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A world-acclaimed landscape photographer who was born in Milngavie has been honoured with a prestigious Scottish award. Colin Prior has won the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture 2020. The award, which is nominated by the public and his peers, is presented each year by the Fort William Mountain Festival. Previous accolades have gone to legendary mountaineer Hamish MacInnes and presenter and author Cameron McNeish. Colin Prior, 61, who now lives in Glasgow, is most famous for his landscape photography of Scotland. He discovered photography aged 23 through a fascination with the natural world. Having very little photography experience, Colin created a portfolio of images of Scotland’s

coastline and the Red Sea. He was surprised to win "best newcomer to underwater photography" in the Camera Beneath the Waves competition in 1981. Since then, he has gained a huge audience and his work has been showcased internationally. He has seven books to his name and has worked on TV documentaries featuring photography, mountains and travel. His passion for mountains and wild places is shared with others through photography workshops and tuition. Colin once said of his photography: “To know a mountain is to understand its rhythms and




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MEDALS FOR SKI SISTERS Two young skiing sisters from Bearsden have returned home from the Anglo-Scottish Championships in Italy with a clutch of trophies. Grace and Isla Cameron raced in the alpine resort of Pila against skiers from Scotland and England in January. Eight-year-old Isla won gold in the slalom and silver in the Giant Slalom (GS). She also won the overall fastest under-10 girls’ category. Meanwhile Grace, 12, won silver in the slalom and was fourth in GS in the under-12 category. The sisters both started skiing aged two and then began lessons at Bearsden Ski Club (BSC) when they were four. They are now part of the club’s race team. Dad Donald said: “It was at Glencoe on snow that the girls’



passion grew for skiing. My wife and I found ourselves travelling the length and breadth of Scotland feeding their love of the sport and competing in the Scottish Alpine race circuit.” Podiums followed at each Scottish ski resort, with further success on dry ski slopes around Glasgow. Donald said: “The girls have also trained abroad in the Austrian and Italian Alps when school and parents allow and they currently train with Glasgow Ski Racing abroad.”


Two years ago, Grace, who attends Bearsden Academy, achieved two podiums in the English Alpine Championships in Italy. Last year, the family toured and competed in the GBR Summer Series around the UK’s ski slopes. The girls came home with two dozen medals. This season Grace and Isla, who is a pupil at St Nicholas' Primary, hope to continue to compete in the Alps, including the English Alpine Championship in Italy. Isla said: “I love going fast and racing is so much fun. I like winning.” Grace enjoys skiing because it offers the opportunity for adventures. She said: “I like skiing with my family and making new friends. I love racing and competing.”







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AUSTEN NOVEL ON STAGE 12 WEEK COURSE STARTS THURSDAY, 19 MARCH 7PM-8:15 PM At the beautiful Kilmardinny House, Bearsden G61 3NN. Free Parking Learn life-long yoga skills to help you to improved comfort and health. The Kilmardinny Players will be staging Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility this month

A local amateur dramatics group is in the final weeks of rehearsing for their spring performance of a Jane Austen classic. The Kilmardinny Players will stage Sense and Sensibility at Kilmardinny House Arts Centre on Bearsden on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27, at 7.30pm and then on Saturday March 28 at 2pm. Christina Dowers, chair of the Players, said: “Jane Austen’s novels have a timeless appeal. We have been enjoying the wit and irony of the plot of Jane Austen’s first published work, Sense and Sensibility, during rehearsals of this adaptation for the stage by Roger Parsley and Andy Graham.” The cast includes Elinor Dashwood played by Jenny Ryall;

Marianne Dashwood by Michelle Muirhead; Aunt Jennings by Christina; Lucy Steele by Jane MacConnacher; Colonel Brandon by Paul Cockcroft; Edward Ferrars by David Hutchinson and Willoughby by David Maclean. The play is directed by Lisa Colquhoun and Christina. Austen’s books have been adapted for stage, screen and television many times over the years. For example, an Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was screened on TV in 1995 with Colin Firth as Mr Darcy.

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A Paisley care home is leading pioneering research into improving the care of people with dementia and sight loss. Jenny’s Well, in Hawkhead Road,Paisley is one of Scotland’s two specialist care homes for sight loss run by the charity Royal Blind. The 54-bedroom home opened in October 2017 and offers nursing care to older people with sight loss, including those with other medical needs. The home is equipped with lifeenhancing elements for older people with sight loss, including tactile signage, lighting which reduces glare, a sensory garden and onsite hairdressers and beauty treatment rooms.

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Hundreds of gymnasts from a local club took part in a poignant event to raise funds for the Beatson Cancer Charity. The 280 members of Allander Gymnastics Club organised the fundraiser in memory of former president and head coach Chris Rankin, who passed away last year. They were delighted to hand over a cheque for £8,928.20 to the Glasgow-based cause, which supports people affected by cancer. Jane Mclaughlin, head coach at Allander GC, said: “Chris's wish was for the club was to organise an event to raise money for Beatson Cancer Charity because he was very grateful for the care he received.

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“incredible support”. He said: "On behalf of Beatson Cancer Charity I would like to thank Allander Gymnastics Club. Without the club’s generosity, we couldn’t support the 8000 new patients and their families who walk through the doors of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre every year. “Because of this, we can say to all those patients and families, ‘We’re with you’.”

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RIDE-FOR-FREE-SWIM RETURNS programme, which is aimed at promoting active travel. Councillor Susan Murray, Vice Convener of Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets, said: “I am delighted that Cycle for a Swim is returning in February and March 2020 and building on the success of previous campaigns to encourage people to stay active for health and wellbeing.

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The initiative was popular in February and March last year when a total of 618 free swims were claimed by pedalling patrons. The campaign ran again in September

and October and the uptake almost doubled, with 1133 free swims claimed. To secure a free swimming session, swimmers should cycle to one of the three local centres, take a selfie on your bike outside and then show it at reception. The council-run scheme, supported by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust, is funded by the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places


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POP ALONG TO MUSIC NIGHT and has become an award-winning a cappella chorus choir. They sing a range of songs, including rock, barber shop and classical. Moira added: “As well as enjoying an evening of nostalgia, the audience members will get to sample the now famous Killermont Guild cake buffet at the interval.”

Tartan Harmony, an a cappella chorus choir from Helensburgh, will be performing in Bearsden this month

A Bearsden church guild is looking forward to an up-beat musical evening to raise more funds for worthwhile causes. The Killermont Church Guild will welcome Tartan Harmony, an allfemale A Capella choir, to sing at an event on Monday March 16 at 7.30pm at the church in Rannoch Drive.

a musical evening with special guests, the Tartan Harmony. The theme is ‘pop classics’, in particular hits from the 50s and 60s, and there will be many tunes that people will recognise.

