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Contents Selfless Hugh is Top Citizen ............. 3 Ring with a Macabre Story .............. 4 It’s the Bonniest Place to be ............ 5 Flamingo Plan is Withdrawn ........... 6 Conserving Burgh Heritage ............. 6 Renton School’s Big Future ...............7 Community Baby Bank Aid ............. 8 A Night with Heelster Gowdie ........ 8 A Chat About Mental Health ....... 10 Rob Roy’s Movie Stardom ............. 11 Lantern Night with the RSPB ....... 12 Can you Help Youngsters? ............ 12 Science Fest for All ........................ 12 Cash Boost for Park Paths ............. 14 What’s Up Doc ............................... 14 Mansion Launch for D:Biz ............ 17 Support Groups ............................. 17 Autumn Fun ........................... 18&19 Youngsters Sea Challenge ............ 20 Legal Matters ................................. 20 What’s On Calendar ............ 21-26 Late News ....................................... 27 Gold Medal from the MOD .......... 27 New Drymen Homes ..................... 27 Much More than a Coaster .......... 28 Nightlife .......................................... 30 Al Murray in Helensburgh ............ 31 Play at Denny Theatre ................... 32 Mysteries of the Gododdin .......... 32 Defibrillators will Save Lives ......... 33 First Sighting of Santa? ................. 34 Last Post for Rescue Heroes .......... 34 Advertisers Index ........................... 34

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SELFLESS HUGH IS TOP CITIZEN A Dumbarton man who has raised thousands of pounds for charities and community groups has won the area’s top civic distinction. Hugh Currie, named West Dunbartonshire’s Citizen of the Year, has spent the last 40 years selflessly giving up his time to help others. Through his race nights, bingo and other charity events, he went above and beyond to ensure he gave his all for local schools, children’s charities, community groups and football teams. He even picked up and dropped off members of the community who would otherwise have struggled to attend events. Two years ago his own health concerns forced him to give up his extraordinary voluntary work, but nobody who benefited has forgotten the difference it made to their lives. Besides his latest accolade, at the annual Provost Civic Awards, he was earlier named 2019 Community/Voluntary Individual champion, following what’s said


to be a flood of nominations from grateful local residents. Provost William Hendrie summed up this “one in a million” man’s achievement: “The commitment and dedication shown by Hugh is something you don’t see every day. “When the judging panel and I read the stories about him in his nominations, we were amazed at how much he had done for his community. “He is an inspiration, and I’m so glad he got the recognition he deserves.” The awards, run in partnership with the Wheatley Group, also saw Alexandria friends Ava and Alfie named as Arts and Culture Champions after they stole the hearts of the nation with their outstanding performance on singing show The Voice Kids. The Friends of Dumbarton Foreshore were named Community/Voluntary Team


Champion for work to clear litter and debris from the foreshore of Levengrove Park to ensure the area remains a place of natural beauty. Emma Rose Robb, just nine years old, won Youth Champion after winning multiple medals at the National Dwarf Games despite suffering joint pain and fatigue brought on by the conditions Achondroplasia and dwarfism.

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Emma McIntyre, an elite bowler with an impressive array of titles under her belt including both under-25 and Senior international from 2017-2019, was named Sports Champion. Provost Hendrie said: “It’s one of the most humbling events in my role as Provost and I want to thank you Family-run business with over 15 years’ experience

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RING WITH A MACABRE STORY The 17th century gold ring found at Duck Bay on Loch Lomond by a woman holidaymaker with a metal detector has made £14,000 at auction.

ultimately chased from his throne by the Revolution of 1688), and was hung, drawn and quartered in 1678. At that time King James had been living in Edinburgh, capital of his Scottish kingdom, and it’s reasonable to suppose Edward was also in Scotland at that time on official royal business.


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The National Museum of Scotland declined to buy it, and it went to auction, where it raised substantially more than the original asking price, and goes to a private collection in the USA.

Meanwhile the original loss of the ring, which had been used for applying an impressed wax stamp to official documents, was ultimately the least of its owner’s worries. Edward Colman was a member of a powerful English family who rose to high estate, but was implicated in a plot to assassinate King James (the Stewart monarch

There cannot have been a religious motive for the alleged treason, as Edward had converted to Catholicism, and James was also a fervent Catholic – but was also deeply unpopular in many parts of his realm because of his high-handed and autocratic manner. The ring would have been a fascinating and valuable object to find even without its intriguing back story, but with the added mystery surrounding the tragic fate of its owner was a doubly valuable acquisition for its buyer.

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IT’S THE BONNIEST PLACE TO BE A historic fountain commemorating famous Balloch boat hirer Henry Thomas Lynn has been unveiled in the village as part of a council regeneration scheme. However it is also a true community project, which involved active input from Henry’s great grand-daughter Isobel Martin, as well as pupils from Balloch Primary and St Kessog's – who created memorable phrases to describe their scenic home town.

which are etched into the pavement including Be Brilliant at Balloch, the Bonniest place to Be.

Now he joins the hall of fame of great local personalities whose lives deserve to be remembered and honoured.

The fountain features a portrait of Mr Lynn, along with an inscription which reads: “To the memory of Henry Lynn, erected by his friends in the county to commemorate his association with Loch Lomond.”

Henry is fondly remembered as the man who opened up a new seam of interest in their glorious surroundings by offering people rowboat trips. The two schools worked together to produce a number of phrases

These children were present for the ceremony along with Isobel, other members of Henry’s family, and regeneration convener Councillor Iain McLaren.

Councillor McLaren said: “It is clearly something the Balloch community care a lot about, and we were only too happy to listen

to their feedback and put it back into the village where it belongs. “Now residents and visitors alike can learn a bit more about the village’s history.” Isobel, 84, who has lived in Balloch her whole life, said: “I’m so pleased that this fountain is back on display, it is looking lovely.” The ambitious Balloch Village Square Project has seen the construction of a new village square on Balloch Road beside Moss O‘Balloch Park. Changes include wider paving in certain sections to enhance space and introduce the possibility for a café culture and seating areas.


