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The new £95,000 activity area at Banyan Crescent was provided thanks to funding by various groups such as, North Lanarkshire Council, the copy.pdf 2 06/04/2011 17:21 Environmental Key Fund and waste recycling environmental

company, WREN. The Viewpark conservation group wanted better opportunities for local children to experience outdoor play and, working with the council’s Play Services team

and Bellshill and District Community Forum, raised funding to replace the old play area from the site at Banyan Crescent. Consultation was held with children in the local schools

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ello again, and welcome to the latest edition of Lanarkshire’s favourite newspaper – The HUB. As always, thank you for picking up your copy and for supporting us in our quest to deliver the very best of positive news from across the county. It has been hectic time here at HUB HQ as staff all take well deserved time off for holidays, except the business demands continues despite being several key individuals down at points. The stress levels have been rising between the senior management as they all wish to produce a quality finished article. What I can say is that we have been working

exceptionally hard on the development of the company that could lead to some very interesting and exciting movements going forward. It is certainly one of those great feelings when ‘out of the blue’ something crosses your path which could influence how you move forward in a positive light. On another note, it was sad to hear about Forth Independent Newspapers going into liquidation. It is never nice to hear that a business has folded, and you particularly have to feel for the staff who are now looking for alternative employment. So, for us, considering we are a mere two years old and have three titles in our portfolio – it is

pleasing and encouraging to see that our circulation continue to rise and that our advertising revenues are also increasing. For us, as a small company, the key is having the right people and being able to utilise their skills for maximum effect and efficiency. That is something we actively encourage from those who head up the design department, to those who deliver our publications. It has been a busy time of late as we all gear up and look forward to the International Children’s Games which land in Lanarkshire next week. I would recommend that if you have some spare time that you take in one of the many events – it is

ContactInformation promising to be a very exciting games. The Junior football season is about to kick off as the local teams have been finalising their transfers and playing their friendly matches. We have managed to get to some of the friendly games to have a first look at squads for the forthcoming season. The local teams do need the support for their local communities, so if you fancy watching some football at the weekend, why not pop along. Finally, thank you once again for your continued support.

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om is a different kind of kid.He is not like the other children that would play with their action figures or their cars, oh no he only plays Time Games, sometimes by himself. He has glossy brown hair with shades of black. He also has deep green eyes as green as summer grass. His favourite meal is steak pie with gravy, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes and broccoli, this isn’t relevant to the story I just thought I’d let you know. There is also a girl called Theresa she is the smartest in her class, she is also the kindest. She loves to play with her dolls and her friends. She has beautiful dark brown hair that looks like her mum has

ironed it every morning it’s so straight. Her eyes are dark hazel and her favourite meal is beef with Yorkshire pudding with all the trimmings, she asked me write this seeing as I’d written Tom’s favourite meal……anyway Tom and Theresa are friends and they live next door to each other. Tick tock, tick tock. “Hey! Theresa.” Tom called the next day at school. “Will you meet me at the swing-park at home-time?” “Yeah sure.” Theresa called back. “Great,” said Tom as he watched Theresa run off to be with her other friends. “I’ll see you then.” Tick tock, tick tock. “Hi Tom, so tell me why did you want to meet?” Theresa asked Tom as she walked up to him in the park. Tom hesitated. “Well…..I was

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hoping you’d half in with me to buy a watch I’d seen.” Theresa thought for a minute before saying, “well I suppose so seeing as you helped me out when I wanted that new CD player.” “Oh that’s great Theresa, thank you thank you thank you.” Tom sang excitedly. “Hold the phone,” Theresa said interrupting him. “You haven’t told me how much this watch is that you want?” “It’ll be about £25 each.” Tom told her holding his breath in case she didn’t have that much. “Fine,” she said. “I can afford it….just.” Tick tock, tick tock. Theresa and Tom made their way to the antique shop where Tom had first spotted the watch. It was still there lying in the window display and Tom rushed inside to make his purchase with Theresa following behind. “Can I help you?” The shop assistant asked suspiciously as she wasn’t used to children coming into her shop. “I’d like to buy the pocket watch that’s in the window?” Tom asked. “Mmmmm,” the woman hesitated. “You do realise its £50?” Tom quickly reached into his pocket and pulled out five crisp £10 notes and laid them down on the counter carefully. “Very well.” Said the woman and walked over to the window display, removed the watch and placed it in a lovely box inlaid with red velvet. As she passed the pocket watch over to Tom she quickly said. “I should tell you that it doesn’t work.” “What do you mean?” Tom asked. “The watch, the pocket watch has never worked. I could never remove the back and so that’s why it’s being sold so cheaply.” Theresa was about to say

something but Tom interrupted her. “That’s okay; I don’t mind that it doesn’t work.” Outside the shop Theresa couldn’t hold her tongue any longer. “What do you mean its okay that it doesn’t work? Are you telling me that I’ve just parted with my hard earned £25 on a broken watch?” Tom didn’t know what to say and looked embarrassed. “So?” Theresa snapped hands on hips. “It reminded me of my grandfather.” Tom tried to explain. “He used to have an identical pocket watch and when I was little he used to let me play with it.” “So why didn’t you just ask your grandpa for his watch then?” Theresa asked. “He’s gone.” Tom said sadly. “Dead?” Theresa asked in a small voice. “No,” Tom looked up. “Nobody knows what happened to him. One day he just disappeared. My mum went round to visit one day and he just wasn’t there. No note, no nothing. The police looked into it but there was nothing they could do and so as far as we know he’s just gone.” “I didn’t know that.” Theresa said sounding surprised by this new revelation. “It’s not something I like to talk about. Anyway let’s get home before the rain starts.” He said looking up at the looming grey clouds. Tick tock, tick tock. The next morning Theresa was woke up to loud voices at her front door. “I think she’s still sleeping.” She heard her mum say. Then she heard thundering footsteps galloping up the stairs and her bedroom door suddenly burst open. There was Tom, red faced and a strange gleam in his eyes. Before Theresa could even sit up Tom was pacing round her room. “You won’t believe it? I

didn’t believe it? I still don’t believe it and I’ve done it? Wait till you see.” “Tom, Tom you’re babbling.” Theresa interrupted him as he paused to catch his breath. “What won’t I believe? What are you talking about?” Tom held up the pocket watch he’d just bought the day before. “This,” he said shoving it into Theresa’s face. “It took me back in time. I don’t know how it works but it did. Last night I time travelled.” Theresa burst out laughing. “I think it was just a dream Tom.” She said giggling; she got out of bed and put on her dressing gown tying it tightly. “I can’t believe you woke me up for that.” Tom looked at her open-mouthed. “I’m not joking Theresa I really did travel back in time. Look I’ll do it again.” “WAIT, wait till I get dressed.” Theresa shrieked. “So you believe me then?” Tom asked. “Well if it is true, which I doubt, I certainly don’t want to be time travelling in my nighty.” Tick tock, tick tock. It wasn’t long before Theresa was washed and dressed and they were standing in her room facing each other looking a bit nervous. “Do we choose what time we want to go back to?” Theresa asked. “I don’t know.” Tom told her. “I’ve not quite worked that out yet. Look I’ll do what I did last night and then see what happens.” Theresa shook her head and laughed again looking sceptical. “I think we should hold hands.” Tom said and so they took each others hands and Tom pressed the button on the side of the watch and… Tick tock, tick tock. They both landed heavily on a mound of grass, both getting up quickly and gasping to catch their breath. Theresa

