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2018 WAS A TALE OF TWO PROJECTS Looking back over the year two major projects dominated the local news. The restoration of Hermitage Park and the plans for a new leisure centre (writes Nick Cowie). The Park as we report in this edition has progressed at a great rate and a Spring party to show everything off is planned.
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Progress on the Leisure centre however is a different story. The year started with news that a public consultation on Helensburgh's new waterfront leisure centre was taking place after significant changes to the design of the building were approved by councillors. It was felt that detailed consultation on “matters of concern or debate“ with users and community groups was required. In November after a marathon meeting, the planning committee decided by six votes to four to
continue the application until a later date, undecided at time of writing. The decision to continue was made after new flood risk advice was published on Argyll and Bute Council's website warning that the flood defences for the building, as proposed in the application, would only be enough to protect the proposed new leisure centre from the threat of flooding until 2030 – just 10 years after construction is due to be completed. Throughout the year it became clear that there was disappointment with the plans. Helensburgh’s Community Council
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presented a 50 page report to Argyll and Bute Council following a public consultation which showed that 55% of those surveyed did not approve of the overall proposal. Many respondents to their survey were underwhelmed by the facilities on offer feeling that they compared poorly with those in other towns and would do little to attract visitors. There was also major concern that the proposed location was a flood risk.
HCC has been trying to present to A&BC since May. At least the realisation has happened before the planning meeting.”
The Chamber reacted to the latest delay saying: “After 2030, the flood defences will have to be improved and extended. Which will be more capital cost. This is a message that
By January 2020 we really hope to report that building somewhere on the waterfront is well underway. In the meantime we wish you a happy and healthy 2019.
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Members of Helensburgh and Lomond Grey Matters and the Knitting Bee handed over 80 small knitted teddies in support of a national children’s charity campaign. Called “trauma teddies” they will be provided by police officers in partnership with Children 1st to comfort children affected by traumatic events, will also help police build a relationship
and turn the experience into something positive. The group donated the handknitted teddies to the charity and they will be given out as a simple distraction to help take a child’s focus away from potentially upsetting circumstances. Alison Gildea from Grey Matters said “The group were really responsive to the appeal and we’re delighted that in such a short time they managed
Once teddies have been received they will be dressed in a Children 1st T-shirt and distributed to police vehicles across Scotland. The back of the T-shirt features the number for Parentline, as a way to remind families that a kind and skilled listening ear is available seven days a week through the free helpline and webchat service. Children Ist say: “We have been truly overwhelmed by your response to our Trauma Teddy appeal. Thanks to your generosity we have now been able to supply all the participating police stations. This means we don’t currently require any more teddies, so please put down your needles for a well-deserved break! We will make another appeal for teddies in the future when more are needed.”
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Sometimes, being a what’s on rather than what’s happened magazine, we can’t always find space to report on the outcome of some of the community efforts we feature. There was one however which deserves special mention. The SU2C ( Stand Up To Cancer) campaign run locally by the Cancer Research UK shop was hit by heartbreak when gales swept away all the preparations for their main fundraising event, the Family Festival. This was a major setback for the shop which aims to be and has achieved the accolade of UK’s top fundraising shop. However Alison Sturgeon, Assistant Manager tells us: “We raised £1845 at our Take This event at the Rosslea Hall Hotel which brought to a close our 2018 campaign and we have now raised £12,066 in two months.
top shop is because the top two received huge cheques.“ Alison adds that the reason they are so passionate about Stand Up To Cancer, is because 100% of every penny goes on Translational Research, which turns clinical trials into treatments for cancer patients. She said: ”From all of us at CRUK Helensburgh, to everyone from Kilcreggan to Cardross, Balloch to Dumbarton, Rhu to Helensburgh and beyond - thank you.
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GRDA SAY: “YOUR CARRIAGE AWAITS” The Gareloch Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association was recently voted organisation of the year in the Argyll and Bute Volunteer Awards, one more accolade in its 40 year history. The Group gives persons affected by disability the opportunity to ride and interact with horses, as well as providing a positive, welcoming and memorable experience to members and volunteers alike. 2019 will see a new development. The organisation explains: “We recognise that due to the progressive nature of some of our rider’s disabilities that riding is no longer an option, so we are in the process of developing Carriage Driving as an activity that will offer those persons who cannot ride an exciting alternative to horse riding.
