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Please Give Blood Paisley - St Mirrin’s Cathedral House, Incle Street - Tuesday 1st April - 2pm - 3.45pm & 5.15pm - 7.30pm Port Glasgow Boglestone Community Centre, Dubbs Place Monday 7th April - 4pm - 7.30pm Bishopton Community Centre, Greenock Road - Friday 11th April - 4pm - 7.30pm Kilmacolm - Kidston Hall, High Street Tuesday 22nd April 4pm - 7.30pm Linwood - ON-X Sports Centre, Brediland Road - Wednesday 30th April 4pm - 7.30pm

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THIS month

Brookfield - the ‘lost’ village

I have to offer my apologies to the residents of Brookfield, since I have just noticed that the village hasn’t been listed under any of the headings in the villages section, nor has it been listed in the Councillor information at the back of the magazine. The root cause for this seems to have been the ward boundary changes which came into effect at the local election in May’12. On checking Renfrewshire Council’s online information Brookfield does not appear under any of the wards. However the map for Ward 9: Houston, Crosslee & Linwood appears to encompass Brookfield. Therefore, unless we hear to the contrary, Brookfield is now officially part of Ward 9 in The Advertizer’s listings. 30mph Limit

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Whilst on the subject of Brookfield, drivers are reminded that a 30mph speed limit is now enforced from the cemetery entrance, all the way through the village, to the former Merchiston entrance. This was done in response to some serious road accidents, so please drive carefully.


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Bishopton: Post Office, Woodrow’s Store, Keystore, Library Bridge of Weir: Gibb Stuart, Bernie’s Cafe/Deli, Lochnagar, The Bridge, Library Erskine: Library, Garden Centre, Sports Centre Houston: Co-op, Carrick Centre, Post Office, Newsagent Howwood: Village Store, St Vincent’s Hospice Johnstone: Henderson Kilts, Papa Mac’s, Library Kilbarchan: Sheridan’s Store, Campbell’s Newsagents, Bobbins, Old Library Centre Kilmacolm: Village Newsagent, Market Place Newsagent, Pieri’s, Cross Café, Gibb Stuart, KNCC, Library Langbank: Village Store, Finlaystone Visitor Centre Lochwinnoch: Keystore, Newsagent, Post Office, McKillop Centre, Library, Castle Semple Centre Quarriers: Three Sisters Bake 

And on that note, I want to commend the various groups who are organising litter picking over the next few months, these events are publicised inside this magazine. Also, Colourful Kilmacolm and Grow Kilbarchan for their efforts to brighten up the villages and of course Brighter Bridge of Weir who have been working tirelessly for many years and have now inspired others to follow their wonderful example. Go on, get involved, even if it’s just your own frontage, and for convenience Gibb Stuart’s sell litter-pickers!





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Some folks who live in my vicinity may be concerned about a strange bloke in a black jacket, black beanie and wellies picking up the litter and dog poo around Woodrow Ave, Finlaystone Rd, High St and West Glen Park. More concerning for me... I’m married to him! Joking aside, an attitude seems to prevail nowadays that someone else will attend to it; The “dog-poo fairy”? The nocturnal litter-eating monster? But seriously, if everyone took a little time to look after their own neighbourhood how much nicer our villages could be. And if you are one of the minority of dog owners/walkers who seem to think it wise to bag their dog’s efforts and hang them up for posterity, go the extra nine (or ten) whole yards and stick it in a bin.

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by Maureen Horton of Travel a la Carte

A Special Occasion experience..... quite unlike any other The legendary and sublime Venice Simplon -Orient-Express will surely be one of the most memorable journeys you will ever undertake. With elegant surroundings of gleaming wood and polished brass and stunning views through the Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps, it is a travel experience like no other. Dining is an unforgettable pleasure in the welcoming atmosphere of the exquisite dining cars. Here you will enjoy food and wine from fine French silverware and crystal....No airline style packaged meals here! This summer you can enjoy this magnificent journey from Venice to London at reduced rates on the following departure dates: 16th April, 23rd April, 14th May and 21st June when booked before 15th April 2014. Prior to departing you will fly to Venice and enjoy a three night stay in the 5 star Hotel Cipriani. Relax in their beautiful gardens, marvel at the stunning views of the city from their flower filled terraces and as a member of the Orient Express collection you are assured of the same levels of service and luxury as on the journey home. You may be reading this and thinking this must cost a fortune but we have a special offer price of ÂŁ2909 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a double/ twin room with a balcony for 3 nights in the Hotel Cipriani on a bed and breakfast basis and 1 night in a double cabin on full board from Venice to London. Price also includes flights to Venice and private water transfers to the hotel. This is a saving of ÂŁ1,200 per couple but must be booked by 15th April. If you are celebrating something special this year then we can help make it happen.

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LOCAL news World Book Night Love Books ? Love Reading? Like a Freebie?

Why not pop along and help us celebrate World Book Night - it’s just up the road at Amaretto Ristorante and Pizzeria, 60 Main Street, Bridge of Weir PA11 3AB on Wednesday 23rd April, starting at 7.30pm. GUEST AUTHOR TALK - We have an amazing talk by author Suzanne Egerton - author of ‘Out Late with Friends and Regrets’. FREE BOOK - supplied by World Book Night from this year’s list - 3 titles to chose from BOOK SWAP- bring along an ‘old read’ to swap for a ‘new read’ RAFFLE - with proceeds going to local charity Quarriers World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books, which sees passionate volunteers gift books in their communities to share their love of reading. There are also hundreds of events from small community gatherings to author readings and audiences of thousands. World Book Night is celebrated on Wednesday 23rd April in the UK, Ireland and the USA. It is run by The Reading Agency - the charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance to become a reader. Because everything changes when we read.

New Tours at Paisley Abbey New guided tours of the highlights of the Abbey will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm, beginning on Tuesday 6th May. Each tour will last approx. 1 hour - Guided Tours will leave from the Welcome Desk inside the Abbey, with no need to book for individuals or small groups. Larger groups should book in advance on 0141 889 7654. Tea/coffee is available in the café. Each day the Abbey welcomes visitors on Monday to Saturday from 10am until 3.30pm. On Sundays the Abbey is open for services.

High Tea/Dinner/Dance Every Saturday night - 8pm - 11pm

Dancing to live music playing memorable tunes at the Willowbank Hotel, 96 Greenock Road, Largs. Booking essential - Call 01475 675435 for further information.

Easter Sunday Sunday 20th April

The Easter festival, the oldest and most important festival in the Christian calendar, culminates in the celebration that is Easter Sunday, which today is a time when most of us get together with our families, share a meal and - of course - eat lots of chocolate!

I hope you can join us and make this year’s event a success for us. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate a raffle prize or some books for the swap - please just get in touch. Thanks. Read more about World Book Night at: Find out more about our guest author Suzanne at:

Yorkhill Easter Egg Run 2014 - 35th Anniversary of Y.E.E.R (Started in 1979 by Mercury MCC) Easter Sunday falls on 20th April this year. Just as the previous couple of years, assemble from 11am in the rear car park (where there will be stalls & raffles) for a parade start of 12noon. Food and drink will be available including burgers, hog-roast and icecream (fingers crossed for a good spring eh?) Entertainment at the hospital will be provided from assembly right through to break up by the team from Glasgow’s own Revolt Rock Show, a recently rebranded internet broadcast by some of the Cathouse Rock Clubs resident DJs. Financial donations mean that we can provide specialised medical equipment and other resources essential for the care of the children at Yorkhill. These of-course will go on long after the chocolate has been eaten and forgotten about. You can DONATE NOW - Simply text the word EASTER to 70660 to donate £5.

Bubbles and Bublé Girls Afternoon Sunday 27th April

Bubbles, Afternoon Tea and a Michael Bublé Tribute Act at the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew - Ticket Cost £25. Contact or call 0141 581 2000

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Young Carers Night Off Gryffe Valley Rotary recently took a total of 96 Young Carers for a night out at Xscape. Over several evenings, each group enjoyed a session in the rather adventurous and scary Climbzone followed by a meal at a nearby restaurant. Young Carers are just ordinary youngsters whose lives are significantly affected by having a caring role for a family member. Typically this can involve helping to care for an incapacitated parent, looking after siblings and helping to organise the home with cooking, cleaning, washing and shopping duties. This can have a real impact on a young carer’s school attendance and performance, and can play havoc with a youngster’s social life. The Renfrewshire Carers Centre offers support to Young Carers aged from 8 to 18, giving them the opportunity to get away from home to have some fun and to meet others in a similar position. Unfortunately the Centre has financial restraints and there is a waiting list to be able to join. In recent years Gryffe Valley Rotary has worked with the Centre to help out, providing the funds for outings like that to Xscape. The happy smiling faces of all those attending confirmed that it was indeed a worthwhile contribution!

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Eggsellent Easter Craft & Gift Fayre Sunday 13th April - 1pm - 4pm.

WeightWatchers Leaders raise over £8,000 for Diabetes UK

Organised by Erskine Army Cadets in aid of themselves and Erskine hospital. Lots of craft stalls including candles, tea, soaps, beauty, cosmetics, homewares, kids clothing, jewellery and much more, animal corner, Hoots Owls, facepainting, live music and some other surprises on the day.

WeightWatchers Leaders across Glasgow have raised a total of £8,161 for Diabetes UK after taking to the catwalk and posing for a charity calendar wearing some very unusual dresses.

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Rather than being crafted from silk or tulle, the

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glamorous, 50s inspired dresses were made by a pair of talented young designers from Glasgow using hundreds of old WeightWatchers magazines - the very pages that inspired the models to lose an

NINE - The Musical 29th April-3rd May 7.30pm - Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow G46 6UG

Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he e n g a g e s in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

Cast members of NINE - The Musical

£10/£14, Tues 29th April to Sat 3rd May (matinee on Saturday).

incredible 56st between them. For more information please contact Fiona Pediani on 07765 794 545 or email Fpediani@

“Oops Upside Your Head” World Record Attempt – 1pm Sunday 6th April

Are you ready to be a Record Breaker!!! We need over 250 people in line by 1pm to make it work and you and your friends could make all the difference. You don’t need to know anything about “oops upside your head” to take part we’ll show you everything you need to know on the day. Everyone who takes part gets a bit of path to sit on along the cycle track above the visitors centre at Castle Semple (thanks to SUSTRANS for making this possible). We’ve a huge sheet of plastic for seating thanks to bpi.visqueen. Those with more delicate posteriors might want to bring one of those garden kneelers or alike. You can pick up your position number, and a souvenir wrist band, from the registration table between 11.30am and 12.30pm. We’ll start forming the line from 12.30pm onwards. Go on, get yourselves in the record books!

Wedding Open Evening Bowfield Hotel & Country Club, Howwood, PA9 1DZ Friday 11th April 5pm-9pm

Join us at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club, Howwood to wander around our venue and to see how stunning your Wedding Day could be.

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Wedding Open Day Lynnhurst Hotel, Park Road, Johnstone, PA5 8LS Sunday 27th April from 12noon - 4pm

Get a unique flavour of our hotel and how magical your wedding day can be. Each Wedding Open Day is designed to let you see the unique features of our hotel and to enquire about future dates available. Entry is free.

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PCPC wins Renfrewshire Inter-club Photography Competition The annual Renfrewshire Inter-club Photography Competition for the Borbasket Trophy was recently hosted by Greenock Camera Club. This year seven clubs Eastwood Photographic Society, Greenock Camera Club, Gryffe Camera Club, Kilmacolm Camera Club, Paisley Colour Photographic Club, Paisley Photographic Society and Penilee Camera Club took part. Each club submitted eight images which were judged by experienced photographer Bob Collins from Glasgow’s oldest camera club Queen’s Park Camera Club.

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Ever fancied trying Chess ? Paisley Chess Club are looking for new members and are keen to hear from anyone in the Renfrewshire area . Like the game itself, Paisley Chess Club has a long and proud history and were in fact British Champions in 1994. After a few quiet years, we are having a resurgence with membership more than doubling in the last three years. Paisley Chess Club members are a friendly down to earth bunch with just the occasional harmless eccentric to keep the place interesting. Paisley is the only club in Scotland which opens three times a week (Monday and Wednesday evenings 7.15pm-10pm and Thursday afternoons 1.30pm-4pm) and fifty weeks a year. Membership costs compare favourably with other clubs, we have reduced rates for juniors and recently introduced a family membership. Although Paisley Chess Club still has a number of expert level players and a former Scottish champion, our main strength these days is helping players new to organised chess. Helpful advice is the order of the day and you will not just be left to sink or swim if you visit our club. Newcomers to the club are encouraged to attend four times at no cost before committing to membership. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome and those new to the game will receive patient instruction in what is a surprisingly easy game to learn. Location:

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Website: The final result was a victory for Paisley Colour Photographic Club with 144 points. Gryffe Camera Club were second with 138 points and Eastwood Photographic Society were third with 137 points. In the competition five images scored the maximum 20 points and three of these were from Paisley Colour Photographic Club: “Kingfisher with Minnow” by Mike Cruise, “Siskin in Autumn” by Norma McDowall and “Storm Light” by Robert Fulton. For further details about PCPC and updated members galleries please view:

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Kilmacolm Camera Club Club members enjoyed their annual movie night, with an entertaining selection of audio-visual sequences. These shows transported us as far as the Antarctic and the Galapagos Islands, and as near as Paisley’s Coats Memorial Church. We were also treated to sequences on basketball, the works of artist George Wyllie, dogs and winter scenes. All in all, quite an eclectic melange of movies! We also held our Annual Competition judging evening. Traditionally, this is where members can submit the best of their Early Morning, Plockton by Jane Robertson recent photo work. On this occasion, our judge was Bob Collins, of Queen’s Park Camera Club. In his appraisal, Bob gave us a very detailed and informative critique which provided a treasure trove of valuable photo advice. Mounting this year’s Print podium were “Torch” by David Addison (First), “The Mime Artist” by Bill Ham (Second) and “Provost’s Pride and Joy” also by Bill Ham (Third). Olympian medallists in the Digital Competition were Bill Ham, with “Jetty, Boat and Boathouse” (First), David Addison, with “Take Flight” (Second) and Jane Robertson, with “Early Morning, Plockton” (Third). “The Mime Artist”, “Take Flight” and “Early Morning, Plockton” are shown here. Our 2013/14 season is officially The Mime Artist by Bill Ham over. However, we hope to make full use of the bright summer evenings (remember them?) with a number of photo outings to local beauty spots. These provides a wealth of opportunities for less experienced members to pick up tips from some of our experts. Why not come along with your SLR or compact camera (or even your phone!). Come back from your holidays this year with photos to be proud of! Contacts: Billy Blair, Tel: 873383; Janice Stevenson, Tel 873595. T: 01505 613340

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Exclusive one-of opportunity to buy furniture and nearly new clothing direct from the St Vincent’s Hospice on Saturday 3rd May 10am-4pm. Visit our Barn Tearoom for fresh coffee & cakes plus join in with the tombola and raffle. All in aid of local patients and their families being cared for by St Vincent’s Hospice.

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WHAT’S on Fri 7 Mar - Fri 18 April Bring It All Home Exhibition

Paisley Museum, High Street, Paisley A collection of Gerry Rafferty memorabilia, from guitars to album artwork and gold discs to hand-written lyrics, featuring artwork by John Byrne. Free admission.

Thu 27 March

Access Forum AGM Castle Semple Centre, Lochwinnoch 7pm The Forum advises Renfrewshire Council and any others consulting it on outdoor access issues and helps solve any outdoor access disputes. For more information about the AGM, email pt@

Fri 28 March

Parent & Child Pamper & Shopping Evening Bishopton Primary School 6.30pm You and yours can get pampered with nails, hair, make up for your little ladies, and for the mums, grans, aunts, sisters etc there will be a variety of treatments available… Massage, Nails, Eyelash Tint, Shape, etc.. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Teens are welcome too…. £5 per adult and £2 per child.

Erskine Sportsman’s Dinner Glasgow Hilton This year’s event takes on a quizzical nature as two teams of big names face off in aid of veterans. Book a table of ten for £550 or buy individual tickets for £60. Call 0141 814 4567 or visit the Erskine website to book your tickets.

Fri 28 - Sun 30 March

Art Exhibition

Kilbarchan Old Library Friday 28th(7pm-9pm), Saturday 29th (12noon-4pm) and Sunday 30th. (12noon - 4pm) March by local artist Rab Wilson. The music will be performed at the opening of the exhibition on the Saturday. Further details

Sat 29 March

St Columba Church Playgroup and Toddlers Spring Fair St Columba Church Hall, Bridge of Weir Road, Kilmacolm, 10am to 12noon Come along to make your mothers day cards and buy gifts.

Former Pupils & School Hockey/ Rugby Matches

Hockey - 9.30am at the Astroturf Rugby - 10am at Birkmyre Park All welcome.

Sun 30 March Mothering Sunday Go on - treat your mum (or someone else’s) today!

“Where Memories Go” Gryffe Valley Rotary was delighted to welcome well-known journalist and BBC broadcaster Sally Magnuson to a special open meeting held in Kilmacolm Community Centre. President Mike Farley, introduced Sally to talk about her personal experience with dementia, the book she wrote about that experience and the charity she has set up to give some hope to those who are affected by the disease. Sally spoke of her mother, who was vibrant and actively engaged with her children and grandchildren until she was 70. She spoke of the feelings of inadequacy, frustration, anger and occasional guilt at having to try and cope with this devastating, yet increasingly common disease. There were, however, small joys and triumphs with memories and ‘giggles’ which she learnt to treasure and which inspired her to write her book “Where Memories Go”. Sally found that sometimes shared songs and music helped to make a connection with her mother and, after she had passed away, she researched the impact of music on the brain. She found that there is a crucial lack of real understanding in this whole area - however, based on some anecdotal evidence from the USA, she surmised that songs and music with links to someone’s personal past could help evoke memories and perhaps assist them to reconnect to the present. Her eureka moment was the concept of creating a personal playlist on an iPod with headphones. She showed an extract from a video about a local man, Harry, with severe dementia whose life, and that of his wife Margaret, had been transformed over a couple of months by this approach, and she had set up a charity “Playlist for Life” to help promote research and to encourage families to create a playlist of personally meaningful music for their loved ones. The evening raised over £500 for the “Playlist for Life” charity, and Gryffe Valley will be looking at ways of providing further support eg perhaps collecting used iPods for those who need them. In the meantime, why not try and write down your own personal playlist – the “Playlist for Life” website gives some useful advice (and also has the whole video about Harry). It’s an interesting exercise and who knows, it may just prove useful in the longer term!


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

every Wednesday Knitting Group Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers 10am - 12noon Knitters of all levels welcome!

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

every Saturday Dinner & Dance Willow Bank Hotel, 96 Greenock Road, Largs, 8pm - 11pm Booking essential. Call 01475 675435 for further information.

1st & 3rd thurs monthly ‘Outlook’

Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm 2pm-4pm A social group for the community of Kilmacolm. Varied programme aimed at the active over 60’s, but everyone is welcome!

2nd Wednesday monthly

Inverclyde Carers Outreach Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 11am-2pm Email or call: 01475 735180.

3rd Friday

monthly Hearing Aid Clinic The Bridge, Bridge of Weir 1-2pm Personnel are at The Bridge for the issue of hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.

2nd Saturday monthly ‘Brunch & Browse’ St Fillan’s Hall, Kilmacolm


Home made soups, home baking, tea, coffee, books & lots of stalls. Great value! Disabled access. £4.

last saturday monthly Table Top Sale Linwood Parish Church, Blackwood Avenue 11am-1pm This is a free event. Call 01505 328802 for details.

1st Sunday monthly Car Boot Sale

Bridge of Weir Main Car Park 9am - 1pm Setting up starts at 8am, sale from 9am. To rent a car space please call 01505 615992. £5 per pitch. Free entry.

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Dinner & Dance Willow Bank Hotel, Largs 8pm to 11pm Booking essential. Call 01475 675435 for further information.

Weaver’s Cottage - Opening Day

Greenock Writers’ Club Successes In the recent Greenock Writers’ Club competition adjudicated by Anthony Watt ‘An article on food or drink’. The successful entries were as follows: 1st: Mark Jones from Greenock 2nd: Ian Taylor from Kilmacolm


3rd: Franziska Kerber from Greenock

Preparations for the new season at the National Trust for Scotland’s Weaver’s Cottage, Kilbarchan, are complete. The cottage will open from 1pm to 5pm Fridays to Tuesdays until the end of September.

Commendation: David McKelvie from Greenock

Thu 3 April Charity Fashion Show

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Car Boot Sale Returns Bridge of Weir Main Car Park, 9am to 1pm After a winter break, the regular monthly car boot sale is back, on the first Sunday of the month. Held in the main car park, setting up starts at 8am and the sale is open from 9am to 1pm. To rent a car space costs £5 - Call 01505 615992 for further information.

SSAP Spring Fair Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch, 11am to 4pm Something for everyone: things to buy, things to eat, things to do and prizes to be won. Stalls selling food, cakes, books, bric-a-brac and plants; activities like bouncy castle, coconut shy, hook a duck, thwack the rat and beat the goalie, trips around the loch, sailor knot tying and best rowing machine times for different age categories. Balloon race at 2pm, releasing up to 2000 balloons with a prize for the furthest one found.

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club, Bridge of Weir, 7.30pm The Lady Captain welcomes you. Tickets £5, incl refreshments.

Sat 5 April

Grand Opening of Three Sisters Bake Ice Cream Café Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank The local girls will be bringing their blend of simple, fresh, colourful food and delicious baking to the existing tea room premises at the heart of Finlaystone. See the website at www.threesistersbake. for full details.

Fancy Dress Fundraising Event Trust pub, Kilbarchan Strathgryffe Motorcycle Club do fundraising events every year to raise money for Sense Scotland. Please come along and support with worthy cause and have lots of fun - the motorgroup even allow the children to sit on the motorbikes.

Easter Eggstravaganza Kilbarchan East Church Halls, 10am to 12noon

The winners are seen receiving their certificates from Alison McLellan, Head Teacher, Ardgowan Primary School, Greenock.

“Oops Upside Your Head” Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch, 1pm World Record Attempt - Everyone who takes part gets a bit of path to sit on along the cycle track above the visitors centre at Castle Semple (thanks to SUSTRANS for making this possible). You can pick up your position number, and a souvenir wrist band, from the Registration table between 11.30am and 12.30pm and we’ll start forming the line from 12.30pm onwards. Go on, get yourselves in the record books!

Alison kindly presented the awards on behalf of Anthony Watt

Tue 8 - Sat 12 April “Annie” the musical and also adjudicated the next challenge ‘A Poem based on the Natural World’. The successful entries for that competition were as follows: 1st: Mark Jones from Greenock

An Easter egg hunt in the church grounds, also a decorated egg and/or an Easter bonnet competition. Easter gift stall and homebaking stall. Entrance £2 adults, includes hot-cross buns & coffee, £1 for children, includes the Easter egg hunt.

Sat 5 - Mon 21 April

Easter Scavenger Hunt & Easter Egg Decorating Competition Ardardan Estate, Cardross To find out more about upcoming events or to keep an eye on these exciting times at Ardardan have a peek on facebook or at

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2nd: Jim Carnduff from Skelmorlie 3rd: Ian Taylor from Kilmacolm Commendations: John McLean from Wemyss Bay and Con Deveney from Gourock Greenock Writers’ Club meet at the Ardgowan Club, Ardgowan Square on Wednesdays from 7.30-9.30pm. We are always pleased to welcome new members.

The King’s Theatre, Glasgow Performances 7.30pm each evening with 2.30pm matinees on the Wednesday and Saturday. A bus is running from Kilmacolm to the matinee performance on Wed 9th April. The cost for the ticket and the bus is £20. Tickets from £12 and £22 for adults, some performances have £10 child prices. For ticket and bus bookings please contact Maureen Todd on 872094 or 07789 077749.

Thu 10 - Sat 12 April

12th Habbies’ Art Exhibition Kilbarchan Guide Centre This year’s exhibition of paintings will be on display on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th April between 11am and 8pm and on Saturday 12th April from 10am to 4pm. The entrance fee is just £1.

Fri 11 April

Southern Flava Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton 7pm for 7.30pm Soul music at its best! A special tribute to the biggest legends of Soul and Motown. £29.95 per person. Price includes a 3 course meal - tea/coffee (dietary options available) To book call 0845 301 1010 email: or ask at reception.

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THE ADVERTIZER Fri 11 April Wedding Open Evening Bowfield Hotel & Country Club, Howwood 5pm to 9pm Join us to wander around our venue and to see how stunning your Wedding Day could be. Call 01505 705225 for further information.

