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PIPES TALENT IS AT ITS BEST Framed by the stunning backdrop of Dumbarton Rock, the Scottish Pipe Band Championships on July 28 is a spectacular free entertainment that’s also an exemplar for Scotland’s national music – one that welcomes players and enthusiasts from all over the world. 25,000, maybe more, to a day dominated by the skirl of the pipes and the stirring accompaniment of expert drummers – but as ever this remarkable local celebration of traditional Scottish musical culture will also feature a whole host of other diversions to keep people of all ages and interests amused.

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EPIC CHAMPIONSHIP DAYS West Dunbartonshire already boasts a welter of premier league summer events, but next month sees the launch of an incredible lochside contest that will be viewed by millions. The only minor snag with the European Water Swimming Championships is that it is officially part of “Glasgow 2018” – which in marketing terms makes this amazing local phenomenon look as if it is a bolt-on to some extravaganza in the city. But that is a purely parochial concern, and won’t bother either the contestants or the hundreds of spectators certain to flock to the bonny banks between August 2 and 12.

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Scottish Canals is running its BHIve activity hub at Bowling Harbour from Monday, July 2 till Friday, August 3, with a packed programme of activities for children aged 8 to 15. Kids will be encouraged to get involved in activities ranging from fun treasure hunts through the woods to water zorbing and canoeing on the canal – besides learning useful lessons about how to work as part of a team, problem-solving and confidence-building. The cost is £175 per week, and there’s a daily rate option too. For further information visit www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/ leisure-parks-events/eventsin-west-dunbartonshire/bhivesummer-adventure-camps/

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Centre manager Joe McDade said: “We’re struggling to keep up with the demand for newspapers and towels at the moment. “We are very lucky that people regularly hand in items to our centre and we currently have lots of donated food for our animals. “We ask that people do not donate any old duvets or pillows they may have, as we find they are easy to tear apart.”. He added: “We have already cared for over 420 animals in Dumbarton this year, which is fantastic but clearly shows how busy we can be. “We hope kind-hearted locals will get behind our appeal as it would

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GAMES DAY OUT IN LUSS Is Fenton’s bar in Main Street, Jameston, the most impressive community-based music bar in Scotland?

It’s perhaps not so well known as the big Highland Games event in Balloch, but this month’s Luss Highland Gathering is another excellent opportunity to see a whole range of traditional competitive skills put to the test – and in a beautiful setting.

Plenty of people think so, on the form set by massively popular annual summer music festivals in recent years – and this year’s three day event (July 27 to 29) should easily be up to the usual high standard.

It’s also a real local tradition, stretching all the way back to 1875, with Games staged every year since then with an unfortunate but necessary couple of interruptions during the world wars.

If it were simply a profitspinner that might be fair enough, but the cash from all ticket sales goes directly to CHAS, whose Robin House in Balloch is one of the area’s most cherished causes. You’ll find full details on Fenton’s Bar’s FB site.

This year there’s a poignant reminder of the extraordinary links between Scotland and Canada with the launch of a new trophy in memory of Bruce Barnett-Cowan – whose widow Alyson presented the Games with a handsome shield, to be presented to the winner of the Open Piping (March) competition.

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The couple faithfully attended the Games during their stay in the UK from 2009 to 2014, when they were members of the Clan Colquhoun Society. The event includes Highland dancing, solo piping, wrestling, light field, heavyweights, cycling and running, and will be officially opened at 11am on July 7 by chieftain for the day Patrick Colquhoun in the village’s Games Field. For the full day's schedule of this year’s event visit www.lusshighlandgames.co.uk

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VALE HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN A major leaflet-drop exercise promoting the strong points of the Vale of Leven Hospital aims to get the word out that this local resource is a sound choice for the treatment of minor injuries. Promoted under the banner Vale of Leven Hospital – Here for You, the campaign has been informing residents of the services they can access.

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Council leader Jonathan McColl said: “There has been an increase in the number of people using the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at the Vale, which is really positive. “We are keen to work with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to do everything we can to build on that by highlighting the range of services available, including the MIU.

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Jane Grant, chief executive of NHSGGC said: “We are very proud of our staff and the services we provide at the Vale of Leven Hospital for the people of West Dunbartonshire. “The Vale has a very special place in the heart of the people of West Dunbartonshire and we are happy to get behind the council’s campaign to promote our services to local communities”.

