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No.272 Distributed to: • Bishopton • Bridge of Weir • Brookfield • Elderslie • Houston • Howwood • Kilbarchan • Kilmacolm • Langbank • Lochwinnoch • Quarriers



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It’s that time of year when we hope for some great weather and a summer full of entertainment for kids and grown-ups alike. In this month’s issue, we have a varied mix with events on land and water, and hopefully something that will appeal to everyone. Some of these events date back many years and are steeped in history, others are more recent additions to the calendar. They run like clockwork - weather permitting. All thanks to a small army of volunteers who give of their time to gather in the wee dark hours of the winter to plan, organise and fundraise. Perhaps you feel that you would like to get involved and be a part of our local annual events. Your involvement will be rewarding for yourself and the community, so why not become a part of your local community and offer your services. Here is just a small sample of what’s coming, with more details in our What’s on section: 06 May: Neilston Agricultural Show

07 May: Rotary Club of Gryffe Valley 10K 13 May: Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Agricultural Show (Knapps Show)

13 May: Houston & Killelan Kirk Carnival 13 May: Falconry Day at Finlaystone 14 May: Gourock Highland Games

14 May: Watersports Open Day at Castle Semple Loch

20 May: Accord Hospice Summer Fayre 20 May: Calder Church Summer Fayre, Lochwinnoch

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20 May: British Pipe Band Championships

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local news....................8-13 legal blog......................8 optical blog.......................10 dental blog........................13 what’s on........................14-23 finance & tech.................24-29 financial blog.........................24 it blog...............................28 local history......................30 on the road.....................31-33 village news....................36-45

pet news.....................46-47 pet blog............................46 outdoors........................48-53 school news.................54-57 photography blog..............55 sport news....................58-63 sporting blog.....................63 business classified..............64 church listings....................65 deadlines dates...................65 property classified.................65 sales & wants......................66 advertizer directory................67

20 May: Rowing Club Regatta at Castle Semple Loch

21 May: Kilmacolm Guides Garden Party 28 May: Mad Hatters Tea Party at Finlaystone 28 May; Erskine Motorbike Meet

28 May: Gateway Garden Party, Kilbarchan 03 June: Lilias Day, Kilbarchan

03 June: Houston Agricultural Show 10 June: Bridge of Weir Gala Day 10 June: Lochwinnoch Gala Day

11 June: Bowfield 10K, Howwood

We keep our website and Facebook/Twitter pages up to date with events and news, so please ‘like’ us, ‘follow’ us and bookmark our web page to get the latest information. The Advertizer is the ideal platform to communicate with your community as we reach over 13,500 homes and businesses in the Gryffe area. Send your news and photos to or by post to The Advertizer, Neva Place, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3PN. Next deadline Friday 19 May!

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Has Your Double Glazing Steamed Up? Established for over a decade Cloudy2Clear windows have become a leading company for glass replacement. Issues with double glazing can often be gradual and may only be noticed during a clear sunny day or during the winter. Why not spend a few minutes checking your home to see if you have any failed double glazing? Now, you may think you need to replace the whole window including the frames and all the hardware, however Cloudy2Clear have come up with a simple and cost saving solution ‌ Just replace the glass!! We will send out our highly experienced engineers for a free no obligation quote. Once the quote is completed, we will sit down with you and explain the problem and tell you how we can ďŹ x it. Cloudy2Clear have a wealth of knowledge and are recognised as a Which Trusted Trader, plus our work is backed by an industry leading 25 year guarantee. Cloudy2Clear also replace faulty locks handles and hinges on all windows and doors. Your friendly local Cloudy2Clear specialist is Peter Brummitt and he services the Wider Gryffe area. So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Peter a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118.

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e: Our local residents have been fantastic supporters of Christian Aid Week over the years. This year’s house-to-house collection takes place during the week of 14th to 20th May – thanks to an army of 60 volunteer collectors.

This May, ‘Go Yellow’ for Ardgowan Hospice Have your own event in your workplace, school or college and help raise funds for hospice care. Or,

Christian Aid Week was started 60 years ago. Its origins lie in the collective effort of Christian churches throughout the UK at that time to respond to the desperate needs of refugees in Europe following the Second World War. Understandably, given the current events in the Middle East, its message this year is: “We’ve been there for refugees since 1945. We won’t turn our backs now.”

come along to our Coffee Morning in the Access Centre on Friday the 26th of May at 10am - 12pm. Contact or call 01475 726830 for more details.

Christian Aid now operates in 45 countries throughout the world. Most of its work is done with local partner organisations which not only have first hand knowledge of the practical needs of the poor in their area, but are also able to ensure the sustainability of initiatives to lift communities out of poverty.

Ardgowan Hospice is a charity registered in Scotland: Registered office 12 Nelson Street, Greenock PA15 1TS Scottish Charity No: SC011541 Company No: SC075515

Christian Aid helps people of all faiths or none. It is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for Red Cross and NGO’s in Disaster Relief which sets international ethical standards for aid work and, among other things, promises that aid will not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint. Please support Christian Aid Week again this year. In particular, please complete the gift aid form on the flap of the envelope which the volunteer collector will drop through your door and pick up again later in the week. This allows Christian Aid to receive an extra 25p from the Government for every £1 donated. It may not seem much for one envelope, but multiplied across the whole village it could mean up to £1,000 extra for Christian Aid!

Dinner/ Dance Every Saturday night from 8pm - 11pm at Willow Bank Hotel, 96 Greenock Road, Largs. Booking essential. Call 01475 675435 for further information.

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Photos & Videos Wanted At the Advertizer, we are always keen to get updates for our website and with ‘Show Season’ through May and June we’re sure there will be plenty of great photos and videos taken by our readers. We love seeing all the fabulous and colourful pictures of events, and our readers enjoy looking through the images to see who they recognise, or even if they are there themselves! If you would like to see your work featured on our website or even as a cover shot, please send high res images to

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Preloved Clothes Sale a Huge Join the Fight against Heart Success for Women v’s Cancer Disease and Wear It. Beat It.

total over the course of the year so please follow our facebook page for future fund raising events (Bridge of Weir Biker Belles). We also wanted to thank the support of our generous local business that helped us run the event; so thanks to Bernie’s, Laura’s Nails, Harrods’s, Sk Fitness,

A huge thank you to everyone who donated and attended our ‘Preloved Clothes Sale’ at Bernie’s on the 24th of March. It was a fantastic night raising £3,700 which will be donated to ‘Women v’s Cancer’. Everyone’s generosity has been amazing! We wish to double this

On Friday 9th June, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on the nation to join the fight against heart disease by wearing red and hosting a fundraising event to raise money for life saving research. Around 160,000 lives are cut short every year by heart and circulatory disease – that’s one person every three minutes. Right now there are around 7 million people in the UK living with these devastating conditions. The BHF is funding cutting-edge research to help transform the lives of people living with heart disease and needs you to join the fight by taking part in Wear. It.Beat.It on Friday 9th June.

Lose it & Love it, Belhaven Dentistry, Gryffe Casting, Weir’s Walkies, Mo Ferrington, Bodyprojectmassage., J & J Ground & Property Engineering, The Lion’s Paw, The Coop, Captain Tortue, Belle’s of Burlex & the Advertiser of course!).

Whether it’s at home, school or at your workplace, don your favourite red garments and join the fun across the UK by organising a fundraising event. It could be a red tea break in the office, a yummy red bake sale after school or a red-themed garden party with friends and family. Whatever you choose to do, Wear.It.Beat.It is a great way to bring everyone together and help make a difference to millions. Last year more than 15,000 people took part in Wear it. Beat it. Raising over £750,000. The BHF is calling for even more of you to get involved this year and help raise in excess of £1million for the charity’s heart research. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a free fundraising kit jam-packed with reddymade ideas and goodies to help make Wear.It.Beat.It the BHF’s biggest, reddest and best year yet. Sign up to Wear It. Beat It. At or call 0300 330 0645 and get your free fundraising pack full of fun ideas about how to get involved.

Legal Blog by Isabella McKerrow, Affinity Family Law

Powers Of Attorneys And The Role Of The Public Guardian Having a Power of Attorney “POA” in place lets you plan what you want another person to do for you in the future should you become incapable of making decisions about your own affairs. The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 gives the Public Guardian “OPG” the following duties and responsibilities relating to Powers of Attorney:

• Certain powers to investigate concerns and take steps to safeguard financial matters of the adult where it appears they are at risk.

is registered straight away. Some people may take the view not to register straight away as they may never need to use it, thereby saving £74. Before the OPG will register the POA, they carefully scrutinise it to ensure it complies with the criteria of the 2000 Act. If they reject it and the adult has already lost capacity it may not thereafter be possible to correct the error. Consequently the POA is ineffective and resort will have to be made to the lengthy and expensive process of applying to the court for a Guardianship Order.

For a POA to become effective it must be registered with the OPG. The fee for registration is currently £74. If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may qualify for a fee exemption. Most solicitors will recommend that the POA

(For more information on the role of the Public Guardian and about Powers of Attorneys visit the website: Telephone: 01324 678300.)

• To register POA’s that meet the registration criteria. • To maintain a public register of continuing and welfare POA’s. • To provide advice and guidance to continuing attorneys on the exercise of their powers.

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@GryffeAds Do you have a few hours to spare every week?

St Vincent’s Hospice are looking for volunteers to help out at the Hospice in administration roles, in The Barn Tearoom at the Hospice, in our Furniture Unit at the Hospice, in our charity shops across Renfrewshire and at events. Not only will you be helping a great cause you will also be eligible for discounted gym memberships and many discounts in shops, retailers, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers, beauty salons, spas and many other places across Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Glasgow as well as many online discounts too. If you would like more information, please call Christine or Elaine on 01505 705635 or email – we’d love to hear from you. Afternoon Tea with The Jersey Tones Please join St Vincent’s Hospice on Sunday 14th May for an Afternoon with The Jersey Tones at The Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew. The afternoon will begin at 1.30pm with a sparkling drinks reception and the opportunity to browse and shop in our famous vintage stall and, new for this year, our exciting luxury range of goods followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea. Our Host for the afternoon will be River City actress, Carmen Pieraccini who will lead us through an afternoon of fun and entertainment - make sure your dancing shoes are on to be ready to dance to the wonderful sound of The Jersey Tones. If you would like further information or would like to book, please contact a member of the fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email Tickets are £28pp and available now. We look forward to seeing you there. St Vincent’s Hospice Strictly Prancers raised £££’s for the Hospice! What a night it was! Over 300 St Vincent’s Hospice supporters were spectacularly entertained by twenty-two ‘twinkle toed’ volunteer contestants in a series of Quicksteps, Cha Cha Cha, Jives and The contestants Sambas danced along to some upbeat dance floor classics, at St Vincent’s Hospice 2017 Strictly Come Prancing event, which was sponsored by Mactaggart & Mickel Ltd. And Allstaff.

Jake Quickenden, Peter Fergusson, Tess, Brucie and the Judges

The event, which was held at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow, is based on the popular television series Strictly Come Dancing, where judges and guests vote for the best dancers. There was a surprise in store for everyone when Jake Quickenden of X-Factor and I’m A Celebrity fame made a special appearance to perform for the guests, as well as being a guest judge for the evening.

Charleston dancers Curtis Campbell and Carolann Caderwood, put their best feet forward and triumphed in the dance off over tango duo, James and Lisa MacDonald, becoming the Strictly Come Prancing Champions of 2017. Carolann said, “I really enjoyed the experience of Strictly. It was great fun learning my routine for the event and it was all for a fantastic charity. I would recommend it to anyone”. Her partner for The 2017 winners, Curtis Campbell and Carolanne Calderwood the event, Curtis, said, “One of the best experiences I have done in my life, the real winner on the night was St Vincent’s Hospice”. Louise Strachan, Fundraiser, said, “What a great night this was! So much hard work and effort was involved in the lead up to this evening. We owe a great debt of thanks to all involved from the choreographers, judges, hair and make-up artists, photographers, local businesses, all the friends and family who supported us and, of course, the contestants for giving up their time to rehearse and fundraise.” To date, this event has raised over £29,000, which will go directly to help provide care for people in the Renfrewshire area affected by a life-limiting illness.

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Rain or Shine, Judith Launches BBQ Time One of the country’s most popular TV weather presenters, Judith Ralston, swapped forecasting for flame grilling today (10th April) to launch a new nation-wide fund-raising initiative. The Big Scotch Beef Sizzle, run by Scotland’s Hospices Together, is set to see a burst of BBQ activity taking place throughout Scotland during June to raise funds for hospices around the country. Supported by Scotch Beef PGI, the initiative will encourage Scots to get steaks and burgers on the barby to raise vital funds for hospice care. Scotland’s Hospices Together is a national partnership of ten of Scotland’s independent hospices and the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). The partnership aims to support and to highlight the work of hospice care in Scotland. Judith, who regularly presents the weather on prime-time TV, said she couldn’t think of a better way to catch up with friends and family while raising money for such a worthwhile cause. “One of the joys of our country is the variety, and unpredictability, of our weather which means hosting a BBQ is always an adventure! “The secret is to be prepared – pack an umbrella along with the suncream and there will be nothing to stop the fun!” said Judith. “I would encourage everyone to get involved in the Big Scotch Beef Sizzle which is a fantastic way to your local hospice and your local community,” she added. John Brady, head of fundraising at St Andrew’s Hospice and Chair of Scotland’s Hospices Together, said: “We are delighted to be launching our first ever national fundraising campaign ‘The Big Scotch Beef Sizzle’ today, with huge thanks to Scotch Beef PGI for supporting this initiative. “We would like to encourage as many people as possible across Scotland to host a barbeque in June to support their local Hospice. These hospices provide end-of-life care and support to patients and their families and are reliant on donations and voluntary support to continue providing that care.” Carol McLaren, Head of Communications at Quality Meat Scotland, said: “This initiative offers a great opportunity to for people to take time out together and enjoy cooking top quality local food, like Scotch Beef PGI, with friends and family while at the same time supporting a cause which is the heart of our local communities.” For more information on how to get involved with The Big Scotch Beef Sizzle, visit: Recipes and information about Scotch Beef PGI, can be found at www. or follow @ScotchKitchen on Facebook or Twitter.

St. Aidan’s Annual Fete Saturday 27th May 2017 11am - 2pm, Tower Road Johnstone. Lots of stalls, beat the goalie, bouncy castle, wheel of fortune and much much more. Entry is free. Bring the whole family and enjoy.

The Hospice are already looking forward to Strictly Come Prancing 2018 and would welcome applications from potential dancers and sponsors. For further information please email

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Supporting Homeless Women Members of Soroptimist International of Paisley heard at their recent meeting about the work of the Lodging House Mission in Glasgow from Gus Smeaton, who volunteers there. Established in 1909, the Mission supports homeless and socially excluded people in Glasgow, many of whom don’t see themselves as having any kind of future. The number of women supported is small, but the Mission provides them with food, a safe place to be and company as well as practical help with their problems. Members provided ‘blessings bags’ at Christmas for the homeless women being supported. These bags contain basic toiletries as well as gloves, a hat and scarf.

‘Glasgow Girl’ Comes to Paisley Members of Soroptimist International of Paisley and their guests marked the 71st anniversary of the club at their annual dinner in the Glynhill Hotel recently. The guest speaker was Amal Azzudin, one of the ‘Glasgow Girls’ whose campaign played an important part in the decision to change the law around detaining children for immigration purposes. With the support of charities and community groups, the girls kept the detention and dawn raid issue on the political agenda. Amal spoke movingly about her experience as an asylum seeker and her continuing work in this area as a campaigner for human rights and social justice in Scotland. Within the Mental Health Foundation she takes responsibility for the Amaan project and the development and delivery of new and innovative work with asylum seekers and refugees. In August 2016, Amal was named as one of the Saltire Society’s Outstanding Women of Scotland inductees.


Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek Make your mark in the fight against heart disease by walking 100km or 50km from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Join over 250 hikers and sign up to the Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek on 22nd and 23rd July to help fund the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life saving heart research. As part of the charity’s series of treks, the ultimate walking challenge gives Heart Trekkers a unique opportunity to trek from Scotland’s two largest cities. Alongside the full 100km challenge, there is also a 50km option, where participants can either walk from Glasgow to Linlithgow throughout the day, or through the night from Linlithgow to Edinburgh. In 2016 those who took on the challenge helped raise over £100,000 which will go towards helping us better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory disease, which is the cause of more than a quarter (26%) of all deaths in the UK. With over 710,000 people in the Scotland alone living with heart and circulatory disease, the need is urgent to raise funds for research into these conditions. 2017 sees a new start venue introduced, starting at the picturesque Glasgow Science Centre. The route is primarily flat on canal tow paths so is suitable for trekkers of all abilities. Also brand new for 2017 is the introduction of ‘The 500 Club’, which celebrates fundraisers who go above and beyond in their fundraising. Those who have £500 or more (excluding gift aid) on their JustGiving page will be eligible to request a complimentary 500 Club jersey which can be worn with pride during and after the event. Susie Roach, Fundraising Event Manager at the BHF, said: “Challenging yourself to the Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek is a fantastic way to support the nation’s heart charity, save lives and improve your own heart health at the same time. “By taking on this exciting challenge, every step you take will be helping bring us closer to beating heart disease for good. Our research has already helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory disease over the past 50 years, but there is still so much more to be done. “We urgently need the people of Scotland to help us stop heart disease in its tracks and support us in our search for more lifesaving breakthroughs.” The BHF relies on the generosity of its supporters, through fundraising events like the Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek to pay for life saving research. Sign up to join the fight today by visiting

Optical Blog by Kerry Taher, New Vision Opticians

Can Smoking affect my eyes? Tobacco use plays a role in many diseases, causing damage to virtually every body organ. With over 4,000 chemical compounds present in inhaled smoke, several of which are known to cause cancer, it is no surprise that the effects of smoking can be so widespread. Most of us know that smoking damages the heart and lungs but what about the eyes? Well, here are some examples of what smoking can cause: Cataract - people who smoke more than 15 cigarettes per day have a 3 times greater risk of developing cataracts compared with non-smokers. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) - Smokers are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop AMD than non-smokers. Non-smokers living with smokers almost double their risk of developing AMD. Diabetes & eye disease - Smoking increases your chances of becoming diabetic. It also makes managing diabetes more difficult for those who already have it. Infant Eye Disease - Women who smoke during pregnancy transmit dangerous toxins to the placenta, potentially harming the unborn child and increasing the chance of many foetal and infant eye disorders such as squint and underdevelopment of the optic nerve (a leading cause of blindness in children). Optic Neuropathy (sudden loss of vision) - smokers are 16 times more at risk and it develops up to 12 years earlier than non-smokers. Dry Eyes - Tobacco smoke is a known eye irritant and worsens dry eye, even among passive smokers - particularly for contact lens wearers. People who smoke are about twice as likely to have dry eyes. It’s not all bad news though! Stopping smoking at any age, even later in life, will significantly reduce your risk of eye disease. Regular exercise and a healthy diet, as always, will also help to keep your risk of disease as low as possible. If you have any questions please contact us at the practice: 01505 614 700.

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The SWI Renfrewshire Federation Show was held in the Cargill Hall on Saturday 25th March and competitors from all Institutes in Renfrewshire took part. There was an outstanding display of handcrafts, group entries, baking and floral art judged on the preceding Friday by a group of judges provided by Stirling, Clackmannan and West Perth Federation. The Show was then open to the public on the Saturday and as well as the displays, other attractions included a tearoom, tombola stall, home baking stall, raffle, gift stall and haberdashery stall. The show was very well attended throughout the day and the full list of prize winners is given below. Institutes throughout Renfrewshire meet on a monthly basis throughout the winter months for talks, demonstrations etc and visitors and new members are always welcome. There are also opportunities to attend classes in a wide variety of crafts, e.g. crochet, and a number of groups take part in sporting activities such as golf, curling, and bowling. Members can also attend summer schools, study tours, drama and other competitions – in fact there is something for everyone at the SWI. If you would like to receive further information please contact Irene Macfarlane on 01505 614443. Winners of the Challenge Trophies Federation Cup (For Institute Gaining most overall points - all classes) - Bridge of Weir Weilda Raeside Trophy (For member gaining most overall points - Cath Close) Uplawmoor Stuart Salver for Teamwork (Handicraft Table ) - Lochwinnoch Maclay Salver for Teamwork (Housewifery Table) - Houston and Crosslee Stevenson Oval Basket (For Institute gaining most points in Handicraft Exhibits in Foursomes and Individual Classes. Foursome and Classes 1-10) Lochwinnoch Telfer Rose Bowl (For institute gaining most points in Housewifery Exhibits, In Threesomes and Individual classes 13-26) - Bridge of Weir Rankin Trophy (Winner of Black Work - Class 2) - Elizabeth Benzie - Lochwinnoch Sherriff Quaich (Member gaining most points in Provisions and Baking classes 1324) - Irene McFarlane Hunter Bowl (Member gaining most points in Handicraft Classes. Classes 1-10) Elizabeth Benzie - Lochwinnoch Woodrow Trophy (Institute gaining most points in Flower Classes. Classes 11-12) - Uplawmoor Balmanno Trophy (Member gaining most points in Flower Classes. Classes 11-12) - Christine Kyle - Uplawmoor, Anne Dunne - Brookfield Raeside Trophy (Institute with most points in Threesomes) - Uplawmoor Currans Cup (Winner of outstanding Embroidered Article - Any Classes) Elma Richmond - Lochwinnoch Pollock Cup (Winner of Decorated Cake - Class 22 ) - Cath Close - Uplawmoor Anne G. Macdonald (Encouragement Tray to member with most entries and not a Trophy winner.) - Margaret Dundas - Brookfield Chairman’s Choice (Chairman’s Choice of Exhibit in Show) - Christine Kyle, Uplawmoor

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RAMH - Surviving or Thriving? Every May we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, and in 2017 the Surviving or Thriving theme will explore how we can cultivate good mental health. It is an opportunity to reflect on the strategies and resources needed to both shape a coherent national approach to public mental health and the tools we, our families and our communities, need in order to radically reframe our ability to thrive in life. During the week of 8th -14th May, the Mental Health Foundation will be producing a new report to highlight the numbers of us who feel stuck on ‘survive’. They will be providing advice and insight into how we can build good mental health in the context of our work, our digital world, our parenting approach and in our communities. The campaign will be calling on the Government to do more to promote better mental health. Human beings are probably the most resilient creatures on the planet. Through countless setbacks, we have learnt how to survive but we are only now starting to understand how to thrive. If you are struggling with mental health issues and surviving rather than thriving, contact RAMH on 0141 8478900 or enquiries@

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The Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire & Inverclyde Branch of SSAFA - the Armed Forces Charity founded in 1885, reported another successful year at their very well attended AGM held at the Old Library, Kilbarchan with the Branch President HM Lord Lieutenant Guy WNH Clark FSI JP in the chair. The Branch, one of twenty-two in Scotland, supports those who serve in our Armed Forces, those who used to serve and the families of both. This is our 133rd Year and was the only multi service at the start of World War One. During the last year to December 31st, 2016 the Branch had sourced and distributed goods and services to 224 veterans and their families in our local community to the value of £151,805 and administered a further £36,885 paid to Annuitants. The qualifying criterion for assistance in time of need is usually to have received one day’s pay in the Armed Forces (including National Service) or in the Merchant Navy. SSAFA Forces Help works closely with, and acknowledges the assistance given by, The ABF (The Soldiers Charity), The Royal Navy Benevolent Trust, 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. SSAFA welcomes enquiries from those who have served, or who are serving, in our Forces and the families of both who are in need and require practical assistance. In addition SSAFA represent most other Military and Merchant Navy Charities. 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 for both those that require practical assistance or as a potential volunteer can be found by contacting the Branch Secretary, Joyce Goater, at the Wynd Centre, Paisley 0141 840 4060, or via the website ( One highlight of the AGM was that not only was HM Lord Lieutenant Guy WNH Clark FSI JP called upon to present the Long Service Awards he was also called forward to receive one. Following the AGM there were two interesting and very relevant presentations - the first was outlining the changes in methods of operation of Combat Stress and how SSAFA should now signpost veterans to them (Kath Provan) and the second was confirmation of how SSAFA works in partnership with the RCET (formerly the Royal Caledonian Education Trust). The RCET, a charity that is over 200 years old, is a major supporter of the children of Scottish Armed Forces, serving and veterans (Karen Stock). If you would like one of our volunteers to speak at one of your meetings please contact us at any of the telephone numbers or email addresses detailed above. We will also be at the Kilmacolm Show on Saturday, May 13th), Bridge of Weir Gala (Saturday, June 10th) and at Rouken Glen for East Renfrewshire’s Armed Forces Day (Saturday, June 17th, 2017); at all these events our volunteers would be pleased to welcome as many visitors as possible. Registered Charity No: 210760 (Since 1885) and SC038056

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Dental Blog by Sheila Macintyre, Practice Owner, Kilbarchan Dental Practice

All You Need to Know About Check-Ups Dental check-ups are an important part of caring for your smile, however according to research from NHS Digital half of UK adults haven’t been to the dentist in the last two years. Check-ups give your dentist the opportunity to assess your dental health and pick up any areas for attention at an early stage. Leaving problems untreated may mean they are harder and more expensive to tackle later. That is why it is really important that you ensure you are registered with a dentist and visit when you receive a request to do so. Check-ups should take around 15 minutes for existing patients and slightly longer for new patients. At a check-up your dentist should: • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth. • Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit. • Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits. Your dentist may also take the opportunity to give your teeth a scale and polish if needed to get rid of any build-up of tartar which can lead to decay. Regular examinations will not only help identify areas of improvement for your oral health but will pick up early signs of decay and gum disease as well as more serious issues such as mouth cancer. Whilst we see most of our patients every 6 months some may need to visit more regularly whilst others may not need to attend as frequently depending on how healthy their teeth and gums are and what their risk is of future problems. If you would like any more advice on how to care for your teeth visit us at Kilbarchan Dental Practice, call 01505 704969 or click where you’ll find lots more free tips.

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Sat 29 Apr - Mon 1 May

Fri 5 May

Binocular & Telescope Open Day

RSPB Local Group

Come and peruse a range of telescopes and binoculars, with knowledgeable staff on hand to help you find the right one for you! Our optics are competitively priced, with the added bonus that you are helping conservation. Cost: FREE.

There will be an illustrated talk by Ruary McKenzie entitled Dragonflies. This will be followed by our Annual General Meeting. All welcome.

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm

Sat 29 April BeachWatch

Lunderston Bay, Cloch Road, near Gourock PA19 1BB - 11am to 1pm

As part of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive help the Rangers & Greenock Conservation Volunteers record the sea debris. MORE INFO: tel 01475 529 543 & bookings.

Birds for Beginners

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 11am to 1.30pm

Are you a beginner to bird watching? Join the team at RSPB Lochwinnoch for a workshop ideal for introducing beginners to this fantastic hobby! Learn more about common garden birds and pick up tips and advice on wildlife watching techniques. After this, we’ll head out onto the reserve to put these new skills into practise and then top it all off with a hot drink back at the centre. Please book, as places are limited. Cost: Adults: £5; Children: £3 (RSPB members: £3/£2).

Thu 4 May Community Event: Virgin Media Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm 5pm to 7pm

This is a drop in session to update local residents on the works being carried out in their area and what services Virgin Media will be able to provide to the local community.


Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm 2pm to 4pm

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance; four years old and growing.

Swarovski event

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm

Paul, Area Sales Manager for Swarovski Optics, will be joining us at the reserve with a vast and varied selection of Swarovski Optics. This is a great opportunity to come along and get some expert knowledge, try out some of the amazing optics or make that purchase you have always dreamed of.

Fri 5 May Kilmacolmjaro

Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm 7.30pm

Glasgow musician Daisy Doherty is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Childreach International. Join her for a fundraising concert featuring live music from Guerilla Mystics, Howling Home, A51s, Eugene Twist & Daisy Doherty. Tickets £10 (inc drinks/nibbles) on the door or via: https://

Elvis Tribute Night

Kilmacolm Masonic Hall, Glebe Road, Kilmacolm - 8pm to 10.30pm For Cancer Research UK. Tickets £8.

