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No.275 Distributed to: • Bishopton • Bridge of Weir • Brookfield • Elderslie • Houston • Howwood • Kilbarchan • Kilmacolm • Langbank • Lochwinnoch • Quarriers

Vintage tractor display at Kilbarchan Agricultural Show taken by Mr Keith Nairn from Kilbarchan



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Get in Contact The Gryffe Advertizer, 1st floor, Neva Place, Bridge of Weir PA11 3PN t: 01505 613340 m: 07731 923970 e: w: @GryffeAds All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. The Gryffe Advertizer cannot be held responsible for unsolicited materials. The views and opinions by contributors in this magazine may not represent the views of the publishers. The Gryffe Advertizer takes no responsibility for claims made by advertisements in this publication.

Contents local news....................8-13 legal blog......................8 optical blog.......................10 dental blog........................11 what’s on........................14-21 finance & tech.................22-27 financial blog.........................22 local history......................25 on the road.....................27 pet news.....................28-29 pet blog............................28

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outdoors........................30-35 village news....................36-43 school news.................44-45 sport news....................46-51 sporting blog.....................49 business classified..............52 church listings....................53 sales & wants......................54 advertizer directory................55 deadlines dates...................55 pick up a copy..................55

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It was this time last year that I reported on the decision to close the local civic amenity depots at Johnstone and Linwood. Thankfully, and following a public outcry, that decision was reversed and the two sites reopened. This year I hear that the Council is adding to this resource with a “Rapid Response Team”. The Council’s mobile patrol squad aims to boost civic pride in Renfrewshire’s key streets and open spaces, preventing build-up of unsightly rubbish and street clutter in key hotspots. The aim is to supplement the routine street cleaning and waste disposal work done by the Council’s army of hard-working waste workers. The Team will also have powers to track down and prosecute rubbish-dumping rogues - target the types of waste which cause most everyday nuisance, offence and slip or traffic safety risks. This will mean a faster response to complaints about nuisance dumping, littering and fly-posting. Primarily aimed at Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew town centres, the service has been extended to include the villages of Howwood, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch. See or phone 0300 300 0380 if you want more information about safe disposal of trade or household waste, or to tell the Council about fly-tipping, street litter, fly-poster and graffiti. The public parks in Paisley and Renfrew are to be upgraded. This is a most welcome development giving many people an enhanced experience when they visit. However, I am very aware that other parks in the areas covered by The Advertizer are in need of a makeover. In particular, Howwood villagers have set up an action group to look into a possible community buy-out. The Howwood Public Park Committee have been working closely with local Councillor Andy Doig and others within the council to see if an asset transfer of the Park and Pavilion would be possible. Failing that, they plan to push for an upgrading of the park to an acceptable standard. A last minute update on planning - an application has been submitted for the former Bull’s Garage site in Bridge of Weir. The application reference is 17/0490/PP, found on the Council website with plans, elevations and supporting documents, at The plans show proposals for a mixed use development comprising a residential care home with 65 bedrooms, a supermarket of 8,000 sq.ft. (approx twice the size of the BoW Co-op) and a coffee shop of 2,000 sq.ft. There will be 20 parking spaces for the care home, with an additional 70 spaces for retail parking. A plan view of the site is available at NorthgatePublicDocs/00402238.pdf. Staying with planning, the site visits scheduled for housing applications in Bridge of Weir in July were cancelled, with a new date still to be set. I believe the Whitelint Gate visit for a retail development did go ahead on 19th July, but too late for a report this month. I hope to bring you an update next month. Brookfield Village Trust was set up several years ago with the aim to acquire Merchiston Field to help preserve the village envelope. Their AGM on 3rd August will provide an opportunity to hear a report on negotiations so far and the way forward. All welcome - non-members will not be eligible to vote but can join at the AGM. More details on the village news pages. And finally, some great news on the roads. Councillor Natalie Don tells me that the A761 stretch between Bridge of Weir and Brookfield is now to be resurfaced and this work will be carried out following the completion of the existing commitments of roadworks in October. However, I sincerely hope that the Council will take the necessary steps to improve drainage along this stretch as this seems to be the main cause of the regular deterioration of the carriageway. Having just come back from a trip to the Highlands, where weather conditions are invariably more harsh than here in the ‘softy’ south, I am astonished at how good their roads are compared to those in the Central Belt. Is it something in the “watter”?

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Volunteers needed If you have a spare couple of hours a week and would like the opportunity to support a local cause, Ardgowan Hospice are in desperate need for volunteers within their retail shops, we have vacancies from sales assistant to clerical support, no experience is necessary as full training is provided. For more information contact Linda Kelly, Retail Development Manager, or 07919216353

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Scotland Leads the Way in UKWide Gardening Competition Scots have scooped two of the three top awards in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) School Gardeners of the Year competition, supported by Gabriel Ash.

Science teacher David Nicol has worked for six years at the Good Shepherd Centre, a secure unit for some of the most disadvantaged and underrepresented young people in Scotland. He has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to build a garden from scratch and engage, interest and inspire those staying at the centre. Both Fraser, who won Young School Gardener of the Year, and David were presented with their awards at a special ceremony at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey on 1st July. David wins an engraved hand trowel trophy and certificate, a free place on an RHS Campaign for School Gardening Teacher Training Course and RHS Flower Show tickets. The Good Shepherd Centre will receive a VIP visit from a celebrity gardener, an Upright Coldframe worth £699 manufactured by Gabriel Ash, £100 worth of seeds and £500 worth of National Garden Gift Vouchers. The other award in the competition was for RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2017 and went to a team of over 30 pupils at Hammersmith Academy in London.

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Linwood High School pupils win £3,000 for St Vincent’s Hospice We are absolutely delighted to announce that St Vincent’s Hospice were the winners of the £3,000 prize for the Youth Philanthropist competition at Linwood High School.

Pictured left to right at the school entrance are: Abbie-Louise McKinnon, Louise Taney, Laura McMullan and Angela Muir.

Amy Reid, Abbie-Louise McKinnon, Laura McMullan, Louise Taney and Angela Muir from Linwood High School made an incredible effort for this competition that was running in their school. YPI is an inclusive, multi-award-winning secondary school program that grows compassionate communities by connecting youth to social issues, local charities, and philanthropy at a pivotal stage in their adolescence.

Alison Burton from St Vincent’s Hospice said “Winning £3000 for the CYP service is amazing. The girls put so much work into their fantastic presentation, their passion shone through which inspired many people in the crowd. The money will go towards helping children and young people throughout the community who need support when a special person in their life is terminally ill or Pictured left to right: Amy Reid, who has died. It will help by us buy Abbie-Louise McKinnon, Laura McMullan, new resources and support some Louise Taney and Angela Muir. staffing costs in order to develop the service further. Thank you so much Linwood High School.”

Celebrating 100years of SWI

Alison Burton from St Vincent’s Hospice Children & Young Person’s Service and Laura McDade from the fundraising team and were with the girls every step of the way.

The Scottish Women’s Institutes of Renfrewshire Federation were Celebrating 100 years of the Organisation on Sunday 2nd July 2017. Some 80 ladies meet to share memories and laughter having a lovely Afternoon Tea at Gleddoch House Hotel, Langbank, and entertained by Margaret Dundas and Kate Gordon.

Abbie-Louise McKinnon and Laura McMullan said “We feel St Vincent’s Hospice is an important charity and in particular wanted to help the children and young people there with new Lego kits and updating the library. We worked hard and were proud that we won on behalf of St Vincent’s Hospice.” Alistair Wright, who headed the YPI for the School said “The girls put in a lot of hard work and effort into researching St Vincent’s Hospice and raising awareness for the charity within the school. They all showed great enthusiasm to make contact with St Vincent’s and produced a well thought out presentation that was a worthy winner at our YPI final. I was delighted for them and St Vincent’s Hospice who were very supportive of the girls throughout.”

Image left to right is of past Presidents of the Federation. Back row: Mrs Lilias Snodgrass, Mrs Thelma Youngson, Mrs Roma Gould, Mrs Anne McCallum, Mrs Marion Dornan, Front row: Current President Mrs Irene McFarlane, Mrs Anne Maxwell

Legal Blog by Isabella McKerrow, Affinity Family Law

Why Every Adult Should Have A Power Of Attorney As we head towards old age and face the prospect of becoming mentally and physically infirm, it is sensible to have a Power of Attorney “POA” in place. However, an adult could become physically or mentally infirm at any age as a result of illness or trauma. Every adult should consider having a POA in place, given they are inexpensive and unlike a will do not have to be reviewed every few years. A POA can ensure that the financial affairs and personal welfare of the adult will be looked after by someone they trust. An adult who is mentally capable may grant a POA for various purposes and for however long. There are two types: Continuing, relating to property and assets or financial affairs of the granter. This can be used at any time for convenience and remains effective on subsequent incapacity: Welfare, relating to personal welfare decisions ensuring the family are involved and preventing the Local Authority making decisions if the granter becomes incapable. It can be stipulated that welfare powers are not granted unless a GP certifies the adult mentally incapable. A combined POA can be granted with both continuing and welfare powers.

The advantages of having a POA are that it enables speedy and appropriate intervention. It avoids the adult’s family the problems that arise when an individual loses capacity such as it being impossible to manage their financial/ business affairs or deal with their property. The welfare POA prevents the Local Authority moving an incapable adult into a care home without the family’s consent. Granting a POA also avoids the lengthy, complicated and expensive process of applying to court for a Guardianship Order, which may only grant limited powers and may have to be renewed by further expensive court applications every three years.

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The Story Goes On “The Story Goes On”, is the incredible new single written and performed by local singer/ songwriter Emma Gillespie and produced by Thomas Brumby, of Thomas Brumby Music and Sound, Glasgow. The single was released on Thursday 13th July with all of the proceeds going to St Vincent’s Hospice. Emma Gillespie, formerly known as Emma’s imagination, first came to prominence after winning the Sky 1 TV talent contest Must Be the Music. Emma said: “This project is very dear and close to my heart as I lost my friend Michelle last year to Cancer. She was only 30 years old and left behind her 5 year old son and husband. St Vincent’s Hospice provided her with a peaceful sanctuary and so much more during her final months. This song is about the never ending dance of life and death and all that’s in between and beyond. My hope is that it will bring comfort to others, wherever they are on their journey. St Vincent’s Hospice rely heavily on donations to continue to provide their Services and I aim to raise as much as possible for them with this release.” Kate Lennon, Chief Executive, St Vincent’s Hospice said: “It was a great privilege for all of us at the hospice to have known and cared for Michelle. What a wonderful gift Emma has shared with us through this song. Our grateful thanks to Emma and Michelle’s family and friends for all the support and generosity they have given to the hospice over the past year…. It means so much and allows us to continue to care for others who need our support when facing life limiting illnesses.” The song will be available for download from all major music stores & all major streaming services. “If you are interested in fundraising for St Vincent’s Hospice please contact the fundraising team on 01505705635 or email”

Help Johnstone Credit Union Support Your Community Johnstone Credit Union are committed to providing services to rural communities in Renfrewshire and in addition to our collection in Bridge of Weir, we are currently working to establish collections in Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan and Bishopton. We rely on the dedication of our many volunteers to provide an exceptional service and are now recruiting local members of the community and volunteers to support these new collection points. If you have a few hours to spare each week, would like to meet new people, are looking for a new challenge, want to gain valuable skills and support your local community then this could be the opportunity for you. Volunteering for us will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to the on-going success of one of the most successful community based credit unions in Scotland as well as providing a valuable service in your local community. Enthusiasm and commitment are more important than experience as full training and ongoing support will be provided. If you are interested or want more information call into the office on Church Street, Johnstone, give us a call on 01505 327 148 or email enquiries@ Collection points coming soon, watch this space for further details.

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Join ACCORD Hospice for their annual sponsored colour walk ~ The Rainbow Ramble in Ferguslie Park Gardens on Sunday 20th August from 2pm - 5pm You will start the event in a pristine white t-shirt which will gradually take on the colours of the rainbow as you are showered in a kaleidoscope of powdered paints as you pass each colour station! The ramble will take place in Ferguslie Park Gardens where you will do 4 loops of the park - a distance of approximately 3K. Forms are available at ACCORD Hospice - or we can send these out. Contact or call 0141 581 2000 for more information. Registration costs £10.

Optical Blog by Kerry Taher, New Vision Opticians

Why try Contact Lenses? Some of you will be shuddering at the very thought of putting something on your eye. Believe it or not though, as long as your eyes are suitable and you can handle/take care of the contact lenses properly, anyone can wear contact lenses (CLs). The choice of CLs is now greater than ever. Lots of different materials and huge ranges of prescriptions mean that everyone has an option, even varifocal wearers. From the part-time wearers (once or twice a year) to the full-time wearers (1 month without removing the CLs) and everything in-between, there are CLs for you. The average age to start CLs is 12-15 years of age but fitting a child of 7 is not out of the question. As long as there is understanding of risks/hygiene and competence in handling then there is no minimum (or maximum!) age. CLs can even have a positive impact on a child’s social behaviour, helping them to feel more confident. Probably the best question to ask yourself is “are there any occasions where I wish I didn’t need glasses to see?”. This can be anything from glasses feeling uncomfortable, steaming up, sports, vanity etc. If the answer is yes, then you should give them a try. Most opticians offer free trials which involve an initial assessment and fitting based on a current eye examination, so just ask. You will then be taught all you need to know to safely handle and care for your CLs before the 1-2 week trial begins. After this, you have a check-up and this is when you decide if you wish to continue wearing CLs. All being well, different wearing schedules can then be discussed. For any contact lens related information, please call the practice on 01505 614 700.

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Dental Blog


by Sheila Macintyre, Practice Owner, Kilbarchan Dental Practice

Sugar is not all Sweet Last month we highlighted the surprising levels of sugar in a selection of popular drinks but there is lots more you really need to know about every dentist’s “enemy number one”! Most adults and children in the UK consume too much sugar and tooth decay is now the number one reason for hospital admissions among young children. The kind of sugar we eat too much of is known as “free sugars”. Free sugars are any sugars added to food or drinks. They are also naturally occurring in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices. Everyone knows that sugar causes tooth decay and other oral health problems. Bacteria loves to feed on sugar and the consequences can be far more wide reaching than you might think. Sugary drinks can contain up to 50g of sugar which is 3 or 4 times the amount a child should consume in a day with type 2 diabetes, obesity and mental disorders all linked to high sugar intake. We only really recommend drinking water as many fruit juices can be just as harmful as fizzy pop with high acid content and/or added sugars. Try cutting down on some of those sugary drinks and sweets and remember even dried fruit has a high sugar content and coats the teeth. Milk is a much safer alternative to drinking yoghurt, milkshakes and smoothies - some of which have really high sugar levels. Home-popped popcorn and fibrous foods such as celery act as natural toothbrushes and fresh veg and fruit is much better for you than processed food and drink that tend to have lots of additional ingredients (and much lower nutritional values). Always check the ingredients and nutritional information on packaging and, when you do consume food or drink with sugar, restrict it to meal times. Most importantly remember to always remember to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. If you would like any more advice on how to care for your teeth visit us at Kilbarchan Dental Practice, call 01505 704969 or click

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the advertizer Your support will help us continue improving the quality of life for people impacted by Huntington’s disease (HD). The Great Scottish Swim Sat. 26 August Abseil 135ft off the Falkirk Wheel Sat. 2 September We are looking for 30 enthusiasts to join us this year. Last year’s event was a massive success, raising over £13k to support people impacted by Huntington’s disease through a network of specialist service.

Humanism in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Many of you reading this article will be among the 60% of people in the local area who have likely attended a Humanist ceremony in the last few years. This reflects the growth in popularity of non-religious weddings, funerals and more recently naming ceremonies.

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A common reflection on the defining feature of a Humanist ceremony is that it is more personal and this is perhaps what influences more and more people to make that choice. Official statistics show that in Scotland, a majority of weddings and funerals are now civil or Humanist in nature. Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) (www. is the charitable organisation whose registered and approved celebrants conduct the majority of these ceremonies and HSS is increasingly well represented locally. Renfrewshire and Inverclyde is now home to five registered HSS celebrants. They are Stuart Rodger, Jennifer Buchan, Andrew Smithsimmons, Maggie Kinloch and Craig Campbell. HSS campaigned for legal recognition of Humanist marriage in Scotland and thousands of couples now enjoy that right. HSS Registered Celebrants are proud to conduct legal marriages across Scotland. In 2017 HSS were prescribed into Scottish marriage law and is the only Humanist group to hold this status. But although ceremonies represent the “public face” there is more to Humanist Society Scotland than that. HSS is a registered charity which exists to promote Humanist values to people in Scotland, to campaign for an ethical, rational and secular future and to give voice to the millions of people in Scotland who live without religion. They support a community of 15,000 members working together for a compassionate, dignified and respectful vision of Scotland and the world. They provide services, in addition to ceremonies, such as school visitors to Secondary and Primary schools, chaplaincy, and speakers for other societies and groups, and they run a soup kitchen every Thursday night in the centre of Glasgow. Through such activities many people discover Humanism and subsequently choose to live their lives as Humanists. At the core is a vision for Scotland which guides our lives and work: • The worth, dignity and autonomy of every person is respected and individual freedom is balanced with social responsibility and a duty of care for future generations; • Scottish civic institutions are democratic and human rights are developed, embedded and protected; • Ethical and moral problems are addressed with compassion, knowledge and reason; • No belief system (religious or not) should have, nor expect, privilege in the democratic process.

Sun. 10 September Returning for it’s 19th year on 10th September 2017. Pedal for Scotland’s main event day will feature the 45 mile Classic Challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh and the colossal 110 mile Big Belter from Glasgow to Edinburgh via the stunning Southern Uplands. Don’t miss out..

By getting involved, your support will help raise awareness and promote a positive message about Huntington’s disease (HD) in your community. This will improve the quality of life for people impacted by Huntington’s disease and help others recognise the symptoms of the condition.

Back in Loch Lomond for another year. The event is now open for registration, with a half mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, 5k and 10k: something for all swimming abilities to choose from. great-scottish-swim

Bike & Hike on Arran Sat. 2 and Sun. 3 September We are planning to take a team of bikers and hikers on the ferry to Arran for the weekend. You will cycle 43miles on the Saturday with an overnight stay in the Lochranza Youth Hostel, all snacks and meals provided. On the Sunday you will cycle 18 miles and then a hike up Goat Fell followed by dinner and return ferry home.

Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon Sun. 24 September The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience, definitely one for the 2017 bucket list!

