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PLAN TO TAP INTO NAVY SPOUSES’ TALENT Co-working hubs are springing up in military bases across the UK, and the first to be located in a Naval stronghold is due to open in Helensburgh this spring. Military Co-Working Hubs are shared office spaces located in or near to military bases where nonserving members of the Armed Forces community living on or near those bases can go to work or study. The idea is that giving the partners of Servicemen and women a comfortable, wellequipped place to work and establishing a professional network they can tap into will make it easier for them to find jobs, start businesses, work remotely for employers or gain extra skills and qualifications in the places where the spouses are assigned.

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NEW VENUE FOR 'BEST WEE FEST IN THE WEST' The organisers of the Helensburgh Beer and Gin Festival have announced that their 2019 event will take place at the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre over the weekend of May 17 and 18. Organisers Helensburgh Round Table are now busy selling advance tickets for the event, which attracts thousands of people every year and was previously based at Helensburgh Sailing Club. Festival’s Stewart Tacchi says: “Things have come a long way since 2006 when the first festival took place at Victoria Halls and by all accounts was a modest success attended by 300 - 400 patrons who enjoyed a selection of beer and local music. “Fast forward a dozen years and the 2018 event had over 2000 attendees enjoying a great selection of food, music, 40 different beers & lagers, 20 different

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The council’s leader has been among those giving approval to the move for the annual knees-up. Cllr Aileen Morton said: “When attending the street food festival last summer at the Civic Centre it was clear the venue worked really well for that type of event so I’m sure it will be a great success, and is another chance for local people to see the Civic Centre in use for a community event. “ See www.helensburghalefest. co.uk or Helensburgh & District Round Table on Facebook.




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WRITERS’ GROUP HOSTS SUMMER SERIES The Mackintosh Group of Writers in collaboration with Helensburgh Library is hosting a summer series of ‘An Evening with…’ to celebrate the talents of local authors. This is an opportunity to meet local authors and enjoy the wide diversity of their talents. The events will be held at the library at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month beginning in May for six months. Each author will give a 40 minute presentation of his/her work, followed by a Q&A session. During each author’s month there will be a display of his/her work in the library. The Group tell us: “There is no charge for attending these events and refreshments are free. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th and will feature multi prize and awardwinning author, Robin LloydJones. Robin will take us through his literary life via some of the fifteen or so very diverse books he has had published.” On June 26th they welcome Pat McIntosh. Pat’s first success in her writing career was with

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AWARD SHORTLIST FOR SUBMARINE MUSEUM The Scottish Submarine Centre Helensburgh will hear this month how it has fared in the prestigious 'Innovation of The Year' Award in the 2019 UK National Awards for Museums and Heritage.

Run by volunteers and built on a limited budget (compared to the other shortlisted candidates) the Centre’s nomination says it, “leaves visitors surprised and delighted with its use of technology to curate the submarine in this new and exciting way.” The Centre has been shortlisted with some of the country’s biggest museums and cultural innovators for the award.

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Even being shortlisted against formidable opposition is a major achievement. The Scottish Submarine Centre uses state of the art immersive projection and sound in its inaugural presentation of 'X51 Stickleback' (a 1952 midget Royal Navy submarine). The use of video mapping technology and the centre’s complex projection system shows a full scale digitised version of

the inside of the submarine on the outside of the hull, making it possible to see how the submarine works. The exhibition highlights the role of high end projection for shared virtual reality experiences as well as in-room 360 and demonstrates a new way to show how heritage objects work. The Centre has been shortlisted as one of the most innovative museum displays in the UK.


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IT’S SHOWTIME AT DRYMEN! If there is one truly stand-out experience you shouldn’t miss in early summer it’s the annual Drymen Show – a truly ancient fixture which nevertheless keeps gets even better every year. Founded just after the Napoleonic Wars it’s run by the Strathendrick Agricultural Association, and is both a celebration of everything to do with prime livestock and a prestigious regional contest among experts who are among the best in the business. But it’s also a fabulous family day out, with everything on offer from games and craft stalls to live entertainment, dancing, and more – a real, traditional local spectacular which brings together

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CRAFTS CELEBRATE AGEING Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival takes place in May. To celebrate this, three well-established luminate Kilcreggan and Cove groups are putting on a free exhibition.

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Cove Burgh Hall is the venue. It’s an opportunity for the public to see what these groups do and speak to some of the people involved.

Of course the social aspect is important too and all groups offer you tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. These will be available at the exhibition for £2 per person.

The Textile Crafts Group first met about fourteen years ago, and use everything from raw wool to glass beads. They meet Friday mornings from September to May.

Local musician Stephen Adam will be playing the piano from 2-3pm both afternoons.

The amateur Art Group began around thirty years ago. On Thursday mornings between October and April, there will be drawing or painting; of a person, a still life, something from a photograph.

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Once a month on a Wednesday afternoon, the local SWI Group meet. This year they are celebrating their seventieth birthday. Alongside other regular events, they have a creative challenge.

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INTO SONG Tartan Harmony, the ladies a cappella singers are welcoming Spring with a song. They are looking forward to entertaining their audience on the 18th of May, when they are presenting Tartan Harmony In Concert, in John Street.

Adrienne Kerry from the groups says: “We’ve been learning some exciting new songs, both classic and modern, and reviving a couple of old favourites. The concert begins at 7pm, and home baking and refreshments are offered at the interval.” Time 7pm, Saturday 18th of May Location Scout Hall, John Street, Helensburgh Cost £6 (including refreshments). Email tartanharmony@btinternet. com, contact us on Facebook, or check out tartanharmony.co.uk.


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THE BIKE SALE IS BACK The Bike Sale takes place at Rhu Primary Spring Fair. If you have outgrown or unused bikes then bring them along and register them for sale on either Friday 10th May (3-4pm) on Saturday 11th May (9.3010.45am). Organisers say it’s a great way to get bikes to a new home whilst making some money for both yourself and school. They ask for a minimum of 20% of the selling price, up to a max of £25. Sellers must return after the fair on Saturday 11th to collect their money or to reclaim the bike . There’s also inflatable gladiator jousting, craft stalls, face painting and tombola. For more info email rpsarhu@gmail.com

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Helensburgh Savoy will be staging their annual Spring Concert, "Still Mad About Musicals", on Friday 3rd May in the Victoria Halls. As last year's concert was a complete sell out, they are repeating the format of a cabaret style evening, with table seating. Organisers say: ”There will be a great mix of songs from stage and screen musicals including Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Sunshine on Leith, Sister Act and The Greatest Showman to name but a few! Tickets are available from 1st Class on West Princes St. and on the door subject to availability, £10 (under 18s £8). Doors open at 7 for a 7.30 start.” Helensburgh Savoy has put on stage productions and concerts almost every year since the

club's founding in 1984. Over the years they’ve donated over £37,000 directly to local charities and organisations, primarily through their Sing For Your Supper charity fundraiser each February. Recently the Group raised £450 thanks to the generosity of locals who visited their ‘Craft and Coffee’ fund-raising event in the town. All the proceeds from this will be used to help meet the cost of the group’s November show, a stage production of Legally Blonde. New on and off stage talents are always welcomed. Catch up online and on Facebook.


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TERRIFIC TREE WORK IN HELENSBURGH Helensburgh arguably looks at its best in Spring when the many street trees bloom, but while many people believe the council looks after them, in fact it is done by volunteers. Helensburgh Tree Conservation Trust was established in 2003 by local residents concerned about the loss of trees from the town’s streets. HTCT is a voluntary organisation and all planting and maintenance is undertaken by volunteers. To date over 1000 trees have been planted by the HTCT throughout the town. Recently the Argyll Countryside Trust and its trainees have been helping. HTCT use steel mesh guards to protect the trees from strimmer and mower damage and to discourage vandalism. This has been successful in reducing damage, but they also make weeding difficult. As a result, the inside of the cages

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had become overgrown and unsightly. HTCT has also struggled to undertake other maintenance tasks such as mulching, removal and replacement of stakes and ties, fitting of strimmer guards on trees without cages, and pruning. This is where ACT Argyll has helped. Over the past few months, ACT Argyll has undertaken many maintenance tasks to the street trees which would otherwise have been left undone, risking damage to the trees and further losses. They tell us: “Our trainees have been working on developing techniques to clear vegetation within the narrow cages without removing and dismantling them.“



HTCT has received positive feedback from the local community, pleased to see the trees being cared for and impressed by the standard of work and the professionalism of the team. Trainee Robert Hart adds: “Working with The Helensburgh Tree Conservation Trust was an experience that was both enjoyable and invaluable. Braving the weather we learned the benefits and diversity of trees in our local area. Understanding the steps taken to replant, maintain and preserve such species as Birches and Serbian Spruce gave us an insight into the workload involved.“

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ROSA BEATS 7000 TO WIN AWARD What's Up Doc? A pupil at Rhu Primary School was selected from more than 7,000 entrants to win an award in the John Byrne National Drawing Competition. P5 pupil Rosa MacLeod received her award from the renowned artist and playwright at a ceremony in Paisley’s Tannahill Centre

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John Byrne said: “This year we judged more than 7,000 entries and the level of talent and imagination was outstanding. “I’m encouraged by the standard of all the artwork submitted and I hope pupils across Scotland will continue to show us their artistic skills and love for drawing.” In partnership with Education Scotland, the competition aims to encourage young people to use their creativity and imagination through drawing. Since its launch in 2014, over 12,000 pieces of artwork have been submitted to be judged by John Byrne.

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The overall winners and runnersup all had their artwork exhibited at the Tannahill Centre in Paisley. Alan Armstrong, strategic director for Education Scotland, said:

”For years, this competition has encouraged many thousands of children to use their artistic talents to create inspiring and unique drawings. “Education Scotland is proud to support the competition and its ethos of keeping the art of drawing alive.”

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Torrinch Island lies between Creinch and Inchcailloch Island in the southern area of Loch Lomond. Alexandria, and also Helensburgh are within easy reach to provide all the services needed for such a base, and the nearest sizeable landward place is Balmaha. The immediate area is well suited to the outdoor enthusiast, as it’s within the boundary of the

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Helensburgh Flower Club welcome top florist John McDonald who joins them to demonstrate at their Annual Lunch on Tuesday 14th May in the Abbotsford Hotel, Dumbarton.

Rhododendrons are enjoying something of a revival. After years of languishing at the back of shrubberies their beautiful flowers are being rediscovered by some illustrious landscapers & gardeners.

John is highly acclaimed in the world of flowers including being previously the Head Florist at Gleneagles Hotel plus his widely watched Youtube channel.

If you want to see a magnificent display of every sort of rhododendron in flower, the Scottish Rhododendron Society Annual Show is the place to go.

John successfully brought home a gold medal from the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018. As a result he is very much in demand and as he is emigrating shortly, this may be one of the last few opportunities to see him in action. Visitors would be made most welcome.Further information, Jane Davies at helensburghflowerclub@gmail.com

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services by being proactive and innovative. Dawn Gourlay, Secretary of the Loch Long Jetty Association told the CA earlier this year: “Arrochar is situated in a beautiful location at the head of Loch Long, surrounded by the picturesque Arrochar Alps, and is located on the main trunk roads to the West of Scotland and the Western Isles. “Many private yachts and chartered vessels sail up Loch Long every year, but with no pontoon or visitor moorings they are currently unable to safely moor and come ashore, to visit the village and explore the surrounding area. By providing these facilities

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CLUB BIDS TO ATTRACT YOUNG GOLFERS Helensburgh Golf Club is launching a major push to challenge the sport’s perceived “middle aged men” image and attract more young people into golf. The club’s starter package, in conjunction with its PGA Professional Fraser Hall is just £150. This is made up of two lessons with Fraser, ten 18 hole rounds and social membership of the club until the end of the membership year. For young golfers there are big savings on the full £866 fee. If you are 12-18 it is £127, 18-30, £423 and 30 to 40 year olds pay £642. The golf club has a superb setting above the town

The club is offering big discounts on the full fee for young players and a bargain “Get into Golf” package for beginners. General manager Joyce Burnett tells us: “I’d like to see a lot more young women and men in the club. We’re offering major fee discounts and we’ve got a great deal for beginners which includes the use of clubs. “We’re also planning introductory events such as Prosecco and Putt and G and Tee, a gin and tonic

followed by three holes of golf, all aimed at getting local people inside the club to see what a friendly place it is. “So why not join up with a friend or two. Contrary to belief, golf can fit easily with busy lifestyles. Even a few holes on a summer evening is a pleasant way to get a bit of exercise and have fun, plus there’s a great social side.”

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The Helensburgh Dorian Choir is celebrating its 70th anniversary year with a special Spring Concert of music from all seven decades. Their conductor, Sian Winstanley, will lead them in a programme to celebrate their 70th chosen to showcase each of the decades since the choir’s formation. Organisers say: “A special mention should be made of the arrangement of "All in the April Evening" by our founder James MacTaggart. Also included will be songs from shows like "Cats", and the films "Into the Woods", and "Wizard of Oz" as well as music by Abba, The Beatles and the jazz classic "Fly Me to the Moon". In addition it has been decided to perform the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "Trial by Jury.”

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May 2019 | What's On Calendar

Calendar of events Wednesday 1st Rhu Baby & Toddler Group Rhu Hall 9.30-11am. Baby and Toddler Group for all under 5s. £2 per family, includes snack and drink for children, tea/coffee for guardian. See Facebook group for this week's activity. 01436 821271 susiehurman@gmail.com Weekly (Term time only) Fun First Fun First is a children's charity providing FREE (Donations welcome) FunTime and fitness daily sessions at various locations and times to aid children's development. WED: Victoria Halls: Fitness sessions, 1-1.45pm, 18mth-5yrs. THU: Helensburgh Library: 9.45-11.30am, birth-5yrs; Family Centre, Churchill Square: 1.45-2.30pm, birth-5yrs. FRI: Centre 81, Garelochhead: 9.45-11am, birth-5yrs. MON (from 13th): Helensburgh Library: 9.45-11am, birth5yrs. TUE: Colgrain Community House: 9.45-11am, birth-5yrs; Cardross Library: 1.45-2.30pm, birth-5yrs. mail@funfirst.org. uk www.funfirst.org.uk www.facebook.com/funfirst1 Weekly (Term time only) 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 Baby & Toddler Group Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 10-11.30am. Lots of toys, drinks and snacks provided. All welcome. Maria 07584 067901 Weekly

Helensburgh & District Chest, Heart & Stroke Club Jubilee Room, Victoria Halls 10-12pm. Day outing to Cruachan and Inverary. Unless otherwise indicated all meetings are held in the Jubilee Room of the Victoria Halls. Jean 01436-674966 Weekly Drop In Café Dementia Resource Centre 10-1pm (Tues, Wed & Thurs); 10-4pm Mon & Fri. Everyone is welcome to our community café. All proceeds go towards helping Alzheimer Scotland support people who are living with dementia. 01436 678050 Down Memory Lane Dementia Resource Centre 10.30-11.30am. For people living with dementia, including carers, family and friends. Join us for activities, reminiscence and seated exercise. 01436 678050 Weekly 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

Cove and Kilcreggan SWI Cove Burgh Hall 2pm. Monthly meeting talk. 1st Wednesday of month (Sept-May) 1st Peninsula Cubs Kilcreggan Scout Hall 6-7.30pm. All new members welcome. 01436 831528 • 07975 775551 Weekly (Term time only) 1st/2nd Helensburgh Boys' Brigade Helensburgh Parish Church 6.30-7.45pm: Anchor boys (ages 5-8) and Junior Section (ages 8-11). 6.30-8.30pm: Company Section (ages 11-18). WED 15th May: Parent's Night. Join us for a review of the Year and discuss future plans. Captain Iain Talman 07810 801115 firsthelensburgh@gmail.com Weekly (term time only) Garelochhead Dog Training Gibson Hall 7-7.45pm. Beginner and puppy specialisation. 7.45-8.30pm. Intermediate socialisation. 8.30-9.25pm. Advanced. Rewards based training in a friendly atmosphere. All Welcome. 07384 341920 www.facebook.com/GarelochheadDTC/ Weekly North Clyde Archaeological Society Talk Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 7.30pm. Fraser Hunter from National Museum of Scotland will be giving the talk, Scotland's early silver: from Roman Bribes to Pictish Treasures. All welcome. 07532456282

Cardross, Colgrain & Craigendoran Senior Citizens Association Cardross Parish Church Halls 2pm. Tea and chat, table top games and speakers. New members welcome. Fortnightly

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Victoria Bridge Club Victoria Halls 1pm. New members always welcome. Partners required but we may be able to match up people if needed. Give it a go! 01436 672099 / 01436 672155 Weekly Film & Reminiscence Dementia Resource Centre 1.30-4pm. For people who are living with Dementia. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of film and reminiscence. 01436 678050

Thursday Café Bethesda Christian Fellowship 2.30-4pm. An array of teas, coffees and bakes on offer, a play area for toddlers and a craft area for older children. 07581570090 or 07854262255 www.bethesdachristianfellowship.org.uk Weekly Student Art Class St Joseph's Lower Hall, Helensburgh 4-5.30pm. Art class aimed at students aged 10+. All materials and snack included. Book via karlynsclasses.com Weekly

Helensburgh Digital Photography Club The Tower 7.30pm. All ages welcome. Join our Facebook group for details. Fortnightly

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The Welcome In Recovery Café Helensburgh Parish Church 11.30am-2.30pm. Run by volunteers and aimed at different people who may be recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, mental health issues or socially isolated. www.facebook.com/WelcomeToRecovery Weekly

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 mums to get help, support or just a cuppa. Weekly

Okeko Bioenergy Therapy Group Healing Sessions Cardross Library 5-7pm. Free, booking required. Minimal time investment for optimal healing. 15/30min during 5 consecutive days. Donations accepted. T&C’s apply. 07411181177 heal@okeko.org okeko.org Weekly Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers Drama Workshop Helensburgh and Lomond Carers Centre, Lomond Street 6-7.45pm. Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers are running a drama programme called: “Get involved with the drama”. Funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust. Open to all registered young carers. 01436 670555 Facebook @helensburghandlomondyoungcarers Weekly

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Livestock Judging: Cattle, Sheep, Clydesdales, Highland Ponies, Light Horses. Raymond Irvine and Jennifer McAllister (with "Elfie" their very cute Swiss Valais Blacknose pet lamb) will present the prizes to our champion livestock during the Grand Parade. Other Classes: WRI, Schools, Bake Off, Dogs, Rabbits. Entertainment: Helicopter Rides, Fun Fair, Craft Tent, Live Bands, Pet's Tent and Trade Stands. Main Ring Attractions: Drakes of Hazard, Mark Wyllie demonstrates Indian Runner Ducks dog trialing, Heavy Horse Displays, Vintage Tractors, Mounted Archery and Children's Races. Catering: Hot and Cold Food and Bar.