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McMaster Centre, Donaldson Drive, Renfrew - 7.30pm

Create and Play the Digital Way Paisley YMCA 1pm to 5pm

Open door activity where we invite people to join in and try an open workshop, a ‘come and try’ approach and learn to code, build a car with a micro-controller or take part in a public demonstration event of Quiver augmented reality or experience the world with Google Expeditions.

Sat 6 May Brighter Bridge Of Weir Annual Clean-Up Day Livery Walk, Bridge of Weir 10.30 am

If you’ve got an hour or two to spare, why not join us outside the Co-op. It’s not hard work, but it will make things a bit easier for our few volunteers.

Tag-n-Track Bird Ringing Demonstration

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Calder Glen Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm Find out how we Tag-n-Track some of the bird species in the Park. For information call: 01505 614791 during office hours.

Neilston Agricultural Show

Holehouse, Neilston, Barrhead, East Renfrewshire G78 3LE

192nd OPEN CATTLE SHOW & SHEEP DOG TRIALS Admission to Show Ground Adults £6, Children / OAP’s £2, Family (2+2) £15, Car Park £3. For information contact Mrs Rita Kilian secretary@, Please Note: Parking facilities are limited and your co-operation with the Stewards would be greatly appreciated

Wild Night

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 5pm Saturday to 10am Sunday Camp in the forest with the Ranger. Den Building session and Bat walk at twilight. Singalong around the camp fire. This event is aimed at three year olds and above as an introduction to camping. Bring tents, bbq food, sleeping bags etc etc Tickets cost £10 per adult and £5 per child. Tickets selling fast.

Sun 7 May Bridge of Weir Choral Society Spring Concert St Columba’s Church, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm 7.30pm

The main item in the programme is Mozart’s Mass in C Major and the choir will also perform works by Vaughan Williams and Finzi. For further information please contact Ernie Smyth on 01505 702997.

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Sun 7 May

Wed 10 May

Canine Partners’ Special Big Glasgow Bluebell Walk & Fun Day

Walk a Mile event - Paisley

Pollokshaw Burgh Hall, Glasgow 12noon to 4pm

People can meet the puppies, find out more about being a puppy parent. We will walk through Pollok Country Park. The event will feature a raffle and tombola and more than 20 craft stalls selling quality handmade goodies along with a demonstration of some of the skills the dogs learn. For more information call Dale Gormley on 0845 4811915 or visit uk/bigbluebellwalks.

Tag-n-Track Bird Ringing Demonstration

The Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Greenock 10am to 4pm

Find out how we Tag-n-Track some of the bird species in the Park. For information call: 01505 614791 during office hours

Dawn Chorus

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 4.30am to 6.30am Hear the reserve at its best! It may be early, but will be truly worth it! We will be pointing out the songs & calls of many different types of birds. No existing bird knowledge is needed and families are welcome. Cost: Adults: £5; Children: £3 (RSPB members: £3/£2).

Rotary Club of Gryffe Valley 10K Run Houston Public Park, Four Windings, Houston 1pm

For all abilities from serious runners to novices/ joggers on country lanes between Houston, Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm. Proceeds will go to the Debra Charity for children and young people with the skin disease EB. Refreshments and home baking for entrants and spectators. Follow us on facebook - Gryffe Valley Rotary 10K Run.

Twist & Hit Cheerleaders Free Taster Session

The Bield Scout Hall, Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2NP 1.15pm to 6.30pm

At our training facility you will get the chance to watch this AWESOME sport in full action and learn how to tumble, stunt, jump and dance in a safe environment. With FREE complimentary food, drink and entertainment you will get the chance to socialise, play games and interact in a high paced fun sport. 11 years and younger - 1.15pm2.30pm Watching a performance from our MINI 1 ROSE and YOUTH 1 LIME teams followed by a taster session 12 years and over Watching a performance from our JUNIOR 2 MINT and SENIOR 3 FUSCHIA teams followed by a taster session

Mon 8 May Colourful Kilmacolm AGM Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm

Open to everyone. If you have not yet joined, the very modest £5 annual subscription will support our efforts. You can opt just to be a supporter, or to be an ‘active gardener’ and help in practical ways. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website uk or you can phone Peter (01505 872448) or Diane (01505 872611).

Summer Duplicate Bridge

Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm 7pm

If you would like to play Bridge during the summer months why not come along with a partner or come alone and hope to find one there. Further information Tel: 87 2345.

Wed 10 May Intro to Gardening

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Everything you could ever know about our wonderful gardens. Event led by our very own Head Gardener.

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Fountain Gardens, Love Street, Paisley, PA3 2DZ 12 noon

Supported by the national charity See Me and inspired by Chris Young’s UK wide campaign to end mental health stigma and change the way people think about mental health. Visit: Walk commences at 12.30pm

Thu 11 May Sòlas Bereavement Group

Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm 6.30pm to 8.30pm Sòlas Bereavement Group.

Fri 12 May The Arkleston Singers - Old World - New World Lylesland Church, 123 Rowan Street, Paisley 7.30pm

Old World Music will include Vaughan Williams, together with music by Daniel Elder, Gwyneth Walker and Morten Lauridsen from the New World. New musical director, Marcus Kitchen, will conduct the choir accompanied by The Arkleston Chamber Ensemble. Tickets £10 call 01505 85034 / 07932 680951, online WeGotTickets. com (+ booking fee) OR at the door.

Fèis Phàislig: Family Ceilidh

Wynd Theatre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB 7pm to 11.30pm

Fèis Phàislig (Gaelic for Paisley Festival) is an arts organisation that provides traditional music experiences for young people across Renfrewshire. Our fundraising ceilidh will be a fantastic night of music and dance, with all proceeds going towards further opportunities for young people across Renfrewshire. feis-phaislig-family-ceilidh

Fri 12 - Sat 13 May A Sketch, a Sandwich & a Swally Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan 7pm

The Carrick Players invite you to “Womberang” by Sue Townsend. Ticket price includes a drink and a sandwich, available from Bobbins or on Facebook - £10.

Fri 12 - Sun 14 May Annual Plant Sale

Lodge Sir Michael 989, Glebe Road, Kilmacolm

Planters and hanging baskets made to order. Free advice on plants. Large variety of quality plants at value for money prices. See outdoors section for daily times.

Fri 12 - Sun 28 May Southside Fringe Various

The Southside Fringe is focused upon providing a fortnight of quality opportunities for acts, performers and musicians. None of us as organisers will be drawing earnings from the fringe and are running the not for profit business as volunteers.

Sat 13 May Falconry Day

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Join our Falconer and learn some cool facts about our birds of prey and owls. Flying display weather permitting. A small charge of £1 to hold a bird or owl to help with upkeep of the birds. Http://www.

Houston Kirk Carnival

Houston & Killellan Kirk, Main Street, Houston 12noon

HOLLYWOOD themed procession with the Houston Boys and Girls Brigade Pipe Band. The Carnival Queen 2017 will be crowned. Many stalls and games with huge variety of tasty food. All proceeds will go to the Killellan Halls Fund.

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Fri 19 - Sun 21 May

Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Agricultural Society 182nd Annual Show

RYA Push The Boat Out Day

The Kilbarchan Singers Summer Concert

Annual Plant Sale

Knapps Loch, Bridge of Weir Road, Kilmacolm From 9am

A great day out for the whole family. Visit our website for schedules and further information

Family Volunteering Volunteer with your children or grandchildren RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 1pm to 3.30pm

Who says volunteering is only for grown-ups? Definitely not us. Here’s an opportunity for grown-ups and children to do something practical together in the great outdoors, and to help us Give Nature a Home. It’s a chance to spend some quality time with the children in your life, and it’s free. Please book.

Scottish Disability Sport Para Sport Celebration

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4.30pm

Scotland’s only Centre of Excellence for accessible sailing will be very busy today with limited car parking. Take away service only in the café. For more information email admin@ or tel 0131 317 1130.

Tag-n-Track on Show

Knapps Loch, Bridge of Weir Road, Kilmacolm

Come along and meet the Tag-n-Track team, find out how we are tagging and tracking birds and what volunteering opportunities are available. VENUE Kilmacolm Show.

Sat 13 - Sun 14 May Langbank Church’s 150th Anniversary

Langbank Parish Church, Main Road, Langbank

On the afternoon of Saturday, May 13th the church will be open to the public, with organ recitals and entertainment from the school choir. Everyone is welcome to come and look round the church whilst listening to the music. A plant sale will also take place that day in the church car park from 10.30am – 12.30pm, and cream teas will be served in the church hall. The service on Sunday, May 14th at 11am will be conducted by Rev Ann McCool, moderator of the Greenock and Paisley Presbytery, and hopefully this will be well supported. As always, visitors will be made very welcome.

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Castle Semple Sailing Club 10.30am to 4pm

Ever fancied trying dingy sailing or other watersport? Come along and give it a try!! Castle Semple Sailing Club has a variety of dinghies which you will be able to see both on and off the water. Clyde Windsurfing Club will be demonstrating windsurfing for anyone who wishes to try this exciting sport. For further info and book a sail contact dawn@castlesemplesc. or contact Mike at mike@clydewindsurfing. Castle Semple Rowing Club will also have their rowing machines available and clinker built rowing boat for you to try. All donations to The Semple Sports Action Partnership (“SSSAP”) are very welcome and much appreciated.

Den Building

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Join our Rangers in a fantastic afternoon of Den Building and Bushcraft skills. Are you the next Bear Grylls? Http://

Jack Hastie - “Weird Tales”

Guide Centre, Barn Green, Kilbarchan 2.30pm to 4pm Book launch for Jack Hasite’s new book “Weird Tales”. Refreshments will be provided.

Afternoon Tea with Jersey Tones Glynhill Hotel, 169 Paisley Road, Renfrew - From 1.30pm

Our Host for the afternoon will be River City actress, Carmen Pieraccini who will lead us through an afternoon of fun and entertainment make sure your dancing shoes are on to be ready to dance to the wonderful sound of The Jersey Tones. Call 01505 705635 or email info@svh. Tickets are £28pp and available now.

Gourock Highland Games

The Battery Park, Eldon Street, Greenock PA16 7QG 12noon to 6pm

At this year’s Gourock Highland Games, there will be pipe band and drum major competitions; highland dance competitions; heavyweight events; mini highland games; children’s entertainment; gift and craft stalls – a great day out for all the family. There is no public parking available on the day at Battery Park, so please make use of public transport links on offer.

Tag-n-Track on Show

The Battery Park, Eldon Street, Greenock PA16 7QG

Come along and meet the Tag-n-Track team, find out how we are tagging and tracking birds and what volunteering opportunities are available.

Holy Trinity & Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, Moss Street, Paisley 7.30pm

Lodge Sir Michael 989, Glebe Road, Kilmacolm

Planters and hanging baskets made to order. Free advice on plants. Large variety of quality plants at value for money prices. See outdoors section for daily times.

Conductor: Edwin Hillier. Songs of Farewell Music by Parry, Stanford and Vaughn Williams, plus a selection from the Kings Singers. Tickets - £8.50/£5 (under 18s) - available from choir members or on the door.

Sat 20 May

New Paisley Brass Group

Duchal Nursery Open Morning

Martyrs Church, Paisley - 2.30pm They will be presenting a programme of music through the centuries.

Kilbarchan Gateway Garden Drop In Session Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan 1pm-3pm

Come and help with planting potatoes and veg, you can even put your name down for a growing area & start your very own veg plot! All welcome. For more information and to get involved contact Gail Scoular on 07985749220, email hello@ or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

Wed 17 May Outlook Outing

Glenarm, Rhu, Helensburgh G84 8LL 1pm to 5.30pm Visit to Glenarm at Rhu with afternoon tea at Helensburgh. Coach, entry, afternoon tea. £15

Thu 18 May Outlook

Kidston Hall, High St, Kilmacolm 2-4pm Clydeside Singers return: singalong with popular tunes, plus update on Mary’s Meals charity.

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If you would like anything published in our June issue, please email or call the office on 01505 613340. Don’t miss out!

Open Evening

The Haven, Horsecraigs, Kilmacolm 3pm to 7pm Visit us here and learn about the work of The Haven Kilmacolm. BBQ, CHILDREN’S AREA, TOURS, HOME-MADE BAKING, CAR WASH, & MUCH MORE! Admission free! For info contact Sherri 01505 872099, or visit

Duchal Nursery School - Kilmacolm 10am to 12noon

This is open to anyone who is interested in nursery places in the future and is a great opportunity to meet the teachers and current parents and get a taste for Duchal life, we look forward to welcoming you. More information is available on our website and our Facebook page.

British Pipe Band Championships

St. James Playing Fields, Paisley, PA3 2LB 9am One of the biggest events in world piping continues its three-year run in Paisley. With anywhere between 3,500 and 4,000 drummers and pipers from across the UK and abroad set to compete, and over 200 live performances, this should be a spectacle of sight and sound not to be missed. Featuring: Food village, Children’s entertainment zone, Craft market, Free event parking and shuttle bus. Free.

ACCORD Hospice Summer Fayre Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley 10am to 4pm

A fun filled day for all the family - Come along and show your support! Hosting a wide variety of attractions, homebaking, bric-a-brac, tearoom, craft stalls, games and competitions, children inflatable rides, book stalls and much more. For more info, email

Kilmacolm Horticultural Society

Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm 10am to 12noon

Join us for our annual Coffee Morning. Please come along, meet friends for coffee and chat. The plant stall which is supplied by Parklea Nurseries will stock summer bedding, geraniums, fuchsias, tomato plants, hanging baskets. Plus homebaking stall, and a Tombola. £3 entry.

Plant Sale

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 12noon to 3pm Come along and peruse some plants to add to your garden! Go on – freshen up your garden and help nature at the same time!

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Sat 20 May Bishopton Christian Aid Plant Sale & Coffee Morning


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The Cornerstone, Greenock Road, Bishopton 10am to 12noon

In addition to selecting plants on the day, there will be a Preorder Service for Plants which is obtainable via members of the Christian Aid Committee. Ticket price includes a coffee/tea and some home baking. £2.

Kilbarchan Parish Church Plant Sale & Pancake Morning

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall, Steeple Street 10am to 12noon

Ticket includes coffee with freshly-made pancakes, cream and jam. To order plants, which are of very good quality from a nursery in Ayrshire, please phone 704502. As well as preordered plants, there will be a large variety for sale. Tickets £2.50 Children £1.

Calder Church Summer Fayre

10am - 12noon in The McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch Stalls include Home Baking, Plants & Garden, Jewellery, Arts & Crafts, Lucky Dip and lots more. Adults £2, Children FREE includes Tea/Coffee. All welcome.

Messy Church

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall, Steeple Street 4pm to 6pm Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lochwinnoch Explorer Group: Spiders! RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 12noon

Calling all children! Come along and learn about nature, but most importantly, get dirty and have fun doing it! We’ll be learning all about all about spiders! Please wear suitable clothing for being outdoors. Ages: 5 to 14 years. Please note that all children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Cost: £5 (£3 RSPB members) (adults go free)

Castle Semple Rowing Club Regatta

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch - All Day

One of the biggest rowing events in the Scottish calendar! There will be lots of boats, not much car parking and plenty of spectator viewing. For more information visit

Sat 20 - Sun 21 May The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show SEC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow

The go-to exhibition for self builders and renovators. No matter what stage your project is at, there will be sessions, experts and exhibitors at the show to help you bring your project to life. For further information contact:

Sun 21 May Kilmacolm Guides Garden Party

The Guide Hut, Woodrow Avenue, Kilmacolm We are looking forward to celebrating our 100 years with our garden party - come and support us so that we can continue this great community group for another 100 years!! For more information please contact:

Mini Beast Safari

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Does it have 6 legs, 8 legs or hundreds of legs? Find out some great facts about our wonderful wee friends on the estate. http://

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The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award 2017 Longlist

St. Aidan’s Annual Fete

Lilifest: Lego Animation Workshop

O2 ABC Glasgow, 300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JA

The venue welcomes the Award back for this new ticketed event where SAY Award alumni Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason (acoustic) and Mungo’s Hi Fi will perform live, and 20 outstanding Scottish albums will be announced as The SAY Award 2017 Longlist. Each of these 20 albums will be in the running for the £20,000 grand prize, as well as the coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year 2017. Further information available from www.

Clyde Muirshiel Munchkins: Pond Splash The Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Greenock 10.30am to 11.30am

The Nature Club splash in to the pond to see what creatures call it home. £2.50 per child, adults free. Look online or tel 01475 529 543

Fri 26 - Mon 29 May Sun 21 May Waunder’ful Woods

Muirshiel Visitor Centre, Calder Glen Road near Lochwinnoch PA12 4LB 11am to 3pm

An opportunity to celebrate our wonderful woods and wildlife with FREE guided walks on geodiversity, woodland birds, butterflies (TBC), bird ringing plus ‘Ask about Aspen’, ‘Meet the Moths’ and a family friendly Wild-Cache activity. Look online and book an activity or tel 01505 614 791

Tue 23 May Lilifest: Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan 7.30pm

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards are one of the most popular bands on the roots music circuit and were hailed by many as one of the highlights of the 2016 Shetland Folk Festival. They are back in the UK again as one of the main visiting acts at this year’s Orkney Folk Festival. Last time they toured here, Songlines magazine drooled: “This was a celebration of American string playing par excellence.” Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346 or by e-mail@ info@brookfield-knights. com BYOB

Lilifest: Physic Evening with Sally Buxton Old Library Centre, 9 High Barholm, Kilbarchan 7.30pm

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Ideal Home Show Scotland

SEC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow

From kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest high tech gadgets, to fashion beauty and gifts, you’ll find it all under one roof at this awardwinning show. For further information contact: www.

Explorer Challenge: Be a Bug! RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm

Any time! Spend some quality family time together at RSPB Lochwinnoch! This event is not your usual kind – you do it with your own family in your own time! Simply pop into the Visitor centre any time between Friday 26th and Monday 29th May, where the friendly staff will get you started. Then, go out onto the reserve to find out what it might be like to “be a bug”! Cost: £3 per child (RSPB members £1) [Normal trail fees apply for accompanying adults]

Sat 27 May Working with Wood

Muirshiel Visitor Centre, Calder Glen Road, near Lochwinnoch PA12 4LB 11am to 2.30pm

Make bat, bird or insect boxes or drop in and have a go at green woodworking. £5 per wildlife box. Look online or tel 01505 842 882.

St Aidan’s Church House, Tower Road, Johnstone, PA5 0AD 11am to 2pm

Lots of stalls, beat the goalie, bouncy castle, wheel of fortune and much much more. Bring the whole family and enjoy. Free.

Lilifest: Live Music

The Trust, Kilbarchan 9pm Live Music in the Trust Inn. Free.

Sun 28 May Erskine Motorbike Meet

Erskine Care Home, Bishopton PA7 5PU 1pm onwards

Live music, food vans, displays, stalls, fair rides, Harry’s Cafe and much more (as well as 100’s of motorbikes and trikes). Come along and make a difference.

Lilifest: How We Used to Live Habbies, Kilbarchan - 5pm

Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan 5pm

Join us for an introduction to the world of stop-motion film-making with local animator, Morgan Spence. Morgan has amassed more than 10,000,000 online views of his animated films and he has appeared on the BBC and ABC television in the US discussing his work. He will present a 90 minute workshop where he will be sharing his experiences and knowledge of the craft before assisting participants in creating their own animated clips* using Lego. *Please bring along your own tablet or phone with the free iMotion animating app. Tickets: £3.50

Bug Box Making

Finlaystone Country Estate Langbank 1pm to 3pm Join our Rangers in an afternoon of bug box making. Make a nice wee home for your friends in the garden, £2.50 charge for materials used in this event. Http://

A journey back in time with rare archive photos and Kilbarchan memorabilia. Do you have any interesting cuttings, brochures or photographs of the village or people from years gone by? Bring them along and share with others. Free.

Tue 30 May

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Business Bites at the Fox

Finlaystone Country Estate Langbank 1pm to 3pm

Fox and Hounds, Main Street, Houston 10am to 11.30am

Lilifest: Habbiemind Quiz

This is a free event, with tea, coffee & breakfasts available if you wish and of course, no business event could be without the free WIFI. A casual morning with meeting and greeting taking place first followed by a guest speaker. Run by our Assistant Manager Sarah, who has over 10 years experience running a variety of events, including business networking.

Join Tickles the Clown and come as Alice or the Mad Hatter. Join the Rangers for tea and games on the main lawn. Prizes for best fancy dressed child. http://www.

Habbies, Kilbarchan 8pm

Show off your local and historical knowledge at this special quiz night with special prizes.

Gateway Garden Party

Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan 12noon to 4pm This family fun day will feature music, a performance by Loud and Proud, LEAP, Fairtrade/Coop, RSPB and other stalls. Young Habbies can join storyteller Anne Pitcher for some interactive storytelling fun with puppets, props, sound makers and songs. Hot dogs and refreshments will also be available (while stocks last). All are welcome to come and have a look, meet the volunteers and find out more about getting involved. For more information and to get involved contact Gail Scoular on 07985749220, email or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

Thu 1 June Lilifest: An Evening with Rev Ian Miller Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan 7.30pm

Kilbarchan’s favourite son returns for “An Evening With” event. Everyone who has had the pleasure of his company will know that Ian is a hugely entertaining raconteur with an Aladdin’s Cave of anecdotes and jokes. Tickets £5.50

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2nd Thursday monthly

Lochwinnoch Community Walk

Sòlas Bereavement Support Group

The Cross, Lochwinnoch 10.30am

Kidston Hall. 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

This event will not take place on public holidays.

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Hearing Aid Clinic

Bishopton Belles Line Dancing

Hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Hall 6.30 - 8.30pm

Beginner/Improver class. All welcome. Call David or Mair 07886 034037.

Postnatal Support Group Paisley Abbey 10.30am - 12noon

Crèche facilities available along with access to free counselling services if required.

Singing for Wellbeing Bishopton Community Centre 6pm-7.15pm A fun, no pressure choir singing feel good songs.

every Wednesday Knitting Group Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers 10am - 12noon

Knitters of all levels welcome!

Skinny Minnies

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir 1 - 2pm

2nd Saturday monthly ‘Brunch & Browse’ St Fillan’s Hall, Kilmacolm 10am - 2pm

Soups, baking, tea, coffee, books & lots of stalls

last Friday monthly TheTerrace St Machar’s Ranfurly Church Hall

Soups, sandwiches, tea/coffee, biscuits. £4.

last Saturday monthly Table Top Sale Linwood Parish Church, Blackwood Ave 11am - 1pm

This is a free event. Call 01505 328802 for details.

Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir 7pm - 8pm

For a healthier, slimmer, more energetic you!

every Thursday Weekly Volunteer Group Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Conser vation Volunteers - adult group. Newcomers always welcome.

every Friday Singing for Wellbeing Bishopton Community Centre 2pm - 3.15pm A fun, no pressure choir singing feel good songs.

every Saturday Weekly Volunteer Group Greenock Cut Visitor Centre 10.30am - 2.30pm

Conservation Volunteers, adult group. Newcomers always welcome.

every Sunday Weekly Volunteer Group

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Ralph Vaughan Williams ‘In Windsor Forest’ Daniel Elder ‘Nocturnes’ plus Gwyneth Walker, Morten Lauridsen and familiar favourites

Friday 12 May 2017 at 7.30pm

Lylesland Church, 123 Rowan Street, Paisley PA2 6RZ Tickets £10 - available from members, by phone from 01505 850 344 / 07932 680951, online from (+ booking fee) OR at the door Scottish charity no 032807

The Arkleston Singers: Old World - New World This year’s annual concert by Paisley Chamber Choir The Arkleston Singers will take place in Lylesland Parish Church, 123 Rowan Street, Paisley PA2 6RZ on Friday May 12th at 7.30pm. Old World music will include ‘In Windsor Forest’, a rarely-performed cantata by Ralph Vaughan Williams, together with music from the New World by young composer Daniel Elder, Gwyneth Walker and the much loved Morten Lauridsen. The concert, full of the choir’s eclectic mix of music for all tastes, will be conducted by their new Musical Director, Marcus Kitchen, and the Singers will be accompanied by the Arkleston Chamber Ensemble. Tickets, priced £10, will be available at the door. Further information from 01505 850344

10am - 2pm

1st & 3rd SUN Loch Lomond Shores

10am - 3pm Tel: 07977 179 861

2nd THU & last SAT Paisley Cross

10am - 2pm Tel: 01655 770217

2nd SUN Kip Marina, Inverkip 11am - 4pm

Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch 10am - 12noon

Youth volunteer Group - age 12 - 18 years. Newcomers always welcome.

Houston Litter Crew Co-op Car Park 10am – 11.45am

All volunteers welcome and all equipment supplied.

2nd & 4th Wednesday BoW Senior Citizens Club Cargill Hall 7 - 9pm

Tea, biscuits & a raffle each meeting along with entertainment. Contact Sheila Patterson for further information on 01505 690521.

1st & 3rd Thurs monthly ‘Outlook’ Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm 2pm - 4pm

Social activities group for the community in Kilmacolm. Guest speakers, afternoon tea, local issues of interest. Everyone welcome.

Crafty Hobbies

Did you Know?

Your cinema now offers a range of e n te r t a i n m e n t from ballet to sport, comedy to live music, opera to theatre, museums to art gallery exhibitions, with much of it broadcast live by satellite. For more information about these events contact your local cinema.

Carrick Centre, Main Street, Houston 7.30pm

No previous craft experience necessary. Call Lorna on 01505 612844 for further details.

2nd Wednesday monthly Inverclyde Carers Outreach Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 11am - 2pm

Email or call: 01475 735180.

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Lilifest: Lilias Day Quiz

Lilifest 2017: Chris Stout & Catriona McKay

The Trust, Kilbarchan 8pm

Lilias Day Quiz with the Quizmaster General. Free, prizes.

Sat 3 June Lilias Day Celebrations

Kilbarchan - various from 12noon A historic parade followed through the village by decorated floats, pipe and brass bands. The parade finishes in Kilbarchan Park where a host of stalls, activities and events take place throughout the day to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

Houston & Killellan Agricultural Show Schedules for the Craft and Baking section are available from the Paper Shop and the Post Office in the village or by e-mail: issistuart@

Lilifest 2017: Family Fun Day at Habbies Habbies, Kilbarchan All Day

Bouncy castle, BBQ and much more. Free.

Lilifest 2017: Barchan Mad Comedy Night

Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan 7.30pm

This popular comedy night returns on Lilias Day featuring a great line up of comedians in a great venue. With your host for the evening, Graham Barrie. For more info / bookings email

Mon 5 June St Columba’s School Silver Tablet Concert St Columba’s Church, Duchal Rd, Kilmacolm 11.30 am

Musical talent from Senior VI who compete for this award by performing musical pieces of Grade 8 standard. Members of the School community, including parents, friends, former pupils, former staff and former parents are all welcome to attend this lovely musical celebration. Please contact if you wish to attend.

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Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan 7.30pm

Chris and Catriona have excited audiences all over the world with their own unique brand of music inspired by the traditions of their native Shetland Islands and Scotland. It’s hard to believe there’s only two people on stage as they weave their way between glorious soundscapes and music of breathtaking simplicity. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346 or by e-mail@ BYOB

Sat 10 June Bridge of Weir Gala Day Houston Road Park

Parade starts from Cargill Hall and finishes at the Park when the fun and games begin!

Lochwinnoch Gala Day

Lochwinnoch Public Park 1.30pm4.30pm

Looking forward to welcoming visitors to our annual Gala Event.

Sun 11 June Lilifest 2017: Village Voices & Kilbarchan Parish Junior Choir Kilbarchan Parish Church, Church Street, Kilbarchan 2pm

An entertaining evening of song and fun. Directed by the wonderfully inspiring Moira Gray both choirs are open to join to anyone interested, no experience necessary 01505 704948. Tickets £5 / £14 family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) available on the door include tea/coffee and cake.

