UK Tenpin hall of fame

By Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association President John Ashbridge

 

Brunswick Hampden Bowl Sommerville Drive Mount Florida Glasgow S2

This 32-lane tenpin bowling centre was opened by the Brunswick Corporation on 27th June 1963.  It is believed, the centre closed on 15th May 1970. Very popular with the people of Glasgow the singer Lulu was a visitor and the centre held the first ever Old Firm bowling match between Celtic and Rangers. A future Great Britain international Tommy Marshall also on hand in the centre coaching juniors.

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Cat Leaver

In celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day, The Ivy Buchanan Street is hosting an exclusive ticketed dinner and panel discussion with Cat Leaver, Chloe Milligan and Ann-Maree Morrison. Hosted on Wednesday, 11 March from 6.30pm to 10:00pm, the evening will touch upon inspirational stories including their biggest achievements, alongside motivational tips and advice on how to be the best in your business.

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Led by Cat Leaver, director of Brand Scotland, and known for running TEDxGlasgow, the evening includes panel discussions with Chloe Milligan, founder of Mud Urban Flowers and Ann-Maree Morrison, Women20 for G20 UK Delegate and Head of Ecommerce task force.

With a diverse range of experience across various industries, the trio will be sure to inspire and motivate guests while sharing their own personal experiences and career journeys which have led to their success. It will also be a great opportunity for women to network and share challenges and advice with other women in the city.

Ann Maree Morrison

Guests will be treated to Champagne on arrival before being invited to pose questions in an intimate setting whilst enjoying a delicious three-course dinner with wine in The Ivy Buchanan Street’s private dining room, The Morgan Room; priced at £52 per person.

Chloe Milligan

Suzanne Gilchrist, General Manager at The Ivy Buchanan Street says: “The team at The Ivy Buchanan Street look forward to welcoming guests into The Morgan Room where they will receive a glass of Champagne on arrival and a three-course dinner, while enjoying an intimate evening recognising women across diverse industries who are doing great things.”

Tickets can be purchased from https://theivycollectionevents.giftpro.co.uk/events/international-womens-day-dinner-and-panel-discussion/.

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Former Old Firm players helped launch a new alternative giving scheme for people involved in street begging in Glasgow city centre today (Tues).

Ex Ranger striker, Mark Hateley, and former Celtic defender, Tosh McKinlay, joined supporters of Street Change Glasgow to unveil one of three new contactless card donation points installed at Central Station to raise funds for vulnerable people.

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Both the Garage and Cathouse night clubs are also hosting Street Change Glasgow donation points and it is hoped more businesses will sign up soon to expand the network across the city centre.

Third sector organisations, businesses, Glasgow City Council and the city’s Health & Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP) have teamed up with Simon Community Scotland to launch the new alternative giving scheme. It offers the public an alternative to putting change in a cup, to help bring about positive, long term change for people involved in street begging.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost’s Fund has donated £10,000 towards the initiative and CGI, the council’s I.T. provider paid for the new donation points which accept donations via contactless bank cards. A raffle by Best Bar None Glasgow also raised almost £4500 for the fund.

Street Change Glasgow will help vulnerable people improve their lives long term. The fund will be led and managed by Simon Community Scotland and payments will be made to individuals via Glasgow’s Street Team which works with people on the streets and is funded by GCHSCP.

Money from the fund will be used to pay for items such as travel to or clothing for job interviews, to provide tools or protective clothing required to take up a job offer or continue employment or to help people access training.

Lorraine McGrath, Chief Executive of Simon Community Scotland said: “We are constantly working to find new ways to reach, respond and resolve the kind of desperation that drives someone to street beg. Street Change Glasgow provides one such new way for us to reach and bring new options for people  to assist them to move away from the harms that result from street begging. We are delighted and privileged to host the initiative and bring all of our expertise in responding to the most extreme vulnerabilities of those caught up in all forms of street lifestyles. We know from direct experience what difference having access targeted funds can make in bring change for even the most chronic and concerning circumstances, working person by person to find what works for them.”

