Warning of muddy boots at Jeely Piece Club

March 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Jeely Piece Club in Castlemilk is celebrating its 35th year with a funds boost from Inspiring Scotland that will help take youngsters into the great outdoors.
Jeely Piece has been recognised for its innovative child and family-friend initiatives and runs a nursery in Castlemilk Community Centre on Castlemilk Drive and a café at Machrie Drive.
The funding from Inspiring Scotland’s Go Play Fund will enable the Jeely to hire an outdoors team to take the youngsters into the natural environment. The Go Play Fund was started last year with £4m of help from the Scottish Government after research revealed the importance of play to the health and well-being of Scotland’s young people.

Fires still rage despite the freeze

January 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Freezing cold is still holding us all in its icy grip, but fire is causing havoc of its own.

A fire in a pawn shop in Southcroft Street, Govan on Friday 9 January, caused people to flee from the four tenement flats above and an adjacent close. Strathclyde Fire & Rescue were alerted at 1pm and had the fire under control by 4pm. All the flats at 3 Southcroft Street and the shop interior were badly damaged. Initially two fire pumps from Pollok station, one from Govan – a few hundred yards along the road – and an aerial rescue pump from Cowcaddens were called out but the fire quickly spread up the building and into the roof space. Four other fire tenders were summoned and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were inside the building at the height of the blaze.

Area Commander Garry Milne of the South Glasgow Area, said: ‘Our firefighters succeeded, in very difficult conditions, in stopping the fire from spreading to adjoining tenements. The street was very icy so the firefighters had to make sure of their footing outside the building.’

Seven households of Govan Housing Association properties and two private households were made homeless by the blaze. Some people stayed with relatives but the majority were accommodated in two city centre hotels for the weekend – including a dog.  Some of the families returned to their homes in the close adjacent to the fire on Monday 11 January but the four families residing at 3 Southcroft Street will be found alternative accommodation as it will be some time before their flats can be made habitablen. Said Germaine.Hahn, Chief Executive of Govan Housing Association: ‘In order to be sure that no residual embers were still smoldering, the firefighters had to demolish an internal wall so there is substantial work to be done to the flats before they can be occupied again.’ Currently, because of the number of fires , the loss adjuster will not be able to assess the damage for some time. Added Ms Hahn: ‘A horrendous aspect of this is that none of the households appears to have had any insurance cover. It means they have lost everything.’

Four families will be found long-term accommodation by Govan Housing Association.

People who were made homeless a few days before Christmas when fire ravaged several floors at 83 Waddell Court, Gorbals, are still without a permanent home. One resident died: 61-year-old  Thomas Smith. Four were treated at Victoria Infirmary for smoke inhalation. And 15 others were treated at the scene by paramedics.

More than 40 people were rescued when the blaze broke out around 3am on Wednesday 16 December. At the height of the blaze, 20 fire appliances were at the scene and 20 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were in action inside the building. The fire was brought under control around 7am and the eastbound lane of nearby Ballater Street was closed most of the day, causing severe traffic congestion. Tenants in all the 77 flats were moved from their homes and fed and accommodated at Gorbals Leisure Centre, next door.
Area Commander Garry Milne said: ‘In my 20-plus years in the fire service I have never seen such a fierce fire in a property such as this.’ The flat where the fire started was alleged to have collapsed. 
Alex McGuire, Acting Director of Housing and Customer Services for Glasgow Housing Association which is responsible for the high flat bloc said: We are still waiting for the outcome of the fire investigation and are unable to comment on the cause of the fire or related matters until then.

‘The recent re-cladding works had full Building Warrant approval and the systems used have been fire tested and carry the appropriate certification. The cladding is not plastic.’ A total of 58 families have returned to their homes but 16 tenants cannot. Twelve of these tenants are living in temporary accommodation and four have chosen to stay with family and friends.’

 ‘Our priority continues to be getting families back into their homes as quickly as possible but only when it is safe to do so and once remedial repairs have been carried out.’

The safety of high flats is likely to be raised at the first meeting of the year for Glasgow Homes Owners Campaign on Thursday 21 January at 7pm in Jurys Hotel, Jamaica Street. Senior officials of GHA (Glasgow Housing Association) are expected to attend to give details of a longer pay-back time agreement for home owners who are obliged to have GHA as a factor and who have had their homes re-clad or re-roofed. Some face bills of £14,000 and were, initially, expected to pay within a year.


Folk music hotshots Bodega take Celtic Connections into Glasgow communities

December 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Celtic Connections is hitting the road in January with a series of community concerts by Bodega, one of Scotland’s top young folk bands.

Rated as one of the scene’s hottest acts, Bodega won a Young Folk Award in the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for their spin on traditional Scottish and Irish folk tunes.

