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ROCK DESERVES ‘FAIR SHARES’ Why is Dumbarton Castle – one-time stronghold of the Britons of Strathclyde – the poor relation of the heritage industry when it comes to investment? That is the leading question from local MSP Jackie Baillie, who is concerned that despite soaring visitor figures much less money is spent on the Rock fortress than the tourism honeypots of Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. It’s arguably an important question, not just in terms of heritage but also economics, because at a time when Edinburgh is swamped with visitors during the main tourism season (even before you consider last month’s overcrowded Festivals) there can be no doubt that visitors bring with them greatly-needed funds to invest in local shops and businesses. The Rock is already a technical success, because latest figures show visitor trips to the Rock have more than doubled since 2010 – last year almost 30,000 people “discovered”

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Ages” is an established success, but despite valiant local efforts (and all the nearby advantages of the National Park as a tourism draw) the local tourism industry is still in its infancy. Besides asking for more cash Ms Baillie wants HES to ensure that as much of the collection as possible associated with Dumbarton Castle is kept there (unlike the famous cannon Mons Meg, which decorates the battlements of Edinburgh Castle, despite its role in a historic Dumbarton siege). She said: “Dumbarton Castle is a much-loved community asset and also brings in tourism from across Scotland and beyond. “Members of the Dumbarton

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years they have taken on their own individual social atmosphere created by people who have personalised their offshore work spaces.” “I witnessed at first hand the start of the oil and gas industry’s immense decommissioning programme, which constitutes such a complex and fascinating period in North Sea maritime history. “I found it poignant watching workers, who have had lifelong attachments to their platform, shut it down, abandon their work site and end its life.” There’s full detail on this and other events at the museum at www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org.

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CRUCIAL DAY FOR BALLOCH PLAN The planning battle over the massively controversial Flamingoland plan for Balloch reaches its climax this month, with a critical decision on September 23. Also called Lomond Banks by the plan’s Yorkshire-based would-be developer, the scheme would bring to the area dozens of selfcatering lodges, a monorail linked to Balloch’s Station Square, a water park and brewery, in a way claimed to be environmentally sensitive and appropriate as an adjunct to the National Park. However around 57,000 people strongly disagree, indicating a huge groundswell of opposition across the community, and after

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ALL SET FOR A DINING TREAT The big local event of September is the Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival at Lomond Shores on the weekend of September 7 and 8.

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CASH BOOST FOR TOWN CENTRES Both Dumbarton and Alexandria will soon see positive results from a one-off grant designed to improve town centres – with the Burgh’s riverfront and dilapidated Main Street sites in the Vale most likely to benefit.

“The purpose of the Town Centre Fund is to contribute to projects which will help drive the local economy and allow town centres to become more successful and more sustainable. “As well as those factors, we have taken into account the views of residents who have voiced their opinion on what the community needs most in various consultations and charrettes recently.” Assuming the broad thrust of the plans is accepted and its detail approved work is expected to start in spring next year.

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SECRETS WITHIN LOCAL NAMES The Lennox Heritage Society is back in business this month after the summer recess, with a fascinating talk about the hidden meaning behind some names of familiar places around Ben Lomond. The subject is place name etymology – whose aim is to delve deep into the past to discover why somewhere with a Gaelic name – or it could be Brythonic – was so called in medieval or even earlier times. Across the wider district our modern industrialised landscape may have changed out of all recognition since the days of wild Highland clans and longforgotten local monarchs, but their residue is all around us in names which passed down through the generations.

Most obvious of all is Dumbarton, “stronghold of the Britons”, because the Rock was once a bulwark of the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde – which gradually became subsumed within Scotland but which for several centuries survived the Saxon tide that engulfed what is now England back in the 6th century AD. In those days Strathclyde (and Dumbarton) was Celtic but not Gaelic, and was arguably the last enclave of the ancient British civilisation that was pushed to the margins – Wales and Cornwall – by

the relentless waves of Dark Age invaders from the continent. In the south-west, Dumfries – “stronghold of the Friesians” (from Friesland in the Netherlands) – neatly illustrates how foreign cultures moved in to take over lands whose identity had continued to flourish despite the long period of occupation by the Roman Empire. The Society’s meeting on September 18 will see speaker Alasdair Eckersall putting Lomondside and its fascinating ancient past in perspective, allowing us to peer through the swirling Celtic mists of antiquity to gain a glimpse of earlier times. 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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FAMILY STARS IN TOURISM FILM Lomond Shores decided to let a real local family do all the talking when it set about creating a promotional film flagging up everything the iconic Balloch site has to offer. Inevitably it received plenty of entries from people eager to “star” in their project. But it was the Young family from Jamestown who won the honours, with dad Alan, mum Tess and children Reece (11) and Abigail (10) showing just how much fun it’s possible to have during a break on the bonnie banks. Filming took place over two days and despite typically Scottish mixed weather there was plenty of sunshine when it mattered, helping the Youngs to show off all the activities available to visitors.

