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Al Murray to Play in the Town ............ 3 Contact Centre to Hold Fundraiser .... 4 Compston Stars in Cove TV Shoot ...... 5 Forty Years of the Finest Music ........... 6 Top Photographer at Club Event ........ 7 Electric Bike Plan Unveiled .................. 8 Footpath Concern ................................. 8 All About Apples at Geilston ........... 10 Star Line Up for Book Fest ................ 11 Latest Date for New Pool ................. 12 Photo Exhibition in Library ............... 14 What’s Up Doc ................................... 14 Dorothy Whitaker Exhibition ........... 16 Olympic Hopeful Returns ................. 16 Town’s Last Shoe Shop to Close ....... 17 Support Groups ................................. 17 Autumn Fun ............................... 18&19 Youngsters Sea Challenge ................ 20 Legal Matters ..................................... 20 What’s On Calendar ................ 21-26 Literary Life Continues to Flourish .... 27 Population Drop Recorded .............. 27 New Look for Popular Club ............... 28 Elton to Court Intrigue at Cove ....... 28 Nightlife .............................................. 30 Call to Veg Growers ........................... 31 Live Argyll Call for Volunteers .......... 31 Late News ........................................... 31 New Affordable Homes for Town ....32 Editor Nick Steps Down .................... 32 Helensburgh Netball Club ................ 33 Fix Mix the Hits ................................... 34 Shop is Top Fundraiser ...................... 34 Macmillan Needs Your Help ............. 34 Advertisers Index ............................... 34

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

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

will open for legendary rock band Happy Mondays on the Scottish leg of their Greatest Hits Tour. Al said: “We are looking forward to opening for the Happy Mondays. We kick off in Aberdeen on October 24.

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

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A TV drama featuring Line of Duty star Martin Compston has been filming on locations on the Rosneath Peninsula. The Nest, a five-part drama from Bafta and RTS Award-winning writer Nicole Taylor, centres on Cape Cove, a spectacular house on the shore of Loch Long. Compston, who first made his name in Sweet Sixteen, filmed in Greenock, leads the cast of the BBC1 series alongside Sophie Rundle, who has featured in Peaky Blinders and Gentleman Jack. They play a wealthy couple who are crazy about each other, want for nothing and live in a house in a beautiful location just outside Glasgow. The location for that house is Cape Cove, a five-bedroom

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productions filmed in Argyll and Bute from January 2018 to January 2019, generated an estimated spend of £1,088,500 to the local economy, say the Council.

The filming took place over approximately three weeks and involved one lane of the B833 being closed and traffic lights in operation.

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Martin Compston said: “I’m absolutely delighted to join the cast of The Nest.

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FORTY YEARS OF THE FINEST MUSIC Helensburgh Music Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and its 2019/20 series of concerts continues its tradition of bringing internationally acclaimed artists to the town. For the past 40 years the Society has also showcased talented up and coming young artists. In this landmark year the society will be presenting five concerts reflecting the wonderful diversity to be found in a variety of musical genres. Alan MacLean from the Society says: “From lieder to jazz, baroque to the 21st century there should be something for everyone’s tastes and new discoveries along the way. “

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TOP PHOTOGRAPHER AT CLUB EVENT The Peninsula Camera Club has invited a world-renowned photographer to a fund and awareness raising event to be held at the Commodore hotel.

month at Cove Sailing Club at 7.30pm. Membership is currently ÂŁ10 per year or you can come to any of the meetings as a non member for ÂŁ3. Organiser Louise Walker tells the CA: “We are trying to raise funds to buy equipment like a projector and screen, also we want new members. All standards of photographer are welcome whether you use a dslr, a compact camera, smartphone or drone. It’s our aim to gather like minded people to expand their knowledge and enjoyment of the hobby.“

Colin Prior, a world renowned landscape photographer and documentary maker will talk about his work and career. Colin’s career started when he created a portfolio of images around Scotland’s coastline and in the Red Sea and was surprised to win ‘best newcomer to underwater photography’ in the Camera Beneath the Waves competition in 1981. He says: “Working at the time as an operations manager it was the catalyst that changed my life, and following a stint on a North Sea oil platform as a photo-technician, I was soon following a career as a professional photographer.�

Colin will be showing some of his dramatic photos

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The Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust held a meeting last month to give locals a say on the Pedalling Peninsula project.

“The Pedalling Peninsula project will make these things more accessible for all and is inclusive in nature so designed to be accessible to people of varying abilities and young children.”

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A community consultation was held in Cove Burgh Hall to provide more information on the project and give people an opportunity to discuss how best to spend the funding and to see pictures of some of the possible bikes which could be made available.

For decades walkers have been calling for a path on the busy B833 from Rosneath towards Kilcreggan, which is a popular route to Rosneath Castle Caravan Park. Last year the first phase of the work was completed after Argyll and Bute Council received a £250,000 grant from Sustrans, with a shared use path for pedestrians and cyclists being built beside the road from Rosneath village. A council spokesperson has confirmed that the authority still intended to complete the work, and that funds were being sought.

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If you haven’t been to Geilston Gardens for a while you might consider putting Saturday, October 5 in your diary – particularly if you have a thing about apples. A special event at the famous local beauty spot will celebrate the apple harvest in lots of different ways, allowing visitors to try apple pressing and learn all about this kingpin of the fruit world from designated Apple Man John Hancox. In what promises to be a funfilled day there’s also a chance for children to take part in an (what else) apple-themed treasure hunt, and for people of all ages to bring along their own apple bakes – who doesn’t like a nice apple pie? – for the day’s Bake Off Show.