looked around; eyes wide in astonishment. “Where do you think we are?” she asked. “Or more importantly, when do you think we are?” “Who knows?” Said Tom. “But it’s the same place I came to last time. It’s a graveyard.” Theresa looked behind her and noticed the gravestones and statues dotted around. “I’ve not managed to work out how to set the pocket watch so that we can choose where or when we travel to.” Tom explained. “Wonder why it brought us here then?” Theresa said. “Maybe this is the last place the previous owner came to.” Tom suggested. “Why would anyone want to come to a graveyard?” Theresa shivered. All a sudden a man came running towards them shouting and waving his arms. “Oh no looks like we’re in trouble.” Tom panicked. “Here quick grab my hand and let’s get out of here.” Theresa reached out and Tom clasped her hand and before she could even close her eyes they were back in her bedroom. They stood there facing each other. “Wow.” Said Theresa. Tom grinned back and laughed. “Yeah, wow.” Tick tock, tick tock. After much discussion and a further investigation of the pocket watch both Theresa and Tom agreed not to take it apart in case they ended up breaking it, it was better to travel even to a graveyard than not travel at all. Tom came up with the idea for them to wait until nightfall before using it again. So that when they arrived back at the cemetery it would be under the cover of darkness and then they could have a good walk around and try and find out where and when they were. Tick tock, tick tock.


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Provost Tom Curley is joined by Mark Hateley, Liz Robertson (Tesco Community Champion) and some commitee members from Thorniewood United

orth Lanarkshire Provost Tom Curley was joined by former Rangers player Mark Hateley last week to officially open the new look entrance to local junior side Thorniewood United’s Robertson Park. Along with the opening of the new look entrance, the pair also participated in the unveiling of the John Brown Memorial and Thorniewood United Leukaemia Memorial Wall.

The entrance and the wall gives Robertson Park a well needed facelift and is now a welcoming sight for both home and visiting supporters. The works were carried out by Amey, whilst may local businesses also helped and supported the project. Thorniewood United PR Manager, Ian Brown told The HUB; “I would like to thank everyone who helped and


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continued from page 1 North Lanarkshire Council said “This is a great space for local children and young people to get outdoors and have fun. The support of the local people to get this project up and running has been tremendous and is an excellent example of a community organisation, a local community forum and the local authority working together to improve facilities for children and young people.” Local Councillor Bob Burrows added: “I was delighted that individuals from our community and the council came together to produce a terrific resource for the children. “The Conservation Group has

worked tirelessly over the past two years to make this project a success, and I would like to thank them for their dedication to this project.” Peter Cox, managing director of WREN said: “WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families. The Banyan Crescent play area will provide a fantastic space for local people to get outdoors and have some fun. “We are delighted to support Bellshill and District Community Forum, Viewpark Conservation Group and North Lanarkshire Council to make this happen.”

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supported us in the project. I am sure they will all agree that the end result is fantastic.” Colin Mackenzie, business director for Amey said: “At Amey, we try to give back to the communities we work in. Thorniewood United FC is just five minutes away from our Tannochside depot so we were delighted that in this case we were able to lend a helping hand to such a worthy cause.

“Thorniewood UFC should be very proud of what they have managed to achieve for the Leukaemia Charity.  Aside from making a significant contribution to charity, the team also provide the community with many social benefits such as providing a constructive way for young people to spend their time and we are proud to be a part of that.”


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Police Update BELLSHILL Robbery Punch complainer to the face and thereafter steal a wallet from his pocket. A 15 year old boy was robbed of his wallet whilst making his way home on Saturday afternoon around 14:15 near to Osprey Drive in Uddingston. The boy was making his way through the lane heading towards Osprey Drive and Hamilton View when he became aware of two males in the lane. As he passed the males one of them allegedly punched the boy to the face and stole his wallet. The males ran off although were chased by the boy who managed to recover his wallet. The male responsible for the assault is described as follows: 16-18 years old 5’6” – 5’8” White European Tanned skin

Light brown hair Wearing a purple Nike hooded top. Bellshill Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have information in relation to who the males are and in particular the male responsible for the attack. Road rage incident Drive and behave in a threatening and abusive manner and did block the complainer’s motor vehicle whilst driving on a public road. A 32 year old female was left in a state of shock after being allegedly subjected to a road rage type incident on Footfield Rd in Bellshill on Monday afternoon around one thirty. The female was driving her 04 plate, Red, Volkswagen Lupo car when she was me by hostility by another motorist as they drove on Footfield Road and ended in the driver of a Ford Mondeo verbally

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abusing her blocking her vehicle on the roadway. The Mondeo is described as Sky Blue in colour and had the letters SG on the number plate. The Passenger side wheel was also missing a hub cap. The driver of the vehicle is described as: 27-30 years old Asian Black gelled spiky hair Wearing a black top Bellshill Police Officers are currently looking in to the matter although would appeal to the local people for witnesses of the incident.

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Smurfit Kappa, Uddingston It has come to the attention of the Community Police Officers in Viewpark, Uddingston that youths are trespassing on to the grounds of Smurfit Kappa off Holmbrae Rd and causing issues on site with the Security staff. The staff within the premises are being hounded by local youths who are trespassing with the intention of climbing on to the roof and causing general disorder which is placing a great strain on the staff who can not get on with the work at the premises for dealing with problem children. The issue has become

here was a mixture of smiles and tears as 14 children from Kwik-Fit Financial Services’ nursery, Little Fitters, graduated to go on to primary school after the summer. Little Fitters is the on-site purpose built childcare facility, based at the Kwik-Fit Financial Services offices in Tannochside, Uddingston. Managing director, June Lynch, was on hand at the graduation ceremony to read a story to the children about going to school and handed out certificates and gifts. The children, who were dressed in their graduation robes and mortar boards, treated family, friends and staff to songs and poems as well as the presentation of flowers to the nursery staff who had looked after them over the years. June Lynch said: “It’s always a very proud moment to celebrate our youngsters graduating to primary school. We worked really hard to bring the vision of a fantastic staff

nursery facility to reality and seeing the children grow up and move on to school is a culmination of all that hard work. We aim to provide a fantastic place to work for our people and having Little Fitters here is certainly a big part of that.” Little Fitters centre manager,

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Cecilia McKillop added: “I was pretty emotional to see the children, many of whom had been with us since they were babies, all grown up and ready to start school. I would like to wish them all the best of luck when they start their new adventures after the summer holidays.”

