312 DECEMBER 2020/JANUARY 2021 - Gryffe Advertizer


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No.312: DECember 2020

/ January 2021

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local news for:

• Bridge of Weir

• Brookfield

• Houston


• Kilbarchan

• Kilmacolm

• Langbank

• Lochwinnoch

• Quarriers

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LET’s be optimistic for 2021

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December 2020 (online)

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Celebrating everything local

I had hoped to have a printed copy of the Advertizer out to

you before now, but Covid restrictions put paid to that. So

here is our December / January issue. You can still catch up


with our December issue which was published online at the

start of the month:


Loves Local

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 do hope that as we go into 2021 we can look forward with some optimism. I have been

encouraged at the number of people I have seen in our local shops, and hope that this

is not just a temporary phase. Our local shops are there for us, so let’s use them!

I recently read the awards list from the Scotland Loves Local campaign which has been

celebrating our High Street Heroes. We've got a list of the Inverclyde and Renfrewshire

winners inside.

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


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. They even came 2nd in the Home Hardware windows competition this year - if you

haven't seen the windows for yourself yet, see the pictures on our back page.

And while 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.

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

get up to!

Shop local - Be friendly!

Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year to you all!

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in this issue.....

Advertizer ads directory 50

bridge of weir memories book 20

classified ads 48

events 34-40

fruits of Lochwinnoch’s Grass Roots 39



Home hardware shop window comp 10

Johnstone Phoenix Theatre Group 06

Outdoors 30-33


Rotary news 35

Sales & Wants 49

schools & clubs 42-47

Scotland cycle repair scheme 10

Scotland loves local awards 13

Soroptimist Int’l of Paisley turns 75 12

village news 14-29

2020 - a time to get busy! 08

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bin collections - Christmas/new year


Bin collections in Renfrewshire will change over the festive period with no

collections taking place on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

New collection calendars have been sent to every home in Renfrewshire

advising of the change to the normal schedule, so all residents with a

Friday collection should be aware of their adjusted date.

Collections due on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day will take place one

day later for grey, brown and food bins, and two days later for blue and

green recycling bins.

Scheduled collections for properties with shared bins will take place one

day earlier from Monday 21 December and will return to normal from

Monday 4 January. Collection of food waste at these properties will remain

unchanged, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when they will

be collected one day later.

Some rural properties have their bins collected one day behind schedule

between 26 December and 5 January, but this will be outlined in the

resident’s collections calendar if they are affected.

Collections due on any other day over the festive period will take place

as normal.

For more information on bin collections, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/

mybins or contact the team via ei@renfrewshire.gov.uk or 0300 300



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Pupils (L-R) Carla Dinnie, Calum Robertson, Andrew Hay, Rachael

Bell and Simran Kaur with Head Teacher Colin Johnson

Gryffe High is Sunday Times

Scottish State School of the Year

Gryffe High School has been named The Sunday Times Scottish

State School of the Year by Parent Power, The Sunday Times School

Guide, which identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the

UK, ranked by their most recently published examination results.

In August, the Houston school became the first secondary school in

Scotland to receive an ‘excellent’ grade under Education Scotland’s

short model inspection format, which judges schools on two quality

indicators as opposed to four under the full inspection model. The

‘excellent’ rating is the highest grade on a six-point scale and was

received by the school for ‘raising attainment and achievement’.

Gryffe High School has also received accreditation in recent months

by UNICEF, as a Gold Rights Respecting School, and as a Vision

School for Holocaust Education in Scotland.

Head Teacher Colin Johnson said: “To say I am proud of our pupils

and staff is a complete understatement. Despite the challenges of

the past eight months our pupils have remained positive and have

continued to support one another throughout. Their efforts and

achievements are outstanding, and I am delighted that their work,

and the work of our dedicated staff, has been recognised by The

Sunday Times.”

Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said: “Gryffe High has

achieved its highest placing in our annual Scottish state secondary

school rankings this year, building on a decade and more of sustained

academic success. It now ranks among the best secondary schools

in the country. Inspectors praised the “relentless drive” of school

leaders to ensure all children fulfil their potential in an outstanding

report during the summer.

“The school expects and achieves much beyond the examination

halls, however. Fundraising efforts have targeted local food banks

during lockdown, while the children showed notable emotional

intelligence and support of one another during a recent dyslexia

awareness week. Under the leadership of Colin Johnson, children

are encouraged to achieve their best academically and across the

full range of school activities. Gryffe High is an exemplary school

and a thoroughly deserving winner of our Scottish State Secondary

School of the Year award.”

Photo: JPTG 1984 Panto - Cinderella

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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


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!!

Happy New Year!!

Well, aren’t we all glad to see the back of 2020?

Here’s to 2021 and getting back to some sort of normal life.

Whether it’s going on holiday or just going out, we’ll all

appreciate it much more now.

So why not kick start the New Year with Laserlight’s massive

40% January discount offer and get ready for a fantastic 2021!

Whether you have an unwanted tattoo, hair where it really

ought not to be or a skin blemish that irritates you, Laserlight

Clinic has a treatment to help.

We specialise in Laser Treatments for the removal of unwanted

hair, tattoos and skin conditions. We have recently also become

an Advanced Electrolysis Clinic meaning we can effectively

remove Skin Tags, Thread Veins, Warts and Milia using the

industry leading Sterex system.

Call before 31st January to book a consultation and secure your


If you are interested in joining the club or want to find out more,

please contact us at johnstone.phoenix@hotmail.com or at http://


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2020 – A Time to Get Busy!

by Rona Simpson

2020 has not been a great year for business, but some new ventures

have emerged and others have adapted and changed the way they

operate. Here is a just a snapshot of a few local success stories.

Tammie Norries – Esty Shop


Frances Glen of Kilmacolm,

winner of 2018 Kirsty’s Handmade

Christmas, set up Tammie Norries

this year, selling greeting cards and

tea-towels designs with a quirky,

Scottish feel. The inspiration for

much of the flora and fauna design

came from lockdown walks she

took in the local area. Tammie

Norries, the name given to puffins

in Shetland and Orkney, echoes

this Scottish theme. A Rabble of

Bees, Bevvy of Deer and others

in the range have proven very

popular and she plans to add to

these favourites and expand into

different homewares.

Find Tammie Norries on Etsy.

