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Michael's Malawi Mission ............... 3 Author's Adventure Continues ....... 4 25 Years of Friendships .................... 5 Sports Star in Conversation .............. 6 Fancy Growing Your Own? ............. 7 Emergency Services Celebrated ...... 8 Success in the Big Apple .................. 8 All Fright on the Night .................. 10 Andy Scores Captain Role ............. 11 Search for Best Small Shop ............ 12 Crafters Celebrate First Birthday .. 12 Luke's Czech Race Tops Season ..... 14 What's Up Doc ................................ 14 Gold Star for Primary School ......... 17 Hola to New Spanish Class ............ 17 Support Groups .............................. 17 Autumn Activities Feature ..... 18&19 Weaving Wonders at Whitelee .... 20 Legal Matters .................................. 20

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MICHAEL’S MALAWI MISSION However, there are around 1300 children in the village who have no access to education, so the charity is now looking to construct another five school facilities in the area.

24 pupils from across East Renfrewshire have been chosen to visit children in Kaponda in Malawi

Michael McLaughlin, a St Ninian’s High School pupil, is heading off on a voluntary trip to Malawi along with 23 other youngsters from across East Renfrewshire. The successful pupils from St Ninian’s, Mearns Castle, Williamwood, Eastwood High, Barrhead High and St Luke’s will leave on October 10 for the 11day adventure. The trip is being organised by the Betty Cunningham Trust, which aims to give children in Kaponda in Malawi a helping hand, lifting them out of abject poverty and giving them the skills that will

allow them to live more selfsufficient lives. The charity has built a health clinic in Dambo, in the town of Kaponda, staffed by a full time nurse and a well to provide villagers with clean drinking water and two schools with full time teachers. These schools cater for more than 400 children between the ages of two and seven, and also provides meals.

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Explaining what he will be doing on the trip, Michael, who is in sixth year, said: “When I’m in Kaponda, I’ll mainly be involved in work such as helping to teach the school pupils and to entertain them with songs and games, aiding the farmers in agricultural work and just generally being a friend for these children who have so little. “Needless to say I can’t wait to go and I’m sure it’ll be a life-changing experience in many regards. From talking to people who have been before, I’ve heard that the kids are so happy and excited to see you, which is remarkable given the poverty they suffer. “However, there will obviously be some challenges as well, both physically and emotionally.” All the pupils taking part in the trip have been heavily involved in fundraising over the last few months, including packing bags in local supermarkets.

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Michael added: “I’ve had to raise £2,500 for my trip, which is another big challenge. Some things I’ve done to fundraise include a four-round golf ‘marathon’, where I started playing at 5am until I had completed 72 holes of golf at about 7:30pm. “I’ve also held a quiz night for family and friends.” Most recently, Michael took part in the Great Scottish Run 10k on September 30. See www.bettycunningham internationaltrust.co.uk for further information.

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Lizzie, who has three daughters, will return to the classroom soon too as she resumes her role as a primary teacher after a career break. She said: “I’m really looking forward to going back to work. I’ve been on a career break from teaching for almost five years. Hopefully I can manage to juggle with work and family‌ and my hobby, writing.â€? Umbrella Bella and Button’s Big Adventure are available on Amazon.co.uk and through her Facebook page, Lizzie Finnigan Writes. Lizzie is also available for school and group visits by contacting her through Facebook or Instagram @lizzie_ finnigan.

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FANCY GROWING YOUR OWN? An allotments association in East Renfrewshire is on the look out for new members to join in a community of contented fruit and veg growers. Eastwood Nursery Allotments Association (ENAA) has reported a “tremendous year” and thanks in part to an article in this magazine. Colin Stanage, the chairman of ENAA, said: “The magazine feature earlier this year generated a great interest in the allotments here in Giffnock and many people have been busy loving allotment life and growing lots of fruit and veg in their first year on site. “We are now in the process of reorganising some areas of the site so that we can squeeze in more members at our unique facility. We also like to have people on the waiting list for allotments in case

someone suddenly vacates their plot.” Colin points out the health benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables. He said: “The physical work in tending to your plot, fresh air, chat and camaraderie are great for mental and physical good health, as well as the organically grown produce to eat.” Iain, who has enjoyed his first season at the Eastwood allotments, said he was surprised by the “community aspect”. He said: “I thought it was just about growing vegetables but how wrong I was. While I now enjoy a variety of fresh vegetables and my courgette soup

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Local runner and rising star Neil Gourley won a bronze medal in last month’s Fifth Avenue mile.

