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The County You Live, Work And Play

Show Notes Episode 14

Hi i'm Mike and this is the XL podcast in association with Across Lanarkshire.co.uk. Thank you for downloading and listening.

The XL podcast the monthly podcast with everything you need to know about Lanarkshire. The county you live, work and play.

Coming up on this episode:

Foodbank Use On The Increase

Mums Fight To Save Service

Pensioner Attack At Bus Stop

This Months interview with Bruce Gunn from DNDP (catch them on Twitter / Facebook /

Councillor Says, “I’m Not Corrupt”

Hairdressing Students Reach National Final


Last month the spotlight shone on Scottish Autism. This month the spotlight is passed onto The One Stop Shop in Motherwell. We are keeping with the Autism connection and the reason being is simple. They are in need of huge help. Their funding has stopped from the Scottish government and they will be closing their free of charge services to families and individuals who badly need their help. North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire council have refused to commit whether or not they will help with funding.

(At the time of this podcast)

There is a petition available online to sign if you could help in any way this would be great.

To get more information on this just and a link to the petition click on the link on the Across Lanarkshire Homepage.

Foodbank Use Increases

A recent report by the Trussell Trust found that Scotland has the highest foodbank use in the UK with 133,730 people receiving a three-day food parcel in 2015-16 – including 43,960 children. North Lanarkshire referral rates shot up by 121 per cent compared to the year before, to more than 2,100 people.

The most common reasons for referral were due to benefit delays as a result of the rolling out of Universal Credit at 27 per cent; and also low incomes at 22 per cent.

Motherwell & Wishaw MP Marion Fellows visited the Basics Foodbank and Well Café run by volunteers at Motherwell Baptist Church to provide her support.

Mrs Fellows said: “It is fantastic to see the local community pull together to support one another when people are in need. The volunteers are pillars of our community and must be recognised for their vital work, however it is clear the UK Government is failing our communities. The roll out of Universal Credit has been shambolic and working parents are still unable to earn enough to support their families. The so called ‘new living wage’ and persistent attacks on tax credits will do little to help this, and the Tories clever system of sanctions means a system that is supposed to protect peoples’ welfare is directly attacking it.”

Mrs Fellows was accompanied by Motherwell and Wishaw SNP candidate Clare Adamson as they learned about the work and ongoing projects managed by the volunteers; some of whom are previous users of the charity’s services.

Ms Adamson said: “Basics Foodbank are doing fantastic work and I am really pleased to support them. It is humbling to see the goodwill and dedication of local people who are prepared to try and right the wrongs of the UK Government’s austerity programme through providing services such as Basics Foodbank.

“I commend them and wish them well in their efforts on behalf of the most vulnerable in our community, but, it is a terrible thing that, in the 21st century, food banks should be necessary at all.”

Mums Fight To Save Autism Service

A petition has been set up by a Hamilton mum in a bid to stop the closure of a service that helps families cope with autism.

More than 2700 people have backed the bid by Karen Noble to save the Autism One Stop Shop in Motherwell.

Funding is due to switch from the Scottish Government to local authorities and unless North and South Lanarkshire councils commit to the project there are fears that it could close within two months.

Karen, a mum-of-three from Torhead Farm, says the service is a complete lifeline to many who have children with various forms of autism.

Her daughter Amy was diagnosed with autism when she was 11 and says the shop has been “invaluable” to them.

She explained: “The One Stop Shop offers an advice line, drop-in sessions, one-to-one appointments, workshops, support groups and a resource room full of books and information.

“As a parent, when your child is diagnosed you are given two things – a list of books to read and the contact details of the local One Stop Shop.

“With no one to turn to, I phoned them and spoke to an advisor who met with me later that day. They have been the most wonderful support for myself, my daughter and the rest of my family.

“Without them my life would have fallen apart. The One Stop Shop supports the whole of both North and South Lanarkshire. Hundreds of families will be affected by its closure.

“I would urge everyone to sign the petition and not let this service close down.”

