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this month

I am certainly feeling my age this month. It was 25 years ago in

February 1995 that I first started publishing The Advertizer, then

just a black and white four page newssheet, delivered around

Kilmacolm. Like many start-ups, I worked from a spare room in

the house and did everything relating to the business, including

the first few month’s deliveries to 2,000 homes. Then I gathered

a small team of local youngsters earning some pocket money in

return for helping with deliveries. In fact, one of our first delivery

kids is now a proud father of two, who are both school age. Now I

really do feel old.

I was reminded of this anniversary by my older daughter, who now

works in the office with me, that the February 2020 issue marks

our Advertizer 25th Year Anniversary! This is the same daughter

who was born early during a publishing week in 1998 leaving my

dear husband having to take time off work to carry out Advertizer

duties. The arrival of our younger daughter in 2001 made me

realise that I might just need someone else on board the Advertizer

team, and it was not long after that that I took the leap of faith

and became an employer. I was joined by Suzanne and Linda who

helped me mould the magazine towards the product you see today.

The fact they both remained with me for over 10 years suggests

they enjoyed their work, I hope!

The Advertizer was going to be a small, part-time job, to allow me

the time to enjoy being a mum while earning a little - how could I

know then what it would become. I now have a small but perfectly

formed team working for me, and our distribution area is now in

excess of 13,000 copies each month. We cover all the villages in the

Gryffe area and have also spread out into Lochwinnoch, Howwood,

Elderslie, Langbank and Bishopton.

The magazine has always been based on the formula of providing

local news and advertising. We try to maintain a 50:50 ratio of

this to make the magazine an interesting read rather than just an

ad sheet. I have to say I’m very proud of how the publication has

evolved over the years, and we have a number of ideas for taking it

a step further in the future. We are also keen to hear ideas from our

readers on how we can improve our content and hope to bring you

plenty of useful and relevant information in the year ahead.

I would like to give a huge thank you to my co-workers, past and

present, our dozens of loyal advertising clients who make the

community magazine financially viable and the many contributors

who help us with the editorial and photographic content. I have a

few clients who have supported the magazine since it’s very first

issue in February 1995 and I hope to bring you a stable platform to

get your information out to the local community for many years to


And finally, we have now passed the shortest day and the evenings

should be getting lighter with every week. Plans will be starting

soon for our annual events and once again the call is on for

volunteers to help out. If you would like to be an important part of

your community, then please get in touch with your local group and

let them know how keen you are! It’s well worth it!

Don't miss our next deadline of 12th February 2020!


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deadline date .................2

in this issue

what’s on ............ 40-43

features ......................4-15 outdoors ................44-47

finance & tech ....... 16-17 business classified ....48

village news ........... 18-29 sales & wants ..............49

sport news ............ 30-32 advertizer directory . 50

pet news ....................... 33 pick up a copy ............50

school news ......... 34-39 deadline date ..............50

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Feature NEws

Caro Ramsay - Q&A


Q. What are the best and worst aspects of a writer’s life?

The best is being able to kill people and get away with it, even if it

is only fictionally. An imagination that fires all the time is fabulous

although that means insomnia on the downside. On the plus side

I am never, ever bored. I’ve been very lucky but it is a precarious

life – but this is not unique to writers. Writers get more criticism for

one book than most people get in a lifetime.

Q. Your first two books were written from a hospital bed, I think,

can you tell us about this time?

I managed to fracture my spine and spent a long time in hospitalnot

unwell but just unable to move. I was so bored I was thinking

about killing everybody in the ward then a friend brought me in a

Papermate pen (they can write upside down) and a clipboard. The

rest is history!

Q. Did you always want to be a writer? Who inspired/inspires


I don’t think I had a burning desire to be a writer, but I’ve always

been very good at lying. And I do have a very dark side to my

character. At 8 years old I wrote a great short story about the

song The Teddy Bears’ Picnic. In my story the bears turned on the

children and ate them! I never wander around waiting for the muse

to strike, it’s a job like any other but one I enjoy very much. Inspired

by PD James, Ian Rankin when he visited our writers’ group. And

Christopher Fowler is a fabulous writer.

Q. Of all of your characters who is your favourite creation? And


Asking me for my favourite character is like asking who my favourite

dog is!

- Anderson and Costello. I spend a lot of time with them and to

me they are real so it’s like going into the office in the morning

and saying hello. They might be in a mood, I might be in a mood

so we see how the day goes. If Anderson is being bland and noncommittal,

I’ll talk to Costello more. This is normal for writers.

- As for a baddie? Eve in the second book, Singing to the Dead,

was a great character to write. She had no filter at all! The new

book I’m writing has got three 85 year old men in it who have been

Described by the Guardian as “black, bleak and brilliant”

local writer Caro Ramsay is on her 14th novel. Caro was

was born in Govan but now lives in what she wryly tells

us what some publicity describes as ‘a small fishing

village on the west coast of Scotland; Elderslie.’ We

were lucky enough to catch up her ahead of her talk at

The Paisley Book Festival this month.

up to all sorts in their youth and I’m rather enjoying their company

– Last of the Summer Wine meets MindHunter.

Q. Tartan Noir has become almost its own genre. Why do you

think there are so many crime writers in Scotland?

I think the Scottish mentality lends itself to crime writing. We are

a melancholy lot with a great sense of dark humour. The long

dark nights? The weather leads to dark thoughts, as does the

performance of the national football team!

Q. What is the most elaborate way you’ve imagined killing off

someone in your novel? And is there is there such a thing as the

perfect crime?

I think dangling somebody over the top of a train tunnel, so they get

hit by the train when it comes is pretty horrible. The perfect crime

would be a “murder” and it would never be found out. But for me,

two people go hillwalking in bad weather – one returns. Just never

insure your victim of choice for three million pounds the fortnight

just before you accidentally trip and push them off a cliff.

Q. Which book are you most proud of and why?

Most writers should have a natural affection for the first book that

was completed and in my case that was the first book that got

published. And the book being written should be the best, as,

as an artist, you should be getting better at your craft. I do like

to challenge myself, I’m fourteen books not a series and I never

want to be accused of writing the same book over and over again.

So Mosaic was a nod to the unreliable narrator. It sold out in the

states within two weeks of publication so I think it succeeded. The

Red Red Snow, is my next book and it’s a nod to the locked room


Q. What are you currently reading?

Well I am reading two new writers on the Scottish scene, both names

to watch out for. One is Dan Scottow with his novel Damaged, the

other writer is Douglas Sinclair – a name to watch for in 2021. One

is paperback, the other on my kindle!

Caro will be appearing at Paisley Central Library at 7.30pm

on 24/02/20. The event is free but book tickets in advance.

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Next deadline - Wednesday 12th February

Santa’s Gift is Da Bomb!

Local schoolboy ended up with a Christmas

to ‘treasure’ after finding a Second World

War cache a matter of minutes after trying

out his brand-new Santa-delivered metal


Seven year old Patrick McAlindon from

Kilmacolm was trying out his new present

with his family on the beach at Loch Morlich

on Christmas Day. Fifteen minutes later he

had discovered the remains of an old grenade

chest along with two historic ‘warning’


“I was really freaked out, I thought something

was going to explode!” said Patrick.

Patrick had found a munitions deposit left by

allied forces on the beach over 70 years ago.

It wasn’t long before the beach was evacuated

and police and bomb disposal units appeared

on the scene. The professionals were quick

to declare the find safe.

Patrick’s dad Andy, a regular Outlander actor,

Highlander Tours operator and self-taught

history buff, was keen to get the bottom of

why the grenades were there in the first place. He explained that nearby Glenmore was used

as a base by Norwegian servicemen and women who had escaped their occupied territory.

The place housed a special operations lodge and trained Norwegians for what was to be

one of the most daring missions of the Second World War. Norwegian commandos trained

here were later parachuted back into Norway in 1943 to seize the Rjukan plant and upset

Nazi attempts to build an Atomic bomb.

Mum, Ana, said that it’s not just Patrick who’s got the metal detecting bug. Andy has been

regularly taking the detector for a spin. Since the Patrick’s find Andy has unearthed a silver

spoon, a gold 1950s wedding ring and two coins possibly dating from the 1920s. Ana is

now wondering if she will need to build a museum onto the side of their house to hold the

burgeoning collection of artefacts!

Patrick said he just loves finding things. “It’s the best Christmas present ever!”

The optician will see you now!

by Kerry Taher, New Vision Opticians

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, your doctor is usually the first person you’ll get in

touch with for a consultation. However, with the current burden on local GP services, we’re

encouraged to seek help from other health care professionals when appropriate.

So when is a good time to consult your optician?

Opticians provide a wide variety of eye-care services. In general, people think they only

need to visit an optician if they feel they might need glasses to help with reading or driving

- but that’s only one aspect to the range of care offered. Your optician can also help with

the detection and even prevention of a wide variety of eye conditions.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition such as diabetes or if you’re experiencing

headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes or are having difficulty watching your favourite TV

programmes, you should book a consultation with your optician as soon as possible.

Most opticians will have experienced staff to provide the following services:

- Eye health checks

- Eyesight tests

- Home visits

- Eye examinations for safe driving

- Contact lens fit and supply

- Visual stress exams to help with certain conditions (e.g. dyslexia)

- Optical coherence tomography - a type of X-ray of the eye that can detect

serious conditions such as glaucoma

- Prescription sunglasses

- Paediatric eyesight tests

- Wide selection of spectacle frames

- Repair broken frames and lenses

- Referral to your local ophthalmologist (eye doctor) if your optician is not able to

help you in their practice

Eye tests are currently offered free of charge in Scotland, so don’t delay, book an

appointment with your optician today!

For more information, please call 01505 614700.

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Co-op Houston -

Renfrewshire Food Bank

‘Christmas Collection’

You donated - £1,186 and all of the food

shown in this picture!

Many thanks to everyone in Houston who

donated so generously over the weekend

of the 14th and 15th December 2019 and to

the customers in the Houston Co-op who

donate throughout the year. Without your

support, there would be no Food Bank to

help the children and their families living

in poverty in Renfrewshire.

The Houston Co-op has a Food Bank

donation bin in-store all year round with

a poster detailing the food ‘urgently

needed’ each month.

Jenny x

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Next deadline - Wednesday 12th February

Talk with a solicitor

for free!

Wednesday 5th February from 11am

- 1.30pm

St. Vincent’s Hospice is offering

a friendly, legal advice service

completely free of charge to any

adult in Renfrewshire thanks to the

voluntary support of local solicitors.

The service provides an introduction

to confidential professional advice

and information to help you plan for

the future, such as writing your Will

and arranging Powers of Attorney.

Many local people recommend the

service very highly. Appointments are

available between 11am and 1.30pm.

Booking is essential. Please contact

June Burgess, Legacy Officer at St.

Vincent’s Hospice on 01505 705 635

or email: june.burgess@svh.co.uk

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Paisley & District

U3A Monthly


This self help education organisation

for older people meets on the

first Thursday of the month in the

Salvation Army Hall, Mill Street,

Paisley. Tea and coffee served from

1.30pm with presentations beginning

at 2.15pm.

Some dates for your diary:

6th February: James Thomson,


“In and out of Tam O’Shanter. The

story of a tale.”

5th March: Bob Will

The Big Dig at Paisley Abbey Drain

2019 ..... The story so far

2nd April: Mary Moran : The Charity

Mary’s Meals

7th May: Philip Caine, Author “Barrow

to Baghdad & back again.”

4th June: Joyce Bunton: The Body

as Energy. Healing Body, Mind and


2nd July: Emma Louise Livingstone

(and “Serge” the dog) Dog Trust


Come along and enjoy learning new

things for the sheer fun of it.

For more details visit our website:



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Make-do-and-mend back in

fashion in Paisley

A new creative hub on Paisley High Street is

encouraging everyone to make-do-and-mend.

But far from being the frugal war-time message,

fashion and textile experts at ReMode are

inspiring people to tailor their favourite clothes

to meet the latest trends and protect the


ReMode opened its town centre premise thanks

to support from Renfrewshire Council’s creative

hub development fund, which enables creative

companies to co-locate and collaborate.

The social enterprise, founded in 2017 – receives

funding from the Scottish Government’s

Climate Challenge Fund – and now has premises

Catherine McAtier, Josef McFadden, Carolyn

Edmondson, Emma Owen, Council Leader Iain

Nicolson, Dominic Snyder, Jane Dixon, Gillian Steel

and Chloe Wright

in Paisley and Lochwinnoch, each selling second-hand and upcycled clothing. The dedicated

staff team also run sewing workshops and a school education programme highlighting the

environmental impacts of the fashion and textile industry.

Project Manager Jane Dixon, a Fine Art graduate with 25 years in arts administration, says: “Our

whole ethos is can we make clothes last longer as they are an amazing, valuable resource - you

can buy second-hand, you can swap, you can alter or mend the clothes you have. Whatever you

want to do, we’re here to help you.

“It’s really exciting being here on the high street as people are popping in and we’re able to have

conversations about why we’re here and what issues we’re highlighting. We’re not just a shop;

we’re here to talk about the positive things people can do to reduce the impact our fashion

choices have on the environment.”

The Paisley premise is also home to clothing and accessory print designer Josef McFadden,

who converts his hand-drawn illustrations onto ties, bow ties, hats and scarves; Paisley-born

embroiderer Catherine McAtier and local textile designer Chloe Wright, owner of Loopy Lally

Designs. They have all benefited from the Council’s InCube Creative programme, which helps

people turn their talent into a sustainable business.

Emma Owen, Programme Assistant said, “Make-do-and-mend is back and what’s great is being

able to share skills with people and learn from others who come in to see us too as we all need

to go back to a place where we share our skills with one another. Paisley is up-and-coming and

things are happening on the High Street which will make people proud to live here.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It’s great to see ReMode open its new Paisley

premises and I look forward to seeing them and all the creative companies based here go from

strength-to-strength over the coming years.”

ReMode is the second business to benefit from the Council fund, following furniture upcycling

business UpHub opening its Paisley high street hub earlier this year. Plans are in place to establish

up to 12 hubs by 2021, each with a different creative focus.

For more information about our creative hubs, call InCube on 0300 300 1180.


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Renfrewshire Women’s Aid - Christmas

Eve Pyjamas

You donated - 241 pairs of pyjamas and 82 pairs of fluffy socks

Thank you so much to everyone who so kindly donated Christmas

Eve Pyjamas and Fluffy Socks

for the women and children

who spent Christmas 2019 in

the Renfrewshire Women’s Aid


Your love and support was

overwhelming and was greatly

appreciated by the staff who

were able to make sure that

everyone in the refuge went to

sleep on Christmas Eve wearing

their new pyjamas - ready for

Christmas morning presents.

The pyjama collection was so

well supported by residents

handing in their donations to

the Co-op stores in Houston,

Bridge of Weir and Kilbarchan,

that we’ll be making it an annual

Christmas event.

Best wishes, Jenny x


Next deadline - Wednesday 12th February

St Vincent’s Helps Young People with


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Olivia Giles OBE talk - 500 Miles

On Saturday 8th February from

12.30pm to 1.30pm in St Mirin

Chapel at Paisley Abbey

In 2002 Olivia contracted the blood

poisoning form of Meningitis as a

result of which both her legs and

lower arms had to be amputated.

After months of rehabilitation she

made a full recovery and is fully

mobile on prosthetic legs.

In 2007 Olivia founded the charity,

500 Miles, which helps people

in Malawi and Zambia who have

lost limbs or the use of limbs to

enjoy maximum mobility and body

functions by helping them to get

access to artificial limbs and limb


Olivia will be speaking about 500 miles and about her experience

led her to set up the charity.

After suffering the loss of a loved one, a group of young girls in

Renfrewshire have said they feel “stronger”, “closer” and more

“understood” thanks to a pioneering project from the Children and

Young People’s Service at St. Vincent’s Hospice.

With the aim of providing a new outlet for peer support, St. Vincent’s

recently launched their first “Girls Group”, bringing together a small

group of pupils from high schools across Renfrewshire for a series

of events and activities.

Children and Young People’s Bereavement Worker, Alison Provan,

said: “I have been working with the girls on a one to one basis and

they had all lost someone important to them. It was obvious they

were each going through a hard time, particularly when it came to

their friends ... After a chat with one of the girls (Carly) we thought

‘what if we could find a way for girls going through the same thing

to come together?’”

They reached out to Marion McConnell, Home Link Assistant, from

St. Benedict’s High School, and decided this was a viable option to

take forward in partnership. The group also received an extremely

generous grant from Lisa’s Gift of £1,000, which allowed them to

build a programme of fun activities.

Alison added: “I’ve been so happy to see the difference this group

has made to all the girls. Even though the group only ran for a short

period of time, it has brought them all together in a way that you

normally wouldn’t see happen in young people. More importantly,

now that the group has come to an end, they are all staying in

touch. They’ve built their own support network and I’m so proud

of each of them.”

Following the success of the project, the Girls have decided to

continue to support the Hospice and work together as the first

group of Youth Ambassadors. This is a brand new role for St.

Vincent’s, which will not only help raise awareness and support

for the charity, but will allow the four to develop vital skills and

experience towards university and job applications in the future.

Scottish Baking Awards at Mar Hall

Marie Curie is encouraging their supporters to dig out their recipe

books and bake up some delights for the Scottish Baking Awards.

The Scottish Baking Awards have selected Marie Curie to be their

charity partner in 2020 and Marie Curie staff and volunteers will be

there on the day of the awards to see (and hopefully taste!) some

of the wonderful creations.

The Scottish Baking Awards will be taking place on 5th September

2020 at Mar Hall. Marie Curie will be raising vital funds on the day

by raffling off the winning cake from the Sugarcraft category. All

funds raised will go to help people with a terminal illness and their

families, bringing lightness into the darkest of times.

Melanie Andrews MBE founder of the Scottish Baking Awards

wanted to be able to give support to a charity who does so much

to help people with a terminal illness. Melanie said

“I am absolutely delighted to be able to support Marie Curie and

all the continued hard work that this outstanding Charity does day

in day out. I would like to encourage everyone at Marie Curie to

get their Baking bowls out and enter the greatest show in Scotland.

You must have a great recipe that you or your mother, grandmother

or even your children love to bake at home. If you prefer eating

instead of baking then come along on the day and eat your way

through our many, many entries. All our entries will be donated to

Marie Curie on the day. All entry tickets can be purchased at our

website. www.scottishbakingawards.co.uk

Anyone can enter the Scottish Baking Awards, there are nine

categories including a junior category for bakers aged 8 - 16. You

can see more details by going to www.scottishbakingawards.


For more information about Marie Curie, please go to www.



Scottish Huntington’s Association

Family Ceilidh

Saturday 14th March from 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Pollokshaws Burgh Hall Trust, 2025 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow

G43 1NE

A night of Ceilidh Dance … Bringing cultures from around the world

together through music and dance. Come along and have a good

old knees up with music from Andy Gordon Ceilidh Band. Children


Any questions. Please contact Linda on 0141 848 0308 or by

emailing linda.winters@hdscotland.org

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Call For Artists!

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

2020 Art Exhibition will

run from Wednesday 18th

March to Saturday 28th


They are on the look out for

artists to exhibit. Optional

theme this year is Coasts

and Water.

Submission forms and information for exhibitors can be downloaded

from the web site and forms must be returned by 28th February.

Contact Gill Bell 07761 172726.


Next deadline - Wednesday 12th February

Local history

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John Love, a Kilbarchan Weaver

John Love (born in 1806) was a typical Kilbarchan weaver. He was also a

well renowned bee-keeper.

In 1841 he and his wife Mary lived in the upper storey of Mount Pleasant, the

last house on the right in Shuttle Street. Mary’s brother Robert Climie, her

two sisters and her widowed mother were also part of the household.

John Love and his brother-in-law, Robert Climie, had their loomshop on the

ground floor of the property. Both were silk handloom weavers. John’s wife,

Mary, worked as a pirn winder and their twelve year old son was learning

the weaving trade.

John and Robert cultivated flowers in their large garden and kept bees. John,

however, was the gardening expert and was well-renowned as a Kilbarchan

florist-weaver. The garden was a floral display of roses, herbaceous plants,

and grafted fruit trees. However, the greatest attraction in the garden was

John’s display of ‘pinks’ (carnations). He was acknowledged as the Scottish

champion ‘pink’ grower.

John had numerous bee-hives, but one bee-house was unique. It was a

model of a two-storey dwelling house, complete with chimney and chimney

sweep. John’s other skill was as a taxidermist. His collection of numerous,

carefully stuffed specimens of natural history was on display in his house.

In the mid-1870s John, who had been a tenant in Mount Pleasant for almost

forty years, was forced by a new owner to vacate the property. John and

his unmarried daughter, Elizabeth, moved to Paisley where they continued

to work now as worsted weavers, in less pleasant surroundings.

John stayed in Paisley for some years, and then at the age of seventy-six,

moved to the island of Bute to look after a fruit garden where he grew,

among other produce, strawberries and Caledonian plum trees and kept

bees. However, John missed his old home in Kilbarchan.

Like many ordinary Kilbarchan weavers, he often took the time to

communicate his feelings in verse. In one letter sent from Bute to a friend,

John wrote the touching lines,

Yes! That is the tale I whisper,

As I muse in the firelight glow,

As I sit in the hush of the evening,

And think of long ago.

After five years in Bute, John was pleased to come back to Kilbarchan and

lived with a family named George at Bleachfield House in Merchant Close. In

1891 his friend described John, who looked only in his late sixties, as ‘a yellow

haired laddie of eighty five summers’. He was of middle height, nimble,

fleet of foot and of an amiable disposition. He was a healthy individual who

had sought medical attendance only once in his long life. John Love died in

Kilbarchan in 1896 at the age eighty-nine

© 2020 Helen Calcluth, Renfrewshire Local History Forum

Our next lecture “Ye Jacobites by Name” by Derek Alexander (NTS

Archaeologist) will be held in the McLean Building, Room D137/9, University

of the West of Scotland, on 13th February at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

Johnstone History Society

Our February meeting is on the 11th of the month at 7.30pm, in the Masonic

Hall, Collier Street. The speaker on this occasion is James Winnett who

will be telling us about “The Empire Exhibition 1938”. We look forward

to a good attendance of members and visitors. Everyone will be made

welcome. Our first meeting of 2020 was very interesting and The Ladies

ABandC proved to be some ladies of note from Paisley whose surnames

began with A B and C. These ladies did a great deal of philanthropic work

in the town .

