309 SEPTEMBER 2020 - Gryffe Advertizer


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No.309: SEPTEMBER 2020

IMAGE: Bridge of Weir Hillwalkers, ascent of Beinn Lora, with

views to Mull and the west coast and inland to Ben Cruachan,

Glen Etive and Glen Coe (October 2019)


• Bridge of Weir

• Brookfield

• Houston


• Kilbarchan

• Kilmacolm

• Lochwinnoch

• Quarriers

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welcome back everyone!

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Bridge of Weir, PA11 3PN

it's been a while .....

I am delighted to be able to bring you the Advertizer again. I certainly didn’t think

that we’d be away for so long. I am overwhelmed with the huge support for the

Gryffe Advertizer as we return to some kind of normal.

So many local events were cancelled and sadly, our local theatre groups and music

venues are some of those worst affected by all this. They are still closed with little

sign of being able to perform live for some time. It’s doubtful that the regular Panto

season will take place either.

It hasn’t been without its casualties here either. When lockdown came, I had to send

the staff home. Now we are on the other side, I have not been able to bring everyone

back. This has been such a difficult decision to make and not one taken lightly.

However, some good things did come from all this - our wonderful community

became very inventive. The Knapps Show, Kilbarchan’s Lilias Day and the Houston

Agricultural Show all became virtual events with live footage online on their websites

and Facebook.

You can watch and participate in events that normally involve long distance travel.

Our eyes were opened to the number of wonderful events that were streamed online.

Imagine being able to watch a concert, theatre show, opera or ballet, anywhere in

the world, from your own home!

Due to the number of local online events, I was able to produce an online only issue

of the magazine, working from my little desk at home. If you missed out on seeing it

then you’ll find the link on our website www.advertizer.co.uk - it’s worth a read!

One thing I think we all learned from lockdown was that if we live in a village with

local shops, then we should be very grateful for them. Certainly in Kilmacolm, the

local businesses were what kept many people who were isolating supplied with fresh

food. Even just a friendly face at the window checking up on people made all the

difference to many.

It would be all too easy to return to our old ways, not giving consideration to our

neighbours, our local area, our local shops and businesses, and our much cherished

key workers. If you are having a ‘bad day’, please just think back to these times and

consider how lucky we are to be here and living in such an amazing place.

We all know the community spirit is strong here, but the imagination, care and

consideration that has been shown is amazing.

We do indeed live in a wonderful part of the world! And remember...

Shop local - Be friendly!


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in this issue.....

Keeping it local 05

Kilbarchan play park 06

Talking Heads 08

Supporting Foodbanik 10

Rotary news 10

Virtual Kiltwalk 12

Scotland loves local 12

Walk of Hope for SHA 12

lockdown photography 14

Design deadline extended 16

Local biodiversity consultation 16

Shortlist for Award 18

village news 18-26

Brookfield wedding 23

Community empowement fund 23

Useful information 29

events 30-32

schools & clubs 34-40

Apply for share of £150k fund 41

Outdoors 42-46


classified ads 48

Sales & Wants 49

Advertizer directory 50

sports: Leo Harris Downes

Brookfield Wedding

Community Empowerment fund

Lockdown Photography

sports: Howwood Primary

Kilbarchan Play park

History: the rolling stone

Schools: Gryffe High

Cover image:

views from Beinn


The Bridge of Weir Hillwalkers

enjoyed a wonderful weekend

of weather back in October 2019

when they ascended Beinn Lora, a

small hill but with bags of character

and one with magnificent views to

Mull and the west coast and inland

to mighty Ben Cruachan and the

snow clad summits of Glen Etive

and Glen Coe.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-

19 restrictions, the car park is

currently closed.

It’s well worth the climb up the

hill from the foot of Beinn Lora for

the stunning panorama of coast,

islands and mountains. Picnic

tables at wonderful vantage points

give you a chance to catch your

breath and take in the scenery and

the Eagle’s Eyrie viewpoint is an

ideal photo opportunity.

Whilst Beinn Lora may only be

308 metres high, its fine position

ensures that the magnificent views

from its summit match those from

many a Munro. The approach uses

waymarked forestry walks but the

section before the final pull up to

the top is very wet.


Good, steep path through the

forest but there is an extremely

boggy section beyond.


Distance 6km / 3.75 miles


1.5 - 2.5 hours


368m (Profile)

Start Grid Ref NM905380



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Keeping it Local

Six months ago many local businesses put up signs that read

“Closed until further notice”. Tradesmen were not allowed in

our houses. Businesses that continued to open had to put

strict social distancing measures in place allowing for far fewer

footfall. Life changed almost overnight.



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We became anxious shoppers. In many cases the local store,

butchers and fishmongers became a more appealing prospect

than mixing with lots of others in the supermarkets. At a time

when face-to-face contact was minimal, the local fishmonger,

butcher or store owner was still there for a socially distanced chat and a

smile. Those connections were important. Those connections ARE important.

One of the more positive developments arising from this pandemic is that more people

have discovered the fantastic produce available in their local shops. Scotland Loves Local**

is a nationwide campaign set up, as we come out of lockdown, to remind people to continue

to support shops and businesses in their local areas. And with the prospect of recession

looming at the time of writing, quite simply if we don’t support them, we are likely to lose


Scotland’s food and drink industry is worth £15 million. It is the nation’s biggest manufacturing

sector. Throughout the crisis, Scotland’s band of butchers has continued to work, providing

customers with high quality fresh meat and importantly supporting local farmers.

New research* has revealed that over three quarters of respondents agree that it is important

to continue to support local suppliers as restrictions lessen. The research also revealed that

two thirds of people intend to buy more from local suppliers going forward and that a third

of people have increased their consumption from local supplier since lockdown began. All

of which is encouraging. People seem more concerned with traceability since lockdown

began with 62% of those surveyed saying they have become more aware where their food

has come from.

The move to use the local supply chain not only benefits us locally, but also globally.

Reducing food miles and buying from more sustainable producers is a shift that can reduce

our carbon footprint. Despite the pandemic taking up every news channel, the climate

emergency still must be addressed.

But it’s not just the statistics that matter. Local business owners provided countless stories

of community togetherness and innovative and inspiring ideas during lockdown. Many

restaurants quickly converted their business to enable takeaway and/or delivery services.

Butchers, fishmongers, pharmacy workers and others often went above and beyond

delivering orders to shielding customers. A local Airbnb business in Bridge of Weir opened

their house to NHS staff free of charge. The Advertizer printed hundreds of “Are You Self-

Isolating? I Can Help.” slips for local community groups to use.

All of this goes to show that our high streets and local places of business are not just made

up of bricks and mortar, they are comprised of people, relationships and compassion. To

put it simply, when we needed them, they were there for us. Now, more than ever, they

need us. Now it is our turn to help. #ScotlandLovesLocal #KeepingItLocal

*carried out by Censuswide on behalf of Scotch Lamb PGI - published in the Herald on

August 1, 2020.

**see more about Scotland Loves Local on page 12

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Kilbarchan Park set for £50,000 investment

Young and old alike are set to benefit from a £50,000 investment

in Kilbarchan Park as new outdoor gym equipment and upgraded

play equipment was approved by councillors.

The fitness equipment will allow the park to be used for outdoor

fitness classes, while new seating and picnic areas will encourage

families to use the park more often.

For younger parkgoers, the zip wire is set to be renewed and play

areas resurfaced, and young people will be further consulted on

new equipment to be added to the park.

The investment has been secured from Renfrewshire Council’s

Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund

following an application by Kilbarchan Community Council.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Communities, Housing and

Planning Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to

support Kilbarchan Community Council in their plans to upgrade the

local park as it will make such a difference to the local community,

both young and old.

“If this has inspired you, or you feel like your area has missed out,

please get in touch with us and we’ll work with you to create an

application for your local green space, park or play area.”

The Community Council will now advance their plans for

improvement and hope to start work later this year.

Fiona Stewart, Chair of Kilbarchan Community Council, said: “After

much consultation with the residents of Kilbarchan, proposals for

improving Kilbarchan Park were pulled together by the Community

Council and it has taken just under two years to take the proposals

from the planning stage to implementation.

“Working with Renfrewshire Council on a limited budget, the play

area has undergone several improvements and the necessary work

to reinstate drainage in the park has also taken place.

The £1.87million fund is available to all communities who have an

idea as to how they can improve a green space, park or play area

in their area and anyone interested is encouraged to contact the

council for an initial discussion and support.

The Villages Investment Fund has £370,000 ringfenced specifically

for investment in Renfrewshire's villages and applications are

welcomed that strengthen the character, identity and heritage of

the local community.

For more information, visit


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Does your child have ?

– it’s ok to be different!

Autism is a complex

developmental condition.

Those who are diagnosed

may have difficulties





Someone with autism

may behave differently

from ‘neurotypicals’ and

sometimes their behaviour

can appear challenging.

The important thing is to

determine the underlying

reasons for that behaviour,

not try to fix it. Listening, observing and understanding means

children and adults can be provided with coping strategies and

tools to access learning and reach their full potential.

Autism covers such a wide spectrum that no one person

will experience the same difficulties and all will have varying

needs and abilities. Each individual requires a tailored support

programme - not a one-sized intervention. I have 10 years

experience supporting children and young adults on the autistic

spectrum in the secondary and higher education sector. I

also help parents identify their child’s educational rights and

entitlements. I offer a confidential bespoke mentoring support

service to help you and your child.

Can I help? Please contact Diane Wood (MA Hons, PG Cert in

Autism) on 07967 769447 or email dianepwood46@gmail.com

for an initial consultation.


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Talking heads connecting

Paisley & District U3A

If you’re retired and want to keep your mind alert just take a

peek at the Talking head film clips on Paisley & District U3A’s


Local U3A chair, Kathleen O’Donnell said: “Our volunteers

wanted to find ways to keep their groups going during

the pandemic. It was highly likely that our most vulnerable

members were in social isolation or shielding and couldn’t

attend face to face meetings. So several groups had a go at

using digital technology to help people stay connected and

keep on learning in fun ways. We’ve asked leaders to reveal

the plus points and the challenges of using social platforms

to keep in touch. You can also see and hear for yourself

how members have adapted to this and what goes on in the

different groups.

“So, if you want to enjoy a new hobby or take up a new skill,

this is a golden opportunity. You can be a fly on the wall

and listen in before you take part in a session. People are

welcome to try one or two classes for free and can then pay

an annual membership fee at the start of the new session.

We plan to offer Talking heads clips about architecture,

books, conversational Spanish, gardens, meditation, and

opera appreciation for starters. Our website has a Contact

page which links to group leaders, including our new On Your

Own group. People can also use the Contact page to email

us any questions.”

Paisley & District U3A monthly meetings with guest speakers

usually restart in October. Information on when these free

educational events can resume safely will be posted on:


Regular events cancelled

Renfrewshire Council is sorry to announce that as part of

ongoing measures to help manage the coronavirus pandemic,

the following events will not go ahead in 2020: Johnstone

Fire Engine Rally; Renfrewshire Doors Open Days; The Spree

festival; Paisley Halloween Festival; Paisley Fireworks Display;

Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On; Renfrew Christmas Lights

Switch-On and Johnstone Christmas Lights Switch-On.

Currently a ban on mass gatherings is in place across Scotland

and when lifted it is expected that restrictions will remain in

place for some time, including physical distancing measures

and advice to avoid crowded places. The decision not to run

our events programme also takes into account the lengthy

planning time required to safely organise major events.

