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282 March 2018 - 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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30 the advertizer Welcome to Scotland’s largest Regional Park Easter Activities: Fun Days out for 8-15yr olds. Junior Multi-Activity Weeks at Easter are booking fast! 5 full days is £160, 5 half days, either am or pm is £98. Also 2 day Junior Sailing (£85) and Paddlesport courses (£84). Book online today! Pedal the Park Night Rider: The first reliability of its kind at the Park, it’s a 66km ride leaving from Castle Semple at 8pm. Just £5 entry with a broom wagon support. Riders will be required to have bright lights (that will last for 4 hours riding time) and high vis clothing. Castle Semple café will be open before and after for your caffeine fuel! Check out http:// clydemuirshiel.co.uk/event/pedal-the-park-night-rider/ for more route, info and entry. Walking Festival Save the Date: On 26-28th May is our first ever Clyde Muirshiel Walking Festival! There are easy, moderate and longer walks planned for each day. Details will be on clydemuirshiel.co.uk soon! Pedal the Park! It’s now just over 7 weeks to go until Pedal the Park 2018. It’s on Sunday 22nd April and your £20 entry fee includes a goodie bag and a third of the price going to our charity partner CLIC Sargent in Scotland. Conservation Volunteers: The volunteers have an active programme of tasks for over the winter period including Rhododendron clearance in Parkhill Wood. Greenock Cut’s group meet 10.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday and Castle Semple on Thursdays 12.30 – 3.30pm with the odd full day session. Conservation Bioblitz @ Greenock Cut: The new project’s next event, hosted by Greenock Cut Rangers and Conservation Volunteers, is building your own habitat box from 1-3pm. Book a space online today! Ride 63 Community Cycle Club: Occasional weekend rides through the winter, see facebook group page for info or post if you have some free time and would like a ride. Contact the club by emailing the secretary ridesixtythree@gmail.com for a membership form and ride info. TAG-N-TRACK PROJECT UPDATE Signs of spring are starting to appear around the Park. The Black-headed gulls at Castle Semple are changing into their breeding plumage, the blue tits and great tits are singing and the leaves are starting to appear on the trees. We’ve also had our first sighting of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in Glasgow. Unfortunately it isn’t one of our tagged birds and so far they seem to have chosen to stay put in their wintering grounds. Considering the weather here lately, who can blame them! The race will soon be on to get back to their nesting sites and it will be interesting to see who comes back first. Will it be the birds that were last to leave the UK and are currently in France, Stephen, Jonathan and Archie? Or will it be the ones who were first to leave and are currently in Africa, like Flyback and Clyde? We are particularly excited about the gulls which are currently in Africa as we haven’t heard from them since the mobile network went down in November. As soon as they head back into Europe we should get the data sent to our computers and ready for us to begin analysing... GULP! In the last month, the team have been delivering talks to the SWRI, Scottish Wildlife Trust and to students at both SRUC Ayr and the University of Glasgow. We are continuing to increase our public engagement activities and events so if you would like us to come and talk to your group then please get in touch. Gull adoptions: Looking for that something different or are you interested in supporting our gull project? We are offering gull adoption packs where you can sponsor one of the gulls for £25 and in return you will receive an adoption certificate, factsheet, monthly email updates, your name on our website and a fluffy gull to call your own. Look for details on our website or email tnt@clydemuirshiel.co.uk to find out more. Event News: See our native woodland birds up close and meet the TnT Team at Greenock Cut on Saturday 3rd and at Muirshiel on Sunday 4th March for a weekend of Bird Ring Demonstrations. Drop in anytime time between 10.30am – 3.30pm. Volunteer with TnT: One of the projects aims is to train volunteers in the use of our camera traps. The joys of camera trapping are that you never know what you might capture. We are looking for volunteers to use and monitor our camera traps for 3 month periods. All training will be provided and it is something that only requires a couple of hours a week to collect and go through the footage. If you would like to find out more then contact us. Connect with TnT: Details can be found on the Park’s website www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk/tag-n-track or by emailing tnt@clydemuirshiel.co.uk. The Project also now has its own Facebook page which can be found at www. facebook.com/TagnTrack/ Talks to groups can be arranged if you are interested in finding out more about the project and its findings as the project progresses. TnT is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde LEADER and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Update compiled by Tag-n-Track Officer, Hannah Riley. Keep up to speed with events and activities taking place on the Park’s Facebook: facebook.com/ClydeMuirshielRegionalPark or Twitter @ Clydemuirshiel pages and Instagram pages. Brown bin collections are recommencing Householders are requested to present their brown bin beside their blue bin by 7am on their regular recycling collection day during week commencing 19 March or 26 March. Recycling Helpline 01475 715901 www.inverclyde.gov.uk/recycling deadline date for our april issue - Friday 16th March - You don’t want to miss it!!

