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CLASSES | CLUBS | MEETINGS | EVENTS | TALKS West End Life publishes details of classes, group meetings, local clubs and any one off or regular events within the West End Life distribution area. To have your submission included in the magazine and on the website please send details to charles@westendlife.biz Our deadline dates for the coming year are available on our website. Dowanhill, Hyndland and Kelvinside Community Council Meet 2nd Monday of each month at Hillhead Sports Club (normally upstairs in the clubhouse) at 7:00pm. 32 Hughenden Road Glasgow G12 9XP

Community Councils Broomhill CC 2nd Wednesday of the month with the exception of January, July and August. The meetings are held in Broomhill Primary School Annexe, 67 Randolph Road, Glasgow G11 7EE from 7pm-9pm. www.broomhillcc.wordpress.com broomhillcommunitycouncil@gmail.com Hillhead CC Meet 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm www.hillheadcc.org.uk North Kelvin CC Meet 3rd Tuesday every month Venue: St Charles’ Church Hall, 1 Kelvinside Gardens, G20 6BG Jordanhill CC Meet 1st Monday of the month except July and August in Jordanhill Church Hall, Woodend Drive, at 7.15 p.m. www.jordanhillcc.org Scotstoun Community Council Monthly meetings on last Thursday of each month (except July & December) 7.30pm Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, Balmoral St, Glasgow G14 0BL scotscoco@gmail.com

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Talks Historical Association Talks Thursday 14th April Hillhead Library 5.30pm. “From War Horse to Iron Horse” Hear John Stelling breaking new ground talking about the first mechanised war in WW1: planes, tanks, submarines and also inventions of the troops in the trenches. For further information, contact the Secretary: gwsbhistoricalassociation@gmail.com

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London’s calling for West End gift shop! SPiRiTO is a much loved gift shop based in Broomhill in Glasgow’s West End. For the past 16 years SPiRiTO has been a longstanding favourite with Westenders, providing them with beautiful gifts and homewares. In their 16th year of business, the team at SPiRiTO have received some exciting news; they have been selected as a finalist in The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2016! These prestigious awards recognise the top independent gift retailers from around the UK. SPiRiTO has been shortlisted for two awards; the Independent Gift Retailer Award (Scotland) and the Best Retailer Initiative Award for their jewellery. However, this isn’t the first time the popular team at SPiRiTO have tasted award success! They have previously been winners of 4 retail awards. From The Greats Gift Retailer Awards, SPiRiTO has won the Independent Gift Retailer Award (Scotland) 2010 and the Best Retail Display Award 2011. They have also won the Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of

Greeting Cards Award in 2011 from The RETAs Greeting Card Awards. And last year, celebrating their 15th year in business, SPiRiTO won the Bespoke Retailer of the Year Award from the Scottish Independent Retailer Awards as voted for by the public. “We are delighted and very honoured to be selected for these awards. It is a great acheivement to be shortlisted and it means so much to us. We would like say a massive thank you to all our lovely customers for their support and loyalty as we could not do it without you!” This years Great Gift Retailer Awards ceremony will take place in London on the 5th of May where the winners will be announced. So fingers crossed that SPiRiTO experience another taste of award success in their sweet sixteenth year! 317 - 319 Crow Rd, Broomhill, Glasgow G11 7 BU T: 0141 337 3307 E: spiritoglasgow@aol.com W: www.spiritogifts.com

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Dab Den, the contemporary construction company that specialises in the design and build of luxury garden rooms, extensions and new build houses, announces its official launch in Glasgow. The award-winning organisation, which has a presence in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, was established in 2011. Architects Kerr Byers and Katherine Davies unique aesthetic approach incorporates natural high grade Siberian larch timber cladding and slimline dark grey aluminium windows, which are carefully detailed to create a sleek and modern appearance that complements old and new buildings alike. Dab Den, the one-stop, design and build Construction Company, is also a certified EPDM installer, as well as a SIP specialist, and members of Trada, making the team highly skilled and qualified in every aspect of the build.