In partnership with Culture and Sport Glasgow, the band will be appearing at Barmulloch Community Centre, Wallacewell Quadrant, on 15 January; Barlanark Community Centre, Burnmouth Road, on 21 January; Langside Halls, Langside Avenue, on 22 January; Penilee Community Centre, Gleddoch Road, on 28 January, and at Knightswood Community Centre, Alderman Road, on 29 January.

The band are also appearing at the Recital Rooms in City Hall on 16 January as part of Celtic Connections.

Tickets for the performances, which take place at 7.30pm, are priced £3 and £2 each from the venues.

Travelling folk: Bodega on the road across Glasgow in January 2010

Travelling folk: Bodega on the road across Glasgow in January 2010




River City duo pull together for SCIAF’s festive gift drive

November 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

River City stars Libby McArthur and Deirdrie Davis have lined up behind aid agency SCIAF’s festive Real Gifts campaign to deliver gifts to transform the lives of people in poverty.

The actresses – who play sisters Gina Rossi and Eileen Donachie in the television soap – hope SCIAF’s Christmas message will make a real difference to thousands of lives.

The Real Gifts can be the chickens, goats or seeds steering a family towards self suffiency. Or the Real Gift could provide safe, clean water and a first step on the ladder to education for children. Gifts can also be vital tools and medicines. Real Gifts can be ordered online at www.sciaf.org.uk/realgifts


Libby McArthur and Deirdrie Davis pull a festive cracker for SCIAF

Libby McArthur and Deirdrie Davis pull a festive cracker for SCIAF



Roman in the gloamin’ up Drumchapel way

November 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Friends, Romans, countrymen and schoolchildren cheer as Roseanne Cunningham unveils the Antonine Wall Bench at Garscadden Wood

Friends, Romans, countrymen and schoolchildren cheer as Roseanne Cunningham unveils the Antonine Wall Bench at Garscadden Wood


The past, present and future of Drumchapel all met on a rainy, muddy hillside at Garscadden Woods to celebrate the unveiling of a 22-foot long wooden bench inspired by a Glasgow community of long ago.

The Antonine Wall Wooden Bench, which was created by furniture maker Alan Kain and developed by 150 pupils from six local schools, was unveiled by Environment Minister Roseanne Cunningham as two fiersome figures from the past – a Roman soldier and a Caledonian warrior – looked on.

The Antonine Wall was built more than 1860 years ago and runs between the rivers Forth and Clyde. It was named a World Heritage site in 2008.

Alan’s collaboration has led to a bench that features Roman carvings on one side and Caledonian motifs on the other. The bench sits close to the Wall and Castlehill Roman fort.

The pupils from Antonine and Camstraden Primaries, Drummore School, Langfaulds, St Clares and Stonedyke Primaries also took part in Roman-themed workshops run by the Hunterian Museum, while students from North Glasgow College and Drumchapel Arts Workshop helped the children in developing their ideas.

The six-foot high bench is the latest initiative for the area brought about by a partnership between the city’s Glasgow Greenspace and the Forestry Commission, who manage the woodlands.

The Minister said: ‘It’s been great to meet schoolchildren from the surrounding area. Their enthusiasm is a fantastic asset and they must be thrilled to see their input actually making a tangible difference to the woodland.’

The site is also used by Branching Out, a group who see woodlands as part of their campaign to boost mental health and wellbeing, inspired by the theory of ‘ecotherapy’ – that being close to nature is a valid treatment option for many people.

Kenya exchange challenge for community workers

November 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Glasgow community workers are being challenged to take part in an exchange visit to Kenya next year.

Global Xchange, a development programme for community workers who focus on youth, wants to hear from 15 people in the Glasgow area keen to pick up their Kenyan challenge.

Community Xchange is run by Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in partnership with the British Council. It has brought groups of young people to Glasgow from around the UK, Syria, Pakistan, Nigeria and India, and the volunteers have worked in organisations to make a difference in the community.

Global Xchange Programme Supervisor, Rohanna Law, said: ‘I am looking for 15 amazing people based in Glasgow to become participants on the exchange to host a Kenyan in their workplace for three weeks and to go to Kenya to work in a Kenyan organisation.

‘If you believe that young people can engage in active global citizenship to create positive change and build mutual understanding and respect. If you think that the organisation that you work with has something to share with someone from another culture, then I would love to hear from you.’

Community Xchange are also looking for people who have a spare room and would open their door to a visiting Kenyan professional for the three weeks of the programme in February 2010.

The deadline for volunteers is 9 December

Global Xchange offers 15 Glasgow professionals chance to work in Kenya

Global Xchange offers 15 Glasgow professionals chance to work in Kenya

 and applicants can call 07785 792 769 or email rohanna.law@vso.org.uk.




Your chance to win a fantastic Waitrose Christmas hamper

November 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Waitrose is in Glasgow and a £75 Christmas hamper is our prize

Waitrose is in Glasgow and a £75 Christmas hamper is our prize

Waitrose – the food stores of the John Lewis Partnership – opened its first supermarket in Glasgow – on Byres Road – on Thursday 12 November.


