Some of the young footballers with Variety Scotland leaders and volunteers.
It was magic for nearly 150 youngsters from a dozen schools in and around Glasgow who played in the Variety Scotland 5-aside tournament today.
The annual event was held in Toryglen Sports Centre. Real magician Stevo, who’d just flown in from a big gig in Germany, and his colleague Tickles who was, appropriately, dressed in pink, entertained while the teams in three age groups competed.
Who won in the under 12s, the 12-14 and the over 15s categories may be revealed at a later stage. But the best bit was socialising and playing the game. ‘This was football and it was fun,’ said one 10-year-girl at the end.
Variety Scotland Chairman, Iain Forbes and long serving Variety member Jack Zimmer were delighted with the turnout. Said Iain: ‘We bring together kids from special schools and schools in less well off areas to compete in a friendly way in sport.’
The Variety Scotland coaches were on duty outside to take everyone home at the end.
The charity, till recently called the Variety Club of Scotland, holds major events to raise funds for their work. Their annual race meeting will be in Hamilton on 23 August and they are already well ahead with plans for their St Andrew’s Night Tartan Ball in November.
‘We spend 90p out of every £1 we raise in Scotland,’ explained Iain. ‘Volunteers do the bulk of the work with only two part time staff in a small office which is about to move to Westerton.’
While the organisers talked, the children played. Said class assistant Evlyn Sim of Kirkrigg School in Castlemilk: ‘This has been a fun day. The children had a great time and it generates a great team spirit.’
Tuesday 26 February 2013
The architects responsible for the Cathkin Brae Mountain Bike and Community Activity Centre plans - Stephen Hoey, Alison Hesketh and Tom Connolly.
The race to find £2.7 million to create a Mountain Bike and Activity Centre at Cathkin Braes was launched today.
‘We already have £50,000 promised,’ said Anne McChlery, Director of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust which is behind the project. ‘It’s a big ask so late in the day, but we are confident this Centre will be ready for the Commonwealth Games next year.’
She praised the ‘synergies’ of an already popular mountain bike track being created at Cathkin Braes by Glasgow City Council and the willingness of Glasgow Archdiocese to allow a redundant, B-listed, church building to be adapted as a centre for the mountain bike activities and for local community use.
Architects responsible for the proposed transformation of St Martin’s Church are award winning Elder and Cannon who are based in Glasgow. Their feasibility study and appraisal plans were commissioned by Ardenglen Housing Association Ltd in Castlemilk.
Said architect Alison Hesketh who with colleagues Stephen Hoey and Tom Connolly has devised the plan: ‘The main challenge is to get this open for the Commonwealth Games and to accommodate a wide range of facilities. There will be a community cafe, performance space and education activities as well as mountain bike changing facilities and a bike repair workshop all contained in the church building on Cathkin Braes and all easily accessible.’
Lord Provost Sadie Docherty: ‘This is very much a community led project. I’m delighted to see this proposed Commonwealth Legacy project emerging to support the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Track.’ She said the iconic church building had fantastic memories for many Castlemilk people who attended the Sunday discos run by the church. ‘They led to a lot of marriages…’ she added.
Councillor Archie Graham, who has Executive responsibility for the 2014 Commonwealth Games said: ‘This is a fantastic project. It builds on the challenging mountain bike course which is already well used. It promotes cycling, puts a derelict building to good community use and encourages a healthier lifestyle. We should celebrate all of that. And it comes with a panoramic view of Glasgow!’ He added: ‘Once the elite athletes have gone, there will be something tangible for everyone. I forecast that when 2019 comes and the Games are reviewed, the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike and Activity Centre will still be up there among the best legacy projects.’
Local cyclist Colin Hyslop, a member of the very active Mitchelhill Community Group which is one of the key partners driving the idea said: ‘We are getting positive feedback all the time. On Sunday, out on the Track, I could hardly get cycling for people asking me when would the Centre be ready to use? My only concern is that it won’t be big enough!’ The facebook page has already got 687 ‘likes’ and more than 2000 people use it each week to get information on cycling activities at Cathkin Braes.
On behalf of the Archdiocese, surveyor Kenneth Crilley said: ‘The church building is an architectural jewel in Castlemilk. This project will bring it back to life and allow it to be used by the wider Glasgow community. We are all delighted at the prospect.’
Thirteen people were hospitalised after a pram in a close was set on fire. All were later released after being treated for varying degrees of smoke inhalation.
The incident, in Calder Street on the city’s Southside, highlights the dangers of storing anything in common areas.