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“The carriage driver or passenger will experience the same level of physical activity as well as the psychological and emotional benefits of horse riding with the addition of taking on a new and exciting challenge in a controlled environment.” The Gareloch RDA has sourced significant funding for this, refurbishing the existing outdoor arena as an area more suitable for carriage driving. Training for carriage driving coaches is already well underway, with the expectation of sessions starting this month. The fully adapted carriage will accommodate a wheelchair bound rider as well as more ambulant persons. Their spokesperson added: “Additionally, as part of an ongoing expansion of the groups’ services, we plan to advertise to the local Armed Forces, perhaps those suffering from or experiencing mental health issues
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Volunteers from the length and breadth of Argyll and Bute were honoured at this year’s Volunteer of the Year awards, which were organised by Argyll & Bute Third Sector Interface. The event in Helensburgh, celebrated the huge contribution volunteers make – whether it’s manning a charity shop counter, supporting carers, carrying out beach cleans or just being a friend to someone in need. Out of the many hundreds of people who give up their time to volunteer, the awards recognised those who have gone over and above in categories including Regional Heroes, Individual Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Health Volunteer of the Year. Fiona Donald, from Helensburgh, scooped the Health Volunteer of the Year award for her hard work
raising awareness of Parkinsons both locally and nationally. Kirsten Barrett, collected the Young Volunteer of the Year award for her dedication to coaching Taekwondo. Gerry Keenan picked up the Highly Commended Individual Volunteer of the Year award for his hard work as a volunteer with Helensburgh and Lomond Carers Service. Alan Stuart received the Highly Commended Sports Volunteer of the Year award for his dedication to Helensburgh Hockey Club, ensuring players have the best opportunities available to them. Marjory Barrington received the
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EARLY START FOR THE GEESE The new year begins on a noisy but fun note at RSPB Loch Lomond, where thousands of geese spend the winter months feeding and roosting. As the sun comes up (so yes, we’re talking about a very early start) you can watch as they move on to their daytime feeding areas – a must for anyone interested in one of our great local wildlife spectacles. Inevitably, you’re advised to wear suitable clothes and footwear – and if possible, bring binoculars. The January 12 session runs from 7.15am to 9.30am, and costs £7.50 (RSPB members £6), and booking is essential – you can get in touch at 01389 830670.
PARK RESTORATION IS THE YEAR’S HIGHLIGHT The progress over the year of the refurbishment of Hermitage Park has been one of the inspiring stories of the year, especially the work of some amazing and vital volunteers. Readers may remember that the £3.5 million project would never have got off the ground but for the determined efforts of the Friends of Hermitage Park who apart from being the driving force in sourcing funding have put in and continue to add hundreds of hours of hard labour. Their motivation is altruistic. Harder to determine the motivation of a group of mindless vandals who have so far tried to burn the new tables and benches and caused thousand of pounds of damage in the new pavilion. But to the good news. So far this year we’ve seen the pavilion rise from its foundations, the
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deal of creative talent among the young people. And the good news kept coming. The Friends were awarded a Volunteering Matters Action Earth grant towards creating the new wildlife pond. This supplements a grant from the Health and Wellbeing Fund and work will be started on building the new viewing / dipping platform in November.
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Some fascinating facts have emerged. The new drains if laid out end to end would run from Hermitage Park to the Rugby Club, a distance of 2km. The new paths cover 3.9km, the same distance as from the Hill House to Craigendoran Station. There are enough new steps in the park to climb to the top of the Scott Monument in
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A series of three ponds will be created where the old toilet block was.This will create a valuable new habitat for frogs, newts, insects etc. and attract more birds. It will make a big difference to improving the biodiversity of the park. The Friends look forward to a party in the park in the Spring to celebrate its new beginning as a wonderful green space offering opportunities and enjoyment for all.
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HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Service have two teams locally, Helensburgh, based in Rhu Marina and Kilcreggan based in the former fire station in Cove. The teams are made up of volunteers and both teams are currently looking to recruit new members to the teams. The Service tell us that as a coastguard rescue officer you could be called out at any time of the day or night, may have to work in hazardous situations for long hours, may have to carry out physically demanding tasks such as carrying heavy equipment to rescue sites.
