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Awards Remember Tragic Teen ............. 3 Pupils Give Allergy Lesson ...................... 4 Age Concern's Ruby Year ....................... 5 Mid Week Music with Rico ..................... 6 Lace Up with Team SSAFA .......................6 Charity Helps Over 60s Rescue Dog ....... 7 New Bowling Season Start ..................... 8 These Amazing Women ......................... 8 Enable Scotland is 65 Years Old .......... 10 Steps to Better Health .......................... 11 Fare's Fair For Playgroup ..................... 12 Late News .............................................. 12 Daffodil Tea Fundraiser ........................ 12 What's Up Doc ...................................... 14 The Magic of Material ......................... 17 Come Along for a Sing-Along ............ 17 Support Groups ..................................... 17 Easter Activities .............................. 18&19 Join Munro Centenary Project ............ 20 Legal Matters ........................................ 20

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AWARDS REMEMBER TRAGIC TEEN The iLove Clarkston Community Awards honored Clarkston teenager Kyle Bremner by changing the name of one of their awards

reading the story of someone very special. “Kyle Bremner had been nominated by friends, family, teachers and many more members of the Clarkston community. “It was clear his story had touched a lot of people. We decided to change the name of the accolade to the Clarkston Young Person of the Year Award.”

The heartrending story of a Clarkston teenager who died of meningitis prompted a community awards to make a lastminute name change to an accolade. Now Kyle Bremner’s name will be remembered by The Kyle Bremner Award for Young Person of the Year at the I Love Clarkston Community Awards. The newly named award, sponsored by Swanson Sports, was won by Abby Turnbull. The local community awards were set up by Clarkston’s Business Improvement District (BID) and sponsored by East Renfrewshire Council.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate great individuals, organisations and businesses in the Clarkston area with seven main category winners and runners-up. In addition, a Heart of Clarkston Award was launched. Andy Dunlop, of I Love Clarkston, said: “During the nomination process we saw an influx of nominations – more than 100 – for one person in particular. Upon reading these, we knew we were

Kyle died aged 14 in December 2017 due to a rare form of meningitis. His mum Jen had passed away in October 2015 after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. During the presentations at the Redhurst Hotel in Giffnock last month, Kyle’s gran, Eleanor Dale, collected the Heart of Clarkston Award posthumously for the youngster. Other awards were handed out to Inspirational Leader winner Claire Murray, of Anytime Fitness; Customer Service Star winner Pamela Coulter, of Lloyds

Pharmacy; Community Group of the Year winner Carolside Sports Club; National Business of the Year, as voted for by members of the public, winner Anytime Fitness; Independent Business of the Year, winner Distinction Health & Beauty; and Clarkston Community Champion Iain Winters, who is Carolside Primary School’s lollipop man. A raffle at the event raised £750, which was donated to Meningitis Now. After the ceremony, BID Chair John Paul Reilly said: “We’re very happy to see how well the night has gone. We’re committed to this becoming an annual event.”

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St Ninian High School pupils Holly Edgar (left) and Martha McHahon gave an allergy talk to fellow pupils and teachers

Two pupils from St Ninian’s High School in Giffnock took centre stage to deliver a presentation about living with allergies. Martha McMahon, 12, of Newton Mearns who has an allergy to peanuts, and Giffnock 17-year-old Holly Edgar, who has allergies to milk protein, nuts and avocado, gave the talk to fellow pupils and teachers. The girls are keen to raise awareness about living with allergies. They believe that through sharing their daily

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The Provost and East Renfrewshire Council are providing civil hospitality to members and volunteers of the charity organisation with an Afternoon Tea at the Carmichael Hall in Eastwood Park on Friday April 5. There will be entertainment and the cutting of a giant 40th birthday cake. Carole McBeath is a convener of one of three Age Concern Eastwood social lunch clubs at Woodfarm. She said: “It is an honour to be part of the organisation of this event, along with the Provost's office, to celebrate 40 years of Age Concern Eastwood's social lunch clubs. “The continued popularity of our clubs show that there is a real need for this amenity for

Age Concern Eastwood celebrates its 40th birthday this year and is hosting an Afternoon Tea this month at the Carmichael Hall

older people in East Renfrewshire.”

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Age Concern Eastwood launched with its first social lunch club in Giffnock on January 25, 1979. The aim was to provide a centre for older, mainly housebound, adults to come together to have lunch, share each other’s company and be entertained. This club now meets on Thursdays, between 10.30am and 2pm. at the Woodfarm Sports Pavilion.

A third club opened in June 1992 and meets on Fridays in the Montgomery Hall in Eaglesham.

In January 1980, a second social lunch club was opened at the Overlee Sports Pavilion. This club now meets on Tuesdays at

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MID WEEK MUSIC WITH RICO LACE UP WITH TEAM SSAFA FOR THE GLASGOW KILTWALK

Scottish singer songwriter Rico Franchi will entertain every Wednesday this month at a Newton Mearns restaurant.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is calling on Glaswegians to lace up their trainers, don their kilts and sign up to take part in the Kiltwalk on Sunday 28 April.

Peppe Staiano, who owns Dimora, a Neapolitan restaurant, is keen to offer diners “something different”. He says: “The idea is that we offer a unique experience to our customers. “The entertainment is informal and free and takes place on Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm.” Rico is from Glasgow and of Italian descent. He has been singing on stage for 20 years, including covers and pieces from his three albums.

community. By raising money for SSAFA Glasgow branch through the Kiltwalk, you will help our caseworkers continue to provide practical, emotional and financial support to the Armed Forces community in need – wherever and whenever they need us.  

The Kiltwalk is open to all ages and abilities and is a great way to get friends and family together to fundraise for the charity. Sign up by visiting www.thekiltwalk.co.uk.

