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No.274 Distributed to: • Bishopton • Bridge of Weir • Brookfield • Elderslie • Houston • Howwood • Kilbarchan • Kilmacolm • Langbank • Lochwinnoch • Quarriers

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pick up a copy Bishopton: Post Office, Woodrow’s Store, Keystore, Library, Ingliston Country Club Bridge of Weir: Gibb Stuart, Bernie’s Cafe, Lochnagar, The Bridge, Library (Cargill Centre) Erskine: Garden Centre, Library, Sports Centre, Swimming pool Houston: Co-op, Carrick Centre, Post Office, Newsagent Howwood: Village Store, St Vincent’s Hospice Johnstone: Henderson Kilts, Papa Mac’s, Library Kilbarchan: Sheridan’s Store, Campbell’s, Newsagents, Bobbins, Old Library Centre Kilmacolm: Newsagent, Cross Café, Gibb Stuart, Cargill Centre, Library Langbank: Finlaystone Visitor Centre Lochwinnoch: Keystore, McKillop Centre, Library, Castle Semple Centre, Newsagent

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This time last year I was I was lamenting on the lack of activity at the site of the old Library building in Kilmacolm. Now the site is busy with a definite structure taking shape. The site of the former Java Minute has been under wraps for some considerable time and it is great to see the covers coming off with a whole new facelift. I hear that this will be a wine-bar/bistro establishment with late opening to 10pm. There are a few planning updates. A new group is being set up in Kilmacolm, made up of villagers concerned over a number of areas in the village greenbelt under threat. This reminds me of the protests a few years ago when Duchal Woods (Milton Wood) was under threat of development and the village rallied together to save the woodland space. The new group is looking for enthusiastic members to join their numbers. Details on page 32. In Lochwinnoch the prospective developers at the Johnshill site have appealed against the refusal of planning. Cllr Andy Doig advises that he will be writing to the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) with his concerns. In Kilbarchan, there will be a DPEA Planning Hearing on 18th July opposing the proposed Branscroft development. Andy also advises that there may be a new planning application to build on Old Howwood Road between Spateston and the village. Hopefully we’ll have an update by the next issue. In Bridge of Weir, there will be site visits on 19th July by the Scottish Government’s Planning & Appeals Division to the Whitelint site at 10am and the site north of Kilmacolm Road at 1.30pm. Last year, 128 objections were lodged against the proposed development by Gladman Developments Ltd for 80 houses along the north side of Kilmacolm Road. No date has been given for the publication of the final decision on these proposed developments. Cala Homes has also lodged an appeal against the refusal of consent to their proposed development on Lawmarnock Road. The associated documents can be viewed at the Renfrewshire Council Customer Service Centre in Cotton Street, Paisley or online at

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The former Bull’s Garage site now appears to be under new ownership and rumours abound as to what may be planned for the site. Simply Construct UK in Glasgow advised that they are currently working on a planning application and will keep us updated as this progresses. Renfrewshire Council’s capital investment programme for the roads and footway network will include roads in Bishopton, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Howwood, Langbank and Lochwinnoch, which will all benefit from some level of work, ranging from resurfacing to patching. We have posted details on our website of how this investment will be allocated over the various villages. There is a list of proposed roadworks for Bridge of Weir but sadly this does not include the section of main road running out of Bridge of Weir towards Brookfield. In this area, leaving the village where the road runs under the trees, both sides of the carriageway are in a terrible state. There have been reports of tyre damage and I’m sure there will be more to come, possibly even a more serious incident as folks try to avoid the holes in the road. New councillor, Natalie Don, told us that she was hopeful that this will be included in improvement plans for later in the year. Meanwhile, drivers please take care. Finally, a section of the A761 in upper Port Glasgow from the new school campus roundabout to the Boglestone roundabout will be closed for the first two weeks of July with diversions in place. Details on p26. Best to avoid if you can - canny locals will know the alternative routes!

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Queensferry Crossing to open August 30 The date the Queensferry Crossing will open to traffic has been revealed along with details of an opportunity for the public to walk across the new bridge. The Queensferry Crossing will open to traffic on August 30, 2017. The bridge will then close to allow the public to take part in a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to walk over the new bridge on September 2 and 3; There are 50,000 spaces up for grabs through a ballot and the closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday July 5, 2017. To register, visit the Queensferry Crossing Experience:

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“This marks the beginning of the end of a 10 year process for this project. Starting with the early Forth Crossing studies, the Act of Parliament, design, procurement, through to work beginning on site in August 2011. Excitement and anticipation will build in the months ahead as people prepare to walk and drive over this bridge for the first time.” Michael Martin, Project Director for the consortium building the Queensferry Crossing, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) said: “The Queensferry Crossing is one of the world’s great bridges. It’s the largest bridge of its type and its fast track design and construction has presented many challenges. The safety of our workforce, who have worked relentlessly through the hostile weather conditions in the Forth estuary to deliver the earliest completion of this project, has always been our number one priority and it will continue to be so as move towards the completion of the project.”

The bridge will transition to a motorway once the final public transport links to the north of the Forth Road Bridge are completed. Full details will be provided for road users in the weeks ahead of opening the bridge.


Economy Secretary Keith Brown met with workers from both the FRC project and veterans of the construction of the Forth Road Bridge at the Queensferry Crossing and said: “It is fitting to be able to make this announcement alongside some of those who built the Forth Road Bridge and those who are building the Queensferry Crossing. What is being achieved on the Forth today, like what was achieved 53 years ago, is a testament to the expertise and the endeavour of those who have designed and built these bridges. “I am very pleased to be able to confirm the Queensferry Crossing will open August 30, 2017. The bridge will be used by vehicles up to September 1, before closing to allow the public the chance to walk across it as part of the Queensferry Crossing Experience on September 2 and 3. “This Queensferry Crossing Experience will allow for up to 50,000 people to have the once in a lifetime chance to walk across the Queensferry Crossing before it becomes a motorway with no pedestrian access. In order to manage access to the bridge there will be a ballot to decide who will have this unique opportunity to be one of the 50,000 people. I would encourage as many people as possible to enter and take part. Looking for someone local?

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Marks & Spencer Makes it Matter in Howwood. As part of Make It Matter Day in June, Marks and Spencer has committed to support M&S colleagues in delivering one million hours of community volunteering by 2025, to help to make a difference to the projects and initiatives that really matter in the community it serves. M&S will kick start the volunteering in Howwood during National Volunteers Week (1-10 June) by tending to the gardens in St Vincent’s Hospice and introducing a seating area that will provide a pleasant environment for all patients. Nationwide, employees in every M&S store will join their colleagues in Howwood by helping to transform local projects that make a real difference. In total, over 50,000 colleagues will support more than 500 community projects across the breadth of the UK. Make It Matter is part of the recently launched M&S campaign, ‘#SpenditWell’, which is about inspiring people to make every moment special by focusing on the experiences, people and things that really matter in life. Scott Munro, Store Manager of M&S Braehead: “We’re really excited to be coming together to support St Vincent’s Hospice. Volunteering can make a profound difference to the communities in which we live, work and play – we believe that lots of the small actions from lots of people, can collectively have a huge impact. We can’t wait to get started.” Kate Lennon, Chief Excutive of St Vincent’s Hospice: “From start to finish on a very wet day, we cannot thank the M&S volunteer enough for all their hard work and dedication to the hospice. The garden is looking amazing – just in time for our Volunteer long service awards which will be held next week in the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospice.”


Have Your Say at Town Conferences Renfrewshire residents are being urged to attend their local community planning event and put across their views on the priorities and vision for the area. Residents are invited to three community planning conferences in Renfrew, Johnstone and Paisley, and four outreach events at Langbank, Erskine, Lochwinnoch and Linwood to have their say on what should be included in a new community plan for Renfrewshire. The community planning events take place at: Renfrew Town Hall, Monday 26 June, 10.30am-2.30pm and 5.30-8.30pm Johnstone Town Hall, Wednesday 28 June, 5.30-8.30pm and Friday 7 July, 10.30am-2.30pm Paisley Town Hall, Tuesday 4 July, 10.30am-2.30pm and 5.30-8.30pm Langbank Parish Church, Tuesday 11 July, 9am-1pm Erskine Sports Centre, Tuesday 11 July, 2-5pm McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch, Wednesday 12 July, 9am-1pm Tweedie Hall, Linwood, 2-5pm Delegates will be asked to take part in interactive workshops, hear from speakers and take part in a customer service survey for Renfrewshire Council. Anyone who would like to attend can sign up by calling 0141 618 4168 (9.30am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday) or by emailing communityplanning@renfrewshire. Or book a place online at: Renfrew, Johnstone or Paisley - Langbank, Erskine, Lochwinnoch or Linwood - https://ourrenfrewshire2017outreach. For more information on community planning, visit communityplanning, @renfCPP on Twitter or the community planning website www.

Legal Blog by Isabella McKerrow, Affinity Family Law

Naming a Child and Changing its Name It is usual in Scotland for the child to take the surname of the father although there is no legal requirement for this. The child may be given the surname of the mother instead. This may be preferred where the mother is not married to the father. Where parties are not married the father alone cannot register the birth and name of the child. However, the name by which a child is known is a matter of fact in any individual case. A child does not have to be known by the name registered on the birth certificate. If the other parent objects to the use of the new name, they can raise interdict proceedings to prevent the child being known by the new name. On the other hand, the parent who wants the change of name can apply to the court for a specific issue order to ask the court to determine the matter. The courts will apply the principle that the welfare of the child is the paramount consideration. They will take into account the views of the child but the weight the court will attach to such views is dependent on the child’ age and maturity. It is generally

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inappropriate for either parent to unilaterally change a child’s name except where there are exceptional and overwhelming circumstances. The typical dispute is where the mother with whom the children continue to reside after divorce remarries again and now wants to change the children’s surname to that of the new spouse. The courts are likely to refuse the order, taking the view a name change in such circumstances sends an inappropriate message to the children that the natural father belonged wholly to their past and had no place in their present.

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Remembered with a Smile Having had both of their fathers cared for at St Vincent’s Hospice, cousins Sharon Davis and Linda Davis decided to host a series of fundraising events to support the work of the Hospice. Gathering a group of friends together to climb Ben Nevis at the start of April, with temperatures feeling like -15 degrees at the top was an incredible achievement for them. Later that month Sharon and Linda held a charity night at Lochwinnoch Bowling Club. The bowling club was packed on the night with friends and family who had a great time and between auctions and raffles they raised over £2,200 which they were delighted with. Sharon said “We thought it would be a great way for us to give something back and show our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all the amazing doctors and nurses in the hospice for the care and support they provided to both our dads, and to ourselves and our families, during those difficult times”. Between the Ben Nevis climb, the bowling club charity night and some other online raffles an incredible total of £6,328.76 was raised from Sharon and Linda’s series of events for “remembered with a smile”. Sharon and Linda would like to express their thanks to all who attended their fundraising night, came on the Nevis climb, donated, purchased an auction item and offered their support to what was an incredibly successful fundraising night. Pictured from left to right are Ally Salmon, Sharon Davis, Anthony McLaughlin, Nicola Harper, Craig Wilson, Emma Davis, Callum Armstrong, Linda, Davis, Andy Rowan, Isaac Wilkie, John McManus, James Turner & Marie Turner presenting the cheque to our in-patient unit axillary nurse Gail Chalk and staff nurse Hazel Martin. David Turner and Graham Bateman could not make the cheque presentation but were part of the Ben Nevis fundraising. Laura McDade, fundraiser at St Vincent’s Hospice said “On behalf of all at St. Vincent’s Hospice we can’t thank Linda, Sharon, “The Nevis Nutters” and everyone who kindly sponsored their efforts enough. This is an incredible sum of money raised and it will go to such good use supporting those affected with life-limiting illnesses in the Renfrewshire area.” “If you are interested in holding your own fundraising event in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice please contact the fundraising team on 01505705635 or email info@”

YEP! Boat gets in on the on Gala Day Parade Alexander Brown, a local young person and YEP! Boat builder photographed here, rallied to call to help complete the YEP! Boat for the Lochwinnoch Gala Day parade. The last few weeks has been a busy time for the 4 person crew including Dick, Hugh and Seamus who worked hard to get the boat ready for its debut voyage, on a wheeled trailer parading through the streets of Lochwinnoch. The boat was aptly decorated in a ‘Made In Lochwinnoch’ banner with pirate bunting and was accompanied by 2 pirates walking the High Street rather than ‘Walking the Plank’! After the parade, the boat was displayed at the LEAP and ReMode Stall, where Alexander was on hand to tell the boat’s story and meet lots of interested local residents and young people keen on hearing about its next voyage. Well Done to all the young people who spent so much of their time building the boat from scratch and shaping their woodwork and crafting skills. Keep a look out for the next chapter of its journey!

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Local people ‘Take One Action’ to challenge Climate Change At the LEAP stall at Lochwinnoch Gala Day, there were lots of residents and families making climate challenge pledges to ‘Take one Action’ over the next year. Amongst these was LEAP Trustee, Martin Mansell who having been involved in LEAP from its start over 7 years ago was really impressed at the progress that LEAP has made in providing energy advice and supporting the Lochwinnoch community in making personal behavioural changes. ‘Amazing energy, travel, waste and carbon reducing measures have been achieved at a local level and these have contributed to the Greener Scotland and the Climate Challenge Fund agendas and targets each year during the last 7 years.’ Martin said ‘However people still find it difficult to talk about climate change and usually become very defensive and guilty when the subject is raised. My pledge as a trustee of LEAP and as a concerned individual is to continue to talk to more people about climate change so that it remains top of the list for all our futures.’

Optical Blog by Kerry Taher, New Vision Opticians

Help with Macular Degeneration 26th June – 2nd July 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Macular Week. Macular degeneration is the main cause of sight loss in the developed world and it can leave you and your family feeling isolated and uncertain about the future. Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have a longstanding macular condition, the Macular Society can help and support you in various ways. Attending local groups can help you to understand your condition, come to terms with sight loss, share information about treatment and help you to stay independent. Groups meet often, sometimes with guest speakers, and events, outings and holidays are often arranged. Members can get involved in campaigns and work with local eye care professionals. W@M (Working At Macular, pronounced “wham”) support groups are aimed specifically at younger working-age people with macular issues. If attending a group isn’t for you, Skype groups (video or voice calls) give the opportunity to talk to others affected by macular disease without the need to leave home. Alternatively, there is a telephone befriending service talking to someone with similar experiences, which has shown to help rebuild confidence. Everyday tasks can be challenging and a source of frustration. The society can arrange to show you daily living guides, gadgets and technology that can help with daily living. There are also two types of seeing techniques that can be taught. If you’re due to receive treatment by injections, the society can put you in touch with a buddy who has already had treatment, for more information and reassurance. A specialist helpline team is available to provide free information, advice and guidance for you, or on behalf of someone with macular disease. There are also professional, accredited counsellors who can provide free and confidential telephones sessions if needed. For more information please call the practice on 01505 614 700.

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Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (Paisley TH.CARS2) is a building repair and shopfront improvement grant scheme, which aims to improve historic properties and streetscape within the TH.CARS2 area to help regeneration in Paisley. The scheme was launched on the 21st February 2017 and it will run until 2021. Paisley TH.CARS2 is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council, and will give grant opportunities to property owners in a defined area of Paisley Town Centre focusing on High St, New St, Shuttle St and George Pl. A programme of Heritage Education, Training and Events will be delivered. The activities will engage diverse audiences with the heritage and culture of Paisley, with an emphasis on learning through making, particularly around traditional building skills and textiles. Under the TH.CARS2 scheme the Building Repair Grants will be available for structural and external repairs to historic buildings, which are still in use, including improvements to shop fronts. Internal repairs are generally not included unless necessary for structural stability. A number of buildings have been identified as Priority Projects due to their listing, status, heritage value, prominence and/or the impact their appearance makes within the TH.CARS2 area. These buildings are the focus for funding. The remaining funds will be made available to other buildings within the TH.CARS2 area. The allocation of remaining funds will be determined by assessment against required criteria. Grants will be awarded in accordance with the terms and conditions of Renfrewshire Council, Historic Environment Scotland and Heritage Lottery Fund. Small Grants and Standard Grants will be available for up to 80% of the cost of eligible building repair work and 90% of the cost of eligible shopfront repairs. If your property is located within TH.CARS2 boundary and you would like to apply for a grant, contact the TH.CARS2 Project Team: Paisley TH.CARS2 Project Team, Regeneration and Economic Development Service, Development and Housing Services, Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1JD

Having recently relocated to Kilmacolm I’d like to introduce Craniosacral Therapy Wellcentred, offering a Remedial & holistic approach towards Sports Massage health and wellbeing through complementary therapies: Reflexology Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy supports the existing health and vitality within the body to encourage natural healing and self-repair, effectively treating pain and symptoms arising from physical and emotional injuries, stress or trauma. Remedial and Sports Massage is proven for treatment of musculoskeletal conditions by restoring structural alignment and increasing range of movement. Reflexology stimulates energy flow through pressure points on the feet, targeting areas of tension and pain, inducing relaxation and rebalancing the whole system. For appointments please contact:

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Generous slimmers in Kilmacolm have been donating the clothes they’ve slimmed out of to The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw in support of Cancer Research UK. The Kilmacolm Slimming World group have collected 22 bags of the clothes, shoes and accessories from members who slimmed out of their old wardrobes and feel confident they’ll never need their ‘before’ clothes again. With each bag worth around £25 to the charity, slimmers in Kilmacolm have raised around £550 for the charity. The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw aims to increase awareness of how keeping a healthy weight helps reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer. The event has been supported by the singer and TV presenter, Peter Andre, who is a joint ambassador for the campaign and founder of his own Cancer Research UK fund after sadly losing his brother to cancer. Last year, slimmers across the UK raised £2.1 million through donations and this year it’s hoped the event will smash that target and raise £3 million for Cancer Research UK. Consultant Linda Stewart, who runs the weekly group in Kilmacolm, is proud of her members’ fundraising efforts. She says: “The members never fail to amaze me with their weight loss results week after week and it has been great to see so many bags of clothes donated through The Big Slimming Gryffe Advertizer - Current & Past Issues World Clothes Throw. “This year’s Clothes Throw has been a fantastic success, and I can’t believe just how many bags my members, their friends and families have managed to collect. Our group is always buzzing and when we collected the bags up and saw what a phenomenal amount there were altogether, and we realised what a difference we could make, the atmosphere was just electric. “Lots of people don’t know that maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer. All of the wardrobes cleared and every donation made by our members, their friends and families will make a huge difference to Cancer Research UK and we’re so grateful for everyone’s support. “The Clothes Throw has been a great chance for the members who have done so well to celebrate their amazing weight losses by saying goodbye to their ‘before’ clothes!”

Kelvin Hall takes top honours at RICS Awards 2017

the 2017 RICS Awards, Scotland.

Glasgow’s £35 million Kelvin Hall Refurbishment claims Scotland’s overall ‘Project of the Year’ title, as well as the top Tourism & Leisure accolade at

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. Delivered by PagePark Architects, Gardiner & Theobald LLP and McLaughlin and Harvey Construction Ltd for Glasgow Life, the category-B listed Kelvin Hall reopened to the public in August 2016 after a three-year development, which transformed the 90-year-old venue into a multi-purpose sports, culture and education building. The judges praised the project for its complexity, diverse community outreach and “opening a new chapter in the history of the Kelvin Hall”.

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Walk or trek Set in the beautiful Pollok Country Park Sunday, 3 September - 11:30 Adult Entry Fee Online £10.00 Child Entry Fee Online £5.00 Family Entry Fee Online (2 adults / 2 children) £25.00 Enjoy the beauty of Pollok Country Park whilst raising funds to help us beat blood cancer. Join us to celebrate a life saved, to walk in memory of a loved one, or simply for a great day out. Pollok Country Park is Glasgow's largest park. The walk will start off at the Burrell Collection and you have the option of following the route once (5k) or twice (10k), it will take you past Highland Cattle, into woodlands and along the White Cart Water. You will pass Pollok House, an impressive 18th century mansion, and perhaps catch a glimpse of Clydesdale horses in the Stable Courthyard before returning once more to the Burrell Collection.

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

Think Before You Drink! You might be surprised at the levels of sugar in many drinks. To help we’ve pulled a selection of popular drinks together detailing the sugar content with images showing how much sugar is in each.

Developed with the assistance of Georgia Scott, aged 10

If you would like to find out more about dental health come and see us at Kilbarchan Dental Practice, call us on 01505 704969 or click www. where you’ll find lots more free tips and advice.








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Sat 1 Jul - Sat 12 Aug

events Tue 27 - Fri 30 June Creative Textiles

Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm 10am to 4pm Highly creative, comprehensive course. Specialist techniques will be covered to produce your portfolio of work. On booking full briefing will be sent in preparation. Sewing machines are provided. All levels of experience welcome. For bookings and info.

Thu 29 Jun - Thu 6 July Explorer challenge: Find a Dragon! 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 Thursday 29th Jun and Thursday 6th July, where the friendly staff will get you started. Then, visit different stations along our main tail to find some dragons! Cost: £3 per child (RSPB members £1) [Normal trail fees apply for accompanying adults]

Thu 29 June Tracks and Trails

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Help our Rangers to track animals through the forest and identify the animal tracks you find or even a Gruffalo.

Fri 30 Jun - Sun 2 July Weave and Sma’ Shot Day


Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley

Events are workshop and performance projects that take place in the school holidays for young people aged 3 - 18 in Renfrewshire. They are open to PACE members and non-members. Most events involve participants attending 1 - 10 days of workshops and rehearsals, culminating in a fantastic performance. Visit www.pacetheatre. com for details.

Sat 1 July ReMode Swish

McKillop Hall, Main Street, Lochwinnoch 7pm to 10pm

Clothes swap event with hands-on workshops, film screenings and refreshments. Donate gently worn or new clothing, shoes or accessories in return for tokens - 1 garment/item in return for 1 token which you can spend in our Swish boutique on the night! Take part in one of our hands-on ‘Meddle and Make’ workshops from 6 - 7.30pm. Tickets - suggested donation of £2.

Erskine Classic Car Show Intu Braehead 12noon to 5pm

Come along 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 Susannah.todd@ 0141 814 456

Sat 1 - Sun 2 July Binocular & Telescope Open Day RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm

Paisley - various venues

The town’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebration – one of the world’s oldest workers festivals – is this year joined by a wraparound cultural programme called Weave, as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. Free.

