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Mary Dunlop Cancer Awareness Roadshow Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Picture: Senior Cancer Research UK cancer awareness nurse in Scotland, Mary Dunlop at a Cancer Research UK cancer awareness roadshow in Glasgow.


POP star Ronan Keating is backing a cancer awareness roadshow launched to help save lives.

Ronan, who lost his mum Marie to breast cancer, is urging Scots to visit a Cancer Research UK cancer awareness roadshow to benefit from free information on how to reduce the risk of cancer, the importance of early diagnosis and to learn more about how to spot cancer sooner. The Scottish Roadshow which is staffed by nurses is set to be at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary on November 24 between 10am and 4pm and at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow on November 25 between 10am and noon.

More than half a million people have now visited the roadshow since its launch in 2006. Run in partnership with the Marie Keating Foundation, founded by Ronan Keating and his family in memory of his mum who died in 1998, the roadshow has visited 200 destinations across the UK. Visitors can have a private conversation with a nurse, take a BMI test to find out whether their weight is within a healthy range, and pick up useful health information. Roadshow staff also provide support to help people make positive changes to their lifestyle and encourage them to go to their GP with any health concerns.

Ronan Keating said “This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Cancer awareness roadshow units in the UK.

“It makes this moment even more special to know that we have been able to reach so many people and 500,000 visitors is such an incredible achievement. I am so proud to have seen this partnership grow from strength to strength.  I want to say a big thank you to everyone in Ireland and the UK that have supported us in making this possible, and I know that my mother would be proud of what we have achieved.”

The Scottish Roadshow was at the 50 Plus Show at the Scottish Expedition Centre, Glasgow on November 11 and 12, where the stand was decked out in balloons to celebrate the UK-wide programme reaching 500,000 visitors – including over 11,000 in Scotland alone this year. The North East, North West and London roadshows also marked the milestone.

Mary Dunlop, Senior Cancer Research UK cancer awareness nurse in Scotland said: “We are very excited to have welcomed over 500,000 visitors to the Cancer Research UK Cancer Awareness Roadshow.

“It allows us to get important information out to people as they go about their busy lives - we are literally on the road to beating cancer. We talk to men and women, young and old - about potentially life-saving small steps we can all take to reduce the risk of cancer and why it’s important to seek help if someone has a persistent change to their body. We offer visitors the opportunity to have a private conversation with our nurses. We also invite local health workers onto the roadshow to inform people of health services in their area.”

Staff at The Cancer Awareness Roadshow talk to people about:

Knowing your body – by getting to know your body and what’s normal for you it will be easier to spot any unusual or persistent changes. A change won’t usually turn out to be cancer, but if it is something serious then finding it early could make all the difference.
Living a healthy life – being smoke free, drinking less alcohol, eating healthily, watching your weight, being active and being SunSmart can all help to lower the risk of cancer.

To find out more about the Roadshow or how to reduce the risk of cancer and detect it early, visit or follow the Scottish Roadshow team on Twitter @CRUKroadshowSCT

Missing Person - Local Dennistoun Man John Murphy

Missing Person John MurphySix months have passed since the last confirmed sighting of Mr Murphy coming out a newspaper shop on Duke Street at 7am on Tuesday 12 May 2015.

Police enquiries continue to be carried out in an effort to trace his disappearance. More than 100 sightings have been reported and followed up, but have proved negative.

Mr Murphy from Craigpark Drive is 52 year old, 5ft 8 inches in height, medium build with short brown hair which is turning grey. He is normally clean shaven and was last seen wearing a cream coloured polo shirt, black cargo trousers, black work boots and a black fleece jacket.

Chief Inspector David Pettigrew said: “John’s family is understandably upset and distraught at not having heard from him over such a lengthy period. They just want to know he is safe and well.  He is close to his family and it’s completely out of character for him not to be in contact with them. Despite the passage of time, we continue to have a dedicated team of officers working on this enquiry and I would also like to remind members of the public that the search for John goes on and if they have any information or knowledge, then please do get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the dedicated email address or call officers at London Road Police Office on the non-emergency number, 101.

Local Baker Expands with Springburn Outlet

Baking For You at 400 Cumbernauld Road and facing Alexandra Park is a long established and popular bakery for the Dennistoun area. They have seen continued growth in recent years with the expansion of their premises to include a traditional Glasgow tearoom and in supplying their baked goods to other businesses in and around Glasgow.

To provide further outlets for their bakery produce they opened a takeaway at 490 Ballater Street Gorbals opposite the Strathclyde Distillery in April 2013, a takeaway at 321 Hallhill Road Barlanark in January 2015 and their latest endeavour is a new takeaway at 193 Springburn Way Springburn. The Springburn bakery is being shopfitted for an opening in the next couple of weeks.

Red Road Flats Demolished

Red Road flats on day of demolition

The Red Road Flats viewed from the top of Alexandra Park just before demolition on 11th October 2015.
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City Park Staff get Healthy and Raise Funds for a Good Cause

Staff from Health Rewards, Exsel and City Park Fitness have teamed up to raise funds for ENABLE Scotland and promote a positive health and active attitude in the work place.

Starting Monday 7th September they will participate in Friendly Food Fortnight by giving up junk food, sweets and treats for two weeks and will pledge £1 to ENABLE Scotland every time they break the rules.

Directors of the company's involved have ensured it is a win win situation by pledging £5 to ENABLE Scotland for every member of their staff that eat healthy options. Around 40 staff will be taking part.

