District diary

News from around the towns and villages

Kilsyth reporter David Graham holds his surgery every Thursday at 11am in the Cafe Refresh. Pop in to meet him if you have a picture or story idea. Please note David’s unable to take money for adverts. For more information on advertising please call The Cumbernauld News office on (01236) 725578.

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Ramblers

SUNDAY June 12, Whitewisp Tarmangie + Kings Seat, grade A, map 58, 16km and 850m ascent. More information from 01236 735822. Tillicoultry – Glendevon grade C+, map 58, 13km and 250m ascent. More information from 01236 735822. Our bus, Macdonalds will pick up at Craiglinn bus stop at 8.50am then on to Condorrat Cross and to the bus stop on Glasgow Road before arriving at the Fleming House car park off Tryst Road at 9am approximately.

TUESDAY June 14, Day Trip to Aberfoyle. More information from 0141 776 5667.

WEDNESDAY June 15, Cromlet Hill grade B, map 57, 13km and 300m ascent. More information from 01786 447107. Meet at Asda car park next to McDonalds for 9.30am. Transport will be by car share.

ADVICE for walkers: Wear suitable walking gear. Always carry waterproofs, spare gloves, socks and hat. Bring enough food and hot drink for three breaks. Pack a banana it’s full of energy. Bring a change of clothes and footwear to change into at the end of the walk. This can be left in the bus (or car). Check the web: www.ckramblers.org.uk


1-3 Tannoch Drive; Tel: 01236 728872

Open: Mon–Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat 10am–4pm

THE weather this past month has been pretty ordinary but it still continues to be a busy time for the RECAP shop.

We are trying hard to make sure there is a regular turnover of stock for our customers to view, so if you’ve not been in for a few weeks you may discover a few bargains. We have currently got a 50 per cent sale on selected wooden TV cabinets and coffee tables, with something for everyone’s taste and style. Remember though, you’ve got to be quick to get the bargains here at Recap. Check out our website: www.recapnl.org.uk

S.W.R.I. (Cumbernauld Branch)

LADIES please note (following a printing error in last week’s issue) the bus for our summer outing to Carlisle on Saturday, June 11, will leave Mollinsburn at the usual time of 9am. Trust our luck will hold with the weather which always adds to the success of the day. Hope you all have a pleasant summer break. Until September, when the usual reminder of our opening meeting will be issued. Meantime, for any further information please contact Hazel Paterson on 01236 721610.

Kilsyth & District Probus Club

PRESIDENT Bill Gracie welcomed 31 members to the meeting last week. The speaker was Gordon MacInally from Bishopbriggs Probus Club, who spoke on his life in sales with various firms involved in the production of engineering bearings. In a most interesting talk, Gordon explained the many technical problems encountered in the construction of specialised bearings - from the largest used in turbines and in steel production to the smallest used by scientific instrument makers and the defence industry. After taking early retirement, Gordon immersed himself in study and qualified as a Reader within the Church of Scotland. At present he is locum in Kilsyth Anderson Church.

THE next meeting of Probus will be on June 15 with the annual visit, this year to Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh. The following meeting on June 29 will be on Footballing Sojourns from Jim Storrie - always a popular speaker.

Studio Arts Forum

THE drumming session last week with Suleman Chebe was a great success.

Today, June 8, there is an outing to The House for An Art Lover at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. The bus will leave the Theatre car park at 10.30am.

NEXT week, June 15, members of the Bron Association are giving a presentation on our twin town in France.

JUNE 22 is the last meeting until August and we will be having a Sharing Lunch, so bring something to eat or drink. Also memories of holidays past, photos, stories of happy times. Where did you go? When was your first overseas holiday? First holiday without mum and dad?

IF you are interested in theatre, art, music, dance, film, books, we meet on Wednesday afternoons between 12 noon and 3pm. Bring your lunch, tea and coffee available.

Kilsyth Community Council

THE next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 15 in Burngreen Hall, commencing 7pm. A representative of Taylor Wimpey will attend to give an update on the Cavalry Park development. All our meetings are open to the public, with an opportunity given to ask questions or comment on any issues of local interest.

