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Roof Garden Diary: February 2016

Roof Garden Diary: February 2016

Dark storm clouds have been hanging over New Lanark Roof Garden for the past few weeks.  However, a welcome blink of winter sunshine at the start of February showed off the evergreens  and  lit up the houses at Braxfield Row in the distance.   Another highlight was a visit from a blackbird that sat for a while on the perimeter wall before hopping down to forage in one of the flowerbeds.


Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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26/01/16 CAVLP # , , , , , ,

Kirkyard Tales: The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker

Kirkyard Tales: The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker

Guest post from Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

Help exhume secrets of souls laid to rest at St Ninian’s Kirkyard, Stonehouse, by volunteering to take part in a FREE archaeological project on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February.

Join CAVLP Heritage and Stonehouse Heritage Group to help shed light on the lives and work of 17th and 18th century bakers, millers, masons, weavers, blacksmiths, farmers and their families, by recording the tools of the trades depicted on the headstones.

No experience of archaeology is necessary – FREE training will be provided in using the latest 3D recording techniques to digitise the gravestones, and there will be activities for all ages and abilities.

“These type of stones were popular in the 17th and 18th century across the whole of Scotland, and they allow us to construct a picture of the people that were living and working around Stonehouse at this time,” explains CAVLP Heritage Officer Dr Paul Murtagh.

He continues, “It would be great if people could help us record these stones so that we can explore the industrial, horticultural and agricultural heritage of the area.”

John Young of the Stonehouse Heritage Group has been recording St Ninian’s Kirkyard for years. He explains that, “As a community we need to work together to preserve our ancestral history in teaching new generations to respect and take pride in preserving our village’s heritage.”

He continues, “One way we can do this is by promoting the importance of graveyards to local residents – helping them understand their historical context, as well as the significance of the carvings etched on the headstones. These records in stone provide us with an insight into the period in which they were erected and stand as monuments to the people who shaped the communities in which we live today.”

The initiative is part of a wider project, Capturing the Past, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) and Historic Scotland, and managed by Northlight Heritage. The project seeks to research and record a variety of local sites of archaeological interest, so there are a plethora of opportunities to get involved in numerous sites of archaeological interest throughout the Clyde and Avon valleys.

A series of FREE, hands-on learning opportunities relating to the historical working lives of people in the Clyde and Avon valleys are also available from the CAVLP Heritage team and run concurrently with the Capturing the Past project until August. MapCRAFT, Tasting Through Time, Sheep to Shawl and Brick by Brick courses explore the mapping, agricultural, horticultural and industrial heritage unique to the area. Designed to fit in with the Curriculum for Excellence, Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir Awards as well as Badge Activities for Guides, Scout and the Boys and Girls Brigade, courses can be tailored to meet the needs of any age group and ability and can last between 2 to 4 hours.

The FREE weekend event at St Ninian’s Kirkyard, Stonehouse, will offer volunteers a chance to engage in the latest techniques used by archaeologists to digitally record sites, and to help enhance the record of this important historical kirkyard. Further events and training weekends will take place on the first and third weekends in February, March and April.

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 of February – Archaeological survey of St Ninian’s Kirkyard

St Ninians Kirkyard and Stonehouse Lifestyles, 10.30am – 3.30pm, adults, children and families all welcome. Free but booking essential. For more information and to book, call 1555 661555 or email Paul and Karen at [email protected].

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12/01/16 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: January 2016

Roof Garden Diary: January 2016

Normally the green spears of snowdrops are peeping through by now but this year there is no sign of them in New Lanark Roof Garden!  Probably the heavy rain and unusually warm temperatures throughout December don’t suit these winter beauties.  However, a rainy day is the perfect time to visit the Roof Garden mosaic — go through the glass door into the attic space next to the lift.  The mosaic design includes the woodpecker shown in the photograph.  Soon the sound of real woodpeckers drumming at dawn on hollow tree trunks will be echoing through the surrounding woodland.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

“They will be surrounded by gardens, have abundance of space in all directions to keep the air healthy and pleasant: they will have walks and plantations before them, and well cultivated grounds, kept in good order, as far as the eye can reach”.
(Robert Owen, 1817)

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22/12/15 Uncategorized

New Year, New You? Volunteering in the Valleys

New Year, New You? Volunteering in the Valleys

Get fitter, get out and about or learn a new skill. If any of these sound like your new years’ resolutions for 2016, then look no further than the volunteering opportunities available through Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) associated projects.

