Some of the 2011 participants receiving their tookits.
As 2011 went out with storms, high winds and tides skelping Govan, we ended 2011 with our own indoor hoolie in the shape of ever popular Christmas Karaoke in the workshop which was well attended and great fun. After the New Year we were straight back into a new intake of Navigate life participants.
The workshop remains as busy as ever and the demand to join up for the course stays high.
We, like most community and third sector groups are not immune from the swingeing cuts to funding and this could be a very difficult year for us. We will keep you posted as the next few months progress.
As usual, we ended January by celebrating the life of Rabbie, oor bard.
Almost a hundred folk attended to enjoy songs, poems, reflections and good craic with lashings of haggis, tatties and neeps to fill our bellies. Again, we proved we can still have a great party without alcohol in the house. Thursday evening socials are as busy as ever too (but there's always room for a few more if you want to attend- and feel free to bring the we'ans.)
Our wood kiln is now operational and drying about a ton of wood as I write. Our volunteers did an amazing job of lining the container with insulation and boards as well as fitting the extraction and dehumidification kit and a wee rail track to wheel in the bogey.
The construction of the St Ayle's Skiff is nearing completion now with volunteers involved in finishing off the great work done by the pupils of Govan High and lourdes Secondary who did the main body of the work earlier in the year. Ben and Johnny are also restoring a couple of rowing boats and doing a fine job too. Orcuan survived the storms and is still berthed over the river at the Transport Museum.
The metalwork area has been busy over the past couple of weeks fabricating a steel gate for the Dalmarnock 2014 legacy Garden. This wee community garden will provide an oasis for local folk as much of the community as they know it gets cleared for the Commonwealth Games venues.
Our regular Friday excursions are busier than ever with groups of fifteen or so filling the mini-bus. These are aways great fun, especially when Sunny Govan Radio play a request for as as we are on the road. We will be asking participants to give us some input into the blog by sharing their thoughts and experiences on the trips.
If you have a free Tuesday evening over the next coupe of months why not nip down to the Pearce Institute for one of the Govan Together Conversation events. There's a great series of inspiring events to get involved in. Check the link below.