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Maryhill Foodbank Collection – Partick Thistle v Celtic

Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Saturday, February 23, 1895;maryhill soup Kitchen

Location – Maryhill

“Yesterday 121 soup supplies were given at the kitchen in Maryhill, a trifle less than on the previous day. There was also a fairly large number of orders for provisions and coal granted. Although not as keen as in other districts of the city, there is obviously at Maryhill a considerable amount of genuine distress. Five men who were lodges in the muster room were supplied with bread and hot tea before being sent out in the morning.

Superintendent Beddie acknowledges the receipt of the following donations:-

  • A cheque for £5 5s and 100 loves from Mr John Watson, wine merchant, 130 Main Street;
  • A quarter of a sheep and 200 loaves from the trustees of the late Alex Mackenzie spirit merchant, Gairbraid Street;
  • 12 dozen loaves from Mr Charles Stewart, wine merchant, Bridge Street;
  • 40lb sugar and 40 2oz. Packets of tea from Mr Robert T MacIntosh, grocer, 208 Main Street;
  • 10s from Mr Andrew Leckie, wine merchant, Main Street;
  • 12 dozen loaves and a large package of tea and sugar from Mr Andrew Munro, grocer Main Street;
  • A large package of tea and sugar Councillor JW Dick;
  • 12 tons of coal from the Maryhill Co-Operatve Society per Mr Alex Butchart, Wyndford House;
  • Ox heads, Beef and mutton from Mr Campbell butcher, Great Western Raod, Hillhead;
  • A cheque for £2 2s from Mr Matthew Hardie spirit merchant Bridge Street;
  • …and 200 loaves from Mr Robert Burns JP Rosemount Villa

 

In addition to Maryhill, there were also updates from the work of the Soup Kitchens in Northern, St Rollox,  Central District, Eastern and Southern. Also Hillhead, Govanhill and Polmadie, Kinning Park, Govan, Partick, Paisley, Airdie, Coatbridge, Greenock and Renfrew.

It further noted that an increase in temperatures had temporarily relieved the suffering caused by fuel poverty another cause of real hardship over a century later.

Also

“one congregation alone in the centre of the city has taken charge of between 80 and 100 poor families and their work of rescue has assisted materially in lessening the call made on the public fund.”

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118 years later

October 16th 2013 – A day designated as World Food Day.

And once again the people of Maryhill are in need,

On Westendreport.com an article on the newly established Greater Maryhill Food Bank quotes one of it’s volunteers, Sheila Ramsay.

“It’s not just people who don’t have jobs who use the food bank, it’s also people with jobs on low incomes. We’re seeing 20 different families each week. It’s a growing need and we’re responding to that. If this service wasn’t needed then that would be lovely. But that’s not the case.”

 

On October 8 2013 whilst browsing social media site Twitter the following appearing

“trying to raise awareness for a new food bank service, helping those living in greater Maryhill area! Wee RT x x”

What we collect

118 years on and the people of Maryhill are once again helping those in their community in greatest need.  On a small scale, locally and largely unreported.

They are there in spite of the sneering of government  ministers that food bank users just need to “budget properly”

Perhaps some of the items donated have changed over 118 years. For “Ox heads” and a Quarter of a Sheep” read “Dry pasta and “Dry rice”. Sadly whatever the item, it would seem the need is very much there again for a growing section of our communities.

That it should have come to this again is something for debate elsewhere however the outrage felt at the need for Food Banks in 21st Century Britain is very real. Many of us grew up in challenging social and economic times in a Scotland scarred by unemployment.  We had needs and we went without so-called luxuries more times than we’d admit but how often were we actually hungry?

That there are people in our society today in need of food donations is truly depressing.  However as in Victorian Britain there are those whose priorities are first and foremost to attempt feed their fellow citizens. Such as Greater Maryhill Food Bank.

This is where we come in. We know our history. We know that 125 years ago Celtic Football Club was founded with these words,

“The main objective of the club is to supply the East End conferences of the St. Vincent De Paul Society with funds for the maintenance of the “Dinner Tables” of our needy children..”

