Philpstoun shown within West Lothian
|OS grid reference|
|Council area||West Lothian|
|Lieutenancy area||West Lothian|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Linlithgow and East Falkirk|
Philpstoun is a small village in West Lothian, Scotland, situated roughly 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the historic county town of Linlithgow. The village originated in the oil shale mining boom of the 19th century. Surrounded by rich arable farm land, the village has a Community Education Centre and a Category B listed church. Philpstoun railway station closed in 1951 and Philpstoun and District Bowling Club closed in February 2012.
Philpstoun Community Education Centre is owned and maintained by West Lothian Council. The building was constructed around 1910, originally being referred to as "The Institute at Philpstoun." The building was commissioned by James Ross and Co., Philpstoun Oil Works Ltd, and was constructed along with the three rows of terraced houses to the north of the centre in a development referred to as the "Philpstoun Garden City."
In 2007, West Lothian Council handed the running of the building over to Philpstoun Community Education Association (PCEA). Supported by West Lothian Council, PCEA is a voluntary organisation composed of members from the groups which use the centre. The centre contains three meeting spaces and a kitchen, and is wheelchair accessible. It is regularly used by the Philpstoun Parent and Toddler Group, the Scottish Women's Rural Institute and two Council-run youth clubs. The hall is also used for local councillors' surgeries and as a polling station.