The evening will be a fundraiser for the many projects and good causes that the guild supports.

“It is a great opportunity to enjoy some of the songs we listened to from decades past.”

Moira Forrester, president of the guild, said: “We are hosting

Tartan Harmony, from Helensburgh, was founded in 2006


The guild has traditionally supported and raised funds for a number of projects and this year they continue to raise money for six. These include Seema’s Project, which builds and supports a home for abandoned street children in India; the Scottish charity Malawi Fruits - Growing the future; the Boys’ Brigade; the Sailors’ Society, which helps sailors and their families; empowering teenage mothers in Zambia; and CrossReach, which is the social care arm of the Church of Scotland. The guild has donated tens of thousands of pounds to good causes and fund-raising, such as the musical concerts that they have hosted for five years. Tickets priced £6 can be purchased from guild members or you can pay at the door. See www.kpc.church/welcome.htm.

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Milngavie Music Club will join worldwide celebrations this month to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. A concert on Friday March 20 at 7.30pm at Cairns Church will pay tribute to the great composer.

Rudolph of Austria and is regarded as one of the true masterpieces of chamber music.”

The event will feature a trio, whose members are all distinguished soloists in their own right, including violinist Hagai Shaham, pianist Arnon Erez and cellist Raphael Wallfisch.

He added that the music club has been enjoying one of its most successful seasons. Hugh said: “We have had record audiences and enthusiastic feedback from music lovers. Demand for tickets for the Beethoven concert is expected to be high.”

They have earned high praise from critics for their performances in some of the world’s most important classical music venues. Hugh Macdonald, from the club, said: “The trio will play an all-Beethoven programme that climaxes with the ‘Archduke’ Trio, which Beethoven dedicated to his patron and friend Archduke

EASTER 2020 at MUGDOCK Our new What’s On is now available from March to August 2020 and we have a packed programme with something for everyone. Our Children’s Cinema is back and will run on the last Sunday of each month including an extra showing on Sunday 12th April. We also have plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied over the April school holidays. To find out times and prices for our listed events and details of the full programme, visit our website or facebook page. Events bookings can be made by calling 0141 956 6100 or popping into the Park's Visitor Centre.

A local weekly running event is calling out for more volunteers.

Saturday 28 March Mugdock Castle Open Day Tuesday 7th April Mugdock Sensational Safari: The Great Welly Walk! Craft Drop in Sessions at Mugdock Wednesday 8th April Wildlife Weans, Mugdock: Fabulous Bird Feeders! Thursday 9th April Mugdock Sensational Safari: Under Water and Over Land Friday 10th April Wildlife Weans, Mugdock: The Great Egg Hunt! Saturday 11th April Come and try Conservation Volunteering, Kirkintilloch Sunday 12th April Children’s Cinema Club: Toy Story 4 (U) Easter Fun at Mugdock Country Park

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Parkrun is a free weekly 5k that relies on volunteers. It is rated as one of the hilliest parkruns in the UK and offers three laps of a course through Garscadden Woods East, on Drummore Road.

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Feed the Birds

The organisers are looking for people to help with time keeping, number checking and marshalling.

Tickets are available at The Honeybee Bakery, Station Road, Milngavie, or at Cairns Church on the night (cash or cheque only). They cost £14 (students £5, school pupils free). Further enquiries by calling or texting: 07708 471776.

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March 2020 | What's Up Doc?

TAP YOUR WAY TO BETTER FITNESS What's Up Doc? with Dr Nick Dunn

This month: REACHING OUT FOR HELP... As has been recently highlighted, suicide sadly remains a significant risk in our communities.

TAPfit, a new dance fitness programme, takes place in Milngavie Town Hall

A new style of exercise class has launched in Milngavie – and the first class is free. TAPfit is a dance fitness programme that uses “Feet Beats”, which slip over shoes or trainers, to create an instant tap shoe. The classes comprise a mixture of basic tap steps and aerobic dance, as well as utilising resistance arm toners. The dance teacher is Rachel Ballard, who is delighted to be bringing TAPfit to the area. She said: “TAPfit is great fun and fantastic for all fitness levels. It increases muscle power, flexibility, balance and toning, as well as burning lots of calories.” Rachel reports that the classes are sociable, too. She said: “I love the

inclusiveness of TAPfit and it can be taught in a variety of settings, such as to dementia friendly groups, in elderly care homes or groups for young adults with additional support needs.” Research reveals the benefits of TAPfit, including a physical therapy tool to aid co-ordination, movement, timing and mobility, as well as reducing cognitive decline. TAPfit takes place in Milngavie Town Hall on Thursdays, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. After the first free class it’s £5 for a drop-in session or £20 for a five-class booking. See www.dance-rs.com.

People continue to die as a result of feeling isolated, helpless and cornered, despite often appearing to maintain an outward appearance of coping with life, even looking successful. For many years it has been a taboo subject, leaving those behind with a sense of shame or guilt. People struggle to find the words to talk about it, with the result that the risks become magnified.

GPs are trained to talk about these difficult subjects, and offer help to those who may be considering suicide, or families and friends suffering from the after-effects which people carry with them for many years. There is no shame in talking about this and there are many people around who want to help. Often simply sharing worries and anxieties will start to lift people out of their dark thoughts, and begin a recovery. Speak to your doctor, nurse or phone the Samaritans or NHS24 if you need help. There will always be an answer.


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My business Mental Health Matters will be using the therapeutic space at The Wellbeing Rooms, Kirk Road, Bearsden. I will support, listen and help you to explore your difficulties in the now and take small tentative steps towards change through providing a safe, caring and unconditional space at The Wellbeing Rooms. I also incorporate other evidence-based therapies into my practice such as Compassion Focused Therapy and Schema Therapy.


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Wedding Feature | March 2020

Planning the

Happiest Day of your life?

Some people know exactly what sort of wedding they aim to have – may even have planned it for years – while others fret over details large and small as the Big Day draws ever closer. Will it be a “cast of thousands” big production at some splendid Scottish baronial pile, or an intimate affair for a dozen people? Registry office or local pub – or how about a floating wedding on board a paddle steamer? Is it going to be a church wedding, or one where a celebrant plays a leading role?

