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Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Glasgow, had the pleasure of meeting with Aileen Campbell, Children’s Minister and North United Communities (NUC) at the HUB in Maryhill recently. Speaking at the visit, Bob said: “Youth organisations such as North United Communities make a terrific contribution to social and community wellbeing. The Scottish Government value their work, as can be evidenced from the visit from the Children’s Minister. NUC continue to provide high quality youth work services which help promote the wellbeing and the development of young people in north Glasgow, and I commend them for it. I believe that the greatest gains to be achieved in both reduced inequality and improved outcomes for children will come from supporting parents and carers through community organisations like NUC. The work NUC have done in the north of Glasgow, to break down territorialism and broaden the horizons of young people, is to be

commended. North United Communities also expressed an interest in the Scottish Government’s Early Years Change Fund - a fund which will focus on delivering improved outcomes for children and families. Whilst the disbursement of the fund is still subject to detailed discussions, I can commend NUC as a potential recipient and look forward to supporting their application for funding.” Jill Mackay, Project Manager of North United Communities, said: “North United Communities provide a comprehensive range of services to communities across north Glasgow, including family support, educational services, drug and alcohol awareness, sports activities and an employment service. The visit from the Minister was greatly appreciated, and I thank Bob Doris MSP for facilitating this. Going forward, we will be submitting a funding application to the Early Years Change Fund as soon as the eligibility criteria become available.”

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Gemini (22 May - 21 June) Your xxxx time of reflection has come, and you are now assessing the past, present and the future, this is a good time for you to make important decisions for the next few months; new jobs, people and places are high on the agenda this month. Try to keep it real and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a drama out of normality!

Sagittarius (23 Nov - 21 Dec) Tension seems high around some xx of you and the emotional strain is beginning to show, some of you feel like running away, but remember you can share your thoughts and worries as some wise words from an older relative will help put it all in perspective. Try not to jump before looking!

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Your mind is alight with ideas both xxxxxxxxx creative and practical, your intuition is at an all-time high too and you just know where to be at the right time, as lady luck stand there in your corner. It is a great time to get projects that make you passionate off the ground, remember the mere mortals at this time as we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all have your inner sight and drive.

Capricorn (22 Dec - 20 Jan) A lighter feeling comes to you this xxxxx month and it seems as if a great weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Capricorns are known to be old in the head when young, the good news is as you get older you are feeling much younger in the head and this allows you to have some fun, enjoy.

Leo (24 July - 23 Aug) There has been a lot of emphasis on xxxxxxxxx your financial situation and you decide to take a good look at you current affairs, try to keep it real and don not tie up too much of your hard earned cash in trust funds or hair brain ideas, balancing your mind as well as your cash is important this month, resist buying what you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need.

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Virgo (24 Aug - 23 Sept) xxxxxxxxx Time for you to get out the plans of last year and check any areas that you may have left untied as this is a good month to get everything pushed forward to make contact with those in the know!! You are on the right track and success is there for the taking, go get it.

xxxxxxxxxx With the sun in your sign in the next week or so you begin to see what all the fuss over the last few months have been about. This is a great month for you to focus on sorting out your love, work and financial life and you are also more aware of who your real friends are and drop the hangers on, off once and for all, happy birthday.

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Bbrrrrrr!! Jeezo! How cold has it been these last few days? I may have to ditch the healthy walking the wean to nursery lifestyle. Back to the luxury of the car and air conditioning on high I think. I have however, invested in an ice scraper that doubles as a fluffy mitt. I know those of you who know me are like, Naw Susie, clear your garage and park your car in there then you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a frosty windscreen. Heehee Still the bright side is there has been no snow when everywhere else has had it. I just hope I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t jinxed it for everyone! Anyway hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a couple of lovely new takes on chilli always guaranteed to banish the winter blues.

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Carron Estate to get £3.5m Grow Green Awards 2012 Send us your nominations now! Green facelift! Community Energy Savings Programme in conjunction with….

Do you know someone who is passionate about making the North East or East End of Glasgow a greener place to live? Then we want to hear from you! Awards are open to individuals, groups, schools, and local businesses that are making a real difference; whether they are getting people out on their bikes, growing their own food or even setting up a community composting scheme.

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NORTH Glasgow Housing Association is negotiating with Scottish Gas to bring £3.5m investment to the Carron area. Operating a carbon reduction programme on behalf of the Government, Scottish Gas will organise and deliver a programme of housing improvements that will lead to lower carbon emissions and reduced heating bills for Tenants and Owners alike. Robert Tamburrini, Chief Executive of North Glasgow Housing Association said: “In these tough economic times we want to help our tenants and residents in any way we can and make their homes as economically and environmentally friendly as possible. By replacing old gas boilers with more efficient “A” rated ones, installing gas central heating systems and providing external insulation our tenants and residents will see the benefits of these energy saving improvements in their pocket”. We hope that the programme of works will start in April and complete by October 2012.

The proposals from Scottish Gas include: • New insulated overcladding • New “A” rated condensing boilers & new radiators in place of old or obsolete systems • Replacement of electric heating in tenements with new efficient gas heating systems • Free home energy advice from Scottish Gas • A relocation of satellite dishes to roof masts • New Gutters and Downpipes if required North Glasgow Housing Association and Scottish Gas will be hosting a drop in Open Day for Tenants & Owners on:28th February 2012 Salvation Army Hall 192 Fernbank Street between 1pm-7pm We look forward to seeing you then, answering all of your questions and guiding you through these important proposals from Scottish Gas.

New Course “Activated” in North Glasgow A NEW foundation course in community development run in partnership with North Glasgow Housing Association and Glasgow University kicked off this week in Springburn, North Glasgow. Building on the experience of volunteers and activists in the local community, the Activate course is a way of developing community capacity by giving participants the opportunity to reflect on their practice in the light of basic community work values and principles. The ten-week 50 hour course challenges local people working in the community to think more deeply about the work they are doing and how they can contribute to the development of their community. Key concepts of the course include What is community work?, Values and principles of

community work, Power and participation (including influencing decision-makers) and Local global issues. Regeneration Co-ordinator for North Glasgow HA Margaret Layden said: “The Activate course delivered in our training centre by Glasgow University is fantastic. It will give the participants new skills and confidence which will benefit them and the communities they live and work in.”

Helen Martin, Programme Co-ordinator from Glasgow University said: “The course allows volunteers to study community development and is an access route for further education either at College or University” What was certainly evident from the first session is that for some, it is about volunteering or working in their communities that makes a real difference.

