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this issue

This month, we catch up with

Christine Bovill whose show

‘Christine Bovill’s Piaf’ garnered

a swathe of five star reviews. In

2017 she picked up ‘The Spirit

of the Fringe Award’ for her

next show, ‘Christine Bovill’s

Paris’ and it is this one that she

will bring to the Lochwinnoch

Arts Festival this March.

The Lochwinnoch Festival is

in its 19th year. The brainchild

of Lochwinnoch residents,

Morag Thow and Rowena

Murray, it has grown from being

an afternoon book festival

involving a few local authors to

a three-week, multi-art event

that is well-known throughout

Renfrewshire. We chat about

how it all began with Morag.

“OK Fest”, Kilmacolm’s 4th

Annual Festival of Sound, takes

place from Friday 6th to Sunday

8th March, in the Kidston Hall

and Old Kirk, Kilmacolm. Events

throughout the weekend.

There’s also an additional event

on Saturday 28th March with

the Riverside Youth Band. Full

details on page 46.

We’re getting ready for Lilias

Day with information on page

44. If you would like to get

involved, please contact info@

liliasday.co.uk or find out more

at www.liliasday.co.uk

Don’t forget the clocks change

at the end of March. If you

struggle to remember which

direction time travels, there is

an old saying, “Spring forward,

Fall back” to help you.


Christine Bovill


Morag Thow


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James Alexander Wood

26TH October 1931 - 22ND December 2019

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Born in East Kilbride, and working in places as far apart as

Kinross to Lake Tanganyika before finally settling in Kilmacolm,

Jim Wood was known to many, and was a popular and well

known gentleman of the village. So it was very sad news to hear

that he had passed away just before Christmas 2019.

Jim had a long and interesting life, with a career spanning from

his National Service in the Royal Corps of Signals, moving into

accountancy and management consultancy, and latterly finding

his talent as an artist and community stalwart. He had a large

and loving family around him, being the grandfather of twelve


Jim was known to many in Kilmacolm. He was a great character,

with a friendly face and always had something interesting to tell

you. As an artist, he won great acclaim and held a number of art

exhibitions; he even published a book of his paintings entitled

“James Alexander Wood Scottish Impressionist”. His paintings

were also made into Christmas cards and postcards for the


His main legacy for our village however, was the setting up of the

Kilmacolm Village Centre Forum in 2002. Jim recognised that

the Kilmacolm community buildings had suffered from lack of

investment for many years. Although there were a number of

small halls in the village, the main buildings were in a poor state

of repair and there was nowhere as a central hub for the people

of Kilmacolm to use for a range of community activities. Jim,

along with a number of village businessmen, set up the Forum to

look at how to secure the best solution to reducing the isolation

of the disabled, infirm and the elderly, to developing life skills,

particularly of young people, to promoting social responsibility

and community pride and encouraging everyone to participate

in community affairs. Jim also called upon the expertise of his

son, Kingsley Wood, whose legal firm in the village provided an

essential administrative support and advice during the formative

period of the project and beyond.

By June 2003 the Forum had evolved into a formal company

called Kilmacolm New Community Centre Co Ltd (KNCC) with

the aim of centralising all community activities in the refurbished

Victorian two-storey school building in the centre of the village,

with a new library linked to it, to provide enhanced facilities for

the community. KNCC, as well as significant fundraising in the

Community, secured £1M funding for the project from the Cargill

Trust, which was matched by Inverclyde Council.

Jim continued as the Chairman of the Board of KNCC from the

fundraising and conceptual phase through to the design phase,

only stepping down as the construction phase commenced.

The Cargill Centre was finally completed and opened to the

public in 2011, and has become a wonderful asset to the village.

Of course, we owe a debt of gratitude to all the locals who were

involved throughout the project, some still an active part of the

management board.

However, that wasn’t the end of his involvement. Jim’s final

contribution was to set up an impressive Heritage Centre which

involved a great deal of research. The Heritage Gallery utilises the

foyer and stairwells of the Cargill Centre, showcasing a wealth

of information on the history of Kilmacolm with storyboards

depicting people and events around the village.

Jim will be sadly missed by many of us.

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john stevenson - obituary

On 6th February Erskine Curling Club were

greatly saddened to learn of the death of one

of its Honorary Life Members John Stevenson

at the age of 91. Known around the world for

his commitment and support for the sport of

curling, John joined Erskine Curling Club in

1950 serving as President on several occasions

and remained an active and popular member

of the club despite recent ill health.

John is probably best known for creating the

Greenacres Curling Rink above Howwood in

1979 as a home for many local curling clubs

and regularly hosting international and

Scottish curling championships. When not

playing with Erskine, John was an enthusiastic supporter and coach to many players

with a particular enthusiasm to help younger players including most notably Rhona

Howie who went on to become Olympic champion in 2002.

In addition to his curling, John was an award winning beef farmer and committed

family man supported by his wife, Helen, who died four years ago, and his children

Matthew and Elizabeth.

He will be sadly missed by many across the curling world but will

be fondly remembered for his passion and commitment for the

sport he loved and leaves a lasting legacy in terms of both the

Greenacres facility and the many curlers who benefitted from his

support and friendship.

Campbell McLundie, President, Erskine Curling Club


How to take care of your eyes

by Kerry Taher, New Vision Opticians

“You can eat with false teeth but you can’t see with false eyes” highlights just how

important our eyes are. As a population, we are living longer than ever before so we

need to keep ourselves in the best condition possible, including our eyes.

Of course, some things we can’t do much about eg inherited genes, but we can make

things better or worse depending on how we live our lives.

By doing the things we all know we should be doing (healthy lifestyle, balanced diet,

regular exercise), we will be delaying or preventing some of the serious eye conditions

related to high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Simple things such as wearing

UV-protecting sunglasses will also reduce the damage done to the eyes such as cataracts,

eyelid disease and macular degeneration.

Protecting the eyes makes sense regarding DIY & gardening tasks, but should also be

considered for sports. Cycling, to protect from loose stones or insects hitting the eyes.

Squash, rugby, football etc to prevent direct impact (eg a squash ball is just small enough

to fit between the protective bones surrounding the eye and can cause particularly

serious injuries).

Helping the eyes when there is visual stress eg dyslexia – precision tinted overlays can

make a huge difference to someone’s life.

When glasses don’t help: options include prescription swimming goggles, contact

lenses for gymnastics or golfing in the rain, or taking supplements to help those with

dry macular degeneration.

Having regular eye tests is therefore essential. Not just to discuss the best options, but

also to test for any potentially sight-threatening diseases – a lot of them don’t affect

your sight until it’s too late. As always, prevention is better than cure.

For further information, please call us at the practice: 01505 614 700.

Paisley & District U3A Monthly Meetings

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:

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 Spirit

2nd July: Emma Louise Livingstone (and “Serge” the dog) Dog Trust Talk

For more details visit our website: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome

School Age Payment

Eligible families are being encouraged to

apply for the School Age Payment before

applications close on 29th February.

The one-off £250 Payment is currently

open for families with a child born between

1st March 2014 and 28th February 2015. It

can be used for anything from educational

toys to travel, or after school activities.

Parents who have deferred their child’s

entry to school from August 2019 to

August 2020, or those home schooling,

should still apply before the closing date

on 29th February. If an application is

made after this time it will be too late.

Visit mygov.scot or call 0800 182 2222 to

find out more or apply.

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Do You Have a Contaminated Bin?

A campaign is set to get underway to tackle contaminated recycling

bins as part of a drive to further improve the quality of recycling in


From 17th February, collection teams will be checking blue recycling

bins for anything that isn’t paper, card or cardboard in a bid to

reduce the cost of processing and to improve the environment.

If bins are found to be heavily contaminated, then a red tag will

be placed on the bin outlining that it will not be collected until the

contaminating items are removed.

Residents will then have two days to contact the council, in line

with the missed bin process, to advise it has been cleared and it

will be collected from outside their home within the following five


Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s

Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said;

“By ensuring you only place paper, card and cardboard in your blue

bin, you will be making a real difference to our local environment

as well as lowering the cost to process recycling and allowing us to

reinvest this money in our key public services.

“More and more, people are recognising the importance of recycling

and we’re here to support you with whatever you need to recycle


The campaign to tackle contamination is just one of a number of

ways that Renfrewshire is improving its environment and tackling

climate change, with the Clyde Valley Waste Project ensuring that

at least 90% of Renfrewshire’s non-recyclable waste is turned into

energy and diverted from landfill.

For more information on recycling in Renfrewshire, and an indicative

list of what should and should not go into the blue bin, visit www.

renfrewshire.gov.uk/mybins or contact the team via mybins@


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Early evening legal advice sessions

St. Vincent’s Hospice, Howwood PA9 1AF

On Wednesday 4th March, St. Vincent’s Hospice will be providing

legal advice sessions in the early evening for the first time thanks to

the voluntary support of trusted local solicitors. Appointments are

available between 5pm until 6.30pm to discuss Wills and Powers of

Attorney completely free of charge for any adult in Renfrewshire.

This service gives an introduction to confidential professional

advice and information to help you plan for your future without

commitment or obligation, but donations are welcomed to support

the work of the Hospice. To book your appointment, please contact

June Burgess, Legacy Officer at St. Vincent’s Hospice on 01505

705 635 or email: june.burgess@svh.co.uk

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 Dancing … 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 welcome.

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

emailing linda.winters@hdscotland.org


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Gryffe Valley Rotary – Young Carers Evenings Out

The club arranged, with support from Renfrewshire Young Carers, four nights out at

The Experience, Hillington for 76 deserving Young Carers during the week 27th to

30th January 2020. The young folk enjoyed Electric Go-Karting, an American Buffet

Supper, and Laser-Tag. The Rotary Club sees this as a chance to thank the Young

Carers for the work they do at home. Many members regard this annual project

(every year since 2006) as one of our most rewarding and are happy to raise the

money necessary to support it (approaching £2,000 each year).

The 2020 event coincided with Young Carers Awareness Day on the 30th January.

This annual event, see https://carers.org/young-carers-awareness-day-2020 ,

organised by Carers Trust, is to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young

carers and to campaign for greater support for them. A Young Carer is an ordinary

young person aged 8-18 years old who helps to look after someone with a mental

health problem, physical illness, disability and/or drug/alcohol/gambling addiction.

Paisley Colour Photographic Club

Scottish Photographic Federation’s Club Print Championship Sunday 16th February,

Stirling Court Hotel.

The two monochrome entries are by long standing club member Charles Hamilton

who specialises in street portraiture. His image of ‘Shannon, Trongate’ (bottom

right) gained a gold medal in the monochrome prints section.

The colour image, ‘Towards Luskentyre’ (top right) is by Douglas Forrest and was

one of the four highest scoring images in the colour print section. This is a notable

success for Douglas, who has only recently joined us at PCPC.

Other colour images gaining high

marks were Sandstorm Dead Vlei

by Alison Smart, Curious Red

Squirrel by Mike Cruise, Gallop

Among The Pines by Ken Dow and

Clearing Mist by Robert Fulton.

Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland is

a national charity that

campaigns for a lifetime

of equality, respect and

love for Care Experienced

people. I was drawn to

volunteer there because

of the amazing work

they do. I volunteer as

a Youth Worker and as

a Community Schools

worker, it is amazing.

I am a Community

Schools Volunteer which

involves helping to deliver

presentations and talks

in Renfrewshire schools

to raise awareness of

what school can be like

for young people in care.

This work is important to increase understanding

and banish the stigma and barriers that young

people from all different types of care can face. It

also helps to ensure that Care Experienced young

people feel understood, can own and be proud of

their care identity.

Volunteering in this role, I have been able to

gain confidence and it has helped with my own

education path and career. It has helped me

to grow personally and feel like I am achieving

something important and really making a

difference. I am proud to be able to give my time

to such important work.

I also volunteer at one of the youth groups that

Who Cares? run, where I try to be a positive role

model and use my own personal experience to

help the young people.

I would recommend anyone to volunteer at

Who Cares? Scotland because it is an amazing

experience and you really are making a difference

for Care Experience people.

If you are interested in giving your time to support

this project in Renfrewshire schools, please

contact us at volunteering@whocaresscotland.

org or www.whocaresscotland.org/get-involved/


Adele McGuire

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Local history

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John Cuninghame, Laird of Craigends


John Cuninghame, 13th Laird of Craigends, inherited Craigends

estate in 1792. In 1800 he married his second wife, Margaret, the

daughter of Sir William Cuninghme-Fairlie of Robertland. John and

Margaret had five sons and six daughters.

His memorial stone in the entrance tower of Kilbarchan old Parish

Church extols his kindness, wisdom, sincerity and his trust in God.

It also makes mention of a protracted and painful illness which he

bore with fortitude.

Despite suffering from frequent debilitating bouts of gout and

arthritis John led an active life. His diary, written from 1814 to

December 1815, provides a detailed account of his life.

John was responsible for the running of Craigends estate. This

involved the organisation of haymaking, harvest-time, sheep

shearing, tree cutting and pruning vines, engaging the molecatcher,

attending cattle fairs in Johnstone. In the winter of 1814,

when the dam at Locher Mill burst its banks, he contracted William

White to inspect the dam and make repairs. He held a regular Rent

Court where he collected rent from his estate tenants. He also had

a substantial income from Granville Estate in Jamaica and lodged

his West-India income in a bank in Paisley.

John was a Justice of the Peace and a Commissioner of Supply

for the County. In this latter capacity he was responsible for

ensuring local roads and tolls were in good order. He had also

a keen interest in a surveying and new building. He visited the

site for Napier’s new house on Milliken Estate and took his eldest

son, Willie, to see George MacFarlane’s plans for his proposed new

house at Clippens.

Religion was important to John, and the family regularly attended

services in both Kilbarchan Church and Houston and Killellan

Church. Margaret was especially friendly with Ann Monteith, the

wife of the Houston minister.

John’s and Margaret’s social circle included the Napiers of Milliken,

the Porterfields of Duchal, the Alexanders of Southbar, the Flemings

of Barochan, the Napiers of Blackstoun and the Maxwells of Pollock.

These family friends dined together, travelling from house to house

by horse and chaise. On the 28th of November, 1815, soon after

the marriage of William Milliken Napier to Elizabeth Stirling of

Kippendavie, John was invited to meet the new bride. He found her

“very agreeable tho’ not such a beauty as I had been led to believe

she was”. The men enjoyed salmon fishing, shooting partridges

and hunting with hounds. John hunted with his friends at Skiff in

Johnstone, Kilmacolm, Barochan Mill, and Formakin Mill.

John had a close involvement in the home life of his children. He

showed great concern when the children had chickenpox and

promptly sent for doctor Pinkerton. He noted in his diary that

Johnnie, aged ten, fell through the ceiling of the coal house, but

thankfully was not badly hurt, and that Lillie fell off a chair and

bruised her eye and cheek. On a visit to Paisley he took his daughter,

Fanny, for a haircut. He also recorded each of the children’s

birthdays and arranged a holiday for them in Largs. His elder boys

were tutored by Mr. Robert Smith, until the 2nd of March, 1815 when

he was ordained as minister of Lochwinnoch Parish Church.

Entries in this unique personal diary ended on 26th December 1815.

John died in 1822 and his eldest son, William, at the age of twentyone,

became the next laird.

© 2020, Helen Calcluth, Renfrewshire Local History Forum

Our next lecture “The Govan Stones” by Stephen T. Driscoll,

Professor of Historical Archaeology, University of Glasgow, will be

held in the McLean Building, Room D137/9, University of the West

of Scotland, on 12th March at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

The Last Two Hand Loom Weavers

Sometimes we get really fascinating correspondence here at the

Gryffe Advertizer. A 95-year-old lady by the name of Maisie Belle,

resident of Essex Gardens, South Shields got in touch to tell us

about her Grandfather – Willie Chirrey, the last hand loom weaver

in Bannockburn.

Maisie decided to write to us because she was aware of the

area’s connection to weaving, in particular, Willie Meikle’s cottage

(otherwise known as Weaver’s Cottage) in Kilbarchan. She

described how in 1938 at aged 15, along with her Grandfather, she

visited the Empire Exhibition in Bellahoustan Park.

The Exhibition was a unique event. It was an attempt, perhaps,

after the destruction and calamities of the First World War to

bring a sense of cohesion and national pride back to Britain. The

Exhibition featured 100 pavilions, representing the countries of the

Commonwealth of Nations to advance the interests of the British


There she and her grandfather met Willie Meikle at the “Home

Pavilion” where Willie was weaving tartan. Her Grandfather not

at all amused because his loom was more “...cumbersome and

larger.” So Willie Chirrey and Willie Meikle, two of the last hand

loom weavers of Scotland, were together at the Empire Exhibition

and Maisy was able to retell this wonderful memory to us 82 years


Maisy wrote a poem in memory of her Grandfather which is also

held by a Students’ Information Centre in Edinburgh for the Hand

Loom Trade:

At five o’clock his day began.

Of course he was a wonderful man.

A cup of tea and a buttered bat;

A puff of his pipe, while he sat

Then off to work before the lark.

Out of the house, and into the dark.

The only light came from the gas

But his step was firm as we heard him pass.

He wove tartan for troops in the castle;

Lengths of Black Watch without any hassle.

Then he wove blankets as soft as snow

For this is how the weaving should go.

Back then for dinner, at his own pace

I think you can guess it wasn’t a race.

Down the hill and back to the loom,

As one o’clock struck in the afternoon.

A friend wove the spinning as he wove the tweed

In agreeable silence, but both paying heed

As the afternoon light began to fade.

Then they would stop and talk of their trade.

You would find him nightly working the loom

But once on a wintry, cold afternoon

This old man became silent. All became still.

Now when I’m looking up in the clouds

I fancy I’m seeing him there with the crowds

Weaving great patterns up in the sky

Perhaps I will join him, yes, bye and bye.


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What does your mouth say about you?

