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advertiser directory business classified deadlines property classified sales & wants


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Bishopton, Bridge of Weir & Langbank 24-26 Brookfield, Crosslee & Houston 29-30 Howwood & Elderslie 33 Kilbarchan & Lochwinnoch 27-28 Kilmacolm & Quarriers 30-33

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Renfrewshire residents turned out in their numbers to grab a glimpse of some vintage vehicles during the Fire Engine Rally held in Paisley in August. Hundreds of people gathered in Paisley town centre for the popular annual event, which is now in its fifth year. A mixture of old-style and current fire appliances paraded through the town from Canal Street Fire Station before parking in County Square and Gilmour Street. The event was run by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust. Gibb Stuart’s CookLive 2013 event will be held over three days, in-store at the Bridge of Weir shop. Events kick off on Friday 13th until Sunday 15th September, with in-store promotions and demonstrations in abundance. See their advert on page 23 for details. Rehearsals are already underway for the pantomime season.... Oh no they’re not!.... OH YES THEY ARE! This year we will be treated to ‘Cinderella’ by the Kilmacolm Dramatic Society and the “Flint Street Nativity” by Kilbarchan East Drama group. I’m sure there are plenty of others - if you are involved and would like us to publicise your event please get in touch. An idea for Christmas (we can’t be thinking of that already!?) is the must buy for 2014 – The Bridge of Weir calendar. After last year’s success the Trustees of The Bridge have produced a local calendar for 2014 with the invaluable assistance of members of Paisley Colour Photographic Club. The hanging A4 sized calendar incorporates 12 colourful photographs of scenes/landmarks around Bridge of Weir, along with a diary section to note all your important dates. The calendar will be on sale in The Bridge from Monday 9th September for £5.75. And finally, to help get us all off the couch, Renferwshire Leisure are hosting an ‘Open Weekend’ on 14th and 15th September when you can go along to Paisley Lagoon, ON-X Linwood, Renfrew Leisure Centre or Erskine Sports Centre, and find out which sport might be right for you. More details in their ad on page 39.


List of outlets to pick up a copy

Bishopton: Post Office, Woodrow ’s Store, Keystore, Library. Bridge of Weir: Bull’s Garage, Gibb Stuart, Bernie’s, Lochnagar, The Bridge, Prieston Store, Libra ry. Erskine: Garden Centre, Petrol Stati on, Library. Houston: Carrick Centre, Co-op, Post Office, Newsagent. Howwood: Village Store, St Vinc ent. Johnstone: Henderson Kilts, Papa Mac, Library. Kilbarchan: Post Office, Sheridan ’s Store, Campbell’s Newsagent, Bobbins, Old Library Centre, Chiropody Clinic. Kilmacolm: Market Place Newsagent, Village Newsagent, Pieri’s, Cross Café, Gibb Stuart, KNCC, Library, Post Office & Store. Langbank: Village Store, Finlaysto ne Visitor Centre. Lochwinnoch: Keystore, Newsage nt, Post Office, McKillop Centre, Library. Quarriers: Three Sisters Bake. PLEASE TAKE





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Hayley’s Nutty Nine in Ten for Teenage Cancer Trust Art Off The Square The annual art show and sale in Kilbarchan East Church halls was one of the most successful in its 15 year history with a record number of sales, commissions and visitors from far and near.

Adrenalin junkie Hayley Douglas has decided to celebrate turning 30 in an unusual way.

Starting on 18th August and ending on 20th October, Hayley will be taking part in nine challenges in ten weeks. These will involve her running 49 miles, cycling 47 miles, running through fire, wrestling gladiators, being subjected to 10,000 volts of electricity, submersion in ice and jumping off the Tall Ship into the River Clyde. Madness right? However, there is a good reason for all this. Hayley has decided to fundraise for Teenage Cancer Trust Scotland and needs your help to reach her £2,500 goal. Sponsor forms can be found at The Brown Bull in Lochwinnoch or you can donate on line at As this goes to press Hayley will hopefully have completed her first two challenges, the River Rat Race in Glasgow which ends with her jumping off the Tall Ship and Tough Mudder Scotland, an 11 mile obstacle course billed as the toughest challenge on the planet which she is running with her friend Stephen McLean. Her race schedule can be seen below and hopefully we will hear from Hayley in future issues. River Rat Race Glasgow 18th August - Tough Mudder Scotland 25th August - Pedal for Scotland 47 mile challenge 8th September Spartan Sprint Edinburgh 15th September - Muddy Trials Reverse Run Craufauldland 22nd September - Baxter’s Inverness 10k 29th September - Demon Run Glasgow 5th October - Great Scottish Run 10k 6th October - Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest Edinburgh 20th October.

The Bridge Art Exhibition Donated art will be exhibited at The Bridge Community Centre in Bridge of Weir, with proceeds going towards local patient care at St Vincent’s Hospice. Shop supervisor for St Vincent’s Hospice Julie Carson said “these once loved pieces are available at a range of prices, they’ve all been donated by the community and are being sold to benefit local patients being cared for by St Vincent’s Hospice.” She added “I would like to truly thank all the donors in this area who have given their support to St Vincent’s over the years; it’s made a huge difference to our patients and their families.” The exhibition will run throughout September.

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Travel Blog

by Maureen Horton of Travel a la Carte

The Lure of Liguria Our Italian road trip continued along the beautiful winding stretch of Ligurian coastline sometimes referred to as the Italian Riviera. It is situated on the western coastal region of Italy and has two distinct areas. The Ponente area from Genoa to France, characterised by craggy mountains, luscious vegetation and inland forests of chestnut trees, while the Levante, is a quaint scene of chalky cliffs that arch around pastel houses and terraced vineyards of the Cinque Terre National Park. These “Five Lands” comprise of 5 coastal villages, Monterosso al Mare, Vermazza, Corniglia, Manarole and Riomaggiore connected to each other by paths, trains and boats. NO cars can reach them from the outside and there is no modern development visible from them. It made me wonder how on earth they were built in the first place. The jewel of Liguria is for sure Portofino, with its delightful harbour and multi-coloured houses spilling down to the central piazza. It’s famous world renowned hotel, the 5 star Splendido, set in exquisite exotic gardens, is perched about a 10 minute walk above the town with stunning views overlooking the bay. The hotel was originally a monastery and since it’s transformation in 1901 has played host to a succession of film stars and royals. To stay here is not for the faint hearted - it is seriously expensive as you can imagine. However, there are other more affordable choices in the village itself and the nearby towns of Santa Margherita, Rapallo and Camogli. You could then treat yourself to a leisurely pasta lunch in the Splendido and enjoy the ambience without the price tag! Would you like help in booking a trip to Liguria? If so we can help get you there.

Big Summer Holiday Sing Fri 6th Sept - Houston & Killellan Kirk at 7pm

Tickets are free and available from the Post Office, the Co-op, the Paper Shop and the Carrick Centre Café. Donations on the night (we suggest £5 for adults and £1 for under 16s) will be for the Crosslee Playpark upgrade and the Houston and Killellan Kirk Extension.

3 Peaks Challenge 2014 We are looking for corporate teams from across the UK to take part in our famous 3 Peaks Challenge for Action Medical Research. The challenge is on for teams of 4-6 to summit the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in the ultimate team challenge. Action Medical Research’s 3 Peaks Challenge has an extra special challenge built in as teams must take charity mascot Paddington Bear to the summit of each mountain. For more information and to register your team please visit our website: www. a c t i o n f o r c h a r i t y.

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Welcome to Renfrewshire’s Most Recent Export! Weaving Musical Threads (WMT) presents… ‘Mill Girls On Tour’ – a unique depiction of our world famous Renfrewshire mill workers and their cultural heritage.

Magic of the Beatles

Thursday 3rd October - Paisley Town Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets: £16 (£14 conc) - Booking: 0300 300 1210 Join the Magic of the Beatles, the authority on everything John, Paul, George and Ringo, for a fantastic live concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first number one single.

Renfrewshire poets Mo Blake, Kathryn Daly, Gwen McKerrell and Tracy Patrick first wrote and performed their mill poems in Paisley Thread Mill Museum as part of Weaving Musical Threads Festival in 2012. Bridge of Weir raised Scottish singer, musician and song writer – Anna MacDonald – was commissioned to write the ‘Mill Girls’ song. Supported by Weaving Musical Threads and under the direction of Tracy Patrick, they have created ‘Mill Girls on Tour’. It is a spell-binding synergy of poetry, performance and musical interludes inspired by the famous mill girls of Renfrewshire, their loves, feistiness, trials and triumphs. Without whom our world famous thread industry could not have happened. The Launch will be in the Paisley Anchor Mill Atrium, on Saturday 7th September at 3pm and 7pm. The ‘gallus lassies’ recite, perform and sing. A home-grown production with heart and humour, guaranteed to cheer. The poems and lyrics are also available in the ‘Mill Girls’ anthology, which will be available for sale at the performance at a discounted rate, together with music CDs.

Diaporama After our summer break we start back on Monday 9th September at 7.30pm. It will be great to catch up on what we have all been doing over the last few months. Please note we have now moved to the Carrick Centre, Houston for the next season. Why not come along & see what we do?

For tickets (£5 with refreshments) and further information: please contact Elise Kelly: elisekelly@ or telephone 0141 882 4520 / 07990 981682

The Highland Fling 132ft Bungee Jump

Saturday 6th October In aid of Yorkhill Family House - Join us for this brand new adrenaline fuelled experience – our first ever Bungee Jump over water in the beautiful north of Scotland! Minimum Sponsorship £140. You must be 14 years or older, and under 18.9 stone in weight to take part. Check out our website at www. for all the details and call the House to register on 0141 201 0782 or email allisonmckillop@btconnect. com

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Whatever Gets You Through the Night Friday 13th September - Paisley Arts Centre

Doors 7pm, 7.30pm start. Tickets: £8 (£5 conc). Book: 0300 300 1210 A stellar line up of Scottish musicians feature in this beautiful collection of stories told in song, shot during the night in locations across the country. Come and meet lost souls, party animals and dreamers in a snapshot of an entire nation at its most vulnerable and revealing in this film inspired by what takes place across Scotland between the hours of midnight and 4am. Directed by Daniel Warren (who will introduce his film at Paisley Arts Centre), this film is part of the Whatever Gets You Through the Night Project, created by award winning theatre director Cora Bisset and acclaimed playwright David Greig. The film will be followed by an intimate live set from Withered Hand and Emma Pollock at Paisley Arts Centre.

Renfrewshire Doors Open Day Sat 14th & Sun 15th Sept - various venues

Visitors can take a peek through the keyhole at 100s of Scotland’s buildings for free including Paisley Abbey, the council chambers at Renfrewshire House, local churches and fire stations, and many more. This year’s event will have a horrible histories theme. Kids can keep track with their own ‘Diabolical Diaries’ and share the fun on social media.

Slug in a Bottle Market Sunday 1st September; 27th October; 24th November, 12.30pm - 4.30pm, at Hamishes’ Hoose, Paisley A new Paisley pop-up shopping experience which will make several appearances at Hamishes’ Hoose in the coming months. It intends to bring a bit of extra character to local shopping with specially-sourced arts, crafts and vintage design. Slug in a Bottle Market is looking to support crafty and creative individuals, providing a cost-effective opportunity to sell and raise awareness of their already-established business or to just “give it a bash!”. Slug in a Bottle Market is a not-for-profit organisation - any proceeds from space or stall rental are donated to St Vincent’s Hospice.

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Bridge of Weir History Society

The first meeting of the 2013-14 programme of Bridge of Weir History Society will take place on Monday 30th September. Graeme Smith will give a talk on “The Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow”. Members will recall his talk some years ago on “The Theatre Royal, Entertaining a Nation”. He has written a book about the Theatre Royal & recently published a fully illustrated one about “The Alhambra”. He will have copies of this recent publication available for sale & will be willing to sign them. The meeting starts at 8pm and is held in the large hall of Freeland Church, in Bridge of Weir. Everyone welcome, visitors invited to make donation of £1.50 at the door. Any queries, please phone either Rosemary 01505 614252 or Lorraine 01505 612202.


Who Wants To Make a Million for St Vincent’s Hospice?

Compete in the inaugural ‘Who Wants to Make a Million for St Vincent’s Hospice’ - the new dinner and quiz night on Friday 4th October, from 7pm at the Holiday Inn, Glasgow Airport, hosted by Sean Batty, River City’s Carmen Pieraccini, boxing promoter Tommy Gilmour and MSP Hugh Henry. Sean said “as an Ambassador of St Vincent’s Hospice I am delighted to be hosting the new ‘Who Wants To Make A Million For St Vincent’s’ Dinner & Quiz, as part of their special 25th anniversary year. This is a fun, exciting new event, which is sure to challenge even the best quiz enthusiast! So take up the challenge and join me on the night to become the St Vincent’s Hospice Champion.” Join us for 8 celeb-hosted quiz rounds and a 3 course meal plus coffee; tickets only £35 or £350 per team of maximum 10. Gather together your team of colleagues, clients or friends and compete to win the title of 2013 Quiz Champion. Dress is smart casual (no denim).

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MaxSafe Solutions owner and St Vincent’s Hospice supporter Willie Chrystal is excited about attending the event and said “as a business serving the Paisley and Renfrewshire area I would encourage all local businesses to get involved with this fantastic event.

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‘Who Wants To Make A Million For St Vincent’s’ is going to be a fun night for colleagues, clients and friends, plus you will be supporting local patient care for those living with life limiting illnesses. So take up the challenge and join me on Friday 4th October, competing to become the St Vincent’s Champion!” Reserve your table now: contact Ashley on 01505 705635 or ashley.

Beer Festival 26th Anniversary!

Paisley Town Hall - Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th September The biggest beer festival in Scotland once more brings the widest range of ales and ciders available in one location. Open: Wed 11th 5pm - 11pm / Thu 12th noon - 11pm / Fri 13th noon 12am / Sat 14th noon - 9pm

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Beith Arts New Season

In the first concert of this season, which will take place at 2.30pm on 29th September in Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith, we shall be entertained by a lively group called “Triplicity”. This combines the talents of a soprano, mezzosoprano and accompanying pianist. They will present duets, songs and arias, from classical to cabaret, woven together with poetry and prose. The group has received great reviews of past concerts, and we look forward to hearing them. All our concerts are held at the same venue, and we publish details of the next concert in The Advertizer every month. To view our entire season, refer to our website - www.beitharts. org - you will also see details of the last two seasons, along with information about Beith Arts generally. Entry to every concert is £9, concessions £7, students and children £2 (pay at the door). There is a cup of tea at the interval and a friendly welcome is assured. Very often the artistes join us for the break and it is always interesting to chat to them. If newcomers make themselves known to a member of the committee we will seat you next to a long-standing audience member who will look after you through your first visit.

Organ Recital Series Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley are hosting the Organ Recital Series on the famous 4 manual Hill organ. 4pm on Sunday 15th September - Matt Edwards, Director of Music at Thomas Coats CCTV will allow the audience to see the console and the performer.



Isla St Clair comes to the Carrick Centre, Houston Isla St Clair is remembered by millions for her numerous television appearances, including the Royal Variety Show, the Morecambe and Wise Show and, most notably, as co-host with Larry Grayson on the BBC’s long-running The Generation Game, for which she won “Female TV Personality of the Year”. Her television series The Song and the Story won the coveted European award “Prix Jeunesse” With her media high-profile, it is sometimes forgotten that Isla is first and foremost a singer - and a brilliant one at that. At the age of 10 she was ‘storming’ the Folk Clubs, and since then has sung all over the world – from the Troubadour in Los Angeles to a football stadium in Moscow. She is widely acknowledged as one of Britain’s foremost traditional singers and has won the award of “Best Female Folk Singer”. Her albums have received critical acclaim world-wide and The Scotsman rated her “the best exponent of Scottish Song” of the Year. Her current stage performance - “An Evening with Isla St Clair” is a wonderful fusion of traditional and modern classics, spiced with humorous personal experiences as singer and broadcaster. Isla will be appearing at the Carrick Centre, Main St, Houston on Thursday 12th September. Doors open 8pm. £10 (payable at door). BYOB. For information or to advance book contact 07717 211057 or email

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Blood Donor Sessions Tuesday 3rd September Paisley Town Hall, High Street, Paisley - 2pm3.45pm & 5.15pm-7.30pm Friday 6th September Donating Bus in Morrisons Car Park, Anchor Mills, Paisley - 9am-12noon & 1.30pm-3.30pm Friday 13th September St Aidan’s Church Hall, Tower Road, Johnstone - 2pm-3.45pm & 5.15pm-7.30pm Tuesday 17th September Linwood Sports Centre, Linwood - 4pm-7.30pm



Friday 20th September Donating Bus at Morrison’s Store, 30 Napier Street, Johnstone - 9.30am-11.30am & 1pm3.30pm To find out more, please email us at nss. or call 08453 017270 or visit the website at

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Paisley Abbey Recitals Wednesday 23rd October at 7.30pm Celebratory organ recital by Gordon Stewart, one of UK’s best known concert organists and resident organist at Huddersfield Town Hall. The programme includes music by Bach, Mozart and Widor.

Saturday 26th October at 12.30pm Abbey Strings. See www. for details

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Celebratory Concert In Paisley Abbey Sunday 20th Oct at 7.30pm

Concerto for Organ and Orchestra ~ Peter Naylor (written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of George McPhee as organist of Paisley Abbey). Organist George McPhee - Conductor Alexander Anderson. Eclogue for Piano and Strings. Piano Alexander Anderson - Conductor George McPhee. Divertimento in D ~ Mozart.


Paisley & Gryffe Transport Forum It is heartening to see that one of our Councillors, James McLaren, is won-over to the concept of bringing back the railway to Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm. From our discussions, we are quite sure many of the other Councillors on the wards involved are also sympathetic to the idea, but perhaps reluctant to come forward with their support because of wondering where the financial support would be coming from. We learn that even SUSTRANS, the cycle tract people are “amendable to collaboration” on the idea. Let us be quite clear, monies can be made available if the case is strong enough, whether through public body or private initiatives; one has only to look at the successful cases elsewhere - too numerous to mention, but read about them in the various railway magazines. We should approach this concept with an open mind, and should be prepared to recognise that a restored railway may not take the original route east of Linwood.

BBC Proms in the Park Glasgow Green Singing sensation Melanie C will take to the stage for this year’s Scottish celebrations of BBC Proms In The Park when the spectacular outdoor music event returns to Glasgow Green on Saturday 7th September from 7.30pm - 10pm at Glasgow Green, Glasgow City Centre. Price: £7.50 - £12.50 While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for BBC Proms in the Park Glasgow Green are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disappointment.

One thing is certain, you will not get the railway back unless you fight for it, so show your enthusiasm by writing in to either Cllr James McLaren or myself and be prepared to do some groundwork too. Brian Turner, Honorary Convenor - email:

The Great Scottish Run

Saturday 6th October

In aid of Yorkhill Family House - Choose the half marathon or 10K option – the House is looking for Runners to join us! Just register at and call us for your running vest and sponsor forms. Please call Allison at Yorkhill Family House on 0141 201 0782 or email

To Infinity and Beyond A reader has written to us, delighted to hear of the imminent launch of a new programme BT Sport, with promotions exclaiming that, “It’s quick and easy to choose your package” and “Existing BT customers get BT Sport now!” However, on pursuing his upgrade was exasperated to discover that the new facility is only available to “Infinity Areas” and the villages within The Advertizer’s distribution are not currently in BT’s rollout plans. It transpires that until the villages are fully integrated with the fibre optic network then we will have to make do with our existing broadband service via the copper phone lines.

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what’s on Mon 26 - Fri 30 August

Sun 1 September

Mid Gavin Nursery Open Week

Slug in a Bottle Market

Beith Road, Howwood, PA9 1DL

Hamishes’ Hoose, Paisley 12.30pm to 4.30pm

9am - 11am & 2pm - 4pm. Please call 01505 843953 or email us at midgavinnursery@aol. com if you are interested.

Slug in a Bottle Market is a not-for-profit organisation - any proceeds from space or stall rental are donated to St Vincent’s Hospice.

regular events weekly


Fri 30 August

Sun 1 - Mon 30 Sept

every monday

1st tuesday

“It’s that Swing Thing”

The Bridge Art Exhibition, Bridge of Weir

Houston Jogging Buddies

Scotland West Business Networking Group

The Bridge Community Centre, Bridge of Weir

All abilities welcome.

Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton 7pm Drew Wilson & Jamie King present . . . 3 course meal - tea/coffee (dietary options available) Swing Entertainment plus DJ Call 0845-301-1010, email: or pop in to reception

Sat 31 August ‘Garden of Eden’ Sommerville Weir Hall, Faith Avenue, Quarriers Village 11.30am to 4.30pm An Exhibition by Marcella Wylie and Holly Sharpe.

Coffee Morning Church Hall, Houston 10.30am-12.30pm 1st Houston Boys Brigade Parents & Friends Association will be hosting this coffee morning.