The key areas for action include creating healthy communities, child health, mental well-being, harmful substances (such as smoking, drugs and alcohol), poverty and obesity. It says that foundations for good health are laid down at home and at school, but currently Scottish people are generally less healthy than most other people across

Europe. It suggests that modern technologies may play a part in making a difference in the future, possible using social media and artificial intelligence to support traditional approaches. It is hoped that greater wellness will result from improved education, activity levels, access to sports facilities and better alternatives to junk food. Whilst some cynics may say that this could be a way to divert attention away from financial pressures in the NHS, it is certainly true that good habits start early! Perhaps the future will see Scotland lose its reputation of heavy drinking and over-eating, and instead be renowned for its athletes and healthy living!

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MP MARTIN IS ON THE RUN It’s always good when a public figure gives a boost to a cause with a strongly local focus, and that’s exactly what’s happening as West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes sets out to join the Scottish Half Marathon in September. Martin is raising funds for local charity Carers of West Dunbartonshire, and his justgiving link is open if anyone wishes to add a donation - he is hoping to raise £1,000, and with a bit of help the final tally could be nudged a little higher. The MP launched his fundraising campaign ahead of Carers Week 2018, with the aim of collecting both cash and raising the profile of a local community group which provides support to carers across Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven and Clydebank. He doesn’t say so, explicitly, but of course if anyone else feels inspired to take part in the Half Marathon on Sunday, September 23 there’s still time to put in all the necessary training – it’s a 13.1 mile slog, so shouldn’t be undertaken lightly, but is obviously not quite as

daunting as an actual marathon of twice that distance. All of the cash from Martin’s run will go towards supporting the work of the Carers of West Dunbartonshire. He said: “The contribution carers make to our communities is priceless and I’m delighted to be running my first ever halfmarathon in support of the Carers of West Dunbartonshire. “Along with my brother and sister, I know first-hand the challenges of being a carer from a young age. “Carers go that extra mile every single day, so the prospect of running 13.1 miles feels easy by comparison. “Carers Week is a great opportunity to show appreciation for the vital work our local carers do across Dumbarton, the Vale

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of Leven and Clydebank, and I’d encourage anyone interested to get involved. “My fundraising page is now up and running at www.justgiving. com/fundraising/martin-dochertyhughes. Any donations, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated with every penny raised going towards this fantastic charity.” Joanne McGinley at Carers of West Dunbartonshire, said: “We are

delighted that Martin has chosen our charity to raise money while highlighting the challenges that carers face. “Carers Week raises awareness of the contribution that carers make to families and communities. This year’s campaign focuses on supporting carers to stay healthy and connected. “We wish Martin the best of luck in his run and appreciate his ongoing support.”

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GOLF GLORY FOR ALGER TEAM Amateur awards were also presented to Alan Rushworth for being Nearest the Pin; Jack Savage for the Longest Drive; and Gordon McFarlane for being Nearest the Line. Provost William Hendrie said: “We couldn’t have asked for better weather for today’s game and it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the course. Pro-Am golf winning team Alger's Dumbarton

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Summer Feature | July 2018 and make a day of it. Take a picnic lunch and explore your surroundings. You never know what you might find. You don’t even have to go out. A good one for a rainy day is to have a kids MasterChef competition at home. This works especially well if they have a few friends over. Have a competition for who makes the best pizza. Making dough from scratch is fun (and tiring) but very inexpensive. Plus an added bonus, you don’t have to cook dinner. We sometimes forget that right on our doorstep are two top international destinations, Glasgow and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, but how many of us become tourists for the day ourselves? Top of any list must be the freebies, especially if the holiday money cache is looking a bit depleted. Start at the Kelvingrove museum, a family favourite for generations. This summer, you'll be able to see a fascinating, myth-busting new exhibition looking at ancient Egyptian animal mummies called Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed. There are 20 free

museums in the city to check out too, not to mention around 90 parks and gardens. A Sunday walk down the City’s Style Mile can end at The St Enoch Centre where they paint little ones faces for free every Sunday from 12-4pm. You can bask on the beach too. The Riverside Museum's summer beach returns for the holidays. Check out the exhibits on at the museum, and step aboard The Tall Ship Glenlee for a taste of Glasgow's maritime heritage. The National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall is an exciting new visitor experience with entertainment and inspiration for all ages and features a celebration of 80 years of the Beano. July in the National Park is the best time of year for local festivals including food, drink and music - such as the Lomond Folk Music Festival. There are organised nature walks, water activities and of course various Scottish Highland Games including the Rosneath Gathering, Luss Highland Gathering or Loch Lomond Highland Games all celebrated in July. In fact, So much to do that there will be plenty of ideas left over for next year.