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What's On Calendar | May 2019 Carer Support Group Dementia Resource Centre 7-9pm. For anyone who is caring for someone who has dementia. 01436 678050 First Thursday of every month 1st Peninsula Scouts Kilcreggan Scout Hall 7-9pm. All new members welcome. 01436 831528 • 07975 775551 Weekly (Term time only)

Friday 3rd Sculpt Callanetics MAE Technique Helensburgh Parish Church 9.30am. Tighten & reshape your body quickly while increasing strength flexibility & body alignment. Non-impact & easy on the joints. For all ages & fitness levels. 07880 630065 • Facebook: @sculptcallanetics Weekly Free Chair Yoga Classes Cove Burgh Hall 1-2pm. For those 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. No equipment necessary. 07799031649 Weekly Knitting Bee Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 1.30pm. All abilities welcome. Alison 01436 371613 Weekly Rock Choir Performance Dementia Resource Centre 2-3pm. Everyone Welcome. Come and enjoy a performance by the Rock Choir. 01436 678050 Helensburgh Girls' Brigade The Bridge, Helensburgh Parish Church Explorers (P1-P3) meet 7-8pm; Juniors (P4P7) and Brigaders (S1-S6) meet 7-8.30pm. All girls welcome. 07921 189074 gbhelensburgh@gmail.com Weekly (term time only)

Cheese and Wine Tasting Old Pump House, Sinclair Street 7.30pm. £20, limited space. To celebrate the Centenary Year of Save the Children, the local branch is holding special events. Sue from Ardardan is hosting the Cheese and Wine Tasting, has expert knowledge of numerous cheeses and will bring the wines which complement those we will be tasting. Diana Macintosh 01436 675767

Monday 6th Tai Chi Class Cove Burgh Hall 1-2pm. Professor Cheng Man-ch’ing 37 Step Simplified Yang Style Form. First class free, donation thereafter. Call between 10-11pm. 07999 757861 www.9wavestaichi.org Weekly

Saturday 4th Scottish National Rhododendron Society Annual Show Gibson Hall, Garelochhead 12pm. £2. Setting up of entries: 3-7pm on Friday 3rd May & 8-9.45am on Saturday 4th May. Tea/coffee and Home Baking available throughout the afternoon. 01436810403 scottishrhododendronsociety.org.uk Still Mad About Musicals Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 7pm. £10 (under 18s £8). Helensburgh Savoy will be staging their annual Spring Concert. It will be a cabaret style evening, with table seating with a great mix of songs from stage and screen musicals such as The Greatest Showman! Tickets from 1st Class on West Princes St. and on the door.

Saturday 4th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Doune to Callander 9.15am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Bus from Callander to Doune and walk alongside the River Teith and join the Dunblane to Crianlarich railway to Callander. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com 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. 01436 671613 alison@argylltsi.org.uk Weekly

Bridge Victoria Halls 1-4pm. Intermediate. Warm welcome to new members. 01436 676718 / 01436 821851 Weekly Sept-May Macmillan Drop-in Helensburgh Library 1.30-4.30pm. Providing info and support for people affected by cancer. Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service. 01586 555932 macmillan@argyll-bute.gov.uk Weekly Yi Jin Jing Dementia Resource Centre 1.30-2pm. For people who are living with dementia. A half hour session of gentle exercise based on the muscle and tendon changing classic (Yi Jin Jing). 01436 678050 Weekly Art Class Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 2-4pm. All Media. 01436 675741 Weekly U3A Monthly Meeting Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 2pm. "Greatrex" forger, photographer, absconder, adulterer - Speaker David Bruce. u3asites.org.uk/helensburgh/events First Monday of Every Month Geein’ 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! geeinitlaldy@outlook.com Weekly

Yoga Class Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 3-4pm. New members welcome. Please contact Jane with any questions. 0796 3936 780 jane.tait@ntlworld.com Weekly Helensburgh Widows & Widowers Group Commodore Hotel, Helensburgh 6-8pm. A group for widows and widowers to meet, socialise and support each other. Pam Durrant 07904074013 First Monday of every month Rotary Club of Helensburgh Garelochside Rosslea Hall Hotel 6.30pm. To be Announced. 01436 820352 Weekly Helensburgh Army Cadets ACF Hut, Lomond Street, Helensburgh 7-9pm. The ACF offers a variety of militarythemed 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 Whist Drive Northwood House Nursing Home 7.15pm. £3 entry. Tea and biscuits. New members welcome. 01436 674089 Weekly Dance Scottish Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 8-10pm. We teach Scottish dance to adults of any age and experience. Beginners are very welcome. No partner required, come on your own or with a friend/partner. 01436 842695 Weekly

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Sunday 5th Helensburgh Amateur Swimming Club Helensburgh Swimming Pool Coaching programme for competitive swimmers, aged 6+. See website for training schedule. www.helensburghasc.co.uk Weekly


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May 2019 | What's On Calendar

Calendar of events Tuesday 7th Garelochhead Beach Clean Garelochhead Beach Times subject to tides. We hope to help support beach cleans in our area. Facebook @love your seas beach clean loveyourseas@gmail.com Weekly 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 michaeljane57@me.com Weekly Local Vocals Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 1.30pm. Community Choir, dementia friendly. All welcome. Alison 01436 671613 Weekly Cove and Kilcreggan Stay and Play Cove Burgh Hall Baby and Toddler play group meets twice a week. TUE: 1-2.30pm (£2 per child, £1 for babies under 1 or additional children). WED: 9.45-10.45am (£1 per child). Coffee and tea for the grown-ups and snack provided for the little ones. Weekly Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club Victoria Halls 1.30pm. A friendly and informal club for intermediate players. No partners are required. 01436 673362 Weekly 1st Peninsula Beavers Kilcreggan Scout Hall 6-7pm. All new members welcome. 01436 831528 • 07975 775551 Weekly (Term time only)

Helensburgh Flower Club Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 2pm. Visit by Dr Rosalind Stewart from Troon, demonstration entitled ‘My Journey Through Flowers’. All welcome. helensburghflowerclub@gmail.com Second Tuesday of Every Month 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 RNCYC, on the last Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm. 01436 820352 Weekly Sculpt Callanetics MAE Technique United Reformed Church 12.30pm. Tighten & reshape your body quickly while increasing strength flexibility & body alignment. Non-impact & easy on the joints. For all ages & fitness levels. 07880 630065 • Facebook: @sculptcallanetics Weekly Arrochar Army Cadets Arrochar WETC, Tarbert Road 7-9pm. The ACF offers a variety of militarythemed 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 (Term time only)

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HIGHLAND GAMES • Traditional Heavy Events & Highland Dancing • Solo Piping Events • Adult & Youth Foot Races and Schools Relays • Stalls & Entertainment and Military Exhibits • Helensburgh Clan Colquhoun Pipe band

10am (Opening Parade At 12noon) Helensburgh Rugby Club, Rhu Road Higher, Helensburgh

Helensburgh Canoe Club Helensburgh Swimming Pool 7.30pm. 10 session adult course in Basic Canoe Skills (For Beginners or near Beginners). euan_forrest@msn.com Weekly Garelochhead Army Cadets Garelochhead Trg Camp 7-9pm. The ACF offers a variety of militarythemed 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 (Term time only)

