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Graffiti Plan for Hermitage Park ........ 3 Could you Give a Child a Home? ........ 4 Real Ale Festival .................................... 5 Vision Research Needs More Input .... 6 Best Gig on Loch Long ......................... 7 Aims for Ownership of Woods ........... 8 Weir Back with the Fertiliser ............ 10 Countryfile Featured Gareloch GDA .... 11 House Prices Drop .............................. 12 Steamer Terminal Site for Sale ......... 12 Late News ........................................... 12 “Red Brick” Care Home Planned ..... 14 What’s Up Doc ................................... 14 Submariners Set for Atlantic Row .... 17 Support Groups ................................. 17 Wedding Feature ....................... 18&19 Pupils Passes Praised .......................... 20 Legal Matters ..................................... 20 What’s On Calendar ................ 21-26 Walks will Interpret Local History .... 27 Capture Garden Glory ....................... 28 Nightlife .............................................. 30 Council Acts to Prevent Potholes ..... K13 Plinth to be Inaugurated .......... Community Chest Winners ............... Advertisers Index ...............................

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GRAFFITI SPACE PLAN FOR HERMITAGE PARK The Friends of Hermitage Park are looking into creating a dedicated graffiti space in the park. The park has been blighted with vandalism and graffiti has appeared on many of the new fittings. Now the aim is to tap into the artistic talent which can often be displayed in graffiti and while not a done deal and still needing Council approval, a plan to encourage graffiti, but in a controlled way has been researched with a leading graffiti artist. Following on from conversations with the young people who hang out in the park to find out what kind of facilities and activities they would like, and what they think needs to be done to stop the vandalism, the Friends met Gaz Mac, the founder of SWG3

Yardworks at the old galvanisers yard in Partick. The Friends say, “It was fascinating looking at the graffiti in the park with Gaz and how much he could tell about who was doing it just from the style of the tags (names).”

to gather more information and develop some proposals to discuss with the Council and hope to gain approval to take a graffiti art project forward.

The Friends said, “We are of course upset to see the new benches, Gaz, who The Scotsman described as interpretation panels and even trees and paths being defaced by silly the Elder Statesman of the Scottish graffiti tags. It is not the right place graffiti scene, has undertaken a for it and it is ruining the enjoyment lot of projects with young people of the park by others.” encouraging their creativity and turning what many would consider Their aim, to start a graffiti project an eyesore into an art form. to provide training to the youths to help them create skilled artworks The Friends are now planning a in dedicated spaces, might be the follow-up visit to SWG3 Yardworks

answer to stopping what is currently vandalism. The hope is that such a graffiti project will create something interesting and attractive that the young people would be proud of, and might also help them feel more included in the park. Adds the Friend’s spokesperson: “We appreciate this might be a bit contentious but the research we have so far suggests it would be a positive way to turn what is currently a problem into something creative and which provides opportunities for young people.”

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THE 18TH COVE AND KILCREGGAN REAL ALE FESTIVAL To celebrate its coming of age the 18th Cove and Kilcreggan Real Ale Festival is staying in Scotland and will be offering a highland fling of mountainous beers and ales. Gathered from breweries across hill and glen thirsty drinkers are welcome to sample the selection of eighteen ales as well as six ciders, ranging from sweet to dry. Good ales go with good food, and this year due to the renovation work going on at the Hall they have enlisted the help of the folk behind the award winning Lost Bothy serving Scottish Street Food, they are putting together a mouth-watering menu to accompany the fine ales on offer. They have fed many a hungry mouth at events such as The Scottish Open and the Edinburgh Festival.


of Festival favourites, The Midgierakers and Robert Ryan and this year there will be two further live acts, from Balloch, Joe Quinn, and a fine new local band with some familiar faces in The Windjammers.


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VISION RESEARCH NEEDS MORE INPUT In our June edition we reported on the Vision for Helensburgh project, supported by Helensburgh Community Council which is gathering the views of Helensburgh residents and visitors. The organisers report that despite a high degree of “consultation fatigue,” already a coherent and consistent set of views is beginning to emerge, but more input is needed. A number of responses have highlighted the pier and the future development of the waterfront as important aspects of a vision for Helensburgh.

and a selection will be exhibited at a public event when the information-gathering phase is completed. Norman McNally who is heading the project said: “Despite being knocked back in our bid for external funding, we are continuing our efforts in gathering more opinions.

