First Impressions of Hyderabad

Text from Nuala today – her first day in India.  It sounds a far cry from sleepy Balfron!  She’ll be staying in Hyderabad the capital of Andhra Pradesh – for a few days with the other volunteers to get sorted before heading off with her partner Caitlin to their project in Tamil Nadu, which is much more rural – and will probably be a shock in many different ways.

Literally just slept from 6.30am -3pm our time with a short break at 1 when we somehow woke up on time for food.  Really strange but tasty pancakes with chutney and spicy pastes.  Roads are wild – I don’t even think there’s a specific side to drive on or I cant work it out .  Cars beep their horns as they go past other cars which happens a lot even if they don’t know each other. One car even sang as it reversed. 

 Buildings all seem unfinished, cables and rubble and litter EVERYWHERE, people just lie in big lines in the street under blankets to sleep.  Still quite surreal and we are not even allowed to leave the building today!  Not allowed outside incase we get lost but will be allowed out tomorrow.  A man called Suuchi runs the guest house, doesn’t seem to be anyone else staying here except us – we’ve taken over.  Quite warm but not unbearable.  We have just put the air con on.


Saddle up for a night of Horsing Around!

race night

If you like a flutter, then make sure you get a ticket for the McLintock Enclosure at the Balfron Golden Cup.

Race Night, Saturday 28th April, McLintock Hall, Balfron – doors open at 7, first race 7:30.

(Hats and morning suits optional.)

Dress to impress for an evening at the races! Come and support my fundraising by attending this Race Night, and be in for a chance to win some special prizes! If you’ve never been to one before, it’s great fun and really simple.

You need to buy a ticket (£7.50 which will include your entry and a free pakora supper – drinks are BYOB).  You can then optionally choose to buy a horse (£5).  The winning horse in each race will win the race sponsors prize.  On the night you can bet (£1 stake) on each race, and if your horse wins you get your share of the winnings.  Simple as that!  It’s a professionally organised event and the evening will round off with a chance to dance (Strictly NO side-bets on best movers and shakers!)

Special thanks to our very kind and generous sponsors who have donated some fantastic prizes – Aizle Active, Auchentoshan Distillery, Beech Tree Inn, Benview Coffee Shop, Edenmill Farm Shop, MacKenzie Stewart Hair, Milk Publicity (Downton Abbey Package), Oak Tree Inn, RSNO, and Taggarts Motor Group and to RS100 Background Music Sound Systems for the disco equipment.

Tickets available from me at the house – phone or email for more details

Fionnuala Mendham
Clachan Cottage, Balfron
01360 440 175

Bonus Ball

My first attempt at fundraising will be to resurrect the Bonus Ball Lotto (we ran this a few years ago for Balfron High School’s Malawi exchange)  and it would be great if you were able to support it again.  Here’s the rules.
  • We sell a number 1 – 49 for £20.
  • Once all the numbers are sold, the Bonus Ball Lotto will start and run for 20 weeks.
  • Every week the prize goes to the holder of the number selected as the bonus ball in the Saturday night National Lottery.
  • The weekly prize will be £24 with 100% of the remainder of the weekly funds raised (£25), going to the Project Trust Charity (Registered Charity in Scotland NoSCO25668).
If you would like the chance to be a winner and support my Project Trust fundraiser at the same time, that would be fantastic.  Please email back to let me know which number you would like (and 2nd or 3rd choices in case that’s been sold already), and you can either give me your £20 the next time we see you or send a cheque (made payable to Project Trust) to Nuala Mendham at Clachan Cottage, Balfron G63 0NY.  If you know anyone else that may be interested in winning their fortune, please feel free to send this on or sign them up yourself!
I really hope you don’t mind me asking – I fully appreciate that times are tough just now and a draw such as this is not everyone’s cup of tea.  We will be doing various things throughout the year and if you dont feel able to support this particular fundraiser I very much hope you will be able to support me at another time.