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A report from National Park officers also recommended refusal, which may have been pivotal in persuading the developer not to await a final ruling. However Lomond Banks, as the project was titled, has said it is “surprised and disappointed” at the negative take on its ambition for the area, arguing that features including a 60-bedroom hotel and craft brewery were within the ambit of the local development plan for the area. The plan may be reprised for a new application once specific planning considerations are taken into account.

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RENTON SCHOOL’S BIG FUTURE The new plan for a Renton Campus under discussion this month will cost more than £15million if put into effect.

To be built on the current grounds of the school, it will include a new Renton Primary School, a new Language and Communication Unit and also a new Riverside Early Learning and Childcare Centre. There will be more open space for children to play outside, too, with classrooms and links to outdoor space on each floor. There will also be a new multi-use sports pitch and playground area on the site of the current school, which will be demolished once the new building is complete.


Nor will it be some generic newbuild out of synch with its surroundings, as materials used in the construction will be carefully considered to enhance the regeneration of the village and blend in with the Category ‘A’ listed Smollet Monument and the nearby ’B’ listed War Memorial. The plans will be considered round about now, and local parents – and residents generally – will be free to make their own observations on the perceived strengths or weaknesses of what’s on offer. However the council appears to consider it has come up with the right plan to meet the area’s needs.

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A NIGHT WITH HEELSTER GOWDIE The name means “Head over Heels”, and the music style is traditionally Scottish – the original inspiration was the Corries – but this band (and support) are said to have a sound and style all their own. They’re performing in Dumbarton’s Denny Civic Theatre on Saturday, November 9 (7.30-10pm) in aid of the Nora Docherty Charitable Foundation, a local charity which supports education, health care and sustainable living in the Malawi village of Chiluzi. Intended as a fun prelude to St Andrew’s Day at the end of November, the evening will also make a valuable contribution to a worthy cause. Tickets are £5, and can be obtained by emailing

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A CHAT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH A public get-together about mental health might not sound like a fun outing – but a groundbreaking event in Dumbarton may prove otherwise. Run by the Scottish Recovery Network the Big Chat Conversation Café in Levengrove Park’s training facility on Wednesday, October 23 is an opportunity to celebrate the fact that people can and do recover from mental health problems.



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If you ask most people if they’ve seen the film “Rob Roy” it’s obviously the Liam Neeson version that comes to mind – but it certainly wasn’t the first.

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CAN YOU HELP YOUNGSTERS? SCIENCE FEST FOR ALL Local youth work charity Y Sort It is seeking volunteer mentors for its valuable work supporting young people aged 8 and over in a care relationship.


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We’re promised a magical evening in this winter-time wander along the trails of RSPB Loch Lomond at High Wards Farm, Gartocharn – “lit by twinkling candlelight and listening out for some of the creatures that only come out after dark.” It probably goes without saying that anyone taking part should wrap up warm – it runs from 4pm to 6pm, but of course it will be dark and probably pretty chilly by then… although fine for people on the move. The session also includes a chance to make your own magic lantern, all adding to what should be an atmospheric experience. Cost is £5, or £4 for RSPB members, and you can book by emailing uk or phone 01389830670.


Y Sort It is looking for mentors aged 18 or over to spend a couple of hours per week engaging in various fun activities – which in turn can help to bring an extra dimension to young people’s lives which can help to make a difference.

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The group’s Buddy-Up Coordinator Carly Fitzimmons told Dumbarton Community Advertiser: “We aim to provide young people with the opportunity to develop a positive relationship with an adult within the local community (West Dunbartonshire), in turn increasing their self-esteem and self-confidence”.

MoSSFest – Middle of Scotland Science Festival – takes place at Mugdock Country Park this month. The free day of science fun on Sunday October 6 from 11am to 4pm includes a wide range of activities, such as the Froglife Pond Doctor and Glasgow University bird ringers. There will be hands-on science experiments and sessions on making a bath bomb, maths origami, a hunt for elements or a visit to the Parasite Tattoo Parlour The festival will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon with rocket building, telescopes and the Cosmic Way Roadshow, plus astronomy activities. See mossfestscotland and Twitter: @mossfest.

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VISITORS’ CASH BOOST FOR PARK PATHS What's Up Doc? Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs has raised £10,000 to help improve a number of eroded mountain paths in the National Park. The achievement was managed through a partnership of visitors working with local tourism businesses. The cash is being used to support the Mountains and the People project, whose work has included upgrading 19 paths in the Park over the past four years. More than 100 businesses collected donations from visitors by a variety of means including opt-in donations on overnight accommodation and menu items in cafés and restaurants.

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MANSION LAUNCH FOR D:BIZ Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce has used Dumbarton’s magnificent Strathleven House palladian mansion as the launch pad for what’s seen as an exciting new initiative to support local suppliers. Shiona Campbell of BDS, was received.

The House played host to the Chamber’s first “D:Biz” event, which backed a landscape maintenance opportunity for Strathleven Regeneration CIC. Damon Scott, the Chamber’s chief executive, says he’s delighted with the way the session presented by one of the “Chamber Experts”,

He said: “D:Biz has been set up to support suppliers in Dunbartonshire and help them secure more contracts both locally and nationally. “Shiona’s expertise has already helped a number of our

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“There has been a really positive response so we’re confident that this programme will go from strength to strength.”

There will also be access to contracts available in Dunbartonshire via the Chamber website and other communication channels for businesses.