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A ballot is to be sent to eligible voters within the area surrounding Castle Woods and Cumberland Avenue asking if they support taking two sites into community ownership. In June The Helensburgh Community Woodlands Group offered the owners the current market price of £100,000 for Castle Woods and £45,000 for the Cumberland Avenue site. The offer was rejected, but as it is now possible to buy neglected land through a compulsory purchase order, the Woodlands Group has started down this route. The Group say that while Helensburgh is generally considered to be a green town because of its many gardens, its tree-lined streets and its park, a glance at the map shows just how few green spaces there are where people can relax, walk or hold events. The Group say: “To help remedy this, and for some years now, the aim has been to buy the neglected land at Castle Woods between Rhu Road Higher and Ardencaple Quadrant and the damaged site at Cumberland Avenue.” The two parcels of land have been designated by the Council

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WEIR BACK WITH THE FERTILISER Local writer David Weir is back into print with a newspaper taking another sideways look at Helensburgh and it’s people, this time to raise funds for cancer charities. Inside the cover of the Helensburgh Fertiliser readers will find out about the new floating prison destined for Helensburgh pier, the new club for swinging elderly singles, “Swingles”, what Hill House will look like when they remove the cover and the amalgamation of every school in Argyll into one unit. Argyll and Bute Citizens Advice Bureau is looking for Volunteer Advisers in Helensburgh

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TEAM Experienced Journalist Your Community Advertiser is looking for a freelance journalist to join the team. The position is part-time and monthly and would suit an already established freelance writer. The right person should live in Helensburgh and Lomond, and they must be well-placed to find out about great stories, especially good news articles about people, groups, clubs and businesses.

David admits to the CA : “Never say never, those are the words that should have emanated from the mouth of the lovely old man who brought the world both “The Clyper” and “Bravefart”. “But now he’s at it again with a fun-filled, action-packed newspaper, “The Helensburgh Fertiliser”, all proceeds from which will go to two wonderful cancer charities, Beatson Cancer Charity and The Ann Edgar Trust.”


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COUNTRYFILE FEATURED GARELOCH GDA A recent episode of BBC Countryfile featured the work of Riding for the Disabled at its 50th anniversary gathering and our local group was there in force. Based near Helensburgh, everything they do is made possible by their volunteers, riders and of course, the horses that make up Gareloch Riding for the Disabled group. The programme highlighted the group’s latest venture, carriage driving. Following months of fundraising, as well as extensive training with the carriage team and Bobbie, the pony, they opened up the new activity to volunteers and riders alike in 2019. Their riders continued to achieve incredible things throughout the year. From Scottish competitions to the Riding for the Disabled Association to National Competitions, they continued to have riders qualifying and riding to the best of their abilities.

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For those that didn’t compete many riders earned certificates in their horse care and riding proficiency levels. The number of volunteers has continued to grow and learn and as we reported in the CA, this culminated in being awarded the Argyll and Bute TSI Volunteer of the Year Organisation of the Year award. Numerous members of the volunteer community have taken on new challenges including carriage driving exams as well as undertaking coaching qualifications. A spokesman said: “None of the above could ever happen without the local community



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September 2019 | Local News


STEAMER TERMINAL SITE FOR SALE Late News The site of the former railway station and steamer terminal at the east end of Helensburgh has been put up for sale. The land at Craigendoran, extending to approximately seven acres, is being marketed by local estate agents Clyde Property.

The average price for property in Helensburgh stood at £221,833 in August 2019. This is a fall of 0.77% in the last three months (since May 2019) and fall of 6.23% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Helensburgh sold for an average of £135,097 and terraced houses for £151,583. Three bedroom houses sell for around £200,00. This is according to the current Zoopla estimates. There were 324 sales over the past 12 months. It took on average 110 days to sell a one bed flat down to between 70 to 85 days for traditional four and five bedroom properties, which continue to be in short supply.

An adjacent site immediately to the west received planning permission earlier this year for a B&B and kayak centre, despite opposition from nearby residents and Helensburgh Community Council. The Clyde Property brochure states: “The site is completely unique due to its stunning waterfront location, is totally level and commands stunning views to the south, west and east over the water across to Greenock.

“The site is identified within the Helensburgh-Craigendoran 'Area for Action' which suggests that the council will support recreational/tourist development within the broader area.” Craigendoran's pier, and adjacent railway terminal, was formerly a major hub for Clyde steamer services. The pier was opened in 1882, and was the home base for the paddle steamer Waverley when it entered service in 1947, but the facility was closed in 1972 after years of decline. The site was once a major steamer terminal

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September 2019 | What's Up Doc?

“RED BRICK” CARE HOME PLANNED What's Up Doc? with Dr Nick Dunn

This month: HERD INSTINCT… Care home plans face objections

Plans for a care home next to Hermitage Park in Helensburgh have faced fresh criticism in a council report. But planners say the large new care home in Helensburgh’s conservation area should be approved – despite public opposition. A report says: “It is considered that the use, scale, design and materials of the proposed development are acceptable in terms of land use policies and consistent with the surrounding settlement character.” Simply UK withdrew a previous application to develop the site but within days lodged a new, revised set of proposals for a four-storey care home on the site. An earlier environmental report had stated that the red brick finish was unsuitable for the parkland

setting. Neighbouring residents have also objected to the council. Historic Environment Scotland’s professional assessment was that while being some distance away from the Park’s war memorial the current massing, scale and height would have an impact. The council’s impact report also added: “The red brick is not considered to be suitable for the parkland setting as it would neither integrate harmoniously nor make a high quality contemporary statement. “However, if consent were granted then samples should be submitted for all materials as well as details of the proposed windows.”


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SUBMARINERS SET FOR ATLANTIC ROW Four submariners will be rowing across the Atlantic for charity at the end of this year. Dubbed HMS Oardacious, they'll be racing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

“We have also been bulking-up,

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Their 1.5 ton Rannoch R45 boat, which will be their home during the month-long voyage has now been launched, at HM Naval Base Clyde.