Street Change Glasgow is based on a similar scheme in Manchester which members of Glasgow’s Working Group on Street Begging visited while developing this initiative.

Councillor Allan Casey, Chair of Glasgow’s Working Group on Street Begging, said: “Glasgow City Council is proud to be a partner of this exciting initiative which will be a first of its kind in Scotland. Glasgow is a generous city and people care deeply about those who are vulnerable and marginalised. They regularly give their spare change to people who are begging. This may help in the short term, but may not bring about positive, long term change in that person’s life.

“Street Change Glasgow will offer the public a new way to help, which aims to deliver long term change for individuals – giving them personalised practical support to improve their lives by pursuing positive paths.”

Drew Burns, Network Rail’s station manager for Glasgow Central, said: “Over 40million customers pass through Glasgow Central every year and they are always quick to support the charity initiatives we host in the station. The Street Change Glasgow project will give passengers another option for donating to help the city’s most vulnerable residents and we are pleased to be part of it.”

Brian Fulton, Owner / Director of Hold Fast Entertainment, which runs the Cathouse and the Garage, explained why his company is supporting the scheme.

He said: “We hope Street Change Glasgow will make a real difference to vulnerable people’s lives. It is an innovative concept and I’m sure the contactless donation points will be popular with our customers. Many young people don’t carry cash these days, but still want to do their bit to help people who are less fortunate, so contactless donations will appeal to them.”

Street Change Glasgow will work alongside existing services and initiatives which help vulnerable people in the city centre such as Glasgow’s homelessness services, Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness, the city’s Digital & Financial Inclusion Outreach Officer and Housing First.

Other partners involved in Street Change Glasgow include Glasgow City Mission, Turning Point, Red Media, The Big Issue, Housing First Scotland, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Homeless Network Scotland, Police Scotland and British Transport Police.

Further information on Street Change Glasgow can be found at https://www.streetchangeglasgow.com/

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Payment amount to increase for applications received from April

Over 1,500 payments were made from mid-September to late January to help people in Scotland pay for funerals according to latest Funeral Support Payment statistics that were published today.

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Eligible applicants received an average of £1,516 to help towards the cost of a loved ones funeral.

And from April 1, the standard flat rate will be increasing by 40% to £1000, to further support those struggling with funeral costs. The latest statistics show that almost eight out of ten (78 percent) of applications were authorised.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“Coping with the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult events any of us can face. It’s even harder when there’s extra stress trying to find the money to pay for a funeral.

“I am encouraged by these new figures which show Funeral Support Payment has been available to support people at such a difficult time in their lives.“

“Making sure that everyone gets the financial support they are entitled to is a basic step in putting dignity and respect at the heart of social security in Scotland.”

Background

  • Introduced in September last year, the Funeral Support Payment replaced the UK Government’s Funeral Expense Payment in Scotland, increasing eligibility. It is intended to help alleviate the burden of debt faced by those on low income benefits when paying for a funeral.

  • The Funeral Support Payment is made up of three separate parts: burial or cremation costs; travel costs; and a flat rate for other expenses – and it is this element which is being increased.
  • For further information or to apply online line go to: https://www.mygov.scot/funeral-support-payment/
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Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:

“The UK Government came to Glasgow simply to dismiss international expert evidence and the voices of those with lived experiences, frontline clinicians and social care professionals as a ‘distraction’.

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“Even before the event commenced Mr Malthouse announced that a more assertive law and order approach was the solution to our drugs emergency. That is not the ‘open mind’ he promised to bring to Glasgow.

“We will continue to urge the UK government to move away from its rigid criminalisation of addiction, which does nothing to address the underlying causes and ultimately contributes to loss of lives in our city.

