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The Gold List is a FREE monthly publication which is delivered straight into your home, and brings you loads of great offers from local businesses, that you would otherwise not be able to grab! Please, really make time to browse through this book and look at what’s on offer - there are fantastic opportunities for you to bag yourself a great deal, no matter what you are looking for! What are the 3 Main Aims of ‘The Gold List’? No.1: We want to bring you (the reader) as many fantastic deals from local businesses as we possibly can. No.2: We want to bring great customers (i.e. you!) to our advertising partners (i.e. all our local businesses!) and create great, long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships. No.3: We want to help the local economy to really thrive by consistently delivering on numbers 1 & 2 (above). Month-on-month, we will continually grow the number of fantastic deals that our local business owners and managers have for you - however the secret to getting and keeping these great deals coming, is to use them! If nobody uses these deals, then they’ll go away - and nobody really wants that! So, I really urge you to take advantage of what is on offer in this book, and also encourage you to pass the details onto family members and friends so that they too can benefit from these great deals. Happy browsing! Disclaimer: Please note that whilst all reasonable care is taken to ensure that the data provided in this publication is true and accurate, 'SCB Coaching Limited’, the publisher of 'The Gold List', does not provide any warranty whatsoever over the content presented to the reader by the advertisers within this directory, nor will they accept any liability from any party for any disputes or repercussions that may arise from any transactions between any company and a purchaser. Any errors or omissions in any adverts do not necessarily constitute an offer, one which otherwise may not have been available. Please make sure you carefully read the terms and conditions of each offer, and verify with the provider (i.e. the company making the offer) prior to performing any transactions. All content within this directory is provided in good faith, on behalf of our customers. No part of this publication may be reproduced or retransmitted in any format, without the prior written permission of the publisher. All rights are reserved. No company or content within this directory is officially endorsed by the publishing company.

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Directory Contents - December 2013 Contents 'Find Goldy' Winner 4 Ardgowan Hospice 5 School Holidays 6 Useless Facts 7 Useful Telephone Numbers 8 Meat the Man Himself 10 He Aims He Shoots He Scores 12 A Team You Can Trust 14 Flushed With Happy Customers 16 Greenock Morton Fixtures 18 Iverclyde's Famous 20 James Watt 21 Chic Murray 22 Richard Wilson 23 Birdie Bowers 24

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The 'Find Goldy' Competition Winner is... ! We had such a great response to our 'Find Goldy' competition in November, so thanks to everyone who entered! Goldy was sneakily hiding on page 56, in the advert for Bones & Smithereens Tattoo Studio, so well done if you found him! The lucky winners, who bagged themselves £100 in cash, were Pauline Locke and her lovely grand-daughter Grace, of Greenock (pictured left) - so congratulations , and enjoy your winnings!

The Gold List - Helping the Local Community Here at The Gold List we understand that a local community is not just about great businesses or commerce, it’s also very reliant on the support infrastructure for the population as a whole - i.e for the ordinary man, woman and child of Inverclyde. This requirement for local support services, often in the form of voluntary organisations, is sometimes overlooked due to its convenience and relative ease-of-access in times of need. Sometimes it’s easy to forget those people, those organisations who do such a great job, however it’s only in our hour of need do we come to really appreciate their efforts. Running a local small business ourselves, we appreciate the support that is available to us, and as such we are 100% committed to giving something back to the organisations who do such a great job, often in difficult times or traumatic conditions. For this reason we have made a firm commitment; for every paid-for advert that we print in our local business directory ‘The Gold List’, we will donate £1 to Ardgowan Hospice, which in our opinion is a fantastic local charitable organisation. We really do appreciate the support from our advertisers, without whom we would not be able to exist, nor would we be able to contribute a percentage of our revenue to this great cause. For anyone who is not aware of Ardgowan Hospice, or maybe just want to find out a bit more, please find some information on the next page - you may just be surprised by what you read! page 4

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About The Ardgowan Hospice

Ardgowan Hospice, based in Greenock, Inverclyde, was established in 1981 to enhance the lives of local people affected by cancer and other serious life limiting illnesses. The hospice cares for almost 1,000 individuals each year living in Greenock, Port Glasgow, Kilmacolm, Gourock, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay. Most people are surprised to hear that it costs £8,000 a day to run the Ardgowan Hospice. £4,500 of this we rely purely on your donations to keep our doors open. All services are free of charge and the majority of care to patients, families and carers focuses upon symptom management, rehabilitation, respite admissions, psychological support and care at the end of life. Some of the services we offer here at Ardgowan Hospice and ACCESS at Ardgowan are : • 8 beds for In-Patient Care • Counselling and Bereavement Counselling services • Volunteer Transport Service for patients attending hospital appointments • Psychological support, stress management, relaxation, hypnotherapy and yoga We are delighted to be The Gold List's chosen charity and we would like to thank all the local businesses for their contribution. For more information on Ardgowan Hospice and the services we provide please visit our website www.ardgowanhospice.org.uk.