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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.

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Glasgow Mela

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Scotland’s biggest free multicultural festival Bursting with live music and theatre performances, exotic and mouth-watering foods from around the globe and fun for all ages, a visit this year is an absolute must! Shop for unique gifts and dazzling clothes in the marketplace before chilling out in the summer sun to the sounds of the world.

Also on 12th, 19th, 26th July, 2nd, 9th Aug Bushcraft, nature walks, tool work, minibeasts safaris, bird box building, natural crafts. Different topic each week depending on the weather. Suitable for 5 - 11 yr olds. COST: £5 a person or £25 for a season ticket. MORE INFO: Look online and book or tel 01475 521 458.

Falconry Day

Thu 6 July

Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow 12noon to 8pm

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm

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Scavenger Hunt

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Aimed at children aged 5 - 10. Use the clue sheet to find the answers. Prizes for completing the course. Visit the birds of prey and take a walk around their homes and get up close and personal with the winged hunters. Followed by a flying display (weather dependent).

Paddle Sport Courses

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 3pm

Mon 3 - Fri 7 July Junior Multi-Activity Weeks

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch

Also on 13th, 22nd, 27th July. 2 day junior courses run on Thurs & Fridays – exact dates and course levels are online. COST: £80. MORE INFO: Look online and book ASAP.

Every week in holidays A full week of activities for 8 - 15 yr olds to get active, learn new skills and make new friends, on land and water! Full day and half days AM or PM sessions available. Get 6 or more children together and book your own course. COST: 5 FULL DAYS £160 or 5 HALF DAYS £98 MORE INFO: Look online and book ASAP

Fri 7 - Thu 13 July

Mon 3 July

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm

Explorer challenge: Get up close to Nature!

Make Your Own Mondays: Bird Food Feast RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 11am to 4pm OR 2pm - 4pm

Come along and make some tasty treats for the birds! We will also learn about how hard birds work to feed their chicks – and get out some binoculars to see what species we can spot! Booking essential. Cost: £5 (Wildlife Explorers £3) - Adults go free!

Dinghy Sailing Courses

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch, 10am to 3pm

Also on 10th, 17th & Tues 4th, 11th, 18th July 2 day junior courses run on Mondays & Tuesdays – exact dates and course levels are online. COST: £108. MORE INFO: Online and book ASAP.

Tue 4 July Den Building

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm

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! Pop into the Visitor centre any time between Friday 7th and Thursday 13th July, where the friendly staff will get you started. Then, visit different stations along our main tail to “get close to nature”! Cost: £3 per child (RSPB members £1) [Normal trail fees apply for accompanying adults]

Sat 8 - Sun 9 July Gallivanting with Gulls

Lunderston Bay, Cloch Road, near Gourock PA19 1BB, 1pm to 2.30pm

Saturday at Lunderston Bay, Sunday at Castle Semple Visitor Centre. Can you tell the difference between a lesser and a greater black-backed gull? Identify your common gull from your kittiwake? If not join us for our gull ID walk. Look online and book your free place or tel 01505 614791.

Sun 9 July Gateway Garden Drop in Session Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan 1pm to 3pm

Join the Rangers and see who is a budding Bear Grylls.

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All welcome to come along and meet the volunteers, take part in gardening and wildlife activities including a mini-beast hunt, gardeners question time, vegetable growing, bird feeding etc. No booking required just turn up.

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Sun 9 July

Fri 14 July

Mon 17 July

Teddy Bears Picnic

RSPB Lochwinnoch Photography Competition

Make Your Own Mondays: Bushcraft – Woodland Explorers

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES. Take part in our annual photo competition! Photographs must be taken on or from the reserve. For more information on how to enter please contact the reserve. There are two categories: Birds; Other. Winners announced on Facebook & posted at the reserve Sunday 10th September. Cost: £4 to enter.

Join us for a journey through Lochwinnoch’s magical woodland! We will make special journey sticks, then discover the forest’s trees in a new way! We will also create clay sculptures, and make animal homes too! Booking essential. Cost: £5 (Wildlife Explorers £3) - Adults go free!

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm

Join the Rangers and Tickles the Clown celebrating all things teddy bear. Picnic and games in the gardens with a fabulous show from Tickles the clown. Prizes for best fancy dress.

Mon 10 - Fri 14 July

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, 5pm

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Fri 14 - Thu 20 July A week of tennis coaching, learning new skills and developing existing skills, in a fun, relaxed and social environment. Daily tennis tournaments as well as Wimbledon being shown live. Certificates and medals for each child attending. Booking in advance essential - £8 per day, £35 week (concessions available).

Mon 10 July Make Your Own Mondays: River Adventure! RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 11am to 1pm OR 2pm - 4pm

Come along & make your own boat! We will then head down to the river to sail them, and do some river dipping so see what little creatures live below the surface! Booking essential. Cost: £5 (Wildlife Explorers £3) - Adults go free!

Tue 11 July Bug Box Making

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Join our Rangers and make fun bug boxes for your garden. £2.50 for materials.

Thu 13 July Orienteering

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm

Explorer challenge: Flowers & Butterflies!

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Holiday Club

Howwood Parish Church are holding a Holiday Club for Primary School children. Crafts, games, stories, music. Come along and join in the fun.

Tue 18 July Woodland Fairy Hunt

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm

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 14th and Thursday 20th July, where the friendly staff will get you started. Then, visit different stations along our main tail to find out all about flowers & butterflies! Cost: £3 per child (RSPB members £1) [Normal trail fees apply for accompanying adults]

Join our Rangers and search for the hidden Fairy Doors throughout the forest then make your own to take home. £2.50 for materials.

Tue 18 - Wed 19 July Green Space Tidy-Up

Brookfield Village Hall, Woodside Road, Brookfield, 10am to 7pm

Sat 15 - Sun 16 July Wild Night

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 5pm to 8am The Finlaystone overnight camp. Join the Rangers for fun and burgers and sing into the wee small hours. Kids will enjoy the bat walk and Den Building. Tent, warm clothes, waterproofs and BBQ food required. Adults £10, Children £5. Pre-booking essential.

Sat 15 July Beach Watch

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


Mon 17 - Fri 21 July Howwood Parish Church Hall, Main Street, Howwood 10am to 12noon

Beith Trust Holiday Camp

Beith Astro, Meadowside Pavillions, Beith KA15 1BY, 10am to 3pm

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 11am to 1pm OR 2pm - 4pm

In the run up to Gala Day, the Gardening Club is planning to spruce up the village green spaces and would like to invite any willing residents to come along and help. Target areas are the Millennium Garden at the top of Victoria Road and the field. The areas at the foot of Albert Road and between Chuckie Lane and Burnside Avenue are also being considered. Turn up anytime between 10am and 7pm – even if you can only spare half an hour. Please bring your own tools/gloves. Weather permitting.

Thu 20 July Butterfly Hunt

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm

A Ranger guided walk through the forest. Bring boots and coats. Join us for a clean up and recording of the sea debris for the national survey. MORE INFO: Look online and book or tel 01475 521458.

Help our Rangers find those elusive butterflies and contribute to our species identification.

Fri 21 July Explorer challenge: Dragons, Damsels & Queen bees! RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm

Any time! (centre open 7 days; 10am – 4pm) 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 21st July and Thursday 27th July, where the friendly staff will get you started. Then, visit different stations along our main tail to find out all about “dragons, damsels & queen bees”! Cost: £3 per child (RSPB members £1) [Normal trail fees apply for accompanying adults]

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County Square, Paisley PA1 1BS 10.30am to 5.30pm

Enjoy the sight, sound and spectacle of some of Scotland’s top pipe bands as they compete in the heart of Paisley! Judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association – West of Scotland branch will then judge the bands on their performances across the various grades. Free.

Scotland’s National Airshow

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield East Lothian, EH39 5LF 10am to 5pm The sensational Red Arrows with their fantastic formation flying, plus we have the supersonic RAF Typhoon and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, featuring the Lancaster, Hurricane and iconic Spitfire. The Breitling Wingwalkers will be performing their unique daredevil stunts, a pair of Jet Provosts will set pulses racing and the Royal Navy Historic Flight Swordfish returns.

Sat 22 - Sun 30 July Merchant City Festival Merchant City Glasgow

Bursting with fantastic events, music stages, street arts, comedy and loads of glorious food. Among the highlights are carnival processions, massed samba bands, a UNESCO music stage, the return of SURGE, the festival within a festival, and a celebration of street food. Join us this summer! Visit for full details.

Sun 23 July Pirate Day

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm

Dress as a scurvy buccaneer and practice your best Arrg! Drama and shouting a plenty. Prize for best dressed pirate.

Mon 24 July Make Your Own Mondays: Flying Friends RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 11am to 1pm OR 2pm - 4pm

Let’s take a closer look at the wildlife that flies at Lochwinnoch and make and design your own kite to soar high above the reserve. Booking essential. Cost: £5 (Wildlife Explorers £3) - Adults go free!

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Thu 27 Jul - Thu 3 Aug

Mon 31 July

Explorer Challenge: Tree-mendous!

Make Your Own Mondays: Nature Art

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm

every Monday

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.

FitSteps with Jennifer Quarrier’s Village, 6:30pm

Tel: 07709 340675 for further information

every Tuesday Bishopton Belles Line Dancing Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Hall 6.30 - 8.30pm

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

3rd Friday monthly Hearing Aid Clinic The Bridge, Bridge of Weir 1 - 2pm

Hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.

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

last Friday monthly

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


every Wednesday

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

Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers 10am - 12noon

Knitters of all levels welcome!

Skinny Minnies Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir 7pm - 8pm

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church Hall

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

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Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch 12.30pm - 3.30pm

every Friday

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 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.

It’s time to get arty! Let’s discover all of the colours and shapes in nature then create our own natural pictures. We will also create green man faces to entice woodland sprites! Booking essential. Cost: £5 (Wildlife Explorers £3) - Adults go free!

Bellahouston Park, Paisley Road West, Glasgow, 2pm

A unique 5k jogging event for you and your dog to get fit and have fun - a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Meet like-minded dog owners in your area. Get out in the great outdoors with your favourite four-legged friend! Price: £12.99. All ages and dogs welcome, Doggy Bag full of goodies, Dog Jog Dog Toy, Dog Jog Collar, Keyring, Medal at finish.

Sat 29 Jul - Sun 6 Aug Regional Park Ranger Display

It’s 50 years since the Countryside Scotland Act and then the creation of the Scottish Countryside Ranger Service. We celebrate World Ranger Day (31st July) with a photographic display. WHEN: Weekends. MORE INFO: Look online or tel 01475 529543.

Conser vation Volunteers - adult group. Newcomers always welcome.

Bishopton Community Centre 2pm - 3.15pm A fun, no pressure choir singing feel good songs.

Dog Jog

The Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Greenock

Weekly Volunteer Group

Singing for Wellbeing

Sat 29 July

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 11am to 1pm OR 2pm - 4pm

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

Singing for Wellbeing

Knitting Group

Any time! (centre open 7 days; 10am – 4pm) 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! Pop into the Visitor centre between Friday 27th and Thursday 3rd August, where the friendly staff will get you started. Then, visit different stations along our main tail to find out all about trees! Cost: £3 per child (RSPB members £1) [Normal trail fees apply for accompanying adults]

1st SAT Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 10am - 2pm

1st & 3rd SUN

Sat 29 - Sun 30 July Wild Night

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 5pm to 8am

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

The Finlaystone overnight camp. Join the Rangers for fun and burgers and sing into the wee small hours. Kids will enjoy the bat walk and Den Building. Tent, warm clothes, waterproofs and BBQ food required. Adults £10, Children £5. Pre-booking essential.

Sun 30 July Falconry Day

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Visit the birds of prey and take a walk around their homes. Get up close and personal with the winged hunters. Followed by a flying display (weather dependent).

Saturday 1st July, 2017 Luss Village, Luss

Running ~ Cycling ~ Heavy Weights ~ Tug-of-war ~ Solo Piping ~ Wrestling ~ Light Field ~ Hill Race ~ Highland Dance Saturday 15th July, 2017 Moss o’ Balloch Park, Loch Lomond Adult £5.00, Juvenile £3.00, Family (2 Adults & 3 Juveniles) £13.00, Over 60’s £3.00

Running ~ Heavy Weights ~ Solo Piping ~ Wrestling ~ Highland Dance The Games are a traditional Highland Games and hosts: The official SHGA Heavyweight World Championship (16lb and 22lb Ball, 16lb and 22lb Hammer, Caber and 28lb Weight for distance and 56lb wt for height) The Scottish 80 Metres Running Championship The Scottish Backhold/Cumberland Style Wrestling British Championship Highland Dancing ~ Solo Piping ~ Cycling ~ Tug o’ War Pipe Band events at local and national level Sunday 16th July, 2017 Howie Park, Rosneath, Rosneath Adults £5; Concessions £3; Child £2; Family ticket £10

Running ~ Cycling ~ Heavy Weights ~ Tug-of-war ~ Solo Piping ~ Hill Race ~ Highland Dance Full details at

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 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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26th Aug – 10th Sept Glasgow Botanic Gardens tickets: Online prices: Adult £11.50 Child £9.50 *Concessions £10.50 *Group Ticket £9.50 *Family Ticket £38

| On the door prices: | Adult £13.00 | Child £11.00 | *Concessions £12.00 | *Group Ticket £11.00 | *Family Ticket £44

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Paisley Pipe Band Competition Some of the top pipe bands from Scotland and beyond compete in the heart of the historic town centre. On Saturday 22nd July 2017 at County Square, Paisley, the Competition begins at 10.30am when Bands will march down the High Street, through the final tuning area at The Cenotaph, to the competition arena in County Square. The massed bands and presentation of prizes will be in County Square at 5.30pm. The event is run by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch.

Orchard Flooring Stylish, Durable: A Floor for Life When choosing a new floor for your home, there are a few things to take into consideration. For a lot of our clients, having a floor that isn’t going to be ruined by mucky feet, paw prints or spills is a top priority. For this reason, light cream carpets can be problematic for many busy households. Karndean and Amtico flooring are perfect for any room or situation in the home. They are both waterproof, slip resistant and warm underfoot, as well as being a beautiful and luxurious floor to be proud of. Both are easy to clean and without the porous qualities of wood and some stone. They bring the ageless beauty of natural flooring to your home without the hassle. Be it a rustic wood effect in the living room or a sleek and modern stone effect in the kitchen, Orchard Flooring can provide expert advice to find the perfect floor for a room. With a home sampling service why not give us a call and be on your way to a stunning floor from Orchard Flooring. You can contact Scott on 01505 22 9584 or 07563 633 432 E: website:

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SAT SAMAs Showcase


Paisley Arts Centre Tickets: £11.21

7pm - 10pm Over 18s only

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards are hosting a night of live music with Rachel Sermanni, The Great Albatross, Mark McGowan - part of the Paisley 2021 Weave and Sma’ Shot Festival.

SUN Yorkston, Thorn and Khan


Paisley Arts Centre 7.30pm Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.) + bkg fee*

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan release their new album Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars on 7 April. It follows the band’s debut album, 2016’s critically acclaimed Everything Sacred, and presents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, acoustic guitar and; and three very different vocalists - James Yorkston (East Neuk of Fife), Jon Thorne (Isle of Wight) and Suhail Yusuf Khan (New Delhi). Part of The Weave Festival 2017

MON Silent


Paisley Arts Centre 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (£8 conc.) + bkg fee*

Homeless McGoldrig once had splendid things. But he has lost it all - including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. Dare to laugh at despair and gasp at redemption in this brave, bleak, beautiful production for which Fishamble and Pat Kinevane won an Olivier Award last year.

FRI Sneaky Previews




Paisley Arts Centre 7.30pm Tickets: Friday £10 (£8 conc.) Saturday £12 (£10 conc.) + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 18+

Take a comedy sneak peek and enjoy Edinburgh Fringe previews. These shows are a work in progress so they might not be slick, but they will certainly be funny. Please note shows will contain some adult humour & some rude (but hilarious) jokes. Not for those not easily offended.

WED Vivaldi Mozart Paganini -



Classics from Germany

Paisley Abbey 7.30pm Tickets: £16 / £14 senior conc. / £12 other conc.

A diverse program ranging from Antonio Vivaldi to W.A. Mozart and Niccolo Paganini.

THUR PACE Theatre Company Present




Venue: Paisley Arts Centre Cost: £10 (£6 concessions)*


Based on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ this promenade theatre styled production takes us round and about the Arts Centre ground in search of gypsy JULY inspired fairies, roustabout mechanicals and 50’s styled love struck boppers! A wild and heady drama picnic of dance, song, comedy and such acting, as to leave you weak at the melodrama knees.


Call us on 0300 300 1210 or visit to book

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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The bill has been announced for The Spree – featuring a one-off collaboration between Scottish indie act Frightened Rabbit and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey. The festival of music, comedy, theatre and more – which will take over the town centre between 13 and 22 October – is now in its sixth year and is part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. Frightened Rabbit will be the latest in a line of Scottish bands to team up with the orchestra in the stunning setting of the 850-year-old Abbey on 17 October for a show which has been a highlight of previous Sprees. Much of the action will take place in a specially-erected Spiegeltent in the town centre, which will host trad acts Dougie MacLean and Canada’s De Temps Antan (18 Oct), Breabach, Kris Drever and Talisk (20 Oct), plus Sharon Shannon and Fara (15 Oct). Paisley Arts Centre will welcome Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert (15 Oct) and a gathering of artists from the Lost Map record label, curated by The Pictish Trail (22 Oct). The festival will have a strong international feel with an Americana night boasting Boston’s Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, and opened by England’s Yola Carter, named UK Artist of the Year at the 2017 American Music Association UK Awards. Specially-commissioned shows in support of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid include: An opening night concert where three Scottish acts – Ross Ainslie, Blue Rose Code and Angus Lyon – and from India – Smita Bellur, Asin Khan Langa and Sawai Khan – weave together traditional music from both countries. The same show will also open the prestigious Rajastan International Folk Festival a week before; A show celebrating Paisley’s untold story featuring and curated by acclaimed songwriter James Grant; A literary celebration at a Banks Supper night inspired by Iain Banks’ novel Espedair Street, about a rock band from the town, featuring award-winning author Alan Bissett; The line-up was announced on Radio Scotland by Vic Galloway, who will broadcast his radio show before a live audience in the town during the festival, as will his BBC colleague Janice Forsyth. There remains one major headline act still to be announced, with Paisley music fans encouraged to keep their eyes on the Spree social media channels as it is one they won’t want to miss. The Spree will also feature two comedy nights in conjunction with the Gilded Balloon, as well as film events and songwriting workshops, while unsigned musical talent will be given a showcase through the Danny Kyle Open Stage run by Celtic Music Radio. The festival sees the return of the ever-popular ModStuff celebration of all things Mod run by LNP Promotions – headlined by The Style Councillors and taking over The Spiegeltent on the final Saturday. Paisley Town Hall will also host award-winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew’s BREWBAND, fusing together indie-rock music and dance. There will be plenty for kids too, with the National Theatre of Scotland bringing their Rocket Post show to town, fresh from a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, while the Big Telly Theatre Company present Operation Paisley – Alien Pursuit, an interactive, town-wide treasure hunt for kids. A full programme of free children’s shows taking place over the October school holidays is still to be announced. The Spree is run by Renfrewshire Council and programmed by Active Events. Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using the town’s unique heritage and cultural story and was lodged with the UK government in April, with a decision expected over which places make the shortlist this summer.

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the Dead Sheep Comedy

Friday 7th July - 8pm - From £ 10 to £12 The winner of the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer is back with an honest and frank insight into the men who have influenced and impacted his life. The good, the bad and the indifferent. An unexpected reunion with his father, along with the death of his grandfather in late 2014 forced Scott to look at the men in his family, and to ask the question… is there truth in the old saying ‘Like Father, Like Son’. Expect deep honesty, dark truths, personal reflection and laughter.

Fred Macaulay: Live 2017

Saturday 22nd July - 8pm - From £ 12 to £14 Trump and his WALL. BREXIT. INDYREF2. There’s so much going on just now that people are wondering what they should be doing. HAVING A LAUGH is Fred MacAulay’s response. Join Fred on his 2017 comedy tour of Scotland. Age restriction: 16+

Para Handy: The Wireless Show

Sunday 23rd July - 2.30pm - £20 (includes afternoon tea) Join the Master Mariner, Dougie, MacPhail and Sunny Jim along with a host of other characters for classic tales from Neil Munro. Performed as a 1950s radio broadcast against the stunning backdrop of the Clyde, this new production features live sound effects and period music. BEACON ARTS CENTRE, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, GREENOCK, PA15 1HJ INFO@BEACONARTSCENTRE.CO.UK TELEPHONE: 01475 723723

SUNDAY 2 JULY 2017 at Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow from 12noon to 8pm Scotland’s biggest free multicultural festival bursting with live music and theatre performances, exotic and mouth-watering foods from around the globe and fun for all ages, a visit this year is an absolute must! Shop for unique gifts and dazzling clothes in the marketplace before chilling out in the summer sun to the sounds of the world. Keep in touch... Make sure you’re the first to know whenever we have news about Glasgow Mela. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? for updates.

04 - 28 August 2017 Across Edinburgh

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Meddle and Make workshop SWISH event - Sat 1st July! On Saturday 1st July, come along to a Swish Clothes Swap Event along with hands-on workshops, film screenings and refreshments at the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch. Donate gently worn or new clothing, shoes or accessories in return for tokens - 1 garment/item in return for 1 token which you can spend in our Swish boutique on the night! Please drop off your donations and collect your tokens at ReMode, High Street, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4AB before the night - see our opening times on ReMode Lochwinnoch Facebook. ‘Meddle and Make’ workshops from 6-7.30pm - you may want to take part in one of our hands-on gain some ‘make’ skills and find out more about how we can all love our clothes that little bit more! Details for booking these will be posted on our Facebook page from 15/5/17. To Book places for the Swish on eventbrite:

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I was not particularly surprised recently when EE pulled the plug on all the Wanadoo, Freeserve and Orange email accounts that they acquired through business acquisitions over the years. I was quite surprised at the cack-handed way in which they did it though. One of my customers was given no warning before the lights went out on their email. I always recommend a move away from an ISP’s mail platform. It will come as no surprise to some of you that I recommend Gmail as your primary email provider, this advice is also being touted by EE to their own customers so it’s not just me. For those of us that want secure, end to end encrypted email of the type the governments of the world will need to struggle that little harder to monitor, try Tutanota, a free email service. They have an app for mobile too. Email encryption is only ever as robust as the security methods you employ on logging into your mailbox. Most of the main email providers now offer multi factor authentication. This will prompt you for more security information on logon or will detect what device you are using and will challenge a potentially fraudulent user that wants to access your account.