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Bunty’s General Store and Three Sisters Bake –

Bridge of Weir

The coming together of two of the local area’s much-loved

businesses is a heart-warming thing to see. Bunty’s in Bridge of

Weir showed real community spirit during lockdown and delivered

shopping to those who were shielding. The Three Sisters Bake sadly

had to close their flagship café in Quarriers village, however, their

fantastic produce is now to be found housed in Bunty’s Store. We

wish both parties the very best with the joint venture.

Moovin Milk – Vending Machine

in Lochwinnoch, Johnstone &


Moovin Milk has capitalized on our nostalgia

for glass bottled milk and the ongoing trend

towards shopping local and recycling with

their fantastic milk trailer vending

machines where you can return

your empty glass bottles for

reuse. The family have been

farming the land 2 miles

outside of Kilmacolm for over

100 years and their Holstein

Friesian cows are the oldest

herd in the UK.

You will find Moovin’ Milk

in Kilmacolm on Tuesdays

and Fridays, at Gowanlea on

Wednesdays and Sundays

and Lochwinnoch on Mondays

and Thursdays.

Heritage Farmers

Market – Lochwinnoch

Sean Middleton, owner

of the Heritage Farmers

Market, is a fantastic

champion of local products.

During the pandemic he

ensured, as far as possible,

that supply lines remained

open and kept his store

fully stocked with fantastic

produce. A gazebo was

erected outside to account

for queues in bad weather.

He kept locals updated on

stock via facebook and his

efforts were recognised in

the Herald’s Local Heroes

pages. A great effort in

trying times.


Soap Company –


This small, admired

business kept the villagers

supplied with beautiful

natural soap when the

supermarkets were selling

out. Their soap is chemical

free and produced using

a traditional cold process.

In summer, with soap

demand at an all-time

high, owner Fiona went

out of her way to get her

produce to customers

by beginning a free local

post-box drop.

Find Lochwinnoch Soap

on Facebook

Ania’s Flowers

Starting a business

during lockdown is

a brave move, but

Ania’s flowers have

gone from strength to

strength. Maybe we all

needed something to

brighten up our days.

You will find Ania’s

Flowers at Colin Love’s

Fishmonger, Kilmacolm,

and the Heritage

Farmers Market in

Lochwinnoch. Her

flowers come mostly

from local growers, so it

is another great way to

‘shop local’.

Ania’s Flowers is also

on Facebook

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Not all Heroes wear capes

Blackwoods of Kilmacolm - Regional Champion

When lockdown hit, Douglas Graham and his staff decided to stay open

albeit on limited hours. They provided a home delivery service and

were able to deliver bread and milk along with their regular butchery

products. For many villagers, elderly or self isolating, this was a vital

service. They also provided a friendly face or voice in difficult times.

Well done Douglas, Ronnie and Colin at Blackwood of Kilmacolm.......

we always knew you were heroes - now it’s official courtesy of the

Glasgow Herald and STV Scotland Loves Local campaign.

Douglas commented, “We are delighted to be awarded Inverclyde’s

“Local Hero’s” award for services to our community during this horrible

pandemic and hopefully beyond. We would like to thank you all for

your continued and loyal support and are always here for you at all


“Our online shop is live again, or just pop in locally to see us but

remember if you can’t do either of those then we can also deliver to

you. “Take good care of yourselves and thanks once again for the

award and your continuing support.”

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Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme

Helping those who need it most in Renfrewshire &


Spokes of Kilmacolm is keeping local people moving

by providing a helping hand with free bike repairs and


Spokes is one of 300 bike shops, mobile mechanics and

projects in Scotland taking part in the Scotland Cycle Repair

Scheme, which offers £50 towards the repair or service of a


The scheme is aimed at people who would otherwise struggle

to afford to have their bike serviced or repaired. It aims to get

bikes out of sheds and garages across the country and back

in use. 30,000 people are set to benefit from the scheme,

which is funded by Transport Scotland and administered by

Cycling UK.

Since opening the business in early November spokes,

mobile cycle mechanics, have managed to help more than 40

customers get their bikes back on the road.

They can be contacted by phone on 07716 773999 or info@

spokes-bikes.co.uk, facebook by searching spokes Kilmacolm

and on www.spokes-bikes.co.uk.

Ian the owner and chief mechanic of spokes said:

“In addition to the range of our usual cycle services, we are

delighted to also be providing bike repair and maintenance

services under the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme.

“We’ve had a really good response which shows there is a

real need here. People want to exercise safely and to maintain

social distancing, so cycling is ideal. As well as keeping fit and

healthy, they can also use their bikes for essential journeys like

getting to work or the shops while avoiding public transport.

Being mobile it means we go to them; it saves customers the

hassle of having to take their bike to a shop.

Some examples of the positive impact of the scheme have

been; getting a customer with mobility issues e-bike repaired,

the owner was delighted to once again be able to get out

exercising, which is vital for his condition. Another example is

of a boy who had been badly affected by lockdown and found

solace in the freedom of a bike ride, only for his derailleur to

brake, fixing his bike under the repair scheme meant he was

over the moon to be able to yet again use the cycle network

in the area.”

Shona Morris, Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme programme

manager at Cycling UK, said:

“It’s fantastic to see so many bike shops and community

organisations getting involved in this scheme. The Covid

crisis has hit many people hard, so we know it can be difficult

to pay for essential bike repairs right now. We’d encourage

those people to dig their bike out of the shed or garage, get

it fixed up and get riding again.”

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well done Sandy and your elves!

We’re delighted to let you know that Gibb Stuart’s has won a

prize for his wonderful window displays!

Home Hardware (Scotland) runs a yearly Christmas window

competition for over 60 stores throughout Scotland and the

North of England and this year Gibb Stuart Home Hardware

in Bridge of Weir won 2nd place for their fantastic window

displays! The owner Sandy Gibb Stuart and his staff will all

receive Christmas goodies from George East Housewares who

sponsored the competition. First place went to Threave Home

Hardware in Castle Douglas.

The.Home Hardware shops are all independently owned and are

members of Home Hardware Scotland (Ltd) which is a buying

and Marketing group. Their purpose is to bulk buy products so

that independent High Street retailers can compete with the

likes of B&Q, Argos and the supermarkets, etc.

See the window pictures on our back page!

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Soroptimist International of

Paisley turns 75!

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.

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.

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 August.

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?


Regional Champion

• Roots of Linwood (Linwood CDT)

Highly Commended

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• 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


• ‘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

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.

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 david.wilson@inverclyde.gov.uk

01475 741969, 712975 and 07766 992294.

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The Bridge

63 Main Street, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3NR


Happy New Year to our customers, volunteers and employees.