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Inverclyde School Holidays 2013-2014 Session • December 2013 / January 2014 Schools close Friday 20 Dec 2013 Christmas holiday Monday 23 Dec to Friday 3 Jan 2014 (inc) Return date for teachers Monday 6 Jan 2014 Return date for pupils Monday 6 Jan 2014 • February 2014 Schools close Second mid-term Return date for teachers Return date for pupils -

Friday 7 Feb 2014 Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 Feb 2014 (inc) Wednesday 12 Feb 2014 Thursday 13 Feb 2014

• April 2014 Schools close Spring holiday Easter holiday Good Friday Easter Monday Additional holiday Return date for teachers Return date for Pupils -

Friday 4 Apr 2014 Monday 7 Apr 2014 Monday 7 Apr 2014 to Thursday 17 Apr 2014 (inc) Friday 18 Apr 2014 Monday 21 Apr 2014 Tuesday 22 Apr 2014 Wednesday 23 Apr 2014 Wednesday 23 Apr 2014

• May 2014 Schools close May day Return date for teachers Return date for pupils -

Friday 2 May 2014 Monday 5 May 2014 Tuesday 6 May 2014 Tuesday 6 May 2014

• May 2014 / June 2014 Schools close May holiday Return date for teachers Return date for pupils -

Thursday 29 May 2014 Friday 30 May 2014 to Monday 2 June 2014 (inc) Tuesday 3 June 2014 Wednesday 4 June 2014

• June 2014 Schools close Summer Holiday -

Thursday 26 June 2014 Friday 27 June 2014 to (date to be confirmed)

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Completely & Utterly Useless Facts... A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21 inch tongue. Yuck! A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.

A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Chewing gum while chopping onions will keep you from crying. Wearing headphones for just an hour, will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times. Apples are more efficient than coffee at keeping a person awake.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

It is impossible to lick your own elbow!

More people are killed annually by donkeys than plane crashes.

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Useful Telephone Numbers Primary Schools Aileymill Primary School

01475 715 647

All Saints Primary School

01475 715 640

Ardgowan Primary School

01475 715 683

Gourock Primary School

01475 715 824

Inverkip Primary School

01475 715 745

Kilmacolm Primary School

01475 715 812

King’s Oak Primary School

01475 714 680

Lady Alice Primary School

01475 715 743

Moorfoot Primary School

01475 715 701

Newark Primary School

01475 715 600

St. Andrew’s Primary School

01475 715 806

St. Francis‘ Primary School

01475 715 725

St. John’s Primary School

01475 715 728

St. Joseph’s Primary School

01475 715 719

St. Mary’s Primary School

01475 715 694

St. Michael’s Primary School

01475 714 690

St. Ninian’s Primary School

01475 715 853

St. Patrick‘s Primary School

01475 715 696

Wemyss Bay Primary School

01475 715 976

Whinhill Primary School

01475 715 749

Secondary Schools Clydeview Academy

01475 715 050

Inverclyde Academy

01475 715 100

Notre Dame High School

01475 715 150

Port Glasgow High School

01475 715 200

St. Columba’s High School

01475 715 250

St. Stephen’s High School

01475 715 300

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Emergency Police, Fire & Ambulance

999

Gas Emergencies

0800 111 999

Scottish Water

0845 600 8855

Scottish Power

0845 272 7999

Scottish Hydro

0845 272 7999

EOn

0800 056 8090

SWEB

0800 365 900

EDF Energy

0800 028 0247

National Grid Metering

0870 060 0005

Samaritans

0845 790 9090

General (Non-Emergencies) Strathclyde Police

01475 492 500

Strathclyde Fire & Rescue

0800 073 1999

Inverclyde District Council

01475 717 171

Roads & Lighting

0800 373 635

Crimestoppers

0800 555 111

Medical Ardgowan Medical Practice

01475 888 155

Gourock Health Centre

01475 634 617

Greenock Health Centre

01475 724 477

Inverclyde Royal Hospital

01475 633 777

Port Glasgow Health Centre

01475 745 321

The New Surgery Kilmacolm

01505 872 844

The Regent Practice

01475 553 560

The Roxburgh Practice

01475 558 300

Wemyss Bay Surgery

01475 520 248

NHS 24 Health Information

08454 24 24 24

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Busine ss Profile

At The Gold List we always want to inspire and Duncan encourage entrepreneurship within the Inverclyde area. Mac As such, each month we feature business owners who are Craft B Kenzie utcher running a small local business, here in the Inverclyde area and look at what their challenges and successes are, and find out more about the person behind the business. This month we focus on Duncan MacKenzie who owns and runs 'Duncan MacKenzie Craft Butchers' on Inverkip Street, Greenock.

