287 August 2018 - Gryffe Advertizer


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August 2018 No.287

your LOCAL community magazine August 2018 No. 287

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It was this time last year that I reported on an application for the former Bull’s

Garage site in Bridge of Weir. Plans for a retail outlet with cafe and parking

along with retirement fl ats have been approved, so all we’re waiting for now

is for work to commence. It’s very sad that the village lost the only local fuel

station, but it will be good to see the transformation of the site in the coming


I’m delighted to report that Inverclyde Council have refused the application

by Gladman for the site at Knapps, Kilmacolm. The grounds the plans were

refused on will be ammunition for the other proposed sites around the village,

namely that greenbelt should be protected and that with a falling population in

Inverclyde, there is little evidence that further housing is required in the area.

With applications for West of Quarry Drive and Planetreeyetts expected soon

we hope the Council will keep these objections in mind. Kilmacolm Community

Council report that Taylor-Wimpey will be holding a second public meeting on

23rd August in the Community Centre between 3pm and 8pm to present a

further plan following the feedback from the fi rst consultation.

And as we went to print, I saw a report that Inverclyde Planning Board were

considering plans for a development of almost 50 houses at the Balrossie

House site in Kilmacolm. The existing building to be converted into apartments,

retaining some of the historic structure’s facades, and a further 49 houses in

the grounds.

Cllr Derek Bibby reports that Renfrewshire Council has received notice from

AWG Properties regarding a possible future planning application for a residential

development at Barrhill Crescent, Kilbarchan. This event will take place at the

Steeple Hall between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 23rd August and Cllr Bibby

encourages villagers to attend.

An application in principle has been lodged by Gladman for the land at

Carsemeadow, Quarriers Village for less than 50 houses, reference no.

18/0190/IC. This is not the old children’s nursery, but instead is the area of

land off the main road, opposite Peace Avenue. Due to the small quantity of

houses proposed it is unlikely that there will be a consultation meeting and the

decision will be made at the monthly planning board meeting in due course.


The bollards on the traffi c island leaving Bridge of Weir for Kilmacolm have

once again been fl attened and have been temporarily replaced with traffi c

cones. These in turn have been thumped a couple of times and look rather

sorry for themselves. It seems that the island is simply not obvious enough so

perhaps something more robust could be considered when it’s being replaced.

Or maybe it should just be removed altogether?

There are to be more roadworks at Deafhillock, from the roundabout to the

junction to the A737, and will take place from 28th July to 13th August, with

the road closing from 8pm to 6am. While drivers are pretty fed up now with

roadworks, at least these take place through the night to help minimise

disruption to commuters.

And finally:

Only a couple of weeks of summer holidays left - I think we can all agree that

this has been one of the best weather-wise for a LONG time. Don’t

worry, I won’t subject you all to photos of my suntanned

feet in my garden!


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local news...............4-13

finance & tech ..... 14-19

outdoors............... 20-23

local history...........24-25

village news ......... 26-35

school news ......... 36-40

what’s on ............. 41-45



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pet news ...............46-47

sport news ........... 48-51

business classified ...52

sales & wants ............53

advertizer directory...54

pick up a copy ...........54

on the road ................55

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Paisley’s weavers’ holiday

celebrated at annual Sma’

Shot Day and Weave Festival

Thousands turned out to

take a trip ‘doon the watter’

to mark Paisley’s radical

weavers at the annual Sma’

Shot Day and Weave Festival

celebrations at the weekend.

The event attracted more

than 12,000 people to the

town to enjoy a diverse range

of cultural performances and

events including one of the

world’s oldest workers’ festivals – Sma’ Shot Day.

This year’s theme marked the

weavers’ annual holiday where they

would traditionally go on a trip to the

coast and it proved to be particularly

apt as the sun shone on Paisley

giving a real holiday atmosphere.

Paisley’s radical history began

as a result of the famous dispute

between the local shawl weavers

and manufacturers in the 19th

century. The sma’ shot was a fi ne weft yarn, woven into Paisley shawls by the

weavers, which they were not paid for. An agreement was fi nally reached to pay

for the sma’ shot in 1856.

More than 450 costumed performers, artists,

community groups and families took part in

the Sma’ Shot parade led by the Charleston

Drum – the traditional way of calling out the

weavers for the annual festival.

This year’s parade, programmed by

Bridgeman Arts, had the added spectacle of

an 18-metre steam boat fl oat to signify the

weavers’ annual holiday where they would

traditionally take a trip ‘doon the watter’

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron,

said: “The Sma’ Shot Day parade is a fi rm

favourite in the calendar each year and it was

great to see so many local community groups

take part and entertain the crowds.

“Seeing this popular day grow to now incorporate the Weave Festival gives

even more opportunity to bring cultural activities to the area. Events like this

help attract visitors to the town which is not only good for local businesses but

allows us to continue to share Paisley’s unique story.”

As part of the day’s events a Youth Poetry Slam took place at the Dooslan

Stane stage where a number of young people shared their experiences through

spoken word performances – carrying on the town’s rich heritage of activism.

This element of the day was tied into the wider Year of Young People 2018

programme which aims to give young people a stronger voice on issues which

affect their lives, showcase their ideas and talents, and ultimately, create a

more positive perception of them in society.

Osama Nadeem from Renfrewshire Youth Voice, said: “Being part of the parade

helps to showcase young people’s involvement in the community and also

highlight the many youth groups out there in the area.”

The fun-packed afternoon featured around 30 shows in Paisley’s historic town


Celebrating Inverclyde’s Community Champions

People in Inverclyde are being urged to nominate deserving community groups

to be honoured with the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service.

Lord-Lieutenant Guy Clark - the Queen’s representative in Inverclyde, East

Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire - is calling for local people to put forward

voluntary groups who deserve recognition for their outstanding work in their


“I know there must be many local organisations that would be worthy winners

of this very special award.

“Voluntary groups make such a difference in their communities and make such

a massive contribution to people’s lives. They do it selfl essly and they deserve

some public recognition.

“If you know of any deserving groups please get your nomination in by Friday

14th September 2018.”

The Award was introduced by the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden

Jubilee and ranks with the MBE for volunteer groups.

It recognises exceptional contributions made by voluntary groups who give up

their time for their local communities.

Inverclyde Provost Martin Brennan said: “There are many groups in Inverclyde

doing a sterling job in their communities, and this is the chance to show them

that they are truly appreciated.

“Volunteering takes time and energy and although they don’t do it for the

recognition, this award allows us to say a huge thank you to those who deserve


“If you can think of any voluntary group in Inverclyde worthy of this prestigious

award, make sure you nominate them today.”

Full details and nomination forms are available at the Queen’s Award for

Voluntary web site https://qavs.direct.gov.uk


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Advertising Feature

Bluewater Dental in Lochwinnoch

are delighted to welcome Craig

Taylor BDS to the team as their

new full-time associate. The

award-winning practice has

previously consisted of principal

dentist, Samuel ‘Barry’ Lemon

and three dental nurses whilst

simultaneously running the NHS

trainee dentist scheme. Barry was

so impressed by Craig’s work and

excellent chairside manner, that it

was natural to keep him on as an


Craig happily stated that

“Lochwinnoch is a great place to

work. Our patients are lovely and

always have a story to tell. The great weather this summer has allowed me

to go for beautiful lunchtime walks. Bluewater is a happy and fun team to

work with. I am simply delighted to be part of it.”

Furthermore, Bluewater Dental will now be opening two late nights a week

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New Initiative Will Clean up Renfrewshire’s Roadsides

Roadside litter is set to

be tackled as the latest

element of Renfrewshire’s

growing Team Up to Clean Up


The latest strand of the

campaign aims to deter

drivers from throwing litter

out their windows onto the

roadside and pedestrians

from failing to use litter bins.

A dedicated Rapid Response

Team (RRT) has been set up to tackle the problem and will work to clear verges

and pavements across the area of discarded litter.

Residents will be able to report areas of concern and issues will be assigned to

the new RRT as part of their ongoing programme of work.

The new team will work in tandem with the current RRT who were expanded at

the beginning of the campaign and carry out daily patrols across Renfrewshire,

tackle issues of fl ytipping and work with local businesses to ensure they are

disposing of their waste correctly.

Grant Roderickson, Roadside Litter RRT, said: “Unfortunately people tend to

throw all sorts out of their car windows and we have to go out to clean up after


“We put out signs to warn motorists we are there but often drivers don’t slow

down enough which can be one of the main dangers of this role.

“We’re working hard to pick up all the litter that is thrown out of cars, tackle

fl ytipping on rural roads and really trying our best to keep Renfrewshire clean.”

Renfrewshire Council recently supported national environment charity Keep

Scotland Beautiful’s Week of Action on roadside litter which asked motorists to

‘give their litter a lift’ and consider the local environment.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Infrastructure, Land and Environment

Policy Board, said: “Roadside litter has been a key issue I have wanted to tackle

as part of the campaign as it is damaging to the environment and a blight on

the beautiful scenery we have in Renfrewshire.

“Drivers need to recognise

the damage they are causing

and that what might just be

one piece of litter to them

is actually causing a much

bigger problem.

“Working at the side of a busy

road can be dangerous and

our new team have to undergo

training to ensure their safety

as they clear the roadsides of


“Please take the time to think before you throw litter away incorrectly and

instead keep it with you until you get home or until you make it to the nearest


“Small changes can make a big difference and that is at the heart of our Team

Up to Clean Up campaign.”

£2.5million has been allocated to Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign

over the next fi ve years to allow the continuation of an enhanced programme

of gully cleaning, increased mechanical road sweeping, the replacement or

removal of out of date street signage and an additional six community litter


The campaign also challenges the community to play their part and this has

proved extremely successful with more than 120 community clean ups taking

place throughout the area and more than 2100 volunteers taking part.

A number of high-profi le businesses, including ThermoFisher, McDonalds and

Diageo, have also engaged with the campaign and have undertaken litter picks

of the local area with their staff.

For more information on the campaign and how you can get involved visit www.

renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup or join the dedicated group at www.facebook.


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Local heroes honoured

by Renfrewshire’s



Renfrewshire’s hidden stars have been given civic recognition for their work in

the community by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

Eight inspiring community members were rewarded with a Provost’s Distinction

Certifi cate at a special ceremony in Paisley Town Hall.

The Distinction Certifi cates provide the Provost the opportunity to recognise

community members who have came to her attention for the positive difference

they have made to Renfrewshire.

Provost Cameron said: “One of the most satisfying parts of my role as Provost is

being able to recognise those who make a real difference to the lives of those

around them and make Renfrewshire a better place for us all to live.

“Every one of the award winners is deserving of the accolade for the positive

work they do and I’m delighted to be able to give them the recognition they


The Distinction Certificate award winners are:

Anne and John Bellshaw – What started as a one-off charity event in memory

of Anne’s brother has turned into 22 years of daredevil challenges, race

nights and raffl es. Fundraising for MND Scotland and ACCORD Hospice, and

with the support of family and friends, they have raised more than £132,000

for these two great causes.

Peter Stewart – A youthful 90 years old Peter is still raising money for charity,

culminating in his latest exploit, a 165ft abseil off the Forth Road Bridge.

Following the loss of his wife, Peter has dedicated himself to a variety of

different causes and challenges to make a difference to the lives of others.

Stephen Torrance – A long-time supporter of the Choose Life and SOBS group

in Renfrewshire, Stephen has fundraised in the memory of his brother Vinny

who took his own life in 2009. Hosting an annual golf tournament, Stephen

has managed to raise not only money but much-needed awareness of the

issue of male suicide.

Howwood Emergency Amateur Response Team (HEART) – This inspiring

group of volunteers worked diligently within the local Howwood community

during the severe weather earlier this year. They cleared local roads, visited

elderly neighbours to ensure they were safe and well and ensured local

school routes were safe for parents and children.

Rekz Afzal – A well-known community fi gure, Rekz has created a community

fridge which allows people to buy essentials for those who may be in need.

He has also organised local music events with the proceeds going to the One

Giant Leap programme which supports young adults with disabilities through

music and art.

Brian McClure – Taxi driver Brian has been honoured for his quick thinking

that saved the life of a elderly woman. Spotting that a car had crashed into

a stationary car, Brian performed emergency CPR on the driver who had

suffered a heart attack which helped save her life.

Margaret Beacom – A true community hero, Margaret has been looking after

her neighbour through a long-term illness to ensure they are coping, have the

essentials in the fridge and are able to make all appointments they need to,

which has gone a long way to improving their quality of life.

Alongside the Distinction Certifi cates, community members can be rewarded

through the Provost’s Community Awards in a variety of categories.

Nominations can be made for anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire and

the nomination period will open later in the year.

For more information on the award winners, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/


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Hospice Worker Blazes Trail

ACCORD Hospice is asking people to brave the

heat and bare their soles to raise money by taking

part in a firewalk on Saturday 29th September.

The event is being run by leading firewalk experts

– Firewalk Scotland!

Eileen Brown, a member of the Housekeeping

Team at ACCORD, is doing the firewalk in memory

of her mum, Jean Pickett. Eileen, who has been

at the Hospice for 18 months, admits that she was a little scared before she

started working there:

“I thought at first it would be all doom and gloom, but it is far from what I

imagined. It is upbeat and there is a lot of laughter and cheer - I actually look

forward to going to work. It’s a great place and I see first-hand how wonderful

the Hospice is with patients and their families. Staff help to make patients feel

at ease and give their families peace of mind”

ACCORD Hospice is an independent charity giving free Specialist Palliative

Medical and Nursing Care and support to people whose illness is causing

physical pain and emotional distress and for whom curative treatment may no

longer be appropriate. The Hospice cares for around 1,200 patients each year

and needs to raise around £1.8 million annually.

There are already over 30 people signed up to do the Firewalk which takes

place in the Hospice grounds at Morton Avenue, just off Hawkhead Road on

Saturday 29th September. David McFadden, Senior Fundraiser at ACCORD is

delighted with the response so far:

“It’s fantastic to see so many people already signed up for our first ever firewalk!

With the help and support of the community, the individuals we look after are

given the first class care they deserve. Do it for ACCORD and sign up to the


You can register online at www.accordhospice.org.uk/event/accord-firewalk or

by calling the fundraising team on 0141 581 2000. Registration costs £20 and

participants are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £100.

Annual Art Exhibition

This year our annual Art Exhibition is taking place in the Cedar suite, kindly

donated by the Normandy Hotel. We are delighted to have over 60 artists

exhibiting this year with a whole range of originals for you to buy from. The

exhibition is running from Friday 31st August to Thursday 6th September

inclusive and is open Monday to Friday from 12noon – 8pm daily, 12noon

– 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free but there will be a collecting can

available should you wish to make a donation. 50% of all sales made will come

to ACCORD Hospice.

Each year the Art Exhibition raises thousands of pounds for the Hospice. ACCORD

Hospice provides specialist Palliative care to those in Renfrewshire and parts of

East Renfrewshire. We hope you will come along and have a look.




Our tremendous team that

completed the Kiltwalk

raised £5,700 with the

generous match funding of the Hunter Foundation. These funds will help

provide additional support to our referred families who receive individually

tailored weekly home visits from one of our trained volunteers.

Families are referred usually by health visitors or social workers or self-referrals

for reasons which include isolation, addiction, domestic abuse, mental health

issues, disability, illness, lack of family support, bereavement and post-natal

depression – or a combination of such issues.

Whilst the benefits to the family are clear and well documented, we should not

underestimate the benefits to the volunteers too. We are the stepping stone

for many of our previously unemployed volunteers to go on and find work or

enter education. There are also instances of families that have been supported

going on to become volunteers themselves – giving that support back providing

a continuous strengthening of their community.

“Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through

life without someone else’s help.”

Our next 8 session volunteer training course starts Tuesday 21st August and will

run Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10am - 1pm in our office in Paisley.

The course, whilst it covers everything you need to know, is very friendly and

informal. There is no written work - and there is no exam at the end of it!!

Another option is to join us as a Trustee to help shape the future of our work

with families. The minimum commitment as a Trustee is a few hours each

month, to attend meetings or to engage in Board discussions via email and

online forums. Further opportunities to get involved are possible too, so we can

be flexible to suit individual motivations to volunteer.

If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunity to join us, please

contact us to arrange an informal chat. Visit us online to see the latest news on

our work www.home-start-renfrewshire.org.uk

To get in touch for more information you can phone 0141 889 5272, facebook

or email theteam@home-start-renfrewshire.org.uk

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Dancing through the Decades

On Saturday the 15th of September at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, Glasgow, G43

1NE, we are holding a Night of nostalgia with ‘Dancing through the Decades’ to

help raise funds for people impacted by Huntington’s disease (HD). We expect

the night to be a sell out, so to avoid disappointment, please purchase tickets

£10 per person online.

From the groovy tunes of the swinging 60s to the funkadelic disco boogies of

the 70s through to the motown sounds of the 80s, we will have something

for everyone…. So, come along and have a night of dancing to some of your

favourite yesteryear tunes. There will be a licensed bar, raffle and prizes for

the best fancy dress costumes – so look out your flares, your ‘Peace and Love’

medallion, or your Day-Glo ankle warmers.

The funds raised on the night will go towards the work of Scottish Huntington’s

Association, helping to support families living with HD through a network of

specialist services.

You can pay online https://hdscotland.org/

dancing-through-the-decades/ by calling

Linda on 0141 848 0308 or by emailing


S.I.Paisley - the Gift of Sight

Being able to see is something most

of us take for granted, but in many

countries of the world people suffer

from eye conditions which are easily

resolved if access is made available

to the correct treatment.

Members of S.I.Paisley heard recently from Dr. Sadhu Gupta, a Consultant

Ophthalmic Surgeon in Inverclyde, the husband of one of our members and

a well known member of Gourock Rotary Club. Dr. Gupta has been involved

in charitable work in this area since 1994 when he held his first overseas eye

camp in Bangladesh. There he operated on the eyes of hundreds of many

under-privileged and poor patients who otherwise would be unable to have

such an operation. Subsequently he has carried out 18 or so such eye camps,

operating on many thousands of people in the most remote and poor areas of

the world including Ethiopia, India, Burma, Pakistan etc...

In this work he has been ably supported by Danny Chundoo, a fellow Rotarian.

Danny has worked as an alcohol addiction nurse and a clinical nurse manager

in Greenock, and has been involved in organising and managing host country

teams for many years.

Both men have received awards in recognition of their work in this field.

Live and learn certificate for

new Paisley & District U3A

After nine months of planning

and hard work, Paisley & District’s

U3A (University of the Third Age)

representatives have now received

a Certificate of Membership from

Pam Jones, Chair of the Third Age

Trust. The Renfrewshire-wide U3A

is a newly established member and

joins 26 other U3As in Scotland.

Proudly displaying the certificate,

Paisley & District U3A Chair Kathleen

O’Donnell said: “Approaching or

reaching retirement gives people a

chance to try new things. Our hardworking

steering group decided to establish a Paisley & District U3A. We know

that when you get older you’re more likely to have the free time to enjoy learning

new skills. It’s also a great way to meet people who share similar interests.

“We offer later life education groups - all run by local volunteers. Our members

choose the topics they want to learn more about. These sessions can range from

conversational Spanish and art appreciation to architecture and local history.

We also have a programme of guest speakers who share their knowledge and

expertise at our monthly meetings. These are held on the first Thursday of that

month, from 2pm - 3.30pm, and members and friends can come and enjoy a

tea or coffee beforehand.”

As well as the certificate presentations at the U3A All Scotland Assembly &

AGM in East Kilbride Art Centre, delegates heard about Scottish Government

research into social isolation and loneliness. Its 2018 consultation paper, ‘A

Connected Scotland’, quotes the late Jo Cox, Member of Parliament as saying:

“Young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate … it is something many of us

could easily help with.” Paisley & District U3A may play its part to assist social

connections among semi or retired individuals living in the Renfrewshire area.

PHOTO (I – r): Paisley & District U3A representatives Trevor Bailey, Mike Lynch,

Kathleen O’Donnell and Third Age Trust Chair, Pam Jones.

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• Contemporary Issues

• Nature

• People

• Environment

• General News

• Sports

• Spot News

• Long-Term Projects

Come and experience the World Press Photo

Exhibition to the Scottish Parliament this August!

We’re hosting the exhibition this year between 1st – 25th

August (but we’re closed on Sundays) from 10am – 5pm.

Entry is free.

World Press Photo showcases some of the most powerful

and thought-provoking images of the past year. The

annual photo contest rewards photographers for the best

single exposure pictures which have contributed to visual

journalism throughout 2017, split into the categories


This year 73,000 images were submitted by 4,500

photographers from 125 countries. To find out more

about the contest, and see the full list of nominees, visit


So what is changing with the bins in Renfrewshire?

Firstly, you'll be receiving a new green bin which

will be for plastics, cans and glass.

This will be delivered in advance of the new

collection arrangements along with details of what

should or should not go in each bin.

You will still receive a collection every week of at

least one bin.

Why is this happening?

We've found through research that up to 69% of the

rubbish being placed in the general waste bin could have

been recycled.

The new service aims to encourage people to be better

recyclers and increase the space available in your general

waste bin.

Your four bins will now be:

A GREEN wheelie bin

for plastics, cans and

glass and will be

collected every four

weeks (alternate

fortnightly with the

blue bin).

The GREY general

waste bin will be

collected every three


We also need to comply with the Scottish Government's ban on untreated

biodegradable waste being sent to landfill by 2021, as well as ensuring we fulfil the

national Household Recycling Charter objectives.

Does this affect everyone?

The new collection service will impact on the 90,000 properties across

Renfrewshire which have a kerbside collection service.

Approximately 30,000 properties, which includes tenements, maisonettes and high

flats, will see no change to their general waste collection but the service will be

tailored to allow these properties access to the new service if they require.

The BLUE bin will now

be for paper and

cardboard only and

will be collected every

four weeks (alternate

fortnightly with the

green bin).

There is no change to

the BROWN food and

garden waste bin, if

you have one, which is

still collected


Don't worry, you will be fully informed of the change to your collection in advance.

Keep an eye on the Council Facebook and Twitter channels too as we'll be posting information there as often as

possible. http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/binchanges2018

Sports & Vision

by Kerry Taher, New Vision Opticians

Do you wish you could cut a few strokes off your golf

score? Having trouble returning your tennis partner’s

serve? Does your child always seem to be just a few

steps away from the football? Vision, just like speed and

strength, is an important component in how well you play

your sport.

Eye protection should also be considered by all sports

people, especially in certain high-risk sports. Thousands

of children and adults suffer sports-related eye injuries

each year, with squash and paintball accounting for a very

large part of this group. Nearly all of these injuries could

have been prevented if the proper protective eyewear

had been worn. Years ago, there was some resistance

by children to “looking funny” when they wore protective

eyewear but today, sports goggles are an accepted part

of everyday life, similar to the way bike helmets have

become the norm.

Impact resistant materials, initially used for astronaut helmet

visors and space shuttle windshields, are now widely used as

lightweight but durable spectacle lenses, and are particularly

effective for eye protection in sport. Polycarbonate lenses,

for example, are up to 10 times more impact resistant than

standard plastic or glass lenses and they also offer further

protection from UV light.

For outdoor sports, appropriate sunglasses are a must, and

some sport-specific designs may even help you improve your

game. There are a variety of tints available to improve on

contrast in golf, clay pigeon shooting and skiing. Almost

every option is also available with spectacle correction, even

swimming goggles.

Each sport has its own specific risks and visual demands

so just ask your optometrist what would be best for your

favourite sports.

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A Brighter Smile – Naturally!


by Sheila Macintyre, Practice Owner at Kilbarchan Dental Practice

Tea, Coffee, Smoking and Red Wine are all known to contribute to tooth


With an increased focus on natural and home treatments you might be surprised

at some of the more popular teeth-whitening suggestions out there!

Strawberries, for instance, contain an enzyme called malic acid which it

is claimed is a natural tooth whitener. Numerous natural health websites

recommend mashing up a few strawberries, rubbing them on your teeth and

leaving for 5 minutes before rinsing and brushing as usual.

Charcoal is a really popular ingredient in a variety of health and beauty uses at

the moment and activated charcoal powder is said by some to absorb stains

and bacteria, making teeth whiter. There are even charcoal toothpastes that

are now widely available.

Baking Soda is also an ingredient in several whitening toothpastes due to its

lightly abrasive qualities and brushing your teeth with baking soda is undoubtedly

a good alternative if you do ever find yourself without any toothpaste.

Finally, Oil Pulling (the ancient Indian practice of swishing a tablespoon of

coconut oil through your teeth) is another trend that has done the rounds and

people who practice it today claim that it helps whiten their teeth.