We hope everyone will understand that we must put public

health first. We are continuing to plan our major events

programme in Renfrewshire for next year, working closely

with national bodies and following public health advice.

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Reaching out to

support the Foodbank

The Houston & Killellan Kirk’s initiative in collecting food and

toiletries for the Renfrewshire Foodbank has been truly embraced

by the whole Houston Community during Lockdown. Donations

every Tuesday average 60-70 shopping bags. A few weeks in and

the Foodbank were reporting on Facebook “this week it was half

a ton of food delivered – WOW!” In the first 14 weeks of receiving

donations at the West Halls, Houston on Tuesdays, the Foodbank

advised that 4.5 tons providing 11,000 meals had been delivered.

Now, after 21 weeks, around 16,000 meals have probably been

provided for, as well as many bags of toiletries, made up of

contributions from individuals, groups and businesses including:

• Several separate street collections

• Anchor Boys, who had been collecting prior to Lockdown

• A Brownie Pack, who donated Easter Eggs as they couldn’t

distribute them to their girls

• Kirk Youth Club, who passed on contents of their tuck shop

• Gryffe High School, who supplied sanitary items

• A Book Club, who collected from their members

• A Children’s Dance Class collection

• The “Wee Blether” Kirk Group, who even gave up the contents

of their biscuit cupboard!

• Beaton Bros, who supplied bottles of hand sanitisers

• Monetary donations – either handed in or sent directly to

Renfrewshire Foodbank

There is now a dedicated team of volunteers & drivers, some of

whom had no Kirk connection before volunteering.

So, what was very well supported by those attending the Kirk on

Sunday mornings before Lockdown has grown into an initiative

enthusiastically supported by the wider Houston Community

at the West Halls every Tuesday during these difficult times. In

the current climate, those depending on the Foodbank, will have

even greater needs than before. So it will be terrific if those in

the Houston Community can continue to support, not only in

donating, but also in spreading the word to the wider community.

The opportunity to donate continues:

Where? West Halls, Main Street, Houston with no social contact.

When? Tuesdays 10 am to 12 noon and 7 pm to 8 pm

What? UHT Milk, Breakfast Cereals, Diluting Juice, Tinned Fish,

Tinned Meats, Tinned Tomatoes, Pasta, Tinned Potatoes or

Smash, Tinned Fruit, Creamed Rice, Tins or Cartons of Custard,

Coffee (small jars), Tea Bags, Jams, Soap & all Toiletries.

Meanwhile, please keep an eye on the Latest News on the Kirk

web site www.houstonkillellankirk.org, where details of the current

needs are published. Also you will find reports and photographs

posted weekly by Revd Gary Noonan on the Kirk’s Facebook page.


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Rotary Gryffe Valley


Donald Robb is no longer able to be an active member

due to his ill health. As an acknowledgment of his long

membership and his contribution to the work of Rotary, Don

was unanimously elected to Honorary Membership.


Gryffe Valley Rotary continues to meet weekly on Wednesday

using ZOOM. Once a fortnight we have a speaker and in

between we have an informal Chat meeting.

Recent speaker meetings have been very interesting:

• Ian Jackson on the History of Houston

• Sai Kumar on 50 years of Surgery from India to Paisley

• Kieran Anderson (grandson of Tommy Langley) online

from Vancouver on his football career and his role in

“Happy Feet” which promotes Soccer on-line

• Adam McCartney on ”Tales of an Itinerant Milkman”

about the first half of his career in the dairy industry

Coming up - we have a talk on 16th September on “Rotaract”.

Rotaract clubs bring together people aged 18-30+ to

exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop

leadership and professional skills and have fun through

enterprising activities. There are already Rotaract Clubs in

Glasgow and Renfrew and the speaker Mariela Gaitan will

undoubtedly encourage Gryffe Valley to consider setting up

one here.

Potential new members - including those interested in

Rotaract - are invited to join these meetings – please

contact a member or e-mail gryffevalleyrotary@gmail.com

to arrange an invitation. We are keen to give a platform to

community groups to promote their activities – please let us

know if you wish to speak.


The club is planning to organise as many of the usual Youth

competitions as possible. The Young Writer competition will

certainly happen, i.e. a Club Competition followed by District

and National Finals. This session’s topic is “My Happiest Day”.

Schools will be encouraged to send entries later this term.

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Members of the public can nominate a local person, business or

organisation which they feel has made a difference – from helping

vulnerable neighbours to keeping town centres welcoming and safe

as restrictions have eased.

The awards are being organised as part of the Scotland Loves Local

campaign, which encourages shoppers across the country to think

local first and back businesses in their own town centre or high street

before travelling further afield or turning to online retail giants.

Nominations for the High Street Heroes Awards can be made at

https://lovelocal.scot/high-street-heroes/. There, you can briefly

share the details of the person, local business or organisation you

would like to see rewarded and why.

Nominations will close at 5pm on Friday, September 11th.




In light of recent events, the

Edinburgh Kiltwalk has gone virtual, over the weekend of 11th - 13th

September. Take on any challenge you wish, from cycling, swimming,

trampolining or even a family scavenger hunt. Remember, the Hunter

Foundation will top up any funds raised by 50%!

There are lots of local charities that need your help, particularly at this

difficult time for everyone. If you think you can do your bit, please

choose your favourite charity, and go VIRTUAL to raise funds in


Registration has been reduced to £10 + VAT making it accessible

to all to get involved!! Sign up now https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/


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Walk of Hope for SHA

Erskine Town Centre.

Walk of Hope for Scottish

Huntington’s Association

This is a difficult time for

fundraising but Charities still

need our help. As in previous

years, Margaret Moncrieff

will do a sponsored Walk of

Hope along the banks of the

Clyde in Erskine to raise funds

for Scottish Huntington’s

Association (SHA). This will

take place this year on Saturday

12th September. The walk is at

the most 5 miles. In order to

maintain social distancing, she

will be accompanied by just a

few friends.

HD is a devastating neurological condition which renders the

sufferer increasingly dependent on care over the course of 15

to 25 years. In layman’s terms it is like having motor neuron

disease, Parkinson’s and elements of Alzheimer’s – all at the

same time. Sadly, it is genetic and every child of a person with

the condition has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. There

are now real hopes of a treatment but it will be many years

before these drugs are available. In the meantime, families

and children who are affected by HD will continue to need the

support of SHA. SHA is the only Scottish charity dedicated to

helping people affected by Huntington’s disease (HD).

Margaret asks for help to raise funds for SHA to enable them

to provide a comprehensive support and advisory service to

families like hers who are affected by HD.

Donations will be welcomed at the following JustGiving page


Margaret Moncrieff

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by Andy Stark of STARK-IMAGES

@ The STUDIO, Bridge of Weir

I am a photographer with my Studio in the same building as the Advertizer offices. As of the end of March like many other people my job

became impossible to do – I mainly shoot nurseries and schools and family groups in the studio.

All gone -overnight. What to do?

I still had all my cameras, and fortunately myself and my family all remained healthy throughout

lockdown. I was fit and I loved walking so that was what I did. I just made sure I took my camera with

me often. I walked round Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Johnstone, Brookfield etc and photographed

what I saw. Newborn lambs, bees, butterflies, flowers, trees, interesting skies and even some stars.

I spent several cold dark hours trying to catch the Starlink Satellite chains to no avail.

When the weather would not play nice, I set up a mini studio in my attic office and photographed

water droplets, dandelion heads, whatever I could find.

I organised an Alphabet Challenge for a local ZOOM group where kids were encouraged to try to

find and photograph letters of the alphabet in their houses, gardens, surrounding area and post

them on a Facebook page. A few weeks later we organised a “What am I” Challenge – you had to

photograph part of a common item or close up at an odd angle and people had to guess what the

items were.

As the local Lilias Day was cancelled in its usual format they held a Virtual Lilias Day and the villagers

still decorated their houses and I spent a few hours recording the results to post on Facebook.

I nipped down to the airport to record the planes parked in lines at the end of the runway – very

visual reminder of the situation.

When restrictions started to lift a little I was in a difficult situation. I couldn’t open the Studio but

I needed to work. I offered outdoor, socially distanced photo shoots in peoples gardens or local

parks. I also did graduation shoots for adults and kids who missed their end of nursery events.

These proved very popular and kept my business ticking over.

The Studio is now open but only for passports, headshots and individual portraiture. Hopefully by

September we will be fully open, but in the meantime I am still doing outdoor shoots.

Here is a selection of my work during lockdown:-

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PXLS Paisley Logo Design Competition!

Deadline extended! 30th September!

Paisley Community Trust are launching a new competition to design

the Logo and Brand for their proposed Community Cinema to be

called ‘PXLS’.

The story behind the name is vital. We had to develop a multigenerational

brand to appeal to both young and old. The ‘PX’

represents the location – Paisley Cross Paisley X PX. Whilst this

appeals to a younger generation, it has no link to Paisley’s proud

cinema past. The ‘LS’ represents “La Scala”, a cinema from Paisley’s

past which stood at the site of the proposed new cinema. This has

huge appeal to the older members of our community.

We are looking for a new logo and brand including colours and

typeface to match our amazing new name and bold community

cinema plans!

The Competition is open NOW and we can’t wait to see what you

come up with! Good Luck!

And the best news, the deadline has been EXTENDED! New

Deadline for entries – 30th September 2020. So, plenty of time

now to polish your designs and submissions.

For more info, visit https://www.paisleytrust.org/my-front-page/



1. The competition is open to

anyone, of any age from

anywhere. Applications from

Paisley residents are highly


2. Trustees of Paisley Community

Trust, the competition judges and

their immediate family are not

eligible to enter the Competition.

How to Enter

1. Competition entries must be

submitted by email only to


2. Entries are to be in a digital format

only - .jpg, .pdf, .png. Papers

drawings and sketches can be

photographed and submitted.

See the Entry Guidelines below

for further information.

3. Your entry must include the

name, age, postal address, phone

number and email address of the


4. No more than 3 entries may be

submitted by any one entrant.

5. Joint entries are allowed.

6. Entries must conform to the

entry guidelines set out below.

Entries which fail to do so will be


7. The deadline for Entries is the


8. We will attempt to acknowledge

all entries within one week of

receipt; however, we cannot

be responsible for entries or

responses lost in e-mail.

9. There is no fee to enter the


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Communities set to decide on

local biodiversity areas

Comments Deadline: Sunday 13th September 2020

Local people will be asked whether nature should be

encouraged in parks, road verges, roundabouts and within

their neighbourhoods, as part of a drive to encourage residents

to shape the communities they live in.

The Council has already identified potential areas for

biodiversity in Renfrewshire, with a maximum of ten chosen

in each community, and residents will be asked to decide

whether they believe they are suitable.

Detailed assessments have been carried out on each proposed

area to identify the current biodiversity and the potential for

animals, plants and natural flowers to flourish.

Community members can see the proposals and the

assessments online and are encouraged to submit their views

on the proposed sites, and any other areas in Renfrewshire

that they believe would benefit from biodiversity, before the

consultation closes on Sunday 13 September.

Those without internet access can call 0300 300 0330 to for

support to submit their views.

The proposals are designed to improve the local environment

as part of ongoing plans to tackle climate change in

Renfrewshire, with the council taking the lead in putting it at

the forefront of all decision making for the future.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s

Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “As

we continue to look for every opportunity to tackle climate

change, the creation of biodiversity areas across Renfrewshire

would help improve the local environment and allow nature to

flourish in our communities.

