A popular scheme offering people of all ages a free session at local leisure centre pools – provided they use pedal power to get there – is back to make a splash in 2020.

Cycle for a Swim aims to inspire residents to get out and about, and also to access the first-class facilities available locally.

If you cycle to the Allander Leisure Centre in Bearsden, the Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs or Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre between 1 February and 31 March 2020 then you are eligible for a free dip in the pool.

The initiative proved popular in February/March 2019 when a total of 618 free swims were claimed by pedalling patrons.

The campaign ran again in September/October 2019 and the uptake almost doubled, with an incredible 1,133 free swims claimed.

To secure your free swimming session just cycle to one of the three local centres, take a selfie on your bike outside and then show it at reception.*

The Council-run scheme, supported by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust, is funded by the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme – aimed at encouraging active travel.

Councillor Susan Murray, Vice Convener of Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets, said, “I am delighted that Cycle for a Swim is returning in February and March 2020 – building on the success of previous campaigns and encouraging people to stay active for health and wellbeing.

“The phenomenal figures from September/October show how popular the initiative has become – with the number of free swims almost doubling compared to earlier in 2019.

“Cycle for a Swim is just one of the ways the Council encourages people to cycle, walk and use public transport – tying in with our Active Travel Strategy 2015-2020.”

People are also being invited to try out active travel routes in East Dunbartonshire.

For more information on local journeys – including the East Dunbartonshire Cycle Map, which features 17 routes to try out – visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/healthyhabits

For further details on leisure centres and pools – including opening times – visit www.edlc.co.uk

* Offer subject to pool availability, please check ahead. Bikes should be secured and are left at owners’ risk. Pool use subject to the terms and conditions set out within the EDLC Pool Admission Policy.

African art is being exhibited in Glasgow Feb 2020

The Milngavie BID team were fortunate to recently meet with Josephine Oboh-Macleod who is based in her art studio in Station Road, Milngavie. She is an inspirational lady who is very keen to get involved in Milngavie’s community activities and will be participating in our Window Wanderland event later this month. Josephine has launched an art exhibition in Glasgow this month, and we are pleased to be able to provide you with the details and background .

See full press release here.

Kaleidoscope:  Bringing contemporary African Art into focus
February 5th to  February 28th 2020

An exhibition of some of Africa’s most talented and respected current artists in The Glasgow Academy’s West End campus.

An exhibition celebrating art, and in particular African Art, as a contributor to world unity, economy, culture and humanity. Humankind is known to have its earliest origin in Africa. Africans have since excelled in various art forms.  African art is known to have inspired international artists such as Modigliani, Picasso, Giacometti, Matisse, the Paris movement and many more; to this day African art remains intriguing, exotic and powerful.

African art exhibited in Glasgow Feb 2020

“As part of our aim to develop the global outlook of our community, The Glasgow Academy is very proud to be working in collaboration with Johfrim Art and Design in hosting this unique collection of contemporary African Art.” said Matthew Pearce, The Glasgow Academy Rector.  “In bringing to The Academy this celebration of art and culture – from the ancestral beginning to present day contemporary African Artists – we celebrate also the rich diversity of our own community.”

About Johfrim Art and Design

Started over 30 years ago as a private collection for some of the team members,  Johfrim Art & Design, an affiliation of The Kakofoni Group has an extensive collection of unique artworks & other exquisite items. Johfrim Art & Design also practices in interiors, garden and landscape design & architectural services.

Josephine Oboh-Macleod
Josephine Oboh-Macleod

Studio Address – Johfrim Art and Design,
26A Station Road,
Milngavie,
Glasgow, G62 8AB
Email – johfrimartanddesign@gmail.com
+44 7900 396707 or +44 7530 942342