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Dumbartons Women’s Aid A free confidential service of support and counelling for women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault or child abuse. Tel: 01389 751036

Leven Addiction Services Rehabilitation & Other Services: Access to supported accommodation. Tel: 01389 812018

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An autumn spent almost exclusively indoors is going to be pretty dull, and it’s worth taking the trouble to plan at least some events that will get you out and about on “the good days” – which are usually more plentiful than perhaps often supposed. If that means a game of floodlit five a side football, or a simple walk through a beautiful landscape close to home, it has to be better than seemingly endless months of waiting for supposedly ideal weather to arrive. If you hit the archetypal wet and windy night there are plenty of resources for swimmers, sports

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YOUNGSTERS COMPLETE SEA CHALLENGE A mix of young people from West Dunbartonshire social work department, Blairvadach, and Cove and Kilcreggan Youth Café have completed an exciting sea voyage. Aboard a 75 foot sailing boat, ten young people with five crew from the Ocean Youth Trust Charity and two support leaders left from Oban on 8th July and sailed to Kyle of Lochalsh, Tobermory, Rhum and Mallaig finally arriving at Kyle on the 12th July. Susie Will from the Youth Café tells the CA: “The youngsters came from mixed backgrounds and there was not one who did not benefit from this voyage.

to operate a 75ft sailing boat, brought out an enormous range of skills, and although challenging, bad weather, no phones, or junk food, there was not one young person who was not very glad that they had taken part.” Thanks go to the Robertson Trust and Scottish Children's Lottery who facilitated this voyage.

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This month: MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY A large part of the role of a family solicitor is guiding clients through the separation process and advising about financial provision upon divorce.

During the marriage but before the date of separation. There are of course some exceptions to these rules. Gifts or inheritance received by one party are expressly excluded as is property acquired by either individual before the marriage, unless, as already stated, it was acquired with the intention that it be for family use.

In Scotland matrimonial assets are divided fairly between the parties so it is important that there is a clear understanding as to what matrimonial assets are. Matrimonial Property is defined in s10 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985 and includes all of the property belonging to the parties, or either of them at the relevant date, being the date of separation, which was acquired by them either: Before the marriage for use by them as a family home or as furniture or plenishings for that home; or

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Calendar of events Tuesday 1st Working 4U

Vale of Leven Library 9.30-3.30pm. New opportunities. Come along to our drop-ins. 0800 980 9070 Weekly

FREE CSCS Construction Course Level 1

Longcrags Centre 9.30am-12pm. Delivered in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council Employability Team and SQA. All employees on a building site are required to have this qualification. Interested? 01389 767115 Weekly (Also on Wed & Thu)

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

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Longcrags Centre 1.30-3pm. Small classes to help you get to grips with your tablet or phone. 01389 767115 Weekly

Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 1.30pm. A friendly and informal club for intermediate players. No partners are required. 01436 673362 Weekly

Balloch Health Walk

St Patrick’s Church Hall P5-P7 6.15-7.45pm; S1 upwards. 8-9.45pm. 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 welcome. £1 entry. Weekly (Term time only)

Longcrags Centre 1.30-3.30pm. Do you need help with the basics of computing – Searching the Internet, emails etc. Then, we can help. Classes will be kept to small numbers so that we can give you one to one support. 01389 767115 Weekly

Relaxation Group Strathleven House 10-11am. £5. Learn deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation, simple body awareness and meditation techniques in this small informal group. No experience required, all welcome. Bring your own mat and blanket along. Contact Jo 07562 333 731 Facebook @Green Tree Remedies Weekly 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 Weekly

Chanting & Meditation Class Meditation Centre of Scotland 6-7.15pm. Learn the chanting and meditation methods from the Thai Buddhist Community. Beginners welcome. All classes are free. Non profit organisation. Donations Welcome (Suggested Amount: £3). 01436 676024 FB @MCS072 Weekly

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP ADVICE SURGERIES Alexandria Library - 1st Friday of the month (10am-11am)

Dumbarton Library - 1st Friday of the month (11.30am-12.30pm) - 4th Tuesday of the month (6pm-7pm)

Dalmuir Library - 1st Saturday of the month (11am-12pm) - 3rd Friday of the month (1pm-2pm)

Clydebank Central Library - 2nd Wednesday of the month (5pm-6pm)

Balloch Tourist Information Centre 10.20am. Join us for a free, fun and easy way to get fit and feel better. Simply turn up and join in… everyone’s welcome! A great way to meet new people and we usually enjoy a coffee and chat after. 01389 722645 Weekly

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The Cutty Sark Centre 3.30-4.30pm: Myre Munchkins. 6-8pm: Cutty Kids. Weekly

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Thursday 3rd Stretch & Silence Psoas Classes The Phoenix Centre Tues 6:30pm & 8pm; Thurs 10:30am; Sun 8-9:15pm. A Stretch & Silence Psoas class relaxes and focuses the mind and creates space, strength and muscle tone in the body. It concentrates on the core muscles of the abdomen and hips and helps open up these areas creating flexibility and releasing pain. It is perfect for those with old injuries and general stiffness and those who need to de-stress and unwind. Suitable for all abilities. 07786 062 759 Weekly

Wednesday 2nd Working 4U Housing & Homeless Hub, Mitchell Way 9.30-3.30pm. New opportunities. Come along to our drop-ins. 0800 980 9070 Weekly

Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 9.30-11.30am: Little Rascals Toddlers. 6.15pm: MAE Fitness Techniques. Weekly

Cardross Mother & Toddler Group Cardross Church Hall 10-11.30am. Come join us for coffee and a chat while the wee ones play! 07717 238979 Weekly

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

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CAB Office, Alexandria 9.30-3.30pm. New opportunities. Come along to our drop-ins. 0800 980 9070 Weekly (Also on Mon & Fri)

Drymen & Croftamie Health Walk

Village Square, outside The Winnock Hotel 10.20am. Join us for a free, fun and easy way to get fit and feel better. Simply turn up and join in… everyone’s welcome! A great way to meet new people and we usually enjoy a coffee and chat after. 01389 722645 Weekly

Dumbarton Probus Club

Concord Community Centre 10-11.30am. Like other Probus clubs the purpose of the club is to provide a regular meeting point for retired and semi-retired people. There are regular speakers and visits from some very special guests. Come along and see if it something you may be interested in joining. The Probus is not a fund raising organisation. 01389 753 267 Weekly

Young Person’s National Demonstration Project Offers 12-26 year olds one to one support, group support and the opportunity to get involved in designing, developing and testing out a new programme of support for young people affected by alcohol or drugs in the family. WED: Alexandria Community Centre, 1-2pm THU: Y Sort It, Clydebank, 4-6.30pm FRI: Chest, Heart and Stroke Charity, Dumbarton, 2-5pm Weekly