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

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

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

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

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STAR LINE UP FOR PENINSULA BOOK FEST The Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival, now in its 6th year has another stellar line up. Joining crime queen Denise Mina, who opens this year’s festival are a raft of top flight authors. There are some impressive session chairpersons as well. For instance, Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland editor, will be in conversation with Helena Kennedy QC as they discuss the poor deal so many women get from the law featured in Helena’s new book Eve Was Shamed. Off the Ball favourite Stuart Cosgrove, who has written a classic soul trilogy linking the music of Memphis, Harlem, and Detroit with the political hinterland of those cities, will be discussing them with BBC Scotland’s afternoon host Janice Forsyth.

Professor Tom Devine makes his Cove and Kilcreggan debut. He’ll be talking about his new book on the highland clearances in a session chaired by Ruth Wishart. The new Director of the V&A Dundee, Philip Long, will take us behind the scenes with an illustrated talk after which he’s talking to art critic Clare Henry.

Award winning author Christopher Brookmyre, a festival favourite, is now part of a new writing team with his anaesthetist wife Marisa Haertzman. They’ll be telling chairperson Faith Liddell how they became the writing team Scotland’s most eminent historian, Ambrose Parry.

Times columnist Melanie Reid, wheelchair bound since her riding accident 9 years ago, brings the wit and wisdom of her memoir – The World I Fell Out Of. Gavin Francis, doctor, author, renaissance man will be giving his audience his own unmissable take on the human condition. Top foreign correspondent David Pratt, brings his photographic essays compiled during his many years covering global conflicts. Diary Date: 23rd to 24th November at Cove Burgh Hall. For the first time tickets can be purchased in advance online. For full details and booking on www.coveburghhall.org.uk.

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SUMMER 2022 IS NOW LATEST DATE FOR NEW POOL Helensburgh’s new pool and leisure centre, the centrepiece of the council’s £19.5m regeneration of the town’s waterfront, now will not open until summer 2022. It is another setback for the troubled project which was originally due to be open in early Spring next year (writes Nick Cowie). The further six month delay came only two months after the council said that the contract for construction of the leisure centre was scheduled to be awarded in August with construction work pencilled in to start in November. Critics have noted that more than £1.2m or 6% of the budget has already been spent on the new facility without a single brick being laid.

over the location, facilities and design of the building. These were later compounded by “technical breaches” in the tender process. The council is now having to restart the tendering process for the principal works contract from scratch. Argyll and Bute Council’s depute leader Gary Mulvaney said the council regretted the delay but: “This is a real flagship project for the council and everyone is keen to make sure we make it the best we can.” The development was given planning permission in January

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October 2019 | What's Up Doc?

PHOTO EXHIBITION IN LIBRARY Helensburgh Digital Photography Group will be exhibiting some of their members’ remarkable photos in Helensburgh Library this month.

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The club describes itself as a friendly group of photography enthusiasts, who meet up every fortnight to share images, set challenges and talk about all things photo related. The Helensburgh exhibition will feature some of the best photos taken by members over the year. Lorna Arroll for HDPC said: “We are a small community group, who love to get together and share and create photos, by setting challenges and meeting up to discuss our results. We want to grow the group to encourage others to join, and

plan on continuing to showcase our attempts in a local exhibition, however, we need to raise some funds to print and frame the best of our work.“ Lorna added that all ages and abilities are welcome in the group. No need for a professional camera, camera phones and compact cameras are all that is required to produce an interesting image. “We aim to inspire and teach each other through shared experiences. The club has a fundraising page on Just giving with extra funds being donated to Helensburgh's Sea Scouts.”

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2019 EXHIBITION OPENING

"Fantastic Helensburgh" is the title of a new exhibition featuring the work of local artist Dorothy Whitaker. The show will be opened by BBC celebrity Roo Irvine, of "Antiques Road Trip", whose fantastic portrait will also be premiered, featuring Roo's gorgeous "girls" Maine Coon cats Mango and Kimichi. Opening at 2pm on Saturday 26th October in Helensburgh Library and running until December, the free entry exhibition will take the viewer through a world of imagination and fantasy featuring familiar places in Helensburgh through different eyes. All works will be available for sale at the end of the show.

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL RETURNS TO INSPIRE From lessons on the Clyde to training in Tokyo, Olympic hopeful returns to where she first set sail at Lomond School. Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful Anna Burnet returned to Lomond School this week to deliver an inspiring talk to pupils on her career so far. The former pupil, who has also taken on the role as Sailing Ambassador for Lomond School, spoke to Lomond’s keen sailors, and those interested in what it takes to become an elite athlete, about her sailing journey. Anna provided the pupils with tips on balancing school work with competitive sailing, finding the right boat for your body type, finding the perfect sailing partner, and the importance of training, discussing her regimented training schedule that has allowed her to grasp a new style of sailing. Anna and her sailing partner John Gimson have been spending five hours on the

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water per day, training 300 days per year, in the lead up to their bid for the Olympics. The pair recently claimed a silver medal in the Nacra 17 class on the first day of medal racing at the Olympic test event in Enoshima, Japan in August. The pupils were also keen to know more about women in sport, how she got into sailing and the types of boats she has sailed in, while Anna shared her experiences of trying to find the edge that gets you to the top.

