Letters to the Editor – Gala Day, Spider’s Bridge, Kirky town centre and more

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Gala Day success

LENZIE Community Council would like to thank all those involved in our “Community” Gala on Saturday 1st June.

Despite indifferent weather, people turned out in droves to support the Gala as usual: to see the entertainment on offer, browse the many stalls and sample the home baking.

We would like to express our thanks to all the individuals, charities, businesses, churches and other organisations who contributed to make this a fun filled and memorable day for our community to enjoy.

For the first time this year we organised a raffle and were delighted at the generosity of local shops and businesses who donated a total of twenty prizes.

Very special thanks also to the Lenzie Rugby Club and the Scouts without whom the Gala simply would not be possible and to Andrew Meek who gave our Gala Queen Yasmin and her pageboy Kyle an unforgettable tour of Lenzie in his 100 year old vintage car! And finally, we are particularly grateful again this year to the Woodilee Housebuilders Consortium for their financial support.

Liz Ibbotson,

Lenzie Community Council.

To see photos from Lenzie Gala Day visit the Herald’s website at www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk

Spider’s Bridge

EDWARD Smith’s letter in last week’s Herald reminded me of an earlier age when one of the favourite walks for Kirkintilloch folk on Sunday afternoons was to the village of Waterside via the Old Aisle Cemetery and the Spider’s Bridge.

This would take place after church, which most people attended in those days, and after a good Sunday lunch of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, or th emore traditional steak pie ordered form the Co-operative store.

They would then set off. I say ‘they’, because it was the habit of many families to enjoy this particular walk. It was almost a family custom, particularly between the first and second world wars and may well have been the custom before that.

It was thrilling for those with children to walk over Spider’s Bridge. I remember, as a child, how long and how high above the ground it appeared to be. It is unfortunate that it had to be demolished many years ago for safety reasons.

And so on to Waterside, which was a tiny village in those days. No large housing developments the. No sound could be heard except the gentle flow of the waterfall. The beauty of the many flowers which grew around the area was a delightful summer scene.

People finished the walk by returning directly via Waterside Road in time for tea and church at night. Them were the days.

Robert A Penny,

Thistle Court,


Christian Aid

ON behalf of Christian Aid, may I thank the people of Kirkintilloch and Lenzie for their generous donations during Christian Aid week.

A Total of £7673 was collected via door to door collections, coffee mornings and lunches.

This money will be used in many projects across the world, supporting partner organisations in a great variety of ways and making a huge difference in the lives of many thousands of children and adults. You are making a difference! Thank You!

Lorna Hall,

Area Coordinator.


REGARDING the new allotments being finalised on Merkland Drive, I wondered about the security aspect of the site.

How long will it be before we read the (seemingly all too inevitable) headline ‘Yobs trash allotment’?

I hope this won’t be the case, but it doesn’t do any harm to ask.

I also wondered if at some point in the future, it would be opened up one evening to the public to admire the horticultural expertise which this project is rightly encouraging.


Muirside Avenue,


Town centre

YOUR front page artist’s impression of Kirky’s town centre (Herald, June 5) is not an obvious improvement on Regent Gardens as I remember them during 69 years living and/or working in the town.

Indeed, the steps shown are the opposite of improvement.

Miss Hutchison’s will bequeathed this as an open space. This was gratefully accepted by the town council and can, in my opinion, only be changed by a court order.

I did not hear of Kirkintilloch town centre masterplan champions group being formed in August 2012.

Who appointed or elected them?How long has each of them lived in the town?

I hasten to say a number of excellent councillors have been incomers, but of course those are the exceptions.

What experience has each of them of local government?

If we cannot get answers to these questions, we must regard them as the mystery group of six men and two women.

Norman Thorburn,

Laurieknowe Avenue,


Diabetes advice

THE summer holidays are approaching and many of your readers will be preparing to go on holiday in this country or abroad.

Going on holiday for people with diabetes is not quite as straight forward and requires more planning, especially for those treated with insulin.

The added security at airports and on flights means that carrying injection devices and insulin on planes has become more complicated.

The Independent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) provides a Holiday Information Pack with tips on looking after diabetes in hot weather, carrying tablets and insulin to other countries and holiday insurance.

It also includes IDDT’s booklet ‘Diabetes - Everyday Eating’ and the ‘Hospital Passport’ for people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. When completed the Passport contains details about how they manage their diabetes, medications, meals and any allergies, so people have the record with them if it should be needed.

We are happy to send out this FREE Holiday Pack to your readers if they contact IDDT on 01604 622837, email enquiries@iddtinternational.org or write to IDDT, PO Box 294, Northampton NN1 4XS.

Jenny Hirst,

Independent Diabetes Trust.

Gala day success

WELL done to the organisers of Kirkintilloch Gala Day. My kids and I had a wonderful day in Woodhead Park on Saturday.

Of course the excellent weather played a huge part, but these community events to organise themselves and I just wanted to thank the people behind the scenes for all their hard work.

H. McAllister,


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