West Lothian 50+ Network – Events
25th Anniversary Celebrations
In 2019 the 50+ Network reached a milestone anniversary. It was 25 years since the Network was started back in 1994, so to mark this milestone anniversary we organised a number of special events and activities. These included a cheese and wine evening, taking part on bicycles in the Bathgate Procession, tree planting and sausage sizzle, a car treasure hunt, a garden party, and sponsoring a floral display under the Bathgate Beautiful scheme. And we introduced new 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
For the last few years the Network has taken over the Homeaid shop in Bathgate’s George Street for a week towards the end of the summer. This has been an important fundraiser for the 50+ Network and members have done us proud in the past with their generous donations.