Emergency Services Day was marked in the region by raising a flag outside the council headquarters last month. The 999 Day flag comprises an emergency services’ badge, which has a circle embedded into it to represent each emergency service, and the union flag to represent the service to the United Kingdom.

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ANDY SCORES CAPTAIN ROLE Scotland head coach James McFadden described Andy as an “outstanding candidate” for the role as Scotland captain.

Former St Ninian's High School pupil Andy Robertson has been named as the new Captain of the Scottish national team

He added: “His desire to play is unquestionable and he's done things the hard way”. His appointment will follow in the footsteps of Scottish footballing legends, such as Darren Fletcher, Graeme Souness and Jackie McNamara.

A former pupil at St Ninian’s High School has revealed his delight after being chosen for a prestigious Scottish football post. Professional footballer Andy Robertson, who left the local secondary school in 2012, has been named as the new captain of the national team following Scott Brown’s departure.

This was followed by his first professional contract signing at Dundee United. Andy now plays for Liverpool after making the move to England at the start of last season.

Andy, 24, started his playing career as a youngster at Giffnock Soccer Centre and in the Celtic Youth squad, before moving to local club Queen’s Park.

The defender has enjoyed a stellar year both for his club and country, including playing in the Champions League final against Spanish team Real Madrid.

On the announcement, Andy said it was a “very proud day”. He took up the armband in early September ahead of a friendly match with Belgium in Glasgow and a UEFA Nations League tie against Albania, both three days later. Andy, who is dad to a young son with his partner Rachel Roberts, has accrued 22 caps and scored two goals for his country to date, since a debut against Poland in March 2014. His former school were clearly delighted with the news, tweeting: “Congratulations to @stninianshigh former pupil @ andrewrobertso5 who has been named @ScottishFA captain.”

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October 2018 | Local News

CRAFTERS CELEBRATE FIRST BIRTHDAY LET’S SEARCH FOR group EAST REN’S BEST Knitting Clarkston Crafters HEAR celebrated their first SMALL SHOP birthday in style with Local business owners are waiting to find out whether their store will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018.

A shortlist of 25 small businesses will be released later this month. The successful applicants will be invited along to a reception on November 13 to meet their MP and find out who will be named the winner. The competition aims to reward entrepreneurial spirit, innovation in business and ways in which the shops have made a positive difference in their local communities. Local MP Paul Masterton said: “I know many will not only do well in the competition but could come back a winner.”

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October 2018 | What's Up Doc?

LUKE’S CZECH RACE TOPS What's Up Doc? with Dr Nick Dunn OFF GREAT SEASON This month: HEALTHIER HABITS

Luke Traynor, 25, put in an impressive performance at the Run Czech Birell 10,000m race last month. The local athlete, who runs for Giffnock North AAC, crossed the line 18th overall and came in as the third European among an elite field. He recorded an impressive time of 29.22, less than a minute off his PB of 28.32. It’s been a great year for Luke with many fantastic performances, which have seen him making his mark as the fifth fastest Briton over 10km since 2000. His time puts him just behind other top athletes such as

Andrew Butchart and Sir Mo Farah. The self-funded athlete is now putting in a bid to gain a sponsor before the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, which he says he is on track to achieve. Luke said: “If I had sponsorship it would enable me to be more professional with the sport. “I am doing what I can now, but if I was not racing every month you would see immediate benefits in the races I do run.”

This October “Go Sober for October” and “Stoptober” are being promoted to encourage people to think about alcohol and smoking. Habits can be good as well as bad, and I have heard it said that a habit can be learned within 60 days or less! These campaigns help people take the first steps to changing habits around alcohol or smoking by asking them to commit to no more than 28 days – which can be a manageable timescale to imagine.