The Scottish Government set up the Autism One Stop Shops to offer support and advice to both children and adults with autism as well as their families and professionals. Funding is set to change hands to councils.

Karen says both North and South Lanarkshire councils are not, at present, committing to funding them – which could result in them shutting their doors within weeks.

However, South Lanarkshire Council said they were committed to work in partnership with Lanarkshire One Stop Shop (OSS) to ensure support continues for individuals and families coping with autism.

Michelle McConnachie, adult and older people service manager for the council, said: “The Lanarkshire One Stop Shop was created and funded by the Scottish Government to support the Scottish Strategy for Autism which was launched in 2011. The Scottish Government advised that funding for the OSS would come to an end in March 2016 and requested feedback from the authorities as to the feasibility of the services continuing as part of the delivery mechanism for local autism strategies.

“South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership and the council have offered a commitment to work in partnership with Lanarkshire OSS to ensure that individuals with autism and their families can access support and guidance from within current resources to meet their needs.”

Although its a different response from NLC.

Bobby Miller, head of adult social work services for North Lanarkshire Council, said: “We have received a funding application from Scottish Autism. However, the council, together with NHS Lanarkshire, already funds and supports HOPE, a local North Lanarkshire autism organisation, which provides information and support to individuals and their families. We have done this for some years, with excellent outcomes for those affected by the condition.

“Any additional service developments for people with autism will be part of the wider considerations for the Health and Social Care Partnership in North Lanarkshire.

“In the meantime if anyone is worried and needs advice or support to deal with their personal or a family member’s circumstances, they should phone Morris Howat, senior officer, who will try to link them with the right means of addressing their difficulties. Morris can be contacted directly by emailing howatm@northlan.gov.uk or by phoning 01698 332662.”

Although what Bobby Miller forget to mention here is that You have to pay to join Hope but you do not need to pay to use the One Stop Shop.

Karen’s petition can be found online at www.change.org/p/karen-noble-save-our-lanarkshire-autism-one-stop-shop.

Pensioner Subjected To Bus Stop Attack

Police are hunting for a man who assaulted an East Kilbride pensioner and hurled abuse at her in an unprovoked attack at a bus stop.

The 75-year-old was punched on the arm and subjected to a torrent of abuse at a bus stop near to the John Wright Sports Centre shortly before 11am on Friday April 15.

The badly shaken pensioner got on a 201 bus to the town centre where she was met by her daughter and an ambulance was called.

She was checked over by paramedics, although police say she did not require hospital treatment.

The OAP has been left with bruising to her right arm as a result of the attack.

Police in East Kilbride are looking for a woman who was also standing at the bus stop and got on the 201 bus with her to come forward to help them trace the culprit.

They believe she was a similar age to the victim.

Police say the attacker lashed out after the victim made a passing comment.

PC Laura Taylor said: “The victim briefly spoke to the attacker, saying something along the lines of 'it’s cold, you should be wearing a jacket'.

“He then punched her on the right arm with his fist and began shouting abuse at her.

“There was another woman at the bus stop at the time and we are urging her to come forward. A 201 bus had just pulled up as the attack happened and both women got on.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

This months interview is with Bruce Gunn. He is the owner of local couriers DNDP and they have a fantastic story in how they run their business.

I'm Not Corrupt

A Scottish Labour veteran has declared “I am not corrupt” after the council he led for nearly two decades launched a probe into multi-million-pound deals signed on his watch.

Jim McCabe, ousted in a coup earlier this year, has denied any wrongdoing during his 18-year reign in charge of North Lanarkshire Council.

However, the 75-year-old is among a number of officials and politicians named in a whistleblowing report that sparked a full-scale investigation into procurement processes at the authority.

Reacting to the probe, Mr McCabe said: “Under no circumstances am I corrupt and I have never been corrupt. No way.”

Mr McCabe’s successor, John Logue, ordered the investigation and called the police after he and received the whistleblowing report.

Not naming Mr McCabe, Mr Logue said: “These allegations, which are detailed, concern some of the council’s procurement processes. If true, they are extremely serious.