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From Living Memory to Memorial: Dumbarton’s WWI Stories Dumbarton Library Heritage Centre Exhibition commemorating those who served from the Dumbarton area and their families affected by the war. Workshops will also be held. Saturday 9th June, 11am-12.30pm: Poppymaking workshop. Craft a poppy to add to our WW1 exhibition.

Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Corran Lochan Depart 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. From Coilessan car park to Corran Lochan, with option to climb Clach Bheinn from lochan. Terrain: Forestry tracks. Open rocky hillside for Clach Bheinn. Distance: 16/17km. Ascend 250/430m to a height of 260/467m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs.

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Wednesday 4th

Internet Café Bellsmyre Digital Community 10-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm. Free use of modern computers and fast wi-fi. Tea/ coffee and biscuits £1.

01389 767115 mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk Also on 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

Working 4U One Stop Shop, Alexandria 9am-4pm. Supporting people who are unemployed return to work, providing assistance with benefits and debt, learning, digital literacy and preparation for work. Weekly Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 9.30-11.30am: Little Rascals Toddlers. 121pm: Baby Massage 5.45pm & 6.45pm: MAE Fitness Techniques.

Working 4U Alexandria Library 10am-4pm. Supporting people who are unemployed return to work, providing assistance with benefits and debt, learning, digital literacy and preparation for work. Weekly


Tuesday Lunches Riverside Church 12pm. Meet friends and enjoy homemade soup and filled rolls.

01389730111 allisondonnelly@bellsmyretrust.org.uk

www.dumbartonriverside.org.uk Weekly

Lomond Badminton Club Vale of Leven Academy 6-8pm: Juniors. 8-10pm: Adults. From beginner to competitor, our club can cater for all. We have plenty space for new members. Just turn up at one of our sessions, email or see FB.

Balloch Health Walk Balloch Tourist Information Centre 10.20am. Free. We walk to feel fitter. Fun and easy way to get fit and feel better. No need to book; simply turn up and join in… everyone’s welcome! A great way to meet new people, enjoy a coffee and a chat.

Thursday 5th


Drymen & Croftamie Health Walk Village Square, outside The Winnock Hotel 10.20am. Free. We walk to feel fitter. Fun and easy way to get fit and feel better. No need to book; simply turn up and join in… everyone’s welcome! A great way to meet new people, enjoy a coffee and a chat.

01389 722645 trustinthepark.org/walk-in-the-park/ fran.crumley@lochlomond-trossachs.org


Senior Citizens Bus Trip The Cutty Sark Centre 9.30am. £10pp, includes a 2 course lunch. Annual bus run for local senior citizens to Livingston. Must book in advance.

Alexandria Quilters Alexandria Leisure Centre 10am-12pm. New members welcome. Just pop in. Weekly

Walk in the Park Balloch Tourist Information Centre 10.20am. Balloch Castle loop with Fairy Glen extension. After the walk all walkers & guests are invited back to the National Park Headquarters for refreshments in the Robert Grieve Suite. Confirm attendance by email.

01389 722645 trustinthepark.org/walk-in-the-park/ fran.crumley@lochlomondtrossachs.org Weekly

Fran.Crumley@lochlomondtrossachs.org Weekly

Wednesday Health Walking Group Unit 1 Leven Valley Enterprise 1pm. FREE. Wednesday Health Walking Group, local walks lasting no longer than an hour, followed by a tea or coffee! Everyone welcome.

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Working 4U Balloch Library 10am-12pm. Supporting people who are unemployed return to work, providing assistance with benefits and debt, learning, digital literacy and preparation for work. Weekly


Internet Café Bellsmyre Digital Community 10am-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm. Free use of modern computers and fast wi-fi. Tea/ coffee and biscuits £1.