Bowfield 10K

Bowfield Hotel & Country Club, Howwood

Join St Vincent’s Hospice on June 11th for the annual Bowfield 10K Walkers and runners are welcome to tackle our challenging and scenic course. Walkers start at 10:00am and runners at 11:00. £10 registration fee, all sponsorship goes to St Vincent’s Hospice. For more information, contact

Concerts at Martyrs’ Sandyford Church, Paisley A short series of hour-long concerts will take place both at the King Street and Montgomery Road church buildings over the months of May and June. Tickets for all concerts cost £5 and are available at the door on the day. NEW PAISLEY BRASS GROUP - Sunday 14th May, 2.30pm,King Street, PA1 2LS - Music through the Centuries. STRING QUARTET - Sunday 4th June, 2.30pm, Montgomery Road, PA3 4LQfrom ST MARY’S MUSIC SCHOOL, EDINBURGH, playing Kodaly and Schubert. THE ORGANISTS ENTERTAIN!! - Sunday 11th June, 2.30pm, King Street, PA1 2LS - Rachel Ong and Stewart Munro present organ music, piano duets, singing and trumpet solos. THE ARCARA CONSORT - Sunday 18th June, 2.30pm, Montgomery Road, PA3 4LQ - Ranging from the tiny sopranino recorder to the great sub-contrabass, Arcara will play some of their favourite music, both early and modern.

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The Southside Fringe will run from the 12th - 28th May! With 200 events in 50 venues, this is the biggest community organised event in Glasgow! The Southside Fringe is focused upon providing a fortnight of quality opportunities for acts, performers and musicians. We also hope to involve as many venues and businesses as we can with a view to boosting existing custom over the fortnight and to raise the profile of the Southside on the arts landscape and draw new customers, visitors and audiences to the wonderful facilities the Southside has to offer. None of us as organisers will be drawing earnings from the fringe and are running the not for profit business as volunteers. It’s an incredibly exciting time in the Southside with several venues actively encouraging creativity and supporting local Southside talent. The ethos of the Southside Fringe is very much ‘strength in numbers’: the more facets of the community and local businesses who get involved the louder our voice and the bigger the Southside’s profile will be on the festival map.

ACCORD Hospice Saturday 20th May from 10am - 4pm Hosting a wide variety of stalls and attractions, the Accord Hospice summer fayre will have something for everyone. On offer will be homebaking, bric-abrac, tearoom, craft stalls, games and competitions, children inflatable rides, book stalls and much more. For more information, email This is a free event!

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St Vincent’s fourth annual Carfest, is moving to Paisley Town Centre! Come along for a day of fantastic family fun and entertainment, and a spectacular array of vintage and custom cars and bikes. Contact our fundraising team on 01505 705635 for more information.

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The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

Sat May 13th - 7.30pm - From £12 They skillfully weave the many components of their three musical cultures and traditions together in a hugely atmospheric and dynamic fashion, all laced through with liberal helpings of humour for good measure.

Fools On A Hill

The Full Monty


Wed 3rd - Sat 6th May - From £16 Based on the movie that starred Robert Carlyle, the stage show is set in Buffalo New York, where 6 unemployed guys’ desperation leads them to put together a male stripper show to help give them back their self

Scott Gibson: Life After Death

Fri 5th May - 8pm - Beacon Studio - From £10 A darkly hysterical, inspiring show, delivered with the trademark filthy charisma that Scott is known for; Life After Death is a tale of love and pain, fear and hope.

Mairi Campbell: Pulse

Thu 6th May - 8pm - Beacon Studio - From £10 Award-winning musician Mairi Campbell presents Pulse, her onewoman show. A homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling it is Mairi’s quest to heal cultural wounds.

Sat 13th May - 8pm - Beacon Studio - From £10 After God appears to one of them in a vision (complete with Kelburn disco lighting) two Christians take it upon themselves to start spreading the word of God again, putting the world to rights the only way they know how.

The North

Wed 17th May - 1.30pm - Beacon Studio - From £5 After their highly acclaimed debut Plan B for Utopia, Joan Clevillé Dance are back at Beacon Arts Centre with The North, the bleak yet whimsical story of a young man’s journey in search of understanding and meaning in an unpredictable environment.

Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra

Thu 18th May - 7.30pm - £12 Tommy Smith plays a repertoire of renowned jazz legends such as Ellington, Basie, Miles, Golson, and Gillespie. With endless talent, improvisational skills, exuberance and verve, the music is played with a collective maturity well beyond their years.

Girls Night OOT!

Tina May & Brian Kellock celebrate Ella & Oscar

Wed 10th May - 7.30pm - Beacon Studio - From £12 Ella Fitzgerald was the greatest jazz singer and to celebrate her centenary the UK’s leading jazz vocalist Tina May and her world class accompanist, pianist Brian Kellock revisit the classic meeting between Ella and piano giant Oscar Peterson.


Thu 11th May - 11.30am & 2.30pm - Beacon Studio - £5 An exciting new dance, theatre and live music experience made especially for infants and their grown ups. Through playful movement, dance and sound, MamaBabaMe explores these profound new relationships and how this eternal bond evolves and grows.


Thu 11th May - 7.30pm - From £12 Winchin will bring back memories to those who lived through those heady days of post war freedom and humour abounds in this poignant tale of the best days of your life.

Fri 19th May - 7.30pm - From £16 To prepare for a marriage all a girl needs are her friends and a guid old hen night! Banterous, Balshy and Bootyliciously good fun.

Stuart Mitchell: Dealt A Bad Hand

Wed 24th May - 7.30pm - Beacon Studio - From £10 The Glaswegian comic’s sharp one-liners, brilliant turn of phrase and clever wordplay has made him a perfect choice for regular appearances on BBC Radio Scotland’s new comedy panel show ‘Breaking the News’.

Night Light

Thu 25th May - 12noon & 2pm - Beacon Studio - £5 Part of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival on tour. Coproduced by Imaginate and Red Bridge Arts.

Bowie Experience

Sat 27th May - 7.30pm - £24 A spectacular concert featuring all of David Bowie’s hits – celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon.

Fred Morrison in Concert

The Song of Fergus and Kate

Fri 12th May - 7.30pm - From £12 One of celtic music’s most profoundly skilled and audaciously inventive exponents, Scottish piper Fred Morrison is justly famed for his passionately expressive style, rooted in the Gaelic traditions of his father’s native South Uist.

Sun 28th May - 2pm - Beacon Studio - £5 The Song of Fergus and Kate is a brand new interactive story that uses storytelling, music and animation to encourage children to celebrate their differences. BEACON ARTS CENTRE, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, GREENOCK, PA15 1HJ INFO@BEACONARTSCENTRE.CO.UK TELEPHONE: 01475 723723

Top of Their Game

Fri 12th May - 7.30pm - Beacon Studio - £10 A celebration of two comedians at the top of their game – pity no-one can work out what the hell they’re playing at. Warning. Show contains no heart-warming tales about dead relatives, no redemptive accounts of sobriety, or anecdotes about life changing encounters with a monk while travelling around Goa. It will however, be very, very funny.




Paisley Town Hall Price: £14 + BF

7.30pm - 10pm

ABBA Mania brings ABBA fans old and new a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA Mania is for you!

SAT ACCORD Hospice Summer Fayre

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Paisley Town Hall This is a free event

10am - 4pm

On offer will be homebaking, bric-a-brac, tearoom, craft stalls, games and competitions, children inflatable rides, book stalls and much more. For more information, email Call us on 0300 300 1210 or visit to book

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New Member and new President- elect Members were delighted to welcome Hamid Khatib to Gryffe Valley Rotary Club at the meeting on 5th April. Hamid is a Chartered Engineer who worked in the oil and gas industry with Britoil and BP. Like several of our recent retired new members he is keen to enjoy the fellowship of Rotary and to contribute to the Club’s community projects. At the same meeting, President Peter Dickie was pleased to announce that Nigel Jamison has agreed to become President – elect and will serve the club as President from July onwards. Peter and Nigel are working together to assemble next year’s Council.

Financial Blog by Carl Melvin, Affluent Financial Planning Ltd

Changes to State Bereavement Payments The New tax year sees the introduction of a new system of state bereavement payments. A new Bereavement Support Payment replaces the bereavement payment, bereavement allowance and widowed parents allowance that was paid previously. The new rules will mean that a higher initial payment is made, but subsequent payments will be less generous. The changes are designed to save the Government around £100 Million per year. Previously claimants would receive a one-off tax-free lump sum of £2,000, followed by £5,852 a year before tax for up to 20 years (depending on their child’s age). Now bereaved parents will receive tax-free payments of just £9,800 in total – spread over only 18 months. The changes will affect new claims from April 2017. So, what’s changed? • Where a person dies, their spouse or civil partner will get the new Bereavement Support Allowance • Those without dependent children receive £2,500 and payments of £100 for up to 18 months • Those who are entitled to child benefit get a higher payment of £3,500 and payments of £350 for to 18 months • The new benefits will not automatically rise in line with inflation unlike the old system benefits. • Payments will not be means tested • Payments will be tax free

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Business Bites at the Fox This event is being held to bring together local business people, bloggers, creatives, entrepreneurs and community members to connect, grow and collaborate. Join us in the Hunters Bar on the last Tuesday of every month from 10am - 11.30am, the next event will be on Tuesday 30th May 2017. This is a free event, with tea, coffee & breakfasts available if you wish and of course, no business event could be without the free WIFI. The format of the morning will be casual with meeting and greeting taking place first followed by a guest speaker. Run by our Assistant Manager Sarah, who has over 10 years experience running a variety of events, including business networking. Business Bites attendees will also be eligible to sign up to a members only mailing list, giving them access to exclusive events, discounts and promotions all year round. Venue; Fox & Hounds, South Street, Houston PA6 7EN. • Cohabiting couples with children are not entitled to claim any benefit at all, and that is a situation which has not changed from the old system. The Child Bereavement Network claims that three out of four bereaved families will be worse off because of these changes. So, the message is clear – don’t expect the State to support you financially if you are bereaved. You should review your life assurance arrangements to make sure your partner and children will have enough money on your death. This information is not financial advice. If you require advice you should consult a professional adviser. The first meeting is normally free and there is no obligation. Call us for a FREE financial review on 01505 59 50 60 or Alternatively, pop into the Affluent office opposite Amaretto restaurant on Main Street, Bridge of Weir.

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At our meeting on 22nd March, Ross Anderson introduced John Hanna, known to him for many years through John’s employment with Scottish Enterprise and Ross’s former tourism business. John explained how his love of photography and bird-watching had arisen through a threeyear long observation of Whooper Swans in connection with the development of Inchinnan Industrial Estate. He then entertained us with a display of beautiful photographs of birds, large and small, common and rare all to be found throughout Scotland. After many questions on the photographic equipment used and the methodology of capturing such wonderful images, Peter thanked John for opening our eyes to the beauty of our own country and its birdlife.

was past president Mike Farley who spoke lucidly on the topic of Rocks and Dinosaurs – a subject inspired by his trip to Colorado and the Dinosaur National Monument. The current president Peter Dickie remarked that Mike would be sure to see a suitably fulsome report in the Advertizer!

Once a year the club cedes its booking of the River Inn function suite to allow St Columba’s to hold an annual event. So at a more intimate meeting on 29th March, the speaker

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to his current spell in the Glasgow area. Edwin is a past president of 2 Rotary clubs and is a recipient of a Paul Harris award. His talk focussed on his work in Life Houses – previously described as hostels for the homeless. He spoke of the causes of homelessness (mostly family breakdown) and how the Salvation Army can offer rooms in a Life House and support to help their clients rebuild their lives and get back into society. Whilst Edwin himself offers pastoral care and addresses spiritual needs, the Houses offer training and guidance on various life skills like budgeting, cooking and washing clothes with study programmes and activities. Edwin finished off with a rousing rendition on his cornet of an Easter tune – to rapturous applause from his audience. Overall this was a heart-warming glimpse into the rewarding work which the Salvation Army undertakes in support of many less fortunate members of our community. Looking forward: there is a full programme of speakers in place on Wednesday evenings through to the end of June, including a Young Carer, a senior member of staff at Strathclyde University, a railway enthusiast, and an expert on the buildings of Glasgow. Guests interested to find out more about Rotary are invited to attend our speaker meetings by arrangement with a member or by contacting the club via the contact facility on the website

At the Rotary Club of Gryffe Valley Meeting on 12th April, Gryffe Valley was delighted to receive a talk from Major Edwin Tucker, introduced by Ian Beaton of Beaton Bros, Edwin is a lifetime officer in the Salvation Army (as were both his parents before him, and indeed is his wife of 40 years standing). In his role as a chaplain, Edwin had spent time in London, Cardiff and Kirkwall prior

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Local growth needs to be government focus Official statistics published today show that the Scottish economy contracted by 0.2 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2016. Over the whole of 2016, Scottish GDP grew by 0.4 per cent – compared to growth across the UK of 1.8 per cent. Andy Willox, FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, said: “Today’s anaemic growth figures shows there’s much to do to nurse the Scottish economy back to health. “In 2016, the decline in our oil and gas industry obviously hit many firms and local economies hard. The cost of employment also went up substantially last year – with the impact of pension auto-enrolment and big increases to the national living wage having a substantial impact on Scotland’s large service sector. “Scottish small business confidence fell substantially after last year’s vote to leave the European Union – but smaller firms north of the border were more pessimistic about business prospects even before the poll.

Renfrewshire’s largest free business event returns to Paisley for the 7th consecutive year on Thursday 18th May at the Lagoon, Paisley. “Business Matters in Renfrewshire –your local B2B event” is organised by Renfrewshire Chamber and is open to all members & non-members, business people, start-ups, senior school pupils and students. With 50+ exhibitors and 6 seminars running throughout the day the event is sponsored by bizanywhere.

“If Scotland is to avoid recession, we need to see action from governments in Edinburgh and London to boost local firms. Scottish Government and UK Government Ministers need to avoid fixating on inward investment – and put real effort into developing genuinely resilient local economies.”

Calling Past Columbans ColumbansConnect offers a network that will provide wonderful opportunities for all its members; re-connecting with former classmates, making new connections, finding jobs and signing up to a rich and varied programme of events and activities. By fully integrating with social networks and cultivating a culture of helping and giving back, you will be amazed how vibrant your St Columba’s community is.

Seminar line-up: 1. 10.15 - 11.00 “Tech, the Cloud and Cyber Security” with bizanywhere & Seric Systems 2. 11.15 - 12.00 “How to build your International Business” with ExpoRen

Visit the website: or contact the development department at St Columba’s School: or 01505 872238

3. 12.15 - 13.00 “Paisley 2021/Invest/City Deal” with Renfrewshire Council

2017 Local Government Election

5. 14.15 - 15.00 “Social Media - Pay to Play” With NSDesign

On Thursday 4th May 2017 the Scottish Local Government elections will take place for all 32 local authorities. Voting in these elections will take place between 7am and 10pm for all registered voters who are aged 16 or over on the day of the election. Electors in Renfrewshire will be asked to elect a total of 43 councillors across 12 wards. This is an increase from the former 40 councillor/11 ward composition of the council and has been introduced by the Scottish Government following the review of local authority wards and councillor numbers by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland. 46 candidates will contest 22 seats on Inverclyde Council in 7 Wards Electors in Inverclyde, Ward 1 (which covers Kilmacolm), have a choice between 5 candidates with 3 councillors to be elected. Voting will be by the Single Transferable Vote method and the results will be announced on Friday 5th May.

4. 13.15 - 14.00 “Making Change Easy” with HeadStrong 6. 15.15 - 16.00 “Sell More by Selling Less” with Sandler Training Commenting on the event chief exec Bob Grant said “B2B 2017 is a great way to engage face to face with the wider business community. If you are in business in Renfrewshire I strongly recommend coming along. It’s a great opportunity to meet new and existing contacts and network with 50+ businesses in one go. The free informative seminars throughout the day are an excellent way to learn new skills and refresh old ones. We look forward to welcoming you on the day.” For more information and to register your place please visit the Chamber events page at The event is free to attend (there is a cost to exhibit). Hashtag for the event is #b2bpaisley

Weir Networking Friday 12 May 2017, 9.30am Weir Networking is a Business Networking Group for local business owners to get together and make contact. The next meeting will be on Friday 12 May when we will be having an Open Floor event. This is where we invite members of the group to talk about their business or discuss points of interest to business owners. Come along on Friday morning, at 9.30am, to find out more and see what we can do to help you and your business. We meet for breakfast and a chat in Amaretto Ristorante, 60 Main Street, Bridge of Weir. All businesses welcome - just £5 per person!

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Renfrewshire Council extends Consultation period Consultation on Renfrewshire’s Main Issues Report and Environmental Report Extended until 30th May Renfrewshire Council has published its Main Issues Report and accompanying Environmental Report as the first stage in preparing the next Local Development Plan for Renfrewshire. The Main Issues Report sets out the main changes and issues that have emerged since the adoption of the current Renfrewshire Local Development Plan in 2014, as well as setting out the Council’s preferred options and alternatives for development across Renfrewshire.

IT Blog

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Safe mode is a handy diagnostic tool available in Windows used to repair driver and software errors or to help with virus removal. Before Windows 8 came along, starting a computer in Safe Mode was a relatively straight forward process. On turning the computer on; tapping the F8 key every second until the onscreen prompt appears, then cursor to Safe Mode and hit enter. Since the F8 key on start-up no longer has the same effect on Windows 10 or its immediate predecessors, a lot of computer users that were previously wise to this handy tool now think Safe Mode no longer exists. In fact, it does still exist, Microsoft just made it more difficult for us. Because technology giants like to do that sometimes. The notable thing about entering Windows in Safe Mode the way Microsoft would have us do so; is that we need to access Windows in ‘Normal’ mode first. So, if we cannot access our computer because our video driver is corrupt, we are snookered – at least to any extent that this article can stretch to. The good news is that we don’t need to go past the login screen on Windows’ start-up. From this screen or indeed, from the Start Menu within Windows, select the ‘Restart’ option but as you do so, depress and hold the Shift Key on the Keyboard; An onscreen prompt appears giving us further options. These include the option to ‘Troubleshoot’. Select this; avoiding the light sounding yet deadly ‘Refresh’ option. Followed by ‘Advanced Options’ then ‘Start-up Settings’ and ‘Restart’. Select Safe mode on Start-up and you are away. They say removing the Safe Mode option from start-up improves Windows’ boot up speed but; like the parking restrictions in Kilmacolm; ‘progress’ always comes with a price.

To provide additional time for consultation and engagement on the Renfrewshire Local Development Plan Main Issues Report (2017) we have decided to extend the consultation period by one month, with the consultation period now ending on Tuesday 30 May 2017. The Main Issues Report, Environmental Report and associated Background Papers are available to view online at: article/3070/Preparation-of-the-next-Local-Development-Plan Paper copies of the documents are available to view at the Customer Service Centre, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1JD between the hours of 8:45am and 4:45pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:45am and 3:55pm on a Friday, and at all Council libraries. You can submit your views on the Main Issues Report and Environmental Report using the online Consultation Response Form which is available to download at the web address detailed above. Completed response forms should be sent to localplanconsultation@ or by post to: Development & Housing Services, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1JD To discuss the Main Issues Report or Environmental Report, or for any other related matters, please phone 0141 618 7838 or email



Jack Hastie - “Weird Tales” Here are fifteen stories of the weird and wonderful, the tragic and the vengeful, with a Scottish flavour. Sometimes satirical, sometimes lyrical, the collection makes some scathing comments on commercialism and political correctness in contemporary society. Don’t read on unless you are prepared to accept “a willing suspension of disbelief” in things that should never happen. Retired lecturer Jack Hastie puts aside his children’s writer’s hat and launches something very different. Says Jack, “These stories were written over the last twenty five years and have been published in obscure small press magazines and the anthologies of local writers’ groups. They were in danger of being lost to posterity if I had not collected them here. Some are pure invention, but others reflect real experiences I have had; ‘The Storyteller’ was inspired by a meeting in Crete in 1994; ‘Victor’ by something I saw in Gran Canaria in 2014. ‘Changelings’ arose from an accident in which I was involved in 1975 in which I was certain - for about half an hour-that I was about to die. On the other hand ‘Nemesis’ and ‘Charity’ take the form of discussions and explore the relationships between Peace, Love and Justice.” The launch will take place in the Guide Centre, High Barholm, Kilbarchan on Sunday, 14th May from 2.30pm - 4pm. Refreshments will be provided. Jack, father of two, grandfather of four, has previously published two children’s novels, “Fraser’s Voices” and “Neither Dead Nor Alive” and several collections of children’s short stories which were originally written for his grandchildren. “I’ve run out of grandkids,” he jokes (the youngest is nearly sixteen); “ I’m waiting for one of them to present me with a great.” For more information visit

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history Kilbarchan May 1917

A young Kilbarchan Man’s Spiritual Journey Robert Lang Campbell Robert Lang Campbell was born in Kilbarchan on the 21st of January 1825. His parents, Alexander and Agnes (née Lang) Campbell, were members of the Chartist Church in the village. Robert and his elder brother John, much to the chagrin of their father, attended Mormon Missionary meetings. At the age of seventeen Robert, who had trained as a clerk, was baptised into the Church of the Latter Day Saints on the 9th of August, 1842. He began his missionary work in the local area and Ayrshire and kept a diary recording his activities. In company with other Mormon missionaries he preached in the open air, in people’s homes and at local collieries. Sometimes the group Public domain: Courtesy of L. Tom Perry Special was well received and on Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young other occasions reception University was antagonistic. In September he was accosted in Howwood by a drunk man with a broken glass who almost stopped their preaching and, on a mission to Dalry, the missionaries twice in one day got a poor reception from very inattentive sinners. In November, 1843, at the age of eighteen, Robert Campbell was ordained as a Mormon Priest. However, despite his dedication, he made time to visit Kilbarchan to see his sweetheart, Joan Scobie, and his family. In January, 1845, Robert left his home country and sailed from Liverpool on his way to Nauvoo, the centre of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The following November Joan Scobie arrived at Nauvoo after a journey of ten weeks, and Robert and Joan were married by Patriarch John Smith. The young couple settled happily in the town’s Mormon community, and Joan was soon pregnant. But peace and harmony was not to last.

The continuing Battle of Arras and the advance on the Hindenburg Line continued to take its toll. Private Alexander Purdon Grant was born at 33 Church St, Kilbarchan on 18th November 1893. He served with the 9th Highland Light Infantry’s 9th (Highlanders) battalion and went to France with them on 5th November 1914. He was killed on 1st May 1917 and is buried at Croisilles. He was 23. Private James Davidson, served with the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, 12th Brigade, 4th Division and was killed in the Battle of the Scarpe, the attempted breakout after the initial successes of the Battle of Arras. In the 1911 census he is described as a 34 years old commercial traveller, who had been born in Glasgow. He has no known gave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He was 41. 2nd Lieutenant Colin Houston served with the 15th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces. Before he emigrated he had been a clerk in a shipbuilding company and the 1911 census states that he resided in 1 Church St, Port Glasgow. He was in Australia when the war broke out and enlisted in late 1915. After officer training in England he went to France on 17th March 1917 and was killed on the 3rd of May. He has no known grave is commemorated on the Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. He was 27. Private Robert Burns began his army career in the Army Service Corps before being transferred to the 10th Lancashire Fusiliers, 52nd Brigade, 17th (Northern) Division. In 1911 he lived at 43 Claremont Terrace, Glasgow, where his father was a domestic chauffeur. Robert lived in Gryffe Castle Cottage when he joined the army. He was killed on 12th May 1917, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. His name is on both Kilbarchan and Bridge of Weir’s memorials. He was 20.

In September of 1846 persecution of the Mormons in Nauvoo escalated, with a violent mob firing cannon at the Brethern. For days, battle raged in the town. Eventually a truce was agreed. The mobocrats were the victors and the Mormons were given ten days to leave the town. On 9th October the Mormon community set off on a long, arduous trek across rivers and prairie to winter quarters. Robert was given part of a wagon to store his effects and he and Joan set off on foot. One week into the journey Joan died in childbirth. Robert, at the age of twenty-one, was left alone and homeless in an alien land. Despite grieving, and now also suffering from a fever, Robert had no option but to continue the fifty day trek to the winter quarters.

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Johnstone History Society Our May meeting and the last for this year will be on Tuesday the 9th of May 2017 in the Masonic Hall Collier Street at 7.30 Our speaker this month is Alexander Hall returning for a second time after a very enjoyable and interesting talk last year . This years talk is on “ The Relief of Malta “ which also promises to be a very interesting evening . New members and visitors will always be made very welcome. Our April meeting was an evening learning about Burns and was much enjoyed . We were joined by a few visitors and we hope they felt welcome . The Museum continues to open Wednesday Friday and Saturday from 10.30 am till 4pm and will be opened as usual right through the summer. We have a good stock of books maps and publications on sale in the Museum and these can also be bought online at and paid for via PayPal. Gryffe Advertizer - Current & Past Issues

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Collins Tyres - at your Service Next time your car needs a service, an MOT or new tyres, try Collins Tyre Service of Elderslie. Phil and Shirley Anne have been running their successful business for 22 years, with their sons Peter and Matthew more recently joining the team. This well established family business now boasts two mechanic bays, two tyre bays and a fresh and bright reception area and toilets. There’s also a lovely new waiting room with tv and tea/coffee facilities. And, all this has been acheived without the loss of parking, which is more than ample.

Charity Car Wash The Gryffe Valley Rotary Charity Car Wash organised in conjunction with Beaton Bros was a great success. Beaton’s staff and friends worked with a rota of Rotary members to give around 150 cars a treat.

Tel: Phil Collins, Collins Tyre Services Ltd on 01505 336666.

The customers generously donated £1092 which will be used to support local charitable needs. Peter Dickie thanked Ian Beaton and the Beaton Bros team for their hard work and the company for its community service as a Corporate Member of Gryffe Valley Rotary Club.

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Call 0300 3000 300 Online fault report at https://selfservice.renfrewshir m=SS_RoadAndLightFault&p age=pg_locatestreet You can also write to: Community Resources Renfrewshire House Cotton Street Paisley, PA1 1BR

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Join LEAP Car Club in Spring LEAP Car Club offers convenient, 24/7, not-for-profit community car hire and can help you cut the costs of driving. Cars can be hired for as little as an hour or for as long as you want. The Car Club has helped members by allowing them to sell additional cars or to not have to buy one. What our members say: - “Reliable cars there when I need them.” - “For someone who does not own a car it is very useful to have access to a car at any time for short periods.” - “It is so easy to book online. Great value for money too.” To find out more contact Car Club Coordinator Mike Callaghan T: 01505 842530 E:

Milngavie Classic Car Show

Saturday 17 June 10am-4pm, Milngavie Town Centre, G62 6BJ, We are delighted to host the 3rd Car Show in Milngavie Town Centre. We are expecting to fill precinct with almost 100 classic, vintage, veterans and supercars this year! We teamed up with the British Transport Police and local community groups to make this event even more interesting! We will have a number of kid’s attractions from face-painting to balloon twisting on the day. We also thought about adults as we will have safety demonstrations and free bicycle marking organised by local police! Not to mention about delicious food providers and market stalls at the event!


Motoring Laws You Have No Idea You’re Breaking The chances are that you’ve broken one or more of these laws without ever having realised it was illegal to do so. To avoid the risk of fines or worse, read our list here. Some of these are obscure, some not so obscure, but all of them are offences that a majority of motorists have absolutely no idea that they’re committing. Before you put yourself at risk of fines or worse, read through our list, courtesy of Saga Magazine, and see how many you didn’t even know you were breaking.

1. Using your fog lights wrong Technically, you should only switch your car’s rear fog lights on when visibility is “seriously reduced”, which is usually taken to mean when your visibility ahead is reduced to less than 100 metres. Believe it or not, drivers who switch their fog lights on for any old sprinkling of light mist or if it starts to rain heavily are actually committing an offence and running the risk of getting fined.