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Scotland’s Gardens Charity are holding a plant sale at the cross in Kilmacolm outside the library and Cargill centre. Please come along to support worthwhile causes, with Kilmacolm Guides being the main beneficiary.

Kilmacolm New Community Centre

Fri 11 - Sat 19 April Bring It All Home Festival

See main advert on page 17 of this issue or call 0300 300 1210 for booking and further information.

Sat 12 April

Spring Cleanup Pullman Car Park, 10am Kilmacolm Village Inverclyde Council will provide litter pickers, hi-viz vests, and latex gloves. Please call 874656 to let me know that you’ll be coming, so I can map out the areas to be cleaned, and have enough treats for everyone. I’m also looking for volunteers with cars to take cleanup teams to various areas.

Ardardan Estate, Cardross Family Spring Fling The Family Spring Fling will kick off Ardardan’s diary of events with cooking demonstrations from top Cameron House chefs, Falconry, face painting, beat the goalie and lots more.. It will be a great day out in aid of a very good cause. To find out more about upcoming events or to keep an eye on these exciting times at Ardardan have a peek on facebook or at

Sun 13 April

Eggsellent Easter Craft & Gift Fayre Erskine Bridge Hotel, Erskine PA8 6AN 1pm-4pm Lots of craft stalls including candles, tea, soaps, beauty, cosmetics, homewares, kids clothing, jewellery and much more, animal corner, Hoots Owls, Facepainting, live music and some other surprises on the day. Free entry. Erskine Army Cadets

SSPCA Sponsored Dog Walk

Sat 19 April SGC - Plant Sale

The Cross, Kilmacolm, 10am to 12noon

Exhibition of Paintings For Sale Friday 11th April - 10am to 5.30pm, Saturday 12th April - 10am to 4pm, Adults £1, children over 5yrs 50p, under 5’s Free. Over 100 paintings beautifully framed and displayed for sale. Colourful oil paintings, delicate water colours and palette knife, all to tempt the discerning art lover with prices to suit all budgets. Whether you are looking for contemporary, abstract or just a painting to freshen up your wall, this could be your opportunity, so please do come along and support the exhibition.


Sun 20 April

Riverside Museum

Yorkhill Easter Egg Run

Monday to Thursday: 10am - 5pm Friday: 11am - 5pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm 100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS - 0141 287 2720

Yorkhill Hospital, rear car park, 12noon

Gallery of Modern Art

Easter Sunday

Riverside is home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, ship models, trams and locomotives. Interactive displays and the hugely popular historic Glasgow street scene bring the objects and stories to life. Free Entry.

Situated in the heart of the City Centre, GoMA is Scotland’s most visited modern art gallery displaying work that highlights the interests, influences and working methods of artists from around the world. Free Entry. Mon to Wed: 10am - 5pm Thur: 10am - 8pm Fri to Sun: 11am - 5pm

ASSEMBLE from 11am in the rear car park (where there will be stalls & raffles) for a PARADE START of 12 NOON. Food and drink will be available including burgers, hog-roast and Ice-cream. You can DONATE NOW - Simply text the word EASTER to 70660 to donate £5. The Easter festival, the oldest and most important festival in the Christian calendar, culminates in the celebration that is Easter Sunday, which today is a time when most of us get together with our families, share a meal and - of course - eat lots of chocolate!

Wed 23 April

World Book Night Amaretto Ristorante and Pizzeria, 60 Main Street, Bridge of Weir PA11 3AB, 7.30pm

Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH 0141 287 3050

Love Books ? Love Reading? Like a Freebie? Why not pop along and help us celebrate World Book Night - it’s just up the road. GUEST AUTHOR TALK - FREE BOOK - BOOK SWAP RAFFLE

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Housing one of Europe’s great art collections. Free Entry. Mon to Thurs: 10am - 5pm Friday: 11am - 5pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG 0141 276 9599 museums@

Sat 26 April

Coffee Morning New Community Centre, Kilmacolm Kilmacolm Horticultural Society’s 135th Anniversary - with plants for sale, delicious Homebaking stall, Tombola, plus special Raffle. Tickets £3. The children’s choir Angel Voices will sing for us between 10.30am and 10.45am. All welcome.

Help For Heroes - Coffee Morning Freeland Church, Bridge of Weir 10am to 12noon

Strathclyde Park, Lanarkshire, 2pm Lanarkshire Fundraising Supporter Group. Tel: 07855 085586 for further information.

Fri 18 April

Advertizer Deadline

farmers markets 1st Saturday

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 10am-2pm (“The Square”) Deadline for our May 2014 issue - please make sure we get your news and ad bookings by this date!

Sat 19 April

Family Fun Day Woodlands Day Nursery - Houston Everyone is welcome to join us for a Family Fun Day where we there will be a whole host of activities for all the family such as egg hunt, paint and roll your egg, face painting, colouring in competition, bottle stall, home baking and much, much more.

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1st & 3rd Sunday

Loch Lomond Shores 10am-3pm Tel: 07977 179 861

2nd Thur &

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10am-2pm Tel: 01655 770217

A guest speaker from the charity “Help For Heroes” recently came to talk to the ladies of the Friendship Club in the Freeland Church. She spoke very movingly about the soldiers and their families who are experiencing hardships after returning wounded from Afghanistan. Many of these soldiers will have to continue to learn to live without the use of arms or legs, and in some instances both. The ladies were so inspired with what she told us they decided to hold a coffee morning in aid of the Charity. Please come along for coffee and cake and support those who have been wounded in the performance of their duty. Tickets £1.50 at the door.

Concert by Bridge Of Weir Choral Society St Columba Church, Kilmacolm Howard Goodall’s moving “Eternal Light”’, an excerpt from the Brahms Requiem, the Neue Liebeslieder waltzes and a Schumann piano piece for two hands. Soloists Kirsty Williamson, soprano; Josh Baxter, tenor; Steven Mackie Bass and guest pianist Chris Baxter. More information about the choir at www.

Sun 27 April Bubbles and Bublé Girls Afternoon Glynhill Hotel , Renfrew Ticket Cost £25. Bubbles, Afternoon Tea and a Michael Bublé Tribute Act. or call 0141 581 2000.

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WWW.ADVERTIZER.CO.UK Sun 27 April Bluebell Walk & Duck Race

Highwood, Kilmacolm 10am-4pm Family fun Day in support of Scottish charity Orkidstudio, Duck Race 2pm

Wedding Open Day Lynnhurst Hotel, Park Road, Johnstone 12-4pm Open Day is designed to let you see the unique features of our hotel and to enquire about future dates available. Entry is free.

Beith Arts Sunday Concerts

Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, 2.30pm This is obviously going to be an exciting concert, with plenty of well-known melodies by many different composers, so make sure you don’t miss it! Prices are £9/£7 for adults, £2 for students and children.

Wedding Show Ingliston Country Club and Equestrian Centre, Bishopton, 11am to 5pm If you’re a bride to be planning your wedding, make sure you save the date for the Ingliston Wedding Show! Call 07595 176837 for further information. Free entry

Gryffe Valley Rotary Club 10K Public Park, Houston Road, Houston, 1pm Route; Houston to Bridge of Weir and back. Entry Fee will be £5 for those aged 16 - 17 and £10 for those aged 18 and over. There is a £2 admin charge for those registering on the day. All runners will receive medals and a goodie bag, with relevant trophies to the winners.

Mon 28 April

Langbank Country Dance St Andrew’s Church Hall, Pt Glasgow, PA14 5JH, 7.30pm Music is by Susan MacFadyen, cost £7, including supper. For further info and crib email, or phone 01475 540272.

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old iPods wanted! Playlist for Life is a charity which encourages families and caregivers of a person with dementia to create a playlist of uniquely meaningful music on an iPod and offer it at any time of the day or night. It is effective both at home and in residential care, at an early stage of the condition and later on. Following a sell-out meeting in Kilmacolm’s Cargill Centre lastmonth, when well-known journalist and BBC broadcaster Sally Magnuson, discussed her new book and her support of this charity, local businesswoman Mo Ferrington was so moved by the appeal that she decided to organise a local drive for iPod donations. Playlist for Life is running an iPod Donation Drive and BBC broadcaster Sally Magnuson appeals to any readers who have ipods sitting in cupboards, no longer used, to donate them to the cause where they will be refurbished. Mo told The Advertizer, “This is a cause very close to my own heart and I am delighted that we have managed to organise a local drop off point at Tulip Hair & Beauty, in Bridge of Weir.” “If you’ve got any old iPods lying in drawers or cupboards, no longer wanted, please consider donating them to this wonderful charity.”

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Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock Tuesday to Friday 7.30pm. Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from £10 - £14 available through: Eastwood Entertainers Ticket hotline: 07906 081659 or Eastwood Park Theatre Box office: 0141 577 4970 or online via:

Wed 30 April Fundraising Avon Party St Machar’s Church Hall, Br of Weir 7.30pm-9pm 1st BoW Guides warmly invite you to a fundraising Avon Party. Please come along and support our fundraising event.

Thu 1 - Sat 3 May Calamity Jane The Tweedie Hall, Linwood. Thur/Fri/Sat: doors open 7pm, curtain up 7.30pm. Saturday matinee: doors open 1.30pm, curtain up 2pm. Adults £10, concession £9. Johnstone Phoenix Theatre Group. Booking hotline: 07748 827 727 or 0141 880 8349.

Thu 1 - Sat 3 May KDS - ‘Play On’ Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm, 7.30pm An amateur production of Play On, a comedy by Rick Abbot and directed by Alison Holliman. Doors open 30 minutes before the performances. Tickets are available at the Village Newsagents or Rosie Thirde on 01505 873088. £10

Sun 4 May Race for Life 5K

Glasgow Green, Glasgow, 9.30am If you’re not planning to take part, why not go along and support your friends and family. You can stroll around the many stalls we’ll have on site, while waiting to cheer them through the finish.

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Photo from C Watson - Langbank Camera Club

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with Colin Fyfe of Colcom I noticed that my LinkedIn account recently had me quite well subscribed as a ‘Cloud Computing’ expert. Anyone familiar with the free and easy way in which LinkedIn apportions kudos to subscribers will know that my endorsements in this category (as flattering as they are) don’t really count for much. Anyway, in that vein I have seen a recent slew of interest in ‘Owning your own Cloud’, this is simply a way of describing something similar to VPN access to your data from anywhere. To host your own cloud you will require a bucket of water, an enclosed space and a hairdryer. In the interests of safety, a pair of rubber soled shoes or wellington boots along with a waterproof poncho would be advisable. Next; fire up the hairdryer and report back to me on 1st April. That aside, the benefits of hosting your own Cloud are cost savings on large data. If you have lots of data (more than 30 gigs say) that you want to share among many users and devices then Dropbox or Google Drive will do to a point, but sooner or later you will need to incur monthly costs for the service. Dropbox is more than £700 per year for 5 users. The other Cloud option is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) based, self configured hardware option. Makers of this kit include Synology, Western Digital, Netgear and QNAP. With your own NAS based cloud you can have the relative safety of data redundancy, which is a backup solution, along with

Langbank Camera Club

The Langbank Camera Club competition for March was “Architecture”. There were many excellent entries with Gary Ramanathan’s image of Wemyss Bay Railway Station taking first place. David Robb’s image of St James Church, Paisley took second place with Gary taking the third spot with his image of Wemyss Bay Pier. The evening was also taken up with presentations of inspiring photos, produced by other photographers from around the world, and an informative video tutorial on the topic

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massive data capacity – up to 3000GB and the cosy (or otherwise) feeling that your data is your own and you are not held to others constrictions or limitations on usage etc. Whatever option you choose, online storage hosted either by Google, Dropbox, iCloud or by yourself, is now so entrenched in our lives we could all be considered experts of sorts. I will be in The Bridge community centre on Monday 7th April from 9.30am until midday. No ponchos! of ambient light and white balance. The theme for the April competition is “Bridges”. If you haven’t already visited the club’s website please do so as it provides

news about the club and you get to view many interesting images produced by the Langbank Camera Club members. Web: The April meeting will be held on Monday the 14th at 7.30pm in the Langbank Church halls.

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Pensions: What does automatic enrolment mean to an employer and why you might need to act now It is well-documented that we live in an aging society and there have been very real fears that too few people have sufficient provision for a retirement that the state can no longer afford to fund. The Government’s solution has been to launch pension auto-enrolment. This is a scheme that sees millions of workers automatically saving for their pension, unless they opt out. Employers are obliged to pay in as well, with the Government adding some through tax relief. The scheme kicked off in 2012 with the UK’s largest employers and, through a series of stages, gradually sees smaller and smaller organisations joining in with the last date being June 2018.

What does this mean for me? If you have any employees, then you will have a staging date and you will have a scheme in place. Of course, employees can choose to opt out but it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure their employees are made aware of the rules around this. PENALTIES: No of Daily rate employees of fine

50-249 £2,500 5-49 £500 1-4 £50

To start with, the savings are affordable. Initially they are one percent of “qualifying earnings” from the employer and one per cent made up of employee contribution

and tax relief. This contribution percentage will gradually increase in steps to three per cent from the employer and five per cent from the employee by October 2018. STAGING DATES: As a business owner with No of Staging Date employees, you need to employees be prepared. The auto 90-159 May 2014 enrolment scheme for 62-89 July 2014 your employees must be 61 Aug 2014 in place on time or you 60 Oct 2014 will face heavy financial 59 Nov 2014 penalties. 58 Jan 2015 Elaine Currie of Stewart 54-57 March 2015 IFA said: “Twelve months 50-53 April 2015 is the ideal timeframe 40-49 Aug 2015 to set up your auto- 30-39 Oct 2015 enrolment scheme and under 30 June’16 to April’17 find the best pension provider. So if you have employees, it’s probably a good idea to start discussions with ourselves now and have the scheme in place on time.” The purpose of this article is to provide technical and generic guidance and should not be interpreted as a personal recommendation or advice Stewart IFA Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

i.Heat Launch - Inverclyde

The Inverclyde home energy advice team offer free and impartial home visit service to offer advice on all aspects of home energy use, including ways to reduce energy bills. At the launch it was announced that the team had received hundreds of enquiries in a short space of time since the project started. Any residents who live in the Inverclyde Council area are eligible to access this service.

Bishopton Development

I was pleased to recently attend a ceremony to mark the completion of the Southern Access Road to the development on the former ROF site which opens up the opportunities for further house building and commercial opportunities on that side of the Dargavel Village development.

Clean Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council are reducing environmental services whilst increasing special uplift charges in Renfrewshire. At the 2014 budget meeting of Renfrewshire Council funds were removed from environmental services and increased special uplift charges from £20 to £30 (a 50% increase). The cuts to Streetscene – who are the people responsible for keeping our roads and pavements tidy – follows on from a £600,000 cut in their budget last year. I fully backed the Clean Renfrewshire Campaign, which was working well, but is now being undermined by these cuts. Local community groups and individuals previously got involved to help clean up the environment, but they will surely be discouraged by these environmental cuts which I believe will be visible in towns and villages across the county.

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Roads, Pavements & Lighting Bishopton

Pavement resurfacing: Old Greenock Rd (south side pavement), from Our Lady of Lourdes Church along to house no:84. Road resurfacing: A8 Greenock Rd (east), from Craigmuir Farm to the bridge over M8. A8 Greenock Rd (west), from Marydale Farm to Slateford Farm. Brisbane Rd, full length. Bridge of Weir Pavement re-surfacing: Kilgraston Rd, both sides from Hazelwood Rd to Ranfurly Rd. Montrose Terr, south pavement from Ranfurly Pl to Hazelwood Rd

Proposed Scottish Water site works By Cllr James MacLaren for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir & Langbank

Barochan Road, Johnstone, Cochranemill Road, Johnstone and Darluith Road, Linwood

Scottish Water have programmed works this month to complete the Muirdykes water rehabilitation project that initially commenced in July 2012. The works will result in an improvement in water quality and will involve lining and repairs to their existing water pipe network. The works began in March with traffic signals on the Barochan Road between the Deafhillock Roundabout and the A737 and on the Bridge of Weir Road between the Deafhillock Roundabout and the St Benedict’s Roundabout. This allows the contractor to fabricate a temporary water pipe bypass that will allow works to be carried out on the main network. This phase of the works will last for 2 weeks with the main phase commencing on Monday 31st March. The main phase will be carried out under a southbound lane closure on the Barochan Road, between Deafhillock Roundabout and the A737, and is expected to last for 4 weeks (depending on findings on site). At the end of the main phase the traffic signals will be re-sited on Bridge of Weir Road and Barochan Road to allow for the removal of the temporary water pipe. Similar works will commence on Darluith Road, Linwood on the 6th April until the 21st April, where a plastic lining will be inserted into the water main between Gilmartin Road and the Barochan Junction. This will be carried out in incremental sections using a combination of 2-way and 3-way traffic signal control. The final section of the works will commence on site in Cochranemill Road, Johnstone on the 14th April for a period of 4 weeks. As with Darluith Road this will involve the insertion of a plastic lining in the water main and will be carried out in incremental sections under traffic signal control.

Road resurfacing: A761 Kilmacolm Rd (BoW to Kilmacolm): Scart Farm to Renfrewshire boundary. (approx 400m). Lintwhite Cres, section from Main St to St Mungo Crt. Mimosa Rd (full length) Brookfield £80,000 of street lighting improvements is programmed for Sandholes Road and the Beeches. Houston Five streets within Houston area have been selected on the carriageway resurfacing programme. Barochan Road (section at Swanieston), South Street (Shaw Place to beyond Fleming Road), Fleming Road, Houston Road (Ardgryffe Road to Craigends Road) and Magnus Road (Barochan Road to Forties Road). Piper Road has been highlighted as a concern, but as yet not included in the programme. Kilbarchan Low Barholm and Shuttle Street will be part of Renfrewshire Councils road resurfacing programme for 2014/15. The footpath in Milliken Drive is also included. Langbank West end of Main Road (opposite Woodside Cottages). It costs about £2.6million just to keep our roads in the same state of repair, but obviously there is a need for improvements rather than just maintenance. This year (2014/15) Renfrewshire Council we will be spending a total of £3.8million on the road maintenance budget. As examples: • A8 Greenock Road (West), Bishopton, area 2000 m2, cost £44,850 • A8 Greenock Road (East), Bishopton, area 2000 m2, cost £44,850 • A761 Kilmacolm Road, Bridge of Weir, area 3000 m2, cost £68,000 • Brisbane Road, Bishopton, area 570 m2, cost £13,600 • Lintwhite Crescent, Bridge of Weir area 1642 m2, cost £39,400 • Mimosa Road, Bridge of Weir, area 1375 m2, cost £33,000 • Houston improvements, listed above, is costed at £211,590. Of course there will be the ongoing maintenance of roads and pavements. Source: Cllrs James MacLaren, Mike Holmes, Stuart Clark, Alan Noon & Derek Bibby

Scottish Water’s contractor for all of these works will be George Leslie Ltd.

Not wiped your feet?

As the sun starts to shine through your window this Spring, is your floor in desperate need of attention? Has that Spring Clean made your floor feel embarrassed to be a part of your home? More and more people are discovering Karndean & Amtico flooring (which we specialise in). Not only are they practical (hardwearing, waterproof and easily maintained), they are also the most sought after floor coverings on the market. This is due to the stunning array of styles and variations

available, which can give you the opportunity to design your own floor if you wish. Furthermore, they do not have the drawbacks of natural materials like wood or ceramics, which can dent, score and crack. Whether it be a ships decking effect (as shown here), or adding borders and features to create a unique floor, you’re sure to see something you love. We also do good quality laminate flooring and carpets, so we can suit any room or budget. With a home sampling service and advice on picking the floor to suit your home, why not give us a call and be on your way to a beautiful floor from Orchard Flooring! You can contact Scott on 01505 22 9584 or 07563 633432 E:

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ON the road Bridge of Weir Leather celebrates 30 years with Volvo Bridge of Weir Leather, the only leather manufacturer for the automotive industry in the UK, has celebrated a new collaboration with Volvo’s new concept car, the Concept Estate, at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland.

Bridge of Weir’s low-carbon leather has been specified by Volvo for its top specification models for 30 years. The latest concept vehicles from Volvo’s new chief of design Thomas Ingenlath continue a preference for the world’s leading and most environmentally conscious interior leather. The Concept Estate carries on the new exterior design concepts, but as a first, it reveals how a new interior will both look and function. “The first four decades of the Volvo history was characterized by classic craftsmanship and high quality materials. We are merging this vital part of our brand DNA with the more recent focus on technology and smart functionality,” said Robin Page, director, interior design for Volvo Car Group. “In the Concept Estate we also add the creative side of Scandinavia. The result is an exotic interior with genuine materials and beautiful detailing.”

Bridge of Weir Chairman Jonathan Muirhead added: “We are very proud of our long-standing association with Volvo, and congratulate the design team on the revolutionary and multi-award-winning new concepts revealed over the past 12 months. The latest Concept Estate here in Geneva today is no exception, and Bridge of Weir is delighted to have its luxurious low carbon leather selected for the car, which is another sure fire winner from Volvo.”

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that the Inverclyde Division has, currently, no office within Inverclyde but it can still be contacted on the same telephone number 01475 731435, or via the website ( In addition SSAFA can be contacted via the Inverclyde Council Business Centre either in person or via 01475 717171

The Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire & Inverclyde branch of SSAFA Forces Help, the Armed Forces Charity founded in 1885, reported another successful year at its well attended AGM held at the Old Library, Kilbarchan, on Thursday, March 6th, 2014,. The Branch supports those who serve in our Armed Forces, those who used to serve and the families of both. During the last year to December 31st, 2013 the Branch had sourced and distributed goods and services to 197 clients to the value of £143,984 and administered a further £42,676 paid to Annuitants. The qualifying criterion for assistance in time of need is to have received one day’s pay in the Armed Forces (including National Service) or in the Merchant Navy if the ship had been contracted to the MoD. SSAFA Forces Help works closely with, and acknowledges the assistance given by, The ABF (The Soldiers Charity), The Royal Navy Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Merchant Navy Welfare Board, PoppyScotland and the many and various Army Regimental Charities as well as other Forces and Civilian Charities and Trusts. Volunteering with SSAFA is a very satisfying experience and right now the Branch, which has no paid staff, is looking for volunteers to help with Case Working, Administration, IT and Publicity & Fundraising. Full training is given and expenses paid; it is appreciated that time is the most precious commodity that a volunteer can give. Further details can be founded by contacting the Branch Secretary, Joyce Goater, at the Wynd Centre, Paisley 0141 840 4060, or via the website (www. The closure of the Navy Buildings, Greenock, has meant

The recipients of this year’s Long Service Awards were Ishbel Howitt, Jim Mackie and Lucy McLellan (5 years); David McCraw and Rhona McMahon (10 years) and John Chalmers (15 years). In addition Irene McCallum, former Branch Chairman and currently Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire Divisional Secretary, was honoured by receiving Honorary Life Branch Membership. We will be at The Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Agricultural Society Show (Saturday 10th May) at Bridge of Weir Gala (Saturday 14th June) and Armed Forces Day, Paisley, (Saturday 28th June) where we would be pleased to welcome as many visitors as possible. We are currently finalising dates to be at other local shows and events. We would especially like to hear from anybody with experience of Land Rover V8 engines and associated military vehicle electrics who would be able to assist with keeping our pre 1980s FC101 4 x 4 Show Ambulance in good health.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland journeys to the West “…a stunning record of Scotland’s history…given to the people of Scotland and to those who will come to Scotland to see it.” Alexander McCall Smith Already viewed by thousands in the east and north, The Great Tapestry of Scotland is now heading west to the home of Scotland’s thread industry, Renfrewshire. From 3rd May to 8th June, the magnificent, historic Anchor Mill in Paisley will host the Tapestry’s only visit to the West of Scotland in 2014 – shown in its entirety in the Atrium. Entry is free - although donations are very welcome. This extraordinary work of art with panels for all interests, tells the story of Scotland’s history from the Ice Age to the reconvening of Parliament. At 143 metres long, this is the world’s longest tapestry and one of Scotland’s largest ever community arts projects, including a panel stitched in the Thread Mill Museum. A community collaboration, supported by Awards For All, of Weaving Musical Threads (, Paisley Thread Mill Museum ( and West College Scotland ( is creating an exhibition space in the Atrium of the Anchor Mill. Events will also enhance the visit to Paisley and the exhibition experience: including music, book launch, fashion, stitching, weaving, storytelling and much more. Paisley has a rich and exciting textile heritage. Renfrewshire is famous for so much and so many, not least of all community and friendship. The Tapestry is about the people of Scotland, created by 1000 stitchers in Scotland portraying insight and enlightenment of the phenomenal international significance of Scotland. The Great Tapestry of Scotland is Threading West.