Nearly New Baby Sale Upper Hall on Bridge of Weir Road, Kilmacolm 10am For St Columba Church Playgroup and Toddlers. Teas, coffees and home baking plus a few stalls selling new baby related products too. If you are looking for any second hand baby equipment we’ll see you there.

Proceeds going towards local patient care at St Vincent’s Hospice.

Mon 2 September Kilmacolm Bridge Club Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 7.15pm The Club is part of the Scottish Bridge Union, and plays competitive bridge within the Renfrewshire Bridge League. Our first evening is an Open evening, welcoming any interested bridge players to come along for a friendly game and assessment of the standard of play. Further details from our Secretary, Mrs Elspeth Marcroft on 01505 872745.

Tue 3 September Kilbarchan Book Group Old Library, Kilbarchan 7.15pm Two books will be discussed - “The Dying Light” by Henry Porter and “Death and the Penguin” by Andre Kurkov. Anyone who loves reading is welcome to come along.

fri 6 September Big Summer Holiday Sing Houston & Killellan Kirk 7pm Join us for 2 hours of singing and fun. All welcome. Donations on the night (suggested £5 for adults and £1 for children under 16).

Sat 7 September Paisley Abbey 850 Conference Paisley Abbey 10am to 4pm Full details of the conference and application forms can be had from the Abbey or downloaded from the Abbey website at: www.

Launch of Renfrewshire’s ‘Mill Girls On Tour’ Paisley Anchor Mill Atrium 3pm & 7pm For tickets (£5 with refreshments) and further information: please contact Elise Kelly: or telephone 0141 882 4520 / 07990 981682

The Kilmacolm Annual Flower Show Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 11am Come along and enjoy the Show, we look forward to welcoming you to our friendly event. PS - The children’s section, and their Picture Gallery give much pleasure too. Presentation of Trophies at 3.30pm will be followed by a Sale of Cut Flowers by donation. Further details from the Show Secretary on 01505 872393.

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Village Hall, Houston 6.30pm

Strathgryffe Motorcycle Club The Trust Inn, Kilbarchan 9pm-10.30pm Visit for details.

every Tuesday Bridge of Weir Walking Group Outside the Co-op, BoW 10.30am Walk for around 1 hour. Call Senga on 0141 842 3000 for details.

Baby Social

Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers Village 9.30am - 11am Share ideas, listen to our speakers and meet new people. Call 01505 228087 or email for further info.

1st Sunday Car Boot Sale Bridge of Weir Car Park 9am-1pm Set up from 8am - £5 per car. Call 01505 615992 for more details.

2nd Wednesday Inverclyde Carers Outreach Surgery

Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers Village 11am

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 11am-2pm

Meet mums, drink coffee & eat cake. Call 01505 228087 or email threesistersbake@ for further info.

Email uk or call: 01475 735180.

3rd friday

Birkmyre Park Running Club

Hearing Aid Clinic

Birkmyre Park Gym, Kilmacolm 7pm

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir 1-2pm

An enjoyable and invigorating run in and around Kilmacolm. Tel: 01475 715750.

Personnel are at The Bridge for the issue of hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.


2nd Saturday

Knitting Group

‘Brunch & Browse’

Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers Village 10am - 12noon Knitters of all levels welcome! Call 01505 228087 or email for further info.

Line Dancing Bishopton Primary School 7pm - 8.30pm All abilities welcome. Call Mellissa on 07970 396212 for further details.

every Thursday Kilmacolm Walkers Birkmyre Park Pavilion, Kilmacolm 10am An enjoyable health walk in and around Kilmacolm. Tel: David Goddard 01505 874192 or email

St Fillan’s Hall, Moss Road, Kilmacolm 10am-2pm Home made soups, home baking, tea, coffee, books & lots of stalls. Great value! Disabled access. £4.

farmers markets 1st Saturday Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 10am-2pm (“The Square”)

1st & 3rd Sunday Loch Lomond Shores 10am-3pm Tel: 07977 179 861

2nd & last Saturday Paisley County Square 9am-1pm Tel: 01655 770217

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By My Own Fair Hand Art & Craft Event A design-led art and craft fair held in the beautiful Barony Centre in West Kilbride, organised in conjunction with Craft Town Scotland. Browse and buy from 31 stalls of original art, pottery, jewellery, textiles, photography and so much more… A unique event showcasing some of our finest local artists, designers and makers. A percentage of funds raised from the organisation of this fair are donated to The Lullaby Trust who work with bereaved families and promote safer sleep for babies. Saturday 21st September, 11am - 4pm and entry is free. You can find out more about this exciting event via our facebook page:

Kilmacolm Dramatic Society - Cinderella With a cast-list of more than two dozen, rehearsal time is going to be at a premium for those involved with this year’s pantomime - ‘Cinderella’. Rehearsals are in full swing already & the initial ensemble run-through of one of our big production numbers prompted some who heard it to ask if this was a Rock Choir in practice! Because of the large numbers & the amount of material to be rehearsed we have a trio of Directors - one overall, one Assistant & one Artistic - to reduce the individual pressure & spread the load. Membership of the Society now stands at over 60 with the welcome addition of some new faces for this production however, for those who like to spot friends, neighbours & relatives on the stage, there remains a strong representation of established members. And now for a Pantofact: There is a strong element of cross-dressing in pantomime. Firstly ‘The Dame’ - The Theatrical tradition of men playing women can be traced back to the early days of theatre, when it was deemed inappropriate for women to enter the theatrical profession. Boys played all the female roles in Shakespeare’s plays, and even during the Restoration, when actresses were established on the stage, often middle aged actors played the roles of older or comedic ladies, since the new breed of actress either did not possess the years, or the inclination to play such unglamorous roles. Secondly ‘The Principal Boy’ - played by a girl. Women had played the “breeches role” in theatre as far back as the early 1800’s. By the middle of the nineteenth century the vogue for ladies to take on the heroic roles of “Jack” or “Dick Whittington” or “Aladdin” was beginning, and with the rise of Music Hall it became the rule. Quite simply, the Victorian male, living in a society where even the legs of the parlour piano were covered for modesty’s sake, craved the vision of a well turned calf, or shapely ankle. Whilst ladies were corseted, crinolined or bustled on the street, artistic license allowed ladies upon the stage to wear costumes that revealed shapely legs in tights on condition that they were playing a male role! More next time! Angus Black, President

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Sat 7 September

Thu 12 September

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Sept

Thu 19 September

Woodlands Day Nursery Open Day

Isla St Clair

Doors Open Days

Carrick Centre, Main St, Houston 8pm

Various Venues

St Columba’s School Community Classes

‘The Butts’, Houston Rd, Houston Come along and see what we get up to! Call for further information:- 01505 613134.

BBC Proms in the Park The Park, Glasgow Green 7.30-10pm Singing sensation Melanie C will take to the stage for this year’s Scottish celebrations of BBC Proms In The Park when the spectacular outdoor music event returns to Glasgow Green. Contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disappointment.

Sun 8 September Gents Scratch & Handicap Open Ranfurly Castle Golf Club, Golf Road, Bridge of Weir 1st Prize - £150, 2nd Prize - £100, 3rd Prize £50 In each of the 3 categories:- Scratch, 0-9 & 10-20 handicap. Contact Ronnie Carswell for further information on 01505 612609.

Wed 11 - Sat 14 Sept Paisley Beer Festival Paisley Town Hall It might be a bit later than usual, but it’s sure to be worth the wait… Opening Times Wed 11th 5pm - 11pm Thu 12th noon - 11pm Fri 13th noon - 12am Sat 14th noon - 9pm

Thu 12 September Scottish Country Dancers Kilbarchan Guide Centre 8pm Gryffe Scottish Country Dancers Club will be starting it’s new term. Everyone welcome and tuition is given. The aim of the class is to be sociable and have fun.

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£10 (payable at door). BYOB. For information or to advance book contact 07717 211057 or email

ASEA - Health is Wealth Kilmacolm Community Centre 7.30pm Come and hear about this new amazing health product. Tea/coffee will be served. Call 07450 884986 for details.

Fri 13 September Whatever Gets You Through the Night Paisley Arts Centre 7.30pm Tickets: £8 (£5 conc) - Booking: 0300 300 1210

Fri 13 - Sun 15 Sept Cooklive Event Gibb Stuart Home Hardware, Bridge of Weir 10am to 4pm Homeware suppliers and cookery demonstrations, all under one roof, with lots of exciting offers on the day. In store interactive cooking demonstrations.

Sat 14 September Kilbarchan West Church Guild Coffee Morning Kilbarchan West Church Hall 10am to 12noon All welcome. Tickets £2.50.

Open days for both the Renfrewshire and Inverclyde areas. Visit www.doorsopendays. for further information.

Sports Clubs Open Weekend Various 10am to 1pm Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley On-X, Linwood Renfrew Leisure Centre Erskine Community Sports Centre Supporting Renfrewshire Open Doors Day. 0300 300 0250 or see main advert on page 39.

Sun 15 September Thomas Coats Organ Recital Series Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley 4pm Matt Edwards, Director of Music at Thomas Coats. CCTV will allow the audience to see the console and performer. Entry is free. Visit www. for further information.

Kilmacolm Half Marathon, 10K & 3K Birkmyre Park Gym, Kilmacolm For further information, please see main advert in Sports section of this issue.

Tue 17 September St Columba’s School Community Classes St Columba’s School, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm 7pm to 9pm 8-week evening classes in Art, Badminton, Bridge, Chinese Language & Culture and Spanish begin. See ad on p32 for details.

Kilmacolm New Community Centre 8-week daytime classes in Baby Massage (10-11am), Pre-5 Massage & Reflexology (1112noon) and Creative Writing (3.45-5.15pm). See ad on p32 for details.

Thu 19 - Sat 21 Sept The Wizard of Oz The Beacon Arts Main Theatre, Greenock 7.30pm & 2.30pm Sat Tickets: £15. Concession:£12 (conc available on Thur and Sat Matinee only). Tel: 01475 723723.

fri 20 September Handbags & Gladrags Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 7.30pm A girls night out and handbag auction in aid of ‘Orkidstudio’. See main advert on page 5.

MacMillan Cancer Coffee Morning Bishopton Primary School 9.30am Pupils will provide entertainment. £2 entry.

Sat 21 September By My Own Fair Hand Art & Craft Event Barony Centre, West Kilbride 11am-4pm A percentage of funds raised from the organisation of this fair donated to The Lullaby Trust who work with bereaved families and promote safer sleep for babies. Free entry.

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Scottish Huntington’s Association Every year I try to raise funds for the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) who do so much to give advice and support to families affected by Huntington’s disease. This slow deteriorating condition often involves 25 years of care, largely carried out by the family, who are constantly aware that the next generation has a 50/50 risk of developing the disease. There are now estimated to be around 1,000 cases in Scotland, which means there are possibly 2,000 at risk in the next generation and a further 4,000 in the succeeding generation. Research into this condition continues around the world and we all hope that in the not too distant future there will be a treatment available to defer the onset of the symptoms. The SHA provide a specialist HD advisory service to most parts of Scotland including Lanarkshire (where my sister lives). At long last

Ladies Night Halloween Disco Kilbarchan Primary School Parent Council Ladies Night Halloween Disco Saturday 26th October from 7.30pm til late Kilbarchan Guide Centre, Disco, Fancy Dress prizes (optional fancy dress), raffle BYOB, £5 entry at door.

sun 22 September

Sun 29 September

Brookfield Antiques Fair

Beith Arts New Season

Brookfield Village Hall 12pm-4pm Call 01505 706346 for info. 50p admission fee. Proceeds to Hessilhead Wildlife Trust.

Fri 27 September World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Bernie’s Café Deli, Neva Place, Bridge of Weir 9am to 11am Come along for a tea/coffee and a cake from our special ‘MacMillan’ collection for only £3.95. 50p from every sale will be donated to the MacMillan Cancer Support.

Sat 28 September Drop-in Kirk Café Lochwinnoch Parish Church 10am to 12noon All welcome. £2.50 entry. Drop in for a tea or coffee. Lots of delicious food on offer.

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival Lochwinnoch Parish Church 7.30pm Full details on page 8. Tickets £5 and £2.50 available at Calder Galery and The Junction.

Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith 2.30pm Entry is £9, concessions £7, students and children £2 (pay at the door).

MON 30 September Gryffe Road Plans St Columba’s Senior School Kilmacolm 7pm - 8pm Plans for the proposed extension to the school on Gryffe Road. See ad on p32 for details.

Thu 3 October Magic of the Beatles Paisley Town Hall 7.30pm Tickets: £16 (£14 conc) - Booking: 0300 300 1210

Fri 4 October ‘Brats and Callets’ Thank You For The Music St Columba Church, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm 7.30pm Tickets available at your local shops. For further details call 07500 221001.

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business news iT blog

with Colin Fyfe of Colcom

Mobile device? Hazards beware! Over the last few years and months my computer repair job requirements have changed quite considerably. Where a couple of years ago I would be repairing or recovering two or three faulty hard drives every week, now I may see one faulty hard drive every two weeks. I used to spend my time repairing mostly tower computers, now that is not the case with laptops and mobile devices becoming more popular. Common repairs that I am now faced with are laptop and mobile related, overheating devices are becoming more and more prevalent these days. With on-line video streaming comes a lot of load on the graphics chip for extended periods of time. The graphics chip, already shrouded in the core of the device with all the other components is often further stifled by the very surface on which it sits. A soft couch; or worse, duvet cover will choke the air flow and often results in a particularly expensive and uncertain repair. These mobile devices are also more likely than ever before to get dropped. As obvious as it may sound, a case is a good idea. It is far less likely for me to see a cracked screen on a tablet or phone that has a good, rubberised

or cushioned case. One other mobile related phenomenon that I am not qualified to repair is an affliction supposedly on the increase. The rheumatic condition dubbed ‘iPad elbow’. Supposedly the strain injury can strike halfway through an episode of Wallander, forcing the user to rest their load bearing arm on something. This is the only known cure.

in business

with Steve Povey

Walking Tour of Paisley Sunday 8th Sept - Paisley Town Centre

Exclusive tour with Alexander Stoddart, Sculptor in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen and St Vincent’s Hospice Ambassador. In his capacity of Ambassador to St Vincent’s Hospice, Sandy Stoddart will host this unique architectural and historical tour, to celebrate 25 years of care for all in Renfrewshire and beyond. As a great lover of the rich history of Paisley, Sandy will enlighten you with his depth of knowledge of the town and its architecture. Taking place on Sunday September 8th at 2pm, the tour includes buildings such as Thomas Coats Memorial Church and Paisley Abbey, plus Sandy will guide you through the statues in Dunn Square and of course visit his very own sculpture of John Witherspoon, a former scots Presbyterian minister and signatory on the United States Declaration of Independence. Tickets just £10 with availability limited to 30 people. Reserve your place on or 01505 705635.

I was going to write more in managing stress this month, well in a way I am – when people don’t listen to us, we can get really wound up! Do you think other people have lost the art of conversation? Not sure? Well when was the last time you felt that you were really listened to and understood, that the other person really cared about you, how you felt and why! Or did you say to yourself, ‘they weren’t interested in me or what I had to say, in my views; they just wanted to get their own point across’; of course, they may be saying that about us too! Really, being able to have a meaningful exchange of ideas, to be listened to, respected, to give and receive consideration, respect and regard for views and feelings, takes some work and sincere effort. Yet just a basic set of skills will enable us to make far more progress in business and personal relationships. What are they? Well mothers used to tell their children, ‘you have one mouth and two ears, use them in the proportion with which you were given them’. That pearl of wisdom is the starting point in having a meaningful conversation, one that will bring results in business and create and develop good friendships and relationships. So, how good are you at listening? Do you listen twice as much as you talk? Next is asking the right questions, ones that will really get people talking honestly about their situation, to get the information you need to be able to really help them? We have to recognise that the other party, as we do, has the desire and need to be listened to and understood – and if we are serious about doing that, we have to listen, ask questions to get clarification of what we have heard, ask more questions about why, how, when, where, what, who, and then vitally listen to the answers. When we meet people, the usual greeting is ‘how are you?’ Do you really want to know, do they ever tell you? Add the next question ‘how are really?’ ‘What challenges are you facing?’ and you will probably get a different answer. Only then can we fully appreciate how the other person feels and why, and establish how we can make progress together. When we have done that, we are in a position to be on their side, mentally and emotionally, and crucially they will feel that we are. Using ‘you’ and ‘your’ and not ‘I’ and ‘me’ puts the focus on them. It is said that we will never learn anything by talking - especially about ourselves. (If you would like some advice on how to improve the effectiveness of your business and personal skills contact Steve on 07949 197658 or steve@

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Healthy Minds

with Mo Ferrington, Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist

How to Stay Happy at Work

(When Quitting is Not an Option)

Diary Date!

Saturday 23rd November Ceilidh Night at the River Inn, Houston Come and dance your socks off! More information to follow in next month’s issue.

WHAT’S ON – Grow Kilbarchan meeting. Sunday 1st September, 2pm. Old Library Centre, Kilbarchan. All welcome! WHAT’S ON – Eat Lochwinnoch meeting. Thursday 12th September, 430pm in the LEAP office, 22 Church Street, Lochwinnoch. All welcome!

Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy their work as much as I do, I know this true as they tell me, all the time! These days, you can’t simply change your job the way you change your clothes. You have bills to pay, a family who’s counting on you, and all other responsibilities that require you to keep working. Many people stick to their job and struggle to cope with the emotional distress they are experiencing, thinking and hoping that someday, something better will come. But this attitude could bring you more stress. What if that new job opportunity takes much longer to come, or what if it never comes? Learning how to enjoy our current job is possible. Here are a few little ways to be happy at work, from a Hypnotherapist’s point of view. Have a desk makeover. The clutter in your workstation might be contributing to your anxiety and stress levels. Spending eight hours or more in front of a boring, blank wall and some piles of paperwork is really unpleasant. So try to spruce up your desk with simple yet cute decorations. Maybe you can place a small flower vase, a framed photo of your pets or loved ones, or a beautiful figurine. Make friends with positive people. You may already have friends at work, but are they helping you enjoy your stay in the office or are they adding to your stress levels? Numerous studies have shown that people wouldn’t mind being paid for less if they worked in an environment where they were on good terms with their co-workers, rather than receiving higher salaries, but hate their surroundings. Find something, (anything) to like about everyone around you. Laugh and smile. Smiling and laughing more often can significantly lift your mood and make you earn positive friends at work (the more you smile the more approachable and welcoming you appear to your colleagues). When you do, your brain releases endorphins – the ‘feel-good’ chemicals that contribute to well-being and happiness. Stop comparing. Many people only see the success of others, not thinking about the possible hardships and challenges their peers had to go through to get where they are now. Comparing doesn’t just worsen what you feel, but also makes you farther from reaching your goals. You are YOU and you’d be amazed at how secretly others admire you. Let go of unnecessary arguments. There are times when your boss (or a colleague) will make you feel infuriated. There’s always drama at work, but you don’t have to let yourself get carried away with it. Most battles at work aren’t worth fighting, so just let it go. It’s not going to help you enjoy your situation. In other words don’t sweat the small stuff! Most of all, find a way to enjoy what you do, be the best you can be, be grateful that you can work and decide to be Happy!

Try this at home . . Insulating your Loft Hatch Is your loft hatch acting as a cold spot in your insulated loft? As we start to think about turning the central heating back on after the summer its worth checking your loft hatch. Is your loft hatch letting the warm air you have paid for escape through your roof? Even if you have insulated the rest of your loft you could still improve your overall insulation by making sure your loft hatch is insulated and draught proofed. It can be done quite simply by gluing a thick piece of styrofoam or wool insulation to the back of the panel. Then use draught proofing strips (inexpensive rubber tubing that comes in a roll or straight strips) either fix these around the bottom lip of the hole or around the bottom of the hatch panel. If your hatch panel is quite light, it might be too light to have a good seal. To make a better seal put a hook and eye on opposite sides of the hatch to hold it down tight. We have 2 great Youtube videos on the LEAP website which show how to do this, where a stair ladder is stored on top of the loft hatch and for a hatch with no stair ladder. Easy and cheap to do and can reduce the amount of heat escaping into your loft by 30%. Go to to find out more, or contact LEAP and we can help you by carrying out a FREE Home Energy Check to see what easy measures could be taken to improve the energy efficiency of your house, before winter sets in. For more info about any part of the LEAP Project, please contact us at, drop in, or telephone one of our offices: 22 Church St, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4AD, Tel: 01505 842 530 9 High Barholm, Kilbarchan, PA10 2EF, Tel: 01505 706 070 Advance Place, Main St, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3PB, Tel: 01505 612 034

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dental health with Sheila Macintyre Fillings – the Options Explained

Filling teeth is a major part of any dentist’s day. Patients now have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a material to fill a cavity but the most popular choices are still tooth coloured materials (eg. Resin composite) and traditional metal based materials (eg. Amalgam).