01389 767115 mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk Also on 12th, 19th & 26th


Dumbarton Lions Club Abbotsford Hotel 7.30pm. Local fundraising club. New members welcome.

01389 763592

Every second Tuesday Youth Club St Patrick’s Church Hall 8pm-9.30pm. For kids from 10 plus. Activities include: ball games, board games, music, computers and internet, Wii, tuck shop, organised parties, outings, group sharing, community services and weekend away. All are welcome.

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Cardross Mother and Toddler Group Cardross Church Hall 10-11.30am. Come join us for coffee and a chat while the wee ones play!

07717 238979 Weekly

cardrossmotherandtoddlers@gmail.com Internet Café Bellsmyre Digital Community 10am-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm. Free use of modern computers and fast wi-fi. Tea/ coffee and biscuits £1.

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Alzheimer Scotland Allotment Eastfield Crescent, Dumbarton 1pm. Are you living with dementia? Enjoy gardening? Then why not come along and help out at our allotment! A great opportunity for people living with dementia to meet new friends.


Weekly Dumbarton Library 3-4:30pm. Fun FREE 30-40-minute sessions which include stories, games and activities for parents/carers and their 3-5-year-olds. Register in your local library. Weekly Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 3.30-4pm: Myre Munchkins. 7pm: MAE Fitness Techniques.


Weekly Writers Alexandria Library 6pm. Every Thursday writers are invited to meet and share their work.

07922 833472 Weekly

Wargames + Miniatures Games Store Unit 4, 7 Merkins Avenue 5pm. Our Magic: The Gathering 'Learn Magic' programme. Boys and girls welcome. Including a FREE Introductory starter pack!

events@wargamesandminiatures.com Weekly

Meditate in Dumbarton: How To Solve Our Human Problems St Augustine’s Scottish Episcopal Church, High Street 7-8.15pm. £30 for 6-week course if booking online or £7 per class dropin. Members free.

0141 334 1334 info@meditateinglasgow.org meditateinglasgow.org Weekly until 12th July

Loch Lomond Camera Club Station Street, Renton 7-9pm. All levels and non-members welcome.

www.meetup.com/lochlomondcameraclub/ Weekly

Friday 6th Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 9am. MAE Fitness Techniques. 10.30am-12pm: Bingo Mornings.

www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly

Coffee Morning Lennox Evangelical Church 10am-12pm. Proceeds to local charities.

www.lennoxevangelicalchurch.org Weekly

Working 4U Balloch Library 10am-12pm. Supporting the unemployed return to work, provide assistance with benefits and debt, learning, digital literacy and preparation for work. Weekly Internet Café Bellsmyre Digital Community 10am-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm. Free use of modern computers and fast wi-fi. Tea/ coffee and biscuits £1.

01389 767115 mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk Also on 13th, 20th & 27th

Friday Soup St Augustine's Community Hall 12-1pm. Maggie and the others in the Friday team would like to welcome you to the Friday soup lunches...although to be fair you can buy far more than soup. Weekly

Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Loch Turret Reservoir and Choinneachain Hill Depart 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. A circular walk over Choinneachain Hill above the Loch Turret Reservoir with extensive views over Perthshire and Ben Chonzie. We return alongside but above the reservoir. Terrain: Well-defined tracks throughout. Distance: 17km. Ascend 700m to a height of 780m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs.

01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 9.30am. MAE Fitness Techniques.

www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly

Who Let the Dads Out? Lennox Evangelical Church 10am. Dads and toddlers/pre-school children welcome for fun, banter and bacon rolls. We meet the first Saturday of every month.

01389849142 lennoxevangelicalchurch@gmail.com First Saturday of every month Levenvale Older People's Welfare Levenvale Primary School 10am-12pm. All members welcome. First Saturday of every month Luss Highland Games 2018 Luss Games Field 11am. Traditional Highland games including Highland dancing, solo piping, wrestling, light field, heavyweights, cycling and running.



Saturday 7th Balloch Run 'n' Park Balloch Park Gates, Balloch Road 9am. Stay in shape & meet new people.

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Friday 13th

Saturday 14th

Dumbarton Acoustic Music Night St Augustine's Church High St Dumbarton 7pm. £5. A night of local artists offering a variety of music in an acoustic format. Money raised donated to a local charity. BYOB. Tickets available from Discography Records, Bell Arcade Market, 143-145 High St, or pay at door.