The only problem with the infinite variety of ways in which you can celebrate what should be the most important day of your life is the difficulty of making final decisions– from where to have the actual ceremony to where you choose to stage your reception (and of course dovetailing the whole procedure with, in most cases, a honeymoon break immediately afterwards).

It may sound tiresomely sexist in this day and age, but in Scottish culture organising a wedding does seem to be overwhelmingly a female thing, with the men confining their role in proceedings to the obligatory trips to dress hire shops for kilts or whatever other ensemble they manage to agree upon (but it’s usually the full Bonnie Prince Charlie, even for people who never wear the kilt for any other kind of occasion).

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March 2020 | Legal Matters


Legal Matters

A mountain bike shop is inviting riders, old and new, to enjoy a testride on a range of popular bikes this month.

with Julie Millen from Millen Solicitors

Mugdock Country Cycles will host the event that includes the chance to try out Santa Cruz bikes. Bikes available on request on Saturday March 21, from 10am to 4pm, include Santa Cruz 5010, Bronson, Nomad, Megatower, Hightower, Tallboy, Blur, Carbon Chameleon and Stigmata. Another brand, Julianna, will also be available with models such as

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The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, originally set up in 1964, is a government agency offering compensation to victims of violent crime in the UK. The Authority’s office is in Glasgow’s financial services district, and over 300 staff are employed there. The Authority deals with around 40,000 applications every year paying out up to £200 million pounds to victims of crime. Applications require to be made within 2 years from the date of the injury. Time limits are only extended in exceptional circumstances and in the case applicants who are children. The injury sustained must have been caused by a crime of violence and the crime must be reported to the police before a claim is made.

Compensation awards will be restricted if the applicant has criminal convictions. Applicants also require to fully co-operated with the Police, prosecuting authorities and with the CICA. In 1996, a schedule or tariff of levels of compensation was set down by Parliament. The tariff lists more than 400 different types of injury each injury attracting a set level of compensation. There are 25 levels of compensation arranging from £1000 to £250,000. Most claims are dealt with without the need for a Tribunal Hearing. However, a Tribunal Hearing can be requested in the event of the refusal of an application or to challenge the tariff level applied. Information on the scheme can be found on the government website www.gov.uk

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March 2020 | What's On Calendar

Calendar of events Sunday 1st Cairnhill Woods Active Sunday

Main Entrance, 104/106 Henderland Rd 2-4pm. Tasks vary from cutting back rhoddies or overgrown brambles, planting trees, digging ditches and maintaining paths 07899 028534 • cairnhillwoodsgroup@gmail.com First Sunday of every month

Monday 2nd Art Classes – Art at the Grange

2 Grange Avenue, Milngavie Offering art classes suitable for all ages and levels. Please see our website for full listings. 0141 384 2655 • www.artatthegrange.com

Cinema Club: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Milngavie Cricket Club

West of Scotland Cricket Club, Partick. 8.30pm. Indoor cricket practice. Milngavie Cricket Club plays a full programme of league and friendly matches over the season. All welcome. 07810 641574 Weekly

Milngavie & Bearsden Historical Society Main Hall , Bearsden Hub 7.30pm. Margaret Anderson presents the topic “The Darien Scheme“. Scotland‘s disastrous attempts to set up a trading post in Central America in the late 17th Century. Visitors £4 each. www.mbhistorical.org

Lighter Weighs with Jayne

Upper Hall, St Andrew's Church, Bearsden 6.30pm. Weight loss class, which is fun, friendly and motivational. 07805 486316

2 Grange Avenue, Milngavie Offering art classes suitable for all ages and levels. Please see our website for full listings. 0141 384 2655 • www.artatthegrange.com

St. Paul's Guild: Talk

St. Paul's Church, Milngavie 7.30pm. Megan Karsen will give a talk on the fascinating medieval stones of Scotland. 07803 934688

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Allander Sports Centre 11am. Badminton, table tennis and soft tennis with a swim included. Just turn up! www.edlc.co.uk Mon & Thu during term time

MONDAY 2nd: Evening Dementia Carers Group

Bearsden Dementia Resource Centre – 7-9pm

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WEDNESDAY 4th: Milngavie Carer Café

Army Cadets Force

ACF Hut, Strathblane Road, Milngavie 7-9pm. The ACF offers a variety of militarythemed activities along with adventurous training and STEM, young people 12-18 yrs. Weekly during term-time

Friendship House Café

17 Park Road, Milngavie G62 6PJ 10am-4pm. Café run by volunteers from local churches. We offer a selection of home baking, hot drinks, a choice of soups and a warm welcome. 0141 956 5661 Runs Monday to Friday

Milngavie Enterprise Centre 1:30-3:30 pm

THURSDAY 19th: Milngavie Dementia Carers Group Milngavie Enterprise Centre 10:30am-12:30pm


Social Sewing

Bearsden / Milngavie 8pm. Bring your own machine, the project you're working on and we can share stories of our makes and swap patterns and fabric in the future! Please contact for the address. Weekly 07715 104550 • sewciable.glasgow@gmail.com

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Cheery Ladies Keep Fit

Baljaffray Parish Church 10-10.45am. Over 60s exercise class. 0141 942 1283 Weekly. Also runs on Wed

Bumps and Bundles

Bearsden Baptist Church 9.30am. Parent and toddler group meets every Monday that isn’t a holiday. 0141 563 7830 • 07982 248764 www.bearsdenbaptistchurch.com Weekly during term time

Taiji Beginners Class

Bearsden Cross Church 6-7pm. Learn the 16-Step Form, Zheng Manqing sequence, Qi Gong exercises. Eight week course £56/£48 or £7 a class. Weekly 07979 860754 • susanne@dragonspringtaiji.co.uk

Milngavie Youth Café 1.15-2.15pm

Gentle Hatha Yoga

Art Classes – Art at the Grange

Hillhead Sports Club 6:15pm & 7:15pm. Tighten and reshape your body quickly while increasing strength and flexibility. For all ages and fitness levels. First class free. Booking essential. 07880 630065 • FB @sculptcallaneticsWeekly

TUESDAY 3rd: Carers Choir

Mugdock Theatre 7.30pm. (2019) A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. Booking essential. £4. 0141 956 6100 Milngavie Guide Hall 1pm. Gentle Hatha Flow suitable for all levels. jologueyoga@yahoo.com Weekly during term time

Sculpt Callanetics: MAE Technique

Bearsden Ski Club 7pm. New members welcome, preferably with partners, but singles may be accommodated. We are a friendly club who enjoy competition. 0141 942 8262 • doracossar@gmail.com Weekly until May 2020

