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No.311: DECember 2020

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• Bridge of Weir

• Brookfield

• Houston


• Kilbarchan

• Kilmacolm

• Langbank

• Lochwinnoch

• Quarriers

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an alternative christmas

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1st Floor, Neva Place

Bridge of Weir, PA11 3PN

Celebrating everything local

Well, who could have predicted that we would be approaching

Christmas still in lockdown. While it has been a difficult time for so

many, it has also made us all a bit more aware of the lovely area

we are lucky enough to live in.

I recently read the awards list from the Scotland Loves Local

campaign which has been celebrating our High Street Heroes.

The awards recognise the people, businesses and local organisations

who have gone above and beyond to support their communities

during the coronavirus restrictions and I am delighted there are a number

of our local names on the list. They are fantastic examples of the spirit of the

Scotland Loves Local campaign, and receive our heartfelt thanks.

One thing we all look forward to at this time of year is the wonderful display in the Gibb Stuart

shop windows, and this year is no exception. In fact, I think Sandy and his team of elves have

gone above and beyond to make sure we all get a wee lift when we pass by. Gibb Stuart is one of

the essential retail outlets open during the latest restrictions and they will make home deliveries

for those who are still sheilding or who cannot get out and about.

And once the restrictions are lifted, please take the chance to stay local and shop local if you

can. Our local retailers, including hairdressers, beauty salons, cafes, restaurants, dog groomers,

pet shops, are all keen for your custom. Many are offering vouchers for use once we can all get

out and about again.

This is the year we all get a bit inventive with our gift ideas. Why not support a charity in the

name of your friend, family or pet? And the retailers are getting their thinking caps on with lots

of clever ideas for gifts, which can even be sent directly to the person you’re buying for.

Christmas dinner out at a restaurant may not be on the cards, but many of our local cafes,

caterers and restaurants are offering to bring Christmas dinner to you! Simply place your order

in plenty of time, and wait for your turkey to come to you. You’ll still have to do the dishes

though - sorry!

And finally, the bit my kids (and me I admit) have always looked forward to is the annual Santa

Sleigh which runs around the villages in the weeks up to Christmas. Although Covid has put the

dampeners on things, the wonderful elves who help Santa do his rounds have come up with a

great idea this year with the Santa Sleigh 2020 Drive by Wave!

As with everything else this year, Santa is doing things differently! There will be no sweets and

no stopping this year but he wants you all to come to the window and Wave so he can wish you

a Merry Christmas. He will be out Waving starting from Tuesday 15th December. So, listen out

for the music on these nights and go to your doorstep or window and Wave to Santa. As always,

this is entirely weather permitting. Thank you to the Bridge of Weir Festival Committee who help

support Local Community activities for young and old through this wonderful event.

So, stay safe, and I hope you all have a happy festive time, whatever you manage to get up to!

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in this issue.....

Advertizer ads directory 54

bridge of weir memories book 28

Christmas Eve Pyjamas 10

classified ads 52

co-op BoW food bank collection 10

events 14-18

high street heroes awards 13


Johnstone Phoenix Theatre Group 06

local public defib sites 19

online events this Christmas 20

Outdoors 40-45


Rotary news 08

Sales & Wants 53

schools & clubs 46-51

scouts christmas tree sale 43

Soroptimist Int’l of Paisley turns 75 10

temporary cycling routes 42-44

Useful NUMBERS 12

village news 22-39

women’s aid christmas eve pyjamas 12

your local councillors 19

schools: Houston Primary

schools: Br of Weir Primary

Soroptimist International

CLUBs: Ranfurly Castle golf

Kilmacolm Clean Up

Johnstone PHoenix Theatre

CLUBs: Kilmacolm golf

Langbank halloween

Santa Sleigh 2020 Drive by Wave

As with everything else this year, Santa is doing things differently! Santa

will be doing a Drive by Wave to everybody. No sweets and no stopping

this year but he wants you all to come to the window and Wave so he

can wish you a Merry Christmas.

He will be out Waving on the following nights but not necessarily in

this order. So, listen out for the music on these nights and go to your

doorstep or window and Wave to Santa.

Bridge of Weir Festival Committee helps support Local Community

activities for young and old.

Tuesday 15th December - Houston

Netherburn Ave, Netherburn Gdns, Craigburn Ave, Craigburn Pl,

Locherburn Pl, Locherburn Ave, Locherburn Gro, Craigburn Cres,

Woodburn Pl, Hillside, Hillfoot, Fulton Gdns, Beatrice Gdns, Locher

Cres, Locher Gdns, Locher Ave, Locher Way, Locher Gait, Gryfebank

Ave, Gryfewood Cres, Gryfewood Way, Gryfebank Clo, Gryfebank Way,

Gryfebank Clo, Cunningham Gdns, Crawford Rd, Leman Dr, Leman Gr,

Alwyn Ave, Bream Pl, Viking Cres, Cormorant Ave, Forties Rd, Claymore

Dr, Piper Rd, Piper Ave, Ninian Ave, Brent Cres, Murchison Rd, Hutton

Ave, Hewett Cres, Dunlin Cres, Berl Ave

Wednesday 16th December - Houston

South Mound, Glenartney, St Fillans Dr, Four Windings, South St,

North St, Fleming Rd, Fleming Way, Burnlea Cres, Houstonfield Quad,

Houstonfield Rd, Kirk Rd, Kilmacolm Rd, Fields Lane, Cricketfield Lane,

Old School House Lane, Barochan Rd, Crosslee Cres, Leeburn Ave,

Craigholme, Woodside, The Beeches, Birch Gro, Riverside, Broomfield,

The Meadows, Brackendene, Crossways, Neuk Cres, Neuk Ave, Hallcraigs

Cres, Glebe Gdns, Manse Cres, Hagart Rd, Speirs Rd,Crosslee Pk, Dunnet

Dr, Whirlie Rd, Back o’Hill, Strawberry Fields, Whirlie Dr, Pine Gro, Mill

Brae, Crosslee Gdns, Brierie Hills Cres, Brierie Hills Rd, Brierie Lane,

Brierie Gdns, Goldenlee View, Brierie Hill Gro, Earlsgate, Brierie Ave

Thursday 17th December - Brookfield & Weirs Wynd

Friday 18th December - Kilmacolm (All)

Saturday 19th December - Quarriers & Bridge of Weir

Glengowan Rd, Strathgryffe Cres, Kilmacolm Rd, Kilallan Ave,

Woodside Ave, Warlock Rd, Beech Ave, Castle Rd, Park Rd, Southview

Cres, Freeland Dr, Warlock Dr, Houston Rd, Elm Rd, Loch Rd, Loch Pl, Mill

o’Gryffe Rd, Mimosa Rd, Lintwhite Crt, Lintwhite Cres, Moss Rd, Broom

Pl, Gryffe Gate, Gorse Cres, St Machars Rd, Hillview Rd, Church Rd

Sunday 20th December - Bridge of Weir

Torr Rd, Horsewood Rd, Fetlar Rd, Kennbank Cres, Kennbank Rd,

Thriplee Rd, Lomond Cres, Barrcraig Rd, Carruth Rd, Lawmarnock Rd,

Lawmarnock Cres, Glen Brae, Troon Dr, Glendentan Rd, Turnberry Dr,

Barassie Dr, Clevans Rd, Donaldfield Rd, Thornwood Dr, Southbrae

Ave, Rosemount Lane, St Andrews Dr, Dalmahoy Cres, Bellisle Cres,

Sunningdale Dr, Prieston Rd, Gryffe Rd, Eldin Pl, Hazelwood Rd, The

Grove, Shillingworth Pl, Earl Pl, Ranfurly Rd, Steadings, Bonar Cres, Watt

Lane, Montrose Ter, Kilgraston Rd, Watt Rd, Ranfurly Pl, Bankend Rd,

Kilbarchan Rd

[please remember, all dates are weather dependent]

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local news


The performing arts will be one of last the areas to be

released for the current COVID-19 lockdown measures.

Unfortunately, this means that Johnstone Phoenix Theatre

Groups’ Christmas Pantomime Jack & The Beanstalk, will

not go ahead this year… “Oh no it won’t!!!”

At the present time, virtually all amateur theatre productions

have been cancelled across the country, and given the lead

time for productions, it is unlikely there will be many, if any,

productions before the end of 2021. This is a significant

loss to the cultural and economic life of the UK. Like JPTG,

many groups have been making use of technology to keep

in touch and keep the sprits up of members.

Johnstone Phoenix Theatre Groups’ last performance

was their 2019 panto Alice in Pantoland and members are

divested at being unable to perform Jack & The Beanstalk

this year. Here’s a bit of nostalgia – a photograph of the

1993 JPTG Jack and the Beanstalk Panto

Not only has Lockdown impacted the club members, but it

has also has impacted the Groups’ fundraising and to that

end they have set up a Just Giving Page for anyone who’d like to contribute to the continued running of the club.

In true Phoenix fashion, the Group have risen to the challenges faced this year and are now looking at ways to give something back to

the local community during the Festive Period. They are hopeful that they can involve their members in some community activities in the

lead up to Christmas. Watch this space!!

If you are interested in joining the club or want to find out more, please contact us at or at http://jptg.

Photo below from JPTG 1984 Panto - Cinderella

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CO-OP Bridge of Weir -

Food Bank Christmas


Saturday 5 December

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this

Christmas will be especially difficult for

the children and their families living in

poverty in Scotland and the Renfrewshire

Food Bank are preparing for their busiest

Christmas and Winter ever.

If you would like to help the most vulnerable

in society this Christmas by making a food

or cash donation – then Angela and her

wonderful team in the Co-op Bridge of

Weir will be there to greet you on Saturday

5 December.

The store also has a Renfrewshire Food

Bank Donation Bin in place all year round.


Christmas Toy Bank

We now realise we are preparing for our

busiest year yet! So we are also looking for

volunteers. Whether you have previously

volunteered with us or would like to come on

board this year we would love to hear from


We are looking for drivers to collect donations

from drop off points, and people who can

come to the unit to support working with

our referring agencies. We’re also looking for

help in the unit organising all of the amazing

donations as well as making up referrals for

all the boys and girls.

Please note PPE will need to be worn and will

all be provided by the toy bank. We are going

to need all the help we can get this year.

Contact us through our facebook

page at

renfrewshirechristmastoybank/ or email

Items that the Food Bank are

always short of – Cereal, UHT

Milk, Diluting Juice, Coffee,

Tinned Tuna, Tinned Potatoes,

Tinned Tomatoes, Tinned

Fruit, Tinned Creamed Rice,

Tins or Cartons of Custard and

Toiletries (especially men’s

deodorant, men’s shave gel

and razors).

Huge thanks to everyone in

Bridge of Weir who supports

the Renfrewshire Food Bank

throughout the year by

donating in your local Coop


Wishing you all well this



It’s always a good time to join Rotary but right now is an even better time for individuals

or companies give Rotary a try:

• Less time commitment as we are now

meeting fortnightly on ZOOM and the

old attendance rules have been waived

• Fees cut (including waiving of national

fees this year for new members)

• Opportunities to serve the community

more important than ever!

• Fun, friendship, meet new people

• Stimulating speakers and discussion

Gryffe Valley Rotary was formed 25 years ago and has nearly 40 members in the local

area. We have raised over £260,000 for local and international charitable causes and

are seeking to ensure the contribution made to our local community is sustained by

increasing and diversifying our membership. See the leaflet on our website (just Google

Gryffe Valley Rotary) for more information on our projects and activities and our

Facebook page Gryffe Valley Rotary for details of our next speaker.

Stimulating speakers – Worthwhile projects – Interesting People – Fun - Friendship

Please click the Membership Enquiry button on our Website if you are interested or

email us at .Please e-mail gryffevalleyrotary

if you are interested in finding out more.

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Soroptimist International of Paisley turns 75!

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Saturday 14 November, 2020 was the anniversary of the inaugural

meeting of the club in 1945. Members of Soroptimist International of

Paisley mark 75 years of activity – fundraising, support and advocacy

for women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.

Established by Annette Muir, a Paisley buddy and wife of a Paisley

weaving mill owner, there were 28 founding members. She was

helped in establishing the club by Miss Catherine Lobnitz, from

a local shipbuilding family, who later became the first honorary

member. Founding members included a pharmacist, police officer,

bookseller, various teachers and a solo pianist.

The President’s chain of office was presented to the club by Mrs

Muir and her husband. It contained a central medallion which was

designed by well-known local architect James Steel Maitland, who

designed the Russell Institute and many other Paisley buildings. In

2019, a new chain was commissioned with links in the shape of the

Paisley Teardrop but still with the medallion attached.

This active band of ladies then set about establishing themselves

as part of the community in Paisley and the surrounding area.