Watch Us Grow

IF your club would like the Watch Us Grow Travelling Plant Club to come along with a selection of plants please call 01236 727970. We are still recycling old and new DVD’s, CD’s and computer games, so if you are clearing out and would like to pass on any spare just get in touch, please contact us on 01236 727970 or visit our website to get our address at www.watchusgrow.org.uk.

AS always Nursery Needs are taking in donations of unwanted water based paint, books, toys, games, fabrics, i.e. clothes, curtains etc. We also sell cots, prams, art and crafts and nursery equipment at a reasonable price. If you have any unwanted items that you would like to clear out please contact 01236 728339 or visit www.watchusgrow.org.uk. We also have a selection of recycled emulsion paint on offer. THE team from Watch Us Grow in the Community can help if you are considering any work in your garden or any community projects. If you would like to know more contact us on 01236 727970.

Westerwood Community Council

THE AGM will be held on Tuesday, June 14, at Cumbernauld Primary/St Andrews School Complex, Eastfield Road, at 7.30pm. As per the constitution, our chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer will stand down but all have expressed their willingness to stand for the next year. Anyone wishing to be considered for any of these positions should notify either the chairman or secretary in writing with the names of a proposer and seconder. Agenda for the evening: Summary of the year gone by; financial report; update from our councillors. At present we are looking into the possibility of cleaning/repairing each of the stone name signs at the entry into each of our estates. This is an issue that affects us all so a good turnout is hoped for. This will be our last meeting before the summer break with the next meeting scheduled for September.

Dullatur Village Playgroup & Toddlers

JOIN us in Dullatur Village Hall, at Toddlers with your baby or child on Monday and/or Thursday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30am. Leave your child from age 2+ at our Playgroup on Tuesday and/or Friday mornings from 9.50 to 11.45am. Perfect preparation for nursery! Call Emma now on 01236 451082 to book your place. Email us at dullaturplaygroup@hotmail.co.uk Visit our web site – www.dullaturplaygroup.co.uk.

Banton Community Police

THE Community Police will be in Banton Community Hall, this Thursday, June 9, to introduce themselves to the community and discuss any issues or questions that residents bring to them.

Queenzieburn Community Centre

A PSYCHIC Floorshow and Disco will be held in Queenzieburn Community Centre on Friday, July 8, at 7pm. Entry is £5 per person, pay at door. Entry for disco only £3 (entry after 9pm).

WE are also running a bus to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on Saturday, August 6. The bus will leave Queenzieburn Community Centre at 6pm for the 10.30pm show. Tickets £45 each. For more information or to book please call Janet on 01236 826395.

Balloch, Eastfield

Correspondent: Jim Cowan 01236 731017.

ALL correspondence should be with Mr Cowan by Thursday evening for inclusion in next week’s News.

CHURCH Service on Sunday, June 12 in the Forge Centre, Balloch at 11.45am.

SENIOR CITIZENS Club meets in the Forge Centre, Balloch on Thursdays at 1pm. The final meeting of the current Session will be on Thursday, June 23.

BALLOCH, Eastfield Youth Football Club from unders 8’s upwards. Contact Raymond on 07840 930132.

WILDLIFE Explorers Group (RSPB) meets in Kirkintilloch High School on Monday evenings from 7-8.30pm for children aged 8-12 years. For further information contact Mrs Stewart on 730432.

BALLOCH, Eastfield Baby and Toddler Group runs every morning from 10am to 11.30am in the Forge Community Centre. For further details please contact Pamela Renton on 07545 460341. E-mail: pamcw@hotmail.com

AFTER School, Monday to Friday in the Forge Centre from 3 to 6pm.

Scottish Pensions Association (SPA)

MEETINGS are held on the last Thursday of the month in the Link Centre at 1.30pm.

THE next meeting will be held on August 25.