“We want to know where you think biodiversity would flourish

and help us improve our local environment, whether that’s

in your local park, a grassed area near your home or a road

verge in your area.

“This isn’t about not cutting grass and leaving it to grow wild

though. We’ve cut more than 97% of Renfrewshire grassed

areas in recent months so the areas we have proposed have

been specifically identified for this purpose.

“Each area would be maintained and added to if required to

ensure that natural plants and insects can develop, and their

progress would be monitored continually.

“This consultation gives local people the chance to have an

informed look into biodiversity, as well as each proposed area

and its potential benefits, before making their decision, so I

would encourage everyone to take part before the deadline.”

For more information, and to take part in the consultation,

residents should visit http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/

biodiversityconsultation or call 0300 300 0330.

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local news


Cllr Natalie Don

It is great to be writing my column again and it is nice that

things are now returning to what we deem as a sense of


One of the things I will never forget from lockdown was the

level of community spirit I saw in each of the areas I represent.

We saw Facebook groups pop up to help residents who

were shielding or vulnerable, we saw communities coming together to

make fun activities whether that was hunting for stones or creating stone

snakes together, people making and sharing face coverings and all in all, just

looking out for one another. In the small villages, I believe our communities

are already close but this has undoubtedly brought people closer and I truly

hope that we don’t lose sight of this as time passes by.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all the key workers and everyone

who helped to keep our country going during those months of lockdown.

NHS staff, carers, supermarket workers, key businesses, emergency services,

there are too many to name, we owe you a great debt.

One of the main things I have been working on in recent months is cycle

links between our villages. Enabling and promoting active travel has always

been a priority of mine but this became even more relevant during and since

lockdown. In the past few months we have seen more people than ever out

exercising and with social distancing measures in place in public transport,

more people choosing to walk or cycle. In Bishopton, my focus has been

on a link along Greenock Road between the village and the Red Smiddy

roundabout. Following a site visit I carried out last year at the request of

a Bishopton resident, I was pleased to confirm recently that a shared cycle

and walkway would be created for this link.

In Bridge of Weir, a focus has been safe passage for children walking to and

from Gryffe High School on Houston Road. I asked that consideration was

made for a cycle route on this road and an application has been made to the

Scottish Government’s Spaces for People fund for temporary infrastructure

along this route to help with social distancing.

Finally in Langbank, I am currently making enquiries in relation to a cycle link

along part of the A8 between Bishopton and Langbank.

For more information on any of the above or to speak to me about any

other issues, please get in touch at cllr.natalie.don@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Cllr James W.H. MacLaren

It is so good to see the strength of communities and people

coming together over the last few months and that must

continue as we loosen the restrictions on day to day life.

Hopefully those that deserve recognition for helping others

through the lockdown will receive it in some form or other.

While the council has managed to continue with refuse and recycling

collection through the lockdown, it is now becoming extremely frustrating

to me and some local residents who find that their bins are continually

missed. Council was supposed to have introduced a digital system in the

lorry cabs last Christmas that was going to resolve such problems but it is

now becoming scandalous just how often the same bins get missed.

For the majority of us, collection of the bin rubbish was not an issue but

the closure of the amenity sites has seen a lot more litter and fly tipping in

the countryside. I would like to thank each and every one of you who has

joined me in picking up litter and continue to do so. I still have a number of

litter pickers that I am giving away to people who would like to assist with

this, and I can also provide the necessary green bags, should you wish to

leave them for collection at the side of the road.

It’s been a long wait but slowly the council is getting the grass cut.

Thanks must be expressed to those of you, like myself, who got hold of

strimmers and lawn mowers and went out and cut the communal areas

around their neighbourhood. It was wonderful to see this local spirit in

the circumstances. Alas, the council is planning on leaving some areas to

grow wild. They have tried this before and the areas just became a mess.

I will be doing my best to ensure that if wild flowers are to flourish that the

necessary maintenance takes place.

The lockdown has meant that construction work in the Dargavel area has

set things back for the new primary and nursery schools. If this concerns

you then please drop me a line and I can update you on when this work

should be complete. Refurbishment of the Bishopton PS has also been a

casualty and the work is now carried forward to 2021-22.

On the issue of roads, speeding in the villages has been a big problem. The

Chief Inspector Jim Cast of Police Scotland is now on the case so beware. It

is worrying to see the number of blocked gullies across the council. Hardly

surprising that we have flooding issues when it rains. With the council only

owning one gully slurper, the problem isn’t going away soon.

Please note my new surgery details: I am available for face to face meetings

but am also available by phone. For the moment my surgeries will be by

telephone only. My mobile number is 07534 148794.

If you have problems getting through on the main council switchboard

then you can try contacting me by phone on 0300-300-1291 or by email to

cllr.james.maclaren@renfrewshire.gov.uk . I am happy to receive messages

via Facebook but I do prefer an email. In any case, it can take me a while

to see Facebook messages. No community council reports at present but

hopefully C Councils will be meeting up before too long. More on www.


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Cllr David Wilson

I am pleased to be back after an extended 4

month visit to Australia. Video conferencing

has been my new norm, working practice will

be different now for many. Many popular

and long running village events have had

to be cancelled. Unfortunately this applies to the bonfire

and fireworks. Health and insurance advice has been taken

and until there is a vaccine it would be irresponsible to have

several thousand villagers closely packed even in a field.

Could all the invaluable team please stand down, hopefully

for just one year.

There has been much planning activity. The Court of

Session has supported an appeal by Gladman with regard to

the reporters handling of the Carsemeadow development.

A new reporter has been appointed by the Scottish

Government. The Council will again oppose.

The appeal by Gladman regarding our decision to refuse

North Dennistoun has been refused. And we hear of no

further appeal to the Court of Session. St Columba’s

Church hall has been assessed under Covid 19 regulations,

to determine its suitability for the public hearing on the

Plannetreeyetts housing application.

The appeal to the Court of Session by Mactaggart and Mickel

and others, against the reporters handling of our Local

Development Plan was successful in the Housing section.

The salmon ladder on the Gryffe is doing its job of making

available some 10km of spawning tributaries. The ospreys

have fledged one youngster but there is much concern

regarding the effect of eight 100 metre turbines of the

Greenock Windfarm currently being constructed. Another

example of local democracy being overturned on appeal by

the Scottish Government.

McGills Buses have changed the terminus of the 530 from

the Retail Park to Port Glasgow bus station. Bus occupancy

is 80% down due to Covid 19 and bus services throughout

the West of Scotland have been curtailed. I have appealed

the 530 decision.

Speeding is a problem in the village, not just on the main

routes, but on what should be quiet residential roads. It is

the role of the Police to enforce speed limits but they are

proving to be unsatisfactory in conducting this duty. I have

asked for a detailed study and report from roads officers.

Schools, thankfully are back as I write and also the final

engineer’s clearance of the sports pitches at Birkmyre. No

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

gov.uk 01475 712975, 741969 and 07766 992294.

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Cllr Andy Doig

I am delighted that following extensive lobbying

of Renfrewshire Council I have persuaded them to

issue a new traffic order changing the speed limits

on the Beith Road into Howwood from 60mph

to 40mph. The victory comes on the back of

complaints both in the village and in the Spateston

and Corseford areas of Johnstone. This should reduce the flow

of traffic between both communities, and the reduction has been

welcomed by Howwood Community Council.

Another positive change is that Sustrans has given Renfrewshire

Council funding to introduce temporary cycle lane, one of which is

the Beith Rd to Howwood route. Cycling has become so popular,

both for leisure and commuting during the Lockdown, that I am

hoping that if uptake is high then council officers may make this

cycle lane a permanent feature. Cycling is both good for our health

and for the environment and hopefully will see a resurgence in

decades to come.

As we move slowly out of the Lockdown situation from phase to

phase I am pushing Renfrewshire Council to re-focus its attention

to flooding and drainage issues, particularly as the pattern of

humid wet summers will be with us for the foreseeable future. I

am especially concerned about areas such as Low Barholm in

Kilbarchan and Lochlip Road in Lochwinnoch. To be fair the Council

has increased funding for drainage in recent years but the Covid 19

crisis has wrecked havoc with the Council’s agreed Budget decided

last March. If the administration put forward a revised Budget I am

determined that my constituents will not suffer for decisions taken

in both Holyrood and Westminster.

Contact Details for Cllr Andy Doig –

Councillors are not at the moment having face to face surgeries

due to the Covid 19 restrictions. But please e mail me on cllr.andy.

doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk, call me on 07534 148224, facebook me

on Independent Voice/Ward9JohnstoneAndVillages, or tweet me

on CllrAndy4Ward8, if you have a civic matter you wish to raise

with me.

local community, local life ............... 22

Kilbarchan National Women's


Since March we have been enjoying twice weekly Zoom meetings

with a variety of topics covered-mostly light-hearted. We are having

our first speaker meeting shortly. We have also kept the “little grey

cells” going with quizzes set by our members. We keep in touch

daily by Whatsapp - whatever would we have done without modern

technology. The National Organiser has arranged a wide selection

of speakers, also on Zoom and some quizzes - we in Kilbarchan

won the first one out of 120 people and were equal second in the

next, so keeping Kilbarchan NWR well and truly on the map. The

annual AGM and conference weekend will now take place virtually

over 11 days with a series of speakers and a final evening quiz. Our

meetings will continue on Zoom for the foreseeable future until we

are allowed to meet once more in our homes. If you would like more

info about our group please contact Fiona on 01505 348627 .

Cllr Derek Bibby

It’s great to see the Advertizer back.

Who could have predicted how our lives were to

change over the last few months. It would be remiss

of me not to say a huge thank you to key workers,

who have worked throughout the pandemic to keep

us all safe and well. We should never forget what

they have done for us.

As readers will know during lockdown council buildings have

remained closed, but are now beginning to reopen. Despite the

major impact of Covid 19 many of the issues that I have been

working on over the summer are familiar.

Problems with speeding in Kilbarchan and Howwood, inconsiderate

parking, fly tipping and the backlog in grass and hedge cutting

have been prominent. Work such as external house repairs and

refurbishments have also been on hold, and it is important that this

recommences before the winter.

On a wider note the financial implications of the pandemic are

becoming increasingly clear, and the council may well have to

reorder its priorities with possibly an Autumn budget. I will keep

readers informed of developments on this front and will work to

ensure the impact on the communities of Kilbarchan, Howwood,

and Lochwinnoch is minimal.

Council Boards and meetings which have been suspended since

March have now resumed by video link, and while this is not the

same as public face to face meetings, they do provide some

opportunity for scrutiny and collective decision making.

My face to face advice surgeries are currently suspended, but I

wish to continue to make myself available to constituents, so please

contact me anytime at cllr.derek.bibby@renfrewshire.gov.uk or

phone 0300 300 1274 or 07534 156007. Stay safe.

Kilbarchan Parish Church

We have not been able to meet as a church since 15th March

but each Sunday, we can enjoy a Reflection led by Stephen and

Dorothy, with music by Myra and George, bible readings by a series

of volunteers and piano music by Ian and Rosie - all put together

by Alan, our wizard webmaster! You can access the reflection on

Youtube by visiting the website: www.kilbarchan-kirk.btck.co.uk

and Alan has also arranged for this to be heard by phoning 01505

805893 at any time during the week. Other services and reflections

are available by visiting the Church of Scotland website or Diala-Sermon.