New Kilpatrick Church New Halls 7.30pm. Learn to dance to great music. No need to bring a partner. 0141 931 5565 Weekly until April 2020

Bearsden Bridge Academy

The Court Room, Milngavie 4pm. Beginners Class. 5.30pm. Improvers Class. 7pm. Improvers Club. We are unique in this area in that you can join us without a partner so why not give it a try? Weekly 0141 563 8223 • pfe263@gmail.com

Tuesday 3rd Daisy Baby Classes

Solasta Studios, Milngavie Relaxing, supportive and progressive classes for babies from 6 weeks-20 months. Designed to support your baby’s development at every stage. Baby massage and yoga. Themed sensory play. Educational support. Meet new mums. Booking required. 07793 076733 angela-govenden@thedaisyfoundation.com Weekly. Also runs on Thursdays

Baldernock Gardening Club

Fraser Centre, Milngavie 7:30pm. Our speaker is Kevin Hughes of Cally Gardens, Gatehouse of Fleet. Visitors welcome, £3. baldernockgarden@gmail.com www.baldernockgarden.org

Scottish Country Dancing Classes

Westerton Hall, Bearsden 7:30pm. Beginners and Improvers. Come and learn Scottish country dancing. All welcome. 07902 127370 • www.rscdsglasgow.org Weekly until 31st March

Tuesday/Thursday Badminton

C.E. Centre Gym, Milngavie Library 10am-12pm. We have players of all standards and mix the players and try to balance games. All you need is a racket and suitable shoes. 07723 473003 Weekly. Also runs on Thursdays.

Sculpt Callanetics: MAE Technique

1st Bearsden Boys' Brigade Hall 6:30pm. Tighten and reshape your body quickly while increasing strength and flexibility. For all ages and fitness levels. First-class free. Booking essential 07880 630065 • FB @sculptcallanetics Weekly



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Allander Leisure Centre 6.30pm. For mixed to any ability. laura.sherriff@eastdunbarton.gov.uk Weekly

Bearsden & Milngavie Knit for Peace

Community Room at Waitrose. 9.30-11.30am. Welcome knitters and crocheters to get together to create items for a range of worthwhile causes. kfpbandm@gmail.com Weekly

Ceilidh Classes

St Joseph's Church Hall, Milngavie 7.30pm. New dances and old favourites. Come and join us for a sociable evening. All welcome. 07902 127370 • www.rscdsglasgow.org Weekly until 31st March

Kelvin Choir

Upper Hall, St Andrew’s Church, Bearsden 7.30-9.45pm. A four-part, non-audition community choir that is always looking to welcome new members to its ranks. www.kelvinchoir.com Weekly until mid-May 2020

Westerton Fun Tots

Westerton Hall 9:30am-12pm. Toys, crafts, refreshments and songs, a great place to meet other parents/ carers. All welcome, babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Just drop in. Up-to-date activity details on our Facebook page. Facebook: WestertonFunTots

Bearsden Choir

New Kilpatrick Church New Halls 7.30pm. We are always looking for enthusiastic singers. 07866 800220 Weekly

Jane Tait Yoga

All Saints’ Church Hall, Bearsden 7pm. New members welcome. 07963 936780 • jane.tait@ntlworld.com Weekly

Westerton Over Sixties Club

Milngavie De Café

Main Hall, Bearsden Cross Church 7.30pm. We warmly welcome fresh voices. You don't have to be an experienced singer and will have the chance to view and participate in a rehearsal evening. 0141 956 5868 • www.wmvc.scot alistair.angus@googlemail.com Weekly

Scottish Country Dancing Classes

Westerton Hall, Bearsden 7:30pm. Beginners and Improvers. Come and learn Scottish country dancing. All welcome. 07902 127370 • www.rscdsglasgow.org Weekly until 31st March

Chess Club

Cairns Church Hall, Milngavie 7:45pm. New chess season starts for adults. Juniors start at 6:30pm. Friendly and welcoming club. www.bearsdenchessclub.weebly.com Weekly

Mother and Toddlers' Group

Burnbrae Bridge Club

Court Room, Milngavie Town Hall 6.30-10pm. Friendly and relaxed bridge club that welcomes new members. 0141 563 8988 sheana.donald@ntlworld.com Weekly

Ladies Bridge Club

Court Room, Milngavie Town Hall 1.15-4.15 pm. New members welcome. 0141 584 9514 • 0141 942 6559 Weekly until 4th April 2020

Adult Ballet Class

Cairns Church Hall, Milngavie 7.30pm. Ballet class with Margaret MacBain. 0141 956 3388 • 07778 137623 mar.macbain@ntlworld.com Weekly

Meditation & Mindfulness

Bearsden Hub 11.15am and 7.15pm. Experience the wonderful benefits of meditation and feel realigned and de-stressed. No booking required. Fortnightly

Allander Evangelical Church 9.30am. Group for very young children and their parents / guardians in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Enrolment required. 07505 130151 Weekly during term time.

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St Paul's Church, Milngavie 12-1pm. Enjoy home made soup, assorted rolls and delicious home baking, all for a very modest cost. All welcome. Weekly 07803 934688 • annsmacleod@gmail.com

Baby and Toddler Group

New Kilpatrick Church New Halls 9.30-11.30am. A small, friendly group, welcoming parents, carers and grandparents and all children up to nursery stage. 0141 942 8827 Every Tue-Thu during term

Senior School Drop-in

Kilmardinny Arts Centre 3.30pm. After school, the studios are free to help encourage and support students in their creative coursework. 0141 777 3143 Weekly during term-time

Kilmardinny House, Bearsden Adults: 7.30-9pm – £20. Kids: 6-7.30pm – £10. Watch your confidence and self-esteem grow as you learn a life-long skill. New pay as you go classes. No block booking required. 07871 200690 • contact@stitchthegap.com www.stitchthegap.com Weekly Westerton Town Hall 7:30pm. No partner required. Chairman: 07807 749032 Treasurer: 07851 398264 Weekly

Wednesday 4th

Westerton Male Voice Choir

Stitch The Gap: Beginners Sewing Machine Classes

Scottish Country Dancing

Weekly during Term. Also runs on Thursdays

Milngavie Manor, Craigton Road G62 7JG 2pm-3.30pm. For anyone living with, or concerned about, dementia or memory loss. It is an informal setting where people and their carers, partners or family can meet and speak to each other. Michelle @ Ceartas on 0141 775 0433

