What’s On: Spring 2024




Hello, welcome to the spring edition of What’s On, a guide to the events run by Govanhill Baths from March to May.

We’re delighted to be part of the Glasgow Climate Action Hub that with other organisations wants to get people more involved in tackling climate change by connecting communities, building skills, and using resources wisely. Do your bit and take part in one of the fun and educational activities run by our upcycling project, Rags to Riches.

This issue we are also celebrating International Women’s Day with a festival that includes the importance the baths have had for South Asian women and the great contribution they made to saving the building.

We’re excited to announce a new series of bulletins dedicated to the innovative history and the exciting future of Govanhill Baths. Each edition will focus on key aspects of the baths that show why it is so unique and important for Govanhill. Keep an eye out for them but to make sure you don’t miss any, sign up for our email newsletter
(link below).

On a very sad note, everyone at Govanhill Baths was sorry to learn of the passing of our friend Joanne O’Neill. Working with us over many years, Joanne built a strong connection with the baths and we will miss her greatly. Instead of a sombre ceremony, Joanne’s loved ones will have the opportunity to celebrate her life with a special exhibition of the artwork she created with her friend Lisa. Full details can be found below.

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This is the third year Govanhill Baths Community Trust is marking International’s Women’s Day.

We’ll be running events during the first two weeks of March, including talks, music, storytelling, and film screenings. We’re also happy to be sharing other organisation’s events in our programme below.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Historically it has been tightly linked with women’s activism, trade unionism, and women’s labour. The event was born from the belief in the revolutionary potential of working women, and the importance of improving their lives. International Women’s Day is the perfect occasion to reflect on women’s labour, activism and collective power.

We look forward to celebrating IWD with you!


Govanhill IWD Programme:


Film: The Engine Inside – Women (adults)

Women on Wheels

Pay what you can, tickets here

When: 4 March, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Women on Wheels Hub, Govanhill Workspace, Unit 4, 69 Dixon Road, Glasgow, G42 8AT


Govanhill Baths and South Asian Women

Govanhill Baths Community Trust

When: 5 March , 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St

Free ticketed event, booking via Eventbrite

Come along to a special event for International Women’s Day 2024. Since the late 50s, early
60s the South Asian community in Glasgow have been using Govanhill Baths. When the Baths
were closed in 2001 one of the communities to suffer most were the South Asian Women.
They came to the woman only swimming, sauna, Turkish, used the steamie and were part of
the Save Our Pool campaign to re-open the Baths. They also came to well-being classes and
events when the Baths building opened from 2012-2019. We are delighted to offer an
afternoon dedicated to these women who will be first in the door when the Baths reopen.

Resistance and community: Govanhill Pool and my mother’s fabric shop
Zamard Zahid

Resilience in Waves, sound piece
Samar Jamal

Day 139, poem
Maya Uppal

Sharing Stories
An opportunity for those in attendance toshare their stories.

Refreshments and lunch will be served.

Comic strip from Occupy! Occupy! Occupy!, artist Norrie Millar. Photograph from Zamard Zahid.



What We Inherit: a screening of three films

Govanhill Baths Community Trust

Free ticketed event, booking via Eventbrite

When: 7 March, 6pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow, G412PZ

During the week of International Women’s Day – Govanhill Baths are pleased to present a screening of three films on Thursday, the 7th of March with a panel discussion between the three filmmakers. This programme of films explores themes of women’s heritage, inheritance, oral and unsung histories.
Gestures by Rachael Ryder
Launder/Lavender by Rhia Laing
Breaking Ground by Michelle Deignan
-followed by a panel discussion

Feminist Tabletop Football

Feminist Exchange Network

Free unticketed event | More info on Feminist Exchange Network‘s website

When: 9 March , 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: Rumpus Room yard, Rumpus Room, Langside Lane, Govanhill, G42 8BH

Feminist Tabletop Football is a participatory artwork in the form of a cooperative table-top football game, played on a hexagonal board between three teams.

The game builds on the ideas of cooperative football, conceptualised by the Situationists in the 1960s. The first “Feminist Economics Football” cooperative game saw women and non-binary footballers play together at Cathkin park, Glasgow in 2021, then in Sheffield in 2022, exploring intersectional feminism through the medium of cooperative football. This new tabletop version is a queering and feminising of the popular “Subbuteo” game, inviting players to find common goals across their teams, working towards a shared feminist future.

On Saturday 9th March we invite you to join us to play this new version of the game for the first time. To take part come along on the day, or get in touch with Feminist Exchange Network to find out more feminist-exchange-network@riseup.net We aim to make the game fully accessible so please let FEN know of any access needs or ask FEN for a fuller description of how the game is played so you can tell us about anything we can do to make the game more accessible to you.