Did you know that your mouth serves

as a window to the rest of the body

and provides an important indicator to

your general well-being? Your body is

incredibly complex and interconnected

and, as such, your mouth can give clues

to issues elsewhere.

For example, people with diabetes have

a higher risk of developing periodontal

disease, which often shows up as

swollen, sore, and bleeding gums. Cold

sores and dry mouth are also common

signs as is oral thrush as a result of a weakened immune system

associated with the condition.

The mouth is full of bacteria which is why a good oral health regime

is so important to keep your teeth and gums clean. If bacteria

spread to other parts of the body, it can cause a range of health

issues – some of which can be extremely serious.

Studies have shown that cardiovascular health can be greatly

affected as bacteria in the bloodstream can lead to increased risk

of heart disease and stroke. Again, inflamed gums and loose teeth

can signal issues in this area. There have also been links between

poor oral health and dementia with experts speculating that this is

because bacteria from gum disease might also travel through the

bloodstream to the brain.

A range of other health issues including vitamin deficiencies (red or

sore tongue), night-time reflux (enamel erosion) and anaemia (loss

of gum colour) can be picked up during oral examinations which

highlights why regular visits to your dentist are so important.

If you would like any more oral health advice visit us at Kilbarchan

Dental Practice, call 01505 704969 or click www.kilbarchandental.

co.uk where you’ll find lots more free tips and advice.

Johnstone History Society

Our meeting in March takes place on the 10th in the Masonic

Hall Collier Street at 7.30pm. The speaker in March is Kenneth P

Colville and his subject is “The Kaiser’s Pirate “this should be a very

interesting evening as it will tell us some interesting facts about

what the German navy got up to in the First World War.

We look forward to a good attendance of members and friends,

this month we have our bi monthly raffle and any donations of

consumable goods would be appreciated. Everyone will be made

welcome and can stay and enjoy a tea or coffee with biscuits.

Our February meeting was very well attended considering the

weather on the night. However everyone who attended enjoyed a

very interesting talk and a picture tour of the 1938 Empire Exhibition

in Bellahouston Park.

The Museum will be open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from

10.30am till 4pm as normal. We have had a change in some of the

displays so do come in and have a look.

There is a selection of books and maps on sale and at the moment

we have two books which have been reduced in price “Doon Valley

Tales “and “Come on Down, The Low Commotion “both down from

£10 to £5. These can all be purchased online at johnstonehistory.

org and any purchases can be paid for via PayPal.


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The Lochwinnoch Festival is in its 19th year. The

brainchild of Lochwinnoch residents, Morag Thow

and Rowena Murray, it has grown from being an

afternoon book festival involving a few local authors

to a three-week, multi-art event that is well-known

throughout Renfrewshire. We discuss beginnings...

“Well, it started 19 years ago as a small afternoon

book event in the village hall because there were

quite a few authors in the village....It grew to

be a weekend, then a long weekend... Then two

weekends, then we joined the bit in the middle!”

The village certainly has more than its fair share

of artistic residents. From much celebrated local

poet, Betty McKellar to Edinburgh Festival star,

Alan Bisset and award-winning writer, Kirsten Innis

and many more besides - there’s a thriving creative


Q. What makes the festival different from other

small art festivals?

We are more ‘multi-arts’ than a lot of other festivals

in the area. We’re probably the only arts festival

in the area that covers everything from visual art,

performance, music and so on. And we really try to

be as inclusive as possible.

Q. Why is it Important?

We have an absolutely shambolic public transport

system. We’ve one tiny wee bus that takes people

to Johnstone Train Station and that is it. But

disadvantaged people, OAPs, low income people,

they can’t get to Paisley, or to Glasgow – even the

last train means you’d have to miss half your show.

We run it because it allows people here to have a

bit of a binge of lots of different kinds of art. We

keep the prices as low as we can, so people can go

to multiple events.

Q. Do you have any top tips for the festival?

Christine Bovill is coming back – she’s lovely and

such a phenomenal performer. Also The Rose

Room, who have been with us five years in a row

- a fantastic act. Melanie Read is with us too - a

wonderful writer. She had a horse riding accident

a few years ago, leaving her paralysed, and now

writes the ‘Spinal Column’ for The Times. She has

become a real advocate for people with disabilities.

Such a brave, inspiring girl.

Q. Do you have a stand out moment from any of

the festivals so far?

Yes, Dougie Mclean about two years ago. Och it was

hilarious. He was just back from Australia playing,

would you believe, at the Sydney Opera House in

Australia. And I introduced him saying “Here he is,

Dougie Mclean! He’s come all the way from Sydney

Opera House to Lochwinnoch Village Hall.

Morag told me that Dougie had parked his motor

home in the village car park so after the gig they

all traversed to the Three Churches (pub) for more


Morag Thow


I caught up with Morag to ask her

about the festival, how it started,

her favourite moments and other

village projects.

“tellin’ old stories” and “singing songs!”

The Festival tagline is “The Friendly Festival”

and this certainly bears out. They treat the

performers as part of the village. They’re taken

for tea or invited out to the pub and made to

feel part of the community. Morag says:

We’re apt to kinda adopt people!

And this friendliness breeds loyalty from the

performers, many of whom keep returning.

You get the feeling that making connections

and linking up people and communities is what

makes Morag tick. In 2018 Lochwinnoch became

a Dementia Friendly Village – a partnership

scheme which aims to include people with

dementia in village life and also support carers

– a direct result of The Lochwinnoch Arts


In 2017 the festival committee selected

Alzheimer’s Scotland as the beneficiary charity

of the festival. Morag decided they could go

one step further. Her hometown of Prestwick

had recently been given the title of Dementia

Friendly Town. Using her connections she set

Lochwinnoch on the same path.

It is interesting you are involved in linking up

so many community projects...

Ach, I taught in university and that was just part

of our job – organising things! And the festival

has a wonderful committee. All of them artistic

in their own way.

But I suppose a lot of it is linked to my interest

in mental and social health. This is true of the

arts festival too. We like having acts on in the

pubs too – free of charge – which, again, is

about the community feeling connected with

one another.

Morag’s academic background is in cardiac

rehabilitation. In addition to the festival and

Dementia Friendly Village, she, along with

her colleague Liz, run the local HeartStart

program, which aims to teach emergency life

saving skills to the local community. They

have signed up over 800 people so far and

are aiming for 1,000 (see page 18). This is a

woman with many strings to her bow.

With over 40 acts to choose from, The

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival has gone from

strength to strength. They now attract acts

and artists from all over Scotland. Talent

abounds, but there can be little doubt, after

my discussion with Morag Thow, that a lot of

the talent also resides behind the scenes!

The festival runs from 6th - 29th March

in various venues throughout the village.


Image credit top left: Di Finn


Photography Exhibition

Library. 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 Renfrewshire

Community Gospel Choir

Parish Church £8/£6

Call For Artists!

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

2020 Art Exhibition will run

from Wednesday 18th March to

Saturday 28th March.

They are on the look out for

artists to exhibit. Optional

theme this year is Coasts and


Submission forms and

information for exhibitors can

be downloaded from the web

site and forms must be returned

by 28th February.

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Arts Festival


Local Writers and Brian

Whittingham the Tannahill

Makar of Renfrewshire

Library 2.15pm Donation

Sing for St Vincents

Calder Church 7.30pm Donation


Gilbert & Sullivan and Operetta


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


Rock and Roll McKillop 7.30pm £10/£8


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

christine bovill

Christine answers the phone with a

wonderfully husky voice. One that

would not be out of place, you’d

imagine, in the jazz music halls of 1920s

Paris. An era to which she is inexorably


Her show ‘Christine Bovill’s Piaf’ garnered a

swathe of five star reviews. In 2017 she picked

up ‘The Spirit of the Fringe Award’ for her next

show, ‘Christine Bovill’s Paris’ and it is this one

that she will bring to the Lochwinnoch Arts

Festival this March. We caught up with Christine

this month for a quick chat...

Q. You seem very drawn musically to this

era. What is it about this time and place that

inspires you?

It was an old family friend, knowing of my

love for old music, who suggested I listen to a

record. I was 14 and the record was Edith Piaf.

This was where it all began. I started to listen

to more and more. I loved the Paris scene; I just

fell in love with the music. But I HATED French.

I loathed it at school! This story is actually a

huge part of the Piaf show.

It wasn’t just the music, you see, I became

obsessed with the language and culture. This

album just opened a whole world to me; the

world of Paris that I wanted to inhabit. It made

me obsessively try to understand the occasional

word or phrase and then kind of in spite of

myself, I just started working harder and harder

at French at school and I ended up doing a

degree in French... and I err became a French

teacher! [Que more wonderful laughing]

You might be forgiven for thinking that Christine

Bovill’s Piaf is some sort of impersonation, but

as Christine explains:

It makes it tricky sometimes, people think I’m

gonnae don a wig and little black dress and go

on as Piaf, but it’s not that at all! I pay homage

to her, but it’s my story really.

Her Piaf show evolved out of a mistake. Every

night she brought musicography notes on

stage, however, one night when she went

to grab them she realised what she had in fact

brought along were the driving directions to the

gig. She says triumphantly,

From that moment on, it kinda steered with its own


People who are Piaf fans know her life story, you

see. What is more interesting is what she means to

me and how a girl from Glasgow is up there doing

a show in French. So I just decided to tell my story

that night and it took off from there.

The Paris show that we’re doing in Lochwinnoch

is similar. We’re talking about the era and about

these icons. Jacques Brel, Charles Trenet, Piaf and

others. I deliberately choose songs that were big

hits in both English and French.

Q. Do you see any similarities between teaching

and your current career as a performer and


You give all your creative energy away when you’re

teaching, so juggling the two meant I had nothing left

to channel into my singing. But there is a huge part

of ‘performing’ when you are dealing with ‘spirited’

kids high school aged kids in Glasgow. They don’t

want to speak to you in English nevermind French!

Having watched many youtube clips of Christine

now, I can fully assert that knowing French is not a

prerequisite for these shows. Just as she was moved

emotionally as a 14-year-old, listing to her icon,

Piaf, you cannot fail to be moved when watching

Christine. She has the ability to communicate with

the audience through her incredible voice which

somehow transcends language to the very heart

of a song. Not to be missed.

Christine Bovill’s Paris is on at the McKillop Centre

on Thursday 19th March.


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Gryffe Valley Rotary Club

Burns Supper 2020

The Annual Burns Supper was held in the River Inn on

Saturday 18th January 2020, chaired by President Hamid

Khatib. Nearly 200 people enjoyed a superb meal, including

a Beggar’s

Purse of


Neeps and

Tatties, and


entertainment by members

and guests. With the benefit

of a well-supported raffle

£3,500 was raised for local

Rotary charitable causes!

Speakers Meetings

Wednesday 29th January –

James Friend “The Story of


Dr James Friend qualified

in Medicine at Cambridge &

Edinburgh Universities before

a distinguished Consultant’s

career in respiratory medicine

in Aberdeen. James explained

The History of Tobacco” from

its first cultivation in 5000BC in

Peru/Ecuador, through 1492 when Columbus’ crew were the first Europeans

to try it, to 1559 when Jean Nicot (origin of nicotine) travelled from France to

Lisbon with tobacco cuttings. By the 1700s there was extensive tobacco use

throughout the world and Glasgow became the main UK tobacco port, hence

the Tobacco Lords who feature in Glasgow street names. The Slave Trade

built up over 400 years but was abolished in 1807.

James went on to outline the worrying health issues that emerged and studies

of lung cancer and vascular disease. An excellent and hugely interesting talk.

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@


Time to Try Rotary?

Are you recently retired? New to the area? Want the

opportunity to give something back in the new decade?

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 www.gryffevalley.

rotary1230.org. 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!

End of Tax Year Planning

The Tax Year end is upon us and this presents

opportunities to make the most of tax breaks and

allowances. Generally, if you don’t use allowances they

are lost. So, what things should you consider before the

5th April 2020?

Tax Free Investing - The ISA allowance is £20,000

(£4,368 for Junior ISA) for each person this tax year, so

a couple could invest over £40,000 tax free in cash or

investments. You can repeat this after 06/04/2020 to

double up your tax-free investments

Capital Gains - An individual can make a capital gain on

the sale of an asset and keep the first £12,000 tax free –

so up to £24,000 tax free for a couple.

Reduce your Income Tax - If your income is above 50Kpa

or above £100K consider making pension contributions

to reduce your tax bill and restore allowances – but take

care not to break the rules!

Pension Funding – Government is reducing how much

high earners can put into pension. Use Carry forward

of unused pension allowances to boost your retirement

funds and reduce your income tax. Your 2017/18 pension

allowance will be lost if you don’t use it.

Non-earners can contribute to a pension – even if you

don’t work or you are retired you may still be able to

invest up to £2,880 in a pension plan and get £720 free

from the Taxman!

Don’t leave planning to the last minute - Why not use

your allowances/take action at the start of the new tax

year and avoid the panic of last-minute planning at the

end of each tax year?

Make Charitable donations – to reduce your taxable


Inheritance Tax – make a gift of £3,000 per person free

from Inheritance Tax

Make larger gifts for Inheritance tax purposes – if you

are affected by this tax.

Take professional advice – consider speaking with an

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the most of your money.

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• Rent payable. Ask the landlord for a rent-free period or other

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Next deadline - Wednesday 11th March




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 meet at Morrisons

alternative Tuesday evening

form 7pm to 9pm. Contact

Pamela on 07743 156738 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.

Lochwinnoch SWI

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Kilbarchan NWR

There are 2 meetings in March

- “The Lesser Known Other

Half” of a famous person and

a review of the book Picnic at

Hanging Rock.

The group would be happy to

welcome new members - we

meet in each others’ homes

every second Wednesday

from September - June and

discuss a variety of issues and

occasionally invite a speaker.

For further information, phone

01505 348627 or visit the

website: www.nwr.org.uk

Kilbarchan Parish

Church Tots’ Club

The club continues on Mondays

from 9.15am - 11.30am in the

church hall, the cost is £1 per

adult. There is a wide variety of

toys for the tots and plenty of

chat for the adults.

Kilbarchan Messy


Our next Messy Church is on

Saturday 21st March from 4pm

– 6pm in the Church Halls. Our

theme this month is ‘Easter/


Come along and join in the

fun with games, crafts, stories

& song. All young people will

be made very welcome, just

remember to bring an adult

along with you.

Cuppa at the Kirk

Monday 2nd March in Kilbarchan

Parish Church small hall from

1.30pm - 3pm. All welcome for

coffee and a chat.

Knitting Bee

We meet at the Lynnhurst Hotel

on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm.

For more information contact

Fay: 07780 748430.

The March meeting is on Wednesday, 19th of March at 7.30pm in

the McKillop Hall. As spring is on the horizon we are concentrating

on all things gardening. Brian Young from Holmes Farm Nursery

is coming to whet out appetite on ideas for this season’s planting.

We look forward to welcoming members and friends to join us

for this evening and also for cup of tea/ coffee and cake. Please

remember to bring a mug. For any further info contact Elma at

843193 or email: richmond32@tiscali.co.uk

Would you know what to do in an


♥ Every week in Scotland, 70 people suffer cardiac


♥ More than 3500 people per year in Scotland are

treated by the Ambulance Service following a

cardiac arrest.

♥ Only one in 20 people will survive.

♥ Without resuscitation, cardiac arrest is always fatal

♥ But, performing CPR could double that person’s chance of


Heartstart courses are free of charge and it only takes two hours to

learn the skills which may someday save a life:

♥ CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

♥ Heart Attack ♥ Recovery position

♥ Choking

♥ Serious bleeding

To learn the simple skills that save lives, contact Morag Thow on

07868 752814 to book onto one of our courses in 2020:

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 Habbies’ Art Group Post-

Christmas Lunch

This year we broke with tradition. Instead of our usual December

Christmas lunch we decided to organise a buffet mid-January in the

Kilbarchan Guide Centre where our classes are held. In December

a small group checked out one of the best known sources of fine

foods and wines, and compiled a list of tempting items for our

menu. The group duly returned in January only to find several

items discontinued. This entailed scouring local shops to make up

the shortfall. Thankfully, the Prosecco had been purchased well in

advance. We had to think of priorities !

The big day dawned and our group of enthusiastic helpers turned

up, suitably attired and equipped, ready for action. Everyone

worked hard to produce a wonderful selection of truly tempting

dishes - so much for the January diet ! After the meal the raffle

prizes were handed out to lucky winners, and everyone voted a

very big thank you to our Chairperson, Irene, who put so much time

and work into organising the lunch. Also helpers and friends were

thanked for their efforts to make the day a success.

We are all now back

happily painting

away, working

towards our next

exhibition - hopefully,

the Kilbarchan Habbies art group !!

in September/

October. In the

meantime we can

look forward to our

annual trip. This

year we are heading

to Edinburgh’s

Botanic Gardens and,

possibly, on towards

Musselburgh if the

day is wet. The fun

never stops ! Not

just an art group -

Chairperson, Irene (centre), with helpers, Irene, Nan and

Joseph. Class member, Stephen (extreme left) is checking the

wine !

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Lochwinnoch Parish Church To Close

Fight Goes On

A special meeting of Lochwinnoch Church of Scotland Parish Church

congregation was told after their Sunday Service on 19th January

that Presbytery Plan Review Committee had decided to dissolve the

212 year old Parish Church as a working church from next Easter

Sunday 12th April.

Notice regarding Lochwinnoch Parish Church

It is with profound regret that the Kirk Session of Lochwinnoch

Parish Church inform the Lochwinnoch community that, following

a process of consultation with the Session and congregation,

the Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley has decided that the

congregation shall be dissolved on 12th April 2020. The last

service of worship will be on Easter Sunday at 11am led by Very

Rev Dr Lorna Hood, former moderator of the General Assembly.

The dwindling numbers of members and office bearers; the

required substantial repairs and improvements needed to the

buildings; and the national picture of a shortage of ministers in

the Church of Scotland all contributed to this decision.