Sailing is part of the school curriculum at Lomond School as part of a focus on adventure, taught on its own fleet of dinghies and in partnership with RNCYC. Johanna Urquhart, Principal of Lomond School, said: “It was absolutely fantastic to have Anna back for the day, hearing first hand about her successes since leaving Lomond and what the future holds. “We wish Anna all the best and will be supporting her journey along the way.”

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Helensburgh is to get another food and drink outlet, but at the cost of losing its only remaining shoe shop. National chain Clarks announced that the Sinclair Street store is to close. Clarks has been a presence in the town since 1963, but will close at the turn of the year. The news comes after plans were submitted to Argyll and Bute Council to change the use of the premises from a retail to food and drink outlet. Proposals by the same applicants, Aspin Estates Limited, were approved by the local authority’s planning department three years ago, however, no work was ever carried out. A Clarks spokesperson said: “At Clarks, we continually review all of our stores to ensure that they

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are the right size and located in the right areas in order to provide the best possible offering and environment to our customers.

“Customers can continue to shop from our full range of products online and at our stores in and around Glasgow.”

“After careful consideration, we have decided not to renew the lease on our Helensburgh store, which will close in January 2020.

The Helensburgh store currently employs 11 members of staff. The news has been received with dismay on social media sites such as Helensburgh Community opinion.

“We have a strong duty of care to our employees and we are doing everything we can to minimise the impact on our colleagues. “All team members are being consulted with and we are exploring all avenues to find them suitable alternative roles at our other Clarks stores.

Helensburgh remain fortunate in that it has one of the lowest rates in Scotland at five per cent of empty shops, across Scotland it stands at 11 per cent. However while occupancy is better than a boarded up shop, it has been noted that, as elsewhere, quite a few are occupied by charities.

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

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

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Calendar of events Tuesday 1st Exhibition of Challenges 2019 Helensburgh Library Helensburgh Digital Photography Group are showcasing some of this year's submissions. All ages and abilities are welcome in the group. Runs until 31st

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

Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 1.30pm. Community Choir, dementia friendly. All welcome. Alison 01436 671613 Weekly

Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club

Tuesday 1st Veterans' Brunch Club

Gibson Hall, Garelochhead 11-1pm. £3.50 (free to Veterans and their family). Come and talk to other veterans over a meal. All welcome. 07541 777559 morevain@ksrht.org Also on 15th & 29th

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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

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Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 3-5pm. A free drop-in café for all school goers with toast, toppings, games, music and a quiet homework corner. familyministry@helensburghcos.org Weekly

Chanting & Meditation Class

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

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

Helensburgh Oratorio Choir

Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 7.30pm. New members are always welcome. kathryn_clark60@hotmail.com www.helensburghoratorio.co.uk Weekly

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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. TUE (1st, 22nd & 29th): Colgrain Community House: 9.45-11am, birth-5yrs; Cardross Library: 1.45-2.30pm, birth-5yrs. WED (2nd, 23rd & 30th): Victoria Halls: Fitness sessions, 1-1.45pm, 18mth-5yrs. THU: Helensburgh Library (3rd & 24th): 9.45-11.30am, birth-5yrs. Family Centre, Churchill Square (3rd, 24th & 31st): 1.452.30pm, birth-5yrs. FRI (4th & 25th): Centre 81, Garelochhead: 9.45-11am, birth-5yrs. MON (21st & 28th): Helensburgh Library: 9.45-11am, birth-5yrs. mail@funfirst.org.uk www.funfirst.org.uk www.facebook.com/funfirst1 Weekly (Term time only)

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

Kids Tennis Coaching Cardross Tennis Club Tots 2pm, P1/P2 3.30pm, P3-P5 4.15pm, P5-S4 5.15pm.. CTC offering FREE Primary School membership & new junior coaching classes. 07860482299 coaching@cardrosstennisclub.com

Wednesday Bridge Club Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 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 (Sept-May)

Cardross, Colgrain & Craigendoran Senior Citizens Association Cardross Parish Church Hall 2-4pm. Resumes meeting. Tea, chat, tabletop games and speakers. New members welcome. Fortnightly

Cove and Kilcreggan SWI Cove Burgh Hall 2pm. Guests welcome. WED 2nd: Visiting Friends talk. SAT 12th: 9am-12pm. Cake stall at Kilcreggan P.O. Cakes, jams and locally grown produce. Come early to avoid disappointment. 01436842358 janetatidswell@outlook.com (Sept-May)

1st Helensburgh Boys' Brigade Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 6.30pm. The new session has started at Boys' Brigade. Games, skills, badge work and trips out. For boys in P1 up to S6. Come along and give it a try. 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

Helensburgh & Lomond Fiddlers Cardross Church Hall 7.30pm. We play Scottish music for fun and perform at garden centres, care homes, fêtes and for ceilidhs and celebrations. All welcome. 07979 206 845 Weekly

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What's On Calendar | October 2019 Carer Support Group

Thursday 3rd Drop In Café

Dementia Resource Centre 10-4pm: Mon & Fri; 10-1pm: Tues, Wed & Thurs. Everyone is welcome to our community café. All proceeds go towards helping Alzheimer Scotland support people who are living with dementia. 01436 678050 Weekly

