Cuppas, fun days, cash boosts and more – this week’s Community News

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A ROUND-up of snippets and dates for your diary for the issue of January 13, 2012

Blooming great tea party!

EVERYONE is invited to a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie Cancer Care on Saturday, June 16, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, at Chryston BB Hall, in the Main Street.

If you require more information on this event, contact Fiona Stirling on 07827 522780.

Every cuppa and slice of cake will help Marie Curie nurse someone with a terminal illness in local neighbourhoods.

Fun day being held at school

BALORNOCK Primary Parent Council are holding a fun day on Saturday, June 16, at the school – 422 Broomfield Road, Glasgow – from 10am until 1pm.

They are hoping to raise funds to purchase an Interactive Smartboard for one of the classrooms and are planning to have a car boot/table top sale, bouncy castle, free activities for the kids, raffles, tombolas and various other traditional stalls. Places at the car boot/table top sale can be booked via Audrey Beattie on 07880 762176 or Richard Porter on 07713 476257 at a cost of £10.

Alternatively the school can be contacted for bookings on 0141 558 5224.

MP happy to serve veterans

A TEA party for local veterans was hosted by East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson recently.

Ms Swinson held the event to mark Erskine Week (June 1-8).

The annual awareness week highlights the ongoing work of the armed forces and aims to raise money to support the care of veterans on their return from warzones.

Ms Swinson served tea and cakes at Bishopbriggs Library to more than 30 local veterans.

She said: “The idea for the tea party came from a visit I made during Erskine Week 2011.

“This year I decided to celebrate veterans’ courage and strength, and to remember those who serve our country so bravely, including in Afghanistan. I believe it’s important for us to say thank you.

“It was a great event and the veterans were very kind to share their stories, having been posted everywhere from Burma to Ceylon, Singapore to Benghazi, in a wide variety of roles.”

Ms Swinson is pictured above with local veterans.

Varied events for MS Society

THE Cumbernauld and District Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Society has an affiliated group in Kirkintilloch.

The branch programme for June includes:

* Tuesday, June 12 – the ‘Kirky Group’ will meet from 1pm-3pm in Hillhead Community Centre, 169 Meiklehill Road, Kirkintilloch G66 2JT.

* Saturday, June 23 – an awareness information stand will be at the Regent Centre, Kirkintilloch, from 10am.

You are urged to go along, say hello and look at the comprehensive MS literature that will be on show.

You will also be able to chat with one of the friendly volunteers manning the stand about what the branch has to offer by way of practical, social and financial support. There will be invited MPs and MSPs as volunteers campaign to raise local issues of importance.

* Saturday, June 9 – fundraising race night hosted by Cumbernauld Bowling Club, Springfield Road, Cumbernauld Village. Sponsorship for races/raffles welcome. Tickets £5.

* Monday, June 11 – ‘Drop In’ for tea/chat from 10am till noon in Room 10, Muirfield Community Centre, 1 Brown Road, Seafar, G67 1AA. Taster sessions provided by a registered practitioner of alternative therapies are available to book. Limited places.

* Monday, June 25 – the ladies group’s ‘Oot 2 Lunch Bunch circle of friends’ meet at 12.30pm for lunch at Broadwood Carvery, Cumbernauld.

If you are affected by MS and would like further information on services or financial support which may be available, call chairperson Jean Ford 01236 739278 or the branch secretary on 01360 622290.

Grab a grant...

SMALL community groups and voluntary organisations are being urged to apply for a boost of up to £1,000.

The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) has announced that its grant scheme is being extended for a further year.

Applicants can ask for up to £1,000 and receive free training if their annual income is under £25,000.

Previously known as the Community Chest programme, it helped over 1,100 community groups and organisations in Scotland during 2008-12.

You can apply for funding for a wide range of activities or operational costs.

VAF is keen to fund groups working with disability or health-related issues, with people who feel excluded from society, with older people and also with families and young people.

Applications for the Community Grant programme will be considered three times a year – in July, September and next January.

The form and guidance notes can be downloaded from the VAF website at

For further information contact the Community Grants team on 01383 620780.

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