New Year, New Forum: Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the Cumbernauld Community Forum website. If you’re new around these parts, you’re most welcome to have a look at our previous posts, and to learn more about what we at Cumbernauld Community Forum do. For those of you who are regular visitors to our website, you’ll notice some big chances to the design and layout.

Yes, that’s right. We’ve upped our game, and got ourselves a brand new, state-of-the-art looking website, one which matches our brand new leaflets, and aims to bring the Forum’s activities and campaigns closer to you – Cumbernauld’s residents – in an ever increasingly  digitally-savvy world.

The new design is responsive, meaning it adapts better to whichever device you use to access our services. This means that, in theory at least, our website will automatically change its front-of-house appearance, depending on whether you’re visiting us on a desktop PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. This new design will also run faster, and we hope, will help you find the content you want to reach, quicker.

The plug-in for Facebook aims to promote our newly established page on the world’s largest social networking website – a page which, like our website, will be updated regularly with the latest campaigns, events, and news from around Cumbernauld. If you’ve not already, please ‘Like’ our Facebook page and ‘Subscribe’ to our website, using the buttons in the sidebar, and at the bottom of this page.

In the meantime, it remains for us here at Cumbernauld Community Forum to wish you a belated Happy New Year, and to encourage you to get involved with your local Forum – our meetings all take place at 7pm, in New College Lanarkshire: Cumbernauld Campus, though the dates and locations are listed below anyway.

  • Tuesday 9th February – New College Lanarkshire
  • Tuesday 8th March – New College Lanarkshire
  • Tuesday 12th April – New College Lanarkshire
  • Tuesday 10th May – New College Lanarkshire
  • Tuesday 14th June – New College Lanarkshire
  • Tuesday 9th August – New College Lanarkshire
  • Tuesday 13th September – Cumbernauld Town Hall (AGM)
  • Tuesday 11th October – New College Lanarkshire
  • Tuesday 8th November – New College Lanarkshire
  • Tuesday 13th December – New College Lanarkshire

Change Of Meeting Date

The next meeting of Cumbernauld Community Forum has been moved to Tuesday 17th March at 7pm in Cumbernauld College. This move is to allow as many people as possible to attend the NHS Lanarkshire Public Consultation event, regarding proposed changes to the Out of Hours service, on Tuesday 10th March at 6:50pm in Cumbernauld New Town Hall.

We would encourage all local residents to attend this meeting to find out more about the proposed changes and to support our campaign against any reduction in local health services.

2014 AGM

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.

Thank you,

Billy Lees, Chair, Cumbernauld Community Forum


January Meeting

The first Cumbernauld Community Forum meeting of 2014 will take place on Tuesday 14th January at 7pm in New College Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld campus (formerly Cumbernauld College). The meeting will include a presentation from Lorna Hart of Alzheimer Scotland, and Bobby Johnstone from Cumbernauld Environmental Society will be presenting details on the proposed Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden. All are welcome to attend this meeting.

A date has also been set for the 2014 Cumbernauld Gala Day, which will take place on Saturday 21st June. The theme for this year’s event will be the Commemoration of World War 1, with support from local representatives of the armed forces. Details will follow at a later date on the stall booking process for this year.

AGM 2012/2013

The AGM of Cumbernauld Community Forum took place on Tuesday 10th September in Cumbernauld New Town Hall.

Billy Lees was re-elected as Chair of Cumbernauld Community Forum, John King was elected as Vice-Chair, and Ian Sinclair was re-elected as Secretary.

Billy said “I thank everyone for coming along to the AGM and for re-electing me as Chair of Cumbernauld Community Forum. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the community over the next year”.

Guest speaker Gordon Laurie, from Sanctuary Cumbernauld, spoke about the work of the town’s largest housing association and there was also an update on the local activity of ‘See Me’, Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health.