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someone falls through which could kill them. Smurfit Kappa has many signs in view advising of the dangers of climbing on roofs although the youths are ignoring them placing not only there own lives in danger but the staff working under the roofs. I would warn anyone that trespassing on these premises can be looked at as a criminal act and any one found on this site may be arrested. We can not take any chances of allowing this conduct to continue and the Local Community Police Officers will most certainly deal with anyone found here in a robust manner.”


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so bad and dangerous that the local community Safety Officer has to be brought in to assist in the issue. Constable Alan Mulholland of Bellshill Community Safety Department said: “I have been made aware of issues surrounding youths on the site of Smurfit Kappa in Viewpark and have attended to give advice on security and staff safety. I am appalled that youths find it acceptable to trespass on these commercial premises and climb on roofs which can potentially be extremely dangerous. The roofs at this site are not suitable to be walked on and it is only a matter of time before

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MOUNTAIN TASK FOR COLIN SUPER-FIT Colin Robb offered to help out at work... and now faces climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.


olin, of Uddingston, stepped in to assist when a colleague pulled out of the gruelling eight-day charity trek up Africa’s highest peak in September this year. Realising the task ahead of him, Colin has been training round the clock for the expedition, in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation, and is appealing to local people for sponsorship. Determined Colin, 32, said: “I need to raise £1500 by the end of June and £2500 by the time I leave for London on September 22. “I desperately need donations, no matter how small. “Every penny counts and will go towards making dreams come true for young people with life threatening illnesses.” The group of 30 employees from British Gas will arrive in Tanzania and start the assent on September 24 reaching the near 6000m summit five days later. Colin, a manager with the firm, based in Uddingston, said: “I’m at the gym three times a week and also running and circuit training.

“I’ll climb Ben Nevis a few times beforehand. But I’m told that climbing Kilimanjaro too quickly is dangerous. “The human body can’t cope with travelling heights of 2000m in a day. You have to take your time otherwise altitude sickness kicks in. “We’ll be staying in tents on the mountain and will only get a bowl of hot water to wash in each day. “We go through all conditions from savannah grassland at the bottom to snow and below zero at the summit.” Colin is no stranger to pushing himself to the limit. He signed on at the world’s toughest martial arts camp in Thailand during a roundthe-world trip of a lifetime in December. He added: “I’m hoping local people and businesses will rally round and support me. “I’m excited at the prospect of the climb but also pleased to be able to raise so much for such a worthy cause.” You can sponsor Colin by logging on to http:// ColinRobb

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anarkshire’s community Macmillan nursing team has paid tribute to the generosity of cancer patients and their families who have helped improve the lives of others. Thanks to big-hearted donations, the Macmillan team have been able to purchase additional equipment worth more than £7000 – including portable nebulisers and pressure relieving mattresses. This kit ensures patients who have life-limiting illnesses are more comfortable when in their own homes. Jan Smith, Macmillan nurse coordinator for Lanarkshire, said: “We’re very grateful for all the donations we receive which can be used to benefit patients with cancer who are being cared for in the community. “The portable nebulisers and press relieving mattresses can make a big difference to people. “Being able to buy them means we can deliver them quickly to patients, rather than having to order them in. “On behalf of the Lanarkshire Macmillan nursing team I’d like to thank everyone who has made these donations and to let them know they’ve made a difference to the lives of people with cancer.” Jan continued: “Patients who have to spend a lot of time in bed are prone to pressure sores,

but these mattresses can help prevent these sores and so avoid further pain and discomfort. “Because they can be placed on top of a normal bed they also enable the patient to continue to share their own bed with their partners which is also very important to people. “The portable nebulisers make a huge difference to patients with breathing difficulties as they can use these themselves to administer their medicines at home rather than having to wait to see a nurse or go to a healthcare facililty.” The Macmillan nursing team, which is based at Udston Hospital, covers the whole of Lanarkshire. Thanks to the kind donations made by cancer patients and their families the team has been able to purchase 15 portable nebulisers, 30 mattresses, three portable suction machines and one specialise nebuliser, worth £3000, for patients with head and neck cancer.

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outh Lanarkshire’s young people recently enjoyed the first ever summer soccer school at Hamilton Palace Sports grounds. The free 3 day event for young people aged 10-12 was very well attended with around 250 taking part over the three days and has been hailed a huge success. The event was developed, planned and delivered by Sportsworx volunteers and additional coaching support was provided by players from Hamilton Accies under 17’s girl’s team. Sportworx Entertainment is a youthled social enterprise programme that aims to deliver peer led sports activities throughout South Lanarkshire, particularly focussing on young people who have limited opportunities to participate in activities. All coaches on the Sportworx

Entertainment programme have come through South Lanarkshire Council’s Youth Learning Service’s Sportworx or Danceworx programmes. The Entertainment programme was established to give young people control of their own destiny and to develop entrepreneurial skills amongst those who wouldn’t traditional consider this pathway. The Sportsworx entertainment group secured funding from South Lanarkshire Council’s summer holiday fund programme, which allowed them to provide the free activities, fruit and water and also give ever participants a free t shirt. Councillor Davie McLachlan, South Lanarkshire Council’s Spokesperson for Youth said: “This event has been a huge success, with over 250 people attending over the course of three days. There is a

programme of free events taking place throughout the summer and it gives young people the chance to try out new skills. It is a great way to make new friends and improve confidence and networking skills as well as learning new activities to keep active and healthy. Thanks must go to all the young volunteers who gave up their own time to ensure that this Soccer event was a success.” Parent, Jennifer Brown said: “This is an excellent idea, my son has really enjoyed coming and has been asking if there will any more sessions soon. To see young people giving their own time to offer these activities to other young people is really impressive.” For further information on any of the summer events please phone 01698 452355 or go to www.sportworx.lanlinks. org

rading Standards officers will be starting their summer test purchasing programme over the coming weeks with a focus on tobacco and alcohol – the latter in conjunction with local police help. The recent changes in tobacco legislation allows Trading Standards officers to issue £200 fixed penalty notices for sales to under 18s and retailers are reminded that in order to sell tobacco they need to register with the Scottish Government before the 30th September, or face fines of up to twenty thousand pounds (£20,000). Vending machine owners will also require to be registered by the September deadline. Councillor Helen McKenna, Convenor of the Environmental Services Committee which oversees Trading Standards stated; “Registration is free and can be undertaken on-line at www. or businesses can phone Trading Standards on 01236 856300 for help with the registration process.” Dave Roderick, Trading Standards manager for North Lanarkshire Council

said; “Since the change to a fixed penalty regime, my officers have issued 8 fixed penalty notices, 7 for underage sales and one for the non-display of the statutory notice required when selling tobacco. Should any retailers, who have previously sold, do so again then the penalties will be doubled.” “We do not want to be issuing fixed penalty notices, we want to work with retailers and ensure that they systematically seek proof of age from anyone appearing to be under 25 years – this will hopefully engender a proof of age culture around all agerestricted products.” Peter Fergie, Enforcement and Projects Manager for Trading Standards added; “Our commitment to work with retailers in avoiding sales will remain the same. All that we ask is that retailers and their employees seek proof of age from young looking customers and only accept a PASS accredited card such as Young Scot/National Entitlement Card, passport or photo driving licence as a guarantee of the age of the holder.”

