All of those involved in the Strathbungo Society were shocked and saddened by the news that Scott Obrzud sadly died last Friday in the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice of glioblastoma (a very aggressive brain cancer). He had been ill for 17 months, the end was very peaceful and he was with his husband James and his family.
Scott and James moved into Strathbungo several years ago and immediately threw themselves into the work of the Society, becoming well known in our community. Scott was an enthusiastic organiser of whatever activity he turned his mind too (as was James), and his energy always ensured that our events were a success. He also had a fund of good and new ideas. But whether it was new suggestions for Bungo in the Back Lanes, helping to set up an event or doing the washing up at the Spring Fling, he was always willing to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in.
He was an enthusiastic committee member and ended up as the Society’s vice chair, his contributions laced with good humour and common sense. Kevin Kane, who was chair at the time, said
Scott was a gentleman and the warmth of his relationships with Society members and with James and his family marked him out as the good and decent man he was.
He will be missed by all in the Society and throughout the community. Despite his illness, we had assumed that he would be back at some point.
Scott’s funeral will place next Thursday, 17 October 2019 at the Main Chapel, Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh EH16 6TX, at 1pm and all friends are invited to attend. Family flowers only and any donations are welcome to be made to the Hospice.
The Strathbungo Society
Tuesday 29th October 2018 7.30-8.30pm
Queen’s Park Church Hall 170 Queen’s Drive
- Welcome, introductions and apologies
- Minute of last year’s AGM Monday 29th October 2018
- Matters Arising: Chair
- Network rail vegetation management
- Future of Crossmyloof Resource Centre site on Titwood Rd
- Other topical issues: bin collections (please notify email@example.com of others before meeting)
- Trustees Report
- Election of Officer Bearers/Trustees
- Chair; Vice-chair; Secretary; Treasurer;
- Election of Committee (up to 15 places)
Tea and coffee from 7pm and refreshments afterwards
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is there such a thing as a Strathbungo Trail, giving a route outlining places of interest and historical buildings? I’ve recently seen one for Pollockshields and Govan.
All welcome at the latest community clear up – meet at the corner of Moray Place and Nithsdale Road tomorrow morning.
Please note the next committee meeting has been brought forward a week in preparation for the AGM – it is now at 7.30pm on this Tuesday, 8th October 2019.
Subjects we have been asked to discuss include Network Rail works, Dubai Nights, and the AGM. All welcome to coma along, join in, or raise an issue.
Recently the collection of purple and brown bins has been sporadic. Do we know why? Can the Society talk to the Council about this? Thanks
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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.
When I first moved into Marywood Square 4 years ago I thought that the lane running up the back of my tenement was a brilliant opportunity to get some wild flowers growing, so I sowed some seeds. They came to nothing. I was busy, new flat etc, I didn’t really give it much thought. The next Spring I took it a bit more seriously and I and a close neighbour both sowed seeds. Same result – nothing! But this time I realised why. The lane had been sprayed by weed killer – or so it appeared to me by the burned vegetation. So last year I gave seed sowing a miss only to see a couple of new plants in my garden killed as weed killer drifted through the railings.
I’m now getting more and more aware, and concerned that we have a serious environmental problem and it seems that globally we’re in the throws of a sixth mass extinction of species (manmade this time?) including a major threat to insects which are at the bottom of a food chain that maintains birds and animals and are crucial as pollinators. Could we in Strathbungo not play a small part in countering this by challenging the Council, who I’m presuming spray the lanes with weedkiller, and consciously try and turn our lanes into a haven for wild flowers insects and birds. It seems to me that this could be a very positive experience for the children in the area who with proper parental encouragement and support might enjoy helping bring wild flowers into the lanes and learning about them and the wildlife they support. I’ll contact the Council (again) and this time try and find out just why they think it’s a good idea to spray weedkiller. It seems strange to me as they don’t seem to take any responsibility for any other kind of “maintenance” in the lanes. Would other residents, and maybe the Strathbungo Society itself be interested in trying to get the spraying stopped and encouraging wild life into our area?