Reclaim the Strathbungo Fountain

Yes, there was a Strathbungo Fountain. I’m sure it was Victorian, as made of metal and was substantially built. I don’t know the dimensions but would estimate (from memory) that it was approx. 10-12 ft high on a circular base of slightly larger dimensions.

It was situated on a roundabout opposite the old red telephone box nr. Sammy Dows and The New Anand Restaurant. I am sure it was still there about 20 years ago when I lived in Pollokshields. Did anyone see it being dismantled? Where did it finally end up? I have searched and searched (google uk) and cant find anything relating to it. I’m sure there must be someone, perhaps a Glasgow Council dept., who could throw some light on this. Again, a photo of it from someone would be an ideal start.

Douglas

Update:

There have been a few posts on facebook confirming sightings of the fountain, and the opinion that it was destroyed (rather than stored) when the new roundabout was built. Before that it was a road junction with tram lines, and the fountain in the middle of the junction. This would seem crazy now, but I guess there was less traffic then.

Here is a map of the junction in 1951.
D Fn = drinking fountain, TCB = telephone call box, PCB = Police call box.

Nithsdale Road 1951

Nithsdale Road OS Map 1951

I have recently discovered an architectural drawing for a proposed centennial monument to mark Alexander Greek Thomson’s death, dated 1975. The drawing suggests it would replace the drinking fountain and predates the roundabout. More on that later, probably on Bygone Bungo. So does anyone know when the roundabout was installed, or have a photo of the drinking fountain?

Andrew Downie

Nithsdale Road 1951 Roundabout

Help Finding an Architect

Hi, I’m looking for some help. I live in Vennard Gardens and want to apply for a building warrant to install a downstairs toilet / shower room. I am keen to find an architect who has worked on similar projects locally and wondered if anyone could help with a recommendation? Many thanks.

Money available for our area!

Our Council Ward (Ward 6) has money available to spend on the area. Do you have ideas on what could be done here?

Ward 6 poster

The Council is looking to form a Citizen’s Panel to decide this, and it would be great to have a voice (or two) from Strathbungo on the panel.

You will get:

  • training
  • support
  • out of pocket expenses
  • the chance to meet new people
  • to learn more about how decisions are made about your area
  • the opportunity to change your community

Here’s the application form if you’d like to be on the panel: WARD 6 LEAFLET

Could you mentor a young person?

A request for help from MCR Pathways…

My mentor tells me that I am good enough. She makes me believe in myself as well. That alone makes me feel more confident. I haven’t had a lot of times where someone tells me that I’m good enough or ‘you can do it’.”   Shannon, MCR mentored young person

info sessions

At MCR Pathways, we know that all young people are talented. However, Scotland’s care-experienced and disadvantaged young people face challenges beyond their control that make it more difficult for them to succeed. Our vision is that every young person in Scotland gets the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person, no matter their home circumstances. And we need your help to make this happen.

MCR recruits and trains volunteer mentors who are matched with a young person based on personality, interests and career aspirations. Mentors meet with their young person at their school for just one hour a week and provide a compassionate, listening ear. Our mentors come from all walks of life but what they share in common is their desire to help Glasgow’s young people.

One of our mentors, John Hetherington, says, “I have a young family and I felt mentoring would help me understand some of the things they may encounter. It has opened my eyes and will definitely help me to relate to my own children better.”

Through meeting each week, mentors and young people create a supportive relationship. It’s this relationship that makes the difference. In 2014, before mentoring was extended, only 48% of care-experienced young people left school to a positive destination while on 2018, 86% of our mentored young people did.

Can you #GiveAnHour and mentor a young person? We’re in all 30 secondary schools and the programme is flexible to fit around your schedule.

We’re hosting info sessions every week at our office at the Mitchell Library and can also come out to you! Sign up today at http://mcrpathways.org/get-involved/

Summer Newsletter

The latest newsletter has arrived. Coming through your door imminently, or you can read it here, or at the BygoneBungo Newsletter Archive.

Baby Sitter

Hi, I am a 6th year Shawlands Academy pupil looking for regular baby sitting work and can also assist with primary school home work. I have lots of experience with children as I have volunteered in an after school club for children with additional needs as part of my Duke of Edinburgh and I have also helped out at my school netball club. I also currently do arts and crafts with children at Govanhill community canteen. I live locally in the bungo and will charge £5.50 per hour. Call or text 07542 021501 to get in touch. I can also send my cv and supply references if interested 🙂

Eve

Brighter Bungo clean-up – Sunday 19th August

bungo poster

Where: Gather at junction of Moray Place and Nithsdale Road

Time: 11.00 to 13.00 hrs

When: Sunday 19 August

All equipment supplied.

Putting the satire back into the Saltire

Where is all the biting Scottish Political satire these days? It seems to have just disappeared along with original Irn Bru and your online personal data. Well two of your Bungo neighbours have decided to do something about it!

Putting their years of experience to work the result is News Hacks. With a hysterical new script each month they deliver a fresh take on the news, those making the news, plus a smattering of side swipes at life in general in 21st century Scotland. If you watch, listen or read the news on any platform this is the show that puts it all into perspective. No one is immune from their spotlight.

Karen Townsend and Rikki Brown, who live in one of the garden streets, have set up a theatre production company, Bialystock and Brown. Main aim? To ensure that those in the public eye aren’t allowed to take themselves too seriously at all.

Continue reading

rikki brown play NEWS HACKS FB

Bungo in the Back Lanes 2018

It’s that time again! Bungo in the Back Lanes is back for 2018, this Saturday, 1-5 pm. It’s one of the Southside’s greatest and longest running events.

Final preparations are underway, and the Bungo map is now available, showing just some of the events you can expect.

Meanwhile it take a lot of effort to make this happen, and if anyone wishes to help out in any way, may I suggest:

  • Set up your own stall in your back garden / lane.
  • Donations to the bottle stall
  • Donations to the tombola (contact bitbl@strathbungo.co.uk)
  • Stewarding on the day – there’s a briefing at 11.45 at the Society stall in the Marywood / Queen Square lane, or just show up any time and say hi, if you can spare us an hour with one of our fancy new orange jackets!
  • Set up (and take down) the gazebos – we start 9am (ish) in the Marywood / Queen Square lane, and pause for bacon rolls at some point

For more guidance see the FAQ on this site.

Website Welcome

Welcome to a new look to the website. It had a slightly awkward birth, and needs a few tweaks here and there over the next week or so. There are a few more developments to come. Meanwhile note you can add comments easily, and submit your own posts too.

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