I’m afraid, however, there is no real evidence to support the teeth-whitening

properties of these natural treatments although some will certainly help to

clean teeth - I have long been extolling the virtues of fibrous foods such as

celery and apples and plain popping corn as “natural toothbrushes”.

The treatments are probably harmless enough used in moderation but the

truth is they are unlikely to do much to whiten your teeth. As the Oral Health

Foundation’s states: “It is important to understand that, in the

long-term, the only way to get the white teeth many people

desire is through professional whiting services provided by a

dental professional.”

If you would like to find out more about the teeth-whitening

services available come and see us at Kilbarchan

Dental Practice, call 01505 704969 or click www.

kilbarchandental.co.uk where you’ll find lots more free

tips and advice.

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How to avoid Pension Scams

Opportunities for Modern


Young people hoping to join Inverclyde Council’s successful Modern

Apprentice scheme have until Sunday 5th August to apply.

The Council is looking for committed young people to fill eight vacancies in

business and administration.

Environment and Regeneration Convener Councillor Michael McCormick

said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person to learn real skills

and gain invaluable experience - and opportunity is everything in today’s

job market.

“Modern Apprenticeships really can offer a head-start when it comes to

employability and I hope as many young people as possible put themselves


As a Modern Apprentice, the young person holds ‘employed trainee status’,

which means they are paid the appropriate MA rate for the job – earning

while they are learning.

Inverclyde Council is one of the largest employers in the area and is inviting

applications for a number of Modern Apprenticeship training opportunities,

which will be advertised within the local press.

Young people aged between 16 and 19 and who live in Inverclyde are

eligible to apply.

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Closing date for applications is Sunday 5th August 2018.

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by Carl Melvin, Affluent Financial Planning Ltd

An alarming number of pension scams are being reported with some people

losing their entire pension pots to fraudsters. The Pension Regulator,

Action Fraud and others are urging you to beware of the risks of losing your

retirement fund to pension fraud.

So, what should you look out for?

Beware cold callers – don’t take unsolicited calls from providers offering

a “free pension review”. Register your phone numbers with the telephone

preference service to block cold calls and perhaps download TPS Protect

app to your mobile phone - see https://www.tpsonline.org.uk/

Don’t assume its official – Official bodies such as The Pension Advisory

Service, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or Pension Wise will never

initiate contact with you. If you receive an email or text purporting to be

from such a Government body, it is likely to be a scam.

Beware early release – an offer to access your pension before age 55

should be a red flag. For many people, taking pension benefi ts before this

age will result in an unauthorised payment tax charge due to the UK tax


Too good to be true – It’s an old adage but if an investment opportunity

sounds too good, it probably is – always get evidence to support any claims

made by those offering investment opportunities.

Hurry while stocks last – Scammers will seek to exploit your wish not to

lose out and will apply pressure to buy now before the chance is gone. No

investment opportunity is so time critical that it cannot wait until you have

fully considered it – don’t be rushed into a decision.

Beware illiquid investments – Many scams involve investment in illiquid

assets such as property or land developments. Often these assets don’t

exist but by the time you find this out, your money is gone.

Overseas opportunities – UK regulations are robust, and many scammers

operate from outside the UK where laws are less stringent. Be very careful

about dealing with an overseas adviser.

Check out your adviser – Check the FCA register to make sure your

adviser is regulated. Google your adviser to see if there are any negative

comments or concerns about scams and google maps to see the adviser’s


This information is not financial advice. If you require advice you should

consult a professional adviser. The first meeting is normally free and there

is no obligation.

Call us for a FREE financial review on 01505 59 50 60 or email: info@

affl uentfp.co.uk Alternatively, pop into the Affl uent offi ce opposite Amaretto

restaurant on Main Street, Bridge of Weir. www.affl uentfp.co.uk

Weir Networking

Weir Networking Business events are now held quarterly, on a Wednesday

in Amaretto, Bridge of Weir.

There will be a break over summer, returning on Wednesday 12th

September. Breakfast starts at 9.30am with a cover charge of £5.

Please email colin@magifilms.co.uk or visit their facebook page at


We look forward to welcoming you all.

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Temporary move for library

Paisley Central Library will be moving to a temporary home in the town

centre - ahead of a new state-of-the-art facility opening on the High Street.

The library has to leave its current home next to Paisley Museum in

September when the building closes for a £42m revamp to turn the museum

into an international-class destination.

Library provision will move to a new learning and cultural hub at 22 High

Street by 2021, with a temporary library to be built next to the Lagoon

leisure centre and due to open in January 2019.

The modular building will take over part of the facility’s south car park -

currently used by council staff - and will house the most popular books and

services, plus some public access PCs. In the meantime, library users will

be able to access the same services at Foxbar, Glenburn, Ferguslie and

Ralston libraries, as well as a wide range of e-books.

A number of public-access PCs will be made available from September at 5

High Street to ensure jobseekers and others requiring internet access can

continue to get online. The hugely-popular Bookbug sessions will move to

the main Lagoon building until the end of the year until the temporary library

is ready.

The heritage centre - where the public can access family and local history

records - is set to decamp to a new home in Mile End Mill in Seedhill

Road over the winter and will stay for four years until moving back into the

museum when it reopens in 2022.

Gavin Newlands MP

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WASPI: I recently raised a Parliamentary Question to

the DWP to find out whether the Secretary of State

Esther McVey has met with the Women Against

State Pension Inequality campaigners during her six months in office.

Disappointingly, the answer confirmed that she has not met with anyone

from the WASPI campaign. This campaign affects approximately 3.8

million women across the UK who’ve had their state pension age changed

without notice.

The Scottish Government has been raising this issue time and time again

and has fought for the UK Government to rectify this and give the WASPI

women the pension they rightfully deserve. This is a time sensitive issue

and it’s time that the Minister hears their concerns for herself as well.

HELMS: Through a written parliamentary question I have learned that

Paisley and Renfrewshire North had more solar panel installations from the

discredited green energy company HELMS than any other constituency in


HELMS went into liquidation in 2016 and since then, people throughout

Scotland have complained that HELMS mis-sold them on the savings that

they would make through having solar panels installed.

Affected households have been left with higher energy bills and not being

able to sell their properties due to the fact that in some cases households

were tied into a 25-year credit agreement with their energy suppliers –

despite being told their solar panels were free.

I am currently investigating what recourse may be available for affected

constituents. Anyone who has been mis-sold should get in touch with my

office and we’ll try to help as much as possible.

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The end of June and beginning of July marks the end of

the old Rotary year and the start of the new with a handover

to a new President, Officers and Convenors at the

meeting on July 11th.

Summing up the 2017/18 Rotary year, Past President

Peter Dickie commented that a particularly good session had

been enjoyed by old members and new. There had been six big fundraising

events – the BBQ and Disco, the Curry Night, the Burns Supper, the

Musical Lunch, the 10K Run and the Charity Car Wash. Major donations

totalling almost £8,000 had been made to Polio Plus, Funding Neuro, Water

Aid, Rise Against Hunger, and 500 miles. Locally, £5,000 has been spent in

support of Youth Services projects, support for Young Carers, the purchase

of a mobility scooter and donations to community projects, including the

village gardening groups.

Peter thanked Iain Robertson and Allan Watt

who were standing down from their positions

and all other officers and convenors for their

work. He handed over the President’s chain of

office to Andrew Macleman and welcomed him

to the role of President for 2018/19.

Andrew’s team of officers and convenors for 2018/19 are:

Secretary Allan Gilfillan

Treasurer Peter Dickie

Community Services Ronnie Mercer International Services Sai Kumar

Youth Services John Douglas Social and Sports Angus Matheson

Speaker’s Secretary Jim McBeath Information/website Mike Farley

Club Services/Membership David Fairbairn


Wednesday 20th May – Roisin Eadie “My Journey to Mary’s Meals”

Roisin Eadie, who is Head of Communications for Mary’s Meals UK, described

her earlier career and how it had prepared her for what she regards as the

ideal job. She went to Gryffe High School and started in journalism with the

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette in 1991 covering Houston and Bridge of

Weir. When moved to the Eastwood Mercury she had an exclusive faceto-face

interview with Margaret Thatcher the day after she stepped down.

At the Greenock Telegraph Roisin found herself covering the busy Sheriff

Court and enjoying the wit of the sheriffs. She held promoted posts at the

Sunday Mail and then the Daily Record before moving to the Corporate

Communications team at Glasgow Caledonian University where she found

herself specialising in trying to keep negative stories out of the press. She

stayed five years, latterly as Head of Communications, and whilst there met

a team from Mary’s Meals. It was this meeting that focused Roisin’s mind

on what she really wanted to do and she joined Mary’s Meals two years ago.

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Dinner meetings are held in The River Inn, Crosslee at 7pm for 7.30pm. If you

are interested in Rotary and would to like to attend, or help at any of our events,

please contact the club via the “contact” button on the website www.gryffevalleyrotary.org.uk


Wednesday 1st August – Allan Gilfi llan “Recollection of an O-level”

Wednesday 8th August – guest of Zia Hotiana

Wednesday 15th August – guest of Ian Jackson

Friday 24th August – Annual BBQ and Disco at Brookfi eld Village Hall

Enjoy good food and music at this annual fund-raising event. Tickets available

from all members.

She said “Nothing

compares to being

part of this wonderful

organisation which

every day provides

more than 1.25 million

hungry children in 15

countries across four

continents with a meal

at school”. She had been able to visit Malawi

and see how many young lives are transformed

by the simple gift of food in a place of education.

After showing a video about the latest work of

the charity and commenting on the low running

costs, Roisin thanked Rotary for its on-going

support and the opportunity to speak.

Wednesday 27th June – Jim Dorward “Railway


Every year

the club looks

forward to

Jim’s latest

talk on railway

related topics.


billed as a

presentation on

“The Scottish

Sleepers”, this

year Jim was

somewhat “derailed” by the interest of members

in a whole series of other current railway issues,

all handled with great expertise and frankness:

Caledonian Sleepers are due to get new rolling

stock -70 new coaches with the first due to be

delivered in October. The service is heavily

subsidised by the Scottish Government - fares

covering less than half of the real cost.

HS2 will bring benefi ts to Glasgow to London

trains which will run at 220mph from Rugeley to

Euston on the new HS2 line.

Driver controlled operation (without traditional

guards) has become feasible with modern

signalling and is widely used around the railway

network but bitterly opposed in some regions.

The handing back of the East Coast Mainline

franchise by Virgin/Stagecoach was, in

Jim’s view, inevitable because of the poor

performance of Network Rail

Network Rail’s performance was also at fault in

the more recent timetable debacle.

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Kilmacolm Horticultural


The Annual Kilmacolm Flower Show will be held on

Saturday 8th September in Kilmacolm Community Centre,

with doors open to the public at 11.30am. The Prizegiving

at 3pm will be followed by a Sale of flowers and produce,

unless earmarked ‘not for sale’. Entrance is free to members,

£2 to non-members, free to children. The newly opened Cargill Café

under the leadership of Yvonne is offering all visitors to the Flower Show

a discounted coffee or tea; your support will

be welcomed.

To all exhibitors, new, young or old, the

Centre will be open for the staging of your

exhibits on the Friday evening between 6pm

and 9pm, and again on Saturday morning

from 7.30am to 9.20am. Doors will be shut

promptly for judging to commence! The committee will be on hand to

help with any questions or advice on entering your exhibits. Our excellent

Spring and Summer weather should ensure stunning growth in Flowers,

Vegetables, for the Novice or for the Open Classes. For the Floral Artists, we

look forward to your entries which are always a strong feature of our Flower

Show. Baking enthusiasts - lets see your mouthwatering entries. We hope

that the Childrens classes will be supported, and of course the annual

Picture Gallery from Primary School children is always special. Something

for everyone, and a great Show for all members of the public to enjoy.

We look forward to seeing you. Jill Russell, Show Secretary, 01505


Dave Beaumont

An Overview of RSPB in South and West Scotland –

and our plans for the future

Friday 7th September from 7.30pm

at McMaster Centre, Donaldson Drive, Renfrew, PA4 8LX

All Welcome

Flower Show

Sat 8th Sept

11.30am Kilmacolm

Community Centre




Beginner Level

Saturday 11th August, 10am – 1.30pm

Learn how to take wildlife photographs with the help of renowned

wildlife photographer David Palmer.

Cost: £25 – 20% Discount for RSPB Members

Inspiring everyone to give nature a home


Photo by Grahame Madge (rspb-images.com). The RSPB is a registered charity in

England & Wales 207076, in Scotland SC037654.

It is now very late on into the summer and the wildlife is as busy as ever

on the reserve. We have been seeing lots of wonderful insects such

as damselflies, butterflies, bees and ladybirds flying around. As well as

these daytime flying insects, we are finding lots of moths in our moth


It is a great time to get your camera out and take to some wildlife

photography. If you fancy learning how to take your very own wildlife

photographs, why not come along to our Wildlife Photography Workshop:

Beginner Level on Saturday 11th August (10am – 1.30pm) and you will

get some great shots in no time under the expert guidance of renowned

wildlife photographer David Palmar.

Although they are small, bats are voracious in their appetite for moths,

midges and mosquitoes! So instead of reaching for the insect repellent,

perhaps put up a bat box! It has been known for a single pipistrelle to be

able to consume up to 3,000 insects in a single night!

If this has sparked your interest, then why not come along to our Bat

Night on Friday 24th August at 7.30pm where you will litsten to a talk

about bats. Afterwards, weather depending, join us on a bat walk on

the reserve led by the experts and their bat detectors! Please book, as

places are limited and due to the popularity of this event. Please pay at

time of booking. We look forward to seeing you!

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Local Woodland

Creation Opportunity

Regardless of your views on windfarm developments in

Scotland, which often can be polarised, one thing is for

sure - ongoing developments in the south of Scotland

offer a huge potential funding stream for woodland


This comes about due to the fact that many new windfarm

developments are within existing upland forests and the

planning system obliges developers to offset any losses

in forest cover by undertaking “compensatory planting”.

This ensures that the Scottish Government’s forest

expansion targets will not be undermined.

Eadha sees this as a great opportunity to divert some of

this planting to Renfrewshire where it can be designed

to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits,

meeting both the needs of landowners and the wider

community. This could include some productive

woodland but could also be a catalyst for native

woodland expansion. We have already successfully

delivered two woodland creation projects through this

mechanism, including the planting of 10,000 native

Bridge of Weir Horticultural Society

Members visited Parklea Association Branching Out on

the outskirts of Port Glasgow. This is a 3 acre garden

on a site donated by the Finlaystone Estate.

Here there are herbaceous borders, an orchard, a

picnic area and a woven willow wind break. A bridge

crosses the lily pond and, beyond the perimeter, there is

a walkway along the River Clyde. Raised borders grow

leeks and root vegetables, and tomatoes, courgettes,

melons and salad crops are ripened under glass. The

produce is used in the cafe for soup and snacks for the

staff, clients, volunteers and visitors.

There are several greenhouses in which thousands of

plants are brought on in the Spring. Parklea is open

Monday-Friday plus 4 Saturdays [end May/early June]

for the sale of bedding and other plants. The money

generated supports the charity’s programmes. Parklea

is a project offering adults or children with special needs,

or the long-term unemployed, a different experience in

their art room or their garden. If people enjoy their time

there, it can help find them a supported role in a similar


trees in our Wardlaw


Woodland project

near Dalry.

We are currently

working with two

major windfarm

developers to help

them secure planting

sites and we would

like to connect them to local landowners who may be

interested. This could provide an attractive alternative

to the forestry grant route, with no cost or liability to the

landowner and a greater flexibility in design.

If you have at least 30 ha of land available and are

interested in exploring this further, please contact Peter

Livingstone: peter@eadha.co.uk, 07968745197

www.eadha.co.uk facebook: Eadha Enterprises

twitter: eadhaaspen

During this warm and sunny period gardeners have

been busy in their own gardens, and none more so than

Clare Kennedy who supported Barnardo’s at Gardening

Scotland. Here the charity won a Silver Gilt award for

their pop-up garden. Clare then joined Angela Smith of

the RHS at Hampton Court Flower Show and worked

on The Entertaining Garden in the Lifestyle Garden

category which won a Silver medal.

Our own Flower Show is scheduled for Saturday

25th August. Further information will be confirmed to

members shortly. Non-members should look out for

posters in local shops and around the village about the


Another Bridge of Weir garden also opened for

members - more of that next time.

Flower Show

Sat 25th August

Details to be confirmed

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Welcome to Scotland’s largest Regional Park

Bog Stomp Entry now OPEN: The 3rd Bog Stomp

10k Trail Running Challenge is now LIVE for entries:

£10 per person, charity entry or £20 general. This

includes goodie bag, t-shirt & donation to Erskine

veterans. Sign up @ www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk now!

Spinal Injuries Scotland Parasport Celebration:

Clients from SIS

came down to

Castle Semple on

Wednesday 27th June

for a fantastic day

of accessible sport.

They tried kayaking,

rafting, canoeing,

paracycling, sailing

and powerboating. A

fantastic sunny day had by all!

Summer Holiday Fun: It’s the last couple of weeks

of the summer holidays but fear not there are still

chances to enjoy some days out! There is one more

Terrific Tuesdays event at Muirshiel Country Park on

Tuesday 7th, the topic is Kite Making, £5 per ticket,

book online today. Or, get out yourself, climb Windy

Hill, seek out the Wood Spirits on the Nature Trail at

Greenock or get lost in the Parkhill Rhododendron


Castle Semple now an HSBC UK Disability Hub:

Castle Semple is now one of two official paracycling

hubs in Scotland. Along with partners Scottish Cycling

and local club Ride63, a whole host of new events

have just been posted to try out handcycles and hand

trikes. £3 a go, book online through British Cycling

website, links on our website. Next event 12th August.

Clyde Muirshiel Conservation Volunteers: Greenock

Cut’s group meet

10.30am – 2.30pm

every Saturday

and Castle Semple

on Thursdays

12.30pm – 3.30pm

with the odd full

day session. See

the new spring

programme online now.

In a Community Group looking to help make a

difference? Or colleagues looking for a change of

scene? Muirshiel Country Park’s conservation needs

you! Adopt an area, work it with the Rangers and help

us out. All help greatly appreciated! Email rangers.


Conservation Bioblitz @ Greenock Cut: The

new project’s next event, hosted by Greenock Cut

Rangers and Conservation Volunteers, is a Bat Walk

on Saturday 25th August from 7.45pm – 9.35pm.

Book a space online today, it’s FREE!

Ride 63 Community Cycle Club: Weekly ‘hares’

& ‘tortoises’ rides on Tuesdays and some Thursday

evenings, look on our facebook group for the next

ride date and meeting time. Contact the club by

emailing the secretary ridesixtythree@gmail.com for

a membership form.

Tag-n-Track Project update

It’s time for the monthly roundup from the Tag-n-

Track Project Officer Hayley Douglas. TnT is funded

by Heritage Lottery Fund, Greater Renfrewshire and

Inverclyde LEADER and Clyde Muirshiel Regional


Project News

Well this lovely dry

hot spell has been

fantastic, hasn’t it? It

has however had an

effect on our gulls’

chicks with many of them not making it. We only

have two left on the Greenock Police Station roof,

who have both now been colour ringed. Four of our

other gulls have started their migration with two in the

Republic of Ireland, one in Northern Ireland and one

in Dumfries and Galloway. We have managed to get

the rest of the tags out and had a few surprises with


One bird we caught in

someone’s house where

he goes every day to enjoy

a dish of catfood! We still

have some of our gulls

returning to their nesting

sites but the rest seem to have given up this year.

One gull, 15V:C, who was caught at Castle Semple,

has decided to move to Strathclyde Country Park and

we spotted him there on the 8th of July when we were

out with the Clyde Ringing Group.

On another sad note unfortunately I have to report

that we have lost Flyback. It looks like he hit the

powerlines at the back of Lochwinnoch near Kaims

Dam. We went up to look for him and found some of

his remains and his colour ring but no sign of his tag

so if anyone walking up there finds it please give us a

shout. It has stopped transmitting otherwise it would

be easy to find. It’s a shame that a bird that made it

all the way to Morocco and back was killed by power

lines a mile or so from his tagging site, but it goes to

show the many dangers facing our birds. On a happier

note our Barn Owl

nestbox ringing has

begun with seven

chicks being ringed

so far. We have a

few more sites to

do over the coming

weeks but it looks

like they are getting

plenty of food.

Event News

We have two free events planned for August. The first

is ‘Gallivanting with Gulls’ on Saturday 11th August

from 1pm - 2.30pm. This is a free guided walk down

at Lunderston Bay where we will be looking out for

gulls and other birds on the Clyde. The second is

Sunday 12th August at Fairlie Bay entitled ‘Gulls,

Glorious Gulls’ and we will be keeping an eye out for

colour ringed gulls and other species. Pop down any

time between 11am & 3pm.

Gull adoptions. Looking for that something different or

are you interested in supporting our gull project? Gull

adoption packs are £25, include sponsorship of one of

the gulls, 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 us to

find out more.

Volunteer with TnT: One of the project’s aims is to train

volunteers in the use of our camera traps. 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. Fancy it? Get in touch.

Connect with TnT www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk/tag-n-track

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.

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Colourful Kilmacolm

What’s On at Finlaystone in August

Come and visit Finlaystone Country Estate, enjoy our woodland walks,

play areas and gardens. Join our Rangers for fun events throughout the



The walled garden in August can put on a spectacular display of colour

and this year is no exception with the roses in particular putting on the best

display in many years. Not to be forgotten are the hebe, hydrangea and

buddleia in the café borders, which are also in full bloom.

Also in the walled garden the espalier apples trained along the walls are

heavily loaded with apples at this time of year, with harvesting beginning

towards the end of next month. In the kitchen garden the soft fruit including

raspberries, gooseberries and blueberries also look like cropping well this


Entering the “Smelly Garden” the visitor will see a mass of roses occupying

the island bed. These produce a fantastic scent throughout the summer

months, and growing underneath these are oregano, lavender and the

strongly scented curry plant, all adding to the bewildering mix of scents in

this small garden.

As always the gardener is happy to have volunteers helping in the garden

particularly during the busy summer months.


Thursday 2nd

Tree Identification 1pm - 3pm

Ranger led walk to identify trees.

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th

Wizards and Witches Weekend!

1pm - 3pm

Follow the magical trail and uncover

the identity of the famous Witch or


Tuesday 7th

Finlaystone Kids Obstacle Race

1pm – 3pm

Try our Finlaystone obstacle and

fitness race. Age 4 – 6, 7 - 9, 10

and over. Prize in each category

for best time.

Thursday 9th

Summer Wildlife Explorers 1pm -


Join the Rangers to explore the

forest and what lives here.

Tuesday 14th

Ranger Hike 1pm - 3pm

Join our Rangers for a hike and

learn about Finlaystone’s history,

natural history and wonderful views

of the Clyde.

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th

Pirate Weekend 1pm - 3pm

Dress as a scurvy buccaneer and

practice your best Arrg! Drama and

shouting a plenty. Prize for best

dressed pirate.

Memberships are available for

purchase at the Visitor Centre.

Gardeners are often encouraged to sit back and

admire their garden from time to time, and not

feel obliged to rush about, dead-heading, pruning,

weeding etc. We hope that as far as Colourful

Kilmacolm displays are concerned, you will do

likewise. Please take a moment to look about you

when you are in the village and admire our containers

and borders.

So this month, rather than report on our activities, which have mainly been

watering, here are a few photos of our efforts. Check them out for real!

For anyone interested, details can be found on our website, from where you

can also download membership forms: www.colourfulkilmacolm.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can phone Peter (01505 872448) or Liz (07963 973031)

to find out more.

Brighter Bridge Of Weir

Summertime, And The Living Is Easy

That particular song hasn’t been on the lips

of Brighter Bridge of Weir’s volunteers so far

this summer. Much as everyone has enjoyed

the prolonged good weather, it has meant a

lot more work for our wee group of stalwarts,

regularly getting water to all of our street

planters and barrier baskets. They’ve also

had to water the various garden areas such

as Torr Road and the Woodland Garden,

which could usually get by on rainfall.

As well as all that, the team completed the

fencing along the Woodland Garden on Main

Street and freshened up the painted “stones

and tyres” artwork in the Garden. It’s been

worth it though - nice to see the flowers

blooming in the sunshine and the freshly painted works, too.

