Lorne Brown, an 82-year-old retired newspaper design and layout expert, plans to abseil from the Titan Crane at Clydebank on Saturday 14 June 2014.
A renowned piper, he is doing this in aid of research into Vasculitis. The condition is a dangerous inflammation of the blood vessels. This can result in irreversible damage to organs and even death. Lorne was struck down by Vasculitis and not expected to recover. However, he has regained a remarkable degree of health and has even re-started his Munro ‘bagging’ plan.
Recently, he gave a short talk on the history of the bagpipes to international students at Wellington Church INTERNATIONAL WELCOME CLUB and encouraged volunteers to try playing a tune – more difficult than it looks.
Donations are welcome: www.justgiving.com/Lorneabseil
in aid of research into Vasculitis by the Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation
GOVANHILL & CROSSHILL COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Scottish Referendum Discussion
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Experts from Historic Scotland started to remove damaged stonework from the Western gable of the Mackintosh Building at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) today (Friday 30 May 2014)
Shortly before, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service formally handed back the building to the School of Art. They had been on site 24 hours a day since the dramatic fire last Friday. Fire crew members posed for photographs with GSA personnel before being cheered and clapped out of Hill Street by students and staff. A piper led the fire tenders away.
Both Muriel Gray, Chair of the Board of Governors and Professor Tom Inns, Director of the GSA, recorded their heartfelt thanks to the fire service for their ‘quite amazing,’ work. According to Muriel Gray, ‘intelligent and professional strategy ‘ by the fire crews at the height of the blaze enabled 90% of the structure and 70% of the contents to be saved. But the Charles Rennnie Mackintosh library has gone.
Said Professor Inns: ‘The students returned to the campus today and the GSA is now focussing on its academic work moving forward towards graduation. ‘ Students who lost work in the fire have been given Phoenix bursaries to enable them to produce new work. The fire occurred on the last day for students to hand in Degree submissions.
‘We have been overwhelmed by the number of messages of support from the local community in Glasgow and friends across the world, and the generosity of individuals and organisations in offering expert assistance to help us in these difficult times,’ said Professor Inns.
The Scottish Government has promised up to £5 million to match funding raised by the School for the re-construction of the West wing of the unique and world-renowned building.
The Architects Journal will present a special architectural award to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for its ‘extraordinary efforts’ in saving the well-loved place.
Only the night before the fire, the GSA’s Reid Building won the prestigious AJ 100 Building of the Year. This accolade recognises the best completed structure from the top 100 architectural practices in the UK. The Reid building is across the road from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building and it was the unanimous choice of the judges. Degree show work will be exhibited in the Reid building.
To offer support: http://www.gsa.ac.uk/support-gsa/how-to-support/mackintosh-building-fire-fund/
The Glasgow Art Club has placed a time capsule in the foundations of their Gallery at the start of a major refurbishment programme. But they hope to resurrect it in 2043 – ‘Some of us might be here. It’s only 29 years away!’ quipped Paul Dowds who chairs the Club’s Trustees and its Property Company.
Retired civil engineer Paul has masterminded the time capsule project. ‘In 2043, the Club will celebrate 150 years of being in this building. It will be up to the club members then to decide, but the way the time capsule is placed, it will be easy to bring out again. They might want to have a look at what was going on in 2014 when we started renovating the Gallery.’
Lord Provost Sadie Docherty had the honour of placing the heavy capsule in the foundation space. In congratulating members on the development of their Gallery, she said: ‘The Art Club is a Must See Attraction in this city. The response to the recent fire at the Glasgow School of Art shows how much we all care about art.’
The capsule contains newspapers and photographs of the fire. It also has art works from 17 of the Club members, a photograph album of Club Trustees and Club project groups as well as a history of the Bath Street building which has been used by artists and people associated with the art world since opening in 1893.