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this month we feature: • SSAFA Renfrewshire • The Great Tapestry of Scotland • Eastwood Entertainers - ‘Nine’ • Ardardan Estate • ‘Bring it Home’ Exhibition & Festival • Corum Estate Agents • Kilbarchan Dental Practice • Kingsley Wood Estate Agents • Classique Window Blinds • Brighter Bridge of Weir • theatre events

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Baby Disco Thursday 3rd April - Paisley Museum. 10.30am - 12.00pm Join in the fun with dancing, games and art activities. Music will be provided by our DJ and ticket price includes FREE healthy snacks. Suitable for ages 0 years to 5 years. (Max 40 adults). Cost: £2 (children go free) Brass Jaw Friday 4th April - Paisley Arts Centre. 7.30pm The iconoclastic Glasgow based 4-piece brings a vibrant new sound to jazz. Tickets £10 (£6 conc). Tangled Saturday 5th April - Paisley Arts Centre, 2pm Disney’s Tangled is a comedy adventure for the whole family. Why not join the fun and come along dressed up as your favourite Disney character? Tickets: £4 (£2 conc) Pirates and Mermaids Tuesday 8th April - Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm A humorous, ambitious and universal story told on a very human scale, an uplifting and surprising show about true love, family advice, favourite sweets and why whisky is bad for you. Tickets: £10 (£6 conc) Ages 12+. Bring It All Home Festival Friday 11th April - Saturday 19th April Paisley will celebrate the life, art and legacy of Gerry Rafferty and his songwriting. See adjacent advert for detailed information. From Burns to Biffy Saturday 19th April - 7.30pm, Paisley Abbey A unique gathering of homegrown talent pays homage to Scottish songwriting. Line-up includes Midge Ure, Hamish Stewart, James Grant, Karine Polwart and many more. Tickets £22.50 / £20 / £17.50 Hats Off To Led Zeppelin Friday 11th April. Paisley Town Hall Featuring Peter Eldridge from the West End production of We Will Rock You & Jack Tanner and Kevin Oliver Jones from the world tours of Thriller Live and Dancing in the Streets this is a truly sensational live show. Tickets: £14 (£12 conc) Film School Creative Camp Monday 14th - Thursday 17th April - Paisley Museum, 10am - 3pm Tickets: £37.50 per child per week (£26.25 conc for those in receipt of full working tax credit) Suitable for ages 8 - 14. Packed lunch required. The Gingerbread Man Monday 14th April - Paisley Arts Centre, 2.00pm Head up to Paisley Central Library after the performance and participate in some free Gingerbread Man activities 3pm - 3.30pm. Suitable for ages 3 - 7, no need to book just come along. Tickets: £4. The Pied Piper: In the Little Fawn Caravan Tuesday 15th April - Abbey Close (outside Paisley Town Hall), 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm Suitable for ages 5+. Take your seat in the Little Fawn Caravan and watch as our beautiful shadows appear in this magical theatrical space. Tickets: £4. Club Animate Every Wednesday from 23rd April - 28th May - Paisley Museum (side entrance) 6pm - 7.45pm. Tickets: £30 (£25 conc) for 6 week session. Ages 10 - 15 years. Make a short cartoon, develop a character, make it talk. Factor 9 Wednesday 23rd April - Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (£6 conc). Suitable for ages 14+. Dogstar presents a visceral horror story, a multi-media performance dominated by that vital fluid, blood.

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Beith Arts Sunday Concerts

We end this season’s concerts with a flourish - we have a duo of trumpet and piano to play for us, so there will be some rousing music! Matt Edwards and Grant Golding go under the name of “The Trumpet Shall Sound” for their carefully chosen programme: they are both very experienced performers in Scotland and beyond. In 1998 Matt achieved an impressive record, by becoming the youngest cathedral director of music in the UK at the age of just 21. He has performed as an accompanist and soloist for the BBC on both television and radio, and has also performed for the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is equally at home playing piano or organ, and is now Director of Music at Coats Memorial Church, Paisley. Grant is a graduate of the Conservatoire (in the days when it was the RSAMD), and has played in many countries. At home he has played with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Dunedin Consort, and is in great demand as a teacher and performer. This is obviously going to be an exciting concert, with plenty of well-known melodies by many different composers, so make sure you don’t miss it! The venue, as usual, is the Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith, at 2.30pm on Sunday 27th April and prices are £9/£7 for adults, £2 for students and children. Refreshments are available in the interval, and our audience is very friendly to newcomers. For more information about Beith Arts and what we do, see our website at

‘Play On’ with KDS

Less than a month now until our Spring Production, ‘Play On’, a comedy by Rick Abbot, takes to the stage. The theme of ‘a play within a play’ means that the cast have been faced with the job of not only learning the ‘right’ lines & moves for the play, but also the ‘wrong’ lines & moves for the play within the play!! No mean task - take it from someone who has trouble walking & talking at the same & best of times! Tickets will be available, as usual, from the Village Newsagent in Kilmacolm, from Rosie Thirde on 01505 873088 and at Box Office events at Kilmacolm New Community Centre on the Saturday mornings preceding the play. Performances will be on 1st, 2nd & 3rd May at 7.30pm - doors open at 7pm. As ever, you are all most welcome.

Angus Black, President

Paisley Arts Centre 15 New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ

Paisley Town Hall Abbey Close, Renfrewshire PA1 1JF

Paisley Museum High St, Paisley PA1 2BA

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Spring at Ardardan Spring is a lovely time of year at Ardardan Estate, Cardross, but this season brings more than usual. As always there are wee lambs bounding about the fields, a Garden Nursery brimming with top notch plants and seasonal treats in the shop and tearoom but, this year, the team at Ardardan are planning to use their unique location for even more. The Family Spring Fling on the 12th April will kick off Ardardan’s diary of events followed by a Cheese Tasting Experience in May, a Vintage Tractor Rally in June and lots more. Nestled in Ardardan’s Garden, the Woodland Walk is a wee gem and perfect for young adventurers, dog walkers and those fancying an escape! You might even see the Highland Coos on your way round! “This year we hope to establish Ardardan as a great venue for a day out and to enjoy fun events. By introducing our new ideas, we hope to enhance the Ardardan experience and hope that our visitors enjoy a wee bit of Monty magic!” explains Sue Montgomery.

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Inverclyde Voices Tuesday 1st April - 7.30pm. £10

The aim of Inverclyde Voices is to offer the opportunity to sing together, bringing simple but uplifting repertoire to people from all walks of life.




Singin’ I’m no a Billy, He’s a Tim Friday 4th April - 7.30pm. £15 Scottish Theatre’s greatest success story of recent times. Be prepared for a night of laughs from a new season with new gags. Nathan Carter Saturday 5th April - 7.30pm. £18 Join the talented Irish country singer and his band for an evening of exceptional music performing tracks from his back catalogue and latest album. Support by fellow Irish country singer and TV personality, Lisa Stanley. The Steadfast Tin Soldier Sunday 13th April 1pm. £5 to £6.50

Eugene Onegin Thursday 3rd April - 7.30pm. £5 to £13 Opera Bohemia returns with the world’s favourite Russian opera, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. The opera is sung in Russian with English subtitles.

A boy is given a present of twelve tin soldiers on Christmas Day. One soldier is different from the rest and so begins the story of a very special toy and his extraordinary journey. The Frog & The Princess Thursday 17th April 1pm. £5 - £6.50 The Frog and The Princess is an entertaining and poignant re-telling of the traditional Frog Prince tale by the Brother’s Grimm. Perfect for the little ones. Doug Allan - In the Company of Giants Saturday 19th April 7.30pm. £14 - £16 “Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug” – Sir David Attenborough Join Doug as he talks about life a freelance wildlife and documentary cameraman, who films both topside and underwater. Factor 9 Tuesday 22nd April 7.30pm. £8 to £10 Dogstar presents a visceral horror story, a multi-media performance dominated by that vital fluid, blood. The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler Wednesday 23rd April 7.30pm. £10 to £12. Celebrating the work of one of Scotland’s truly unique artists in a production by the ever inventive Vanishing Point in collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland. Jongleurs on the Road Friday 25th April 8pm. £10 to £12. The world-famous comedy club at Beacon Arts Centre for one night only, with another superb lineup from the best of the British stand-up circuit. All Our Yesterdays Wednesday 30th April. £12 to £14. Nostalgia just doesn’t come any better! Another sensational show from the producers of ‘Memory Lane’, ‘Rolling back the years’, and ‘Memories are made of this’

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by Sheila Macintyre, Practice Owner, Kilbarchan Dental Practice

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There are plenty of food and drink items that everybody knows to steer clear of to maintain healthy teeth such as sugary fizzy drinks, boiled sweets and chocolate bars. But what about a fruit yoghurt? Or some salad dressing? Or even some dried fruit pieces? Some of the healthy options can be just as bad for your teeth as a can of pop! You may be surprised to know that it all comes down to acid. Whether contained in foods, or converted from sugars by your mouth’s bacteria, acid can erode your teeth’s enamel, jumpstarting cavities and tooth decay. There are also some kitchen cupboard staples that contain a higher level of sugar than you might think. Tomato soup, baked beans, ketchup, cereal bars or tinned fruit all tend to have a high sugar content (as does alcohol unfortunately) whilst drinks such as fruit juices, lemon juice, sports drinks and even sugar free water can be very acidic. If you want to play it really safe stick to water and milk. The enamel on your teeth can easily be damaged by prolonged exposure to those foods and drinks but your body needs the nutrients that they provide, so what’s the solution? At Kilbarchan Dental Practice, we would always recommend drinking water immediately after you eat which can neutralize the acids and help wash them away. If you have a toothbrush handy, brush your teeth 20 minutes or so after your rinse-off. It is also better to eat these things as a part of a meal rather than a snack so the time that your teeth are in contact with the foods is limited. So make sure that you read the packaging before you tuck in and keep drinking plenty of water! If you have any queries regarding oral health don’t hesitate to visit us at the practice, call us on 01505 704969 or click

local History Bridge of Weir is one of at least eighteen planned and unplanned villages in the old County of Renfrew which originated as cotton spinning settlements. The short stretch of the River Gryfe running through the village supported at least ten separate mills, thanks to the development of an ingenious system of dams, tunnels and lades. The last of Bridge of Weir’s mills disappeared with the demolition of Clydesdale Leather Works in the past decade. Although all the mill buildings may be gone, fieldwork is showing that most of the system of lades and tunnels which powered the mills still survives. The village originated at a narrow rocky gorge, which provided a suitable bridging point of the Gryfe. The village straddles a geological boundary, between the plateau lavas of the Renfrewshire hills, and the flatter Carboniferous plain of the Cart Basin below. There is no actual waterfall, simply a succession of rapids, dropping nearly ten metres over a distance of some 500 metres. Traditionally the main fall powered a grain mill, the Mill of Gryfe. By the 1770s lint and waulk mills had been added. The site was brought to the attention of cotton spinners by the enterprising Mill of Gryfe owner, who placed adverts in the Glasgow press in 1790. By 1794 the village had three large cotton mills. By the 1840s a dozen individual mill sites were in use, varying greatly in size, all powered by the Gryfe. The key to the Burngill Tailrace water system was a succession of five dams. The top dam served Burngill cotton mill and leather works. When the railway came, the viaduct had to negotiate not only the river, via a five-span skewed viaduct with segmental arches, but also the cotton mill and lade. The legs of the viaduct straddle the underground lade system which still survives in a brick-lined tunnel. The tunnel passes under the mill site and exits at an arch visible from the upstream side of the Bridge of Weir. Remote investigation with a camera has revealed that this

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this month, a history of Bridge of Weir’s hidden tunnels leads into the original 1792 tailrace tunnel, cut through solid rock, with a vaulted masonry roof. Further down, the second weir powered lint and cotton mills, but the dam was washed away in a flood many years ago. The next two Corn Tunnel dams or weirs are at the main fall on the river and served an upper and lower lade system. The start of the upper lade and a sluice gate still survive by the river path. This powered at least six mills, including two grain mills, two cotton mills, a saw mill and a bleachworks. The water from each mill discharged directly into the lower lade, which was also fed by its own dam, and then carried on to serve the big cotton mill. Brick tailrace arches can still be seen beside the rubble lade wall. Inside, remote photography again reveals long brick tunnels, leading back under the former mill sites. Further down the rock-cut lower lade are the walls and windows of an eighteenth century grain mill. The lower lade leads to the site of the Laigh Gryfe cotton mill, the lowest and biggest in the village. The mill was burnt down in 1898, but a leather works rose from the ashes in 1905. This was built on the footprint of the 1794 cotton mill, from its lower walls. Until recently, two storeys of the original cotton mill survived facing the river. The leather works survived until 2002, when it was demolished. When the site was redeveloped, despite its importance to the origins of village, no investigation was carried out of the eighteenth century mill walls, buried lade, wheel pit and tailrace. Fortunately photos survive of the brick arched tailrace which exited to the river. A short distance below the mill site is the fifth dam which served the cotton mill at Crosslee via a very long lade. The full lade system may yet return to service as it has the capacity to generate a substantial amount of free power from the flow in the Gryfe. © 2014 Stuart Nisbet

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bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir Car Boot Sale Returns After a winter break, the regular monthly car boot sale is back, on the first Sunday of the month. Held in the main car park, in Bridge of Weir, setting up starts at 8am and the sale is open from 9am to 1pm. To rent a car space costs £5 - Call 01505 615992 for further information.

Art at The Bridge Langbank SWRI The next art exhibition in the Bridge will be by West Johnstone Community Art Group from 1st of April until 7th of May. View, criticise, buy or just admire!!

Avon Party 1st Bridge of Weir Guides warmly invite you to our fundraising Avon Party

Wednesday 30th April 7.30pm - 9pm St Marchar’s Church Hall Bridge of Weir

Regrettably, at the time of going to press, the arrangements for our forthcoming Annual Dinner and Prize giving are in limbo! So please keep in touch with members of the committee for any information.

Bridge of Weir SWRI

Our next meeting is on Thursday 3rd of April at 7.30 pm in the British Legion where our speaker will be Lorraine Valentine on The Work of St Vincent’s Hospice. This will be followed by the AGM and mini show. All members and visitors will be very welcome.

Langbank Country Dance Class

We are holding a dance in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Port Glasgow, PA14 5JH, on Monday 28th April at 7.30pm. Music is by Susan MacFadyen, cost £7, including supper. For further info and crib email, or phone 01475 540272.

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Help For Heroes - Coffee Morning Saturday 26th April, 10am until 12 noon, Freeland Church

A guest speaker from the charity “Help For Heroes” recently came to talk to the ladies of the Friendship Club in the Freeland Church. She spoke very movingly about the soldiers and their families who are experiencing hardships after returning wounded from Afghanistan. Many of these soldiers will have to continue to learn to live without the use of arms or legs, and in some instances both. The ladies were so inspired with what she told us they decided to hold a coffee morning in aid of the Charity on Saturday 26th April from 10am until 12 noon in the Freeland Church. Tickets £1.50 at the door. Please come along for coffee and cake and support those who have been wounded in the performance of their duty.

Funds going to good causes

Some time ago it was decided to distribute the excess funds that the Save Moss Road Park and Village group had made through their fund raising activities and donations in fighting the closure of Moss Road Park. After taking some advice, it was decided to split the money between the two elderly groups in the village, namely BoW Elderly Forum and BoW Senior Citizen’s Association. On Tuesday Anne Warren, Louise Cameron and Linzi Macnish presented the groups with cheques for £236.00. Our thanks to BoW Community Council, TARA, the local Councillors and finally to the residents of Bridge of Weir who supported and gave up their time and energy to support the group.

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Weir Saving Our Village

Fairtrade Banana Walk with Foncho a banana farmer from Colombia

Fairtrade Groups seek to promote and encourage local people, businesses and organisations to buy Fairtrade Products and thereby help protect farmers and workers in the developing world. During Fairtrade Fortnight which ended Saturday 8th March, Fairtrade Groups organise events to publicise how important Fairtrade is to so many in the developing world. As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, Foncho, a Fairtrade Banana Farmer from Colombia visited Fairtrade groups throughout Britain. On Friday,7th March, Foncho joined members of Fairtrade Groups in Renfrewshire to take part in a “Banana Walk”. Foncho, who has 1,800 banana trees growing on his farm, said that he was glad that the Foncho, Colombian Fairtrade Banana Farmer, people of Renfrewshire with Celia and Albert Mackie, from Bishopton buy Fairtrade bananas. Fairtrade Group, at the start of the Banana Walk If he can continue to receive a fair wage for his hard work, he can continue to have his children educated.

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There are a number of Fairtrade Groups operating in Renfrewshire promoting Fairtrade throughout the area. Paisley was the first Fairtrade Town and Bishopton the First Fairtrade Village followed closely by other Villages. Local Fairtrade Groups, Renfrewshire Council, local businesses and organisations are part of Renfrewshire Fairtrade Zone.

Following a recent meeting our group decided that as we would no longer be actively involved in any local campaigns, it was time to disband the group and distribute the money we raised in donations and fund raising. This money had been kept to fund any further action or campaigning the group may have been involved in, this has not been the case. There was also the potential for the money to be given to Renfrewshire council as part payment to erect a dog fence around the play equipment in the park however that has proved to be unnecessary as the council have erected the fence around the play equipment in order to improve the safety of the children using the park at no cost to the group. This was in response to an increase in dog fouling and also local children being bitten by roaming dogs in the area. After taking some advice about the most effective way to split the money it was decided that it should be divided between the two elderly groups currently active in the village, namely the senior citizens association and the elderly forum. The cheques were handed over and gratefully received on the 26th of February, both groups received £236.00. We were surprised and dismayed to hear that there have been some comments made that our group was misnamed and that the name should have been kept more specific to Moss Road Park, as this was the only area affected by the prospect of a supermarket development and that this was the only area the group were interested in preserving. As we are sure all of those involved would agree this was never the case, the development would have had a negative effect on the entire village. From the scenic leaf lined village entrance, to the potential cost too local shops and businesses. Not to mention the impact that it would have had on all of the residents whose lives would have been affected by it. We feel that the campaign was a great success and our goal was achieved. That was only possible because of all of you who rallied together to save our village! There were too many people involved at the time to thank them all personally so we would like to say a huge thank you to every single one of you for your knowledge, skills and time because without you it simply would not have been possible. We intend to leave our Facebook page open - Save Moss Road Park and Village - as this may prove a useful resource for anyone involved in similar situations in the future.

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Gala Queen selection

St Mary’s Lecture

Bridge of Weir Festival Committee are delighted to announce that at the Gala Queen Selection night held on Saturday 8th March our Gala Queen Elect is Corrie Rankin and her Attendants Elect are Sarah Feechan and Hannah McCann-Willis.

St Mary’s Church, Bridge of Weir Tuesday 6th May 7pm in the church.

Is Scotland Set to Separate?

Please join us for our 2014 lecture which will be given by Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University – renowned as an expert on the call for Scottish independence, as well as about UK politics in general. He will be giving us the latest information on voting expectations for the Referendum, as well as much more. Following the lecture, Professor Curtice will answer questions and there will be opportunity to talk informally as we offer refreshments and good conversation.

Despite only ten girls attending the selection night our three judges, Suzanne from Paisley, Laurene from Houston and Rona from Kilmacolm said the standard was high which made for a challenging but enjoyable night. It was noted that some parents were surprised how long the procedure took to select a Gala Queen / Attendant and that we did not just pick names out of a hat but were please with impartiality of the judges. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8th April at 7.30pm in the Cargill Hall.

For further information please contact Gill Reynolds (gill.reynolds3@ or 01505 842629). Church postcode PA11 3RA

World Book Night Love Books ? Love Reading? Like a Freebie?

Why not pop along and help us celebrate World Book Night - it’s just up the road at Amaretto Ristorante and Pizzeria, 60 Main Street, Bridge of Weir PA11 3AB on Wednesday 23rd April, starting at 7.30pm. GUEST AUTHOR TALK - We have an amazing talk by author Suzanne Egerton - author of ‘Out Late with Friends and Regrets’. FREE BOOK - supplied by World Book Night from this year’s list 3 titles to chose from BOOK SWAP- bring along an ‘old read’ to swap for a ‘new read’ RAFFLE - with proceeds going to local charity Quarriers I hope you can join us and make this year’s event a success for us. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate a raffle prize or some books for the swap - please just get in touch. Thanks. Read more about World Book Night at:

Gala Day stalls & pitches

All those wishing to take a pitch at Bridge of Weir’s Gala Day on Saturday 14th June should contact our Secretary Meg Millar on 07931 302689 to get an application form sent out to them.

Fashions & Accessories Find out more about our guest author Suzanne at: w w w. p a d d y s d a d d y p u b l i s h i n g . c o m / suzanne-egerton.html

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Now that spring has arrived (we hope) it’s time to update your wardrobe. If you are looking for outfits for Weddings, Holidays or Everyday Wear, Seasons has the styles to see you through the new Season, with Chianti, Oscar B, Brandtex, Steilmann & more. Short fitting trousers now back in stock.

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Are you a woman with a lively mind? If so, NWR is probably for you. We meet fortnightly to have discussions, share opinions, outings and friendship. For further details, phone Mary-Anne 612472.

The Bridge

Thanks to everyone for filling in my Pothole Watch Forms.

Shop News – an extensive variety of Greeting Cards are on sale to cover most special occasions. Easter cards are a new addition to our stock this year. Easter Sunday falls on 20th April – send a special card to celebrate. After our “end of line” sale we have replenished our stock of gift bags, bottle bags and wrapping paper. Our usual stationery items are always in stock.

There’s a growing body of evidence that physical exercise regrows the brain. I am keen to form a village walking group(s). Whether you walk in a group or on your own, you can join this walking group. I am looking for the groups to get involved with the countryside and establish and record the Rights of Way before they are lost, creating some circular walks. They would also be involved in project work and lobbying for funding. For example, Bishopton residents now have a pavement on the Erskine Ferry Road making it safer to go out walking. For many years the Kilbarchan Road out of Bridge of Weir has been dangerous, a footpath should exist. A group such as this could make use of different funding opportunities and have a voice to tell the council what we want. What do you think; would you be willing to serve on such a committee?

It’s now over two years since the opening of The Bridge. Much has happened - building work has enabled adaptations and additions to further the usefulness and comfort of the building. Volunteers have grown accustomed to their roles. The Post Office employees have established working relationships with their regular customers. More and more villagers pop in to buy, browse or chat. All in all it’s a welcoming, friendly place. If you are someone who has not visited, please drop in soon.

Help is at Hand within your Community Centre – Do you have any issues to resolve? An appointment with one of your local MSP’s, MP or Citizens Advice Bureau staff is the answer. Please call at The Bridge to find out the times of their regular surgeries. An evening out at The Bridge – twice The Bridge Opening Hours: a month you can enjoy a film in the • Mon – 9am to 5pm (PO closed relaxing surroundings of The Bridge. 12 noon to 12.30pm) Please collect a Programme. • Tues & Fri – 1pm to 5pm

The Garden – last year we were • Wed & Thu – 10am to 2pm delighted to witness the transformation The Allotments and Garden Society • Sat – 9am to 1pm) made to the space at the rear of The Bridge. We all look forward to seeing the seasonal changes this year brings. If you have any suggestions as to how your Community Centre can meet the needs of the village more effectively, please let us know.

Hearing Aid Centre - 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.

Lace Group Bridge of Weir Lace Group meets fortnightly, on Tuesday mornings, throughout the winter. If you are interested please phone 01505 613967

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Renfrewshire Council have agreed to carry various carriageway resurfacing work in Ward 10 during 2014/2015. (See page 20 for details.)

Surgery details: • Bishopton Community Library - 1st Monday of every month (6.30pm) • Cargill Hall - 2nd Monday of every month (7.30pm) • Langbank Parish Church Hall - 3rd Monday of every month (6.30pm) I can be contacted by phone on 0300-300-1291 or by email to cllr.james. . Check out my Facebook page for more information and articles Working with you and improving our local area. Please feel free to contact me with any of your concerns, and I am happy to meet with you at a mutually convenient time.

BoW TARA March14

The latest meeting of the Tenants and Residents Association was held in the Pirie Centre on the 18th March. The police report for the last month showed a variety of crimes committed throughout the village, ranging from a common assault to the wilful fire raising of a wheelie bin. The Police are continuing to respond to calls regarding illegal trail bikes being ridden about the village, with the Lintwhite area the latest to suffer their intrusive noise. Please keep reporting this issue to the police on 101. In the next financial year Renfrewshire Council will be resurfacing various roads and pavements. (see page 20 for further details) The next meeting of the Association, which will be its AGM, will be held on the 15th of April at 7.30pm in the Cargill Hall.

