Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Govanhill Baths Community Trust would like to wish all of our friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Your support and participation has never been more crucial and appreciated.
2015 has been a very good year for GBCT. We have taken massive strides forward in our campaign to secure funding for the refurbishment of the baths and continued to provide an exciting and innovative programme of classes, workshops and events for the people of Govanhill and beyond.
We are looking forward to 2016, when we will be taking the project forward and finally moving towards swimming again in Govanhill. The continued support of the Govanhill community and supporters of the Baths campaign will be key to this phase in the project; there are many ways that you can get involved in the refurbishment. https://mydonate.bt.com/events/govanhillbaths200kchallenge/265511
There have been a few changes to personnel and staff over the year and we cannot look back without acknowledging the contribution of some of the key players who have taken us to where we are now. Our long-time Chair and driving force of the campaign Andrew Johnson retired from his work with the Baths this year. It is impossible to imagine where our project would be without his dedication and imagination over the 14 years he gave to the campaign. GBCT would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Michael McGinn, who sadly passed away recently. Michael was an absolute stalwart of the campaign to stop the closure of the Baths in 2001. His contribution will never be forgotten, he is – like all of those who fought in 2001 – a true Govanhill hero.
The GBCT office will be closed until Tuesday January 5th. See you all next year.
UNITED WE WILL SWIM

Job Vacancy – Learning and Outreach Officer

Learning and Outreach Officer
Govanhill Baths
Hours: 2.5 days per week. Salary and Pension: £14,000/annum
Fixed term for two years
An exciting opportunity exists for a well qualified and creative person to join the team of staff and volunteers at the Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT).  We are looking to recruit a Learning and Outreach Officer to develop and coordinate the delivery of the Activity Plan for the HLF Govanhill Baths project in Govanhill.

GBCT is a registered charity which campaigns to preserve and conserve, for public benefit, Govanhill Baths, and for the redevelopment and reopening of the Edwardian swimming pool and wash house in Govanhill, Glasgow. After 15 years of determined campaigning the Govanhill Baths Community Trust are proud to announce that the people of Govanhill will indeed be swimming again in the historic Govanhill Baths thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery. The refurbishment is scheduled to being in 2017 after a yearlong development phase and will bring into service the Ladies’ pool, Learners’ pool, Turkish Suite and Sauna, Gym, Rooftop Gardens, a Community Kitchen and Multipurpose community spaces. While the former public washhouse, or ‘steamie’, will be turned into a theatre venue and community events and arts space.

Application: Applicants will be required to outline, by referring to the job description and specification, their relevant experience, qualifications and information as to why they believe they are the right person for the post and what they can bring to the ongoing development of the Govanhill Baths Trust. A CV may also be attached.

Format: No more than 2 sides of A4 paper using 12 point font. NOTE: Applications exceeding the required format will be rejected.
Applications should be made via email and marked ‘LOO Application: Confidential’ and emailed to info@govanhillbaths.com. No hard copies will be accepted.

Deadline: Applications must be in by 5.00pm 5th of January 2016.
Interviews: 13th of January 2016.

The Trust conforms to all the requirements of the Equality Act and its Duties under Positive Action. Applicants from members of minority/members of protected characteristic groups are particularly invited to apply.
Govanhill Baths Community Trust, 99 Calder Street, Glasgow G42 7RA

For full details, job description and specification contact
Tel: 0141 4332999 Email: info@govanhillbaths.com Web: www.govanhillbaths.com

 

Pledge2016

I am a Govanhill Swimmer

As part of the £200k Community Challenge, the first fundraising inititiative is I am a Govanhill Swimmer

We are asking you to get involved by swimming, in your own place at your own pace.  Whether that is a sponsored swim in the sea in Seattle or a proviate swim in a public pool in Paisley, you can join in.  There are 3 ways to take part:-

1. Have a swim and make a donation to the fundraising page here https://mydonate.bt.com/events/iamagovanhillswimmer

2. Raise funds from a sponsored swim.  For full deatils and official sponsor forms email Jim at info@govanhillbaths.com

3. Simply make a donation at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/govanhillbaths200kchallenge

What’s On At The Baths in December

Its another busy month at the baths with a series of interesting events taking place.  Our weekly knitting and crocheting group Cast-Offs runs every Monday afternoon and a series of classes, groups and workshops will be starting in the new year.  In the meantime, why dont you come along and enjoy one of the FREE talks and perfomances at the Baths this month, or come along to the 4th edition of This Is Not a Craft Fair, the ideal place to find a unique Christmas gift.