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Local News | October 2018

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Support Groups Age Scotland Helpline Providing information, friendship and advice through a confidential freephone number. Tel: 0800 12 44 222

GOLD STAR FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL A southside nursery and primary school is celebrating after a recent Education Scotland inspection. Giffnock Primary and Nursery Class was praised for its levels of attainment and achievement, as well as its standards of wellbeing, equality and inclusion. Inspectors gave “good” evaluations of its learning and teaching strategies. Head teacher Rob Lawson was recognised for his leadership and ability to ensure all staff work well together. Rob said: “I am delighted with the outcome of this inspection. It’s especially pleasing that the report praises the children for being confident, courteous and articulate – all of our pupils really are a credit to our school and their parents.”

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A new conversational Spanish class for beginners launches this month in Busby The lively Spanish lessons from Language for Fun take place at Cartsbridge Church on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The sessions will be relaxed with no exams or compulsory homework. Class tutor Rachel said: “The classes are conversation based and participants learn to communicate effectively with one another in Spanish, while getting to know each other better.

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progress while at the same time feeling comfortable, knowing how the classes will work each week.” New Beginners 1 Spanish classes start on Monday October 1 from 6pm to 7.15pm and Tuesday October 2 from 8.15pm to 9.30pm. A Family Class for parents and teenagers is also due to start in October in Busby.

“There’s no pressure to talk in front of the whole class, as you will all be talking to others in smaller groups.

Beginners 2 classes are available for those who already know a bit of Spanish and want to progress further.

“Although the atmosphere is relaxed, the class is highly structured. This helps you to make

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Dementia Singing Group For people with dementia (accompanied by their carer) to enhance wellbeing and confidence. 1st Friday of every month at Merrylea Parish Church margeretdmclellan@outlook.com Tel: 0141 639 6853

Dyslexia Scotland Regular monthly events usually taking place in Mearns Castle High School showing films and offering Dyslexia support. dyslexiascotland.er@gmail.com

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Homeless and Housing Advice Team Help for those who may be facing or people who are currently homeless. Tel: 0141 577 3001

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October 2018 | Activate Autumn

ACTIVATE AUTUMN As summer turns to autumn, it can be tempting to stay home preparing for a winter of hibernation. Many walkers will be hanging up their boots, while cyclists will park their bikes in the garage until the fairer weather of spring returns.

Let’s look at the many benefits of staying active – and spending time outdoors – during the Scotland’s chillier seasons.

This includes families, who after a summer of quality time outdoors with the kids, might well be dreading the long, darker months of being cooped up in the house.

To start with, research shows that one of the most effective ways to avoid the winter blues, or the more debilitating SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is to include at least 30 minutes of daylight in your daily routine.

But your plans for the autumn – and winter – could be different this year.

This could be sitting on a park bench taking in the views, walking to the pond to feed the

Total Swimming Academies – with lessons available at Boclair Academy, Bearsden – was formed over 10 years ago by Olympic medallist and Chair of Swim Safe, Steve Parry.

successful community led Learn to Swim programme that’s mission is to give all children aged 3-11 the chance to experience quality and cost-effective swimming lessons.

Steve’s own swimming journey started after almost drowning on a family barging holiday at just 7 years old, Parry’s parents immediately enrolled him onto local swimming lessons, kickstarting what would go on to be an incredible career.

With around 1 in 2 children leaving primary school unable to swim in the UK, Steve’s goal was to create swimming opportunities for all children, resulting in happier, healthier and safer communities.

After retiring from professional swimming, Parry ventured into business and set up Total Swimming Academies, which is now a hugely

Total Swimming prides itself on creating engaging lessons in a safe

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coffee or soup, this will ensure you stay in touch with others.

Exercise is also important for physical well-being and health experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as cycling or brisk walking, even in autumn and winter, as well as some strength exercises.