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

Dementia Resource Centre 7-9pm. For anyone who is caring for someone who has dementia. 01436 678050 First Thursday of every month

Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers Drama Workshop

Helensburgh & Lomond Carers Centre 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

Evening Meditation Class

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

Friday 4th Helensburgh Community Advertiser Big Bake Off

Book Group

Helensburgh Library 10-11.30am. Book group for Dementia sufferers and carers. 01436 658833 helensburghlibrary@liveargyll.co.uk Weekly

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

24-28 James Street, Helensburgh 12pm. The staff at the Helensburgh Community Advertiser will be holding their annual staff Big Bake Off. All cakes will be available to purchase in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. 01436 672424

Thursday Café

Infant Feeding Support Helensburgh Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 11am-12noon. We provide tea and coffee and there is a qualified NHStrained peer that attends each meeting. A chance for mums to get help, support or just a cuppa. 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

Greenock to Wemyss Bay 8.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. We walk from Overton Road and follow the Greenock Cut to Cornalees Visitor Centre where we continue along the Kelly Cut. At its end we walk through Kelly Glen to Wemyss Bay and return by train to Drumfrochar Station, Greenock. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

10th Anniversary Coffee Morning

Cardross Parish Church Halls 10-12pm. There will be a raffle, book stall and display of work. Entry by donation. 07745243171 robertandrebecca@hotmail.co.uk

Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra

St Michael's Church Hall 10-12pm. Players of all ages and levels are welcome to join us, we have vacancies in all sections. Come along and give it a go. We provide percussion instruments. 07976726822 Weekly

An Exhibition of Talents

St Michael and All Angels Church 10.30-4.30pm. An exhibition and sale of crafts and produce including needlework, artwork, woodwork, pottery, cakes, fruit and vegetables, photography, jams and preserves and many more. Entry £3, including light refreshments. 07870131506 john.hanks@talk21.com

Chair Yoga Classes

Cove Burgh Hall 1-2pm. £4, includes refreshments. For those not agile enough to enjoy a regular yoga class but who would like to experience the mental and physical benefits. Supported by Argyll & Bute Health and Wellbeing Network. No equipment necessary. 07799031649 Weekly

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

Cove & Kilcreggan Youth Café SAT: 2-5pm, for 9yrs and over. MON & THU: 6.30-8.30pm. Keep up to date with what’s going on. Facebook Cove and Kilcreggan Youth Café Weekly

Sunday 6th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh 8.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. This is a strenuous walk which involves exposed mountainous terrain and is not recommended for inexperienced hill walkers. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

Members Show Opening Helensburgh Art Hub 2pm. Includes work from our art class, life drawing class, children’s classes, the teenagers from Jigsaw, Cornerstone and the residents of Baxter View, Cornerstone. hello@helensburgharthub.com Runs until 31st

‘Drawn Marks’ Exhibition Preview Helensburgh Art Hub 2pm. Free bookable event. Please join us for the opening of Stephen Ratomski’s exhibition opening. Light refreshments available upon arrival. hello@helensburgharthub.com

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

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Victoria Halls 2-3pm. A chair-based exercise class aimed at improving muscular strength around the joints and improving balance. 01436 672224 Weekly – Also on Mondays

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Rhu & Shandon Community Hall 2pm. A small and friendly group to help and encourage in the art of writing. All welcome. FRI 4th: Members reading of their own work and contributions on the craft of writing. FRI 11th: Autumn theme of poetry, an article or reflection. FRI 18th: Members writing of their own work. Discussion of members writing experiences. FRI 25th: Halloween theme in fiction or poetry. 07580 557535 Weekly

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Art Class Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 2-4pm. All Media. 01436 675741 Weekly

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

Yoga Class

Monday 7th 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

U3A Monthly Meeting Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 2pm. This month the speaker is Hunterian Museum - Speaker, Mungo Campbell. u3asites.org.uk/helensburgh/events

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

Macmillan Drop-in

Helensburgh Library 1-3pm. Providing info and support for people affected by cancer. Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service. 01586 555932 macmillan@argyll-bute.gov.uk Weekly

Monday Bridge Club

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 1-4pm. Intermediate. Warm welcome to new members. Kay 01436 676718 / John 01436 82851 Weekly (Sept-May)

Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 3-4pm. New members welcome. Please contact Jane with any questions. 0796 3936 780 jane.tait@ntlworld.com Weekly

Cove & Kilcreggan Literary Society

Cove Burgh Hall 8pm. Come along and join the Society for the season, only £15. Visitors £2 per evening. MON 7th: Edith Cavell by the Rev'd Dom Ind, St Michael and All Angels, Helensburgh. MON 14th: Coats and Clark, Binding Threads by Valerie Reilly, former Curator of Textiles at Paisley Museum. MON 21st: Rembrandt: the Year of the Artist, by Ailsa Turner. MON 28th: The History and Future Prospects of Outdoor Education in Western Scotland, by Phil Thompson. contact@covekilcregganlitsoc.org www.covekilcregganlitsoc.org Weekly (Oct-Mar)

Helensburgh Widows & Widowers Group

Northwood House Nursing Home 7.15pm. £3 entry. Tea and biscuits. New members welcome. 01436 674089 Weekly

Dance Scottish Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 8pm. We provide classes in traditional Scottish Dance. Come on your own or with a partner. All abilities welcome. Experienced, qualified dance teachers. 07768405120 roy.bain@btinternet.com Weekly

