Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

Over the last few months three of the banks in Main Street have closed.

This means that do­ing bank­ing in the town is prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble; we have now been di­rected by our re­spec­tive banks to a lim­ited ser­vice at the Post Of­fice.

For most of us it now en­tails travelling to Burn­side and, for oth­ers, tak­ing a trip into Glas­gow or over to Shet­tle­ston.

I be­lieve also the ab­sence of the banks has had a con­sid­er­able knock-on ef­fect to the busi­ness that the re­main­ing shops do in Cam­bus­lang.

Older peo­ple in Cam­bus­lang are quick to tell you how much the Main Street has changed over the years. They tell us that it was once a fine look­ing place, build­ings were in good or­der and it was a hub of ac­tiv­ity, with shops both nu­mer­ous and var­ied.

The quan­tity has cer­tainly di­min­ished and there does not seem to be a va­ri­ety that there once was.

The ex­ist­ing shops and shop­keep­ers, how­ever, are still cour­te­ous and hard- work­ing and we con­tinue to be well served by them.

A shop­ping place, a mar­ket place, has al­ways been an im­por­tant space for a com­mu­nity.

It is not only a place where com­merce and busi­ness takes place but it is also a meet­ing point for peo­ple.

It is im­por­tant to work hard to make it pre­sentable in ap­pear­ance, a safe place alert to the needs of the com­mu­nity.

A good shop­ping place brings life and vi­tal­ity into an area.

En­cour­age­ment should be given to peo­ple who plan and or­gan­ise our towns.

Com­mu­ni­ties should also not let Main Streets die out of ne­glect or in­dif­fer­ence. Fr Paul Mor­ton St Bride’s Parish Church

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