Sustainable Business An award for a local business which has taken significant and practical steps to make their business more environmentally sustainable. Sustainable School This award is for a school that has made had a real impact in promoting ‘green’ lifestyles both within the school and the local community. Send completed nominations to jeremy@playbusters.org.uk or to Jeremy Laycock, Playbusters, 1345-1351 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G31 2JT by Sunday, 19th February 2012 Eligibility • All nominations must be submitted on a completed nomination form. • Anyone can nominate any individual, group, business or school or you are free to nominate yourself. • The nominations are open to anyone whose activities are having an impact in the North East and East End of Glasgow and who has gone that ‘extra mile’ to make a real difference. • The activities related to the nomination must have taken place between 1st February 2011 and 1st February 2012. • The closing date for entries to be received either by post or email is Sunday, 19th February 2012. How to complete your nominationHow to complete your nomination • Please keep your nomination clear and concise. This is your chance to really sell the nominee so please ensure you explain how they meet the criteria for their category. • An individual or group may be nominated in more than one category, however a separate nomination form must be completed for each category detailing why they meet the specific criteria for that category. Please make sure that you clearly explain: • When the work was carried out? • What was the nominee aiming to achieve? • How did they go about it? • What the impact has been? • What have they done to set themselves apart from others? • How have they inspired others? • How have they benefited their community through their efforts? Judging • An independent judging panel will consider all nominations and vote for the winners in each category. • Judges reserve the right to transfer entries that are deemed eligible or more relevant to other categories. Awards Presentation • The winners will be revealed and awards presented at the Grow Green Awards Night on Wednesday 14th March 2012 at the Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green.

For a nominations form or more information check the Playbusters website at www.playbusters.org.uk/ or contact Jeremy on jeremy@playbusters.org.uk or 0141 551 0071.

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STRATHCLYDE POLICE AND MARYHILL HOUSING Celtic Connections Star ASSOCIATION JOIN FORCES FOR ‘SAFER STREETS’ comes to Queens Cross A new project to help improve the lives of local residents in Maryhill got underway recently– “Safer Streets”, a joint initiative being run by Strathclyde Police and Maryhill Housing Association (MHA). The ‘Safer Streets’ initiative will run for 14 weeks and will tackle the very issues which can have a negative impact on community life; issues such as violence, disorder, anti-social behaviour and drugs. Residents in Maryhill have raised concerns around these matters and this new initiative will help tackle them head on - issues which can directly affect the quality of life within our local communities. This, coupled with MHA’s takeover of housing stock in the area and their desire to address ‘new’ residents’ worries, meant that both agencies have recognised a clear need for action. ‘Safer Streets’ was established as a result. The initiative will see a number of additional police resources in the area. High visibility patrols will offer reassurance to residents (as well as acting as a deterrent for crime) and officers will work with licensed premises to tackle the sale and supply of alcohol - a well-known contributing factor to anti-social behaviour, violence and disorder. The multi-agency approach will see MHA housing officers and police officers undertaking joint visits to nuisance residents whose behaviour has a direct negative impact on those living around them, as well as officers from both agencies working in partnership to support victims of domestic abuse and to target known offenders. A weekly drop-in surgery will also be put in place within MHA’s office at the Glenavon flats, for local residents to drop by and voice any concerns or issues they may have. This is a new office - recently opened just after Christmas - with the expressed purpose of improving housing services in the area. Speaking about the joint initiative, Area Commander Chief Inspector Tom Dickson said: “It’s important that residents trust their local community officers and that they are approachable. A recent survey conducted by ourselves and MHA revealed that only 50 per cent of our local residents knew who their local community police officers were. I’m certain ‘Safer Streets’ will go some way towards ensuring all residents in the Maryhill area will feel connected, informed and supported. “Working together we can keep people safe - it cannot be done in isolation. Local people are the eyes and ears of our communities and we need their support and co-operation. I’d like to make it absolutely clear that we will always listen to their views, act on their concerns and work with them to address and eradicate the issues that matter most to them. Working in

£1000!!! Raised by Happy Days Out of School Club!

Claire Henderson, Manager, Alice Henderson, Director Happy Days is a family run business based within Oxgang Primary School, Kirkintilloch. The Happy Days Out of School club held a fundraising Disco to raise money for Campsie View School, Lenzie and raised the tremendous sum of £1000 at the event. This was presented to the school by Claire Henderson Manager of Happy Days just prior to Christmas. Campsie View School have used part of the money to purchase a ‘bike’ for their centre. Happy Days Manager Claire Henderson would like to thank all her staff and the parents who attended the event and for their continued support. Well-done everyone at Happy Days Out of School Club. It’s always Happy Days at Happy Days.

partnership with MHA, ‘Safer Streets’ provides a welcome opportunity to do just that.” Edith Ward, Chair of the Board of Maryhill Housing Association, said: “Last year when Maryhill Housing Association successfully carried out the transfer of homes from Glasgow Housing Association to ourselves, we gave a clear undertaking to existing and new tenants to strive to make our community safer. “We have already set up neighbourhood watch schemes in some areas. We are also working with local people to establish Residents’ Associations in some of the areas where stock has transferred from GHA. And we are working hand in hand with the police to deliver on our promise of dealing with levels of crime which we know is a matter of significant concern within our community.” Willy Briody, Chief Executive of Maryhill Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to be working more closely than ever with Strathclyde Police. Our Safer Streets campaign will convey to the public that we share their concerns about crime and in particular violence, disorder and anti social behaviour and that something is being done about it. “The campaign represents our strong working relationship with Strathclyde Police and shows that the Housing Association takes these matters seriously. We are playing a very willing part in creating a safer community.” The initiative will be monitored and evaluated throughout the 14-week period and local residents will be given every opportunity to get involved in that process. On completion, residents will be asked to complete a questionnaire which will assess how they feel about their area. Local residents are urged to speak to their Community Police Officers and Maryhill Housing Association Officers when they’re out and about in the Maryhill area – feel free to go up to them and have a chat. The local Community Policing Team can be contacted on 0141 532 3879 or by email at MaryhillandKelvinCommunityPolicingTeam@strathclyde.pnn. police.uk Residents can also contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.

Teenagers held after man rescued from Fire in Wyndford Two teenagers have been detained by police following a fire which led to a man being rescued from the 14th floor balcony of a Glasgow tower block. Crews were called to the flats in Wyndford Road, in the city’s Maryhill area, at about 2:45am on Tuesday. All flats above the 14th floor area were evacuated. Residents were allowed back into their homes shortly after 6:00am. Police said two men, aged 18 and 19, were being questioned over the blaze. Three people were given precautionary checks at the scene by paramedics. It is understood that no-one was seriously injured.Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Chief Officer Brian Sweeney said: “This was an exemplary response from our firefighters, who were on the scene only four minutes after receiving the first call. “This was a textbook operation by our firefighters and shows that our crews are trained and ready to answer the call to protect the communities they serve.”

