Community News - September 21, 2011

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Join the Babes in the Wood!

NEXT Tuesday – September 27 – could change your life!

That is the date to note if you want to be in the next Kirkintilloch Players’ pantomime – ‘Babes in the Wood’. Registration for age 10 to 17-year-olds will be at 6.30pm that evening with anyone over age 18 being asked to come along at 7.30pm for an informal reading.

The Turret Theatre, 9 Eastside, Kirkintilloch, is the place to be! Times will be allocated for auditions the following weekend.

A spokesperson said: “Don’t be shy give it a try!”

Scouts on top of the world!

IT was a murky start for Lenzie Scouts leaving Rowardennan on a recent Saturday morning to climb Ben Lomond with 150th Glasgow and mountain leaders Niall Archibald and Tim Clarke under the auspices of Clyde Region Scouts.

The 150th from Cambuslang had camped overnight at the Auchengillan Scout Camp while Euan Doig, Ewan Sydserff and Stuart Frame of 1st Lenzie (12th Glasgow) set off early from Lenzie Scout Hall to rendezvous on the shores of Loch Lomond.

There was much fun exploring the shoreline while waiting for the Cambuslang Scouts to pack their tents and get up to Rowardennan.

The cloud was down to 200m and the forecast was for showers and winds of 20 to 25 mph, but the weather was set to improve into the afternoon so there was a chance of some good views, at least on the descent of Ptarmigan ridge.

So it proved, with a wet, windy and cloudy gathering at the summit Trig Point, but a glorious view over the islands of Loch Lomond on the way down (pictured).

Beyond the southern shore of Loch Lomond can be seen another sliver of water, the River Clyde – dissected by what could only be Dumbarton Rock.

This was a pretty stiff test for the Scouts, navigating in cloud and ascending 974 metres from Loch Lomond which is only 17 feet above sea level.

The descent was very steep initially, coming down the north-west spur from the summit and negotiating some tricky ground before arriving back on the bonny banks.

The next hillwalks with Clyde Regional Scouts are planned for Saturday, October 1, to the Earl’s Seat (Campsies) and Saturday, November 5, to Ben Narnain by Arrochar.

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Have your say

EAST Dunbartonshire tenants are being invited to have their say at an annual meeting next Wednesday, September 28, at Kilmardinny Arts Centre, Bearsden, from 9.30am to 1.45pm.

For the seventh year running, tenants can go along to share their views, find out about services available to them and participate in workshops.

This year tenants will be invited to take part in two workshops, hear feedback on the Tenants’ Satisfaction Survey and participate in a question/answer session and evaluation.

During break-out sessions attendees can peruse information stalls hosted by local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and Strathclyde Police. Following the close of the conference lunch will be provided.

In previous years between 50 and 60 people have come along, including members of tenants’ groups and tenants’ representatives.

If you are interested in attending call 0141 777 3171 or e-mail

Raising cash is a piece of cake

FIRMS across East Dunbartonshire are being urged to help Macmillan raise a record-breaking £8.5m – by letting staff enjoy coffee and cake.

The cancer research charity wants scores of local firms to take part in this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

The official coffee morning day is September 30, but Macmillan is urging businesses to take part whenever they can.

Macmillan’s fundraising manager in East Dunbartonshire, Elsie Riley, said: “This is a fantastic event for firms to get involved in because it’s so simple. We’re really grateful to all the companies that have already signed up and we hope even more local businesses will get involved.

“If you can’t do it on September 30 then just pick another day, if you’re not keen on coffee and would rather have cocktails or even herbal tea then that’s fine as well!”

Macmillan hope to raise £20,000 from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in East Dunbartonshire and expect 100 participants to take part in the event.

Among those signed up is Crystal Wilson from Carillion Civil Engineering in Bishopbriggs.

Miss Wilson said: “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was the perfect event for us to get involved in and I would urge other businesses to seriously consider taking part this year.

“The event allows staff to raise money for a great cause while getting the chance to chat outside of the normal working environment.”

Individuals are also being urged to sign up to hold a coffee morning this September.

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