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FIRST RESPONDERS NEED NEW VOLUNTEERS Even if you live a relatively short distance from a hospital, it could take vital minutes for an ambulance to be on the scene following a suspected heart attack. In Helensburgh and Lomond the gap between 999 call and paramedic response has been filled scores of times by people called First Responders.
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Helensburgh Community First Responders are trained and equipped volunteers who attend life threatening situations such as heart attack or cardiac arrest and care for a casualty until the arrival of The Scottish Ambulance Service. Responder Keith Shipman tells the CA: “Following three of our members moving on to careers in the Police, Ambulance Service and university medical training we need new volunteers. “Working directly to Scottish Ambulance you need to be willing to undertake training, complete Disclosure Scotland checks, have a full driving licence and have access to a car. Booking on at hours to suit you, you are available for immediate call out.
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This month: HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH… The World Health Organisation defines Health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not just the absence of illness”.
That will mean different things to different people. Some may need to reconnect with friends or family, or simply ask for support. Others may want to improve their psychological outlook, either by getting professional help, dealing with alcohol or drug problems or using methods such as mindfulness to reduce stress.
While many people probably woke up on New Year’s Day in a state, I am not sure it would have been one of “complete well-being”! Scottish Ambulance add: “First Responders improve patient survival and recovery. You would be trained in a wide range of emergency skills, and use specialised equipment such as automatic external defibrillators and oxygen therapy.” Further information: Keith Shipman on 01436 670172 or 0775 3619305 or email email@example.com
That said, the start of a New Year gives us a chance to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start with life. Although health can be subject to factors outside our control, getting the most out of life depends upon the balance of what we do physically, mentally and socially.
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BOOKLET TO RECORD CENTENARY EVENTS A booklet is to be published by Argyll and Bute Council which captures the wide range of events that were held in the area to commemorate the centenary of World War One. It acknowledges the commitment and dedication shown by local communities to mark the anniversary. Over the last four years, the council and the WW1 Commemorative Steering Group have worked hard to actively engage with people of all ages, and have supported various communities, groups and individuals to deliver an ambitious programme of commemorative events. The WW1 Steering Group ensured that there were major events each year of the commemoration period 2014-18, and that these were spread across the Council area. This
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Calendar of events Monday 31st Dec Hogmanay Ceilidh Dance Geilston Hall, Cardross 9pm-2am. Profits to local good causes. Visitors are encouraged and always welcome. Tickets are £17 and can be reserved in advance. 01389 756996 email@example.com www.helensburghhighlandassociation.org
The Welcome In Recovery Café Helensburgh Parish Church 11.30am-2.30pm. Run by volunteers and aimed at a range of different people who may be recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, mental health issues or feel socially isolated. www.facebook.com/WelcomeToRecovery Weekly
Tuesday 1st Jan RNLI New Year Swim RNLI Boatshed Rhu Marina 12pm. Make a splash at New Year. Annual RNLI New Year Swim at Rhu Marina. Arrive early enough to complete indemnity form. Children must be accompanied on the swim. 01436670172 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 1st Jan Fancy Dress Charity Water Ski Event Cameron Marina 1pm. Come along and support the intrepid skiers at Loch Lomond Water Ski Club’s annual event! 35 years of fundraising continues! 01436 860632
Thursday 3rd Infant Feeding Support Helensburgh Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 11am-12noon. We provide tea and coffee and there is a qualified NHS-trained peer that attends each meeting. A chance for breastfeeding mums to get help, support or just a cuppa. Weekly
Friday 4th Annual Ceilidh Gibson Hall Garelochhead 7.30pm. Family ceilidh, with music by Crowded Croft. Tickets £8 (conc £5) Licensed bar. All welcome. 01436811234 email@example.com
Saturday 5th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Corlick Hill from Overton 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Terrain:Mostly good paths and tracks with some sections of minor roads and open, pathless hillside. Distance:11km. Ascend 340m to a height of 303m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 firstname.lastname@example.org Grey Matters Brownie Hall, John Street 10.30am. A great way to find out what’s going on locally and to meet new friends. Regular day trips and activities also organised. 01436 671613 email@example.com Weekly
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What's On Calendar | January 2019 Geeinâ€™ It Laldy: Ukulele Group Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 2-4pm. If you play the ukulele then why not come along and join us to strum along! email@example.com Weekly Tai Chi Class Cove Burgh Hall 1-2pm. Professor Cheng Man-châ€™ing 37 Step Simplified Yang Style Form. First class free, donation thereafter. Call between 10-11pm. 07999 757861 www.9wavestaichi.org Weekly Yoga class Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 3-4pm. New members welcome. Please contact Jane with any questions. 0796 3936 780 firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly
Rotary Club of Helensburgh Garelochside Rosslea Hall Hotel 6.30pm. Rtn Ernest Bennie - Living with Social Change. Always stimulating and friendly! 01436 820352 Weekly Cove & Kilcreggan Youth CafĂŠ 6.30-8.30pm. Keep up to date with whatâ€™s going on. Facebook Cove and Kilcreggan Youth CafĂŠ Weekly (Monday & Thursday) Helensburgh Army Cadets ACF Hut, Lomond Street, Helensburgh 7-9pm. The ACF offers a variety of military-themed activities along with adventurous training and STEM, young people 12-18 yrs. 07894 088911 email@example.com armycadets.com/county/argyll-andsutherland-highlanders-battalion-acf Weekly
Whist Drive Northwood House Nursing Home 7.15pm. ÂŁ3 entry. Tea and biscuits. New members welcome. Kathy Jones 01436 674089 Weekly The Cove & Kilcreggan Literary Society Cove Burgh Hall 8pm. MON 7th: The Origins and Development of the Kayak and Kayaking, by Geoff Baker. Followed as usual by our prize draw and refreshments. MON 14th: Is there Life on Planets around other Stars? by Allan Carrie of the Helensburgh Astronomical Society. MON 21st: Robert Burns â€“ The French Connection, by Richard and Marion Maudsley. MON 28th: Madame Scotia, Madam Scrap. The story of Heloise Russell-Fergusson, the freespirited â€˜Druidic Bardessâ€™, told by her niece, Helene Witcher. www.covekilcregganlitsoc.org firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly Dance Scottish Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 8-10pm. We teach Scottish dance to adults of any age and experience. Beginners are very welcome. Our aim is to preserve Scotlandâ€™s culture of Dance & Music by encouraging more folk to â€œDance Scottishâ€?. No partner required, come on your own or with a friend/ partner. 01436 842695 Weekly
Tuesday 8th Helensburgh & District Probus Club Royal Northern Yacht Club 10-11.30am. Meet for coffee and a chat. Monthly lunches are held in the Ardencaple Hotel on the third Thursday of the month. During the winter there is a lecture programme at the RN&CYC, on the fourth Thursday of the month at 2.30pm. 01436 678789 Weekly Cove and Kilcreggan Stay and Play Cove Burgh Hall Baby and Toddler play group meets twice a week. TUE: 1-2.30pm (ÂŁ2 per child, ÂŁ1 for babies under 1 or additional children). WED: 9.4510.45am (ÂŁ1 per child). Coffee and tea for the grown-ups and snack provided for the little ones. Weekly
Local Vocals Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 1.30pm. Community Choir, dementia friendly. All welcome. Alison 01436 671613 Weekly Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club Victoria Halls 1.30pm. A friendly and informal club for intermediate players. No partners are required. 01436 673362 Weekly Helensburgh Flower Club Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 2pm. This is our â€˜hands-onâ€™ workshop led by Marilyn Bevan and we welcome both members and guests to come along and pick up invaluable guidance and experience of flower arranging. Helensburghflowerclub@gmail.com Second Tuesday of Every Month 1st Peninsula Beavers Kilcreggan Scout Hall 6-7pm. All new members welcome. 01436 831528 â€˘ 07975 775551 Weekly (Term time only) Helensburgh Oratorio Choir Rehearsal Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 7.30pm. Rehearsal for our exciting 2018-19 season. New members are always welcome. 07790 085988 email@example.com www.helensburghoratorio.co.uk Weekly
