Sunday, 5 November 2017

Gathering for MacMillan Cancer Support

Last Saturday, I supported a coffee morning to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support Service. This was organised by women from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Glasgow.

View of posters and balloons at the coffee morning

This was a very enjoyable event which brought together women of all ages to socialise and help vital support services. An information display shared resources about the 200 different types of cancer.

 Macmillan Cancer Information Service at:

Sounds at Bandstand

Last Saturday, as I walked along Kelvin Way, I was delighted to find a Sonica festival event at the Kelvingrove Bandstand. There were large megaphones for people to try. 

 View of the megaphone project at the Bandstand

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Halloween celebrations in Wilton Street

This year, I supported Halloween celebrations at Wilton Street's Community Garden on Saturday 28th October. Volunteers cleared up leaves within the garden area.

 View of decorations
Leaves being cleared up and put in bags for composting.

This is a beautiful community garden offering a social space for residents of all ages to meet and enjoy the outdoors.

Litter from single use cups

On 25th October, I attended an exhibition organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful in the Gallery of Modern Art which showcased the litter and waste associated with single use drinks containers. 

This highlighted the artwork promoting recycling from local schools supported by environmental artist Julia Barton. There were information displays outlining the impact of single cup use and ideas to encourage recycle and a reduction in litter.

Information on what happens to cups, bottles and cans.

Zero Waste Scotland estimates that 208 million single use 
cups are thrown away in Scotland every year 

Info about pledge4plastics

I heard about the practical action to tackle the negative impact that single use drinks cups have on the environment. The coffee cup supply businesses are actively supporting the Square Mile Challenge, which launched in London’s Square Mile on 3 April 2017. Can we develop a similar recycling project in Glasgow?

More information on reusable coffee cups at:

New health centre takes shape

There is a new health and social care centre being constructed on Doncaster Street. It will replace the Woodside Health Centre on Barr Street and provide access to GP surgeries, dental services, physiotherapy, older people day services, district nursing, and the older people’s team. Patients and staff are encouraged to use public transport, cycle and walk to the new facilities. 

View of the new centre under construction.

Car parking is included in the design but there will be limited spaces available. Proposals for a new restricted parking zone offering pay and display marked bays for parking in the area are under consideration. Any proposals are subject to public consultation.

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Rodney Street Open Space

On a walkabout of the area at the beginning of October, I noticed that the open space at Rodney Street was neglected. In the last month, I have made enquiries about plans for the site.

Views of Rodney Street from footpath near the canal.

Various local groups along with representatives from the Council and Scottish Canals are working to create food growing raised beds and a natural play area for the benefit of the local community. I am giving my support to efforts to enhance the availability of outdoor play facilities and gardening activities in the area.

Further information available at:

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Wild Fest at Westbank Quadrant

Today, I attended the festival of wildlife at the backcourt in Westbank Quadrant, off Gibson Street. It was really enjoyable to catch up with local residents and staff involved in the local projects supported by the RSPB.

 View of acoustic music stage

Hedgehog Awareness by RSPB 

 Threat of extinction of 1 in 10 species

Time to Branch Out!

Wild Challenge

This event was part of a Wildlife Festival coordinated by the RSPB during September. Further resources are available at: