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Stay safe on Bonfire Night

BONFIRE Night is always one of the busiest nights of the year for fire fighters. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) traditionally sees a 40 per cent increase in the number of emergency calls throughout the period. That’s why the fire service is urging people to stay safe by attending only organised events, rather than staging bonfires or fireworks displays themselves. Watch Manager Stephen Harkins, of GHA’s Community Improvement Partnership, said: “We want everyone to be able to celebrate on 5 November and have fun but in a safe way that doesn’t require the intervention of the emergency services. “In the run-up to Bonfire Night our service personnel will be going to schools across the country to teach children about the dangers associated with bonfires and fireworks.

YOU’RE HIRED: Sir Harry Burns, far right, joins fellow Wheatley Foundation Board Member Jean-Albert Nietcho, far left, with some of the apprentices


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“When our crews are called to attend bonfires it means we have to divert resources away from other emergencies and life-threatening calls – that could end tragically for anyone who truly needs our urgent help. “We can all play a part in making this time of year safer. “It’s against the law for fireworks to be sold to children and young people. If you are aware of this happening, please report it to Police Scotland on 101. “We would also encourage the public

to report unsafe or dangerous bonfires or bonfire materials and any suspicions of deliberate fire setting. “That means, with your help, we can

keep our communities safer together.” SFRS will be offering tips on staying

safe in the lead up to Bonfire Night on social media. Visit scottishfireandrescue or follow: @fire_scot on Twitter.

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HE latest group of young school-leavers who took up apprenticeships with us started

work recently. Wheatley Group, GHA’s parent company, has taken on 41 young people - twice the number hired last year. The young people will study

for an SVQ in housing, business administration, horticulture and care during their two-year apprenticeships. GHA tenant Kaylee Duncan, 19,

from Blairdardie, said: “I’ve wanted to work in housing for a few years. “I like the thought of helping people

every day and doing what you can to help make people’s lives better. “I can’t wait to meet tenants.” The apprenticeships are supported

by Wheatley’s new charitable foundation – Wheatley Foundation - which was set up to fund and run a wide range of social and economic programmes that help thousands of people in our communities lead better lives.

Sir Harry Burns, Chair of Wheatley

Foundation, said: “Our award- winning Modern Apprenticeships are assisting young people across Scotland forge a brighter future for themselves.”

James and Alma celebrate big day

YOU wait ages for one 70th wedding anniversary – then two come along soon after each other.

In the last issue of the Key

we told you about Castlemilk couple Bill and May Neill celebrating the landmark. Now Alma and James McGregor, from Knightswood, celebrated the same anniversary in August.

Alma, 85, and James, 95, met during the Second World War and were married soon after. Housing officers Joanne Tait and Maureen McAllister brought the happy couple flowers and chocolates to help them celebrate their special day. Alma said: “My secret to a happy marriage is - there is no Mr Right, but Mrs is always right.”

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