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OPERATION MYRIAD – CRIMINALS BEWARE POLICE in Glasgow’s North East and East Dunbartonshire (B Division) have launched “Operation Myriad” a hard hitting operation which will run from Monday 1st October until Tuesday 6th November and it is set to smash crime figures throughout the North East of Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire. Following on from “Operation Neptune”which took place over the past years and has been so successful, Strathclyde Police adopted the format and created a force wide operation spanning five months of focussed policing addressing force priorities and community concerns. During “Neptune” we have seen Serious Violence and Anti-Social behaviour slashed whilst officers have tackled businesses and assets of organised criminals, putting money taken from the community, back into the community, to reduce the harm caused by them. In April this year, more than 3000 people were arrested or reported, 17,000 people


searched and £180,000 worth of drugs were recovered, more importantly there was a visible presence of policing of a scale that the division had never before seen. Each day that Neptune ran there were 15 fewer victims of crime proving the campaign had an impact on the daily lives of residents and communities. Communities across the North and East of Glasgow can expect to see high profile Police activity with operations targeting, Drugs, Street Drinking, Youth Disorder along with, Bogus Callers, Proceeds of Crime and businesses connected to serious and organised crime. Building on the experience and success of former operations, B division aims shatter previous figures and build public confidence in the police. In addition to increased patrols of uniformed officers, local communities can expect to see

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mounted officers, traffic officers, officers from the dog branch, the gangs and alcohol task force and even officers from the police diving unit. Constable Joanne Cuthbertson, one of the co-ordinators of Myriad from London Road Police Office told the Re-Gen, “Operation Myriad is now into its second phase and it is being heralded a great success. Since 1st October our officers across the division have stopped and searched 4,487 individuals, issued 162 tickets for anti-social behaviour, made 169 arrests and reported 308 individuals to the Procurator Fiscal for a variety of offences. These figures are exceptional and go a long way in making our communities safer and disrupting the criminal groups who operate in this area. We have had a great response from the public who are identifying

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Clyde, the patriotic and adventurous thistle who will be the friendly face of the Games, made a dramatic entrance as he was unveiled to the world at BBC Scotland’s HQ in Glasgow – located appropriately on the banks on the world-famous river that inspired his name. He was welcomed on stage by Olympic swimming stars Rebecca Adlington and Michael Jamieson. Along with 150 school pupils from across the city they heard for the first time Clyde’s magical story – as told by actor, comedian and Glasgow 2014 Ambassador Billy Connolly, who narrated an animated film which premiered at the launch. This was also an extraordinary day for Clyde’s creator, 12-year-old Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld. Beth won a UKwide competition, from over 4000 entries, to design the

Glasgow 2014 Mascot. On top of her art and design talents, she swims for Cumbernauld Swimming Club, and was delighted to join her swimming heroes on stage at the launch event. Beth, who won four tickets to the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony as part of her prize, said: “I still can’t believe that my entry is now the Glasgow 2014 mascot – it’s amazing to see Clyde come to life and I’m so happy that my design and idea will now be seen by everyone across the world. “To know that I have played a part in Glasgow 2014 is incredible and I hope everyone across Scotland and the Commonwealth love Clyde as much as I do!” Beth’s design was chosen for its Scottish symbolism and Glaswegian charm and likeability. Her entry interpreted this much-loved symbol with a youthful energy

– embodied by a cheeky facial expression – and strong, sporty thistle arms and legs. The idea of using a thistle was a strong favourite of the judging panel and Glasgow 2014. The thistle uniquely represents a symbol as much at home in the modern, urban heart of Scotland’s largest city as it is in Scotland’s remote, epic landscapes. The mascot will be a significant personality in the run up to and during Games-time. Clyde embarked on a national tour of Scotland straight after the launch and will play a major role in many landmark moments on the journey to the Games, motivating young people in particular to make the most of Scotland’s largest ever sporting and cultural event.

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work it did. The Maryhill & Springburn MSP has also asked the Scottish Government to consider acquiring the factory. Ms Ferguson told the ReGen ‘ It seems to me to make sense that the Scottish

Government should acquire the factory. Its core business is making wheelchairs for the NHS where there is currently a back log of people needing chairs, surely it makes sense to seriously consider the idea.’

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Aries (21 March - 20 April) This month is all about getting you back on xxxx

track as there is a driving force within you pushing you to realise your full potential with your hopes and aspirations for the future. You have a canny knack of striking when the iron is hot and I can tell you as long as you pay attention to the finer details to you will make your mark.

Taurus (21 April - 21 May) xxxxxxxxx There is a lot of emphasis on people this month and communication, it has been a testing time of late and people have let you down in the past, remember not to tar all of the people with the same brush as there are one or two genuine bits of gold out there and they may be coming to show you a new way of thinking.


(22 May - 21 June) A great time for getting new ideas or xxxx projects of the ground and if we can increase your staying power you could be seeing success for you all the way through to 2013. Time to start making plans and push yourself out with your personal boundaries, use your excellent communications skills to help open those doors of opportunity

SCancer ubstitu(22 te June - 23 July) of searching your soul for who and yoAxxxxxxxxx utime r co m p sl what fits into your ip emotional life, you have s & upon focused family gra dematters and the structure of how you fit into the dynamics of your your flyers tonow to focus on what you family, it important 50back receive 00from those you give of yourself so freely. Fate has a real influence in all your dealings this month so don’t make decisions before looking at all the options.

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xxxxxxxxx Saturn the planet of structure has brought about some great changes in your life and as long as you have learned from from these lessons then you have no need to worry the influence of the planet in your sign may have you reminiscing about past loves and feeling somewhat sentimental, try to keep focused on what you have rather on what you have lost.



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(24 Oct - 22 Nov) Saturn the planet of structure has now xxxxxxxx entered into your sign, it is never an easy transition as it begins restructuring your life in all areas, as long as you learn each lesson as it arises then there will be no need to repeat the process, try to focus on what you would like to achieve over the next few years and stick to it.


(23 Nov - 21 Dec) xxis not a time to be starting new It projects but to continue as you are at the moment until the influence of Saturn leave your chart, it is a time to see how you can move forward and finishes projects you started a couple of years ago, you may be feeling nostalgic but looking in the past can sometimes stop us from enjoying where we are now.

Capricorn (22 Dec - 20 Jan)

At times you are a recluse closing xxxxx yourself off from the world, this month see’s you getting closer to people and possible getting involved in group activities, at times you may wish to hide from the lime light but Pluto is pushing you forward to meet new people and new places. Some of you are looking to change your surroundings.


(21 Jan - 19 Feb) A good month for you as no matter xxxxxxx what you do you seem to land on both feet and come out of difficult situations smelling of roses. It is good for you to push forward with plans for the future if there was set backs doors will now open gracefully, a time when a positive mental attitude of “I can do” should be your motto.


(24 Aug - 23 Sept) xxxxxxxxx You are on a mission this month to be the best you can be, you are take the world on head first showing all who know you that you can achieve abd succssed in your own m,erit, a force not to be reckoned with this month, just try to take some of the lesser mortals with you, it can get lonely away up there!!



(24 Sept - 23 Oct) With Saturn now left your sign you now xxxxxxxxxx feel much lighter in mood and more in control of the outcome of your own decision making, the lighter feeling flows into your work, home and love life as you positive feel more like the goddess of love, try to keep plans in line over the next few weeks so this coming winter is a happy place.

(20 Feb - 20 Mar) xxxxxxxxxx You may have had a stressful time of late and all your beliefs and attitudes could go topsy turvy! The good news is a time of peace is coming after a struggle and victory will be your remember not to preach to the converted and use your new found freedom into converting those who didn’t have faith in your abilities.

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Apple Crumble 5oz brown sugar 3½ oz cold butter cut into pieces a pinch salt 5oz plain flour 2oz rolled oats 3 large cooking apples peeled and cut thickly into slices Firstly put on the oven at 200 degrees c/ gas 6. Put the apples into a saucepan with the 2ozs of the sugar and cook over a gentle heat for 5-6 mins or until just beginning to soften. To make the crumble topping: Mix together the flour and salt and rub in the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the oats and remaining sugar. Spoon fruit into a fairly deep dish and cover with crumble mixture. Bake for 30 mins until the top has nicely browned. Serve with thick cream or custard.