To be fair, it hasn’t all been hard work. Some of our group recently

met up with some of the newly-formed Bee Happy Houston, for coffee

and a blether. They passed a pleasant couple of hours relaxing in the

sunshine on Main Street, exchanging views and ideas. It’s encouraging

for us to see that, since Brighter Bridge of Weir was formed eight

years ago, similar groups are flourishing in many of the neighbouring

towns and villages. So, all together now: “Summertime…”

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New Summer Heritage

Walks for Paisley

The Knapps Homestead

An important relic from prehistoric times is located on

a small plateau overlooking the loch at The Knapps, immediately to the east

of Kilmacolm. It was extensively excavated in 1961-1962 by a team led by

Frank Newall, the Renfrewshire County Archaeologist, who established a

fascinating multi-stage history of settlement there.

Around 4800 years ago, during the Neolithic era of the Stone Age, settlers

established a small homestead. The site was well-chosen having fresh

water springs at each side making it an ideal location for a significant farm

for settlers, animals and crops.

A circular defensive palisade about 23 metres in diameter surrounded the

homestead and two smaller huts

with a gated access. The main

building was a well-built timber

frame house. Despite this, its

occupation lasted for only a few

decades. It contained several

hearths, so the house may have

been destroyed by fire. Whether

this was caused by an attack or

accident, we shall never know!

Many years later during the

View from the South

Medieval Period of 14-15 century AD, a new homestead was built upon

the remnants of the Stone Age original. The location remained ideal for a

small farming community, containing a cattle yard, a byre, a flour store and

a barn.

Finally around 400 years ago,

new occupants of The Knapps

were living inside a much-fortified

stone enclosure. The homestead

was around 27 metres in diameter

and sustained a farm based on

husbandry and stock rearing.

This could have been a perfect

rural retreat but the solidity of the

defensive boundaries suggests

Fresh Water Spring


The Neolithic Homestead

The Medieval Homestead

Visit the Scottish Outdoor Access

Code website

If you’re a member of the public wanting to enjoy some fresh air in a local

park, or a dog walker, hill walker, mountain biker, horse rider or kayaker,

there is information for you and much more. https://www.outdooraccessscotland.scot/

As ‘The Urban

Historian’ Stephen

Clancy has been

successfully leading

heritage walks

around Paisley

once or twice a

month throughout

the year looking at

topics from Paisley’s

Church Heritage to

the textile heritage

of the town.

For the summer

of 2018 two new

regular Tuesday walks have been introduced to tell Paisley’s history to

visitors and locals alike. Walks take place at either 10.30am or 1.30pm on

alternate Tuesdays, all leaving from the front of Paisley Abbey, on Abbey


Explore Paisley’s amazing history - from a hermit monk to the third richest

pre-reformation Abbey in Scotland or from a small village to Scotland’s

largest town, resting place of all the High Stewards of Scotland and birth

place of the Royal Stewart Dynasty – Paisley has an unrivalled history to


The two new walks have been titled Hidden Paisley and Hidden Paisley:

The Textile Heritage. Hidden Paisley tells the story of the town from the

arrival of Mirin in the 6th Century through to the development of the town

we know today. Hidden Paisley: The Textile Heritage is an introduction

to the range of textiles produced in Paisley and the surviving/ long forgotten

buildings related to the industry.

Full details of all the Urban Historian’s heritage walks are available on the

website www.theurbanhistorian.co.uk and other social media.

Kilbarchan August 1918

Private David Brodie served in the 11th, 14th and finally, the 7th Argylls.

He had attested in Paisley on 3rd September 1914, and served in the 11th

Argylls, 45 Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division. Wounded in December 1915,

he transferred to 14th Argylls, 120 Brigade, 40th Division. Probably drafted

to 7th Argylls in April 1918. Wounded on 1st August at the Third Battle of

Ypres, he died of wounds to the head, legs and right arm at Rouen, and is

buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. Before the war he worked

at Beardmore’s and was an athlete and member of the YMCA.

Private Jack Buchanan served in the 11th, then 10th Argylls, 32nd Division.

Before he was called up, he worked at Cartside paper works. His record

of service states that he was a fireman and unmarried. He was a member

of the Rechabite Society. The family home was at 22 New Street. He was

killed on 23rd August 1918, and probably buried where he fell. Records

indicate that he was exhumed and reburied at Reference VH.1, Heath

Cemetery, Harbonnieres, east of Villers-Bretonneux.

Private Duncan MacArthur served in the 9th (Glasgow Highlanders)

Battalion Highland Light Infantry, 100th Brigade, 33rd Division. In 1901, at

the age of 15, he worked a paper calendar machine, and in 1911 he was

a packer in a paper mill. He had been born in Govan, but his father came

from Kilbarchan, and his younger siblings were born there too. He was

33 years old when he was killed on 25th August 1918. He has no known

grave and his name is on Panels 9 and 10 on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial,

south-east of Arras.

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Supreme Sacrifice

Bridge of Weir and the Great War

100 years ago this month – August 1918

Private Robert Millar, 5th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

Corporal William Smart Kerr, 1/7th Black Watch

Lieutenant John Ritchie Johnstone,

244 Squadron, Royal Air Force

August marked the start of the major Allied counter-attack on a

German Army weakened and over-extended after its narrow failure to

win the war through its Spring Offensive. The series of Allied counterattacks

and the push towards and through the Hindenburg Line was

to become known as “The Hundred Days Offensive”, an aggressive strategy promoted strongly

by Haig despite Lloyd George preferring to wait till 1919 when US forces could play a bigger part.

The ‘100 Days’ is usually reckoned to begin on 8th August 1918, but before that the successes

of France’s General Mangin in pushing back German forces in the Marne Salient were a taste of

successes to come. Helping him were several British Divisions deployed by the Unified Command

under Foch, including the 34th, in which Robert Millar, 5th Argylls, was serving.

On 1st August, an attack on Hill 158 near Beugneux was launched, the

hill being taken at the second attempt. It was described as a “good day”

in official histories. Not so good for the battalion’s 4 officers and 33 other

ranks, including Robert Millar, who were killed. Robert, 24, had worked for

his father John’s carting business, the only son in a family of seven living in

Broomward near the Clydesdale leather works.

Further north a few weeks later, British forces were attacking another German

salient near Arras. William Kerr had been one of Bridge of Weir’s postmen

Robert Millar since 1913. He volunteered early, serving in France from July 1915. By

1918 he was a Corporal in the 1/7th Black Watch attached to 51st (Highland)

Division. On 24th August his battalion formed the right flank of a successful attack on Pippin Trench

a step towards the objective of capturing Greenland Hill. The Germans were now retreating and

fired off as much stockpiled artillery as they could. The Black Watch history says, “The area round

Greenland Hill was heavily shelled by day and night with “mustard gas” shells, which caused a

good many casualties.” William Kerr was one of those gassed, dying a few days later in a Casualty

Clearing Station.

Ritchie Johnstone was one of many young men enthralled by the prospect of flying and when the

war began he abandoned his law studies in Glasgow and became a cadet in the Royal Flying

Corps, Farnborough. He qualified as a pilot in February 1918, upgrading to lieutenant (at 19 years

old) when the RAF was formed on 1st April 1918. In July he was sent to Bangor to fly U-boat

patrols in Airco DH6 aircraft, a biplane nicknamed the ‘flying coffin’ by some (due to its shape, not

its reliability). He flew just four sorties, about 7 or 8 flying hours, and on 14th August his solo dawn

patrol was his last. It was assumed he ditched somewhere off the coast of Wales. Ritchie’s parents

had moved to Rocklea, Bridge of Weir in 1918, becoming members of Ranfurly United Free Church,

whose memorial tablet records Ritchie as a ‘son of the congregation’.

Read more about Robert, William and Ritchie’s lives and untimely deaths at http://www.

bridgeofweirmemorial.co.uk and in the book “Supreme Sacrifice: A Small Village and the Great

War” available from www.birlinn.co.uk or Abbey Books, 2 Well Street, Paisley, and other major

bookshops or online.

Gordon Masterton

Interested in


Our local camera clubs

continually supply us with stunning

shots which we use throughout the magazine,

sometimes as banners or even front pages.

If you’ve been inspired, why not join them

and maybe see some of your photographs in


Paisley Colour Photographic Club:

Thursday evenings at the McMaster Centre,

Renfrew. www.paisleycolour.co.uk

Langbank Camera Club:

Second and fourth Mondays of the month. For more

information please contact Derrick McPherson at


Gryffe Camera Club:

Wednesday night at The Carrick Centre, Houston

between 7.30pm and 10pm.

Kilmacolm Camera Club:

Tuesday evening, 7.30pm (October to March) at

the Kilmacolm New Community Centre, Room

1.01. For more information contact: Billy Blair,

Tel: 873383; Janice Stevenson, Tel 873595.

Website: clikpic.com/kilcamclub/

Diaporama September Meeting

Summer, unfortunately, is nearly over but

fortunately our meetings are due to start again

on the 10th of September at 7.30pm in the

Carrick Centre, Houston.

Why don’t you join us? We are a very small

and friendly club, which meets on the second

Monday of the month. We are very happy to

share our knowledge of making sequences,

using our own images and setting them to

music. If you would like to join us and discover

how to use all those images you have on your

computer, then this may be for you. We use

images from holidays, landscapes, family,

sport, nature, space etc. and we are only limited

by our imaginations!

If you would like any further information Hugh

Kerr at 01505 612687 or hughkerr14@gmail.

com will be delighted to give advice or just pop

into the Carrick and see us on the 10th. You will

be very welcome.


Kilmacolm Camera Club

During the closed season, members have enjoyed some excellent outings to the

Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World, and the Isle of May, in the Firth of Forth.

At Butterfly World, once we, and the camera lenses, had stopped perspiring

in the tropical 40 degree heat, there were wonderful opportunities to shoot

butterflies, moths and pupae. Some of the colours were amazing.

A selection of the inmates are shown here.

The Isle of May gave us a chance to get close up to the puffins,

razorbills and guillemots. The feathered inhabitants have

probably met more photographers than we have! I’m sure one

puffin shook its head in disbelief at my choice of shutter speed

and aperture! Later, after a world-class fish supper at Anstruther,

we explored the attractive harbours along the Fife coast. A very

rewarding trip!

Interested in joining us on one of our outings? Please get in touch as

indicated below.

Venue: Kilmacolm New Community Centre, Room 1.01; Tuesday evening,

time 7.30 (October to March)

Contacts: Billy Blair, Tel: 873383; Janice Stevenson, Tel 873595.

Website: clikpic.com/kilcamclub/

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The Fun Dog Show, BoW Gala Day

by Hamish Williamson

. . . Bishopton, Langbank & Bridge of Weir . . .

bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Unique Garments in Church Exhibition

A special exhibition called “Gethsemane Garments” will be staged at St

Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Bridge of Weir, - the Little White Church

in the Wood - as part of St Mary’s Annual Festival of Faith and the Arts, from

Sunday 9th till Sunday 16th September.

The Gethsemane Garments are a series of four unique robes exploring hope,

and suffering in the world.

The Garments were created using a mixture of

machine and hand-sewing, dyed, painted and printed

materials including beads, shells, bone and a variety

of synthetic and natural fabrics.

The exhibition will be open daily from 2pm – 4.30pm

for visitors to come and view the Garments.

St Mary’s Minister, the Revd Heller Gonzalez said,

“The Garment Exhibition is both colourful and

unique. Each garment is larger than life and all who

visit the Exhibition cannot fail to be moved and impressed.”

Refreshments will be available.

Private viewings for groups can be accommodated by arrangement with

Revd. Heller Gonzalez on 01505 872961.

bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

The Terrace Summer Drop-in

Bored during the summer holidays? Come along on Friday

mornings between 10am and 12noon for our summer dropin.

Crafts, games and toys for different ages (0-12) and

coffee/tea/juice plus home baking and healthy snacks.

All ages, young and old are welcome. Children need to be

accompanied by an adult. Free. Running in St Machar’s

Church Hall until Friday 10th of August.

bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Singing for


A fun, no-pressure choir

singing feel-good songs

every Tuesday from 6pm -

7.15pm and Fridays at 2pm

- 3.15pm in the Bishopton

Community Centre.

bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Cllr James MacLaren

As we continue to enjoy good weather, sooner or later the weather

will break and we will have some heavy rainfall. The number of

blocked gullies throughout my ward concerns me. Because of

potholes and poor surfaces, grit at the side of the road will find its

way into the drains and gullies which will block even more gullies.

Blocked gullies cause issues of flooding, erosion of roads and

pavements, and hazards for cyclists and pedestrians.

From 16th July 2018 vans, pickups, mini buses and cars towing a trailer will require

to apply for a permit to use the house hold waste recycling centres. Go to the website

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/hwrc the day before you visit the centre. I think we will see

an increase in fly tipping in the countryside because of this.

Changes are planned for your bin collections later this year. Residents will get a new

green wheelie bin, for plastics, cans and glass and the blue bin will then be for paper

and cardboard only. The grey general waste bin will then be collected every three

weeks. There is no change to the brown food and garden bin. I will bring you an

update on this but it looks confused at present.

Here is the list of roads due for Carriageway Resurfacing works during 2018 / 2019

in Ward 11:

A8 Greenock Road (at Ferry Rd Junction), Bishopton - 2870 (m2)

A8 Greenock Road (at Good Shepherd Home), Bishopton - 3105 (m2)

Cawdor Crescent, Bishopton 806 (m2)

B815 Erskine Ferry Road (Part), Bishopton 2800 (m2)

B815 Ferry Road, Bishopton 3744 (m2)

Hazelwood Road (Montrose Terr to Kilgraston Rd), Bridge of Weir 1833 (m2)

B790 Houston Road, Bridge of Weir 5020 (m2)

C5 Kilbarchan Road, Bridge of Weir 976 (m2)

C11 Torr Road (Horsewood Rd to Craigbet Rd), Bridge of Weir 1440 (m2)

B789 Barochan Road (at Barbeg Cottage), Langbank – 3349 (m2)

Dennistoun Road, Langbank 1250 (m2)

C22 Old Greenock Road, Langbank 2856 (m2)

Footway Resurfacing, 2018 / 2019

Warlock Road, Bridge of Weir 650 (m2)

Middlepenny Place, Langbank 590 (m2)

It is always disappointing when some roads/ pavements do not make it

into the programme of works.

Please note my surgery details:

• Langbank Parish Church Hall - 1st Monday of every month (6.30pm)

• Bridge of Weir Cargill Hall - 2nd Monday of every month (6.30pm)

• Bishopton Community Library - 3rd Monday of every month (6.30pm)

I can be contacted by phone on 0300-300-1291 or by email to cllr.

james.maclaren@renfrewshire.gov.uk . Check out my Facebook page for

more information and articles www.facebook.com/councillormaclaren

Working with you and improving our local area. Please feel free to contact

me with any of your concerns, and I am happy to meet with you at a mutually

convenient time.

Your Ward 11 Councillors ... for Bishopton, Langbank & Bridge of Weir

James MacLaren, Natalie Don, Colin McCulloch | Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/councillors


Community Council ... Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings.

BISHOPTON: Primary School: 1st Thurs at 7.30pm | www.bishoptoncouncil.com

BRIDGE OF WEIR: 1st Tuesday of the month, Cargill Hall: 7pm | www.bridgeofweir.org

February - June & September - December (October AGM). (No meetings July and August)

LANGBANK: Church Hall: 2nd Wed at 7.30pm

Community Halls to Let ...

Bridge of Weir: Freeland Church. Tel: 612245

Please add your community hall

details to our list - email to


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bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Bridge of Weir Elderly Forum

The Elderly Forum’s Annual Outing went to Dunbar this year. The weather was

a bit cold but we had a lovely High Tea at the Dunmuir Hotel before returning to

Bridge of Weir. We are planning to have speakers at our meetings next session

and we trust they will be well attended.

The Forum are having an Extraordinary Meeting on Tuesday 11th September in

the Pirie, Freeland Church at 2pm. All members are requested to attend. This

meeting is to discuss future venue for meetings and arrangements for Christmas


bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

The Bridge

Here we are in August nearing the start of another school year. Exam results

will shortly be announced - send one of our Congratulation Cards to show your


Please buy your Back to School stationery requirements from our extensive


Coming soon to The Bridge - this is the time of year we start to order our goods

for Christmas and New Year! We are again indebted to the invaluable assistance

of Paisley Colour Photographic Club as we await the first draft from the printer of

our 2019 Local Calendar. The A4 sized calendar incorporates twelve colourful

photographs of scenes and landmarks around Bridge of Weir and district along

with a diary section to note all your important dates. The calendar will be

available for sale in The Bridge from mid September.

Similarly, The Bridge’s very own packs of Christmas cards designed by local

artist, Alison Bannerman, are also at the printing stage. These will be available

for purchase in October. We shall also have a selection of other Christmas cards

on sale, including the popular ‘Greetings from Bridge of Weir’ cards.

Interested in films - pick up our printed programme of films to be shown in The

Bridge on a fortnightly basis from August to December.

As always we wish to thank our dedicated team of staff and volunteers who,

through their commitment, enable The Post Office and Bridge Community Centre

to serve the village.

bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Bridge of Weir Senior Citizens Association

The Senior Citizens had a very successful trip to Dundee and Broughty Ferry

in May. The weather was fair and everyone enjoyed it. We held an Afternoon

Tea during Gala Week as part of the festival celebrations. It was well attended

and we raised the sum of £151. We were given vouchers for £50 for the Co-op

from the Festival Committee and the first prize of £30 was won by Mrs. Rena

McAllister. The second prize of £20 was won by Mrs. Agnes McKechan. Thanks

to all who supported us.

We restart our meetings on the Wednesday 26th September in the Cargill Hall at

7.15pm. An interesting syllabus is being prepared at the moment and we look

forward to welcoming members and friends. Membershp fee is £7.

bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Can You Help?

I have been researching my Bridge of Weir family for about 18 years now. I visited

Bridge of Weir in 2004; however, I was only there for about 3 hours on a Sunday.

I went to St. Fillan’s church yard but I wasn’t able to find any headstones of family

members. While we were there my husband and I met a very nice gentleman. He

went home,and came back with a booklet of St. Fillan’s 150th anniversary for

me. My great-great-grandfather Thomas McKenna is listed in the booklet. The

booklet also has a photo of my grandmother Margaret’s cousin, Jean Higgins.

I have been able to obtain photos of some of my family’s baptismal records. So

happy to have them. Unfortunately, my search has now come to a standstill.

I’m looking to find photos of my grandmother’s family. And, possibly family stories

that I can share with my daughter, my grand-daughters and great-granddaughter

when she is old enough. By writing this I am hoping one of my distant cousins will

recognize one of the photos shown, or one of the surnames below.

My grandmother Margaret McKenna was born in Bridge of Weir in 1882. Her

parents were John Mckenna and Catherine Higgins. My understanding is that

she lived on Main Street in Bridge of Weir. She attended school and church at

St. Fillan’s RC Church. I believe the two stained glass windows in the church

dedicated to Peter and John Higgins, are my grandmother’s cousins.

Grandma Margaret married Hugh Cameron in 1902. He lived at Bridge End

Cottage in Kilbarchan. Hugh made golf clubs for a living. Margaret and Hugh

had a daughter Catherine (Kate) Cameron in 1903.

Margaret and Hugh both went to Canada in 1904;

however, they went separately. Baby Kate was left

behind. She was raised first by Margaret’s parents and

then by her Aunt Catherine McKenna (photo shown)

and Catherine’s husband

John Timoney. Catherine

(McKenna) Timoney died in

1963 at Bendal Cottages,

Bridge of Weir.

Baby Kate married James

Beattie. Kate (Cameron)

Beattie (photo shown) passed

away in 1969 at 16 Lock Road,

Bridge of Weir.

Margaret and Hugh’s family surnames are: Beattie, Bradley, Cameron, Gallacher,

Higgins, McCambridge, McKenna, Noon, Timoney, Trainor.

I do have a photo of Peter Trainor born 1837 that I would be happy to share with

anyone who is interested.

If you have any information regarding my family that you would like to share, it

would be most welcomed.

My thanks to the Gryffe Advertizer for including this note in the magazine, it is so


Rose MacLean, 706-3110 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario , Canada

M1T 3J8. E-mail: rose.maclean@sympatico.ca

. . . Bishopton, Langbank & Bridge of Weir . . .

Churches in Bishopton, Langbank & Bridge of Weir ...


Langbank Parish Church: Sunday Services 10am with Sunday School, Crèche and young people’s group, the Welcomers. Tea/coffee after the service. Church service starts at 10am. Come along and meet in

the Hall from 9.50am. Charity No. SC015085.

Freeland Church Summer Services: Rev KN Gray BA BD. 9.30am: Family Service, 10.30am: Morning Worship, 7pm Evening Service – Please Note that the 10.30am Morning Worship on the 22nd and 29th of

July will take place in St Machar’s Church. www.freeland.org.uk

St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Johnston Rd, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3EE. St Mary’s Episcopal Church is a small, lively and mature Christian community. We are united by our belief in Jesus, the One in whom God

fully revealed Himself and through whom we have life in all it’s fullness. Come and worship with us. Our main Service is held on Sundays at 10am. A warm welcome awaits you. Contact: Rev. Heller G. 01505

872961 www.heartlandsec.org/BoW

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church: Sunday morning service 10.30am.

Hope Hall: Sun 1.15pm Sunday School, 4.30pm Gospel Service; Mon 6pm Investigators for Kids, 7.30pm Bible Study and Prayer. www.bridgeofweirchurch.co.uk

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kilmacolm & quarriers

Cllr David Wilson

I presented the conclusions of the Hearing held in Greenock

Town Hall with regard to the Gladman housing application at

Knapps and North Dennistoun to the full Inverclyde Council.

After comments, I moved refusal and this was unanimously

agreed. Gladman have now been advised of this decision and

we have as yet had no indication of an appeal. Any appeal

would be to the Scottish Government and would be robustly

defended by Inverclyde Council with hopefully contributions

from the professional Kilmacolm Civic Trust and Community Council. The final

decision then moves out of our hands.

The Planning Application by Gladman for Quarriers Village was lodged on the

3rd July. With it being less than 50 houses it is likely that a hearing may not

be necessary and given the anticipated objections the determination will be by

the monthly Planning Board. I cannot comment on the merits or otherwise of

the application but acknowledge the professionalism of the residents action

group, Protect Quarriers Village. The applications for West of Quarry Drive and

Planetreeyetts are expected soon.

I was delighted to sponsor Colourful Kilmacolm’s successful application for grant

funding through the Council. The volunteers do a superb job all over the village

and are a lesson to the small minority who only moan and do nothing. The bank

at the Pullman is a delight of colour.

The partial surfacing and lining of Lochwinnoch Road has been completed and we

await the completion of the building at the Institute to complete the particularly

poor section at the Cross. Many have complained about the disturbance and

lack of alacrity in the completion of the flats and the larger CO-OP. Planning law

dictates that as long as a project is started within 3 years there is then no time

limit on its completion. Something worth looking at.

We have purchased a brand new fleet of 5 snow ploughs. Great to see them

arriving in the sunshine! This is vital for the village as the A761 and B788 (high

road) are priority routes. Unless you have Canadian style snow blowing equipment

nothing could have coped with the snow on the high road caused by drifting this

winter. I hope we will continue to use local farmers for snow clearing as you can

guarantee they will be out early.

I serve as a director of the Kilmacolm Heritage Gallery and am delighted with

its outcome. Thanks to Chairman Jim Wood for concept and product and Helen

Calvert, Chair of the Cargill, for facilitating the exhibition space. The Cargill goes

from strength to strength and again we see volunteers in the village giving of their

time to serve on the Board.

The St Columba’s prize givings had two contrasting but quite inspirational guests

of honour. Ewan Aitken CEO of the Cyrenians and former Edinburgh Councillor

and Minister, dramatically demonstrated the merits of acknowledging those less

well off and disadvantaged in society. His message on rough sleepers was a

lesson for all. Chris Van der Kuyl the Chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland and

of 4J Studios the video game developer, emphasised that failing was not the end

of the world and that you had to pick yourself up and go again. I now know what

Minecraft is.

We receive a monthly report from the quite excellent Community Policeman,

Constable Jamieson. The latest saw 3 crimes in the village in May and continued

monitoring by Traffic Police of speeding.

My surgery is the 25th August 10am - 11am at the Cargill. I can be contacted

on david.wilson@inverclde.gov.uk 01475 741969 and 712727 and 07766


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Kilmacolm Bridge Club

Kilmacolm Bridge Club resumes play on Monday 3rd

September. We meet in the New Community Centre and play

commences at 7.10pm. The Club is a member of the Scottish

Bridge Union with a team playing in the Renfrewshire Bridge

League. We welcome new members to the Club and during the

first three weeks of September you are invited to come along as

playing guests and check out the competitive but friendly play

of duplicate bridge together. For further information, please contact the Club

Secretary, Sheena Clayton, on 01505 873802.