The Glasgow Art Club was formed from two adjacent town houses by the famous architect John Keppie who was a member at that time. He designed an exhibition Gallery to replace the two gardens at the rear of the property. A young Charles Rennie Mackintosh (CRM) worked for Keppie and was known to have done some of the ornamental work for the Gallery.
Under 13 layers of wall covering, the Gallery’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh frieze was found. It cannot be renovated. ‘But we do have the original sketches and it will be replicated,’ explained Paul. ‘A Mackintosh frieze without the fee!’
Nevin of Edinburgh has been tasked with that work. The company restored ceilings in Stirling Castle. Chris Allan, formerly Deputy Director of the Hunterian Art Gallery, is in charge of the working drawings being created from the original CRM sketches of the frieze.
Immediately before the placing of the time capsule, Trustee Celia Sinclair outlined the progress of the different phases of the £1.2 million repair and renovation work. She said: ‘After the recent tragic events (the fire at the Glasgow School of Art) disaster development is on everyone’s mind. ‘ That, and the various stages of the roof, exterior and Gallery work were detailed for members who have raised the funds themselves with help from Historic Scotland and the Lottery Heritage Fund among others.
Celia, who was on the roof herself recently to inspect the work said: ‘The roof and the chimneys are beautiful! Fine detail such as original roof clips, has even been replicated.’
She paid tribute to the many people who worked on the different parts of the projects at the different stages and said: ‘Everything is on programme and within budget.’
The Gallery is expected to be completed in the autumn with a celebration dinner for members planned to mark its re-opening.
Kelvingrove Bandstand re-opened today to the sound of music. And the people who had campaigned since 1992 to keep it, were pleased.
Ed Gillatt one of the leaders of the original ‘Save Our Bandstand’ which became ‘Friends of Kelvingrove Park’ said: ‘The Council was going to demolish it and let a developer build a pub. But it was worth saving. I’m delighted it is now up and running again. They’ve done a great job.’
Added Abdul Khan who led the legal battle all the way to the Court of Session: ‘This is a public park for everyone. It’s not a place to drink.’
Following the formal cutting of the ribbon ceremony by Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, former Councillor Pat Chalmers MBE, who now chairs the Board of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust which led in the £2.2 million re-furbishment of the amphitheatre, praised the campaigners. She said: ‘The Friends of Kelvingrove Park gathered the community around this project. They’ll think it ironic they are mentioned here today. But they are to be congratulated. Their voices were crying in the wilderness for a long time but now they have achieved their vision.’
She thanked all the key partners in the project and presented gifts to representatives including four apprentices: Robert McGowan, Christopher Tennent, Jamie Ramsey and Adam Forteath.
Said Robert, a bricklayer: ‘It’s a good outcome. It makes me realise how things are always changing.’ Added Adam, a metal worker: ‘An Hop, the company I work for, restored all the metal work including the railings round. It looks pretty good!’ Jamie, a joiner, said: ‘This was interesting to do and different from normal.’
The only discordant note came from wheelchair musician Maki Yamazaki. A baritone horn player who was one of the Brass, Aye? group which played as the audience assembled, said said: ‘I was really glad they’ve made the stage accessible (with a hoist lift). There is not bad access from Kelvin Way down to the stage though it is a fairly steep slope. But there are only steps in the amphitheatre, no ramps. I’d like to be included in the audience not sitting in front of my friends as I have to do.’
A spokesperson for the project said that space for wheelchairs and baby buggies had been included at the entrance from Kelvin Way. ‘They can get a very good view from here,’ said the spokesperson.’ Anyone in a wheelchair would then be sitting behind any friends who would be seated on the wooden benches in front of the space.
After the formal opening, musicians from Hillhead Secondary School and Glasgow Gaelic School entertained the crowd.
The Bandstand will be used to show the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in July on big screens. It is understood tickets will be available for those events but they will not be free.