Renowned singer and songwriter, Alison Burns, took a break from the international music festival, Celtic Connections, to stage a one-off harmony workshop for the local people of Queens Cross, Glasgow. Arranged by Queens Cross Housing Association and the Mackintosh Choir, the workshop took place in the local community centre, The Courtyard, at Westercommon Passionate about singing and the power it has to enhance Singer and songwriter, Alison Burns our lives, Alison said all ages enjoying music, singing of the workshop: “I and coming away full of energy was delighted to be able to lead with an ‘I can do this’ attitude. this community singing event in “Ali’s methods are perfect for us as Westercommon. they put non-singers at their ease “You don’t have to have a great with the focus on team working.” voice to enjoy singing. When The Mackintosh Choir was you put many voices together, launched in October 2011. The the whole scenario is such a Choir is community based and its magnificent thing – so much larger aim is to show that anyone can than the sum of the parts. enjoy singing. It is part of a “My work is all about people unique partnership between local singing together in harmony. I love singers, Queens Cross Housing the way that singing can unburden Association and the Mackintosh people from daily life and it’s this Society. that inspires my workshops and Paul Keohone, Musical Director my songwriting.” of the Mackintosh Choir said “The Kathy Somers sits on the Mackintosh Choir is all about Board of Queens Cross Housing making singing enjoyable and Association and is a founding accessible in local communities. member of the Mackintosh Choir. “The choir is keen to spread the She told the Re-Gen: “We were word that singing is fun. It’s also delighted to have someone as good for people’s health and gifted as Ali working with us. It wellbeing.” was about getting local people of

MAD Launches in Maryhill

Local Maryhill resident, Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Glasgow, joined Jim Hamilton, Lord Provost Bob Winter, Partick Thistle boss Jackie MacNamara and groups from the Police and other agencies, to help launch the brand new Maryhill Activities Directory. The directory lists hundreds of events and organisations in the Maryhill area including sports clubs, dance and drama classes, youth clubs, elderly groups and many more. The launch at Maryhill Fire Station included dozens of local school children and a dance performance by the Maryhill Integration Network. Speaking at the launch, Bob Doris MSP said told the Re-Gen, “I would like to thank Jim Hamilton and his hard-working team on putting together the Maryhill Directory. All of the volunteer groups listed in the Directory, such as North United Communities and the Summerston Youth Forum, continue to contribute to the vibrancy of Maryhill. I would encourage all residents, young and old, to pick up a copy and to go along and take part in one of the activities.”


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8 February 2012

Queens Cross Brand Unveiled Today

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0141 945 3003 Team leader, Stephen Floyd (left), and handyman, Vinnie Hughes (right),mark the launch of Queens Cross Housing Association’s new brand identity today. Team leader, Stephen Floyd, and handyman, Vinnie Hughes, marked the launch of Queens Cross Housing Association’s new brand identity today, becoming the first to drive one of its new look vans. Developed by a working group of staff and tenants, the new logo is the first rebrand for the housing organisation which is 35 years old and manages nearly 4,500 properties along the Forth and Clyde Canal area of Glasgow. Shona Stephen, Chief Executive, thanked the group for their hard work and enthusiasm. She said: “The new brand is fresh and modern and the group should be very proud of their achievement. “We have large scale redevelopment programmes in place for our four neighbourhood areas. And we now have a logo that shows the Association and local communities are

ready for new opportunities and the challenges ahead.” Liz Campbell is a tenant and Association Board member. She was a member of the brand working group who developed the new design. She said: “The new logo will help us develop an even stronger sense of identity for Queens Cross and gain recognition for the huge number of residents, tenants and staff making a difference to our local communities.” Stephen Floyd, team leader, said: “With the new logo on the vans we’ll be much more visible to tenants. “It will give them reassurance that we’re out and about in their neighbourhood looking after their homes and working to improve the local community.” The new brand will be applied to building signage, stationery and the Association’s leaflets and other printed materials over 2012.

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February 2012

Doris says budget good news for North Glasgow College students

Bob Doris MSP

MSP for Glasgow Region (SNP) Parliamentary Surgeries All Welcome 1st Monday of the month Springburn Library, Kay Street - 5.30pm Roystonhill Recreation Centre, 15 Forrestfield Street - 7pm 2nd Monday of the month Kelvindale Primary School, 11 Dorchester Place - 5.30pm Maryhill Burgh Halls, 10-24 Gairbraid Avenue - 7pm 3rd Monday of the month King Street Council Offices, Rutherglen - 6pm 4th Monday of the month Lambhill Stables, 11 Canal Bank North - 5pm Bellcraig Community Centre, 10 Gorstan Street 6.30pm ‘Drop in ’ surgeries are also held at the Glasgow city centre office. Please call for details. It ’s always best to call ahead as constituents with appointments will be given priority. No surgeries will be held during public or school holidays and they are subject to change during parliamentary recess.

3rd Floor, Empire House, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RX bob.doris.msp@scottish.parliament.uk bobdoris2011.org 0141 204 0199

The Scottish budget for 201213, which was passed by a majority of MSPs at Holyrood recently has been hailed as a victory for the college sector by Glasgow MSP Bob Doris. Nearly £40m extra has been allocated to students and colleges. Mr Doris and Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Skills and Learning, recently visited North Glasgow College in Springburn to talk to students about their concerns. Bob Doris MSP told the ReGen, “This is a Government that is choosing to listen to the views of students and staff in Scotland’s Colleges. It was clear when the Minister came to visit Springburn he was thinking about how best to serve the needs of the college sector with limited resources available. “There is now an additional £11.4 million for Scotland’s colleges to fund student support which will help to lower the number of students forced to leave study because of financial hardship. £8 million will be provided to the college funding council to help colleges play their part in delivering the Scottish Government’s Opportunities for All commitments. “And this funding is on top

Bob Doris and Alasdair Allan visit North Glasgow College of £20 million of new funding allocated to the college sector in recent weeks. “We are also maintaining the Educational Maintenance Allowance, which the UK Government has scrapped for English students. “The SNP Government budget is geared towards economic recovery and we recognise the key role our

colleges are going to play in building the skills base for a successful economic future. “Here in Springburn it is particularly important that we improve historically poor employment and high deprivation figures by learning our way back to prosperity. North Glasgow College has a huge role in the future of the area.”

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Big Theatre Company n Competitio Big Theatre Company are all grown up and turning 25, and to celebrate their greatly anticipated first production of the year Melmoth the Wanderer will include Scotland in its tour opening in The Tron, Glasgow on the Wednesday 22nd February and running until Saturday 25th. In keeping with their effervescent and eccentric style, the colourful quirky production is an adaptation of the first ever horror novel of the same name written in 1820 by Charles Robert Martuin and scripted for this production by the Glasgow based playwright Nicola McCartney. In this dark gothic tale five ‘chancers’ present a terrifying tale of temptation, torture and a traveller desperate to find someone to take over his pact and release him from immortality, but who in their right mind would agree to take on his curse? Throughout the production that features squeaky toys, animation, projections and a fair amount of chaos, we meet some such people – desperate in their own way to change their situation. Starring Keith Singleton, Shelley Atkinson, Colm Gormlet, Dennis Herdman and Clare Lamont, the cast take on the colourful and darkly humorous roles of a stranger in the depths of despair, an innocent child raised on a desert island with no knowledge of the world and the clowns compelled to play out this extraordinary tale of temptation, desire and cannibalism having possibly bitten off more than they can chew... World-renowned mask director and international theatre practitioner, John Wright has joined the creative team, bringing with him a wealth of experience which will serve only to enhance further the highly skilled visual spectacle of the performances. If one company could pull off this twisted tale of surreal comic horror Big Telly are it, renowned for their unique take on the world, the Portstewart based theatre company are as enthusiastic about this production as they were about their first , 25 years ago. Zoe Seaton Artistic Director said, ‘We are thrilled to be presenting Melmoth the Wanderer as the follow to the nationally successful Puckoon. Challenging our audiences, and ourselves is what we have always been about and this production has certainly done the former. But it’s not about being hard work; we want to enthuse our audiences, engaging them in laughter and a few poignant moments of thought too. Big Telly are about quality performances that step outside the safety zone’

