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Pedal for Scotland (road closures)
Sunday 7th September 2014
Closure of Saltmarket, High Street, Duke Street, Cumbernauld Road and Edinburgh Road from 07:00hrs to 12:00hrs
The Pedal for Scotland 47 mile Glasgow to Edinburgh ride is Scotland's biggest bike ride and attracted over 7500 participants last year. You can still register on the day at Glasgow Green (8-10.30am). Price: Adults - £30, concessions - £20. Transport is an additional £20.

We All Have A Story To Tell
20th Birthday exhibition at The Young Gallery

For the last 20 years, community arts charity Impact Arts has been working at the heart of communities across Scotland. To celebrate their 20th Birthday the charity has commissioned a special exhibition at their children’s art gallery, The Young Gallery in Dennistoun.

The exhibition of photographs, videos and illustrations, entitled ‘We all have a story to tell’, has been especially designed and curated by artist Susan Laws to celebrate the stories of the projects and the people that Impact Arts has worked with over the years. Susan has been involved in an Impact Arts programme herself, having recently taken part in the Artist Mentoring Programme, which helps unemployed and underemployed artists use their skills to access opportunities in community arts.

Susan said: “It was an absolute honour to design and create the timeline mural for Impact Arts' 20th Birthday Exhibition! I’m really pleased with the final outcome and the reception of the work has been lovely too.”

The organisation took the opportunity at the exhibition opening to launch their new video, produced by 29 Studios in Glasgow. The video focuses on the stories of four people who’ve taken part in Impact Arts’ programmes and whose lives have changed through the arts.

Lynne Carr, Chief Executive of Impact Arts, introduced the video. Lynne said: “I’ve been with Impact Arts for 2 years now and in that time I’ve been absolutely blown away by the work of the organisation. When the team and I were reflecting on what we had achieved since the organisations inception in 1994 we surprised even ourselves with the breadth and scale: we’ve engaged over 250,000 people (4.7% of the population of Scotland) through the arts, and run 1500 projects and programmes across Scotland, in 30 out of the 32 local authorities.

“The exhibition covers some of the highlights of this 20 year period, and I would urge anyone, whether you’ve been involved in our programmes or not, to go along and see it. We’re so proud of our work, but it’s the people and the communities who’ve empowered themselves through the arts that are the stars of the exhibition!”

Feedback from the exhibition launch, which was attended by Councillor Alison Thewliss, and partners and funders from SDS and the Big Lottery amongst others, includes: “Fantastic exhibition, it really captures the difference Impact Arts has made, and continues to make, to lives.”, “I think the exhibition looks fantastic! What an achievement – 20 years – congratulations!” and “What a great exhibition! Amazing body of 20 years hard work! Well done Impact Arts!”.

Video: We all have a story to tell

The Young Gallery
The exhibition is free to visit and suitable for all ages.
Open 28.08.14 - 09.09.14 Tuesday – Friday 12pm-5pm
112 Sword Street, Dennistoun,G31 1SF

A new hair loss support service from Breast Cancer Care Scotland held fortnightly on Thursdays 10.30am - 2.30pm at the Macmillan Info & Support Centre, Dennistoun Library

Our free HeadStrong service can help prepare you for the possibility of losing your hair because of cancer treatment. At a private appointment, our trained volunteers will talk about how to look after your hair and scalp before, during and after treatment. We’ll also show you how to make the most of wig alternatives by using scarves, hats and other headwear. This practical session aims to find out which styles suit you best. We want to make sure you leave feeling confident that you’ve found something that works for you.

Amore To Go

Amore To Go takeaway Alexandra Parade

Amore To Go, the new Italian takeaway on Alexandra Parade, opened today 10th July with a special charity opening offer of £3 for any pasta, supper or 12" Margherita pizza. Amore To Go will donate all proceeds from sales during 10th to 12th July to Marie Curie Glasgow.

The Amore D'Italia Restaurant next door will open shortly after completion of ongoing extensive refurbishment of the building.

You can download their takeaway, lunch/early evening and a la carte menus from their website.