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Kilmacolm Community Council

Kilmacolm Community Council Meeting 26th June

Crime: PC Jamieson introduced PC Kirsty Dominic as his new partner meaning

that the village had its full quota of beat officers. He reported that there had

been 3 crimes committed in the previous month which included 2 thefts – one of

which was a domestic theft within the home; and a dangerous driving offence. In

answer to a question he stated that the monitoring of speed through the village

would continue.

Planning Applications: There were 8 planning applications considered and an

objection was raised regarding one of them. The chair would write to the planning

officer regarding this application.

Pre-determination Meeting: The chair stated that the outcome of the predetermination

was that the planning board unanimously rejected the Gladman

Planning Application for the Knapps and North Denniston and that it was

expected that the full council would reject it at a council meeting on 28th June.

(This subsequently did happen).

Planetreeyetts: The chair informed the meeting that Taylor-Wimpey had

held a public consultation meeting for a proposed residential development at

Planetreeyetts in Kilmacolm on Thursday 21st June where some outline plans

were put to the public. They will hold a second public meeting on 23rd August in

the Community Centre between 3pm and 8pm to present a further plan following

the feedback from the first consultation.

Council Vacancy: The chair stated that there was a vacancy on the council

following the resignation of one member. A separate notice has been submitted

to The Advertizer for inclusion in the August edition.

Heart Stroke Training: Two sessions of training were held in the community

centre on 19th June. Over thirty people attended and a second set of training

has been set up for September.

Kilmacolm Twinning Society: The Kilmacolm Twinning Society requested some

financial assistance from the Community Council to send some delegates to

Merignies to attend a celebration on the weekend of 8th September. The chair

pointed out that the community council did not have the funds to do this but would

ascertain whether any funds could be forthcoming from Inverclyde Council.

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Kilmacolm Community Council


Due to the resignation of a councillor on the Kilmacolm Community Council there

exists a vacancy which we would like to fill.

The general purpose of the Community Council is to act as a voice for their local

area. This will involve them in articulating the views and concerns of local people

in their area on a wide range of issues of public concern and make representation

to Inverclyde Council, other public bodies and private agencies on matters

within their sphere of interest. Community Councils have a statutory right to be

consulted on planning applications; licensing matters and any other matters that

have been agreed jointly between the community council, Inverclyde Council and

other public sector and private agencies.

The minimum age to stand for election as a councillor is 16 years and qualification

for membership is by residency within the Kilmacolm Community Council area

which includes Kilmacolm and Quarriers Villages and surrounds. Candidates

must also be named on the electoral register for Kilmacolm and Quarriers.

So, if you are interested in joining the community council and representing the

people of Kilmacolm then please apply by submitting your Full Name and Address,

and brief resume as to why you should be on the community council to:

Mike Jefferis, Chair, Kilmacolm Community Council, Cargill Centre, Lochwinnoch

Road, Kilmacolm, PA13 4LE or by email to: secretary@kilmacolmcc.co.uk

Applications to be received by Friday 17th August 2018.

For further information please contact Mike Jefferis on 01505 873357 or


Election will be by vote of the community councillors at the August meeting of the

Community Council on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

Your Ward 1 Councillors ... for Inverclye East (includes Kilmacolm & Quarriers)

David Wilson, Stephen McCabe, Christopher Curley | Advice Surgeries: http://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/meetings/councillors/


Community Council ... Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings.

KILMACOLM & QUARRIERS: Last Tuesday at 7.30pm, Kilmacolm Cargill Centre

(NB: No meetings: July or Dec) | www.kilmacolmcc.co.uk

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Community Halls to Let ...

Kilmacolm, Cargill Centre. Tel: 873994

Kilmacolm, Brownie/Guide Hut. Tel: 07584 359007

Kilmacolm, Masonic Hall. Tel: 873059

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Did you know?

Sole Solution in Kilmacolm is not just a shoe shop - We are a Podiatry

Clinic with 3 fully qualified, insured and HCPC registered Podiatrists

offering appointments 6 days a week.

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Angel Voices 5th Year Celebration!

In June the Choir held a Grand Concert to celebrate five years of singing together.

The Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan, Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway was guest of honour

as he blessed the new choir at its inauguration in 2013 and has kept in touch

ever since.

The Choir is taught by professional musicians and sings all kinds of music.

Rehearsals start again at the beginning of September in St Fillan’s Church Hall,

Moss Road, Kilmacolm on Fridays at 6pm for Junior Choir (5-7years) and 6.30pm-

7.30pm rehearsal for Senior Choir - Voices+ New members of all ages are very

welcome to come along for a couple of taster sessions.

For more details please contact Organiser Maureen Russell: email

maureenmrussell@hotmail.com or mob. 07905 950028; landline: 01505-


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Kerbside Glass


In Kilmacolm and Quarriers the Kerbside Glass

Collection Service for Inverclyde area has


You may use your black box to take glass to your

nearest recycling point or recycling centre. There

are neighbourhood recycling points in Quarriers

at the car park off Faith Avenue, and in the main

car park in Kilmacolm. If you wish to return

your box these can be recycled at Pottery Street

Recycling Centre.



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Guide Hut to


A great venue with easy

access near to the village

centre. Newly refurbished

main hall, with additional

kitchen facilities and

outdoor area. Perfect for

children’s parties, weekly

classes and one off special

occasions. Anyone wanting

to hire the Guide Hut please

contact Roz on 07584


Laura Lauren Helen

Often we get asked ‘What is a Podiatrist?’ so let’s explain:

● Podiatry is a field of medicine dedicated to the management of lower

limb and foot conditions

● Podiatrists treat people suffering with a wide range of foot/ankle

problems and help to alleviate day-to-day skin/nail conditions.

SO whether you can’t manage your own footcare, are suffering with a

particular problem, or feel you would benefit from assessment let the

Team at Sole Solution help.

Call 01505 873888 for an appointment. Find us on facebook

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St. Colm’s RC Church Coffee Morning

Saturday 25th August, 10am - 12noon

St Columba Church Hall, Bridge of Weir Road, Kilmacolm

Please join us for tea and cakes, home baking, face painting, stalls, raffle & fun!

Tickets available on the door.

£3 adults, 50p kids.

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Every 4th Monday PC

Jamieson, the local

neighbourhood officer,

will hold a surgery in the Community

Centre between 10.30 - 11.30am.

Please pop in and see him if you want

to share any concerns or need advice.

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Churches in Kilmacolm & Quarriers ...


Kilmacolm Old Kirk: Church of Scotland (Charity no. SC009291). www.kilmacolmoldkirk.org.uk. Minister Rev. Dr. Peter McEnhill (01505 873174). Sòlas Bereavement Group 2nd Thursday each month at 2pm

in Kidston Hall. United services will be held at St Columba’s at 11am in August due to the church undergoing a complete electrical rewiring.

St Columba Church of Scotland: (charity no. SC007992) Morning Worship Sundays at 11am. All welcome. Coffee/tea served in the hall after the service.

Grace Church Kilmacolm: in association with Downavale Free Church of Scotland (Charity No: SCO38274) - Sunday Service at 10.30am in Kilmacolm Guide Hut, Woodrow Avenue, PA13 4QF - all welcome.

St Colm’s Catholic Church, Smithy Brae Kilmacolm. Rev. Vincent Byrne. Family mass Sundays 10am with children’s liturgy, followed by tea and coffee. Eucharistic service Thursdays 11am. Rosary Tuesdays 6.30pm.

Prayer group meets Thursdays 7.30pm. Further information and contact details www.stcolmsparish.co.uk. All welcome.

Buddhist meetings: Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin. Phone Margaret on 01505 871343.

St Fillan’s Episcopal Church, Moss Road, Kilmacolm, PA13 4DL. Services on Sunday at 11.30am. Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion. On the last Sunday of the month at 11.30am we welcome families to come

and join us for our monthly Family Service. We are united by our belief in Jesus, who sustains and encourages us in all the ups and downs of life. Everyone is welcome to join us! www.heartlandsec.org/KLM/index.html

Contacts: Revd. Heller G.P 01505 872961 / Maureen Russell (Pastoral Assistant) 01505 872905.

Mount Zion Church: Rev. Andy Lunn BSc, (01475 791282) Mount Zion Church, Law View Road, Quarriers Village, PA11 3FD. Sunday Worship: 10.30am, Bible Study and Prayer Meetings: Wednesday at 7pm and Friday

at 10 am. “Mozzy” Youth Club Thursdays at 6.30pm for young people of high school age. Half night of prayer: 7pm – midnight, 4th Friday of each month. The next Gatherin’ is on Sunday 24th June 2018 at 7pm. Our

speaker will be Ronnie Burns from Dumfries. Please come and invite others: all welcome!

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Kilmacolm Physiotherapy

Clinic Changes Hands

After 30 years of helping other bodies and minds recover from

injury or illness, it’s time to let my own recover.

As from 1st September 2018 I am handing over the reins of

my Clinic to daughter Nicola and Son-in-Law Graeme Watson.

Nicola is no stranger to Kilmacolm Physiotherapy Clinic having

stepped in, on her return from working in New Zealand 12 years ago, to run the

clinic for 1 year as I recovered from cancer treatment. Graeme has worked in the

Clinic as a locum for the past 3 years. Between them they have a wide range of

skills and specialities, and I have no doubt they will be a formidable team as they

continue the work I started all those years ago.

I thank you for the loyalty you have shown over the past 30 years, and if I have

given relief from pain, hope in recovery and strength in adversity to any of you,

then my job has been done.

Amanda Anderson, Chartered Physiotherapist

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Bridge of Weir Choral


Our new season begins on Tuesday 4th September.

We meet from 7.30pm - 9.30pm in the small hall of

St Columba Church, Kilmacolm. We sing a variety of

music from classical to modern and hold a concert at

Christmas and in the Spring. There are no auditions for

our choir but is does help if you can hold a note! Our

conductor and director is Christopher Barr, who also

conducts Strathaven Choral Society. Our programme for

this season includes Faure’s Requiem and the Vivaldi

Gloria. We will be singing some Chilcott songs at the OK

Fest in Kilmacolm in September.

We would welcome new members in the choir. If you

enjoy singing and would like to give it a try please come

along. Tuesday 11th September will be an OPEN NIGHT

and all are welcome.

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Kilmacolm Bridge Club -

Summer Duplicate

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Heartes Keep Fit


We will be starting our class after the summer break on

Monday 10th September. Keep active!!

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There will be NO

Brunch and Browse

in August but we

look forward to

welcoming everyone

back on Saturday

8th September.

Thank you for all

your support and

enjoy the rest of the


If you would like to play Bridge during the summer months why not

come along to the Kilmacolm Community Centre on Monday evenings? Starting

on 7th May at 7pm for a 7.15pm start

Come with a partner or come alone and hope to find one there.

Further information Tel: 01505 872345

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New funds to the fore at Kilbarchan visit

Residents in Renfrewshire’s villages have a unique

opportunity to shape their own place, according

to Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson.

Councillor Nicolson attended Kilbarchan Community

Council on Tuesday 26 June 2018 in the latest of a series

of community council visits to hear about local issues.

They discussed a range of new funds set out in the

Council’s 2018 budget which will give local communities

the opportunity to lead projects that matter most to them.

A £1.5million Community Empowerment Fund is now open, supporting community

members to take ownership of assets such as a community hub or sports facility

in their area.

And a £370,000 Villages Investment Fund and £1.5million Green Spaces, Parks

and Play Areas Fund are being rolled out later this year.

Local groups are also benefiting from changes behind the scenes to create a

single point of contact for information and assistance.

“We have committed dedicated funds to give residents in our villages and towns

the chance to make things happen within their local communities,” said Councillor

Nicolson. “These funds can act as the catalyst for our talented thriving community

groups to drive positive action on their doorstep. We want to encourage groups to

lead grass roots activity and are here to support smaller projects too.

“There was a positive response from members of Kilbarchan Community Council

to these new opportunities and they agreed with our approach to develop a

partnership approach with community groups.

“It can sometimes be difficult to know who to contact at the Council and that’s

why we’ve simplified the process ensuring people can access the support we

offer as easily as possible.”

There was further discussion on the review of Local Area Committees, restructuring

them to give community delegates a greater say, and on possible traffic calming

measures for the village.

The visit to Kilbarchan follows meetings with Inchinnan, Bishopton and Paisley

North Community Councils in recent months.

Councillor Nicolson added: “I have always said that I want to meet community

groups and organisations who share in our ambition to make Renfrewshire a

great place to live, visit, work and invest in.

“These community council visits give me an important opportunity to hear firsthand

about what’s happening across Renfrewshire, to share best practise and

highlight new opportunities. We are listening to what our communities have to say

and want to help them to achieve our shared goals.

Damon Scott, Chair, Kilbarchan Community Council, said: “Iain’s interest and

attendance at the Kilbarchan Community Council was much appreciated. We

were excited to hear of plans to provide more support to local communities via

community empowerment.

“We very much believe an identity and pride in place is at the heart of every

successful community and this was also highlighted as a focus for the partnership

approach in the future. We look forward to working with the council and other

partners to continue to make Kilbarchan an even better place to live, work and


Community groups can call 0141 618 7408 or email communityplanning@

renfrewshire.gov.uk for more information.

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Help Morag and Liz reach 500

(we are at 443!) people through

Heart Start to save a life!

Morag and Liz beside

the AED in Lochwinnoch

Would you know what to do in

an Emergency?

Everyone welcome!

♥ Every week in Scotland, 70 people suffer cardiac arrest.

♥ More than 3500 people per year in Scotland are treated by the Ambulance

Service following a cardiac arrest.

♥ Only one in 20 people will survive.

♥ Without resuscitation, cardiac arrest is always fatal

♥ But, performing CPR could double that person’s chance of survival

Heartstart courses are free of charge and it only takes two hours to learn the

skills which may someday save a life:

♥ Recovery position

♥ CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

♥ Heart Attack

♥ Choking

♥ Serious bleeding

To learn the simple skills that save lives, contact Morag Thow on 07868 752814

to book onto one of our courses:

Tuesday 25th September 1pm - 4pm Lochwinnoch Masonic Lodge

Wednesday 24th October 7pm - 9pm Lochwinnoch Masonic Lodge

Wednesday 28th November 7pm - 9pm Lochwinnoch Masonic Lodge

If you have a group in the Lochwinnoch Howwood area that would like a Heart

Start Course Liz and Morag are pleased to come to your group to deliver the


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Early Announcement

Lochwinnoch Arts

Festival 2019!

‘A village of culture and heritage’

This year’s festival promises to be a ‘stoater’!

We are delighted to announce that we

have Alan Bissett a Lochwinnoch resident

presenting his Edinburgh Festival Fringe

show on Thursday 14th March (don’t miss





Meet Moira Bell, cleaner, single mother, and

the hardest woman in Falkirk. Whether defending her wee dog Pepe from the

local rottweiler, attempting to seduce a teacher, or belting out Diana Ross for the

Scotia karaoke night, Moira is hilarious, hypnotic, frightening and heart-warming

company. Based on the women in Alan’s family, from when he was growing up in

Falkirk, Moira, her long-suffering pal Babs, her neighbour (Bawface), her laddies

(they’re gid laddies, but they canny take their weed) and her wee dug Pepe, have

left audiences all over the country weak with laughter.

“This is brilliant stuff, an exhilaratingly fresh take on the whole business of class

and culture in Scotland.” – **** The Scotsman


She’s back! Straight-talking single mum Moira Bell returns in a new instalment

of Alan Bissett’s much-loved ‘one-woman show’. Moira’s a gran now, but still

telling hilarious home-truths about dating, her estranged sister, cleaning posh

folk’s hooses, the return of her ex Billy, and Brexit.

“A near-perfect series of new monologues, both howlingly funny and unnervingly

sharp and poetic.” – 5***** The Scotsman

Fringe First Winner 2017 Shortlisted Best New Play – Critics Awards for Theatre

in Scotland (CATS) 2018

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Cllr Andy Doig

One of the most enjoyable things about being a local Councillor

is attending the various gala days and fetes in my ward, and

one of these happens to be the annual Kilbarchan Agricultural

Show. I think Renfrewshire Council do some things well but one

of the things they really struggle with is realising that Paisley

is not the centre of the

universe, important as

it is. Therefore I always try and attend the

Agricultural Show to show support for my

farming constituents, who like the rest of

us are facing challenging times. For anyone

who is in farming, or who wishes to enter this

important industry I would advise them that

the Scottish Government provides grants

such as the Small Farms Grant Scheme

which can provide up to £25,000 over two

years for items such as new buildings. If

you want more information on these grants

please e mail SGRPID.ayr@gov.scot or call

01292 291300.

Attending Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch, and Howwood Community Councils over the

months there has been a recognition that the battle by Johnstone Community

Council and the Johnstone Business Consortium to stop the controversial plan

by Renfrewshire Council to introduce car parking charges in Johnstone will not

just have implications for the town alone. Increasingly as the High Street banks

such as RBS are deserting town centres the point has been well made to me

by my village constituents that parking charges in Johnstone may reduce bank

footfall for the existing branches, and therefore also penalise villagers who have

small businesses or who simply prefer to deal face to face, as I do myself to be


Therefore, at the last full council meeting I moved a motion calling on the Council

to take the final decision on this ill judged policy at a full council meeting rather

than the Environment Board, on a technicality I needed two thirds of all Cllrs

support, and received 24 votes for my motion, a simple majority but 5 less than I

required. My fight will go on as car parking charges killed Paisley and will do the

same to Johnstone if left unchallenged.

My advice surgery in Kilbarchan is on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the

Steeple Hall at 7.30pm, and my advice surgery in Howwood is at 6.30pm on the

4th Wednesday of the month, and then in Lochwinnoch on the 4th Wednesday

of the month in the McKillop at 7.30pm, all excluding July and December. But

I am also always available to constituents who can call me on 07534 148224,

tweet me on CllrAndy4Ward8, e-mail me at cllr.andy.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk, or

facebook me on Independent Voice/@Ward9JohnstoneAndVillages.

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Cllr Derek Bibby

Renfrewshire Council has received notice from AWG properties in

regard to a possible future planning application for a residential

development at Barrhill Crescent Kilbarchan. This notice is

not a formal planning application, and there is a requirement

for the applicant to hold a public consultation event to enable

members of the public to hear and see the proposals, and to ask

questions, and raise issues and concerns. This event will take

place at the Steeple Hall between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 23rd August. I will

be going along to the event and would urge villagers to attend.

The prospect of residents from Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch paying

parking charges when visiting Johnstone still looms large, despite almost

universal opposition to the proposals. A presentation of the findings of the

impact assessment by officers of the council was made to the public at the end of

June, however it was clear that the anger at these proposals remains unabated,

particularly as the assessment costing over £40,000 told us nothing new .

This public mood will not have been helped by the refusal of the current

administration to allow these proposals to be reconsidered by all 43 councillors

at a full council meeting, rather than at the Infrastructure and Environment

Board, which will meet at the end of August. As far as I am concerned given

the level of anger and opposition, the proposals should be taken off the table


I was dismayed to learn that the last bus from Johnstone to Howwood and

Lochwinnoch has been withdrawn by McGills on weeknights Monday to Thursday.

This is yet another example of the needs of the transport needs in the villages

being overlooked. I will continue to make the point in the strongest possible

terms to McGills and SPT, that Howwood and Lochwinnoch should have an

increase in bus services, and not further reductions.

I hope that readers have been enjoying the wonderful weather we have been

having during the summer, and that this will be the case for Johnstone Gala Day

which will be held on Sunday 26th August.

My surgeries will be on the first Saturday of every month except January and

July at the following times: 9am in the McKillop Institute Lochwinnoch, 10am

in Howwood Village Hall, 11am in the Steeple Hall Kilbarchan and 12.30pm in

Johnstone Town Hall

Meantime please contact me at: cllr.derek.bibby@renfrewshire.gov.uk or phone

0300 300 1274 or 07534 156007.

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Kilbarchan Old Library Centre

Like many of our village facilities, the Old Library Centre has provided a meaningful

source of meeting place since it opened it’s doors for business in 2003.

We now find that a new group of volunteers is required to form a committee to

run the business.

The Chairman, Ann Grieve, retired at the end of June. Ann has been involved –

along with her late husband Ian – since its inception and the work she has done

in this capacity is immeasurable,

An active committee is required to keep the Centre in existence,

If you are interested and can help in any way you are invited to attend a meeting

in the Centre on Thursday 23rd August at 7.30pm. Your support is needed to

keep the Centre running.

Willie Beattie 01505 702670 | Drew Connell 01505 702819

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Knitting Bee

Meets fortnightly on a Tuesday

from 7pm to 9pm at Knit Knax, 37

High Street Johnstone, also weekly

Thursday from 2pm to 4pm.

Contact: Pamela 07743 156738 or

email bknitting@hotmail.co.uk.

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The group will resume with a meal at

the end of August. If you would like

more information, phone 703786

or visit the website: www.nwr.org.

uk . NWR’s motto is:- interested in

everything, talk about anything.

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Leisure Classes in

Kilbarchan Guide


Leisure Classes in Kilbarchan Guide

Centre will start back during the

week beginning 20th August after the

summer break. If you have always

wanted to try a fitness, yoga or art

class then you can be assured of a

friendly welcome from our members.

On Tuesday mornings Jane leads a tone

and shape fitness class from 9.30am

till 10.30am followed by a slower

paced class to improve the balance

and flexibility of the more mature

mover – from 10.40am till 11.40am.

Our Thursday morning Hatha Yoga

class with Jacqueline meets from

10am – 11am.

Art Classes are held on Monday

afternoon and then on both Friday

morning and afternoon.

These relaxed and informal classes, for

amateurs, are led by Ian Richardson

(B.A.Hons) who will provide support

and encouragement to help develop

skills in your own chosen subject

and medium. Beginners can follow

a set 12-week course introducing

them to the basics of drawing and

painting. More experienced artists

can further develop their skills with

instruction from Ian.

Come along and try a class – first one

free. For further details - phone Jean

on 703758 or Christine on 703056.

The Guide Centre is also available to

hire for private functions. Contact Carol

on 01505 702758 for details. Visit our

website www.girlguidingkilbarchan.

org.uk for details of our Hall facilities

as well as information about joining

Rainbow, Brownie or Guide units.

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Country Dance Class

The new session begins on Tuesday 25th

September in the McKillop, lesser hall

at usual time 7.30pm till 9.30pm. This

friendly, good natured group is always

seeking new members, so come along and

give it a go. For more info. call Lorna Black

01505 843048.

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Sunday 26th August 2018

Thomas Shanks Park, Johnstone

12.30pm to 16.30 pm

● Dog show ● Model Railway

● 20 Stalls ● Bouncy Castle

● Music ● Dance Groups

● Raffles ● and much more.

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Kilbarchan Parish


“Art Off the Square” The popular

annual exhibition and sale of artpaintings,

sculpture, jewellery,

glassware and ceramics is on

Thursday and Friday 23rd and 24th

August from 2-9pm and Saturday 25th

from 10am - 4pm in Kilbarchan Parish

Church halls, off Steeple Square.

Entrance is £3, children free, and

includes refreshments and homebaking.

Please come along and enjoy

the beautifully laid-out show.

Kilbarchan Parish Church Tots’

Club held a very enjoyable summer

party with a windmill hunt in the

grounds. The new session resumes on

Monday 3rd September from 9.15am

- 11.30am in the church hall when we

shall welcome tots from last year and

hopefully some new babies along with

their mums, dads and grandparents.

Kilbarchan Parish Church Drama

Group - rehearsals will begin in August

for the November production of that

well-loved drama and film “It’s a

Wonderful Life”

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Meetings are held on the second

Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm

in Howwood Village Hall. Please

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Your Ward 9 Councillors ... for Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderlsie

Andy Doig, Derek Bibby, Bill Binks, Emma Rodden | Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/councillors


Community Council ... Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings.

Howwood: Village Hall: 2nd Tues at 7.30pm. | www.howwood.com/community-council.php

Kilbarchan: Steeple Hall: monthly at 7.30pm. | www.kilbarchan.info/community_council.html

Lochwinnoch: Bowling Club: 1st Tues at 7.30pm

Community Halls to Let ...

Kilbarchan, Guide Centre. Tel: 702758.

Kilbarchan, Old Library Centre. Tel: 706070

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Cllr Bill Binks

Despite this being the recess month (July) there are still many

issues that keep raising their heads.

Lochwinnoch – Trees and hedges overgrowing the footpath

along the A760 from Lochwinnoch to the Roundhead

Roundabout on the A737 is an annual problem with walkers

having to step into the dangerous road to avoid being slapped

in the face by branches. Having raised this issue, I am assured

that the Roads Inspector from Renfrewshire Council will ensure a full assessment

is carried out in accordance with the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984. If the vegetation

requires attention, a notice will be served on the land owner for this to be cut

back to the property edge. The same Inspector will also carry out a survey on

the overgrown trees in Speirs Road which are obscuring the street lights. I have

raised concerns, pointed out to me from residents, about the condition of some

pavements in Lochwinnoch. The condition is such that elderly people that use

mechanical walkers cannot navigate around the potholes etc. An inspection is to

be carried out in the next few weeks to assess the hotspots.

