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100 Santa Sacks – Thank You Letter

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Just a quick update. Below you can see the letter we included with the Christmas cards that were included in the Santa Sacks. It has some acknowledgements in it that you might like to see.

Woodside Community Council 

Many thanks for continued support by Woodside Community Council members for their time and effort to make this year such a success! Also thanks to:

North West Area Partnership

Queens Cross Housing Association

Glasgow West Housing Association

John Crockett, Store Manager, Tesco Metro. Gt Western Road 

Special Thanks to: 

Paul Shevlane, Wintersgills

For funding a generous raffle, in addition, to his continued support of the

100 Santa Sacks Appeal

Paul is a valued associate member of Woodside Community Council

Finally, if I have missed any contributor’s please do accept my apologies.  The response from our student community has been tremendous, coupled with the above organisations greatly appreciated funding support.  Many thanks. 

Merry Christmas! 

Jacqueline McKie

Founder, 100 Santa Sacks Appeal & Co-Chair, Woodside Community Council

100 Santa Sacks Appeal – Background Story

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University Challenge: 100 Santa Sacks Appeal 2016, 2nd November – 1st December 2016:

2nd – 1st – 2 Universities: 1 Objective


Background Information:

I have just launched the second year of the 100 Santa Sacks Appeal which was conceived last year as a community initiative from the result of research I undertook related to the closure of our local foodbank in the West End.

Research indicated the elderly do not use foodbank’s, confirmed by the Trussell Trust who manage many successful foodbanks throughout the UK. This generation has a proud and independent ‘make do and mend’ approach to life and often have to make the choice during harsh Scottish winter’s between eating and heating.

From this realisation, the 100 Santa Sacks was born, to deliver a Santa Sack filled with food and goodies, to 100 of our local elderly residents.

Initially promoted within the School of Geographical & Earth Science, Glasgow University last year, I collected more than a dozen crates of food from students and staff which helped fill the Santa Sacks.

Endorsed by the local Woodside Community Council, where I was Chair, the community council also generously donated money for food raised by the council for this cause, filling and delivering the Santa Sacks parcels to the local elderly within our area in the West End of Glasgow. Supported by donations from local housing associations and their staff

It was a fantastically successful campaign last year and the gratitude of the recipients have prompted a further development of the concept, to this year’s:

University Challenge: 100 Santa Sacks Appeal 2016, 2nd November – 1st December 2016:

2nd – 1st – 2 Universities: 1 Objective 

The Challenge

The gauntlet has been thrown down to two wonderful Universities – Glasgow Caledonian University & Glasgow University to see which University can raise the most food for the 100 Santa Sacks Appeal. 

The starting gun was fired on the 2nd November 2016 and all the students have until end of play on the 1st December 2016 to collect the food donations.

After the 1st December, the aim is to count the food collected at both Universities, in order to determine the winner, and reveal which University has won.

Scottish Television have voiced an interest in this appeal and talks are ongoing to determine how this initiative will be covered for local broadcast. 

Who Benefits?

There are several reasons why I develop this concept further:

  1. Firstly, to give a ‘gift’ to the local elderly again this year. Not to be seen as ‘charity’ but as recognition that they are valued members of the community and not forgotten, particularly, at a time of year which can be emotionally challenging for young and old alike.
  2. Secondly, to use this initiative to offer an opportunity of meaningful engagement between young and old.

    Due to the current divisive nature with local, national and international societies, this was an opportunity for, young and old to engage and challenge preconceived, negative ideas about both demographics.

  3. Thirdly, to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and spread a bit of festive cheer for participants and recipients alike. 

I sincerely hope the above gives an overview of past and present objectives of the 100 Santa Sacks, however, keep watching and see how this story will unfold.

Merry Christmas

Jacqueline McKie

@ 100 Santa Sacks Appeal


Evening Times Community Champions Awards – Bob Alston


Senior Award winner Robert Alston with Graham Shields. Photo by Mark F Gibson / Gibson Digital

Evening Times Community Champion Finalist, Senior Award:  Bob Alston 

I am delighted to report that our Co-Chair of Woodside Community Council (WCC), Robert (Bob) Alston was awarded the Evening Times Community Champions North West, Senior Award category.

You may have seen an article, Born to be Wild in our Postcards to the Community booklet?

Bob was, and continues to be, pivotal in creating a local wild flower meadow situated where New City Road and Garscube Road converge at the roundabout, bordered by Abercorn School and the M8 motorway. This meadow did not happen overnight and through Bob’s persistence, dedication and care this part of the local area has been transformed for the delight of all our local residents.

This endeavour is a just one example of the community work undertaken by Bob, who is a regular attendee representing WCC at Area Partnership meetings, in addition to being a member of a local resident’s committee, part of the progressive endeavours of Queens Cross HA, and volunteers as a lock keeper with Scottish Canals, helping barges progress smoothly through our local waters.

A one-man community engagement powerhouse, in his  ‘spare time’ he has established  Eiger Music as a registered charity, open to everyone who has a passion for music and wants to learn more. Eiger Music are a regular contributor to WCC’s events and recently brought the house down at Woodside Library ending a very successful day on a musical high note.

Had the Evening Times Community Champions award been open to the public for votes, I would be first in line, as would many other local residents who know Bob and have witnessed how hard he works for the community.

Bob has proven, by his actions, to be a committed, dedicated and selfless community contributor and I for one can whole-heartedly endorse Bob as someone who has always supported not only the WCC and in particular, myself, within my role as Chair.   I can wholeheartedly state there is no better example of genuine community engagement than than Bob Alston.

Jacqueline McKie


Woodside Community Council

To see the Evening Times article click on this link: Evening Times Bob Alston





100 Santa Sacks Delivered !

santa sacks delivered

Your Community Council achieved the objective of delivering 100 Santa Sacks on 23rd December to mainly elderly residents of Woodside. The sacks containing groceries and festive goodies were supplied to homes identified by Queens Cross and Glasgow West Housing Associations as well as by local businesses and residents.

Over £400 was donated in cash and kind to fund this project from Queens Cross H.A., Glasgow West H.A., CCG (Scotland) Ltd., Tunnocks of Uddingston, patrons of Wintersgills Bar, and of course Woodside Community Council. We would also like to thank the students and staff of GES, Glasgow University for their incredibly generous food donations and appreciation of the enthusiasm and support of our Santa Sacks project by the Earth Science students.

We are grateful to all who donated funds and to those who gave their time during the busy festive season to organize collection and delivery of the sacks.


Spring clean up

Residents are invited to come along to the Woodside Community Council annual spring clean on Saturday 14 May at 11am, meeting outside Woodside Library.

Equipment provided plus refreshments!

All welcome. Phone Alan Lee (Chairman) on 079034 67959 if you’d like to help out.