Over the 75 years of the Club’s existence, many ladies have been

members – some for long periods of service, others only briefly, but

all getting involved and using their individual skills and experience

in a wide range of fundraising activities, providing practical help

and support, and working to raise awareness of issues of particular

concern to women.

Throughout the life of the club there has also been a lot of fun and

friendship as well as hard work. Many members have made lifelong

friends, held office at higher levels within the organisation and

travelled widely to Soroptimist events across the globe.

As we move into our 75th year, the members are as active and

committed as ever to making a difference for women and girls

locally, nationally and internationally.

The celebrations will not be quite

what we might have planned, but

there will be a virtual party attended

by the President of Soroptimist

International of Great Britain and

Ireland (SIGBI), Johanna Raffan,

and Provost Lorraine Cameron,

Renfrewshire Council as well as

members and other guests.

Meetings have moved online and

our main focus is on supporting

the local community in the current

pandemic. Over the last months

we have provided financial support

to Renfrewshire Foodbank, the

STAR project and Renfrewshire

Women’s Aid, as well as delivering

food items to the Foodbank and

Rekz Community

Fridge in Paisley.

Filled backpacks were

provided to Women’s

Aid for the children

they were supporting

returning to school in


Members were

delighted to receive

recognition from Renfrewshire Council for this work.

One member got on her bike to raise funds for Marie Curie.

Not forgetting our international aspect, a number of filled shoeboxes

for Christmas were delivered to Blythswood Care and two members

took part in the Virtual Kiltwalk in September, walking 15 miles to

raise funds for the SIGBI project, Empowering Girls in Nepal.

The nature of the work carried out has changed but the ethos

behind it remains the same today as when the club first started – a

desire to make a difference to the lives of women and girls who are

in need of support.

Why not join us?

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Women’s Aid - Christmas Eve


Thank you so much to everyone who has donated Christmas Eve

Pyjamas and Fluffy Socks so far for the women and children staying

safe in the Renfrewshire Women’s Aid Refuge this Christmas.

If you would like to donate Pyjamas and Fluffy Socks for the women

and children, then they can be handed to a member of staff in the


until MONDAY 21 DECEMBER. I run the Renfrewshire Food Bank

Donation Bins in these three stores.

Brand new Christmas Eve Pyjamas and Fluffy Socks in the following

sizes would be most welcome –

Women’s XS – XXL (size 6 – 24) Girls and Boys 0 – 12 years and for

Teenage Boys (men’s size XS – XXL)

Due to COVID-19, I am only collecting pyjamas and fluffy socks this

year. I cant accept any second-hand clothes, toys, books or baby

equipment. Many thanks.

For the women and children staying in the Women’s Aid Refuge

this Christmas – a new pair of Christmas Eve Pyjamas and Fluffy

Socks, bought for them by people in their community, offers care

and support as they make plans for their new lives... Jenny x

I can be contacted

Emergency Services

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


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



Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Police Scotland 01786 289070


R.A.L.F 0800 37 36 35

Traveline 0871 200 2233


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


Regional Champion

• Roots of Linwood (Linwood CDT)

Highly Commended

• Mansoor Tahmasebiniya, Gillian Green


• Bunty Singh, Bunty’s General Store, Bridge

of Weir

• Gary McCaw and team, Bianco Nero,


High Street Heroes

• Alan Bissett, Lochwinnoch Food

Committee & Community Larder

• Brenda Cook, Post Office, Ferguslie Park

• Caroline Gormley, Made in Paisley

• Catherine McAtier, WHAT IF…, Paisley

• Julie Melrose, Bridge of Weir Coronavirus

Community Assistance Group

• Kirsti Reid, Little Pink Co., Elderslie

• Laura Bell, IVAD Gifts, Paisley

• Stuart Caldwell (Stuart the Plumber),


• Terry McTernan, Darkwood Crew,

Ferguslie Park

• ‘Brighter Sparks’ young volunteer group

for Brighter Bridge of Weir

• Gibb-Stuart Homeware, Bridge of Weir

• Graeme’s Butchers, Paisley

• Heritage Farmers Market Shop,


• I Am Me, community charity, Renfrewshire

• Kenny’s Fruit & Veg, Johnstone

• Lochwinnoch Cares

• Lochwinnoch Community Council

• Lochwinnoch Food Committee

• Mansoor Tahmasebiniya, Gillian Green

Grocers, Paisley

• Paisley High Street Post Office

• Scottish Leather Group, Bridge of Weir

• The Asparagus Hut & Barnhill Farmshop,


• William Phelps Butchers, Paisley

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Regional Champion

Douglas Graham, Blackwood of

Kilmacolm Quality Butcher

Highly Commended

Reegan Kelly, Greenock (volunteer

community food deliveries)

Heather McCulloch & Nick Summers, The

Pirate & Bluebelle, Gourock


High Street Heroes

Heather Morris and Barry,

Pets Corner, Gourock Park

Nadeem Ahmed, The Village

Newsagent, Kilmacolm

Celebrating Our High Street Heroes

The Scotland Loves Local campaign has been celebrating our High Street


The awards recognise the people, businesses and local organisations who have

gone above and beyond to support their communities during the coronavirus

restrictions. High Street Heroes also celebrates those who have helped local shops

and high streets to be innovative, resilient, and to operate in a safe and welcoming


The list of Scotland’s High Street Heroes has now been announced and there are

a number of our local names on the list.

All those nominated have received formal recognition as High Street Heroes. In

addition, a small number of entries from each local authority area were awarded

Regional Champion and Highly Commended awards, including receipt of an award


The Scotland Loves Local awards review team were humbled by the extent of

public support shown for their High Street Heroes, with over 1,200 nominations

received for around 600 individuals, businesses and local groups who had made

a positive – and often crucial – difference to their community during difficult

circumstances for all. They are fantastic examples of the spirit of the Scotland

Loves Local campaign, and receive our heartfelt thanks.

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events for December

EVENT INFORMATION: Due to Covid restrictions, we STRONGLY

ADVISE that you check with the venue/organiser for updates on

these events. Where we can, we will update our listings to notify

of cancelled, postponed and rescheduled events.

UNtil Friday 27th Nov

Erskine Christmas Cracker

Shopping Fayre

ONLINE: https://www.erskine.

Join us for our first Virtual Erskine

Christmas Cracker Fayre 2020 and

indulge in a wonderfully festive

shopping experience!

Browse our handpicked selection

of boutique stalls and get set for

Christmas with an array of unique

gifts to choose from!

Saturday 28th NOV

Christmas Tree Sale

Scout Hall, Barr’s

Brae,Kilmacolm, 10am to 2pm

Raising funds for the Kilmacolm

Scouts. Great quality, best prices.

Paisley Farmers Market

Paisley Centre, 10am to 2pm

A huge variety of produce for sale.

A leisurely walk round the market

provides many opportunities to

taste produce and discuss the

characteristics and uniqueness of

each offering.

Saturday Night Live at The


ONLINE: https://www.

Our Red Raw section will also be

back with some hopeful stars of

tomorrow. You can watch the

show on YouTube on your phone,

tablet, PC or Smart-TV here: www.

Our doors are still shut to the

public, we would not be here now

without your help. If you can afford

to donate to help the survival of

the clubs and help pay acts please

do so here...

donate/ Full details on page 20.

30th Nov to 15 Dec

Zoom call with Santa for

ACCORD Hospice

ONLINE: https://www.


Ho Ho Ho!! ACCORD Hospice are

delighted to announce that Santa

Claus will be joining them for a

series of ZOOM calls this festive

season! Enjoy a 5 minute zoom call

with Santa for £5 which will include

a letter from Santa posted to them

after their visit. Remember to fill

out the form, Santa needs as much

information as possible to give your

child the best experience.

All proceeds raised by Santa will

come to ACCORD Hospice.

1st to 24th DEC

The Jingle Bell Virtual Run

ONLINE: https://www.


Dress up in your best festive attire

and join Active Communities for

The Jingle Bell Virtual Run over 12

days in December!

Are you an elf, a snowman or even

a Reindeer!? Pick a level from our

running challenge pack, dress

up in your best festive attire and

complete your chosen distance

over 12 days in December to earn

your medal! Enter now for your

instructions and medal. Don’t forget

to send in your pictures!

Tuesday 1st DEC

Foodbank & Children’s Gifts


Houston & Killellan Kirk, 13A

Kirk Road, Houston, Johnstone


Please delivery any donations to

the West Halls from 10am – 12noon

& 7pm – 8 pm.


Maggie’s Carols On Your


ONLINE: https://www.



7.30pm to 8.30pm, tickets £10

After such a difficult year for

so many, we hope this festive

season can be a time to focus on

celebrating family, friends and the

little moments that bring you joy.

So, help us spread some holiday

cheer and join us, with your family,

for our online singalong Christmas

concert. We have a lineup of

amazing musicians and singers and

you will also hear readings from

some well known faces.

We are also absolutely thrilled

to confirm that Santa (yes, THE

SANTA!) has cleared some time

in his busy schedule and will be

making a jolly appearance for us all

on the night!

Please help us spread the word

about the #CarolsOnYourCouch

fun. The more the merrier!

Until Friday 4 Dec

About Art for Erskine:

Festive Edition

ONLINE: https://www.erskine.

Join us for Art for Erskine – Festive

Edition, taking place online from

Monday 9th November – Friday

4th December. This month long

fundraiser offers a wide selection of

contemporary artwork available to

buy from the comfort of your own


Artists include Graham McKean;

Elaine Johnston; James Williamson

and many more. Every sale helps

raise vital funds towards the care

of Veterans in Erskine’s four care


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Saturday 5th DEC

Christmas Tree Sale

Scout Hall, Barr’s

Brae,Kilmacolm, 10am to 2pm

Raising funds for the Kilmacolm

Scouts. Great quality, best prices.

Kilmacolm Farmers Market

Kilmacolm Community Centre,

Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm

10am to 2pm

Kilmacolm Farmers Market is held

on the first Saturday each month

featuring a great selection of local

Scottish produce!

CO-OP Bridge of Weir - Food

Bank Christmas Collection

The Co-operative Bridge of Weir

If you would like to help the

most vulnerable in society this

Christmas by making a food or

cash donation – then Angela and

her wonderful team in the Co-op

Bridge of Weir will be there to greet

you on Saturday 5 December. The

store also has a Renfrewshire Food

Bank Donation Bin in place all year


Items that the Food Bank

are always short of – Cereal, UHT

Milk, Diluting Juice, Coffee, Tinned

Tuna, Tinned Potatoes, Tinned

Tomatoes, Tinned Fruit, Tinned

Creamed Rice, Tins or Cartons of

Custard and Toiletries (especially

men’s deodorant, men’s shave gel

and razors).

Sunday 6th Dec

Light Up A Life for accord

ONLINE: https://www.


Sadly, ACCORD cannot invite you

to come into the beautiful Hospice

grounds for our Annual Light Up

a Life Service. However, we know

how important remembrance and

reflection are and recognise that

the service provides a great deal of

comfort to you all.

This event will be streamed live on

the ACCORD Hospice Facebook

page from 6pm which includes

carol singing and the illumination of

our Christmas lights.

We will encourage you to light a

candle at home with your friends

or family to remember the special

people in your lives.

Tuesday 8th DEC

Foodbank & Children’s Gifts


Houston & Killellan Kirk, 13A

Kirk Road, Houston, Johnstone


Please delivery any donations to

the West Halls from 10am – 12noon

& 7pm – 8 pm.

Saturday 12th DEC

Christmas Tree Sale

Scout Hall, Barr’s

Brae,Kilmacolm, 10am to 2pm

Raising funds for the Kilmacolm

Scouts. Great quality, best prices.

Paisley Farmers Market

The Paisley Centre

10am to 2pm

A huge variety of produce for sale.

A leisurely walk round the market

provides many opportunities to

taste produce and discuss the

characteristics and uniqueness of

each offering.

12th Dec to 24th Dec

Santa and the Snow

Snow Factor, Braehead

£89.95 per social bubble


Dance along with the penguins at

check-in, sledge and play in real

snow, have a yummy cookie and

hot chocolate, and of course, meet

Santa in his winter wonderland.

• Check-in at the dancing penguins

in the Xsite mall (don’t worry, you

won’t miss them!)

• Head straight to our winter

wonderland to sledge, tube and

play in real snow (so come dressed

for real snow!)

• Munch on delicious cookies and

warming hot chocolate

• Visit Santa in his lodge where he’ll

read you his favourite story

• The little ones will get a gift to take


• Photos with Santa will be taken

and are available to purchase at

an additional charge. These can

be placed in a Christmas bauble

amongst other options by our

experienced team if you wish.