Lieutenant Mitchell-Heggs said: “Up to now we have been concentrating on brushing-up on our seamanship skills, conducting Royal Yachting Association training, survival courses and first-aid.

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The hardy submariners have been preparing for the expedition for the past nine months, getting themselves in peak physical and mental shape for the epic challenge.

The team of serving crew members on Vanguard and Astute class submarines is led by Lieutenant Hugo MitchellHeggs, with Lt Callum Fraser, Petty Officer Dylan Woods and engineering technician Matthew Harvey. They aim to raise about £100,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

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HMS Oardacious takes to the water

using the rowing machine for as long as possible each day and powerlifting and lifting weights.

will row some 3,000 miles to the finish point at Antigua’s Nelson’s Dockyard.

“Recovery is also important and so we’ve been introduced to yoga which has really helped.”

The Royal Navy rowers will take it in turns, rowing for two hours and sleeping for two hours, 24-hours a day for around a month.

The submariners have been testing the boat’s capabilities, eating and sleeping in the craft as they made their way around sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland. The Talisker Whisky Challenge is the world’s toughest unsupported rowing race. Setting off from the Canary Islands, the participants

The challenge will get underway in December, with HMS Oardacious hoping to raise over £100,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity to help develop a project supporting mental health and resilience in the submarine service.

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Helensburgh & Lomond Carers SCIO Info, advice and support for those looking after family members or friends. 29 Lomond St. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Call Lynn or Christine on 01436 673444

Helensburgh & Lomond Young Carers Info, advice and support for young people aged 5-24 yrs who have a caring responsibility. Call Pam, Ashley or Steven on 01436 670555

Dementia Resource Centre Information, advice and support for anyone who has been affected by dementia. Open Monday to Friday 10am–4pm. 23-25 West Princes Street, Helensburgh. Tel: 01436 678050

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


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

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September 2019 | Legal Matters


Legal Matters

Praise has been heaped on school pupils in Helensburgh and Lomond after exam results were revealed last month. Argyll and Bute Council said ‘the majority’ of pupils across the area had gained the qualifications they were hoping for from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.


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

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

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

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Executing a pre-nuptial agreement before entering a marriage is becoming increasingly common; and quite rightly so.

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



Yvonne McNeilly, the council’s policy lead for education, said: “I would like to thank them for all their hard work.”

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




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September 2019 | What's On Calendar

Calendar of events Sunday Meditation Class

Sunday 1st Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers

Beinn Bhreac (Cashel - Loch Lomond) 8.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Strenuous walk which involves exposed mountainous terrain and is not recommended for inexperienced hill walkers. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953

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

Helensburgh Amateur Swimming Club

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

Monday 2nd Tai Chi Class

Sunday 1st

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 Weekly

Family Activities

U3A Monthly Meeting

Rhu Hall 2-4pm. Drop-in afternoon with a range of children’s games to play, bird feeders to make, our new table-tennis table to practice on and several of the current hall users in attendance to show what is available in Rhu, including badminton. Tea, coffee and cakes. Come and see what everyone gets up to and love your hall.

Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 2pm. This month the speaker is Patrick Murray giving a presentation on "The Crazy Years – Paris in the twenties".

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! 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 Weekly

Karate Club MONDAY & THURSDAY: 6:30pm

Enrollment Classes start Monday 9th September Beginners & Advanced Classes, Hermitage Dance Studio Instructors Neil Gow 5th Dan JKA • Stephan Vernon 4th Dan JKA

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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 Also on 17th

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 Weekly

Monday Bridge Club

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 1-4pm. Intermediate. Warm welcome to new members. 01436 67 67 18 Weekly (Sept-May)

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

Art Class

Cove and Kilcreggan Stay and Play

Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 2-4pm. All Media. 01436 675741 Weekly Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 3-4pm. New members welcome. Please contact Jane with any questions. 0796 3936 780 Weekly

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

Helensburgh Widows & Widowers Group

Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club

Yoga Class

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

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Tuesday 3rd

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 Weekly

Victoria Halls 1.30pm. A friendly and informal club for intermediate players. No partners are required. 01436 673362 Weekly

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

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Swedish Massage

The Bridge, Helensburgh Parish Church 3-5pm. Free Toast and toppings for all school goers. Eat, chat, chill or get some work done in our dedicated homework corner! 07930114239 Weekly

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What's On Calendar | September 2019 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). Weekly

Eva Cassidy – The Story

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 7.30-10pm. Tickets £14 + £1 booking fee. Presented by Elsa McTaggart, Acc: Piano by Mr Lister.

