The 2014 Cumbernauld Community Forum AGM takes place on Tuesday 9th September in Cumbernauld New Town Hall at 7pm, with guest speak Gavin Whitefield CBE, Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Council. All are welcome to attend.
Cumbernauld Community Forum Chairman’s Report
This year has been an eventful year for the Forum, with the many projects which our member groups have been involved in with the Forum.
We have been working in partnership with many voluntary groups in the various events which they have been involved with; Reshaping Care For the Elderly, for example, has been helping Senior Citizens Clubs with funding to run activities and healthy exercises; Hope Community Garden Project with their new greenhouse, donated by Sanctuary Housing; the drop in café based in Cornerstone Community Hub; Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Unemployed Workers’ Centre; Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden, organised by Bobby Johnstone and Scott Campbell of Cumbernauld Environmental Society; Cumbernauld Diabetes Support Group; the management of phases one, two and three of the Town Centre; and, with Colins from VANL, working with me, to help Westfield Senior Citizens secure Lottery funding.
This year was the fifth anniversary of our Gala Day – which was held this year on Saturday 21st June, in the New Town Hall, its car park and the car park of the Central Health Centre. The theme for this year’s Gala was for the commemoration of the First World War, which was supported by the Army Reserves, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Pop Band and many others. The parade took the usual route, from Fleming House, starting with the mounted Police Horses, the Gala Coach and Pipe Band, the Irn-Bru open deck bus, Army vehicles, the YMCA, a North Lanarkshire Council recycling truck, West African Dancers, Scottish Water, the NHS Health Bus, and the Cumbernauld Rotarians –who stewarded the parade. However, a special thanks must be paid to both Frank Clark and Alex Mearns, who worked so hard, as part of the organising committee, to pull together, run and clean-up the Gala Day.
One of the most important events that takes place is organising and talking to the school that is going to choose our Gala Queen and Princesses, which is no mean task. This year, I am delighted to thank Greenfaulds High School for choosing the three lovely girls who did the school proud, in their manner and approach towards the general public on the day. Our Gala Queen, Aimee McConville and Princesses, Karen Pullar and Kelsey Russell – who were picked by their fellow pupils – were watched over by Liz McInnes, and they thoroughly enjoyed shopping for their outfits, which were sponsored by Sanctuary Cumbernauld. Thank you ladies, you were all great. A thank you also to Major Shaun Montague, Officer Commanding of 71 Engineer Regiment, who crowned Queen, Aimee McConville, this year.
To finish, it is always important to thank our main sponsors who, without them, the Gala Day would not take place. These include the Cumbernauld News, for all their publicity, North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, Scottish Water Horizons, Sanctuary Cumberanuld, Tesco Cumbernauld Extra, AG Barr, New College Lanarkshire – Cumbernauld Campus; and, last but not least, the people of Cumbernauld.
I would like to add a special thanks to my Executive Committee, Iain Sinclair, John King and Kirsty Murray. However, a special thanks must be paid to Rosalyn Griffith, North Lanarkshire Council Community Engagement Officer, who – behind the scenes – keeps everything together, and without her help, many of us (including myself) wouldn’t know where we are. And, finally, I would like to thank Scott Campbell, who put this report together on such short notice.
Billy Lees, Chair, Cumbernauld Community Forum