Another way to stay in touch with people when you might feel inclined not to bother is to book to do a fitness class together,

Another benefit of exercise at this time of year is maintaining social links. When the nights draw in and the temperature drops, people prefer to stay at home rather than socialise. However, if you set a date with a friend for a walk and talk, or a bike ride, and then a warming

environment, so children can enjoy themselves while learning an essential life skill. Small class sizes, fully qualified teachers and online progresprogres sion monitoring are just some of the ways in which Total Swimming make the Learn to Swim journey the best it can possibly be – ensuring the process is convenient for parents and fun for children. Discussing the programme, Parry says: “Giving every child in the community the opportunity to

Learn to Swim is something I am passionate about. Swimming is such a vital skill and should be made available to everyone, which is exactly what Total Swimming is achieving and continues to deliver. With the help of a fantastic team of truly talented teachers, we give a first class Learn to Swim journey that I’m proud to offer to our swimmers and their parents. The recent introduction of direct debit has made swimming lessons even more accessible, making payment easier and hassle free.”

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But there is another problem: Even when you know that you should be getting out and about and maintaining exercise, it can be hard to be motivated

Planning to do activities in advance with friends or your family is one good trick. If you have a date to meet or do something with other

If you have planned ahead and the weather is inclement, simply find the right clothing – and still go. For example, a walk can be fun in the rain if you wear full waterproofs, Wellington boots and encourage kids to splash in the puddles. Another great idea is to find a woodland, which will be more sheltered from the weather, and go for a walk. Kicking up the fallen carpet of colourful leaves in autumn will easily lift the spirits. Or how about trying a new adventure activity that is suitable for adults and children together?

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October 2018 | Legal Matters

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October 2018 | What's On Calendar

Calendar of events East Renfrewshire U3A

Monday 1st

Silverburn Are you retired? Do you play a musical instrument? East Renfrewshire U3A invites you to join our new group, ‘The Instrumentalists’ and enjoy making music together. Email for further information. rosron4742@hotmail.co.uk

An Evening with August Thomas Newton Mearns Waterstones 7pm. We're thrilled to have debut author August Thomas over from the USA to talk about her novel 'Liar's Candle' a brilliant thriller. www.waterstones.com/events

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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. We attend and display at many car shows throughout the year. douglas.hunter@btinternet.com Facebook

Mearns Primary School 6:15pm. The Mini Kickers programme provides a gentle introduction to playing football using fun-based football activities. www.ercultureandleisure.org

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Bookbug Session 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; (04yrs), WED, 2pm. THU, 10:30am. SAT, 10:30am. (0-18months), MON, 2pm. www.ercultureandleisure.org/ bookbug Cartsbridge Church 6pm. The lively Spanish lessons for language and for fun. The sessions will be relaxed with no exams or compulsory homework. 07535 183398 Also on Tuesday, 2nd at 8:15pm More information on page 17

Eastwood Bereavement Support 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

Scottish Country Dancing

First Tuesday of the month

Shawlands Academy 7-9.15pm. Beginners & Improvers. Hillpark Secondary School 7.309.15pm. General. Come and join us for fun, fitness and friendship. You will be made very welcome. 07902 127370 Facebook: RSCDS Glasgow branch www.rscdsglasgow.org

Cup & Blether Shirokawa Karate Academy Williamwood Parish Church 5pm. We have classes to suit all fitness and ability levels from 6 years to adult. www.shirokawa.co.uk

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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. No club membership, no formality, no pressure. 0141 638 6177 bridge.eastren@gmail.com

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Blether and a Brew Mearns Kirk Halls 2pm. Join us for tea, coffee, sweet treats and good company in a relaxed café style setting. Everyone is welcome; no need to book. Suggested donation: £1. 07858 552767 mkhelpinghands@outlook.com Also on 16th and 30th

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Rock Choir Newton Mearns Parish Church 10am. We rehearse in over 300 towns nationwide and sing our own arrangements of pop, Motown and chart songs with no auditions and no need to read music. 01252 714 276 pr@rockchoir.com Weekly

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

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Mearns Primary School 7:30pm. Friendly, relaxed and fun football for anyone 50 plus. www.ercultureandleisure.org

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What's On Calendar | October 2018 Tuesday Evening Walking Group

Wednesday 3rd

Thursday 4th

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

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Dogs Trust, Dog School Glasgow