Bellsmyre Community Gala Day The Cutty Sark Centre 12pm. Bring the family along for an afternoon of fun with stalls, raffle, bouncy castle, hot food and snacks, face painting, entertainment and much more.

Texan Rock Country Western Club Masonic Hall, Church Street, Dumbarton 7.30pm. £5. Country line-dance night with Stateline providing the live music. Bingo, raffle, open the box and fast draw. Accompanied children welcome.

Loch Lomond Highland Games 2018 Moss o' Balloch Park Balloch 10am-5pm. Adults £5, Children £3. Spectators will be entertained throughout the day with track and field events including running, jumping, cycling, wrestling, the heavyweight events of ball, hammer, weight and caber, plus the highland dancing and pipe band competitions.



Summer Camp

West Dunbartonshire Leisure Community Sports Programme Football Camp 5-8yrs & 9-14yrs – 9-3pm & 9-12pm 2nd-6th: Dumbarton Academy. 16th-20th: Vale of Leven Academy. 23rd-27th: Clydebank High School. 30th Jul-3rd Aug: Vale of Leven Academy. 6th-10th Aug: Dumbarton Academy.

Gymnastics & Dance Camp 5-6yrs: 10-12.30pm. 7-12yrs: 10-3pm* 16th-19th: Vale of Leven Academy *Packed lunch required

Minikickers 3-4 yrs 16th-20th: 9.30-10.30am, Vale of Leven Academy. 23rd-27th: 11-12pm, Clydebank High School. 6th-10th Aug: 1.30-2.30pm, Dumbarton Academy

Multi Sports Camps 5-12yrs – 9-3pm 9th-13th: Vale of Leven Academy. 16th-20th: St. Peter the Apostle HS. 23rd-27th: Vale of Leven Academy. 30th-3rd Aug: St. Peter the Apostle HS.

Goal Keeping Camp 8-18yrs 10th-12th: 1.30-4pm, Argyle Park. 7th-9th Aug: 12.30-3pm, Dumbarton Academy. Girls Football Camp 5-12yrs 9th-13th: 9.30-12pm, Dumbarton Academy.

01389 757806

Gymnastics Camp 5-7yrs: 9-12pm. 8-12yrs 1-4pm 30th-3rd Aug: Brucehill Activity Centre

Ready Steady Go 3-4yrs – 11.30-12.30pm 16th-20th: St. Peter the Apostle HS. 23rd-27th: Vale of Leven Academy. Balance Bike 2.5-4yrs 9th-13th: 9.30-10.30am, Vale of Leven Academy. 30th-3rd Aug: 11.30-12.30pm, St. Peter the Apostle HS.


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Sunday 15th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Clachan of Campsie Circular via Lennox Forest Depart 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Starting on the Thomas Muir Heritage Trail, the walk enters the grounds of Schoenstatt and continues to the Strathkelvin Railway Path. On leaving this path there is a gradual climb on road to Lennox Forest where a track is followed to Lennox Castle. Terrain: Tarmac and tracks with a bit of mud. Distance: 11km. Ascend 140m to a height of 210m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs.

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Thursday 19th Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 3.30-4pm: Myre Munchkins. 7pm: MAE Fitness Techniques.

www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly

Friday 20th Kids Beach Party The Cutty Sark Centre 1.30pm. £3.00. For kids aged P1 upwards.

01389 730 111 allisondonnelly@bellsmyretrust.org.uk

Saturday 21st Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Beinn Tulaichean Depart 9am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. This is a strenuous walk which involves exposed mountainous terrain and is not recommended for inexperienced hill walkers. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs.

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Sunday 29th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Gryfe Reservoir and Corlick Hill Depart 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Gently rising slope to start with. Short 10-minute hill climb with easy walk around reservoir. Terrain: Tarmac road, 2km at the start, then forestry road, tracks and short grassy hillside path. Distance: 9km. Ascend 105m to a height of 305m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs.

Sunday 22nd Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Alloa Tower, Clackmannan Tower and Gartmorn Dam Circuit. Depart 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. After passing Alloa Tower, follow track across the Forth wetlands to Clackmannan Tower on King’s Seat Hill. Then to Clackmannan Tolbooth, the Mannan Stone and along Clackmannan village main street. Follow paths to Gartmorn Dam Nature Reserve and return along Brothie Burn path. Terrain: Mostly country paths, rough and muddy in a few places. 1km through urban area at the end to return to the cars. Distance: 15km. Ascend 200m to a height of 70m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs.