Amore To Go
502 Alexandra Parade Dennistoun G31 3BQ 0141 551 0700
Open: 7 days a week till 10.30pm

Amore D'Italia Restaurant
506 Alexandra Parade Dennistoun G31 3BQ 0141 551 9595
Open: 12-10:30pm (11pm Fri & Sat)

The Duchess of Duke Street

Dennistoun's latest bar/restaurant opened on the 16th June providing a wide range of wines, beers and spirits at the front of the house with restaurant area to the back serving mains including burger, fish & chips and slow roast pork belly with prices ranging from £6.50-£10.50. The Duchess can serve children until 8pm.

Those who remember Mill's pub will know exactly where it is as they have completely redeveloped and tastefully decorated this property to a very high standard with fine attention to detail and quality.
Duchess of Duke Street 380 Duke Street G31 1DN telephone: 0141 556 6315
On the forum

Remember Remember

The East End Social presented instrumental band Remember Remember to 200 attendees at The Dennistoun New Parish Church on Friday 13th June. Playing tracks from their new album due out on June 30th "Forgetting the Present".
13 Jun 2014

Glasgow: 12 Days That Made the Commonwealth

The BBC are producing a special 90-minute film of record about the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow that will be broadcast after the games, at the end of the year. They’ll be telling the stories of the extraordinary Glaswegians who came together to help put on the event of a lifetime. Whether it’s taxi drivers, ceremony performers, volunteers, chaperones and the hard work of Police Scotland – this will be a unique behind-the-scenes celebration of the people who made the 20th Commonwealth Games.
Apart from being on the lookout for amazing individual stories, they would love to watch the Opening and Closing ceremony at home with a number of fun families who didn’t get tickets to either and to gauge their reaction to this huge, international event in their home city.
They will be looking for a range of families from a family of four to three generations all together on the sofa enjoying this great moment for Scotland. Perhaps the kids are bursting with excitement but dad can’t understand what the fuss is about? Maybe the family has a link with another Commonwealth Nation or even an athlete competing in the games.
Contact Mark Bignell, BBC Television Email
13 Jun 2014

Local Vet Highlights Microchip Issue as Thousands of Pets go Missing…

A leading vet in Glasgow is urging animal lovers to safeguard their pets during National Microchip Month in June.

A recent study conducted by the UK National Missing Pet Register indicates that thousands of pets go missing each year, most of which aren’t ever reunited with their owners. In stark contrast, they also found that 90% of pets with a microchip are safely returned to their owners.

Jan Young, head nurse at AlbaVet Veterinary Surgery, is endorsing National Microchip Month to address these daunting statistics. She says:  “Sadly we have many lost pets handed to us every month and when they have no microchip it is very difficult to reunite them with their owners. The quick and simple act of getting your pet chipped can save great heartache and aggravation if they get lost or stray.”

Any pets from cats and dogs to iguanas and snakes can be microchipped in minutes yet millions of owners neglect to do so, resulting in distress and panic when they go missing. Many pet lovers will spend hundreds, even thousands of pounds, on pedigree breeds or exotic pets - but without cost effective micro chipping they run the risk of losing their companion for ever.

In an attempt to cut the rise in canine strays in Wales and England, micro chipping will become a legal requirement for dog owners by 2015 and 2016 respectively with those failing to comply facing fines of up to £500. Although there currently aren’t any plans to enforce this in Scotland, discussions will inevitably take place soon.

Advances in technology have enabled the size of the chip to be reduced to that of a grain of rice. It is quickly (but professionally) inserted between the shoulders of your pet, just under the skin, and as a pinprick is relatively painless.

Mrs Young adds: “Pets have also increasingly become targets for thieves, and if there are occasions where the ownership of a pet is questioned, a microchip is a good way to help prove who the rightful guardian is.

“This simple one-off procedure can bring you peace of mind for your pet’s lifetime, so for National Microchip Month AlbaVet are subsidising the cost of micro chipping to less than half price at just £9.98.”

For more details or to book an appointment, please contact us on 0141 554 1911.

The Duke Street Expo 2014 

Kobi Onyami at The Everlasting Arms Church
Kobi Onyami at The Everlasting Arms Church as part of The Duke Street Expo

A hugely successful all-day event that took place on Saturday 31 May 2014 on Duke Street, Dennistoun.

