Herbs, Jubilee party, race night, singer and more – this week’s Community News

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THERE are a host of events and meetings taking place in East Dunbartonshire and beyond...

Herbs talk at society meeting

AT the Kirkintilloch Horticultural Society meeting last month, Dr Catriona Stewart from Milngavie gave a fascinating insight into how herbs prescribed on an individual basis by a herbalist can help us cope with various ailments.

She has studied how different herbs can help autistic sufferers. Many herbs grow in our gardens although not all are welcome e.g. dandelions and goosegrass.

Some fairly common plants can be toxic e.g. pusatilla, aconites, digitalis. Many can be used in cooking – mint, lemon balsam, sage, chives, sweet cicely, rosemary, thyme, etc. They can also be used to make teas and cosmetics.

It was a really fascinating topic which kept her answering questions until it was time to leave the hall!

This month’s meeting in Enterprise House, Southbank Business Park, Kirkintilloch, tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm is the annual general meeting after which we will have cheese and wine.

The annual plant sale takes place on Saturday, May 26, in St Mary’s Church Halls from 8.30am-noon. At the same time Kirkintilloch Rotary Club are running a coffee morning in aid of local charities.

The proposed summer outing to New Hailes and Inverbervie will be on July 14 leaving as usual from Lenzie Station.

Coffee morning and craft fair

ROLL up, roll up – 12th Glasgow (1st Lenzie) Scouts are holding a Coffee Morning and Craft Fair this Saturday between 10am and noon in Lenzie Scout Hall, Millersneuk Road.

There will be a number of stalls selling hand-made jewellery, glass ornaments, greetings cards, books and fabric goods, as well as home-baking and a tombola. In addition there will be jewellery making and the chance to get a fake tattoo for the kids. Entry is free. All welcome.

Lovely Jubilee!

PREPARATIONS are well underway for a village community’s Jubilee celebrations.

The party, to be held in Lennoxtown on Sunday, June 3, will start with a Big Lunch in Campsie Memorial Hall – villagers and friends are warmly invited to go along at 1pm.

Everyone is asked to bring their own picnic, while tea/coffee/juice and home-baking will be provided free.

The fun day is being organised jointly by Campsie Memorial Hall Trust, St Machan’s Church and Campsie Parish Church.

To recreate the atmosphere of 1952 a selection of film clips and 50s music will set the scene.

Senior citizens can enjoy afternoon tea at 2.30pm and Rena Shirreffs will entertain folk with a local history talk, illustrated by a slide show.

There will be lots to amuse the younger generation, including a bouncy castle, a fire engine, games and competitions.

Alistair will be at St David’s

THIS week – May 13-19 – is Christian Aid week and there will be various events held in churches and other venues, as well as door-to-door collections in many areas.

Well-known folk singer Alistair McDonald (pictured) has agreed to present a concert – ‘An Evening with Alistair McDonald’ - with all proceeds going directly to Christian Aid.

It will be held in St David’s Memorial Park Church, Kirkintilloch, next Wednesday, May 23, at 7.30pm.

Tickets will cost £6 (£5 concession) and are now on sale in local churches or at the door on the evening. Everyone is very welcome to what promises to be a very entertaining evening (to finish with tea, coffee and cakes).

Huntershill fun day for families

A GROUP of businesses are organising a day of fun for families.

The event, in Huntershill Village, Bishopbriggs, takes place on Saturday, May 26, from 11am-3pm.

Attractions will include a school talent competition, live bands, funfair rides and a bouncy castle.

There will also be a treasure hunt, a vintage fire engine and a craft fair, while local author Sinclair Macleod will be signing books.

Success on the menu again!

A LOCAL butcher has won several awards at the 2012 Scottish Barbeque Competition.

S. Collins and Son, based on Lindsaybeg Road in Muirhead, entered the competition – organised by the Q Guild of Butchers, an elite organisation that represents 120 of the best butchers across the country.

The competitors were provided with two gas barbeques and each entered three products, one of which had to be a steak. The maximum cooking time allowed was 10 minutes.

S. Collins and Son won two gold awards for its beef saltire and its prime rib-eye steak, and a silver award for its pea pod pork.

Stewart Collins said: “The competition was great fun and we’re proud to have won two gold awards and a silver. As a Q Guild member, we regard ourselves as among Scotland’s best butchers, so it’s important that our products reflect this.”

Race along!

A GOOD night is a racing certainty at a Bishopbriggs school.

Woodhill Primary P.T.A. are holding a fundraising race night on Friday (May 18) in the school. It costs £5 per ticket. Please bring your own bottle and snacks.

The aim is to raise enough money with a view to purchasing a new projector for the school.

Car boot sale

AN ‘Indoor Car Boot Sale’ will be held in Kilsyth Academy this Saturday (May 19) from 10am until noon.

It is hoped there will be a great turnout from the local community and refreshments will be available. There is still an opportunity to reserve a table, at a cost of £5, if you wish to sell goods at the event.

E-mail kilsyth.academy.pc@gmail.com or contact the school directly. Donations of bottles or gift items for the tombola would also be welcomed and can be handed in at the school reception.

Halls trust AGM due to be held

THE annual general meeting of Caldwell Halls Trust – Campsie Road, Torrance – is taking place on Monday, May 21, at 7.30pm.

Nominations to the board will be welcome on the night or in advance in writing to the Secretary, Caldwell Halls, 16 Campsie Road, Torrance.

Caldwell Halls Trust is a company limited by guarantee no. 395190 with charitable status – SC042184.

Centre on way to villages

A MOBILE travel centre is on its way to Lennoxtown and Torrance.

The Strathclyde Partnership for Transport facility provides people with information on local rail and bus services, express and long-distance coach services, short-stay breaks and ferry services.

Today (Wednesday) the mobile centre will be in the war memorial car park, Torrance, between 2pm and 4pm. Next Wednesday (May 23) it will be in the Main Street car park, Lennoxtown, from 2pm to 4pm.

Eddi is the headline act

POPULAR singer Eddi Reader is headlining a music festival this weekend.

The musical ‘Olympics’ take place in Fintry Sports and Recreation Club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to Eddi Reader, the programme features bands including Counselled Out, New Rope String Band, samba band Beat That, The Dodgy Characters and The Clydesiders.

Tickets are available at www.fintrysportsclub.co.uk or call 01360 860205.

Fair time on the way at school

A SUMMER fair is taking place at Miltonbank Primary School, Skerray Street, Milton, on Saturday, June 16.

It will be on between 10.30am and early afternoon and will include fun such as face painting, bouncy castles, tombola, refreshments, stalls and more.

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