Wednesday 8th Coffee Mornings for Carers Helensburgh & Lomond Carers SCIO Centre 10-12pm. Why not drop in for a coffee and a chat and a get together. 01436 673444 Fortnightly Discover Birds of Geilston Gardens Geilston Gardens, Cardross 9.45-11.45am. A gentle walk with John Clark, RSPB volunteer, to discover and identify the variety of birds and their songs at Geilston. Booking required: fogeilston.gardenwalks@gmail.com

Thursday 9th Luminate Community Exhibition Cove Burgh Hall 10-4pm. An exhibition featuring textile based crafts, art and the work of SWI attendees. Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing festival, is supporting this exhibition and there will be live piano music between 2 and 3pm. Teas and home baking. coveburghhall.org.uk FTD Carer Support Group Dementia Resource Centre 7-9pm. For anyone who is caring for someone who has Frontotemporal Dementia. 01436 678050 Second Thursday of every month Babcock Helensburgh 10k Hermitage Academy 7:30pm. Popular road race around Helensburgh, generous prizes, goody bags, unique commemorative medal, chip timing and a professional race. www.entrycentral.com www.babcock10kseries.co.uk

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Friday 10th Dorian Choir 70th Anniversary Concert United Reform Church 7.30pm. £10, available at 1st Class, West Princes St, from choir members or on the door, includes refreshments. A varied exciting programme arranged by conductor Siam Winstanley and consists of music through the decades and a concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury. www.helensburgh-dorian-choir.uk

Friday 10th Legal Advice Helensburgh & Lomond Carers SCIO Centre 10-1pm. A Senior Solicitor from Morison's Solicitors will be available to answer questions on any legal concerns you may have. Specialist areas are: Guardianship, POA and advice on Wills. Booking required. 01436 673444 Second Friday of every month Fashion Show M and Co, Helensburgh 6.30pm. Fundraiser for the West of Scotland Military Wives Choir. Tickets £5, available from M&Co and choir members

Saturday 11th Helensburgh and Gareloch Horticultral Society Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 9am. Annual Plant sale, free entry, all welcome. 07808 580866 Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Primrose Hill, Loch Katrine 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. From the pier, walk north of the loch to a steep ascent on a hillside track then return along the road to the pier. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com Spring Fair Cardross Parish Church Halls 10-12pm. Variety of Stalls and Rafflle. Adults £3, Children £1, includes Tea/ Coffee/Juice and Scones/Pancake.

What's On Calendar | May 2019 Kiddiwinks Bethesda Christian Fellowship 9.30-11am. Mums and Dads are invited to take wee ones along for some fun and socialising. There will be plenty of toys, crafts, music, stories. There will be snacks and juice for the kids! 07581570090 or 07854262255 www.bethesdachristianfellowship.org.uk Market in the Square Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh 10am-4pm. Fresh home baking, seasonal veg, fresh meat and fish and craft stalls. Second Saturday of every month Spring Fair and Bike Sale Rhu Primary School 11-2pm. Craft and class stalls, bouncy castle, inflatable gladiator jousting, facepainting, tombola, raffle, tea room and home baking. rpsarhu@gmail.com More info on page 11 Summer Fête Garelochhead Parish Church 1-3pm. There will be bouncy castle, bungee run, kiddies ball pool. Stalls include books, plants, nearly new, accessories, everyone's a winner and home baking. Tea room, barbecue and more. Mull Theatre Company – Unspotted Snow Cove Burgh Hall 7.30pm. Award winning playwright Peter Arnott's is a tale of the ill fated Franklin expedition to the North West passage is told with verve, and accompanied by an original score. Cash bar and raffle. www. coveburghhall.uk/what-s-on/cove-burgh-hall/liveatcbh/unspotted-snow-mull-theatre-company/ Quiz Night Rhu Scout Hall 7.30pm. 1st Rhu Scout Group is hosting a quiz night. Tickets £5, includes nibbles and finger food. BYOB with soft drinks on sale in the hall. Max of 4 adults per team. Request tickets in advance e-mail or via Facebook. 1strhuscoutgroup@gmail.com

Sunday 12th Family Sunday Fun Day Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 1-4pm. Lots of fun activities like a bouncy castle, face painting, lucky dip, glitter tattoos, balloons as well as visits from some Famous Characters. Snack boxes available to buy and a cake sale. Entry fixed price. mail@funfirst.org.uk www.funfirst.org.uk www.facebook.com/funfirst1

Monday 13th Helensburgh Bridge Club Taster Session Royal Northern Yacht Club 6.45pm. Do come along, no partner required, no entry fee. 07808580866 / 07825795262 Also on 20th

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Saturday 18th

Veterans Brunch Club Gibson Hall, Garelochhead 11-1pm. ÂŁ3.50 (free to Veterans and their family). Come and talk to other veterans over a meal. All welcome. 07541 777559 morevain@ksrht.org Also on 28th

RSPB Group Outing Inversnaid 8am. An outing to Inversnaid to look for spring migrants such as Wood Warbler & Redstart. Dress for the outdoors & bring a packed lunch & drink. laighfield@gmail.com

Helensburgh Flower Club Annual Lunch Abbotsford Hotel, Dumbarton Helensburgh Flower Club welcome top florist John McDonald who joins them to demonstrate at their Annual Lunch. John is highly acclaimed in the world of flowers. helensburghflowerclub@gmail.com

Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Whinney Hill & Knockour Hill (From Balloch). 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Follow paths in Balloch Park, up Whinney Hill, to Knockour Hill and return via Boturich Castle estate. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

Wednesday 15th Golden Time CafĂŠ Bethesda Christian Fellowship 10.30-12pm. A community cafĂŠ with tea, coffee and home baking. The programme includes a mix of musical entertainment, poems and slide shows. 07581570090 or 07854262255 www.bethesdachristianfellowship.org.uk Third Wednesday of every month Friends of Geilston: Moths, Bugs & Butterflies Walk Geilston Gardens, Cardross 11.30am. Local lepidopterologist Alan Kerr will lead this walk in search of the many varieties of moths, bugs and butterflies to be found at Geilston. Booking required. fogeilston.gardenwalks@gmail.com Great Scottish Sing Along Dementia Resource Centre 1.30-3pm. Everyone welcome. Come and enjoy a sing along to some well-known Scottish songs. A suggested donation of ÂŁ2 would be appreciated toward the cost of refreshments. 01436 678050

Helensburgh Art Club One Day Sale Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 10am. Free entry. Wonderful original work from talented members of the art club. 01436 674665 Saturday Studios Cove Park, Peaton Hill 10-12pm: Primary 3-4; 10-4pm Secondary School; 1.30-4pm Primary 5-7. Free Creative Workshops for Primary and Secondary School Pupils. www.covepark.org/hands-on www.covepark.org @CovePark Cardross Primary Gala Day Cardross Primary School 12-4pm. A fun day is planned for all the family with bouncy castles, face painting, glitter tattoos, home baking and burgers, raffle, tombola, Lego run, beat the goalie, children’s activities, some super craft stalls and come and soak your teacher! Facebook @Cardross Primary School Association