Thursday 5th

Litter Picking

Meet outside Fraser Centre, Milngavie 10am. Join the Clean Sweep volunteers of Milngavie in Bloom and pick up litter in local streets, carparks, Lennox Park and the first part of the West Highland Way. ronamacleod@hotmail.co.uk Also runs on Saturday 21st

Hilton Bridge Club

St James the Less Church Hall, Bishopbriggs 10am. A friendly, relaxed Bridge Club. New members and visitors welcome. 07910 776591 Weekly

Gill’s Yoga Classes

St Andrew's Church Hall, Stewart St. 7.30pm. Yoga strength and flexibility. 07443 417371 Weekly

Scottish Country Dancing Classes

Milngavie Town Hall 7.30pm. All welcome to this general class for a sociable evening of dancing. No partner required. 07902 127370 www.rscdsglasgow.org Weekly until 1st April

Westerton Hall 2-4pm. Board games, tea and biscuits, chat. All welcome. Come and enjoy the fun. 0141 570 0791 • ellen.gray@outlook.com Weekly

Ladies' Afternoon

Milngavie Town Hall 2pm. Ladies' Fellowship afternoon with tea and a talk by Helena Bryce. 0141 956 5866

TAPfit details

Allander Evangelical Church 7:30pm. First class free. £5 per class Pay As You Go Facebook: TAPfit with DanceRS Weekly

Circle Dancing

St Andrew's Church, Milngavie 2-4pm. A style of dance done in a circle or semi-circle to musical accompaniment. All welcome. No partner required. Weekly 01360 770497 • www.circledancingforall.org.uk

Desta Laiolo Ballet & Theatre School

All Saints Church Hall, Bearsden 4pm. Classical ballet, musical theatre, broadway tap, modern/jazz Sapphire Awards and contemporary dance with registered teacher. 07900 861396 modestalaiolo@aol.com Weekly

Allander Evangelical Church 6.30pm. Club for Primary aged children with quizzes, games and instruction. 0141 956 5866

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St Joseph's Church Hall 10.15-11.15am. Gentle hatha yoga class. 07443 417371 Weekly


Friday 6th Craigdhu Writers

Milngavie Community Centre Quiet Room 10am-12pm. Our group of creative thinkers meets to enjoy each others' readings and writings. All writers are warmly invited to attend our relaxed and friendly creative environment. 07842 531656 Weekly

Jog Scotland

Gill’s Yoga Classes

Allander Leisure Centre 7pm. Badminton Scotland. 07825 054629 Weekly

Community Choir

New Kilpatrick Church, New Halls 1:30-2:30pm, For anyone who enjoys to sing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Dementia friendly. Tea and chat until 3pm. Fortnightly – also running on Friday 20th.

Milngavie Clock 6.30pm. A relaxed and friendly run, covering between 6-10k. All runners welcome. Free. jogscotlandmilngavie@gmail.com Weekly

Active Living with Yoga

Bearsden Hub 10:30am. 07538 504779 Weekly

Prime Movers Exercise Cairns Church Hall

Stargazing at Mugdock

Mugdock Country Park 7-8.30pm. Join us for the final stargazing session of the season. What makes a supermoon so super? Come along and learn about all things lunar then head outside to view the near-full moon through the telescope. Indoor presentation if weather is bad. Booking essential. Cost £5. 0141 956 6100

11am. Prime Movers exercise class with Margaret MacBain for those 60+. 0141 956 3388 • 07778 137623 mar.macbain@ntlworld.com Weekly

Bearsden & Milngavie NS Bridge Club Court Room, Milngavie Town Hall

6.45pm. Friendly, well established bridge club. New members welcome. 0141 942 0552 Weekly until May

Allander Bridge Club

C.E.Centre, Milngavie 6.45pm. Long established, friendly, competitive club. New members and visitors (with partners) will be made very welcome. First 2 weeks free. 0141 931 5512 Weekly


Milngavie Youth Café 6.30pm & 7.45pm. A general level class where beginners and those with some experience are equally welcome. Mats are provided and booking is essential. Weekly 07493 140708 • amgpilates@outlook.com

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Monday 9th Bearsden Literary Society

St Andrew's R.C. Church, Bearsden 7.45pm. Bill Innes will give a talk on how he fulfilled his ambition to become a pilot, his experiences and the incredible advances in aviation. All are welcome. Admission £4. 07941 916899

Milngavie Flower Club

Arts Society Bearsden and Milngavie New Kilpatrick Church, Bearsden 2pm. Simon Seligman will give a talk on 'Debo'. Deborah Cavendish, youngest daughter of the Mitfords, Duchess of Devonshire. New members welcome. 01360 771959 • www.tasbm.co.uk

St. Paul's Guild: Talk

St. Paul's Church, Milngavie 7.30pm. Linda and Des Nicholl will share their wonderful adventure of Walking with Yaks in the Himalayas. 07803 934688

Hilton Park Golf Club: Open Weekend

Hilton Park Golf Club 10am-2pm. Come along to the club and enjoy fun activities, play 9 holes with a 10 minute swing check. Complimentary buffet available. 0141 956 4657 (option 1 or 2) office@hiltonpark.co.uk • www.hiltonpark.net

Wednesday 11th Bearsden East Community Council Meeting

The Pagoda Building,King George V Park 7.30pm. Residents are welcome to come along and discuss local issues which impact on their community. 07591 654837

Also runs on Sunday 8th

Thursday 12th

Gentle Hatha Yoga

Ladies' Afternoon

Allander Evangelical Church 2pm. Ladies' fellowship afternoon with tea and a talk by Danny Sutherland. 0141 956 5866

Bearsden De Café

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Mugdock Country Park 2-4pm. Venture into the wilds of Mugdock to find dead wood, build a fire and cook something on it. For 8-12 year olds. Booking essential. Cost £7. 0141 956 6100

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Former Courtroom, Milngavie Town Hall 10am-4pm. As part of Local History Month, there will be an exhibition entitled “Villages around Milngavie“. www.milngavieheritage.org

Baljaffray Parish Church, Bearsden 7.30pm. Founding member and songwriter of the British group Squeeze and has written songs for Elton John, Jools Holland, Elvis Costello and Wet Wet Wet. Tickets £19. http://tickets.jmsconcerts.co.uk


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Milngavie Guide Hall 10am. Suitable for beginners. £8 per class. £42 for 6 class pass. 07906 890295 • elizabethjamieson@icloud.com www.wellbeingwithelizabeth.com Weekly


St Davids Church Hall, Kirkintilloch 10am. Classical ballet, musical theatre, broadway tap, modern/jazz Sapphire Awards and contemporary dance with registered teacher. 07900 861396 modestalaiolo@aol.com Weekly

Milngavie Town Hall 7.30pm. Tonight we welcome Pauline Todd of Troon and her demonstration is called 'Variety is the Spice of Life'. All welcome.