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Tuesday 8th Explore the World on your Doorstep

Gibson Hall, Garelochhead 11am. Join Garelochhead Station Trust on a free health walk around the local area. All walks start at Gibson Hall, transport provided. Dogs welcome. TUE 8th: Helensburgh. TUE 22nd: Balloch. Charlotte 07554 417643 Morevain 07541 777559

Helensburgh Flower Club

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 2pm. Our demonstrator this month is Mrs Liz Bishop from Sheffield with ‘Autumn on Your Door’. Our annual open competition for the Con Roberts Memorial Trophy theme is ‘Addicted to Autumn’. All members and visitors welcome. helensburghflowerclub@gmail.com Second Tuesday of every month

Save the Children Bridge Drive

Helensburgh Bowling Club 7.30pm. Cost is £40/table. Call Diana Macintosh if you are interested in coming along. 01436 675767

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Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 7.30pm. Stan Da Prato from East Lothian, a professional gardener of the old school will discuss ‘Crimes behind the compost heap’. All welcome. 07808 580866

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Rhu Hall 7.30pm. The papers for the meeting will be posted on the website. www.rhuandshandoncommunity.org

Gibson Hall, Garelochhead 2pm. Textiles in the Vale with guest speaker David Harvie. Competitions are chocolate beetroot cake and old jewellery. There will also be Christmas sale tables. dot-tom@hotmail.co.uk

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 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

Meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council

Dementia Resource Centre 7-9pm. For anyone who is caring for someone who has Frontotemporal Dementia. 01436 678050 Second Thursday of every month

Friday 11th Legal Advice for Carers

Helensburgh & Lomond Carers SCIO Centre 10-1pm. A Senior Solicitor from Blackadders Solicitors will be available to answer questions on any legal concerns. Specialist areas are: Guardianship, POA and advice on Wills. Booking required. 01436 673444 Second Friday of every month

Saturday 12th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers

Ben A’an 9am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. We follow a path to the summit which climbs steeply, through woods and open hillside. We return on a boggy path north from the summit and then west down to the track at Loch Katrine. We follow this to the pier and then by minor road back to the start point. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

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Helensburgh & Lomond Civic Centre Café 10-2pm. Time to enjoy a coffee and start the Christmas shopping.

Helensburgh U.R.C. 10-12pm. Entry £3, includes coffee/tea & cake. Bric a brac and books on sale. All proceeds to church funds. 01436 672352

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What's On Calendar | October 2019 Wednesday 16th Golden Time Café

Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 10-12.30pm. Adults: £2.50, Children: 50p. Tea, coffee, scones, and home baking, stalls, chocolate tombola, children's games/activities, bric a brac, books, art and silent auction. 01436 821011

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

Afternoon Tea and Handbag Sale Cove Burgh Hall 2pm. Tickets £5.00. Craigrownie Parish Church is holding an Afternoon Tea and Handbag Sale. Raffle available. All proceeds to Church Funds.

Fiddler's Rally

St Modans Church, Rosneath 7pm. Entry £3.00 including tea/coffee and home baking at interval, payable at door. Friends of St Modan's welcome Bearsden Fiddlers for an evening of music. 01436831454

Sunday 13th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers

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

Bethesda Christian Fellowship 10.30-12pm. A community café 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

The Tower Digital, Helensburgh Doors 6.45pm. Tickets £12, £5 (students), £1 (under 18’s). The Primrose Piano Quartet presents a programme of chamber music. Tickets can be purchased at the venue in advance, by phone or online. 01436 645006 www.helensburghmusicsociety.org.uk

RSPB Local Group Meeting

Movie Night for Youth and Families

The Guide Hall, John Street 7.30pm. The Firth of Clyde Marine Plan, a talk by Rebecca Crawford about the Marine plan being developed by the Clyde Marine Partnership & how it will affect the flora & fauna & how people can be involved. laighfield@gmail.com

Thursday 17th Hermitage Park Action Day

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

Friday 18th

Helensburgh Swimming Pool 8am. An outing to the Loch Leven RSPB Reserve & the Fife area to look for geese & other wildfowl. Dress for the outdoors & bring a packed lunch & drink. laighfield@gmail.com

M & Co Shop, Sinclair Street 7pm. Adults: £5, Child: £2.50, includes light refreshments. All money raised goes to Christian Aid. Autumn and winter fashion for women, men, and children. Tickets available at M&Co shop and Helensburgh Parish Church Office. 014336 679565 reclyffe_lambert@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 26th A Witchy Walk

Geilston Garden, Cardross 4.30-6.30pm. Grab your torches and come along for a witchy walk with the walking theatre company. Suitable for all ages with a prize for the best dressed. Tickets available online. 01389849187 www.nts.org.uk

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Saturday 19th RSPB Local Group Outing

Thursday 24th

Cove Burgh Hall 7.30pm. Fibres is a big-hearted and laugh out loud play about what it means to entwine our lives with another, in sickness and in health. A story told by four characters who show a very Glaswegian resilience and wit. coveburghhall.org.uk

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

Church Halls, Colquhoun Square 10.30am. Visit to the Scottish Association for Marine Science near Oban. Open to all U3A members. Visit U3A website for more details. https://u3asites.org.uk/helensburgh/ page/91727