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Your email address and your account information is valuable and sensitive to fraud. Given how much we depend on our email as a de facto first point of contact with our service providers, and as online fraud has advanced recently, so security is becoming more important every year. Remember that you are carrying the torch for the contacts you have too, as they will be targeted on a successful data breach of your account.

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Financial Blog by Carl Melvin, Affluent Financial Planning Ltd

Final Salary Pension Transfers – who may benefit? Following on from last month’s financial blog, we revisit pension transfers and specifically why you may consider giving up a guaranteed lifetime income from a final salary scheme.

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income, the final salary under consideration may be less vital to your retirement security. • Repay debts – releasing a cash sum to repay mortgage or other debts may allow you to retire early, but your retirement income will be less in the long term. Take advice. 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. Carl Melvin is a regulated pension transfer specialist. Call us for a FREE financial review on 01505 59 50 60 or info@affluentfp. Alternatively, pop into the Affluent office opposite Amaretto restaurant on Main Street, Bridge of Weir.

20 x revalued annual pension is considered “fair value”, but presently we see multiples of between 25 – 40 x revalued annual pension being offered, with the average around 30 x revalued annual pension. This has tempted many to consider a transfer. Retaining the final salary pension is likely to be best for many scheme members, but when might it make sense to consider a transfer? • Unmarried – No widows pension would normally be payable, but you want your family to receive benefits from your pension on your death. • Poor Health – You may not live a long life, but your pension income does not increase to reflect this. The death benefits from a transfer plan are more generous and potentially tax free. • Other sources of income – If you or your partner have other final salary pensions, rental income, earned income or other investment



Visit to DALGARVEN MILL MUSEUM of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume A group of Renfrewshire Local History Forum members visited Dalgarven Mill Museum on Saturday, 20th May, 2017. We gathered in the coffee room, where we met Mr Rob Ferguson, who took us on a conducted tour of the museum. The Ferguson family have owned the mill since 1922 when it was still a working grain mill. Mr Ferguson and the Charitable Trust he set up have transformed the old mill into what must undoubtedly be among the very best of country life museums in Scotland. The historic mill building has been beautifully restored and the large waterwheel, on a lade fed by the nearby River Garnock, works the machinery in the mill. All the machinery required to run a grain mill, a large collection of farm implements, old kitchen and dairy utensils, trade tools and many more country life artefacts are housed on three floors of the museum. On the ground floor we visited the current exhibition of Early Victorian Costume, 1810-1865, entitled “Corsets and Crinolines”. This excellent display is only a small part of the museum’s extensive collection of costumes. As we explored the upper floors of the museum our group was most impressed by the extensive collection of farm equipment and country life artefacts. Much of the collection has been donated to the museum by local farmers and other residents. A number of displays show typical period dwelling rooms. The sets are so skilfully designed that the characters seem alive and the viewer almost has a sense of being a welcome visitor within the characters’ home. Want to start a business but not sure where to turn or how to do it? Business Gateway Renfrewshire can give you practical help, advice and support for new and growing businesses in Scotland. Contact us on 0141 530 2406 or on Facebook bgrenfrewshire/, or visit the website at

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As well as a tour of the museum, our group was privileged to have access to the storeroom which houses the museum’s extensive collection of period costumes, and some other very exciting items which, as yet, are not on display After our tour we retired to Miller’s Kitchen Coffee Room to sample its excellent menu. This was a fitting end to one of the Forum’s most interesting and enjoyable outings. © 2017 Helen Calcluth, Renfrewshire Local History Forum Images with kind permission of R. Ferguson, Dalgarven Mill Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume Further information and images can be found at

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Inverclyde librarian wins at Scottish Book Trust Awards School Librarian Susan Morton from Inverclyde Academy, received the award at event to recognise those who have an inspiring impact on young readers in Scotland The Scottish Book Trust Awards, in association with Browns Books for Students, took place at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s most iconic hubs of literature and learning. The Scottish Book Trust Awards, funded by Creative Scotland, will be given annually to one author or illustrator and one learning professional who have had an inspiring impact on young readers in Scotland.

Scottish business confidence is on the rise

The Scottish Book Trust Award for Learning Professional

New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reveals that Scottish business confidence has risen for the 2nd consecutive quarter.

Since she was hired a year ago, Susan has revitalised the neglected school library to create a vibrant hub, with pupils fully engaged in choosing new purchases to shape their library. Susan has quadrupled the number of books in the library, leading to a similar leap in the number of pupils borrowing books.

The Scottish business sentiment metric climbed to -3.8 points, up from -9.6 points in the previous quarter. By comparison, the UK-wide figure fell to +15.0 points this quarter, down from the +20.0 points seen at the start of the year. FSB says the figures underline the need for the new UK government to put backing the small businesses and self-employed at the heart of its programme. That means, says FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, Andy Willox, reassuring employers about the future of their EU workers and not reintroducing the recently-shelved plans for tax increases on the selfemployed. Mr Willox said: “A majority of Scottish businesses have been gloomy about their prospects for two years. While, over the course of 2017 a growing share of Scottish firms have shaken off the economic blues, we can’t dismiss this long-term trend. While the health of our local economies hardly featured during the general election campaign, it can’t be forgotten about by our politicians. In the short term, the new government needs to quash concerns over the future of EU workers and the possible reintroduction of plans to hike self-employed National Insurance Contributions. “Small business owners and the self-employed risk everything to create economic activity, jobs and revenues. If we’re to turn these shaky confidence figures around in the longer term, we need to create an environment where more people are ready to take that plunge.” The report also highlights that profit margins in Scotland continue to be squeezed – with a net balance of 16 per cent of firms in Scotland reporting that gross profits fell during the quarter. The study argues that a key driver for squeezed profit margins is likely to be the depreciation of sterling, resulting in higher prices for imported goods and services. FSB’s data also shows that Scottish investment intentions are more subdued than elsewhere in the UK. This quarter, a net balance of 5.7 per cent of small businesses in Scotland expect capital investment to rise over the next three months, compared with 13.2 per cent in the previous quarter. Scottish investment intentions now lag the UK as a whole by over 12%. Andy Willox said: “FSB has highlighted that the cost of employment has been rising for smaller firms for some time. Combined with rising input costs – spiked by the fall in Sterling – it is perhaps little wonder Scottish investment intentions are underwhelming.”

This was awarded to Susan Morton for the significant impact she has had on her school community. Susan is the school librarian at Inverclyde Academy and she has transformed attitudes towards books and reading among the pupils there.

Susan secured a fully-funded residency with local author Cathy MacPhail, to work with an S2 class on writing their own anthology, which culminated in a launch event for their printed book. Susan also created a comic book club to attract reluctant readers and encourage young people to try creating their own comics. An S1 pupil at the school, said: ‘Before, I never ever ever ever used to read in primary and Miss Morton has helped, she’s inspired me to read. I love reading now, I do it every lunchtime and every morning.’ Commenting on her award, Susan Morton said: ‘I had no idea I had been nominated so that was a huge surprise and an even huger surprise to know that I’d won a Scottish Book Trust award.’ The Scottish Book Trust Awards were launched in autumn 2016 when schools and libraries across Scotland were invited to tell us about the amazing work being done to inspire young readers. Marc Lambert, CEO at Scottish Book Trust, said: ‘From one room in a school, Susan Morton has shown the huge impact a motivated and creative learning professional can have on a whole community. Susan is an outstanding example of the wonderful work being done by many teachers and librarians across Scotland in nurturing a culture of reading for pleasure. Staff and pupils at Inverclyde Academy feel extremely lucky to have her at the school and after such an impressive first year we know she will continue to bring books into the lives of many, many more children, inspiring them to a love of books and reading.’ Jenny Niven, Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland said: ‘A stellar librarian can transform the experience of reading for children in ways that will have an impact throughout the rest of their lives. It’s clear that Susan Morton has transformed her school library and with it her students’ future relationship with reading. It’s never been more important that we appreciate and value the role of libraries and it’s great to see this award go to such a deserving winner. The students of Inverclyde Academy are indeed a lucky bunch.’

Nominations for the 2018 Learning Professional Award will open on 22 August and close on 22 November. Visit to nominate someone or find out more.

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Put your phone away while driving Back in March, a THINK! campaign highlighting new penalties for drivers caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving was started. You’ve probably seen or heard some of the campaign adverts since our last blog. If you haven’t, there’s a simple message for all drivers – put your phone away while driving and avoid the temptation of making a call or answering a text. Over the past few months, the campaign has focused on you: professional drivers and employers of professional drivers. THINK! Have produced a leaflet specifically for drivers and employers. It gives advice on: The changes in the law What penalties drivers and operators can face, including from the traffic commissioners The dangers of using a phone while driving What drivers and employers should do to minimise the risks

Professional Drivers:

The law for mobile phone use Handheld phones

Kilmacolm Road, Port Glasgow Boglestone Roundabout to Port Glasgow Shared Campus Roundabout From Saturday 1 July – 0600 hrs to Friday 14 July – 1700 hrs Inverclyde Council Carriageway Reconstruction Diversion (see map below) – A761 Kilmacolm Road, A761 Clune Brae, A8 Glasgow Road, A8 Greenock Road, A8 Port Glasgow Road, A8 East Hamilton Street, Ratho Street, Belville Street, B788 Kilmacolm Road, B788 Auchemountain Road, B788 Auchenfoil Road, B786 Lochwinnoch Road, A761 Port Glasgow Road & vice versa.

It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving. • If you’re caught using a handheld phone while driving, you’ll get 6 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200. If you are a professional driver then you could face fines of up to £2,500. • HGV and PSV drivers caught using their mobile twice or accruing 12 points on their licence will face the magistrates’ court. • Drivers will also be referred to the Traffic Commissioner and could face a minimum four-week suspension from professional driving. • Operator licence holders may also face action from a Traffic Commissioner, if one of their driving employee’s is caught using a handheld device behind the wheel to speak to their employer or customers.

Handsfree phones Hands free mobile phone use is legal but it is distracting and can therefore be dangerous. Depending upon the individual circumstances, drivers could be prosecuted with ‘failing to have proper control of their vehicle’.

Driver conduct As a professional driver, you are responsible for maintaining a high standard of driving. Using a handheld mobile phone while driving presents an unacceptable risk to road safety. As a vocational licence holder, you should know these risks and your conduct and behaviour at the wheel should remain professional at all times. Not just when driving a commercial vehicle, but also when driving your own vehicle. If your conduct falls short of the required standards, a Traffic Commissioner can take action against your vocational licence. For mobile phone offences, this is likely to mean a suspension from driving lorries, buses or coaches. If you’re caught using a handheld mobile phone in a commercial vehicle, it’s a minimum four-week suspension which could affect your livelihood. And, the action taken by traffic commissioners is in addition to any fine and penalty points you’ll receive. t h i n k - p u t - y o u r- p h o n e - a w a y - w h i l e driving-2/

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The Erskine Classic Car Show Saturday 1st July 12noon - 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: classic-car-show-2017/

Cycle for Summer is back in July and August 2017 It’s the time of the year when everyone enjoys the benefits of cycling. At LEAP we’re running another take on action ‘Cycle for Summer’ challenge, and inviting local people and families to get their bikes out and enjoy cycling. LEAP will count the total miles cycled each week across our villages and keep you up to date with people’s cycling stories, blogs and photographs. Last year with Cycle for Summer, we clocked

up 1324 cycled miles in August and this summer our challenge is to reach 3000! So sign up for Cycle for Summer this year and Take the Pledge ‘TO CYCLE’! You can select what weeks suit you best between 1st July and 13th August. Email for more information or contact the LEAP team on 01505 612034 or 842530. Book a place online at our Cycle for Summer Eventbrite page at www. Get ready for Cycling - FREE Cycle Maintenance Workshops and Guided Cycles As part of the Cycle for Summer, you might want to come along to our 2 FREE Cycle Maintenance Workshops in Bridge of Weir on Sunday 9th July at 11am at the Cycle Path entrance and in Lochwinnoch on Sunday 16th July at 11am at Castle Semple and/ or book onto our FREE Guided Cycle events led by cycle leaders who will provide information on how to prepare for your cycle ride, pace yourself, and lead the group on an hour’s guided cycle. Bridge of Weir on Sunday 9th July at 12.30pm at the Cycle Path entrance and Lochwinnoch on Sunday 16th July at 12.30pm at Castle Semple. Limited places are available, so book your places early if you are interested in taking part in either or both LEAP’s Cycle Maintenance or Guided Cycles. Contact our team on 01505 612034 or 842530 or book online at through our Eventbrite page.

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Kilmacolm Camera Club We continued our series of outings with an all-day trip to Glencoe and Glen Etive. By some trick of fate, it was a mostly sunny day, and club members were able to shoot some of the most famous, and picturesque, landscapes in Scotland. A bonus was the impressive display of rhododendrons. After the recent heavy rain, the river Etive was in full flow, and this gave us the chance to see the effect of different shutter speeds on the waterfalls (yes, it’s technical – and a little bit arty!)

A selection of images taken by David Addison are shown here. You’ll be very welcome to join us on one of these outings. Who knows – you might come away with a whole new approach to photographing waterfalls. Going abroad for your hols soon? Why not learn from us how to improve your travel photos. Venue: Kilmacolm New Community Centre, Room 1.01; Tuesday evening, time 7.30 (September to March) Contacts: Billy Blair, Tel: 873383; Janice Stevenson, Tel 873595. Website:

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Bishopton Art Group to Exhibit in Bridge of Weir

I discovered recently that there are far more parents who could claim free school meals for their children than actually do so. Gryffe High School has a very low take up of free school meals which tends to contradict the pattern shown in the primary schools. Parents may not be aware that the number of children claiming free school meals affects what is called Pupil Equity Funding. The amount of extra funding is based on the number of pupils with Free Meal Entitlement. Gryffe HS gets significantly less than other schools and this is largely down to parents not claiming this entitlement. Gryffe HS gets £34,400 made up of Attainment Challenge Money and Pupil Equity Funding. This compares with other schools in Renfrewshire which range from £140,000 up to £300,000. This difference is significant and affects the quality of teaching that is able to be provided.

Between Monday 12th June and Saturday 15th July 2017 at The Bridge, Community Centre, 63 Main Street, Bridge of Weir, members of Bishopton Art Group will be exhibiting a selection of their paintings. The paintings will also be available for sale. Access to the exhibition is free during The Bridge’s normal opening hours. This exhibition follows on from the Group’s previous successful exhibitions at The Bridge. Members of Bishopton Art Group are all amateur artists and use a variety of mediums and styles. The exhibition at The Bridge is open during the following hours: Monday 9am – 5pm; Tuesday 1pm – 5pm; Wednesday 10am – 2pm; Thursday 10am – 2pm; Friday 1pm – 5pm; & Saturday 9am – 1pm. (Sunday closed). Linda Mitchell, organiser of Bishopton Art Group’s exhibition at The Bridge said, “Bishopton Art Group is pleased to announce that once again we will be exhibiting at The Bridge in Bridge of Weir. We have recently been joined by some new members who will be exhibiting at The Bridge for the first time. Previous exhibitions at The Bridge have been well attended and we are grateful for the support that we receive.” 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. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Bridge of Weir Lace Group 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.

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Renfrewshire Council has announced its Capital Investment Plan for Roads of £6.7m and most people in my ward will want to know which roads are going to be resurfaced. The amount of resurfacing in the three villages is as follows (some roads are fully resurfaced while others are only partly to be done, I can provide more information) but I keep stressing that I want to see more done about the blocked gullies and poor drainage that continually erodes this investment. Bishopton: Morar Crescent, Churchill Drive, A8 Greenock Rd to Chestnut Ave R/A, B815 Erskine Ferry Rd, Stuart Rd. Surface Dressing - Drumcross Road Bridge of Weir: St Andrews Drive, Torr Road, Hillview Road/Church Rd, Peat Rd/Gorse Cres Langbank: Elmbank Road, B789 Barrochan Road (Drums Cottage) Footway Resurfacing:

Bishopton: Chisholm Ave

Langbank: Middlepenny Road

Surgery details: •Bishopton Community Library - 1st Monday of every month (6.30pm) •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.

Bishopton Gala Day

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Senior Citizens Club 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.

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Congratulations to all those graduating this Summer. What a wonderful achievement. Show your delight by sending a card from our selection.

Thank you, Bridge of Weir! The annual Christian Aid Week house-to-house collection took place from 14 – 20 May. Three churches working together (St Machar’s Ranfurly, Freeland and St Mary’s); 60 volunteers collectors; 14 volunteer counters; and, crucially, over 850 generous households in Bridge of Weir ready and willing to help those in need.

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This is also a popular time for Weddings. A card congratulating the Bride and Groom is always well received. Summer weddings lead to Anniversary celebrations and the need to choose a card from our comprehensive stock. Exhibitions - We are pleased to host Bishopton Art Group with their varied styles of painting until Saturday 15th July. From Monday 17th July until 19th August we welcome Jane Fraser, a new exhibitor. The art exhibitions are widely appreciated as they provide a showcase for artists and decorate the walls of The Bridge with colourful and interesting pictures. Post Office - For that summer break abroad please purchase your Euros in The Bridge. Our Euros on Demand service makes life easier for our customers. If you purchase any foreign currency online (including Euros) for delivery to The Bridge, please allow at least 2 working days before collection. For a safe and easy way to carry holiday cash abroad please ask for information about a prepaid Travel Money Card Plus. Shop - For all your purchases of stationery, greeting cards, indoor and outdoor pocket money items and gifts by Emma Ball Ltd, please support your Community Centre where our volunteers and Post Office staff work hard to meet your needs. We thank you for your custom and continuing support.


Christian Aid Week 2017

£5,928 was collected. And nearly 60% this total was supported by Gift Aid declarations, which will generate a further £880. The origins of Christian Aid lie in the collective effort of Christian churches throughout the UK to respond to the desperate needs of refugees in Europe following the Second World War. Christian Aid now operates in 45 countries throughout the world. It tackles poverty by responding to emergencies, funding long term development and challenging the unjust systems that make people poor and keep people poor. 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. 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. Understandably, given the current events in the Middle East, the slogan of Christian Aid Week this year was: “We’ve been there for refugees since 1945. We won’t turn our backs now.” Thanks to you, Bridge of Weir certainly didn’t turn its back! Thank you again. Your support is helping to rebuild people’s lives. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Bridge of Weir Gala Week lifted everyone’s spirits and brightened up the village. It was my first year judging the best costumes and best dressed windows and I very much enjoyed being a part of the festivities. There were many different events going on during the week and something for everyone to take part in so a big thanks to everyone who helped to make Gala week possible. This month I was also invited along to Langbank Primary School, to see their rendition of Oliver. The children were extremely talented and enthusiastic. There was obviously a lot of effort put into this by parents, teachers and of course, the children and it was a great show to watch. In June I made it along to my first Bishopton and Bridge of Weir Community Council meetings. A number of issues have been raised and are now receiving attention. The A761 when exiting Bridge of Weir is causing drivers a lot of concern. Although it has not been included in Renfrewshire Councils Roads Improvement Programme, I have ensured that there are plans to make improvements later on in the year. Several blocked drains and cases of overgrown foliage in Bridge of Weir have also been reported. There have been numerous reports regarding damage to cars in the Bridge of Weir Car Park, as well as the lack of available parking at peak times. The issue of parking has also been raised in Langbank on Main Road where an increasing number of cars have been blocking pavements and access points. These complaints are now receiving attention. My surgery’s are still currently being organised. They will be held on the first Saturday of the month, however locations are still being finalised. If you have anything you would like to discuss my contact details are as follows. E-mail: Tel: 0300 300 1426 Mobile: 07976239705

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Co-op Bridge of Weir Food Bank Donation Bin The Renfrewshire Food Bank donation bin in Bridge of Weir is now decked out with zingy, yellow signage so that everyone wishing to make a food, toiletry or household cleaning donation knows just where to find it! The donation bin is situated at the front of the store to the right of the tills. Many thanks to the residents of Bridge of Weir for their donations, kindness and caring. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

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

Philosophy Discussion Group

Would you be interested in discussing with others the meaning of life, why we are here, where we are going, free will or predestination. Local Group, contact: 07463 570464. No cost involved except for the price of a tea/ coffee.