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During MYRIAD, communities will see officers join forces with other organisations – such as HM Revenue and Customs, Scottish Power, British Transport Police and the DVLA – which have the power to regulate and disrupt criminal activity. Chief Superintendent Wayne Mawson, Divisional Commander for Strathclyde Police B Division said “During this operation criminals operating in our communities can rightly feel uncomfortable – because there is no hiding from us. The number and range of operations that we have planned throughout our communities will seek out and bring to justice those who cause the greatest threat and the most harm to those that live and work in the communities of Glasgow North, East and East Dunbartonshire. Here in B division we are committed to Keeping People Safe – it is what my officers and staff do every day. During the following month with the help of our partners, the community, and with more officers on the

street we will continue to target criminality at all levels and use every means at our disposal to disrupt and prosecute them. Members of the public tell us often about the young man who lives on their street, who they can never remember working, that drives a flash motor and lives the high life – all of it funded from criminality; whilst decent hardworking people look on. To those who are living lavish lifestyles from the proceeds of crime – you are on notice. Seizing funds from criminals and plough-

ing it back into communities is a key priority for us. We know who you are, and you should expect us sooner rather than later”. Overall, the last year the area saw a 46 % drop in attempted murders, a 33 % drop in serious assaults, a 15 percent drop in youth disorder and a 25 percent drop in vandalism. We are still establishing plans for Operation Myriad and I urge our communities to contact us to report anything from drug dealing to anti-social behaviour on 0141 532 2000 or on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111”.

Patricia Ferguson MSP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn For advice or assistance please contact: Constituency Office, 43 Atlas Road, Glasgow G21 4TA Tel: 0141 558 9483. Email: Website: 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.

Surgery Details 1st Saturday of the month 10am: Kelvindale Primary School, 11 Dorchester Place, G12 0BP 11.30am: Maryhill Hub 186 Wyndford Road, G20 8HF

1st Monday of the month 4pm: Springburn Alive & Kicking Project, 94 Red Road, G21 4PH 5.30pm: St Monica's (Milton) Primary School, 200 Liddesdale Road, G22 7QH

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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PATRICIA’S IN PINK Patricia Ferguson MSP for Maryhill & Springburn is backing the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s award winning fundraiser, wear it pink day - and wants constituents to join her. Now in it’s 10th year, wear it pink, on Friday 26th October 2012 will see supporters from all over the country in schools, colleges and businesses embracing the event’s new theme, superheroes. The theme stems from the charity’s belief that everybody who joins the fight - from people affected by breast cancer, to Breast Cancer Campaign scientists and all wear it pink participants - is a superhero. Breast Cancer Campaign is asking everyone to pull on something pink and donate £2.00, whether it’s a superhero cape, pink socks or pants you wear over your tights, you can help the charity achieve its target of raising £2 million, so they can continue to fund groundbreaking research. Join the hundreds of thousands of people who take part in wear it pink every year. With your help Breast Cancer Campaign can improve survival rates

for the one in eight women who experience breast cancer during their lifetime. Patricia Ferguson MSP said: “Every year in Scotland, almost 4,500 women and 25 men are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 1,000 will die from the disease. This is why we all need to support wear it pink day on 26 October, so that Breast Cancer Campaign can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure. “Events such as this help raise awareness and reinforce the message that screening is important, but being aware of changes in your breasts is essential no matter what age you are. When I was diagnosed, I was too young, just, to have been called for screening but I noticed a change. This is why I think the Scottish Government’s current adverts reminding women of the need to be aware of any change are so

important. “I am worried about the number of women in constituencies like mine who don’t attend for screening. As with so many other health issues it is women from poorer areas who are least likely to attend for screening and more likely to need more radical surgery and treatment when eventually they are diagnosed. That’s why in a recent debate in the Scottish Parliament I called on the Health Minister to consider targeting these communities to encourage more women to come forward for screening.” To take part in in wear it pink day get more information at

RENT MATTERS FOR YOUR LOCAL AREA Your rent pays for the roof over your head and for the essential services in your neighbourhood, like repairs to your home, tackling anti-social behaviour, cleaning your close and being here 24/7. It’s important that you keep up with your rent payments. If you’re concerned about falling behind or about being in debt – speak to us before it’s too late. Remember, your home is at risk if you do not keep up your rent payments.

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6 October 2012

NEW ERA AS EMIRATES ARENA IS OFFICIALLY OPENED COUNCILLOR Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, marked the dawn of a new era for Scottish sport as he officially opened the stunning new Emirates Arena in the East End of Glasgow last week. Over 400 children from primary schools across Glasgow were the very first people to use the £113million venue, which has already been hailed as one of the best indoor sports facilities in the world. The construction project was completed on time and on budget, with funding from Glasgow City Council (£98million) and sportscotland (£15million). The pupils showcased some of the many sports that will be played at the Emirates Arena over the coming months and years including athletics, badminton, basketball, football, netball and track cycling. There were also demonstrations in disability sport, while Scotland’s only professional basketball team, the Glasgow Rocks, took part in an open training session ahead of their first home match at their new home against Newcastle Eagles.

After unveiling a plaque to officially open the arena Councillor Matheson led the Minister for the Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison MSP, and a host of dignitaries, on a tour of the new venue. The delegation met pupils from Sacred Heart and Dalmarnock primary schools, who were the first to use the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Scotland’s only indoor velodrome. Pupils from the school were present when construction work stared on the Emirates Arena back in January 2010 ( when a Time Capsule containing a copy of the ReGen was buried on site - to be opened in years to come). Built on a 10.5 hectare site next the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village and Celtic Park, the Emirates Arena is one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe and is already home to a world-class sporting events programme. The venue, which will be called the Commonwealth Arena during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, will host the badminton and track cycling events at the Games.

Facilities at the venue include the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, an indoor sports arena, three full-size sports halls with 12 badminton courts, four outdoor 5-a-side football pitches, an outdoor 1km outdoor cycle circuit, one of the largest Glasgow Club health and fitness centres in the city and a luxury spa. Councillor Matheson said: “This marks the dawn of a new era for Scottish sport as we officially open the Emirates Arena. It is a truly world-class venue that will be the new home of indoor sport in Scotland. “The arena was built for the people of Glasgow so it is fitting that the very first people to use it today were school children from across the city. By investing in new facilities such as this we will help inspire a generation to become more involved in sport. Participation in sport is increasing in the city and we want to see that continue in the lead up to, and beyond, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The world-class events programme that will be hosted here, not least the Glasgow

2014 Commonwealth Games, will help us achieve this. “I can’t wait to see the arena filled with local people and elite athletes alike over the coming months and years.” Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said: “It’s amazing to see the Emirates Arena open its doors as a showpiece venue for the Commonwealth Games, funded by the Scottish Government and other partners. “As we race towards 2014, another facility is rising out of the Glasgow skyline showing what a fitting host city it will be. Not only is the arena an excellent venue for the 2014 Games, it is also a world-class venue for Glasgow, creating for legacy for the west of Scotland for years to come.” Emirates’ Sales Manager for Scotland and North East England, Denise Holmes, said: “This facility is unlike any I have ever seen. The thought that has gone into the design and execution makes it one of the best equipped and high-tech venues of its type worldwide. “The Emirates Arena has been built, not only for professional sportspeople but also local residents and it is my hope that the opportunities offered through access to such a state-of-the-art facility will inspire a generation. “The Emirates Arena is a flagship venue and we are honoured to be able have such a close association with it and the people of Glasgow.” The jewel in the crown of the £113million Emirates Arena is the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The 250-metre cycle track was designed by Ralf Schuermann, who is regarded as one of the world’s top velodrome designers. The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome has a permanent capacity for 2,000 seated and 500 standing spectators, which can be increased to 3,700 seats during major events. The arena has a flexible capacity of up to 6,500 spectators and can host a range of sports including athletics, badminton, boxing,

gymnastics, judo and netball. The state-of-the-art sports hall has three full-size sports courts (volleyball, 5-a-side football, netball, basketball etc) or 12 badminton courts. It can also be configured to have one show court, with a seating capacity for 1,200 spectators. As well as being a competition and training venue for elite athletes, the state-ofthe-art Emirates Arena is open for community use in a move that will help inspire the next generation of athletes and sports stars. In its first four months of operation (5 October 2012 to 2 February 2013) the Emirates Arena will play host to no fewer than eight Scottish, European or World level sporting events. Further information on the events coming to the Emirates Arena, including full ticket details, can be found at www.

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ng homes gets sporty

Multi-sport ‘tasters’ were linked to existing youth provision in the area, as well as Activity Roadshows delivered by the Housing Association. Designed to give youngsters a chance to try new activities, commonwealth sports were targeted including Table Tennis, Athletics & Rugby, with governing body coaches & Modern Apprentices on hand to assist with the activities., which over 100 youngsters enjoyed.