The Drygate Brewing Co, 85 Drygate, Glasgow, G4 0UT

The Drygate Brewing Co opened on Friday 23rd May 2014. It is housed in a converted box factory situated at the side of Tennents Wellpark Brewery. On the ground floor is a restaurant and bar with a beerhall and terrace upstairs.

The Drygate Brewing Co is a joint venture between Tennents lager owner C&C Group and craft brewers Williams Bros Brewing Co. The facility will provide a destination for Glasgow tourists to this side of town as well as to those seeking out micro brewed beer to taste and to brew themselves.

Help Find Missing Cat Murray

Murray the cat

Dennistoun Pupils and Community Groups go fo Gardening Glory

PUPILS at Westercraigs Nursery School in Dennistoun and two community groups, CKUK Common Knowledge and Glasgow Kelvin College are hoping that their mini gardens will make a big impact on the judges at Scotland’s national gardening show. They’ve each designed a plot, measuring just one square metre that will go on display at Gardening Scotland 2014.

The gardens will be part of the annual Pallet Garden Challenge organised by the Scottish Gardeners’ Forum and schools from across Scotland will be taking part. More than 35,000 visitors will see the Pallet Gardens during the course of the event, which open at the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh on Friday, 30 May and runs for three days.

The Show is the biggest plant sale in the country and includes the New Hopetoun Gardens Floral Hall, the Albert Bartlett Cookery Theatre and the David Wilson Homes Show Gardens Avenue. More than 400 exhibitors will also take part, selling all manner of gardening essentials and accessories and a new Story Tent will tell the tales of some of Scotland’s most inspirational gardeners.
Gardening Scotland 2014
12th May 2014

James Coulter - Young Sports Person of the Year

On Friday the 28th of February 2014 the City Chambers played host to the Sports Person of the Year Awards which celebrated Scottish sport’s action heroes, dedicated coaches and selfless volunteers who have given up hundreds of hours of their time to the sports they love. Around 250 athletes, sports fans, club leaders, school pupils, volunteers and coaches gathered for the celebrations as winners were revealed across 13 categories. Karate star James Coulter was presented with the Young Sports Person of the Year Award by Evening Times assistant editor Graham Shields.

The Impact Arts Factory Salon

The Factory Salon Dennistoun

Thursday 12th December 2013 (7-9pm)
The Factory, 319 Craigpark Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow G31 2TB
A chance for creatives from Dennistoun to network and develop ideas.

Impact Arts would like to invite artists and designers living and working in Dennistoun to our first salon event. The Factory Salon will bring together artists from all disciplines to enjoy wine, canapes and entertainment in a comfortable, informal setting.

Impact Arts is a community arts charity who employ freelance artists to work within the local community to enable people to change their lives using the arts. Dennistoun has a vibrant creative community and the Factory Salon will enable us to share ideas, network and inspire each other.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Rob Gallagher on or 0141 575 3001
Impact Arts

Dennistoun Photographers Exhibition

Dennistoun Photographers Exhibition

The Dennistoun Photographers group are holding their end of year exhibition of photographs at The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ. The exhibition opens 16th December until 19th December from 10am until 5pm with a preview on 13th December from 6pm until 8pm.

Dennistoun Library
The library will be closed on the 18th November 2013 for essential maintenance and will reopen on the 30th November.

David Shrigley Becomes Patron of Impact Arts’ Project: The Young Gallery

The Young Gallery David Shrigley Dennistoun

Glasgow based 2013 Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley has given a major boost to Scotland’s future generation of artists. Shrigley has announced his support for Impact Arts’ project The Young Gallery, Scotland’s first gallery dedicated to showcasing children’s artwork. The Young Gallery works with children in Glasgow’s East End to give them a quality arts experience that will have a positive impact on a range of factors including their capacity for learning, their ability to share, their health and wellbeing and even their family relationships.
David Shrigley is nominated for this year’s Turner Prize, with the winner announced on Monday 2nd December 2013. He is passionate about supporting the Glasgow based project having lived and worked in the city since gaining his Bachelors in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art in 1991. His backing is a major boost to The Young Gallery, who recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to give the unique arts venue a sustainable future.