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Celebrating Local Heroes Nominations are being sought for the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service for 2018. The Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, is calling for local people to put forward voluntary groups who deserve recognition for their outstanding work in their community. The Award was introduced by the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee and ranks with the MBE for volunteer groups. It recognises exceptional contributions made by voluntary groups who give up their time for their local communities. Mr Clark, the Queen’s representative in Inverclyde, as well as the Renfrewshire Council area and East Renfrewshire, said: “I know there must be many more local organisations that would be worthy winners of this very special award.” “Voluntary groups make such a difference in their communities and make such a massive contribution to people’s lives. They do it selflessly and they deserve some public recognition. If you know of any deserving groups in Inverclyde please get your nomination in by Friday 15 September 2017.” Provost Martin Brennan joined the call for nominations. He said: “I wholeheartedly agree with the Lord-Lieutenant. There are groups across Inverclyde carrying out some amazing work that really deserves recognition and this is our chance to say thank you. “Please show them our appreciation by ensuring you nominate them for this prestigious Queen’s Award.” Full details and nomination forms are available at the Queen’s Award for Voluntary web site

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the advertizer Sat 29 - Sun 30 July Wild Night

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 5pm to 8am

Sat 17 Jun - Sun 20 Aug Larry Herman: Clydeside 1974 - 76 Paisley Museum

The Finlaystone overnight camp. Join the Rangers for fun, burgers, bat walk, den building and singing into the wee small hours. Tent, warm clothes, waterproofs and BBQ food required. Adults £10, Children £5. Pre-booking essential.

Sun 30 July Falconry Day

An exhibition of photographs by Larry Herman showing the industrial decline of Renfrewshire and Clydeside in the mid Seventies.

Sat 1 Jul - Sat 12 Aug

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).

Mon 31 July


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. Open to PACE members and non-members. Workshops and rehearsals culminate in a fantastic performance. Visit for details.

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

Back once again bringing the streets and venues of Glasgow’s cultural quarter to life! Bursting with fantastic events, music stages, street arts, comedy and loads of glorious food. Visit www. for full details.

Thu 27 Jul - Thu 3 Aug

Make Your Own Mondays: Nature Art

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


Explorer Challenge: Tree-mendous! RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm

Any time! Spend some quality family time - 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].

Sat 29 July Dog Jog

Carpark, Hyndman Road, Seamill, West Kilbride 1pm to 2.30pm

Come and guddle in the rockpools, starfish, butterfish and crabs galore await! More info look online and book or tel 01505 842882. £5 per person.

Tue 1 August Den Build

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Bellahouston Park, Paisley Road West, Glasgow 2pm

A unique 5k jogging event for you and your dog to get fit in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with no times and no pressure. 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.


Pencil View, Largs, North Ayrshire KA30 8JZ 1.30pm to 3pm

Come and guddle in the rockpools, starfish, butterfish and crabs galore await! More info look online and book or tel 01505 842 882. £5 per person.

Sat 29 Jul - Sun 6 Aug

Wed 2 August

Regional Park Ranger Display

Wild on Wednesdays

The Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Greenock

The Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Greenock 1pm to 3pm

It’s 50 years since the Countryside Scotland Act and then the creation of the Scottish Countryside Ranger Service. We celebrate World Ranger Day (31 July) with a photographic display. MORE INFO: Look online or tel 01475 529 543.

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

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 per person or £25 for a season ticket. More info. look online and book or tel 01475 521 458.

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Tue 8 August

Woodland Art

St Petersburg Forum

St Machar’s Church, Kilbarchan Road, Bridge of Weir 7.15pm

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Join our Rangers and gather woodland materials to make your artistic creation.

Fri 4 - Thu 10 August Explorer Challenge: Magical Woodland! RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

Any time! (centre open 7 days; 10am – 4pm) Spend some quality family time together at RSPB Lochwinnoch! Go out on the reserve for a “magical” adventure!! Cost: £3 per child (RSPB members £1) [Normal trail fees apply for accompanying adults]

Sat 5 August

A Fundraising Musical evening with a rare opportunity to hear the musical talents of high quality Russian and Scottish musical students organised by St Petersburg Forum. Tickets available from Elizabeth Clark 07799690 841 or Dave MacDonald 07874 986960. £10

Wed 9 August Wild on Wednesdays

The Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Greenock 1pm to 3pm

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 per person or £25 for a season ticket. More info. Look online and book or tel 01475 521 458.

Fri 11 August Quarriers Annual Golf Day


Royal British Legion, Livery Walk, Bridge of Weir 8pm

Kilmacolm Golf Club, Porterfield Road, Kilmacolm 8.30am

The Royal British Legion Scotland Bridge of Weir Branch welcomes everyone to Karaoke in the Lounge Bar - come along and have a wee sing song.

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 at one of the top 100 courses in Scotland. Tea, coffee and breakfast rolls from 8.30am, 3 course lunch in the Club House and fantastic prizes.

Sat 5 - Sun 6 August

Fri 11 - Sun 27 Aug

Binocular & Telescope Open Day

Explorer Challenge: Animal Sculptures! RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm 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

Any time! (centre open 7 days; 10am – 4pm) Spend some quality family time together at RSPB Lochwinnoch! Go out on the reserve & embrace your inner artist! Cost: £3 per child (RSPB members £1) [Normal trail fees apply for accompanying adults]

Sat 12 August Johnstone Fire Engine Rally

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Pirate Day Johnstone Town Centre

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

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Sun 6 August

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm



Spectacular parade of vintage vehicles, on display for the whole day in Houstoun Square, with an afternoon-long party of music and entertainment, falconry displays, bouncy castle and more will take place. Scottish Fire and Rescue will be doing a series of dramatic demonstrations throughout the day.

Sun 13 August Gulls, Glorious Gulls!

Fairlie Bay Car Park, Kaim View, Fairlie, Largs KA29 0EH 11am to 3pm


11am to 4pm

Classic cars exhibition in a huge marquee, live music, children’s entertainment, face painting, magician, hot food stalls, licensed bar. A great reason to visit Largs this bank holiday weekend.

There’s more to gulls than being chip thieves on wings. The TnT team have been tagging them and need your help keeping an eye out for them. MORE INFO: Look online and book or tel 01505 842882.

Gateway Garden Drop In Session

Mon 7 August Make Your Own Mondays: Bushcraft – Campfire Fun!

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 11am - 1pm OR 2pm - 4pm. Come along for some campfire fun at Lochwinnoch! Learn how to build a natural fire, and a shelter to protect you from the elements! Then we will tuck in to some tasty campfire treats around the fire! Booking essential. Cost: £5 (Wildlife Explorers £3) - Adults go free!

Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan 1pm to 3pm Gardeners’ Questions - our experts are on site. Growing - salad box & cress planting. Harvesting - fruit & veg, as available. Having fun - scavenger and minibeast hunts. All welcome, no need to book – just turn up.

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Sat 26 August Sun 20 August Mon 14 August

Sat 19 August

Make Your Own Mondays: Minibeast Safari

Walk About a Bit

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 11am - 1pm OR 2pm - 4pm. If you go down to the woods today, what creepy crawlies will you find? Whether they’re flying over the meadow or hiding under logs, let’s go on a bug hunt! We will also make our very own butterfly feeders. Booking essential. Cost: £5 (Wildlife Explorers £3) - Adults go free!


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Sat 19 August Falconry Day

The 10 mile off road walk from Paisley to Lochwinnoch is back! Refreshments & toilet break included. 9.15am registration 10am start. For more info look online or tel 01505 842882.

Wildlife Photography Workshop – Beginner Level RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 1pm to 4.30pm

Learn how to take great outdoor and wildlife photographs with your own camera, then see your results on screen. Workshop led by wildlife photographer David Palmar (www.photoscot., volunteer photographer with the RSPB, with over 30 years of experience. This will be an excellent opportunity for beginners to learn the basics. Advice, encouragement and ideas will be freely given! Cost: £25 – 20% discount for RSPB members.

Sun 20 August Summer Gathering of Remembrance

St Vincent’s Hospice, Midton Road, Howwood 2pm to 3pm

‘A life that touches others goes on forever’. The event is a celebration including songs, readings and reflections. We do hope you can come along. Everyone welcome.

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).

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Follow the magic trail and uncover the identity of the famous Witch and Wizard.

ACCORD Hospice Rainbow Ramble

Brookfield Gala Day

Brookfield Village Park, Woodside Road, Brookfield 2pm

Welcoming back the Radio Clyde Roadshow with Gina McKie. A variety of stalls, fun activities including Cake & Candy, CD/DVD’s, Tombola, Pig Racing, Human Fruit Machine, Prize Raffle, Coconut Shy, Beer Tent/Bar and the ever-popular Bike Swap in conjunction with LEAP from Bridge of Weir. Afternoon Tea with delicious home baking will be available in the Village Hall from 2.30pm.

County Square Paisley PA1 1BS Paisley 10k - flat fast course that takes runners to the west of the town after a loop around Paisley’s historic town centre. Sponsored by Decathlon Braehead, with Macmillan Cancer Support as the official charity partner. 10k Road Race: 10am Fun Run: 12.15pm Events and activities throughout the day - perfect for all the family! Find out more on our website: paisley10k or call 0300 300 1362 for more information.

Start the event in a pristine white t-shirt gradually taking on the colours of the rainbow! 4 loops of the park - a distance of approximately 3K. Forms are available at ACCORD Hospice - or we can send these out. Contact uk or call 0141 581 2000 for more information. Registration £10

“Art Off The Square”

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall, Steeple Street

A great variety of art, sculpture, ceramics, glassware and jewellery on show. An important addition to the show is the tearoom with beautiful home-baking by members of the church. Entrance includes afternoon tea. Bring along family and friends to this excellent show. 23rd and 24th from 2 - 9pm ~ Saturday 25th from 10am - 4pm. £3.

Thu 24 August KDS Information Night

Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm 6.30pm to 7.30pm Do YOU fancy being part of our cast or crew for our Winter Production Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Kidston Hall 23rd - 25th November? If you do, please come along to our information evening.

Fri 25 August

Brookfield Village Hall, Woodside Road, Brookfield

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.

Join K.C. Party & Events charity fundraiser in aid of Schiehallion Children’s Cancer Ward at Glasgow Children’s Hospital and Intensive Care Special Baby Care Unit, RAH, Paisley. DJ, Buffet, amazing prizes up for grabs in both auction and raffle, photographer to capture the event and much, much more! For info call 07759 466131. £5.

BoW Horticultural Society Flower Show

Royal British Legion, Livery Walk, Bridge of Weir

If you would like a schedule, please contact 01505 614895. Everyone is welcome, either to enter items from their gardens or to come along to look at what we grow in this area.

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

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

St. Colm’s RC Church Coffee Morning Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm 10am to 12noon

Please join us for tea and cakes, home baking, face painting, stalls, raffle and fun! Tickets available on the door.

Ayr Running Festival

2 Fairfield Road, Ayr, South Ayrshire KA7 2AR

Bat & Moth Night

Saturday events - split into various races. The races will range from the Lang Scots Mile Dash events for the youngest runners, to Buggy Dashes for families and timed events for colts, adults and elite runners. Sunday 10K - A fast, flat and inclusive event. Whatever your goal, take part with family and friends in this superb event over a fantastic route in an ideal location.

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

Sat 26 Aug - Sun 3 Sept

Photos & Videos Wanted

7:30pm – late Bring a torch! AND 10am - 12noon Saturday (Moths) In the evening (Friday) we’ll have an interesting presentation on bats, followed by a walk out with bat detectors and the experts. The next morning, we’ll check the moth trap and see what it is the bats around the reserve like to eat! Please book, places limited due to popularity of event, please pay at time of booking. Cost: Adults: £6; Children: £3 (RSPB members: £3/£2)

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42 New Street, Paisley PA1 1YG 7pm to 12midnight

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Aug

Fri 25 August

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

Scottish Beer, Cider & Gin, Gourmet Food Vans, Music And Family Friendly Fun! £6 (early bird) £7

Wed 23 - Fri 25 Aug

Rotary Charity BBQ and Disco Ferguslie Park Gardens, Paisley PA1 2QX 2pm to 5pm

Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith 1pm to 9pm

Charity Night

Canal Station Bar, Paisley

Witches and Wizards Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm

Paisley 10k Road Race & Fun Run

Beith Beer Festival

Largs Regatta Week Largs Yacht Haven

Fun week of racing keelboats and dinghies around the buoys and islands including the Scottish Two Handed Race and Firth of Clyde Costal Rowing Club Annual Regatta. BBQ and marquee, party with live music as well as the themed Regatta Dinner. Visit

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august 2017 Sat 26 Aug - Sun 10 Sept Jurassic Kingdom

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Great Western Road, Glasgow 10am to 6pm

A fascinating and educational day out for families. Last entry at 5pm. Once inside the event visitors can stay as long as they like. For info & tickets

Sun 27 August Johnstone Gala Day

Thomas Shanks Park, Johnstone 12noon to 4pm JOIN US FOR A REALLY GREAT TIME WITH LOTS OF THINGS TO DO. A Football Tournament, Tug-ofWar, Bouncy Castle, Lots of goody stalls, Plenty of foody treats, and much, much more.

Get Wet and Wild

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm


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Come along with your wet gear and join in the games. See who ends up in the stocks getting soaked. Can you race your space hopper to the end and avoid sponges?

Brass Showcase 2017

Johnstone Town Hall, Johnstone


Each of the bands are looking forward to presenting their best concert programme, and the bands will receive feedback from a judging panel, and from the audience. Come along and enjoy this brand new, innovative event.

Wildlife Photography Workshop – Intermediate Level RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm

Learn how to take great outdoor and wildlife photographs with your own camera, then see your results on screen. Workshop led b RSPB volunteer wildlife photographer David Palmar (, with over 30 years of experience. An excellent opportunity to build on your existing photography skills. Advice, encouragement and ideas will be freely given! Cost: £40– 20% discount for RSPB members.

Wed 30 August Queensferry Crossing to Open Edinburgh (various)

The Queensferry Crossing will open to traffic. Full details will be provided for road users in the weeks ahead of opening the bridge.

Sat 2 September 1st Houston Boys Brigade Annual Coffee Morning

Houston & Killellan Kirk, Main Street, Houston 10am to 12noon

Tickets £1 including tea/coffee/homebaking. Breakfast rolls on sale.

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Sept Scottish International Airshow

2 Fairfield Road, Ayr, South Ayrshire KA7 2AR

Scotland’s biggest air party bringing the very best in flight displays to Scotland.

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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.

3rd Friday monthly

FitSteps with Jennifer

Hearing Aid Clinic

Tel: 07709 340675 for further information

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir 1 - 2pm

Hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.

every Tuesday

2nd Saturday monthly

Bishopton Belles Line Dancing

‘Brunch & Browse’

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Hall 6.30 - 8.30pm

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

Singing for Wellbeing

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

last Friday monthly TheTerrace

every Wednesday

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

last Saturday monthly

Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers 10am - 12noon

Table Top Sale

Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir 7pm - 8pm

For a healthier, slimmer, more energetic you!

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

Conser vation Volunteers - adult group. Newcomers always welcome.

every Friday

Sunday 3rd

Site opens at 10 am – Flying display finishes at 6 pm

Site opens at 10 am – Flying display finishes at 5 pm

The RAF Falcons parachute team will land on Ayr beach

The RAF Falcons parachute team will land on Ayr beach

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church Hall

Knitting Group Skinny Minnies

Saturday 2nd

St Fillan’s Hall, Kilmacolm 10am - 2pm

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

Knitters of all levels welcome!

Linwood Parish Church, Blackwood Ave 11am - 1pm

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

2nd Sunday monthly Gateway Garden Drop In Sessions Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan 1pm -3pm

RAF Typhoon Fighter

RAF Typhoon Fighter

Yak 3 WW2 Russian classic fighter

The Lancaster solo display

The Battle of Britain memorial flight – Lancaster Hurricane Spitfire

Yak 3 WW2 Russian classic fighter

Royal Marines role demonstration and beach assault featuring a Type 23 Frigate, P2000 inshore fast patrol craft, Offshore Raiding Craft,

Open Days with gardening and wildlife activities on offer

Merlin helicopter and a full detachment of Royal Marines

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The RAF Grob Tutor aerobatic display

Singing for Wellbeing

MiG 15 Cold War fighter jet

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

Belgian Air Force F16 Fighting Falcon supersonic fighter jet

every Saturday Weekly Volunteer Group Conservation Volunteers, adult group. Newcomers always welcome.

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm

1st & 3rd SUN

Weekly Volunteer Group

10am - 3pm Tel: 07977 179 861

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

2nd THU & last SAT Paisley Cross

10am - 2pm Tel: 01655 770217

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

Cargill Hall 7 - 9.15pm

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.

Flying display finishes at 6 pm

Loch Lomond Shores

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

Captain Ham and the ever popular Wee Dram sea plane

10am - 2pm

every Sunday Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch 10am - 12noon

Plane Sailing’s WW2 classic Catalina Flying Boat

1st SAT


Floral Art Demonstration

Captain Ham and the ever popular Wee Dram sea plane The Red Arrows aerobatic display 4.30 until 5 pm will finish the airshow


As well as our Viking Village there will also be: A Scottish Food and Craft Fayre – Come and enjoy a shopping experience with a difference. Owl Magic – with us every day, weather permitting. All the owls on show have been hand reared and are used to being handled.

at 2pm in Paisley Abbey

Fun Fair – present on the Promenade Car Park throughout the Festival.

At weekends,there will be aerobatic displays, on-stage entertainment and a variety of street performers on the Promenade and at various locations in the town. Visit for full details

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Plane Sailing’s WW2 classic Catalina Flying Boat

School visits to the Village are welcomed and normally double up with a visit to Vikingar! The town’s all year round Viking experience. Please contact Vikingar! On 01475 689777 for further details.

Wednesday 13th September

Paisley Abbey (Church of Scotland) – Registered Charity No. SC007633

Belgian Air Force F16 Fighting Falcon supersonic fighter jet

This year the re-enactment group Swords of Dalriada will be in the Viking Village with Viking traders from Germany, Sweden and Ireland. Come and see how the Vikings lived in our extended living history 13th Century Viking Village. Entry fee of £5 Adults, £2 children, students and Concessions (over 60s) with Under 5s FREE gives admission throughout the day of purchase. The Village opens at 11 a.m. Every day with last admission at 4.30 pm. Please note that the Village closes on the Opening Day, 2 September, from 12.30 to 1.45 pm to enable the Vikings to participate in the Opening Parade and as required to facilitate Viking Skirmishes.

by Jane Gordon

Tickets £5 from the Abbey Shop or at the door

MiG 15 Cold War fighter jet


Greenock Cut Visitor Centre 10.30am - 2.30pm

The RAF Grob Tutor aerobatic display


Quarrier’s Village, 6:30pm

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august 2017 The annual Rotary Charity BBQ and Disco will be held at Brookfield Village Hall on Friday 25th August 2017. 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. On September 16th, the club will man a Coconut shy at the St Columba’s Late Summer Fete, raising money for local charities. St Columba’s are a corporate member of Rotary and the club are pleased to have the opportunity to return a favour. Members will be present and ready to speak to people who may be interested to learn more about the club and membership.

