- Hazeldene Nursery School closed for one day
- Theatre treat for children
- X Factor star is a smash hit at school
- School pupils fully booked for outdoor fun
- Festive opening hours for sports centres
- Wheely kind bike gifts are set to make Christmas special
- Barrhead dementia cafe event
- Festive contacts in East Renfrewshire
- Join winter wander at Rouken Glen - Weds 11 Dec
- Schools project up for global award
Hazeldene Nursery School closed for one day
Hazeldene Nursery School in Newton Mearns will be closed to pupils on Tuesday December 10.
This is to allow the removal of a nearby tree. The tree, which is in grounds next to the school, may become unstable in the event of extreme winds so is being removed as a precaution. There is no immediate concern over this tree at the moment.
The head teacher will be in touch with all parents to advise them of this.
Theatre treat for children
A special theatre treat for youngsters is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre this Christmas.
The Edibles is a multi-sensory show full of magical ingredients.
And it's being served up for children aged three to seven from Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 December.
The Edibles is set in a bakery during winter time when there are lots of festive treats. But when the bakers go to bed, the cakes just won't go to sleep!
There will be two shows each day, starting at 10.30am and 1.30pm.
Wednesday's shows are exclusively for children who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including those on the autistic spectrum or with sensory or communication conditions.
It has been endorsed by the National Autistic Society Scotland. Robert MacBean of the society said: "Many of our supporters, who are people with autism and their families, tell us they are keen to celebrate Christmas with fun activities, but can struggle to access mainstream entertainment venues.
"By making some simple adjustments to their performances of The Edibles, Eastwood Park Theatre and Grinagog Theatre have given families affected by autism a brilliant opportunity to enjoy the same Christmas entertainments many people take for granted, in an atmosphere where they don't risk being judged."
Tickets are £8 standard and £6 for concessions / children - but ALL tickets for all performances are just £5 if you quote the special promo code TREAT when booking.
Any families wishing to attend either of the special 'relaxed' Wednesday shows are asked to contact the box office directly to book, rather than use the online facility.
The box office can be contacted on 0141 577 4956. For more information see The Eastwood Park Theatre website.
X Factor star is a smash hit at school
A STAR from this year's X Factor series has wowed the crowds at an East Renfrewshire high school.
Finalist Sam Callahan called in to Barrhead High to meet delighted pupils.
The Essex boy told his excited audience to 'follow their dreams' - and revealed his favourite to win the X Factor crown this year.
The 19-year-old tipped Scots singer Nicholas McDonald to take the title when the final is held later this month.
During his flying visit to Barrhead High School on Monday, Sam hosted a question and answer session for a large group of pupils.
He also chatted with the young people and posed for pictures.
The singer dropped in to Barrhead High as part of a tour of schools and other venues in Scotland.
Sam was a popular finalist and progressed far in the X Factor, only being voted out last month, halfway through the competition. He lost out to Luke Friend in the sing-off.
Remaining in the final are Sam's favourite Nicholas, who is 16 and from Motherwell, prison officer Sam Bailey, 17-year-old Luke and boyband Rough Copy.
School pupils fully booked for outdoor fun
Pupils at an East Renfrewshire school are booked in for a challenge with a difference.
The major outdoors test is being attempted by youngsters at Isobel Mair School, which is for children with additional support needs.
And it will see pupils try to take on no less than 50 different tasks out in the fresh air.
The challenge is called '50 things to do outdoors before you leave Isobel Mair School'.
It has been inspired by the National Trust's '50 things to do before you're 11 and three-quarters' scheme, which is signing up youngsters right across the country.
Both have the same aim - to encourage children to leave behind their TVs and computer games and get out into the great outdoors for some simple fun instead.
The National Trust programme challenges children to try things such as skimming a stone or playing pooh sticks.
At Isobel Mair, it does exactly the same - with some adjustments to suit the pupils' different level of ability.
So, for playing pooh sticks, some children will experience being on the bridge while the game is played and handle the sticks before they are thrown in, others will help throw a stick in as part of a group and watch for it to re-emerge, while others will throw their sticks in themselves and excitedly look to see who is the winner.
Pupils have their entire time at Isobel Mair to work their way through the challenges, which will be carried out with help from their teachers.
There will be bronze level certificates for children competing 15 challenges, silver for 30 and gold for 50.
Pupils will record the completion of their challenges in special books that have been printed for every child at Isobel Mair.
The books and the challenges were launched at a special event held in the school's outdoor classroom, where director of education Mhairi Shaw was special guest.
Mrs Shaw was also treated to a performance of 'Room on the Broom', from the popular children's book by Julia Donaldson, by pupils and staff.