Melmoth the Wanderer is a playground of bizarre and ridiculous situations inspired by Saw, Psycho director Tim Burton and Fawlty Towers - where innocent eccentrics struggle to survive. It is the sort of dizzy delirious drama that sets Big Telly apart and is reason for their success over the last 25 years. The Re-Gen has a pair of tickets to give away to one of our lucky readers and to be in with a chance of winning these all you have to do is answer the following question..... How Old is the “Big Theatre Company? a) 16 b) 25 c) 90 Answers to Re-Gen Theatre Competition, 85 Main Street Baillieston Glasgow G69 6AD (To reach us by 23rd Feb)

PC’s Kerr, Mcade and SC McPhee, Local Community Officers in the Balgrayhill Rd area were on uniform duties when they were flagged down by a male on Balgrayhill Road Springburn stating that he had been robbed by three males. This male had been forced to the ground by the three males and had his Mobile Phone and money taken from him during the attack. The officers responded quickly and with a good description provided by the victim the officers alerted other resources in the area. Very quickly the three males were identified

For advice or assistance please contact: Constituency Office, 43 Atlas Road, Glasgow G21 4TA

Email: Patricia.ferguson.msp@scottish.parliament.uk Website: www.patriciaferguson.labour.co.uk Working hard for the communities of Acre, Ashfield, Balgrayhill, Balornock, Cadder, Carron, Colston, Cowlairs, Gairbraid, Germiston, Hamiltonhill, Kelvindale, Keppochhill, Kirklee, Lambhill, Maryhill, Maryhill Park, Milton, Parkhouse, Petershill, Port Dundas, Possilpark, Royston, Ruchill, Sighthill, Springburn, Summerston and Wyndford.

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nearby and made off from the pursuing officers. The Police Officers chased the three males for over half a mile before detaining them for the committed crime. During the footchase the officers noted that the criminals had tried to discard the mobile phone taken in the attack but this was recovered by the officers providing back up and later identified by the victim. All three of the offenders made admissions to the Robbery and appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Thankfully the victim in this case was not injured and he was delighted that his property was returned in full.

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B’ Division have embarked on a Robbery Prevention Campaign to make the streets of the East End of Glasgow even safer. The safety of the local communities remains top priority for Strathclyde Police and B’ Division will be out in force over the coming weeks targeting the people who are committing these crimes, the people who make money by profiting from stolen items and also by providing public reassurance with high visible patrols at the vulnerable locations. One item which is increasingly targeted in robberies and thefts is mobile phones. You can easily avoid making yourself an easy target for criminals by taking the following precautions. • Make sure your mobile phone is kept out of sight. • When using your mobile phone in public places be aware of others around you

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Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn

11.30am: Maryhill Hub 186 Wyndford Road, G20 8HF

A 29 year-old man and a 26 year old female have been arrested and are presently detained in police custody in connection with the recovery. A full report will be forwarded to the Procurator Fiscal. Detective Inspector Alan Hunter of Maryhill Police Office said: “We are absolutely determined to rid our communities of serious and organised crime and will continue to target those involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the local communities. I would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and continue to report any suspicious activity to their local police office or CRIMESTOPPERS”.

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DRUGS RECOVERY – SPRINGBURN Approximately £105,000 worth of drugs has been recovered by Strathclyde Police following an operation in Springburn lastTuesday (14 February 2012). Following a police operation, police officers searched a house in Springburn and recovered a quantity of drugs, believed to be Heroin, and a mixing agent with an estimated street value of one hundred and five thousand pounds (£105,000). However, if the Heroin and the mixing agent were put together then the estimated street value could rise to around three hundred thousand pounds (£300,000).

Patricia Ferguson MSP

1st Saturday of the month 10am: Kelvindale Primary School, 11 Dorchester Place, G12 0BP

February 2012

2nd Monday of the month 4pm: Lambhill Stables, 11 Canal Bank North (off Balmore Road), G22 6RD

4th Monday of the month 4pm: Roystonhill Recreation Centre, 15 Forrestfield Street, G21 2HG

5.30pm: Ledgowan Tenants' Hall 1 Ledgowan Place, G20 0JZ

5.30pm: Elmvale Primary School 712 Hawthorn Street, G22 6ED

3rd Monday of the month 4pm: K.A.T.S, 1 Fountainwell Square, Sighthill, G21 1RB

•There will be no surgeries on public holidays and no surgeries in schools during school holiday periods.

5.30pm: Possilpoint Community Centre, 130 Denmark Street, G22 5LQ

•Those unable to attend a surgery can be visited at home by arrangement. •For further information, or to make a surgery appointment, please contact the constituency office on 0141 558 9483.

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Just after midnight on the 14th February 2012, Police were given information regarding two suspicious males who were prowling about looking in vehicles within Hilkirk Place, Glasgow. Police officers attended immediately and observed the 2 suspects attempting to gain access to a vehicle. On seeing the Police the two suspects ran off and were hotly pursued on foot by

the two Police Officers. The two suspects were stopped and found to be in possession of property that had been stolen during a housebreaking which had occurred a short time before. Both the males are now behind bars where they belong. This is a great example of Strathclyde Police working together with the community. With the assistance and support of the local

community Strathclyde Police can continue to make our communities safer. Please get in touch with your local Community Police Officer if you have any information regarding crime in your area or any concerns that you might have or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Regardless of how you contact Strathclyde Police, your information will be treated in confidence.

Excellent observation skills were used by PW’s Cuthbertson,Droy and Gray were they were on patrol in a marked police vehicle in Ferness Oval when they observed two males walking on the west footpath. The officers observed that one of the males was carrying a large bladed weapon and the other a long slim item in his right hand. On seeing the police both males made off throwing items into nearby gardens. A short foot chase ensued and one of the males was apprehended with the other male making good his escape. The Officers recovered a wooden cosh and a large machete style knife from gardens where police had observed them to be thrown. The male that got away was subsequently arrested meaning that not only are both of these males now off the street, two weapons that can scar and kill are off the street too.

Knife Crime Most people will never experience knife crime firsthand, but the consequences for those who do can be devastating. Strathclyde Police is working hard to change attitudes towards the carrying of knives. You can help protect yourself and others by making wise choices. Don’t carry a knife Even if you don’t intend to use it – you are putting

yourself at risk. You are also putting yourself in a position where you could kill someone. A single stab wound can be fatal. Never look after a knife for someone else Most knife incidents in the West of Scotland involve young men between the ages of 16 and 25. Sometimes, a teenage girl will carry a knife in her handbag for her boyfriend in the belief that she won’t be searched. Police can and do use hand-held metal detectors to seek out hidden weapons. If you carry a knife, just like the two offenders mentioned above, chances are you will be caught.


