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WHEN THE BURGH WAS AT WAR This month and next offers the chance to see one of the most remarkable local exhibitions of recent years – one which is perhaps as important in its own way as the superb Clydebank display which recalled the horrors and heroism of the 1941 Blitz. This one is in Dumbarton Library and Heritage Centre, and has been prepared over many months to mark the impending centenary of the 1918 Armistice which brought an end to the Great War. Although these events are inevitably distanced by time, the photographs on display “speak” across the gulf of decades to bring us face to face with people who look just like us, have names we can recognise in school or

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and Sutherland Highlanders, in which countless West Dunbartonshire men served. However local men also served in a multitude of other units, and of course in the Royal Navy, in a conflict which raged from the killing fields of the Western Front to the Balkans and Middle East. The famous poem which promises: “We shall remember them” is not always honoured in fact, as witness sometimes dilapidated and neglected – even vandalised – war memorials around the country.

Happily that is not the case locally, where lottery funding was used to research the real-life identities of the names inscribed on memorials in the Burgh, Cardross and Bowling. By all accounts the cultural and heritage team, ably assisted by local families, have produced a vivid impression of a holocaustal period which lingers in the public consciousness as a time of suffering on the epic scale – and it fully deserves a visit.

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HISTORY OF OUR WATERWAY The Lennox Heritage Society launched its new season last month with a fascinating talk on the history of medieval Dumbarton, and for October will fast-forward to one of the area’s most impressive assets – the Forth and Clyde Canal. This once-flourishing waterway fell on hard times over recent decades, but has been massively upgraded to the point where boats can navigate most or all of its length – although operators Scottish Canals have their hands full keeping it and the Union Canal working at full stretch. As ever, funding is at a premium when the amount of repairs needed to keep a feat of 19th century engineering safe and up to modern specifications, and at time of writing arguments continue over just where spending should be prioritised. However at the same time the

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MAGNIFICENT FLYING MEN It’s one thing watching a film like “The Blue Max” or brushing up on your Biggles, but a group of West Dunbartonshire pupils recently got a much more vivid impression of First World War air combat. They underwent training on a special virtual reality Bristol Fighter, using a fascinating simulator invented by Glasgow University Professor George Barakos, an aerospace expert, which gave an idea of just how rickety and vulnerable these early flying machines really were.

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INVESTMENT IN YOUTH JOBS School leavers are to be the principal focus of a major investment in apprentices across West Dunbartonshire, as part of a £1million investment to be made over the next four years. By encouraging firms to take on modern apprentices, the council is seeking to answer a local skills shortage, enhance the local economy and have a positive impact on West Dunbartonshire communities.

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Until recently the 1st Vale of Leven Company of the Boys Brigade – and a number of community groups – have had to make the best of life at the BB Hall in Alexandria’s Smollett Street with an old 1960’s heating system… but they can now face the winter with confidence. Thanks to a local grant they gained the installation of a new renewable heating system (air to air heat pumps), which seems to have made a dramatic improvement, in what must be a case of “perfect timing”. The environmental spin-off is welcome too, as the new system will result in an overall carbon saving of no less than 3.3 tonnes of CO2 per year.

the other community groups who use the hall at present, but it’s also reckoned likely to attract other users to the formerly chilly building’s facilities – with a place that is warm as well as welcoming the benefits (particularly in winter) are obvious. For details contact Murdoch Cameron on 01389 754431.