The Museum is again open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10.30am

till 4pm. We have a large selection of books, information pamphlets and

maps for sale. These are also available online at johnstonehistory.org and

may be paid for through PayPal. .

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

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Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley

Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on

one of the regular guided tours! From its foundation in

1163 to the present day - worship in Paisley Abbey has been

offered to God and hospitality extended to all pilgrims and


Much of the original building was destroyed by fire in 1307

and restored during the fourteenth Century. The sixth

High Steward, Walter, married Marjory Bruce, the daughter

of the famous Scottish King Robert the Bruce (who had

defeated an English army at the Battle of Bannockburn

in 1314) in 1315. In the following year, Marjory died at the

Abbey following a tragic riding accident nearby, but the

baby in her womb was saved and he became King Robert

II of Scotland, the first of the Stewart monarchs. For that

reason, the Abbey claims to be the ‘cradle of the Royal

House of Stewart.’ Our present Queen is descended from

him. In fact, the Abbey is the final resting place of six High

Stewards of Scotland, Princess Marjory Bruce, the wives of

King Robert II and King Robert III for whose tomb, Queen

Victoria provided a canopy in 1888 (shown above).

The collapse of the central tower in the mid-16th century

destroyed the transepts and choir and a wall was

built across the east end of the nave. At the Scottish

Reformation in 1560, the monastery was disbanded, the

monastic buildings handed over to the Hamilton family and

the walled-off nave became the parish church of Paisley.

The transepts and choir were to remain in ruins until the

late 19th and early 20th centuries when they were restored

to create one of the finest churches in Scotland.

We now have a ticket system for tours available at

the Abbey Shop priced £5. Still excellent value! www.


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Love Your Smile

by Sheila Macintyre, Practice Owner

at Kilbarchan Dental Practice

With Valentine’s Day falling in

February it is a time when many

people want to look their best and,

of course, your dentist can help!

Did you know that you can remove

staining from teeth with a simple air

polishing treatment - a low cost process

that “blasts” teeth with tiny granules

using high pressure air. It is most effective

in the treatment of teeth that have been

stained by coffee, red wine or smoking - or

a combination – and can be carried out by

a hygienist.

If you would like to enhance the look of

your teeth further there are a range of teeth

whitening treatments that can increase the whiteness of your teeth

dramatically. Most dentists will provide a free initial assessment

and consultation to discuss your options.

Many dentists now also offer other aesthetic treatments such as

wrinkle reduction, facial peels and lip-plumping and fillers. This

makes a lot of sense as dental staff are highly trained and work

in tightly regulated clinical environments. Again, you can usually

book in for a free initial consultation.

Something you can do yourself is to use a tongue scraper for

fresher breath and to make sure that there is no hiding place for

germs and bacteria. Brushing your tongue with your toothbrush

can also help but a tongue scraper does a much better job.

The best way to love your smile is to brush your teeth properly twice

a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a good quality toothbrush.

We always recommend electric toothbrushes so if you haven’t got

one (or have one that is a bit out of date) why not consider treating

yourself to a wee valentines gift – and remember brush heads and

manual toothbrushes need replacing every 3 - 4 months!

If you would like any more advice on how to care for, or improve the

look of, your teeth visit us at Kilbarchan Dental Practice, call 01505

704969 or click www.kilbarchandental.co.uk where you’ll find lots

more free tips.

One solar year takes roughly 365 days, 5

hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds. That

extra five-or-so hours nobody likes to talk

about are precisely why we have leap years:

the 366-day years that occur every four

years, encourage women to propose to men,

and make celebrating birthdays very confusing for 1/1,461th of the


After Pope Gregory XIII instituted the Gregorian calendar in 1582,

the idea of adding February 29th every four years seemed so

ridiculous that a British play joked that it was a day when women

should trade their dresses for “breeches” and act like men. The

play was meant as satire, but by the 1700s, women were using Leap

Day to propose to the men in their lives. The tradition - now called

Bachelor’s Day (Irish tradition) or Sadie Hawkins Day (American

folk event and pseudo-holiday originated by Al Capp’s classic

hillbilly comic strip Li’l Abner (1934–1978)) - peaked in the early

1900s and continues today in the UK, where some retailers even

offer discount packages to women popping the question.

The Salem witchcraft trials have a particularly negative connection

with Leap Day. The first warrants for arrest went out on February

29th, 1692 for the Salem witchcraft trials. And you thought Friday

the 13th was spooky!

Is February 29th good luck or bad luck? Depends on who you ask!

According to an old Scottish aphorism, “leap year was ne’er a good

sheep year.” The superstition that Leap Days are particularly lucky

or unlucky has been debated through history and across cultures,

and there’s still no clear winner.

The 30th February occurred in Sweden and Finland in 1712, when

they added an extra Leap Day to help catch up their outdated

Julian calendar with the new Gregorian calendar.


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Paisley Book Festival Highlights

The full programme has been announced for the first ever

Paisley Book Festival. The inaugural event - set to become

a regular annual festival in Paisley’s cultural calendar - will

celebrate Radical Stories and Rebel Voices to mark the 200th

anniversary of the Paisley Radicals. It will run at various venues

across the town from 20th to 29th February 2020. Highlights

across the ten days include:

• A major opening night event celebrating Renfrewshire Rebels,

featuring an exclusive reading from Scottish radicalism author

Maggie Craig, poetry from Renfrewshire born Jim Carruth, and

music from Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Heir of the Cursed

(20th February)

• John Byrne returning to his native Paisley for a Big Birthday Bash

celebrating his 80th year. Part retrospective of his incredible

body of work and part a raucous knees-up, expect readings

from John’s plays, old and new, special guests and probably

some cake (22nd February)

• From wowing the crowds at Glastonbury to closing the first ever

Paisley Book Festival in style, the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers - aka

an all-star line-up of Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre,

Mark Billingham, Doug Johnstone, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste

- will swap murder for music in a toe-tapping and unmissable

live gig (29th February)

• Renowned Scottish broadcaster Kirsty Wark in discussion with

Ruth Wishart about her new novel and her life at the forefront

of political reporting, as part of the University of the West of

Scotland’s Inspiring Women series (22nd February)

• Editor of The Good Immigrant - a vital collection of writings by

emerging British BAME authors, poets, journalists and artists on

the issues of race and immigration - Nikesh Shukla will share a

timely conversation with Jay G Ying, co-founder of the BAME

Scottish Writers Network (23rd February)

• Marking thirty years since the publication of her debut novel The

Trick Is To Keep Breathing introduced her as a lyrical, radical new

voice in Scottish literature, Janice Galloway talks about her life,

work, and anything else that takes her fancy (22nd February)

• Scots Makar Jackie Kay reading poems on the festival’s theme

of Radical Stories and Rebel Voices, including some new work

inspired by the American performer and international activist

Paul Robeson (28th February)

• Jenni Fagan, Kirstin Innes and Emma Jane Unsworth - authors

of three of 2020’s most anticipated new novels Luckenbooth,

Scabby Queen and Adults - get together to chat about the

politics of writing rebellious, non-conformist female protagonists

(23rd February)

• An evening of rebel poetry curated by Scottish culture blog The

Fountain, with live performances from Michael Pederson, Hollie

McNish and Sarah Stewart (27th February)

• Renowned multi-award-winning Scottish writer and performer

Alan Bissett introduces some of his favourite Scottish talents

in three unexpected Paisley locations. Sonnet Youth’s: Scottish

poets Kevin P Gilday, Imogen Stirling and Magi Gibson performing

in the booths of the Bull Inn and the surreal and funny literary

sensation behind Hings and HWFG, Chris McQueer, at legendary

live music venue Callum’s Cavern, plus a look at the mountain

of working class poetry unearthed from Renfrewshire archives

in 1990 by then-Paisley writer in residence Tom Leonard and

unread for centuries (28th and 29th February)

• Explore the different ways comics tell stories and then create

your own, inspired by Paisley’s history and heritage. Led by Paul

Bristow, author of a new graphic novel exploring the Paisley

Radicals of 1820, which will also be previewed at this event.

(23rd February)

Tickets are on sale now - online at www.paisleybookfest.com,

by calling 0300 300 1210 or in person at Paisley Arts Centre.

Kirsty Wark © Heather Yates

John Byrne © The Fine Art Society

Fun Lovin’Crime Writers © Bernie Sweeny

Jackie Kay © Mary McCartney

Alan Bisset Presents Chris

McQueer © Sinead Grainger


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Finance & Tech

Gryffe Rotary Speaker Meeting

Wednesday 8th January – Ian Henderson “Saving

Coats Memorial Church”

Ian Henderson

was educated at Paisley

Grammar, then Paisley

College of Technology where

he studied Civil Engineering.

Ian established Henderson

Properties constructing

housing in Paisley and in

Kenya to where he regularly

commutes. In 2019, he was

approached by the Trustees

of Coats Memorial Church for his help and experience in finding a

long-term use for the building. As Chair of the Board of Trustees

Ian set up a Steering Group and a Campaign was initiated early

last year, entitled “100 days to Save Coats Memorial Church” with

a target to raise £1.5 million. This has been very successful with

a local businessman already donating £100K. After consultation

with the Trustees, colleagues and other professionals it was

decided to convert the interior for use as a multipurpose Arts

Venue to accommodate concerts, ballet, theatre and weddings

while preserving the beautiful architecture and stained windows.

A most interesting presentation and we wish him success for this

project and his other enterprises.

Wednesday 15th January – Tim

Mark “Does Money Grow on


Tim is a forestry consultant who

manages forestry for Elderslie

Estates. Elderslie Estates extend

from Houston to Brookfield and

Bridge of Weir to Kilmacolm.

The forests and woodland within

the estate are in three groups.

The highest land is devoted to

commercial forests, mostly Sitka Spruce. Lower ground is a mix

of commercial trees and amenity woodland. Then there is the land

close to Houston House which is mainly old hardwood trees dating

back to the 1860s. Only 7% of the timber used in the UK is sourced

domestically, the rest being imported, but in the last couple of years

because of the biomass market and changes in exchange rates its

value has soared. Tim has been instrumental in pioneering fastgrowing

Eucalyptus trees as an alternative to Sika Spruce for the

biomass market, so far successfully. This was another fascinating

talk with many questions successfully fielded by Tim.

All speaker/dinner meetings are at the River Inn, Crosslee at 7pm

for 7.30pm. Guests who are interested in finding out more about

Rotary or the specific topic are very welcome. Prior booking is

necessary by email to gryffevalleyrotary@gmail.com

Buying a Car?... Drive a hard bargain!

by Carl Melvin, Affluent Financial Planning Ltd

Many people will look to change their car in 2020, so what are the

things you should consider before you buy a new set of wheels?

Which month to buy? – December is the best month to buy

(because the dealers have year-end targets to meet), but March

and September are when new registrations are issued meaning

that there are lots of new cars and preowned cars for sale.

New or Old? Know that if you want a brand-new car then you will

pay a high price with depreciation on your car – make sure this is an

informed choice you make rather than an emotional one.

The Dealer is not your friend – Although the friendly car salesperson

seems like a nice person, they are incentivised to get you to pay

the highest amount of money possible for your new car. This is a

business transaction not a social outing – be friendly but remain

business-like in your dealings with the car salesperson.

Know what you want – don’t go to the car dealership until you are

clear what car you want to buy and how much you want to spend.

Do your homework – Use online tools to get an independent

valuation on your car if you are trading it is, and a valuation on the

car you want to buy. Have your car valeted before you take it for a

trade in appraisal and have your paperwork in order.

Cash or Finance? How are you going to pay for the car? Cash

is simplest – if you need finance then investigate personal loan

options before considering others such as hire purchase or personal

contract purchase (PCP) deals.

Beware 0% deals – Finance via the car dealership can be expensive

and don’t be persuaded to sign up to a deal without taking the

details away and thinking it over – remember the salesperson is

incentivised to get you to pay as much as possible for the deal !

Never negotiate on monthly repayment – Always base your

negotiations with the dealer on the price of the car, not how much

you can afford each month – you could end up paying over the

odds for the car.

Buy when it’s quiet – arrange to go to the dealership when they

need new sales – towards the end of a month/ quarter and a day

when it’s not busy – avoid weekends.

Ask for extras – ask if the dealer will include road tax, car mats or

free servicing as part of the deal – if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

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@affluentfp.co.uk. Alternatively, pop into the Affluent

office opposite Amaretto restaurant on Main Street, Bridge of Weir. www.



Affluent FP Finalist in National Awards

Bridge of Weir based financial planning firm, Affluent Financial Planning Ltd, has again

been recognised as a consistently outstanding team of financial planners. Affluent has

been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Citywire New Model Adviser Awards 2020 for the

Scotland & Northern Ireland region. These prestigious awards highlight outstanding UK

financial planners delivering 1st class advice, service and value to consumers.

Affluent is no stranger as a Finalist in these awards having been a finalist 7 times, and

winning in 2010.

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Self Assessment deadline: 31/01/2020

If you’ve still to complete your tax return, you only have a few days

left! The deadline to complete your return for the tax year 2018 to

2019 is 31 January 2020.

Help is available on GOV.UK, from the Self Assessment phone

helpline (0300 200 3310), and on social media.

New Government Help for first-time house-buyers by Dallas McMillan, Solicitors

The Scottish Government has just launched its “First Home Fund”,

a scheme intended to help first-time buyers onto the property

ladder. The main features of the scheme are:-

• Provides up to £25,000 towards the purchase price of new-build

and existing properties (unlike the current “Help to Buy” scheme

which is available for new-build properties only).

• Scheme runs until March 2021.

• Can be used along with the “Help to Buy” scheme or Lifetime

scheme but not with any other such scheme.

• Under the equity scheme, the buyer will own the whole property.

The Government will not own any part.

• Government’s grant is instead secured on the house’s equity, and

is repaid when the house is sold (or earlier if the buyer wishes).

There is no monthly repayment.

• Grant does not need to be repaid if house is later remortgaged.

• Buyers must fund 5% of the purchase themselves and also take

a mortgage out for at least 25% of the house’s value.

• Only one of joint buyers needs to be a first-time buyer.

• No means-testing of applications under this “First Home Fund”


• No upper limit on the purchase price of the proposed house.

• The application fee is £550, however fee is refunded in full if

application is unsuccessful.

• Following award of the grant, the buyer has three months to

conclude the purchase contract (missives) and three further

months to complete the purchase.

• Note, (i) the scheme is not available for buy-to-let properties,

and (ii) there is a general prohibition against letting, taking in

lodgers and otherwise sharing occupation.

The new First Home Fund is potentially of great help to first-time

buyers. Anyone looking to buy their first property will be welladvised

to obtain early advice from solicitors well-versed in the

terms of the scheme.


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Time to Try The Rotary

Recently retired? New to the area? Want the

opportunity to give something back in the new


Gryffe Valley Rotary has members from a wide area of

West Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, including Kilmacolm, Quarriers,

Bridge of Weir, Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield, Kilbarchan and

Lochwinnoch. A leaflet which gives more detail of our activities

has been produced and can be downloaded from the club website


Individuals who are interested in furthering the excellent work of

Rotary, whilst enjoying getting together with like-minded folk,

should email gryffevalleyrotary@gmail.com to arrange a chat.

District 1230 has waived membership fees for the remainder of the

Rotary year to encourage potential new members!

Wood chippings donated

to Community Garden

Bishopton Scout Group were once again

collecting Christmas trees for recycling and

were delighted to supply 281 recycled Christmas

tree chippings to Erskine Community Garden for

use in the garden.

Heather Clissett, who runs the Community

Garden in Erskine, said: “We’re extremely

grateful to the Scouts and David for this. And

also to everyone whose tree we now have in the


The Scout Group asked for a minimum donation

of £7.50 and thanks to the public’s generosity they averaged over £9 per

tree raising a fantastic £2,526.50. The money raised will go to providing

adventurous activities within the Explorer section (14 to 17 year olds) of

Bishopton Scouts giving them skills for life.

This couldn’t happen without a lot of hard work from Scout Leaders who

give up their time, talents and resources to help with the Scouting journey

of our young people. Also to the Explorers as they gave up their time,

worked hard collecting the trees and all with a smile on their faces!

Thank you to local businesses, Hamilton Ross Group Bishopton for providing

the chipper again this year, Tom Hindmarch @ TDH Landscapes for all his

help keeping the big pile of trees flowing through the chipper, to Sneddon

Signs for all their help and providing fantastic new magnetic Scout trailer

signs, and to Dougie Mcwhirter for the loan of the big red trailer which was

full again this year.

Bishopton Scout Group run all sections from Beavers on to Cubs then Scouts

on to Explorers and finally Network. If you have a young person wanting to

join the adventure or you want to join in with the adventure by volunteering

to help please get in touch and we can advise on section age groups and

how you can make a difference by being involved with Bishopton Scout

Group. Contact our Group Scout Leader Iain Fyfe for more information.


If you would like more information about Sections or Groups within the

Renfrewshire District please contact the District Commissioner Ian Hunter


Thanks again for your support, Bishopton Explorers

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West Ren Annual Concert 2020

West Renfrewshire Young Farmers proudly presents to you their

Annual Variety Concert entitled “Rising Tides and Switching


This event will take place on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th & Saturday

8th February in a new venue at Johnstone Town Hall, with curtain

up at 7:30pm. All welcome.

Renfrewshire Foodbank makes

Christmas a little brighter for people

The number of people using Renfrewshire Foodbank continues to

grow - but kind donations from the people of Renfrewshire ensured

people had supplies over Christmas.

This Christmas, people

received food parcels and

butcher meat vouchers for

Graeme’s in Paisley, John

Marshall & Son in Johnstone,

and Bannatyne in Renfrew.

Local charity

the Night Before

Christmas also

donated boxes full

of toys and gifts

to the foodbank

so that they could

be given out to

youngsters in


Image: Foodbank project

manager Elizabeth Alexander


and volunteer Rena Ioannou

Foodbank project

manager Elizabeth Alexander hopes that there is no need

for a foodbank in 2020 but is grateful that the people

of Renfrewshire do so much to help people in need.

Elizabeth said: “The number of people we’re helping has

definitely increased and our donations have increased

in response to that. We’re extremely grateful that

the Renfrewshire community is so willing to support

us. It’s the people of Renfrewshire that keep us going.

“Without their help, we wouldn’t be able to do

what we do. We have a tremendous team of

volunteers and work closely with charities, churches

and schools to make sure no one goes without.”

On Wednesday 18th December alone, the foodbank

provided parcels for 75 people in five hours.

Renfrewshire Foodbank links up with community

organisations to provide the best possible service to

people, and is also working with St Mirren FC on the

Festive Friends initiative to provide support to people

who will be spending Christmas on their own.

Renfrewshire Council employees donate to the foodbank

through the Council’s Food Bank Food Rush Initiative.

Since the initiative started in 2014, more than 130,000

items have been donated. A three-week collection at

Renfrewshire House in June gathered 433.95g of supplies

which equates to 1,033 meals.

Renfrewshire Foodbank operates from Paisley Central

Baptist Church. You can find out more via the website -


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HAPPENING Houston | Crosslee | Brookfield


Kirk Young Singers Group

The young folk in Houston &

Killellan Kirk have the exciting

opportunity to develop

their singing skills under the

leadership of the talented

Laura McKee. This is open to all

Primary and Secondary school

children, meeting in the Kirk

on Thursdays (except school

holidays) 7pm – 8pm. There

are no fees – so kids, why not

come and give it a try? No prior

booking required – so just turn

up! Follow the Kirk’s Facebook

for updates.

Wednesday French


Fox and Hounds, Houston at

9.30am till 12noon and alternate

Tuesday from 2pm - 4pm.

Details: 07463 570464 or email


Crafty Friends

Chat with sewing/knitting/

cross stitch or anything you like.

First and third Thursday in the

month. Contact Lorna Cairns -

01505 612844. Shirley White -

01505 610721

Table Top Sale

Linwood Parish Church,

Blackwood Ave 11am - 1pm. Last

Saturday in the month. Call

01505 328802 for details.

Sunday Houston Litter


Co-op Car Park 10am – 11.45am

All volunteers welcome and all

equipment supplied.

Acoustic Night

First Sunday of the month, 8pm

- 10pm, Upstairs bar, River Inn,

Houston. If you’re interested in

playing at future nights contact

Rab on 07415 119754.

Houston & Crosslee Brownies & Girlguiding

We are looking for volunteers to help with our sessions and would be grateful for anyone willing to

come along & help our evenings are Tuesday & Wednesdays. If you’re interested please contact:


Houston Helicopter

Park Project

We are planning a host of

fundraising activities over the

next 12 - 18 months to generate

funds to help us greatly improve

the play experience for local children using the park by

installing new playpark equipment.

Our next event will be an Easter Egg hunt in the newlynamed

Helicopter Park by the Compass Centre on

South Street on Sunday April 12th from 11.30am.

Attention all bakers, cooks and foodies!

The Houston Playpark Improvement Group is creating

a community cookbook of favourite family recipes we

would like to see ‘preserved’ for the future.

Have you inherited a superb soup or a fantastic flan

from a gran? Maybe created an original dish and

want to see your tasty pastry published for posterity?

We have started compiling these culinary gems and

will be publishing them later this year in a book to raise

funds for improving the playpark in Houston’s Helicopter

Park. Email them by March 1st to houstonplaypark@

gmail.com and please include a picture or drawing of

your finished dish if you have one.

For more information on any of our events: https://m.


We have also created a crowd-funding page at



I tend to studiously avoid issues

of national politics in the pages

of the Gryffe Advertizer as it

rightly has a positive focus on

local issues above all, but I have

to break with tradition and place

on record my concern that the

Westminster Government has

stated to COSLA that they will not set the

Government budget until 11th March, which

happens to be the last legal date on which

Scottish local authorities, of all political

persuasions, can set their budget. As we

approach the annual budget meeting at

Renfrewshire Council I think it is wholly

unreasonable that the Chancellor of the

Exchequer expects local Councillors like

myself to take detailed budgetary decisions

in the dark.

After many years absence I am very glad to

be back on the Clyde Muirshiel Joint Board,

which oversees the jewels in the crown of

Renfrewshire’s leisure assets, Castle Semple

and Clydemuirshiel Regional Park. My

Group decided to alter some of the Board

positions and when a vacancy arose for the

Clydemuirshiel Board I was delighted to

put my name forward. When my son was

small my husband and I were frequently

walking or attending events like the annual

stargazing evening at the Park, and it is an

educational and leisure amenity not just for

Renfrewshire, but for the whole of the West

of Scotland.

