From Les Sharp, Spring 2016
Once again we are at the time of year when our village comes together, young and not so young to celebrate our Fete Week and Gala Day.
This year I have been delighted to see a number of younger, more able (certainly than me) folk come along and step up to be involved with the planning and organising of the events, which promises to be a cracking week of fun culminating in a brilliant Gala Day.
A great deal of planning and preparation goes into making all this happen and I would urge everyone to not only turn up for the event, but to actually get involved. There is a great buzz around on Gala Day morning at about 8.30am when the park is transformed from a football pitch into an arena for events and stalls ranging from tombola to facepainting. This year will be no different and, having had some insight into what is planned, I think it will be one of the best ever. So if you are up and about on the 11th June, around 8.30, come along and give us a hand to make all this happen.
You will also have noticed the War Memorial, cleaned and spruced up, awaiting the arrival of new seating and flower planters, with a new plaque commemorating the involvement of Polish troops in World War Two and stationed here in Menstrie. This will be officially 'opened' later in the summer so watch out for the notices.
The Community Garden is flourishing: New raised beds,plants for displays, veg sown and growing. When you consider just what this space looked like just a couple of years ago, the work in transforming it to its current use and appearance is just amazing and mostly down to a core of residents who have worked tirelessly to make it all happen.
The new Lunch Club is also flourishing with over 25 older residents enjoying a two-course lunch in the Dumyat centre for just £3.00, along with a good old blether! I have spoken to a few folk who attend and they say that not only is the food great but the chance to catch up with what's happening keeps them informed with current events. I am hoping to get a few speakers along to inform them of changes that are occurring in both Health Care and Social work that will benefit those who need it.
Of course there is lots more going on in the village every week, but generally all this is organised and delivered by volunteers. Do you have some spare time to help? Any member of the Community Council will advise how to get involved, or come along to my surgery and I will assist.
As I watch the news each evening, all the strife and troubles round the world and here in UK, I often reflect on how fortunate we are to live here in Menstrie, surrounded by beautiful countryside, clean streets, clean safe water, very little crime, and a Community that come together through volunteers giving a few hours of their time to help others and enhance our enjoyment of the village. Could you be one of those volunteers?
As always I am happy to assist residents wherever possible although I am due to go into hospital for some fairly major surgery. I can be contacted by telephone, 6pm-7pm in the Dumyat Centre or simply call in and see me.
I hope everyone has a great summer and enjoys all the entertainment and events laid on by the Community Council and Gala Committee.
I am normally available at my surgery each Tuesday between 6-7pm in the Dumyat Centre, by e-mail, by phone (07854 370 904) or by personal contact.