Donations for Renfrewshire Food bank may be made

every Sunday morning between 10am and 12noon at 5 Steeple


We have now registered as an Eco-Congregation and a small

committee is working to check how we can improve our use of

resources and manage waste effectively. Hopefully, we shall be

able to worship as a church family before too long, but this is not

easy when there can be a limited number, no singing and no coffee

after the service.

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Brookfield News

In keeping with other areas across the country, life in the village

has been quite different over the last few months, especially during

the period of lockdown. No regular classes or groups have met in

the Village Hall since mid-March although several managed to take

place online via Zoom. The restrictions also put paid to the start

of the usual Tennis and Bowling Club season. The annual Art Club

show and Village Council AGM were also casualties. However, work

which had already been planned for refurbishment of the Hall floor

still managed to go ahead in April and other maintenance jobs have

also been carried out.

In collaboration with Barnhill Farm, we were delighted to be able

to offer residents a no-contact drive through collection scheme for

pre-packed boxes of fruit, veg and other essentials in the Hall car

park. Many folk from the surrounding area also took advantage of

this service and we know from the feedback received how much

this was appreciated at such a difficult time. This was operated by a

number of volunteers in the village and we extend our thanks to them

for all their efforts. Thanks must also go to the team of volunteers

who regularly undertook the cutting of the grass and weeding

the flowerbeds in the Millennium Garden. We also provided the

opportunity for people to donate items to Renfrewshire Foodbank

resulting in total donations of 571.43kg.

Facebook: http://brookfieldvillage.org Twitter: @BrookfieldVPA

e-mail: brookfieldvpa@gmail.com

Brookfield Wedding

Another event which could not take place as a result of Covid 19

was the proposed wedding in June of Melissa Meighan (Woodside

Lane) and Gareth Williams. However, the couple decided to go

ahead anyway and tied the knot at a scaled down event in the

garden on Friday 31st July. After a warm and sunny start to the

day, the subsequent thunderstorms did not dampen spirits! Best

wishes go to the happy couple for their future!

local community, local life ............... 24

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Cllr Audrey Doig

I would echo the comments of other council

colleagues from Bridge of Weir that the new cycle

path, between Houston and Bridge of Weir, which

Houston Community Council and Sustrans have been working

on, will undoubtedly provide a green and health dividend for all

members of the two communities as well as school pupils at Gryffe

High. And as the mother of a former Gryffe High Head Boy, I know

that the staff will be as likely to welcome this new cycle path as

much as the pupils as this would allow more staff to cycle to Gryffe

High too.

I was first contacted by parents who were constituents of mine in

the Houston area, who have all been cycling as families during the

lockdown, who wanted a new cycle path to allow their children to

continue to cycle safely to Gryffe High and beyond to Bridge of

Weir. I gave this idea 100% support and I would like to congratulate

Houston Community Council for their successful campaign to get

this cycle path introduced.

Although it is only six months since my last Advertizer column it

seems like light years ago due to the massive challenges we have

all had to face due to the Covid 19 crisis. I would like to commend

Renfrewshire Council for focussing on key matters such as delivering

food parcels, every week, to those shielding, and continuing to

keep our bin service in place. Things are slowly getting back to

normal and one of the challenges we face are the differing views

that exist on grass-cutting and re-wilding. Many would like to see

grass cutting maintained as it traditionally was by the Council, whilst

many would like to see the re-wilding of certain areas to benefit the

environment and local wildlife.

This is a key debate and I would urge constituents to make their

views on this known on the Houston Community Webpage to help

Councillors assess the mind of the village on this.

Councillors are not at the moment having face to face surgeries due

to the Covid 19 restrictions. But please e mail me on cllr.audrey.

doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call me on 07768 130935 if you have

a civic matter you wish to raise with me.

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Local Outreach Plans

Throughout Lockdown, the congregation of Houston & Killellan

Kirk & the wider Houston Community have been enthusiastically

supporting the Renfrewshire Foodbank and we plan to add to this

by accepting clothes donations too.

It has become traditional to have a Warm Clothes Collection in

November for the homeless, or perhaps no longer homeless, but in

need of some warmth in the winter months.

Generally the NEW clothes donated are passed to organisations

such as the Simon Community for the vulnerable they support.

The Simon Community, who are short-listed in this year’s Scottish

Charity Awards, has been working since 1963 to alleviate the

isolation of people sleeping rough, by providing a space where they

can gain a sense of belonging and foster the skills they need to

move towards independent living.

The plan is to accept donations without social contact at the West

Halls, Houston (Rear Fire Exit door facing the Manse), when open

for the Foodbank on Tuesdays during the month of November

i.e. 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th November – between 10am & 12noon &

between 7pm & 8pm.

Another tradition has been to have a Christmas Gift Service early in

December to accept donations for vulnerable children. This year the

plan is to accept these also at the West Halls, again when they are

open for the Foodbank but on the first two Tuesdays of December

i.e. 1st & 8th December. Further details will follow next month & on

the Kirk Facebook & web site www.houstonkillellankirk.org.


Lochwinnoch International Aid

As the lockdown has continued we’ve been unable to resume

any of our planned fundraising events. However, one of our

members had the bright idea of offering up plants in return

for donations. This raised £150. A repeat is planned so if you

are walking down Calder Street towards Bridgend, look out for

plants on offer on the left just before you get to the bridge.

The pandemic has highlighted that we live in an interconnected

world and global responses are often needed to address the

issues that face us. The LIA raises money through donations

and fundraising and periodically we meet and agree where

best to give. This is sometimes to a well-known charity like

Practical Action which works on projects to improve the lives of

communities in a number of countries but also to smaller charities

where individual members have established a connection.

One such small charity is called EMFERD to which we recently

donated £550. The charity was founded in Tanzania by Josephine

Bahkita following the death in 2003 of her disabled son. The Erick

Memorial Fund for the Education and Rehabilitation of Disabled

lives up to its name, supporting children with disabilities as well

as supporting their families with advice on practical things such

as food and medication. She runs a day centre and workshops

for parents and teachers and also helps secondary girls from

poor families access education.

The money we sent helped to purchase Maize during a period of

food shortages caused by drought. Funds were also allocated

towards running costs and medical costs including liquid soaps

and masks for C19 management.

The little boy in the photo with Josephine is a young Masai boy

with severe cerebral palsy who would have died had she not

taken him into care.

We continue

to raise money

from our monthly


scheme and are

always ready

to welcome

new members.


donations are also

welcome. Get in

touch through


gmail.com or tel

07702 544868.

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Lochwinnoch Community Council

The CC has been using Zoom for our monthly meetings which have

been quorate but unfortunately has excluded some members who

do not use Zoom. We have been posting video recordings of these

meetings on our website but this is not entirely satisfactory and we will

resume making written minutes. Under these circumstances we have

not made any controversial decisions on behalf of village, we remain

open to contact from anybody with a matter to raise. By using email

and zoom we have in effect been working continuously rather than on

the monthly basis.

The main issue we have been dealing with is the greenbelt change

proposals for Burnfoot Road and the associated housing application

by Stewart Milne Homes. We have already strongly objected to the

change of Greenbelt boundary proposed by Renfrewshire Council;

that matter now is with the Scottish Government to assess. Whether

or not the Greenbelt boundary changes the housing application may

still be pursued by SMH. Our planning group has prepared a full and

thorough report detailing the objections to the housing application of

ourselves and of the many village objectors, including the Burnfoot

Action Group. When finalised, the report will be published on our

website. The next stage is to lobby Renfrewshire councillors, with the

support of the village, with the aim of getting this housing application

firmly rejected.

We have been pleased to be able to help the local groups set up to

respond to the C19 Crisis. We congratulate all those who responded to

this situation is such energy and skill, these activities are a great credit

to the village stop we have agreed to support a new application or a

community project based in the primary school. You can read more

about this on the various Facebook pages.

Other activities include trying to get a proper crossing of the main road

at the Roadhead roundabout; getting something done about the very

narrow footpath from the railway bridge to roadhead roundabout,

signage along the cycle path emphasising that it is a shared path and

all users should be mindful of the need to act responsibly and carefully,

including but not exclusively the high-speed cyclists.

The next monthly meeting of the CC will be on Tuesday 6th of October

which will be an AGM. It is most likely that these meetings will not

be normal open public meetings, but Zoom meetings. At the AGM

there will be a full published report, our activities in the past year

(the new CC was only established February); and the office bearers

Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer will be up for election. Due to a

recent resignation from the CC and the 3 existing vacancies there is the

opportunity for anyone with an active interest in community matters

to apply for co-option to the CC, especially anyone who can contribute

under the current circumstances of digital working. We would

especially like help to develop our public communications abilities.

We welcome contact from any members of the community, by email

to lochwinnochvillagecouncil@Gmail.com, through our Facebook

page, or by phoning (07523) 129122, or speaking to any member of

the committee

Dave Mellor, Chairperson LCC

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Community organisations

receive more than £47,000

Five groups will share more than £47,000 following

successful applications to Renfrewshire Council’s Community

Empowerment Fund.

The £1.5milllion fund aims to empower local organisations to

takeover community assets and helps to fund the creation

of business plans, as well as the initial investment to ensure

buildings are fit for purpose.

Councillors approved funding for five organisations,


£8,500 for local charity Finding Your Feet to carry out

a feasibility study into the creation of a charity hub which

would give the charity a permanent home in Renfrewshire;

£9,450 for Erskine Music and Media to investigate the

development of an activity hub within Erskine Sports Centre;

£9,650 to Spateston Tenants and Residents Association to develop a business plan in partnership with

Klas Care for a community hub at the former Spateston Nursery;

£9,625 for national disability organisation Values into Action Scotland to create a business case for a new

HQ at the old nursery site on Mill Street in Linwood.

£10,000 to Friends of Howwood Park to carry out surveys and feasibility work on the pavilion in Howwood

Park following a number of upgrades to park already.

Council officers will continue to work with each organisation to assist in the development of their plans

moving forward.

Corinne Hutton, Founder of Finding Your Feet, said: ““The feasibility study is the first step towards a

project we believe could be truly ground-breaking for the third sector in the area.

“Our goal is to have a charity hub where Finding Your Feet and the amputees we support can gather, as

well as providing space to other local charities who are committed to helping the community.

“We’re here for the local community, and to know the local community is here for us too is a great


The £1.5million fund supports community asset transfers by providing up-front investment in the condition

of assets prior to transfer, while putting the community at the heart of the design, delivery and sustainability

of the projects.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning

Policy Board, said: “It’s great to see so many local organisations applying successfully to the Community

Empowerment Fund and looking to take control of buildings in the local area.

“We want to empower our communities wherever we can, and this fund gives groups the financial support

they need to create business plans - with the aim of taking over and then managing an asset.

“I’d encourage anyone who has an idea to get in touch with us and we’ll support them to create an


For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CommunityEmpowermentFund.

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Cooking with


During lockdown Corbin

Harris, age 10, took part in

regular cooking videos, even

setting up his own YouTube

channel and having Jamie

Oliver comment on his


Fdf Scotland lockdown

lunch challenged kids to

get cooking, using locally

sourced ingredients and

devise their own recipes.

Corbin created delicious

lamb Koftas, homemade

flatbreads and a red

cabbage salad. Over 200

entries were submitted.