Thank you for using the Post Office and related Shop during

challenging times throughout most of 2020.

During the ongoing pandemic we appreciate the support of

our customers in adhering to the guidelines in respect of social

distancing, which inevitably leads to queues, in mask wearing

and hand sanitising all of which helps to keep everyone as safe as

possible. We hope to have the Community Centre up and running

at some point during 2021. In the meantime we continue to issue

Hearing Aid batteries in place of the usual Hearing Aid Clinic. Please

ask our volunteers for information.

The Shop - throughout the year we are continually reviewing our

stock of cards and introducing new designs to ensure our extensive

selection of Greetings Cards is maintained. The Bridge is the go-to

place to buy your essential stationery items, postcards of your local

area and pocket money toys.

As we enter another year we extend a ‘Thank You’ to our team

of dedicated volunteers as without them The Bridge could not


(Opening Hours: Mon 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm; Tues to Sat –

10am - 1pm)

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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.

Lochwinnoch International Aid

Back in September our article included a piece on one of the small

charities we have regularly supported which is based in Morogoro

Tanzania and run by a remarkable woman called Josephine Bahkita.

She works mainly with disabled children and their families. Recently

Josephine has written about one of the children they have helped and

continue to help whom she calls THE MIRACLE BOY.

Joel Yona has been looked after by Josephine for over ten years.

The story of Joel is special. He is a Masai with severe cerebral palsy

and was being cared for by his grandmother who was going blind.

He would have died if Josephine hadn’t taken him in to live with her.

Whilst he remains severely disabled he is otherwise healthy, enjoys

music and has a wonderful broad smile.

There is also a special story behind the chair he is sitting in. It was

purpose made using APT (Appropriate Paper based Technology). The

technology uses affordable materials (waste cardboard and paper)

allowing bespoke furniture and aids to be made locally. LIA funded a

training project in Morogoro on APT and the chair was made as part

of this.

Josephine, who had a disabled child of her own, is from a poor family

but was given help to pay for her secondary education. She went on

to train as a social worker. She feels strongly about girl’s education

and has found sponsorship for many over the years

Our 90 kilo Kilombero rice challenge continues and bags are still

available in the Heritage Farmers Market at £3.75 per kg. Alternatively

you can ring the number below

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 lochintaid@gmail.

com or telephone 07702 544868.

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Cllr James Maclaren

Whoo Hoo, good news at last, an end to this

pandemic is in sight. Of course, it will be a

while before we all get the vaccine we need but good news

none the less and a nice Christmas present. Sadly there

are likely to be a few more deaths before we can finally say

goodbye to Covid-19.

Recently I have been trying to focus on gully cleaning (road

drains) plus road sweeping. It is that time of year where

council can sweep the roads and within a day or two it needs

swept again. As I have said in previous reports, the council

are behind with the gully cleaning as it is, so it is a big problem

but they are working hard to get through the backlog.

A word of caution, I have heard about some trees that were

recently cut down in the villages. There are a number of

trees in the villages with Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) on

them. It is important that you check before cutting trees

down. Removal of a tree with a TPO will require you to apply

to the council planning department for permission.

I am pleased to be able to give an update on the Biodiversity

Plans. I understand that the council is still working through

the biodiversity consultation but at the recent Leadership

Board eleven areas were selected. The only site in my ward

that has been selected is a strip alongside Station Road in

Bishopton. I am sure this will please most of the residents

who contacted me.

I was asking questions at the recent Health & Social Care

Partnership Board for progress on the promised new medical

centre for Bishopton and Julie Pirone, the Conservative

candidate in the next Scottish Parliament election which is

in May, and myself have written to the NHS Greater Glasgow

and Clyde Health Board to try pushing this along. Hopefully

we will get some action in the next few weeks. We also

made the press with this one.

Please note my new surgery details:

I am available for face to face meetings but am also available

by phone. For the moment my surgeries will be by telephone

only. My mobile number is 07534 148794.

If you have problems getting through on the main council

switchboard then you can try contacting me by phone

on 0300-300-1291 or by email to cllr.james.maclaren@

renfrewshire.gov.uk . I am happy to receive messages via

Facebook but I do prefer an email. In any case, it can take

me a while to see Facebook messages. No community

council reports at present but hopefully C Councils will be

meeting up before too long. More on www.facebook.com/


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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.doig@renfrewshire.

gov.uk or call me on 07768 130935

if you have a civic matter you wish to

raise with me.

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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 info@langbank-community.com

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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@

hotmail.com 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: www.nwr.org.

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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.

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

on Independent Voice/Ward9JohnstoneAndVillages, or tweet me

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

with me.

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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@

ggc.scot.nhs.uk 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: cllr.bill.binks@renfrewshire.gov.uk 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@

renfrewshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 300 1274 or 07534 156007.

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Why Do We Vaccinate


Vaccinations protect against infectious

diseases which can be fatal.

Vaccinations protect your dog against:

1. Parvovirus

A highly contagious virus spread through

contact with infected faeces. The virus can

also live on shoes, clothes and floors for

many months. Symptoms include vomiting,

severe bloody diarrhoea and lethargy.

Parvovirus can be fatal in up to 90% of

cases. Puppies are especially susceptible.

2. Canine distemper

A contagious virus spread through saliva,

blood, or urine. Initial symptoms include

red, watery eyes, nasal discharge and

fever. Later symptoms include lethargy,

coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea and

seizures. It can also cause hardening of the

footpads and nose. It is fatal in up to 50%

of cases.

3. Leptospirosis

A bacterial infection spread through

infected rat urine and contaminated

water. Symptoms include fever, muscle

tremors, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased

thirst, jaundice and breathing difficulties.

In severe cases dogs can develop kidney

damage and liver failure. It can be fatal

even with the best treatment.

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

4. Infectious Canine Hepatitis

A viral disease spread through urine, saliva, blood,

faeces and nasal discharges. Symptoms include fever,

lethargy, vomiting, coughing, diarrhoea and abdominal

pain. In severe cases the disease can cause jaundice

and liver failure, and can result in seizures and coma.

Even with the best treatment severe cases of infectious

canine hepatitis can be fatal.

Optional additional vaccinations are also available for

Parainfluenza and Kennel Cough which cause upper

respiratory tract disease.

Puppies can start their vaccinations from6-8 weeks old

with a second vaccination 2-4 weeks later. Pups should

not mix with other, potentially unvaccinated dogs until

their primary vaccine course is complete.