Funded by Arts Development Scheme and Govanhill Bath Community Trust. Supported by Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art. Created by artists Ailie Rutherford and Mandy Roberts for Feminist Exchange Network


Letle Telt by Lainey Dempsey  CANCELLED 

Govanhill Baths Community Trust

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel Letle Telt by Lainey Dempsey on Sat 9th March 2pm – 5pm.

We hope to reschedule this event later in the year. If you have any queries, please contact Paula at archive@govanhillbaths.com.

Free ticketed event, booking via Eventbrite

When: 9 March , 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St

Little Told Songs and Stories of Women From Scottish History. Women are most commonly represented in traditional folk songs (at least in the ones we tend to sing) as ‘pretty fair maids’ with ‘lily-white hands’ who are heartbroken and/or ‘ruined’ by the men around them. Even in the old songs there is so much more variety of types of women to pull out of the repertoire and sing about.

Traditional folk song is brimming with working class and military heroes and rebels. It tends to be men we sing about but women were there too organising, defying and rebelling wherever they saw injustice. Letle Telt is a small step on a long road toward redressing the balance of the historic stories we choose to tell.

Photograph Copyright/Credit – Colm Keating


Screening: Girl by Adura Onashile

Govanhill Baths Community Trust

Free ticketed event, booking via Eventbrite

When: 15 March , 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street

Govanhill Baths are pleased to screen Adura Onashile’s debut feature film ‘Girl’.

Mother and daughter Grace and Ama have established a deep bond that’s protected them from outsiders, but as they try to settle in Glasgow, things begin to change. Ama’s approaching adolescence and growing curiosity set off reminders of a past that Grace has been trying to erase. The comforting fairytale-like story that Grace has been telling Ama for years is shaken by the memories — their sheltered world begins to erode from the inside. To give them both a chance to really start living, Grace has to let Ama grow up.

Learn to ride sessions – Women (adults)

Women on Wheels

Pay what you can, tickets here

When: Every Monday, 10am – 11am & Every Saturday, 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Where: Women on Wheels Hub, Govanhill Workspace, Unit 4, 69 Dixon Road, Glasgow, G42 8AT

Balance Bike Sessions in Queens Park for Mother and Tots – Family Session (Children with Mothers)

Women on Wheels

Pay what you can, tickets here

When: Every Thursday, 10am -12pm

Where: Women on Wheels Hub, Govanhill Workspace, Unit 4, 69 Dixon Road, Glasgow, G42 8AT



Family Cycle Sessions – Family Session (Children with Mothers) 

Women on Wheels

Pay what you can, tickets here

When: Every Saturday, 9:30am and 10:45am

Where: Women on Wheels Hub, Govanhill Workspace, Unit 4, 69 Dixon Road, Glasgow, G42 8AT

& more events at womenonwheels.org.uk






Deadline: Applications must be in by 9am Monday 18 March 2024.
Interviews: Friday 22 March 2024.

If, due to childcare commitments or similar, you are unable to make the allotted
interview time, please let us know as soon as possible. We will do our best to
accommodate all reasonable requests. However, we will only be able to offer you a
day/time in the same week.

(Fulltime equivalent £30,000) £23,992.8 pro rata or 4 days a week. Plus 4% pension. 1st April 2024 – 31st March 2026. (likely to rise to full time within the contract period)

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 Wellbeing Programme Manager to manage our flagship
project the Wellbeing Programme which incorporates the planned activities within the
Govanhill Baths new Wellbeing Centre due to open in 2025, our Peoples Pantry, the
Govanhill Youth Club and our wider wellbeing activities within the community.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) is a grassroots anchor organisation based
in Govanhill. Our goal is to re-open the Govanhill Baths as a Wellbeing Centre and at
the same time contribute to the wider social, health, cultural and built regeneration of

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.

The job description can be accessed here. 

A CV may also be attached. 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 ‘Wellbeing Programme Manager:
Confidential’ and emailed to info@govanhillbaths.com.
No hard copies will be accepted.

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.



The People’s Pantry Closed Wed 7 February  2024


The People’ Pantry will be closed on Wednesday 7 February due to Development day. The pantry will be open as normal the remainder days. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The usual opening hours can be found below.

Monday: 1.00 – 4.00pm
Tuesday: 1.00 – 4.00pm
W̶e̶d̶n̶e̶s̶d̶a̶y̶:̶ ̶2̶.̶3̶0̶ ̶–̶ ̶5̶.̶3̶0̶p̶m̶ (closed 7 February 2024)
Thursday: 1.00 – 4.pm
Friday: 10.00 – 1.00pm