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olin Montgomerie and his family attended a celebration event recently at the site of the Elizabeth Montgomerie Building at Maggie’s Lanarkshire Centre. This marked the great progress of Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal – a partnership between Colin’s charity, The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, which is raising the £3million needed to bring a Maggie’s Centre to the region. The building will be a

legacy to Colin’s mother Elizabeth, who died of cancer. The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation was established in 2007 by Colin and his family to provide support for people affected by cancer. With Maggie’s, the Foundation is not only supporting the building of the centre in Lanarkshire, but will support the building of a centre in Aberdeen in 2012 Colin and his father were joined by dignitaries, NHS officials,

Maggie’s centre users and supporters, and the architects involved in the project at the site of Monklands Hospital today to bury a commemorative timecapsule where the new Maggie’s Centre will be located. Items included within the timecapsule are: Signed golfing memorabilia from Colin; architects impressions of the centre’s design; personal items from Maggie’s Lanarkshire’s scrapbooking class, and much more.

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Colin met with people affected by cancer, who will benefit from the new centre opening, as well as with Maggie’s staff to hear exactly what the new centre will bring to the region. Planning permission is granted for the centre, with architects plans approved, and construction work set to begin imminently. Maggie’s currently operate an interim facility at Wishaw General Hospital, which opened in April 2008 – this centre has steadily

grown, receiving over 2,500 visits in 2010. The permanent, uniquely designed centre will be able to open its doors to many more visitors and will be based at Monklands Hospital. Laura Lee said: “We are so pleased to welcome Colin and his family to our site. This is a really lovely opportunity for us to celebrate the support from Colin and his Foundation, who are the principal funders of the Elizabeth Montgomerie Building at Maggie’s Lanarkshire. Our interim facility is currently working to capacity and it is fantastic to see the plans today and the site location for the new centre and wonderful to think we are on the brink of seeing that centre become a reality. This is a fantastic legacy to Colin’s mother, Elizabeth and inspiring to think that when this timecapsule is re-opened decades down the line, that the centre will have supported hundreds of thousands of people across the region build a life with, through and beyond cancer.” Colin Montgomerie said: “I am so pleased to be here today with my father, to celebrate the success of our campaign to establish The Elizabeth Montgomerie Building with Maggie’s in Lanarkshire, as part of a lasting legacy to my mother. We are so close to seeing the fruit of everyone’s hard work coming together and I can’t wait to revisit this site next year to officially open the centre. It is also quite a thought that future generations may discover this timecapsule and, you can only hope, that for them, cancer will become a disease of the past. I am sure my mother would have been very proud today.” Tim Davison, Chief Executive of NHS Lanarkshire said: “It is an

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example in supporting vulnerable young people, and ensure that establishments, learning communities and services are more consistent in using that best practice to support improvement • Continue to ensure that the culture, approaches and impact of self-evaluation for improvement within all establishments and services are more consistent Larry Forde, South Lanarkshire Council’s Executive Director of Education said: “We are pleased with the outcome of the validated self evaluation report and are grateful to everyone who worked so hard within services, establishments and partner agencies to ensure that the VSE process was a worthwhile exercise. “The report acknowledges where we are doing well and underlines our determination to further improve outcomes for children, young people families and adult learners.”

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anarkshire’s new Vice LordLieutenant, Louis Munn had been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to deputise for the Lord Lieutenant Mushtaq Ahmad at events he is unable to attend. Louis took up his role from the 7 July 2011 replacing previous Vice Lord-Lieutenant David Reeks who retired in April 2011 and will hold the position for three years. Louis has been a resident of Lanarkshire all of his life and was educated at Garrowhill Primary School, Uddingston Grammar School and Napier College of Science & Technology (now University), Edinburgh. After six years in industry he joined the then Lanarkshire Constabulary in 1974 and started his police career as a Beat Constable in Hamilton. Post local government regionalisation Louis served with Strathclyde Police on Uniform and CID duties in North Lanarkshire. Promotion to Superintendent

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Q’s Views! T-IN-THE-PARK

Did you go to T-In-The-Park? Did you, like many other festival goers over the years, dive into one of the big muddy pools caused by torrential rain? If the answer to these questions is “Yes”, it is my

but it would appear that they bribed our police, that our politicians turned a blind eye, and that the judges may not even launch a judicial inquiry. Makes you wonder who you can actually trust, doesn’t it? It would also appear that the paper will simply be resurrected from the dead under the guise of “The Sunday Sun”. Clearly they

pleasure to inform you that before you dived headfirst into the muddy pool, animals such as cows and bulls may well have used it as a toilet. So it may not just have been mud that you got covered in. I’d go and see your GP if I were you…


Many people are shocked at the antics of the now defunct scandal filled Sunday paper. Me, I kind of feel left out that they never tapped my phone. Joking aside, I find the whole scandal as depressing as it is immoral. Not only have a newspaper broken every rule just to get a bit of scandal for their headlines,

The HUB is pleased to have the infamous ‘Q, from Airdrie’ writing for the Entertainment Pages, to give you all some comic relief. As a regular contributor to the Glasgow Metro newspaper, and a regular in the comedy scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Q has given the HUB an exclusive column, which we are sure will have you wanting for more in the next edition of the HUB!


think the public have short memories, and will let them away with it. Well folks, it is The Sun who have short memories, as they have forgotten something that they did quite a while ago which many of us still recall with disgust. In 1989, they printed a headline entitled “THE TRUTH” which blamed Liverpool fans for causing


LIVES: Kirkintillloch

buy the paper until an apology is made. Therefore if they can hit them in the pocket, so too can the rest of the UK.


If you run a local business in The Hub’s catchment, could you please do me (and the local kids) a favour? As the school holidays draw to a close, please don’t put huge signs up in your windows with the words “BACK TO SCHOOL” emblazoned upon them. Parents and children are well aware of the fact the holidays are coming to an end so you don’t have to spell it out. The school holidays are about the only thing our kids have to look forward to these



the death of 96 of their own fans, and for deliberately obstructing the emergency services from trying to save them. This headline was quickly proven to be the greatest work of fiction since JRR Tolkien wrote “The Lord Of The Rings”. Granted Tolkien’s classic refers to Hobbits and Middle Earth, but there


was more truth in it that this disgusting piece of tabloid “journalism”. To this day, I do not believe that anyone at The Sun has actually apologised, or taken Kenny Dalglish up on his suggestion that they should print an equally as big headline entitled “WE LIED”. The people of Liverpool still haven’t forgotten, and to this day many of them refuse to

days, so please don’t make their last few days a misery. You rotters.