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RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is hosting a special Nature Fun Weekend (Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21, inclusive) full of adventure and nature activities suitable for the whole family. It’s that time of year when the long hot summer already seems a distant memory, and outdoor trips no longer seem quite so attractive – but the RSPB at Gartocharn reckon there’s still plenty to look forward to. It’s a great chance to see one of the area’s most beautiful locations while capturing the experience of seeing wildlife in its natural setting. In this special weekend you’re invited to search the pond for weird

and wonderful creatures of the deep, hunt for beasts that creep and crawl in the meadows and go exploring in the enchanted woods. Saving Scottish Red Squirrels will be there too, so participants can take part in a red squirrel trail and go in search of some of the cutest residents at RSPB Loch Lomond. Don’t forget your wellies for the welly wanging competition and for concocting some magical mud recipes in the RSPB’s very own mud kitchen. For tickets visit Eventbrite and search RSPB Loch Lomond or follow this link: www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/naturefun-weekendtickets-48121929988 The cost is £6.50 per child, £5 for Wildlife Explorer members, adults go free.

THE SKY AT NIGHT If you’ve always been intrigued by astronomy but never got farther than watching the odd TV programme about the solar system you could find meetings of the Astronomy Club at Longcrags Community Centre an eyeopener. Club members hear fascinating subjects on a wide variety of topics from interesting speakers, and are able to watch the latest NASA videos on a 75-inch smart TV screen – not to mention visits to the Planetarium and (for example) the chance to meet Professor Brian Cox at the Hydro in Glasgow. The club meets on the first and third Friday of every month, and you can get further details by emailing mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk.

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SURVIVAL COURSE SUCCESS AUTUMN WALKS most of us live and work – and this particular stint may have encouraged some to think about the possibility of a career as a ranger in years to come.

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The National Park is only a short drive from most local people’s doors, and is capably served by a whole range of safety officers of one sort or another – but what if these people simply weren’t there? The Junior Rangers from the Vale of Leven Academy have proudly received John Muir Award certificates after a week spent “learning how to survive in the wild” – the sort of activity that’s second nature to senior Venture Scouts but a novelty to youngsters who don’t necessarily have much experience of roughing it in the great outdoors.

Of course the well-organised trip didn’t require anyone to simply “survive”, but did pose practical challenges in a supervised but stimulating way. Their success underlines the importance of the Park to the local area, offering as it does a complete contrast to the busy urban environment where

The junior rangers enjoyed their survival challenge, ably assisted by Ranger Pauline from Forest Holidays, but also cleared the footpath of Ben Lomond, learned about fen habitat at RSPB Loch Lomond reserve and – amongst other activities – also helped out with a marine litter pick at Ardgarten. Those taking part described the whole outing as a fun experience, with a great deal of learning and healthy activity packed into one fascinating week – and the National Park organisers have passed on their congratulations to everyone who was involved. It is likely to be just one of many such adventures in months to come, as the handy location of the Park makes it a natural for excursions and more elaborate exercises for pupils at local schools, many of whom are already well aware of ecology and conservation issues, and keen to find out more.

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October 2018 | What's Up Doc?

OUR GREAT WALL HERITAGE West Dunbartonshire has just had the honour of leading a special conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the inscription of the Antonine Wall – featuring a range of high profile speakers. The Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project organised the event to promote the site’s fascinating history and celebrate the ongoing involvement of the communities along the Wall.

Staged in Banknock, near Falkirk, the summit allowed various interested groups the opportunity to see in one single presentation the new work taking place along the whole length of Scotland’s most famous ancient monument – and to see its potential for visitor tourism in years to come. Attendees were given a guided tour of particular parts of the wall, which runs through West Dunbartonshire to mark the western end of the famous “final frontier” of the Roman Empire. Last year, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £97,000 to the project, and a range of improvements were planned.

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They included five new replica distance slabs, new interpretive play spaces with themed equipment merged with digital content to create exciting new learning environments; a series of arts/performance events designed and delivered by local communities; and the recruiting of a “21st century Legion” to help promote the Antonine Wall in local areas.

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This month: HEALTHIER HABITS This October “Go Sober for October” and “Stoptober” are being promoted to encourage people to think about alcohol and smoking. Habits can be good as well as bad, and I have heard it said that a habit can be learned within 60 days or less! These campaigns help people take the first steps to changing habits around alcohol or smoking by asking them to commit to no more than 28 days – which can be a manageable timescale to imagine.

options open to people to use nicotine replacement through their pharmacist or doctor, and vaping, more people seem to be quitting effectively. Too much alcohol can lead to violence, depression, obesity or liver disease. Many people find that cutting out alcohol for a month helps them reset their drinking levels and sometimes regain control over their intake.

