The de­lights of Fern­hill

Com­mu­nity cen­tre hosts spe­cial event

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

Hard-work­ing vol­un­teers from around Fern­hill came to­gether last week with a mes­sage for other lo­cals in the area – why not get in­volved too?

Fern­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre hosted the event, which saw sev­eral groups in at­ten­dance, from the soc­cer school that meets on Sun­day nights to the com­mu­nity bingo.

May Cald­well, the sec­re­tary of Fern­hill Se­niors Mon­day Club, was be­hind the af­ter­noon.

She said: “The think­ing be­hind it was that maybe the com­mu­nity doesn’t re­alise how many hours people who vol­un­teer put in.

“People some­times say that there’s noth­ing for them in Fern­hill, but you’d be sur­prised at what we have here.

“There’s still a great com­mu­nity spirit.”

As well as her work with the se­nior’s group, which has been run­ning for 48 years now, May was also dis­play­ing the Fern­hill mem­o­ries project she is work­ing on, which is look­ing for people to de­scribe their ex­pe­ri­ences in the area over the years.

She added: “If we don’t get the sto­ries from people then we’ll lose them.

“We’d like to try and do a book­let with mem­o­ries of Fern­hill and where we are now com­pared to back then.

“If some­body wanted to start some­thing in Fern­hill then we would sup­port that – maybe have some new people com­ing in and get­ting in­volved.”

That was a reg­u­lar theme from sev­eral people in at­ten­dance on the day.

Kevin An­der­son coaches kids on Sun­day’s as part of the soc­cer school at the com­mu­nity cen­tre, and he was quick to stress that it doesn’t take as much time as people might think to chip in and help out.

“You see the quotes from the par­ents (dis­played on their ta­ble) and there’s things on there about team-build­ing, con­fi­dence and dis­ci­pline.

“On Sun­day’s we get the kids to bring the equip­ment down and help out. Things like that can give them wee skills.

“Some ad­di­tional vol­un­tary help would be great. People maybe don’t re­alise that even wee bits of get­ting in­volved can re­ally help out.”

Coun­cil­lor Mar­garet Cowie is in­volved with the bingo nights at the cen­tre, which take place ev­ery Thurs­day and sec­ond Fri­day. She be­lieves that groups and nights are what helps keep com­mu­ni­ties to­gether, as it lets people catch up with friends, and chat about the area.

She said: “We get a crowd of 50 to 60 ev­ery week. In Fern­hill there is a lot tak­ing place, and some­thing like the bingo is a great wee com­mu­nity night. They can catch up on the gos­sip and what’s been hap­pen­ing.”

Also on hand was Roisin DeVille, from Healthy n Happy, who are al­ways on the hunt for new vol­un­teers.

She added: “There are so many dif­fer­ent ways that people can get in­volved with Healthy n Happy. Lots of our vol­un­teers then get in­volved in dif­fer­ent projects, and gets into con­tact with the wider com­mu­nity.”

●For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on any of the groups pop into the com­mu­nity cen­tre and ask for de­tails.

There’s still a great com­mu­nity spirit

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On the ball Billy Hep­burn, Sam Cowie, Kevin An­der­son and Coun­cil­lor Mar­garet Cowie pro­mote the soc­cer school

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Look­ing back May Cald­well with some of the Fern­hill mem­o­ries she’s col­lect­ing.

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Hav­ing a cuppa Mem­bers of the Fern­hill Se­nior’s Mon­day Club along with Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown

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Happy to help Sally Gil­lan, David Cuth­bert­son and Roisin Deville of Healthy n Happy

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Mem­ory lane May Cald­well points out some of the past events at Fern­hill to Billy Hep­burn, Patsy Harkins, Kevin An­der­son and Cllr Mar­garet Cowie

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