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Mya's Dream of Success ................... 3 Post Office Christmas Deadlines ..... 3 Tea For All This Winter .................... 4 Magazine's First Birthday ................ 5 Café Fundraiser for Sick Kids .......... 6 Can You Find The Missing Elves? ..... 6 See Santa at Whitelee Grotto ......... 6 Save our Greenspace ....................... 7 Join Carol Singalongs ....................... 8 Sporting Successes ............................ 8 Café Plans for McColls ................... 10 More Care for Children ................. 10 Mindful Lessons for Leaders ......... 11 Lessons in Being An Elf .................. 12 Sounds of Christmas ....................... 12 Pupils' Creative Project .................. 14 What's Up Doc ................................ 14 Duo Win Diana Accolade .............. 17 A Sense of Christmas ............... 18&19 Call to Donate Gifts to Charity ..... 20 Legal Matters .................................. 20

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SOVEREIGN BLINDS It’s been a year since the Community Magazine launched – and we wanted to tell you how much we are enjoying the reporting. We have discovered there is a lot going on in groups, clubs and societies across a wide range of subjects in the Glasgow southside communities of Newton Mearns, Clarkston and Busby. We hope you have learned about a new event or joined a group to meet likeminded people or discover a new skill or interest.

We are keen for you to continue to stay in touch with the magazine. We know from the people who have been in contact with a story or events listing for the magazine that local residents like to support charities and groups – and they want to hear about what’s happening in the area and nearby.

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CAFÉ FUNDRAISER CAN YOU FIND THE MISSING ELVES? SEE SANTA AT FOR SICK KIDS WHITELEE GROTTO A Children’s Hospital Christmas Fundraiser takes place in Clarkston this month. The event is organised by Café Roma, Busby Road, December 9 from 1pm to 4pm. The theme of the fundraiser is a family fun day with face painting, children-friendly tattoos and special appearances from a few Disney characters. There will be a professional photographer to take pictures of kids with the Disney characters. Kids are encouraged to come in fancy dress, although they do not need to. All activities will be done in return for a donation – with money going towards Christmas gifts for the children that will spend their holidays in the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. See Facebook for Cafe Roma Clarkston and I Love Clarkston.

A hunt is on to find Santa’s elves at NTS property Greenbank Garden this month. Elf Hunt & Santa’s Challenge takes place on 14th, 15th & 16th December and then 21st, 22nd and 23rd December. Julie Gilliland, from Greenbank Garden, located in Clarkston, says: “We are looking forward to hosting a special festive event for families. “Children taking part will first be greeted by our head elf in the lit courtyard at Greenbank. “They will be given a series of challenges that Santa has set for his trainee elves before they head into the woodland to find the missing elves.



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Tickets have been selling fast for the Whitelee Windfarm Santa’s grotto this festive season. Santa arrived in style on beautiful Clydesdale horses last month and will be in the Whitelee grotto on Saturdays and Sundays until December 9. Visits to Santa's Grotto are £5 per child, which includes a small gift. Parents are reminded to bring their camera or smartphone so they can capture a photo of the visit. Whitelee Windfarm is located on Eaglesham Moor. It is open for outdoor activities yearround. There is also a visitor centre. See whitelee.


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SAVE OUR GREENSPACE A similar campaign to oppose any building on Broomburn Park has also been launched.

Local residents have launched a campaign to save Shawwood Park from development

A group of residents has launched a campaign to save an area of local greenspace it believes is threatened by by development. Save Shawwood Greenspace was started by Kirsti Spence, of Newton Mearns, amid fears that Shawwood could be a potential site for a proposed new Eastwood Leisure Centre. So far more than 1500 people have joined the community’s Facebook group and a steering group has also been formed. They have met with a local councillor, submitted a motion to East Renfrewshire Council that building on residential greenspace be denied, organised a leaflet drop

to gather people for a community meeting and drawn up a petition. Kirsti says: “Not one person I have ever come into contact with thinks that building on this greenspace right in the middle of residential Newton Mearns is a good idea…the community are coming together to fight to save our much-loved and widely used greenspace.” The campaign group also state that any associated increased traffic would be a problem.