Whether you like to keep your hands clean or get dirty, be indoors or out, there’s a volunteering opportunity for you in the Clyde and Avon valleys! Opportunities are available for all ages and abilities and can be flexible to suite on your time commitments.

Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) offer free environmental training and volunteering. Join them to repair paths, plant trees and flowers, build fences and more, from Falls of Clyde to Dalzell Estate. Help conserve the wonderful local natural environment and learn new skills, get out into the fresh air and meet new friends whilst doing so. Take a look at the online calendar to see what’s coming up and for booking information: www.clydeandavonvalley.org/events.

If you love nothing more than a historic mystery, CAVLP Heritage are looking for volunteers to research the many lesser known historic sites of the Clyde and Avon valleys, starting with ‘Hoolet  Raw’ at Chatelherault Country Park in January. They’re looking for volunteers in map, place name and archival research, archaeological surveys and digitisation. Novice or a pro, get in touch with Paul or Karen at [email protected] / 01555 661 555 to find out how you can help unearth the hidden stories of the historic valleys.

The Glorious Gardens team also need help in unlocking the secrets of the old Clyde valley Estates. Learn or put to use existing historic landscape research and surveying skills, in finding out more about the numerous designed landscapes in the local area which are in danger of being lost forever. If you like the sound of learning new skills, exploring the landscape from the archives as well as on foot and meeting new people while you’re at it, contact Lorna on [email protected] / 0845 901 1142.

Media moguls and office administration volunteers are required by the CAVLP team to help report on and administer the projects they deliver that celebrate the local landscape, heritage and people. This can include putting journalistic, photographic or video production skills to use in reporting on projects out in the landscape, helping maintain the CAVLP website and social media channels, or being a CAVLP ambassador- helping share our news on social media or distributing our quarterly newsletter to local shops, groups, schools and other community hubs. Get in touch at [email protected] / 01555 663 430.

Perhaps you have a passion for a specific site in the Clyde and Avon valleys and want to dedicate your volunteer time exclusively to it – check the details below:

New Lanark, contact [email protected] for general volunteering opportunities or [email protected] for opportunities to get involved in the Double Row restoration project. Call the office on 01555 661 345.

North Lanarkshire Council managed sites including Dalzell Estate, contact Helen Boyle  [email protected] / 01698 402090.

RSPB Baron’s Haugh, contact Stephen [email protected] / 0141 331 0993.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde, call the office on 01555 665 262.

South Lanarkshire Council managed Chatelherault and Mauldslie woodlands, call 0303 123 1020.

Heritage Lottery Fund supported CAVLP is funded until 2018 to deliver a range of over 70 projects which celebrate the unique and diverse natural and cultural landscape of the Clyde and Avon valleys.

Donna Marshall, CAVLP Programme Manager explains, “Strengthening the connection between people and place is at the heart of all CAVLP projects. Volunteering is a huge part of this programme and we urge people of all ages and abilities to get involved. It’s a great way to learn new skills, get fitter and explore the local landscape whilst making a valuable contribution to local environmental and cultural assets.”

“We’ve had great feedback from volunteers who are already volunteering with CAVLP projects,” says Kirsten Robb, CAVLP Development Officer. “An evaluation of last years’ CCI projects showed that volunteers felt that their confidence, fitness and satisfaction grew greatly from learning a new skill.”

What are you waiting for? Nail those new years’ resolutions and make a big difference to your local community whilst you’re at it.

Get in touch at [email protected] / 01555 663 430 / www.clydeandavonvalley.org/our-people/volunteer

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08/12/15 Roof Garden # , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary – December 2015

Roof Garden Diary – December 2015

Some of Santa’s little reindeer are having a rest in New Lanark Roof Garden prior to their big night!   Here everything is tranquil,  but down at the Pantomime the audience is making as much noise as possible.  The New Lanark Christmas Experience including the pantomime is on at the weekends and on 23 and 24 December – book online at www.newlanark.org.  Remember to visit the Roof Garden to see the reindeer too.   After all that shouting and singing,  if you can stay still and quiet for a few minutes, the resident robin may even pop by to say hello!