GLASGOW BOTANIC GARDENS, 730 GREAT WESTERN RD, GLASGOW G12 0UE Jurassic Kingdom continues its UK wide tour to Glasgow Botanic Gardens, opening on the 26th August 2017 and closing on the 10th September 2017. It will be open daily during these dates and makes a fascinating and educational day out for families. Please ensure you arrive within the hourly time slot you have purchased. The event will be open from 10am to 6pm daily with last entry at 5pm. Once inside the event visitors can stay as long as they like. Please Note: Tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Children aged 2 and under enter free and do not need a ticket. Child tickets are for ages 3-16. There are no cloakroom facilities at the venue, so visitors will not be able to store bags or large items. Children’s scooters, skates and bicycles are not permitted on site. Only guide dogs are permitted at the festival. Thank you. Accessibility: The pathways are a mixture of hard standing, grass and dirt track, and temporary plastic pathway. The event route is mostly accessible to wheelchair users and for pushchairs. Please be aware that some areas do have a few steps and some uneven flooring as we are on a public park site. Our teams onsite are ready to assist any wheelchair users where possible and offer route guidance and advice as we would like all our visitors to enjoy the event and make the most of their visit. Parking: To retain the peace of the Gardens, there is no parking within the Grounds but on-street parking is available in Queen Margaret Drive, immediately adjacent to the entrance. Limited parking for registered disabled is available within the Gardens. Please note, parking is very limited so we strongly advise using public transport to avoid causing major traffic jams. Travel by Bus: From Buchanan Bus Station take the number 6 bus, from Glasgow Central take bus no.s 7 or 6, from Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow take bus number 4A. Travel by Train: The nearest subway station to Botanic Gardens is Hillhead station on the Glasgow Subway. The nearest central railway station is Partick or Hyndland.

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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the advertizer Thank you to all of you who supported our Spring Production ‘Quartet’ which was a great success. Alison Holliman, our professional director from Helensburgh, along with our very talented cast put on a great show which was enjoyed by all. Thank you for all your kind comments and I’m thrilled you all enjoyed it so much. After such a successful production, I am delighted that Alison has also agreed to Direct our forthcoming winter production. Yes….now summer is almost at an end we are already preparing for our next show to kick start, dare I say it, Christmas festivities!! We have decided to have a change from our pantomime and instead put on the new adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol which we are all very excited about. This is a huge production for us to undertake and we cannot do it without your support. There will be some musical numbers and it promises to be quite a spectacular show for all the family. Do YOU fancy being part of our cast or crew for our Winter Production Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Kidston Hall 23-25 November 2017? If you do, please come along to our information evening on Thursday 24th August at 6.30-7.30pm in the Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm. Look forward to seeing all those interested in starring in or helping backstage then. I will print our cast list in the Advertiser once auditions have taken place. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoyed the lovely Scottish summer weather! And look on the bright have a great Christmas Night Out to look forward so please put our show dates in your diaries! Will keep you posted over the next few months. My email address is below if anyone would like any further information on KDS. Stay Safe


Kicking off with a spectacular parade of vintage vehicles at 11am. The vehicles will be on display for the rest of the day in Houstoun Square, where an afternoon-long party of music and entertainment, falconry displays, bouncy castle and more will take place. Scottish Fire and Rescue will be doing a series of dramatic demonstrations throughout the day.

Brighter Renfrewshire Alcohol Awareness Week Brighter Renfrewshire Alcohol Awareness Week was celebrated by RAMH with an alcohol free BBQ attended by almost 80 guests. The rain stayed off and guests enjoyed a range of non alcoholic drinks and healthy BBQ food including fish kebabs, grilled chicken, salads and cous cous. The smoothie bike allowed guests to blend smoothies by pedalling their choice of fruit into a delicious drink. Those in attendance included service users and staff from various agencies including alcohol support organisations, local information services such as Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, and local councillors. The event was held in one of three of the beautiful RAMH gardens which is maintained by the Wellbeing Gardening Groups. Ecotherapy is a productive way to manage symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety, and is beneficial because being outdoors, being physically active, and nurturing plants, all boost feelings of wellbeing. The Wellbeing Gardening Groups are supported in 2017 by Tesco Bags Of Help who awarded three RAMH gardening groups a total of £12,000. The crucial funding means that three gardens will undergo extensive development to create spaces where people experiencing mental ill health can benefit from ecotherapy, enjoy being outdoors and seek peace and solace. For more info visit or contact or 0141 847 8900.

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august 2017

Keep It Country Show

Wednesday 2nd August - 7.30pm – Tickets £20 Join 4 of Ireland’s top country Stars for an unmissable show filled with toe tapping Country music, cabaret and laughter that will have the audience singing and clapping all night long. The show features showband legend John Hogan, the hilarious Gary Gamble and his surreal impressions of Daniel O’Donnell, the pure voice of Joe Moore and the popular Cowboy Larry all accompanied by the fantastic Keltic Storm live band.

The Little Mermaid

Saturday 5th August - 2pm - Tickets £10 to £12 Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of The Little Mermaid is brought to the stage in a brand new production by the internationally acclaimed Panto Company. With stunning scenery, eye-catching costumes, original songs plus up-to-date chart songs and not forgetting loads of audience participation, this show makes for an entertaining family day out. Age guidance: 3-11

Rhythm of the Dance

Sunday 6th August - 7.30pm - Tickets £23 to £24 This incredible live show creates a new era in Irish entertainment, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the handsome Young Irish Tenors, an array of the most talented, gifted cast who keep audiences wowed all over the world. For more information go to : www.

Seussical Jr.

Friday 11th, 12th August - 7.30pm - Tickets £10 to £12 Saturday 12th August - 2.30pm - Tickets £10 to £12 Following their sell-out show Little Mermaid JR last year, Greenock Players Youth bring you an un-forgettable musical caper! Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favourite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life in this fantastical musical extravaganza.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Singalong

Saturday 12th August - 2pm - Tickets up to £8 The much loved fairytale, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, comes to life onstage in an unforgettable live stage production full of songs and laughter that children will love. Goldilocks, the Three Bears, and Ruff the Dog perform live in this exciting and fun-filled musical production which takes a few twists and turns along the way with other new puppet characters. Age guidance: 1-7 years

The Pearl Fishers

Friday 25th August - 7:30 pm - Tickets £6 to £15 Opera Bohemia returns to the Beacon with Bizet’s masterpiece. Two men’s vow of friendship is threatened by their obsession with the same woman, a beautiful priestess, who battles to suppress her feelings of love in order to uphold her sacred oath. With beautiful melodies, rousing choruses and opera’s most famous duet! BEACON ARTS CENTRE, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, GREENOCK, PA15 1HJ INFO@BEACONARTSCENTRE.CO.UK TELEPHONE: 01475 723723


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

Brass Showcase 2017

WED The Kilkenny’s


Paisley Town Hall Tickets: £15 (£12 conc.) + bkg fee*


Ireland’s newest balladeers come from a city steeped in music, history and folk culture. The band’s following is growing internationally and their upward curve has been sure and steady. With passion and pride, The Kilkennys play old Irish folk songs and new songs of their own.

SUN Aly Bain and Phill Cunningham

20 AUG

Paisley Town Hall Tickets: £18 (£16 conc.) + bkg fee*


Now embarking on their 31st year of working together, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music. With their musical magic and quick-witted humour, they will pull your emotional strings one moment and have you falling off the seat with laughter the next! Call us on 0300 300 1210 or visit to book

Johnstone Band is delighted to announce a Brass Showcase on Sunday 27th August at Johnstone Town Hall from 3pm. The event has arisen from the gap in the banding calendar following Land O’Burns contest cancellation this year. Each of the bands is looking forward to presenting their best concert programme, and the bands will receive feedback from a judging panel, and from the audience. Come along and enjoy this brand new, innovative event. Entry will be £5 and free to under 16s, with first band on at 3pm.

04 - 28 August 2017 Across Edinburgh

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Financial Blog by Carl Melvin, Affluent Financial Planning Ltd

Landlords & Tax – More tax to pay? The Government has trained its sights on property investors and landlords now face higher tax bills. Many landlords are higher rate income taxpayers and the loss of higher rate tax relief on mortgage costs could be very painful for some, particularly those with large portfolios or with a high level of borrowing. In summary, higher rate tax relief is being withdraw over the next 4 years meaning taxable profits will be higher - leading to more tax to pay. In some cases, the tax bill may exceed the net income the landlord receives! The changes are;

• Reduce debt? - and lower your risk • Tax planning – transfer ownership to a lower rate taxpaying spouse/ civil partner? • Take professional advice – the tax rules around property investment are complicated. This information is not financial advice. If you require advice you should consult a professional adviser. The first meeting is normally free and there is no obligation. Call us for a FREE financial review on 01505 59 50 60 or Alternatively, pop into the Affluent office opposite Amaretto restaurant on Main Street, Bridge of Weir.

Although the target for this tax grab is higher rate income taxpayers, those who pay basic rate income tax may not escape unscathed. Much depends on how big the mortgage is and how much interest is claimed against rental profits. Once finance costs are disallowed as shown above, rental profits may push a basic rate taxpayer into higher rate income tax taking their tax rate from 20% to 40% Landlords should now consider the following; • Do the maths – is buy to let still a worthwhile investment?

Clyde’s First Opening Road Bridge The award-winning architect behind the Falkirk Wheel believes proposals for the Clyde’s first opening bridge will act as a symbol of the region’s regeneration. Internationally acclaimed Tony Kettle has drawn on the area’s rich shipbuilding heritage to develop a new road bridge between Renfrew, Clydebank and Yoker as part of a major infrastructure investment project. The bridge, which will open for passing ships and accommodate vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, is a key component of Renfrewshire Council’s

£90.7million Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project, which is funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal. Leading engineering and design consultancy Sweco worked with Kettle Collective to develop the conceptual design for the new twin-leaf bridge which uses a modern cable stay system akin to the Queensferry Crossing. Each leaf of the bridge opens and closes horizontally, with the joint at a 30degree angle in a nod to the local dry docks, while inclined masts rotate to resemble the turning motion of cranes. Kettle hopes the project could be extended to include a viewing platform and visitor attraction, providing a place for people to learn more about the history of the Clyde and explore the mechanics behind the bridge. He was the brains behind the 1,200 tonne Falkirk Wheel which has attracted more than 5.5million people since it opened in 2002. The new River Clyde crossing is part of plans to connect communities across the river and regenerate the Clyde Waterfront as an attractive area supporting residential, industrial, business, retail and leisure opportunities. Plans for the crossing and all Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside infrastructure are being considered by planning authorities in Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow this summer. If approved, construction is anticipated to start in 2018 and be completed in 2020.

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Speaker Dinner Meetings David Hill - “Disabled Sport at Castle Semple” - June 21st

David Hill, Chief Instructor at Castle Semple was introduced by David Fairbairn. David had addressed the Club on a previous occasion and has been Rotary’s main contact in the three projects to promote sailing for the disabled, namely the hoist, the adapted dinghy and the “The WheelyBoat”.

Presidential handover Following an excellent video showing how disabled people of all ages were benefiting from and enjoying the various sporting facilities on offer, David gave a most interesting account of the many developments and goals achieved at Castle Semple during the past year or two. In thanking David for his talk, Peter Dickie said that it was very satisfying for himself and his fellow members to hear and see how the club’s fund-raising efforts had helped in some way to bring about such pleasure and enjoyment to so many. Chris Butlin - “My Favourite Island in the Sun” - June 28th Past President Chris Butlin spoke to the club at the last meeting of the Rotary year. His subject was “My Favourite Island in the Sun”. Chris and his wife Ruth look forward to a visit to Sicily each year to visit Ruth’s sister and husband who live there. It is the biggest island in the Mediterranean. And has the most active volcano too. Chris reckons it is great for foodies, history, and now also for visiting the haunts of the great detective Montalbano. Chris highlighted Aztec chocolate made in Modica and came with samples! After a series of questions, the President thanked Chris for his

At the meeting on 5th June Peter Dickie handed over the chain of office to his successor as President, Nigel Jamison. In his final remarks as President, Peter thanked his team of retiring officers (pictured) and the members for their work during the year. There were 48 club meetings (with 46 speakers) during the year, £12000 was raised for charity and £17000 was spent on a range of excellent projects and causes. The club is in good shape with 40+ active members. Nigel congratulated Peter on his year in the chair and gave him a gift from the club. He looked forward to working with the new team of officers and remarked that everyone he had approached had been willing to take on a task. The officers for the 2017-18 year are: President: Nigel Jamison Hon Sec: Allan Gilfillan Hon Treasurer: Iain Robertson Club Service/Membership: Peter Dickie Community and Vocational: Ronnie Mercer

admirable presentation. Angel Voices A donation from Gryffe Valley Rotary has covered the cost of new uniforms for the Angel Voices choir. The choir has children from 5 to 12 years who love singing. They will be performing at a Rotary event in the autumn/winter. A letter of thanks from choir organiser Maureen Russell was read out at the club business meeting. Its appropriate that the uniforms are purple – the Rotary colour of the End Polio campaign!

Information and Webmaster: Mike Farley International Service and Rotary Foundation: Alan Watt Speakers: Jim McBeath Sports and Social: Angus Matheson Youth Service: Andrew Macleman

Next meetings/events The new Rotary year will start with three members speaking and our latest Euroscholar. August 16th July 19th Alison Headley – “Euroscholar” Allan Gilfillan August 9th Zia Hotiana on “Urology”

August 30th Colin Bird – “Pipes for life”

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history Kilbarchan

Henry Birkmyre and his Descendants

War dead 1916

Henry Birkmyre (17621844) worked as a handloom weaver in Kilbarchan, where in 1785 he married his first cousin Agnes Birkmyre. After their marriage, Henry and Agnes attended Burntshields Burgher Church. The baptisms of three of their children, Jean in 1786, John in 1788 and Agnes in 1791, are recorded in Burntshields church records. In 1792 the family moved to Port Glasgow where Henry took up employment in a sailcloth manufactury. A fourth child, William, was born in Port Glasgow in 1802. The Birkmyres prospered in Port Glasgow. Henry soon rose to the position of foreman in Gourock Ropework Co. and was made a partner in the firm in 1814. His portrait, which still exists, is said to have hung in the company’s boardroom.

On a visit to the Somme, on 1st July James Wallace laid a wreath on behalf of the Kilbarchan Scout Group at Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery. Private James Dunne of the Black Watch lived for some years in St.Barchan’s Road and is remembered on the memorial in the Scout Hall. He was killed on 25th August 1916.

Henry sent his younger son, William, to Glasgow to be trained by city merchants. This early training paid off and, following in his father’s footsteps, William was appointed as a manager in the rope works. In 1831 he married Margaret Aitken. William was regarded as a shrewd businessman and laid the foundations of the future success and world-wide expansion of Gourock Ropework Co. He retired in 1860 and died in 1862 in Ashgrove, the family home at the bottom of Clune Brae in Port Glasgow. Two of William’s sons, Henry (b.1832) and John (b.1836) became partners in Gourock Ropework Co. A third son William (b.1838) spent some time in India, and pursued a political career, becoming MP for the Burgh of Ayr. A younger son, Adam (b.1848), attended to the family’s business interests overseas. Under the brothers’ control, Gourock Ropework Co. became renowned world-wide as manufacturers of rope, sail cloth and canvas. All four brothers became extremely wealthy and were generous benefactors in the local community. Henry was instrumental in founding Clune Park U.P. Church in 1878. In 1881, he diversified his interests and bought New Lanark Mills from the then owner, Charles Walker. Under the Birkmyre family, Gourock Ropework Co. owned David Dale’s new Lanark Mills for the next 65 years. John, in 1870, appointed David Bryce, a renowned architect, to build his baronial mansion, Broadstone House on the hills above Port Glasgow. He gifted Broadstone Jubilee Hospital to the community of Port Glasgow. William, the third brother, spent time in India and pursued a political career, becoming MP for the Burgh of Ayr. He gifted Birkmyre Park (later known as the Public Park) to the town of Port Glasgow. Adam owned Shallott (now part of St. Columba’s School buildings) and various other properties in Kilmacolm. In 1897, he gifted recreation grounds, now Birkmyre Park, to Kilmacolm village. He also had interests in Calcutta in India and in Switzerland where he died in 1906. © 2017, Helen Calcluth, Renfrewshire Local History Forum

August 1917 The Third Battle of Ypres, better known as Passchendaele, was a by-word for mud and misery as whole divisions struggled through mud and rain to take the high ground. Private Thomas Major served with the 11th Argylls, 45th Brigade of the 15th (Scottish) Division. At 4.55 on 22 August 1917 the attack was launched and within thirty seconds an enemy barrage came down and the assaulting troops were met with concentrated machine-gun fire. The fate of the leading companies is unknown. Thomas Major went missing in this phase of the battle. He was 32 years old, and lived with his wife Elizabeth and four children at 43 Low Barholm. He was a stone mason, employed by Mr Thomas Gray, a Kilbarchan builder. He is commemorated on a memorial panel at Tyne Cot Cemetery. Private James R. Marshall also served in the 11th Argylls: the battalion had been withdrawn a little to reorganise after the attack on 22nd August. James Marshall was killed on 26th August, and, like Private Major has no known grave and is remembered on panels 141 to 143 and panel 162 at Tyne Cot. He had worked as a slater and plasterer in his father’s business at 20 Ewing Street. He had been called up in January 1917 and went to France in June. Airman 1st Class Arthur H. Wardlaw flew with 13 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. He had previously soldiered with the Border Regiment. He and a sergeant pilot were on a photo reconnaissance mission when they were attacked by two Albatross fighters and shot down. His Flight Commander wrote: ‘Both were killed on the spot and cannot have suffered much...’ Before the war he worked in the drawing office of Loudon Brothers, engineers, of Johnstone. He died on 30th August 1917 and has no known grave. He is remembered on the Arras Flying Services Memorial. Photo shows panels of the missing at Tyne Cot, Passchendaele.

Johnstone History Society Our new season of meetings starts on Tuesday 12th September in the Masonic Hall Collier Street at 7.30pm. Our first speaker is Donald Reid MA [Hons) a Scottish author who lives in Beith Ayrshire his subject will be ‘The Lost Mining Villages of the Doon Valley’, We hope this meeting will be well attended and look forward to welcoming existing members and any new members or visitors. The Museum has continued to open throughout the summer and on Doors Open weekend the 2nd and 3rd of September the Museum will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 10.3Oam till 4pm, We have many books and publications on sale in the Museum, these can also be purchased online at “” and paid for through PayPal. We are also able to copy and print photographs etc at very reasonable charges.

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Success on a plate for Glasgow Airport Glasgow Airport has become the first airport in Scotland to boast a coveted food and drink standards award - its Scotland & Sea Food Court has won a Taste Our Best award. The Quality Assurance accreditation from VisitScotland certifies the excellence and provenance of the food and drink available at Scotland & Sea’s airport eateries.

Supreme Sacrifice - Bridge of Weir and the Great War 100 years ago this month – August 1917 Private David McGregor, 18th King’s (Liverpool) Regiment

Private Richard Arroll, 5th Seaforth Highlanders

Gunner William Millar, Royal Field Artillery

Private William Candlish, 6th Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders

Private Adam McLeod Walton, 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Captain George Jackson, 18th Highland Light Infantry

Private James Woodrow, 8th Seaforth Highlanders

August 1917 was to be the worst month of the war for Bridge of Weir: seven fatalities, five of them in the glutinous mud and gas-contaminated wasteland of Third Ypres, that dreadful slog towards Passchendaele that was supposed to be the final push that broke the German Army. The Armies still faced each other in November with half a million fewer men; exhausted but not broken. David McGregor of Gryffe View had volunteered at seventeen, joined the Army Cyclist Corps then transferred to the King’s Liverpool Regiment that took part in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge on the first day of Third Ypres. David was 19, his body never found, the youngest on the village memorial. William Simpson Millar, eldest son of Robert Millar, a carter living in the Wheatsheaf, was a gunner in a howitzer battery, and in mid-August both sides were pounding the other relentlessly, for which William paid the price.