Meat the Man Himself... As many will know, MacKenzie's butchers have been part of our local community for many years. They started trading in 1916, and since then have proven to be very reliable and well respected. Now, five generations on, Duncan MacKenzie Craft Butchers is still going strong. By choosing to buy your meat at MacKenzie's, you can be safe in the knowledge that it has all been sourced locally, here in Scotland. Duncan MacKenzie is a proud member of Scottish Craft Butchers, the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders. In order to be a member of this Federation, the butchers must adhere to their high standards of quality. They must also ensure that all of their meats have been born, reared and slaughtered in Scotland. Duncan feels strongly about knowing exactly where his meat has come from, and so meeting the Federation's standards suits him well. At the young age of just 8 years old, Duncan was already helping out and working in the butchers. Over the years, he has noticed a dramatic change in the industry. He sees that many of the public are opting to choose the convenience of supermarkets over the quality found in the butchers. To put things into perspective, back in 1920, shortly after MacKenzie's started trading, they needed to employ 36 butchers. Now, only 3 are needed. But, despite this dramatic change of the years, Duncan recognises that there is still very much a market for what he has to offer. As long as there are members of the public looking for high quality meats, MacKenzie's will be there for them. page 10

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Recently, Duncan has found it very encouraging to see more and more 'younger than his normal customer' walk through the door. He often finds younger people, with little experience in cooking meats, asking for help and advice which of course, the staff are only too happy to provide. A few years ago, I personally experienced the true friendliness and helpfulness the staff in this butchers had to offer. Having never made a 'proper' home-cooked meal before, I decided to attempt a steak pie. I was completely clueless about what I needed, and was feeling really quite apprehensive and embarrassed to ask - thinking they'd think 'What an idiot!'. Instead, I was made to feel more than welcome, and talked through exactly what I needed and how to cook it. I have to say, I have never experienced this level of helpfulness in a large supermarket! I left feeling much less embarrassed, and much more confident than I had gone in feeling. And I went home to make, what turned out to be, a truly delicious steak pie. What strikes me about Duncan MacKenzie, is the welcoming vibe he effortlessly creates for his customers. From the most experienced connoisseurs, to the novice, he really is happy to help in any way he can. I admire and respect the ethical and moral stance Duncan holds. After all these years, he has always stayed true to his high standards in level of quality. He regularly throws out meats, if they fall even slightly under his standards. He refuses to sell his customers anything less than his best, and it is this high quality service and respect for his customers that have kept this butcher’s shop around for so many years, and I'm sure, for many years to come. "I firmly believe in offering a quality service at all times to my customers, no matter how large or small your order may be. I can provide a home delivery service to customers around the area, and my shop is ideally located on Inverkip Street, perfectly placed for you to pick up a quality piece of meat for dinner, or to place an order for your hotels or restaurant�. ~ Duncan MacKenzie The Gold List, November 2013.

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He Aims, He Shoots, He Scores! It seemed like the end of world to David Scott (25) when, he suffered a career ending knee injury back in 2009. No-one could argue that David wasn’t determined to get back into Goalkeeping. He underwent 3 knee operations and several years of physiotherapy. And although building himself up to being able to play socially, his football career had ended. The next part of David’s story is what makes him the kind of entrepreneurial person we want to have in The Gold List. Faced with two options, David had a decision to make. He could either kiss goodbye to his true passion, or figure out a way to keep doing what he loved, despite his misfortune. David chose to take this opportunity to start a new venture he was passionate about. He decided to start coaching young goalkeepers and help them to achieve their dreams. He started his coaching career by volunteering his services to local boys' football clubs. And, when he realised how much he enjoyed it, he made a commitment to become the best at what he did. Having spent several years as a young goalkeeper in the Inverclyde area, he was only too aware that there was a need for specialised coaching for them. He decided that he wanted to bring the local children with an interest in goalkeeping together and do what he could to help them flourish. To make this work, David had to set himself a couple of challenges; becoming a qualified Goalkeeper Coach, and making the parents and children of Inverclyde aware of his coaching services. David managed to work out a schedule where he could dedicate time to gaining several levels page 12

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of qualifications on the SFA Pathway for Coaching Goalkeepers. And earlier this year, in June, he established BeNumber1 Coaching Academy. “I take great pride and satisfaction from seeing the kids progress and improve throughout their time working with me. I love that I get the same winning mentality from coaching and watching the kids succeed as I did when I was playing the game myself.” - David Scott

Busine ss Profile David S cott

BeNum ber Coachi 1 ng Academ y

BeNumber1 Coaching Academy now runs regular coaching sessions in Inverclyde for all boys and girls aged between ages 8 and 16, who are aspiring goalkeepers. David is truly delighted at the response his new academy is getting, and the feedback he is receiving from both the kids and their parents. Earlier this year, David was invited to coach within the Youth set-up at Glasgow Rangers Girls Football Club. Shortly after starting his position with the Youth team, David was then approached by the club's management, and offered the position of a 'Senior Goalkeeper Coach' at Rangers Ladies Football Club. Of course, he was delighted to accept the offer. It is still early day in David's goalkeeper coaching career, and we are sure he has many more successes ahead of him. We know he aspires to one day, become a full-time Goalkeeper coach. He endeavors to make BeNumber1 Coaching Academy one of the best on not only a local level, but nationally. We can’t wait to watch him make this happen! If you want to get in touch with David, call him on 07983 626834 or visit his website www.benumber1coaching.com The Gold List, November 2013.