Children aged between 8 and 12 are invited to create their own WELCOME art work to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. Organised by Global Minorities Alliance (GMA), the organisation which campaigns for persecuted minorities of any denomination anywhere in the world, the art workshop will be held in the Crypt Cafe of Wellington Church on University Avenue G12 on Saturday 7 June from 10am till 4pm. Book via GMA email: email@example.com The children’s creations will be on display in Glasgow University memorial chapel during the Games in July.
Have a look, too, at the latest blog by GMA Vice Chair Shahid Khan on the plight of Aasia Bibi in Pakistan. The mother of five was sentenced to death in June 2009 convicted of blasphemy after a heated argument.
Firefighters’ efforts have saved 90% of the Glasgow School of Art and up to 70 % of the contents – including students’ work – it was stated tonight while the building still smouldered after a major fire which started around 12.30pm.
The unique building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and has been a world attraction as well as a working School of Art since 1845.
In a release from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Assistant Chief Officer Dave Boyle said: ‘Crews have been working absolutely flat out during this very challenging incident and it is clear their effort and skill has saved this treasured building and many of the items it housed.’
The building was busy with students meeting today’s deadline to hand in work for their final degree shows. Everyone exited quickly and no one was injured.
Said ACO Boyle:‘The priority from the outset was to save life. But we worked closely with Glasgow School of Art staff to ensure firefighters conducted an effective salvage operation.
‘We are very conscious the Macintosh is a world renowned building that is a key feature of this great city, and that the artworks it stores are not only valuable but also cherished.
“We are acutely aware this period is the culmination of years of endeavour for students and that their irreplaceable work is inside the Mackintosh.
“Work to save everything that can be saved is ongoing and we will continue to work closely with GSA staff and students throughout this operation.’
A spokesperson for Glasgow School of Art added: ‘We would like to express our very sincere thanks to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for their tremendous efforts throughout today.’
Fire has destroyed Glasgow’s unique School of Art designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
A projector in the basement exploded around 12.30 today and the masterpiece was set ablaze. Firefighters were still dousing the fire at 6pm and were expected to be on site for hours after that with three aerial rescue pumps in use.
Appliances from across Glasgow and West Central Scotland were at the scene within four minutes of the first 999 call. Search and rescue teams entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and led a number of people to safety. But no one was injured.
Said Chief Officer Alasdair Hay: ‘This is likely to be a protracted incident and crews have been working extremely hard to tackle what is clearly a very significant fire. The priority throughout this operation has been to protect life but salvage operations are also underway.’
Neil Baxter, Secretary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland said: ‘This is the loss of a dear friend. It is desperate. People have been crying in the streets of Glasgow and throughout the world. The loss is beyond belief.’
Muriel Gray, chairman of the Board of Directors of the School said: ‘This is a double blow and couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Today was the last day for students to hand in work for their degree shows. While it is a nightmare and there are a lot of very upset people here, everyone is incredibly supportive.’
Just hours before, the new £50 million Seona Reid Building across the street, won the AJ100 Building of the Year Award 2014. The unanimous choice of the judges, The Steven Holl designed building was recognised as the finest to be completed by any of the UK’s top 100 practices during the past year.
Stuart Robertson, Director of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society said the blaze and the loss of the building and its contents was ‘a human tragedy.’
Lochend Community High School won the Glasgow final of the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Company Programme with their company called LÙTH producing candles decorated with tartan.
Said LÙTH managing director – pupil Stevi-Lee Rennie- : ‘We are proud of our company and proud of our journey. We’ve come so far in a short period of time and have learned so much. We’ve made friends for life and memories to treasure. This is an experience none of us will forget.’
In the competition, senior school pupils work with a teacher and a business volunteer to set up and run their own business. The LÙTH business advisor was Alan Taylor, general manager at Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland. He said: Congratulations to the team – and link teachers Allison Burnett and Heather Kerr. I’m delighted for them. They put a lot of time and effort into their impressive presentation of their range of scented Weegie Candles presented in jars with tartan ribbon.’