East Renfrewshire Council has stated that no decision had yet been made on a potential site for a new leisure centre in the Eastwood area. A spokesperson said: “Councillors agreed on October 31 to a new study being carried out to look at the feasibility of a new leisure centre in Eastwood Park. Once this work has been completed, a further report will be considered by councillors. “Since the previous consultant’s report was carried out, a number of factors relating to Eastwood Park have changed, therefore a further analysis and options for the potential for a new build leisure centre on the park is being undertaken at this stage.” Find our more about the campaign on Facebook at Save Shawwood Greenspace or contact teamsaveshawwoodgreenspace@

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JOIN CAROL SINGALONGS Local people are being invited to join two carol singing sessions this month. The singalong events will take place at Giffnock Library, Station Road, on December 4 and 11 at 2.15pm. The carol singing will include a variety of tunes, from traditional Scottish songs to Christmas carols. Alan Dryden, who helps organise the sessions, said: “There is no requirement or skill. Anyone that comes along will hear us singing and we encourage them to join in.” Alan is expecting up to 30 people to attend each event and hinted that there may be a special visitor from the North Pole at the library on the 11th. Find out more on 0141 577 4976.

SPORTING SUCCESSES The annual Coaching, Officiating and Volunteer awards took place in the Carmichael Hall, celebrating individuals’ sporting support. The awards, which recognise the contribution of individuals who dedicate their time to helping others with sports, were hosted by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure and winners were recognised from partner organisations, community sports hubs and schools. Representatives from SportScotland, the Scottish Football Association and Councillor Colm Merrick presented the winners with their trophies. A special guest, the Scottish Cup, was also on display for the evening. Team Leader for Community Sports Development David McLeish hosted the ceremony with Active Schools’ Team Leader Barry Cook. David said: “We’re delighted to announce the twelve winners who have made a real impact and positive contribution to sport in their community, from our Young Coach of the Year to our Lifetime Coaching Achievement and Young Volunteer of the Year. “Each winner should take enormous pride in the fact that they have been nominated by either a colleague or

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CAFÉ PLANS FOR McCOLLS A newsagents that had been in the area for more than 50 years looks set to become a café. A planning application has been submitted to replace former RS McColls on Mearns Road, which opened in the 1960s. The proposal to East Renfrewshire council states the café will offer hot and cold foodstuffs between the hours of 8am and 6pm. Also on the menu will be, “sweets, cakes, ice cream and other sweet and savoury treats and confectionary,” states the application. RS McColls, which was located next-door to the Co-op, closed recently.

An unique independent paediatric healthcare clinic is now accepting new patients on a firstcome-first-served basis. MERAS Children’s Healthcare is the only private paediatric service that is licensed and registered with Healthcare Improvement Scotland to provide healthcare to babies and children of all ages in the independent sector. Founded four years ago by a specialist paediatric consultant, it has recently seen an increase in demand for its services. The founder states: “Although places are limited, we have taken on a team of staff,

including a full multi-disciplinary team of children’s healthcare professionals, so we can welcome more families that need our support. “We offer a wide range of services for children from birth to 16 years old, including advice on allergies, child development and feeding. We also offer immunisations, including those not routinely available in the UK, as well as parental training workshops and even an online

There are several groups of people for whom access to an independent paediatric healthcare specialist is vital, including foreign nationals and ex-pats who may not able to use public health services in the UK. For other patients, they may wish to be seen more urgently by a children’s healthcare professional, if their local waiting list is deemed too long, or they may simply be seeking a second opinion.” MERAS Children’s Healthcare is a not-for-profit organisation, which means that any funds generated are put back into the service to improve quality of patient care. The clinic also aims to donate funds to children’s charities. The founder says: “The aim is to keep costs lean to ensure as many people as possible can access a children’s doctor or therapist whenever required, in a timely and cost-effective manner.” To find out more and for your nearest clinic see or call 0141 387 1079. 