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Bridge of Weir Community Council The Chairman welcomed newly elected Renfrewshire Councillors Natalie Don and Colin McCulloch congratulating them on their appointments along with returning Councillor James MacLaren who said he looked forward to continuing his good working relationship with the Community Council. The police reported a number of offences over the period which included common assault, theft of plant machinery from a new build, theft from a motor vehicle, one house breaking, motoring offences and two incidents of vandalism one being Brighter Bridger of Weir’s planters. An appeal against Renfrewshire Councils refusal of planning permission by Cala Home for their proposed development of 8 detached houses and 14 flats at Lawmarnock Road has been lodged . On the 19th July a site visit will be made by the Scottish Government’s Planning and Appeals Division to the Whitelint Gate site at 10am and the site lying north of Kilmacolm Road at 1.30pm. No date has been given for the publication of a final decision on these proposed developments. A number of complaints have been received by the Community Council regarding the poor standard of finished works to pavements by Virgin Media. The meeting was informed that as Virgin Media are a utility company they only have to leave the pavements to an acceptable standard approved by Renfrewshire Council. The complaints received go well beyond the 4 to 6 inch channel announced by Virgin at the public meeting last year. If you have issues go directly to your Councillor or contact our Facebook page. The matter of overflowing drains and over hanging tree branches on Kilbarchan Road has been reported. With the summer upon us the matter of the quality of the new street lighting has diminished due to longer spells of daylight. However, if in your area you believe the lighting strength is not powerful enough or the posts are too far apart now is the time to inform your Renfrewshire Councillor as the issue is still under review. The Community Council were delighted to receive a grant of £1,000 from the Local Area Committee to replace a set of tree lights and to assist the Christmas lights switch on event. There have been reports of scammers phoning in the area, BT have Call Protection which is a free service you can sign up to and use 1572 for settings. There are no meetings of the Community Council in July or August, the scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday the 5th of September at 7pm in the Cargill Hall. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Bridge of Weir Tenants and Residents Association The latest meeting of Bridge of Weir TARA was well attended and our thanks go to Councillors James MacLaren and Colin McCulloch, P.C. Steven Reid, Housing Officer Anne Dickie, and Dave Robertson and Charlie McVey from the Renfrewshire Wardens Service. The police report showed that over the last month, there were twelve crimes committed within the confines of the village, with three of them detected. They ranged from two common assaults, one house-breaking, one theft, one car theft, one theft from a car, one driving offence, four road traffic offences, through to one vandalism to a flower basket across from Amaretto’s. The wardens reported that the number of incidents reported to them over the last three months from Bridge of Weir were relatively low, with only six reported. Dog fouling at Bridge of Weir Primary School in Warlock Road is becoming a major problem. Despite a sign saying that dogs are not allowed on school grounds, some inconsiderate owners are still exercising their dogs there on a regular basis, and failing to pick up after their dogs. This is totally unacceptable. Somebody recently had the temerity to tie up their dog’s poo in a bag and then disposed of it in the Janitor’s garden. Maybe they thought they were doing him a favour, in that he wouldn’t have to walk far to pick it up! After a site visit with TARA, Councillor McCulloch is going to contact Scottish Water regarding the dangerous contraption which has been placed on the water pipe at the bottom of the Glen. TARA have been informed that local Councillors will be having a site visit at Livery Walk car park very shortly, along with representation from Renfrewshire Council, with a view to finding some way to free up more parking spaces. With summer now upon us Bridge of Weir Tenants and Residents Association is taking a wee rest and our next meeting will be in the Pirie Centre at Freeland Church on Tuesday 19th September at 7.30pm. As usual all are welcome. So if you’ve got an issue with something within the village, why not come along and air your views. Gryffe Advertizer - Current & Past Issues


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Bridge of Weir Gala Day Bridge of Weir Gala Day, Our Gala Day, is all about community, and this was ably demonstrated on Saturday, when despite the weather the event was once again well attended. The parade through the village to the park was very colourful with this year’s theme “Commotion in the Ocean” attracting a number of pirates, mermaids, jellyfish and even an octopus! The day improved as the rain stopped the moment Gala Queen Kaylynn and her two attendants Darya Lavizani and Olivia Anderson stepped out of their official car. The girls all looked stunning and added a ray of sunshine to what up to that point had been a very dreich day. Our thanks to Deputy Provost Cathy McEwan for crowning Kaylynn Gala Queen. Thankfully the weather held up, and despite losing a few gazebos later in the afternoon due to high winds all went well. A special thanks to all the stall holders and traders who despite the rain still set up their pitches regardless in the morning, much to the relief of one very wound up Festival Coordinator! The Festival Committee would like to thank all who helped us not only on the day but on the lead up to the event. The local businesses who supported us with donations and by taking adverts in the Gala Day programme, in particular Bridge of Weir Leather Company Ltd who continue to be our main sponsors. The organisations who help us sell the programmes door to door, the Girl Guides, Hope Hall and the Scouts. Donations at the gates on Gala Day raised £905 and these help towards the cost of running the event and are much appreciated by the Festival Committee. Gala Day Winners Best Dressed Window

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Best Dressed Primary School Child 1st Hannah McQuade 2nd Neave Kerr 3rd Holly Kerr Best Dressed Group

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Primary School Invitation Football Competition Winners: Bridge of Weir

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Lucky Programme Winner £100 Gibb Stuart vouchers – 0861 Runner-up £50 Coach House voucher - 0184 bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

French Conversation Group Still meeting every Wednesday in Bridge of Weir from 9.30 am - 12noon. Contact: 07463 570464. No cost involved except for price of tea/ coffee.

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Rotary Club of Gryffe Valley It’s a busy and fulfilling time in Rotary as we approach the end of the Rotary year (June 30th) and the changeover to a new leadership team. The speaker meetings, youth activities and fund-raising all continue to the year-end. Speaker Dinner Meetings David Walker; 24th May “Buildings of Glasgow” David and his wife Kitty have lived in Kilmacolm for many years and are strong supporters of various community projects. David is a highly-respected photographer and his talk entitled “Glasgow’s Hidden Treasures” gave us a fascinating insight of that city’s superb Victorian architecture accompanied by many interesting facts and tales of the construction of these splendid buildings, ranging from the magnificent City Chambers in George Square to the Scottish Legal Life headquarters and the University Cloisters. Vice-President Nigel thanked David on behalf of the members for a most professional presentation of his photos of Glasgow’s finest buildings.

Lauren McDaid is a recent graduate from Glasgow Caledonian University, she has a Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Podiatry. She also boasts an HND in Complementary Therapies where she specialises in Reflexology and Aromatherapy. These complementary treatments can be integrated into your Podiatry session to improve your general wellbeing as well as your foot health - this ‘Podiatry Plus’ session is a real treat for anyone lasting 1 hour 20mins! To make an appointment with Lauren call 01505 873888.

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Kilmacolm Traders, following a petition of all 26, asked that the Parking Discs in operation in the village be removed. The relevant committee agreed, and went out to consultation on this change to the Traffic Regulation Order. KCC and the Civic Trust did not object but 2 individuals did. One has removed his/her objection but the other will not. The process will now inevitably go to a Public Inquiry or a special Quasi Judicial hearing by the committee. This will take a further 6 months. We are so fortunate with the range of shops we have in the village that I firmly believe we should listen to the proprietors.

Graham, a guest of Mike Farley, has worked as a Special Advisor to the Principal (Sir Jim McDonald) and Director of Major Projects for almost ten years and has been closely involved in the strategy to raise the status of the University to world class. The strategic focus has been on the core strengths – science, technology, engineering and business and Strathclyde has moved up all the key league table which measure success in research and teaching – including overtaking Cambridge in physics! Several hundred million pounds of research funds have been secured supporting specialist institutes including three Catapults, the Advanced Forming Research Centre (at Inchinnan), the first Fraunhofer Centre in the UK (Photonics), a Power Networks Institute and a Nuclear Research Institute. Peter Dickie had to draw the many questions to a close and thanked Graham for his excellent presentation. Next meetings Our next speakers are David Hill who will talk on “Disabled Sort at Castle Semple” on 21st June and past President Chris Butlin on 28th June with the subject “My Favourite Island in the Sun”. Non-members interested in Rotary are welcome.

The events at Grenfell Tower were shocking, but I was reassured talking to the Directors of Social Work at both Inverclyde and Glasgow Councils that our civil contingency reactions would have been swift and certainly with greater alacrity than Kensington and Chelsea Council. The consultation on the Main Issues Report has attracted interest in 15 sites for housing in Kilmacolm and one in Quarriers Village. It is worth registering objections and comments. Having defended the Green Belt against inappropriate development for 10 years, I do not really want to see it being endangered now. Again I believe we may end up at a public enquiry.

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Sole Solution are delighted to announce we have a new staff member who will be joining the team and offering late night and weekend podiatry appointments.

Sharon Gemmell; 31st May “Parklea Branching Out” Allan Gilfillan introduced Sharon as the manager of this independent enterprise offering opportunities in horticulture for adults with learning disabilities. It has 100 on its roll and is situated on a 3-acre site in Port Glasgow. Sharon said Parklea started in 1997 and now twenty years on it has two large glasshouses and two poly-tunnels. A cafe has also been added. A staff of nine look after the students and design courses for them. Local authorities and commercial companies support the enterprise which is also open to the public for sale of plants and refreshments. Sharon brought along examples of plants available as gifts for members. After a series of questions and comments Peter thanked Sharon for a most interesting presentation which has raised awareness of Parklea Branching Out amongst members.

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Port Glasgow High School’s presentation of Disco Inferno was fabulous. In my opinion the best yet. Head of Music Miss Ballantine knows how to put on a show. Plenty of ex KPS pupils performing. PGHS under its new head Stuart Clark, and his ideas on improving performance, is very much on the way up. The finale to the Dramatic Society’s play, Quartet, had everybody in hysterics. The acting throughout was terrific and again John Watson was my favourite. I was delighted with my vote in the General Election. Thanks for the support. Definitely my last. I can be contacted at and 01475 741969 and 721717 and 07766 992294. kilmacolm & quarriers

St. Colm’s RC Church Coffee Morning Saturday 26th August - Kilmacolm New Community Centre 10am - 12noon. Please join us for tea and cakes, home baking, face painting, stalls, raffle and fun! Tickets available on the door.

Quarriers Village Defibrillator The Club has agreed to donate £300 towards the costs of a Defibrillator to be located in Quarriers premises with 24-hour public access. Costs are being shared between Quarriers, Rotary and the Quarriers Village Committee. We are really pleased to have helped to make this project happen - our first in the village where at present we have just one member. More would be welcome!

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I reported last month that following no party achieving an over all majority at the Council elections the outcome of the statutory meeting of the Council on 25th May was uncertain. I am pleased to report this month that I was able to secure sufficient support from other groups within the Council to form a new Labour minority administration.

The ‘Kilmacolm Residents Association’ was set up very quickly last month, in response to the Main Issues Report, and the threat to our Greenbelts in Kilmacolm. The deadline for the ‘Consultation Period’ was 31st May 2017, so we only had a few short weeks since finding out, to get our Objection letters, and Petitions, sent into Inverclyde Council Planning Policy Team.

I have been appointed Council Leader for the fourth time and my Labour colleague Martin Brennan is our new Provost. I am keen to work constructively with all groups and individuals in the Council. I have been delighted with the way in which our new Councillors have settled in. The early signs are very encouraging.

These activities were done by all of us in our local community, on our Facebook group, and by many residents who are not online. There were also a number of dedicated individuals who helped set up some of these activities, the Kilmacolm Residents Association, and who went the extra mile. We are now needing more people to join our Kilmacolm Residents Association Committee. We are looking for about 3 or 4 additional people who have a passion for protecting the Greenbelts in Kilmacolm. We would like to get a better cross representation of people from our community, on our Committee. We aim to meet once or twice monthly. We have a variety of roles that people could undertake. No experience is necessary. You just need to be passionate about putting the best interests of Kilmacolm first, care about Greenbelts and wildlife, and be willing to commit to a few hours each month, (or more if you are that way inclined). It’s also a good opportunity to learn how local planning processes work, and to do something good for your village and community. If you think this is something you might be interested in, and think you have something positive to offer, then you can PM me personally on Facebook, or send me an email to: Many thanks, Antony Vitrano, Chair - Kilmacolm Residents Association Visit our facebook page groups/1431097723624816




Planning Permission Granted for Kilmacolm Park Drainage System A £400,000 Inverclyde Council scheme to tackle drainage issues at Birkmyre Park in Kilmacolm has been granted planning permission. Environment & Regeneration Convener Councillor Michael McCormick said: “The rugby pitches are an important and well-used asset in the village and I am delighted we are now in a position to press ahead. For many years training and matches have been disrupted by excess water but once this innovative scheme has been completed we should see a significant improvement.” Before any work can get underway contractors have been told to check for badgers, otters and water voles and to ensure measures are taken to protect trees around the site. Both rugby pitches will have drainage pipes installed under the surface carrying excess water to the nearest water course, the Gryfe Water. Excess soil water will be carried away using perforated land drainage pipes which are carefully sized to allow very small particles to pass through the slots to be flushed out by the flow of water. A secondary drainage system – slit trench drainage - will be installed through the use of narrow sand-filled trenches spaced one to two metres apart. A water attenuation tank will also be installed to slowly release drainage water in a controlled discharge before it is allowed to run into the Gryfe Water to minimise the risk of flooding of the water course during heavy rain. Birkmyre Rugby Club is to use a grass pitch at Inverclyde Council’s Parklea facility in Port Glasgow for matches while the work goes on. St Columba’s School in Kilmacolm whose pupils regularly use the pitches is contributing £50,000 towards the project.

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A great venue with easy access near to the village centre. Newly refurbished main hall, with additional kitchen facilities and outdoor area. Perfect for children’s parties, weekly classes and one off special occasions. Anyone wanting to hire the Guide Hut please contact Roz on 07584 359007.

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There is much to be upbeat about as we start this new Council term. The recent excellent Best Value Audit report has demonstrated we have a solid foundation on which to build. We cannot ignore the fact however that unless we see changes in Government policy at both Westminster and Holyrood the next few years will be very challenging for local government in general and Inverclyde in particular. The Planning Service and local Councillors have received a large number of responses to the consultation on the Main Issues Report for the Inverclyde Local Development Plan, which among other things sought views on potential housing development sites in Kilmacolm and Quarriers Village. I have advised those who have contacted me that it would be inappropriate for me to state my opinion at this stage as this would be seen as me pre-judging the outcome of the consultation. As a member of the Committee that will consider the responses to the consultation I must listen to all views before coming to an informed position. Having lived next to the two sites that are the subject of most of the representations I recognise the concerns that have been raised with me. Other local issues I’ve been dealing with in the past month include complaints about grassing cutting by River Clyde Homes, drainage issues in Whitelea Road and the ongoing Virgin Media works in Kilmacolm.

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Summer Duplicate Bridge

The A761 Kilmacolm Road (Boglestone roundabout to Port Glasgow Shared Campus roundabout) will be closed from 6am Saturday 1st July until 5pm Friday 14th July to allow for carriageway resurfacing works from the junction with Marloch Avenue to Port Glasgow Community Campus roundabout. Diversions will be in operation. I was pleased to attend the service of thanksgiving in Paisley Abbey on 17th June to recognise the sacrifices made by the men and women of our Armed Forces. Our wonderful Inverclyde Schools Senior Choir sang beautifully in their honour during the service. I have one surgery this month in Boglestone Community Centre, Port Glasgow from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday 11th July. You can contact me directly to discuss any matters that are of concern to you by telephone on 01475 712020 (during office hours) or by email to Alternatively you can write to me at 10 Victoria Gardens, Kilmacolm PA13 4HL. You can keep up to date with my work as a Councillor by visiting my blog: http://councillorstephenmccabe. and follow me on Twitter @CllrSMcCabe. Have a great summer. kilmacolm & quarriers

Kilmacolm Surgeries

PC Jamieson, the local neighbourhood officer will be holding a monthly surgery in the Community Centre between 10.30 - 11.30 am. Please pop in and see him if you want to share any concerns or need advice.

If you would like to play Bridge during the summer months why not come along to the Kilmacolm Community Centre on Monday evenings 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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Some more successful fundraising at the Kilmacolm Co-op

I was delighted to be able to attend the annual Houston Agricultural Show this year. There was a wide array of stalls including Houston Community Council, a dog show, and various competitions for horses, and cows as befits an agricultural show where local farmers can showcase their talents and breeds. Sometimes I think Renfrewshire Council forgets that while our towns have a proud industrial heritage and history, so too do the various village and rural communities in Renfrewshire also have a proud agrarian heritage and history. We are a county of rich diversity and I think it is good to celebrate what Renfrewshire farmers bring to us all.

Fun-loving sales assistants Margaret McAllister and Janet Holdsworth completed the 5k Bubble Rush event in Bellahouston Park.

Store manager Stephen Trainer said: “It was a great effort by them. They did really well and we received a lot of support from customers and raised quite a lot of money.”

Future Events Planning is well advanced for the annual Rotary Charity BBQ and Disco at Brookfield Village Hall on Friday 25th August. We can expect superb steaks and salmon, a wide range of salads and tasty sweets. As always, the disco music will suit Rotarians and their friends and there will be a big raffle with dozens of prizes. Tickets are available from members or via the website.

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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. houston, crosslee & brookfield

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Whilst dog fouling can sadly be found in all areas I am very sad that recently many constituents in Houston have raised this matter with me, as one which is persistent and very noticeable. I have asked the community wardens to increase their patrols in Houston and ask all residents to be vigilant and report episodes of dog fouling to the community wardens. This is such a shame as dogs are fantastic for families and as a dog lover, and former dog owner, I am clear there are no bad dogs, just bad owners who need to be more considerate. My advice surgery in Brookfield is on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6.30pm in Brookfield Village Hall, and my advice surgery in Houston is on the 4th Thursday of the month in Houston Village Hall, at 7.15pm, excluding July and Christmas. But I am also always available to constituents who can call me on 07768 130935, or e-mail me at cllr.audrey.

Houston Show - Quiz Between thunder and showers, alongside the usual Rotary Coconut Shy members sold quiz sheets. The questions had been taken from the recent Primary School Quiz. The prize – a meal at the Fox and Hounds kindly donated by Jason Andrews - for the first fully correct quiz sheet drawn out was won by Morven Feely. Questions and answers can be found on the club Facebook page. Proceeds shared between Mary's Meals and CHAS (Children's Hospice). houston, crosslee & brookfield

Brookfield News Summer Social

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H.O.S.T. The Carrick Centre, Houston (Houston Old School Trust) Woodlands Out of School: - Monday to Friday, 01505 615438 Coffee Shop: - Mon - Fri 9am - 4.30pm Sat, 9am - 4pm MONDAY Galaxy Summer Camp 10th 10am – 4pm

FRIDAY Yoga (7th, 14th) 10.30am M/s Lawson 01505 613690 Big Kids Little Learners 21st, 28th 1pm – 2pm Janine Neil 07870 697010


Galaxy Summer Camp 14th 10am – 4pm

Yoga (4th, 11th) 7pm M/s Lawson 01505 613690


Galaxy Summer Camp 11th 10am – 4pm

Councillors Surgery 8th 12.30pm



Community Council 19th 7.30pm

Baptist Church (weekly) 6pm

Galaxy Summer Camp 12th 10am – 4pm THURSDAY Folk Club (weekly) 8pm iaintdawson@ 07786 078952 Galaxy Summer Camp 13th 10am – 4pm

MP Surgery 14th 12.30pm – 1.30pm 11.30am –

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Brookfield’s annual ‘Summer Social’ took place on Sunday 4th June and despite much uncertainty over whether the weather would be favourable and allow the event to go ahead, the afternoon turned out to be warm and sunny – exceeding all expectations! Villagers were able to get together with family, friends and neighbours and enjoy a variety of refreshments from the bar. Entertainment was courtesy of Brookfield’s very own ‘Brass Necks’, who provided a selection of tunes. If there are any brass players in the local area who would like to get involved with the group, they would be delighted to hear from you! Please contact for more information. Gala Day Fingers will be well and truly crossed that the village Gala Day on Saturday 19th August will see a repeat of the fine weather enjoyed at the ‘Summer Social’. Planning is underway and any residents who would like to get involved and/or help at a stall on the day, please contact any member of the Village Council. Green space tidy-up: dates for your diary In the run up to Gala Day, the Gardening Club is planning to spruce up the village green spaces and would like to invite any willing residents to come along and help. Target areas are the Millennium Garden at the top of Victoria Road and the field. The areas at the foot of Albert Road and between Chuckie Lane and Burnside Avenue are also being considered.

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On Saturday September 30th Allander Jazz Band will entertain in the West Halls. More details in August advertiser.


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BIG-HEARTED shop staff in Kilmacolm have raised more than £1,000 for charity.

The Co-op customer team members handed £501 to Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock and the same to St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood in Renfrewshire.

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Weather permitting, the proposed dates are: Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th July and Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th August. Turn up anytime between 10am and 7pm – even if you can only spare half an hour. Just bring your own tools/gloves. A member of the group will be available to advise on what needs to be done. Any assistance would be much appreciated to help improve our community.

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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 Agricultural Show ~ Saturday 3rd June Prizes presented in Industrial section by May Montgomery formally of the Brown Egg Farm now owner of Ardardan Farm Shop garden centre & coffee shop.

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Prizes presented in Livestock by Agnes Crawford. Photos: Kate Cummings, Gryffe Camera Club

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Lochwinnoch Flower Power!! There was a fine turn out of the community garden group and other volunteers on Saturday the 3rd June to plant out more containers and hanging baskets around the village.

Planting round the village over Saturday was blessed with very good weather, all the helpers were supplied with tea, coffee, rolls and cakes from Sean at Heitage Farmers Market. Furthermore, Grame Lait has supplied many baskets on lamp posts to add to the colour over the summer and will keep the baskets watered. We plan to add more containers and baskets to the village year on year. Please feel free to come and help in the Autum when we will be taking out annuals and putting in the Spring bulbs! There will be announcements in the CC newsletter, community garden facebook page and posters in shop windows in the village. In addition, we also ran a plant stall at the Gala on Saturday 10th June to raise some money for the planters and flowers which was very a huge success. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

It is inevitable that now we are a four member ward that much of the comments and reports from Ward 9 councillors will be much the same. With four Community Councils attended by all four Councillors, any issue raised is very much the concern of all four Councillors. So if you feel you have ‘’Heard this all before’’ please bear with me. I will try to retain your interest by giving you snippets, that can be made public, from the Boards that I sit on, which are: Audit, Risk & Scrutiny (Convener). Communities, Housing & Planning Board. Education & Children’s Services Policy Board and Infrastructure, Land and environment Policy Board. I am also a Member of the Johnstone & the Villages Local Area Committee. One of the big issues which concerns all four villages is the lack of consultation and input with regard to local developments. Some while ago I took part in a research study into The Barriers to Community Engagement in the Planning System. The report was commissioned by the Scottish Government and the research was conducted by an independent consultancy team. The subsequent report from this consultation is five pages long but I quote just a few of the recommendations.