As a result of this the buildings i.e. Church and halls will not be

available for lets following the 12th of April. The General Trustees

of the Church of Scotland will handle the sale of the manse and

the disposal of the church and halls. For enquiries in this regard

please contact gentrustees@churchofscotland.org.uk .

For enquiries regarding church membership please contact the

Session Clerk, Ms Mary Barr, marybarr44@btinternet.com .

For enquiries regarding church membership after the 12th of

April please contact Greenock and Paisley Presbytery Office,

01505 615033.

Douglas Valance from the Presbytery presiding over the meeting,

said that the decision was taken with much regret and reluctance

as part of a wide review considering that the future of the church

was not sustainable, due to the falling number in the regular

congregation, and difficulties the Church of Scotland was having

in recruiting new ministers. The Paisley District was 18 -19 ministers

short of the number wanted to fill vacancies.

About 40 communicant members of the church attended to vote

on the dissolution and were told that the church Heritable property,

church, manse, and church hall would be sold with proceeds going

to the General Trustees of the Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley,

and the Moveable Property, cash, funds, and marketable securities

would be disposed of in consultation with Parish Church trustees.

The Parish of Lochwinnoch would be incorporated within the Parish

of Kilbarchan.

Several church elders and members of the congregation disagreed

with decision to close the Church and asked for the vote on the

dissolution to be delayed due to the absence of information in an

Appendix, still to be drawn up, on Moveable Property and Assets,

and absence of specific information relating to ownership of the

church property by the Presbytery, or if it was historically invested

in the Parish of Lochwinnoch. This had been found to be the case

several years ago when Renfrewshire Council had proposed sale of

the village library building.

Mr Valance and the Rev Hanneke Marshall explained that the decision

of the Presbytery was final, and the church would be closed in April,

but arrangements had been made for the Boys Brigade and Girls

Brigade to be able to continue to use the Church Hall until the end

of May, to allow time for alternative meeting places to be arranged.

The result of the vote of registered participating communicant

members was 19 in favour of dissolving the church and 17 against.

The closure of the Church of Scotland Parish Church is a devastating

blow to the community of Lochwinnoch, coming after the closure

and demolition of the Catholic Chapel in Lochwinnoch last year. The

Parish Church is a major venue for activities of community groups,

the Village Arts Festival, Public Concerts, and has been used by the

congregation of the former Catholic Chapel for regular services

since their chapel was closed.

The McKillop Village Hall, which is the other major public meeting

place, heavily used by community groups, the Childrens Nursery and

Out of School groups, is also due to close for an extended period for

renovation, so the combined effect, and timing, on the village could

hardly be worse.

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Lochwinnoch International Aid

Following our AGM, we have over £800 in our account and are

ready to start making donations again. There are six charities, with

connections to Lochwinnoch, to which we regularly give moneyl.

This includes Mary’s Meals which many local people also support

directly. A million children are given breakfast everyday through

this charity, to encourage them into school and learning.

We also make one-off donations, particularly where we can help

small communities to develop their skills and resources to make

themselves more sustainable. This is particularly necessary in light

of increasing problems caused by political instability and the threat

of climate change. The developing world is already being affected

by the climate emergency and these countries will continue to bear

the brunt of this increasing threat.

Practical Action is a charity that focuses on helping rural communities

to improve their skills, particularly in agriculture but also in local

health and transport. We are sending £100 to Practical Action for

their work in Sudan, Zimbabwe and Darfur where the emphasis is

on dealing with climate change. For every pound that the public

contribute to Practical Action, the government will double it. This

offer ends on 9th March but other charities will get their turn [long

may it last!]. We urge anyone who wants to take advantage of the

offer to check which charities will benefit during the next year.

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Lochwinnoch Community

Development Trust

The Board have been meeting regularly in our efforts to further

the acquisition of the Lochhead Avenue site, where we plan to sink

a new water borehole. Renfrewshire Council would like evidence

that the site is suitable for water abstraction, which means we need

a trial borehole. We have now asked a market research firm to

investigate if there is a viable market for this water. It would make

little sense to invest in a project if there was no market, so we must

wait and see. Having this report will either support fundraising

for a borehole or suggest we should think again. The project is

perhaps taking more time than anticipated, but we want to be

thorough in our approach. Meantime, we have made links with

the newly re-established Community Council, with Director Sheila

Briggs joining the council, which is headed up by previous chair

of LochwinnochCDT, Dave Mellor. There are also several other

interesting ideas, but none have progressed beyond the ‘interesting

idea’ phase at the moment! The Board are willing to look at other

projects which might arise from and benefit the community

of Lochwinnoch and, as a formally constituted body, we could

possibly assist in providing a structure for grant applications and

other activities. However, we are all volunteers, and any project

will require the support of the interested parties to bring it forward.

Anyone who feels they could provide active support by joining the

Board or one of our working groups looking at Communications

and Fundraising, please get in touch.

We will be meeting up with other Development Trusts at a

conference organised by DTAS (Development Trust Association

Scotland) in Beith at end of February. This will be an opportunity

to share experiences and develop links, which can often be very























Our other plans include a Fairtrade cheese and wine tasting evening

in early March, participation at Lochwinnoch Gala day, and some

more musical events. All these will be advertised locally and, we

hope, will raise more money for our chosen causes.

Contact us via lochintaid@gmail.com or tel: 07523 129122 to join us.

Howwood Youth Club

Howwood Youth Club have received 2 donations of funding from

the Youth Scotland Rural Action Fund, a fund administered by

Youth Scotland using funding from The Robertson Trust and The

Gannochy Trust.

The first donation of funding was for £500 to cover the cost of a

bus to and from Flip Out for the Youth Club Christmas Outing in

December, and to purchase new equipment. The new equipment

purchased includes 2 freestanding netball posts, an 18 inch

magnetic dart board set, a jumbo Giant Connect 4 game, and a 6ft

snooker table.

The second donation of funding was for £750, which shall pay for

the rental of Howwood Village Hall where the Youth Club is held on

Thursday evenings, for the foreseeable future.

We wish to give our thanks to the Youth Scotland Rural Action

Fund for providing financial support to Howwood Youth Club.

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

Howwood: Village Hall: 2nd Tues at 7.30pm. | www.howwood.com/


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


Lochwinnoch: Bowling Club: 1st Tues at 7.30pm

Community Halls to Let

Kilbarchan, Guide Centre. Tel: 702758.

Kilbarchan, Old Library Centre. Tel: 706070

Ladies Lifeboat Guild SOS Lunch

The Lochwinnoch Ladies Lifeboat Guild raised £ 1,010 for the RNLI

at their annual SOS Haggis and Neeps lunch to coincide with the

Robert Burns anniversary.

The event on January 22nd was held at the Lochbarr Leisure Centre

attended by more than 50 members and friends.

The sum raised was the highest by a single event in the history of

the group and adds to the £20,000 that the group have raised for

the RNLI in the past five years.

Name A Guide Dog Puppy

(West Renfrewshire Fundraising Group)

A name is the first gift that a guide dog puppy receives, and

Kilbarchan village has chosen the name HABBIE and become part

of one lucky puppy’s life changing story.

We are hoping you can help support our appeal. To succeed, we’ve

set an ambitious target of raising £2,500 by October 2020.

We are already three quarters of the way there having raised £1,750

with the help of volunteers and local businesses.

Could you, your friends or organisation/workplace find a way to

help raise part of the final £800 by October? You would be helping

to transform the lives of people living with sight loss.

If you can hold a fundraising event to support this appeal please

get in touch. Anne Ferguson, anneferguson_1953@hotmail.com or

07779 976047.

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Lochwinnoch Green Belt Fight Goes On

The submission of planning application by Stewart Milne housebuilders

for 122 homes on Green-belt land on the perimeter of the

village in November, has motivated Lochwinnoch residents to renew

their campaign with extra intensity to oppose this development.

The campaign against the proposal in the 13 week consultation

on the Renfrewshire Council’s Local Development Plan (2019) to a

change the site from previous Green Belt status to a site intended

for new housing, resulted in 883 objections. The Council declined

to change the Plan, before submission to Scottish Government,

but noted the objections and referred the decision to Scottish


Subsequent submission of a formal Planning Application has

required a new campaign for objections, including use of local

social media. This resulted in distribution of nearly 2,000 leaflets

summarizing objections inserted in Chatterbox, in collection

boxes at the main public gathering, places, and house to house

distribution throughout the village, inviting further objections.

Renfrewshire Council have agreed to extend the deadline for

objections until the end of March awaiting decision the Local

Development Plan.

Objections to the Planning Application sent to Renfrewshire Council,

together with objections sent direct by E-mail, already exceed 500.

The new appointed Community Council being inaugurated on 4th

February will now also have the opportunity of making an official

objection, adding to the response from the Community.

Lochwinnoch is being targeted for large scale new house

development after multiple applications have been unsuccessful

in the past two years on other Green-belt areas around Bridge of

Weir, Brookfield and Kilbarchan.

While initial outline plans for the Burnfoot Road site and supporting

investigations and surveys claim to show that the development of

the site in isolation is effective and deliverable, the village objection

campaign is based on its detrimental effects on the wider village

infrastructure, local flooding issues outside the site itself, and

additional risk to public health and recreational use of Castle

Semple Loch.

The type of housing proposed with 80% four five and six bedrooms

is judged to be “ The Wrong Type in the Wrong Place” extending

Urban Sprawl to Conservation Village of Lochwinnoch, while there

are several alternative brown-field sites and vacant land within the


Friends Of Howwood Park

‘Friends of Howwood Park’ now has a

Facebook page. To follow us, please find

and like the page, and you will be kept up

to date with what’s going on at Howwood


At the moment, posts will mainly be in

relation to the installation of new equipment

and physical upgrading works at the park.

However, in the future, we hope to post

details of classes and events which will be

on at the park.

The park is being upgraded. To date, new play equipment, football

goals and a new perimeter path have been installed, existing paths

have been upgraded, fencing has been renewed, drainage has been

improved and new picnic tables have been installed.

The next phase of work will include the installation of 2 skateboard/

scooter ramps - namely a Quarter Pipe (image below) and a Fun

Box (image below) - and the installation of an outdoor gym. We

anticipate these will be installed around the end of March. This work

is being funded by Renfrewshire Councils Green Spaces, Parks and

Play Areas Fund, and LEADER Renfrewshire.

Howwood Women’s Institute

Tuesday 17th March in Howwood Village Hall at 7.30pm

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Next deadline - Wednesday 11th March

Sunday 29th March

McKillop Hall, Main Street, Lochwinnoch

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

presentation. 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

Mothers Day &

Easter Gift and Craft


Sunday 15th March, Kilbarchan

Guide Centre, High Barholm,

Kilbarchan: 1pm to 4pm.

Come along and browse our fantastic local crafter stalls. More than

20 to choose from; jewellery, bags n broaches, soaps, art work,

sweets, cards, books and much more...... Something for everyone!

We would love to see you there!

Entry: Adults £2 Children go free (Tea and coffee included).

All funds raised will go towards World Challenge.

Since 2017 I have had the honour to represent Kilbarchan,

Lochwinnoch and Howwood as your Independent Voice,

unfettered by the constraints of party politics, and

always being able to put people before politics. This I

again intend to do in the forthcoming annual Budget

meeting of Renfrewshire Council which will be in early

March. The Council is currently a Council of Minorities,

with 19 SNP, 13 Labour, 8 Conservatives, 1 Liberal

Democrat, and 2 Independents, of which I am one.

My budget demands for Kilbarchan are, the upgrade and cleaning

of the War Memorial, more investment for Kilbarchan Cemetery,

and road resurfacing for Taylor Avenue, Station Road, Cunningham

Gardens, Craigends Drive, and Fulton Crescent. My demands for

Lochwinnoch are, an upgrade of Lochwinnoch Primary School

playground and investment in IT, and my demands for Howwood

are, the resurfacing and upgrade of Bowfield Road and the internal

renovation of Howwood Village Hall.

Contact Details for Cllr Andy Doig & Advice Surgeries –

Kilbarchan - 2nd Wednesday of Month, 7.30pm, Steeple Hall

Howwood – 4th Wednesday of Month, 6.30pm, Howwood Village


Lochwinnoch – 4th Wednesday of Month, 7.30pm, McKillop


I can always be contacted on: e-mail – cllr.andy.doig@renfrewshire.

gov.uk phone – 07534 148224 facebook - Independent Voice/

Ward9JohnstoneAndVillages twitter - CllrAndy4Ward8

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I write this months column in the immediate aftermath of

Storm Ciara. The villages of West Renfrewshire escaped

the worst impact of the torrential rain and severe

gales. Nonetheless there were episodes of flooding in

Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch and Johnstone.

There is little doubt that the considerable number of

blocked drains and gullies across ward 9 was a major

contributory factor to the problems that did arise. Many

predict that such storms and similar weather events will increase,

and therefore a review of the frequency of the gully cleaning

programme needs to be undertaken by the Council to ensure it is

fully prepared for these future events

I have been contacted by constituents in Kilbarchan and

Lochwinnoch who have had unannounced visits from individuals

offering to undertake emergency roof repairs that they claim are

required. I have also been made aware of flyers offering to do work

arising from the need for householders to take action on fire safety,

in order to comply with new safety standards legislation set out by

the Scottish Government in February 2019, which requires smoke

and heat alarms to be fitted in living rooms and kitchens, alarms

which must be integrated.

Before taking any action, anyone who is affected or is unhappy about

these approaches, should seek advice by contacting Renfrewshire

Councils Trading Standards Section on 0300 300 0380 or by e mail

at ts.es@renfrewshire.gov.uk Additionally in regard to fire safety,

the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service offers a free home fire safety

visit which can be arranged by phoning 0800 731999.

In last month’s Advertizer I mentioned that the Transport Bill having

received Royal Assent gives the opportunity for local councils to

run bus services. The matter was raised at the last meeting of

Renfrewshire Councils Audit Risk and Scrutiny Board and a report

was presented with information provided by Lothian Buses the and

the Unite Trade Union.

Lothian Buses is the only municipal bus operator in Scotland,

91% owned by Edinburgh City Council with the other 9% owned

by neighbouring councils. The submission by Lothian buses

which outlines the models of local franchising and statutory bus

partnerships can be found online attached to the Audit Risk and

Scrutiny Board meeting of the 20th January. This will now be the

subject of a further report to the next meeting of the board that

will set out recommendations on the way forward. This should be

based on the recognition that the provision of a municipal public

transport system meets the needs of local communities, is green

and environmentally friendly, and encourages walking and cycling.

There are a number of challenges not the least of which is how

people can be encouraged to use their cars less, and how bus

services are to be paid for.

Finally the deadline for funding applications to the Villages

Local Partnership is the 9th March. There are many valued new,

and longstanding village organisations in Kilbarchan, Howwood

and Lochwinnoch that benefit from this funding and it is

important that this continues. Further information guidance and

application forms can be found at http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/


My surgeries are on the first Saturday of each 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.

Churches in Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderslie

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

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

meet from 10.45am in the halls. All welcome. Members continue to support the

Paisley food bank every week.

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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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 Crew

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.

I have to say that one of the most enjoyable

aspects of being a Councillor is being able to

attend the numerous craft fayres, coffee mornings,

church and school events, and every season has

its own flavour. January and February are always

the season for Burns Suppers which my husband

and I both enjoy. And the first Gryffe High Burns

Supper organised by the Parent Council, staff and

the senior pupils, which I attended was a fantastic new local

addition to the Burns Supper calendar. The quality of the

food was only matched by the quality of the contributions by

the senior pupils, in particular, the toast to the lassies by the

young men, and the resultant response from the lassies, was

extremely good. The whole event was a credit to the Head

teacher, Mr Johnson, to the parents of the pupils, and to the

pupils themselves, not to mention great value for money at

only £10 per ticket.

Widespread concern about the climate challenge has

prompted many concerned constituents to contact me and

ask what Renfrewshire Council is doing. Well, I am pleased

to report that the last meeting of the Environment and

Infrastructure Board reported that recycling percentages

have gone up across Renfrewshire in the last year. This may

seem like a very minor thing but as my granny used to say,

from small acorns great oaks grow.

April/May will see the next meeting of the Villages Local

Area Partnership for 2020, and many worthy groups from

Brookfield, Crosslee, and Houston have received frequent

grants in the past, however, grant funding is always less than

the number of applications received. Please ensure that if you

intend to submit a grant application to the LAP then please

go onto the Renfrewshire Council website to download and

send back an application as soon as possible.

Contact Details:

Brookfield Advice Surgery – 2nd Thurs of the month at

Brookfield Village Hall, 6.30pm

Houston Advice Surgery – 4th Wed of the month at the

Carrick Centre at 7.15pm, but I can always be contacted on

e-mail - cllr.audrey.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk phone- 07768


Houston & Crosslee SWI

We continue our 90th year with an outing on 11th March to

the Stain Glass Company to see how the designs are made.

Our AGM and Spring Show will be on 15th April a week later

than usual.

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 459994.


Chocolicous Morning

Tuesday 3rd March, 10.15am –

11.45am, Houston Primary School

Indulge yourself in our Fairtrade


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!

Acoustic Nights -

River Inn

Acoustic music evening with local

musicians Scowlin’ Wolf

Sunday 1st March 8pm - 10pm

Special guest Paisley singer/guitarist

Jim Rough

These acoustic nights are on the first

Sunday of every month until June.

If you are interested in playing

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Churches in Houston

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

unless otherwise stated. 1st March - 11am, 2pm & 6.45pm, Communion Services:

6th March 7.30pm at St Fillan’s R.C. Church, World Day Of Prayer. 8th, 15th, 22nd

& 29th March 11am Morning Worship. You can find out more about us at www.