I have decided to review my surgery times

and have made the following changes. My

monthly Brookfield surgery will still be in

the Village Hall on the 2nd Thursday of the

month but will now begin at 7pm rather

than 6.30pm, and my Houston surgery will

now be on the 4th Wednesday of the month

at 7.15pm rather than on the 4th Thursday of

the month. But I am also always available

to constituents who can call me on 07768

130935, or e-mail me at cllr.audrey.doig@



























Churches in Houston

HOUSTON AND KILLELLAN KIRK: All Services will be led by the Rev.Gary Noonan

unless otherwise stated. Sunday 2nd February early Communion 9.45am, Morning

Worship 11am. Sunday 9th, 16th & 23rd February - Morning Worship 11am. You can

find out more about us at www.houstonkillellankirk.org

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. Paul Brady. Assistant Priest:- Rev. Chima Kingsley

Opara. Pastoral Assistant: Sr. Mary Frances Collett, RNDM (Tel 01505 613514).

Address: ‘Abbotsfield’, St. Fillan’s, Main St, Houston, PA6 7EL. T. 01505 612046. E.

StFillan@rcdop.org.uk www.stfillan.org.uk

HOUSTON BAPTIST CHURCH: Carrick Centre: 11am Family services with SS for

children 5 - 12; Crèche provided; 6pm 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




























Houston &

Crosslee SWI

On February 12th we will meet

in the Houston Inn at 7.30pm

for a Gin and Fruit Cocktail

Tasting evening. We have

another outing on 11th March

when we will visit a Stain Glass


Please come and join us,

everyone will be made very

welcome. We meet in the

Compass Centre, South

Street, Houston on the second

Wednesday of each month at

7.30pm. If you wish further

information please contact,

Arlene MacKay on 07932


Brookfield News


DDP YOGA: Monday 6pm - 7pm DDP Yoga is a unique way

of working out - it combines traditional yoga positions with

cardio and strength training exercises to give you a full body

workout whilst stretching and strengthening your muscles,

allowing you to improve your mobility, flexibility and leaving

you feeling energised and relaxed! All abilities welcome.

Bring a yoga mat & water bottle. For further information or

to book a class, please contact Laura on 07474 443505 or

email: energisewithlaura@gmail.com

ARTVENTURERS: Coming soon on a Wednesday morning!

(Please note - start date delayed from 22nd January owing to

a family bereavement. Revised start date to be advised).

Squidge, Squish, Paint, Explore, Sing, Dance! Award winning

colourful, creative (often messy!) art, craft and creative play

sessions for babies, toddlers and children. The aim of all

of the ARTventurers sessions is to nurture and develop a

child’s creativity by providing them with the opportunities,

guidance, inspiration and materials to explore, experiment

and express themselves through a range of colourful art,

creative and sensory activities PLUS all the activities and

sessions for pre-school age children are carefully planned to

support the Early Learning goals and in line with the Early

Years Foundation Stage.

Session times:

Wednesday 9.30am - 10.20am: Baby ARTventurers (6

to 18 months) and their grown ups will get involved with

paint, do some early mark making and create precious first


Wednesday 11.30am - 12.30pm: Little ARTventurers (18

months to 4 years) are encouraged to further develop their

skills and learning through lots of different creative and art

based activities.

All classes include lots of fun singing & dancing and getting

stuck in to sensory activities too! Rewards include developing

skills & confidence, creating fabulous masterpieces and

making lots of new friends!

ARTventurers have scooped a number of major national

awards including being name Best Preschool Activity 2017

& 2018 and Most Loved Academic/Creative Activity 2019 in

What’s On 4 Kids Awards.

Please contact Sarah on 07511 029830 or email: sarah@

artventurers.co.uk for further details or to book a class

(classes must be booked in advance - places are limited)

FOODBANK COLLECTION: Renfrewshire Foodbank was

the nominated charity for our village Christmas Carol

Service in December and a collection tin and basket were in

the Village Hall throughout the month. A total of 132.48kg

of food items were donated plus £1,29.17 in cash. Grateful

thanks to all Hall users and residents who contributed - your

kind donations were much appreciated!

Facebook: brookfieldvillage.org | Twitter: @

BrookfieldVPA | e-mail: brookfieldvpa@gmail.com

Your Ward 10 Councillors

Audrey Doig, Scott Kerr, Alison Jean Dowling, James

Sheridan Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.


Community Council Visitors welcome at monthly


BROOKFIELD: Brookfield Village Hall: 2nd Thursday 7.30pm

February, April, June, August, October and December.

HOUSTON: Carrick Centre: 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm |


Community Halls to Let

Brookfield, Village Hall. Tel: 335562

Houston, Carrick Centre. Tel: 690693 / 614039 / 674277

Houston, Compass Centre. Tel: Gillian Peters - 07879 407574

or 01505 613759.

Linwood Masonic Hall. Tel: 07825 222944

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Houston and Killellan

Kirk Carnival 2020

Carnival of the Animals

Saturday 2nd May

A change of date for this years

Carnival, normally held on the second

Saturday in May, it will be on the first

Saturday 2nd May.

For 2020 this school holiday was

moved to accommodate V.E. Day

celebrations and has been made

longer (Wednesday – Monday).

Following discussion, it was felt

that this may impact on footfall and

volunteers as many families may take

this opportunity to go away.

Carnival of the Animals is an

opportunity for you to become your

favourite animal for the day. Maybe

a pet, wild animal, cartoon character

or one of the feathered variety make

Houston an animal kingdom.

Help is needed in every area, setting

up and manning stalls, selling

programmes, stewarding etc - If you

can spare some time please contact:


Acoustic Music Night

With local musicians “Scowling Wolf”

The River Inn on Sunday 2nd February

8pm - 10pm.

Special guest Houston singer guitarist

Kyle Wilson

If you are interested in playing contact

Rab on 07415 119754.

Fairtrade Chocolicous


Tuesday 3rd March, 10.15am – 11.45am,

Houston Primary School

Indulge yourself in our Fairtrade event

Fairtrade chocolate in many disguises

Extensive Fairtrade Hot Chocolate

Menu – coconut, spiced, orange,

peppermint, hazelnut, mocha, maple

syrup and more made with Fairtrade

chocolate stirrers of Fairtrade

chocolate powder.

Fairtrade Tea or coffee if you must!

Chocolate cake and other chocolate


Willy Wonka would be jealous of what

we have planned

Come along and join us. Find out what

Fairtrade products are available in our

local shop and share some stories of

the people who grow the cocoa beans

and how Fairtrade helps them.

Look forward to seeing you!

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Monday to Friday, Gryffe Manor Out of School 01505 615438 /


Coffee Shop: - Mon/Wed 9am - 4pm, Thurs 9am - 4.30pm, Fri

9am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 3.30pm. Last hot food orders 1 hour

before closing time. Coffee Shop/Centre 01505 229597


Yoga (Weekly): 11am & 1pm -

Mary Laidlaw 01505 229112

Sewing Group (Weekly): 10am

WRYF (10th & 17th): 7pm

Houston Show (3rd): 7.30pm

Handiwifes (17th): 7.30pm

Diaporama (10th): 7.30pm


Paint Pot Tots (Weekly): 10am -

Dawn Campbell 07789 262350

Yoga (Weekly): 7pm - M/s

Lawson 01505 613690

Councillor Surgery (18th):

12noon - Allison Dowling


Gryffe Melody Makers : 7pm

Community Council (20th):


DWS (Weekly) MH:

3.30pm - 7pm - enquires@

dancewestscotland.co.uk (26th


DWS (Weekly) R2: 6pm - 7pm

Camera Club (Weekly): 7.30pm

Baby Class (MOO MUSIC)

(Weekly): 10am

Councillor Surgery (26th):

7.15pm - Audrey Doig


Spring Concerts in 2020

Friday 28th February at 8pm

Eilidh Grant and Band

Eilidh is also one third of

the Glasgow based, all

Scottish folk girl band, The

Celtic Quines, along with

the fantastic tenor banjo

and fiddle player Celine

Donoghue and the wonderful

flute and whistle player

Katherine MacLeod.


Gryffe Quilting Group: 1pm -

3pm (10am - 20th)

Primary Colours (Weekly):

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Crafty Friends (6th& 20th):


Folk Club (Weekly): 8pm -

davemellor@gmail.com 07523


Move It Or Lose It (Weekly):

10.30am – 11.30am


Yoga (Weekly): 10.30am - M/s

Lawson - 01505 613690

DWS (Weekly) MH: 3.15pm - 7pm

DWS (Weekly) R2: 5pm - 7pm

Gavin Newlands M.P. Surgery:

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Carrick Nights: 7pm


DWS (Weekly) MH: 9.45am -


DWS (Weekly) R2: 9am -


Councillors Surgery (1st):

11.30am – 12noon - Jim



Baptist Church (Weekly): 11am

and 6pm

Laura Birney B/Party (2nd):


A Portable Defib Unit is available at the West Halls (Church) on

Main Street

Centre Patrons PLEASE ADVISE date or time changes due to

Holidays to Centre Management

Booking enquiries: Bill Haddow 01505 690693,

Stewart Scally 01505674277, Barry Walker 01505 614039

Email : thecarrickcentre@gmail.com or hostbookings@outlook.com

Saturday 28th March at 8pm

Scottish soprano Alison McNeill

and Iranian-Scottish classical

guitarist Sasha Savaloni

Alison and Sasha have established

themselves as the foremost voice

and guitar duo in Scotland.

2 course meal (table service)

available before the concert in our

Café. 2 courses £15 a third course

is available at extra cost (BYOB)



























Tickets: Single Concert: £12 (Adult) £5 (Child/Student)

To request more information and tickets please call 01505 229597

or email: thecarrickcentre@gmail.com



































Bridge of Weir Lace Group

Fortnightly Tuesday mornings

(10am - 12noon). If you’d like to

try lacemaking we can provide

materials & tuition. For further

details phone (01505) 613967.

Gryffe Voices Community

Choir (Mondays)

Freeland Church, BoW 8pm to

9.45pm. Sing pop, rock, folk,

show tunes, gospel. Contact


Bridge of Weir Choral

Society (Tuesdays)

Small Hall, St. Columba Church,

Kilmacolm 7.30pm - 9.30pm.

All welcome.

BoW Senior Citizens Club

2nd & 4th Wednesday Cargill

Hall 7pm - 9.15pm

Tea, biscuits & a raffle

each meeting along with


Hearing Aid Clinic

3rd Friday each month The

Bridge, BoW. 1pm - 2pm

Hearing aid batteries and

hearing aid checks.

The Terrace

Last Friday in the month St Machar’s

Ranfurly Church Hall

Soups, sandwiches, tea/coffee,

biscuits. £4.

Bridge of Weir


Our February meeting will

reflect our 80 years anniversary.

We will have a Knitting Bee with

a wartime theme.

This will take place on Thursday

6th February at 7.15pm for

7.30pm at Old Ranfurly Golf

Club. Joyce Benzie will be

in attendance to give us her

advice on finishing our knitted


This evening will be an

opportunity to learn to knit

for beginners, whilst regular

knitters should bring some

work with them.

We will also be having a silent

auction on the evening, so

please bring any items you wish

to donate.

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. Come along

and meet in the Hall from 9.50am.

FREELAND CHURCH - For details please check website: www.freelandchurch.org.uk

ST MARY’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Johnstone Rd, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3EE. Sunday

Service 10am. Contact: Rev. Heller G. 01505 872961 www.heartlandsec.org/BoW

ST MACHAR’S RANFURLY CHURCH: Regular Sunday morning services at 10.30am, for

more info check out our website: stmacharsranfurlychurch.org.uk and Facebook.

HOPE HALL: Sun 1.15pm Sunday School, 4.30pm Gospel Service; Mon 6pm

Investigators for Kids, 7.30pm Bible Study and Prayer. www.bridgeofweirchurch.


BISHOPTON PARISH CHURCH: Sunday Services: 9.45am Early Bird Service @ The

Cornerstone. 11.30am Morning Worship at The Church (Erskine Ferry Road). Please

see our website Bishoptonkirk.org.uk or Facebook for further details as we have

Family Services at the beginning of each month which alternate between Church

and Cornerstone.

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Bishopton | Bridge of Weir | Langbank

Bridge of Weir Festival

Bridge of Weir Festival committee would like to thank all those

involved with the Santa Sleigh this Christmas and making the season

such a successful one. Santa and his Sleigh were out on 15 nights

before Christmas and approximately 1,460 children came out to see

him. The collections have helped to support the activities of Gryffe

High World Challenge, BoW United, 2nd Houston Guides, Houston

Scouts, Hope Hall, Kilmacolm Guides, Rotary Club of Gryffe Valley,

1st BoW Guides, 2nd BoW Guides, TARA, BoW Scouts, BBoW, and

BoW Festival.

Also Santa was able to make appearances at the CO-OP where

he and his helpers were able to collect £196.27 for the CO-OP’s

nominated mental health charities.

Also for the diary - On another topic - the date of the next Festival

Committee meeting and AGM will be Tuesday 11th February at

7.30pm in the Cargill Hall. Please come along and get involved as

we need help especially with the Bridge of Weir Gala for this June.

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church

‘The God Question’ series in the Bridge starting 22nd January

Does God really exist? Even some prominent atheists describe it

as “the biggest question of all!” The greatest challenge to belief

is often thought to come from science. This series investigates

whether 21st century science supports or removes the case for a

creator. In the programmes, prominent atheists and theists take a

scientific journey and debate the case for God.

Join us for a 6 week course of the God Question series; each night

a half hour video will be shown and subsequently discussed. This

is open to atheists, theists and agnosts. The three main themes are

the Cosmos, Life and Evolution and the Mind and Consciousness.

Participants guide to be purchased for £5 and a voluntary

contribution towards the use of the Bridge community centre.

If you want to find out more about the series, check out

thegodquestion.tv Dates planned are Wednesday nights, 22nd and

29th January, 19th and 26th February, 18th and 25th March. From

7.30pm - 9pm in the Bridge Community Centre, Main Street, Bridge

of Weir. You can still join in if you have missed the January dates.

Organised by St Machar’s Ranfurly Church but open to all. For

more info contact Hanneke.Marshall@churchofscotland.org.uk

The Terrace Lunch will be held on Friday January 31st and February

28th in St Machar’s Ranfurly Church hall at 12noon. Open to all,

come a long for some nice food and a chat. £4 for home made

soup, rolls, sandwiches, tea/coffee and biscuit. Carers and tots

welcome too, high chairs available. Little ones go free.

The Link Seated Service on Friday 14th February at 2pm in the

Session Room (use side entrance to hall) of St Machar’s Ranfurly

Church. Short informal worship service with prayers, Bible reading

and short reflection. This is open to all, especially suitable for

those who find it hard to come to Sunday morning services for

one reading or another. If transport is required please contact

Rev Hanneke Marshall on 01505 612975 or Hanneke.Marshall@


Bishopton Community


Gledstane Road, Bishopton

PA7 5AU. Tel: 01505 863354

For full information and contact

details please check out: www.



Ladies Badminton: 10am – 12noon

Bridge: 1pm – 3pm

Yoga: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Tai Chi: 3pm – 4pm

French: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Rainbows: 6pm – 7pm

Brownies: 6pm – 7.15pm

Guides: 7.30pm – 10pm

Trefoil Guild: (1st Monday in

month) 7.30 – 10pm


Toddlers: 10am – 11.30am

Crochet: 1pm – 3pm

Brownies: 6.15pm – 7.30pm

Singing for Wellbeing: 6pm –


Ladies Badminton: 8pm – 10pm


Slimming World: 8am – 11.30am

Toddlers: 1.15pm – 2.45pm

Karate: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Bridge Club: 7pm – 10pm

Yoga: 8pm – 9pm


Toddlers: 10am – 11.30am

Dancing: 3.30pm – 9pm


Friday Funtime: 10am – 11.30am

French: 2pm – 3pm

Clyde Judo: 6pm – 8pm


Karate: 10.30am – 11.30am

Kettlebells: 12noon – 1pm

Model Bus Federation Meeting:

(Once a month) 1pm – 4pm

Close Shave


The award-winning a cappella

harmony group, Close Shave

Chorus is coming to Langbank

Church, PA14 6XP on Sunday

16th February at 2.30pm.

They are bringing with them a

programme packed with wellloved

and well-known songs

which they will present in

their own unique barbershop

way. Don’t miss this excellent

collection of singers! Tickets

are available at the door on the

day costing just £5.

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I was very sorry to hear about the recent fire on Gledstane

Road in Bishopton. I experienced first-hand on Election

Day the problem of access due to parked cars on this

road. Goodness knows the problems that the fire

brigade might have had getting access during the day.

I will shortly be leafleting this and Poplar Avenue to try

to resolve the parking problems. One reason that the

fire burnt for so long however is down to the poor water

pressure in the area. I have heard that Scottish Water have backed

off the pressure to avoid burst pipes. This is a grave concern not

just here but also if it exists elsewhere in Renfrewshire.

It can be very annoying to find that someone else is using your

wheelie bin or contaminating your recycling bin. A simple way

round this is to fit a bicycle lock but you need to remove it for the

bin to be emptied. Talking of bins, I have just had a meeting with

council officers to try to rectify some of the problem areas, mostly

to do with missed bin collections.

The Council doesn’t do much litter picking these days and relies on

the goodwill of the public, but with limited collections from your

own black bin, you can place green bags of rubbish at the side of

the road next to a litter bin. It is very frustrating when Cleansing

empties the bin and leaves other rubbish next to the bin. A bag

of litter collected in a black bag will be left but if you use a green

bag then they will remove this. Council will supply volunteers with

green bags, litter pickers, and other pieces of equipment.

This weather is affecting many roads and some temporary repairs

have opened up. This was certainly the case with the large crater

over the railway bridge in Bridge of Weir. Thankfully a number

of people including myself had reported this but some cars were

damaged. You can contact me if your car was one of these and

you need to know when the hole was reported. I will shortly be

submitting a list of roads and pavements that I want to see included

in next year’s Capital Reads improvements.

Please note my surgery details:

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

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

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

For further information on any of the above, please contact me

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 copies of my community council reports etc. www.


Bishopton Art Group Annual Spring

Art and Craft Fair

Saturday 21st March from

10am and 3pm at Bishopton

Community Centre, Gledstane

Road, Bishopton

Local amateur artists and

crafts people showcase a

great selection of art and

craftwork at affordable prices

that will make ideal gifts for

that someone special. Visitors

can vote for their favourite painting and win a gift voucher.

Admission to the Art and Craft fair is free. Tea, Coffee and delicious

home baking will be available. The venue is a 5-minute walk from

Bishopton railway station with ample free car parking.

Your Ward 11 Councillors

James MacLaren, Natalie Don, Colin McCulloch |

Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/councillors

Community Council Visitors welcome at monthly meetings

BISHOPTON: Primary School: 1st Thursday at 7.30pm


BRIDGE OF WEIR: 1st Tuesday, Cargill Hall: 7pm


LANGBANK: Church Hall: 2nd Wed at 7.30pm

Community Halls to Let

Bridge of Weir: Freeland Church. Tel: 612245

Bridge of Weir Community Council

With Christmas and the New Year Festivities over the Community

Council are still engaged in the ongoing festive theme.

During this period when the lights were on the Community Council

in conjunction with the Primary School were running a competition

to design a new light feature for the 2020 display. The children

produced a substantial amount of quality entries which are now

going through the extensive judging process with the winner being

announced in due course.

The Community Council is also grateful to Renfrewshire Council for

their financial help.

The new Planning Convener and Secretary met with the Strategy

& Place Manager, Communities Housing & Planning, Renfrewshire

Council at the close of 2019. She hoped that they will continue

to have a good working relationship with ourselves built up over

the years with particular focus on the New Development Plan and

public transport.

The Community Council has welcomed the work undertaken by

Renfrewshire Council at the open space sight at the corner of

Lintwhite Crescent and Main Street. This work was undertaken after

Community Councillor’s held a site meeting with senior Officers

from Renfrewshire Council’s Greenspace. These works show a big

improvement to the area and we trust that it will continue to be

kept like this.

The first meeting of the Community Council for 2020 will be held

on Tuesday 4th February at 7pm in the Cargill Hall.

The Bridge

Spring is on the way. Get ahead – renew your stocks of stationary and

be prepared for all the birthdays and celebrations expected in 2020.

POST OFFICE -The Post Office has a range of services available.

Donald, Stuart and Alison are always pleased to assist.

STATIONERY - We stock a comprehensive range of stationery

items. We are delighted customers are using The Bridge as a “one

stop shop” bringing items that they wish to post, purchasing the

necessary packaging, wrapping on site and posting all in one go.

GREETING CARDS - We are continually replenishing our stock to

cover life’s events. For those special milestone birthdays our range

of cards covers from ages 1 to 10 and 18 to 100. The Bridge also has

a selection of Valentine cards.

ART EXHIBITIONS - We host Art Exhibitions, on a regular basis,

throughout the year. Please come in and view the artwork on


COMMUNITY CENTRE- Please remember The Bridge is a central

point in the village where you can meet others, have a tea or

coffee and enjoy a chat with our volunteers. It is a bright, warm,

welcoming place where hopefully you will feel at home. We look

forward to seeing you soon.





















































Monday Bridge Club

Cargill Community Centre 7pm.

For information contact the

Club Secretary, Sheena Clayton,

on 01505 873802.

Local Police Surgeries

4th Monday - local

neighbourhood officer surgery

in the Community Centre

10.30am - 11.30am.

Tuesday Crafty Play Café

Quarriers Village Café, Faith

Avenue 10am-12noon; 12noon

-2pm; 2pm - 4pm. £2 for kids

craft materials (optional)

Wednesday Knitting Group

Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers

10am - 12noon.

Babies, Bumps and Boobs

St. Columba’s Church Lesser

Hall, Duchal Road (term-time).

1st Wednesday in the

month. Contact playgroup


Inverclyde Carers Outreach

Cargill Centre, 11am - 2pm. 2nd

Wednesday in the month.

Email: enquiries@inverclyde

carerscentre.org.uk or call:

01475 735180.


Kidston Hall, 2pm - 4pm. 1st

& 3rd Thursday in the month.

Guest speakers, afternoon tea,

local issues. All welcome.

Sòlas Bereavement Support


Kidston Hall, 2pm - 4pm. 2nd

Thursday in the month.

Movie Night

Old Kirk, 7pm for 7.30pm. Last

Thursday in the month.

