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ROSS RIDES 10,000 MILES FOR CHARITY
A schoolteacher from Busby has taken on an impressive fundraising challenge cycling through 21 countries back home to Scotland. Ross McKechnie, who has been teaching PE in China for the last five years, is pedalling from Shanghai to Glasgow in what is the longest – and most physically demanding – bike ride of his life. The cycling so far has been tough as Ross spends 12 hours each day in the saddle and in temperatures as high as 40C.
time off the bike to speak to the Community Magazine. The former Mearns Castle High School pupil admits that he was never a “serious cyclist” before this challenge – and reveals that his longest bike tour before this was Oban to St Andrews “on a Tesco-brand bike with a camping rucksack on my back”.
(Central Asia) and I have also always dreamt about doing a long bike tour. So, after five years in China, when I was ready to come home, I thought it would be a great time to achieve both of these ambitions. “I also wanted to do something to inspire my students that I have been teaching here in China.
But keeping him motivated are the young people he has taught and the others he’s helping by raising funds for the charity, Achieve More Scotland.
He says: “Thankfully, I am a bit better prepared for this trip.” Taking on such an extreme challenge will see the 27-year-old tick off two items on his bucket list.
“If they can take some confidence and belief in themselves to follow their dreams then I think it’s a nice note to leave them on.
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Busby & Clarkston Horticultural Society is looking forward to a busy month with its annual show and the start of a series of evening talks. The flower and vegetable show takes place on Saturday September 7 at Clarkston Halls from 2pm to 4pm. There will be a wide range of exhibits and competitive classes in categories including flowers, vegetables, pot plants, baking, handicrafts, floral art, photography and a Young Exhibitorsâ€™ Section.
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A new student summer placement role has been created at a local National Trust for Scotland garden thanks to fund-raising. Harriet Fawcett is studying an SRUC Garden Design Course and has taken on the internship at Greenbank Garden in Clarkston as a way to gain more practical experience. The funding was organised by the Friends of Greenbank Garden through a programme of lectures. Simon Jones, the NTS Gardens and Designed Landscapes Manager for Glasgow and West, said: “The student summer
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WE’RE TALKING DEBUT FOR VEGAN VENTURE ABOUT ASPENS A local wildlife group is hosting an evening talk entitled Aspen Antics. Clarkston and East Kilbride branch of the Scottish Wildlife Trust will meet in Duff Memorial Hall, Main Street, Busby, for one of their regular evening talks on September 16, at 7.30pm. Peter Livingstone, from Eadha Enterprises in Lochwinnoch, will talk about the aspen, one of Scotland's rarer native trees. He will explore its wildlife interest, conservation and folklore. Everyone is welcome and tea and coffee will be provided. The suggested donation is £3 for non-members and £2 for members. Children are free. Call 07749 774648 or see www.facebook.com/ cek.swt and https:// scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/ local-group/clarkston-andeast-kilbride.
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EXAMS SUCCESS FOR PUPILS Many pupils and schools have been celebrating another year of excellent Scottish Qualifications Authority exam results this summer.
for five or more Highers, while Mearns Castle High School maintained a very high attainment at S5 level. Some 165 pupils across East Renfrewshire achieved five or more As at Higher level and 40% of pupils achieved one or more Advanced Higher awards in S6.
Attainment has continued to rise with strong Higher and Advanced Higher results, as well as a recordbreaking performance in S4.
At St Columba’s School, an independent school in Kilmacolm, Higher results were the second highest on record for the school and bucked a national attainment trend, which saw Higher results fall by two per cent.
The SQA exam results were issued on August 6 and revealed that more than threequarters of East Renfrewshire S4 pupils (78%) achieved five or more National 5 passes. The figure is three per cent more than last year and the best performance yet. In the local area, Eastwood, St Ninian's and Woodfarm high schools all achieved their best ever S4 results. Across the region, some 20% of S4 pupils achieved eight or more As at National 5 level. Williamwood High School recorded their best S5 results
Pupils achieved an increase in A to C pass rates at Higher and Advanced Higher levels with 42% of the S5 achieving 5As at Higher.
Williamwood High School pupil Amy Pollock, of Clarkston, achieved an A at National 5 and an A in Higher Dance. The 15-year-old, who lives with spine curvature, has won a place in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for Ballet
Councillor Paul O'Kane, East Renfrewshire Council's Convener for Education and Equalities, welcomed the results. He said: “It takes hard work and dedication to achieve such fantastic results and once again our pupils have raised the bar.”
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KAREN’S WALK FOR MND OUTDOOR THEATRE AT WINDFARM An outdoor performance group will deliver an exciting show at Whitelee Windfarm this month. Sea Hames, a physical theatre troupe, will perform Oceanallover on Saturday September 28 at 2pm. The innovative multi-disciplinary performance fuses eclectic sonic compositions and intricate costumes to explore the mythology and iconography of the horse, the earth and the sea. The show was nominated for the Critics Theatre Award in Scotland 2018: Best Music and Sound. The event is free but spaces must be booked in advance and attendees are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather. To reserve your space visit: www.eastwoodparktheatre. co.uk/article/10225/Sea-Hames.