2. Not stopping at stop signs It’s common when you’re preparing for your driving test that your instructor will insist that you always come to a complete halt at stop signs, otherwise you’ll fail your test. However, it’s not just your driving examiner you’ll risk getting in hot water with if you fail to stop completely. Given that stop junctions are an instruction to stop completely, if you don’t fully stop at the sign, even if the road is clear, you run the risk of being given three points on your licence. We’ll be running an article each month highlighting some of these.

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The Erskine Classic Car Show Saturday 1 July 12pm - 5pm at intu Braehead, Arena and Boardwalk Back for 2017 with an exciting new location at intu Braehead, arena & boardwalk, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Come along on Saturday 1st July to experience the fun and excitement of Erskine’s annual show with over 300 cars on display from old classics to super cars, live music and entertainment, car demonstrations, guest speakers, fun fair, raffles, pop up shops and much more. If you love cars, old or new then you can’t afford to miss this great day out for all the family. Entry is £5. Kids go free. All profits go to helping ex-service men and women. If you or your club are interested in exhibiting your car(s) please contact Susannah Todd 0141 814 4567 or Download a Registration Form from the website: uk/event/classic-car-show-2017/

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Lochwinnoch Bike Swap a great success

Thanks to everyone who came along to LEAP’s Bike Swap in Lochwinnoch. This time round LEAP partnered with Clyde Muirshiel and RT Cycles and held the SWAP outdoors at Castle Semple Country Park. Over 60 people came to swap their bikes, their children’s bikes, to donate bikes or to find out what a Bike Swap was all about. RT Cycles were on hand on the day at their cycle base to offer guidance on basic cycle checks. If you are interested in future Bike Swaps or are keen on getting involved in LEAP events, contact LEAP by email to enquiries@myleapproject. org or look out for the latest news at or

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Paisley Colour’s 3rd Bimonthly Competition Results Paisley Colour Photographic Club were very pleased to welcome experienced photographer Alex McNaughton from Beith Camera Club to judge the third of the session’s bimonthly competitions held recently at the McMaster Centre in Renfrew. In this competition members could submit up to three digital images each and Alex gave meticulous consideration to each of the sixty six images in the sections: Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced. The standard in all three sections was high and Alex admitted that his task of ranking the top fifteen images in the advanced section was extremely difficult. He gave encouragement discussing the strengths of each image in turn and also gave helpful suggestions as to how an image could be improved but also kept members entertained with some humorous comments.

In the Introductory section Ken Dow swept the board with the top three images. His images included “Common Blue Damselfly” and “Great Banded Grayling”.

In the Intermediate section “Blackrock and Snow” by Tony Barr came third and “Clouds Over the Castles (Arran)” also by Tony Barr was judged in second position. The top image in this section was by Jim Murdoch entitled “Sumatran Tiger”.

In the Advanced section Alex awarded third place to Guy Phillips for his fantastic black and white rugby action shot entitled “Going For It”. Mike Cruise’s beautifully lit and detailed natural history image “Cuckoo” was placed in second place whilst Alex chose Richard


Diaporama This months meeting was “Les Girls de Houston” i.e. the girly night! Unfortunately, due to different circumstances, only three of us could be there but we had a full, exciting meeting planned. As Colin was unable to take part in the “Yorkshire Amigos” meeting in January, it was decided he would start the evening with four of his shows. As usual his shows were great with a ‘Ballet’ sequence, a show looking at ‘Graffiti’ with its fantastic art work, a visit to the Norwegian Islands with ‘Lofoten Views’ and he finished with a series of images - dancers, paintings, local scenes, landscapes- made to look like a book with the pages turning. The ‘girls’ then took over! We had 11 sequences in total-all very different. Fiona showed a ‘Dog’s Life’ which she made with Val in mind (Val loves dogs), 2 travelogues ‘Autumn in Arran’ and ‘Faroes’ -with fantastic weather and views! She made ‘Snow is Falling’ as a tribute to the war and the people involved - it was beautifully made and very moving. Sue took us ‘Across the Glacier’ -a trip across the Lungjokuller glacier in Iceland, a look around ‘Honningsvag’ -the most northerly city in Norway and a visit to the Advent Valley in ‘Svalbard 2’ looking at the landscape and flora in their spring (July) and autumn (September) to highlight the short growing season. Val used her I-phone to take the images for the sequence ‘French Doors’. As expected a sequence called ‘Sisters’ (using the song of that name) looked at 2 ‘sister’ dogs playing together and enjoying each others company. She interpreted the song for ‘The Trawler man’s Song’ and finished the evening with ‘Water Garden’ -a visit she made with a group of French rose growers. We had our usual tea/coffee break but this time we had home baked tea bread and scones to eat! We had other activities planned but ran out of time so these will be kept for another meeting but we all went home with a AV based word search to do! Our last meeting for this session is on Monday 8th May, 7.30pm in the Carrick Centre, Houston. It will be our AGM and Annual Competition. Visitors are always welcome.

Gryffe Camera Club With only a few more meetings left before the Summer Break, Gryffe Camera Club have recently enjoyed talks from Eddie Telford on The 10 Commandments of Photography, Landscapes by Robert Fulton and an interesting presentation titled Altered Reality, where all the photographs were made from composites of several images put together - the only limitation was the imagination of the author.

Bennett’s powerful and emotional Yellowstone image “Bison Blizzard” as the top image and winner of the 3rd bimonthly competition. For further details about PCPC and updated members galleries please view:

We have held our Triptych competition, where 3 images of a single or related subject were shown as a panel. The winner of the B section was Chris Kyle with Balloon Pop, with the runner up being Barbara Martin with BBC zoomer. The winner of the A section was Sandy Thomson with Landing, with the runner up being Kate Cummings with Hydrangea leaves.

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Council Ready for New Coin Inverclyde Council is reassuring motorists that all of its car park pay machines are ready to accept the new 12-sided £1 coins. Claimed to be the most secure coin in the world it is now being introduced into circulation. Inverclyde Council called in engineers at the start of the year to make the necessary adjustments and software updates to the 12 pay machines at its car parks to ensure motorists will not be inconvenienced. The Royal Mint is replacing the current £1 coin for the first time in over thirty years because it has proven vulnerable to counterfeiters. Approximately one in thirty £1 coins currently in circulation are fakes. The new coin has a number of features that make it more difficult to counterfeit including its distinctive shape, an image that appears like a hologram and a hidden high security feature built into the coin itself. Both the round and 12-sided £1 coins can be used until Sunday 15 October when the legal tender status of the round coin will be withdrawn. From this date shops will no longer accept these coins although people will still be able to take them back to their bank.

Is it a crime to threaten online? A question on the Ask the Police website reads: “Someone is sending me threatening/abusive/offensive messages via a social networking site. Is this a criminal offence?” If a person sends threatening/abusive/offensive messages to another person via Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networking site, they could be committing an offence. The most relevant offences are ‘harassment’ and ‘malicious communications’. For harassment to be committed, there must be a ‘course of conduct’ (i.e. two or more related occurrences). The messages do not necessarily have to be violent in nature, but must be oppressive and need to have caused some alarm or distress. If there has only been a single communication, which would be insufficient for the offence of harassment (above), there could be an offence relating to malicious communications. For such an offence to be committed, a message must be sent to another person (or sent via a public communications network) that is indecent, grossly offensive, obscene or threatening/menacing. You can report either of these to your local police force who will be able to confirm whether an offence has been committed, based on the full facts and your individual situation. In order to assist the police with their investigation you must not respond to the message as it may encourage the sender and

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make the situation worse, also you could take a screen shot of the message so if it gets deleted later there will still be a record of what was said. However, depending on the circumstances and the nature of the messages, you may wish to initially make a report to Facebook/Twitter etc., as they have processes in place for such situations, and may be able to simply remove the content and/or close down the person’s account.

Did you know that you can trace the sender of an email? It does require some technical savvy, but it can be done. If you have been on the receiving end of unwanted emails, whether spam or malicious, or just plain annoying, and you can’t unsubscribe from these, you can resort to tracing the sender through a few websites. Interestingly, sending a threatening or malicious message using a public electronic communications network, including sending such a message by email, can comprise an offence under the Communications Act 2003. Additionally, the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 can apply to threatening messages sent by email or by other forms of communication. Both criminal penalties and civil remedies are given.

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Bridge of Weir Lace Group meets fortnightly on Tuesday mornings (10am - 12noon) during the winter months. If you’d like to try lacemaking we can provide materials & tuition. For further details phone (01505) 613967.

We meet at Cargill Hall every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7 - 9pm. Subscriptions are only £6 per year and £1 each week pays for your tea and biscuits. Entertainment provided. Previous entertainers include a male voice choir & live music. Contact Sheila Patterson for further information on 01505 690521.

Bishopton Day this year is on Saturday 17th June, with the parade led by St Columba’s pipe band leaving Bishopton Primary School at 12 noon. Also in the parade will be SambaYaBamba who are a percussion group that play Brazilian samba music. Both will also perform in the main arena.

Our Spring Concert will be held on Sunday 7th May in St. Columba Church Kilmacolm under the baton of our Conductor Christopher Barr. The accompanist is Chris Nickol and the soloists are from the Conservatoire

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Mill of Gryffe Road, Bridge of Weir Deterioration There have already been several concerns raised by local residents who are attempting to navigate this now utterly ruined stretch of Mill of Gryffe Road (Section running from bollards at intersection of Kilmacolm Road and Mill of Gryffe Road down to intersection at Mimosa Road). The road is walked by many young and elderly people and has now become a real hazard. The driving and walking of this road is now at a critical and dangerous stage. The building of the housing estate on the site of the old leather factory has obviously increased traffic flow and subsequent erosion. The Road has been on the decline for years and is now impossible to drive without having to bump into many deep pot holes. There is no way to snake around them any longer, while the damage to tyres and suspension is becoming costly.

Attractions on the day include dancing displays, football and rugby displays, live music, magician, vintage fire engine, model railway, pony rides, inflatables and charity stalls. Entry is £2 per adult and kids go free. More information on the website or Facebook page.

Bridge of Weir Choral Society

The centre piece of the programme is Mozart’s Mass in C Major and the choir will also perform works by Finzi and Vaughan Williams. The ticket price, including a programme is £10 available from choir members and on the door. For further information contact Ernie Smyth on 01505 702997

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French Conversation Our French conversation group Is going from strength to strength. We now have about 9 participants plus an informal study group for those who either want to start from beginning or who want to revive what they learned at school. Contact or 07463570464. Margaret Forbes. We meet at Bernie’s in Bridge of Weir every Wednesday 9.30am -12noon. Come and join us!

Residents are hoping to raise awareness among the local community and get some kind of action group in motion to get this road fixed and fit for purpose.

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Bridge of Weir SWI At our recent AGM and Mini Show there were several prize winners. Mabel McPherson won the Points trophy, with Brenda Lindsay and Pat Allan as runners up. The Duncan Cup was won by Pat Allan with a knitted baby jacket. Mabel McPherson’s sponge cake won her the Muirhead Cup. The season ends with an outing to Drumlanrig Castle at the beginning of June. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

RagBag Recycle Bin - Langbank There is now a permanent RagBag Recycle bin sited in the school car park of Langbank Primary School for any of your unwanted textiles (no duvets or pillows). Any money raised from this will go to Langbank Playgroup. If anyone has any items and is unable to get to the recycle bin please call Jacqueline on 01475 540728. Thank you in advance.

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Bridge of Weir Co-op Food Bank Donation Bin Bridge of Weir Co-op now has a Renfrewshire Food Bank donation bin of its very own – many thanks to store manager Angela for allowing Renfrewshire Food Bank to set up a donation bin in such a prominent site within the store – at the tills! Renfrewshire Food Bank looks forward to receiving your generous donations of tins, jars or packets of food, toiletries and cleaning products. 1 ton of food is distributed by Renfrewshire Food Bank every week in the Renfrewshire area. People requiring the services of the Food Bank are referred by health professionals and social services and a voucher is issued for food. A three day, dietician approved food parcel can then be collected from a local distribution site in Renfrewshire. A list of foods required can be found at the donation bin. *Renfrewshire Food Bank is unable to accept fresh food or alcohol... Thank you x bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Bridge of Weir Tenants and Residents Association The latest meeting of Bridge of Weir TARA was very well attended with a number of topics concerning the village discussed, and we’d like to pass on our thanks to Cllrs Maria Brown and James MacLaren, Police Officers Brian Dick and Martin Norwood, Dave and Jamie from Renfrewshire Wardens Service and Sandra Blair from Renfrewshire Council housing department for their attendance. The Police report showed only four crimes committed within the confines of the village over the past month, these were a serious assault in the street {culprit apprehended}, a common assault, a theft from a motor vehicle and a case of sheep worrying where a dog had slip it’s lead.

The two planning appeals for housing to be built at Whitelint Gate and on to the north east of the Kilmacolm Road, will have a public meeting on the 18th July. This meeting however will only be concerned with the Housing Land Supply in Renfrewshire, as the reporters from the Scottish Government hearing the appeals, think they already have enough information from residents, SEPA, Scottish Water etc. TARA will have representation at the meeting. The next meeting of the Bridge of Weir Tenants and Residents Association will be in the Pirie Centre, Freeland Church on the 16th May at 7.30pm. If you’ve got a view on a local matter, why not come along and air it. All are welcome.

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Bridge of Weir Gala Day in Houston Road Park. Parade leaves Cargill Hall 12 noon. Gala Queen crowned at 12.45pm and then officially opens Gala Day at 1pm. This year’s theme is “Commotion in the Ocean”. {Please note that there will be no public car parking within the park on the day} Sunday 11th June Pet Service in St. Mary’s Church at 3pm {Nothing bigger than a dog please} Gala Praise for all the family in St. Machar’s Church at 7pm. Monday 12th June Gryffe Voices Community Choir in Freeland Church at 8pm Tuesday 13th June Football Fiesta in Moss Road Park from 6.30pm

Hope Hall Family Fun Night in Moss Road Park from 6.30pm {Will be held in Hope Hall if weather bad} Thursday 15th June Senior Citizens Association Festival Afternoon Tea in Freeland Church at 2pm. Tickets £2. {All home baking donations welcome} Festival Bingo Night in the Royal British Legion {Scotland}, doors open 7pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Entry £2, includes light buffet. Saturday 17th June Festival Week Ceilidh in the Royal British Legion {Scotland} at 7.30pm until late. Dance to the music of ‘The Reel Fling’. Entry by ticket only. Tickets £10 each from the Festival Committee.

The costs involved with putting on Gala Day and Festival Week as a whole are continuing to rise. The council now require us to have tracking for vehicles entering Houston Road Park which is very expensive, in addition, health and safety rules now require the bunting to be put up by licensed operators, with the Festival Committee currently being quoted £800 plus VAT to put it up this year. So if it’s not up on Gala Day you’ll know why. The Festival Committee rely on donations to keep the whole operation afloat, and this includes the Santa Sleigh at Christmas, so please give whatever you can at the collection points, as all donations are gratefully received.

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Langbank Church’s 150th Anniversary Langbank Church was officially opened in May 1867, so it celebrates 150 years this month. The building was originally the United Free Church, but became Church of Scotland in 1932. To mark this occasion, a weekend of celebrations is planned. On the afternoon of Saturday, May 13th the church will be open to the public, with organ recitals and entertainment from the school choir. Everyone is welcome to come and look round the church whilst listening to the music. A plant sale will also take place that day in the church car park from 10.30am – 12.30pm, and cream teas will be served in the church hall. The service on Sunday, May 14 at 11am will be conducted by Rev Ann McCool, moderator of the Greenock and Paisley Presbytery, and hopefully this will be well supported. As always, visitors will be made very welcome. Nearly 400 million children across the world live in extreme poverty. To celebrate our 150th anniversary, the church is going to sponsor a child through Compassion UK, a Christian charity which aims to help children by providing education, food, healthcare and the skills to break the cycle of poverty. A retiring collection on the 14th will go towards this. If anyone wishes to sponsor a child personally, forms will be available in the church hall.

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The Wardens Service report showed that there was a number of issues surrounding the village that they were assessing while patrolling. As we get into the longer summer evenings anti-social behaviour and drinking are becoming more prevalent around the village, the back of Livery Walk and the bottom of Station Road have been patrolled regarding this. Dog fouling is also on the rise again, and especially the cases of owners taking the time to bag their dog’s poo but then leaving it hanging from trees or sitting on walls. Why? Dog poo once bagged can go in any public bin, and if one isn’t available, please take it home with you.

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Thank you for reading my articles over the last five years and for the many kind words sent to me, as I head into the final furlong I ask for your support by placing a “1” against my name in the polling booth. In the last five years I have enjoyed being your councillor and working with fellow councillors in and out of the debating chamber and would like to take this opportunity to say farewell to the other two councillors in my ward Councillor Maria Brown and Councillor Michael Holmes. It has been a pleasure working with you and I wish you well as you move on to other activities. The April copy of The Advertiser had a very good article on page 36 about the Council’s proposed Local Development Plan and would urge you all to read it and make comment. Although this article lists proposals for Bridge of Weir and if there is something that you like or dislike in Renfrewshire please take the opportunity to let the Council know about it. Note the consultation period has been extended to 5pm on 30th May 2017. Momentum is building in Langbank to see an improvement in the broadband speeds. Please get behind the community council in their push for faster speeds or you can contact me. I will be driving for a much needed improvement in the village. A local resident in Bishopton brought to my attention a missing lamppost in Stuart Road and I have reported a number of missing lampposts in all the villages. The council say that they will replace these lampposts only when they have replaced the old lanterns with the new LED ones but this is putting the cart before the horse. The broken posts should be replaced first as the old lanterns still provide light and I have drawn up a motion for the next council meeting to try and change this thinking. On the 4th May, I would like to receive your vote and be your councillor for the next five years. Surgery details: • Bishopton Community Library - 1st Monday of every month (6.30pm) (May Surgery cancelled due to bank holiday) • Bridge of Weir Primary School - 2nd Monday of every month (6.30pm) • 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.maclaren@ . Check out my Facebook page for more information and articles www. 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.


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What’s happening at The Bridge in May? Apart from the usual activities, - Bridge Classes, Film Showings, Hard of Hearing Clinic, Citizens Advice Bureau and MSP/MP surgeries there is always the opportunity to sit and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in pleasant surroundings. Adding to the atmosphere are the Art Exhibitions which are regularly hosted. During May, Rab Wilson, a well known local artist is exhibiting. Please pop in to view his pictures. Post Office and Shop - for all your Post Office services, purchases of stationery, greeting cards and pocket money toys - please support your Community Centre where our volunteers and Post Office staff work hard to meet your needs. Our stock of greeting cards has increased over the last few months with most occasions catered for. We are pleased to announce the colourful selection of gifts by Emma Ball Ltd is proving popular - please come in to see the display. Allotments and Garden Society (AGS) The garden at the back of the Bridge is maintained by the AGS who will be planting out (subject to weather) in May. If you want ideas for your vegetables, fruit and herbs the Allotments and Gardens Society is a good place to start. We thank you for your custom and continuing support. (Opening Hours: Mon – 9am to 5pm (PO closed 12 noon to 12.30pm); Tues & Fri – 1pm to 5pm; Wed & Thu – 10am to 2pm; Sat – 9am to 1pm)

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Bridge of Weir Community Council The Community Council were extremely grateful to St Machar’s Ranfurly Church for allowing us the use of their hall for the April meeting whilst the Cargill Hall is being refurbished. Reported at our last meeting by the Community Police Officers was a low volume of crime in the village for the month of March, however this did include a serious assault which was detected, and an incident where a resident was approached by bogus workmen who were close to getting away with £2,500 of an elderly residents savings. We were informed by both Councillor Brown and Councillor MacLaren that the 30mph speed limit is to be extended beyond St Mary’s Church. The Community Council were undecided as to Renfrewshire Forum of Community Council’s request for our views on the proposal to introduce a 20mph speed limit. Members agreed to await further information before making comment.

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Singing for Wellbeing A fun, no-pressure choir singing feel-good songs every Tuesday from 6pm - 7.15pm and Fridays at 2pm - 3.15pm in the Bishopton Community Centre.

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on improving parking in Scotland. Members will review the document and discuss it at our June meeting prior to the closure of the consultation.

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Developers have appealed Renfrewshire Council’s refusal to allow the proposed residential development on land to North East of Strathgryffe Crescent, and also the proposal for a combined retail and residential development on land at Whitelint Gate.

Gryffe Scottish Country Dance Club For the past five years, our club has run a fundraising dance on behalf of a well known charity. This year, members of the club held a dance in the Kilbarchan Guide Centre to raise funds for St Vincent Hospice and the McMillan Nurses.

The procedure for determining these two appeals has been agreed by the main parties as follows: The issue of Land Supply will be considered at a public hearing on Tuesday 18th July at a venue to be confirmed. All other aspects on the merits of the proposed developments will be considered by a desk top review of all the case papers submitted during the original planning process. The Scottish Government’s Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) will conduct the appeals.

Great music for a full programme of both well known and some new, interesting Scottish dances was provided by the very popular Marian Anderson Duo and around 60 dancers enjoyed a really sociable and lively evening.

Anyone wishing to participate in the hearing on the 18th July must register their interest and provide a pre-hearing statement by the 20th June. All relevant information can be accessed on line at the Scottish Government Planning and Environmental Appeals Division website https://www.dpea. Paper copies of the documents are available to view at the Customer Service Centre, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley.

A terrific buffet supper was provided once again by members of the class and a very successful raffle was run for us by Eleanor Lambert and Amber Dickie. Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the night, contributed the many raffle prizes and of course to the dancers themselves. In particular we would like to thank Morrisons Supermarket and Gibb Stuart for their kind donations of raffle prizes.

Consultation on the Local Development Plan (LDP) Main Issues Report (MIR) has been extended to the 30th May 2017. This consultation is important to the village as it will determine which areas of land will be considered for future development as well as possibly identifying the potential of mature landscaped / wooded areas. This could be seen as a potential loss of green belt by the back door.

At the end of the evening, the dance raised £800 which was shared between the chosen charities.

The next meeting of the Community Council will take place on Tuesday 2nd May at 7pm in Bridge of Weir Primary School. Graeme McLatchie who is part of Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture Team will give a presentation on the update of the bid and funding streams available to us.

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Details of the MIR and how to participate in the consultation can be found on Renfrewshire Council’s web site Preparation-of-the-next-Local-Development-Plan. Paper copies of the documents are available to view at the Customer Service Centre, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley and at all Council Libraries.

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The saga of Virgin Media continues. Councillor McCabe and myself were informed at a meeting with VM that their contractor had been dismissed due to the chaos caused in the village. I suspect that VM management will now keep a closer eye on the project. In terms of PR it is not quite as bad as United Airlines but it has not been Virgin Media’s finest hour.

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Kilmacolm Horticultural Society The annual Coffee Morning for the Kilmacolm Horticultural Society will be held in Kilmacolm New Community Centre on Saturday 20th May 10am 12noon. Please come along, meet friends for coffee and chat. The plant stall which is supplied by Parklea Nurseries will stock summer bedding, geraniums, fuchsias, tomato plants, hanging baskets. Plus homebaking stall, and a Tombola. £3 entry. kilmacolm & quarriers

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The OKFest 2017 at the Old Kirk was a success with many well attended and entertaining events. I particularly enjoyed the concert by the Riverside Youth Band and the social evening, both really well attended.

Ardgowan Hospice Bottle and Baking Stall

There have been disturbing acts of vandalism at the cemetery and Birkmyre Park. I understand that the “boy racers” at the Park have been curtailed but and the lighting of a fire in the Duchal Nursery playground is totally unacceptable. Wardens now have the Park on a 28 day watch and Police are patrolling regularly. On a positive note, I attended a quite excellent Annual Music Concert at Port Glasgow High School. The school has a marvellous reputation for music and this performance of 43 varied acts was superb. The Master of Ceremonies was Adam Docherty assisted by the irrepressible Miss Ballantyne conducting.

Kilmacolm friends of Ardgowan Hospice will be holding their annual Bottle and Baking Stall at The Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow Agricultural Society Show on Saturday 13th May. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

In my role on the Board of Strathclyde Passenger Transport I have been asked by villagers on many occasions about buses in the evening and weekend from Braehead and Glasgow. Extra services are now in operation (see the timetable). I am indebted to McGills Buses for their contribution and SPT for the subsidy on the Kilmacolm to Greenock link. The subsidised 530 is now absorbed into the X7.

Baking can be handed in at the Kidston Hall on Friday 12th May between 2.30 4.30pm. For donations of bottles please phone Aileen 01505874121 or Peter 01505872343, bottles will also be collected at the Cargill Centre.

Another abandoned car has been removed from near the bottom of West Glen Road. On street parking is at a premium here and well done the alert resident.

Voice of Hope Every Tuesday Ladies Bible Study 10.30am coffee for 11am start Every other “Friday Night Church” 7pm tea for 7.30pm start Essential Bible Truth For An Effective Christian Lifestyle

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As we approach the Inverclyde Council Election I would be honoured to again serve the people of Quarriers Village, Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow. If not elected I will look back on the past 10 years as the most rewarding in my career. It is very satisfying to be able to make a difference no matter how small.

Both gatherings held in our home. Everyone very welcome! For further information please contact Angus or Anita on: 01475 540700 or 07890 777710.

The AGM of the Civic Trust was graced with the fabulous presentation by Kitty Walker on The Panopticon, the world’s oldest functioning music hall. Well worth looking up. The Agricultural Show is the 13th may and the Lodge Plant Sale in Glebe Road is the weekends of the 13th and 20th. I can be contacted at 01475 712727, 741969 and 07766 992294.

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Summer Duplicate Bridge If you would like to play Bridge during the summer months why not come along to the Kilmacolm Community Centre on Monday evenings? Starting on 8th May at 7pm for a 7.15 pm start Come with a partner or come alone and hope to find one there. Further information Tel: 87 2345.

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Kilmacolm Civic Trust – Inverclyde Local Development Plan

On behalf of our members, the Trust submitted a number of comments to Inverclyde Council at the first stage of the next Local Development Plan, covering the period from 2020 to 2024. Now the Council have published a summary of the discussion points in their Main Issues Report, and we have engaged with the Council and will make further responses in due course. As you would expect, the key issues are housing and long-parking in Kilmacolm and Quarriers Village!

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Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Agricultural Society 182nd Annual Show Held at the Knapps, Kilmacolm on Saturday 13th May by kind permission of Lord Maclay, Mrs Smith and Mr Robert Baxter. Thank you to our sponsors, advertisers, volunteers and supporters. Classes for Cattle, Sheep, Clydesdale Horses, Young Farmers, Light Horses, Dogs, Children’s Pets and Industrial Work. A great day out for the whole family! There’s plenty to see and do: watch or compete in one of our many classes; browse the Trade Stands or Craft Tent; watch the displays in the Main Ring; have lunch, a snack or enjoy some drinks at the Bar. Most importantly, don’t forget to watch out for Knappie, the monster of the loch, on the Cross Country course!

You can read the Main Issues Report at planning-and-the-environment/planning-policy/development-planning/newldp?displaypref=large You can have your say too, by downloading the comments from the same page. The deadline for responses is 31st May 2017 – this is your chance to help shape the future of your villages.


Show Schedules - Schedules for Industrial Section are available from all usual outlets in village and in schools and nurseries. kilmacolm & quarriers

Girlguiding in Kilmacolm We are delighted that as we celebrate 100 years of GirlGuiding in Kilmacolm we have been nominated as one of the Co op local community groups and will benefit from 1% of sales of all members that choose us as their nominated charity. It will be great to get support from all of the village so that we can continue this great community group for another 100 years!!

Paisley People Photography Exhibition Friday 12th May at 1pm to Sunday 11th June, 2017 at 3pm 15 Bridge Street, Linwood, Paisley, PA3 3DB An open exhibition of the results of a pop up studio which the Renfrewshire Disability Arts Forum ran in Paisley town centre Autumn during Doors Open Day 2016. Produced following a series of 12 weekly workshops facilitated by Street Level Photoworks. The photographs feature members of the public and members of Disability Resource Centre. The final photos were printed by Street Level Photoworks.