Afternoon Tea Helensburgh U.R.C. 2-4pm. Come along and enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea. Adults ÂŁ6 children ÂŁ3. 01436 672352

Tartan Harmony In Concert Scout Hall, Helensburgh 7pm. ÂŁ6 (includes refreshments). What better way to welcome Spring than with a song? Tartan Harmony have been learning some exciting new songs, both classic and modern, and reviving a couple of old favourites. tartanharmony@btinternet.com tartanharmony.co.uk

Sunday 19th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Loch Katrine to Loch Ard 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. From Stronachlachar walk along the southern shoreline of Loch Katrine to Royal Cottage and follow the Loch Katrine-Glasgow pipeline to the head of Loch Ard. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

Wednesday 22nd HLAA Mini Craft Fair Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 10-12 .15pm. Come along and meet our talented local crafters. 01436 268160 hlaa.web@gmail.com

Thursday 16th Hermitage Park Action Day Hermitage Park, Helensburgh 2-4pm. Meet at the war memorial gates. Bring gloves and your own hand tools if you wish but tools are provided. 01436 820334 fionabakerrhu@gmail.com Third Thursday of the month

Friday 17th Helensburgh Beer and Gin Festival Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre FRI: 6-11pm, SAT: 12-11pm. ÂŁ7 basic entry. Rum cocktails are joining some craft gin creators and even more craft lagers this year. Also have the usual incredible selection of real ales and ciders and several craft gin producers running pop-up bars, live music and Bruce Springsteen tribute act The Rising. All for local good causes! www.helensburghalefest.co.uk Also on 18th

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Wednesday 22nd "Legally Blonde" Open Auditions St Michael's Church Hall, Helensburgh 7.30pm. Open auditions for their next stage production, Legally Blonde. Anyone interested should come to rehearsals on May 8th and 15th to register interest, receive audition material and further information. Those who wish to be in the ensemble should also attend but do not need to audition. Please note: Adult themed production. Runs 6th9th November. 01436671341.

Thursday 23rd Making a Mystery Workshops Cove Park, Peaton Hill 23rd & 24th: 1pm; 25th: 11am. Write, Record and Perform a Radio Play. Storyteller and theatre-maker Naomi O'Kelly will lead three sessions at Cove Park, listen, brainstorm, write, perform and audio-record a thrilling tale. Participants can expect tea, melodrama, conversation, laughter and biscuits. www.covepark.org/hands-on www.covepark.org @CovePark





Saturday 25th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers River Connonish & Ben Lui Nature Reserve 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Starting along the West Highland Way then forest track to river and along the track towards Ben Lui. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com HLAA May Fair Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 10.30-3pm. Come along and meet our talented local crafters. There will be a pop up tearoom to raise money for Robin House in Balloch. 01436 268160 hlaa.web@gmail.com

Sunday at Seven - Trio Mallarmé Helensburgh Parish Church 7pm. Violinist Barbara Downie, cellist Rosie Townhill and pianist Claire Haslin come together to perform Ravel’s magnificent Piano Trio in A minor. The concert lasts one hour. Entry is free with an opportunity to give a donation as you leave. 01436 676880 office@helensburghcos.org

Wednesday 29th 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 helensburghpsg@gmail.com Last Wednesday of every month

Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Beinn Udlaidh (Beinn Bhreac-Liath) 8.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. This is a strenuous walk and is not recommended for inexperienced hill walkers. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@ gmail.com

Carer Drop In Café Dementia Resource Centre 2-4pm. For anyone who is caring for someone who has dementia. Meet with our Dementia Advisor and Outreach Support Worker, from Helensburgh & Lomond Carers, for information and support. 01436 678050 Last Friday of every month

Drawn to Art Dementia Resource Centre 1.30-3pm. For people living with dementia. Come and enjoy a variety of creative activities including Zen colouring, clay moulding, card making, origami and still life drawing. 01436 678050 Last Friday of every month

Sunday 26th Rhu Clean-up Crew Ardencaple Hotel 10am (tide dependent). We are a group of like-minded people who want to keep Rhu Beach clean. We encourage new members to join us in the fight against plastic washing up on our shores. Last Sunday of month

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Dog Day Dementia Resource Centre 1.30-3pm. For people living with dementia, including carers. Come and meet our specially trained dogs and enjoy refreshments, games and conversation. 01436 678050 Last Wednesday of every month An Evening with… Helensburgh Library 7pm. The Mackintosh Group of Writers in collaboration with Helensburgh Library is hosting a summer series of ‘An Evening with…’ to celebrate local authors. Last Wednesday of the month (until Sept)

Ceilidh Dance Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel 8pm. Helensburgh & District Highland Association are holding their regular monthly dance. Featuring Lomond Ceilidh Band. Members £8 and visitors £10 (Children - half price.) 8pm till midnight. All welcome! 01389 756996 ra.r@blueyonder.co.uk www.helensburghhighlandassociation.org Last Friday of every month

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BUSY CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Christian Aid Week from May 12-18 is being supported locally by several events ranging from a concert to a football tournament.

Christian Aid Concert Helensburgh Parish Church 7pm. Helensburgh Chamber Orchestra featuring Piano Concerto in A minor by Schumann, soloist, Derek Clark. This will be the third year in a row that Derek has played a concerto for Christian Aid. Helensburgh Chamber Orchestra, Leader Christine Sinclair, Conductor, David Bruce. Duration: about one hour. Entry by donation suggested £8 (£5 concession). 01436 676880 office@helensburghcos.org

Helensburgh Chamber Orchestra perform featuring Piano Concerto in A minor by Schumann, soloist, Derek Clark. This will be the third year in a row that Derek has played a concerto for Christian Aid. Helensburgh Parish Church hosts a Grand Fayre including Home baking, Jewellery, Books and Plants. A United Christian Aid Service takes place at Helensburgh United Reformed Church. A Football Tournament, Inter Primary School P7, is being held at Hermitage Academy while Helensburgh Swimming Pool hosts a sponsored swim and there’s also a Christian Aid Market at Cove Burgh Hall. All the dates and times are in our What’s On section.