Saturday Volunteer Group

Greenock Cut Visitor Centre

10.30am - 2.30pm

Conservation Volunteers, adult

group. Newcomers always


Guide Hut to Hire

Main hall, kitchen facilities

and outdoor area. Perfect for

children’s parties, weekly classes

and one off special occasions.

Contact Julie: 07967 371595 or

e: guidehutbookings@gmail.


Annual Shrove

Tuesday Coffee


Tuesday 25th February from

10am - 12noon

St Fillan’s Church Hall, Moss

Road, Kilmacolm.

With lovely freshly made

pancakes, home baking, raffle

and various stalls. Tickets £3.

Kilmacolm | Quarriers

Kilmacolm Dramatic


Professional director Alison Holliman faced a

difficult task in casting Kilmacolm Dramatic

Society’s next production, thanks to the large

number of interested people who auditioned for


Judging by the amount of laughter at the

audition, our chosen play looks sure to provide

an excellent evening’s entertainment.

It’s Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus, a farcical

comedy of ill manners set in the 1960s. It

features classic farce fare of dropped trousers,

mismanaged lust and a veritable merry-goround

of mistaken identities, all in the home of

the apparently respectable Wicksteed family.

There will be three performances in the Kidston

Hall - on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

22nd - 24th April.

With all the roles cast, rehearsals are now in full

swing, with the enthusiastic cast including both

well known and new faces.

If you’re interested in being involved backstage,

we’re always delighted to welcome new members

- to help with costumes, make-up, lighting, set

design and building, stage management, or

publicity. If you’d like to know more about our

activities, just contact President Claire Fraser on

claire.fraser@scotech.ltd.uk or Rosie Thirde on


Daffodil Spring Fayre -


Kilmacolm Girl Guides would love

you to save the date for their Daffodil

Spring Fayre on Saturday the 21st


It will take place at St Columba

Church Hall, Kilmacolm from 2pm - 4pm.

There will be crafts, tombola, Easter eggs,

home baking, Mother’s Day gifts and much

more. Afternoon tea is included in the price.

Adults £3 and children £1.50.

MND Coffee Morning

Saturday 7th March 10am - 12noon.

2nd Floor New Community Centre, Kilmacolm.

Tickets £3.

Churches in Kilmacolm & Quarriers

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It is widely recognised by those who

know more about these matters than

me that Kilmacolm has one of the best

village centres and civic space. This

praise is due to the foresight of Jim

Wood who unfortunately passed away

last month. His ideas and concept

for the village centre caught the

imagination of others. Helen and Alex Calvert and

Rosemary Hammond spring to mind. Jim badgered

architects, town planners, the council, civic trust,

community council and councillors (messrs Fyfe,

McCabe and myself).

The plan was to refurbish the two elderly and

redundant primary schools and have a village

piazza. Messrs Sandy Fyfe and Graham Peacock,

trustees of the Cargill fund came up with £1m and

Councillor Stephen McCabe and I were charged

with obtaining a further £1m from the Council.

The community centre has been an overwhelming

success with between 2 and 3 thousand users per

month. We will always be indebted to Jim Wood

and his vision.

The comprehensive consultation on a site for extra

long term parking in the village, eliminated the

suggestion of a multi storey car park in the area at

the Cargill. This left a close result between a site

in Gillburn Road and the area behind the old Police

Station. Officers will further investigate costs and

feasibility of both and will report in due course to

the Environment and Regeneration Committee, of

which I am not a member.

A consultation has been held with regard to

village schools in Kilmacolm, Inverkip and Wemyss

Bay. There was no desire by parents of the three

primaries to have a denominational school in

any of the villages. Nobody attended the public

meetings for Kilmacolm Primary and St Stephens.

Parents in the village are obviously happy with the

excellent education available at KPS and make a

denominational choice at P7.

The prepared plots at Leperstone Avenue were

originally designated for people from outside

Inverclyde. I disagreed at the time with this

stricture and was even more annoyed when the

ground works made life intolerable for neighbours

beside the building site. We sold one plot and now

have decided to make the remainder available to

Inverclyde folk who wish to build their own house.

Long overdue.

My surgeries are 12th February Cargill centre 10am

- 11am, 22nd February St Mary’s Episcopal Port


I can be contacted at: david.wilson@inverclyde.

gov.uk 07766 992294 , 01474 741969 and 712975.

KILMACOLM OLD KIRK: Church of Scotland (Charity no. SC009291). www.kilmacolmoldkirk.org.uk. Morning worship: Sundays

at 11am. Sòlas Drop-in Bereavement Group is held in Kidston Hall on the 2nd Thursday each month at 2pm. Outlook on the 1st &

3rd Thursdays at 2pm. Tea and coffee served after every service.

ST COLUMBA CHURCH OF SCOTLAND: (Charity no. SC007992) Morning Worship Sundays at 11am. All welcome.

GRACE CHURCH KILMACOLM: in association with Downavale Free Church of Scotland. Sunday Service at 10.30am in Kilmacolm

Guide Hut, Woodrow Avenue, PA13 4QF.

ST COLM’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Smithy Brae Kilmacolm. Rev. Vincent Byrne. Family mass Sundays 10am with children’s liturgy.

Eucharistic service Thursdays 11am. Rosary Tuesdays 6.30pm. Prayer group meets Thursdays 7.30pm. Further information and

contact details www.stcolmsparish.co.uk

BUDDHIST MEETINGS: Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin. Call Margaret on 01505 871343.

ST FILLAN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Moss Road, Kilmacolm, PA13 4DL. Service of Eucharist on Sundays at 11.30am except

the first Sunday of the month at 11.30am is the Service of Matins: Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion: On last Sunday of

the month 6pm (Said) Evensong: Clergy: The Revd Heller Gonzalez (01505-2961); Pastoral Assistant Maureen Russell (01505-

872905). Find us on www.heartlandsec/org/KLM/index.html

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 10am.

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On the 16th of January 2020 the Environment &

Regeneration Committee of Inverclyde Council

considered the results of the Kilmacolm Parking

Consultation, with officers recommending progressing

two options at Gilburn Road and behind the Old Police

Station. I am concerned about the encroachment of

development into Greenbelt land and asked officers to

see if there is merit in utilising the former railway ground

adjacent to the identified site to provide a car park and this could

also be used as a bus turn around and tie into the National Cycle


Thank you to the constituents who contacted me relating to public

transport provision in Kilmacolm and Quarriers Village. I am keen

to see how we can improve commuting by public transport. It will,

however, be difficult to get people to ‘move’ from cars to buses

given the high levels of car ownership and the current minimal bus


I have noted with interest the proposals for a new city region metro

with the first stage being a possible link between Glasgow Airport

and Gilmour Street Station, in Paisley. I think we need to be open to

the idea of it extending any metro from Gilmour Street to join the

old Gryffe railway line so reinstating a rail line between Kilmacolm

and Glasgow Central.

I have recently organised my surgery dates up to June 2020 with

further details available on the Inverclyde website. In February my

surgeries will be on the 19th February at Kilmacolm Community

Centre (7pm to 8pm) and on the 26th February at Boglestone

Community Centre. You can also contact me directly to discuss

any matters by telephone on 07768 460073/01475 712370, by

email to: christopher.curley@inverclyde.gov.uk or by messaging me

via my Facebook page (@Ward1chriscurleySNP)

Old Kirk News

‘OUTLOOK’ is a social community group, formulated for friendship

and fellowship. It is led by the Community Issues team of Kilmacolm

Old Kirk. The group meets in Kidston Hall, 2pm - 4pm. Everyone

is most welcome.

Programme for February

6th February Words and music – a special Quiz

- Devised by Eileen Green

20th February Tales of mystery and Intrigue

- With author & storyteller Jim Dunlop


27th February Mama Mia – Here I Go Again - 7pm for 7.30pm.

The Old Kirk

Free entry and the offer of a glass of wine.

Donation if desired to support the creation of a

Pilgrim Pathway in Kilmacolm.

OK FEST 6th - 8th March Early Bird notice

This year’s festival will include The McHart Ceilidh Band, Glasgow

Youth Choir (who most recently performed at BBC’s Proms in the

Park) and a return of the Westerton Male Voice Choir.

For full details of the programme see the What’s On section and

also in flyers posted around the village.

SOCIAL MEDIA In addition to the website - kilmacolmoldkirk.org.

uk, you can follow the Old Kirk on Facebook at Kilmacolm Old

Kirk@kilmacolmold, and Twitter and Instagram @kilmacolmold

Your Ward 1 Councillors

David Wilson, Stephen McCabe, Christopher Curley | Advice

Surgeries: http://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/meetings/councillors/

Community Council Visitors welcome at monthly meetings

Last Tuesday at 7.30pm, Kilmacolm Cargill Centre


Community Halls to Let

Kilmacolm, Cargill Centre. Tel: 873994

Kilmacolm, Brownie/Guide Hut. Contact Julie on 07967 371595 or

e: guidehutbooking@gmail.com.

Kilmacolm, Masonic Hall. Tel: 873059

Grace Church


Invitation to Ladies’ Fellowship

February meetings, alternate

Tuesdays at 2.15pm in the

Guide Hut, Woodrow Avenue,

Kilmacolm, PA13 4QF

Tuesday 4th February – Linda

Fox, “Boldly Go”

Tuesday 18th February – Jim

Melville, “Dementia Awareness”

All ladies welcome

Quarriers Scouts Has Spaces!

Get in touch with your inner Bear Grylls! Quarriers 45th Scout

group is welcoming new members across the whole range of ages

for learning and adventure.

From Beavers to Scouts, fun and skills for life are at the heart of the

group with regular camps and outdoor activities mixed with games

and learning.

The traditional movement has come a long way since it began, but

making friends and gaining confidence is still at its heart.

All sections meet on a Wednesday evening at Sommerville Hall in

Quarriers Village and all are welcome.

So if you fancy learning a new skill, gaining badges, making new

friends and seeing some of the country’s most beautiful places, join

us and start an exciting journey.

Beaver scouts, for ages 6 to 8, meet at 6pm until 7pm.

Cubs, for ages, 8 to 10 and a half, meet from 7pm until 8.30pm

Scouts, for ages, 10 and a half to 14, meet from 7pm until 8.30pm

For more information contact qvscouts@gmail.com

World Day of

Prayer Local


Friday 6th March at 1.30pm

St. Columba Church Hall, Bridge

of Weir Road, Kilmacolm

Service written by the Christian


‘Rise, Take up your Mat and Walk!’

The WDP group of representatives from the local Churches warmly

invite you to share worship and fellowship with people around the

world for the World Day of Prayer.

We are delighted that the children from Kilmacolm Primary School

are coming again to sing for us. Refreshments after the Service.

Everyone welcome! If you want to know more about the event,

please give me a call. Maureen Russell, Convenor (telephone 87-

2905; mob. 07905-950028)

Family Whist Drive

Kilmacolm Industrial Section of Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow

Agricultural Society are holding a Family Whist Drive In Kilmacolm

Community Centre at 7.30pm on Friday 21st February. Come

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Howwood Community


Second Tuesday of each month

at 7.30pm in Howwood Village

Hall. All welcome.

Community Coffee Shop

First Friday monthly - Howwood

Parish Church from 10am -

12noon. Adults £2 | Children

free. All welcome.

Monday Strathgryffe

Motorcycle Club

The Trust Inn, Kilbarchan,

9pm - 10.30pm. Visit www.

strathgryffe.org for details.

Thursday Volunteer Group

Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch

12.30pm - 3.30pm

Conservation Volunteers - adult

group. Newcomers welcome.

Thursday Memory Café

Active Communities Hub, 16

Quarry Street, Johnstone, 1pm

- 3pm. For people living with

Alzheimer’s, or any type of

dementia, their families, friends

& carers.

Sunday Volunteer Group

Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch

10am - 12noon. Youth Volunteer

Group - age 14 - 18 years.

Newcomers welcome.

Knitting Bee

We now meet at Morrisons

alternative Tuesday evening

form 7pm to 9pm. Contact

Pamela on 07743156738 or

email bknitting@hotmail.co.uk

for further details.

Cuppa and a Chat

Pop in to Kilbarchan Parish

Church hall on the first Monday

of the month between 1.30pm

and 3pm for a “cuppa” and a

chat - all welcome.

Gryffe Scottish Dancing


Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm,

Kilbarchan Guide Centre

Come along and have fun

whilst enjoying good company,

music and exercise. Whether

experienced or a new dancer,

all welcome. Tuition given

for beginners, we don’t go

overboard and it’s a very

relaxed atmosphere. For

further information just phone

Les Lambert at 01505 704398.





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Kilbarchan Show

Whist Drive

The Kilbarchan Show

Agricultural Show Committee

invite you along to their

Annual Whist Drive on Friday

7th February from 7.30pm

to 10am at the Guide Centre,


The event will be catered - with

a brilliant spread of sandwiches,

sausage rolls, cakes and tea

& coffee. So bring along your

friends, mother, father, partner

and granny & co and grab a seat,

and have a good old natter.

Cuppa at the Kirk

Continues from 1.30pm -

3pm every first Monday of

the month - 3rd February in

Kilbarchan Parish Church Halls.

All welcome.

Lochwinnoch SWI

Next meeting: Wednesday

19th February at 7.30pm in the

McKillop Hall. This month it is

a “Taste and Try”. Where some

members will have cooked their

favourite dishes of savoury and

sweet for members to taste and


Recipes will be available. We

look forward to welcoming

members and friends

For further info contact Elma

at: richmond32@tiscali.co.uk or



Women’s Institute

Meetings in Howwood Village

Hall at 7.30pm

Tuesday 18th February

Cuts of Meat by Ian Telfer

We are still having our Fun

Competition - Something

beginning with:- Feb J. We

also have our Sales Table this


Anyone wanting to come along

to join our meetings is very


Would you know what to do in an


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Tuesday 28th January 7- 9pm Lochwinnoch Masonic Lodge

Tuesday 25th February 1pm -3pm Lochwinnoch Masonic Lodge

Tuesday 17th March 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 course.

Kilbarchan National Women’s Register

On Wednesday 26th February, NWR celebrates its Diamond

Anniversary – this is the date in 1960 when the Guardian published

a letter from a young Mum, Maureen Nicol, suggesting that a

register be set up nationwide for young mums to meet likeminded

friends and talk about issues not concerning their children.

Originally known as the Housewives Register, a group has existed

in Kilbarchan for over 50 years and , along with the other groups in

the area, will be celebrating with an Anniversary lunch in number

29, Royal Exchange Square Glasgow. There will be almost 100

women attending, with a speaker and a live video link about 2pm

with each group in Britain. Each group throughout the country has

compiled 2 ”Diamond” pages about their groups and what NWR

has meant and still means to them. These are to be archived in a

library in London with local pages on view at the Diamond lunch.

The Kilbarchan group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays in each

other’s homes and occasionally in an afternoon and also we arrange

cinema visits, especially for “live” performances for those who wish

to go along. During February, we have 2 meetings - the first on the

topic “Bridges” and secondly discuss rituals of birth, marriage and

death in other faiths and countries. For further information, see the

website: www.nwr.org.uk or phone 01505 348627.

Churches in Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderslie

KILBARCHAN PARISH CHURCH: Services continue at 11am each Sunday, conducted

by Rev Stephen Smith and Mrs Dorothy Wallace. The crèche and Junior Church

meet in the halls from 10.45am. Refreshments served in the hall after the service.

On Sunday 23rd, the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed at 11am in the

church and 2pm in the small hall. Short service on Wednesday mornings in the small

hall with coffee at 10.30am, followed by service of worship. All welcome.

HOWWOOD PARISH CHURCH: 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 - 7.30pm.

SPIRITUALIST CHURCH, Lochlip Rd. All services commence 7.30pm.

ELDERSLIE KIRK: Sunday service every week at 11am. Reverend G. Gray Fletcher

is now with us. 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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At the Communities, Housing & Planning Board meeting

in January, a paper was put forward for consideration

and approval by the Board, namely – Renfrewshire Food

Growing Strategy 2020 – 2025. It sets out a framework

to assist in increasing the quantity and quality of growing

opportunities available in Renfrewshire, supporting

delivery of objectives set out in the Renfrewshire Local

Development Plan and Council Plan 2017 – 2022. The

food growing strategy will encourage people to grow produce

by utilising existing allotments and hopefully providing additional

spaces for setting up new allotments.

I, personally, think this is a project well worth supporting, and if

taken up would not only provide home grown produce at far more

cost effective prices, but would also bring communities together

for the common good. Encouraging children to participate would

be an added bonus.

I did put forward an added suggestion. On many housing

developments, especially Council and Housing Association sites,

there are so many properties with large gardens which are never

used to grow anything except lawns! My suggestion is to organise

garden groups to make use of these spaces to plan food growing

and planning rota’s. I could expand further on my idea but I think

you will get the drift. If you support this idea please feel free to

contact me and show your support.

Promises have been made by the Department of Environment

& Infrastructure in response to my letter detailing a list of issues

highlighted by Howwood Community Council at their December


1. Resurfacing of Bowfield Road in 2020/2021 programme of


2. Gullies on the north side of Bowfield Road are programmed for

cleaning and emptying.

3. Refreshment of the road markings in Bowfield Road from the

southern end of the village to the entrance of Bowfield Country


4. A contract to repair variable message signs, such as the 30 mph

sign in Bowfield Road, has been issued.

5. An inspector will visit these locations to arrange necessary


6. A complaint about dog fouling in the grounds of the Barcraigs

Reservoir is not the responsibility of Renfrewshire Council. It

is Scottish Water that needs to be notified. The address is:-



A meeting is scheduled for the middle of January to formulate a

new Lochwinnoch Community Council. It is hoped that 21 people

will be signed up. After a prolonged absence of meetings it will be

good for this lively and active village to see them in action again.

Email: cllr.bill.binks@renfrewshire.gov.uk Tel: 0300 300 1423

Week 1 Tuesday Lochwinnoch McKillop institute 6pm/7pm.

Week 2 Tuesday Howwood Village Hall 6pm/7pm.

Week 3 Wednesday Johnstone Sandyflats Hub 6pm/7pm.

Week 4 Wednesday Kilbarchan Steeple Hall 6pm/7pm.

St Valentine’s Tea Dance

Friday 14th February 2pm, Lochwinnoch Golf Club

Donations and Raffle. Contact Glynis 01505 842419 for booking


Your Ward 9 Councillors

Andy Doig, Derek Bibby, Bill Binks, Emma Rodden | Advice

Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/councillors

Community Council Visitors welcome at monthly meetings

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Kilbarchan: Steeple Hall: monthly at 7.30pm. | www.kilbarchan.


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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Howwood Community Council

There always seems to be issues throughout the county regarding

the condition maintenance of roads.

At January’s meeting of Howwood Community Council it was noted

that, thanks to the concerted joint efforts of both the Community

Council and our elected Councillors, Renfrewshire Council have

informed us of a few points.

The resurfacing of the carriageway of Bowfield Road between

Braeburn and the access road to East Muirdykes has been included

in the programme of works for 2020/2021.

Also, the gullies to the north west side of Bowfield Road have been

programmed for cleaning and emptying.

The centre carriageway markings along the length of Bowfield Road

from the southern edge of the village to the entrance of Bowfield

Country Club will be refreshed.

A contract to maintain and repair variable message signs throughout

Renfrewshire, including in Howwood, is in the process of being


Transerve have issued a list on their website of all the trunk roads in

Renfrewshire that are due for resurfacing.

As part of an overall waste review within Renfrewshire, there will be

a survey of the brown bins collection. This meeting will take place

in Renfrewshire Council headquarters on 11th of March. If you have

any concerns regarding this, please contact Renfrewshire Council

directly or any of our local elected Councillors before then.

The Community Council have been in contact with our MSP, Tom

Arthur, regarding the bus services through Howwood. This is an

issue that all agree needs reviewed as the service currently has

large gaps, has a lack of service in parts and is out of sync with

the rail timetable, ie. if you miss a bus or it has been delayed it is

difficult to catch a train for an hour as they are both timed to arrive

at about the same time.

The Police have asked that any instances of quad bikes in the area

be reported to them. These bikes are generally unlicensed and

the riders are not wearing crash helmets, being a danger to both

themselves, other road users and pedestrians.

Howwood Litter Pick will take place on Saturday 28th of March.

Our village is looking a lot better these days with litter mostly found

on the outskirts but there is still a fair bit to do.

If you can manage, please come along to the Howwood Hall car

park at 10am. One day you should do it! Quite often now we can

finish by lunchtime. Accompanied children are very welcome. All

litter pickers, bags and gloves will be provided.

The Old Library Centre

The first phase of work will be starting on the roof on 27th January

and will last for 3 days. The large Community Room upstairs will be

out of use during this time, so classes are cancelled on 27th, 28th

and 29th January. Facilities downstairs will continue as normal, so

still come in for any computer use, printing and photocopying.

A new advanced Tai Chi course will be starting on the 25th February

for 4 weeks. Cost will be £25. We are also seeing if anyone is

interested in the beginners course and if there are enough numbers

we will run another beginners. If you are interested in any of these

then please contact the Old Library Centre on 01505 706070 or

email kipcokil@hotmail.com

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a fabulous

musical evening “SONGS FROM THE SHOWS” with Doh Rae Me

on Saturday 15th February. Tickets are a donation of £10 and

BYOB. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 pm start. Contact the Old

Library if you want tickets on 01505 706070 or pop in. Please

don’t delay as we are expecting this to be a sell out.

The Old Library Centre is a registered charity and is run by

volunteers. Address: 9 High Barholm, Kilbarchan. PA10 2EF. Tel:

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Following a number of vehicle thefts in Kilbarchan during

2019, I contacted Renfrewshire Council requesting

that mobile CCTV be located at Kilbarchan Cross.

Unfortunately the technical assessment that was carried

out, ruled that due to the listed building status of some

of the surrounding properties and the limitations of

the equipment, this site was not considered suitable. I

have asked that alternative sites be considered. I have

also raised the issue with Police Scotland locally regarding police

presence in the village.

Nothing could better illustrate the need for improved public

transport in our rural villages, than my experience of travelling

around ward 9 during the festive period and early weeks of the new

year, reliant on reduced bus and replacement train services,.

One stark example of the failure to have any integrated planning,

is the fact that both the Sunday hourly train and bus services,

and weekday night time bus and train services to Johnstone

from Howwood leave the village at exactly the same time.