Lomond Shores and didn’t baulk at anything - including the 65 metre zipwire at Treezone!” Commenting on her family’s experience, Tess said: “We really couldn’t believe it when we were chosen as we know lots of families entered so we were absolutely over the moon. “The production company and staff at Loch Lomond Shores were brilliant with us throughout and we really did love every minute of the time we spent filming.

“As a local family who come to Loch Lomond Shores often, even we were surprised by all it has to offer. “It was such a positive experience and a great chance for our family to spend time together as I usually work weekends and family time is tricky to fit in so a big thanks to Loch Lomond Shores for choosing us as we all had a ball!” The promotional film will now be used to showcase Loch Lomond Shores at home and abroad.

Audrey Calder from Loch Lomond Shores said: “Alan, Tess, Reece and Abigail were wonderful to work with and really made production so easy for everyone involved. This family most definitely have a potential career in TV!

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September 2019 | Local News

BURGH POET SET FOR BLOODY SCOTLAND DATE

Dumbarton poet Stephen Watt will almost certainly be the most lyrical contributor to this month’s Bloody Scotland crime fiction festival in Stirling (September 20 to 22), with a performance where his latest work is bound to figure. His fourth collection of poems is a crime book, composed entirely of verse – the first of its kind – called Fairy Rock. Stephen will be appearing along with Scotland’s top crime authors, including Val McDermid, Alex Gray and Chris Brookmyre, specifically at the Festival’s Killer Ceilidh event. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is also starring, in a discussion special with crime fiction king Ian Rankin. For more information about the Festival visit bloodyscotland.com.

FIDDLERS NIGHT WILL AID RNLI

Late News

There are many worthy causes which benefit from local fundraisers throughout the year, but few which directly support a “life or death” resource so obviously vital as the RNLI – which depends entirely on voluntary contributions to survive.

Saturday 7th Dumbarton Indoor Car Boot Sale Dumbarton Masonic Halls 11.45am-2.45pm. The big Sept 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.

The local group is highly active and very successful, thanks to the commitment of members and the generosity of the public, and Dumbarton and District RNLI is hoping this level of support will be forthcoming for an event on October 4 which also promises to offer a great evening out.

Thursday 12th

On the agenda is a Helensburgh and Lomond Fiddlers concert in St Patrick’s Church Hall in Strathleven Place, Dumbarton, where the audience is promised a brilliant evening of foot tapping traditional Scottish music (evening starts at 7.30pm). Tea and coffee at the interval are included in the £5 admission price, and it goes without saying that everybody who supports the evening will also be making a crucial contribution to the group’s

endeavours – which are carried on throughout the year with little fuss but a great deal of success.

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In return the audience will be treated to a varied bill of traditional musical fare of the sort that never goes out of style, with talented musicians giving their all to guarantee a fun night out.

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September 2019 | What's Up Doc?

What's Up Doc? with Dr Nick Dunn

PARK’S JOHN MUIR ADVENTURE Local youngsters were recently thrilled at the chance to take part in an island adventure on Inchcailloch island with the National Park and the John Muir Trust. They joined Rangers to explore the island and connect with its amazing history, wildlife and landscapes as part of their John Muir Award. The group was made up of members of Haldane Youth Services, a charity that delivers after school activities for children in West Dunbartonshire and the Life Improvement Centre Scotland. They took part in a series of activities to help them enjoy and understand how to care for the natural environment. The youngsters were then presented with their John Muir Award in recognition of their achievements. A report from the National Park

Authority and the John Muir Trust highlights the benefits of their partnership and outlines how the Trust supports the National Park Partnership Plan, which includes helping young people, adults and families of all backgrounds to enjoy and value the National Park. Since 2013 the partnership has led to over 9,000 John Muir Awards being achieved within the National Park, of which around a quarter were gained by people experiencing some form of disadvantage. There have also been 19 training opportunities benefitting almost 300 volunteers and professionals within or surrounding the National Park.