Kat Byers, director of Dab Den, says, “Glasgow is one of Europe’s most on-trend cities and known as the ‘City of Style’. Having been so warmly welcomed by the city following our awards success and the clear connection between our products and the people of the city, it seemed the next sensible step for growth.” Kat continues, “Although timber is our most popular aesthetic finish to the garden rooms and extensions we also have other ranges of smooth white cladding and slate stone, which we are looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s Ideal home show. We look forward to showcasing our work and discussing architectural projects with our potential new clients.” For further information on Dab Den and to speak to Kat or Kerr please contact 01330 833861 or visit www.dabden.com

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MAJOR ART FAIR RETURNS TO GLASGOW Glasgow is hosting the second of what has become a major date on the cultural calendar with the staging of the Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair. The 2016 Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair takes place at the iconic venue of the Old Fruitmarket on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th April, featuring quite literally hundreds of galleries, artists, printmakers and art collectives, as Glasgow born organiser Gerry Muldoon of GM Events outlines. “Following last year’s successful inaugural event, we will again be featuring some of the best known galleries and artists from the Central Belt, exhibitors from all over Scotland and several from further afield will be present. Exhibition space sold out very quickly indeed and again we have a waiting list.” The GCAF is an opportunity for artists and galleries to exhibit and sell contemporary affordable and original art at a centrally located and iconic venue, with two floors of work and prices ranging from around £50 to upwards of £10,000. Visitors can expect to see a wonderful range and variety of original art, prints, sculpture and photography while the event will feature established, celebrity, and newly qualified up and O R I G I N A L

coming artists and work especially commissioned for the fair. During the weekend, the public will have the chance to ‘meet and greet’ artists such Gerard Burns, Dominika Zurawska, Ade Adesina, Ron Lawson and Agita Keiri. And, as Gerry explains, the opening night will provide something a bit different. “The Friday will be a Preview Evening, with tickets priced at £9 plus booking fee, offering guests live music, courtesy of the Ritz Trio, and a glass of bubbly on arrival. “Feedback from last year confirmed the Old Fruitmarket is the ideal venue for this type of event, being just a short walk from George Square with good nearby car parking, and already the GCAF has become a regular date in Glasgow’s cultural calendar.” The opening times are as follows – Friday 22nd April 6 pm – 9 pm; Saturday 23rd April 9.30 am – 5.30 pm; Sunday 24th April 10 am – 5 pm. Entrance fees on the Saturday and Sunday will be just £3 per adult with children under 15 free. For further information, including a full list of exhibitors, visit www.gcaf.co.uk

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The Store Interiors in Glasgow’s West End has undergone a considerable revamp over the past year. Here are just a few of the comments received since. A fanominal experience. Fantastic range, great staff and excellent bargains. I will definitely be back. My hall has never looked better.

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VVA a premium Scottish brand specialising in luxury handbags have teamed up with The Prince & Princes of Wales Hospice to raise vital funds for the charity. The Prince & Princes of Wales Hospice provides high quality clinical, emotional, social and spiritual care for patients who have a progressive, life threatening illness. The charitable collaboration was marked at the annual ‘Handbag and Gladrags’ party, a fundraising lunch which raised a total of £10,000 for a new hospice in Bellahouston Park. Organised by Hazel Tomkins, owner of Urban Bar and Brasserie,

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more than 120 ladies attended the Handbag and Gladrags event to welcome VVA’s exciting new initiative. VVA have donated a classic Dahlia Tote bag to the charity. ‘Hannah’, The Hospice Handbag, will now begin a journey around the globe with Handbag and Gladrags guests, raising awareness and funds for the charity. Sarah Haran, founder of VVA, says: ‘We are encouraging all of our ladies to take Hannah on their international travels! Everyone who takes The Hospice Handbag on their holidays has been asked to snap her against iconic, international landmarks allowing supporters of The Prince