Bruce (sic) is series of prints designed by Govanhill based Texan artist Kari Stewart. The text is a transcript from Bruce Springsteen’s live spoken intro to his song ‘Factory’ during his 1978-81Darkness on the Edge of Town tour. Each spoken intro repeats fragments of the same remembered story – a young Bruce watching his overworked father. The exhibition was launched in November to coincide with the Sonica Festival and is on display in the foyer until Friday 11th December.
Dec 3rd 7pm – Women and the Glasgow Rent Strike
Discussion introduced by Fatima Uygun on the inspirational 1915 Glasgow Rent Strike where women played a leading role in fighting exploiting landlords and forced the government to introduce rent controls. FREE
Dec 5th – This is Not a Craft Fair 4th Edition
Over the past few years Rags to Riches’s craft event, providing a platform to a range of amazing local artists, designers and makers. The fair is the one stop shop for all things upcycled and we will have a wide range of upcycled gifts on offer from furniture, jewellery, homeware and fashion.
Dec 11th & 12th – Govanhill Young Theatre Makers Presents Choose Life followed by The Bishop’s Wife
Govanhill Theatre and Govanhill Young Theatre Makers present a joint show featuring a short performance as a culmination of GYTMs series of workshops with young local people. The 15 minute performance is followed at 7.30pm by Radio Theatre Company’s production of “The Bishops Wife” a story for Christmas based on the 1947 Samuel Goldwyn comedy film that starred David Niven and Cary Grant.

Dec 15th 6pm – Let’s Talk About Money
A Public meeting and discussion on the subject of money, currencies and exchange. Artist Ailie Rutherford’s ongoing project “The People’s Bank of Govanhill” looks at the value of money and arts and at local exchange. Ben Wray of Common Weal will talk on the Scotpound digital currency proposals. The meeting will be chaired by Jim Monaghan of Govanhill Baths Community Trust. The event is open to all; we want to hear your views and ideas. Entry is free, refreshments will be provided. FREE
The building will close at 5pm on Thursday 24th December 2015 and re-opens on Tuesday January 5th at 10am.

Banner Tales of Glasgow

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Great to be at the launch of the Banner Tales of Glasgow booklet at the Mitchell Library today. Great speakers and the publication is excellent. It’s a really interesting project from Glasgow University, Glasgow Museums and the GMB union. Please see their Facebook page for details https://www.facebook.com/Banner-Tales-of-Glasgow-1554159684863652/?fref=ts. 

And here at the Baths really excited that after a recent visit from Helen Hughes, Textile Conservator with Glasgow Museums, who advised us how to best conserve our banners, that two are now being mended by our very own Rags to Riches upcycling project.

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This is Not a Craft fair 2015

Please join Govanhill Baths Community Trust’s Rags to Riches project on our 4th Edition of This Is Not A Craft Fair on Saturday 5th December 2015.

Over the past few years Rags to Riches’s craft events have provided a platform to a range of amazing local artists, designers and makers who all work with post-consumer waste to create innovative eco, handmade and upcycled products. Our fair is the one stop shop for all things upcycled and we will have a wide range of upcycled gifts on offer from furniture, jewellery, homeware and fashion.

Items will include amongst others:
– Camera jewellery and piano furniture from Altronica
– Ring pull jewellery from Wow Trash Treasures
– Carve your own spoon from locally sourced Scottish hardwoods from Rags and Bone workshop’s Lost Soup Kitchen
– Tweed bumbags from Betty Spoke
– Aprons, bags, draft excluders and purses made with duvets covers, vintage curtains and interior designers out of date fabric sample books from Rags to Riches
– Along with cable spool stools and pallet furniture from Rags to Riches
– Blinged up hoodies from Lucy Barge
– And many other quirky, unique upcycled handmade gifts from our volunteers and other emerging local makers.
– Nature wreaths from Urban Roots.
– Good old fashion knitwear from Cast-Offs

Yummy foods will be served in the cafe and local food produce avaiabale to purchase from Urban Roots.

Join us for a unique and soulful Christmas shopping experience.

Vacancy for Board of Trustees

The Govanhill Baths Community Trust is looking for new Board members who are committed to helping the Trust re-open the Baths as a Wellbeing Centre and contribute to the social, cultural and built regeneration of Govanhill as a community on the Southside of Glasgow.