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:- Adoration

of Most Blessed Sacrament Mon & Wed 9.10am - 9.30am. Confessions: Thurs 8pm -

8.30pm, Sat 10am and after Vigil Mass or on request. Baptism - by arrangement. Parish

Priest: Monsignor Andrew McFadden. 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




























Next deadline - Wednesday 11th March

Houston Community Council

Meeting held on the 15th January 2020

Policing: The attending Community Police Officers reported a total

of 12 recorded crimes for the period. The crimes included 1 account

of theft, 1 account of theft by housebreaking, 1 account of robbery,

1 account of common assault, 2 accounts of anti-social behaviour, 2

accounts of fraud and 2 road traffic offences.

Main Street Crossing: A local resident attended the meeting to

request support from the Community Council, for a crossing to be

implemented on Main Street, and ask advice on how to proceed

given that Renfrewshire Council had refused the request after a

traffic review. Suggestions included reducing request from a lollipop

man to zebra crossing and, painted ‘slow’ signs on road. Both HCC

and councillors confirmed their support for this ongoing campaign.

South Street Play Park Committee: A representative updated

those present that the fundraising group was formally established

having taken over from the former Houston Playpark Improvement

Group. The group had lots of fundraising ideas and were looking

for available grants to support their initiative. The two primary

schools and Gryffe High School voted on the name, ‘Helicopter

Park’, for fundraising purposes. A community cookbook to raise

funds is underway. Access issues is one of the main concerns of the


Connecting Houston: The project to connect Houston to the National

Cycle Network has been awarded £5,000 to develop the first stage

of the project plan – Connecting Houston. This will be done through

community engagement (social media and drop-in event), further

research by the sub-group, and is to be completed by the end of

May. There were discussions on how best to do this and a draft

summary statement on the proposals will be shared with residents

in due course. Other potential stakeholders include schools and

Johnstone Jets Cycling Club.

Renfrewshire Council - Consultation on Admissions to Schools

and Placing Request Policy: From 27th January – 31st March,

Renfrewshire Council is consulting with communities, interested

groups and parents on the proposals below.

1. Change to primary 1 registration dates;

2. Revise primary 1 registration allocation of catchment places;

3. Revise transfer from primary to secondary allocation of

catchment secondary places; and

4. Revise allocation of placing request places.

The board report outlining the proposals can be accessed via this

link: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay

The online consultation response questionnaire can be accessed via

this link: https://arcg.is/15y4eC

Houston and Killellan Kirk Carnival


This years Carnival will be held on Saturday 2nd May with some new

additions to the side shows and this year will be first for a different

type of food available. It is widely rumoured that a Street Food stall

will available and having been at the tasting session of the foods that

will be for sale I can thoroughly recommend you visit it. All the old

favourites will still be there beef burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian

hot dogs. A visit to The Tearoom will not disappoint as tea/coffee

and homebaking will welcome you. Tearoom tickets will be available

in due course but you can always pay at the door. Remember the

parade where you can join all the other animals being led by the 1st

Houston Boys and Girls Brigade Pipe Band.

The carnival is a successful annual event which generates funds for

the church and wider community and it relies on the support of

volunteers. We are seeking volunteers to assist with the set up,

running of the event and clear up afterwards. If you’re able to offer

any assistance, even if only half an hour of your time, we would

be most grateful. Please contact us via the Facebook page or at:


World Day of Prayer in Houston

World Day of Prayer prepared by the Christian Women of Zimbabwe

at St. Fillan’s, Houston, Friday 6th March at 7.30pm. Everyone most

Welcome. Tea and cakes after the service.

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Houston Helicopter Park Project

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.facebook.


We have also created a crowd-funding page at


DON’T FORGET - Our Easter Egg hunt in the newly-named

Helicopter Park by the Compass Centre on South Street on

Sunday April 12th from 11.30am. Please come along and support


Houston & Killellan Kirk

40 for 40 Lent Challenge

Trussell Trust, who run the major Foodbanks including the one in

Paisley, are encouraging supporters to donate 40p for each of the

40 fasting days of Lent – as an alternative to giving up chocolate,

wine or whatever. Perhaps the generous congregation of Houston

& Killellan Kirk, rather than donating the money, may put a slightly

different slant on this. They have been asked to consider setting

aside an item per day of about 40 pence value – either a toiletry or

food item. It is recognised that 40 pence does not purchase much,

as we and certainly those who need support from the Foodbank

can testify. So it could be an 80 pence item every two days or £1.20

value over three days. Perhaps it is unfair to make greater demands

on these wonderful Foodbank supporters, but they will certainly

be up for the challenge, and those organising the Renfrewshire

Foodbank will continue to be amazed!

Golden Fields by Joan Smith

Your Ward 10 Councillors

Audrey Doig, Scott Kerr, Alison Jean Dowling, James Sheridan

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

Community Council Visitors welcome at monthly meetings

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


Art Club

Art Show

Sunday 26th April

12noon - 4.30pm

Brookfield Village


Tea Room with

Home Baking

Admission £1

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ARTVENTURERS: Starting Wednesday 11 March

Monday to Friday Gryffe Manor Out of School 01505 615438.

Dance West Scotland enquiries@dancewestscotland.co.uk

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): 1pm - Mary

Laidlaw 01505 229112


Paint Pot Tots (Weekly): 10am

- Dawn Campbell 07789 262


Yoga (Weekly): 7pm - M/s

Lawson 01505 613690

Councillor Surgery: 12noon

(18th) - Allison Dowling


Gryffe Melody Makers: 7pm -

12th /26th

Community Council: 7.30pm -


Dance West Scotland (Weekly):

MH – 4pm - 7pm enquires@


(26th 5/7)

Dance West Scotland(Weekly):

R2 – 6pm - 7pm

Baby Class (MOO MUSIC)

(Weekly): 10am


Gryffe Quilting Group: 1pm -

3pm (20th - 10am)

Primary Colours (Weekly):

3.30pm – 4.30pm

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 01505 674277, Barry Walker 01505 614039

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


Spring Concerts in 2020

Saturday 28th March at 8pm

Crafty Friends: 7.30pm - 6th

Folk Club (Weekly): 8pm

- iaintdawson@gmail.com

07786 078952

Move It Or Lose It (Weekly):

10.30am – 11.30am

Councillor Surgery: 7.15pm

(27th) - Audrey Doig


Yoga (Weekly): 10.30am - M/s

Lawson 01505 613690

Dance West Scotland (Weekly)

MH: 3.15pm -7pm

Dance West Scotland (Weekly)

R2: 5pm - 7pm

Gavin Newlands M.P. Surgery:

12.30pm – 1.30pm (14th)


Dance West Scotland

(Weekly) MH: 9.45am - 5pm

(22nd 12noon)

Dance West Scotland (Weekly)

R2: 9am – 1.30pm

Councillors Surgery: 11:30am –

12noon (1st) Jim Sheridan


Baptist Church (Weekly): 11am

and 6pm

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



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

To request more information and tickets please call 01505

229597 or email: thecarrickcentre@gmail.com



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 masterpieces.

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 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


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)


The Annual General Meeting of Brookfield Village Council will

be held on Friday 27th March at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. This

will be an opportunity to hear an update on the Village Council’s

activities over the last year. Following the meeting please join us

for a glass of wine.

Facebook: brookfieldvillage.org Twitter: @BrookfieldVPA

e-mail: brookfieldvpa@gmail.com

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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.

Freeland Focus on

: The Vine Trust

Saturday 7th March at 7pm

Speaker Lois Sproat (Volunteer

at The Vine Trust) with music

from Freeland Praise Band. Meal

served at 7pm - All welcome.


Bridge of Weir SWI

Our next meeting on Thursday

5th March will be a presentation

on Holistic Therapies. We

meet at 7.15 for 7.30pm at Old

Ranfurly Golf Club. Guests and

members made very welcome.


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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 - Morning service at 10.30am and Evening service at 7pm. 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,

everyone welcome. Junior Church meets 1st, 8th and 29th of March. Link seated

service: Friday 13th March at 2pm in the Session Room. All Age service Sunday 15th

of March 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.co.uk

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

Community Council

February 2020

Re-occurrences of the

overflowing sewer behind Main

Street on route to Ranfurly (The

Glen) Play Park has initiated

Scottish Water to list this as one

of 200 investment options. Due to the location and the pollution left

behind the Community Council has written to our MSP demanding

this be given a high priority for upgrade.

The Community Council received complaints that trees in the

grounds of Gryffe Castle covered by TPO’s, Tree Preservation

Order’s were felled without planning consent the Community

Council has contacted Planning Officers for an explanation.

Comprehensive proposals to expand Scotland’s Rail network have

been produced by the influential think tank Railfuture Scotland and

recommended to the Scottish Government. Proposals included

the re-opening of the Kilmacolm line. The Community Council will

contact our MSP’s asking them to give full consideration to the


The Police reported to the Community Council incidents of Wheelie

Bins being taken from premises and set alight at nearby locations

we were informed youths as young as 12 are responsible for these

occurrences and the Police are keeping a close watch in the areas


The Police issued warnings to be aware of bogus building

maintenance workmen who are exploiting residents in Bridge of

Weir and neighbouring villages. They advised never give over cash

in advance.

Community Councillors informed the Police that the new speed limit

restrictions introduced on Johnstone Road were not being adhered

to by drivers, the Police said they will look into this matter.

The garden planted by BBOW at the Prieston Road junction has

once again been hit by a vehicle, the traffic calming sub-committee

will ask if more signage can be put in place. At the same location

we have been informed that the bus shelter will be replaced as

the contractor who damaged the previous one has admitted

liability. Renfrewshire Council are currently unable to give a date

for replacement works.

At this early stage in the year we are currently working on obtaining

funding for the Village Christmas Light’s Switch on event. We

would be delighted if a sponsor for the event or part of the evening

would come forward.

The Community Council next meets on Tuesday the 3rd of March

in the Cargill Hall.

Keep up to date with us by visiting on our Facebook page Bridge

of Weir Community Council.


Community Centre

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

St Machar’s

Ranfurly Church

The Terrace Lunch Friday 28th

of February and Friday 27th

March at 12noon

The Guild meets Monday 2nd of

March at 7.30pm and Rev Hanneke

Marshall will speak about her

journey from the Netherlands to

ministry in Scotland with some

detours on the way… On the 16th

of March a young person comes

to speak about the Church of

Scotland Youth Assembly and

the AGM is held. Also at 7.30pm

in the church hall.

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The Bridge

Spring is upon us and already at The Bridge, plans are coming

together for Christmas 2020! Alison Bannerman has designed our

much acclaimed Christmas card and members of the Paisley Colour

Photographic Club are taking photographs for the 2020 Calendar.

Mother’s Day is celebrated on 22nd March. Send a card from our

selection to delight your Mum and show how much you care. Easter

Sunday is celebrated on 12th April. Brighten up someone’s day by

sending an Easter Greetings card from our colourful display.

Art Exhibition: From Monday 2nd

March, running for 5 weeks, there will

be an exhibition of the work of Gary

McIlkenny. Gary’s work features oil

paintings with a mainly urban theme

inspired by local scenes and his travels

in France and the USA. Whilst visiting

The Bridge please take the opportunity

to view his paintings.

Post Office: The Post Office team at

The Bridge, Donald, Stuart and Alison

are always happy to assist.

Volunteers: Do you have a spare 4

hours once a month? If so, please

consider becoming a volunteer in The

Bridge. Do not worry about lack of experience as another friendly

volunteer will be only too happy to assist.

Trustees Annual Report: The Trustees Report & Accounts for the

eighth year of The Bridge were approved by the trustees on 15th

January. Please view a copy at the Bridge.

We look forward to seeing you at The Bridge - Your Community

Centre, Shop and Post office.

The Masqueraders

Back again by popular demand

Saturday 25th April at 7pm in St Machar’s Ranfurly Church Hall

The group is rehearsing very hard and you will again experience an

evening filled with amazing talent to entertain you. Not content

with amazing entertainment you will also be refreshed with tea/

coffee and home baking after the show.

The chosen charity this year is “Rays of Hope” a Cancer Support

Group based in Elderslie. It was established in 2015 in order to

provide a safe, confidential environment for cancer sufferers and

their families during and after treatment. They have many regular

activities; exercise classes, craft activities, a walking group, creative

writing, knitting and crochet to name but a few. They also have a

choir for both ladies and gentlemen.

With the success of the last show, tickets are sure to be in high

demand. Numbers are limited due to the size of the hall so get in

early to avoid disappointment. Tickets, priced £5, will be on sale

from the beginning of April from any of the group. In order not

to miss out on tickets for this highly entertaining evening. Phone

614943 to book.

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 Royal British Legion -


The Bridge of Weir and District Branch of the Royal British Legion

Scotland recently held their annual general meeting. The bulk

of the Office bearers were returned unopposed President David

Adam, Chairman Norman MacDonald, Secretary Leslie MacDonald,

Treasurer Emily Reid and Membership Secretary Sandy Clark the

branch welcomed a new addition to the executive Gordon Cameron

to the position of Vice Chair.

The Branch has made a generous financial donation to Brighter

Bridge of Weir contributing to their exciting Memorial Garden


The 2019 Scottish Poppy Appeal collection tins in Bridge of Weir

raised a superb £932.61 this will assist Poppyscotland support their

increasingly demanding welfare provision across Scotland. Sincere

thanks to everyone who contributed to the appeal.

The next branch meeting will be on Tuesday the 10th of March at

7.15pm in the Pirie Centre.

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.


















































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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.


Kilmacolm | Quarriers

The farm roads around Kilmacolm are almost completed

with carriageway resurfacing. It has been many years

since they were properly laid with tarmacadam and

to have these less used but important roads in good

condition is vital. Milton Road will be dealt with in

April. Craigends Road in Quarriers has had culvert work

and flooding has been alleviated. Finlaystone Place has

had the mulch from leaves removed. The Police have

visited the caravan parked in Churchill Road and feel that it is not

an obstruction. The bus shelter at the foot of Wateryetts Drive

towards Port Glasgow, will be replaced (April) using next year’s


There has been no movement on major planning applications with

Carsemeadow, North Dennistoun and our Local Development

Plan under appeal, all of which we are robustly opposing. The

Planetreeyetts Application Hearing looks like being held in the

village towards the end of April.

The lack of completion of the Institute development is causing

concern and officers are making contact with the developers to

try and gee matters along, although we legally can do little once a

project has started.

Speeding in the village, particularly by commercial vehicles, is

of great concern to many. I have requested a study to ascertain

what, if any, measures could be used to increase road safety. Our

delightful lollipop lady tells me the difficulties she experiences in

Lochwinnoch Road and residents of Woodrow and Glebe Courts

have observed vehicles simply travelling too fast and making road

crossing stressful. There have been 10 accidents in the past 2 years

near the cemetery on Port Glasgow Road due to speeding.

There has been concern that the Old Kirk clock chimes are rather

muted since the clock was serviced. Too loud and nearby residents

complain, too muted and you lose the village aspect. If you see me

standing at the Cross with my hands cupped to my ears you can be

sure a noise test is being conducted.

Many have commented favourably regarding my comments

last month about Jim Wood the visionary behind the Cargill

Centre. It has been suggested that we name something in

his memory. I shall raise this at the next Cargill Centre board

meeting. I did ex Councillor Tom Fyfe a disservice in my piece,

as it was during his reign as Regeneration Committee convenor

that the £1m contribution from the Council was passed.

The Airdrie-Bathgate and Borders railways have been reinstated

some 50 years after the Beeching cuts. Railfuture Scotland have

produced a Rail Map of Scotland showing disused lines that could

be brought back into use. The line that contains Elderslie, Bridge

of Weir and Kilmacolm is on the map. Discuss.

Lots of Village winners at the Inverclyde Music Festival. Wonderful

talents that I regularly witness at my 4 secondary’s and 5


The OKFest 2020 is a Festival of Sound with something for all, at

the Old Kirk and the Kidston hall on the 6th, 7th and 8th March.

I can be contacted at: david.wilson@inverclyde.gov.uk 07766

992294 01475 741969 and 712975.

Churches in Kilmacolm & Quarriers

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Kilmacolm Litter


We are a bunch of local folk

determined to clear-up the

countryside and roadside

verges surrounding Kilmacolm.

We meet every fortnight on

a Sunday at Gryffe Road,

Kilmacolm (the Bridge of Weir

Road end). If you would like to

lend a hand, then all you need

is a litter pick, Hi-Viz vest and

your enthusiasm to help fight

back against the tide of litter

that is damaging Scotland

– both aesthetically and


Inverclyde Council provide us

with refuse bags and collect the

bags from the agreed location

outside Kilmacolm Library.

Dates and times for March –

Sunday 1st at 9.30am, Sunday

15th at 1.30pm, Sunday 29th at


If you know of any areas of

countryside or woodland or

grot-spots in general that

you would like to see clearedup,

then please contact me



We also post on the Kilmacolm

Wanderers Facebook page.

The community Facebook page

for Kilmacolm.

Over the coming months,

we hope you notice a big

reduction in the amount of litter

disfiguring our beautiful wee bit

of Scotland.. Jenny x

MND Coffee


Saturday 7th March 10am -


2nd Floor New Community

Centre, Kilmacolm.

Tickets £3.

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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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 March

5th March Gentle Keep Fit - Grace

19th March The Archie Gardner Trio

- Two accordions and Drums


26th March TBA - 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 - Friday 6th - Sunday 8th March

Friday 6th The McHart Ceilidh Band – Kidston Hall – 7.30 pm

Saturday 7th Handbell performance & workshop – 11am -12noon

Poetry and Literature Readings – 2pm – 4 pm

Choral Festival (Glasgow youth Choir and Westerton

Male Voice Choir) - 7pm – 9pm

Sunday 8th Local young singing duo performing soft rock and

country and western songs Plus and ‘Open Mike’

session from 3.30pm

Saturday 28th Riverside Youth Band in concert

For full details of the programme see the full-page notice 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

Village Art Class, Kilmacolm

On what we hope will be a busy morning, Saturday 7th March, the

popular VILLAGE ART CLASS will hold a Mini Art Show in foyer of

Village Centre. It will be a fairly small affair but quality art work by

our enthusiastic members. Modestly priced so do come and have

a look, you might just see something you like. It’s Farmers Market

Day and also the Coffee Morning in aid of Motor Neuron Disease,

being held upstairs in Village Centre, so as I say - hopefully a busy

morning. All very worth while events. Let’s hope we’re lucky with

the weather.