Faifley Library - 3rd Friday of the month (2.15pm-3.15pm)

Balloch Library - 4th Saturday of the month (11am-12pm)

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What's On Calendar | October 2019 Free iPad/iPhone Class

Longcrags Centre 1.30-3.30pm. Beginners welcome. 01389 767115 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. 9.15am & 6.30pm: MAE Fitness Techniques. Weekly

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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 Weekly

Friday 4th Internet Café

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Alexandria Library 6pm. Every Thursday writers are invited to meet and share their work. 07922 833472 Weekly

Evening Meditation Class

Meditation Centre of Scotland 6-7.30pm. Guided meditation course for inner peace and mindfulness. Beginners welcome. All classes are free. Non profit organisation. Donations welcome (Suggested amount: £3). 01436 676024 FB @MCS072 Weekly

Longcrags Centre Fri: 9.30-11.30am, 1.30-3.30pm; Mon: 9.30-11.30am. 10 PCs, fast and reliable wi-fi. Free. 01389 767115 Weekly

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The Cutty Sark Centre 10.30am-12pm: Bingo Mornings. Weekly

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Balloch Library 9.30-12.30pm. New opportunities. Come along to our drop-ins. 0800 980 9070 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. Weekly

Dumbarton Music Group

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Astronomy Club Longcrags Centre 8-10pm. A magical carpet of stars, a stunning crescent moon, Ursa major, Ursa Minor and Arcturus. Another fabulous sky gazing experience! Beginners welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Membership £20 per annum. Children £10. 01389 767115 Also on 18th

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FREE Techjockeys Gaming Club (8-14yrs)

Longcrags Centre 10am-12pm. Awesome gear! PS4 and PS4 VR headset, XboxS1, Oculus Rift VR Headset, VR headsets for smart phones, 10 Gaming PCs. 01389 767115 Weekly

Saturday 5th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Greenock to Wemyss Bay 8.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. We walk from Overton Road and follow the Greenock Cut to Cornalees Visitor Centre where we continue along the Kelly Cut. At its end we walk through Kelly Glen to Wemyss Bay and return by train to Drumfrochar Station, Greenock. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 Balloch Park Gates, Balloch Road 9.30am. Stay in shape & meet new people. Weekly

ACF Hut, Heather Avenue, Alexandria 6.45-9.15pm. The ACF offers a variety of military-themed activities along with adventurous training and STEM, young people 12-18 yrs. 07894 088911 Weekly (Tuesday & Thursday)

Loch Lomond Camera Club

St Augustine's Church 7.30-10.30pm. £5 entry, BYOB and glass. Local acts The Chamber Choir, Toast and many more will be performing on the night. Money raised from the night will be donated to a local charity. Tickets available from Discography Records, Bell Arcade Market or pay at door. 07787 310 391 DumbartonAcousticMusicNight

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Vale of Leven Army Cadets

Ben View Resource Centre, Dumbarton 7.30-10pm. £2. Acoustic Folk/Country Jam night. For all ranges and abilities. If you want to come and practice some chords or play through something you have been trying to learn, James and Jim will be around for moral support. Come along and join in for a friendly relaxing jam night. Feel free to bring your own acoustic instrument. Jim 01389 606 552 Weekly

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FREE Minecraft Breakfast Club (8-14yrs)

Longcrags Centre 10am-12pm. Super secure, in-house Minecraft group at Tech Jockeys, plus all of our other gaming gear for you to enjoy. 01389 767115 Weekly

Levenvale Older People's Welfare Levenvale Primary School 10-12pm. Chirsty Harkins will entertain. All members are welcome. All members welcome. 07743 752 286 First Saturday of every month

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Calendar of events Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra Rehearsals

St Michael's Church Hall, Helensburgh 10-12pm. We have vacancies in all sections. A friendly community orchestra, come along to our rehearsal. No auditions or minimum standards. Percussion provided. Parents with playing children are welcome. Anne Evans 07976 726822 Weekly

Who Let the Dads Out?

Lennox Evangelical Church 10am. Time and space where dads, father figures and their children can have fun together. Time for tea, coffee, juice, fruit and bacon rolls (veggie options available!) – Toys, books and activities including Crafts/Art. 07581 197 535 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. First and Third Sunday of month

Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 10.30am-1pm. Dumbarton Baptist Church. Weekly

Moshi Beads Antartex Village 11am-4pm. Weekly

Sunday 6th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers

MoSSFest 2019

Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh 8.30am. 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

Mugdock Country Park 11am-4pm. Science fun for everyone. Meet the scientists, indoor and outdoor science experiments. Activities for all ages. Free admission. Facebook-mossfestscotland

Sunday Meditation Class Meditation Centre of Scotland 4-5.30pm. Guided meditation lessons for inner peace and mindfulness. Beginners welcome. All classes are free. Non profit organisation. Donations Welcome (Suggested Amount: £3). 01436 676024 FB @MCS072 Weekly


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Annexe Building, Jamestown Primary School 3-5pm. Hop into Spring with some creative Art sessions. For P4-P7. 50p a session. Weekly


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Desta Laiolo Ballet & Theatre School Mondays 4pm – Drymen Village Hall School ages Ballet & Musical Theatre; Tuesdays 4pm – Killearn Church Hall 07900861396 Weekly

Monday 7th Age Concern Dumbarton

The Crosslet Centre, Dumbarton 12-3pm. A local older peoples group, join us and make new friends. Come along and enjoy card making, photographic restoration, keep fit and knitting bee. Vacancies on our members list for 2019/20. 01389742743 Weekly

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

Open Mic

Monday 7th

Balloch House Hotel 7pm. Poetry and prose from all genres. 5 minute slots bookable from 6.15pm. 01389 729279 First Monday of every month

Bellsmyre Trust

Family Walking Group

The Cutty Sark Centre 9.30-11.30am: Little Rascals Toddlers. 5.30pm & 6.30pm: MAE Fitness Techniques. 6.30-7.30pm: Girls Group. Weekly