These are exciting times for the Govanhill Baths Community Trust. After 14 years of determined campaigning the GBCT has been awarded substantial grant money to begin work on bringing the building back into operation. Current funding in place will cover both the development and design of the project and the restoration and refurbishment of the building.
The refurbishment is scheduled to begin in 2017 and will bring into service the Ladies’ pool, Learners’ pool, Turkish Suite and Sauna, Gym, Rooftop Gardens, a Community Kitchen and Multipurpose community spaces. While the former public washhouse, or ‘steamie’, will be turned into a theatre venue and community events and arts space.
Applications are invited from people who are willing to share their knowledge, skills or experience voluntarily in one of the following areas:

• Legal
• Charity Accounts and Finance
• Fundraising
• Public Health
• Social Enterprise
• Formal swimming and sports clubs and associations

Visit our website to find out more about the wide ranging work of the GBCT. To request an information pack please email info@govanhillbaths.com

The Board currently meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the Govanhill Baths at 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA.

This is a voluntary position.

Deadline to apply: 1/02/2016

Registered Scottish Charity No: SC036162 Company No: SC314823

Whats on at the Baths in November

Saturday 28 November – Launch of the 200K Campaign
Over and above grant funding, we have to raise an additional £200,000 to complete phase 1(b) of the refurbishment of Govanhill Baths. There will be many ways for you to get involved over the year from donating to exciting events, watch this space!
Exhibition
Bruce! – a series of prints by locally-based Texan artist Kari Stewart, inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 “Darkness on the Edge of Town” tour – FREE in the foyer until 10 December.

Leylines Theatre Company presents – The Giant and Her Daughter by Helene Grøn
16-20 November, Rags to Riches Studio 7.30pm
A theatrical storytelling piece of the women in Vasso’s family and their journeys. Between time and space, Greece, the Czech Republic and Scotland, the Giant and Her Daughter meet in different formations – two pieces of the same material. Tickets £7/£5 from www.brownpapertickets.com

Govanhill Theatre presents – The Secret Love Life of Ophelia
17-21 November in the Steamie 7.30pm
Written by Steven Berkoff and Directed by Bruce Downie. Hamlet and Ophelia express the infinite variety of their passion in a work which takes the form of an epistolary play in verse. Steven Berkoff’s startlingly original drama charts the lovers’ story beneath the surface of Shakespeare’s play. With a muscularity of language tempered with tenderness, Berkoff’s play is shot through with images of courtly love, sexual desire and intimations of future tragedy.

Tickets are £5 from www.brownpapertickets.com on the opening night £1 tickets are available to anyone living in the G42 postcode area, email info@govanhillbaths.com or call 0141 433 2999 for details.

Radical Film Network and Left Film Club present
The Fourth Estate – 7.30pm
The Fourth Estate examines the people and practices of the media industries. Illuminating not only specific incidences of corruption by press groups, but how the wider business as a whole, including the film and entertainment industries, has a huge amount to answer for in the state of the political economy of the west.
The screening will be followed by discussion and Q&A with Director Lee Salter. £3 donation on entry.

Sustrans Consultation – Thu November 26th – 3-7pm
Glasgow City Council and Sustrans unveil plans to remodel Victoria Road to make it more cycle and pedestrian friendly. A consultation and presentation takes place in the foyer at the Baths from 3pm – FREE

 

We Will Swim Again for a’ That

After 14 years of determined campaigning the Govanhill Baths Community Trust are proud to announce that the people of Govanhill will indeed be swimming again in the historic Govanhill Baths!

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the Trust £1.2million to begin work on the first phase (Phase1b) to bring the building back into operation. The total investment will be 4.1 million which will cover both the development and design of the project and the restoration and refurbishment of the building. Investment has come from a variety of sources including the Big Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Glasgow City Council, various foundations and Trusts as well as a contribution from the Trust.
The refurbishment is scheduled to being in 2017 and will bring into service the Ladies’ pool, Learners’ pool, Turkish Suite and Sauna, Gym, Rooftop Gardens, a Community Kitchen and Multipurpose community spaces. While the former public washhouse, or ‘steamie’, will be turned into a theatre venue and community events and arts space.
Between now and when the refurbishment begins the Trust will be organising extensive community consultations and information events to make sure the community is fully informed and involved in the restoration of our beloved building.
The GBCT has agreed to raise 200,000 to support the restoration. We will be organising various fundraising events in the next 12 months including a production of the play, ‘The Steamie’, through to a ‘Sponsor a Swim’ where individuals can raise money through a sponsored swim and ‘Sponsor a tile’ where people can purchase a tile which will be included in the final restoration.
These are exciting times for the GBCT and the people of Govanhill.

The Board of Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who helped make this happen. It’s been a long fight but we made it.
United We Will Swim!