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ONECAN Community Group Newsletter – February 2022

February 2022 Community Groups Newsletter

Happy New Year – it’s February already!

Did you know that 2022 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Stories?
This will be a year in which stories inspired by, created or written in Scotland will be showcased.

Here in Scotland, we have a great tradition of storytelling – some written, some spoken, some put to music, and more.

Every community has its own stories about local people and places of interest to pass on. They are part of our culture and heritage and can inform, entertain and inspire new talents and tales in the future.

We would like to highlight our heritage and collect more local stories so please get in touch if you are willing to share your knowledge and memories with us.

Email Megan on with your stories.

This Month’s Focus

Our focus this month is on Highlighting Our Local Heritage.

Part of this is collecting stories of our local heritage to add to a ONECAN Story Book which is supported by Carluke Parish Historical Society.

You can get involved by adding stories online or alternatively, speak to Megan to have your story recorded.

Behind the Scenes

Hello and a very warm welcome from the staff at Carluke Library. We are Hazel, Carol, Amy (Children’s Assistant), Carol and Julie.

Here at Carluke Library we have a huge selection of books for all ages. From pre-nursery board books, right through to Teenage & Young Adult and Adult books. Come and browse through Adventure, Thrillers, Crime, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, General Novels, Romances and Westerns.

We have Paperbacks, Hardbacks, Large Print and Audio CDs. There is also a selection of Biographies, Gardening, Cookery, True Crime, Health and many more. We have access to all the Libraries in South Lanarkshire, so we can borrow a title for you. Get it delivered to Carluke for you to collect, all free of charge. New titles are continually added throughout the year. All our books and audio CDs are free to borrow and at the moment, there are no fines for late returns.

At the moment, due to Covid restrictions, only BookBug sessions (free of charge) are available just now. They are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, booking is essential. We are hoping ACE activities will be back again in time, including Minecraft and Jolly Tots etc… We are also hoping to get the Crime Book Club and Knit & Natter back up and running when restrictions are eased.

As well as books, we offer a photocopying and printing service, black & white and colour. An IT suite with a scanner. Free Hearing Aid Batteries. Free vitamins for pregnant ladies and postpartum.

At the moment, we are open Monday – Friday, 9.15am – 5pm, closing for lunch 12.30 – 1.30pm.

The Library is situated within ‘Lifestyles Carluke’ Carnwath Road, ML8 4DF, which has a large Carpark with Disabled parking and access. Library membership is free and can open up a whole new world for you. Why not come along and see for yourself?

For more information; Call: 01555 772134 or Email :

We hope to see you soon.

Carluke Parish Historical Society was formed in January 1979.

Our aims are to

Record and stimulate an interest in local history

Collect and preserve items relating to the Parish of Carluke

Preserve and mark sites of local interest

Encourage local participation through related activities

Our Carluke History Centre is home to a fantastic collection of artefacts, ephemera, records and photographs charting the history of Carluke Parish. We welcome any item pertaining to Carluke and we can copy and return precious photos and documents on the spot. We also like reminiscing. Why not come along and see us?

Normal Opening Hours are the last Saturday of the month, Jan.-Nov. (10a.m. – 12noon). However, due to the present pandemic, we are closed to the public. However, the Centre can still be opened for non-local researchers and visitors. Arrange access by emailing Carluke Library also has contact phone numbers. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access. Hamilton Street is both a dead-end and a busy street so it is easier to park at Aldi on Kirkton Street and cross at the pedestrian crossing.

If you cannot visit us then check out our website at or look us up on Facebook.

You can also find out more about the Carluke Parish Historical Society on the OneCarluke Area Network website.

Community Resource Bank


National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund inspires, leads and resources the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and for the future. The programme is currently open for all types of heritage projects in the UK. Three levels of grant are available to community groups:

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic means that the programme will prioritise heritage projects that either promote inclusion and involve a wider range of people (a mandatory outcome), boost the local economy, encourage skills development and job creation, support wellbeing, create better places to live, work and visit or improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage.

The Barcapel Foundation

The Barcapel Foundation has been supporting charitable works and endeavours in Scotland and beyond for over 50 years, with a particular focus on health, youth and heritage.

All areas of medicine and healing are supported by the Foundation (with a particular interest in complementary and alternative therapies) as well as all areas of development for young people (especially those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds) along with the protection and preservation of artistic and cultural heritage.

The Foundation provides financial assistance primarily to Scottish charities but may on occasion make awards to non-registered community groups and individuals who have charitable aims. It is unlikely that grants will exceed £100,000 and all potential awards over £20,000 are assessed by a team operating independently of the trustees. Applications should be submitted by email and no later than 18th April 2022 for consideration at the next Board meeting on 6th June 2022. Please see the Foundation’s website for details on how to apply.

Vaslan Funding

VASLan has been allocated £888,000 to distribute to community groups and organisations in South Lanarkshire by April as part of the community mental health and wellbeing fund from the Scottish Government.

The ambition of this fund is to support initiatives that promote mental health and wellbeing at a small scale, grassroots, community level. It should be accessible to all groups, no matter how small or inexperienced they are.

It can support both new and existing groups or projects. These do not have to have mental health and wellbeing as their main focus, but the application does have to clearly benefit the mental wellbeing of people in their community.

Information Session VASLan will be hosting an information & update session on February 9th on Zoom.

At this event, they will share information on the application process and how to access the guidance information. As well as giving an update on the fund to date and some of the projects that have been successful and helping with the application process.

If you wish to attend the information session, please register here.


Public Health Scotland’s Virtual Learning Environment hosts a range of learning modules, event information and resources that will provide the knowledge and skills to help tackle a range of health inequalities issues. Opportunities are free to access and learners can simply create an account and self-enrol for the modules of their choice.

Two sessions that may be of particular interest to community groups are:

Managing Health & Safety: The Basics

This module provides learners with health and safety basic knowledge and information to assist them in ensuring they meet current health and safety laws.

Sensible Risk Assessment

This module is designed for anyone who has health and safety responsibilities over a group of people.

What's On / Local News

Check out the following sites for the latest news and activities:

South Lanarkshire View

South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture

Visit Lanarkshire

What’s On Lanarkshire

OneCarluke Community Growing & Learning Garden.

Work has started on the development of the ONECAN Community Space within the ONECarluke Community Growing & Learning Garden.

This initial work will see the creation of a new road surface and parking spaces (including accessible parking).

The Community Space will host the new Clydesdale Food Bank HUB, a new Community Shed facility that will include a number of community groups and activities including the Carluke Men’s Shed, and community space for future events and activities.

What's On Calendar

The What’s On Calendar allows you to add any events that you have coming up. Add to it via the ONECan website.

Rankin Gaitway Project

The ONECAN Town & Town Centre Group have been working on updating and improving Rankin Gait at the bottom of Carluke High Street.

More information will be published on the ONECAN website soon, so keep a look out for that!

Community Groups Trello Board

We are also developing a Community Group Trello Board where you can add events or check other activities which may not have been published yet. You should be able to join the already created board using the link below. There will also be updated information available on the ONECAN website in the week to follow.

Megan is happy to discuss this further with you. Email her on

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