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Beware – burglars about!

November 28th, 2017 No comments

Without wishing to raise undue alarm…

There has been a spate of burglaries recently (both in Moray Place and across the railway line). They appear to be targeting specific properties known to be empty (even if only during the working day). The burglars have been disturbed on at least two occasions.

Please take extra care to protect your premises and deter these folk! You will find plenty of advice here.

Santa needs our help!

November 22nd, 2017 No comments

santa's faceChristmas should be a time of enjoyment for all families but not everyone will have what they need, even to eat. Sadly, food banks have become necessary to help members of our community throughout the year. They are especially vital to ensure that no one should go hungry at Christmas time. Our local food banks are providing an essential  service, but they rely on contributions to provide that help.

To assist in that effort, the Strathbungo Society would like to encourage everyone to make a donation, as every little helps. Our nearest collection points are in the Sainsbury’s across the railway bridge, or in the Co-operative in Pollokshaws Road at the Post Office.

Just remember, please don’t donate fresh food or frozen food. But anything from tea, coffee, long life milk or fruit juice, to tinned goods or packaged goods like cereals or pasta could make a difference to someone in our own community who would otherwise not be having Christmas at all. Many also need soap, toiletries or sanitary products.

We know that our community is generous and can help others out. All donations are warmly welcomed.

Thank you.

Website upgrade

November 1st, 2017 No comments

Our hosting company will be updating the server where our website lives so the site may be unavailable over the next few hours (1 November).

On phone boxes, websites, social media and the next year…

October 27th, 2017 No comments

At the Strathbungo Society AGM on Tuesday 24th October, as well as the usual annual reports and a fascinating insight into Bygone Bungo, we held discussions on a variety of subjects at different tables. We asked each table to provide the top 3 or 4 points from their discussions, so here they are:

The coming year

  1. Promote the Society as a support / platform for folks in the community who want to do things – from setting up a book club or lunch club to a community dining event etc; we’ve got contacts, seed-money (perhaps), social media and web presence to help folks realise their ideas.
  2. Let the wider community know when there are important, formal consultations on the go: the Society successfully lobbied the Boundary Commission for Scotland to get Strathbungo into the same UK parliamentary constituency as Pollokshields (as it is for Council and Scottish election); no one else in Strathbungo commented (or knew about it).
  3. Think about a community-based Christmas giving event: ideas included working with a local choir to sing carols and use it to seek donations to local food banks. Or (ditto) hiring Pollok Park’s Clydesdale horses to do a Christmas ”trot about” up and down the Squares and Gardens.
  4. Other ideas: more arts stuff at Bungo in the Lanes, even working with artists to create artworks; get a box junction at the entrance to Moray Place to enable freer access; encourage flower planting in the lanes …

The phone box

Aka the “Bungo Booth”?

  1. All agreed this would need a flexible design and organisation that could allow it to be used by many different local groups, organisations, business (and for us to be able to link in with them).
  2. Popular on the survey and in the group was an information panel on local history / Greek Thomson… Discussed possibly of this being on external solid side of booth as a permanent display allowing rest of booth to be used as a multi-purpose space.
  3. Potential uses: book exchange, bike station, pop up shops / events, art exhibition / installation, tool library, greenhouse, starting point for architecture / local history trails / running groups. Hire for use would be nominal amount to cover running costs.

Web presence

  1. Make better use of social media: need to be much more active e.g. use our own Facebook page more, post in the Strathbungo & Shawlands Community group, use Twitter and Instagram?
  2. Rethink website (aka The Bungo Blog): need to think about who uses it and why, keep the blog (not everyone is on Facebook), think about what information newcomers to the area need/want to know.
  3. Check out other community websites as examples: e.g. Pollokshields Heritage & others

Feel free to add your thoughts here, or to comment on our Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who came and took part!

Brighter Bungo – this Sunday 29th October

October 25th, 2017 No comments

brighter bungo poster

 

Gather at junction of Moray Place and Nithsdale Road

Sunday 29 October

11.00 to 13.00 hrs

How could we use the Nithsdale Road phone box?

October 15th, 2017 No comments

The red phone box on Nithsdale Road is one of the few remaining in Glasgow and BT have now indicated that it is “surplus to requirements” being very little used.   They have committed to repainting it and are offering it for community use.

Ideas for future use of the phone box have been discussed as part of the Pollokshields “Make your Mark” walkarounds and also by the Strathbungo Society committee. We’d like to discuss options for its use at our AGM next week, and we’re running a very short survey to see what people think about its use.

You’ll find the survey here. It closes at 5pm pn Wednesday 18th October, so don’t delay!

Strathbungo Society AGM – 7.30pm, 24th October @ Queen’s Park Parish Church

October 5th, 2017 No comments

details of agm

Come along to review the past year and look forward to what’s coming up. We’ll be hearing about Bygone Bungo and consulting attendees about a range of topics, including options for the red phone box on Nithsdale Road.

We’ll also be electing a new committee, and will be looking for volunteers to help us run the Society over the next year.

Brighter Bungo – Sunday 20 Aug, 11am-1pm

August 12th, 2017 No comments

JPEG BB August 2017

Time for our quarterly clear-up of the neighbourhood. Do come and join us!

Where: Gather at junction of Moray Place and Nithsdale Road

Time: 11.00 to 13.00 hrs

When: Sunday 20 June

New Victoria Gardens’ Annual Flower & Vegetable Show – 19 August 2-5pm

August 8th, 2017 No comments

NVG poster

New Victoria Gardens’ Annual Flower & Vegetable Show is adding something new this year —a home-grown High Street with ‘shops’ and open spaces dotted throughout the 3.3 acre site.

A highlight of the Glasgow summer calendar for over a century, this year’s event  is set for Saturday, 19 August, 2-5pm at 55 Glenapp Street in Pollokshields G41 2NQ.

Among the attractions:

  • Vintage & Retro Boutique with upcycled clothing and collectables
  • Fiona’s Flower Shop, with cut flowers and bouquets, houseplants & floral-themed gifts
  • Shed-loads of Art – mini galleries in the greenhouses
  • High Rise Bakery with artisan loaves and rolls
  • The Open Air Market with jam, pickles and cordials plus pick-of-the-day produce
  • Street food – delicious grub with veggie options
  • The NVG Tea Room with legendary home-baking
  • Plants grown and sold by the allotmenteers
  • Kid’s corner with a bouncy castle and games
  • ‘Live from Albert Square’ – music and performance in the courtyard
  • and no High Street is complete without a pub so there’s a beer & wine bar too!

All that and more,  plus an old-time Flower & Vegetable Show, with hundreds of prize-winning plants, flowers and produce, much of it on sale for bargain prices at the end of the day.

Admission is a very reasonable £1, and accompanied children under 12 are free!

Developments in Pollok Park

August 1st, 2017 No comments

The Council has started a consultation project on the future of the Stable block (next to Pollok House) and surrounding listed buildings (sawmill and walled gardens). There will be consultation sessions, organised by Northlight Heritage.

These were originally scheduled to begin in late July, but have been postponed to allow more time to raise awareness of the project. New dates will be posted here as soon as we have them.

The next meeting of the Friends of Pollok Park group is Wednesday 16 August if anyone would like to attend. You can find out more about this new group on Facebook.