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Calendar of events Helensburgh Wednesday Bridge Club Victoria Halls 1-4.30pm. Come along to play some gentle, and friendly, duplicate Bridge. We would be very glad if some others came to join us. Single players and partners welcome. Susan Muir 01436 674202 James Duncan 01389 841 466 Weekly
1st Peninsula Cubs Kilcreggan Scout Hall 6-7.30pm. All new members welcome. 01436 831528 • 07975 775551 Weekly (Term time only)
Cardross, Colgrain & Craigendoran Senior Citizens Association Cardross Parish Church Halls 2pm. Tea and chat, table top games and speakers. New members welcome. Fortnightly
1st/2nd Helensburgh Boys' Brigade Helensburgh Parish Church 6.30-7.45pm: Anchor boys (ages 5-8) and Junior Section (ages 8-11). 6.308.30pm: Company Section (ages 11-18). Volunteers (DofE, Saltire Awards, etc) welcome. Please get in touch if you can contribute. Captain Iain Talman 07810 801115 email@example.com Weekly (term time only)
Cove and Kilcreggan SWI Cove Burgh Hall, Small Hall 2-4pm. Monthly meeting talk. Roo Irvine will speak to us about her Antique Road Trips. Visitors most welcome. Competitions are a ramekin of paté and a four seasons photograph. A3 maximum. Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2019 to all. 1st Wednesday of month (Sept-May)
Garelochhead Dog Training Gibson Hall 7-7.45pm. Beginner and puppy specialisation. 7.45-8.30pm. Intermediate socialisation. 8.309.25pm. Advanced. Rewards based training in a friendly atmosphere. All Welcome. 07384 341920 www.facebook.com/GarelochheadDTC/ Weekly Helensburgh Digital Photography Club The Tower 7.30pm. All ages welcome. Join our Facebook group for details. Fortnightly
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Saturday 12th Kiddiwinks Bethesda Christian Fellowship 9.30-11am. Mums and Dads are Thursday Café invited to take wee ones along for Bethesda Christian Fellowship some fun and socialising. There 2.30pm. In addition to an array of teas, will be plenty of toys, crafts, music, coffees and bakes on offer, there is stories. There will be snacks and also a play area for toddlers and a craft juice for the kids and perhaps a area for older children. bacon roll for the adults! 07581570090 or 07854262255 07581570090 or 07854262255 www.bethesdachristianfellowship.org.uk www.bethesdachristianfellowship.org.uk Weekly Second Saturday of every month Okeko Healing Group sessions Bioenergy Therapy Cardross Library 5-7pm. One treatment plan consists of 15 min, sessions p.p. in 5 consecutive days. Registering and booking required. Free of charge. Donations gratefully accepted. 07411181177 okeko.org Weekly 1st Peninsula Scouts Kilcreggan Scout Hall 7-9pm. All new members welcome. 01436 831528 • 07975 775551 Weekly (Term time only)
Friday 11th Knitting Bee Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 1.30pm. All abilities welcome. Alison 01436 371613 Weekly Helensburgh Girls' Brigade The Bridge, Helensburgh Parish Church Explorers (P1-P3) meet 7-8pm; Juniors (P4-P7) and Brigaders (S1-S6) meet 7-8.30pm. All girls welcome. 07921 189074 firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly (term time only)
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Sunday 13th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Ben A'an (The Pinnacle) 9am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Wellmarked path to the summit which climbs steeply up, first through woods then open hillside with splendid views. Return on an indistinct and sometimes boggy path. This goes north from the summit and then west down to the tarmac track beside Loch Katrine to the pier and then by minor road back to Loch Achray and the start point. Terrain:- Track, boggy path and road. Distance:- 6km. Ascend 355m to a height of 462m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Helensburgh Writing Circle Rhu & Shandon Community Hall 2pm. This our first meeting after the festive season we will be writing about food. Be inspired by an old family recipe, a party you enjoyed/ hated or that meal that went terribly wrong. If you have a tale to tell, come and join us. Visitors and new members welcome. 01436 831106 email@example.com
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Millig (Helensburgh) SWI Brownie Hall, John Street 7.30pm. Millig SWI are having a talk and presentation from Roo Irvine of Kilcreggan Antiques, which should be interesting. The competitions are 3 pancakes and/or an item of old (ish) jewellery. All welcome. Helen Rodger: 07930156225 firstname.lastname@example.org
Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Tom na h-Airidh 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. A climb on woodland paths to open hillside with good views. Some rock cup-marks for viewing. Terrain:- Rough tracks on hillside, moorland and woodland. Boggy and steep in places with a few small rivers to cross. Distance:- 8km. Ascend 302m to a height of 354m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 email@example.com
