by Andrew Greg
Gavin Stamp, who sadly died on 30 December 2017, was known to many of us in Strathbungo as a former neighbour and friend who was tireless in his rediscovery and promotion of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson as an architect of international importance. On the wider, even international, stage, he was a campaigner for architectural conservation, active in the Victorian Society and a co-founder and long-time chair of the Thirties, later Twentieth Century, Society. He was generous with his time to the Strathbungo Society, presenting a lively lecture on Thomson at one of our at one of our AGMs and being interviewed by the Strathbungo News in Autumn 1996.
A new exhibition of the work of Strathbungo’s own Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson – he designed and lived at 1 Moray Place – is currently on at The Lighthouse.
Organised by The Alexander Thomson Society, the GIA and the Mitchell Library, it focuses on Thomson’s drawings of some of his key projects and includes 17 of his rare original drawings.
The exhibition is part of the city-wide celebrations of the bicentenary of Thomson’s birth. It runs until 8 October 2017 and entrance is free.
For more information about The Alexander Thomson Society see – http://www.alexanderthomsonsociety.org.uk
Hey folks, while you’re thinking of what to do for Bungo in the Back Lanes 2017 (Saturday 17th June), along comes another Strathbungo-based event from the folks that brought you Strathbungo Window Wanderland – with funding support from the Strathbungo Society.
The Council’s Street Play programme offers a free road closure – it usually costs around £1,000 – so residents have decided to take up the offer and stage the first-ever Regent Park Square Street Party on Sunday 4 June 2017.
It’s got something for everyone; for the kids, there’s a Cycle Fun event and Sports Day; there’s home baking for discerning diners (please get in touch with organisers if you want to donate); a Bungo SwapShop (what can you swap, to get?) and – from 4.30pm – a self-organised, come ye all, Bungo BBQ (bring your own stuff).
Everyone’s welcome and the hope is that the road will be car-free all day! So hop, skip, jump or simply stroll down and mingle with the crowds.
It’s free and everyone’s welcome, but feel free to donate to keep the party going next year!
Meet, question and listen to our local Council candidates
Local elections take place on Thursday 4th May 2017. The Strathbungo Society and Pollokshields Trust have teamed up to bring you ‘Question Time Pollokshileds’.
This is an opportunity for you to meet, question and listen to the candidates standing for Pollokshields.
Candidates from Glasgow Labour, the Conservatives, Scottish Greens, Scottish Liberal Democrats, SNP, and UKIP will attend.
So, what local issues are important to you?
If you want to ask the candidates a question you can ask on the night or email it by Sunday 23rd April to Hustings2017@pollokshields.net
Hosted by Douglas Fraser (BBC Scotland)
Douglas is Business & Economy Editor, BBC Scotland and a former Political Editor of The Herald. He lives in Strathbungo.
Open from 6:30:
– Exhibition of new housing developments in Pollokshields ward
– Snacks and refreshments
7:15pm – 8:15pm:
– Pollokshields Question Time
Pollokshields Question Time is supported by Pollokshields Trust, The Strathbungo Society, Pollokshields Community Council, Pollokshields Heritage & Pollokshields Development Agency.
The Strathbungo Society has been seeking to positively influence our biggest neighbour – Network Rail – for the past two years. One issue has caused unnecessary uncertainty: what are the legal and ‘established’ boundaries along Moray Place? Network Rail didn’t seem to know, nor did we.
So the Society’s Andrew Downie decided to do some research, looking at the original feu disposition between the original landowner and railway company as well as information from residents’ title deeds.
His resulting report is the definitive guide to the legal and ‘established’ boundaries that have developed along Moray Place over the past 100 years or so. Andrew’s report has been shared with Network Rail who accept it in full. The report has aided the Society’s discussions with Network Rail as to where it can – and cannot – place any new fence.
It’s not the answer to everything about Network Rail’s proposed fence, but it has certainly shed much-needed light on the where the legal and established boundaries lie. If you want to read it yourself, please do – click on the link below.
The Railway Boundary at Moray Place (.pdf, 817 kb)
The Strathbungo Society AGM will take place on Tuesday 25th October 2015 at 7.30pm in Queen’s Park Parish Church, 170 Queens Drive, G42 8QZ.