Corbin was delighted to

come runner up winning a

£10 Amazon voucher. Have

a look at Corbin’s videos on

YouTube and get (Cooking

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useful information


The Cornerstone, Greenock Road

Bishopton Community Centre


Brookfield Village Hall Main Entrance



Old Ranfurly Golf Club

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club

The Gate House, Bridge of Weir

Leather Works


Elderslie Golf Club


Outside Church Hall, Main Street



Strathgryffe Squash & Fitness Club



Howwood Hall, Station Road

Christ the King Church, Bowfield Road

The Boarding House (opening hours)





Police/Fire/Ambulance 999

or 101 (non-emergency)

Gas Emergency 0800 111 999

Scottish Water 0800 077 8778

SEPA 0300 99 66 99

Floodline 0345 988 1188

Pollution Hotline 0800 80 70 60

Flytipping 0845 2 30 40 90


Keystore, Spateston

Keystore, Corseford

Johnstone Town Hall

Scottish Fire and Rescue, Thorn Brae


Kilmacolm Golf Club

St Columba’s Senior School

Gym, Birkmyre Park, Kilmacolm

Kilmacolm Library (rear of New Surgery)


Scout Hall

Kilbarchan Bowling Club


Onyx Leisure Centre

Spar, Clippens Road




Russell Institute


William Quarriers House at entrance

to Faith Avenue

Country View


NHS 24 111

Royal Alexandra 0141 887 9111

Inverclyde Royal 01475 633777

Queen Elizabeth 0141 201 1100

Gartnavel 0141 211 3000


Inverclyde 01475 717171


Renfrewshire 0300 300 0300







Cllr Derek Bibby:

E: cllr.derek.bibby@renfrewshire.gov.uk

T: 0300 300 1274 | M: 07534 156007

Cllr Bill Binks:

E: cllr.bill.binks@renfrewshire.gov.uk

T: 0300 300 1423 | M: 07976 239 881

Cllr Andy Doig:

E: cllr.andy.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk

M: 07534 148224

Cllr Emma Rodden:

E: cllr.emma.rodden@renfrewshire.gov.uk

T: 0300 300 1431

WARD 10:


Cllr Audrey Doig:

E: cllr.audrey.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk

M: 07768 130935

Cllr Alison Jean Dowling:

E: cllr.alison.dowling@renfrewshire.gov.uk

T: 0300 300 1419

Cllr Scott Kerr:

E: cllr.scott.kerr@renfrewshire.gov.uk

T: 0300 300 1424

Cllr James Sheridan:

E: cllr.james.sheridan@renfrewshire.gov.uk

T: 0300 300 1425


Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Police Scotland 01786 289070


R.A.L.F 0800 37 36 35

Traveline 0871 200 2233

WARD 11:


Cllr James MacLaren:

E: cllr.james.maclaren@renfrewshire.gov.uk

T: 0300 300 1291

Cllr Natalie Don:

E: cllr.natalie.don@renfrewshire.gov.uk

T: 0300 300 1426

Cllr Colin McCulloch:

E: cllr.colin.mcculloch@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Tel: 0300 300 1427



Cllr Christopher Curley:

E: christopher.curley@inverclyde.gov.uk

M: 07768 460073/01475 712370

Cllr Stephen McCabe:

E: Stephen.McCabe@inverclyde.gov.uk

T: 01475 712020 (office hours)

Cllr David Wilson:

E: david.wilson@inverclyde.gov.uk

T: 01475 741969 and 01475 712727

M: 07766 992294


Alcoholics Anon 0800 9177 650

Childline 0800 1111

Citizens Advice 0808 800 1007

Consumer Direct 0808 800 9060

Financial Conduct Authority

0800 111 6768

Missing People 116 000

ParentLine 0800 028 2233

Renfrewshire Care 24 0141 314 7148

or 0141 314 7147

Samaritans 116 123

Trading Standards 03454 04 05 06

Victim Support 0800 160 1985

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events for September

Wednesday 2nd

Foodbank donations

West Halls Main Street

Houston PA6 7EL (next to

Carrick Centre and Village Hall)

10am to 12noon & 7pm to 8pm

Foodbank Donations will be

collected every Tuesday in

September, at West Halls, Main

Street, Houston.

Further details

will follow next month & on the

Kirk Facebook & web site www.


Saturday 5th

Kilmacolm Farmers Market

Kilmacolm Community Centre,

Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm

10am to 2pm

A variety of food and craft stalls,

in the main plaza outside the

Kilmacolm Cargill Centre. All


Wednesday 9th

Foodbank donations

West Halls Main Street

Houston PA6 7EL (next to

Carrick Centre and Village Hall)

10am to 12noon & 7pm to 8pm

Foodbank Donations will be

collected every Tuesday in

September, at West Halls, Main

Street, Houston. Further details

will follow next month & on the

Kirk Facebook & web site www.


FRIday 11th

Nomination deadline

Scotland Loves Local

Nominations for the High Street

Heroes Awards can be made at


Briefly share the details

of the person, local business or

organisation you would like to see

rewarded and why.

Friday 11th - Sunday 13th

Virtual Edinburgh Kiltwalk

virtual event

In light of recent events, the

Edinburgh Kiltwalk has gone

virtual. Take on any challenge

you wish, from cycling, swimming,

trampolining or even a family

scavenger hunt.

You can run, you can swim… You


to raise funds for charity over the

weekend. Registration has been

reduced to £10 + VAT making it

accessible to all to get involved!!

Find out more at https://www.


Saturday 12th

Walk of Hope for SHA

Erskine Town Centre

Margaret Moncrieff will do a

sponsored Walk of Hope along the

banks of the Clyde in Erskine to

raise funds for Scottish Huntington’s

Association (SHA). In order to

maintain social distancing, she will be

accompanied by just a few friends.

Donations will be welcomed at the

following JustGiving page http://



Saturday 12th

Paisley Farmers Market

Paisley - various venues

10am to 2pm

A variety of food and craft stalls,

held at The Cenotaph, Paisley on

the 2nd and last Saturday of every

month. All welcome.

WedneSday 16th

Foodbank donations

West Halls Main Street

Houston PA6 7EL (next to

Carrick Centre and Village Hall)

10am to 12noon & 7pm to 8pm

Foodbank Donations will be

collected every Tuesday in

September, at West Halls, Main

Street, Houston.

Further details

will follow next month & on the

Kirk Facebook & web site www.


Rotary Gryffe Valley

virtual event

GVRC meets weekly on Wednesday

using ZOOM. Once a fortnight we

have a speaker and in between we

have an informal Chat meeting.

Our next talk is on “Rotaract”.

Rotaract clubs bring together

people aged 18-30+ to exchange

ideas with leaders in the

community, develop leadership

and professional skills and have fun

through enterprising activities.

There are already Rotaract Clubs

in Glasgow and Renfrew and

the speaker Mariela Gaitan will

undoubtedly encourage Gryffe

Valley to consider setting up one

here. Potential new members

- including those interested in

Rotaract - are invited to join these

meetings – please contact a member

or e-mail gryffevalleyrotary@gmail.

com to arrange an invitation.

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Saturday 19th

Gin & Buble Event

virtual event 7pm to 10pm

Join our virtual Gin Tasting

event, brought to you by Ellis Gin

and fabulous live "Buble" style

entertainment from Curtis Campbell.

This event is a fundraiser for St

Vincent's Hospice and everyone is

welcome to participate. Tickets are

priced just £30 and are available

now. To book your place, please

contact our Fundraising team by

calling 01505 705 635 or email


WedneSday 23rd

Foodbank donations

West Halls Main Street

Houston PA6 7EL (next to

Carrick Centre and Village Hall)

10am to 12noon & 7pm to 8pm

Foodbank Donations will be

collected every Tuesday in

September, at West Halls, Main

Street, Houston.

Further details

will follow next month & on the

Kirk Facebook & web site www.


WedneSday 30th

Foodbank donations

West Halls Main Street

Houston PA6 7EL (next to

Carrick Centre and Village Hall)

10am to 12noon & 7pm to 8pm

Foodbank Donations will be

collected every Tuesday in

September, at West Halls, Main

Street, Houston.

Further details

will follow next month & on the

Kirk Facebook & web site www.


PXLS Logo Design Competition


virtual event

We are looking for a new logo

and brand including colours and

typeface to match our amazing

new name and bold community

cinema plans! The Competition is

open NOW and we can’t wait to

see what you come up with! Good

Luck! https://www.paisleytrust.


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Like Minds and Come Zoom with Me

All of us have mental health that we all need to take care of whether

we have a mental health illness or not. The current pandemic has

highlighted the need for this more than ever. Yet there is still a

stigma that stops many of us talking openly about our mental

health. Many people are often desperate to speak to others about

what they are going through but are unsure what they might think.

When we do begin to talk about our own mental health journey, we

soon realise that many of those we meet every day are experiencing

or have experienced similar things. Many of us feel relieved when

we realise that we are not the only one that has been struggling!

Towards the end of 2019, two brave women from the Houston

community decided to tackle that stigma head on and start sharing

their own stories. They set up a local peer support group called

“Like Minds” where people could come and freely talk about and

share their mental health stories with others who have had similar


In early 2020 Houston and Killellan Kirk drew alongside and

partnered with “Like Minds”, which, prior to the coronavirus (Covid-

19) pandemic was meeting fortnightly in the Killellan Halls. The

group now find other ways to keep in touch either via zoom or go

for a socially distanced cuppa or walk.

Like Minds does not offer professional mental health advice or

counselling and is not there to “fix” a problem or situation. It is

not intended to replace any medical or professional help that

you might need. It is instead a space to bring people together,

where new friends can be made as we share experiences and have

conversations with others who may have similar experiences. It is a

place to realise that we are not alone.

If you would like more information about Like Minds, or would like

to arrange to meet up with a few people from the group (subject

to coronavirus guidelines regarding meeting others) please get in

touch with us via private message on our facebook page or you can

email Frankie Greenwood, Family and Community Development

worker on: familyandcommunity.houstonkirk@gmail.com

You can also like and follow the “Like Minds” facebook page to be

kept up to date with any changes at https://www.facebook.com/


We’re back!

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Advertising Feature

A warm welcome again to clients old and new. We are delighted

to be able to offer our Will Writing and Estate Planning services

once again. Lockdown has certainly highlighted the importance

of having an effectively-written Will, updated for all current

developments, should the unexpected happen. Then you can be

secure in the knowledge that your loved ones will be well provided

for, instead of leaving the distribution of your estate to chance. An

up-to-date Will is, arguably, one of the most important legal and

financial documents you will ever possess.

We look forward to speaking with you about how best we can

advise on :

• Wills • Powers of Attorney

• Trusts • Long- term Estate Planning

For a FREE confidential discussion, please telephone Lorna Blain

on 01505 871915 or 07771 363170.

Gin & Buble Event

On Saturday 19th September, join our virtual Gin Tasting event,

brought to you by Ellis Gin and fabulous live “Buble” style

entertainment from Curtis Campbell.

This event takes place from 7pm to 10pm and is a fundraiser for

St Vincent’s Hospice. Tickets are priced just £30 and are available

now. To book your place, please contact our Fundraising team by

calling 01505 705635 ext. 303 or email Info@svh.co.uk.

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clubs & schools

Old Ranfurly Golf Club News

Friday 24th July saw the golf club’s ladies section enjoying the annual

lady captain’s outing with a difference. This year’s lady captain Suzanne

Smith was determined the ladies section didn’t miss out entirely on

their annual fun day. Due to the Coronavirus restrictions the usual

away day had to take place at our own club.

This did not deter the ladies from having a great day and all within

the current safety restrictions. It was an excellent turn out and

the sun shone for us. We formed 11 teams of 4 to play an 18 hole

Stableford Competition. The team winners were Sandra Bell, Maureen

Mitchell, Fay Storey and Charmaine Morton. The overall winner was

Margo Maxwell scoring 40 points. This years lady captain Suzanne

Smith thanked all the ladies who came along and was delighted by the

large turn out. It really was an away day with a difference!!