Tuesday 15th Helensburgh Rotary Club Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club 12.45pm for 1pm. Weekly lunch for members and rotarians from other clubs. Mike Jane 01436 821282 firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly Helensburgh Canoe Club Helensburgh Swimming Pool 7.30pm. 10 session adult course in Basic Canoe Skills (For Beginners or near Beginners) also starts. email@example.com Weekly
Friday 11th Free Chair Yoga Classes Cove Burgh Hall 1-2pm. For those who may not be agile enough to enjoy a regular yoga class but would like to experience the mental and physical benefits. Supported by Argyll & Bute Health and Wellbeing Network with time for a drink and chat afterwards. No equipment necessary. Veronica Ferguson 07799031649 Weekly Helensburgh & Gareloch Horticultral Society Victoria Halls 7.30pm. We start our new year programme with a talk by Mike Patterson on "Botanic Gardening on the NE Coast of Scotland: similarities and differences with The Gulf Stream." Morag 07808580866
Golden Time Café Bethesda Christian Fellowship 10.30-12pm. This month will have a Scottish theme. 07581570090 or 07854262255 www.bethesdachristianfellowship.org.uk Third Wednesday of every month
Craft Evening Commissioners' Room Cove Burgh Hall 7.30pm. Members £2pp. Guests £5. Third Thursday of every month
RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting The Guide Hall, John Street, Helensburgh 7.30pm. Peatlands. A talk by Rebecca Crawford (Butterfly Conservation) on peatlands and their importance for wildlife and the environment. 01436 821178 firstname.lastname@example.org
Helensburgh Writing Circle Rhu & Shandon Community Hall 2pm. This week we will be reading from our own work followed by a few hints on writing. New members welcome. Phone or email for futher details. 01436 831106 email@example.com
Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Beinn Chaorach 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Track from Old Glen Fruin road towards Auchengaich reservoir. Leave track for steep grassy ascent to Auchengaich Hill. On to Beinn Tharsuin and then Ben Chaorach trig point. Descend to reservoir and follow track back to start. Terrain:- Some made up tracks but mostly trackless hillside Distance:7km. Ascend 620m to a height of 713m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 firstname.lastname@example.org Lib Dem Annual Burns Supper Commodore Hotel 6.30pm for 7pm. Tickets are £25, includes a three course meal plus tea/coffee. Speakers will be Alastair Carmichael, MP, Cllr David Kinniburgh and Christine Buchanan. 01436 820993
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Calendar of events Friday 25th Helensburgh Writing Circle Rhu & Shandon Community Hall 2pm. Are you good at dialogue? This week we are writing fiction 'Two people walking together, one says something to upset the other'. Write a conversation between the two. Bring your work along for critique. Join us for tea/coffee and biscuits. 01436 831106 email@example.com Ceilidh Dance Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel 8pm. Helensburgh & District Highland Association holding their regular monthly dance. Featuring Ian Anderson Scottish Dance Band. Members £8 and visitors £10 (Children - half price.) 8pm till midnight. All welcome! 01389 756996 firstname.lastname@example.org www.helensburghhighlandassociation.org Last Friday of every month
Saturday 26th Messy Church Helensburgh United Reformed Church 10.30-12.30pm. Craft and stories for children 0-11yrs, parents and carers. All children must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for them. Register on the day admission free. Includes soup and light lunch. 01436 679565 email@example.com
Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Balloch to Helensburgh 9.15am. Meet at Helensburgh Central Station to catch the 9.26 am train. Follow the Three Lochs Way. Including Stoneymollan Rd, Darleith Muir, Goukhill Muir and then the Red Burn to the outskirts of Helensburgh. Two ascents relatively steep and a long descent. Terrain:- Minor roads, tracks, forest tracks and pavement. Distance:- 14km. Ascend 350m to a height of 277m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 27th Saturday 26th Burns Night Gibson Hall Garelochhead 7pm. Traditional Burns night supper. Entry by ticket only, no pay at the door available. £10 per head, available until Monday 21st January. BYOB All Welcome 01436811234 email@example.com Peninsula Choir Cove Burgh Hall 8pm Concert. From Burns to Bernstein and Beyond. The choir supported by professional soloist will sing a mixture of Burns, popular classics and classical pieces. Tickets from Kilcreggan PO or at the door £10. Under 16s free. 07766006588
