This year Fairtrade Fortnight runs from Monday 25 February to Sunday 10 March and the Fairtrade Foundation is urging us all to Go Further for Fairtrade. This is exactly what we mean to do and hope for support from Lenzie residents! There are lots of incentives, including 20% off Fairtrade food in the local Co-op Branch.
There was lots of support for Fairtrade in Lenzie in 2012 and the Fairtrade stall in the Coffee Lounge (now MaMa Da Vinci’s) established a regular presence. But this year it seems that Fairtrade is happening all over Lenzie. There will be events during the Fortnight at St Cyprians’ Childminders, the Girls’ Brigade, the Junior Boys’ Brigade, Anchor Boys, Cubs, the Lenzie Public Hall Mother and Toddler group, Lenzie Old Church, Lenzie Union Church, University of the Third Age, and St Mary’s Church in Kirkintilloch with its Christian Aid Fair on Saturday 2 March.
If you belong to one of these groups please check with them for the date and time of their event. Otherwise, come along to Mama Da Vinci’s on Friday 8 March to stock up on Kilombero rice and Eswatini chutney, not to mention Divine Chocolate – as well as crafty gifts!
More big news is that our detailed application to gain Fairtrade Town status has been completed and submitted – watch this space! Since posting this notice it has been announced by the Scottish Government that Scotland has achieved Fair Trade Nation status – only the second nation after Wales.
Saturday 23rd January
Help Friends of Lenzie Moss on one of their regular maintenance days – fixing paths, clearing birch and picking litter. Old clothes, wellies recommended but all tools provided.
Time: 10-12 am
Place: meet Station car park
THEN from 12-2 pm
Move on to Mama da Vinci’s and help yourself to Tasting of Fair Trade food products and warming soup.
No ice this year, but almost the same turnout as last, despite the damp-ish going (seasoned joggers say it was ideal jogging climate). Excellent organisation as always by Kirkintilloch Olympians.
Overall winner of the 9 K by a large margin was Gavin Alexander in 31 minutes 10 secs. The 4.5 K winner was Kieran Pugh in 17 minutes 9 secs and Duncan McKinney completed the 2K circuit in 8 mins 34 sec (all results provisional at this stage). You can view all the provisional results of the 291 known finishers – as follows : Lenize Jog 9k final, Lenzie Jog 4.5 final, Lenzie Jog 2k final
One or two of the starters may not have crossed the finish line (although we counted them out and counted them back) so if you think you should be on the list somewhere or your name is not quite right on the list, let us know and we will try to correct before the final list goes in the Kirkintilloch Herald. Many thanks to all those involved, especially the joggers, trotters and walkers.
This week we have a new restaurant/bistro opening in Lenzie called MaMa da Vinci’s. The popular Lounge has been closed for a few days and opens the doors of its new venture for the first time today 22 November, to welcome the local community – and others from farther afield. MaMa da Vinci’s aims to provide great quality food and wine in a family environment. The emphasis is Italian including stone baked pizzas and classic pasta dishes and, as in Italy, children are very welcome and even have their own menu. However, those who are in the habit of popping in for breakfast or a coffee won’t be disappointed as MaMa will continue to serve these. The premises are fully licensed and Fiona and Laura look forward to welcoming old friends and new faces.
Lenzie Community Council is holding its AGM on Wednesday 21 November at 7.30 pm in the Lenzie Public Hall. We would like to invite Lenzie residents to come along to hear more about the work of the Community Council during the past year and find out what our plans are going forward.
Our guest speaker at the AGM will be Tracy Mitchell who co-ordinates the Lenzie Fair Trade Group and who will speak about Lenzie’s progress towards becoming recognised as a Fairtrade Town, as part of the wider initiative to have Scotland recognised as a Fair Trade nation. Tracy works for Just Trading Scotland and is a Board Member of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. The Lenzie Community Council has been supporting the Group’s efforts and three members of LCC are on the local Fair Trade Group.
LCC meetings are not normally open meetings so our AGM is your chance to let us know how you think we are doing and what we could be doing better.
Come and join us outside Lenzie Old Parish Church for Carols and the switching on of the Lenzie Christmas Lights at 5pm on Saturday 1 December. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass will be providing the music and the Lenzie Christian Fellowship will there to ensure we manage a really rousing rendition of our favourite carols.
Then at 5.30 sharp, our 2012 Gala Queen Ellie Cook will switch on the Christmas Lights. Father Christmas has also promised to pay a visit and we are expecting him to arrive about 10 minutes before the lights are switched on. After the official proceedings, refreshments will be available in the Church Hall. Everyone is most welcome, so please come along and warm up with some tea or coffee.
Look out for more information about this annual event on Saturday 1st December this year
Now is the opportunity to get ahead and buy your Christmas cards in plenty of time. Saturday 10th November is the date, 10:00 am to noon is the time and Lenzie Old Parish Church is the place.
A large number of charities have been invited to bring their latest card offerings and there will be other useful purchases you can make. Business done, you can relax with tea or coffee and some home baking. Admission free – coffee £2 adults and £1 for children. Easy!
Bishopbriggs is outside our immediate area, but we have been notified of a proposal to develop the former Shell/BP site at Westerhill and asked to publicise a public exhibition at Woodhill Church, Wester Cleddens Road, Bishopbriggs, as noted in the Calendar entries. The development plan includes 0ffices, a hotel, a multi-screen cinema, fast-food outlets, medical centre, health facilities, a nursery and a Depot.
Local walkers who wonder where the Spider Bridge route from Garngaber to Waterside has gone – it is still there, albeit much altered.
If you are walking east at Woodilee Cottages, keep going between the facing rows of new houses and you will find a gap between houses at the end, where the road curves round. This brings you out next to the Old Aisle Cemetery and the familiar path and bridge over the Bothlyn Burn. The way over the hill to the left is now blocked off for house building, but if you go right, the path curves round left and heads gently uphill towards Waterside along an alley of trees (pictured). At present there is a conflict with earth-moving vehicles at the point where the path reaches Calfmuir Road, but keep going and you will get there. The path also now connects with the main Woodilee avenue and, if you use that access from the traffic lights at Garngaber, it is all negotiable over the whole length for go-chairs and bikes.
Most of the paths around the former hospital have been re-made and so there are many different ways you can make a circular walk.