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1st Friday of the Month* Cranhill 11.00am Cranhill Community Project, 109 Bellrock Street, G33 3HE

2nd Monday of the Month* Barmulloch 5.15pm Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, G21

Wellhouse 12 noon Wellhouse Hub, 49 Wellhouse Crescent, G33 4LA

4th Monday of the Month* Garthamlock 4.00pm GESH, 1 Redcastle Square, G33 5EG

Easterhouse 1.00pm The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, G34 9DU

Craigend 5.00pm St Rose of Lima Primary School, 295 Mossvale Road, G33 5QS

Budhill 2.00pm Budhill Family Learning Centre, Hallhill Road, Springboig, G32 0PR

Carntyne 6.00pm High Carntyne Church (Carntyne Square), 358 Carntynehall Road, G32 6LW

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Although we are now in the twenty first century there are still plenty of people living in the area who have difficulty with reading and writing or dealing with figures. Before you condemn these unfortunate folk, in many cases it is not their fault that they have been able to progress through school without these skills. In many cases things like Dyslexia are not picked up by those who should be able to read the signs and those suffering from this affliction are branded as disruptive and unruly, and usually given work that will keep them quiet and therefore less of an influence on the rest of the class. No wonder they become disruptive, they are being ignored and castigated by the rest of the school, although they are trying their hardest to learn but unfortunately cannot grasp the rudiments and no one seems to be helping them. Thankfully this problem has been identified in certain schools (Like Swinton Primary for example), and when identified, is worked on

with patience as opposed to being swept under the carpet. In an ideal world EVERYONE would love to be able to read and write and of course be numerate but as we all know this is certainly not an ideal world. Kids left to their own devices are far more liable to end up in trouble, (as surveys taken at penal institutions prove), than those who have been able to master the art during their schooldays. Dyslexia it seems gets little notice in certain schools and parents fear the worst when their kids move to Secondary School as the timetables are not conducive to giving extra time to the pupils as may have been the case in their Primary Schools. What is needed are extra resources to deal with Dyslexia and similar problems, as at present self-help groups and council run resources are few and far between. When we hear of kids being asked to travel the length and breadth of our city to receive a Half-Day tutorial session per week makes us despair for their futures and if we are being serious

about really tackling the problem, then Is This The Answer? The Re-Gen will continue to fight for more resources for those suffering from these problems but we would also like to hear from any of you out there who have run up against what seems to be “Brick Walls” when it comes to trying to find help. Our kids deserve the best and to watch them struggling through no fault of their own is heartbreaking. Many eminent people in Britain have overcome Dyslexia and have vastly contributed to society but many of these people have been able to source help to do so. We are talking about the kids who live in this area, kids who we meet on a daily basis and who we would never think of suffering from this problem. Giving them the ability to overcome their problem would be like giving them a winning lottery ticket. Let’s all unite and work to put pressure on those who are in the position to do something positive and not just pay lip-service when approached by someone who’s life it really affects.


February 2012

Computers – Not so Scary Anymore … says “It has helped me with my job. I can now access this system. Next year everything will be computerised. The computer was an alien to me and I can now use it. The course took away the fear of learning and it has changed my life at home and at work. ” Glasgow Life’s Adult Learning Team provides a range of learning opportunities for adults across Glasgow’s East End. Opportunities include English as a Second Language, Introduction to Computing and brushing up on reading, writing, spelling and numbers. For more information on Glasgow Life’s adult learning opportunities, contact Amanda or Paul on 0141 276 1785.

Facing up to changes in technology can be daunting but Glasgow Life can help you face your fears. Introduction to Computing, Sending Emails and Internet Shopping are just a few of the learning opportunities that Glasgow Life offers the community. Glasgow Life has recently run several beginners computing classes throughout the East End and Catherine, Ann, Carol and Prema are just a few of the Eastenders improving their computing skills. Ann comments “I needed to learn the computer for work and for general use. I can now send emails and pay my utility bills on line”. Catherine adds “I was terrified at using a computer at first but now I’ more confident at using it. I even bought a computer after the course – computers open up another world”. Carol says “I wanted to learn the basics. I have a Notebook now and can go on the Internet and look at websites for info. I’ve had that Notebook since last Christmas but can now use it.” Preema needed to learn the computer for work. She

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Changes at Work Make Jane Revisit her Learning Jane’s Story Jane, from the East End of Glasgow, loves her job. However, changes at work made her re-evaluate her learning. “I had a weakness” says Jane. “I always knew I should do something about it”. Jane contacted Learn Direct who gave her information about local adult literacies classes. Jane went to a group once a week for over a year. She worked on and developed her writing skills. She also developed an interest for learning English. Jane says “It was difficult for me to go at the start but the service was excellent. The tutor was good and was approachable. I got some 1:1 support. I’m in a professional job myself and I thought I should be paying for this service but it was free”. Since taking up the learning, Jane has improved her writing skills at work. She can now edit her own work confidently. She has received positive comments from her managers and is being put forward for development opportunities. Jane continues “I wasn’t as bad as I thought I was but I had anxiety and baggage from school. I had gaps in my learning. I didn’t not know everything but I was fearful of losing my job. I feel knowledgeable that I can do my job but I would have been held back before”. Glasgow Life’s Adult Learning Team provides a range of learning opportunities for adults across Glasgow’s East End. Opportunities include English as a Second Language, Introduction to Computing and brushing up on reading, writing, spelling and numbers. Jane is one of the many people who has benefited from taking up learning. For more information on Glasgow Life’s adult learning opportunities, contact Amanda or Paul on 0141 276 1785.


14 February 2012

Parliamentary Patter Willie Bain MP It’s not just in Scotland that the social damage caused by the crushing austerity policies being pursued by zombie-like finance ministries across the EU is being felt. Across the Eurozone there are 16 million people desperately looking for work, out of a total of 24 million people unemployed throughout the EU. In Spain, over 51% of all young people are unemployed. In Greece, it is over 46%, and in Portgual over 30%. The Eurozone is slipping back towards a job-loss recession, at a time when the US economy has seen growth in the last quarter of 0.7%, and an increase in new jobs of 240,000 last month as President Obama’s stimulus package supports an upswing in growth. The International Labour Organisation has called for the creation of 600 million jobs worldwide to stem the worldwide youth jobs crisis. It’s time global leaders heeded this call to arms. Even the middle classes in Greece are suffering poverty on a level not seen since the 1930s as its government is ordered to make harsher cuts by the Eurozone and International Monetary Fund, but the economy has slumped every year since 2007, including an incredible 7% drop in GDP last

year. Italy is in recession, and even the German economic powerhouse is slipping backwards. Germany needs to do more to boost demand in the rest of the Eurozone by easing its selfimposed rules on spending, and the other economies need room through fiscal policy to restore growth – the lesson from the 1930s is that by driving down public spending at a time of collapsing consumer confidence and private sector demand leads to unnecessary suffering and poverty. Only through a concerted plan for growth and job creation can the EU emerge from the economic death spiral which its governments have hurled it into. George Osborne boasted a year ago of the superiority of UK economic performance compared with that across the Atlantic. Not so now. Even the credit ratings agencies have turned on the Chancellor, placing the UK’s credit rating on a negative outlook, due to the lack of growth. The UK economy has flatlined, growing at only 0.3% since the Chancellor’s Spending Review in autumn 2010, compared with the forecast 3.2%, and may dip into recession by April. Here at home, 16 people are chasing every job available in Glasgow North East, as unemployment surges to 8.6%, even higher than the UK average. 85,000 young people are out of work in Scotland, female unemployment rose by 19%, and levels of economic inactivity rose by 2.2%. You might wonder