Karen Corrie and her sons Euan (left) and Jamie walked the West Highland Way in memory of her late husband, Doug
A local woman has raised more than £2750 for a poignant charity after walking the West Highland Way with her sons. Karen Corrie, of Clarkston, completed the 96-mile walking trail in memory of her late husband, Doug, who died of Motor Neurone Disease last year. She took seven days to complete the route from Milngavie to Fort William. The family raised money for MND Scotland. Karen said: “Doug had promised our sons he would walk the West Highland Way with them when they were old enough but sadly he never got to do this. I promised him I would do the walk when he had gone – and we decided to raise funds for MND Scotland, too.
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“We had Doug in the forefront of our minds as we walked. He had walked the route when he was younger and at several places, such as the newly revamped Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe, I wondered what he would have made of it all. “We timed the walk to coincide with the first anniversary of Doug’s death.” Karen and two of her three sons, 15-year-old Jamie and nine-yearold Euan, were joined by friends and family along the way. The weather was mostly sunny and
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A parent-led community group for young adults with severe learning difficulties is keen to open its doors to new students. The CASTL (Connections After School Through Learning) Project, which is based in Giffnock, offers weekly full and half-day sessions for people over the age of 18. The post-school “college” provision has been founded by Chris McMullen after realising there was a gap in provision for school leavers in the region. Chris, who has a 19-year-old son with a severe mental disability, said: “Funding cuts for postschool provision for young people with profound mental disabilities means that there are few places to turn to. One day a
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CASTL is grateful to the support and encouragement of the Isobel Mair School, in Newton Mearns, as well as parents and local businesses. The college runs from 10am to 3pm on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost for a morning or afternoon is £19 or you can book a full day. There are no geographical or age restrictions. Chris hopes to be able to expand the offering in the future. See www.castlproject.co.uk or email cmcmullencastl@gmail. com to find out more. You can call Chris, who is a lecturer and additional support needs teacher, on 07591 945089 in the evenings or text him during working hours.
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BONKERS ABOUT THE Pamela reveals that the comics are meant to stay in a box under Olivia’s bed but “we find them all over the house”. She added: “Olivia reads them every night in her bed and usually sleeps with some of them in her bed with her.” The youngster explained that she has more than one favourite character. She said: “I have four. One of them doesn’t really go in the comics these days now, it is Ivy the Terrible. I also love Minnie the Minx, Roger the Dodger and Dennis the Menace.
Seven-year-old Olivia Gavin, from Clarkston has amassed a huge Beano collection
A Clarkston schoolgirl has become a huge fan of Britain’s longest-running children’s comic magazines, The Beano. Seven-year-old Olivia Gavin, of Clarkston, only discovered The Beano a year ago but already she has amassed a collection of more than 250 comics, two annuals and a character book.
that I had a small collection from my childhood from the 1980s, so I looked them out and she made her way through those.
Mum Pamela said: “Olivia picked up The Beano in the local shop and really enjoyed it, then she kept asking for more of the comics.
“I also found an old Beano annual. She has then added a Dennis the Menace book and annual to the collection. My husband found more on ebay from the 1990s.”
“My dad had a newsagents when I was younger and I remembered
“Roger the Dodger helps me dodge things and I love Minnie the Minx because she is funny. My mum says I am cheeky like her, well, I suppose I am a little bit! And I like Dennis the Menace because he is the main character.” Last year, The Beano, which is published by Dundee-based DC Thomson, celebrated its 80th anniversary.
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NUNS ON THE RUN FOR SHOW
The cast of a forthcoming musical took part in a “nun run” to promote the event this month. A group from Clarkston-based Eros Musical Society set off from the East Kilbride Village Theatre to run to East Kilbride Shopping Centre on August 17 decked out in nuns’ habits. They got into character ahead of the society’s latest production, Sister Act, which will be on stage at the theatre from September 17 to 21. Maureen Driscoll, Eros president, said: “It was just a bit of fun really, to promote our show and let people know that it’s happening. Some of our friends have also sponsored us to help raise funds for our club.”
Sister Act is based on the 1992 hit film. Maureen said: "It’s a great show, sometimes truly moving and other times really funny, with amazing dancing and very challenging six-part harmony for our chorus to get stuck into. “It will be great fun to watch, too.” The show takes place at 7.30pm from September 17 to 21, with an extra matinee on the 21st at 2.30pm. Tickets are available from www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk or the Theatre Box Office on 01355 261000. Eros Musical Society can also be found on Facebook.
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An international bestselling author will mark the launch of his new book at a local event this month. Linwood Barclay will be at Primavera Bistro in The Avenue Shopping Centre, Newton Mearns, on Thursday September 12. An Evening with Bestselling Crime Author Linwood Barclay, which has been organised by Waterstones, offers the chance for crime-writing fans to meet Linwood as he sign copies of his new crime novel, Elevator Pitch. The American-Canadian writer has previously penned Never Saw it Coming and Parting Shot.
The new book, which is released in the UK on September 4, promises to be a thrilling read. It begins on a Monday when four people enter a lift in a Manhattan office tower block... before it plummets to the bottom of the shaft. On the Tuesday, it happens again in another skyscraper and the following day, a third lift plunges to the bottom. Elevator Pitch explores what happens in New York following the tragedies. There is currently a reserve list in operation for the event, taking place from 7pm to 8pm. To add your name to the list, call: 0141 616 3933.