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CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Young person (5) 4. Sharp pointed implements (7) 8. Butterfly larva (11) 9. Exhilarated (8) 10. Yield (4) 12. Humble (6) 13. Ineffectual (6) 16. Movable barrier (4) 18. Drover (8) 21. Glorious (11) 22. Scaling devices (7) 23. Surface

DOWN 1. Luxury craft (5) 2. Articulated (7) 3. Innocuous (8) 4. Disturbances (6) 5. Snakelike fish (4) 6. Big (5) 7. Earnest (7) 11. Sudden unexpected event (8) 12. Sorcerous (7) 14. Mass of frozen water (7) 15. Furniture items (6) 17. Diffident (5) 19. Days of the month (5) 20. Fiend (4)

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Business and Money Q

I have an employee who is bringing their personal problems into the office and it is having a huge impact on their performance at work. What steps can I take to deal with the situation? The key component with regards to employees’ personal issues would be to sit down and discuss the problem with them. This can help you as a business to discover the extent of the problem and whether or not you accept their dip in performance. In addition, by discussing the issue with the employee it shows that you are there to help, which can be a real motivator for them. The action you take and way in which you deal with the issue depends on the conclusion you come to once you have consulted with the employee. If it is not a problem which you believe warrants a drop in performance then it is important you outline this to the employee and tell them it is a problem that they should leave at home and not bring into the workplace. An issue seen as substantial enough may warrant a company offering the affected

employee time off in order to help them get over their personal issue. The amount of time off will depend on how the company perceive the problem and how long they believe it will take for an employee to be back to normal. Again, consultation with the employee here can allow both parties to come up with an agreed amount of time off. This time can be paid or unpaid at the discretion of the company.

performances at work. If this is the case it is important for businesses to discipline the employee in question (and go down a performance management route as an employee who is not fulfilling all of the obligations of their contract could end up having their employment terminated). It is a dismissible offence if an employee in not fulfilling all of the obligations outlined in their contracts to their full capability.

Another option is to reduce the employee’s workload, or offer them a more ‘watered down’ role within the company until they feel ready to work to their full potential again. The more difficult and stressful a role is, the more difficult it will be for an employee to carry out their job if they have other problems on their mind. By giving an employee a less taxing job it can help reduce their stress levels, whilst keeping them busy at work.

It is important for businesses to understand that none of the above are legal obligations when it comes to how to deal with an employee who is allowing a personal issue to affect their performance at work, unless it is backed up with a Fit Note.

As a business you can also recommend how you believe your employee can deal with their problem externally. Once you have understood the issue they have, you could put them in touch with counsellors or help groups who can assist

them with their problem. This can work well as if they are receiving professional advice it can speed up the recovery process meaning that the employee is firing on all cylinders in no time at all. Dependant on the business, you may decide to pay part or all of the money for the counselling or treatment the employee receives. If you believe the employee is ready to resume their

full responsibilities after allowing them some special dispensation and their performance shows no sign of picking up it is important to outline to the employee that their poor performance will not be tolerated for much longer. If you give an employee some time off or allow them to take a watered down version of their role, they may begin to take liabilities where they believe they can continue to get away with half hearted

At the end of the day, it is up to the business itself to decide how they will go about dealing with an underperforming employee. For example, a company who take pride in looking after their employees may decide to give an employee time off in order to get over their personal problems. In contrast however, a smaller company who cannot afford to lose an employees

productivity may decide that they cannot accept less than 100 per cent off the employee in question. Both of these are acceptable responses unless there is a Fit Note, which outlines that an employee cannot work. The decision taken may also be decided by how important the employee is to the organisation. A well respected, high performing employee may be offered the time off to deal with their personal problems in order to keep them motivated and make sure they stay loyal to the company. By the same token however, you may come to the conclusion that you cannot afford to lose the services of one of your top employees, therefore you do not allocate them the time off to recover. Overall, this is a difficult issue for businesses to deal with so my advice would be to make sure you consult with the employee to find out the extent of the problem and try to come up with a solution that suits both parties. If you need any more advice regarding this topic please contact Rhonda Brymer on 0779 159 4463 or via email,

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Contact us; and we’ll publish it here to let everyone know about it . . THERE’S LOADS GOING ON AT UDDINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTRE TEL: 01698 813383 Playgroup - Monday 12.30-2.30, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9.30 - 11.30. Monday & Friday 12.30 - 2.30 Mini Ninjas - For 4-6 year olds. Monday 6.15-6.45pm & Thursday 6.30-7pm Yamakai Sports Karate - Monday 6.45-8pm & Thursday 7-8pm. Contact Liam Coakley 07771 818184 Arts & Crafts - Tuesday 7-9pm & Wednesday 10am-Noon. Dru Yoga - Thursdays. For info call Kay Elder on 07717 054325. Quilting - Wednesday 1-3.30pm. Dance Connection - Wednesday & Staurday. For info call 0141 778 5559 French for children - Starts 26/08. Spanish for children - Starts 24/08. Tel Joanne on 07535016758. Flower Arranging - Every 2nd Wednesday 7.30-9pm. Tae Kwon Do - Tuesday 6.307.30pm & Thursday 5.15 - 6.15pm. For info call Brian Locke on 01259 222810 Uddingston Pride - If you are interested in finding out more about the green fingered group who make Uddingston colourful

during the summer, call Liz Wilson on 01698 814822 Al-Anon, - Family support & health group. Wed 7.45-9pm Baby Clinic - Monday 1-3pm. Zumba - come along dance and get fit fri.6-6.45pm Creative Writing for Children & Adults - contact centre for details Afternoon Yoga Class - every Thursday afternoon Computer classes available please contact centre for details WHATS ON AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY UDDINGSTON LIBRARY, 51 BELLSHILL ROAD, 01698 813431 Book Start Rhymetime - Tuesday 2-2.30pm. For 0-3 year olds. Come along for stories, songs and fun. Readers Group - Second Tuesday of the month 11am. Computer Classes - Wednesdays 9.30am - 12noon. First steps in IT. Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm First Step Web. Call 01698 813431 for info. BOTHWELL LIBRARY, THE DONALD INSTITUE, MAIN STREET. 01698 853150 Readers Group - First Thursday of the month. Please join us for a coffee and a chat.

