Community News - May 18, 2011

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WHAT’S happening in your community? The Herald rounds-up local events taking place this week and next...

Marie Curie Cancer Care holds drop-in session in Glasgow

To tie in with national Dying Matters Week, Marie Curie Cancer Care is inviting people to attend a drop-in session to talk about death and dying on Tuesday, May 17. The event aims to raise awareness of the importance of encouraging people to openly talk about death and dying. During the session, attendees can also discuss the end of life care they would personally like to receive.

To attend the session which runs from 1.30-3.00pm at the Marie Curie Hospice, Balornock Road, Stobhill, Glasgow, please contact Sara Kealey on 0141 557 7425.

If you would like to find out how to become a Marie Curie volunteer, please ring 0141 557 7563.

Fancy a dip at nature reserve?

NEXT week is your chance to get ‘Deeply Dippy’ with the East Dunbartonshire Country Park Ranger Service.

You are invited to dabble for diving beetles, scary water scorpions and darting dragonfly nymphs in the ponds of Merkland Local Nature Reserve.

The free event takes place on Thursday, May 26, 2pm-3.30pm.

Please wear wellies and meet the ranger at the reserve car park off Merkland Drive, Kirkintilloch. Everyone welcome.

Help needed for car boot sale

CAN you help to improve the lives of young children?

An indoor car-boot sale is being held in Bishopbriggs Memorial Hall on Saturday, May 28, in aid of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

People are being asked if they have any goods they could donate to be sold for the charity.

If you can help, get in touch with the Herald.

You can bet on a great show...

AUDIENCES will be spellbound when young stars perform an ‘Alphabet of Musical’ at the Fort Theatre in Bishopbriggs this week.

The Antonine Youth Theatre Group is staging an end-of-season musical tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm, Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday, May 21, at 2pm (matinee).

The prices of the tickets are £3 and £1, and can be obtained from Anne Davidson on 770 5335.

St Machan’s Primary news

As part of their class topic on ‘parks and gardens’ P1 and P1/2 pupils from St Machan’s Primary are due to visit Mugdock Country Park on Friday. Image Theatre Company visited the Lennoxtown school last Wednesday. The children enjoyed a production of ‘Wind in the Willows’.

Have a say on public services

Do you live in Torrance, Milton of Campsie or the nearby villages and want to have your say about services provided by your local council and health board?

Communities regularly use health, leisure and community facilities provided by a variety of groups and organisations.

East Dunbartonshire Council for Voluntary Services – in partnership with the community health partnership and council social work department – would like to invite you to a consultation day this Saturday at Bearsden Baptist Church, 14 Roman Road, Bearsden, from 9.15am-1pm when a buffet lunch will be provided.

It is billed as a light- hearted occasion with a variety of speakers and workshops where you will be able to have your say on the services provided within your local community.

Information will also be available regarding the TV digital switchover .

 The day will be opened by Rhonda Geekie, leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, and is free of charge. Tea, coffee and a buffet lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend call Lorraine Moir on 0141 578 0291 or e-mail

Pupils have all the right moves!

ENERGETIC children at Holy Family Primary School used their heads to fundraise . . . as well as shoulders, knees and toes!

The challenge was to see how many full song moves pupils could do in one hour – and they managed a fab 357!

Sponsorship was sought to raise funds for the Medasi Foundation, a small charity run by Anne-Mharie Pollock in the school.

Holy Family has been helping the Medasi Foundation build a school in Asakraaka, Ghana, Africa.

The challenge was made extra special as children in Asakraaka, Ghana, were doing it at exactly the same time! They linked up by mobile phone and could hear each other through a loudspeaker!

Holy Family listened through the PA system and did the dance while the children in Ghana sang the song.

Miss Pollock, P4 teacher and charity founder, said: “Never before have children on two different continents done a ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ challenge at the same time.

“We hope to have raised lots of money through the sponsor as part of Lent fundraising.”

Have a clear-out

BOOKWORMS, music fans and movie buffs are being urged to help out the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in Kirkintilloch.

The BHF is encouraging people to clear their shelves this month for an entertainment stock appeal.

It is hoped to generate over 100,000 good quality books, CDs and DVDs throughout this month. Call 0844 412 5000 for more info.

Relief for carers

LOCAL charity Carers Link has been awarded a Comic Relief grant of £109,275 over three years.

The grant has been given for recruitment of a trainer to teach volunteers how to give older carers one-to-one tuition in basic computing in their own homes, so these carers can learn at their own pace.

For more information, call 0800 975 2131 or go to