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SUPERB RESULT FOR RNLI There are many ways of raising funds for a worthy cause, and the local branch of the RNLI have probably tried most of them – and with notable success.

But as a way of raising the profile of their cause the members surely struck gold with their imaginative recent partnership with McTears the Glasgow-based auctioneers. Programmes like Antiques Roadshow and Bargain Hunt are hugely popular, because everyone likes the mystique of a venerable item that may or may not be valuable – and which may at least

have an interesting story to tell. At a special valuation day staged in Dumbarton’s St Patrick’s Church Hall McTear’s experts carried out valuations for a small charge, with funds going to the local RNLI, and at the end of the day a few pounds short of £700 was the magnificent total. It isn’t the sort of event you could stage every week, even if the

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She said: “This resulted in a wonderful crowd attending and resulted in £693 being raised for RNLI. “We’d like to say a big thank to the people of Dumbarton and surrounding area for making this such an enjoyable afternoon - the Valuers were very impressed by the number of people attending.” Look out for further news of the local RNLI’s fundraising activities in future editions.

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UTUMN... AND BEYOND! the ducks or going for a brisk walk or a run. Exercise is also important for physical well-being and health experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as cycling or brisk walking, even in autumn and winter, as well as some strength exercises. Another benefit of exercise at this time of year is maintaining social links. When the nights draw in and the temperature drops, people prefer to stay at home rather than socialise. However, if you set a date with a friend for

Or how about trying a new adventure activity that is suitable for adults and children together?

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Parents can keep kids busy and active by booking them into school holiday camps and weekend activities. There are plenty of clubs and camps If you have planned ahead and that have autumn and winter the weather is inclement, simply programmes. find the right clothing – and still go. For example, a walk can And while the children are be fun in the rain if you wear learning something new, why full waterproofs, Wellington not take up a new hobby boots and encourage kids to yourself? Perhaps you have splash in the puddles. always wanted to sing, play a

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Another great idea is to find a woodland, which will be more sheltered from the weather, and go for a walk. Kicking up the fallen carpet of colourful leaves in autumn will easily lift the spirits.

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October 2018 | Legal Matters

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This month: JUDICIAL REVIEW

THE MIDNIGHT LEAGUE

Judicial review is the mechanism used to ask the court to review decisions, acts or a failure to act by a public body, such as a local authority, or other official decision making bodies.

One of the most popular young people’s activities of the summer is still going strong in Alexandria’s Argyll Park – the late night football sessions involving both boys and girls.

It can only be used where all other effective remedies have been investigated and there is no other remedy available.

The programme ends on October 19, so there’s time – just – for anyone who hasn’t tried it to find what it’s all about. Each Friday session 10pm to midnight, costs £1, and even if you aren’t that interested in football it’s a safe venue, staffed and monitored by the council, where you can spend some time with friends. All abilities are welcome, and individual players can be placed in teams – why not give it a try?

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The court does have the power to extend this to a longer period of time if it considers it appropriate to do so. Unfortunately, even following a successful action for judicial review, the decision maker may be able to make the same decision again, so long as it does so in a lawful way and following the correct process.

There’s lots happening in Mugdock over the next few months and something for everyone to get involved in!

Mugdock has welcomed a host of visitors to the Park this summer and it’s been great for everyone to enjoy such fantastic weather. The Sensational Safari and Forest School events have kept the kids busy and the new Treasure Hunt and Bug Hunt have proved really popular, with a prize at the end being an added bonus.

You can also check out our website at www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk or check out our Facebook page and posters around the Park.

An application for judicial review must be made within three months of the date on which the grounds giving rise to the application first become apparent.