BLANTYRE LIBRARY, CLYDEVIEW SHOPPING CENTRE. 01698 823808 Book Start Rhymetime - Thursday 2-2.30pm. For 0-3 year olds. Come along for stories, songs and fun. Readers Group - One Thursday per month. Please call for details. 8yrs and up. BELLSHILL CULTURAL CENTRE, JOHN ST. BELLSHILL. 01698 346770 Chatter Books - Tuesday (fortnightly) 16th February, 3.30 - 4.30pm. 8-12 year olds. Come along if you like reading and making new friends. Annette MacDonld, School of Dance Member BATD BB ST Ballet, Tap, Disco (Hip hop & street). Viewpark classes available. Please call for more information Ann: 01698 301 605 Annette: 07759 824 488 Motherwell classes every Thursday, Ages 2-6 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Ages 6-10 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Ages 11 and upwards 7:30pm to 9:00pm. For more information contact Ann : 01698 301 605, Annette : 07759 824 488 or E-Mail Annette on

Adult Beginners Ballroom / Latin American Dance Class. Bothwell Parish Church Centre, Main Street, Bothwell.7.30pm on Monday evenings (Also St. Peter`s Hall Hamilton on Thursday and Friday evenings). For details contact Lorraine and Ian on 01698 458386, or email CRAIGNEUK Craigneuk Lifelong Learning Association provides a Mother/ Toddler group that runs on a Wednesday morning 9.30 to 11.30am. Please come along and have fun. We are also running a Zumba Class on Friday afternoons 1.00 to 2.00pm To register, or for further information, please contact Louise on 01698 373401 or pop into the unit at 641a Glasgow Road Craigneuk VIEWPARK St Columbas Football Club, are looking for players born in 1996 for their Under 15’s team For all positions. Contact Karen Quinn: 07900 994 121 PRINCESS ROYAL TRUST LANARKSHIRE CARERS CENTRE Tel: 01698 428090

The centre provides Support, Training, Information, Access to Services, , Pampering, Contact with other Carers, and most importantly a listening ear with someone who understands. Carer Support Groups and Outreaches: Locally based Carer Support Workers are available to offer Support and Information. For many, their local Carer Support Group provides a valuable relief from isolation and the opportunity to get involved in social activities where it’s difficult to go on your own. Independent Pampering and Chiropody Services: The pampering service is available to all carers and their cared for within our Hamilton premises enabling carers to take time out from their caring role to relax with aromatherapy, reflexology, facials, pedicures, Indian head massage and paraffin wax treatments. Other treatments available include waxing and tinting. Charges are £11 per hour or £6 per half hour. To book an appointment please telephone 01698 428090. We also have a new Chiropody Service available to Carers and the cared for in our Airdrie Office at Airdrie Locality, 92 Hallcraig Street, Airdrie ML6 6AW. Charges

will apply from £6.00 to £11.00 depending on treatment required. To book an appointment please telephone 01236 755550. For further information on training and to book your place, please call 01698 428090 The above courses are free to Carers. A Carer is someone who without payment provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage without their help because of frailty, illness, disability, mental health issues and substance misuse. CARERS INFORMATION LINE: Freephone 0800 028 0287 If you look after someone there may be help available. • Feeling isolated? • Need practical help? • Want to know more about your rights? Free and confidential information every weekday, 9.00am to 4.30pm LARKFIELD SPIRITUALIST CHURCH Larkfield halls, Stonefield Rd, Blantyre G72 9PQ, Thursday evenings 8pm, come along see demonstration of clairvoyance from 8-pm- 9pm, healing service from 9.15- 10pm. 01698823117 (hall number)


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n the competitive market of ‘coupe 4 doors’ you have a mighty impressive lineup. You have the Mercedes CLS, Volkwasgen’s Passat CC, BMWs 5 series Gran Turismo, Porsche’s Panamera to name but a few. Audi have two offers in the form of the A5 and A7 Sportbacks… The question is; are they any good? The Audi A5 Sportback is the luxury car that really stands up to scrutiny. It’s fast, it’s comfortable and it’s spacious. It has boy racer qualities as well as high safety ratings and great reliability. It outstrips other Audis on fuel economy and space but are they

worth the extra money? Let’s take a closer look! Performance The A5 boasts a top speed of 155 miles per hour and makes it from 0-60 in just 6.3 seconds on average. It is also carrying some impressive new technology like the S Tronic transmission which combines the good qualities of manual and automatic gear boxes. The S Tronic’s duel clutch control allows for gear changes in just 0.2 seconds and stops any interruption to power flow to the engine. Audi offer a choice of petrol of diesel engines while maintaining good fuel efficiency

and a sporty performance. The A5 uses subtle Stop Start technology to conserve fuel while the car is stopped and in neutral. It cuts the engine during this period of rest but the engine is quickly restarted as soon as the clutch is pressed. This can be easily disabled if it proves inconvenient to the driver but appears to be a barely noticeable money saver. Ride and Handling The A5 is long and wide (4711mm by 2020mm) which can be a problem for parking in urban situations. It is also high which adds headroom and makes for high and easily accessible doors.

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young mum from Bellshill has won a stunning SEAT Leon Copa after correctly predicting the score of last season’s Europa League final. Karen Douglas entered the prize draw while husband Craig sat glued to the TV as FC Porto beat their Portuguese compatriots Braga 1-0 in the climax to the SEAT-sponsored cup competition. And just days later she received a phone call from the sporty Spanish car maker’s UK headquarters to inform her she’d scooped the £17,000 star prize, much to the delight of sons Hayden, 6, and Kyle, 3. Incredibly, her win came just three years after she bagged £2,500 by answering a question correctly in another TV phone-in. Collecting her stunning new car – a Leon SE Copa 1.2 TSI – from Uddingston

dealer W Livingstone Ltd, a delighted Karen beamed: ‘I’d never won anything before I won the cash a few years back and after that I thought my luck would have run out. ‘So I couldn’t believe it when I got the phone call from SEAT to say I’d won the car. I was just speechless. ‘I’m quite keen on my competitions anyway, but I’ll definitely be entering more from now on.’ Karen and Craig, who both commute to work in Glasgow by train, now plan to sell their old car, a Mazda hatchback, to make way for the stylish special edition Leon. And Hayden and Kyle will love their parents’ gadget-packed new car which comes complete with an array of goodies including DAB digital audio, Bluetooth, touchscreen Sat Nav and light and rain sensors. After presenting Karen with the keys to her new

car, Norman Livingstone, Sales Manager at W Livingstone Ltd, said: ‘The Europa League has been an incredibly successful partnership for SEAT and I know that this competition, which was run on TV during the final last month, attracted thousands of entries. ‘I’m delighted that the winner lives just a couple of miles away from our dealership and I’m sure that Karen, Craig and the boys will love their new car.’


29th July - 11th August 2011


Uddy v Stirling County Uddy v Clydesdale Photos by Donald MacLeod


eather conditions played a dominant role in Tunnock Uddingston’s Scottish National Cricket Premier League match against Stirling County at the Policies. As one end of the pitch was still rain affected, play was delayed until 2 o’clock and the match was reduced to one of 44 overs a side. Ricky Bawa lost the toss and, not unexpectedly, the villagers were put into bat first on the still drying wicket. Bryan Clarke and Aamir Gul opened for Uddingston but Aamir was caught in the slips from the the 3rd ball of the innings. Clarke was now joined by Ras and, with the professional taking full advantage of any loose deliveries, had taken the score to 42 in the 9th over, with Ras contributing 37 runs. Unfortunately Ras suffered a severe muscle strain which meant he had to bat with a runner for the last 3 overs of his innings, which cramped his usual free flowing strokemaking. Calum McLeod now joined Clarke, and still having to bat with extreme caution, took the score

not out at the close. 223 was a fairly competitive target for Stirling County to meet in only 44 overs, but with Ras taking no further part in the game, being replaced in the field by 12th man Andrew Baxter, Paul Hoffmann had no chance to rest his injured shoulder before next weeks cup semi-final. With the wicket improving Bawa and Hoffmann, who was pressed back into service, opened the bowling for Uddingston. Hoffmann struck early getting Anderson caught in the slips in the 5th over. After this set back, Stirling were always well behind the required run rate and Uddingston’s attack, helped by 2 run outs, made steady inroads into the visitor’s batting line up, so that by the 38th over they were 158 for 7, still 65 runs adrift with only 6 overs left. Stirling’s remaining batsmen started hitting out, but in the 41st over the umpires stopped play because of bad light with Stirling on 182 for 8 leaving Uddingston winners under the Duckworth/Lewis method by 19 runs.