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Back by popular demand, the Elf Academy is a great way Local community choir Sounds International is to entertain the kids for holding its annual Christmas Charity Concert this a few hours. month for the fifth consecutive year. The sessions are part of a Winterfest season at Eastwood Park Theatre and take place on December 15, 16, 22 and 23.

The concert takes place at Netherlee Parish Church on Tuesday December 4 at 7.30pm.

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is accompanied on the piano by Dan Brown, both of whom graduated earlier this year from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The choir’s programme includes popular Christmas songs and carols sung in four-part harmony by Sounds International will be members of the 80-strong choir. fundraising for Starchild charity, which aims to improve the Children from Netherlee lives of children in Uganda, Primary School choir will also be as well as the Glasgow-based performing on the night, along Lodging House Mission, which is with a few specially invited guests. dedicated to providing care and support to homeless, vulnerable The conductor is Irish soprano, and socially excluded people. Ellen Mawhinney, and the choir

Choir committee member Bev Brown said: “Since the choir was founded by Eddie Binnie in 2003, members have raised almost £100,000 for charities and good causes at home and abroad.” There will also be a collection point at the church door for toiletry donations to be distributed by East Renfrewshire Good Causes. Tickets cost £10 and are available from choir members, Netherlee Primary School and on the door. Sounds International hold practice sessions at Stamperland Church Hall on Tuesday evenings throughout the year. See

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Creative pupils from St. Ninian’s High School have unveiled their own mosaic at Barrhead Waterworks, a former derelict sewage works transformed into a community space. Eleven pupils from the school have been involved in the art project and the mosaic is now on display at the site. The pupils studied Public Art with teacher Katie Joice and came up with the idea of a mosaic and including their initials on the design. They conducted visits to the site over the course of the project and undertook research to understand how the public interacted with the area and what the Waterworks would

benefit from, before agreeing on their final design. Art and design teacher Katie Joice said: “We are proud to see the pupils’ artwork displayed prominently at Barrhead Waterworks. “As well as being a great achievement for the pupils, the mosaic really brings the space to life for the community.” The join art project was supported by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure and the council.

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Two pupils from a southside secondary school have won a prestigious award for their commitment to local voluntary work. Grace Allan and Eilidh Bruce, who attend Williamwood High School in Clarkston, received a Diana Award at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The awards programme was established in 1999 in memory of Diana Princess of Wales, who

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Wandering around the local shops in search of inspiration it occurred to me that it is a far more pleasant experience than shuffling in the city or the mall (writes Nick Cowie). There’s the serendipity element of seeing someone or something you haven’t seen for a while and you can also allow yourself a wee pat on the back for helping the local economy because buying locally, according to research carried out by the Chambers of Commerce helps everyone.

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Along with supporting local farmers, it means the food is likely to contain more nutrients, have less packaging and have used up less diesel getting here.

Your independent trader should be able to recommend products and give you the story behind them. It makes the retail experience that much more pleasant.

So when did you last really look around your local area. I’ll bet you’ll surprise yourself at the range of goods and services on offer. Jewellery and gifts, accessories, hardware, delis, furniture, antiques, crafts, galleries, china, crystal ware, fashion, flowers, shoes as well as the butcher, baker, and probably somewhere a candlestick maker are complemented by hairdressers, beauticians, opticians, pharmacists, and when your feet get sore there’s your

You’ll be doing your bit for the environment too. When you shop at local butchers, bakers, farm shops and greengrocers, or indeed eat in local restaurants it is also likely that a decent percentage of the produce has had a short field-to-fork journey. In fact some of the shops take a particular pride in sourcing within 50 or fewer miles.

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CALL TO DONATE GIFTS TO CHARITY Legal Matters The Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns has chosen a new charity partner for their Give a Gift to Santa Appeal this year. The centre is calling for donations from local people for the charity, Woman’s Aid South Lanarkshire & East Renfrewshire. Michelle McCabe, centre manager at The Avenue, said: “Woman’s Aid South Lanarkshire & East Renfrewshire needs your help to make Christmas special for children and families who have little or nothing under the tree on Christmas morning. “All new unwrapped toys and gifts are welcome and can be given to Santa when he visits our centre every Sunday throughout December and on Christmas Eve between noon and 4pm.”