Baljaffray Parish Church, Bearsden 7.30pm. With a long history from their days with the Vale of Atholl pipe band, at the age of 12. With a passion of playing pipes with other instruments and have played with Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, The Levellers and Capercaillie. Tickets £15. http://tickets.jmsconcerts.co.uk


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Friday 13th Active Living with Yoga Gentle/Chair Yoga class

Bearsden Hub, Lesser Hall 10:30am. Gentle/Chair Yoga class focusing on the benefits of gentle exercise, posture, good breathing and relaxation for healthy ageing. Open to all. Mats Provided. Cost £5 per class, first class FREE. All profit donated to charity. Booking not necessary, just turn up and try out a class. activelivingwithyoga@gmail.com

Saturday 14th Milngavie Heritage Centre Group

St. Paul's Church, Milngavie 7.30pm. Zoe Anderson from International Justice Mission will give a talk on the very topical concern of human trafficking What can and is being done and how this organization is helping. 07803 934688

Tartan Harmony

Killermont Church, Bearsden 7.30pm. A musical evening of songs that you know and love. Tartan Harmony started singing close harmony Barber Shop material but now sing a wide variety of songs including 50s and 60s hits. Tickets are £6 per person from Guild members or pay at the door.

Former Courtroom, Milngavie Town Hall 10am. Local historian, Donald Shankland will lead a heritage walk around the area of Craigton Village to highlight some of the interesting historical sites of that area. Booking essential. 0141 956 3541 www.milngavieheritage.org

Tuesday 17th

Friday 20th

U3A Meeting

Milngavie Farmers Market

St Andrew’s Church Hall, Bearsden 11am. Professor Bruce Peter will give a talk on 'Ocean Liners: Speed and Style'. 07592 501648 • https://u3asites.org.uk/bam

Thursday 19th Ladies' Afternoon

Allander Evangelical Church 2pm. Ladies' fellowship afternoon with tea and a talk by Mary Barclay. 0141 956 5866

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs

Kilmardinny House 7pm. Learn life-long yoga skills to help you to improved comfort and health. 12-week course starting THU 19th. Booking essential. lindsay.yhlb@gmail.com • 07538 504779

Douglas Street, Beside the Clock 10am-4pm. You'll find fresh seasonal produce, confectionery, ginger beer, jams and sauces, soap and toiletries, candles, cards, kids' clothes, fashion accessories, children's books, cushions, skincare, pet treats, jewellery, gifts, plants, garden statues and lots more. Third Friday of the month

Saturday 21st Milngavie Folk Club: Dave Kelly

The Fraser Centre, Milngavie 7.30pm. Dave is a blues craftsman – a journeyman who has served his time with the best. Dave has jammed with Muddy Waters, was friends with Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker and has firmly estabished himself as one of Europe´s premier blues performers. Tickets £15. http://tickets.jmsconcerts.co.uk

St. Paul's Guild: Annual Coffee Morning St. Paul's Church, Milngavie 10am. St Paul's Guild are having their annual Coffee Morning in aid of Guild funds and Guild Charities. Join us for all sorts of goodies both to eat and purchase. 07803 934688

Monday 16th Social Line Dancing

Cadder Church North Hall, Bishopbriggs 1.30-3.30pm. It's fun, it's light-hearted and it's good exercise! Joan 01389 383014 hawkinsjoan@hotmail.com Third Mon of the month

Cinema Club: I Know Where I’m Going

Mugdock Theatre 7.30pm. (1945) Joan, a stubborn English woman, sets out to travel and marry Robert, a wealthy industrialist. Bad weather traps her on the island of Mull. There, she meets Torquil, and gradually, they fall in love. Booking essential. £4. 0141 956 6100


Wednesday 25th

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Meet our Experts on Back and Sciatica Pain

Nuffield Health Glasgow Central Fitness & Wellbeing Club, 141 Finnieston Street, Glasgow G3 8HB 7-8.30pm. Are you suffering from hip or knee pain? Come along to our free information session on hip and knee pain, its causes, diagnosis and the latest treatment options available.

Nuffield Health Glasgow Central Fitness & Wellbeing Club, 141 Finnieston Street, Glasgow G3 8HB 7-8.30pm. Are you suffering from back or sciatica pain? Come along to our free information session on back and sciatica pain its causes.

Friday 20th

Thursday 26th

Meet our Experts on Cataracts 1-2-1

Meet our Experts on General Eye Health 1-2-1

Nuffield Health Glasgow Hospital, Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow G12 0PJ Ten minute slots available from 11am12pm. Are you suffering from cataracts and would like to explore options for treatment? Come along to our free ten minute 1-2-1 appointment.

Nuffield Health Glasgow Hospital, 25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow G12 0PJ 3-4pm. Are you suffering from general eye health concerns such as dry eyes or squints/ double vision and would like to explore further options for treatment? Come along to our free ten minute 1-2-1 appointment.

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Friday 20th Trio Shaham-Erez-Wallfisch

Cairns Church, Milngavie 7.30pm. Piano Trio in C minor, Op 1 No 3 Beethoven: Kakadu Variations Op 121a Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat Op 97 ‘Archduke’. One of the world’s finest piano trios celebrate Beethoven's 250th Anniversary year, each an established soloist in his own right. 07708 471776 • www.milngaviemusic.org

The Milngavie Pipe Band: Folk Concert

Milngavie Bowling Club 7.30pm. The Pipe Band are holding a folk concert to raise funds for the new season. Main artists are: John Graham, singer and multi-instrumentalist; Jim Jack guitarist and singer and Sy Jack on bass and keyboard, with a recital from the Pipe Band. There will be a bar and a raffle. Tickets priced £10. Hector Cruickshank 07836 516969 • 07836 516969 hectorcruickshank@talktalk.net


LET'S BUILD A TOWN McOpera Ensemble with young singers and instrumentalists from across East Dunbartonshire Includes Let's Build a Town, mini-opera by Hindemith and music by Mozart, Dvorak and Tom Harrold

Friday 17 April at 7.30pm Cairns Church, Milngavie Tickets: £10; Students: £5; School Pupils: Free From The Honeybee Bakery, Station Road, Milngavie or at the door

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Calendar of events Coffee Concert

