Birds walk and talk, shake-up for forum, Mayfest fun and Caldwell Halls – this week’s Community News

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ALL the snippets and news items from communities in East Dunbartonshire – May 9, 2012

New venue for forum meetings

AS William Patrick Library in Kirkintilloch is closing for refurbishment during June and July, the East Dunbartonshire Visually Impaired Persons Forum will have to find a new venue for its meetings.

The meetings will now be held at The Park Centre in Kerr Street and will be on Tuesdays (not Wednesdays) from 10am till noon on the following dates: June 12 and 26, and July 10 and 24.

The Crafting Group of the forum will meet on June 19 and July 3, 17 and 31, to make cards and tactile Christmas Trees for selling at a later date. As yet, the forum do not know whether they will return to William Patrick Library or whether they will have to find another meeting place after July.

Kirkintilloch BB at Carronvale

OVER the weekend April 14 -15, ten Junior Section boys, four officers and two staff sergeants from the Junior Section of the 1st Kirkintilloch BB Company enjoyed a weekend at Carronvale House – the Boys’ Brigade National Training Centre in Larbert, Stirlingshire (pictured).

The all-weather pitch, the very well-equipped games hall and the grounds surrounding the house were all used extensively over the weekend. The programme included football, rounders, basketball, tennis, badminton, table tennis, obstacle course, circus skills, ghost walk, snakes and ladders, and, the highlight of the weekend, “capture the flag”.

All of this helped to work off some of the calories from the excellent meals provided by the centre staff.

After all the fresh air and running about on the Saturday there were many tired people, not all of them youngsters, so there was no difficulty getting everyone to go to bed. This was just as well, as a couple of early birds were up and about at 6am on Sunday morning – the sensible ones waited until 7am.

On the way home to Kirkintilloch the group stopped off at The Falkirk Wheel to have a picnic lunch and the boys took the opportunity to make use of the play areas, have a trip round the visitor centre and see the statues of kelpies before returning to the minibus. It was a great, if tiring, weekend. The boys must have enjoyed themselves as they are already asking when the next one will be.

Pictures of the weekend can be seen on the website –

Ladies meet up

PRESIDENT Chrissie Collins welcomed members and friends to the April meeting of SWRI Milton of Campsie. Unfortunately the speaker Rhona Hotchkiss (assistant prison governer) had to call off through illness.

Isabella Mungall from Myotonic Dystrophie was in attendance to receive a cheque for £710 which was raised through a fashion show. Isabella explained how they help and support families who have myotonic dystrophie.

The bring and buy table was very successful – so well done ladies! This money went into the branch’s own funds. The competition for a tea cup arrangement was won by Margaret Gow; second Ann Langley; and third Phyllis Hardie.

The next meeting will be the AGM which will be held in the Village Hall, Milton of Campsie, tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm. Following on, they will celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with dinner and some party fun. Please remember to take back voting papers.

The competition will be your favorite brooch and the Morton Trophy will be for ‘a fruit loaf’. A large turn-out of members is hoped for.

Halls trust AGM due to be held

THE Annual General Meeting of Caldwell Halls Trust takes place on Monday, May 21, at 7.30pm.

All welcome to the meeting at the halls in Campsie Road, Torrance. Nominations to the board welcome on the night or in advance in writing to the Secretary, Caldwell Halls, 16 Campsie Road, Torrance.

Caldwell Halls Trust is a company limited by guarantee (no. 395190) with charitable status (SC042184).

Dawn chorus will be heard

WAKE up to birds in Bishopbriggs – that’s the latest offer from the countryside rangers.

The event takes place on Sunday, May 20, 5am-6.30am. Booking is essential.

You are invited to rise with the lark as you listen out for the fabulous dawn chorus, learn about why birds sing and put your ID skills to the test on this ranger-led walk in the hidden gem that is Low Moss.

To book, phone the ranger service on 0141 956 6586 or e-mail

Coffee morning for Christian Aid

A JOINT churches coffee morning is being held for Christian Aid next Wednesday, May 16 – 10am-noon – in Lenzie Old Parish Church Hall (Garngaber Avenue, Lenzie, G66 4LJ).

