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.
Window Wanderland is returning to a Strathbungo street near you soon… We’re encouraging folk to use public transport to come along and will be be publicising details in due course.
But right now we’re looking for some help. Could you help us steward this popular event? If so, do please get in touch with us: email firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to The Bungo on 18th February.
If interested but unable to go to the drop-in you can access the online consultation here
The proposed route extends the current South West City Way from the Shields Rd/St Andrew’s Drive junction along St Andrew’s Drive to Pollok Park.
The proposed route bypasses the main centres of population in East Pollokshields and Strathbungo. Were it instead to continue up Shields Rd to Nithsdale Rd, then on to Terregles Ave joining St Andrew’s Drive after Maxwell Park, it would be almost the same distance and much more helpful to any local resident wanting to use a dedicated cycle lane to get to Pollok Park or into the city centre by the South West Cycle route. The Strathbungo Society could then work on the missing link between the Darnley/Nithsdale and Shields/Nithsdale junctions!
What do people think?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.