With the Chinese New Year well and truly celebrated – we move on to St Valentine’s day for another crack at that elusive thing called love. The truth is there is a lot of love about – we only need to look at what is happening in local communities to find it.
Govanhill is a good place to start. As this weekly ENEWS LETTER goes out to more than 1000 subscribers (email us to receive it – free!) that community is preparing for the official opening of their new offices and meeting space INSIDE the Govanhill Baths. Just over ten years ago the Baths were shut dramatically by Glasgow City Council after they evicted some sit-in protesters. Immediately, local people took to the streets in anger. Police horses were used to quell the raging crowd. Steel shutters went up on the building and it was left in limbo with many groups of folk left bereft of the community meeting place, healthy exercise and water therapy.
Since then, with love at the heart of it all, local people have found a new way to bring the baths back into use. They have devised a plan to make it a Health and Well-being Centre – using all three swimming pools. The plan has attracted funding from a variety of sources and it has even got the genuine support of Glasgow City Council. Love can conquer all!