“We know the solutions to addiction are multi-faceted and long term and that a safer drug consumption facility, is an urgently needed addition to our existing core, mainstream treatment and care services.

“Glasgow has a democratic mandate, the public support and the expert and clinical capacity to deliver a facility. Our priority is saving lives in our city.”

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Three community projects in Glasgow today received almost £2.75million from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

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The RCGF funding – for community-focused projects in Glasgow – is going to Laurieston Arches (an award of £997,776), Milton Family & Community Centre (£800,000), and Elderpark Learning & Community Centre (£950,000).

 

The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) is a Scottish Government budget, developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities. It has an annual budget of £25million and aims to provide financial support to projects that will help to deliver large-scale improvements to deprived areas.  It focuses on projects that engage and involve local communities and those that can demonstrate the ability to deliver sustainable regeneration.

 

The council has worked with a wide variety of local organisations to develop these applications and projects, which have secured £2,747,776 of Scottish Government funding for the city.  The projects are as follows:

 

Laurieston Arches – this project will see the re-purposing of 11 derelict 19th Century railway arches to create commercial and community use spaces in the heart of the Gorbals in an attractive and upgraded physical environment.  The project will continue the regeneration of this area, in particular the Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area, and the project will be led New Gorbals Housing Association.

 

Milton Family & Community Centre – led by North United Communities (NUC), this will provide a new focus for this community in the north of the city.  The council will assist NUC to deliver a new community centre, which will be complemented by an adjacent early years’ nursery and office accommodation.

 

Elderpark Learning & Community Centre – this project will refurbish and re-purpose the A-Listed Elderpark Library in Govan to provide addition community spaces in the building.  The project, which is also benefitting from the council’s investment via the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund, will be delivered by Glasgow Life in partnership with Elderpark Housing Association.

 

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “All of these projects will make a significant contribution to the communities in which they are located, and so this support from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund is very welcome.  Projects of this type play an important role in the social and economic life of these areas, and are crucial to their regeneration.”

 

A list of all the projects to receive RCGF support can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/regeneration-capital-grant-fund-projects-recommended-by-investment-panel-2020-2021/.

Youngsters across Glasgow will be able to take part and enjoy free food and fun during the school holidays.

Glasgow City Council today (Thursday, 27 February) agreed to fund 70 organisations, through its Children’s Holiday Food Programme, with £2.3m to deliver a wide-ranging programme of healthy meals and activities during school holidays.

The Children’s Holiday Food Programme is funded by Glasgow City Council and delivered by charities, third sector organisations and community groups.

The council has dished out £3.7m since the programme was introduced in Summer 2018 to help address poverty in the city – specifically children’s holiday hunger.

The programme complements existing activities already in place by third sector organisations, with the majority of council funds going towards provision of food.

Last year, almost twenty thousand children and young people participated in the events and projects being served in every ward of the city.

Glasgow City Treasurer, Councillor Allan Gow, said: “This is fantastic news. Our Children’s Holiday Food Programme is making a real difference to the lives of hundreds of families and the health of thousands of children.

“This is an invaluable service for families in Glasgow.  Many struggle to feed their children, let alone during school holidays.

“By being able to provide third sector organisations with the means to deliver a continued programme of fun packed projects, we’re seeing a real difference in the lives and well-being of so many youngsters.

“While our holiday food programme focuses on the provision of food, feedback shows that is brings with it a host of other benefits from socialising more, exploring new foods, eating healthy food, learning cooking skills, being more active and interacting with other children and their peers.

“We remain committed to tackling food poverty and look forward to working with third sector organisations to deliver this invaluable programme again this year.”

All organisations to receive money from the Glasgow Holiday Food Programme 2020/2021 will be monitored by the council’s grant fund arrangements to ensure their projects stay on track.

The Glasgow Holiday Food Programme runs in the Spring, Summer, October and February school breaks.

