Bid to get Queensferry residents to be more active

walking-cycling-southqueensferry-web1A campaign is getting underway to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) across Scotland – including Queensferry Ambition – are organising special events to support European Mobility Week, which gets formally underway on September 16.

The events have been funded by Business Improvement Districts Scotland with grant funding from Transport Scotland. South Queensferry’s campaign has also been supported by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Maggie Mitchell from Queensferry Ambition says: “The message is that making smarter travel choices helps local economies. It also makes us healthier. Simple lifestyle changes – like leaving the car and walking, cycling or taking the bus – can make a big difference. So what’s stopping us?”

She continued: “Figures supplied by the EU show an increase in trading where walking and cycling are the norm – by up to 40 per cent.

“There are other benefits, too. Adults who walk and cycle tend to be more productive at work, take fewer sick days and spend less time, on average, seeing their GP. And children who walk or cycle to school perform better in class.

“In Queensferry, we’re doing some survey work to identify barriers to people being more active. We’re also trying to literally get folks on their bikes by setting up a stall on September 17 at Scotmid, just off the town centre, offering free bike MOTs and a chance to try electric bikes.”

Bike charity Sustrans works with local authorities to improve local cycle paths, including the John Muir Way, which runs right across the central belt.

The charity says: “Getting out walking or cycling burns calories, gets your heart pumping and works your legs and abs. It can also lift your mood, put a smile on your face and improve your general health and wellbeing.”

The Scottish Government has produced guidelines encouraging adults to do 30 minutes of moderate activity five or more days a week. Sadly a survey in 2012 found that only 45 per cent of men and 33 per cent of women were hitting the target.

Others think we should be doing even more.

Fitbit, which produces pedometers to measure walking and activity levels, suggests people should cover 10,000 steps a day – the equivalent to walking five miles. Most people can cover this distance (walking at a brisk pace) in under an hour and a half.

But many would say that any increased activity is a step in the right direction.

John Pryde, who helps run a fit camp in South Queensferry, says: “I often recommend starting small – getting off the bus two stops earlier and doing a little bit more exercise. Try something. If you’re moving more than you did before, you’ll be benefitting.”

His advice is echoed by Fiona Grant, a partner in JW Physiotherapy in South Queensferry, said: “Try to incorporate small movements within your day. A short walk at lunchtime, or getting off the bus sooner, or getting out for a walk in the evening. It’s important to tailor things to individuals because everyone is different.”

Maggie Mitchell continued: “Many of us have taken to shopping online, but there’s nothing better than going for a walk around the shops. It gives you some exercise, you can meet some lovely people, have a coffee – and perhaps bag a bargain at the same time.
“I hope people will support the campaign and think about their transport habits.
“Cutting down car use also cuts down emissions and the resulting pollution, and that has to be good for everyone too.”

Useful links

More information

  • Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store, tel. 07967 150560 or 01506 823714
  • Maggie Mitchell, Queensferry Ambition, tel. 0131 331 3203; mobile: 07952 970325

Ladies Do Lunch . . . to raise cash for charity

Ladies from around the Bo’ness area are being invited to a fundraising lunch to raise money for The Friends of Kinneil charity.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 20, from 1-4 p.m. at the Corbie Inn, Corbiehall, Bo’ness.

A three-course meal will be on offer. There will also be fun activities for attendees to try.

Tickets are priced at £20 each, which includes a donation to The Friends of Kinneil. (They will be available from the venue in the next few days.)

(Scroll down for menu.)

Maria Ford from The Friends said: “We’ve teamed up with the Corbie Inn to run this special fundraising lunch. Sadly, it’s only for ladies – however, we will be having other events for everyone to enjoy later this year.

“As well as a wonderful meal on August 20, we’ll run a game of ‘Irish Bingo’ – that’s the one where people sit down when their bingo numbers are called; the last one standing is the winner. There will also be a raffle.

“In addition, we’re inviting other local groups to come along and sell goods. That way, we’re helping others too. It should be a lovely afternoon. I hope ladies will come along and support it. Tickets will be available from the Corbie Inn.”

Money raised from the event will go to The Friends ongoing work to promote Kinneil Estate and Nature Reserve in Bo’ness. The charity is also behind the Big Roman Week festival.

The full menu is listed below.




Corbie Inn, Bo’ness

20th August

1 – 4 p.m.


