Shettleston Community Growing Project

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We're saddened to report this awful news.

Our Smelly Welly kids club shed, potting shed and polytunnel were ravaged by fire at the start of the September weekend. 

Thankfully, no-one was hurt and the work of the garden will continue despite this major setback, though it will take time to get things back to rights. Worst affected is the Smelly Welly Club - unfortunately all activities for children and families are on hold for now.

We want to say a huge thanks for all the lovely messages of support from local residents and via facebook and Twitter

We've had lots of people asking how they may donate to help us rebuild.

We would be grateful for whatever you can spare, however large or small.

We use the wonderful localgiving.com for online donations and Localgiving's Grow Your Tenner campaign starts on 13 October which means we could get as much as £21.67 for every £10 donated with Gift Aid from that date.

Funds can also be handed in at Shettleston Housing Association's reception (65 Pettigrew Street, Glasgow G32 7XR) during office hours.

Whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for us. There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to our project to say thank you for shopping with them.

It's really simple, and doesn't cost you anything.

All you have to do is:

1. Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/shettlestongrowing

2. Sign up for free 

3. Get shopping - your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to us. It couldn't be easier!

There are no catches or hidden charges and we will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for whatever way you choose to support us. It really does mean a lot.

Free summer activities for children aged 8-12 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4pm.

Take part in gardening, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking (and eating!), games, orienteering, geo-caching, trips and other adventures.

If you would like your kids to join in the fun, meet new friends, learn new skills and enjoy healthy fresh air, why not sign them up?

Contact Kenny McCubbin on 0141 763 0511, 07811 981 200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Generously funded by First State Investments Trust through Foundation Scotland.

This year's Family Fun Day will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 9th August at the Shettleston Community Growing Project site (entrance via 26 Ardgay Street).

Family Fun Day in the sun

The event, which is run jointly with Shettleston Housing Association, is now in its fourth year - last year, it rained for almost the whole day, yet despite this, over 200 people came along and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. We can't promise the sun but we do guarantee that the Family Fun Day is a date not to be missed!

The event is bigger and promises to be even better than before with a special appearance by Carmen Pieraccini (Kelly Marie from River City), FREE ice cream for the weans and free bike checks for all you enthusiastic cyclists.

There is much to do with the preparation leading up to the event and on the day. The event would not happen without the help of our volunteers who turn up every year. Thanks to all our regular helpers. The numbers increase year by year and it would be great if we could encourage a few more people to help out. Please let us know if you can help with any of the following:

Before the event

Home baking (always really popular) or shop bought cakes and biscuits to go with the tea/coffee

Ingredients for our bakers – flour, sugar, butter, icing sugar, cake decorations, etc…..

Jam jars needed for jam, chutney and pickles

Jam makers – we have plenty fruit and could do with some more jam makers

Raffle prizes – any unwanted gifts/presents

Bottles for the tombola stall – anything from wine, spirits etc. to wee bottles of juice, shampoo, water….please note that it takes some time to prepare for the tombola, sticking the raffle tickets on all the items so early donations would be appreciated to enable us to get prepared in good time. Also some help for Jane who normally has this job to do.

On the day

9.30 – 12.00   Help with setting up, putting up tents/tables/chairs/stalls etc…

12.00 – 4.00   Help manning stalls, serving teas and coffees, selling raffle tickets, general gofors (is that how you spell it?)…..

4.00 – 5.00   Clearing up after the event

Donations can be left at SHA reception (65 Pettigrew Street) during office hours.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 9th August - please keep your fingers crossed for sunshine this year!

Norrie and his wife Susan flew to London recently to attend the prestigious Royal Mail Chairman's Awards. Norrie was nominated in the Community Champion category as a result of his involvement with the Shettleston Community Growing Project.

And our Treasurer, Julie, was also in the spotlight recently - she's one of seven Best You Can Be Ambassadors for the Institute of Fundraising through her work at Parkhead Citizens Advice Bureau.

Another plotholder, Ian, graduates this summer with a BSc (Hons) in Immunology and Microbiology.

Well done to all of you!