 It carries a wide range of fresh produce and quality food including some locally sourced produce and it offers service of the quality kind expected from a John Lewis Partnership store.

To celebrate the opening of its first store in Glasgow, Waitrose and the LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW have teamed up to give LOCAL NEWS readers the chance to win a £75 Waitrose Joy of Christmas Hamper.

The company has a wide range of Christmas hampers presented in stylish wicker baskets and packed with all kinds of treats that will make wonderful presents.  For more information, go to www.waitrose.com 

Voted the UK’s favourite supermarket in several polls over the last two years, Waitrose is delighted to be launching in Glasgow at 373 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AU. For opening times and directions see website: www.waitrose.com/branches/branchdetails )

For your chance to win this fantastic prize worth £75, just tell us: How many Waitrose Supermarkets are there in Glasgow? One, two or three?

Send your answer on a post card to: Waitrose comp, LOCAL NEWS, Yam Publications Ltd, 73 Robertson Street, Glasgow G2 8QD or by email – marked WAITROSE COMP – to: competitions@localnewsglasgow.co.uk to arrive no later than 9am on Monday 30 November.

Terms and conditions: There is no cash alternative. This competition is not open to employees of the John Lewis Partnership. 

Kelvingrove exhibit celebrates 100 years of Girl Guides

November 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery is hosting a Girlguiding Centenary Exhibition from 14 November to 17 January 2010.

Glasgow Guider Alyson Purves and the Scottish Guiding Activities Team put together the thought-provoking exhibition, which was opened by Liz Burnley, the Chief Guide.

The organisation was founded after large numbers of girls attended a Scouts rally in London in 1909, asking to join. Boy Scout Movement founder Robert Baden-Powell recognised that demand and, in 1910, asked his sister, Agnes, to lead the newly-formed Girl Guides.

Thumbing its nose at Edwardian society’s dismay over girls hiking, camping and enjoying the activities then reserved for boys, the Girl Guides – now Girlguiding UK – has grown into a 575,000-strong movement with a network of 60,000 volunteer leaders.

The Kelvingrove exhibition focuses on the positive impact Guiding has had on many girls and young women over the past 100 years and features personal items belonging to Glasgow Guiding pioneer Allison Cargill, who in 1910 formed the Cuckoo Patrol which later became the Thistle Patrol of Guides.

The opening weekend’s activities will include three performances of singing, dancing and fashion.

Chief Guide Liz Burnley will be at Kelvingrove to open centenary exhibition

Chief Guide Liz Burnley will be at Kelvingrove to open centenary exhibition







Awards as Sports Council goes distance

November 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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The Sports Council for Glasgow breasted the tape at their 30th anniversary recently with a family gathering and awards dinner at St Andrews in the Square.

Twenty-one sports and more than 30 clubs were represented, with the evening compered by veteran Herald athletics journalist Doug Gillon.

Attended by 140 people,  59 of them, who have been volunteering in Glasgow sports clubs for 30 years or more, received a special plaque and certificate recognising their long service.

Two founder members of the Sports Council also received special awards. Bob Stephen and Dick Rafferty from athletics and boxing were elected to the very first executive committee of the Sports Council in May 1979.

Colin Atkinson, chairman of the Sports Council for Glasgow, said: ‘The evening was a great success and was enjoyed by all. Too often, the tremendous work done by volunteers goes largely unrewarded. I hope that by organising these awards and this presentation ceremony, the Sports Council for Glasgow has recognised the importance of volunteers to sport in the city and helped to express to the recipients how valuable their commitment has been over the last 30 years and more.’


Glasgow’s young innovators given £20,000 challenge

November 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Glasgow’s young inventors are being challenged to enter a competition that honours one of Scotland’s great communications pioneers – and there is a £20,000 prize for the winner. But don’t waste time – the deadline to enter is Thursday 19 November.

The organisers of the John Logie Baird Awards for Innovation, which were established to commemorate the Helensburgh-born television inventor’s life, are appealing for young inventors and innovators in Glasgow to enter their bright ideas into the special Young Innovator category.

The entries needn’t be all about science and technology. Last year, ‘Jam Boy’ Fraser Doherty took the Young Innovator award and £20,000 worth of backing for his company, SuperJam.

Fraser, from Edinburgh, started his business – selling his grandmother’s secret recipe jam door-to-door – aged 14. Since then, he has turned his love for jam into a thriving business and his products are now sold in supermarkets across the UK.

He said: ‘SuperJam has won awards before, but to receive an award for innovation is quite different. I believe that people of any age can turn a bright idea into a reality with some determination and hard work. Winning the JLB Award was not only an honour, but also extremely important for the development of my business.’

Fraser will be a guest at this year’s Food & Drink Forum West event at Caledonian University on Thursday 26 November.

For more information, visit www.johnlogiebairdawards.co.uk or call the hotline on 0845 3008991.

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