World Day of Prayer Local Service

Friday 6th March at 1.30pm

St. Columba Church Hall, Bridge of Weir Road, Kilmacolm

Service written by the Christian Women of ZIMBABWE

‘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)

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:


Kilmacolm, Masonic Hall. Tel: 873059

Kilmacolm Civic

Trust AGM plus

Illustrated Talk

Please join the KCT for their AGM

on 5th March at 7pm-7.45pm.

Following this, from 7.45pm -

8.30pm there will be an illustrated

talk - A Passion For Fashion hosted

by costume designer, Graham

Hunter. Graham specialises in period

costumes for TV, films and theatre.

Recent projects include “Rise of

the Clans”, “Blood of the Clans”

and “Pandemic 1918” for the BBC.

He was as Assistant Designer for

the set up of “Outlander” helping

to establish the ‘Scottish Look’.

He has worked extensively in the

UK and abroad. This evening is open to all residents of Kilmacolm,

Quarriers and the surrounding countryside.

Kilmacolm Community Clean Up

Few of us understand the non-caring actions of a mindless

minority of people who are responsible for littering the countryside

and leaving it to others to clear up. The Kilmacolm Community

Council invite those community minded others to join in the 2020

Kilmacolm Community Council CleanUp for an hour or two on

Saturday 28th March meeting in the Carriages car park at 10am to

clear the litter from the verges of the roads and pathways in and

out of the village.

You will be formed into teams and allocated a section of road or

pathway to clear the offending litter. Dress for the weather and

terrain and bring a pair of gardening gloves. Litter pickers, garbage

bags and high viz vests will be provided. It is hoped that the verges

will remain litter free for long enough for those participating on the

day to be able to reflect on a job well done.

This Kilmacolm event is registered with the Keep Britain Tidy Great

British Spring Clean 2020

Daffodil Spring Fayre

Kilmacolm Girl Guides would love you to save the

date for their Daffodil Spring Fayre on Saturday the

21st March.

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.

Art Sale 2020

Friday 20th - Saturday 21st March

(Fri 10am - 5.30pm Sat 10am - 4pm)

‘The Kilmacolm Class’ group

of artists (with additional new

members) are delighted to be

hosting the art show in the open

gallery of the community centre,


As always there is a warm welcome with

a colourful selection of painting in all

mediums. Paintings are available for sale

to pick up on the Saturday with prices to

suit most budgets.

Gouache paintings by Susan Murphy are

one of its longest established artists.

A lovely way to spend a morning, browse

around the art show with coffee shop on

the doorstep and pick up a bargain.

Adults £1. Children over 5 - 50p.




















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Sport NEws

The Scottish Golf Show returns for 2020

Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March @ the SEC, Glasgow

Bringing together the biggest brands in golf, over 100 exhibitors, a

range of interactive golf challenges and thousands of golf enthusiasts

from across Scotland and the UK.

The Scottish Golf Show has something for golfers of all abilities and

provides a great platform for both the experienced player to sharpen

up their game with hints and tips from the Pros and some of the most

recognisable names among the golf equipment manufacturers.

For those new to golf, youth tickets for Under 16’s are FREE with a host

of fun activities, including the show’s Kids Zone, to give those budding

Rory McIlroy’s and Michelle Wie’s hints and tips on how to improve

your game.

So whether you want to try out the latest golf clubs from the biggest

names in the sport, test your short game skills, get a free lesson with a

PGA pro or simply take advantage of some amazing deals, this is

the golf show not to be missed.

Tickets are available now! For full ticketing information visit


Scottish Schools Swimming


Congratulations go to Stella McCardie of Houston (pictured

above), who won gold and became Scottish Schools champion

at 200m Butterfly at the end of January.

Stella, who attends St Columba’s in Kilmacolm, won the Girls

13-14 title at the Brodies Scottish Schools Championships at

Tollcross in Glasgow in a time of 2.31.47, the fastest in the

country this year in her age group. Stella also took silver in

the 100m Butterfly at the championships.

Stella is the reigning National champion at both distances,

and swims with City of Glasgow Swim Team. It’s a great start

to the year and Stella is delighted to have the chance to swim

in her school colours.

Howwood Curling Club


BoW United

THE young stars of Bridge of Weir United celebrated a fantastic

season with a fun-filled awards bash in January.

The 2009 team has gone from strength to strength, and has

welcomed a host of new players over the previous year.

The annual awards evening, at Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club in the

village, saw the player of the season award shared between Scott

Palin and Rory Cox.

Most improved player award went to Cormac Lowry, while the

entire team was congratulated on their efforts on what has been a

wonderful season for the side, which is sponsored by Time to Shine

and Devonshire Dental.

The boys and girls were joined by their parents and other relatives

as they were entertained by magician Stephen Grimes while

enjoying the wonderful catering by the staff at the golf club.

Club coach Ronnie Palin said: “What a fantastic night to celebrate

what has been a great year for the team and the club. Everyone

involved has done amazingly well and congratulations to all.”

New players are always welcome. The team trains on Thursday

evenings at Gryffe High School and play matches on Saturday


“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

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Ranfurly Castle Golf Club

Saturday 18th January saw the Ladies section hold their 90th AGM

in the club dining room, where there was a very good turnout. Lady

Captain Jan Macnab welcomed everyone before conducting the

business of the day. She introduced Gillian Donaghy as her Vice-

Captain for the coming golfing year and thanked all the Committee

members, as well as the many volunteers, for their help over the

previous year. Jan was delighted to inform the members that Past

Captain Ronnie MacLaren has reached the amazing age of 100

and that she had sent our very good wishes to her. The meeting

finished with the Trophies from last season being presented to all

the worthy winners. A huge congratulations to everyone.

A full house greeted members and guests at the annual Burns

Supper on Saturday 8th February. Ross McLelland from Paisley

Burns Club delivered The Immortal Memory and a wonderful insight

into the life and loves of Robert Burns. Guest Ian McCosh recited

Holly Willies prayer while also bursting into song with plenty of

audience participation. Our next guest, Simon Houston, gave a very

entertaining Toast To The Lassies and Captain, Eunice Muir, more

than ably replied on behalf of the Lassies. This was not the last of

Eunice’s talents as she sang beautifully, accompanied by Geraldine

Houston on the ukulele. Tam O’Shanter was the highlight of the

evening with our very own Alan Gordon’s performance. Jack Snell,

as Chairman, made sure that the evening ran smoothly and Vice

Captain Brian McLaughlin delivered the vote of thanks.

Great food and drink, along with much laughter, made sure the

evening was a huge success.

Move it

or Lose


What better

way to banish

the winter

blues than a

bowl of soup

and a blether. This is exactly what some of the Bridge of Weir class

did as we celebrated two years of Fitness, fun and friendship. We

are more than just a fitness class. Come and join the fun. We would

love to meet you!

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club appoints

the First Lady

Captain of the

Club in its history

Eunice E Muir MBA FCMI

Eunice has been a member

at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club

since 1983, a Board Member

2002-2008 and thought that

‘she had done her bit’ until

past Captain David Stewart

corralled her into becoming

his Vice Captain last year!!

She considers it an honour

and a very real privilege to

take on the role of Captain at

a time when Golf is becoming

more flexible to modern lifestyles and can be promoted as a sport

for life which can be played and enjoyed by people of all ages,

backgrounds and levels of ability.

Eunice has had a 40 year NHS career as a Nurse and Midwife,

latterly as an Executive Nurse Director and the Scottish Government

Clinical Lead for Digital Health.

As a midwife working in the Royal Alexandra Hospital for 18 years

she delivered a significant number of the local Renfrewshire babies

and has had the pleasure of seeing some of these babies become

elite golfers!

Eunice is also Chairman of St Vincent’s Hospice and is looking

forward to continuing to raise funds for this local charity during her

Captaincy year at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club.



Next deadline - Wednesday 11th March



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

Rebok Step Class

Freeland’s Church Hall, Bridge of Weir

Tuesdays at 10am - all levels

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? 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

Pilates classes

St Machars Church Hall, Bridge

of Weir - Mondays at 9.30am &


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


Trigger Point Pilates

Elderslie Scout Hall, PA5 9AZ

Tuesdays at 10am - 11am (Ladies only)

Thursdays at 5.30pm - 6.15pm

(Everyone welcome)

Relax and release your body while gently

strengthening your core muscles. Trigger

Point Pilates uses prickly balls and foam

rollers combined with Pilates exercises

to help improve joint mobility and ease

tight muscles. Come and experience it

for yourself. £5 per class, contact Train

with Alexis on FB: @TrainwithAlexis

Email: trainwithalexis@virginmedia.com

or Text: 07729 914631


Kilbarchan Athletic Club

On-X, Linwood

Mondays & Thursdays at 7pm

All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990


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.


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

Mondays 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



5-a-side Football

Powerleague Paisley, Mondays at 6pm

Tel: Jim on 01505 874215; or


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 3000


Energise with Laura

Brookfield Village Hall, Mondays at

5.50pm – 6.50pm

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

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Kilmacolm Golf Club

Our annual charity

bridge afternoon saw

60 ladies play to raise

a fantastic £700 for

Erskine Charity. Thank

you to everyone who

supported this event,

and to those who kindly

donated raffle prizes.

Last year, the ladies

section raised £2,776

for a number of charities

and this year they aim to hit £3,000 so look out for a variety of

charity events throughout the year and please show your support.

Members and staff celebrated 20 years of service and said farewell

to our longstanding professional, Iain Nicholson. Iain has helped

immensely to improve our game over the years and everyone at the

club wishes him well for the future.

Spring is in the air and with that comes new beginnings as we

welcome new professional Stuart Roberts, who joins us this month.

So if you would like to accelerate the start to your season, why not

book some lessons with him.

If you are looking for a new beginning too, we have lots of joining

offers available to suit everyone, including no joining fee, free range

balls and reciprocal arrangements to play other clubs. We’re a

friendly club and new members are made to feel very welcome,

and there’s lots of opportunity for both competitive and social golf.

Get in touch for more information.

Our season opener will take place on Saturday 28th March and will

be a fun mixed competition for gents, ladies and juniors, followed

by a Race Night where you can catch up with friends. So dust off

your clubs and sign up as spaces are sure to fill up quickly.

To kick off the competition season, two teams will be representing

the club at the Daily Mail Foursomes national competition. Good

luck to the ladies’ team, Nicky Stirrup and Lucy Woods, and to

father and son team, Scott and Ryan Archdeacon.

In addition to the golf, we’ll also be showing Scotland’s six nations

rugby matches on the big screen with complimentary Blackwood’s

meat pies: Scotland vs France on March 8th at 3pm and Wales vs

Scotland on March 14th at 2.15pm, so come along with a member

and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

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

Facebook: facebook.com/KilmacolmGolf/

Kilmacolm Bowling Club

The forms for the annual fees and competition entries are now

available to be picked up from the club. Many thanks, Club


Squash Success at Junior Nationals

Junior players at Strathgryffe

Tennis, Squash and Fitness Club

achieved 4 podium finishes and

8 top 8 finishes in last weekend’s

at the recent Scottish Junior

National Squash Championships

held in Aberdeen. Pride of

place goes to Elisa Gibson who

performed fantastically well to

win Under 11 Girls championship,

Elisa also finished 6th in the U13


Other notable performances came from Beth Moglia who was

runner up in the Under 19 Girls event, whilst John Meehan and

Ruadhri McDougall finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Under

19 Boys event after an epic 5 set match in their semi final. There

were other strong performances from Findlay and Orla McDougall,

James Newman and Aran Gibson. Congratulations to all who


Strathgryffe offers weekly coaching and playing opportunities all

ages and playing standards. For further information, contact John

Meehan on: johnmeehan@gmail.com or 07702 305773.

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Be a nosy parker:

tips from IAM RoadSmart

With the dark mornings and evenings still hanging around, it means

our cars are still at risk of being a victim of theft. IAM RoadSmart’s

head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, suggests

a few top tips.

See how you can protect your vehicle on a day to day basis, whether

you’re out and about or in the comfort of your home.

• As we exit the supermarket with a trolley full of shopping,

we’re eager to unlock the car as soon as possible to avoid

the hassle of finding our keys when we get to the car. But

unlocking your car before you reach it gives thieves a longer

period of time to access valuables and make a run for it,

especially if your boot opens automatically. Be sure to only

unlock your car when you get to it to prevent any risk of


• Don’t leave your keys lying around. This can apply to any

situation, whether you’re out for dinner and leave your keys

on the table or if you’re at a friend’s house, as you may

not know everyone around you. Making your keys visible

can mean a greater risk of them being taken. Be security

conscious about code grabbing from your keyless entry, are

you being watched?

• Hide any valuables. Before you leave your car, make sure

you secure any valuables and keep them out of sight.

Putting them in your glove compartment or in the boot of

your car will avoid them being seen

• Don’t fall into the habit of hanging up your keys next to

doors or windows. Thieves use a ‘fishing’ method where

they insert a hook through a letter box or window and

search for keys. This can even be done when you’re at

home and you may not even notice until you look for your

keys and find that you’ve “lost” them. Make sure you put

your keys somewhere safe and secure, and far away from

windows and doors

• Choose your parking neighbours wisely. In a busy car park,

we normally go for the first space we can find. But have you

thought about your neighbours beside you? For example,

parking next to a flatbed truck filled with rubbish may not

be as good a choice as parking next to a pristine, well-kept

vehicle. The potential of damage is greater if the vehicle

you park beside is already full of dents and scrapes

• Is your parking space secluded? If you will be returning to

the car late or alone make sure you stay alert and park it in

an area which is well lit

Richard said: “We often just pop in somewhere and then get

distracted, so it’s crucial you never leave your car running whilst

going back indoors to pick something up. It will only take an

opportunist a few seconds to drive away.

“Try to park your pride and joy away from shopping trolleys and

flying doors, although we all know the empty part of a car park

will fill up as soon as you leave your pristine motor in a space.

And remember to always consider your safety, as a car park looks

different in the night than it does during the day.”

To find out more about IAM RoadSmart products and services visit

the new website www.iamroadsmart.com

To find out the name of your own local IAM RoadSmart group

please visit: https://wwwiamroadsmart.com/local-groups

Roads - planned roadworks


B788 Auchmountain Road, Auchenfoil Road, Greenock – Speed


• The speed restrictions on this road are due to end on Thursday

12th March 2020 at 6pm.

Dellingburn Street, Greenock – Road closure

• The works and diversions are due to end on Monday 23rd

March 2020 at 6pm.


Road Closure to allow for carriageway patching works to take

place. Emergency access will be maintained.

• Hazelwood Road, from Earl Place to Shillingworth Place, from

Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th March. Diversion: Eldin Place,

Ranfurly Road, Kilgraston Road or vice versa.

• Hazelwood Road, from Kilgraston Road to Earl Place, from

Wednesday 18th March to Friday 20th March. Diversion:

Kilgraston Road, Ranfurly Road or vice versa.

• Hazelwood Road, from Prieston Road to Hazelwood Lane, from

Monday 23rd March to Wednesday 25th March. Diversion:

Prieston Road, Ranfurly Place, Montrose Terrace or vice versa.


Visit the following sites for regular updates of upcoming


• http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/2331/Roadworks-andclosures

• https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/environment/roads-lighting/


• https://www.roadworksscotland.org/

• https://trafficscotland.org/roadworks/


Next deadline - Wednesday 11th March

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School NEws



Lochwinnoch Baby & Toddlers

McKillop Hall 9.45am - 11.30am

£2/family fee incl tea & children’s


Kilmacolm Playgroup

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm

9.30am - 11.30am

Howwood Baby & Toddler Group

Howwood Parish Church

10am - 12noon

Kilbarchan Parish Church

Tots’ Club

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall

9.15am - 11.30am


Kilbarchan Tots

Kilbarchan Scout Hall 10am-12noon

£2 contribution. Tea, coffee &


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 & Toddlers

McKillop Hall 9.45am - 11.30am

£2/family incl tea & children’s snacks.

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


McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch

1pm -2.30pm

£3. Bring a mug along for a cuppa.



Gryffe High School REHIS Awards

St Anthony’s Primary School

The time is just flying in and already here at St Anthony’s our

Burns Night has come and gone our Valentine’s Disco too. Our

involvement with the RSO & Disney Organisation is well under way.

Down the corridors the sounds of wildly excited voices singing out

the Lion King songs can be heard and that’s just from the staff

room! The school is all of a buzz with a variety of activities as our

children and staff enjoy the benefits of working with The Disney

Team in this theatre production.

In the midst of grey skies and wild wet wintery days we are

preparing the plans for our sensory garden that will be fully realised

once the better weather is upon us. Materials have been purchased

and labour is being organised and it is with great anticipation we

await the outworking of those plans which will brighten up our

playground for our pupils and staff alike for many years to come.

We are delighted to announce that our Race Night will be off and

running at 7pm on March the 13th at the Lily Bank Bowling Club,

Brewery Street, Johnstone. This is the second time we have planned

this event. It proved to be such an entertaining night and was so

well received last year that we didn’t hesitate to plan another one.

The admission is £5 and there is a bar and for that reason it is an over

18 night. A buffet is prepared and we hope to create a fabulous fun

atmosphere for family, friends and community to relax and enjoy a

night of racing, games, and ultimately raise funds for the children

of St Anthonys. Tickets for the evening can be obtained from the

school or purchased at the door on the night.

Houston Primary

ELCC Construction

The contractors arrived on site on the 6th January and quickly got

to work preparing the ground for the construction of our brand

new Early Learning and Childcare establishment, which is due

to open to our youngest learners in August 2020. Please visit

Houston Primary School Facebook page to see regular pictorial

updates and drone footage.