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I have written to the new Leader of Renfrewshire Council asking him to look at options for the cancellation of the £7 million Sports Amphitheatre in Paisley proposed by the last adminstration, and transferring that £7 million into upgrading the McKillop Institute, the Steeple Hall, and Howwood Village Hall. This technically should be viable as although RLL now run the service, the three buildings are still owned by the Council. Constituents will be aware that the prospective developers for the Johnshill development have appealed to DEPA against the decision of Renfrewshire Council to refuse the application, and I intend to write to DEPA upholding the decision of the Council to refuse, and explain in detail why to grant would be detrimental to the interests of Lochwinnoch. I also intend to speak at the DEPA Planning Hearing on 18th July to oppose the Branscroft Development proposed for Kilbarchan. I also wish to make my Howwood constituents aware that there is a new prospective planning application to build on Old Howwood Road between Spateston and the village. It was agreed at the end of March to keep the campaign going to upgrade the A737 by organising an A737 Partnership Group, which would include all local Ward Cllrs for Wards 8 and 9, and have all local CC’s represented. I have spoken to those Cllrs at that meeting who have been returned, and we wish to continue this on an all-party basis, which it was before. As an Independent I have agreed to convene the Group and have recently sent an invite out to all the new ward Cllrs asking if they wish to join. My advice surgery in Kilbarchan is on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Steeple Hall at 7.30pm, and my advice surgery in Howwood is at 6.30pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month, and then in Lochwinnoch the same night in the McKillop at 7.30pm, all excluding July and Christmas. But I am also always available to constituents who can call me on 07534 148224, tweet me on CllrAndy4Ward8 or e-mail me at

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Scottish Country Dance Classes Tuesdays in the McKillop Lochwinnoch at 7.30pm.

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We always have great fun and it's good exercise too! Phone Lorna Black 01505 843048 for more info.

Meets fortnightly on a Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm at Knit Knax, 37 High Street Johnstone, also weekly Thursday from 2pm to 4pm.

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In the morning the Renfrewshire Council Unpaid Work team arrived at 9.45am to move 30 containers to 5 locations. The Library, McKillop Hall, War Memorial, Calder Church and Lochbarr Services. In addition, they moved tons of soil to fill the containers. A huge thank you to them for a massive effort over the day!

Contact details: Pamela 07743156738 or email

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Howwood Community Council 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.

1. Creating the conditions that will give communities the confidence and motivation to engage with the planning system. 2. Learning from experience and good practice. Going the extra mile to help the seldom-heard have a voice. 3. The independent review panel was highly critical of the quality and effectiveness of community engagement in the Scottish planning system and that the third sector leaders have an overwhelmingly negative perception of the system. I hope that these few details will indicate that we are trying to ensure that we have a bigger say in matters concerning our villages. My surgeries are as follows:First Monday of the month at 6pm /7pm HOWWOOD Village Hall Second Monday of the month at 6pm/7pm KILBARCHAN Steeple Hall Third Monday of the month at 6pm/7pm JOHNSTONE Town Hall Fourth Monday of the month at 6pm/pm LOCHWINNOCH McKillop Institute Email: phone: 0300 300 1423

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The issues of speeding and traffic in the village were discussed at the May meeting of Kilbarchan Community Council. Renfrewshire Council and local Police were in attendance. Council officials have been asked to bring back traffic calming proposals to a future CC meeting, that will address the long standing concerns. Any proposal will be subject to further consultation with residents. Enforcement of the speed limit, or rather the lack of it has also been the subject of discussion. I am awaiting a response from the Crown Office to my enquiry as to why drivers who exceed the 30 mph speed limit up to 40mph are not being held to account. I will keep readers updated on these matters. On the issue of roads, I am pleased that the resurfacing and repair programme for both roads and pavements for 2017/18, set out before the council elections by the previous administration is taking shape. During July and August work on Stepends Road, and Harvey Terrace in Lochwinnoch will take place, along with Bridesmill Road, Hillfoot Drive and Mayfield Crescent in Howwood. In Kilbarchan resurfacing work in Easwald Bank, Well Road and Kibblestone Road is scheduled for August. As usual a number of traditional summer events have takes place in recent weeks. Lilias Day, Kilbarchan Agricultural Show, Lochwinnoch Gala Day, and Howwood fete were all enjoyed by kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie local folk. The ongoing success of all these events and others, is due in no small measure to the work of the volunteers and community activists ,who give freely of their time and H o w w o o d commitment. I want to let them know Parish Church that their efforts are much valued and are holding a appreciated. Holiday Club for Although I will not be holding surgeries in Primary School July I will be working hard throughout the children summer. Please contact me with any issue

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Lochwinnoch Golf Club Tea Dance

Tea Dance Lochwinnoch Golf Club have very generously offered to host a free Tea Dance on Wednesday 6th September 2pm till 5pm in support of the ‘Lochwinnoch Dementia Friendly Village’ initiative. To encourage fun and activity the tea dance will have music from’ Music Box’ a great dance group. In addition, Craig of Minicoach Tours (Howwood) is providing free transport from the McKillop Lochwinnoch from 1.45pm and returning at 5pm Open to all for more information or a free ticket call Morag on 07868 752814. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

Kilbarchan Fairtrade Group

Kilbarchan Fairtrade Group ran a stall at the Guide Centre on Lilias Day and followed it up with an unannounced popup stall in the parish church. Over £200 worth of goods were sold. Photo: Moira Smith and Moira Stark

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Old Library Centre Kilbarchan The volunteers and staff at the Centre wish to thank everyone who has used the Community Facility recently. They would also like to give a very big thanks to the numerous loyal supporters who give the Centre an annual donation. Remarkably some supporters have been giving to the Centre since 2001. As the present Chairman and having been a Board member since the renovation of the Library building after the Village protest at the closure of the Library in 1998, I am impressed by this vital support. Over the years we have not had a rise in new supporters. We ask for an annual donation of £5 for seniors and £10 for others. Support forms are available from the Centre. One of the Centre’s daily activities is to provide a place where people can meet, talk and feel part of Kilbarchan community. There is no charge for this, however, you can make a cup of coffee or tea for 70p and get a biscuit if available. Please do not feel lonely just come in. The Centre is open 10am - 12noon and 2pm – 4pm - Monday to Friday. However, the volunteers need a holiday and the Centre needs some renovation. The Old Library Centre is closing at 4 o’clock on Thursday, 29th June and reopening on Tuesday, 1st August. Classes will resume in August as follows: Tuesday

Craft Group 2pm


Yoga 10am and 7.30pm


1st Love Music (Toddlers) 10.45am –11.30am


Bridge 2pm

(Details will be posted on our website and our window) MP Surgery

Mhairi Black 2nd Friday of the month, except August

MSP Surgery

Tom Arthur 3rd Friday of the month.

We look forward to seeing you.


Monday 17th - Friday 21st July from 10am - 12noon. Crafts, games, stories, music. Come along and join in the fun! kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

Kilbarchan Book Group

On June 13th the Book Group wound up it’s summer reading with “To Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee the sequel “To Kill A Mockingbird” with cheese and wine. On September 5th at 7.15pm in Old Kilbarchan Library there will be the first autumn Book Group meeting when they will read “Exposure” by Helen Dunmore and “The Father” by Anton Svensson. All are welcome to attend. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie


The NWR group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays and has a varied programme of speakers and discussion topics. If you’d like to find out more about NWR and the Kilbarchan group, please contact the website: www.nwr. org.

Bishopton Teacher Shortlisted for Top Royal Horticultural Society Award A science teacher from Bishopton near Glasgow is in the running to be named the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) School Gardening Champion of the Year 2017, supported by Gabriel Ash. David Nicol, who teaches at the Good Shepherd Centre, is competing to win the prestigious national award which recognises a teacher or other adult who is passionate about encouraging gardening and an inspiration to the children they teach. The Good Shepherd Centre is a secure unit for vulnerable young people and David has worked at the centre for six years. He is up against three other finalists from Staffordshire, Gloucestershire and Hampshire who have also been shortlisted for the award. The winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey in July. In June a panel of gardening experts including BBC Gardeners’ World and ITV’s Love Your Garden presenter Frances Tophill will judge the entries and pick the category winners. As part of the judging process, David and the other finalists will create a fiveminute film demonstrating how they encourage gardening at their school. After the judging, the Good Shepherd Centre will receive an upright coldframe worth £699 donated by greenhouse manufacturer Gabriel Ash, and £250 in National Garden Gift Vouchers for their school. The finalists will also win a free place on an RHS Campaign for School Gardening training course and be awarded an engraved hand trowel trophy and framed certificate. For more details visit

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Lilias Day and Lilifest Success Despite the torential rain, hailstones, thunder and lightening Kilbarchan Lilias Day was a great success. Around 3,000 people turned out to support the day and join in the fun. After the brief downpour the sun came out and the festivities continued. Graeme Stockton said “it was fantastic to see so many smiling faces in the parade ... Even when the hailstones began and that so many people were braving the elements to watch. We really appreciate all the effort, time and creativity that people put in to making Lilias Day so special and unique” With the sunshining, the festivities continued in the park with entertainment from Britannia XIV Battle Reenactment taking on the kids of Kilbarchan; a grand tug of war with Kilbarchan Smile winning; the local derby between Bridge of Weir and Kilbarchan Primary with an added bonus of commentry from Clyde 1 DJ George Bowie; Jamie McArthurs music tent showcasing the best local up and coming talent and a whole range of entertainments for kids. Susan Calcluth, joint Chair added “for many of the local organisations such as the Scouts, The Kilbarchan Pipe Band and Parish Church, Lilias Day is the their biggest fundraiser of the year. It’s great to see the stalls do so well and the community supporting them in their fundraising efforts. Each year tens of thousands of pounds are raised for local organisations, charities and good causes.” Additional information

Prize winners:

FLOATS: 1st ~ Willy Wonka, Spateston Nursery n 2nd ~ Summer Garden, Kilbarchan Nursery Joint 3rd ~ Wizard of Oz, Stage Avenue and Pirates, Kilbarchan Primary DECORATED HOUSES: 1st ~ Harry Potter, the Quinn family 2nd ~ Beauty & the Beast, the Ramsay family 3rd ~ Peppa Pig, the Costigan family DECORATED BUSINESSES: 1st ~ Co-op 2nd ~ Bobbins n 3rd ~ Kilbarchan Vets


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TUG OF WAR: Kilbarchan Smile £1,000 Prize Raffle Winner: Babs Steele Photos taken by Susan Calcluth

Lilifest Success Lilifest, the exciting festival that is now an established part of the Kilbarchan Lilias Day Celebrations was enjoyed by hundreds of people this year. A varied programme featured international musicians, sellout events including; “An Evening With” event with Kilbarchan’s favourite son - Rev Ian Miller, The Gateway garden party, a Lego animation workshop led by Kilbarchan’s internationally-renowned Morgan Spence and the psychic evening with Sally Buxton. Festival-goers also enjoyed a fantastic evening of Barchan Mad Comedy with Scottish Comedian of the year Rosco Mcclelland, a concert by Village Voices & Kilbarchan Parish Junior Choir and other live music and Lilias-themed events in venues around the village. The festival was brought to a close with “Habbies Hoolie” family ceilidh at the Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre when one of Renfrewshire;s best-loved ceilidh bands, Clamjamfrie served up a rousing evening of music and dancing on the evening of the Kilbarchan Show. Festival organiser, Damon Scott, was delighted with the response: “It was fantastic to see so many people taking part and enjoying the Lilifest events and a huge thanks has to go to all the venues and organisations involved including; Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, The Old Library, Habbies and The Trust and Village Voices and the Junior Choir. Thanks also to all the people who attended Kilbarchan Smile’s Gateway Garden Party. Plans are already underway for next years’ festival. If any promoters or local organisations would like to make an enquiry about having their event included please email

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Hot Dogs It only takes a few minutes for a dog to suffer the effects of being left in a hot car. Even if a window has been left open or you are parked in the shade, it’s still not safe for your dog! How to keep your dog happy and healthy when on car journeys: Think twice about any car trips with your dog - avoid congested roads or busy times of day when they could overheat in the car if you are caught up in traffic If driving with your dog, plan your journey considering cooler times of the day and places to take breaks Keep windows open when driving with a dog in your car whilst ensuring they are safely restrained using a car harness, a travel crate or dog-guard. Make sure you have a supply of fresh water or know where you can stop off for water breaks. If a dog is showing any of the following symptoms it may be that they are suffering from heat stroke, dehydration or even sun burn:


 Red gums and tongue

 Heavy salivation

 Vomiting / diarrhoea

 Lack of co-ordination

 Loss of consciousness

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If a dog is suffering any of the above symptoms take the following steps:  Take out of the sun immediately  Cover with a cool wet towel  Get the dog to drink small amounts of cool water  Seek veterinary advice immediately For more information please visit

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Kennel Cough in Dogs Infectious tracheobronchitis, commonly known as kennel cough, is a canine respiratory infection caused by a virus and/or a bacterial infection of the upper airway causing coughing. Infection Kennel cough is airborne and very contagious. It can be transmitted by aerosols released when a sick animal coughs, by direct contact with an infected animal, or by the sharing of contaminated objects such as water bowls or toys. Symptoms A persistent cough that may sound as if something is caught in your pet’s throat. Symptoms usually develop three to ten days after exposure to an infected animal. Dogs usually remain bright and eat normally. Diagnosis There is no specific test for kennel cough, and diagnosis depends on excluding other causes of coughing by your vet taking a history and examining your dog. Treatment In most cases no medications are given since the disease is self-limiting and

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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.

A vibrant community and animal welfare project located in Erskine, Renfrewshire. We try our best to rescue and rehome as many animals as we can. If we cannot find a suitable forever home for our furry friends they will continue to live with us therefore there’s always new furries for you to meet. Open 7 Days A Week April-September: Mon/Wed/ Thu/ Sat/ Sun: 10.30am4.30pm Tue/ Fri: 9.30am-4pm A local Animal Rescue based in the West of Scotland, we rescue all animals big and small from guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens to cats, dogs and even donkeys! The rescue was setup by a local couple with a love for animals, they both work long hours and on top of that deal with the rescue at same time. The rescue has grown so much in the past few years we now have several volunteers. 07817 646427 or http://underheughark.

will run its course, much like a human cold. Cough suppressants and/or antiinflammatories may be used to keep your dog more comfortable while they are recovering. Most cases resolve within 2-3 weeks. In puppies, elderly dogs or those with existing illnesses, the condition can be more serious and can develop into pneumonia. Some strains of the infection can also be more severe than others. More serious cases are treated with oral antibiotics and cough suppressants. It is important to limit contact with other dogs while they are recovering to reduce spread of infection. Prevention There is an intra-nasal vaccination available for the prevention of kennel cough which goes up your dog’s nose in a spray. This lasts for 12 months. The protection provided is not 100% as there are multiple strains of infection which can cause kennel cough, but it does reduce the risk and will also reduce the severity of symptoms if your dog does catch kennel cough.

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Re-homing Pets Charlie & Belle - male & female domestic short-hairs Charlie and Belle are looking for a home together. Charlie is a nervous boy and would need a quiet home or a home with older children. Belle is friendly girl, likes to be brushed and will give you cuddles.

Please contact Deirdre: 07952 164554 or 01475 540666

Keeping cool in warm weather

Cardyke Farm, Langmuirhead Road, Auchinloch, Glasgow G66 5LD - Telephone 0141 779 3341

Belle Pulsar - 6 week old male hamster

Weldon - 1 to 2 year-old male guinea pig Weldon arrived in our care with his partner Denver after their owner could no longer look after them. They are now looking for their forever home. They enjoy being handled and will keep you amused with their antics.


The rising temperature in the warmer months can cause our pets to overheat, so follow the steps in our video to ensure your moggy doesn’t fall foul of the summer sun. Here are some tips:

Pulsar arrived in to our care with his brothers and sisters and he is now looking for his forever home. Pulsar Syrian hamsters can make excellent pets. They can be very active with great personalities. If raised and handled properly they’ll be your friends for life.

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Magnus has been missing from the Langbank area since mid November. Despite all my efforts with posters and rescue centres etc, there has not been one sighting of him. If you should see a cat fitting his description, PLEASE contact me. Magnus is still quite young (4), vivid ginger and white fluffy coat with a large bushy tail, and he’s quite shy.

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Maple - 1 to 2 year-old female lurcher

Maple is a sweet girl who loves to play games with toys! She loves to go for long walks in the country. Maple can live with children who are 14 years old or over and needs her own very secure garden to practice her training in. Maple needs to be the only pet in the home. Someone who has owned dogs like her before would benefit her and help her settle. A home with calm, quiet areas to walk in would also help her get used to her new environment. Due to her breed & high chase drive she needs to be walked on lead and muzzled. Maple needs several meets at the centre to build a relationship before going to her new home.

Hooper - 5 to 7 year-old male crossbreed Hooper is a special boy who is looking for a special home. He loves to give kisses and cuddles but it takes a long time to build up that trust so he needs a patient and committed owner. If you commit to him be assured that you will have a loyal friend for life. Hooper gets on great with other dogs and is very Hooper young at heart, like a big puppy! Initially he would need his owners to be around for most of the day but he could be left for a few hours once he is settled. Hooper does have some handling issues so we are looking for an adult only home with experienced owners. Our TBA would be looking for his training program to be continued at home and are happy to assist. Hooper will need a hands off home and this would be the case until Hooper has learned to trust his owners. He will need to have built a relationship at the centre for a long period of time to ensure the best start in his new home. A quiet home with few visitors is ideal and Hooper will need regular slow introductions to any new people.

Provide plenty of shade both inside and out. Think shrubs, cat hides and boxes!

Place fans around the house to keep the air circulating. Don’t point fans directly at your cat though

Freeze a bottle of water, wrap it in a towel or pillowcase and place it where your cat regularly goes. Ensure your cat can get away from the bottle if they choose and the bottle doesn’t leak!

Hydration is key! Encouraging your cat to drink more can be done in these ways: •

Place water bowls away from food bowls

Avoid plastic bowls. Use glass, ceramic or metal instead and make sure they are large with a big surface area

Keep the water topped up so your cat doesn’t have to put their heads into the bowls or are left without any water at all

Many cats prefer running water so try offering a cat fountain.

Putting water bowls in different places around the house will help cats always find somewhere to drink

Exposure to the sun can be a trigger-factor for a type of cancer that is more commonly seen in cats with unpigmented, white ears or noses so it is certainly a good idea to try to offer some protection, even though we know how much cats love to lie in the sun! If your cat has white fur try keeping them inside between 10am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest and speak to a vet about suitable sunblock for cats. If you are concerned about your cat’s health in the heat, have an elderly cat or kitten in poor health please speak to a vet. For more visit

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

Rescue Centres

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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The above full day course will cost £20 for Hessilhead members and £40 for non members. Registration at 10.15, end approx 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee provided. Will include practical sessions to give experience handling a variety of patients confidently and safely, with tips on how to examine and transport these patients. Also suggestions for feeding, housing and assessment for release.

The above courses will run from 2pm till 4pm. £10 for Hessilhead members, £20 for non members

This event will start at 8.30pm. £10 for Hessilhead members, £20 for non members. Bring a torch.

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Flaming June? More like Fickle June - the weather ranged from balmy to baltic! Take Bridge of Weir’s Gala Day, just a very few weeks ago. The less said about the rain the better, though the sun did shine towards the end of the event. As usual, Brighter Bridge of Weir had a presence, with our Strawberries ‘n’ Cream stall, and adjacent prize draw tent. Perhaps it could be said that the earlier rain was in keeping with the Gala theme, “Commotion in the Ocean”. Well, they say every cloud has a silver lining. Spirits weren’t dampened, though, and everyone involved was as enthusiastic as ever. Brighter Bridge of Weir had two prize raffles running, but at the Advertizer’s deadline, we didn’t have the final results in, however, you can find them on our website and Facebook page. In other news, we attended Renfrewshire Council’s Local Area Committee meeting at Gryffe High School on Tuesday 14 June. This is where groups such as ours find out if they will be recommended for a grant award in the coming financial year. Our application was well received and supported, but Council funds are under a lot of pressure these days, so we’ve got our fingers crossed. We rely entirely on public funding and donations from local residents and businesses, and every pound we get is spent on making Bridge of Weir brighter. We are enormously grateful for all the support that we receive, because it shows us that what we do is appreciated by local residents and businesses, and it encourages us to keep on ’Enhancing Our Community’. We also look forward to your involvement. If you have any thoughts on what you’d like us to achieve throughout Bridge of Weir, let us know. Contact us either through our website, or facebook. com/brighterbridgeofweir, or via Twitter @WeirBrighter.

If you witness a suspected wildlife crime in action call 999 immediately and ask for the police. For all other enquires call your local Police on 101. Alternatively, contact your local Police Force directly. If you wish to anonymously report a wildlife crime online please contact Crimestoppers.

Duchal House, By Kilmacolm Eighteenth century walled garden particularly well planted and maintained, entered by footbridge over the Greenwater. Species trees, hollies, old fashioned roses, shrubs and herbaceous borders with fruit orchards and vegetable garden. Also in the garden are azaleas and a lily pond.

DIRECTIONS On the B788 one mile from Kilmacolm (this road links B786 Lochwinnoch Road and A761 Bridge of Weir Road) Greenock/Glasgow bus via Bridge of Weir. Knapps Loch stop is a ¼ mile from garden. Well signposted from Bridge of Weir/Kilmacolm Road GARDEN OPENINGS Saturday 15th July 2pm - 5pm

ADMISSIONS £5.00 Ardgowan Hospice receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

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Exactly one year ago, in our July update, Colourful Kilmacolm had to report the theft of some plants from the Port Glasgow layby. Unfortunately we have again suffered, this time from vandalism. Our gardeners spent a busy morning towards the end of May preparing the summer displays at our various sites around the village. When we had finished, the large planters in the Piazza were already looking good, with carefully placed trailing plants around the edges, non-stop begonias next, then taller ones rising up to the half-standard hollies in the centre which we have been gradually shaping into balls over the last 18 months. The overall effect was obviously lost on those who, on the last weekend of May, decapitated 4 of the 6 hollies. If the perpetrators are now feeling any remorse, Colourful Kilmacolm is always ready to accept financial donations. £100 would cover the damage. Elsewhere our displays are beginning to show colour. At the moment one of the best areas is the large embankment at the Pullman, shown here. Of course a little more sun would help, but let’s hope that is still to come. As mentioned last time, our next task is to complete the planting at the improved Market Place area. It is still quite a shady spot but we hope to

Kilmacolm Horticultural Society A great day out to Crarae Gardens and Inveraray for members of Kilmacolm Horticultural Society was enjoyed in June. Now we look forward to the annual Flower Show. The date this year is Saturday 2nd September, venue is the New Community Centre, Kilmacolm, the Show opens to the public at 11am, with prizegiving at 3.30pm. Schedules detailing the classes in various Sections, Flower, Vegetable, Pots and Planters, Novices, Kitchencraft, Floral Art, and Childrens sections are available now. Please phone for a copy to Jill Russell, Show Secretary, on 01505 872393, or ask at the Centre for more details. With a growing number of younger gardeners enjoying green-fingered success we are hoping for more entries into the Novices classes. Help is given with the simple staging process when you come along on the night before the Show with your exhibits. Give it a try, be proud of your gardening skills and show off your results to the admiring public at Kilmacolm Flower Show.