Festive opening hours for sports centres
East Renfrewshire's sports centres have announced their opening hours for the festive season.
On Monday 23 December, Barrhead Sports Centre will be open from 3 to 10pm, and Eastwood Park Leisure from 7.30am to 3pm.
On Christmas Eve, both centres will be open from 9am to 3pm.
Both centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Friday 27 December.
On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 December, Barrhead and Eastwood Park will be open from 9am to 5pm.
On Monday 30 December, Barrhead's opening hours will be 7.30am to 3pm, and Eastwood Park's 3 to 10pm.
Both will be closed on New Year's Day, Thursday 2 January and Friday 3 January.
The centres return to normal opening hours from Saturday 4 January.
Eastwood High Sports Centre and Neilston Leisure Centre will remain closed over the Christmas and New Year period.
Their final day will be Sunday December 22 and they will reopen on Saturday 4 January.
Last admission to centres will be 40 minutes before closing time in all cases.
Wheely kind bike gifts are set to make Christmas special
Kind hearted service users at Barrhead Centre are playing Santa this year when they gift bikes to youngsters less fortunate than others.
For the cycle workshop has been busy overhauling a dozen children's bikes specifically to donate to needy local children for Christmas.
And the workshop recently gifted cycles to Carlibar Primary School to make cycling accessible for all youngsters at the school who did not have their own bikes.
The cycle workshop was set up at the back of Barrhead Resource Centre to further integrate the centre's service users in to the community and help them be recognised as a valuable asset to local life.
To become experts with bikes, service users received training so that, under supervision, they can fit tyres, repair punctures, service bikes and run a safety check for a small fee. To ensure the workshop's sustainability they also sell used and reconditioned cycles and new and used parts.
Since the workshop opened eighteen months ago there has been a steady stream of people bringing their cycles in to be fixed, to trade in, or buy a new one.
The cycle workshop is open week days, apart from Thursdays, at Barrhead Resource Centre, Barrhead, from 10am to 2pm.
The Barrhead Centre, day care for adults with learning difficulties, is run by East Renfrewshire Community Health Care Partnership.
The CHCP is a partnership between East Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGG&C) and brings together local community and primary care health services from NHSGG&C and social work services from East Renfrewshire Council.
Pictured are service users Robert Armour, Bobby McNeil and James Mcready with some of the bikes they have overhauled and are gifting to local children this Christmas.
Barrhead dementia cafe event
A new 'pop up' café for people with dementia and their carers will open its doors at 2pm on Weds 11 December at the Undercover cafe in Barrhead for a special Christmas get-together.
The café will be a place for people with dementia and carers to get together to share their experiences and support each other, as well as have fun and enjoy socialising.
At this first café, local people will be able to decide how often they want to meet, the preferred venue and how they want the meetings to develop.
Councillor Alan Lafferty, convener for social work and health said: "Dementia affects people across our whole community. Peer support is something that people consistently say they value when living with dementia. This café will complement the existing one which meets regularly in the Redhurst Hotel, Giffnock and will give local people who are living with dementia and their carers and family a space to meet, talk and socialise."
The dementia Christmas café will take place at 2pm on Weds 11 December at the Under Cover Building, Voluntary Action, 56 Kelburn Street, Barrhead, G78 1LR.
If you'd like to go along or want to find out more contact Sandy Devers support and development lead (Dementia) on 577 8654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Up to 86,000 people are estimated to have dementia in Scotland, a number that is expected to double over the next 25 years
Festive contacts in East Renfrewshire
Council offices opening hours
Council offices will close at 2pm on Tuesday 24 December and re-open on Friday 27 December 2012.
Offices will close at 2pm on Tuesday 31 December and re-open on Friday 3 January 2013.
Out of hours council numbers
You can contact East Renfrewshire Council when the offices are closed on these emergency numbers:
- Emergency housing repairs - 08080 031 601
- Homelessness out-of-hours - 0800 052 0180
- Social work standby - 0800 811 505
- Roads and lighting faults including flooding - 0800 373 635
- Registration of births and deaths out of hours - 07798 875297 (Or contact Giffnock or Barrhead police stations)
East Renfrewshire's schools will close on Friday 20 December 2013 and re-open on Monday 6 January 2013.
The customer first service centres in the Barrhead Main Street office and the council headquarters in Eastwood Park, Giffnock will close and re-open on the days listed above.
When they re-open on Friday 27 December and on Friday 3 January it will be at 8am (all other council services will start at 8.45am).