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Our fully trained staff members are on hand to provide training to the highest of standards, while making sure that you have a fun and enjoyable experience. We have been training students from 2 years to professional standard for over two decades and continue to produce the professionals of tomorrow every season. Students each year leave the G12 fold to go on to the professional arena to schools like - Laine Theatre Arts, Bird College, Millennium Performing Art School, London Studio Centre, Performers, LAMDA and more. Students work professionally whilst training at G12 Studio through the G12 Agency, and have had students recently perform with the Hoff in the SECC panto, in Pricilla with Jason Donavan, with Frankie Boyle for the BBC, with Mark Hayes for This Morning as well as appearing in films, TV Shows and Stage shows such as Cameron McIntosh’s Oliver and starring in the Westend as Billy in Billy Elliot. Former students are appearing in Music Videos, Cruise Ships and West End Shows such as; ‘Grease’, ‘High School Musical’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Chicago’, and many more, we are proud to be known as one of the UK’s best training centres and love that we can do all of this from the heart of Glasgow’s Westend.

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P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea 2016 GREENOCK: 18 & 19 JUNE

It’s fast, furious, free to watch, family entertainment and it’s coming to Greenock in June. It’s making its first ever visit to Scotland, with a double bill of powerboat racing and jet ski action on the Clyde. It’s the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea. Jet Ski Freestylers Lee Stone & Jason Bleasdale tricks. The Esplanade will be closed to traffic and transformed into the Inverclyde Showcase, with exhibition stands and marquees showing off the best of the areas tourism-related businesses, including leisure activities, visitor attractions, food and drink, and accommodation. The event, co-hosted by Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde, will deliver a weekend of thrilling marine motorsport, with a fleet of P1 Panther race boats and around 40 jet skis competing in the P1 SuperStock and AquaX UK championships. The 2-mile race course will be close-to-shore at Greenock’s Esplanade, making it ideal for spectators to catch all the race action. The on-water action will also include high energy jet ski freestyle displays performed by the World and British champions, Lee Stone and Jason Bleasdale and will also see international flyboarder, Sonnie Bean wowing the crowds with his flips and

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “This major event will attract thousands of sports fans to Inverclyde, an area with a rich maritime history. Visitors are guaranteed a friendly welcome and the event is expected to bring significant benefits to the local economy. The River Clyde will provide a magnificent backdrop for the racing.” The Friday of the race weekend will see the powerboat teams and jet ski riders arriving to begin their preparations and familiarise themselves with the race location and conditions. On Saturday the racing will get underway, together with jet ski freestyle displays and hydroflight performances, and there will be more action on

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Sunday to determine the Grand Prix of the Sea winners in all the classes. The event will conclude with trophy presentations and champagne celebrations on the podium. Flying the flag for Inverclyde and Scotland in the P1 SuperStock series will be local racers Gordon Wicklow and Dino Zavaroni in the 28ft ‘Spirit of Inverclyde’ powerboat. They will compete in all five championship rounds, kicking off in Scarborough in mid-May and then moving on to Gosport, Cardiff and Bournemouth after the Scottish event. In addition to the crowds watching the racing in Greenock, the Inverclyde event will be broadcast on Sky Sports and Motors TV in the UK and internationally to more than 100 countries. You can find more information and find the full event schedule at www.P1SuperStock.co.uk or search for the event on Facebook: 2016 P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea.

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How to avoid the ‘gap yah’ cliché this summer!

By Jodie Molyneux

You are now only wearing one pair of socks to bed and it’s no longer physically painful to go out without a coat....yes, that’s right, it’s Scottish summertime! To those of you out there still blessed with several month long summers, there are several options open to you (not including the ever-tempting Netflix binge). It can become difficult to avoid the ‘gap yah’ trope and so, in efforts to avoid becoming a cliché here are a few suggestions on how to spend your precious free months in a worthwhile and ethical way.

Summer Jobs I understand it may not be the most appealing idea in the world, but a worthwhile one I can guarantee! The benefits of getting a part-time job go far beyond the extra pocket money too, though it certainly is a sweetener when you are able to buy your own makeup/food/taxis (delete as applicable!). Working during your school years looks fantastic on a CV; it shows college and university staff in future applications that you are hard working, reliable and that you have one eye on your academics but the other on real world, business skills. The skills learnt at a summer or part-time job are often ones that can’t be acquired at school, such as cash handling and the all important customer service skills (working in retail is often a lesson in biting your tongue!). Aside from the obvious monetary benefits and the invaluable skills learnt, working at a summer job can also expand your friendship circles and you may find yourself working alongside people you may not have met otherwise.....connections connections!