In addition, shoppers can also donate gifts on other days at The Market Place, within The Avenue, which is acting as a drop-off point. Parents and children will also want to know that there are free visits to see Santa at The Avenue every Sunday afternoon and on Christmas Eve. Michelle added: “All children can visit Santa for free meetand-greets in the mall. We hope children will come along and that parents will also make donations to our partner charity.” See or follow on avenueshoppingcentre

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assets and therefore liability for those debts will require to be resolved. Once these big matters have been discussed, it is important that the less obvious tasks are not forgotten about. This can include ensuring you remember to change the terms of your will or changing the beneficiary of any death benefits from your pension. It is unlikely that it would be appropriate for a former partner to make decisions on your behalf should you lose capacity. As a result, a Power of Attorney may require to be revoked. These are only a couple of examples. Therefore, no matter the circumstances of separation it is important that you speak to your solicitor and receive relevant advice.


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Calendar of events Monday 26th Nov Aladdin Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm. Hop aboard a magical carpet and fly to Old Peking in Eastwood Entertainers' family friendly, funny pantomime.

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Combat Concepts Williamwood High School Learn Jeet Kune Do, KMAX, boxing, Thai kickboxing, Filipino Kali plus many more arts and systems that complement Mixed Martial Art all while having fun and getting fit. SAT: 10-11am & SUN: 12-1pm 5-15 years. SAT: 11am-12pm & SUN: 1-2pm 16+. Weekly

Sleeping Beauty Mearns Castle High School 2pm & 7:30pm. Neilston Players are delighted to Announce our Annual Pantomime will be Sleeping Beauty for 2018! Our Cast & Crew are working extremely hard to make this show enjoyable for you all.

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SNAP! Community Youth Club Greenbank Parish Church, Clarkston 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?

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Cowan Park 1pm. Learn or refine your tennis skills and meet new people. Weekly

Coffee Morning Newton Mearns Parish Church 10.00am-12pm. Hosted by Kids@ thecross. Lots of mince pies and all the usual stalls. We look forward to seeing you.

Sunday 2nd 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!

Christmas at Whitelee Windfarm Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre 10:30pm. First there is a craft session where the whole family can join in and make a Christmas decoration for the tree. Then it will be out on the Whitelee bus for Santa's Windfarm Tour and then back to the Visitor Centre for mince pies and hot chocolate with Santa in the Exhibition. To finish the day off there will be a Christmas Sing-a-Long with Santa and the Boomwhackers. Booking essential. Also on 2nd, 8th & 9th December


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What's On Calendar | December 2018 The BIG SING Concert Orchardhill Parish Church 7-9.30pm. You will be wonderfully entertained with a variety of music from both choirs including a finale. We will serve tea/coffee and home baking at the interval. Please get your tickets online to avoid disappointment.

Celebration of Holy Communion Newton Mearns Parish Church 10.30am. First Sunday in Advent. Celebration of Holy Communion.

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Martial Arts Club 196 Ayr Road, Crookfur Park, Newton Mearns G77 6DT 9am. Teaching the Japanese sword art of Iaido. We welcome female and male students and martial arts returners. Facebook Weekly

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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! Weekly

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Williamwood Parish Church 5pm. We have classes to suit all fitness and ability levels from 6 years to adult. Weekly

Free, fun and fantastic! East Renfrewshire Libraries run several interactive song, rhyme and story Bookbug sessions! Busby Library; (0-4yrs), WED, 9:30am. FRI, 9:30am. Clarkston Library; (0-4yrs), TUE, 10:30am. Storytime (3-5yrs), TUE (School term), 2:15pm. (0-18months), WED, 2pm. (0-4yrs), SAT, 10:30am. Mearns Library; (0-4yrs), WED, 2pm. THU, 10:30am. SAT, 10:30am. (0-18months), MON, 2pm.

