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284 May 2018 - Gryffe Advertizer

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kilbarchan, howwood, lochwinnoch & elderslie 36 kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Let's hear from our Councillors Cllr Derek Bibby: There has been widespread consternation, and anger at the announcement by Renfrewshire Leisure that the Mobile Library has been withdrawn. This will have a major impact on Kilbarchan and Howwood, and in particular older people who find it difficult to travel to the central libraries, and who do not have access to technology. I am particularly dismayed and angry that this follows on just weeks after the rural bus services were cut, making it even more problematic The Council and its partners constantly refer to the need to ensure older people have the best quality of life in their communities. Access to such resources as mobile libraries and transport are crucial in this regard. Renfrewshire Leisure run the Library service on behalf of the Council, and at the next Council meeting I will be calling for the service to be reinstated. I have had representation from constituents in Howwood and Kilbarchan regarding the dearth of, and state of repair of the seats and benches in the respective public parks. I hope that funding to improve matters in the parks will be provided, either through the green space investment fund, or the recently announced village investment fund. The road and pavement repair programme is being finalised by the council. After months of pressure and postponements, resurfacing of the main road through Kilbarchan at Easwald Bank has finally been completed. The funding for this project was identified in the budget in February 2017, and it has taken too long to complete this work. I am questioning what proportion of the £7.3 million identified for 2018/19 is to be spent in Howwood, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch. I am very disappointed that Church Street in Kilbarchan, which is at the centre of the conservation village will not be resurfaced in 2018. The road is in an extremely poor state of repair, and is in urgent need of attention. Temporary filling of potholes is not a long term solution, and does not auger well for the administrations promise to “fix the roads” Please get in touch with me if you have any recommendations on roads and pavements that should be included in this year’s programme, as I will continue to press for the villages to receive their fair share of resources. Cllr Andy Doig: While taking part recently in a community clean up in Howwood organised by the Community Council I was able to have a discussion with members, when we finished, about the fact I have contacted the Coal Authority to get a historic map of the mine-workings and lime-workings in and around Kilnknowe Cottages. The map which the Coal Authority furnished me with is an abandonment map from 1923 which shows the extend and depth of industrial mining which took place in and around Kilnknowe Cottages. This is still highly relevant today as many Kilnknowe Cottage residents have been contacting me with concerns about the time being taken by MacTaggart and Mickel regarding their new development in the area. I have been liaising closely with the planning officers at Renfrewshire Council and I am happy to talk to any Kilnknowe Cottage residents who still have concerns and worries about this matter. In the wake of the unsuccessful bid for Paisley 2021 I am upbeat about the heritage and cultural offer which Renfrewshire as a whole can exhibit. To get these crucial tourist numbers which bring areas like Stirling and Edinburgh a massive income per annum, Renfrewshire has to stop being shy about the rich history we have in our villages, and proclaim it to the world. In that spirit, I was delighted that my motion at the last meeting of Renfrewshire Council to erect a commemorative plaque in Church Street, Kilbarchan, to the iconic Habbie Simpson, who is buried in Church Street in the former West Kirk Graveyard, was approved unanimously. Habbie Simpson popularised a form of writing Scots poetry known as the “Standard Habbie”, and this was later taken up by no less a poet than Rabbie Burns, the national bard. Earlier this year at Lochwinnoch Community Council I argued the case for the establishment of some kind of memorial to the late Roland Eugene Muirhead, a man I describe as Lochwinnoch’s forgotten radical. Muirhead was a leading light in both the Labour and National movements for the first fifty years of the 20th century and had been a fervent Liberal in his youth. Roland was the mentor of Tom Johnstone, the war-time Secretary of State for Scotland in the Churchill Government, who did so much in relation to ground breaking initiatives such as hydro power. Muirhead was born, lived, and died at Meiklecloak Farm, Lochwinnoch. I invite older villagers to share any memories they may have of Lochwinnoch’s forgotten radical by contacting me and sharing them. the advertizer kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Lochwinnoch ArtsFestival 2018 The 17th Lochwinnoch Arts Festival was bigger and better than ever. This year’s festival was dedicated to Anne Moore, a beautiful lady and a great loss to all her family and friends. In addition, the Festival supported St Vincent’s Hospice in its 30th year. A fantastic concert in memory of Anne on Tuesday 13th March kicked off the Festival with a fantastic array of talent. Many friends of the Moores took part, as well as the family, and more than £1700 was raised for Corseford School where Anne worked. On Wednesday, Anne Moore’s husband Tom opened the Festival and the Art Exhibition, where Simon Cassidy from St Vincent’s thanked the Festival for choosing the Hospice as the main charity, and gave an insight into the work of the Hospice. A huge variety of local artists performed across the 13 days which culminated in the Grand Finale concert in the Parish Church. Here the crowd were richly entertained by Lochwinnoch Choral Society Junior Choir and the Lochwinnoch Primary 6s, who sang their original composition, ‘The Tree of Life’. The beautiful visual backdrop was completed by primary 4 and 5 (along with invaluable help from Clare Robertson and Sally Maidment). The fantastic Factory Street Quartet were enjoyed by all, followed by beautiful singing by local Outi Smith, and excellent local band Clamjamfrie, which brought the 17th festival to a wonderful end. The course of the festival saw over 3500 people attending or taking part in workshops and events. Organisers are massively grateful to the sponsors. They would also like to thank to each and every helper and volunteer. They festival could not run without this support. (The next issue will detail money raised for St Vincent’s.) Here’s to 2019!! kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Kilbarchan Parish Church Tots’ Club The club continues to meet on Mondays from 9.15am - 11.30am in the hall. There will be holidays on 7th and 28th May. All tots from birth-3 years, along with an adult are welcome. Your Ward 9 Councillors ... for Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderlsie Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ councillors Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ councillors Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ councillors deadline date for our june issue - Friday 18th May - You don’t want to miss it!!

