Of­fice not needed

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I read in this week’s Re­former that a new of­fice block is to be built in the Shaw­field area of the Burgh. Why?

The of­fice block that was built in the Farmeloan Road area has lain empty for roughly a year now with no oc­cu­pants so why do we need another one to lie empty.

What we need is more shops not of­fice blocks, over to the coun­cil please. Alan Grant Dun­nachie via Face­book

I would just like to say a big thanks to the neigh­bour­hood man­age­ment team for help­ing Fern­hill Soc­cer School with re­cent fund­ing.

This will go a long way in get­ting strips and equip­ment for our club. DON via email

I have trawled through many records and go­ing on what I do know have nar­rowed my search down to Dr Rev­erend James Jack, who was born in 1880 in Old Monkland La­nark­shire, and died in July of 1935 while per­form­ing con­fir­ma­tion on El­iz­a­beth Jane Rea.

There was a me­mo­rial ser­vice in Green­hill Church of Scot­land, Ruther­glen on July 14, 1935.

I am sure that this event must have been in the lo­cal news­pa­per of that time. I can­not seem to find a link for any archive pa­pers.

James and He­len could have pos­si­bly met in Ruther­glen. There are many ‘He­len Browns’ out there and I still have not nar­rowed my search for her.

I need to find the link where they could have met.

It would be won­der­ful if any of your read­ers know any­thing about them. I know James had sib­lings; Jane, James and Thomas. There must be rel­a­tives out there some­where, hope­fully still liv­ing in Ruther­glen.

Any help,would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Thanks in ad­vance to all my Scot­tish friends. An­gela Coyle via email

As a grand­par­ent of three, I was de­lighted to read in last week’s Re­former that South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has fi­nally backed down over the pro­posed sale of Dou­glas Park in Cam­bus­lang.

The mere idea of turn­ing our val­ued green space into a hous­ing es­tate was pre­pos­ter­ous.

It is ridicu­lous that res­i­dents have to form pres­sure groups to make their views heard about com­mu­nal park­land where com­mu­ni­ties can gather and chil­dren can play.

It is im­por­tant that res­i­dents make their views heard to en­sure that our park does not come un­der threat again.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have a duty of care when it comes to our parks and should be in­vest­ing their energy in pro­tect­ing and en­hanc­ing our green space, rather than plun­der­ing the pock­ets of house­build­ing giants.

I am de­lighted and re­lieved to learn that the coun­cil are will­ing to con­sider our gen­uine in­ter­est in man­ag­ing the park and per­haps even tak­ing own­er­ship of it.

We owe it to the younger gen­er­a­tion to en­sure that the great out­doors are pro­tected. Name and ad­dress supplied




Around five per cent of the pop­u­la­tion of Scot­land has di­a­betes yet, at any one time, around 15-20 per cent of hos­pi­tal in­pa­tients will have the con­di­tion.

What’s more, in­pa­tients with di­a­betes have a longer length of stay for al­most all con­di­tions that lead to hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sion, com­pared to pa­tients with­out di­a­betes.

Peo­ple with di­a­betes should re­ceive spe­cial­ist care and sup­port when they are ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal, re­gard­less of the rea­son for their ad­mis­sion. This is es­sen­tial to en­sure their di­a­betes is well man­aged to min­imise the risk of com­pli­ca­tions, pre­vent pa­tient harm and avoid un­nec­es­sary ex­tra days in hos­pi­tal.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment iden­ti­fied in­pa­tient care as a “pri­or­ity for im­prove­ment” in the Di­a­betes Im­prove­ment Plan 2014 and Di­a­betes Scot­land is keen to en­sure that these im­prove­ments are made. We are keen to hear from peo­ple who are liv­ing with di­a­betes and have had a re­cent stay in hos­pi­tal. By shar­ing sto­ries of real ex­pe­ri­ences we can af­fect pos­i­tive change to di­a­betes care. We hope your read­ers may be able to sup­port us in this work.

If any­one who is af­fected by di­a­betes is in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about how to share their story, please con­tact me at Di­a­betes Scot­land on saubia. sohail@di­a­betes.org.uk or tele­phone 0141 245 6380

Saubia Sohail Di­a­betes Scot­land

“I would rather we wel­comed them in,”said Stephen O’Brien (52) of Ruther­glen.“It is a ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion and we have a duty of care to welcome them into our com­mu­nity.”

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