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 Third Sunday of every month

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The Bridge, Helensburgh Parish Church 7pm. Saturday Movie Night for children, families & young teens -free popcorn. All welcome, adults can stay or leave the children. (Leaders have PVG). 07930114239 familyministry@helensburghcos.org

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The Bridge, Helensburgh Parish Church 10.30-3pm. Come along and meet our talented local crafters and buy something unique and handmade. There will be a pop up tearoom and raffle board to raise money for Robin House in Balloch. 01436 268160 hlaa.web@gmail.com

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11-3pm. Bring your little witches or wizards to our ghostly garden and follow the spooky trail. £2 per child plus normal admission price for non-NTS members. 01389849187 www.nts.org.uk Also on 27th

9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Strenuous walk and is not recommended for inexperienced hill walkers. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953 mather.joyce@gmail.com

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Thursday 24th Free Cataract 1-2-1 Nuffield Health Glasgow Hospital, Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow G12 0PJ 9-10am. Are you suffering from cataracts or like to explore further options for treatment? Come along to our free ten minute 1-2-1 appointment.

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

Wednesday 30th Free Foot & Ankle Information Event

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

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Wednesday 30th Dog Day

Looking After Our World – For Families United Reformed Church, Helensburgh 2-4pm. Free. Activities to share how we can care for our world, making things from recycled materials, craft and stories for children 0-11yrs, parents and carers. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Includes refreshments, sandwiches and cakes. 01436 679565 reclyffe_lambert@yahoo.co.uk

Friday 25th Ceilidh Dance Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel 8pm-Midnight. Helensburgh & District Highland Association regular monthly dance, visit the website for more information. Members: £8, Visitors: £10, Children: half price. All welcome! 01389 756996 ra.r@blueyonder.co.uk www.helensburghhighlandassociation.org Last Friday of every month

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

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

Thursday 31st Halloween Party

Sunday 27th

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 10-11.30am. There will be Fun Activities including Games, Crafts, Home Baking and Prizes as well as our Fun First FunTime session. Tickets can be purchased at any Fun First Session or can be purchased at the party. mail@funfirst.org.uk www.funfirst.org.uk www.facebook.com/funfirst1

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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 every month

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

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40’s Style Tea Dance Gibson Hall, Garelochhead 2-5pm. Tickets £8. Come along and join Garelochhead Station Trust for some tea and a dance. Music by The Gershwin Gang. Includes Afternoon Tea.

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LITERARY LIFE CONTINUES TO FLOURISH The Cove and Kilcreggan Literary Society has a new season of talks ready for the new season which starts this month. Society members on an outing to explore the story of Scottish fruit wine

A brief sampling of talks after Christmas brings a first-hand account of groundbreaking work on protein structures by Neil Isaacs, a one time member of the team of Dorothy Hodgkin, with Crystallography and the Structures of Proteins. Looking towards the end of the season, it completes with, among other topics, Gareloch Class Yachts 1924-2020, Poetic Injustice – Life Springs and Neaps, and Life in a Cambodian Hospital. With these talks and more, a total of 18 over the season and a Christmas social event, the £15 membership for 2019-2020 represents great value. Visitors are very welcome at £2 per evening.

The Society will recollect the textile history of Paisley the following week, with Coats and Clark Binding Threads by Valerie Reilly, former Curator of Textiles at Paisley Museum.

It covers a wide range of social, scientific and cultural topics. The aim of the Society founded in 1947 is to:” Bring the world to the Rosneath Peninsula.” The eclectic mix of illustrated talks starting on Monday 7th October and running through to March lives up to that. The first talk is by the Rev'd. Dom Ind on the celebrated British nurse of the First World War, Edith Cavell.

Writing a novel will be illuminated in November by Mary Irvine with My Greek Love Affair, and as Christmas approaches The Story of Stirling Gin is described by founder June McCann.

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ELTON TO COURT INTRIGUE AT COVE Dramas ranging from 18th century court intrigue to the story of Elton John will feature in Cove and Kilcreggan Film Society’s 2019-20 season.

That is followed on November 28 by Stan and Ollie, with Steve Coogan and John C Reilly starring in the story of the world’s most famous comedy duo.

Craighelen Tennis and Squash club has undergone a major refurbishment. The popular club’s squash court has just had a £20,000 upgrade including brand new plaster walls, new floors and glass doors. The refurb has just been completed and the club is now welcoming new members. Club nights are on Friday between 17.30 and 19.30 and juniors on Saturday morning 10.00 to 11.00. The club say: ”We provide tennis, squash, and racketball in a busy and friendly clubhouse setting, including a bar, bigscreen TV and pool table.”

The first film in November is the multiple Oscar-winning Green Book, Peter Farrelly’s biographical comedy-drama inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali) and Italian American bouncer Frank ‘Tony Lip’ Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard.

New film schedule at Cove Burgh Hall

Ten films are scheduled for Cove Burgh Hall on Thursday evenings, as well as two Saturday matinees for children. Starting the season on October 10 is Rocketman, the 2019 musical biopic starring Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Richard Madden which is being tipped as a front-runner in the Oscars. Doors open for all screenings in

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The Christmas film on December 12 has not yet been confirmed, but the new year will open on January 9 with The Favourite – nominated for ten Oscars, it stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in a tale of intrigue and love at the court of Queen Anne. The CA will publish details of the rest of the films in the new season in What’s On. Stars include Kate Winslet, Julie Walters and Robert Redford. Saturday cinema screenings for children are scheduled for October 19 and January 18.

