Brighter Bungo – this Sunday!

Could you give us half an hour of your time to help with the Brighter Bungo back lanes clear-up?

The next clear-up is on Sunday 19th January between 11 – 1pm – find us outside the old Sammy Dows on Nithsdale Road. It’s a dead easy way to do your bit for the community you live in, plus get to know a few more neighbours. Kids love to get a grabber in their hands, so it’s a perfect family activity. The January clear up especially needs all hands on deck as we cope with the aftermath of disrupted New Year bin collections and the overflow that results from the festivities.

All equipment is provided.

Trustees Report and Annual Accounts 2018-19

2018-19 Strathbungo Society Annual Report and Accounts were approved at the AGM and have now been submitted to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Bungo at the Bells 2019-20

Come join the celebration of the New Year at Strathbungo’s traditional Hogmanay street party.

Parade through the streets around 11.30 to meet at the corner of Moray Place and Queen Square before the countdown, and stay for the music, to meet friends, have a drink and a dance. Bring your own refreshments. A little whisky and shortbread will also be available on the Society stall.

Winter 2019 Newsletter

The latest newsletter has arrived. If it hasn’t made it through your door already, you can read it here.

You can also find it, and old newsletters back to the 1990s, at the BygoneBungo Newsletter Archive.

Looking forward to Bungo at the Bells?

The ever popular street event to mark the passing of the old year and the arrival of the new will again be taking place in Strathbungo. Are you intending to come along? Could you possibly provide a little help? Key skills will be pouring some drinks on our stall, passing them out to the crowd, and handing round the shortbread; all skills we all get to practice at this time of the year. If you are intending to be there anyway, why not help out for ten minutes?

If anyone fancies helping out with a playlist, that would also be appreciated.

Please contact the Society Chair to let us know that you can help.

Bungo bird fest

Fieldfare feasting on rowan berries Queen Square today

The last two weeks or so has seen Strathbungo’s greatest annual wildlife spectacle.  Hundreds of birds, most obviously  fieldfare from Scandinavia, have come in to  feast on bungo’s berries.  The spectacle seems to be later than in previous years and to have gone on longer.  This is probably a consequence perhaps of this year’s excellent berry crop.  I saw hundreds of fieldfare up in Kintail in October but with so much food they have been able to idle their way south and will stay as long as the food source lasts.

Fieldfare on the large willow on the back lane between Queen and Marywood Square

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Network Rail Vegetation Management – Progress?

Strathbungo residents will be aware that Network Rail has been proposing to “manage” the vegetation along the rail line. Previously, “management” meant a policy of slash and burn for all trees along our line. When the Strathbungo Committee heard of the proposals, we acted quickly to talk to our MSP Nicola Sturgeon and other elected representatives.

As a result we succeeded in getting a postponement while we had a commitment for further discussions with Network Rail. These discussions have now taken place.

It is clear from these talks that Network Rail will definitely be working on the East Kilbride line including our stretch on Strathbungo. We have tried to establish that works should conform to recently established environmental standards that respect biodiversity and ecosystem conservation along the line. We therefore enclose our note of the most recent Network Rail meeting together with the Network Rail minutes. These proposals will ensure regular consultation on the work.

We welcome any comments on this, to chair@strathbungo.co.uk

The society would like to thank our MSP Nicola Sturgeon and Caroline Scott, her office manager, for their assistance in this process.

Read on for full statements from Network Rail and the Society.

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Bungo bin collection and litter update

Overflowing bins Nithsdale Rd 20th October

Representatives from the Strathbungo Society  had a very helpful and productive meetings  with officers from the new super department at the Council, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, which is responsible for bin and litter collections, on Wednesday.  We reported a wide range of issues including missed bin collections (see here for example) and overflowing public litter and recycling bins.

There have been specific issues with the collection of the purple (glass) and brown (garden and organic waste) bins which have been partly caused by staff shortages.  These are being addressed and, as many residents will have noted, the glass collections have been brought back in-house.  The Council Officers also explained that they are currently working on collection schedules for the new larger public litter bins (which appear to be filling up quicker than anticipated).  We raised a number of specific issues .e.g about reporting of contaminated bins (wrong type of rubbish in bin), reporting of bulk waste, repair to broken bins etc which the Council have agreed to look into and get back to us.  We will then meet again with a view to putting out updated information for local residents and updating our web page “https://bungoblog.com/got-a-problem/raise-it-with-the-council/

Meantime, we have also decided to try and collect information on problems locally.  So, if you report a problem to the Council (eg missed bin collection) and its not satisfactorily resolved please let us know at litter@strathbungo.co.uk  (photos are very helpful).

 

Strathbungo Society draft Annual Report and Accounts for 2018-19

The Trustees of the Strathbungo Society have today published our draft annual report 2018-2019 Trustees-Report-(final draft AGM) and accounts Receipts and Payments 2018 to 2019 – Final 21st Oct for our Annual General Meeting next Tuesday (see Notice of Strathbungo Society AGM).  The meeting is asked to consider and then approve the Annual Report and Accounts before they are submitted to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The Annual Report gives an indication of what the Society has been doing and achieved over the last year.  We hope local residents will take a couple of minutes to read it and it will inspire more people to get involved in whatever way they can.

If you have questions on either the Annual Report or the Accounts and are unable to attend the AGM do please contact  treasurer@strathbungo.co.uk

 

 

Scott Obrzud – An appreciation

All of those involved in the Strathbungo Society were shocked and saddened by the news that Scott Obrzud sadly died last Friday in the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice of glioblastoma (a very aggressive brain cancer). He had been ill for 17 months, the end was very peaceful and he was with his husband James and his family.

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