By Colin Mackie
Community spirit was in full strength at the recent fund-raising day at Oatlands Community Resource Centre (OCRC) where local people and visitors alike, enjoyed free entertainment and a variety of stalls. Many thanks to those individuals and businesses who donated prizes to the raffle, including AA Auto Electrics (Fordneuk Street Bridgeton), Cox`s the Butchers (Main Street, Bridgeton), JK Entertainment (Savoy Street, Bridgeton) and others.
The OCRC has been known as the Blue Hut till recently. Now, thanks to the hard work and passion of the new committee and volunteers, the Centre has found a different direction and focus.
The future is, indeed, “onwards and upwards”. A makeover is planned which will include repainting the outside. Residents of all ages will be able to contribute to a mural design that will depict an Oatlands Timeline up to the present day.
Lisa Gillen, from the OCRC ,commented: “I feel that the people are starting to trust again and they are seeing small changes. Hopefully, soon, they will see bigger ones. It won’t work without genuine community involvement and input. That is vital for this wee community to flourish.’
She added: ‘We all want the same things – the things we were promised all those years ago – a shop and a park. The community has been 17 years without a shop. So once again Oatlands is taking a stand.”
Lord Provost, Bob Winter, travelled on transport from the past to preview a vintage vehicle exhibition open to the public on Sunday 10 October in Bridgeton.
He was picked up from the City Chambers by a yellow Leyland Titan PD3, a double decker bus that zigzaged council routes in Glasgow in the 1960s. This took him to Bridgeton Bus Garage in Fordneuk Street G40, where Glasgow’s Vintage Vehicle Trust (GVVT) stores buses, fire engines, trucks and even the frame of an old tram. All are vintage models and no longer in production.
Some vehicles are owned by the Trust, others are the prize possessions of individual members of the 300 strong interest group. Among other things, members restore these vintage vehicles to their original, pristine condition.
A tour of the depot gave the Lord Provost an idea of what will be seen during the one-day exhibition and also the work done to preserve these monuments to both Glasgow and Scotland’s transport history.
Entranced by the display, he said: ‘This certainly brings back happy childhood memories. The Open Day is a great way for the public to view the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust’s collection. It is simply superb! And the exhibition offers a great day out for all the family.’
Douglas Forbes from GVVT said: ‘ Too often the contribution charities like ours makes to communities goes unnoticed. So we decided four years ago to open the doors and let the public see the steps we are taking to conserve the transport which has affected all of us at some point.’
The exhibition will line up many vehicles from Glasgow Corporation Transport and buses from the 1930s to the 1960s from other British companies no longer operating. It will reveal the quality of local engineering with bus bodywork by Albion of Scotstoun on display.
The GVVT also co-ordinated Back on the Road, a project that takes on volunteers who suffer from addiction problems. These volunteers help restore the old vehicles. Iain MacGregor, Trust Chair, said: ‘Vital to the role we play in our local community is the contribution made to the rehabilitation of addicts back into the world of work. There are examples on show of the high quality of work done by these volunteers.’
As well as the exhibition, the public will get the rare chance to take a ride in the Leyland Titan PD3, which will travel from the garage, stopping at George Square en route to the Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour. The Leyland, by the way, is the Ferrari of buses!
The GVVT Exhibition will open its doors at 10am on Sunday 9 October at Bridgeton Bus Garage, Fordneuk Street, Glasgow, G40 3AH.