Newton Mearns Synagogue 2pm. Commissioned painting, china, toiletries, glassware, candles, scarves, gloves, handbags, purses, children's toys and many more. Proceeds to be shared between NMHC & Jewish Care.

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Monday 3rd Jack and the Beanstalk Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm. Runway Theatre Company returns with another fun-filled traditional Scottish pantomime. Meet all your panto favourites, and join our hero Jack as he climbs the beanstalk and saves the village from the evil Giant Blunderbore. Running until Saturday 8th

Monday 3rd East Renfrewshire U3A Silverburn 2:30pm. Instrumentalists wanted. If you are retired and play a "c" instrument why not join the U3A Instrumentalists Group to enjoy our playlist of International, Folk, Classical and Light Music. We need fiddles, flutes, mandolins, guitars, accordions and percussion. Come and try a session free.

Mearns Primary, Hunter Drive, Newton Mearns G77 6DP 7.30pm. AutoScots Car Club, the Club for Classic, Retro & Sports Car enthusiasts, we're open to all marques, no need to change your club when you change your car. First Monday of the month

First Steps Newton Mearns Broomburn Medical Centre 10am. A low level walk for people looking to start some form of gentle exercise, meet new people and enjoy the local park and surrounding area. Weekly

Bridge Club Maccabi Centre 7:20pm. Supported Play, where those who have had bridge lessons, or are returning to bridge, can play and get coaching at the same time. Weekly

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 Weekly during term time Also runs Wednesdays 10am-12pm

First Steps Giffnock Outside Lidl 10am. Two walks are offered; one for beginners and one for people who wish to walk a little further. Weekly

Tuesday 4th Walking Football Mearns Primary School 7:30pm. Friendly, relaxed and fun football for anyone 50 plus. Weekly


Eastwood Choral Society Park Church, Ravenscliffe Dr, Giffnock 7.30-9.30pm. All voices welcome. No auditions required. Our repertoire is largely choral and classical, with concerts twice a year. Bring a mug for break time tea and biscuits! Gill Bain: Every Monday until 10th December

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Off Grid Community, Aidans Brae 9:45am. Outdoor play group for 2 year olds based in an enclosed woodland setting. Child-led play, mud kitchen, sand pit and natural crafts.

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

Tues & Weds weekly during term time

First Steps Eastwood Park Broomburn Medical Centre 9.30am. For people looking to start walking are welcome to come along and join in. 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. Weekly

Community Choir Stamperland Church Hall, Clarkston 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. Weekly


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Eastwood Leisure Centre 1:30pm. Two hours of enjoyable ballroom and sequence dancing with tea and biscuits. Organised and run by the participants themselves.

Glasgow Scout Group 21 Aidan's Brae, Clarkston Beavers, WED: 6-7pm. THU: 6:157:15pm. FRI: 6:15-7:15pm. Cubs, MON: 6:30-8pm. WED: 6:45-8:15pm. FRI: 6:458:15pm. Scouts, MON: 7:30-9:30pm. FRI: 8-10pm. Explorers, TUE: 8-10pm.


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

First Tuesday of the month

121st Clarkston Yoga Flow Class Maccabi Halls 6:30-7.45pm. For many of us life can be challenging. Yoga can give you balance, harmony and a wonderful sense of well-being. Weekly

Cup & Blether Eastwood Health Centre 11am. You could meet a bunch of new friends. No programme. No agenda. Just come and meet other folk like yourself. Weekly


Mini Football Mearns Primary School 6:15pm. Provides a gentle introduction to playing football using fun-based football activities. Weekly

Wednesday 5th Busby Flower Club Redhurst Hotel 7:30pm. Christmas Workshop – Giffnock Bowling 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. 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.


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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. Weekly

YogaBellies Newton Mearns Parish Church WED: 7-8.15pm. Women's Yoga. THU: 10.30-11.30am. Mum & Baby. THU: Pregnancy Yoga. Weekly

Social Bridge Baljaffray Church 6:30pm. Please come along and join us. No partner required. Weekly

Wednesday 5th Sleeping Cinderella and the Seven Dwarves Montgomery Hall 7:30pm. With three pantos rolled into one, there’ll be princes, princesses and evil villains galore. Come and join us for the laughter, the tears, the songs, the booing. It’s sure to be magical and fun for all the family. Running until Friday with two additional shows on Saturday 2pm & 6:30pm

Knitting Class Costa, Clarkston Toll 10am. Friendly and informal class for anyone who enjoys knitting, beginner or experienced, in the welcoming setting. 07929 984873 Weekly

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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.