The event coincides with National Fitness Day on the 9th September with UK Active and they are taking advantage of the day to push the whole building at City Park to get away from their desks and active at lunchtime with one of four free fitness classes taking place between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. With over 2,000 people in the building they are expecting to have a great turn out.

Milnbank Offers Fixed Cost Factoring Service

Milnbank Property Services Ltd will consider providing a fixed cost factoring service to properties where Milnbank Housing Association does not own houses within its area of operation.

They aim to develop a comprehensive, transparent and innovative planned maintenance programme to ensure common areas are in good condition, affordable and costs for delivering this service are spread evenly.

Download their leaflet detailing their schedule of works that include: landscaping, cleaning common windows and doors, stair cleaning, bulk issues, close painting, common repairs, building insurance, door entry maintenance, roof inspection, gutter cleaning, common extractor fan inspection, stair head and backcourt lighting, tv aerial, controlled entry systems, private repairs and 24 hr call out service.

If you are interested in their services you can send a letter in writing with all resident’s signatures and flat positions to Collette Anderson, Property Management Assistant.
 If you are a landlord your correspondence address is required.

Further information:

Alexandra Park Sports Hub

A new community sports amenity was officially opened by Paul Martin MSP and Bailie Elaine McDougall in Alexandra Park on Wednesday 1st July 2015. The Alexandra Park Sports Hub will provide sports activities for all the family including putting, bowling, cycling and tennis. It can be accessed from the Sannox Gardens entrance. The hub replaces the old bowling green building that has been extensively refurbished.

The Alexandra Park Sports Hub is run by Milnbank Community Enterprises with support from Glasgow Life and the Big Lottery. Milnbank Community Enterprises was established to focus on Milnbank Housing Association's strategic objective of "Leading in the social and economical regeneration of the association's area of operation, through promotion of and participation in wider action activities."

Nextbike bike hire comes to Dennistoun

Nextbike provide a bike hire service where you can hire one of their 20,000+ bikes from any one of their stations in 14 countries. They have stations in many UK cities including Glasgow and one is set up in Dennistoun at the corner of Duke Street at Belgrove Street making a total of 41 stations in Glasgow.

Annual Subscription for regular use is £60 with the first 30 minutes of every ride free, then 50 pence for every additional 30 minutes up to a maximum of £5 for the day. They also have a Regular Fare designed for casual use where you pay £10 for your starting credit and each hire costs £1.00 for 30 minutes up to a maximum of £10 for the day.

See Nextbike for full details

Big Plans for Alexandra Park

Cruikshank Fountain will be restored this summer with return of Cherub

Glasgow City Council invited the public to an information day at Alexandra Park on Saturday 14th March 2015. A marquee was set up within the park near the main gates. Plans were on display and Park Officers provided information on works and development being undertaken over the next 18 months.

The planned improvement works include upgrading all seven entrances to the park. Footpaths will be repaired and resurfaced where previously patched. The Saracen Fountain, previously repaired and painted in 2000 at a cost of £22000, will have major restoration.

The cherub that is presently missing from the Cruikshank Fountain at the main gates is expected to return this summer when restoration is completed to the iron fountain and plinth.

The ponds will be managed with further shrubbery added to the boat pond to encourage wildlife. Trees will be pruned back as part of long term management that better serves the park.

Additions include a running circuit and children's play facility. It is also hoped to develop a Friends of the Park group where Park Officers can provide advice and guidance with all stages of the project.

Link to Glasgow Park Management Plans:

Update: The final electronic draft of the Dennistoun Park Management Plans in pdf format requires clearance from Corporate Services at GCC, City Chambers, and it is now unlikely that the document will be available until after the General Election. 

Gallowgate Twin Towers Gone by 2016

Demolition work to remove the high rise flats from the Dennistoun skyline is now apace. The 31 storey tower blocks at Whitevale Street and Bluevale Street will be removed floor by floor using a top-down procedure due to the close proximity of streets and properties.

A platform on top of the Bluevale block can clearly be seen. This allows the demolition team to remove walls and floors at that level and as work progresses the platform is lowered to the next level.

The first phase on the Bluevale block will be completed by summer 2015. The second phase on the Whitevale block will begin soon after and expected to finish by 2016.

The Gallowgate Twin Towers were the tallest residential flats when built in 1969 with the Red Road flats being the highest due to them being built on a higher level.

First For Local Kids in Biggest National Group Dance Competition

Pulse is a dance class held in St. Andrews Church Hall on Alexandra Parade. Most of the kids who attend Pulse live or go to school in Dennistoun and the surrounding area. The classes are managed by Jaqueline and Nicola Duffy, an enthusiastic mother and daughter partnership who have big plans for the future of Pulse and their team of talented dancers.

Last year (September, 2014) the Pulse dance team headed for Musselburgh to compete in the Scottish heat of the biggest group dance competition in the UK organised by Dance Design Events. They performed seven dance routines of which three were selected to go forward to the grand finals held at the Blackpool Opera House & Winter Gardens in January this year (2015).

24 Pulse dancers aged between 10 and 25 rehearsed and fund raised to get to the finals. For many of the dancers this was the chance of a lifetime as they experience competing nationally as a team and perform on stage in front of a large audience.

"These kids work so hard and have really bonded with their teachers and each other!" said a Pulse mum.

The Pulse dancers won 1st place in the mixed hip section of ‘That’s Showbiz’ Group Dance of the Year and came second overall in the adult age category.


Now the aim for the team is to compete as often as possible and fund raise to open their own studio so that Pulse can get bigger and better!

For further information on Pulse dance classes contact Nicola on 07773407749

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