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This month: HERD INSTINCT… Recently the UK lost its “measles-free” status which had been given by the World Health Organisation three years ago. 231 new cases were confirmed between January and March 2019. Measles is a very infectious viral rash which can potentially infect 15 others from one person, simply through small droplets in the air. Usually causing cold symptoms and fever, in babies or the frail it can cause pneumonia or brain damage, rarely leading to death. It caused many deaths before a vaccine for it was first produced in 1968. Measles is now more common in Europe than ever before in the past 10 years, due to falling

vaccination numbers, and there is a high risk of it coming into Scotland and spreading rapidly. “Herd immunity” – with a target 95% vaccinated (Scotland is 93%) – significantly reduces the risk of the most vulnerable in the community being infected and having complications. For this to work everyone needs to support vaccination, however this was undermined a few years ago by campaigners suggesting research showed a link between autism and MMR vaccine, which was not the case. Scotland has one of the best vaccination rates in Europe, but we should keep striving for better!

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September 2019 | Local Business

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Local News | September 2019

DRYMEN KIDS WIN ECO-GLORY

Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous

Drymen Primary School’s Primary 7 pupils are in a class of their own when it comes to getting over the vital message on plastic pollution – and have a national award to prove it.

Help for those who may have a problem with alcohol. There’s a meeting near you. Call the national helpline 0800 9177 650

Al-Anon Family Groups Understanding, strength and hope for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking. Local meetings available. 24hr helpline: 020 7403 0888

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They have won first prize in the photography category of the prestigious Young Reporters Competition 2019, which is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

not only in the 11-14 photographic category of the nationwide competition but also in the overall contest – open to people aged between eight and 24.

Using plastic waste generated from school lunches over five days, P7 pupils created artwork of four marine creatures which are vulnerable to plastic in Scottish waters.

Head teacher Elisabeth Olbrich said: “I am incredibly proud that the efforts of our Primary 7 children to change attitudes about single use plastics have been recognised in this way.

Titled “We eat from it, we survive. They eat it, they die”, the artwork is designed to demonstrate the extent of plastic pollution in coastal and marine areas and show children at the school the amount of plastic they were using at lunchtime.

“Their creative use of a week’s worth of school lunch plastic is inspiring and thought provoking and will hopefully change attitudes and practices.”

Their work was judged the best,

Stirling Council’s children and young people convener Councillor Susan McGill said: “This impressive artwork is a really

innovative way to make people think about this important issue as we aim to achieve a sustainable Stirling.” Vice convener Councilor Margaret Brisley said: “As a council we are committed to protecting and improving our environment, and it’s fantastic to see our talented children and young people highlighting this important issue locally and nationally in a really imaginative way. A huge well done to all.” The school was awarded prizes for the pupils’ efforts, including a Go Pro Camera, which will support the development of reporting and film making skills across the curriculum.

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day, which incidentally still look fantastic in the photos. After the church, it was a meal at a local hotel, then back to the bride’s parents or sometimes a village hall where there’d be sandwiches, a barrel of beer and in the tradition of the day a display of the wedding presents. As one mum commented on mumsnet: “My godmother, who married in the eighties, bought her dress the week before, from Laura Ashley and there were no hen dos or stag dos.

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Wedding Feature | September 2019 Things inevitably have moved on from these days and now your average wedding is a much bigger affair. One of the most important aspects of any wedding day is selecting the right reception venue, remember it can be much simpler to start and finish locally. This area not only has some of the best venues in the country but some of the very best services to guarantee a great day, from experienced caterers and florists to beauty specialists and photographers all at hand to help your day go smoothly. If you are going for a big do one planner’s tip is to remember that the dream of a perfect summers day is far from

guaranteed- especially in the West of Scotland. If you opt for a winter wedding, due to fewer bookings, there can be major savings. If a winter wedding is planned, this may swing the decision towards a venue with dramatic features such as a sweeping staircase, feature wall or elegant fireplace, these will provide a lovely backdrop for pictures.

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TRAVELLERS’ SITE TO BE DISCUSSED As this issue was going to press the council was about to consider approving a short stay site to accommodate additional members of the traveller community during the summer months. There’s already a fixed site at Dennystoun Forge, but the council is seeing a rise in demand for short stay pitches, particularly in June, July and August, when there have been unauthorised encampments in public spaces.

