We can’t hold Bungo in the actual Back Lanes this year, so we’ve gone online!
Right now, we’re planning the last details (like the music schedule) but here are the headlines:
- we’re holding it on the day we’d already planned: Saturday 20th June, from 12-5pm
- there will be an online market of stalls, live music online and hopefully your contributions of what you are doing to celebrate all things ‘Bungo
- if you would like a stall, you can bag one here (there are two types: one for those with an existing online presence, and one for those without)
- on the day, the market will be here
- on the day, the music will be here, and that’s also where we’d love your contributions to the day
So… put the date (back) in your diary, book a stall if you’d like one, and plan what you will be doing on the day! With the easing of lock-down, you could even invite another household to join you if you have a garden (suitably distanced, of course).
Fellow ‘Bungo dwellers and visitors from further afield:
It will come as no surprise, with all that is happening – and all that is not happening – during these unprecedented times, that the Strathbungo Society has regretfully decided that we won’t be able to hold Bungo in the Back Lanes on 20 June as planned.
The safety and health of our community and its visitors are paramount. We cannot put our community at risk by welcoming hundreds of people from far and wide to our summer community festival in ‘Bungo’s narrow back lanes. We don’t know what the Government’s guidance will be over the next couple of months but, even if the rules were to be relaxed, we feel that people will still be nervous about attending a crowded public event in June. And – being purely practical – normally we’d be in full swing right now preparing for the event, lining up bars, music and stalls, but all of that has been put on hold and we wouldn’t be able to organise the event in time.
We don’t yet know if we can postpone this event to a later date this year. We will continue to monitor both government guidance and the public mood over the next few months. There is a risk that there will be no Bungo in the Back Lanes in 2020 (along with Wimbledon, the Olympics and many other events) but we will keep you posted on that, and on any alternatives that we might plan.
We hope that the Strathbungo community are safe and well. Please stay at home, and take all precautions if you need to venture outdoors.
I would like to make you aware of the wonderful , thoughtful and amazing job the staff at piatto (Italian street food takeaway) and the community of Shawlands are doing.
They have started a pay-it-forward scheme for people to pre-pay for meals which all NHS staff can come down and get some tasty food to thank them for the amazing job they are doing on the frontline!
They have had an overwhelming response (while following all government guidelines in the current climate) and have over 50 donated meals !
They have also opened it up to anyone who is out of a job and maybe struggling to eat. They just today delivered pizza to the children’s hospital for the staff to enjoy. Furthermore they are collecting for local food banks which has also been very successful.
Being a small business themselves and under the pressures of this horrific situation they are doing everything in the power to help their community and show thanks to our frontline workers.
I believe they deserve some gratitude themselves for doing such an amazing and commendable job!!
In case people aren’t aware of it, the Council has created a page showing the changes to services during this period. For example, changes to refuse collections (no brown or purple bins being emptied until further notice) or parks (all car parks now closed). You can find all the details at: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/coronavirus.
While human society has come to a standstill, birds are in a frenzy, defending territories, finding mates, building nests and feeding young! It’s a good time to watch birds wherever you live and people spending a lot of time at home might be interested in joining the British Trust for Ornithology’s Garden Birdwatch. This is a year round project unlike the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch in January. The BTO has lots of excellent bird identification videos – calls and song as well as film – for those wanting to improve their knowledge.
There is plenty of scope too for people to take photographs and let other residents what birds are around and what they are doing.
During the lockdown, many of us are looking to our gardens to enjoy nature and be outdoors, to learn, and to improve our well-being. BTO Garden BirdWatch offers a great opportunity to learn more about garden birds and other wildlife, and to contribute directly to BTO’s important scientific research on the value of gardens for wildlife.
By understanding more about how wildlife uses our gardens, we’ll be able to make our cities, towns, villages and individual gardens better for nature.
To take part you simply keep a list of the birds you see visiting your garden over the course of a week, then enter this into our online recording system. If you want, you can also record other garden wildlife, such as butterflies and mammals.
Your sightings will help us to understand how and why populations of garden birds and other wildlife are changing, and how we can all help them.
This free offer includes access to our online recording system, a regular Garden BirdWatch e-newsletter with information on recording and identifying garden wildlife, and access to our team of wildlife experts to answer your questions on garden wildlife.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Garden BirdWatch community.
The impact of the lockdown on local businesses around Strathbungo has been considerable, with pubs and cafes being forced to close. Our smaller local corner shops are now, however, also facing a crisis. Newspaper sales across the country, for example, have plummeted and it appears that people have stopped going to local shops for other purposes and are going to the local supermarkets instead. I was in one shop today, buying a paper, and they said their business has almost collapsed through lack of custom. They say they have checked and they don’t think they will qualify for the UK Government’s scheme to help the self-employed and other businesses because they have not been forced to shut down.
Since neither the UK nor the Scottish Government have shut down cornershops, there is no reason for people not to go there. Indeed, having witnessed what is going on in the supermarkets, as a lay person I would say that its safer to go to a corner shop than a supermarket, as they are so much less crowded. Many people regretted the closure of Susie’s last year, so please give a thought to what other local businesses are going through right now and consider patronising them when you can.
For anyone that doesn’t know a group called the Glasgow Southside Self-Isolation Support Group https://www.southsidesis.co.uk/ has been set up to bring “people together to help and support one another through self-isolation or quarantine as a result of COVID-19 throughout the southside of Glasgow. If you’re self-isolating, or are able to help someone who is with basic supplies or even just a friendly phone call, we’re here to help connect people together.” They have a Facebook Page where a lot of information about local services etc is shared.
Meantime on Queen Square, two residents, Lorna and Graeme McKerracher, circulated a flyer round the street inviting people to join a Queen Square support group. A great initiative! There are now 62 participants. It operates mainly as a WhatsApp Group – though its possible for residents to phone a number direct – and it has spawned a further social group, the idea being to try and keep the support group focussed on people providing practical help to each other.
The Strathbungo Society Committee doesn’t wish to duplicate either initiative and hopes that other streets might consider setting up their own practical support networks. If anyone wants to do this for their street and wants help with preparing or printing a flyer, we’d be happy to support. If so, you can contact me in the first instance (email@example.com).
The Southside Self Isolation Support Group is also asking for local street contacts throughout the southside and it might make sense for anyone volunteering to take on that role to also consider setting up a WhatsApp group for their street.
The people most likely to need support are probably not on WhatsApp or any other form of social media. Due to staff going into isolation, Glasgow City Council earlier this week had to cut care at home services for all but Priority 1 cases. So, if there was someone getting services near you and isn’t now or who you think might appreciate some support, please make contact with them.