Fèis Phàislig: Family Ceilidh Friday 12th May, 2017 from 7pm to 11.30pm 6 School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB Fèis Phàislig (Gaelic for Paisley Festival) is an arts organisation that provides traditional music experiences for young people across Renfrewshire. Our fundraising ceilidh will be a fantastic night of music and dance, with all proceeds going towards further opportunities for young people across Renfrewshire.

Create and Play the Digital Way Friday 5th May, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm Paisley YMCA, 39 High Street, Paisley, PA1 2AF Open door activity where we invite people to join in and try an open workshop, a ‘come and try’ approach and learn to code, build a car with a micro-controller or take part in a public demonstration event of Quiver augmented reality or experience the world with Google Expeditions. These workshops and demonstrations are to shine a spotlight on the wide range of digitally based, creative cultural activity for new or potential volunteers can learn and develop that will further expand Paisley YMCA’s capacity to address digital literacies within young people across Renfrewshire. Paisley YMCA rely on volunteers to deliver our four code clubs across Renfrewshire where young people lean computer programming or through our digital culture activity in community centres and churches where they learn electronic music making activities and 3D printing thus dispelling the notion that “I’m not creative because I can't play music or sculpt” as volunteers show participants how to be creative with programming video games, mobile phone app in our code clubs and make music and 360 films in our digital culture sessions. So come and have a try and surprise yourself its fun, educational and easy to learn!

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If you are a member of the Co-op please go to the Co-op website to choose Kilmacolm Guides. If you aren’t a member of the Co-op join up now!!! Go to: causes/669 We are looking forward to celebrating our 100 years with a garden party on 21st May at the Guide Hut, if you have any connections with Kilmacolm Guides over the years and in particular have any photos or stories from the past please get in touch – kilmacolm & quarriers

Last month I was contacted about anti social behaviour by a number of youngsters in Birkmyre Park. I believe that traditionally young people have hung about the park with their friends. But sadly there had been disturbances. I contacted the police, council officials and the community wardens service. Sadly over past months there have been large groups of young people across Inverclyde some who have been causing trouble in a number of areas. Thankfully, the vast majority of young people are well behaved and take part in many positive pursuits. It is so sad when a minority let themselves, their parents and communities down. The new cruise ship season starts in Inverclyde this month. Last year more than 50 ships berthed at the Ocean Terminal in Greenock bringing over 100,000 passengers and crew to our district. This season four cruises will start and finish in Greenock. Trying to encourage more companies to begin/end their cruises in Greenock is something I had spoken to the Managing Director at the Ocean Terminal about several years ago. At the moment there are many people from Scotland and the north of England who travel to Southampton to start their cruises from a UK port. I am sure given the chance they would prefer to start and end their cruise from nearer to home. The berthing area at the Terminal will be extended in the next couple of years which will allow twice as many ships and passengers to come to Inverclyde. If more cruises began and finished in Inverclyde what a boost it would give to our district and local economy from hotels, to restaurants, to shops etc. After 10 years as one of your councillors for Ward 1 the Local Government Boundary Commission changed the ward boundaries in Inverclyde. As I now live in Ward 2 I have decided to seek re-election as a councillor in that ward. I would like to thank everyone in Kilmacolm, Quarrier’s Village and Ward 1 who have given me support over the last ten years. It has been a great privilege to be one of your councillors and over that time I have got to know so many people in the ward. Thank you. Finally, I would like to thank Rona and her staff at the Advertizer for allowing me to write a column in their splendid magazine every month. Any constituent requiring my assistance until the 3rd May can contact me at my office on 01475 712727, my mobile number 07747 765 839, by emailing me at jim.macleod@ or writing to me at Inverclyde Council, Municipal Buildings, Greenock, PA15 1LY

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Kilmacolm Old Kirk Dates for your diary Sunday 7th May – Night Kirk 6pm Thursday 11th May – Sòlas bereavement group meets in the Kidston Hall from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Outlook Don’t forget our regular Outlook group which reaches out to the whole community in fellowship. The format is the same for most weeks – invited speakers offering topics of interest, community issues for discussion, shared activities, music, films, etc. Dates for your diary. Afternoon tea gives us all the chance to enjoy time with friends and to make new friends. The team provide a wonderful variety of home baking. A voluntary donation is collected, to be sent to the OUTLOOK monthly nominated charity. May programme is: Thursday 4th May – Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance: four years old and growing. Wednesday 17th May – Outing Outing to Glenarm at Rhu with afternoon tea in Helensburgh. Coach, entry, and tea: £15. 1pm – 5.30pm Thursday 18th May – The return of the Clydeside Singers: singalong with popular tunes, plus an update from the Mary’s Meals charity. NEXT MONTH Wednesday 21st June – Summer outing to Crarae Gardens, with high tea in Inverary in friendship with the Kilmacolm Horticultural Society. Coach, entry, high tea: £35. 9am – 6.30pm

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Elderslie Community Council Elderslie Community Council has organised for a community notice board to be erected. They told The Advertizer, “We would like to give a special thanks to Gavin and the guys from Elderslie Butchers and the Coffee Shop for letting us put it up on their wall. Now all we need are ideas for what to put in there. Please put out the word to people connected to community groups like girls/boys brigade, the Kirk, scouts etc for them to contribute?”

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Bowfield 10K Join St Vincent’s Hospice on June 11th for the Annual Bowfield 10K. Join us at The Bowfield as they host their fifth annual 10K race in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice and in memory of Grace Kissell. Walkers and runners are welcome to tackle our challenging and scenic course. Walkers start at 10am and runners at 11am. There is a £10 registration fee, and all sponsorship goes to St Vincent’s Hospice. For more information, contact If you would like to register for this event, please visit: forms/form.php?formID=33 See more at: www.stvincentshospice.

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Calling all Community Groups HELP FILL THIS SPACE!

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Howwood Community Council

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Saturday 20th – Friday 26th – Church of Scotland Assembly

Meetings of the Community Council are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in Howwood Village Hall. Please feel free to come along - all welcome.

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Howwood Woodlands & Wildlife Help is needed to clear the Rhombus Garden of weeds (the garden just opposite The Boarding House). If you have any spare time at all and would be willing to help with the clearance and development of this area, we would be most grateful. Please contact Bill David on 07802 57590 or email at bill@ or contact any member of HWW who will be able to give you more information – thank you!

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Brookfield Country Dancing club Thursday evenings from 7.30pm - 9.30pm run by Aileen Craig (01505 322684). New members are most welcome and as an introduction, the first class is free.

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Crafty Friends 1st and 3rd Thursdays in the month at 7.30pm in the Carrick Centre, Houston. No craft experience necessary. Tel: Lorna Cairns 612844 or Shirley White 610721.

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Houston Litter Crew Renfrewshire Provost Recognises our own Local Hero Our very own Jake Fulton who created the Houston Litter Crew has received the Renfrewshire Lord Provost Award for Community Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented on 3rd March at a glittering award ceremony in the Normandy Hotel hosted by Gina Mckie. The event celebrated the achievements of local community members who go above and beyond the call of duty to make Renfrewshire a better place. Over 80 nominations were received across five categories. Jake’s community approach has transformed Houston’s environment and makes Houston a more enjoyable and beautiful place, both for our residents and visitors. He has inspired a real sense of community pride, cohesion and spirit. Well done and thank you Jake! Houston Litter Crew, which celebrated its first birthday in March 2017, continues to go from strength to strength. We have a wide range of volunteers of all ages including many young people who are participating in the Boys Brigade Queens Badge and Saltire Awards. We also continue to work in partnership with Gryffe High School who litter pick daily after each lunch time. In our first year we have collected over 1,000 bags of litter. Houston Litter Crew meets every Sunday at 10am in the Co-op car park and finishes at 11.45am. If you fancy getting involved and lending a hand whether regularly or only a couple of times a year, come along and join us – you will be made most welcome. All equipment is supplied i.e. Litter pickers, bags, tabards and gloves – just bring along your enthusiasm! You can follow Houston Litter Crew on Houston Community Council Facebook page. houston, crosslee & brookfield

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On 10th May we hold our “Tea and Chat” in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.

Feeling arty? Want to express your creative side? Then get yourself down to the Art Club! Welcome to all ages and abilities. Runs on Thursdays 12noon - 3pm.

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All our meetings are held in The Compass Centre, South Street, Houston at 7.30pm. Come along and join us, you will be made very welcome. For further information please contact, Arlene MacKay on 07932 459994.

Art Club

Contact Margaret Hosick on 01505 323050 for more info!

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Hollywood Comes To Houston Kirk Carnival Saturday 13th May This year the Carnival Queen is Amy Anthony Attendants: Katie Allison, Keira McGarvey


Do you want to be a HOLLYWOOD STAR for a day, now is your chance. Live your fantasy and become a Hollywood actor, a cartoon character or anyone or anything associated with Hollywood. Let this be an opportunity to turn Houston into a film makers paradise. Glitz and glamour let’s have it. This is an immensely successful event but in order to achieve this there is a tremendous amount of hard work involved by organisers, contributors. It all kicks off at 12 noon outside the Kirk with the judging of the HOLLYWOOD procession. Around 12.15pm the Houston Boys and Girls Brigade Pipe Band will lead the party followed by the Queen-in-Waiting, Amy Anthony and her attendants Katie Allison and Keira McGarvey who will be transported in style. They, along with the rest of the parade, will head off to the front of the West Hall in Main Street where the art competition and fancy dress winners will be announced. Then we have the big moment when the Carnival Queen is crowned and the 2017 Kirk Carnival commences. There are so many stalls and games to enjoy along with a huge variety of tasty food which will certainly lure you don’t have your lunch before you come. Before we pack up at the end of the day, the prizes winners for the various competitions from the programme will be announced. The prizes in the lucky draw competition are particularly good this year, so if you haven’t filled in your programme entry or you want to increase your chances of winning, then additional entries can be purchased from a dedicated stall – Good luck! To all helping hands and all who take part, now is the time those with green fingers are thinking about sowing seeds and getting the flowers and shrubs ready for the plant stall. To all who are de-cluttering and getting rid of unwanted items of ‘bric a brac’, etc. Please remember the white elephant stall. If you need assistance getting items to the church hall please contact Kathryn McCartney (613741) or Mary Reid (613770) who will gladly help. Unfortunately we cannot accept electrical goods or large items of furniture. Don’t forget donations of toiletries, bottles, jewellery, home baking and toys. All will be received gratefully. All proceeds will go to the Killellan Halls Fund.

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Recently my husband and I attended a Fairtrade Coffee and Craft morning at Houston and Killellan Kirk. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the local Fairtrade Group and the range of Fairtrade products on sale, I have been a staunch supporter of the Fairtrade movement for many years. All the churches in Scotland deserve credit for their sterling work over the decades to make Fairtrade the mainstream concern that it now rightly is, as decades ago it was the wider Christian community which kept the Fairtrade flame burning through less sympathetic times. At the last Brookfield Community Council I was sorry to be with my civic mentor and party colleague, Cllr Allan Noon, for one of his last civic engagements. However, it was an occasion for remembering his outstanding service to the people of Houston, Brookfield, and Crosslee, over nearly two decades as an Elected Member. The Community Council members marked his departure by presenting him with a card and gifts. Two issues that I have taken up at the request of the Brookfield Community Council are the excessive potholes in Sandholes Road, and to continue to push for an early review of the new LED lighting to get it right for all communities. Whilst some areas are well lit, the numerous dark spots need to be addressed in the interests of safety. My advice surgery in Linwood is on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, at 6pm, in Linwood High School. But I am also always available to constituents who can call me on 07768 130935, or e-mail me at

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H.O.S.T. The Carrick Centre, Houston (Houston Old School Trust) Monday to Friday, Woodlands Out of School 01505 615438 Yoga (Weekly) 1pm 01505 229112

Mary Laidlaw

Diaporama 8TH 7.30pm Galaxy

Musical Theatre (Weekly) 4pm - 5pm Yoga (Weekly) 7pm 01505 613690

M/s Lawson

4pm – 8.30pm

Yoga (Weekly) 10.30am M/s Lawson 01505 613690 Big Kids Little Learners 1pm – 2pm Janine Neil 07870 697010 Galaxy Dancing (Weekly) 7pm

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MP Surgery 12TH 12.30pm – 1.30pm

WEDNESDAY Big Kids Little Learners 10am – 11am Janine Neil 07870 697010 Councillors Surgeries 17TH 6.30pm

Camera Club (3RD, 10TH)

3.30pm – 7.30pm


Paint Pot Tots (Weekly) 10am Dawn Campbell 07789 262 350

Gryffe Melody Makers 7pm

BurleX Fitness (Weekly) 9.15 10.15am. Kelly, 07944 815298 Galaxy

5pm – 9pm



Folk Club (weekly) 8pm iaintdawson@ 07786 078952

10TH & 24TH 7.30pm

Community Council 17TH 7.30pm

SATURDAY Galaxy Dancing (Weekly) 5pm

9.30am -

Kirk Carnival 13TH 12.15pm SUNDAY Baptist Church (Weekly) 6pm

THURSDAY Gryffe Quilting Group (4TH, 11TH, 18TH, 25TH) 1.15 - 3.15pm (18TH - 10am) Primary Colours (Weekly) 3.30pm Dawn Campbell 07789 262 350 Crafty Friends 4th, 18TH 7.30pm

11am and

Booking enquiries to : Ian Simpson, 01505 612203 Sandy Young 01505 331488 Bill Haddow 01505 690693 or The Coffee Shop

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Houston and Killellan Agricultural Show This year the Annual Show will be held on Saturday 3rd June. Schedules for the Craft and Baking section are available from the Paper Shop and the Post Office in the village or by e-mail:

Urgent Appeal for May from the Co-op The CO-OP stores in – Houston, Bridge of Weir, Kilbarchan and Bishopton - now have Renfrewshire Food Bank donation bins and for the month of May we ‘urgently need’ – * Tinned potatoes

* Tinned Tomatoes

* Tinned Fruit

* UHT milk

* Coffee (small)

* Small cartons of juice for packed lunches

* Rice

* Super noodles/Pasta ‘n’ sauce

Brookfield News Award Brookfield resident, Robert Ostrycharz, has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland for services over many years to the Polish community in Scotland. The Polish Ambassador to Britain presented him with the award during a visit to Scotland at the end of March. An open letter to Brookfield residents from a bowler…. I am not a Brookfield resident. What I am is one of those very fortunate folk who can look forward again to many happy hours this summer, enjoying the delights of your lovely bowling green and its facilities. Until being invited to try bowling at Brookfield as a beginner a few years ago, I had no idea how much pleasure this would give me year after year. The friendship, the fun - and even the bowling itself - are things I now can’t quite get enough of. Since I can’t be bothered practising I’m never going to be a great player but, like most of us, I get along reasonably well and sincerely believe that it’s much more about the people than any success that may come along in the game ... and we have great people. Passing by your village thousands of times as resident of 40-odd years in Bridge of Weir, I had been in the dark of the existence of the bowling green and the Club. Since being introduced and becoming a member, I have often wondered how many of the Brookfield folk have given thought to the value of this great asset in their village and why there have been so few village members when, at the same time, the quality of the facility has been recognised so widely around the area? This Club is a priceless asset of inestimable potential benefit to your village, and a strong local membership would contribute greatly to the viability and prosperity of the Club.

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Many bowling clubs are facing hard times these days and many have lost the struggle to survive. The Brookfield Club, owing to the unchanging quality of its management and its members, continues to face and cope with the various challenges - social, demographic and economic - that exist today. Like many another institution, however, we confront the problem of an ageing population and the need to recruit has become a major concern. For well over a century the Brookfield Bowling Club has held a reputation for the quality of its facilities and the second-to-none friendliness of the members. We desire passionately to continue to offer friendly outdoor recreation to present and future generations and would therefore, as a new season begins, ask you all to consider an open invitation to drop in at any time to see what we do and how we do it. Thereafter, we can offer unrestricted first year membership at £45 (£45!!!), with unlimited play, free coaching and hire of bowls. Why not arrange a wee trial, privately and without obligation, by calling Bill on 612769? Or just pop along and introduce yourself. We are Brookfield’s Bowling Club and we desire greatly the participation of many more Brookfield residents in order to secure this fine facility’s future for your village and the district. Please give it a thought. Thank you. Bill Wilson

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* Men’s shave gel/foam

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Fantastic Lochwinnoch Arts Festival 2017 This year’s festival was bigger than usual to support the Renfrewshire Paisley bid for City of culture 2021. There was something for everyone! One of the different features of this year was ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’ comedy night in conjunction with Paisley Arts Centre this was a great success, also the 9 come and try events to encourage people to have a go at art and it was very popular. There were so many volunteers and helpers who made the events run smoothly a BIG thank you to all of you!! (The Festival would not happen without you). There was over £1,600 raised at events for charity including St Vincent’s Hospice, RNLI, The Haven, Johnstone High Students, The Red Cross, Soldiers Off the Streets, East Africa Famine Appeal and Alzheimer’s Scotland.

Tannahill Poetry Competition Thursday night at the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival was an exciting time for poets and lovers of poetry. The Read Raw Tannahill Poetry Competition is a new event and with a prize fund of £2,700 it is a major addition to the poetry calender. Sally Evans, Editor of Poetry Scotland, judged the entries which came from as far afield as India, Canada and New Zealand. The night opened with music from local duo Witches Brew and a reading by Sally. Then came the main event with the presentations to the winners. Sally explained that ‘to win a big competition – and this was a big competition – it’s not just that a poem must do nothing wrong, but it must also do a great deal that is right. Judges have often said a winning poem is one that stays with you, and all the winners did.’ And in her comments on the Scots Language poems she added that the poem shouldn’t be hampered by its language. Rather it should gain from its language. The winners were FULL COMPETITION: First Prize

Margaret Tait’s Portrait of Ga, by Gerda Stevenson.

Second Prize Stick, by Katie Hale, Third Prize

Lewy Bodies by Kathleen Jones

Commended Washi, by Judith Taylor How the Partner of a dead Sculptor still perceives her new work, by C M Buckland. SCOTS COMPETITION: First Prize

For Ma Faither, by Brian Holton.

Second Prize Scrievin her Great-Grunnie by Sheila Templeton. The Read Raw Ltd directors, Mo Blake, Ian Hunter, Wullie Purcell and George Colkitto were delighted that all five major winners had travelled to Lochwinnoch to receive their prize, to read their winning poem and also read a selection of their other work. The winning poems and a full report by Sally Evans can be found on www.readrawltd. (Thanks to Keven Moulds, Di Finn and Zul Bhatia for photography)

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Recently I was the only Ward Councillor to attend a Scottish Department of Environment and Planning Appeals predetermination Hearing in Erskine, which had on its agenda consideration of how the Branscroft Planning Appeal is to be dealt with. Kilbarchan Community Council members were also in attendance. Of great concern was the matter of the Scottish Government Reporter seeking to consider not only the Branscroft appeal, but another four local appeals from other parts of Renfrewshire at the same time. I am very concerned that the various housing developers are being allowed to use a single lawyer to present their case. I did extract an important concession from the Scottish Reporter in that she encouraged local communities to also pull their resources to articulate their case. Therefore I encourage all local community activists to collaborate and share information to try and protect the Greenbelt. Housing developers are always telling villages like Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch, and Howwood there is a desperate shortage. Yet, official Renfrewshire Council figures for this year state that there is a private sector shortfall of only 230 houses across Renfrewshire. I am all for having a debate on housing land supply so long as it is a discussion based on the facts. 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. But I am also always available to constituents who can call me on 07534 148224, tweet me on CllrAndy4Ward8 or e-mail me at cllr.andy.doig@ kilbarchan & lochwinnoch

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Kilbarchan Parish Church Tots’ Club

Lodge Captain Speirs Houston no.791 Masonic Temple, New Street, Kilbarchan - meetings start 7.30pm May 12th - MM Degree (special meeting)

The club takes place on Monday mornings from 9.15am - 11.30am in the hall, where there is a large variety of toys and a bouncy castle for the tots - from birth - 3 years - and coffee and friendly chat for the accompanying adults, cost £1 for each adult.

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Calder Church Summer Fayre On Saturday 20th May from 10am - 12noon in The McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch Stalls include Home Baking, Plants & Garden, Jewellery, Arts & Crafts, Lucky Dip and lots more. Adults £2, Children FREE includes Tea/Coffee. All welcome. kilbarchan & lochwinnoch

Kilbarchan Parish Church in May Services continue at 11am each Sunday throughout May, conducted by Rev. Stephen Smith. Sunday School and the crèche continue to meet in the large hall from 10.45am each week and refreshments will be served after the service as usual. ALL WELCOME TO ANY or ALL OF THESE SERVICES. For further information about the church and the organisations, please visit Kilbarchan Kirk online: www. Kilbarchan Parish Church Midweek Fellowship continues from 10.30am for coffee, followed by a short service of worship, on Wednesdays in the small hall. Kilbarchan Parish Church Plant Sale and Pancake Morning will take place on Saturday 20th May from 10am - 12 noon in the halls, off Steeple Square. Entrance is £2:50, children £1 and this includes coffee with freshlymade pancakes, cream and jam. To order plants, which are of very good quality from a nursery in Ayrshire, please phone 704502. As well as pre-ordered plants, there will be a large variety for sale.

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Lochwinnoch Community Garden Update WORK PARTIES IN GARDEN Spring 2017


28th May 1pm Collecting plants for stall at community garden 1pm CALL FOR PLANTS FOR GALA DAY Plant stall at Gala on 10th June can you bring them to the Community garden on the 28th May at 1pm.

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A decision on the appeal in regard to the proposed housing development at Branscroft Kilbarchan is still awaited. A hearing on the 30th March, simply arranged a further meeting on the 18th July, but this will only address the issue of housing land supply and policy. This delay is unacceptable and costly. The Scottish Government continues to ignore the views of Kilbarchan folk who wish to protect the green belt and should reject the appeal without further delay.

PLANTING CONTAINERS IN VILLAGE SATURDAY 3rd JUNE As with last year we are calling out for volunteers to help plant out the many containers we have in and around the village. Please meet outside the McKillop at 1pm on Saturday 3th June to lend a hand. kilbarchan & lochwinnoch

Kilbarchan During the month of May, the group has 3 meetings, the first is Gardiners’ Question Time with a speaker from bridge of Weir Horticultural Society, then we have a discussion about the way topical events are represented in 2 different newspapers, followed by a review of the book about life on St Kilda “Island of Wings” by Karen Altenburg. The group would welcome new members, we meet on Wednesday evenings in each other’s homes and enjoy speakers and discussions on a wide variety of topics. If you are interested in finding out more, please phone 703786 or see the website:

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Summer Concert 14th May, 7.30pm, at Holy Trinity and St Barnabas Church, Paisley. Conductor: Edwin Hillier. Songs of Farewell - Music by Parry, Stanford and Vaughn Williams, plus a selection from the Kings Singers. Tickets - £8.50/£5 (under 18s) available from choir members or on the door.

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Kilbarchan’s famous Celebrations Kilbarchan’s famous Lilias Day celebrations are all set for Saturday 3rd June! Taking place in the conservation village of Kilbarchan, the Lilias Day celebrations date back to the 1700s when the village was a centre of the weaving trade in Renfrewshire. Today it is firmly established as a key event in the Renfrewshire events calendar and a great day out for all the family. A historic parade still leads the celebrations and is followed through the village by decorated floats, pipe and brass bands and involvement from the community and organisations in and around the area. The parade finishes in Kilbarchan Park where a host of stalls, activities and events take place to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. Local residents and businesses will dress the outside of their premises and a prize is given for the best decorated house and business as well as for best decorated float. The parade leaves the bottom of the village at 1pm and along the way the statue of Kilbarchan’s famous piper, “Habbie Simpson” on the steeple in the village square is brought to life and joins the parade. If you haven’t been to Lilias Day before, make this the year to come along and join the fun. For more details of the full programme go to the Outdoors section.

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This is my last piece in the Advertizer before the council elections, and I hope that my contributions have been informative. On the 4th May, the people of Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch and Howwood will elect 4 Councillors to represent them in the new ward 9, which also includes Johnstone North. This election should be about local services and who is best to provide them. Whoever is elected, I think that it is important that we take Renfrewshire forward and protect what is important to village life. Over the last five years I have worked hard to do this with Renfrewshire Council and it’s partners, whether it be protection of the green belt, improvements to our infrastructure, such as the replacement of Lochwinnoch Bridge and the provision of disabled access at Milliken Park Station, or securing financial support to our village music and arts organisations. If I am re elected, I will continue to stand up for the people of the new ward. There will be challenges such as measures to combat the increasingly important traffic management issues in our villages, continued improvements of our roads and pavements, the protection of local bus and train services, and of course the green belt. The future is for our children and young people, and the pledge as part of a new administration to build a new Johnstone High School, will help forge and protect that future. I hope that over the last five years that I have done my best, and if given the opportunity after the 4th May will continue to do so. kilbarchan & lochwinnoch

Get Weaving! Although seeing the 200 years old hand loom in action is the high spot of any visit to the Cottage there is a chance to try some weaving on the modern loom which shares the loom shop. Experienced folk will explain the intricacies and help you through the processes: come and give it a try! The Cottage is open 1pm 5pm every day except Wednesday and Thursday. kilbarchan & lochwinnoch

Kilbarchan Parish Church Messy Church

Our Messy Church continues in our halls on Saturday 20th May from 4pm – 6pm. All children, accompanied by an adult, will be made most welcome. So come along and join us for a couple of hours of fun. We end by sitting down to eat together and enjoying the fellowship of other families. This will be our final Messy Church for this session and we will resume after the summer holidays in September.

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We recently held a curry night in Bobbins. Thirty friends and guests enjoyed a congenial evening in familiar and comfortable surroundings. Photo shows the Bobbins team, Hector and Graham Batin, chairperson of the group. If you are interested in helping to promote Fairtrade and would like to join the committee the next meeting is on Tuesday 9th May at 7.30 pm in the Ladies Room at the Steeple.

Equally unacceptable, is the proposal by Stagecoach that from June, it will withdraw its x37 bus service from Ardrossan to Glasgow which currently serves both Lochwinnoch and Howwood, and is a necessary service for village commuters who rely on the service. I will continue to lobby Stagecoach to reverse its decision.

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The pitter patter of tiny paws can be heard across Glasgow as the city welcomes four lifechanging puppies Canine Partners’ Glasgow puppy training group’s newest recruits have arrived – and they’re following in the paw prints of their mum. The group which trains assistance dogs for physically disabled people has welcomed its newest recruits – four-month-old Tamia and Tessa and three-month-old siblings Ursa and Urban. It comes just five years after Ursa and Urban’s mum Helena, a Labrador cross golden retriever, was trained by the charity’s West Scotland team, based in Paisley. Helena graduated to become one of Canine Partners’ breeding hounds, becoming a mother to assistance dogs of the future. Now the charity is calling for more volunteers, known as puppy parents, which look after trainee assistance dogs like its four new arrivals in their homes for around a year and help with basic training, socialisation and obedience.

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Ursa’s puppy parent Marjorie Johnston has been a puppy parent for four years. The 60-year-old gran-of-two from Kilmarnock, said: “I had been involved in the charity, but then I had a bit of time on my hands so decided to become a puppy parent. “People say it must be hard giving the puppy up but you have to think about what they end up doing. When you see an active partnership it makes it all worthwhile. “The Paisley group is friendly and a good community. We sometimes meet up outside our puppy training classes for a

Obesity in Pets

Unfortunately obesity is an increasing problem we see in pets which has significant health implications. It occurs when the energy intake is greater than the energy expenditure. Factors contributing to weight gain, include overfeeding, feeding an inappropriate diet eg. Feeding human foods or excessive treats, and insufficient exercise. Neutering can also be a factor in weight gain as animals that have been neutered require around 30% less calories. Some health problems have a higher incidence in obese animals including; • Respiratory problems: Tracheal collapse, laryngeal paralysis, chronic bronchitis and feline asthma. • Orthopaedic problems: Arthritis, cruciate disease and certain fracture types. • Dermatology: Inability to groom, skin fold dermatitis, and general poor coat quality. • Metabolic disease: Diabetes mellitus • Urinary problems: Feline lower urinary tract disease (recurrent cystitis in cats) and incontinence in female dogs. Obesity can also significantly increase the risks involved with general anaesthetics and surgical procedures. For an animal to lose weight it is necessary to increase the energy expenditure and decrease the energy intake.