Bearsden Cross Church 11.30am. The All Sorts, a female a cappella quartet, known for a variety of musical styles combining classic barbershop and classical arrangements. Tickets £10 can be obtained from Purple Edge or at the door. Children accompanied by an adult free. Coffee and cakes served from 10.45am included in ticket price. 0141 942 0507 secretary@bearsdencross.org

Saturday 22nd Forest School: Cooking on the Fire

Mugdock Country Park 2-4pm. Under Ranger supervision, learn the skills to make something wildly unique from wood. For 8-12 year olds. Booking essential. £7. 0141 956 6100

Wednesday 25th Bearsden West Community Council

Westerton Hall, Bearsden 7pm. Residents living in the Bearsden West area are welcome to come along and discuss local issues which impact on their community. 0141 570 2960 bearsdenwest@gmail.com Last Wednesday of the month

Thursday 26th Ladies' Afternoon

Allander Evangelical Church 2pm. Ladies' fellowship with tea and a talk by Eva Campbell. 0141 956 5866

Cairns Church, Milngavie 7.30pm. Well known local musicians OK Amigos are performing. All welcome. £10 Tickets available at the door. 0141 956 4868 07730 683639 • elbirnam@btinternet.com

Saturday 28th Climb Ben Cruachan

Ben Cruachan, Lochawe 7am. Ben Cruachan circuit. Climb the hollow power station mountain (3,694 feet) circle the upper Coire Cruachan and descend the ridge to Kilchurn Castle on Lochawe. Date subject to weather. Ice axe and crampons necessary. www.milngaviemountaineeringclub.org


Allander Evangelical Church 7.30pm. Informal youth meeting with fun, food and fellowship for teenagers and young adults run by Gordon Thomson. 07871 497061

Solasta Studios, Milngavie 10am. This is a series of 3-hour mini retreats to allow people to find tools to relax and recharge. Suitable for all. Booking essential. 07906 890295 • www.wellbeingwithelizabeth.com

St. Paul's Guild: Clydebank Choir

St. Paul's Church, Milngavie 7.30pm. Tonight we are being entertained by Clydebank Choir come along for a splendid night of lots of music, by this acclaimed local Choir.

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Thursday 26th

Tuesday 24th

Sense and Sensibility

Killermont Parish Church 2-4pm. For anyone living with, or concerned about, dementia or memory loss. It is an informal setting where people and their carers, partners or family can meet and speak to each other. Michelle @ Ceartas on 0141 775 0433

Live Music Fundraiser: OK Amigos

Nourishing Mini Yoga Retreat

Monday 23rd

Killermont De Café

Friday 27th

Kilmardinny House Arts Centre 7.30pm. Based on the novel by Jane Austen adapted by Roger Parsley and Andy Graham. Tickets from our website. cdowers@virginmedia.com www.kilmardinnyplayers.org Also showing at 7.30pm on Friday 27th and 2pm on Saturday 28th

Gavin's Mill, Milngavie 8.30pm. An hour of quiet, thoughtful time with music and poetry to celebrate our planet and commit to caring for it. Gather at 7.45pm for refreshments. All welcome. 0141 5637767 • dparkin54@yahoo.co.uk

Mugdock Castle Open Day

Sunday 29th The Secret Life of Pets 2

Mugdock Theatre 11am. Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. Booking essential. £3. 0141 956 6100

Monday 30th St. Paul's Guild: AGM

St. Paul's Church, Milngavie 7.30pm. Our final event of this session is our AGM and includes a quiz organised by Hilary Rutherford followed by fish suppers. Must be booked in advance. 07803 934688

Cinema Club: Judy

Mugdock Theatre 7.30pm. (2019) Legendary performer Judy Garland, played by Renee Zellweger, arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. Booking essential. £4. 0141 956 6100

Mugdock Country Park Come down to the Castle and have an opportunity to climb the tower and take in the magnificent views of the Park and beyond. Refreshment stall, raffle, children’s crafts and egg and spoon race.

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GET DOWN RUNNERS GIVE TO RESCUE CHARITY TO MOTOWN A mountain rescue charity is set to benefit from generous competitors in a trail running race series at Mugdock Country Park this summer.

A Motown and Disco party is back in Milngavie thanks to popular demand. The free event at Finsbay Loft takes place on March 6 from 8.30pm to 1.30am. The party will welcome some of Glasgow's top DJs to play a range of the best Motown, disco, funk and soul classics. A spokesperson said: "The last Motown party was hailed a big success so we are doing it again. “As well as many original tunes, our DJ’s will be playing redits, remixes, hidden gems and music associated with the theme.” To join the party, you must book a place (without charge) on Eventbrite. See www.eventbrite.co.uk.

Entrants to the TrailFest Solstice Trail Series in April, May and June are invited by organisers to donate a chosen sum of cash to the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team. Any funds raised in 2020 will be added to the total of £233.12, which was collected and handed to Lomond MRT through the race series in 2019. TrailFest Scotland co-founder Ryan Scott said: “We are delighted that through our races we can support the vital work of Lomond MRT. Many of the competitors know first-hand the terrain and elements that the team cover. “As a charity, Lomond MRT depends entirely on fundraising

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OPEN DAY AT LOCAL CASTLE Senior Savvy Local residents are invited to look round an historic castle at an event this month.

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Mugdock Castle Open Day takes place on Saturday March 28 from noon to 4pm. Adults and children will have the opportunity to climb the tower and take in the magnificent views of surrounding Mugdock Country Park and further afield. There will be a refreshment stall, raffle, children’s crafts and an egg and spoon race.


The event, which is free, will also offer information about becoming a Volunteer Castle Steward. See www.mugdock-country-park. org.uk/ for further information.

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OPEN DAY AT YOUTH CENTRE JOIN FREE RESERVOIR RUN Milngavie Youth Centre is welcoming local people to an Open Day this month. The aim of the event on March 7 is to show potential users what the centre on Mugdock Road and the adjoining Waypoint can offer. The centre is aware of the difficulties facing some groups in Milngavie, in light of uncertainties about the future of the Community Education Centre and the Town Hall.

A spokesperson said: “The board have decided an open day is a good idea to let people find out about availability, different spaces and potential costs. Both buildings will be open 11.30am to 3pm.” For more details drop in or email: info@milngavieyouthcentre.com.

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A free guided trail run heads along a local trail and around a reservoir this month. The run – not a race! – will be led by Wild Stag Trail Adventures on Sunday March 29 and starts from Edenmill Farm Shop car park on Stockiemuir Road, near Blanefield, at 9.30am sharp.