Although golf in Scotland has only commenced since 28th May the

ladies section is well into their competitions and club championships.

After a game members can now enjoy meals and refreshments in the

club house. During the lockdown the club house has under gone a

major refurbishment and is now open to members who need to book in

advance to ensure numbers in the club house are within the guidelines.

At all times members are advised to follow all the health and safety

rules. Hand sanitizers are available and it’s table service only. Although

recent times have been challenging for all it is hoped that we are

looking forward to safely enjoying the rest of our golf season.

Leo’s Dynamite!

Dynamite gymnastics takes competing to a whole

new level. Aware of the impending lockdown, the

Club were quick off the mark to seek out other

avenues for gymnasts missing out on the British


Up against time, routines were recorded and

passed on to be judged, creating a first ever

virtual competition. Leo Harris Downes submitted

routines and anxiously waited the results. Over

300 gymnasts across the U.K took part.

The results were in. 1st place in DMT and 6th in

Trampolining. A bonus overall was coming 3rd as

the highest scoring gymnast. Leo said, “The time

has been hard with no training for months. I can’t

wait to get back to training and focus on the next


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Howwood Primary School

Basketball & Netball teams

Our pupils excelled in basketball and netball, winning the NBA

West of Scotland final in basketball and Johnstone and Linwood

tournament in netball. Unfortunately, the Scottish finals for

basketball and Renfrewshire finals for netball were cancelled due

to Covid-19.

This was extremely disappointing for our young people who had

shown such dedication and skill in getting to such a prestigious

position, especially for a small village school. However, their

determination and passion for success has been fostered at

Howwood and I’m sure many of them will go on to succeed through

sports in high school and beyond.


The football team continued to have success at their tournaments,

and we are very proud of one our pupils who was accepted to both

the SFA school and St Ninian’s football academy, a very skilled

young man!

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Kilmacolm Golf Club

It’s great to see the course busy and so many back enjoying

the game since lockdown relaxation. We’ve also welcomed

many new members to the club, both experienced players

and those new to the game. With a range of memberships

starting from only £500, there’s something to suit everyone,

whether you have time to play throughout the day every

day, or if you have work and family commitments where

evenings and weekends suit you better. Visit the website

for more information: www.kilmacolmgolfclub.com/join/


Competitions are back too with Club Captain, Andy

Farmer, sinking a 25-foot putt on the 36th hole to win

the Redcliffe Rosebowl. 29 players also took part in the

inaugural Seniors Championship qualifier playing for the Iain

Nicholson Trophy. Sara Bishop captained Norah Adams

and Shelagh Palmer to a stunning victory with a net 59 in

the recent Tri-Am and junior member Lucie Barclay played

her first ladies competition scoring a fantastic 19 points in

the 9-hole stableford and qualifying for the Ladies Bronze


The juniors were on form during the recent summer

coaching sessions with 78 taking part over the two weeks,

practising their driving, chipping and bunker shots. It was

fantastic to see so many young up and coming players

enjoying our game.

Our new pro, Stuart Roberts, has also been helping others to

make improvements to their game, through his club fitting

service and coaching sessions. If you would like to step up

your game, give him a call. The pro shop is fully stocked

with top brands including Adidas, Proquip, Glenmuir,

Footjoy and Sketchers.

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

us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KilmacolmGolf/

Derek Reaches Finals of National


Strathgryffe Tennis, Squash & Fitness Club had reason for cheer as

head tennis coach Derek Brown was a finalist at the recent Lawn Tennis

Association Coach of the Year awards 2020. Derek, awarded Tennis

Scotland’s Coach of the Year award for 2020 was pitted against other

regional winners in England and Wales.

Strathgryffe’s Autumn tennis group coaching programme has begun.

There are classes for all ages and playing standards and non members are

welcome. For further information, go to www.Strathgryffe.net

Houston United FC

Training for the GIRLS teams has resumed and new girls interested

in football and keeping fit are welcome. We currently have teams

at Under 13, Under 11 and Under 9. Due to the coach player ratios

we are also keen to recruit Coaches.

Following the relaxation of government guidelines on Covid and

the club completing the necessary risk assessments, we have

resumed training at Ardgryffe Park. Parents receive a “Return to

Training” document based in our site Risk Assessment. We also

have a one way system, temperature checking as well as track and

trace processes. Thanks for your continued support.

Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/houstonunitedfc/

Kilmacolm Bowling Club

The club is now up and running with 6 rinks in operation. At the

moment we are only running the Saturday wapenschaw at 2pm for

2.30pm and we are delighted that so many of our members have

been turning up each Saturday.

At all other times you are welcome to use the green whilst adhering

to the guidelines laid down by the Scottish Government and Bowls


Why not phone around and meet up with other members for a game.

Cleaning materials, paper towels, antibacterial and disinfectant

sprays are situated inside the locker room.

Regular Meet Classes

Move it or Lose it

Classes should resume on a phased

basis from Monday 14th September.

To ensure social distancing, numbers

in each class will be limited. Those

wishing to join us must contact Fiona

on 07811 766672 to book their slot.

Gourock - Monday 1.30pm

Bridge of Weir - Tuesday 10.30am

Greenock - Tuesday 1.30pm

Houston - Thursday 10.30am

Kilbarchan - Thursday at 1.30pm

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: jennifer-mcghee@hotmail.co.uk

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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, B of W

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.

Due to current government advice many of

the classes which usually feature in this

section have been unable to resume for the

time being. Check out previous Advertizers

on our website for various class details and

contact information.

Houston Primary School

P7 Transition

Our Primary 7 pupils, engaged in their transition programme to their

chosen secondary school. They met their new teachers online and

engaged in very many learning opportunities. They also had the

opportunity to come back to Houston Primary at the end of June

for a final farewell. Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, we were

unable to have our ‘normal’ end of term valedictory, so we had a

virtual one instead, so our pupils and families didn’t miss out on the

final celebration. Awards were delivered to pupil’s doors, our choir

individually recorded their chosen song, ‘Dignity’, Rev. Noonan and

Mrs Murray recorded a special message and the teachers created

memorable videos of our pupils time at Houston Primary School.

Something very special to keep forever.

Sumdog Challenge

We have a long standing history of success in the Renfrewshire

Sumdog Challenge and this time was no different, with Aidan

Smith gaining second place and Macy James gaining 4th place in

Renfrewshire. This is an amazing achievement. Well done! Our

Primary 7 pupils gained an overall 4th place in Renfrewshire.

Dunelm Prize

A former pupil, nominated our school to be entered into Dunelm’s

Lucky Prize Draw and we won an amazing box of outdoor toys.

Cheryl Logan from our Parent Council collected the prize and

brought it to school with the special help of her son, Primary 6 pupil

Ben. He even put on his uniform for the photograph!

The pupils who were attending Houston Primary School Hub, were

delighted to receive the toys and enjoyed playing with them.

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St Columba's School

This August, we were delighted to welcome back to school our

cherished staff and pupils for the start of a very different academic


Words like ‘community’ and ‘family’ are used by many independent

schools, but at St Columba’s, most of our pupils have been part of

the school since their infancy. Those who join us later are warmly

welcomed and given the individual support they need in order to

settle in with ease. Every Columban is known not just by name, but

by their interests, their strengths and their hopes. During lockdown,

we stayed true to this ethos, ensuring that pupils were offered the

same care and attention we are proud to offer at any other time.

St Columba’s inspirational standard of education, which puts

pupils’ wellbeing and future aspirations at the centre of all staff do,

was maintained during lockdown by our highly successful ‘Virtual

School’. Using state-of-the-art technology, staff were able to

continue to tailor the curriculum and learning journey to suit each

child’s individual needs, to help pupils develop their unique talents

and to ensure that each child become the very best version of

themselves they can be.

Mrs Reilly, Rector at St Columba’s School, told The Advertizer,

“We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have been able to

maintain teaching and learning for our pupils during this uncertain

and challenging time. After all, every child has the right to learn.

We are not just a school that talks about the importance of the

individual, we believe it and we live it. St Columba’s pupils

do not ‘slip under the radar’ or simply become a statistic in the

annual results analysis for league tables. Each pupil is known by

name across year groups by every member of staff. Individual

achievements are celebrated and even during lockdown, we have

been able to continue to offer the best in personalised support both

academically and pastorally.”

Duchal Nursery

It has been wonderful to finally re-open our doors and to welcome

all the new children to our Duchal family and to see our older

children embracing their new role mentoring them and helping

them settle in!

We are delighted to announce that we are now open until 6pm

every day during term time, giving parents greater flexibility on

their childcare. In addition to this we are now able to offer free

funded hours for 3 – 5 year olds, so if anyone is looking for pre

school places please go to our website for further details or get in

touch for an application form.

The teachers have lots of fun activities set up for the new term

introducing different colours and numbers. There will be plenty

of outdoor time in our enclosed garden or out in the surrounding

park. Make sure you keep up to date with all the latest activities by

following us on Facebook and also visit our website at: www.duchal.

com for more information on the nursery and what we offer.

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Excellent news for Gryffe...

Gryffe High School has become the first secondary

school in Scotland to receive an ‘excellent’ grade under

the government’s short model inspection format.

A team from Education Scotland visited the Houston school earlier

this year to speak to staff, pupils and parents – and have just issued a

glowing report over the standard of the work they found.

The school was rated as ‘very good’ for learning, teaching and

assessment, and as ‘excellent’ for ‘raising attainment and achievement’

– the highest grade on the six-point scale.

That is the first time the top grade has been given out to a secondary

school under Education Scotland’s short model inspection format,

which judges schools on two quality indicators as opposed to four

under the full inspection model.

Gryffe High School head teacher Colin Johnson said: “To say I am

proud of our pupils and staff is a complete understatement. To be

the head teacher of a school where the pupils, day in day out, impress

with their enthusiasm, drive and persistence is an absolute pleasure

and privilege.

Even over the very difficult last few months our pupils remained

positive, thoughtful and supportive of one another and I have been

amazed at the lengths they have gone to in supporting others. That

has included delivering packs and resources to other pupils houses,

and taking additional packs to the local church as a collection point

for other pupils.

Our pupils efforts and achievements are outstanding, supported by

dedicated staff, supportive parents/carers and close links with a wide

range of external partners.”

Howwood Primary School

The school was extremely well represented at the Renfrewshire

Inspired art competition with nine pupils having their artwork

displayed in the final exhibition. The work was of an extremely

high standard with P6/5 showing their artistic talents in their

pencil drawings. We had a fun day out at the exhibition and a

lovely lunch! (although we missed out on the chicken nuggets!)

We also had some success in local MP design competitions

where Grace was the lucky winner in the Mairi Black Christmas

card competition.

During this year the pupils have been focusing on their Kindness

value and the Spring term brought further opportunities for

charity events with P3 taking on the mammoth task of providing

smoothies every morning break for a week. P4 also offered some

tattooing for a price and everyone was walking around school

covered in tattoos for several days to support their good cause.

Overall the school has raised an amazing amount this year for

charities such as Macmillan, the local foodbank, St Vincent’s and

the shoe box appeal.

Now we are back at school, there will be timetabled places for

pupils and school will be different for a while, but we go into this

with the knowledge that our Howwood kids are all stars and will

do what they need to until we can all be together again.

young people encouraged to apply

for share of £150K celebrating

renfrewshire fund

URGENT! Deadline is 13th September 2020.