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. Tea & coffee. Suggested donation £2. 01436 678050

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

Cove and Kilcreggan SWI

Cove Burgh Hall 2pm. Our first meeting of the season. Guests welcome. WED 4th: Vintage Fashion Show By Yvie of Kilcreggan. MON 16: 12pm. Monthly Soup and a Sandwich get together at The Harvest Moon Clynder. 01436842358 Also on 16th

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Helensburgh Oratorio Choir

Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 7.30pm. New members are always welcome. www. Weekly

Wednesday 4th Helensburgh & District Chest, Heart & Stroke Club

Jubilee Room, Victoria Halls 10-12pm. Wed 4th: Day trip to Dalgarven Mill and Erskine Garden Centre. Wed 11th: Games. Wed 18th: Angela’s seated Aerobics and AGM. Wed 25th: Ms Gill Aitkenhead – Deputy Lord Lieutenant. Unless otherwise indicated all meetings are held in the Jubilee Room of the Victoria Halls. Jean 01436-674966 Weekly (August-June)

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

Cardross Mother & Toddler Group

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

Baby & Toddler Group

Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 10-11.30am. Lots of toys, drinks and snacks provided. All welcome. Maria 07584 067901 Weekly

Lomond School Sports Hall Dance Studio 6.10pm. 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

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 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. We welcome any instrumentalists to join us from accordions, guitar, flute, drums or whatever you would like to bring. 07979 206 845 Weekly

North Clyde Archaeological Society AGM Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 7.30pm. The North Clyde Archaeological Society 2019/20 season starts with the AGM and two short talks by Society members. All welcome. 07532 456282

Thursday 5th 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

Annual Members Meeting of Helensburgh & Lomond Carers SCIO Helensburgh Golf Club 10am: Doors. 10.30am. Meeting Starts. This year will be showcasing mental health support and the types of support we can offer to carers. Light buffet lunch available. For more information or to register your attendance 01436 673444

The Welcome In Recovery Café

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

Strength and Balance 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

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 Weekly

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

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. Weekly

St Joseph's Lower Hall, Helensburgh 4-5.30pm. Art class aimed at students aged 10+. All materials and snack included. Book via Weekly

Book Group

Carer Support Group

Helensburgh Library 10-11.30am. Book group for Dementia sufferers and Carers. 01436 658833 Weekly

Student Art Class

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

THE LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND HOTEL Newly Redesigned Restaurant Now Open

Boys' Brigade

Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 6.30-7.45pm: Anchor boys (ages 5-8) and Junior Section (ages 8-11). 6.30-8.30pm: Company Section (ages 11-18). All are welcome, aged 5 and up! The Boys' Brigade offers a chance to try lots of different activities and gain new skills. We hope you will join us! 07810 801115 Weekly (Term time only)

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Calendar of events 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 6th 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 • FB: @sculptcallanetics Weekly

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

Geilston Garden, Cardross Midnight. Deadline for the Friends of Geilston photography competition. For members and the public to find great images of Geilston Gardens to appear in their calendar.

Knitting Bee Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 1.30pm. All abilities welcome. 01436 671613 Weekly

Monday 9th

Helensburgh Writing Circle Rhu & Shandon Community Hall 2pm. A small and friendly group to help and encourage in the art of writing. All welcome. FRI 13th: Write a critical review of a favourite book. FRI 20th: Members reading of their own work. A short contribution from, Adventures in Writing. FRI 27th: Write a story using: letter structure, one letter or a series of letters; Or a diary structure, through a series of diary entries 07580 557535 Weekly

Saturday 7th 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. If you are new to playing, have not played for a while or would like to dust off your instrument, then come along and give it a go. We provide percussion instruments. 07976726822 Weekly

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 Weekly

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Saturday 7th Go Swim Loch Lomond

Drumkinnon Bay, Loch Lomond 8-12pm. Open water swimming events for all ages and standards of swimmers.

HLAA Craft Market

Helensburgh Parish Church Halls 10.30-3pm. Come along and meet our talented local crafters and buy something unique and handmade. There will be a pop up tearoom to raise money for Robin House in Balloch. 01436 268160

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

Cream Teas

Helensburgh U.R.C. 2-4pm. Adult £3 Children £1 includes delicious scone, cream and jam, tea/coffee. Various stalls. 01436 672352 Weekly

Sunday 8th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers

Ben Ledi 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. This is a strenuous walk which involves exposed mountainous terrain and is not recommended for inexperienced hill walkers. Distance: 17km. Ascend 1000m to a height of 879m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953

Plant Sale

James Street Community Garden 12-4pm. The Garden has been developed from a derelict children's playground, now with mixed herbaceous beds, maze and young trees. The plant sale will include a wide selection of nursery-grown perennials and locally grown trees, shrubs, herbaceous, alpine and house plants. Admission by donation. 01436 678364

Brownie Hall, Helensburgh 7.30pm. We are having a "Meet and greet" evening, trophy presentation and refreshments. Competitions are "Limerick – about water" and/or 3 Savoury Scones. Please note change of venue for this month. 07930 156225

Tuesday 10th Helensburgh Flower Club

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 2pm. This month we have Mrs Sheena Stewart with her demonstration ‘Colour My Rainbow’. It is also our ‘Bring a Friend Free’ day and all visitors will be made most welcome. Come along and watch an expert at work. Second Tuesday of every month

Wednesday 11th 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

Helensburgh Digital Photography Club

Hermitage Academy Library 7.30pm. All ages welcome. Join our Facebook group for details. Fortnightly

