Boys’ Brigade 125th Anniversary

More than 750 people crowded into Glasgow Cathedral to mark the 125th anniversary of the Boys’ Brigade (BB) in October with boys from, naturally, the 1st Glasgow Company taking many of the duties during the service. This included laying a wreath on the plaque in the Cathedral to Sir William Smith, the BB founder. The Boys’ Brigade is the oldest existing uniformed youth organisation in the world.

Despite heavy rain which forced the displays and activities before and after the service to be held in the nave of the church, the Anchor Boys, the Junior Section and the Company Section all gave of their best. The 231st Glasgow Company’s pipe band also entertained.

The Right Revd David Lunan, Moderator of the Church of Scotland gave the address. 

And celebrations will continue till April when a Tattoo will be staged in Braehead Arena to showcase the talents of BB members from across Scotland.

A Seniors Dinner was held at the end of last month in Rutherglen Town Hall. 

From its origins in Glasgow in 1883 the BB has spread to over 64 countries around the globe and it has been an inspiration and influence to countless of other youth organisations.

This session of 2007-2008 is, in fact, the 125th session of the 1st Glasgow Company In May 2008 the Company held its 125th Annual Inspection which was a great success. The Company is still very active and continues to serve young people in the same area of the city.

The Glasgow Battalion has six districts covering six geographic areas. Within these districts there are 76 smaller companies. A total of 3074 boys and 801 staff are managed by the Scottish headquarters which are based in Ibrox.

Healthy Eating at John Paul Academy

December 11, 2008 by  
Filed under Features, Glasgow North, Local News

The new Fruit Barra launched at John Paul Academy in Summerston got off the ground thanks to pupils of feeder primary St Bane’s.

The initiative was set up by Health Development Officer Jane Kelly in partnership with Milton Food Project and with the active involvement of pupils at John Paul’s. Said Jane: ‘The pupils worked hard to design a leaflet which they delivered to the local community to advertise the Barra. And they developed a pre-order service for staff.’

But on the first Tuesday the Fruit Barra was open for business in the secondary school, the pupils were noticeable by their absence.

Primary pupils from St Bane’s, however, stepped in and did a roaring trade selling the fruit and vegetables to Academy staff and visitors. ‘I was nervous at first,’ said Lucy Gavin (11) who with Abigail Finnigan (11) represented their Pupils’ Council.

A variety of organisations had set up information stalls alongside the Fruit Barra. Their workers ended up doing a lot of the buying and having a rare chance to network among themselves.

Pupils who do help run the Fruit Barra every Tuesday will improve their numeracy and literacy skills. The experience is also seen as a way to prepare for work by learning about stock control, cash handling and customer service.

Along with Milton Food Project, Jane has helped John Paul pupils learn about healthy eating and nutrition as part of their school curriculum. ‘We hope to run cookery classes for parents in the future,’ she said.

Winter Fuel Savings Advice

With the cost of fuel rising dramatically, Money Matters, a charitable, community, money advice group based in Govan, held an information day on fuel poverty at the Pierce Institute (PI).

Greater Pollok Citizens’ Advice Bureau set up another at Pollok Health Centre and Ladymuir advice Centre held another in Cardonald Library.

More than 50 senior members of the Govan community dropped into the PI to find out how to save energy in their home and what grants they might be eligible for. They were also able to get advice on fire safety and credit unions. All left with free, energy-saving light bulbs, a device for powering down home computers and a wealth of leaflets on money saving tips.

Dick Carabine,  Chairman of Govan Community Council said: ‘The PI event has been a breakthrough, if something like this takes place in the area again more people are bound to come along.’

Debbie Young, Money Matters financial inclusion officer who put the event together said: ‘We will run another event soon – possibly just as the big winter fuel bills are due to come through the post.’

Among the agencies supporting the PI day were Age Concern Scotland, Glasgow Credit Union, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) and the Energy Saving Trust.

Fiona Herriot, Community Safety Co-ordinator with SFR said four people had signed up for home safety visits. She added: ‘Our home visits to advise on safety, are free.’



 The Scottish Helpline for Older People, SHOP, can provide confidential advice to anyone over 50 on issues such as help with central heating bills and eligibility of benefits. The helpline is open from 10am until 4pm Monday to Friday, call 0845 125 9732 or Textphone 0845 226 5851.



 People over 60 and registered disabled people can access a free service to assist them with minor repairs and household tasks. Age Concern Scotland, in partnership with Glasgow Care and Repair, run the service for home owners and private rental tenants. They can fit smoke alarms and replace batteries, wire electric plugs, unblock sinks and even fit new locks and security items. Telephone 0141 420 3686 or 0141 433 2749, Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm.

All personnel carry an ID photo card and wear official clothing.


Home safety visits


Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) offer free home safety visits to everyone. They will carry out a home fire safety check and if required, can provide and install smoke alarms.

To arrange a free visit, call in to any fire station or freephone 0800 0731 999. All employees of SFR are required to carry official ID and will happily produce this on request from a householder.


Staff at the Ladymuir Advice and Information Centre on the Southside, hold a drop-in surgery in Cardonald Library every Thursday. They provide information on welfare rights and money issues. Call 0141 883 2153 to find out more.


The Energy Saving Trust is a government advice agency assisting homes and businesses to become more energy efficient. Call 0800 512 012 or log on to .

Doors Open Day – Introduction

More than 50,000 people walked through the Doors Open at 135 historic and key buildings in Glasgow in September, leading the organisers to propose another week-long festival for next year.

Traditionally, Doors Open has run over a weekend in September. In this, the 19th year of the event which enables properties to open their doors to visitors, talks, walks and other associated events were programmed over seven days.

Rosie Elliot, Area Co-ordinator with Glasgow Building Preservation Trust said: ‘This year has been a huge success with the numbers of visitors up at all buildings. All the walks were fully booked the week before.’ However, the team of six at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust had their work cut out to cope with the huge demand. But they managed it!

Top of the poll was St Andrew’s in the Square which attracted 2,500 visitors.

Govanhill Baths, closed seven years ago amid local fury, attracted more than 1000 people to see the present state of the magnificent Edwardian Baroque interior and the future plans by a Trust to transform the building into a Community Sports and Wellbeing Centre

 North Doors Closed

Said Rosie: ‘It is a real sadness to me that there were no Doors Open venues this year in the North of the city. I really want some for next year and would welcome suggestions from LOCAL NEWS readers. It involves a lot of commitment and time to the people who are responsible for the venue, but I know there must be some good places that visitors would want to see.’

If you have a suggestion for a building in Glasgow’s Northern sector you’d like to see included in Doors Open next year then email the LOCAL NEWS on : and tell us where it is.

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