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coffee together. “It’s very social and it’s great to see the puppies’ progress. It’s fun taking them around the shops and introducing them to new things and places. “The group thinks it’s nice that two of Helena’s puppies have come back. I wasn’t with Canine Partners when she was here but other people remember her because she was full of mischief – just like our Ursa.”

People can meet Tamia, Tessa, Ursa and Urban and find out more about being a puppy parent at Canine Partners’ special Big Glasgow Bluebell Walk and Fun Day. The walk will start at Pollokshaw Burgh Hall in Glasgow from 12-4pm on May 7 and take participants through Pollok Country Park. The event will feature a raffle and tombola and more than 20 craft stalls selling quality handmade goodies. There will also be a demonstration of some of the skills the charity’s assistance dogs learn which help boost disabled people’s independence and confidence. The dogs can open doors, pick up and fetch items, help someone dress and undress and even load a washing machine. They also learn to get help in an emergency. For more information call Dale Gormley on 0845 4811915 or visit

Increasing the energy expenditure is achieved by increasing exercise. In dogs: • Increasing number and/or length of walks • Hydrotherapy if arthritis/weight/other issues restrict walks • Fetch and retrieving games • Off lead exercise In cats: • Increasing play time • Using activity balls and feed toys • Feeding at a height (cat has to jump/climb to reach food) • Hiding food Decreasing energy intake - This is achieved by reducing the number of calories the animal is consuming. This means sticking to a recommended diet. There are a number of veterinary recommended prescription foods available aimed at weight loss in cats and dogs which have a lower calorie content than most commercial pet foods. This means that feeding the recommended amount of one of these diets provides less calories without restricting other essential nutrients within the diet. If you think your pet is overweight contact Petvets for a free weight check and advice.

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Johnstone Cat Rescue If you can help us with any fundraising or donations of either food or bedding, please call Sheena on 01505 337321. Thank you.

Can you offer a home to any of our featured pets? Dana & Chris - 1 1/2 year old female and male cats Dana came into care of the branch with her brother Chris due to no fault of their own and are looking for a “forever” home together. They are very shy, timid cats who will take a wee bit of time to get used to our new family, though, given time, love & patience will come out of our shells.


They get on with other cats and are looking for a family that have a safe outdoor home well away from busy road & no children. Cardyke Farm, Langmuirhead Road, Auchinloch, Glasgow G66 5LD - Telephone 0141 779 3341


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Donatello - male terrapin Terrapins are a big commitment as they can live for over 30 years and this means they should never be taken on lightly. They require regular cleaning and tank maintenance, heat, light and feeding. Donatello would love an experienced terrapin owner to come forward and offer him a

Wilson - 8-13 months male rabbit Wilson is a nice boy who arrived in our care through no fault of his own and is now looking for his forever home. He is looking for a new secure home with plenty of space to play and explore. He has a cheeky wee face and a personality to match, he would make a great new addition to a family home.


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


Benji - a 8+ year old male crossbreed

Benji is a handsome chap who loves his exercise. He loves to be on the go learning new things. He loves to play with toys especially a squeaky toy! Benji needs an adult only home and his own secure garden to play in & get some off lead time. Someone who has owned dogs like him recently would benefit him and help him settle. He needs a calm, quiet home with quiet areas to walk in with someone who has the time to spend helping settle and come out his shell. It may take him some time to settle and get used to his new home. Benji needs several meets at the centre to build a relationship & go through body language before going to his new home. Tess - a 8+ year old female border collie Tess is a gorgeous girl who just loves human company. She is typical of her breed and loves to please you. She likes her exercise and learning new things.Tess can live with children who are 8 years old or over and needs her own secure garden to practice her training in. Tess needs help with all her basic training so needs a home who are around all day to help her settle. A home who have owned collie types before who live in a calm, quiet house hold would help her come out her shell.


Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, 315 Hamilton Road, Uddingston, Glasgow, G71 7SL. Open: 12noon - 4pm (inc weekends); 12noon- 7.30pm on Tuesdays; closed: Wednesdays

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Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue › 01505 502415 › Cat Protection › 0141 779 3341 › Dogs Trust Glasgow › 0141 773 5130 › Scottish SPCA › 0141 882 1688 › These centres are always on the lookout for donations and fundraising. If you can help, please get in touch with any of the centres above.

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Bridge Of Weir Horticultural Society In April, members took part in a Gardening Quiz. The teams handled an array of written and visual questions with aplomb and luck – particularly when identifying obscure tropical plants which Donald had photographed whilst on holiday! The close results indicated the five teams were a fairly knowledgeable bunch. After the Quiz, members listened to a presentation about, “Our Carbon Footprint” by Leslie Ritchie of LEAP. The recent Spring weather has let us enjoy early flowering shrubs, such as Camellias, Magnolias, Amelanchier and cherry trees. In particular, Viburnum tinus and V. X burkwoodii have been covered in scented blossom; more noticeable this year under the “high” which has been hovering above. Spring bulbs have also put on a colourful display, flowering well under the calmer weather front. This won’t last – but it has been a remarkable few weeks. When the weather is good – the gardeners get going, so this is a timely reminder that also out and about will be hedgehogs eating our slugs and snails. Blue slug pellets are lethal for these creatures so must be avoided and

alternatives used instead. Wool pellets can be sprinkled around tender perennials and summer bedding, then watered in. Slugs don’t like the rough, hairiness and back off. Really successful are “slug pubs” filled with beer or cider. The sweetness draws the slimy creatures in for a drink – and then oblivion! Equally effective are plant saucers placed near seedlings, tender plants and summer bedding and filled with beer or cider. There are only 1 million hedgehogs left in the wild compared to 35 million in 1980s so we must do our bit to help these endangered creatures. Two dates for your gardening calendar: Thursday 11th May when our guest will be Professor Stephen Phillips MBE who will talk about Medicinal Plants. This will be a very interesting and enlightening evening as he expands on our basic awareness of plants used in medicines. We meet at The Legion at 8pm and look forward to seeing you there. Guests are always welcome. On Saturday 20th May we hold our Plant Sale at 9.30am outside The Legion. Here there will be a selection of shrubs and perennials which are looking for new homes; seedlings brought on by members and boxes of bedding plants. We’re bound to find something you need in your garden!

Colourful Kilmacolm April saw the usual spirit-lifting surge of growth in our gardens, and, for Colourful Kilmacolm, in our various planters. Daffodils and tulips have been the main stars, but pulmonaria, saxifrage and hellebore added colour to our planting at the Pullman. As this is being written, the weather is still cold and it is not easy to imagine that we will be planting out summer bedding in a few weeks, but we plan ahead with ideas for summer floral displays to make the most of our summer weather, whatever it may be this year.

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Over the winter months a very willing local volunteer worked hard with us to cut back much of the laurel at the Pullman site, as it was threatening to take over. This has opened up further areas for planting and we are always pleased to be offered surplus plants for this area. Members are reminded that our AGM will be held on 8th May. Colourful Kilmacolm is open to everyone. If you have not yet joined, the very modest £5 annual subscription will support our efforts. You can opt just to be a supporter, or to be an ‘active gardener’ and help in practical ways. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website or you can phone Peter (01505 872448) or Diane (01505 872611).

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SO MUCH TO DO, SO LITTLE TIME So many things are happening at once that our Advertizer correspondent is running around in ever-decreasing circles. Some might ask “so what else is new?” Anyway, as followers of our Facebook page will already know, we’ve had a couple of changes at the top. At our recent AGM, Chair Alice Johnstone and Treasurer Margaret Greenlees stood down. Both are founder members and have held these posts since Brighter Bridge of Weir was formed in 2010. Time to step back then. They’ll continue to be involved with the Group, but will be able to have more time to themselves. Brighter Bridge of Weir would not have achieved what it has without their hard work, both in the field and behind the scenes. At the meeting, Neil Thomson was proposed as Chair and seconded by Alice, while Margaret nominated Gary Montgomery as Treasurer. These were approved unanimously. The transition will take a little time, due to banking arrangements and so on, but it will not change the aims and objectives of Brighter Bridge of Weir. Secondly, our annual Clean-Up Day is on Saturday May 6th (not 13th as previously announced, since that clashes with other events). If you’ve got an hour or two to spare, you can join us outside the Co-op in Livery Walk at 10.30am. It’s not hard work, but it will make things a bit easier for our few volunteers. Thirdly, all in the past few weeks, Bridge of Weir Leather have donated £500, a really good mark of support from a local company with a world-wide reputation. And if ever we needed evidence of support from across the spectrum, a local man donated £20 in passing, and a group of local residents - The Bracken Book Club - gave us £150 to mark the birthday of one of their members. Such spontaneous gestures are very encouraging to all of us at Brighter Bridge of Weir. Space is limited in the Advertizer, but you can find out more about these and other events by following us on Facebook and visiting our website at

Kilbarchan Smile Gateway Garden Party Will Be Part Of Lilifest 2017 Kilbarchan Smile is once again hosting the Gateway Garden Party as part of this years Lilifest. Taking place on Sunday 28th May (12noon - 4pm) the event will celebrate the completion of the next phase of development of the garden that recently received some additional “Stalled Spaces” funding. The family fun day will feature music, a performance by Loud and Proud, LEAP, Fairtrade/Coop, RSPB and other stalls. Young Habbies can also join storyteller Anne Pitcher for some interactive storytelling fun with puppets, props, sound makers and songs. Hot dogs and refreshments will also be available (while stocks last). All are welcome to come and have a look, meet the volunteers and find out more about getting involved. Joint Chair, Damon Scott, said; “It is hoped the Gateway Garden Party and ongoing access to the garden will encourage more local people to get involved, develop an interest in gardening and grow their own plants. “We’d really like as many people as possible to start to use the garden. We’ve still got plenty of materials for making more growing spaces and there is a lot of room. It is a really healthy outdoor pastime and we’re actively encouraging the growing of vegetables and herbs.” Gail Scoular, Joint Chair, adds: “The Gateway Garden Party is an opportunity for local people to come and have a look at the space, meet the volunteers and find out more about getting involved. We’ve continued to have an amazing response from local businesses and individuals including donations of materials and plants as well as invaluable help from Renfrewshire’s Community Payback team.” Before the garden party the next monthly Drop In session at the garden will take place on Sunday the 14th of May from 1pm to 3pm. Come and help with potato and veg planting and put your name down for a growing area & start your very own veg plot! All welcome, gardening is great for all the family.

Bishopton Plant Sale Cornerstone, Greenock Road, Bishopton Christian Aid has been helping people in need, no matter their belief or no faith at all, for 70 years. The Annual Bishopton Christian Aid Plant Sale and Coffee Morning takes place on Saturday 20th May from 10am to 12 noon. In addition to selecting plants on the day, there will be a Pre-order Service for Plants which is obtainable via members of the Christian Aid Committee. Cost : Adults £2 (includes a coffee/tea and some home baking)

Annual Plant Sale Lodge Sir Michael 989 Glebe Road, Kilmacolm Fri 12th May - 5pm - 9pm

Fri 19th May - 5pm - 9pm

Sat 13th May - 9am - 4pm

Sat 20th May - 9am - 4pm

Sun 14th May - 10am - 4pm

Sun 21st May - 10am - 4pm

Planters and hanging baskets made to order. Free advice on plants. Large variety of quality plants at value for money prices.

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Kilbarchan Smile is always looking for volunteers to help with the various projects it is undertaking. To get involved contact Gail Scoular on 07985 749220, email or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

TOP GARDENING The ultimate garden treat for fun-loving felines is Catnip (Nepeta cataria). Not all cats are susceptible but TIPS

70% of them will show great interest. Dried Catnip is available in pet shops but the fresh plant makes an attractive addition to the garden for both owner and puss. As it’s a member of the mint family, it can become invasive so is best confined to a pot rather than in the ground. Lavender is a great herb providing a bushy and attractive hiding place for cats. Cats love to lounge in the sun but can be prone to sunburn. Planting large shrubs gives cats the opportunity to seek shade while still enjoying the warm weather. Piles of logs make excellent areas for scratching claws, while low shrubs make interesting hiding places for cats to snuggle up in for an al fresco snooze. A full list of plants that are dangerous and best to avoid can be found on the International Cat Care’s website Lilies in particular can be lethal if a cat ingests pollen from its fur after brushing against them.

Ensure your cat is fully vaccinated before venturing outdoors to protect against diseases and parasites. Neutering is also vital to prevent unwanted kittens being born and to reduce roaming.

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Welcome to Scotland’s largest Regional Park Spring Starts: The summer season got underway with a busy weekend at the start of April, since then there have been Model Boat Championships, Bird Ringing Demonstrations, Spring Sailability Regatta, Easter Entertainment and Pedal the Park 100km Sportive to name just some of the events and activities of the last month. Please look on our website for forth coming events or pick up a summer whats on guide at a Visitor Centre. Summer Hours: The Park’s 3 Visitor Centres are open the following hours: Castle Semple is open daily 10am – 5pm and Greenock and Muirshiel are open weekends and public holidays 11am – 4pm. With the lighter nights coming in we have lots of opportunity for you to get outside and walk, run or cycle. Ride 63 Community Cycle Club: Report that Tuesday evening is the current ride night, meeting outside RT Cycles in Glengarnock at 6.20pm or at Castle Semple at 6.40pm exact route depends on the weather and who shows up. The 2017 club ride calendar can be seen on the Club noticeboard at Castle Semple Visitor Centre. Contact the club on the ‘group style facebook page’ or email the secretary ridesixtythree@gmail. com for a membership form and ride info. Clyde Muirshiel Munchkins: This month this Brand NEW Pre 5’s Nature Club will splash in to the pond to see what creatures call it home. Meet at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre on Wednesday 24th May, full details including booking can be done online. Keep Safe: Castle Semple Visitor Centre is now a ‘Keep Safe’ location to help people with a disability feel safe in the community. A window sticker lets folk know Castle Semple is a suitable place to come if they feel threatened or vulnerable. Look here for more information. Looking Ahead: Summer holiday outdoor activity courses are booking up but there are still spaces available. Why not keep your kids busy and give them a taste of outdoor adventure in the holidays, all courses can be booked using the online booking system. 10k Bog Stomp Run takes place on Sunday 3rd September from the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, online entry is up and running at www. Tag-n-Track Project update Spring has definitely sprung with the arrival of many of our migratory birds. Willow warblers, chiffchaffs and swallows have all been spotted and the lesser black-backed gulls are taking up territories and starting to build nests on rooftops. May is going to be a busy month for the project as we will be catching 12 adult gulls to fit with satellite tags. Our aim is to catch adults on the nest, fit them with a tag, metal BTO ring and a colour ID ring before releasing them to carry on nesting and rearing chicks. We will then make regular weekly visits to see if we can spot them from a distance by looking for the colour rings to see that the tags are not having any effect on their breeding attempts. The tags we are going to be using are GSM satellite tags which will take a fix on the gull’s positions up to 5 times a day. This data is then relayed through the mobile phone network back to our computers. We are expecting the birds to frequent their nesting sites during the summer and then, in the autumn, the juicy data will start to come in.

By this point you are probably wondering why we are tagging gulls…well did you know that the lesser black-backed gull leaves our shores in the autumn and migrates to sunnier climes such as Portugal, Benidorm and even The Gambia? Our project wants to highlight these movements that this species makes by engaging the public. Gulls have a bad reputation but many of the problems are actually caused by us rather than the gulls. We will be doing regular social media and website updates letting people know where the individual gulls are as well as working with schools in Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire. So keep an eye out for gulls with white rings with red writing and let us know if you spot any. We are also looking for volunteers to help us with a variety of project tasks such as camera trapping monitoring, gull spotting and more. If you fancy learning a new skill and want to find out more then please contact us on the details below. In other news the project was visited by the Cotton Club (an older adult recreational group) who enjoyed an afternoon of bird ringing with siskins, blue tits and long-tailed tits all putting in an appearance. We also ran another public demonstration in April which was our busiest yet for visitors. Unfortunately it was very windy and birds were few and far between. This didn’t dampen the spirits of many avid visitors who were very patient and happy to enjoy being in the Visitor Centre. We managed to capture some more siskins and retrapped a coal tit that was ringed in September 2016 and a female long-tailed tit that was captured a week before. Our thanks goes out to Bill Crookston and Natalie McAlindon who have taken some of the bird photos that you see in this and last month’s articles. Event News Our next ringing events will take place at Muirshiel Country Park on Saturday the 6th of May between 10am and 3.30pm and Greenock Cut Visitor Centre on Sunday the 7th of May between 10.30am and 3.30pm. There will also be a ringing demonstration as part of the Waunder’ful Woods day at Muirshiel Visitor Centre on the 21st of May between 11am and 3pm. Please do come along and see what surprise birds we get in the net this time. If you can’t join us on these days then keep an eye out for our stand at the Kilmacolm show on Saturday 13th May and Gourock Highland Games on Sunday 14th May. More Info… Details can be found on the Park’s website or by emailing The Project also now has its own Facebook Page which can be found at TagnTrack/ Talks to groups can be arranged if you are interested in finding out more about the project and its findings as the project progresses.

Keep up to speed with events and activities taking place on the Park’s Facebook: or Twitter @Clydemuirshiel pages and Instagram pages.

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Spring is upon us and wildflowers are starting to appear on the reserve. At this time of year, as the days grow longer and the sun begins to shine a little more, we start to think about the natural world that is a little closer to home – gardens! Now is the time when many folk drag their lawnmowers out of the garage, and start thinking about giving the garden hedge a trim. As well as being fantastic places to enjoy the summer weather (when it appears!), gardens are also vital habitats for a variety of wildlife. Whether you are a green-fingered gardening expert or a reluctant grass-cutter, there is plenty you can do to help give nature a home in your own garden. A brilliant way to liven up your garden, and help our friends the bees, is to add some flowers! Seeing that splash of summer colour will be sure to brighten your day, but it will also be much appreciated by your local bumblebees and honey bees. Many bee species are decreasing

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in numbers quite dramatically due to changes in climate and loss of habitat, so why not give them a helping hand? Adding a variety of different flowers to your garden is a great way to do this. Garden plants such as singles dahlias and lavender can be planted in beds, pots or baskets and are perfect for nectar-loving bees. You can also try adding some native wildflowers such as scabious, tufted vetch and knapweed. Did you know that bees particularly like purple flowers, as this is the colour they see most clearly? If you’re searching for some floral inspiration, look no further than our annual Plant Sale on Saturday 20th May. We will have a wide selection of garden flowers and plants available to purchase, all with the added bonus that some of the profits will go towards the RSPB’s vital conservation work.

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duties Cara will read a proclamation to officially open Lilias Day and, later in the year, will have the honour of switching on the Christmas lights in Kilbarchan.

Kilbarchan’s famous Lilias Day celebrations are all set for Saturday 3 June! Taking place in the conservation village of Kilbarchan, the Lilias Day celebrations date back to the 1700s when the village was a centre of the weaving trade in Renfrewshire. Today it is firmly established as a key event in the Renfrewshire events calendar and a great day out for all the family. A historic parade still leads the celebrations and is followed through the village by decorated floats, pipe and brass bands and involvement from the community and organisations in and around the area. The parade finishes in Kilbarchan Park where a host of stalls, activities and events take place to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. Local residents and businesses will dress the outside of their premises and a prize is given for the best decorated house and business as well as for best decorated float. The parade leaves the bottom of the village at 1pm and along the way the statue of Kilbarchan’s famous piper, “Habbie Simpson” on the steeple in the village square is brought to life and joins the parade. If you haven’t been to Lilias Day before, make this the year to come along and join the fun. Highlights for this years Lilias Day Highlights for this years Lilias Day include a medieval battle re-enactment, circus performers, the local football derby between Kilbarchan Primary and Bridge of Weir and the annual tug of war tournament. Other features include a food village, circus skills workshop, archery, a medieval camp, dog show and Jamie McArthur’s music tent. The parade will showcase the best in local piping with Kilbarchan, St Columba’s and Houston pipe bands all taking part, followed by a fantastic display of local creativity in a unique procession of floats. The park layout helps to create a festival feel with a ‘food village’ ‘kids’ zone’ and ‘active area’. Big Prize Raffle The grand finale this year will again be the big prize raffle, when one lucky winner will leave the park £1,000 richer. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet you can buy them at local shops throughout the village and on the day at the Lilias Day Committee stall in the park. The raffle draw takes place in the park on Lilias Day at 4.30pm. You can keep up to date on all the latest news on the Lilias Day website Miss Lilias And The School Queen The two leading ladies of Kilbarchan’s Lilias Day have been announced for the event taking place on Saturday 3rd June.

Every year the most senior pupils in Kilbarchan Primary School elect a School Queen and attendants to represent the school at Lilias Day. The group takes a leading role in the parade and Miss Lilias crowns the School Queen as the parade arrives in the park. The School Queen this year is Emma Moore and her attendants are Zoe Ryszewski and Cara Lauder. The Crown Bearer is Pierre Minucci and the footman Jason Kirkwood. @LiliasDay

LILIFEST KICKS OFF LILIAS DAY CELEBRATIONS Lilifest will once again present an exciting range of events and activities as part of Kilbarchan’s Lilias Day Celebrations. A number of new events have been added to the programme including “An Evening with Rev Ian Miller” featuring one of Kilbarchan’s best loved personalities. Ian is a master raconteur with an Aladdin’s cave of stories and jokes as anyone who has had the pleasure of his company will testify. Guests are sure to enjoy his “set” at Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 1st June proceeds of which he has kindly agreed to donate to Kilbarchan Smile to reinvest in the village. This years’ festival is brought right up to date with and an interactive Lego animation workshop by Morgan Spence whose creations viewed more than 10 million times worldwide. He has also appeared on the BBC and ABC television in the US discussing his work that includes videos for DJ Paul Oakenfold and Paisley’s City of Culture bid. On Monday 29th May Morgan will present a 90 minute workshop where he will be sharing his experiences and knowledge of the craft before assisting participants in creating their own animated clips* using Lego. The Kilbarchan Smile Gateway Garden Party will once again form part of Lilifest. Taking place on Sunday 28th May (12-4pm) the family fun day will feature music, a performance by Loud and Proud, LEAP, Fairtrade/Coop, RSPB and other stalls. Young Habbies can also join storyteller Anne Pitcher for some interactive storytelling fun with puppets, props, sound makers and songs. Hot dogs and refreshments will also be available (while stocks last). A series of events including live music and quizzes will take place at the village’s two pubs Habbies and The Trust whilst Village Voices and The Junior Choir will perform their summer concert at Kilbarchan Parish Church on Sunday 11 June (includes afternoon tea). The popular Barchan Mad Comedy night also makes a welcome return on the night of Lilias Day itself featuring a great line up with host for the evening, Graham Barrie. Brookfield Knights bring more live music to the Performing Arts Centre with internationally renowned roots music from Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards from Boston on Tuesday 23rd May and Chris Stout & Catriona McKay’s Shetland-inspired sound on Wednesday 7th June.

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

Cara Batin is Miss Lilias 2017 and the School Queen is Emma Moore. The Lilias Day committee choose Miss Lilias each year based on her contribution to the community or good causes. Cara is in 4th year at Johnstone High School. For several years Cara has been heavily involved in ReMode, LEAP’s Youth Engagement Programme clothes upcycling boutique in Lochwinnoch. She has also recently completed her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Cara was voted school queen in 2013 and is delighted to have been chosen to be Miss Lilias this year. As part of her

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Chris Stout & Catriona McKay

“Habbies Hoolie” family ceilidh makes a welcome return to the Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 17th June with the area’s leading ceilidh band, Clamjamfrie, serving up a rousing evening of music and dancing on the evening of the Kilbarchan Show. Lilias Day itself will offer a day packed with activities and entertainment on Saturday 3rd June with the park opening at 12noon and historic parade starting at 1pm. For full list of events please see the What’s on section or for more information visit

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HIGHWOOD, KILMACOLM Open Sunday 14th May 2pm - 5pm for Bluebells Woodland walk around 50 acres of beautiful native bluebells in a delightful setting bordering the Green Water river with tumbling waterfalls. Stout waterproof footwear is essential as paths can be muddy. Dogs welcome on a lead. Fantastic opportunities for lovers of wild flowers and photography. GET HERE - Take B786 Lochwinnoch Road out of Kilmacolm and continue for approximately two miles then follow SG signs. From Lochwinnoch take B786 Kilmacolm Road for approximately six miles, then follow SG signs.

Donations welcome. Disabled Access Home made teas available. Dogs Allowed. Plant stall. Delicious home baked tea and plant sale. Fun duck race on the river for families at 3.30pm with rubber ducks available for purchase on the day. Orkidstudio receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

BRIDGE OF WEIR ROAD GARDENS - NEW FOR 2017 Open Sunday 21st May 2pm - 5pm

BEECHWOOD - The garden was redesigned in 2004 to provide a sweeping lawn around the side of the house suitable for family use. The borders are well stocked and offer an interesting variety of shrubs and plants, including a eucalyptus tree. LARCHMONT - within the walled gardens are mature trees, rhododendrons and azaleas with wide lawns & herbaceous borders. The garden also offers a fine example of a late Victorian glasshouse. SHIELDHALL - was for many years part of St Columba’s School, returning to residential use in the 1990s. Since then the tarmac playground has been transformed into a well stocked garden with mature shrubs & herbaceous plants, providing colour and interest throughout the year. The garden is on two levels with a meandering path leading you through both. GET HERE - The gardens are within 50 yards of each other on the Bridge of Weir Road in the middle of Kilmacolm. Signage will be up on the day.

Entry £4. Disabled Access Home-made teas available. Dogs Allowed. Plant stall. Ardgowan Hospice receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Summer’s on its way As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is now clear that summer is approaching. Sowing and planting out bedding can begin, depending on regional weather variations, and you can take softwood cuttings. It’s also time to get back into the lawn mowing regime, as the lawn will be loving the warmer temperatures this month brings. Top 10 Jobs This Month:1 - Watch out for late frosts. Protect tender plants 2 - Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining 3 - Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas) 4 - Water early and late to get the most out of your water, recycle water when possible 5 - Regularly hoe off weeds 6 - Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days 7 - Mow lawns weekly 8 - Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges 9 - Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other springflowering bulbs 10 - Watch out for viburnum beetle and lily beetle grubs

Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer These officers can be contacted to report crime or to seek advice on wildlife crime matters. Call Police Scotland on 101 to report a wildlife crime or email us at Contactus@

Brookfield Gardening group This is an informal group of people interested in gardening. We meet monthly during the growing season, taking turns to host the meeting and offer a tour of our garden. It is a great opportunity to get advice from other gardeners and share plants. Those who wish also help to keep the Millennium Garden (at the top of Victoria Rd) and the flower beds at the Village Hall stocked and weeded. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Helen Ostrycharz by emailing

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Langbank playgroup is the place to be!!! We offer a wide variety of experiences for the children, such as social interaction with others, creative and imaginative play opportunities, numeracy and literacy challenges, as well as outdoor play. We are thoroughly enjoying our Skoobmobile sessions and the children are developing their knowledge of songs and stories through these sessions. We have a close relationship with the local Primary School and we have already started our visits to and from the school. This will ensure a smooth transition for our children venturing into Primary 1 in August. Do you have a child aged between 2.5yrs to 5yrs old? Then why not let them come along and experience the fun! Everyone welcome from Langbank and surrounding areas. Playgroup is held on a Friday morning (term time) in Langbank Village Hall and we currently have spaces for children aged 2.5yrs to 5yrs. If you would like to join us on a Friday morning or for more information, please contact Jen Burrows on 07947983025.