Entry fee – adults £2/children 50p.

Attractions include baking stall, plant stall and Fairtrade stall.

Bands, art and walk on the way

THE G66+Live Mayfest in Milton of Campsie Village Hall starts with a bang or rather ‘POP’!

On Sunday, May 13, you can enjoy the jazzy beat of ‘Factor Forte’, the village’s brilliant pop band led by Andrew Greig, with Crawford Scott (guitar), Ken Reid (bass) and Ken Weir (drums).

They will play music from the 60s up to now. Carol McElhill is lead vocal, backed by Anne Glover and Alison Jones.

Next day, Monday, May 14, at 10am, the attractive three-mile Mayfest country walk starts from the hall – led by Ian Brown. All are welcome. Stout foot footwear desirable and waterproofs!

There’s a Mayfest water-colour demo organised by the village Art Club next Wednesday, May 16.

The main weekend of nine events starts with MSP Fiona McLeod opening the Mayfest art and craft exhibition/sale on Friday, May 18, at 5pm with live background music until 7pm.

That’s followed by the Celtic Folk Music Concert with a dozen great singers and players. On Saturday night there’s ‘Baroque Bonanza’ – a great programme by the 12 St Vincent Baroque Players with two fine singers. Then there’s Sunday afternoon jazz.

Remember to book NOW for the art and fiddle workshops and to participate in the ‘Concert by our Young Folk’. Fairtrade refreshments are available at all events.

Available now is the Bargain ‘ALL-concerts’ ticket (£10) from the village pharmacy – and that covers folk, classics, jazz and pop (which are £5 at the door).

For all info, call 01360 311944.

Time to spare?

VOLUNTEERS are needed to raise awareness and funds for a leading charity.

The Crohn’s and Colitis UK Clyde Group are looking for supporters to help out.

The group support people in this area with the illnesses and their agm and members meeting will take place on Saturday, May 12, at 1.30pm in Adelaide’s, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow.

Anyone who wants to volunteer can e-mail or call 0845 4348431.

That’s a breath of fresh air...

PEOPLE who use asthma inhalers are being given the chance to do a little extra for the environment – thanks to an innovative new service.

Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline have pioneered the ‘Complete the Cycle’ scheme, which allows inhalers to be recycled and reused.

It was originally piloted in 40 Co-operative pharmacies in England and is now being rolled-out across Scotland – including the branch in Cowgate, Kirkintilloch.

Pharmacist Moira Atkinson said: “I’m delighted to be able to offer this simple yet effective service to my customers, and believe together we can make an important difference to our environment.”

Par-fect way to end your term

PRIMARY schools in East Dunbartonshire are being urged to sign up for a competition aimed at encouraging writing and creativity amongst pupils.

The initiative is being launched by Paradise Island Adventure Golf, offering schools the chance to win an exciting end-of-term class trip to its indoor adventure golf facility this summer.

The unique leisure experience at Xscape in Braehead boasts two 18-hole mini-golf courses set amidst a tropical paradise, complete with tiki huts and exotic wildlife.

To enter the competition, primary school pupils simply have to create a piece of artwork of a paradise island or write a story about a fantasy island.

The artwork or story entries can be individual or a class effort.

The best entry will win an end-of-term trip to the golf complex, where the class will have exclusive use of the facility and can warm up for the summer holidays on the island.

Craig Nichol, marketing manager at Paradise Island Adventure Golf, said: “We’re delighted to be offering pupils in East Dunbartonshire the chance to win a class trip to our adventure golf centre at Xscape in Braehead.

“The competition not only aims to promote creativity and literacy amongst pupils, but it also provides schools with the opportunity to gain a fantastic class outing to reward pupils for their hard work during the year.”

The 23,000 sq ft golf entertainment complex features two challenging courses spanning two levels of paradise-themed fun.

To register your school, e-mail or contact Craig Nichol on 0141 886 6600.