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Traveling/Inter-railing Ok, so I may not have convinced all of you to spend your summer days working behind a till...many students set their sights on more exotic locations than the local shopping centre. Planning a summer trip volunteering abroad is a massively popular choice across the UK; not only does it promise adventure, travel and possibly sunshine, but also the chance to ‘give back’ to communities in need. However, good intentions and enthusiasm can very often be misplaced and even exploited, so extreme caution should be taken when planning such trips. The trend of ‘voluntourism’ is now big money and touring companies charge thousands of pounds for the privilege of traveling to the poorest communities, and though it is a hard pill to swallow as a wideeyed student, but not all companies or non-profit organizations are doing honest and necessary work. It is important therefore to do your research, such as looking at problems facing your interest area and asking the volunteering organization the right questions, for example “where is my money going?” and “how is the organization working with the community?”. If researched thoroughly, and you can be sure that the work will make a positive impact in the community, the trip may well change your perspective on a lot of things and could be the trip of a lifetime!

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AVIVA METHOD - A powerful tool to restore your hormonal balance. How can I learn the Aviva Method?

Hormonal balance is vital to a healthy mind and body, but can be disrupted in many ways. Hormone imbalance can be caused by toxins or an unbalanced lifestyle.

Learn the Aviva Method exercise from a certified Aviva Method instructor through a one-off four-hour workshop either in a small group (maximum 4 people) or one-to-one with an instructor. Once you have learned the exercise you can practice it at home or you can join the weekly practice classes. To get the expected results 30 minutes exercise twice a week is recommend.

The Aviva Method can offer a natural, medication-free solution for those wishing for increased fertility and hormonal balance. 30 minutes Aviva Method exercise twice a week can help in the following conditions: • Hormonal imbalance • Unexplained infertility • Repeated miscarriages • Heavy, painful or/and long periods PMS, (bloating, irritability, fatigue, and emotional reactivity) • The absence of, or irregular cycles • Bladder or bowel weakness (incontinence) • Hormonal weight problems • Early menopause & uncomfortable menopause symptoms • PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Uterine fibroids and early stage of Endometriosis

How does the Aviva Method work? Through practicing this unique exercise on a regular basis the organs of the pelvic region receive a more steady supply of blood and an increased amount of oxygen, hormones and nutrients. Stimulating and strengthening the muscles and organs of the pelvic region can help in the healing of various problems. The method can also help to decrease the symptoms of ageing by stimulating hormone production and regulating hormone levels in the body.

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Whether you’re mid-way through a project or not sure where to start, The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show is brimming with bright ideas. Swap months of scouring the internet for face-to-face consultations, expert advice and hundreds of products – all under one roof. Experts will be on hand to provide free guidance and support for every project from first home alterations to a full scale self build, at 32 free seminars and masterclasses as well as the Ask the Architects and The Advice Centre advice areas.

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The lost hour means it’s time to garden

by Kieran Gallagher

The clocks changing forward an hour is a significant event in the gardening calendar. In the past it marked the beginning of the bedding plant season at Cardwell Garden Centre, a season that lasted a firm 10 weeks until mid June, when everything quietened down for the summer. By this point, our customers’ plants were in place and it was maintenance that was key. The changing weather patterns mean that April is considered too cold to plant all your summer bedding without thinking about cold nights. There is no guarantee that the west of Scotland will not have frost during this period, so

please bear that in mind. Some areas of your garden will have shown growth by now and there is plenty of work to tackle before the weather warms up. Many trees and shrubs will benefit from a light pruning to remove some dead wood and encourage new growth in its place. It is recommended that you do not prune spring flowering perrenials such as rhododendrons, camelias and magnolias until after they have flowered. A light prune is advised here, do not trim too far if you don’t want to affect growth this year. Use this hands on time to check for damage caused by the winter

weather and any unwanted parasites or diseases that are present. Pay particular attention to the underside of leaves and stems, where larvae will hatch. Simple treatments before pests take hold will save a lot of time and effort in the future. If you are unsure what the problem is, cut off some of the affected plant and bring it into us for inspection. Remember, do not compost any diseased plant and you should not put it in your garden recycling bin either. Remember gardening should be a pleasure, not a chore. If you bite off more than you can chew, it can quickly grow tiresome.