14 Dec to 3rd Jan

Sleeping Beauty

ONLINE: https://www.universe.


With dazzling costumes, spectacular

scenery and amazing special

effects Sleeping Beauty really is the

pantomime you’ve been dreaming

of – so book your tickets now for

this amazing Christmas treat!

Full details on page 20.


Santa Sleigh Drive by Wave

Houston - see page 5 for more


Santa will be doing a Drive by Wave

to everybody. No sweets and no

stopping this year but he wants

you all to come to the window and

Wave so he can wish you a Merry



Santa Sleigh Drive by Wave

Houston - see page 5 for more


Santa will be doing a Drive by Wave

to everybody. No sweets and no

stopping this year but he wants

you all to come to the window and

Wave so he can wish you a Merry


16th Dec to 24th Dec

The Parking Lot Social

Winter Festival Glasgow

Skyport Park & Ride, Burnbrae

Drive, Linwood PA3 3BW


The magic of Christmas lives on

at The Parking Lot Social Winter

Festival. Gather your loved ones and

experience an enchanted evening

of entertainment beneath the glow

of our 60ft tall rainbow-coloured

Christmas tree. Pantomimes, huge

Christmas parties, festive movie

screenings, fireworks, comedy,

food trucks & more. Spread across

9 days there’s something for

everyone, and it can all be enjoyed

whilst snuggled up in the warmth &

comfort of your car.


Santa Sleigh Drive by Wave

Brookfield & Weir’s Wynd - see

page 5 for more details

Santa will be doing a Drive by Wave

to everybody. No sweets and no

stopping this year but he wants

you all to come to the window and

Wave so he can wish you a Merry



Santa Sleigh Drive by Wave

Kilmacolm (all) - see page 5 for

more details

Santa will be doing a Drive by Wave

to everybody. No sweets and no

stopping this year but he wants

you all to come to the window and

Wave so he can wish you a Merry



Santa Sleigh Drive by Wave

Quarriers & Bridge of Weir -

see page 5 for more details

Santa will be doing a Drive by Wave

to everybody. No sweets and no

stopping this year but he wants

you all to come to the window and

Wave so he can wish you a Merry


Gina and Tonic; Meets the


ONLINE: https://www.alzscot.


7.30pm-9.30pm, tickets from

£30.60 (18+ only)

Support Alzheimer Scotland by

joining Gina McKie from Go Radio

as she meets 4 Scottish gin makers

and enjoy a tasting of their fantastic

gins from the comfort of your own


Enjoy a tasting of each of these

fantastic gins matched with either

Fever-Tree’s tonic water or ginger

ale. Learn more about each maker

along with fun quirky games and

entertainment from Gina herself.

Support Alzheimer Scotland by

enjoying a tipple from the comfort

of your own home. This is a live

online show, the link to which will

be sent shortly before the show


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SUNDAY 20th Dec

Santa Sleigh Drive by Wave

Bridge of Weir - see page 5 for

more details

Santa will be doing a Drive by Wave

to everybody. No sweets and no

stopping this year but he wants

you all to come to the window and

Wave so he can wish you a Merry


21st Dec to 24th Dec

The Secret Theatre

ONLINE: https://www.

Scottish Ballet will bring the magic

of theatre to your home! Tickets

are FREE and must be booked in

advance. Full details on page 20.

23rd Dec to 4th Jan

Rapunzel: A Hairy Tale


ONLINE: https://www.


A very special online festive show

filmed in the beautiful surrounds

of Stirling Castle, created by a

Christmas cracker writing team,

featuring sparkling showtunes from

Novasound and directed by Scottish

Panto King Johnny McKnight. Also

available will be a free, fun, festive

activity pack for families to enjoy

over the holiday period.

Full details on page 20.


Christmas Eve Jingle

Where? At your door at 6pm!

Let’s end 2020 with a bit of magic,

hope and togetherness by heading

outside at 6pm on Christmas

Eve and ringing a bell to spread

Christmas spirit!

On Christmas Eve at 6pm everyone

will come outside onto their

doorsteps and ring a bell for 2

minutes to spread Christmas spirit

and to help Santa fly his sleigh.

After this awful year it would be an

amazing memory for the kids and

communities. End 2020 with a bit

of Magic, hope and togetherness!



A Queen’s Speech

ONLINE: https://www.



Paige Ootabook invites audiences

to join her in her royally lovely

residence for her reflections on the

annus haribo-eatis year we have

just endured, and her hopes and

wishes in 2021.

An irreverent and heartfelt offering

from one of the most fabulous

Dames of the realm to her subjects

on Christmas Day!

Paige Ootabook will be making her

online debut in the film Rapunzel

on 22 December.

this month, we’re bringing you the beautiful window displays at Gibb Stuart in Bridge of Weir.

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The Cornerstone, Greenock Road

Bishopton Community Centre


Brookfield Village Hall Main Entrance

Bridge of Weir


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)


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

Some of these may have limited access. Please check with venue for full details.





Cllr Derek Bibby:


T: 0300 300 1274 | M: 07534 156007

Cllr Bill Binks:


T: 0300 300 1423 | M: 07976 239 881

Cllr Andy Doig:


M: 07534 148224

Cllr Emma Rodden:


T: 0300 300 1431

WARD 10:


Cllr Audrey Doig:


M: 07768 130935

Cllr Alison Jean Dowling:


T: 0300 300 1419

Cllr Scott Kerr:


T: 0300 300 1424

Cllr James Sheridan:


T: 0300 300 1425

WARD 11:


Cllr James MacLaren:


T: 0300 300 1291

Cllr Natalie Don:


T: 0300 300 1426

Cllr Colin McCulloch:


Tel: 0300 300 1427



Cllr Christopher Curley:


M: 07768 460073/01475 712370

Cllr Stephen McCabe:


T: 01475 712020 (office hours)

Cllr David Wilson:


T: 01475 741969 and 01475 712727

M: 07766 992294



You’ll will be captivated by the tale

of a beautiful Princess who pricks her

finger on a spinning wheel and falls

into a deep sleep. Starring Benidorm’s

favourite and I’m A Celebrity’s CRISSY

ROCK as Fairy Nuff alongside the

beautiful REBECCA LAKE as Princess

Aurora, CHRIS PYM as Prince Harry,



as the evil Carabosse, NICK WYMER

as King Stefan and the hilarious


Jester Sleeping Beauty is the perfect

online festive treat. With dazzling

costumes, spectacular scenery and

amazing special effects Sleeping

Beauty really is the pantomime

you’ve been dreaming of – so book

your tickets now for this amazing

Christmas treat!

The viewing period opens at 10am

GMT on 14th December and closes

11pm on 3rd of January. Your code

will be valid for 4 days from your first

viewing within this period.

Also on sale is an electronic full colour

Pantomime programme that will be

sent before the event opens.

The organisers are supporting 2

charities, the Equity Benevolent Fund

and the Actors Benevolent Fund and

all donations will be split equally

between these 2 charities.

Scottish Ballet will bring the magic of theatre to your

home this Christmas thanks to their brand-new film,

The Secret Theatre!

Starring characters from our most popular festive

ballets, the worlds of the Snow Queen and the Sugar

Plum Fairy collide when the theatre bursts into life.

In this spectacular, feature-length film, you’ll be

treated to an extraordinary show filled with acrobats,

snowflakes, clowns, princes and – of course – beautiful


The Secret Theatre will premiere on Monday 21

December at 6pm and be available online until

Thursday 24 December. Tickets are FREE and must

be booked in advance. Please consider making an

optional donation to support the making of this film.

Running time: approximately one hour

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online events this Christmas!

The Secret Theatre

21st to 24th December


Saturday Night Live

at The Stand

Saturday 28th November


Mark Nelson returns as host with his

partner in crime Al on tech. With sets

from Billy Kirkwood, Jay Lafferty,

Gareth Mutch, Stephen Buchanan and

headliner Gary Little.

Our Red Raw section will also be back

with some hopeful stars of tomorrow.

You can watch the show on YouTube

on your phone, tablet, PC or Smart-TV


Our doors are still shut to the public,

we would not be here now without

your help. If you can afford to donate

to help the survival of the clubs and

help pay acts please do so here... www.

Rapunzel: A

Hairy Tale


Rapunzel is a celebration of theatricality,

music and storytelling. A chance to hear

from every character in this well-known

hairy tale, untangled and re-braided for this

day and age. A chance to sit with the family

and finally piece together the story of one

lassie and her journey from isolation to

taking her rightful place at the…. Hey come

on, I’m not going to give away the ending now, am I?” Paige Ootabook, Narrator

23rd December

to 4th January


A very special online festive show filmed in the beautiful surrounds of Stirling Castle, created by

a Christmas cracker writing team, featuring sparkling showtunes from Novasound and directed

by Scottish Panto King Johnny McKnight. Also available will be a free, fun, festive activity pack

for families to enjoy over the holiday period.

Watch the digital version of Rapunzel from the comfort of your own home, through a special

page on our website, from 23 December 10am until 4 January 12pm. Tickets are available on

a scale of £0 to £25 to make Rapunzel accessible to everyone during this Christmas period.

Whatever contribution you make will be much appreciated and will go towards covering the

production and technical costs for this festive online show.

If you prefer to support your local theatre this Christmas, you will be able to purchase tickets for

the stream on some local theatre’s website as well, please check with your local venue for more

details. Running time: 70 mins Recommended age guide: 6+

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village news

ward 1 - inverclyde

Cllr David Wilson

PARKING: The Council has consulted on having

3 hours free parking in the Lochwinnoch Road

car park and a charge of £2 for over 3 hours and consequently

all day. A Residents’ parking scheme is proposed for tenement

flats in Lochwinnoch and Bridge of Weir roads. I have campaigned

that Moss Road tenements should also have Resident parking

permits. Parking in Moss and Gillburn Roads can be difficult and I

have been approached by several residents experiencing problems.

Notwithstanding the above, I do not believe we should make any

changes until the matter of long term car parking is resolved i.e. site

in Gillburn Road or behind the Old Police Station.

KNAPPS: There is to be substantial tree planting at Knapps Loch.

Work will happen in 2021 and involve Oak, Hazel, Poplar, Norway

Spruce on lower soils and Sitka Spruce on the upland areas. We

are assured that the proposals will ensure that public access to

the Knapps will be protected and open ground used for the main

agricultural show ground will be protected. Unfortunately the

light horse cross country course will be lost. The girls who have

established the Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow Agricultural Show as

a serious venue for light horse will be devastated. The area for the

bonfire has been omitted from planting but unfortunately due to

Covid 19 it could not take place this year.


Community Cleanup

Well done to all the community minded

folks who turned out to pick up litter in

and around Kilmacolm.

They were: Marion and Morven Armour,

Councillor David Wilson, Andrew Brewer,

John Hunter, Ken McLaren, Liz Reid, Lisa

Griffin, Joyce Jefferis, David Goddard

and Mike Jefferis. We covered the cycle

track to Port Glasgow, the cycle track to

Bridge of Weir, Smithy Brae, Blacksholm

Road, Old Greenock Road and Ducal/

Milton Woods. A total of 22 bags of

rubbish were collected and the place

certainly looks a lot better for it.

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PLANNING: We are consulting on a new Local Development Plan.

As part of the Main Issues Report we asked for housing sites. I

understand all the usual suspects are back in play. As I write there

is no news on the Carsemeadow Gladman/Quarriers application.

REMEMBRANCE: A short Remembrance service was held at the

Memorial on the 8th and the two minutes silence observed in the

Cargill on the 11th. Wreaths were laid throughout the Sunday by

many village organisations.

CHURCH AMALGAMATION: Discussions continue on the

amalgamation of the Old Kirk and St Columba’s Churches. We

understand the manse will be in Glencairn Road. The Episcopal

Church in Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow has lost Reverends

Gonzales and Gifford. The latter did a tremendous job at St Mary’s

in Port Glasgow. His monthly Clydemen get together of 70 men

to celebrate the history of shipbuilding was a fine occasion with

excellent speakers. His conduct of Sir Eric Yarrow’s funeral service

at a packed St Columba’s was exemplary. The Bishop conducted

the funeral service for Canon William McDade who gave St Colm’s

years of service.

GENERAL NEWS: I will really miss my many school and church

functions this Christmas but wish all my constituents a happy and

safe festive season.

STOP PRESS: Branchal Milk have launched fresh local farm milk

every Tuesday and Friday in the village at the Cargill.

CONTACT: I can be contacted on

01475 741969, 712975 and 07766 992294.

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The Bridge

63 Main Street, Bridge of Weir

Happy Birthday!!! In mid November The Bridge celebrated its

Ninth birthday.

