Letters to the editor – February 29, 2012

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Old Aisle Cemetery is well cared for

FURTHER to the letter in last week’s Herald (February 22) regarding the state of the Old Aisle Cemetery, may I say that this letter could be misconstrued to mean that the graves mentioned were in a disgraceful state, rather than the cemetery itself!

Perhaps Mr McKirdy would have been better just saying that he had relatives interred there rather than publishing names.

I can assure him my late mother and father’s grave is lovingly tended on a regular basis by my sister and her family.

As to the cemetery itself, I have always found it to be well cared for with the exception of some overturned headstones, which seem to have been caused by vandalism.

I would think this is down to modern day values rather than a dereliction of duty by the council.

If Mr McKirdy wishes to take issue with the council, maybe he should visit the Hillhead area, which does seem to be rather neglected, particularly the older council houses which seem to have been “white-washed” by a 10-year old using a garden hose.

Worse still is their decision to sell off the last grass playing field in the area for house building.

This is a quick way to bring in some money, but let’s remember, once it’s gone it’s gone . . . this was a disgraceful decision.

Unfortunately, this selling off of our green space is not confined to East Dunbartonshire Council, sadly it is being mirrored all over the country, but we the rate payers are mainly to blame by allowing this to continue due to sheer apathy.

It is little wonder that the Scottish Premier Football League is mainly made up of mediocre foreign players and watched by fewer and fewer fans, as there is no outlet for our young people during holidays and after school to have an informal kick-about to hone their skills.

All the synthetic pitches in the world will not make up for this!

Colin Mathieson

(via e-mail)

Cemetery concerns

I AM writing to back the gentleman who wrote to you (Herald, February 22) concerning the state of the Old Aisle Cemetery.

I go there to visit my mother’s grave and also my brother’s.

There are bramble bushes growing over my mother’s gravestone and it seems that there is no weeding being done.

I think a lot more could be done and it’s a shame to see the cemetery going down hill.

I know there are cutbacks everywhere, and that does not help, but it would be nice to know that your loved ones are lying in a nicely kept cemetery.

Concerned relative,


(e-mail - details supplied)

Community centre row rumbles on

COUNCILLOR Stewart MacDonald in his letter (Herald, February 22) is puzzled as to why I did not acclaim the good news of a £100,000 capital commitment towards the rebuilding of the Hillhead Community Centre at the recent council budget meeting - I am pleased to enlighten him.

In the first place, the present Labour/Tory administration and the previous Liberal Democrat administration have delivered three similar pieces of “good news” over the past 10 years without any tangible result.

In the second place, I was told only a few weeks ago by a senior official that match funding was still not in place.

I am suspicious of the phrase used by Councillor MacDonald that “the council is now committed to fully fund the centre, if necessary”.

Does this mean that there will be a further wait for match funding to appear, or will the council immediately proceed to fund this project if and when revised plans are approved? We need a straight answer.

Finally, the by now annual collaboration between the administration and the Liberal Democrats to bring in a budget resulted in further items being incorporated into the capital budget, thus increasing competition for scarce capital resources.

These amounted to some £900,000 and included such “essentials” as a retail building extension to an arts and craft gallery in Mugdock Park.

One item that just missed the cut was a maze at Mugdock Castle, which the people of Hillhead don’t need as they’ve been led up the garden path by these parties on several occasions on the community centre issue.

Councillor John Jamieson,

Kirkintilloch East and Twechar.

Poem marks Kirkintilloch’s special anniversary

IN 2011 Kirkintilloch marked its 800th anniversary of becoming a Burgh of Barony. Celebrations were held in the town throughout the year.

Herald reader Mae Pitcairn has written this poem to commemorate the historic occasion.

Kirkintilloch Burgh of Barony 1211-2011

If Auld William the Lion could see us the noo

A’ huddled thegither wi’ furrowin’ brow

He micht wunner the wisdom o’ whit he hud done

In creatin’ a Burgh oot o’ oor funny wee Toon.

He micht gaither his robes up an’ mak fur the door

An’ cam tae the fortress o’ Kirkie no more,

While mutterin’ angrily under his breath

“They peasants are senseless an’ nowt but a pest.

To think that oor Favour’s been wasted on these

Lock them a’ up and dispense wi’ the keys.

As fur that E.D. Cooncil that’s taen them a’ o’er

I shudder tae think what it’s daein’ wi the power!”

Noo afore ye tak umbridge an’ gang hame in the huff

Complainin’ o’ insults decidedly rough

Think on! - Wid Prood William speak ill o’ us here

An’ berate us profoondly an’ cause us tae fear?

Nae wey!

He’d gaither his robes up an’ strauchten his croon

Afore joinin’ the Guid Fowk belangin’ the Toon

Tae celebrate roonly the paper he’d signed

Acht hunner years ago - Oh what a find!

An’ tae herken intently to a’ since bin done

Tae make this auld Burgh second tae none.

So whit can we tell him o’acht hunner years?

Whit things was please him an whit wad draw tears?

The Comyns an’ the Flemin’s an’ a Castle huv a’ passed awey

But the Preachin’ o’ the Word is certain tae stey.

Behauden tae the Romans, the Peel’s muckle award

O’Warld Heritage Status, strikes a resoundin’ chord.

The auld East-West High Street of ancient align

Is sadly breeched by a bypass of more modern design.

The barricaded Luggie, tae stop the overflow,

Wad fash the poet David Gray if he ever got tae know.

The Townheid an’ the Cowgate gang back a wheen o’ years,

Wi’ changes o’ ootlook an’ changes o’ gears.

Land fur the fermin’ is noo built upon,

Coal minin’ an’ foundries an’ weaving’ huv gone.

Railways took o’er - a’ servin’ us weel

Till Beechin’s two-heided axe on them fell.

The Canal made a difference tae trade in the Toon

Till fashion decreed that it hud tae close doon.

But years of pollution were finally banned

When it was restored as the Pride O’ Scotland.

Wid that a similar story unfold

For oor beloved Toon ha’ - left oot in the cauld.

Guid roads an’ guid housin’ are noo top o’ the bill

An’ guid teachin’ fur the weans tae hone a’ thir skill.

“The future looks guid in the hauns o’ this Toon”

Quoth the King, on his feet, castin’ eyes a’ aroon.’

“Y’ve done weel, y’ve done weel, wi the haun y’ve been dealt

A couldnae say less after a’ A’ve been telt.

Y’ve ca’d canny, it’s true, but kept ca’in’ awa’

So the ootlook fur Caurnie can only be braw.

A’m decidedly blest wi’ the fowk tha a see

Gaithered aroon’ me tae celebrate this day.

Fur strugglin’ an’ strivin’ thru acht hunner years

Will ye celebrate Auld Caurnie wi’ a hearty THREE CHEERS! HIP HIP...

Mae Pitcairn,

Society of Antiquaries.

Chemo campaign

I’VE read with interest the various articles published in the Herald about the campaign for chemotherapy to be delivered at the ‘new’ Stobhill Hospital.

However, I’ve noticed that some letters published recently in the paper about the campaign have had a blatant political slant to them. Please, keep politics out of this very important issue - it’s about patient care not political point scoring.

H McAllister.


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