SNCL Premiership 2011 Team

Played Won Tied Lost BPL PP Pts % AGE NRR








72 90.00 6.58

Arbroath United







70 87.50 23.95








52 86.67 9.39








54 67.50 8.58








56 62.22 16.19








54 60.00 1.81

Barclays Wealth Grange 9






52 57.78 -3.43

Tunnock’s Uddingston 9






44 48.89 -4.28

Greaves Clydesdale







34 48.57 5.24

Dunfermline Knights







53 48.18 -6.48

McCrea FS West







36 45.00 -1.49








32 40.00 -13.93

Local Life Ayr







26 32.50 -7.11








22 31.43 -9.38








22 31.43 -24.10

Stirling County







24 30.00 -12.88


to 164 before Clarke was out for 38 hard earned runs, which did much to provide the Villagers with a solid base from which to launch the final run chase. McLeod now continued in partnership with Alecz Day and exhibiting his full range of shots, including late cuts and sweeps to fine leg, carried his bat for a majestic unbeaten 84, while at the other end Day set the scoreboard racing, taking 3 sixes off one over and scoring another in the the next, as he took Uddingston to a score of 223 for 3 in their 44 overs, of which he added 37


lydesdale were the visitors to the Policies in a SNCL Premier League match. David Bill and the up and coming 16 year old prospect, Gavin Main were drafted into the squad, while Allan Macleod stood in for Bryan Clarke behind the stumps. Clydesdale won the toss and batted first with Hoffmann and Bawa opening the bowling. Scoring was slow at first and no wickets fell until the 12th over when Greig Williamson was trapped LBW by Bawa for 20, out of a total of 34 at the time. Two runs later Clydesdale sufferred a grievous blow when their Scotland star Majid Haq was

run out for a duck closely followed by Zulfigar Shahid, well caught by Scott McKenzie off the bowling of Calum Macleod, to put Clydesdale 42 for 3 in the 15th over. With Bawa rotating his bowlers only Kasim Farid made any meaningful contribution with 30, as Clydesdale struggled to 148 all out of which the Villagers contributed 29 in extras. The opening of Uddingston’s innings was, to say the least, bizarre. Clydesdale’s opening attack was made up of veteran pace man Greig Williamson and the searing pace of the quickest bowler in Scottish cricket Nazar Hussain.

They met with early success with Allan Macleod, Aamir Gul and Ras , all back in the pavilion with the score 54 for 3 in the 8th over. Had it not been for the 30 runs gifted to the Villagers in extras, the position would have been more critical for them. Relief came in a partnership of 65 between Calum Macleod, who once more carried his bat for 57 not out and Alecz Day who stroked a delightful 30 before being out to a brilliant catch by Greig Williamson. Calum Macleod, now joined by David Bill, continued serenely when, in the 25th over, Bill was needlessly run out with his side in site of victory at 137 for 5. Two more wickets fell before Uddingston crossed the line at 149 for 7, for a most welcome winning 10 points.

Scottish Cup Semi Final U

ddingston travelled to play Watsonians at Myreside in the Scottish Cup semi final last week and undoubtedly gave one of their finest performances of recent years, defeating the home side by 7 wickets in 37 overs. After Watsonians one the toss and chose to bat, they made steady progress until, with the score on 100 for 2 the dangerous Ryan Flannigan was out to a spectacular catch by Aamir Gul at mid on, off the bowling of Ras. This dismissal slowed the innings and led to a degree of tentativeness which ultimately resulted in an unusually high total of run outs and the home side were

all out in the 50th over for a modest 178. After the early fall of Hoffmann’s wicket Aamir Gul steadied the ship along with the pro Ras and he went on to score a magnificent 71 before falling LBW in the 32nd over. With the Pro adding a dogged 49 before falling to a sharp catch at mid off, Calum Macleod (27 no) and Alecz Day (17 no) wasted no time in reaching the required total with the last ball of the 37th over. Uddingston will now attempt to defend the trophy at the picturesque Lochlands Park Arbroath on Saturday 20th August against Dunfermline Knights.



ocal plumber’s merchant Graham, has served a winner by sponsoring the tennis competition at the 45th International Children’s Games, held in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The tennis tournament will take place across ten tennis courts hosted by Esporta, The Lanarkshire Health and Racquets Club in Hamilton. Tennis is one of nine sports at the Lanarkshire Children’s Games, which starts on August 3. Of the young hopefuls playing this year, four are from Lanarkshire: Rebecca Bonomi (Stonelaw HS), Jamie Fleming (Hutcheson’s Grammar), Andrew Lobban (Dalziel HS) and Collette McCarron (Our Lady’s HS). Ian Cannon, Team Lanarkshire’s

tennis coach comments: “The determination and hard work that the players have shown in the run up to the tournament has been exceptional and we are all looking forward to an exciting competition.” Jackie Burns, joint chair of the organising committee said: “The Games are very important to all participants, allowing them a chance to compete in a global event, and this has been made possible by the tremendous support from companies who realise the importance of bringing the Games to Scotland. The generous support of Graham for the tennis tournament is terrific and we really appreciate their contribution.” “The International Children’s games is hopefully going to leave

a legacy for a long time in the Lanarkshire area, which is why we felt as a business, we have a chance



hris Bradley has been nominated by Uddingston RFC to take part in a specially arranged RBS and Scottish Rugby event before the Scotland v Ireland EMC test match at Murrayfield on the 6th of August. Chris was selected due to the amount of work he has done for the club and local community. He has been an active member of the club for a number of years and has coached various teams at midi level. Chris will represent the Uddingston RFC in his club colours and will join representatives from over 100 clubs across Scotland on the Murrayfield pitch to unveil a specially designed version of the new RBS Scotland jersey. The match against Ireland will be the first time that Scotland have worn their new RBS branded kit. The event is being hosted by RBS and Scottish Rugby to reward the hard work that is done by volunteers in local rugby clubs and their

members across Scotland and to celebrate the launch of the new RBS sponsored domestic league season. Andy West, President of Uddingston RFC commented: “Chris was selected to attend the event due to the time that he has invested in helping his club and the local community. As well as being an active member for a number of years, Chris is a coach of the club mid-section and was instrumental in organising a tour for the U15s/ U16s.” Colin Thomson, Head of Community Rugby, at Scottish Rugby said: “Club Rugby is the lifeblood of the Scottish game and Chris has been nominated due to the commitment he has have made to Uddingston RFC and the local community. We are looking forward to welcoming him and all of the other nominees from clubs across Scotland to a real celebration of Scottish Club rugby.” Peter McCarthy, Managing

Director RBS Scotland, Branch Banking, said: “RBS understand that rugby is at the heart of communities across Scotland and recognise the difference that the game can make. As a result, we have worked with Scottish Rugby this summer to help clubs across the country select individuals that have made a real contribution to rugby at a local level. “The feedback we have received has been impressive and there will be over 100 clubs from across Scotland represented on the pitch prior to kick-off. I encourage as many people to attend the match and support both their local rugby clubs and the national team in what will be a true celebration of Scottish rugby.” The EMC Tests will be Scotland’s last matches before they fly to New Zealand and will the final opportunity for players to ensure they are on the plane bound for Rugby World Cup.

to help make them a success,” said Allan Davidson, Regional Director Graham North & Scotland.