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✘ marks the spot

We are off to the polling stations twice this summer - once to elect a new Scottish Parliament By Joanne Simms and once to decide whether we are in or out of Europe. Did you know you are represented by eight Members of the Scottish Parliament? That’s a sobering thought, especially as the basic pay for an MSP rises this month (April) to just over £60K. One represents your Scottish Parliament constituency and the other seven are your regional representatives. There are 73 constituencies, each represented by one MSP. There are also eight regions, each electing seven regional MSPs. That’s why you get two ballot papers and X marks the spot on each one. There are three ways in which you can cast your vote for them: in person at a polling station; by post or by proxy. But first you need to register. This can be done on line by visiting www.gov.uk - you will find all you need to know in the voting section by clicking on Citizenship and Living in the UK. You can register on line with your National Insurance number, or print out paper copies of the forms to send

by post to your local Electoral Registration Office, which is usually at your local council. If you chose to vote in person a poll card will arrive through the post. The polling station staff are there to help; the presiding officer of the station can mark your ballot if you need help or you can ask to see a large print ballot paper. Postal votes were traditionally used by people holidaying or working away but more people are choosing this because work or family commitments mean they can’t be sure of getting to the polling station on the day. You need to give a signature to help prevent electoral fraud. Someone you trust can cast your vote for you, by proxy, when you cannot get to the polling station because of illness or travel. It is especially useful for members of the armed forces or people living overseas who cannot be sure postal ballot papers would arrive back in time. The person you appoint has to be registered individually. You can apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on

polling day if you fall ill. Once the votes are cast they have to be counted. The constituency candidate with the most votes is elected; good oldfashioned first past the post stuff. The formula for deciding who wins each of a region’s seven seats is like a nightmare mental arithmetic test at primary school. This is how the Electoral Commission explains it: ‘The formula is the total number of regional votes received divided by the number of seats (constituency and regional) already gained in that region +1. ‘The party with the highest result after the formula is applied gains an additional seat. The calculation is repeated until all the additional seats have been awarded. For a party with no seats the number of votes received is divided by one, and so stays the same. If the party already has one seat in that region then its number of votes is divided by two, if it has two seats in that region it is divided by three, and so on.’ Easy isn’t it?

18 April: last day you can register to vote | 19 April: Deadline for postal vote applications 5 May: Scottish Parliament polling day | 23 June: EU referendum polling day

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...Glorious Environment! Lying on the outskirts of Milngavie and set in beautiful countryside Milngavie Golf Club is a delight to see and an even greater pleasure to play. With a Par of 68 and measuring just under 6,000 yards, Milngavie presents a challenge to the best of players whilst the various Tee options allow the mere mortals amongst us to compete whilst enjoying the most peaceful and stunning of locations. Membership of Milngavie, however, not only gives you the opportunity to play on your own course but entitles you to play on other James Braid courses at a much reduced cost. Milngavie is also a Member of the “1895 Association”, membership of which entitles you to play on other courses – for free – that were founded in the same year. We are also part of a “reciprocal Golf” scheme which allows you to play on local courses, once again, at a much reduced green fee. The last 6 months have seen significant changes at Milngavie. We now have a new Catering Manager, Gillian Hughes and Bob Collinson, a well-known and highly respected coach, has joined us to impart his wisdom and advice to our Members. It is our belief that Gillian and Bob’s appointments will enhance, considerably, our Members’ experience and enjoyment of Milngavie. We also have an association with American Golf at Drumchapel, an association which entitles our Members to a significant discount when they make a purchase in the store.

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