Sporting Memories Club

Dumbarton Library 10-12pm. Bringing together older people living with long term conditions, such as dementia, through sporting reminiscence and physical activities. Aiming to improve well-being and reducing loneliness and social isolation. 07393 284406 Weekly

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Drop-in Service

For anyone affected by cancer MON: 10.30am-12.30pm: Alexandria Library. 12-2pm: Dalmuir Library. TUE: 2-4pm: Balloch Library. WED: 11am-1pm: Dumbarton Library. THU: 1-4pm: Clydebank Library. Weekly

Over 50s Computer Club

Longcrags Centre 1.30-3.30pm. This friendly, relaxed group is the perfect place to get a wee bit of confidence with one to one help or if you want to maybe organise your photos, make cards, make spreadsheets etc. Membership £5 per annum. 01389 767115 Weekly Est 1955




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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 Weekly

Youth Café Nights The Phoenix, Dumbarton 6-7.15pm: P4-7s; 7.30-9pm: S1-S4s. 50p. Games, crafts, café and space to chill. 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) 7.15-9.30pm. 01389 731069 Weekly

Dumbarton Army Cadets ACF Hut, Latta Street, Dumbarton 7-9pm. The ACF offers a variety of militarythemed activities along with adventurous training and STEM, young people 12-18 yrs. 07894 088911 Weekly (Monday & Wednesday)

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West Dunbartonshire Leisure Community Sports Programme Ready, Steady, Kick (1.5-3yrs): Concord Community Centre: THU: 3.30-4.15pm. Alexandria Community Centre: FRI: 10-10.45am. Vale of Leven Academy: SAT: 9-9.45am. Dumbarton Academy: SUN: 9.30-10.15am Mini Kickers (3-4yrs): Alexandria Community Centre: WED: 4-5pm; FRI: 11am-12pm. Dumbarton Academy: WED: 5-6pm. SUN: 10.30-11.30am & 11.30-12.30pm. Vale of Leven Academy: SAT: 10-11am & 11-12pm.

Ready, Steady, Run, Jump, Throw (3-4yrs): Alexandria Community Centre: TUE: 1.30-2.30pm. Meadow Sports Centre: THU: 6-7pm.

Ready, Steady, Play! (up to 4yrs): Dumbarton Gymnastics Centre: MON: 1.30-2.30pm. Ready, Steady, Roll!: Dumbarton Gymnastics Centre: TUE: 10-10.40am (1.5-3yrs), 10.50-11.35am (3-4yrs). THU: 10-10.40am (1.5-3yrs), 10.50-11.35am (3-4yrs). FRI: 1.15-2pm (3-4yrs), 2.102.50pm (1.5-3yrs). Pre Gym (4yrs): Dumbarton Gymnastics Centre: THU: 4-5pm. SUN: 10-11am.

Ready, Steady, Splish! (3-18 months): Vale of Leven Swimming Pool: MON: 10-10.30am, FRI: 1111.30am. Meadow Sports Centre: TUE: 10-10.30am, THU: 10.30-11am.

Ready, Steady, Splash! (18-36 months): Vale of Leven Swimming Pool: MON: 10.30-11am, FRI: 11.3012pm. Meadow Sports Centre: TUE: 10.30-11am, THU: 11-11.30pm.

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Centre: TUE: 4-5pm (5-6yrs), 5-6pm (7-9yrs), 6-7pm (10-14yrs); WED: 5-6pm (5-6yrs). Concord Community Centre: THU: 5.30-6.30pm (5-6yrs), 6.30-7.30pm (7-9yrs). * Outdoor facility

Girls Football (5-12yrs): Alexandria Community Centre: WED: 6-7pm. Concord Community Centre: THU: 4.30-5.30pm. Goalkeeping: Argyll Park: MON: 7-8pm (7-11yrs), 8-9pm (12-16yrs) Disability Football: Dumbarton Academy: WED: 6-7pm (5-12yrs), 7-8pm (13-19yrs). Gymnastics: Vale of Leven Academy: MON: 5-6pm & 6-7pm (5-7yrs), 7-8pm (8-10yrs). Dumbarton Gymnastics Centre: TUE: 4-5pm & 5-6pm (5-7yrs), 6-7pm (8-10yrs); THU: 5-6pm (5-7yrs), 6-7pm (5-10yrs boys only & 8-10yrs), 7.15-8.15pm (8-10yrs & 11-15yrs); FRI: 4-5pm (5-7yrs); SUN: 1.30-2.30pm (5-7yrs).

Disability Gymnastics (5-10yrs): Dumbarton Gymnastics Centre: SUN: 11-12pm.

Adult Classes (16+) Badminton:

Meadow Centre: WED: 8-9pm.

Jog Scotland: Concord Community Centre: TUE: 6.30pm. Alexandria Community Centre: THU: 6:30pm.

Netball: Meadow Centre: WED: 7-8pm.


Athletics – Run, Jump & Throw (5-11yrs): Alexandria Community Centre: MON: 5-6pm. Meadow Sports Centre: THU: 6-7pm. Badminton (7-12yrs): Dumbarton Academy: TUE: 6-7pm. Basketball: Alexandria Community Centre: MON: 6-7pm (8-11yrs). Meadow Sports Centre: THU: 7-8pm (11-16yrs). Hockey (5-12yrs): Meadow Sports Centre: WED: 6-7pm. Tennis (5-12yrs): Dumbarton Academy: TUE: 6-7pm. Football: Argyle Park*: MON: 4.306pm (7-14yrs). Alexandria Community

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Vale of Leven Walking Football Club Argyll Park, Alexandria 7.45-9pm. Available for anyone who wants to take part in the beautiful game but at a slower pace. Rules as per 11-a-side or 5-a-side, you are not allowed to run. All abilities and ages welcome. Facebook @Vale of Leven Walking Football Club, Twitter @lomondwfc. 07814 540 035 Weekly

Tuesday 8th Dumbarton Lions Club Abbotsford Hotel 7.30pm. Local fundraising club. New members welcome. 01389 763592 2nd Tuesday of every month

Auditions for DPT Pantomime 'Cinderella' DPT Rehearsal Studio, Glasgow Road 7.30pm. Opportunities for singing, acting, dancing, backstage work and helping front of house. The pantomime will run from 7th – 14th December 2019. All welcome, particularly new members. Children should be of secondary school age and above. There is no charge to be a member of DPT – just a willingness to work hard and enjoy being part of a great team!