The downside of amalgam fillings is that the tooth needs to be shaped to keep them in place. This means that often healthy tooth tissue is removed in order to make the right ‘shape’ to retain the filling. Teeth can also sometimes be too badly damaged to shape leaving extraction or white fillings as the only alternatives. Resin Composite (“White”) Fillings are made of ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. In the past they have not been strong enough to be used in back teeth but at Kilbarchan Dental Practice we use a particularly strong resin composite (siloraine) designed to withstand the forces placed on your molar teeth.

Dental Amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper and has been around for a long time, first getting a mention in China in 659 AD! The mercury binds the metals together to provide a strong, hard, durable filling and is the only element that will bind the metals so they can be easily manipulated to fill a cavity.

As well as giving you a nice white smile resin composite bonds directly with your tooth so this means that there is often less unnecessary tooth tissue removed and they can even strengthen or repair damaged teeth.

Amalgam is one of the best filling materials when dentists need to place fillings in areas of the mouth that are difficult to keep dry, such as molars (back teeth) or cavities below the gumline. It is still the most reliable filling material for a long-term, low cost and low maintenance repair.

Deciding which type of filling to use is best made by the patient and dentist, taking into account the size and location of the cavity, patient history, cosmetic concerns and cost.

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White fillings do cost a bit extra as there’s more involved in the process and the tooth must be completely dry when the material is being applied and cured.

If you have any queries regarding any aspect of dental health, would like to make an appointment or require more information about fillings, don’t hesitate to visit us at the practice, call us on 01505 704969 or click www.

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Huge Spectrum Of Rotary Speakers Although Gryffe Valley Rotary focuses on raising funds and helping to support communities in a variety of projects, it also aims to enjoy good food and fellowship at its weekly meetings. This aim is enhanced most weeks by being informed and entertained by speakers addressing a huge spectrum of topics. A number of these speakers provide information on a wide range of charities and good causes. Over the past year, these have included Kidney Kids, the Scottish Spina Bifida Association, Carers Scotland, Heartstop, St Vincent’s Hospice, Renfrewshire Disabled Sport, the Wynd Centre, the Freedom from Fistula Foundation, Mary’s Meals and CHAS. All are really worthy causes deserving of everyone’s support, especially in these times of austerity cutbacks. Some talks were on Rotary related matters. There are a number of schemes to encourage young people to travel and to help engender international understanding, and the club had talks from students from South Africa and the USA who were spending a year pursuing their studies in Scotland, and from a sponsored student from Gryffe High who spoke of her trip to the European Parliament in Strasburg. Over the past year there have been many speakers addressing a veritable cornucopia of topics which defy classification! Some had local content, like the history of Greenock and of Kilmacolm, the story of The Advertizer itself, Clyde shipping, local government and the Kilmacolm Civic Trust. Other topics covered bats, whisky, life sciences, the KGB, aviation, railway infrastructure, athletics, the Church of Scotland Moderator (by the Moderator herself!), the causes and treatment of strokes, and London 2012 by Sir Craig Reedie. And who could have anticipated a talk on the clockwork precision involved in transporting a large circus around Switzerland by railway! Clearly, with the benefit of such broad based learning opportunities, club members must be your first choice for the local pub quiz! For more details about the speakers and their topics, and indeed about other club activities, please refer to the Gryffe Valley Rotary website.

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LEAP Car Club Residents in Bridge of Weir may have noticed that the LEAP Car Club parking space has moved. The space we were originally allocated was under a tree, and between our little feathered friends and needles falling from the tree, the car needed continuous cleaning. Look out for our new space as you enter the Livery Walk Car Park. The Car Club has also invested in new car seats for our cars, making the Club more family friendly. Each car in Lochwinnoch and Bridge of Weir now has a booster seat (in the Lochwinnoch Fusion, this is an inflatable seat that is kept in the boot). The Lochwinnoch C Max also has a child seat for children between 9 months and 4 years. Having these seats means that members won’t have to transport seats as well as children to the cars. We still have a couple of £15 memberships left in Bridge of Weir, so if you are thinking about joining the Club, now is the time to do it. Members must be aged between 21 and 75 and have held their licence for 2 years. Contact diane@myleapproject. org for further information or pop into our office. For more info about any part of the LEAP Project, please contact us at, drop in, or telephone one of our offices in 22 Church St, Lochwinnoch, 9 High Barholm, Kilbarchan, or Advance Place, Main St, Bridge of Weir. See article on p23 for more details.

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Lift and Share and Journey Share Interest has been shown from a number of local residents to share journeys to and from places of work. Locally there are a small number of people who have already signed up to the online journey share forum which promotes lift or journey sharing in Scotland. SPT (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport) are promoting the ‘journeyshare’ online platform that allows people to find other people within your community who are looking to share trips to work for example. LEAP wants to promote this scheme and help match up people looking to share trips, save money and fuel. You can sign up at or get in touch with LEAP and we can help you by matching you up with other local people going your way - contact Scott by email scott@myleapproject. org For more info about any part of the LEAP Project, please contact us at, drop in, or telephone one of our offices: 22 Church St, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4AD, Tel: 01505 842 530 9 High Barholm, Kilbarchan, PA10 2EF, Tel: 01505 706 070 Advance Place, Main St, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3PB, Tel: 01505 612 034

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Make A Will Fortnight

A gift in your Will is a gift of future care. Whatever your age, having an up to date Will is very important. It is the only way of ensuring that all your wishes are carried out after you die. It also ensures that your family and friends are provided for as you’d like. Your friends and family are your priority which is only right, however after making provisions for them, please consider supporting St Vincent’s Hospice with a gift in your Will. Make a Will for FREE with St Vincent’s Hospice. Your generosity allows future generations to be cared for. To make a FREE Will please contact: M/s Carole Thomson, Mackie Thomson Solicitors – 53 Moss Street, Paisley, PA1 1DR. T:0141 8486000; Mr. Allan Stewart, McCartney Stewart Solicitors – 18 Paisley Road, Renfrew, PA4 8JM. T: 0141 8851858 E:; Mr. John Armit, Hunter and Robertson – 35 High Street, Paisley, PA1 2AG. T: 0141 8893196 E:; Mr. Davidson, T.F Reid and Robertson – 48 Causeyside Street, Paisley, PA1 1YH. T:0141 8897531 E:

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village news bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir Repairs to the pavement on Gryffe Place in Bridge of Weir have been carried out by Renfrewshire Council. The pavement was badly cracked and could easily have caused a trip or a fall. The damage to the railings on the bridges at the bottom of Glen Park has been inspected by the council and repairs will be carried out as soon as practicable to ensure they are safe. Cairellot Nursery and Learning Centre in Bishopton recently won a trio of awards from the Care Inspectorate, Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Social Services Council for their outstanding work in the community. I was delighted to pop in for a visit and see their work at first hand – it was clear Rosie and the team have a clear commitment to the children that goes way beyond simply being a job. It’s no surprise to me that Cairellot Win a Lot! Langbank Primary School is to benefit as part of the council’s overall £30million investment in schools across Renfrewshire. There will be an electrical upgrade and general refurbishment of the school. Following reports of speeding on Main Road, Langbank, a temporary speed camera was installed on Main Road to monitor vehicle speeds. Although the average speed was recorded as lower than in other places, it was disappointing to see that there is clearly an issue with many vehicles being driven well above the limit – including recorded speeds of over 50mph. The community appreciate that most drivers are responsible but would appreciate if they were extra vigilant on Main Road – particularly as the school bus uses it as a pick up and drop off point. E-mail: Surgeries: 4th Monday: Langbank PS (from 6pm) and Bishopton Library (from 6.45 pm) and Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir 4th Wednesday (from 6.30pm). Tel: 0300 300 1295.

Langbank Bridge Club The Club meets for the new season on Wednesday 18th September at 7.30pm in the Village Centre, Middlepenny Road, Langbank. New and old members very welcome. For further information please telephone Sheila Cowan, 01475 540609.

Bridge for Beginners This year’s session of ‘Bridge for Beginners’ will commence at 2pm on Friday 6th September at the Bridge Community Centre, Bridge of Weir and will continue weekly. It will suit complete beginners, novice players, or those returning to the game. Classes are from 2pm - 4pm every Friday and cost £2 on attendance. I look forward to seeing some old faces and some new. For further details please phone Stewart Fyfe on 01505 612786.

Bridge of Weir National Women’s Register We meet fortnightly, on Tuesday evenings, in members homes, to enjoy lively discussions on serious – and not so serious! - matters. And you don’t need to live in Bridge of Weir, all are welcome. Contact or call 01505 612472.

Coffee Morning On Friday 20th September at 9.30am at Bishopton Primary School - our annual coffee morning to raise funds for both Macmillan Cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness. Admission is £2 per person with tea/ coffee and biscuits. All pupils will be providing the entertainment. It’s limited capacity, so first come basis for seats. Pupils will wear pink/red to school that day and bring in a donation for Breast Cancer Awareness.

FESTIVAL OF MUSIC Over the weekend of 14th - 16th June, a Festival of Music was held at the Gryffe Inn, Bridge of Weir, in aid of various cancer charities. We would like to thank Douglas Turner and Stephen Wilson for organising all of the bands which took part - Shenanigans, Crooked Reel, Thunder Road, John Langley and singer Duncan Keith. We would also like to thank Elita Nanson for agreeing to have seven inches cut off her hair for ‘The Little Princess Trust’ which provide real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses.

The weekend was a great success and raised a total sum of £3,938.05 for Access at Ardgowan Greenock, Marie Curie Cancer Care and McMillan Nurses. Many thanks to everyone who attended the Festival of Music for their generous support and to those that sponsored Elita. We would like to hold this fundraising event again next year. If you would be willing to sponsor a band, please contact either of the organisers named above or Elita Nanson by email -

With sadness: Unfortunately, Katherine Turner passed away peacefully at home with her family on Monday 19th August 2013.

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Bridge of Weir Community Council The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd September at 7pm in the Cargill Hall, when we will hear responses to the numerous consultations we’ve been asked to participate in during the summer months. The Licensing Boards Statement of Licensing Policy, Renfrewshire Council’s Developing Community Resilience, Scottish Governments Towards a Litter Free Scotland and Planning Scotland’s Sea’s. We also hope to hear from the Police with an update on how Police Serving Scotland is operating locally. The Community Council has withdrawn from the proposed Hydro Project as it was felt that there were too many obstacles for us to overcome. We understand that Renfrewshire Council Officials are currently looking into our request for a Cycling Proficiency area, and we have asked Renfrewshire Council to provide more litter bins in Houston Road Park. At our request Renfrewshire Council are to repair the railings on the Pedestrian Bridges at the approach to The Glen from Main Street. We once again reported the irregular sequence of the Traffic Lights at Main Street / Houston Road corner. We welcome the much improved landscaping at Bernie’s Café Deli, Neva Place. Complaints of cars going over the pavement to park at the undeveloped area of Neva Place has been reported to us, this has been passed on to the Community Police and Renfrewshire Council. Finally sincere thanks to the volunteers of Brighter Bridge of Weir for the beautiful floral display they have provided for the Village over the summer.

From Bethlehem to Bridge of Weir So how long did it take YOU to prepare for a wedding? Allow us in the OLIVE TREE team to smirk a little! It was just 24 hours before we knew for certain that 2 Palestinian Christians from Bethlehem, Salpi Giacaman and Osama Ata, would finally make it in time for their marriage ceremony on 28th July at Freeland Church, Bridge of Weir. But, after visa refusal, appeals and help from the office of our MP Jim Sheridan, eventually Salpi and Osama arrived - amidst tears of relief and joy. One day to spare! The wedding ceremony, conducted by Rev Clarence Musgrave, the former Church of Scotland minister in St Andrews Church, Jerusalem was poignant and beautiful. From nowhere it seemed, help materialised…..beautiful flowers (M Russell – Kilmacolm), a piper (R Aitchison of course!), a superb cake and great photographs (Molly and Mike McGavigan), heavenly singing from Carol Whyte (Lochwinnoch) and house keeping courtesy of Helen Martin! Grateful thanks too to Rev Kenneth Gray and the church officers and organist who were so welcoming. The Olive Tree Caterers simply shone as did the sun eventually, and so a huge thank you must be given to the OT Team for their great part in enabling this unusual wedding to be such a memorable occasion at such VERY short notice! Thank you everyone!

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Raise a cup for MacMillan Come along to Bernie’s Café Deli, Neva Place, Bridge of Weir on Friday 27th September between 9am and 11am and purchase a tea/coffee and a cake from our special ‘MacMillan’ collection for only £3.95. 50p from every sale will be donated to the MacMillan Cancer Support.

Bridge of Weir Tenants and Residents Association The recent meeting on 20th August was well attended, with lively discussions on a number of issues. The police report showed a marked increase in crimes during July. These were mainly domestic incidents and opportunist thefts that have been mostly attributed to a combination of the hot weather and alcohol. Various housing issues were discussed, with the Housing department now excepting responsibility for the road at St Mungo’s Court, so maybe now after 2 years the drain in the road will be fixed. A number of pathways were specified as having overgrown vegetation and work is ongoing to alleviate this problem. All in attendance expressed their appreciation of the development at Neva Place and thanked Colin McGinn (The Gryffe Advertizer) in person at the meeting, for helping to enhance the village. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 17th September at 7.30pm with the venue to be confirmed. Bridge of Weir TARA meetings are open to all tenants and residents of the village, so if you have a problem with housing, roads, etc., why not come along and air your views.

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bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir Bridge of Weir Lace Group We meet fortnightly, on Tuesday mornings, throughout the winter. If you are interested please phone 01505 613967.

Hearing Aid Centre at The Bridge Personnel are at The Bridge from 1pm to 2pm on the third Friday of every month for the issue of hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.

Langbank SWRI We are delighted that Trish Haggarty, hairdresser and beautician of `GIRLS NIGHT IN` (Bridge of Weir) will be at our annual Coffee Evening being held on Thursday 19th September in The Village Centre at 7.30pm. We would like to welcome all ladies from the village to this, the first evening of the 20013/2014 session.

Praising the Volunteers There is a huge amount of voluntary effort that goes on across Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank – often unrecognised. Cllr Michael Holmes told The Advertizer, “This month I wanted to recognise the work of two groups in Bridge of Weir. It is easy to forget that The Bridge on Main Street (which houses the Post Office) could well have become a rundown, derelict building in the heart of the village, were it not for the vision of a relatively few, but determined, individuals. The village now has a Post Office, fairtrade shop, bridge club and community cinema thanks to their efforts. I’d encourage everyone to use it – and especially the cinema which shows a foreign language film and a classic film each month. More information on The Bridge can be found at: www.thebridge-bridgeofweir. org.” “Similarly the ‘Brighter Bridge of Weir’ group continue to do a fantastic job landscaping of the village and their work meant walks around the village were greatly enhanced during the fantastic summer. The group works all year round and is grateful of offers of help all year round – please contact them via:”

Embroiderers’ Guild We start back after our summer break on Wednesday 18th September with our AGM. We meet at 7.30pm in The Bridge on Main Street in Bridge of Weir. This is going to be a very special year for us as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Branch (our Pearl Anniversary)! We have lots of special things planned! For more information contact Sue Whitaker 01505 612979.

The Bridge

Bridge of Weir Calendar 2014 A must buy for 2014 – The Bridge of Weir calendar. After last year’s success the Trustees of The Bridge have produced a local calendar for 2014 with the invaluable assistance of members of Paisley Colour Photographic Club. The hanging A4 sized calendar incorporates 12 colourful photographs of scenes/landmarks around Bridge of Weir, along with a diary section to note all your important dates. The calendar will be on sale in The Bridge from Monday 9th September for £5.75.

Christmas Cards A variety of Christmas cards including ‘Greetings from Bridge of Weir’, a selection of Tradecraft cards as well as a card designed by local artist, Alison Bannerman, will be available from the end of September. A number of customers were disappointed last year as stocks of Alison’s cards quickly sold out. This year’s design will again be a best seller – buy your packs early to avoid disappointment!

The Bridge - Your Local Community Centre Shop As well as our comprehensive stock of Stationery items, Greetings Cards and Gift Bags we have a selection of gifts produced by local craft workers together with Fair Trade items. After browsing enjoy a cup of coffee in the café and take time to appreciate the art work on display.

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kilbarchan & lochwinnoch Lochwinnoch SWRI The new season of the Lochwinnoch SWRI commences on Wednesday 19th September at 7.30pm in the McKillop Hall. Our speaker will be Wendy Sandiford and her subject is “The Mitford Girls”. The competitions are:- 1. Jar of Blackcurrant Jam, 2. Posy of fresh flowers We look forward to welcoming members and friends and we would be delighted to see new members from the village….. so come along ladies and join us, it is only once a month and you will meet old and new friends and help to keep a village institution going. If you do not know much about SWRI there is a friendly and informative web site which will tell you all you need to know! We have a very interesting programme of talks and demonstrations arranged for 2013/14 so come along and join us!

Kilbarchan Book Launch In August, Colin Campbell from Kilbarchan and his publisher Derek Rodger, of Argyll Publishing, Glendaruel, launched Colin’s new book ‘Engine of Destruction. The 51st (Highland) Division in the Great War’. The 51st emerged from the war as an elite division. The launch took place in the Kilbarchan Guide Centre, and a packed hall heard extracts from the book read by relatives of some of the witnesses to the 51st’s battles. Maureen Bowman of Kilmacolm read a relative’s account. Music on the violins of Cavan and Eve Campbell of Bridge of Weir and the bagpipes of Ruaraidh Edwards expressed the emotion to the event. Picture shows Colin Campbell and Ruaraidh Edwards.

Kilbarchan West Church Now that summer is behind us, we start to think of all the activities that start up in September to keep us busy over the darker evenings. Junior Church, Crèche and FEWsion all started up on Sunday 18th August when some of the youngsters from Junior Church moved up to FEWsion and we would be pleased to see any young people from babies to teenagers coming along to join us. The Midweek Fellowship restarts on Wednesday 4th September at 10.30am in the Session House. Come along and join us for tea/coffee, chat and a short informal act of worship at 11am.

Country Dance Classes What better way to keep fit, ladies, than join a Country Dance Class? Each Tuesday evening at 7.45pm starting on Tues 10th Sept. No previous experience necessary and good fun and good company are promised.

Coffee Morning The Guild are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 14th September from 10am – 12noon. Tickets priced £2.50 can be had at the door. As well as the usual baking stall there will be a White Elephant Stall and a Craft Stall. A chance to meet up with friends for a coffee and a bit of local shopping.

Another New Tartan

Lochwinnoch Weekly Walks Meet at the McKillop Centre in Lochwinnoch for a weekly walk around Lochwinnoch, every Monday except on holidays. Perfect for blowing away the cobwebs, a wee bit of exercise and a good chat.

Kilbarchan East Church Guild The Guild resumes on Tuesday 24th September in the Church Hall at 7.30pm. Our topic that night will be the Guild Theme “A Fellowship to Build”. All will be made welcome.

The Old Library Centre, Kilbarchan At the Old Library Centre, the Board and Volunteers are preparing for the Autumn programme. Our web page has been updated to show the classes, concerts and facilities available and access is now on your mobile device. I would like to draw your attention to some important changes. The amalgamation of Reid Kerr College, Clydebank College and the James Watt College, to be known as the West College Scotland, has meant that our Computer Classes have now to be run on Monday morning and Thursday morning from 10am until 12noon. We are delighted that some previous participants in these classes are returning and we will welcomed them back on Monday 26th August and Thursday 29th August. There will be a few places in both these classes. Whether you are an absolute novice or an expert looking to increase your knowledge of computing you will be welcomed at these classes. Call in to the Centre, 9 High Barholm, phone 01505 706070 or get details from our web site Exercise classes are held in Yoga on Wednesday morning (10am-11.30am) and evenings (7pm-8.30pm) and Pilates on Monday morning (10am11.15am) and Wednesday afternoon (l.45pm-3pm). Information of concerts, classes and interest groups are also displayed on the Centre’s window. Phone 01505 706070 for further details. The office has excellent photocopying and printing facilities. Costs are extremely competitive. The Centre is organised by a registered charity for the residents of Kilbarchan and surrounding area and is run by volunteers. We have many visits from tourists and locals seeking information of the family history and the area. Everyone is made welcome.

Daytime Leisure classes

Art, fitness and yoga classes continue to be held in the Guide Centre, High Barholm, Kilbarchan. Our three art classes and tone and shape fitness class are currently full, but names can be added to our waiting list for these popular activities. There are a few spaces available at Mature Movers (Tuesday 10.40am – 11.40am) and at Yoga (Thursday 10am – 11am). For further details, to reserve your place or add your name to our waiting list - phone Jean on 703758 or Christine on 703056 or visit our website The Guide Centre is also available to hire for private functions. Contact Carol on 01505 702758 for details. See our website www.girlguidingkilbarchan. for details of our Hall facilities as well as Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units.

Monday 9th September is the anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, in which James IV of Scotland and most of his followers were killed. To mark this anniversary, Christine MacLeod in the National Trust for Scotland’s Weaver’s Cottage has created a new tartan. Each of the colours represents a portion of the Flodden story. It will be off the loom in time for the anniversary, so there are only a few days left to see it in progress. The cottage is open every afternoon from 1pm to 5pm, except Wednesdays and Thursdays and closes for the season on Monday 30th September. Photo above shows the Flodden tartan on the loom.