There will be a FREE Football Roadshow running throughout the October break for 5-14 year olds (boys AND girls), from 15th-19th October, 11am-3pm @ Springburn Academy – to register/book places, email your details to Junior Bike Club @ Balgrayhill – 7-11 years, 4pm-6pm Tues, Wed & Thurs (16th-18th). Bikeability Course for cycling confidence & safety. PLACES LIMITED (bikes available) Dr Bike – Bike maintenance will be in area: Tuesday 16th October, 12-3pm @ Broomfield Road & 4pm-6pm @ Balgrayhill Hall ‘Go Mountainbiking’ club for 12-16 year olds – club being run from November at Springburn Academy. PLACES LIMITED, email with your name, age & contact details to book place

WINNING START FOR GLASGOW’S NEW EMIRATES ARENA MORE than 10,000 people passed through the doors of the Emirates Arena during its opening weekend, ensuring Glasgow's latest worldclass sports facility got off to a winning start. The £113million Emirates Arena, which was built by Glasgow City Council and will be operated by Glasgow Life, was officially opened for the first time on Friday by Gordon Matheson (Leader of Glasgow City Council) and has already proved a huge hit with the local community. More than 3,000 people attended the venue on Saturday to view a variety of pre-programmed sporting activities and on Sunday, over 7,000 people, including around 5,000 basketball fans, who watched the Glasgow Rocks' first home match

against Newcastle Eagles, packed into the facility. It was a record attendance for a Rocks home fixture. It will of course host a major sporting events programme and it was fantastic to see the Glasgow Rocks record their largest ever attendance for a home match against Newcastle in their first game at the arena. It has been a weekend to remember but this is just the start of what promises to be a long and successful era of sport at the Emirates Arena. This comes as the news that Glasgow businessman David Low has bought part of the Glasgow Rocks basketball team along with Joe Grimond who operates from a London base, was broken. Mr Low said he views the involvement as both a business opportunity and

as a chance to develop the community projects the club is getting involved in. “Basketball is a sport that can be developed in this country, it is a major game in America and it is also huge in Europe. It is a great sport to watch and I believe in its potential”. The Glasgow Rocks are Scotland’s only professional basketball team and Sunday saw them getting the third biggest crowd in Scotland for their game against Newcastle Eagles.


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Greg Cann (pictured right) – Sports Coordinator for the ng homes project has now been in post for almost five months and has already coordinated a number of activities during the school holidays. Football camps were building on the relationships with local football cubs rather than simply importing coaches from outside and there is further work being supported by the Housing Association in relation to building links with the community departments at Partick Thistle, the




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October 2012

ng homes Wins Award fo Innovative Waste Improvement Plan A ground-breaking plan to improve how waste is dealt with in North Glasgow has been named Best Partnership Initiative at the Scottish Waste & Resources Awards. The idea for the initiative came from ng homes who partnered with Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) who help deliver a range of support programmes, campaigns and other interventions to help people and organisations on the journey to Zero Waste. ZWS agreed to fund the initiative and are now working together with ng homes on innovative ways to recycle and re-use waste materials in the North of the city along with Glasgow City Council, LRS Consultancy and the

North Glasgow community. Over the past couple of months around 300 local people have attended community events across North Glasgow which promote recycling and reuse. Residents have identified areas of land that can be transformed through Glasgow City Council’s ‘stalled spaces’ programme and are developing growing spaces and participating in gardening clubs. Some of the benefits of the Waste Improvement Plan include: - the introduction of new recycling hardware units - opportunities to export recyclable materials to other countries

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- promotion of the love food hate waste campaign - the installation of growing spaces in the community - training for local people on food growing - the introduction of recycling chutes in multi storey blocks As the project develops, ng homes estimates that its recycling will increase to over 381 tonnes each year. There are exciting plans for the future regarding recycling aimed at increasing training and employment opportunities and engaging with people of all ages. This includes children of nursery and school age to encourage them to pick up good habits when it comes to recycling. Chairperson of ng homes John Fury said: “The benefits of this initiative can already be seen with ng homes and ng2 staff working together with local families to carry out community clean-ups and taking pride in their environment. It’s great for ng homes and the movement as a whole to be at the forefront of recycling. I’m thrilled that this highly innovative partnership has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Waste Management.” John Devine, Head of Regeneration for ng homes said: “We are delighted to have won this award; we believe that our Waste Improvement Plan is the first of its kind in Scotland

as it’s a clear partnership between ng homes, GCC and Zero Waste Scotland who are sharing experience and expertise to get to grips with the issues at grassroots levels.” Robert Tamburrini, CEO of ng homes said: “This initiative is a fantastic way to get local families contributing to Zero Waste in North Glasgow. Getting the buy-in from kids at the earliest age is critical to the success of the initiative now and in the

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future. John Devine, Head of Regeneration has led on this innovative project and done a brilliant job. This award recognises John and his team’s hard work. The ng homes board deserves credit too for having the foresight to commit to the project which in turn sits nicely with our vision of a New North Glasgow. Although at an early stage, it’s clear that this type of partnership could work well throughout Scotland.”

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Bob Doris MSP pays a visit to ng2 Bob Doris MSP paid a visit to North Glasgow recently where he stopped off at a growing spaces project in Balgrayhill, a concierge site and ng2’s main offices. ng2 are a social enterprise company based in North Glasgow setup in 2010 by ng homes to employ local people and provide services to its tenants, customers and the wider North Glasgow community. Bob said: “There’s certainly a lot going on in North Glasgow and it was good to meet with a wide variety of staff from ng homes and ng2. One of the staff the MSP met with was Greg Cann, Sports Legacy Co-ordinator for ng2 who is driving forward a range of projects in North Glasgow to encourage people of all ages to take up sport. Mr Doris is Deputy Convener of Holyrood’s Health and Sport committee who are currently conducting an inquiry into community

sport. He said: “I believe that more emphasis should be placed on community sport across the nation in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and ng2 are leading the way in North Glasgow by appointing a Sports Co-ordinator to engage the local community in sporting activities”

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10 October 2012

Living Wage Increase

THE Glasgow Living Wage will increase to £7.50 an hour from 1st April 2013, Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, has announced. This will increase the pay of 5,000 of the lowest paid by the council and ALEOs. The Glasgow Living Wage was originally launched in 2009 by Glasgow City Council to tackle in-work poverty. Employers throughout the city have been encouraged by the council to pay their staff a Living Wage. There are currently over 160 employers with more than 50,000 staff who pay the Glasgow Living Wage. Councillor Matheson said: “Once again Glasgow is leading the way. We were the first local authority in Scotland to establish a Living Wage and I’m delighted to announce that this increase will benefit 5,000 members of staff and their families. “We remain committed to supporting our lowest paid staff during these difficult economic times. It’s the lowest paid who suffer most during a recession and we won’t abandon them in tough times. “Even though budgets are tight, we will focus on our priorities - helping people into work and supporting the lowest paid and their families. “Paying the Living Wage is about doing the right thing. If you are working then you should be able to afford to look after yourself and your family. “The Glasgow Living Wage also benefits employers and is a key part of the council’s work to helping deliver a fairer, more prosperous city.” The list of employers who have signed up as Glasgow Living Wage Employers can be found at www.

SIR CHRIS HOY RIDES VELODROME NAMED IN HIS HONOUR FOR THE FIRST TIME BRITAIN’S greatest ever Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, this week became the first cyclist to ride the stunning new indoor velodrome named in his honour in Glasgow’s East End. The six-time Olympic gold medallist and 11-time world champion was making his first visit to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome ahead of its official opening. The facility is Scotland’s only indoor velodrome and puts Glasgow in an elite group of cities home to world-class cycling facilities. Glasgow City Council announced in 2008 that the velodrome would be named after Sir Chris Hoy following his outstanding performances at the Beijing Olympic Games that year. Construction of the venue commenced in January 2010, with the internationally renowned designer Ralf Schuermann starting work to build the velodrome track in March this year. It has a permanent capacity for 2,000 seated and 500 standing spectators, which can be increased to 4,000 seats during major events. With work now complete Sir Chris was given the honour of being the first cyclist to ride the velodrome and afterwards he said: “It was a very special feeling to ride the track for the first time today. To have this velodrome named after me is a huge honour and something that I am very proud of. “I have been fortunate to ride in the world’s best velodromes and I can tell that this venue is going to be very special. It has a fantastic design and feels like it’s going to be very fast. I’m looking forward to coming back

for the world cup as a spectator - it will be great to see the riders perform in front of a packed crowd.Archie Graham of Glasgow City Council told the Re-Gen, “We are fast approaching what will be one of the most exciting periods in Scottish sporting history and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will be at the very heart of this. As well as hosting genuinely worldclass events this venue will be open for community use and I can’t wait to see local people use it week in, week out. That will be the real legacy of this venue.” Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said: ““Following on from a great summer of sport, we are fast approaching the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and seeing Sir Chris open a velodrome named in his honour is the icing on the cake. “The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is a worthy addition to Glasgow’s already world class sporting venues and I look forward to everyone being able to come and enjoy this brand new velodrome.” Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, Michael Cavanagh, said, “It is fitting that Glasgow has named the velodrome in Sir Chris Hoy’s honour and that he is the first cyclist to ride on the track. “We would love to see him compete

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

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

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

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cycling events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It will host the Scottish Track Cycling Championships in October, November’s UCI Track World Cup and the Revolution Series in February next year. Demand for tickets for these events is already proving exceptionally high with the public allocation for the UCI Track World Cup selling out in just 25 minutes.