Roslea Drive Fire

On early Sunday morning 27 October 2013 around 1:15am DST fire, ambulance and police services attended to a serious fire to a block of flats in Roslea Drive in Dennistoun. The street was closed off at Hillfoot Street and Whitehill Street and residents cars were manually cleared from the vicinity to let the firefighting crews in. All residents from the building were evacuated with no casualties. Fire crew remained to dampen down the building where the roof and upper floor were badly damaged.

WASPS Artist Open Studios Weekend
77 Hanson Street Dennistoun G31 2HF
5th October 2013 (11am-5pm)
6th October 2013 (12noon - 5pm)
Their biggest ever with 43 painters, glass, ceramic and textile artists. Childrens treasure hunt, Free parking and a New Factory Cafe open both days.
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Food Bank

The Everlasting Arms Ministry are starting a food bank in Dennistoun at the church at 12 Whitehill St. This will run on the 1st Saturday of the month 2-4pm. They are looking for donations of non-perishable foods and also to advertise this to those who may need to use these services. Food donations can be given to the church hall 7.30-9pm Wednesdays and 10-2pm Sundays.

Dennistoun Community Council: June 2013 Update

Dennistoun Community Council

Dennistoun Community Council exists to ascertain, coordinate and express the views of the wider community.

What local issues should we be focusing on in the second half of 2013?

You are warmly invited to attend any of the following community council meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm to let us know about the topics that matter to you now, and in the coming months:

  • 11th June - Whitehill Secondary
  • 9th July - Haghill Park Primary
  • 13th August - Haghill Park Primary
  • 10th September - Whitehill Secondary
  • 8th October AGM - Whitehill Secondary
  • 12th November - Whitehill School
  • 10th December - Whitehill School

Our recent past activities include the following:

  • Organised the annual Dennistoun Treasure Hunt for primary age children.
  • Begun an investigation into various factoring practices that have been causing concern for local residents.
  • Started work on a 'map and app project' that will promote the things that Dennistoun has to offer to residents and visitors alike.
  • Submitted a detailed consultation response arguing against the alleged possible closure of Duke Street railway station.
  • Collated extensive information on numerous potholes which have since been remedied.
  • Developed a formal Action Plan detailing aims of specific activities to focus on.
  • Hosted a Big Lunch picnic event in Buffalo Bill Square where neighbours came together to meet each other.
  • Held public meetings on local public transport, with representatives from First Glasgow and SPT.
  • Responded to various planning and licensing applications submitted to Glasgow City Council.
  • Created the Save Our Sorting Office campaign in repsonse to the proposed closure of the Cubie Street depot (which did indeed close, but we succeeded in pressuring Royal Mail into being more open about the changes, and the issue was subsequently raised at council and parliament level in order that future closure proposals are made much more transparent).
  • Supported Market Gallery and Dennistoun Diggers as associate members.
  • Promoted a range of local projects, events, and initiatives organised by organisations in Dennistoun and the adjacent Glasgow East End area.

The Dennistoun Community Council community page linked to on the left of this page contains further details.

The website provides all relevant updates, news, information, agendas, minutes, and planning applications, and allows you to sign up for news via email.

In the meantime, or if you can't attend, you can always keep in touch via Twitter and Facebook (DennistounCC), or via if you prefer direct email.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or receiving your messages and comments.

Simply Swap – Duke St’s Fashion Exchange
Grand opening of Glasgow’s first fashion exchange, Simply Swap, in 439 Duke St on Friday 12th April where you can revamp your wardrobe for free!

The shop offers the opportunity to exchange good condition clothing and fashion items for others “new-to-you” and reducing the amount of unwanted clothing that is thrown out. As part of Playbusters ‘Grow Green with Glasgow’s East End’ programme, funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, the shop has been designed, decorated and will be run by a team of dedicated volunteers.

The shop will also be a space to learn about waste reduction and recycling, take part in creative workshops and get energy saving advice. This is a family friendly experience with womenswear, menswear and childrenswear available so the whole family can freshen up their look.

The shop will be open Thursdays 9.30am - 5pm and Fridays 9.30am – 3pm.
For more information, please contact Aran on 0141 551 0071 or email

Local Baker Opens New Shop

Baking For You is expanding their bakery business to the south side of Glasgow. They are opening a new takeaway shop in the Gorbals area in April 2013. The shop will sell hot and cold filled rolls and sandwiches as well as their popular range of freshly baked sausage rolls, pies, pastries, cakes, cookies and doughnuts.