Mearns Kirk Halls 11am. Live entertainment, drama, singing, relaxation, activities, good food, and a whole lot more! Come along and join the fun. Transport may be available. Booking essential.


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Tuesday 11th Blether and a Brew Mearns Kirk Halls 2pm. Join us for a friendly afternoon with tea, coffee and sweet treats. At this session we will also have a visit from a guest speaker giving information and advice about Power of Attorney. All welcome.

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. Weekly

Eastwood and District Members' Centre: National Trust for Scotland Clarkston Halls 7.30pm. "Why bother with photographs? The National Trust for Scotland's Collection Might Provide the Answers", an illustrated talk by Dr Antonia Laurence-Allen, Curator, National Trust. 07881 910947 • Weekly

Stamperland Wine Circle Clarkston Halls 7:30pm. Learning about the methods of production, coaching on how to make your own wine, meeting with likeminded people, opportunities to enter local competitions. All welcome. First Thursday of the month

Friday 7th 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. Weekly

Singing for the Brain Newton Mearns Parish Church 12.30-2.30pm. Singing for the Brain is run by The Richmond Fellowship Scotland and uses singing to bring people with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating social environment. 0141 881 2076 • Weekly

Redhurst Hotel 7:30pm. Christine Ogle – “Oh no! It’s Christmas”

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Saturday 8th Christmas Baby Disco Carmichael Hall 10am. Boogie with your baby at our Christmas disco especially for little ones! Join in the fun with Christmas tunes, party outfits and silly games to get you in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year! Also on SUN 23rd

Sunday 9th A Christmas Carol Carmichael Hall 2:30pm & 7:30pm. The criticallyacclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company present a brand-new adaptation of Charles Dickens' fantastical festive fable. Featuring live music, audience interaction and absolutely no humbug.

Charity Christmas Fayre Redhurst Hotel 10am. Christmas market stalls, indoor car boot stalls, Santa's grotto, tombola and lots more In aid of East Renfrewshire good causes. Facebook

Gift Service Newton Mearns Parish Church 10.30am. Please remember not to wrap your gifts as they will be passed on to the Social Work department for distribution.

Tuesday 11th Jack and the Beanstalk II: Return of the Farmer Eastwood Park Theatre Join Jack in this hilarious new tale as he recalls the story of his heroic trip to the top of the beanstalk before he faces the farmer in an epic showdown. There will be songs, there will be laughs, there may even be a quacking cow – it's a rollicking adventure for all the family! Running daily until Sunday 30th

Broom Parish Church 2pm. Monthly demonstrations. The club holds practical workshops from time to time to offer members the chance to learn new skills.

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Rebalance, Restore and Read Mearns Library 10am. Join us for a special taster session to discover gentle chair based exercises that will help restore strength and balance. Afterwards, relax with a refreshing cuppa and enjoy listening to stories read aloud, a perfect way to rebalance your mind and leave rejuvenated




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Thursday 13th Community Council Monthly Meeting Fairweather Hall 7pm. Come along to the monthly meeting of Crookfur, Greenfarm & Mearns Village Community Council. crookfurcc

Eastwood Park Theatre 9am & 1pm. Make a Christmas craft, bake, join in with a wintery tale and enjoy a festive film before graduating from Elf Academy with your very own Elf ears! Booking essential Also on 16th, 22nd & 23rd December

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Theatre Area, Mearns Castle High School 7pm. Free seminar (spaces limited). Taught by a Specalist Consultant Paediatrician. Open to Mums, Dads, carers and anyone responisble for looking after a little one. Booking essential. 0141 387 1079

Monday 24th Christmas Eve Family Service Newton Mearns Parish Church 7.00pm. Christmas Eve Family Service. 11.30pm. Watchnight Service, carols from 11.15pm

Wednesday 19th

National Trust Eastwood and District Members Centre

Winter Wander Pavilion, Rouken Glen Park 10am. A Walking Celebration for Older Adults Living within East Renfrewshire. FREE Hot refreshment, mince pies and live music offered afterwards

Clarkston Hall 7pm. Great Scottish Journeys with Keith Fergus, outdoor writer and photographer.