Patricia Ferguson MSP Recently, I have hosted two events where local organisations had the opportunity to meet representatives of the lottery funders. This was a good opportunity for charities and community groups to find out more about what is available and how they might benefit from lottery funding. Traditionally, the amount of lottery funding coming in to the area has been relatively low but I hope that events like this help more organisations to apply successfully for funding. I also recently had a meeting regarding the 2014 Commonwealth Games when I made the case for the communities of north Glasgow to benefit from the event. It is important that the whole city gains a lasting legacy from

the Games and I want to ensure that the areas I represent get their fair share of the opportunities that this prestigious event will bring to the city. I was delighted to hear that Glasgow City Council has established an affordable warmth dividend for all citizens aged over 80. Anyone who is aged over 80 on the 31st march 2012 can apply now and will receive £100 to help with their fuel bills. Coming at a time when fuel bills are soaring and the Scottish Government is cutting its fuel poverty budget by£23 million and the UK Government has slashed winter fuel payments, this is a demonstration that the City Council will not abandon older people in our

Bob Doris MSP The Scottish Government had its budget and funding settlement for Councils approved recently. As a result, Glasgow will yet again receive the highest per capita settlement of any mainland Council. By contrast, there was farce and high drama as Labour City Council set its budget, as sitting Labour Councillors voted against their own administration. The Glasgow budget squeaked through by just

two votes. I take no pleasure in Labour’s difficulties. The state of the Council administration is a source of embarrassment to our city, and I hope Glasgow will move forward with the SNP at the Council elections this May. There was some good news for Glasgow, however. Thanks to the SNP Government, Council Tax bills once more won’t increase. Following constructive engagement with

what the First Minister is doing to take personal control of this Scottish jobs crisis – but he’s too busy taking the case for separation to England to pay much notice. Across Britain a silent despair is taking grip. Fulltime jobs are being replaced by insecure part-time jobs paying less. More people are falling into fuel poverty, with average fuel bills in the UK rising to £1,345 per year on average, seven million people relying on credit to pay for their housing costs and utility bills, and four million people cannot afford to feed their families, depending on food parcels to make ends meet. Inequality is widening too. 800,000 children by will fall into poverty by 2020, unless the Government changes course, according to the Child Poverty Action Group. Real wages are falling, disposable incomes are slumping, and 88% of Government cuts have still to take place, says the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies. The Tory-led Government is unwilling to introduce a tax on bank bonuses, but views picking the pockets of recovering cancer patients and disabled children as fair game. It may be less than two years in office, but never has a Government lost all sense of moral decency so quickly. Lives are being damaged for good in the name of an economic theory which is failing across vast swathes of the globe. At a time when a consensus is emerging that our economic model is broken, and economists from

the OECD to the White House are making the call for increased inequality and social solidarity, it’s time to set out an alternative. Firstly, fiscal policy must be relaxed to boost consumer spending and activity in the economy. Secondly, capital spending needs to be prioritised to enable new construction activity and the green jobs sector. Thirdly, new forms of finance, through better use of the quantitative easing funds, are needed to support small businesses, with lending by the banking sector having fallen in every quarter of 2011. Fourthly, a National Investment Bank to turn available private capital into productive economic activity in key sectors such as tourism, and manufacturing, based on long-term investment rather than the get-rich-quick idea model of capitalism which was the cause of the crisis in 2007. Fifthly, making the tax system fairer by curbing the tax relief paid to top rate taxpayers in their pension pots. Sixthly, taking action on high pay by putting a worker on every remuneration committee to cut the appalling gap between workers on average pay and the super-rich, and looking at measures to boost the incomes of low-income workers. Finally, a plan for youth employment and childcare. Nearly a million women could return to work in Britain if affordable childcare was more widely available, and no policy would do more to boost the long-term living standards of low and middle income households. It’s an idea whose time has come.

communities. If you qualify for this payment or know someone who does please contact 0141 287 7961. Since becoming an MSP I have met many people who care for their grandchildren or nieces and nephews when their parents no longer can. There are a variety of reasons why this happens but I know this is a task they undertake out of love and commitment and it is important that they are supported. I was pleased, therefore, to note that Glasgow City Council is to increase the allowances to kinship carers by 25% from April this year. My campaign to protect local train services and to get better bus services in our communities goes on. A recent Labourled debate in Parliament called for better regulation of bus services. Unfortunately this was not supported by the SNP Government

but I will continue to put forward the case for bus services that allow people to get to hospitals and shops. I will also continue to campaign to protect our local train services and I recently met with the Transport Minister to put forward the concerns of the thousands of constituents who have contacted me in recent months. MAD launch “I have had the pleasure of attending the launch of every issue of the Maryhill Activity Directory, and each edition gets bigger and better. It is an invaluable resource for local people and is a credit to the team that work Patricia Ferguson MSP hard to bring all the information together. 43 Atlas Road “The Directory has something for everyone, Glasgow G21 4TA so it’s a great way of spreading the word t: 0141 558 9483 about what’s going on throughout the patricia.ferguson.msp@scottish.parliament.uk communities of Maryhill.”

colleges and students, the Scottish Government is providing additional money for colleges and student support. This will benefit institutions such as our own North Glasgow College, which Government Minister Alasdair Allan MSP visited recently to hear student concerns. By 2014/15, funding will be 40% higher than under two terms of the previous Labour administration. I am determined to see more jobs and training opportunities locally. The Scottish budget will ensure all 16-19-year-olds in

Scotland not already in work or training will be offered a learning or training opportunity. It will also fund 25,000 modern apprenticeship opportunities every year – record numbers. With another 21,500 training places on top of that, I believe the Scottish budget is a key effort to get young people the skills they need to get back into employment. That is why I voted for it in the 3rd Floor, Empire House Scottish Parliament. Of course, the 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RX question to ask is: why did Labour Tel: 0141 204 0199 join the Tories to vote email: bob.dorris@scottish.parliament.uk

is not always the best option for someone leaving school, so it is important that we have properly funded local colleges that offer something different. It is also the most flexible way for people to learn with courses designed to fit around people’s work or family commitments. Many people who get qualifications then go on to University and study further, helping them achieve their goals. With this £89m cut, the

Scottish Government have shown that they don’t care about what happens to our local colleges. It is short sighted and will leave many unable to access education when they leave school. I can only hope that the SNP change their mind and reverse this damaging cut. Feel free to get in touch with me regarding this or any other issue by contacting my office on 0141 564 1364 or via paul.martin. msp@scottish.parliament.uk.