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Inverclyde Community Development Trust has been around for 27 years and operates a range of projects throughout the District. Since April 2013, the Trust has been developing 'Newark Products', a Social Enterprise based in its workshops in Port Glasgow.

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A Team You Can Trust... Newark Products employs trainees from a variety of backgrounds who as part of their programme produce a variety of goods which are sold through the outlet at The Dutch Gable House, based in William Street, Greenock. A new development has been the partnership between the Trust and Enable Scotland, employing a group of eight young people with learning difficulties along with the existing team of trainees. This has generated new products, the sale of which creates revenue which is reinvested in creating other jobs for local people. The Trust Chief Executive Jim Bristow describes Newark Products as “one of the most innovative projects the Trust has developed.” The Team at Newark Products produce a range of traditional wooden craft including: bird boxes, candle holders, Celtic crosses, wooden clocks and swords, and hand painted wood cuts of iconic Clyde ships including; The Waverley, Clyde Puffers and the local Comet. Jim said “we can produce most things, much of it from recycled wood or wood from local fallen trees. Currently we are using old local trees but also some that we obtained from our friends in Aviemore!”

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“Other wood has been donated by local firms including Blairs Joinery and also from the timber reclaimed from our restoration programme of The Port Glasgow Comet.” Our new ‘Natural Elements’ range combines Oak, Cherry, Elm and Larch with natural welsh slate to produce a flexible range of serving and tapas boards; all of these can be engraved for any special occasion or gift. Alongside our wooden products, we have a range of products which can be created using your own personal photographs! Included in the range are kids’ clocks, ceramic mugs, fridge magnets, mouse mats and much more. Our main objective is to produce quality training and employment opportunities for the team, but these wonderful by products give us an opportunity to generate income and continue their employment.” Recently the project was praised by Inverclyde Council’s Environment and Regeneration Convenor Councillor Michael McCormick who described the project as “fascinating.” He said “like so much of the Trust’s excellent work it will help deliver positive results for all the individuals involved and for the wider community. Inverclyde Council is delighted to work closely with the Trust.” Currently Newark Products are continuing to develop their website, however in the meantime all products are available to buy at The Dutch Gable House, 14 William Street, Greenock; opened Tuesday to Sunday 9.30 to 3.30. Products are also available from the Port Glasgow Business and Training Centre, 48-50 Muirshiel Road, Port Glasgow, PA14 5XS. Telelphone: 01475 748400; www.newarkproducts.org.uk; sales@newarkproducts.org.uk. During a recent visit to the workshops in Port Glasgow, I was very impressed by what the ICDT has to offer, and also by their ambition & commitment to continually help build a thriving local economy here in Inverclyde. I recommend you check out their website or shop to find out more - you'll be pleasantly surprised! The Gold List, November 2013.

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At The Gold List we always want to inspire and encourage entrepreneurship within the Inverclyde area. As such, each month we feature business owners who are running a small local business, here in the Inverclyde area and look at what their challenges and successes are, and find out more about the person behind the business.

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This month we focus on Mark Somerville who owns and runs 'Bathroom Bliss' on Inverkip Road,

Flushed With Happy Customers!

Even if your not looking for a bathroom, I'd recommend you stop by and visit Mark at Bathroom Bliss. If nothing else, you will get some laughs, and may even be lucky enough to catch him playing some banjo! In all seriousness, I have nothing but good things to say about Mark and his business, and it would seem his customers agree with me. Bathroom Bliss is a small, family run business. They pride themselves on their determination to provide 100% customer satisfaction. From the moment you start to browse some options, to the moment you are ready to enjoy your new bathroom in your home, Bathroom Bliss are more than happy to be there for whatever you may need. Mark and his team really will not be happy until you are, and so promise you a no quibble guarantee. Should anything need changed or fixed, they will be there to help you. It is not until you are in love with your new bathroom and completely satisfied with the work, that Bathroom Bliss will be happy. page 16