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Monday 13th Christian Aid School Football Tounament Hermitage Academy 6-8pm. Inter Primary School P7 Football Tournament Organized by Ardencaple Football Club. All family, friends and the public are invited to support this event. There will be a tuck shop and a raffle sponsored by Toyota. 01436 679565 reclyffe_lambert@yahoo.co.u

Thursday 16th Saturday 11th Christian Aid Grand Fayre Helensburgh Parish Church 10-12pm. Usual stalls including Home baking, Jewellery, Books, Plants, Toys, and Gifts Entrance includes tea/ coffee Entry adults £2 children 50p. Elizabeth 01436 679565

Sunday 12th United Christian Aid Service Helensburgh United Reformed Church 7pm. All are invited for an evening of praise, prayer and reflection focusing on the work of Christian Aid led by Rev Mitchell Bunting. 01436 679565 urc@bungie.scot

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Christian Aid Sponsored Swim Helensburgh Swimming Pool 6.15-8.30pm. Raising Money for Christian Aid, swimmers need to be able to swim lengths confidently. The event is fully supervised; lengths will be counted by lane counters. Swimming in a gala atmosphere, the children are able to achieve their personal best for amount of lengths swum. Sponsor forms available from local schools, the pool, or contact Elizabeth 679565 for more information. 01436 679565 reclyffe_lambert@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 18th Christian Aid Market Cove Burgh Hall 2pm. Tearoom, plants, home baking, books, jewellery, tombola and other stalls. 01436842120 barbourorchard@tiscali.co.uk

10+ Children's Art Class Helensburgh Art Hub, 77 West Clyde St 4pm. Art class for artists aged 10+. Helensburgharthub.com Weekly Qigong Oak Tree Gallery 5.30-6.30pm. Qigong with Ken Symon. 07866970648 Weekly Tai Chi Oak Tree Gallery 8.15-9.30pm. Tai Chi with Ken Symon. 07866970648 Weekly

Thursday 2nd Beginners Painting Class Oak Tree Gallery 1-3pm. Beginners painting class with Sofia Perina Miller. 01436 672132 Weekly

Friday 3rd Drawing Group Helensburgh Art Hub, 77 West Clyde St 1pm. Relaxed drawing group. Helensburgharthub.com Weekly 13-17 Art Group Helensburgh Art Hub, 77 West Clyde St 4pm. Art group for teens. Helensburgharthub.com Weekly

Tuesday 7th Painting class Oak Tree Gallery 10-12pm. Painting class with Sofia Perina Miller. 01436 672132 Weekly 6+ Art Class Helensburgh Art Hub, 77 West Clyde St 4pm. Art class for artists aged 6+. Helensburgharthub.com





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mountains of Arrochar followed by a 20 mile mountain bike ride round the Ardgartan Peninsula with each participant completing the total distance. The team are self-sufficient, with two former members providing full logistical support and all supplies and provisions are paid for personally meaning that every penny raised goes to the charity”.

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Over the years they have raised nearly £40,000 for The Beatson, CHAS, Crosshouse Hospital and last year the police charity COPS. This year they have chosen Erskine Hospital as the nominated charity. Over the years this has evolved from a single team member doing a series of sponsored runs to a circumnavigation of Loch Lomond, cycling, running and canoeing, called the Loch Lomond Challenge.

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Make a Will Day Following the popularity of their ‘Make a Will Day’ held in May 2018 McArthur Stanton Solicitors are pleased to announce that this service will be available again at their Helensburgh office at 15-17 Colquhoun Street on Saturday 18th May 2019 between 9am and 12noon. If you are in the area that day, feel free to pop in and for that day only, McArthur Stanton are offering a discounted simple Will from as little as £75 + VAT. Preparing a Will is the single opportunity to make sure that your intentions and requests are known in so many matters. Who do you want to administer your estate? If you have children, who do you want to appoint as their legal guardian? What specifications, if any, do you want to make in respect of

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This year’s Arrochar Cross takes place on the 19th of May and donations can be made at either Helensburgh or Dumbarton police station or at the following JustGiving link www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ david-watson67.

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STARS LINE UP AT HEAD OF RECORD FIELD FOR BABCOCK 10K SERIES Entries for the Babcock 10k Series are surging towards 1800 runners with less than a fortnight to go to the first race, the Babcock Helensburgh 10k on Thursday May 9th at 7.30pm. Meanwhile the elite field at the front end of the race is the best it has been since the inception of the series nearly forty years ago. Recently crowned Scottish CrossCountry champion, Adam Craig from Inverclyde is using the series to tune up for a big attack on his personal best for 10,000m in the ‘Night of the Pb’s’ at London’s Parliament Hill Fields, where his target is a sub 28:30 time. Craig will line up in all three races, Dumbarton follows Helensburgh on May 16th and Shettleston brings the series to a climactic conclusion on Glasgow Green, on Sunday May 26th. Craig has recruited his Scottish team mate, Luke Traynor from Giffnock North to go head to head with him in the Babcock Dumbarton 10k as they chase a time in the low 29 minute range. Traynor recently represented GB in the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhaus, Denmark and came 12th in America’s third

biggest race, the Cooper Bridge River Run in 30:11. The course record is currently 29:40 held by Eritrean international Tewelde Mengisteab from Shettleston Harriers and dates back to 2009. Meanwhile Garscube’s Katie White is busily preparing to defend her three victories of last year and recently finished sixth in the Scottish Cross-Country Championships, just behind last year’s series runner up Elspeth Curran from Kilbarchan who was fourth.

Sale’s GB international, Sonia Samuels, who lives in Loughborough will head North for the Dumbarton race with her husband Nick who is a 30:10 10k man and current European Biathlon Champion, the combined running and cycling discipline. Samuels represented Team GB in the Rio Olympic Marathon in 2016 and was fifth in the 10,000m on Australia’s Gold Coast in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Series Chair and Helensburgh

Race Director, Kevin Johnson is delighted to have so many internationals in the line up this year. “We would have to go back twenty years to the likes of the Vale’s Glen Stewart to find athletes of the current calibre featuring in the series. The Babcock 10k Series is likely to produce some of the fastest times in Scotland this year and perhaps the UK.” To enter just visit entrycentral. com.

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JOANNA’S HANDCYCLE CHALLENGE Local woman Joanna Martin sustained a spinal injury in 2005 but has taken on many sporting challenges with the help of her friends since then.

Joanna cannot complete this challenge alone so cycling with her and driving a van will be good friends Lesley Serpell and Craig Dunlop. Other friends will join her along the journey cycling with her for one or two days. Former RAF Nurse Joanna Martin was selected to represent the United Kingdom in three events at the Invictus Games in Florida. Taking on indoor rowing, handcycling and discus.

Joanna Martin aims to handcycle 400 miles

Now she is about to tackle the biggest one yet, handcycling over 400 miles from Helensburgh to Cheltenham. She tells the CA: “To put this into perspective up until a few weeks ago the longest distance I had completed in a handcycle was a 13 mile half marathon.” Joanna is doing this to raise money for research into Motor Neurone Disease. Currently there

is no effective treatment for this disease. She adds: “A very close friend of mine who is Scottish but lives in Cheltenham was diagnosed with MND a year ago and already is unable to move her arms, struggles with moving her legs and is extremely breathless even just talking. It is relentless and so distressing for her and her family.”

