Window on the Past

Window on the Past
Window on the Past

February 25, 1995

The fight to save Lenzie Hospital stepped up a gear when the anti-closure campaign 
hit the road.

Angry protestors told the Kirkintilloch Herald they planned to file past the hospital in a mile-long convoy of cars to drive home their hands-off message to Greater Glasgow Health Board.

The protest coincided with an open day at the hospital and it was hoped the health board would listen to local people and reconsider their plans to close the local hospital.

A campaigner said at the time: “Lenzie Hospital is home to many elderly residents. To 
emphasise this we intend to have a vintage car as part of the procession proving how much our senior citizens mean to us.”

February 27 1985

Four young girls from Pat Muir’s Rosebank School of Dancing, in Kirkintilloch 
appeared on stage at the Pavilion Theatre, in Glasgow.

The group clinched the dancing role in a London theatre group’s production of Pinocchio.

The girls, who danced their socks off and thoroughly enjoyed their experience were Julie Darling, Suzanne Dick, Melissa Gilchrist and Wendy Wallace.

Suzanne and Melissa were pupils at Harestanes Primary, Wendy was at Millersneuk Primary in Lenzie and Julie at Craighead Primary, Milton of Campsie.

February 22, 1975

An attempted raid on a bank in Lennoxtown failed when the raider lost his nerve and left without any money.

The bank was the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Campsie branch.

A man walked up to a woman teller and handed her a note which read: “I have a gun here: fill a bag with money and no one will get hurt.”

The teller told the Herald: “I said ‘just a minute and I’ll get you a bag’.”

She walked over to the manager who did a touble-take.

The would-be robber took off empty-handed, chased by the manager but he escaped.

February 24, 1965

Givings by some members of St Mary’s Church in Kirkintilloch were criticised by the 
minister as “pitifully small.”

The Rev Haughton complained in the monthly edition of the church’s magazine, The Parishioner.

Some members, he said, gave as little as one shilling a week and added: “Poverty of giving is poverty of faith.”

The article was the talking point of the month at the church, which had a congregation in 1965 of more than 1,000 members.

The minister said in the magazine: “The kirk session have been very concerned of this aspect of poor giving.”

This week’s photo: The trophy winners at Bishopbriggs Bowling Club are pictured showing off their silverware after a triumphant win in the early part of the 20th century. This photo of the victors of the S.B.A. Rink Championships was taken in 1930.