Baking For You recently went through a complete refit of their bakery in Cumbernauld Road and expanded into the premises next door with a new tea room.

Raymond McNeill, proprietor, said: "This is a great opportunity to continue my good business relationships with my neighbour Mr Mirza. He owns Nisa next to my bakery and has a shop in Ballater Street. I feel the new Gorbals is a growing area and I want to offer the people who live and work there our range of quality baked products at a competitive price."

Glasgow City Council and private investors are improving the area and attracting people to move in. There is a new development of flats being built nearby and Strathclyde Distillery, famous for their Chivas Regal brand, is across the road from the shop.

The shop will open 7 days a week from 7am to 4pm and this will change according to customer requirements.

Dennistoun Care Home Supports Baking Competition Hopefuls

Golfhill Bupa Care Home manager Suzanne MacDonald (second from left) with JudoScotland Bupa Bake Off hopefuls (left to right) Frania Gillen-Buchert, Sally Conway and Kirsty Fowler

Residents of Dennistoun’s Golfhill Bupa Care Home are backing Scotland’s 2012 Olympian Sally Conway and her JudoScotland colleagues as they swap judo for baking to compete in a new national competition.

The judo specialists are using their 2012 fighting spirit to battle for the top prize in the Bupa Bake Off competition that is running until 8 March, starting with the Scottish heats. As well as recognising the best of baking talent across Great Britain, the competition aims to raise awareness of loneliness amongst elderly people who are living on their own, and raise valuable funds for WRVS. 

The winning recipe will become the official ‘sweet bake’ of Communi-tea Week (15 - 21 April), when Bupa's care homes invite elderly people from their local community to join them for a cuppa.

Staff at Golfhill Bupa Care Home support Sally and her colleagues at JudoScotland every year on the annual charity judo competition in Ravenscraig – so they’re more than happy to extend this to their entries to the Bupa Bake Off. Susan MacDonald, manager of Golfhill Bupa Care Home, said: "It's fantastic that the girls are getting behind the baking competition and doing their bit - baking and sharing - to reach out to elderly people. We're really hoping that they encourage more people to enter, vote or donate to WRVS."

When Sally's not training, she's perfecting her culinary skills in JudoScotland's baking club. Her Bake-Off entry,  a Florentine White Chocolate Cheesecake with a Blueberry Sauce, is up against cakes from two of her JudoScotland colleagues - a Chocolatey Gift from Frania Gillen-Buchert and a Zesty Cake Bake from Kirsty Fowler.

To enter the competition, baking enthusiasts simply post a photograph and details about their recipe on-line at before 8 March, for the public to vote.  The Scottish recipe with the highest number of votes will compete against winners from the five other heats covering Great Britain, in a live bake-off judged by well-known TV baker Brendan Lynch.
28th Feb2013

Murder Inquiry as Man Found Dead in Dennistoun Flat
A murder inquiry is under way following the death of Paul Cunningham 35, found in his flat in Aberdour Street, Dennistoun around 6.15 pm on 11th February 2013.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Carey said: “He was last seen in the local area around 11 am on Friday 8th February by a friend.”

“Officers are also working to gather as much information as possible on Mr Cunningham, including details on his lifestyle and the people he associated with.  I would ask anyone who knew him and who has not yet spoken to police, to contact us as they may have information that will help our inquiry."

Phone London Road Police Office on 0141 532 4600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dennistoun Community Council Meeting
12th February 2013 (7pm) Public welcome
Haghill Park Primary School, 415 Cumbernauld Road, G31 3LS
On the agenda includes Cubie Street Sorting Office relocation.

Market Gallery Looking for New Committee Members
Market Gallery is a contemporary art gallery based in Duke Street, Dennistoun. They are looking for volunteers where it is not necessary to have an artistic background but that you can demonstrate professionalism and have a keen interest in the arts. The position will offer a unique experience in the field and applicants should be available for meetings every Monday evening as well as being available to work in the gallery one day a week. Closing date for applications is 15th February 2013. CV and covering letter to:

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