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

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

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GARELOCHH E A D Anchor Inn Rosslyn Building, 01436 810 404 l Live music

H ELENS BU RGH Ashton 74 West Princes St, 01436 675900 l Live music l Live sport

The Argyll Bar 67 East Clyde St, 01436 673847 l MON: Quiz night l WED: Poker night l THU: Bingo night l FRI: Karaoke l SAT: Djs l Live sport l Live music

KILC R E GGA N The Creggans Princes Terrace, Shore Road, 01436 842700 l THU: Free Pool l Live music

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Argyll and Bute Council is asking residents to help form the area's Community Food Growing Strategy.

LiveArgyll, the charitable trust charged with the management of Argyll and Bute health and wellbeing, has put out a call for new volunteers.

It recognises that there are a number of good community food growing facilities already in place in the area and the strategy will help inform how it can support and facilitate further activity. The council would like to hear from those who already grow their own fruit and vegetables, as well as those who do not but would like to give it a try. The Community Food Growing Strategy Consultation is on www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ abCGS. This consultation is open until Monday 7th October 2019 and should take 5 minutes to complete.

Thursday 3rd Garelochhead Senior Citizens Gibson Hall, Garelochhead 2pm. Tea, chat, raffle and speakers. New members welcome. Evelyn 07851 199926 Also on 17th

Thursday 10th Helensburgh Art Club Meeting Sailing Club, Helensburgh 7.30pm. Greer Ralston will be giving a demonstration of 'Upscale floral painting'. New members welcome. www.helensburghartclub.co.uk

LiveArgyll will have a new system in place both online and in person at its halls, gyms and libraries to facilitate applications for any volunteer post. The positions include: sports coach and assistant sports coach, which will see volunteers working with children and young people for half an hour at a time; swimming and fitness programme volunteers, which helps foster a lifelong skill and love of fitness and swimming; Reading Buddies, who will help both children and adults fall in love with books; Tech Buddies will teach PC and internet skills to those less technologically confident;

Bookbug volunteers to deliver the national programme of song and rhyme to the youngest members of our communities; homebound volunteers bring the joy of reading to someone who cannot leave the house; events, halls and theatres volunteers can build valuable experience and gain technical knowledge that translates directly to careers in creative industries; and museums and archives assistants, who will be responsible for preserving the history and culture of Argyll and Bute. Contact LiveArgyll by emailing volunteering@liveargyll.co.uk, or pop in to one of our libraries or leisure facilities.

Monday 14th Millig SWI Brownie Hall, Helensburgh 7.30pm. Talk on "Living in Greece". Competitions: "Button Picture (sewn)," and/or "3 Shrewbury Biscuits." All Welcome. 07930156225

Saturday 26th Macmillan Coffee Morning Bethesda Christian Fellowship 10.30-12.30pm. Teas, coffees, home bakes and socialising with funds going to Macmillan Cancer Care. 07581570090 or 07854262255 www.bethesdachristianfellowship.org.uk

Sunday 27th Jazz at La Jupe La Jupe Wine Bar, Helensburgh 3pm. Live jazz at La Jupe with the Brodie Jarvie Trio. Contact us to reserve a table. 01436268819 lajupewinebar@gmail.com

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NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR TOWN EDITOR NICK STEPS Helensburgh now has 32 more affordable homes thanks to the redevelopment of the former Ministry of Defence properties in Jutland Court. Jackie Baillie MSP marked the official opening of the Castle Wood Court development. The Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) development sees 32 properties available for rent, offering a mixture of single bedroom to four bedroom terraced houses and flats. Helensburgh based company Callum Williamson Builders completed the construction of the £5 million project, which began in May 2017. ACHA chief executive Alastair MacGregor said: “This is a proud day for the association turning what was a derelict site in the centre of Helensburgh into 32 much needed homes.” Ms Baillie added: “I am delighted to see 32 new homes built in Helensburgh.

After 14 years, 168 editions and more than 700,000 words, the editor of your Helensburgh community magazine is finally retiring.

“There is a clear need for more housing in the area and the bonus is that these homes are suitable for individuals and families. “I want to congratulate ACHA for all their hard work in providing new homes for our local community.” Alongside the official opening a commemorative bench was unveiled in tribute to the late Danny Kelly, who died in June of this year aged 77. He was a passionate advocate for affordable housing and visited the development to view progress prior to his death.

ever told me to stop, so I kept on writing.”