Your Support – we are well into the Christmas season and, due to

strong customer demand, we have increased our stocks of Christmas

Goods. Please make sure you visit The Bridge for your packs of

Christmas cards, individual cards, wrapping paper, Christmas bags

and tags and money gift wallets. Our very popular locally produced

Calendar for 2021, showcasing Bridge of Weir scenes, is on sale as

is a selection of Diaries for the coming year.

Post Office – Thinking of buying Christmas gifts - why not send

a Gift Card. These can be exchanged in many well known stores.

Please ask Donald, Stuart and Alison for details.

Christmas stamps are now on sale. Please remember the overseas

posting deadlines!!! Please ask our Post Office staff for details.

“Social Distancing” - To ensure the safety and wellbeing of

our customers, volunteers and staff please adhere to the two

metre distance rule. Hand sanitisers are available for the use of


The Garden - thank you to Brighter Bridge of Weir for their skill and

hard work in tending our front and side garden ground.

And finally, as we approach our ninth anniversary, a very big ‘Thank

You’ to the residents of Bridge of Weir and to our loyal volunteers

who continue to support us.

(Opening Hours: Mon – 10am to 1pm then 2pm to 5pm ; Tues, Wed,

Thurs, Fri and Sat 10am to 1pm)

Freeland Church Advent Tree of


This year there will be a Christmas tree outside Freeland church

during December. Each light on the tree can be dedicated to

commemorate a loved one, a birth, an anniversary, a wedding or

an achievement.

There will be a short outdoor service of dedication when the lights

are switched on on November 29th at 5pm (Covid rules allowing).

We can also record your name and message in a special book.

If you would like to dedicate a light please fill in the contact form with

the details of the occasion you wish to celebrate/ commemorate on

the Freeland church website

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Bridge of Weir CC Press Report

Although the Community Council has not met since our last meeting

on 3rd March the work has continued throughout this time.

PLANNING: Planning in Scotland has been a hot topic of late after a

recent successful appeal of a planning decision at Quarriers Village at

the Court of Session. On the back of this appeal we have responded

to the recent Scottish Government consultation on changes to the

‘Presumption in Favour’ (as part of national planning policy). The

Community Council was unanimously in favour of the proposed

changes that will hopefully make speculative developments harder

to progress.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: 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. This has resulted

in the Community Council cancelling our annual Christmas Lights

Switch on Event, our application for funding to Renfrewshire

Council was also withdrawn.

PRIZEGIVING: The Community Council were delighted to finally

arrange for the presentation of prizes for last year’s design a

Christmas Light feature. Due to the lockdown the presentation

to the pupils at Bridge of Weir Primary School was held over till

October. The winning entry “The Reindeer” designed by Eloise

McClymont has been purchased and will be the main feature of this

years display, the runners up were The Penguin designed by Sarah

Finan and The Bells by Dylan Macalroy.

The Judges were overwhelmed by the high standard of entries.

Principal teacher Vhari Duncan was delighted with the prizes which

were large picture frames of the Blanchere engineers final design.

The Community Council look forward to further engagement with

the Primary School.

PLAY PARKS: Following a successful grant application to

Renfrewshire Council by the Community Council, work has begun

to install more play equipment in Bridge of Weir playparks. A

generous bequest from a local resident made it possible to

increase the number of play items that could be purchased. New

equipment suitable for a younger age group has been installed in

the Horsewood Road Park, to be followed by additions to the Moss

Road Playpark over the coming months.

ROADS: Road surfaces in Bridge of Weir are being resurfaced and

junction white lines are being reinstated. Grass has been cut short

for the winter and litter patrols will continue to litter pick. Brighter

Bridge of Weir have been planting out. The broken sleeper at the

bridge in the Glen has been repaired and decked with chicken wire

making it non-slip and walker safe.

GENERAL NEWS: As we have done throughout this pandemic the

Community Council will endeavour to keep the public informed and

updated through their Facebook Page.

Take care and stay safe.

Bridge of Weir Churches

Bridge of Weir Village Advent Calendar – Hope, Peace, Joy, Love

What do we hope for at this time of Covid? How can we find peace

amidst trouble and joy in sad times? And how can we find and share

love, when we have to keep physically apart? Many of us have questions

and longings that go deeper than the surface level of our lives, especially

this year.

Three Bridge of Weir churches are working together to put out an online

advent calendar on Facebook and YouTube. Each day, starting Sunday

29th November, a short video for all of the village will be shared via a

dedicated Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

The content will vary each day but will be loosely based on the traditional

and timeless themes of hope, peace, joy and love. Some days it may be

a carol or piece of Christmas music, other days a spoken reflection, a

poem or a slideshow of images.

In this way we want to share some of the things that give us hope, peace,

joy and love, inspired by the good Christmas news that Jesus came to be

Immanuel - God with Us. We believe that He is still with us in 2020 and

this makes all the difference!

Find the online advent calendar by searching for BoW Village Advent

Calendar on Facebook or YouTube or via the links in our churches’

websites and Facebook pages. If you can’t find it, and want to get

emailed the link, email .

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church planned Christmas services:

6th December - 10.30am Annual gift service for Salvation Army Gift

Appeal (gifts can be left outside the church

before and after the service)

20th December - 10.30am Instant nativity service

24th December - 4pm Christingle/family service

24th December - 11.30pm Watchnight service

No service on Christmas Day

27th December - 10.30am Service of lessons and carols

Note prebooking is required for all services, please contact our: and check out our


These planned services are dependent on the relevant Church of

Scotland and Scottish Government guidelines at the time. Numbers are

limited, masks compulsory and we won’t be singing. We also livestream

our services at our YouTube channel (search for St Machar’s Ranfurly


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Cllr James MacLaren

GORDON ANDERSON: I was very sad

to hear the news of the death of Gordon

Anderson, the recently appointed Bridge of Weir chairman.

Gordon was a good friend and has done a tremendous

amount of work in the village. His work included cutting the

grass out at the Burndale Kitchens junction, clearing drains

throughout the village, clearing snow, and recently repairing

the footbridge at the bottom of the Glen. In addition he

chaperoned the congregation across the road at St Mary’s

Church on a Sunday morning. He will be sorely missed.

ROADS: Council has just announced its winter programme

which started in October. I pointed out at the recent ILE

Board that we have a large number of blocked gullies in

Renfrewshire and it is likely we will have more flooding

during heavy rainfall and icy roads because the water does

not drain away. Now is also a good time to check if the

council has topped up any grit bins near you. If you know of

any specific gullies to be cleaned or grit bins needing filled

then please drop me a line and I will request this.

There are now plans under way for an improvement to the

road junction at Old Greenock Road and Kingston Road in

Bishopton. The white lines have now been refreshed and a

new cranked Give Way sign is on order which should make

it more obvious to drivers come up the hill.

FLU JABS: Further to my press articles about the flu

vaccination, I am pleased to say that the Health Board had

arranged for local chemists to offer the vaccination until the

20th November. I do hope that you managed to get your flu

jab. If you had a problem with this then please let me know.

Looks like the next jab could be the inoculation against the

Covid virus and I do hope that it will be better organised and

the elderly are one of the first to get it rather than the last.

CONTACT: 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@ 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


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Ethical Christmas gifts

Tea towels

A lovely memento, a useful gift and easy to

post, only £6.00 each. All proceeds to the

Mwandi “Electric Classroom” fund.

TO ORDER e-mail: teatowel@btinternet.

com or phone 01505 690636 (Caroline).

The gift of light

As a gift to friends or loved ones why not

give them part of a solar “Electric Classroom”

for school students in Mwandi in Zambia.

This will last longer than chocolates or a book, and will bring a glow

to your heart, as well as a glow in classrooms far away.

Gift cards available.

Click on the link or phone 01505 690636


• Electric sockets £5

• Length of cabling £10

• Classroom light £20

Or other amount if you wish.

• Battery storage £50

• Inverter (DC to AC) £150

• Laptop £250

Bridge of Weir Memories

by Irene McCallum

A nostalgic look back on growing up in Bridge of Weir in the

30’s 40’s & 50’s

44 Pages, over 20 illustrations with 14 chapters on Schools,

Shops & Businesses, The Supernatural, Crime and Punishment,

Wartime Refugees, Medical Matters and much more.

Poems on B.O.W. Leather, The Cobblers Shop, and Stewart

Cook’s Sausage

Relive the memories of a childhood brought to you by the

Author Irene McCallum, born in the village in 1931 and still

going strong.

The Book retails at £5 with all profits from the sale going to

local charity.

This limited addition journal of a by gone time is readily

available from the following outlets.

• The Lion’s Paw Gift Shop

• Lochnagar Café

• Gibb Stuart Home Hardware

• Cutting Crew Hairdressers Kilbarchan

• Renfrewshire Local History Forum on Facebook

Or contact the Author directly on 01505 872026

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ward 10

Cllr Audrey Doig

LOCAL AREA PARTNERSHIP: Recently there was

a virtual meeting of the new Local Area Partnership

for the Villages, which covers Houston, Crosslee,

and Brookfield, as well as another five of our village communities.

The new LAP’s were a replacement for the old Local Area

Committees and like the LAC’s the new Partnerships provide vital

seedcorn funding for local community organisations and initiatives.

So successful has this been that the Villages LAP is sadly always

oversubscribed. However, all applicants got around 70% of what

they applied for, and this included Houston Community Council. I

know the Community Council is still running the Children’s “Design

a Streetlight” competition, and I will give them every support in any

way I can.

FUNDING: I have become aware that Renfrewshire Council’s has

new funds available for any projects to do with creating green

spaces and planting trees in order to combat climate change. If any

community groups in my ward have any ideas for funding please

email me and I will forward the details to you.

A737 UPGRADING: At the last full council meeting I was pleased

to support a motion, passed unanimously, calling on the Scottish

Government to provide both a budget and a timescale for the

upgrade and dualling of the A737 between the North Ayrshire

section and Kilbarchan, very close to Brookfield. I would like to thank

Brookfield Community Council, in particular, for the support and

encouragement it has given to me on this key health and safety

issue over many years. My constituents

deserve 21st century transport

links and the ball is now firmly in

the court of local MSP’s to act.

GENERAL NEWS: We all know

that this Christmas will be very

different from what we are used

to. But I want to wish all my

constituents, of all faiths and none,

a very happy Christmas and a Good

New Year, because 2021 can only

be an improvement on this year.

CONTACT: Contact Details for Cllr

Audrey Doig

Councillors are not at the moment

having face to face surgeries due

to the Covid 19 restrictions. But

please email me on cllr.audrey. or call me

on 07768 130935 if you have a civic

matter you wish to raise with me.

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Houston & Killellan Kirk

christmas gifts for children

CrossReach is the social work arm of the Church of Scotland.

Among the services they offer is a visitors’ support and advice

service at Perth Prison and a visitors’ centre family hub at Polmont

Prison. These services offer safe and welcoming places for families

to relax before and after a prison visit. For children there are toys

to play with and books to read, and free refreshments.

Keeping families in touch with prisoners is a “golden thread” which

helps to minimise re-offending. Many of the children of prisoners

have very little and, when it comes to Christmas, they can feel very

left out. The CrossReach prison visitor service aims to provide a

gift at Christmas to each of the children with whom it comes into

contact. It can only do this through the generosity of donations.

It is hoped that the congregation of Houston & Killellan Kirk will

generously support it again this Christmas. The request is to put

NEW unwrapped gifts in open gift bags, with an indication of age,

and boy or girl.

This year the plan is to have the gifts collected at the West Halls

(Rear Fire Exit Door facing the Manse), Main Street, Houston, with

no social contact, at the same time as the Foodbank donations

continue to be received on 1st & 8th December 10am – 12noon and

7pm – 8pm.

The following are what it is suggested most families would


Boys and Girls ages 3 – 5

• Clothing

• Craft Kits

Boys and Girls ages 6 – 9

• Colouring/Sticker Books • Clothing

• Pen/Pencil Sets

• Jewellery Sets

• Disney & Action Hero Figures • Board Games

• Trucks/Cars

• Craft Kits

• Dolls

• Pencil cases

• Play Doh

• Pen/Pencil Sets

• Jigsaws

• Small Lego Sets

• Christmas Annuals/Books • Christmas Annuals/Books

• Selection Boxes

Boys and Girls ages 10 +

• Clothing

Teen & Young People Annuals

• Craft/Building Kits

Boxed Pens

• Sand Clay Modelling Sets Selection Boxes

• Board Games

• Mechanical Lego/Brick Headz

• Gadget Puzzles

• Christmas Annuals/Books

Please don’t donate anything

too heavy or bulky, since

most families travel by public


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Warm Clothes for the homeless

Warm clothes for the homeless, supported by organisations such

as the Simon Community, is again a key Local Outreach appeal at

Houston & Killellan Kirk. We are seeking donations of, essentially

in the current COVID climate, new clothes

• warm underwear

• t-shirts

• warm nightwear

• waterproof jackets & trousers

• joggers

• jumpers

• woolly hats

• scarves

• gloves

• socks

to keep these vulnerable men & women as warm & dry as

ourselves during the winter.

