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Christmas Lights Switch On Event Success 2018                                                                                               

A great day was had by all on Saturday, many thanks to the  St. Cadoc’s School Choir and Park View School Choir for their excellent carol singing which delighted the crowd. Not forgetting Santa Claus and his Elves and a big Particip8 thank you to Ross Murray our MC/DJ for all the music and banter throughout the afternoon.Santas other helpers included Particip8 volunteers, Gilbertfield B.B. Company volunteers and Halfway Community Council members who all did a great job.

Our bucket collection on the day was an excellent £156.00 which has been donated to the MacMillan Nurses Charity.

Fireworks Display 2018                                                                             

This year’s event was an extravagant spectacle and our estimates reckon there was a crowd of around 2,000 flocked to watch this year’s Fireworks Display and a great time was had by all.

A huge thank you to Glenn Jamieson and his fellow BB Officers for the many hours it took to put on the display, before, during and after the event. Also our small team of Particip8 volunteers, Gilbertfield B.B. volunteers and Halfway Community Council members who worked so hard on the night and over many weeks to make the event a success.

The atmosphere this year was tremendous thanks to our DJ Dantheman who provided the music for the display and did an excellent job keeping the crowd entertained. A last minute addition was our M.C. Lorraine McHendry who kept the crowd entertained prior to the display.

Professional Fireworks are an expensive commodity and we are very grateful for all donations towards the cost of the display.

Parent Councils from local Primary Schools, Residents Associations, Halfway Community Council, North Halfway Hall Committee, Westburn Labour Bingo Club, LEAP and an anonymous donor all gave generous donations.

Local businesse also weighed in including Joseph Nelson Funeral Care, Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association, AB2000, CCG, MacIntyre Fencing, Bardyke Chemicals, Morrison's Supermarket, Keedwell (Scotland) Ltd and Alan Hepworth - Solicitors all gave generous donations.

All in all a great team effort, if you would like to volunteer to help at any of our Particip8 Events please contact us via our FEEDBACK page and we will get in touch with you.

Summer Gala Day 2018

This years event was a great success but was again cut short by rain, though not before most of the activities had been completed.

Cambuslang Rugby Club did a taster session and the Sumo Wrestling were both great attractions. There were many stalls including the local Army Cadets who had an interesting array of equipment on show. We had the Petting Zoo and Pony Rides suitable for a variety of ages. This years bouncy equipment came in the form of a giant earthmover and was enjoyed by all our younger residents.

The CamGlen Radio team did an excellent job  supplying the music whilst our M.C. David Wilson entertained the crowd with his raucous banter.  

Alison Kennedy and her team organised the various races in all ages and later took on the M.C. job to allow M.C. David to take part in the hotly contested adult race, which he duly won. Well done to him.

The Tug of War events were very competitive and some would say rigged due to some of the weight discrepancies, but great fun was had by all. 

An annual visit by the skateboarding team is ever popular with those brave enough to have a go, but help was on hand and tuition was given when required, great fun to spectate as well and appreciate the skill of the participants.

The Climbing Wall is another attraction for the brave amongst us, a great experience for young and not so young alike.

Future Firefighters were given the chance to climb aboard a real Fire Engine and have a go on the various buttons which was extremely popular with our young residents. A big thank you to the Fire Service and the crew for coming along, it was greatly appreciated. 

Big thanks to all the volunteers who helped put up the marquee which was quite a task, taking it all down at the end in the rain proved just as onerous.

Fundraising Successes

We've had a lot of success over the summer and we are delighted at the responses to our appeals for funding from a variety of sources. We are very grateful to all the organisations who sponsored us and we are working hard to put these donations to good use.

The Drumsagard Trust were first in line with a promise of £3,000 to assist with the HUB fit-out once the lease is signed. This generous donation will go towards a new kitchen, some lighting, heating system and Health and Safety materials etc.

Next the National Lottery Awards for All weighed in with £3,862.00 to purchase a Marquee for our various events (weather permitting).

South Lanarkshire Council Area Committee gave us a grant of £1,508.99 for a printer, laptop and stationary to help us set up our administration and recently gave us a further grant of £975.00 to help us with our Christmas Lights Switch on Event for the Community.

Foundation Scotland gave us a grant of £1,930.00 for tables and chairs to get the HUB up and running and this year donated a further £1,620 to allow us to complete the refurbishment in Room 2 and our storage room.

The Financial Inclusion Network gave us a grant of £3,100.00 to provide CCTV Camera Network, Security Alarm system, Broadband/Phone installation.

The Healthy n Happy Community Chest donated a princely sum of £1,000 to cover some of the Fireworks Display costs and partly to help with the refurbishment of the HUB.

Morrison's and Greggs have donated food items to our Funday and Fireworks Display to help make our events a great success.

A whole host of local groups, Parent Councils, Residents Associations, Community Council and some local companies are helping to fund our annual fireworks display again this year.

Particip8 volunteers are extremely grateful to all who have gave donations which we will use to make Cambuslang East a better place for residents and to try and restore some pride in our area.


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