Una Smith, 76-year-old Branch Fundraiser for SSAFA Glasgow, will be walking the 6-mile Wee Wander walk to raise money for SSAFA, she To sign up, visit www.kiltwalk. said: “I first heard about SSAFA co.uk. If you have any when I was serving as a nurse in the questions about joining Team Territorial Army for 12 years. SSAFA or to request flyers please contact david.black@ “After I retired, I wanted to ssafa.org.uk or 07557 268867. give something back to SSAFA,

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CHARITY HELPS OVER 60S RESCUE A DOG A local woman from Clarkston wins a prestigious Amazing Women Award (see page 8) for helping older people to enjoy a doggy companion and help rescue an unwanted pet.

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The charity was founded by Louise Russell in November 2013. Since then the charity has helped more than 300 animals, and their owners, find a brighter future, together. Louise, was given the Community Award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords for her work.

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NEW BOWLING THESE AMAZING WOMEN SEASON STARTS Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy from Renfrew won a Lifetime Inspiration Award

The 99-year-old club is inviting people to come along on one of their Open Days on 14th or 28th April from 2pm. They are offering new members a one year free membership of the club for 2019. Anyone can attend to watch or participate in a game, with equipment supplied. Please bring flat soled shoes or trainers. The club also has winter social events and entertainment including bridge, darts, dances and cabaret nights and is based at The Cross in Newton Mearns, behind the War Memorial. For more information visit: http://mearnsbc.clubbuzz.co.uk

Louise Russell, founder of Give a Dog a Bone charity picked up the Community Contribution Award

Three local women have become the winners of two prestigious awards that honour “the incredible women of Scotland”. Elaine Holmes, of Newton Mearns, and Olive McIlroy, of Renfrew, won a Lifetime Inspiration Award (sponsored by Apex Hotels) in the Amazing Women Awards 2019. The women came together to campaign against controversial MESH implants after they both suffered debilitating consequences of the surgical implants. The pair, who are now close friends, are previous winners of a Sunday Mail Unsung Heroes award. Louise Russell, who is the founder of the charity Give a Dog a Bone, triumphed in the Community

Contribution Award (sponsored by Stagecoach). Louise set up Give a Dog a Bone, which has drop-in centres in Shawlands and Troon, to help the over 60s to be able to afford a rescue pet companion – and to tackle loneliness as people age. She said: “It's a real privilege to win the Amazing Community Contribution Award. “There are so many people out there doing great things in the community that go untold, so I'm really very grateful to be

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ENABLE SCOTLAND IS 65 YEARS OLD disabilities and/or autism and their families, they help people to enable them to become more confident, supporting them to achieve their dreams and to build good lives. The co-ordinators also work alongside communities, groups and organisations, supporting them to become more welcoming and inclusive. A family member who enjoys great support from there co-ordinator says “My LACs support not only our son but us. They have knowledge and experience on which we can draw to give our son the best chances of a fulfilling independent life.

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For the past 65 years, ENABLE Scotland have worked hard to create an equal society for every person who has a learning disability. Their endeavours have led to some great success stories. Together they have: • Won the right for children to get an education in the 1970s • Taken people out of long stay institutions in the 1990s • Won the right for people to direct their own care and support in the 2000s. A spokesperson from Enable Scotland says: “In East

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With spring in the air, older people in our communities are being encouraged to join a regular series of health walks. “A simple walk and socialisation can significantly improve physical and mental health and we would encourage any older residents to join in.”

East Renfrewshire HSCP Walking Groups are the result of a collaboration between East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Paths for All and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. They offer a range of different walking opportunities in the region.

The initiative, which has been developing over five years, also trains volunteers as walk leaders so they can deliver walks that are short, safe, local and also low level.

An East Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The East Renfrewshire Walking Groups are a fantastic asset to the community.

There are currently walks in the local area in Rouken Glen Park and Newton Mearns, with plans to start new walks in Busby, Clarkston and Eaglesham.

“They motivate older adults to get out of the house, go for a walk without over-exerting themselves and have a cup of tea and a chat at the end.

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A playgroup that has been at the heart of the community for 40 years was touched by the thoughtful gesture of a taxi driver. Overlee Playgroup had been hosting a Spring Pamper fundraising night recently. The evening welcomed local parents and friends to enjoy a variety of treatments such as facials, massages, and reflexology. There was also a prosecco and cocktail bar served by a professional cocktail waiter, as well as a variety of goods on sale including candles, soaps and handbags. After the event, the playgroup’s chairperson Katie Ritchie booked a taxi home. Manager Mo McGill picks up the story. She says: “Katie was going home after helping with the fundraising night and she was picked up by a taxi driver named Norman.

“When she told the driver where she had been, he insisted that she give her fare to Overlee Playgroup, which was amazing. Norman had fond memories of the group because his children had attended when they were young. This is the sort of thing that sums up how wonderful our playgroup is and what people think of us.” The playgroup, which has moved premises from Overlee Pavilion to Stamperland Community Hall, has four dedicated staff members with almost 70 years of service between them. They offer supervised morning sessions for children aged two to five. They also host community events, such as the annual

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Mo has been running the playgroup for the last five years. She said: “We really are a team. My colleagues Elaine, Linda and Karen have been working at the playgroup for 20 years.

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“The parents of the children are so positive about the environment we create. We recently had parents sending their daughter to our playgroup because the mum had attended as a child and she wanted to give her daughter the same experience. This is lovely.”

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Busby Nursery celebrated the start of spring by hosting a Daffodil Tea fundraising event. The nursery children and staff took to the stage at Busby Parish Church to sing spring songs for family members in the audience. The families were then invited to Busby Primary School hall to enjoy hot drinks, home baking and a chance to see the children’s colourful artwork. Parent Mairi Watson, who helped co-ordinate the event, said: “The Daffodil Tea Fundraiser has become an annual event for Busby Nursery and we’re pleased to be able to continue the tradition, even as the nursery continues to expand. “The pupils decorated jars, which were filled with daffodils and

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Local News | April 2019

THE MAGIC OF MATERIAL Members of a local embroiderers’ guild are presenting a “magical” exhibition of some of their work this month.

can check out all the techniques we have used.”