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With around 70% of their work coming from referrals, it goes without saying that the customers of Bathroom Bliss are happy ones. Like us here at The Gold List, Jane and Mark of Bathroom Bliss believe that people should be opting to use local companies. Besides supporting the local community, you can be sure they will be within easy reach should you need them for anything. Mark holds over 25 years of experience in the trade, and is always delighted to hear positive feedback from his customers. With so many recommendations coming through, Bathroom Bliss are now expanding their team. Mark ensures that all members of his team hold the same values as he does, and will always treat each installation as he would. He doesn't believe in harassing people for business. With Bathroom Bliss you will find no salesmen, no hard sales. If you would like to speak with someone about your bathroom, you will have a short consultation with a tradesman at your convenience. And if you wish, will receive a free no obligation quote. Mark is more than happy to invest his time and effort in customers, and this is one of the many reasons he has such a great response from them. So whether you are looking to just buy a bathroom, or you would also like to have it fitted by a reliable and dependable team, pop into Bathroom Bliss showroom, and experience the wonderful service for yourself. You are welcome to drop in Monday - Friday between 10am and 5pm, and Saturdays between 10am and 4pm. Or, if Sundays suit you best, they are more than happy to set up an appointment for you to pop by. "We pride ourselves on giving our customers a first class service which they have come to know and trust. So much of our work comes from recommendations and we often find ourselves obtaining work from entire families and their friends". ~ Mark Somerville The Gold List, November 2013.

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Greenock Morton FC Fixtures 2013-2014 Dec

Jan

Feb

Date

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Stadium

Game

7th

Greenock Morton

Dundee

3pm

Cappielow Park

SPFL Championship

14th

Alloa Athletic

Greenock Morton

3pm

Recreation Park

SPFL Championship

21st

Greenock Morton

Falkirk

3pm

Cappielow Park

SPFL Championship

28th

Hamilton Academical

Greenock Morton

3pm

New Douglas Park

SPFL Championship

Time

Stadium

Game

4th

Dumbarton

Greenock Morton

3pm

The Bet Butler Stadium

SPFL Championship

11th

Greenock Morton

Raith Rovers

3pm

Cappielow Park

SPFL Championship

18th

Livingstone

Greenock Morton

3pm

The Braidwood Motor Company Stadium

SPFL Championship

25th

Greenock Morton

Queen of the South

3pm

Cappielow Park

SPFL Championship

Date

Date 1st

Mar

Time

Falkirk

Greenock Morton

Time

Stadium

Game

3pm

The Bet Butler Stadium

SPFL Championship

2nd

3pm

SFL Cup Semi-Final

8th

3pm

SFA Cup 5

15th

Greenock Morton

Cowdenbeath

3pm

Cappielow Park

SPFL Championship

22nd

Greenock Morton

Alloa Athletic

3pm

Cappielow Park

SPFL Championship

Time

Stadium

Game

3pm

Dens Park

SPFL Championship

7.30pm

Cappielow Park

SFL Championship & SFA Cup 6

Date 1st

Dundee

Greenock Morton

8th

Greenock Morton

Dumbarton

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Mar

Date 15th

Raith Rovers

Greenock Morton

16th

Apr

Greenock Morton

Hamilton Academical

Game

Starks Park

SPFL Championship

25th

Cowdenbeath

29th

Queen of the South

Cappielow Park

SPFL Championship

Greenock Morton

7.45pm

Central Park

SPFL Championship

Greenock Morton

3pm

Palmerston Park

SPFL Championship

Time

Stadium

Game

3pm

Cappielow Park

SPFL Championship

Date Greenock Morton

SFL Cup Final

3pm

Livingston

6th

May

Stadium

3pm 3pm

22nd

5th

Time

3pm

Ramsdens Cup Final

12th

Alloa Athletic

Greenock Morton

3pm

Recreation Park

SPFL Championship & SFA Cup SemiFinal

19th

Greenock Morton

Dundee

3pm

Cappielow Park

SPFL Championship

26th

Greenock Morton

Falkirk

3pm

Cappielow Park

SPFL Championship

Time

Stadium

Game

3pm

New Douglas Park

SPFL Championship

Date 3rd

Hamilton Academical

Greenock Morton

7th

7.30pm

SPLF Play Off Semi-Final (1)

10th

3pm

SPFL Play Off Semi-Final (2)

14th

7.30pm

SPFL Play Off Final (1)

17th

3pm

SPFA Cup Final

18th

3pm

SPFL Play Off Final (2)

Gate Prices

STAND AND TERRACING: Adults £15 Concessions £10 Parent & Child £18 Child (12 - 16 years) £5

Children 5 years and under will be admitted free of charge when attending with an adult. Children under 12 years will be admitted for £3 next season, however they must be accompanied by an adult. The Gold List, November 2013.

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Inverclyde's Famous We hear of so many celebrities and famous people that come from small towns. But, do you know who comes from your very own little community? Here are just a few of the inspirational talents Inverclyde has produced...