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03/12/15 CAVLP # , , , , ,

Winners revealed for autumn round of Clyde and Avon valleys photography competition

Winners revealed for autumn round of Clyde and Avon valleys photography competition

Guest blog from Sarah at the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership…

Four entries showcasing the autumnal beauty of the local landscape have been selected as winners of the Clyde and Avon valleys’ seasonal photo competition – as the hunt for winter winners begins.

Autumnal views over Chatelherault’s formal garden, Lanark from Black Hill cairn, woodlands at Corra Castle and rooftops at New Lanark by Alan Collison, Dylan Nardini and Ricky Mitchell, were the four winning images selected out of over 40 entries.

The images were picked by the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) team with the assistance of Crawford based Mark Archibald Photography Ltd.

“We were overwhelmed by the quality of all of the autumn entries,” says Sarah O’Sullivan, Communications Officer for CAVLP. “Their diversity highlights what a unique landscape the Clyde and Avon valleys are and just why the area is designated an Area of Great Landscape Value. We look forward to the next winter round of the photography competition and seeing the valleys in the subsequent phase of their seasonal journey.”

Winter entries to the competition can now be submitted under the themes of woodlands, built heritage, geology, play, and inspired by the landscape, until 29 February.

Each winning photographer wins a framed print of their photograph and submitted images may be selected for display in Clyde and Avon valleys exhibitions, postcards and digital interpretation of the area on the CAVLP website, alongside credit to the original photographer.

Judging takes place quarterly, after each seasonal category closes. Winter entries close 29 February 2016, with spring and summer entries closing 31 May and 31 August. Overall winners will be picked in September 2016.

Photographs should be taken in, or looking into, the Area of Great Landscape Value which follows the Clyde and Avon valleys from just south of Hamilton to New Lanark and Strathaven respectively. A map outlining the boundary is available in the competition guidelines. The area is well known for attractions such as Chatelherault Country Park and New Lanark World Heritage Site but there are many, more hidden features of the landscape that tell an equally important part of the area’s story.

Open to all ages and photographic abilities, entries are judged on creativity and individuality as much as technical skill.

“Photographs that showcase the best of the Clyde and Avon valleys play an important role in CAVLP’s aim to inspire people to explore the beautiful and often hidden landscape,” says Donna Marshall, Manager of CAVLP.  “Now, more than ever, we are realising how important landscape is to our wellbeing.  A photograph is a very powerful way to convey the beauty, drama and joy to be had from our special local landscape and we hope that photographers will help us raise the profile of the landscape’s unique characteristics.”

Photographs can be entered in a digital format to [email protected] or in print format to: David Dale’s House, Rosedale Street, New Lanark, ML11 9DJ.

To see all of the Autumn entries, please visit the gallery on the CAVLP Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ClydeandAvonValleyLandscapePartnership

For full information on the competition, visit www.clydeandavonvalley.com/news or email [email protected].

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Alan Collison, Horticulture

Dylan Nardini Autumn Designs in Landscapes Lanark from Black Hill cairn

Dylan Nardini, Lanark from Black Hill Cairn

Dylan Nardini Autumn Woodlands - Corra Castle, Falls of Clyde

Dylan Nardini, Corra Castle, Falls of Clyde

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Ricky Mitchell, New Lanark

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Ted’s Christmas at New Lanark!

Ted’s Christmas at New Lanark!

Hi everyone!

Ted here again for this month’s bumper Christmas Blog with everything I’ve been up to at New Lanark over November and December!

During November we were really busy getting everything set up for Christmas, so it was nice to end the month with a extra-special day! On Friday 27th November the New Lanark textiles team launched the world’s first ever Organic Tartan at a special event in the Mill Shop. The tartan was registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans in September 2015, and the entire process from sheep to shop has been certified as 100% organic by the Soil Association. I sported a special bow tie made out of the Organic Tartan fabric for the event, which I think looks very dashing indeed! The tartan will be sold exclusively in the New Lanark Mill Shop through a range of bags, purses, wallets, accessories and cosy throws!


