Community News - September 14, 2011

THANKS TO STRATHKELVIN: Prolific author and president Margaret Thomson Davis (right) with Sharon Mail, one of several Strathkelvin Writers' members to have become a published author since joining the Group
THANKS TO STRATHKELVIN: Prolific author and president Margaret Thomson Davis (right) with Sharon Mail, one of several Strathkelvin Writers' members to have become a published author since joining the Group

ALL the local news and events from around East Dunbartonshire

Magic night on offer in Lenzie

LENZIE Action Group is presenting an evening of music, comedy and more with ‘Magic Moments’.

Five enthusiastic entertainers will get you tapping your toes, singing, smiling and scratching your head in amazement!

This fun-filled evening is not to be missed. Go to Lenzie Union Parish Church New Hall on Monday, September 19, at 7.30 pm and why not take your friends? Refreshments will be served. Donation tickets £5 can be bought at door. All proceeds to the Scottish Bible Society.

Contact Point afternoon tea

LOOKING for something a bit different? Contact Point will be serving afternoon tea next Wednesday, September 21, from 10am to noon.

You are invited to go along to the fully-accessible Park Centre in Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, and enjoy this friendly fundraising event. It will only cost you £2 to take a trip down memory lane and savour the delights of a traditional afternoon tea in a relaxed setting. All money raised will go to help the work of Contact Point in East Dunbartonshire.

Writing group begins again

WHO better to get the new session of a writers’ group underway than an author of more than 40 books?

Strathkelvin Writers’ honorary president Margaret Thomson Davis launched the new programme last Tuesday evening with a talk on ‘Starting from Scratch’. Margaret, whose latest novel ‘The Kellys of Kelvingrove’ is now out in paperback, has also had more than 200 short stories published in her time. And Margaret, in her mid-80s, is currently working on her next novel.

Strathkelvin Writers’ Group meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the St James the Less Episcopal Church Hall, Hilton Road, Bishopbriggs. Amongst the subjects being covered in the coming months, are Short Stories, Writing for Children, Articles, Crime Writing, Drama Performance, Poetry, Science/Fantasy Fiction and Feature Writing.

Guest speakers at Strathkelvin this session include police officers giving members information to help them write authentic crime fiction, former Sunday Post feature writer Margaret Clayton and award-winning prolific children’s author Cathy McPhail.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for members to obtain positive feedback on works in progress.

Writers at any stage in their development – from the professionals to the very beginners – are welcome. Several Strathkelvin members have become published authors since joining. Writers are free to share their work with the group or simply to enjoy the atmosphere of a friendly, active and supportive club.

Membership costs £30. If you would like to join, come along any Tuesday and give it a try.

For further information, e-mail

Prolific author and president Margaret Thomson Davis pictured (on the right) with Sharon Mail, one of several Strathkelvin Writers’ members to have become a published author since joining the group.

Enjoy a fungal foray in Lenzie

THE Friends of Lenzie Moss and the ranger service are inviting people along to a Fungal Foray on Sunday, September 25 – 2pm-3.30pm.

The free event will allow you to find out about the mushrooms and fungi that pop up around this time of year. Marvel at their different colours and shapes as you rustle for Russulas, burrow for Boletus and wander for Waxcaps on this autumnal walk. Suitable for all, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential – call 0141 956 6586.

Family day out at Kirky Puffer

A KIRKINTILLOCH pub is staging a fundraising family fun day in aid of a children’s cancer charity.

The event at The Kirky Puffer, in Townhead, takes place this Sunday, September 18, from noon-4pm, with all proceeds going to CLIC Sargent.

The community pub will be holding various fundraising activities, including ‘beat the goalie’, ‘catch the duck’, ‘who’s the baby’, a bake sale, face-painting and a lucky dip. There will also be a charity raffle, with an Ibrox Stadium tour up for grabs.

Height of fun at Woodhill day

A MOBILE climbing wall is among the attractions at an annual event this weekend. The ever-popular Woodhill Family Fun Day is in its fourth year and has added a new attraction this year. The 30ft climbing wall will challenge children of all ages and recently appeared at the Kirkintilloch Canal Festival.

As well as the climbing wall the event will have a selection of giant bouncy castles and assault courses, as well as Strathclyde Fire and Rescue’s spectacular chip pan fire demonstration.

The fun day, organised by Woodhill Residents’ Group, runs from 1pm-3pm on Sunday, September 18, in Etive Park off Menteith Avenue.

Ceilidh on way

A CEILIDH has been organised by Commun nam Parant – a non-profit making organisation promoting Gaelic medium education within East Dunbartonshire.

They help run and promote Sradagan, Feis Innis an Uillt and Meadowburn Shinty Club.

The ceilidh takes place on Friday, September 16, at Meadowburn Primary School, Bishopbriggs – 8pm till midnight. Take your own bottle, music by Deoch n Dorus. Raffle prize or home baking donations welcome.