Booster vaccination are required for distemper,

parvovirus and infectious hepatitis every 3 years and

for leptospirosis every year.



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.

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.

kilmacolmhorticultural.com 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.

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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!

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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.

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 advice.

If you are interested in beekeeping

for yourself please contact our

secretary via helenajbee@gmail.

com 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 @


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.

Meantime, keep the heid

everyone, and stay safe.




If you wandering around

our reserve, local

woodlands or nearby

farmland fields in January

you may notice some

days it seems very quiet

with little in the way of

birdlife around, other

days it seems as if there

are loads of small birds, all

chirping away and hoping

about on the ground or flitting from branch to branch, tree to tree,

searching for food. The fact is that on the quieter days there are no

less birds around, they are just less spaced out. Many small birds

will form mixed flocks in winter and can gather in large numbers

at times. So why when food is generally less abundant would birds

choose to flock together in groups?

There are several advantages to this. Firstly, with less vegetation

growing to provide safe cover and hide small birds they become

more conspicuous to predators such as a sparrowhawk. Lots of

birds together means more eyes keeping watch and each individual

has less of a chance of becoming a meal themselves. Another key

advantage is body heat. Being so small many birds would find

it difficult to survive on their own but by huddling together and

sharing warmth, harsh winter nights become less of a challenge.

Birds need to constantly be on the lookout for energy rich food

at this time of year that would provide them with the fuel they

need to produce enough body heat to stop them from freezing. By

providing seeds high in natural oils such as sunflower seeds, or fat

rich suet cakes you can attract a wide range of birds to your garden

with little effort.

If you do decide to put some food out, or you always have done,

why not take part in the world’s largest piece of citizen science in the

world and take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch between

29th and 31st January by spending an hour of your choosing

recording the birds that you see? You can even download a handy

guide and recording sheet by visiting www.rspb.org/birdwatch


Restrictions permitting, we will be having a snowman treasure hunt

on the reserve for children throughout January. Simply pop into the

visitor centre before going on the trails and ask for your Snowman

identification chart. We will have various wooden snowman, and

snowwomen, hidden around our woodland trail for you to find and

identify. Cost: £1.50 per child plus usual entry fees for non-members

(£3 adults/£1.50 children)

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PCPC Nature Competition

The Club has a long history of producing quality natural history

images and last week’s Bowie competition, judged by Robert Quigg

of Kilmaurs Camera Club produced some memorable photographs

amongst the winners. For this competition, members are required

to submit images in pairs: one botanical and the other zoological.

First placed in the advanced section was long time club member

and dedicated nature photographer Mike Cruise with his images,

“Water Aven” and “Curious Red Squirrel”.

The club’s new president, Ken Dow, was placed second with his

“Poppies” and “Chalkhill Blues Mating”.

Continuing on the theme of presidents, Duncan McEwan who has

held the post for numerous times in his decades long membership

of the club was placed third with his “Scots Pine, Male Inflorescence”

and “Camouflaged Oak Beauty Moth”.

Carol Gracie secured a deserving win with her top placed set in

the non-advanced section with her images “cottongrass” and “Bee

Covered in Pollen”.

See all the images at


Mike Cruise - “Curious Red Squirrel”


Down below the cottage, in the bay, on a

nice calm day, you often see otters hunting.

There is a burn to the side of the cottage

and into the loch and often the otters will

come up the burn to wash off the salt from

their fur and hunt for brown trout in the

pools. If I head down the garden path

and sit on the rocks I can watch the otters

hunting in the bay.

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Pine marten

The Ardnamurchan area was one of

the last strongholds for pine martens,

after loss of habitat and being heavily

persecuted by gamekeepers on

sporting estates.

The first pine marten I ever saw was

around 33 years ago and then it was a

very rare sight. These days I see them

every time I visit my cottage and the

UK population now is estimated at

about 3,700.

Pine martens can have 2 or 3 kits each

year. They are normally born in spring

but I usually see them exploring round

my cottage around mid to end July.

They are not everyone’s favourite

animal due to their predilection for

ducks, chickens, etc. However where

they have been introduced to other

parts of the country the red squirrels

are starting to make a comeback due

to pine martens predating on the

larger non- native grey squirrels who

feed a lot on the ground.

So there are plus and minus points

for the animal, i.e. We are getting our

native red squirrels back but if they get

access to chicken coops they will kill all

the birds.

My Wild Retreat

by Neil Bletcher

I live in Bridge of Weir, am an IT/photocopier engineer and have an interest in photography,

especially wildlife.

My wife and I spent the last 35 years holidaying in the same remote cottage in

Ardnamurchan then when the owners decided to sell up 8 years ago we bought it

ourselves and use it as our own holiday home.

The Ardnamurchan area is known as one of the last wild places in the UK and is steeped

in Viking history, with archaeologists finding boat burials and other Viking artefacts on

the peninsula. There are a lot of natural bays which were used as landing points for the

Norsemen and Celts. The landscape is volcanic, with a single track road where you can

drive straight through the middle of the crater of an extinct volcano. The area also bears

the last remnants of the ancient Atlantic oakwood.

On to my favourite subject, wildlife. Some of the wildlife I enjoy to photograph are pine

martens, red squirrels, badgers, otters and seals.

This is only a very small percentage of the wildlife resident in the area, I could spend all

day talking or writing about it. I could talk about Scottish wildcats, dolphins, porpoises,

orcas, minke whales, basking sharks and a whole load more bird life and animals that visit

this remote area.

Hopefully this has given a small insight to this lovely wilderness.

Red Squirrel

I often get red squirrels

coming into the garden

but there are no greys

in Ardnamurchan due

to the habitat and pine

martens. The Reds love

the garden feeders and

eventually they will get

used to you sitting 10

to 15 feet away from

them outside. Fantastic

tufted eared animals

– I just wish we had

them down our way,

Bridge of Weir and

surrounding areas.

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coming events

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.

The Secret Theatre


Lost in Pantoland

ONLINE: https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/


Christmas isn’t cancelled! PACE Theatre Company present

their 33rd pantomime with Paisley Arts Centre – live online!

Join Scottish panto favourites CHRIS ALEXANDER, ALAN


live, interactive panto performance.

It’s almost Christmas

Day and Widow Swanky can’t wait to get her feet up, enjoy

a delicious dinner cooked by her son Billy Bob and have a

wee shandy by the Christmas tree. But when she accidentally

discovers a colossally powerful penny, both her and Billy Bob

get transported to the wondrous - yet dangerous - Pantoland.