James Watt (1736-1819) - Scottish Inventor renowned for his improvements in steam engine technology. Page 21

Chic Murray (1919-1985) - Scottish Comedian and Actor. Page 22

Richard Wilson OBE (1936-Present) - A Scottish actor, theatre director and broadcaster. Page 23

Lieutenant Henry Robertson (Birdie) Bowers (1883–1912) - One of Robert Falcon Scott's polar party on the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition. Page 24

Martin Compston (1984-Present) - Scottish Actor and former professional footballer. Page 25 page 20

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James Watt (1736-1819) One of the most well known Greenockians is of course, our very own James Watt. Born in Greenock, 18th January 1736, he became a mechanical engineer, and one of the most famous Scottish inventors in history. Renowned for his improvements in steam engine technology. Originally, Watt worked as a maker of mathematical instruments before picking up an interest in steam engines. the very first steam engine had been patented in 1698 and even before Watt was born, Newcomen engines were pumping water from all over the country. In 1764, Watt was given Newcomen engine to repair. Once he had set to work, he found the engine to be completely inefficient, and decided to start work to improve it. He designed a separate condensing chamber for the steam engine, preventing huge losses of steam. It was in 1769 that he patented this design and other improvements he had made. In 1775, Matthew Boulton took over John Roebuck’s role as Watt’s partner and backer. He was the owner of an engineering works down in Birmingham. Together, they manufactured steam engines. it wasn’t long before they became the most important engineering firm in the country, meeting huge demands. Initially their demand was coming from Cornish mine owners but this extended out to demand from paper, flair, cotton and iron mills, as well as distilleries, canals and waterworks. And, in 1785, both Watt and Boulton were elected fellows of the Royal Society. By 1790 Watt was very wealthy, and in 1800 decided to retire. It was then that he devoted his time completely to research work. He patented several other inventions including the rotary engine, double-action engine and the steam indicator, which records the steam pressure inside the engine. James Watt died in August 1819 at his home "Heathfield" in Handsworth, Birmingham, England at the age of 83. He was buried on 2 September. Watt’s legacy still stands strong, with so many parts of our community named in his honour. Along with his statue on William Street where he was born, there is the James Watt Bar, locally known as the Jimmy Watt. We also have ‘Watt Street’ in Greenock, and of course, our local college of further education, James Watt College. Most famously, he has a unit of measurement of electrical and mechanical power named in his honour - the Watt. Its a true honour to have James Watt come from our very own community, and is a fantastic example of the wonderful talent that can be created here. He is a true inspiration to us all. The Gold List, November 2013.

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Chic Murray (1919-1985) Charles Thomas McKinnon Murray, born 6th November 1919 grew up to be an extremely well known Scottish comedian and actor. Most famously, he was cast in the 1967 version of Casino Royale, and also portrayed Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly in musical You'll Never Walk Alone. Many also know Chic from playing 'the Headie' in Gregory's Girl. In 2005, a poll of comedians were asked to choose their favourite and most influencial comedian, and Chic Murray was named 'The Comedians Comedian'. Scotland's very own Billy Connelly describes Murray as 'a complete genius'. Chic Murray was brought up on Bank Street in Greenock, and today, you can find a plaque in his honour outside the close he lived in. He began his career as a musician in amateur groups such as 'The Whinhillbillies' and 'Chic and his Chicks' while he was serving time as an apprentice at the Kincaid shipyard of Inverclyde in 1934. Maidie Dickson, was already a star in her own right when she was playing in the Greenock Empire, having worked with many of the great stars since she was just 3 years old. Chic's mother was the Welfare Officer at the time, and put Maidie up in her home. Maidie, who later went on to become Chic's wife, gave him parts within her own act and he formed a double act with her. Their combination of jokes and songs made them popular on television and in theatres throughout the country. Their success peaked in 1956 when they were selected to appear at the Royal Variety Performance at the London palladium. But, due to the Suez Crisis, the show had to be cancelled. Later, Murray & his bunnet went on working as a solo act. He offered a surreal comic act to the world, and so many loved him for it. Chic Murray is another shining example of what you can achieve if you pursue your dreams, no matter where you come from. We are very proud to have such a inspiration come from Inverclyde. He died in Edinburgh in 1985 at the age of sixty-five, ironically next door to his former wife Maidie's bedroom. His wife Maidie died peacefully at the home she had shared with Chic for many years in May 2010. page 22

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Richard Wilson OBE (1936-Present) Richard Wilson was born in Greenock in July 1936 and was raised on Dunlop Street. A pupil of Lady Alice Primary School and Greenock High School, growing up to become a medical lab technician. He studied science in Greenock, and did National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Singapore. He worked in a laboratory at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow as a research scientist before switching to acting. He was 27, and in London, when he made the decision to pursue an acting career. He trained at RADA and then appeared in repertory theatres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. The popularity of Wilson is undoubtedly owed to his most famous role in One Foot In The Grave, as grumpy Victor Meldrew. Wilson is still hounded by members of the public to say the classic 'I don't believe it' catchphrase of the character. In fact, Richard is nowhere near as grumpy as his character Victor Meldrew. Within the world of drama, Wilson is highly regarded, both as a director and as an actor. There is a lot more to Richard Wilson than just his role in One Foot In The Grave. He has worked for the gay rights campaign group Stonewall and the Labour Party. He is one of the Patrons for Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland's National Theatre "for and by" young people. Wilson is also a long-time supporter of the Sense charity and in 2007 hosted the Annual Sense Awards, honouring excellence in both deafblind people and those who work with them. He is also one of the Honorary Patrons of the London children's charity, Scene & Heard. In 1994, Wilson's efforts as an actor and director were recognised and he was awarded the OBE for his services to drama and in April 1996, he was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow. Despite his fame, Wilson hasn't ever forgotten where he comes from. And, he was in fact, the public face and voice behind the fundraising appeal to build the new Greenock Arts Guild. He really is a true talent and inspiration, who has used his fame in such positive ways. He is most definitely the kind of person the young community here in Inverclyde should look up to and aspire to be like. Someone who pursues and achieves his dreams, all the while remembering where he has come from and putting his fame to postive use. Yet another product of Inverclyde we are more than proud to celebrate! The Gold List, November 2013.

