100 YEARS AGO -
September 20, 1912
A GRAND, sTIRRING drama, entitled The Deserter and The defence of the Red Cross Hospital were going to be shown on Saturday in Milngavie’s Picture Palace. On Monday the showing of A Tragedy at Sea was described as going to be ‘not only beautiful but thrilling’. Across the Sierras was another important film at the head of the bill for that evening. Large houses were expected for both nights.
MR James D Scrimgeour, Ramleh, Bearsden, was going to resume his elocution and voice production classes for the winter months. Unfortunately, owing to a sad family bereavement, he was not able to conduct his classes at home but through the courtesy of the School Board he was granted a room in the New Kilpatrick Higher Grade School. Classes were not confined to Bearsden alone - Milngavie and other pupils would also be made cordially welcome and encouraged in every way.
75 YEARS AGO -
September 18, 1937
MILNGAVIE ToWN Council was looking at what steps were being taken by other local authorities to prevent accidents with spiked railings, particularly to children. The Town Council agreed to draw public attention to reducing this risk as far as possible and to blunt the spikes on railings at its own properties.
A LARGE crOWD of spectators gathered at an anti-gas demonstration which took place at Milngavie’s public park the previous night. This was in connection with the air raid precautions lectures which were being held in St Paul’s Hall each evening the previous week. Students were tested in gas drill by passing through a gas chamber, which consisted of a very large motor van, charged with a certain kind of gas. Before entering they had to put on a gas mask and stay in the chamber for three minutes.
50 YEARS AGO -
September 21, 1962
MRS VerA Martin of ‘Trevenna’, Dumgoyne Drive, Mosshead, Bearsden, was announced as Bearsden’s first woman councillor after she was returned unopposed in the Bearsden municipal by-election on October 2. She filled the vacancy on the Town Council which was caused by the resignation of Mr Sydney Bleasdale. She was going to represent the Kilmardinny or Fifth Ward on the Council. Mrs Marvin was already well known in the Burgh as since taking up residence there in 1948 she took an active and keen interest in a number of organisations, including being honorary secretary of the Bearsden Old People’s Welfare Association.
THE Lillie ArT Gallery in the New Town Hall buildings in Milngavie were showing an exhibition of contemporary Scottish paintings on loan from the Scottish Department of the Arts Council of Great Britain. The exhibition gallery was described as ‘pleasantly small, the lighting good, and the pictures well hung’. There were only 40 canvasses on show, but they ‘gave a fairly representative account of what Scottish painters have done since the beginning of this century’.
25 YEARS AGO -
September 18, 1987
LAND occupied by Burnbrae Bus Garage in Bearsden was being marketed by chartered surveyors Graham and Sibbald. The local planning department had already received a ‘considerable’ number of enquiries from possible developers and it looked like flats would be the most likely development for the 8.21 acres of land. The District Council’s planning officer, Walter Hemfrey, said: “In my opinion a good quality flatted development would really suit this area. Houses with gardens would look out of place on this side of Milngavie Road, but a good quality flatted development with lots of open space would be ideal.”
BEARSDEN’S new public toILETS were going to be situated in the grounds of Cairnbank car park in Roman Road. Members heard a report from Bill Dudgeon at a meeting of the Health and General Purposes Committee about the size and shape of the new building. The plans for the building included two ladies’ toilets, two men’s toilets and one WC for the disable with wash basins. However they were going to built in a very limited space, only 16 by 22 feet.
10 YEARS AGO -
September 27, 2002
POLICE werE hunting four vandals who caused £1,500 of damage to windows at Colquhoun Park Primary School in Bearsden. The youths - aged 12 to 14 - were captured on CCTV cameras in the grounds of the school where they smashed four panes in the school extension building. Police were studying the tape in the hope that they could track down the culprits. The footage, taken at 11.30pm on the previous Saturday, showed one boy carrying what looked like a hockey stick.
SCOTTISH Water refused to confirm rumours that it was set to lodge another application for its new treatment works - at the rejected Milngavie Reservoir site. While MSPs and action group Friends of Milngavie Reservoir have urged the water authority to look at alternative sites, there was speculation that a revised application would shortly be submitted for the same location.