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The cafe is held within Both­well Par­ish Church Cen­tre and is open to all who ex­pe­ri­ence mem­ory loss. It meets on the se­cond and fourth Thurs­days of each month from 1pm till 2.30pm. There is no charge.

Both­well De­men­tia Cafe is staffed by vol­un­teers trained by Alzheimer’s Scot­land. It also has sup­port from South La­nark­shire Coun­cil So­cial Ser­vices.

It spe­cialises as a recog­nised hub for the char­ity Playlist For Life, founded by the BBC tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Sally Mag­nus­son. A free con­cert to mark the achieve­ments of com­mu­nity group Ud­dingston Pride will fea­ture an award-win­ning big band.

The Michael Braw­ley Big Band ap­pear at Park Church in the vil­lage on the even­ing of Tues­day, Jan­uary 15, for the spe­cial event.

Ud­dingston Pride have par­tic­u­lar rea­son to cel­e­brate, as chair­per­son Liz Wil­son has just been awarded the British Em­pire Medal for ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

And the group it­self, which was set up at the Mil­len­nium, is proud to be go­ing into its 19th year.

Liz said: “We’re wel­com­ing the band.

“This has been a plan of ours for a while and we are de­lighted that every­thing has come to­gether.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to a fan­tas­tic night.”

The 22-strong group are stal­warts of the Na­tional Con­cert Band Fes­ti­val. They were formed in 1995 by Hamil­ton mu­si­cian Michael Braw­ley.

They per­form solely to raise money for well-mean­ing and wor­thy causes and have do­nated more than £50,000 to char­ity over the years.

Spokesman Gary Mitchell, who plays trum­pet in the band, said: “Our set will fea­ture big band clas­sics and also funk and soul hits.

“We pro­duce a huge sound. There is noth­ing to beat live mu­sic.”

The mu­si­cians will per­form 7.30pm.

The event is free but Ud­dingston Pride will gladly ac­cept do­na­tions at the door. Tea will be pro­vided by the church af­ter the con­cert.

Liz, who has been chair­per­son for 15 thrilled to be from years, said: “We hope the com­mu­nity of Ud­dingston will be able to join us for this spe­cial night.

“Their sup­port of Ud­dingston Pride is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and we wanted to do some­thing to ac­knowl­edge that.”

The com­mu­nity group work tire­lessly to im­prove the ap­pear­ance of Ud­dingston by dec­o­rat­ing streets with flo­ral dis­plays, and by main­tain­ing a tidy and lit­ter-free en­vi­ron­ment.

They also act as a fo­cus group to im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of those who live lo­cally, giv­ing them a sense of pride in Ud­dingston.

The vol­un­teers have re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards from Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful and the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety for their ef­forts.

Beam­ing with Pride The group makes sure the town looks bright and colour­ful

Great night Get along and hear the Michael Braw­ley Big Band in ac­tion

Bloom­ing beau­ti­ful Blos­soms won the win­dow com­pe­ti­tion

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