THE summer day outing on Thursday, June 23, to Irvine with lunch and high tea, will leave from the town centre, Glasgow side at 10am. There are still several places available which can be booked in advance, with Irene (01236 736628) and paid on the day (£16).

THE theatre trip to the Pavilion on November 18 can still be booked and paid at the August meeting, cost £16.

Abronhill Regeneration Forum

ABRONHILL is getting ready for a wonderful Gala on Saturday, June 11. The Parade leaves St Lucy’s Church Hall at 10.30am. The Gala opens at Abronhill High School at 11am with the Crowning of the Queen. There are rides and stalls and a great programme. Contact Jenny Burgon on 01236 457948.

Cumbernauld & District Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Society

Local Contacts: Chairperson Mrs W. Robertson, tel: 01236 613399 or Support Volunteer/Treasurer Mrs J. Ford. Tel: 01236 739278.

SUMMER evening outing, Castlecary House Hotel, Castlecary G68 0HD, tonight (Wednesday), 6pm for 6.30pm meal.

RAFA Cumbernauld Branch

Contact: Jim Clark on (01324) 486258 or www.rafa1355.co.uk.

MONTHLY meetings take place in The Royal British Legion on the penultimate Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm where you can be assured of a warm welcome and can meet up with old friends of a similar interest.

THE June uplift is now up and running on our website, take a look as there are some very interesting features.

AT our Branch meeting on Wednesday, June 22, our new chairman Derek Green will be conducting a Quiz Night delivered with a touch of humour. Good prizes are up for grabs, so get along and enjoy your evening.

Branch 1355 of the RAFA welcomes ex and serving personnel, as well as those who “support the ethos and aims and activities of The Royal Air Forces Association”.

Walk n Roll

ON Friday, June 24, there will be a walk/outing to Mugdock Park, Milngavie. To book a place on the bus please contact Bertha on (01236) 737232 for full details.

Cumbernauld & District Diabetic Group

Contact: Donald Masterton, tel: 07970 840328.

THE AGM will be held in Cornerstone Church, on Monday, June 13, at 7pm. Election of Office Bearers, set programme for this summer.

Craigmarloch Community Council

DUE to extreme circumstances creating the non-availability of sufficient council members, it has become necessary to cancel the Community Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 14. This in fact would have been the last meeting before the summer recess. Community Council meetings will resume in September and will move to the FIRST Tuesday of each month, i.e. the first meeting after the summer holiday will be September 6.

Cumbernauld & District Burns Club 581

THE meeting last Friday was conducted by five past presidents of the club and not quite a full house of cronies and friends experienced a first class evening’s entertainment. David Boyle was in fine singing voice, David McMahon spoke on Robert Burns and the Credit Crunch, Tom Myles read and enlarged on the letter sent by Burns to Wilhemina Alexander The Bonnie Lass of Ballochmyle. Duncan Weir recited The Tree of Liberty and Jim McArthur extolled the virtues of Jean Armour, our Bard’s wife. President John W. Graham expressed his thanks to all five past presidents for the excellence of their efforts. The evening was enhanced by music and song from Ian Duncan and Finlay Bruce, and guest John Boyle, while Peter Capaldi and Dick Duncan provided excellent recitations. Vice President Finlay Bruce proposed the vote of thanks and reminded all present of the charity dinner, on behalf of Strathcarron Hospice, to be held on Friday, June 24.

Cumbernauld Gardening Club

MEMBERS helping at the Plant Sale in Greenfaulds Community Rooms tonight (Wednesday) can deliver plants, home baking etc., from 6.30pm to prepare for the opening at 7.30pm. Plants for sale are grown by members here in Cumbernauld and advice can be offered too (for free).

MEMBERS and friends who want to visit Behind the Scenes at Glasgow Botanic Gardens on the evening of Wednesday, June 15, should place their names with Jean McBride on 723009 or Sheila Peebles on 726554 as soon as possible. This visit costs £7.50 and includes a guided tour with the gardens manager Euen Donaldson, coach from Cumbernauld, with tea and coffee provided by Friends of the Botanics. Places can also be booked for the Sunday, August 14, all-day trip to Culzean Castle Gardens with lunch and evening meals at The Ramada Hotel in Ayr. The total cost for this is £30 per person. Names can be taken at the plant sale or by phoning the numbers above.