The Kirk’s Mission Team are confident that those in the

congregation & in the wider community will respond generously,

as they have done so in previous years, by bringing their

donations to the West Halls, Main Street, Houston on the following

Tuesdays - 3rd, 10th, 17th or 24th November. The donations will

be accepted, with no social contact, at the Rear Fire Exit Door of

the Halls facing the Manse between 10am & 12 noon & between

7pm & 8pm i.e. at the same time as Foodbank donations continue

to be received.

Alternatively, to arrange collection, contact

Advent at the Kirk

The message from Houston & Killellan Kirk is .....

#christmasisnotcancelled as this year, more than ever before, is

the opportunity to share with all the community the Christmas

story of hope. Before the date of this issue, hopefully the walk

round nativity will have been completed.

Details of all other activities will be found on www. and particularly on the Kirk’s Facebook.

Kirk Services planned:

• Midweek Wednesday Services will continue and will have

Advent themes.

• Sunday 6th December at 7pm – Advent Reflective

Remembrance Service.

• Sunday 13th December – Family Afternoon Worship in West

Halls with Christmas Gifts handover

• Thursday 24th December – Afternoon Services at 4pm and

5.15pm – Watchnight at 11.30pm.

• Christmas Day – short all age Service at 11am.

All Services in the Kirk are limited to 50 people. Tickets require to

be booked (subject to Government Guidelines). Further details

on the web site and Facebook.

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Despite the difficulties of the last 8 months the community spirit in

Langbank has flourished and we have enjoyed helping our friends

and neighbours. There is no doubt it feels like there is so much

which we can’t do and yet we have managed to do so much.

During the initial lockdown it was lovely to have a socially distanced

conversation with our neighbours after our weekly Thursday

evening clap and many villagers deserve our thanks for doing their

bit; to all of those who kept an eye on neighbours in need and got

shopping, those who did daily prescription deliveries and those

litter picking during their daily exercise.

Cheerful windows made us smile with rainbows and teddies on

display, socially distanced activities to keep villagers entertained

during daily exercise, bikes fixed, flower tubs planted, grass

strimmed and our Swingpark cleaned - thank you.

One big event for the village has been the recent installation of a

defibrillator at the Village Hall and we are grateful to those who

spent time and donated money to help make this happen.

We’ve just had a very successful socially distanced Halloween

Scavenger Hunt which provided a safe alternative to the usual

guising and we have been told by one of Santa’s elves that there

is likely to be a socially distanced Christmas activity to help keep

spirits high.

The most important task was, and continues to be, keeping our

community safe. So thank you for following government guidelines

and doing your bit. We also need to remember community members

who have lost friends and loved ones, for they understand most

keenly the need for our continued vigilance and care, our thoughts

and sympathies are with them.

With thanks from Langbank Community Council.

For information, concerns or if you’d like to become involved please

email CC at

Lochwinnoch International Aid

and Fairtrade Rice Promotion

Our 90 kilo Kilombero rice challenge is now underway and bags are

available at the Heritage Farmers Market in Lochwinnoch at £3.75

per kg. Alternatively you can ring the number below. White and

brown rice are available. The target is to sell 90kg which is the

amount a Malawi rice farmer needs to sell at the Fairtrade premium

rate in order to send a child to secondary school for a year.

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The photograph shows a delighted customer and LIA Fairtrade

supporter, Mary Alice, receiving two bags of rice from Sean at the

Heritage Farmers Market. Both are smiling broadly under their

masks. If you’d like to make a Fairtrade Rice Pudding, recipe cards

are available to view at the Farmers market.

The rice is grown in rich alluvial soils on the northern shores of Lake

Malawi. Traditional cultivation methods are used which protect the

environment and have sustained local communities for centuries.

Farmers receive a fair and stable price for their rice which means

they can plan and invest in their businesses. In this way they can

increase their incomes, provide greater food security for their

communities and support and educate their families. The overall

result is a superior aromatic rice that’s good for you and better for

the planet.

Kilombero is the most ethical rice on the market according to

Ethical Consumer Magazine.

We are still unable to resume any of our planned fundraising

activities but we continue to receive money via our regular monthly

subscription scheme and we are always ready to welcome new

members. Individual donations are also welcome. Get in touch

through or telephone 07702 544868.

Old Library Centre


The front of the building at the Old Library

Centre has now been repaired and isn’t it

looking great!

Our hard working volunteers have finished

producing the calendar. It shows scenes of

the village in bygones days and each image

has been graphically enhanced. The calendar

is produced in house and is a major fund

raiser for us each year. This year is especially

important as we have not managed any other

fundraising and as our normal activities have

had to be suspended our income has been

very much depleted. We are producing 2

sizes of calendar this year: our normal A4 is

priced at £5 and we are producing a smaller

A5 size at £4.

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We are also offering this year a PayPal facility and

posting abroad. Please email the Centre: kipcokil@ or phone 01505 706070 for further details

about this.

Kilbarchan National Women’s


The NWR group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays and has

a varied programme of speakers and discussion topics. If

you’d like to find out more about NWR and the Kilbarchan

group, please contact the website:

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ward 9

Cllr Andy Doig

PARKING: I have been contacted recently

by Kilbarchan Community Council regarding

inconsiderate parking outside Kilbarchan Primary

School at peak periods. I think the solution is through sustained

dialogue with the school community, the parent council, and the

community council, and with the village as a whole. There is a pilot

operating just now at certain primary schools in Renfrewshire to

make them a car free zone, so I have written to the council officers

asking if this will be extended to other schools.

A737 UPGRADING: At the last full council meeting I was delighted

to get a motion passed calling on the Scottish Government to

provide both a budget and a timescale for the upgrade and dualling

of the A737 between the North Ayrshire section and Kilbarchan. I

would like to thank Howwood Community Council, in particular, for

the support and encouragement it has given to me in my campaign

to eradicate the notorious Howwood junction which has been the

scene of so many tragic accidents and near misses over decades.

The ball in now firmly in the court of local MSP’s to act.

CROSSING PATROLS: Also at the last full council meeting I raised the

need for Renfrewshire Council to plan ahead and recruit sufficient

staff to ensure that all villages like Howwood and Lochwinnoch

have their full complement of School Crossing Patrollers. Having

supported the campaign to save the one at Bowfield Road in

Howwood I tabled an successful amendment called for the

Lochwinnoch patrollers to be similarly retained in post at the Key

Store in the village. I would like to thank those ward colleagues

who supported me on this.

FLU JABS: I have been lobbying the Health Board for several months

now in relation to them providing local hubs for the many elderly

people in my ward to get their flu jag, without the inconvenience

and difficultly of having to travel to Paisley. I am delighted that

eventually the Health Board apologised and in the face of pressure

from Councillors, including myself, agreed to use a number of local

pharmacies to deliver the flu jag. This is a victory for the villages

and for people power.

GENERAL NEWS: We all know that this Christmas will be very

different from what we are used to. But I want to wish all my

constituents, of all faiths and none, a very happy Christmas and a

Good New Year, because 2021 can only be an improvement on this


CONTACT: 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., 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.

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Cllr Bill Binks

FLU JABS: There has been real worries by many

people about the establishment of St Mirren

Park in Paisley as the most suitable venue for flu

vaccination clinics for the over 65’s. Currently

there are approximately 30,000 people over 65

in Renfrewshire. It is no hardship people such as

myself who have their own means of transport. But, in our ward

many rely entirely on public transport only when it is available

if at all. Rather than bore you with the details of the rights and

wrongs of these arrangements. I have been assured that Local

District Nursing Teams, in conjunction with GP Practices, will

vaccinate housebound residents. They will also attend residents

in care homes. Nursing homes will be responsible for their own

vaccinations. As these arrangements are likely to last for at least

four months, if you have any concerns at all you can Email:- perl@ or phone:- 0141 201 4915 / 4540.

For Lochwinnoch, adaptations of this model have been made for

the over 65’s who are in a GP practise that has two connected

surgeries – one in Lochwinnoch and one in Beith. An additional

access to a local pharmacy in Lochwinnoch for vaccination of

over 65’s has been secured.

FUNDING: It is good news that Johnstone have secured funding

of £40,000 for the Christmas Lights project. Together with

promised repairs to the bandstand, it is hoped that the town

centre will be transformed. It’s also good to see the removal of

the walkway barriers, after much lobbying, by the Community

Council and myself. I understand that some of the new equipment

in Thomas Shank’s Park has been vandalised. I notice also that

broken glass is everywhere. The next big project must be raising

of funds to have complete CCTV installed so that the culprits can

be brought to justice.

Plans for the area at the Co-Op and Station Road in Kilbarchan

have been received. It is hoped that arrangements can now be

made for a virtual meeting with members of the Community

Council and Mark Higginbotham of Renfrewshire Council to

debate the various issues involved.

Howwood has seen some smartening up in the village with new

flower tubs placed at several entrances to the village. Also the

Pathways in the Rhombus Garden have now been tarmaced.

Plans for safety rails and a cycle rack are opposite the Boarding

House are ongoing. A big thank you to the Howwood Wildlife

& Woodland team for their continued efforts to keep the village

looking so welcoming.

CONTACT: As all advice surgeries have been cancelled because

of the current covid19 restrictions, you can still get in touch with

me via the following contact details:-

Email: Phone: 0300 0300


Mob: 07976 239 949

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Cllr Derek Bibby

PARKING: I have recently received correspondence

from a number of constituents expressing concern

about the ongoing problem of parking, speeding

and general traffic congestion around local primary


The proposed pilot scheme at 4 primary schools

in regard to school parking exclusion zones was discussed at the

November meeting of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure Board.

The schools involved in the pilot are in Paisley and Erskine, and it is

the current view of the council that while Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch

and Howwood primary schools experience similar problems, they

do not meet the criteria for the pilot.

I have examined the selection criteria which includes high level of

congestion and complaints about irresponsible parking. From this

and my knowledge of the problems, it is clear our local schools

have a pressing need for action.

It is incumbent on the council to revisit their decision, and meantime

along with schools and parent groups, look at measures and

initiatives that are appropriate to their location and make every

attempt to improve safety.

RECYCLING CENTRES: One of the many consequences of the

pandemic for council services was the closure earlier in the year of

the waste recycling centres in Renfrewshire.

The subsequent restricted opening hours caused congestion

outside the centres, therefore I am pleased to report that from 9th

November all sites will be open 7 days a week.

ROADS: The Council’s environmental winter maintenance plan has

been published.

Given that roads within rural areas, as in previous years have yet

again been given a priority 4 for gritting, I have stressed that it is

crucial that in the likely event of bad weather the grit bins located

in our villages are provided with sufficient salt supplies.

I have also emphasised that consideration needs to be given to

redrafting the council’s priorities for deployment of its gritting

teams, to ensure areas that have a significant older population

receive the necessary level of service .

On a related note, 37% of Renfrewshire’s potholes were completed

within timescales during 2019 /2020 ,so there is some catching up

to done on this front.

LOCAL WRITER: Having lived in Kilbarchan for the majority of

my life I was delighted to purchase a copy of a new book, Listen

Closely, an oral history of Kilbarchan 1900-2000 by Colin Campbell

and Christine MacLeod.

The book is a very enjoyable read with its many contributors

evoking various aspects of village life in the last century, and will be

of interest to habbies and people across Renfrewshire alike.

GENERAL NEWS: It is hard to believe that this is the last Advertizer

column of 2020; a year that will live long in the memory for all of

us. Christmas and the New Year, a time for reflection and to look

forward, will look very different this year.

I want to pay tribute to all key and essential workers for their

tireless endeavours throughout 2020 and to whom we owe an

immeasurable debt of gratitude. I am aware that for those in our

communities who have been affected by Covid 19 and who have

lost a loved one, that this Christmas will be an especially difficult


At the time of writing it is unclear what restrictions will be in place

for the foreseeable future. Whatever transpires, it is my wish that

everyone in Kilbarchan Howwood and Lochwinnoch has a peaceful

Christmas and a hopeful New Year .

CONTACT: Please contact me anytime at cllr.derek.bibby@ or phone 0300 300 1274 or 07534 156007.

Local history

Johnstone History Society

As Christmas approaches it is still uncertain what kind of Christmas

we face. However, although our meetings as yet have not been able

to resume the Museum continues to open Wednesday, Friday and

Saturday from 10.30am till 4pm.