Thursday 26th Ladies Evening Antartex Village 6-10pm. Refreshment on arrival. Tickets available at Antartex Village or call Andrea

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Wednesday 25th Helensburgh & Dumbarton Parkinsons Support Group Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 1.30-3pm. Come along and meet with others to chat, sharing experiences and advice.

07771 632243 helensburghpsg@gmail.com Last Wednesday of month

Friday 27th Peter Rabbit Movie Event The Cutty Sark Centre 1.30pm. £5, includes movie, snacks and a drink. Join us as we watch the adventures of Peter Rabbit and friends.

01389 730111 allisondonnelly@bellsmyretrust.org.uk

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Saturday 28th

Monday 30th

Scottish Pipe Band Championships 2018 Levengrove Park, Dumbarton 9am-6pm. Free. More than 120 bands and 25,000 people will attend the event, organised by West Dunbartonshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust Events Team in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. A fun day of Highland Dancing competitions, fun fair, trader areas with confectionery, jewellery, clothing, toys and Scottish souvenirs and food and drinks; and of course the magnificent sound of the pipes and drums of some of the world's best pipe bands.

Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 6.30-7:30pm. Monthly book club


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WOLVES SET FOR A RETURN? Many people regularly complain that the whole notion of “rewilding� parts of the country with wolves is completely insane, putting livestock under threat and bringing back problems we haven’t experienced since the 17th century. But university teams from down south are still doggedly pursuing the notion, and according to recent press reports are convinced that fenced-off enclosures – as in wolf parks in several other countries – could be feasible. There’s no saying whether the idea could ever take root in West Dunbartonshire, but within living memory we’ve had a bear park on Loch Lomond, and (arguably less alarming than wolves or bears) we’ve seen trials for the reintroduction of beavers in the west of Scotland.

occupying a large area could help to keep down the numbers of deer herds said to be holding back the return of woodland – and that adequate fencing would help to ensure there were no unfortunate encounters between wolves and humans.

Now researchers from the universities of Kent and Sussex have reportedly concluded that around 80 wolves

Their conclusions are based on computermodel studies of behaviour, but – if a large and voluble number of opponents have their way – their studies will never become reality. Every year we are issued with warnings about the dangers of allowing dogs off the leash in

countryside, because of the carnage even a small animal can cause among flocks of sheep – but it’s argued wolves would present a clear and present danger, with no precautions being likely to prove wholly effective.

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GETTING IT RIGHT ON SAFETY Children also tried on safety and protective clothing worn by the staff – just to reinforce the message. Robert said: “It was great to see the children of St Patrick’s Primary School engage with our presentation, and I was delighted to see many of them had an interest in finding out how we build our new home.


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You’re never too young to learn about the importance of safety on building sites, so builder Taylor Wimpey has staged a special “take care” session for children at Dumbarton’s St Patrick’s Primary School on the do’s and don’ts involved. The company was acting on the premise that a lesson understood now can help to stave off all sorts of potential dangers in the future – as with any other type of essential safety procedure – and turned what could have been a dull pep talk into an interesting step by step guide to the realities of life on a site, illustrating why

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A light show was staged in 2016

Seminary will remain a ruin

An arts company leading a £10m bid to salvage St Peter’s Seminary near Cardross has folded after it failed to secure funding. The arts company NVA had been at the forefront of plans to rescue the modernist building. But it now has announced it is to close, partly because it failed to find the money needed for St Peter’s full restoration. The seminary, which became derelict after it was abandoned in 1980, is regarded as a modernist masterpiece.

NVA, a critically acclaimed arts company that specialised in open air light, sound and kinetic productions launched a bid to rescue the building after staging its Hinterland show at St Peter’s in 2016. The light and sound show launched the Scottish government's festival of architecture. The event sold out and audiences came from across the UK and Europe.

It was built in 1966 as a training centre for priests to a design by the architects Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, but was never entirely watertight. Since it closed down, its arches and walls have become covered in graffiti and battered by the elements.

NVA were given a £4.2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland in March 2016 to allow key parts of the building to be made weathertight and protected, to ensure it was safe for public performances and activities.


