The Govan Fair Association recently handed over a cheque for £200 to ‘We are Macmillan Cancer Support’ to help people living with cancer.
Though wheelchair bound, Linda Yates was the chief fund raiser for the Govan Fair Association. ‘I just did what I could to help,’ she said. This included sitting outside with a bucket on Govan Fair Day in June 2015 receiving money given by the crowd. On behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, modern apprentice Calvin Lynch (17) was happy to receive the cheque for the formal ceremony in the Pearce Institute café in Govan which is run by Macmillan Cancer Support. Vice Chair Sandy Black, wearing the Govan Fair chain of office, officially represented the Association. He said: ‘The money given to Macmillan Cancer Support continues an ancient tradition of the Fair Association – to distribute any surplus from the Fair to those in need locally.’
A spokeswoman for the Macmillan support fundraising team which works upstairs in the Pearce Institute, said the money would be added to what the team raises for Macmillan work.
Later that day, Linda Yates was honoured by the Association – which has a tradition going back more than 300 years – and made a Life Member as was local Church of Scotland minister Moyna McGlynn. Said Chairman Lord James Stringfellow: ‘They have been given Life Membership out of gratitude for the support each has given the Govan Fair and the Govan Fair Association over the years.’
The Association has also ratified its 21st century working model as a company limited by guarantee with Charitable Status. Said Mr Stringfellow: ‘The whole process was managed by OSCR (the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) who made sure all the legalities and constitutional procedures have been adhered to. We are now on a modern footing and the Govan Fair is protected for the people of Govan for the next 300 years. The current committee are the custodians of huge tradition and we take that role very seriously.’
Later that day, the Govan Fair Association re-elected their committee at a re-called annual general meeting. Solicitor John Flanagan reassured everyone that the legalities of becoming a company limited by guarantee with Charitable Status had been done correctly. He explained that this was to protect the people taking the responsibilities of the Association and was a normal process today. Chairman Lord James Stringfellow also moved an amendment to the standing orders to emphasis that the Govan Fair belongs to the people of Govan and those who are the custodians of the Association and formal supporters of it, are committed to that objective.
Up to ten students affected by the April earthquake in Sichuan, will benefit from an agreement between the University of Glasgow and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) signed today.
Scottish Government Minister, Humza Yousaf, witnessed the signing during a visit to China which confirmed three deals worth up to £2 million to provide Scottish expertise in education and training.
Through the Glasgow initiative, the students will receive scholarships to cover tuition fees for a jointly-delivered, four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Electronic & Electrical Engineering programme at the Qingshuihe campus of UESTC.
Glasgow will also offer up to 90 excellence scholarships – covering 50% of tuition fees – over the next three years to encourage academically excellent high school graduates in China to apply.
Professor John Chapman, Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow signed the agreement with Professor Houjun Wang, Vice President of UESTC which is based in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.
Said Professor Chapman: ‘This agreement further strengthens our partnership and demonstrates our commitment to working together to offer students a world-class education experience. We aim to attract the brightest and best students and the scholarships will help us do that. We are also acutely aware of the devastating impact of the recent earthquake in Sichuan, so we felt that specific scholarships to help students affected by that tragedy, would be beneficial.’
The joint school initiative between the two educational institutions is the first of its kind in China involving a Scottish university. It is one of the biggest transnational education collaborations of any UK university.
Said Professor Wang: ‘Our shared vision and philosophy of quality education has brought us together. We are confident of our co-operation as we both sign the Memorandum of Understanding. The promise to pool scholarships for outstanding students means they will enjoy more resources from both universities.’
Renowned as China’s birthplace for its national electronic industry, UESTC has evolved in the past 50 years. It started as a university specialising in electronic information. Now it is a key multi-disciplinary university with electronic science and technology as it nucleus; engineering as its major field and an integrated approach to science, engineering, management and liberal arts.
UESTC’s connection with the University of Glasgow started in 2009 when a delegation from the Chinese University visited Glasgow. A small number of Chinese students spent part of their time in the city, studying Engineering. Electronic and electrical engineering are both research and teaching strengths at Glasgow which consistently scores highly within the UK.
Said Professor Chapman: ‘Both Universities believe that they need a strong international presence. So working together to deliver a joint programme makes a lot of sense.’ He has visited China on a number of occasions. ‘We see this as a building block for further initiatives together in research and/or post graduate teaching. We are exploring options and hope, soon, to have some students based in Glasgow spending maybe one semester in Changdu and vice versa. This will be a terrific opportunity for students based in each country.’
The two other deals involving Scottish Government Minister Humza Yousaf were: – a partnership arrangement between TEFL Scotland Ltd, a Dingwall based company providing online language training, and China’s largest online training provider, Zhi Bo Hong Yuan Company Ltd; and a new training programme from Scotland’s Rural College, Elmwood Golf International which expects to recruit 200 Chinese students from 15 Chinese universities to its Golf Education Alliance. It has already trained more than 700 Chinese lecturers and golf professionals to meet the needs of China’s rapidly expanding golf industry.
Speaking in China, the Minister said: ‘These three announcements will provide Chinese students with practical skills and qualifications and position Scotland as a world-class education, training and research partner. They are a ringing endorsement of Scotland’s expertise in education, engineering and golf. We are keen to continue sharing Scottish expertise with China to the mutual economic benefit of both our nations.’
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.
Glasgow has taken another big step on the road to the Commonwealth Games in 2014 with the £18m refurbishment of Scotstoun Stadium.
UK Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe joined Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy during a visit to the stadium, with its nearby sports centre, where they saw a world-class facility offering what promises to be a strong foundation for up-and-coming generations of Scottish athletes.
Scotstoun will also serve as a hub for rugby excellence. The Glasgow Warriors will use the ground as their training facilities from 2010 thanks to a partnership between the Scottish Rugby Union, Glasgow City Council and Culture and Sport Glasgow.
The stadium’s capacity will increase to 5,000 and Scotstoun will bid for high-profile athletic events. As well as a refurbished track and field, there is a full-length, indoor warm-up track, and top-class conditioning suites. The facility won £4m in funding from Sportscotland, with the remaining £14m funded by Glasgow City Council.
After a display of running on the indoor warm-up track from young athletes of Glasgow School of Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe said: ‘We’ve been looking all around the UK to ensure that new sports facilities are indeed world class, and this clearly is one. The indoor track is probably the best I’ve seen in the UK and facilities like this, which allow training to go on indoors regardless of the weather, are something the city should be proud of. It all augurs well for 2014.’
Jim Murphy was equally impressed. ‘I think it’s phenomenal, a Rolls-Royce facility and the stars of today would be happy to use it. Outdoors, that new track they’ve taken ownership of today lasts 15 years so it’s the best, most-modern track anywhere … it’s a great location for records to be broken.’
Looking ahead to 2014, Jim added: ‘In the build-up to the games there’ll be a buzz which will be fantastic, but it’s also important that there be a legacy.
‘The Commonwealth Games will last a matter of days, but the effects will be felt for decades, lighting a spark of enthusiasm amongst Glaswegians – and Scots – for athletics and other sports. It’ll mean a great legacy for facilities and for a lifelong attitude towards sports.
‘Usain Bolt is a name that so many youngsters now recognise,’ said Jim. ‘They wonder at his ability, he’s a modern icon. The important thing is for us to grow our own icons.’