Joanna explained sport became an integral part of her rehabilitation after a 20ft fall during a training exercise in 2005 left her paralysed from the chest down. She was stationed at RAF Leuchars at the time, has been preparing for her second tour of Iraq.


She is now an ambassador for the RAF Benevolent Fund, after the charity stepped in to help her live more independently following her injury. Joanna hopes that readers will support her and help us on the fundraising mission to fight Motor Neurone disease by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ JoannaMartin10.

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CYCLE ROUTE OFFERS STUNNING SCENERY Helensburgh Sportive is a cycling challenge which takes you on a challenging route enhanced by the stunning scenery of the Clyde, Gareloch and Loch Long.


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And it’s also a challenging route all in aid of a brilliant cause, the Beatson Cancer Charity which supports people affected by cancer, every step of the way. It provides support services, as well as funding specialists, research and education to invest in a better future for cancer patients and their families. Event organisers say: “A great cause and the Helensburgh Sportive is a must do for all keen cyclists. Thanks to contributors; Auchentullich Farm Shop, Scotrack, Helensburgh Sailing Club, Highland Spring whose help allows us to donate as much as possible to the Beatson charity after some minimal running costs.” The entry fee of £35 includes 50 miles of lovely views (50 Miles

you can, please cycle to the start to reduce traffic.

(80km) / 3113ft (950m) Ascent) chip timing, food and water station at 20 miles, sweeper service, finishers Ice Cream and refreshments with thanks to Auchentullich Farm Shop. Entrants also get an event branded drinks bottle.

The organisers are also looking for a number of helpers to be dotted throughout the route. If any of your supporters, family or friends would like to get involved please drop us an email helensburghsportive@gmail.com.

The food station will be situated in Glen Fruin (approx 20 Mile mark) where there will be water, snacks and a portoloo available.

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Registration and the start will be situated at the Helensburgh Sailing Club, Rhu Road Lower, Helensburgh G84 8QT. Some parking is available at the start. If

Riders will be started in waves. You will be able to register and pick up your rider number on the morning of the event.

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You will see a new exhibition of paintings on the wall of Helensburgh’s “Coffee Club” by local artist Dorothy Whitaker, B.A Fine Art (Glasgow School of Art). “Helensburgh Old and New” depicts scenes spanning over a century of life in and around the town. Those who look closely will find a theme of a proud connection to the river and the sea in many of the works. In the “fireside” painting, a mother and baby rest peacefully, but – look through the window – there is the old “Revenge” anchored in the Firth – the Navy is always present, and in the final pictures of the

Mackintosh “Hill House” wealthy children play in the garden during an idyllic summer but look to the future where Trident cruises down the water. The sedate shop frontages of the early 20th century with their proud owners posing in the doorway contrast with the bright and colourful frontages of contemporary Helensburgh – and do note the changes in dietary and cultural preferences! But eternally,

small children still feed the ducks in Colquhoun Square in a gentle painting concluding this exhibition. All in all, a Show that serves as a background to a great menu, but providing food for thought too. All works of art on display are for sale. Interested people should contact the artist direct by emailing mail@mobilerecord.co.uk or by phoning 01436 821 950.


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FRIENDSHIP REALLY DOES MATTER! Visiting Friends is a local Charity offering a free volunteer befriending service to adults who might be feeling lonely or have become isolated. Manager Jayne Burnett says, “Having friends is crucial to our wellbeing and for staying connected to our community. We are always looking for volunteers as we have a long waiting list, and let’s face it, waiting is frustrating. Our Charity is growing and going from strength to strength but we can only operate because of our fantastic volunteers. Our volunteers don’t just enrich the lives of their friends and families, they know that it’s a two-way thing and that they benefit too.” Pictured at one of their regular coffee mornings is VF volunteer from Kilcreggan, Irene McPherson with Elaine Stoop. Irene volunteers with Kathleen, Elaine’s mum and Elaine says, “Irene has become a great friend! Her visits are not only wonderful for Mum’s physical and mental health, but they also


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give me peace of mind and a wee bit of freedom to go out when she’s there”. From Irene’s point of view, she wanted to fill her time doing something that made her feel good and Visiting Friends volunteer from Kilcreggan, Irene McPherson with Elaine Stoop she says, “I get a wonderful feeling from volunteering. I love Kathleen’s be part of the Visiting Friends company, her stories are amazing family, you can find out more and Elaine and I have become bye contacting Jayne or Debbie terrific friends too – I feel like I’ve on 01436 269336 or pop in to become part of a new extended their new offices at 101-103 East family!” Clyde Street (above Helensburgh Subaru) Monday-Thursday 9amIf you’re over 18 and can spare a 3.30pm. They’ll pop the kettle on couple of hours one afternoon or morning a week and want to and answer all your questions!



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say hello to the Helensburgh team your local estate agent Patricia Deans Accompanied Viewer Mark Docherty Branch Manager Chloe Hewson Negotiator

Service was friendly and very efficient, nothing was too much trouble. Any questions or enquiries were answered quickly and all steps of the sale were explained in depth.

Mr G, March 2019

property services • Selling residential property

• Open House event for your property

• Lettings services

• Mortgage services

• ‘Help to Find’ service to find a property for you

• Surveys & Valuations

• Advertising your property to millions via Zoopla and Rightmove • Premium & prestige marketing packages available*

• Buying & Selling via our regional Auction centres • Specialist Land & New Homes services *Terms & Conditions apply

20 Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh, G84 8AD T 01436 672134 E helensburgh@allenandharris.co.uk

allenandharris.co.uk Trading name of Sequence (UK) Limited. If you have instructed another agent the terms and conditions of those instructions must be considered to avoid a possible liability to pay two commissions in addition to any withdrawal fees or disbursements.

Family owned with family values

A friendly, professional service to offer you a wide range of high quality bespoke kitchens, manufactured locally, at great prices.


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Call into your local showroom: 14 Meadowbank Street, Dumbarton G82 1SD. We also have showrooms in: Bishopbriggs East Kilbride Falkirk Hillington

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Helensburgh & Lomond Community Advertiser - May 2019  

The definitive guide to what's going on in the Helensburgh and Lomond areas in May 2019, hand delivered FREE to over 13,000 local homes and...

Helensburgh & Lomond Community Advertiser - May 2019  

The definitive guide to what's going on in the Helensburgh and Lomond areas in May 2019, hand delivered FREE to over 13,000 local homes and...