All our usual books are still on sale and able to be purchased in the

Museum or online at and can be paid for via PayPal.

Also on sale are our Johnstone Pictorial calendars priced £5 and as we

sold out quickly last year and many people were disappointed, I would

advise you get in early to be sure of getting one.

The Museum operates adhering to strict government guidelines. The

Society would like to wish all our members and friends A very happy

and safe Christmas.

Memory Lane

Retired headteacher Colin

Campbell and former manager

of the Weavers Cottage museum

in the Renfrewshire village of

Kilbarchan, Christine MacLeod

have combined forces in a local

history project. After interviewing

dozens of older local residents

they have produced a handsome

publication of memories from the

last century.

‘We share an interest in the

past, national and local,’ explains

Colin, ‘and we thought it would

be an interesting idea to put on

record people’s lived experience

in the village.’ Christine Macleod

was brought up in Kilbarchan

and operated in the museum

as a weaver as well as managing the popular attraction. Both have

used their extensive network of local connections to good effect and

a handsome and fascinating book, Listen Closely: an oral history of

Kilbarchan 1900 – 2000 is the result.

One aspect covered is the move over many years to convert homes

that were previously weaver’s workplaces into modern homes. Other

features of work include the role of horses and hence their shoe-ing at

the village forge as pictured.

Listen Closely (£15) is available from local outlets and online from

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Geordie Fulton and his apprentice Johnny

Lightbody, outside his blacksmith’s shop in

Kilbarchan’s Steeple Street.

The history spot


Estate, 1922

Glentyan House was

built by Alexander

Speirs, a local linen

merchant, in the late

eighteenth century.

A subsequent owner,

Richard Hubbert

Hunter, owned the

estate from 1898 until

his death in1939. His

son, Charles Hunter,

took this photograph of Glentyan House in, or before, 1922.

Richard Hunter’s coat of arms, made of wood and colourfully

painted, adorned the apex above the front entrance. Over the

years the coat of arms deteriorated. After gracing the house

for over one hundred years, sadly this wooden plaque fell to the

ground and shattered in 2010. The tower with the flagpole on

the roof has also been removed.

Richard’s daughter, Elspeth Hunter, remembers that during

WW2 the tower was used as a look-out post by the ARP

wardens. She remembers being in the tower on a dark night

when a German plane flew overhead and family members on

duty had to quickly cover the bright white letter ‘W’ on their

warden helmets in case they were spotted by the German


Charles, who inherited the estate on the death of his father,

was a keen photographer. His photographs of Glentyan Estate

taken in the early 1920s, include also this excellent image of the

enormous glass house in the walled garden.

Today the frontage of Glentyan House remains as it was built

in the late eighteenth century, but only the much-ruined wall of

the walled garden is standing today.

©2020, Helen Calcluth, Renfrewshire Local History Forum

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out & about

Kilmacolm Horticultural Society

The Virtual Flower Show, undertaken by the Kilmacolm Horticultural Society when the traditional

Annual Show needed cancellation, provided a delightful alternative. 43 members provided a

huge range of photographs including the traditions of the usual Flower Show plus some views

of their gardens in bloom. The website continues to entertain visitors, please go to www. and click on ‘Virtual Show’.

Until the restrictions are eased to enable us to meet

together in larger groups once more, until the public halls

are open for meetings once more, we are unable to hold

our popular Lectures, Plant sales, Coffee morning etc. But

normal activities will be resumed a.s.a.p.

Enjoy the changing colours of autumn into winter, prepare

your bulbs for spring blooms, take care of each other.

A Winter’s Tale

Brighter Bridge of Weir’s summer plants lasted

quite well this year but, alas, all things come to

an end. We have to arrange a suitable time for

getting the summer plants out and the winter ones

in. It’s not an easy job; each part has to be done

quickly, so we have to pick a time when most of us are available,

traffic is light and the weather’s not too bad.

At the time of writing, phase one (summer plants out) has been

completed and by the time you read this, the winter plants should

be in and settled down.

And while we’re looking ahead, our quite famous rustic reindeer are

making their appearance. They’ve been very successful for us over

the past couple of years and so popular that we’ve started making

them earlier. There’s a new addition this year, too - a table-top size

for just £6. If you’d like

to pre-order you can

do so by calling Neil

on 07969 642487, or

(01505) 613043. We

can deliver, or you can

collect from our popup

shop on December

5 (more about this on

our Facebook page).

Meantime, keep the

heid everyone, and

stay safe.

RSPB Lochwinnoch

So, December is now upon us, this has been an exceptional and

very different year for all of us. But our amazing reserve is still

here and all the different wildlife that calls the reserve home. We

have all our winter migrants in from colder climes, Whooper swans

and Greylag geese, jostling for space on the Airds meadow and

Barr loch with Goosander, Golden eye, Wigeon and Teal. But the

usual all year-round suspects are still here so look out for graceful

Mute swans and noisy Mallard ducks. As you walk the beautiful

trails see if you can spot cheeky robins, tiny Coal tits, and beautiful

Blue tits, Great tits, Goldfinch and even the odd Pheasant at our

feeding station. Our reserve shop is open so why not come and see

if you can find an unusual Christmas gift for a loved one. We have a

wide range of Christmas cards and gifts, diaries and calendars. But

don’t fret we continue to stock all your RSPB favourites, and every

purchase helps us to protect wildlife and their habitats in the UK.

But as usual we aren’t forgetting our younger visitors to the reserve,

for the month of December we will have a Reindeer scavenger

hunt as our Christmas activity on the reserve. We will hide our

wooden reindeer along our Airds meadow trail for you to find.

Santa’s Reindeer Hunt – cost: £1.50 per child plus normal trail fees

which apply for non – members. This activity will run for the month

of December anytime between 10-4pm, 7 days a week.

Please when visiting our reserve stick to current Scottish

government guidelines including travel out with different council


Kilbarchan & District Beekeepers


It’s the month when beekeepers can

settle down and put their feet up by the

fire and take a break from hive care. Well

not exactly. December is not suitable

for opening the hives for inspections or

the bees could be chilled with disastrous

consequences. Inside they are in their winter

cluster, maintaining the temperature by contracting and relaxing

their flight muscles. However, for the beekeeper there is still some

work to be done, from the occasional visit to the apiary to make

sure that all is well, to cleaning and checking equipment.

Now is a good time to use wax collected over the summer and turn

it into presents for Christmas. Candles give a lovely warm glow and

wax can also be made into cosmetics such as soaps and lip balm.

At this time of year, the recent honey harvest finds its way into

cakes and drinks for the festivities too.

During the autumn there have been plenty of on- line lectures and

meetings to keep beekeepers informed and connected including

monthly meetings arranged by the KBDA. Kilbarchan Beekeepers

continue to enjoy their winter meetings online during restrictions

with discussions, talks and


If you are interested in

beekeeping for yourself

please contact our secretary


who will provide more details

about 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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Plans published for two temporary cycling routes in Renfrewshire

Detailed designs for two new temporary cycling

routes from Howwood to Paisley and Bridge of Weir

to Houston have been published by Renfrewshire


They are the first of a series being introduced on

key commuter routes to encourage people to cycle

for essential journeys to and from work and school,

for exercise and to visit local shops during the

Coronavirus pandemic.

Each route is funded through the Scottish

Government Spaces for People programme and

supported by Sustrans Scotland.

A summer survey shaped design of the 35-minute,

10km cycle between Howwood and Paisley, which

passes St Anthony’s Primary School, Johnstone

Train station and through Elderslie, before

connecting with National Cycle Route 7 into Paisley

town centre.

And the Bridge of Weir to Houston route has been

brought forward following a request from Houston

Community Council to provide a safe cycling option

between the two villages.

The 10-minute cycle along Houston Road includes

a combination of existing pavement converted into

a shared use route for pedestrians and cyclists and

on-road cycling, finishing in Houston outside Gryffe

High School.

Letters have been issued to residents, schools,

businesses and communities on each route detailing

the plans and asking for any feedback to shape the

final plans, with the routes to be installed in early


Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire

Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment

Policy Board, said: “Cycling brings so many benefits

for our wellbeing and for our environment and

these two new routes will encourage more people

to cycle and wheel for essential journeys during the

Coronavirus pandemic.

“Both routes have been carefully considered, with

parking and access maintained for local shops,

and over four weeks we are engaging with local

residents, businesses, schools and communities,

sharing the developed designs and listening to

feedback to improve and adjust each route to

ensure they are welcomed and well-used.”


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Bridge of Weir Horticultural


During benign October weather, gardeners were able to catch

up with end-of-season chores. Autumn tints were splendid with

surprising flourishes from Springtime shrubs, such as Azaleas and

Rhododendrons. Christmas Cacti owners were remarking that some

were budding nicely and likely to flower for Christmas or earlier!

Bulbs should be planted by the end of November. If not..... check

the recommended depth for each bulb, not just the ‘rule of thumb’

of 2.5 times the depth. Add horticultural grit to the bottom of the

hole, or Vermiculite or Perlite. This helps drainage so keeps the

bulb healthy. The last bulbs to plant are normally tulips. Sometimes

delays occur but bulbs will catch up or fall into dormancy depending

on conditions. For best results, place one type of bulb in a pot and

when they flower, arrange these for effect. ‘Lasagne’ type planters

may be fashionable but are disappointing. Different bulbs pop up

at different times and often the display is sparse because bulbs are

over or yet to come.

Remember bare-rooted shrubs etc., ordered earlier, will be

appearing and need to go in promptly. Give these a good drink,

keep moist in a bucket in a cool shed and plant when the ground is

frost-free. Prepare a hole wide enough to spread the roots freely

over the soil, add compost and mound slightly in the middle to

encourage roots to grow downwards, then sprinkle the roots with

organic Micorhizzal powder and position on the mound. If roots are

too long, this is the time to trim them and will do no harm. These

are the plant’s anchor roots. The fibrous ones are those which suck

up nourishment. Firm the soil to support the plant. If the tree has a

trunk, include a stake to prevent root rock. This should be angled at

45 degrees and point into the prevailing wind. Tie the stake to the

tree lower down the trunk but not too tightly. Movement should be

limited near the roots but allowing flexibility for the trunk to sway.

A little tugging on the roots encourages them to get working!

Find us on Facebook and read our new e-letter with members’


Scout’s Christmas Tree Sale

Scout Hall, Barr’s Brae,Kilmacolm, 10am to 2pm

On Saturdays 28th November, 5th and 12th


Kilmacolm Scouts will be bringing some early festive cheer to

end the year by selling our usual fantastic Nordmann non-drop

Christmas Trees.

Due to Covid restrictions the trees will be pick-up only this year

but we can cater for all sizes at prices well below the big stores.

All money raised goes to funds that help provide skills and

adventure for young people.

We will be selling from our Scout Hall in Kilmacolm and

possibly in Bridge of Weir too for those who usually come from

Renfrewshire to buy their tree and who don’t want to break the

Tier 4 lockdown.

temporary cycling routes [cont]

Full details of each route are available now on the Council’s Spaces

for People cycle routes webpage and as the Bridge of Weir to

Houston route has been added to the programme, an online survey

is open until Sunday 20 December for more detailed feedback.

There are also webinars on each route being hosted by the design

consultants, with the Bridge of Weir to Houston webinar at 7pm

on Thursday 3 December and the Howwood to Paisley webinar

scheduled for 7pm on Thursday 10 December. Anyone wishing to

participate in either webinar can email and

they will be provided with the joining instructions.

Councillor McEwan added: “We are working hard to hear from

anyone with an interest in these routes and are contacting local

businesses directly to ensure we’ve considered their needs.

“These are the first routes we are bringing forward and next year

we hope to share the developed designs for others. While they

are temporary measures, if they prove popular then we can look

at more detailed discussion and consultation to develop them into

permanent cycling routes as it’s so important we enhance the

active travel opportunities across Renfrewshire.”

The Spaces for People Fund is managed by Sustrans who give

tailored support to successful projects to assist with the planning

and delivery of the new temporary infrastructure.

Tim Aeberli, Infrastructure Coordinator, said: “Sustrans is delighted

to see the delivery of the first two Spaces for People-funded popup

cycle routes in Renfrewshire gathering pace. Bridge of Weir,

Houston, Howwood, Johnstone, Elderslie and Paisley will benefit

from safe, segregated links which will make it easier to walk, cycle

or wheel while maintaining physical distancing.

“We look forward to hearing feedback on the proposed routes,

and to find out how the new routes will support you for safe and

active journeys to schools, workplaces and essential shops in your


As part of the feedback process, residents, schools, businesses

and communities are being asked for their opinions – as are key

active travel organisations across the country.

