Come along (virtually speaking) to our online Christmas Market!
After the success of Bungo (Not) in The Back Lanes this summer, we’re hosting another online market just in time for Christmas. Focused on local business, crafters and makers, it will be perfect for original, local presents for your loved ones, or to treat yourself.
It will be available for two days on 5th & 6th December on the Bungo Blog (the link will be published here once the event is live). In the meantime, if you are a local maker or business and you would like a free stall that weekend, just fill in the appropriate form that you’ll find here.
First, a big Thank You to all who took part today:
- the talented musicians (hope their busking was well rewarded!)
- the stall holders (especially those local stall holders responding through the day)
- and everyone who had a party, lunch, glass of wine or water or cuppa, and celebrated all things Bungo on their own, with family or with suitably distanced friends
In normal times, BITBL is put together by the Society’s committee and many other willing volunteers & local business. This year was a wee bit different. Well, a lot different.
So there are three special Thank Yous:
- A huge Thank You to Bungo-ites Mark & Mandy Reid-Foster from Submarine who put together the online market for us, as well as the supporting BNITBL pages on our website. An amazing job, and a LOT of work.
- Massive thanks to Crawford Smith of Southside Sessions for pulling together the music schedule and keeping it all on track today (as well as finishing with a set of his own!).
- From the initial suggestion of “we should do something in our gardens/homes on the day”, one committee member in particular picked up the idea and made this event happen. So another big Thank You to Paola Rezzilli for the vast amount of work she put into making this event possible and keeping things on track through today.
We hope everyone enjoyed their virtual BITBL today, and will carry on visiting our our market! [open until 8pm Sunday 21st June]
I would like to make you aware of the wonderful , thoughtful and amazing job the staff at piatto (Italian street food takeaway) and the community of Shawlands are doing.
They have started a pay-it-forward scheme for people to pre-pay for meals which all NHS staff can come down and get some tasty food to thank them for the amazing job they are doing on the frontline!
They have had an overwhelming response (while following all government guidelines in the current climate) and have over 50 donated meals !
They have also opened it up to anyone who is out of a job and maybe struggling to eat. They just today delivered pizza to the children’s hospital for the staff to enjoy. Furthermore they are collecting for local food banks which has also been very successful.
Being a small business themselves and under the pressures of this horrific situation they are doing everything in the power to help their community and show thanks to our frontline workers.
I believe they deserve some gratitude themselves for doing such an amazing and commendable job!!
While human society has come to a standstill, birds are in a frenzy, defending territories, finding mates, building nests and feeding young! It’s a good time to watch birds wherever you live and people spending a lot of time at home might be interested in joining the British Trust for Ornithology’s Garden Birdwatch. This is a year round project unlike the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch in January. The BTO has lots of excellent bird identification videos – calls and song as well as film – for those wanting to improve their knowledge.
There is plenty of scope too for people to take photographs and let other residents what birds are around and what they are doing.
During the lockdown, many of us are looking to our gardens to enjoy nature and be outdoors, to learn, and to improve our well-being. BTO Garden BirdWatch offers a great opportunity to learn more about garden birds and other wildlife, and to contribute directly to BTO’s important scientific research on the value of gardens for wildlife.
By understanding more about how wildlife uses our gardens, we’ll be able to make our cities, towns, villages and individual gardens better for nature.
To take part you simply keep a list of the birds you see visiting your garden over the course of a week, then enter this into our online recording system. If you want, you can also record other garden wildlife, such as butterflies and mammals.
Your sightings will help us to understand how and why populations of garden birds and other wildlife are changing, and how we can all help them.
This free offer includes access to our online recording system, a regular Garden BirdWatch e-newsletter with information on recording and identifying garden wildlife, and access to our team of wildlife experts to answer your questions on garden wildlife.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Garden BirdWatch community.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
Overflowing bins Nithsdale Rd 20th October
Representatives from the Strathbungo Society had a very helpful and productive meetings with officers from the new super department at the Council, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, which is responsible for bin and litter collections, on Wednesday. We reported a wide range of issues including missed bin collections (see here for example) and overflowing public litter and recycling bins.
There have been specific issues with the collection of the purple (glass) and brown (garden and organic waste) bins which have been partly caused by staff shortages. These are being addressed and, as many residents will have noted, the glass collections have been brought back in-house. The Council Officers also explained that they are currently working on collection schedules for the new larger public litter bins (which appear to be filling up quicker than anticipated). We raised a number of specific issues .e.g about reporting of contaminated bins (wrong type of rubbish in bin), reporting of bulk waste, repair to broken bins etc which the Council have agreed to look into and get back to us. We will then meet again with a view to putting out updated information for local residents and updating our web page “https://bungoblog.com/got-a-problem/raise-it-with-the-council/
Meantime, we have also decided to try and collect information on problems locally. So, if you report a problem to the Council (eg missed bin collection) and its not satisfactorily resolved please let us know at email@example.com (photos are very helpful).