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282 MAR18 - Gryffe Advertizer

The Advertizer - Your local community magazine to the Gryffe area. The Advertizer is a local business directory including a what's on guide and other local information and an interesting mix of articles.

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28 the advertizer Woodland Spring has Sprung! March is the month to enjoy Daffodils in our woodlands and on the lawn of the Mansion House as you drive in. As you walk through the woodlands, enjoy the spring call of our resident birds, blackbirds, robins and wrens, and the carpet of bluebells, especially down Paradise Path. Our Snowdrops should still be a joy to behold too, come along and see for yourself. Garden March is always a month when the garden starts to wake up from its long winter sleep and the daffodils are fast on their heels. Walking through the garden this month you will see some of the many types of Rhododendron. Blackcurrants, apples, and later flowering deciduous shrubs should be pruned by the end of the month. Volunteering Would you like to help us in the woodlands or the garden as a group or individual? Membership: You can buy your 2018 memberships now from our Visitor Centre. Annual memberships will be active from 1st March 2018 till 31st March 2019. SPECIAL OFFER! Family/ Grandparent memberships are entitled to 2 vouchers for a free tea/coffee from the Tea Room. GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP Are you looking for a special gift for a loved one? We are now offering a chance to buy a Gift of Membership. Please note dates of validation to make the most of your gift. Membership will provide unlimited access from dusk till dawn onto the estate to enjoy 10 acres of beautiful gardens and 140 acres of woodland. Prices are Family £72, Grandparents/grandchildren £66, Single £35, Concession £32. Practical Conservation with the Ranger Team: • Installing and repairing gates, fencing, stiles, foot-bridges and steps • Clearing footpaths and vegetation • Installing signposts and way markers • Other environmental and conservation work • Events assistance . In the Garden with David: • Weeding, raking, pruning, strimming, sowing • Fruit picking in black currant and apple times If you’re interested, do get in touch. School and Group Bookings We have launched a few new Ranger Led activities! Check out our website for details. If you’d like to book with us, you can do so online. Or if you have any questions you can call or email us, we’re happy to help. We work with Nursery, Primary, and recently with Secondary Schools helping them to meet their current curricular subjects. We can also offer your Club/Group e.g. Scouts, Brownies, Community and Church Groups a variety of Ranger Led Activities to suit your needs along with outdoor facilities such as a BBQ site or indoor facility for shelter. We also offer a space for overnight stays in the woods or shelter in the Old Laundry Building. Are you a business looking for a team building day, volunteer day or family day? We can offer you Ranger Led Activities such as team building, various volunteer projects and a fun family day. For more details, just get in touch. Tea Room The Tea Room is open every weekend, public and school holidays 11am till 4pm. They offer homemade cakes, soups, light lunches, hot & cold drinks and ice cream. Catering for onsite parties & functions is also available and if you need to discuss any catering requirements 01475540284 For more information on any of the points above you can contact us on 01475540505 or email Charity Bulbs and Plant Sale Charity bulbs and plants for sale in support of the roof fund at St Mary’s. What could be nicer than a splash of early spring colour on your doorstep? Bring your own container and come and plant it up with us choosing from a wide range of flowering plants and colourful spring bulbs suitable for indoor and outdoor use, window boxes and rockeries: Alternatively pick out your favourites and take them away to plant at home. A variety of odds pots will also be available, as will some pots already planted up. All the plants and bulbs supplied will flower during March and April and filled containers will make ideal presents for Mothering Sunday (March 11th) and Easter (April 1st). The plants will be available from February 24th. Contact Viola McGrowbag 07756935923 to book a day and a time to visit to suit you and to get directions, as there is limited parking. Minimum charge of £3.00 with all money going to the St Mary’s Port Glasgow Roof Fund. Coffee, tea and biscuits available. Barns Friends or relatives planning to visit & nowhere to stay! Why not try our holiday flats? Full details can be found on their own website Weddings Are you getting married soon? If so, have you considered Finlaystone as a potential venue for the ceremony, reception or photographs? If not, further details are on the House web site: We hope to see you soon. Tamar, Head Ranger deadline date for our april issue - Friday 16th March - You don’t want to miss it!!

march 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: 29 Kilmacolm Horticultural Society The Kilmacolm Horticultural Society invite you to the March Winter Lecture, to be held on Wednesday 21st March at 7.30p.m. in the New Community Centre, Kilmacolm. Our special guest is the ever popular Louise Bustard, senior curator at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Her lecture will feature her recent visit to Rome and surrounding countryside. Combining stunning pictures and exciting stories means the evening promises to be of interest to all. Following the lecture, the Spring Bulb Competition will be judged, and the Jimmy Whittet Trophy will be awarded to the best exhibit in daffodils, tulips or spring bulbs - excepting amaryllis which are not strictly termed as ‘spring bulbs’, but you are most welcome to bring along any amaryllis exhibits for the group to admire. Refreshments and chat end the evening. Everyone is most welcome. Lochwinnoch Community Garden Update The polytunnel is up and running just a few wee tweaks to have it ready for spring. We were kindly gifted tables from Robert and Janis from the Lochwinnoch annex - a big thank you to them! We had a planning meeting on Sunday 25th February at 1pm, and we tidied up the hanging baskets too!! Early Birds Easter’s really early this year, but we should still have a decent show of traditional daffodils by then. We haven’t been out around the village much since early January but we have been busy, planning for the coming growing season. Snowdrops were out though, and crocuses, too. And once the weather warms up, things will really start to come on. Until then, we’ll be working away behind the scenes, sharpening hoes and secateurs and generally keeping a low profile. Remember that you can follow us on Facebook and our website, www.brighterbridgeofweir. org. Have a Happy Easter. Kilbarchan Smile Springs into Action As Spring springs, the activities of Kilbarchan Smile are leaping back into action too. The Gateway Garden team will return to the garden with drop-in sessions taking place on Wednesdays 14th and 28th and Sunday 18th March (spring clear up and hedge trimming also planned). Do you have plants, seeds or bulbs to share? Bring them along and we will find a space for them to grow. Come down to the Gateway Garden and spot the Spring growth, take part in bird feeding and provide nesting materials. Come and enjoy the space in the Gateway Garden and the cultivated plots around the village. You can also help prepare for seed sowing, plant summer flowering bulbs, plant early potatoes and bring your own ideas for the garden and / or the village. Get involved in Kilbarchan Smile yourself and help enhance the public spaces in the village (you may notice the efforts of Smilers that have improved the flowerbed outside Bobbins and the flowerbed opposite the Weavers Cottage on Shuttle Street). Why not start looking after an area outside your home? How about doing your own weekly litter-pick? It only takes a few minutes and if everyone just does little bit it will make a big impact. We can provide litter picking kits for anyone interested. We would also like to remind everyone where the defibrillator units in the village are situated - at the Bowling Club and Scout Hall. A huge thanks must go to Gail Scoular (founder and former chair of Kilbarchan Smile) for her efforts to raise the funds for these units and to all the businesses in the village who donated towards the cost. Want to do your bit to reduce plastic waste - Rainbow Turtle is a Fairtrade shop across the road from the Piazza in Paisley and offers to refill “Ecover” containers for most household cleaning liquids. Kilbarchan Smile still needs more active volunteers who can offer help in the garden, with village improvements or even with admin, PR, digital and social media. Some companies fund their employees to take part in community work which also forms a key part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards volunteering section. To find out more, contact 07952169341, email hello@kilbarchansmile. or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook. @GryffeAds

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