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

for Team Scotland one final time in 2014, but we know that whatever capacity he is involved in the Games he will continue to be a true inspiration to others both on and off the field of play.” When open, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will be home to a world-class events programme including the track

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There’s been a fast turnaround in the £1.75m redevelopment of traditional red sandstone tenement flats on Ancroft Street and Nansen Street, Glasgow. The first of 44 new homes, which include 28 flats for social rent and 16 affordable flats for sale, are expected to be ready for the next generation of tenement residents in January 2013. Developed by Queens Cross Housing Association, Chief Executive, Shona Stephen said: “We’re delighted with the speed of progress on the properties. It means that we’re able to provide even more desperately needed affordable homes and that a small corner of the city will retain its traditional character and heritage.” Located just off Garscube Road,

Modernised tenements on Ancroft Street enjoy views across the city of Glasgow. the tenements had fallen on hard times in recent years having been boarded up in preparation for demolition. However Queens Cross

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The first of 44 new homes on Ancroft Street, Glasgow, are expected to be ready in January 2013.

reviewed the plans for the properties and put together a rescue package with grant funding from Glasgow City Council through the Scottish Government’s Innovation & Investment Fund. All of the 1-2 bedroom flats will be fully modernised with open plan living and dining areas, new fitted kitchens, enhanced insulation and video door entry system. The Association is also improving the common back court areas. Enquiries for the first 8 flats for sale are being taken now with prices from £90,000. To make an enquiry about owning a property on Ancroft Street, contact Queens Cross Housing Association at 45 Firhill Road by telephone on 0141 945 3003 or by emailing the Sales Team on

October 2012


Get help to kick the habit Specialised Lingerie Evenings in Glasgow For more confidence when choosing a bra after breast cancer surgery, why not join other women who have had breast cancer at one of Breast Cancer Care’s Lingerie Evenings in Glasgow. Breast Cancer Care Lingerie Evenings offer a practical guide on what to look for in a bra. There is the opportunity to be fitted by trained store staff and a chance to see how the lingerie looks on volunteer models who have all had breast cancer themselves. The evenings include mini beauty/therapy sessions and you can buy lingerie if you wish. There is also time to ask questions, share experiences and talk to others in a similar situation. Places are limited so

we do ask people to book in advance by calling: 0141 353 8330 or emailing: sco@ The next two events are as follow,.... Lingerie Evening – 18 October 2012, House of Fraser, Buchanan Street, Glasgow 5 – 8pm Lingerie Evening – 29 November 2012, John Lewis, Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow 5 – 8pm

FOR people trying to quit their addiction to opiates, to also stop smoking represents an enormous challenge. Now, a pilot project has been set up in North East Glasgow to encourage people addicted to opiates, such as heroin and cocaine, to receive support to stop smoking to improve their overall health. The North East Sector, for Glasgow City CHP already delivers a community based stop smoking service within the North East of Glasgow. The service involves support to help adults and young people to quit smoking, as well as advising on the dangers of passive smoking. To find out how the Stop Smoking Service could best support people receiving treatment for opiate addictions to stop smoking, clients visiting services at Bridgeton Health Centre completed a questionnaire with Karen Mather, health improvement practitioner for Smokefree Community Services who works within the North East Sector of Glasgow City CHP. Almost half of those responding to the questionnaire said they had never been offered help to stop smoking before, and most of them said

they would be interested in a scheme to help them quit. In October 2011, Karen started working at the community addiction clinic on a weekly basis to help support patients receiving opiate substitution therapy for opiate addictions to quit smoking. Karen said. ‘This programme is about people having a positive experience of stopping smoking with support, and ensuring that they know that if they try to quit and find it too hard at first, they can always come back to us and try again, as we will be there for them.’ Eddie McCabe, a client at the addiction clinic, Bridgeton Health Centre, North East Glasgow, has tried giving up smoking for several years, and is impressed by the support he has received from the stop smoking clinic. Eddie says: I’ve been visiting the addiction clinic for about a year. Last October, Karen Mather told me she was going to be offering a stop smoking service. I’ve never been a heavy smoker – I smoke

around three to four cigarettes a day – but I thought it would be a good idea to get some information about how to stop smoking, as this was something I’ve been trying to do for a while. The service was exactly what I needed - Karen really listened to me, and the nicotine replacement patches she recommended did the job for a while. I stop smoking for a few days, then have a cigarette and feel bad about it. But speaking to Karen has made

me realise that these things happen and not to be too hard on myself. It makes such a difference to feel that you’re not being judged because you’ve had a lapse, and that the door is always open for you. I’m still focussed on giving up smoking. I spoke to Karen recently and said I wanted to go back to the stop smoking clinic. It’s great to know that option is there for me and that I have that support. For help to stop smoking call 0141 201 9832.

Stop Smoking Sessions are held at: Eastbank Training & Conference Centre - Shettleston John Wheatley College Easterhouse Easterhouse Health Centre Bridgeton Health Centre Springburn Health Centre Parkhead Congregational Church Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre Dennistoun Maryhill Health Centre Partick Community Centre for Health Knightswood Fire Station Drumchapel Health Centre

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October 2012

Contract for expansion of charity base awarded to City Building City Building has been awarded a contract worth £430,000 to convert a disused print works into an arts centre for charity Sense Scotland. The 7,577 sq. ft. building, at 47 Middlesex Street, will house a new events space, gallery, and four arts and crafts studios. The three-storey project will link directly to the charity’s existing TouchBase centre, located next door. Due for completion by January 2013, the expansion will allow Sense Scotland – which works with disabled children and adults who have communication support needs – to increase its range of services and activities on offer. It will help more disabled people access the opportunities which TouchBase offers. New kitchen units used in the development are to be supplied by Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), a supported facility for the visually impaired which is operated by City Building. RSBi specialises in manufacturing a wide range of furniture products, as well as being dedicated to making a difference in the community. City Building builders, joiners, electricians, plumbers, heating engineers, plasterers, painters and lift installation engineers will be employed on the refurbishment, which is expected to take 18 weeks to complete. They will demolish an existing stair tower and install a new lift as well as electrics and plumbing into the brick building. Two

new staircases will also be installed, and all doors and windows are to be replaced with ones of a modern standard. Sense Scotland is a national charity which works in partnership to support and promote the interests of children, young people and adults who have communication support needs because of deafblindness, sensory impairment, learning or physical disability. The charity is committed to supporting disabled people to live independently, communicate and fulfil their own ambitions. Cllr Paul Carey, chair of City Building, said: “City “Sense Scotland CEO Andy Kerr with Building has an excellent some of the people the charity suptrack record of delivering ports at the disused print works which first-class building projects. City Building is set to transform.” We are delighted to be working in partnership with into something the people who Sense Scotland to deliver what use it can enjoy for many years is a hugely valuable contract for to come.” Andy Kerr, CEO of their continuing development in Sense Scotland, said: “The origiGlasgow.” Dr Graham Paterson, nal TouchBase resource offers executive director of City Building, invaluable support throughout added: “All trades will be involved the year for disabled people and in the Middlesex Street developtheir families, with fully accesment, so the finished product will sible day support, evening clubs, be something the business can be music, art, drama and outdoor acextremely proud of. tivities. “The new resource, in the “Our work with RSBi means many building adjoining TouchBase, will of our staff have knowledge of expand and develop these activithe problems facing people like ties enabling even more people to those helped by Sense Scotland. choose the kind of support they This is incredibly worthwhile work are looking for, tailored to meet and will turn a disused building their interests and aspirations.”