Congratulations to David Woodrow

Congratulations to David Woodrow on receiving the Provost’s Certificate, awarded to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their community. David has been Postmaster in Bishopton for some 40 years and since boyhood has been a stalwart of the Scouting movement, both locally and across Renfrewshire. These activities, combined with 15 years of chairing the local Community Council make him a worthy recipient. Cllr Maria Brown

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Choral Society April Concert Saturday April 26th - 7.30pm - St Columba Church, Kilmacolm

bridge of Weir Choral Society members have travelled through the wind and rain every Tuesday evening in January and February to rehearse items for their April concert which this year will have a distinctly English and German theme. The main work to be performed is Howard Goodall’s moving “Eternal Light” described by the composer as ‘like the Requiem of Brahms - for the living, focusing on the consequences of interrupted lives’. The concert will also include an excerpt from the Brahms Requiem.

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The Community Council has been informed by Renfrewshire Councils Environment Policy Board that Mimosa Road, Part of Kilmacolm Road and Part of Lintwhite Crescent have been approved within the programme for resurfacing in the next financial year. (see page 20 for further details) A new Gully is to be placed at the School Crossing Patrol on Houston Road this was agreed after complaints of flooding were received by the Community Council. A blocked drain on Freeland Drive has also been reported to Renfrewshire Council. The planning permission for a 60 bedroom care home at Ardenvohr, Fetlar Road has now expired. Westminster Homes have submitted a planning application for 3 villas on the site at Maxwell Place.

As a contrast the choir will sing another Brahms work, the Neue Liebeslieder waltzes and the evening will also include a Schumann piano piece for two hands. Soloists will be Kirsty Williamson, soprano; Josh Baxter, tenor; Steven Mackie, Bass and guest pianist will be Chris Baxter.

A request was made to the Community Council that the X7 bus service be re-routed every two hours to include the St Andrew’s Drive, Ranfurly Road areas and then onward through Brookfield to Linwood, vice versa on the return journey. This suggestion has forwarded to McGills buses.

Tickets: £8 from choir members, the village newsagent Kilmacolm, or at the door. The concert will take place in St Columba Church, Kilmacolm on Saturday 26th April.

The Community Council has entered into a project to brighten up the village at Christmas. It is proposed to have a much improved display at Livery Walk and are currently viewing options. Once the costings have been made it is our intention to source funding.

The choir will also be hosts to the choir of the University of Westminster, Salt Lake City, USA at a joint charity concert on Sunday afternoon, 4th May at St Margaret’s Parish Church, Dalry. More information about this and the choir at www.bridgeofweirchoralsociety. Bishopton Residents of Dargavel Village need to be aware that some of the streets are different from the usual layout. Many of the pavements have grassed areas at intervals, which makes them harder to negotiate. Planning Officers have informed me that these roads are designated as “shared surfaces” which means that pedestrians and vehicles share the carriageway. I remain to be convinced of the benefits of this, but meantime I shall be asking the police to consider whether suitable road signs should be erected.


The police reported 9 crimes in February none have been detected, they include house breaking and attempted house breaking, assault, vandalism and theft from a motor vehicle. They have also warned there are lots of Bogus Traders in the area and the elderly are advised not to open their doors. Criticism has been made that some visitors felt that they were made to feel unwelcome at meetings. The Chairman agreed to take this matter on board and report back to the next meeting. A sub-group has been formed with a remit to look into the consultation on the review of the Scheme of Community Councils in Renfrewshire. The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on Tuesday 1st April at 7pm in the Cargill Hall. This is an open meeting.

I have reported the potholes on Hatton Brae to roads officers. I hope these will be dealt with soon, given how busy that road has been recently. Bridge of Weir A meeting is planned with community representatives, councillors and SPT to discuss the local bus service issues. I shall report the outcome next month. I am told that the padlock will be re-instated on the gate of the Houston Road Park. I’m sure those who have campaigned to educate people about the hazards of dog fouling will be pleased. The Warden Service has a very difficult task catching people who allow their pets to foul and not then “bagging and binning”. No fines for this offence were issued in the Bridge of Weir area in the past year. Langbank Following discussion at the community council I reported the overgrown hedges at the top of Station Road – hopefully these can be dealt with before the nesting season. I have also asked for the white lining to be repainted on Houston Road under the bridge and down to Main Road and for the cause of flooding at this location to be investigated. Contact me by email at: -; Office phone: - 03003 001259; Mobile: - 07534 148734 My surgeries are: - Bridge of Weir - 1st Tues of the month at Cargill Hall 11am - 11.30am. Bishopton/Langbank - 2nd Wed of the month at Bishopton Community Library 6.15pm - 6.45pm

A programme to install WiFi into Renfrewshire’s libraries is now underway and I am pleased that both Bishopton and Bridge of Weir libraries should have this installed by end of May this year. The council is working with BT on this and we are dependent on them installing lines against deadlines. As society becomes more reliant on technology it is important that we as a local authority provide the infrastructure that support people to use it to access services and other information. Several roads and pavements across Bridge of Weir, Bishopton and Langbank are to be resurfaced or repaired over the coming year. (See page 20 for more details.) Credit Unions offer an ethical banking service that promotes affordable and responsible saving and borrowing. The growth of payday lenders that prey on the vulnerable needs to be tackled. One small – but important - step is to encourage young people to start their adult life with a responsible attitude towards money. That is why the council will be opening a £10 credit union account for every Renfrewshire S1 pupil from August. I am delighted the council have erected a fence to keep the play area in Moss Road Park tidy. ‘Weir Saving Our Village’, the group that successfully saved the park from development, had offered to help fund the fence with the balance of their remaining funds. However this was not necessary and the group decided to donate the money to Bridge of Weir Senior Citizens Association and the Elderly Forum who will use it to help them with their outings to Edinburgh and Perth respectively. E-mail: Surgeries: 4th Monday: Langbank PS (from 6pm) and Bishopton Library (from 6.45pm) and Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir 4th Wednesday (from 6.30pm). Tel: 0300 300 1295.

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Local voluntary groups are invited to apply to Inverclyde Council’s Small Grants Fund for the financial year 2014-15. Applications received by the end of March will be considered by the Grants Committee in April. The fund is aimed at helping with expenses including running costs, developing or starting up a new project and buying equipment. More information can be found at

For ‘Kenny’s Extravaganza’ we visited both the north and south islands of New Zealand. We made trips to both Wai-o-tapu and Hell’s Gate with their volcanic landscapes, mud pools and hot springs. We visited a fantastic hidden garden with 52 different varieties of roses. We looked at glaciers by air, cars and tractors in the Geraldine Museum, and Christchurch (2009) before the earthquake and Kenny pointed out the areas that had been devastated. We ended with general views of sea and land in Caitlins.

Last month the Council’s Environment & Regeneration Committee approved £5.1m of investment in roads, street lighting and footways over the coming 2014-15 financial year. We are pleased to report that this investment includes improvements to the A761 Bridge of Weir Road (at Knapps Reservoir), B786 Stepends Road (between Torr Road and boundary) and Churchill Road. There will also be improvements made to the footway on Lochwinnoch Road from Gryffe Road to Churchill Road. The temporary bridge in Quarrier’s Village will finally be replaced with a new permanent bridge after 10 years. The Council has been consulting recently on traffic regulations orders to make it a criminal offence to park on the yellow lines at the three village school campuses. This is part of a strategy to introduce such orders at all schools across Inverclyde. Inverclyde’s fortnightly garden waste collections are resuming for the spring and summer months. Residents are requested to place their brown bins beside their blue bins by 7am on their regular recycling collection day. We have received representations about dog fouling at the Knapps, which is spoiling the enjoyment of this local amenity for walkers and other users. The Council’s Safer Communities Team will take appropriate action, including regular patrols by Enforcement Officers. Councillor McColgan Surgeries: Thursday 3rd April, 6 - 7pm in Clune Park Resource Centre and Thursday 17th April, 6.30 - 7.30pm in Kilmacolm Community Centre. Contact: 01475 712727 (during office hours) and 07881280016 (anytime) or by emailing me at james.mccolgan@inverclyde. Alternatively you can write to me at Inverclyde Council, Municipal Buildings, Greenock PA15 1LY. You can keep up to date with my work as a Councillor by visiting my website: http:// You can also follow me on Twitter @jamesmccolgan. Councillor McCabe Surgeries: Tuesday 8th April, 6pm-7pm in Boglestone Community Centre and Tuesday 22nd April, 6pm-7pm in Clune Park Resource Centre. Contact: 01475 712020 (during office hours) and 871368 (home) or by email to Stephen. Alternatively you can write to me at 10 Victoria Gardens, Kilmacolm PA13 4HL. You can keep up to date with my work as a Councillor by visiting my blog:

Christian Aid

Kilmacolm and Quarriers Christian Aid committee are taking part again this year in the annual Erskine Bridge Cross Appeal, on Saturday 10th May from 2pm to 5pm. This is the 27th year of organising the Walk, walking in support of people living in poverty. The views over the River Clyde are stunning, and there is also a forestry walk around Boden Boo - a beautiful scenic addition to the sponsored Walk. Come with your family and friends and join in the happy friendly event. If you can sign up to be a ‘walker’ please contact Jill Russell on 01505 872393 to register to take part. If you would like to ‘sponsor’ a walker, please know that your pennies do make a difference. Please help the urgent work of Christian Aid supporting those who starve in the poorest countries of our world today.

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Next meeting is on Monday 14th April, 7.30pm at the Carrick Centre, Houston when ‘Les Girls’ will entertain the ‘boys’!

Recently pupils from Kilmacolm Primary School’s Eco and Roads Safety committees wrote to me regarding concerns they have about speeding motorists near to the school. I wrote back to them explaining that there are various methods of traffic management other than speed bumps and that I would contact council roads officials to look into the pupils concerns. It is not the first time since I was elected as a councillor that I have been contacted by schools, teachers, parents and residents about inappropriate parking or driving around our schools and that is why the council have laid new fully enforceable zigzag lines outside of our schools. I would urge drivers to park and drive appropriately when at or going by our schools. In recent weeks I have also been contacted by a number of concerned Kilmacolm residents about inappropriate street parking. These issues have also been raised with Kilmacolm Community Council. I have forwarded these concerns on to officials for them to be looked into. Last month I attended the Port Glasgow Bulb Show where I had the privilege of giving out some of the prizes for the wonderful plants, bulbs and children’s art work that was on display. Kilmacolm Primary school was among the prize winners. The Hughes School of Dance youngsters provided entertainment for us during the afternoon. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a Burns Supper ran by Woopi (Wider Opportunities for Older People in Inverclyde) and the council’s CLD services in Greenock town hall. Woopi members who sang, gave recitals and played the pipes and drums for us. On the night there was also an exceptional performance given by a fifth year pupil from St Stephen’s High School who performed two pieces of Burns. Surgeries: Tuesday 8th Apr, Park Farm Community Hall, 6pm to 7pm. Monday 14th in Clune Park Resource Centre, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Contact: Office: 01475 712727, Mob: 07747 765 839, Email: jim.macleod@

Kilmacolm Guide Hut

Are you looking to run a weekly class? Whether it be a fitness class or an arts class, or anything in between, the Guide Hut in Kilmacolm is available for let for weekly slots at very attractive rates. Central to the village but with easy parking, kitchen facilities and plenty of space, it is an ideal base for use by the local community. We also take bookings for birthday parties and special occasions. For more information please call Jackie on 01505 873488.

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I am pleased that my budget submission for the draining of the rugby pitches at Birkmyre Park was carried. Officers will soon begin an accurate assessment of the works required. Birkmyre Rugby Club have 254 players of various ages and both sexes and St Columbas School are playing against strong opposition from throughout Scotland, and all need a better surface to compete on. With regard to the school, its application for an extension in Gryffe Road was passed by the planning board. This is most welcome as St Columba’s is vital to the economy of the village. In meetings I have had with the New Surgery and the NHS, I can confirm that it has been agreed that the Podiatry service will return to Kilmacolm. Negotiations are ongoing. This will save villagers the journey to Boglestone. The application to develop the former Institute is now unlikely to be considered by the planning board before at least May. Kilmacolm Primary and both St Columba’s schools were extremely successful at the Inverclyde Festival. We have introduced a Traffic Regulation Order applying to yellow zig zags and “School Keep Clear” markings outside our three schools which will allow the Police to take enforcement action against those who park indiscriminately. My next surgery is at the Cargill Centre on 26th April,10am-11am. I can be contacted on and 01475 712727 and 01475 741969 and mobile 07766 992294.

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Colourful Kilmacolm

This is being written at the start of what we are promised will be at least a week of good weather. Whether it lived up to expectations or not you will know by now. A little spell of good weather would certainly be a welcome tonic, not just for us humans but also for our plants. As our autumn planting was unavoidably delayed, some of our plants struggled to get established and made less of an impact than we would have wished. But we are not down-hearted! We shall learn from our experience and do better next time. Despite the weather, lots of bulbs have been emerging over the weeks and should by now be adding colour to the displays both at Birkmyre Park and in the centre of the village. We received a generous donation from Kilmacolm Community Council’s Christmas raffle. Donations are of course always welcome but it was especially pleasing to know that we have the support and encouragement of the Community Council. Our committee has been planning ahead for the summer re-plant when members will again be called upon to put on their gardening gloves and pick up their trowels. If you are new to the village and want to meet new friends, or if you simply haven’t got around to joining us but would like to, contact Peter (01505 872448) or Diane (01505 872611). You can also visit us at

KDS - ‘Play On’

Kilmacolm Dramatic Society present an amateur production of Play On, a comedy by Rick Abbot and directed by Alison Holliman at the Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm on Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May. Performances at 7.30pm. Doors open 30 minutes before the performances. Tickets £10 are available at the Village Newsagents or Rosie Thirde on 01505 873088.


OUTLOOK - the social community group for Kilmacolm meets in Kidston Hall on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, 2pm - 4pm. It’s a chance to ‘get together’, make new friends, relax in a friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcome. Firstly we hold a Topic of Interest usually with an invited speaker, then its time for afternoon tea, ending with discussion of any community issues, a short film, or an activity. On Thursday 3rd April we have a popular Kilmacolm personality - David Walker - he will show us his amazing photographs of architecture in Glasgow, with a few photos of Kilmacolm scenery too. On Thursday 17th April we shall be pleased to welcome back Stephanie from Inverclyde Leisure. She put us through our paces with a popular Keep Fit Aerobics session, tailored to suit the fit and the unfit, the elderly and the not so elderly. There are still a few seats left on the coach for our Outing on Thursday 1st May, leaving Kilmacolm at 1pm returning approx. 4.30p.m. visiting Ardardan Nurseries and Farm Shop and TeaRooms, near Cardross. Price £6. You are welcome to come with us, phone Jill Russell on 01505 872393 for details.

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At an extraordinary meeting of Kilmacolm Community Council, held on 4th February 2014, the subject of the planning application for the former Institute building was discussed. The meeting was well supported, with over 100 members of the public in attendance and the four elected Councillors. The Chair explained that a small Birmingham based firm, Taylor Grange Developments, had acquired the Kilmacolm Institute site and applied for permission to demolish the existing buildings on the site and replace them with a single new building extending over the whole site. This building would comprise, on the ground floor, a fairly large shop and another smaller shop, thirteen flats on three upper levels and, at basement level, ten car parking spaces and a storage area. Following open discussion, the community councillors then reflected on the views expressed and agreed there were sufficient grounds for a KCC objection, as: • The present proposals envisage ten new off-street parking places to serve thirteen flats. This is below the applicable policy of a one: one ratio. As the development would be in an area where pre-existing pressure on parking is such it was felt that there was no case for making an exception to this general policy. Accordingly, and noting the developer’s view that there is no way to increase the number of parking spaces, the number of flats should be reduced to or below ten. A further consideration is that there could be a case for allocating one parking space to each of the two proposed new shops, in which case the number of flats would have to be reduced to a maximum of eight. • The proposed “Juliet” balconies on the side of the building facing Lochwinnoch Road are “heavy” and not sympathetic to the style of nearby buildings. The balconies on the same side of the proposed third floor break the roof line which would otherwise continue from the existing adjoining terrace. These aspects of the design were not acceptable. • The proposed treatment of the end of the building close to the Cross itself, the “nose”, is inconsistent with the rest of the building and is inappropriate and unacceptable. Apart from this general point there is a specific concern about the design of the windows in the nose which should be changed to a more traditional style to achieve greater consistency. Further points (in brief) to accompany the letter of objection were: • To hold the developer strictly to his intentions concerning the materials to be used. • To ensure that disruption caused by the development is managed and minimised. • To consider limiting deliveries and loading times to minimise traffic issues. Full details at:

Mount Zion Church fellowship Holy Week Services in St Columba, Church of Scotland, Kilmacolm • Sun13th at 1am, Rev Cranston; 6.30pm • Tues 15th at 7.30pm - Rev Cranston • Wed 16th at 7.30pm - Rev Cranston • Frid 18th at 7.30pm - Rev Cranston • Sun 20th at 1am - Rev Cranston; 6.30pm ‘Praise and Thanksgiving service’.

It’s well known that the congregation of Mount Zion Church moved out of their old building ten years ago, when it was sold off for flats. What is less well known is where we went! We continued to worship the Lord on Sundays in “Bethesda”. It seems that the Church has often gone unnoticed by people living in Quarriers due to the lack of an identifiable building. So we are overjoyed to announce that we now have sole use of a building in the Village, in Law View Road, which we can set up as a permanent Christian worship centre and house of prayer. The Christian heritage of the village is obvious both from street names such as “Faith Avenue”, “Hope Avenue” and “Love Avenue”, and from the many bible texts carved into the stone of the original buildings. The whole village was built through William Quarrier’s faith in God. Several of our current congregation grew up or worked here in Quarriers children’s homes, so we are delighted to identify with the Christian heritage of the village. Our eyes are not set on the past however; we are a church that is very much looking forward, a vibrant, growing group of people who see the Christian message as a truly relevant one of hope for today. God is not dead, and has not left this village. We have been very busy for the last two months, refurbishing and decorating our new building, and we plan to celebrate Easter there, beginning at 10.30am on Palm Sunday, 13th April. Then we’ll have Communion on Maundy Thursday at 7pm, Meditation around the Cross on Good Friday at 2.30pm, and celebrate the resurrection on Easter Sunday 20th April, at 10.30am. All are welcome to join us for any of these services. An ‘official opening’ will be announced some time after Easter.

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Kilmacolm Art Class Exhibition Kilmacolm New Community Centre Friday 11 April 10am to 5.30pm Saturday 12 April 10am to 4pm

Adults £1, children 5+yrs 50p, U5’s Free Over 100 paintings beautifully framed and displayed for sale in the main downstairs hall, opposite the Hub Café – handy for a delicious lunch or snack, a favourite visiting place in the Kilmacolm Community Centre! What better way to support the community and treat yourself - it promises to be an exciting exhibition. Colourful oil paintings, delicate water colours and palette knife, all to tempt the discerning art lover. Nowadays everyone is looking for a bargain; a spokesperson for the group said that there are many and there are prices to suit all budgets. Some of the artists take commissions and some are currently exhibiting in Glasgow, Greenock and Paisley - a couple have been supporting Kids Cancer at Skypark. The Group are fortunate to have the luxury of a retired Art Teacher, Tom Murray who, after talking with him, it is clear to see he has a wealth of knowledge and keeps the group from making too many mistakes. Tom can look at the artwork fresh and gives help with perspective colour, measurement and all mediums. If you imagine yourself painting or interested in joining the group, then now could be an ideal time to put your name down. Whether you are looking for contemporary, abstract or just a painting to freshen up your wall, this could be your opportunity, so please do come along and support the exhibition.

Spring Cleanup - Saturday 12th April, Pullman Car Park, 10am

The annual Spring cleanup is scheduled for Saturday 12th April. I know this is short notice, by the time you receive and read the Advertizer -- I simply haven’t been very organized this year! I weighed the pros and cons of holding it later in the month, but ultimately decided that it would be lovely to tidy up the usual areas before Easter. It only takes a couple of hours -- we’re usually finished by around noon -- and we’re generally able to, within that short amount of time, clean up a half dozen or so areas (mostly just outwith the village boundaries) where huge amounts of rubbish accumulates. I’m hoping to see the usual cast of characters, but if you haven’t come before, please consider doing so! You will be warmly welcomed (under 16’s accompanied by an adult), and your efforts will be much appreciated. Wear comfy clothes and walking shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. You might also want to bring heavy duty gloves and mobile phones. Inverclyde Council will provide litter pickers, hi-viz vests, and latex gloves.

Please call, Karen, on 01505 874656 to let me know that you’ll be coming, so I can map out the areas to be cleaned, and have enough treats for everyone. I’m also looking for several willing volunteers who don’t mind using their cars to take cleanup teams to various areas. See you on the 12th!

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Kilbarchan NWR

We have 3 meetings in April: poetry of World War One, An ex-marine as a speaker, and a discussion about powerful Women during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 2nd. For further info, see the website:

Lilias Day Is Coming Together Plans for this years’ Lilias Day are continuing apace with a number of new attractions being introduced as well as old ones being revived for the event on Saturday 7 June.

A BMX team have been booked to perform a series of spectacular displays whilst The Crazy Bears troupe will entertain younger children throughout the day. The new committee are reinstating the fancy dress competition which will be open to any adults or children who want to join in including anyone that is already part of the parade (young children must be accompanied by adult).

LEAP Ecoclips

Young people, aged between 11 and 26, from across Scotland have been working on the LEAP #ecoclips competition and we would like to share the video clips with you all so you can see how talented they are. There are 13 clips on-line with the majority coming from young people in local communities. The LEAP team are very pleased with the response and we aim to create a legacy from the work that they have created. Well done and a BIG thank you to all of the people who took part: there are some great wee clips in there. Over 150 people voted on their favourite and the winner will be announced after the Chatterbox gone to press, but we will let you know next month. To see the videos playlist and the winning clips visit: www.myleapproject. org/ecoclips

New LEAP Competition – ‘Make the World Greener’

Since the ecoclips competition was for young people aged 11 to 26, we at LEAP have decided to run a competition for primary aged children. The competition is open to all children aged 11 and under in the villages of Lochwinnoch, Howwood, Bridge of Weir and Kilbarchan. We would like you to draw an original invention or idea using the heading ‘Make the World Greener’. This can be around any theme you like: recycling, saving water, reducing carbon footprint, green transport, energy, saving the polar bears or anything else with a green theme.

Individual streets in the village are also being invited to enter and theme their own float as was encouraged in the past and there will a best decorated house competition with some great prizes up for grabs for the winners. A tug of war has been lined up between the two village pubs, The Glenleven Inn and The Trust and Radio Clyde DJ, George Bowie, who lives in Kilbarchan, has been confirmed to compere some of the day. A new layout will see a food “village” and music tent starting to add a festival feel to the day and it is hoped this will be built upon in the future. New Chairman, Graeme Stockton, is delighted with the initial support for this years’ event: “The response so far has been really encouraging. We’ve been met with enthusiasm on all fronts so far with local businesses, organisations and individuals getting behind our efforts.” Vice Chair, Susan Calcluth adds: “We are keen to try some new ideas as well as some of those that haven’t featured for a while. Some of the new committee have fond memories of the fancy dress competition and street floats and we see these as a way to get more of the community involved which is really important. We’ve already had our first street float sign up which is really exciting, hopefully that will prompt some healthy competition from other streets to get on board to show what they can do.” If you would like any further information email or phone Graeme on 07768 433 183. To see the latest news and developments as they happen or to get involved you can find “Kilbarchan Lilias Day” on Facebook or email

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Kilbarchan Fairtrade Fortnight

Kilbarchan Fairtrade Fortnight began on 22nd February with a successful banana themed coffee morning in the Steeple Hall. Banana s m o o t h i e s proved to be popular. Fairly traded bananas account for just a third of sales in the UK, and the hope is that even more people will buy Fairtrade bananas, to help the growers. A joint East and The Kilbarchan group at Johnstone bandstand. West Church Fairtrade stall was well patronised on 2nd March. On Saturday 8th March Fairtraders from the village walked to the bandstand in Johnstone to meet Foncho, a banana grower from the northern region of Colombia, who was touring the UK to explain

Following local consultation I have lobbied council officers to examine changing Kilbarchan’s polling station from the Primary School to another venue. It was agreed that this was desirable so that children did not lose a day’s education and so from now on Habbies will vote at Kilbarchan Scout Hall. Soon the popular Lilias Day will be upon us and I have also asked council officers to give the iconic Steeple Hall an external makeover in time for the big day. Community activists in Lochwinnoch and myself met with a Scotrail Manager who deals with disability issues, to show Scotrail first hand how difficult it is for villagers to use the station at a time when governments of all persuasions are trying to get people out of their cars and into public transport. I will continue to push for better access.