Kilbarchan – Concern has been raised by a number of residents about the

proposal (Planning Application 18/0466/PP) to build two dwelling houses with

detached garages on the Meadowbank site on New Street. At this point in time

elected members have no say in the matter but we will be keeping an eye on the

situation and passing on your concerns. Further concerns were raised about

speeding in Troubridge Avenue, where two cats have been run over, leading to

Troubridge Crescent. I have put in a request for action with the possibility of

erecting ‘20 is Plenty’ signs and replacing the ‘20 is Plenty’ sign in Dalhousie

Road. An immediate inspection has been promised.

Howwood – I know it has been a long time, but I have just received an apologetic

response, from the Land Services Manager, to my query about the treatment of

the boundary fence on the Park side of the Midton Meadows Development site.

I am assured that a meeting will be arranged with his contacts to discuss the

boundary treatment between the park

and the development after Monday 23rd

July (because of holidays).

Summer time is for enjoying the weather

and al fresco dining. Now you can with

the installation of three picnic benches

in the triangle garden in Howwood. With

its proximity to the Coffee & Cream café

why not visit Howwood and grab a few

quiet moments of enjoyment.

Johnstone – Its that time of year again when

volunteers are busy organising Johnstone

Gala Day. It promises to be the very best ever

with many acts, a dog show, Model Railway

Way Exhibition, dancers and much more. The

weather will not be a problem with two large marquees provided. So come and

have a fabulous time.

Remember the date:- SUNDAY 26th AUGUST ~ 12.30pm to 4.30pm

My surgeries are as follows:-

Week 1 Tuesday KILBARCHAN Steeple Hall 6pm/7pm.

Week 2 Tuesday HOWWOOD Village Hall 6pm/7pm.

Week 3 Wednesday JOHNSTONE Town Hall 6pm/7pm.

Week 4 Wednesday LOCHWINNOCH McKillop Institute 6pm/7pm.

Email: cllr.bill.binks@renfrewshire.gov.uk Phone: 0300 300 1423

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Move it

or Lose


FABS Fitness


Meet Christine

and Sara (right)

who have become

best buds since

joining the Move

it or Lose it! class

in Kilbarchan last

September. The

ladies regularly

phone each other for a chat, have been out for dinner and have even had a trip

to the seaside.

Sara, on the right, won

the award for perfect

attendance whilst Christine

was runner-up with only

two absences. Well done

ladies, we are so proud of


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Parish Church


Coffee Shop

Community Coffee Shop -

First Friday monthly.

Howwood Parish Church:

10am - 12noon

“In the community, for the


Adults £2. Children free.

All welcome.

FABS Class shake their

Pom Poms to Celebrate

Independence Day!

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Lochwinnoch Art


Our new session begins on Friday

7th September in our usual venue...

Space Room in the McKillop Hall.

Please note that we have changed

from meeting on alternate Monday

evenings to Friday mornings 10am till

12noon. As Always we are keen to see

new people coming along so pop in

and see what we are about . For more

info, call Lorna 01505 843048.

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Churches in Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderslie ...


Kilbarchan Parish Church: Services continue at 11am each Sunday, conducted by Rev Stephen Smith. There is a summer club for Junior Church and of course the crèche is available from 10.45am each

Sunday in the hall. Refreshments will be served after the service each week.

Howwood Parish Church: Minister Rev May Bell. Sunday Service and Sunday School. 10am each Sunday. Prayer meeting held at 3 Bowfield Way, Howwood, 7.30pm on Tuesdays.

Lochwinnoch Parish Church: Mary Jane Bird. Sunday 11am: Morning Worship and Sunday School. All welcome.

Calder United Free Church: (Church Street, Lochwinnoch) Sunday: 11am Morning worship with Sunday School and Crèche. 6.30pm Evening Fellowship group, 7.30pm ABC’s Teen group. Wed 6.30pm -


Spiritualist Church, Lochlip Rd. All services commence 7.30pm.

Elderslie Kirk: Sunday service every week at 11am. Minister - Rev. Robin Allison. All welcome. Weekly meetings:- Monday Club every week from 12noon - 2.30pm. Light lunch and a varied activity programme.

Midweek Fellowship will meet every Wed from 10.30am for Tea/Coffee followed by a short Service of Worship at 11am.

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Monday to Friday:

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Sat: 9am - 4pm


Yoga (Weekly ) @ 1pm - Mary Laidlaw 01505 229112


Yoga (Weekly) @ 7pm - M/s Lawson 01505 613690 | Councillor Alison

Dowling Surgery (21st) 12.00noon - 12.30pm.


Community Council @ 7.30pm


Primary Colours (Weekly) @ 3.30pm – 4.30pm | Councillor Audrey

Doig Surgery (23rd) @ 7.15pm - 7.45pm | Folk Club (Weekly) @ 8pm -

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Yoga (Weekly) @ 10.30am - M/s Lawson 01505 613690 | Gavin Newlands

MP Surgery @ 12.30pm – 1.30pm


Councillors Surgery @ 11.30am – 12noon


Baptist Church (Weekly) @ 11am and 6pm

Booking enquiries to: Ian Simpson 01505 612203

Bill Haddow 01505 690693 Stewart Scally 01505 674277

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Eilidh Grant Album Launch

Multi award winning, international

folk singer, Eilidh Grant, is all set

to launch her latest solo album

‘Charms of Nature’ on the 22nd of

September at the Carrick Centre

in Houston at 7pm.

Charms of Nature follows the

award winning album Masks

and Smiles, and this time Eilidh

has chosen to release an album

that embraces her passion for

traditional Scottish song, in

particular Robert Burns. Classics

such as Ae Fond Kiss, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose and Westlin Winds are

beautifully accompanied by many of Scotland’s traditional songs.

This albums journey began a few years ago in the picturesque area of the Yarrow

Valley in the Scottish Borders, however, since moving to Houston a year ago

Eilidh was keen to keep things local for the album launch. Eilidh says “Getting to

work with such great musicians has been a privilege and I am looking forward to

touring Scotland and Europe with this album.”

The musicians joining Eilidh for the launch are multi-instrumentalist, Stevie

Lawrence (Raintown, Abel Ganz, Red Hot Chilli Pipers), fiddle player, Fiona Cuthill

(Rallion, The Wendy Weatherby Band, Graeme Clark), whistle and flute player,

Katherine MacDougal (Celtic Quines, Paulo Nutini), Fiddle and banjo player,

Celine Donoghue (Celtic Quines, Celine Donoghue Ceilidh Band) and Tommy

Roseburgh (John Wright Band, Real Time).

The launch in Houston will be a family friendly affair so please keep an eye on

the website for information about the night and to secure your spot, purchase the

tickets now at www.eilidhgrant.com/buy www.eilidhgrant.com

Gleniffer Singers in concert at Houston Kirk

Friday 28th September

Founded in 1967, the Gleniffer Singers is a Paisley-based ladies choir that sing

a wide range of different styles from traditional, folk and classical to modern,

musicals and gospel. The group has performed in many concerts, competitions

and national and international festivals through the years. With musical director

Dr Roger McLean and accompanist David Stewart, the choir currently has

around 35 active members, of which two are founder members. Last year, the

choir celebrated their 50th anniversary with a number of events including civic

reception in Paisley Town Hall and a special concert in May 2018. The choir also

received a Milestone Achievement Award at Chorus Community Music Awards in


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Brookfield News

Brookfield Gala Day: Saturday 18th August from 2pm

Brookfield’s annual Gala Day is almost here once again and fingers are well and

truly crossed that the spell of fine weather continues - or at least reappears if

there’s a temporary break! The event will feature a variety of stalls and activities

for all the family including Tombola, Inflatable fun, Face painting, CD/DVD’s, Cake

& Candy, Pig Racing, Prize Raffle, Coconut Shy, Beer Tent/Bar - and plenty more! -

together with the ever-popular Bike Swap to be run in conjunction with LEAP from

Bridge of Weir. A programme of entertainment will take place throughout the

afternoon featuring performances from local groups/organisations, including our

very own Brookfield Brass Necks. Afternoon Tea with delicious home baking will

be available in the Village Hall from 2.30pm.

This event is very much ‘for the village by the village’ and donations for stalls

will be most welcome - residents should look out for an information flyer being

delivered which will contain full details. On MONDAY 13th AUGUST, members

of the Bowling Club and Village Council will be knocking on doors to collect

contributions for the Tombola and DVD/CD stall. They will also be happy to uplift

any unwanted bicycles, regardless of condition, for the Bike Swap. Contributions

of home baking for the Tearoom and Cake & Candy stall can be handed in to

the Village Hall on the morning of 18th August. Thank you in advance for your

continued support!

Village Trust AGM: Thursday 30th August at 7.30pm – Brookfield Village Hall

Brookfield Village Trust was set up several years ago to acquire the Merchiston

Field, which lies between the Victoria Road houses and the former Merchiston

Hospital and thereby preserve our Village envelope.

The field has now successfully been purchased and the AGM will be an opportunity

for the Board to give an update on the way forward.

Members and Non-Members of the Trust are welcome to attend but it should

be noted that Non-Members will not be entitled to vote on any decisions that

may be taken. Membership is open to all adults residing in the village and you

can join at the AGM. For any other information regarding membership, please

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Audrey Doig, Scott Kerr, Alison Jean Dowling, James Sheridan | Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/councillors


Community Council ... Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings.

BROOKFIELD: Brookfield Village Hall: 2nd Thursday at 7.30pm

February, April, June, August, October and December.

HOUSTON: Carrick Centre: 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm | houstoncommcouncil@yahoo.co.uk

Community Halls to Let ...

Brookfield, Village Hall. Tel: 335562

Houston, Carrick Centre. Tel: 612203 / 331488

Houston, Compass Centre. Tel: Gillian Peters - 07879 407574 or

01505 613759.

Linwood Masonic Hall. Tel: 07825 222944

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Cllr Audrey Doig

We are very lucky in the Houston, Brookfield, and Crosslee area

to have easy access to clean and green recreational areas so

that both individuals and families can walk, ramble, cycle, and

generally enjoy the areas on our doorstep. Recently I have

received complaints from constituents about quad bike riders

using open park areas, both in the Oilfields and at Ardgryffe Park.

Now, I love sport and have been involved in sports development

for many decades in my professional life, but safety must come first, quad bikes

are simply not suitable for residential areas and I would urge those who want to

use them to find an appropriate site.

Respect for each other is also at the heart of two complaints I received recently

about etiquette on the cycle path for both walkers and cyclists. One constituent

nearly got her dog run down by a speeding cyclist while one cyclist was nearly

knocked off his bike by an enthusiastic canine. Our cycle path system in

Renfrewshire is terrific for relaxation, especially in this weather, but please can

users be respectful to each other. When cyclists are approaching can families

put their dogs on a leash and can cyclists please fit and utilise a bell to alert

walkers of their approach.

My advice surgery in Brookfield is on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6.30pm in

Brookfield Village Hall, and my advice surgery in Houston is on the 4th Thursday

of the month in Houston Village Hall, at 7.15pm, excluding July and December.

But I am also always available to constituents who can call me on 07768 130935,

or e-mail me at cllr.audrey.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Houston &

Crosslee SWI

I hope all our members, past and present,

are enjoying the beautiful summer weather

we are having and are looking forward to the

start of the new year of Houston & Crosslee

SWI on Wednesday 12th September at

7.30pm. The speaker for our first meeting

will be Mr Ian McCrorie who will speak to us

about Caledonian MacBrayne.

We meet in the Compass Centre, South

Street, Houston on the second Wednesday

of the month, please come and join us,

everyone will be made very welcome. If you

wish further information please contact,

Arlene MacKay on 07932 459994.

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Our French conversation groups

are still going strong. The age

range in the morning group is

one year up to 90 years! In

the afternoon group our oldest

member is 95.

We meet in the Fox and Hounds

in Houston on Wednesdays

9.30am till 12noon and 2pm till

4pm. If you want to join us just

come along. Details phone or

text 07463 570464 or email avril.

forbes2015@outlook.com. We

look forward to welcoming you.

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Scottish Country Dancing

The Scottish Country Dancing Group restarts on Wednesday 5th September in

Houston and Killellan Kirk, West Halls, Main Street, Houston at 8pm. Come along

and join us it is good exercise and helps to get rid of excesses of summer. We

do stop half way through the evening for a cup of tea and a chat. No experience

needed. For further information contact Marilyn tel: 01505 613083

Cameo Club - The CAMEO ( Come and Meet Everyone) Club

The Club starts off it’s new session on Wednesday 5th September at 2pm in the

West Halls, Main Street, Houston.

We have a full programme arranged for the 2018/19 Session including a

Christmas Party and a separate Christmas Lunch at a local Restaurant.

We invite new members to join us. We are a very friendly group and finish every

meeting with tea and cakes. For more information contact Marilyn tel:01505


Houston Guild

Once again, the Annual Guild Gathering takes place in Dundee on Saturday 1st

September. Five of our members are looking forward to representing Houston &

Killellan Kirk Guild on the day.

Our new session begins on Tuesday 4th September with a Harvest Supper in

the West Hall, Main Street, Houston. All our meetings are held at 7.30pm, on

alternate Tuesdays.

We hope that this Welcome Evening will encourage new members, both men and

women, to come along and enjoy this fun time with us.

Our Guild is a friendly, outgoing, “young at heart” group, and will make you most

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Churches in Houston ...



Houston and Killellan: All Services led by Rev. Gary Noonan unless otherwise stated. Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th August Morning Worship - 11am

St Fillan’s, Main St, Houston: Sun Masses: Vigil (Sat) 5pm, 9.30am & 11am. Weekday Masses: Mon - Sat 9.30am. Rosary: Tue, Thurs & Sat 9.10am.

Exposition: Mon, Wed & Fri 9.05am. Confessions: Sat 10am - 10.30am and after Vigil Mass. Baptism: By arrangement. Parish Priest: Rev. Joseph Burke.

Pastoral Assistant: Sr. Mary Frances Collett, RNDM (Tel 01505 613514). Address: ‘Abbotsfield’, St. Fillan’s, Main St, Houston, PA6 7EL. T. 01505 612046.

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Houston Baptist Church at Carrick Centre: 11am Family services with SS for children age 5 - 12; 6pm Eve Service; Mid-week Home Bible Study; For more

information contact; Rev. D Snelson 01505 612722.

Church of the Nazarene Village Hall, Main Street, Houston PA6 7EL. Rev Geoff Austin (Interim Pastor) Family Service at 10.30am, Creche available.

Communion service first Sunday of the month. Tel 01505 610862. www.houston.nazarene.org.uk

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Who, Why, How?

Are you interested in discussing who we

are, why we are here, predestination

or free will, western philosophy versus

eastern philosophy? We meet in Fox

and Hounds once a fortnight. Contact

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Early Years


Plans Agreed

Inverclyde Council’s programme

to deliver double the number of

nursery hours by 2020 has the

potential to help close attainment

and inequality gaps.

The expansion of early years

learning and childcare will be

achieved with three new Council

nurseries and five refurbished


More outdoor learning places will be

set up and private nursery places –

including childminders – increased

to meet the 1140 hours target by


Education & Communities Convener

Councillor Jim Clocherty said: “This

is an ambitious programme and one

that will be extremely challenging to


“The benefits to our children are

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to be to use the increased hours to

tackle the attainment and poverty

gaps that still exist.

“Early years learning is fundamental

to giving all children the best possible

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The Scottish Government is fully

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– Inverclyde Council will receive

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An additional 200 early years

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Councillor Clocherty added: “All of

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Lochwinnoch Primary School

As the school year draws to a close we have celebrated all things AMAZING

at Lochwinnoch Primary School. Primary 2 to Primary 6 took part in our

Rocky Monster Show which was a roaring success. Children sang their

hearts out to a full crowd both nights and staff and parents alike were so

proud of how confident and enthusiastic they all were!

Primary 7’s leaver’s service was a very emotional affair. The service was

based on the theme of The Greatest Showman and the children reflected

on their best memories of their time at school, as well as their fondest

memories of their trip to Ardentinny. They also sang “This is me” and

“You’ve got a friend in me” from Toy Story.

Primary 5 and 6 hosted a fantastic Spanish cafe where parents were

invited and treated to Spanish cuisine such as paella and patatas bravas.

The children helped to prepare all of the food and decorated the hall with

wonderful bunting and Spanish pictures.

Primary 7 also had their annual Leaver’s

Dance which had a circus theme this year.

It was lovely to see everyone dressed up for

the occasion. The girls all looked gorgeous

and the boys

were extremely


too. We had

a popcorn bar

and a hotdog

stand, as well

as games, dancing and a photo booth. It

was a fantastic night to wave them off and

wish them well on their way to high school.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all parents and

carers for their support and help this year; you have been invaluable as

usual! We would also like to wish a wonderful farewell and good luck to all

staff that are moving on to new ventures. You will be missed but will always

be considered part of the team at LPS.

Article Submissions

First of all, thank you very much to everyone who sends in their articles for

The Advertizer. Each month we have plenty to choose from and, while we

try to include as much as we can, some need to be cut back due to space


To make things easier for the little elves in the office, could we please ask if

articles are submitted as text within the email. Ideally, articles should be no

longer than 200 words, but we do appreciate that sometimes it is necessary

for more to get your message across and we will accommodate if we can.

And if sending in photographs, please send these as separate attachments

to your email. If they are sent within a word document, we are unable to

extract these to the high quality required for a good reproduction in print.

These can be sent as JPG or PDF files, and 300dpi resolution is best,

resized to within 8cm boundaries.

If in any doubt, please call or email the office and the elves will be happy

to advise you!

every Mo n d a y

Lochwinnoch Baby & Toddlers

McKillop Hall, 9.45am - 11.30am

£2/family fee incl tea & children’s snacks.

Kilmacolm Playgroup

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm,

9.30am - 11.30am

Howwood Baby & Toddler Group

Howwood Parish Church, 10am - 12noon

Kilbarchan Parish Church Tots’ Club

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall, 9.15am

- 11.30am

every Tuesday

Kilbarchan Tots

Kilbarchan Scout Hall, 10am-12noon

£2 contribution. Tea, coffee & biscuits.

Bridge of Weir Toddlers

Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, BoW

Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am

Kilmacolm Playgroup

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm,

9.30am - 11.30am

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am

every Wednesday

Kilmacolm Toddlers

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm,

10am - 11.30am

For children from birth to 3 years.

Lochwinnoch Baby & Toddlers

McKillop Hall, 9.45am - 11.30am

£2/family fee incl tea and children’s snacks.

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am

every Th u r s d a y

Houston Toddlers

Church Hall, Main Street, Houston

Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am

Kilmacolm Playgroup

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm,

9.30am - 11.30am

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am

every Fr i d a y

Langbank Playgroup

Langbank Village Hall, 9.45 - 11.45am

For 2.5 - 5yr olds.

Contact Jen Burrows 07947 983025.

Langbank Under 3’s

Church Hall, Langbank, 10am - 11.45am

For children from birth to 3 years

Baby and Toddler Group

Elderslie Kirk, Main Rd, Elderslie,

9.30am - 11.30am

£2 includes children’s snack and tea/coffee.

Lots of different toys to play with. All welcome.

Community Bookbug Sessions

Livingstone Hall at St Columba’s Junior

School, Knockbuckle Road, Kilmacolm.

From 9.30 - 10am

1st & 3rd Fr i d a y

Renfrewshire Inverclyde Twins Club

McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch,

1pm -2.30pm

£3. Bring a mug along for a cuppa.

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Houston Primary School

P7 School Dance

The festivities started at the River Inn with a social gathering, followed by

pipers leading

the procession

up to the school.

The pupils

engaged in the

Canadian Barn

Dance, Strip

the Willow and

the Military Two

Step to name

but a few, followed by a disco. Parents joined in the celebrations for a final

dance before going home. A great night was had by all.

Farewell to P7

On the 22nd June we officially said farewell to our wonderful P7 pupils at

the Valedictory Service in Houston and Killellan Church. Parents of P7

pupils were invited to attend to share in this very special moment. Max

Donaghey played the pipes on arrival of our pupils of P4-7 and invited

guests. We thank Rev Ian Bell, Carol Rankin and Derek Whittle for making

the service run so smoothly.

Poly Tunnel

Our school Gardening Club have been very

busy planting a wide variety of fruits and

vegetables in their own poly tunnel. With all

this lovely weather, I’m sure we will have a

bumper crop! We thank our very dedicated

team of grandparents and parents who support

this club throughout the year.

Get involved in free summer

fun with Street Stuff

Schools may be out but the ever-popular

Street Stuff activities don’t stop with our

packed summer programme.

Football, dance, gaming, DJ workshops

and much more will be available for young

people aged 8 to16 to take part in for free

this summer.

With no school to look forward to each day,

all young people are being invited to take

part in the summer clubs at a range of

venues across Renfrewshire.

Afternoon clubs will take place in Renfrew,

Johnstone, Paisley and Linwood until 11th

August, with core evening sessions on each

day except Sundays.

Young people attending an afternoon

session will also receive a free healthy lunch as they’re sure to work up an

appetite at whichever activity they take part in.

Those who attend will also get the chance to have their say on what they

would like to see as part of the 10 year Street Stuff birthday celebration next


Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities,

Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “With bundles of energy to spare

with no schoolwork over the summer, Street Stuff provides the perfect

opportunity to tire them out each day.

“Our brilliant team of coaches and volunteers will help engage them in

different activities each day whether they’re a dancer, footballer or gamer.

“With the added addition of a healthy lunch to keep them going during the

day, I’m sure it’ll be a struggle to get them home from each activity.

“All young people are free to come along, make friends and have a fantastic


Street Stuff is a diversionary project run in partnership between Renfrewshire

Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage

Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

The programme began in 2009 in Renfrewshire contributing to a reduction

in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour by 75% over the first five years

with a sustained reduction of 65%.

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Kilmacolm Toddlers and


The Wizard of Oz -

What a spectacular


The school theatre was packed for two nights, as audiences

were treated to watching a year of tireless work by the

Drama group unfold before them in the ‘Wizard of Oz’. The show also had

an amazing live orchestra. Congratulations and a huge thank you all of the

pupils and staff involved – including backstage - with a particular thank you

to Mrs Carter for bringing the show together. It is summed up in this review

by Alan Milligan on Twitter... “Congratulations to@DramaGryffe on their

production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’! A fantastic performance! Enthusiasm &

effort from supporting cast; great choreography (Jitterbug!), brilliant singing,

& excellent leads! Well done everyone at @GryffeHighSch”

Mrs Carter also tweeted “@DramaGryffe is so proud tonight. Major themes

of #wizardofoz are individualism and acceptance. From now on, let’s go

forward with courageous hearts and minds. To the cast of @GryffeHighSch’s

cast- it’s been epic.”

With the summer holidays well under way the children and playgroup

leaders are enjoying a well-deserved rest after last term’s fun. We are

now looking forward to next term and the agenda is already packed. Term

starts back on the week of 20th August and there are still places available

at all sessions.

Both playgroup and toddlers runs from St Columba Church Small Hall in


Toddlers runs on Wednesdays from 10am until 11.30am, join other parents/

guardians in a safe and friendly environment for babies and toddlers. You

don’t need to register – just turn up on the day, sessions cost £3. Tea,

coffee and snacks are provided and a large selection of toys, games and

books are available.

Playgroup runs on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am

until 11.30am. This is for children aged 2 years, 4 months to 5 years.

Registration is required and you can register for one, two or three sessions

per week, sessions cost £9.50. You will leave your children in the very

capable hands of our experienced playleaders (all PVG checked and first

aid trained). Activities include messy play, physical activities, story time and

crafts. Each week is based around a theme such as, pirates/numbers/the

zoo and the activities are picked according to the theme. Some weeks we

have visiting helpers who run football, gymnastics or musicland sessions

(at no extra cost). There is plenty to keep your little ones fully involved and


If you would like to know more, or want to register, please contact sarah_

jayne_smith@hotmail.com for further information.




Before we finished up

for summer break we

enjoyed our annual teddy

bear’s picnic/sports day

at Houston Village Park.

The weather did not

disappoint and everyone

enjoyed a fun morning in

the sun. We played with

friends, chilled in the sun

and took part in a few

running events.

We hope everyone has

enjoyed the summer

break and we look forward to seeing old and new faces again on Thursday

16th August, same place same time!