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What's On Calendar | September 2019 Helensburgh & Gareloch Horticultural Society

Saturday 14th

Wednesday 18th

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 7.30pm. Douglas Boatman is speaking on” Well behaved plants, riotous colour without similar growth behaviour”. He is returning to Helensburgh in place of the advertised speaker who is unable to attend and will probably bring along a selection of plants for sale that thrive in the Scottish climate. All welcome. SAT 14th: Annual Bulb Sale, United Reform Church, 9.30am. Doors open sharp and bulbs sell very quickly. All welcome. Also on 14th

Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers The Cobbler 9am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. This is a strenuous walk which involves exposed mountainous terrain and is not recommended for inexperienced hill walkers. Distance: 12km. Ascend 890m to a height of 884m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953

Art Workshop with Julia Gurney Geilston Gardens, Cardross 10am. £35. Join local artist Julia Gurney who will demonstrate and teach participants how to approach painting in this beautiful and inspiring garden. Please bring own materials, come prepared for all weather and bring packed lunch and seat. 07907675145 Weekly


Golden Time Café

Thursday 12th 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

Careers Fair Lomond School, Helensburgh 6.30-8.30pm. Invest in your future and discover the endless opportunities which await you. All welcome, no registration necessary. 01436 672476

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

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

Friday 13th

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 Third Wednesday of every month

RSPB Local Group Meeting The Guide Hall, John Street 7.30pm. Gardening for Bugs & Wildlife - A talk by Suzanna Burgess (Buglife) on gardening for wildlife. Open to members & visitors. SAT 21st: 8am. Meet ouside the Helensburgh swimming pool. A trip to Musselburgh & the East Lothian coast to look for returning migrant ducks & waders. Dress for the outdoors & bring a packed lunch & drink.

Thursday 19th

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. Specialist areas are: Guardianship, POA and advice on Wills. Booking required. 01436 673444 Second Friday of every month

U3A Science Group Church Halls, Colquhoun Square 10.30am. £2. Pro. Richard Cogdell FRS will be talking to us about 'Artificial Photosynthesis', in the context of trying to mitigate climate change, by learning from photosynthesis and how to use solar energy to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into fuel. Open to all U3A members, but potential members may visit once. 01436 842 358

Art and Crafts Event Helensburgh Civic Centre, Café Area 10-2pm. Paintings by Pamela Randal Fine Art; jewellery and crochet by Hilary Cameron; exhibition and sale. Also on 27th

Cateran in Concert Cove Burgh Hall 8-11pm. Tickets £6. An evening of acoustic, american, country, folk and original music. BYOB. Tickets available from Hillary. 01436 842 055

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 Third Thursday of the month

Saturday 21st Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Coilessan Glen to Lochgoilhead - There and back 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. A walk on the Cowal Way from Coilessan Glen events carpark to Lochgoilhead - could include an option to climb the Steeple if time permits. Return via the outward route Terrain: Mostly good tracks on Cowal Way although could be a bit boggy in places. Trackless, open hillside on The Steeple. Distance: 15km. Ascend 850m to a height of 500m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953

Craft & Coffee Event United Reformed Church Hall 10-2pm. £2, includes a tea/coffee/juice. Helensburgh Savoy Musical Theatre Group will be hosting a craft and coffee event. All proceeds will go towards this year's production of Legally Blonde the Musical. Freshly made bacon rolls, home made soups and cakes will all be on sale along with a book stall and an array of local crafts: textiles, woodcraft, jewellery, cards, painted glass and many more. To book a stall (£10) contact

Sunday 15th Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers Rosneath Peninsula Circular 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Walk along the coast from Kilcreggan, round Rosneath point, through the caravan park and back along the forest track. Terrain: Paths and forest tracks, muddy in places. Distance: 11km. Ascend 140m to a height of 120m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953

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Calendar of events 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 month (until Sept)

Helensburgh Astronomical Society

Sunday 22nd Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers

Helensburgh Parish Church Hall 7:30pm. First meeting of the 2019/20 season. The speaker will be Alexander MacKinnon who will talk about 'Antimatter in Space’ and how anti-matter interacts with normal matter.

Complete Falls of Clyde Circuit 9.30am. Meet at Helensburgh Swimming Pool Car Park. Starting from New Lanark, this walk completes the full circuit of the Falls of Clyde taking in both banks of the picturesque gorge. Terrain: Good, undulating paths throughout. Distance: 11km. Ascend 350m to a height of 200m. Sorry, no dogs except registered assistance dogs. 01389 731953

Helensburgh United Reform Church Hall 6.30-8.30pm. A community choir for anyone that loves to sing! Each pop up event will have a different theme, September’s event will be ‘songs by the Beatles’. No experience necessary, all welcome. Places will be limited so booking by email is essential. Please find us on Facebook for more info.