This month: PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS Executing a pre-nuptial agreement before entering a marriage is becoming increasingly common; and quite rightly so.

can also be useful to regulate financial provision for one of the parties in the event of separation or divorce.

It may not be particularly romantic, however, with an increase in second, or more, marriages and people choosing to marry later in life there are more likely to be assets in individual names that either party may wish to protect.

As with any contract, it may be challenged at a later date. However, as long as it can be shown to have been fair and reasonable at the time parties entered the agreement then the terms should be upheld.

After researching the options, it’s reckoned a new site would reduce the number of unauthorised camps, cutting the costs to the council.

In Scotland, ‘prenups’, also known as ante-nuptial or marriage contacts, are accepted as legally binding and are useful in allowing certain assets to be ‘ringfenced’ and from forming part of the matrimonial pot.

If the idea wins approval, a local consultation will follow involving residents, the travelling community and key local services.

A marriage contract may be of benefit to business owners or someone who has property or savings in their own name. It

It is therefore important that both parties seek independent legal advice well in advance of their proposed wedding. An open and honest conversation between partners, prior to marriage, can allow parties to enter into an agreement and hopefully reduce possible protracted and emotionally difficult litigation in the event of divorce.

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Calendar of events Sunday 1st Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Beinn Bhreac (Cashel – Loch Lomond) 8.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. 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

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 and Third Sunday of month Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 10.30am-1pm. Dumbarton Baptist Church. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly    

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Monday 2nd Working 4U CAB Office, Alexandria 9.30-3.30pm. New opportunities. Come along to our drop-ins. 0800 980 9070 Weekly (Also on Thu & Fri) 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 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 maurice@thesmf.co.uk Weekly Internet Café Longcrags Centre Mon: 9.30-11.30am; Wed: 1.30-3.30pm; Fri: 9.30-11.30am, 1.30-3.30pm. 10 PCs, fast and reliable wi-fi. Free. 01389 767115 mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk Weekly

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Monday 2nd 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 phildawson1335@me.com Weekly 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 Youth Café Nights The Phoenix, Dumbarton 6-7.15pm: P4-7s; 7.30-9pm: S1-S4s. 50p. Games, crafts, café and space to chill. oli@rockcommunitychurch.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) 7.15-9.30pm. 01389 731069 rebeccalyall@btinternet.com Weekly Dumbarton Army Cadets ACF Hut, Latta Street, Dumbarton 7-9pm. The ACF offers a variety of military-themed activities along with adventurous training and STEM, young people 12-18 yrs. 07894 088911 2456youn@armymail.mod.uk armycadets.com/county/argyll-and-sutherlandhighlanders-battalion-acf Weekly (Monday & Wednesday)

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What's On Calendar | September 2019 Balloch Health Walk 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 fran.crumley@lochlomond-trossachs.org trustinthepark.org/walk-in-the-park/ Weekly

Tuesday 3rd 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 3 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 mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk Weekly (Also on Wed & Thu) Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 3.30-4.30pm: Myre Munchkins. 6-8pm: Cutty Kids. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly Tuesday Lunches Riverside Church 12pm. Meet friends and enjoy homemade soup and filled rolls. www.dumbartonriverside.org.uk 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 greentreremedies@outlook.com Facebook @Green Tree Remedies 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 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. stpatsyouthg1@btconnect.com Weekly (Term time only)

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

Free Tablet/Phone Class Longcrags Centre 1.30-3pm. Small classes to help you get to grips with your tablet or phone. 01389 767115 mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk Weekly

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

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 cardrossmotherandtoddlers@gmail.com Weekly

Overburn/Townend Tenants & Residents Association Meeting Brock Bowling Club, Dumbarton 7pm. All welcome to come along and voice their views for the community. ottra01@gmail.com

Thursday 5th 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 fran.crumley@lochlomond-trossachs.org trustinthepark.org/walk-in-the-park/ 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 is something you may be interested in joining. The Probus is not a fund raising organisation.. 01389 753 267 donvick@blueyonder.co.uk Weekly Greenspace Volunteers Balloch Castle Courtyard Building 11am-3pm. Help to carry out a range of practical conservation tasks and wildlife surveys. To book text by 12pm the prior Wed. 07909 595283 Also on 12th