Homemade soup

Prawn Cocktail

Garlic Mushrooms

Scampi and Chips

Chicken Salad and Chips

Steak Pie and Potatoes

Macaroni and Chips

Homemade Cheesecake

Ice Cream

Sticky Toffee Pudding

[served with cream or ice cream]

Tea or Coffee


The Corbie Inn, Corbiehall, Bo’ness – the venue for the “Ladies Do Lunch” event on Saturday, August 20. Tickets are available from the venue. Contact the Inn at 

The Friends of Kinneil is a charity registered in Scotland. Reg. SC038368





Charity in hunt for new Friends

MARIAFORD-VOLUNTEERSWEEK1-300DPIA Bo’ness charity is launching a search for new volunteers.

The Friends of Kinneil works to promote and develop Kinneil Estate and Nature Reserve in the town. It runs everything from open days to environmental initiatives.

The group is now looking for willing helpers to assist at future events. It’s also running a drop-in event this Saturday at Kinneil Museum.

Chair Maria Ford (pictured) said: “We’re keen to hear from anyone interested in helping out – from running tours … or planting trees and flowers … to serving cups of tea. You can volunteer for a one-off event, or on a longer term basis. The choice is yours.

“Since we set up The Friends of Kinneil in 2006, we’ve grown our activities and always welcome willing hands. If you’d like to help us, get in touch.”

The local campaign is being launched during national Volunteers’ Week, which aims to recognise the huge contribution made by activists around the country.

Said Maria: “In recent weeks our volunteers have helped at a fun run at Kinneil foreshore, taken part in a festival at Kinneil Museum and will leading tours around Kinneil House at the end of June.”

She continued: “We get involved in environmental initiatives, from planting wild flowers on the foreshore to cleaning up litter, as well as publicising Kinneil through our website and social media channels. We also co-ordinate a Roman festival, do great fundraising – and lots, lots more. If you have time to spare, we can find a job for you. There is a lot going on. No experience is necessary, and no long-term
commitment is required. Just get in touch for a chat.”

The charity is holding a drop-in event at Kinneil Museum this Saturday (June 4) from 1-3.30 p.m. Anyone interested should pop in. Alternatively, you can drop an email to: or call Maria 01506 510629. More information is also online at



  • This year’s Volunteers’ Week is running for more than a week – to tie in with a special Royal party. The “Week” in 2016 runs from June 1-12.
  • Charities across the UK will hold hundreds of events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering to bring communities together. Last year more than 750 events took place, from awards ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.
  • The annual Volunteers’ Week campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to communities every day.
  • Organisers say volunteers are central to the work of countless charities and other organisations – helping out in places as diverse as sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals.
  • A spokesperson for Volunteers’ Week organisers NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations) said: “For many charities the week will also be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer. Many organisations will be developing short-term, flexible or remote volunteering placements to encourage
    people to take part who normally wouldn’t be able to commit and to help them play a bigger role in their communities.”
  • The end of the extended Volunteers’ Week 2016 will coincide with The Patron’s Lunch on Sunday 12 June, a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which The Queen acts as a patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
  • Communities across the UK (and the Commonwealth) will be encouraged to participate by holding their own street party or event, and to use this opportunity to support their local communities through fundraising or giving of time.
    Find out more. Visit or look out for Tweets using the hashtag #volunteersweek

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FACT ONE: In 2012-13 volunteering output contributed an estimated £23.9 billion to the UK economy. This is equivalent to over 1.5% of GDP. (1)
FACT TWO: 21.8 million (42%) people in the UK volunteer formally at least once a year and 14.2 million (27%) of people do so at least once a month. (2)
FACT THREE: There are 162,965 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers. (3)
FACT FOUR: Lots of volunteering also takes place within the public and private sector. For example, there are an estimated three million people volunteering in health and care. (4)

Figures from:

  1. This figure is for regular, formal volunteering and is taken from
    the UK Civil Society Almanac (2013)
  2. From the Cabinet Office’s Community Life Survey 2014-15.
  3. UK Civil Society Almanac 2016

For more information on Volunteers’ Week – plus regional statistics and interview requests, please contact Kristen Stephenson on 020 7520 3154 or email

For information on The Friends of Kinneil, call Maria Ford on 01506
510629 or email:

The Friends of Kinneil is a registered charity
Charity Registration Number : SC038368


Fancy volunteering? Make Friends over a cuppa

A charity is launching a search for new volunteers.