Taste Our Best, a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government, is designed to recognise businesses - including hotels, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, visitor attractions and B&Bs - that not only offer a quality food and drink experience but also include and promote Scottish produce on their menus, giving consumers more choice and an authentic experience. The scheme provides businesses with an assessment by qualified assessors of their food provision and menu, with those meeting the necessary criteria receiving the Taste Our Best accreditation.The award provides consumers with an independent and trusted assurance of standards and in addition, offers businesses a valuable marketing tool. Scotland & Sea comprises four outlets providing different catering offerings, with dishes freshly prepared and cooked on the premises.The separate sports bar and grill, deli, buffet-style restaurant and café bar offer a wide variety of dining options, from grab and go light bites to lunch. The Food Court is operated by global catering specialist Delaware North, which invested over £2m five years ago to transform the Glasgow Airport Food Court into a stylish, contemporary and comfortable dining hall.

Supreme Sacrifice - continued out of the clinging, sucking mud. Adam, James and William’s names are on the Tyne Cot Memorial. August was also the final month of life for Dickie Arroll, a successful house painter who had set up home with his wife and three daughters in Torr Road. He was a keen sportsman, and taught physical fitness, which may explain why he lasted three months after being wounded in the thigh at Arras in May. He was repatriated to Hampstead Hospital in London, but to no avail. He was the final victim of the Battles of Arras, the sixth in the village.

Adam McLeod Walton, Ladeside Place, was the illegitimate son of Jessie Walton, a thread mill worker. He enlisted in the 11th Argylls in March 1917 and was in Flanders four months later, barely trained to fight. A month later he was presumed killed in an attack on Beck House. James Woodrow, also Ladeside Place, the son of James (a joiner) and Elizabeth was in the 8th Seaforth Highlanders when they made their attack on Beck House just four days later. It was another failure, and the Seaforths were reduced to 200 men, about quarter-strength. The odds were stacked against James. William Candlish was the son of James, a grain merchant in Glasgow and Mary Lennox, and moved to Bridge of Weir in 1912. He was a shipping clerk and might have gained a commission had he lived longer, but he too was trudging between Cambridge Trench and the fighting for Beck House when he was killed on 24th August, whether from a bullet or, as many did, slipping off a catwalk into a flooded shell crater, with no hope of climbing

George Jackson, Prieston Road, the son of William Jackson, sugar merchant and Jean Bain, was educated at Paisley Grammar and Glasgow University and was being groomed to take over his father’s business Private Richard Arroll when the war began. As a territorial he was in France by November 1914. He won promotion to Captain, became a Staff Officer, but returned to his men in late August 1917 near Guillemont Farm at Villers-Faucon. The enemy attacked, George gathered men for a counter-attack and he died leading them - what his colonel called in his letter to the parents, “a soldier’s death.” He was twenty-five. Read more about the lives and untimely deaths of all seven men at http://www. and in the Captain George Jackson book “Supreme Sacrifice: A Small Village and the Great War available from or Abbey Books, 2 Well Street, Paisley, and other major bookshops or online. Gordon Masterton

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Classics Cars come to Castle Semple “Classics at Castle Semple” will return to the shores of Castle Semple Loch for a 7th year on Sunday 22 October 2017 11am-3pm. The show has gained fabulous support from both the public and classic car owners from far afield. “ For a small show, the response has been overwhelming. I reckon it’s the pleasant atmosphere of the show along with its stunning location in Lochwinnoch that has people flocking back,” said Jane Fawcett , event organiser. “Hardened car show goers can be quite critical of our cars, but the public just love them. That makes us owners a happy bunch! “ This year Jane will be asking for help raising money for her favourite charity, the wonderful St Vincents Hospice, in Howwood. “ I think we all know someone who’s been there or who’s life has ended there. We are so lucky to have them on our doorstep. Bigger charities seem to attract a lot of donations and smaller, local charities miss out – like St Vincents. So this year, the event is still free but I’ll have the buckets going round the show and would ask that you kindly donate. “ “Last years show had everything from a plucky little Vauxhall Viva, Jazzy Rolls Royce, Classic Lotus Elan, a rather pink VW beetle , a very brownTriumph Dolomite Sprint and a variety of Hotrods and American beasts alongside some tasty motorbikes. So much variety – it’s a comical car park at times!” Jane is inviting local classic owners to apply and as the show fills very quickly so email asap with enquiries.

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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.

Cawdor Cup Comes To Kilmacolm The prestigious Cawdor Cup is the trophy awarded each year by the Clydesdale Horse Society to the Champion Clydesdale Female at the Royal Highland Show. This year’s winner is the eight year old mare, West Glen New Dawn, owned and bred by Jim and Jean Anderson at West Glen Farm, Kilmacolm, ably supported by their well kent nephew, Seamons McFarlane. After winning the Clydesdale Female Championship, New Dawn went on to win the overall Clydesdale Championship, beating the Clydesdale Male Champion. The following day she won the Scottish Native Horse and Pony Championship, The Sanderson Trophy, by beating the Champion Highland, Shetland and Eriskay Ponies. New Dawn has been Champion Clydesdale at many of the local agricultural shows over the past eight years and has been a contender at The Royal Highland Show most years since first being shown there as a yearling. She is the daughter of perhaps the most renown Clydesdale stallion of this era, Collessie Cut Above and her dam is Fawnspark Holly whose sire was Dillars Leader. Both these stallions were winners of the male Cawdor Cup which is competed for at the National Stallion Show in the Spring of each year. Holly, who is now 12 years old, was gifted by Jim and Jean to the Riding for the Disabled several months ago and is now a star in her own right doing a great job at Cardross.

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. registered Scottish Charity No SCO46258

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Dental Problems in Guinea Pigs Guinea pigs have 20 teeth, 4 incisors at the front and 16 “cheek teeth” consisting of 1 set of premolars and 3 sets of molars. All of these are open rooted, meaning they grow continuously. In healthy guinea pigs the normal process of biting and chewing food causes wearing of the teeth and prevents them overgrowing. Abnormal wear of the teeth leads to overgrowth. This tends to form spikes on the outer edge of the upper cheek teeth and the inner edge of the lower teeth. This prevents normal eating and can cause injuries and sores in the mouth. The lower teeth can overgrow to the extent that they trap the tongue and prevent normal swallowing. Causes of dental problems include: • Incorrect diet: Most common cause. Inadequate amount of roughage (hay/grass) in diet leads to reduced wearing of teeth. Also inadequate vitamin C supplementation can cause scurvy with effects including dental misalignment and pain from loose teeth. • Genetic abnormalities: Affecting jaw conformation leading to abnormal wear of teeth.

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Jim and Jean have been showing and breeding Clydesdales for only the past twelve years and are obviously delighted with an achievement that some Clydesdale breeders aspire to over several generations.

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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: 10.30am-4.30pm (Tue/Fri: 9.30am-4pm)

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Re-homing Pets Can you offer a home to any of our featured pets? Jess - 8 year-old female domestic shorthair


Jess came in to care as a stray. She is a friendly girl who would prefer not to live with other cats. She’ll enjoy having safe access to

a garden.

Gizmo - 10 year-old male domestic short-hair Gizmo loves to chat and watch what is happening around him. He would love a garden to relax in, and would prefer a home without other pets. He would be ok with older children, and would need to be groomed most evenings as he has a high maintenance coat.

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

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

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

Oris - 9 week old male hamster Oris arrived in to our care with his brothers and sisters and he is now looking for his forever home. 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.


Minstrel - 2 year-old male crossbreed


Minstrel was found as a stray wandering on his own. Luckily he was rescued and brought into our care. Minstrel is looking for a home inside or out as long it is secure. He would suit a family home where he will receive lots of attention so he can flourish in his forever home. To contact the centre about any animals, please call 03000 999 999 or visit

Ollie - 8+ year-old male crossbreed Ollie is looking for a hands off and gentle home that will give him time to settle as he has been in kennels for a while. He would need someone around for most of the day initially and Ollie build up the length of time he was left alone. His new owners will need to visit him at the centre multiple times to build a bond before he goes home. He is pretty intelligent and is full of potential. He loves training and the tasty rewards it brings. He will need an owner that has recent experience with rescue dogs and looking to continue training with him. Ollie would benefit from living in a quiet home with few visitors and quiet areas to walk. He will need to be kept on a lead in public areas, because of this we would like Ollie to have a secure private garden to have a bit of freedom. Don’t let his age fool you, he is very agile so will need a 6ft fence. He can live with people over the age of 16. He must be the only pet in the home but does enjoy walking on lead beside some doggy friends.

Abseil Face your fears and take part in this Scottish SPCA exclusive abseil down the famous Titan Crane on the River Clyde! Event Details

You can free fall abseil 150ft down Glasgow’s Titan Crane and help raise vital funds for Scotland’s abused, abandoned and injured animals. A team of highly skilled instructors will ensure you are equipped with all you need to make your abseil as safe and enjoyable as possible. Minimum sponsorship The minimum sponsorship to take part is £150, along with a registration fee of £26. Participants under the age of 16 must have parental consent. How to enter If you would like to take part in this fantastic event please contact us here. Helping you raise funds We’ll do everything we can to help you reach your fundraising target. Contact us by email or call us on 03000 999 999 (option 4) and we’ll send you an easy step guide to raising funds.

Bonnie - 1 to 2 year-old female border collie cross Bonnie is a very sweet girl who is still young and looking for someone to guide her in the right direction with positive and rewarding training methods. She does have some basic training but needs to build her confidence and self control a bit more. Bonnie is young, active and bouncy Bonnie so we would like her to live with children of 16 years and over. She is very clever and will need lots of physical and mental stimulation so she’ll need an experienced home that preferably have collie or german shepherd experience. She loves other dogs and could play all day. She doesn’t like to be left alone for long so someone who is home most of the day would be ideal. A secure garden with a 4.5 foot fence is required so that Bonnie has somewhere to relax, play and continue training. 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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Kilbarchan’s Gateway Garden

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The Gateway Garden team will be on hand again to welcome visitors on Sunday 13th August from 1pm - 3pm at the monthly drop in session (every 2nd Sunday). Get advice and tips from gardening experts at the Gardner’s Question Time, grow some salad boxes and cress with the kids, harvest some fruit and veg (as available) or have some fun by taking part in a scavenger or mini-beast hunt. Most importantly come along and meet some of the volunteers and find out how you can get involved. The garden is open to anyone with an interest at any time once you are a member. Find Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

We are pleased to announce that a record breaking 73 parks from across Scotland have been presented with a Green Flag Award this year in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality outdoor space an increase of three over last year. The award recognises that well maintained parks build healthy and stable communities alongside the health benefits that quality outdoor space provides, including enabling and encouraging exercise, improving mental well being, and encouraging critical play for child development. Scotland’s winning parks are run by local authorities, universities and community groups. Amongst the 2017 award winners, first time awards were received by Johnston Gardens in Aberdeen, Silver Sands & Hawkcraig Point in Fife, Haugh Park in Fife and Dundee Law,Dundee. All parks are assessed by volunteer judges with a background in parks management, conservation or ecology. Applicants are judged against demanding criteria which include assessing whether the park or green space is welcoming and well-maintained. Find your nearest Green Flag Award winning park or green space at: parks.

LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER During July and August, many of our volunteers will be taking a break. Whether lounging by a foreign pool or looking after their own plants at home, they’ll be hoping to enjoy hot weather and cold drinks. So there will be fewer of us about in the village, and those who are out will simply be keeping things tidy and having more time to themselves. They’ve earned it. In the July issue of the Advertizer, we mentioned that we were still trying to track down the winners of our Gala Day prize draws. We’ve done that, and the prizes have now been distributed to the winners. In the ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ competition, we asked entrants to choose an oceanic item out of 35 featured, from an anchor to a walrus. The answer drawn was ’Sea Horse’, and seven winners each received one of a variety of prizes from glassware to shopping vouchers. For our star prize of a luxury picnic set, entrants were asked to guess the number of plants we had delivered to us in May. The actual number was 2,652, and local businessman Dougie Turner was the winner with a guesstimate of 2,745. When presented with the prize at the end of June, Dougie said that he was planning a trip north in his motor home and the prize would be very handy. For the record, the plants delivered in May were mostly for the various baskets, tubs and street planters throughout the village. The total number of bulbs, plants, and shrubs purchased and planted every year is considerably more. (And this year, for the first time, we got some trees as well.) Remember that you can keep up with our work on our website and Facebook page. We look forward to receiving your comments and any thoughts you might have on what you think would help to enhance our community.

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Bridge of Weir Horticultural Society Members gathered at Holmes Farm, near Irvine, on a fine breezy day. Our host, Brian Young, was his usual enthusiastic self; telling us the history of the garden and the planting scheme. The garden had begun as a farm, and Brian bargained with his father over space he might be allocated to start his garden/nursery enterprise. Originally this was one field but over the years Brian acquired extra areas for the greenhouses, sales area and tearoom. Sometimes this would happen when his parents were otherwise engaged..... The garden acts as the “show & tell” for the nursery, displaying the plants as they mature and spread. Unfortunately the irises, for which he is renowned, were almost over due to the climatic conditions this year and had peaked early but the peonies, monkshood etc were in fine form. One bed contains Brian’s spring bulb display but by mid-June the summer plants have completely taken over any straggly bulb foliage and the whole border was a riot of colour. We were encouraged to ask questions and to explore the entire garden, including the greenhouses, before moving inside for a cream tea. We all then had a browse through the sales area and shop, and unsurprisingly, most were tempted to a purchase. The Society’s Annual Flower Show takes place on Saturday 26th August and if you would like a schedule, please contact 01505-614895. Everyone is welcome, either to enter items from their gardens or to come along to look at what we grow in this area.

By this time of the year the work of our Colourful Kilmacolm volunteers consists of removing flowers that are past their best (i.e. Dead-heading), taking out any weeds that have found their way into our displays, feeding and, depending on the weather, doing some watering. Throughout the summer we have teams of volunteers who take it in turns to check all the plants and do whatever is needed. In addition, as many as are free come out once a month to remove weeds – and, sadly, litter – from the banking outside the Pullman. This area continues to mature and give rise to admiring and appreciative comments from passers-by. We are really pleased to have been able to beautify the village centre in this way. We have made a start to planting up the borders at Market Place. It is a tricky area, which is probably why it was neglected for so long, but we hope to improve its appearance with more plants which can tolerate the fairly dry, shady conditions. We will shortly be having a visit from our ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ assessor. In our first year we were placed on the second level, and moved up a level on each of the next two years. We are now officially ‘thriving’, but as there is only one higher level (‘outstanding’), that may be a step too far. The assessor looks at three main areas: community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement, so it is not just about the plants. For anyone interested, all our previous assessment reports can be viewed on our website, from where you can also download membership forms: Alternatively, you can phone Peter (01505 872448) or Liz (07963973031) to find out more.

Kilmacolm Flower Show KILMACOLM FLOWER SHOW will be held in the New Community Centre, Kilmacolm, on Saturday 2nd September, doors open after judging at 11am, prizegiving at 3.30pm and sale of flowers and produce at 4pm. Please come along and support the committee, and the exhibitors who will be showing their top quality exhibits in Cut Flowers, Pot Plants and Hanging Baskets, Novices, Floral Art, Kitchencraft, and Childrens classes. Flower Show Schedules are available from Jill Russell, Show Secretary, on 01505 872393, or by request at the Community Centre Kilmacolm. Discounted tea and coffee will be available at the Willow Tearooms to visitors of the Show - thanks to Gillian and her team. Everyone welcome

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Just 1 Month left until we 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! Last Chance for Summer Adventure Courses - There’s still time to book your little ones or yourself on a paddling or sailing course before the holiday ends. Check our website for dates and book online today! Support our Special Olympics Trained Sailors! Castle Semple Sailors have been practising hard in all weathers and have now graduated to the Sailability division of Special Olympics in Sheffield! Kids will be there from Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow. Clyde Muirshiel Munchkins: This month this Brand NEW Pre 5’s Nature Club will have stick adventures! It’s on at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre on Wed 23rd Aug, 10.30 - 11.30am; full details including booking can be done online. 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 521458. A different topic every week. Still two sessions left before it’s back to school! 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 www. for more info. 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

PC Bobby and Gary, live on Greenock Police Station roof. Seven were hand caught in Lochwinnoch, (Atty, Flyback, Stephen C. Gull, Roger, Roland, Stuart and Gully MacGullface) with five nesting on Little Cumbrae, one, Flyback, lives in Linwood and Atty, who’s a failed breeder, hanging out in the Trossachs. The final three were caught with the help of the Clyde Ringing Group and their whoosh net (Clyde, Jonathan LC. Gull and 17S:C) and data is still to come in on their whereabouts. All the gulls are male and each have their own pages on the Park’s website called Team Gull, things-to-do/widlife/tagn-track/teamgull/ where you can check out their movement maps that we will update each week. A number of the Lochwinnoch gulls can be spotted at the Loch everyday, particularly Stephen C. Gull, who can be identified by his colour ring 11R:C. All the gulls are fitted with white rings with red writing so if you see them let us know. We have also recently colour-ringed the chicks on Greenock Police Station including Gary’s two who aren’t far off fledging. Unfortunately we can’t tag chicks so will be relying on the rings to see if they are spotted in the same area as their dad when they migrate. In non-gull related news, Community Networks recently spent the morning taking part in a ringing demo at Muirshiel and were present for the catching and ringing of the first two Nuthatches in the Regional Park. A female and juvenile were ringed and have been seen frequently on the peanut feeders at the back of the Centre. 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. Look for details on our website or email to find out more. One of the project’s aims is to train volunteers in the use of our camera traps and monitor them 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 email

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Great news! We have managed to catch and tag 12 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. It took us seven weeks to do so but the time and effort is worth it as the data is pouring in. Two of the birds,

Details can be found on the Park’s website tag-n-track, Facebook or by emailing Talks to groups can be arranged if you are interested in finding out more about the project and its findings.

Our next event is Gulls, Glorious Gulls, at Fairlie Bay next to the car park. A number of our tagged gulls pass through Fairlie to head between Little Cumbrae and the main land. Help us spot them and other colour ringed species such as sandwich terns and black-headed gulls on Sunday 13th Aug. Pop along any time between 11am and 3pm.