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Birdie Bowers (1883-1912) Lieutenant Henry Robertson Bowers could be described as having been short, at five foot four inches. He had red hair and a distinctive beak-like nose that quickly earned him the nickname of "Birdie" among his fellow explorers. Bowers was born on 29 July 1883 in Greenock. He was born in the house at the corner of the Esplanade and North Street. A small plaque on the wall tells you this. His mother raised him alone from the age of three, after the death of his father, along with his two older sisters. By January 1896 the family had moved to Streatham, in South London. Bowers went to sea first as a cadet in the merchant service, training on HMS Worcester and sailing around the world four times on the Loch Torridon. He then enlisted in the Royal Indian Marine Service in 1905, appointed sub-lieutenant serving in Ceylon and Burma, and commanding a river gunboat on the Irrawaddy. He later served on HMS Fox, preventing gun-running in the Persian Gulf. In 1910, Birdie travelled to Antartica with Scott on the Terra Nova Expedition on their mission to complete the long to trek to the South Pole and back again. Scott had not originally planned to include Birdie Bowers in his polar party. Bowers had been a member of the sledge team led by Scott's second-in-command, Lieutenant E.R.G.R. Evans, which was the last support party to accompany Scott and his team southward. But on 4 January 1912, when Evans turned back, Bowers was assigned to the polar party. Bowers became the 'fifth man' in the race to the pole. He died with Scott and Wilson. He still lies on the ice. He was known for his toughness, dependability, and cheerfulness. Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a fellow expedition member, remarked that his "capacity for work was prodigious", and that "There was nothing subtle about him. He was transparently simple, straightforward, and unselfish". In his diary, Scott wrote of Bowers that "he is the hardest traveller that ever undertook a Polar journey as well as one of the most undaunted". In a letter to Bowers' mother retrieved from the tent containing their bodies, Scott wrote "I write when we are very near the end of our journey, and I am finishing it in company with two gallant, noble gentlemen. One of these is your son. He had come to be one of my closest and soundest friends, and I appreciate his wonderful upright nature, his ability and energy. As the troubles have thickened his dauntless spirit ever shone brighter and he has remained cheerful, hopeful, and indomitable to the end." It is a true honour to have someone of Birdie's character and achievement come from our very own community. page 24

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Martin Compston (1984-Present) Martin Compston was born and raised in Greenock. He was a pupil of St. Columba's High School in Gourock. After leaving school, Martin was on the road to pursuing one of his dreams of becoming a professional footballer. He signed for local professional team Greenock Morton. Martin never allowed his lack of acting experience to discourage him from making a go of it, and while still in high school, he successfully auditioned for the lead role in Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen, which was being filmed locally here in Inverclyde. The film's success at the Cannes Film Festival gave him instant celebrity status in Scotland. His subsequent film career was comparatively low key as he wanted to "serve his apprenticeship" with a regular role in the BBC TV drama serial 'Monarch of the Glen'. He then appeared in three films: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Jury Prize and Best Ensemble Cast at the Sundance Festival) with Robert Downey, Jr.; Red Road (Jury Prize at Cannes), shot in Scotland with Kate Dickie and Tony Curran, for which he was nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Scottish BAFTAs; and True North with Peter Mullan and Gary Lewis, for which he was nominated as Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards. Martin made a cameo appearance in small budget web series 'Night Is Day'. His next role was in the 2010 film 'Soulboy'. He also appeared in the horror film 'The 4th Reich' as Pte. Newman and in The View's music video for 'Grace'. Last year, he starred in the BBC police drama 'Line of Duty'. The show proved to be a great success and has been confirmed for a second series. Also in 2012 Compston starred in the violent thriller 'Piggy'. Back to his Scottish roots, he then appeared in the lead role in 'The Wee Man', directed by Ray Burdis; a film depicting the life of renowned Glasgow Gangster Paul Ferris. This was released in the UK in January 2013, and has since then received great reviews. In April 2013 Martin starred in the ITV miniseries 'The Ice Cream Girls'. And most recently confirmed, he will be appearing as Roy James in 'The Great Train Robbery'. Hollywood almost certainly beckons for this young man now regularly spotted in the company of A-list celebrities. One night he's out with Sting and the next he's down at Word Up. By going for that one audition for Sweet Sixteen, Martin has set himself on this incredible journey. He is a true inspiration to us, and we wish him every success! The Gold List, November 2013.