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 Last Friday of every month

Saturday 28th Walking Gently On The Earth

St Michaels Church, Helensburgh 10-4.30pm. Retreat day exploring stories of faith and the environment. If you are interested contact Monica to register. 07982 910507

Open Morning

Lomond School, Helensburgh 10-1pm. Find out how we achieve excellent academic results and help every child to achieve their full potential. To confirm your attendance 01436 672476

Helensburgh Autumn Family Challenge

Helensburgh Parish Church 5-7pm. £2 per family. Bring the family along to compete in games and challenges for a chance to win BIG! With music, crafts and a BBQ. Tickets available from the Helensburgh Parish Church Office or on the door. 07930114239

Sunday 29th Rhu Clean-up Crew

Saturday 28th

Wednesday 25th


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

Helensburgh Pop Up Choir

Friday 27th Macmillan Coffee Morning

The Beachcomber, Kidston Park 9-1pm. Come along to The Beachcomber and help us fund raise for a great cause. Home baking, tea and coffee. 01436 670128

Boots Opticians Helensburgh

Three Villages Hall, Arrochar 12pm. An all-day event, with a free music and food festival from 12 noon until late. There will be children’s events, good food, real ales and ciders and live music.

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

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WALKS WILL INTERPRET LOCAL HISTORY A local walker has started a new walking tour business called Argyll Walks.

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Gerena Sumen will interpret local history into: “60-minute, fun fact filled, low level walks.”

Luss Pier

The walks are all in Argyll and Bute. The first tour planned is around the Victorian village of Luss. Gerena says: “Having worked for VisitScotland at Tarbet Loch Lomond for five years, I have gathered information about Clan Colquhoun, battles, St Kessog and the Luss Parish church as a World Green site, and of course the pretty row of miners cottages dating from the 1800’s.” She adds that her walks suit a range of abilities, from easy low level 1.6km walk to a 5km high route around Arrochar and Tarbet. They interpret local stories on the building of the railway, geology, archaeology of Viking remains, a brief history of the clan MacFarlane and gain views of Ben Lomond, Arrochar Alps and Loch Lomond.

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All walking tours are accessible by public transport although some forward planning is required for some. They cost £10 per person with no charge for children. The Luss tours include a visit to an old Viking “Hogback” grave marker which is from the 11th Century. The shape of the “hogback” is of a Scandinavian longhouse with tiles for roof and roundels for windows. Most visitors miss this piece of history when visiting Luss. Gerena tells the CA she has personally walked and researched

The viking hogback stone

each heritage tour. As someone who has guided walks as a volunteer with a Glasgow hillwalking club for over 20 years, also at the Helensburgh HillHouse, as well as, at the Burrell Collection she says: “With local knowledge of the surrounding area of Argyll history, local walks and star attractions you will be in safe hands.” Contact: or website or see the Facebook page www.


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Friends of Geilston are running a photography competition for their members and members of the public to find great images to appear in their calendar.

22 Charlotte Street, Helensburgh G84 7PH Tel: 01436 671731 Fax: 01436 674221

They aim to have each month sponsored by a local business – and the Community Advertiser was one of the first to come forward with a sponsorship offer.

50’s+ & Cardiac Rehab MONDAY 10am Helensburgh Parish Main Hall FRIDAY 10.30am St Joseph’s Upper Church Hall

Friends of Geilston are campaigning to prevent the closure of Geilston Gardens in Cardross. The National Trust for Scotland having decided that the legacy left by Miss Hendry for the maintenance of the estate would be better spent on their other properties, the Friends are concentrating on fundraising. As part of their efforts they are again running a photographic competition to produce a calendar for 2020. This follows a successful effort last your when they sold over 350 copies.

Zumba MONDAY 6.30pm WEDNESDAY 12.30pm United Reformed Church Hall FRIDAY 9.30am St Joseph’s Upper Church Hall

Pilates MONDAY 7.15pm WEDNESDAY 1.30pm United Reformed Church Hall WEDNESDAY 9.45am Royal Northern Yacht Club

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Organisers say: “This year, we have had so much varied weather that we’re sure you have some super shots that you’ve captured in Geilston Garden so why not enter them? You can enter a maximum of three photographs of a minimum

1MB and in landscape format only.” The deadline for entries is midnight Sunday Sept 8. Send along with your name, image quality and catchy caption to Organisers also hope that you can support the group to ensure the heritage and legacy left by Miss Elizabeth Hendry in bequeathing Geilston House and Gardens to the public is upheld and retained for generations to come.

To read more about the recent work of the group and events visit the News Pages on They’d like to hear too if Geilston Gardens hold any special memories for you email

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September 2019 | Nightlife

Enjoy testing the old grey matter at a quiz? Tickling your tonsils at karaoke or hitting the dance floor? We have the list to inspire you. ARDLUI Drovers Inn Inverarnan, 01301 704234 l FRI 6: The Last Fling l SAT 7: The Minogue Brothers l FRI 13: Marty l SAT 14: Hell For Leather l FRI 20: The Last Fling l SAT 21: Stuart MacFarlane l FRI 27: Davie Mac l SAT 28: Jono

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

ARRO C HA R Ben Arthur’s Bothy Turnpike Rd, 01301 702 347 l Karaoke l Live sport

The Village Inn Loch Long, Shore Road, 01301 702279 l Contact bar for entertainment details