The Kilbarchan Fairtrade team at the coffee morning how Fairtrade had changed his family’s life by guaranteeing him a fair price for his efforts. The walkers went on to Johnstone High church hall to hear Foncho explain the benefits of Fairtrade to his banana producing co-operative.

Foncho-Fairtrade banana grower from Colombia.

Kilbarchan Churches

As we work towards the union of the East and West Churches in the village our united services for the month of April will be as follows: • Sunday 6th April – West Church, 11am • Sunday 13th April – East Church, 11am • Thursday 17th April – Maundy • Thursday in East Church, 7pm • Friday 18th April – Good Friday in West Church, 7pm • Sunday 20th – Early morning service outside Weavers Cottage 8.30am • Easter Sunday, West Church, 11am • Sunday 27th April – East Church, 11am All the services will be conducted by the Rev Stephen Smith and everyone will be made most welcome. Please think of joining us especially at one of the Easter Services. After the 8.30am service on Easter Sunday, rolls and sausage will be served in the West Church Hall.

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I hope all villagers have taken advantage of the tremendous Lochwinnoch Arts Festival this year. Working with Creative Renfrewshire and the Festival Organisers I was able to secure an extra £750 for the Festival this year to bring some Spring Cheer to the village and help publicise its programme. Constituents have recently contacted me very worried about massive cuts by the current administration in Renfrewshire Council to the wages of more than forty workers for Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd. Imposing wage cuts, of between £2,500 to £8,000 per year, at a time when RLL is actually very profitable, is not on. My advice surgery in Kilbarchan is on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Steeple Hall at 7.45pm, and my advice surgery in Lochwinnoch is on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the McKillop at 7.30pm, excluding July. I am also available to constituents who can call me on 07534 148224, or email me at

Easter Eggstravaganza

Kilbarchan East Church halls on Saturday 5th April from 10am-12noon for children, there will be an Easter egg hunt in the church grounds, also a decorated egg and/or an Easter bonnet competition. There will be an Easter gift stall and a home-baking stall. £2 for adults, which includes hot-cross buns with coffee, £1 for children, which includes the egg hunt. Come along and join in the fun.

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The Weaver’s Cottage, Kilbarchan (National Trust for Scotland,) opens on Tuesday 1st April. The cottage is open until the end of September from Thursdays to Tuesdays, from 1pm - 5pm. Two members of staff and a number of volunteers guarantee visitors a warm welcome and a well informed experience. As well as weaving interest, there are many relics of 19th century and early 20th century domestic life. There is an extensive cottage garden at the rear.

Knit at the 19th

We are a friendly knitting group, meeting every Monday at The Three Churches, Church Street, Lochwinnoch, from 10am until lunchtime (and beyond). We are a friendly group, and welcome knitters and crocheters of all abilities, from the absolute beginner upwards. If you enjoy yarn crafts, blethering, coffee, tea, cake and good company - please come along! Call 07879 406357 for further details. In Kilbarchan I can confirm that both Low Barholm and Shuttle Street will be part of Renfrewshire Councils road resurfacing programme for 2014/15. The footpath in Milliken Drive is also included. I will continue to press for day to day repairs as they arise. Good news for child care provision, with both Kilbarchan After School Care, and Kilbarchan Community Nursery receiving grants at the Councils latest Education Policy Board. These organisations provide a vital service to children and families and should be supported wherever possible. I can confirm that a significant addition to the service at Lochwinnoch Library is planned. From the end of May, public access wi-fi will be installed. This is something for which I have advocated, and I am pleased that this facility is to be provided. On a recent visit to Kilbarchan Bowling Club I was delighted to see the extensive refurbishment to its facilities. I wish them well for the new season which begins on Saturday 5th April. The club is looking for new members, and if you are interested in joining please contact Drew Connell on 01505 702819 My next surgeries are on Saturday 5th April at 9am in the McKillop Institute and at 10am in the Steeple Hall. Please contact me at cllr.derek.bibby@renfrewshire. or telephone 0300 300 1274.

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The 12th Habbies’ Art Class Exhibition This year’s exhibition of paintings will be on display in the Kilbarchan Guide Centre on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th April between 11am and 8pm and on Saturday 12th April from 10am to 4pm. The entrance fee is just £1. We invite friends old and new to come and view the varied work on display at affordable prices to stimulate your visual senses and drive your hand towards your pocket. The tempting range of home baked goodies in our tea room will stimulate your taste buds and tickets for another stunning selection of raffle prizes will also be on sale. In the past year we have made donations to St. Vincent Hospice, Marten’s Progress and CHAS.

Scottish Country Dancing

Gryffe Scottish Country Dance Club who meet every week in the Kilbarchan Guide Centre will be holding an end of session dance on Wednesday16th April from 7.30pm - 10.30pm in Kilbarchan. Music will be provided by Marian Anderson a very well known and popular dance band leader. Tickets are £5 including a light supper and proceeds from the dance shall be contributed towards the re-development costs of the new Guide Centre. Contact Les Lambert at 01505 704398.

Lochwinnoch SWRI

The end of season 61st Birthday Social will take place on Wednesday 16th April at 7.30pm in the McKillop Hall. We look forward to welcoming all members. The theme of this year’s social will be “The Commonwealth”, with quizzes and food to celebrate the year of the Commonwealth games. The results of the February Competitions are:- 3 Empire Biscuits - 1. Elma Richmond; 2. Aileen Cochrane; 3.Joyce Galbraith; Favourite Mug (coin judged) - 1. Barbara Milligan; 2. Jennifer Chambers; 3. Margaret Meikle. If you wish more information please contact Elma Richmond Tel: 01505 843193 or email

Art Exhibition - local artist Rab Wilson Kilbarchan Old Library Friday 28th March (7pm-9pm)

Saturday 29th March (12noon-4pm) Sunday 30th March (12noon - 4pm) The exhibition includes work linked to Rab’s five months stay in Ethiopia (called “The Ethiopian Diary”). Along with this work there will be performance of music linked to the Ethiopian visit. The music will be performed at the opening of the exhibition on the Saturday. Further details

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houston, crosslee & brookfield Brookfield Country Dancing Club

Thursday evenings from 7.30pm until 9.30pm in Brookfield Village Hall. The Club meets every two weeks. New members welcome. No need to bring a partner. Time at the interval for tea and a chat. Details from Aileen Craig on 01505 322684.

Houston Kirk Carnival - Saturday 10th May

This year, the theme for the Kirk Carnival has to be a Scottish one in this very Scottish year. With 700 years since the Battle of Bannockburn, the Homecoming celebrations, the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games, Scotland is the place for high emotion and thrills in 2014. It should be no surprise then that our carnival theme this year is Caledonian Capers, and we’ll be asking the people of Houston to celebrate it in fancy dress, together with the stalls and attractions they’ve come to expect over the years. Keep Saturday 10th May free for a fun filled day! As in other recent years, all proceeds of the Carnival will go to the Kirk Extension Fund.

Houston Community Council

Houston Community Council members have been actively discussing issues of interest to local residents at recent meetings. The Community Council has written to Asda in Linwood asking if they would consider providing a “shoppers’ bus for the residents of Houston and surrounding areas, given that there have been several complaints about the difficulty in reaching the store by public transport. The Community Council is in active discussion with Taylor Wimpey and Renfrewshire Council’s Planning Department regarding the ground surrounding the Craigends Yew Tree, with a view to the area being given a makeover to make it more accessible to both residents and visitors, and, in the longer term, to look at grant funding to provide a footpath both here and within other parts of the village. Following years of complaints about fly posting at the roundabout at Houston Rd/Barochan Rd/ Bridge of Weir Rd, Renfrewshire Council has planted bushes and other foliage along the fence at that location, which will in time grow and make the area inaccessible for the type of activity which has brought more complaints to the attention of the Community Council than any other issue. If YOU have an issue which you feel should be brought to the attention of the Community Council, you can contact it any of the following: • Phone 07854 724184 • Email to, or • Go to the Community Council’s website at and fill in the comments section. Houston Community Council meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month between January - June and September - November at 7.30pm within the Carrick Centre, Main St, Houston, and meetings are open to the public. New members are welcome.

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Houston & Killellan Agricultural Society Annual Show

Houston Show this year will be held on Saturday 7th June. The schedules for the Craft and Baking Show are now available. If you want one they can be obtained from committee members, the Paper Shop, North Street, the Post Office, Strawberry Fields Nursery or by contacting secretary Isabelle Stuart 01505 613479 or email

Houston & Crosslee SWRI The Handiwives meeting on April 7th will be our AGM

The last meeting of the year, on 9th April, will be our AGM and Spring Show. We meet as usual in the Compass Centre. If you wish more information please contact Elaine Johnston: Telephone 01505 324827 or email Speed Limit Changes I am pleased that, at long last, the speed limit changes I supported in and around the village have been introduced. There was an initial problem with the 30mph limit sign being erected, with no indication of when it expired, but this should have been remedied by the time you are reading this. Obviously speed limits are only part of the picture, it is important that these are enforced, but anything which make the roads around the village safer for residents, and in particular our young residents, is to be welcomed. Fly-posting I continue to share residents’ concerns about fly-posting at the fence at Manse Field. I have requested that the Community Resources department plant hedging here in order to provide a potential long term deterrent. To some residents this may seem like a small problem, or harmless fun, but it actually makes a highly visible point in our village look like a complete mess on a regular basis. We must have some care for the village and unfortunately too many enjoy displaying notices and don’t care to take them down afterwards. Tesco Whilst it is not within Houston, many residents will be interested to hear of the progress being made at the new Tesco site in Linwood. It is on course to be opened in July, with a new Tweedie Hall, Library, offices and small units all forming part of the new complex. Road improvements I am pleased that sections of roads in Houston will be upgraded. (See page 20 for details). Surgeries I will hold a surgeries at Linwood High School on 3rd April at 7pm, Tweedie Hall in Linwood on 15th April at 7pm and the Carrick Centre in Houston on 16th April at 6.30pm.

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Houston Play Park Improvement Group

This group, led by Houston resident Debbie Stewart, are continuing their fantastic fundraising efforts and we should soon be seeing the rewards with work at Crosslee Play Park imminent. They are an excellent example of tireless volunteers making village life even more positive for our children. Cllr Stuart Clark says that he is pleased to support the group in any way he can. To this end he is facilitating a meeting between the group and the Director of Community Resources to discuss how they can continue to work together.

On March 5th we had a “Landscapes” competition which was judged by Guy Phillips. Pat Allan did well with first and second placed entries in both prints and digital images in the A section. Other winners were Roger Calvert, John McConnelogue, John McSherry, Tom Seggie, Kate Cummings and Helen Meikle.

As part of their fundraising efforts, residents are encouraged to have a spring clean and clear out any old clothes to the Group’s clothes bank. It’s a win-win, since it helps fundraising and you’ll get the benefit of more space in the wardrobes and drawers! The clothes bank is located in the car park at the Crosslee shops.

Their images can be viewed on our website: The club has been doing well in external competitions with a win against Beith in the final round of the Renfrewshire League. That means 2 wins out of 3 , but as we were beaten by Eastwood we just failed to make the final. We would like to thank Inverclyde Camera club for their hospitality when they hosted the Borbasket competition. We had a very enjoyable evening viewing images from seven clubs, which were judged by Bob Collins. Gryffe finished in second place, the winners being Paisley Colour. The visit by Simon Butterworth to the club on March 12th more than fulfilled expectations. The hall was filled to capacity and Simon presented images from home and abroad, and was very generous with information of the techniques used to achieve his stunning results Next month we look forward to the final round of our internal competitions, as well as our workshop group presentations. This month a reminder that not everyone likes to be photographed! --- “you are a pest, by the very nature of that camera in your hand” Princess Anne.

H.O.S.T. The Carrick Centre, Houston What’s on April 2014

Monday to Friday: Woodlands After School 01505 615438

A £3.8m capital investment programme to improve Renfrewshire’s Roads infrastructure in 2014/15 was agreed at the recent Environmental Policy Board. This was made up in part by £1.733m for carriageway resurfacing and £300k for footway resurfacing with a further £100k for drainage improvements. (See page 20 for details) After pursuing the matter I have now been informed that the missing national speed limit signs at two locations on Magnus Road should be installed by the end of the month. It was reported to me that Japanese Knotweed was growing in the land adjacent to the bridge over the Gryffe. After an inspection by one of the Council Officers, he has confirmed there is Japanese Knotweed growing on both sides of the riverbank. I have since been informed that ‘whilst it is not illegal to have Japanese Knotweed on land, it is if the Landowner allows for it to spread. Treatment would prove extremely difficult, due to the proximity of the watercourse and S.E.P.A. would be required to be notified’. My surgeries are held on the second Tuesday of each month in Brookfield Village Hall from 6pm to 6.30pm, then in Houston Village Hall from 7pm to 7.45pm. I can be contacted by phone on1505 610018 or by email at cllr. or through Renfrewshire Council on 0300 300 1265

Changes in Social Services

There will be changes to those who use social services. Cllr Stephen McGee is concerned that there may be families who may find this reassessment process difficult and may also affect the service that you currently receive. He has provided some information below. However if you would like to discuss this further, please contact him directly to discuss any concerns that you may have. Self-directed support (SDS) allows people to choose how their support is provided to them by giving them as much ongoing control as they want over the individual budget spent on their support. In other words, SDS is the support a person purchases or arranges to meet agreed health and social care outcomes.

MONDAY: Embroiderers’ Guild (weekly) 10am; Diaporama 14th - 7.30pm; Yoga (weekly) - 1pm M Laidlaw 01505 842877

SDS includes a number of options for getting support. The person’s individual budget can be:

TUESDAY: Paint Pot Tots - 10am D Campbell 07789 262350; Yoga (weekly) 7pm M/s Lawson 01505 613690

• allocated to a provider the person chooses (sometimes called an individual service fund, where the council holds the budget but the person is in charge of how it is spent)

WEDNESDAY: Community Council 16th 7.30pm; Councillors Surgeries 16th 6.30pm; French class Madame McDevitt 0141 886 6282; Dancerise (exercise) 1.30pm D Campbell 07789 262350; Galaxy Dancing 9th/23rd/30th 4pm; Gryffe Camera Club 7.30pm; Melody Makers 9th/23rd 7pm THURSDAY: Quilting Group 17th/24th; French Class; Crafty Friends 3rd/17th 7.30pm; Folk Club (weekly) 8pm FRIDAY: Galaxy Dancing 4th /25th 3.30pm SATURDAY: Galaxy Dancing 4th/26th 9.30am SUNDAY: Baptist Church 11am & 6pm Booking enquiries to Ian Simpson 01505 612203 or Sandy Young 01505 331488 or The Coffee Shop.

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• taken as a Direct Payment (a cash payment)

• or the council can arrange a service for the supported person • or the supported person can choose a mix of these options for different types of support. Currently councils are only required to offer the first option (a Direct Payment) but many councils in Scotland offer all the options. What can you use SDS for? Self-Directed Support can be used in many ways. You can get support to live in your own home, such as help with having a bath or getting washed and dressed. Out of the home it could support you to college, to continue in employment or take a job, or to enjoy leisure pursuits more. Instead of relying on the activities run at a day centre, you might arrange for a personal assistant (PA) to help you attend local classes, go swimming, or be a volunteer helping others. It could also be used to provide a short break (respite) or for equipment and temporary adaptations. You can choose whether you would prefer to get support from a service provider such as a voluntary organisation or care agency, or by employing PAs, or a combination of both. Cllr Stephen McGee

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Annual Howwood War Village Spring Memorial The Names of the Fallen listed on Clean this memorial are being investigated. The annual village spring clean will be on the weekend of 5th/6th April when the Community Council welcomes villagers to come along and help clean up the village. Anyone who can help should meet for the first session at the Village Hall at 10am on either or both days. There will be a lunch break before the second session begins at 2pm. Plans are to finish by 4pm. If enough people come along on the Saturday, it is hoped that one or both Sunday sessions would not be required. Supervised youngsters are very welcome. Old clothing should be worn bags, gloves and litter pickers will be provided.

Researchers would like to know of any family connections or photos/paperwork that villagers would be able to share. The full list of names is in the Howwood Community Newsletter and anyone with information should contact Gayle Pollock at

Howwood WRI

Howwood Village Hall - Tuesday 15th April - 7.30pm. Gardening by Gowanlea Nurseries. Mini Show, AGM & Trophy Presentation. Hostesses: Mrs Cath Love & Mrs Irene MacTaggart. Vote of Thanks: Mrs Ellen Osborne.

For more information contact Bill David on 01505 703500 or Howwood Community Council have organised a clean up for the village. For anyone interested in helping it is on the 5th and 6th April, meeting at the village hall at 10am for the morning session, or 2pm for the afternoon. Any help would be most welcome. The council recently announced road works are to be carried out on Bowfield Road and on the Beith Road in the village in the next few months. I am sure this will be welcomed by villagers. I helped promote No Smoking day on the 12th March. 13,000 people died last year in Scotland due to smoking. As a non smoker it is hard to understand why people smoke but I do appreciate it is highly addictive and very difficult to stop. The NHS do however provide excellent support services for those who want to stop.

At the recent 2014 budget meeting, a number of cuts were approved. One of these was the cut to the Streetscene service, a service that cleans the streets around Renfrewshire. The budget is being cut by £1million over three years, with over half the cuts already made. This service will now focus on town centres, arterial routes and known hot spots for littering. Combined with an increase in the price of special uplifts, this may lead to more fly tipping and dirty streets, especially in our villages and local communities. If you have concerns about the cleanliness of an area you should report it straight away, either to one of your councillors or by calling the council direct on 0300 300 0300. This will impact on our streets, villages and communities so please contact me if there are areas of particular concern. Another budget cut that will directly impact on people is the cut of the roads budget by one third. I have already reported a number of potholes but am concerned that the funding will be there for all the damaged roads to be repaired. Remember if you have an accident or damage to your car in a pothole or road defect which has been reported, the council is liable for damages. It is in everyone’s interest to report road defects, this can be done by calling the council on 0300 300 0300 or by contacting one of your local councillors. There are a number of potholes which have already been brought to my attention and I have also reported a number of damaged drains and potholes on my visits throughout various communities. Surgeries, every Thurs of the month: week 1 - Howwood Village Hall, 6pm-7pm, week 2 - Auchenlodment PS, Johnstone Castle, 6pm-7pm, week 3 - Elderslie Village Hall, 6pm-7pm, week 4 - St Anthony’s PS, Spateston, 6pm-7pm. Contact: 01505 706568, Mob: 07534156198. Email:

Howwood Easter Egg Hunt

Howwood is having its second Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 20th at 3pm in the grounds of Howwood Primary School. The Easter Egg Hunt is for all residents living in the Howwood Village and this year we are building on the success and are having a treasure Hunt for older children in the week prior to the event. Golden Egg tokens will be hidden throughout the village every day up to Easter Sunday and prizes given out on Easter Sunday in exchange for the Golden Egg Tokens. Please come along, have some fun and meet other villagers. See you soon and remember to look out for Golden Eggs and additional information.

I see work is well underway on the Howwood Inn. Like many people I am looking forward to seeing it completed. I was delighted to move a report at the last Full Council meeting that put forward Renfrewshire’s name to help with vulnerable people fleeing the situation in Syria. This idea was supported by all parties and I am sure the people of the area will give the people affected a warm welcome. Remember my surgeries are held in the village hall on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6pm.

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PETS news

Sponsored Dog Walk

Sunday 13th April Starts at 2pm Strathclyde Park Motherwell Tel: 07855 085586

Taking part in a fundraising event is a fantastic way to support the Scottish SPCA. As an animal charity, we receive no government or lottery funding and rely on public donations to continue our vital work protecting, rescuing and caring for Scotland’s abandoned, hurt and defenceless animals. You can take part in anything, from skydiving to a local gala day. We always need volunteers to help collect, so if you can spare a few hours, please get in touch! Our Education Officers run an animal welfare education programme in schools, communities and our largest centres. This includes a host of educational and fun events, courses and activities throughout the year.

Re-homing Pets

Can you offer a home to any of our featured pets? URGENTLY LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME

Heidi is around 7/8 years old. She is a longhaired blonde female. Heidi is a bit of a loner and prefers to spend most of her time outdoors so would need to have access via a cat flap. She might take a bit of time to get to know you. Ref: O

To contact the Renfrewshire Branch on 0141 876 4133. All rehomings are subject to a successful home visit.

MAX - A male Crossbreed age 5 to 7 Years

Max loves to play tug of war and fetch. He is a shy boy who needs someone to take their time helping him build his confidence.

Max needs a secure garden with someone who has previous experience of owning a dog like him. A calm, quiet home would be beneficial. He can live with children who are 14 years old or over. He needs a home who is committed to coming to the centre to meet him several times to help build up his relationship and confidence with you. Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, 315 Hamilton Road, Uddingston, Glasgow, G71 7SL. Open: 12noon - 4pm (including weekends); 12noon- 7.30pm on Tuesdays; closed: Wednesdays

Inverclyde Feral Cats Visit our website at, email: or call: 07860-847257 for information.

Rescue Centres Dogs Trust Glasgow: 0141-773-5130 - Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue: 01505-502415 - Johnstone Cat Rescue: 01505 337321 Renfrewshire Cat Protection: 0141-876-4133 Scottish SPCA: 0141-882-1688 - These centres are always on the lookout for donations and fundraising.

Richard - a male Cockerel - age unknown Reference: 272673

Richard is nice lad looking for a permanent and loving home. He would love a nice cosy coop with some girls to keep him company. If you are interested in rehoming Richard , you can download and complete a pre-homing questionnaire if you wish and bring it with you when visiting the centre.

To contact the centre about any animals, please call 03000 999 999 or visit

If you can help, please get in touch with any of the centres above.

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Watch out for Spring Visitors!

As we move into spring, the temperatures start to rise and fleas begin to make an appearance. Fleas have four main stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The total flea life cycle can range from a couple weeks to several months, depending on the environmental conditions. The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felix, is the most commonly found flea in the UK and infests cats, dogs, humans, and other hosts. Each adult flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day and the hatched larval stage lasts about 5 to 18 days. The larva then spins a silken cocoon and pupates. The pupa is the last stage before adult. The adult flea can emerge from the cocoon as early as 3 to 5 days, or it can stay in the cocoon for a year or more, waiting for the right conditions to emerge. Stimuli such as warm temperatures, high humidity, even vibrations and carbon dioxide emitted from a passing animal will cause the flea to emerge from the cocoon faster.

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the spring, summer and autumn, although fleas can be picked up over the winter too! A house spray is normally needed to deal with the developing larvae and immature fleas. Many over the counter flea spoton treatments contain permethrin, which is a highly toxic compound and dangerous to cats. There is a current petition raised by the International Cat Care organization to have products containing this chemical removed from general sale and restricted to supply by qualified and trained individuals.

The entire life cycle is quite variable which is why it is so important to remain vigilant, even when a flea problem is thought to be under control! Fleas thrive in warm, moist environments and climates and their main food is blood from a host animal or human. The saliva of fleas is irritating and allergenic and the cause of all the itching. We recommend topical or “spot-on” preparations for your pet, which kill and repel the adult fleas. This is usually repeated monthly throughout

More information is available at: https:// It is better to obtain treatment from your vet surgeon, who can advise you on the safest products which will work best for your pet. Make sure the only visitors to your house are the invited ones!

WARNING TO ALL DOG OWNERS: A substance has been found washed up on beaches along the coastline. This substance is believed to be Palm Oil, non-hazardous to humans, but can be extremely hazardous to dogs. Dogs will eat this substance causing vomiting and diarrhoea. It can also cause a blockage in the dog’s stomach/ intestines. The substance has been found in large quantities on the beach between Irvine and Barassie. If your dog manages to eat this substance please contact your vet immediately!

Johnstone Cat Rescue We are struggling to cope and would appreciated any help you can give with fundraising. Please call Sheena on 01505 337321 for further information on how to assist

Wildlife Crime Strathclyde Police has a team of Wildlife Crime Officers who, as part of their normal policing duties, specialise in investigating wildliferelated crimes. If you wish to report a suspected wildlife crime and/or speak to a Wildlife Crime Officer, please contact: Your local Police Office or Strathclyde Police HQ, 173 Pitt Street, G2 4JS or call 0870 050 1999.