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Christmas in Inverclyde There are lots of ways for you and the family to enjoy the Christmas spirit here in Inverclyde this year. Here are just a few of the events you could go to...

Christmas Lights Switch On Gourock Pierhead & Port Glasgow Library Wednesday 4th December 6pm - 6.30pm. Clyde Square, Greenock (Bring canned food to donate to the Inverclyde Food Bank, the Provost's Charity). Thursday 5th December 6pm - 7.30pm. Kilmacolm Community Centre & Inverkip Primary School Friday 6th December 6pm - 6.30pm. Wemyss Bay Community Centre Friday 6th December 7pm.

(All events FREE)

Santa's Grotto Opens Greenock Oak Mall Wednesday 4th December - List of Opening Hours on Oak Mall Website/Facebook Page.

Christmas Fun at the Libraries Santa's Storytime Meet Santa & Mrs Clause (Suitable for 4-10 year olds & parents). Southwest Library - Saturday 7th December 9.30am - 10.30am & 11.30am - 12.30pm. Christmas Bedtime Stories Treat the kids to festive bedtime stories, fancy dress optional (Suitable for 0-12 yr olds & parents). Port Glasgow Library - Thursday 12th December 6pm - 6.45pm. Christmas Craft Cracker Time Get crafty and have fun with some christmas sparkle. (Suitable for 4-10 yr plds & parents). Gourock Library - Thursday 12th December 6pm - 6.45pm

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Kids... Its Competition Time! Do You Love The School Holidays? Its time to show off how good you are at writing you very own poem! We want to read your poems, all about how much you love the school holidays! Send us your poem, and if we choose yours as our favourite one, it will be be printed on its very own page of The Gold List in January! You can either ... Write your poem out on paper and send it to; The Gold List SCB Coaching 272 Bath Street Glasgow G2 4JR

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All entries must be sent to us by December 28th 2013. Remember to let us know your name and age when you send your poem! We cant wait to read them!

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Who is The Entrepreneur Drive 2014 for? • It’s for people who want to achieve success in all areas of their business and personal life • It’s for people who want to earn significantly more money than they currently earn • It’s for people who have a positive outlook on life • It’s for people who welcome help and expertise from others who have already achieved success in business • It’s for people who embrace opportunity and are committed to achieving success • It • It’s for people who are willing to learn and implement new processes and techniques • It’s for people who are 100% committed to a challenge • It’s for people who take 100% responsibility for everything they do in life • It’s for people who have a positive outlook in life • It’s for people who are striving for financial freedom in their life • It’s for people who want to share success stories with other like-minded people • It’s for people who have great attitude towards improving their business and personal life • It

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Back in June of this year, friends Craig Warnock and Callum Ward, took over the running of Greenock's Victorian Suite and Chaplins Bar, situated on Inverkip Street. The guys have already gotten their teeth into this new venture and have started taking steps to improve the premises. They are using their entrepreneurial minds, together with their commitment and dedication to make The Victorian Suite a great function venue for all occasions including Birthdays, Hens/Stags, Christening and Engagements. Some refurbishment has already been made, and there are still even more exciting new things to come for The Victorian Suite. Here at The Gold List, we love to see entrepreneurialism, and to offer support wherever we can. It's excellent to see the guys using their initiative to take on this challenge and we really look forward to watching their business flourish.

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Tommy Bradley of WindowCare, (pictured right) has now been working in the double glazing industry for over 30 years. He is completely committed to providing a reliable service, and prides himself in his ability to do so. "When you buy our windows and doors you are safe in the knowledge that you’re buying quality products with the best possible security and design along with WindowCare’s unparalleled customer service. We can provide sash or casement windows helping to maintain a traditional appearance with the benefits of modern technology. Tilt and turn mechanisms allow cleaning the exterior glass from indoors. Our range of residential, patio and French doors are stylish, durable and secure. Features include heavy duty thresholds and internal beading with various opening options. All products come in three beautiful finishes. - Brilliant White - Rosewood - Cherrywood State of the art technology means that the woodgrain appearance is more lifelike than ever before. You even have the option to choose any woodgrain finish for the outside surfaces and brilliant white for the inside." - Tommy Bradley Windowcare is a well established company, and the people of Inverclyde are full of praise for them... "I was very pleased with the way the work was assessed and carried out to a high standard. And, the cost of the work was what you were quoted, no hidden extras when the bill arrived." - Clive Cummings "Professional, attentive and curteous. Clean and tidy works, and deserve recommendation." - J.E. Burns "No hassle. No hustle. Good Job. David, Chris and Ronnie very professional and curteous. Rooms are much warmer now!" - J McGowan The Gold List, November 2013.

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