Work on re-developing the inside front of the Govanhill Baths building is going so well that the space could be ready to welcome people who attend the unique Panto in the Baths on Friday 9 December.
The Citizens Theatre, as good neighbours of the Calder Street Baths building and its Community Trust and in association with the local Centre for Community Practice (CCP), aim to stage two performances that day – a matinee and an evening show.
And they are looking for VOLUNTEERS! ‘It could be performing or production or front-of-house roles,’ said Lisa Peebles, the Trust administrator. ‘We’d be delighted if anyone could find the time to help. They should contact Helen Ross, manager of the CCP on 0141 433 2999 or email:email@example.com in the first place.’ And don’t forget to book your ticket for the Panto in the Baths too but via Lisa! See the website: www.govanhillbaths.com.
Just last month, the Trust received a grant of £400k from Historic Scotland to develop the first phase of the Baths building which will incorporate offices for the Trust and function space for events. The whole project will deliver a Wellbeing and community centre for the area in time.
A group of 20 youngsters have left Glasgow for the roof of the world and a once-in-a-lifetime challenge to follow in the footsteps of climbing greats – Sir Chris Bonnington and Dougal Haston.
After a hectic round of fundraising, the travellers, part of the Who Cares? Scotland advocacy group, are off to Kathmandu, Nepal. The 11-day trip will involve a 100-kilometre trek, taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.
Who Cares? Scotland celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and the adventurers had to raise nearly £2,000 each to make their trip a reality. The money goes to pay for flights, travel in Nepal, expedition leaders, porters, food and accommodation.
The visit will also be a boost for Community Action Nepal (CAN), which aims to raise awareness of people living in remote villages with its focus on health and education projects.
Expedition leader Grant Gilroy, a regional manager with Who Cares? Scotland, says the trek through Bhara Pokhari region West of Kathmandu, will not be a cakewalk, but it will have its compensations.
‘Foreigners seldom take this particular route and, consequently, the Nepalese greet visitors with a great deal of friendliness.’
Trek veteran Grant added: ‘This is a major undertaking for Who Cares? Scotland. We are collaborating with CAN and Scottish local authorities to raise much-needed money to improve the health and education of people in Nepal.’
Who Cares? Scotland’s chief executive, Heather Gray, who is also participating, believes travel will broaden the minds of the Scottish youngsters.
‘This trip is giving young people in care throughout Scotland and their workers the opportunity to plan and work towards an amazing experience that will provide them with a completely different perspective on their lives.’
Trekker David Dunne, who is young people’s chairman on Who Cares? Scotland’s board, said: ‘I am so excited to be part of this adventure and for me and the other young people going to Nepal it’s a dream come true and will inspire us to even greater things in our lives.’
Fundraising efforts are ongoing and a series of events including hill climbs, walks, cycle rides, supermarkets and Nepalese themed evenings are planned. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/nepaltrek2009. Who Cares? Scotland’s website can be found at www.whocaresscotland.org.