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

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Bridge Of Weir Horticultural society The March speaker was James Truscott, a Chartered Landscape Architect. James is also the author of Private Gardens of Scotland and a contributor to Country Life and other magazines. Our topic was Gardens of Scotland. James explained we should use any natural effects and outstanding views already present in or from our gardens. If we have nothing, we should create something and bring interest and anticipation into our garden layouts. We should avoid opening the back door and looking over the entire garden with one sweep of the eye. He suggested we should have features, such as trees or statues, which lead the eye across the garden from side to side or front to back. A pivotal point will draw the eye towards this feature, before leading out to others at the perimeter. He explained the use of trompe d’oeil compositions but a simpler way to extend the visual experience could be an archway or gate taking the eye and the imagination to the ‘unknown beyond’. A renowned example of a parterre garden with a vista can be seen from the terrace at Drummond Castle near Crieff. Here the garden is laid out in the shape of a Saltire, delineated by box hedging, with statues in strategic spots but there is also a long tree lined avenue and open field beyond taking the eye to infinity. At nearby Finlaystone, distance has been created by adding a ha-ha. There the garden blends with the estate but the ha-ha prevents livestock from reaching the garden and eating tasty border plants. Paul Matthews will speak about Today’s gardens tend to be small but can still have several eye-catching Plants of the Eastern Mediterranean focal points. With a little imagination and architectural planting, by way at are meeting on Thursday, April 10th of columnar trees and plants, or fencing, boulders, pots and statues at 8pm, in The Royal British Legion. along with grass, gravel paths and a good bedding layout, today’s Paul is one of our local and popular gardeners can create, on a smaller scale, interesting features just like speakers and a warm welcome is the larger gardens of Scotland. extended to everyone.

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April Events

Make Your Own Mondays: Bird Restaurant! Mon 7th - 2 sessions 11am-1pm + 2pm-4pm

Pine Cone Crunchies, Maggot Mash & Sunflower Seed Surprise are some of the favourite meals at the Bird Restaurant. Come along and make your own, and who knows what will pop by to try out these tasty treats. Please book in advance as spaces are limited. Cost: £5 or £2 for Wildlife Explorer members. Adults go free!

Lochwinnoch Holiday Club: Grand Designs! Fri 11th - U7yrs: 11am – 1pm, 8yrs+: 2pm – 4pm

Come along to our weird and wonderful nest boxbuilding day and learn how birds can use our everyday things to their advantage. We will investigate how old teddy bears, welly boots and other random oddments can be used to help birds at the reserve and in your own garden. Book in advance. Cost: £4 Wildlife Explorer members; £7 non-members. Adults must accompany children aged 8 and under. Bring wellies, waterproofs and old clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

Birds for Beginners: Sat 12th Apr 11am – 1.30pm

Would you like to learn more about the birds you see in your garden? Join the team at RSPB Lochwinnoch for a workshop session ideal for beginners to birdwatching, to help you learn more about common garden birds and pick up tips and advice on wildlife watching techniques. Then head out into the reserve to put these new skills into practise. Afterwards enjoy a hot drink back at the centre. Cost: £5 or £2 for RSPB members. Please book as places are limited.

Make Your Own Mondays: Springtime Dens Mon14th Apr - Two sessions 11am-1pm + 2pm-4pm

Ever wondered how baby animals stay warm on rainy, cold days and are safe from predators when their parents are gathering food? Let’s take a closer look at where animals live and build our very animal home using the same materials they would use. Will anyone’s stay dry and safe in the storm? Please book in advance as spaces are limited. Cost: £5 or £2 for Wildlife Explorer members. Adults go free!

Lochwinnoch Holiday Club: Snap! Fri 18th U7yrs: 11am – 1pm 8yrs+: 2pm – 4pm

Spring time is here again so come along and help us snap the new season’s growth, taking fantastic photos at Lochwinnoch nature reserve. Choose your favourite snap of the day to be displayed in the reserve centre and maybe even have it posted on our Facebook page. Digital cameras will be provided but please feel free to bring your own along. Let’s get happy snapping! Book in advance. Cost: £4 Wildlife Explorer members; £7 nonmembers. Adults must accompany children aged 8 and under. Bring wellies, waterproofs and old clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

Easter Eggstravaganza: Mon 21st Apr 12noon-3pm

Come and join us for some egg-tastic Easter activities with wildlife-themed Easter activities for children of all ages, including egg decorating, a treasure hunt, face painting and the ever popular Egg Drop Challenge! Cost: £5 or £2 for Wildlife Explorer members. Adults go free!

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Bridge of Weir Allotments & Gardens Society Work is about to begin again on the Community Garden at the Bridge. Apart from a general tidy up of the garden we plan to create another raised bed in the next few weeks. We will soon be starting to sow seeds for a wide variety of edible crops. We are also still working towards acquiring a local site for allotment/ community growing. This is a lengthy process, so it is good to have the Bridge garden to do some hands on food cultivation. We would welcome anyone interested in joining in with our project at our next meeting on Tuesday 1st April at 7.30pm at the Bridge. Also there will be events over the next few months where you can join us at the Bridge garden, so please look out for publicity.

CMRP Roundup

Race 2 the Games Training Begins for Kersland

Kersland School in Paisley have been down at Castle Semple each Friday working on their racing skills for Race 2 the Games. The sailors are practicing for the race on Wed July 2nd, joining up to 20 boats of children and adults with disabilities sailing 33km up the River Clyde as part of the warm up activities for Glasgow 2014. They will race from James Watt Dock in Greenock to the Millennium Bridge at Glasgow Science Centre. Please get involved, like on Facebook, get in contact to discuss sponsorship and note the date to come and cheer the participants over the line!

Photographic Competition Winter Winner

Congratulations to Richard Cree for winning the winter category of this year’s Photographic Competition. There are 4 categories to tie into the seasons, the winter images deadline has passed but get your entries in for spring by 1 June, summer by 31 Aug and autumn by 26 Oct. There are £50 seasonal prizes and a £100 overall prize. Oh and don’t forget to VOTE for your winner on our facebook page!

Info & Activities for the whole family

This year is Homecoming Scotland 2014 and the first year of the John Muir Festival to celebrate the opening of the John Muir Way. The Way finishes in Helensburgh and offers fantastic views across the Clyde to the Regional Park. Pick up a new Park What’s On event guide in Centres now!

Ride 63 Club News & Ride Out Info!

A Community Cycle Club ‘Ride 63’ is now up and running. More info on when they’re going out on their Facebook, but it will generally be the last Thursday of the month. Email the Secretary at ridesixtythree@ to become a member or email the Park at for more information.

Sat 5th April - Open for Summer

Summer opening hours begin at all Visitor Centres, drop in and chat to a Ranger or stop for a coffee and admire the beautiful countryside.

Plant Sale Scotland’s Gardens Charity are holding a plant sale at the cross in Kilmacolm outside the library and Cargill centre. Please come along to support worthwhile causes, with Kilmacolm Guides being the main beneficiary. From 10am until 12noon on Saturday 19th April.

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All Centres. Castle Semple 10am - 5pm daily. Muirshiel and Greenock Cut 11am - 4pm daily

CMRP Online

Keep up to speed with events and activities taking place on the Park’s Facebook facebook. com/ClydeMuirshielRegionalPark or Twitter @ Clydemuirshiel pages.

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April in the garden

Our Annual Coffee Morning is a special one this year - the 135th anniversary edition. It will be held in Kilmacolm New Community Centre on Saturday 26th April from 10am to 12noon. Tickets are £3. There will be plants for sale of course, a delicious homebaking stall, a tombola, plus a special raffle. The children’s choir Angel Voices are coming along to sing for us between 10.30am and 10.45am. A happy morning for members, friends, plus everyone is most welcome.

Transform your border with four high-performance perennials to plant now.

Two additional afternoon Outings have been planned for the members of the KHS and the new OUTLOOK group held in Kidston Hall twice-monthly. On 1st May at 1pm the Spring trip is to Ardardan, the hugely popular farm shop, nurseries, tearooms near Cardross. We should be home about 4.30pm. On 18th June at 1pm the Summer outing is to Glasgow Botanic Gardens (with a wet weather alternative of Kelvingrove Museum) returning approx. 4.30pm. We have enjoyed both these outings in previous years, but there is no harm in repeating a popular adventure! Tickets for both outings cost just £6.

Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ is a hardy perennial with copperred daisy-like flowers and midgreen foliage. It is also very attractive to butterflies and bees and is useful as a cutting flower. Plant in full sun.

The 135th anniversary outings take us firstly to Inverewe on May 19th-21st, a 3 day trip - one single room and one twin room are still available to book. On Sat 9th August, we are looking forward to a day out to Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, high tea, and the early evening of the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo. Two seats are available to book. For details, or to book a seat, please call Jill Russell on 01505 872393.

Achillea ‘Terracotta’ is a hardy, attractive perennial with wide, flat heads of tiny orange flowers which turn to pale yellow later in the season. It is very attractive to butterflies and bees and is best planted in full sun in well-drained light, moist soil. It will grow to 80cm in height, spreading to about 50cm.

Autumn- flowering sedum ‘Neon’ is an old-fashioned hardy perennial that produces rosettes of succulent foliage throughout summer. Buds gradually open to reveal masses of tiny pink flowers, which are highly attractive to butterflies and bees, making it a valuable attraction in the garden. Planted in full sun in well-drained/ light soil, it will grow to 45cm. Divide in March/May. Echinacea ‘Purpurea’ is a hardy perennial with large daisyshaped pink flowers from midsummer to early autumn. It is suitable for cutting and is very attractive to insects. Plant in full sun/partial shade in well-drained light soil.

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 S c o t t i s h Outdoor Access Code. Whether you’re in the outdoors or managing the outdoors, the key things are to: • take responsibility for your own actions • respect the interests of other people • care for the environment. Visit or contact your local Scottish Natural Heritage office.

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Windows on Wildlife The Windows on Wildlife Project aims to bring people closer to wildlife, gaining a unique insight to the furry & feathered inhabitants of Castle Semple Country Park. Project Officer Hayley Douglas gives us an update. Event updates The Spring/Summer events for WoW and for the Park start this month and will see the return of the popular OtterSpotter Walks. It’s often said that if you want to see otters you need to be in the know, well in this case you need to get up early to potentially spot one of Lochwinnoch’s Lutras. Why not join me on the 5th April at 6am or the 26th of April at 5.45am to see if we can find one. Booking is essential as numbers are limited, please call 01505 842882 ex 20, there is a small charge of £5 or £3.50 for concessions. Wildlife News I have been busy giving talks to schools recently and was asked to speak to Fordbank Primary about litter in water and its effect on wildlife, as they are covering this topic for their next green flag. I spoke to them about the dangers of plastics and how it can hurt animals if they get tangled up in the plastic rings from packs of drinks. I wasn’t expecting to walk into work the next day to find that this had happened to one of the greylags who had the rings wrapped round its neck twice. With a call to Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue and the Regional Park’s Estate team mobilised, seven of us tried to get a hold of the goose by luring it in with some bread. The first attempt at netting the bird went wrong and it flew away. We thought that was it but the bird flew in a circle and landed back amongst the swans. Alan from the Estate Team and David from Hessilhead kept the goose busy with the bread and I managed to sneak up and get the net over it. The bird was untangled and released unharmed if not a bit put out. Please remember to cut up your plastic beer rings to prevent this happening. On a sadder note, I received a report from Hessilhead that a badger had been brought in after being hit by a car near the sett I monitor. The driver managed to stop and get a hold of the badger before taking it to Hessilhead but it died during the night. At this moment in time I can’t be 100% sure that it is one of the ones I film as there is another sett nearby but the facial stripes of the badger does suggest that it is ’Tufty’, one of the females. Once the cameras are brought in I will be able to confirm if it is or not. The only good news is that she wasn’t lactating so I don’t have to worry about losing cubs in the sett although she was very large around the tummy and may have been carrying. Badgers can be dangerous when injured and the folk in the car did very well in getting her to the hospital and I am thankful that they were able to do so as there is nothing worse than wondering what has happened to one of the animals when you no longer see them on camera. If this was you or someone you know who was involved please pass on my thanks. Details can be found on the Park’s 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 & you can volunteer with WoW by sending me an email. The Windows on Wildlife Project is part of the Semple Trail Heritage Project and is jointly funded by LEADER and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Lawn Care for April Early April is a good time for over-seeding (applying lawn seed to existing areas of lawn) then now is a good time to do so, make sure to vigorously rake the intended areas of over-seeding before scattering the seed so that the seed ‘settles down’. Apply a lawn fertiliser to feed the lawn and apply lawn weed control products where necessary. Use a lawn aerator to aerate areas of the lawn where soil compaction has occurred. Continue to mow the lawn and reduce the mower blade height a little (you should not take more than a third off the height of the grass). Do not mow immediately over the over-seeded areas. Information source:-

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Kilmacolm Abbey Nursery children at Abbey Nursery thoroughly Nursery Class All enjoyed World Book Day last month and this

With the sun making an appearance and the smell of Spring in the air, the children have been learning all about new life and all the tasks required to look after a baby. We watched the eggs in the incubator crack open and little baby chicks pop out, they were so adorable! Our role play area has been turned into a vet’s practice which was voted for by the children, the focus being baby animals. Thanks to vet’s Bridge of Weir for providing us with leaflets and some posters. World Book Day was a great success and the majority of the nursery children dressed up as their favourite character from a book they love. We had a book swap and everyone was happy to take home a new book. Our PATHS initiative has gone from strength to strength and now each day one child form the nursery, both morning and afternoon, gets the chance to be PATHS Kid. The Paths Kid wears a badge of their choice with the PATHS animals on ‘Twiggles the turtle’, ‘Daphne the duck’, ‘Henrietta the hedgehog’ and ‘Duke the dog’. At together time the PATHS Kid wears the ‘Cape of Compliments’, with great pride. The compliments are provided by the other children and staff, it’s a lovely way to share kind words.

was a fantastic opportunity to read and discuss a much wider range of books than usual. Staff and children dressed up in their favourite book characters and shared special stories with their friends. There was also lots of conversation about book c o v e r s , illustrations and authors and what made them like particular people or characters in their book. We also talked about how people can download books now as children see parents reading their Kindles on holiday. Some of the children went on to make their own story books. A highlight of the whole week was when children from Houston Primary school came and read stories to the pre school girls and boys and we would like to thank them for taking the time to visit the nursery.

Lochwinnoch Primary

Kilbarchan Community Nursery The children have all been very active this month by taking part in a ‘Sponsored obstacle course in the gym hall of the primary school. They enjoyed the challenge of; balancing on the upturned beam, crawling through the tunnel and best of all jumping off the vault horse. Some children needed a wee helping hand to walk along the beam but they all gave it a try. The money raised from the event will be used to fund the cost of a trip to Paisley museum’s drama workshop ‘The worm’ for all the preschool children and also towards the cost of the summer trip in June for all children and parents, venue still to be decided. We also supported ‘Fairtrade fortnight’ recently by hosting a stall selling a wide range of fair trade products to friends family, parents and carers.

All children received a World Book Day voucher and many classes organised an event to celebrate. Pupils have been making good use of our new induction hobs purchased by the PTA, enjoying fresh pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. The Globe Trotters organised activities for Fair Trade Fortnight including How many bananas are in the jar?, Find the Fair Trade symbol and a Fair Trade Art Competition. P5, 6 and 7 have been learning about what the word fair means and listened to a Fair Trade song, picking out some of the important words like equality and honesty. In order to help the environment the EcoWarriors have been tree planting with Peter Livingstone to create an Aspen Grove next to the river. This was a very enjoyable and muddy experience.

regular events every monday Baby Group, Stay & Play and Playgroup Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm 9.45am All wee ones welcome.

Kidston Kids Toddler Soft Play Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm 1pm Suitable for children up to age 3.



Bridge of Weir Toddler Group Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, BoW Pop along and see us from 9.30-11.30am

Baby Social Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers Village 11am Meet mums, drink coffee & eat cake.



Stay & Play and Playgroup Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm 9.45am All wee ones welcome.

Kidston Kids Gym Club Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm 1pm For children aged 3-5 years.

St Columba Toddler Group St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm, 10am - 11.30am For children from birth to 3 years, a great chance for your little ones to try out different toys and make new friends and for parents and carers to have a cuppa and a chat.



Houston Toddler Group Church Hall, Main Street, Houston Pop along and see us from 9.30-11.30am



Stay & Play and Playgroup Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm 9.45am All wee ones welcome.

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Messy Church® Freeland Church Hall, Br of Weir 4.30pm-6.30pm Hot meal provided, along with a warm welcome.

P1 said a final goodbye to Plop and their Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark topic by enjoying some campfire fun in the Wilderness Garden. They went on a hunt using their orienteering skills and played hide and seek in the dark. Finally they sang songs with Miss Park around the campfire and Mr McDonald played the guitar. It was a wonderful night! News from The Press Gang

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Kilbarchan Primary School Safe Kids Event - P6 attended Renfrewshire Council’s “Safe Kids” event at St Mirren football stadium. On arrival T shirts designed by pupils especially for the event were handed out. Then we learned about things like; CCTV- and why we need it, Internet safety, how the Police service works, why we should not trust strangers, the problems of vandalism and the dangers of smoking and drinking. Before we left, we were all given a goodie bag which contained 2 tickets to a St Mirren game, pictures of St Mirren winning the Cup and a pencil and rubber. Stirling Castle Visit - P5 visited Stirling Castle with their teacher. Outside they saw the cannons and learned about the history of Stirling Castle. They saw the Throne Room, the King’s chair, and were allowed to sit in it. They tried out the games that the royal family would have played and said they were really fun. There was even an underground prison! In the kitchen they saw the kind of food people ate back then. After their royal feast they went into the living room and saw all the amazing furniture that the royal family had. The bedroom of the King and Queen had an amazing four poster bed. Pupils were able to dress up as Kings, Queens and Knights and try on armour. World Book Day - For World Book Day on 6th March, everyone at Kilbarchan Primary School dressed up in their pyjamas and brought in their favourite book. We also opened our brand new library called the “Book Box”. In the “Book Box” there are two different sections; a book borrowing section and a literacy circle section. Senior classes watched the online video “The Biggest Book Show on Earth”. Everyone loved World Book Day and we are all very proud of our new “Book Box” library! By Brooke Docherty, Chloe Lafferty and Rachel Hay

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Howwood Primary School P6 Burn’s Supper

Friends and family of pupils in P6 enjoyed an afternoon of Scottish entertainment. The children put on a traditional Burn’s Supper with excellent speeches, singing, dancing and entertainment! The whole school were also treated to the sound of the pipes from Mr Ashley who played a medley of tunes and spent time talking and answering questions from the children. All classes are involved this term with Scottish based topics.

P2 Indoor Curling

Before the Winter Olympics we were very lucky to have a visit from David Murdoch the Skip of the GB Curling Team. P2 enjoyed three sessions of indoor curling so much that the school has arranged 2 sessions of curling at Greenacres. We are hoping David will come in soon and show everyone his medal. Everyone at Howwood Primary School is so proud of the GB Team.

P6 Boyathon

Some boys in P6 are doing a ‘Boyathon’ which consists of running and cycling to raise funds for Sport Relief the boys are Ruairi, Sam, Louie, Aidan, Aaron, Dan, Stuan.

Its official! – Mid Gavin Nursery have been awarded their 2nd Green Flag for successfully sustaining our Eco Schools programme. To enhance our Eco Schools programme we have built a “mud kitchen” to enable the children to learn outdoors and use their imagination to have fun. During Spring we are also planting trees in our garden area in partnership with the Woodland Trust encouraging the children to be aware of their surroundings and the importance of the environment. The children are now all back and settled into the new term for 2014. As well as our Eco project, the children from 3-5 room have been focusing on Space as a topic. The children in the 3-5 Room have been taking ownership of their own learning about various subjects through their “Talking & Thinking” book and Space was their chosen topic for February. To develop their knowledge of Space they recently visited the Paisley Observatory and had all their questions about Space and the planets answered. Throughout the rest of the nursery the babies and toddlers at Mid Gavin Nursery have had fun developing their creative skills and imagination through a variety of art work and junk modelling by concentrating on a Disney theme. Our “World Book Day” was a huge success as children and staff dressed up, to celebrate “Peter Pan” book, as pirates, lost boys, Wendy, John, Michael Tinkerbells and Peter Pan himself and even his shadow. To celebrate the day they enjoyed lots of fun activities and received a book token to buy a book with their parents.

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Bridge of Weir Primary School

P1 pupils have had their First Proper School Trip – in-a-bus-with-lunchand-everything – to the National Museum of Rural Life. “We got to milk a REAL cow!” enthused Ruthie. “And the ones with a red bandage on their tails have already had their babies. Or maybe it was a green bandage…” Meanwhile, Ian from ZooLab brought an array of creatures to our P2 pupils that would have most mums on a chair waving a tea towel. Beth explained that the mini menagerie included a tarantula, a scorpion, a snake and a cockroach, which hissed when you pressed its back. Cameron was impressed that the snake was “the kind that strangles you, but this one had been trained NOT to…” In March, dangers of a more real kind were discussed with P6 pupils during a workshop organised by the Safer Renfrewshire Partnership. Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Strathclyde Police, Renfrewshire’s Community Safety and its Alcohol and Drugs Service, backed by members of St Mirren FC, explained what we can do to ensure our own safety and that of others in the modern world. Hannah and Sarah reflected on how the drugs specialist explained how important it was not to accept anything to eat or drink from someone you don’t know, and then tested them by offering sweets to the group. Only just now drying off after five days in Ardentinny, our P7s are still talking about the various confidence-nurturing, team-building and fun outward-bound activities they enjoyed, including gorge walking, rock hopping and a night hike. Cameron and Duncan particularly enjoyed the “Search & Rescue” night exercise, which involved using orienteering skills to locate and bring to safety an “injured” dummy. Parents are advised: bed making, packed-lunch preparing and general tidying up seems to have been a revelation and a highlight. Finally, we congratulate P1 pupil Holly Stickler whose picture has been selected as part of the Inspired children’s art exhibition at Paisley Museum. The exhibition showcases the best art from nurseries, primary and secondary schools in Renfrewshire and is on until Monday 21st April – well worth a visit!

Strawberry Field Nursery The older children are covering a “woodland and rain” topic and are making a woodland scene wall display, with a pond and a bear cave, they are making a collage of woodland animals to add to the display. The children have been to the local wood to look for rabbits, squirrels, etc. and to the pond to find frogspawn. We have been outside measuring puddles and learning all about rain. They will also be doing a variety of activities using the storybooks, which will incorporate various literacy and numeracy skills.

The children in the Rainbow Building are doing a topic of Under the Sea and are making a collage for the wall with dolphins, sharks, and other underwater creatures. We will be telling the children a variety of stories covering all these creatures and their underwater activities.

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St Columba’s School Pupils Win £3000 for Abbeyfield

Senior II pupils participated in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative Competition. The initiative aims to provide high school pupils with a reality-based experience which helps them to develop an awareness of community issues and forge links with local charitable organisations meeting those needs. The programme ends with a presentation by each team and an award of £3,000 for the winning team’s chosen charity.

The winning team made up of Hamish MacLean, Robbie Espie, Emily Holmes, Anna Campbell and Andrew Dawson, were thrilled to see a cheque presented to Abbeyfield Campbell Snowden House Care Home, based in Quarriers Village. This will help the charity buy a second-hand car to take residents to hospital appointments and days out.

World Book Day

Author and former astronomer Pippa Goldschmidt spoke to Senior IV as part of our World Book Day celebrations. Her novel ‘The Falling Sky’ was a finalist in the Dundee International Book Prize and tells the story of a young scientist who thinks she has made a discovery which will challenge what we understand of the universe.

FP Rachael at Sochi

Former pupil Rachael Ferrier competed as a ski racing guide to Millie Knight at the Paralympics in Sochi. Millie is one of the visually impaired athletes in the British Disabled Ski Team and carried the flag on behalf of the GB Team into the Opening Ceremony. Rachael and Millie took part in the Woman’s Slalom race and the Women’s Giant Slalom race.

St Columba Church Playgroup and Toddlers

Hands and feet off the floor - without falling over! Can you do it? This group of young children at Playgroup are certainly having fun trying! This is an action shot from our current Gymnastics sessions with Christine from Inverclyde Gymnastics and she is certainly giving us a good workout. With this and dance sessions and all our usual physical, creative and imaginative play, there is something for everybody to enjoy at Playgroup which is a great stepping stone between Toddlers and Nursery. Don’t forget to get in touch for an August 2014 onwards space! Visits are welcome at any time so if you are interested in a place on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday morning email Laura our membership secretary laura.hannah@ to arrange a visit. 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 and for parents and carers to have a cuppa and a chat, we always look forward to welcoming new faces to the group. Please contact our Toddler secretary Anya for more information on 07772 269840. Keep up to date with future events by liking us on Facebook - St Columba Playgroup & Toddlers Kilmacolm for further information.