Tasked with collecting objects from everyone’s favourite

pantos, the tremendous twosome set off on a hilarious

adventure featuring slimy Princes, wicked witches and at least

one constipated goose... A madcap adventure for all the family!

WATCH LIVE FOR FREE! – Every performance of LOST IN

PANTOLAND will stream live on YouTube and Facebook for

anyone to watch! (No need to book)

MoN 21 - THU 24 DEcEMBER

A Christmas Carol; A Radio Play on Stage

ONLINE: https://www.beaconartscentre.co.uk/festiveshows/a-christmas-carol-a-radio-play-on-stage/

No Nonsense Productions return with ‘A Christmas Carol; A

Radio Play on Stage’. FREE to watch online from Monday

21 December at 7.30pm, donations welcome. Dickens’

masterpiece presented as a 1950s radio broadcast. NNP

favourites Ian Sommerville, Stewart Phillips, Leonna McGilligan

and Felix O’Brien play radio actors who in turn portray Dickens’

classic characters. Featuring live sound effects and an original

score. Recorded live at Beacon Arts Centre, November 2020.


MoN 21 - THU 24 DEcEMBER

The Secret Theatre

ONLINE: https://www.scottishballet.


This Christmas, Scottish Ballet will bring the

magic of the theatre right into your home

with our first feature film. In a deserted city, a

young boy stumbles into a theatre. He wanders

through the auditorium, where rows of velvet

chairs, draping curtains and chandeliers seem

to lie in lonely wait for audiences to return.

The theatre may be empty, but the show

will go on... 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 ballerinas. The

Secret Theatre features the choreography

of Scottish Ballet founder Peter Darrell and

CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson,

co-directed for the screen by Jess & Morgs.

With set and costumes designed by Lez

Brotherston; music by Rimsky-Korsakov and

Tchaikovsky recorded live by the Scottish

Ballet Orchestra; new additional composition

by Frank Moon; and performances from the

full Scottish Ballet Company; this Christmas

special will be an unforgettable adventure for

all the family. The Secret Theatre will premiere

on Monday 21 December at 6pm and be

available online until Thursday 24 December

at 11.59pm. 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 #SBSecretTheatre

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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


• 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 gryffevalleyrotary@gmail.com .Please e-mail gryffevalleyrotary @gmail.

com if you are interested in finding out more.

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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!


UNTIL Thu 31 December

The Night Before Christmas

ONLINE: https://childrensclassicconcerts.


A joint Christmas gift from Children’s Classic

Concerts and the Royal Scottish National

Orchestra that’s packed with festive family

favourites. It’s snow joke, popular presenter and

percussionist, Owen Gunnell, has only gone and

slept through the first 12 days of December. He’s

made his list and checked it twice, but now the

countdown to get ready is well and truly on. Cue

a mad rush to fit in all the festivities – seasonal

singalongs, letter writing to Santa (easy peasy

on his Typewriter) and a virtual trip to Lapland

to see he delivers the Orchestra’s Christmas

wishes…we’ll be Walking in the Air if he manages

it! Featuring the iconic poem, The Night Before

Christmas arranged for orchestra and narrator

and special appearances from the RSNO Junior

Chorus. • Stream for FREE (voluntary donations

welcome)! • Find the film on both the CCC and

RSNO Facebook pages, on YouTube (link to

follow) or the STV Player! • Available to view

for the rest of the year – why not make it the

soundtrack to your Christmas? • A concert for

all ages. • Sponsored by La Bonne Auberge and

supported by Creative Scotland.

UNTIL Thu 31 December

Santa’s Reindeer Hunt

RSPB, Largs Rd, Lochwinnoch

10am to 4pm

Santa’s reindeer have come to visit RSPB

Lochwinnoch and are spending their time out

on the reserve near the Aird meadow trail...

how many can you spot? To help you identify

them you can purchase your special reindeer

identification sheet with images of all the

reindeer that are hiding along the trail. This is a

self-led activity; there is no need to book. Please

bring your own pen or pencil. £1.50 per child plus

normal trail fees for non-members. https://ww2.


UNTIL Thu 31 December

The Magical Beacon Stone

ONLINE: https://www.beaconartscentre.co.uk/festiveshows/the-magical-beacon-stone/

A Christmas Rollercoaster of Fun and Adventure Just because

you can’t be with us, doesn’t mean we can’t be with you!

Get ready Inverclyde, for The Magical Beacon Stone... Book

to watch online from Friday 18 December and enjoy FREE

unlimited viewing until 31 December! Introducing our brandnew

festive film for 2020, The Magical Beacon Stone, for

everyone in Inverclyde and beyond to enjoy this Christmas!

The film features goodies, baddies and magical mayhem, what

more could you want? Join Jenny McCormack and Auntie

Bella on their epic adventure to save Christmas - facing tests

and trials aplenty, with help on hand from some new (and

slightly odd) friends along the way! Kim Allan stars alongside

Beacon panto favourites Jane McCarry, Mark Cox, Jimmy

Chisholm and Lee Samuel in this cracker of a comedy quest! A

Beacon Arts Centre production in partnership with Inverclyde

Council. A Soundsmove film.

UNTIL Sun 3 January

Sleeping Beauty

ONLINE: https://www.universe.com/events/sleepingbeauty-panto-tickets-VR126N

Audiences aged 3 – 103 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, ROBERT SQUIRE as Nanny Nora Knickerdrawer,

CHARLIE GRIFFITHS as the evil Carabosse, NICK WYMER as

King Stefan and the hilarious ANDREW CURPHEY as Chester

The 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! To watch this Pantomime 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.

You will be

helping many

actors as well

who are unable

to perform in

a Pantomime

this year. The

organisers are


2 charities,

the Equity

Benevolent Fund

and the Actors

Benevolent Fund

and all donations

will be split

equally between

these 2 charities.

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Rapunzel: A

Hairy Tale


23 December


4 January

Wed 23 Dec-Mon 4 January

Rapunzel: A Hairy Tale Adventure

ONLINE: https://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/events/


“You all know the story of Rapunzel, right? That lassie with the long hair

who’s been trapped in her lockdown tower for what feels like forever. The

lassie who’s sitting there like a loon waiting for some Prince will come along

and save her.

Well, think again. Cos I bet nobody mentioned the hairdresser who made it

her life’s mission to track Rapunzel down? Or Rapunzel’s twin brother who’s

terrified he’s going to have to take the throne if his sister isn’t found? And

they certainly didn’t mention that six foot all singing, all dancing rose in the

garden whose psychic visions are going to save the day?