Friday 11th Texan Rock Country Western Club Masonic Hall Church Street Dumbarton 7.30pm. Come along and dance to your favourite country and line dance music with Greyhound Express. Bingo , raffle, open the box and fast draw. Accompanied children welcome. Admission £5.

Saturday 12th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Ben A’an 9am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. We follow a well-marked path to the summit which climbs steeply, first through woods then open hillside with splendid views. We return on an indistinct and sometimes boggy path north from the summit and then west down to the tarmac track beside Loch Katrine. We follow this to the pier and then by minor road back to the start point. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953

Night at the Races with Bellsmyre Development Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 7-11pm. Tickets £4, Own Horse: £5, available from the centre. Bring your own bottle. 7 races and auction race. All monies raised will go towards our community activity programme.

Garages • Workshops • Playhouses • Kennels • Stables

Vale of Leven Swimming Pool: WED: 8-8.45pm.

Walking Football: Concord Community Centre: MON: 6-7pm (40+). Alexandria Community Centre: TUE: 3-4pm (18+ with additional support needs); THU: 7.30-8.30pm (40+)



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Calendar of events Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers

Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers

Fairlie Glen & Kaim Hill 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. A walk up Fairlie Glen past a 14th Century Tower House and waterfalls onto the open hillside above Fairlie. We ascend to the summit of Kaim Hill where extensive views of Largs, The Cumbraes and Arran may be experienced. A gentle descent from the summit allows us to reach a minor road which is followed for almost a mile before regaining a track which leads back to Fairlie Castle. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953

Age Concern Dumbarton The Crosslet Centre, Dumbarton 11.30-3pm. Monthly meeting. 01389742743 Last Tuesday of every month

FREE CONSULTANT EVENTS Celebrating 50 years of Renton Trinity

Renton Trinity Church 10am. Brunch to celebrate 50 years of Renton Trinity Church. All welcome. 07787 433 903

Saturday 26th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers

Sunday 20th

Tuesday 29th

Bellsmyre Trust

The Cutty Sark Centre 6.30-7:30pm. Monthly book club. Last Monday of every month

Sunday 13th Carron Glen from Denny 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. This is a beautiful Autumn walk up the picturesque Carron Glen. We follow country paths along the north side of Carron Glen up to the waterfalls. Then we ascend the steep wooded sides of the glen to Stoneyinch abandoned farm. We return through grass fields and farm tracks past Middle Barnego Farm. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953

Monday 28th

Thursday 24th

Free Migraines & Headaches Information Event

Free Hip and Knee Pain Information Event

Nuffield Health Central Fitness & Wellbeing Gym, 141 Finnieston Street, Glasgow G3 8HB 6.30-8pm. Do you suffer from migraines and headaches and would like to find out more information?

Thursday 24th

Stob na Boine Druim-fhinn and B-29A Super Fortress Crash Site 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

Dumbarton Indoor Car Boot Sale

Wednesday 23rd

Hotel Du Vin, 1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow G12 0UX 6.30-8pm. Do you suffer from hip and knee pain and would like to find out more to help you make an informed decision?

Wednesday 30th Free Foot & Ankle Information Event

Free Cataract 1-2-1 Nuffield Health Glasgow Hospital, Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow G12 0PJ 9-10am. Are you suffering from cataracts or like to explore further options for treatment? Come along to our free ten minute 1-2-1 appointment.

Nuffield Health Glasgow Giffnock Fitness & Wellbeing Gym, 82 Braidholm Road, Glasgow G46 6ED 6.30-8pm. Do you suffer from foot or ankle pain and would like to find out more information about the treatment options available?

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Dumbarton Masonic Halls 11.45am-2.45pm. The Dumbarton indoor car boot sale with loads of bric a brac, kids toys, CDs, books, clothes, household items, etc. Get yourselves along and take part in our big Tombola raffle. Full license bar selling teas, coffees, cakes, hot breakfast rolls, etc.

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Late News Sunday 27th Cafe Improv - Al Murray

The Tower Digital Arts Centre 3pm. An afternoon of music, film and chat with special guest Al Murray, of Pub Landlord fame.

The council is one of only 100 organisations in the whole UK to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award this year from the Ministry of Defence. Since signing the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2016 the council has worked to establish and strengthen their commitment across all services to support the work and lives of the armed forces community. There’s special focus on reservists, service leavers, service spouses and their families, and everything from flexible working to demob arrangements is covered. A support network has also been established to encourage peer support for partners or spouses of those serving in the Armed Forces, and for Reservists. Meanwhile civic events have been held to show support including the Armed Forces Day celebrations which included a parade through Dumbarton town centre involving veterans’ groups, cadets and Scouts, as well as Reserves Day and other high profile ceremonies.

Provost William Hendrie

Provost William Hendrie, Armed Forces Champion, said: “We are honoured to receive this award. We have been committed for many years to our employees in the services, both past and present, and to be recognised by the Ministry of Defence is a wonderful indication that we are ensuring our employees and their families have access to dedicated support and initiatives including education, housing and employment support.”


Plans for the creation of 88 new homes in Drymen including provision for affordable housing have been approved by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority. The development seeks to bring to the area a number of benefits, for example by doubling the size of the public car park and improving children’s play space. Meanwhile the developer aims to make available a £30,000 contribution towards sustainable and active transport initiatives, along with funding for an extra classroom at the local primary school.

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hacks KEEP IT BRIGHT Dark colours are obviously harder to see at night, so dress your kids up in bright costumes or add reflective accessories to dark getups.

fun THE GREAT PUMPKIN Ron Wallace holds the world record for the largest pumpkin ever grown: a 1,502 pound behemoth he grew in 2006. The record holder for fastest carver of a pumpkin is Stephen Clark with the record of 16.47 seconds.