The process is fundamentally concerned with the actual legality of official decision making and the process of how a decision was reached, as opposed to the substance of the decision itself. It is also concerned with the failings of a body to act within their obligations or duties.

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The sun might not be shining quite so much now but there’s still loads to do at the Park with the October holidays and Halloween coming up. Here’s a taster of some of the events over the next couple of months and we have a free ‘What’s On’ booklet, starting from September, available in the Visitor Centre detailing all the events and activities for the next 6 months.

Essentially, this means it is an entirely different remedy to that of an appeal, which is an application to examine the merits of a decision.

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Forest School, Mugdock Mud, Leaves and Friendly Trees No Parents Required! Mugdock Sensational Safari: Autumnal Antics! No Parents Required! Mugdock Sensational Safari: Woodlands, Water & Wellies! No Parents Required! Build a Harry Potter Birch Broom at Lenzie Moss

SHOPPING & REFRESHMENTS As well as enjoying all that Mugdock has to enjoy outdoors, there’s also plenty to enjoy indoors from shopping to stopping off for some refreshments and treats. Check out what’s on offer the next time you visit.

Stargazing at Mugdock: Full Moon FIZZGIG FRIGHT NIGHT at Mugdock Junior Halloween Fun at Mugdock Children’s Cinema: Hocus Pocus (PG)

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Calendar of events Monday 1st 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. 01389 608965 local.studies@west-dunbarton.gov.uk Runs until 30th November

New! Photography Project Longcrags Centre 10am-12pm. We’re going to get out and about and take photos and videos of local landmarks. Then we’ll edit them and put them onto Facebook/YouTube. mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk 01389 7677443 Weekly through October Family Walking Group Unit 1 Leven Valley Enterprise 6pm. Family Walking Group leaving from Unit 1 Leven Valley Enterprise in Castlehill, a walk around the local community then a tea or coffee and biscuit for afters. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 07809 216 568 janice@corra.scot Weekly

Working 4U One Stop Shop, Alexandria 9am-4pm. New opportunities. Come along to our drop-ins. Weekly

Alternatives Family Support Group Alternatives, in Quay Street 6-8pm. Are you affected by someone's misuse of drugs/alcohol? 01389 734500 Weekly

Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 9.30-11.30am: Little Rascals Toddlers. 5.30pm & 6.30pm: MAE Fitness Techniques. 6.30-7:30pm: Girls Group. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly

1st/2nd Dumbarton Boys' Brigade Dumbarton Riverside Church Halls Anchor Section (P1-P3) 6:15-7:15pm. Junior section (P4-P6) 7:15-8:45pm. Company Section (P7-S6) 7:159:30pm. 01389 731069 rebeccalyall@btinternet.com Weekly

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Tuesday 2nd Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 9.30-10:30am: MAE Fitness Techniques. 3.30-4:30pm: Myre Munchkins. 6-8pm: Cutty Kids. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly Construction Health and Safety Course Longcrags Centre 9.30am-12pm. This qualification is required by anyone who wants to work on a building site. The course is accredited by SQA. It is delivered by West Dunbartonshire Employability/Working4U team. mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk 013897677443 Also Wednesdays & Thursdays 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

Relaxation Group Strathleven House 10-11am. ÂŁ5. Learn deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation and simple body awareness and meditation techniques in this small informal group. No experience required, all welcome. Bring your own mat and blanket along. For more info contact Jo greentreremedies@outlook.com 07562 333 731 or facebook Weekly Tuesday Lunches Riverside Church 12pm. Meet friends and enjoy home-made soup and filled rolls. www.dumbartonriverside.org.uk Weekly