The biannual display by Renfrewshire Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild is entitled Material Magic.

The Renfrewshire branch meets at Fairweather Hall in Newton Mearns every Monday evening.

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The Embroiderers’ Guild is a national organisation that supports, educates, promotes and inspires interest in the art of stitch and textile design.

It will be on show at the Coach House, Greenbank Garden, Flenders Road, Clarkston, from April 6 to 13.

Alison added: “We are a busy branch and we are busy booking tutors and speakers so that members continued to be inspired.

Alison Templeton, chairman of the guild branch, said: “Our members have used their magic with a diverse range of materials, including silks, satins, cottons and calico, to make their works.

“So many people tell us that the art of stitching is very calming and therapeutic and we welcome new members along to find out more.” See www.whatsoneastrenfrew shire.co.uk/listings/renfrewshireembroiderers-guild/

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Whitelee Visitor Centre is hosting a wide selection of Easter activities.

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There are craft sessions every day of the school holidays at 11am and 3pm, with workshops at 2pm. The Friday, Sunday and Monday of the Easter weekend (April 19 to 22), the 2pm workshop will be an Egg Drop Challenge.

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The Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service offers their Easter Eggstravaganza for all ages on Sunday April 21 from noon

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Eastwood Baby Disco and Hop Families with children aged from baby to four years are invited to dress up in their Easter outfits and head to the Carmichael Hall, Eastwood Park Theatre, for an Easter Baby Disco. There will be dancing, games and songs to sing. The event is on Sunday April 7 from 10am to noon and again from 1pm to 3pm. The cost is £4 for adult and child. Booking is essential.

Greenbank Egg Hunt Families are invited to take part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at the National Trust for Scotland Greenbank Garden, near Clarkston. Follow the bunny clues to be in with a chance of winning chocolate prizes. You can take part from April 19 to 22, between 11am and 4pm. Tickets are £2, with usual fees for non-members.

Then on Saturday April 13 at 10.30am at Eastwood Park, families can see the Easterthemed film, Hop. The colourful comedy features animation and live action. Tickets are £3, babes in arms may be eligible for free tickets. Groups of 10 people, one person goes free. Booking is essential.

Tel: 0141 577 4956 or visit www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

Annual Egg Hunt I Love Clarkston BID is hosting an annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 20 from 10am to 2pm, with more than 100 chocolate prizes, as part of their goal to encourage visitors to Clarkston town centre. The event is free for children. To take part, select that you are “going” on their Facebook event page and they will update you on how to find your prizes. See www.facebook.com/ events/416280562 479451.

Easter’s Eggciting Event Dams to Darnley Country Park are holding an Eggciting Easter event on Tuesday April 9 from 1pm to 3pm. The day will be led by Country Park Countryside Ranger, Joe Connelly. He said: “Why not come along to the park during the school holidays to celebrate some Easter fun and games at our family Easter event?

an egg-and-spoon race with a difference. We may even build a few nests for our eggs and we will finish with a chocolate egg hunt.” Booking is essential and people should wear appropriate clothing. Meet at the World Buffet restaurant car park, Corselet Road, Darnley G53 7RN Tel: 0141 577 4053 or email: d2d@eastrenfrewshire. gov.uk or visit www. damstodarnley.org

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Keen walkers are invited to join a project to celebrate the centenary of the death of Sir Hugh Munro. “The Munro Table” will remember Munro, who died in 1919, and is credited with creating the UK’s most famous lists of mountain summits. The Scot identified the Scottish mountains with a summit of more than 3000ft. These 282 mountains are known as the Munros. Now The Munro Table project is calling for walkers, runners and climbers to make a special trip to the Munros. Over the next year, each of these Munro baggers will record their summit by writing an account and taking a photograph or creating an artwork at the top.

Eddie Summerton, the creator of the project, said: “The aim is to collect together all the accounts, photographs and artworks from each summit to form an archival boxed set of Munro Table publications.” Eddie envisages that the Munro baggers will write about a variety of experiences, such as weather and wildlife, as they hike their Munro. In due course, The Munro Table will be displayed in a variety of locations such as galleries, educational venues and at festivals, for others to see. To find out more and to sign up to walk see themunrotable. community/info.htm

The breakdown of a marriage and subsequent legal process of divorce can be an emotionally difficult time. Fortunately, in Scotland we have the benefit of the Simplified Divorce Procedure. This is also often referred to as the ’Do It Yourself’ divorce and can only be used in the appropriate circumstances. The only ground for divorce in Scotland is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and this can be established in different ways. For the purpose of a simplified divorce, it can be established on the basis that you have been separated for one year and your spouse consents to the divorce, there have been two years of separation or that either you or your spouse have been issued

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Maccabi Centre 9pm. Coached Badminton Club 18+ 0141 638 6177

St Aidan’s Brae Baby & Toddler Group

Monday 1st First Steps Giffnock Outside Lidl 10am. Two walks are offered; one for beginners and one for people who wish to walk a little further. sine.delahunt@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk Weekly

St Aidan’s, 15 Mearns Road, Clarkston 9:45am. Children of all ages welcome play, snack and activities. The group is run on a pay as you go basis. £3 for 1st child and 20p per sibling. Feel free to drop in! 07900 470036 • sarahcyoung@hotmail.com Weekly

Shirokawa Karate Academy

AutoScots Car Club Mearns Primary, Newton Mearns 7.30pm. AutoScots Car Club, the Club for Classic, Retro and Sports Car enthusiasts, we’re open to all marques, no need to change your club when you change your car. douglas.hunter@btinternet.com First Monday of the month