Saturday 15th

Saturday 22nd

Christmas Crafts – Sock Snowman

Christmas Movie Fun Day

The Wee Art Studio 11am , Art and craft workshop for kids aged 7-11 years. Make your own sock snowman and other Christmas crafts. To book contact Caroline at The Wee Art Studio. Cost £10 07870 519075

Newton Mearns Parish Church 10.30am. Carol Service.

Sunday 16th Service & Carol Singing Newton Mearns Parish Church 10.30am. The Road to Bethlehem presented by Kids@thecross. 3.00pm. Join us for Carols in The Avenue.

The Busby Hotel 10am. Come along for a day filled with treats, songs and a fabulous Christmas movie! This includes a free gift, popcorn, juice or ice cream for every child & a glass of wine or bottle of beer for the adults! Booking essential 0141 644 2661

Tuesday 25th Christmas Day Service Newton Mearns Parish Church 10.00am. Please come along join us in this special service.

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Local mum Stephanie Kennedy has started her own craft business, making personalised gifts and Christmas decorations.

“Oh No! It’s Christmas” is the quirky title of Christine Ogle’s invitation floral demonstration at the Mearns and Whitecraigs Flower Club. Christine, a specialist wedding florist with 25 years of experience, is travelling from Morpeth, Northumberland, to give four demonstrations in Scotland.

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She will be in in Columba Hall, Broom Parish Church, Newton Mearns, on Wednesday December 12, from 2pm to 4pm.

The flower expert will show you how to make a decoration for your door, one for your dinner table and something on a larger scale. You can pick up hints and tips, and perhaps try something yourself for Christmas.

The flower club is keen to welcome both new and existing members. Whether you know about arranging flowers, or have never been to a flower club before, you will meet friendly,

As Christine says: “We all have one thing in common, we love flowers.”

After the demonstration, the designs will be raffled, followed by a cup of tea and a chance to chat.

The flower club has been meeting every second Wednesday of the month at Broom Parish Church for almost 55 years. All standards are catered for, from beginners to floral art prize winners. Visitors pay a small charge of £5, or you can choose to join with an annual subscription of £45. The club is part of the Scottish Association of Flower Arrangement Societies. For further information about Mearns and Whitecraigs Flower Club contact Cheryl Nixon on tel: 0141 636 6927. For more information about Christine Ogle, of Lavenders Blue Flowers, see:

Stephanie’s business ‘Made to Remember’ originated from a hobby. Her first official products were hanging heart favours for her own wedding. Stephanie, from Giffnock, said: “A number of people commented on how fabulous they were and that I should make them for people’s weddings. “I now make larger personalised wicker hanging hearts and decorations, like Christmas stars, for the tree. “As soon as someone orders a Christmas star, they always come back and ask for more!” Visit MadetoRememberCraft Designs on Facebook for more information.



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STARS LINE UP FOR PANTO An exciting Christmas show created exclusively for a local theatre is set to feature a host of Scottish acting talent this month. The leading role in Jack and the Beanstalk II: Return of the Farmer, which is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre from December 11 to 30, is Jack Joshua Aitken McJack. He will be played by Joshua Aitken,z a recent Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts graduate. His previous credits include National Theatre of Scotland’s Submarine Time Machine. The role of Rosie has been taken on by Kim Allan, who stars as Isabella MacDuff in the Netflix film The Outlaw King. She also appeared in BBC drama The