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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Nowadays almost everyone is a photographer of sorts, whether you use a camera phone to take some quick snaps, or spend hours poring over a DSLR, determined to capture that perfect image. Getting outdoors with your camera is a great way to connect with the natural world. Once you start looking at wildlife through the lens, you can’t help but notice a million tiny details that you hadn’t seen before. Out in a wildflower meadow, you begin to notice the different flowers and which are more popular with the pollinating insects. Look more closely at those bees and you also begin to see the differences in patterns and colours that define the various species. Try to capture a bird of prey in flight and you’ll begin to see just how graceful they are on the wing, and how these majestic creatures hunt for prey. If you’d like the chance to learn more about taking great wildlife photographs, and discover more about the natural world while you’re at it, then our Photography Workshops could be for you! Benefit from the advice and encouragement of David Palmar, a photographer with over 30 years of experience, practise your new skills out on the reserve, and then see your results on screen. Discover some top tips about taking a variety of nature pictures, from macro shots of flowers and insects to landscapes and bird photography. Our Beginners Workshop on Saturday 19th August is perfect for anyone starting out in the world of photography, and our Intermediate Workshop on Sunday 27th is ideal for those looking to build on their existing skills. For more information about the reserve or any of our events, please call 01505 842 663 or email

St Vincents Hospice Garden Created in 2015, this is a fully accessible garden which has been designed to be a tranquil and restful space. With a large wildlife pond and feature drystone walling, the garden has several seating areas - one known as “rest-a-while”. There are different planting areas, including large herbaceous beds, raised sensory bed, memorial rose border underplanted with white heathers and a wildflower border with a pond teeming with frogs, newts and dragonflies. GARDEN OPENINGS: Saturday 16th September 11am - 3pm ADMISSIONS: £3 and any additional donations welcome DIRECTIONS: St Vincent’s Hospice is signposted from the B787 between Johnstone and Howwood. FEATURES & CATERING: Disabled Access Home-made teas available. Dogs Allowed Plant stall OTHER DETAILS: The Barn Tea Room will be open for teas, coffees, home baking and light refreshment with all proceeds going towards the running costs of the Hospice. BENEFICIARIES: St Vincent’s Hospice receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Estd 2015: People are still getting familiar with my young business Revamp Designs. At ReVamp I have a fresh approach to home & garden design, as you don’t have to be well off to have your design dreams met. It’s not about expensive items, it’s about creative solutions that make a difference to your everyday life whether it’s inside or out. I’m excited about my new website launching this month and teaming up with local business ReMode where I’ll be running various design workshops later in the year. Unlike other designers I like to get my hands dirty and have a gentler, sustainable, approach to garden design & installation by being on site, completing as much of the work I can myself. Whatever your project, lifestyle or budget, it all starts with a conversation.

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What’s On August Come enjoy the August on Finlaystone! It’s a great family day out with play areas such as the pirate ship and fort. And there are a few lovely woodland walks for the family and dogs. Take a walk down Paradise 400year-old yew trees and enjoy the waterfall. The Café is open every day during the school holiday’s and every weekend after mid-August. Wildlife Highlights The woodland and gardens are bursting with summer life such as butterflies, shield bugs and blackcap birds. And our resident trees are in full green such as the beech and birch. Gardens Walled Garden – Philadelphus, Roses, Dahlia’s, Main Garden – herbaceous = Lythruim (purple loosestrife) Gentiana asclepiadea and Campanula (Pritchard’s var.) Events: Here is a list of Ranger Led Events this month. Tuesday 1st Den Build 1-3pm

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

Thursday 3rd Woodland Art 1-3pm

Join our Rangers and gather woodland materials to make your artistic creation. Sunday 6th Pirate Day 1-3pm

Dress as a scurvy buccaneer and practice your best Arrg! Drama and shouting a plenty. Prize for best dressed pirate. Saturday 19th 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). Sunday 20th Witches and Wizards 1-3pm

Follow the magic trail and uncover the identity of the famous Witch and Wizard. Sunday 27th Get Wet and Wild 1-3pm

Come along with your wet gear and join in the games. See who ends up in the stocks getting soaked. Can you race your space hopper to the end and avoid sponges?

Conservation campaign teaches almost 850 children about endangered species in Renfrewshire Over 30,000 school pupils across Scotland have benefited from learning about the country’s endangered species and how to protect them, following visits from the ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus which marked its 450th school visit this week. The specially designed double-decker bus brings a mobile classroom to schools, allowing students to learn about how to protect local habitat’s species, and the environment. The award-winning on-going campaign is part of a partnership between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and Clydesdale Bank to help engage the next generation of conservationists, while also bringing the expertise available at RZSS to communities that might not otherwise be able to experience it. The bus has travelled the length and breadth of Scotland while visiting schools in all 32 local authorities, including engaging with almost 850 children from schools throughout Renfrewshire, including pupils in St John Bosco Primary School, Todholm Primary School, and St Anthony’s Primary School. Teaching up to 26 children at a time, the on-board specialist education team gave interactive lessons inside the bus on native Scottish species, their habitats and environments. Children across Scotland also took part in a fun assembly ‘The Bonnie Beasts of Scotland’ inside their school hall to learn about Scotland’s amazing biodiversity. Including drop-in sessions, a total of more than 55,000 have engaged with the Wild about Scotland programme. Typical lessons include searching for wildlife species, mini-beast hunts and building beaver dams in addition to learning about endangered Scottish species such as the Scottish wildcat. As part of the legacy of the campaign, almost 1,000 tree saplings have been planted in school grounds across Scotland to help offset carbon emissions from the Wild about Scotland bus. Additionally, the programme involves online Wild about Scotland resources. These can be accessed by any school for use in classrooms or school grounds. It also provides resources for before and after the bus visit to extend the children’s learning, allowing teachers and pupils to continue teaching and learning about Scottish conservation, even after the bus has left the school. There is a growing concern that children in UK are reporting a lack of connection to nature. A recent study found only one in five children across the UK today feels a ‘realistic’ connection with the natural world. This number is slightly higher in Scotland, where some 27% of children say they feel connected to nature. To see where the Wild about Scotland bus is visiting, or to access the Virtual Learning World, please visit: wild-about-scotland

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Kilmacolm Camera Club Last month, a sizeable Camera Club “contingent” spent an afternoon and evening in Glasgow’s Merchant City. [What’s the correct collective noun for photographers, anyway? A “posse”? An “exposure”? A “projection”?] We began in the 21st century, with a look at the brand-new City of Glasgow College. Architecturally impressive. We then moved back in time 800 years, with a wander round Glasgow Cathedral, a high point in cathedral-building in Europe. From the Cathedral, we crossed the Bridge of Sighs into the Necropolis, to photograph some of the famous grave sites and panoramic views over the city. Our trip ended on a high, with a refuelling visit to Babbity Bowsters (a well-known hostelry in Merchant City). All-in-all, a most enjoyable outing on a really sunny day. Some images of the day are shown here. On a sadder note, we heard of the death of Tudor Lewis, our Honorary Vice-President. His membership of the Club stretched back to its very early days and he had served on the Committee in a number of roles. We’ll miss his infectious laughter. For a speaker, the perfect audience would comprise 50 Tudors! More trips are still in the pipeline, including one to Rothesay and Bute. Why not bring your camera along and enjoy the bracing sea air? Contact us for more details. 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:

Gryffe Camera Club Gryffe Camera Club members get out and about during the summer break, whether it’s sunny or dreich there are always opportunities for taking photographs in the wonderful scenery all about us. Pat, Helen Christopher, Christine and Kate travelled through to Fife to capture some of the “Olde Worlde” atmosphere of the pretty village of Culross. For some of the group it was a first-time visit and they were fascinated by what they saw, enhanced by knowing that some “Outlander” scenes were shot there. The weekend of the Mela Festival: The atmosphere was vibrant with music, dance and colour all around. While the weather was coolish there was some sun and the clothes stalls, jewellery and advertising of all kinds lifted everyone’s spirits. An outing of a different kind was a trip from Boden Boo at Erskine up the Clyde by kayak as far as the “Squinty Bridge” The tide helped all the way and kindly turned for the return trip. En route we managed to record the revival of the river’s banks with new buildings springing up

Eadha is currently delivering the Ayrshire Riparian Woodland Project. Riparian woodland is found along the banks of rivers and is very important for river health including the quality of fisheries. Trees provide shade, are a source of insects for fish, stabilise the banks

and act as a buffer to pollution from farmland and urban areas. Eadha is working with the Ayrshire Rivers Trust to target the rivers Garnock, Irvine and Annick all of which suffer from historical industrialisation, modification, agricultural pollution and anti-social behaviour. We have recruited ten primary schools and environmental groups located close to these rivers from Kilbirnie through to Irvine and Galston. Lochwinnoch Primary School have also been involved. We have teaching the children about the issues facing their local rivers and the importance of riparian woodland. Following a classroom presentation, they pot up 500 local provenance mini aspen plugs supplied by Eadha for growing on until they are big enough for planting out by the river. Aspen is an important riparian species, with its laterally spreading roots and ability to sucker helping to bind alluvial soils and providing a light shade from its foliage. The species also supports a rich array of insect life. We are engaging with SEPA and local angling clubs to help us identify hotspots of pollution and bank erosion. We are also keen to identify suitable planting sites around Lochwinnoch, for example along the Black Cart Water. The planting events will be open to the wider community and with 5,000 trees planted, should make a big impact. Eadha is grateful for funding from the Postcode Local Trust for this project. LAND WANTED FOR FREE TREES Eadha is seeking a site in the local area to establish an arboretum for its national aspen clone collection. This would comprise of 300 different specimens from across Scotland (perhaps as much as a quarter of the entire genepool of Scottish aspen!). Ideally we are looking for a 3 acre field with good road access. This would provide space for the trees to be planted at about 6m centres. It would be beneficial if the fields were grazed by sheep to maintain a short sward and minimise competing vegetation. In such a context the trees would be protected with suitable guards and supported by stakes and the arboretum would serve as a form of wood pasture providing an attractive landscape feature and shelter for the sheep. Interested landowners should get in touch.

from previous dereliction. Gryffe CC meets each Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Carrick Centre, Houston from early September to May.

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Bridge Of Weir Elderly Forum The first meeting of the Forum will be held in the RBLS Hall on Tuesday 12th September at 3pm. We are planning to have speakers at our meetings and the Committee would be very pleased to see more of you attending to give us ideas on which speakers you would like to hear. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month and look forward to a good attendance. Our office bearers are Mrs. N. McBarron, Convener, Mr A. Smith, Vice Convener, Mrs. V. Swordy, Treasurer and Mrs. M Mills, Secretary. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Senior Citizens Club We meet at Cargill Hall every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7 - 9.15pm. 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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Beautiful Kilmacolm Meadow by Bill Crookston

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Here we are in August nearing the start of another school year. Exam results will shortly be announced - send one of our Congratulation Cards to show your delight. In a few weeks many 4 and 5 year olds will start school for the first time - send a First Day card.

A Fundraising Musical evening at St Machars Ranfurly Church with a rare opportunity to hear the musical talents of high quality Russian and Scottish musical students organised by St Petersburg Forum. Tuesday 8th August at 7.15pm. Tickets priced £10 from Elizabeth Clark 07799 690841 or Dave MacDonald 07874 986960.

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Please buy your Back to School stationery requirements from our extensive stock. Coming soon to The Bridge - this is the time of year we start to order our goods for Christmas and New Year! We are again indebted to the invaluable assistance of Paisley Colour Photographic Club as we await the first draft from the printer of our 2018 Local Calendar. The A4 sized calendar incorporates twelve colourful photographs of scenes and landmarks around Bridge of Weir and district along with a diary section to note all your important dates. The calendar will be available for sale in The Bridge from mid September. Similarly, The Bridge’s very own packs of Christmas cards designed by local artist, Alison Bannerman, are also at the printing stage. These will be available for purchase at the end of September. We shall also have a selection of other Christmas cards on sale, including the popular ‘Greetings from Bridge of Weir’ cards. Interested in films - pick up our printed programme of films to be shown in The Bridge on a fortnightly basis from August to December. As always we wish to thank our dedicated team of staff and volunteers who, through their commitment, enable The Post Office and Bridge Community Centre to serve the village.

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British Legion Karaoke


The Royal British Legion Scotland Bridge of Weir Branch welcomes everyone to Karaoke in the Lounge Bar on Saturday the 5th of August from 8pm till late come along and have a wee sing song. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

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.

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St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church Johnstone Road - Bridge of Weir PA11 3EE (the little white church in the woods) Sunday 3rd September 2017 - Doors Open Day The church will be open to visitors 12noon - 4pm with tea/coffee and biscuits. Puppet Show at 2pm. Sunday 10th September 2017 - Vintage Tea - Admission £4 This was such a success last year with so many people enjoying the fantastic selection of yummy home baking with endless tea and coffee that we have decided to do it again. Gluten-free options will be catered for. Do come along and share this with us.

Food Bank “Urgently Needed In August” Renfrewshire Food Bank donation bins in CO-OP STORES – Bridge of Weir, Houston, Kilbarchan and Bishopton. *CEREAL*



*TAMPONS/SANITARY TOWELS* Many thanks for your kindness – Renfrewshire Food Bank

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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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Although the Community Council are in summer recess we are keeping abreast of village affairs. We heard at very short notice from the Scottish Government’s department for planning and environmental appeals, they had cancelled the housing land supply appeal hearings and site visits scheduled for 18th and 19th July regarding the housing applications at Whitelint Gate Johnstone Road and for housing on the land to North East Strathgryffe Crescent Gryffe Castle Bridge of Weir.

In the last full council meeting of the session, councillors voted in favour of a £250,000 investment into improving Renfrewshires local environment. This programme is due to begin at the end of the summer and with dedicated teams assigned across all areas of Renfrewshire, both villages and towns will benefit from this investment. The administration pledged to clean up our streets and make our environment a priority and that is exactly what we are doing. Ward Issues

However, the site visit concerning the proposals for a retail unit with petrol facility and associated road infrastructure changes at the Whitelint Gate Site would go ahead as planned on the 19th July at 10am. The housing land supply hearings will be re-scheduled.

Great news for road users, it has been confirmed that the A761 heading into Bridge of Weir from Brookfield, will be resurfaced. This work will be carried out after the completion of the existing programme of roadworks in October.

We have asked for a report on the progress of the works at the Cargill Hall and the date for re-opening.

The zip slide in Houston Road Park is due to be replaced.

We requested the severely damaged sandstone wall on Livery Walk be repaired. We requested that the overgrowth on the 100 steps path between Kilbarchan Road and Watt Road be maintained. Mark Faichney, Land Services Manager Renfrewshire Council informed us that this area was sprayed with herbicide during May. We inspected the path and can confirm that it would benefit from a further spray and sweep. I can confirm that we will schedule this soon. Houston Community Council informed us that Renfrewshire Councils Infrastructure Land and Environment Policy Board meeting on the 30th of August will consider reducing the speed limit in urban areas of Renfrewshire to 20 mph. The Renfrewshire Forum of Community Council’s consulted us on this matter; however after discussion at two meetings we remained undecided. We await the Boards decision. The Scottish Community Development Centre has launched Plant a Tree Charter Legacy Tree. In celebration of the launch of the new Tree Charter on 6th November 2017, 800 Legacy Trees will be planted across the UK. Legacy Trees will be accompanied by a small plaque about the Tree Charter. They have asked Community Council’s to be involved a member is currently looking into this on our behalf. Councillors Don and MacLaren have informed us they attended a site visit with Drew McNab Renfrewshire Council Roads at the Livery Walk car park. We await the outcome. We still await news on proposals for the former Bull’s Garage site. Meantime we have asked the planners to ensure the owners do not block the right of way leading to the river. Concerns were raised at our June meeting regards blocked gullies on Kilbarchan Road, we understand one has been repaired and the other will require to be dug up and a repair made to the system. This has been added to the programme of remedial works. Regards the overgrown foliage in the same area we have been informed the inspector will assess for sight line safety, and where this is compromised works will be carried out by their colleagues in Streetscene to cut back any overgrown foliage. A Renfrewshire Council official has informed us the zip slide on Houston Road Park is to be repaired. The carriage requires complete replacement and spare parts can take up to six weeks for delivery. The Community Council’s next meeting will be Tuesday the 5th September in the Cargill Hall at 7pm.

The 100 steps path in Bridge of Weir is due to be sprayed with herbicide. Maintenance will be carried out on the overgrown trees which are blocking the street lights in the lane between Kate Cotters and Mill of Gryffe Road. The Livery Walk/Main Street Car park is an ongoing issue and the best ways to solve problems of overcrowding and damage to cars are still being investigated. Temporary CCTV and alternative areas for parking are some of the options currently under review. Parking on Main Street is still a big issue in Langbank which I am actively working on and will keep you informed of any progress. I recently attended a site visit to Bishopton with local residents and some of the issues raised included the wire fence which runs along the Northern side of Greenock Road as well as overgrown foliage on the opposite side. A site inspector will carry out an assessment of this and I will report any progress on this in the next issue.

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In other news, I recently attended a site visit to Dargavel to learn more about the plans for the village for the upcoming years. I was also invited along to Cairellot Butterfly Ceremony to see some of the childrens last day at nursery. They put on a fantastic show and it was very lovely to be invited along. I have also met with several different local charities including DatesnMates Renfrewshire and Rays of Hope. I hope to continue meeting with as many local groups, charities and organisations to see the many different ways there are helping people in Renfrewshire. My surgery times have now been confirmed and will be held on the first Saturday of the month: The Bridge, Bridge of Weir 10am, Bishopton Community Library 11am, Langbank Parish Church 12noon For August only my Bishopton surgery will be on the 12th August. All following dates will be as above, unless notified.

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

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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Bridge of Weir Gala Day This selection of photos from last month’s Bridge of Weir Gala Day, were taken at the behest of the Festival Committee by James Dunlop of Paisley Colour Photographic Club. They show that despite the inclement weather earlier in the day, that people of all ages still turned out to enjoy themselves. Gala Queen Kaylynn McKinnon and her attendants Darya Lavizani and Olivia Anderson, all those who took part in the parade, and those who turned up at the park, all helped to make it a great day. Gala Day takes a lot of time and effort in preparation and the Festival Committee are delighted with the support we received on the day from stallholders, traders, and the public.

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St. Colm’s RC Church Coffee Morning

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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.

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Hall to Hire Kilmacolm Guide Hut Voices+ and Angel Voices is a Community Children’s Choir for girls and boys. There are two age groups: 5 to 7 and 8 years plus. The autumn term begins on Friday 1st September 6pm - 7pm in St Fillan’s Hall, Moss Road, Kilmacolm – We welcome new members to join our enthusiastic singers so if you/your child loves singing come along and try out the Choir! The Choir is taught by professional teachers and musicians – The Music Director is Helen Knight B.Mus (Hons) and accompanist Archie Morris (Glasgow Royal Conservatoire). We sing all kinds of music and love singing at community events and giving concerts. To find out more contact: Maureen Russell mobile: 07905 950028; or 01505 872905; email

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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Exercise Class, St Columba Church The Exercise Class held in St Columba Church on Mondays at 2pm resumes on Monday 21st August. Further information may be obtained from Irene Macfarlane at 01505 614443.

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Sole Solution has extended its clinic hours and now offers appointments 6 days a week with a late night on Thursday. Their Podiatrists Laura Kelly and Lauren McDaid are both members of the Society of Podiatrists and the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) which means they have undertaken and passed a full time Honours degree in Podiatry and met the stringent entrance criteria set by the HCPC so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands! Lauren offers reflexology and foot and leg massage which can added to your Podiatry appointment for a real treat. Laura has a key interest in lower limb mechanics and offers her patients gait analysis and insoles where required. For more information or to book an appointment call the Sole Solution team today 01505 873888. Don’t forgot you can also visit their lovely shoe shop at Kilmacolm Cross Monday - Saturday!