Wild Stag founder Janis Mcarthur said: “This is a sociable run and it’s free to come along. It’s not ideal for complete beginner runners but it’s fine for people who are new to trail running. The route is undulating but has lovely views.”

The route is around six miles (10k) and undulating so you should be able to comfortably manage 5k to 10k. The pace will be “social and chatty” at 10 to 12 minutes per mile.

Runners are advised to come prepared for the weather. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

The route is on tracks and trails and follows a section of the coast-to-coast John Muir Way, with a loop around Burncrooks Reservoir.

The event will finish with a cuppa afterwards in the Edenmill Farm Shop café. See Wild Stag Trail Adventures on Facebook to indicate that you will be going along.

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RIGHT TIME TO JOIN WRITERS Leela said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was in 2017 that we decided to start a monthly Writers Group in Milngavie and we were delighted when many interested writers, from beginners to published authors, came along to join us. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We now meet once a month to review our work and to discuss our publishing success and take our writing forward.â&#x20AC;? Author David Manderson giving a talk in the Community Room at Waitrose

A group of enthusiastic writers from the local communities is keen to welcome new members to regular meetings. The Bearsden Writers meet monthly on a Thursday from 10am to noon at Waitrose Community Room in Milngavie. Over the spring and summer, the group hosts a busy programme, including writing short stories and chapters, offering feedback to each other, advising and supporting with publishing and hosting events and talks.

The meeting in March takes place on the 12th and there will be feedback from members on the Easter or spring-themed story, as well as some writing practice. Details of the next piece of work will be outlined at the meeting, too. Bearsden Writers was founded by two local writers, Leela Soma and Palo Stickland, who are both published novelists and poets.

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The group, which is affiliated to the Scottish Association of Writers Conference, has a roll of around 20 members and between 10 and 12 at each meeting. The group is always happy to welcome new writers. Leela said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The group would suit anyone with a passion to write, in any creative genre. We have script writers, poets, crime fiction writers and romantic novelists and all genres are covered. Membership is ÂŁ5 per annum. New members can contact the group at: bearsdenwriters@ gmail.com. Also find them on Facebook and Twitter.


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Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous Help for those who may have a problem with alcohol. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a meeting near you. Call the national helpline 0800 9177 650.

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Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scotland 7-9pm, Alzheimer Scotland provides services across Scotland to help you live as well as possible with dementia. Meet at the Bearsden Dementia Resource Centre first Monday of every month. Tel: 0141 946 0966

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East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health For people affected by mental ill-health and their carers. 24 Crossveggate, Milngavie G62 6RA. Tel: 0141 955 3040

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SCOTLAND’S FIRST AUTISM SHOW Scotland's first ever expo for people & families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been announced for 3 and 4 April 2020. Set to be held in Glasgow's Crowne Plaza, the event has been organised by parents who run a local charity, the Vale of Leven Autism and Asperger’s Forum (VOLAAF). Scotland's Autism Show will feature exhibitors, expert talks and workshops, for people with autism, their families, friends and professionals. This is a free event and offers the chance to access information, support, guidance, tools and education. VOLAAF is based in the West of Scotland and provides support to families pre- and post-diagnosis, who have children affected by ASD. Everyone involved with the charity is a parent or carer of children with autism. The charity is ran entirely by volunteers.

Suzanne Gillies, chairperson of VOLAAF said: ”Our charity was founded because there is very little practical help or support extended to families. This is where we step in - we provide a safe place for children to come and be themselves, as well as support groups for parents and family members. ”With many children in Scotland having an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, we were

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amazed that there has never been an event where parents, carers and professionals could access support and information under one roof. We decided to take up the challenge and launch our own. We have exhibitors, speakers and workshops booked in so we hope that our show, which is free to attend, will help as many people as possible.” Scotland's Autism Show will run on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April, from 9am – 6pm at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow. To register for Scotland's Autism Show, please visit www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/scotlands-autism-showtickets-89217749691. If you are interested in sponsoring, exhibiting at or speaking at the show, please contact Suzanne Gillies on 07484060812 or info@ scotlandsautismshow.co.uk.

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TRIO OF SHOWS AT GALLERY A total of three exhibitions are on display at a Milngavie gallery, showcasing a wealth of diverse talent. The first at Lillie Art Gallery is “Scotland's Far North” and features the work of photographers Glyn Satterley, Chick Chalmers and Tom Kidd. The second show in Gallery 2 is “36 Views of Dumgoyne” by renowned Bishopbriggs artist James Greer. And in Gallery 3, there is a tribute to Glasgow-born writer and artist Alasdair Gray, who described himself as a self-employed verbal and pictorial artist. The exhibitions will run at the gallery until March 12. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Call 0141 956 5536 for more information.


Joint Council leaders raised the flag at the Southbank marina HQ

A rainbow flag was raised in the region last month in support of the LGBT+ community. LGBT History Month is celebrated in the UK each year in February and East Dunbartonshire Council took the opportunity to focus on the eradication of all prejudice towards homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. The Joint Council leaders raised the flag at the Southbank Marina HQ. Joint Council leader Vaughan Moody said, "We're proud to raise the Rainbow flag to show our support for the LGBT+ community here in East Dunbartonshire. "We want to show that we believe in equal rights and equal treatment for everyone in our community and demonstrate our commitment


to eliminating all forms of discrimination and prejudice throughout this area." Joint Council leader Andrew Polson added: “We want to send a message to all of the LGBT+ community that they are valued and no-one should experience prejudice or hate for who they are. "By flying the flag in LGBT History month we are demonstrating our support and it's a reminder that everyone has a role to play in making sure there is no discrimination." Further information about LGBT+ related support at www.lgbtyouth.org.uk.

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Local residents have been instrumental in the creation of a new-look website for East Dunbartonshire Council. A survey, both on-line and via the users of the Community Hubs, gave people the chance to voice their opinions about the old site.

“We listened to the views of our online visitors and they have been taken on board in the new look design.

These helped in the process of designing the new website with key changes, such as layout, site navigation and the grouping of information.

“We have also introduced new functions which are intended to make the site easier to use.”

An accessibility audit is now being carried out on the updated design to inform the next stage of improvements. Council leader Andrew Polson said: “Website technology and functionality is rapidly changing and a refresh of the council website was due.

Council Leader Vaughan Moody added: “The updated design not only looks great but should make it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for quickly. “We are committed to digital transformation and the website is a key tool for our residents to be able to engage with the council at their convenience.” See: www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk



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