The Friends of Kinneil will stage a drop-in day at Kinneil Museum in Bo’ness this Saturday afternoon (June 6, 2015). The group is even offering free cake and coffee to encourage people to come forward.

The campaign is being launched during national Volunteers Week, which aims to recognise the huge contribution made by activists around the country.

Friends of Kinneil chair Maria Ford said: “We thought this was a  really good time to look for new helpers. The Friends of Kinneil was established nearly ten years ago. In that time, we’ve grown our activities and membership and always welcome willing hands.

“For those who don’t know us, we organise free open days at Kinneil House and environmental initiatives at Kinneil Estate and Foreshore in Bo’ness. However, we’re also keen to hear from people who can help with photography and social media skills. We’re grown our online presence in recent years and are keen to get good photos and material to share with supporters.

“If you’re interested in finding out what we do, and how you can help – pop along to Kinneil Museum this Saturday, June 6, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. We’ll treat you to a coffee or tea and some cake and have a chat. There’s no obligation to get involved. We’ll be delighted to see you, even if you decide volunteering is not for you.”

Catherine Johnston, who recently volunteered to help The Friends of Kinneil, says she’s enjoyed being involved in the group.

“The charity is really friendly and does a lot of great work around Bo’ness. Some of the Kinneil open days are pretty busy and just having a few extra helpers can make a big difference. There’s lots of other ways you can involved too.

“I hope people will come forward this weekend. Volunteering isn’t just about giving up your time and skills – you also get a lot back from being involved and meet some lovely people. It’s incredibly rewarding and I’m so pleased that I’ve become involved.”

IMG_5666The Bo’ness women also thanked Friends volunteers, past and present, for all their efforts. Maria said: “We’re about to reach our 10th birthday next year. The charity has grown tremendously. That wouldn’t have happened without our wonderful volunteers.”

Justin Davis Smith, director of volunteering at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said: “Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to recognise volunteers who put their time, energy and enthusiasm into helping others. Whether it’s clearing out a local park, or helping with a reading club or food bank, volunteers are the social glue keeping our communities together. This week of events across the country will, I hope, show people how much their contribution is valued.

“Last year marked 30 years of Volunteers’ Week celebrations, highlighting how rich our history of social action really is. No one is better at talking about the contribution volunteers make than volunteers themselves, so this year we are asking people to talk about the causes they care about, share motivations for volunteering, and encourage others to think about getting involved by using the hashtag #ivolunteer.

“Volunteering is a way to give something back, but it is also an opportunity to benefit from new experiences, make friends, gain skills and have fun. There has been a rise in recent years in flexible volunteering, so that even people without the time to commit to a regular activity can get involved.

“We hope that this Volunteers’ Week you will join us in saying thank you to everyone who volunteers.”

  • Anyone who wants to help The Friends, or who cannot get along to the Museum on Saturday, can also email: or call Maria Ford on 01506 510629. You can also find out more about Kinneil – and the Friends – at



  • In 2012-13 volunteering output contributed an estimated £23.9billion to the UK economy. This is equivalent to over 1.5% of GDP.[1]
  • 41% of people in the UK volunteer formally at least once a year and 27% do so at least once a month.[2]
  • To find out more visit and follow #volunteersweek and #ivolunteer on Twitter.

[1] From the UK Civil Society Almanac (2013)

[2] From the Cabinet Office’s Community Life Survey 2013-14.

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Delivering integrated campaigns


THE PR Store regularly plans integrated campaigns to help clients.

As part of our support for Big Roman Week (a local community festival) we wrote, designed and produced a dedicated website – – planned an active Twitter and Facebook campaign, did some media relations, designed street banners and produced the flyers and print material.

The festival is over for another year, but the feedback has been excellent and the organisers are pleased with the increased awareness of their Big Roman Week.

If you’d like to talk to The PR Store about a cost-effective campaign to help your charity or organisation, call 01506 823714 or email:


Weaving the web


badge_html THE PR Store is passionate about the internet. We’ve helped lots of organisations get their messages online – from creating content for public sector bodies like West Lothian Council and Scottish Enterprise, to helping not-for-profit groups, like West Lothian’s community councils, create their own websites.

Recent projects have included designing and creating content for a fully-fledged website (featuring text, pictures, video and audio podcasts) for the charity The Friends of Kinneil (visit the website at