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Kilmacolm Bridge Club Kilmacolm Bridge Club resumes play on Monday 4th September. We meet in the New Community Centre and play commences at 7.10pm. The Club is a member of the Scottish Bridge Union with two teams playing in the Renfrewshire Bridge League. We welcome new members and during the first three weeks of September you are invited to come along as playing guests and check out the competitive but friendly play of duplicate bridge together. For further information, please contact the Club Secretary, Sheena Clayton on 01505 873802 Housing Support Service RAMH exceed mental health standards across Renfrewshire Local mental health services provided by RAMH have exceeded required standards and smashed quality targets.

Equally the organisation has recently achieved ISO9001, a quality standard certificate, for continuous improvement across all aspects of their operations. RAMH Operations Manager, Shirley McCuish, said “we’re delighted to have achieved an excellent report from the Care Inspectorate and to have attained our ISO9001.” Shirley explained “The people who use RAMH, and their carers, can be confident that we deliver best quality services, suited to their needs to help them recover from all mental health issues.” She added “We are proud of our RAMH staff who continually work to review best practice, improve standards and who passionately enjoy working with the people they support.” RAMH promotes recovery from mental ill health, and empowers people to build independent, fulfilled lives. The charity supports a range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, and their services include crisis support, housing support services, plus a range of creative, educational, social and therapeutic groups.

The Village Ardgowan Hospice shop has just celebrated its 10th anniversary and a total of £50k raised for the Hospice. Well done to the staff and all those who support this excellent cause. In my role with SPT we have regularly contributed to the hospice transport costs. An external Defibrillator has been installed at the Birkmyre Park Fitness Gym. It is in a locked cabinet at the main entrance and a call to 999 will give a code to unlock the cabinet. Once opened the user is talked through the operating procedure. The new biomass boiler has caused much angst amongst the neighbours of Glebe Court. I have visited the site but can say little more as a retrospective application may well have to be heard by the Planning Board of which I am chair. I attended St Columba’s Silver Tablet Concert and Junior School Prizegiving. As always the Silver tablet is a delight and the three musicians were outstanding. The adjudicator, David Murray, amongst a stellar career, plays organ recitals at Kelvingrove. Well worth a visit just to listen to the music. Gemma Gibbons Burton, Olympic Judo Silver Medallist was the Junior School guest of honour. Her story of winning inspite of adversity was inspirational and absorbing, but I would not want to fall out with her. The consultation on parking disc removal continues. The KCC did initially oppose the removal but then changed its stance. Happy to correct this. On Thursday 22nd June 11 tickets were issued. In 2011 with Police Wardens in place, 14 tickets were issued in a 4 month period. This amount of ticketing activity will drive visitors away from our shops. Time to rid us of the discs. Resurfacing of the A761 has caused access problems for buses to and from the village and Greenock, and I do understand that some people have had increased journey time via Linwood. SPT tried alternatives but Auchenbothie Road was too narrow and had failed previously. Inverclyde Council were unable on safety grounds to allow buses through the roadworks hence the only feasible alternative was the one in operation. I have had complaints about the works at Deafhillock Roundabout near Brookfield. The delay here I am told, is due to Scottish Water delivering the wrong size of sewer pipe. Eventually the roundabout will have 5 spokes. Virgin continues to give problems. I commend the residents of those streets who got together and said no thank you. I note in a Telegraph report of the 2nd July that Virgin Media are 61% short of their target connections to new homes. My surgery is the 26th August at the Cargill 10 - 11 am. I can be contacted at david.wilson@ and 01475 741969 and 712727 and 07766 992294. kilmacolm & quarriers

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Brunch and Browse are on holiday in August. We look forward to seeing everyone again on Saturday 9th September and thank you to everyone for your support so far this year.

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.

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Kilmacolm Surgeries

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The RAMH Housing Support Service achieved the best possible scores from the Care Inspectorate who awarded them 6s (excellent) for all elements of their work. The Care Inspectorate Report noted that RAMH excelled in “ensuring that services worked in a person centred and recovery focused way”.

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If you know someone RAMH could help, and for more information about their services visit or contact or 0141 847 8900.

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Brookfield Village Village Trust AGM: Thursday 3 August at 7.30pm – Brookfield Village Hall Brookfield Village Trust was set up several years ago to acquire the Merchiston Field, which lies between the Victoria Road houses and the former Merchiston Hospital and thereby preserve our Village envelope.

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Houston & Killellan Agricultural Society Houston and Killellan agricultural Society would like to thank everyone who came along and supported the Annual Show. Apart from a rather thundery and wet spell the show was enjoyed by a good crowd who visited the variety of stalls, were entertained by Houstons Got Talent, watched the cattle, sheep and other animals being judged. The craft and baking tent showed a wealth of talent and entries were up from last year which is very encouraging. Richard Close won 1st prize in our prize draw of £100 kindly sponsored by WRC Recycling Ltd.

For several months, the Board has been trying to agree conditions for the acquisition of the field with GGHB. There are still a couple of outstanding issues that have to be resolved before the Board can ask members to approve the purchase. The AGM will provide an opportunity to hear a report on the negotiations so far and the way forward. Members and Non-Members of the Trust are welcome to attend but it should be noted that Non-Members will not be entitled to vote on any decisions that may be taken. Membership is open to all adults residing in the village and you can join at the AGM. For any other information regarding membership, please e-mail

The next event on the calendar is quiz night on November 24th in the J.G.Fleming Bowling Club,Houston,details to follow.

Houston & Killellan Agricultural Society Annual Show – 3rd June 2017 Principal Prize Winners

Class Breed


Name of Winner

Best Animal of Ayrshire Breed

A.B McIntosh Trophy


Bred by Exhibitor

The Four Windings Perpetual Cup


Dairy Cow in Milk

James B. Park Trophy

Robert Baxter

Best Dairy Animal

The Connel Trophy

Robert Baxter

Best Dairy bred by Exhibitor

Kerr Trophy

Anne Wright

Best Aberdeen Angus

The James Love Quaich

Trevor Marsh

Best Commercial Beef Animal bred by Exhibitor

Towncroft Trophy

Alastair Young

Best Beef Animal

Garner/McIntosh Trophy

T & S Gatherer

C1 Black & White Calf

Farmers 1st Tankard

Anne Wright

C2 Beef Calf

Farmers 1st Tankard

W & J Howie

Best Calf in C1 & C2

Royal Jubilee Perpetual Cup

Euan Laird

Lowland Sheep Champion

Scottish Farmer

Sandy McIntyre

Continental Sheep Champion

J. Crawford Whyte Trophy

Richard Close

Native Hill Bred Champion

Cup presented by Craig Wilson

Archie Paterson Jnr

Best Animal of Horse Kind

Messrs J & W McIntosh Trophy

A & E Campbell

Col Sir James W. Greig Silver Cup

Richard Close

Best Pony

Cunninghame of Craigends Perpetual Cup

Katie McCue Brookhall Buzz Word

Best Hunter

George Craig Perpetual Trophy

Ellie Gillespie Dinan dun & dunit

Supreme Light Horse

Scottish Farmer Trophy


Henrys Cup



Points Most points in Section 1 – V1

Best Turned Out Animal ALL Champion of Champions Light Horse Champion

George Craig Plate


Duncan Fletcher Trophy

T & S Gatherer

The Wellees Trophy

Melanie Scott - Zara

BAKING and CRAFTS Mrs Keith Donaldson Cup Baking and Provisions

Isabelle Stuart

Runner up presented by Mrs.A.A.M.Stephen

Christine Anderson

Perpetual Cup most points in Handcrafts Mrs.A.G.Stewart cup Margaret Scott Perpetual Cup for most points in Baking and Provisions

Isabelle Stuart

(Non confined cup those who reside out with the parish of Houston) Non confined Cup most points in Baking and Provisions


Non confined Cup most points in Handcrafts


Children’s Section 9 - 12 years Perpetual Cup Mrs. A. Scott

Logan Fraser

6 - 8 years

Rachel Tuck

Perpetual Cup Mrs. A. Stewart

5 years and under Perpetual Cup

Calum Stewart

Isabel Renton Memorial Cup for most points in classes 37-51

Logan Fraser

Nursery prize ~ (Voucher)

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Saturday 19th August from 2pm Brookfield’s annual Gala Day is almost here once again and fingers are well and truly crossed for a dry day! We look forward to welcoming back the Radio Clyde Roadshow with Gina McKie, who expertly compered the event for us last year. There will be a variety of stalls and fun activities for all the family including Cake & Candy, CD/DVD’s, Tombola, Pig Racing, Human Fruit Machine, Prize Raffle, Coconut Shy, Beer Tent/Bar and the ever-popular Bike Swap to be run in conjunction with LEAP from Bridge of Weir. Afternoon Tea with delicious home baking will be available in the Village Hall from 2.30pm. Donations for stalls will be most welcome and on MONDAY 14 AUGUST, members of the Bowling Club and Village Council will be calling upon Brookfield residents to collect contributions for the Tombola and DVD/CD stall. They will also be happy to uplift any unwanted bicycles, regardless of condition, for the Bike Swap. Brookfield Village houston, crosslee & brookfield

Fancy getting More Active with the Kids this Summer? The Houston Stones was formed by Eva Horne and Rebecca Ruxton, both aged 10. They were inspired and enthused by Bridge of Weir Rocks, which they had discovered at the start of the year. Eva loved the concept so much that she was asking her parents to take her rock hunting in BoW most days after school, which was not always practical as her family live in Houston. Eva loved that looking for rocks got her family out walking in the fresh air and off the electronic devices for a while but was disappointed that Houston didn’t have such a thing. So in June, Eva and her best friend Rebecca decided to start collecting and painting their own stones and hiding them around Houston and during a ‘wet play’ at school, ‘The Houston Stones’ name and logo were created. Eva and Rebecca paint the stones and hide them in child-friendly places around the village. The idea is that people share a photo on the Facebook page when they find a stone - they then have the option to keep or re-hide it for someone else to find, and the fun continues! Since they launched at the end of June, their Facebook page (managed by their mums) has over 250 likes! The local community are all talking about it; it’s brought so much fun and happiness to many local families and it’s getting people moving more. To keep up with demand over the summer, the girls are getting some extra help from their sisters Ruby (8), Daisy (6), Thea (8) and Bethany (6) and also their friends Alex (15), Megan(13) and Jess Finn (10), who are covering the Magnus Road area so that more families can join in the fun. Find us in a local park near you or check out the Facebook page @ ‘The Houston Stones’.

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I was highly honoured to be invited to take part in the Houston Primary School P7’s parade for their prom night, which involved following the Houston BB Pipe Band from the River Inn, in Crosslee, to the back gate of Houston Primary where the P7’s left to go into their prom night event. Going from primary school to secondary school is a definite rite of passage in the life of the family, so I was delighted to be able to present all 66 P7 pupils with a special new Renfrewshire Council lapel pin given to me by the Provost. The Houston Primary Parent Council organised a fantastic event and also a big thank you to the owner of the River Inn as well.

1st Houston Boys Brigade Parents & Friends Associa�on

Annual Coffee Morning Sat 2nd September 10.00am-12.00 noon in the Church Hall, Main Street, Houston Tickets £1

Despite a meeting some time ago with the regional management of Virgin Media I am still getting inundated with complaints from Houston residents regarding the lack of remediation of pathways and pavements to a reasonable standard. I would like to reassure constituents in this position that I am constantly emailing and phoning Virgin Media directly to take up their case, and to stress to the company that despite their having a large degree of freedom under the Telecommunications Act they have a duty, according to Renfrewshire Council Roads Department, to remediate things to the standard in which they found them.

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H.O.S.T. The Carrick Centre, Houston

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 Old School Trust) Monday to Friday, Woodlands Out of School 01505 615438 Coffee Shop: - Mon - Fri: 9am - 4.30pm Sat: 9am - 4pm



BurleX Weekly from 17th (Kelly 07944 815298)

Yoga (21st, 28th) 1pm Mary Laidlaw 01505 229112

Folk Club (weekly) 8pm iaintdawson@ 07786 078952

Galaxy From 14th

Galaxy (Weekly From 17th) - 7pm

TUESDAY Paint Pot Tots (Weekly from 15th) 10am Dawn Campbell 07789 262350 Musical Theatre (Weekly from 15 ) 4pm - 5pm th

Yoga (Weekly from 8th) 7pm Lawson 01505 613690


Lirico Languages Class 7pm - 8.30pm (Fiona 01505 614306) WEDNESDAY Big Kids Little Learners from 9th 10am - 11am Janine Neil 07870 697010 Community Council 16 Galaxy



4pm - 7pm


FRIDAY Yoga (Weekly From 11th) 10.30am M/s Lawson 01505 613690 Big Kids Little Learners 4th, 18th, 25th 1pm - 2pm Janine Neil 07870 697010 Galaxy Dancing (Weekly From 18th) 3.30pm - 7pm SATURDAY Galaxy Dancing (Weekly From 19th) 9.30am - 5pm Councillors Surgery 5th 11.30am SUNDAY Baptist Church (weekly) 11am & 6pm

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Houston & Crosslee SWI I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer. Our first meeting of the new session will be on Wednesday 13th September at 7.30pm when we will have Hugh and Claire Kerr talking to us about "Kayaking Round Scotland" We hope to welcome members, old and new, to another interesting “Rural” year. We meet in the Compass Centre, South Street, Houston. Please come and join us, you will be made very welcome. If you wish further information please contact, Arlene MacKay on 07932 459994.

Houston National Women’s Register Tennent’s Ladies Last month several members of the Houston NWR group went on a tour of Tennent’s Brewery. We had an excellent visit guided by Hannah who was taking her first-ever group. We learned a lot about the process of beer making and certainly enjoyed the sampling at the end followed by lunch at the Drygate. This is an outing that we could all thoroughly recommend. The group meet every two weeks, usually in member’s homes. Our autumn programme contains a visit to Rosslyn Chapel, several discussions and our annual telephone quiz. If you are interested in joining us please contact Alison (614267) or Kay (613314). houston, crosslee & brookfield

‘Summer at the Food Bank’ Fundraiser Margaret and Jenny (pictured) would like to thank everyone who donated cash and food to their ‘Summer at the Food Bank’ fundraiser held in the Houston Co-op the last weekend in June.

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Crafty Friends Crafty Hobbies is what we do Come and join our Crafty crew Come and learn some Crafty makes Followed by some tea and cakes We meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays in the month at 7.30pm in the Carrick Centre Houston. No previous craft experience necessary. We are just a group of ladies who enjoy making things! Contact - Lorna Cairns 612844 or Shirley White 610721. First meeting is Thursday 7th September. houston, crosslee & brookfield

Brookfield Country Dancing club

£863 was raised in cash + 76.15kg (11 stone 10lbs) of food was donated. All cash and food going a long way to help care for Renfrewshire kids and their families during the School Summer holidays. residents of Houston.

Many thanks to all the kind and caring

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

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

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At the most recent Kilbarchan Community Council meeting proposals for traffic calming measures were put forward by Renfrewshire Council designed to address the issues of speeding and traffic in the village. These include the provision of 2 zebra crossings and additional visual electronic speed signs at the Locher Road entrance to the village. Further details on the plans will be brought back for consultation with the community council and wider community. I will keep residents updated on developments on these proposals.

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.

Given that I have regular enquiries from constituents regarding environmental issues, readers will be interested to note that the meeting of Renfrewshire Council at the end of June agreed that a new rapid response team be provided for Renfrewshire villages. This will deal with blocked drains and gullies litter, and dog fouling. It had been the intention to confine the teams to the 3 towns of Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew, however it was the view of myself and other opposition councillors that Howwood, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch should not lose out. Thankfully this argument prevailed and the villages will be provided with a dedicated team.

Would you know what to do in an Emergency? ♥ Every week in Scotland, 70 people suffer cardiac arrest. ♥ More than 3,500 people per year in Scotland are treated by the Ambulance Service following a cardiac arrest. ♥ Only one in 20 people will survive. ♥ Without resuscitation, cardiac arrest is always fatal.

At the same meeting, and in the wake of the dreadful fire at the Grenfell Tower flats in London ,the issue of cladding on buildings in Renfrewshire was discussed extensively .

♥ But, performing CPR could double that person’s chance of survival Heartstart courses are free of charge and it only takes two hours to learn the skills which may someday save a life:

The council has confirmed that checks have been undertaken and that materials used in the cladding at Grenfell Tower were not found in the council or housing association high rise accommodation in Renfrewshire.

♥ Recovery position ♥ CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Having had that reassurance, I can also report that the council will look again at its home improvement policy of providing cladding on mixed tenure properties but not on 100% owner occupied properties.

♥ Heart Attack ♥ Choking ♥ Serious bleeding

I and other councillors have been contacted by angry villagers in Lochwinnoch and Kilbarchan who have been denied this home improvement while 100%owner occupied properties in other parts of Renfrewshire have benefited from the scheme. It is unfair, and I will continue to press the administration of the council to rectify this unacceptable situation. Johnstone and Villages Local Area Committee awarded grants to a number of local organisations and events in Howwood, Lochwinnoch and Kilbarchan which included Lochwinnoch Arts Festival, Christmas Lights in Howwood and Kilbarchan Singers. I was pleased to support these and other organisations and events which make such a valuable contribution to village life. My surgeries are on the 1st Saturday of each month except January and July at the following times 9am in the McKillop Institute Lochwinnoch, 10am in Howwood Village Hall and 11am in the Steeple Hall Kilbarchan. In the meantime please contact me at derek.bibby@ or phone 0300 300 1274 or 07534 156007. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

Dementia Friendly Village There was a fantastic turn out to the Dementia Friendly Village presentation on Wednesday 28th June. The reason that we had this was that the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival raised £460 for the charity over the Festival. You can see Christine Brawn Present the cheque to Iain Houston from Alzheimer Scotland who gave a very informative talk. Also in the picture is Ronnie Brown who presented a cheque to Iain. Ronnie will be running another 10K for Alzheimer Scotland What a guy!! We had 14 people from the audience volunteer to be a steering group to develop the Dementia Friendly Village project with support from Iain. They will meet in Late August to early September.

To learn the simple skills that save lives, contact Morag Thow on 07868 752814 to book onto one of our courses:

Wednesday September 13th 7- 9 pm Masonic Hall Lochwinnoch

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Lochwinnoch Art Group This Group is always glad to welcome new members. We are not a class, as such, but sharing knowledge and ideas from the group as a whole does result in an improvement in performance. All abilities are urged to come along and give us a try. Hope to see you there....meetings restart on Monday 4th September from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Space Room in the McKillop Halls. For more information phone Lorna 01505 843048.


