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Lenzie

Deafblind Scotland is a major Scottish charity, headquartered in Lenzie. It helps people who are dual-sensory impaired – that means people who have a severe degree of both visual and auditory impairment.  The dedicated staff and volunteers at Deafblind Scotland have the expertise and know-how which enables them to provide the support they need to live as rightful members of their own community.  Deafblind engages in a number of fundraising activities and anyone interested in helping with this important work should contact Deafblind via their website

The lenzie.org website is volunteer-run and has been operating for a number of years.  It has a wealth of information on local clubs, societies, travel, weather and topical news items from the local Press.   There is also a very good map, if you want to find a particular street or route.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a learning co-operative of like-minded people that enables members to share educational, creative and leisure activities.   ‘U3A in Lenzie’ started in October 2009 and membership is growing fast.  Monthly meeting is held in Lenzie Golf Club followed by a Bar lunch.  You can join Groups such as Walking, Poetry, Bridge, Social Outings, Craft and Theatre visits.  Contact John tel 0141 775 1071 for more details.

New housing at Woodilee is being developed by a consortium of house builders and the Woodilee-Village website provides information about this development, including news about a Public Preview event on 15th/16th September.  This site also has links to individual house builders.

Friends of Lenzie Academy (FOLA125) is a recently formed sub-group of Lenzie Academy Parent Council, which currently consists of parents, carers and teachers.  The ‘125′ title comes from the fact that the school will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2011 when a series of fund-raising activities  is planned. FOLA125 has been established to raise funds for the benefit of the provision of education and enhancement of facilities provided at Lenzie Academy.

Zanshin Kai is a Shotokan Karate club based in the Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Lenzie areas of East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow in Central Scotland. Shihan Kenny Davis 7th dan is the Head Instructor and he has been running the club for around 30 years.

Lenzie South Green Belt is a website referred to on the front page.  Residents in Meadowburn Avenue are opposing a proposal to build houses in two areas of South Lenzie.  The website gives maps showing the areas involved, provides information and includes the grounds for objection submitted by the residents.

Network Rail has announced plans for improvements to transport links between Edinburgh and Glasgow and also in relation to the Dunblane and Alloa connections.  Electrification, new interchanges and infrastructure will lead to faster and more frequent trains.

Contact the Elderly – is a long-standing charity which seeks to address the problem of isolation, experienced by some older, housebound people.  A local volunteer would like to establish a group in Lenzie.

East Dunbarton Area

East Dunbartonshire Council – Local authorities cover a huge range of functions and issues, so it is not easy always to find what you are looking for on this site.  The ‘A-Z of Content’ or search buttons are sometimes the best route.

The Domestic Abuse Financial Inclusion Officer is funded by the Scottish Legal Aid Board and covers all of East Dunbartonshire. The worker is based in the Citizens Advice Bureau and assists the victims of domestic abuse in a range of financial matters including benefits, debt and income maximisation. The worker assists any victim of past or present domestic abuse in its many forms and has close links with Women’s Aid. The worker can see clients in the Citizens Advice Bureau but also, in some circumstances, can do home visits or see clients in a range of outreaches to suit their needs. To make an appointment with the worker please call East Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice Bureau on 0141 775 3220.”

Visit East Dunbartonshire – new site, still developing, designed to promote tourism and leisure across East Dunbartonshire.  Information on places to visit and outdoor activities.

Community Police have a dedicated webpage giving information on how to contact your Lenzie and Kirkintilloch South Community Police, with photographs, contact numbers and other useful information.  Crime statistics relevant to our area are also shown.  Note that the non-emergency contact number for any region in Scotland is now 101.

Community Wardens in East Dunbartonshire have wide-ranging responsibilities relating to Community Safety, litter and social disturbance, although they will be concerned increasingly with parking problems as new Traffic Orders come into play.  They can be contacted through 0300 1234 510.

OPAL is a free telephone helpline (all you pay for is the local call)for all adult residents of East Dunbartonshire and helps you get all the information you need.  It stays with you throughout the whole information process eg applying for a blue badge, requesting information on social/leisure activities in the area – anything you want to know. 0141 438 2347

Health

New Stobhill Hospital - dedicated website giving lots of useful information about facilities, getting there, parking, new Minor Injuries Unit, location of departments, a map and useful phone numbers.

Community Health Partnership – new site under construction, describing local health facilities.  Postcode finder for nearest Dentist, Family Doctor, Health Centre, Optician or Pharmacy.

Learning

Lenzie Academy is the local secondary school in Myrtle Avenue.

East Dunbartonshire Campus of Further and Higher Education is situated on Southbank Road on the Canal in Kirkintilloch and is operated by Cumbernauld College.  There is a flexible learning area, two public access computers which members of the local community can use, an information area and a café.

Merlwood Nursery meets each morning in Lenzie Scout Hall and is open to every family in the local community.  Children can attend from their 3rd birthday.  Merlwood has a good reputation in the community, as well as a healthy relationship with local schools and a very successful partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council.

Lenzie Library – current opening hours and location.  Click the following link for an  informative review (ignore the map which shows Alexandra Parade!).  This review didn’t mention two internet-connected computers in the library that you can use.  You could also be interested in the Home Library Service for yourself or a friend who is unable to get to a library due to illness or some other cause.

Gaelic Conversation – tutor-led group, meeting at Woodhill Evangelical Church on Fridays 9:30-12:30 Post Beginners to Advanced.  Friendly group (and tea/coffee with scones).  Contacts: Valerie Gillies 0141 563 4436; valeriegillies14@hotmail.co.uk; Rick Rennie 01360 310816; ricksdiversity@fsmail.net;  Aileen Macdonald-Haak 0141 569 6527; torandail@mac.com

Lenzie Chess Academy – Holy Family/St Ninians Church Hall, Union Street,  Kirkintilloch. Every Thursday 6.30pm – 8.15pm for juniors aged 9-14.  Contact Harry Marron – mobile 07900490889, email harry.marron@ntlworld.com

Walking-Cycling

East Dunbartonshire Cycle Co-op is a not for profit community social enterprise that aims to promote cycling to children and adults in East Dunbartonshire.  Their website is a mine of information for every cycle user from occasional to enthusiast and for all ages.   Maps, information on events, advice and resources on maintenance – it’s all there.

Lenzie Moss – Friends of Lenzie Moss is a voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the Moss for the benefit of present and future generations.  See their latest Newsletter.

Heritage Paths – Scottish Rights of Way Society project to identify and develop paths formerly used historically by miners, or as drove roads  and so on.  Forth & Clyde Canal and Roman Military Ways also feature in our area.

Countryside Ranger Service is based at Mugdock Country Park.  This website has a wealth of information on the Park, outdoor activities for children and adults, watching wildlife, volunteer opportunities and practical nature conservation.  The Ranger Service operates throughout East Dunbartonshire and Stirlingshire, including Lenzie Moss and Merkland Nature Reserve.

Antonine Wall World Heritage Site provides a wealth of information on this amazing historic structure near you.  Maps, access points, historic features, where to find Roman artefacts.

Churches

Lenzie Old Parish Church – Church of Scotland Congregation on Kirkintilloch Road at Garngaber Avenue

Lenzie Union Parish Church – Church of Scotland Congregation on Kirkintilloch Road at Moncrieff Avenue (NB this site has changed address to current link and has several new features)

St Cyprian’s – Scottish Episcopal Church Congregation at Beech Road

Lenzie Christian Fellowship started in June 2009 and has recently moved its Sunday Services to Lenzie Scout Hall Millersneuk

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