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A local garden has created an enchanting event for children this month. Greenbank Garden in Clarkston is hosting The Elf and Faery Festival from September 27 to 30. There will be a host of activities for boys and girls. Firstly, children can discover their faery or elf name, before they work through activity challenge sheets. They can also follow a faery trail in the gardens, create a magic wand and make some special faery/elf slime, before venturing into the woodland to forage for all the items they need to host an elf and faery tea party. The Elf and Faery Festival runs from 11am to 4pm each day, and families can drop in at any time.
Did you know that Greenbank Garden is home to more than 3,600 named species of plants? And that Greenbank House dates back to the 1760s when it was built for tobacco merchant Robert Allason? Find out this and more over the festival weekend. Entry to the festival is £3 per child, plus normal garden admission fee (£18.50 for a family and £12.50 for one-adult family. Members of the National Trust for Scotland enjoy free entry). See www.nts.org.uk/visit/ places/greenbank-garden
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Richard Scholfield will lead an evening recital this month in Giffnock South Parish Church
A former pupil of Williamwood High School and a promising young saxophonist will lead an evening recital this month. Richard Scholfield, of Clarkston, is completing his Masters degree at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the recital is the final part of his studies. On Thursday September 12 at 7:30pm in Giffnock South Parish Church, the award-winning young saxophonist will be accompanied
by the Resol String Quartet, saxophone quintet and piano. He said: “I'm very excited to be able to perform in the local community, which is always friendly and supportive, and I am looking forward to being joined on stage by colleagues and teachers from the RCS as well.”
Glazunov's deeply romantic Concerto for Saxophone will be performed with saxophone and string quartet, while Jacob ter Velhuis' minimalistic and jazz/rock-inspired Tallahatchie Concerto will be accompanied by a quintet of saxophones and piano. These arrangements allow the concerts to take place in a more intimate chamber music setting, giving the musicians a chance to make a closer connection between the accompaniment and the soloist. Tickets are priced at £8, including a glass of wine at the interval, and are available from the church office on 0141 638 2599, or on the door on the night.
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September 2019 | Wedding Feature
So much has
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As one mum commented on mumsnet: “My godmother, who married in the eighties, bought her dress the week before, from Laura Ashley and there were no hen dos or stag dos."
So much has changed with weddings over the years. It was back in the early 70s when this reporter got wed (writes Nick Cowie.) Things were so much simpler then.
Things inevitably have moved on from these days and now your average wedding is a much bigger affair. One of the most important aspects of any wedding day is selecting the right reception venue, remember it can be much simpler to start and finish locally. This area not only has some of the best venues in the country but some of the very best services to guarantee a great day, from experienced caterers and florists to beauty specialists and photographers all at hand to help your day go smoothly.
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September 2019 | Legal Matters
ART FROM THE HEART A group of Sunday painters is inviting new artists to come along to enjoy creating art with others. The Wee Art Studio sessions take place on the first Sunday of each month, any time from noon to 3pm. Artists should bring their own materials and equipment although some boards and easels will be available. Many artists say how much they benefit from working in
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CBT focus on weight
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist has launched a series of weight management events in Newton Mearns.
The one-day courses take place in Parklands Hotel and Country Club, Ayr Road, and focus on utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to lose and manage weight. Andrew Kiani, who has recently retired from the Royal Air Force, brings many years of experience in the mental health industry, working with military personnel and civilian clients, to the events.
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He said: “The sessions are for people who feel defeated by their apparent inability to lose weight and keep it off. CBT has an excellent track record of success when applied to weight
management and can help people to manage cravings, to say no to the wrong foods and to prioritise an individual’s own health and well-being.
During the inaugural workshop in May, participant Gordon said: “I learned so much. Andy explains what can be a complicated and emotional subject in such a way that I felt at ease throughout the session. I feel in a great place to start my CBT weight loss journey.”
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September 2019 | What's On Calendar
Calendar of events Saturday 31st Autumn Woodland Trail
Greenbank House and Garden 7:30-9:30pm. It’s the season for waterproofs and wellies! Explore the woodland for some muddy fun, then head to the café for a delicious hot chocolate treat. www.nts.org.uk Also on Sunday 1st
Sunday 1st 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
Adult Pickleball Maccabi Centre 11.30am. Fastest growing sport in the USA. 0141 638 6177 Weekly
Monday 2nd Off Grid Toddlers Off Grid Community, Aidan's Brae 12-2pm. Outdoor parent and toddler group based in the woodlands at the top of Aidan's Brae, Clarkston. We have a mud kitchen, sand pit, water play, climbing etc. 07769 229503 email@example.com Weekly during term time Also runs Wednesdays 10am-12pm
Sunday Painters Session
The Wee Art Studio 12pm-3pm. Artists of all abilities are welcome to come along with their own materials and ideas and work in the studio. Opportunity to meet fellow painters and share ideas. Drop in £8. Advisable to reserve a space. 07870 519075 Weekly www.theweeartstudio.co.uk
First Steps Newton Mearns
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Broomburn Medical Centre 10am. New health walk for people looking to start some form of gentle exercise, meet new people and enjoy the outdoors. We welcome everyone to come and join us. 07894 802349 • 0141 451 0750 email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maccabi Centre 7.30pm. Supported play, where those who have had bridge lessons, or are returning to bridge, can play and get coaching at the same time. email@example.com
First Monday of the month
Eastwood Choral Society
Weekly Art Classes
Weekly until 2 December
Park Church, Ravenscliffe Drive, Giffnock 7.30-9.30pm. A mixed voice adult choir. Singing mainly classical and choral music, and perform concerts twice a year. A friendly choir and are always looking to encourage new members (particularly tenors!) so we would love you to come and join us. No auditions. Bring a mug for break time tea and biscuits. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wee Art Studio Kids, Adults and Teens, After School, Evening and Day classes. Nurturing your inner artist in lovely relaxing and creative space. Learn to paint, draw, make sculptures, mixed media and make friends! Caroline: 07870 519075 email@example.com www.theweeartstudio.co.uk
Martial Arts Club
Weekly during term time.