Kilbarchan National Women’s Register. The new session begins with a meal out on 16th August, followed by an evening discussing “what has made you smile in the last few days” We would welcome new members, please phone 703786 for more information or see the website:

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Leisure Classes in Kilbarchan Guide Centre Leisure Classes will start back during the week beginning 21st August after the summer break. If you have always wanted to try a fitness, yoga or an art class then you can be assured of a friendly welcome from our members. On Tuesday mornings Jane leads a tone and shape fitness class from 9.30am till 10.30am followed by a slower paced class to improve the balance and flexibility of the more mature mover – from 10.40am till 11.40am. Our Thursday morning Hatha Yoga class with Jacqueline meets from 10am – 11am.

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“Art Off The Square” Kilbarchan Parish Church Halls This very popular exhibition and sale is on Thursday and Friday 23rd and 24th August from 2 - 9pm and on Saturday 25th from 10am - 4pm. As usual, there will be a great variety of art, sculpture, ceramics, glassware and jewellery on show. An important addition to the show is the tearoom with beautiful home-baking by members of the church. Entrance is £3 and includes afternoon tea. Bring along family and friends to this excellent show.

Art Classes are held on Monday afternoon and then on both Friday morning and afternoon. These relaxed and informal classes, for amateurs, are led by Ian Richardson (B.A.Hons) who will provide support and encouragement to help develop skills in your own chosen subject and medium. Beginners can follow a set 12 week course introducing them to the basics of drawing and painting. More experienced artists can further develop their skills with instruction from Ian. Come along and try a class – first one free. For further details - phone Jean on 703758 or Christine on 703056. The Guide Centre is also available to hire for private functions. Contact Carol on 01505 702758 for details. Visit our website for details of our Hall facilities as well as information about joining Rainbow, Brownie or Guide units.

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Kilbarchan Bridge Club

The Club meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 30 in the Steeple Hall in Kilbarchan. A number of our members took up Bridge recently and new members are always welcome. The first meeting is on Tuesday, 5th September.

Saturday 30th September from 7.30pm

Tickets £10 (includes cheese & wine) ~ Available mid-August WEST HALLS, MAIN STREET, HOUSTON

If you wish further information, please contact Elizabeth West on 01505 843537 or come along on a Tuesday evening.

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Howwood Fete

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Since being elected for the first time to represent Howwood only a few months ago I have been working closely with the Howwood Public Park Committee in terms of helping them liaise with council officers to see if an asset transfer of the Park, and the Pavilion, to a community group based in Howwood, is possible. I will fight to maintain the park in the hands of the village, and if an asset transfer is not possible, fight to force Renfrewshire Council to bring the park and pavilion up to an acceptable standard. At the last meeting of Kilbarchan Community Council a breakthrough was achieved in terms of the long awaited plans for traffic management in Kilbarchan. A council officer was present and outlined a draft plan which will now be out for full consultation to the village and its residents. The draft plan has much that is positive, for example, it proposes two new zebra crossings, one at the War Memorial, and one at Low Barholm. The village now has to debate the shape of what it would like to see. I have never forgotten my experience of a few years ago when in only thirty minutes of driving rain Lochwinnoch High kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Street became flooded, with residents, including myself, trapped indoors. Therefore it is with great pride that I am pleased to announce that at the last Full Council meeting before the summer I If you are at the station take a few moved a motion, which was backed by all minutes to admire the lovely flowers opposition parties, to create a rural rapid that were planted for the summer. response gulley team to tackle gulley We will be replacing them in autumn cleaning in the villages. Who says that with spring bulbs to keep us cheery Independents do not have political clout next spring. when they can build a rainbow alliance like that?

A super fun, hot day was had by many at Howwood Fete on the 3rd Saturday in June. Lorna Poole & Sarah Galloway took on the task of organising this year’s fete which was a huge success! The fete included the Culture Bus, hot dogs, licenced bar, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Circus activities, all the village groups had their own stalls including the ever popular bottle stall, tombola, baking stall and even Howwoods very own Bake Off competition to name but a few. There was even the pub Tug of War challenge between The Boarding House and The Railway Inn. The Fete had a theme of ‘A Night at the Movies’ where lots joined in the dressing up. Lorna & Sarah, the Ghostbusters, were delighted as to how the day went and were pleased to see so many of the villagers come out and support it. If that wasn’t enough the Railway Inn put on a disco and karaoke in the evening.

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Lorna & Sarah would like to thank everyone who helped make the day as successful as it was and look forward to next year’s on the 16th June.

Adopt the Station Group

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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Knitting Bee

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 7 to 9pm at Knit Knax, 37 High Street Johnstone, also weekly Thursday from 2 to 4pm. Contact details: Pamela 07743156738 or email

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Lochwinnoch Scottish Country Dance Club This well established group meets each autumn and winter on Tuesday evenings in the McKillop (lesser) hall from 7.30pm till 9.30pm. We presently have 16 members who all enjoy the class and would love to encourage more people to discover the fun and exercise to be had by learning these traditional dances. Classes will restart on Tuesday 26th September. Come along and give it a try! For more information, phone Lorna 01505 843048.

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St Columba’s School SIII Battlefields Trip

Prizegiving Prizegiving brought the 2016-17 school session to a close - a time for pupil celebration and also change as Mr Girdwood delivered his last speech as Rector of St Columba’s. Sir Bill Gammell, Chairman of Cairn Energy and former rugby internationalist, was guest of honour at Senior School prizegiving and presented Jessica Curry and Connie Dodds with the award of Joint Dux of St Columba’s School 2017. Gemma Gibbons Burton, Olympic silver medallist, gave a motivating speech to our Junior School pupils and presented Corey MacLeod with the award of Junior School Dux and Euan Lindsay as Proxime Accessit. Profound speeches, superb music, heartfelt thanks and bidding farewell all contribute to the mixed emotions that we feel as we wish the Class of 2017 (including Mr Girdwood) all the best for the future. Beating the Retreat A wonderful evening was had by all at this years’ at Beating the Retreat, even the weather was on our side! Well done to the Pipe Band for an excellent performance and thank you to everyone who came along to show their support.

Our SIII pupils embarked on their Battlefields trip as term drew to a close. Particular highlights were the singing of the battalion songs on the bus, walking through the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood, crossing the Beaumont Hamel battlefields on the Somme, marching from the Passchendaele ridge to Tyne Cot, watching the Menin Gate ceremony and then participating in our own, extremely moving, remembrance service at New Cement Road military cemetery. Pipes were played, poems recited, songs sung, and there was plenty of time for reflection on the sacrifices made during the war at a variety of impressive memorials and thought provoking cemeteries. Pupils were enthused, shocked and humbled in equal measure.



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

The trip was not wholly confined to the war though, and visits to Bruges and Ypres allowed for the sampling of Belgian treats such as their famous chocolate!

Kilmacolm Playgroup

Community Summer Fete

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am

St Columba’s is holding a late summer fete in lower Birkmyre Park on Saturday 16th September from 2-4pm. 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.

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am

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

Howwood Playgroup


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 EVERY THURSDAY

Houston Toddlers

Church Hall, Main Street, Houston

Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am

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

£3. Bring a mug along for a cuppa.

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Strawberry Field Out of School Care After a busy school year we have been enjoying lots of fun outdoor activities. So far we have been to Prestwick beach to collect shells and stones. A trip to the beach and park at Adrossan as well as numerous other play parks. The children also spent a morning picking fruit and veg such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and pees at East Yonderton farm. On top of this children have been doing a variety of indoor activities such as challenges, arts and crafts, baking and creating various forms of slime. From August, the OSC will be locating next door to what was previously the nursery building so exciting changes ahead. If you Require Out of School Care please feel free to contact us.

Duchal Nursery The end of term was a busy time and we hope you have all had time to re charge the batteries over the summer!! We have lots of exciting things planned for the new term giving the children a great opportunity for learning through play. Duchal is an independent nursery that has been providing specialist pre school education in Kilmacolm for 50 years. With a great team of teachers it really is the perfect place to give your child the best start in life. We are open daily from 8.15am until 3.30pm during term time. If you would like to see our great set up at Birkmyre Park and find out more about what we do at Duchal please come and visit us one morning - contact Head Teacher Judy Ormond on 874358 to arrange a convenient time or keep up to date with all the latest news on Facebook or our website We hope you are all enjoying the summer and are looking forward to welcoming all our new children at the beginning of term!

Bridge of Weir Primary June was an exceptionally busy month and a very special one for the whole school community as we bid farewell to our Head Teacher Mrs Carol Vallance. As an ardent tennis fan Mrs Vallance loved her Wimbledon themed day on 21 June and although Andy Murray couldn’t be there in person, a life sized cut out accompanied her throughout the day. She was also thrilled to receive a retirement card from Judy, Andy and Jamie Murray! Several other surprise events took place including a flash mob dance in the playground and a very touching rendition of Carole King’s “You’ve Got A Friend” performed by all 450 + school and nursery pupils. Kleenex were in much demand! Mrs Vallance was overwhelmed by the many gifts, cards and good wishes she received and particularly appreciated the poems, messages and drawings she was given when she visited each class. The pupils, parents and staff of Bridge of Weir Primary will miss Mrs Vallance and all join in wishing her a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Gryffe High School ABC ‘Mugs’ Project raises £££s for St. Vincent’s Hospice Louise, Rory, Olivia and Indeah are pictured here with Mr. Paul McGregor who is a Fundraiser with St. Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood. All S1 pupils took part in an enterprise project in ABC, where they personalised mugs and sold them to family members with the profits going to charity. The pupils pictured were the ‘best sellers’ in the year and overall the year group raised £242.10 for their chosen charity, St. Vincent’s Hospice. The pupils all had different tasks and learned a lot (at a young age) about all aspects of running a business. This gave all pupils the opportunity to develop administrative and entrepreneurial skills, as well as contributing to the success of the ‘Mugs’ project. I was delighted with their efforts and the magnificent sum raised which will benefit the Hospice. Mr M. MacKinnon – Acting Faculty Head ABC AH Physics Workshop


AH Physics pupils recently attended a Particle Physics Workshop at the University of Glasgow, accompanied by Mr. Whyte. The day started with a lecture on fundamental particles, which covered familiar territory from Higher Physics regarding quarks, leptons, bosons and how they are detected. Additional lectures built upon this knowledge, provided fascinating insight into advanced ideas like neutrino oscillation. Throughout the day, we were provided with a taster of the University atmosphere that most of us will hopefully get to experience in the future! Overall, we feel that our knowledge of Particle Physics has greatly improved, as we are more aware of complex ideas regarding this field of Physics. We also feel as though our interest in pursuing Physics has also increased, after meeting so many enthusiastic individuals – who quite clearly have an incredible passion for their studies. We would highly recommend that following years from now would get the chance to attend this event. Alastair Palmer (new) S6 on behalf of the AH Physics class

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New skate park launched in Milngavie

Gleddoch Ladies Golf Club The month began with June Lockhart and Sheena Wallace winning the silver and bronze divisions respectively of the 3rd round of the club championship.

A £120,000 project by East Dunbartonshire Council to build a new state-of-the-art skate park in Milngavie has been opened.

The MacLeod Trophy was much enjoyed by all who took part. Many thanks to Sheila and Ken MacLeod for organising this mixed competition once again. The popular winners were Isabell Donnelly and Jim Adams.

The skate park, located within Lennox Park, replaces the existing skate park which was originally installed in 2005. The fabulous new facility has been designed to meet the needs of both inexperienced and experienced users - each with their own designated zone - and provide a resource that can be enjoyed by people of all ages on skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes. The Council project was developed with the assistance of the Milngavie Community Development Trust (MCDT) and the pupils of Douglas Academy, who helped choose the winning design. It was developed as part of the Council’s Open Space Strategy, and was funded by the Council’s Capital investment programme. The Council’s Streetscene Technical Support team then worked with the contractor, Bendcrete - one of the UK’S foremost companies in the delivery of quality skate park facilities - to develop the new skate park. Man on skateboard Councillor Gibbons, convenor of the Council’s Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee, said, “I’m delighted that this exciting project has now been completed and I’d like to thank the Trust and pupils from Douglas Academy for all their assistance and hard work in helping to make sure Lennox Park is improved for residents and visitors.” “Since this facility has opened keen skaters, scooter and BMX riders from all over East Dunbartonshire and central Scotland have been using the impressive new facility and feedback from these users has been very positive.”

The Coronation Foursomes, after being rained off on the first attempt, was won by Shirley Back and Sheena Wallace. The photo is of Sheena admiring her tee shot at the second. Shirley Back won the silver division in the June medal, and Linda Brown won the Bronze. Shirley also won the Silver division in the 4th Round of the Club Championship, squeezing June Lockhart into second place after a count back. Gleddoch ladies have enjoyed Open Days at Greenock and Douglas Park Golf Clubs. The knockout competitions are getting under way so here’s hoping for a nice spell of weather! Gleddoch Ladies are a friendly bunch and welcome visitors and prospective new members. Contact Martin McCorkell on 01475 540704, or Gleddoch Hotel Reception.

“I hope it will help attract more people to the park and help ensure it continues to be an excellent resource for local skaters and bikers for many years to come.” Skate park user Scott McMillan is delighted with the new facility. Scott said, “The new skate park is a great use of the limited space within Lennox Park and caters to a lot of different sports with a good mixture of obstacles.” “The park is very good and built to a good standard and the locals who use it all speak highly of it and are overjoyed with the new park.” Callum Christie, chair of MCDT, added, “It’s great to see so many people enjoying the new skate park with scooters, bikes and skateboards.” “The Council asked the Community Development Trust to help with the consultation for a new design, with local school kids and young adults with skate park experience. The majority chose the same design, and it’s a tribute to their young minds that this new area is such a success.”

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august 2017

Ever Wanted to Row?

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.

Join us for the annual Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run at County Square, Sunday 20th August 2017. Once again the Paisley 10k will be on a flat fast course that will take runners to the west of the town after a loop around Paisley’s historic town centre. The start and finish will be adjacent to Paisley Cross. Over 3k of the route will be on the Paisley Canal to Kilmacolm cycle track. The course is an accurately measured 10k verified by an accredited Scottish Athletics measurer. Sponsored by Decathlon Braehead, with Macmillan Cancer Support as the official charity partner for the third year running. Start Times -

10k Road Race: 10am Fun Run: 12.15pm

Come and show your support for the runners, and enjoy events and activities throughout the day - perfect for all the family! Find out more on our website: paisley10k or call 0300 300 1362 for more information.

Beaumont clocks up first 2,000 miles Scottish ultra-endurance athlete Mark Beaumont hits first milestone of Artemis World Cycle Breaking the 18,000 mile cycling circumnavigation World Record in 80 days is underway as Scottish adventurer and ultra-endurance athlete Mark Beaumont completes the first 2,000 miles of his challenge. Beaumont is testing the resilience of mind and body in his challenge to fulfil a dream of achieving this incredible record. His mind blowing stats include spending 16 hours a day in the saddle and clocking up 240 miles every day. Split into four phases, Mark’s route takes him from Paris to Beijing, Perth to Brisbane, from Invercargil to Auckland, Anchorage to Halifax and finally Lisbon back to Paris. Mark is patron of the Scottish registered charity Orkidstudio, based in Nairobi, which benefits communities through innovative architecture and construction. Orkidstudio create high quality and affordable buildings that significantly impact health and promote education and equality, and Beaumont aims to raise funds through his pedal power to support future projects. Sponsor Mark’s Artemis World Cycle and raise £10 for every mile cycled for Orkidstudio by texting (UK only) ‘ORKD80 £10’ to 70070 or online at


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.

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.

Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club Ladies Section The Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club Ladies Section’s Open Day held on Thursday 6th July. Pictured here are the winners being presented with “The Ranphorlie Quaich” by our captain John Clark. We had 104 ladies attending this event and a raffle drew in £550 for the charity Motor Neurone Disease. MND is the ladies section’s chosen charity this year and at the end of the year cash raised from several events will be presented to them. The names of the winners are Marilym Muir (Old Ranfurly) and Jane Alexander (Cathcart Castle) with a score of 39 Stableford Points.

Strathgryffe – Millennium Tournament

Strathgryffe Tennis & Squash Club celebrated Wimbledon with the annual contest for the Millennium Doubles Shield on Saturday 8th July. The club had 8 courts in action all afternoon as members played 5 rounds of mixed doubles with the top 2 scoring gents & ladies progressing through to the final. Mid-afternoon the players enjoyed a break for the ‘very Wimbledon’ snack of strawberries & cream! Congratulations to Greig Fraser & Alison Frood who were the eventual winners defeating David Ashman & Janice Coyle in the final. Strathgryffe has a calendar of Summer Camps being held throughout the summer holidays for tennis, squash & multi sports. For more information, please visit our website

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Brookfield Bowling Club

Friday 11th August 2017 - Kilmacolm Golf Club 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!

Brookfield Bowling Club held it’s annual Invitation Bowling Tournament on Sunday 2nd July. This tournament is sponsored by Andrew Malcolm in memory of his aunt Morag who played on the Brookfield green. For the first time for several years the winners were from the Brookfield club (David & Helen Dobson and Andy McLoughlin) with the runners up from the Johnstone Club. The rain stayed off and an enjoyable time was had by all. Everybody played a minimum of 18 ends and had a wonderfully lunch, coordinated by Gina Rae, helped by club members.

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.

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• 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

Ranfurly Castle Golf It has been another busy month at Ranfurly Castle with many of the Ladies Trophies being played for. The weather, despite everyone complaining about the lack of sunshine, has not caused disruption to the golf. On 13th June we held an Australian Scramble with 27 ladies joining in the fun. It was not just golf that was taxing them on the day, but armed with scissors and some string a little more thought was required! Some friendly Kangaroos made an appearance – if the ladies were lucky enough to spot them! The winning team on the day were Mary Craig, Mary Irving, Morag Cunningham and Helen Abram, well done to all who took part. The Grans Trophy was played for on 14th June and was won by Helen Abram with 36 points. On the 23rd June we held a Charity Tri-am with 7 teams taking part. The winners were Pamela MacKenzie, Gillian Donaghy and Morag Cunningham with a very impressive 54 points. The Charity to benefit was Altziemers Scotland. On 28th June the Gillies Trophy was won by Chris Minto with 35 points. Sunday 25th June was the annual Family Fun Day at the club. The weather was kind with only a short shower so the youngsters enjoyed their golf, playing 6 short holes set out over the 1st and 18th fairways as well as the putting on the putting green. A lot of laughter was heard coming from the dining room where an entertainer kept the children spell bound! Bouncy Castles, candy floss, face painting and a Bar B Q all added to the fun of the day.

Walk or trek Set in the beautiful Pollok Country Park Sunday, 3 September - 11:30

Our Past Lady Captains day was Friday 30th June and 15 past Captains played a stableford tri-am. A delicious lunch, with a lot of chat, followed with a further 10 past Captains joining in the fun. The winning team were Vicky Sandeman, Marion Munro and Eileen Walker with 41 points. Vicky had travelled from the east coast to join us so it was lovely that she part of the winning team. On Wednesday 12th July the Summer meeting for the Walker Quaich saw 25 Ladies playing on a beautiful summer day. The Quaich was won by Mary Craig (14) 75, Runner-up was Mary Hardie (21) 77.