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kilbarchan & lochwinnoch Calling Scottish Country Dancers Gryffe SCD Club will be starting it’s new term on Thursday 12th September at 8pm in the Kilbarchan Guide Centre. Whilst this is a ‘General’ class suitable for dancers with some experience, beginners are always welcome and tuition is given. The aim of the class is to be sociable and have fun. Look forward to seeing everyone again. Les.

Kilbarchan East Drama group Rehearsals are now well under way for “Flint Street Nativity” to be performed on 21st-23rd November. Details of how to order tickets in next month’s Advertizer. Kilbarchan residents affected by the power outage at the Glentyan sub station back in May should be aware that following negotiations with Scottish Power a goodwill payment and compensation for excess on insurance claims was agreed. If you are continuing to experience any difficulty in reaching a satisfactory conclusion please let me know. The refurbishment of the car park at the rear of Ewing Street has now been undertaken, which will help ease congestion in the centre of the village. Plans for additional parking in Fulton Crescent were drawn up over the summer. We asked Council officers to look at modifying the plans to take into account some issues which arose during a consultation meeting held with residents. As a parent and someone who worked with children and families for almost 40 years, I am well aware of the importance of child care provision. As such I helped to secure an interim service for the Lochwinnoch families through Renfrewshire Council. I am, therefore, delighted that the Council has identified grant funding that will, subject to a satisfactory registration process, assist a partner organisation to continue after school care provision at the school. In Lochwinnoch the drains in Main Street, which have been a cause of some concern, have recently been cleared. Similar work to empty the gullies in Newton of Barr recently undertaken resulted in minor remedial work being identified by Council officers. Proposals to undertake this work will now go before the relevant Council board for approval. Road resurfacing is taking place across Renfrewshire and I am pleased that further work on Barn Green in Kilbarchan is part of this programme. Surgeries: first Saturday of each month - 9am, McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch and 10am, Steeple Hall, Kilbarchan. Contact: e-mail cllr. or phone 0300 300 1274 or 07534 156007.

Eat Lochwinnoch Organic Fruit and Veg Delivery Club

If you have an interest in locally produced food, come along to the next Eat Lochwinnoch meeting. The next meetings are on Thursday 1st August and Thursday 12th September at 4.30pm in the LEAP Lochwinnoch office. All welcome!

Book Group Our next meeting is on 3rd September at 7.15pm in the Old Kilbarchan Library. Two books will be discussed - “The Dying Light” by Henry Porter and “Death and the Penguin” by Andre Kurkov. Anyone who loves reading is welcome to come along.

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Drop-in Kirk Café At Lochwinnoch Parish Church on Saturday 28th September from 10am - noon.

Country Dancing Come along to the Country Dancing classes in the McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch. We meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm from 17th September and spend a good deal of the time laughing, and the rest enjoying the music and benefiting from the much needed exercise. It is great fun and we would love to increase our numbers. Call Lorna Black 01505 843048 for more information.

Kilbarchan NWR During September, the group will visit Glasgow Cathedral, discuss who we think are the powerful women of this century and enjoy a speaker from Scottish Opera. For further details, see the website:

Classic Cars Return To Castle Semple Country Park A classic car show will be held at Castle Semple Country Park, Lochwinnoch on Sunday 20th October 11am- 3pm. This will be the third event of its type held at the scenic loch car park and has proved to be very successful. There is space for 80 cars to come and event organiser Jane Fawcett is looking for local cars owners to join her. “Last year we had lots of unusual cars enter into the show. Many classic and custom car owners don’t attend the Classic car show scene, but last year we had many ‘unseen for many years’ cars as owners were enticed to come down due to the scenic location and the hard standing used. As classic car owners, we usually get punted into a mudbath of a field, so the car park location is fantastic for keeping our much loved motors clean and shiny for the public to ogle! I’d love to see as many local cars there as possible. Dust it off, get the chrome shining and enter the show!” If you wish to join us please contact janga666@ or call 07989319038 to enter your car. Limited to 80 cars. Anti social behaviour has unfortunately been evident in some parts of Kilbarchan recently, causing upset and worry to constituents. I am so concerned about this that my Scottish Parliamentary colleague, Stewart Maxwell MSP, and myself, plan a meeting with senior police regarding this. I take a very dim view of this kind of behaviour and I will continue to work closely with police, local residents and council officers to do all I can to try and stamp it out. Kilbarchan families and residents deserve no less. I have a particular interest in heritage tourism and really believe it is vital to safeguard all our heritage assets, so earlier in the summer when the hall keepers at the Steeple Hall in Kilbarchan, where I hold my Kilbarchan surgery, informed me that the clock and other aspects on the Steeple Tower required attention and repair I was quick to report it to council officers and it has now been repaired. The historic Steeple Hall is crucial both as a icon of village identity and as a important community venue for the village. It has came to my attention that there is a rumour going around Lochwinnoch that Viewfield Park is going to be developed by Renfrewshire Council, which leases the site to Viewfield Rovers. Following approaches to council officers and to the management of Viewfield Rovers both parties are clear there is no truth in this rumour, which I am very pleased about. Prior to my election, I stated that I would fight to keep as many community facilities in Lochwinnoch as possible, and I stand by that pledge. My Kilbarchan advice surgery is on the second Wednesday of the month, excluding July, at 7.45pm in the Steeple Hall, and my Lochwinnoch advice surgery is on the fourth Wednesday of the month, excluding July, at 7.30pm in the McKillop Institute. You can follow me on Twitter at CllrAndy4Ward8, call me on 07534 148224, or email

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houston, crosslee & brookfield “Progress, progress, progress” Over the past four to six weeks, Kilallan Kirk Preservation Trust, (KKPT) and their professional advisers, have been very busy working on the preparation of the tender documents for the preservation work at the old Kirk and are now happy to announce that the tender package has been issued to a short list of selected Conservation Contractors. Tenders were due back on the 23rd August 2013 and a decision as to the preferred Contractor will be made. The preservation work on the Kirk is scheduled to start at the end of September therefore, the site will be closed to the public from then, until the end of March 2014 or thereby, a period of six months or so. If anyone would like to visit the site, then please do so before the work starts. KKPT will put a notice in The Advertizer, at the Kirk and on our website, when the works are complete and the public is free to enter the Kirk and grounds once again.



Houston Kirk back from Holiday At Houston Kirk the busy round year programme of activities is about to recommence. We have returned to our normal 11am start and our many organisations will be meeting in the coming weeks to restart. The Boys’ Brigade will be holding their annual coffee morning on Saturday 31st August between 10.30am and 12.30noon. In the Church Hall. Tickets are £1 and you can expect to enjoy tea, coffee and home-baking, as well as such attractions as tombola, games, tattoos and nail painting, pocket money toys and a console games and sports gear stall. Breakfast rolls will also be on sale. The Guild will begin their session with a Harvest Supper on Tuesday 3rd September in the Church Hall. Old and new members will be most welcome. Senior Citizens start their year on September 4th and are also keen to have new members. May we remind you of the beautiful rose garden at the back of the church, where you can find peace, seclusion or a place to chat. Many of the roses there are in memory of loved ones and it is a place many people enjoy visiting.

We are hoping to organise and run another Community Gravestone Recording Training Session for volunteers before the work starts. Please keep an eye out for information about this around the local villages and on the KKPT website. The fieldwork training is carried out by professional Archaeologists and these sessions are interesting, informative and, more importantly, lots of fun. KKPT needs as many volunteers as possible to take part. So if you are interested please contact Lynn Rew at or call 01505 874193 or 07595 461550. If you wish to keep up to date with KKPT and everything to do with the project, check out our website, and/or check out our Facebook page,

Brookfield Antiques Fair A very wide selection of interesting objects on sale from paintings and prints to vintage soft toys, costume jewellery, glass, pottery and ceramics and just about everything that falls under the collector bracket, including 50s and 60s chic to tribal art and artefacts. The fair, on Sunday 22nd September starts at 12noon and runs to 4pm. All enquiries to 01505 706346. 50p admission fee and all of those proceeds will be donated to Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust.

Houston & Crosslee SWRI We meet on the second Wednesday of the month from September until April at 7.30pm in the Compass Centre, South Street, Houston. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday 11th September when we will have Cora Ham and Margaret Thomson who will be showing us the many beautiful quilted articles they have made. The Handiwives will meet on Monday 9th September in the Carrick Centre from 7pm (to allow time for setting up) to 10pm (please note change of date and venue). We will be starting to make a Tote Bag. We look forward to seeing all our members and any visitors will be made very welcome. If you wish more information please contact Elaine Johnston: Telephone 01505 324827 or email

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houston, crosslee & brookfield Council has officially ended its recess and there are lots of important challenges to be tackled and opportunities to be grasped in this session. As it has been recess since my last report business has been quiet within Council, however there are a few local ward matters on which to update you. Planning Application Withdrawn: Readers may recall in my last column I drew your attention to a planning application at Houston Road, which seemed pre-mature considering the Scottish Government Reporter has still to decide if the land is appropriate for housing development. Objections were certainly raised to this application and it has been withdrawn at this stage. Local Bus Services: I am very strongly of the view that local elected representatives must highlight the need for decent bus services in rural areas and I have been in communication with SPT to highlight the impact that withdrawal of the x6a would have on this part of Renfrewshire. The initial decision by SPT to provide short term subsidy was most welcome but I have continually pressed the case for continued subsidy of this route. I am delighted to inform you that they have recently contacted me to confirm that they have put this route out to tender signalling their intention to continue to support this service. I would urge local residents to take advantage of all local bus services as increased use will help ensure continued sustainability. Surgeries: Thur 5th Sept, 7pm - Linwood High School, Tue 17th Sept, 7pm - Tweedie Hall, Linwood, Wed, 18th Sept, 6.30pm - Carrick Centre, Houston. I have been busy attending to constituents concerns ranging from the high number of road closures around the villages, overgrown shrubbery and hedges covering footways, to complaints of inadequate grass cutting and dog fouling. Now that the summer recess is over, the new cycle of Council Policy Board meetings will commence towards the end of August and again as an opposition Councillor I will be scrutinising policy documents being brought forward for Council approval. For many years, both in administration as well as opposition, I have lobbied the Education Department to review the catchment area issue to allow all Houston children to attend St Fillan’s Primary School in line with the other two schools in the area. It seems success at last as a catchment review for St Fillan’s is part of a policy paper going to this month’s Education Policy Board and if approved the Council will undertake a broad consultation with the communities and focus groups to assess recommendations. It came as a pleasant surprise to find that a number of roads in Brookfield had been resurfaced, despite them not appearing on the resurfacing programme for this financial year. However this work has caused a problem for some residents as the raised level of the road surface is now above a number of drop kerbs with the fear that surface water may run in towards properties. Their concerns have been reported to the Roads Department. Surgeries: None in September. October onwards – 2nd Tuesday monthly, Brookfield Village Hall, 6pm-6.30pm, Houston Village Hall, 7pm-7.45pm. Contact: 01505 610018, e-mail

kilmacolm & quarriers I attended the Royal Gala Opening of the Beacon Arts Centre in the presence of His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex. This was a splendid affair and was an opportunity to thank our project partners, trusts and many individual donors who have helped enormously to make the vision of 2004 a reality in 2013. As a supporter of the Royal Family, I revelled in having the National Anthem at the beginning and the end of the show. I thoroughly recommend a visit to the Beacon for a performance or simply a coffee in an outstanding riverside location. There is something for everybody in the programme including for those of my generation, an Elvis look-alike coming up in October . The Semple Sports Access Partnership including all watersports clubs who use the Loch is working with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park to develop a new club centre. CMRP is supportive of this initiative and I met several constituents at the launch of the venture which includes sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. We finally seem to be catching up with white lining on our many resurfaced roads. For some reason yellow lines do not have a similar delay. Surgeries: Monday 2nd Sept 6pm-7pm,St Francis School, Port Glasgow and 14th Sept 10am-11am, Cargill Centre Kilmacolm. Contact: 01475 712727 / 741969 and 07766 992294.

Art Classes

Mission Fund

will resume, in St Fillan’s Church Hall, Kilmacolm, on Thur 10th Oct. We do have a short waiting list, but if you are interested please call 01505 613967.

The AGM will be in St Columba church large hall, Kilmacolm on Mon 23rd Sept at 8pm. All welcome. (sco42445)

Inverclyde’s Doors Open Days 14th-15th September

For further information on Inverclyde Doors Open Days visit the Council website at or One of the highlights is a guided tour around Quarriers Village learning about the history of the Orphan Homes of Scotland and founder William Quarrier.

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kilmacolm & quarriers Kilmacolm Bridge Club Kilmacolm Bridge Club commences the new season on Monday 2nd September at 7.15pm in the New Community Centre, Kilmacolm. The Club is part of the Scottish Bridge Union, and plays competitive bridge within the Renfrewshire Bridge League. Our first evening is an Open evening, welcoming any interested bridge players to come along for a friendly game and assessment of the standard of play. Further details from our Secretary, Mrs Elspeth Marcroft on 01505 872745.

Bridge For Beginners DO YOU WANT TO LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE?? Classes start on Wednesday 5th September - 2pm until 4pm In the Kilmacolm Community Centre. Further details from 01505 872345. This is a class for anyone who has not played Bridge before and will start with very basic instructions. It will last for twelve weeks – in two six week sessions. Cost for one session £40 i.e., £80 for the whole 12 week course. Look forward to seeing you then.

Introducing ASEA - Health is Wealth Kilmacolm Community Centre - Thu 12th Sept 7.30pm

Come and hear about this new amazing health product . Tea/Coffee will be served. Contact Clair on 07450 884986 for further information. During the month of August, the Council undertook a formal consultation on a proposal to develop a transit site for Gypsy Travellers at Kelburn Park in Port Glasgow. The outcome of the consultation will be considered by the Council and a decision made in the next couple of months on whether or not to proceed to the next stage of submitting a formal planning application. The Council has also been consulting on updated traffic regulation orders for Kilmacolm and a proposal to time limit parking in the main village car park at the Cargill Centre to two hours. There have been a number of responses from local residents and businesses and officers will take account of these responses when developing their final proposals. The safety surface at the children’s play area in Birkmyre Park is now in a poor state of repair. Officers are currently exploring options for a new surface and I would hope that the work will be carried out in the near future.

The new St Columba’s High School in Gourock recently opened to pupils and staff after undergoing extensive refurbishment. It is most definitely one of the best school buildings I’ve ever been in and the facilities are of an extremely high standard. When the new Port Glasgow Community Campus in opens in October, all six high schools across Inverclyde will be new or extensively refurbished, this is an amazing milestone in the Council’s School Estate Management Plan. At the final of The Recruit held in Greenock Town Hall, thirteen young people were successful in gaining jobs on the night from a number of local employers and a number of the other recruits plan to continue with their school education, seek employment or attend further or higher education. As a former recruit myself I would definitely recommend the programme to any young person who wants to develop their skills whether it be confidence, leadership, problem solving, teamwork and getting the opportunity to work with business leaders.

The Council’s latest new school – the £15m St Columba’s High School in Gourock – opened its door to pupils on 12th August. We are now looking forward to the opening of the new Port Glasgow Community Campus after the October school break. The Council’s contractor Graham Construction is working flat out to have it ready.

My colleague Councillor McCabe and I have been touring the Ward to assess the condition of the roads and footways. This information will be submitted to the Roads Department for consideration as part of the 2014/15 Capital Programme. There is a three year capital programme for investing in roads and footways and the first year of investment is well underway. By the end of the three year programme there will be an investment totalling £17m across Inverclyde.

Surgeries: Tues 10th Sept, Park Farm Community Hall, 6pm-7pm and Mon 23rd Sept, St Francis’ Primary School, 6pm-7pm.

Surgeries: Thurs 5th Sept - Boglestone Community Centre, Port Glasgow, 6pm-7pm and Sat 21st Sept - Kilmacolm Community Centre, 10am-11am.

Contact: 01475 712020 (during office hours) and 871368 (home), email Alternatively you can write to me at 10 Victoria Gardens, Kilmacolm PA13 4HL. Twitter: @Kilmacolm1 http://

Contact: 01475 712727 (during office hours) or 07881 280016 (anytime), email Alternatively you can write to me at Inverclyde Council, Municipal Buildings, Greenock PA15 1LY. Twitter: @jamesmccolgan

Nix Hairdressing hopes that all customers and friends have had a great summer. We have some updates we’d like to share with you . . . . Jia, our threading and eyebrow expert, who has been with us since we started, will now be in the salon every week tending to our unruly brows! Jia is also a fully trained makeup artist and hairdresser. This means we have been able to provide full wedding services over the summer and continue to do so into next year. We also have a new tinting product in the salon, Nectaya from Goldwell. Nectaya is a nurturing ammonia-free permanent colour. You are left with noticeably healthier hair feeling and

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beautifully smooth and nurtured. There is also reliable grey coverage of up to 100%. We have had in-salon training by a Goldwell Colour Technician in new techniques using Nectaya. We’re now looking forward to (dare I say it) Christmas and the wonderful ‘Label.m’ gift sets we’ll be stocking. We have ‘Label.m’ brushes in stock at the moment so you can recreate a salon hairstyle at home. Come in and experience our luxury ‘Label.m’ products.

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kilmacolm & quarriers The Recruit Friday 16th August was a big night for Inverclyde with Prince Edward in Greenock to officially open the new Beacon Arts Centre and the Awards Dinner for the Council’s personal development programme for fifth and sixth year pupils, The Recruit in Greenock Town Hall. Cllr Stephen McCabe attended The Recruit event and told The Advertizer: “As usual it was a fantastic occasion as we celebrated the efforts and achievements of our young people over the summer. It was a particularly good night for Port Glasgow High School pupils Harriet Barr and Robyn McCrone from Kilmacolm, as they were rewarded with jobs with Inverclyde Council and PG Paper respectively. Congratulations to both Harriet and Robyn. The Recruits also raised over £10,000 for Ardgowan Hospice.” Kilmacolm and Quarrier’s Village constituents are concerned by some of the council’s proposed parking strategy plans, some of these which I share. The two hour parking limit raised questions. Anyone attending a class in the Cargill Centre who might want to enjoy a refreshment afterwards in the café, would end up rushing to beat the time limit. Another concern, regardless whether it is in Kilmacolm or in our town centres, regards residential parking. At present there are no plans to allot parking permits for these residents despite the fact within the original parking strategy this was accepted. The parking strategy consultation finished on the 5th August after a three week period. It will be interesting to see what the findings are at council committee. My hope is that constituents views are listened to carefully and that a one fix policy is not adopted for the whole of Inverclyde as rural communities do not always share the same problems as urban areas. Road work repairs are underway throughout Inverclyde which is very welcome. Many of these roads will need to have temporary closures while the work is carried out but this is a small inconvenience to having our carriageways repaired. I congratulate roads services for all their hard work. The new Port Glasgow Community Campus is planned to open in October. The new facility incorporating three schools and an enterprise centre will not only be used during school hours but also by the wider community at other times. It has been amazing watching the campus skyline change by the week. It will be a great facility and I am looking forward to seeing it open. Surgeries: Advertised on my posters. Contact: 01475-712727, 07747 765 839 or email, post to Inverclyde Council, Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock, PA15 ILY.

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howwood & elderslie Young Howwood Woman receives Highest Award for Guides

A member of the 1st Howwood Guides is celebrating after receiving the highest accolade for Guides – the Baden-Powell Challenge Award. Ruth Johnston, from Howwood, received the award from Moira Johnston, County Commissioner at Howwood Parish church, where the unit meets. Ruth completed a range of exciting activities to achieve the award, including becoming a full time pack leader with 1st Howwood Brownies, attending the Tartan Gig with her unit and helping teach younger members about World Guiding and its history. Ruth Johnston, aged 14, said: “I am extremely proud to have completed my Baden-Powell Award because it has taken more than a year of hard work to get it. I enjoyed the sleepover after I had completed all the award clauses. I’m sure that the skills I have learnt and the experiences I have had will stay with me for life. I am looking forward to going up to Semple Ranger Unit.” The unit’s leader, Alexis Urie, said : “I’m very proud of Ruth for completing their Baden-Powell Award. This marks the end of a lot of effort and dedication, she has set an example for future Guides to achieve their BP. At the moment we have five Guides working hard at their BP.” Guides must complete ten challenges in different categories – which include Healthy lifestyles, Global awareness and Celebrating diversity – as well as the Baden-Powell Adventure Challenge residential camp. Girlguiding gives girls and young women the chance to have fun, be themselves, build friendships and gain skills in a safe, girl-only space. If you want to get involved, contact Girlguiding on 0800 169 5901 or visit

kilmacolm & quarriers Nan McDonald Bob and family would like to thank all friends and neighbours for their support during Nan’s illness. Nan made friends with many people and this was reflected in the numbers who attended the service in the Crematorium and afterwards in the Kilmacolm Golf Club. Many thanks to the Rev Douglas Cranston, PB Wright, the Kilmacolm Golf Club and to the district nurses and carers who were brilliant with Nan during her illness. The collection of over £1,000 has been sent to Ardgowan Hospice.