Battery Recycling

The Big Battery Hunt is on! We’ve almost filled our second battery

bin already so keep bringing in your used batteries (AA, AAA,

C and D) so we can make sure they are disposed of safely. The

challenge continues!

Clear Out Your Closet

We’re looking for donations of clothes in wearable condition, pairs

of shoes, handbags and belts for our next Rag Bag collection. All

funds raised go towards supporting Eco projects.

Crisp Packet Blanket

Former pupil, Caitlin Fraser contacted Mrs McPherson to share her

idea of making blankets from foil crisp packets to keep homeless

people warm on cold winter nights. Our pupils happily collected

two large bin bags full of empty crisp packets and Caitlin quickly

got to work. What a superb recycling idea!

Let’s Get Cooking!

The Gardening Club learned how to make leek and potato soup

using their very own fresh produce. With the help of Mrs Morrison

and her team of volunteers, the pupils prepared the vegetables and

added them to the pot. There was enough for a tub each to take

home and enjoy. They also cooked Brussels sprouts with bacon.


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Gryffe Manor Nursery & Out of School Club

We are currently hosting an Usborne Books Sponsored Listen,

where we have enjoyed guest storytellers within the nursery, and

have encouraged some quality listening time for families, with prizes

for the most “Sponsored Listener”. By encouraging literacy within

the nursery and at home we can offer the children an array of new

books (of their choosing) to be added to our library. The books

are for sale in the foyer of the nursery also, for families to purchase

should they wish to continue the literacy journey at home!

Our wonderful outdoor area has been fabulous in the stormy

weather, offering a warm shelter from the sleet and snow. The

children enjoyed getting all wrapped up in their waterproofs and

chasing the falling snowflakes. Having gained our Gold award

from the Woodland Trust by encouraging the children to respect

their outdoor environment, we are well on the way to gaining our

Platinum award by introducing the story “The Man Who Planted

Trees” to our activities, encouraging growth as we head towards

Spring….just watch this space!

Our Out of School Club has reinstated our Pupil Council and are

busy recruiting Parents to help them discuss any ideas or concerns

within the Club. The children enjoy making their voices heard and

gain a sense of ownership over the daily decisions made for their

Out of School Club environment.

In the coming months the whole of Gryffe Manor will be looking

forward to Spring time and all of the lovely events to look forward

to, such as, our Daffodil Tea and Easter celebrations.

Village School Consultation Opens

A statutory consultation has been launched to get views on

proposals to change the admissions and pupil placement policy for

Inverclyde’s village schools.

The consultation, which runs until Wednesday 25th March,

proposes two changes that would affect the three village schools

– Inverkip, Kilmacolm and Wemyss Bay.

Inverclyde Council’s education convener, Councillor Jim Clocherty,

said: “The consultation proposes two changes to the policy on

admissions affecting our village schools. It is important that we

hear the views of anyone with an interest in this including parents

and carers, pupils and anyone connected with the schools affected.

I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in this

important consultation.”

The council is consulting on changes to the ‘policy on admission

and pupil placement in mainstream schools’ for the transition from

village primary schools to secondary schools.

The statutory consultation document is available at all early years

establishments in Inverclyde (including those working in partnership

with the council), all primary schools associated with Inverclyde

Academy, St. Columba’s High School, Port Glasgow High School

and St. Stephen’s High School, the council’s education services

office in Wallace Place, Greenock and customer service centre in

Clyde Square, Greenock and in all council libraries.

The detailed proposal is available online at the council’s consultation

hub where people can also complete the survey and have their

say online at: https://inverclyde.citizenspace.com/schools/villageschools

There will be three public meetings held at:

25th February (6pm) - Inverclyde Academy

26th February (6pm) - St. Columba’s High School

27th February (6pm) – Port Glasgow Community Campus

Kilbarchan Primary News

Already this year our school has been very busy with our different

topics. Primary 3a are focusing on their topic about Ancient Egypt.

Aimee in Primary 3a said that “We went around the classroom

learning about pharaohs, it was a lot of fun.”

Meanwhile Primary 3b are learning about Arctic animals and how

they survive in the cold temperatures. P1 and P2/1 are learning

about different types of dinosaurs. They created Venn diagrams

and charts to group the different dinosaurs.

The Primary 7 pupils are working alongside the Primary 1 pupils

to create play based learning stations based on books that the

younger pupils are enjoying.

Thanks to Golphin, Primary 3 to 7 are learning golf skills while also

improving their numeracy and literacy skills during these sessions.

We definitely have some great golfers in our school.

Primary 7 visited Pizza Express to learn how to make pizza and we

even made our own pizzas. In class, we also created some healthy

snacks for other class members e.g. watermelon fries with a spicy

dip, mango and raspberry smoothies, watermelon salsa and fruit


The whole school loved the Baldy Bane performance in January

called ‘Wyliecoat the Wizard’.

By Sofia and James P7

St Columba’s Appoints a New Rector

Mrs Reilly is appointed Rector of St Columba’s School

St Columba’s School in Kilmacolm has

appointed Mrs Victoria Reilly as its new

Rector. Mrs Reilly, who has been Senior

Depute Rector at St Columba’s since 2016,

becomes only the tenth Rector in the

School’s 123-year history.

Mrs Reilly was brought up in Yorkshire and

graduated from the University of Edinburgh

with an MA (Hons) in French and Spanish.

After working in business, she studied for

her postgraduate certificate in education

at the University of Sheffield. Mrs Reilly

first joined St Columba’s in 1992. She was

appointed Depute Rector in 2012 and

Senior Depute Rector in 2016. Mrs Reilly

has been an Associate Assessor with Her

Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools since 2015.

Mrs Reilly said: “It is an honour and privilege to have been asked to

lead St Columba’s School. We will continue to focus on academic

rigour and extracurricular excellence, and on providing an inclusive,

safe and vibrant learning environment in which all our pupils are

encouraged to fulfil their potential.”

Mr Calum Paterson, Chairman of the Board of Governors, said: “We

are delighted that Vicky Reilly is to be our new Rector. Mrs Reilly

has served St Columba’s with great distinction over many years and

her values are at one with the School’s. She will be leading a high

calibre and dedicated team of teaching and non-teaching staff and

we look forward to continued success under her headship.”

St Columba’s School is a non-denominational, independent day

school, based in Kilmacolm, Inverclyde. It is one of Scotland’s

highest achieving schools nationally.


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Duchal Nursery

We have had lots of fun with

Chinese themed activities

celebrating the New Chinese

Year of the Rat and have

learned the number words

for 1 - 5 (phonetically spelt

here as Eee, Ar, San, Se and

Wo). We ventured out in

the garden to do a Chinese

treasure hunt for little red

packets containing a gold

coin. These are called Hong

Bao and are a fun part of the New Year celebrations.

This year Chinese New Year coincided with Burns Night, so to

commemorate both we read Julia Donaldson’s book “The Highway

Rat” in its Scots version (The Reiver Rat). Both children (and

teachers!) were a bit baffled by some of the words - ettercap

(spider), eemock (ant), heelstergowdie (head over heels) to name

a few, but the story is well enough known to the children for us

to get the gist and we didn’t find the process of translation too

scunnersome !

With spring nearly here we are delighted with the gorgeous flash

of colour outside the nursery as the snowdrops and daffodils

poke their heads out. Thank you so much to Colourful Kilmacolm

who donated the bulbs and assisted the children with planting

them. The children have been fascinated watching them steadily

grow. The children are loving spending a bit more time out in our

garden with the occasional spring like day. Being creative in the

mud kitchen, imaginative play on our Duchal plane and collecting

precious treasures from around and about!

Please visit our website for more information www.duchal.com

and find us on Facebook. If you would like to come and visit the

Nursery please get in 01505 874358 or email: info@duchal.com

Houston Toddlers

We have been very busy at Toddlers. Jackie from Little Down Dogs

Yoga came along and showed us some yoga movements that we

all enjoyed and had good fun doing them. Making Valentine crafts

kept us very busy with some outstanding results hopefully the

recipients liked our efforts. On the sporty side two coaches came

along from Strathgryffe Tennis and Squash Club and taught us some

ball skills that will hopefully help us reach Wimbledon. We had a

Music Class from Hartbeeps which we all loved. Every Thursday we

have great fun at Toddlers held in the West Halls from 9.30am until

11am, there are plenty activities and also tasty snacks. Please come

along and join us you will be made very welcome. Please bring a

cup (preferably with a lid ) and a cup for the children.

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Gryffe High School News

Gryffe High PTA News - Burns Supper & Ceilidh

Friday 24th January saw Gryffe High school host the inaugural

Burns Supper and Ceilidh, with over 60 family and friends tucking

into traditional Scottish fare whilst being thoroughly entertained

by pupils and teachers.

The evening started with a welcome from school captains, Lewis

and Lauren followed by the ‘Selkirk Grace’ delivered by Aaron. The

haggis was then piped in by Matthew, Ben and Jenna and toasted

by Esme and Sarah.

A Scottish feast then followed including soup, haggis, neeps and

tatties followed by delicious trifle, all carefully prepared and served

by staff and pupils of the HFT department.

Throughout the evening poems were read, songs sung and games

played all celebrating the life of Robert Burns. After a short break

for tea, coffee and shortbread the evening finished with some

energetic ceilidh dancing.

The PTA would like to thank all staff and pupils who contributed

to the evening and to the family and friends who came along for

making the night the fun filled success it was.

We would also like to thank Holmes Butcher Bridge of Weir for the

haggis, McHarg Bakers for rolls and shortbread and Brian Steele for

providing Irn Bru and water for the evening.

Personally, I would also like to thank the PTA members who worked

very hard to make this event happen.

A total of £550 was raised for school funds ….well done everyone!!

Watch out for the date of the Ceilidh next year…..I think it will be a

sell out.

Sheila McHarg - PTA Chairperson

Our thanks to Gordon McHarg and Mrs Thomson for photos.

REHIS Awards for 52 S3 Pupils

Well done to fifty two S3 Health, Food and Technology pupils who

were presented with their ‘Elementary Food Hygiene’ certificates

after successfully completing and passing the course!

To achieve this award, which is an external exam, pupils study areas


• kitchen and personal hygiene

• keeping food premises and equipment clean and disinfected

• the importance of reporting possible food safety hazards

• food storage temperatures

• food poisoning sources and symptoms

• food allergies

The pupils use this knowledge gained in the many practical activities

undertaken in HFT.

This nationally recognised qualification from The Royal

Environmental Health Institute of Scotland was emphasised to be

a worthwhile certificate to have and one that is highly valued by


A great achievement S3!

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Bridge of Weir Primary

It’s all about celebrations this month. The Parent Teacher Council

invites parents to a dinner dance (disco) to celebrate 50 years

of Bridge of Weir Primary on Saturday 14th March at 7pm at Old

Ranfurly Golf Club. The tickets are £40 per person, and include

a glass of fizz on arrival, a 3-course meal with 1/2 bottle of wine

per person, a raffle with amazing prizes, and the all-important DJ.

All money raised will go towards outdoor learning facilities at the

school. There are a limited number of tickets, and they’re selling well,

so please buy yours soon on Parent Pay to avoid disappointment.

Parents are the only ones who’ll be eating, singing, and dancing, as

Anna Carruth and Tristan Mills report:

Primary 7 Burns Supper

At the end of January, P7 had their annual Burns Supper, chaired

by Anna Carruth. Everyone was served haggis, neeps and tatties,

washed down with Irn Bru.

The food was prepared by the school’s wonderful cooking team. The

P7 teachers joined the supper including Mrs Nugent, Mr Barrett and

Mr Duffy. Everyone enjoyed some fabulous entertainment ranging

from guitar and piano, to some humorous stand-up comedy.

P7 also enjoyed the company of the Depute Head Teachers, Mrs

Grant and Miss Davies, at the top table. Katie Anderson performed

a toast about Robert Burns’ life, while Sophie James read out a

harsh “Toast to the School”. Ross Clark and Ruby Watson battled it

out as they read aloud “The Toast to the Lassies” and “The Lassies’


After the Haggis was brought out by Andrea Coyle, it was Ethan

Boggie’s turn to address the haggis and slice open the puddin’

while we bowed our heads as Kirsty Crosbie read “The Selkirk


In between the entertainment, everyone joined together to sing

Highland Cathedral - Mrs Grant’s favourite - and as the supper drew

to a close, there was also a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. During the

song, everybody joined hands, and sang with true passion.

Once finished, Mrs Grant and Miss Davies gave a speech of thanks

for the wonderful Burns’ Supper.

Gryffe Valley Rotary Club -

Young Photographers

Primary Schools Photography Competition with

Robert Chalmers

At a recent Speakers Meeting in January, John King

introduced Robert Chambers, from Gryffe Camera

Club, to reveal the results of this year’s Young

Photographer Competition.

Robert noted that although the number of entries was

slightly lower than previous years, the quality of each

submission remained exceptionally high. The winners

of the competition were Houston Primary, followed

by Kilmacolm, Bridge of Weir and St Fillans.

Young Entrepreneurs

Raise Money For Charity

Two 13 year old, big hearted friends started

their own business in 2019 to raise money

for charities close to their hearts. Their first

cheque for £1,288.40 was handed over to the

Beatson last week!!

Anna Watson and Emily Wilson started

‘Sew Kind’ to help fundraise while spending

time together sewing. The 2 girls were both

inspired by their Grannies to start sewing at a

very young age. Both attended fashion class

where they would make and create together

and have been going since the age of 7.

Anna, from Lochwinnoch, pupil at St Columba’s

in Kilmacolm and Emily, from Quarriers, pupil

at Port Glasgow High get together with their

sewing machines to make lots of items to sell

at their events. They aim to make gifts that

cut back on plastic and are reusable too. They have both worked incredibly hard

to make as many items as they possibly can

for all of their craft fairs.

At the end of last year they raised money

for The Beatson Cancer Charity. They chose

this as their first charity because in 2018

Anna’s mum went through chemotherapy

and radiotherapy for breast cancer at The

Beatson. This is the girls way of thanking

the Beatson for making her better. They

hope this money will go towards helping

other families going through what they did.

Lots of new plans for Sew Kind for 2020 to

raise more money for other charities including

more craft fairs and kids workshops.


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Raving about Rabbits

Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK.

There are three main points to consider to ensure your

rabbit leads a healthy, happy life:

1. Rabbits are sociable

Wild rabbits naturally live in large social groups. Pet

rabbits should therefore be kept in pairs or groups.

This provides companionship and allows rabbits to carry out normal behaviours such as

mutual grooming. Rabbits that are kept alone suffer from loneliness, increased stress levels

and increased health problems. The ideal pairing to avoid potential aggression between

rabbits is housing a neutered male with a neutered female.

2. Rabbits are active

Wild rabbits cover an area equivalent to six football pitches every day. This means your pet

rabbit needs plenty of space to exercise, a hutch or cage is not enough. Ideally rabbits should

have free access to a run or enclosed area in the garden (or house if an indoor rabbit).

As a general rule a hutch or cage should be large enough for a rabbit to take three hops and

tall enough for a rabbit to stand upright in. A run should be a minimum of eight feet long

(approximately four rabbit hops!).

It is also useful to provide tunnels and toys within the run for your rabbit to keep them active

and entertained.

3. Rabbits eat grass

Rabbits are designed to eat grass for several hours every day. Rabbits have continuously

growing teeth and a complex gastrointestinal system designed for this high fibre diet. The

wrong diet can lead to severe dental and gastrointestinal problems in pet rabbits.

The ideal diet for your pet rabbit is composed of approximately 80% good quality hay, 15%

fresh leafy vegetables and 5% good quality commercial rabbit food, in a uniform pellet mix.

Starting out with these three basic rabbit facts can make a big difference to the health and

welfare of pet rabbits.

Avian Pox on the

Rise – Clean Your

Bird Feeders

What is it?

Avian Pox is a viral infection affecting

varieties of British Garden Birds.

According to the British Trust for

Ornithology, previously birds such

as Wood Pigeon and Dunnock have

been affected; however, recently

there have been increasing numbers

of cases involving smaller birds such

as Great Tits. This illness does not

seem to effect humans or other


What Does It Look Like?

And, how does it spread? Birds with

the disease present with tumour-like

growths on the head (around eyes of

beak) wings or legs. Experts believe

it is spread by biting insects, birdto-bird

contact (direct and indirect)

through contaminated bird feeders

and water baths. Growths are usually

grey, red, pink or yellow.

What can you do?

Clean and disinfect feeders regularly.

A weak solution of domestic bleach

or disinfecting solutions (diluted)

can be used. Clean out bird baths

on a daily basis, and refill with fresh


Microchip Details

Its always worthwhile to take a minute to check your pet’s details

so your furry friend can always be returned safely should they

wander away..

If you have changed any of your contact details such as your

phone number or you have moved house, don’t forget to update

your pets microchip details.

It could be what helps reunite you with them if they are lost or



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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.


Stormy Weather followed by

a “Brighter” Outlook

After day one of storm Ciara last month, Brighter

Bridge of Weir’s Damage Assessment Team* risked

a quick look around the village. They were pleasantly

surprised to report that there was little evidence of anything amiss.

In fact, many of the plants looked amazingly healthy for the time of

year. At the time of writing, storm Dennis is forecast for the next

weekend and, although it’s not thought to be as severe as Ciara,

there will still be crossed fingers among the team.

The Group met up at the beginning of the month to discuss this

summer’s planting for throughout the village, and some of them

later went along to our supplier with our order for this year’s plants.

It’s not always an easy task to decide what to choose. We like to

make things a bit different every year, and ask ourselves what did

well in previous years and what wasn’t so successful. The trouble

is that it’s often difficult to tell whether certain plants didn’t like the

soil conditions, or if it was the weather to blame. Still, we’re always

optimistic for a good display.

*PS: No, we don’t actually have a Damage Assessment Team, but it

does sound quite impressive don’t you think?