Eastwood Choral Society Park Church, Ravenscliffe Drive 7:30pm. Vibrant mixed voice adult choir. All voices welcome (particularly tenors!) No auditions required. Our repertoire is largely choral and classical. Bring a mug for break time tea and biscuits! gillatecs@gmail.com Weekly until May 6th

Off Grid Toddlers Off Grid Community, Aidans Brae 12-2pm. Outdoor parent and toddler group based in the woodlands at the top of Aidans Brae, Clarkston. We have a mud kitchen, sand pit, water play, climbing etc. 07769 229503 • ogktoddlers@gmail.co.uk Weekly during term time Also runs Wednesdays 10am-12pm

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First Steps Newton Mearns Broomburn Medical Centre 10am. New health walk for people looking to start some form of gentle exercise, meet new people and enjoy outdoors. We welcome everyone to come and join us. 07894 802349 • 0141 451 0750 sine.delahunt@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk Weekly

The Market Place, Newton Mearns 12pm. Do you knit, crochet or stitch or would you like to learn how? Bring along your own project or start something new, we have plenty of wool and needles for you to borrow. Free to attend but we encourage participants to purchase a tea or coffee from the Café. communications@va-er.org.uk Also runs on Wednesdays. Weekly

Maccabi Centre 7.30pm. Coached Badminton Club 18+ 0141 638 6177 Weekly

Bridge Club

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Newton Mearns Parish Church 10am. Singing our own arrangements of pop, Motown and chart songs with no auditions and no need to read music. www.rockchoir.com Weekly

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Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre 10.15am. Join the Whitelee Rangers on their free weekly parent & baby walking group. The group is a fun and enjoyable way to socialise with new parents and welcomes new members. 0141 614 0962 Weekly until November

Off Grid Play Group Woodlands at top of Aidans Brae 9:45-11.15am. Outdoor play group for 2 year olds in a fully enclosed space. Mud kitchen, sand pit, slide, ball runs, fire, stories, natural arts & crafts, songs and snacks. Bookable in 6 week blocks. 07769 229503 offgridkidsclarkston@gmail.com Weekly. Also runs on Thursdays

The Market Place Newton Mearns 2pm. Join us for a few fun games of Bridge. Sit back, relax and have a fun afternoon with us! communications@va-er.org.uk

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Yoga Flow Class

Maccabi Halls, Giffnock 6.30-7.45pm. For many of us life can be challenging. Yoga can give you balance, harmony and a wonderful sense of wellbeing. 07970 48722 ritakinloch@aol.com Weekly

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Mearns Kirk Helping Hands, Mearns Kirk Halls 2pm. Join us for a relaxed, friendly afternoon of tea, coffee and home baking. No need to book, just pop in. Come on your own or bring a friend, our friendly team of volunteers are here to make you feel welcome. Suggested donation £1. 07858 552767 hello@mkhelpinghands.org.uk Also runs on 16th April

Glasgow Scout Group

21 Aidan’s Brae, Clarkston Beavers, WED: 6-7pm. THU: 6.15-7.15pm. FRI: 6.15-7.15pm. Cubs, MON: 6.30-8pm. WED: 6.45-8.15pm. FRI: 6.45-8.15pm. Scouts, MON: 7.30-9.30pm. FRI: 8-10pm. Explorers, TUE: 8-10pm. www.121glasgowscouts.org.uk

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What's On Calendar | April 2019 The Market Place, Newton Mearns 12-4pm.Bring along your own project or start something new. This group is completely free and open to all abilities. communications@va-er.org.uk Weekly

Tuesday Evening Walking Group Greenbank Parish Church 7pm. We are a friendly bunch of all ages; we walk around Clarkston area for 1 hour chatting all the way. www.greenbankglasgow.org.uk Weekly

Cuppa & Blether

Eastwood Health Centre, Green House Cafe. 11am-1.30pm. No programme, no agenda, all manner of Topics talked about. We are a group of both men and women of all ages. Good tea, coffee, scones and pancakes etc. If you are alone, come and make some new friends. 0141 644 1882 cuppa.blether@virginmedia.com Weekly. Also runs on Fridays

Eastwood Bereavement Support

Adult Craft Group 250 Ayr Road, Newton Mearns 12:30pm. what will you decide to make? You can bring along your own project or start something new. This group is completely free and open to all crafting abilities. communications@va-er.org.uk Weekly

Mearns Kirk Church Hall 7pm. Support to anyone who might be struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one either recently or some time ago. l.ronald@hotmail.co.uk First Tuesday of the month

Wednesday 3rd Eastwood Sub-Aqua Club

Eastwood Park Leisure Pool 7.30pm. For those already qualified in scuba as well as people new to the sport. Minimum age is 14 and all equipment is provided. www.eastwooddivers.co.uk Weekly

Elio Pace presents Elvis Presley Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Elio Pace performs a very special, intimate and completely unique concert to honour his childhood musical idol, Elvis Presley. www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

Knitting Class Greenbank Church, Clarkston 7.15-8.45pm. Friendly and informal knitting class for new or experienced knitters. Come along and enjoy tea/ coffee and a yarn! 07929 984873 helenhoward@knittingforall.co.uk Weekly

Fencing Club Mearns Castle High School 6pm. Looking for new members aged 10-18yrs. Fencing is a social activity and the members of the club are there to learn a new skill, keep fit and enjoy themselves. www.bladesoffire.com Weekly during term time

Walk the Block

Clarkston Hall 7pm. If 5k runs or the latest muddy fitness challenge are not for you. Or, if you just like the idea of meeting more people within your community and improving your fitness and wellbeing at the same time. Facebook

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The Wee Art Studio, Clarkston 4pm. Classes held Wednesday to Saturday. Children, teen and adult classes. All levels and abilities. 07870 519075 • theweeartstudio.co.uk Weekly