Clare Skelton-Morris, Communications & Monitoring Manager at

Cycling Scotland said: “During lockdown, we heard from so many

people how much of a difference cycling was making to their

health, enjoying cleaner air, quieter roads and reduced feelings of

stress. As we continue to battle against Covid-19, getting outside

and active is more important than ever to look after our physical

and mental health.

“We’re encouraged to hear these safe cycling routes are being

introduced in Renfrewshire and hope, longer-term, that these

routes may be developed into permanent, protected and inclusive

infrastructure, which is the highest priority to enable more people

to cycle.”

For more information on the proposals, visit www.renfrewshire.

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get ready for winter weather

With colder, wetter weather approaching, homeowners and

businesses are being asked to identify whether their area is at risk

of flooding and, if so, ensure they are ready in advance. As part of

its #RenReady campaign, the council are encouraging residents to

take proactive steps to avoid flooding damage, including:

• Creating a list of useful numbers such as the council, emergency

services, electricity and insurance companies;

• Checking gutters and drains around their property are clear

and reporting public drains in need of attention;

• Being ready to switch off gas and electricity supplies should

this be required;

• Ensuring everyone living or working in the property knows

what to do should flooding occur by creating a Flood Plan;

• Following up to date weather reports so that they’re not caught

out by adverse weather.

In the event of severe flooding, residents can check for localised

updates via the council website and social media, or via the

Floodline Service on 0345 988 1188. Flood Alerts and Warnings are

also posted live to SEPA’s website at

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of RC’s Infrastructure, Land

and Environment Policy Board, said: “Unfortunately as winter

approaches, this brings darker nights and harsher weather. So, it’s

important that we are all prepared to deal with the effects of heavy

rainfall and know what to do if it arrives, especially if you live in an

area prone to flooding.

“We’re working hard to ensure that areas we know are at risk are

prepared in advance by clearing drains and trying to divert the

natural flow of water - but we can also provide you with support in

an emergency. You should create a flood plan so you’re not caught

out and do all you can to protect your property from the risk of

flooding. As always, we’re available to support you and offer advice

so please get in touch if you need assistance.”

Renfrewshire Council is working with the Scottish Environment

Protection Agency (SEPA) and the SEPA website has information

on how best to stay safe, including a postcode map outlining the

flood risk in each area.

Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA’s Head of Hydrology and Flooding

Services, said: “While you can sign up for Floodline at any time

it’s important you have time to understand what those messages

mean - and what you can do in advance of rainfall. We want to

encourage people to make the time to visit and

get registered. If you’re not online you can also call Floodline on

0345 988 1188.

“There’s a wealth of information available at

uk to help you prepare, including what to do before, during or after

a flood. There’s advice for your homes, your business and you travel,

with links to key sources of information. Don’t wait until flooding’s

at your door, sign up to Floodline now and make sure you’re ready

before you need to be.”

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Festive hazards

The Christmas season is a time to celebrate and

have fun, but it’s important to remember that

there can be some hidden dangers for our four

legged friends at this time of year, from toxic

foods to poisonous plants and potential foreign


These include:


Chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic

to dogs. It can cause gastrointestinal upsets,

agitation, excitation, tremors, convulsions and

even heart problems.

Christmas pudding and mince pies

Dried products such as currants, sultanas and

raisins found in puddings and mince pies are

also toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of these

can cause kidney failure which can be fatal.


Onions can cause vomiting and diarrhoea initially.

They can also cause damage to red blood cells

leading to anaemia developing several days

after ingestion. Similar signs are seen with garlic,

leeks, shallots and chives.


Initially alcohol can cause dogs to be drowsy

and wobbly. This can progress to low body

temperature, low blood sugar and coma.

Macademia nuts

These can cause lethargy, increased temperature,

tremors, lameness and generalised stiffness in


Helping Wildlife in Winter

What should I put out for the animals?

• Birds - seeds, suet balls, mealworms, berries or

chopped up fruits (apples, pears, plums)

• Hedgehogs - minced meat, tinned dog/cat

food (not fish-based), chopped boiled egg

• Squirrels - hazelnuts, walnuts, chestnuts,

sunflower seeds, chopped carrot

• Badgers - Fruit (apples, grapes, pears),

peanuts, dried dog food, mealworms

• Small mammals - mixed seeds

Christmas plants

Many plants that we have in the house at

Christmas can also be toxic to our pets.

Poinsettia, holly, mistletoe and pine needles can

all cause vomiting and diarrhoea. In addition

poinsettia can cause irritation to the mouth and

hypersalivation, and ivy may cause local skin


Foreign bodies

Foreign bodies are inedible materials that are

ingested and can cause choking, damage to the

gastrointestinal system or obstruction of the

stomach or intestine. This can be very serious

and may require urgent surgery to remove

the foreign body. Things to consider a hazard

include Christmas decorations made of plastic,

paper or foil, wrapping paper, tissue paper,

string and candles.

Have fun this Christmas, but remember to keep

an eye on what your furry family members are

munching on!



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 stolen.

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clubs & schools

Bridge of Weir Primary

Who Wants to be a Word Millionaire?

By the News Team

Bridge of Weir Primary loves reading and loves to celebrate those

who give their time to reading.

Each year we set a challenge to P4-7 pupils to see who can read a

quarter, half or three quarters of a million words.

This year we already have many award winners in these categories.

We also have two ‘word millionaires’ and we’re not even halfway

through the year! In some years pupils have become ‘multi-word

millionaires’ and have read an astounding two million, three million,

or even a whopping four million words!

These words are counted through the Renaissance reading

programme. On it, pupils can read a book then take a quiz to

see if they have understood what they read. Not all books are on

Renaissance, so the school encourages pupils to tell the depute

head about those they’ve read at home The school will happily

count that word total towards the pupil’s total amount.

Maybe this will be the year YOU could be an award winner. All

you have to do is read a book or enjoy an audiobook or someone

reading to you – a great way to spend a wintery evening!

Bridge of Weir Primary Saves Christmas!

This year, unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Nativity and

Christmas Celebration due to COVID-19 crowd restrictions but, fear

not, we are still going to be spreading Christmas cheer.

Each class will be carrying out a STEAM (Science, Technology,

Engineering, Arts and Maths) challenge called ‘Chaos at the North

Pole’. I think - by the end of it - Bridge of Weir Primary will have

helped save Christmas!

This will be quite different but is promising to be a lot of fun, and

will create a great Christmas memory of 2020 to look back on.

Kilmacolm Playgroup

It has been lovely being back at Playgroup

seeing the happy, smiling children enjoying

themselves. We have been very busy welcoming

our new boys and girls to playgroup life and

they have all settled very well.

Our themes we have been exploring have been

Autumn, Halloween and fireworks. Lots of fun

crafts and busy tuff table sensory play has kept

the children very busy.

The children have also enjoyed plenty of physical

play in our large hall upstairs playing on the

trikes and bikes and practising our balancing

skills on the stepping stones.

Duchal Nursery

We have been making the most of our park location

taking walks around the local green spaces, collecting

leaves and being creative in our outdoor classroom,

whatever the weather the Duchal children love being


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Thank you to Colin Cox Fitness for running a personal

training session for us in the park, the children were so

engaged and loved all the activities, a fabulous way

to introduce them to the benefits of exercise. We’ve

been using our outdoor space for creativity and messy

play, there has been plenty of time at the mud kitchen

and painting autumnal images using broccoli paint


Inside as well as imaginative play, there has been an

emphasis on team work and interactive learning. Our

pre school year are flourishing and progressing so well

with their fine motor skills and learning preparing them

for starting school. They really benefit from the quiet space which allows them to work separately from the younger children, making the

most of our 3 separate classrooms.

We are currently taking registrations for August 2021, Duchal is an independent nursery with our children moving on to various local

schools in Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and Glasgow. We are open daily until 6pm during term time and offer free funded hours. If you would

like to find out more, please get in touch and we can arrange a visit the Nursery to meet the teachers and see our facilities. Email info@ Visit our website and our Facebook page for further information.

Gryffe High News

GryffeStyles Week – 3K Fun Run

Our annual 3K Fun Run, which has been running now for over 20 years,

was brought into doubt this year with ongoing restrictions, particularly

with mass gatherings. Not to be defeated, an adapted VIRTUAL 3K

Fun Run was organised to take place over our September weekend.

This allowed our pupils and staff to continue to experience this annual

event, whilst also being able to extend this out to families and our

wider community and of course raise money for our chosen charity –

Beatson Cancer Charity.

This event was the climax to our healthy lifestyles week – GryffeStyles

– with all departments contributing to our healthy lifestyles focus on

week beginning Monday 21st September as well as our S6 Citizenship

and Wellbeing committee delivering lesson to S1 on LGBT, Resilience,

Black Lives Matters and By-Stander Approach.

With money still coming into our Just Giving page – www.justgiving.

com/gryffehs3kfunrun - we have now reached a total of £2110 to be

donated to this great cause. Amazing!!

Our pupils have also been busy in the kitchen, making

delicious treats for their families from our very own fresh

produce, grown in the school garden. Well done to all of our

keen gardeners and chefs!

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Houston Primary School

Sunflower Competition

During lockdown, pupils from our school gardening club

planted sunflowers in their own gardens. They cared for

them during the summer months, to see who could grow

the tallest sunflower. Mac from Primary 6 is absolutely

delighted to be the winner. His sunflower reached a

whopping 2.1m!

Ben the Builder!

Primary 7 pupil, Ben Stewart has always been a keen

builder and has continued to develop his skills over the

years. His latest project is making squirrel benches from

wooden pallets. Mrs McPherson placed an order and Ben

got to work during his October holiday.

Outdoor Learning

Primary 3 pupils have been learning about woodlands

this term. Mrs Thomson and Miss McCafferty taught their

pupils how to use a flint and steel to create a spark to start

off their campfire. It was a ‘cosy’ afternoon outdoors.

St Benedict’s High School

St Benedict’s High School, and in particular Project Leader of

Employability Jonathan Cook, were thrilled to see the pupils

committing to learning outside the classroom during these

unprecedented times. They have managed to form and keep external

partnerships, most recently with Law firm DYW, who has set up a

four-part programme via microsoft teams. The pupils have not let the

pandemic nor the usage of ICT dampen their spirits as they progress

through the course which focuses on their skills and employment

prospects. PL Jonathan Cook said he was very proud of the pupils

and was inspired by their courage, positivity, and togetherness

during such hard times.

Brookfield Bowling Club

Brookfield Bowling Club members stand socially distanced

on the green at Closing Day

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Ladies Section Old Ranfurly Golf Club

Old Ranfurly golf club ladies section have now completed their trophy competitions and medals for

this season. We may have started late due to golf club closure until 28th May but our enthusiasm

more than made up for lost time. This was thanks to the efforts of Jennie Scott and Fiona Daly who

were committed to making the season as competitive and enjoyable as possible in-spite of the late

start and the other restrictions that have unfortunately been part of all our lives this year. This includes

some very challenging weather conditions!! Due to their efforts all went ahead smoothly attracting

the biggest turn out of ladies ever over a summer golf season.

We are now embarking on our Winter Competitions and although these are reduced this year, they

offer ladies the opportunity to continue to play competitively through the winter season. The highlight

will be the Santa Swing, always a very popular event. However its unsure whether this can go ahead this

year due to the developing situation. Unfortunately this year there was no captain’s dinner and prize

giving. Some of our successful trophy winners included: Sandra Bell -Anne Lavety Memorial Trophy.:

Suzanne Smith - Wilma Aitken Birdie Trophy: Linda Anderson- Mary Simpson Salver: Stephanie

Watson- Wilma Aitken Rose Bowl & Centenary Trophy: Paula Adam & Gillian Lavety- Grace Campbell

Salver. The club championship this year was won by Marilyn Muir. Congratulations to her and all other

ladies who were successful this year!!! Let’s hope next season we are all in a better place.

Regular Meet Classes

Move it or Lose it

Sadly, we have not been able

to restart any of our classes, we

look forward to brighter days


Sending best wishes to all class

members for Christmas and

wishing you all a healthy and

happier new year.

Take Care and stay safe! Fiona

- 07811 766672

Zoom Pilates classes

Mondays at 9.30am - 10.30am

& 7pm - 8pm

Tel: Yvonne 07786 224367 or yvonne@

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


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


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Kilmacolm Golf Club

Above: Lady Captain’s Day Winner 2020

Below: KGC New Golf Studio

The ladies’ section rounded off the season with a final flurry of

competitions. Lady Captain’s Day saw members young and old,

with a range of handicaps, taking part in the tri-am competition

over 9 or 18 holes. Winners of the 18-hole competition were Stella

Bowie, Shelagh Palmer and Ann Tanner with a great score of nett

66. The 9-hole competition was a family affair with Clair Barclay,

Lesley Handley and young Lucie Barclay taking home the prize. A

delicious afternoon tea was enjoyed afterwards.