Tablet Class Longcrags Centre 1.30-3.30pm. So, you feel like throwing your tablet out of the window. Stop! We can help. Come along and learn how to use your tablet in a friendly atmosphere over a blether and a cuppa. mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk 013897677443 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. 07740 473247 lomondbc@outlook.com Weekly Youth Club St Patrick’s Church Hall 8pm-9.30pm. For kids from 10 plus. Activities that we have: ball games, board games, music, computers and internet, Wii, tuck shop, organised parties, outings, group sharing, community services and weekend away. All are welcome. stpatsyouthg1@btconnect.com Weekly

Wednesday 3rd 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. 12-1pm: Baby Massage 5.45pm. 6.45pm: MAE Fitness Techniques. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly

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A new Scottish Comedy by Ally Priestley

Wednesday 3rd ‘Secondary Chances’ by Ally Priestley Denny Civic Theatre Curtain 7.30pm Doors Open 7pm. This is a new Scottish comedy by Dumbarton writer, Ally Priestley, about a school reunion. Tickets are great value at £5 and can be obtained from Club Members, McDermid’s Keystore, at the Box Office or by emailing dumbartonpeoplestheatre@ outlook.com Runs till Saturday 6th iPad Class Longcrags Centre 7-8.30pm. Come along to our informal, friendly class and we’ll help you get the best out of your iPad over a cuppa and a blether. mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk 013897677443 ...and their Murder Weekly Mysteries, to die for!

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

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The Murderous Walking Theatre Company has a wickedly wonderful reputation for creating themed, hosted, interactive party experiences – a perfect solution for a dead good weekend break! Their Murder Mysteries create a riotous, unforgettable weekend, which are ideally suited to all occasions and are performed by a team of professional actors from Argyll-based Social Enterprise 'The Walking Theatre Company'.

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Calendar of events 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 Loch Lomond Camera Club Station Street, Renton 7-9pm. All levels and non-members welcome. www.meetup.com/ lochlomondcameraclub/ Weekly

Friday 5th Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 9am. MAE Fitness Techniques. 10.30am-12pm: Bingo Mornings. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly Internet Café Longcrags Centre 9.30-11.30; 1.30-3pm. Do you need to use a computer? Or a printer? Do you need to go on the Internet? Come along to our computer suite and enjoy our fast wi-fi. mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk 013897677443 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 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 Astronomy Club Longcrags Community Centre 8-10pm. Beginners welcome. All ages. Listen to presentations on various topics, see the sky through telescopes, watch the latest NASA videos on our new 75 inch smart tv screen. Visit the Planetarium at the Glasgow Science Centre. See Professor Brian Cox live at the Glasgow Hydro. These are some of the things you get to do in this friendly, supportive club. mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk 01389 767115 1st & 3rd Friday of month

Saturday 6th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Beinn Bheula 9.30am. 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. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com Balloch Run 'n' Park Balloch Park Gates, Balloch Road 9.30am. Stay in shape & meet new people. runnpark.leaguerepublic.com Weekly Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 9.30am. MAE Fitness Techniques. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly KIDZGAMEZ CLUB 8-12yrs Longcrags Centre 10am-12pm. PC online games, PS, Xbox. We’ve got it all – and then some. VR headsets for PC, PS and Xbox and tablets. Parents/guardians must sign a membership form on behalf of the children. mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk 013897677443 Weekly

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Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Foothills of Ben Ledi 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Steep initial ascent at start, then undulating to the head of the glen. Then a more gradual descent to the lochside and an old railway track back to the start. Terrain: Forestry track, paths and some tarmac path. Can be muddy. Distance: 13km. Ascend 270m to a height of 390m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

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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. 01389 849142 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

Farmers' Market Loch Lomond Shores 10am. With fresh and local produce piled high on every stall, free parking, lots to do for kids and families and plenty of local shopping – all in all, a great day out. www.lochlomondshores.com First & third Sunday every month Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 10.30am-1pm. Dumbarton Baptist Church. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly Moshi Beads Antartex Village 11am-4pm. Every Sunday