The Market Place, Newton Mearns 2pm. Need a hand with a computer, laptop, tablet or even a smartphone? Learn more about your devices, come along for our free event. 0141 639 7248

Knitting Class

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Costa, Clarkston Toll 10am. Friendly and informal class for anyone who enjoys knitting, beginner or experienced, in the welcoming setting. 07929 984873 Weekly helenhoward@knittingforall.co.uk

Stamperland Wine Circle

YogaBellies

First Thursday of the month

Newton Mearns Parish Church WED: 7-8.15pm. Women’s Yoga. THU: 10.30-11.30am. Mum & Baby. THU: 7-8.15pm. Pregnancy Yoga. audrey@yogabellies.co.uk Weekly

First Steps Eastwood Park

Eastwood Park Leisure Centre 9.30m. For people looking to start walking. All welcome to come along and join in. Weekly sine.delahunt@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

Alpha

Newton Mearns Baptist Church 7pm. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up. No charge. 0141 6162 362

Thursday 4th Social Table Tennis

The Maccabi Centre. 8:15-10pm. All levels. All welcome 0141 638 6177 suefaber@maccabigbscotland.org Weekly

Clarkston Hall 7:30pm Annual Show - Tasting of wine demonstrated on 1st night together with wine made from grapes 07943 435843

Study Group Newton Mearns Parish Church 7:30pm. Weekly Lent Study Group, joint with Mearns Kirk Parish Church, looking at the themes of Hope and Redemption with material based on the Hollywood blockbuster, The Greatest Showman. 0141 639 7373 Weekly

Sunshine Club Giffnock United Reformed Church 11.30-3pm. Welcomes people who have been diagnosed with dementia. A friendly safe environment where individuals can enjoy a light lunch of soup and sandwiches followed by socialising, chatting, games, crafts, painting and singing. The afternoon ends with tea, cake and music. The cost is £20 per month. Maureen Stewart: 0141 589 6977 Weekly

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Social Table Tennis Maccabi Halls, Giffnock 1.15-3pm. All levels. All welcome 0141 638 6177 suefaber@maccabigbscotland.org Weekly

Community Choir Stamperland Church Hall 7.30pm. The group’s evolving four-part repertoire spans everything from Bach to The Beatles and songs from popular classics and musicals. New members are invited to come along to a weekly rehearsal to see if they enjoy the experience. www.singglasgow.co.uk

Rouken Glen Short Walk Pro-Soccer, Rouken Glen Park 10.30am. A peaceful stroll along pathways within Rouken Glen Park. For beginners or people recovering from an injury or illness. Weekly sine.delahunt@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

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Friday 5th Toddler Group Broom Parish Church 10am. During the school term. Parents have the opportunity to chat over a cup of tea or coffee while children between birth and 3 years old play together.

Newton Mearns Parish Church 12.30-2.30pm. Singing for the Brain is run by The Richmond Fellowhsip Scotland and uses singing to bring people with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating social environment. 0141 881 2076 â&#x20AC;˘ kpeocock@trfs.org.uk Weekly

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Sewing Circle The Market Place Newton Mearns 10am. We will be hosting the sewing circle group, this is a group for people of all abilities. Whether you're an expert or just trying it for the first time. 0141 639 7248 Weekly in April

East Kilbride Twins & Triplets Club Mossneuk Primary School Community Wing, East Kilbride 12-2pm. Preschool multiples and any siblings meet up with lunch provided for all the family. ÂŁ3 per family. Facebook: EKTTC www.eastkilbridetwinsclub.co.uk Weekly

IT For Beginners Mearns Kirk Halls 10am. A 6-session introduction to using information technology, including emailing, searching the internet and much more. Cost: ÂŁ3 per session, booking required. In partnership with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Services. 07858 552767 hello@mkhelpinghands.org.uk

Visit the Carswell Centre

Greenbank Parish Church 7-9pm. All sorts of activities are available at SNAP! Youth Club such as baking, music, sports, board games and arts and crafts. If you are in P7-S3 why not come along and join us? snap@greenbankglasgow.org.uk

Weekly until April 20th

Sunday 7th

Fitness, Boxing, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts Williamwood High School Get seriously fit in a fun and positive way. Learn boxing and kickboxing drills. Increase your stamina and conditioning. Great classes for both adults and kids. SAT: 10-11am and SUN: 12-1pm. 5-14-year-olds. SAT: 11am-12pm and SUN: 1-2pm. 15+. ÂŁ6 or ÂŁ20 for block of 4. ian@combatconcepts.org Weekly

Saturday 6th Music Classes for Children Stamperland Parish Church 9.45am Primary 1. 10.30am P2. 11.15am P3. Fun and engaging classes for children led by a qualified music specialist with over 10 years teaching experience. Tea/ coffee available for accompanying adults. rootsintomusic@hotmail.com Weekly during term time

Ralph Petersen: The Man of Soul Giffnock North Social Club 7:45pm. An abundance of energy, smooth dance routines, outstanding vocals with a range unsurpassed by very few ensures a slick and highly professional show. Booking essential. www.giffnocknorthsocialclub.co.uk

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196 Ayr Road, Crookfur Park, Newton Mearns 9am. Teaching the Japanese sword art of Iaido. We welcome female and male students and martial arts returners. Facebook Weekly

Easter Baby Disco

Eastwood Park Theatre 10am & 1pm. There's still plenty of time for Easter holiday fun as your little ones take to the floor to dance, play games and sing songs! Come in your best Easter outfit and boogie to the beat! 0-4 years. www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

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Roy Orbison & The Travelling Wilburys Experience Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm. This 31st Anniversary Special is absolutely unmissable. Featuring tributes to Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. This up-tempo feel-good celebration of classic music is guaranteed to give a night to remember. www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

The Maccabi Centre 10am. Football and other ball skills for ages 3-6. 0141 638 6177 suefaber@maccabigbscotland.org Weekly