Young people are set to create, design and deliver projects in

Renfrewshire thanks to a £150,000 fund which aims to make the

area a better place to live for young people.

Applications for the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund - by young

people, for young people – opened on 24th August and aim to

give young adults and teenagers a voice in their community and a

chance to shape how life in Renfrewshire will be for them.

Last year, there were 43 successful projects and these included

a new changing facility for St Mirren YFC to support local young

people into football, a music library for Erskine Music and Media

to aid tuition and support their commissions, and funding for

Lamont Farm Project to continue to provide a wildlife experience

in Erskine.

Also successful were Renfrewshire Carers Centre as they continue

to support local young carers, Braehead Junior Ice Hockey Club to

ensure young people can try and take up the sport and Linwood,

Johnstone and Gryffe Community Sports Hub to ensure improve

access to sport and exercise for young people in the area.

Renfrewshire Youth Voice Vice Chair, Gavin Stewart said: “This is an

incredible opportunity to get involved and get funding to make a

real change to your local community. If you have any ideas, please

be sure to apply!”

Anyone aged 12-25 can apply to a maximum of three Local

Partnerships for up to £2,000, ensuring they meet at least one

of five priorities set out by local youth group Renfrewshire Youth


These include youth involvement & participation, sport & physical

activity, promoting positive mental health & wellbeing, employability

& youth development, and new projects in response to Covid-19.

Applicants can also be a group that works with young people aged

12-25 and this includes schools - if they can show that the project

will benefit the whole community.

Support sessions provided by Renfrewshire’s Youth Services team

will be available online for young people who need assistance with

their application and can be accessed via the council website.

Once applications close, young people will be able to vote via the

Young Scot platform for their favourite projects and these will be

awarded funding as part of the participatory budgeting process.

For more information, and to submit an application, visit www.


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out & about

Bridge of Weir Horticultural Society

What will the weather conditions be this month? Gardeners have

been bamboozled by the changing weather patterns this summer

but not our garden plants – they decided in mid-July it was time

to head into Autumn. What would this have meant for our Flower

Show, normally held at the end of last month? Many Summer

plants and annuals would have been over but Grasses, Hydrangeas

and Hypericums and other late Summer shrubs would have been

burgeoning. Vegetables, tended carefully during Lockdown, would

have been thriving and larger than normal and exhibited with pride.

We have been busy in our gardens and have had some seriously

good weather early on to keep us cheerful, so it’s sad we could not

display our achievements for all to enjoy. We plan to reflect on this

gardening year when the new-normal starts again and we can share

photos of what has been growing in our gardens and allotments,

so keep taking those photos! We have also been nourishing our

Chilli Peppers and will review results in our autumn programme.

Hopefully everyone has had a good crop of colourful peppers on

their window ledges.

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Experience tells us that weather forecasts should be taken with a pinch of salt! However, the month ahead

is expected to be “changeable” with cooler conditions, cloudy skies and outbreaks of windy and wet

weather, interspersed with brighter spells. That, reader, is the forecast provided by the Meteorological

Office for our area! So, as ever, we don’t really know but be prepared to spend time in the potting shed

cleaning pots and tools rather than enjoying “Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness...”

The Committee held a Garden Committee Meeting in mid-August where we compared growing

experiences over the summer season and discussed ideas for the Winter Programme, hopefully starting

soon. However, as we know, Government Guidelines will dictate the way forward for us all.

Kilmacolm Horticultural Society

The Kilmacolm Horticultural Society annual Flower Show scheduled for 5th September has been forced

to cancel, due to the health and safety precautions. In its place, we are offering …

K.H.S.Virtual Flower Show - Show your Best! Saturday 5th September!

It has been compiled from photographs sent in by members and the public to display many of the

classes that would have given such pleasure at our traditional Flower Show. Categories : Flowers,

Vegetables, Fruits, Pot Plants, Tubs, Hanging Baskets, Homebaking, Craftwork, Floral Art, Children'


The Show will be displayed on our Website from Saturday 5th September. Go to www.

kilmacolmhorticultural.com, and click on 2020 Virtual Show.

Details of the Winter Syllabus of lectures, and the Bring and Buy Sale in aid of Ardgowan Hospice charity,

will be reported in the Advertizer and posters in the local shops just as soon as Covid restrictions allow

us to meet and greet each other at indoor functions in safety once again. Enjoy the VIRTUAL !!

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With many people on furlough, they have used the available time to

explore their local area and in doing so, discover the wildlife around

them. Many anecdotal reports describe wildlife exploiting lockdown

in a variety of ways, with birds nesting in new places, wildflowers

sprouting among normally mown verges or parks, and typically shy

and elusive mammals wandering through urban streets.

Here too on the reserve we have seen wildlife take advantage of

opportunities that arose. We have had wrens nesting in the long

vegetation that has grown around the pond at the visitor centre,

sedge warblers nesting extremely close to the Channel hide, wasps

building bykes in sheds and several mammals, including weasels

and roe deer, being seen on our CCTV close to the visitor centre.

I’m pleased to say that our trails are now fully open again as is the

children’s natural play area, viewing screen and Channel hide. The

main hide remains closed and we advise checking our website for

updates on the shop and visitor centre.

We are currently working on creating a new pool that, if weather

conditions permit, should be in place for September. This new pool

is designed to attract waterbirds such as water rail and snipe, and

dabbling ducks such as teal, but should also be beneficial for all

sorts of wildlife from amphibians to dragonflies and damselflies. It

will be located near to the Aird meadow trail, providing potentially

easy viewing.

The feeders at the viewing screen also provide easy viewing of an

array of smaller birds such as blue tit, goldfinch and the occasional

siskin and as you wander along the path, keep an eye out for great

spotted woodpecker and nuthatch.

Waterfowl are beginning their annual increase in diversity and

numbers on both the Barr Loch and Aird Meadow Loch with good

views of great crested grebe possible from the end of the Dubbs

trail. For anyone using the Dubbs trail or Barr Loch trail, we would

like to remind you that these paths can be narrow in places. If using

these paths please be prepared to slow down or stop if needed

to help maintain the necessary distance from others. If you meet

other people, please pass quickly but courteously and try to leave

as much space as possible.

Please also note that from September 1st we will be reinstating

entry fees for non-members. The money we raise from entry fees

is crucial in allowing us to continue with our vital conservation work

at RSPB Lochwinnoch as well as keeping it a safe and enjoyable

place for all.



the rocking stone

Rocking Stone

The Clochoderick Stone is a logan stone (or rocking stone), large stones

that are so finely balanced that the application of just a small force causes

them to rock. They are found throughout the world. Some are manmade

megaliths, but others are natural erratics, often left by glaciers.

Logan Stones are known in Scotland sometimes as clach-bràth. They

marked locations where Scottish open-air courts would take place. A

clach-bràth is sometimes known as a judgment stone.

The Clochoderick Stone near Howwood and Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire

used to rock and it is said that the Druids used it to judge people. The

accused was made to sit on the stone and by the way it moved the Druids

judged the innocence or guilt of the individual. The rock is named after

the king of the Picts Rhydderch Hael (ancient Welsh for Roderick the

Generous). He lived around 580 AD and was King of the country known

as Alt Clut - from where we get the name for our river here Clyde - capital

Dumbarton Rock.

It is also said to be the burial place of Rhydderch Hael, King of Strathclyde

who was the victor at the Battle of Arderydd near Arthuret in the Borders.

His victory brought Christianity to Strathclyde.

We know that Rhydderch was a contemporary of St Finnian - the saint

after whom Kilwinning Abbey was dedicated. Another name associated

with that saint and the abbey is St Brigid (Bride). We also know that this

area was about the most westerly reach of the the lands belonging to the

Abbey - hence St Brides well.

St. Bryde’s, South West of Kilbarchan (PA10 2PG). Site of former chapel

by St. Bride’s Burn and close by St. Bride’s Mill.

Paisley - Oor Wee Toon is a fabulous facebook page decoted to Paisley

Buddies, the people and the places. Information on this and more local

history can be found at:


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The Witches and Warlocks

of Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire was late in taking up the challenge of

eradicating Witches and nearly one hundred years

passed before it raised its ugly head in the Shire. The

year 1664 saw John Hamilton minister of Inverkip

charged with taking a bribe of 50 merks from an alleged

witch he was protecting. He was discharged and the

poor woman in question died in prison before her trial.

For the next thirty years Inverkip had the reputation

as a centre of black magic. Other towns of note were

Greenock with Kilmacolm and Inchinnan a close third.

Paisley was rather slow with its involvement in

witchcraft, but they made up for that in 1676 when

Sir John Maxwell of Pollock died. Five witches and a

warlock were accused of procuring his death using a

wax image, sticking pins in it, and melting the image at

a fire. Five were found guilty and garrotted then burnt

on the Gallowgreen on the 20th February 1677.

The most notorious witch trials that took place in

Scotland relate to the bewitching of Christian Shaw,

daughter of the Laird of Bargarran, a small estate on the

road between Bishopton and Erskine Ferry. Christian’s

father had paid a visit to America at the time of the

Salem witch trials and it is thought Christian, having

overheard a conversation, took revenge on a servant

claiming that the servant bewitched her. The case

was reported to the Privy Council in January, 1697.

Wholesale arrests were made throughout the county

of Renfrew, the victims were handed over to the

pricker, stripped naked and had their body checked

for places that did not bleed when punctured with a

large darning needle. If found, these blood-free spots

were immediately declared to be the Devil’s mark. The

accused victims’ fates were sealed. A total of twenty

one men and women were put on trial. Of these, three

men and four women were held to be involved in the

bewitching of Christian Shaw and sentenced to death

by throttling and burning on Gallowgreen on 10th June,

1697. One of the commissioned judges was William

Cunningham of Craigends (see April Advertizer), who

was later made an honorary burgess of Paisley. When

the Bargarran witches had been disposed of, Christian

Shaw made a remarkable recovery and went on to be a

very successful business woman.

The 1563 Act was repealed in 1736, with the last execution

of a witch in Scotland taking place at Dornoch in 1722.

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Third Successful Year for

Inverclyde Ospreys

Clyde Muirshiel is celebrating the breeding success of a pair of

ospreys for the third year running. This year the pair saw one

chick successfully reared and fledge from their Inverclyde home.

The rare bird of prey first bred in Clyde Muirshiel in 2018, raising 2

chicks. This success was repeated in 2019 with 3 chicks fledging

the nest. They are a wonderful sight if you are lucky to spot them

when visiting the Regional Park.

Now fully grown, the juvenile will be learning to hunt (feeding

exclusively on fish) and fuelling up for its African migration. This is

an amazing six thousand miles. They will then spend the next few

years of their lives maturing before returning to Scotland to breed.

It is possible that if the young is a male bird, it will return to the

same area in next year.

Adult ospreys will return to their breeding grounds in April and

complete any housekeeping at the nest site before laying eggs

and rearing chicks throughout May, June and July. They will leave

Scotland soon and migrate to the warmer climes of Central Africa.

When in Africa the birds spend approximately 90% of their time

perching, spending the rest of the time hunting and eating. This

sounds like a very relaxing holiday indeed!

Park staff were unable to ring this year’s brood due to lockdown

restrictions. Anyone approaching the nest to ring the birds must

have a schedule one licence. When a site visit was possible the

chicks were too old to approach. The good weather earlier in the

year also meant nesting was earlier compared to previous years.