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
St Aidan’s Brae Baby & Toddler Group
Mearns Castle High School 6pm. Looking for new members aged 1018yrs. 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
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. www.ercultureandleisure.org Weekly during term-time
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 welcome. www.singglasgow.co.uk
Monday Morning Knit ‘n’ Natter
The Orry Mill, Eaglesham 10am-12pm. Together we will inspire, support and help each other. Thilde will also be on hand to give you a helping hand if you get stuck with your project. There will be served tea/coffee and biscuits. 01355 301244
Knit 'n' Chat
Renfrewshire Branch, Embroiderers’ Guild
Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 12-4pm. 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. There is no charge for this group but we encourage participants to purchase a tea or coffee from the Café. 0141 639 7248 Weekly. Also runs on Wednesdays
Fairweather Hall, Newton Mearns 7.30-10pm. Invitation to our Open Evening to enjoy mini ‘taster’ workshops. Materials supplied, tea and cake, all free. Find out about the talks and workshops on embroidery and textile art we have lined up for the coming year. 0141 639 9376 Weekly
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What's On Calendar | September 2019 Giffnock South Art Group
Tuesday Evening Walking Group
Parish Church, Eastwood Toll 2-4pm. Artists work on their own projects and at their own pace with a tutor on hand to offer friendly advice. 07770 588941 email@example.com
Greenbank Parish Church 7pm. We are a friendly bunch of all ages; we walk around the Clarkston area for 1 hour chatting all the way. www.greenbankglasgow.org.uk Weekly
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Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 2-4pm. Calling all Bridge Players! This is not a class, just a group of people getting together. It’s free, just donate some money for tea and coffee. Experienced or not, you can come along, watch a few games and learn the ropes… you will be a professional in no time! 0141 639 7248
Mini Football Mearns Primary School 5.15pm. Provides a gentle introduction to playing football using fun-based football activities. www.ercultureandleisure.org Weekly during term-time
Cuppa & Blether Eastwood Health Centre, Green House Café 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly. Also runs on Fridays
First Steps Eastwood Park Eastwood Park Café 9.30am. For people looking to start walking, all are welcome to come along and join in. email@example.com Weekly
Macmillan Move More Clarkston Halls 10am. This is a FREE weekly gentle movement class for people affected by cancer. A gentle exercise class to get you moving but help you to relax as well. 07867 441489 firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly
Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 12-4pm. Join our new Crochet group. Bring along your own project or start something new. This group is completely free and open to all abilities. Hope to see you there! 0141 639 7248 Weekly
Eastwood Bereavement Support Newton Mearns Parish Church 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. email@example.com First Tuesday of the month
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Maccabi Centre 7.30-10pm. Coached Badminton Club 18+. 0141 638 6177 Weekly
Mearns Kirk Helping Hands: Blether and a Brew
Rouken Glen Walkers
Meet at Pro-Soccer, Rouken Glen Park 10.30am. A walk up to an hour that will explore pathways within and surrounding the glen. Some of the routes will include climbing steps as well as walking on paths which might have a slight incline. firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly
Costa, Clarkston Toll 10am. Friendly and informal class for anyone who enjoys knitting, beginner or experienced, in the welcoming setting. 07929 984873 Weekly
Broom Church Halls 2pm. Join us for tea, coffee, sweet treats and good company! All welcome, no need to book. Suggested donation £1. 07858 552767 email@example.com
Wednesday 4th Burnbrae Bridge Club Social Table Tennis Maccabi Halls, Giffnock 1-3pm. All levels. All welcome 0141 638 6177 firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly
Adult Craft Group Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 12.30-2.30pm. Join in our new crafting group. 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. 0141 639 7248 Weekly
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 email@example.com
The Court Room, Milngavie Town Hall 6.45-10pm. We are a friendly and relaxed bridge club that welcomes new members and their partners. Please come and give us a try. 0141 563 8988 Weekly
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, FRI: 8-10pm. www.121glasgowscouts.org.uk Weekly during term-time
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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 487772 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Weekly
Stroll in Rouken Glen
Meet at Pro-Soccer, Rouken Glen Park 10.30am. A peaceful walk along pathways within the park. For beginners or people recovering from an injury or illness. The walk covers 1.5 miles and takes an hour. firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly
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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 welcomes new members. 0141 614 0962
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September 2019 | What's On Calendar
Calendar of events Thursday 5th Eastwood Photographic Society
Albertslund Hall, Newton Mearns 7.30pm. The club welcomes amateur photographers of all abilities to a varied programme of guest speakers, informal workshops, club competitions, outings and inter club events. www.eastwoodps.co.uk 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. 0141 589 6977 Weekly