Goalkeeping Academy Giffnock North Amateur Athletic Club 10am. Shot stoppers, looking for new goalkeepers to help train with this longestablished, successful club. www.shotstoppersgoalkeeping.co.uk Weekly

Coffee Morning Newton Mearns Parish Church 10am. Hosted by The Church Choir, all the usual stalls. We look forward to seeing you there. 0141 639 7373

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Cowan Park 1pm. Learn or refine your tennis skills and meet new people. clubspark.lta.org.uk

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Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm. Matthew Zajac's multiaward-winning The Tailor of Inverness is a story of journeys, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a Tailor in Inverness. www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

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What's On Calendar | April 2019 Orchardhill Fusion 12 Church Road, Giffnock G46 6JR 7pm. Orchardhill Fusion is an informal, fun gathering where teenagers can enjoy some time out on a Sunday evening! www.orchardhill.org.uk

Saturday 13th

Wednesday 17th

Friday 19th

Daffodil Weekend

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Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Greenbank House and Garden 11am. Do you love daffodils? Join us for a day of daffodil festivities; drop-in talks, guided walks, craft activities, a family trail and a special daffodil tea available in the cafe. www.nts.org.uk

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Tuesday 9th

Also on Sunday

French Spring Holiday Camp 61 Stamperland Hill, Glasgow 10am. Activities such as French games, songs, role plays, crafts and stories. Limited spaces available. First in first serve. Age 5+ learnfrenchglasgow.co.uk

Broom Church, Mearns Road 2pm. 'Groups Showcase' - a drop in meeting with refreshments to find out more about our groups and meet the facilitators. Come along and chat with other members and see what we have to offer. The meeting is open to nonmembers as an introduction to our U3A and its activities. www.u3asites.org.uk/eastrenfrewshire

Greenbank House and Garden 11am-4pm. Bring the whole family together this Easter and treat your loved ones to the magic of our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt! Get ready for a long weekend of fun as you and your family discover the special places the National Trust for Scotland looks after. Follow bunny’s clues and complete your adventure to win a delicious chocolatey prize. 08444 932201 www.nts.org.uk Also on Saturday and Sunday

Also on Wednesday & Thursday

Wednesday 10th

Saturday 20th

Mearns & Whitecraigs Flower Club

The Great Clarkston Easter Egg Hunt

Broom Parish Church 2pm. Monthly demonstrations. The club holds practical workshops from time to time to offer members the chance to learn new skills. www.safas.org.uk/Mearns

Thursday 18th East Renfrewshire ASN Lego Club

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Saturday 13th

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Dunterlie Resource Centre 7pm. We are a group comprising local residents who aim to give a voice to local people’s concerns and needs. cgmvcommunitycouncil@gmail.com Second Thursday of the month

NTS Members Meeting Clarkston Hall 7:30pm. The archaeology of the Great Escape - 1944. An illustrated talk by Professor Tony Pollard. 0141 639 5411

Opening Day

All About Eve Eastwood Park Theatre 7pm. Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live from the West End in London. 0141 577 4956 For more information see page 30

Eastwood Park Theatre 10.30am. E.B., the Easter Bunny's teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. In LA, he's taken in by Fred after the out-ofwork slacker hits E.B. with his car. www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

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Sunday 28th Early Kickers Football

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Eastwood Park Theatre 7.30pm. Original live music, stylish theatricality and magical storytelling combine for an unforgettable theatrical experience. The game's afoot! www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

Newton Mearns Parish Church 10:30am. Easter Sunday Morning Worship. Please come along and join us on this special Sunday. 0141 639 7373 Weekly

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Giffnock Library 7:30pm. Enjoy a good old sing-along and 'gie it laldy' with others in a wonderfully relaxed setting. Belt out some favourite tunes from Elvis and Sinatra to old Scottish folk songs. www.ercultureandleisure.org Weekly until June 11th

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Redhurst Hotel 2:15pm. Marilyn Bevan - “Spring-a-ling-ading-dong”. www.safas.org.uk/Busby 4th Tuesday of every month

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The Market Place, Newton Mearns 1-3pm & 6-8pm. Talk about the book chosen by the group. Come along and be part of the fun, its free! Last Thursday of every month

Kilt Walk Glasgow to Moss O Balloch 9am, 9.30am & 10am. £12.80 to £31.69. Walk with friends, family, colleagues, your dog or your team. Distance: 26 miles, 13 miles or 6 miles. www.thekiltwalk.co.uk

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RAMH Dinner & Dance Sponsored by Bridge of Weir Leather The Lynnhurst Hotel 7.15pm. Annual fundraiser includes a red carpet arrival complete with fizz reception , a delicious threecourse meal, live entertainment, raffle and luxury auction. RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) is a local charity supporting individuals in their recovery from mental ill health. Tickets are £40 or £350 for a table of 10. 0141 847 8900 jade.gallagher@ramh.org

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Eastwood Park Theatre 7.30pm. Just another day in the life of Raymond Mearns - An Argumentative, Raging, Judgemental, Grammar Nazi! He might be wrong but he'll never admit it-all essential character defects for a successful career in stand-up comedy! www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

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Comedy at the Eglinton Arms

The Market Place Barrhead 5pm. Talk about different books chosen monthly by the group members. www.themarketplace-scot.org.uk

The Eglinton Arms 7.30pm. A fantastic night of comedy, hosted by Jay Lafferty, with Gary Little, Rachel Jackson and musical comedy from Tony Goodall. Fork buffet. £17.50. Book your table now. www.bw-eglintonarmshotel.co.uk

Saturday 27th Greenbank Spring Craft Fair

Greenbank Church Halls, Clarkston 2-4pm. Come along and show your support and find some unusual gift ideas. Ticket £2 and includes tea and coffee.

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SOCIAL CAFÉS LAUNCHED JOIN IN THE year. A juice bar has been created at both venues and nutrition consultants are available to give free healthy meal plan and nutritional advice to gym members.