I am optimistic that the Transport Scotland Bill which received

Royal Assent on the 15th November, will provide the opportunity

for much needed improvement giving as it does, power to local

authorities, if they so wish, to run bus services in their area. All

political parties on Renfrewshire Council have backed the call for

re-regulation, and I will be making representation to the council

to make full use of the provisions within the Bill to improve bus


As always funding to local councils to enable them to run bus

services will be the major factor in determining what is provided,

and it is incumbent on the Scottish Government to acknowledge

this in future council budget settlements.

Other aspects of the Transport Bill that will be welcomed, include the

prohibiting of parking on pavements and double parking, while the

option for councils to charge people to park at work is less welcome.

The decision in December by the Scottish Government to end the

Abellio Scotrail contract in 2022 to run train services, will provide

for consideration a number of options, including the opportunity

for a public sector bid, which would help improve rural train

services. All in all in terms of public transport the future potentially

looks brighter.

The 2020 /21 resurfacing programme for roads and pavements is

currently being compiled by Renfrewshire Council Officers.

I would welcome suggestions and recommendations on roads and

pavement priorities from Kilbarchan Howwood and Lochwinnoch

residents via the contact details below.

My surgeries are on the first Saturday of the month at 9am in the

McKillop Institute, 10am in Howwood Village Hall, 11am in the Steeple

Hall Kilbarchan, and 12.30pm in Johnstone Town Hall. Meantime

please contact me anytime at: cllr.derek.bibby@renfrewshire.gov.

uk or phone 0300 300 1274 or 07534 156007.


Messy Church

Our next Messy Church is

on Saturday 15th February

in the Church Halls, Steeple


We begin around 4pm and

finish by 6pm. Our theme

for February is ‘Listening and


Come along and join in the

fun, but do remember that

all children must have an

adult with them. There will

be crafts, games, story and

song. At the end we sit down

to enjoy time together while

sharing a meal.

Kilbarchan Parish

Church Tots’ Club

Continues every Monday from

9.15am - 11.30am in the hall, off

Steeple Square. The club will

remain open on Monday 10th,

when the school and nursery

will be closed. The cost is £1 per

adult. All tots from birth-3 years

are most welcome, along with an

accompanying adult.

Knitting Bee

We meet at the Lynnhurst Hotel

on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm.

For more information contact Fay:

07780 748430.

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Photography Exhibition

Library hours free



Bowling club 7.30pm £8/£6

Songs and Stories

in the Shop with Kirstin Innes

and Outi Smith ReMode, 39

High Street £8/£6 BYOB


Laura Telford Exhibition

Golf Club 12 to 5pm free

Hesu and Zuba

Golf Club 7.30pm £8/£6

Ragin’ Twilight

Three Churches 9pm free


Opening of Art Exhibition

Library 7pm By invitation


Christine Bovill Paris Show

McKillop 7.30pm £10/£8


Art Exhibition

Library hours free


Moira Monologues

McKillop 7.30pm £10/£8

Calder Church Production

Calder Church Donation

Billy Hampson

Corner Bar 9pm free

John Hinshelwood Band

Brown Bull 9pm free


All day Craft Fair

McKillop 11am to 4pm free

Travelling Gallery

McKillop 10am to 4pm free

Rose Room & John Goldie

McKillop 7.30pm £10/£8

Sean Middleton

Corner Bar 9pm free


Largs Gaelic Choir,

Lochwinnoch Bop Choir and


Gospel Choir

Parish Church £8/£6


Lochwinnoch Arts


6th - 29th March


Local Writers and Brian

Whittingham the Tannahill

Makar of Renfrewshire

Library 2.15pm Donation

Sing for St Vincents

Calder Church 7.30pm



Gilbert & Sullivan and

Operetta Night

Parish Church 7.30pm £8/£6


Glasgow Theatre Guild

Parish Church 7.30pm £8/£6


Witches’ Brew at ROAR

McKillop 1pm free

Drama The West Island Way

McKillop 7.30pm £7/£5


Village Live Night

Lochbarr 7.30pm free

Drama The West Island Way

McKillop 7.30pm £7/£5


All day Authors

Diarmid MacArthur McKillop

10.30am - 11.30am £6/£4

Corinne Hutton, Peter Aitchison,

Louise Turner, Rowena Murray,

Vanessa Collingridge, George

Walker, Jack Hastie, McNicol

and Jackson & Betty McKellar

A chance to meet our local

authors at this event.

McKillop 11.30am to 12.30pm

and 1.30pm to 2.30pm free

Melanie Reid McKillop 12.30pm

- 1.30pm £6/£4

Rock and Roll McKillop 7.30pm



Scone Day

McKillop 11am to 5pm



Come and Try Pottery

McKillop 10am to 4pm £5

Fiddle Workshop

McKillop 10am to 12noon £5

Accordion Workshop

McKillop 1.30pm - 3.30pm £5

Janey Godley

McKillop 7.30pm £15

All tickets available on 31st January fromThe Junction Café and

Now and Then. Online tickets only for Christine Bovill, The Rose

Room, Alan Bissett, Rock Night and Janey Godley (50 tickets

for each of these show in local ticket outlets) online www.

lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk or online at Box office Paisley Art

Centre 0300 300 1210 Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

Calling all bakers?

Sunday 29th March

McKillop Hall, Main Street, Lochwinnoch

It’s back, it’s a wee bit bigger and this time it’s fruity!

Have you got what it takes to be a world champion?

Why not enter the third

Scone-noisseur of the World Contest?

Prizes for best home, professional and under 16 bakers and best


Entry £10; £5 for students and under 16s

For more information and an entry form please contact:

David Bain, worldsconemaking@gmail.com for details

In collaboration with members of Lochwinnoch SWI

It was with incredulity and not a little anger that I saw

media reports recently in the Johnstone Gazette of the

new Metro Tram link from Paisley to Glasgow Airport

which suddenly included Renfrew as a last minute

addition in this City Deal scheme. Yet the Glasgow City

Deal Cabinet, which decides which projects are either

approved or rejected, explicitly rejected the inclusion of

an A737 upgrade for Johnstone in May 2018 following a

formal request from Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board.

My constituents across villages like Howwood, Kilbarchan, and

Lochwinnoch, which straddle the increasingly congested A737

want some answers and I am totally behind them 100%. Apparently

once City Deal projects are agreed they are set in stone and cannot

be changed or amended, that was the rationale on which my

attempt to get the City Deal Cabinet to include an A737 upgrade

last year was rejected, and that was the view of the Glasgow City

Deal Cabinet in 2018.

I want the Glasgow City Deal Cabinet to tell me why Renfrew was

included in a decisive change to a project whilst Johnstone was

rejected and to begin to treat my constituents with some respect.

I also want to know when was this decided as this has not been

sanctioned by Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board. Well done

to the people of Renfrew but the whole point of the City Deal was

it was meant to work for all of Renfrewshire, not just the City Deal

golden triangle between Paisley, Renfrew, and Glasgow Airport.

Regular readers on my column will understand that I have long

been concerned about the whole of West Renfrewshire being left

behind economically by Paisley – based administrations of various

political hues, sadly this recent proposal with the Metro Tram Link

does nothing to allay my fears.

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 on the 4th Wednesday of the month in Howwood

Village Hall at 6.30pm, then at Lochwinnoch also on the 4th

Wednesday of the month in the McKillop at 7.30pm. But I am also

always available to constituents who can call me on 07534 148224,

tweet me on CllrAndy4Ward8, facebook me on Independent Voice/

Ward9JohnstoneAndVillages, or e-mail me at cllr.andy.doig@








































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Sport NEws




Move it or Lose it!

Old Gourock and Ashton Church -

Mondays at 1.30pm

Bridge of Weir, Tuesdays at 10.30am

Greenock - Tuesdays at 1.30pm

Houston - Thursdays at 10.30am

Kilbarchan - Thursdays at 2pm

More than just a fitness class for the over

60s. Contact Fiona 07811 766672 to book.

Zumba Light

St Fillan’s Church, Kilmacolm

Mondays at 10am

All the fun and energy of Zumba but at a

lighter pace! Fabulous music, full of fun - a

fantastic class for for all levels. Contact Mo

07505 126416.

Step Class

Freeland’s Church Hall, Bridge of Weir

Tuesdays at 10am - all levels

Tuesdays at 6.10pm - beginners

Tuesday at 6.45pm - all levels

A brilliant new Reebok Step class. Lots of

fun, fab music and a fantastic workout. Why

not come along and give it a go? *Beginners

may stay on to participate in 6.45pm class

at no extra cost. Booking essential. Contact

Mo 07505 126416.


Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm

Tuesdays at 7.45pm

Entry level class suitable for all fitness

levels. Come dance yourself fit at Zumba,

no experience necessary! Contact Diane

07943 862775.

Boogie Effect with Jen

Kilmacolm Guide Hut, Woodrow Ave

Saturdays at 9.10am - 10am

A unique dance-based fitness class - a

mix of heart-pumping fun and strength/

conditioning techniques creating long,

strong and healthy bodies! All welcome.

Call Jennifer 07709 340675 or f:@


Pilates classes

St Machars Church Hall, Bridge of Weir -

Mondays at 9.30am & 10.40am Kilmacolm

Community Centre -

Mondays at 6.30pm

Tel: Yvonne 07786 224367 or yvonne@


Kilellan Halls Houston,

Monday Evenings at 6pm - 7pm/

7.20pm - 8.20pm/ 8.30pm - 9.30pm

For more information or to book a place

call Katie on 07972 474965.

Jennifer Sloan Physiotherapy

Led Pilates

Kilmacolm Community Centre,

Wednesdays at 6.15pm - 7.15pm &

7.30pm - 8.30pm

For more information or to book a class call

Jennifer 07731 303709 or email jennifermcghee@hotmail.co.uk

Fitsteps with Jennifer

Kilmacolm Guide Hut, Woodrow Ave

Mondays at 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Strictly inspired dance/fitness class that

allows you to learn the basics of ballroom

and latin style in a fun environment. All

welcome. Call Jennifer 07709 340675 or f:



Kilbarchan Athletic Club

On-X, Linwood

Mondays & Thursdays at 7pm

All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.


The Shotokan Karate Club

Woodlands Primary, Linwood

Mondays & Thursdays at 7pm-8pm/

8pm - 9pm



Johnstone Sports Complex PA5 0LD

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm

Call 07951 365166 for details.

Clyde Judo Club

Park Mains High, Tuesdays at 7pm - 9pm

Bishopton Community Centre, Fridays at

6pm - 8pm

Children and young adults from the age of

6 -18 are welcome. (www.clydejudo.org.uk)


Bridge of Weir Ladies Badminton

BoW Primary School, Warlock Road

Modays at 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Gryffe Badminton

Strathgryffe Tennis Club

Tuesdays at 8pm

Greenock Hockey Club

Inverclyde Academy, Greenock

Wednesdays at 6.30pm - 8pm

Contact Liz Baldwin 07944 607005

Birkmyre Rugby Club

Youth Rugby Section, Kilmacolm

Sundays at 11am - 1pm



Bishopton Belles Line Dancing

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Hall

Tuesdays at 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Improver class. All welcome. Call David or

Mair 07886 034037.


5-a-side Football

Powerleague Paisley Modays at 6pm

Tel: Jim on 01505 874215; or jimbretherton@


Football Training

Johnstone High School

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm - 9pm

Call Ali on 07775 578795 for details.


Kilmacolm Walkers

Birkmyre Park Pavillion, Kilmacolm

Thursdays at 10am

David 01505 874192 kilmacolmwalkers@


Lochwinnoch Community Walk

The Cross, Lochwinnoch

Mondays at 10.30am (excl. public holidays)

Bridge of Weir Walking Group

Tuesdays Outside Co-op at 10.30am

1 hour walks. Call Senga on 0141 842



Energise with Laura

Brookfield Village Hall, Mondays at

6pm – 7pm

Freeland Church, Bridge of Weir,

Wednesdays at 10am – 11am

The Carrick Centre, Houston, Thursdays

at 7pm – 8pm

Come and join us for a new type of Yoga.

Workout stretches and strengthens every

muscle in your body, improving flexibility,

durability and overall energy. First class £5.

All abilities welcome.

To book contact: energisewithlaura@

gmail.com, Tel: 07474 443505, facebook@

energisewithlaura or instagram


Bowling Club

Social Prescription Vouchers

The Annual General Meeting of

Kilmacolm Bowling Club will be

held on Tuesday 25th February

2020 at 7.30pm prompt.

Move it or Lose it! Classes are now available on Social Prescription.

Look out for your free voucher at your local Library, Post Office,

Hairdressers or Coffee Shop. The voucher will entitle you to a free

class. If you are interested in joining and don’t have a voucher then

call Fiona 07811 766672. We have classes throughout Renfrewshire

and Inverclyde and would love to meet you!

Festive Fun At Strathgryffe Mulled

Wine Tournament

Strathgryffe Tennis, Squash and Fitness Club recently held its

annual Mulled Wine Tennis Tournament. The event with over 30

players in attendance had players playing timed doubles matches

with a combination of mixed doubles, men’s doubles and ladies

doubles. There was of course plenty of time for some festive pies

and the odd tipple in between the matches!

In a tightly contested event, there were joint ladies winners in

Barbara Reid and Rebecca Cox, and in the men’s competition Cole

Watson edged out Derek Shaw by a game to take the title.

If you would like to try the facilities at Strathgryffe there are free

passes available upon request, as well as taster session evenings

in the coming weeks. For further information, call 01505 615100 or

email info@strathgryffe.net.

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Kilmacolm Golf Club

The winter weather is not putting off Renfrewshire Girls as they

continue their winter training programme this month. The next

session is scheduled to be held at Kilmacolm Golf Club on Sunday

23rd February, 10.30am to 12.30pm, and is open to all young female

golfers in the county. This next session will focus on putting, and

hopefully weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to get

out on the course too.

If improving your game was one of your new year resolutions, our

Driving Range is one of the finest in the area, suitable for beginners

and long hitters! There’s also a short game area to practice your

chipping and bunker shots.

Howwood Curling Club

For those who prefer to stay cosy indoors and watch a good movie,

our monthly film night continues in February with a showing of

Judy, on Wednesday 12th at 7.30pm. Why not make a night of it

and have supper at the club.

We’ll also be showing all of Scotland’s six nations rugby matches on

the big screen with complimentary Blackwood’s meat pies, starting

with Ireland vs Scotland on February 1st at 4.45pm, so come along

with a member and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

We also have some exciting offers for both new and existing

members where you can also play a selection of Ayrshire links

courses. For more details, visit our website or contact Rene

Kleyweg on 07582581229.

This month will see us say goodbye to our resident Professional,

Iain Nicholson. After 20 years of service, Iain is off to explore

pastures new and everyone at the Club would like to thank him for

his expertise and support over the years. Iain has been instrumental

in widening participation by taking golf into schools and through

the ‘Get Into Golf’ taster sessions over the past few years. As a

result, many new people have come to love this game. Our new

Professional, Stuart Roberts, will be joining us early March and we

will be announcing exciting new programmes to build on those

established by Iain and his team.

Keep up to speed with the latest news and events - follow us on

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KilmacolmGolf/

Gryffe Valley 10K - Entries Open

The 2020 Gryffe Valley

Rotary 10K Run will

take place on Sunday

17th May. The club is

delighted that ARNOLD

CLARK will support the

event and funds raised

by sponsored runners

will be donated to


– Scotland’s dementia

charity. Entries are now

open. The club are

especially keen to encourage teams of sponsored runners from

villages and clubs. Perhaps there could be a team from each village

in the Gryffe area this year? Register at https://entries.runabc.

co.uk/e/rotary-club-of-gryffe-valley-10k-980 .

“Get Inspired” - Come & Try curling on 4th March

You’ve seen it being played at on the TV. You can now Come &

Try it yourself. Howwood Curling Club are always looking for new

members to join our friendly curling club which meets at Greenacres,

near Howwood. It is a great way to keep fit and socialise with

people in a friendly atmosphere. Current club members come from

Renfrewshire, Glasgow and North Ayrshire. We are now looking for

new players to play for the 2020/21 season.

We have organised a Come & Try session on Wednesday 4th March

at 8.30pm at Greenacres Curling Club. Anyone who is interested

is welcome to come along and try out curling. No experience is

necessary. Everyone is welcome, whatever your age or ability. We

will provide a qualified coach to give you the tuition you need to

try out curling. You will also meet with our club members and get

to play. If you continue to be interested following the Come & Try,

we will invite you to our closing bonspiel for the 2019/20 season

on the 1st April.

All the equipment you need will be provided. The cost on the night

for ice is £6pp.

Please contact Lachie Carmichael if you wish to attend:

Email: lachiedcarmichael@hotmail.com or phone: 01294 823643



Next deadline - Wednesday 12th February

Houston United 2010’s. Medal

Ceremony Day.

Houston United 2010’s recently celebrated their end of season

medal ceremony for their 2019 season. The fun filled day held in the

function room at the RIVER INN RESTAURANT brought together

over 150 people connected with the team, including players,

coaches, parents and the teams very own proud sponsor ALVIC

SLIDING WARDROBES. The day kicked off with a magic show for

the Players and their siblings, followed by a buffet lunch. Medals

were handed out with team photos following. The day was finished

off with fun activities including a design your own strip competition

and a create a new training drill competition. A raffle held by some

parents also raised over £450 for the team. Huge thank you to all


Last season saw

the team grow to

34 players and 10

coaches. All of

whom give up their

Wednesday and

Friday evenings

to attend training.

They also attend

weekend matches.

An amazing

commitment from

players. parents

and coaches alike.

Last season’s

team success was

accompanied by the

fantastic news that

our very own Alfie



signed pro

youth with

St Mirren

Thompson signed

pro youth with St

Mirren. He will be

greatly missed but his team and the club wish him all the best on

his new adventure. Good luck Alfie.

If you have a boy or girl at any age who is interested in football

please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/

houstonunitedfc/ or Webpage https://www.houstonunitedfc.com/

for contact details.

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Ranfurly Castle Golf

The Club has started 2020 with one or two social Golf events -

despite the very poor weather. The Shotgun Trophy was the first

silverware of 2020, being played on 2nd January and it was won

by Brian Glover and partner Martin McGoldrick. The teams had

to battle terrible weather but the pie, beans and chips at the end

made it worth the effort!

On 3rd January a large group of Ladies met for Breakfast, a catch

up and some golf. Luckily the weather was dry and 4 teams of 3

ventured out for the first golf of 2020, a good way to get rid of

some of the excesses of the holiday period!

Sunday 12th January was the

Captains Drive In and, this year,

the Club has welcomed the

first ever Lady Captain of the

Club. Mrs Eunice Muir received

a very warm welcome from

the gathered membership

when past Captain David

Stewart presented her with

the Captain’s Badge of Office.

Eunice said what an honour it

was for her to accept this office

before introducing her Vice

Captain Mr Brian McLaughlin.

Following this ceremony the gathered members then witnessed

Mrs Jan Macnab, Ladies Captain, join Eunice with a ceremonial

drive up the first fairway, followed by Brian. All drives were very

respectable despite the pressure they were under from the crowd!

28 members then played in the Captains ‘Drive In’ Quaich over 9

holes. Conditions were amazing with clear blue skies and no rain

- quite unexpected after the gales and almost 36 hours of rain we

had just endured. The score line was very close but the winner,

with 24 stableford points, was Joy McLeod.

The Club Burns supper will take place on Sat 8th February. This is

always a very popular evening and this year features Ross McLelland

from Paisley Burns Club delivering the Immortal Memory. The

club’s own Alan Gordon will also be performing one of Burns well

know poems, a performance not to be missed.

The Ladies Section will be holding the Annual Bridge afternoon

on Wed 26th February. Anyone wishing to book a table will be

very welcome and should contact Vicky Rennie at bertrennie@


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Could You Be A Puppy Parent Trainer?

Newly recruited Puppy Trainer,

Jill Stewart, is looking for puppy

parents in Scotland to provide the

charity Canine Partners puppies

with the love, care and skills they

need to get ready for the next

stage of their training.

“Puppy parents play such a

highly important and vital role

in the journey of our amazing

dogs becoming Canine Partners

assistance dogs,” says Jill, Scotland

Satellite Coordinator for Canine


“It is an extremely rewarding

opportunity as you know you are

doing something to help change

someone’s life and that you have

played an important part in that journey.”

Canine Partners trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the

lives of people with disabilities, boosting their confidence and


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 emergency.

Puppies-in-training live in the volunteer’s home from around eightweeks-old

until they are ready to start advanced training when they

are between 12 and 14 months, at the Southern Training Centre near

Midhurst or the Midlands Training Centre in Leicestershire.

To become a puppy parent in one of Canine Partners’ 13 puppy

satellites across the UK including Scotland, you need to be aged 18

or over, work less than full-time and be willing to make a long term

commitment of at least 14 months.

To find out more about becoming a puppy parent for Canine

Partners, please visit caninepartners.org.uk/puppy-parents/, call

08456 580 480 or email puppyoffice@caninepartners.org.uk

Trouble in the Litter Tray (Part 2)

Last month we looked at predisposing factors and causes of

feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), a condition causing

inflammation of the bladder and lower urinary tract in cats.

In cases of FLUTD it is important to investigate the underlying cause

of the condition so that appropriate treatment can be instituted.

Possible diagnostic tests include:

• Urine sample to check for blood, inflammatory cells, protein

levels, pH (acidity) and concentration. Urine sediment can also be

checked under the microscope for the presence of urinary crystals.

• Urine culture to check for the presence of bacteria.

• X-rays to check for bladder stones.

• Ultrasound to check for bladder stones and to examine the lining

of the bladder for masses.

• Blood sample to check for underlying diseases.

In up to 60% of cases no underlying cause is found and these cases

are referred to as feline idiopathic cystitis.

Treatment depends on the underlying cause. In cases of idiopathic

cystitis where no cause is found treatment is aimed at reducing the

risk factors discussed previously.

Possible treatments include:


• To relieve obstruction of the

urethra when present

• To remove bladder stones


• Antibiotics to control


• Pain relief/anti-inflammatories

• Medications to reduce stress

• Anti-spasmodic drugs

Diet change

• To dissolve crystals/stones and

prevent more from forming

• To produce more dilute urine

• To reduce obesity

Environmental changes

• Increasing the number of litter


• Offering more options in litter

tray location, type of tray and

type of litter

• Increasing exercise

• Modifying environment to

reduce stress e.g. Hiding holes,

access to heights, provision of

escape/“bolt holes”

Increasing water intake

• Add water to food

• Place water in several


• Change water regularly

• Experiment with different

types of container and


• Offering filtered or bottled

spring water

• Water fountain for running


Many cats with FLUTD have recurrent problems but diagnosing

the cause correctly and instituting appropriate treatment and

management can greatly reduce the frequency and severity of

episodes, leading to a much happier cat.