Polmadie and Castlemilk fire crews wearing breathing apparatus, quickly extinguished the minor blaze. But it generated an extremely large volume of thick smoke which quickly rose to the top of the four storey tenement.
Alarmed residents on opening their doors to check on the commotion in the building, breathed in the potentially dangerous fumes. As fire service personnel brought residents out of the building, ambulance and police ensured everyone was taken to safety, quickly.
Strathclyde Fire and Rescue personnel emphasise that especially at this time of year with Christmas decorations and parties, they will come to give a free Home Fire Safety Visit at an agreed time.
Experience fire crew assess the individual home and offer fire safety advice tailored to that property and the people living there. This can include the fitting of smoke alarms.
The election results will be announced on Monday 12 September.
So the candidates at St Bartholomew’s Primary School in Castlemilk will need to spend a nail-biting weekend before they know if they have been elected to the Pupil Council.
While the election is held each year to find two class representatives for the 16 strong Council, this year the campaign was given an extra boost by the Glasgow’s Electoral Registration office. They brought in authentic ballot booths, boxes and signs and provided modern apprentices to be the polling station staff.
Those seeking election had to campaign and drum up support in the three weeks leading up to polling day on Friday 9 September. This included designing and distributing posters and setting out their proposals to take to the Pupil Council at public meetings in the class. In recent times that body – with only one teacher representative involved – has effected many changes. Among them – the seating arrangements at lunchtime have been altered to enable those bringing their own food to sit with those buying from the school cafe and the choosing and purchase of new play equipment for the playground.
Primary 3 had 17 candidates willing to stand and Primary 5a had the least number with seven hopefuls.
Campaigns were inventive and included the provision of cupcakes with the candidate’s name on them. This led to a useful discussion on bribery and corruption! But the simple method of walking around the school all day with a sandwich board to promote one candidate was ‘simple but effective.’
Said depute Head Teacher, Maureen Douglas: ‘This has been great fun with a serious message. The pupils now know if they want things changed they need to make their voice heard and to do that they need to vote.’
Said Wendy Doherty Assistant Principal Administrator for Glasgow’s Electoral Registration Office: ‘We hope the children will remember this when they are old enough to vote themselves.’
Concentration is used to make one's mark
The school has been chosen to be the pilot study for the next phase of Glasgow’s election education programme. So the whole exercise at St Bartholomew’s was ‘not just a silly wee school project,’ said Mrs Douglas. ‘It is an important process. The children understand that if they want a voice in the school, they have to vote.’
Said Katrina Scott one of the modern apprentices seconded to be Presiding Officer for the day at the school’s polling station which doubles as a gym: ‘This is good practice for the real elections. They kids have enjoyed it.’ Added her colleague Lauren Glacking: ‘The kids will know what to do when the grow up. They certainly enjoyed today.’
* Glasgow’s Electoral Registration office can be contacted on 0141 287 4444 or website: www.glasgow.gov.uk
A new Electoral Register for the city will be published by 1 December 2011. Reminders to register will go out around 13 September to those households who have not yet sent back the August return. If a person’s name is not on the Electoral Register, they will not get a vote in May when the Council elections are due.
Voting done, the ballot paper goes into the genuine ballot box.
The treasured Lost Lives of young people in Castlemilk are being remembered poignantly with flowers on the railings along Castlemilk Drive at Dougrie Road. The little corner Peace Garden space has the Lost Lives gates, designed by local school children, and is a quiet place where bereaved people can sit and reflect.
Flowers have been placed on the railings daily since Saturday 26 June and may be left there till Sunday 10 July. All will be removed on Monday 11 July.
The emotive public demonstrations of grief and love were preceded by a non-religious service led by community activist Janet Baird and attended by between 40 and 70 people. Organised by the Lost Lives
Lost Lives group launch Flowers on the Railings 2011 in Castlemilk: from left: treasurer Cameron Duncan; Glasgow Life rep Jack Devine; Chair Christine Devine, Committee members Maureen Cope and Sheena Cadden.
group which is chaired by retired city Councillor Christine Devine, the service was held in the garden where a marquee had been discreetly erected. Said Christine: ‘It was a lovely service. People seemed happy with having it in the marquee for the first time.’
The Lost Lives group is hoping to extend the garden space which is on the corner at the Sports Centre. Said group treasurer, Cameron Duncan: ‘We are moving the focus more onto the garden itself. The plan will double the garden space and we hope to have a new fence erected around the new area soon.’