“I immediately instructed Paul Jukes, the chief executive, to launch an investigation.

“That investigation, led by the council’s internal audit team, is already under way.

“Should the auditors find anything which substantiates these allegations that evidence will immediately be handed over to Police Scotland.”

The detailed whistleblowing report, which is anonymous, highlights several public contracts running well into the millions of pounds. Mr McCabe stressed that as council leader he did not have absolute control over procurement.

He said: “You have always got concerns about procurement. But there is no way that any one councillor would have access to all decisions. We only get the final recommendations over who gets the contract. Procurement is for the procurement department.”

Asked if he believed there was corruption in the council, Mr McCabe said: “I don’t believe it to be the case. But the investigations will show that. If individuals come to light, they will be dealt with.”

North Lanarkshire’s two main parties – Labour and the SNP – have been driven by factional infighting for months with claims and counter-claims of wrongdoing now routine.

Mr McCabe was one of a number of Labour councillors to formally complain to their party’s headquarters about Mr Logue, his deputy Paul Kelly and the rest of his new administration.

Asked if the whistleblowing allegations could be politically motivated, Mr McCabe said: “Well, it could be politics. It is not a happy place to be in right now, North Lanarkshire.”

He added: “I pride myself that I am 76 next week and have worked all my life.

“I am in the position that I have never had any unnecessary debts or anything else like that. I have never had any need to be corrupt and I never was corrupt.”

Hairdressing Students Prepare For National Finals

Two South Lanarkshire College students hope to prove they are a cut above the rest as they prepare for the finals of a national hairdressing competition.

Students Heather Gibson and Hazel Watson have gained a place at the ‘Wella Xposure 2016’ UK final after successfully coming through the photographic rounds.

The duo won their places after coming through the regional heats, which saw them design their own unique commercial cut and colour, using Wella products.

Talented hairdressing students from across the UK will gather at the Wella World Studio in London for the live competition on June 8.

The Wella Xposure awards have been running for over five years, and is aimed at students working toward their NVQ Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in hairdressing.

The 20 finalists will battle it out for Gold, Silver and Bronze places and the top prize, which includes £1000 worth of education vouchers, plus the chance to shadow a top hairdresser backstage at the UK final of Wella TrendVision.

Last year South Lanarkshire College student Shannon Devenney claimed bronze in the final, but Heather and Hazel will be hoping for even better this time round.

Hairdressing lecturer Kirstie Crosbie was delighted to see two of her students have their hard work recognised.

She said “Hazel and Heather have worked really hard on the planning and the development of their looks. The pair entered an in-house competition prior to entering the Wella competition. They were required to produce and present a mood-board of their looks.

“The girls went on to create the look on the models and submit a photographic entry.

“We are delighted that their hard work and creativity was recognised and now we’re all thrilled that they’re off to London for the UK finals.”

What's On For May

Canadian comedian Stewart Francis will be at Motherwell Concert Hall on Saturday 7th May!

The event is part of The Therapy Room, a comedy weekender in association with NHS Lanarkshire.

Stewart became a household name after his appearances on 8 out of 10 cats and Live at the Apollo, but he is perhaps best known for his appearances on Mock the Week alongside top UK comedians including Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard and Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain.
After his first appearance on Mock the Week, Stewart’s dry one-liners and deadpan delivery proved an instant hit with the British public, and he was invited to become a regular guest on the show. Since Mock the Week, Stewart has toured the UK several times and has brought out two DVDs.

In his performance at Motherwell, fans can expect to be rolling in the aisles as Stewart provides a ‘pun-tastic’ evening of classic material, as well as some newer gags.

Also on the bill for this show are Liam Withnail, Jamie Dalgliesh, Patrick Rolink and young star in the making Ryan McGuigan.

Showtime 8pm & tickets £20:00

Don't miss former Runrig Frontman, Donnie Munro, live in concert at Lanark Memorial Hall on May 14th!

Former Runrig Frontman, Donnie Munro, has recently returned from a series of sold out shows in both Denmark and Germany, following on from the release of his most recent album, Sweet Surrender. 