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 2 nd Monday of the month Kelvindale Primary School, 11 Dorchester Place - 5.30pm Maryhill Burgh Halls, 10 - 24 Gairbraid Avenue - 7pm 3 rd Monday of the month King Street Council Offices, Rutherglen

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CDS unveils winners of its inaugural £30,000 Collaboration Prize Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) recently unveiled some of the winners of its inaugural £30,000 Collaboration Prize after Alex Salmond launched the new prize at an event in Edinburgh Castle earlier this year. The winning concepts each received a cash prize of £5,000 and up to £5,000 of support. The aim is to encourage businesses to consider collaboration and pitch their idea for a new consortium co-operative. Among the winners are, Music Co-operative Scotland and Screen Facilities Scotland: Music Co-operative Scotland brings together the members of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in an artistic collaboration to explore new markets for classical music at home and overseas. The new venture will build on the already strong international reputation of the orchestra – one of the crown jewels of Scottish culture – creating more flexible opportunities for contracting and performing as ensembles. Screen Facilities Scotland is a collaboration of Scottish-based film, television and commercials facilities companies, each independently owned, that will now compete for work as a single and flexible entity on national and international media projects. Until the present, many lucrative contracts, even those originating in Scotland, have been won

by businesses based elsewhere, particularly in the south-east of the UK. Screen Facilities Scotland has the potential to increase core business, strengthen company reputations and secure jobs and growth for the Scottish film, television and commercials production sector. Sarah Deas, chief executive of Co-operative Development Scotland, said: “We were delighted with the high number of quality entries. There is clearly a real appetite from businesses to pool their expertise and work together. “Collaboration brings tangible benefits to business. It enables firms to become more competitive and grow their markets, which in turn delivers a

boost for the Scottish economy.” Katie Hull, a violinist with the orchestra for Scottish Opera and one of the five founders of Music Cooperative Scotland, said: “In 2011 members with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera moved from working on a full-time to a part-time basis. Forming a consortium cooperative is the ideal next step for us as musicians as it gives people a one stop shop for our services. “We will be able to market ourselves as a full orchestra for hire but we can also cater for events like weddings where people may require just an individual musician, such as harp or trumpet, or a small group such as a string quartet.

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October 2012


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The Autumn Political Conference season is a time for catching up with friends, engaging with fresh ideas, debating at fringe meetings, and meeting new people too. At Labour’s Annual Conference in Manchester last week, Ed Miliband set out a new direction for Labour and a better vision for Britain – based around the idea of One Nation. This is a vision based around building an economy that works for ordinary people, rather than just a privileged few at the top; reshaping our broken banking system so that it serves society not the other way around; and turning around the stranglehold that weak growth and falling real wages have around the necks of millions of people struggling to make their salaries last the month, and facing surging food, transport, and electricity and gas bills. Although some of the specific solutions may differ in the nations and regions of the United Kingdom, Ed’s One Nation vision, based on the premise that a more

ing from the labour force because of the lack of affordable, quality childcare, and in our hourglass job market, we have a growing shortage of skilled manufacturing and service jobs that only a proper British Investment Bank rather than Vince Cable’s peashooter of a fund, and an active industrial policy, can counter. The contrast with the Victorian society that George Osborne offered up at the Conservative Conference this week in Birmingham is stark. For Osborne, rights at work were not freedoms fought for by generations of ordinary people to secure a fairer slice of the wealth they generated, but mere commodities to be bought and sold to the highest bidder in the marketplace. The Resolution Foundation, producing a major report on living standards this month, has found that in the last two decades, the link between workers’ productivity and wages has been broken – 20 years ago, for every extra £1 in extra productivity growth produced by workers, 90p went in increased wages for people in the lower half of the income scale, whereas now, that has slumped to a mere 43p.

Osborne’s plan, driven by a twisted ideology - divorced from the thinking of responsible international agencies like the ILO - that decent employment protection is a brake on growth, is to get bosses to bribe existing workers to end their rights against unfair dismissal and for flexible working by offering shares in the company, and to force new employees to sign up to contracts with few workplace protections. Osborne revealed in his speech that the end game for the right is not just a market economy, but increasingly, a market society too. But as the Harvard Professor Michael Sandel discussed with Labour delegates in Manchester there are parts of society where markets simply do not belong, and they can corrupt the goods that they touch. This is the new faultline in British politics – between One Nation Labour as the only political movement in Britain that can heal our fractured society, against the forces of nationalism and of the right who see erecting borders or commodification of common values we hold most dear as the only answer.

derly are not isolated in their homes. Scottish Labour wants to deliver a system that means prescriptions are not a barrier to accessing medication but to ensure that those who can afford it do pay to help ease the pressure on hospital budgets. Under Labour, over ninety per cent of prescriptions were free but the SNP Government extended this to include everyone, including the wealthiest in society, at a cost of £57 million a year. This is the equivalent of 2,000 nurses – almost the same number that have been cut by the SNP. Scottish Labour wants to make quality further and higher education accessible to all. We want to see a world class education system at all levels: nursery, school, college and university. This means reviewing the

appropriateness of the current funding arrangements for universities. Since the SNP removed the graduate endowment system no progress has been made in widening access to university for poorer students. Bursaries are now being cut for the poorest students by nearly £1,000 and at the same time, colleges are being forced to merge and cut courses, waiting lists have reached 10,000 and there are 70,000 fewer college students. We must find a sustainable way to fund further and higher education that ensures all our young people are able to achieve their potential. Any plans that we bring forward will secure greater access for young people from less well-off backgrounds. Scotland needs a fairer way of funding local authorities that ensures hard-working families are protected and can enjoy quality services while

ensuring those that can afford to pay a bit more do so. Scottish Labour wants to ensure our elderly citizens receive the level of care they deserve. Under the current system, the kind of care older people get is different across Scotland. Some don’t get shopping services, whilst others do and some have to pay £18.45 an hour for services like day care. This postcode lottery is unfair and we want to address this. With an aging population putting increased pressure on these services, it is more important than ever that we act. At the moment, the system is not working for many people, and direct charges are being introduced for services that were previously free. Labour has always believed in the redistribution of wealth and that will be one of the guiding principles of any action we take.

represents an assault on much of the fabric which binds Scottish society together. Prescription charges are a good example. Before the SNP abolished them, people earning over £16,000 a year had to pay for medicines: almost 9,000 people in Maryhill and Springburn, and nearly 78,000 across Glasgow. Will these families now be charged for their prescription if Labour have their way? How Labour have changed since the 1950s, when Nye Bevan resigned in protest at the introduction of prescription charges.

There are many issues with means testing. The bureaucracy required to administer the system ends up eating into the amount of cash saved; a stigma can develop around claiming means-tested benefits, meaning that many who are entitled to claim decline to do so. And apart from such practical considerations, health care should not be based on a person’s ability to pay. Shame on Labour for suggesting this! There’s another problem here, though. Labour’s shift is not just wrong, but also risks unpicking Scotland’s social cohesion. As a society, we may debate exactly how much to tax the wealthy. However,

for a group contribute to the tax pot but get nothing or little back encourages a feeling of apartness, a sense that society does nothing for them. In Scotland, by and large, taxation is considered a responsibility and part of our social contract with the state. We tamper with that contract at our peril, and I genuinely find it hard to believe that Labour, the historical party of social democracy, seem intent on doing so. To add insult to this injury, Labour are using terms such as a “something for nothing society”. As the wealthy pay taxes, this can only refer to the poor and vulnerable who

would love to be in a position to work. Are they set to lose out under Labour, too? I have often argued fervently in this column for a Yes vote in the 2014 referendum on the basis that Glasgow and Scotland will prosper under independence. However, with Labour now joining the Conservatives to threaten prescriptions, bus passes and care for the elderly – to name but a few – independence becomes about not just the opportunities created by running our own affairs, but also about escaping the divisive and damaging cuts ALL the UK parties plan to visit on Scotland.

enough to start a conversation about where our spending priorities should be in these tough times. For example, is it right that millionaires can get free prescriptions for aspirin, yet we have 2000 fewer nurses across Scotland since this policy began. And is it right that the money being used to pay the tuition fees for wealthier people to

go to university is being cut out of the colleges budget meaning 10,000 working class kids on a waiting list for a place at college? In these tough times, the priority has to be looking after the most vulnerable in society. So far the SNP Government in Edinburgh have dodged the tough questions, but I am glad that Johann has been brave enough to start the conversation about who gets help from

the government, and making sure that we pay for services properly. Maybe if the SNP had not been so scared, Glasgow might not be facing £50m of spending cuts over the next 2 years. Something else in the news recently is the new law introduced by my Labour colleague Patricia Ferguson MSP about property factors. The new law will regulate property factors for the first time meaning

rogue factors cannot rip off home owners without consequence again. This is great news for people who use property factors and I would like to congratulate Patricia on her success in getting this law passed. If you would like to speak to me about these or any other issues then do not hesitate to get in touch on paul.martin. or on 0141 564 1364.