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Kilmacolm Primary Another busy few weeks have left us tired and weary and looking forward to our Easter holidays… P3 received Living Eggs in March and after much care and concern were lucky enough to have 9 chicks hatched. Our P3 children loved having the chicks and we took them to PGHS Cluster Science Showcase to allow everyone to see the wonderful learning which took place in this class. We celebrated World Book Day in School and the children and staff enjoyed dressing up as their favourite character. We were entertained by storyteller Jo James and we also held a book swap which allowed the children to exchange their books. P2 & P4 were scientists for the day when Generation Science held Get Fizzy and Fizz, Boom, Bang workshops. The children dressed up in lab coats and goggles and certainly looked the part for their experiments. P1 are studying The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch and held an Al fresco dining experience which the children thoroughly enjoyed. We are looking forward to their Lighthouse Keepers Lunch event later this term. P4 participated in the Birdwatch event and enjoyed the workshop from RSPB. Please join us at our Easter Service in St Columba’s Church on Thursday 4th April at 11am.

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Gryffe High School South Mound Archaeological Dig Mr Graeme Gibb, Biology Teacher and Eco Committee leader at Gryffe High School organised the dig. He explains, ‘As part of the Eco schools group within Gryffe High, an Eco Garden was proposed by pupils. This involved detailed planning to decide on the best site within the school grounds for both enhancement of Biodiversity and also for use by pupils and classes. Bringing the proposal to the Policy and Regeneration Team within Renfrewshire council gave us contacts with Ewan Kane who helped come up with a plan for the garden itself and organised Green Network Funding for the project. Due to the positioning of the garden next to the South Mound, a Scheduled Historic Monument, http:// en/site/43127/details/ho uston+old+bridge+of+w eir+road+south+mound/ Ewan began the process of organising assistance from Archaeologists to investigate the site. Northlight Heritage, http:// www.northlight-heritage. a community Archaeologist organisation became involved and along with TCV, the conservation volunteers, a survey of the site was carried out to gain a better idea of how to take the project forward. A 3 day dig was organised with involvement from 20 pupils within third year. ‘ Pouring rain and mud did not deter the enthusiasm of the teams and their hard work paid off with some interesting finds. As well as the Neolithic (4000-6000 year old) Flint Arrowhead shown, other finds included a ceramic doll’s hand, pottery and a lead pistol ball. The pupils will be further engaged in Post Excavation work in the coming months. Mr Colin Johnson, Headteacher at Gryffe High was delighted with the project, ‘Many thanks to staff who gave up their time to support the Archaeological Dig, and to Mr Graeme Gibb and the Science Staff in their organisation and support. Thanks also to the helpful team from Northlight Heritage along with Ewan from Planning. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience, despite the horrible weather, and made significant finds for their efforts’

We have had a busy time here at Corseford School. In January, we sent out invitations to other School in the hope of joining us in a show called Celtic connections. We were so delighted with the response. On 6th February, we welcomed Howwood Primary, Lochwinnoch Primary, Auchenlodment Primary, St Anthony’s Primary, Fordbank Primary and St Benedict’s High School. Each School took turns to perform. Sam Allan started the show by singing ‘A Red, Red Rose’. It was so near Burn’s Night Fordbank Primary students, performed an Address to a Haggis.

Duchal Nursery School


We finished off our Six Nations topic with Wales just as the top teams were going into battle to fight for the Championship. Making daffodils and learning about spring, with lots of Easter baskets, keeping our fingers crossed the Easter bunny makes an appearance!!

On 4th March, they are organizing a fancy dress day and selling cakes in school. The funds raised are for Global Citizen Ship. Plan International. The class are trying to raise £200 to sponsor a young boy called Israel J Smith who lives in Ecuador. So we will keep you posted and wish them good luck in raising this money. Primary Dept. The Class have started a Fair Trade Café, called Café Corseford. The café is opened on a Friday morning to students and staff. The class are baking on a Thursday and each week they have different items to sell all made from fair trade ingredients. They are hoping to raise money for the Multi-Sensory Fund. The Staff at Corseford are putting on their walking boots/shoes on the 27th April and are taking part in the Kilt Walk 2014. They have called themselves Coresford Kilties. It is a 23mile walk starting from SECC to Balloch Country Park. They are raising funds for Capability’s Coresford School. If anyone would like to sponsor them you can do so at this email address. Http://

Pyjama day was the finishing touch to a great week celebrating World Book Day. We had lots of fun running the Duchal library, writing book reviews and sharing our favourite books. But obviously, the best part of the week was wearing pyjamas, nighties and dressing gowns to nursery and getting tucked up under duvets!!

In support of Sport Relief we are doing a sponsored “jumping” session, which we have had great fun practicing for in our PE lessons at St Columba’s School gym. If you would like to find out more about what we do at Duchal please come and visit us one morning - contact Head Teacher Jean McCarthy on 874358 to arrange a convenient time or keep up to date with all the latest news on our website By the time this goes to print the parents and friends of Duchal will have enjoyed the Annual Duchal Ceilidh and I am sure a great time will have been had by all!!! We are finally spending more time in the Duchal garden and have had some lovely walks around Birkmyre Park, making the most of our great surroundings.

We wish them all the best and will keep you posted.

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Big Awards Night At The 45th

Houston Sunbeams

Kirsty Carswell was present with her Chief Scout’s Gold Award by Chief Commissioner for Scotland Graham Haddock with Greenock and District Commissioner Peter Bennett on hand. (Pic 45th awards 4 - shows Graham Haddock and Kirsty, Pic 5th awards 3 shows Martin and Laura)

Houston Sunbeams has given me a great amount of joy and fun over the last two years meeting lots of local girls and parents. It is a wonderful experience for the local P1/ P2 girls in Houston and I would love to be able to pass on my experiences and resources to someone new to allow the group to continue. When I took it on 2 years ago I had no prior experience of working with children apart from the experience of having 3 daughters myself and the knowledge of the crafts and fun activities that they like to do. If anyone would like to find out more about running Sunbeams please call Kirsty Bain on 01505 610961. We don’t want to let down our 60 happy Sunbeam girls!

Seeking new leader

Sadly, I will be giving up the running of Houston Sunbeams at the end of April as my family and I are moving away.

Kirsty is the first Scout to have earned the honour in the 45th and has worked very hard for the award. The same night saw Martin Buchan and Laura Leith being presented with Five Year Service Awards. 45th Tie Knots and Make Stretchers - 45th Quarriers Scouts have been practising their knots and putting their new skills to the test. Brave volunteers were carried around and points allocated for the best stretcher. Congratulations to the Eagles who won and to all the groups for great effort. No scouts were dropped during this exercise!

1st Houston and Crosslee Scouts The boys of all sections have been busy with an number of activities being undertaken during January and February. The beavers have been busy in the kitchen and were tasked with creating a haggis creature out of food with some very interesting results. The boys have also been taking part in a number of badges including Fitness, Friendship, IT, Performance and Global Challenge. The cubs have been involved in Personal Safety with Police Scotland visiting the pack to highlight issues about “Strangers on line” and other topics. The Scouts are currently involved in their Mechanics and Navigator badges and the Explorers are working on Program Planning, Responsibility and testing their woodwork skills by making woggles. There was a very good turnout of boys from all sections for the Founders Day Church Service at Elderslie West Church on the 23rd February. The boys were very well turned out and were a credit to the Houston Scout Group.

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Young Howwood Women Celebrate Receiving The Highest Award For Guides Baden-Powell Challenge Award Members of the 1st Howwood Guides are celebrating after receiving the highest accolade for Guides – the Baden-Powell Challenge Award. Amy White, 14yrs and Beth Montgomery, 14yrs received the award from Moira Johnston, County Commissioner of Girlguiding Renfrewshire at the annual Thinking Day Parade at Howwood Parish Church. Amy and Beth completed a range of exciting activities to achieve the award, including organising a Jubilee party for Howwood Rainbows, hosting a ‘Chinese New Year’ night for the Guides, assisting in community projects, completing their Photo above shows Amy White, First Aid Badge. Beth, said: “I am County Commissioner Moira extremely proud to have completed Johnstone and Beth Montgomery. my Baden-Powell Award because it has taken more than a year of hard work to get it. Amy said: “I’m sure that the skills I have learnt and the experiences I have had will stay with me for life. Unit Leader Gayle Pollock said “I’m very proud of the girls for completing their Baden-Powell Award. “This marks the end of a lot of effort and dedication, and is something they can look back on with pride for years to come. The Skills they have learnt along the way will help them with their new challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh Award which they are now working on as members of Semple Ranger Unit.” 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 their own space to have fun, be themselves, build brilliant friendships and gain skills. If you want to get involved, contact Girlguiding on 0800 1695901 or visit The Brownie section of Girl guiding is this year 100 years old - and we are marking it by holding The Big Brownie Birthday. This celebration brings exciting opportunities and events to the nearly a quarter of a million Brownies in the UK. The celebrations run from now until the end of the 2014 school summer holidays. Some celebrations are closer than others, but lots are involving local girls. In May a group of six girls from Kilmacolm Brownies are camping at the Big Brownie Birthday Bash at Netherurd in Peebleshire and the following weekend on Saturday 17th May is the County Star Quest at Finlaystone with over 600 brownies meeting up from our area. Into June Bridge of Weir Brownies are on a day out to Gleneagles for a national fun day event. Other groups within guiding are also involved in the celebrations with the Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm District Rainbows hosting a disco for their Brownies. Kilmacolm Brownies would like to host their own party so watch this space and look out for your invitation if you were ever a Brownie! A fun night of “recapping” for all!

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Houston Primary School

Time has flown by this term, with all the exciting activities in school, during the lead-up to Easter. All of the pupils are extremely busy at this time of year with all the events that are planned ahead. P1 pupils are rehearsing their Easter bonnet parade in preparation for their show in front of their parents and the pupils of the school, which is sure to be a massive success. P7 pupils will be helping them to create their lovely Easter bonnets for the show. P2 have been busy working on tasks they have received from Scorch, a friendly dragon who needs help from the pupils to recreate his home, ‘Far, Far, Away’. They have had lots of fun assisting Scorch, who has been sending them letters, by making scenes from many fairytale stories, such as Snow White, where they named the dwarves after their French translation, one of which was ‘Sneezy,’ who was called ‘Atchoum’. They also read Hansel and Gretel and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

P5 are visiting New Lanark Museum as part of their ‘Highland Clearances’ topic. They have been learning how to weave and have created beautiful tapestries related to the topic. P6 visited Scotland Street Museum on Tuesday as part of their ‘Children through the Ages’ topic. They have been learning about Tudor, Roman and Victorian children’s lifestyles. They have been comparing children’s rights nowadays to their rights back then. P7 are continuing their World War 2 topic in which groups have built Anderson Shelters out of junk materials. All the models were fantastic and everyone put a lot of effort into them. More recently, pupils created a scene of the Blitz, using watercolour paints for the background and black sugar paper for effective silhouettes. In addition, they have been learning lots of facts related to bombing of Pearl Harbour. For the annual Gryffe Rotary Club general knowledge challenge, four pupils and two reserves have been selected from the year. Well done to Alex Lee, Jack Young, Andrew Devine and Laura Workman and the reserves Lewis Da Silva and Ross MacRae who all made the team. The Enterprise Team have been running a stall selling high-quality fairtrade merchandise including yummy chocolate, handmade notebooks and duckwhistles during Fairtrade Fortnight. In the middle of the fortnight, pupils and staff came dressed in their own clothes, which had something yellow on to remind them to buy fairtrade bananas As part of World Book Day, the pupils and staff all came dressed as their favourite character from a book. Some costumes ranged from a ‘dalek’ from ‘Doctor Who’ to Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’. They also created their own World Book Day bookmark for a competition. Mrs Barrett , classroom assistant in Houston Primary School for 14 years is retiring in April. We shall all miss her. We wish Mrs Barrett and her husband a long and happy retirement. We hope that you have a very enjoyable time this Easter. By Laura Workman, Rowan Johnson and Katie Harrison

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Kidston Kids Come and join the fun and make friends at Kidston Kids in Kilmacolm. We have been very busy having fun and keeping fit! Our new afternoon sessions are going well and we have lots of exhausted little people at the end of the day. For more information visit or pop in and see us.

Happy Easter to All!

P3 are working hard on their ‘Egyptians’ topic. They are opening their museum soon, which will be packed full of their fantastic creations, which they have made over the time of their topic. P4 had an exciting time making sweetdispensing machines for their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory topic. Some amazing works of art included a working gobstopper machine and a machine with a real conveyor belt ! They have also created a marvellous display of the interior of the factory.

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Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Nearly New Sale, we raised around £600, a fantastic result!

Kidston Kids urgently requires new Committee members. If you are interested in being involved with a local children’s charity, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us via our website:

Woodlands Day Nursery Everyone is welcome to join us on Saturday 19th April for a Family Fun Day where we there will be a whole host of activities for all the family such as egg hunt, paint and roll your egg, face painting, colouring in competition, bottle stall, home baking and much, much more. Welcome back to Donna Ferris (nee Stewart) who worked in Woodlands Day Nursery and Out of School Care for fifteen years. She has now returned to take over from Shona Rae as Depute Manager and Rising 5’s Supervisor. Donna would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome back she has received and looks forward to meeting you. Baby Room We would like to welcome Jillian, as our new Room Leader, and Amy, who have just joined the Baby Room and hope they are settling in well. This month our topic is Spring and Baby Animals. We are looking forward to walks to see newly born lambs, painting beautiful butterflies and spring flowers. Our babies are enjoying playing with the puppets and joining in with ‘Baa, Baa Black Sheep.’ Tweenie Room The children in the Tweenie Room have been experiencing lots of outdoor play and exploring the changes in the weather as we now prepare for Spring.We had great fun celebrating Shrove Tuesday as we enjoyed making our own yummy pancakes in our pancake shop. Valentine’s Day was also celebrated as we became creative in making special cards and pictures for our mummies and daddies. We are now getting ready for springtime, Mothers’ Day and Easter which will bring lots more new and exciting activities. Rising 5s Room We are very sad to say farewell to Shona who cared and educated our three to five year olds for the past eight years. Shona was much loved by children, staff and parents we wish her well and look forward to seeing her on her travels. We have started liaising with local Primary Schools and our children are very excited about visiting their new schools in the near future. We are in the process of choosing our new topic through mindmaps with our children so look out for what we have chosen new month. Out of School Care As the weather has becoming better, our children have been enjoying lots more outdoor play and participating in Spring activities such as making bird feeders and spring flower pictures. Our children are also learning about the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Congratulations to Ashley who joined our team in August and her partner Anthony who have just recently celebrated the birth of their son Boyd.

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SPORTS news Birkmyre Girl picked for Scotland U20 International Birkmyre and Cartha Ladies player Siobhan McMillan was selected for the Scotland U20 squad that played the full Belgium Ladies team in Edinburgh on Saturday 15th March. In what was a very difficult game for the young Scotland players the Belgium women’s experience coupled with a some excellent rugby skills meant the result was never in any doubt as they ran out clear winners. This is Siobhan’s first full season playing in adult rugby and she has enjoyed competing in the national leagues and cup competitions, but she has cemented a starting position in the back row at Cartha Queens Park despite being in her last year at Gryffe HS. Next weekend she will be competing in a must win match for Cartha as the take on Aberdeenshire in the semifinal of the RBS Plate competition.

Sunday 6th April is the day of the Semple Sports Access Partnership (SSAP) Spring Fair at Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch. We will be holding a world record attempt on the Guinness Book of Records for the longest sitting dance line to ‘oops up side your head’, The current record for this event is 250 people which we’re sure we can beat. Additionally we are holding a balloon launch aiming for around 1,000 balloons and other events will include water sports try out sessions and cruises round the loch. Semple Sports Access Partnership is an OSCR registered charity made up of the five water-sports clubs that use Castle Semple Loch (fishing, kayaking, rowing, sailing and windsurfing). The event is in aid of the new purpose built water sport club centre which the group are aiming to build in the very near future. In our efforts to raise funds and also help local businesses, we propose that advertising space is available on the day for all the visitors to read. We have two proposals one to have an A3 size space on our board for a weather protected poster with a pocket for business cards so that the public can take the cards away and remember your details. The second would be space on the fence during the day to tie up large banners advertising your business. If you would be interested in either of these options please contact fundraising@

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Kilbarchan Athletic Club On-X, Linwood, 7pm All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.

5-a-side Football Powerleague Paisley 6pm Looking for more players, regular or occasional. No particular skill or fitness required, just a good sense of humour. Tel: Jim Bretherton 01505 874215; or

The Shotokan Karate Club St Benedict’s High School, Linwood, 7.30pm to 9pm.

They have already beaten Aberdeen twice this season, but they know that they dare not take the opposition for granted in what will be a home match for the opposition.

Spring Fair at Castle Semple

regular events

Please feel free to drop in on one of training classes or alternatively check out our website at


Rhonda does London Marathon My name is Rhonda Fitzpatrick and I work for Carers Scotland (part of Carers UK). 6.5 million people in the UK look after an older relative, an ill friend or a disabled family member. 660,000 of these are in Scotland. Last year, I decided to raise money to help unpaid carers by running a half marathon in every city where Carers UK has an office – Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow. I completed these between October and December last year and am about to take part in the London Marathon on Sunday 13th April.


Bridge of Weir Walking Group Outside the Co-op, BoW 10.30am 1 hour walks. Call Senga on 0141 842 3000.

Owl Yoga Seasonal Flow Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir 6.15pm - 7.45pm



Greenock Hockey Club Inverclyde Academy School, Greenock, 6.30pm-8pm. Looking for players to join our club for this season. For more details, contact Liz Baldwin, mobile 07944 607005



Kilbarchan Athletic Club On-X, Linwood, 7pm All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.

Kilmacolm Walkers Birkmyre Park Pavilion, Kilmacolm 10am

Carers UK provides essential information and advice about caring, as well as the practical and emotional support that carers so desperately need. To find out more, visit the Carers UK website: www.

Walk in and around Kilmacolm. Tel: David Goddard 01505 874192 or email

Owl Yoga Intro to Ashtanga Gryffe High School, Houston 7pm - 8pm

Please consider donating by visiting my Just Giving page at http://

5-a-side Football We play at Powerleague Paisley 6pm every Monday. Now in our 12th season & always looking for more players, regular or occasional. No particular skill or fitness required, just a good sense of humour. Tel: Jim Bretherton 01505 874215; or

Run For Us!

Get your FREE St Vincent’s Hospice running vest when you run in aid of care for local people affected by life-limiting illness. Join the Houston 10K on Sunday 27th April or the Bowfield 5K on Sunday 11th May: email for more details.

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Sunday Walks with Land Services Join our Land Services team for a guided walk around some of Renfrewshire’s nicest spots.

Sunday 6th April - Return to Witches Corner Experience the sights and sounds of spring on this popular walk which takes us through the woodland of Glen Park and up the Faeryknowe to Witches Corner, where magnificent views of Ben Lomond can be seen on a clear day. This walk will be approximately 2 miles long through woodlands and open country with gentle hills and include short sections of steep terrain. Please wear suitable clothing and walking boots. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Glen Lodge, Glenfield Road, Paisley at 2pm.

Sunday 4th May - Brownside Braes Join us for a gentle walk to find out which of our summer migrant birds have arrived on the Braes and take a closer look at the plants in flower at this time of the year. This walk will be approximately two miles long and include gentle hills. The route will be uneven and wet in places, therefore please wear suitable clothing and boots. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Gryffe Valley Rotary Club 10K The 2nd annual 10K run in aid of local charities. The Gryffe Valley Rotary 10K Run will be held on Sunday 27th April , starting and finishing at the Public Park, Houston Road, Houston. Start time; 1pm Route; Houston to Bridge of Weir and back. Gryffe Valley Rotary Club gratefully acknowledges the continued financial support received from Bridge of Weir Leather in sponsoring the Run.

Meet at Brownside Farm car park, off Caplethill Road, Paisley at 2pm. The walks will be taken at a leisurely pace and last about two hours. If you are unsure how easy or difficult the route might be, please phone beforehand and a member of staff will be happy to describe the terrain in more detail. Gleniffer Braes Country Park on 0300 300 0380.

Anchor Hockey Club 90th Anniversary

All runners are encouraged to seek personal sponsorship. Any runners wishing to use their sponsorship to help the Club disability project would be most welcome.

We are looking to track down all ex Anchor Hockey player to celebrate or 90th year on 26th April with a game at the On-X in Linwood followed by a meal in the evening. I you know anyone who use to play, please pass on the contact details below for further information. If you have always fancied playing hockey yourself please come along on the Saurday 26th April and meet the teams or come along to our training on Monday nights between 7 and 9pm. Anyone from 8 years old and above are welcome to come along to this friendly club. For more information please contact club president Robert White on 07709441347 or check out our web site www.anchorhc.

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Once again the run will be in aid of disability sailing based at Castle Semple Loch, Lochwinnoch. Over the last two years, Gryffe Valley Rotary Club has purchased both a disability hoist and a specially adapted sailing dinghy. The Club this year continues its commitment to disability sailing and intends to purchase a ramp equipped motor launch to enable people confined to their wheelchairs to access and enjoy water based activities.

Form available at: /upimages/clubfiles/1803//RCGV10KSponsorship.pdf Registration forms are available on the website uk or from local Newsagents and Sports Centres and should be returned by post no later than Friday April 25th. Entry Fee will be £5 for those aged 16 - 17 and £10 for those aged 18 and over. There is a £2 admin charge for those registering on the day. All runners will receive medals and a goodie bag, with relevant trophies to the winners.

Elderslie Amateurs 2001 Are looking for players , we play in the Paisley and Johnstone district league, and train in the Renfrewshire Area Any boy interested contact Stuart Brown 07515 528434 or Ian Morris 07759 450825.

Kilbarchan Athletic Club Interested in taking up jogging/ running? Why don’t you come and join us, we meet Monday and Thursday Nights 7pm at On-X. Linwood. We cater for all abilities. Tel: 07941 686990.

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BUPA Great Women’s 10K Glasgow Sunday 11th May The word togetherness sums this run up very nicely. It’s about more than personal bests and motivational playlists. It’s about the walk up to the start line in an exclusively female crowd with family, friends and well-wishers lining the streets to cheer you on. One for the girls and the girls only, once a year the streets of Glasgow host a unique demonstration of woman-kind camaraderie to the soundtrack of drummers and pipers in Scotland’s largest city. Each step towards Mosspark Boulevard and the finish line is special for everyone that takes part. The course is testing but it is all worth the effort. So if you like the idea of 10,000 women getting together to share and accomplish their individual goals then this is the race for you. Train hard and get involved in this special, uplifting event. Visit the website at www.greatrun/org for further information.

Strathgryffe motorcycle club - Fundraising Event Strathgryffe motorcycle club, who every year do fundraising events to raise money for Sense Scotland, are this year hosting a fancy dress party at the Trust pub in Kilbarchan on the 5th April and will donate money raised along with donations that they work hard to collect to the Sense charity.

Sporting Blog

by Lesley Handley Yesterday you said tomorrow… make it happen today! (part 2)

Many different training techniques and methods come and go with time as the latest trends, but one, highly popular method that I believe is here to stay is HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training.

When donating the monies, the motorcycle group allow the children and other service users from Sense Scotland to play on the bikes and have a run around the car park. This day is usually a lot of fun for all involved. As well as raising awareness of the Sense charity fundraising events and the hard work from all at the Strathgryffe motorcycle club, they also do many other fundraising events throughout the year including the Easter egg run for Yorkhill hospital. The group are doing so many wondering things and help to make people smile.Strathgryffe Motorcycle Club meet every Monday evening from 9pm - 10.30pm at The Trust Inn, Kilbarchan.

HIIT is a workout that alternates intense bursts of activity, such as jumping lunges, jump squats, mountain climbers, sprints or skipping, with periods of complete rest or less-intense activity. High intensity intervals have proven to be most effective in increasing metabolism and burning fat, at a rate twice that of steady state cardio. I would recommend however, that short intense HIIT sessions form part of a well rounded fitness routine and so be included within general workouts to enhance regular training. HIIT sessions can vary widely and with the vast amount of information available, starting from scratch can be a daunting task. However the real plus is that often it can be done anywhere with a bit of space and can be as short or as long as you can manage. An efficient HIIT workout is ideal for a busy schedule, and with a little effort and perseverance, you will be rewarded with results! 7 reasons to give HIIT a try: • • • • • • •

It’s efficient Burns more fat No equipment necessary Lose weight – not muscle Increase metabolism Can do it anywhere Challenging

HIIT is not a workout that you can do reading a magazine or chatting with a friend, it requires hard work the whole time, but does offer you new challenges and a quicker way to see results. You may be in pain, you may be breathing hard, but you definitely won’t be bored! To receive a sample HIIT workout e-mail me at Lesley_personal_trainer@ Or if you want to give it a shot contact me on 07512 355 877 to book a session. Don’t want to do it on your own? Grab some friends and some space in a park or garden at a time that suits you and create your own mini HIIT class together.

