Village volunteers have lots to sing about this Christmas

The Glen Art visit
The Glen Art visit

Villagers are planning to hold a special festive celebation at a former train stration that was a rubbish-strewn eyesore less than a year ago.

An army of volunteers have spent the last 11 months turning the dilapidated Milton of Campsie train station into a gleaming community asset.

Nearly 30 people turned up in lashing rain at the most recent clean-up day, clearing broken glass and contaminated earth from the Lennoxtown side of the station.

A spokesperson said: “Special thanks to Father John, Lewis for travelling from Clachan of Campsie, Syd Sharp and Keith Gilbert from the community council, Lenny, Big Arthur and his daughters, Eliner Oswald, Steve Lynch, Stewie the Giant, Big Jake, Sharon, Jess, Beth, Beth Glennie, Arran, Stewart, Elliott, Johnny, Gordon and Nicky at the village bakers and all our new volunteers.”

And there was also a recent visit from veterans charity Glen Art’s award-winning gardening team, led my designer Ray Howie, who carried out some work.

The materials, tools, travel and catering were all funded by a grant from Comic Relief and they hope to return.

Next up is the ‘Carol Singing at the Station’ event on Sunday, December 21, at 2.30pm.

Reverend Julie Moody will be attending with parishioners from Milton of Campsie Church, while Father John with members of the congregation from St Pauls will also hopefully attend.

One of the organisers said: “This is an event open to all and I send out a very warm invitation to you and your family. Even if you’ve never visited our station before please come along and celebrate the spirit of Christmas, it would be cool to see you there.”