Social Table Tennis The Maccabi Centre. 8-10pm. All levels. All welcome 0141 638 6177 firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly
Macmillan Move More Barrhead Foundry 11am. A FREE weekly gentle movement class for people affected by cancer. A class to get you moving but help you to relax as well. 07867 441489 email@example.com Weekly
Oasis Community Café
Thornliebank Parish Church 6pm. We will have board games available should you fancy a game of draughts or dominoes etc, and if you just want a chat with someone, there will be people there to listen and help you. Open to everyone with free soup and sandwiches. www.thornliebankparishchurch.org/ www.eagleshambeerfest.uk 1st and 3rd Thursday
Music Classes for Children
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
Stamperland Parish Church 9.45am P1. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly during term time
Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 2-6pm. Need a hand with a computer, laptop, tablet or even a smartphone? Join us at the Market Place Newton Mearns, for our free week day drop-in for a bit of help. 0141 639 7248 Weekly. Also runs on Fridays from 1-4.30pm
Friday 6th Macmillan East Ren Cancer Information and Support Drop-in
Community Cinema Club
Clarkston Library 10.30am-2.30pm. For anyone affected by cancer, every Friday, our volunteers offer a friendly listening ear over tea or coffee in our relaxed and comfy Macmillan space. No appointment needed. www.ercultureandleisure.org/macmillan
Newton House Care Home 2pm. Our Community Cinema Club for those who are living with Dementia or memory problems. This includes family and friends also. www.hamberleycarehomes.co.uk/carehomes/newton-house-care-home/
Singing for the Brain
Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 12-2pm. Join us for a cuppa and a good blether. Sit back, relax and enjoy a peaceful afternoon! All welcome. 0141 639 7248 Weekly
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Sewing Circle 250 Ayr Road, Newton Mearns G77 6AA 10am- 2pm. This is a group for people of all abilities. Whether you’re an expert or just trying it for the first time, come along and join us at The Market Place in The Avenue. 0141 639 7248 email@example.com Weekly
Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 11am-3pm. Plan for the future! Join us and Inksters Solicitors for a free drop in session. Come along and have a chance to chat about the Power of Attorney. 0141 639 7248 Weekly. Also runs on 20th September
Car Park, Station Road, Giffnock 12-4pm. Vintage cars will be on display with entertainment for children at the RBS car park. There will also be street entertainers throughout Giffnock so why not bring the whole family and make a day of it. And the best part? It doesn't cost a penny to come along and take part!
Busby & Clarkston Horticultural Society: Annual Show
Clarkston Halls 2-4pm. Exhibits and competitive classes in flowers, vegetables, pot plants, baking, handicrafts, floral art, photography and a young exhibitor’s section. Tearoom and Eastwood Beekeepers are added attractions as are the tombola, raffle & flower auction. Entry is £1.50 with under16s free. All welcome.
Newton Mearns Parish Church 10am-12pm. All the usual stalls and the chance for a chat, so we look forward to seeing you there. Today's coffee morning is in support of one of our Youth Group who is going to Tanzania in 2020 with World Challenge.
Beginners Scottish Country Dance/Ceilidh Class
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Giffnock Village Classic Car Show
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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 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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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. 0141 639 3528
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What's On Calendar | September 2019 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-yearolds. SAT: 11am-12pm and SUN: 1-2pm. 15+. £6 or £20 for block of 4. email@example.com Weekly
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Thursday 12th East Renfrewshire ASN Lego Club
Dunterlie Resource Centre 5:30pm. Young people up to the age of 25 are welcome to come along with their siblings or carers and join us for some Lego fun. We have free play, lego sets and games consoles with various Lego games. www.facebook.com/Eralegoclub Bi-weekly
Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre 11am. We provide adult and children's bikes and also electric adult bikes, balance bikes, kids' trailers and seats. Booking recommended. www.cyclestation.org.uk
ERM Club at MJ's Brasserie
MJ's Brasserie, Clarkston 7pm. East Renfrewshire Music Club hosts a night of music. Free entry. 7-7.30pm Featured Guitar. 7.30-9.15 Open Mic. 9.209.40 Twa. 9.45-10.30 Romarzs. firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 16th Renfrewshire Branch, Embroiderers’ Guild
Fairweather Hall, Newton Mearns 7.30-10pm. We stitch, we make, we talk and exchange helpful hints and ideas on embroidery and textile art. New members welcome. 0141 639 9376
Weekly. Also runs on Sundays
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
Music for Saxophone – Old and New Giffnock South Parish Church 7.30pm. A saxophone recital by Richard Scholfield, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland accompanied by the Resol String Quartet. Tickets £8 (includes a glass of wine) from church office or on the door 0141 638 2599
Muddy Monsters Tennis for Free
Cowan Park 1pm. Learn or refine your tennis skills and meet new people. clubspark.lta.org.uk Weekly
Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 11am-3pm. Whether you’re preparing to start a new community group or have been running a registered charity for some time, VAER can help you achieve your goals. Come with any questions about: funding, social enterprise, charity law/legal structures, local context and Volunteering/Volunteer Development. 0141 639 7248 Weekly. Also runs on 26th Sep from 5-9pm
Monday 9th Renfrewshire Branch, Embroiderers’ Guild: AGM
Fairweather Hall, Newton Mearns 7.30-10pm. AGM and Show and Tell. New members welcome. 0141 639 9376
Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre 1pm. Join the Rangers with your Wee Monsters as we explore nature through games and stories. www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/whitelee-crs Second Thursday of the month
Crookfur, Greenfarm & Mearns Village Community Council Dunterlie Resource Centre 7pm. We are a group comprising local residents who aim to give a voice to local people’s concerns and needs. email@example.com Second Thursday of the month
Death Café Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 6pm. Let's make death less of a taboo subject! Join us for tea, coffee, scones and conversation about death, dying and making the most of life. This is not a bereavement support group or information session – just a chance for us to come together in a relaxed, informal setting to chat and share views without any agenda. Come along and chat (or just listen) about all things death, dying & life! 0141 639 7248
Wednesday 18th U3A Monthly Meeting
Newton Mearns Parish Church 2.30pm. Liz McIntyre wil be teling us about ‘Love Letters from a Desert Rat’. Come and find out what he wrote to his 'love'. u3asites.org.uk/eastrenfrewshire/events
Thursday 19th Busby & Clarkston Horticultural Society: Winter Talks – Rockdust – Myth or Magic
Clarkston Halls 7.30pm. Jennifer Brodie from Banchory will enlighten us on the magic of Rockdust. Re-mineralising your soil can have a beneficial effect to the crops and flowers you grow. Keith Brand from Dunfermline shows his best evidence on how it works. He grows vegetables and gladioli for showing. All welcome, as our talks are free and open to non-members.
Want to Learn Ceilidh/ Scottish Country Dancing
Newton Mearns Parish Church Hall 7.30-9.15pm. Come and join us at our new class. Traditional ceilidh and Scottish country dancing. Bring your enthusiasm and comfy shoes. All welcome. 07902 127370 • www.rscdsglasgow.org Weekly until 10th December
Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 11am- 4pm. Talking Points are places in your community where you can come along and get information, advice and support about adult health, wellbeing and local community activities going on where you live. 0141 639 7248
Greenbank Parish Church 1:30pm. Moo Music is a fun interactive music, movement and play session for under 5s. Meet Maggie Moo and her musical Croo for some weekly Moosical fun. 07951 355 913 Weekly
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Clarkston Halls Tuesday 17th Sept, 7pm
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September 2019 | What's On Calendar
Calendar of events Friday 20th Mearns Kirk Helping Hands: Information and Advice Lunch Fairweather Hall, Newton Mearns 11am. A FREE lunch, plus information and advice about keeping yourself safe from fraud/ scams, maximising your income and how to access help and information from the Talking Points team. Booking essential. 07858 552767 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mearns Kirk Helping Hands: Cancer Support Group
Newton Mearns Parish Church Halls 2pm. If you have a current or historic cancer diagnosis we can provide; a warm welcome, tea, coffee and home baking, peer support and input from professionals. No booking or referral required. 07858 552767 email@example.com
Last Friday of the month
Elf & Faery Festival
Fairweather Hall, Newton Mearns 7.30-10pm. Workshop night, stitching, chatting about our textile work and embroidery. Learning more stitches and techniques. 0141 639 9376
The Buddy Holly Years â€“ Tribute Show
The Busby Hotel, Busby 7.30pm-1am. Take yourself back to the 1950s with The Buddy Holly Years show at The Busby Hotel. Includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, 3-course meal and a DJ until 1am. ÂŁ27.50 per person. 0141 644 2661 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Redhurst Hotel 7.30pm. Area Or National demonstrators show the art of flower arranging. Completed flower arrangements are raffled at the end of the evening for club funds. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available. Everyone is welcome to come along. There is a ÂŁ5 charge on the evening for visitors. New members always welcome. email@example.com www.safas.org.uk/Busby
Give Blood Newton Mearns, Broom Church 2-3:30pm & 5-7:30pm.People need blood for many reasons â€“ after trauma, general surgery, childbirth or to support cancer and leukaemia treatment. By giving blood at least once a year, you can make a huge difference. www.scotblood.co.uk
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Greenbank Garden 11am-4pm. Our popular Elf & Faery Festival returns. Arrive to discover your elf or faery name. Collect your activity sheet and set off to complete your challenges: Make an Elf or Faery Wand; Decorate Elf & Faery Slime to take home; Elf & Faery Trail in the garden; Decorate an acorn Toadstool; Make a elf/ faery door ÂŁ3 event fee per child & normal garden admission Adult & members free garden admission Adult non member - ÂŁ7.50 Child non member - ÂŁ5.50
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Friday 27th Mearns Bowling Club 7:30-9:30pm. Welcoming veterans to join each month.
