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Brighter Bungo – Tomorrow!

All welcome at the latest community clear up – meet at the corner of Moray Place and Nithsdale Road tomorrow morning.

Autumn 2019 Newsletter is out now

The latest newsletter has arrived. Coming through your door imminently, or you can read it here.

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

Bungo in the Back Lanes 2019

A huge thanks to all the Society members who put months of planning in to this year’s event, the volunteers who helped setup, steward, and take down, the imaginative stall holders, the musicians, and everyone who came along to make the event another great success. Here’s a few random snaps of the day, with thanks to Craig Johnston for several of them.

And if you want to get more involved, planning starts again in the den at The Bungo on Tuesday 16th July, 7.30pm. There’s no let up. Come along if you have any great ideas to improve this or any other of our events!

If you have any good pictures, you can email us, or use the submission form, Write!

See you next year.

Queens Park Arena

There is a programme of events at the Queens Park Arena (the old bandstand) but they don’t always seem to be well advertised locally. Or I am not paying attention.

If you want to see what is on, try their events web page. Or follow them on facebook for updates.

Tomorrow (Friday 3rd May) they are holding a celebration of the great Paul Robeson’s appearance at the bandstand on May Day 1960, with an introduction by Norry Wilson of Lost Glasgow fame, and the play Call Mr Robeson. I believe the weather will be dry (if not that warm) and tickets are still available.

There are also disco sessions on this holiday weekend.

Parking in Strathbungo

The adverse effect of traffic on the comfort and safety of the residents in this area has the same root cause as in any other urban area, i.e. too many vehicles in too small a space. However, the problem is aggravated in Strathbungo in that the streets were not designed to carry through traffic or fast traffic, or to be used for parking. The older streets, Regent Park Square, Queen Square, Marywood Square and the northern half of Moray Place were built on a scale adequate for access to the houses by horse and carriage. The result is we have an area which is totally unsuitable for the unrestricted use of motor vehicles, whether belonging to residents or to anyone else.

So said the Strathbungo Society in their fact finding report in 1972. It’s a common theme in Strathbungo that the concerns of today are little different from those of yesterday, but it has been brought into focus by this week’s announcement of legislation to ban pavement parking in Scotland. What effect will this have on Strathbungo? Will we need to ask for an exemption, or is this the very thing we have been waiting for?

In 1972 the Society conducted a survey of the numbers of cars and commercial vehicles parked in Strathbungo overnight, There is nothing like hard data to base a discussion on, and so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to repeat it. This is what they, and I, found.

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Local characters – David Murray

David Murray may not be the most familiar Strathbungo character, given he lives 35 miles away on a farm in West Lothian, but he has surprisingly strong links to the community.

He has been delivering fresh organic fruit and vegetables fortnightly to the area for many years (thewholeshebag.co.uk), and regularly serves at the Society’s Back Lanes Tea Garden. His son has even provided the musical accompaniment on the pipes some years.

He recently helped clear the railway embankment at Marywood Square in preparation for spring planting, and is a dab hand at patching cobbles in the back lanes, currently restoring a section off Marywood Square. He is landscaping several gardens, including fresh turf for the tea garden this year.

Single handedly sprucing up Strathbungo – if you spot him, say hi!

A Woonerf in Strathbungo

Statement from The Strathbungo Society Committee

Traffic and parking in Strathbungo present a problem of ever increasing severity; recently we have been informally advised that it will soon be necessary to restrict parking in Regent Park, Queen and Marywood Squares to a single side in order to allow access for emergency vehicles. Fire vehicles in particular are increasingly unable to get along these streets. There is however an alternative more radical solution to this problem that will also take care of many of the other environmental problems associated with Strathbungo’s streets. It is clearly not practicable to think of restricting use of the streets to pedestrians alone (pedestrian precinct) but it is possible to consider a residential precinct. This type of arrangement has been extensively used in Holland where it is known as a Woonerf (plural Woonerven).

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Window Wanderland

This year’s Window Wanderland was another great success, with the artistic spirit to the fore, backed by Pollywood Cinema, Brass Aye, and a live juke box.

It was mobbed on the night – we could do with more stewards and fewer cars next year – and it made the attention of the Observer.

Photographer Stefan Krajcik has once again provided some stunning photographs for us all to share.

Window Wanderland (© Stefan Krajcik)

Window Wanderland (© Stefan Krajcik)

So what are you going to do next year?

Spring 2019 Newsletter is here

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

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