Green Corner

Kerrera by Bridge of Weir Hillwalkers

Top Five Spring Gardening Tips

Spring is one of the busiest

times in the gardener’s calendar.

If you get it right now, you’ll be

ready for a spectacular summer

garden. Here are our top five


1. Refresh Your Perennials

This is the season to revitalise

your soil and plants with some

mulch. There is also still time

to work through the border

and divide up your perennials.

Lift them, divide the crown and

re-place the plant in a smaller

group or elsewhere, discarding

the central part of the crown.

2. Grass, Grass, Grass!

Spring is when you should give

your lawn its first cut of the

season. First, however, it’s worth

servicing your lawn mower to ensure its sharp and working well.

If the blades are sharp when you first start cutting, the grass will

keep in better condition. Another good tip is to keep your mower

set at a high level for the first few cuts which should encourage

the grass to become stronger. Also, don’t overcut. This only

helps weed seeds to penetrate. Longer grass catches these seeds

which then will be destroyed by the next mowing.

3. Plant One On Me!

If you’re quick, you can still plant bare rooted plants like soft

fruit, top fruit, roses, trees or shrubs – although aim to get this

done by St Patrick’s Day (17th March).

4. Pay Attention to Spring Bulbs

Now is a good time to lift and divide bulbs which have finished

flowering. Take off faded flowers and seed-heads and tease out

the bulbs and leaves then replant them individually about 60 cm


5. Don’t Forget Your Veggies

If you are choosing to raise crops from seed you should now

start them in a warm area or heated propagator if the ground

is still to cold. But as soon as the shoot arrives, lift them to a

cooler, well-lit area or they will become weak. Keep turning your

seedlings to avoid them developing on one side only.

Bridge of Weir Horticultural Society


Will March come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, or will it

be more of the wild weather experienced in February? The only

thing gardeners can predict is that in March we should be out there

preparing our gardens for the season ahead.

On Thursday 12th March we will meet at 8pm at The Bridge to

pick up tips on ‘Getting To Know Your Soil’. Some we will know

but doubtless there will be new ideas as well. If you want to make

the most of what you’ve got – come along and if you’re new to

gardening or thinking it’s time to refresh your ideas – definitely

come along.

By then we will also be more knowledgeable about poisonous

plants as Louise Bustard, a regular guest, will talk on this subject in

February. In April we will have a creative, Easter-themed meeting

and in May we will have a Gardeners’ Question Time evening, just

in time for our Plant Sale later in the month. More on these topics

next month.

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Semple Stories, Lochwinnoch’s Glories

Semple Stories, Lochwinnoch Glories is Limbering up for a Walk

I would like to say thanks to all the individuals and organisations

whom I have had the pleasure of talking to in the past few months.

There are so many stories to tell that the trouble is going to be

whittling it down to two or three!

There have been two meetings of volunteers so far who are

conducting historical research to link in with two Guided Walks

of Lochwinnoch. These walks will be taking places as part of the

CMRP ‘Walking Festival’, now in its 3rd year, on Saturday 23rd May

and Sunday 24th May.

I am really keen that this project be a community led one and to that

end, I am looking to recruit further volunteers for different aspects

of the project.

Have you ever fancied looking through the ‘Cairn of Lochwinnoch’

to read Andrew Crawfurd’s views on village life, or are you a keen

‘birder’ who could check an old bird list against current sightings

around Airds Meadow, Barr and Castle Semple Lochs? Do you have

old family photographs, household object, audio or video recordings

which we could copy or photograph? Is there someone you know

who has interesting/funny stories that you think need to be captured?

I have a hand-held recording device which you can borrow!

Nobody knows your Village as well as you do, so if you would like to

share your knowledge of Lochwinnoch’s Glories then, please get in

touch – 01505 842 882, email – semplestories@gmail.com. You can

also follow us on Facebook – Lochwinnoch Glories and Instagram –


Semple Stories, Lochwinnoch’s Glories is a project equally funded

by the Greater Renfrew and Inverclyde LEADER and the Heritage

Lottery Fund.


Next deadline - Wednesday 11th March

Finlaystone Events

March is here and that means

springtime! At this time of year the

Daffodils are coming into flower, patching the estate with pockets

of vivid yellow.

Sunday 8th 1pm - 3pm, Ranger Hike

Join us for a hike and learn about Finlaystone’s past, natural history

and some wonderful Clydeside views.

Sunday 15th 1pm - 3pm, Spring Scavenger Hunt

Spring is here! Find some of nature’s seasonal treasures inside our


Sunday 22nd 1pm - 3pm, Den Build

Do you know your lean-on from your tripod and Y-pole? Learn all

about den-building and make your own, with some fire-lighting

tutorials thrown in!

Sunday 29th 1pm - 3pm, Mother’s Day Walk

A gentle stroll through the forest with moderate slopes, followed

by a cream tea in our garden’s tearoom. Sturdy footwear and warm

layers required.

All Month

Snowdrop Bulbs ‘In the Green’

Available as singles or doubles, please phone us up on 01475

540505 to make your booking and payment and we’ll reserve the

bulbs for you, ready to be planted for 2021!

The tearoom will be open at weekends and bank holidays from

10am- approx 4pm. Any woodland/garden volunteers are always

welcome and are a valuable help year-round! Soft and hard

firewood log bags available too, with discounts for bags of 4 and

superb value for money.

As always, feel free to follow us on our social media:

Facebook – Finlaystone Country Estate Twitter - @finlaystonepark

Instagram - @finlaystonecountryestate


Got any local news? Please

send your news in to:


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


RSPB Local Group

An illustrated talk by James


“The RSPB’s work on toads,

bumblebees and beetles”

Friday 6th March @ 7.30pm in

the McMaster Centre, Donaldson

Drive, Renfrew PA4 8LX

All welcome.

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RSPB Lochwinnoch

Has spring sprung or do we still need to wait?

Is that a willow warbler or a chiffchaff that’s

arrived? Is it too early to be seeing caterpillars

out and about?

With climate change these days it’s even harder for us to decide

when spring has finally arrived. Often that sunny week in early

March is closely followed by hard frosts and even snow, which can

catch many of us out as well as the wildlife.

Spring has two ‘official’ dates – meteorological spring, which is the

first day of March, or astrological spring, which falls on the equinox,

March 20th. For many though, spring is not defined by a date

but an event; the arrival of the first swallow, the sighting of your

first butterfly or when certain flowers start to appear. The start of

spring can simply be a feeling, when we feel the days have finally

gotten longer, when we can safely leave off a layer or too and turn

our minds to warmer times or, when we can finally switch off the

central heating and save a bob or too!

If you have never visited our reserve, or it’s been a while, then

spring is a great time to come and pay us a visit. As the sun’s rays

warm the soil, many wildflowers start to appear and birds begin

their frantic courting and competing for territories by singing their

hearts out or displaying for the attention of females.

Our open day on Sunday

March 22nd is the perfect

chance to come and

experience what is on offer.

You can walk our trails for free

and experience the wildlife for

yourself. Kids can take part in

our free treasure hunt, play

in the natural play area and

explore the fairy trail. They,

and adults alike, can have a go

at pond dipping or try their luck at our tombola.

Other events we have in March include our ‘Little Explorer’s

Scavenger Hunt’ throughout the month, an ‘Astronomy Evening’

on Friday 20th, our ‘Wildlife Photography for Beginners Workshop’

on Sunday 29th and our monthly ‘Family Volunteering’ afternoon

on Saturday 21st.

For more information about the reserve or any of our events, please

call 01505 842 663, email lochwinnoch@rspb.org.uk, or simply pop

in for a visit where we can help you discover this gem on your very

own doorstep.

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

OranceTip courtesy Ben Andrews

rspb-images.com, RSPBLochwinnoch

The Carrick Centre, Houston between 7.30pm & 10pm

Paisley Colour Photographic Club : Thursday evenings

The McMaster Centre, Renfrew, from 7.30pm. www.paisleycolour.com

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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Clyde Muirshiel

Practical Conservation Days: At Muirshiel

Country Park we have started planting

4000 native trees to replace the felled

sitka spruce. As part of International Forest day we are holding a

public tree planting event on Saturday 21st March 10.30am – 3pm.

For more details look on the parks facebook page or contact the

Ranger on 01505 843271.

Stargazing Evenings: The last Stargazing event at Castle Semple

this winter session is on 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: Greenock Cut Volunteers

are every Saturday 10.30 - 2.30pm; Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

are on Sunday morning 10am - 12noon. Castle Semple Volunteers

run on Thursday afternoons 12.30pm – 3.30pm and can be either

at Castle Semple or Muirshiel, we occasionally run full day sessions.

Look online for full programmes.

Dates for the Diary: On Sunday 5th April the Modified Autos on the

Water in aid of St Vincent’s will be taking place for the first time at

Castle Semple, look on their facebook page for further details. The

3rd Clyde Muirshiel Walking Festival will take place on Saturday

23rd until Monday 25th May and Classic Car Show on Sunday 18th


Ride 63 Community Cycle Club: DIY weekend runs are taken place

and Tuesday night club rides will be starting in late March look on

the club facebook for further details. 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.

Kilmacolm Horticultural Society

Kilmacolm Horticultural Society invite you to their March lecture on

Wednesday 18th March at 7.30pm in the New Community Centre,

Kilmacolm. Our guest speaker is the highly popular Louise Bustard,

senior curator at Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Her presentation

will feature ‘The Gardens of the Italian Lakes’. Everyone is most

welcome, please join us for refreshments which follow the lecture.

Please bring along your exhibits for the Spring Bulb Competition,

judged by Louise Bustard, with the award of the prestigious Jimmy

Whittet trophy.

Annual membership of the Society is £5 - the best value in town! Date

for your diary - the KHS Coffee Morning and Plant Sale on Saturday

16th May in the Community Centre, Kilmacolm 10am - 12noon.

Plants supplied by Parklea Nurseries, Tombola, entertainment with

the Archie Gardner Ceilidh Trio - back by popular request!

We are keen to welcome new members, and new exhibitors to the

Kilmacolm Flower Show. Don’t let us fade away,

keep the Society alive by supporting us with

your membership and attendance. Use

us or Lose us!

More information can be

found on our website: www.

kilmacolmhorticultural.com, or

contact Jill Russell, secretary to

KHS on 01505 872393.


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What’s on



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.


Circular Walk Beside

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 12noon

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.

Eilidh Grant and Band

Carrick Centre, Main Street,

Houston 8pm

The Carrick Night Spring concerts continue!

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. Tickets: Single

Concert: £12 (Adult) £5 (Child/Student).

For more information and tickets please call

01505 229597 or email: thecarrickcentre@



The Lovers

Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre,

8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan

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




Acoustic Nights - River Inn

The River Inn, Houston Road,


8pm to 10pm

With local musicians Scowlin’ Wolf with

special guest Paisley singer/guitarist

Jim Rough. If you are interested in

playing contact Rab on 07415 119754 or at:


Lilias Day 2020

Get involved in Lilias Day


Plans are well underway

for Lilias Day 2020! This

years event will be held

on Saturday 6th June and

include another brilliant

line-up of entertainment

including our well

established parade, charity

stalls, arena entertainment,

medieval village, food village,

music tent, craft village, kids

entertainment tent, zorbing,

scarecrow competition and

much much more.

And if Lilias Day itself couldn’t

get any better we now have

Lilifest to extend the fun in

lead up to Lilias Day!

It’s easy to get involved:

Book a stall to raise funds

for your local charity /

organisation or take a pitch

in our new craft village (local

crafters only). With over

3,000 people attending the

event, it is a great way to raise

funds. Come along to the stall

holders booking evening on

Tuesday 17th March, 7pm - 9pm,

Old Library Centre, Kilbarchan.

Advertise in our brochure. The

Lilias Day brochure is delivered

free to over 1,500 households

in Kilbarchan and posted on our

Facebook page with over 2,000

followers. If you wish to advertise

in our brochure please email us at the email address below.

Take part in the Historic Parade. Costume fitting Saturday 21st

March 12noon - 3pm, Old Library Centre, Kilbarchan.

Decorate a float and join one of the best parades in Scotland!

Email us if you haven’t booked yours yet. Numbers limited.

Nominate Miss Lilias 2020. If you, or someone you know would

make an ideal Miss Lilias let us know

before 20th March.

Give the village a makeover by

decorating your house or creating

a scarecrow.

We had some amazing

entries last year so looking forward

to seeing this years creations.

And Let us know if you have an

event in the village planned for the

week before or after Lilias Day it

can be included in the Lilifest line up.

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The Bridge Art Exhibition

The Bridge, Main Street, Bridge of


Exhibiting the work of Gary McIlkenny -

featuring oil paintings with a mainly urban

theme inspired by local scenes and his

travels in France and the USA.


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.


Free Early evening legal

advice sessions

St Vincent’s Hospice, Midton Road,


5pm to 6.30pm

Appointments are available to discuss Wills

and Powers of Attorney from voluntary

trusted local solicitors. Confidential

professional advice and information to

help you plan for your future without

commitment or obligation, donations

welcome to support the work of the

Hospice. To book your appointment, please

contact June Burgess, Legacy Officer at

St. Vincent’s Hospice on 01505 705 635 or

email: june.burgess@svh.co.uk

Howwood Curling Club -

Come & Try Curling

Bowfield Road, Howwood, PA9 1DE


No experience necessary. All 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.



Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm

2pm to 4pm

Gentle Keep Fit with Grace.

Kilmacolm Civic Trust

Kilmacolm Community Centre,

Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm

7pm to 8.30pm

AGM from 7pm - 7.45pm, followed by

an Illustrated Talk titled “A Passion for

Fashion” by Graham Hunter, Costume

designer for TV, Film and Theatre. Open

to all residents of Kilmacolm, Quarriers and

the surrounding Countryside.


RSPB Local Group

McMaster Centre, Donaldson Drive,



An illustrated talk by James Silvey “The

RSPB’s work on toads, bumblebees and

beetles”. All welcome.

World Day of Prayer in


St Fillan’s Catholic Church, Main St,

Houston, Johnstone PA6 7EL


World Day of Prayer prepared by the

Christian Women of Zimbabwe. Everyone

most Welcome. Tea & cakes after the service.


World Day of Prayer Local


St Columba’s Church, Duchal Road,



‘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

872905; mob. 07905 950028)


OKFest 2020 - Kilmacolm’s

4th annual Festival of Sound

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.


Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

Lochwinnoch Cross

Come along and listen to some fantastic

music - from choirs to opera, exhibitions,

authors, come and try classes and many

more. We have something for everyone!!

Tickets available from The Junction Café

and Now and Then. Online tickets only

for Christine Bovill, The Rose Room, Alan

Bissett, Rock Night and Janey Godley

online www.lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk

or online Box office Paisley Art Centre 0300

300 1210 Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.


Kilbarchan Singers Coffee


Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall,

Steeple Street

10am to 12noon

Cakes! Cakes! Cakes! Come on down to

support your local singing group. All

welcome! £3

Village Art Class, Kilmacolm

Mini Art Show

Kilmacolm Community Centre,

Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm

Come along and peruse some quality art

work by our enthusiastic members which is

very modestly priced - you might just see

something you like. It’s Farmers Market

Day and also the Coffee Morning in aid of

Motor Neuron Disease.

MND Coffee Morning

2nd Floor, Kilmacolm Community

Centre, Lochwinnoch Road,

Kilmacolm 10am to 12noon

Why not pop along for a cuppa, a chat and

some fabulous home baking. £3

Freeland Focus on : The

Vine Trust

Freeland Church, Main Street,

Bridge of Weir 7pm

Speaker Lois Sproat (Volunteer at The Vine

Trust) with music from Freeland Praise

Band. Meal served at 7pm - All welcome.


Firefighters Charity Car Wash

Renfrew Fire Station, Paisley Road,

Renfrew PA4 8LJ

11am to 3pm

Come get your car washed, meet the fire

fighters and see the fire engines and help

raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity

- a great cause.

Firefighters Charity Car Wash

Saturday 7th March from 11am to 3pm

Renfrew Fire Station, Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

Every year hundreds of fire stations across the UK compete against

each other to wash as many cars as possible and raise as much

money as possible for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Come get your car washed, meet the fire fighters and see the fire

engine all to raise money for a great cause.

Craft Fair

Saturday 21st March from 11am to 2pm

With various stands, home baking, gifts, arts and more!

Free entry | Cafe open. Tables available at £10, for details contact:

0141 883 1918

Paisley Salvation Army, Mill Street, Paisley PA1 1ND


Thomas Coats Memorial Choral Society

40th Anniversary Concert

Sunday 15th March @ 7.30pm (doors open 6.45 pm), Paisley Abbey

Brahms Requiem - Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

Ondrej Soukup : Conductor

Catrin Woodruff: Soprano Colin Murray: Baritone

Orchestra from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Tickets £12/ £5 students/ accompanied children free: Tickets

available at the door, online: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/

book/event?eid=8431 or Tel: 01505 816110 or 01505 612874,

Email: coatschoral@btinternet.com or from Choir members

The Carrick Players : The Lovers

Performances on the 28th & 29th February at Kilbarchan

Performing Arts Centre

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.




Next deadline - Wednesday 11th March


Rangers Hike

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank

1pm to 3pm

Join us for a hike and learn about

Finlaystone’s past, natural history and

some wonderful Clydeside views.


Stargazing Evening

Castle Semple Visitor Centre,

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch

7pm to 9pm

Join a local astronomer to learn about our

night sky. Indoor presentation if weather

poor. For more information tel: 01505

842882 or to book go to the parks website



Lochwinnoch - Glengarnock

Circular (10mls/16.6km)

Lochwinnoch Railway Station,

Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF 10.30am

A walk along the cycle path and back

roads. For more information contact:

Renfrewshire Walking Network or Rangers

01505 843271.


Bridge Of Weir Horticultural

Society Talk

The Bridge, Main Street, Bridge of

Weir 8pm

Pick up some tips on ‘Getting To Know Your

Soil’. If you want to make the most of what

you’ve got – come along and if you’re new

to gardening or thinking it’s time to refresh

your ideas – definitely come along.