The full report to the City Administration Committee can be found here: Children’s Holiday Food Programme 2020/21

City chiefs from the public and private sectors, academia and civil society have been mobilised to lead Glasgow’s race to carbon net zero by 2030.

The call for joint action across Glasgow came from Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, as she launched the Sustainable Glasgow partnership to tackle the city’s fight against climate change.

Over 400 representatives from major businesses, universities, public sector organisations and environmental campaign groups all gathered at the Scottish Event Campus today to begin work on plotting Glasgow’s path to carbon neutrality over the next ten years.

With Glasgow declaring a climate emergency in May 2019, it is intended that Sustainable Glasgow will provide a focal point for achieving the city’s ambitious target for carbon reduction.

Councillor Aitken warmly welcomed the fact that so many city leaders answered the call to action on climate change as Glasgow prepares to welcome the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in November.

With the backing of such a diverse range of companies, organisations and institutions, she believes that Sustainable Glasgow can be the basis for extensive collaboration on the effort to decarbonise the city in the years ahead.

Councillor Aitken said: “I am delighted there has been such an overwhelmingly positive response to the launch of Sustainable Glasgow. Cities must lead the way to a sustainable future for our planet and Glasgow can become the city of our times, on the issue of our times.

“Cities are where the carbon is emitted, through our homes, our industries, our transportation, and this is where the change needs to take place to achieve carbon neutrality. The launch of Sustainable Glasgow can be a landmark in our race to Net Zero, the start of a collaboration that delivers a sustainable future for our city and citizens.

“Glasgow can match ambition with achievement, combining a green and inclusive urban environment with a green and inclusive economy. But Government, neither local nor national, can do this alone.  As our nation’s largest city, Glasgow is renowned as a centre for innovation and for the new green economy. We have plenty to build upon with genuine partnership working between the local authority, business, industry and our academic sectors already one of our international selling points.

“As hosts of COP26, Glasgow has an opportunity of global significance to promote and accelerate our efforts to secure a just transition to carbon neutrality. Economic growth, improving the quality of life of all of our citizens and carbon neutrality are entirely compatible, but we all must begin planning for it now.”

At the launch event, key speeches were given by Councillor Aitken, George Gillespie, Executive Director for the council’s Neighbourhood and Sustainability department and Michelle McGinty, who is leading Glasgow City Council’s team preparing the city for COP26.

But delegates also heard responses to the climate change challenge from keynote listeners Professor Sir Jim Mcdonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor at the University of Strathclyde; Frank Mitchell, CEO at Scottish Power Energy Networks and Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Glasgow.

The launch also involved panel discussions with:

– Andrew Jarvis, MD at First Bus; Lucy Gillie, Southseeds, Emma Woodham, Glasgow Science Centre and Brian Evans, City Urbanist.

– Fiona Landy, Transport Scotland; Sam Gardener, Scottish Power; Jill Murie, Glasgow Centre for Population Health; Karen Turner, Centre for Energy Policy and Catriona Patterson, Creative Carbon Scotland.

All delegates were asked to say how their sector and organisations can contribute to the city’s carbon reduction targets. How carbon reduction activity can be better coordinated and how to monitor progress were central questions during discussions.

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Access to free period products will be much easier as the council announced today the continuing partnership with Simon Community Scotland and an increase period friendly points from 30 to 300 community venues over the next three years to tackle period equity in the city.

Since 2017, schools in Glasgow have provided free period products to pupils – this initially started as a pilot in five secondary schools but has now been rolled out to all 30 secondaries who work with their local primary schools.

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And for the last year, Glasgow City Council has been working with Simon Community Scotland to extend the access of products in council and community buildings to those in need and some of our most vulnerable citizens.

The pilot has seen the Simon Community Period Friendly Points established in 6 Glasgow Life community centres and 11 community libraries across the north west of the city.

Each point carries a range of ‘Hey Girls’ period products, new underwear and wipes – in the public toilet where women can just help themselves without the need to ask.