As I write this it is pouring with rain, so seems summer is well and truly over. For once, however, it was a good one and I hope you enjoyed it. The council is up and running again after the summer break and one piece of work we are involved in is the future provision of primary education in the area. The parents of children in St Anthony’s will be asked their views on its future. I would urge parents to take part in this consultation. One of the council’s foster parents is retiring after 22 years of looking after Renfrewshire’s children. I am sure she has had plenty of ups and downs through the years like any parent and I recognise the good work done by her and others like her. I am glad to see some of the villages roads being resurfaced. This work makes such a difference to the area. As you know, the slow speed of Broadband in Howwood is a cause of much frustration. As I write, the council, as well as Douglas Alexander MP, are working hard to find a solution. I will update you on any progress. Finally it was disappointing to see the village Post Office closing. I would like to hear the views of villagers on this particularly if locals want PO services re-introduced to the area. I look forward to hearing from you.

Howwood WRI Tuesday 17th September - Howwood Village Hall at 7.30pm. Browning’s the Bakers by John Gall. Competition - Favourite Tin. Hostesses - Mrs Margaret Jamieson and Mrs Elizabeth Lawson. Vote of Thanks - Mrs Anne McCallum. New members will be made most welcome. Further details from Irene MacTaggart on 01505 704800.

Scottish Country Dance Class Monday 16th September sees us starting to dance again for the autumn session – please join us in the Kidston Hall in Kilmacolm at 7.30pm for a lot of fun, a sociable evening and the opportunity to get fit in a congenial atmosphere. Beginners and experienced dancers will find a welcome and some new dances, as well as the opportunity to brush up on technique.

St Fillan’s Episcopal Church We recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Saturday (every 2nd in the month) Brunch & Browse. The organisers would like to thank everyone for their generous support over the past five years and look forward to their continuing goodwill. A selection of soups with rolls and home baking is provided at very reasonable cost. There is also plentiful cups of coffee and tea and stalls of produce, besides the tombola and free raffle. The next Brunch & Browse will be on Saturday 14th September 10am to 2pm. There is access for wheelchairs and a warm welcome for everyone.

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schools news Kilbarchan East Tots’ Club The new session begins on Monday 2nd September from 9.15am-11.30am in the hall. All tots are very welcome as long as they bring along an adult! Cost for adults is £1 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. As usual, there are lots of toys, cars and of course the bouncy castle.

Raising Funds for Kidston Kids Friday 1st November, Sheila Galvin Photography will be in Kidston Hall in Kilmacolm to photograph your family in time for Christmas! All Welcome! To book a slot call Fiona 0781176662

Langbank Playgroup Langbank Playgroup is BACK! By the time you read this, we will be a few sessions in and getting to know a new group of children and their families. The committee and staff are very much looking forward to the new term and having more opportunities for friendship and play on a Friday morning. As our picture shows, we have a lovely bright and spacious hall with even enough space for a game of football. Many thanks to one of our dads, a professional footballer, who ran a ball skills session last term which was greatly enjoyed by all and a wonderful learning experience in using our senses. We certainly deserved snack that day after a good work-out! This year we look forward to lots more physical play, a chance to get creative with the paints a n d glitter, plus the trains, cars and h o u s e corner a n d outdoor play. We have t w o qualified a n d experienced Playleaders, backed up by a supportive committee, and strong links with the local primary. Children from Langbank and the surrounding areas from 2.5yrs to school age very welcome and for more information please contact our Chair, Jacqueline on 01475 540728.

St Columba’s School Prize giving

It was our pleasure to have the Right Hon Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke at Senior Prize giving as our special guest. Junior School pupils, staff and parents enjoyed a talk from the author Aileen Paterson.

Exam Results The Rector is delighted with the 2013 SQA results, which reflect tremendous endeavour on behalf of both pupils and staff. The results at Advanced Higher are the best ever for St Columba’s with both the highest percentage As at 58.2% and the highest pass rate of 96.9%. The Higher results are excellent with the highest percentage As ever at 62.9%; the pass rate is 95.2%.

Community Classes Learn a new skill or polish an existing one this autumn. St Columba’s will be offering a range of classes September – November. Tuesday evening classes held at Senior School, 7-9pm. Art, Badminton, Bridge Practice Club and Seminars, Chinese Language and Culture, Spanish Thursday daytime classes held at Kilmacolm New Community Centre; Baby Massage (10-11am), Pre-5 Massage and Reflexology (11am-12pm), Creative Writing for 9-11 year olds (3.45-5.15pm). Please visit the School website for more information

Houston Sunbeams Houston Sunbeams will start back on Tuesday 10th September, 6.30pm - 7.30pm for local girls in P1-P3 at The Village Hall, Main Street, Houston. If you love singing, games and craft making and wish to join, please come along to enrolment on Tuesday 3rd September 6.30pm - 7.30pm at The Village Hall, Main Street, Houston. We are always looking for helpers so anyone wishing to help out on a regular basis please give me a call. We look forward to seeing you there! Kirsty Bain - 01505 610961

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St Columba Church Playgroup and Toddlers

Strawberry Field

As Autumn draws closer, here’s a reminder of summer days. Parachute play is always great fun and just one of the many physical activities we enjoy at Playgroup to get the children into games and sports from an early age. Why not come along for a visit and have a look at our wonderful resources and cosy hall? We have two qualified and experienced Playleaders, backed up by a very supportive committee, and are looking forward to another busy year full of learning and new experiences with friends. If you are interested in a place on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday morning give our membership secretary Jenny a call on 07557 656968.

What a great time we have had over the summer holidays. The children have loved playing outside in the sunshine, with activities such as treasure hunts, obstacle courses and races. We have also being going on lots of walks to the park and local woods where we collected branches stones e.t.c to make a dinosaur garden.

Our toddler group runs on Wednesday’s between 10am and 11.30am for children from birth to 3 years, and is a great chance for your little ones to try out different toys and make new friends, we always look forward to welcoming new faces to the group. Please check our facebook page - St Columba Playgroup & Toddlers Kilmacolm. for further information about the group. We also have an email address so please use this to contact us with any questions regarding playgroup or toddlers. l


















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Roll Up, Roll Up at Kidston Kids! Come and have some fun and make new friends at Kidston Kids in Kilmacolm.


August has been a sad and also exciting month when we said goodbye to our children leaving for school. We had a princess and super hero party followed by a buffet lunch to celebrate all our years at nursery. The rainbow building (0-3yrs) and Bright Stars building (3-5yrs) have been transformed with lots of lovely wall displays made by our very busy children.

Our new term is already under way and we have lots of exciting plans ahead. If you are free on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning and are of preschool age, come and join us. You can visit our website, www.Kidstonkids., call Fiona on 07811 766672 or pop in and see us. All welcome!

1st Lochwinnoch Girls’ Brigade The 13/14 session of 1st Lochwinnoch Girls’ Brigade starts on Wednesday 4th September in Lochwinnoch Parish Church halls. All girls of school age welcome. P1-P3.

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We are celebrating our 60th year in 2013 so why not come along and join the fun! For more information, please contact Margaret McKinlay on 01505 842235.

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Woodlands Day Nursery Woodlands Out Of School Care unit have had a wonderful Summer with the weather allowing for lots of fun in the sun. The children enjoyed trips to Kelvingrove, Paisley Museum, Science Centre, Ayr Beach Swing Park and a ride around Glasgow on the open top bus. The children also met up with an other local out of school club from Ralston and enjoyed a football tournament. The new term is now in full swing and we have two new additions to our staff team. Our two new lovely ladies at Out of School are Jen and Ashley and the children are loving getting to know their personalities as well as what their hidden talents are. Our new primary one children have all settled in tremendously and have made many friends already and all parents can’t believe how well their children have taken to this change. Down at the nursery we have some exciting news of our own....Gillian Currie (Rising Fives key worker) is now mummy to a beautiful baby boy named Jack Currie Carswell who was born on 10th August, a minute before midnight and weighed in at 6lbs and 6oz. The happy new family have already been in to visit and baby Jack is just perfect. We would like to take this opportunity to say a very big “All the Best” to all our Rising Five Children who left us to move onto school. We miss them greatly, but were very proud to see them on their first day of school when the Rising Fives staff managed to visit each school to see all the children in their uniforms. The ladies are very appreciative of all their beautiful gifts and will treasure all the keepsakes that have been specially made for us, we love them all, and the chocolates too. All rooms are now busy planning for the new term ahead and are all working on our “All About Me” topics getting to know everyone and their new environments. Woodlands are holding an open day on the 7th September, everyone is welcome!! Hope to see you all there.

Gryffe Camera Club

Find the missing landmark....... The Inverkip chimney is no more - see picture right. It was demolished on Sunday 4th August. The power station chimney was 236m high and was brought down in less than 10 seconds, using 2 sets of explosives placed halfway up and at the base. Will there be lots of lost sailors circling the Clyde estuary now -or will GPS save the day? Unfortunately none of Gryffe’s members seems to have been at Inverkip to record this event, but we have continued to be out and about on Wednesday evenings. Venues have included the Glasgow necropolis (above) where a lot of Glasgow’s past dignitaries are buried, which is well worth a visit, and that old faithful the Cloch lighthouse (right). When the weather is wet and gloomy it can be easy to forget what wonderful countryside we have close by to us but this year’s great summer weather has been an opportunity to go out and explore. With easy access to Bute and the Cowal peninsular

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St Fillan’s Primary School We hear our ex-P7 pupils have settled well into their new, respective high schools. We wish them well as this new chapter of their lives begins. Mrs Maher, our previous Head Teacher has also settled in well to her promoted role in St. Paul’s Primary School and Communication Disorder Unit. She enjoyed a warm welcome at her new school from pupils, parents and staff who remember her as their previous Depute Head Teacher! St Fillan’s community extends a warm welcome to our Acting Head Teacher, Mrs Ward. We’re sure she’ll enjoy her time spent in Houston! We also welcome our new Primary 1 pupils, as well as new pupils in various classes in the school. All new pupils have settled well and are hard at work already. Pupils returned from summer very smart and well organised. Our thanks go to our parents for continuing to support the school in these matters. The school AGM takes place on Friday 13th September (more details in school newsletter) and the Parent Council would like to extend an invite for all members of our school community to join us.

Langbank Camera Club The Langbank Camera Club starts back for the new season on Monday 9th September at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. There will be a guest speaker from Erskine Hospital at the meeting who will present on the work done there in caring for military veterans for almost the last 100 years; all members of the public are welcome to attend this as it is also a fundraiser for the Hospital. The monthly competition subject is ‘Sports’ and a good entry is expected. Also with a good Scottish Summer this year, plus the usual far travels the members do it is a great opportunity to bring along those classic pictures that were taken in the sunshine. The photograph inset was one captured by Mrs Fiona Guthrie and shows the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth lit by evening sunshine and showing white due to the massive bird colonies that live on the rock. It was taken through the roadside fencing just outside Elie in Fife. The Club are also ready to welcome those interested in photography at any level - so come along on the night and try it out. Also take a look at the Club website at www. where you can see galleries of pictures taken over the last seven years. there are endless choices for biking. Lots of cyclists were out and about when I did the 3 ferries route (Hunter’s Quay to Strachur, Colintraive-Rhubodach, RothesayWemyss Bay ) with some friends recently, and there are any number of shorter routes too (right) Go on - give it a try. Term time begins for the camera club on Wednesday 11th September at the usual time of 7.30pm. We will be starting the year with some introductory evenings, and new members are always welcome to come along and see what we do. Details should be on the Gryffe website Before summer ends photographers might want to note that that the Clyde Muirshiel photographic competition closing date is Tuesday 1st October - details from www.clydemuirshiel. Photo quote of the month: “my pictures (are) moments that in that specific time I decide to freeze and keep it with me so in a future I can see it and think to myself “what a good memory.” Sebastian Delgado.

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local History by Renfrewshire Local History Forum

Water and Wind Power Renewable energy, including wind and water power, is seen as a modern concept. Yet, in the days before heavy industrialisation, wind and water power were crucial for the development of Renfrewshire. Beyond mills for grinding grain and processing textiles, wind and water were used, particularly in mining. Although the highlands of central Renfrewshire consist mostly of igneous rocks, coal and lime is available along the valleys of the Black Cart to Castle Semple, and of the Gryfe towards Bridge of Weir. The most ambitious landowners were keen to exploit these minerals on their estates. However, in the west of Scotland climate any hole made in the ground for a quarry or coal pit quickly filled with water. An early solution was to construct tunnels, known as ‘levels’ from the bottom of the quarry or pit to the nearest low point in the landscape. Once the level was completed, mining could carry on for many years, without fear of flooding. Early examples include the Corseford area with tunnels draining to the Black Cart. One of these still spouts water near the weir on the Black Cart at Elliston Bridge. Once the quarry or pit became too deep to drain naturally, the water had to be pumped out. One method was to use horse gins, such as on the Speirs estate at Elderslie, where one or more beasts walking in a circle turned a wheel, lifting buckets of water on a rope. However, keeping and feeding horses was an expensive task. This encouraged the motivation to find an innovative source of power which could run day and night at little cost. The novel solution was to use water to drain water. By damming and diverting a burn along a lade, a fall could be created to drive a waterwheel. The wheel then powered a pump to drain the workings. The wheel could also be used to raise the coal or lime.


where ‘the water was taken out of the coal pits by a water engine, and great lime work was also carried on’. A lade from the Locher drove a water wheel, and a lime kiln and coal pit can still be seen. Coal and lime working had been carried out in the Spateston area for a long time, but any more organised working was plagued by flooding. The solution was an enterprise in 1776 between Houston of Johnstone and McDowall of Castle Semple to set up water powered drainage. Power was provided by the Swinetrees Burn, which flows from the foothills of Walls Hill. At Corseford, the water was dammed and carried to the water engine for a great distance on an elevated wooden channel. The most lucrative coal reserves in the county were at Quarrelton, where the famous ‘100 foot’ coal was worked intermittently from the medieval period. By the 1690s drainage was provided by a pump situated over a shaft at the lowest point of the coalfield. The Craigbog Burn nearby was insufficient to power a water wheel, but was supplemented by an innovative scheme which diverted the Old Patrick Water three kilometres away. This fed a reservoir near Johnstone Castle. The water machine was situated near the former ‘Bird in Hand’ hotel, from where the lade still exits down the ‘Colliers Level’ in Linn Park. On a 1733 map of Quarrelton, covering five acres of Brownockhill farm, there were a dozen coal pits clustered around the water engine. In the early 1700s the engine was maintained by millwright, Neil Small from Kilwinning, who was paid for ‘maintaining, guiding, ordering and repairing the water wheel, pumps, gins and other machines for winning and out-taking the coal of Quarrelton and for draining the water therefrom’. Other less obvious uses of water power were to grind Barytes at the mine at Muirshiels above Lochwinnoch. A previous article in the Advertizer showed how water was also used to pump water from the drained Barr Loch at Hole of Barr. Where a suitable burn was not available, wind power was also used. At the limeworks on the White Cart at Blackhall near Paisley in the 1780s ‘the water was taken from the lime quarry by a wind miln carried on by William King’. Another example was at the limeworks at Boghall, on the west side of Windyhill, near Milliken, where a windmill is shown in Ainslie’s 1796 county survey. Such innovations allowed the early industrialisation of the area before the advent of steam power.

By the early eighteenth century water power was being used at Craigends,

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Karting Blog by Tom Thickpenny

I achieved that, throwing my kart past a back marker on decent tyres at the last corner. Not good. I opted not to race Final 2. The two other drivers in my situation had retired from the meet even earlier; it was embarrassing for us and our Teams! The race I had so looked forward to ended up being an expensive farce. My Team boss did not see it that way. Impasse. So….. Next race I’m running with a new Team to me!: TSR racing. I will be on a Tonykart which is a new departure too. Birel Italy understand my decision and I’m pleased to say a subsidised works drive remains open for me should funds allow.

Well, quite a lot has happened since my last column! My race at Glan-Y-Gors was not good, at all. A protracted misunderstanding within the Team meant I had only one set of wet tyres signed on. The weather was generally showers followed by the odd dry, windy spell such that the a dry line appeared…. Before the next shower. We opted for what turned out to be the wrong tyres in qualifying. We were ready to leave parc ferme for the grid when we realised the rapidly changing conditions meant we needed to change our wet tyres for slicks, but too late, the klaxon indicating the closure of the tyre bay sounded. The result was that I and a large percentage of the grid were on wet tyres….which we destroyed. The GYG track is very abrasive and wets don’t last long when the track dries. Unfortunately, it transpired that only 3 of us didn’t have a second set of wet tyres signed on. I contested Final 1 but the lack of grip in my knackered tyres meant I came second to last of the finishers – to be honest I’m amazed

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So, as I write, my next few weekends are taken up with the British 24 hour race at Teesside and then testing in a Tonykart with TSR prior to a UK National race in September and then a big International race in October. And back to school to start my Higher courses. The circus continues! Yours in sport, Tom

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sports news Players wanted

Houston Youth 2004 side are looking for 3 or 4 players to add to their squad for next season. We will have two teams playing in the PJDYFL Saturday morning league. Trials will be held over the next few weeks. Call Darren on 07799 583139 for more details or message Houston Youth football club Facebook page.

Charles de Boinville Shotokan Karate Club Training has started again at St Benedict’s High School, Linwood on Monday evenings, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Senior Grade class will be available to 3rd Kyu and above from 9pm to 9.30pm. Karate is a good way of building confidence and mental strength as well as providing substantial health benefits, if anyone is interested in joining our Club, please feel free to drop in on one of training classes or alternatively check out our website at

Charles de Boinville, who lived in Kilmacolm, was the Greenock Cricket Club wicket-keeper in the 1950’s, and I bowled to him. He was Regional Director for Scotland for BOCM, based in Greenock, which was the Animal feeds division of Unilever. He left Kilmacolm in 1960 to be Vice-Chairman of the animal feeds group in London and subsequently became Chairman. He then became a member of the M.C.C. de Boinville is certainly not the most common of surnames and I have never seen it used until the beginning of this year. I have a passing interest in Horse Racing and suddenly noticed a jockey by that name listed as winning a National Hunt race, but did not pay too much attention until it appeared twice in quick succession. Thereafter, my curiosity was aroused and I browsed and got a quick reply from Brough Scott, and quickly thereafter an email from the jockey’s father Simon de Boinville, who was born in Kilmacolm and a son of Charles. It can be a very small world! I have gathered information already, but would also be pleased to hear any other stories about the de Boinville family and especially from anyone who remembers where they lived in Kilmacolm. Please contact T.R. Irvine []

Bridge of Weir Angling Club (River) Fly Tying for All Beginners’ class - 7pm Experienced fly tyers most welcome Royal British Legion, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3NR Weekly from Tuesday 1st Oct until Tues 25th Feb 2014 For any further information contact John Blair on 07783 988 963 or Beaton Bros Funeral Directors 01505 610555.

Greenock Hockey Club Training is on Wednesday evenings, at Inverclyde Academy School, Greenock, 6.30pm - 8pm. We have a former Scotland international player coach this season to put us through our paces. All ages and abilities are welcome, novice and former veteran players too. Please come along for a try and see session. For more details, contact Liz Baldwin, on 07944 607005.

Maggie’s Charity Ladies Mixed Open Greensomes

Gleddoch Ladies Golf Club are hosting a Mixed Open Greensomes Charity Golf Day on Sunday 15th September, tee times from 9am until 2pm. The entry fee per couple is £20 and all profit will go to Maggie’s. This event is held every two years at Gleddoch in memory of a much loved Lady Captain, Sheila Hughes, who was a great supporter of the Maggie’s charity. We welcome entries from all golfers, catering is available at Gleddoch all day. Please contact our Secretary to enter at the email

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Paisley Colour Photographic Club The 2013-14 session of PCPC commences on Thursday 5th September. The Club meets on Thursday evenings, 7.30pm until 10pm from September through to the end of April. Meetings take place at the William McMaster Community Centre, Donaldson Drive, Renfrew PA4 8LX.

Birkmyre Rugby Club

Saturday the 10th saw Birkmyre host their annual open day with an impressive amount of Birkmyre minis turning out for the first event of the rugby calendar the future of mini Bears is looking very bright this season. The minis enjoyed a great day of rugby with many staying on to watch the first XV play their games in the afternoon. Birkmyre Rugby Club kicked off their 20132014 season with two wins out of three in the Renfrew Tournament, hosted at Birkmyre Park. The Bears first game was against Renfrew and Birkmyre continued a run of strong results against ‘Frew from last season’s league campaign with an emphatic victory. The cobwebs were well and truly blown off in the first game, the perfect start to a new year of rugby. The Bears were fielding several new players and the team seemed to gel well. Signs of good things to come for Birkmyre. The second game was against Bishopton and the players knew this game would be a tougher test, but the players showed they can step it up to another level and produced another sterling performance putting Bishopton away carrying good momentum into the third and final game against Paisley. This was always going to be the most difficult game and with Paisley playing in the same league this season the Bears were keen to put on a good performance. Unfortunately Paisley edged Birkmyre seven points to five. The game was close right til the end with Birkmyre taking the lead, but sadly not being able to hold out until the end. Birkmyre can now look forward to their first league game on the 7th September.