Clarkston Hall, Clarkston 7pm. Meet more people within your community and improve your fitness and well-being. We meet at the entrance to Clarkston Hall car park and walk to Muirend, Giffnock, Eastwood Toll and back to Clarkston Hall. facebook.walktheblockeaster

Newton Mearns Parish Church 11:30am (Puppy), 12:30pm (Adult), Dog School Glasgow provides training classes for puppies, adults and rescue dogs. glasgowdogschool@dogstrust.org.uk

Weekly

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Stamperland Wine Circle Clarkston Halls 7:30pm. Learning about the methods of production, coaching on how to make your own wine, meeting with like-minded people, opportunities to enter local competitions. New members welcome. 07943 435843 alfredjones123@btinternet.co.uk First Thursday of the month

Friday 5th

Weekly

Toddler Group Whitelee Stroller Striders Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre 10am. 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 always welcomes new members. 0141 614 0962

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. First two sessions free. www.bladesoffire.com

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Yoga for a Healthier Mind and Body Maccabi Hall Studio 6.30-7.45pm. Yoga to improve flexibility, strength, self-confidence and self-esteem. My class is for all levels of abilities. A warm welcome to all newcomers. Please let me know if you need a mat. 07970 487772 • ritakinloch@aol.com Weekly

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.

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Community Choir Stamperland Church Hall, Clarkston 7:30pm. The group’s evolving fourpart 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 Weekly

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Wednesday 3rd Legally Blond The Musical Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm. Fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances www.eastwoodparktheare.co.uk

Adult and Child Football Fairweather Hall 9:30am & 10:30am, For adults and children, football classes provide basic movement patterns and improve motor skills through football and play. Adults join in with their child. www.ercultureandleisure.org Weekly

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

Saturday 6th Tennis for Free Cowan Park 1pm. Learn or refine your tennis skills and meet new people. clubspark.lta.org.uk Weekly

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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

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

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October 2018 | What's On Calendar

Calendar of events Goalkeeping Academy

SNAP! Community Youth Club

Giffnock North Amateur Athletic Club 9:30am. Shot stoppers, looking for new goalkeepers to help train with this long-established, successful club. www.shotstoppersgoalkeeping. co.uk

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? snap@greenbankglasgow.org.uk

Weekly

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Classes for Children

Fitness, Boxing, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts

Stamperland Parish Church 9:45am (P1), 10:30am (P2), 11:15am (P3), Fun and engaging music 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

56th Annual Stamp and Postcard Fair Prestwick Community Centre 10am-4pm. 12 dealers from across Scotland will be present wither stocks of Stamps, Postcards and accessories. Young collectors are especially welcome and there will be a Young Collectors’ corner with stamp related crafts, puzzles, displays and demonstrations. Free entry and parking. 0141 8156653

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 & SUN: 12-1pm. 5-14-yearolds. £6 or £20 for block of 4. SAT: 11am-12pm & SUN: 1-2pm. 15 years+. £7.50 or £25 for block of 4. 07754 477066 ian@combatconcepts.org Weekly

Safe Place Challenge Whitelee Windfarm 11am, Our Safe Place Challenge is a great event for young people and youth groups, particularly if you are working towards an award or certificate. www.christianaid.org.uk/events/ safe-place-challenge

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Rouken Glen Park 11am. Bring yourself (and your bike) down to the Bike Hub in Rouken Glen and enjoy an easy going, offroad cycle around the Park and pick up some useful cycle skills along the way with our road awareness hints. Facebook

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

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Weaving Wonders Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre 12pm. Ever wanted to make your own willow basket? Come learn from our professional willow weaver. No booking required. Facebook

The Wee Art Studio 27 Morven Drive, G76 7QE 1pm. Come along and find out about new adult and teenage classes. Activity table for the kids. All welcome. www.theweeartstudio.co.uk Weekly

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 (5-15yrs). SAT: 11am-12pm & SUN: 1-2pm (16+). 07754 477066 www.combatconcepts.org 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! www.orchardhill.org.uk Weekly

