Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A com­mu­nity group re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­is­ing sev­eral pop­u­lar Ruther­glen events could be on the verge of fold­ing – un­less new vol­un­teers come for­ward.

Friends of Over­toun Park ar­ranges the likes of Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza – which was at­tended by more than 250 peo­ple – and a Sports Day in the park.

How­ever a lack of mem­bers could jeop­ar­dise their fu­ture plans.

Group mem­ber Elaine Devlin said: “We re­ally need more peo­ple now or we will have to stop.

“Some mem­bers have had to leave the group be­cause fam­ily life or work takes over and they can’t com­mit enough time. They have not been re­placed.

“We had to can­cel our Perk Up The Park event last year be­cause there sim­ply wasn’t enough peo­ple able to help out on the day it­self.

“We do have a cou­ple of new young mem­bers but we are aware that not ev­ery­one wants to join a com­mit­tee.

“You hate hav­ing to can­cel events be­cause we do have a wee fol­low­ing of peo­ple who reg­u­larly come along.

“We al­ways say to peo­ple at our events that they should get in­volved with us, and they of­ten say they’re in­ter­ested, but then life takes over and you don’t hear from them again.”

As well as run­ning events, the group takes part in var­i­ous projects to help im­prove the park.

Up­com­ing ven­tures in­clude im­prov­ing the band­stand and further de­vel­op­ing the BMX track.

And Elaine is op­ti­mistic that more lo­cals will come for­ward to help out.

She added: “We’re look­ing for peo­ple to help man stalls at the events and things like that, so we’re only ask­ing for a few hours of peo­ple’s time.

“There’s not an age re­stric­tion on it ei­ther, so if there’s any teenagers want­ing to help out that would be great – we could then put them for­ward for a Saltire award, which is some­thing they can take into school and use for CVs, and their col­lege sub­mis­sions.

“I do think it’d be a loss for the com­mu­nity if we couldn’t keep go­ing. There’s a real sense of com­mu­nity still in Ruther­glen, with peo­ple who go along and sup­port these events, and lots of peo­ple still have that sense of look­ing af­ter each other.

“The likes of us, or Grow 73, or Project 31, all bring some­thing to the area. Hope­fully peo­ple will get in­volved and help us out.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing out should visit www. friend­so­fover­toun­ or look for the group on Face­book.

Join us! Friends of Over­toun Park are on the look­out for new mem­bers

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