CA R D ROSS The Cardross Inn Main Rd, 01389 841358 l THU: Quiz Night l SAT: Live Music l Karaoke l Quiz nights

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

Clyde Bar 62 West Clyde St, 01436 673257 l TUE: Poker night l FRI/SAT: DJ (11-2am) l Live music l Open mic nights

The Royal Bar 8 West Clyde St, 01436 675033 l THU: Bingo Night l FRI: Karaoke l SAT: Disco l Live Sports


R HU The Ardencaple Hotel

The Creggans Princes Terrace, Shore Road, 01436 842700 l THU: Free Pool l Live music

Shore Rd, 01436 820200 l Live Sky Sports

The Rhu Inn

49 Gareloch Rd, 01436 821 048 l Contact for entertainment details


The Rosslea

Ferry Rd, 01436 439955 l Contact for entertainment details

The Inn on Loch Lomond Luss, 01436 860430


l FRI 6: Joe Quinn l SAT 7: Robert Carmichael

Castle Isle

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Rosneath Castle Park, 01436 831 333 l Contact for entertainment details

l SAT 14: On The Wagon l FRI 20: On The Wagon

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Local News | September 2019

COUNCIL ACTS TO PREVENT POTHOLES Close to half a million square metres of road throughout Argyll and Bute is being surface dressed to reduce the chance of new potholes developing over the winter.

treatment, for up to 30 days, and line markings are replaced afterwards.

ingress. This protects previous investment and extends the life of the roads. Another benefit of surface dressing is that the road usually does not have to be closed during the treatment. Convoys or stop and go systems can be put in place to keep traffic moving.

Surface dressing targets areas in the earlier stages of deterioration, Newly dressed roads are improves skid resistance, helps mechanically swept after the seal cracks and prevents water

New Fencing Fencing Repairs Decking Patios Driveways Dry Stone Dyking Artificial Grass

It takes several days or weeks for chips to fully embed into the road surface, which is why there are warning signs advising drivers that the speed limit is 20mph. Keeping to that speed limit should prevent damage to vehicles. Work is carried out during warmer months to ensure that the binder in the surface dressing process sets and also to allow the chips to embed into the surface below. Carrying out the work when traffic flow is heaviest ensures the chips are embedded into the surface.

This is part of the council’s £16m capital reconstruction programme which has seen Argyll and Bute reach the top five fastest improving Scottish Local Authorities in terms of road condition.


Councillor Ellen Morton, Depute Policy Lead for Amenity Services, said: “I appreciate that surface dressing is a highly contentious subject. Our experience shows this is clearly proving to be the most cost-effective way of looking after our roads at a time when funding is tight. “We are responsible for 2,930km of carriageway. But we have evidence that the network is improving and we are committed to do all we can, within the means we have, to continue in this upward direction.”

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K13 PLINTH TO BE INAUGURATED The tragic sinking of the submarine K13 is set to be commemorated in the heart of Helensburgh this month by the submariners association. Some 32 submariners and dockyard personnel lost their lives when the K13 sank in the Gareloch in January 1917, while 48 people were rescued. The Submariners’ Association submitted plans for a plinth marking the event in Helensburgh’s ‘outdoor museum’ in Colquhoun Square. Argyll and Bute Council’s Helensburgh and Lomond area committee recommended providing £3,000 toward the installation, with the submariners group paying the remaining 51% of the cost. The design features a bronze profile model of the submarine, the date of her accident, the Submariners Association crest and a chart of the Gareloch showing the location of the accident, in the vicinity of the former Shandon Hydro Hotel. The association’s application at the time stressed that the plinth was not intended to be

Proposed plinth for the 32 men who died when the submarine K13 sank in the Gareloch in 1917

a memorial, since these already exist in Govan and at Carlingford in New South Wales. A quick response (QR) code will also be included to enable access to a more detailed account of events. Diary date: Wednesday 18th September, Inauguration of the K13 Plinth, Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh 11.30am. This is followed by an invitation only event in the United Reformed Church with refreshments and speakers.

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OUR £1,000 COMMUNITY CHEST WINNERS ARE REVEALED We’re delighted to announce the winners of our Community Chest initiative in association with leading housebuilder Taylor Wimpey West Scotland. You, our readers, nominated your worthy causes from the local area to win a share of £1,000. In first place, we are delighted to confirm that Local Vocals has won £500; in second place £300 has been awarded to Gareloch Riding for the Disabled, and finally GRP Community First Responders have secured £200. Each of the groups will use their cash boost from Taylor Wimpey to carry on their vital work and support in the local area. On receiving the cash award, Alison Gildea, Local Vocals Co-ordinator said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the cheque. The money will go towards improving our song sheets, transport to events and perhaps even some percussion instruments. Thank you so much to Taylor Wimpey and the Community

Advertiser and of course everyone who voted for us. It means a great deal to us and is much appreciated!” Kate, from Gareloch Riding for the Disabled adds: “The Gareloch Group are thrilled to receive 2nd prize for the Community Chest. We wish to send a big thank you to everyone who voted for us. Unlike other 'equipment', our horses cannot simply be put away when not in use. They continue to require care and attention every day of the year. This generous prize will go towards their upkeep and wellbeing. Thank you from us all at Gareloch RDA.” GRP Community First Responders Coordinator, John Webb, said: “Thank you very much to everyone who voted for the Garelochhead and Rosneath Community First