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be able to choose plants that will tolerate some shade and yet still give a good show. Colourful Kilmacolm is open to all. If you are able, you can choose to be an active gardener, helping when you can with looking after the displays, but we also welcome non-active members. The very modest £5 annual subscription supports our efforts. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website or you can phone Peter (01505 872448) or Liz (07963 973031).

Fantastic Family Storytelling Fun Fantastic family storytelling fun was had on 28th May Kilbarchan Smile’s Gateway Garden Party with wellknown Kilbarchan based storyteller Anne Pitcher. Sheltered safe from the wind and rain under a gauzy gazebo, the children were delighted with Anne’s many puppets, props and curious soundmakers as they encountered a grumpy great big giant, the king and queen of the fairies, magical scarecrows and many more story characters. All Anne’s stories were t h e m e d a r o u n d growing and around recycling and re-using. Also on the day there were stalls manned by local community groups. All enjoyed the free hot dogs and drinks throughout the day. The Gateway Garden was created from an old petrol station and is an amazing achievement for the dedicated Kilbarchan Smile team for the community of Kilbarchan - thanks go to them for a wonderful day. This event was part of Lilifest - a festival held in the run up to Lilias Day.

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Welcome to Scotland’s largest Regional Park Summer Adventure Courses Booking Fast! Outdoor activity courses are booking up but there are still spaces available. Choose from kayaking/ canoeing, sailing and multi-activity. Why not keep your kids busy! All courses can be booked using the online booking system. Pedal the Park Raises over £2k for CLIC Sargent: Clyde Muirshiel and Ride 63 handed over a cheque for £2050 to CLIC Sargent in Scotland. Thank you to all participants! Missed out this year? Sunday 22nd April has just been announced for 2018. Beith Camera Club Photo Display: A beautiful selection of images are currently on display in Castle Semple Cafe above the lochside windows for everyone to enjoy. The group meet next on Thursday 14th September if anyone is interested in joining them. Check out their website for more info.

Project News

What a busy month! We have managed to tag three Lesser Black-backed Gulls so far and the data has already started to come in. Two of our gulls, 10P:C and 9P5C were caught on the roof of Greenock Police station and are awaiting to be named by the local community the police work with. So far the data shows that both birds have completely different foraging habits. ‘10P:C’ likes to go up to the local primary school to hoover up the leftovers whereas ‘9P5C’ prefers to take a tour around the countryside and feeds in the surrounding fields. After his three chicks hatched his movements changed again and he has started to head across the Clyde to feed.

Clyde Muirshiel Munchkins: This month this Brand NEW Pre 5’s Nature Club will meet the Wise Owl. It’s on at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre on Wed 16 July, 10.3011.30am; full details including booking can be done online.

Our third gull, ‘15P:C’, was hand caught at Castle Semple Visitor Centre. After he was tagged he headed away to Dalry, then to Little Cumbrae before going to Horse Isle where it looks like he may have a nest. The tags collect data locations between 10-15 times a day. This means that our gulls may turn up at a location but we don’t get a data point which is what happened yesterday when 15P:C was spotted at 6pm feeding at the quarry pond at Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue along with 100+ other gulls. It’s amazing what we are discovering at the moment. Three gulls down, nine more to go.

Wild on Wednesdays: A summer holiday wildlife and survival skills club! Join us every week for some family fun. Book online, £5 per person or call 01475 521 458. A different topic every week.

Do you have a birthday coming up or are you interested in supporting our gull project? We are offering Gull Adoption Packs where you can sponsor one of the gulls for £25 and in return you will receive an adoption certificate, factsheet, monthly email updates and a fluffy gull to call your own. Look for details on the website or email to find out more.

Pound & Pace 2017: The annual charity walk attracted 45 walkers and raised over £200 for the Renfrewshire Classrooms to Malawi fund.

One of the projects aims is to train volunteers in the use of our camera traps. The joys of camera trapping are that you never know what you might capture. We are looking for volunteers to use and monitor our camera traps for 3 month periods. All training will be provided and it is something that only requires a couple of hours a week to collect and go through the footage. If you would like to find out more then please contact me on

Enter the BOG Stomp! The 10km off road trail run is back for 2017 on Sunday 3rd September. The event leaves Greenock Cut Visitor Centre and takes in a challenging (short but steep) Inverclyde hill, but you are rewarded with stunning views down the River Clyde. Enter via the Clyde Muirshiel website, price £20, £5 going to Erskine and includes medal & technical t-shirt. Look out your running shoes and get training now! Ride 63 Community Cycle Club: Tuesday evening is the current ride night, meeting outside RT Cycles in Glengarnock at 6.40pm or at Castle Semple at 7pm 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 for a membership form and ride info. Tag-n-Track Project update It’s time for the monthly roundup from Project Officer Hayley Douglas. TnT is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde LEADER and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

Event News Can you tell the lesser black-backed gull from the Greater? If not then join us for ‘Gallivanting with Gulls’. It’s a free guided walk to help improve your gull and other bird ID skills. They take place on Saturday the 8th of July at Lunderston Bay and on Sunday the 9th of July at Castle Semple Visitor Centre, both 1-2.30pm. You can book your FREE place online at or by phoning 01505 614 791 in office hours. More Info… Details can be found on the Park’s website or by emailing The Project has its own Facebook Page which can be found at 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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This July, wild family fun is closer than you think. Whether the sun is shining or the rain is falling, the summer holidays are the perfect time to get outdoors and spend some quality time together. Wander through the wildflower meadow in the sunshine and see how many butterflies and bees you can spot, or take a stroll through the woodland and splash in muddy puddles in the summer rain - at RSPB Lochwinnoch there is plenty to do no matter the weather! This summer we have lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Come along to the reserve any day throughout the school holidays and take part in an Explorer Challenge. Pick up a pack in the visitor centre and then head out to explore the trails and take part in the different activities – with a new theme every week there is so much to discover. With pond dipping and bug hunting on offer too, RSPB Lochwinnoch is the perfect place for a fun family day out. This summer why not take advantage of a great offer too? Pop on to the RSPB website, download your Half Price Family Voucher and enjoy a great value day out with 50% off entrance fees to the reserve trails! For more information about the reserve or any of our events, please call 01505 842 663 or email

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Kilbarchan Smile’s Gateway Garden Party Continues To Grow Community Spirit Its summertime! Come and enjoy the Gardens, woodland and play areas including the infamous Pirate Ship! Wildlife Highlights We have a cuckoo on site! I heard it this morning. These birds are a rare sight. They are on the Red List of endangered species, so hopefully you can come see or hear one. They fly all the way from Africa each year to have their young. We also have chiff chaff, a pair of stock doves and jackdaws. Gardens Come and enjoy an array of summer flowers such as Calmia, Stewartia, Philadelpus, Hydrangeas, agapanthus and the special Serpentine, Herbaceous border.

Around 200 people attended Kilbarchan Smile’s Gateway Garden Party as part of Lilifest 2017, the festival of events that is part of the Lilias Day celebrations. Cara Batin, Miss Lilias and her attendant Niamph Haywoode marked the occasion by planting some flowers ahead of their duties at Lilias Day. The event celebrated the completion of the latest phase of development of the garden that recently received some additional “Stalled Spaces” funding. The family fun day featured Loud and Proud (Andrew O’Donnell), Fairtrade and LEAP stalls. A plant sale and gardening

Events Tuesday 18th Woodland Fairy Hunt

Saturday 2nd Falconry Day


1-3pm Visit the birds of prey and take a walk around their homes and get up close and personal with the winged hunters. Followed by a flying display (weather dependent).

Join our Rangers and search for the hidden Fairy Doors throughout the forest then make your own to take home. £2.50 for materials Thursday 20th Butterfly Hunt

Tuesday 4th Den Building

1–3pm 1-3pm

Join the Rangers and see who is a budding Bear Grylls. Thursday 6th Scavenger Hunt

Help our Rangers find those elusive butterflies and contribute to our species identification. Sunday 23rd Pirate Day 1–3pm

1–3pm Aimed at children aged 5-10. Use the clue sheet to find the answers. Prizes for completing the course. Sunday 9th Teddy Bears Picnic 1-3pm Join the Rangers and Tickles the Clown celebrating all things teddy bear. Picnic and games in the gardens with a fabulous show from Tickles the clown. Prizes for best fancy dress. Tuesday 11th Bug Box making 1-3pm Join our Rangers and make fun bug boxes for your garden. £2.50 for materials. Thursday 13th Orienteering 1-3pm A Ranger guided walk through the forest. Bring boots and coats. Saturday 15th Wild Night 5pm-8am The Finlaystone overnight camp. Join the Rangers for fun and burgers and sing into the wee small hours. Kids will enjoy the bat walk and Den Building. Tent, warm clothes, waterproofs and BBQ food required. Adults £10, Children £5.00. Prebooking essential.

Dress as a scurvy buccaneer and practice your best Arrg! Drama and shouting a plenty. Prize for best dressed pirate. Saturday 29th Wild Night 5pm–8am The Finlaystone overnight camp. Join the Rangers for fun and burgers and sing into the wee small hours. Kids will enjoy the bat walk and Den Building. Tent, warm clothes, waterproofs and BBQ food required. Adults £10, Children £5.00. Prebooking essential. Sunday 30th Falconry Day 1–3pm Visit the birds of prey and take a walk around their homes. Get up close and personal with the winged hunters. Followed by a flying display (weather dependent).

activities. It also featured the Big Bike Revival with bike maintenance and a bike swap. Young Habbies joined Kilbarchan storyteller Anne Pitcher for some interactive storytelling fun along with puppets, props, sound makers and songs. Hot dogs and refreshments were served up by Kilbarchan Guides. Joint Chair of Kilbarchan Smile, Damon Scott said: “We were delighted with the turnout and now have more people interested in getting involved to help out and set up their own growing areas within the garden.” It is hoped that the garden will encourage more local people to get involved, develop an interest in gardening and grow their own plants. There is a regular programme of gardening events and activities as well as a “minibeast hotel”. Joint Chair, Gail Scoular, said: “We’d really like to encourage 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 great opportunity for people who don’t have gardens or don’t have space in their gardens, to get into gardening. It is a really healthy outdoor pastime and we’re actively encouraging the growing of vegetables and herbs.” Gail adds: “The open day was an opportunity for local people to come and have a look at the space, meet the volunteers and find out more about getting involved. It was also an opportunity for us to thank our volunteers for all their hard work and to thank our funders and other supporters their input including invaluable help from Renfrewshire’s Community Payback team.” The Gateway Garden is a Stalled Spaces project and brought the site of a petrol station, derelict for 20 years back into community use. There are drop in sessions at the Gateway Garden every 2nd Sunday of each month from 1pm-3pm (although members have access any time they want). The next session is on Sunday 9th July with gardening and wildlife activities and a planning meeting is also being organised for July, if you would like to get involved, help generate ideas and plans for the future contact Kilbarchan Smile via the Facebook page, email hello@ or phone 07952 169 341. Kilbarchan Smile is looking for volunteers to help with the running of the garden from maintenance, to admin and publicity. To get involved email info@ or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

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July Summer is progressing This is often one of the hottest months of the year and a great time to sit out and enjoy your garden. Keep plants looking good by regularly dead-heading, and you’ll enjoy a longer display of blooms. Make sure you keep new plants well watered, using grey water where possible, and hoe off weeds, which thrive in the sunshine.

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4 Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering 5 Pick courgettes before they become marrows 6 Treat apple scab 7 Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up

Top 10 jobs this month

8 Order catalogues for next year’s spring-flowering bulbs

1 Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt 2 Care for houseplant while on holiday

9 Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed

3 Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise

10 Harvest apricots, peaches and nectarines

Supreme Sacrifice Bridge of Weir and the Great War 100 years ago May 1917

100 years ago July 1917

Private Robert Burns, 10th Lancashire Fusiliers

Private Henry Strang, 16th Highland Light Infantry

Captain W Speirs Barr, 18th Highland Light Infantry

Private James Pollock, 15th Highland Light Infantry

The Battle of Arras had claimed four men from the village in April, and it wasn’t done yet. Although the French offensive on the Aisne had been disastrous and was finally abandoned on 9th May, Haig asked more of the British forces, mainly to encourage the French to keep fighting. On the morning of the 12th May the 17th (Northern) Division launched an attack on “Charlie” trench to the east of Arras. Three companies of the 10th Lancashire Fusiliers stood ready on a clear summer morning, the massed troops readily visible to German aircraft patrols. At 0630 a creeping barrage was laid down by British guns, but the Germans put down a counter-barrage immediately, turning no man’s land into a dense fog of smoke and dust. One company made it as far as the German trenches, but their flanks were exposed and they were driven out within twenty minutes. Of the 600 or so men who attacked, the war diary reports 13 officers and 226 other ranks killed or wounded, one of whom was Robert Burns from Bridge of Weir.

Sapper Walter McWilliam, Royal Engineers

Robert was born in Glasgow, the son of a coachman James Burns, and Margaret Jaffray. Robert and his brother James were later living in Gryfe Castle Cottage, probably as chauffeurs, and both enlisted in the Army Service Corps as drivers. Robert was later transferred to the battalion that lost so heavily that day. To the south of Arras, in early 1917, the Germans had completed a managed withdrawal from an exposed salient to the heavily fortified Hindenburg Line. The new British front line was still being established in May, when the 18th HLI took over a sector near Villers-Guislan. The 18th had been established as a “bantam” battalion of men under the regulation height of 5ft 3in. What they lacked in height they made up for in the ferocity of their brawling and indiscipline, and were nicknamed “The Devil Dwarfs”, a tough unit for their raw second lieutenant from Bridge of Weir, Speirs Barr, in April 1915, but he coped well, and gained two promotions, achieving Captain by early 1917 by which time the bantam project had been abandoned, the condition of volunteers having deteriorated from tough, pugnacious “little-uns”, to under-developed or sickly specimens from the towns. The 25th May war diary reports “the attitude of the enemy in this sector is quiet with little artillery fire. At night there is considerable M.G. [machine gun] & Rifle fire”. But a bullet is a bullet whether fired in the pitched Battle of Arras or a quiet sector further south, and Captain Barr was fatally wounded that night, the sole casualty of his battalion. He was a Glasgow Academy boy, youngest of the Barr family, and an ironbroker to trade. A territorial, he was mobilised as a private and served in France from November 1914, returning in April 1915 for his commission, and again in September 1916, this time to marry Isobel Gilmour at Glencloy, Montrose Terrace. He was 22 years old, and the third Barr brother to be killed. His mother Mary died at Rockcliff, Manse Lane the following year. His widow Isobel never re-married. The village had now lost 36 young men, but they were grieved by many more.

Despite 150,000 casualties at Arras, some territory was gained, especially on the first day, and Haig, reinforced by flawed intelligence reports, convinced himself that Germany was about to crack and that one more offensive could win the war. This was planned for the Ypres salient, with naval support through an amphibious landing on the Belgian coast combined with an army breakout from Nieuwpoort, the only Belgian port in Allied hands. It had been flooded in 1914 to prevent the Germans taking it. The 32nd Division replaced French forces there in June 1917, but the Germans read the signs correctly and launched a pre-emptive strike, Operation Strandfest, on 6th July. Two young lads from Bridge of Weir were in the front line. Henry Strang had joined the Boys Brigade Battalion and James Pollock the Glasgow Tramways Battalion. Henry was the son of Peter Strang, a bank clerk from St George’s Terrace, and Janet Scobie. James was a railway clerk, son of James Pollock, a gardener living in Cooperative Terrace, and Elizabeth Kerr. Although in the same Division of 18,000 men, they were in different brigades and unlikely to have met. Henry was the first to die, victim of a shellburst (possibly British) on a night-raid on enemy trenches on 6th July. Nine days later James was killed in another night-raid attempting to retake a section of trench lost a few nights earlier. James was 21 and Henry, who had probably concealed his true age when he volunteered in 1914, was just 19 years old. That same month, 5,000km away in Mesopotamia (now Iraq), Sapper Walter McWilliam was in the Army Signals Company attached to GHQ of General Maude’s British Army in its campaign against the Turks. Walter was 33, married to Jessie Urquhart, and an inspector with the National Telephone Company in Glasgow before enlisting. It seems the McWilliam family moved from Dennistoun to Windsor Place, Bridge of Weir in 1916. By July 1917, a British force had reached the town of Ramadi on the Euphrates. “Our column was in touch with the Turk early on the morning of the 11th, and had made some progress in the assault, when, on account of a dust storm which interrupted communications, both wire-less and land line, the order for the attack was cancelled. The day marked the beginning of an abnormal heat wave, abnormal even in a land where the sun is an habitual scourge. Men in camps and officers leading sedentary lives were struck down with sunstroke or heat exhaustion; to march or fight under these conditions was to invite disaster.” The assault on Ramadi was abandoned. It was finally taken in September 1917, but without the help of Walter who, like several hundred fellow soldiers, had died of heatstroke in the fearsome Mesopotamian heat of July 1917.

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Kilmacolm and Quarriers Scout News Kilmacolm Flush With Success The Cubs finished off their Toilet Twining project with a brilliant presentation to parents on everything they’d learned about the charity and the huge benefits school children abroad will receive from their new toilet block built from the £260 our Cubs raised. This work contributes to their World Challenge badge. Guides’ Centenary Gift Kilmacolm Scouts presented a framed neckie to Kilmacolm Guides when they celebrated their Centenary. Intrepid Scouts Fourteen intrepid Scouts undertook an expedition into the wilds of Clyde Muirshiel Park. They all took turns in navigating in typical Scottish weather. Hammock camp for Explorers Members of James Arthur ESU, Ardgowan, Finnart and Terra Nova explorers spent a night in their hammocks camping at Everton after a day of helping out with the District Beavers. Prison visit for Explorers A joint adventure took James Arthur Esu, and Terra Nova Explorers from Greenock and District, and the Kilbarchan Explorers from Renfrewshire to Greenock Prison on Sunday evening. The young people had a fascinating tour of the prison, thanks to John Storrie for organizing the trip. Kilmacolm Scouts hit the jackpot Or at least, visitors to Kilmacolm show did when they encountered the Scouts’ human fruit machine and burger stall. A massive thank you to every helper young and not so young for making the day such a huge success. All the burgers were sold and all the prize pineapples given away. Hotdog mountain for pipers For the third year in a row, the sun shone for Johnstone Pipe Band at their, now annual, outside practice in Quarriers Village as guests of QV James Arthur Explorer Scouts. The Explorers worked hard to feed the Grade 1, Grade 4 and Novice Juvenile bands (and their families). JAESU were joined by Blair Ross from Network. Cubs play a round 45th Cubs (Quarriers Village) had a fabulous evening trying their hands at golf. They were guests of the Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club, Bridge of Weir. Thanks very much to the Club for making the Cubs welcome. There are certain to be some new members from their numbers. Explorers pose 20 questions West met West, and even Wester, at Explorer Scouts. Leaders from Kilbarchan Explorers and Renfrew Sea Scouts (and Bishy Network) met the James Arthur Explorers from Quarriers Village, and the Terra Nova Explorers from Port Glasgow. It was fires and twenty questions, as they had to work out the jobs of the guests. Occupations included magazine designer, surgeon, prison officer, mechanic and funeral director. Thanks to everyone. Beavers sleep with the sharks An extremely excited colony of beavers from 45th (Quarriers Village) spent a memorable night at the Sea Life Centre at Loch Lomond. The youngsters enjoyed a tour of the exhibits, a movie and hotdogs before settling down to sleep under the big fish tank. Thanks to leaders for organising.



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


Kilbarchan Tots

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

Bridge of Weir Toddlers

Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, BoW

Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am

Kilmacolm Playgroup

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

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am



Kilmacolm Toddlers

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

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

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

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am


Houston Toddlers

Church Hall, Main Street, Houston

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Kilmacolm Playgroup

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


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

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Houston Primary Rotary Winners! On 23rd May Tylar Pollock, Emma Laird, Ben Stevenson, Luke Wilson, Peter Boyd and Sarah Donnelly proudly represented Houston Primary School, at the Rotary District Final, in Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. There were twenty other schools from all over the West Coast of Scotland taking part and we won! The pupils had worked extremely hard since winning the regional final earlier this year, giving up their playtimes, lunchtimes and even their evenings to work together to improve their general knowledge. What a hard working and dedicated team. Well done to all. Farewell to P7 On the 22nd June we officially said farewell to our wonderful P7 pupils at the Valedictory Service in Houston and Killlellan church. Parents of P7 pupils were invited to attend to share in this very special moment. Loch Insh

P7 pupils have just returned from Loch Insh and had a wonderful adventure away from home and from technology. Each day they had three adventurous activities to participate in and then it was time for bed. The most popular activities were windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking. Fantastic Forest Fun Day On Monday 5th June the whole school went on an amazing adventure to the forest. They visited the Craigends Yew and gave it a giant hug and then went bug hunting in the woods. Meanwhile back at school other pupils were building dens from cardboard boxes, long sticks and old sheets, photographing nature and making transient art pictures. The children reported that it was the best day ever, but it wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the ever enthusiastic staff team, Rangers from Clyde Muirshiel and our willing group of parent volunteers. Another year has passed and what a busy one it has been. We wish all our families a wonderful summer holiday and look forward to seeing them in August. A huge thank you to the amazing staff team at Houston Primary School for an action packed year. H�p�� H��id�y�!

St Fillan’s Primary St Fillan’s are very proud of the achievement of Grace Clark in Primary 5. Grace won top place in her year group in the Scottish Engineering Young Leaders Award. Our pupils were asked – “If you were an engineer, what would you do?”. As part of our STEM programme (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) pupils interview engineers about their work and then look to solve problems that affect them, their families, Scotland or the world in general. There were over 12,000 entries and as well as Grace winning in her year group we also had 5 children whose work was highly commended. Two of these pupils had their work on display in the Barony Hall, Strathclyde University. Grace designed a scanner that alerts you when your food is nearing its out of date time. Well done all.