PCPC march 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: info@advertizer.co.uk Paisley Colour’s 2nd Bimonthly Competition Results Paisley Colour Photographic Club were very pleased to welcome back Eddie Telford from Ayr Photographic Society to judge the second of this sessions three bimonthly competition at the McMaster Centre in Renfrew. Club members submitted up to three digital images. There were three categories - introductory, intermediate and advanced. In the introductory section third place went to Kathy Giddings for “Red Roof Cottage”. Second place was awarded to Leonard Esakowitz for his spectacular “Biplane After Stall”. The top image in this section was given to Fiona McFetridge’s “Look Santa Has Beamed Down!!”. Third place in the intermediate section went to Ross Samson’s “Free- Range Sculpture”, runner up in this section was was Carol Cracie’s “Winter’s Morning”. Eddie judged Frank McCollum’s close-up image “Sitting Pretty” as the winning image in the section. Sitting Pretty Gryffe Camera Club 31 If you are interested in joining a friendly Camera Club, just pop along to one of our Club Nights. We meet every Wednesday Night at The Carrick Centre, Houston between 7.30pm and 10.00pm. See our website – www. gryffecameraclub.co.uk We are also on Facebook www.facebook.com/ Gryffe-Camera-Club Last months Guest Speakers included Ian McCrorie who gave us the history of Caledonian MacBrayne and Neil Macgregor with Bits & Pieces. Both equally enjoyed, especially the former who was well-known to several of our members The winners of Club Competition 4 as judged by the members were: - A Prints B Prints 1st - Andy Stark 1st – Christine Kyle 2nd - Bill Crookston 2nd – Chris Kyle 3rd - Kate Cummins 3rd – Chris Kyle Mono Prints Digital A 1st – Kate Cummins 1st – Andy Stark =2nd - Andy Stark 2nd – Malcolm Martin =2nd - Matt Johnson 3rd – Andy Stark Digital B 1st place – Rhona Miller 2nd place – Ronnie Logan 3rd place – Chris Arthur Upcoming Guest Speakers are Mark McColl returns on 28 February with his stunning Aurora and Astro photos; Ann-Marie Westwood on 14 March and David Walker with the Hidden Gems of Glasgow on 28th March. Look Santa Has Beamed Down In the advanced section Jim Caldwell’s “Yellowbilled Stork with Fish” was judged the third top image. In second place was t“Female Kingfisher with Minnow” by Mike Cruise. The top image in this second bimonthly competition was by Robert Fulton with wonderfully atmostpheric “Cloud Inversion at Daybreak”. Club meetings on Thursday evenings continue at the McMaster Centre in Renfrew throughout spring months and include further competitions as well as a range of photography lectures to which visitors are always welcome. For further details about PCPC and updated members galleries please view: www.paisleycolour.co.uk Winter’s Morning Female Kingfisher with Minnow Cloud Inversion at Daybreak @GryffeAds www.advertizer.co.uk

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