A path network, walled garden and bridges in the surrounding 104-acre estate – were also to be restored. However NVA said in a statement: “Despite our best efforts we were unable to guarantee the viable future for the St Peter's Seminary that we had imagined and hoped for. In the end, we had no choice but to bring the capital project to an end.” It said its efforts to find an alternative plan for the seminary and its own business floundered after Creative Scotland, the arts funding agency, announced in January NVA would not be given core funding.

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ALEXANDRIA Dempsey’s Bar

The Doghouse Bar


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The Buchanan Arms

 Open Mic

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 Karaoke

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The Clachan

119 Bridge St, 01389 750746  Live sports  Beer garden  Contact bar for entertainment details

Lomond Park Hotel

Main Street, 01360 660824

Balloch Rd, 01389 752494

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 THU: Quiz

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The Fountain Tavern

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 SAT: Live Band

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 Live football, rugby, BBC, Sky Sports, BT & ESPN

The Drymen Inn

The Old Vale Bar

Tullie Inn

1 Hillview Place, 01389 757988  THU: Poker Night (8pm)  FRI: Bingo Night (8pm)

The Laughing Fox

304 Main St, 01389 753769  Quaint family run business

Station Bar 140 Bank St, 01389 752504  Pool table, jukebox, sports TV screen

B A L LO C H Balloch House Vintage Inn Balloch Rd, 01389 752579  Contact bar for entertainment details

Club Desire Balloch Rd, 01389 729002  Contact for entertainment details

Corries Restaurant

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Fisherwood Rd, 01389 752052

 SAT: Live Music

 WED: Quiz night

 SUN: Live Entertainment

 FRI: Live music

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The Winnock

 Live sports

The Square, 01360 660245


 Variety themed nights

The Riverside Inn

 Contact bar for entertainment details

480 Main St, 01389 754543


 Live sport & music  Contact the bar for more details

The Abbotsford Hotel


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The Wayfarers

The Burgh Bar

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Nightlife | July 2018 Cheers

The Stag’s Head

1 Brewery Lane, 01389 742333  FRI & SAT: DJ Clubnights

116 Glasgow Rd, 01389 732642  FRI: Karaoke  Live Music

The Captain James Lang

The Stonefield

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Dumbarton Rd, 01389 767940  Monthly pool competitions and quiz nights

The Clipper

The Waterside

3 High St, 01389 731981  All major sport shown  Jukebox  Live atmosphere

1a Riverside Lane, 01389 731221  TUE: Bingo  FRI & SAT: Live acts  SUN: Karaoke

The Counting House

The Waverley Bar

17 High St, 01389 765457  THU: Pub Quiz  FRI & SAT: DJ  Beer garden  Football and rugby shown, BT, SKY & ESPN

30 West Bridgend, Dumbarton  Wide range of music played  Live football & rugby  Beer garden, karaoke & jukebox


The Dumbuck House Hotel

Fenton’s Bar

Glasgow Road, 01389 734 336  Contact bar for entertainment details

174 Main Street, 01389 602564  WED: Pub Quiz & Pool Competition  THU: Jam / Open Mic  Contact bar for entertainment details

The Glencairn Lounge 15-19 Bridge St, 01389 732816  SAT: Karaoke


The Lennox Bar 137-139 High St, 01389 730120  Weekend entertainment, contact bar for further information

The Malt and Myre Lomondgate Drive, 0871 527 9274  Accommodation and restaurant

The Milton Inn 401 Milton, Dumbarton, 01389 761 401  FRI & SAT: Disco/Karaoke  Sky Sports & pool table

Drovers Inn Inverarnan, 01301 704234 FRI 6: Fozzie  SAT 7: 50 Shades of Blue  FRI 13: Peter  SAT 14: Carnaby Street  FRI 20: Jono  SAT 21: 56 Degrees North  FRI 27: Clara  SAT 28: Hell 4 Leather

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Primary school age children who register for the challenge at a WD library will be given a Mischief Makers collector poster, and for every book they read they will be given stickers to complete their poster, and other goodies along the way. Children who complete the challenge by reading a minimum of six books and collect all their stickers will receive a certificate and medal and they could help their school become WD Summer Reading Challenge Champions 2018!