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Abbey Nursery Well summer is really here now and all the ‘formal’ celebrations and events have taken place. In particular the children’s Graduation in June was a wonderful event with the children holding their audience for nearly an hour with certificates being presented and a performance of “Our trip to Africa” which included characters and songs in English and Spanish. What a joy to see all the children so confident and how big they look now in our playroom. Adiós and have fun at your new school.

All playrooms are now moving into their summer programmes and there are the classic suggestions of Beach Week and Teddies Picnic but also Sports Week (to coincide with Wimbledon); Disney Week, Science Week and World Week to there is plenty of variety to suit all the children’s interests! We recently had another very big celebration at the nursery as our Manager, Beth Morris celebrated 20 years with Abbey Nursery and such a great achievement could not be ignored. After being surprised by banners and balloons on her arrival at nursery, all the staff and children got together in the one room to present her with lots of gifts, flowers and a special cake and sang songs whilst she did well not to shed many tears. Beth has shared in the lives of so many children in and around the area over this time and her care and interest in their progress has been fantastic – well done Beth. The younger children have been getting their hands dirty as well at nursery planting seeds and seeing how tall their plants can grow both indoors and outdoors. Finally, can we take this opportunity to encourage any new parents to use the summer to look around the nursery if they are looking for childcare as we only have a few places available in the 3-5 playroom and a waiting list of six months for places in the under 3’s.

Tennis Camp Monday 10th - Friday 14th July 10am - 3pm A week of tennis coaching, learning new skills and developing existing skills, in a fun, relaxed and social environment. Daily tennis tournaments as well as Wimbledon being shown live. Certificates and medals for each child attending. Booking in advance essential - £8 per day, £35 week (concessions available) Beith Astro, Meadowside Pavillions, Beith KA15 1BY

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Since our last news we have had 2 sell out performances of our summer show, ‘Rats the Musical’. The boys and girls from P4-7 worked so hard to learn their lines, songs and actions and received rave reviews from parents and friends. Well done to everyone and our thanks to the adults who gave their time to assist in rehearsals, with costumes and face painting.

English trip to Kelvingrove (By Emily Anderson S2)

P6 have been busy over the last few weeks with Mrs McPherson, learning how to cycle safely before being assessed for their Bikeability Scotland Award. The boys and girls have been learning basic skills e.g. balance, control and making turns, before moving on to learning basic skills on the road, including turning at junctions and training on the road outside the school. Our school participated in the Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge recently, walking miles and miles around our MUGA to raise funds for Malawi. The boys and girls walked a total of 15million steps and received a trophy from Inverclyde Clyde Council to reward their efforts. Thanks to Miss Grant for leading the initiative and parents who contributed to our fundraising. This year we were lucky enough to receive funding which allowed the whole school to travel to Edinburgh Zoo free of cost. We visited across two days, including visits to see the pandas, and it is safe to say that everyone had a super day out. Our thanks to Suzie Cunningham and ‘Mueller’, for their generosity. The boys and girls in Primary 6/5 culminated their topic on Titanic with a visit to The Titanic Experience in Belfast. It was a very early start and a very late finish but well worth the long journey. The boys and girls had an absolutely fabulous day, seeing first hand all the things they had learned about in class. Thanks to Mrs McPherson and Mrs Hoodless for organising and all the parent helpers who also had a great day out.

Duchal Nursery We have had an action packed summer term, full of fun and learning. We’ve watched our caterpillars turn in to beautiful butterflies, visited our local miniature steam railway, helped feed goats and taken some alpacas for a walk!! As well as sports day and our end of term summer concert, where the children really excelled themselves with some brilliant performances in front of a packed audience! With our extended hours until 3.30pm we really have had a busy 50th year at Duchal. It is scary to think that by the time you are reading this, our year will be over and we will have said “au revoir” to our older children going off to school – we wish you all lots of luck, please come back and visit us!! However more importantly the end of term has seen the retirement of Mrs Jean McCarthy who has been our head teacher for 15 years. We will all miss her boundless enthusiasm and dedication to every child that has been through the Duchal red door over the years. We are however delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Judy Ormond as our new Head Teacher, who will confidently lead Duchal into it’s 6th decade. With her years of experience in early years education she is perfectly suited to deliver the very best start in life to all our children, and see the nursery go from strength to strength.

Our S2 English class took a class trip to Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, as part of our ‘Scotland’ Unit. In the course of our visit, we enjoyed the many exhibits and as we ate lunch, we listened to the organ player as he showed his amazing skills. We learned about the art and the history of Scotland and visited paintings by such world famous artists as Salvador Dali. The museum is full of ancient artefacts and is perfect for a day out, if you want to find out about our traditions and culture. There are collections from all over the world, not only Scotland. This trip was so useful in showing us what Scotland was like in the past, as well as the many famous Scots who have made a success of their lives. There is so much to learn and take pride in. The museum is in the west end of the city of Glasgow and has recently been refurbished. Entry is free and so, many tourists came along to learn about Scotland. If you go along, I’m sure you will enjoy your time at this beautiful location! Million Miles Challenge (By Tammi Lynne S5) The pupils of Port Glasgow High School participated in the Million Miles Challenge to raise money for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital. The whole school joined in on our 4 mile walk, run or jog on the 21st of April. PGHS sports leaders organised the event and advertised it in school and the local community. Despite the cold and wet day, everyone got involved. We even had teachers cycling. It was a day to remember! We raised a grand total of £413 for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.

Skills Academy (By Claire Steele S4) From the 15th to the 26th of May, a selection of S4 pupils from Port Glasgow High school took part in a Skills Academy, a variety of workshops which helped us develop our skills and potential in areas like employability, hospitality, digital literacy and teamwork. We participated in an online health and safety course which enabled us to receive a Level 2 Award in food safety/catering and a Heartstart training program, where we learned how to carry out CPR and use defibrillators in the event of an emergency. We also worked on our employability skills and learned what employers are looking for, which will have an important impact in our futures. We also worked with our Home Economics teacher and local employers to develop our skills in hospitality by making a few desirable dishes. Finally we took part in a variety of team building activities like paint balling, which we all thoroughly enjoyed and were able to take away something positive from the experience. Overall, the Skills Academy was a helpful and enjoyable experience which achieved its purpose of developing our many skills in important areas which we will need in our lives after school. Follow us on Twitter @PortGlasgowHS and @PGHS_PE_

To keep up to date with all the latest news, visit our website and our FaceBook page. Finally a note from all the children and parents - a BIG THANK YOU to all our fantastic staff who make Duchal so much fun, we’ve had a wonderful year.

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Gryffe High School Scottish Cup Final – Match Report Thursday 8th June marked a historic day for Gryffe High School as the Under 15s football team achieved national success, winning the Scottish Shield for the first time in the school’s history. With the competition stretching nationwide, it filtered down to a Gryffe HS vs. Dumfries HS final, with both parties bringing an impressive crowd to the Excelsior stadium, home of Airdrie FC.

A team of secondary school pupils are over the moon after hearing their science experiment will be launched into outer space and carried out by astronauts on the International Space Station. The sky-high feat is their reward for taking part in Mission Discovery Renfrewshire – a week-long space school, hosted by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and run by the International Space School Education Trust (ISSET). The teams were made up for 200 school pupils from Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire, mentored by a UWS student alongside a panel of space experts, including former NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, to devise a science experiment that could be conducted in outer space.

The first half seen nail biting chances missed from both teams, with Gryffe High School dominant for large spells of the play but both teams looking nervous. As the rain continued to pour, both teams somehow entered the changing rooms at halftime goalless. As Dumfries started to apply more pressure and remain difficult to break down defensively, it took excellent keeper distribution and an Iain McIntosh header in the middle of the park before the Gryffe supporters could edge even further forward on their seats. With Alex Quinn reading the play and racing onto the ball, he showed terrific composure to lob the advancing goalkeeper from outside the box and see the ball hit the back of the net. With 15 minutes to go and Gryffe 1-0 up, central defender Andrew Melville led the way to Gryffe keeping possession, staying organised and applying even more pressure. This resulted in Alexander McCaw’s tight angled effort being carried away by the Dumfries goalkeeper only as far as Alex Quinn, who finished from close range ensuring the tie was all but over. As the final whistle blew, both teams were presented individual medals and on pitch celebrations followed. Captain Alexander McCaw lifted the Scottish Shield for Gryffe High School and all pupils, parents and staff savoured the memorable moment.

The winning team’s successful experiment – hailed as the first of its kind will test if aloe vera can slow down or prevent the spread of candida fungus on the skin of astronauts in space. The pupils who came up with the winning idea are Ashleigh Zimunya, Jamie Stevenson, Daniel MacKinnon, Eve Sutherland, Molly O’Brien, Sophe Adams and Martin McNeil from Renfrewshire, Katie Holland from Inverclyde and Molly Ward from East Renfrewshire. Molly O’Brien, pupil at Gryffe High School and one of the winning team, said: “It was an amazing experience. We are so happy to have won.” Steve Swanson said: “It was fantastic. I was really impressed with the young people and the quality of their presentations. They did a brilliant job.” Mission Discovery gives young people the chance to learn from NASA’s approach to developing leadership, team building and personal development as well as fostering interest in science and research. Renfrewshire Council’s Education Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “To be chosen as the winning team in this fantastic space school is a magnificent achievement and my congratulations go to all the pupils behind this superb idea. “Mission Discovery Renfrewshire is an amazing programme for all 200 pupils from Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire who take part. Meeting an astronaut and a whole panel of space experts is a brilliant opportunity and is sure to inspire young people to pursue their goals and reach their full potential. “This programme is a testament to how working with partners can benefit young people and I would like to thank everyone involved.” Professor Ehsan Mesbahi, UWS Vice Principal & Pro Vice-Chancellor, said: “I would like to congratulate not just the winning team, but all of the pupils who participated in this excellent, inspiring week-long space school at our Paisley Campus. “At UWS we are committed to developing and encouraging the best talent in science, engineering, technology and mathematics and we are delighted to be a key partner of Mission Discovery Renfrewshire.”

Mr C. McBlain and Mr J. Gallacher - Team Coaches Photographs courtesy of @Iancairnsmedia Global Goals Day Mr Jamie Clark who is PT Pupil Support for Fleming House organised an Eco event for P7 (new S1) and current S2 pupils. This is part of the P7 Induction Week. A wide range of guest speakers and activities were organised. The Global Goals Event is designed to encourage pupils to think about the role that they play within their school, local and global community. Many local businesses, charities, the science community and the council worked alongside school staff in delivering an excellent day – together with the fantastic community awareness link with the Paisley 2021 team. The feedback from the 350 young people involved was really positive and they clearly had fun being involved in such a wide variety of activities, learning a great deal about how their actions affect the world around them. The Bee Happy Houston group also took time to clear some land in front of the school. A group of keen gardeners were then joined by members of the RHS and they transformed the area in a morning. This was part of the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign. Well done and thanks to all those involved.

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St Columba’s School Silver Tablet Concert Three Senior VI pupils competed in our historical Silver Tablet musical celebration in June. The quality of music and variety of the programmes by all three pupils was excellent, and the audience was blown away by the sheer talent on show. Congratulations to our winner, Rowan MacKillop, who performed a mesmerizing voice programme which was heavily praised by our adjudicator, David Murray. Well done also to Eilish Murphy and Emily Lee for their excellent Pianoforte and Flute performances, and to Hector Wedderburn (SII) who performed at the interval. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service The School is delighted with the news that the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service has been conferred upon its Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition Volunteers in recognition of the training and supervision which volunteers have provided for over 30 years at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. The volunteers come from across the St Columba’s School community including former pupils, former staff, current staff and parents of former and current pupils. The Rector, Mr David Girdwood, said, “St Columba’s is exceptionally fortunate to have such a dedicated, committed and experienced group of volunteers who ensure that the highest standards of training and supervision on the hills is enjoyed by its young people. Each session over 120 participants benefit from the School’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme which is run entirely in-house. The life skills developed are invaluable to our pupils’ education.” Pupil Offered Place on Junior Conservatoire Modern Ballet Course Transitus pupil Jack Burns has successfully auditioned and been offered a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to study on their Junior Conservatoire modern ballet course. This is a tremendous achievement for Jack, who only took up ballet 2½ years ago. J4 Performance - Mystery at Magpie Manor Junior 4 had a busy term preparing for their 1920s show, Mystery at Magpie Manor. The children performed to the School and their families, and the show was absolutely fantastic! The children memorised lines, mastered a range of accents and performed energetic dances and word-perfect musical numbers. The show was full of classic ‘one-liners’ which the children delivered with great confidence and cheeky smiles.


Action-Packed End of Term Trips J6 had a blast on their trip to Ardroy at the end of term. From archery to raft building and gorge walking, they had an action packed few days possibly the only things busier than them were the washing machines when they returned home! More trips were also underway to close the term - Ardeonaig and Lagganlia as well as various fun day trips to theme parks, museums, sports events and local gala days to name a few. Community Summer Fete St Columba’s is holding a late summer fete in lower Birkmyre Park on Saturday 16th September from 2pm - 4pm. There will be fun activities including a prize raffle, coconut shy, face painting, family rounders, novelty dog competitions, performances from St Columba’s award winning pipe band, and (courtesy of St Columba’s Parents’ Association) craft beer, a treasure hunt and hog roast. All welcome. There are a limited number of pitches available for stall booking, if you are interested please contact aberry@ for more information and to book. Farewell to Rector, David Girdwood David Girdwood retires at the end of this term after 15 very successful years as Rector at St Columba’s. He said, “It has been a great honour to have served as the eighth Head of St Columba’s. While I am delighted with the wonderful new facilities which have at long last been completed, my focus has always been on the quality of learning and teaching and ensuring high levels of academic and broader achievement. With the appointment of Mrs Andrea Angus as the ninth Head, the School has every reason to look to the future with confidence.” Everyone at the School wishes him a very happy retirement, and we look forward to welcoming Andrea at the start of next session.

Sport Services Active Schools Team - RSSE Graduation Dozens of secondary school pupils have shown they’re a class act when it comes to learning about sport and leisure. A total of 57 Fifth and Sixth Year students have graduated from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education. This initiative, organised Renfrewshire Leisure Active Schools Team, gives the students training for leisure and sports coaching awards and qualifications that could help them find work when they leave school, college or university. Each pupil taking part has completed a minimum of 12 after-school sports workshops, a training weekend, First Aid and Child Protection instruction and has helped organise and run sporting events throughout the year. The students, who received their graduation certificates at a ceremony in front of family and friends at Renfrew Town Hall, also had to complete 100 hours of volunteering during the year’s course.

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Renfrewshire Leisure’s chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “All our graduates have come on leaps and bounds during their time on the course and we’ve seen their confidence build and their skills developed as sports coaches and event organisers. “They themselves and their families should be proud of what they achieved. “The course may have come to an end, but for the students what they have learned is just the start of achieving something special in their lives.”

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Julia on route to Wimbledon Strathgryffe player, Julia Smith had a very successful weekend at the County 14 & u Road to Wimbledon Tennis Finals at David Lloyd, Renfrew on 3rd/4th June. Julia had qualified for the event by winning the Strathgryffe 14 & u Road to Wimbledon Girls Singles title and went on to represent her club in the County Finals where she defeated Heather Barlow in the final.

Pictured are the Primary 6’s and 7’s of Kilmacolm Primary School having a great time at the bowling taster sessions on our green. The bowling season is now in full swing. Kilmacolm Bowling Club welcomes new members of all ages, why not pop in and give it a try on Monday or Thursday evenings for gents @ 7pm or ladies on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 2pm. Or contact Jim Russell on 01505 874239.

Latest News From Gleddoch Ladies Golf Club On May 7th, this year’s Medal Finals was won by Roisin Black. The following week, the weather took a nasty turn, and the competition had to be postponed. The weather has been much better since then, and the competitions have been well supported. Shirley Back won the silver division in the May medal, and Margaret Adams won the Bronze.

Eilidh Lindsay, who was runner up to Julia at Strathgryffe had also been invited to the County Finals as a lucky loser but was beaten by Heather in the semi-finals. Julia proved too strong for her opponent and won 4 -1 4-3(4) to take the title. She will now represent West of Scotland at the HSBC 14 & u Road to Wimbledon National Finals which will be held at Wimbledon on 14th - 19th August. Liam O’Brien, who has only just turned eleven, won the Boy’s 14 & u Road to Wimbledon title at Strathgryffe which also qualified him for the County Finals. Liam played through to the boy’s final but was beaten by Russell Dickson 4-0 4-1.

June Lockhart won the Silver division in the 3rd Round of the Club Championship, and Sheena Wallace won the Bronze.

We wish Julia all the best at Wimbledon!!

Sheena and Roisin Black enjoyed a good day at Largs Golf Club, competing in the Regional Medal Final West. Sheena especially played very well and narrowly missed progressing to the national finals.

Quarriers Annual Golf Day

The West Renfrewshire League match against Kilmacolm took place on a beautiful evening and was very exciting. The final score was Gleddoch 3½, Kilmacolm 2½. It was a very friendly match, and the catering deserves a special mention! Delicious!

Friday 11th August 2017, Kilmacolm Golf Club

The last match was at home against Ralston, and was even closer, ending 3:3. We are now looking forward to our club knockout competitions. Watch this space! Gleddoch Ladies are a friendly bunch and welcome visitors and prospective new members. Contact Martin McCorkell on 01475 540704, or Gleddoch Hotel Reception.

It’s time to pull those clubs out of storage, dust them off, and get ready to hit the green again! That’s right, it’s Quarriers Annual Golf Day! Join us at Kilmacolm Golf Club on Friday 11th August for a day of golfing fun at one of the top 100 courses in Scotland. • Start your day with tea, coffee and breakfast rolls from 830am • 4-ball with shotgun start at 930am • 3 course lunch in the Club House • Fantastic prizes £450 for a 4 ball

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Castle Semple Sailing Club GP14/Enterprise event

Ever wanted to have a go at Rowing?

Phew.... We were unsure exactly how many boats might take part in this event but in the end we had 7 GP14s (5 club) and 6 Enterprises (2 club). The weather on Saturday was windy. I could say very windy and challenging but no one was deterred.

It’s fun and a great, low impact way to keep fit. You don’t have to be tall (unless you’re aiming to be an Olympian) or any particular shape, you can learn at any age and keep on rowing until you’re 100.

Once bacon rolls and Alice’s delicious soup had been consumed, Angus gave the briefing and the boats set off towards Howwood for the starting line Three races were planned and 3 races were sailed, with some very tired people returning at the end of the 3 back to back races. But it was evident a good time had been had. Also particularly good to see 2 of our cadets crewing GP14s - well done to Hector Wedderburn and Tony FitzGerald.

Interested? Come along to one of our free, Come and Try sessions (for ages 17 & over) at Castle Semple Rowing Club Saturday 1st and 8th July 2017. Pop down anytime between 11am and 3pm for an introduction to rowing and a paddle in one of our stable training boats (weather permitting). If you decide you want to take up the sport we’ll be holding a Learn to Row course in July & August (July 29th, Aug 5th and Aug 12th). For further details, or to book your place, email No booking required for the Come and Try events.

Another Successful Ranfurly Rosebowl

In the evening 24 of us enjoyed a very pleasant evening at the Loch House Restaurant. However, there was much checking of weather forecasts.....much more so than usual I thought - gusts of 40 mph were predicted....... So Sunday morning came brightish and very windy with racing due to commence at 10.30. More bacon rolls and Arthur’s soup were on the go but by 9.45 there appeared to be little interest in risking damage to boats and the postponement flag went up. By 10.45 Angus was asking the assembled crowd what they wanted to do and the verdict was that no one was keen to race in the very windy gusty conditions, so the event was unfortunately brought to an early close. However, the Club had visitors from as far away as Suffolk which really shows how news of the excellent Scottish sailing and hospitality has spread south! The vital statistics:

This year’s Ranfurly Rosebowl Mixed Open Competition was held on Sunday 11th June at local venue, Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club, with nearly sixty couples competing from as far afield as Surrey in challenging weather conditions. Anna and George MacDougall, who have organised the competition since 2001, passed the reins to fellow members Paula Adam and Gillian Lavety to take over the organisation of the successful annual event.

A doubles format was continued, Winners, Jennie Scott and Hugh Booth with their prizes and as always proved a challenging format, however thirteen course prizes provided ample opportunity for entrants to compete for over £1,000 worth of prizes.

GP14 1st

Arthur Logan and Ian Hardy (CSSC)


Alan Jones and Sue Watson (Bassenswaite)


Duncan and Andrew Greenhalgh (Bassenswaite)

Enterprise 1st

Gerry Goodfellow and Roger Willerby (St Mary’s Loch)


Loz Young and Barry O’Sullivan (Tynemouth)


Douglas McQuilken and Pamela Hunter (CSSC)

Cadet prizes: Hector Wedderburn and Tony FitzGerald Furthest travelled competitors: Maureen and Richard Denny (SESCA Suffolk) But in true Castle Semple style certain people were not put off and as soon as the prize giving was over the Dart was rigged and ready to go with Mark and Steve C and likewise, not to miss out, Brian’s Vareo was also down on the pontoon. Brian was first off but whilst he was demonstrating his skill at keeping the boat upright, it was noticed there was no gyping and no kite to be seen. Then the Dart was off and halfway across the loch Steve was once again demonstrating his aerobic skills flying through the air and the Dart capsized in spectacular fashion (well usual fashion for them). Meanwhile the cadet numbers had now grown to 5 and they were definitely not deterred by the windy conditions so the ISO boys with the “Master” ie Angus at the helm were out, followed by Hector, Euan and Gordon in the toppers. Even when the conditions deteriorated they were not put off....despite a few inevitable capsizes.

Gillian Lavety, Anna MacDougall, John Clark (Club Captain), George MacDougall and Paula Adam

Paula Adam, John Clark (Club Captain), Gary McCrae, Marion Downie and Gillian Lavety.

The overall winners were Hugh Booth and Jennie Scott (both Old Course Ranfurly G.C.) with a fantastic score of 67.5. The scratch winners were Marion Downie (Old Course Ranfurly G.C.) and Gary McCrae (Ralston G.C) with a gross score of 79. Several local businesses assisted in ensuring the day was a success by providing sponsorship for the event. A charity raffle and silent auction was also organised raising a fantastic sum of £1,550 for MND Scotland.

Our sponsors Gael Force (it certainly was on Sundayalthough no doubt some will disagree) provided great prizes for the competitors.