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Paul Martin MSP These are extremely difficult times for young people, especially when we consider how youth unemployment is rising and job opportunities are extremely limited. One of the best ways to tackle this problem is to give our young people the opportunity of training at their local college so that they have the skills and confidence to help them enter the workplace. Bearing this in mind, this makes the Scottish Government’s

decision to cut local college’s budgets by £89m absolutely unbelievable. This will have a real affect for our local colleges like North Glasgow and John Wheatley. Already there are concerns about staffing levels and courses being dumped as college principals try and deal with the mess the SNP Government has handed them. Local colleges are hugely important to a community. After leaving school, work or University

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Tackling spring-cleaning Throwing open the windows on the first dry bright day of the year is one of life’s great pleasures--until, of course, all that sunlight and breeze makes you realize how dusty, dirty, and cluttered your house has become during the winter hibernation. Even the messiest among us get the urge for spring cleaning--and though we don’t all act on it, those of us who do should keep the annual scrub-down as green as possible. But there’s no sense in doing it if you’re going to create a big mess for the planet (and your body) in the process. Cleaning up your act isn’t as straightforward as running to the pharmacy and picking out a bottle covered in claims of eco-friendliness and biodegradability, however. When it comes to home cleaning products a lot of eco claims are unverified and—worse—unverifiable. Instead of wondering what kinds of toxic chemicals you’re flushing down the toilet or dumping down the drain every time you decide your house has gotten a little grungy, stock up on a few things listed below, and keep these easy recipes handy. You’ll probably notice you already have a lot of these ingredients in your house, and the ones you don’t are way cheaper than any pre-made, environmentally unsound cleaner you can buy at the store. What you’ll need: White vinegar (kills most mold, bacteria, and germs); baking soda (deodorizes, scours surfaces, and is a natural cleaning agent); lemon juice (it has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, is a natural bleach, and it controls odors); olive oil (polishes); salt (scours, cleans, and deodorizes); tea tree oil (kills germs); hydrogen peroxide (kills bacteria and mold); pure castile soap, empty spray bottles and reusable rags; essential oils you like the smell of. All-purpose cleaner. Equal parts vinegar and water. The vinegar smell dissipates as soon as it dries, but if it bothers you add a few drops of lemon juice. Put into a spray bottle and use for almost all of your cleaning.

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Windows and mirror cleaner. Pour a quarter of a cup of vinegar in a spray bottle, and fill the rest with with warm water. A bit of Eucalyptus oil rubbed on the mirrors will prevent them from fogging up. Floor soap. Fill a bucket with warm or hot water, add a quarter of a cup of vinegar and a dash of castile soap. Dunk your rag in the bucket, ring out, and wipe down the floors. Carpet deodorizer. For general cleaning on light colored rugs, sprinkle baking soda before you vacuum. For stains, mix equal parts borax or baking soda, salt, and white vinegar. Apply the paste to the stain and let dry, then vacuum. Tubs, countertops, and sink scrub. Mix baking soda with a bit of castile soap. You can add an essential oil for fragrance if you’d like. Scrub and rinse. Oven cleaner. Combone three parts baking soda, one part salt, and one part water. Spread the mixture across the oven surface and let sit for eight hours. Scrape and wipe clean. Natural drain cleaner. Take a half a cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar. Let it fizz, then flush with hot water. Wood cleaner. Mix two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice. Rub the mixture into the furniture with a soft cloth and wipe away excess. Moldy grout remover. Mix a half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one cup of water. Spray it on the moldy area, let it sit for 1 hour, and rinse.

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Shower spray. Fill a spray bottle with water and five to 10 drops of tea tree oil. Keep this in your shower. Shake up and spray after each shower. This will keep mold and mildew at bay. Replace it biweekly. Toilet. Mix a quarter of a cup of baking soda with one cup of vinegar. Pour the liquid into the basin and let sit for a few minutes. Scrub and flush. Stainless steel polish. Rub a little olive oil on the surface to remove streaks and prints. Marble, granite, or stone countertop cleaner. These materials require a different cleanser because the acidity of vinegar can etch the surface. Instead, substitute rubbing alcohol or vodka for vinegar in your all-purpose cleaner. Air freshener. Simmer a pot of water with cinnamon sticks and cloves or and a few drops of an essential oil you like on the stove.

MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS Mother’s Day is right around the corner and whether you are a new mother – celebrating your first Mother’s Day – or a seasoned pro, Sunday March 18th is your special day. We are always looking for new ways to show our mothers just how grateful we are for all that they do to enrich our lives. With more and more mothers becoming environmentally conscious, why not give the mum in your life an eco-friendly gift that also respects Mother Earth. Here are a few green gift suggestions that will last long after Mother’s Day has passed and make your mum feel really special. If your mum isn’t part of the green revolution and is still using harsh household cleaners, show her you care about her health by giving her a bucket filled with non-toxic cleaning products. Include a small homemade card offering to help her with the household chores. Pamper Mum with a basket of organic bath, hair or skin care products, or a flowering plant,

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bush or small tree. An Organic Bouquet offers a nice variety of flowers, or eco-friendly wreaths, gourmet fruit and nut treats can also make good gifts for that special person. Mothers treasure anything they receive from their children. Whether you go for a stroll in the park, enjoy a favourite film or lunch, or simply pull out the old photographs and re-live memorable moments, just spending some quality time together can be the best gift of all and that time together is something money can’t buy.

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Top Green Spring Cleaning Tips 1. Reduce The first step to fighting messes and keeping your home spic-and-span is getting rid of all that stuff you never use. Go through all the places where it accumulates--try closets, junk drawers, out-of-reach shelves, attics and basements, and any other place where you’re inclined to toss stuff as you say, “I’ll deal with this later” and be diligent about-- separating out what you really will use someday from what you never will. Be honest: you may say you like that sweater your aunt gave you for Christmas in 2004, but if it still has the tags on it, you are never going to wear it. Be practical, do you really need that Foot Spa you got years ago at the Ideal Homes show in Kelvin Hall? We’re not suggesting that you trim down to a minimalistic lifestyle, but the quickest way to cut your cleaning time is to simply have less stuff to clean. 2. Re-use Now you have a pile that you’re ready to get rid of--but wait: don’t just throw it out. First, go through and see if any of those items could serve a purpose you haven’t thought of before: Do you have enough books to stack up and use as a side table? Can you take the frames off those ugly paintings and use them elsewhere? We know of ways to re-use everything from single mittens and broken guitar strings to greeting cards and ceramic tiles--so while we aren’t suggesting you keep all this around just in case, see if any of what you have can save you from buying something else. 3. Donate Once you’ve taken stock of what you can use, separate out items that someone else might need. This includes dishes, kitchen gadgets, clothes, books, magazines, toys, home decor--all of these items could find a second life with someone else. If you need instant gratification, just drop it all off at your local Upkeep, GFI or Salvation Army; if you’re slightly more patient, try offering items for sale or barter on, turning your goods over to an artist, donating through a reputable recycling company, or seeing what you can get for that collection of comic books on eBay. Your house will be less cluttered; someone else can skip buying new; and the landfills will be that much emptier. 4. Re-cycle Once you’ve exhausted all the other options, it’s time to hit the re-cycling bucket. Of course you’re already recycling newspapers, magazines, and any glass that isn’t salvageable, but take a second look at the rest of your trash, too. Did you clean out the fridge? Find a compost pile (great for the Garden). Get rid of old electronics, from mobile phones to VCRs and ancient computers, by passing them off to retailers with a recycling programme or to a specialized electronics recycling company. Check anything plastic to make sure it’s recyclable, and make sure to safely dispose of anything that’s not recyclable or environmental friendly, like old paint or batteries. 5. Get the right home organization tools Now that you’ve managed to weed out the useless from the useful, you need to find a system for organizing what you’ve got left-because if you can’t find something when you need it, you’d might as well not have it at all. For this, you’ll need storage containers, but that doesn’t mean you need to stock up on (non biodegradable) plastic bins; instead, try cardboard boxes wrapped in pretty paper, bamboo baskets, or cloth bags made from old t-shirts. Raise your storage with eco-friendly shelving to free up floorspace and make your rooms look bigger. And note: if, while you’re organizing, you find items that don’t seem to fit with anything else, those are likely goods you could add to the “donate” pile.