Because you see to truly know a story, you must know all the deets. And

let me tell you chookies, the story you know of Rapunzel is incomplete. But

finally, at long last, you get to hear from all the characters, all six sides, all

six chapters. And despite what you might have thought, they don’t all end

in happily ever after.

Rapunzel is a celebration of theatricality, music and storytelling. A chance

to hear from every character in this well-known hairy tale, untangled and rebraided

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

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. Running time: 70 mins Recommended

age guide: 6+

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The Fruits of



Covid, Climate and the

Sustainability Movement in

Our Area.

In Inverclyde and Renfrewshire

villages community reactions to

the pandemic were swift. Covid-

19 response units were set up.

Villages were divided into zones

and volunteers dispatched to help

elderly and shielding residents

with shopping and prescriptions.

Some places went even went

further. Lochwinnoch - a village

already well-connected to one

another through their impressive

arts festival - was one of them.

Several grassroots projects

sprang to life: The Community

Larder headed by local writer and

actor, Alan Bisset, Lochwinnoch

Cares, the distribution arm

headed by Caral Cartwright and

Diggin it – a project teaching

people how to grow their

own food, by local resident

Tori Bell. They even set up an

emergency fund – a fund of last

resort - providing help to those

struggling to make ends meet. These projects came together under

umbrella of the The Lochwinnoch Food Committee.

The team joined forces with other established groups such as

the Lochwinnoch Community Gardens – who also supplied the

Community Larder with fresh produce, the Local Development Trust

and the Community Council. They shared ideas and supported each

other with funding applications, eventually becoming a community

consortium which managed to secure funding and push forward

these progressive projects. Awards for funds came from the

Scottish Government through Linstone Housing Association and

from the National Lottery Awards For All scheme.

Tori Bell explains,

“This was a really positive outcome. These new connections that

were forged when everyone’s world was getting a lot smaller.”

Her own project, Diggin’ It, has gone from strength to strength.

During Lockdown it facilitated around 200 individuals from across

more than 80 households in the community to grow their own

vegetables from home. It provided support and materials for many

first-time growers to learn new skills and enjoy an outdoor pursuit.

by Rona Simpson

Their resolution to pool materials, tools, seeds and seedlings

with other groups, and across the community from household to

household, promoted community engagement and allowed for a

more environmentally conscious way of working.

Tori continues,

“There’s been a sort of revolution across the whole country of

people wanting to get into their gardens - or growboxes - and

grow their own food. I really hope that this will be a legacy that

continues from 2020.”

In a way the crisis has been a reminder of the fragility of the human

race. We need to think about the way that we live and now we have

been forced to live more locally, we know our neighbours now, and

there are benefits to living in a more self-sustained way, for the

planet and for our local community.”

The energy shown by grassroots movements such as those that

sprung up in Lochwinnoch provided answers to the immediate

problems of the Covid-19 crisis, however they might also provide

the seeds of change we need to move towards a more sustainable

and fairer future for all.

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Mon 28-Thu 31 December

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2020

ONLINE: https://www.edinburghshogmanay.


As Christmas draws closer and ‘bubble’ celebrations with

friends and family start to feel a reality, the next occasion

to plan for is New Year. This is a welcome chance to

wave off 2020 and hope for an altogether better 2021.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is renowned internationally as

one of the leading new year celebrations in the world

and this year’s Hogmanay will continue to cement

this reputation. With no live events planned this year,

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will, for the first time in its

history, move to an entirely online celebration with a

series of spectacular ‘moments’ to be watched from


Produced by Underbelly on behalf of the City of

Edinburgh Council, the free online series of shows promise

never seen before, visually-spectacular moments every

evening. The stay-at-home event series will be FREE to

watch and streamed via www.edinburghshogmanay.

com so Hogmanay fans all over the world can tune in

from the comfort and safety of their homes.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has wowed, surprised and

delighted hundreds of thousands of people over the

years and 2020 promises to continue that tradition, with

a series of awe-inspiring moments using multisensory

creativity and pioneering technology crafted, hosted

and narrated by a powerhouse of incredible Scottish


The line-up includes internationally renowned actor and

famed Doctor Who, David Tennant, award winning poet

and Scottish Makar (Scotland’s Poet Laureate), Jackie

Kay, Celtic fusion band, Niteworks and Scottish actors

Lorne MacFayden and Siobhan Redmond.

details at https://www.edinburghshogmanay.com/

Sun 3 - Sun 31 January

Snowman Hunt

RSPB, Largs Rd, Lochwinnoch


Frosty the Snowman and his friends are hiding on the

woodland trail ... how many can you find? Visit the

reserve this January and collect your very own snowman

identification sheet. Can you find them all? This is a selfled

activity; there is no need to book. Please bring your

own pen or pencil. https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reservesand-events/events-dates-and-inspiration

Fri 29 - Sun 31 January

RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

ONLINE: www.rspb.org/birdwatch

Why not take part in the world’s largest piece of citizen

science in the world by spending an hour of your

choosing recording the birds that you see? You can

even download a handy guide and recording sheet by

visiting www.rspb.org/birdwatch

More events to be found at https://www.


KCC Raffle

Kilmacolm Community Council would like to

thank all who supported our Christmas Hamper

Raffle. The past couple of years we have funded a

Defibrillator in the village, raising enough money

to pay for the annual servicing for the next few


This year we decided to split any fund 3 ways

between the Kilmacolm Scouts, Guides and the

Inverclyde foodbank/toybank. Thanks to the

generosity of the people of Kilmacolm the final

total to be distributed was £720.

The draw

master was


David Wilson

ably assisted

by Isla

Parkinson (age

4) under the

watchful eyes

of Kilmacolm


Council Chair;

Mike Jefferis;

The Vice

Chair: Morven

Armour and

Helen Cook.

We would also

like to thank

Alda and

Johanna Clark

of The Cross

Cafe for their time and effort each year creating

the hampers, this year we had four beautiful

hampers along with some other prizes.

All winners have been contacted.

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clubs & schools

Bridge of Weir Primary

Written by the News Team

It might have been a December like no other, but Bridge of Weir

Primary School and ELCC managed to make it as much fun as

possible in a safe way.