Tea and coffee is available from 7.00pm. All residents of Strathbungo welcome. You’ll find the agenda for the meeting here, and the Trustees’ Report here.
After the very well attended AGM last year, please come and support the Society again. It’s a great chance to meet members of the Committee, get involved (there are lots of ways to support the work of the Society), meet other residents and hold the Trustees and Committee to account!
After the formal business, Jude Barber from Collective Architecture will give a presentation on the Pollokshields “charrette”, which was the community planning event that took place earlier this year and covered the Nithsdale Road/Drive/Street part of Strathbungo. Jude will focus her presentation on the Nithsdale area on both sides of the railway. It’s a great chance to hear ideas for how the area could be improved and to voice your views.
Further to the ongoing Network Rail saga, Network Rail has contacted The Strathbungo Society with revised plans to erect a boundary fence along the length of Moray Place. In response to sustained community pressure from Strathbungo – and particularly Moray Place – residents, Network Rail seem to have reconsidered their plans in a number of regards, which is welcome.
The Society has been pressing Network Rail to meet with The Strathbungo Society and local elected representatives – at the City Chambers – to discuss their proposals in full. All local elected representatives – councillors, MSP and MP – have backed the Society’s position and Network Rail have committed to meet soon. Cllr Norman Macleod has offered to arrange the meeting, which we hope will be held later in August or early September 2016.
We’ll aim to keep you posted, and the Society will push for an community-based consultation once Network Rail’s wider plans are known – and agreed.
Chair, The Strathbungo Society
A BIG THANK YOU from The Strathbungo Society to everyone who contributed to making Bungo in the Back Lanes, 2016 such a great success.
We were lucky with the weather and with our local MSP, Nicola Sturgeon, who not only officially “opened” our event – she cut the golden ribbon – but stayed on to talk and chat to folks and stall holders and also made a few wee purchases into the bargain. Other elected representatives were also spotted – as were their tweets and re-tweets.
This year we had new volunteers, including from the Scouts and Harvest Bible, who joined Society volunteers to set up and take down the event; erecting tables and gazebos to placing chairs and signage and collecting donations from stall holders.
Thanks also to all who donated to the Society’s bottle and tombola stalls. The income from these, plus donations from stall holders, is what largely funds Bungo in the Back Lanes, plus a grant from Glasgow City Council to cover the hire of tables, chairs etc.
What makes Bungo in the Back Lanes a great bottom-up, community-organised event are all the people who open up their lanes and gardens to celebrate the creativity, community and fun of living in Strathbungo. It’s their enthusiasm that makes it the best community event in Glasgow – bar none – and the original Southside event.
Shawlands Civic Square
Make your views known on how to make Shawlands one of Glasgow’s most attractive town centres.
Shawlands is on the up with the £3.3m Town Centre Action Plan (TCAP) moving on apace. New pavements have been laid as have new and better crossings. Most recently the Council gave final planning permission for a new Shawlands Civic Square, to be located in front of the A listed Langside Halls, at the junction of Pollokshaws and Langside roads – creating a new focal point for Shawlands and Strathbungo and the wider South Side.
As part of this on-going work, the Shawlands Business Association is updating the Shawlands Town Centre Customer Survey and is seeking the views of those who live, shop and visit Shawlands to help them – and the Council – identify how to make Shawlands one of Glasgow most attractive town centres. So how can Shawlands be improved? What should the priorities be? What would make you and others use it more? Make your views known.
To take the survey visit: – http://www.myshawlands.com/
Plans for a new urban skate park at the M74 flyover at Port Eglington have been unveiled for a currently empty site adjacent to the main route from Strathbungo (and points south) to Glasgow city centre. Drawing on inspiration from cities across the globe, including from Portland Oregon where skateboarders identified and built their own skate park, the projects promoters’ aim is to develop a new urban park for Glasgow to attract not only skateboarders, BMX bikers but wider local communities, including Strathbungo.
Plans for the £1m park have had funding support from Pollokshields Partnership (on which the Strathbungo Society sits), Transport Scotland, which owns the site, and Creative Scotland.
An exhibition of the plans will be at the Lighthouse from Saturday 19 July to 10 August 2014. For more information, see: http://www.thelighthouse.co.uk/visit/exhibition/gusm74