Renfrewshire Branch, Embroiderersâ€™ Guild
Last Thursday of the month
Market Place, Avenue Shopping Centre 1-3pm & 6-8pm. Talk about the book chosen by the group. Come along and be part of the fun, its free! 0141 639 7248
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CLASS FUNDS FOR CHARITY fun charity’s work in a rural school in Uganda and allow them to buy desks, textbooks and supplies for the school.
Rachel said: “We had a great time at this year’s Spanish summer classes thanks to everyone who came along and thanks the volunteers who helped out. “I’m delighted we were able to raise £2237.50 through donations from the students at my adult Spanish class and from Language for Fun. Rachel Mercedes hosted a fundraising week teaching Spanish to children in Busby
A fundraising initiative has raised more than £2200 to support a school in Uganda, while inspiring youngsters to learn a new language. Rachel Mercedes, of Waterfoot, hosted the fundraising week, teaching Spanish to children at Cartsbridge Church in Busby. Children were led through a week with a packed programme of activities to help them learn Spanish through songs, games and arts and crafts, led by Rachel and a group of volunteers.
The children demonstrated their learning, with a Spanish performance for their families on the final day of the summer camp. The funds were donated to charity Change Tomorrow, which was founded by Newton Mearns couple Jonny and Dana Aird. The money will help the
WEDDING AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL Most expensive wedding ever? The marriage of Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. The price tag? $44 million.
“The money has been used to fund a range of items for the classroom, which have been taken out to the school already by friends who were going to visit.” Rachel runs Spanish club Estrellas Brillantes, teaching the language to all ages at the Cartsbridge Church in Busby. To find out more about fundraising initiatives and Spanish classes visit: www. facebook.com/Estrellas. Brillantes.Spanish and for more about Change Tomorrow and the work being carried out visit: www.changetomorrow.co.uk.
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September 2019 | Senior Savvy
LOCAL ART GROUP RETURNS A local art group restarts this month for a new season of classes after a summer break. Giffnock South Art Group meets every Monday at Giffnock South Parish Church at Eastwood Toll, from 2pm to 4pm. The first session will be September 2. Artists work on their own projects and at their own pace with a tutor on hand to offer friendly advice and encouragement. Many mediums are used including watercolours, acrylics and oils
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5 SAFETY. If loved ones find it difficult to walk do they need assistance or a walking aid? 6 DEPRESSION. If you see any hints of irritability, sadness, sleep difficulty this could be signs of depression. 7 SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT. Ask your loved ones to tell you about their friends. Resistance to socialising can eventually cause isolation.
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LOCAL OPTICIAN CELEBRATES TWO SUCCESSFUL YEARS A LOCAL opticians is inviting customers to drop in and help celebrate its second birthday. Specsavers in Newton Mearns is marking its two-year anniversary at The Avenue Shopping Centre on Saturday 7th September. To mark this occasion, the store will be welcoming shoppers and selling sweet treats, with all proceeds going towards The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). RNIB is the UK’s leading charity supporting blind and partially sighted people. The team has an array of fun activities planned on the day, with ‘pin the glasses on the dog’ for the children. This state-of-the-art store has been providing the residents of Newton Mearns with first-class optical and audiology services, with two test rooms featuring the latest technology and equipment as well as advanced audiology services, thanks to a dedicated hearing centre in store. Specsavers Newton Mearns has demonstrated its commitment to the town through investment to the tune of £250,000. It offers customers a free examination using cutting-edge OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) equipment. This allows the optician to look deeper into the eyes than ever before and has the ability to detect treatable eye
From left to right: Liz Black - Optical Consultant, Emma Robb - Director, Angelica Barnes - Optical Consultant and Nishma Patel - Store Manager
conditions, including the early detection of glaucoma. Emma Robb, store director at Specsavers Newton Mearns, says: “It is a really exciting time for us marking our second year in business – and what a successful two years it has been. “We wouldn’t be where we are without all the customers who trust us with their eye and ear health. I want to thank each and every one of them for helping make the store the success story it is today and we hope to welcome more new faces in the future. “I also want to extend an extra special thank you to all of the valued staff members for their hard work and dedication. Their commitment and passion is truly exceptional.” Specsavers Newton Mearns
employs fifteen staff members and is proud to invest in their continued career development. Optical consultant Angelicia Barnes has been working through a series of qualifications to develop her career over the past two years, and Kelsey Cairns joined the team with no optical experience and has up-skilled to become the store’s Contact Lens Supervisor. Meanwhile, store manager Nishma Patel is undertaking Specsavers’ internal development programme which could ultimately pave the way for her to become a store director in the future. Staff training also extends beyond career development – with other programmes available that ultimately benefit the customer. One such scheme, recently
undertaken by optical consultant Liz Black, is Dementia Friends – an initiative that provides training that helps people in the local community to make a positive difference to people living with dementia. Store director Emma adds: “This is just one example of our commitment to doing all we can to help all customers, including those who may need a little extra support. “We’re so proud to be an integral part of the community here in Newton Mearns and this birthday marks the second of many. “We would encourage anyone who wants to find out more about our services, or who wants to check out the superb range of specs available for all tastes and budgets, to pay us a visit.”
