Charity Shop Thefts Alert

Police Scotland issued a warning on 12th March to elderly shoppers visiting local charity shops.  There have been several recent instances of elderly female shoppers having their handbags opened and purses stolen without them realizing while visiting charity shops in Byres Road and Dumbarton Road. No description of the person responsible is as yet available.

To avoid being a victim of this crime female Woodside residents are advised to keep their handbag to front or side closed with the purse not at the top. The Police also recommend awareness of people around you, and attaching a purse bell, samples of which have been given to all local charity shops for free distribution.


Christmas Lights Ceremony 2017


Despite the cold and wet weather Woodside Community Council and our partners, Glasgow City Council, the Findlay Church, Queens Cross Housing Association and many local parents and children were all present at our Christmas Lights Switch On at 4.30 pm on Thursday 7th December 2017 at St Georges Cross.

Music was provided by the Salvation Army Brass Band and carols were sung by pupils from Oakgrove Primary School. The fabulous tree lights were switched on after a short address by Hillhead Councillor Ken Andrew and welcome hot refreshments were provided afterwards in the main hall of Findlay Church in nearby Clarendon Place.

Woodside Library Dome Replacement


As many residents and workers know our Woodside Library has seen the usable public area reduced by up to 60% as a result of storm damage to the beautiful ornate dome installed in the original construction of 1905. Your Community Council has pressed continuously for repair works to be authorized and at last the project has been approved.

At a meeting of the City Administration Committee on 16th November the replacement of the dome was approved as part of the £10 million Community Asset budget for 2017 – 2018. In total £815,000 is to be spent on our building to re-instate it to what it was as the fabulous original Carnegie Library of 1905.

There are some approvals such as listed building consent to be obtained but it is hoped that the project will commence early next year and be completed in time for an exhibition of the finished work at Doors Open Day in September 2018.

Your Council Needs New Members


Your Community Council currently has a number of vacancies and new members are needed to bring the numbers back up to our full complement of fifteen. Applications are invited now from residents of Woodside  aged sixteen or over. You can check our street list here to see if you live in the catchment area of Woodside Community Council.

Meetings are monthly usually on the first Monday of each month and members serve for a fixed four year term with the current term ending at the AGM in October 2018. If you are interested in protecting our local environment and improving the quality of life for people who live or work in Woodside then download the application form here and submit it to the address in the form before 12 noon on Friday 15 September 2017.

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