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Kilmacolm Primary School P1 had a visit from Buzzy, the giant honeybee, who lead our P1 pupils into the wonderful world of bees in an interactive show by Generation Science. The boys and girls learned how a bee’s body is different from ours and how bees and flowers work together. There was fun, games and even ‘The Busy Bee Dance’! We took part in a fundraising event for Red Nose Day, organised by our P6/5 class and their teacher Mrs McPherson. The pupils bought red noses, dressed in red, donated a £1 and then had fun and games in the hall. We hope to raise a large amount to donate to Comic Relief. Thank you for your hard work P6/5



Lochwinnoch Baby & Toddlers McKillop Hall, 9.45am - 11.30am

£2/family fee incl tea & children’s snacks.

Kilmacolm Playgroup

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm, 9.30am - 11.40am

Howwood Baby & Toddler Group

Howwood Parish Church, 10am - 12noon

Kilbarchan Parish Church Tots’ Club Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall, 9.15am - 11.30am

Mrs Carruth organised a visit from SSPCA where all classes had a short talk about the important work the organisation does. The boys and girls had lots of questions for Elizabeth and Andy and learned lots of interesting animal facts and stories.

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We recently were invited by Kilmacolm Art Class to hold a competition in P5-7 for art work to be displayed in the club’s exhibition in Kilmacolm Community Centre. Our winners were: 3rd Ava Oates, 2nd Lilianna McWhinnie, 1st Emily Wilson. Highly recommended were Jules Gaston and Emre Gider. Thanks to Janice Sinclair and tutor Tom Murray who encouraged the boys and girls and then judged the entries. Well done to all who took part and many thanks to Kilmacolm Art Class for their kind donation to the school to buy art resources.

Bridge of Weir Toddlers

We celebrated World Downs Syndrome Day by wearing ‘Lots of Socks’ to raise awareness of Downs Syndrome. We wore brightly coloured socks, patterned socks, socks on socks, socks on heads, in fact, socks just about everywhere!

Kilmacolm Toddlers

There were a lot of excited children during the auditions for our school show planned for May. What hard work the boys and girls put in, they were word perfect, expressive and more than just enthusiastic. Leading parts were allocated with more speaking parts to be announced at a later date. Well done to everyone, you are the best!

£2/family fee incl tea and children’s snacks.

We rounded off March by holding a coffee morning, organised by our Parent Teacher Fundraising group. Staff, parents and pupils all helped to raise a wonderful £562 for school funds. Thanks to all who helped donate to the stalls or who helped on the day. We appreciate the continued support from all parents and staff. Thank you.

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Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who helped in making our Easter Eggstravaganza fundraiser such a success! A good time was had by all and these events could not go ahead without the hard work and support of our committee members as well as everyone who attends the events. The children are looking forward to some exciting events coming up including their Sports Day and a summer trip. The playgroup are currently recruiting for a new Senior playleader. To find out more information and how to apply please email Carly at: cgorman1009@ - full details can be found in the classified section at the back of the magazine.

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Baby and Toddler Group A Baby and Toddler Group is held on Friday mornings, 9.30am -11.30am in Elderslie Kirk, Main Rd, Elderslie. It only costs £2 and that includes a snack for your little one and a lovely cup of tea / coffee for yourself. Lots of different toys to play with - all welcome!

Kilbarchan Tots

Kilbarchan Scout Hall, 10am-12noon £2 contribution. Tea, coffee & biscuits.

Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, BoW

Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am

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St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm, 10am - 11.30am For children from birth to 3 years.

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Houston Toddlers

Church Hall, Main Street, Houston

Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am

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St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm, 9.15am - 11.40am

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am



Langbank Playgroup

Langbank Village Hall, 9.45 - 11.45am For 2.5 - 5yr olds. Contact Jen Burrows 07947 983025.

Langbank Under 3’s

Church Hall, Langbank, 10am - 11.45am For children from birth to 3 years

Baby and Toddler Group

Elderslie Kirk, Main Rd, Elderslie, 9.30am - 11.30am

£2 includes children’s snack and tea/coffee. Lots of different toys to play with. All welcome.

Community Bookbug Sessions

Livingstone Hall at St Columba’s Junior School, Knockbuckle Road, Kilmacolm. From 9.30 - 10am

1st & 3rd Friday

Renfrewshire Inverclyde Twins Club McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch, 1pm -2.30pm

£3. Bring a mug along for a cuppa.

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Many thanks to all the parents of St Fillan’s who sponsored their children to take part in our obstacle course. It has raised a fantastic amount of money for school funds. We will be using the money to buy new laptops for the school and this should now allow us to have 1 per pupil at computer times.

We are delighted that Greenock Morton Community Trust are doing football taster sessions for the children again this term, we have had great fun doing this over the past few years. The Trust aims to encourage children to choose exercise as a healthy way of life and the children are loving their time on the pitch learning new skills!

Our tennis players took part in a tournament at Strathgryffe and did us proud in their team effort while our rugby players enjoyed participating in a tournament in Greenock. Our annual Easter Bonnet Parade took place before we stopped for the holidays. There was a great variety of creations. Very well done to all of our enterprising families for working together to allow us to have our Easter Bonnet Parade.

We are all getting very creative with egg boxes and stone painting for the entries for this year’s Kilmacolm Show, we will have a stand there too so please pop over to say hello! As you can see we have an action packed time at Duchal, learning through play in a friendly secure environment, if you would like to find out more about what we do and find out more about our extended hours, please come along to our Open Morning on Saturday 20th May from 10am – 12noon. This is open to anyone who is interested in nursery places in the future and is a great opportunity to meet the teachers and current parents and get a taste for Duchal life, we look forward to welcoming you. More information is available on our website and our Facebook page. If you would like to arrange to visit the nursery to see for yourself what we can offer please email

Our P7 children organised a food bank collection for Johnstone food bank and we were overwhelmed by the generous contributions from our parents.

Gryffe High School Delightful Spring Concert A busy theatre thoroughly enjoyed the exceptional musical talent of our pupils in the Spring Concert. As they say, ‘Practice makes Perfect’ and that certainly shone through with each well thought out performance. As well as the Jazz Band, Concert Band, Choir and String Ensemble, the audience was treated to solo recitals from our ‘Young Musicians of the Year’ winners. Eco Committee News March 25th was WWF Earth Hour 2017, which raises awareness of the issue of Global Warming by encouraging people to turn off their lights between the time of 8.30pm - 9.30pm. The Eco Committee supported this challenge. As well as organising an informative short presentation for all S1 to S3 classes, subjects were challenged to teach in the dark for a period. S2 can be seen here in the Maths Department engrossed in a maths related Treasure Hunt - working in the dark! Remember to follow us on Twitter: @GryffeEco

Mr. J. Clark – on behalf of The Eco Committee

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Kilmacolm Nursery The children in Kilmacolm Nursery Class have been enjoying some Outdoor Learning. They have enjoyed the Spring weather by taking trips to Duchal woods and spending a lot of time in the nursery garden. The children are particularly enjoying the ‘Mud Kitchen’ that was created by CBC (the company who refurbished the school). There is a lot of fun and very muddy learning going on! The children are learning all about ‘Fairytales’ just now and they have created a huge beanstalk and castle in the nursery. They have also planted ‘magic’ beans in the hope that a real beanstalk grows!

Photography Blog by Lauren Russell, Owner, Little Studio Kilmacolm

How much is Newborn photography worth? Think back to how you deliberated over your wedding photographer - you ensured that the photographer was experienced so that your special day would be captured beautifully and professionally. This was probably a budgetstretcher but worth it in the long run as you now have a cherished collection of photos by which to relive that day. Wedding and Newborn photography have one thing in common - neither photoshoot can be repeated! Newborn sessions usually have to be booked far in advance and have to take place within the first 10 - 14 days of your newborn’s life, as the newborn characteristics disappear after just 2 short weeks. From the very first moment you see, hold and smell your newborn child, your world will change forever and your wedding day will pale in significance to this time in your life. You will want to remember all the little details such as your baby still curled up, milk spots, flakey skin, wisps of hair, pouty lips, curled up fingers and toes. These little details will change and disappear every single day as baby gets older and you will more than likely want both parents in these photos as well! Clients who come to me to get their 6 or 7 month old baby photographed for the first time, more often than not express their regret at not having booked in for a Newborn session. Perfecting poses and handling newborns (and doing so safely) takes years of training, practice and hard work. Newborn photographers simply cannot make mistakes. Any professional Newborn photographer will tell you that, above everything, safety is paramount. What you need to take into consideration is that the photographer you choose, works safely with your baby, is experienced in posing and soothing newborns, has a varied portfolio showing comfortable and relaxed babies and, lastly, has a good reputation. So, if you’re wondering how much Newborn photography is really worth, the answer shouldn’t be a monetary amount. It should be how much these images will be worth to you.

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BBC Orchestra comes to PGHS (by Sarah Harrison S3)

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A selection of instrumentalists from our school had the opportunity to participate in the BBC 10 Pieces Project. This involved working with players from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra who held a question and answer session, a master class with two senior pupils and rehearsals to perfect our chosen pieces. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I can guarantee that everyone involved has come out with a better understanding of classical music and with inspiration for the future.

The P6 Eco Representatives and Rangers have taken a leading role in preparing bird feeders and ensuring that there is plenty of food to attract the birds down at our beautiful orchard. Their aim is to attract as many birds as possible before Hayley from Clyde Muirshiel comes to set up her bird catching net ready to tag and track the birds in our local environment in June as part of our Eco Vertical Learning day. We also plan to visit the Craigends Yew, identify trees and their leaves, build dens, create transient art pieces using natural materials and have loads of fun outdoors all day long.

Saturday School Our senior pupils have been investing extra effort on their exam preparation over the last month. In addition to over 300 Supported Study sessions which have been offered as part of our on-going programme, we have been delighted to develop a partnership with the Saturday School Ltd in Glasgow. A number of our National 5 Maths pupils have given up some of their Saturday to attend additional sessions at City of Glasgow College. Pupils have reported that these sessions have been of real benefit – and have enjoyed some lunch in Glasgow as some well-deserved ‘down time’! WASTED project (by Jay Robertson S2) On Thursday 16th March, S2 pupils took part in a workshop about alcohol and drugs. We learned about what alcohol and drugs do to your body and what the side-effects are. We also learned how to help someone who is affected by alcohol or drugs. There were 8 different stations, each one with a different purpose. The people who ran the event were the Inverclyde Youth team. We spoke to police officers who gave us a lot of information. This event was fun, informative and if you get the chance to do it, you should.

The Primary 6 pupils have also entered a competition to create a poster about saving energy organised by Renfrewshire Council. The winning entrant will receive a £50 voucher for the Science Centre and the school will receive money for Eco projects. Green fingers crossed! Our Gardening Club set a whole school challenge to decorate a planter and fill it with spring bulbs. Now that the bulbs have bloomed our judges Mrs Morrison and local gardener Hamish have chosen the winning planters. The awards go to P1B, P4 P5 and P6. Class News The Primary 7 pupils are looking forward to their annual residential trip to Loch Insh, where they will learn to windsurf, kayak, canoe, sail and raft build to name but a few activities that are on offer. A wonderful week of adventure lies ahead. They also look forward to their transition visit to Gryffe High School in May. Primary 7 also entered the local Rotary Quiz and they won! The pupils who will now be representing us in the regional final are Peter Boyd, Ben Stevenson, Luke Wilson and Tylar Pollock. Our reserves are Emma Laird and Sarah Donnelly. They have been studying every lunchtime. What a clever and dedicated team they are. A number of stages held open afternoons which were very well attended. It is a wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents to come and see all the amazing work that we do. Thank you for all the positive comments in our Visitors book. Primary 4 have been studying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and were inspired to create their own elevator inside the class. I’m sure you will agree it is choc-tastic.

Duke of Edinburgh Day Hike S3 pupils spent a day enjoying a practice hike in preparation for the qualifying expedition required for the Bronze award. Pupils navigated the Greenock Cut using map reading skills which had been developed in class. And all in glorious sunshine! A thoroughly good day was had by all.

Primary 2 are learning about the Vikings and are heading off to Vikingar in Largs to enhance their learning. Happy Birthday Houston

Girls in Science The school recently hosted a Girls in Science event which involved participants from a number of schools along with visiting Scientists. It was a huge success and very enjoyable for the pupils involved. Follow us on PortGlasgowHS PGHS_PE_

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Houston Primary School has been celebrating its 40th year by inviting in former staff and pupils who have kindly shared their memories of days gone by with us. We took the opportunity to record this special moment by having a whole school aerial photograph taken in the shape of the number 40. We also released 40 ruby helium balloons and sang happy birthday at the top of our voices as we watched them float away.

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Houston Baby & Toddlers We are really looking forward to our upcoming sessions at toddlers, enjoying seeing our friends, more crafts and even a teddy bears picnic. Why not come along and join us on a Thursday morning? Children from 0-4 years old, together with their parents/grandparent/ carer, will receive a warm welcome. The children can have fun playing with our many toys while the adults chat over a cuppa. We meet every Thursday 09.30 - 11.30 (term time only CLOSED 1st & 25th May) in the West hall, Main Street, Houston, PA6 7EL (next door to the Carrick Centre) – welcome anytime. We look forward to meeting you. Sharon, Lesley & Fiona. (lesleyannjackson@

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The nursery have been having Stay and Play sessions for pupils and parents. The pupils have confidently shown their special guests all of the things they like to play with when they are at nursery. A good time was had by all. Amazing Clarice Cliff artwork by Primary 7.

The National Theatre of Scotland is partnering up with the Wheatley Foundation to give 200 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to go to the theatre for the first time. The scheme will see young people living in Wheatley Group homes across the central belt of Scotland given the chance to see a performance, get a backstage tour, and be given a workshop on drama and performance.

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St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm Open Week 22nd - 26th May

Junior School London Drama Trip

Visit us during our Open Week from 22nd to 26th May to see our Early Years, Junior and Senior Schools at work and play. We provide an all-through education for boys and girls age 3-18 and offer wraparound care from 7.30am - 6pm. At St Columba’s pupils and parents are known by name. From the day of arrival you are warmly welcomed into a supportive and compassionate community where lifelong friendships are forged. Together with excellent teaching, this ensures that every child achieves their full potential. We also offer a wide range of Advanced Higher subjects to those who wish to join us for their sixth year, and are happy to discuss your options with you. To book an appointment for Junior School please call 01505 872768 or 01505 872238 for Senior School and visit to find out more about us. Pipe Band on Tour in NYC Our Pipe Band certainly made the most of the Easter break by travelling across the pond to embark on a 5 day tour of New York! They received an overwhelmingly fantastic reception, with praise flooding in from all of their performances, in particular the Tartan Parade on 6th Avenue and their ‘Flash Mob’ performance in Grand Central Station. It was an amazing experience for everyone involved and as a School we are very proud of their achievement. Former Pupil and School Matches

Our J5/J6 pupils were also busy during Easter with a drama trip down to London to explore some of the city’s fantastic theatrical offerings. They enjoyed an afternoon at Pineapple Dance Studio, street theatre in Convent Garden and a trip to see School of Rock amongst many other activities. It was a jam packed 3 days with lots of fun, laughter and learning! Silver Tablet Concert A date for your diary! The Silver Tablet celebrates the best of musical talent from Senior VI who compete for this award by performing pieces of Grade 8 standard. The concert will be held on the morning of Monday 5th June in St Columba’s Church at 11.30am followed by light refreshments. Members of the School community, including parents, friends, former pupils, former staff and former parents are all welcome to attend this lovely musical celebration. Please contact if you wish to attend. Annual Sports Dinner Well done to all of the winners from our Sports Dinner. It was a fantastic evening with our Guest Speaker Ross Miller, Former Pupil (2003) and Scotland 7s internationalist. The winners were; Joe Yacoubian - Captain’s Shield & Murray Kicking Cup

We had a great day and turnout for the annual Former Pupils v School hockey and rugby matches on Saturday 25th March. Well done to all the players for hard-fought matches. Sales from the match programme raised £168.73 for the East Africa Appeal. The results were -

Maddie Cleat - Captain’s Shield

Hockey: 1st XI 1 - 0 FPs Player of the Match - Imogen Davies

The Green Cup - Most improved Hockey player of the year - Anna Hendry

Rugby: School Captain’s XV 24 - 12 Vicecaptain’s XV Player of the Match - James Smith FP Old Boys 28 - 32 Old Old Boys Player of the Match - Iain Gillies

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Eilidh Fleming - Goalkeeper’s Shield Imogen Davies - Players’ Player of the Year Harry Briggs - Players’ Player of the Year The Steel Cup - Most Improved Rugby Player of the year - Jamie Wilson St Columba’s at Kilmacolm Show We’ll be at the Kilmacolm Show on Saturday 13th May with a marquee full of exciting games and fun activities, so don’t forget to pop along and say hi when you’re there!

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Kilmacolm Ladies Golf Club

Boglestone junior section were on their travels to the Satire championships in Lasswade outside of Edinburgh.

What a treat for the Ladies section of Kilmacolm Golf Club who enjoyed an evening with Jim McArthur, recent past Chairman of Congo and of the R&A Championship Committee and Hazel Irvine, renowned television and sports presenter.

It was a great day out with Boglestone winning 4 medals on the day. These junior club competitions are a great way to let the junior players try the techniques they have practised in the club in a competitive environment, the juniors did well, with silver medals going to Harry Vine and Luke Wolfenden and Bronze medals going to Dillon Tollan and Gary Thomas. Boglestone juniors practice on a Wednesday at Boglestone Community Centre from 7pm to 8pm. The boys celebrate on the winners rostrum

Gleddoch Ladies Golf Club A Great Start To The New Golfing Season Gleddoch Ladies had their first competition of the year on 1st April, a fun tri-am competition over 12 holes. The weather was fine (mostly), the sandwiches afterwards very welcome, and everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The winners were new captain Mhairi, Trixie and Shirley, in spite of Shirley’s buggy problems! It was great to meet friends not seen all winter, and we are all looking forward to the new season. Gleddoch Ladies are a friendly bunch and welcome visitors and prospective new members. Contact Martin McCorkell on 01475 540704, or Gleddoch Hotel Reception.

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Lady Captain, Lois Brown welcomed everyone and Past Captain Susan Reid introduced our guests. Jim, a seasoned speaker, tee’d off with a tried and tested anecdote using notable names from the Ladies section to bring much laughter to the room. He spoke enthusiastically and gave us an insight into his role at the R&A, his involvement with the Open championships and as a rules official. If you think you struggle to remember the rules of golf, try recalling them under pressure with TV cameras and microphones honing in on your answer! Touchingly, he recounted the year at Royal St. George’s, when Darren Clarke won his Open title and the overwhelming support from both crowd and players. Another moving moment, witnessing Ernie Els’ and Adam Scott’s great sportsmanship over the 2012 Open; the essence of golf and the nature of the game in clear evidence that day. From municipal beginnings as a lad in Glasgow to Augusta National Golf Club, he has golfed all over the world. With a staggering 120 qualifying rounds played last year, his wife wonders that they are still married! Although difficult to pick a favourite, both he and Hazel agreed that British courses offer true Open tests, Muirfield being their top pick. Hazel held us captivated with her career in broadcasting and journey to date. As well as golf, she’s commentated on snooker, football and presented at both Commonwealth and Olympic Games. With viewing figures reaching tens of millions, the enormity of the task was ever present. She readily admitted that whilst being a keen sportswoman, she’s never had the drive to become exceptional. However, commentating on and interviewing those at the top of their field, for her, is the next best thing. As with her presenting, her evening’s preparation was meticulous and she spoke effortlessly without missing a beat. What one doesn’t necessarily appreciate on TV is the warmth of her character and just how natural and charming she is, with a great sense of humour. Oh, and as his golf partner, Jim tells us she is an impressive driver of the ball! Although the season opener had to be postponed due to snow, the night was a huge success. A laughter filled evening was followed by a welcome supper from Stuart’s catering team, with Mamie outdoing herself once again with the cake selection. With a new manager at the club, we’re now looking forward to an enthusiastic and successful 126th year of golf.

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Baby Massage Classes Baby massage the perfect way to encourage and nurture that vital bond between parent and baby. Learning this skill offers a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your little one encouraging both verbal and non verbal communication ensuring they feel loved, valued and respected.

This year the challenge includes the immediate area outside the city of Glasgow to include the neighbouring municipalities in the Clyde Valley area collectively known as Glasgow City Region. This should help encourage more cycling and include multimodal journeys helping get more people out on their bikes. Across the area has seen a huge growth in its citizen’s love of cycling, with many who work in the city travelling by bike. Types of cycle route provision is varied and includes: segregated cycle ways, on road facilities designated via lining, signed routes on quiet roads or through its parks and shared surfaces provided for pedestrians and cyclists. With a focus in promoting health and sustainable transport, cycling is the natural choice. In the city centre there is a cycle hire scheme, run by Next Bike. With 43 stations and 420 hire bikes located at transport hubs, it’s the easy way to get to destinations across the city and visit tourist attractions, and cultural and educational centres across the city. The climate of the Clyde Valley is similar to most northern European towns and cities, the people are friendly, the architecture stunning and the surrounding countryside beautiful. Whatever your reason to come to Glasgow, you’ll enjoy it even more getting around by bike. Further information on the challenge for the Glasgow City Region can be found here:

My name is Janette and I have worked in childcare for over 25 years, the past seven years supporting parents affected by post natal depression and I am passionate about encouraging and nurturing that precious connection between parent and baby. I am a fully qualified infant massage therapist and a member of the International Association of Infant Massage. Infant massage provides that all important stimulation of your baby’s senses promoting better health and well being. It can help your baby to feel securely attached, increase levels of relaxation and longer sleep, reduces crying and emotional distress, improves coordination and relief from wind, colic and constipation. For you as a parent it helps you feel closer to your baby, increases confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby, understand your baby’s behaviour, crying and body language. Classes are offered locally either in groups or one to one on weekdays and Saturday mornings. Mums, Dads, close family members or primary carers are welcome. Warm and welcoming environment in which to learn a new life long skill. Refreshments provided and opportunity to meet new parents. Please contact for further information – email janette.a.mckenna@gmail. com

Morton Chairman to be Highland Games Chieftain

The Chieftain for the Gourock Highland Games has been named as Greenock Morton Chairman Douglas Rae OBE. The businessman – who is also chairman of the Golden Casket confectionary corporation – will preside over the 61st annual games at their new permanent home at Battery Park. Douglas Rae OBE said: “I am absolutely thrilled and extremely honoured to have been asked. I am really looking forward to the event and to spending the day with everyone taking part. Hopefully the sun will be shining.” Gourock Highland Games - on Sunday 14 May - hold a unique position in Scotland marking the start of the Scottish Highland Games season and this year come just a week before the first major pipe band championships. Alongside the pipe band competitions the event includes traditional highland games, heavyweight events, the West of Scotland Highland Dance Championships and mini highland games involving local school children. Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th June After the thrill of it’s debut in Scotland in 2016, the Grand Prix of the Sea will return to Greenock in 2017! Don’t miss this great FREE event at the Esplanade in Greenock. Mixed in with the powerboat and jet-ski racing will be jet-ski freestyle displays, air displays and a wide range of stalls and interactive games afloat and ashore. For more information, visit

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The event will also host the first ‘come and try sports’ event with a range of free sports activities. Fairground rides, children’s activities, vintage fire engines and a wide range of food and community stalls add to the entertainment for people of all ages. The Games open to the public at 12.00pm and culminate with the Chieftain’s March Past. Gourock Highland Games is organised by Inverclyde Council and supported by River Clyde Homes, Inverclyde Active Schools, Gourock Community Sports Hub and Gourock festival of sports. The piping competitions at Gourock Highland Games are run under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA).

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Extra Funds For Sport Twist & Hit Cheerleaders Free Taster Session Sunday 7th May, 2017 from 1:15pm to 6:30pm

An additional £2 million will be invested in sports governing bodies, Minister for Sport Aileen Campbell has announced.

The Bield Scout Hall, Woodside Crematorium, Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2NP

The extra funds will be distributed by sportscotland, the national agency for sport, to help offset reduced revenue from the National Lottery.

At our training facility you will get the chance to watch this AWESOME sport in full action and learn how to tumble, stunt, jump and dance in a safe environment.

Sport governing bodies receiving a share of the extra money will be asked to help meet the Scottish Government’s priorities on reducing inequalities in sports participation. This means encouraging more women and girls to take part in sport, achieving 50/50 gender balance on boards, and greater engagement with LGBT communities, disadvantaged communities and other under-represented groups.

With FREE complimentary food, drink and entertainment you will get the chance to socialise, play games and interact in a high paced fun sport. 11 years and younger - 1.15pm-2.30pm Watching a performance from our MINI 1 ROSE and YOUTH 1 LIME teams followed by a taster session 12 years and over Watching a performance from our JUNIOR 2 MINT and SENIOR 3 FUSCHIA teams followed by a taster session

West End Snakes and Ladders A huge park area in the West End of Paisley, complete with basketball courts and a large asphalted area has been badly overgrown and filled with litter for years. We have cleared and cleaned the area and its original paving, and will be creating a ground mural of a snakes and ladders board game that would largely fill the asphalt area and be used by all the children in the area, including those in wheelchairs. We are a community service squad made up of between 2-5 different people each Wed-Sat 9.30-3.30. Our event would go over two weeks to ensure quality and engage the maximum number of our clients and the local residents. We will start by chalk outlining the board, then do as many squares as possible each day, finishing with lettering and the snakes and ladders themselves. The snakes will feature the paisley pattern throughout. If you want to join, contact Ria FitzGerald and on 0141 8401 001.

sportscotland will now work with sports governing bodies to make final decisions about how to allocate the additional investment. Ms Campbell said: “The Scottish Government is committed to do all we can to encourage more people to lead active lives. Sports governing bodies have an important role to play in that, and they can also be instrumental in ensuring equal access to sport and physical activity. “We’ve asked the UK Government not to compound the effect of their austerity agenda by ignoring the problem of falling revenues to sport from the National Lottery – but they don’t appear to be listening. “That’s why we’re providing this additional £2 million to help sportscotland and the governing bodies meet our shared goal - a healthier Scotland where everyone gets a fair chance to enjoy sport.” Chair of sportscotland Mel Young said: “The Scottish Government and sportscotland have been working very closely for a period of months with a view to delivering the best possible financial outcome for sport and we’re delighted that the Minister is announcing an additional £2 million into sport. “This extra investment from the Scottish Government allows sportscotland to supplement our planned investment into the Scottish governing bodies of sport and will help protect jobs and encourage growth within the sports. “We believe in the power of sport, in its ability to help instil leadership and teamwork among our children and young people, allow people to lead happier, healthier lives, and to promote social cohesion, so it is terrific news that the Scottish Government has been able to provide extra money for sport in Scotland.”

Walk a Mile Event - Paisley Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12 noon, walk commences at 12.30pm Fountain Gardens, Love Street, Paisley, PA3 2DZ (at the fountain) To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, the Renfrewshire Anti Stigma Alliance (RASA) group are organising a ‘Walk a Mile’ event on the 10 May. The aim is to raise awareness of Mental Health and to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. The walk is being supported by the national charity See Me and is inspired by Chris Young’s UK wide campaign to end mental health stigma and change the way people think about mental health. For further information please contact: bernadette.reilly@ To Register visit: Please note the initiative is not restricted to Fountain Gardens area, you can do it Anywhere and Anytime on Wednesday 10 May 2017. Afterwards, if you want you can share your experience with other Walkamilers by uploading a selfie on Twitter and Instagram using the national hashtag #letswalkamile or Renfrewshire based #WalkamileinRenfrewshire

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Kilmacolm Golf Club Free lessons

The weather was glorious for the annual St Vincent’s Hospice Golf Day which was held this year at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club, Bridge of Weir on Friday, 24th March. After a 1pm shotgun start, our golfing enthusiasts set off on the course with a chance to win a brand new car sponsored by Arnold Clark if they managed a hole in one on the 7th tee! This day was not only a fantastic fundraiser raising over £10,000 but an extremely enjoyable afternoon despite no hole in one!