39 ladies also turned out for the Ladies Final Swing competition

to mark the end of the season. Winners of the fun 10-hole Texas

scramble competition were Ladies Captain, Jackie Sayers, Maura

Whyte and Janette Dunsmore.

Congratulations too to Nicky Stirrup and Lucy Woods who are

through to the second round of the national Daily Mail Foursomes

competition after a close match against opponents from Gleddoch

Golf Club. Good luck in the next round.

The season may be over but there’s still plenty of opportunity to get

out on the course as we look forward to our winter knockouts. The

Jack Frost singles and the Winter Foursomes are now underway

so hopefully the weather will continue to be kind to us. For those

looking to play social games, the Tuesday morning Winter Ball game

is an informal opportunity for ladies to play 10 holes throughout the

winter. Simply book on the App or in the pro shop by 9am on the


The winter season is also a perfect time to work on improving your

game and demand for the ladies coaching sessions has been high

with sessions running on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you are keen to

improve your game over the winter months, our club pro Stuart

Roberts will be running a variety of sessions so please do get in


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


The addition of a new state of the art indoor studio providing two

bays will be a welcome addition to golfers this winter. The studio is

available for tuition, practice and fun rounds of golf, and will add to

the already great facilities on offer at the club. Members can book

sessions via the App or at the pro shop.

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Ranfurly Castle Golf Club

In addition to all the other finals played at the end of August, we tragically omitted to mention the Junior Club Championship Final in last

months Advertizer.

It will be remembered as a tussle between two very keen golfing brothers, played in the best spirit of the game. Gregor Rawson(16 years

old) against his younger sibling Lorne(13 years old).Gregor got off to a good start over the 18 hole final and was 3 up after 4 holes, but

Lorne then replied with a great run of 3 wins on the trot of his own! The comeback was short lived however and Gregor went on to win

fairly comfortably. We are sure that Lorne will have other opportunities in the future!.The other main talking point was the fact that almost

the entire Rawson clan were spectating and all of them found it difficult to take sides!

We must also mention that not

only did Gregor win the Junior

CC at the Castle ,but he also

defeated Lewis McIlvar in the

Junior Club Championship Final

at the Old Course Ranfurly!

A rare feat indeed and all our

congratulations go out to him.


The Men’s October Medal, played

on a particularly unpleasant day,

was won by Allan Hughes in Div

1, Jim Park in Div 2 and Reece

McGillian in Div 3.Congratulations

to all for getting out there in the

first place!

With the final divot repair session

having now taken place for this

season,(thank you to all the

volunteers!) we look forward

with renewed vigour to 2021.

Gregor Rawson receiving his trophy from

Captain Eunice Muir and referee for the day,

Mr Andrew Biggart

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sales & wants

Items For Sale

Baby Equipment

Ragamuffin baby carrier;

Winnie the Pooh changing

bag with parasol; Baby

beanbag, with extra

cover for older child’s

beanbag. £30. Tel: 07841

836021 .

Clothes & Shoes

Doc Martin Safety shoes.

Black, size 9. Boxed.

Never been worn. £25.

Tel: 01505 690247.

Household & Garden

Charles Eames replica

lounge chair and

footstool. Black leather in

walnut casing. Excellent

c o n d i t i o n . £ 2 0 0 .


Large arc floor lamp with

marble base. Would suit

home with high ceiling.

Great condition. £50 .


? P h i l i p s J u i ce r 1 8 6 8 .

Excellent condition,

smoke free home. Full

instructions and recipe

booklet. £30. Tel: 01505

672 175

Stonehill Furniture

Sunburst Teak Coffee

Table, mid 1970s. Striking

teak veneer sunburst

grain. Circular, 34inch

diameter, 4 teak legs,

16inches high. Attractive

retro piece of furniture

in very good condition.

Very minor signs of wear

only. £40. Tel: 07528


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. £120. Tel: 01505


B e a u t i f u l E d i n b u r g h

Crystal Decanter (etched

“Edinburgh” on bottom).

£20. Tel: 01505 842558.

Single Bed (Silent Night)

Mattress (firm), 6 months

old, only used twice. Cost

over £300 sell for £100

ono. Tel: 01505 842558.

Wrought iron glass top oval

Coffee Table. £20. Tel:

01505 842558.

41” Techwood TV. Very

good condition. £50. Tel:

07597 923000.

2 Conservatory Chairs &

Coffee Table in pine with

floral design cushions.

£75. Tel: 01505 329289.

Airforce 2.5kw oil filled

heater in good condition

- £20. 01505 872026.

Recliner. Electric. Rarely

used. Side pockets and

arm caps. Excellent

condition. Cost £550, sell

£95. 07986 812483

Bedroom furniture. Forest

Furnishing Modena range

in Bardolino Oak. All

new.1x8 drawer twin chest

96hx115wx45d (cm).

& 2x2 drawer bedside.

47hx40wx45d £345.00

Tel: 01505 615683

4 packs Summer Maple

Aqualoc laminate

flooring, 9.5m, with 12m

underlay supplied. £25

Tel: 01505 872984

Multi circles mirror approx

89cm x 89cm (16 circles

in total, each 20cm in

diameter). Glass and

silver coloured metal.

Good condition. £60. Tel:

01505 672 175

Beautiful round dining

table in reclaimed

oak. Approx 120cm in

diameter x 70cm high.

Good condition. £120. Tel:

01505 672 175

Builders double ladder,

extends to 7 metres

approx. £50.00 Tel: 01505


6 upholstered dining chairs,

Free. Tel: 07748 529920


John Lewis Exercise Bike

with bike computer and

digital display. £50 ono.

Tel: 01505 874815.

Special putter - Odyssey

White Hot 2 ball, excellent

condition. £60. Tel: 07519


Ladies Peugeot Bike.

Helmet, Basket & Tyre

Pump included. Very

good condition. £50 ono.

Tel: 07749 482631.

Gents Racer Bike. Good

condition. £25. Tel:

01505 842558.

Gazco Stockton 5 cast

iron electric fan stove

wood effect with remote

control. £125 ono Tel:

01505 873 729 or 07 968

561 739

Garmin Approach S10

GPS Golf Watch, used

twice. £50 ono Tel: 01505

873 729 or 07 968 561


Golf Clubs - 8 steel woods,

11 irons mainly Hogan

Edge, 2 putters, bag and

flight bag. £60. Tel:

07519 252499.

Technical & Games

Pair of black ash JAMO

speakers. 100 Watt.

Size H21” x W11.5” x

D9” approx. Very good

condition. Bargain - £25.

Tel: 01505 690247.

P h o to S l i d e S c a n n e r.

Digitalise your slides onto

a PC. Excellent condition.

£5. Tel: 01505 872448.

Canon EOS 1000f SLR

camera with Canon 28-

90mm lens. Instruction

booklet, cleaning kit

and Canon carry case

included. Great condition.

£30. Tel: 01505 672 175


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

672 175

Gro Clock Sleep Trainer

with instructions and

Sleepy Farm story book.

Excellent condition,

smoke free home. £10.

Tel: 01505 672 175

Early Rider wooden bike.

Comes with pink saddle

and handles plus unused

brown leather saddle and

handles. £25. Tel: 01505

672 175

Box of Hornby train set

items including D3035,

M5120, 254, brake van,

coal tender, track and

buildings. Smoke free

home. £50. Tel: 01505

672 175

Other Items

Stainless steel hip flask and

2 collapsible shot cups

in a presentation box.

Excellent condition as

unused. £10. Tel: 01505

672 175

Spare space saver tyre for

Mocca complete with

jack and tools £80. Tel

01505 614010

Gents Citizen Eco-Drive

Watch. Runs with solar/

natural light. Black/

silver dial with day/date.

Leather strap. Boxed with

instructions. Excellent

condition. £20. Tel: 01505


Gents Pulsar Watch. Blue/

silver dial with date

and 3 function readout.

Leather strap. Boxed with

instructions. Excellent

condition. £20.Tel: 01505


G e n t s

R o t a r y

“Chromospeed” Watch.

Black/silver dial with date

and 3 function readout.

Stainless Steel strap.

Boxed with instructions.

Excellent condition. £25.

Tel: 01505 690247.

2 Raleigh Kompact folding

bikes, 20in wheels, 5

speed Shimano gears,

side stand, rear carrier.

£80 each or both for

£120. Tel: 07519 252499 .

Wanted Items

Local lily grower requires

the use of a greenhouse/

polytunnel in Kilmacolm

area in return for light

gardening duties. Tel:

Vince 01505 872082.

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.

Looking for a Garden

Bench - can collect. Tel:

07929 338440.

Looking for videos and

trains, any condition,

broken, spares, etc. Tel:

07939 810653.

Hickory golf clubs, any

condition. Cash paid.

Tel: 01505 873 729 or 07

968 561 739

Having a clear out /

downsizing - you may

be able to turn some of

your unwanted items into

cash. Old fishing tackle,

old toys / comics, vintage

golf clubs. Please text /

call: 07887 621598 and

leave a message with

basic details.

Looking for unused or old

00 gauge railway stock

for model railway. Tel:

07719 898829.

Free Cycle

Boots QI Magazine

Slide Projector. Good

condition. Tel: 01505


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ads directory by Category

Accountants &


Affluent Financial Planning . . 7

CLA Accountancy Services . . . 12



Abbey Architectural Services . . 35

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 15

Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Art, Gifts & Flowers

Bunty’s General Store . . . . . . 31

Warehouse Clearance . . . . . . . . . 32

Automotive Services

Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25


Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 37

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 11


Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 21

Blacksmith &


McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 17

Building Services

Bencairn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 24

Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 37

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 35

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 19

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 51

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 21

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 24

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 35

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 34

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 35

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 24

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 33

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 32

Care Services & Homes

Confident Care Ltd . . . . . . . . . 29


Gadds Gourmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Cleaning & PowerWash

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 14

Eclipse Deep Clean . . . . . . . . . 33

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 12

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 38

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 21

Matthews Cleaning Services . . . . 29

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Platinum Cleaning Services . . 38

Cycle Repair

F4 Cycles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Spokes Bikes Ltd . . . . . . . . . . 51


A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6


Malcolm Errington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15


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

MAS Electrical & Security . . 17

Russell Milne Electrician . . 25


McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 17

Firewood & Logs

LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 34

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Funeral Services

Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 15

John Roach Funeral Directors . . 17

Garage Doors & Gates

Garolla Roller Shutter Doors . . 7

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Garden Service &


3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 43

Bencairn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 15

Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 43

Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 43

Gowanlea Nurseries . . . . . . . . . 41

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 35

Lady Grafters Garden Services . . 41

R Williams Tree Services . . . 41

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 41

West of Scotland Landscape . . 43

Gas & Heating Services

C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 29

Gasfit Plumbing & Heating . . 27

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

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 19

Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 24

Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 5


1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 17

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Hairdressers &


Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 14

Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 17

Health, Beauty &


Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 14

Decorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 37

Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 21

LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Home Hardware

Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 & 33

Home Improvements

3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 43

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 15

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 11

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 17

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Renfrewshire Handyman Hire . . 21

The Bath Works . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Home Interiors

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 21

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 34


CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 17

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 19

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 51

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 35

McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 12

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 35

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 24

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 33

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15


Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 37

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 21

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 11

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 51

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 33


Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Painters & Decorators

A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 12

Andrew Hay Painter & Decorator . . 37

James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 32

John A Kilburn . . . . . . . . . . . 17

John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Pest Control

RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 35

Pet Services &


PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45


Your Pets Portrait . . . . . . . . . 45

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Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 25

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 19

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 24


C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 29

Gasfit Plumbing & Heating . . 27

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

I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 19

Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 24

Property, Sales & Let

Cochran Dickie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 5

Re-Max . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Refuse & Clearance

Clyde Carriers . . . . . . . . . . . . 15


@ease Removals & Transport . . 32

Clyde Carriers . . . . . . . . . . . . 15


Bunty’s General Store . . . . . . 31

Warehouse Clearance . . . . . . . . . 32

Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Moovin’ Milk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7


Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 24

Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 25

Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 37

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 38

I & J Building & Roofing . . . 35

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 21

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 24

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 35

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 24

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 32


Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 5


Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 34


ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25


Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 12

Tree Surgeon

Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 43

Kenmore Tree Care . . . . . . . . . 41

LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

R Williams Tree Services . . . 41

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 41

TV & Satellite

Clearline Aerial & Satellite . . 19

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 17

Upholstery Services

Eclipse Deep Clean . . . . . . . . . 33

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 12

Window Cleaners

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 14

Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 12

Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning . . 38

Matthews Cleaning Services . . . . 29

Window, Consv &


1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 17

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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