Eastwood Park has also introduced themed pre-theatre menus ahead of selected shows and launched its first lunchtime theatre season in March, with classic bitesize plays and a light lunch provided.

Staff at the new Greenhouse Café at Eastwood Park Leisure, established by Steven and Mandy Jacobs (pictured right). Fitness instructor David Park enjoying a drink from the juice bar (below)

Innovative and forward-thinking social enterprise organisation, Greenhouse Community, has launched two new cafés. The cafés have been established at Eastwood Park Leisure in Giffnock and at Barrhead Foundry, where food and snacks are being served alongside theatre and leisure facilities. The Greenhouse Community CIC was established by a couple from Newton Mearns, Steven and Mandy Jacobs, to help people with additional support needs to develop skills and experience. The two new cafés are in addition to three already established. Steven said: “We want to improve the opportunities presented to individuals with additional needs and in a controlled environment.

“Trainees can learn the necessary employability skills to gain future long-term employment and we welcome people from all ages and backgrounds. “We have received a very warm welcome at Eastwood Park and Barrhead Foundry, from theatre goers, fitness fans and library visitors, and we look forward to developing more initiatives with our staff in the coming months.” Eastwood Park and Barrhead Foundry are welcoming positive changes since bringing Greenhouse Community on board earlier this

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Anthony McReavy, of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “We’re excited to welcome this community café on board to serve up delicious food as well as employment and training opportunities for those in our local area. “Our pre-theatre and lunchtime theatre offerings have been well received and we’ve expanded our healthy food and drinks for our fitness users, with free nutritional advice.”

EASTERINGLE A special Easter time service takes place at a Newton Mearns church this month. On April 17 at 6.30pm. Broom Church hosts an Easteringle Service, when young people tell the Easter Story in a colourful and imaginative way. Rev James Boag said: “Easteringle is a not a word you will perhaps recognise as it is a word that we have made up. It has become an anticipated annual event. “The Easteringle is for everyone.” After the service everyone is invited to join in a supper. The local Co-op stores also provide Easter Eggs for the children. Further information, tel: 0141 639 3528 or email: office@ broomchurch.org.uk

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April 2019 | Senior Savvy

Focus on Eyes

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WATERY EYE Watering from the eyes can result from various causes. The most common is reflex watering due to irritation in the eye. This may be caused by the tear film breaking up quickly resulting in dry spots which, when recognised by the eye, produces even more tears to try and overcome the dryness. Patients are sometimes prescribed artificial tear drops to reduce and counter this. Other causes of reflex watering include an infection or inflammation of the eyelids or the surface of the eye, an allergic reaction, a foreign body in the eye, scratches on the front window of the eye (cornea), the eyelid turning in (entropion) or out (ectropion)

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GARDENERS GO SEE THEATRE LIVE ON SCREEN BEHIND THE LENS

Anthony revealed that Eastwood Park Theatre had upgraded its cinema screen and technology.He said: “We have a new Panasonic Laser projector, screen and surround-sound system to maximise the viewing experience of the National Theatre productions.

TV gardener George Anderson will present a talk entitled Beechgrove: Behind the Lens, at a local gardening club this month. George, one of the presenters of Beechgrove Garden, will entertain at the Busby and Clarkston Horticultural Society monthly meet-up. The presentation takes place on Thursday April 18 at 7.30pm at Clarkston Halls. George will reveal stories from behind the scenes on the historic BBC show Beechgrove Garden and mention a few former colleagues, such as Jim McColl and Carole Baxter. Members are welcome at the talk. The cost to join the society is £4 for the year. See bachs.co.uk

Lilly James and Gillian Anderson are amongst the award-winning actors to be streamed live to Eastwood Park Theatre this month.

The National Theatre will come to Giffnock as part of the “NT Live”, broadcasting world-class theatre to audiences across the UK. Three NT Live performances are lined up this season, featuring renowned, award-winning actors such as Gillian Anderson, Sally Field and Bill Pullman. First in the line-up will be All About Eve, which will be streamed live to Eastwood Park Theatre on April 11, starring Anderson and Lily James. Arthur Miller’s All My Sons will follow on May 28, while Andrea

Levy’s Small Island is scheduled for July 11. Anthony McReavy, of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “National Theatre Live has been experienced by more than five million people around the world so we’re excited to bring this concept to our local audience. Our line up features some of the best productions, with top class casts and performances.”

“Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in London’s West End with cameras positioned around the auditorium to ensure that our audience at Eastwood Park will enjoy the best possible experience of the show." Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, the new production All About Eve is brought to life by one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove, and asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. Tickets cost £15 standard and students can attend for £12 for All About Eve and All My Sons. Tickets for Small Island are priced at £12 standard and students can attend for £10. To find out more and book tickets visit www.eastwoodparktheatre. co.uk/boxoffice or call the box office on 0141 577 4956.

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READY FOR FINAL SHOW Members of a popular southside theatre company are busy rehearsing for the classic drama The Diary of Anne Frank.

“In January, we returned to Eastwood Park Theatre with the thriller Dial M For Murder, made famous by the Hitchcock movie version. We had performed Dial M For Murder exactly 30 years previously, and judging by audience reactions and rave reviews after the performances, like all classics it has very much stood the test of time.

The show, at Eastwood Park Theatre in May, will round off the successful current season of Giffnock Theatre Players. The Players will perform an adaptation of the Anne Frank story by Wendy Kesselman. Member David Pearson said: “Many people will be familiar with the true story of how Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in attic rooms in Amsterdam for two years. “The Kesselman adaptation is a later and more relevant version of Anne's story, where she documents difficult family dynamics, her budding first romance, her hopes,

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“This season has been extremely successful and we are looking forward to performing the Diary of Anne Frank.”

fears and dreams – all the while also chronicling the everpresent Nazi threat. “We are looking forward to bringing her powerful story to life with a cast of 10, including a number of young actors new to GTP." The GTP season has seen a range of productions. David said: “In October, the production of Martin McDonagh's dark comedy, The Cripple of Inishmaan, was immensely wellreceived in Glasgow’s West End Webster’s Theatre.