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FANTASTIC DOGGY BAG JAM-PACKED WITH GOODIES FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR DOG WHEN YOU CROSS THE LINE! Unique 5k jogging event for you and your dog to get fit and have fun! Relaxed and fun atmosphere with no times and no pressure. Great opportunity to meet like-minded dog owners in your area. Dog Jog is all about getting involved, having fun and enjoying the great outdoors with your favourite four-legged friend! Start time: 2pm Price: £12.99 All ages and dogs welcome

22-23 July 2017 Starting off at Kelvingrove Park, one of Glasgow’s oldest and most beautiful public parks, you’ll walk along the Forth and Clyde canal, arriving at the Falkirk wheel, the world’s first and only rotating boat lift, before passing Linlithgow Palace and finishing in the nation’s capital. It’s quite a flat route but does include a couple of hills.

Kilmacolm Golf Club Ladies Section 15th June. Past Captain’s Putter. Lynda Bradley won this year’s putter prize with 38 points. Susan Reid was second. Mary Lochhead won the putting competition. 24 past Captain’s joined the lady Captain & lady vice Captain for a lovely lunch celebrating this annual event. 8th June Lady Captain’s Day was postponed before the first shot was played as the greens & fairways were suffering from overnight rain. The rain continued all day. The day was saved by Stuart, Maimie & the catering team who served a delicious afternoon tea to 46 ladies amid much chatter & laughter. David Muir drew the winning ticket for a ‘Round of Golf for 4 at Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club’. Joy Monteith was the lucky winner. This raised over £200 for the Golf Club Fabric Fund. 1st June Away day at Hamilton Golf Club

27 players took the coach to Hamilton, enjoying a Tri-am on this lovely James Braid designed, parkland golf course. Bacon Rolls at the start & a 2 course supper & prize giving at the end of the day before a coach trip back to Kilmacolm made our ‘Away Day’ a happy, successful experience. The winners were Sara Bishop, Cherry Briggs & Lucy Woods with a net 62. 2nd Morag Turner, Fiona Malcolm, Netta Greer, net 65. Longest Drive [silver] & nearest the pin [hole 3] Cherry Briggs. Longest Drive [bronze] Sandra Winter. The putting prize was hotly contested, with 3 teams on 8 putts. Sara’s team winning over Morag & Lois’s teams on a count back, last 2 holes! Coronation Foursomes Winners progress to the Regional Finals at Turnhouse: Lyn Reuben & Ann Tanner. 4th May Captain’s Charity Stableford A busy day of golf & fundraising; with the winners of the golf; Silver: Clair Barclay. Bronze: Tricia Kellock. The stalls were laden with home baking, plants, books & gifts. A raffle & many kind donations brought the total for the Captain’s Charity [www.pancanScot] to an amazing total of £1,405. Grateful thanks to all who helped & contributed on the day.

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Volunteering for Renfrewshire Leisure Renfrewshire Leisure have operated a reward scheme for many years to encourage young people interested in coaching children to have hands on experience over the holiday period and to then receive training on a qualification of their choice to further enhance their CV. Each holiday period, Renfrewshire Leisure run Activity camps for children in Primary 1 to Primary 7. The children attend a camp from Monday to Friday trying out a wide range of sporting activities over the week. As a volunteer you would assist the coach in the delivery of each individual lesson and help with the over all supervision of the Camp. You would be required to attend for a full week from 9.30am to 3.30pm. In return for your assistance over the week Renfrewshire Leisure would offer the following:

One week volunteering: A 6 month Gym Pass 50 % off of course fees Two weeks volunteering: A year’s Gym pass One free course If you wanted to do more than two weeks of volunteering, then the rewards would continue to grow; for example, if you wanted to do Four week’s volunteering then you could do two courses for free or accept one course and a Gym membership as well. Courses on offer are: 01505 613340 EVERY


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Adult Jazz Class

Bridge of Weir, 10am Tel: 01505 690757 for further information.

Zumba Light

St Fillan’s Church, Kilmacolm, 10am. Tel: 07505 126416 For More Information.

Adult Beginners Ballet Class Bridge of Weir, 11.30am

Tel: 01505 690757 for further information.

Inverclyde Academy, Greenock, 6.30 - 8pm


Brookfield Village Hall, 5.15, 6.15 & 7.30pm


Kilbarchan Athletic Club On-X, Linwood, 7pm

All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.

Kilmacolm Walkers

Birkmyre Park Pavilion, Kilmacolm, 10am David 01505 874192

All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.


5-a-side Football

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


Freelands Church (Opposite Amaretto), 6.30pm. Tel: 07505 126416 For More Information.

Brookfield Village Hall, 9.15am & 10.30am

The Shotokan Karate Club

Woodlands PS, Linwood, 7pm & 8pm

Football Training

Johnstone High School, 6pm - 9pm

Bridge of Weir Ladies Badminton

Call Ali on 07775 578795 for details


Johnstone Sports Complex PA5 0LD, 6pm

Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, 7.30pm Brookfield Village Hall, 7.15pm

Strathgryffe Motorcycle Club

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

The Shotokan Karate Club

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


Bridge of Weir Walking Group

Taekwon-Do Call 07951 365166 for details

Baby Ballet

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

Falun Dafa practice

Port Glasgow Library 17:00 - 19:00 With five gentle exercises, Falun Dafa is an ancient self-cultivation practice based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.



Outside the Co-op, BoW, 10.30am


1 hour walks. Call Senga on 0141 842 3000.

Brookfield Village Hall, 9.15am & 10.30am

Gryffe Badminton

Strathgryffe Tennis Club, 8pm

Football Training

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


Adult Tap Lessons

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



Birkmyre Rugby Club, Kilmacolm

Johnstone Sports Complex PA5 0LD, 6pm

Youth Rugby Section, 11am - 1pm

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For more information call 0300 300 0250 or visit your nearest centre today.

Contact Liz Baldwin, mobile 07944 607005.

Kilbarchan Athletic Club On-X, Linwood, 7pm

Pool Lifeguard Award First Aid at Work qualification. Swimming Teachers award for Beginners Full swimming Teacher’s award

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Presentation to DEBRA Following the 2017 10K run Gryffe Valley Rotary Club has donated the sum of £2000 to DEBRA – the charity which supports children and young people with the skin disease Epidermolysis Bullosa . A cheque was presented by President Peter Dickie to Jaye Hamilton from the charity at the Club meeting on June 7th. This sum was raised from the profits on entry fees and from the sponsorship of a number of runners including Peter Dickie our President and Iain Carrick who is a friend of Rotary.

Defibrillator at Birkmyre Park Fitness Gym The new AED is located on the wall outside our reception at Birkmyre Park Fitness Gym. It is stored in a locked cabinet. The AED is accessible to everyone at all times in the event of an emergency. To access the Defibrillator, the person would call 999 to receive the code to open the cabinet. When the cabinet is opened the defibrillator is easy to use as it communicates all user instructions to inform the user how to use it. We were able to purchase the Defibrillator thanks to the fundraising generosity of our gym members and staff, local residents and donations from the Kilmacolm Community Council and Rotary Club. I ran the 2016 Great Scottish Run Half Marathon and all sponsorship raised from that went towards the fundraising. We also sold left over Kilmacolm Running Festival t-shirts for £1 with all proceeds going to the fundraising as well. I would personally like to thank everyone for their kind donations. It is really appreciated. Hopefully, the defibrillator never needs used but if anyone in the area ever needs it then we have one available. David Macgregor, Fitness Co-ordinator

Sporting Blog by Lesley Handley

Muscle Cramps in Long Distance Running Lots of what we hear is that muscle cramps centre around hydration, electrolytes, salt etc. While these play a role in preventing and helping cramps when they kick in, there’s a lot more that we can do to try and control them in the first instance. When you start running, you generally start with a nice upright posture and a steady foot strike… however you don’t always finish that way as fatigue kicks in. When good form falls apart, hamstrings, quads and calves tend to take the fall first! Hamstrings cramp when: • The upper body rounds forward • The lower back arches • The hips sink back • You stop utilizing the glutes • Ultimately the hamstrings are left to drive the stride alone Quads cramp when: • The foot strike becomes more like a shuffle

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Houston United FC Houston United Football Club (HUFC) Year Groups 2008 and 2009 held their medal ceremony at The River Inn, Houston on Saturday 16th June to celebrate the hard work of their players during the first half of Season 2017. Both teams train locally in Houston on a Wednesday and Friday evening and play their league matches in the Paisley and Johnstone District Youth Football League on a Sunday morning. Our club motto is ‘United Sumus Nos Firmiores’ or ‘United We Are Strong’. Over 150 people attended the medal ceremony. Derek J. McNab, Head Coach of HUFC2008 said ‘the support the players received today from family and friends was phenomenal and demonstrates how well supported our local teams are and how relevant our motto is’. Jonathan Annan, Head Coach of HUFC2009 said ‘it was great to see the joy on the players faces in being recognised for all their efforts this season. Congratulations to them all’. As well as recognising each player, the club also presented Players’ Player of the Year Awards to Alexander Smith (HUFC2008) from Bridge of Weir and Charlie Annan (HUFC2009) from Houston. Both teams would like to thank their local sponsors during Season 2017 for their support, to include: The River Inn and Fox and Hounds, Mabbett, Stewart Milne, Brierie Financial Planning, Balfour Engineering Consultancy and Skirlies Café. If you would like to learn more about Houston United Football Club, please visit us at or Houston United FC on Facebook. New players of all abilities are warmly welcomed.


LADY MEMBERS WANTED Try your hand at Green Bowling at the ladies’ a�ernoons. Games commence at 2pm on every Tuesday and Thursday a�ernoons. Come along for the a�ernoon and have a game. Bowls will be provided, flat shoes required. For details contact Sandra on 01505 873126 or Morag on 01505 872218 or just come along and have some fun.

• The hamstrings aren’t working to pick the feet up off the ground • The feet are spending more time on the ground than they are lifting off it • Essentially the quads are taking all the impact Calves cramp when: • The hips are no longer pushing forward • The feet begin striking the ground in varying positions • The calves are left to absorb all the impact As well as considering the above, 3 things you can do to help prevent cramps or help if they kick in are: • BREATHE – oxygen helps fuel the muscles. As we tire our breathing gets shallower. Focus on deeper breathing to help fuel those muscles. • RELAX THE UPPER BODY – don’t let the shoulders tense up towards your ears and don’t keep your arms rigidly bent to prevent little arm swing that helps drive the legs. Relax the upper body, give the arms a shake out and reset your arm swing, which in turn helps power the stride. • SHORTEN YOUR STRIDE – the further the foot reaches out the more the body must do to keep up. Focus on pulling the feet off the ground and a little higher and in turn this fires the hamstrings and glutes allowing the hips to drive forward. Lesley

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August ‘17 Issue: • Deadline: 14 July • Delivery: 28 July September ‘17 Issue: • Deadline: 18 August • Delivery: 1 September

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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 S.C.O. Number SC012822. All services conducted by Rev.Ian Bell unless otherwise stated. 2nd July 10am Morning Worship. 18.45pm Annual service at the Kirk. 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th July - 10am Morning Worship. 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 July: Services continue at 11am each Sunday throughout July, conducted by Rev. Stephen Smith. We continue to support the Paisley Food Bank each Sunday. The Creche continues to meet in the large hall from 10.45am each week. There will be a special summer Sunday School for any children attending over the summer. ALL WELCOME TO ANY OF THESE SERVICES. For further information about the church and the organisations, please visit Kilbarchan Kirk online: www.kilbarchan-kirk.btck. Kilbarchan Parish Church Midweek Fellowship continues from 10.30am for cof fee, followed by a short service of worship, on Wednesdays in the small hall.


Kilmacolm Old Kirk: Church of Scotland (Charity no. SC009291). uk. Minister Rev. Dr Peter McEnhill (01505 873174). Morning Worship – Sundays 11am, all welcome Sunday School and Crèche available. Sòlas Bereavement Group, 2nd Thursday each month at 6:30pm in Kidston Hall. Kilmacolm Old and Kilmacolm St Columba are having United Services at 11.00 am. During the month of July, these United Services will be held in the Old Kirk and, during the month of August, they will be held in St Columba Church. 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. 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!

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LOCAL INFORMATION community council 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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Following last month’s local elections, the results are now in! We would like to welcome back all the regular faces plus a number of new ones. You’ll notice some new voices in our village news pages and we look forward to hearing more about what’s going on in the local area in the coming months. RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL: Ward 8 - Johnstone South & Elderslie: Jacqueline Cameron, John Hood, Alistair Mackay, Andy Steel Ward 9 - Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood & Lochwinnoch: Derek Bibby, Bill Binks, Andy Doig, Emma Rodden Ward 10 - Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield & Linwood: Audrey Doig, Alison Jean Dowling, Scott Kerr, James Sheridan Ward 11 - Bishopton, Bridge of Weir & Langbank: Natalie Don, James MacLaren, Colin McCulloch Ward 12 - Erskine & Inchinnan: Tom Begg, Michelle Campbell, Jim Harte, Iain Nicolson INVERCLYDE COUNCIL: Ward 1 - Inverclyde East (includes Kilmacolm & Quarriers): Christopher Curley, Stephen McCabe, David Wilson

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ITEMS FOR SALE BABY EQUIPMENT Graco Quattro To u r DeLuxe pram. Unused and in “as new” condition. £50. Tel: 01505 690768. Black Travel Cot. Smoke and pet free home. £5. Tel: 01505 872800. Tippitoes Ziggy Rocker Wa l k e r. Good Condition. Smoke and pet free home. £10. Tel: 01505 872800. Fisher Price Musical Zoo Train Gift Set. V Good condition. Pet and smoke free home. £10. Tel: 01505 873050. Little Tikes Rocking Horse Seesaw. £8. V Good condition. Pet and smoke free home. Tel: 01505 873050

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Red rocking seesaw. £5. V Good condition. Pet and smoke free home. Tel: 01505 873050 Cannondale F6 Hardtail Mountain Bike, medium adult, in red. Bargain £70. 01505 612316 or 07475 088713 C h a d Va l l e y B a b y Playnest. Very good condition. Smoke and pet free home. £15. Tel: 01505 872800. Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo. Good Condition. Smoke and pet free home. £45. Tel: 01505 872800. Fisher Price Calming Vibrations Bouncer. Good Condition. Smoke and pet free home. £10. Tel: 01505 872800. Little Tikes First swing seat. £10. Good condition. Pet and smoke free home. Tel: 01505 873050. Trike Stroller. 3 in 1 with parent handle, foot rest, clutch and safety harness. Suitable for ages 10 months to 3 years. Only used once and is unmarked. £15. Tel: 07801 549981. In The Night Garden Ninky Nonk Musical Activity Train V Good condition. Pet and smoke free home. £10. Tel: 01505 873050. Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier Original. Good Condition. Smoke and pet free home. £15. Tel: 01505 872800. S a n d Tr a y V G o o d condition. Pet and smoke free home. £10. Tel: 01505 873050.

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F i s h e r P r i c e Ta k e Along Swing. Good Condition. Smoke and pet free home. £10. Tel: 01505 872800. Blossom Farm Baby Door Bouncer. Smoke and pet free home. £5. Tel: 01505 872800. Bright Starts Play Mat/ Gym. Good Condition. Smoke and pet free home. £8. Tel: 01505 872800. CLOTHES & SHOES Gents Harris Tweed Jacket, 42” chest never worn. £95. Tel: 01505 703433 Ladies Jacket & Skirt - grey houndstooth check. Size 20 - never worn. £95. Tel: 01505 703433. School Blazer - Houston Primary. Primary 1/2 size. Black wool blazer with embroidered school badge. £20. Tel: 07778 941059. HOUSEHOLD & GARDEN Computer Table. Must uplift. £10. Tel: 07749 482631. 2 x Bar/Kitchen Stools (swivel), Faux Leather, White/Chrome. £25 e a c h . Te l : 0 1 5 0 5 874408 or 07710 496789. Single bed with mattress, excellent condition and quality , wedgwood blue wooden headboard and footboard. £125 ono. Tel: 01505 874075. Brown/Black Ash fold away Table & 4 Chairs - as new (Forrest Furniture). £85. Tel: 07709 537915.

Lingfield Double Mattress - as new. Must uplift. £55 ono. Tel: 07749 482631. Burgundy Leather Suite. 2 Seater Couch, 1 Armchair, 1 Recliner (Electric ). £350. Tel: 07909 227116. Corner TV unit with drawer and shelf. Teak. W : 11 4 c m H : 6 8 c m D:58cm. Excellent condition. £60. Tel: 01505 614503. Dark Oak Fire Surround in perfect condition. 1.4mtr (W) x 1.2mtr (H). £40. Tel: 01505 349012 / 07910 755434. Oak writing bureau with 3 drawers with lock and key - Very good condition- £65. Tel: 01505 613956 SPORTS Girls Dawes Venus 20” wheel bike (blue), 6 gears. Excellent condition, £40. Tel: 01505 844933. Titleist 60 degree wedge Golf Club - Vokey design. £25. Tel: 01505 842950. BMX, Concept 2000 classic bmx bike, chrome frame, 20” wheels, good usable condition for age, £80. Tel /text: 07810 523742. Boy’s Dawes ‘Redtail’ bike in excellent condition, suit boy approx 7yrs. Will accept £25. Tel: 01505 328044. Ladies mountain bike, 26 inch wheels, 10 gears, second hand but very usable, £40. Located in houston. Tel 07810523742

e: Crazy Fitness Massage DreamBody 9000XL vibrating fitness plate. Bought seven years ago but very seldom used and in excellent condition. Cost £180 sell for £50. Tel: 01505 690768. OTHER ITEMS Architect’s/ designers full size (A1) tilting drawing board on a stand. Articulated square. Very good condition. £20. Tel: 01505 873066. Kamei Husky Roof Box quality German built in black. Would suit family. 190x60x35cm R/H opening. Would fit large estate. £90 01505 612316 or 07475 088713 BMW winter tyres suitable for BMW E87, 116i sport 5dr, BMW E81 3dr, E90 E series, E91 3 series. Selling due to new car (6ml tread) £150 for set. Tel: 01505 613845. Va n g o E x o d u s 4 0 0 Sleeping Bag - 3 season. Brand new. Ticket price £89.99. Sell for £50 ono. Tel: 07740 600490. Vango Dakota 300 Tent. Brand new. £100 ono. Tel: 07740 600490.

Vango Voyager 300L Sleeping bag - 3 season. Brand new. £50 ono. Tel: 07740 600490. Vango Omega 400R Sleeping Bag - 3 season. Brand new £50 ono. Tel: 07740 600490. Brand new steel car wheel 6JX15H2 and new Jinyu tyre 185/60 R15. Stored as spare wheel only. £80. Tel: 07736 067169. Honer acoustic guitar, good condition including case and tuner. £40. Tel 07538429637


Old records Wanted 45`s & LP`s CASH Paid. Tel: 07710 777571. Cash paid for Music CDs ( a few or a lot ). Tel: 0141 882 5594 or 07765 115347. Local lily grower requires the use of a greenhouse/polytunnel in Kilmacolm area in return for light gardening duties. Tel: Vince 01505 872082. Gas cooker free standing. Tel: 07894 833922. Bicycle gents, nothing too fancy. Tel: 07894 833922.

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BY CATEGORY Accom/Hotel & B&B


Home Improvements

Property, Sales & Let

Glenorchy Lodge Hotel . . . . . . 31

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

Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 5 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Inverclyde Windows . . . . . . . . . 6 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 19 Rent A Bloke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Revamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Home Interiors

Restaurant & Bars

Accountants & Financial Affluent Financial Planning . . 23 Cheetham & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 CLA Accountancy Services Ltd . . 15 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Fiona Christie Accounting Serv . . 14 GMH Chartered Accountants . . 26

Architectural Services Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Automotive Services AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1 ARC Fleet Services . . . . . . . . . Bk Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 26

Fencing Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 28 Tennamast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Firewood & Logs LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 35 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Funeral Services Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 13 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 2


Garage Doors & Gates

Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Bathroom Solutions by MPH . . 11 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17

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

Bedrooms Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 13

Blacksmith & Metalwork McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 28 Tennamast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Building Services A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 5 BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 6 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 KC Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,4 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 17 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 3 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 35 Rukeri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 14 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 47

Care Services & Homes Confident Care Ltd . . . . . . . . . 9

Cleaning & PowerWash CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 17 Eclipse deep clean . . . . . . . . . 14 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 17 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 KC Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,4 Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Platinum Cleaning Services . . 5

Coffee Shops Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 16

Computer, IT & Web ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1

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

Driving Instructors AL Stewart - Driving Instruct . . 14

Garden Service & Design 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 43 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 41 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 41 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 42 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 40 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 40 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 J S Montgomery Ltd . . . . . . . . . 43 M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 41 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 42 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 41 West of Scotland Landscape . . 43

Gas & Heating Services A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 16 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 27 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 6 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1

Glazier 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 Cloudy2Clear Windows Glasgow . . 5 Inverclyde Windows . . . . . . . . . 6 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 3 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 13 Loop Carpets & Flooring . . . . 15 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 35

Home Security Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 22

Joiners A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 9 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 6 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 15 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 . . . . . . . . . 3

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 Callanetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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

Painters & Decorators

Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 31 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 32 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 31

A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 15 Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 11 David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3 Ian Livingston Decorating . . 14 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Health, Beauty & Fitness

Pest Control

Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 31 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 32 Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 10 Decorus Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 6 Healing Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 35 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Lifestyle Beauty Salon . . . . . 9 Linda Stewart - Slimming World . . 15 New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 10 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 29 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 31 Wellcentred UK . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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

Hairdressers & Barbers

Home Hardware Gibb Stuart Ironmongers . . . . 14,15,16

Pet Services & Training Bridge of Weir Dog Walking . . 38 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 38 Strathgryffe Dog Walks . . . . . 39

Plasterers Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 29 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 4 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 6 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 17

Plumbers A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 16 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 27 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 6 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Removals @ease Removals & Transport . . 32 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 16

Retail Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Gibb Stuart Ironmongers . . . . 14,15,16 Loop Carpets & Flooring . . . . 15 Seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 29

Roofing Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 29 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 KC Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,4 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 17 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 3 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 14 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 47

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

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

Sports Clubs & Events Pinewood Trout Fishery . . . . . 1

Stoves Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 35

Taxis & Minicoach hire ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 26

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

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

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