From left to right: Stuart Mainland, Editor of the Community Advertiser; Rosie Winch, Responder & John Webb, Coordinator & Responder from Garelochhead and Rosneath Responders; Linzi Cowan, Taylor Wimpey Sales Executive; Marjory Barrington, Choir Master, Local Vocals and Julia Barr, Fundraising Trustee, Gareloch Group Riding for the Disabled Association

Responders. The money will be a big help for maintaining the 11 public access defibrillators we have installed around the Peninsula.” Kirsty McGill, Head of Sales for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, adds: “Once again our Community Chest project has offered us a great way to recognise the unsung heroes that are found in the local communities where we build new homes.

“This is our second year of running this initiative with The Community Advertiser, and it makes our team incredibly proud to have the opportunity to make this type of donation that goes right to the heart of making a difference locally. We’re thrilled for each of these local deserving causes, and thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to take part.”


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A1 Road Surfacing..........................................8 & 11 Abbotsford House.................................................28 ABC - Business Gateway........................................31 Alex Murray Motors................................................5 Amk Self Drive.........................................................7 Angela's Aerobics..................................................28 Anne Of Loudounville.............................................5 Argyll College.........................................................32 Argyll Sweeps...........................................................7 Argyll Walks.............................................................4 Befrienders.............................................................25 Ben View Antiques................................................14 Boots Opticians......................................................26 Bridal Atelier..........................................................19 Cattle and Creel.....................................................18 CHG Architecture ltd...............................................2 Chris Bowman Fitness Ltd.....................................10 Citizens Advice Bureau..........................................10 Clark Design & Architecture.................................11 Clydeside Domestics ...............................................5 CMC Home Improvements......................................3 Commodore Hotel.................................................33 Craigdhu Joinery......................................................4 Creative Ironworks..................................................7 D Nicolson & Son ....................................................8 David Wilson Handyman.......................................11 Dg Joinery................................................................2 Diamond Domestics...............................................27 Domestic Solutions..................................................2 Dream Doors............................................................6 Drumfork Farm Livery.............................................3 Duncan and Todd Group Ltd................................35 E S Fencing.............................................................31 Easy As One Two Tree..............................................6 Ferguson Flooring Scotland Ltd............................13 First Class Cards........................................................9 Fmk Flooring..........................................................14 Furniture Clinic ........................................................4 Gas-Aid.Co.Uk........................................................10 GutterPRO Glasgow West.....................................34 HAAC......................................................................22 Haveli Family Buffet Restaurant ..........................20 Howies Dog Walking.............................................14 James & Colin Spy....................................................8 James Auld Funeral Directors.................................4 Jamie Hamilton Plumbing.......................................7 Joans Carers..............................................................6 John Dobbin.............................................................3 K Glass & Glazing.....................................................2 Keith Murray Guitar Tuition...................................7

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Kerry Mobile Hairdressers.......................................3 Keys Galore..............................................................2 Kishido Karate Club...............................................22 Lcs Engineering........................................................8 Lennox Landscapes..................................................7 Live Argyll ..............................................................29 Loch Lomond Tree Surgeons.................................20 Lodge On Loch Lomond........................................23 Lomond Home and Garden Services Ltd.............10 Lomond School.............................................24 & 30 M&T........................................................................28 McGregor Aerials.....................................................2 McQueens Dairies..................................................16 Morar Lodge Care Home......................................32 Murdoch Gardening Services................................24 Night & Day ...........................................................27 Old Mill Chimneys..................................................34 Organic Architects...................................................5 Outdoor Services....................................................14 Performance Plumbing and Heating ....................4 Performers Dance Academy .................................19 Powerdoors Ltd........................................................1 Premier Healthcare..................................................1 Preston Fleming.......................................................1 Rd Massage Therapies...........................................22 Red Executive Travel..............................................19 RHC Furniture Restoration .....................................6 Rosslea Hall............................................................18 RSCDS......................................................................34 Rubber Roofit........................................................34 Scott Leishman Plumbing & Heating...................31 Scratch 2 Shine.........................................................4 Shrubs.......................................................................8 Solo Training with Eva Lovell................................27 Sorbus Tree Services...............................................23 The Bodyshop at Home ........................................10 The Drymen Inn.....................................................15 The Handyman Home Improvement Centre.......12 The Ice Cream Cart Company...............................19 The Kitchen Depot ................................................36 The Pet Shop............................................................6 The Property Bureau.............................................17 The Toy Shop..........................................................33 Thermaseal........................................................1 & 5 Thistle Blinds............................................................4 Tranquility Holistic Centre.....................................25 Wcc West Coast Group Ltd.....................................1 Windows & Conservatory Repair Company..........3 Wood Made Good...................................................3 Your Friday Girl........................................................2








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Helensburgh & Lomond Community Advertiser - September 2019  

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

Helensburgh & Lomond Community Advertiser - September 2019  

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