Providing training and practical learning experiences to young people of all backgrounds, across Scotland, the YES Company Programme gives them a true understanding of how a business works and how wealth and employment are created.
Participants gain experience of marketing, financial management, sales, customer care and human resources, as well as practical experience of the market, supply and demand, raising finance, cost, price, profit and competition.
Lochend now go forward to the finals in June.
An explosive launch to the Commonwealth Games has brought more fireworks with it.
The Red Road tower blocks in Sighthill will be demolished LIVE during the opening ceremony and seen by 1.5 billion people around the world. Those in Celtic Park, where the opening ceremony will take place, will see the blow-down on the enormous 100 metre-wide screen which will occupy the entire south stand.
Eileen Gallagher Chair of the Ceremonies, Culture and the Queen’s Baton Relay Committee: ‘By sharing the final moments of the Red Road flats with the world as part of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow is proving it is a city that is proud of its history but doesn’t stand still. Glasgow’s story is always one of its people; their tenacity, their genuine warmth, their ambitions. Marking the end of Red Road is very much a celebration of all of those things.’
Commented Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council: ‘The opening ceremony will be a ceremony like no other, showcasing our city’s unique style and personality and with our people and communities at its very heart. We are going to wow the world, with the demolition of the Red Road flats set to play a starring role. Their demolition will all but mark the end of high-rise living in the area and is symbolic of the changing face of Glasgow, not least in terms of our preparations for the Games.’
Gordon Sloan, Chairman of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) said: ‘The Red Road flats were very popular in their day and hold a special place in many people’s hearts. But they are no longer viable as modern homes and GHA made the decision to demolish them as part of the wider regeneration of the North of Glasgow. We will bring them down in strictly controlled conditions with the expertise of our contractor Safedem, during the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.’
David Zolkwer, Head of Ceremonies & Artistic Director for Glasgow 2014 said: ‘By sharing the blow-down with the rest of the world, I hope it will be seen as the noble, respectful and celebratory send-off that it is intended to be.’
Shona Robison, Minister for the Commonwealth Games said: ‘This spectacular start to the Games within the opening ceremony will send a strong signal about the power of the Commonwealth Games. For many people, these Games are more than sport. They are the chance for regeneration, renewal and having better places to live and work.’
But Neil Baxter, secretary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, said: ‘It’s the oddest thing. They will knock down five blocks but leave one which houses asylum seekers. What does that say?’
The Red Road flats were ‘a place of despair’ and should never have been built, said Robina Qureshi, Director of the charity Positive Action in Housing (PAiH) ‘Through our work we have regularly visited refugee and asylum seeker families and seen the misery for everyone. This is where the Sehryk family committed suicide from the balcony of their 15th floor flat on the day they were to be made destitute by the UK Borders Agency. The windows all had so-called suicide prevention netting but they managed to tear it away. Those flats were not meant for human beings, they were just great big filing cabinets of humans living in misery or despair.
‘Before the demolition programme the Council tried to market them to university students, then professionals, but it didn’t work. No one wanted to stay there. And I guess that’s how the planners wanted it.
‘Then thousands of asylum seekers came in from war torn countries like Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan in 2001 as part of a five year contract between the Council and the Home Office. They had no choice in housing. Red Road was one of the places where they were effectively dumped out of the way while Glasgow City Council collected the council tax payments and rent from Westminster.
‘What is ironic is that the Commonwealth Committee in Glasgow denied asylum seekers the right to volunteer for the games.’
She went on: ‘For the Olympic games, they light a torch. Here in Glasgow, they celebrate the start of the Commonwealth Games by blowing up the Red Road flats. It is highly insensitive and jars with the senses.
‘Sports men and women in the Commonwealth Games may well be claiming asylum here because of the threat of torture or denial of certain freedoms in their own countries. The Commonwealth Committee clearly thinks it’s a great idea to blow up the high flats but has no concept of the misery the Red Road flats caused to thousands of people from Glasgow and across the world. No change there then.’