We welcome all children age between 0-4 years old, together with their

parents, grandparents or carers to join in with the games, crafts and play on

offer every Thursday. The children can enjoy playing, making friends and of

course snack time while the adults can catch up with a cuppa.

We meet between 9.30am-11.30am so come along when you are ready to

the West Hall, Main street Houston PA67EL (next to Carrick centre).

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St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm


Prizegiving 2018

Prizegiving provided

a wonderful way to

celebrate success and

round off a fulfilling

year at both Junior

and Senior School.

Mr Ewan Aitken, CEO

of Cyrenians and a

supporter of the Social

Bite Village, gave a

truly inspiring speech

on social justice and presented Lukas Kong with the award of Junior

School Dux and Lucia Gizzi as Proxime Accessit. Mr Chris Van der Kuyl,

founding Chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland and founder, co-owner and

chairman of 4J Studios responsible for Minecraft console editions, delivered

a wonderfully motivating speech before presenting Jamie Beverstock and

Anna Hendry with the award of Joint Dux of St Columba’s School 2018.

Profound speeches, musical delights and heartfelt goodbyes contributed

to the mixed emotions that we felt as we wished the Class of 2018 every

success for the next chapter in their lives.

Beating the Retreat

An outstanding spectacle

of pipes and drums

pageantry took place in

the grounds of the Junior

School on the evening

of Monday 25th June

involving 65 pupils from

Junior 5 to Senior VI. The

occasion was blessed

by a still, warm evening

which complemented the

ambitious musical program. Please visit our YouTube channel where you

can watch the Pipe Band’s magnificent entrance. Search for St Columba’s

School, Kilmacolm.

Activities Week

As part of activities week a number of pupils

throughout Senior School enjoyed travelling

all over the globe to further their learning

from throughout the year. 46 Senior III

pupils enjoyed a trip to France and Belgium

to visit various WWI cemeteries, memorials

and sites to further their understanding of the

tragedy of war. Senior II pupils travelled to

Ardeonaig in Perthshire for a week filled with

plenty of fun outdoor activities, one of these

included going on an overnight sailing trip

and wild camping on the shores of Loch Tay.

Senior IV ventured to Lagganlia, near Aviemore, for a week of some really

fantastic team building activities. Our Senior I pupils stayed a little closer to

home as they enjoyed their week in the glorious sunshine at Loch Lomond

and the Trossachs as part of their John Muir Award, where they enjoyed

creative writing inspired by their beautiful surroundings and participated in a

number of activities

to develop their skills

and knowledge of

geography, history,

biology, language

and conservation.

After an exceptionally

busy last couple of

weeks of term, we

are sure all pupils are thoroughly enjoying their summer break!

Community Summer Fete

We are holding our community Summer Fete at Birkmyre Park on Saturday

8th September from 2pm - 4pm. There will be a food and drink marquee,

novelty crufts, family rounders, mini-mudder, tennis, rugby, community

stalls, Pipe Band performance and more. All welcome.

There are a limited number of pitches available for stall booking, if you are

interested please contact aberry@st-columbas.org for more information

and to book.

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Euroscholar –

Alexis Spragg

Alexis is the latest

(and because of

BREXIT possibly the

last) of more than ten senior

pupils of Gryffe High and St

Columba’s to be sponsored by

Gryffe Valley Rotary Club to

attend the annual “Euroscolar”

event in Strasbourg. Euroscola offers an immersive experience in the

Chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, allowing high-school

students to learn about European integration by experiencing it first hand.

Students from the EU Member States are selected to become Members of

the European Parliament for one day. They take the floor in plenary and

committee sessions to debate and vote on resolutions on current affairs,

all the while practising their language skills and making friends with fellow

students from across Europe.

Alexis a final year student at St Columba’s School told members how her

trip had started with a flight delay which was used positively, allowing time

for the party to get to know each other. Once in Strasbourg the Scottish

Euroscolars were set the usual tasks of interviewing the residents and

reporting findings in documentary form. Perhaps the highlight was being

in the chamber - all 540 delegates from 21 countries. Apparently ‘BREXIT’

was largely ignored but sadly it may be that 2018 will be the final time UK

will be able to attend.

Alexis thanked the Club for this opportunity, which she had found both

challenging and enjoyable. She will soon become an undergraduate at

Dundee, studying accountancy.

St Columba’s Senior “Youth Speaks” team – repeat performance

Rotarians and their partners along with Andrea Angus (Rector) and Antonia

Berry (Junior Depurty Rector), parents and grandparents enjoyed a rerun

of the award-winning St Columba’s team speaking on the the power

of music. John Douglas introduced Finlay Cooper as Chairman, Mark

Connolly as Speaker and Eilidh McCruddon to give the Vote of Thanks. He

reminded everyone that the team had reached the final of the Rotary Youth

Speaks competition after winning three earlier rounds, and then had to fly

to Exmouth in the West Country for the final on a Saturday the day after

their exams. They emerged worthy winners of the Great Britain and Ireland

team competition and Mark won the award for best speaker.

In his very well-crafted and superbly

presented speech Mark explained

how music has the power to

change moods, calm patients, focus

concentration and unite people.

David Fairbairn thanked the team and

congratulated them on their success

and Andrea Angus thanked Rotary

for its support.

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Strawberry Field Out of School


Children enjoyed a delicious barbeque on the last day of the school term in

the gorgeous sunshine as well as lots off fun on the bouncy castle.

So far we have visited a number of parks and enjoyed having our lunch on

the picnic tables. We have also had a couple of trips to the beach where the

children had amazing fun collecting a number of items from shells to sea

weed. Our visits also allowed us to talk to the children about the pollution

that is happening on our beaches.

We have been making the most of the good weather by enjoying a variety

of outdoor activities with lots of football games to coincide with the world


The children have also been doing lots of activities for the world cup with

some of the boys making an excellent football pitch with odds and ends.

1st Houston Girl’s Brigade

1st Houston Girls’ Brigade is a lively, vibrant

organisation for girls and young women. We

are a volunteer led uniformed organisation

which offers a safe place for girls and young

women from Primary 1 right through to S6 in

Secondary School.

We are a modern, progressive organisation open to girls of all faiths or


Our company offers a safe place for girls and young women to meet, a

place for fun, a place for learning, a place for challenge, a place for

personal development and a place where every girl is valued irrespective

of her background.

We welcome those with educational or other special needs and it is our

policy, wherever possible, to include those who are challenged by physical

or mental disability as we seek to be inclusive at all times.

All sections follow a balanced, age-appropriate programme offering

educational, service, spiritual and physical elements, recognising our

holistic approach.

The award scheme provides the opportunity for girls to learn new skills at a

level appropriate to their ability in a fun, safe and secure environment.

To enable us to continue to grow we require more volunteers to join us. If

you would like to come along on a Monday night as a Leader or as a helper

we would love to hear from you (this could be on a weekly, monthly or even

a couple of weeks throughout our year).

If you would like to discuss this further please contact our Captain, Lisa

Dickson via email: 1sthoustongb@gmail.com to arrange a convenient time

to either meet up or to chat over the phone.

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every Monday

Lochwinnoch Community Walk

The Cross, Lochwinnoch 10.30am

This event will not take place on public holidays.

Gryffe Voices Community Choir

Freeland Church, Bridge of Weir 8pm to 9.45pm

Join us to sing pop, rock, folk, show tunes,

gospel. Contact gryffevoices@gmail.com

Strathgryffe Motorcycle Club

Mondays - The Trust Inn, Kilbarchan, 9pm -


Visit www.strathgryffe.org for details.

every Tuesday

Singing for Wellbeing

Bishopton Community Centre 6pm - 7.15pm

A fun, no pressure choir singing feel good songs.

Bridge of Weir Walking Group

Outside the Co-op, BoW, 10.30am

1 hour walks. Call Senga on 0141 842 3000.

Bridge of Weir Choral Society

Small Hall St Columba Church, Kilmacolm

7.30pm - 9.30pm

All welcome.

every Wednesday

Knitting Group

Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers 10am - 12noon

Knitters of all levels welcome!

every Thursday

Weekly Volunteer Group

Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Conservation Volunteers - adult group.

Newcomers always welcome.

Kilmacolm Walkers

Birkmyre Park Pavilion, Kilmacolm, 10am

David 01505 874192 kilmacolmwalkers@


every Friday

Singing for Wellbeing

Bishopton Community Centre 2pm - 3.15pm

A fun, no pressure choir singing feel good songs.

every Saturday

Weekly Volunteer Group

Greenock Cut Visitor Centre 10.30am - 2.30pm

Conservation Volunteers, adult group.

Newcomers always welcome.

every Sunday

Weekly Volunteer Group

Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch 10am - 12noon

Youth Volunteer Group - age 14 - 18 years.

Newcomers always welcome.

Houston Litter Crew

Co-op Car Park 10am – 11.45am

All volunteers welcome and all equipment


2nd & 4th Wednesday

BoW Senior Citizens Club

Cargill Hall 7 - 9.15pm

Tea, biscuits & a raffle each meeting along with

entertainment. Contact Sheila Patterson for

further information on 01505 690521.

1st & 3rd Thurs monthly


Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm 2pm - 4pm

Social activities group for the community in

Kilmacolm. Guest speakers, afternoon tea, local

issues of interest. Everyone welcome.

Crafty Hobbies

Carrick Centre, Main Street, Houston 7.30pm

No previous craft experience necessary. Call

Lorna on 01505 612844 for further details.

2nd Wednesday monthly

Inverclyde Carers Outreach

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 11am - 2pm

Email enquiries@inverclydecarerscentre.org.uk

or call: 01475 735180.

Gateway Garden Drop In Sessions

Gateway Garden, Kilbarchan from 1pm

Open Days with gardening and wildlife activities

on offer. For more information contact

07952169341 or hello@kilbarchansmile.

co.uk or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on


2nd Thursday monthly

Sòlas Bereavement Support Group

Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm. 2pm - 4pm.

3rd Friday monthly

Hearing Aid Clinic

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir 1 - 2pm

Hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.

2nd Saturday monthly

‘Brunch & Browse’

St Fillan’s Hall, Kilmacolm 10am - 2pm

Soups, baking, tea, coffee, books & lots of


last Friday monthly


St Machar’s Ranfurly Church Hall

Soups, sandwiches, tea/coffee, biscuits. £4.

last Saturday monthly

Table Top Sale

Linwood Parish Church, Blackwood Ave 11am - 1pm

This is a free event. Call 01505 328802 for


1st SAT

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm

10am - 2pm

1st & 3rd SUN

Loch Lomond Shores

10am - 3pm Tel: 07977 179 861

2nd THU & last SAT

Paisley Cross

10am - 2pm Tel: 01655 770217

2nd SUN

Kip Marina, Inverkip

11am - 4pm www.kipmarina.co.uk

Summer Fete

St Columba School will be holding our Summer Fete on Saturday 8th

September in Birkmyre Park, Kilmacolm from 2pm to 4pm.

With a food & drink marquee, novelty crufts, family rounders, mini-mudder,

tennis, rugby, community stalls, raffle, tombola, Pipe Band performance

and much more! Fun for all and free entry! To book a stall please email


Kilmacolm Unnofficial Running Club’s Annual Charity Night

80’s DISCO

Saturday 6th October


Cargill Community Centre, Kilmacolm

(More details next month.)

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Fri 27 Jul - Th u 2 Aug

Explorer Challenge: Treemendous!

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

10am to 4pm

Spend some quality family time together at

RSPB Lochwinnoch. Simply pop into the Visitor

Centre any time where the friendly staff will get

you started. Then, visit different stations along

our main trail to find out all about trees! Cost:

£4 per child / RSPB members £2.50 [Normal

trail fees apply for adults]

Wed 1 - Sa t 25 August

World Press Photo Exhibition

The Scottish Parliament, Holyrood,

Edinburgh, EH99 1SP 10am to 5pm

Visit the Exhibition on its world-wide tour

showcasing the stories that matter with

photography from the 61st annual World Press

Photo contest. The winners were chosen

by an independent jury that reviewed more

than 73,000 photographs entered by 4,548

photographers from 125 countries. Please

note closed Sundays. Free entry

Th u 2 August

Tree Identification

Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank

1pm to 3pm

Ranger led walk to identify trees.

Sa t 4 - Sun 5 August

Wizards & Witches Weekend!

Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank

1pm to 3pm

Follow the magical trail and uncover the

identity of the famous Witch or Wizard

Sa t 4 August

Erskine Art, Craft & Gift Fayre

Erskine Salvation Army, 11 Kilpatrick

Street, Erskine PA8 7AF 12noon to 3pm

25 stalls bursting with gorgeous goodies!

From handbags and jewellery to fudge and

American products there is something for

everyone! Free entry, free parking and child

friendly event.

Sun 5 August

Charity Golf Day in aid of

Beatson Cancer Charity

Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club, Ranfurly

Place, Bridge of Weir

4 Ball Texas Scramble - Shotgun start at 1pm

Entry fee of £120 per team. Food provided

after golf. Raffle and Auction. Karaoke

and dance in the evening. ONE ARM GOLF

CHALLENGE (at selected holes only.) If you

would like to participate in the event, sponsor

a prize at a hole or donate a gift for the raffle

and auction please contact Frank Morrison on

07725 706901 or frmorrison@hotmail.com

Mo n 6 - Fri 10 August

Rumble in the Jungle

Hope Hall, Maxwell Place, Bridge of Weir

PA11 3NT 10.30am to 12.30pm

Holiday kids club with fantastic games, crafts,

singing, bible stories quizzes and much more.

For information call 07828 267 073 or visit

www.bridgeofweirchurch.co.uk. Free.

Tue 7 August

Finlaystone Kids Obstacle


Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank

1pm to 3pm

Try our Finlaystone obstacle and fitness race.

Age 4 – 6, 7 - 9, 10 and over. Prize in each

category for best time.

Th u 9 August

send your event

details to


Sòlas Bereavement Group

Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm

2pm to 4pm

Sòlas Bereavement Group.

Summer Wildlife Explorers

Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank

1pm to 3pm

Join the Rangers to explore the forest and

what lives here.

Fri 10 - Sun 26 August

Explorer Challenge: Animal


RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

10am to 4pm

Simply pop into the Visitor Centre (open 7

days), where the friendly staff will get you

started. Then, go out on the reserve and

embrace your inner artist! Cost: £4 per child

/ RSPB members £2.50 [Normal trail fees

apply for adults]

Sa t 11 August

Gallivanting with Gulls

Lunderston Bay, Cloch Road, near

Gourock PA19 1BB 1pm to 2.30pm

Can you tell the difference between a lesser

and a greater black-backed gull? Identify your

common gull from your kittiwake? If not, join

us for our gull ID walk. More details online and

bookings free or t: 01505 842 882

Johnstone Fire Engine Rally

Johnstone Town Centre 11am to 4pm

Nee-naw, nee-naw! Sound the alarm…the Fire

Engine Rally is coming back to Johnstone!

See fantastic fire engines from through the

years and enjoy a free, fun-filled afternoon of

family activities. Rally leaves from Johnstone

Community Fire Station at 11am and finishes

in Houston Square

Wildlife Photography

Workshop: Beginner Level

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

10am to 1.30pm

Learn how to take great outdoor and wildlife

photographs with your own camera, then

see your results on screen. Workshop led

by wildlife photographer David Palmar (www.

photoscot.co.uk), who has over 30 years of

experience and is a volunteer photographer

with the RSPB at their Loch Lomond and Inner

Forth reserves. An excellent opportunity for

beginners to learn the basics. Cost: £25 –

20% discount for RSPB members

Sun 12 August

Gulls, Glorious Gulls!

Fairlie Bay Car Park, Kaim View, Fairlie,

Largs KA29 0EH 11am to 3pm

There’s more to gulls than being chip thieves

on wings. The TnT team have been tagging

them and will be needing your help keeping an

eye on them. More details online and bookings

free or t: 01505 842 882

ACCORD Hospice Rainbow


Ferguslie Park Gardens, Paisley PA1 2QX

2pm to 5pm

A sponsored colour walk for all the family.

Register online at www.accordhospice.org.

uk/event/rainbow-ramble or call 0141 581

2000. Registration costs £10 (children are

free with a registered adult) and this includes

a fundraising pack containing sponsorship

forms, t-shirt, and your own sunglasses.

Tue 14 August

Ranger Hike

Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank

1pm to 3pm

Join our Rangers for a hike and learn about

Finlaystone’s history, natural history and

wonderful views of the Clyde.

Fri 17 August

St Vincent’s Hospice Golf Day

Kilmacolm Golf Club, Porterfield Road,

Kilmacolm 9am

Enjoy a breakfast roll with tea or coffee,

Shotgun Start at 9am followed by a Two Course

Lunch. Prizes on the day include; Longest

Drive, Straightest Drive, Nearest the Pin… and

many more... For further information, please

contact the fundraising department t:01505

705 635 e:info@svh.co.uk. £320 per 4 ball.

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Sa t 18 August

Brookfield Gala Day

Brookfield from 2pm

Variety of stalls and activities for all the

family including Tombola, Infl atable fun,

Face painting, CD/DVD’s, Cake & Candy, Pig

Racing, Prize Raffl e, Coconut Shy, Beer Tent/

Bar - and plenty more! - together with the everpopular

Bike Swap to be run in conjunction

with LEAP from Bridge of Weir. A programme of

entertainment will take place throughout the

afternoon featuring performances from local

groups/organisations, including our very own

Brookfi eld Brass Necks. Afternoon Tea with

delicious home baking will be available in the

Village Hall from 2.30pm.

Paisley Prosecco Festival

Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley

12.30pm to 11.30pm

Tickets includes: Entry and Entertainment,

A FREE glass of Prosecco, Access to the

street food area and more! For further

information and to book tickets visit www.

vivaproseccofestival.com Tickets: £12

Sa t 18 - Sun 19 August

RYA Dinghy Course Level 2

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip

Road, Lochwinnoch 9.30am to 4pm

Adults can develop basic skills and become a

competent sailor in light winds. Cost: £135 more

details/bookings online or t: 01505 842 882

Th u 23 - Sa t 25 August

Art off the Square

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall, Steeple

Street, Kilbarchan Thurs 2-9pm, Fri 2pm -

9pm, Sat 10am - 4pm

Exhibition and Sale. Painting, Drawing and


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Th u 23 August

Kilbarchan Public


Steeple Hall, Kilbarchan,

2pm to 7pm

Public Consultation meeting regarding

possible future planning application by AWG

Properties for a residential development at

Barrhill Crescent Kilbarchan. The event is

to enable members of the public to hear and

see the proposals, to ask questions, and raise

issues and concerns.

Kilmacolm Community

Council Public Consultation

Kilmacolm Community Centre,

3pm to 8pm

2nd public consultation meeting for proposed

residential development at Planetreeyetts in

Kilmacolm to present a further plan following

the feedback from the first consultation.

Fri 24 August

Rotary Annual BBQ & Disco

Brookfield Village Hall, Woodside Road,


Enjoy good food and music at this annual

fund-raising event. Tickets available from

all members.

Bat Night

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

7.30pm - late (bring a torch!)

Learn about bats. Listen to our presentation

followed by a walk out onto the reserve, with

bat experts and bat detectors to listen to the

bats chattering with each other. Booking

essential, please pay at time of booking.

Adults: £6; Children: £4.80 (RSPB members:


Sa t 25 August

St. Colm’s RC Church Coffee


St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm

10am to 12noon

Please join us for tea and cakes, home baking,

face painting, stalls, raffle and fun! Tickets

available on the door. £3 adults, 50p kids.

Wallace Day

Elderslie Village Hall, Elderslie 2pm to 1am

Hosted by The Society Of William Wallace

Muster at Ludovic Square at 2pm, march off

at 2.30pm. Speakers to be advised and bands

so far are the wonderful Clann an Drumma and

Ted Better than Elvis Christopher

Bat Walk

The Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge,

Greenock 7.45pm to 9.35pm

Learn about these night time flyers, joint

event with Clyde Bat Group. More details and

bookings online or t: 01457 521 458

Sa t 25 - Sun 26 August

Pirate Weekend

Finlaystone Estate, Langbank 1pm-3pm

Dress as a scurvy buccaneer and practice your

best Arrg! Drama and shouting a plenty. Prize

for best dressed pirate.

Sun 26 August

Johnstone Gala Day

Thomas Shanks Park, Johnstone

12.30pm to 4.30pm

Dog show - Model Railway – 20 Stalls – Bouncy

Castle – Music – Dance Groups – Raffles –

and much more. HAVE FUN!

Wed 29 August

Comedy Night at The Stand

The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road,

Glasgow G3 6NG 7.30pm

Join ACCORD Hospice for a fantastic night

of comedy and laughs, with great value and

a great show planned! The best Comedy

Club in the land will be hosting our event and

providing the comedians free of charge – an

amazing gesture. We will announce the line

up nearer the time! Grab the tickets while you

can though! Tickets £5pp

Fri 31 Aug - Sun 2 Sept

RAF 100 Aircraft Tour

Glasgow Science Centre

Join us in Glasgow for the RAF100 Aircraft Tour.

Meet members of the RAF in an interactive

STEM/Techno Zone and learn more about how

we’re creating the next generation Air Force.

Aircraft on display: Sopwith Snipe Biplane,

Supermarine Spitfire MkVb, Harrier GR3 - (first

VSTOL production aircraft), Typhoon Full Scale

Replica, F35 (LII) Full Scale Replica

Fri 31 Aug - Th u 6 Sept

ACCORD Art Exhibition

Cedar Suite, Normandy Hotel, Renfrew

Monday to Friday, 12pm to 8pm,

Saturday & Sunday, 12pm to 4pm

Over 60 artists exhibiting this year with a

whole range of originals for you to buy from.

Entry is free but there will be a collecting can

available should you wish to make a donation.

50% of all sales made will come to ACCORD

Hospice. We hope you will come along and

have a look.

Sa t 1 September

Erskine Art, Craft & Gift Fayre

Erskine Salvation Army, 11 Kilpatrick

Street, Erskine PA8 7AF 12noon to 3pm

25 stalls bursting with gorgeous goodies!

From handbags and jewellery to fudge and

American products there is something for

everyone! Free entry, free parking and child

friendly family event. Why not pop along for a

look and treat yourself, grab a gift, browse the

stalls and enjoy the atmosphere.

Sa t 1 - Sun 2 September

The Scottish International


2 Fairfield Road, Ayr, South Ayrshire KA7

2AR 9.30am to 7pm

Scotland’s biggest family event returns to Ayr

to provide the best weekend of the year with

more air displays, more food, more craft fairs,

more trade, and more fun! Oh, and hopefully

- more sun! This is Scotland though, so bring

your umbrella and your shorts! FREE

Mo n 3 - Sun 9 Sept

Explorer Challenge: Go on a

Unicorn Hunt

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

10am to 4pm

Spend some quality family time together at

RSPB Lochwinnoch! Simply pop into the

Visitor Centre (open 7 days), where the friendly

staff will get you started. Then, go out on the

reserve for a magical adventure and look for

unicorns! Cost: £4 per child / RSPB members

£2.50 [Normal trail fees apply for adults]

Tue 4 September

Bridge of Weir Choral

Society New Season

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm

7.30pm to 9.30pm

We sing a variety of music from classical to

modern and hold a concert at Christmas and in

the spring. We would welcome new members

in the choir. If you enjoy singing and would like

to give it a try please come along. Tuesday

11th September will be an OPEN NIGHT and

all are welcome.

Fri 7 September

Dave Beaumont

McMaster Centre, Donaldson Drive,

Renfrew 7.30pm

Dave Beaumont will deliver an illustrated talk

entitled’ An Overview of RSPB in South and

West Scotland-and our plans for the future’.

All welcome.

Sa t 8 September

St Columba’s School,

Summer Fete

Birkmyre Park, Broomknowe Road,

Kilmacolm 2pm to 4pm

With a food & drink marquee, novelty crufts,

family rounders, mini-mudder, tennis, rugby,

community stalls, raffle, tombola, Pipe Band

performance and much more! Fun for all

and free entry! To book a stall please email


Sun 9 - Sun 16 Sept

Unique Garments in Church


St Mary’s Church, Johnstone Road,

Bridge of Weir 2pm to 4.30pm

Part of St Mary’s Annual Festival of Faith

and the Arts a special exhibition called

“Gethsemane Garments” will be staged.

Refreshments will be available. Private

viewings for groups can be accommodated

by arrangement with Revd. Heller Gonzalez

on 01505 872961

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Girls’ Night Out hosted by

Friday 21st September

7pm – 1am

Girls’ Night Out returns to Greenock Town Hall with very

special guests FEEVA, the ultimate party show! Dance the night away to party

hits from Motown, 60s, 70s, 80s and the 90s.