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School NEws




Lochwinnoch Baby &


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


Howwood Parish Church

10am - 12noon

Kilbarchan Parish Church

Tots’ Club

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall

9.15am - 11.30am


Kilbarchan Tots

Kilbarchan Scout Hall 10am-12noon

£2 contribution. Tea, coffee & biscuits.

Bridge of Weir Toddlers

Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, BoW

9.30am - 11.30am

Kilmacolm Playgroup

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm

9.30am - 11.30am

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall 9.45am -



Kilmacolm Toddlers

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm

10am - 11.30am

For children from birth to 3 years.

Lochwinnoch Baby &


McKillop Hall

9.45am - 11.30am

£2/family fee incl tea and children’s


Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall

9.45am - 11.35am


Houston Toddlers

Church Hall, Main Street, Houston

9.30am - 11.30am

Kilmacolm Playgroup

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm

9.30am - 11.30am

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall

9.45am - 11.35am


Langbank Playgroup

Langbank Village Hall

9.45am - 11.45am

For 2.5 - 5yr olds. Contact: Lisa

McFadden 07940 313094.

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


St Columba’s Junior School,

Knockbuckle Road, Kilmacolm

9.30 - 10am


Renfrewshire Inverclyde

Twins Club

McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch

1pm -2.30pm

£3. Bring a mug along for a cuppa.



Houston Toddlers

We are now back in the swing

of things on a Thursday

morning catching up with our

friends. Santa came to visit us

at our party and we all had a

great time. On Thursday 13th

February we will be making

Valentine cards come along and

join us. We meet in the West

Halls on Thursday mornings at

9.30am until 11.30am you will

be made most welcome. Please

bring you own cup (preferably

with a lid) and a cup for the


Abbey Nursery

Welcome to lovely February - the shortest month of the year and

not long before we can look forward to the happy smiley Spring


All our clever and

talented four year

olds have now signed

up for their chosen

primary school and our

Transition Programme

is in full swing with

lots of activities and

visits planned between

the nursery and local

schools to ensure the

children are getting

excited about this

next step. This next

phase of their early

year’s education will

be a strong focus on

enhanced numeracy and literacy skills and to start this we will be

exploring the author Emily Gravett who has produced beautiful

stories and illustrations including Storm; Wolves, Orange Pear

Apple Bear, Go Fishing and Tidy; all of which are bound to inspire

the children’s own imagination.

At the other end of the age group our Little Ladybirds are colour

matching and sorting with Snowmen and are getting very good at

their colours whilst the Busy Bunnies have been visiting the local

chemist to find out what they sell and how they help people with


Across the nursery there is still lots of outdoor play, despite the wet

weather, and the new water wheel is getting lots of attention. We

have also been busy collecting money from our recent Welly Waddle

in January with

all the playrooms

taking part in this

fun event to raise

money for the

Scottish Cot Death

Trust. Alongside

the ‘waddling’ the

children went on a

bear hunt; had fun

splashing in the

‘muddie puddles’,

did some footprint

painting and tried

to beat each other

by throwing wellies

the furthest. Thank

you to all parents

to helped with

this fundraising

and we will let you

know the final total


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Gryffe High News

S4 Modern Studies visit the Scottish Parliament

On 14th January, 36 S4 Modern Studies pupils went on a trip to

the Scottish Parliament. Due to good traffic, we managed to have

a look at the exhibition in the main foyer and have a look in the

Chamber before MSP’s started their afternoon session. This allowed

the pupils an opportunity to ask questions about the layout and

what they might see later.

Pupils engaged in a session with the Education Service and were

tested on their knowledge of Scottish Parliament powers as well

as the makeup of the Parliament. They then had the opportunity

to question their constituency MSP, Derek MacKay (SNP) and two

regional MSPs - Neil Bibby (Labour) and Ross Greer (Scottish

Greens). Pupils asked questions about Brexit, planning, tackling

climate change and tackling poverty.

After this session, pupils returned to the Chamber to watch the

start of a debate on ‘Improving the Lives of Gypsy/Travellers’. Due

to the nature of the topic discussed, the pupils were able to see

that political parties can and do work together, but that there is

sometimes friction too!

Mrs S. Jardine – Teacher of Modern Studies

Advanced Higher Chemists visit University of Strathclyde

The Advanced Higher Chemistry class visited the University of

Strathclyde Chemistry department, where they worked with 3rd

year Undergraduate Masters students as part of the university’s

Chemistry Clinic.

The purpose of this visit was to analyse samples they had

previously prepared through practical work in class. Pupils were

given a demonstration of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Spectroscopy facility, where their samples will be analysed by

university staff, and had the opportunity to use the Infra-Red

(IR) Spectrometer to analyse their own samples. Pupils will then

interpret these results and the information gathered from both

techniques will then be used for the formal write-up of their project

which contributes 25% of the overall course award.

In addition to this, the pupils were shown aspects of the university

facilities including lecture theatres and laboratories and had the

opportunity to speak to the students about their university studies.

Overall, the pupils found it to be a very informative and beneficial


Bridge of Weir Primary

Fairtrade February in the School - written by the News Team –

Rhys, Daisy, Anya and Alexander (shown in picture)

Bridge of Weir Primary School is very supportive of charities. This

month we are supporting Fairtrade, by selling Divine chocolate

bars to the pupils and staff for £1. They’ll be sold for a week, and

the money raised will be sent to support the charity. You can

help too. When you go to buy chocolate, buy a bar that has the

Fairtrade symbol on it. The money goes to help farmers around

the world. Lots of other food is also in the fairtrade scheme,

including bananas, honey, coffee and oranges. There are also lots

of products that aren’t food, like soaps, clothes, jewellery, lipsticks

and even footballs!

But what is Fairtrade? It’s about better prices, decent working

conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers

and workers all around the world. A Fairtrade symbol means the

making of that product involved fair wages.

We celebrate Fairtrade every February, and even have a song:

When you’re out for shopping, need to think a bit,

Don’t just buy the first thing that you see.

Take a look around and when you see the sign,

It all fits together perfectly!

Buy Fairtrade, buy Fairtrade, just do it!

Na na na na na na na!

Buy Fairtrade, buy Fairtrade, just do it!

Na na na na na na na!

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 will run from Monday 24th February to

Sunday 8th March.

Another important date for our school is Wednesday 19th

February when we are throwing the doors open for our ‘After the

Bell’ event. It’s an opportunity for family and friends to come and

see what school is like in 2020. Staff will be showing off many

of the wonderful things we do in our school. There will also be a

special visit from the Glasgow Science Centre who will be running

workshops to test our science knowledge. Please put the date in

your diary.

News Team – Rhys, Daisy, Anya and Alexander



Next deadline - Wednesday 12th fEBRUARY

Kilmacolm Playgroup

What a lovely start back to Playgroup with our new children settling

in well. We started the term back looking at Winter with lots of fun

wintry crafts, sensory play was lots of fun with our fake snow, the

children loved making it snow on the animals on our tuff table and

making mini snowballs to throw.

Number week

saw us learning

all about

counting and


n u m b e r s

through fun

play with our

shop and our

water table

playing a game

of hook the

duck to find

out who had

the highest

number. What

clever children

we have at


Its never too early to get your child’s name down for playgroup to

ensure they can start at 2 years and 4 months. Email us for more


Playgroup is open to all children from 2 years 4months and

operates on a Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am.

Spaces available, please email: playgroupmembership@gmail.com

for further information.

Are you a new parent, or new to our village or surrounding villages,

our baby & toddler group is open as a drop in session every

Wednesday morning from 10am - 11.30am. Pop in for a hot drink

and cake while your child enjoys a play, a healthy snack is also

provided for children. A great chance to meet new friends and find

out all about our fabulous group. Open to all parents, carers and


The first Wednesday of every month within the toddler group is

our brand new BBB (babies, bumps and boobs) group. This is a

group for all new parents, expectant mums to attend. Each month

we have breast feeding coordinators and other useful information


For more information on any of our groups have a look at our

new website on www.kilmacolm-playgroup.com or find us on our

Facebook for latest information.

A leap year is a year with 366 days, instead

of the usual 365. They’re necessary because

the actual length of a year is 365.242 days,

not 365 days, as commonly stated. This

extra day is added as February 29th.

However, there’s an exception to this

involving century years. Adding an extra day every 4 years results

in about 3 extra days accumulating throughout 400 years. For this

reason, only 1 out of every 4 century years is considered a leap year.

1700, 1800, 1900 were not leap years, and 2100 will not be a leap

year either, but 1600 and 2000 were because those year numbers

were evenly divisible by 400.

Julius Caesar was behind the origin of leap year in 45 BC. The

early Romans had a 355-day calendar and created a 22 or 23 day

month every second year to keep festivals occurring around the

same season each year. He decided to simplify things and added

days to different months of the year to create the 365-day calendar

(calculations made by Caesar’s astronomer, Sosigenes). Every

fourth year following the 28th day of Februarius one day was to be

added, making it a leap year.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII further refined the calendar with the rule

that leap day would occur in any year divisible by 4.

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Duchal Nursery

We’ve had a great start to the year discovering Australia in our latest

topic. There have been boomerangs, didgeridoos and kangaroos

appearing around the nursery as we learn about life “down under”

some rock art and “Ozzie biccies” have also made it home with our

creative children.

We will be continuing our World travels when we celebrate Chinese

New Year welcoming the Year of the Rat, as well as celebrating our

own bard with a Burns Day party for the children in nursery, as a

warm up for the parents Burns Supper being held on 31st January.

FREE TASTER SESSIONS - making that big step to nursery school

can be challenging for some children and making the decision on

which pre school to choose for their child difficult for parents.

Duchal, the only specialist nursery in the area, offers a small caring

environment to ensure the children flourish during their time

before primary school. We are offering parents a free morning

taster session so you can experience Duchal first hand to make the

decision easier.

Please get in touch via email: info@duchal.com or call us on

01505 874358 to arrange a morning that is convenient for you

and your child to

come along to try

out our nursery.

Meanwhile follow

us on Facebook to

keep up to speed

with the latest news

and events and visit

our website: www.

duchal.com for

more information

about our nursery.


We are collecting

paper for recycling

in our new red bin

outside the nursery,

please bag up your

paper and add it to

our collection when

you are passing!

Houston Primary

Living Streets

I’m delighted to announce that Houston Primary School has

received an award from Living Streets and WOW for making

it into the top ten ‘Walk of Fame’ in the latest edition of Living

Streets. Strider their mascot, made a special visit to the P1 - 3

Assembly to award the school with its trophy. Living Streets

is part of a UK charity which has a mission to achieve a better

walking environment and to inspire people to walk more. We

would like to thank our parents and carers who have supported

their child with this initiative.

St. Vincent’s Hospice

This year we continue to support the St. Vincent’s Hospice Stamp

Appeal. Please send in your stamps to the school office. Thank

you in advance for your support.

On 13th December our pupils put on their Christmas jumpers

to raise very much needed funds for the hospice which has

supported so many of members of the community. We raised a

grand total of £360. Thanks to all who contributed.

Corseford Partnership Project

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Kilbarchan Primary School

Last term at Kilbarchan Primary School saw the introduction of

our whole school committees, which were set up to make sure

that every pupil was part of a team, working hard to bring about

positive changes. The journalists from our Infant Media Committee

interviewed the pupils to find out more.

Media Committees

The Infant Group will write

for the Gryffe Advertiser

while the Upper Group will

write our monthly school


Eco Committees

The Infant Group are in the

process of creating a Litter

Picking Rota whilst the

Upper Group create a Travel

Plan for the school. We also

hope to achieve the Cycle

Friendly School Award.

Playground Committees

The committees are organising our new playground games and

equipment and will create a timetable to make sure everyone has

a fair chance to play.

Digital Leaders

Both Infant and Upper Groups will work to promote internet safety

across the school. The pupils in these groups are working towards

achieving the Digital Schools Award.

Fairtrade Committee

This Group will be promoting Fairtrade fortnight, making sure

everyone within our school community is aware of why this is so

important and making links with partners who can help us.

Rights Respecting Schools Committee

This Group will be working through our Rights Respecting Schools

Award, looking at ways to make sure this is part of our curriculum

and sharing this with our families and partners.

Health and Wellbeing Committees

The Infant Group met with Strider and are now responsible for

the Walk to School Challenge. The Upper Group link with Active

Schools to plan the clubs we offer. They will focus on employability

and leadership skills across the school.

Pupil Councils

Our Infant Council will be working with the Community and

Renfrewshire Councils to help improve Kilbarchan Play Park. The

Upper Council provided feedback on the recent catchment review

and will collate results from pupil questionnaires and focus groups.

Pupils from Houston Primary went along to support the young

people who attend Corseford School with their Christmas

concert. Ms Bufton asked our pupils to help create a festive

atmosphere by singing Christmas carols as part of the concert,

supported by Houston parent, Catriona Connelly who played the

piano. Our pupils even managed to use some Makaton to aid

communication, which really impressed Corseford staff.

We had such a great experience we are hoping to go back at

Easter time, for another joint performance.

Carols in the Crescent

A huge thank you to our pupils and parents who came out to

support this wonderful community event. It was a very wet

evening, but spirits were

not dampened, as our

pupils sang a selection of

Christmas carols. Special

thanks to Miss McCafferty,

Mrs Neilson, Mrs Farquhar

and Mrs Hey who run the

junior and senior choirs,

sharing their musical talents

throughout the school year.

BAE Systems Set For Record-breaking

Apprentice Intake

BAE Systems plans to recruit more than 800 apprentices in

the UK in 2020 – the highest number ever recruited.

The new recruits

will join one of

more than 25



across the


Air, Maritime,

Land and

Cyber divisions,

benefitting from

tailored schemes

that combine


qualifications with on-the-job training.

The majority of the new apprentices will join either the Air or

Maritime sectors where they will work on some of the most exciting

and nationally important programmes in the UK. This includes

developing future combat air technologies for the Royal Air Force

and working on the Dreadnought programme – a new generation

of submarine for the Royal Navy that will replace the current

Vanguard class.

Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive, BAE Systems, said: “Our

apprentices are the lifeblood of our business. I’m incredibly proud

of the significant contribution they make to the design and delivery

of our most complex products, equipment and services, helping

to ensure BAE Systems remains at the forefront of technology

and innovation and safeguard our national security for decades to


“As technology and our workplace evolves, it’s critical that we

continue to invest in training the next generation of engineers and

leaders. By working alongside industry peers, government and

the education sector, we can ensure we are ready to respond to

complex challenges of the future.”

Khadijah Ismail, an Engineering Degree Apprentice in BAE

Systems’ Air sector, said: “There are many benefits to undertaking

an apprenticeship, from gaining years of credible, on-the-job

engineering experience, to some that are more personal. For

example, helping me to more confidently offer my views in the


“Most significantly, my apprenticeship has allowed me to work

alongside and learn from senior engineers and leaders from across

our business. The opportunity I have to interact with different

people and the exposure I have to a wide range of experiences

is undoubtedly helping my development and shaping my future

career prospects.”

BAE Systems invested more than £100m in education, skills and

early careers activities in the UK in 2018 and has around 2,000

apprentices in training across its UK businesses at any given time,

with around 95 per cent securing permanent roles.

The Company currently employs more than 34,000 people in the

UK and is one of the country’s largest employers of engineers,

with around 66 per cent of its staff employed in engineering or

engineering-related roles.

The apprenticeship recruitment window is open now and will run

until 28th February 2020. To apply or to find out more about the

exciting opportunities on offer at BAE Systems, visit: https://www.





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St Columba’s School

St Columba’s School Announces Phenomenal National Successes

Music is an important aspect of life at St Columba’s and we take

and create as many opportunities as possible to allow our pupils

to showcase their ability and hone their performance skills. Music

is for sharing!

We are delighted to announce that two pupils, Callum H (SII) and

Emily B (SII) have both successfully auditioned for the National

Children’s Orchestra (NCO) of Great Britain. As members of the

12 and Under Orchestra last year, we are delighted that Emily is

returning for a second year, this time for the 13 and Under Orchestra,

with Callum joining her for the first time.

For those of you who attended our Musical Celebration in

December, our singers are also justly rewarded for their talent.

The National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) Girls’ Choir is led

by world renowned conductor Christopher Bell and is a choir

for ambitious singers aged 12 - 17 who show vocal and musical

potential. Lucy C (SIII), Hannah M (SIV), Cara EM (SIV) and Emily B

(SII) are four St Columba’s pupils who can be counted as members

of this prestigious choir, where they perform with other girls to

the very highest standard, receive expert vocal tuition and develop

musicianship skills.

In addition, Cara EM (SIV) has also been selected to sing with the

National Youth Choir of Scotland Main Training Choir for pupils

aged 16 - 25. This is an outstanding achievement for Cara as this

choir is one of the leading choirs in the UK.

There is even more orchestral success for a number of pupils who

auditioned for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. This

prestigious orchestra provides a complete orchestral experience

for its students aged between 8 and 25 through its pathway

of orchestras, jazz bands, training ensembles and outreach

programmes. For over 40 years, the National Youth Orchestra of

Scotland has nurtured the exceptional talents of Scotland’s most

promising young musicians and we are delighted that four of our

pupils successfully auditioned this year:

Isla M (SVI) – Senior Orchestra – Clarinet (reserve)

Sasha C (SII) – Junior Orchestra - Clarinet

Callum H (SII) – Junior Orchestra – Bassoon

Emily B (SII) – Junior Orchestra – Clarinet

The West of Scotland Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and Concert

Band provide professional training and performance opportunities

to talented musicians from schools throughout central and west

Scotland. A highly entertaining and challenging programme of

music is selected each year, allowing for solo opportunities and

showcasing emerging and established Scottish composers. We

are very pleased to announce that the following pupils are now


Isla M (SVI) – Clarinet

Anjali R (SIII) – Flute,

Emily P (SVI) – Flute,

Sasha C (SII) – Clarinet

Callum H (SII) – Bassoon

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Bookbug Sessions 2020

What are they?

Free, friendly, fun sessions of songs, rhymes and stories for babies,

toddlers, preschoolers and their families and carers to enjoy

together. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and has been

designed to support children’s development while having fun.

They take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great

opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one, and

meet other families.

Where and when?

Sessions are drop in, so just come along. See our list below to find

your nearest venue.

• Bishopton Library: Every Thursday, 10am and 11am

• Bridge of Weir Library: Every second Thursday, 10am-10.30am

• Erskine Library: Every Monday, 9.45am-10.15am (babies and

children up to 15 months) and 10.45am-11.15am (children from

15months to 4 years)

• Ferguslie Library: Every Wednesday, 10.15am

• Foxbar Library: Every Tuesday, 10.30-11am

• Glenburn Library: Every Tuesday & Friday, 10.30-11am

• Johnstone Library: Every Wednesday, 9.15am (toddler group),

10am (toddler group ), 10.50am (baby group), 11.20am (baby

group). Also every Friday, 10am-10.30am and every Saturday,


• Linwood Library: Every Thursday, 2pm-2.30pm and every

Saturday, 10.30-11am

• Lochwinnoch Library: Every Tuesday, 9.30am

• Paisley Central Library: Every Monday, 10.15am-10.45am (baby

group from birth to 18 months) and 11.15am-11.45am (toddler

group from ages 18 months to 4 years). Also every Wednesday

(Gaelic Bookbug session. This is open to non-Gaelic speaking

families, and all are welcome to come along and enjoy),


• Ralston Library: Every Wednesday, 2pm-2.30pm

• Renfrew Library: Every Tuesday, 9.45am-10.15am, 10.25am-

10.55am and 11.05am-11.35am

For safety and comfort, numbers for Renfrew Library Bookbug

sessions are limited. Please sign in with staff upon arrival. Signing

in for the first session will begin at 9.30am. If a session is full,

you will be able to register for a later one. Please arrive early to

avoid disappointment. Please follow staff instructions for the safe

storage of prams and buggies within the library.

About Bookbug

Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s national Early Years programme.

A national charity, Scottish Book Trust delivers the Bookbug

programme locally by working in partnership with local library and

education services and third sector organisations.

To support local delivery of the Bookbug programme, Scottish

Book Trust provides its partners with training, advice and Bookbug

bags of books.

For more information about Bookbug, including resources, research,

advice and tips visit: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/bookbug


Got any school news? Please send your news in to info@advertizer.

co.uk. Pictures are welcome but we do ask that they be at least

1MB in size, .jpg files, and no smaller than 5cm in width or height.

If you have group images we like them to be even bigger so that

faces are visible! This is all to ensure that pictures are printed clearly

and not blurry or pixelated!

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Erskine Bridge Bearing Replacement

As part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road management

programme, Scotland TranServ is replacing the bridge bearings at

the South Abutment of Erskine Bridge. Scotland TranServ will be

assisted by supply chain partners, the Spencer Group and COWI.

Works will take place over four weekends, starting at the end of


The bearings are original features, and have been in place since the

completion of the bridge in 1971. They are now reaching the end of

their maintainable life and in need of replacement.

Peter McCann, Scotland TranServ’s Major Bridges Manager

said: “Scotland TranServ has consulted widely in the programming of these essential works,

consulting the local authority, emergency services, community groups and other key

stakeholders, seeking their input in the careful and considered planning of the works.

In order to deliver this programme of work as quickly and safely as possible, with minimal

disruption to commuters and business, Scotland TranServ is implementing a staggered traffic

management approach, in order to minimise bridge closures to 4 hours, from midnight each

Friday until 4am early on the Saturday morning. It will however be necessary to operate under a

single lane at other times across the weekend. Lane management is currently identified as such:

· Friday 8pm to midnight – single lane open

in both directions

· Friday midnight to Saturday 4am –

Erskine Bridge closed to all traffic, except

emergency service vehicles

· Saturday 4am to Monday 6am – single

lane open both directions

· All lanes open to traffic from Monday


The implementation of single lane traffic

management will be necessary across each

weekend to allow the bedding grout beneath

the new bearings enough time to sufficiently


The weekend works programme will therefore

be as follows:

· 8pm Friday 31st January to 6am

Monday 3rd February – Trial jack and


· 8pm Friday 7th to 6am Monday

10th February – South East bearing


· 8pm Friday 14th to 6am Monday

17th February – South West bearing


· 8pm Friday 21st to 6am Monday 24th

February – Contingency weekend

During the periods of overnight closure,

diversions will be implemented. At other

times during the weekend it is expected

that lane management will cause significant


Bluetooth monitoring will be in place to

directly report on traffic flows. Special

arrangements are being made for emergency

service vehicles. However, no additional

arrangements will be made for windfarm


The works programme is subject to weather

conditions. Additional measures will be taken

to ensure the atmospheric temperatures

immediately surrounding the bearings are

sufficient to allow the grout to properly

harden during this time.