Twist and Shout Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm. An all-star cast from the West End deliver a musical powerhouse of a show that starts with the explosion of Brit Pop in 1962 through to the era of Flower Power and Free Love of the late sixties. www.eastwoodparktheare.co.uk

Wednesday 10th Mearns and Whitecraigs Flower Club 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

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What's On Calendar | October 2018

Saturday 13th

Thursday 18th

Babe 2: Pig in the City (1998)

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Eastwood Park Theatre 10:30am. Babe, fresh from his victory in the sheepherding contest, returns to Farmer Hoggett's farm, but after Farmer Hoggett is injured and unable to work, Babe has to go to the big city to save the farm. www.eastwoodparktheare.co.uk

Clarkston Halls 2pm, Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces by Alan Yates FNVS. Alan is a registered judge with the National Vegetable Society and will be showing us how to make the best use of space in our gardens. Even though you can’t accommodate a vegetable plot, there are many ways to grow tasty vegetables in small spaces. Admission is free to members and non-members are especially welcome. 0141 620 1435

Four Go Wild in Wellies Carmichael Hall 11am & 1pm. Four Go Wild In Wellies is a whimsical adventure featuring bobble hats, scarves, tents that have a life of their own and, of course, lots of fun in wellies. www.eastwoodparktheare.co.uk

Saturday 13th The Lions of Lisbon Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm. Get ready to roar for the finest silverware ever lifted. If you know the history... don't just remember it, relive it. A full cast of ten, plus live band, recreate the humour, passion and occasional calamity of 1967. www.eastwoodparktheare.co.uk

Friday 19th In Conversation with Archie MacPherson Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm. MacPherson's broadcasting and writing career spans more than 50 years. A former teacher who rose to prominence at BBC Scotland in the 1960s, becoming one of Britain's most recognisable football presenters and commentators. www.eastwoodparktheare.co.uk More information on page 6

Robert Ross '100 Years of Remembrance' Coach House, Greenbank Gardens 2pm. Robert will explore the history of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its horticulture over the past 100 years. Tickets £5 amjohnston@btinternet.com

Monday 15th Martha Eastwood Park Theatre 2pm. One day Martha has an unexpected visitor and her life will never be the same again. www.eastwoodparktheare.co.uk

Saturday 20th Ae Fond Kiss Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm, Nonsense Room Productions bring the story of Robert Burns to the stage with a talented cast of actormusicians. Rabbie is your guide with quirky commentary, amusing and poignant interaction and renditions of famous poems and songs including Ae Fond Kiss, Red Red Rose, Auld Lang Syne and many more. www.eastwoodparktheare.co.uk

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Mearns Kirk Halls, 404 Mearns Road, Newton Mearns G77 5BU 1pm. Find out about the range of activities and supports we provide. Enjoy artwork by members of our Lunch Club for People Living with Dementia. Tea and coffee. Free entry. mkhelpinghands@outlook.com

Little Red Riding Hood's Musical Adventure Eastwood Park Theatre 1pm, From the creative team behind the hugely popular Hairy Maclary Show, Little Red Riding Hood is a fun, original musical for children, with live music and loveable characters. www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm, Shy accountant Leo Bloom wants nothing more than to be a Broadway Producer, and when he is assigned to do the books for seasoned pro Max Bialystock he discovers that in theory "you can make more money with a flop than with a hit". Bialystock, driven by greed, hatches a plan - they are going to put on the worst show on Broadway and make a million dollars each. www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk Running until Saturday 27th

Sunday 21st Creepy Crafting Whitelee Windfarm 12pm, The countryside rangers will help participants to carve pumpkins and create Jack o’lanterns.The session, is free but requires booking. www.nts.org.uk/visit/events More information on page 10

Tuesday 23rd Busby Flower Club Redhurst Hotel 7:30pm, Lynn Stott will give her presentation “Autumn Glory” www.safas.org.uk/Busby/

Friday 26th Monster Mash Whitelee Windfarm 6:30pm, It’s a great opportunity to get creative with a costume. There will be a range of activities on offer, from games to spooky story time. No booking is required for this event www.nts.org.uk/visit/events More information on page 10

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Busby Hotel 12pm. East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce are piloting an informal get together where you can come along and talk digital with fellow business people. www.eastrenchamber.org.uk

