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Go for a stroll during Easter

A SPECIAL walk is taking place today (Wednesday) – Bogs, Burns and Banter – in Lenzie. The free event starts at 11.15am and is wheelchair accessible.

You are invited to enjoy the fresh air and improve your health as you join this countryside ranger-led walk by Lenzie Moss and through Boghead Community Woodland.

The walk will be one-hour long on mainly level, established paths. Minibus transport available from Lennoxtown at 11am or meet at the walk start at 11.15am.

Booking essential – call 0141 956 6586.

Owl be there?

THE question ‘What do Owls Have for Dinner?’ will be answered at Mugdock Country Park tomorrow (Thursday).

Owls cannot digest the bones and fur of the small mammals they feed on.

Instead, these are formed into a pellet and popped out the mouth of the owl!

You are invited to go along and have a go at dissecting the pellets.

The countryside rangers-organised event is popular with all ages. Meet the ranger at the visitor centre.

There are sessions between 10.30am-noon, and 1.30pm-3pm.

The free event is wheelchair accessible.

Spring cleaning

YOU are invited to support a spring clean at Merkland Local Nature Reserve in Kirkintilloch this Saturday – 10.30am-12.30pm.

The event is part of the National Spring Clean 2012 – why not clear the cans, lift the litter, bag the bottles and do your bit for local wildlife?

Turn up any time at the reserve car park off Merkland Drive. All welcome.

Happy birthday!

WELL-known retired head teacher Susan Ross was presented with plants for her garden on the occasion of her 90th birthday recently. Miss Ross has been a member of Kirkintilloch and District Soroptimists for many years and President Liz Spence presented one of the plants at the annual coffee morning (pictured).

Easter delights at Mugdock

AN Easter Eggstravaganza is taking place in Mugdock Country Park this Sunday – 2pm-4pm.

It’s your chance to celebrate all things spring-like and join in with cracking activities courtesy of the East Dunbartonshire Countryside Rangers.

You are urged to take decorated eggs for the competition and hard-boiled eggs for the rolling race and ‘egg assault course’. Activities will be based around the visitor centre.

Memorial Hall is planning films

A MEETING was held recently aimed at setting up a Film Club at Campsie Memorial Hall. It is hoped to use the hall’s fabulous new technology to show new and old, strange and wonderful films – taking the cinematic experience to Lennoxtown! Visit www.campsiehall.org.uk

MP at school award ceremony

ST Ninian’s High School welcomed Jo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, at an award ceremony and fashion show recently.

Ms Swinson presented awards to winners and watched a show displaying costumes from the pupils’ Body Image project.

The MP had previously visited the school to judge a filmed debate and discuss the Campaign for Body Confidence which she co-founded.

Ms Swinson said: “I was delighted to be asked to present the awards to such an amazing group of students. It was difficult to make a choice from the wide range of creative, unique and inspiring designs on offer.

“It was obvious that a lot of hard work went into the project – from the costumes right through to the staging, but it was worthwhile and the students should be proud. My congratulations go to everyone involved.”

Travel centre is on the way

STRATHCLYDE Partnership for Transport’s mobile travel centre is visiting two villages to provide travel information. It provides information on rail and bus services, coach services, short-stay breaks and ferry services.

The centre will be at the War Memorial car park in Torrance, 2pm-4pm, next Wednesday (April 11).

Then on Wednesday, April 18, 2pm-4pm, the centre will be in the Main Street car park, Lennoxtown.

Diabetic group

GARTNAVEL Diabetic Patients Group will be meeting next Wednesday (April 11) at 7.30pm.

The subject will be improved diabetes healthcare and the speaker will be Prof. William Sandham. The meeting is in the Diabetic Unit of Gartnavel Hospital.

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