Ticket price includes a glass of fizz on arrival and a buffet dinner. Tables are

available to purchase through the link: https://ardgowanhospice.org.uk/event/


Tables of 10 priced at £250. A limited number of 12s are available, to purchase

these, email fundraising@ardhosp.co.uk

Tables are likely to sell out fast, so make sure you buy your table ASAP.

1st - 2nd September

Dumfries & Galloway

East Renfrewshire

Fife East

Highland: Inverness and surrounding


West Lothian

West Dunbartonshire

8th - 9th September

Aberdeen City (Saturday only)




East Dunbartonshire (Saturday only)

Fife Central

Highland: Black Isle and Easter Ross



North Lanarkshire


Saturday 25th August

2pm to 1am

Elderslie Village Hall

Stoddard Square, Elderslie, Johnstone PA5 9AS

Muster at Ludovic Square at 2pm, march off at 2.30pm. Speakers to be

advised and bands so far are the wonderful Clann an Drumma and Ted Better

than Elvis Christopher.

Get Your Dancing

Shoes On

10th - 16th September

Glasgow (Monday to Sunday)

15th - 16th September



Fife West

Highland: Caithness and Sutherland

Perth & Kinross: Eastern & Highland


Scottish Borders


22nd - 23rd September

Argyll and Bute: Dunoon and

surrounding area

Highland: Badenoch and Strathspey

Highland: Wester Ross (Saturday only)

Moray (Saturday only)

Perth & Kinross: Strathearn & Kinrossshire

29th - 30th September


East Lothian


Highland: Fort Augustus

Perth & Kinross: Perth City

South Lanarkshire


Hosted by

The OIR Dance Group meet on a Monday at 1.30pm in

the Clark Memorial Hall, Largs. Dancing consists of Ballroom, Sequence, Old

Time and Scottish.

All new members are made welcome, so dust off your old dance shoes and

come along and join us, come alone or bring a partner.

Contact: Bill Alexander 01475 522043 or Archie Adams 01475 649008.

Calling all Classic Cars to

Castle Semple

‘Classics at Castle Semple’ Car show

will return to the shores of Castle Semple

Loch for an 8th year on Sunday 21st

October 11am - 3pm. We’re looking for

owners to get in touch and help us put

on another fantastic show.

Jane Fawcett the Event Organiser and

Visitor Centre Assistant at Castle Semple

said: “It’s the location at Castle Semple Loch in Lochwinnoch which makes this

car show even more special. It’s simply stunning. The cars are packed in, on

display in the car park. So dry feet, clean cars and happy visitors and owners.

So many grinning faces to be seen as they ogle the cars – remembering their

first car, that time it broke down or a first kiss in it!”

Once again, Jane will be supporting her local hospice, St Vincents in Howwood.

Last year the show raised over £1,150 from entrants fees and stalls provided

by Laura McDade and the all-important volunteers from the hospice:

“It was the first time I’d run the show for charity and owners were more than

happy to pay to display their cars. I love the hospice and all they do. This year

I dedicate the show to Campbell who was in the hospices care for a short time

in July. ”

Last year’s show had 80 vehicles - everything from a Beardmore Paramount

Taxi, Rover P6, Austin 14 Goodwood, Hillman Husky, Ford Falcon and Skoda

Rapid (whoever thought that would be a classic) and a variety of Hotrods and

American beasts alongside some tasty motorbikes.

Jane is inviting local classic owners to apply and as the show fills very quickly so

email classicsatcastlesemple@gmail.com ASAP with enquiries.

Comedy Night at The Stand

Wednesday 29th August, 7.30pm

Join ACCORD Hospice for a fantastic night of comedy and laughs, with great

value and a great show planned!

At 7.30pm on 29th August the best Comedy Club in the land will be hosting our

event and providing the comedians free of charge – an amazing gesture. We

will announce the line up nearer the time!

Grab the tickets while you can though! Tickets £5pp

Sunday 12th August – ACCORD Hospice Rainbow

Ramble. A sponsored colour walk for all the family.

Register online at www.accordhospice.org.uk/event/

rainbow-ramble or call 0141 581 2000.

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1st & 2nd SEPTEMBER


The Scottish International Airshow returns to Ayr Low Green on the 1st and 2nd September!

Scotland’s biggest family event returns to Ayr to provide the best weekend of the year with more air displays, more

food, more craft fairs, more trade, and more fun! Oh, and hopefully - more sun! This is Scotland though, so bring

your umbrella and your shorts!

The Scottish International Airshow is FREE to attend, and hopefully always will be. We only charge for certain

creature comforts on the site so we can continue to bring you the biggest and best event we can! 2018 is all about

the airshow, so we are moving away from having huge structures on the site and making everything more open and

visible so we can bring more to you on the ground, and everyone can see everything in the sky.

There will be no ticket box office on the site this year, so please purchase your tickets in advance to avoid


Tickets will NOT be posted out to you, so please either download the Eventbrite App, or print off your ticket at home.

For more information on access, tickets, or opportunities, please contact us - contact@tsia.scot - 01292 479 500

Keep up to date with what’s going on at TSIA18 www.tsia.scot

Saturday 1st September 2018

Car Park Opens – 9.30am

Site opens at 10am

Flying Displays Start – 11am

Flying Display finishes at 6.10pm with the Red Arrows who

will start their display at 5.40pm

Site Closes – 6.20pm

Car Parks Close – 7pm


Swiss Airforce F/A-18C twin engined supersonic jet display

Royal Navy Sea Fury – World War 2 fighter

RAF Tutor aerobatic training aircraft

RAF Typhoon supersonic jet

Royal Air Force aerobatic team – The Red Arrows

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Lancaster, Spitfire and


Across the weeekend

Huge funfair

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths future technology

Pavilion sponsored by Spirit AeroSystems and UTC Aerospace


Licensed bar

World food outlets

Many stalls, displays and activities for all ages

Aircraft Tour

Sunday 2nd September

Car Park Opens – 9.30am

Site opens at 10am

Flying Displays Start – 11am

Flying Display finishes at 5pm with the Red Arrows who will

start their display at 4.30pm

Site Closes – 5.20pm

Car Parks Close – 6.30pm


Swiss Airforce F/A-18C twin engined supersonic jet display

Royal Navy Sea Fury – World War 2 fighter

RAF Tutor aerobatic training aircraft

RAF Typhoon supersonic jet

RAF Falcons parachute team

Royal Air Force aerobatic team – The Red Arrows

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Lancaster, Spitfire and



RAF 100th / TSIA 5th Memorial Concert. Ayr Town Hall. Doors


With The Swing Cats and the 78 Big Band.

Wellingtons Bar – Open with a great menu and a selection

of drinks

More announcements to follow

Some of the most iconic fighter planes from the past 100

years are to go on display in Glasgow this summer as part of

celebrations marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The RAF 100 Aircraft Tour, taking place at the Glasgow Science

Centre (from Friday 31st July - Sunday 2nd August) will allow

families and enthusiasts alike to get up close with a selection of full-size aircraft

from throughout the RAF’s illustrious history.

From the First World War to the present day, visitors will have the chance to see

aircraft including the Sopwith Snipe, historic Spitfire, Harrier ‘jump jet’ and the

latest F35 Lightning, complete with crews in period uniform.

The free event will be supported by an interactive Science, Technology,

Engineering and Maths (STEM) exhibition, with a focus on aviation and

aerospace activities, aimed at engaging young people. Air Force personnel

and industry partners from a variety of specialisms will be on hand to answer

questions and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. https://


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Re-homing Pets

Can you offer a home to any of our featured pets?

Gobi, 2 years old, male,

short hair, white & tabby

Gobi came to us, as he was

not getting along with a

neighbour’s cat. He is a very

active, boisterous and chatty

fella and enjoys a bit of fuss (don’t we all).

Before coming to the UK, he was originally

from Kuwait - a well travelled young man!

His ideal home is one with no other pets or children, and plenty of

outside space for him to burn off all that energy he has. Is this you?

Cardyke Farm, Langmuirhead Road, Auchinloch, Glasgow G66 5LD

Telephone: 0141 779 3341

Royalheart Fun Dog show and

Craft Market

A great place to get Christmas Shopping done! Doors open 29th

September at 11am - First Class takes place at 11.30am

Glenpark, Brisbane Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire PA16 8NY

With stall holders from charities and craft companies in our market and a

fun dog show in the ring.

Stalls costs £15. Please message us to book a place. You will have to

supply your own table and gazebo. This should be paid by Paypal to

houndhelper13@gmail.com. This is a non refundable payment as we have

had many stall holders not arrive on the day of our shows after we have

balanced the stall order.

You will have the opportunity to sponsor our dog show classes. £10 Per

class. Classes are -

♥ Prettiest girl

♥ Handson Boy

♥ Party Trick

♥ Young handler - child under 12 with dog

♥ Best family group

♥ Best Rescue - SPONSORED

♥ Veteran 8+ - SPONSORED

♥ Puppy under 12 months

♥ Fancy Dress

♥ Dog that the judge would like to take home

♥ Waggiest Tail

♥ Owner that looks most like their dog

♥ Best biscuit catcher

♥ The Best Dog who has not won a rosette

♥ Best in show! - SPONSORED

West Renfrewshire

Fundraising Group

Would you like to volunteer to help Guide Dogs for the

Blind West Renfrewshire Fundraising Group

We are bucket collecting on 11th August, 8th September, and

29th September and other future dates.

Please contact Anne 01505 705602.

Also if you already shop using Amazon

please consider registering to support

Guide Dogs by visiting https://smile.


Aguero, 6-8 months, Male, Crossbreed

Aguero is a lovely bunny who came into

our care through no fault of his own. This

friendly boy is happy being handled and we

feel he could be suitable to go to a home

with children with adult supervision. Aguero

will require plenty of space to hop around

and explore and a safe secure place to sleep at night. He also needs

a diet of plenty of hay, green veggies and some rabbit nuggets.

To contact the centre about any animals, please call 03000 999 999

or visit www.scottishspca.org/rehoming

Logan, Male Patterdale

Terrier, 2 to 5 Years

Logan is a typical terrier who

is full of beans. As he is

energetic and full of character he is looking

for someone just as active to keep up with

him. He needs plenty of mental stimulation

and he loves treats so will work hard to

please his owner for a reward. We are

looking for an experienced home for him. He can be worried by other

dogs so we are looking for a home where there are quiet areas to walk

without too many other dogs around. He loves to play when he is out

and ball games are his favourite. When in the house he loves having

company but also likes his own space so we are looking for owners

that can give him the space he needs. He can be left for a few hours

at a time and is housetrained.

He can live with children of 16 years and over and has to be the only

pet in the household.

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, 315 Hamilton Road, Uddingston, Glasgow,

G71 7SL. Open: 12noon - 4pm (inc weekends); 12noon- 7.30pm on Tuesdays;

closed: Wednesdays

Local Animal


Scottish SPCA

0141 882 1688 | www.scottishspca.org

Dogs Trust Glasgow

0141 773 5130 | www.dogstrust.org.uk

Cats Protection

0141 779 3341 | www.cats.org.uk

Johnstone Cat Rescue

01505 337321

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue

01505 502415 | www.hessilhead.org.uk

The Underheugh Ark


Give a Dog a Bone


Any Dog’il Do


Animal Support & Rescue


Harvey’s Army Scotland


Lamont Farm


These centres are always on the lookout for donations and fundraising.

If you can help, please get in touch with them.

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Otitis Externa in Dogs

Otitis externa is infl ammation of the external ear canal.

It occurs when a change in the normal environment

of the ear canal causes the glands lining the canal

to enlarge and produce excessive wax. It is often a

secondary symptom of another underlying disease.

Otitis externa affects dogs of any age and breed, but

long-eared breeds, such as spaniels and retrievers,

and dogs with hairy external canals, such as terriers

and poodles, are more susceptible.


• Pain

• Head shaking

• Scratching at ears

• Odour

• Redness +/- swelling of external ear canal


Multiple factors can contribute to the development of otitis externa. These


• Infections (bacterial or fungal) • Parasites

• Allergies (food or environmental) • Foreign bodies (e.g. Grass seeds)

• Accumulation of hair

• Swimming

• Overzealous or abrasive ear cleaning


Diagnosis is based on clinical examination of the external ear canal.

Sometimes samples of ear discharge will be taken for cytology, examination

for parasites or culture.

In recurrent cases of otitis externa further investigations for underlying

causes may be appropriate e.g. blood samples for allergy testing or a diet

trial for food allergies/intolerances.


Where there is a lot of hair and/or discharge in the ear canal it is often

benefi cial for the ear to be plucked and flushed under sedation to remove

obstruction and allow full examination and treatment.

Topical ear drops are the most common treatment. These contain a

combination of antibiotic, antifungal and corticosteroid. Corticosteroid

tablets may also be used to reduce pain and swelling.

In recurrent cases and those where an underlying cause has been identified

longer term treatment and control measures may be required.

Persistent, untreated otitis externa causes chronic pain and can lead to

rupture of the ear drum, deafness, nerve damage, otitis media, otitis interna,

and (rarely) meningoencephalitis.

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Pass horses

wide and slow




Horses are large powerful animals but they can easily panic and

bolt if startled. The consequences to drivers, their car, the horse

and its rider can be horrendous. By following some

basic advice, drivers and riders can help avoid

accidents involving horses on the road.

Advice for horse riders

horse and rider whatever the weather or light conditions

Advice for motorists

a horse who is experienced and calm to accompany you

frightened and unpredictable

the road

passed them.

abreast on the road

the roundabout until reaching their exit, when they will

signal left. They will normally signal right only when

return with a responsible person

Due to the prolonged hot dry spell

hedgehogs are finding it hard to

find their natural prey of slugs and

snails, so if you have hedgehogs

near you please try and help them

out at this time.

Wildlife experts advise that

hedgehogs will eat cat/dog food and

water, but under no circumstances

feed them bread and or milk as

their systems cannot digest this.

Hedgehogs are a very endangered

species and are well worth having

as visitors to your garden as they

are the “gardener’s” best friend as they eat what we regard as “pests”.

Please help our little hogs during this prolonged dry spell.

Bramble Ramblers To Raise

Vital Funds For Canine Partners


join fundraisers

and puppies

on Sunday 2nd

September from

12noon as the

Canine Partners’

Bramble Ramble

Fun Day comes

to Glasgow.

The event will

raise vital funds for

the charity which

trains amazing

assistance dogs to transform the lives of disabled people, boosting their

confidence and independence.

The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and

fetching items, opening doors and dressing a person. They can even

help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an


The fun-filled afternoon will take place at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall and

includes a sponsored walk within the grounds of Pollok Country Park,

demonstrations from the Canine

Partners demo team and the chance

to meet puppies in training.


There will also be craft stalls, a popup

café, a raffle with prizes such as

a Fitbit Alta, tombola and children’s

activities. Tickets cost £5 in advance

or £6 on the day. Children go free.

The event is wheelchair accessible.

For more information about Canine

Partners’ Bramble Ramble Fun Day

email Scotland@caninepartners.

org.uk, call 0845 481 1915 or

visit caninepartners.org.uk/event/


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Kilmacolm Golf Club

Huge congratulations to 14 year old Romy Erskine

who won the Xact Scottish Girls Nett Championship

Match Play over the world renowned links at

Moray Golf Club.

The event is one of the season’s most eagerly

anticipated fi xtures for Scotland’s young golfers

and saw over 180 boys and girls play 36 holes

of stroke play over both Old and New Courses.

Only the top 32 girls reached the match play

stages (16 each off Scratch and Nett). Romy has

already proven herself as an accomplished match

player in our Ladies Greenlees and Junior Newton

Shield teams. She actually qualified 32nd and

ended up fi nishing 1st in the Nett division! What

an incredible achievement. Well done to Josh

Greer too on reaching the semifinals of the Boys

Amateur (Scratch) Championship, also at Moray.

Our Gents Newton Shield team, managed by

past Captain Ian Kerr, also saw much success. Having come top of their

division, they gained home advantage to win against rivals Old Ranfurly in

the semifi nals. This was the team’s eager return to a final since 2010 and

were pipped to the title against Erskine, played at Cochrane Castle Golf

Club. Well done to our team and to Erskine and thanks to John McCool and

Ian McCosh from Cochrane Castle for their superb support and hospitality.

Finally, in perfect weather, 128 players

teed it up for our 10th Annual Gents Open

on Sunday 24th June. The course was in

perfect condition after a long hot dry spell.

One of the conditions of our competition, is

that players can only win one prize. It was a

close run affair, with the winner having to be

decided on a countback over the last 9 holes.

Lee Jenkins (Elderslie G.C.) and Kilmacolm’s

Conar Campbell both had excellent rounds

of 1 under par 68, however Lee Jenkins

lifted the trophy and the first prize voucher of

£160. Conar had the consolation however of

picking up 1st place in the A Class Handicap

event with his Net 63 earning him a voucher

of £110. In 2nd place with a Net 65 was Jim

Schiavone (Lundin Links), 3rd place was Frank Boyland (Kilmacolm) with a

66 edging out Norman Bowie (Machrahanish) on countback. On the same

score of 66 was Kilmacolm’s Charles Conway who was unfortunate to miss

out on the prizes due to countback.

Ladies Section

The season is well underway with lots of great golf being played in this

fabulous weather. However, Lady

Captain’s Day had to be postponed until

September due to “Hurricane Hector”

which was very disappointing.

A fun and successful Past Captain’s Putter

competition was played. The winner of

the 18 hole competition, on a very breezy

day, was Lynda Bradley (BIH) with Morag

Turner second. The winner of the putting

competition was Lois Brown (BIH) with

Sheila Rennie (pictured) coming second

who also had an amazing two holes in


Our Rainbow Ramble will take place on Sunday 12th August 2018

Start the event in a pristine white t-shirt and see it take on the colours of

the rainbow as you are showered in a kaleidoscope of powdered paints as

you pass each colour station. These paints are non-toxic, environmentally

friendly, biodegradable, safe and FDA Tested and more importantly easily

washed off!!

The ramble will take place in the park at Ferguslie Gardens where you will

do 4 loops round the park – a distance of approximately 3K.

If you do want to take part but would rather not be covered in powdered

paint then please come along in the brightest t-shirt you own (tie-dye is

always a winner)!

Registration costs £10 (children are free with a registered adult) and this

includes a fundraising pack containing sponsorship forms, t-shirt, and your

own sunglasses. As a guide, we suggest a minimum sponsorship of £50

per person, but we are extremely grateful for any amount raised. Do it with

colour for ACCORD!


Please come along to Kilmacolm Bowling Club

and try your hand at Green Bowling on any

Tuesday or Thursday afternoons at 1.45pm.

Bowls will be provided, flat shoes required.

Special membership fee of £50 for the first year.

For details contact Sandra on 01505 873126 or

Diane on 01505 874265.

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Old Course Ranfurly

On Sunday July 1st, Angus Bell and Kenny

Barr completed 100 holes in a day raising

nearly £1500 for SAMH. It was a very warm

day which made the challenge all the harder

for the boys. Thanks to the spectators and

to all of those who donated. Thanks also go

to Old Ranfurly and Kilmacolm Golf Club for

their support.


to Aidan O’Hagan

who managed

to make it to the

Quarter finals of

the Scottish Boys

at Moray. He won Stroke-play with a total of

136 and then followed up with a great run in the

knockouts. What an effort for our 14 year old


Over 80

l a d i e s


in glorious sunshine at OCRGC in the

Ladies Open. Over 30 clubs were

represented with Merope Dunlop from

Old Ran and Sandra MacDougall

from Greenock winning with 42 points.

Second and third place also had 42

points but lost out on countback. A

huge thanks to all the sponsors who

allowed us to offer novelty prizes at

every hole. Over £500 was raised for MND Scotland

from the raffle. Thanks to all the ladies who took part

and to the ladies committee for all their hard work and

commitment making the day a fantastic success!

Congratulations to Pete Feechan who got a hole in

one at the 13th AND to Larry Greig who aced the 7th

on Saturday 14th July. Two in one day, not bad at all.

Two of

our Old



are cycling


to Paris

in September this year to raise

money for the Women V Cancer

charities. Birgit Clark and Lorna

Bell organised a fun Texas

Scramble on the final day of the

Masters. 14 teams, a mix of 4 Ladies or Gents, took part in a most enjoyable

event supporting Breast Cancer by wearing pink. Anne McKenzie, Peter

Weymark, Sandra and Jamie Bell were the winning team, closely followed

by Birgit’s team with current champion Stewart Watt, Marilyn Muir and

Kenny Barr. Birgit and Lorna would like to thank all who participated and

generously donated raffle prizes and helped raise £1,150 on the day.

The Muirhead Trophy back where she belongs! A stunning 8-4 victory

in our annual match against our friends at Ranfurly Castle means the silver

cigar case is ours, again!

St Vincent’s Hospice Golf Day

Kilmacolm Golf Club Kilmacolm

Friday 17th August

£320 per 4 ball £80 per place

Enjoy a breakfast roll with tea or coffee Shotgun Start at 9:00am

followed by a two course lunch

Prizes on the day include

Hole in One competition courtesy of Arnold Clark

Longest Drive Straightest drive

Nearest the Pin...and many more...

For further information, please contact the fundraising

department 01505 705 635 info@svh.co.uk

Scottish Charity No. SC006888

This Summer the St Vincent’s Hospice Golf Day returns

to Kilmacolm Golf Club on Friday 17th August, kindly

sponsored by Arnold Clark and supported by Gordon

Leslie Group.

The always popular event gives you the chance to

take part with your friends, or put yourself to the test

against other players from around the community, with

the chance to win some fantastic prizes including a

brand new car sponsored by Arnold Clark if you manage a hole in one on

the 2nd hole. This event is the perfect opportunity to have some fun for a

tremendous cause.

Enjoy a breakfast roll with tea or coffee before the event begins with a

shotgun start at 9am, followed by a chance to relax with a two course


Prizes and competitions on the day include our fantastic hole in one

competition courtesy of event sponsors Arnold Clark. In addition, we

have a longest drive, straightest drive and nearest to the pin competition

sponsored by Gordon Leslie Group.

To book your place please

contact the fundraising team at

St Vincent’s Hospice t: 01505

705635 e: info@svh.co.uk

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The event

t a k e s

place on


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2018, 10am at





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Tennis & Squash


Success for Megan and Kyle

at The Scottish Closed Tennis


Strathgryffe Tennis Club recently

hosted the Scottish Junior Closed

Championships and there was success

for home players Megan O’Brien and

Kyle McKay.

The tournament, attracting players

from throughout Scotland, had a strong

representation from the host club with

24 players competing in the various

competitions. There were some excellent

performances as the players revelled

playing in the magnificent weather with two

home players achieving notable success.

In the 9 and Under Girls event, Megan

O’Brien edged out fellow Strathgryffe

player Elisa Gibson in an extremely close

competition. The competition was a round

robin event and it came down to a matter of

points separating Megan and Elisa

Meanwhile in the 12 and Under Boys

competition, Kyle McKay was the victor in a strong field of 23 boys. In the

final, Kyle fought off the challenge of another home player, Liam O’Brien,

to win 6-2, 6-2.

Strathgryffe is hosting a FREE adult taster session on Tuesday 31st July

at 7.30pm. All players welcome whether new to the game or if you have

played previously. To secure your place, email Tennis Manager, Graham

Smillie: graham@strathgryffe.net

6 Steps to Prevent & Fix a Stitch

Most runners will at some point have suffered the dreaded stitch. The

unmistakeable shooting pain that can force you to stop or even abandon

your run. Unfortunately, the jury is still out when it comes to determining

the true cause of the diaphragm and tummy muscles going into spasm, and

therefore there are many theories relating to it.

However, here are some tips to try to prevent it happening or fix it if you

tend to suffer:

1. EAT LIGHTER MEALS. We are all different and digest foods at different

speeds, but try and eat foods that will fuel your run, avoiding ones high

in fat or fi bre before your run, as these take longer to break down and


2. WARM UP. Research suggests that runners who warm up properly are

less likely to develop a stitch. Increase pace gradually and use dynamic

stretches to lubricate the joints and increase core temperature.

3. STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE. A stronger core improves your posture

and can secure your diaphragm and reduce movement of it during your

run. This could potentially prevent the muscle spasm that causes the

pain. Many stitches happen when form drops as well… so a stronger

core to keep good posture throughout should help.

4. BREATHE NATURALLY. Keep a rhythm. Keep it controlled and in

tempo with your run. Sudden changes in your breathing pattern are

known to upset your diaphragm and therefore trigger a stitch. Focus on

your breathing.