As ever, a quality, interesting, informative and varied syllabus has been compiled with a balance of presentations and competitions encompassing all popular aspects of photography. Teachins and outing are also arranged. Perhaps most of all there is the friendly camaraderie of like minded enthusiasts. Amongst the highlights are visits from 2012 “UK Landscape Photographer of the Year” Simon Butterworth and renowned Scottish Highland wildlife and landscape photographer Neil McIntyre. As a prelude to Glasgow 2014 Bridge of Weir’s Duncan McEwan will present an insight into being an official Commonwealth Games photographer with images from Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010. New members and visitors are assured of a warm welcome. For information and details of the coming session please refer to www.

Birkmyre girl gets Scotland call up Birkmyre and Gryffe HS rugby player Lousie McMillan has been selected to represent Scotland at this years Sainsbury Schools games in Sheffield. Pictured here with her sister when they lifted the Scottish U18 7s cup earlier this year, the sixteen year old fought off tough competition from girls across Scotland at a gruelling selection event held at Strathallan in July. The 7s competition will be played over two days with pool and knockout stages and although it won’t be televised it is hoped highlights will be available on the Internet.

Strathgryffe Hosts Scottish Closed Tennis Championships

Strathgryffe Tennis & Squash Club hosted the inaugural Scottish Junior County Closed Championships from the 7th to 13th July. Entry was restricted to players with a Scottish ‘play county’ and attracted nearly 200 players from throughout Scotland with over 300 matches played throughout the week in glorious sunshine. Consolation events guaranteed at least two matches for all players. Strathgryffe players had a very successful tournament taking three of the thirteen titles. In the Girls 16 & u, both finalists were Strathgryffe players with Katherine McPhie beating Anna Daisley 6-2 6-3. In the boys 14 & u Cameron Kerr claimed the title defeating George Baird (Newlands) in a very exciting closely contested match 7-6 7-6. The 8 & u event was also an all Strathgryffe affair with Freddie Thomson just managing to beat Brodie Kerr 17-15 in an equally thrilling display of tennis. The autumn coaching programmes, which include availability for non members for both tennis & squash, are now available. For more information on courses or membership please email or contact reception on 01505 615100

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The sport is currently enjoying a rapid rise in popularity, which culminated in its selection to be held at the next Olympic Games in Rio, 2016 - the first time this version of the game has ever featured at a summer Olympiad. This means some of the girls heading to Sheffield this September might well be in line to make history and represent Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland on the biggest stage of them all. A total of 96 girls have been selected from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Louise started playing rugby with Birkmyre minis when she was in primary school and has her sights set on playing for Scotland Ladies in the six nations. She brings her skills along on Sunday afternoons when she helps coach the younger players at Knockbuckle park.

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Ladies Open Day

Castle Semple Sailing Club Commodore’s Cup - 21st July The day proved to be a fantastic sailing day with excellent weather as well. Although in holiday season a total of nine boats competed and over 30 people came down during the day. Several helms had several crew changes during the day. We started more or less on time at 11am and easily managed two races before breaking for lunch. Two further races followed before a break for tea and cakes before the final race. The wind proved perfect weather for the Vortex which soon gained a substantial lead not long after the first buoy in each race, although in race four 2 GP14s were in hot pursuit for much of the time. Peter Collings had been left crewless before the start of the racing and Ray Wright decided he would like to come in first for a change, rather than last, and volunteered to crew. The little pink hobie 405 put the spinnaker up and overtook three GP’s on the downwind leg from 3 to 2. A surprised Steve Davison in his GP14 looked up to see the Hobie flying past him! Desperately he tried to rescue the situation but it was too late for that race, the Hobie just crossed the line before the GP. Congratulations to Angus Winchester for retaining the Trophy, Peter for coming second with a variety of crews and Arthur for coming third again with a variety of crews.

Club Champions

Congratulations to Andrew Farmer, Champion of The Kilmacolm Golf Club. Also to Megan Briggs, seen here being presented with the Ladies Champion Cup by Ladies Captain, Valerie Lawrence. Andrew has now won the Championship a very credible nine times, but nonetheless is slightly outdone by Megan, whose most recent win takes her tally to ten in a row!

Charity Golf Day - 6th September Enjoy 18 holes on this scenic course and take part in golfing challenges along the way. A unique and lively golf competition including breakfast rolls, and a delicious high tea - all for only £320 for a team of 4. For a free fundraising pack and to get involved in the St Vincent’s Hospice 25th Anniversary celebration and £1 million appeal contact Lorraine on 01505 705635 or email

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Was held on Thursday 8th August. 100 ladies took part and the winners were Geraldine Cragg and Nichola Ferguson from Milngavie Golf Club with a score of 42pts. April Andrews from MacMillan Cancer Support attended the prizegiving and accepted a cheque for £450 from Lady Captain, Sheila Biggart.

Gent’s Open Competition The Gents Scratch & Handicap Open takes place on Sunday 8th September. 1st Prize - £150; 2nd Prize - £100; 3rd Prize - £50 In each of the three categories:- Scratch, 0-9 & 10-20 handicap. contact Ronnie Carswell for further information on 01505 612609.


Drama At County Championships

East Renfrewshire Golf Club was the venue for this year’s Renfrewshire County Championships. It proved a demanding course and, in the stroke play rounds, created a dramatic finish. David Dickson of Eastwood, having recorded a great 68 in the first round shot 73 in the second for 141. This score was matched by Old Ranfurly’s Stewart Watt and it looked as if they would play extra holes to determine who was Champion. However, these plans were quickly cancelled when, first, Lee Jenkins (Elderslie) and Grant Beaton (Bonnyton) came in late with aggregates of 140. It was those two who ventured back on to the course for the required extra holes – first, seventeenth and eighteenth. After these holes, both players had scored level par, so it was back to the first where a birdie from Grant Beaton meant that, after 40 holes of golf, Grant became Renfrewshire Golf Union’s Stroke Play Champion for 2013. The top sixteen qualified for the match play championship and, by the end of the week, the surviving four were Paul Grant Alexander (Caldwell), Beaton David Sibbald (Eastwood), Steven Higgins (Gourock) and 14 year old Jack Currie (Greenock). In the first semi final, David shocked Paul by opening with two birdies and, despite his best efforts, Paul could not get back into the game until an eagle two at sixteen brought him back to one down. David held on to halve the J a c k remaining holes for a one up victory in a match of Currie high quality. The second semi was a very tight affair with no player ever being more than one up. Steven was one up playing the last and a search for his ball from the tee was unsuccessful after the allotted five minutes. He then walked forward ten yards to discover his ball in the semi rough. All square after eighteen it was on to extra holes and, after two extra holes, young Jack Currie made it to the final showing course management and ball striking well beyond his years. Despite his tender years and the tension of the occasion, Jack took early control of the final going two up after three and was never behind despite some quality golf from 28 year old Sibbald. Jack was three up after twelve then lost two holes to a determined effort from David which included an eagle three at the par 5 fourteenth. Undeterred, the youngster held his nerve, won the fifteenth and a par at seventeen was good enough for a half and a two and one victory. At fourteen, he must certainly be the youngest ever county Match Play Champion and who knows what lies ahead for him.

Jack with trophy and Vice President Andy Anderson

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outdoors Colourful Kilmacolm Have you noticed the planters in Birkmyre Park, on Knockbuckle Road? Colourful Kilmacolm committee members recently planted these up as Council cutbacks meant they would not have been replanted. We are awaiting a response to an application for further funding. Until we hear the outcome we have to be patient but we are planning our next steps so that we can get ahead quickly if an award is made. We are encouraged by the support we are receiving from the local community. The use of a centrally located lock-up garage for storage has been offered and accepted and donations have been handed in, some anonymously. Thank you to all who have helped us in any way. Membership and standing order forms should now be returned. For more information or to offer help, please contact Peter (01505 872448) or Diane (01505 872611).

Bridge of Weir Horticultural Society A report on the Flower Show will appear next month. Meanwhile, after one of our sunniest and warmest summers ever, members are looking forward to the more relaxing autumn meetings. These start on Thursday 10th October at 8pm in the British Legion with our own version of “Gardeners’ Question Time”. Please feel free to come along and put a question to the panel if you have one. Perhaps you have a plant which needs to be named? Do bring it, or a piece of it, along. Please bag or otherwise containerize any diseased or pest affected plant material. Details of all our talks can be found on and in The Advertizer. If there is a particular topic of interest, guests are always welcome, so please come along.

Kilbarchan Beekeepers Beekeepers spend September getting their colonies prepared for winter, ensuring they have enough stores to see them through as the beekeeping season starts to slow down. Working with the colonies includes reducing the hive entrances and fitting Mouse Guards and storage of Honey Combs that have had their honey extracted, ready for use in Spring. Treatments are also applied in the hive during September against the Varroa mite, which is a parasite that if left untreated, can kill a colony of honeybees. In September a few of the garden plants you can see flowering that are beneficial to bees are Ivy, Japanese Anemones, Asters and Salvia. September is the perfect time to plant winter aconites, crocus and snowdrops, the flowers of which the honeybee depends on for pollen in the spring to enable them to raise their larvae. The Kilbarchan Beekeeping Association meet during the Autumn & Winter months in the Kilbarchan Steeple hall at 7.30pm - 10pm. The evening programme for 2013/14 is as follows: 10th September - Uses of Nuclei and Methods of Building into Colonies Capable of Surviving the Winter. Also, Colony Preparation for Winter Charles Irwin 8th October - Beekeeping on the Internet - Gavin Ramsay 12th November - Honey Show Judge - Bron Wright 10th December - AGM 14th January - Discussion Evening 11th February - Pitfalls of the Beginner Beekeeper. Also, Question Time, Your Problems Answered - Emma Evans 11th March - Native Apis mellifera mellifera. Also, Queen Rearing Using Mini-Nucs - Jim McCulloch Contact Ian Craig, the KBA Secretary on 01505 322684 or via email beekeeper30@ or join us at one of the meetings above if you would like to know more!

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New RED Mobility Scooter at Greenock Cut

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park in partnership with Inverclyde Council on Disability (ICOD) is pleased to announce the arrival of a third mobility scooter at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre. This will allow two scooters to be out together so you can take a friend out too! The scooter trail takes you 4.5km (3 miles) along part of the Greenock Cut aqueduct. If you are interested in the scooter service please book by phoning the Centre on 01475 521 458. They are currently available every day during the summer, and can be issued between 10.30am & 2pm.

Classic & Custom Car Show!

Back by popular demand! On Sunday October 20th the Pre Ford 67 Club and friends will be again displaying a fantastic range of classic & custom cars on the scenic shores of Castle Semple Loch. Do you have a classic car and want to join us? Contact Jane on 07989319038 or by email

Fire & Sword Book Launch Evening!

Local author Louise Turner will be signing copies and reading from her debut novel ‘Fire & Sword’ on Friday 27th Sept, 7pm at Castle Semple Visitor Centre. Based on events in the life of John, 1st Lord Sempill, the book’s release takes place 500 years after the Battle of Flodden, where Lord John died along with around a third of the Scots nobility.

Events.................................................................. Every Monday (but not public holidays) Lochwinnoch Community Walks meet 10.30am at The Cross, Lochwinnoch Every Thursday - Slinky Strollers Parents with pushchairs meet for a walk at 10.30am at Castle Semple Visitor Centre Mon 9th Sept - 500th Anniversary of the Battle of Flodden The tomb of the 1st Lord Semple, killed at the Battle of Flodden, is at the Castle Semple Collegiate Church. Follow the signs to visit the Church. Fri 13th – Sun 15th Sept Windfest - Troon Beach Come down and say hello to the Clyde Muirshiel team at their stall at this year’s Windfest! Sat 14th Sept - Night Owls Walk - Castle Semple Visitor Centre Come along and join our nocturnal guided walk into the woods where we will see what mammals, birds and insects come out when we all go to bed. 7.30pm - 9.30pm. 01505 842 882 Ex 20 Sat 14th Sept - Doors Open Day Inverclyde - Greenock Cut Centre Guided Walk along the historic Greenock Cut with one of our Rangers. 1pm - 3pm. Tel 01475 521 458 Sun 15th Sept - Doors Open Day Renfrewshire - Castle Semple A chance to peruse the vista from the Castle Semple tower and to view our exhibition. All day from 10am - 4.30pm. Tel 01505842 882 Ex 20

Sun 15th Sept - Scottish Canoe Association Sprint Event Come to Castle Semple Visitor Centre from 9am 12noon for an opportunity to watch lots of kayaks racing on the loch. Tel 01505 842 882 Ex 21 Sat 21st & Sun 22nd Sept BeachWatch Big Weekend 2013 Take part in the 20th year of the Marine Conservation Society annual clean up survey at Lunderston Bay between 1pm & 3pm. Tel 01475 521 458 Sun 22nd Sept - Heritage Walk - Castle Semple Visitor Centre A tour around the policies to find out about the built heritage of Castle Semple Estate. 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Tel: 01505 842 882 Ex 20

The Garden in September The drumstick allium For swathes of purple-headed drumsticks through the border next summer, plant allium bulbs during September/October. Alliums, also known as ornamental onions, are grown for their showy flower heads. They can be dried in their coloured state, or be left to form skeletal seed heads that open to reveal shiny black seeds. Either way, they give dramatic effect to flower arrangements. As the leaves begin to die down just before the flowers bloom, alliums are best planted behind the foliage of other plants. Most types have a faint onion or garlic scent. Allium Globemaster is a welcome addition to the garden with its rounded heads of deep violet flowers in summer. The flower-heads are enormous and look great in borders. Plant bulbs in full sun in welldrained light soil during September/October. Allium Caerulcum is a stunning blue plant which is ideal for a sunny border. Small star-shaped flowers appear during May/June on stiff stems, after the long, linear leaves have died. It is not fully hardy and should be mulched in winter. Allium Oreophilum is a lovely bulbous perennial which produces loose heads of bright pink to purple flowers in early summer. Plant bulbs in well-drained soil in a sunny spot. Allium Moly is perhaps the most popular ornamental onion, and certainly one of the easiest to grow. An old traditional cottage garden plant, it is happy in full sun, but also in partial shade. Plant in well-drained light soil.

Fri 27th Sept - Book Launch Fire & Sword by Louise Turner The eagerly-awaited launch of local author Louise Turner’s debut novel Fire and Sword. Based on events in the life of John, First Lord Semple, the book’s release takes place 500 years after the Battle of Flodden, where Lord John died along with around a third of the Scots nobility. Castle Semple Centre 7pm - 8.30pm. Tel: 01505 842 882 Ex 20 Sun 29th Sept - Mushroom Walk - Greenock Cut Visitor Centre Come & discover the fungi growing in the nature area from 1pm - 3pm. Tel: 01475 521 458

Booking essential for all events, contact the centre to book your FREE place. Charges apply for outdoor activity courses.

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Kilmacolm Annual Flower Show The Kilmacolm Annual Flower Show will take place on Saturday 7th September in the New Community Centre, Kilmacolm. Exhibitors - please bring along your entries on the Friday evening between 6pm and 10pm. On Saturday doors open to the public at 11am - admission is free to members, with a £1 charge to non-members of Kilmacolm Horticultural Society. The Show has something for everyone enjoy the colour and perfumes of the cut flowers, admire the skills of vegetables growing, appreciate the Pot-Plants and Tubs/Hanging Baskets. Floral Art in the Decorative section always receives public compliments, such imagination. Finally, cakes and pastries, jam-making to set the taste buds tingling. Come along and enjoy the Show, we look forward to welcoming you to our friendly event. PS - The children’s section, and their Picture Gallery give much pleasure too. Presentation of Trophies at 3.30pm will be followed by a Sale of Cut Flowers by donation. Further details from the Show Secretary on 01505 872393.


Lifelong Learning: Aquatic Life Workshop Sunday 1st September - 7pm – 9pm

Part of our Lifelong Learning Series. Learn all about the life and lifecycles of pond creatures on the reserve and surrounding water bodies. Learn about creating your own pond at home what you can do to attract beneficial creatures. Please book in advance as places may be limited. Stout footwear and waterproofs recommended. Cost: £10 or £5 for RSPB members.

Young Volunteers Group

Saturday 7th September - 11am – 4pm Join us for the monthly Young Volunteers club, with activities including bird surveying, outdoor work, finding out more about RSPB campaigns and much more. Booking essential and places are limited. 12 to 18 year olds can participate and will be registered as RSPB volunteers.

Sale of second-hand natural history books and birdwatching equipment

Saturday 7th - Sunday 15th September - 10am - 4pm Daily Here is your chance to pick up some bargain natural history books and birdwatching equipment including binoculars, telescopes and camera apparatus. You can also dispose of your old ones, either as a donation or for us to sell on your behalf. We also auction collectable wildlife books, often including New Naturalist and Poyser. Donations can be accepted throughout the year. Please contact us for more details.

Adult Education Class: Wild Food Foraging Workshop Saturday 28th September - 11am – 1.30pm

Part of our Lifelong Learning Series. A chance to learn about wild foods, fungi and recipes to make your own wine, jams and chutneys from wild foods, plus some tasters. Please book in advance as places may be limited. Stout footwear and waterproofs recommended. Cost: £10 or £5 for RSPB members.

The Bridge Community Garden

Early last year, the Bridge of Weir Allotments and Gardens Society was established with the aim of promoting food growing. Therefore when the Trustees of the Bridge made their back garden available, we worked hard to transform an overgrown patch of land into a garden the community could learn from and enjoy. The result is a demonstration garden with a selection of easily grown summer salad, fruit and vegetable crops and herbs, within raised beds and borders. The garden was dug by hand by volunteers, removing tree roots and perennial weeds. Whilst this work was going on, we contacted potential funders and were successful in an application to the BAA Flightpath Fund. They generously provided an award for the landscaping materials for the garden. This has enabled us to provide paving, fencing and raised beds. Dobbies Nursery kindly donated many of the plants. The garden was completed at the beginning of July and has

Enjoy Scotland’s outdoors responsibly Everyone has the right to be on most land and inland water providing they act responsibly. Your access rights and responsibilities are explained fully in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Whether you’re in the outdoors or managing the outdoors, remember to take responsibility for your own actions, respect the interests of other people and care for the environment. Visit or contact your local Scottish Natural Heritage office.

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flourished with the summer weather. Access is available through the Bridge and there is an explanatory book describing the food crops and their uses. There is also a recipe leaflet with suggestions for seasonal cooking using local produce. In future we hope to have practical events with sowing and growing advice. Please come along to see the garden yourself and hopefully find inspiration and enjoyment. We hope you will agree that it is an area which has been transformed through community effort.

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Looking ahead into Autumn and Winter, we are preparing for another Pirate Day, Duck Races, Overnight Camping, Extreme Cross Country, Teddy Bears Picnic, and Halloween. So keep up to date with everything on www.finlaystone. or call 01475 540505 for a list of exciting upcoming events.

Staff News

Chris Jones one of our senior Rangers has decided to move on to pastures new. Chris has been at Finlaystone for many years and will be greatly missed. He has been a great asset to the estate and we wish him all success in his new endeavours. Kate Holland has joined the team at Finlaystone as a Ranger, Kate comes to us with a diverse background, and we wish her well and welcome her to the Finlaystone family.


Duck Races - Sunday 1st Sept 2pm - 4pm Race the rubber ducks down the Finlaystone burn Prizes for first place. Pirate Day - Sunday 8th Sept 2pm - 4pm Join Captain finlay and his scurvy bunch on our famous pirate ship. Games and prizes for best dressed pirate Arrrg! Wild Night (£7.50 per adult, £5 per child) Saturday 14th Sept 5:30pm to Sunday 8:30am Spend the Night in the Woods, Bring food, Sleeping bags and mats, Outdoor Clothes and a tent. Ranger walks included for the kids. Teddy Bears Picnic - Sunday 22nd Sept 1pm to 4pm Bring Teddy or Dolly down for some Tea on the Lawn. Visit information

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Grow Kilbarchan Great news! Our first meeting was a great success. The group discussed various ways to improve the green space in the village. The planting of bulbs and fruit trees was decided to be the first priority. The meeting was followed by a walk around the village to identify potential spaces for turning into a community garden or allotment space, where experienced gardeners will be able to pass on their knowledge to novices.

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue at Beith has been presented with a Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation Spirit of the Community Award.

Find out more on the Facebook page GrowKilbarchan or contact Susie Herteleer at the LEAP office (01505 842530) or email susie@

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue has facilities and experience to treat all species of Scottish wildlife. The centre operates a 24 hour emergency service, and is available to give advice on wildlife problems.

For more info about any part of the LEAP Project, please contact us at, drop in to our office at 9 High Barholm, Kilbarchan, PA10 2EF, Tel: 01505 706 070.