equal Britain will be a more dynamic and prosperous Britain, has a resonance from Land’s End to John o’Groats. One Nation Economics means cutting the gap between rich and poor is at the heart of what we will do. With the public finances in a wretched state given Osborne’s disaster on growth, more of the effort will have to come from correcting market inequalities, whether in introducing a living wage in those parts of the economy where that will work, regulating top pay by having a worker’s representative on the pay committees and boards of our companies, cutting electricity and gas bills for 5 million people ripped off by the Big 6 companies by replacing Ofgem with a regulator with real powers to reduce costs for consumers. It also requires a new deal between capital and labour. Britain does as well as the US in pre-tax and benefits levels of poverty, but not as well as the

Netherlands. Only 15% of our private sector workforce is unionised, and in burgeoning sectors, such as call centres, almost entirely absent. That is where an enhanced role for trades union and collective bargaining comes in, so that Britain can have the wage growth that is necessary for sustained recovery in the spending power of ordinary people that will lift economic demand. One Nation Economics means raising the growth rate and creating a better quality of jobs to tackle the crisis of 6 million people looking for full time jobs but trapped on the dole, or in self-employment or part-time work against their will. Studies ranging from the OECD to the IMF show that a sustained increase in growth of 1% a year for 5 years would reduce our debt to GDP ratio by 10%, and obviate the need for damaging cuts, such as those proposed by the Tories on housing benefit for 305,000 people under 25, hurting orphaned children, or vulnerable teenagers in broken households, or young people in relationships with abusive partners. One million women are miss-

Patricia Ferguson MSP Scottish Labour is currently undergoing a policy review to find a fairer way to deliver the services our communities rely on at a time of scarce resources. We are standing up for those who are suffering now from the SNP’s cuts and want to deliver fully funded and sustainable public services now and in the future. While the SNP run away from the reality, we will be honest with the Scottish people now so we can protect them in the future. The Scottish Government is facing nearly £3 billion worth of cuts over the next four years but has so far refused to say who will shoulder the burden and where they will cut. We believe we need to take action now

to ensure our young people, our elderly and hard-working families are protected. Our three tests of policy will be: will it make Scotland healthier, wealthier and fairer? Scottish Labour introduced free bus passes and believes they are a vital way of preventing elderly people from becoming isolated. However, currently one in five passes are being used by people still in work. Is it really fair that the office manager gets a free bus journey to work because he is 60 while the officer cleaner still has to pay? We want to review this policy to ensure it is delivered in the fairest possible way while staying true to its original principle of ensuring the el-

Bob Doris MSP I’ve never witnessed anything like it since I became involved in politics. In the last few weeks, the Labour Party have self-destructed. I take no satisfaction in saying it, but Labour – yes, Labour – look set to charge the ill for prescriptions, withdraw bus passes from pensioners, charge students to go to university, and ditch free personal care. The list goes on and on, as Labour have said that nothing is off the table. Their threat to abolish universal benefits and reintroduce means testing

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Just last week we saw the news that £50m will need to be cut from Glasgow City Council’s budget over the next 2 years. The budget cut comes after the UK Government and the Scottish Government have made local councils across the country bear the brunt of the squeeze in public spending. Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont MSP has been brave

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National food waste campaign A new national campaign encouraging people across Scotland to help combat the environmental and financial impact of food waste was launched this week. One-fifth of the food and drink we buy ends up being thrown away. This is the equivalent of an average Scottish household having another mouth to feed and avoidable food waste costs the average Scottish household £430 a year. Two-thirds of the food and drink we waste could be used. This campaign gives simple steps to reduce food waste and save money these include: • checking cupboards and writing a list before shopping • planning meals in advance • sensible portion planning • checking date labelling and storage information • using up or freezing leftovers and freezing Every year, avoidable food waste costs the Scottish public £1 billion and creates harmful greenhouse gases. Reducing this waste could help cut carbon emissions equal to taking one car in five off Scotland’s roads.

Launching the food waste campaign, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “We all waste food but by making a few simple changes to the way we plan our meals, to our weekly food shopping, to using up leftovers and to better storage, we can help our pockets and the environment too. If we stopped avoidable food waste we’d save around £35 per household per month. “The new food waste reduction campaign aims to benefit everyone by providing practical help and advice, it seeks to empower everyone to shop smarter, waste less, save more and help create a greener, cleaner Scotland now and for the future.” The Scottish Government has committed to ambitious climate change targets of a 42 per cent reduction in CO2 by 2020 and an 80 per cent reduction by 2050. This includes a ban on food waste, from landfill by the end of 2020, which will help reduce emissions. Reducing food waste is seven times better for the environment than any recycling option, but

sometimes it can’t be avoided and food recycling services are now being rolled out in towns and cities across Scotland. Recycling our food waste can generate renewable energy and be turned into a fertiliser to benefit Scottish farmers. Councillor Stephen Hagan, COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability said: “COSLA is pleased to support the food waste prevention campaign. COSLA welcomes this campaign and the focus on prevention in the first instance as this has the dual advantage of being good for the environment and for

Ten tips for a warm house The cold and dark months of winter are the time when we spend more time indoors and turn up our heating. It’s also the time when our energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions go sky high. We all need to keep warm, but we can do it in a greener, cleaner way. Here are our top ten tips for staying warm over winter. 1. Use heavy curtains to stop heat escaping from your windows Up to 40 per cent of the heat escaping from your home in winter is from uncovered windows. Heavy, lined curtains which extend below the window frame will insulate your windows and help keep the warmth in. 2. Install insulation in your house (or top up old and thinning insulation) A well insulated house can use as much as 45% less energy for heating and cooling, which means that insulation

pays for itself in cheaper bills. With energy prices set to rise, installing insulation now is a smart way of avoiding excessive bills in the future. 3. Seal up gaps and cracks that let the cold air in In your average Victorian home, if you added up all the cracks and gaps, it would be the equivalent of having a 1 metre by 1.5 metre window open all the time. They can account for 15 – 25 percent of heat loss in your home. Seal up cracks and gaps using weather stripping around doors and windows, gap filler for cracks in the walls and even a simple door snake for the bottom of the door. You can buy all of these things at your local hardware store, for not much money. 4. Install pelmets on top of your windows These are boxes which sit over your curtain rod and prevent cold air coming in to your room. If you don’t have

them, a cheap alternative is to stick a draught snake, heavy blanket or towel on top of your curtain rod. 5. Watch the temperature Heat the rooms you are using to around 20ºC in winter, a comfortable temperature for most people. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat on your heater, place a thermometer in your living area to keep an eye on the temperature. And think of putting on a jumper before you try turning up the heat. 6. Close off any rooms that are not in use Furniture can’t feel the cold so why waste energy heating areas that you’re not using. And don’t leave your heater or cooling system running all night or while you’re out. Turn it off or install a timer. 7. Let the sunshine in during the day If you have any north facing windows, open up their curtains

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Antifreeze- During the winter you use more windscreen wiper fluid so make sure that you have antifreeze or windscreen washer fluid anti-freeze mix, in your car’s water bottle. You don’t want to find yourself stuck behind a lorry trying to clean your windows only to find your washer liquid has frozen Survival kit- Stow a winter driving Survival Kit in your boot. Include a torch, ice scraper, windscreen de-icer, starter cables, a folding shovel and some nonperishable food, a blanket and a tow rope. Tyres- Checking the condition of your tyres is important throughout the year but when there’s snow and ice on the road it’s vital. When checking your tyres

household budgets. “Councils have demonstrated great progress towards achieving the zero waste vision we share with the Scottish government, and local authorities are rolling out food waste collection services across Scotland to help communities to recycle unavoidable food waste. “Good progress has been made but reducing council budgets will come under more pressure to continue this direction of travel. Small steps by individuals to tackle food waste will make continuing this progress an easier task in hard times.”

when it is sunny to let the sun heat up your house for you. 8. Insulate hot water pipes Wrap external hot water pipes with simple lagging (insulating tape) to reduce the heat loss from your hot water tank to the taps, and reduce the energy needed to get your hot water. It can be bought cheaply from your local hardware shop. 9. If you can’t heat the room, heat yourself If you can’t insulate your room or block draughts, it will be hard to heat the whole room, especially with a small electric heater. In this case you are better off sitting near the heater, so it at least keeps you warm. 10. Maintain your heaters Getting your heater serviced professionally at least every two years will keep it running more efficiently. Keeping heaters free of dust and cleaning any filters regularly will also help. Or if you’re in the market for a new one.

