Friends cel­e­brate

Vol­un­teers thank com­mu­nity for sup­port

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park marked their tenth an­niver­sary this month by cel­e­brat­ing all those who have sup­ported their ef­forts over the past decade.

The group, set up with the aim of restor­ing the park to its former glory, has paid spe­cial thanks to all their part­ners who have made that mis­sion pos­si­ble.

The vote of thanks was the cen­tral topic of dis­cus­sion at the friends’ re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

Ed­ward Cais, chair­man of the group, thanked sev­eral part­ners in­clud­ing South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, Project 31 and Po­lice Scot­land.

Mr Cais said: “With the year 2016-2017 the Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park reach and can de­servedly cel­e­brate their tenth an­niver­sary. This is no mean feat for a small group of lo­cal peo­ple who wish to see their park flour­ish and serve as a place where peo­ple can come to en­joy them­selves in a va­ri­ety of ways.

“Much of this suc­cess is down to the part­ner­ship work­ing which has been care­fully fos­tered over the years. I would like to make this form of co­op­er­a­tive work­ing the theme of this year’s meet­ing.

“We are proud to have re­ceived Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful’s Green Flag Award for the last three years. This achieve­ment is sup­ported by the hold­ing of reg­u­lar meet­ings be­tween the park’s area man­ager, the South La­nark­shire Coun­cil land­scape and en­vi­ron­ment of­fi­cer and the friends.”

Mr Cais also said his or­gan­i­sa­tion was in­debted to Project 31 for its in­put in var­i­ous events.

He said Project 31 al­lowed chil­dren liv­ing near the park to take part in high qual­ity, ap­pro­pri­ate play and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties which pro­mote their right to freely par­tic­i­pate in cul­tural life and the arts.

Po­lice in Cam­bus­lang were also thanked for their speedy re­sponse in deal­ing with anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the park.

Mr Cais added: “It would be true to say that there is a fourth part­ner­ship: the lo­cal com­mu­nity, with­out whom the events we put on would not be much fun. So a big thank you to them for com­ing along and par­tic­i­pat­ing.”

He went on to thank the coun­cil­lors in the area, some of whom stepped down last month, for their many years of sup­port and en­cour­age­ment.

The friends ran a full pro­gramme of free events through­out the year, in­clud­ing a spring clean-up and plant­ing, the Teddy Bears’ Pic­nic, Fam­ily Fun Day, Bark in the Park, a Hal­lowe’en party, Back in Time and carol singing.

The Love Your Park event and a quiz were also held as fundrais­ers for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Any­one who wishes to sup­port Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park can get in touch via their web­site,­bus­lang­park., via Face­book, or by com­ing to one of the com­mit­tee meet­ings held on the sec­ond Tues­day of the month at 7pm in Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute.

Sing alongCarol singing in De­cem­ber was one of sev­eral suc­cess­ful events in Cam­bus­lang Park over the past 12 months

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