The pilot has been an overwhelming success with positive feedback from users, staff and the Simon Community volunteers.

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To build on this successful pilot, the council will now work with Simon Community Scotland to roll out this important initiative across Glasgow.

Councillor Jennifer Layden, City Convener for Community Empowerment, Equalities and Human Rights, said: “On average a women will spend around £18,000 on period products in a lifetime.  The reality is that this monthly expenditure is just not affordable for a number of individuals and our families in the city.

“Period products are a right, not a luxury.

“No one should ever be in an embarrassing situation that they have to use alternative means or for example, not attend lessons at schools because of their period.

“The pilot has proved really successful and using community venues has been a particularly positive move in order to be as inclusive as possible.

“To expand, we now need volunteers to be able to make sure that any one in need across the city has access at a community venue they are already visiting.”

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One key element will be the recruitment of volunteers to help deliver and restock points in local communities and the event today is to launch is to raise awareness of period equity and the volunteer recruitment drive.

Lorraine McGrath, CEO of Simon Community Scotland said: “At Simon Community Scotland we know that all forms of poverty are key causes of homelessness, we also know that women experiencing homelessness have unique challenges and the most vulnerable women are often the most difficult to reach and connect with. Our Period Friendly Points and our wonderful volunteer Period Friendly Pals provide vulnerable women with a touch point to some personal dignity and a tiny, but vital, element of personal control. Making use of a Period Friendly Point also provides what might just be a critical connection with Simon Community Scotland with a clear message that they matter to us and our partners and that we are here to help and respond. We are delighted and very grateful to be working with Glasgow City Council to create those opportunities across our communities, widening that potential for the too many women who just need that ‘period of dignity’.”

Andrew Olney, Head of Communities and Libraries, Glasgow Life added: “Our community centres and community libraries are at the heart of each and every community in Glasgow providing a free, safe and welcoming space for all.

“Our partnership with the Simon Community ensures that these vital products are made more accessible to women in the community most at need. Glasgow Life is committed to supporting the roll out of more period friendly points across other venues citywide.”

Glasgow City Council has passed a budget that prioritises frontline services and ensures the city is ready to respond to the climate emergency.

Members today backed a budget plan for 2020/21 which will see Council Tax rise by 4.64% – below the 4.84% cap.

In challenging circumstances, the budget delivers additional cash to support community empowerment and continues funding for valued initiatives including free school meals and ending holiday hunger.

It invests more than an additional £1 million in cleansing – and allows the city to establish a £10 million Climate Emergency Implementation Fund.

Council leader Susan Aitken said: “Our budget proposals protect and, wherever possible, invest in the city’s priorities – from our environment to education, community empowerment and participatory budgeting.

“We are also making sure Glasgow is ready to hit the ground running in meeting the climate challenge facing every community across the country and across the world.”

During the budget debate, City Treasurer Cllr Allan Gow accepted an amendment by the Scottish Green Party, moved by Cllr Kim Long.

This introduced additional savings, including increased charges, and cost-neutral sustainability measures – such as ending the use of air travel for journeys within the mainland UK. It also provided the revenue costs of borrowing to support the Climate Emergency Implementation Fund.

Cllr Allan Young, co-convenor of the Green councillors group, said: “We’re pleased that Glasgow has backed our calls to accelerate climate action ahead of COP26. The climate and ecological emergencies are the defining issues of our age and we have a moral duty to act.

“We’ve also led the case for reform of Glasgow’s budget process so citizens can have a real say in decisions over the future of vital local services.”

Today’s budget pegs Band D Council Tax at £1,386.000 for 2020/21 – an increase of around £1.17 per week. The average bill in Glasgow will be considerably lower.

Due to changes to the national budget-setting timetable, only the city’s revenue budget was considered by members at this afternoon’s meeting. Capital budgets, which typically support spending on infrastructure, will be looked at once the national process is complete.