Tag Archives: Govan

We want YOUR pics of the park! *Photo competition!!*

Our thanks to exceptional local photographer Jean Pierre Saint-Martin for capturing these fabulous photos from Communi-T in the Park last Saturday. You can see a lot more on our flickr page HERE.

We can never have enough fabulous photos of Elder Park though – so we’re offering a £15 Braehead Voucher to the winner of our Elder Park Photo competition! Share your best pics of the park with us on facebook or twitter, and you could be in with the chance of winning that prize! You’ve only got until the 31st of October – so get snapping!

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Friends of Elder Park are proud to present an afternoon of fabulous FREE family fun featuring:

* a main stage with superb local live bands and DJ’s
* a karaoke tent
* an amazing African drumming tent
* fabulous face painters
* free food and refreshment stalls
* craft and activity stalls
* and plenty more to be announced SOON……

We’ll see you there! Make sure you keep up to date with upcoming announcements and competitions on the facebook event page.

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Community in the Park 2017 – Get involved!!

Last year we worked with Elder Park Housing Association, Aberlour Youth Point, and Glasgow Sport  to bring together a family fun & music event in Elder Park. Community in the Park celebrated the diversity, creativity, and general fabulousness that is Govan! We were funded to deliver this by Glasgow City Council.

We’re looking forward to holding this event again on September 23rd  October 14th 2017, and we’d love to get YOU involved! Please get in touch if you;

  • have any ideas about what sort of activities we could offer at this event
  • would like to get involved in planning or running the event
  • are a local performer – musician, poet, dancer…. football tricks…what’s your skill?
  • are part of a local group or organisation who would like to contribute an activity to a completely free community event

Friends of Elder Park are coordinating this event on an entirely voluntary basis – but if we can source funding to support other groups and individuals within the community to get involved then we’d love to! So if your idea would need a little bit of financial support to make it possible then please let us know. Equally, if there’s something you can offer for free – whether that’s your time,  talent, or…. a gazebo…then we certainly wouldn’t say no! We just want to make sure this is a fantastic, fun, and completely free event for the people of Govan!

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s 10k Sponsored Walk – NEXT SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER.

Take a walk, and raise some cash for some kids who could really benefit from it!

There’s still time to click the link and register for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s 10k Sponsored Walk which starts out in Elder Park.

They’ve lined up a fantastic fun day in the park with lots of entertainment, games, food and activities throughout the day so why not join them for a great day out!

Community in the Park – A FREE event this Saturday 27th August in Elder Park, 12 – 7pm

Please help spread the word about this entirely free community event which will take place in Elder Park and Elder Park Library this coming Saturday 27th August, 12 – 7pm.  We are coordinating this event with Elder Park Housing Association, Aberlour Youth Point and Glasgow Sport. Friends of Elder Park’s contribution to this event has been funded by Glasgow City Council’s Area Partnership, Thriving Places, and by the group itself.
Please tell your pals, your colleagues, your family….whoever you want. We hope to see you there!

‘Co-operative Working’ Workshop on Thursday June 2nd in Elder Park Library

This session will take place in Elder Park Library from 10.30am to 1.30 pm. If you are interested in attending this then please contact us via the form below, and we will pass this on to the organisers.

This has been arranged by the Elder Park Working Group, as a pre-cursor to  upcoming consultation on potential changes to the way Elder Park is managed. The 3 options for it’s future management are;

1.       Council – led management (as is currently managed)

2.       Co-operative management

3.       Community-led management

We understand that details/ information on these 3 options are to be included in the agenda for this session, but that it will mainly be about  Co-operative management: what is it, and how does it work? This workshop was devised by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership – South Sector, and will be led by Manchester’s Co-operative College.

The Friends of Elder Park Committee are really keen for as many interested local people as possible to come along. We don’t know yet what the best option for the park is, but we do know that people need to be in a position to have an informed opinion. We are hopeful that this session will be useful in this respect. We are also hopeful that it will be useful for local organisations/ voluntary groups who want to learn more about this method of management.

FoEP do not regard this workshop as being a consultation exercise, and will be active in sharing information about consultation plans when they are shared with us. Elder Park is the people’s park, so FoEP are aiming to ensure that as many people as possible know about everything that is happening…so you know what to do. Please spread the word;  follow, like, share, tweet, and have a natter with your neighbours.

Want to come along to the ‘Co-operative Working’ Workshop on Thursday June 2nd in Elder Park Library from 10.30am to 1.30 pm?

Elder Park Working Group: part 1

Please be patient with us here. More blog posts on this to follow. There’s a lot to say, and some of it we aren’t 100% about ourselves so we’ll try and share this information in bite-size chunks, and keep the jargon to a minimum…. Avoiding acronyms/ abbreviations is going to be impossible but we’ll try our very best.

If you are aware of any errors in this (or indeed any other) post then please let us know in the comments.

Elder Park Working Group (EPWG) was initiated in late 2015, and is coordinated by  Glasgow Community Planning Partnership (GCPP) – South Sector.

The following Glasgow City Council (GCC) departments, and other organisations have had invited representation at EPWG meetings.

The focus of the group has not only been Elder Park, but also on surrounding streets/ services/buildings.

EPWG have spent these meetings discussing  issues, areas for development, overlapping responsibilities, gaps in provision, and future management possibilities for the identified area. We will seek to update this blog post with a map of the concerned area

It is FoEP’s understanding that the reason for this attention, discussion, planning and communication is because of Govan’s status as a targeted neighbourhood within Glasgow Community Planning Partnership’s ‘Thriving Places’ Approach.

“We will adopt a different approach to support for these communities  over the next decade. The challenge is to adopt a new way of working amongst service providers, working side by side with communities, to make better use of existing resources and assets, many of which are already embedded in communities themselves. Our aim is to develop and support thriving communities all across Glasgow. We will start by focusing on a few neighbourhoods to begin with.”

Glasgow’s Single Outcome Agreement 2013, p 30

Govan is one of these neighbourhoods. If none of this means very much to you, then don’t worry about it. We are seeking a clear and concise description of what all of this means, and will be sure to update this post when we have that. However, if you are someone who loves reading long reports and policy/ strategy documents the you can check out the full Glasgow’s Single Outcome Agreement here.



We’ve only gone and got ourselves a blog!


The first ever blog post…. what should we write about? It’s got to be something pretty monumental, or maybe something funny…or actually scrap that… After 24 hours (and gallons of coffee) pulling this (very much a work in progress) blogsite together we’ll maybe just explain why.

Why then?

Friends of Elder Park are currently trying to support the beginning of a dialogue between Glasgow City Council, and the owners of Elder Park; the people of Govan and the people who make good use of the park. This will result in a consultation about the future management of Elder Park, and we want to support that being as meaningful as possible.

So how does a blog help with that?

Whichever side of the park fence you end up sitting on in the proposed management restructuring, you’ll be able find key dates for the consultation process, information on how to get your voice heard, and information/ opinions gathered from conversations/ communication we’ve had with both the community and the council. Have a look around and you’ll see the beginning of this  – there will be much more to follow!

So…… is that what the whole blog is going to be about?


NOT AT ALL! That’s why we’ve started it, but it’s definitely not the only thing you’ll find on here. We’ll have to see how far we can develop it, but in time we hope it will have all sorts of fun, useful and interesting things for you. There’s only one way for you to find out though. Why don’t you mosey on over to the orange subscription button over there on the right and give it a little click.

Well that’s all for now dear reader. Thanks for stopping by!