The Glassford Community Group has been working as part of a wider community support effort under the banner of ‘Working together for Avondale’ and has been delighted to do its bit during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The group consists of a number of organisations across Avondale including Strathaven Business Association, Strathaven Evangelical Church (SEC), Avondale Young Farmers, Outreach Community Church (OCC), Avondale LEAP and Strathaven & Glassford Community Council. The group has had great support from VASLan and Home Energy Scotland.
Through being part of the group we have been able to access funds held by Strathaven and Glassford Community Council with donations from Falck Renewables, Banks Renewables, the Renewable Energy Fund and Sandford and Upper Avondale Community Council.
These funds have enabled us to support our community through prescription collection, emergency eye care, free meal delivery from OCC, 15 Steayban vouchers for frontline workers (1/3 was paid from the fund). There are also plans for Glassford Primary School to benefit prior to reopening in August and with Karen Gibb of Glassford business Mind Marvels providing mindfulness support sessions Glassford has certainly benefitted from the wider community support offered by ‘Working together for Avondale’
The Community Group was therefore delighted to be get a mention in an Early Day Motion presented to the Westminster Parliament by Dr Lisa Cameron MP in early June 2020. The community effort has been fantastic and the fact all of those groups were willing to coordinate and collaborate has meant it has worked so much better than if they had worked individually.
McLeans Gin and Jaro Design support the Glassford Community Group
Colin McLean of of Avondale’s McLeans Gin produced the gin liqueur ‘The Glesart’ for the 2020 Glassford Beer and Gin Festival, which unfortunately had to be postponed (To October 3rd 2020) due to COVID-19. This didn’t stop Colin though, who has always been a supporter of the Glassford Community Group.
Colin has been working with Janet and Lynzi of Jaro Design to sell his stock of ‘The Glesart’ and associated miniatures and they have been doing online gin tasting as well as selling the gin liqueur through Jaro Design in the Common Green in Strathaven. It is now almost gone (still a few left if you are quick).
In a gesture the Glassford Community Group is extremely grateful for, Colin donated £475 from the sale of ‘The Glesart’ to the Glassford Community Group and on top of that Janet and Lynzi donated £100 from sales in their shop to the group as well.
These types of generous donations go a long way to helping the Group achieve its objectives. Along with having been granted charity status we are that bit further on the road to our key objective of securing the Glassford Village Hall as a community facility.