Outlander and forthcoming Ken Loach film Beats, I Am the Architect and Not a Word, will play Jack’s nemesis, The Farmer. River City’s Sarah McCardie, otherwise known as Sharon McLaren, has two roles – the evil witch and Jack’s mother. Sarah recently appeared in STV’s The Victim and is known to young children as the presenter “May” in the CBeebies programme Park. Big City Park

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A first aid class in Newton Mearns this month is aimed at parents and grandparents. Helping Hands First Aid is run by Theresa Gallagher, who wanted to make first aid knowledge more accessible to the public. She was shocked by the number of people she knew who were nervous or fearful of the topic. Research shows it can be a lifesaver to be able to administer basic first aid techniques in emergency situations. Theresa, who gained 18 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience in first aid while working for airline companies, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I became aware after speaking to many friends, especially new mums, that there was a lot of anxiety about first aid.

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Dance Inc studio in Busby has a big Christmas present lined up, as they prepare for their Elf party on Christmas Eve. The two-hour party is aimed at children under eight years old and will feature an Elf host, games, festive fun, dancing and singing. There will be party prizes on offer, as well as snacks and juice. The Dance Inc organisers said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Following the success of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Frozen party, we are super excited for our Christmas Eve Elf party this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get in the festive spirit just in time for Santa coming. We anticipate that places will go fast so

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POIGNANT POPPY DISPLAY wreaths and other poppies. This year, the number of poppies placed in the garden by RBL doubled.

Francis Samuels from Jewish Care Scotland was delighted with the response to his poppy appeal

Francis said: “We have had the most amazing response, resulting in 112 poppies being placed with the RBL in 2018. I’m proud and delighted regarding the way all those taking part have embraced this event. There has been both respect and the poignancy shown through the stories people recounted to me, of their relatives and friends contributions in various conflicts.

A charity volunteer has been delighted by the “heartwarming” response to a special poppy appeal as part of Remembrance Sunday. Francis Samuels works with Giffnock-based Jewish Care Scotland (JCS), a registered charity running a community day care centre that is available to senior people in Scotland. In 2017, Francis had the idea to enable members, volunteers and staff to engage in a more personal and direct way with the Remembrance Sunday commemorations.

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and snowboarding as part of a club.


“The buses are well used throughout the ski season and we expect the first bus of the year on January 5 or 6 to be busy if the snow has arrived in Scotland.”

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Local skiers and snowboarders are being encouraged to take advantage of regular buses to the Scottish ski resorts this season. Clarkston Snowsports Club organise day trips to the “best on the day” resort, depending on the weather and snow conditions, including Glencoe, Glenshee, Nevis Range and Cairngorm.

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yard), starting at 6.10am. then Broom Church car park, Clarkston Toll, Orchard Park Hotel, Shawlands and Charing Cross. Booking is essential and prices for members are £10 for adults, £8 concession, under-12s free. There are family tickets as well.

Other benefits are discounted skiing sessions and lessons at Snow Factor, Glasgow’s indoor snow slope, and discounted lessons at Glasgow Ski Centre, Bellahouston.

Fergus added: “We are a friendly and sociable club and have members of all ages. We also President Fergus Crawford said: “Taking the bus to the ski resorts welcome all standards of skiers and snowboarders.” makes a trip north affordable. The bus – provided by Abbey See www.clarkstonsnowsports. Coaches – picks up at Thornliebank It’s also a great way to meet for more information. new people and to enjoy skiing Industrial Estate (Abbey Coach The trips take place every fortnight from January to the end of the Scottish ski season.


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Being a member of Clarkston Snowsports Club also includes public liability insurance, provided through Snowsport Scotland, when skiing/boarding with the club.

A bus service, organised by Clarkston Snowsports Club will run to the main Scottish ski resorts from January until the end of the ski season

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Newton Mearns, Clarkston & Busby Community Magazine - December 2018  

The definitive guide to what's going on in the Newton Mearns, Clarkston & Busby areas in December 2018, hand delivered FREE to 19,000 local...

Newton Mearns, Clarkston & Busby Community Magazine - December 2018  

The definitive guide to what's going on in the Newton Mearns, Clarkston & Busby areas in December 2018, hand delivered FREE to 19,000 local...