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THE WORLD IS GABBY’S LET’S Gabby with co-star Sam Spruell

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The cast of The World is Yours on stage at Cannes

A third year pupil of Mearns Castle High School has been enjoying the taste of stardom after landing a part in a hit French movie. Gabby Rose plays Brittany in the comedy thriller, The World is Yours (Le Monde est à toi), directed by award-winning director Romain Gavras.

has been amazing. It was very overwhelming to start with although when I got to know the actors they were so lovely and treated me very nicely.”

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 and has become a big hit in France. It was shown in Scotland for the first time at Glasgow Film Theatre last month. Gabby attended both screenings alongside other actors. Now the film, which can be viewed on Netflix in the US, Australia and most of Europe, is being released to UK audiences.

The Newton Mearns actor spotted the film role in a social media post. After an initial audition in Glasgow, Gabby, then aged 12, was chosen to go to London to read lines from the script in front of Gavras, the Scottish casting director Des Hamilton and lead actor Karim Leklou. Despite having no acting training, Gabby was picked from thousands of applicants.

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Previously, she had concentrated on singing and

musical theatre, and she still attends and takes part in productions with Harlequin Eastwood Youth Theatre in Giffnock. Filming took place in Benidorm for two weeks, where Gabby also mixed with other big name actors such as Vincent Cassel, Isabelle Adjani and Sam Spruell, her onscreen dad. Gabby, who delivered the Community Magazine before landing the film role, said: “I would say to people to just go for things because you never know what will happen.” Her head teacher Mr Smith described Gabby as an outstanding student. He said: “We are delighted to see her enjoy such great success”.

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BABCOCK SERIES ATTRACTS OVER 1300 RUNNERS with £125 for the male and female winner in each race and bonuses for course and series records. Another £125 is on offer to the overall series winners. Prizes extend throughout the first ten men and women, leading age group runners, teams and local runners, sponsored by Sparkle Cleaning.

The Babcock 10k Series is surging towards a record entry with more than 1300 runners already signed up before the first race which is still almost six weeks away on Thursday May 9th, Dumbarton follows on May 16th and the Shettleston race on Glasgow Green on Sunday May 26th at 10am. There is currently a March Hare offer which has been extended through April especially for our readers giving runners £6.00 off if they enter all three races in the series, meaning that the

third race is absolutely free. That reduces the series entry fees from £39/43.00 to £33/£37.00. Series entrants will receive a special Babcock 10k Series t-shirt from sponsors More Mile

and all finishers will receive a unique commemorative medal at each event, from Running Imp. Finishers at each race will receive a goody bag with a different running accessory from Start Fitness. Key items will be running socks at Helensburgh, a training diary and elastic laces at Dumbarton and a massage ball at Shettleston. In addition, Dumbarton finishers will receive a special centenary t-shirt. At the sharp end there are big cash prizes, over £2,000 in total

There are generous spot prizes throughout each race. Series favourite, Adam Craig from Inverclyde represented the West of Scotland on Saturday 9th March English Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Loughborough, where he finished 10th just outside a place on Team GB for the World Championships in Aarhaus in Denmark. For more information visit Babcock10kSeries.co.uk or enter now at entrycentral.com Look on our website for Katie Whites training programme. www.thecommunitymagazine. co.uk

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Rapid 40 Min Drying Program Anti-Crease Cycle LED Programmes Progress Dimensions: H84.2xW59.8xD63.9cm 2 Year Warranty B Energy Rating

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Professional Installation

7kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

WAB28162GB

15 Programmes Aquaspa Wash System SpeedPerfect for Quicker Washes Dimensions: H85xW60xD55cm

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Bagless, Cordless Smart Sensor, Pet Hair Cleaning Washable Filters 6 Hour charge time, 40 Minute Run time 2 Year Warranty

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£149.99

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Built In Induction Hob

Built In 1200 Spin 7kg Wash 5kg Dry Washer Dryer

Built In Single Oven

PUE611BF1B

HHF113BR0B

WDIC752300F2

4 Zone, Front Touch Control Panel Booster Setting on all Zones Automatic Pan Recognition Dimensions: H5.1xW59.2xD52.2cm 2 Year Warranty

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£285.

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16 Programmes inc: Anti-Allergy Wash & Dry Quick Wash: 7kg in 28 Mins Child Lock Dimensions: H82xW60xD54cm

66 Litres (Net) Multifunction Fan Oven 3D Hotair Cooking, Optimise distribution of heat Integral Grill, Programmable Timer Dimensions: H59.9xW59.4xD54.8cm 2 Year Warranty A Energy Rating

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£289.

2 Year Guarantee* B Energy Rating

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£459.99

Taylors of Giffnock Ltd

45 Mackinley Place, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, G77 6EZ 0141 620 2083

*Terms and Conditions apply. Sold as an agent of Euronics Limited. All rights reserved. All offers are subject to availability while stocks last. Delivery & Installation charges may apply. Exclusions and Radius Apply. See in store for full details. Images for illustration purposes only. Copyright Euronics 2018. E&OE September 2018.


Family owned with family values

A friendly, professional service to offer you a wide range of high quality bespoke kitchens, manufactured locally, at great prices.

Contemporary

Modern Classic

Traditional

Call into your local showroom: 51 Watt Rd, Hillington Industrial Estate, Glasgow G52 4RY or 200 East Kilbride Road, Glasgow G76 8RS. We also have showrooms in: Bishopbriggs Dumbarton Falkirk

Visit us online at:

thekitchendepot.co.uk

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