Your personal driving habits have a big impact on fuel consumption and costs, especially in the winter. Here are five steps you can take to keep your fuel costs down and help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Use a block heater to warm your engine for two hours before you start it. Block heaters can improve overall winter fuel economy by as much as 10 percent. Don’t idle your vehicle to warm it up - it’s better to drive it. Any more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days simply wastes fuel and increases emissions. Check your tire pressure regularly, especially after there has been a sharp drop in temperature (more than 15°C). Cold temperatures decrease the air pressure in tires, which adds to the rolling resistance. If you use a ski rack, it is a good idea to remove it when it is not needed. A ski rack (even an empty one) increases a vehicle’s aerodynamic drag, which in turn causes the engine to work harder and consume more fuel. The same applies to roof racks. Use public transit whenever possible or try ride-sharing or carpooling. You’ll save money on fuel, reduce wear and tear on your vehicle and avoid the stress of driving in bad conditions.

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first make sure that the tyre treads are the correct depth – ideally more than 3mm for winter. Secondly make sure that the tyres are inflated correctly, as the cold weather can lower tyre pressure. Don’t be tempted to let some air out to get more grip as this doesn’t work, and can seriously reduce stability. Electrics- Car batteries can be past their best after 5 years, so if your battery is older than this get it checked by your local garage. Petrol- Keep your fuel tank topped up in the winter as you never know when you’re going to need that extra fuel. If you are driving and become snowed in, conserve your fuel. Run your engine every twenty minutes to warm the car.

October 2012

Re-Gen “Stars in the Community” Awards THE Re-Gen is hosting an Awards evening for the “Stars in the Community” and the “STARS” we are looking for are those unsung heroes who work away in the Community and don’t look for praise or attention. Everyone knows someone within their own community who helps others, be it by running errands for elderly neighbours, coaching youngsters in sports or a shop assistant who has a cheery disposition. Here we list the categories we are looking for and we want our readers to have a look and see if they can nominate someone who they feel fits the criteria. Nominations to Re-Gen Newspapers. 85 Main Street Baillieston Glasgow G69 6AD to reach us by 12th October 2012. 1) Service with a Smile Award Do you know someone, or a group or company who provides outstanding service way above what might be expected? Then this award is for them. Tell us how they operate and what it is about their service that is so outstanding and makes them way above average for customer care. 2) Improving Lives in the Community Award Judges will be looking for outstanding teams, individuals or organisations working in the community who try that little bit harder to improve the lives of others. For example, a good neighbour, or someone working with a company or organisation whose extra efforts have made a real difference to the life of someone within their area. 3) Building Stronger Communities The judges will be looking for individuals, teams, organisations from any sector who have worked consistently to promote community relations. Tell us especially how the work of your nominee(s) has made a difference, and how they achieved their results. 4) Community Business of the Year The judges will want to hear about commercial organisations which provide added value to the communities they serve. Do they support a local charity in some way, sponsor a football team, never fail to show up at community events? Don’t forget companies that have high standards when it comes to reducing their environmental impact, or who promote the green agenda to customers and the community. 5) Engaging in the Community Award The winner will be an individual/group or project who organises an event which brings the community together. This could be a “Fun Day,” a Christmas Party for the Community, a Fund Raising event for the good of the Community etc.... In fact any event that has created a “FeelGood” factor within the community. 6) Action in the Community Know an individual, project or business that works to improve their community and make life better for residents living there? It could be a business or a particular fund has contributed to the community, or a person that has gone that extra mile to ensure that their communities voice is being heard and that action is taken on issues that effect them. The judges particularly want to hear about positive results that have been achieved. 7) The Re-Gen “STAR” Award This Award is chosen by The Re-Gen Newspaper Group and will be awarded to either a company, project, organisation or individual who has in our opinion personified the feeling of Well-Being within the community. No Nominations will be accepted for this category. It will be down to the Directors of the Re-Gen to select the winner. 8) Shining Star Award This is a very special award to commemorate someone either living or dead whose legacy has been to help others and change the community for the better. Someone who has worked tirelessly throughout their life to help, assist and promote their community and instil a sense of pride and well being. Someone who was NOT afraid to challenge authority and dedicated their life to working on behalf of others

BOGUS CALLER WARNING FOR GLASGOW NORTH EAST AND EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE Over the last month, there has been an increase in incidents involving bogus workers/callers across the North of Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire. While officers from CID are following positive lines of enquiry and are hopeful that they will identify the perpetrators involved in these criminal acts, it is important to highlight the dangers and threats posed by these individuals, particularly to elderly and vulnerable members of the community. Bogus callers can take on a variety of different aliases to try and get through the door - from workmen offering to carry out repairs to peoples’ homes, to those purporting to carry out surveys or collections for charity - but the message the police want to stress is ‘if in doubt, keep them out’. Community Safety officers are distributing crime prevention packs, including personal attack alarms, to provide local residents with a valuable insight into bogus caller crime. Inspector Mandy Rorrison from London Road Police Office commented, “We are determined to stop people falling prey to bogus callers. Because of their age and vulnerability, elderly people are more commonly targeted by these despicable individuals. Elderly people are more likely to keep purses, wallets and large sums of money, in their homes which makes this a lucrative crime. That’s why it so important for us to get out there and take the message to the community. We want to ensure that everyone is more aware and less likely to become a victim of bogus caller crime. The best advice to the public is keep the door closed to anyone who has not pre-arranged to call at your home, and seek identification if they have. “Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure within their home and we hope to reassure the public that by following simple steps they can be safe, rather than putting fear in their minds. “Anyone who has any information or who suspects suspicious activity should contact the police on 0141 532 4600 or alternatively CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.” There are a number of simple measures which can be taken by householders to reduce the threat of becoming a victim, as follows: Never open the door or have a telephone conversation with a person or company that you have not made an appointment with. Criminals will fake identity badges; wear company uniforms and drive cars and vans that look similar to genuine businesses. ALWAYS be sure before you open the door, phone the police immediately if you are in any way suspicious. If you would like to arrange for a community safety officer to attend at your home address to provide crime prevention advice please contact your local police office on 0141 5320 2000 and ask for the community safety officer. BIKE THIEVES! ON YER BIKE! Over the last fortnight there has been a spike in the number of thefts of pedal cycles across the North East of Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire. Eight bicycles have been stolen with no suspects identified. The months preceding Christmas tend to see fluctuations in thefts and acquisitive crime, as such we urge our communities to take extra care over this time. Constable Cuthbertson from London Road Police office offers advice to help ensure the security of your bicycle. “There are a few steps you can take to ensure the safety of your bike and to deter thieves. Firstly, I would recommend investing in a quality chain/lock for your bike. Cheaper items can generally be broken by bodily pressure without resorting to the use of tools. This means your bicycle can be stolen quickly and without attracting too much attention. Secondly, where possible purchase two different styles of lock for the front wheel and the rear wheel.

The purpose of this being that thieves would need two types of cutter to remove different locking mechanisms. Thirdly, only leave your bicycle in busy places to lessen the risk of thieves identifying your bike as a potential target. Finally, register your bicycle on www. This is a free service whereby you can register various items including your bike, phone and computer. If any registered item is lost or stolen you can use immobilise to instantly inform the police, insurers and second-hand trade. This can greatly help in the recovery of property and capturing thieves.” HITTING CRIMINALS WHERE IT HURTS The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is a powerful tool used by the Police to remove assets gained through criminal conduct. These assets can be either a monetary gain or property both representing criminal benefit. Under the POCA legislation assets gained through criminal conduct can be confiscated at the courts. In the month of September officers of B Division combined with Investigators from the force’s major crime and financial investigation unit have identified £373,000 of criminal money that has fallen under the POCA legislation. A seizure of this scale seriously disrupts criminal enterprise and the money is reinvested back into the community. B DIVISION’S PURGE ON DRINK DRIVERS In the last four weeks, 23 drink drivers have been arrested across the North East of Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire. As well as being a divisional priority for Strathclyde Police B Division, Road Safety and targeting drink drivers will also form a strand of Operation Myriad. Drink driving is one of the main causes of death on our roads and B Division makes no apology in dealing robustly with those who flout this law. Unlike other divisions in Strathclyde Police who share road policing resources, B Division has its own road policing unit which provides extra traffic officers across the north and east ensuring motorists use our roads safely. The figures above speak for themselves in that almost one drink driver is caught everyday and put before our courts. Drink driving carries an automatic ban which can have a direct impact on every facet of an individual’s life. FINE DODGERS, IT’S TIME TO PAY UP Police in Glasgow North and East Dunbartonshire area will as part of Operation Myriad targeting those identified by the courts as having not paid fines or failed to turn up for court. Currently there are 612 live warrants within Strathclyde police’s B Division which covers these areas. Constable Joanne Cuthbertson from London Road police office said, “During October the public will see increased police numbers within their communities and should not be alarmed. What we are doing is addressing the concerns you have told us about and bringing before the courts those who have been identified as responsible for offences where you live. What is unacceptable that in our area 612 people who have been fined or bailed by the courts have failed to answer for their crimes. Our message is clear we are telling you there are 612 people who will be expecting a visit from us over the coming weeks. We would advise these people to hand themselves in before we arrive.” CALLING TIME ON UNDERAGE PURCHASES Police in the East and North of Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire are warning adults who purchase alcohol for underagers – that they are being actively targeted by a number of police operations over the coming month. Recent changes to the law mean that anyone buying alcohol must appear to be over 25, otherwise approved ID must be produced before the sale can be completed. This government backed initiative is known as “Challenge 25” – and has made it more difficult for