Munro certainly has a history of performing some amazing live shows to sell-out crowds in iconic locations as Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and the outdoor show to over 50,000 people on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond! Donnie is a favourite at major festivals throughout the UK and Europe, appearing with artists such as Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones and U2 .

Throughout his varied international career, Donnie Munro has maintained that it isn’t the scale of the event that matters, but the intensity of the link between artist and audience. Don’t miss your chance to witness this spectacular bond between musician and audience at Lanark Memorial Hall as Donnie performs songs from his wide ranging career in music.

7:30pm £20.00

Hotel California, a six piece ensemble of musicians will perform their spectacular new critically acclaimed show that gives you a concert experience of 100 minutes of pure Eagles nostalgia.

You’ll return to a dark desert highway, cool wind in your hair, or stand on that street corner in Winslow, Arizona when you join Hotel California as they faithfully re-create The Eagles and their Californian Sunshine Rock sound.

Expect a set that includes tracks from their outstanding Long Road Out Of Eden album. The Eagles’ music is timeless, appealing to audiences of every age, bringing back memories and touching the hearts and souls of each new generation.

The concert promises to be a fantastic night to remember for all Eagles fans, young and old, new or long-standing.

£20 7;30 town house hamilton

Low Parks Museum in Hamilton are hosting their very first Gala Day on May 14th as part of the Festival of Museums!

To celebrate their new temporary exhibition, Pits, Ponies, People, Stories, which tells the story of mining in South Lanarkshire, Low Parks Museum will host their very first Gala Day. Gala days were very important to mining communities and we are bringing some of that important heritage to Low Parks Museum.

Join them for live music, storytelling, puppet shows and much more!

12noon - 4pm

Buy top quality preloved baby and children's goods at the award-winning Mum2Mum Market in Cambuslang.

Admission £2 on the door

between 2pm - 4pm on May 14th!

Buy top quality preloved baby and children's goods at our award winning pop up market. We bring lots of sellers together under one roof to give you a huge choice and the best bargains.

Sell all your kids outgrown stuff and keep 100% of the proceeds. It's hassle free, fun and profitable.
For stall bookings and more information visit:
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk where you can also get a voucher for 2 for 1 entry

The Big Kid Circus is in town! It returns to Lanark Race Course from the 18th to the 22nd May!

First Day - 7 pm Weekdays - 5 pm & 7.30 pm Saturday - 2 pm & 5 pm Sunday - 1 pm & 3.30 pm


Big Kid Circus is the inspiration of Kiril Kirilov and his wife Billi-Anna, who, as the respected artists Duo Jordanov, worked for many years as professional circus artists. Kiril is also an experienced Circus Manager, while Bili has a wealth of knowledge as a designer and choreographer. This combination of talent brings you an exciting and highly professional show, with laughter and thrills to bring you to the edge of your seats!

Kiril`s father, Jordanov, was a well known performer and circus manager in the USA, and helped set up the Show, while Billi`s mom is seen regularly at the show helping with the paperwork. The family tradition in the circus world now spans over 50 years on the road, including three generations of the family. Kiril and Billi`s son Deyvid, having trained with his parents, has also worked as an artist in Bulgaria, Thailand and Turkey. Their daughter Julia is about to go to University, and still visits the Show regularly, and their new daughter Nicole is just embarking on life as a circus child.

The Annual Stonehouse Agricultural Show

takes place on Saturday 21st May 2016 at the Showfield Union Street from 9am - 5pm

Lots on schedule including Clydesdale horses, show jumping, ponies, craft section & kids' entertainment!

C in the Park is an annual charity fun day with live music from bands, solo artists and DJs from across Scotland and it returns to Kilsyth Sports Field on the 28th May
They will be donating to the same three charities as last year, which saw Cancer Research UK, The British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Nurses each receive £1,250!
They hope to beat last years total but need your support to do it.

It all takes place on 28 May 2016 between 11am - 9pm entry is a donation of least £4