Can you Catch the Killer Eastwood House, Giffnock 7pm. Can You Catch The Killer the interactive murder mystery game where it's up to YOU to prove your worth as a detective by solving a heinous killing brings you Momento Mori. www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

Saturday 27th Fright Night

Sunday 28th

Greenbank House It’s said that this is the date that the ghostly residents of Greenbank decide to appear, so it might be a good idea to take a friend with you. There are three 45-minute Fright Nights starting at various times and for over 12s only. Tickets cost £12 and can be booked at www.nts.org.uk/visit/events/frightnights-at-greenbank-garden.

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Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm, The only show to be endorsed by the CASH family. With singer/songwriter Clive John, our own 'June Carter ' and the 'Roadshow Horns' all accompanied by emotive screen visuals. This is simply the best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

Halloween Baby Disco Carmichael Hall 10am & 1pm, Join us in this spooktacular Halloween Baby Disco! Bring your little pumpkins, fairies and ghouls along to play party games, boogie to the beats and do the monster mash! Suitable for 0-4 years old. www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

Eastwood Park Art Room Workshop 12:30pm, A basic introduction to screen-printing, including the techniques to get you started, how to create a multi-layered design and print onto fabric www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

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Wednesday 31st The Cripple of Inishmaan Webster's Theatre, Great Western Road Giffnock Theatre Players present Martin McDonagh's dark comedy which was a West End and Broadway hit, with Daniel Radcliffe in title role. Tickets £15/13. 07518 201756 • 0141 357 4000 tickets-gtp@hotmail.co.uk www.websterstheatre.com Running until Saturday Nov 3rd

Wednesday 31st Hocus Pocus Eastwood Park Theatre 7:30pm. After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all. www.eastwoodparktheare.co.uk

Friday 2nd Nov Diwali Dhammal: Dance, Food & Drinks Whitecraigs Rugby Club 7pm-12am. Celebrating Diwali Festival, the evening includes a 3-course meal, DJ VIPs and bar. Tickets: Adults (10 years+) £22, Kids (2-9 years old) £11. Under 2s Free. Tickets from: Gaurav 07768 037013 Cargi 07919 513939 Rahul 07718 996905

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Local News | October 2018

GET SET FOR UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Residents in East Renfrewshire are being offered a helping hand following the roll out of the new Universal Credit. A change to the benefits system, by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), will see benefits such as housing benefit, income support, income-based job seekers allowance, income-based employment support allowance, child tax credits and working tax credits replaced by one Universal Credit payment. From September 26, the change affects only those of working age claiming for the first time or if there is a major change in circumstances.

The council and various organisations will be helping people to understand and prepare for the credit system changes. Councillor Danny Devlin said: “Universal credit marks a significant change for our local residents, so I‘m pleased that all organisations involved are working together to help those affected in East Renfrewshire prepare for the introduction.

“Whether you need information on eligibility, require support completing the online form, are looking for some tips on People who are currently in receipt budgeting or need some digital training, there is help available of one or more of the listed through East Renfrewshire benefits will transfer to Universal Council and our partners.” Credit between 2019 and 2023.

The latest eye exam technology arrives in Newton Mearns SPECSAVERS in Newton Mearns now has exclusive 3D scanning technology in store, allowing Optometrists to view customers’ eyes in more detail than ever before. The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine is a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments. It has a variety of functions including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. The technology produces a structural scan of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be visible using traditional eye testing techniques. The method creates multiple scan slice images that are built up to form a total image. The scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless. Store director, Emma Robb, says: ‘We now have the ability to carry out our most detailed eye exam yet. Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable*, the sooner we can detect conditions, the sooner we can help manage them. The picture provided by the OCT scan allows us to detect a wide range of conditions and manage these or refer customers for treatment in the most effective way. ‘We’re delighted to be able to offer Newton Mearns customers the benefit of this innovative new technology.’ OCT scans are a free service in addition to the normal eye test and can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store.

