We love it when a hard-working local group is recognised for their outstanding work in the community.

It was great to see that Lanark in Bloom won the Jim Murdie Trophy for sustainability at the Keep Scotland Beautiful awards night last Friday.

Lanark in Bloom do a tremendous amount of work in and around the town and everyone here at Lanark Life congratulates Ernest Romer and his team for all of their efforts – well done!

Keeping on an upbeat note, another local organisation that is in the spotlight at the minute is the Hope Café. Their founder, Donna Barrowman, has been shortlisted for Self Management Champion of the Year at the Alliance Scotland Health and Social Care awards.

The Hope Café has been a very welcome addition to the town since it opened in Greyfriars Parish Church Hall in March and their weekly sessions, from 10am – 2pm every Wednesday, provide a great place for people to come together in a welcoming environment.

The Lanark Life website is packed full of news, sport and views this week with Let’s Be Frank tackling the stone auction ring at the retail park and the View from the Cross returns to discuss the role of local government in Lanark.

Are you at a loose end this weekend? Well you are in luck because there is plenty to get up to in Lanark at the minute and kids might enjoy popping along to the local Fire Station which is holding a Doors Open Day from 10am until 2pm.

New Lanark is also holding a Doors Open Day all weekend from 12 noon until 4pm.

If you are after a bit of musical entertainment then stick around in New Lanark as Duo B!z’Art are performing on Saturday night at 7.45pm for Music in Lanark.

Have a good week and if there is anything that you would like to see featured on the Lanark Life website just send me an e-mail using the address below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Best wishes,