Customer First can be contacted on these numbers:
- General 0141 577 3001
- Recycling/cleansing/national entitlement card (NEC) enquiries 0141 577 3001
- Council tax/benefits enquiries 0141 577 3002
- Social work/blue badge/housing enquiries 0141 577 3003
- Housing repairs - 0141 577 3700
- Sports development/pitch booking enquiries - 0141 577 3008
- Registration enquiries - 0141 577 3008
Registering births & deaths
Here are the details for the registration offices during Christmas and New Year:
- Christmas Eve open until 2pm
- Christmas Day - closed
- Boxing Day - closed
The registration offices will re-open on Friday 27 December.
- Hogmany open until 2pm
- Wednesday 1 January - closed
- Thursday 2 January - closed
The registration offices will re-open on Friday 3 January 2013.
A registrar can be contacted outside normal working hours on 07798 875297.
Refuse and recycling collections
When will your bin be collected?
Refuse and recycling collections will not take place on Christmas Day or New Year's Day this year.
This will have a knock-on effect for the remainder of the week and all collections of refuse and recycling will take place a day later than expected.
|Mon 23 Dec||Collection as normal|
|Tue 24 Dec||Collection as normal|
|Wed 25 Dec||Moved to Thu 26 Dec|
|Thu 26 Dec||Moved to Fri 27 Dec|
|Fri 27 Dec||Moved to Sat 28 Dec|
|Mon 30 Dec||Collection as normal|
|Tue 31 Dec||Collection as normal|
|Wed 1 Jan||Moved to Thu 2 Jan|
|Thu 2 Jan||Moved to Fri 3 Jan|
|Fri 3 Jan||Moved to Sat 4 Jan|
Normal collections will resume week beginning Monday 6 January 2013.
To check what bin is being collected, please use our bin collection calendar.
Christmas tree recycling
Your Christmas tree can be taken to Greenhags or Barrhead Recycling Centre. Alternatively, trees can be placed in your brown bin and placed out on the day that your garden and food waste is normally collected.
Recycling points and centres
Take your excess festive waste to one of our local recycling points or a recycling centre over the break. Please see below for the Recycling Centre's closures during the festive period: -
Barrhead Recycling Centre
Closed on the following dates: 25, 26 December 2013 and 1 January 2014
Greenhags Recycling Centre
Closed on the following dates: 25 December 2013 and 1 January 2014
On 26 December and 2 January 2013, the site will operate reduced hours between 10am and 4pm
Both sites will close early at 3.30pm on Christmas Eve (24th) and Hogmanay (31st).
For more information visit our recycling page.
During the winter the council stocks up 319 grit bins across the area for your use and 18 large community grit bins. The council also has a salt barn at its depot in Thornliebank where you can collect grit. Please bring your own container.
You can contact us to report roads and lighting faults on: 0141 577 3001 8am-6pm or 0800 373 635 evenings or weekends. For the M77 from Malletsheugh towards Kilmarnock and the A726 GSO, you should contact Amey or Connect on 0800 028 1414.
For further information, please view our roads and gritting page.
Stay up to date with weather conditions and our services on our winter weather page.
For opening times of our sports centres, leisure facilities and libraries please visit the leisure pages.
Outdoor sports pitch bookings
For outdoor sports pitch during the festive period, please visit our pitch bookings page.
For Sport development/pitch booking enquires please call 0141 577 3008
Contact East Renfrewshire Women's Aid on 0845 1801 323 or 0141 880 4345 24 during the festive holidays.
Antisocial behaviour: Ring and report
Call the antisocial helpline free and confidentially on 0800 013 0076. Report noisy neighbours; loud music; neighbourhood disputes; litter; fly tipping; graffiti and dog fouling.
Our community wardens and control room operators will be on duty 24/7 over the festive period.
Police and fire
You can contact local police 24 hours-a-day over Christmas and New Year on:
Giffnock police station - 0141 532 5700
Barrhead police station - 0141 532 6200
Emergency and fire - 999
Non-emergency - 101
Benefit fraud hotline
Do you know someone who is claiming benefit they're not entitled to? Call the benefit fraud hotline on 0800 0130729 in confidence.
Join winter wander at Rouken Glen - Weds 11 Dec
A celebration of walking in Rouken Glen is taking place with a special Christmas 'winter wander' in the park on Weds 11 December.
People who go along can choose from four walks to suit all abilities. And on their return all the walkers can enjoy a hot drink and a mince pie at the pavilion where volunteers will sing Christmas carols.
The walking celebration is aimed at older adults to recognise the success of the
'Rouken Glen Walkers' who have met weekly for more than 10 years. The group is led by four volunteer walkers and regularly has between 70 to 100 people walking. And organisers want more older people to come along to the Christmas walk and discover the benefits of joining a walking group for themselves.
