Window on the Past

Clachan of Campsie
Clachan of Campsie

Our weekly look at the Kirkintilloch Herald archives

September 12, 1964

Accommodation in St Matthew’s School in Bishopbriggs came under discussion at the meeting of the town council.

The headmaster Mr Quinn told the council he was finding great difficulty housing all his pupils, of which there were as many as 375.

The council were told during the week that the seven rooms in the school were packed to capacity.

Mr Quinn expressed concerns to the council over the rapid expansion of the population in the burgh.

The Provost told the council the problem was being considered by the Director of Education who would be reporting back to them in due course.

September 15, 1974

The very Rev Andrew Herron preached at the diamond 
jubilee of St Mary’s Church, Kirkintilloch, during Sunday service.

Mr Heron, Moderator of the Glasgow Presbytery and a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, called for people to read their Bible more often and to adopt a “refreshing” new attitude to religion.

A selection of hymns which were sung at the opening ceremony of the church back in 1914, were sung again for the 60th anniversary..

Provost James Hotchkiss, the Bailies and Councillors, and officials of Kirkintilloch Town Centre attended the service.

Many gifts were donated by members of St Mary’s to mark the diamond jubilee.

September 9, 1984

An extra £6million was required to meet the need for sheltered housing in Strathkelvin it was revealed.

A delegation from the District Council were to meet the Secretary of State for Scotland to put their case to him and ask for the additional money.

This was decided at a meeting of the Housing committee after a report revealed that a further 231 units were needed to be built.

The report estimated that the number of elderly people in Strathkelvin requiring sheltered housing was 460 in 1981 and 543 in 1988.

Labour group leader Charles Kennedy said: “Sheltered housing is something very close to our hearts.”

September 10, 1994

A bizarre row broke out over plans to rename Bishopbriggs Sports Centre.

The centre was undergoing a £4 milliion facelift and leisure bosses wanted schoolchildren to come up with a new title for the complex.

But Tory Councillor Billy Hendry demanded that it retain the town name in any new title.

He feared it would end up being called something crazy like Jurassic Park Leisure Centre. His preference was Bishopbriggs Sports Centre.

Labour councillor Tom Smith said there was no point in having a competition if you were 
going to put paramaters in it. He added that the centre was for all the people in Strathkelvin.

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