It is also possible a second pair of ospreys were trying to nest

but may have been disturbed during nest building. We ask that

everyone keep their distance if they are aware or even suspect any

birds are trying to nest, disturbance is an offence under the Wildlife

and Countryside Act 1981. The Ranger Service are now looking into

placing more osprey platforms over the winter in preparation for

next season.

Johnstone History Society

We are very pleased to let everyone know we are reopening the

Museum from the Wednesday 2nd of September and as usual we

will be open Friday and Saturday also from 10am till 4pm. We are

of course following Government guidelines about social distancing,

the wearing of masks, hand sanitising and a one way system when

going round the exhibits.

Our opening Society meeting, which should have been September,

can sadly not go ahead because of the restrictions on meetings of

large groups, but we will decide about October meeting depending

on what the guidelines are by that time. We do hope as many as

are able will pay the Museum a visit .

Walking on


It's been a surreal few months,

but as some things are gradually

beginning to function again, we

hope to be able to start work

on our Heritage Garden project

at Livery Walk. With luck, it will

have started by the time your

copy of The Advertizer is out.

That is if things go according to

plan, which is a big 'if', judging

by the numbers of changes

we've had to make since the

concept emerged about 2 years


Anyway, we hope to have

it completed by the time of

Brighter Bridge of Weir's 10th

birthday in October.

Meantime, we're looking forward

to being able to enjoy what the

summer's done to our planting

around the village. Hope you

do, too. Stay safe.

(Thanks to Alan Gilmour for the


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Kilbarchan Beekeepers

As summer moves towards a close it's giving a final flourish to ensure the autumn bees can continue

to forage for pollen and nectar. There are still flowering plants like Japanese Anemone, Asters and the

often-overlooked ivy, which is an important late source of food for all sorts of insects.

Honeybees are getting ready for winter and populations are dropping as the Queen reduces the

numbers of eggs she lays every day during the height of the spring and summer. The honeybee

workers she is laying now, are the bees that will see the colony through autumn and winter, lasting

just over 6 months, unlike their summer siblings who work themselves to death, usually around 6

weeks old. For beekeepers it is also a time to start looking forward to

the quieter months. Much of the honey crop has been removed and

strained carefully into jars after being extracted from the hive frames.

Due to COVID19, like so much else in our lives, curtailing of the summer

diary of events because of physical distancing has meant our gatherings

and visits have been cancelled, including the honey shows. However,

as we go into Autumn we will still be able to enjoy our usual monthly

meetings on line with a season of talks and chat shared from our homes.

Beekeepers or those looking to start this fascinating hobby can join in

if they have a suitable IT device, or just by old fashioned phone (audio

only). Our meetings are the first Tuesday of each month September

- March. During September and October, we will be running Q&A /

ask the panel type meetings as beekeepers ready bees for winter,

discussing treatments, feeding and insulation.

If you are interested in beekeeping for yourself please contact our

secretary via helenajbee@gmail.com who will provide more details of

our association and how to join. We have a Facebook page which is

reserved for members and beekeeping friends, but you can follow us

on Twitter @KilbarchanBees

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Hypertension in Cats

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. It is a

common condition in older cats. This can be a primary condition

but is more commonly secondary to other underlying disease

such as chronic kidney disease or an over active thyroid.

Persistent high blood pressure causes damage to sensitive

organs. Organs affected include:

• Eyes: Bleeding inside the eyes and changes in the retina

including retinal detachment which can lead to vision

damage or blindness. This is often irreversible.

• Brain and nervous system: Bleeding in these areas can cause

neurological signs including odd behaviour, abnormal gait,

seizures and dementia.

• Heart: Thickening of the heart muscle which can lead to

congestive heart failure in some cases.

• Kidneys: Damage to the kidneys can lead to kidney failure

and can make existing kidney disease significantly worse.

Cats with hypertension can be depressed, lethargic and

withdrawn at times. This is possibly due to severe headaches

similar to those suffered by humans with hypertension.

The most common reason for cats with hypertension being

presented to a vet is sudden loss of vision.

Early recognition and treatment of hypertension is important to

minimise damage to the sensitive organs.

Diagnosis is made by checking the cat’s blood pressure using

a blood pressure monitor. Blood pressure should be checked

regularly in cats with predisposing conditions such as chronic

kidney disease, hyperthyroidism or heart disease. It should also

be checked in cats with clinical signs consistent with damage to

the sensitive organs e.g. Blindness or neurological signs.

Treatment of hypertension is with lifelong medication and

regular monitoring to achieve a normal blood pressure. It is

also important to test for underlying diseases, usually involving

blood and urine tests, and to treat any conditions found.

As early detection minimises damage ideally all senior cats

should have regular blood pressure checks. In cats over 10

years of age we would recommend annual checks and in cats

over 15 years a check every 6 months would be beneficial.

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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Houston registered

childminders. For an

informal chat to find your

best childcare, call Helen

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sales & wants



Gro Clock Sleep Trainer

with instructions and

Sleepy Farm story book.

Excellent condition,

smoke free home. £10.

Tel: 01505 672175.

Maxi-Cosy Mura Plus 3

Travel System. Pushchair

with sunshade, rain-cover,

& cosy-toes. Collapsible

c a r r yco t .

C a r s e a t

adaptors included. All in

excellent condition. £100.

Tel: 07765 550180.


1 sun Recliner Chair in very

good condition. £40. Tel:

01505 321350.

Free standing metal shoe

rack. Good, space

saving design, solid

base, central pole and

3 tiers, each holding 6

pairs of shoes. Similar

concept of card rack.

Good used condition.

Kilbarchan area. £8. Tel:

07913 303859.

Sun Lounger, folds flat,

excellent condition. £5.

Tel: 01505 321350.

Ironing board. Full size, with

cotton cover. Adjustable

height, folds down flat.

Used condition. They’re

now being recommended

as being the right height

for a standing desk!

Kilbarchan area. £8. Tel:

07913 303859.

Large mirror in goldpainted

wooden frame

( f ra m e s i ze 3 f t 9 i n

x 2ft 11in). Very good

condition. £20. Tel:

07740 055012

Retro style oak and veneer

coffee table from the

House by John Lewis

range. Handy shelves

and drawers for storage.

Approx H38cm X W110cm

X D60cm. Excellent

condition, smoke free

home. £130. Tel: 01505


Beautiful round dining

table in reclaimed

oak. Approx 120cm in

diameter x 70cm high.

Good condition. £130.

Tel: 01505 672175.

Stonehill Furniture

Sunburst Teak Coffee

Table, mid1970s. Striking

teak veneer sunburst

grain. Circular, 34inch

diameter, 4 teak legs,

16inches high. Attractive

retro piece of furniture

in very good condition.

Very minor signs of wear

only. £50. Tel: 07528


Two 3 seater sofas and a

matching stool in great

condition. Selling due to

some house decorating.

Will throw in cushions as

an extra. £495 or best

offer. Photos available

on request. Tel: 07904


Kitchen island in amazing

condition. Selling due

to a new kitchen being

fitted. Comes with three

cupboards and integrated

round bin. Seats four

bar stools easily. Can

deliver first week of sept

if local. £695 or best

offer accepted. Photos

available on request. Tel:

07904 564784.


Factory refurbished York

Cardio fitness cycle.

good condition. £50.

Tel: 07801 286333.

Men’s Scarpa Thunder rock

climbing shoes. Size 9.

Worn twice. £10. Tel:

07740 055012.

BMX classic bike 20inch

wheels, chrome frame,

well used but all working.

£40. Tel/text: 07810


Full set Slazenger Golf

Clubs plus extras. Good

condition. No longer

used. £60. Tel: 07801


Girl’s turquoise blue

Nutcase cycle helmet

(XS size, suitable for ages

2-6). £9. (£35 new). Tel:

01505 672175.

John Lewis Exercise Bike.

£50 or nearest offer. Can

be viewed in my garage.

Tel: 01505 874815.


Tw i l i g h t Tu r t l e w i t h

instructions. Excellent

condition, smoke free

home. £10. Tel: 01505


Early Rider wooden bike.

Comes with pink saddle

and handles plus unused

brown leather saddle and

handles. Good condition.

£35. Tel: 01505 672175.

Tidlo wooden country

kitchen and accessories.

Excellent condition,

smoke free home. £35.

Tel: 01505 672175.


Brand new steel car wheel

6JX15H2 and new Jinyu

tyre 185/60 R15. Stored

as spare wheel only. £80.

Tel: 07736 067169.

Large tear-drop shaped

moonstone pendant

( a p p r o x 3 c m , 5 c m

long) and silver chain.

Excellent condition. £25.

Tel: 01505 672175.

Ford Alloy Wheels, 2 x

17 inch multispoke new

tyres. £175. Tel: 07831

189570. Paisley area.

Canon EOS 1000f SLR

camera with Canon 28-

90mm lens. Instruction

booklet, cleaning kit

and Canon carry case

included. Great condition.

£30. Tel: 01505 672175.

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 or repairs. £35.

Tel: 07528 362930.


Old records Wanted 45`s

& LP`s CASH Paid. Tel:

07710 777571.

Cash paid for Vinyl Records

and Music CDs (a few or

a lot). Tel: 01505 324683

or 07765 115347.

Local lily grower requires

the use of a greenhouse/

polytunnel in Kilmacolm

area in return for light

gardening duties. Tel:

Vince 01505 872082.

Looking for anything to do

with model railways, any

condition, collector not a

dealer. Tel: 01505 872210

Mob: 07939 810653.

Looking for any unwanted

car maintenance manuals,

any make or model or

age. Tel: 07939 810653.

Space to park 2 or 3

vehicles - garage or yard,

etc. (only to be used for

storage not for working).

Tel: 07939 810653.

Any old or new records,

any amount for genuine

collector. Also wanted

DVDs or Tapes. Tel:

07484 331973.

Looking to purchase an

area of land, woodland or

forestry within the area,

hopefully with access off

a road/lane. Tel: 07592




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Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 15

Chairbird Upholstery . . . . . . . 30

K Murphy Flooring . . . . . . . . . 27

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 27

Home Security

Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 9


CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 12

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 33

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 27

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 15

McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 32

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 17

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 31

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 31


Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 17

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 15

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 11

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 31


Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Painters & Decorators

A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 32

Andrew Hay Painter & Decorator . . 30

James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 25

John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Pest Control

RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 11

Pet Services & Training

Integrated Animal Therapy Vets . . 47

Kookie Kennels . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47


Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 9

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 33

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 30


C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 41

Gasfit Plumbing & Heating . . 15

GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 24

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Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 37

JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 31

Property, Sales & Let

Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 9

Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 7

Refuse & Clearance

Clyde Carriers . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


@ease Removals & Transport . . 27

Clyde Carriers . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Restaurant & Bars

Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 33


Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21


Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 41

Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 9

Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 19

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 37

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 27

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 25

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 30

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 17

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 31

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 35


Affinity Family Law Experts . . 13

Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 9

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 7

Special Occasions

ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23


Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 27


ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23


Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 32

Tree Surgeon

Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 43

Kenmore Tree Care . . . . . . . . . 42

LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

R Williams Tree Services . . . 42

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 42

TV & Satellite

Clearline Aerial & Satellite . . 24

Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 35

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 33

Upholstery Services

Chairbird Upholstery . . . . . . . 30

Eclipse Deep Clean . . . . . . . . . 30

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 31

Window Cleaners

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 31

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 31

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 37

Matthews Cleaning Services . . 30

Window, Consv & Repair

1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 8

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