Launching the world’s first ever Organic Tartan!

On Monday 30th November New Lanark joined in with the Scottish Government’s nationwide St.Andrew’s Day celebrations by lighting up the famous Falls of Clyde blue! I think the photo looks pretty cool, and some of the other iconic places lit up looked amazing as well – like Edinburgh Castle and The Kelpies!

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Dundaff Linn lit up blue to celebrate St.Andrew’s Day!


In case you hadn’t realised – it’s almost Christmas! On Saturday 28th November the New Lanark Christmas Experience opened its doors and kicked off the first weekend of the fantastic event. Tickets are really good value, and for £9.50pp you can meet Santa in his grotto, enjoy the photo/craft zone and go on the Spirit of Christmas Ride! If you’d like to pack more into your day for £11.50pp you can do all of that plus see our festive pantomime Sister Ella’s Slippers – I went to see it on Saturday and I’d highly recommend it!  New Lanark’s Santa’s Grotto was also recently included in a list of the Top 10 places to meet Santa in the UK, wow!

Giddy up Dasher, Prancer & Vixen!



Meeting some of the other bears at Santa’s Workshop!



Front row seats for the pantomime Sister Ella’s Slippers!


After all that excitement I thought it would be nice to treat myself to the Mill Café’s Festive Afternoon Tea! They’re running it Monday – Fridays in December from 12-4pm, and it’s only £10.50pp for all of this! You need to book in advance so best to call 01555 667205 to get your place reserved :)


Yum yum, us bears to like a good scone!

Until next year!!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Meet the panto cast of Sister Ella’s Slippers!

Meet the panto cast of Sister Ella’s Slippers!

Arkeen Theatre Company

Director and writer – Joanne Tulips

Musical Director – Raymond Tulips

Arkeen Theatre Company was established in 1997 and have been writing and producing the pantomime in New Lanark for over 15 years.  With stories including Miss Molly’s Curiosity Shop, Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat last year and Sister Ella’s Slippers this year ; our original pantomimes include traditional characters, a few from the future and the past;  within quality, fun and entertaining productions.

Arkeen also have the privilege of delivering many Theatre In Education productions across South Lanarkshire; including the acclaimed production Is This Me?  This production, commissioned by SLC highlights the dangers of Alcohol and Drug abuse in a dynamic way raising awareness for young people at secondary school level.

They have also written and delivered the SLC Artsnet Workshops and Production Safe & Sound for10 years.   This project raises Child Protection issues for P5-7 and has been recognised as ‘good practice’ by HMIe twice.

The dynamic Firework Safety Production Toast by John McClelland has also been a huge hit with audiences from Secondary Schools across SLC; with Arkeen producing 6 successful tours.

Arkeen Theatre Company also work in partnership with Jazzart UK Full time HNC/HND students; touring pantomime around Primary schools in the Glasgow/Lanarkshire area.

New Lanark is no doubt the most picturesque backdrop for Arkeen’s productions with the company also performing their ever-popular Murder Mystery events for the New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Arkeen hope you enjoy this year’s Panto treat, with plenty of booing hissing, laughing, singing and dancing.

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Fiona Harris

Fiona spent 3 years at Motherwell College where she graduated with a BA Hon(s) in Musical Theatre in 2013. Her theatre credits include: Empress in Aladdin at Bathgate Regal. Amy/Sarah in ‘Is This Me  and Kate in Maw McLeods Festive Treat both with Arkeen Theatre Company. Fiona has been fortunate enough to have taught in both Scotland and Northern Ireand teaching drama and dance. This year’s performance will be Fiona’s second appearance at New Lanark and she is thrilled and excited to starring as Princess Ella and a ‘mysterious other’.