The centre is dependent on donations, membership and sponsor-a-patient schemes and fundraising events. Find out more at

The award of £10,000 will build a new log cabin classroom, which will enable us to run more training days and student placements, teaching about the care of injured and orphaned wildlife. The more people who can help our wonderful wild birds and animals, the better.

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pets Give us a smile!

Your pet’s teeth are amazing. From a few simple cells in the developing embryo they generate not one, but two perfect sets of complex eating and grooming tools. With a little care from you and your vet, they should last a lifetime. Covered in a layer of hard enamel, the teeth are held in the jaw bone by not only the periodontal ligament, but also by the gum and the underlying

Re-homing Pets

Can you offer a home to any of our featured pets?

Freddie is a 3-5 year old cross breed. He likes to play games and to run about. He would suit an active family home where he can burn off all his energy. Freddie will be a loyal companion and will make his new family very happy. If you can offer Freddie a loving home, please call and quote ref 264972. To contact the centre about any animals, please call 03000 999 999 or visit

Timmy is a 5-7 year old crossbreed. dentine. When dental disease takes hold, the gum starts to peel away from the tooth, this creates s a space which allows harmful bacteria to attack the periodontal space and loosen the tooth. The harmful bacteria then enter your pets system and can lead to infection including kidney infection, heart disease, lung disease and liver and pancreas problems. As vets we see lots of animals with severe dental disease, which is not only preventable but can lead to ongoing health problems when established. Signs of dental disease include: Reluctance to play or chew toys; Lethargy; Reluctance to eat, particularly hard food; Pawing at the mouth; Pain on examination; Redness, swelling or bleeding of the gums; Calculus and pus in the mouth; Loose teeth; Bad breath Excessive salivation; Inability to groom. At PetVets we are committed to helping you care for your pet’s dental health. Our aim is to increase the awareness of the importance of dental care. Petvets encourages prevention of dental disease. Our goal is making pets healthier and happier in order for them to live life to the full For a free dental health consultation and advice, please call the surgery on 01505 800366. Let us give you and your pet something to smile about.

Johnstone Cat Rescue Fund raising is very slow at this time of year and we are struggling to cope - Your help would be most appreciated. Sheena can be contacted on 01505 337321.

Timmy is a sensitive soul who has really come on leaps and bounds during his time at the Rehoming Centre. He is nervous around strangers, but enjoys his daily routine of meeting new people to develop his confidence and he loves clicker training. A run in the field with his doggie friends is always welcomed, followed by an afternoon doze with his kennel mate. Timmy seeks an adult home with experience of training and rehabilitation. Someone who can dedicate time to his on-going socialisation and development. In the right home he will continue to flourish and achieve his true potential. Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, 315 Hamilton Road, Uddingston, Glasgow, G71 7SL. Open: 12noon - 4pm (including weekends); 12noon- 7.30pm on Tuesdays; closed: Wednesdays Reggie has come to be re-homed following a difficult change of circumstances, a lovely cat who is laid back, used to being well treated in a quiet home. Likely to be able to live with a family however the house would have to be fairly quiet, possibly with older children. He is friendly and until now has had limited outdoor access, a safe garden away from busy roads would be an ideal location for re-homing this boy. Contact the Inverclyde Branch please call us on 07740 947160. All rehomings are subject to a successful home visit. ~~~ Similar to Photo ~~~ Bobbi Girl is a very affectionate 14 year old Tabby female who has been brought up as a housecat but might like the chance for once in her life to go outdoors in a safe environment. She is a very affectionate lapcat. Ref: LW To contact the Renfrewshire Branch on 0141 876 4133. All rehomings are subject to a successful home visit.

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Tollcross Children’s Farm The Courtyard, which dates back to the 19th century, was restored in the late 1990’s with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland. The old East Lodge buildings were developed as the Visitor and Environment Centre, the Children’s Farm was refurbished and the Courtyard was repaved with traditional cobbles conserving the image of bygone days. There is lots to see and do, from discovering the fascinating world of animals and insects, to seeing the story of Cock Robin in 3D. Tollcross Children’s Farm is home to a wide variety of animals, from the usual farmyard favourites such as sheep, pigs and chicken to the more unusual, such as the colourful lovebirds and the llama. There are ample car parking facilities in the Sport centre car park, immediately adjacent to the Courtyard entrance. The Courtyard also has disabled toilet and baby changing facilities. The farm is open every day: Saturday - Thursday: 10am - 3.30pm & Friday: 10am - 3pm. Find us at The Courtyard, Tollcross Park, 254b Wellshot Road, Glasgow, G32 7AX. Phone: 0141 276 0931, E-mail:

Schools, Badgers, Deer & Events! The Windows on Wildlife Project aims to bring people closer to wildlife, gaining unique insight to the furry & feathered inhabitants of Castle Semple Country Park. Project Officer Hayley Douglas told The Advertizer, “We have had a lovely summer of events. The kids managed to film badgers, squirrels and roe deer. They also spent an afternoon learning all the badgery things about badgers included whether they like to eat sausage rolls!! The final workshop didn’t produce any small mammals in the traps but the new endoscope camera which had arrived that morning was stuck in numerous mammal holes and tree crevices to see what lives in the hidden spaces.” “The Roe Deer fawns are growing nicely and have now lost their spots. We also have Barn Owls residing in the park and 3 chicks were rung with the permission of the landowners. The badgers have been busy foraging with a number of bee nests having been dug up in the woods and they all appear to be in good condition despite the hard few weeks foraging with the weather being so hot. Badgers favourite food is earthworms and these can be hard to find during prolonged periods of hot weather.” Details can be found on the website or by emailing Footage can be viewed on the Park’s Youtube channel or on the WoW Facebook page. Talks to groups can be arranged if you are interested in finding out more about your furry and feathered neighbours. Volunteer with WoW by calling 01505 842 882 Ex 25. The Windows on Wildlife Project is part of the Semple Trail Heritage Project and is jointly funded by LEADER and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dog Law Seminar

Do you understand the Out of Control Dog Act Scotland 2010? Do you know how to get through all the legal jargon, what are your rights as an owner or the person in charge of a dog? Who’s to blame, who is charged with an offence….. Why not come along to our Dog Law Seminar on Wednesday 4th September, in the TLC Cafe, 101 Barrhead Road, Paisley PA2 7AD. The event begins at 7pm until 9.30pm and tickets are £15 per person. Our guest speaker is Mr Robert Fife, Partner, Dispute Resolution for and on behalf of Anderson Strathern LLP. There will be an hour presentation with question and answer period at the end. Any dog professional who would like a certificate of attendance on “Dog Laws”, Pawsitive Action will be happy to provide one. This is a must for all dog owners and professionals who work with dogs. Reserve your place now, don’t miss this…. Proceeds from this event will go to Wiemeraner of Scotland.

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If your pet has gone missing & you would like to place a notice in The Advertizer, please call 01505 613340 or email info@advertizer. We can also put updates on our website & Facebook. This service is free of charge!

Scottish Animal Week

Would you like to help raise funds to care for Scotland’s abused, abandoned and injured animals? If so, we are looking for fundraising volunteers all year round and particularly during Scottish Animal Week, which runs from 2nd-7th September. Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said, “As an animal welfare charity, we receive no government or lottery funding, which means we depend on public donations to continue our vital work. “During Scottish Animal Week we have opportunities to fundraise throughout the country. Even if someone can only spare an hour or two to shake a collection tin, their help would be greatly appreciated. “It’s something we always say because it’s true - every pound and penny raised really does make a difference and helps give animals in desperate need of our help a second chance in life.” For more information, please contact Michaela Rusack on 03000 999 999 or by email (select fundraising).

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TRADES & SERVICES Black & White ads only Lineage: up to 20 words £12.00* Boxed ad: £6.60* per column cm PROPERTY & HOLIDAY HOMES CARS FOR SALE Lineage: up to 20 words £12.00* Boxed ad: £6.60* per column cm Photo: add £6.00* (colour) *all prices subject to VAT The Business Advertisements (Disclosure) Order 1977

NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS The Law requires that Advertisers selling goods in the course of a business MUST include the word Trader, Dealer, Agent, Breeder or appropriate wording in the Advertisement to distinguish from private advertisers.



Garden Furniture Sale Ex-display Garden Furniture Set, comprising Aluminium/ Glass 1.7M rectangular table, seven folding aluminium & fabric chairs, and parasol. To clear at £370 (almost half price). Only one set remaining at this greatly reduced price. Grab yourself a bargain. Contact Gibb Stuart (Home Hardware), Bridge of Weir on 01505 612287.

HOME HELP CHILDCARE Houston registered childminders. For an informal chat to find your best childcare, call Elizabeth Waddell T: 614925

Kilmacolm/Quarriers area registered childminders. P/time or F/time vacancies for u-5’s and after school. T: 873839.


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DEADLINES If you want something placed in the next issue either send an email to: or call the office:

pets & animalS TLC for pets. Dog walking, cat feeding & sleep-overs. Spaces in Bridge of Weir and Houston. Reasonable rates. Contact Carol on 01505 690264 or 07837 457413.

01505 613340 (24hr ans)

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church lists BRIDGE OF WEIR


Freeland Church, Rev KN Gray BA BD. Morning Service 10.30am. Crèche, Sunday School, Lynx and Cornerstone. Evening Service 7pm Web site www. St Mary’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church. Delighting to praise God; Showing Christ’s love; Growing in faith. Morning Service on Sundays at 10am on Sunday 29 September there will be a special Service at 10.45am to celebrate the feast of St Michael and all Angels. We have a regular cycle of prayer for those who live and work in Bridge of Weir. The dates of prayers for local roads are as follows: 1 Sep-Rosemount Lane, 8 Sep-St. Andrew’s Drive, 15 Sep- St. Machar’s Drive & Road, 22 Sep-St. Mungo Court, 29 Sep-Shillingworth Place. For further information see our noticeboard, or to ask for special prayers, or in pastoral emergency please call 01505 612807, 01505 842629 or 01505 613402. St Machar’s Ranfurly Church Rev Suzanne Dunleavy BD DipEd. Sunday services at 10.30am. Hearing aid loop system. All welcome. www. stmacharsranfurlychurch. Hope Hall, Sun 1pm Sunday School, 4.30pm Gospel Service; Mon 6.30pm Investigators for Kids, 8pm Bible Study and Prayer. Faith Christian Fellowship Sundays at 11am in the Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Crescent, Bridge of Weir. Tel: 0800 298 4875 email: From the Baha’i writings “The betterment of the world can be achieved by pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct.” For details of meetings call 615641.

Houston Baptist Church at Carrick Centre; 11am Family services with SS for children age 5-12; 6pm Eve Service; Mid-week Home Bible Study; For more information contact; Rev D Snelson 01505 612722. Houston and Killellan Kirk. www. 25th August - 11am - Family Worship. CRADLE ROLL and Sunday Club Rededication Service. The Sacrament of Baptism. 1st September - 9.45am - Early Service . The Sacrament of Holy Communion. 11am - Morning Worship. 8th September - 11am Morning Worship and Re-Dedication of 1st Houston Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade. 15th September - 11am Morning Worship led by the Worship Team. Church of the Nazarene, Houston, at the Village Hall, Main street, Houston. PA6 7EL. Rev Benito S Coetzee. Family services at 10.30am with full toddler, children and youth activities running concurrently with the service. Youth meets at 6.30-8pm on Sundays. Word and Table Quiet Service held from 9am - 9.30am every 3rd Sunday. Visit our website: uk St Fillan’s, Main St, Houston. Sun Masses: Vigil (Sat) 5pm, 9.30am & 11am. Weekday Mass: Tues-Sat 9.30am except Thurs, 7pm. Reconciliation: Sat 10-10.30am and after Vigil Mass; Thurs 7.30-8pm. Exposition: As announced. Baptisms: 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month by arrangement. Parish Priest: Rev Daniel J McLoughlin, Dip.Th.,MA Pastoral Assistant: Sr Mary Frances Collett, RNDM (Tel 01505 613514). “Abbotsfield”, St Fillan’s, Main St, Houston, PA6 7EL. Tel: 01505 612046, Fax: 01505 610556. Email: www.

Elderslie Kirk, Main Road, Elderslie: Sunday service every week at 11am. Minister - Rev Robin Allison. All welcome. Weekly meetings:Monday Club every week from 12noon - 2.30pm. Light lunch and a varied activity programme. Commencing 4th September Midweek Fellowship will meet every Wednesday from 10.30 am for Tea & Coffee followed by a short Service of Worship at 11 am. All Welcome.

Howwood Parish Church, Sun 11am. Rev David Stewart. MA BD MTH. Prayer meetings held in the vestry every Sun at 10am & Fri at 7.30pm, 3 Bowfield Way.





Kilbarchan East Church. Services continue at 11am, conducted by Mr Russell Banks. The induction date of the new minister Rev. Stephen Smith from Clark Memorial Largs, is still to be decided and we look forward to his arrival in

community council Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings.

HOLIDAY HOMES FLORIDA: superb selection of hand-picked villas and condos near Disney and Gulf Coast. Rates from £250 per wk - also property purchase service with rental support. Call Hazel on 01505 613603

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BISHOPTON: Primary School: 1st Thurs at 7.30pm www. BRIDGE OF WEIR: Cargill Hall: 1st Tues at 7.00pm (NB: Last Tues of June, No Aug meeting) www. BROOKFIELD: Brookfield Village Hall: Last Thurs at 7.30pm (NB: No meetings: July or Dec) HOUSTON: Carrick Centre: 3rd Wed at 7.30pm www. HOWWOOD: Village Hall: 2nd Tues at 7.30pm. www. KILBARCHAN: Steeple Hall: monthly at 7.30pm. www. KILMACOLM & QUARRIERS: Last Tues at 7.30pm, Kilmacolm Cargill Centre (NB: No meetings: July or Dec) LANGBANK: Church Hall: 2nd Wed at 7.30pm LOCHWINNOCH: Parish Church: 1st Tues at 7.30pm

Kilbarchan. Sunday School and the Bible Class resume on Sunday 1st September from 10.45am in the halls, where the crèche is available every Sunday morning. The choir recommences rehearsals on Wednesday 4th at 7.30pm in the church. Kilbarchan West Parish Church – Minister – Rev Arthur Sherratt BD. Sunday Worship at 11.00am. Crèche, Junior Church and FEWsion meet from 10.45am. All are welcome for tea & coffee in the hall after worship. The Midweek Fellowship restarts on Wednesday 4th September at 10.30 in the Session House. Come and join us for tea, chat and a short informal act of worship.


St Colm’s Catholic Church The Very Rev William Canon McDade – Sunday morning family mass 10am. Kilmacolm Old Kirk Church of Scotland (Charity n o . S C 0 0 9 2 9 1 ) . w w w. Minister Rev Dr Peter McEnhill (01505 873174). Morning Worship - Sundays 11am, all welcome Sunday School & Crèche available. St Columba Church of Scotland. (charity no. SC007992) Minister Rev Douglas Cranston. Wednesday Break 10.30am in large Hall. Church Prayer meeting Thurs at 8.15pm. Gospel Services in The Scout Hall, Kilmacolm - Sundays 4.30pm, Thurs 7.30pm. St Fillan’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church Sundays 11.30am Rev Colum McGranaghan has now retired and we are in a vacancy however all the Services in both Churches are continuing their normal pattern.


Langbank Parish Church - Rev Andrew McLean. Sunday Services 10am with Sunday School, Creche and young people’s group, the Welcomers. Tea / coffee after the service. We are all very excited and looking forward to welcoming any children that would like to come along and join the Sunday Club! For the babies and pre school children - a Crèche with lots of new toys, games and activities. The Primary School Children have planned activities including arts and crafts, music, drama and games. We have an enthusiastic group of adults ready to engage with the children. The Church service starts at 10am. Come along and meet in the Hall from 9.50am. Charity registered in Scotland, No SC015085.


Lochwinnoch Parish Church - Rev Mhairi Breingan. 11am Morning Service with Sunday School and Crèche. Calder United Free Church (Church St Lochwinnoch) S u n d a y : 11 a m   M o r n i n g worship with Sunday School and Crèche. 6.30pm Evening Fellowship group, 7.30pm  A B C ’s Te e n g r o u p . We d 6.30pm-7.30pm. 


Mount Zion Church, Rev Andy Lunn Bsc. 10.30am in Bethesda, Junior Church and Bible Class. The Event for young people, making Church fun for everyone, every 3rd Sunday monthly at 6.30pm. Visit www.mountzionfellowship.

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sales & wants

Items For Sale

Baby Equipment Mamas & Papas 4 drawer dresser & changer - excellent condition - cost £400 sell for £50 Tel: 01505 690658. Mamas & Papas infant rocking Hippo - as good as new £20. Tel: 01505 690658. Mamas & Papas rocking horse (suitable for 3 years+) - as good as new. Cost £150 sell for £30. Tel: 01505 690658. Silver Cross travel system with linear chassis and infant car seat. Converts to moses basket and pushchair. £150. Tel: 07950 230842. John Lewis Glider Nursing Chair - natural wood with super soft upholstering - as good as new. Cost £250 will sell for £50. Tel: 01505 690658. Phil and Ted’s explorer double buggy black/red with rain cover. Suitable from birth. Used 3 times. Condition as new £200. Tel: 01505 610576. Chicco happy snack high chair, good condition £20. Tel: 07850 530326 Mamas and pappas jet pulse buggy, VGC. With hood rain cover & foot muff. £70. Tel: 07850 530326 Wooden swing/cradle with drapes. £25. Tel: 01505 873294. Mothercare wall mounted extendable metal stairgate, as new £5. Tel: 01505 844933. Mamas and Papas - cot quilt and bumper, jungle adventure, would suit boy or girl. £30 each new, £15 for both. From pet and smoke free home. Tel: 01505 706668. Bumbo Seat with play tray in Aqua - £15. Exc Cond. Tel: 07966 623395. V Tech light up Rhyme Gym £5. Exc Cond. Tel: 07966 623395. V Tech first Steps baby Walker - £8. Exc Cond. Tel: 07966 623395. Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe 3D activity gym (in original carry bag) £10. Exc Cond. Tel: 07966 623395. Leapfrog All Around Learning Playground £15. Exc Cond. Tel: 07966 623395. Mothercare cot and mattress sleep system Ex condition. £100. Tel 01505 672671. Fisher price Ride On Lion £15. Exc Cond. Tel: 07966 623395. Selection of 8 lovely board books suitable for baby/toddler - £5. Exc Cond. Tel: 07966 623395. Silver Cross freeway Travel system. inc. car seat. Pistachio design. Ex condition. £100. Tel 01505 672671.

Travel cot, Mamas and Papas £25 Tel: 07966 804177. Widgey nursing/support pillow with washable cover in Red Fossil £5. Exc Cond. Tel: 07966 623395. Vtech baby pop up surprise ball - pink. £5. Tel: 07540 596415. Vtech soft singing radio orange in colour. £5. Tel: 07540 596415. Travel cot which doubles as playpen. VGC. £20. Tel: 07540 596415. Advent steam steriliser - excellent condition. £8. Tel: 07540 596415. Mothercare feeding chair which clamps onto table. Age 6 months onwards. £10. Tel: 07540 596415. Clothes & Shoes Boys Black Converse Boots. Size 13.5. Hardly worn. £12. Tel: 01505 706855. Boys Black Bench Winter Jacket. Age 7-8. £10. Tel: 01505 706855. Converse. Grey with pink piping. Exc cond. Size 4. £15. Tel 01505 610293. Ladies tan leather jacket from Next, size 12, never worn. Cost new £190, sell for £60. Tel: 07850 530326. Children’s white tap shoes size 11 - hardly worn. £8. Tel: 01505 613486. Children’s black tap shoes size 11. £6. Tel: 01505 613486. Girls black tap shoes, exc cond. Size 11 and size 1. £5 per pair. Tel: 01505 706668. Snow Trousers - black Surfanic, age approx 6-8, suitable for boy or girl, like new, £5. Smoke and pet free home. Tel: 01505 706668. Brownie trousers, exc cond, 28” waist. £15 new - sell for £5. Tel: 01505 706668. Bridge of Weir Primary red cardigan - suit P6/7. As new - only £5 Tel: 01505 872442. Kilt - McDonald Tartan. 36” waist, 24” length. £70. Tel: 01505 612420. Kilt jacket, 40” chest, short. £60. Tel: 01505 612420. Glasgow Academy Blazer, new & unused. Girls Senior School - suit 5th or 6th year. £40. Tel: 07975 5510938. Ladies ankle boots. Black Leather. Size 7. FlyFlot. Velcro Strap. New. £45 ono. Tel: 01505 614794. Ladies Black Leather Shoes Size 6 from Schuh. Birkenstock style. Round toes. Velcro Strap. New £35 ono. Tel: 01505 614794. Ladies Black Leather Shoes Size 6 from Schuh. Birkenstock Style. T Bar Strap. New £35 ono. Tel: 01505 614794.

