The River Kelvin Angling Association (RKAA) are planning a clean-up on Saturday 2 June alongside FORK – Friends of the River Kelvin – who are preparing for their Big Gala on Saturday 9 June at their headquarters – Ha’penny Bridge House in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens.
Volunteers to help with both groups’ cleaning up activities are invited to be at Ha’Penny Bridge House (HBH) at 10.30. Pickers-up and gloves are provided. Said Allan Twigg, FORK treasurer who organises the regular FORK clean-ups: ‘We’ll be preparing HBH for the Gala and also want to clear part of the foundations of the Flint Mill which has become overgrown. Should anyone have loppers they can bring, they would be useful to cut back rhododendrons too, though we hope to borrow some from the Botanic Gardens.’
The FORK GALA on Saturday 9 June is a highlight of the West End Festival. Last year the event, planned to finish at 4pm – was still going strong at 6pm because so many musicians were happy to play, the weather was warm and people were having a great time browsing and buying at the stalls and listening to the music.
Said Allan: ‘On the day of the Gala, we need all the help we can get from early in the morning as we start setting up around 8 am, throughout the day to help with the Gala and late in the afternoon to clear up.’
FORK is an organisation of people who are keen to keep the integrity and the beauty of nature around the River Kelvin in the city and are committed to its care and maintenance on a volunteer basis. Founded 20 years ago by Mark Eden-Bushell who is now Ambassador for the work, FORK has been a social and an environmental success story which continues today under a new Convenor – Sally Johnston – and an enthusiastic team.
The annual gala includes a chance to try canoeing, find out about local campaigns and charities and volunteer activities and buy things like books and crafted goods. The Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Glasgow Conjurers are just two of the many organisations who take part and help to make the event a great success.
Musicians who raised more than £2000 last year for Alzheimer’s Scotland (Glasgow) are aiming to raise even more this year and have set their first concert for Friday 8 June at 7.30pm in Adelaide’s Auditorium 209 Bath Street, Glasgow.
Given by the Glasgow Amateur Flute Ensemble, the concert is in memory of Martha Houston a lifelong supporter of the talented amateur group. Several well-known, professional musicians will take part, including Gordon Cree, Stewart Forbes and the Agnew/McAllister flute guitar duo. This promises to be a fantastic evening of music. Tickets are £6 and can be obtained online or from the ensemble: email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Or purchase online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/161849 or call David on: 01294 604922
The Ensemble can be viewed on You Tube/ web site: http://www.gafe.co.uk/ And they can do fundraising concerts for other good causes too.
Given by the Glasgow Flute Ensemble, the concert is in aid of Alzheimer in memory of Martha Houston a lifelong supporter of the talented amateur musicians’ group. Her husband, Sam Houston , 85, was the Ensemble’s secretary for many of the 50 plus years he has been a member. Said current Secretary, Bobby Murray: ‘Sam is an honorary member. Although he retired from playing last year, he still attends rehearsals regularly. Sadly Martha died after a long illness due to Alzheimer’s. Her son Sam junior, although residing in Hong Kong, is still a registered member and avid supporter of our group as indeed is his sister Sadie. The family have been long term members and held various committee positions throughout the years.’
The Glasgow Amateur Flute Ensemble is a group of 25 flautists and percussionists. They are non-political, non-sectarian and ranging from 11 to 80 years old. See and hear the Ensemble on You Tube or website: www.safba.org.uk/bands/glasgow.html
The City of Cardiff Concert Band is touring Scotland and plans to give a FREE concert on Wednesday 7 April at 7.30pm in Glasgow University Concert Hall in the Gilbert Scott Building.
A social bunch of around 80 musicians, the band is keen to have a large audience – ‘That’s why there is no cost,’ said Elizabeth Sollars, the concert organiser.
See website www.cardiffconcertband.co.uk