Reindeer Run

On Monday 7th December every class in school had their own

time slot to head out into the playground to run the famous ‘Daily

Mile’ for a good cause. Complete with class-made antlers and

accessories, pupils ran laps around the playground - accompanied

by strains of ‘Run, Run, Rudolph!” Several teachers even joined in

the fun. A fabulous £841 pounds was donated. A cheque for £500

was presented to CHAS, the children’s hospice charity. The rest

went to school funds. Maxine Campbell from CHAS said “We are

so happy to hear that the pupils had a great day taking part in their

sponsored Reindeer Run – the pictures are fab! We appreciate this

has been a difficult year for everyone, so we are very grateful for

the support from Bridge of Weir Primary.”

The (virtual) panto also came to school and pupils enjoyed the

laughs (and terrible jokes) of Robin Hood.

And you may have noticed the new Christmas lights in Bridge

of Weir. Some of these lights were designed by pupils who won

the design competition. These talented pupils had their drawings

turned into actual lights for the village to enjoy (see the Community

Council Facebook page for pictures).

We’re looking forward optimistically to 2021 - more learning,

laughing and good times ahead.

Happy new year!

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.

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Houston Primary School

Houston & Corseford School Enterprise Team

The pupils from Houston Primary and Corseford School took part

in a joint project to raise funds for Children in Need. The pupils in

the committee came up with the idea to have a nature photograph

competition and choose the best ones to create a calendar. We

received a huge amount of entries from very many talented

photographers. The subject matter was amazing with fantastic

shots of woodpeckers, roe deer, ladybirds, trees and flowers to name but a few. The

judges from both schools had a very difficult job. The calendar is on sale now at £5.


At this time of year when online spending is at a peak we would very much appreciate

it if you can help us by collecting free donations each time you shop online. Click on

the link below to register.


Christmas Light Competition

Congratulations to Stephanie Ingham, who is this year’s

winner of the Christmas Light competition. Her design

will take pride of place in the village display and for

many years to come.

Poppy Pebbles

Primary 7 pupils have been learning about Armistice.

They created their own poppy pebbles and placed

them at the War Memorial in the village.

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 outside!

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 brushes!!!

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


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@

duchal.com. Visit our website www.duchal.com and our Facebook page for further information.

Gryffe High News

GryffeStyles Week – 3K Fun Run

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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


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!!

Charity News – Foodbank Collections are


We recently delivered our Foodbank collections

to the Trussell Trust: Renfrewshire Foodbank.

Every house contributed, with Mackintosh just

out there in front with the most donations. Well

done to everyone who contributed to such a

worthwhile cause. The House Captains had

the responsibility of packaging up donations.

On the way to the drop-off, they dropped by

Houston and Killellan Kirk to ensure their weekly

donation was dropped off safely as well.

On arrival at Trussell Trust in Renfrew, they

were given an informative talk about the next

stage for the donations and how they are distributed to those in need. Gryffe Pupils, Parents, Carers and Staff should be very proud of

their contributions and the benefit they will have to those in need in the local area.

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.

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Old Ranfurly Golf Club

Once again the ladies of Old Ranfurly have managed a fun day on the

course, inspite of the present difficulties we are all facing. The Santa

Swing is our annual Christmas Event and although it was different this

year we had great time and all enjoyed ourselves. Last Saturday 36

ladies took to the course in teams of 4 playing a Stableford competition

in greensomes. The ladies also donned a great variety of Christmas

outfits, including a wide range of fun jumpers and hats. Although cold

the sun was shining!! The winners were Shirley Bell and Lana Wilson with

a great 34 points!! This year instead of prizes and gifts from Santa each

participant brought a bag of groceries for the local food bank. All the

ladies are now looking forward to the new golf season!! Roll on 2021!!

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

email: jennifer-mcghee@hotmail.co.uk

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 oR

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KilmacolmGolf/

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.

Outdoor Fun at Strathgryffe!

Local tennis players have been enjoying the great outdoors at Strathgryffe Tennis,

Squash & Fitness Club. Despite the local restrictions, group coaching has been able

to continue outdoors and the children have been having a blast!

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Coaching is available for children age 2 years upwards and adults of all ages. All playing standards welcome. The next block

of coaching starting in January is now available. For further information go to: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/StrathgryffeLTC/

Coaching. If you have any coaching queries, email: derekbrown@strathgryffe.net.

Strathgryffe continues to offer other social and competitive opportunities for tennis players. If you have any general queries,

email: info@strathgryffe.net or go to our website: www.strathgryffe.net.

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club

The 2020 Ranfurly Castle Golf Club Junior

Championship final was keenly contested by two

brothers, Gregor and Lorne Rawson. Both boys have

been regular team players for the Club in Junior

Newton Shield matches and the quality of golf in

the final was excellent. After a close contest Gregor

won the match against his younger brother Lorne.

Gregor was the defending champion and in a

great season he also won the championship at Old

Ranfurly Golf Club. The handicaps of both Gregor

and Lorne continue to tumble and it will not be

long before they are both single figure players.

Andrew Biggart, departing Junior Convenor and

a member of the R&A rules committee said “I

refereed the junior final and had more to do on

the day than at the Amateur Championship as the

boys went head to head! There was some excellent

golf on display and the game was played in great


Gregor and Lorne’s parents are believed to be fully

recovered from an interesting day involving their


Access to golf has been a beacon of light during

the global pandemic and has seen a boost in the

number of players joining clubs. Ranfurly Castle are

preparing an exciting Junior programme for 2021

and Gregor and Lorne will be central to that. The Clubhouse is being revamped

and a new professional will be joining soon. Exciting times are ahead for the Club.

The Junior section at Ranfurly Castle has welcomed a number of new members in

2020 and if you are interested in joining for the 2021 season you should contact the

Junior Convenor, David Provan at the Club by email to gm@ranfurlycastlegolfclub.

co.uk or come along to any of our events for an informal chat.

Junior Champion, Gregor Rawson

receiving his trophy from Club

Captain, Eunice Muir and Junior

Convenor, Andrew Biggart

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sales & wants



Ragamuffin baby carrier;

Winnie the Pooh changing

bag with parasol; Baby

beanbag, with extra

cover for older child’s

beanbag. £30. Tel: 07841

836021 .


Doc Martin Safety shoes.

Black, size 9. Boxed.

Never been worn. £25.

Tel: 01505 690247.

St Columba’s boys school

uniform 15-18yrs incl new

sport rain jacket and

jumper, also 2 blazers

and rugby clothing. £50.

Tel: 07734 499539


Glass/chrome bar table

plus two chrome/wood

bar stools. VGC. £50. Tel:

07758 370044.