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BOLD PLAN FOR THE BURGH lend their support – which would guarantee wall-to-wall news coverage across Scotland.

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Meanwhile the area’s many built-in strengths have given organisers no shortage of themes to explore, and the impetus to develop something eye-catching and exciting in a town which has taken the full brunt of recession and Westminster austerity.

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When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle it could have been a case of perfect timing for Dumbarton, because in just under two years time the Burgh is set to proudly advertise its many strengths to a wider public. It might sound super-ambitious, but it’s hoped that the Earl of Dumbarton (that’s Harry) and his countess could be a star turn at a new four-day Dumbarton Festival – with even a brief appearance likely to massively increase its profile. Among those involved in the project are the Dumbarton Castle Society and the council, and

although plans are at an early stage an outline of what could be involved is already under discussion – music, heritage and sports events are all likely to figure. Local MSP Jackie Baillie is among those keen to promote the potential of this brand new event, and her input could be useful in persuading the royal couple to

Showing the world that despite challenging problems of deprivation Dumbarton still has the motivation to put its best features on show could be a morale-booster capable of shaking loose further benefits in terms of renewed interest among employers – and it would be difficult, for example, to imagine Chivas not wishing to get involved, given the town’s historic and modern-day link with Scotland’s most famous industry. But will the royals turn up to provide what many might see as the icing on the cake? From their point of view it would be a great opportunity to show solidarity with the area whose title they proudly carry so, yes, it could happen.

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ALEXANDRIA WRITERS’ DAYS Fascinating Facts With no great fuss or publicity a group of local writers have set up a flourishing group in Alexandria, where new members – experienced wordsmiths or complete beginners – are always welcome. Experienced writer Mary Irvine is a prime mover, also giving talks on local history and iconic local rights champion Margaret Harrison – she has even had some of her short stories translated into Greek and published in that language. Mary has been working hard to create new events and opportunities for local writers, recognising that in an area which responds so enthusiastically to the annual literary festival there is no shortage of potential interest. She launched an “open mic” night in Balloch which has successfully attracted writers from outwith the area, and last month organised a special writers’ day at Fruin Farm – and there are plenty of other plans in the pipeline. Most of the other members have also had work published, both poetry and prose, in magazines

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and anthologies, but this isn’t some reclusive band of ivory tower experts, and the whole idea is to encourage people who may only have dabbled until now to meet other writers and explore their own full potential. The group meets every Wednesday in Alexandria Library from 1.30pm to 3.30pm all year round, and has a very flexible programme to ensure it meets the needs and requests of the members - although typically there’s a focus on poetry in one meeting and on prose in the next.


July and August will include topics such as writing in the second person, a poetry workshop and proof reading – along with a discussion of any work members choose to bring along. to be afraid to make their work available for wider perusal. Criticism of work is positive, and is all about encouragement and not judgement, so nobody has

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PEOPLE WANTED NEW LIDL “The local community have been extremely supportive of our proposal to bring new shopping options to the town, and we would like to take the opportunity at this time to thank everyone who has helped secure this positive result.” Construction is set to begin later this year with a view to opening the store in autumn 2019.

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Opinion may be sharply divided on whether Dumbarton's new Lidl store will bring a boon or an eyesore to the town – but the firm itself reckons community support won the day. The company first revealed in 2016 that it wanted to open a store in the Burgh, as part of its ongoing expansion ambitions. There are arguments that the high profile site isn’t suitable for a supermarket, but against that Lidl is confident many local residents will find it a convenient addition to local shopping facilities.


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“I am very much looking forward to opening our doors and offering our fresh, quality, great value products in the not too distant future.

Lidl says it has experienced continued growth in Scotland over the years as consumers flock to the supermarket to discover “great value” products – currently sourced from over 60 Scottish suppliers - ranging from fruit and vegetables, to dairy and bakery lines. The Dumbarton store will add to Lidl’s existing store portfolio in the UK of over 710 stores, and will form part of the company’s growth plans which will see it open up to 50 new stores a year across the UK.


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Lidl UK’s Head of Property for Scotland, Gordon Raffterty, said: “We could not be more delighted to have received planning permission, and look forward to getting started on construction.

The multi-million pound investment will create up to 40 new jobs in a store whose facilities will include an in-store bakery, customer toilets and parking spaces.

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