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BOTH Teams served up a fiercely contested Match at Saracen Park this afternoon with the visitors gaining revenge for Ashfield`s win earlier in the Season. It was murky conditions overhead as both teams entered the Saracen turf with the visitors sporting their changed strip of all Red and were backed by a vociferous support. It was the `field however who started brighly and were causing danger down the left hand side. Paul Maxwell & the Beith Captain John Sheridan were involved in an aerial battle all afternoon and the Referee had to speak to them both in the early stages. Just as Ashfield were getting into their stride, Andy Reid picked up the ball fully 30 yards

out and unleashed an unstoppable shot into Anton Nugent`s top left hand corner to put the visitors 1-0 up. Ashfield 0 Beith 1. A wonder goal from Beith`s prolific striker in what was the visitors first foray up the `field and within 2 minutes found themselves further ahead. Paul Maxwell had a great chance to level before this when his header went over after a lovely cross from Thomson but the `field were made to pay when a wicked cross from the left was clinically finished by Martin Hardie to the delight of the visiting support. Ashfield 0 Beith 2. Ashfield could hardly believe the start and Stevie Rankin immediately brought on Ashfield`s top goalscorer,

Knightwood K.O. KNIGHTSWOOD Juveniles have failed in their bid to reach the semi-finals of the Scottish Under-21 Challenge Cup. In a twice-delayed quarter-final clash, Graham Haig’s squad were defeated 4-2 by nine-time winners

Chris Hall for Ryan Cairley in a bid to reduce the deficit. Ashfield pressed forward at every opportunity and were unlucky not to pull a goal back when Paul Maxwell had the ball in the net in the 35th Minute however the far side Linesman ruled out the goal for Offside. Chris Hall was linking up well with the Ashfield Midfield and was unlucky firstly with a volley which was blocked for a corner and then after a neat one two with Shaun Fraser brought the best out of Ex-Berwick Rangers & Montrose Keeper Mark Peat. Eventually the `field pulled a goal back just on half time when Chris Hall was brought down in the box. Mark Thomson stepped up and drilled his 12th Goal of the Season into the back of the net and it was `game on`.HALF TIME:- ASHFIELD 1 BEITH JUNIORS 2The goal for Ashfield on half time had the Crowd anticipating an exciting Second Half and they were not disappointed as Ashfield surged forward from the Kick-Off. Again similar to the first half when Ashfield were beginning to work up a head of steam the Visitors went further ahead courtesy of a deft header from Andy Reid. The ball was played over from the right and Andy Reid `ghosted` in between two Ashfield players to put Beith 3-1 up. It was an uphill task for Ashfield now and offensive changes were

and last season’s runners-up Campsie Black Watch. The Lennoxtown club now play South Camlachie Youth Project or Tranent, while first-season Falkirk Athletic Under-21s meet Harmony Row Youth Club in the other semi-final next month.

made to the Ashfield line up and within minutes Mark Peat brought out a good save from a Paul Maxwell shot. Chris Hall was next to try however was thwarted by a resolute Beith defence. Both teams were extremely committed to the Match and the game became rather tousy with Referee Alan Newlands having to dish out a number of Cards to keep the game under control. The `field eventually pulled a goal back with 7 Minutes to go and it came from a similar route. As Chris Hall weaved past a couple of defenders he was upended inside the box and the Referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Mark Thomson finished with aplomb to ensure this goal would have him as joint top scorer this Season. The home support roared the `field forward & despite pressurising the visitors itit came from a similar route. As Chris Hall weaved past a couple of defenders he was upended inside the box and the Referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Mark Thomson finished with aplomb to ensure this goal would have him as joint top scorer this Season. The home support roared the `field forward & despite pressurising the visitors itwas not to be despite 5 minutes of injury time. The visiting support cheered

Drum Drawn Away

DRUMCHAPEL UNITED, fresh from a high-scoring win against Johnstone Burgh, have been paired away to Premier Division rivals Baillieston Juniors in the National Lady Darling Cup quarter-finals.

their Team off the park and are on the tails of Petershill now. The home side have played worse and won this Season and can look forward to next Saturday`s Junior Cup Tie against Bonnyrigg Rose with confidence. Team Line Ups:- Ashfield;Nugent, McKay, Halliday, Brand, Smith, Thomson (Capt), Chalmers, Fraser, Maxwell, Cairley and Martin, Subs:- O`Boyle, Broadfoot, Hall, McShane, Wright, McCann and McKay. Beith Juniors:- Peat, Dunlop,

Wilson, Staunton, Sheridan (Capt), Lang, Hardie, Callghan, Reid, McLean and Fraser, Subs:- O`Keane, Hughes, McGrath, Holmes, Greenwood, McMenamin. Man of the Match:- Many players put in a good shift today against a tough Team with Paul Maxwell & Mark Thomson linking up well, however Chris Hall produced the goods for Ashfield today with a very good performance and was involved in both penalty kick decisions.

SHIRE OUT IN FRONT GLASGOW PERTHSHIRE are the team they all have to catch in the Central District First Division. ‘Shire, who opened February with a massive 15 point lead over nearest challengers Shettleston Juniors, show no signs of letting up after beating St Anthony 4-2 at New McKenna Park. It’s odds on they will smash their previous-best records when finishing runners-up (promoted) on 50 points twelve years ago, and winning the Second Division with 45 points in season 2001-2002. Changed days indeed from the summer of 2007,

when the Possilpark club took “time out” from the junior game, but bounced back with a Second Division third-placed finish in May, 2009. Manager Billy Adams and his hard-working backroom staff can focus on the championship without the added distraction of West and Scottish Cup tournaments. The First Division campaign started in style with a 1-0 success at Neilston Juniors last August - one of 11 straight wins and only a total collapse will stop the league flag flying over Keppoch Park in May.

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