He added: ‘It is a tragedy that any child or young person should die whether they are stillborn, or in a car accident or any other way.’
Said Christine: ‘It was summed up for me by one woman who said her son would have been 39 had he lived, but he’d died aged 18 months old and she still felt the loss.’
The Jeelie Piece Club has lost many young members over the years.The Lost Lives special gates open into the Peace Garden.
Councillor Bob Dorris described Ivor Tiefenbrun's alleged comments as 'outrageous' and 'anti-Scottish'
The Conservative candidate for Maryhill and Springburn in next year’s Scottish elections, Ivor Tiefenbrun, has resigned after it was alleged he said to a national newspaper that Scottish people are ‘so thick’ in their hatred of Margaret Thatcher.
The allegations brought an angry response from Scottish politicians. Labour MSP for Maryhill, Patricia Ferguson, told the LOCAL NEWS: ‘I was appalled by his comments. As someone who lives in Maryhill, on behalf of my constituents, I was deeply offended. Hopefully his colleagues in the Tory Party have a better understanding of the area. I wrote to Annabelle Goldie asking for an apology from Mr Tiefenbrun, and I still think he should deliver one despite his resignation.’
Bob Dorris, SNP candidate for Mayhill and Springburn, has called on Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie to launch an internal inquiry into Tiefenbrun’s comments and subsequent resignation. Said Bob: ‘That Mr Tiefenbrun has resigned is the strongest possible indication that he did make these outrageous, anti-Scottish remarks.’
He added: ‘Annabel Goldie cannot remain silent on the chaos, confusion, and the anti-Scottish insults which this sorry affair involves – and which also calls into question her party’s candidate selection system. She must announce an immediate party inquiry at Birmingham today.
‘The Tories have been trying to rebrand themselves as a Scotland-friendly party, despite the deep cuts coming to Scotland from the UK government. The comments attributed to Mr Tiefenbrun leave this rebranding in tatters and show an astounding contempt for our nation.
‘Mr Tiefenbrun may be gone, but I suspect his comments, combined with the Con Dem cuts on their way to our city, will succeed only in making a small Tory vote in Glasgow smaller still’.
Glasgow born Tiefenbrun made his name as a businessman, founding Linn Products, a high quality, electronics firm opened in Castlemilk in 1972.
In a statement following his resignaton, Mr Tiefenbrun said: ‘There are many issues facing our country and I have no desire for anything to divert my party, or indeed the media, from concentrating on the vital challenges. Accordingly, I will not be standing in the forthcoming elections.’
Mr Tiefenbrun only had his selection for the Marhyill and Springburn confirmed last week and the Tories will now have to start searching for a replacement. A spokesperson for the Tory party said: ‘We will start the process now and make a decision over the next few weeks.’
This is not Tiefenbrun’s first foray into political controvery. He used a newspaper column to announce that the ‘spirit of Stalin lives and thrives in Scotland through Gordon Brown.’
Tiefenbrun remains Executive Chairman of Linn Products and is currently a visiting Professor at Glasgow’s Strathclyde University.
Councillor Dornan is 'hopeful' that future funding for the Stress centre can be secured
Words and Photograph by Stuart Maxwell
‘It will be an uphill struggle. None of us has a crystal ball and we don’t know what the future holds. But we’ve already faced a huge struggle and survived. We will have to find ways to continue.’
Those were the determined words of Cathy McKay, who sits on Castlemilk Stress Centre’s board of directors. On Tuesday 21 September, the service held it’s Annual General Meeting. There was a lot to discuss: in the past year, as the LOCAL NEWS has reported, the stress centre has been shut down due to massive funding withdrawal from the Glasgow City Council (GCC) only to reopen after a valiant local fight back. See the story on:
The centre now operates on funding from the Long Term Conditions Alliance (LTCD). This money will allow staff at the centre to offer therapies until June 2011, hence Cathy’s ‘We will have to find ways to continue.’
Guest speaker at the AGM was MSP Anne McLaughlin. The SNP politician had fought for the Stress Centre since the abrupt announcement in March that funding would be withdrawn. When the centre was reopened Anne said: ‘When I heard that the centre was to close, I knew that we had to put up a fight to keep it open. A facility like this can’t just be struck off in the way that the Council was planning to – it’s for too important for that. So I wish the centre well, and I am so relieved that the people of Castlemilk, and beyond, have this brilliant facility.’