Household & Garden Ikea Mydal wooden framed Bunkbed. Ex condition. £50. Tel: 01505 672671. Reids cream leather suite. 3 seater & 2 seater. VGC. £200. Tel: 01505 610133. Chrome Tubular Heated Towel Rail. Fitted in recent bathroom project and replaced 500mm Wide x 800mm High. For wet central heating system. £25. Tel 01505 610675. Italian Designer Dining Table & 6 Chairs by ‘Effezeta’. Round glass table with chrome tubular base. 6 high back sculptured chairs in chocolate leather seat and cream back chrome legs. Smoke free pet free home. £200. Tel 01505 610675. Dining table circular glass top approx. 1metre dia with 4 chairs. £45. Tel 07966 804177. Breakfast bar free standing size 1200*450mm pine legs with stainless steel top and 2 stools. £30. Tel: 07966 804177. Dining room suite - teak oval extending table & 6 chairs. Excellent condition.£100 ono. Tel: 01505 322357. GPlan 70’s teak freestanding wall units. 1 drinks cabinet & drawers,1 display unit & cupboard, 1 cupboard only. Excellent condition £100 ono. Tel: 01505 322357. Roman Blind. Beautiful blind from Kids curtain company. Pink and lilac. 100cm wide. 150cm drop. Suit young girls room. Cost £180 new. £30. Tel 01505 610293. Single divan bed, as new. £80. Tel: 01505 682893. White Ikea sideboard (media unit), width 145cm, depth 48cm, height 87cm. 1 drawer, 3 compartments (2 glass, 1 open for DVD unit), adjustable shelves. Good condition. £90, Tel: 01505 874321. My Disney Princess Ready Bed. Exc cond. (smoke & pet free home) boxed £8. Tel: 01505 844933. Original Bedstead Company ‘Edwardian 3’ Single Bed’ – black metal. Dreams grand mattress - single. Both in original wrapping. No longer required. £200. Tel: 07874 978187 (Kilmacolm) 2 oak bookcases - 30” wide and 45” wide. £150 each. Tel: 01505 872818 or 07948 202027. BT 6500 Twin digital cordless phone incorporating answer machine. Blocks nuisance calls. Brand new. £50. Tel: 01475 540609

Oak Coat Stand with mirror & drawer. £250. Tel: 01505 872818 or 07948 202027. Trolley - bought in Italy. Smokey glass with black frame. 3 Shelves. 27.5” W x 30” H. £35. Tel: 01505 337106. Delonghi Dehumidifier. 14”W x 21”H. White. Plug needs changed to UK. Perfect Condition. £100. Tel: 01505 337106. Black wood rectangular mirror 164.5cm long 74cm wide inclusive of frame £15. Tel: 01505 614614. Garden Furniture Set (ex-display), comprising Aluminium/ Glass 1.7M rectangular table, seven folding aluminium & fabric chairs, and parasol. To clear at £370 (almost half price). Only one set remaining at this greatly reduced price. Grab yourself a bargain. Contact Gibb Stuart (Home Hardware), Bridge of Weir on 01505 612287. Electrical & Gas Esse Sovereign gas fired range cooker (aga-style). £150 ono. Buyer must disconnect and transport. Tel: 07919 215700. Sharp 800w microwave oven £20 Tel: 07966 804177. Stoves New Home Range Cooker. Blue, electric, 4 rings & a griddle, 2 ovens & grill. £150. Tel: 01505 872818 or 07948 202027. Zanussi freestanding electric double oven and grill cooker. Finished in stainless steel with a ceramic hob. Model: ZCE 7702. Width: 600mm Height: 900mm Depth: 598mm. £75. Houston. Tel: 07828 267073. Pets Hamsters Cage with Accessories. £5. Tel: 0787 9519516. Sports Mountain Bike to suit teenager/adult. As new. £50. Tel: 01505 358083. Golf: Gents TaylorMade Burner clubs, full set of irons 3-SW, Driver & 3 Wood. £35. Tel: 07867 767106. Golf: Gents TaylorMade Burner clubs, full set of irons 3-SW, Driver & 3 Wood. £35. Tel: 07867 767106. Body Protector Reiver Elite Airowear Adult Small Black Back Length Regular. Never worn. £60. Tel: 01505 343464. Canterbury Rugby Boots, Size 9, Black and yellow, Brand New(still in original box) £40, tel: 01505 874321. Free standing full size boxing bag includes gloves, good condition £60. Tel: 01505 614614.


sales & wants ad rates: UP TO £200 ....... FREE £201 to £500 ..... £5.00 £501 to £1000 ... £10.00 OVER £1000 ..... Call for details. Use our Sales & Wants form below and post to The Advertizer, Neva Place, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3PN. or email your items to The Business Advertisements (Disclosure) Order 1977

NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS The Law requires that Advertisers selling goods in the course of a business MUST include the word Trader, Dealer, Agent, Breeder or appropriate wording in the Advertisement to distinguish from private advertisers.

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Equestrian. Gatehouse HS1 Jockey Skull (SNELL E2001 / BSEN 1384), Silver, size 56 (1.5) with black Gatehouse Jockey silk and Gatehouse hat-bag. As new (worn twice!). Cost £120. Accept £65. Tel: 07917 631741. Junior Tiger Woods golf bag, black with integral stand, £15, Tel: 01505 874321. Ladies Bike. VGC. £50 ono. Tel: 01505 614201. Delta fit bench- adjustable, includes, squat, benchpress, flys, legs, lat pull down and curls. Black and grey total size 105cmx175cm weights not included £50. Tel: 01505 614614. Toys/Games/DVD Razor Ripstik Kids castor board red in colour. Hardly used. £20. Tel 01505 610675. 6 x Camberwick Green Figures – Robert Harrop Designs Ltd Limited Edition - Captain Flack, PC McGarry, Mickey Murphy (Baker), Windy Miller, Mrs Honeyman and The Mayor. VGC – £60. Tel: 07879 519516. M&S Dragon Costume Age 2-4 Years (2 Part Set) £5. VGC – Smoke/Pet Free House. Tel: 07879 519516. My complete Thomas & Friends Story Library – 50 Books in Box VGC. RRP £125 – Accept £20. Tel: 07879 519516. M&S Reversible Disney Buzz Lightyear/Woody Costume Age 5-6 Years £5. VGC – Smoke/Pet Free House. Tel: 07879 519516. Kids Raleigh Army bike suitable for age 3 - 6. Excellent condition. Sell for £20. Tel: 01505 690658. Mini Ninjas Game for Nintendo DS 7+. £5. Tel: 01505 706855. 2 x Boys Jigsaws 250 & 300 pieces. £5. Tel: 01505 706855.

6 x TY Spongebob Squarepants soft toys & cushion £10. Tel: 01505 706855. Box of Magnext. £10. Tel: 01505 706855. Lego Lava Dragon game. 7+. £5. Tel: 01505 706855. Lego Magma Monster Game 7+. £5. Tel: 01505 706855. Remote control tarantula £10. Tel: 01505 706855. Open Season Game for Nintendo DS 3+. £5. Tel: 01505 706855. Rayman Game for Nintendo DS 3+. £5. Tel: 01505 706855. 7 Zibits with lightening ball arena and power lab playset. £30. Tel: 01505 706855. Lego Hero Factory 7 x small, 2 x medium, 3 x large. £40. Tel: 01505 706855. Disney cars themed 4 wheeled roller skates with flashing wheels fits kids size 4 to 12 £7. Tel: 01505 613486. Boys bike - 14 inch wheels good condition - £20. Tel: 01505 613486. Kids tag along bike with secure fitting for any bike, £60. Tel: 01505 613486. My little pony ice cream van. £6. Tel: 01505 613486. Peppa pig car with figures. £5. Tel: 01505 613486. Girls 12” bike, Pink, Giant L’il Puddin (cost £100 new), inc. stabilisers, front basket & bell. Exc cond. £25. Tel: 01505 844933. Girls 16” Merida Dakar bike, Purple, (inc. stabilisers if reqd), Exc cond. £40. Tel: 01505 844933. Pogo Stick - hardly used, still in box £10. Tel: 01505 872442. Other Items Long Reach tool sockets (5), 19 to 27mm. for car maintenance. £5. Tel: 07432 091606. Long Reach tool sockets (7), 12 to 18mm. for car maintenance. £5. Tel: 07432 091606.


Advertising throughout The Gryffe Advertizer:

Definitions: “Standards” means the British Code of Advertising Practice and the provisions of any law applicable to advertising including, but not limited to, the Trade Descriptions Act, 1968, the Consumer Credit Act 1974, the Control of Misleading Advertisements Regulations 1988, the Financial Services Act 1986, the Business Advertisement (Disclosure) Order 1977 and all amendments and replacements. It is hereby agreed that: • The placing by the Advertising Client of an Advertisement is deemed to be acceptance of these Conditions of Acceptance of Advertising. • All Advertisements in this Publication must not contravene the Standards. • Insertion of Advertisements and/or Editorial is strictly at the discretion of the Publisher. • The Publisher shall not be liable for any loss or damage incurred by the Advertising Client as a result of any failure, negligence or omission by any party in the course of the distribution or circulation of the Publication in which the Advertisement is scheduled to appear. • In the event of any error, misprint or omission by the Publisher in the printing of an Advertisement, the Publisher will either re-insert the advertisement, adjust the cost or provide a refund. This does not apply if the Advertisement has been approved by the Advertising Client prior to publication. The total liability of the Publisher for such an occurrence shall not exceed the amount of a full refund for that particular Advertisement. • The Advertising Client agrees to indemnify the Publisher in respect of all costs, damages or other charges falling upon the Publisher as the result of legal actions or threatened legal actions arising from the publication of the Advertisement, or any one or more of the series of Advertisements, published in accordance with the copy instructions supplied to the Publisher. • Readers are reminded that when purchasing items or services advertised in the Publication that the Publisher cannot be held in any way responsible for the quality or correctness of the items or services included in the Advertisement.

Editorial throughout The Gryffe Advertizer: The opinions of the Contributors to this Publication are not necessarily the official views of the Publisher. The Publisher reserves the right to edit or refuse any material submitted for publication.

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business directory Long Reach tool sockets (7), 9 to 15mm. for car maintenance. £5. Tel: 07432 091606. Car Ramps, £10. Tel: 07432 091606. Dimplex 2kw, fan heater. Model DXUF20T. £10. Tel: 07432 091606. 4 man venus 4 mountain tent. used twice. £90. Tel: 01505 613033. Boston Acoustic Guitar 6 string £25. Tel: 07966 804177. Acoustic Solutions MK 2054 Keyboard and stand £30. Tel: 07966 804177 . Measuring wheels 1-1000m. £ 1 2 e a c h . Te l : 0 7 9 6 6 804177. Honda CRV auto 57(new shape) rubber fitted car mats 7 mths old. £15. Tel: 01505 331982. Full sized roof box, universal fit to most roof bars, hardly used. £60. Tel: 01505 613486. Wheelchair for sale, unused. Overall weight of chair 24 lbs. User weight 17 stone. Cost new £500 accept £250 ono. Tel: 01505 615925. Treddle singer sewing machine. Offers. Tel: 01505 872818 or 07948 202027. Collection of brand new Folio Society Hardback Books all in covers. £10 each. Tel: 07540 596415. Box of goods suitable for car boot sale. £10. Tel: 01505 614614. A few 70’s lp’s for sale. artists such as,- david bowie, the jam, sex pistols, james brown.- contact for lists. Tel: 0141 944 2174. Sharp (model-cms-150cd) radio / record player (plays 45’s & lp’s), tape cassette player / cd player (needs, slight attention) with two speakers. plus 6 x lp’s (v/a) nice and tidy working condition. £35. Tel: 0141 944 2174. Sony- (model-cfs.b11) radio ( tape cassette player. intrgral dual cone speakers. plus 6 x taped cassettes(to get you started)in exc working cond. £18. Tel: 0141 944 2174. Jupiter Flute with case & cleaning rod. £180. Tel: 01505 874486.

Wanted Items Old records Wanted 45`s & LP`s CASH Paid. Tel: 07710 777571. Cash paid for Music CDs ( a few or a lot ). Tel: 0141 882 5594 or 07765 115347. Yamaha DT 175 MX & DT 125 MX. Yamaha RD 250, 350 & 500 - running or not. Cash waiting. Free collection. Tel: 07951 227767. 4 bedroom, detached house in Houston area to buy. Tel: 07900 556004 or email: Piano - small upright. Good condition. Up to £400. Tel: 01505 842075.

The Business Advertisements (Disclosure) Order 1977

NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS The Law requires that Advertisers selling goods in the course of a business MUST include the word Trader, Dealer, Agent, Breeder or appropriate wording in the Advertisement to distinguish from private advertisers.

Advertizers - A to Z @ease Removals & Transport . . 6 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 1,3 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 43 A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 33 A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 43 A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 10 ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Affluent Financial Planning . . 23 Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Alistair Stewart - Driving Ins . . 28 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 42 Architectural Drawings . . . . . 22 Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Arlene Donald . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 32 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 31 Auntie Jacquie’s Dog Grooming . . 47 Bathroom Solutions by MPH . . 11 Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Beginners Yoga - Sara Marijuan . . 38 Bell Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 26 Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 BOW Design Architect . . . . . . . 14 BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Brookfield Alarms . . . . . . . . . 12 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 12 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 9 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 33 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 5 Cheetham & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Chips Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Classique Window Blinds . . . . 29 CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 31 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Clyde Coast Décor . . . . . . . . . 17 Cochran Dickie Estate Agents . . 22,30 ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Collins and Paterson Auctionee . . 27 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1 Confident Care Ltd . . . . . . . . . 8 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Council Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Crafts of Calder Gallery . . . 22 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 42 Crawford Landscapes . . . . . . . . 45 Crosslee Driver Training . . . 5 Delta Electrical Services . . 30 Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 8 DJY Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 DLN Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 43 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 5 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Express Timber Products Ltd . . 29 F & B Building Services . . . . 37 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 20 First Domestics . . . . . . . . . . . 5 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 15 Gadds Gourmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Gary Forbes Painter Decorator . . 14 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Gibb Stuart Ironmongers . . . . 16,23 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 45 Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 28 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15 Gutter Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 10 Houston Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Houston Locksmiths . . . . . . . . . 3 Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 13,2 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 12 Inverclyde Leisure . . . . . . . . . 38 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 24 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 10 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Jenson & Jenson . . . . . . . . . . . 3 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 John McKay Gas & Heating Eng . . 10 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 12 John Smith Turf Supplies . . . 43 Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 37 Just Jhoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Karen Rankin Catering . . . . . . 25 Kerr Home Care . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

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Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 27 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 9 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 29 Kilmacolm Dog Training Classes . . 47 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors 1,19,26 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 Laptop and PC Repairs . . . . . . 22 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Leigh’s Beauty Room . . . . . . . . 32 Lightbody Vehicle Management . . 22 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 29 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 10 MattVac Carpet & Upholstery Cl . . Bk MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 15 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 10 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 17 MF Building Services . . . . . . . 2 Mind Body Balance . . . . . . . . . 17 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 MS All Trades Limited . . . . . . 4 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 31 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 6 Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 21 Omni Housekeeping . . . . . . . . . 10 P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 3 Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7 Pee Poop n Play . . . . . . . . . . . 47 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1 PJK Exterior Solutions . . . . . 23 Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Pressure Cleaning . . . . . . . . . 17 Purple Tree Care . . . . . . . . . . 42 QT Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 42 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Renfrewshire Leisure . . . . . . . 39 RM Contractors . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Saltire Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 47 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SP Groundcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Speedy Cycle Repairs . . . . . . . 38 St Columba’s School . . . . . . . . 32 Sterling Construction . . . . . . 21 Stewart Independent Financial . . 20 Stickytiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Strutts For Mutts . . . . . . . . . 47 Suzanne’s Grooming Pad . . . . . 46 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 2 Take the Lead . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 10 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 26 The Iron House . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Osteopaths . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 35 Top Kat Driving . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Travel a la Carte . . . . . . . . . 3 Vanda’s Mobile Hairdressing . . 28 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 45 West of Scotland Landscape . . 45 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 33 Woodlands Nursery . . . . . . . . . 36

by category Bathrooms Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Bathroom Solutions by MPH . . 11 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 15

Bedrooms Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 9

Blacksmith & Metalwork McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 17 The Iron House . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Building Services A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 DLN Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Express Timber Products Ltd . . 29 F & B Building Services . . . . 37 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 24 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 29 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 15 MF Building Services . . . . . . . 2 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 Sterling Construction . . . . . . 21 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 2 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 10 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 35

Care Services & Homes Confident Care Ltd . . . . . . . . . 8 Kerr Home Care . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Catering Gadds Gourmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Karen Rankin Catering . . . . . . 25

Childcare Woodlands Nursery . . . . . . . . . 36

Cleaning & PowerWash CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 5 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15 Gutter Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 17 MattVac Carpet & Upholstery Cl . . Bk Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 21 Omni Housekeeping . . . . . . . . . 10 Pressure Cleaning . . . . . . . . . 17

Coffee Shops Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 26

Computer, IT & Web ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1 Laptop and PC Repairs . . . . . . 22

Accountants & Financial Affluent Financial Planning . . 23 Cheetham & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Stewart Independent Financial . . 20

Architectural Services Architectural Drawings . . . . . 22 BOW Design Architect . . . . . . . 14 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Art, Gifts & Flowers Crafts of Calder Gallery . . . 22

Auctioneers & Valuers Collins and Paterson Auctionee . . 27

Automotive Services Chips Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Lightbody Vehicle Management . . 22

Gas & Heating Services A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 10 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 33 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 12 John McKay Gas & Heating Eng . . 10 Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 29 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1

Glazier 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 1,3 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 10 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Hairdressers & Barbers Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 32 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 31 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 31 Vanda’s Mobile Hairdressing . . 28

Health, Beauty & Fitness Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 32 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 31 Beginners Yoga - Sara Marijuan . . 38 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 20 Just Jhoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 27 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 9 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Leigh’s Beauty Room . . . . . . . . 32 Mind Body Balance . . . . . . . . . 17 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 6 QT Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Renfrewshire Leisure . . . . . . . 39 The Osteopaths . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Home Hardware First Domestics . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Gibb Stuart Ironmongers . . . . 16,23 MS All Trades Limited . . . . . . 4

Home Improvements Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Express Timber Products Ltd . . 29 Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 13,2 MF Building Services . . . . . . . 2 PJK Exterior Solutions . . . . . 23

Home Interiors

Cycle Repair

Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 9 Classique Window Blinds . . . . 29 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 21 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 26

Speedy Cycle Repairs . . . . . . . 38

Home Security

Council Notices Council Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Driveways A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Bell Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Brookfield Alarms . . . . . . . . . 12

Driving Instructors


Alistair Stewart - Driving Ins . . 28 Crosslee Driver Training . . . 5 Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7 Top Kat Driving . . . . . . . . . . . 10

CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 DJY Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 13,2 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 24 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 10 PJK Exterior Solutions . . . . . 23 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Saltire Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 14 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 2 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 10 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 33

Education St Columba’s School . . . . . . . . 32,32

Electricians Bell Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Delta Electrical Services . . 30 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2


by category

Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 45 John Smith Turf Supplies . . . 43 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 42 SP Groundcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 45 West of Scotland Landscape . . 45

Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 17

Firewood & Logs W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Framing Crafts of Calder Gallery . . . 22

Funeral Services Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 20 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 12

Garage Doors & Gates Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Garden Service & Design 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 43 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 43 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 42 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 42 Crawford Landscapes . . . . . . . . 45 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 43 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Kilt & Dress Hire Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 10

Kitchens Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 9 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 15 Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 13,2 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 10

Leisure & Recreation Inverclyde Leisure . . . . . . . . . 38

Locksmiths Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Houston Locksmiths . . . . . . . . . 3

Painters & Decorators A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 33 Clyde Coast Décor . . . . . . . . . 17 Gary Forbes Painter Decorator . . 14 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3

John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Pet Services & Training Auntie Jacquie’s Dog Grooming . . 47 Kilmacolm Dog Training Classes . . 47 Pee Poop n Play . . . . . . . . . . . 47 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 47 Strutts For Mutts . . . . . . . . . 47 Suzanne’s Grooming Pad . . . . . 46 Take the Lead . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Plasterers Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 12 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 5 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 24 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 29

Plumbers A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 10 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 33 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 15 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 12 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Property Management DLN Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Jenson & Jenson . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Property, Sales & Let Cochran Dickie Estate Agents . . 22,30 Jenson & Jenson . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors 1,19,26 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Removals @ease Removals & Transport . . 6 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Restaurant & Bars Houston Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Retail Gibb Stuart Ironmongers . . . . 16,23 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 26

Roofing Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 12 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 29 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 15 PJK Exterior Solutions . . . . . 23 RM Contractors . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 2 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 35

Solicitors Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors 1,19,26

Special Occasions ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Sports Clubs & Events Renfrewshire Leisure . . . . . . . 39

Taxis & Minicoach hire ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 37

Tiling Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 28 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Stickytiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Travel Agents Arlene Donald . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Travel a la Carte . . . . . . . . . 3

Tree Surgeon Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 45 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Purple Tree Care . . . . . . . . . . 42 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 45

TV & Satellite Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 8 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3

Upholstery Services P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 3

Window Cleaners DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 5 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 10

Windows, Consv & Repair 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 1,3 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 10 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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