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West Dunbartonshire Leisure Community Sports Programme Ready, Steady, Kick (1.5-3yrs) – FRI: Alexandria Community Centre 10-10:45am. SAT: Dumbarton Academy 9-9:45am. SUN: Dumbarton Academy 9:30-10:15am

Mini Kickers (3-4yrs) – WED:

Alexandria Community Centre, 4-5pm. Dumbarton Academy, 5-6pm. FRI: Alexandria Community Centre, 11am-12pm. SAT: Dumbarton Academy, 10-11am. SUN: Dumbarton Academy 10:30-11:30am

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MON: Concord Community Centre, 4-5pm. TUE: Alexandria Community Centre, 1:30-2:30pm

Ready, Steady, Roll! (Pre-School Sport) – MON: Brucehill Activity

Centre, 9.30-10.10am (1.5-3yrs). 10.2011am (1-1.5yrs TUE: Brucehill Activity Centre, 10:20-11:00am (1.5-3yrs) & 11:10am-11.55am, (3-4yrs). THU: Brucehill Activity Centre, 10-10:40am (1.5-3yrs) & 10:50-11:35pm, (3-4yrs) & 5-5:45pm (3-4yrs). FRI: Brucehill Activity Centre, 1:30-2:15pm (3-4yrs)

Pre Gym – THU: Brucehill Activity Centre, 4-5pm (4yrs) Ready, Steady, Play! (Pre-School Sport) – MON: Brucehill Activity Centre, 1.30-2.30pm (Crawling-4yrs). FRI: Brucehill Activity Centre, 9.3010.30am & 10.45-11.45am (Crawling4yrs).

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Community Centre, 6-7pm (5-12yrs). THU: Concord Community Centre, 3:30-4:30pm (5-7yrs) & 4:30-5:30pm (8-12yrs)

Goalkeeping – MON: Argyll Park, 7-7:50pm (8-12yrs) & 8-8:50pm (1316yrs)

Disability Football – WED: Dumbarton Academy, 6-7pm (512yrs). THU: Concord Community Centre, 6-7pm (13-19yrs) Gymnastics – MON: Vale of

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MON: Alexandria Community Centre, 5-6pm. THU: Meadow Sports Centre, 6-7pm (5-11yrs)

Netball – WED: Meadow Sports

Badminton – TUE: Dumbarton Academy, 6-7pm (5-12yrs)

Gymnastics – THU: Brucehill

Basketball – MON: Alexandria Community Centre 6-7pm (8-14yrs)

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Hockey – WED: Meadow Centre 6-7pm (5-12yrs)

Centre, 9:30-10:15am. WED: Vale of Leven Swimming Pool, 7:30-8:15pm

Walking Football – MON: Concord

Tennis – Tue: Dumbarton Academy 6-7pm (5-12yrs)

Community Centre, 7-8pm (55+). TUE: Alexandria Community Centre, 3-4pm (18+ with additional support needs)

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Tuesday 9th Dumbarton Lions Club Abbotsford Hotel 7.30pm. Local fundraising club. New members welcome. 01389 763592 Every second Tuesday Audition For Pantomime 2018 Rehearsal Studio, Glasgow Road 7.30pm. An audition will be held in the Rehearsal Studio for parts in this year’s panto – ‘FREEZIN’ to be presented in the Denny Civic Theatre from 8th to 15th December. All ages welcome but children must be of secondary school age. New members very welcome also anyone who wishes to work backstage or front of house. For enquiries please contact Janette 01389 761398 www.dumbartonpeoplestheatre.co.uk

Thursday 11th Contentment Lennox Evangelical Church 7.30pm. We can all feel discontented with our lives — with what we have, how much we get, what we do and what the future promises. Discover how Jesus Christ helps us experience contentment in our daily lives. 07581197535 lennoxec@gmail.com Weekly

