At the Strathbungo Society AGM on Tuesday 24th October, as well as the usual annual reports and a fascinating insight into Bygone Bungo, we held discussions on a variety of subjects at different tables. We asked each table to provide the top 3 or 4 points from their discussions, so here they are:
The coming year
- Promote the Society as a support / platform for folks in the community who want to do things – from setting up a book club or lunch club to a community dining event etc; we’ve got contacts, seed-money (perhaps), social media and web presence to help folks realise their ideas.
- Let the wider community know when there are important, formal consultations on the go: the Society successfully lobbied the Boundary Commission for Scotland to get Strathbungo into the same UK parliamentary constituency as Pollokshields (as it is for Council and Scottish election); no one else in Strathbungo commented (or knew about it).
- Think about a community-based Christmas giving event: ideas included working with a local choir to sing carols and use it to seek donations to local food banks. Or (ditto) hiring Pollok Park’s Clydesdale horses to do a Christmas ”trot about” up and down the Squares and Gardens.
- Other ideas: more arts stuff at Bungo in the Lanes, even working with artists to create artworks; get a box junction at the entrance to Moray Place to enable freer access; encourage flower planting in the lanes …
The phone box
Aka the “Bungo Booth”?
- All agreed this would need a flexible design and organisation that could allow it to be used by many different local groups, organisations, business (and for us to be able to link in with them).
- Popular on the survey and in the group was an information panel on local history / Greek Thomson… Discussed possibly of this being on external solid side of booth as a permanent display allowing rest of booth to be used as a multi-purpose space.
- Potential uses: book exchange, bike station, pop up shops / events, art exhibition / installation, tool library, greenhouse, starting point for architecture / local history trails / running groups. Hire for use would be nominal amount to cover running costs.
- Make better use of social media: need to be much more active e.g. use our own Facebook page more, post in the Strathbungo & Shawlands Community group, use Twitter and Instagram?
- Rethink website (aka The Bungo Blog): need to think about who uses it and why, keep the blog (not everyone is on Facebook), think about what information newcomers to the area need/want to know.
- Check out other community websites as examples: e.g. Pollokshields Heritage & others
Feel free to add your thoughts here, or to comment on our Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who came and took part!
Gather at junction of Moray Place and Nithsdale Road
Sunday 29 October
11.00 to 13.00 hrs
The red phone box on Nithsdale Road is one of the few remaining in Glasgow and BT have now indicated that it is “surplus to requirements” being very little used. They have committed to repainting it and are offering it for community use.
Ideas for future use of the phone box have been discussed as part of the Pollokshields “Make your Mark” walkarounds and also by the Strathbungo Society committee. We’d like to discuss options for its use at our AGM next week, and we’re running a very short survey to see what people think about its use.
You’ll find the survey here. It closes at 5pm pn Wednesday 18th October, so don’t delay!
Come along to review the past year and look forward to what’s coming up. We’ll be hearing about Bygone Bungo and consulting attendees about a range of topics, including options for the red phone box on Nithsdale Road.
We’ll also be electing a new committee, and will be looking for volunteers to help us run the Society over the next year.
Time for our quarterly clear-up of the neighbourhood. Do come and join us!
Where: Gather at junction of Moray Place and Nithsdale Road
Time: 11.00 to 13.00 hrs
When: Sunday 20 June
New Victoria Gardens’ Annual Flower & Vegetable Show is adding something new this year —a home-grown High Street with ‘shops’ and open spaces dotted throughout the 3.3 acre site.
A highlight of the Glasgow summer calendar for over a century, this year’s event is set for Saturday, 19 August, 2-5pm at 55 Glenapp Street in Pollokshields G41 2NQ.
Among the attractions:
- Vintage & Retro Boutique with upcycled clothing and collectables
- Fiona’s Flower Shop, with cut flowers and bouquets, houseplants & floral-themed gifts
- Shed-loads of Art – mini galleries in the greenhouses
- High Rise Bakery with artisan loaves and rolls
- The Open Air Market with jam, pickles and cordials plus pick-of-the-day produce
- Street food – delicious grub with veggie options
- The NVG Tea Room with legendary home-baking
- Plants grown and sold by the allotmenteers
- Kid’s corner with a bouncy castle and games
- ‘Live from Albert Square’ – music and performance in the courtyard
- and no High Street is complete without a pub so there’s a beer & wine bar too!
All that and more, plus an old-time Flower & Vegetable Show, with hundreds of prize-winning plants, flowers and produce, much of it on sale for bargain prices at the end of the day.
Admission is a very reasonable £1, and accompanied children under 12 are free!
The Council has started a consultation project on the future of the Stable block (next to Pollok House) and surrounding listed buildings (sawmill and walled gardens). There will be consultation sessions, organised by Northlight Heritage.
These were originally scheduled to begin in late July, but have been postponed to allow more time to raise awareness of the project. New dates will be posted here as soon as we have them.
The next meeting of the Friends of Pollok Park group is Wednesday 16 August if anyone would like to attend. You can find out more about this new group on Facebook.
Are you planning on having a stall in your garden or lane on Saturday?
Please ensure that you have adequate signage for your stall on the day, especially if you are tucked away in a garden. This helps us to keep people moving but – more important – helps them to find you so that you can earn more money in sales!
Running this event takes a fair bit of work so we’re asking if there are any folk who would like to help out, especially on the day (June 17 this year), although there is some preparation work as well:
- help by putting posters up around the area (and taking them down)
- help to make sure the lanes are free of rubbish and hazards
- help by moving your car / van / camper / trailer / etc out of the lanes on the day (June 17)
- help to set up and take down on the day
- help to steward the lanes on the day
- help on one of the stalls on the day
For more on what’s needed and how to volunteer, check our Volunteers page.