Katy-Louise Pritchett

I am delighted to say that this is my 6th Christmas season working for “Arkeen Theatre Company” in the New Lanark pantomime.  This is my favourite time of year.  I trained in “Acting and Performance” then went on to perform in touring theatre and work as an entertainer.  I have produced my own one-woman sing-along shows “The Great Big Sing-a-long”, “Sing-a-long a 60s” and, new this year, “The romantic 40s”.  I now live in Inverness and run my own entertainment business “Trapeze Entertainment” specialising in circus skills and performing arts workshops as well as traditional children’s entertainment throughout the Highlands.  I love my job and there is never a dull moment!



Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan is currently in the process of completing his last year of studies at JazzartUK in Motherwell.  He has so far gathered a certificate for musical theatre with distinction from the Trinity College of London.

His theatre credits include: Old Deuteronomy in Cats at Dundee Repertory Theatre. An ensemble in ‘Our House’ at Dundee Repertory theatre.

Jonathan has been fortunate enough to be cast as an extra for Ben Harts’s up and coming BBC 3 show premiering early next year.

This years performance will be Jonathan’s first appearance at New Lanark and he is thrilled and excited to be starring as Prince Charmalot.


Paul Stirrat

Paul Stirrat

This is Paul’s first performance with Arkeen. Paul trained at Motherwell college for three years and gained a B.A.(Hons) in Acting. Since graduating last year Paul has appeared in several independent films, corporate videos and a viral ad. This will be Paul’s debut performance at New Lanark.





Joseph Gallagher

Joseph Gallagher

Joseph is currently studying Musical Theatre at JazzArtUK and is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to understudy both Ugly Stepsisters and Prince Charm-a lot. As part of JazzArtUK Joseph has featured in numerous dance shows including “Go Dance” at the Theatre Royal Glasgow, ensemble in Fiona Kennedys “The Kist” as well as having a feature role in JazzArtUK’s very own pantomime “ The Wiz That Woz”. Joseph would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and he hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show!


Book your tickets now for New Lanark’s Christmas Experience! 

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10/11/15 Roof Garden # , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary – November 2015

Roof Garden Diary – November 2015

A cool  wet  summer  followed  by  a warm,  settled  spell in September and October  resulted in a beautiful display of autumn colour in and around New Lanark Roof Garden.   The woodlands on the hillside overlooking   the  village  were  originally planted in the early 19th century by New Lanark’s pioneering mill manager, Robert Owen, so that his millworkers could enjoy walks in the fresh air in an attractive natural environment.   New Lanark Roof Garden offers a great view of the trees, and this autumn they provided a splendid backdrop in russet and gold!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Christmas is coming to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

Christmas is coming to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

New Lanark World Heritage Site is gearing up for a fantastic festive season with this year’s Christmas Experience.

The magical event will open on Saturday 28th November, and then run every weekend until Sunday 20th December, plus Wednesday 23rd December and Christmas Eve.

The World Heritage Site will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with lots of fun activities to enjoy on a family Christmas day out, right on Lanark’s doorstep!

The famous ‘Annie McLeod Experience’ Ride will be transformed into the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Ride. This takes visitors on a magical journey into Christmas past and present with Holly, the virtual tour guide.

Children will then be able to visit Santa’s Grotto and let him know what’s on their Christmas list, before visiting the ‘Activity, Craft & Photo Zone’ to enjoy some Christmas crafts & take selfies with the festive characters.

The Christmas Experience tickets are fantastic value at just £9.50pp and £35 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) with under 2’s going free.

Families who wish to add a bit more theatre to their day can purchase Pantomime Package tickets which include the Spirit of Christmas Ride, Santa’s Grotto and the fantastic pantomime Sister Ella’s Slippers, specially written and performed for New Lanark by Arkeen Theatre Company. Pantomime Package tickets are just £11.50pp and £43 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children). The pantomime is expected to be very popular so advance booking via www.newlanark.org is essential.

No trip to New Lanark this Christmas would be complete without visiting the Mill Shop for their fantastic range of festive decorations, contemporary gifts, kids toys and treats! The Mill Café will also be serving up a range of hot drinks, tasty snacks and hot lunches.

Further information on prices, dates & ticket booking for the New Lanark Christmas Experience is available at www.newlanark.org or by calling 01555 661345. (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)

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