The Rouken Glen Walkers are leading two walks from 10am to 11.30am or leaving at 10.30am to 11.30am.
And at 10am Rouken Glen Park rangers will lead a gentle walk around the pond area suitable for people with mobility issues or in a wheelchair. Walkers will then be transported back to the pavilion. The rangers second walk also leaves at 10am will last an hour and will stop in a shelter for a hot drink.
Councillor Alan Lafferty, convener for social work and health said: "Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It's ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active. And joining a walking group is a great way to socialise and meet new people."
Councillor Vincent Waters, Convener for environment said: "What better way to celebrate walking and the success of the Rouken Glen Walkers group than to spend a morning strolling in the park with the group and our park rangers. Please come along and join in and discover for yourself the benefits of walking."
The event starts at Rouken Glen Park at 9.30am on Weds 11 December.
Please wear suitable warm clothing and walking boots and bring your binoculars to see the wildlife.
Transport will be provided for anyone who needs it to get to the park.
Registration for each walk will take place at the main entrance to Rouken Glen Park from 9.30am on Wednesday 11 December.
If you'd like to go along, or would like transport to the park, please get in touch with Sine Delahunt on 577 8361.
Schools project up for global award
A pioneering schools project has won a major Scottish award - and is now in line for GLOBAL honours.
East Renfrewshire has landed the Confucius Classroom Hub of Year 2013 award.
This makes it Scotland's top performer in the programme, which celebrates Chinese language and culture.
But it also means it is one of the top 10 in the world, chosen out of 500.
Now East Renfrewshire Council has been invited to the finals in China next week.
The hub is based at St Ninian's High School in Giffnock, and head teacher John Docherty will represent the hub in Beijing.
Convener for education and equalities, Councillor Elaine Green, congratulated the project on its worldwide success.
She said: "This is an outstanding achievement by the East Renfrewshire hub.
"To be chosen as the best in Scotland is very significant in itself, but to then be selected as one of top 10 in the world is absolutely wonderful.
"I'd like to say very well done to everyone involved and wish them all the best in the final.
"The Classroom has achieved so much in just a short time. Interest in learning Mandarin continues to grow and I know we will keep building on that success in the future."
East Ren is one of two Scottish finalists, the other being Fife.
The area's Confucius Classroom Hub was set up four years ago. It is a joint project between the Scottish and Chinese governments to promote Mandarin and culture.
Since the hub started more than 50 pupils from across East Renfrewshire have sat SQA exams in Mandarin, including at advanced higher level.
Lunch clubs help teach pupils about Chinese culture, there is a Chinese dance club and tai chi classes and projects such as art, cookery and fabric design.
And two S6 pupils, from St Ninian's and Mearns Castle, are in the running for a Chinese language scholarship at Strathclyde University.
China funds a permanent teacher of Mandarin, who is based at St Ninian's, and two seconded teachers who work with pupils in the area's high schools and feeder primaries. It's hoped a third seconded teacher will join the council next year.
St Ninian's head teacher Mr Docherty is delighted the work in East Renfrewshire is being recognised at national level.
He said: "Well done to the teaching staff and pupils who have been recognised with the Confucius Classroom of the Year 2013 Award.
"It's a superb achievement for a hub that has only been in existence for four years.
"The work of the Confucius Hub is being extended across all school clusters in East Renfrewshire this year by the education department.
"The teaching of Chinese language, supporting Chinese cultural activities across the different subjects, the development of language skills of our teachers, encouraging the uptake and learning of languages in all educational establishments, pre-five, primary and secondary, are recognisable strengths in our schools.
"The work is very much in tune with the new national curricular developments being encouraged and developed in our schools and the young people are enjoying learning the language and taking part in cultural activities and competitions.
"Many of our schools have seen a growing number of pupils receive national recognition in the different competitions sponsored by the Confucius Institute.
"Success in SQA exams from Intermediate and Higher to Advanced Higher has been excellent.
"One of the main developments for the future is to develop further the ability of our teachers to teach the language in pre-five and primary and we will do this through in-service training and authority conferences.
"By encouraging more of our young people to learn key words and phrases, they will recognise that learning languages is for them.
"This investment will encourage language uptake, develop into a lifetime of interest, and provide young people with the opportunity to study at higher and further education.
"This can only be to the benefit of Scottish and British businesses and for future employment.
"It will also improve further the cultural links with the Chinese community at home and abroad.
"China is a huge economic power and its global influence is becoming more apparent. It is vital that our young people understand this and are prepared well to grasp the many opportunities that will become available through the growing Scottish-Chinese economic and cultural connections."
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