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

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Calendar of events Free iPad/iPhone Class Longcrags Centre 1.30-3.30pm. Beginners welcome. 01389 767115 mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk 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. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly Wargames + Miniatures Games Store Unit 4, 7 Merkins Avenue 5pm. Our Magic: The Gathering 'Learn Magic' programme. Boys and girls welcome. Including a FREE Introductory starter pack! events@wargamesandminiatures.com Weekly Writers Alexandria Library 6pm. Every Thursday writers are invited to meet and share their work. 07922 833472 Weekly Vale of Leven Army Cadets 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 2456youn@armymail.mod.uk armycadets.com/county/argyll-and-sutherlandhighlanders-battalion-acf Weekly (Tuesday & Thursday) Dumbarton Music Group 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. James 07463631558 or Jim 07398762215 Weekly Loch Lomond Camera Club Station Street, Renton 7-9pm. All levels and non-members welcome. www.meetup.com/lochlomondcameraclub/ Weekly 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

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Friday 6th Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 10.30am-12pm: Bingo Mornings. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly Working 4U 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

Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival Loch Lomond Shores A celebration of all things food and drink and a must for foodies. Whether you’re a connoisseur or looking for inspiration, to spice up those home cooked menus. lochlomondfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk Also Sunday 8th Balloch Run 'n' Park Balloch Park Gates, Balloch Road 9.30am. Stay in shape & meet new people. runnpark.leaguerepublic.com Weekly

Astronomy Club Longcrags Centre 9-11pm. A magical carpet of stars, Saturn’s rings, Jupiter and its four biggest moons - and Titan. What a night! Beginners welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Membership £20 per annum. Children £10. 01389 767115 mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk Also on 20th

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Bellsmyre Trust The Cutty Sark Centre 9.30am. MAE Fitness Techniques. www.bellsmyretrust.org.uk Weekly Outdoor Bootcamp Moss o' Balloch 10-11am. Meet at the kids' play park. Outdoor Bootcamp for kids and adults. Adults: £5, 13-17yrs: £2, 12 and under: free. Get in touch to be added to the bootcamp page. @ptsquared2 Weekly 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 mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk Weekly 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 mick.maloney@wwmail.co.uk Weekly Levenvale Older People's Welfare Levenvale Primary School 10-12pm. AGM. All members welcome. First Saturday of every month

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Ready, Steady, Kick (1.5-3yrs):

Football: Argyle Park*: MON: 4.30-

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

6pm (7-14yrs). Alexandria Community 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).

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.

Athletics – Run, Jump & Throw (5-11yrs): Alexandria Community Centre: MON: 5-6pm. Meadow Sports Centre: THU: 6-7pm.

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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:

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

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

Swimming:

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

Tennis (5-12yrs): Dumbarton Academy: TUE: 6-7pm.

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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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

Friday 13th Dumbarton Acoustic Music Night St Augustine's Church 7.30-10.30pm. £5 entry, BYOB and glass. Local acts Ken Turner, Joe Murdoch, and Toast are performing on the night. Money raised will be donated to a local charity. Tickets available from Discography Records, Bell Arcade Market or pay at door. 07787 310 391 www.facebook.com/ DumbartonAcousticMusicNight Second Friday every month

Sunday 8th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Ben Ledi 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. Distance: 17km. Ascend 1000m to a height of 879m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

Jog Scotland:

Academy: TUE: 6-7pm.

Meadow Sports Centre: THU: 7-8pm (11-16yrs).

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

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

Meadow Centre: WED: 8-9pm.

Badminton (7-12yrs): Dumbarton Basketball: Alexandria Community Centre: MON: 6-7pm (8-11yrs).

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Calendar of events Sunday 15th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Rosneath Peninsula Circular 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 Ellis County featuring local “boy” Brian Hughes! Bingo, raffle, open the box and fast draw. Accompanied children welcome. Admission £5.thecarolinewalls@hotmail.com

9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Walk along the coast from Kilcreggan, round Rosneath point, through the caravan park and back along the forest track. Terrain: Paths and forest tracks, muddy in places. Distance: 11km. Ascend 140m to a height of 120m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

Saturday 14th Strathleven House Doors Open Day Strathleven House, Dumbarton 9am. Free entry. Come along and visit Strathleven House, an impressive A-Listed 1700s building and is considered to be the earliest surviving example of the classic Palladian country house in Scotland. Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers The Cobbler 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

Friday 20th The Allsorts Choir Concert Riverside Church 7pm. The Allsorts Choir and other local musicians will be giving a Concert to raise funds to continue anti-sectarian work being done in Dumbarton by Dumbarton Churches Together. Tickets £5 available from Riverside Church Office (mornings). 07885 027 668

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Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Coilessan Glen to Lochgoilhead 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. A walk on the Cowal Way from Coilessan Glen events carpark to Lochgoilhead - could include an option to climb the Steeple if time permits. Return via the outward route. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

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

Sunday 22nd Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Complete Falls of Clyde Circuit 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Starting from New Lanark, this walk completes the full circuit of the Falls of Clyde taking in both banks of the picturesque gorge. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com Westbridgend Sheltered Tennants Fundraiser Flat 1 Leven Court 1-3pm Tickets £2.