Drivers are advised to allow plenty of

extra time for their journeys during these

weekends. Live trunk road information

can be found at trafficscotland.org or by

following @trafficscotland on Twitter. An

overnight diversion map and additional

information will be available on the Scotland

TranServ website nearer the start of the

proposed project.

Across South West Scotland, Scotland

TranServ is delivering an essential programme

of work to improve the region’s trunk

road infrastructure on behalf of Transport

Scotland, supporting the economic growth

and development of our local communities.



Planned Roadworks -


Road Closure: Hall Road, Lochwinnoch,

from A737 to Belltrees Road

The closure will be in place between

Monday 3rd February till Friday 7th


This is to allow for the installation of a

crash barrier.

Diversion: A737, Wattieston Road, Belltrees

Road or Vice Versa.


How to report potholes

It’s the duty of your local council to

fix potholes on neighbourhood roads.

Here’s some advice from the AA on how

to go about reporting one:

Make a note of the specific location of

the pothole, i.e. not just the name of

the road, but how far up it is based on a

house number, or a nearby landmark.

Find contact details for your local

council. You can go straight to their

website, or pop the relevant postcode

into the government’s ‘Report a Pothole’


Add the details. Some councils have

interactive maps, where you can drop a

pin to locate the pothole. Others have a

contact form asking for more details.

There are also independent websites that

create user-generated maps of potholes.

So, if you’re feeling generous, you might

want to give your fellow drivers a headsup.

They may not always be up-to-date

though, so you shouldn’t rely on them in

place of official channels.

If you’ve already experienced damage to

your car, you can claim from your council

for pothole damage.

You’ll need to collect evidence to apply

for compensation. The defect in the road

also needs to be a certain size to count

as a pothole. This varies from council to

council, but a depth of more than 40mm

(about the size of two pound coins)

and a width similar to a dinner plate, is

usually the minimum.

It also depends on how busy or critical

the road is - a pothole on a quiet road

might need to be quite noticeable,

before it gets repaired. If you feel the

council have neglected their duty to

keep roads safe, you have the right to

make a pothole claim.



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What’s on




Monte Carlo Rally - UK Start

George Square, Glasgow

2020 sees the 23nd edition of the Historique

event and the 5th edition of the Classique

event. Both events which are staged by the

Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) and

take place entirely on open public roads,

and will start from Glasgow.


Film Night - The King and I

The Old Kirk, 40 High Street,


7pm for 7.30pm

Free entry and the offer of a glass of wine.

Donation if desired to support the creation

of a Pilgrim Pathway in Kilmacolm.


St Machar’s Ranfurly Church

Terrace Lunch

St Machar’s Church, Kilbarchan

Road, Bridge of Weir


Open to all, come along for some nice

food and a chat. Home made soup, rolls,

sandwiches, tea/coffee and biscuit. Carers

and tots welcome too, high chairs available.

Little ones go free. £4



Annual Winter Warmer


West Halls, Main Street, Houston

PA6 7EL (next to Carrick Centre

and Village Hall)

12noon to 2pm

1st Houston Girls Brigade would like to

invite you to their Annual Winter Warmer

fundraiser. Take the winter chill away

with a toastie with a cup of tea or coffee.

Tickets will be available after the New

Year. £2.50.


Acoustic Music Night

The River Inn, Houston Road,

Houston, 8pm to 10pm

With local musicians Scowlin’ Wolf. Special

guest Houston singer guitarist Kyle Wilson

If you are interested in playing contact Rab

on 07415 119754.

Snowdrop Walks

Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank


Join the rangers for an informative 40

minute walk around our Paradise and

Burnside paths, learning all about the

Snowdrops carpeting the undergrowth and

getting a chance to take some spectacular



Kilbarchan Parish Church

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall,

Steeple Street

1.30pm to 3pm

Pop in for a “cuppa” and a chat! All



Walk Through Fire for your

Local Hospice

St Vincent’s Hospice, Midton Road,



St. Vincent’s Hospice are bringing back

their hottest fundraising event of the

year - sign up and face your fears, for this

exciting challenge to support St. Vincent’s.

For more information, contact: Info@svh.

co.uk or visit the hospice website: www.

svh.co.uk £25

Talk with a solicitor for free!

St Vincent’s Hospice, Midton Road,


11am to 1.30pm

St. Vincent’s Hospice is offering a friendly,

legal advice service completely free of

charge to any adult in Renfrewshire thanks

to the voluntary support of local solicitors.

The service provides an introduction

to confidential professional advice and

information to help you plan for the future,

such as writing your will and arranging

Powers of Attorney. Booking is essential.

Please contact June Burgess, Legacy

Officer at St. Vincent’s Hospice on 01505

705 635 or email: june.burgess@svh.co.uk



Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm

2pm to 4pm

Words and Music - a special Quiz, devised

by Eileen Green


West Ren Annual Concert


Johnstone Town Hall, Johnstone


Presenting their Annual Variety Concert

entitled “Rising Tides and Switching Sides”.

Curtain up at 7:30pm. All welcome.


Kilbarchan Show Whist Drive

Kilbarchan Guide Centre, Barn

Green, Kilbarchan

7:30pm to 10pm

The event will be catered - with a brilliant

spread of sandwiches, sausage rolls,

cakes and tea & coffee. So bring along

your friends, mother, father, partner and

granny & co and grab a seat, and have a

good old natter.

Paisley Philosophical Institution Talks

For over 200 years Paisley Philosophical Institution has attracted

renowned speakers on a diverse range of subjects covering every

aspect of life, art, history, travel and music. Talks usually last no

more than 45 minutes followed by adequate time for questions

from the audience

Meetings are held in an informal, friendly atmosphere and are open

to all members of the public. Non-members can attend initially on

a “pay as you go basis”.

Today the Institution continues to be a Club to delight, inform,

amuse in addition to providing a venue for those who are merely

curious about life in general.

All meetings will take place in the University of the West of Scotland,

High Street, Paisley. Meetings start at 7.30pm.

Membership for the season is £15, £10 for students. We invite

guests to come along to individual meetings, and request that a

donation be made - suggested amount £3.

Upcoming Dates:

13th February: Prof. Fiona Henriquez - Protecting the world’s 125

million contact lens users by discovering a treatment for devastating

eye condition, Acanthamoeba keratitis.

27th February: Brian Hannan - Paisley at the Pictures 1950.

12th March: Ruth Aitken, Creative Learning Worker, Paisley Museum

- John Byrne and the Slab Boys.

26th March: Prof. Andrew Hurthouse, UWS - “Developing

Environmental Science Research through a collaborative and

interdisciplinary culture: Tall tales from a “lopsided” Geochemist”

Find out more at http://paisleyphilosophicalinstitution.blogspot.


Get Your Dancing Shoes On

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.

Tel: Bill Alexander 01475 522043 or Archie Adams 01475 649008.

Fundraising Race Night

1st Bridge Of Weir Scout Group

Saturday 28th March from 7.30pm, Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Crescent,

Bridge of Weir. Tickets - £5 Inc. Buffet. You are welcome to sponsor

(in advance): Race for £25 | Horse or Jockey for £5

Prizes to be won. Spaces are limited. Please contact your Section

Leader or Teresa McQuarrie on 07444 886 154 for tickets/sponsor.


1st SAT

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 10am - 2pm

1st & 3rd SUN Loch Lomond Shores 10am - 3pm Tel: 07977 179 861

2nd SAT & last SAT Paisley Cross 10am - 2pm Tel: 01655 770217

2nd SUN

Kip Marina, Inverkip 11am - 4pm www.kipmarina.co.uk

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Love bugs (and other wildlife)

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

Explore our woodland trail and find out how

different types of animals try to attract a

mate. Collect the ‘love letters’ along the

way then un-jumble them at the end to

make a creature that we at the RSPB love!

Simply pop into the visitor centre any time,

where the friendly staff will get you started

then walk our woodland trail and discover

some of our wildlife looking for love!! Child

Member £2.50; Child Non-Member £4.

Contact us on 01505 842663 or E-mail:



Guided Wildlife Walks

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch


If you would be interested in joining our

warden for a stroll around the reserve as he

points out interesting wildlife and discusses

the importance of why we do what we

do, then check out our events section at

www.rspb.org.uk/lochwinnoch for more


Snowdrop Walks

Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank


Join the rangers for an informative

40minute walk around our Paradise and

Burnside paths, learning all about the

Snowdrops carpeting the undergrowth and

getting a chance to take some spectacular



Bridge of Weir Festival

Committee AGM

Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Crescent,

Bridge of Weir


Please come along and get involved as we

need help especially with the Bridge of

Weir Gala for this June.


Tartan Walk

Castle Semple Visitor Centre,

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch


A Scottish themed singsong around

Lochwinnoch. Wear your ‘see you Jimmy’

hat! Allow 2 hrs, less if it is wet! For more

information tel: 01505 842882.


Sòlas Drop In Bereavement


Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm

2pm to 4pm


St Valentine’s Tea Dance

Lochwinnoch Golf Club Burnfoot

Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4AN


Donations and Raffle. Contact Glynis 01505

842419 for booking.


National Nest Box Week

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

This February put up nesting boxes for

breeding birds looking for homes for their

families and help promote conservation.

With a wide range of nest boxes for many

different types of bird available in our

shop, or if you feel like being crafty there

are many simple plans available from our

website, along with advice on which boxes

to use for which birds and the best places to

put them - www.rspb.org.uk/nestboxes


Kilbarchan Messy Church

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall,

Steeple Street

4pm to 6pm

All welcome. Children must be accompanied

by an adult.

Musical Evening - Songs from

the Shows

Old Library Centre, 9 High Barholm,


Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start

With Doh Rae Me. Contact the Old Library

for tickets on 01505 706070 or pop in.

Please don’t delay as we are expecting this

to be a sell out. BYOB. £10


Snowdrop Walks

Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank


Join the rangers for an informative 40

minute walk around our Paradise and

Burnside paths, learning all about the

Snowdrops carpeting the undergrowth and

getting a chance to take some spectacular


Close Shave Chorus

Langbank Parish Church, Main

Road, Langbank


The award-winning acappella harmony

group are bringing with them a programme

packed with well-loved and well-known

songs which they will present in their own

unique barbershop way. Don’t miss this

excellent collection of singers! Tickets

available at the door. £5.


Stargazing Evening

Castle Semple Visitor Centre,

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch

7pm to 9pm

Come and see the stars and constellations

with a local astronomer. If the skies are

cloudy an indoor talk will be held instead.

Adults £5, concession £2.50. For more

information tel: 01505 842882.


Howwood WI

Howwood Village Hall, Howwood,



Cuts of Meat by Ian Telfer


Bridge of Weir Primary “After

the Bell”

Bridge of Weir Primary School,

Warlock Road, Bridge of Weir

Staff will be showing off many of the

wonderful things we do in our school.

There will also be a special visit from

the Glasgow Science Centre who will be

running workshops to test our science




Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm

2pm to 4pm

Tales of Mystery and Intrigue.


Paisley Book Festival


For its inaugural year, Paisley Book Festival’s

theme of Radical Voices and Rebel Stories

celebrates the area’s rebellious history. A

bold, exciting and vibrant festival is planned.

Highlights include John Byrne, Caro

Ramsay, Kirsty Wark, The Fun Lovin’ Crime

Writers featuring Christopher Brookmyre

and Val McDermid paisleybookfestival.com

for more info.

Bardic Supper

Speaker Gillebrìde MacMillan

“Bàrdachd Baile - Village

Poetry/Gaelic Songs”

Saturday, 22nd February,

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Westburn Church Hall, 9 Nelson

Street, Greenock, PA15 1TP

Cost: £15 (includes meal)

Booking essential - contact:

fios@clanngaidhlig.org or

telephone 01475 728669 (Anne)

or 0780 591 8509 (Alasdair)

The Lovers

Performances on the 28th & 29th February at The Wynd

Centre, Paisley

The Carrick Players next performance will be Lovers by Brian

Friel. What does it mean to win in love? Lovers: Winners & Losers

by Brian Friel tells the story of two relationships; a tragic young

romance and a jaded mid-life courtship. You will laugh and cry as

we explore the varieties of love in two short complementary plays

set in rural Ireland. Performances on the 28th & 29th February at

The Wynd Centre, Paisley. Tickets available from thecarrickplayers.


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Family Whist Drive

Kilmacolm Community Centre,

Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm


Kilmacolm Industrial Section of Kilmacolm

and Port Glasgow Agricultural Society

Family Whist Drive. Come along and have

a fun night out!


Bardic Supper

Westburn Church, Nelson Street,


7.30pm to 10.30pm

Speaker Gillebrìde MacMillan “Bàrdachd

Baile - Village Poetry/Gaelic Songs” Cost:

£15 (includes meal). Booking essential

- contact: fios@clanngaidhlig.org or

telephone 01475 728669 (Anne) or 07805

918509 (Alasdair)

Paisley Abbey Recitals

Paisley Abbey, Abbey Close, Paisley


Ralph McDonald (Baritone) with George

McPhee (Piano). Admission payable at

the door. £5.


Snowdrop Walks

Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank


Join the rangers for an informative 40

minute walk around our Paradise and

Burnside paths, learning all about the

Snowdrops carpeting the undergrowth and

getting a chance to take some spectacular


Make Comics History

Paisley Central Library, Mill Street,

Paisley PA1 1ND

12.30pm to 2pm

Explore the different ways comics tell

stories and then create your own, inspired

by Paisley’s history and heritage. Find

out more at https://paisleybookfest.com/

Supported by Renfrewshire Council Culture

Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF)


Annual Shrove Tuesday

Coffee Morning

St Fillan’s Church Hall, Moss Road,


10am to 12noon

With lovely freshly made pancakes, home

baking, raffle and various stalls. Please

come along - all welcome. £3.


Circular Walk

Inverkip Railway Station, Inverkip,

Greenock PA16 0BB 11am

A 13km circular walk, taking in Ardgowan

Estate and Lunderston Bay. For more

information contact Renfrewshire Walking



Movie Night - Mama Mia –

Here I Go Again

The Old Kirk, 40 High Street,

Kilmacolm 7pm for 7.30pm

Free entry and the offer of a glass of wine.

Donation if desired to support the creation

of a Pilgrim Pathway in Kilmacolm.


St Machar’s Ranfurly Church

Terrace Lunch

St Machar’s Church, Kilbarchan

Road, Bridge of Weir


Open to all, come along for some nice

food and a chat. Home made soup, rolls,

sandwiches, tea/coffee and biscuit. Carers

and tots welcome too, high chairs available.

Little ones go free. £4.


The Lovers

Wynd Theatre, 6 School Wynd,

Paisley, PA1 2DB

The Carrick Players next performance will

be Lovers by Brian Friel. You will laugh

and cry as we explore the varieties of

love in two short complementary plays

set in rural Ireland. Tickets available from




Fairtrade Chocolicous


Houston Primary School, Crosslee

Road, Houston

10.15am to 11.45am

Indulge yourself in our Fairtrade event.

Extensive Fairtrade Hot Chocolate Menu,

Chocolate cake and other chocolate

goodies. Willy Wonka would be jealous

of what we have planned. Come along

and join us.


Howwood Curling Club -

Come & Try Curling

Bowfield Road, Howwood, PA9 1DE


No experience necessary. Everyone is

welcome, whatever your age or ability, with

a qualified coach to give you the tuition.

Come along and meet our club members

and get to play. All equipment provided.

If you wish to attend please contact Lachie

Carmichael: lachiedcarmichael@hotmail.

com or 01294 823643. £6 per person.


World Day of Prayer Local


St Columba’s Church, Duchal Road,

Kilmacolm 1.30pm

‘Rise, Take up your Mat and Walk!’ Share

worship and fellowship with people around

the world for the World Day of Prayer.

Children from Kilmacolm Primary School

will be singing for us. Refreshments after

the Service. Everyone welcome! If you want

to know more about the event, please call.

Maureen Russell, Convenor (telephone

87-2905; mob. 07905-950028)


OKFest 2020 - Kilmacolm’s

4th annual Festival of Sound

Kilmacolm Old Kirk, High Street,


Kilmacolm Old Kirk & Kidston Hall

Something for all ages and tastes! Events

all weekend with McHart Ceilidh Band,

Handbell performances and workshops,

Poetry and Literature, Choral Festival,

Riverside Youth Band, Local singing duo

+ an ‘Open Mike’ session. More details at

www.kilmacolmoldkirk.org.uk or Facebook:

Kilmacolm Old Kirk Free Entry


MND Coffee Morning

Kilmacolm Community Centre,

Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm

10am to 12noon

2nd Floor Why not pop along for a cuppa, a

chat and some fabulous home baking. £3

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OKFest 2020

Kilmacolm’s 4th annual Festival of Sound

Friday 6th - Sunday 8th March 2020

Kilmacolm Old Kirk & Kidston Hall

Free Entry. Donations welcome to help cover costs. Something for

all ages and tastes! Events all weekend!

Friday 6th March:

McHart Ceilidh Band 7.30pm. BYOB.

Saturday 7th March:

Handbell performance and workshop 11am - 12noon

Poetry and Literature readings 2pm - 4pm

Choral Festival (Glasgow Youth Choir & Westerton Male Voice

Choir) 7pm - 9pm

Sunday 8th March:

Riverside Youth Band

Local young singing duo performing soft rock and Country &

Western songs + hosting an ‘Open Mike’ session from 3.30pm

More details at:

www.kilmacolmoldkirk.org.uk or Facebook: Kilmacolm Old Kirk


20th March - 10am - 11.30am & 21st March - 10am

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

A little fox is sent on an adventure to explore the world and learn

to see through the eyes of other creatures. Set in a woodland

world where anything can happen, this engaging mix of music and

puppetry is an interactive opera experience for kids and adults to

enjoy together – a magical journey of discovery for those taking

their first small steps into the big wide world. Running time approx.

45 mins.

Paisley Abbey

Sunday 22nd March, 7.30pm

J.S. Bach - B Minor Mass

Mhairi Lawson (soprano)

Beth Margaret Taylor (alto)

David Lee (tenor)

Laurens Macklon (baritone)

Colin Murray (bass)

Paisley Abbey Choir

George McPhee conductor

With an orchestra of leading Baroque musicians

drawn from across the UK

Tickets £20, available via The Abbey Shop,

or tel: 0141 889 7654 or bminor.eventbrite.co.uk

Paisley Abbey (Church of Scotland)

Registered Charity No. SC007633


Paisley Abbey Saturday Recitals

Saturday 22nd February at 12.30pm

Ralph McDonald (Baritone) with George McPhee (Piano)

Admission £5 payable at the door

Paisley Abbey (Church of Scotland) – Registered Charity No. SC007633

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Sunday Continental

New for 2020! Sunday Continental is a new monthly live music

event starting this month on the 16th February at Paisley Arts

Centre Workshop from 11am - 1pm. A laid back daytime event with

live music and refreshments. Listen, chat, dance, read, play. Enjoy.

For everyone: age 0 – 100+.

Upcoming Dates: 16th February, 15th March, 19th April, 17th May


For more details, visit https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.


Janey Godley ‘Soup Pot’ Tour Comes

to Lochwinnoch 2020

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

are delighted to announce

that Janey Godley will be

performing the final show

of the festival this year on

Sunday 29th March.

Described by The List as

Glasgow’s Comedy Queen.

Not to be missed! www.lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk

Touring Opportunity for Young

Traditional Musicians

Young musicians from across Renfrewshire will have the opportunity

to experience life as a touring musician this summer with the Fèis

Phàislig Cèilidh Trail.

Now in its third year, the Cèilidh Trail is a touring group of up to six

young musicians, aged 16 - 25, which takes to the road at the end

of July. Through a tailored training and rehearsal programme, the

musicians are able to develop core skills required for a career in

the creative industries as well as develop their performance skills

across two weeks of showcase performances.

Grant McFarlane, Fèis Phaislig coordinator, said: “The Cèilidh Trail

has been such an exciting project to deliver for the last two years

and I can’t wait to see what our 2020 group do. It gives young

people who might be thinking of a career in the arts an opportunity

to experience life as a touring musician without the financial burden.

We’re also able to pay the musicians for their two weeks of touring

so a great summer job for many of our young people.

Through the training and rehearsals that take place, the musicians

develop their own performance and stagecraft while having to

work as part of a group to deliver the tour performances. It’s a

great next step for any young musician who is looking to gain

more experience of performing as well as gain an insight in to the

organisation and planning of concerts!”

Applications for the 2020 Cèilidh Trail are now open and close on

February 16th 2020. Young musicians aged 16 - 25 are encouraged

to find out more and apply through the Fèis website at: www.

feisphaislig.com. Auditions will take place on Sunday 1st March.

For further information, please contact Grant McFarlane, Fèis Coordinator

at:info@feisphaislig.com / 07595175099.


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Council Garden

Waste Permits

Householders wishing to

recycle garden waste in an

Inverclyde Council brown bin

need to buy a seasonal garden

waste permit.

Inverclyde Council’s annual charge for collecting garden waste

from the kerbside in 2020 is £30 per bin. A permit is required for

each brown bin presented containing garden waste and can only

be purchased online.

On receipt of payment, the householder will receive a permit which

should be attached to the back of the bin to indicate to collection

crews to uplift the bin. If bins are presented containing garden

waste without a valid permit they will not be emptied.

The £30 charge applies regardless of at what point in the year the

permit is issued, all permits issued will expire on your last recycling

collection day in November 2020.

Please visit the website below to register and pay for your permit.


Kilmacolm Horticultural Society

Invite you to the February Winter Lecture, to be held in the

Community Centre, Kilmacolm at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th

February. Our guest speaker is Richard Sutcliffe, retired research

director of the Natural Sciences Collections of Glasgow Museums.

Richard’s visit is an honour for the Society, so please do come along

and support this special winter lecture.

A note for your diary: Check on your spring bulbs in time for the

K.H.S. Spring Bulb competition to be held on Wednesday 18th

March - immediately following the ever popular Louise Bustard

who joins us to present her stories of the visit to ‘Gardens of the

Italian Lakes’.