Former Queen's Regiment Infantryman Colin Pavey and Former Royal Engineer Stephen Wilson

MUCH MORE THAN A COASTER Injured ex-servicemen at Royal British Legion Industries have joined forces with Morrisons to make and sell drink coasters which will help to raise crucial funds for our most vulnerable veterans. They are now on sale in Morrisons Dumbarton, with all profits going to support wounded, injured and sick ex-servicemen and women. The coasters come in packs of four at £4 each and are on sale now. They feature the emblem of the factory where veterans produce road and rail signage, wooden products such as pallets, and provide printing and mailing services. Veterans have been producing the coasters at RBLI’s social enterprise Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (BBMC), a not-for-profit enterprise which employs more than 100 people, mainly veterans and people with a disability.

Steve Sherry CMG OBE, chief executive of Royal British Legion Industries, said: “This is far more than just a coaster. It is providing worthwhile employment for some of Britain’s bravest veterans who face significant daily challenges as a result of making the utmost sacrifice for the country. “We are proud to have taken our exciting first step into the supermarket space with Morrisons.” RBLI was established in 1919 to provide support to sick and wounded troops returning from the front lines of the First World War. One hundred years on, the

charity supports injured veterans and people with disabilities by providing employment and homes in their village. This year the charity launched a £14 million Centenary Village appeal, which will see the development of 22 apartments – each designed to be fully accessible and house single veterans in urgent need, alongside 16 new family homes, and a further 24 assistedliving apartments. At the heart of the development will be a state-of-the-art community centre with an accessible gym. It will sit alongside the existing village, care homes and manufacturing facility.



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Enjoy testing the old grey matter at a quiz? Tickling your tonsils at karaoke or hitting the dance floor? We have the list to inspire you.

AL E XA N DRI A Dempsey’s Bar

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

The Laughing Fox

119 Bridge St, 01389 750746 l Live Sports l Beer Garden

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

B AL LO C H Club Desire Balloch Rd, 01389 729002 l Contact for entertainment details

Corries Restaurant

Balloch Road, 01389 753 552 l MON: Folk Club l THU: Music with Angus

The Doghouse Bar

54 Balloch Rd, 01389 607300 l THU: Live Football l Open Mic l Karaoke l Live Football

Lomond Park Hotel

Balloch Rd, 01389 752494 l THU: Quiz l FRI & SUN: Karaoke l SAT: Live Band l Live Sports

Kerbside Night Club Balloch Rd, 01389 752494 l Contact for entertainment details

The Glenroy Balloch Rd, 01389 752494 THU: Pub Quiz l FRI & SUN: Karaoke l l Live Sports l Live Music


The Counting House


17 High St, 01389 765457 l THU: Pub Quiz l FRI & SAT: DJ l Beer Garden l Live Sports

Drovers Inn

The Dumbuck House Hotel

Main Street, 01360 660 588 l Chic atmosphere for wining & dining

Glasgow Road, 01389 734 336 l Live Sports l Live Music l Family Days l Tribute Nights l Pool Table l Beer Garden l Food Served All Day

The Clachan

The Glencairn Lounge

The Buchanan Arms

Main Street, 01360 660824 l SAT: Live music l Open 11am-Midnight

15-19 Bridge St, 01389 732816 l FRI: Quiz l SAT: Karaoke

The Drymen Inn

The Stag’s Head

5 Stirling Road, Drymen, 01360 660123 l WED: Quiz Night l SAT: Live Music l SUN: Live Entertainment

The Waverley Bar

The Winnock The Square, 01360 660245 l Variety themed nights

DU MBARTON Cheers 1 Brewery Lane, 01389 742333 l FRI & SAT: DJ Clubnights

116 Glasgow Rd, 01389 732642 l FRI: Karaoke l Live Music l Live Sports 30 West Bridgend, Dumbarton l Live Music l Live Sports l Beer Garden l Karaoke

JA M E STOWN Fenton’s Bar 174 Main Street, 01389 602564 l WED: Pub Quiz & Pool Competition l THU: Jam / Open Mic

Inverarnan, 01301 704234 l FRI 4: Jeff Jeffrey l SAT 5: Alan Frew l FRI 11: Davie Mac l SAT 12: The Minogue Brothers l FRI 18: Marty l SAT 19: Stuart MacFarlane l FRI 25: Pumpkin Carving Competition l FRI 25: Jono l SAT 26: Spooktacular Halloween Party with The Minogue Brothers

The Inn on Loch Lomond Luss, 01436 860430 l FRI 4: Robert Carmichael l SAT 5: Paul Murdoch l FRI 11: Scott MacDonald l SAT 12: Joe Quinn l FRI 18: Jenny Biddle l SAT 19: On The Wagon l FRI 25: On The Wagon l SAT 26: Robert Carmichael

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AL MURRAY DELIGHTED TO PLAY THE TOWER Top comedian-turned-musician Al Murray says he is excited to be visiting Helensburgh for the first time later this month. Al, who spoke exclusively to the Community Advertiser ahead of his tour date at The Tower Digital Arts Centre, will play a set with his band Fat Cops at the 6th edition of the popular Café Improv! programme. He added: “Playing in a serious band has long been a dream for me. I played drums as a kid and then took it up again more seriously about 15 years ago. “I have played in other ‘dad’ bands before but the Fat Cops is the real thing. We play original material

and we have made a record. It’s really exciting.” Al, who is famous for his alter ego The Pub Landlord, is still touring as a stand-up comedian but he has now added the Fat Cops to his busy work life. The 50-year-old said: “My life is a bit crazy paving basically. I live in London and play in a band that is based in Glasgow and Edinburgh. I am also on tour in Europe just now with ‘Landlord of Hope and Glory’. It’s busy but good fun.” Fat Cops formed two years ago and includes Al as drummer; Scottish journalist Euan McColm and former Bluebells frontman Bobby Hodgens on guitar; IT manager Chris Ayre on bass; Neil Murray – JK Rowling’s husband – on keyboards; and Chris Deerin, also a journalist, on vocals. They cut their first album last autumn.

will open for legendary rock band Happy Mondays on the Scottish leg of their Greatest Hits Tour.