To book an appointment for an eye examination, visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/newtonmearns or call the store on 0141 639 4897
September 2019 | Local News
SNAP THE MOON AND STARS HELPING HANDS LUNCH A community support group is inviting people to a free Information and Advice Lunch. The Mearns Kirk Helping Hands event-up is on September 20 from 11am to 2.15pm at Fairweather Hall, Barrhead Road, Newton Mearns. The group is committed to improving health, wellbeing and reducing isolation within the community. Participants will hear from a range of speakers with advice on how to protect yourself from banking fraud and ensuring you get the financial help you are entitled to. The event is free but booking is essential. Call Vicky on 07858 552767 or email: hello@ mkhelpinghands.org.uk. See mkhelpinghands.org.uk.
Keen photographers are invited to join a special taster session this month to learn how to capture pictures of the night sky. The three-hour Photography Experiences – Astrophotography course will be held at Whitelee Wind Farm, Moor Road, near Eaglesham, on Friday September 27 from 8pm. Experienced photographer Stuart Dreghorn, of Glasgow southsidebased Dreghorn Photography will lead the course, which costs £40. Participants will be required to bring their own SLR, bridge or compact mirrorless camera, as well as warm and waterproof clothing, sensible shoes and a small torch.
Stuart said: “This taster session offers hands-on experience in the art of astrophotography and participants will learn how to navigate the night sky and also how to take successful photographs. “I hold the course at Whitelee where there are low levels of light pollutions and therefore a higher chance of seeing more features of the dark sky. “We will cover topics such as capturing the moon, starscapes, bulb exposures and star trails.” A longer course of four hours
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takes place in November at costs £90. This month, Dreghorn Photography will also be leading a photography tour as part of the Doors Open Day weekend on September 1 at 10am. The free event, which must be booked, offers the chance to see buildings and parts of Glasgow that are not normally open to the public, receive expert tuition on photography and learn a bit of local history, too. For further information see
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TRACING ROOTS AND HISTORY A series of local classes have been lined up to help people to get hands on with local heritage and history this autumn. Guided walk-and-talk sessions take place in September and October and aim to shine a light on three popular areas in East Renfrewshire, Netherlee, Giffnock and Eaglesham. The walks will be led by two local historians, Dr Stuart Nisbet and tutor Susan Hunter. An Introduction to Ancestry class is scheduled for Wednesday September 11 at Mearns Library. It will introduce participants to the Ancestry Library edition website where you can search through millions of records with ease. Alternatively, perhaps you would enjoy unlocking the mysteries of maps, which can help with family and local history. A Discovering Maps class takes place at Giffnock Library on Wednesday September 18. Meanwhile, genealogist Lorna Kinnaird, from the popular TV series The Generation Frame, will be leading a Family History for
STITCHERS REGROUP The Renfrewshire Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild return to their weekly meetings this month. Newcomers and guild members alike will enjoy mini “taster” workshops as well as tea and cake – all free – on September 2 at 7.30pm at Fairweather Hall, Newton Mearns.
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Beginners day course on Sunday September 22 at Giffnock Library. Lorna’s last classes sold out and have been brought back due to popular demand. There are other courses at libraries across East Renfrewshire, including in Newton Mearns, Clarkston, Giffnock and Barrhead. Amanda Robb, of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, which is hosting the sessions, said:
“We have experienced tutors with a wealth of knowledge all set to share their expertise with participants of these courses.” Tickets prices and locations vary. Places can be booked online at: eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0141 577 4956. Also see www.ercultureandleisure.org/ article/8027/Local-and-familyhistory-classes.
The group will also announce the speakers, workshops and classes as part of their busy programme over the coming months. There is a bi-annual exhibition at Greenbank Gardens in Clarkston. A spokesperson said: “We are a friendly group of people interested in embroidery and the textile arts.” See Renfrewshire Embroiderers Guild on Facebook and embroiderersguild.com.
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September 2019 | Local News
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Eastwood Park Theatre has announced its official pantomime for 2019 will be Cinderella, presented by the cast from Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts (GAMTA). It is the first time that the acclaimed and pioneering musical theatre company will produce a pantomime at the Giffnock venue. The team promises that this year’s pantomime will be extra special as they prepare to deliver show stopping, all singing, all dancing performances this festive season, from December 11 to December 30. Anthony McReavy, from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “We can’t wait to
bring the truly magical story of Cinderella to life during our festive season this year and we’re excited to welcome the cast from GAMTA to our stage. “GAMTA is home to many stars in the making and has a long history of producing successful pantomimes that are enjoyed by all the family, so we know that our audiences are in for a treat.” Many GAMTA graduates go on to make a career of acting, working
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Principal Shaaron Graham said: “We’ll be bringing the Cinderella story, songs and characters to life at Eastwood Park Theatre this year while sprinkling some special GAMTA panto magic on top. It’s set to be a great show so book early so you don’t miss out.” Tickets for Cinderella are on sale now, priced at £15 standard, £12 concession/child and Family Ticket for two adults and two children is £45. The venue also has an offer in place for those making larger bookings, so if you bring a group of 10 people to the show one person can go free. You can buy tickets online at www.eastwoodparktheatre. co.uk or secure your seats by calling the Eastwood Park Theatre box office on 0141 577 4956.
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