We are still in our 125th year. On October 27th 2013 at 12.45 pm Celtic will play Partick Thistle. Our last away game in our 125th year.

In Maryhill.

As we approach the conclusion of our 125th anniversary we have one simple request.

Help to feed your fellow citizens as the founders of the club did 125 years ago.

From 10.00 am on Firhill road at both sides of Firhill Stadium volunteers will be taking your donations. They will have the usual buckets for cash donations but they will also have vans parked ready and very willing to take your food donations.

We would appeal to Celtic supporters to support the work of Maryhill Food Bank by bringing donations of any of the items listed above.

Bringing a few cans to the game will take on a whole new meaning when the cans are full of beans, fish and rice pudding!

This year has seen spectacular levels of support for the charitable aims of Celtic. Huge sums of money have been raised to the credit of the club and the support.

This appeal won’t change the world. Louis Tomlinson won’t be on Maryhill Road and we may have no press coverage.

You can guarantee one thing though.

Just as it did 125 years ago, it will make a difference.

 

Being Celtic

 

The work of Greater Maryhill Food Bank can be viewed in more detail here

http://greatermaryhillfoodbank.yolasite.com/

or on Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/GreaterMaryhillFoodbank

or on Twitter

@MaryhillBank

Comments

  1. Wullie

    Love it, love it, love it! I hope you get the response you deserve. Brilliant tactic but sad you have to use it.

    On this occasion, mate, I have to decline to help as my wife and I are are already involved in two food banks here in the North East in our local community. It would be great to help at Maryhill but I honestly think my conscience would bother me given the great need here too. The economic situation in the North East has always been comparable to Scotland’s Central belt and though Newcastle may have a “jolly” reputation nationwide, it has some of the worst poverty in the country. Northumberland is also the most rural region in England and has very unique problems as a consequence. In the local townships around me, the level of poverty is disgraceful and easily as bad as Glasgow.

    Although strangely uplifting to be carrying out actions that were at the heart of Walfrid’s intentions, it is horrifying that this situation exists in the 21st century. That is why our obligations should stretch beyond the giving to challenging authority to recognise this social disgrace. We have a duty as citizens to demand that our governments provide for those who suffer deprivation through circumstance rather than choice. It is not a question of condemning the right to acquire and accumulate wealth. All of us have that right but with it is an equivalent moral obligation to share our wealth with those who have little or nothing. It is especially so when our fellow man is unable to sustain himself with essentials such as food and drink. We should be forcing governments to enforce that moral obligation so that the haves give a fair share of their wealth to the have-nots, especially when there is plenty to go round. Government has in fact a duty, as guardians of the people, to provide at least the minimum sustenance to those in their care and that means every citizen. To get them to do this is a constant battle and requires continual pressure on authorities if the haves are to be compelled or impelled to share with the have-nots rather than (take note Celtic) keep what is, morally at least, the entitlement of others simply because, if nothing else, they are our fellow human beings.

    If we are to be faithful to the principles of Walfrid and the founders of our club, Celtic supporters must not just give, but also be active in forcing a change of attitude and demanding obligations be met.

    H H

    1. Cheers PB, yeh it’s sad that these tactics have to be used. I agree 100% that Celtic fans should be active in forcing change. I’m delighted to report that we are on different fronts. The momentum is now starting to grow and I’m hopeful that over the next few years we can start to make our voices heard through our actions.

      Wullie

      1. I try my bit down here and at national level. Very often the national stuff is just signing up to protests or pushing our MP. Locally, I try to be a bit more active though some of the important issues in Northumberland are a bit different from Scotland’s. I wish I had done more when younger and fitter. Still, I have certainly experienced occasions when the pen was proved as powerful as the sword. Apathy is the strongest weapon of authority.

        Listening to CTV and it sounds like it could be a dodgy day at Firhill with the weather. Hope we just get the job done and not get caught playing ideal conditions football in a hurricane.

        H H

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