Sòlas Drop In Bereavement


Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm

2pm to 4pm


St Anthonys Primary School

Race Night

Lillybank Bowling Club,36 Brewery

Street Johnstone, PA5 8BQ 7pm

A fabulous fun night for family, friends

and community to relax and enjoy racing,

games, and ultimately raise funds for the

children of St Anthony’s. Tickets from the

school or purchased at the door on the

night. 18+ night. Buffet included. £5.


Scottish Huntington’s

Association Family Ceilidh

Pollokshaw Burgh Hall, Glasgow

7.30pm to 11.30pm

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 welcome.

Any questions, please contact Linda

on 0141 848 0308 or by emailing linda.



Mothers Day & Easter Gift

and Craft Fayre

Kilbarchan Guide Centre, Barn

Green, Kilbarchan 1pm to 4pm

Come along and browse our fantastic local

crafter stalls. More than 20 to choose from;

jewellery, bags n broaches, soaps, art work,

sweets, cards, books and much more......

Something for everyone! We would love to

see you there! Children go free (Tea and

coffee included). All funds raised will go

towards World Challenge. £2.

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Finlaystone Country Estate -

Langbank 1pm to 3pm

Spring is here! Find some of nature’s

seasonal treasures inside our woodlands.


Thomas Coats Memorial

Choral Society

Paisley Abbey, Abbey Close 7.30pm

40th Anniversary Concert Brahms Requiem

Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin (doors

open 6.45 pm). Tickets £12/ £5 students/

accompanied children free: available at

the door, online: https://www.trybooking.

com/uk/book/event?eid=8431 phone:

01505 816110 or 01505 612874, Email:

coatschoral@btinternet.com or from Choir



Kilmacolm Horticultural

Society March Lecture

Kilmacolm Community Centre,

Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm

Our guest speaker is the highly popular

Louise Bustard, senior curator at Glasgow

Botanic Gardens. Her presentation will

feature ‘The Gardens of the Italian Lakes’.

Everyone welcome. Please bring along your

exhibits for the Spring Bulb Competition,

judged by Louise Bustard, with the award

of the prestigious Jimmy Whittet trophy.



Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm

2pm to 4pm

The Archie Gardner Trio.



Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House

Quay, Greenock

10am - 11.30am (Fri) 10am (Sat)

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.

Art Sale 2020

Kilmacolm Community Centre,

Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm

10am - 5.30pm (Fri) 10am - 4pm (Sat)

‘The Kilmacolm Class’ group of artists host

their art show in the open gallery. A warm

welcome awaits with a colourful selection of

painting in all mediums. Paintings available

for sale with prices to suit most budgets.

Gouache paintings by Susan Murphy one

of its longest established artists. A lovely

way to spend a morning, browse around

the show with coffee shop on the doorstep.

Adults £1. Children over 5 - 50p.


Gaelic Learners Day

Wallneuk North Church, Abercorn

Street, Paisley PA3 4AG

10am to 4pm

Classes at 4 levels, Recent Beginners,

Lower Intermediate, Upper Intermediate

and Advanced. Includes sandwich lunch.

Places MUST be booked in advance.

Contact fios@clanngaidhlig.org or 07854

061793. £15 (£12 members).

Tree Planting

Muirshiel Visitor Centre, Calder Glen

Road nr Lochwinnoch PA12 4LB

10.30am to 3pm

Come and help plant 4,000 native trees. All

tools and equipment provided. If coming

for the full day bring a packed lunch (drop

in anytime). Phone beforehand to get the

work location. For more information tel:

01505 843271.

Kilbarchan Messy Church

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall,

Steeple Street 4pm to 6pm

Our theme this month is ‘Easter/Springtime.’’

Come along and join in the fun with games,

crafts, stories & song. All young people will

be made very welcome, just remember to

bring an adult along with you.

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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!


The McHart Ceilidh Band

Kidston Hall 7.30pm BYOB


Handbell performance and


11am to 12noon

Poetry and Literature


2pm to 4pm

Choral Festival (Glasgow

Youth Choir & Westerton

Male Voice Choir)

7pm to 9pm

More details at:

www.kilmacolmoldkirk.org.uk or Facebook: Kilmacolm Old Kirk

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: 15th March, 19th April, 17th May

For more details, visit https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.


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



Local young singing duo

performing soft rock and

country and western songs.

Plus an ‘Open Mike’ session

from 3.30pm



Riverside Youth Band in



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Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 10am - 2pm

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Bishopton Art Group Annual

Spring Art and Craft Fair

Bishopton Community Centre,

Gledstane Road, 10am to 3pm

Showcasing 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. Tea, Coffee and

delicious home baking available. 5-minute

walk from railway station, free car parking.

Free event.

Kilmacolm Girl Guides

Daffodil Spring Fayre

St Columba’s School, Duchal Road,

Kilmacolm 2pm to 4pm

With crafts, tombola, Easter eggs, home

baking, Mother’s Day gifts and much more.

Entry is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.

Afternoon tea is included. £3/£1.50.

Craft Fair

Paisley Salvation Army, Mill Street,

Paisley PA1 1ND 11am to 2pm

With various stands, home baking, gifts,

arts and more! Free entry | Cafe open

Tables available at £10, for details contact:

0141 883 1918. www.facebook.com/



Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey, Abbey Close, Paisley


J.S. Bach B Minor Mass with 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 available via The

Abbey Shop, or telephone: 0141 889 7654

bminor.eventbrite.co.uk £20.

Den Build

Finlaystone Country Estate -

Langbank 1pm to 3pm

Do you know your lean-on from your tripod

and Y-pole? Learn all about den-building

and make your own, with some fire-lighting

tutorials thrown in!


Inverkip – Wemyss Bay walk

linear (8.3mls/13kms)

Inverkip Railway Station, Inverkip,

Greenock PA16 0BB 11am

A walk from Inverkip via the Leapmoor

forest to Wemyss Bay. Hopefully we will

see lovely views over the Clyde Estuary.

For more information contact: Renfrewshire

Walking Network or Rangers 01505



Movie Night

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.


Scottish Golf Show 2020

SEC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow

Bringing together the biggest brands

in golf, over 100 exhibitors, a range of

interactive golf challenges and thousands

of golf enthusiasts from across Scotland

and the UK.


1st Bridge of Weir Scout

Group Fundraising Race


Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Crescent,

Bridge of Weir 7.30pm

Tickets includes Buffet. Prizes to be won.

Spaces are limited. Please contact your

Section Leader or Teresa McQuarrie on

07444 886 154 for tickets/sponsor. £5.

Alison McNeill and Sasha


Carrick Centre, Main Street,

Houston 8pm

The Carrick Night Spring concerts continue!

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). For more information and

tickets please call 01505 229597 or email:


A Cèilidh, with Fèis Phàislig

and Caolas

Wynd Theatre, 6 School Wynd,

Paisley, PA1 2DB 7.15pm

Traditional music and song from the

students and tutors of Fèis Phàislig. They

will be joined by the group Caolas, senior

students at Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu.

Places MUST be booked in advance.

Contact fios@clanngaidhlig.org or phone

07854 061793. £5 (U16 - Free).

Kilmacolm Community Clean Up

Carriages Car Park 10am

Join in the Kilmacolm Community Clean

Up, help clear the litter from the verges of

the roads and pathways in and out of the

village. Dress for the weather and terrain

and bring a pair of gardening gloves. Litter

pickers, garbage bags and high viz vests

will be provided.


Can you bake the perfect

fruit scone?

McKillop Hall, Main Street,


Why not enter the third Scone-noisseur of

the World Contest? Prizes for best home,

professional and under 16 bakers and best

presentation. For more information and

an entry form please contact: David Bain,

worldsconemaking@gmail.com for details

Mother’s Day Walk

Finlaystone Country Estate -

Langbank 1pm to 3pm

A gentle stroll through the forest with

moderate slopes, followed by a cream tea

in our garden’s tearoom. Sturdy footwear

and warm layers required.

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.

Galic Learners Day and Ceilidh

Gaelic Learners’ Day.

21st March, 10am- 4pm

Wallneuk North Church Halls, Abercorn Street, Paisley, PA3 4AB.

Classes at 4 levels, Recent Beginners, Lower Intermediate, Upper

Intermediate and Advanced.

Cost £15 (£12 ClannGàidhlig members) includes sandwich lunch.

Places MUST be booked in advance.

Contact fios@clanngaidhlig.org or phone 07854 061793

A Cèilidh, with Fèis Phàislig and Caolas

28th March, 7:15 pm

Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB.

Traditional music and song from the students and tutors of Fèis Phàislig.

This year they will be joined by the group Caolas, senior students at

Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu, who performed at the Barrowland with

Trail West at last year’s National Mòd.

Cost £5 (under-16s FREE).

To book tickets, contact fios@clanngaidhlig.org or phone 0780 591 8509

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


20th March - 10am - 11.30am & 21st March - 10am

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock. For 18-24 month olds

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.


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& cosy-toes. Collapsible carrycot.

Car seat adaptors included. All

in excellent condition. £100. Tel:

07765 550180.

Munchkin Baby Travel Booster Seat!

Great Condition (kept at Grans

House) Can be used to sit at table

and also light and easy to take

anywhere with you. Folds into a

bag with handle, very neat. Pick

up Langbank. £10. Tel: 01475



Ladies Coach handbag black new

15”x11”. Quick sale £35. Tel: 01505


Ladies Boots, size 6 (new, still in box).

£50. Tel: 07480 560821.

Ladies Long Coats, Cardigans & Skirts,

sizes 14 - 18. Prices available on

request. Tel: 07480 560821.


Double Z Bed - £75. Single Z Bed -

£35. Tel: 07480 560821.

Sauté and Soup Maker, Morphy

Richards nearly new. Very Good

Condition. £20. Tel: 07864


Stonehill Furniture Sunburst Teak

Coffee Table, mid 1970s. Striking

teak veneer sunburst grain. Circular,

34inch diameter, 4 teak legs,

16inches high. Attractive retro piece

of furniture in very good condition.

Minor signs of wear only. £100. Tel.

07528 362930.

Mahogany standard lamp with cream

shade with fringes. £25. Tel: 01475


Set of 6, E.P.N.S. Dessert Knives, with

mint green handle - In lovely hinged

presentation box. £15. Set of 6,

E.P.N.S. Dessert Forks - In cardboard

box. £15. Set of 6, E.P.N.S. Teaspoons,

with an additional sugar spoon - In

a lovely, hinged presentation box.

£15. Ideal for Afternoon Tea. Tel:

07864 520883.

Garden shredder corded Bosch

AXT2000 HP – Excellent condition.

£125. Tel: 01505 612266 .

Log Multi Fuel Stove (ten kilowatt).

Two years old. Buyer must uplift.

£150 ono. Tel: 01505 326462 or

07910 941179.

SOFA , three seater, Marks & Spencer, as

new, reversible cushions, cost £1200,

sell £129. Tel: 07986 812483.

Brown Leathaire foot stool with

storage. Very good condition. 60

x 60 cms square. £40. Tel: 07850


Le Creuset brand stovetop whistling

kettle in shaded cream – good match

for cream AGA. Cost £80 new, less

than 3 years old, £20. Tel: 01505


AGA brand stainless steel casserole,

16cm. Cost £83 new, Less than

3 years old, rarely used, good

condition. £25. Tel: 01505 874887.

AGA brand toaster. Cost £25 new, less

than 3 years old, good condition,

£10. Tel: 01505 874887.

Laura Ashley armchair - “Denbigh”,

brown leather. Cost £1200 sell for

£425 ono. Tel: 01505 673248.


Aiwa CD Player, Radio & Cassette.

£30. Tel: 07480 560821.


P.G.A. Collection, set of Junior Golf

Clubs. Graphite Shafts. Used

Condition. Additional Kings Power,

Junior Whale, Special Alloy Pitch/

Sand wedge. Suit beginner. £10. Tel:

07864 520883.

Boot Bike (folds into car). £100. Tel:

07480 560821.


Brand new steel car wheel 6JX15H2

and new Jinyu tyre 185/60 R15.

Stored as spare wheel only. £80.

Tel: 07736 067169.

Yokohama tyre c wheel. 25/65 R 17.

101H. NR G9IA. FS 130 Tubeless.

Unused spare. £70 ono. Tel: 01505


PAIR of Continental Contisport

Contact 5 235/50/R18 SUV Extra

Load tyres. 15,000 miles only on

rear of Ford Kuga. Top quality tyres

with plenty of tread and no damage/

repairs. £55. Tel: 07528 362930.

Various Bottles of Miniature Whisky

Bottles for Sale Lovely to Decorate

a Home Bar! Prices upwards of £3

each. Come and have a look, can be

sold Separately or as a job lot. Pick

up Langbank. Tel: 01475 540306 .


Anyone interested in constructing

a garden fish pond? I am giving

up on mine this spring and wish to

sell the fish.

Coy carp, ranging from 10/12ins.

to 24ins. long. Offering the fish

together with all the water pumps,

filters, air pumps, heater, pondvac,

ultraviolet filter, and all the other

bits and pieces.

Offered as a package or as individual

items. Contact Jim on 07831



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


Cash paid for Vinyl Records and Music

CDs (a few or a lot). Tel: 01505

324683 or 07765 115347.

Looking for somewhere to store 3 or

4 cars, not to work at, just storage -

yard, garage, shed or piece of land.

Tel: 07939 810653.

Cash paid for old clocks, repair service

provided. Tel: 07540 603019.

Collector wants any model trains,

any age / any condition. Also Corgi

Matchbox Dinky Cars, etc. Not a

dealer. Tel: 07939 810653.

Looking for any old VHS Videos

and unwanted DVDs. Tel: 07939


Looking for any unwanted Car

Manuals, any make, especially Ford

Jaguar Vauxhall, any age. Tel: 07939



Wooden framed Sofa + 1 Chair, with

loose green cushions. Tel: 01505


White faux marble fireplace with

gas unit. Free for uplift. Tel: 07341


Medela Swing double sided breast

pump. Bought in 2015 and never

really used much. Tel: 07341


Travel cot, free for uplift. Tel: 07341




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CLA Accountancy Services . . . 16

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Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7


ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1

Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33


Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7

G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 15

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 5


Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 11


McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 47


B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 21

Bencairn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 21

Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 8

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 2

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 37

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 6

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 4

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 21

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 8

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 2

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 23

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 25

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 35


Confident Care Ltd . . . . . . . . . 5

Driving Miss Daisy . . . . . . . . . 11

Home Instead Senior Care . . . 19


Karen Rankin Catering . . . . . . 44


Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 3

Eclipse Deep Clean . . . . . . . . . 3

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 44

Gryffe Carpet Cleaning . . . . . 19

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 6

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 4

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Platinum Cleaning Services . . 9


Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 27


GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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MAS Electrical & Security . . 2

Russell Milne Electrician . . 31

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Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 47


LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 8

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 43


Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 7

John Roach Funeral Directors . . 25


Garolla Roller Shutter Doors . . 9


3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 41

A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 43

Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 43

Bencairn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7

Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 41

Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 43

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 2

Lady Grafters Garden Services . . 43

MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

R Williams Tree Services . . . 41

Scotlawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 43

West of Scotland Landscape . . 42


C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 37

Gasfit Plumbing & Heating . . 9

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 17

Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 9

KAL Plumbing Ltd . . . . . . . . . . 11

Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 23

Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1


1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3

Cloudy2Clear Windows . . . . . . . 5

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2


Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 28

Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 19


Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 28

Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 9

Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 36

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LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 13

NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 31


Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 41

Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 43

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Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2


Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 11

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 8


Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 4


CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 8

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 37

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 6

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3

McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 21

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 2

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 23

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 25

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2


Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 11

G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 15

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 5

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 6

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 25


Ranfurly Castle Golf Club . . 31


Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4


A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 25

Andrew Hay Painter & Decorator . . 9

Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 45

David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3

James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3

John A Kilburn . . . . . . . . . . . 47

John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 21


ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17


RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 11


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Kookie Kennels . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Waggys Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . Bk


Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 7

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 37

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 21


C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 37

G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 15

Gasfit Plumbing & Heating . . 9

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 17

Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 9

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 13

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 45


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Affinity Family Law Experts . . 3

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Andrew Hay Painter & Decorator . . 9

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Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 28

B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 21

Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Bencairn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 27

Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 9

Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

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Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 11

C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 37

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7

CLA Accountancy Services . . . 16

Clearline Aerial & Satellite . . 3

CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 8

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ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 45

Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Confident Care Ltd . . . . . . . . . 5

Conservatory Conv & Windows . . Bk

Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 41

Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 17

David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3

Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 13

DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Driving Miss Daisy . . . . . . . . . 11

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 3

Eclipse Deep Clean . . . . . . . . . 3

Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 44

Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 36

G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 15

Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Garolla Roller Shutter Doors . . 9

Gasfit Plumbing & Heating . . 9

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 43

Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 21

Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Gryffe Carpet Cleaning . . . . . 19

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 6


Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Home Instead Senior Care . . . 19

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 2

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 17

Innovative Estate Planning Ltd . . 17

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 5

Integrated Animal Therapy Vets . . 38

Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 9

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 37

James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 6

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1

John A Kilburn . . . . . . . . . . . 47

John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

John Roach Funeral Directors . . 25

KAL Plumbing Ltd . . . . . . . . . . 11

Karen Rankin Catering . . . . . . 44

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 4

Kenmore Tree Care . . . . . . . . . 41

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 45

Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13,Bk

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 21

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1

Kookie Kennels . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Lady Grafters Garden Services . . 43

Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3

LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3

M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 23

MAS Electrical & Security . . 2

Matthews Cleaning Services . . 19

McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 21

McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 47

MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 13

Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 19

NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 31

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 8

PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1

Platinum Cleaning Services . . 9

R Williams Tree Services . . . 41

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club . . 31

Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 11

Russell Milne Electrician . . 31

Scotlawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 2

Stewart Independent Financial . . Bk

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 23

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 25

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 27

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 35

Travel Actually . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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