may 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: info@advertizer.co.uk 37 All set for Saturday 2nd June! Park opens at 12noon This year is an extra special year for Lilias Day as it marks the 50th Anniversary of the revival of our long running village fair and historic parade. We have lots of fantastic entertainment lined up for you between Lilifest and Lilias Day and plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and support your community. On Lilias Day itself we have an exciting line-up featuring new acts such as 3sixty bike display, Sheboom, Johnny Barr Music Tent and a full programme of entertainment in the Kids Tent. Also new this year will be our craft village, zorbing, art show and tasty additions to our food village! The parade this year also promises to be our biggest yet, with a record number of floats, an elusive Batman making an appearance, and the best in local piping with Kilbarchan, St Columba’s and Houston Pipe Bands all taking part. We are also delighted to have a number of previous Miss Lilias’ in the parade to help us celebrate the 50th anniversary. As well as our new additions we will also be welcoming back our usual stalwarts of Lilias Day - Britannia XIV medieval village and archery, the annual tug of war tournament, the local football derby and 50 stalls for our 50th anniversary year. Our grand finale this year will again be the big prize raffle, when one lucky winner will leave the park £1,000 richer. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you can buy them at local shops throughout the village and on the day at the Lilias Day Committee stall. As always we are delighted to have the support of the village, local organisations and businesses, without whom Lilias Day would not happen. Each year the event raises tens of thousands of pounds for charities and good causes. Get Involved Decorate your house or premises - give the village a real festival atmosphere to help us celebrate the 50th anniversary - first prize wins 50 shillings. Let us know if you’re taking part so that your masterpiece can be entered for the coveted prize of best decorated house. Judging commences at 10am on Lilias morning. Tug of War - If you fancy something a bit more active you can get together a team for the tug of war. Can you beat Kilbarchan Smile, last years winners? If so email us with your team name and contact details. New for 2018 - Kids Art Competition! Calling all creative kids!! Be inspired by Kilbarchan and Lilias Day and create a piece of art which will be displayed in the Kids Tent. Hand crafted, digitally produced and 3D entries all welcome This competition is open to children aged 5 to 11. Submit all entries to Kilbarchan Primary School or hand in to Graeme Stockton, Glentyan Cottage (beside Coop) by Wednesday 23rd May. Were you a previous Miss Lilias? Miss Lilias - Beth Caldow with Fiona Jackson, our 1968 Lilias If you were, your carriage awaits you! Please join us in the special 50th anniversary parade. You can contact us on Facebook or on the email address below. Come along and join the fun The park opens at 12noon on Saturday the 2nd June with the main arena entertainment starting at 2pm. The parade starts at 1pm at Tandlehill Rd and proceeds through the village to the Park, picking up Habbie Simpson along the way. Entry to the park costs £2.50 for adults and 50p for children. MISS LILIAS AND THE SCHOOL QUEEN The two leading ladies of Kilbarchan’s Lilias Day have been announced for the event taking place on Saturday 2nd June - Beth Caldow is Miss Lilias 2018 and the school queen is Ellie McGreish. On the day Miss Lilias will be joined by our very first Lilias, Fiona Jackson (nee Liddle) The Lilias Day committee choose Miss Lilias each year based on her contribution to the community or good causes. Beth is in 5th year at St Benedict’s High School and has volunteered w i t h Kilbarchan on the Christmas lights in Kilbarchan. Every year the most senior pupils in Kilbarchan Primary School elect a School Queen and attendants to represent the school at Lilias Day. The group takes a leading role in the parade, and Miss Lilias crowns the School Queen as the parade arrives in the park. Habbie Simpson - Archie Sandground Miss Lilias - Beth Caldow Contact us: info@liliasday.co.uk or message us via Kilbarchan Lilias Day on Facebook. You can keep up to date on all the latest news on the Lilias Day website: www.liliasday. co.uk Follow on twitter: @LiliasDay School Queen - Ellie McGreish Scout Group, helping out with the Beavers since she was 14. She has also volunteered at local sports clubs encouraging youngsters to participate in sport. Through the scout group, Beth has actively been involved in the parade for a number of years and always loves taking part. As part of her duties, Beth will read a proclamation to officially open Lilias Day and, later in the year, will have the honour of switching School Queen Group - Ellie McGreish, Rachel Payne and Katie McDonald The School Queen this year is Ellie McGriesh and her attendants are Rachel Payne and Katie McDonald. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Kilbarchan Old Library - Move it or Lose it! Some of the ladies from the FABS Fitness class at the Old Library in Kilbarchan in their Easter Bonnets. kilbarchan, howwood, lochwinnoch & elderslie Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ councillors @GryffeAds www.advertizer.co.uk

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