Bag packers, Inner Wheel, fun days and walking challenges – welcome to this week’s Community News

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ALL the news and snippets from around East Dunbartonshire from the Herald of May 23

Youths happy to pack it in!

LENZIE Youth Club Under-15 section have paid tribute to Asda Bishopbriggs for allowing them to bag-pack in the store on Easter Saturday to help raise funding to go to Sweden in July to represent Scotland at Under-15 level in the Gothia Mini World Cup.

Their target was to raise £1,000, but working for eight hours they managed to raise £1,420, so they handed the balance of £420 back to Asda for their charity ‘Cash for Kids’.

Lenzie would like to thank the Asda staff, especially Lorraine Macdonald, for their patience with the boys and the Asda customers for their generosity

Lenzie also had a ‘Penalty King’ sponsored competition which was won by goalkeeper Robbie Anderson, who scored nine out of 10 penalties against guest goalkeeper Jamie Travers – who had previously played with the youth club and Petershill Juniors – and who pulled off some excellent saves, to save the sponsor’s money!

Lenzie hope this will raise an additional £500 against the £8,000 needed to make the trip. Bag-packers are pictured above.

Summer fun will be on offer

CHRYSTON Primary School’s Parents Association will be holding their annual Summer Fayre this Saturday May 26 (11am-1pm).

Entry is free and the attractions include home-baking, a chocolate fountain, tombola, plant sale, bric-a-brac, bouncy castle, crafts, games and activities.

The local fire service and community police officers will be in attendance also.

How donations help the poorest

MEMBERS of the Inner Wheel Club of Kirkintilloch enjoyed a lunch recently

Margaret Pears held a lunch to raise funds for Plan UK – a global children’s charity which works with youngsters in very poor countries.

The lunch was a great success, enjoyed by everyone who attended. At the May meeting, guest speaker Marnie Hodge from Plan UK spoke enthusiastically about her work and experience with the charity, together with an interesting presentation. She spoke about sponsoring a child, explained the process and how the money is used to help to provide a better future.

The next meeting in June will be the AGM and hand-over dinner at The Garfield Hotel, Stepps.

Fun day for all the family

HONEYPOT Nursery’s fun day takes place this Saturday (May 26) from noon-2pm.

The nursery – based in Blackwoods Crescent, Moodiesburn – is offering fun for all the family. There will be stalls (including baking, bedding plants, toys and books), a bouncy castle, face painting, tea room and games.

Walk a way to raise vital funds

WALKERS for Kirkintilloch and Lenzie churches took part in the 25th Annual Erskine Bridge Cross for Christian Aid recently – which has raised many thousands of pounds over the years.

Susan Ross (at 90 probably the oldest walker) and Liz Laird are pictured on the right with the anniversary cake.

Concert to help talking paper

STRATHKELVIN Talking Newspaper Association is holding a fundraising concert which will feature the Kirkintilloch Band and the Kirkintilloch Youth Band.

The concert will be held in St Ninian’s High in Kirkintilloch on Friday, June 8, at 7.30pm. On offer is an evening of superb brass band music from The Kirkintilloch Band – one of Scotland’s premier ensembles.

It is also an opportunity to listen to and appreciate the talent within the Kirkintilloch Youth Band who, in November 2011, won the Scottish Youth Band Gold Medal (novice section) in Perth.

Tickets priced £6 for adults and £4 for children are now on sale from Flowers by Lynsey, Catherine Street, Kirkintilloch.

Strathkelvin Talking Newspaper Association provides a free digital audio recording of the Herald Series to 99 visually-impaired persons within East Dunbartonshire.

Enjoy evening song and more

WALKERS are being invited to enjoy ‘Evening Song’ in Lenzie tomorrow (Thursday) from 7pm-8.30pm

The free countryside rangers event will involve a stroll on Lenzie Moss to listen out for the dusk chorus. Learn about why birds sing and put your ID skills to the test.

Booking essential – call 0141 956 6586.

‘Canal Creatures’ is the name of an event being held in Bishopbriggs this Sunday, May 27, from 2pm-3pm.

You are invited to ‘dip’ the Forth and Clyde Canal with the ranger service and see if you can catch a water scorpion, a dragonfly nymph or even a fish!

Meet at the pontoon across the road from the Leisuredrome, Balmuildy Road. Children must be accompanied by an adult at this free event.

‘Wildflower Identification for Beginners’ takes place in Kirkintilloch next Wednesday, May 30, from 7pm-8.30pm.

Do you know your bedstraws from your bellflowers? You can enjoy identifying an abundance of wildflowers at Merkland Local Nature Reserve with help from the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the ranger service.

Meet in the reserve car park off Merkland Drive, Kirkintilloch.

Mini success!

YOUNG rugby players from Bishopbriggs and Lenzie helped to raise more than £3,000 at a Mini Rugby Charity Tournament recently.

The event, organised by Strathendrick RFC, attracted more than 750 players – including rising stars from Lenzie and Allan Glen’s RFC.

Lenzie retained their title as P3 champions, while Allan Glens were voted the Most Sporting Club.

The event raised at least £1,000 each for three hospice charities – CHAS at Robin House in Balloch, Strathcarron at Denny and the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.

Iain Somerville, organiser of the Strathendrick RFC Minis Section, said: “This has been a great two weeks for mini rugby at Strathendrick. Our charity festival was a huge success with over 750 players and nearly double that number in supporters.”

Twechar care home boost

TWECHAR Respite Care Home recently received a donation of £1,000 from Marley Eternit LTD in Bishopbriggs.

The care home is managed by The Mungo Foundation, delivering short-break respite care to adults with a learning disability who live in the East Dunbartonshire area.

It provides carers with a much-needed rest and allows people using the service to experience high-quality care in an environment where they can meet new friends and share new experiences.

The donation will be used to purchase items to enhance the quality of the service for those who access it.

The home has expressed its gratitude for all donations.

Prizes appeal

A NORTH Glasgow student who also works at Marie Curie Hospice in Springburn is asking people to donate prizes to help raise funds.

John Paul Donnelly works one day a week at the hospice as part of his course. He is organising a fundraising tombola and is hoping to generate as many as 200 prizes. Any businesses, clubs or organisations who would like to contribute are asked to contact the Herald on

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