Category: Social and Recreation (page 1 of 4)

Bungo in the Back Lanes 2018

It’s that time again! Bungo in the Back Lanes is back for 2018, this Saturday, 1-5 pm. It’s one of the Southside’s greatest and longest running events.

Final preparations are underway, and the Bungo map is now available, showing just some of the events you can expect.

Meanwhile it take a lot of effort to make this happen, and if anyone wishes to help out in any way, may I suggest:

  • Set up your own stall in your back garden / lane.
  • Donations to the bottle stall
  • Donations to the tombola (contact
  • Stewarding on the day – there’s a briefing at 11.45 at the Society stall in the Marywood / Queen Square lane, or just show up any time and say hi, if you can spare us an hour with one of our fancy new orange jackets!
  • Set up (and take down) the gazebos – we start 9am (ish) in the Marywood / Queen Square lane, and pause for bacon rolls at some point

For more guidance see the FAQ on this site.

Glasgow City Consultation – Parks and Green Spaces

Hi folks

Please see the following link to a Glasgow City Council formal consultation on a Vision for Glasgow Parks and Green Spaces.

GGC Consultations.

I think we should be pushing for greater “city-wide” recognition for Queens Park – and much higher levels of maintenance.

Make your own suggestions direct to the Council, discuss them here, or pass them to me at

Btw – there is a Consultation Hub and there are several other consultation of relevance – Transport, High Street etc. – at the same GGC Consultations link which may be of interest.

Kevin Kane
Chair, The Strathbungo Society

Strathbungo Window Wanderland – this Saturday! (25th)

wanderland image




Please join us this Saturday 25th February, from 6-9pm.

Everyone is invited to wander around Strathbungo and enjoy residents’ window displays.

We hear rumours of bands in front rooms, a pop-up tattoo parlour, a human fruit machine, disco balls and bubble machines…. But the magic of Window Wanderland is that no one will actually know what’s happening until the night itself.

If you live in the area and are still to register, add your home to the online map. A ‘display’ could be as simple as a candle, book, fairy lights or image in a window. Or you could go all out and stage a performance in your front room or project onto your building! Simple or spectacular … it’s completely up to you. Anything goes! And if you need some inspiration or practical help, there’s a free drop-in workshop at the Tramway this Tuesday 21st February.

If you have any questions or would like to help spread the word about the event, please feel free to email us.

Consultation on Queens Park Arena

There are some changes in the running of Queen’s Park Arena (QPA), with a new company – Inhouse – being engaged to oversee a programme of events from 2017 (when the Arena escapes the clutches of Scottish Water).

Inhouse are running a consultation with local people to find out what would best meet our needs. Here’s what they say:

“Inhouse are a socially conscious company and appreciate what Queen’s Park Arena means to the people of the Southside. We are asking for your input in to developing the space as both a community asset and a viable venue. Upon Scottish Water vacating and once the land around the site has settled, we plan to launch a full bodied programme of events from April 2017.

To make sure you have your say, the following surveys will only take a few moments of your time and will help us to take local businesses, organisations and residents’ views in to account when developing the events at QPA. The survey link for local businesses, groups and organisations is here, and if you are a local resident you can also fill out a neighbours’ survey here.

If you have views on the Arena and how it could be used, do take a few minutes to have your say!

Langside Hall – Working Better for the Community

langside hallDo you know Langside Hall? Been inside or passed by it a thousand times, but don’t know much about its history? Well it is a rich one at that, and it is said to be a story of architectural excellence and survival!

It was first constructed on Queen Street in 1847 as the National Bank of Scotland. The beautiful and elegant building was designed by London architect, John Gibson, who stated after his first experience in Glasgow: “I was much gratified by the kindness shown to me in Glasgow, and surprised to see so many public monuments and all by the best sculptors.” (I think we can agree that this would still be said about Glasgow today!)

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Plans unveiled for new skate park at M74 flyover at Port Eglington

Park Life, Southside style

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:

And so that was BITBL 2014…….sunburnt and sore feet!





spring fling


Saturday 29th March 10.30-13.30

Queen’s Park Baptist Church Hall,

180 Queen’s Drive

Come along and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and scrumptious cake with your family neighbours and friends, which is included in the entrance price of £1.  All children get in FREE.  Lots of stalls and activities to sample:  chocolate lucky dip, guess the birthday, guess the weight of the cake, raffle, artists stalls, up-cycling stalls, Red Kite animation workshop (must be booked in advance), Bike Doctor and more!  And, of course, all art competition entries will be on display for you to enjoy! Plus the chance to vote for the entry you would like to see as the poster for Bungo In The Back Lanes and our Commonwealth celebration.  See you there!

For Red Kite workshop bookings, please request through:

Any donations of home baking, raffle prizes or chocolate items would be much appreciated and please use  to arrange delivery or collection.  Many thanks.


Siamese cat Queen / Marywood Square


Does anyone know who owns the Siamese cat that seems to live in the back lane between Queen and Marywood Square?  Seems to be mainly around the 30s and 40s of the streets.  Description below.

It’s been appearing at my back door fairly regularly for a few months, and having very loud, very vocal “discussions” with one of my cats.  (If anyone has heard the “discussions” you’ll know how loud they are!)

The cat seems to be out at all hours and all weathers, and I just wondered if it is in fact owned, or if it’s a stray.  I’d love to hear from the owner, or anyone who might know them.

Description: the Siamese is a fairly large, but quite skinny cat with soft brown head, vivid pale blue eyes and a very light cream front that shades to soft brown at its back, with soft brown legs and tail.  It is a bit wary of people but not really shy.


Talking about Dancing…

I just got back from a dance fitness class down in Battlefield. It has started up this week and I wanted to tell everyone about it because it’s really fun and I (selfishly) want it to have more attendees so that it keeps going. The style is based on ballroom dances steps, but there’s no partner dancing. If anyone out there enjoys Strictly Come Dancing, then here’s your change to pretend you’re training to compete. The low-down:

  • The Studio: Stepz in Time
  • £4 a class, walk-in.
  • Monday 7.15 – 8.15 pm
  • Tuesday 9.30 – 10.30 am

The teacher, Lorraine, has just opened her own studio. It’s located in an old Glazier’s workshop on a lane just off of Battlefield Road, a block south-east of The Battlefield Rest and Beanscene. It takes 1/2 hour to walk there from Strathbungo and by car it would only be about 10 minutes, if that. There’s plenty of parking on the street and I saw several spots open. The address is 176A Battlefield Rd.

If you like Zumba, this class would be a great way to mix it up. If you used to do aerobics in the 80s or 90s and enjoyed it, then it would be right up your street. It’s focused on dance with no “blah, blah, blah, burn that fat, whatever,” which I consider a plus. Also, Lorraine encourages you to modify moves if you want, which is nice if you, like me, are a bit less bouncy than you once were (but I feel sure that if I keep it up, I’ll get bouncier again!)

Lorraine has adult tap classes and children’s dance classes, too. You can connect with her through her website. She also has a webpage and a Facebook page dedicated to StrictlyFitSteps.

If you’re a freelancer, a consultant, an independent creative professional, a stay-at-home mum or dad or anyone else who has flexible hours and this sounds like fun to you, please check out the Tuesday, 9:30 am class. It’s hard to find this kind of thing being offered during the workday, and it will get cancelled if there aren’t at least 4-6 people every week.

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