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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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august 2017 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:

Nicki King on 07958 566596 @nickiking18 WellcentredUK


Ayr Running Festival Lang Scots Mile Races and 10k Road Race Inspiring – Inclusive – Iconic Go the 1,984 yards with family and friends – the iconic ‘Lang Scots Mile’ is set to be raced for the first time as part of the build up to the Scottish International Airshow, with an additional brand new 10k event, promising a fast and flat route taking in beautiful scenery and iconic historic buildings.

“But hark there is a measured mile Fashioned in the Lang Scots style And rins along the Bonnie coast ully Auld Ayr can rightf t” as claim its bo

Kilmacolm Bowling Club Kilmacolm Bowling Club’s pink day for breast cancer charity raised over £300. Thanks to president Sandra Crawford and Morag Morrison who organised the event.

Ian Downie – local poet inspired by Robert Burns aka the “Bard of Ayrshire” The Brand New 10k A fast flat route, with only 43 metres of total climb, long straight sections and very few turns this is certainly one for those PB chasers. The race is open to runners of all abilities, from those who are looking to do their very first 10K to charity runners and elite athletes.

Sporting Blog by Lesley Handley

Metabolism Myths .... There is a lot of information out there about metabolism and how you can improve it or speed it up as well as things to avoid that slow it down. Unfortunately, a lot of what we read is untrue and will play no part in changing your metabolism – here are my top three; 1. Frequency of Meals Eating smaller meals more often throughout the day does not speed up your metabolism. Research shows that your metabolism is not triggered by meal size, frequency or timing. If anything, the more often you eat, the more potential there is to consume more calories than intended throughout the day if you are not careful.

2. Having Breakfast Making sure you have breakfast in the morning does not speed up your metabolism. By consuming food first thing in the morning does not mean that you suddenly switch on your metabolism at an increased rate. Missing breakfast won’t make any change to your metabolic rate; however, it can help curb cravings and frequent snacking throughout the day, which aids in calorie control and a healthier eating pattern. What negates fat loss or weight gain is your calorie intake over 24 hours, and more so over 7 days, rather than whether you do or don’t skip breakfast. 3. Food Type There are no special foods that speed up your metabolism. Research hasn’t shown any positive benefits to eating a certain type of food that acts directly on your metabolism. The key thing is a varied diet full of nourishment and flexibility that you can sustain long term. Lesley

For more information on nutrition or Personal Training contact me on 0773 627 4925 or email

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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:

Pool Lifeguard Award First Aid at Work qualification. Swimming Teachers award for Beginners Full swimming Teacher’s award 01505 613340 EVERY


Greenock Hockey Club EVERY


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 Contact Liz Baldwin, mobile 07944 607005.


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

Kilbarchan Athletic Club

David 01505 874192

All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.


On-X, Linwood, 7pm

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.


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

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

Call 07951 365166 for details.

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Work on new play areas mark second phase of park improvements


The next stage of a multi-million investment in Renfrewshire’s parks is set to commence with the installation of new play equipment at two popular parks. Team Scotland has revealed an exciting five-day programme of events and celebrations which will be held around the country, to mark the visit of the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) on its global tour, ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia. In Scotland from 22-26 August 2017, the presence of the Baton will bring Gold Coast 2018 one step closer for athletes and supporters, as Team Scotland aims for its best ever medal haul at an overseas Games. The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.

Works will start week commencing Monday 10 July to install new play equipment at Barshaw Park in Paisley and Robertson Park in Renfrew marking the second phase of improvement works. These works are part of a phased programme of infrastructure works worth £2 million being carried out at both parks. The works are likely to last approximately six weeks at Barshaw Park and 10 weeks at Robertson Park with minimal disruption to the public. The existing play areas in the parks will still be operational throughout the works.

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

The first phase of works which saw a series of upgrades made to pathways, roads and drainage systems improving areas affected by flooding and enhancing the overall park experience for visitors is expected to be completed next week.

Designed for each Games by the host nation, the 2018 Queen’s Baton has a distinctive loop design and has been made using macadamia wood and reclaimed plastic, sourced from Gold Coast waterways, and inspired by the region’s vibrant spirit and indigenous heritage.

The next phase of works is to provide dynamic play opportunities for a wide age group of users. Items being installed at the parks include; a wooden castle unit, a range of swings, crawling pyramid, five-way swing, climbing wall and tyre swing.

With only five days in Scotland this year, compared to the hugely successful 42 day tour of the country in 2014 as Commonwealth Games hosts, the focus is on not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits. The programme includes school and community events with a strong youth and sport theme, showcasing our rich heritage, links to Australia, The Commonwealth and a number of exciting Glasgow 2014 legacy projects.

Councillor Natalie Don, Depute Convener of Infrastructure, Land and Environment for Renfrewshire Council, said: “The improvements being made to Barshaw Park and Robertson Park will help enhance the experience for all who use the parks.”

A summary of the programme is given below and includes a number of ‘open’ events each day which members of the public are encouraged to attend. Many events will also include the participation of past or current Team Scotland athletes and the attendance of the popular Glasgow 2014 and now Team Scotland mascot, Clyde. PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

“Parks have a central role to play in the community especially when it comes to offering places for families to spend time together. The installation of the new play equipment will deliver facilities that can be enjoyed by members of the local community for years to come.” The phased works being carried out at Barshaw Park and Robertson Park are part of wider plans to improve parks across Renfrewshire with £250,000 being made available for other parks throughout the area. Further investment for parks is also being sought from external funding organisations.

Tuesday 22 August – Glasgow The QBR will arrive at Glasgow Airport and spend the first day visiting legacy projects and youth and community groups related to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games including: Welcome to Scotland at the Glasgow School of Sport, Bellahouston Academy Commonwealth Games Village – Meet permanent residents of Team Scotland accommodation Cunigar Loop Woodland Park – Bike Town community group bike ride through the park* Emirates Arena – Schools participation event linked to the 2017 World Badminton Championships The Legacy Hub, Dalmarnock – local community event University of Strathclyde Innovation Centre – Commonwealth Youth Leaders Conference George Square – Starting point of the Glasgow Commonwealth Walkway. Wednesday 23 August – Islay The QBR will make its first ever visit to Islay in the Inner Hebrides for a unique range of youth and community events including: Bowmore – Primary Schools festival featuring the Schools Gaelic Choir and Highland Dancing Visit to the Bowmore distillery Bowmore Town Square for community meet the Baton opportunity Talk at Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle (the Columba Centre Islay). For further information about the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay and its journey across the Commonwealth so far visit

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Freeland Church: Rev KN Gray BA BD. Morning Service 10.30am. Crèche, Sunday School, Lynx and Cornerstone. Evening Service 7pm St Mar y’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! http://www. 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 – 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 SCO112822. All services will be conducted by the Rev. Ian Bell. Sunday 6th & 13th August 10am - Morning Worship. Sunday 20th August 11am Morning Worship - Sunday Club and Cradle Roll re dedication. Sunday 27th August 11am 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.


Kilbarchan Parish Church in August: Services continue at 11am each Sunday throughout August, conducted by Rev. Stephen Smith. We continue to support the Paisley Food Bank each Sunday throughout the summer. The Crèche continues to meet in the large hall from 10.45am each week. There will be a special summer Sunday School

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Houston Baby and Toddlers We can’t wait to see everyone and meet new friends when our new term starts back on Thursday 17 August. In June we had a fantastic sports day and teddy bears picnic which was enjoyed by all - a lovely way to finish the term. Good luck to all the big boys and girls who are moving on to start nursery and school. We have lots planned over the c o m i n g months, including c r a f t s , parties and a grown ups evening out. Children from 0-4 years old, together with their parents/grandparent/carer, will receive a warm welcome. The children can have fun playing with our many toys while the adults chat over a cuppa. We meet every Thursday 09.30 - 11.30 (restarts 17 August) in the West hall, Main Street, Houston, PA6 7EL (next door to the Carrick Centre) – please feel free to join us anytime. We look forward to meeting you. Sharon, Lesley & Fiona. (


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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

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. Major work is due to start in July, with the hall, church and grounds being out of bounds during the week as it will be a work site.


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 11am. 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 6.30pm 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!

HOWWOOD: Village Hall: 2nd Tues at 7.30pm. KILBARCHAN: Steeple Hall: monthly at 7.30pm. KILMACOLM & QUARRIERS: Last Tues at 7.30pm, Kilmacolm Cargill Centre (NB: No meetings: July or Dec) LANGBANK: Church Hall: 2nd Wed at 7.30pm LOCHWINNOCH: Bowling Club: 1st Tues at 7.30pm

community halls to let Bridge of Weir, Freeland Church. Tel: 612245 Brookfield, Village Hall. Tel: 335562 Houston, Carrick Centre. Tel: 612203 / 331488 Houston, Compass Centre. Tel: 615441 / 612617 Kilbarchan, Guide Centre. Tel: 702758. Kilbarchan, Old Library Centre. Tel: 706070 Kilmacolm, Cargill Centre. Tel: 873994 Kilmacolm, Brownie/Guide Hut. Tel: 874428 Kilmacolm, Masonic Hall. Tel: 873059 Linwood Masonic Hall. Tel: 07825 222944

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Ward 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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HOUSEHOLD & GARDEN 2 Black bar stools with chrome frame £25 lot. Smoke free home. Tel: 01505 329075 4 Taupe Checked High Back Dining Chairs from Next. Perfect Condition Cost £500 will accept £150 for all 4. Tel: 07525 133109. Strimmer, heavy duty petrol, cuts brush easily. £60. Tel: 07791 688240. Three seater Italian Leather Sofa (burgundy) by “Bardi”. Excellent condition. £200. Photos available on request. Tel: 01505 703697. Honda Izy HRG465C SDE petrol lawnmower, recently serviced, plus service kit plus spare blade. £195. Tel: 07748 587489. Oakland Computer Desk. New 2016. Must uplift £60. Tel: 07706 821151 / 01505 871912. Dyson Ball Hoover, good working order. £30. Tel: 07757 057830. Vintage Art Deco mirror with rainbow rim approx 66.5cm wide x 39cm high. £8. Tel: 01505 672175. Pair of tall cream fabriccovered cylindrical lamps (approx 115cm tall and 15cm in diameter). Ideal for bedside. Good condition, smoke free home. £30. Tel: 01505 672175. Retro style oak and veneer coffee table from the House by John Lewis range. Handy shelves and drawers for storage. Approx H38cm x W110cm x D60cm. Excellent condition, smoke free home. £170. Tel: 01505 672175. 2 Oak Slatted Base Single Bed Frames, Perfect Condition. Cost £450 will accept £120 for both. Tel: 07525 133109.

Westland Lawn Spreader, as new condition for £15. Tel: 01475 540066. Black glass & chrome TV stand for up to 50 inch TV. Exc cond £40 ono. Tel: 07740 187171. ELECTRICAL & GAS Large silver fridge/freezer good condition, no dents. £125. Must collect. Tel: 01505 862955. D y s o n D C 2 4 Va c u u m cleaner. £40. Tel: 01505 614503. Samsung s5 unlocked takes all networks charged and ready for any sim. £120. Tel: 07791 688240. Cooker table top morphy richards with fan oven internal grill two hot plates, good condition, clean. £45. Tel: 07791 688240. SPORTS 2 Single inflatable Intex Kayaks - never used. £50 each. Tel: 01505 706485. Figure skates, white, junior size 10, good condition, £10. Tel: 01505 874870. Dinesse large Matt black ski/snowboard helmet. Good condition. £20. Tel: 01505 672175. Bicycle 23” alloy lightweight frame ready to ride off road or street. £60. Tel: 07791 688240. Mountain bike. £45. Tel: 07791 688240. Bmx bike old skool approx 1999, chrome frame, old but well maintained, spare set of wheels, £60. Text or call 07810 523742. King Cobra II Oversize Iron Set plus Taylor Made driver & 3 wood, two putters (Wilson & Fazer). Men’s right hand. Plus King Cobra golf bag and Turfglider trolley. £75. Tel: 07748 587489. Toddler Bicycle helmets (4448 cm) pink x 2, suits appr. 1-5 yrs old, VGC. £5 each. Tel: 01505 874870. TOYS/GAMES/DVD Selection of Moshi Monsters and Bungees, approx 160 pcs in total in metal boxes. For ages 4+. £10 the lot. Tel: 07801 549981.


OTHER ITEMS Galvanised steel ash bucket 10 litre. £4. Tel: 01505 672175. Vintage Telstar coated binoculars, English make. £22. Tel: 07856 610671. Honda CRV Roof Rack System, was on an earlier 2007 model. £40 ono. Tel: 01505 815399. Microsoft wireless keyboard, mouse and USB desktop receiver in black and silver. Excellent condition. £10. Tel: 01505 672175. Vibrapower disc. £135. Must collect. Tel: 01505 862955. Jane Montecarlo plus isofix car seat for ages 4 – 12 years in nice condition. £30. Tel: 01475 540066. Brand new steel car wheel 6JX15H2 and new Jinyu tyre 185/60 R15. Stored as spare wheel only. £80. Tel: 07736 067169. Brand new set of rubber mats for Vauxhall Mokka. £36. Tel: 07882 984824. Vango Exodus 400 Sleeping Bag - 3 season. Brand new. Ticket price £89.99. Sell for £50 ono. Tel: 07740 600490. HD video drone 2.4GHz with built in HD video camera brand new in packaging. £65. Tel: 07856 610671. Va n g o O m e g a 4 0 0 R Sleeping Bag - 3 season. Brand new £50 ono. Tel: 07740 600490. Vintage amber necklace, cognac colour, Baltic region amber. £60. Tel: 07856 610671. Va n g o Vo y a g e r 3 0 0 L Sleeping bag - 3 season. Brand new. £50 ono. Tel: 07740 600490. Vango Dakota 300 Tent. Brand new. £100 ono. Tel: 07740 600490.

Brand new front and rear OEM mudflaps for Zafira B. Still in box £20. Tel: 07706 660964. 2 packs of solid oak flooring 18mm x 150mm covers 4m square approx. £60 ono. Tel: 07740 187171. Steel Dog Guard with Boot Divider. Genuine Mercedes part. To fit Mercedes ML350 model W 1 6 4 2 0 0 5 - 2 0 11 . Excellent condition - £90. Tel: 0787 656 3768.


Victorian or Georgian style Dolls House. Will collect. Tel: 01505 872597. 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. Old records Wanted 45`s & LP`s CASH Paid. Tel: 07710 777571.



Bicycles for spares or repair - gents, ladies & kids, garage clearout, Bridge of Weir. Tel: 07791 688240. Bang & Olofsen 26” tv rotates on own stand free to take away, works. Tel: 07791 688240. Filing cabinets 4 drawer size metal. Tel: 07791 688240. Girl toddler bike without stabilisers, good beginners bike. Tel: 01505 874870. Cream leather sofa – a bit scuffed but perfectly usable. Must collect. Still have fire safety labels on. Tel: 01505 613110. Two single beds and good quality mattresses – one bed slides underneath the other. Must collect. Still have fire safety labels on. Tel: 01505 613110.

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Garage Doors & Gates Garden Service & Design 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 32 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 32 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 33 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 34 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 31 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 31 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 31 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 34 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 31 West of Scotland Landscape . . 35

Gas & Heating Services A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 14 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 24 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

Hairdressers & Barbers Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 38 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 39

Health, Beauty & Fitness Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 38 Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 9 Classical Ballet Classes . . . 47 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 11 Healing Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 43 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 11 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Linda Stewart - Slimming World . . 15 New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 10 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 41 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 39 Wellcentred UK . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Home Hardware Gibb Stuart Iron . . . . 13,14,15,16

Home Improvements Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 5 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Inverclyde Windows . . . . . . . . . 6 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 19 Revamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Home Interiors


Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 10 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 37

Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Gibb Stuart Iron . . . . 13,14,15,16 The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 36

Home Security


Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 24

Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 40 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 KC Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,4 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 14 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 3 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 14 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 45

Joiners A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 10 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 6 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 14 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 14 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 15

Kilt & Dress Hire Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 3

Kitchens Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 10 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4

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

Painters & Decorators A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 15 Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 11 David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Pest Control RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 4

Pet Services & Training Bridge of Weir Dog Walking . . 28 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 29 Strathgryffe Dog Walks . . . . . 28

Plasterers Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 40 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 6 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 6 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 14

Plumbers A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 14 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 24 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 6 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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

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

Stoves Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 37

Taxis & Minicoach hire ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 27

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

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

Tree Surgeon Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 31 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 31

TV & Satellite Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 26 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3

Upholstery Services Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Eclipse deep clean . . . . . . . . . 14 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 15,4 P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 2

Window Cleaners DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 17 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 15,4 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 16

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

Property, Sales & Let Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Penny Lane Homes . . . . . . . . . . 6

@ease Removals & Transport . . 38 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 32 A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 15 A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 32 A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 14 ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Affinity Family Law Experts . . 8 Affluent Financial Planning . . 22 Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1 AL Stewart - Driving Instruct . . 15 Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 5 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 33 ARC Fleet Services . . . . . . . . . Bk Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 38 B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 5 Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 16 Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 9 Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Bridge of Weir Dog Walking . . 28 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 24 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 40 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 10 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 24 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 6 Cheetham & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 CLA Accountancy Services Ltd . . 14 Classical Ballet Classes . . . 47 CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 2 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cloudy2Clear Windows Glasgow . . 5 ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 11 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 34 David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3 Delta Electrical Services . . 9 Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 26 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 10 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 31 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 17 Eclipse deep clean . . . . . . . . . 14 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 15,4 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 11 Fiona Christie Accounting Serv . . 15 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 34 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Gibb Stuart Iron . . . . 13,14,15,16 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 31 Glenorchy Lodge Hotel . . . . . . 39 GMH Chartered Accountants . . 25 Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 15 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 27 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

@ease Removals & Transport . . 38 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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Restaurant & Bars Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 16

Bishopton: Post Office, Woodrow’s Store, Keystore, Library, Ingliston Country Club

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Healing Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 3 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 6 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17 Inverclyde Windows . . . . . . . . . 6 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 6 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 3 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 2 Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 27 Karen Rankin Catering . . . . . . 14 KC Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,4 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 43 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 11 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 14 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Linda Stewart - Slimming World . . 15 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 31 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 16 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 3 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 14 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 37 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 10 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 39 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 41 Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 37 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 19 P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 2 Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7 Penny Lane Homes . . . . . . . . . . 6 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1 Platinum Cleaning Services . . 5 Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 34 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 4 Revamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 29 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 39 Stewart Independent Financial . . Bk Strathgryffe Dog Walks . . . . . 28 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 14 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Tennamast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 36 The Media Shop Scotland Ltd . . 20,9 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 45 Travel Actually . . . . . . . . . . . 3 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Wellcentred UK . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 West of Scotland Landscape . . 35 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 15


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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

Kilmacolm: Newsagent, Pieri’s, Cross Café, Gibb Stuart, Cargill Centre, Library

Howwood: Village Store, St Vincent’s Hospice

Langbank: Finlaystone Visitor Centre

Johnstone: Henderson Kilts, Papa Mac’s, Library

Lochwinnoch: Keystore, McKillop Centre, Library, Castle Semple Centre, Newsagent

Kilbarchan: Sheridan’s Store, Campbell’s, Newsagents, Bobbins, Old Library Centre

Quarriers: Three Sisters Bake

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