Friday 12th Dumbarton Acoustic Music Night St Augustine's Church 7.30-10.30pm. £5 entry, BYOB and glass and enjoy a wonderful night of varied music. Local bands Alexandria Mandolin Group, Brian Hughes, Acoustic Edge, Stray Potato, Experimental Scone Kitchen are performing. Money raised from the night will be donated to a local charity. Tickets available from Discography Records or pay at door on the night. 07787310391 figgie1@tiscali.co.uk

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Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Glen Shira 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Follow the tarmac road by the River Shira part way up the glen and cross the river by the bridge. Continue along the track to Drimlee and return by the same track as far as the bridge but then take a rough track back to the start. Terrain: Tarmac road and stoney muddy track but reasonably flat. Distance: 15km. Ascend 210m to a height of 80m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

October Football Camp Dumbarton Academy 5–14yrs. 9am–3pm £55. 9am–12pm £27.50. To book or for more information please call 01389 757806 Runs till 19th

Sunday 14th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Cairnsmore of Carsphairn 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. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

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Townswomens Guild Alexandria Community Facility 7.30pm. The topic for this month ‘ St Kilda”.

Age Concern Vale of Leven Alexandria Leisure Centre 1.30pm. Concert. New members welcome. 01389 759521 4th Wednesday of month

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Minikickers October Football Camp Dumbarton Academy 3–4yrs. 9.30–10.30am £13. To book or for more information please call 01389 757806 Runs till 19th

Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Beinn Odhar 9.30am. 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. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

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Goalkeeping October Camp Dumbarton Academy 12.30–3pm £18.75. 7–14yrs. To book or for more information please call 01389 757806 Runs till 18th

Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Craig of Monievreckie, Menteith Hills 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. From the Lodge follow forest tracks and paths to Lime Craig. Take the track across moorland to the trig point. Descend to a forest track and return to the Lodge along the Rob Roy Way. Terrain: Undulating paths and tracks, some steep ascents and descents and rough hillside. Distance: 10km. Ascend 360m to a height of 400m.Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

Monday 29th Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 6.30-7:30pm. Monthly book club www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Last Monday of every month

Wednesday 31st Helensburgh & Dumbarton Parkinson's Support Group Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 1.30-3pm. Come along, meet with others to chat, share experiences and advice. 07771 632243 helensburghpsg@gmail.com Last Wednesday of month Age Concern Vale of Leven Argyll Bowling Club 1pm. Party in celebration of the history of Age Concern Vale of Leven. 01389 759521

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OH YES IT IS... PANTO TIME! Dumbarton Peoples Theatre members are heading to the charming town of Drumtartan this month – home of Dumbarton’s pantomimes since 1974. On Tuesday, October 9, DPT members will gather at their Rehearsal Studio in Glasgow Road to audition for this year’s production, which will run from December 8 to 15 in the Denny Civic Theatre. No panto is complete without a conspicuous baddie, and this year it’s a very evil queen who (much like her soul-sister in the Chronicles of Narnia) aims to keep the town in the grip of permanent winter – she already had a practice session with this concept back in March, as you’ll recall. So, how will the ‘goodies’ overcome this and restore Drumtartan to normal? The scriptwriters, Andy Allan, Janette Barnes, Siobhan

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On October 9 all will be revealed. Who will be the Dame this year? And who will be the Evil Queen? There are lots of parts, with roles to suit all ages, although children should be of secondary school age. There will be a large chorus too, with one or two surprise characters.

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COMIC CAPERS AT THE VICKY HALLS Helensburgh shoppers may well be surprised to encounter superheroes like Spiderman, Superman and possibly the occasional Ghostbuster this month.