Monday 23rd Walk Leader Training Arrochar Free training sessions. If you like being outdoors this could be the opportunity for you. 01389 722645 fran.crumley@lochlomond-trossachs.org

Friday 4th October RNLI Fundraiser St Patrick's Church Hall 7:30pm. Come along for a Foot Tapping Evening of Scottish Music with 'The Fiddlers'. Tickets £5 are available from committee members or pay at the door. Teas/coffees at the interval included in ticket price 01389 841435 / 01389 763407

Sunday 6th MoSSFest 2019 Mugdock Country Park 11am-4pm. Science fun for everyone. Meet the scientists, indoor and outdoor science experiments. Activities for all ages. Free admission. Facebookmossfestscotland

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Local News | September 2019

A BATTLE TO BANISH ‘TUNNEL’ The views of Loch Lomond on the stretch between Balloch and Tarbet are magnificent – but only if unimpeded by the dense mass of shrubbery that has blocked the view in years past. So to build on what’s already been achieved Friends of Loch Lomond volunteers will be stepping up their efforts to eliminate the “tree tunnel”. Everyone with a view on the matter agrees it is a problem that needs to be tackled head on, with plenty of hard work guaranteed. The Friends have a ten year commitment to keep clear the

stretches beside the A82 which suffer the most from this problem, getting rid of reseeding trees and shrubs so that everyone can see the area’s prime attraction to best advantage. It’s the sort of detail most visitors will perhaps take for granted, not realising how much effort was involved, but a labour-of-love endeavour well worth the time and trouble.

The latest in the group’s Make a Difference Day sessions takes place on Monday, September 23, and anyone who can help is asked to get in touch with the organisers as soon as possible to register their interest in taking part.

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New Irish dance classes for 16+. Come along to learn traditional Irish ceili dances, have fun and improve fitness! Classes will be held in St Michael's Church hall every Wednesday at 7:30 pm all abilities welcome Holea Anderson (TCRG) email: holeaanderson@googlemail.com mobile: 07818451776 follow us f Anderson Academy of Irish Dance Visit our website at: communityadvertiser.co.uk | 27


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hacks SCHOOLS’ BEST EVER RESULTS BURNT A COOKING POT?

The new school curriculum is already busily underway, with the trials and tribulations of the early-year exam struggle already fading from memory... but the results won’t be forgotten so easily. “We are extremely proud of our pupils whose hard work throughout the year has seen them achieve positive results which will allow them to move onto the next stage of their education.”

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fun THE QUEENS OF HUGE CAKES Queen Victoria’s wedding cake was three yards wide and weighed 300 pounds. Topping that, Queen Elizabeth II had 12 wedding cakes. The one she cut at her wedding was nine feet tall and weighed 500 pounds.

West Dunbartonshire pupils achieved their best ever National 5 exam results since the introduction of the new National qualifications. Local schools performed above the national average, with a pass rate of 81.63 per cent for National 5 and 76.70 per cent for Highers, compared to the Scottish average of 78.20 per cent and 74.80 per cent respectively. There’s plenty of reason for future optimism, as a partnership with West College Scotland has also seen the introduction of a

range of new courses including Computer Games Design, Enterprise and Employability and Leadership and Foundation Apprenticeships which aim to offer modern routes to employment or education beyond school. Chief Education Officer Laura Mason said: “I would like to congratulate all our pupils for their hard work over the last year and also thank our dedicated teaching staff, who are committed to ensuring every pupil is educated, motivated and inspired to reach their goals.

Education convener Councillor Karen Conaghan said: “It is very encouraging to see the progress made, in particular by the students who achieved record results in their National 5 exams. “I’m pleased that our continuing and successful partnership working has enabled us to increase the range of courses and qualifications available to our young people to meet their needs and offer students the next step on their educational journey. “As convener it is reassuring to see schools maintaining their consistently good performance this reflects both the hard work of our pupils and the dedication of the teachers who support them.”