Sunday at Seven- All Sorts Vocal Ensemble Helensburgh United Reformed Church 7pm. The All-Sorts Vocal Ensemble are back after their popular performance last year. Join Soprano Barbara ColeWalton and Mezzos Grace Wain, Sarah Shorter and Jane Monari for an all female voice selection guaranteed to brighten up a winter Sunday evening. Entry is free, donations welcome. 01436 676880 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 30th Helensburgh & Dumbarton Parkinsons Support Group Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 1.30-3pm. Come along and meet with others to chat, sharing experiences and advice. 07976 866647 email@example.com Last Wednesday of every month
Helensburgh Astronomical Society Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 7.30pm. Speaker Alan Henderson, former chairman, will hold a workshop and tutorial on the use of the free Stellarium software package. 01436 675863 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 31st RSGS Inspiring People Talks Programme: Professor John Briggs Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 7.30pm. John will explore some of the challenges facing Africa following a research career spent working collaboratively with colleagues in Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana and beyond. But he'll also dazzle the audience with images of vibrant African communities and geographical success stories from the continent. 01738 455050 email@example.com
Sunday 3rd Feb The Helensburgh and Loch Lomond Wedding Show Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 12-4pm. Over 70 wedding experts, live catwalks, entertainment, book your band and a car display. firstname.lastname@example.org See Page 31 for more details
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BABCOCK CONTINUES SUPPORT OF 10K SERIES Babcock, the highly – skilled engineering services company, will continue its support of the eponymous ‘Babcock 10k Race Series’ for a third year in 2019. Nearly 1900 runners entered the three-race series earlier this year, a more than 50% increase in numbers in the first year in 2017.
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GUTTER CLEARING Start Fitness and More Mile will be providing more than £3,000 in vouchers for individuals, teams and age group winners whilst the leading athletes will compete for more than £2,000 in cash prizes. AG Barr will provide over six thousand bottles of water across the series to keep runners refreshed and rehydrated. Local company Sparkle cleaning will carry on their annual sponsorship of £300 split between the first local male and female winners of each race.
Gavin Leckie, Managing Director of Babcock at HMNB Clyde said: “We are delighted to support the Babcock 10k Race Series for a third year. This is an excellent series of races which play an important role in promoting health and fitness within the local communities in which they are run. I’m personally very enthusiastic about getting involved and joining in with participants from across our teams in HMNB Clyde.
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RNLI VOLUNTEERS HONOURED A tea party was held recently to honour some remarkable RNLI fundraisers who have put in an astonishing 126 years of service between them. Rosemary Lang served for 24 years, 15 of them as joint souvenirs secretary alongside Annelies Campbell, who served for 21 years, while Fiona Aitken was a member of the committee for 28 years, five as secretary from 1992-97 and four as chair from 2007-11. Also stepping down were Anne Morrison (28 years’ service), Angela Shannon (32 years, chair in 2002), Elizabeth Irwin (12 years) and Carol Rowe (nine years). Helensburgh’s RNLI Lifeboat fundraising committee recently had a successful coffee morning raising more than £1,300. Hardy street collectors braved the rain to bring in an additional £455.
LEADING PLAYERS IN BURGH CONCERT The Helensburgh Music Society brings us another concert this month featuring The Sinopia Quartet, four of Scotland's leading young professional string players.
Quartet have played across Europe
The group are graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Cambridge University and The Guildhall School of Music, they have gained various chamber music, orchestral and solo prizes.
The players have performed in various countries including Germany, Italy, France, Norway and Mauritius. Gabi Maas - violin, Dániel Mészöly, Elaine Koene viola and Laura Sergeant, cello
Their Helensburgh concert’s Programme is Haydn Quartet Op. 76 No.1 Kodaly Quartet No.2 Les Vendredis (selection) Debussy Quartet in G minor Op.10.