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The Big Glasgow Comic Page is coming to town. Throughout the day there will be workshops, cosplay competitions, quizzes, guest comic artists and writers to name but a few. Plenty of opportunities also to have your photo taken with some exciting characters that will be in attendance. There will be over 40 exhibitors and traders selling comics, graphic novels, crafts, art, Funko Pop figures and much more. Comic fans will be able to buy collectables including badges printed in full colour, part of the range of collectors edition event badges. Organisers tell us: “The trader stalls sell everything from big brand toys, comics, collectables

and original artworks that you won’t find anywhere else. There will be plenty of opportunities to have your photo taken with some exciting characters that will be in attendance. Or maybe you want to come along as one of the characters? If that’s the case make sure you enter our Cosplay Masquerade competition with some amazing prizes up for grabs.�

at Lomond Shores attracted over 15,000 people attending the first event of its kind in the area, with hardened comic fans and costumed cosplayers mingling with families and young children. Loch Lomond Shores manager, Audrey Reid said; “We knew the event was going to be popular because of the reaction we received from fans in the run up to the weekend. What we didn’t anticipate was just how popular it was going to be.�

The event caters for all ages with plenty to do for younger children including face painting and balloon art. The events are often attended by special For more details and updates guests from the world of comic on special guests check on books, TV and film. Facebook. The Diary date is It promises to be a big day October 6 at Victoria hall, Sinclair St for the town. A similar event Helensburgh G84 8TU.

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Local News | October 2018

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There have been some fantastic fundraising events over recent weeks for CHAS, the charity which runs the much-loved Robin’s House facility in Balloch – but a recent driving stint from Scotland to Mongolia arguably takes the biscuit.

TRICK-ORTREATING Chris, Daniel and Calum with their brave Micra

Friends Chris, Daniel and Calum set off in their Nissan Micra to take on the Mongol Rally 2018, with the expressed attention of raising cash for worthy causes which included CHAS.

see some fantastic sights and visit places we never thought we would.

The epic car slog involved driving a staggering 10,500 miles, and had its share of mishaps along the way – on one occasion arriving at the wrong border, not to mention a broken rear axle and numerous tyre changes. But they stayed the course and duly arrived at their destination point in one of the world’s most remote and mysterious locations – and, safe home at last, were able to present CHAS with a magnificent £1,800 collected through sponsor cash.

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CLOSE FIGHT FOR FLAMINGO For weeks it looked as if the entire area was preparing to give a resounding thumbs down to the controversial Flamingo Land plan for a key site in Balloch – but as this issue goes to press the saga has developed an important new twist. Opponents of the scheme – which involves elaborate plans for chalet and other accommodation, woodland paths, and other attractions – last month staged a protest rally to gather support for their bid to squash the move to gain planning permission in principle. West Dunbartonshire’s MP also joined the ranks of those who don’t believe the £30 million plan will ultimately be good for the area, but in what some see as a surprise development the group

Friends of Loch Lomond – who most agree could not be more committed to the principles of conservation and sustainability – have given the scheme their qualified backing. The fight for Flamingo could go down in history as the most hotly-contested planning bid in the area of recent decades, with all sides in the debate playing for enormous stakes. There are arguments about whether the already under-

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Local News | October 2018

BEWARE RIP-OFF CHARGES Cases of West Dunbartonshire shoppers being hammered with hidden charges for using debit or credit cards in some local outlets have prompted a sharp warning from local trading standards officers that this practice is simply illegal. They warn that businesses – including online shops - may be subject to test purchases, and could face court if they are caught making illegal charges. This isn’t the same as imposing a minimum charge for a card payment – and it’s a fact many customers who could easily produce a few coins for some trifling item still try to use card payment – so long as that is transparent. What trading standards are concerned with is a practice which is inherently illegal, and which could land those concerned in serious trouble. Regulatory services convener Councillor Ian Dickson said: “The law was changed at the turn of

the year following concerns that some shops and other businesses were charging rip-off surcharges on customers who paid by card.” He added: “Consumers should be able to use their cards without worrying about hidden extras so it’s unfortunate that some local businesses still don’t seem to be familiar with new legislation around this. “I fully support the work of our trading standards team in encouraging awareness and compliance throughout West Dunbartonshire, protecting consumers and businesses to ensure everyone trades on a level playing field.” Trading standards say that where businesses refuse to accept card

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