Also in attendance was Councillor James Dornan, who also offered his services after the closure. Said James: ‘It was a great night (the AGM) and I was delighted for the stress centre after an extremely difficult period. They won their fight. It was also encouraging to see so many people come forward and offer to help.’
Councillor Dornan also told the LOCAL NEWS that he was ‘hopeful’ that future funding for the Stress Centre could be achieved with GCC help, possibly through the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership.
Two people came forward at the AGM, held at the centre’s new premises in Castlemilk Youth Complex on Ardencraig Road, hoping to join the board of directors. This will be decided in the October elections. The stress centre will also open it’s doors on Thursday 7 October as part of Stress Management Week. This will give the public a chance to see the invaluable therapies that the Stress Centre offers.
The Castlemilk Stress Centre on Ardencraig Road in Castlemilk can be reached on 0141-248-2864
Strathclyde Police are appealing for information after a 14 year-old girl was robbed on a bus in Cathcart Road on Wednesday 28 July 2010.
She was travelling on the First Bus 75 service between Castlemilk and Glasgow City Centre at 2.30in the afternoon when she was robbed of a mobile phone and a two figure sum of cash by another girl on the bus when it was in Cathcart Road.
The suspect is described as white, 5ft 5” in height, 16-17 years of age with dark brown hair. She was wearing dark-coloured clothing and described as wearing lots of make-up.
Constable Stephen McGrath of Pollok Police Office is appealing for information. He said:
“I would appeal to anyone who was on the bus at the time of the robbery, or anyone who recognises the description of the suspect to come forward. Pollok Police Office can be contacted on 0141 532 5600. Alternatively CRIMESTOPPERS can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.’
by Lynsay Keough
The Castlemilk Jeely Piece Club will launch its exciting new outdoor project on Friday 9 July at 1pm.
The launch will take place in Castlemilk woodlands and elected members are among the invited guests.
The Jeely was successful in securing funding from the £4 million Investment in Play from
the Scottish Government this year and is one of 27 organisations chosen by
Inspiring Scotland which is working in partnership with the Government
The aim of the investment is to help the play sector in Scotland grow and offer increased
opportunities for play to children aged 5-13 years.
The Jeely has been providing play opportunities for 35 years. This funding enables them to employ a new team of play workers who will coach the children in activities in an outdoor environment. The natural space lets them use their own imagination, develop their sense of adventure, explore and create their own play activities around the woods and the water. It also increases their physical exercise and enables them to enjoy the kind of freedom children experienced 20 or 30 years ago. This project is vital in bringing Castlemilk woodlands back to life for children and families
Flowers and messages were fixed to the railingin Castlemilk to remember and mourn lost lives
Words and photographs by Stuart Maxwell
A sea of flowers tied to railings in Castlemilk remembered the many lives that have been tragically cut short in the area.
The Lost Lives Project, in it’s sixth year, lets family and friends grieve for loved ones, who have died due to accidents, violence or social problems, by joining a public floral tribute. On Saturday 26 June, by noon, the railings of Castlemilk Drive could not be seen as a steady flow of people approached to attach bouquet after bouquet.
To read the personal messages that accompanied the flowers was to gain the simplest understanding of the heartache caused by these deaths. A card amongst lilies, remembered a ‘loving’ husband who died in the early 90s. A bouquet from a lady now her in eighties, remembered the baby she lost in her youth.
A laminated message, accompanying sunflowers, addressed a dead son: ‘It’s said that time is a healer, I’m not sure this is true. There’s not a day that goes by Son, that I don’t cry for you.’
The Lost Lives Project was begun six years ago by local minister, the Rev John Miller. Although the memorial is a non-religious affair, Reverend Miller realised through his work that many people in the Castlemilk area carried with them a poignant sense of loss. The Lost Lives Project is aimed at channelling this loss and bringing together people of the community who, previously, suffered behind closed doors.
This year’s Project was chaired by retired councillor, Christine Devine. Christine said: ‘Many young folk have lost their lives in this area over the years. It happens because of accidents or social problems. This day helps people remember those they’ve lost, together with others in the community.
Through fund raising, the Project has started working on an area behind the railings to become a permanent memorial garden. A new gate, that allows access to the garden from Castlemilk Drive, was the winning design of a student from Castlemilk High.
This fund raising effort was helped in no small measure, by local taxi driver Jimmy Doogan. Jimmy ran a 10k race and raised £600 through sponsorship for the Lost Lives Project. Jimmy said: ‘I work locally so I wanted to help a local cause. Lost Lives is not just local but truly worthwhile. It means a lot to a lot of people.’
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