Cumbernauld Community Forum

Contact: Billy Lees 736342.

THE next Community Forum meeting will be in Cumbernauld College, Mezzinine Room at 7pm on Tuesday, June 14. Presentations will be given by Kaye MacGregor, Adult Protection Group on how to help and protect vulnerable groups. There will also be reports from the Health Sub Group, Environmental Society, Friends of Cumbernauld Community Park and all other group members. Speaker from NLC Community Planning Jonathan Smithy, Louise Wheelar Scottish Health Council on Service Change. There will be an update on the Gala Day on August 6 and all other gala days that the Forum, The Food Co-op have stalls and members’ help is needed on these days.

THE Diabetes Conference is on Tuesday, June 28, in the Town Hall, Bron Way at 6pm.

FOR further information about the Forum, contact Rosalyn Griffith, NLC community engagement officer, on 01698 302349. All Community Forum meetings are open meetings.

Forum Gaidhlig Lannraig A’Tuaigh

(North Lanarkshire Gaelic Forum)

FRIDAY June 10 will see the return of the Forum’s ever popular ceilidh/dance starting at 7.30pm. Music will be provided by The Robert Nairn Ceilidh Band with guest singers Mary MacLean and Emma Deans. The fiddle, accordion and singing groups will also perform along with Cumbernauld Gaelic Choir. Tickets £5 adults and £2 juniors with a bar and buffet plus raffle. Tickets can be booked in advance. For information on any of the above contact Carol Kane, secretary, on 01324 814154. New members welcome at all events.

Car Boot Sale

THERE will be a car boot sale on Saturday, June 18, in St Joseph’s Church from 10am till 2pm. £5 per pitch, first come first served. Phone Bride on 720345 for information.

Friends of Cumbernauld Community Park

THE AGM will be held on Wednesday, June 22, in Scottish Spina Bifida Association headquarters, at 7pm.

Cumbernauld Community Forum

Contact: Billy Lees, tel: 736342.

THE Forum will be promoting a public conference on behalf of the Cumbernauld & District Diabetes Group on Tuesday, June 28 in the Town Hall from 5pm till 9pm. There will be a buffet at this event. Please go along and support your community.

Cumbernauld Audio News (CAN)

EVERY Wednesday CAN records local news on audio tape and distributes copies free to members of the community who are blind or partially sighted. If you know someone who qualifies for this service but does not yet receive a weekly tape, please contact Joe Arbuckle on 01236 723030 or Bill Cheyne on 01236 610440.

Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Unemployed Workers Centre

Muirfield CEC, Brown Road, Cumbernauld, tel. 01236 729520.

14 King Street, Kilsyth, tel. 01236 823310.

PLEASE note that an appointment system is in operation in both offices.

CUMBERNAULD & Kilsyth Unemployed Workers Centre (CKUWC) provides welfare rights information, advice and support. Please call to arrange an appointment if you would like advice on Attendance Allowance, Retirement Pensions, Employment & Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit and other Social Security benefits. We can provide representation at Social Security tribunals. The centre assists with employment law issues, eg grievance meetings, employment rights, unfair dismissal, advice regarding maternity rights etc.

Friends of Cumbernauld House Park

THE AGM will be held on Monday, June 13, at 7pm in Cumbernauld Theatre lower bar. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. All welcome.

Abronhill Over 55s

BINGO is on Mondays from 7pm in Larch Grove Community Rooms.

BUS run on Saturday, June 25, going to Crieff and Visitor Centre. Bus leaves Abronhill at 10am and town centre, Glasgow side, at 10.15am. New members welcome. For more details phone David Kane on 721356.

Stirling Farmers’ Market

STIRLING Farmers’ Market takes place in Port Street, Stirling, this Saturday, June 11, from 10am to 4pm. For further information contact 01877 330203.