The quartet’s members have appeared with other groups including the Scottish Ensemble, Concerto Caledonia, Red Note Ensemble and the Broen Ensemble, and have played at festivals including the St Magnus Festival, Mendelssohn on Mull, BBC Proms, Sound, The Cottier Chamber Project, Edinburgh International Festival, SchleswigHolstein Festival and Musique Cordiale.
Collectively, their experience includes performing with various orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, The Hallé, European Union Youth Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.
As orchestral players, they perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, The Hallé and the Ulster Orchestra. They are also involved with RCS MusicWorks and Live Music Now Scotland which connects the elderly and disadvantaged young with live music. Single tickets £12, £5 (students), £1 (under 18) are available online, www.helensburghboxoffice.com or at the Tower box office, in advance or on the door. Tower Digital Arts Centre Saturday January 19 at 7.30pm.
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January 2019 | Local News
BABCOCK HELENSBURGH WOMEN’S 10K LAUNCHES NEW TROPHY SPONSORED BY TAYLOR WIMPEY As part of its ongoing commitment to working in partnership with local communities, Taylor Wimpey has become the sponsor of a new trophy for the winner of the Babcock Helensburgh Women’s 10K for the next three years. The housebuilder’s sponsorship during this period will also provide £125 prize money annually. Commenting on the support that it has received from Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Kevin Johnson, Race Director of the Babcock Helensburgh 10K and Chairman of the Babcock 10K Series, said: “Until now we didn’t have a trophy for the women’s winner. We’re absolutely delighted to mark Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s arrival in Helensburgh with the launch of this prestigious new trophy. ” Audrey Ross, Sales & Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland adds: “We are proud to be able become part of such an important local event in the Helensburgh calendar, and to launch the first Babcock Helensburgh Women’s 10K trophy.
BEST IN THE WEST OF SCOTLAND Annaya’s Helensburgh beat off stiff opposition from across the West of Scotland to clinch the Best in the West award at the the SPICE Awards – Scotland’s Premier Independent Curry Event. The Awards, created in 2017, had record numbers of engagement from both the public and restaurants across the country. For Annaya's, the award topped also being finalists in the Best Chef category and finalists in the Best Takeaway category. They tell us: “The win at the SPICE Awards tops off a fantastic few weeks for us as we were named 5 Star Indian Restaurant of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Asian Food Awards 2018 last month.
Taylor Wimpey’s support of Helensburgh Athletic Club and the launch of the new Babcock Helensburgh Women’s 10K trophy is one of the many contributions being made by the housebuilder towards community facilities and infrastructure in the wider area.
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At the SPICE awards 30,000 public votes were cast and counted and of 1,500 restaurants who entered, 111 finalists were announced. The judges then made their way across the country, assessing each restaurant.
We are thrilled to announce we have been named as the Best Curry House in the West of Scotland
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KEEP SAFE TIPS FOR HOGMANAY As the New Year parties get underway, it is also a time when occasionally things go wrong and revellers become victims of crime.
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We pass on some good advice from the Neighbourhood Watch team. First of all they say when you are out try and keep within a group. Keeping with a number of people won’t leave you vulnerable to the types of crimes that are aimed towards individuals and will mean that other people can also keep an eye on you and vice versa. Don’t leave any members of your group behind at anytime.
and act out of character which in itself could present you with a dangerous situation. Always take your drink wherever you go to prevent the chances of it being spiked and keep an eye on anybody offering to buy you a drink to ensure it is not tampered with.
Book a taxi or a lift, organising a lift home or booking a taxi before going out will ensure that you get home safely and are not putting yourself in a position where Drink in moderation – It is easier you do not recognise the hire said than done however when you drink more alcohol than usual company, driver or area especially if you are out-of-town. you can lose your inhibitions
Always try and share transport with others. Keep in the spotlight – If you cannot stay in a group for whatever reason for the whole night or day always try to stick to public areas and don’t walk down unlit areas that can leave you susceptible to danger. And while you are out, don't leave car keys, ID cards or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes, where burglars can reach through to steal them. Lock your garden gates and side entrances. Don't leave tools lying around in the garden which could be used to break into your home.
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