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October 2018 | Senior Savvy

WORK OUT WHO DUNNIT AT THEATRE SHOWING An exciting interactive theatre experience will offer great entertainment for people who enjoy solving a murder mystery. Can You Catch The Killer? at Eastwood Park Theatre on Saturday October 27 at 7pm relies on the audience to put their investigative minds to the test and solve a gruesome killing. Momento Mori tells the creepy tale of the death of a businesswoman’s daughter in Victorian times.

death as they unfold and then the fun begins when you get to interrogate each suspect and work out just what happened. Dressing up is strongly encouraged, so whether you fancy yourself as a Sherlock Holmes, Poirot or even Taggart, make sure you have your crime-solving hat on.

With her suitors as the suspects, and a suspicious note found in her hands reading “true love never dies”, it promises to be a perplexing and mysterious case.

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Dillon added: “In the near future, we hope to be involved with festivals and markets, as well as occasionally hosting cocktail nights at pop up locations. We want to share our passion for mixology and become Scotland’s most desirable cocktail events company.” To find out more or to book for an event visit the Raise the Bar Glasgow Facebook page: www. facebook.com/raisethebarglasgow.

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Local News | October 2018

A KICK START FOR TWO SWAP SHOP EVENTS fun FOR COLLECTOR KIDS FOOTIE LOVERS MOVIE MASK

A local youth football club is looking for fresh faces to get involved with its newly formed team. East Ren FC was set up earlier this year and the club is now on the look out for aspiring young players to join their new team. Players of any position, born 2003/04, are encouraged to come along for a try out.

The club trains every Sunday evening at 5.30pm at Pro Soccer based within Rouken Glen Park. Youngsters will also be able to take part in Saturday afternoon games in the Paisley and Johnstone district youth football league.

If your children are keen collectors of Pokemon cards or LEGO figures, they will enjoy two October school holiday events taking place in Newton Mearns this month. The first event at the Waterstones store in the Avenue Centre is a Pokemon swap shop on Friday October 12 from noon to 2pm. Fans can come along to swap old or duplicate cards and try to track down the Pokemon that’s missing from their Pokedex. Organisers promise there are even a couple of PokeGyms right next to the shop, so PokemonGo! afficionados can also get involved in the fun. The following Friday, October 19, also from noon to 2pm,

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A CHARITY DOG ROUKEN GLEN JOIN IN THE PARK GOES FOR TOP WALK Dog owners and dog lovers are invited to take

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part in a sponsored walk for a charity that works to support survivors of childhood trauma. The Big Bark in the Park is a family-friendly event and takes place at Rouken Glen Park on Sunday October 7.

Locals are being urged to back Rouken Glen Park as it goes for the title of Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice at the Green Flag Awards. The park has successfully received a Green Flag award for the eighth year in a row â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and now it is hoped it will be named the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Adults and children, especially those with pet dogs, are welcome to sign up to take part in the scenic 5km stroll, which starts at 11am. Registration is free, with participants requested to aim to raise at least ÂŁ50 in sponsorship, which will be donated to the charity Open Secret.

The public vote will decide the 10 best parks and open spaces across the UK. The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice top 10 will be announced on October 16. Last year, the park was named the best in Scotland for the second year running.

Open Secret is a service of the wider voluntary organisation Wellbeing Scotland. It supports adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma. Working with all ages, the charity provides confidential, holistic support services, which include counselling, advocacy, informal support and group work.    All four-legged friends taking part in the sponsored walk will receive a goody bag halfway round the walk as a reward for their good work. For more information about the walk see www. eventbrite.co.uk/o/opensecret-12778676936. For further details about Open Secret see www.wellbeingscotland.org.

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Local News | October 2018

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PUDSEY VISITS LOCAL SHOW Busby & Clarkston Horticultural Society was delighted to welcome charity mascot, Pudsey Bear, to its annual show last month. The popular show, which took place in Clarkston Halls, raised funds for the chosen good cause, Children in Need, this year. Pudsey Bear was there to open the show on September 1 and to welcome the general public. Convener for Busby & Clarkston Horticultural Society, Fergus Cumming, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a great day at the show and it was wonderful to have Pudsey Bear there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe the final figure for donations and proceeds on the day

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