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– Aprons, bags, draft excluders and purses made with duvets covers, vintage curtains and interior designers out of date fabric sample books from Rags to Riches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.

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

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

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!
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

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 on the opening night £1 tickets are available to anyone living in the G42 postcode area, email 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


For the next 11 days, the baths will be one of the host venues for the Sonica Festival. Sonic artists from across the world will be exhibiting and performing in 14 venues across Glasgow.
At the baths we have Robbie Thomson’s “A New Alps” in the main pool and the world Premier of “Order and After” by Indonesian artist Jompet Kuswidananto in the Ladies pool.
The events are open from 12 each day through to 8pm, entry is FREE.
Govanhill Baths arts coordinator Jim Monaghan said:
“We are delighted to host such a prestigious event and, once again, bring world renowned artists to Govanhill”.

SONIC runs from 29th October till 07 November. For further information see

The Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) is delighted to announce that it is committed to seeing everyone who works at Govanhill Baths receive, as minimum, an hourly wage of £7.85. At present all GBCT staff are paid higher than the Living wage.

GBCT’s committment to the Living wage began in 2013.
GBCT Manager, Fatima Uygun said, ‘As a key voluntary sector organisation in Glasgow we would urge other Third sector organisations to do the same to ensure that workers wages reflect the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay’.

Heritage Lottery Fund announced a new “first round” funding package for Govanhill Baths Community Trust that means refurbishment of the building can begin soon to bring swimming back to Govanhill.  The award, coupled with other funding packages will allow the Trust to start work towards repairing the “Ladies pool” “Teaching Pool” and Turkish baths and sauna.  It will also allow us to repair the roofs, walls and structure of the building to prepare for further development in the future.

GBCT Chair Alan Walsh was delighted with this breakthrough:

“This award means that we can finally confirm the long term future of the project and begin work soon that will realise the aims of our 14 year fight to bring swimming back to Govanhill.  There is a lot of work to be done but we can plan ahead with confidence. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved over the years, especially the Project managers of the capital works programme The Prince’s Regeneration Trust who have helped steer us through this funding process.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said: “This is fantastic news for everyone who supports the revival of Govanhill Baths.

“We are very proud of the important role that PRT played in securing this vital HLF funding, including writing the application, developing the outline business plan and putting together the key strategic partners for the project.

“Govanhill Baths has long been an important social asset for the people of Glasgow. With this funding in place, the refurbishment of this wonderful building can begin and it can once again play a key role improving the lives of local people.”

The GBCT Trust Manager Fatima Uygun was one of the first people to campaign against the closure in 2001 and has been working towards the re-opening ever since.  She said:

“This is a proud day for Govanhill.  It is a testament to the people of this area who refused to give in, and took control of the future of their own local assets. Some day soon we will be swimming again.  Everyone who has been involved over the years can share in the glory of this moment.  It has been a collective effort involving thousands of people over many years, I am honoured to have been part of this campaign and delighted that we are moving forward to achieve what we set out to do in March 2001.”

On Saturday, all day, Govanhill Baths will host events as part of this year’s Southside Film Festival.  Starting on Saturday morning, Rags to Riches and Southside Film present “Making in the Movies”. The day begins with the monthly Sew Lah Tea Dough meet-up, there will be a mini version of our annual “this is not a craft fair” with work from some of the top upcyclers and films running all day in the studio, converted to a cinema for the day, screening films on the subject of upcycling and recycling.  From 2pm “Transit Artists” will be showing films On a screen from a van in the gardens at Kingarth Street.  In the evening we have a special double bill with a one-off screening United We Will Swim… Again, Fran Higson’s film about the Baths campaign, followed by Bill Forsyth’s classic  That Sinking Feeling, produced by Fran’s mother Paddy Higson.

If you cannot make the screening of the Baths film it will be screened again on Sunday 18th October at the CCA as part of a Camcorders Guerillas retrospective at Document, the Human Rights Film Festival.  A videoteque preview of that retrospective will be in the Baths foyer from today.

For full details of these events and the film festivals see and

Govanhill Baths Community Trust, in association with Singer and River City star Tom Urie, are staging a concert to raise funds and awareness of the refugee crisis this Sunday (27th) in the main pool.

The pool will be turned into a concert venue for the evening and friends and supporters will gather to support the cause.

There will be music from Tom Urie himself, RM Hubbert, Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra, Voice of the Town Choir. Terry Neason, Jerry Boweh, Michael Cassidy and Camille Nehme.

The event will feature readings by actors Atta Yaqub, Cilla Fisher (Singing Kettle), Adam Robertson and Garry Sweeney.  And the laughs will be provided by comedians Janey Godley, Anil Desai and Bruce Morton.

Tickets for the concert are £20 (£10 concession) from

On Saturday and Sunday this week, we will be opening our doors to the public as part Doors Open Day, Glasgow’s Built Heritage Festival.  Come along for a tour of the building and hear about the history and the future of Govanhill Baths.

The tours are every half hour from 11am through till 4pm.  Ours archivist Paula Larkin will be showing items from the archive in the big pool and will be joined with representatives form the former Zenith Swimming Club with their memories and memorabilia.

Rags to Riches will be showcssing their work over the last year in the studio.  Our Lids Open pinao is avaiable in the foyer to play, or just pop in for a chat and a cuppa in our Community Kitchen.

For more details on this and other buildings taking part in the festival see


We are pleased to announce that Govanhill Baths Community Trust was awarded the Scottish Government’s Greener Together Award 2015 for its Rags to Riches project.The award was presented to us by Nicola Sturgeon.
The Awards, which celebrate and reward communities for environmental action, are now in their third year. They are part of our wider ‘Greener Together’ campaign, which encourages everyone across the country to play their part in making Scotland a greener and more sustainable nation.