5. GOOD FORM. This relates to point 3, but try and run tall with your

shoulders back and the head held high. Stay light on your feet with a

slight forward tilt. Keep this posture throughout as it takes any strain off

your diaphragm.

6. WHEN A STITCH STRIKES – Tension and frustration will make it worse,

so stay calm and relax. Sometimes breathing deeply will make it ease

but if not, slow down and raise your arm high into the air above your

head on the side where the pain is. This stretches the muscles out.

Hold this for 30-60 secs as you run/walk and it can often do the trick!

Lesley Handley, FitSmart Fitness Ltd.


Adult Jazz Class

Mondays - Bridge of Weir, 10am

Tel: 01505 690757 for further information.

Thursdays - Bridge of Weir Primary School,


Call Kirsty McKay: Tel: 07793 452060.

Adult Ballet Class

Mondays - Bridge of Weir, 11.30am

Tel: 01505 690757 for further information.

Thursdays - Bridge of Weir Primary School


Call Kirsty McKay: Tel: 07793 452060.

Baby Ballet

Saturdays - Freeland Church Hall, 9.15am

- 10am

Contact Kirsty on 07793 452060 or Kirsty

McKay School of Dance Facebook page.

Pre-school Ballet

Saturdays - Freeland Church Hall, 10am -


Contact Kirsty on 07793 452060 or Kirsty

McKay School of Dance Facebook page.

Bishopton Belles Line Dancing

Tuesdays - Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Hall

6.30pm - 8.30pm

Improver class. All welcome. Call David or Mair

07886 034037.


Kilbarchan Athletic Club - On-X, Linwood

Mondays & Thursdays, 7pm

All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.


The Shotokan Karate Club

Woodlands Primary, Linwood

Mondays & Thursdays - 7pm - 8pm/8pm - 9pm


Taekwon-Do - Johnstone Sports Complex


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm

Call 07951 365166 for details.

Falun Dafa practice

Thursdays - Port Glasgow Library 5pm - 7pm

With five gentle exercises, Falun Dafa is an

ancient self-cultivation practice based on the

principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and



5-a-side Football

Mondays - Powerleague Paisley, 6pm

Tel: Jim on 01505 874215; or jimbretherton@


Football Training - Johnstone High School

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm - 9pm

Call Ali on 07775 578795 for details.

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Bridge of Weir Ladies Badminton

Mondays - Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres,


Gryffe Badminton

Tuesdays - Strathgryffe Tennis Club, 8pm

Greenock Hockey Club

Wednesdays - Inverclyde Academy,

Greenock, 6.30pm - 8pm

Contact Liz Baldwin, mobile 07944 607005.

Birkmyre Rugby Club, Kilmacolm

Sundays - Youth Rugby Section, 11am -




Zumba Light

Mondays - St Fillan’s Church, Kilmacolm,


Tel: 07505 126416 For more information.

Reebok Step Class

Mondays - Freelands Church, Bridge of

Weir (Opposite Amaretto), 7pm

Tel: 07505 126416 For more details.

Move it or Lose it! FABS Fitness

- more than just a Fitness Class for the over

60’s. Come and join the fun! To check

availability or to secure your place for the

new term, please contact Fiona on 07811


Tuesdays - Cargill Hall, BoW, 10.30am

Tuesdays - West Burn Church, Greenock 2pm

Classes restart on Tuesday 21st August.

Thursdays - Old Library, Kilbarchan, 2.30pm

Classes restart on Thursday 2nd August.

Pilates classes

Mondays - St Machars Church Hall, Bridge

of Weir 9.30am & 10.40am. Kilmacolm

Community Centre 6.30pm

Tel Yvonne 07786 224367 or yvonne@


Mondays - Kilellan Halls Houston 6.15pm -

7.15pm & 7.30pm - 8.30pm

For more information or to book a place call

Katie on 07972 474965.

YogaBellies - for Pregnancy

Tuesdays, Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir, 7pm

- 8.15pm

Saturdays, Brookfield Village Hall, 9.30am

- 10.45am

YogaBellies - for Mum & Baby

Tuesdays, Houston & Killellan Kirk,

Killellan Halls, Houston, 10.30am -


Contact: Lyndsey, Yogabellies Renfrewshire

West & Inverclyde, 07732 056401, lyndseyp@


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Charity Golf Day

Celebrating 30 Years of beating Cancer

Sunday 5th August,

Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club

4 Ball Texas Scramble

Shotgun start at 1pm

Entry fee of £120 per team

Food provided after golf ~ Raffle and Auction

Karaoke and Dance in the evening

ONE ARM GOLF CHALLENGE (at selected holes only)

If you would like to participate in the event, sponsor a prize at a hole or

donate a gift for the raffle and auction please contact Frank Morrison on

07725 706901 or frmorrison@hotmail.com

Deadline date for our September issue - Friday 17th August - you don’t want to miss it!!

August 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: info@advertizer.co.uk

Ranfurly Castle Ladies News

As usual at this time of year, the Ladies at Ranfurly Castle have been

playing a lot of golf. What is unusual is that the golf has been played in

lovely weather, giving good scoring conditions.

On 13th June the Ladies competed in the Grans Trophy with Anne Judge

being the winner. The Vets Trophy was played on 27th June with Morag

Cunningham the winner and the Gillies Trophy was played on 11th July with

Anne Judge, once again, the winner.

Past Lady Captains day

was held on Friday 6th

July with 21 ladies playing

in a tri-am format on a

beautiful sunny morning.

A further 5 past Captains

joined them for a splendid

lunch and photo call on

the clubhouse steps. The

Trophy winning team were

Anne Judge, Agnes Williamson and Eileen Walker.

The West Renfrewshire League team have finished the season with two

wins and one loss so will retain their position in Division One next year.

On 19th July the club hosted the Ladies Open Day with 75 entries for

the Tri-am format. Conditions were perfect and all enjoyed the day. The

winning team came from Balfron Golf Club, 2nd team were from Milngavie

Golf Club while 3rd place went to a team consisting of two ladies from

Bothwell Castle and Chris Minto from Ranfurly Castle. A wide selection

of novelty prizes were also awarded and a big ‘Thank You’ is due to all the

sponsors of these prizes.

Gold DofE

Award for

Local Girls

Young achievers from across the

country, including 4 local girls,

have received top awards at a

ceremony in Edinburgh.

Former Gryffe High School

pupils, Rachel Szuster, Rachael

Anderson, Lucy McCabe and

Lauren Newlands, received their

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards

at a ceremony at the Palace of

Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, in

the presence of HRH The Earl of

Wessex on Thursday 5th of July.

The Gold award is the culmination

of hard work and commitment

by the girls over 4 years,

(Photo from left to right –

Lauren Newlands , Rachel Szuster,

Rachael Anderson & Lucy McCabe)

through volunteering, physical activities, learning new skills, taking part in

expeditions and a five day final residential event. They would like to thank

their programme supervisors, Scott Taylor and Graham Gregory, from

Gryffe High School, for their advice, support and encouragement during the

many activities through their Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

Use Your Senses 5K Glasgow ‘18



T h e




The total sum raised

for the charity Funding

Neuro was £3,235! Special thanks

are due to Past President Peter Dickie

(Highest Sponsored Individual) and

Strathgryffe Tennis and Squash Club

(Highest Sponsored Team). Peter

was joined by Dana Stevenson

(Tennis Club Manager) when a

cheque presentation was made to

Sharon Kane of Funding Neuro at

the club meeting on June 13th.

In expressing her gratitude Sharon

was delighted to report that various

trials of treatments for Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinsons had been

very encouraging and she hoped to be in position to go public next March

with greater detail and promised to keep us informed of further progress.

Remarkably the Charity receives no Government support but has succeeded

in raising around £900K and has been promised significant funding from

The Welsh Government.

Senses Family!

Join us on 22nd September, whether you want to take part with your family,

friends or work colleagues, this event is suitable for everyone, so you can

run it, skip it or walk it. Team up with The Five Senses Family today and

change the lives of people living with sight loss.

You can choose whether you want to sign up for free and fundraise, or pay

a registration fee and have no fundraising target. The early bird registration

fees are: Tickets: Adult £10, Young adult (16-17) £7.50, Child (5-15) £5 (under

5 Free)

By taking part you can enjoy:

A welcome pack with everything you need to help you fundraise, plus your

temporary tattoos for the day!

An exclusive invitation to visit your nearest Guide Dogs Training School

for one of our open days – with the chance to meet our pups in training

Sensory experiences along the route at our Sense Stations, and support

from our team of extra noisy cheerers along the way

A bespoke training plan & dedicated support from our Events Team in the

lead up to the big day.

A unique Use Your Senses medal when you cross the finish line

The chance to meet some of our guide dog puppies in training for a


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Baby Car Seat, Cybex

Aton 3. 0-18 months,

u p t o 1 3 k i l o s .

Excellent condition,

labels still attached,

used once. £80. Tel:

01505 872281.

Graco Travel Cot, hardly

used. £20. Tel: 01505


Silver cross linear

freeway travel system.

Pram (converts to

pushchair), car seat,

ISOFIX base, footmuff

a n d r a i n c o v e r s .

Excellent condition.

From smoke and pet

free home. £130. Tel:

01505 872800.

Philips Avent Electric

S t e a m S t e r i l i s e r.

Used but still in good

c o n d i t i o n . F r o m

smoke and pet free

home. £20. Tel: 01505


Peter Rabbit cups,

saucers, bowls - offers.

Tel: 01505 337675.

Coach built pram with

b e d d i n g a n d s u n

canopy. Any offer

secures. Tel: 01505



Adidas Golf Shoes

(Black), Size 3.5. £10.

Tel: 07879 519516.

S T A R b y J u l i e n

MacDonald black and

white print chiffon

dress, size 12. Never

been worn, tag still

attached. £20. Tel:

07890 564528.

Catherine’s of Partick

- Beautiful, Special

occasion dress, with

matching stole. Pink.

Size 14. Knee length,

with dipped hem.

Stunning, yet versatile.

Photos available. Cost

£600. Selling for £200.

Tel: 07986 118479.

Contact us

Girls 1st size Houston

Primary School woollen

blazer with badge.

Worn twice. Non

smoking house. £25.

Tel: 01505 329075.


Flymo Garden Vac Plus.

£20 ono. Tel: 01505


Two tan leather modern

c l u b a r m c h a i r s 8

years old and in good

condition. £80 the pair.

Tel: 01505 872359.

Lawn Mower, petrol,

Briggs Strating, self

drive Titanic 46 RSD

14cm. £70 ono. Tel:

01505 337675.

PowerHouse BodyCraft

R a c k , B e n c h &

We i g h t s . C h e s t ,

squat & arm bars with

end cuffs. Weights

20, 15, 10, 5, 2.5 &

1.5kg. Weight Rack

for storage included.

£100 ono. Tel: 01505


Thigh trimmer with side

slider. Air Walker with

ski motion for upper

body. Both folding for

easy storage. £25 ono.

Tel: 01505 874103.

MotorBike Thermals,

L a d i e s s i z e 1 2 ,

Leggings and long

s l e e v e d v - n e c k

top &Hein Gericke

All in one, AllStar

waterproofs. Black &

Silver. Never Worn.

£20 ono all. Will sell

separately. Tel: 01505


Victorian 3 level Dolls

House. Electrical

Wiring. Requires a little

redecorating. Hand

carved staircase and

balconies. £100 ono.

Tel: 01505 874103.

Rocking Horse, black.

Real horse hair mane &

tail (grey). Saddle and

bridle. Sadly outgrown.

Ideal from toddler to 10

yrs. £200 ono. Tel:

01505 874103.

Tefal Steam Cusine

v i t a m i n + , 3 t i e r

with 60 min timer &

instructions. £10. Tel:

01505 874103.

Crazy Fit, 10 speed

vibrating plate with

fixed side handles,

programs and various

speed/time settings.

Similar to Fabelous in

Salons. £30 ono. Tel:

01505 874103.

Double Leather bed

frame with mattress lift

under storage, Dreams

Divan memory top

mattress. £150 ono.

Tel: 01505 874103.

Oak Wood Desk, with

drawers and stool.

Oak Wood Book Case.

£80 ono. Tel: 01505


Garage Sale, House

Clearance, bedroom,

bathroom, kitchen,

living room, large items

- ornaments- pictures.

Call 01505 874103 to


Two solid black granite

worktops with copper

fleck measuring 6ft

7ins x 2ft 1in and 4ft

7ins x 2ft 0ins. £150

for both. Tel: 01505


6 Edinburgh Crystal

Champagne Flutes.

B o x e d ( u n w a n t e d

gift). £30. Tel: 01505


Kenwood KM265 Food

M i x e r - e x c e l l e n t

c o n d i t i o n . N o n

smoking environment.

Selling for £50. Tel:

07752 495944.

Junior bed from Ikea

- perfect starter bed

with slatted base and

removable guard rail

(165cm x 77cm). Very

good condition. £15.

Tel: 07713 163639.

Ikea chest of 4 drawers

(blue) in very good

condition. W60cm,

D51cm, H75cm. £10.

Tel: 07713 163639.

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responsibility for claims made by advertisements in this publication.

Ride-On Mower - Toro

DH 210. Excellent

condition - one owner.

Bought new August

2015 - Cost £2,700.

Sale price: £1,500 ono.

Tel: 01505 672416.

Beach wood rocking

c h a i r. E x c e l l e n t

condition. £35 ono.

Tel: 01505 871810.


S a m s u n g W B 2 1 0

Camera - World’s 1st

21mm Super Wide

angle compact zoom

camera with 14.0

megapixels, 12 x optical

zoom, 3.5” super bright

smart touch screen,

smart filter and HD

movie. Excellent

condition. £45. Tel:

01505 690426.

Sewing Machine - Brother

VX1100 electric sewing

machine. Very good

condition. £45. Tel:

01505 690426.


Used golf balls, but good

clean condition, Titleist

1, 2, 3 & 4. Many Pro

V 1’s. 2 x boxes of 12

balls. £12 per box.

Also Srixon 1, 2, 3 & 4,

1 x box of 12 ball, £6.

Tel: 01505 872800.

Boys Bike with gears,

6 - 9 years. Includes

Helmet. Excellent

condition. £30. Tel:

01505 842558.

Weider Multigym 8950

with weights. Very

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BMX bike 2nd hand, well

used, well maintained,

everything works. £40.

Text or call: 07810


Sports Reebok exercise

bike. Model 0009

Console. Excellent

condition. £125 ono.

Tel: 01505 871810.


Supergrafix by John

Adams (Suitable for

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Selection of 8 cross

stitch books, all in great

condition. £5 for all.

Tel: 07713 163639.

Brand new steel car

wheel 6JX15H2 and

new Jinyu tyre 185/60

R15. Stored as spare

wheel only. £80. Tel:

07736 067169.

Bag/rucksack with two

wheels and foldaway

r u c k s a c k s t r a p s .

Metropolis. Three

front pockets. Used

for bowls but versatile.

B l u e / g r e y. 5 0 c m

including wheels x

28cm x 19 cm. Good

condition. £10. Tel:

07914 310916.

Vintage Cobmaster

Rucksack. Navy with

blue metal frame.

Main part has two

compartments. Five

e x t e r i o r p o c k e t s .

D i m e n s i o n s n o t

including frame approx.

62 x41cm. Very good

condition. £10. Tel:

07914 310916.

Baby Grand Piano.

Mahogany, excellent

condition, including

duet stool. £1,000.

Tel: 01505 850241.

B o o k s - S p y D o g

Collection by Andrew

Cope. £5 for 10 Books.

Tel: 07879 519516.

Hyundai i30 Wiper Motor


Reg Year

(2007-2009). £30. Tel:

07879 519516.


Old records Wanted 45`s

& LP`s CASH Paid.

Tel: 07710 777571.

L o c a l l i l y g r o w e r

requires the use of a


in Kilmacolm area

in return for light

gardening duties. Tel:

Vince 01505 872082.

Westclox Big Ben alarm

clock. Call 07756


Cash paid for Music

CDs ( a few or a lot ).

Tel: 0141 882 5594 or

07765 115347.


Concrete paving slabs -

one 2ft x 2ft and seven

2ft x 1ft. Available free

- Tel: 07876 345576.




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Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 55


Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7

G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 19


Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 41

Blacksmith & Metalwork

McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 12

Building Services

A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5

B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 5

Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 19

Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3

DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 18

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 6

KC Building & Roofing . . . . . . 4

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 43

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 42

SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 43

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 8

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 37

Business Services

Laptop and PC Repairs . . . . . . 38

Care Services & Homes

Home Instead Senior Care . . . 35


Karen Rankin Catering . . . . . . 45

Cleaning & PowerWash

CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 45

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 12,16

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 6

KC Building & Roofing . . . . . . 4

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Platinum Cleaning Services . . 5

Computer, Web &

Graphic Design

ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1

Laptop and PC Repairs . . . . . . 38


A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Driving Instructors

AL Stewart - Driving School . . 44

Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7


St Columba’s School . . . . . . . . 39


Delta Electrical Services . . 40

DMS Electrical Services . . . . 37

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3

MAS Electrical & Security . . 2

Russell Milne Electrician . . 5


Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 12

Firewood & Logs

LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 42

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Funeral Services

Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 9

John Roach Funeral Directors . . 45

Garage Doors & Gates

Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Garden Service & Design

3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 21

A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 21

Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 23

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7

Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 20

DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 23

I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2

M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 21

MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

R Williams Tree Services . . . 22

SP Groundcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

The Garden Landscape Co . . 21

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 22

West of Scotland Landscape . . 20

Gas & Heating Services

Bell Plumbing & Heating . . . . 43

C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 4

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 31

Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 10

Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1


1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3

Cloudy2Clear Windows . . . . . . . 5

JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 15

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Hairdressers & Barbers

Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 29

Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 29

Health, Beauty & Fitness

Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 29

Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 5

Clyde Physiotherapy and Pilate . . 49

Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 10

Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13,Bk

LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Linda Stewart - Slimming World . . 43

New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 10

NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 38

Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 29

Home Hardware

Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . 12,13,19,22,44

Home Improvements

3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 21

A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5

Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 16

Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 23

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7

Conservatory Conv & Windows . . Bk

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 19

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 18

The Garden Landscape Co . . 21

Home Interiors

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 41

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 42

Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 18

Home Security

Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 41


A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5

CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 37

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 18

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 6

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3

McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 12

SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 43

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 8

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 12


Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 41

G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 19

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 6

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 8


Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Painters & Decorators

A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 43

Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 9

David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3

James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3

John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Pest Control

RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 4

Pet Services & Training

PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 47


Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 41

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 18

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 43


Bell Plumbing & Heating . . . . 43

C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 4

G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 31

Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 10

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

The Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . 27

Property, Sales & Let

Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,17

Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1

Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk


@ease Removals & Transport . . 40

The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 33


Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . 12,13,19,22,44

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 27

R o o fi n g

Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 19

Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 41

Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 6

I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2

KC Building & Roofing . . . . . . 4

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 43

SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 43

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 37


Affinity Family Law Experts . . 3

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1

Special Occasions

ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk


Iron House Stoves Limited . . 9

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 42

Taxis & Minicoach hire

ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 55


Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 12

Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Travel Agents

Travel Actually . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Tree Surgeon

Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 23

Kenmore Tree Care . . . . . . . . . 22

LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

R Williams Tree Services . . . 22

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 22

TV & Satellite

Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 8

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3

Upholstery Services

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 12,16

Window Cleaners

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 45

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 12,16

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 6

Matthews Cleaning Services . . 12

Window, Consv & Repair

1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3

JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 9

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Window Scene Scotland . . . . . . Bk


@ease Removals & Transport . . 40

1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3

3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 21

A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 43

A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5

A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 21

A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Affinity Family Law Experts . . 3

Affluent Financial Planning . . 14

Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7

AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1

AL Stewart - Driving School . . 44

Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 16

Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 23

Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 29

B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 5

Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Bell Plumbing & Heating . . . . 43

Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 5

Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 19

Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 41

Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 41

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 41

C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 4

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7

CLA Accountancy Services Ltd . . 19

CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 42

CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3

Cloudy2Clear Windows . . . . . . . 5

Clyde Physiotherapy and Pilate . . 49

ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 9

Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1

Conservatory Conv & Windows . . Bk

Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,17

Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 20

David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3

Delta Electrical Services . . 40

Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 8

DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 37

DMS Electrical Services . . . . 37

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 45

Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

F Christie Accounting . . . . . . 14

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 12,16

Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 10

Freelance Florist . . . . . . . . . 45

G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6

Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 22

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . 12,13,19,22,44

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 23

GMH Chartered Accountants . . 18

Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 12

Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 55

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 6

Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Home Instead Senior Care . . . 35

I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 31

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 19

Iron House Stoves Limited . . 9

Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 10

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 18

James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3

JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 9

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 6

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

John Roach Funeral Directors . . 45

Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 55

Karen Rankin Catering . . . . . . 45

KC Building & Roofing . . . . . . 4

Kenmore Tree Care . . . . . . . . . 22

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3

Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13,Bk

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 43

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1

Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3

Laptop and PC Repairs . . . . . . 38

LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Linda Stewart - Slimming World . . 43

LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3

M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 21

MAS Electrical & Security . . 2

Matthews Cleaning Services . . 12

McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 12

McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 12

MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 10

Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 29

NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 38

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 42

Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 18

Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7

PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1

Platinum Cleaning Services . . 5

Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

R Williams Tree Services . . . 22

Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 4

Russell Milne Electrician . . 5

Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 47

SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2

Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 29

SP Groundcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

St Columba’s School . . . . . . . . 39

Stewart Independent Financial . . 1

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 43

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 8

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 27

The Garden Landscape Co . . . . 21

The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

The Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . 27

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 37

Travel Actually . . . . . . . . . . . 3

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 22

West of Scotland Landscape . . 20

Window Scene Scotland . . . . . . Bk

Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 12


Important dates for our September ‘18 Issue

Deadline: 17th AUGUST Delivery: 28th AUGUST


Woodrow’s Store,


Bridge of Weir:

Gibb Stuart, Bernie’s

Cafe, Lochnagar, The

Bridge, Library (Cargill



Garden Centre, Library,

Sports Centre,

Swimming pool

Pick up a Copy


Co-op, Carrick Centre,

Post Office, Newsagent


Village Store,

St Vincent’s Hospice


Henderson Kilts,

Papa Mac’s, Library


Sheridan’s Store,

Post Office, Campbell’s,

Newsagents, Bobbins,

Old Library Centre


Finlaystone Visitor



Newsagent, Cross Café,

Gibb Stuart, Library,

Community Centre


Keystore, Library,

Dolce Vita,

Castle Semple Centre


Three Sisters Bake

Deadline date for our September issue - Friday 17th August - you don’t want to miss it!!

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Vehicles Exempt from Vehicle Tax

You still need to apply for vehicle tax even if you don’t need to pay

vehicle tax.

You don’t have to pay vehicle tax on the following types of vehicle.

Vehicles used by a disabled person

You can claim disability exemption when you apply for vehicle tax. Find out

if you’re eligible and how to claim.

You can remove an exemption from a vehicle if it’s no longer being used by

a disabled person.

Disabled passenger vehicles

Vehicles (apart from ambulances) used by organisations providing transport

for disabled people are exempt.

Mobility scooters, powered wheel chairs and invalid carriages

They must have a maximum speed of 8mph on the road, and be fi tted with

a device limiting them to 4mph on footways to be exempt.

Historic vehicles

Vehicles made before 1st January 1978 are exempt from 1st April 2018.

Electric vehicles

The electricity must come from an external source or an electric storage

battery not connected to any source of power when the vehicle is moving

to be exempt.

Mowing machines

The mower must be designed, constructed and used just for cutting grass to

be exempt. It does not include tractors used to tow gang mowers.

Steam vehicles

You don’t have to pay vehicle tax on any steam-powered vehicle.

Vehicles used just for agriculture, horticulture and forestry

This includes tractors, agricultural engines and light agricultural vehicles

used off-road. It also includes ‘limited use’ vehicles used for short journeys

(not more than 1.5 kilometres) on the public road between land that’s

occupied by the same person.


Council Cracks Down on

Commercial Dumpers

Renfrewshire Council is cracking down on businesses illegally dumping

commercial waste - by bringing in a permit scheme at the area’s fi ve

Household Waste Recycling Centres.

In a move to stop commercial operators using the centres, anyone driving

a van, pick-up, mini bus or towing a trailer must from 16th July register

online for a free permit by 4.30pm the day before they plan to visit a


Permit holders must ensure they bring photo identification and proof of

residency to the centre when they visit.

The new system does not apply to residents using a car unless they are

towing a trailer.

Residents can apply online for a free permit by filling out the application here


There is also detailed information and frequently asked questions to help

residents familiarise themselves with the new permit system.

Trying to sell your vehicle online?

Don’t put photos of your documents on

social media. Scammers can use this for

identity theft or to clone your vehicle. Read more:https://www.gov.uk/


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