Tap is screened. We are looking forward to it.”

Al said: “We are looking forward to opening for the Happy Mondays. We kick off in Aberdeen on October 24.

The afternoon of music, chat and film starts at 3pm at The Tower in Sinclair Street, Helensburgh. Tickets cost £20 or £17 for senior citizens. See www.helensburghboxoffice. com.

“Fat Cops also plays their own gigs at least once a month. The Helensburgh Café Improv date comes at the end of a busy time for us but it will be a great event. We will play a set from our record, then I will be interviewed on stage before my favourite comedy film, This is Spinal

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MYSTERIES OF THE GODODDIN Dumbarton was neither Scottish, Pictish nor English during the stormy years which followed the end of Roman rule – it was Celtic-British. Dumbarton People’s Theatre are venturing into creepy territory with a dramatisation of Liz Lochhead’s play about Mary Shelley’s creation of the book Frankenstein (which was the name of the mad scientist responsible, not that of the Monster as often supposed). It was the year after Waterloo, and Mary, her brilliant but wacky husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the outrageous Lord Byron got together in sepulchral surroundings to see who could come up with the best Gothic horror tale... and Frankenstein was the clear winner. The show runs from October 2 to 5 in Denny Civic Theatre, and tickets, priced £5, are available from McDermids Keystore in Dumbarton High Street, from members, or at the Box Office on performance nights.

As the burgh’s name makes clear the Rock was “fortress of the Britons”, and the kingdom’s language was a form of early Welsh spoken across large areas of southern Scotland and also Cumbria.

Strathclyde somehow held firm while Celtic-British kingdoms in what is now England fell to waves of Germanic invaders – only to be eventually subsumed within the emerging kingdom of Scotland.

Much of the period is shrouded in mystery (hence “the Dark Ages”), but we know that

The first written mention of Arthur – whoever he really was – is said to appear in the great epic early medieval poem Y Goddodin, which is the theme of the Lennox Heritage Society meeting on Wednesday, October 16. It tells of how a band (or small army) of elite warriors ventured south from their kingdom in southeast Scotland (next door neighbour to Strathclyde) to take on the invaders, only to be slaughtered.

The great epic is literally the stuff of legend, albeit one that perhaps conceals a rich seam of distinctly unglamorous truth. Speaker Gwen Jones-Edwards will be helping the audience to peer through the swirling mists of time to fathom what this famous epic poem can tell us about early medieval Scotland, and a realm which only finally began to take on the core of its modern form in the 9th century. Were these Gododdin warriors Christians fending off barbaric heathens, and were they the last custodians of the civil and military practices of the Late Roman Empire? Lacking solid information we have to guess at the truth behind high-flown poetic phrases which can be interpreted in different ways, and it is tempting to stray into “Da Vinci Code” fantasy territory – but the quest for the elusive reality is nevertheless fascinating and ongoing. Society meetings are at 7pm in the Concord Centre in Dumbarton, and annual subscription is £10 – or you can pay £2 for a single talk.

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DEFIBRILLATORS WILL SAVE LIVES fun They’ll cost £50,000, but the potentially PICKY EATERS life-saving impact of a 50% of children prefer to receive chocolate on Halloween over other types of treats. 24% of children like candy, and 10% would choose gum. Toothbrushes didn’t make the list.

major new investment in defibrillators can hardly be overstated. The purchase of 41 devices by the local authority will close off some previously key blind spots in schools, and outside community centres and local businesses – as part of a bid to ensure no resident is ever too far from help when emergency strikes. Meanwhile West Dunbartonshire Council has worked in partnership with Heartstart and the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) to highlight the importance of defibrillators in the community.

spaces as are fire extinguishers in buildings, as momentum builds to find effective ways of dealing with cardiac emergencies – of which there are several thousand cases in Scotland every year.

“We need more people in the community to come forward and volunteer to look after the maintenance of the machines to ensure they are ready for use in the event of an emergency.

Training sessions will aim to dispel myths about the machines while also helping people to learn CPR – and will encourage residents to consider becoming a defibrillator guardian, responsible for checking a machine every month to ensure it’s in working order.

Councillor Marie McNair, who is vice chair of the area’s health and social care partnership, said: “These machines can really be the difference between life and death for some, and so it is vital that they are widely available.

“These defibrillators are very simple to operate but I would encourage all residents to consider participating in one of the training sessions offered by our partners at HeartStart to become familiar with them and also learn basic CPR skills.

In future they will come to be seen as essential around public

“Every machine in the community has an ambassador who looks after the maintenance of that unit.


“You could really save somebody’s life.”

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LAST POST FOR RESCUE HEROES We usually associate the Last Post for military funerals and memorials, but at a recent West Dunbartonshire ceremony it had a quite different meaning.

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The area’s Provost, councillors and officials gathered to mark national 999 Day, which besides honouring all those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public also recognised those who – like the military – sometimes pay the ultimate price.

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Provost Hendrie raised the official flag, before a two minute silence was observed to remember more than 7,000 workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.



Individual police officers, firefighters, ambulance crew and the rest who die in tragic circumstances are naturally written up in the press when tragedy strikes, but it is only when the total cost of the emergency services’ endeavour is seen in perspective that the reality of their often highly dangerous jobs strikes home., go to ‘SUBMIT’ then ‘DELIVERY STAFF APPLICATION’

Provost Hendrie said: “West Dunbartonshire Council works closely with emergency services, and we are so grateful for their vital support and assistance which allows us to keep our residents safe. “Over two million people work in the British emergency services today – many of whom are volunteers. “At the ceremony, we remembered more than 7,000 personnel who have lost their

lives in the course of their duties. “Many more have put themselves in harm’s way as they go about their work, and put public safety ahead of their own. “The people who choose to work in these jobs are truly the unsung heroes of our society so I am pleased we got to honour them in this way.” Emergency Services 999 Day was created to honour the work of the emergency services, promote efficiency, educate the public, and highlight volunteering opportunities.



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A bugler, Mr Chris French-Leitch, played The Last Post to bring the ceremony to an end.

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