'The Narnia Experience
You may have heard of and maybe even enjoyed reading The Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S Lewis. Some may even have seen the more recent films with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being the most famous of these.
Set during World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are evacuated to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical winter world called Narnia. She soon returns with her siblings Peter, Susan and Edmund. There they join the magical lion, Aslan, in the fight against the evil White Witch.
The Narnia Experience is a live, interactive theatre experience and we want to bring Lucy's journey, as she walked through the wardrobe, to the people of Govan.
Our Govan Cross building will be transformed, as part of the Govan Loves Christmas celebrations, into the land of Narnia, a place where 'it is always winter but never Christmas.' Groups will be guided through the story of good conquering evil and feel part of the action.
We want all groups and people in the church, and in Govan to feel part of this event, so stay tuned for ways that you can be involved.
Knitting Needles at the Ready
Yarn Bombing is the activity of covering objects or structures in public places with decorative knitted or crocheted material, as a form of street art. It has become increasingly popular as a way to brighten up our surroundings, and we hope to use it as a publicity stunt to promote The Narnia Experience.
We need a great number of winter woollens such as scarves, hats, gloves and mittens to decorate Central Govan. We are looking for keen knitters, crocheters and knitting groups to take part to decorate local landmarks, trees, lamposts and railings.
If you would like to take part please speak to Jamie Goodwin, or donate your items to Govan & Linthouse Parish by November 7th 2018, You never know Mary Barbour could be sporting your knitted creation.'
'An Untold Story' is part of Festival 2018, the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, and is an exciting new project and exhibition that wishes to tell the story of Govan through the eyes of its community.
Veronica Jane Lynch, an experienced stained-glass artist and silversmith, has worked with various groups within Govan, as well as the public, to design and create a series of bespoke painted glass installations reflecting the inspiring story of Govan & Linthouse Parish and the wider community. Govan and Linthouse Parish encourages every community, school, organisation and individual in Govan and Glasgow to visit An Untold Story Public Exhibition when it opens later this week.
Veronica's work began with a public screen printing workshop highlighting the historic industries within Govan as part of The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival in May 2018, where participants created their own T-shirts or tote bags depicting weaving, mining and shipbuilding. She also ran workshops for local Govan families who created clay works depicting the many faces of Govan, from familiar famous faces, such as Sir Alex Ferguson to other less well known Govanites. Veronica similarly worked with a senior adult group hearing their stories and having them incorporate these on to glass panels, whilst trying glass painting for themselves. Local schools, Pirie Park and Riverside Primary also participated by painting or drawing local attractions from Govan throughout the years. All work will feature as part of the official exhibition from 2-3 and 6-11 August 2018, based at the former Govan Royal Bank of Scotland, 788 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 2YL.
Jamie Goodwin, Research and Development Facilitator for Govan & Linthouse Parish, said:
"We have been delighted to have Veronica lead on An Untold Story; she is an exciting artist, with a wealth of experience, that has greatly benefitted and encouraged those she has worked with. This has been a great opportunity for everyone in the community to celebrate local history and what Govan means to them. The public exhibition, taking place during Festival 2018, offers an exciting use for an empty high street shop front and is great way to celebrate all who have been involved.''
Veronica Jane Lynch, Lead Artist for An Untold Story, said:
"I am profoundly thankful to Govan & Linthouse Parish for this opportunity, I'm a Glasgow Girl at heart and I am very excited as to the outcome of this project and cannot wait to share all that we have worked on as part of the public exhibition."
You can find out more details about the event by contacting Jamie Goodwin via email at
You can find out more information about An Untold Story by visiting www.govanlinthouseparish.org/an-untold-story-2, following @govanlinthousep or contacting
We are delighted to share the wonderful news that Sandra MacDonald, our Girls' Brigade Captain has received a MBE in the Queens' Birthday honours for services to Girls' Brigade and Govan and Linthouse Parish Church.
Well done Sandra......... well deserved..... we are very proud of you.