The Winning Team “The Magnificent Seven Frank Morrison, David Ewart, Erin Morrison, Les Meenely

“The Old Ran girls” team L-R Mairi Milne, Hazel Kirkland, Jennie Scott and Angela Paterson

Louise Strachan, Hospice fundraiser said “we could not have wished for a better day in March, the sun shone from start to finish. We would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who supported this day including the team at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club, Arnold Clark, Stewart Catering and all local businesses who kindly sponsored a tee.

Ronnie Carswell, Secretary at Ranfurly Golf Club said “were are delighted to have been able to support the St Vincent’s Hospice golf day and all at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club are absolutely delight the day was such a success”. St Vincent’s Hospice is a charitable organisation at the heart of the community, offering specialist care and services to all those affected by life-limiting illness.

“Zipslide the Clyde” in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice Glide across the Clyde on a zip wire attached to a mobile crane and see Glasgow from a new perspective. Join us on Saturday 13th May and help us raise funds to support those with life- limiting illnesses in the Renfrewshire area. Thirteen was the lucky number of participants that took part in “Zipslide the Clyde” for St Vincent’s Hospice on Sunday 9th April. The thrill seekers braved an adrenaline filled flight across the River Clyde on a zip wire and to date have raised £3,500 while doing so. If you would like to test your nerves and support local patient care in Renfrewshire why not sign up to our Saturday 13th May “Zipslide the Clyde”. Minimum sponsorship £150. Let’s hope the 13th will be another lucky fundraising day for the Hospice! If you would like further information, please contact our fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email Pictured L-R Jennifer McLaughlin, Lauren Gallagher , Rachel Carruthers, Laura Horn, Laurent Jean

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This year almost 60 people, of various ages, took advantage of our PGA professional Iain Nicholson’s free golf lessons starting off at St Columba’s Church Hall and finishing up at Kilmacolm Golf Club. Demand was such that Iain offered three one hour sessions every Monday night over a 12 week period, with participants encouraged and supported by several members of the golf club. The sessions have continued to prove very popular and based on feedback, we’ve made improvements to our ‘Intro to Golf Membership’ package. We now offer: Full access to our driving range & practise facilities; Weekly Monday range practise sessions with member’s supervision & support; A free golf lesson with & ongoing support from our club professional; Flexible access to the golf course with a variety of circuits suitable for beginners; A buddy system mentoring & supporting you on the golf course; Access to a friendly welcoming clubhouse. If you would like to take advantage of this membership and all that it can offer; please get in touch with Iain Nicholson [872695] or the golf club office [872139]. We look forward to hearing from you and supporting your pathway to playing golf. Renfrewshire Girls Golf A coaching day was held at Kilmacolm Golf Club on Sunday 26th March for the young girl golfers in the area. Some of the girls were quite new to golf so it was great for them to meet up, make new friends and learn some basic skills. With the sun shining and the girls resplendent in the county colours, Kilmacolm’s club professional Iain Nicolson led the coaching session and concentrated on short game skills. The girls then had the opportunity to play some “real golf”, the more experienced girls playing over the 7 hole shortened course and the others playing 3 holes marked out on the driving range. Finally there was putting, pizza and prizes and hopefully encouraged some new young golfers girls for the future. Lynda Bradley Junior Convenor, Kilmacolm GC

Ladies County Championship Eilidh Briggs, Curtis Cup player, won this year’s Renfrewshire Ladies County Championship at Pollok Golf Club on 14th April. Well done, Eilidh; a great start to your competitive golf season. Lois Brown, Lady Captain

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Kilmacolm Bowling Club On Saturday 8th April, President Jack Taylor open the green for the forthcoming season. His wife Marjory delivered the first bowl. (pictured l-r Chris King, Phil Harrison, Marjory Taylor and Jack Taylor) The Ladies President, Sandra Crawford was joined by her husband Sandy to welcome the ladies to the green on Tuesday 11th April. The bowling club are holding a come and try weekend on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April between 10am and 2pm. Please bring a pair of flat soled shoes. For further information, contact the Secretary on 01505 874239 or

Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run Sunday 4th June

Ever fancied trying dingy sailing or windsurfing or other watersport? Come and try on Sunday 14th May at Castle Semple Loch 10.30am - 4pm. Castle Semple Sailing Club has a variety of dinghies which you will be able to see both on and off the water. Likewise Clyde Windsurfing Club will be demonstrating windsurfing for anyone who wishes to try this exciting sport. For further info and to book a sail contact or contact Mike at Castle Semple Rowing Club will also have their rowing machines available and clinker built rowing boats for you to try. All clubs involved are working together to build a new watersports hub at the lochside which will provide a top notch facility for the clubs and the local community well into the future. The Semple Sports Action Partnership (“SSSAP”) project involves the Sailors, Windsurfers, Rowers and also the Fishermen from St Winnoch Angling club. We are raising funds for the build so if you would like to make a donation please feel free to leave your spare change in one of our donation boxes on the day. All donations are very welcome and much appreciated.


Adult Beginners Ballet Class Bridge of Weir, 11.30am

Tel: 01505 690757 for further information.

Kilbarchan Athletic Club On-X, Linwood, 7pm

All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.

5-a-side Football

Powerleague Paisley, 6pm Tel: Jim on 01505 874215; or

Bridge of Weir Ladies Badminton Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, 7.30pm


Brookfield Village Hall, 7.15pm

Strathgryffe Motorcycle Club

every Tuesday

Bridge of Weir Walking Group

Outside the Co-op, BoW, 10.30am 1 hour walks. Call Senga on 0141 842 3000.

Gryffe Badminton

Strathgryffe Tennis Club, 8pm

Football Training

Johnstone High School, 6pm - 9pm Call Ali on 07775 578795 for details.

Taekwon-Do Johnstone Sports Complex PA5 0LD, 6pm Call 07951 365166 for details.



The Trust Inn, Kilbarchan, 9pm - 10.30pm

Greenock Hockey Club

Visit for details.

Inverclyde Academy, Greenock, 6.30 - 8pm

The Shotokan Karate Club

Woodlands Primary, Linwood, 7-8pm/8-9pm

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“The new route was awesome”, “The atmosphere was electric” & “Amazing entertainment on course” were just some of the comments that we received last year and 2017 is set to be even bigger once again…so what are you waiting for…sign up to today and be part of something GREAT!

Kilbarchan Athletic Club

Adult Jazz Class

Tel: 01505 690757 for further information.

Whether you walk, run or jog, you will all get that finish line feeling and be able to celebrate in style in the heart of Glasgow’s West End.

every Thursday


Bridge of Weir, 10am

The Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run is the largest women’s only running event in Scotland and is the perfect opportunity to get a team of friends together to take on the 10k or NEW 3k distances.

Contact Liz Baldwin, mobile 07944 607005.


On-X, Linwood, 7pm


All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.


Birkmyre Park Pavilion, Kilmacolm, 10am


David 01505 874192

Brookfield Village Hall, 9.15am & 10.30am


Adult Tap Lessons

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm, Evening

Kilmacolm Walkers

Brookfield Village Hall, 9.15am & 10.30am

The Shotokan Karate Club

Woodlands PS, Linwood, 7pm & 8pm

Football Training

Johnstone High School, 6pm - 9pm

Call Gail Ashley on 07415 701667 for details



Birkmyre Rugby Club, Kilmacolm Youth Rugby Section, 11am - 1pm

Call Ali on 07775 578795 for details

Taekwon-Do Johnstone Sports Complex PA5 0LD, 6pm Call 07951 365166 for details

Baby Ballet

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm, Morning Call Gail Ashley on 07415 701667 for details

Brookfield Village Hall, 5.15, 6.15 & 7.30pm

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Bridge of Weir Ladies Badminton Club 80th Birthday Dinner On Monday 27th March eleven ladies of Bridge of Weir Ladies Badminton Club sat down to dinner at Ristorante Amaretto, Bridge of Weir for the club’s postponed 80th Birthday dinner. Inaugurated in the Summer of ’35 and comprising ladies from the mixed club and new members, Bridge of Weir Ladies Badminton Club commenced play on 7th October of that year. The annual subscription was 2/6 with a payment of 9d per night to cover the cost of shuttlecocks. The club is still going strong 80 years on playing on Monday evenings in the Cargill Hall from September to March. After an enjoyable meal there was a sweet treat in the form of a Badminton Racquet Birthday cake, made by Mrs Dickson’s Kitchen, complete with shuttlecock of course.

Tennis For Kids Course Tue 02 May - Tue 06 Jun 2017, 4pm-5pm Kilmacolm Tennis Club, Castlehill Rd, Kilmacolm PA13 4EL On 29th November 2015 the British Davis Cup Team wrote their names in history by winning the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for the first time in 79 years. In achieving this incredible feat of becoming world champions, they presented everyone who loves tennis in Great Britain with a unique opportunity to make a difference and grow the game! Growing the game means investing in the grass roots and this means kids. We’re passionate about helping as many kids as possible try tennis and the Tennis for Kids campaign is just one of the ways we’re doing this. Recommended for kids aged 6 to 8, Tennis for Kids is a 6 week FREE coaching course, aiming to provide 20,000 children with the opportunity to pick up a racket and be introduced to the sport in a fun and relaxed environment. What you can expect? •

An enthusiastic coach who has attended a specific Tennis for Kids training course

A free racket to use during the course and keep forever if you attend at least 4 of the 6 sessions

An opportunity for parents to get involved

A follow-on offer to encourage you to keep playing at the venue after the course is complete.

Need more information? Contact Coach Melissa Stewart on 07788 414172 or email

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3. Stronger immune system…

by Lesley Handley

Rest Days – We All Need to Take Them!

When people embark on new fitness program’s they often train as much as they can and don’t give their body time to recover. Rest days are just as important as training days, and everyone needs to take them. 1. Muscles need rest…

It’s not about the saying of ‘no pain no gain’, if your muscles are becoming permanently achy then it’s time to take a day or two rest. Sore muscles after a training session is actually the pain of muscle damage – muscle fibers tend to stretch and break during exercise and these fibers then need time to repair and grow allowing them to develop/strengthen and reduce further breakage over time.

Exercise is a great way to improve the immune system, which also plays a big role in recovery. However too much exercise and no time for the body to recover has the opposite effect on the immune system. Feeling run-down, or colds hanging around longer than usual often indicates that some rest is required to let the body catch back up on itself.

4. Improved Performance…

Yes… believe it or not a few days rest can help improve your performance. Some people don’t want to miss a couple of days in case it affects the progress they have already made, but for most people it generally takes 1 or 2 weeks of no activity before they notice a change in their performance.


2. Prevent injuries…

There is only so much that the body can take within training and often injuries can come about simply by over use of certain muscles or muscle groups. A great example of this is shin splints; this injury is common in new runners who go from doing very little to trying to run every day and shin splints are often the result – the cure for them… REST! For more information on nutrition or Personal Training contact me on 0773 627 4925 or email

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CHILDCARE Houston registered childminders. For an informal chat to find your best childcare, call Elizabeth Waddell T: 614925 Kilmacolm/Quarriers area registered childminders. P/ time or F/time vacancies for u-5’s and after school. T: 873839.

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Freeland Church: Rev KN Gray BA BD. Morning Service 10.30am. Crèche, Sunday School, Lynx and Cornerstone. Evening Service 7pm www.freeland. St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Johnston Rd, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3EE. Our Services are held every Sunday at 10am. On the first Sunday each month at 6pm we welcome all who enjoy the beauty of quietness and peace at “Sanctuary” our Contemplative Service. All who seek God in mindful enquiry, in beauty, in quietness and service to others, all who are tired of life or full of it, all who are confident or all who are afraid - indeed whoever you are - you are welcome here! BoW/index.html Contact: Revd. Heller G.P 01505 872961. St Machar’s Ranfurly Church: Sunday services 10.30am, Junior Church & Youth Church, hearing aid loop system. For more information on activities and events find us online – uk or Facebook. Come along – all welcome. Hope Hall: Sun 1pm Sunday School, 4.30pm Gospel Service; Mon 6.30pm Investigators for Kids, 8pm Bible Study and Prayer.


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 Wed from 10.30am for Tea/Coffee followed by a short Service of Worship at 11am.


Howwood Parish Church. Minister Rev May Bell. Sunday Service and Sunday School. 10am each Sunday. Prayer meeting held at 3 Bowfield Way, Howwood, 7.30pm on Tuesdays.


Houston and Killellan Kirk Church of Scotland Charity no SC 012822. During the Ministerial vacancy the Rev. Ian Bell will conduct our services. 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th April - 11am Morning Worship. Holy Week services. 10th to 14th April all services begin at 7.30pm. Monday - Houston and Killellan Kirk. Tuesday Joint service with Linwood at Houston. Wednesday - Joint service with Linwood at Linwood Parish Church. Thursday (Maundy) The Sacrament of the last Supper. Good Friday. Houston and Killellan Kirk. 16th April 8am early morning Easter Service (bacon butty breakfast afterwards) - 11am Morning Worship including children’s Easter Egg Hunt. St Fillan’s, Main St, Houston: Sun Masses: Vigil (Sat) 5pm, 9.30am & 11am. Weekday Masses: Mon - Sat 9.30am. Rosary: Tue, Thurs & Sat 9.10am. Exposition: Mon, Wed & Fri 9.05am. Confessions: Sat 10 - 10.30am and after Vigil Mass. Baptism: By arrangement. Parish Priest: Rev. Joseph Burke. Pastoral Assistant: Sr. Mary Frances Collett, RNDM (Tel 01505 613514). Address: ‘Abbotsfield’, St. Fillan’s, Main St, Houston, PA6 7EL. T. 01505 612046. E. uk 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. Church of the Nazarene: Village Hall, Main St, Houston PA6 7EL. Rev. Benito S Coetzee. Family services at 10.30am with full toddler, children & youth activities running concurrently with the service. Youth meets at 6.30pm - 8pm on Sundays. Word and Table Quiet Service held from 9am - 9.30am every 3rd Sunday. www.houston.

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Kilbarchan Parish Church in May: Services continue at 11am each Sunday throughout May, conducted by Rev. Stephen Smith. Sunday School and the crèche continue to meet in the large hall from 10.45am each week and refreshments will be served after the service as usual. All welcome to any or all of these services. For further information about the church and the organisations, please visit Kilbarchan Kirk online:


St Columba Church of Scotland: (charity no. SC007992) Morning Worship Sundays at 11am. All welcome. Coffee/tea served in the hall after the service. Grace Church Kilmacolm: in association with Downavale Free Church of Scotland (Charity No: SCO38274) - Sunday Service at 10.30am in Kilmacolm Guide Hut, Woodrow Avenue, PA13 4QF - all welcome. Kilmacolm Old Kirk: Church of Scotland (Charity no. SC009291). Minister Rev. Dr Peter McEnhill (01505 873174). Morning Worship – Sundays 11am, all welcome Sunday School and Crèche available. Night Kirk, a short reflective service 1st Sunday each month at 6pm. Sòlas Bereavement Group, 2nd Thursday each month at 6:30pm in Kidston Hall. Thursday 6th April Sòlas Bereavement Group meets in the Kidston Hall from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Mon 10 – Fri 14 April – Holy week services; venue to be confirmed. Sunday 16th April – Easter Sunday: 9:30am: Holy Communion at Knapps Loch; 10:30am: coffee, tea, hot cross buns; 11am: Easter Worship with celebration of Holy Communion. St Colm’s Catholic Church, Smithy Brae Kilmacolm. Rev. Vincent Byrne. Family mass Sundays 10am with children’s liturgy, followed by tea and coffee. Eucharistic service Thursdays 11 a m . Ro s a r y Tu e s d ay s 6.30pm. Prayer group meets Thursdays 7.30pm. Further information and contact details All welcome. Buddhist meetings: Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin. Phone Margaret on 01505 871343.

St Fillan’s Episcopal Church, Moss Road, Kilmacolm, PA13 4DL. Services on Sunday at 11.30am. Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion. On the last Sunday of the month at 11:30am we welcome families to come and join us for our monthly Family Service. We are united by our belief in Jesus, who sustains and encourages us in all the ups and downs of life. Everyone is welcome to join us ! http://www. html Contacts: Revd. Heller G.P 01505 872961 / Maureen Russell (Pastoral Assistant) 01505 872905.


Langbank Parish Church: Rev. Dr. Ken Forrest. Sunday Services 10am with Sunday School, Crèche 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 No. SC015085.


Parish Church: Rev. May Bell. 11.30am Morning Ser vice Sunday School and Crèche. Calder United Free Church: (Church Street, 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. Spiritualist Church, Lochlip Rd. All services commence 7.30pm.


Mount Zion Church: Rev. Andy Lunn BSc, (01475 791282) Mount Zion Church, Law View Road, Quarriers Village, PA11 3FD. Sunday Worship: 10:30am, Bible Study and Prayer Meetings: Wednesday at 7pm and Friday at 10 am. “Mozzy” Youth Club Thursdays at 6:30 for young people of high school age. Half night of prayer: 7pm – midnight, 4th Friday of each month. Feel free to come along at any of these times. ‘The Gatherin’ is at 7pm on the fourth Sunday of each month, at Mount Zion Church in Quarriers Village. The Gatherin’ for people to come together who hunger for more of the presence of the Lord and to be fed from His word. Please come and invite others: all welcome!

Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings. BISHOPTON: Primary School: 1st Thurs at 7.30pm

BRIDGE OF WEIR ST Machars Church Hall 1st Tuesday April 7pm. Bridge of Weir Primary School 1st Tuesday May and June 7pm (No meetings July and August) BROOKFIELD: Brookfield Village Hall: 7.30pm in February, April, June, August, October and December on 2nd Thursday of the month. HOUSTON: Carrick Centre: 3rd Wed at 7.30pm HOWWOOD: Village Hall: 2nd Tues at 7.30pm. KILBARCHAN: Steeple Hall: monthly at 7.30pm. 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: Bowling Club: 1st Tues at 7.30pm

community halls to let Bridge of Weir, Freeland Church. Tel: 612245 Brookfield, Village Hall. Tel: 335562 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: 874428 Kilmacolm, Masonic Hall. Tel: 873059 Linwood Masonic Hall. Tel: 07825 222944

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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

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Retro style oak and veneer coffee table from the House by John Lewis range. Handy shelves and drawers for storage. Approx H38cm x W110cm x D60cm. Exc. cond., smoke free home. £170. Tel: 01505 672175. Art Deco mirror 66.5cm wide x 39cm high. £10. Tel: 01505 672175. Bosch under counter fridge, with pull out shelves, VGC, buyer uplifts. £70. Tel: 07964 993353. Superking size cream headboard. £30. Two single divan beds with storage, with two single mattress - excellent condition. £25 each. Beds can be connected to make a super king size width. Tel: 07884 975648. White bathroom sink and pedestal with taps. Approx. 58cm (W) x 46cm (D), bowl is 15cm (D). Pedestal 65cm (H). Used but good cond. £20. Tel: 01505 672175. Mirrored wooden bathroom cabinet. Approx. 60cm (W) x 65cm (H) x 13cm (D). Three shelves. Used but good cond. £20. Tel: 01505 672175. One-off, eye-catching, modern stylish Italian designed glass and marble coffee table approx. 2’ high x 2’ square with solid glass top set in quarried matte marble geometric pediment. £199 ono. Tel: 07738 955232. Unique Italian marble and glass display shelves approx. 3’ high x 4’ wide with solid quarried matte marble uprights and two heavy glass shelves in superb cond. £199 ono. Tel: 07738 955232. Modern design Headboard single bed. Mocha colour suedette. Never used. £15. Tel: 01505 690247. LEC Fridge Freezer - 48.5” (H). £50. Tel: 01505 705731. Highly polished, graduated nest of square side tables with slender curved cabriole legs and acorn pattern beading in VGC for age. £90 ono. Tel: 07738 955232. Pine slatted wooden bed frame - 4’6” (W). With mattress. Nearly new. £100 ono. Tel: 07900 477277. Pair of cream fabric-covered column lamps (approx 115cm tall and 15cm in diameter). Ideal for bedside. Good condition, smoke free home. £30. Tel: 01505 672175.

IKEA Large Sofa Bed, pull out bed is full double bed size. Seats 3. Exc. cond. Colour Ecru with four matching cushions, includes a brand new full set of covers. (W) 200 cm, (D) 110 cm and extended length is 250cm. £85. Tel: 01475 540714. Farmhouse solid pine rectangular table with 6 matching high back chairs. Used in VGC. £475. Tel: 07946 008496. Lawnmower - 140cc MacAllisterself propelled, petrol driven. Blade size 46cm. Just over 2 years old. VGC. £100. Tel: 01475 540752. ELECTRICAL & GAS Panasonic portable stereo CD system in silver. Good condition, with instructions and remote control. £15. Tel: 01505 672175. Black Sanyo modular music centre featuring FM tuner with pre-set station facility, indoor table-top aerial, twin cassette decks, CD player and separate speakers all in exc. cond. delivering powerful yet mellow, full tone. £50 ono. Tel: 07738 955232. PETS Fish tank in pine cabinet 2 years old, VGC. £50. Tel: 07939 121239. SPORTS Moda minor Junior Road bike 24” wheel. Good cond. £150. Tel: 01505 614121 Ladies Golf Bag - Pink. Hardly used. £20 ono. Pink Head Covers £5 ono. Tel: 07900 477277. Dinesse large Matt black ski/ snowboard helmet. Good cond. £20. Tel: 01505 672175 US Kids golf stand bag set. Suit height 46 - 49”. £40 ono. Tel: 01505 341206 Powacaddy, battery & charger. VGC. Any reasonable offer will be donated to Beatson Cancer. Tel: 01505 872717 Exercise bike. 18kg flywheel, 3pc crank system, heart rate monitor, adjustable resistance. Fab cond., only used a couple of times. Fully assembled, buyer to collect. £115 ono Tel: 01505 871320 TOYS/GAMES/DVD Playmobil City Life Vet Clinic. Unwanted gift - box still sealed. £10. Tel: 07900 477277. Wooden toy ark with animals. Good cond., smoke free home. £12. Tel: 01505 672175.

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Old records Wanted 45`s & LP`s CASH Paid. Tel: 07710 777571. Local lily grower requires the use of a greenhouse/polytunnel in Kilmacolm area in return for light gardening duties. Tel: Vince 01505 872082. Cash paid for Music CDs (a few or a lot). Tel: 0141 882 5594 or 07765 115347.



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Funeral Services Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 39 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 2

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

Garden Service & Design 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 48 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 50 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 50 Care & Repair Gardening Servci . . 48 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 51 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 48 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 48 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 J S Montgomery Ltd . . . . . . . . . 53 M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 53 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 53 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 51 West of Scotland Landscape . . 53

Gas & Heating Services A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 15 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 33 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 12 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1

Glazier 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 Cloudy2Clear Windows Glasgow . . 5 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 3 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Hairdressers & Barbers Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 39 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 39

Health, Beauty & Fitness


Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 39 Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 7 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . bk Healing Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 41 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 10 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 37 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 39

A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 15 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 33 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 12 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Home Hardware Gibb Stuar t

. . . . 14,15,25

Home Improvements Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 5 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 18 Rent A Bloke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Cochran Dickie Estate Agents . . 29 Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bk

Removals @ease Removals & Transport . . 41 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Restaurant & Bars

Home Interiors

Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 16 Little Hanoi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 13 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 45 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 3


Home Security

Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Gibb Stuart . . . . 14,15,25 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 3


Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 33

Joiners A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 33 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 43 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 14 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 14 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 17

Kilt & Dress Hire Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 12

Kitchens Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 13 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4

Leisure & Recreation Kilbarchan Agricultural Societ . . 21 Kilmacolm Show . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Locksmiths Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Painters & Decorators A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 15 Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 7 David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3 Ian Livingston Decorating . . 19 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Pest Control RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 7

Pet Services & Training

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Property, Sales & Let

Bridge of Weir Dog Walking . . 46 Husse Pet Food . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 46 Strathgryffe Dog Walks . . . . . 47

Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 16 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 KC Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 17 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 3 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 14 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 55

Sale/Want Annual Subscription L Green . .

Solicitors Affinity Family Law Experts . . 8 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1

Special Occasions ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Sandy Cunningham Musician . . 20

Storage Store First Glasgow . . . . . . . . 35

Stoves Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 45

Taxis & Minicoach hire ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 31 Minicoach Tours Scotland Ltd . . 12

Tiling Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 15 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Travel Agents Travel Actually . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Tree Surgeon Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 48 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 51

TV & Satellite Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 33 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3

Upholstery Services Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Eclipse deep clean . . . . . . . . . 14 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 15,7 P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 2

Window Cleaners Bishopton: Post Office, Woodrow’s Store, Keystore, Library, DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 17 Photographers Ingliston Country Club Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 15,7 Little Studio Kilmacolm . . . . 55 Bridge of Weir: Gibb Stuart, Bernie’s Cafe, Lochnagar, Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 Plasterers The Bridge, Library (Cargill Centre) Matthews Cleaning Services . . 14 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 16 Erskine: Garden Centre, Library, Sports Centre, Swimming Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 4 Window, Consv & Repair pool 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 43 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Houston: Co-op, Carrick Centre, Post Office, Newsagent Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 17 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 3 Howwood: Village Store, St Vincent’s Hospice TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Johnstone: Henderson Kilts, Papa Mac’s, Library Kilbarchan: Sheridan’s Store, Campbell’s, Newsagents, Bobbins, Old Library Centre The Business Advertisements (Disclosure) Order 1977 Kilmacolm: Newsagent, Pieri’s, Cross Café, NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS Gibb Stuart, Cargill Centre, Library The Law requires that Advertisers selling goods Langbank: Finlaystone Visitor Centre in the course of a business MUST include Lochwinnoch: Keystore, McKillop Centre, Library, Castle the word Trader, Dealer, Agent, Breeder or Semple Centre, Newsagent

appropriate wording in the Advertisement to distinguish from private advertisers.

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@ease Removals & Transport . . 41 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 48 A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 15 A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 50 A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 15 ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Affinity Family Law Experts . . 8 Affluent Financial Planning . . 24 Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1 AL Stewart - Driving Instruct . . 14 Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 5 Annual Subscription L Green . . Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 50 ARC Fleet Services . . . . . . . . . 24 Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 39 B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 5 Bathroom Solutions by MPH . . 11 Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 16 Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 7 Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Bridge of Weir Dog Walking . . 46 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 33 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 16 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 13 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 33 Care & Repair Gardening Servci . . 48 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 4 Cheetham & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 CLA Accountancy Services Ltd . . 15 CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 2 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cloudy2Clear Windows Glasgow . . 5 Cochran Dickie Estate Agents . . 29 ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 7 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1 Confident Care Ltd . . . . . . . . . 13 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 51 David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3 Delta Electrical Services . . 33 Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 33 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 33 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 48 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 17 Eclipse deep clean . . . . . . . . . 14 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 15,7 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . bk Fiona Christie Accounting Serv . . 15 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Gadds Gourmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 51 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Gibb Stuar t . . . . 14,15,25 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 48 GMH Chartered Accountants . . 26 Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 15 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 31 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Healing Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 12

Husse Pet Food . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 12 Ian Livingston Decorating . . 19 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17 J S Montgomery Ltd . . . . . . . . . 53 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 43 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 3 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 2 Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 31 Karen Rankin Catering . . . . . . 15 KC Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3 Kilbarchan Agricultural Societ . . 21 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 41 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 17 Kilmacolm Show . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 Laptop and PC Repairs . . . . . . 16 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bk Little Hanoi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Little Studio Kilmacolm . . . . 55 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 53 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 14 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 3 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 14 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 43 Minicoach Tours Scotland Ltd . . 12 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 10 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 39 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 37 Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 45 Omni Housekeeping . . . . . . . . . 41 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 18 P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 2 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1 Platinum Cleaning Services . . 5 Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 53 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 7 Ren Chamber of Comm . . . . . . . . 27 Rent A Bloke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Rukeri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Sandy Cunningham Musician . . 20 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 46 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 39 St Columba’s School . . . . . . . . 57 Stewart Independent Financial . . 1 Store First Glasgow . . . . . . . . 35 Strathgryffe Dog Walks . . . . . 47 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 14 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Tennamast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 3 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 55 Travel Actually . . . . . . . . . . . 3 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 51 West of Scotland Landscape . . 53 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 17

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