teenagers to pass themselves off as being 18. However, licence holders and police have became aware of an increasing trend of adults, mostly strangers – purchasing alcohol for teenagers who approach them in the street and offer them money in return for completing the transaction. Speaking at London Road Police Office, Constable Ryan Curran said “I spent a considerable amount of time working in licensing, and this is a matter of great concern to the police and the licensed trade. What members of the public may not realise in undertaking an “agent purchase” is the dangers to the health and physical safety of an under age person drinking. We see far too often the girl who has collapsed because of too much alcohol, or the boy knocked down on the road because he’s drunk. The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 makes it a specific offence for anyone to purchase alcohol for a person under the age of 18. Age limits are in place because it is not safe for young people to be drinking. In one particular incident I can recall recently – two 13 year old girls were seriously ill after consuming a litre bottle of cider each. Thankfully – they made a full recovery, but no one could say that they looked 18. This is an example of an adult ignoring the fact these were children that alcohol was bought for. This legislation is in place for no other reason than to protect children. In the coming month, we will be focussing on this worrying trend, and my message to any would be purchasers is this – It is a criminal offence to buy an under age person alcohol – and you can be jailed for 3 months. Our message is simple – we are in the business of keeping people safe and if caught buying alcohol for kids – you will be arrested.” CASH IN TRANSIT ROBBERY – LAMBHILL, GLASGOW Strathclyde Police is appealing for information and witnesses following a ‘cash in transit’ robbery in Lambhill, Glasgow, on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th September 2012. At around 12.00 noon a Post Office security guard was delivering cash to the branch on Balmore Road, Glasgow when he was approached by a man, who was carrying what is believed to be a handgun. He threatened the guard and demanded cash, before running off on foot towards Knapdale Street. He made off with a sum of cash contained in 2 cassettes. The firearm was not used and the security guard was not injured in the incident, however, he was left very shaken. The male responsible is described as being 5’9” – 5’10” wearing dark clothing. He had his face covered and was wearing dark clothing. A silver Volvo S40 was seen in the vicinity around Balmore Road/Knapdale Street at the time and was later found burnt out nearby in Kings Place. Enquiries are continuing to establish if this vehicle is involved in the crime. Officers are continuing enquiries into the incident, viewing all available CCTV around the area and carrying out door to door enquiries in an effort to trace the person responsible. The area was busy with pedestrians and passing traffic. Detective Inspector Stephen Healy, of Maryhill CID, who is dealing with the enquiry, said: “This was a terrifying experience for the security guard, who has been left very upset as a result of his ordeal. I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a Silver Volvo S40 in the vicinity at the time, or a man fitting the description of the suspect prior to the incident, acting suspiciously around Balmore Road, or immediately after the incident in the vicinity of Knapdale Street. This was a very brazen act, to target a security guard in the middle of a very busy road in broad daylight, and it is very important we trace the dangerous individual who carried out this despicable attack.” Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Maryhill CID on 0141 532 3700. Alternatively please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be passed in confidence.

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EMIRATES SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP SPECIAL THERE may be a three-division gap between the pair, but PETERSHILL co-boss Willie Paterson insists there will be no room for complacency against Newmains United in the second round of the sponsored Emirates Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday, October 20. Kick-off 2.30pm, writes TOM SCOTT. Super Premier Peasy were on the wrong end of a shock penalty kick second round defeat against Ballingry Rovers last season, and Paterson won’t accept a repeat when Central Second Division United visit Springburn. When the draw was made at the home of Emirates Cup holders Shotts Bon Accord recently, most experts predicted an easy afternoon for Petershill, but opinions will have been greatly altered after Newmains gave up ground advantage, and only lost 1-0 at double Premier Division champions Irvine Meadow in the first round of the sponsored New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup. Said Paterson: “Our Scottish Cup form in recent seasons has been disappointing as far as I

am concerned, and that Ballingry result, not to mention the performances over both games when we had chances to kill them off, still rankles. “We moved the ball about well for 15 minutes in the last round against Glasgow Perthshire, scored twice through Ryan Craig and David Galt, but after that our final ball or decision-making in the last third of the park was poor.” Newmains won’t lack confidence on the all-weather surface at Springburn. They moved indoors at Ravenscraig to ensure their first round match against Dundee East Craigie took place following a grass postponement the previous Saturday, and recorded a 2-1 victory. Richie Burke has been both a goal provider and scorer in recent weeks against ‘Shire, Pollok and Beith, while goalkeeper Michael White is enjoying a run of games since his summer reinstatement from Arbroath Football Club. Added Paterson: “Mikey’s form has really pleased us, and he produced a brilliant save to keep out Andy Gibson’s penalty kick in

PLAYERS WANTED NORTH-based Boys’ Club setup looking for players born 1999. Must be prepared to attend coaching and training sessions with fully qualified staff, and play weekend games. Call 07772075018. MARYHILL Juniors 1998 want to strengthen their squad in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League. Contact 07879266725.

FORDBANK Star AFC are on the look-out for experienced players (Sundayfootball). Telephone 07708583961. CALLING club managers and coaches. Are you looking for players, coaching staff or simply want to publicise something happening within the team? Give our Sports Desk a call and allow us to help you.

JUNIOR FIXTURES SATURDAY, October 20. Emirates Scottish Junior Cup, Second Round - Ashfield v

Arniston Rangers; Petershill v Newmains; Stoneyburn v Maryhill. All 2.30pm kick-offs.

the last round at Keppoch Park.” ST ROCH made a first round exit at Garngad, where Jeanfield Swifts striker Robbie Holden hit FIVE goals in a 6-0 hammering. ASHFIELD boss Stevie Rankin made seven changes to his starting line-up for the opening round match against host Vale of Clyde, and was rewarded with goals from Robert Wright and Shaun Fraser in their 2-0 win. The Saracen Park club now entertain Arniston Rangers, who sit mid-table in the McBookie East South League, but reached the fourth round last season before going out on spot kicks against Largs Thistle. MARYHILL manager Brian Heron has indicated his priority this season is Central Second Division promotion - going up as champions would be even nicer - but he would take an extended cup run, and will be looking for a victory at Stoneyburn Juniors. A year ago, ‘Burn, who play in the same division as Arniston Rangers, were thumped 5-2 in a first round replay at Larkhall Thistle.

RICHIE BURKE... could be a key player for Petershill against Newmains United in the second round of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup.

SPEAKERS NIGHT PETERSHILL Football Club are hosting a Speakers Night at the ground on Sunday,November 18. Former Scotland and Celtic striker Frank McAvennie is one of the guests at what will be the third such event organised by the Super Premier Division outfit. Tickets priced £30 include a three-course meal. Contact any Petershill F.C.

committee member for more details. Meanwhile, Peasy defender Davie Barr has emigrated to Canada and played his final game for the club in their 2-0 Emirates Scottish Junior Cup victory against Glasgow Perthshire. Transfer-listed Michael Fulton has been training with Largs Thistle.


SCOTTISH Youth Challenge Cup fourth round fixtures are due to be played on the weekend of 17th/18th November, with the sixth round scheduled for 1st/2nd December. The National Development


Squads (Under-15 and Under-16) will play Melbourne All Stars, South Queensland, in a double- header at Toryglen Regional Football Centre on Sunday, November 25. Kick-offs are 12 noon and 2pm.

GLASGOW Perthshire recorded a 13-0 home win against Muirkirk in the first round of the sponsored New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup. Scorers J.P.Craig (6), Andrew McEwan (3), Davie Kirkwood (2), Andy Gibson and Stuart Brodie.

ASHFIELD beat Cambuslang Rangers 2-1 at Saracen Park, while ST ROCH recorded an excellent 1-0 win at Carluke Rovers. MARYHILL and Cumbernauld United were tied at 0-0 after 90 minutes, but the Lochburn Park club went through 4-3 on penalty kicks.

REGIONAL CUP ONLY Sport West Regional Cup first round will be played on the weekend of 3rd/4th November.

Meanwhile, West Region Under-14 trials go ahead on Friday, October 26.

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The Regen North - Issue 38  

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The Regen North - Issue 38  

Free news paper serving the North Glasgow area