29th July - 11th August 2011



Thorniewood United 2 Ashfield 1 Thorniewood United 1 Yoker Athletic 1 T

horniewood kicked off their season with a friendly against Central Division Two Champions Yoker Athletic on Saturday. In near perfect conditions both sides served up an afternoon of decent entertainment enjoyed by the small shirt sleeved crowd. ‘Wood’ keeper Stephen Mather produced two fine stops in the 2nd and 39th minutes to keep the visitors at bay while in between trialist (Maguire) gave United a 25th minute lead when his shot from outside the box escaped the clutches of the Yoker keeper to register Robertson Park’s first goal of 2011/12. In a sporting encounter both sides worked hard but produced little in the way of goalmouth action until a Yoker free kick from 30 yards in 71 minutes grazed the top of the crossbar. This signalled a higher tempo to the match and


horniewood took the scalp of Super Premier side Ashfield at Robertson Park last Wednesday evening. In a lively friendly against last seasons Super First Division winners ‘Wood’ looked more than capable and in the end ran out deserved winners. Robertson Park surely witnessed it’s fastest ever goal with Stephen

Mullen coolly lobbing home inside 10 seconds! Ashfield levelled in 6 minutes when Maxwell took advantage of a poor defensive header before rounding keeper Stephen Mather and drilling home. Thorniewood regained the lead in 37 minutes when a Chris Queen pass found Mullen who from 16

yards found the roof of the net with breathtaking accuracy. In a goalless second half lacking in real goalmouth incident Thorniewood nevertheless played some excellent possession football and manager Johnny Fallon must be delighted with an all round excellent display.

Blanytre Victoria 4 Bellshill Athletic 3

good interaction between Mullen and McPhee in 76 minutes ended with the former firing just wide from the edge of the area. Yoker equalised in 81 minutes when ‘Woods’ Achillies Heel resurfaced when a corner from the left wasn’t dealt with allowing

the visiting striker to lash high past the helpless Mather. The game opened up even more after this and in a pleasing to the eye finish neither sides couldn’t manage a winner with a draw being a fair outcome.

Newmains United 0 Bellshill Athletic 2 B

ellshill Athletic completed their pre-season preparations with a game against county rivals Newmains United at the Ravenscraig Sports Complex in Motherwell. Newmains created the first decent chance when Sneddon sent Preston clear but Bellshill Keeper Donnelly got down to keep out the Strikers 12 yards attempt. Bellshill Midfielder black had a free kick deflected Brown blocked a McCormack effort and Donnelly kept out tries by Sneddon and hurles as Newmains pushed forward. Bellshill reacted to their opponents attempts and Selkirk twice went close before Newmains

Keeper Gormley saved a McStay close range effort to keep the score sheet blank. Defences continued to dominate as the second half got underway and the first decent chance fell to Bellshill substitute Ryan Connelly who gathered a McStay pass 10 yards out but his shot went narrowly over the top. Bellshill were now firmly in control but were finding it difficult to break down the well organised United defence. Newmains Striker Hurles latched on to a clearance by Devine but ‘Hill Substitute Calder raced off his line to clear the danger. Bellshill’s Substitute white fired a Selfkirk cross

into the net in the 58th minute but his effort was chalked off as the Referee head awarded a Free Kick to The ‘Hill for a late Lee challenge on green. Bellshill finally made the breakthrough in the 73rd minute when Connelly gathered a Selkirk cross on the edge of the box and shook off the challenge of Devine before beating Keeper Gormley to give the visitors a deserved lead. Striker Connelly almost doubled the lead two minutes later when he broke clear following good play by Selkirk but his low shot went narrowly past. They got a deserved second three minutes from time when McDowall fired home from 12 yards.



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Mothwell AC Shine at Strathclyde parkrun Event 66

Men’s placings: Christopher MACDONALD of Motherwell AC, was first (second overall) in 17:11 second win in 4th appearance. Alistair COX was second (third overall) in 17:35 - 1 previous win. Michael CRAIG was third (4th overall) in 17:47. Current standing in the Men’s annual points competition: Chris WATTERS (Unattached) 1035 pts, Jon EDGE (Motherwell AC) 902 pts, Thomas SNEDDON (Unattached) 899 pts. Women’s placings: Jill LOGAN of Motherwell AC, was first (27th overall) in 20:31 - 4th win in 7th appearance. Jane WEDLOCK of Motherwell AC, was second (31st overall) in 20:58. Annmarie MCCAFFREY of Kirkintilloch Olympians, was third (32nd overall) in 20:59 - 1 previous win. Current standing in the Women’s annual points competition: Pauline HENDERSON (Unattached) 1230 pts, Janice CLARK

(Unattached) 1082 pts, Fay MCARTHUR (Unattached) 888 pts. On Saturday there were 139 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

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horniewood continued their pre season friendly matches with a hard fought win against an excellent young Accies side on Sunday afternoon. Going two goals down

inside the opening 10 minutes ‘Wood’ stuck to their task and in the end edged the contest. Wholesale changes at half time proved key factor and a more purposeful looking line up gave the Hamilton

youngsters much more to think about. Des Bradshaw pulled one back in 50 minutes when blasting home a Stephen Mullen pass before Stephen Low equalised in 76 minutes

with his free kick from inside his own half finding the net. Thorniewood’s winner came in the 88th minute when Robert Allan found the top corner with a stunning 25-yard free kick.

Event Report jogscotland Stonehouse enjoyed another evening of running last Tuesday. The group led by Anthony started with a gentle 4 laps of the running track at Stonehouse park taking them over the 1 mile marker. The run was then turned up a notch when 4x150m sprints on the grass with recovery in between found runners Anthony, David and Caroline working that little bit harder. The group then set off out of the park to the main street towards Canderside Toll in the heat of the summers night. The run was mixed up by adding in some short distance sprints along the route to bring runners out of their comfort pace. The runners made it to Canderside Toll and double backed on the same route heading back to the park. The run was not quite finished as on the way into the park the runners were met with

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