Airforce 2.5kw oil filled

heater. GC. £20. Tel:

01505 872026.

Charles Eames replica

lounge chair and

footstool. Black leather

in walnut casing. Ex.

cond. £200. Tel: 07411


Large arc floor lamp with

marble base. GC. £50.

Tel: 07411 896227.

Philips Juicer 1868. Ex.

cond., 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 furniture.

VGC. Very minor signs

of wear only. £40. Tel:

07528 362930.

Single Bed (Silent Night)

Mattress (firm), 6 months

old, used twice. £100

ono. Tel: 01505 842558.

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. Ex. cond.,

smoke free home. £120.

Tel: 01505 672175.

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.

Wrought iron glass top oval

Coffee Table. £20. Tel:

01505 842558.

41” Techwood TV. VGC.

£50. Tel: 07597 923000.

2 Pine Conservatory Chairs

& Coffee Table with floral

design cushions. £75.

Tel: 01505 329289.

Electric Recliner. Side

pockets and arm caps.

Ex. cond. £95. Tel: 07986


Bedroom furniture. Forest

Furnishing Modena range

in Bardolino Oak. All new.

1x8 drawer twin chest

96h x 115w x 45d (cm). &

2x2 drawer bedside. 47h

x 40w x 45d £345. 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. GC.

£60. Tel: 01505 672175.

Round dining table in

reclaimed oak. Approx

120cm (d) x 70cm (h).

GC. £120. Tel: 01505


Builders double ladder,

ex te n d s to 7 m e t re s

approx. £50. Tel: 01505


3 bales of Liberty Curtain

Fabric. Offers welcome.

Tel: 01505 506385.

Chinese Rugs - available in

black or pastel shades,

various sizes. Call for

info. Tel: 01505 506385.

2 sets of fully lined Lounge

Curtains (turquoise). 108”

(L) x double width. Never

Used. Offers welcome.

Tel: 01505 506385

Unused Axminster dark

red pattered, standard 13

step staircase or hallway

carpet. £100 ono. Tel:

01505 506385.


John Lewis Exercise Bike

with bike computer and

digital display. £50 ono.

Tel: 01505 874815.

Special Putter - Odyssey

White Hot 2 ball, ex.

cond. £60. Tel: 07519


Ladies Peugeot Bike.

Helmet, Basket & Tyre

Pump included. VGC.

£50 ono. Tel: 07749


Gents Racer Bike. GC. £25.

Tel: 01505 842558.

Gazco Stockton 5 cast

iron electric fan stove

wood effect with remote

control. £125 ono. Tel:

01505 873729 or 07968


Garmin Approach S10

GPS Golf Watch, used

twice. £50 ono. Tel:

01505 873729 or 07968


Golf Clubs - 8 steel woods,

11 irons mainly Hogan

Edge, 2 putters, bag and

flight bag. £60. Tel:

07519 252499.


Pair of black ash JAMO

speakers. 100 Watt.

Size H21” x W11.5” x D9”

approx. VGC. 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. Ex. cond. £5. Tel:

01505 872448.

Canon EOS 1000f SLR

camera with Canon 28-

90mm lens. Instruction

booklet, cleaning kit

and Canon carry case

included. GC. £30. Tel:

01505 672175.

The Business Advertisements (Disclosure) Order 1977 - the Law

requires that Advertisers selling goods in the course of a business

MUST include the word Trader, Dealer, Agent, Breeder or appropriate

wording in the Advertisement to distinguish from private advertisers.


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

instructions. Ex. cond.,

smoke free home. £10.

Tel: 01505 672175.

Gro Clock Sleep Trainer

with instructions and

Sleepy Farm story book.

Ex. cond., smoke free

home. £10. Tel: 01505


Early Rider wooden bike.

Comes with pink saddle

and handles plus unused

brown leather saddle and

handles. £25. Tel: 01505


Box of Hornby train set

items including D3035,

M5120, 254, brake van,

coal tender, track and

buildings. Smoke free

home. £50. Tel: 01505



Spare space saver tyre for

Mocca complete with

jack and tool. £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. Ex.

cond. £20. Tel: 01505


Gents Pulsar Watch. Blue/

silver dial with date

and 3 function readout.

Leather strap. Boxed

with instructions. Ex.

cond. £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.

Ex. cond. £25. Tel: 01505


2 Raleigh Kompact folding

bikes, 20in wheels, 5

speed Shimano gears,

side stand, rear carrier.

£80 each or both for

£120. Tel: 07519 252499.

Stainless steel hip flask and

2 collapsible shot cups

in presentation box. Ex.

cond., unused. £10. Tel:

01505 672175.


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 07968


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.


6 upholstered dining chairs.

Tel: 07748 529920.

Boots QI Magazine Slide

Projector. GC. Tel: 01505


A stack of style guides and

technical writing books.

Tel: 01505 874656.

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Automotive Services

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James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 38

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 16

KC Roofing & Building Services . . 23

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M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 25

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 24

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 25

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 16

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 20

Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 22

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Confident Care Ltd . . . . . . . . . 19

Cleaning & PowerWash

DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 36

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Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 40

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Spokes Bikes Ltd . . . . . . . . . . 10


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Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 41

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

Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 27

Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 23

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Home Hardware

Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Home Improvements

3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 31

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 38

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 11

Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 41

Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Renfrewshire Handyman Hire . . 23

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Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 23

Chairbird Upholstery . . . . . . . 36

Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 24


CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 41

James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 38

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 16

M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 25

McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 40

SMG Roofing & Building . . . . . 25

SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 16

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 20

TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41


Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 27

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 23

Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 11

JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 16

Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 20


Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 34

Andrew Hay Painter & Decorator . . 27

James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 22

John A Kilburn . . . . . . . . . . . 41

John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

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

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Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 5

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Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 16

Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 17

Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 27

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KC Roofing & Building Services . . 23

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Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 31

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LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

R Williams Tree Services . . . 32

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Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 40

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Local history

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

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Johnstone History Society

As this very strange year nears its end we managed to reopen the

Museum for a couple of weeks and closed again on Saturday 19th

December for Christmas holidays. If all goes well and Government

allowing we will reopen on Wednesday 6th of January 2021. We

have sold out of our Johnstone calendars so we are sorry if there are

still people who want one we recommend that you purchase early

next year. We would once again wish all our members and friends a

joyful Christmas and every good wish for a Happy and healthy 2021

whatever it may bring.

Geordie Fulton and his apprentice Johnny

Lightbody, outside his blacksmith’s shop in

Kilbarchan’s Steeple Street.

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


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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