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Scarecrow Festival at Ardardan, Cardross

Sat 28th & Sun 29th September (Free Entry)

Come down and enjoy the creative efforts of lots of local schools, groups & teams with a Scarecrow Trail through our woods.

We'll also have inflatables (£3) and our burgers on the BBQ in our Walled Garden

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September 2019 | Nightlife

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

LOC H LOM O ND Drovers Inn Inverarnan, 01301 704234 l FRI 6: The Last Fling l SAT 7: The Minogue Brothers l FRI 13: Marty l SAT 14: Hell For Leather l FRI 20: The Last Fling l SAT 21: Stuart MacFarlane l FRI 27: Davie Mac l SAT 28: Jono

The Inn on Loch Lomond Luss, 01436 860430 l FRI 6: Joe Quinn l SAT 7: Robert Carmichael l FRI 13: Damien Swail l SAT 14: On The Wagon l FRI 20: On The Wagon l SAT 21: Robert Carmichael l FRI 27: Paul Murdoch l SAT 28: Scott MacDonald

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REVAMPED RESTAURANT FOR LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND The Lodge on Loch Lomond has come a long way in its 25 years. From just a 10 guest room hotel to the now 48 stunning guest rooms and suites, perfect for staycation getaways, beautiful suites and spaces for weddings indoor and out. The transformations continue this year as the Lodge has just finished extending and refurbing the outdoor terrace and restaurant dining space. The outdoor terrace has now gone and the overall Colquhounâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant footprint has been extended. New frameless glass windows have been installed (improving on those unrivalled views of Loch Lomond) that slide and open fully; providing the outside/inside feel to the space and the Restaurant Team can take control in the good old Scottish weather. Fabulous new automatic blinds act as a sunshade and fly screen so as not to disrupt diners and stunning new furnishings complete the look. The Lodge now benefits from the ample space required for

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NEW WALKING TRAIL PASSPORT A new â&#x20AC;&#x153;passportâ&#x20AC;? has been launched for a long-distance trail that passes close to Bearsden and Milngavie. The passport splits the 134-mile John Muir Way into 10 sections, with Stamping Stations dotted across the country.

Launched to coincide with the coast-to-coast routeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth anniversary, the John Muir Way passport offers a memento for walkers and cyclists undertaking the route. It is also hoped that the initiative will encourage people to visit more attractions and businesses along the way. For more information, see: www.johnmuirway.org/ passport

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SESSIONS IN BALLOCH Just announced is the launch of fun and creative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) sessions for kids in Balloch Castle and Country Park from now until October 5. Youngsters are invited to learn through play in the outdoors, getting involved with everything from bugs to rockets – there’s a different theme every week, and all sorts of science experiments will feature. The sessions aim to allow families to enjoy learning in a fun environment – and those taking part can also take the results of their experiments home. The sessions are from 9.30am to 11.30am.

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Local News | September 2019

ALL ABOUT APPLES AT GEILSTON A special event at the famous local beauty spot will celebrate the apple harvest in lots of different ways, allowing visitors to try apple pressing and learn all about this kingpin of the fruit world from designated Apple Man John Hancox. In what promises to be a funfilled day there’s also a chance for children to take part in a (what else) apple-themed treasure hunt, and for people of all ages to bring along their own apple bakes – who doesn’t like a nice apple pie? – for the day’s Bake Off Show.

and pastry-baked creations, so whatever your particular speciality may be there is plenty of room for maneouvre in deciding how best to tantalise the judges’ tastebuds.

offer a terrific early autumn opportunity to see the magnificent garden at one of the most attractive times of year, and to learn about all the hard work that goes into its upkeep.

The day also features a fun event which recalls Switzerland’s version of Robin Hood in the William Tell Dell, where junior archery is on offer , while Demi-John Liquid Deli will be bringing along a range of goods for sampling, including a cider vinegar which could be a handy addition to any home kitchen.

Also present will be local Girl Guides, acting as helpers, and they will have their own display explaining the longstanding links between the garden and the Girl Guides movement.

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If you haven’t been to Geilston Gardens for a while you might consider putting Saturday, October 5 in your diary – particularly if you have a thing about apples.

Normal charges apply for admission (National Trust for Scotland members free), so the event is really a bonus – one with all the makings of a great family day out.

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