annual craft fair and coffee morning is an important fund raiser for the Network, as is our running of the thrift shop in Bathgate for a week each summer. In addition to our monthly members’ meetings, we all look forward each year to our Christmas party and Network Choir Carol Concert.

Members’ Meetings

Held on the third Saturday of the month at the Royal British Legion in Bathgate, the monthly members’ meeting is a get-together to update members on activities and Network business.

  • Coffee/tea and biscuits are available.
  • An external speaker or entertainer is invited and they cover a variety of topics of general interest.
  • Minutes of the meetings are produced and sent to all members.
  • Raffle tickets are sold for funds. Donations for the raffle are always welcome.
  • Network Lottery tickets are also sold to raise funds. The monthly Lottery is drawn and the prize winners are announced. Tickets are available at the office and at the monthly meetings. Tickets are for 6 months from May to October and November to April;
  • An opportunity to meet Committee members;
  • Updates from Group Leaders;
  • Meet and socialise with members from other groups

Coffee Morning and Craft Fair

The Network’s annual Coffee Morning and Craft Fair replaces the normal monthly members’ meeting in October and is an important fundraiser for the Network.

Our “crafty” members work on items that can be sold at the fair. And those who love baking lend a hand too.

Date: Saturday 19th October 2019.

Network Choir Carol Concert

The Network Singers sing in local residential care homes and at some West Lothian 50+ Network functions, as well as having a Carol Concert at Christmas (Kristmas Krackers) for Network members.

Date: 12 December 2019

Christmas Party

Our annual members Christmas Party takes place in December. There’s musical entertainment, dancing and party games, and of course, a generous spread of food.

Date: Saturday 21st December 2019

Group Leaders’ Lunch

It has become a tradition for the Committee to show their appreciation of the work put in by all the Group leaders throughout the year by inviting them to a lunch. This usually takes place in January.

Thrift Shop

Each year the Network takes over the Homeaid shop in Bathgate’s George Street for a week towards the end of the summer. This is an important fundraiser for the 50+ Network and members have done us proud in the past with their generous donations.

Dates: 25 September to 2 October 2019


Diary Dates

Members Monthly Meetings 2019:

Saturday 20th April

Saturday 18th May – AGM

Saturday 15th June

Saturday 17th August

Social Evenings 2019:

Social Evening with Prize Bingo – Thurs 25th April

Social Evening with Beetle Drive – Thurs 30th May

Coach Trips 2019:

Sunday 28th April – Balloch & Helensburgh

Sunday 26th May – Loch Katrine & Callander

Wednesday 23rd October – Pitlochry & the Enchanted Forest

Theatre Trips 2019: 


Holidays 2019:

Walking in Mallorca – 8th to 15th May

Seville – 7th to 14th October

Cheese and Wine Evening: Friday 17th May

25 Cycles in the Bathgate Procession: Saturday 1st June

Dementia Awareness Workshop: Wednesday 5th June

Car Treasure Hunt: Sunday 14th July

Garden Party: Sunday 18th August

Tree Planting & Sausage Sizzle at Beecraigs: Sunday 22  September 2019

Thrift Shop : 25th Sept – 2 Oct 2019

Network Choir Concert: 7th & 8th October

St Andrew’s Dinner: Sat 30th November 2019

Kristmas Krackers Concert: 12th Dec 2019

Christmas Party: Sat 21st December 2019

Get in Touch

Tel: 01506-635510
Email: wlothian50plus@btconnect.com
Facebook: @westlothian50plusnetwork