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Race Training Begins for Renfrewshire’s Kersland School

Thanks to Renfrewshire Chamber Award, Race training is underway for Kersland Special School pupils in Paisley. They tried out the access boats they’ll be using to sail up the River Clyde as part of Clyde Muirshiel’s Race 2 the Games this July. This training has been made possible due to the generous donation by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, of funds raised during their prestigious annual ROCCO Awards in November 2013. Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce President Tom Johnston presented the £3,000 cheque to David Hill and witnessed the children learning to sail for the first time. David is the Senior Instructor at Castle Semple Park Authority members with Kersland School Centre and secretary of SAIL (Sailing Access staff and pupils & On the water In Lochwinnoch), the local sports group devoted to supporting disabled sailing and other water sport. Mick Kelly, Depute Head of Kersland School said “This really is fantastic for our pupils. This opportunity to learn while completing a 10 week sail training programme in these specially designed and adapted boats just would not have been possible without this donation from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. The children are so excited and already looking forward to the Race 2 the Games event in July. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Manager, Charles Woodward said “The Park Authority is delighted to host this presentation from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce to SAIL. As members of the Chamber of Commerce we have been promoting the social and business benefits from our disability sailing programmes and we were pleased when the Chamber decided to support this activity through fundraising at their annual ROCCO awards dinner. Thanks to the generosity of those attending the dinner a substantial amount of Kersland teacher Mrs Ross and pupil money was raised and Dylan Murphy first sail. this will support the active participation of all kinds of sailors with special needs.

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Race For Life 5K 9.30am Sunday 4th May

Show cancer who’s boss by taking on a 5k Race for Life event. Run, walk or dance your way through the course and help us say “cancer we’re coming to get you.” Adult entry (16+ women-only) £14.99; Child entry (6-15 girls & boys under 13) - £10; Under 6 entry (boys and girls) - free & no registration needed You and your friends can also take part by volunteering. Our events can’t take place without the hundreds of people who give up their time for a few hours to set up the courses and get everyone in the Race for Life mood. The race starts on the Saltmarket, heading along the Trongate to proceed past the beautiful and iconic George Square before reaching the bustling City Centre of Glasgow’s style mile. Heading South you will cross Glasgow’s Albert Bridge before arriving at the heart of the city in Glasgow Green. The course itself is relatively flat in all areas and offers participants the opportunity to take in some of Glasgow’s beautiful architecture whilst soaking up the amazing atmosphere. The event offers a unique and memorable experience of the city on a Sunday morning. The meeting point is Glasgow Green. Those planning on running the event (completing in under 35 minutes) are asked to make their way straight to the start line, on Greendyke Street. All other participants should make their way to the main stage enjoy the entertainment and await further instructions.Don’t forget to bring your friends and family along to support you. They can stroll around the many stalls we’ll have on site, while waiting to cheer you through the finish.

Park Authority Chairman Cllr. Chris Gilmour said “this is a great day for all involved in disability sailing in Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. We applaud the Chamber’s choice of SAIL as a ‘good cause’ at their recent fundraising, because we know how much pleasure the funding will bring to the sailors. This welcome funding means that sailors like those from Kersland School here today will get more time on the water to improve their health and wellbeing as well as honing their skills for the forthcoming ‘Race 2 the Games’ being organised by the Regional Park.

Houston United Need Footballers Born In 2003 And 2004! The successful Houston United 2003 team are looking to develop a third squad to play at 2004 and are seeking new players born in 2003 and 2004 to play in the seven a side, Paisley, Johnstone and District League on Saturday mornings. Any boys or girls born in 2003 or 2004 who enjoy football are welcome to come along to one of our training sessions on Mondays at On-x Sports Centre from 1900 - 2000 hours (Astro Turf Pitch) or Wednesday evenings at Linwood High School where the emphasis is on fun and learning. For more info call Louis on 07786484961 or visit

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

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

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community council

Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings. BISHOPTON: Primary School: 1st Thurs at 7.30pm www. BRIDGE OF WEIR: Cargill Hall: 1st Tues at 7pm (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

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church lists BRIDGE OF WEIR Freeland Church: Rev KN Gray BA BD. Morning Service 10.30am. Crèche, S u n d a y S c h o o l , Ly n x a n d Cornerstone. Evening Service 7pm St Mary’s Church Scottish Episcopal Church: Services Sundays at 10am. Cycle of prayer for those who live and work in Bridge of Weir - dates for local roads as follows: 6th April - Church Rd; 13th April Clevans Rd; 20th April - Collace Ave; 27th April - Dalmahoy Cres. For further information, 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 10.30am. Hearing aid loop system. www. All welcome. Hope Hall: Sun 1pm Sunday School, 4.30pm Gospel Service; Mon 6.30pm Investigators for Kids, 8pm Bible Study and Prayer. From the Baha’i writings: “The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.” Details of meetings - t: 615641.


Elderslie Kirk: 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. Midweek Fellowship will meet every Wednesday from 10.30am for Tea & Coffee followed by a short Service of Worship at 11am. All Welcome.

community halls to let

• Bridge of Weir, Freeland Church. Tel: 612245 • Brookfield, Village Hall. Tel: 321031 • Houston, Carrick Centre. Tel: 612203 / 331488 • Houston, Compass Centre. Tel: 615441 / 612617 • Kilbarchan, Guide Centre. Tel: 702758. • Kilbarchan, Old Library Centre. Tel: 706070 • Kilmacolm, Cargill Centre. Tel: 873994 • Kilmacolm, Brownie/Guide Hut. Tel: 873488 • Kilmacolm, Masonic Hall. Tel: 873059 • Linwood Masonic Hall. Tel: 07825 222944 • Quarriers Sommerville Hall. T: 614513 / 612300 • Please add your community hall details to our list - email to



Ward 7 - Johnstone South, Elderslie & Howwood Cllrs John Caldwell, John Hood, Stephen McGee and Iain McMillan Ward 8 - Johnstone (North), Kilbarchan & Lochwinnoch Councillors Derek Bibby, Andy Doig and Christopher Gilmour Ward 9 - Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield & Linwood Councillors Stuart Clark, Audrey Doig, Anne Hall and Allan Noon Ward 10 - Bishopton, Bridge of Weir & Langbank Councillors Maria Brown, Mike Holmes and James Maclaren

INVERCLYDE COUNCIL: Ward 1 - Inverclyde East (P.Glasgow, Kilmacolm and Quarriers Village) Cllrs David Wilson, Jim MacLeod, Stephen McCabe and James McColgan


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 30th Mar9.45am Early Service; 11am M o r n . Wo r s h i p . 6 t h A p r - n o 9.45am service, 11am Morn. Worship. 13th Apr- 11am Palm Sunday, Join the Sunday Club with the Donkey on Palm Sunday to walk from the Church Hall to the Kirk. Holy Week- All Services begin 7.30pm. Mon 14th - Houston & Killellan Kirk. Tue 15th - Joint Service with Linwood Parish at Houston & Killellan Kirk. Wed 16th - Joint Service at Linwood Parish Church. Thurs 17th - Maundy Thursday - The Sacrament of the Last Supper, Houston & Killellan Kirk. Fri 18th - Good Friday Houston & Killellan Kirk. Sun 20th Apr 8am- Early Morning Easter Service: Sacrament of Holy Communion followed by Bacon Butty Breakfast in the Church Hall, 11am Easter Morning Family Worship. Church of the Nazarene: 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: www.houston. 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

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Howwood Parish Church: Sunday Service will start at 10am and there will be a prayer meeting at 3 Bowfield Way on Fridays at 7.30pm.


Joint Services of Kilbarchan East and Kilbarchan West Churches continue at 11am as intimated in the Kilbarchan Village Column. Kilbarchan West Parish Church: Crèche, Junior Church and FEWsion meet at 10.45am in the hall. The Midweek Fellowship meets on Wednesdays at 10.30am in the Session House. Come and join us for tea, chat and a short informal act of worship. Kilbarchan East Church: Minister:- Rev Stephen Smith Sunday School, Bible Class and Crèche meet from 10.45am in the halls. Details about worship and of all the organisations, times, photos etc. can be seen on the website; www. kilbarchaneastchurch.btck.


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. uk. 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. Morning Worship Sundays at 11am. Wednesday break 10.30am. Thursday Bible Study 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Thursday Prayer Meeting 8.40pm – 9.15pm. Gospel Services: Scout Hall, Kilmacolm Sundays 4.30pm, Thurs 7.30pm. S t F i l l a n ’s E p i s c o p a l (Anglican) Church: Sundays 11.30am


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. 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 May Bell. 11.30am Morning Service with Sunday School and Crèche. Calder United Free Church: (Church St Lochwinnoch) Sunday: 11am  Morning worship with Sunday School and Crèche. 6.30pm Evening Fellowship group, 7.30pm  ABC’s Teen group. Wed 6.30pm-7.30pm. 


Mount Zion Church: Rev Andy Lunn Bsc. 10.30am in Bethesda, Junior Church and Bible Class. Palm Sunday, 13th April: 10:30 am - worship; Maundy Thursday at 7pm - Communion; Good Friday at 2:30 pm Meditation around the Cross; Easter Sunday, 20th April, at 10:30 am – Resurrection Celebration; All are welcome to join us for any or all of these services.

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sales & wants Items For Sale Baby Equipment Lovely wicker moses basket with wooden rocking stand. Would suit girl.£15. Tel: 07748 876561. Britax duo plus isofix car seat black suitable approx 9 months to 4 years. Occasional use by grandparents with pet and smoke free home. Good condition. £40. Tel: 01475 540327. One Kiddicare Cot Foam Mattress - 140 x 70 with zipped removable machine washable cover. Never used. £25. One folding Baby Bath Support Seat. £5. Tel: or Text 07747 611003. Clippasafe Walking Harness and Reins Pink (3 pairs) and Clippasafe Wrist Link Pink, all as new, £2 each. Tel: 01505 874870. Stair gate Lindam white, fits opening from 75cm - 100cm, wall mounted VGC £20 Tel: 01505 874870. Britax Baby Safe Car Seat black, height adjustable, suitable from birth til 2yo, 5 point harness works with 3-point seat belt, Britax Babysafe Belted Base or Britax Babysafe Isofix Base. Excellent conditions £30. Tel: 01505 874870. Britax Eclipse car seat 9-18 kg, £15. Tel: 01505 874870. Mothercare car seat universal 0-13 kg/9-18 kg. £15. Tel: 01505 874870. Two Red/pink Mothercare potties £5 each VGC. Tel: 01505 874870. Britax Eclipse car seat 9 - 18 kg. Free to a good home. Tel: 01505 874870. Car seat Group 0+ up to Group 1, 0 - 18 kg. Free to a good home. Tel: 01505 874870. Rain cover for single buggy, new never used. Free to a good home. Tel: 01505 874870. Mamas and Papas wooden cot / toddler bed. Suitable from 0 -5 years, with adjustable and removable sides to change from cot to bed. Excellent condition £60. Tel: 07970 683678 Baby white cot and mattress, pink/white quilt bumper, slept in 3 times. £60. Tel: 075805 61909 after 2.30pm Black petite star buggy cosytoes, parasol etc. Seldom used. Suitable from birth. £75. Tel: 075805 61909 after 2.30pm Solid Black Bumprider buggy board. Multi award winning universal fit buggy board in excond. With all original parts and instructions. Bought for £60, sell £30. Tel: 07772 173910. Baby Bjorn baby bouncer with removable wooden toy bar. Unisex black and light grey cover. VGC. Smoke and pet free home. Instructions incl. £30. Tel: 07772 173910.

Maxi-cosi priori SPS child’s care seat x 2 group 1/ 9 month4years smoke and pet free car/ home. £20 each. Tel: 07791 072282. Graco Junior Maxi car seat converts to booster seat. Ex. condition. £20. Tel: 01505 613374. Clothes & Shoes St Fillian’s Primary Kagool/Rain Jacket Unisex Age 5-6. £5. Tel: 07542 918264. Ladies long leather boots by Clarks. Size 5, colour chestnut. Never worn. £50 Tel: 01505 614943. Bridesmaid’s Dress. Size 14, dusky pink, Hilary Morgan design. Short, strapless with beaded detail on bodice and hem. £75 Tel: 01505 614943. James Barry Dinner Suit. Jacket double breasted, size 40L (40” chest, long); trousers 34L (34” waist, 33” leg). £50 Tel: 01505 614943. Household & Garden Beautiful king size bed, two bedside chest of drawers and large chest of drawers. All still full price in Next just now. Full price is £1175. Willing to sell the set for £675. (May sell separately). Tel:07736 050057 Chesterfield Sofa. Beautiful 3 seater, predominantly in shades of green. Would suit traditional or contemporary home. Great condition and an amazing bargain at £79. Buyer to collect. Tel: 01505 614561. Bedroom suite in dark wood VGC comprises of King size bed & mattress, wardrobe, two bedside tables £200 ono. Tel: 01505 874870. Stylish Ikea Blames Highchair in black with tray and seat belt, very good condition, £30. Tel: Jennie 07932 641733 FREE: Crittal Greenhouse, To be dismantled and uplifted (Paisley) Tel: 07947 650715. Black & Chrome glass computer desk. £40. Buyer collects. Tel: 0141 812 1994. Futonm sleeps two. Good condition. £25ono. Tel: 01505 323098 Linear surround, Finish Oak. Top shelf 54”, Height 441/2”, Opening width 36”, Opening height 351/2”, Over legs 40”. £560. Tel: 01505 613571 3 metre Ivory Harwood (Colours Collection) curtain pole. New cost £40. Sell £20. Tel: 01475 540066 Two seater settee and two chairs, traditional upright style, heathery tones, very good condition, £150. Tel: 07954364125 Tower Fan, 75cm, new in box, £10. Tel: 07954364125 Gate leg table - Ikea Norden, birch, 6 drawers. VG condition. Cost £150 new, selling for £80. Tel: 01505 872442.

Matching Cherry wood furniture. Dining table, 4 chairs plus 2 carvers. 940mm wide, extends from 1550 - 1930mm - £200ono. Side board/dresser 1525 x 470 x 710 tall £125ono. Book shelf - 4 shelves, 2 drawers - 1880 x 910 wide - £75ono. Corner display unit - 1880 x 485 - £75ono. All in Very good condition. Also selling Cherry wood coffee table and nest of 3 tables - £50ono. Tel: 01505 322816. Fold-out Chair/Guest sofa bed, navy blue, suits younger child. Great for childrens bdrooms & unexpectated guests. Size: W116cm x D72.5cm x H55cm as chair, W116cm x L180cm x H14cm as bed. £15 Tel: 01505 872442. Indonesian solid wood dining table 6 chairs 90 x 182cm £400 Tel 01505 228373 Red Chinese mirror 107 x107cm £250 Tel 01505 228373 Electrical & Gas Toaster 4 slice, Morphy Richards, chrome. Hardly used. £15. Tel: 01505 326230 Sports Six children’s bikes and a balance bike - various wheel sizes 10”, 12”, 14”. £10-20 each bike. For further details call 07999 493608 Rowing machine Reebok Fusion Rower. Good condition. £50ono Tel: 01505 703204 Bowls for sale - Set Henselite ‘Dreamline’, size 4 heavy. Colour black. Series ‘C’ grip. World Bowls stamp 15. VGC. £40. Tel: 01505 614492 Bowls Henselite SUPER-GRIP Size 3. Good condition bag included - £50. Tel: 01505 874808 or 07939 071494 Golf Clubs, 65i Performance, graphite shaft, as new, some still in wrapper. Includes golf bag £60. Tel: 07954364125 Bowls, Taylor Ace, size 3, medium weight, excellent condition, bag included, £60. Tel: 07954364125 Raleigh Kool X Boys bike. 16inch. VGC. Outgrown. Cost new £125. Sell £45. Tel. 01505 613374. 2 Citech boys bikes. Evasion Magna 16 inch and Torrid Magna 20 inch. VGC. Both outgrown. Sell £45 each. Tel. 01505 613374. Johnson Jar 6000 Gym Quality Rowing Machine. Little used. Mint Condition. £400ono. Tel: 01505 873352. Toys/Games/DVD Castle ball pond and balls. New never used. £10. Tel: 075805 61909 after 2.30pm

Bedroom Furniture for sale Beautiful king size bed, two bedside chest of drawers and large chest of drawers. All still full price in Next just now. Full price is £1175. Willing to sell the set for £675. (May sell separately). Tel:07736 050057

Other Items Reiki / Massage Table. Navy colour, fully adjustable height, carry case with wheels. Only used twice - excellent condition. Bought for £350 will sell £150. Buyer collects. Tel: 07794 912790. Seago 260 inflatable dinghy. Complete with oars and high capacity pump. Slatted wood floor. £80ono Tel: 01505 614943. Outdoor Photography magazines £1 each. Tel: 07954364125 3 tyres (varying brands) size 225/45 R17 94W at least 5mm tread remaining. £20 each. Sold car with winter tyres on & forgot about these! Tel: 01505 612932. 2 Plasplugs Tile Cutters. Never used. £15. Tel: 01505 873352. Car Magazines - Motor Sport, Kit Car etc., 25p each. Also BBC Homes & Antiques Magazines free to a good home. Tel: 01505 873352.

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. Cash paid for vinyl records. Tel: 07765 115347 Wanted: Bike Trailer. Good condition. Tel: 0784 909 0354

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business directory by category Accountants & Financial

Garage Doors & Gates

Affluent Financial Planning . . 18 Cheetham & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Fiona Christie Accounting Serv . . 19 Stewart Independent Financial . . 1

Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Architectural Services Architectural Drawings . . . . . 45 BOW Design Architect . . . . . . . 4 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Art, Gifts & Flowers Crafts of Calder Gallery . . . 41

Auctioneers & Valuers Collins and Paterson Auctionee . . 6

Automotive Services AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1 Canal Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Chips Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 21

Bathrooms Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Bathroom Solutions by MPH . . 11 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6

Bedrooms Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 6,9

Blacksmith & Metalwork McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 39 The Iron House . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Building Services A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Construction & Property Servic . . 17 DLN Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 43 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 12 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 40 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Rukeri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 4 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 12 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 10 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 55

Business Services MacLennan Stewart Services . . 19

Catering Karen Rankin Catering . . . . . . 5

Cleaning & PowerWash AL Domestic & Office Cleaning . . 45 CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 12 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15 MattVac Carpet & Upholstery Cl . . Bk Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 5 Omni Housekeeping . . . . . . . . . 6

Coffee Shops Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 33

Computer, IT & Web ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1 Laptop and PC Repairs . . . . . . 19

Council Notices Council Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Inverclyde Council Garden Waste . 39

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

Driving Instructors Alistair Stewart - Driving Ins . . 41 Crosslee Driver Training . . . 5 Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7

Electricians Bell Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Delta Electrical Services . . 41 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2

Fencing Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 39

Firewood & Logs Auldton Stoves . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Framing Crafts of Calder Gallery . . . 41

Funeral Services Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 6 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 36

Garden Service & Design 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 53 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 53 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 52 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 52 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 51 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 53 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 John Smith Turf Supplies . . . 51 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 51 SP Groundcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 51 West of Scotland Landscape . . 53

Gas & Heating Services A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 3 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 3 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 45 John McKay Gas & Heating Eng . . 3 Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 12 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1

Glazier 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 12 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Hairdressers & Barbers Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 41 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 40 JRS Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . 35 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 38

Health, Beauty & Fitness Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 41 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 40 Beginners Yoga - Sara Marijuan . . 63 Bridge of Weir Dental Surgery . . 33 Clyde Physiotherapy and Pilate . . 63 Healing Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 42 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 5 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 34 Recover Sports Therapy . . . . . 62 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 41

Home Hardware First Domestics . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Gibb Stuart Ironmongers . 9,13,47,50 MS All Trades Limited . . . . . . 4

Home Improvements Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 13,2 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 20

Home Interiors Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 6,9 Classique Window Blinds . . . . 31 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 5 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 7

Home Security

Clyde Coast Décor . . . . . . . . . 6 Gary Forbes Painter Decorator . . 5 Ian Livingston Decorating . . 4 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Pet Services & Training Auntie Jacquie’s Dog Groomng . . 48 Barking Mad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Langslie Cattery . . . . . . . . . . 49 Pet Portraits for Animal Lover . . 48 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 48 Suzanne’s Grooming Pad . . . . . 49 Take the Lead . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Plasterers Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 35 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 3 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 43 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 12

Plumbers A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 3 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 3 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 45 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 12 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Property Management DLN Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Property, Sales & Let Cochran Dickie Estate Agents . . 20 Corum Property . . . . . . . . 27,28,29 Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 18 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1,31 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Traditional Home in Kilma . . 39

Removals @ease Removals & Transport . . 37 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Restaurant & Bars Ardardan Estate . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Retail Ardardan Estate . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Gibb Stuart Irnmongers 9,13,47,50 Seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 7

Roofing Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 35 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 12 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . 40 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 4 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 12 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 55

ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Taxis & Minicoach hire

Kitchens Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 6,9 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 13,2 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 10

Leisure & Recreation Callanetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Locksmiths Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Houston Locksmiths . . . . . . . . . 3

Painters & Decorators A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 5

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Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 12 MacLennan Stewart Services . . 19 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 4 MattVac Carpet & Upholstery Cl . . Bk MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 40 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 12 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 39 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 MS All Trades Limited . . . . . . 4 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 38 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 34 Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 5 Omni Housekeeping . . . . . . . . . 6 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 20 P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 45 Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7 Pet Portraits for Animal Lover . . 48 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1 Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Purple Tree Care . . . . . . . . . . 52 R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 51 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Recover Sports Therapy . . . . . 62 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Rukeri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Saltire Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 48 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 4 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 41 SP Groundcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Stewart Independent Financial . . 1 Suzanne’s Grooming Pad . . . . . 49 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 12 Take the Lead . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 10 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 7 The Iron House . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 55 Traditional Home in Kilma . . 39 Travel a la Carte . . . . . . . . . 3 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 51 West of Scotland Landscape . . 53 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 5

Special Occasions


Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 4

Construction & Property Servic . . 17 Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . 27,28,29 Council Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Crafts of Calder Gallery . . . 41 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 52 Crosslee Driver Training . . . 5 Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 18 Delta Electrical Services . . 41 Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 6 DJY Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 DLN Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 51 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 12 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Fiona Christie Accounting Serv . . 19 First Domestics . . . . . . . . . . . 12 G J Tiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Gary Forbes Painter Decorator . . 5 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Gibb Stuart Ironmongers . 9,13,47,50 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 53 Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 37 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 21 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15 Healing Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 4 Houston Locksmiths . . . . . . . . . 3 Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 13,2 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 45 Ian Livingston Decorating . . 4 Inverclyde Council Xmas Waste . . 39 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 43 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 12 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 John McKay Gas & Heating Eng . . 3 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 36 John Smith Turf Supplies . . . 51 Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 21 JRS Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . 35 Karen Rankin Catering . . . . . . 5 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 42 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 5 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 12 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1,31 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 Langslie Cattery . . . . . . . . . . 49 Laptop and PC Repairs . . . . . . 19 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 18 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1,31


Kilt & Dress Hire

Advertizers - A to Z @ease Removals & Transport . . 37 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 53 A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 5 A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 53 A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 3 ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Affluent Financial Planning . . 18 Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1 AL Domestic & Office Cleaning . . 45 Alistair Stewart - Driving Ins . . 41 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 52 Architectural Drawings . . . . . 45 Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Ardardan Estate . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Arlene Donald . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 41 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 40 Auldton Stoves . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Auntie Jacquie’s Dog Grooming . . 48 Barking Mad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Bathroom Solutions by MPH . . 11 Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Beginners Yoga - Sara Marijuan . . 63 Bell Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 33 Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 BOW Design Architect . . . . . . . 4 BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Bridge of Weir Dental Surgery . . 33 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Brookfield Alarms . . . . . . . . . 36 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 35 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 6,9 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 3 Callanetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Canal Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 3 Cheetham & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Chips Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Classique Window Blinds . . . . 31 CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Clyde Coast Décor . . . . . . . . . 6 Clyde Physiotherapy and Pilate . . 63 Cochran Dickie Estate Agents . . 20 ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Collins and Paterson Auctionee . . 6 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk


Bell Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Brookfield Alarms . . . . . . . . . 36 DJY Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 13,2 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 43 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 12 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Saltire Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 4 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 4 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 12 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 10 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 5

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Auldton Stoves . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 21

Tiling G J Tiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 37 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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

Tree Surgeon Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 53 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52,52 Purple Tree Care . . . . . . . . . . 52 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 51

TV & Satellite Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 6 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3

Upholstery Services P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 45

Window Cleaners DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 12 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 4

Window, Consv & Repair 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 12 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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