Everyone welcome. For more details of the Society’s activities

please check out our website: www.kilmacolmhorticultural.com

Green Corner

Kerrera by Quarrier’s Bridge of Village Weir Hillwalkers Scouts

£700 million Project to Transfer

Renfrewshire Waste into Green Energy

A unique new contract will see a minimum of 92% of Renfrewshire’s

waste transformed into energy as the area meets the Scottish

Government’s landfill ban.

The £700 million, 25-year Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project

between East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire,

North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Council and Viridor is

now underway and will serve almost one-sixth of Scotland’s


It will see up to 190,000 tonnes of general waste diverted from

landfill and converted to low-carbon energy and is expected

provide a net saving of almost 50,000 tonnes of CO2e every year.

Using cutting edge technology, residual black bag waste will be

processed at the Bargeddie Hub, with recyclate extracted for

further processing. The remaining non-recyclable material is then

transferred to Viridor’s Energy Recovery facility in Dunbar, where it

will be used to help create low-carbon electricity.

This is all great news, and reducing what goes to landfill is a definite

plus. However, it doesn’t negate the need for individuals to move

towards a more sustainable lifestyle before though their own

consumer choices. The process of breaking down the waste itself

is a carbon emitter, and in the world of recycling not everything is

equal. For example aluminium cans save the most CO2, but items

such as mixed plastics score quite low.

Although the Viridor project is to be commended and is a step

towards a more circular economy, we must also remember that our

individual, everyday efforts to reduce waste in our own households

should remain a priority in fighting the ongoing climate crisis.


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Bridge of Weir Horticultural Society

Our recent guest, Paul Matthews, explained about pruning plants

and the required pruning techniques. With a little fundamental

knowledge it need not be a bewildering challenge. Never attack

anything with uncontrolled gusto – even if it is hanging over the

pavement or into your garden – but scrutinise the ‘subject’ and

categorise. Remember the pruning mantra: dead, diseased and

damaged, decaying, crossing and rubbing and remove such

branches/stems. Aim for an airy “tulip” shape. Prune back to a

healthy part, looking for an outward pointing “node” on the branch/

stem which indicates the source of new growth. This is where the

magic happens – where the nourishment and future of your plant is

stored. The size of the branch will decide the implement: secateurs

for roses etc., loppers for small trees/large shrubs and a pruning

saw for trees. Cutting a tree branch 12” further along from the

planned cut will ease tension on the area chosen for the final cut.

Using the saw, mark round the bark, particularly underneath and

this will prevent the bark from tearing.

Flowering bulbs are popular presents but these often include

unwelcome flies. Destroy the blighters by dusting the fibre with

Ant powder. Remember to cut pollen from Amaryllis Lilies! If this

falls on to your cat’s fur and is licked off, kidney failure and death

may follow.

Feed hungry birds. Robins love oatmeal, starlings gobble up

mealworms, tits/sparrows home in on peanuts/sunflower seeds.

Ground-feeders, e.g., blackbirds, love nutritious left-overs such as

fruit cake and stale cheese but NEVER chocolate; this is poisonous

for dogs! During short days, put nothing out before dusk – you

don’t want to attract rats etc.

On Thursday 13th February our Valentine’s Day topic will be

“Poisonous Plants/Plants that Kill” (!). Louise Bustard, a Society

favourite, will be our speaker. Interested? Come along to The

Bridge at 8pm. All welcome.

Interested in Photography?

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 print!

Here’s a list of local meetings:

Gryffe Camera Club : Wednesday nights

The Carrick Centre, Houston between 7.30pm & 10pm

Paisley Colour Photographic Club : Thursday evenings

The McMaster Centre, Renfrew. www.paisleycolour.co.uk

Diaporama Meeting : 2nd Monday in the month

7.30pm in the Carrick Centre, Houston. For further information

contact Hugh Kerr at 01505 612687 or hughkerr14@gmail.com

Langbank Camera Club : 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month

For more information please contact Derrick McPherson at



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Finlaystone’s Events

Snowdrop Walks

Sunday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd

(every Sunday in February)

Oregon Grape Mahonia

Join the rangers for an informative 40 minute walk around our

Paradise and Burnside paths, learning all about the Snowdrops

carpeting the undergrowth and getting a chance to take some

spectacular photos!

February-wide (when the Snowdrops begin blooming)

Snowdrop Sales

Posie and potted Snowdrops are available in the Visitor Centre

when they begin to flower. “In the Green” bulbs can be ordered

from the start of March.

Tearoom and Logs

The tearoom will be open at weekends and bank holidays from

10am approx - 3pm. Any woodland/garden volunteers are always

welcome and are a valuable help year-round! Soft (£5.50) and

hard (£6.95) firewood log bags available too.

Clyde Muirshiel Events

Give Back on Practical Conservation

Days: Muirshiel Country Park’s sikta spruce

brashings need cutting, piling and burning and then there are new

trees to plant later in February. It is like gardening on a slightly

bigger scale, it’s sociable and will help keep you fit or get you fit!

Volunteer days happen on Thursdays and Saturdays but if you have

a group, get in contact to organise a day to suit you.

Tartan Walk Wed 12th February: Join the feeling fitter crowd for

fun and laughter on a 5km stroll around Lochwinnoch, partake in

a wee singsong as you go! Wear your tartan and enjoy a cuppa in

the warmth of Castle Semple Visitor Centre afterwards. 10.30am


Stargazing Evenings: 2020 dates at Castle Semple are Monday

17th February and Monday 9th March. Book your place online

today, its only £5 (children 10 - 16 yrs are £2.50) and look forward

to an evening of stars, planets and other astronomical features.

Pedal the Park 2020: Is taking place on Sunday 3rd May, online

entry is open for this popular 100km sportive, sign up, get cycling

or save the date and donate to the home baking efforts for the food

stop at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre. Entry is £20 with a £7.50

CLIC Sargent donation included via the British Cycling website.

Active Adventurous: 2020 course dates are online! Book via our

website for sailing and paddlesport courses for adults including

2 hour evening tasters, 1/2 day long tuition and recognised

powerboating qualifications. For the kids there are our school

holiday (hugely popular!) Junior Multi Activity Weeks or days

in Spring, Summer and Autumn. There are also child specific

paddlesport and sailing 2 day courses. If current dates don’t suit

get your friends together and contact us asap to book your own

activity session or course.

Clyde Muirshiel Conservation Volunteers: All volunteer groups are

running as normal after a festive break: Greenock Cut Volunteers are

every Saturday 10.30am - 2.30pm; Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

are every Sunday morning 10am - 12pm; Castle Semple Volunteers

can be either at Castle Semple or Muirshiel. Look online for full


Dates for the Diary: The 3rd Clyde Muirshiel Walking Festival will

take place on Saturday 23rd until Monday 25th May and Classic

Car Show on Sunday 18th October.

Ride 63 Community Cycle Club: As the weather improves look

on their facebook for details of DIY weekend runs. Contact the

club by emailing the secretary ridesixtythree@gmail.com for a

membership form.

CMRP Online: Keep up to speed with events and activities taking

place facebook.com/ClydeMuirshielRegionalPark, @Clydemuirshiel

Twitter and Instagram pages.

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Semple Stories, Lochwinnoch’s Glories

Project Update

After the hiatus of the

Festive period, the

history project is swiftly

picking up the pace

and I am delighted to

announce that there

was a meeting of

volunteers at the Castle

Semple Visitor Centre

on the evening of

Tuesday 14th January.

With interests in the

history of the Semple

family to the Old

Town of Lochwinnoch,

developing into the New

Town that we are all

familiar with today and

leading guided walks to

the taking and archiving

of photographs and

stories. Also involved

are some students’

from Scotland’s Rural

College (SRUC) in Ayr,

Barr Castle, Lochwinnoch

©Rosser1954 [CC BY-SA]

along with their lecturer Ian Lewis. They are helping to write some

of the interpretation as part of their coursework.

There was a definite buzz in the air as the enthusiasm for telling

the story of the Village’s past, with its significant connection to

the Stewarts and the governance of Scotland, along with its

industrial heritage stimulated lots of exciting conversation. It is

inspiring to see so many people interested in telling the chronicles

of Lochwinnoch.

If you would like to get involved in any way or share your family

anecdotes, then please get in touch we me, Mhairi Donnelly, at

the Castle Semple Visitor Centre, (01505) 842882, Facebook: @

Lochwinnoch Glories or by email: semplestories@gmail.com

Bridge of Weir Hillwalkers

Our Christmas party at Arrochar was a great success even if we

did get absolutely soaked on the heritage walk for our lunch. The

Village Inn provided excellent fare and Stewart got the squeeze

box going for some reels in the bar and a communal sing-song. It

was a happy bus load that made our way back to Houston.

January opened with another fair soaking at the Greenock Cut.

February will see walks at Drymen, Troon and the Kilpatricks before

we start to look forward to Spring and more adventurous outings.

Hopefully they will also be warmer and drier. For more details

contact: donwwsmith@gmail.com

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RSPB Lochwinnoch February

Have you gazed upon the fair maids of

February yet?

The sight of fresh green shoots emerging

from otherwise bare soil is to many a symbol

of hope that longer, warmer days are on their way. One of the

earliest plants to emerge from winters slumber each year is the

much adored ‘Fair Maid of February’ or as they are more commonly

known, snowdrops. These small, milky white flowers form clusters

of colour that bring joy to many and can easily be seen along parts

of our woodland trails.

February is of course the month when we celebrate St Valentine’s

day and many of our birds will soon be looking for love and searching

out new homes in which to raise their families. With this in mind, St

Valentine’s Day marks the start of National Nest Box Week, which

runs until the 21st and is aimed at encouraging people to put up

nesting boxes for breeding birds and help promote conservation.

Here at RSPB Lochwinnoch we have a wide range of nest boxes

for many different types of bird available in our shop, or if you feel

like being crafty there are many simple plans available from our

website, along with advice on which boxes to use for which birds

and the best places to put them - www.rspb.org.uk/nestboxes

We will also be launching the first of our ‘Guided Wildlife Walks’

around the reserve on Sunday 9th February at 1pm. If you would

be interested in joining our warden for a stroll around the reserve

as he points out interesting wildlife and discusses the importance

of why we do what we do, then check out our events section at

www.rspb.org.uk/lochwinnoch for more information.

Other events include our ‘Love Bugs (and other wildlife)’ activity

trail for kids throughout February and our monthly ‘Family

Volunteering’ on Saturday 21st May

Michael Harvey (rspb-images.com)


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sell £185. Tel: 07986 812483.

Wall mounted Electric Fire. Very good

condition. £50. Tel: 07985 482211.

Beautiful round dining table in reclaimed

oak. Approx 120cm in diameter x 70cm

high. Good condition. £150. Tel: 01505


Black granite centre island bull nose edge,

kitchen work top. Perfect condition.

£250. Tel: 07808 713855.

10 ex Choir Chairs (with rear book

holder) with padded seats. Available

at £7.50 each or £65 for the lot. Tel :

07711 222212.

2 x 2.5Kw Airforce and Supawarm oil

filled radiators, both with timers. £25

each. Tel: 01505 872026.

Bosch electric lawnmower. Rotak

370ER model. New, never used, still

in box, with 3 year manufacturer

guarantee. Cost £129, sell £104. Tel:

07986 812483.

Panasonic Twin Telephone Set, model KX-

TGC412. As new, used for only 4 calls,

boxed. Bought in belief that existing

phone was faulty - it wasn’t. £25. Tel:

01505 612769.

Ironing board, with cover. Full size, and

folds flat. Used £12. Can deliver locally.

£12 ono. Tel: 07913 303859.

Shoe tidy. Metal rotary, with 3 levels and

can hold 18 pairs of shoes. It is free

standing, with a solid base, and each

level turns round, very practical. Used.

£10 ono. Tel: 07913 303859.

Pine double wardrobe. Beautiful, stripped

pine wardrobe in excellent condition. It

has lovely carved detail, 2 doors with

mirrors, and a large drawer at the base.

You are welcome to come round to see

it. £150. Tel: 07913 303859.

Bench style, ‘clic clac’ double bed settee.

Very useful item, works well as a sofa

and also as a small double. Easy to use.

Sprung mattress, with a blue cover.

Black metal frame. In excellent used

condition. You are welcome to come

round and take a look. £52 ono. Tel:

07913 303859.

2 Italian bathroom wall cabinets. In

original boxes brand new, for sale @

£50 each - good size unable to use after

house move. Wood with mirror glass

fronts. Tel: 07854 510385.


DeLonghi Magnifica Coffee and Espresso

Machine. Bean to cup, 15 bar automatic.

Silver, 1.8l capacity, integrated grinder

and frother. Comes with manual,

stainless steel jug, thermometer and

descaler. Excellent condition. £130. Tel:

07887 784162.


Trampoline for exercise or children. Use

inside or outside. 3 Feet across. New.

£8. Delivery possible. Tel: 07986


Men’s black ski salopettes, size large.

Brand new, with label still attached.

Wind, rain and weather proof. £10. Tel:

01505 862066.

Boys blue two tone all in one ski suit for

age 9/10. In excellent condition. Only

worn for 5 days holiday abroad. £20.

Tel: 01505 862066.


Girls Early Rider wooden bike. Cost

£130 new. Good condition. £40. Tel:

01505 672175.

Tidlo wooden country kitchen and

accessories. Cost £120 new. Excellent

condition, smoke free home. £40. Tel:

01505 672175.

Lego Duplo - ‘underbed‘ storage box of

duplo, includes a mix of sets. £10. Tel:

07713 163639.


Brand new steel car wheel 6JX15H2 and

new Jinyu tyre 185/60 R15. Stored

as spare wheel only. £80. Tel: 07736


Coronation Street book. Celebrates 1960

- 1995 of the programme. Autographs

of stars (copies). History of each

character. £6. Tel: 07986 812483.

North Face Hiking Backpack, 55 Litre

approx, green/black. Excellent

condition. £30. Tel: 07775 867664.

2 Sleeping Bags (makes up to a double).

Newly cleaned. £12 ono. Tel: 01505


Hard Shell plastic boot liner for Audi

Q3 (2015 model). £20. Tel: 07775

867664 .

Portable Saville Sceptre 6 Overhead

Projector. Excellent fully working

condition in carry case with cable. £30.

Tel: 07523 317093.

Four wheel lightweight Italian Case and

Flight Bag, wine colour. £10 ono. Tel:

01505 690610.

Canon EOS 1000f SLR camera with

Canon 28-90mm lens. Instruction

booklet, cleaning kit and Canon carry

case included. Great condition. £30.

Tel: 01505 672175.


Cash paid for Vinyl Records and Music

CDs (a few or a lot). Tel: 01505 324683

or 07765 115347.

Old records Wanted 45`s & LP`s CASH

Paid. Tel: 07710 777571.

Local lily grower requires the use of a

greenhouse/polytunnel in Kilmacolm

area in return for light gardening duties.

Tel: Vince 01505 872082.

Collector wants model railways, any

condition, trains, rolling stock,

accessories. Also toy cars, etc. Not a

dealer. Tel: 07939 810653.

Looking for old VHS Videos or DVDs. Tel:

07939 810653.

Looking for garage, shed, yard or piece

of land to store 2 or 3 cars. Tel: 07939


Need an Apple Press - any other home

brew equipment, any age / condition.

Tel: 07484 331973 or 01505 872210


I-Phone snappers: Do any of your

favourite photos need attention to make

them more acceptable for Printing/

Framing/showing to your family, etc. I

offer this service free of charge using

sophisticated editing software. For

example: removal of features such as

unwanted people, poles, wires, etc. Tel:

01505 613264 / 07984 774726

Tropical red tail catfish 9ins. Tel: 01505


16 Hanimex Rondex cassettes to fit

Hanimex 35mm slide projector. I don’t

want to bin them so if they can find a

good home they are on a free transfer.

Tel: 01505 321720.

Greenhouse. Free to dismantle and uplift.

Aluminium frame and most glass intact.

10x8 feet approx. Tel: 07876 563768.



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Scottish Water 0800 077 8778

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Flytipping 0845 2 30 40 90


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Queen Elizabeth 0141 201 1100

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Police Scotland 01786 289070


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Traveline 0871 200 2233


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Bishopton Community Centre


Brookfield Village Hall Main Entrance



Old Ranfurly Golf Club

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club

The Gate House, Bridge of Weir

Leather Works


Elderslie Golf Club


Outside Church Hall, Main Street


Strathgryffe Squash & Fitness Club



Howwood Hall, Station Road

Christ the King Church, Bowfield Road


Keystore, Spateston

Keystore, Corseford

Johnstone Town Hall

Scottish Fire and Rescue, Thorn Brae


Kilmacolm Golf Club

St Columba’s Senior School

Gym, Birkmyre Park, Kilmacolm

Kilmacolm Library (rear of New Surgery)


Scout Hall

Kilbarchan Bowling Club


Onyx Leisure Centre

Spar, Clippens Road




Russell Institute


William Quarriers House at entrance

to Faith Avenue

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Affluent Financial Planning . . 16

Brewin Dolphin Glasgow . . . . . 17

CLA Accountancy Services . . . 16

Innovative Estate Planning Ltd . . 17

Stewart Independent Financial . . 1


CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7

Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7


Freelance Florist . . . . . . . . . 41


ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1

Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 5


Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 9


McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 43


B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 43

BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 11

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 2

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 21

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 8

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 4

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 27

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 15

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 2

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 21

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 27

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 32


Home Instead Senior Care . . . 27


Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 19

Eclipse Deep Clean . . . . . . . . . 3

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 20

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 6

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 4

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Platinum Cleaning Services . . 9


Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 18


A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk


GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3

MAS Electrical & Security . . 2

Russell Milne Electrician . . 7


Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 43


LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 15

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 15

John Roach Funeral Directors . . 11


Garolla Roller Shutter Doors . . 7


3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 45

A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 45

Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 45

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7

Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 47

Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 45

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 2

Lady Grafters Garden Services . . 47

MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

R Williams Tree Services . . . 47

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 47

West of Scotland Landscape . . 45


C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 15

Gasfit Plumbing & Heating . . 5

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 43

Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 41

KAL Plumbing Ltd . . . . . . . . . . 9

Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 21

Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1


1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3

Cloudy2Clear Windows . . . . . . . 11

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2


Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 25

Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 25


Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 25

Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 5

Decorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 37

Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13,Bk

LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 7

NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 35

Wellcentred UK . . . . . . . . . . . . 31


Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11


3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 45

Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 9

Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 45

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7

Conservatory Conv & Windows . . Bk

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 5

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 15

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Renfrewshire Handyman Hire . . 21


Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 9

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 15


Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 27


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CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 43

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 21

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 8

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3

McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 43

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 2

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 21

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 27

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2


Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 43


Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 9

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 5

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 8

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 27


Strathgryffe Tennis & Squash . . 31


Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4


A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 19

Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 9

David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3

Frewstons Decor . . . . . . . . . . . 29

James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3

John A Kilburn . . . . . . . . . . . 10

John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

SL Painter & Decorator . . . . . 26


ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17


RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 41


Fields of Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Kookie Kennels . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33


Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 15

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 21

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 27


C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 15

Gasfit Plumbing & Heating . . 5

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 43

Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 41

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

KAL Plumbing Ltd . . . . . . . . . . 9

Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 21


Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 17

Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1

Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk


@ease Removals & Transport . . 15

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Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 18


Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 23


Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 11

Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 15

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 6

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 2

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 4

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 27

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 2

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 21

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 32


Affinity Family Law Experts . . 3

Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 17

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1


ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk


Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 15


ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk


Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 43

Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20


Travel Actually . . . . . . . . . . . 3


Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 45

Kenmore Tree Care . . . . . . . . . 47

LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

R Williams Tree Services . . . 47

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 47


Clearline Aerial & Satellite . . 3

Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 21

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 15


Eclipse Deep Clean . . . . . . . . . 3

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 20


DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 19

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 20

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 6

Matthews Cleaning Services . . 20


1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

@ease Removals & Transport . . 15

1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3

3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 45

A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 19

A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 45

A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Affinity Family Law Experts . . 3

Affluent Financial Planning . . 16

Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7

AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1

Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 9

Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 45

Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 25

B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 43

Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 18

Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 5

Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Brewin Dolphin Glasgow . . . . . 17

Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 11

Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 27

Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 15

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 9

C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 15

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7

CLA Accountancy Services . . . 16

Clearline Aerial & Satellite . . 3

CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Cloudy2Clear Windows . . . . . . . 11

ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 9

Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Conservatory Conv & Windows . . Bk

Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 47

Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 17

David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3

Decorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 21

DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 43

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 19

Eclipse Deep Clean . . . . . . . . . 3

Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 20

Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 37

Fields of Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Freelance Florist . . . . . . . . . 41

Frewstons Decor . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Garolla Roller Shutter Doors . . 7

Gasfit Plumbing & Heating . . 5

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 45

Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 43

Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 6

Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13


Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 43

Home Instead Senior Care . . . 27

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 2

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 43

Innovative Estate Planning Ltd . . 17

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 5

Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 41

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 21

James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 8

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

John A Kilburn . . . . . . . . . . . 10

John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

John Roach Funeral Directors . . 11

KAL Plumbing Ltd . . . . . . . . . . 9

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 4

Kenmore Tree Care . . . . . . . . . 47

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 15

Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13,Bk

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 27

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1

Kookie Kennels . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Lady Grafters Garden Services . . 47

Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3

LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3

M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 21

MAS Electrical & Security . . 2

Matthews Cleaning Services . . 20

McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 43

McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 43

MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 7

Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 25

NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 35

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 15

PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1

Platinum Cleaning Services . . 9

R Williams Tree Services . . . 47

Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 41

Renfrewshire Handyman Hire . . 21

Russell Milne Electrician . . 7

Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

SL Painter & Decorator . . . . . 26

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 2

Stewart Independent Financial . . 1

Strathgryffe Tennis & Squash . . 31

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 21

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 27

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 23

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 32

Travel Actually . . . . . . . . . . . 3

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Wellcentred UK . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

West of Scotland Landscape . . 45



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Library (Cargill Hall),

Bunty’s General Store


Garden Centre, Library,

Sports Centre,

Swimming pool


Co-op, Carrick Centre,

Post Office,



Village Store,

St Vincent’s Hospice


Papa Mac’s, Library


Post Office, Campbell’s,

Newsagents, Bobbins


Newsagent, Cross Café,

Library, Community Centre


Finlaystone Visitor Centre


Castle Semple Centre,

Keystore, Library, Dolce Vita


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