Nick Cowie became writer of the now longstanding publication on only its second edition. He had already enjoyed a successful career, first as a trainee journalist with the Daily Mirror and then as a TV reporter and editor with BBC Scotland. He retired from full-time office work in his early 50s and continued to work freelance as a journalist and in public relations, while also running his own media training company. In 2005, he agreed with the Helensburgh & Lomond Community Advertiser owners that he would “look after the new magazine for a few months.” He added: “No one

As Nick steps down from the role this month, he said: “Back in 2005, the Community Advertiser was one job in a portfolio of freelance work. I never expected to be still doing it at the age of 72, but one edition led to another and suddenly 14 years had passed.  “In that time the Community Advertiser has become a major local success story and it has been a joy to play a part in that. However, it is always best to leave a good party before they chuck you out, so I'm hanging up my pen and wish it continued success.” Nick, who lives with his wife Janet in Shandon, says he will miss the local reporting. He adds: “I enjoy the mechanism of sitting down and writing news stories. I like the craft of reporting and being the first to find out a piece of news and turning that into

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HELENSBURGH NETBALL CLUB CELEBRATES GOLD THISTLE MARK AWARD Helensburgh Netball Club is today celebrating its 2nd Gold Thistle Mark Award from Netball Scotland. This Award is only held by three other Clubs across the whole of Scotland with another 38 netball clubs achieving Bronze or Silver Level. The Thistle Mark recognises and rewards ambitious clubs that have a clear progressive pathway for developing players within the sport.

a report for others to read. But now I will have more time on the golf course, playing my guitars, being with my family and taking holidays. It’s the right time to go.” One of the advertiser’s owners, Stuart Mainland, says: “We’ve been hugely grateful to Nick for all his work and dedication over the years. It has been a pleasure to work with him for so long. We are very sad to see him go but we wish him all the very best with his rather belated retirement.”

Chair, Emma Frizzle comments “Helensburgh Netball Club have worked hard over the years to establish itself as a “club for its members” and has adopted a professional approach to all its activities. We are delighted that this approach has been acknowledged by Netball Scotland and proud of our achievement” The Club uses strong Governance to guide its activities and the Committee meet regularly to plan and deliver clearly outlined objectives which reflect the constitution and ethos of HNC.

Some committee members and club volunteers of the Helensburgh Netball Team

Helensburgh continues to meet its goal of “encouraging the participation of more young adults/women into netball and supporting skills development for players; coaches, umpires and volunteers”. It currently has over 50 members playing at recreational and competitive level and understands the

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FIX MIX THE HITS A Helensburgh and Lomond Carers fundraiser in aid of Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers will feature top tribute act Little Fix.

CANCER RESEARCH SHOP IS TOP FUNDRAISER Cancer Research UK Helensburgh shop is again the number one fundraiser nationally. It has raised over £9,000 in the last few weeks, after organising some successful events. Commodore was a sell out and included a buffet donated by 16 local restaurants and coffee shops in the town. Plus DJ Stewart Maule, a quiz, photo booth and a raffle.

Little Fix are the most accurate tribute to girl super group Little Mix on the market and were awarded Best Tribute Act 2018. On Friday 22nd November 2019 Little Fix will be performing some of their best hits in Helensburgh’s very own theatre, Victoria Halls from 6pm. Tickets are on sale now and available from Helensburgh and Lomond Carers Centre. There will be a limited amount of tickets available on a first come first serve basis. For any information or to purchase your ticket call 01436 670555.

The ghost busters of Glasgow will be in town

And there’s more to come. This month the Grand Finale of their fundraising efforts will be the annual “Spooktacular Event”, which will be held in store and around the town on Sat 26th Oct 10am to 4pm.

as always, by the fantastic pupils from Lomond School. From selling spooky cakes to acting as live mannequins in our shop window, and cavorting around the streets dressed in all manner of costume with collection buckets.”

This year the “Ghostbusters Of Glasgow“ will be taking over the town and supporting their efforts. Organiser Alison Sturgeon says: “We are also being joined

So far £6000 came from their SU2C Family Festival and a second major event ‘The Grease/Dirty Dancing Ladies Night’ pulled in another £2000. The event at the

Stand Up To Cancer aims to speed up life-saving cancer research by taking developments in the lab and accelerating them into brand new tests and treatments for cancer patients who need them. So it has set an ambitious target to ensure 3 in 4 people in the UK survive their cancer by 2034 For more info please like them on fb @HburghSu2C, follow on twitter #crukhelensburghshop or pop into their shop at 2 Sinclair St. and ask for Alison or Mark. Any donations of baking for Saturday 26th Oct would be much appreciated. If anyone is interested in fundraising for Cancer Research UK, please let them know, so that they can support your efforts.

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MACMILLAN NEEDS YOUR HELP With the help of LiveArgyll, Macmillan Cancer Support the UK-wide charity that offers comfort and practical help to people dealing with cancer is looking for volunteers. As the charitable trust in charge of managing Argyll and Bute’s libraries and leisure services, LiveArgyll is excellently placed to help volunteers find their niche within Macmillan. There are dedicated Macmillan spaces in all LiveArgyll libraries, and drop-in support sessions are run by volunteers at both Helensburgh and Dunoon Libraries. The Move More initiative is a programme to introduce people with cancer to take part in an exercise that is suitable for them. This may have benefits such as increased energy and reduced fatigue. Organisers say: “We need

volunteers to help run our walking, gardening and gentle movement classes in all areas of Argyll and Bute. With the support of the community of Argyll and Bute, and through selfless dedication from volunteers, Macmillan and LiveArgyll can help navigate the scary world of cancer to people going through crisis.” Those who are able to dedicate some time to helping others via Macmillan, whether it is a few days a week or a few minutes, regularly or as part of a one-off event, are encouraged to get in touch with the LiveArgyll Macmillan volunteering coordinator, Mahailia Scott by emailing mahailia.scott@ liveargyll.co.uk.

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We are delighted to announce that due to continued growth, Floorplan has moved to a larger showroom. Our new showroom is at

21-23 East King Street We look forward to welcoming existing and new customers with exciting new products and offers.

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